Archive for December 12th, 2011

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‘night everyone

See you tomorrow 😉

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evening all

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President Barack Obama, accompanied by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and Vice President Joe Biden, salutes as he departs the White House en route to Arlington National Cemetery, Dec. 12, 2011. The President and Prime Minister participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. An interpreter, center, walks with the group. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Don’t miss our good friend Tien’s brilliant post at The People’s View – here

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Eugene Robinson: I guess I was wrong. I thought Republicans surely would have come to their senses by now. Instead, they seem to be rushing deeper into madness.

With less than a month to go before the Iowa caucuses, Mitt Romney, the candidate shown by polls to have the best chance of defeating President Obama, evidently remains unacceptable to most of his party. He has spent the summer and fall playing second fiddle to a series of unconvincing “front-runners” who fade into the shadows once their shortcomings become obvious.

The latest is Newt Gingrich, a man with more baggage than Louis Vuitton – and the taste for fine jewelry of Louis XIV, judging by his Tiffany’s bill. Be honest: Is there anybody out there who believes Gingrich would make it through a general-election campaign against Obama without self-destructing? I didn’t think so.

Full article here

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Media Matters – thanks Linda

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Wow:

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Steve Benen: What’s worse than Fox News’ attempts at reporting? Fox News’ attempts to convey information through images.

Media Matters’ Zachary Pleat highlights this doozy from the Republican news network today, which intends to show the fluctuations in the unemployment rate over 2011 to date.

…. the truly amazing this about the image is that it (a) shows no change between 9% unemployment and 8.6% unemployment; and (b) tells viewers that 8.6% unemployment is higher than 8.8% unemployment.

….. There’s a very good reason Fox News viewers are so confused, so often, about so much.

Full post here

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Washington Post: Michelle Obama now holds part of a world record.

The first lady announced in an email Monday that her October bid to break the record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period succeeded. Mrs. Obama says 300,265 people participated, shattering the old record.

In order to achieve her goal, Mrs. Obama led about 400 elementary and middle-school students from Washington in jumping jacks on the South Lawn of the White House. Other jumping jacks events were held around the world on Oct. 11.

The effort was organized by National Geographic Kids magazine in support of the first lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to promote physical fitness and healthy eating for children.

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CBS: Republican presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich – who has acknowledged marital infidelity in the past – pledged in a written statement to an Iowa social conservative group to “uphold the institution of marriage through personal fidelity to my spouse and respect for the marital bonds of others.”

More here

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12
Dec
11

a christmas tale

Text of the First Lady’s remarks here

First lady Michelle Obama – and Bo – visits the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, December 12

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Dec
11

war is over….

President Barack Obama and Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki shake hands in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 12

…. laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at Arlington National Cemetery

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Dec
11

season’s …. ouch …. greetings

“I see you.”

“Just lookin’, Dad.”

“Hello Justin.”

“Hello Mr President …. um, you’re hurting my hand.”

“Sorry Justin.”

“No worries Mr President …. um, now you’re hurting my shoulder.”

“Sorry about that Justin – hey, at least he didn’t call Secret Service!”

“Ha, that’s a relief, First Lady!”

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Dec
11

rise and shine

9:45: The President and Vice President hold an expanded bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq.

10:15: The President holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

11:35: The President and PM hold a joint press conference.

12:45: The President, Vice President and Prime Minister attend a wreath laying ceremony.

2:00: The First Lady visits the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington.

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White House live

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Ooooh Jon:

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President Obama and Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Dec 12

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Morning everyone 😉




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