evening all

President Barack Obama makes a statement to members of the press in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Nov. 28, 2011. The President, along with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, obscured, and President of the European Commission Josรฉ Manuel Barroso, right, delivered remarks following a summit with leaders of the European Union to discuss issues of mutual concern. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)



Coming up:

Tuesday: The President will host Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands for a meeting in the Oval Office.

Wednesday: The President will travel to Scranton, Pennsylvania where he will deliver remarks urging Congress to act to extend and expand the payroll tax cut that has given tax breaks to millions of families across the country this year. In the evening, the President will travel to New York City where he will attend campaign events.

Thursday: The First Family will attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse.

Friday: The President will host the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of the Interior and deliver remarks.


Three RNPS images of the year, 2011:

Children from public schools in the town of Chatfield, Minnesota, help President Obama get up after he posed with them for a picture, during his bus trip to the Midwest, August 15

Better version:

First lady Michelle Obama holds the hand NASA shuttle commander Mark Kelly, the husband of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, as they listen to President Barack Obama speak at the “Together We Thrive: Tucson and America” event, January 12

President Obama plays table tennis against students with British Prime Minister David Cameron, London, May 24


140 Responses to “evening all”

  1. 1 tally
    November 28, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I’m still not over that WET photo from the previous thread.

    November 28, 2011 at 7:33 pm


  3. 36 almablanca
    November 28, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    My absolute favourite photo of PBO, asking the children to help him up. What a memory for those kids!

    • 37 Lovepolitics2008
      November 28, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      I absolutely adore that photograph too. The video clip was even better. Seeing him interact with children just melts my heart. Such genuine affection oooooozing from him. Such trust and confidence and happimess oooooozing from them.

      Chips?.?..? Some time this week could you repost the “Heartland” video? If we behave well enough to deserve it lol !

      • November 28, 2011 at 9:10 pm

        Lovepolitics, I’m sorry, the behavior here has been so outrageous none you deserve to have ANY request granted.


        • 39 Lovepolitics2008
          November 28, 2011 at 10:06 pm

          Chips, you are too kind lol lol !!!

          In all seriousness, Chips, you’re such a generous person. Each and every day, I’m grateful for this place you have created and for all the hard work you put in it. Thanks, a million times ! ! !

  4. 41 Brittany
    November 28, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    CNN is reporting that drones might start being used here.

  5. November 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Good evening All< Cgips do we have nany footage of Michelle in Chicago today? Good for you Sue let all bum friends go and see how fast they want to hang out with you again because they have have been left in the dust.. Me and a male friend stopped speaking for months because he was into blaming POTUS for his problems. I can report we started speaking again last month and he did get his mind right after those few months of not being allowed to speak to me..

  6. 52 dotster3
    November 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Funny tweet: “Ga. woman claims she was as tall as Cain’s wife for 13 years.”

  7. November 28, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Hi TODvile, I’m hoome1 ๐Ÿ™‚ Wonder what y’all have been up to since yesterday afternoon?

  8. 65 hopefruit2
    November 28, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    “Two RNPS images of the year, 2011”

    Chips what is “RNPS?”

  9. November 28, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    OK, for whatever reason, the music of LMFAO is currently making a loop in my brain. (The video for “Sexy and I Know It” is the funniest thing I’ve seen in quite a while.) So, being the good librarian I am, I turn to Wikipedia for a bit of info on them. Whereupon I find this:

    In February 2010, SkyBlu was involved in an altercation with politician Mitt Romney on an airplane during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The rapper stated that Romney attacked him from behind, putting a “vulcan grip” on his neck.[10] The altercation was mentioned in a video showing SkyBlu being escorted off the aircraft by authorities[11] where SkyBlu and Redfoo give an account of the incident.[12]

    Willard with a Vulcan Grip! There’s the real Spock, not PBO.

  10. 71 Pat Okerlund
    November 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I think this photo of our President with the children is my all time favorite. I used it in my news letter a while back.

    • 72 JoJothecat
      November 28, 2011 at 8:34 pm

      Me too….pictures of him with children is attractive to me because he is such good person and kids know it.

  11. 73 desertflower
    November 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Jovie…if you pop on here, this is a carry over from the previous thread where you were telling us about your brother….might want to read this…or send it along to him….


    • 74 FiredUpInCA
      November 28, 2011 at 8:53 pm

      There’s also this inconvenient truth regarding Solyndra:

      Top GOP aide for House panel has ties to Solyndra

      “WASHINGTON (AP) โ€” The top GOP aide to a House committee investigating Solyndra Inc. once worked for a lobbying firm that helped the now-bankrupt solar company apply for a half-billion-dollar federal loan.

      Gary Andres, staff director of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, was a vice chairman at Dutko Worldwide until last December, when he was appointed to his current post by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the energy panel.”


      This feels like Whitewater. There’s no there, there.

      They’re pathetically desperate to come up with some -gate to attach to this administration, but this story, with Bush administration roots, has only captured the imagination of those with Obama Derangement Syndrome.

      • 75 desertflower
        November 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm

        MANY THANKS, FiredUpInCA ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope Jovie sees this and send to the brother……

        • November 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm

          No changing my brothers mind, but thanks.
          Him and his buddy tea bagger friends, put a lot of money in the Iraqi Dinar, and it ain’t panning out for him.
          So, he blames this President.
          He says, America did not have to do anything, the bush Iraqi plan would have brought America 77 trillion dollars.
          It’s all X-Files stuff!

          • 77 desertflower
            November 28, 2011 at 10:39 pm

            sounds like the alien spacecraft may come for him AND Kucinich…..I remember you told us that a week or so ago….sorry, Jovie.

  12. November 28, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Obama, Bush, Clinton to participate in AIDS talk

    Posted: Nov 28, 2011

    WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama and two former presidents, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, are joining top anti-AIDS advocates for a panel discussion to observe World AIDS Day.

    The discussion will take place Thursday at George Washington University and will be streamed live on YouTube. Bush and Clinton will participate via satellite.

    Organizers say they hope to build on progress already made in the fight against the devastating virus. The event is sponsored by two organizations, ONE and (RED), that combat global poverty and AIDS. Among the panelists will be Bono, the lead singer of the band U2 and co-founder of ONE and (RED

  13. November 28, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    In case any of you missed the video Donna posted in an earlier thread:


  14. November 28, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Mitt Romney is one of the most honorable stalwart human beings I’ve ever met……………………………………………………………………………..At no time did I ever say Mitt Romney is one of the most honorable stalwart human beings I’ve ever met.

    Say that is kind of fun.

  15. 88 halo
    November 28, 2011 at 8:44 pm


  16. 90 desertflower
    November 28, 2011 at 9:13 pm


    Mitt Romney runs for president with the eye of a venture capitalist. He sees the profit in certain positions, discards those that are no longer profitable and moves on. He was pro-choice when it did him some good, instituted a health insurance plan that he now denounces and once supported amnesty for some illegal immigrants. Richard III offered his kingdom for a horse. Romney offers his principles for some votes in Iowa.

  17. November 28, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Senate unanimously confirms Obama judicial nominee

    By Josiah Ryan
    The Senate confirmed Obama nominee Christopher Droney to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit by a vote of 88-0 on Monday night.ย 

  18. November 28, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    WASHINGTON โ€“ Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk today announced a sweeping reform of federal surface leasing regulations for American Indian lands that will streamline the approval process for home ownership, expedite economic development and spur renewable energy development in Indian Country.

    The proposed rule would modify regulations governing the Bureau of Indian Affairsโ€™ process for approving the lease of surface acres on lands the federal government holds in trust for tribes and individuals. As trustee, Interior is responsible for managing approximately 56 million surface acres in Indian Country.

    โ€œThe proposed changes are the most comprehensive reforms of Indian land leasing regulations in more than 50 years and will have a real impact for individuals and families who want to own a home or build a business,โ€ said Secretary Salazar. โ€œThis reform underscores President Obamaโ€™s commitment to empower Indian nations and strengthen their economies by expanding opportunities for individual landowners and tribal governments — generating investment, new jobs and revenues.โ€

    โ€œAt its core, this reform is about good government and supporting self-determination for Indian Nations,โ€ said Assistant Secretary Echo Hawk. โ€œThe revised regulations will bring greater transparency, efficiency and workability to the Bureau of Indian Affairs approval process, and will provide tribal communities and individuals certainty and flexibility when it comes to decisions on the use of their land.โ€


  19. 93 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 28, 2011 at 9:26 pm


    If Congress doesn’t act, your taxes will go up.
    Find out how much more you’ll pay.

  20. November 28, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Use this page to find health and safety information submitted to EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This information is part of EPA’s effort to increase transparency in TSCA information held by the agency and is intended for individuals interested in learning more about chemicals that are manufactured or imported into the United States. Read more.

    Click on the tabs below to review results for each system. Then type in the chemical name, CAS number, document number or, in some cases, health effect associated with a specific chemical. Note: If you do not receive results for a particular chemical, it does not mean EPA does not have information on that chemical; the results may not be available through the search tool yet.


  21. November 28, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Shaq just said the President will win re-election. Piers said, do you really think so?

  22. November 28, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    found this comment about Willard over at BooMan Tribune:

    Re: Don’t Overthink This Election (none / 0)

    More and more I am realizing that Romney should be easy to beat as well, especially in a bad economy. He’s that MBA guy that took over the company, outsourced everything, laid off most of the workers, put the company into bankruptcy and looted the pension fund in the process. And then he parachutes out with millions. Everybody knows that guy. And nobody trusts him except his country club friends.

    Bring on the Class Warfare.

    by RandyH on Mon Nov 28th, 2011 at 07:07:44 PM EST


    • November 28, 2011 at 10:19 pm

      I’ve always thought that PBO will win re-election, no doubt. Although Willard *appears* to be formidable, I think he will not be the competitor people expect. Also, I’ve thought that as soon as the 99% Movement changed the conversation around economic inequality in this country, that the road for Willard would be that much harder. Combine these economic times with his horrible, callous statements about the American auto industry and the need for foreclosures to be sped up, and that picture of him with money coming out of his suit — this venture capitalist/robber baron will have a fight on his hands.

  23. 101 FTL
    November 28, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Good evening everyone. I do not know if anyone has posted this today, but apparently the Gov of Kansas wanted and apology letter from a teenage girl who said some unkind things on twitter about him. These repugs are such freakin fakes. I thought they were all about less gov’t. No big brother. Like I have been telling people they are the ones who will have us all feeling like we are characters in the book 1984 if they ever gain all of the power that they want. I think he has pulled back from wanting an apology since the young lady went from 65 followers to like 7,000.


    • 102 MTmarilyn
      November 28, 2011 at 9:57 pm

      I read that and was surprised he would apologize. Good for her for standing her ground. It’s amazing what the Repubs say about this President but when something is said to one of them the get all upset.

  24. November 28, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Wow Chips. Keeping up with your daily threads is a full time job. So much to see. Love, love the “wet look” picture especially. Thank you for everything you do for us.

  25. November 28, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    33 PM
    Why Gingrich Might Win Iowa

    J. Ann Selzer, who has been polling Iowa for decades, discusses the difficulty of predicting the Iowa caucuses. Things can turn – and often have – within a few days of the final vote. Of interest:

    In our Bloomberg poll we had an analysis of how many people had been contacted by each of the campaigns. Ron Paul was first, followed by Michele Bachmann. And the secondary analysis was to say, OK, if you’ve been touched by that campaign, who’s your first choice? So we could kind of look and see the effectiveness of those touches. Santorum goes from 3 percent to 6 percent among people his campaign has touched, and that’s double, but if you’re a small number it’s easy to double it. Michele Bachmann gets a one-point lift [among voters her campaign has contacted]. It’s not doing her any good.

    Who gets the lift is Gingrich. His campaign contact number is high 20s, low 30 percent. But he gets 32 percent first-choice votes among people his campaign has contacted. That’s almost double the 17 percent he gets overall in the poll. That number is a very strong number for him. What [voters] have seen of him they liked, and what they have seen of other candidates didn’t impress.


  26. 110 brook water
    November 28, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Reggie Love is going to be on Rock Center on NBC. It is on now.

  27. November 28, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    At the 37:00 minute mark of todayโ€™s press conference 11/28/11 there was a question from the White House Press Corps front row that struck me as, Iโ€™m going to say it, reprehensible. Having nothing to do with the President traveling, campaigning or dealing with debt, this question was about the Egyptian elections which began today.
    Q: Is there any concern about an Islamic takeover at the top and how the White House will work with a foreign government headed by Islamists?
    After speaking to our principles about supporting the Democratic process and deploring violence and supporting inclusion of minorities, Jay Carney gave the following brilliant response at the 38:00 minute mark.
    A: I think it is in some ways unfair to assume that any party that has a religious affiliation cannot adhere to Democratic principles. Itโ€™s simply no the case and hasnโ€™t been borne out by the facts. So before we judge the disposition of a government or Parliament that is only just beginning to take shape through elections that have started today, I think we need to let the process run its course; continue to espouse our firm support for Democratic principles, and for civilian control of the government and then judge the outcome by the actions of those who prevail.

    Good for you, Jay. No one will report this, most likely, but seriously the question was way out of bounds in the first place. Bravo for taking it on so exquisitely concise in its beauty, shutting down that fear-based, Islamaphobic question.

    • November 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      wonderful response my Jay

    • November 28, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      I love it – thanks for highlighting the exchange. It is the height of arrogance to assume that a predominantly Muslim nation cannot govern itself with Islamist beliefs. It assumes that Islam is a dangerous religion. Christianity has done a lot of damage in the world over the ages, with crusades, missions, etc., but we don’t see people casting Christians as blood-thirsty marauders. People who have nothing to do with policing this country or defending it militarily are allowed to own guns, but the entire country isn’t branded negatively because of it. I’m not sure how these people in the press and the Republican party can so callously and ignorantly declare that any brand of Islamist government is something to be feared. The people will be governed by whomever they choose.

      • 114 bonkers
        November 28, 2011 at 11:05 pm

        Wow. Great response by Jay Carney to a very sticky situation. I’ve only seen him work in bits and pieces, but the more I see of Jay in action, the more I think he might be one of greats in that role. Thanks for calling attention to this.

    • 115 Mae who love our CIC
      November 29, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      The GOP has become like dinosaurs and Mr. Carney is the result of a good education along with common sense.

  28. 116 symmetry11
    November 28, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    PBO makes first small ad buy

    • 117 bonkers
      November 28, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      Ha. Stanley Ann’s son lays it all out there right at the beginning. All anyone needs to know. It’s all about “community organizing,” just as last time when we won by over 10 million votes…a historical landslide. Fired up?

  29. November 28, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    That question was pure Republican and the person asking it was parroting an R talking point. Muslim=evil=terrorist. It’s the simple minded thinking that sees everything in black and white with absolutely no nuance. When your live you life with that mindset, you can’t help being a bigot. Even George W was smarter than this.

  30. November 28, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Someone tweeted this video. I think it’s great. I hope I link to correctly.


  31. November 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Chips, maybe you can help me out. The video is about being grateful for President Obama.

  32. 130 Lorraine
    November 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Lawrence is killing Pawlenty.

    • 131 Ladyhawke
      November 28, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      Pawlenty is spinning like a top trying to justify the dishonest Romney ad. I felt dirty watching that. It was pretty disgusting.

      • 132 Lorraine
        November 28, 2011 at 10:54 pm

        I know that’s right! He was horrible; I almost felt sorry for him. Vice President Biden would eat his lunch in a debate, Sarah Palin was more competition that Good and Pawlenty will be for the man from Scranton.

  33. November 28, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Organizers of the effort to recall Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker from office said Monday they have collected 300,000 signatures, more than half of what is needed to force an election.

    The United Wisconsin coalition needs 540,208 signatures by Jan. 17 to force a recall election sometime in 2012. They reported Monday that over half the number needed had been collected in just 12 days, with signatures coming in from all 72 Wisconsin counties.

    The recall drive was motivated by anger over Walker’s proposal effectively ending collective bargaining rights for most public workers. The law passed in March despite massive protests and the fleeing of all 14 Democratic state senators to Illinois for three weeks.


    But but but, Howard Finrman told me that we have an enthusiasm gap and…

  34. November 28, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Gingrich just flip flopped on immigration-


    And blames the President! Lol!

  35. November 28, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Diaz Balart brothers endorse Romney.

    Now, let’s see, where have I heard Diaz Balart before?

    Oh yes- Diaz balart, the guy who is in charge of Telemundo, and is always on msnbc ragging on the President.
    So, his brothers are Republican Congressman. Lol!
    Like rev al says, sorry Telemundo, but we got ya!

  36. November 28, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    I was traveling this weekend, so i’m not sure if it was discussed already. But, on Sunday, I happened to catch Reliable Sources for the first time. There was some journalist who said, “if the press was electing the next President, then Huntsman would already be the President of the United States”. This sent a chill through me. The press is gung-ho behind a man who has already declared his “wholehearted” support for killing Medicare and Social Security – a plan cooked up by Paul Ryan, an Ayn Rand devotee. He’s “borrowed” policy positions from his old boss, whom he is now stabbing in the back. And he’s on video gleefully supporting Sarah Palin in 2008 – embarrassing, no doubt. There is no earthly or decent reason for the media to support him, other than because they think he looks good. A closer examination would show them that he’ll be used to wipe the floor by President Obama. Huntsman is delicate, can’t rouse the passion of an audience, his integrity and loyalty are suspect, and he’s on the wrong side of most of the important issues.

    The media is in for a nasty shock.

  37. November 29, 2011 at 7:35 am

    The media is a tiny minority of the population, thank God.

    • 140 hopefruit2
      November 29, 2011 at 8:20 am

      Yes, and they represent the top 1-2% of Americans who are deathly afraid of losing their treasured Bush tax cuts and also who have “issues” with President Obama in the WH.

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