311 Responses to “heads up: news conference”

  1. 1 Allison
    March 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm


  2. 20 Allison
    March 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Can’t wait to hear and see our President!

  3. 21 collegekay
    March 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Im in class so i’ll miss the presser. counting on you guys to live blog pretty pwease..

  4. March 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Blog pimping again. I have a new piece up at TPV: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/03/fanfare-for-common-people.html. Take a gander when you have a chance.

    And Deaniac seems to be preparing a barn burner on Eric Holder and the Ron Paul Left.

    • 23 Mel
      March 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      LL a fantastic article job well done and Thank you, Thank you!!!! keep it up.

    • 24 JoJothecat
      March 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      Hi LL, I go over to read your writings and want to thank you so much. For some reason, I sign on to the various places but I am unable to leave a comment. I’ll keep trying, but glad that you direct us to go and read your stuff.

  5. 25 LOL
    March 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Nice video of Michelle and the military folks she met http://fox4kc.com/2012/03/05/first-lady-visits-kansas-city/

  6. March 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I can’t watch the press conference, it’s usually too painful but I’ll rely on your filters and a few other reliable sites (no longer andrew sullivan) to see how it’s going.

    • 28 luci1119
      March 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Well, I tell ya’ ,I sure like the response from our beloved President to Ed on gas prices. Wowwwwwwww Ed should feel like a horses petunia, after that response. I like It 🙂

      • 29 luci1119
        March 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm

        And oh yeah, president Obama, gave Nora Odonnell, a very wise answer, Gosh, do I like our President? Yes Indeed, no one does It like President Obama, he’s so cool , smart, wise, umm whatelse can I say, he’s got It going on 🙂 🙂 🙂

        • 30 utaustinliberal
          March 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm

          Those responses to Ed and Nora were awesome. It was the adult response to juvenile 30 second soundbite questions.

  7. March 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    The jackals are all preparing to lift all that water for the GOP. Can’t wait for POTUS to dust ’em off.

  8. 34 desertflower
    March 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm


    Global powers dealing with Iran’s nuclear program said Tuesday that they have agreed to resume talks, which Iran proposed in a letter last month. Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign-policy chief, said she responded to the letter, opening the door for talks to resume after they were broken off more than a year ago. Nations involved include the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council—the U.S., Britain, France, China, and Russia—as well as Germany. Western powers suspect that Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons, but the country denies the charge.

    Read it at New York Times

  9. 36 Bill
    March 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) is a very weak politician. It is a good thing his career was ended with the Virginia ultrasound bill.

    • March 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      He said, in effect, that Rush’s vile accusations were President Obama’s fault—-that he started it with his attacks on “religious freedom”. Delusional to the max.

  10. 38 Melanie
    March 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    All the networks even the local ones here in New York are carrying it.

    • March 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      The sad thing is the majority of the public will not see it and will get only a snippet on the evening news, which will likely not be representative. I always think that the public is kept in the dark about almost all of President Obama’s significant daily activities—-which accounts for some of the profound ignorance we see in many segments of the population.

      • 40 donna dem 4 obama
        March 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm


      • 41 edp4bho
        March 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm

        All you need in life is ignorance and confidance and success is sure……Mark Twain.

      • 42 desertflower
        March 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm

        They always remind of this song. Suits them all so perfectly.

      • 43 susanne
        March 6, 2012 at 6:02 pm

        so true! i first checked the google news, abc news, etc sites to see what was reported, then i watched the entire press conference. the clips were all about iran, robme, isreal. nothing about housing for vets! nothing about homeowners mortgage assistance! the press conf was a thing of beauty–pbo knows what he’s talking about, and speaks with kindness, humor, and wisdom. he’s a gifted leader, as well as a gifted speaker. too bad for folks who only saw the clips!

        • 44 yardarm756
          March 6, 2012 at 8:05 pm

          Wail until the debates. Noot is the only onr out of the current group tha could stay on a stage with PBO. And those lil old ladies from GA ain’t gonna get him over the hump.

  11. 45 Brit
    March 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Tell em’ POTUS. Mitt and the rest of the GOP field act like war is a game, and it is not.

    • 46 Bill
      March 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Willard and his sons have no experience with war, but Willard did go to France during the Vietnam war to encourage the French to give up wine and cigs and become Mormons.

  12. March 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Repub Iran saber-rattling is about politics, just talk, says President Obama, correctly.

    • March 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      Syria war talk—–Repubs think every problem can be solved by military action. Not true historically, not true now, says PBO correctly.

  13. 49 mtmarilyn (@mtmarilyn2)
    March 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I love how he said those on the campaign trail do not have the responsiblity he has. He knows the cost of war. He wants to hear specifics from these guys. He is telling like it is. I love this man!!!!

  14. March 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    “Those who are beating the drums of war should explain to the American people what the costs of that war would be. I’m not one of those people.”

  15. March 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Hey everyone,

    i just came across this and i love robin williams! Hillarious and sooooo true!

  16. 58 collegekay
    March 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    how is he doing!?

  17. March 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Sorry this one has the entire piece

  18. March 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    How much have I missed?

  19. 61 Brit
    March 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    The media is just itching for a war with Iran.

  20. 62 Marsha
    March 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Hi Guys:

    I’m one of those who can’t watch because I’m at work. Please keep us abreast of the press conference. Thank you,

  21. March 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    It’s in everyone’s interests—–Israel and U.S.—–to avoid military action re. Iran when other solutions/sanctions are possible. War is not a casual decision—-and should never be suggested for political reasons. There are huge costs and consequences. , PBO has seen many of them in many visits to Walter Reed.

  22. 65 defytheodds
    March 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm

  23. 66 Melanie
    March 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Welp…Ed Henry just got shut down by POTUS:))

  24. 71 CTGirl
    March 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Prez. just schooled that loser Ed. Henry!

  25. March 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Ed Henry asks about 4th question in a row about PBO saying he has Israel’s back. Why hasn’t he been to Israel if that is true—-Andrea Mitchell’s major concern also.
    Also asks about why PBO hasn’t done anything about bringing gas prices down—–geez louise. PBO sat him down by asking, “Do you think any president going into a re-election year wants high gas prices?” And won’t do everything possible to him—–some short term steps—-to try to alleviate the problem. Asking Holder to look into oil speculators.

    • March 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      And his commitment to Israel has nothing to do with a single visit—-mentioned he was there right before he became president—–but his commitment to Israel by his ongoing actions.

  26. 75 CTGirl
    March 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Now on to Rush Limbaugh! come on now!

    • March 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Made the call to Sandra because he thought about how he wants Malia and Sasha to be able to engage and speak out and to not be demeaned and insulted and called names—- and feels the same for any private citizen.

  27. 78 Melanie
    March 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Here comes the Limbaugh question….

  28. March 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Who asked this question about Rush? I want to know what liberal talk person has said anything like Rush has. That is as big as Rush.

  29. 81 HZ
    March 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Mr. President is schooling Jessica not. I love our President.HZ

  30. March 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Democrats have a better story to tell to women. (wow, is that true!)

  31. March 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Great gettin up day again TODsters!!!! Our president is smart, compassionate, firm, and has plain ol’ common sense. It’s too bad the reprters have to ask the numbnut questions to keep their jobs. Oh drat! I forgot he can’t speak without the teleprompter. Does that mean this press conference really isn’t happening?

  32. March 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    PBO is completely SLAMMING this presser. Every single response is first rate and blows right past the nonsense from the press. BRAVO.

  33. 88 desertflower
    March 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Mr President…what would you like to say to Mitt Romney? “Good Luck tonight. …No really “! HAHA! Great answer

    • 89 Bill
      March 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      I hope the answer will be replayed over and over again in this news cycle. The smile along with the answer was good also.

      • 90 desertflower
        March 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm

        it was perfect. He totally kicked ass today…I especially liked that answer to yet another stupid question my the MSM. They actually get PAID to be this ridiculous??

  34. 91 defytheodds
    March 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    That was great answer Mr. President about Willard! Really!! 🙂

  35. March 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Norah O’D—–asks what would you like to say to Romney after he called you a feckless president etc. PBO said he would say, “Good luck tonight.” Someone said—no, really. And PBO replied, “Really!” (haha—good one)

  36. 94 Melanie
    March 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Wow the tone of this presser is so much different than that last one. I remember how rude certain reporters were. Much lighter this time!

  37. March 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    OMG, PBO just snarked the hell out of Romney!!!!

    Adios, Norah! Thanks for playing!

    • 96 Ladyhawke
      March 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      I loved the way President Obama just ignored the jackals that were yelling out. It’s so rude and unprofessional. And boy did he make Ed Henry look like a fool. Ed’s gotcha question about the price of oil bit him in the arse. I loved that. Watching the press conference is just mesmerizing. PBO is so comfortable in his own skin.

      • March 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm

        I’d love to watch this on an endless loop. He was magnificent. One of his best ever. His second term is going to ROCK.

    • 98 Cha
      March 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      Brwawawawaa!~ I’m loving this..it’s way over on the East Coast but I’m out here on Kaua’i and enjoying the heck outta the TODDIES reporting on the presser! :p Maholo plenty~

  38. 99 Hachikō
    March 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Are you guys watching this press conference? Best press conference EVAH! POTUS is on fire! 😀

  39. 104 defytheodds
    March 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm

  40. March 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Good answer Mr President to that tool Nora. Good luck!!!! Loved that.

  41. 108 eveingeorgia
    March 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    @edwina and @collegekay

    He was fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Did he ever handle that press conference.

  42. March 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Podium slap and OUT.

  43. 114 Proud of Obama
    March 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    TODers, I am still laughing at PBO wishing Romney good luck. Love him!

  44. 121 anniebella
    March 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I love the way POTUS answer the question about those clowns on the GOP side running their darn mouth about how things should be handle with Iran.

    • 122 anniebella
      March 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Mitt don’t piss in your pants when you realize you will have to stand on the same stage and debate our President Obama.

    • March 6, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Same neocon B.S. What the hell does it take for these folks to be discredited and why does the MSM gin up their dangerous rhetoric?

  45. 124 edp4bho
    March 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Did he ever get to the intended topic? I couldn’t view it here.

    • 125 elo4obama/biden
      March 6, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      He started presser talking about the settlement for vets who were either illegally(?) foreclosed on or denied re-financing. I missed the first 2- 3 minutes. I do know the ones denied will be back paid by banks what they would have saved along with a substantial penalty fee. Of course not one of the jackals posed a follow up question to that. I can’t wait to replay the presser. Great news for our military vets! Our president is always thinking of ways to impliment better outcomes for them.

      • 126 edp4bho
        March 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm

        Thank you. I could tell by the comments what the “important” topics were. They would be shell shocked to inquire about what’s good for the country. You’d think natural disasters, hunger, poverty would be the stuff of another universe in their minds.

        • March 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm

          Yes, Ed, nobody asked about the disasters in Indiana and Ohio and not one single question about the topic of the day–help with mortgages– and believe me, more real people are interested in that topic than anything else. The whole WH press corps exists on another planet.

          • 128 yardarm756
            March 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm

            You’re right Jackie and you can bet they are somewhere having cocktails and slapping each other on the back. Telling each other how clever they are while loading up on hor derves(sp) especially Ed Henry(pig).

  46. 129 Bill R.
    March 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Wow! Does this President know how to handle the clown show, or what?? Totally humiliated Ed Henry on his idiot question about gas prices. And let the world know he is happy to have MItt Romney be the nominee who will soon be crushed in the fall. His answer on the TC to Sandra Fluke was out of the park.

  47. 133 defytheodds
    March 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    This just about says it all….

  48. 139 majii
    March 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    These WH press tools are always messing with PBO, and he keeps swatting them down like flies. I truly believe that this president’s intelligence and thought ways of thinking about everything gets on their nerves. They want short, stupid answers like the kind they got from GWB, but they still haven’t realized that there’s a new “no drama”sheriff in town who has no desire to play games with their worthless behinds. He doesn’t need them to take dictation for him like GWB and his criminal cabal. He says what he means to their faces and doesn’t care how they take it. I expect some feelings were hurt today, and I expect to see some stupid articles reflecting the hurt feelings of those whose idiocy PBO smacked down in this presser.

  49. 142 Lorraine
    March 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I didn’t watch but the reaction to President Obama’s “good luck” to flip floppy was good. Willard can’t run with the big dogs who wear the big draws!

  50. 143 Brit
    March 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    David Gregory is a liar. Republicans DO want war with Iran. Where has he been?

  51. 146 anniebella
    March 6, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    When FLOTUS was in Kansas City, I love how the military people and their family was so impress with FLOTUS. 4 More Years…. 4 More Years….4 More Years

  52. 147 Hachikō
    March 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    In case you missed it, here’s Ed Henry making an ass of himself, and POTUS spanking him for it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ64KQCY7ro&feature=colike

  53. 149 elo4obama/biden
    March 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Anyone else thin Jessica Yellin was gleefully pleased with the Prez’s answer to question if he thinks their is a war on women as someone on his team said? I loved how he started off about being married to Michelle Obama and knowing not to tell her what to think 🙂 or was it what to care about. But anyway he further broke it down that most women like men too are not single issue voters. What happens with the economy affects how they will take care of their families.

    He declined to spend all his time commenting on politicians and pundits, reminded them that was their job. If he spent his time doing that he could not DO his job.

    • 150 Hachikō
      March 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      When she tried to use his own words against him: “But you talk about civility…” POTUS, “Yes, and I practice it.” Boom! He was just beautiful today.

      • March 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm

        Hachiko, I loved that comment by our POTUS. He sat Jessica Yellin down in her seat again. Now, Jessica, do not show off up in here, okay. Do not have me place you in a Big Time Out. You Got That. That is what I yelled out while I was watching POB give her the facts.HZ

  54. 153 Linda
    March 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    What the heck is Tamron Hall thinking with that dress ?

  55. 160 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    March 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm


  56. March 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    President to Robney- good luck tonight?

    In other words, Bring it!

  57. 162 Lorraine
    March 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I would feel sorry for Willard if he wasn’t such a lying weasel. He doesn’t have the intelligence, charisma and wordsmith to keep up with President Obama.

  58. 166 Ladyhawke
    March 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    House GOP Moves to Repeal IPAB

    By JM Ashby


    The primary objective of the panel is to increase efficiency and reduce costs. You know, things the Republicans are constantly crying about. “Government is inefficient” and “we can’t afford it” they say.

    Ironically, that’s exactly why they want to repeal this cost-cutting, time-saving, common-sense advisory board. They’re deathly afraid that it will work. They’re afraid government will become more efficient, and that costs will go down. They’re afraid of losing another set of talking points to governmental competence.



  59. 168 CTGirl
    March 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Drip, drip!

  60. March 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Obama comments on Limbaugh controversy
    By Steve Benen – Tue Mar 6, 2012 2:41 PM EST.

    President Obama held his first press conference in a few months this afternoon, and while the bulk of the discussion was focused on Iran and international affairs, two reporters inquired about the controversy surrounding Rush Limbaugh’s recent misogynistic remarks.

    The president didn’t want to address the decisions of advertisers that are fleeing Limbaugh’s program, or the sincerity of the host’s so-called “apology,” but Obama was willing to talk about what prompted him to reach out directly to Sandra Fluke.

    In short, the president explained that his reaction was driven by thoughts of his own daughters.

    “One of the things I want them to do as they get older is engage in issues they care about, even ones I may not agree with them on,” he told reporters today. “I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way. And I don’t want them attacked or called horrible names because they’re being good citizens.”

    Obama added, “I wanted Sandra to know that I thought her parents should be proud of her, and that we want to send a message to all our young people that being part of a democracy involves argument and disagreements and debate. And we want you to be engaged, and there’s a way to do it in a way that doesn’t involve you being demeaned and insulted.”


  61. 170 Jewelz
    March 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I think President Obama really really want to face Romney in the general election. He is impatient for the GE to get here so he can crush and dismantle Mittens like the piece of trash he is.

  62. 172 Debz
    March 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    You are quick with the videos, now I don’t have to wait for the whole video to come out!!

  63. March 6, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Political AnimalBlog
    March 06, 2012 12:49 PM
    By Ed Kilgore

    We have a new data point today on the impact of the GOP nominating contest on the general electorate, and if I were a Republican, I’d be worried, per ABC pollster Gary Langer:

    All four Republican contenders remain underwater in overall favorability in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, marking the difficulties the survivor may face against Barack Obama. More Americans hold negative than positive views of Romney by a 10-point margin, Rick Santorum by 8 points, Ron Paul by 9 points and Newt Gingrich by a whopping 33 points.


  64. 175 Ladyhawke
    March 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm


    Obama comments on Limbaugh controversy

    By Steve Benen


    In short, the president explained that his reaction was driven by thoughts of his own daughters.
    Limbaugh has picked a lot of fights over the years, but even he may not have been prepared for the righteous anger that comes with an attack on Americans’ daughters.



  65. March 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    See in Toledo, Oh. only 8% turnout as of 1:00 today. In 2008 the turnout was over 45%. And of course there’s a problem in re-districting with Dem voters who thought they could vote in contested Dem. primary finding out they had been switched to a different district where there was no Dem opponent.

  66. March 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Oh lord wasn’t that just the most fun?? I soooo love watching/listening to our President.. I loathe the White House Press Corp- and I avoid them always.. except when POTUS is speaking.. he makes it all worthwhile.

  67. 179 donna dem 4 obama
    March 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Gosh Darnit, I love our President. That response to Norah Non-Reporter O’Donnell was priceless.

    “Good Luck Mitt” ….We’ll see you on the campaign trail where I will CRUSH YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

  68. March 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    TODers, this PREZ brilliance leaves me in awe every single time.
    Press conferences are my favorite venue for him. His brilliance in these
    situations, answering any topic thrown at him sans teleprompter I might add,
    is just amazing.

    The press corp looks like junior high in these situations don’t they?
    And poor Ed Henry, when will he ever learn? 🙂

  69. 181 desertflower
    March 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    tnmtgirl?????????????????? Tuesday, must be more hypocricy


    Here’s yet another example of the Republicans chasing their hypocritical-tails on big government spending.

    The House Energy & Commerce Committee on Tuesday morning approved repeal of President Obama’s Medicare cost-cutting Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) by a voice vote. Democrats, who have been skittish about the panel, did not ask for a roll call vote.

    The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), also referred to as “death panels,” is one of the primary cost-cutting measures included in the Affordable Care Act. The IPAB is a panel, which won’t come into effect until 2014 along with the rest of the Affordable Care Act, that will study the effectiveness of medical treatments and procedures to determine the most cost-effective way to provide healthcare, and will reimburse providers accordingly.

    The primary objective of the panel is to increase efficiency and reduce costs. You know, things the Republicans are constantly crying about. “Government is inefficient” and “we can’t afford it” they say.

  70. 183 desertflower
    March 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    From Bob Cesca:

    “Higher income people don’t have to pay taxes if they don’t want to.” Rick Santorum

    Exactly. We rest our case. Thanks, Rick.

    • 184 donna dem 4 obama
      March 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm


      That is all!

    • 185 edp4bho
      March 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      In a fair playing field, and with these frikkin idiots, PBO would be polling at 80/20 at best. I am not very proud of 50% of America. There, I said it. Sue me, nasty lurkers.

  71. 186 collegekay
    March 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I am so proud of President Obama!

    I can’t wait to see the full presser when it becomes available!

  72. March 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Bashir just excellent again, saying the WH press—-and Repub candidates— were exposed as children today with their casual questions and promotion of war. Guest David Corn is always good too—-saying it was like a Clint Eastwood moment——and noting that President Obama always thinks long term. Bashir and Corn noted that this may not always be good politically—-not reacting impulsively to the cause du jour—-but it is good when you consider the possibility of World Peace. They noted what we did—that President Obama is always 1000 rungs above all the shallow riff raff below.

    • 188 Lorraine
      March 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      I love Martin Bashir even though his interview was the beginning of the end of Michael. I can’t get over it, yet. Bravo Martin for telling the whole truth (not about Michael) about the lame stream media and the Republican wanna bees.

      • 189 CBO
        March 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm

        I always thought that Michael was the one who did himself in that interview.
        Martin Bashir was simply the stander-by holding the cellphone camera watching it go down in flames.
        I don’t really see how he could get blamed for that.
        Michael was responsible for everything Michael – including his own downfall.

        • 190 edp4bho
          March 6, 2012 at 3:56 pm

          Who’s Michael ?

          • 191 PoliticalJunkessa
            March 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm


          • 192 edp4bho
            March 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm

            Never mind, Upon reading down thread, it’s Michael Jackson. Yes, I saw that interview. Very probing. I agree with CBO. Bashir did get personal, but no more than Baraba WaWa has done for eons. I was uncomfortable when he asked him about his dating habits, i.e. dating black women, but since it was a question I myself was curious about, I accepted it. Still, he went just a tad too far on that one when it comes to my journalistic standards. But we can admit we have wondered a lot of things about Michael, which is why any of us tuned in in the first place.

        • 193 lisalovesobama
          March 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm

          THIS!!! I was studying for my AP American history example when I heard my mom watching in the living room. I turned to my mom and said: ” what an idiot. That kid’s gonna sue him so fast, he won’t know what hit him………..” Fast forward——- the kid’s parents sued. I don’t blame Martin, Jackson should have known better. He was grown man. I was a teenager and even I knew better.

          • 194 anniebella
            March 6, 2012 at 7:17 pm

            For along time I would not watch Martin Bashir. I could not stand the man, I did not like Bashir and it was only after Michael died that i started to watch Bashir because he seem to support President Obama.

        • 195 geeja
          March 6, 2012 at 8:51 pm

          I will never believe that there was anything sexual about Michael and those kids. I saw Michael as very naive and childlike. I came in contact with another icon last week and she was just lost. There are people who have a total disconnect from the real world and Michael was one. The media should not exploit these weak and fragile souls.

  73. 196 TheShyLurker
    March 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Martin Bashir is verbally whipping Rick Tyler’s ass.


  74. 197 donna dem 4 obama
    March 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    All over the left blogsphere people are chomping at the bit to see the PBO/Romney matchup in debates.

    I just read a comment where someone said: “the DNC could put the Presidential debates on Pay-Per-View and folks would pay to watch it”. That’s how good President Obama is 😉

    • March 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      thats so funny donna, I swear I’d pay to watch.

    • 199 edp4bho
      March 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      I got to watch the last debate PBO had with McCain on a movie screen at Swarthmore College during one of the campaign meetings. Surreal !! It was just like being in the same room. I’m hoping to have that same experience, and have even more fun watching PBO make Romney’s head spin.

  75. 200 LOL
    March 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    This is the definition of getting your ass handed to you..

    • March 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      That indeed was a thing of beauty and a joy forever. And bonus!—it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving priggish “reporter”.

    • 202 isonprize
      March 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      DAMN! Just DAMN. Pres. OBAMA, just told that “reporter” to go sit down and shut up. 😎

    • 203 Ladyhawke
      March 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      This made my day. As I said in a previous comment, Ed “Cheshire Cat” Henry’s gotcha question bit him in the arse. It was a thing of beauty.

    • 206 edp4bho
      March 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      Thank you for my first belly laugh of the day. Ed is like one of those doughboy kids who got beat up on the playground, and kept coming back for me, trying to fit in. He’s worh the laugh, if anything.

      • 207 anniebella
        March 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm

        Ed Henry is such a jackass. But that’s okay President Obama answer the dumb jackass the way his question need to be answer. Fourth and fifth graders would ask better questions than these reporters.

        • 208 anniebella
          March 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm

          Let me answer your question President Obama, No, Ed “the Fox” Henry makes no sense at all.

  76. March 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm

  77. March 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Alienating students, too
    By Steve Benen – Tue Mar 6, 2012 10:04 AM EST.
    Associated Press

    Romney campaigns against student aid in Ohio.
    When it comes to alienating key voting constituencies, Republicans are on a roll. The GOP has already gone out of its way to push Latino voters away, and seems to operating under the assumption that women no longer vote at all.

    Yesterday, Mitt Romney, the likely Republican presidential nominee, decided to alienate students, too

    The high school senior who stood up at Mitt Romney’s town hall meeting here today was worried about how he and his family would pay for college, and wanted to hear what the candidate would do about rising college costs if elected. He didn’t realize that Mr. Romney was about to use him to demonstrate his fiscal conservatism to the crowd.

    The answer: nothing.

    Mr. Romney was perfectly polite to the student. He didn’t talk about the dangers of liberal indoctrination on college campuses, as Rick Santorum might have. But his warning was clear: shop around and get a good price, because you’re on your own

    Romney could have talked about student loans, Pell Grants, or efforts to help curtail sharp increases in tuition rates, but the Republican instead urged the Ohio student to find a college “that has a little lower price.”


  78. 217 eveingeorgia
    March 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I’m glad I didn’t see Martin’s interview concerning Michael. I can’t bear to think of him grilling Michael like he does everybody else!

    I still mourn for Michael, and to date I am very impressed with Martin. It makes for a very uncomfortable state of mind.

    He is really tough.What kind of mind does it take to be that confrontational? He doesn’t back down from anyone!

    He call it as he sees it, that’s for sure. He is formidable, because he deals with facts. Did he have the ‘facts’when he interviewed Michael, or was he caught up in the media frenzy?

    • 218 Lorraine
      March 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Smooches, love.

    • 219 lovingandlaughing
      March 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Eveninggeorgia, I watched the Michael Jackson /Bashir video so long ago that I do not remember everything, but what I came away with after I watched it I did not feel Bashir was out to get MJ. It seemed Bashir was trusted by MJ and he let him into his world. Once there Bashir could not ignore the strange stuff he was witness to. Bashir went along on a shopping trip MJ took in Vegas. It was very, very bizarre seeing all that MJ was buying while also knowing he was having finacial problems. I was the biggest MJ fan as a teen. I went in watching the Bashir MJ video honestly not knowing what I would end up thinking. I did not come away with a bad impression of Bashir, but I felt MJ was completely over the edge and living in a very strange world of his own that was a negative result of his incredible fame. I think if you were to watch it you would not be upset with Bashir, but just very sad about Michael. Those are my personal thoughts. Again, I have not watched it in a very long time…8 or 10 years…? I do not even remember when it came out.

      • 220 PoliticalJunkessa
        March 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm

        Excellent comments. i feel the same as you about the interview.

        • 221 anniebella
          March 6, 2012 at 7:10 pm

          I disagree 100% concerning Bashir and his interview with Michael Jackson. Bashir was out to make his big name and he did by going stabbing Michael in the back. For along time I would not watch Bashir, I remember after his documentary on Michael he was on Nightline and I would not watch it. Part of his pay from ABC for going after Michael. But Michael is gone now, so I let it go.

  79. 222 CTGirl
    March 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Drip, drip!

  80. 225 CTGirl
    March 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm


  81. 228 CTGirl
    March 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    If you missed Mrs. Obama on BET last Sunday, here it is:

    Lift Every Voice takes a look at the efforts of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign. The show’s host, Cory Condrey, interviews the First Lady. Mrs. Obama discusses keeping a balance between being a Christian, a mother, a wife, and an advocate.


    • 229 Lorraine
      March 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      I watch Lift Every Voice sometimes before I leave for church. I hope First Lady Michelle gave the host some tips, he needs it.

  82. 231 Ladyhawke
    March 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm


    Radio Experts: Limbaugh May Have Triggered Long-Term Ad Exodus


    Rush Limbaugh’s misogynistic comments about a Georgetown law student are affecting advertisers more than the usual controversial broadcast statements and may spark a long-term problem for the conservative host, according to journalists who cover radio and advertising.

    Veteran radio observers credit the quick exodus of advertisers in recent days to the severity of Limbaugh’s sexist rant and the ability of social media to force companies to comment on the controversy. These experts also tell Media Matters many major advertisers generally avoid commentators like Limbaugh, shrinking the pool of possible replacements.



  83. March 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    White, male and heteronormative (On, Wisconsin!)
    By Laura Conaway – Tue Mar 6, 2012 1:28 PM EST.

    Last night, we were excited to have Lilly Ledbetter on the show. Ledbetter is the living embodiment of equal pay for equal work. She spent her working life as an exemplary staffer in an Alabama Goodyear tire factory, only to discover that for years she’d been paid 40 percent less than her male colleagues.

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Ledbetter was entitled to nothing, because she had not filed a complaint within 180 days of the discrimination beginning. She managed to get the change in Congress that she couldn’t in the courts. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first bill signed into law by President Obama.

    But equal pay for equal work is not a done deal. In Wisconsin, the Republican legislature has sent Governor Walker a bill that strikes the enforcement from the state’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act. If you read the bill, you’ll see that it’s about deleting; it adds nothing and takes away the protections the state had offered beyond the Lilly Ledbetter law. All it needs now is Scott Walker’s signature.


  84. 233 Lorraine
    March 6, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Willard is so pathetic, he is holding a press availability today. Did him watch President Obama’s News Conference, then realize he would NEVER be able to compete with him?

    • 234 Lorraine
      March 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      “he” Chips, I need you. typo

    • 235 Ladyhawke
      March 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      I want to see Mitt Romney take questions from the press without notes and a teleprompter. This will be fascinating.

    • 239 57andFemale
      March 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      Bashir keeps showing the clip of a senior demanding that Mittens repeal ‘Obamacare’.

      What is wrong with these seniors who don’t know that the extra benefits they are getting RIGHT NOW are from ACA?!?!?!

      You guys will flame me I’m sure, but I still don’t think the administration has sold ACA effectively. The seniors at the very least, who benefited the earliest, should know this stuff and they don’t. I balme the seniors themselves, too, but there is still a great deal of misinformation and confusion amongst seniors on this issue.

      • 240 desertflower
        March 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm

        I think that info should be sent out with everyone’s taxes. They may ignore it, but they sure wouldn’t be able to say they never got told.

      • 241 edp4bho
        March 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm

        I agree, and even PBO admitted he didn’t do a good job of it. As complicated as it may seem, I would like to see it portrayed in short bites for the person who will not, or is not aware enough to, peruse the White House site for explanation. We have a very ill-informed public which is also lazy, for the most part, and expects to get truth from the pundits….still. I also think full discussion of it is due to the fact that there are many challenges on it, and the administration is still reading polls on the support of many of its components.

    • 242 collegekay
      March 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      Always copying PBO. Can’t he do anything on his own?

  85. March 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Fellow Netflix users: They’ve pulled their ads from the gasbag’s show, per TP!

  86. 247 CTGirl
    March 6, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Wow! Talk about excellence!! President Barack Obama called his niece, Leslie Robinson — a three-sport star at Corvallis (Ore.) — the “best athlete in our family.”


    • 248 PoliticalJunkessa
      March 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      I remember that from the Bill Simmons Podcast. Great stuff.

    • 249 Jessica
      March 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      She’s so cute and I’m glad she’s excelling both on and off court. But I’m saddened to hear people are taking shots at her about the President and her dad. Lame asses.

  87. 250 LOL
    March 6, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Dedicated to the hater out there

  88. March 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I was hoping my horrific, teabagger, deadbeat dad congressman, Joe Walsh, would be thrown in the slammer today for non-payment of child support. But, alas, the case was continued again, ex-wife’s lawyer saying they were working on a settlement, even tho he has protested that he owed nothing.
    This worst person in Congress faces no primary challenger in new Dem leaning 8th district in Illinois, will face either former state treasurer, Krishnamoorthi or Tammy Duckworth, the Iraq helicopter pilot who lost both her legs and has since been working with Veterans Affairs.

    • 253 57andFemale
      March 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      I want to see him handed his ass on a platter, that miserable…………

      If Melissa Bean had stood proud of her party and her president’s accomplishments, she would have kept her seat.

    • March 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      Walsh is going to lose so badly in November. The primary on the Dem side is going to be interesting. We have a split household on this one. My wife is voting for Duckworth and I am voring for Krisnamoorthi. Either would be good congresspeople and both would be more progressive than Bean was.

  89. 255 Ladyhawke
    March 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    World Powers Agree to Resume Nuclear Talks With Iran



    BRUSSELS — The global powers dealing with Iran’s disputed nuclear program said Tuesday that they had accepted its offer to resume negotiations broken off in stalemate more than a year ago — a move that could help relieve increased pressure from Israel to use military force against Tehran.

    “I have offered to resume talks with Iran on the nuclear issue,” said Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, who represents the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany as the contact on the nuclear issue with Iran. “We hope that Iran will now enter into a sustained process of constructive dialogue which will deliver real progress.”



  90. March 6, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    • 258 Ladyhawke
      March 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm


      Freakin awesome. Keep them coming. Rush Limbaugh has learned the hard way – Don’t Disrespect America’s Daughters. He hit a nerve. It’s amazing the number of advertisers who specifically said they had daughters and they were outraged by his comments. It was a personal affront to so many Americans.

    • 260 CTGirl
      March 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      Watch Ed Henry’s smirk while Norah is asking her question. He is really a little jerk!

      • 261 Cheryllou
        March 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm

        Ed Henry is a prick. I can’t stand the man.

      • 262 edp4bho
        March 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        He’d better hold onto that smirk, cause PBO handed Nora her ass on a platter as well. For the life of me, don’t these faux-elites ever get tired of getting their clocks cleaned by their President? Do they not get that for Barack Obama to become President, he had to be twice as good as all others? This is like crack to them……..will destroy you but you can’t leave it alone.

    • 263 desertflower
      March 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      I could watch that everyday. Look at Ed Henry’s smug face.Those little “cherub” cheeks are just MADE for smackin’!

    • 264 collegekay
      March 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Is it me or has Ed Henry gained weight over the course of PBO’s presidency?

    • 268 edp4bho
      March 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      I’m watching the snippets, until I get home to view it in full, but that bright smile and quick response is just too precious. PBO, in case you read TOD, I love you and respect you, and I will fight for you to the death.

    • 269 Cha
      March 6, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      No doubt, PBO wiped that prepubescent smirk off edhenry’s titillated doughnut hole.

  91. March 6, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Question: Netflix–#30 and Capital One #32. What happened to #31????? Is it a typo or miscount?

  92. March 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Romney struggles with the basics in Iran
    By Steve Benen – Tue Mar 6, 2012 3:30 PM EST

    At the most recent debate for the Republican presidential candidates, Mitt Romney wanted to show off his understanding of international affairs, and told the audience that Syria is Iran’s “key ally” and Iranians’ “route to the sea.”

    Iran, of course, has 1,520 miles of its own coastline — and doesn’t share a border with Syria. In trying to demonstrate his foreign policy acumen, most notably regarding Iran, Romney helped prove he hasn’t even looked at a map of the region in a while.

    And yet, the former governor continues to feign expertise on the subject matter. Today he has an op-ed in the Washington Post, calling for Iranian sanctions (which Obama has already imposed); backing Israel (which Obama has also already done); and shaping a U.S. policy towards Iran that’s “the same as Ronald Reagan’s.”

    Um, Mitt? The Reagan administration sold Iran weapons, in violation of an arms embargo, in order to help illegally finance the Contras in Nicaragua. Reagan also sought a check on Iranian power by cozying up to Saddam Hussein after he used chemical weapons against his own people.


  93. 273 eveingeorgia
    March 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    @lovingandlaughing, I am just reading your pot. After reading it, I ort of remember either hearing about, maybe even seeing that interview.
    Thank you for summarizing it for me – I feel less troubled now. Sometimes I wish I were not so dad-blamed sensitive!

  94. 274 desertflower
    March 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    HEY! Mr. “I KNOW EVERYTHING” GIngrich…wake the hell up!


  95. 275 a4alice
    March 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    “Netflix has not and does not purchase advertising on the Rush Limbaugh show. We do buy network radio advertising and have confirmed that two Netflix spots were picked up in error around the Rush Limbaugh show. We have instructed our advertising agency to make sure that this error will not happen again.”


    Whew. thought I was going to have to pry Netflix away from my hubby. That would not have been pretty……

    March 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm


  97. March 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    The Sandra Fluke thing is a big deal. I have Conservative Doctors who work in my hospital asking me If a heard about and how them and their wives are outraged and they hope Rush finally gets it this time. My jaw dropped to the floor. I have known by their mutterings when the ACA rooled that they are GOP. But this just shocked me. It seems this is nonpartisan. So thats Good.
    I love the way PBO smacked Ed henry.

  98. 283 desertflower
    March 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Wonder how many advertisers he has to lose and not pick up, to no longer even have a show? That’s how many I want him to lose….plus some extra. Just ‘cuz.

  99. 284 eveingeorgia
    March 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    @Lovinganlaughing, that’s ‘post’and ‘sort’. My s key is sticking.

    @liberallibrarian – Deaniac and Booman disagree about AG Holder’s statements concerning the taking out of American terrorists who target Americans.

    I agree with Holder. His legal arguments make sense to me. (Personally, I think targeting your own countrymen sort of nulls and voids your ‘rights’ as a citizen. But, of course, this is why I am a private citizen, with absolutely no input.) I may not understand all the legal implications, but I certainly agreed with what I did understand from Deaniac’s statement.
    How do you interpret their disagreement?

    • March 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      I haven’t read Booman’s take on it. But I just have a question for him: When the southern states started to secede after Lincoln’s election, did the President ask a court for permission to go to war against them? These are Americans who have declared war against their own country. If we can capture them, fine. But if they’re planning attacks against the US, how is taking them out before they can attack any different than what the Union did in the Civil War?

      • 286 Eveingeorgia
        March 6, 2012 at 5:35 pm

        That’s the way I see it, and I do appreciate the historical perspective. Thanks for responding.

  100. 288 CTGirl
    March 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm

  101. 290 CTGirl
    March 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I had to sit for this:

  102. 291 CTGirl
    March 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Drip, drip

  103. 292 Suzette
    March 6, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Loved the President’s response to Ed. For someone representing his organization and taking up the front seat of the Press Room in the White House, he could have come with a better question or worded the question better.

    How did he expect the President to respond?

    “Well Ed, I really, really do want gas prices to go up. These American are definitely not paying enough. They need to pay more.”

    I think the President gave the perfect response.

  104. 297 donna dem 4 obama
    March 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    TOD please help me get Limbaugh off of my local radio station here in the dc area. Twitter Brigade Please retweet. Thx

    March 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm


  106. March 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Concerning the advertisers dropping from Rush. Clear Channel sells the advertising and distributes it around. An advertiser it not necessarily aware it will air during Rush’s show. Now, however, they are specifically telling Clear Channel they do not want the ads to air during his show. I wonder what effect this will have on Clear Channels revenue. Ad rates are tied to listenership. Sinc ethey can’t add Rush’s listenership to their ad pitch, will they have to lower rates? I know, if I was an ad company, I would be pushing for rates to be lowered if they can’t promise a certain level of listenership.

  107. 304 desertflower
    March 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm


    Dems clearly see an opportunity to exacerbate the gender gap that is already widening, perhaps due to the substance of the dispute over birth control. Yesterday’s NBC/WSJ poll found that Obama is now leading Romney by 55-37 among women. A recent poll by Dem Stan Greenberg found that unmarried women — a key Dem constituency that Obama must win back in 2008 numbers — now back Obama by 65-30.

  108. 305 #1 obama fan
    March 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Woot the local news in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia is reporting extremely low voter turnout..with less than 2 hours until the polls close..predicting less than 10% participation..I passed by “Vote here” signs on the way home..ghost town..I know they wish President Obama was on their team(on the real)..too bad so sad..our guy(PBO) is amazing and I love him !

  109. March 6, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Yeah Baby!!!

  110. March 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

  111. March 6, 2012 at 5:40 pm

  112. March 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Democratic National Committee, Obama 2012 SuperTuesday Memos hit Romney
    By Lynn Sweet on March 6, 2012 7:51 AM | No Comments
    Mitt Romney gets SuperTuesday hits in memos from the Democratic National Committee chief Patrick Gaspard and Obama 2012 deputy manager Stephanie Cutter…
    Click below for the memos….
    below, from the DNC’s Patrick Gaspard and Obama 2012’s Stephanie Cutter…


  113. March 6, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Is it me or in the clip of “Good Luck Tonight” does the reporter sitting to Nora O’Donnell’s right look like Darth Vader after they removed his mask in “Return of the Jedi”?

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