heads up: pbo press conference in colombia

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  1. 10 desertflower
    April 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Posting this again here. Please pass.


    The U.S. Maternal Mortality Ratio (the number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births) is shockingly high, well above the average for the developed world, and higher than virtually all of Western Europe as well as some countries in Asia and the Middle East. Even more troubling, U.S. maternal mortality has increased in the last two decades, and is now more than twice as high as it was in the late 1980s. The Affordable Care Act included provisions designed to help stop this scary trend—not just by expanding health care access (many maternal deaths could be prevented with proper care)—but also through the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, created as part of ACA, which provides nurses and social workers to work with high-risk moms, starting before they give birth, to help them have healthy pregnancies and deliveries and support their babies’ health and development after birth.The program is modeled after programs, such as the Nurse Family Partnership that have a strong track record of improving maternal and child outcomes, preventing abuse and neglect, increasing fathers’ involvement in their kids’ lives, improving kids’ school performance, reducing crime, and saving the taxpayers a boatload of money over the long term. But all that could go the way of the dodo, if ACA is struck down or repealed (and some of the right wing fear-mongering about this program must be seen to be believed).

  2. April 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Wow! my very first ‘first’…..ever. 🙂

  3. 14 amk for obama
    April 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Ha. First from bert cert land.

  4. 18 Pamela
    April 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    How cool on Jackie Robinson Day, all the players are wearing #42! you guys already knew that probably, but the Mariners are about to start their first Sunday home game, the roof is open and THE SUN IS SHINING IN SEATTLE! WooHoot!

    • 19 0388jojothecat
      April 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      Hi Pamela in Seattle. I am from the birthplace of Jackie Robinson and how proud I am to hear that.

      • 20 Pamela
        April 15, 2012 at 6:13 pm

        Happy yo be the one t report that to you, jojo, look at me, I am HOME three hours early today, am outside with kitty, making a video f the garden and the trees in bloom! Lovely! So lovely… Kitty is eating grass and enjoying her outing ( she can only be out on a leash with me holding the other end) no worries here! 😉

        • 21 0388jojothecat
          April 15, 2012 at 7:18 pm

          It’s a lovely sunny day here in SoCal and my kittie was outside today too. I live in a townhouse style condo so I leave the door a jar so she can come in and out and if she doesn’t check in, I’ll go out to ’round her up to come back home. She’s good about not going too far but I do need to check on her so she won’t get stuck in someone’s garage or wonder too far. I know how the PNW folks love being outside especially on a beautiful day.

  5. April 15, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Thanks for congrats….wonder what my prize will be from Ms Chips?

  6. 23 Linda
    April 15, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    ok… Who thinks the first question from our jackals will be about the Secret Service ?

  7. 24 ParkRanger
    April 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm


    Gallup Daily: U.S. Job Creation Index

    The Gallup US Job Creation Index, based on a 3 day rolling average, has posted its highest mark since early 2008: +24


    US trade deficit fell in February to $46 billion

    The U.S. trade deficit fell in February to its lowest point in four months. American exports rose to an all-time high while imports dropped.

    The narrower deficit could lead economists to upward revise their growth estimates for the January-March quarter…..

  8. 26 Ladyhawke
    April 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Replying to ParkRanger’s comment in previous thread:

    President Obama Criticizes Media Coverage of Summit of The Americas




    Tweet and email the “Things I Want To Bitch About” post (or your own version of the post) along with the principles of journalism to cable/network stations, newspapers, reporters, bloggers in your area (and beyond). Bottom line, all we are asking is that the basic principles of journalism be followed when educating and informing the public. The first principle of journalism is TO TELL THE TRUTH. We need for the media to stop worrying about facts having a liberal bias. Stop carrying water for the GOP. Stop being led around by the nose by the GOP with phony manufactured controversies. Stop with the false equivalence between the parties. Stop trying to set the narrative. Stop being obsessed with only reporting the negative angle of every story. JUST DO YOUR JOB. Tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may.






    Things I Want To Bitch About


    (h/t desertflower)


    • 27 ParkRanger
      April 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      I agree Ladyhawke. Griping about it in our comments doesn’t feel good and doesn’t help find a solution. I make comments after articles on onlne media sites. I “like” good comments. I retweet good tweets. Sometimes I try to email commentators, but that can be frustrating and I don’t feel my voice is heard. I’m making the effort to learn Twitter (slooowly 🙂 and it seems like Twitter is very effective. I just have to learn how to iniate tweets myself and how to make effective tweets. I appreciate your comment very much!

      • 28 Ladyhawke
        April 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm

        I keep wondering how much better informed the American people would be if this simple principle was followed.

        1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth

        Democracy depends on citizens having reliable, accurate facts put in a meaningful context. Journalism does not pursue truth in an absolute or philosophical sense, but it can–and must–pursue it in a practical sense. This “journalistic truth” is a process that begins with the professional discipline of assembling and verifying facts. Then journalists try to convey a fair and reliable account of their meaning, valid for now, subject to further investigation. Journalists should be as transparent as possible about sources and methods so audiences can make their own assessment of the information. Even in a world of expanding voices, accuracy is the foundation upon which everything else is built–context, interpretation, comment, criticism, analysis and debate. The truth, over time, emerges from this forum. As citizens encounter an ever greater flow of data, they have more need–not less–for identifiable sources dedicated to verifying that information and putting it in context.


        • 29 a4alice
          April 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm

          yes! the politcal carnival that DF was talking about in the last post: “Things I want to Bitch About” Anyways she’s including the hash tag: #BitchorBurst . so you are saying a tweet like:

          @MSM news agency : hey guys way to let {insert name here} get away with espousing gop talking points and not pushing back against them #BitchorBurst {and any other thing provided you have space}

          kind of the gist, right?

          • 30 Ladyhawke
            April 15, 2012 at 5:26 pm

            Exactly, that’s the idea. All we are asking is that the basic tenants of good journalism be adhered to. We can not allow the media to abdicate their responsibility to educate and inform the public with the facts. So every tweet and/or email calling out lazy reporting (whether it’s cable, network, or reporter) should embarrass them and let them know we are on to them.

            I keep thinking about the post from Paul Krugman earlier this week about Mitt Romney entitled “The Mendacity Is The Message”. In the last paragraph, he made the point that Mitt Romney HAS CONTEMPT FOR THE NEWS MEDIA (AND THE VOTERS). How pathetic is that?

            The Mendacity Is The Message


            The core of Romney’s campaign strategy seems to be contempt for the news media (and the voters), the belief that he can say anything and pay no price — which was the way things worked for Bush. But maybe, just maybe, his calculation was wrong, and serial dishonesty will become, justifiably, part of the narrative.



  9. 31 auni
    April 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Shout out to hopefruit–great statment, and important, “no reason for false equivalency when you have the truth on your side”. Thanks for that. Saw that idiot Bauchman this am. Gregory just let her yap, lie, and be rude. She was talking about $2 gas that the Repubs would provide if elected, no truth to that, and was on the lie about President Obama hurting women because it’s his fault that so many women lost their jobs. When is Bauchman up for reelection? God, she has to be removed from office. I don’t know anything about her state, but hope someone strong will run against her.

    • 32 hopefruit2
      April 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks auni.

      And don’t get me started on the MTP segment with Gregory, Bachmann and Gillibrand. I’m not sure why Gillibrand was there because she basically allowed Gregory and Bachmann to dominate the segment with Republican lies while she gave half-assed and scattered responses. She sounded more like a member of a high school debate team than a US senator. What a waste of time!

  10. April 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm

  11. 35 collegekay
    April 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Hopefully CNN or CBS carries this on their livestream.

  12. 36 mtmarilyn
    April 15, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Good afternoon Chips and fellow TODders! Today is beautiful here in Phoenix, it’s 66 and sunny. Nice to be sitting outside on the porch with my computer. First part of the the family left this morning. Now we are waiting for some more family to come over for a visit. Desertflower, my son came in 11th out of 370 in the poker tournament. He won enough to pay for their trip down here, so they were happy.

    Our great President sure looks good in Columbia. Love those pictures with the sunglasses.

    Now off to llsten to the President!

    • 37 desertflower
      April 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      OMG Mom Marilyn! 11th place is an amazing finish for that many people! Some card shark you got there:) I’ll talk to you later today, or before you leave….off to the store. Making pezole for dinner!

  13. 38 Linda
    April 15, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I don’t see the news conference on the cnn line up…grrr

  14. April 15, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    CNN just said they will bring us the News Conf live in about 10 minutes

    • 40 hopefruit2
      April 15, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      I just saw that too. I hope they don’t cut off mid-way, especially if they feel the conference is going “too well” for the President.

    • 41 collegekay
      April 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      On tv? I don’t see anything

      • 42 hopefruit2
        April 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm

        yup – CNN said they would be carrying it live on TV in a few minutes. I guess it hasn’t started yet. But UT provided some links below 🙂

  15. 43 utaustinliberal
    April 15, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Hey TOD Washington Post and CBS will carry the press conference LIVE. Here are the links.



  16. 45 utaustinliberal
    April 15, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    CNN will be carrying the press conference LIVE on TV. NBC News will also be covering the press conference here:


  17. 57 a4alice
    April 15, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I’m listening to the chris wallace/david axelrod interview. right now. of course maybe i should’ve figured this out but mike wallace was his dad? i did not know this.

  18. 58 relellit
    April 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Good afternoon

    Not sure if this has been posted.

    Geithner: Romney’s women jobs lost numbers ‘ridiculous’


    Fox host to Romney aide: Women job loss claim an ‘accounting trick


    Polifact called Flipper Romney out too.

    • April 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Kudos to Chris Wallace. He nailed Gillespie good for trying to peddle that nonsense. You know you’re in trouble when FOX News is calling you out although week in and week out Wallace is proving to be a very pleasent surprise.

      • 60 57andfemale
        April 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm

        Well, Chris Wallace anyway. At least it’s something.

        • April 15, 2012 at 5:20 pm

          Actually Shephard Smith is pretty good as well and even Greta has her moments. She was one of the few media types last week sticking up for Hillary Rosen. Excluding people like Rev Al sometimes the difference between these networks is not as pronounced as it should be.

    • 63 Mel
      April 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Geithner was in all the Talk Shows this AM he was great. and by the way Hillary Rosen was going
      to be on MTP this AM, but she cancelled, by saying she did not wants to be a distraction to the real issues
      og women per Gregory, but hey had Crazy Michell Bachman, and Senator Hillbrand of NY, but david
      gregory let Bachman do all the fucking talking it was so crazy.

  19. 64 57andfemale
    April 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm

  20. 70 57andfemale
    April 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    This happens in America every day and should touch the heart of the Romneys. It evidently does not:


    I just tweeted and asked Ann Romney what makes a candidate ‘pro-family’ that would repeal ACA and approve of women dying needlessly of cancer because they can’t afford insurance, leaving their children without a mother.

    This would break their hearts if they had hearts. The American Family Wrecking Crew is more like it.

  21. April 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    …. with Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar

  22. April 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm

  23. 79 collegekay
    April 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Does anyone have a link to Axelrod on Fox News Sunday?

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  26. April 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm


  27. 86 Linda
    April 15, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Mitt always seems to speak without thinking. . .

    NOT because he has something to say. . .

    But because he has to SAY something.

    I wonder if PBO will have to hold back laughter at the debates.

  28. 91 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    The WH.gov audio feed is now streaming the presser. PBO hasn ‘t spoken yet.

  29. April 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    CNN will be going live their in a few!

  30. April 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    It sounds like a blast!

  31. 96 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    PBO talking now!

  32. April 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Santos hearts PBO.

    • 100 hopefruit2
      April 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      As do most of the international leaders who have REAL responsibilities!

    • 101 Ladyhawke
      April 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      It’s on MSNBC right now, but who knows when they will break away. I’m shocked they broke away from “Caught On Camera”.

  33. 102 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    PBO says they’ve reached agreement on several initiatives, including the free-trade agreement. The US-Columbia free trade agreement will be enforced starting on May 15th.

  34. 103 collegekay
    April 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    They’re translating him so I can’t hear him!

  35. 106 Linda
    April 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Grrrr…the translator is drowning him out…and TeaNN is NOT showing it.

  36. 108 utaustinliberal
    April 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    And there it goes. The female reporter just asked about the SS scandal and if PBO was angry.

  37. 112 sherijr
    April 15, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Hey all.. I’m wondering if anyone has heard from our marabout/ Hachiko recently? Do we know if she’ll be getting on the road to Maine tomorrow as she previously mentioned?

  38. 117 GGail
    April 15, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Uugggghhhhhhh – what happened to the WH feed??!!@@!!!!!!!

  39. 119 collegekay
    April 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Contrast the questions asked by the American media with those asked by the Colombian press.

    Truly an embarrassment.

  40. 125 Liberal Librarian
    April 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Ok, so this is a nearly perfect Sunday. Watched my Chelsea stomp on Tottenham. Dodgers are winning. Now Lakers are in overtime. Just had a Hebrew National dog and washing it down with a beer. Wife is napping with Stewie. And it’s sunny and warm in L.A. Ahhhhhh.

  41. 129 Linda
    April 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Good Gawd….

    A redistribution of wealth question ?????

  42. 132 Linda
    April 15, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    OMG…now TeaNN cut away to ego maniac Don Lemon…..

    • April 15, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      Lemon had on two guys (Dem, Rep backers) to discuss “war on women.” Then he showed the vidoe of Romney saying women on welfare should go to work. HA! CNN sent a request for a response, but the response they received didn’t answer the question about what Romney meant about “dignity” . Also, Lemon noted that Romney said the mothers needed to go out and work, not that they were already working and needed to go out and get MORE work! The Rep was having a hard time spinning that!

  43. 134 Bill
    April 15, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Once it was obvious the press conference had moved away from the Secret Service topic the live teevee coverage ended. From PBO’s responses it was apparent the summit was valuable in many ways, but the US public will never know about it.

    • April 15, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      All they will know about is the SS, and that a Republican Congressman says the scandal could be deeper.
      Ooooo, the man on the Grassy Knoll!

      • 136 Sharon
        April 15, 2012 at 6:36 pm

        But although they will not know, they will benefit because what was accomplished there and with all the advance work, will definitely impact the economy in a positive way. Why President Obama has a hard time making his case with the public–they just don’t know. But if the economy advances, he will get credit by the majority.

  44. 137 Linda
    April 15, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    At first, it appeared that GOP candidates keep talking radical smack to appease the 5-percenters on the outer right edge, who dominate the GOP primaries. However, looking at their legislative action over the past 4 years, one fact becomes evident: The Republican war on women is a concerted effort to re-engineer this country, and keep people in general, and women in particular, in permanent serfdom.

    There is the redefinition of rape, the effort to make contraception unaffordable, the redefinition of life itself (according to right wingers beginning before contraception now!), and there is the relentless axing of aid for pregnant women and single mothers at the same time. On top, they drain funds for education on state and federal level.

    Romney and the GOP essentially say: withhold contraception to increase pregnancies. Then force the women to have the children under all conditions, by making abortions only legal to those who can afford a trip to Canada or Europe. Then withhold financial aid and basic health care from women with children, and force them to work, while their kids grow up on the streets or in front of a X-Box, with now education, no hope, and no dignity. Why would Republocans do such a thing? It is an almost devilish plot.

    It is what Obama says: social Darwinism. People who are so desperate that they can not readily provide for their children any more are easy prey for exploitation. The plot is to compete with China in their own domain, which is cheap labor (and to make a lot of money on the side for the Romney’s offshore bank accounts and trust funds). Looking at all the facts, it cannot be denied any more, that the GOP wants to turn the middle class into permanent serfs for their new neo-feudalist society, where not the fittest but the richest survive.

    e-mail from a friend..

  45. 138 Bill
    April 15, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    POLITICO just sent out a “Breaking News” alert with PBO’s comments on the Secret Service and nothing else on the summit.

  46. 139 utaustinliberal
    April 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    The U.S. press should be ashamed of themselves. The Colombian press asked about pertinent domestic and world issues. The U.S. press asked about the SS scandal and redistribution of wealth. Ugh.

    • 140 theo67
      April 15, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      I kept watching the CBS feed after the press conference, and one of the WHPC reporters was priming her live feed, talking about the Secret Service and “continuing fallout”, and then as a side note, mentioned that there happened to be some policy news which was worth at least one line, and then quickly went back to “the President had hoped to focus on his domestic policy when he got back to the States, but will have to focus on the Secret Service investigation instead”. I wanted to put my hand through my laptop and slap her. Does she really think the President is not going to do his actual job because the media and Darrell Issa are fascinated with a scandal that happened two weeks ago? If that’s the case, then maybe that would explain the GOP not having done a stitch of work to recover the economy, since they’ve been plagued with sex scandals like Vitter, et al.

      It’s quite embarrassing. The President had some significant achievements to report that will actually benefit the American people. And they lead with a scandal that means nothing to anybody except those protected by the Secret Service, give 5 seconds cover to the actual accomplishments,and then ignore the facts of this visit – namely that the President is a rock star.

      • 141 hopefruit2
        April 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm

        And nary a peep from the media all weekend about Mitt Romney failing to release his tax return of 2011, let alone the previous past 10 returns.

        • 142 theo67
          April 15, 2012 at 6:48 pm

          They (Romney campaign and their media whores) thought they could bury it on the Friday dump, but hopefully, many of us plan to tweet about it bright and early on Monday to make sure it doesn’t stay buried.

    • 143 Ladyhawke
      April 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      I agree ut, the jackals are a total embarrassment. The country deserves better. To deal with the overwhelming rage I feel towards them I decided to watch “The Road We’ve Traveled” again. It calmed me right down.

    • 145 Sharon
      April 15, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      The White House has the video of yesterday’s press conference with Carney and Rhodes. Approximately twenty-five questions. One each on China, North Korea, monetary policy, defense policies and the Columbia fee trade agreement. Two on Argentina. Four on Iraq including one as it relates to Israel. Four on drugs. Nine on the SS affair, and one more Carney said should be for the State Department. And Jay made it clear that only the fact that the President has been informed would be given by him and for anything further, they should contact SS.

    • 149 geeja
      April 15, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      I am going to tweet your statement if you don’t mind! This is well stated.

  47. April 15, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    For anyone who missed this yesterday:

    • 153 Bill
      April 15, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      Let’s all go out and shoot a few “varmints” for dinner like Willard does.

      • 154 jacquelineoboomer
        April 15, 2012 at 7:39 pm

        Yes, whenever I think of eating roadkill, I always think of Willard. And then I abstain. 🙂

        • 155 Bill
          April 15, 2012 at 7:49 pm

          Willard is giving us as many memorable phrases as the half term governor.

          • 156 jacquelineoboomer
            April 15, 2012 at 8:03 pm

            It can’t happen quickly enough that he goes the way she did – outta here! And it’ll be even better when he’s not on the scene, because the only person who’d be worse as a commentator on FOX than Sarah is Willard, and surely even those creeps know it.

  48. 157 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Now here’s a scandal that needs investigation.

  49. 160 utaustinliberal
    April 15, 2012 at 6:51 pm

  50. 162 utaustinliberal
    April 15, 2012 at 6:54 pm

  51. 163 utaustinliberal
    April 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    April 15, 2012 at 7:07 pm


  53. 166 lisalovesobama
    April 15, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Watching North Country on AMC. Started at 6. Such a tough movie to watch.
    Ps- the media asking that dumbass question, utterly predictable. I wonder when they’ll get their just deserts?

  54. 170 utaustinliberal
    April 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm

  55. 171 utaustinliberal
    April 15, 2012 at 7:10 pm

  56. April 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Ut- Girl,you are too funny…but ‘straight in your face can’t run from truth’ stuff. I really look forward to your comments every day.
    And, additionally, the fact of the matter is that the shameless press will never satisfy, therefore people, it’s time to take over that portfolio and relieve them of their trite, inane, banter, which no-one seems to care about. Yes, You, the twitteratis, take over the narrative, and keep calling them out each and every single day!! Keep on keeping on.

  57. 174 desertflower
    April 15, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Happy Sunday! Found the motherload!!! McCain’s Opposition research on Mr Romney:) Happy Reading!!!

  58. 176 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2012 at 7:25 pm

  59. 177 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 15, 2012 at 7:27 pm

  60. 178 utaustinliberal
    April 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    April 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm


    • 182 utaustinliberal
      April 15, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      Hey Sue, I’m happy to report that according to the press corps, PBO has already boarded Airforce One and is on his way home. So you can rest some. 🙂

    • 184 jacquelineoboomer
      April 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      I’m with you, Sue, can’t wait for our little wanderer to return home!

      • 185 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        April 15, 2012 at 8:09 pm


        • 186 jacquelineoboomer
          April 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm

          There’s probably not one among us who isn’t happier when he’s back in the White House!

    April 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm


  63. 189 utaustinliberal
    April 15, 2012 at 8:16 pm

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