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Apr
12

‘lest you forget the things your eyes saw’

President Obama hugs Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel before he speaks at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC on April 23

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President Obama hugs Elie Wiesel after speaking at the Holocaust Memorial Museum

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“It’s an honor Mr President ….. I will vote for you.”


268 Responses to “‘lest you forget the things your eyes saw’”


  1. 1 symmetry11
    April 23, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Good afternoon Chips!

  2. 56 GGail
    April 23, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Good west coast morning Chipsticks!

  3. 57 GGail
    April 23, 2012 at 11:59 am

    That has to be a most humbling experience…..to shake the hands of holocaust survivors and hear the words….”It’s an honor Mr. President, I will vote for you”.

    • 58 Diane
      April 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      GGail, When I heard this it made my cry. I don’t cry often…but there was something so sweet about this older man–I think the president was touched by him too.

    • 60 carla4obama
      April 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      WoW the emotion in those words was inspiring. “I will vote for you”… This is dignity personified. No political games, no playing with lives, but facing the world in all its challenges head on with a clear mind, a moral compass, humility and dignity. Fills my heart.

  4. 61 vcprezofan2
    April 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    It figures! Wait until I go off to eat, C!

    Congrats, Symmetry! Great to see you!

  5. 64 carolyn
    April 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    My college freshman composition classes read “Night” by Elie Wiesel. The book has a powerful impact on them, and I think it’s important that they learn this part of history and then write about it.
    I notice that no matter how old or young or famous the person meeting the President, they want to touch him and get some of his strength and comfort. His empathy and compassion show through his eyes. An amazing person.
    In 1990 our son was stationed in Germany and we went to tour part of the country with him. The last day of our trip we went to Dachau Concentration Camp. The first place you visit at Dachau is the Museum……with all the documentation of the atrocities and pictures, and samples of items made from human skin…..our son was 21 and had been in Germany two years at the time. We got about 3/4 way through the museum, and he said “I’ve always wondered why we are here. Now I know.”
    Next month I am taking a group of adults to Munich and Vienna. On our last day in Munich we will visit Dachau.

    • April 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      A few years ago, I visited Auschwitz: it was one of the most singularly horrifying experiences which I would recommend to everyone who has the chance must do. “Lest we forget…” indeed.

      • 66 geeja
        April 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm

        I went to one at Flossenburg in 1976. It was an unfogettable experience, The sight of that oven is so unbelievably chilling.

    • April 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      Night is a very powerful book. it’s thin, but what’s inside will never leave you. Read it in high school.

    • 69 gcwp1
      April 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you, Carolyn. My father is a Camp survivor. Still has nightmares, still calls for his mother, who was carted away.

      My son also made a pilgrimage there (proud of him)

      • 70 theo67
        April 23, 2012 at 1:31 pm

        Heartbreaking.

      • 71 57andfemale
        April 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm

        Oh my. Unimaginable what man can do to his fellow man.

        • 72 phoenixriz
          April 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm

          gcwp1 how heartbreading. I was reviewing a list of victims at Auschwitz and came across a relative of my late husband. He was Roman Catholic and remarkabley accidentally I met his grandchild on a Surname group on Facebook. The mother survived and moved to Sweden. Have met several survivors when I worked at a Jewish hospital some who escaped and others who were still in a terrible emotional state. One woman was used for vaginal electric shock experiements and would never gain piece of mind. Evil exists. We must continue our efforts to fight it.

          • 73 gcwp1
            April 23, 2012 at 3:47 pm

            There is no way to rationalize the human experimentation other than believiing it to be evil. Thank you and the others for “bearing witness.” On a MUCH lighter note, I noticed your handle – my son and fiancee are heading to hoenix for their honeymoon (they are getting married in July)

            • 74 phoenixriz
              April 23, 2012 at 5:52 pm

              gcwp1, wonderful and well wishes of happiness to your son and his fiance upcoming marriage. Yes, phoenixriz wasn’t my original username here but it worked to get me back in. It is the saying “the phoenix also rises” We have all come through many dangers and storms but survive with hope, faith and thanksgiving.

    • 76 HZ
      April 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Carolyn, I read the book, and have it in my home library as well. Very moving. I had the opportunity to particiapte in a very moving program nationwide in Santa Barbara County for 4 days with some of the most beautiful people presenting the workshop of “Facing History and Ourselves.”One person was a beautiful Holocaust Survior who brought tears to everyone in that room that Sat., morning during that workshop.

      When she finished speaking, I went up to her ,and asked her, if she wanted me to take one thing back to my students, what would it be? She said,” Let what you just heard soak up all of the goodness within your heart and mind, and let your voice be my story in your own way,as you speak to your students.” I weep now as I remember her words. I returned to my class, my students’ precious hearts were never the same, I feel, after sharing what this beautiful soul gave me to take back to share.

      I presented in my classroom a beautiful presentation with the LA Regional Director, Board Members of “Facing History and Ourselves” along with my school supintendent and board members, and my students were so receiving and studied so hard to present their program in such a beautiful manner. As I write, I am crying just recalling the emotions and the interest of those students wanting to make a difference in our world showing their’better angels.’ One of my district supintendent’s ,after seeing the program and how the students were so involved in the classroom, presented my class with a field triip to the museum in L.A.. I will never forget the expressions and the experience that I observed on those wonderful students’ precious faces as they moved through that musuem. I pray that they are serving someone somewhere in this world to make it a better place for all of us. I know that they are, I must say, because some still keep in touch with me, and share some of the beautiful things that they are now doing in this world.

      We will be another one who will say, ” I will vote for you, Mr. President.” We will continue to move with POB to make this a better world for all to have the opportunity to be and be treated with diginity and respect.HZ

    • 77 desertflower
      April 23, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      One of my favorite books of all time. I cried. Lots. Then I made both my kids read it. It had a most profound impact on them. Must read.

  6. 78 collegekay
    April 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    From the last thread

    I just emailed this to the publisher of the NY times. publisher@nytimes.com

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    Good morning,

    I am emailing you to express my concern over a recent column by the NY Times Public Editor, Arthur Brisbane. Apparently, there has been a call to “scrutinize Obama and prove the Times critics wrong.” Obviously in politics, there is nothing wrong with vetting the policies of said candidates; however, that coverage must not be purposely favored in one direction over the other. Why is it after almost 4 years in office, we need to know “who is the REAL Barack Obama.” This is nonsense, and I am not going to pay my hard earned money buying a newspaper that will change its coverage in favor of those who criticize it to have a “liberal bias.” If facts have a liberal bias, then so be it.

    A recent non-partisan report (Project for Excellence in Journalism) that was released this morning, has found that the majority of news coverage (e.g., TV, interviews, newspapers, online columns) has been negative on the President and more favorable to his presumptive Republican opponent, Mitt Romney. This kind of discourse cannot continue. I urge you, as a paying consumer, to not go on an anti-Obama tirade that does not focus on hard-based facts, but instead relies on scandal and 24-hour news cycle drama in order to please those who do not favor this newspaper in first place. This President has endured an imbalance of coverage on everything including the nonsense surrounding his birth certificate.

    I would hope the NY Times would continue to show itself as an honest avenue to receive relevant news, and not allow reprehensible yellow journalism to overcome its overall mission. The last thing Americans need is for their newspapers to become another reality show.

    I would urge you all to do the same. This cannot continue.

    • 79 hopefruit2
      April 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      If I could “fan & fave” this excellent comment I certainly would collegekay. Your email speaks for most of us on this blog – I hope these editors are reading their emails or noting the drop in the readership that will quickly follow if they do not heed the cautionary words from their customers!!

      • 80 collegekay
        April 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm

        Yup! Many people on twitter are emailing too.

        • April 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm

          Excellent letter collegekay. Hope it serves as template for many others.
          BTW, did you all see Ladyhawk’s Jay Rosen, journalism prof.’s links. They’re at the end of the last thread and well worth reading.

        • 82 utaustinliberal
          April 23, 2012 at 1:09 pm

          Bravo! Kay. This email expresses my sentiments also. There’s been outrage on twitter even from famous people about Arthur Brisbane’s “Who Is The Real Barack Obama?” article. It seems like he’s getting flooded with tweets – @ThePublicEditor – and emails about his blatant bias and favorism of Romney.

    • 83 vcprezofan2
      April 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      CK, did you notice that I really, really appreciated your letter? You expressed yourself very well.

    • April 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Outstanding Collegekay, good on you. I will never forget his use of the phrase “the real Barack Obama” …. three and half years after he was elected President?! I felt like I had strayed on to a Teabagger site. Just beyond disgusting.

    • 88 Debz
      April 23, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      Great e-mail CK. I hope the read it too.

    • 89 Lorraine
      April 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      I’m giving this guy the benefit of the doubt. Willard is such a natural born liar, he lies about things that folks don’t even particularity care about. I read the article and thought, this guy is going to scrutinize President Obama’s promises and amazing accomplishments when are numerous with factual information so Willard can be called out on his lying.

      • 90 hopefruit2
        April 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm

        Lorraine, I wish I could go that route, but unfortunately, the things that were mentioned in the article had nothing to do with “President Obama’s amazing accomplishments.” They were all about stuff the editor had perceived to be “bad” things that Obama had done and had gotten away with because he was not vetted enough.

        That’s why he will not be getting the benefit of the doubt from me..no way, no how.

        • 91 Lorraine
          April 23, 2012 at 12:45 pm

          Okay, thank you for the heads up. Benefit of the doubt released my me.

        • 92 MsKitty (@michelec64)
          April 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm

          Also Brisbane wrote a column a few months ago asking readers if the NYT should be required to fact check things that their sources say. When the general consensus came back “Well, duh…yeah!,” he wrote a follow-up column accusing the readers of being too stupid to understand the nuance of his question.

          He’s a nasty piece of work who doesn’t deserve and benefit of the doubt about anything.

          • 93 Lorraine
            April 23, 2012 at 1:33 pm

            LOL! LOD, nasty piece of work. I’m going to use that phrase.

          • 94 hopefruit2
            April 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm

            Indeed he is a nasty piece of work and his dirty Republican slip is showing. Just going through his TL on Twitter, one can’t help but notice that all of his tweets on political candidates are either defenses of Romney or attacks on Obama or some other Democrat.

            For example, he hated that some media outlets tried to (rightfully) tie Romney to his work at Bain Capital: He tweeted this:

            Now he’s attacking Obama on a number of different fronts:

            • 95 Debz
              April 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm

              I guess he’s not reading e-mails. He’s doubling down. So proud of his attacks on POTUS. Travel perks???? The media is hopeless.

              • April 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm

                In all fairness, the incumbent President does have a lot of travel perks. Bush did as well in 2004. The rest he wrote is all crap.

                • April 23, 2012 at 8:21 pm

                  Personally, I don’t see them as travel ‘perks’. Perks are corporate speak. This is the role of the President or any leader of a country. If anyone should represent the United States abroad, its the President. Domestically, he is the President of all of the States, so if he needs to be in a State, so be it.

            • 98 57andfemale
              April 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm

              He should be removed. his clear bias toward Mittens and against PBO is so obvious, so dramatic that together with his actually questioning if actual journalists should actually fact check, renders him completely unfit for his position.

              The executive power use was in response to a dysfunctional Congress with Republicans who refused to do their job of governing.

              There are no campaign finance woes. PBO was in a hard fought primary four years ago and is unchallenged this time. Indeed, the next day after their screed, it was reported that the larger bundlers were bundling more. And it should have been a positive story anyway: there are indeed some special interests who are annoyed that PBO actually tried to govern for the American people instead of lining their pockets (which have been lined just fine, thank you, due to this President’s policies).

              You are a jackass, Brisbane. You should be fired, and I will write NYT asking for just that. You are the poorest excuse for a journalist, and the fact that your job is to police and lead other journalists, you couldn’t pass my high school journalism class.

    • 99 GGail
      April 23, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Bravo collegekay!

    • 100 Ladyhawke
      April 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      I sent him an email this morning letting him know how outraged I was at the notion that President Obama needed to be vetted after being in office over three and a half years. I asked him if he was taking his cues from the likes of Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee. I said I expected this from the likes of right wing radio and Fox but not NYT. At the end of my note I included a link to journalism.org and the first principle of journalism which is to tell the truth. I also included a link to whitehouse.gov I hope he continues to get hammered for this crap.

    • 101 Pamela
      April 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Well written, very respectful, Ck. I started a note to them, but all that came out was cursing and swearing, so I thought rather than diminish our President, I had better just delete. So I did. You are an inspiration! Thank you! 😉

  7. 102 sherijr
    April 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    thanks Chips… I missed the entire speech this morning.. so glad you’ve posted it.

  8. 103 Debz
    April 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Thank you Chips for posting the speech, since I missed it. Our President is wonderful.

  9. 104 Lorraine
    April 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    God Bless you Chips for putting these pictures and video up. I LOVE Elie, absolutely LOVE him. I am so Godly proud of President Obama, he is a special gentleman.

    • April 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      Isn’t Elie Wiesel the man who has brought attention to the Mormon practice of baptizing jews posthumously? If I recall, he discovered he was also on the list.

      • 106 Lorraine
        April 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm

        Yes ma’am. He wanted Willard to say something about it but good ole Willard remained silent; he is such a weasel.

        • 107 phoenixriz
          April 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm

          Yes, pamelabrown53. Elie Wiesel’s parents had been baptised by the Mormans. Their rationale is that the ones baptised can always reject it. Ann Frank has been baptized 5 times. It makes me wonder if that isn’t the reason that they have the vast genealogical site for that reason.

  10. 108 Etmage
    April 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    In speeches relating to the human spirit and dignity, his clarity of thought, sense of purpose and gravitas is just out of this world. In moments like these, I think one can not help but see he is absolutely the leader the world needs.

  11. 110 TrumpDog
    April 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Goodness gracious.
    I love this man.

  12. 111 hopefruit2
    April 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm

  13. April 23, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful round-up, Chips. This is another one of those days when this whole life experience with PBO just takes my breath away. Thank you so much.

  14. April 23, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Lovely photos from a deeply moving event. Everytime this wonderful man speaks, he inspires me to do more.

  15. 115 vcprezofan2
    April 23, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    //
    Iran is optimistic that talks in Baghdad next month will make progress toward resolving its nuclear dispute with world powers, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Monday.

    “I see that we are at the beginning of the end of what I call the ‘manufactured Iran file’,” he told reporters in the latest in a series of positive statements from senior figures on the long-running standoff. //

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/23/us-iran-nuclear-talks-idUSBRE83M0PS20120423

    • April 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Oh, my!! Let’s all hope this comes to some fruition. It would mean so much to so many to knock back the sound of the war drums.

  16. 117 hopefruit2
    April 23, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Now whose fault is this again?

  17. 119 Linda
    April 23, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Rick Santorum Aborts Presidential Campaign
    There are a few things Rick Santorum should keep in mind before terminating his candidacy. Ashley Judd, Michelle Trachtenberg, Katy Mixon, and Eliza Coupe weigh in.

  18. 147 utaustinliberal
    April 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks for the video Chips. Just tweeted it. It was so touching.

  19. April 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    The Obama campaign hopes to win over Ohio voters with a statewide tour highlighting the rescue of the auto industry by President Obama.

    A procession of Chevrolet Cruzes and Chrysler Jeeps will tour the state and tell the stories of working people whose lives were impacted by the twin bailouts of the U.S. automakers in 2008 and 2009. While the auto industry is usually associated with Michigan, the campaign noted that 1 in 8 jobs in Ohio, a crucial swing state, are tied loosely to the auto industry.

    “The president made the right decision to step in and allow the companies to restructure,” former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland told reporters on a conference call.

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/04/obama-campaign-to-tour-ohio-with-auto-rescue-pitch-121331.html

  20. 150 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 23, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Just had a call from my republican friends; as he will be voting for PBO in the fall, he had planned to stay home tomorrow. Told him to go to the poll tomorrow and vote “ABR” — anybody but Robmey.

  21. April 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    LOLz!! WHAT A MORON!

    • April 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      Apparently, Mittens just called Paris, “the most magnificent city in the world.” Heh.

      • 154 Ladyhawke
        April 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm

        Oh dear, Mitt didn’t get the message that Republicans hate France as much as they hate President Obama. Cleanup in aisle 6.

      • April 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm

        I swear—he really is a clueless idiot——or he always gets so rattled that he spits out stuff without thinking. Repubs HATE France or anything FRENCH. Where was Mitt when his party was renaming french fries Freedom Fries?—–and other such monumental anti-French nonsense? Willard is a doofus. This campaign may be more fun than we thought.

        • 156 Pamela
          April 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm

          Also, the French citizenry are not allowed to VOTE in US elections…(too bad, it would be OBAMA ALL THE WAY!) Right, Helene?

      • 157 PoliticalJunkessa
        April 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm

        😆 Keep talking, Mitt. Still have no clue why this guy is running for president.

  22. 159 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 23, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    VP Biden visits the Everglades ———> http://edition.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=4

  23. 160 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    April 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    SO HEARTWRENCHING AND TOUCHING…IN ISRAEL…AT THEIR HOLOCAUST MUSEUM…PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD SENT BUTTONS TO SYMBOLIZE THE CHILDREN LOST…THEY HAVE A MILLION AND A HALF OF THEM DISPLAYED IN GLASS AT THE MUSEUM…ALL LITTLE SOULS WHO SUFFERED AT THE HANDS OF HATRED!

  24. 161 collegekay
    April 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Mitt just said he’s fond of the vacations he’s taken in France. Did I tell yall on the last thread? Press availability = Prepare for gaffes.

  25. 164 amk for obama
    April 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm

  26. 166 Ladyhawke
    April 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Just like Bush, but ‘updated’

    By Steve Benen
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    This is, oddly enough, exactly what Democrats wanted to hear. For Dems, one of the principal goals of 2012 is to persuade American voters not to go backwards. Bush/Cheney left all kinds of crises for Obama/Biden to clean up, and Democrats will urge the electorate not to return to the failures of the recent past.

    The challenge for Mitt Romney and the Republican Party in 2012 is to put some distance between themselves and the debacle of the Bush presidency. This would be easier, of course, if Romney hadn’t brought on so many Bush aides as his top advisors, while pushing a policy agenda that’s eerily similar to Bush’s vision, only more right-wing.

    And it’d be much easier if an RNC press secretary weren’t effectively admitting that Democrats are right, conceding that the party simply intends to “update” the failed Bush agenda for another decade.

    ——————————–

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/23/11353428-just-like-bush-but-updated?lite

  27. 167 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    April 23, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    NOTE TO JOHN EDWARDS…WHAT GOES AROUND…COMES AROUND…:)
    NOTE TO BP…WE NOW HAVE MUTANT GROWTH IN OUR GULF SHORE CATCHES AND RESULTING ILL HEALTH CASES…YOU LIE TO THE PEOPLE AND TRY TO SKATE ON THE AFTER EFFECTS TO THE ENVIRONMENT…AGAIN…WHAT GOES AROUND…COMES AROUND…TRUTH PREVAILS!

    • 168 0388jojothecat
      April 23, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      What kills me is the government representatives – local, state, and federal continue to scream for MORE DRILLING for jobs. I don’t get it.

  28. 169 amk for obama
    April 23, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Go Sisters.

  29. 171 amk for obama
    April 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    • 172 hopefruit2
      April 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      It’s ’bout TIME!!!

      “The moral arc of the universe is long but bends towards justice….” Martin Luther King Jr.

  30. 173 amk for obama
    April 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm

  31. 174 vcprezofan2
    April 23, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Cheney wants a re-do, apart from his new heart, I guess.

    I don’t know how reliable this source is, but I found the article on Cheney’s personal military history interesting.

    http://www.rense.com/general52/chenn.htm

    • 175 Linda
      April 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Jeff Rense is a comspiracy theorist, although he is not the author of the article….

      My son reads him …..

      • 176 vcprezofan2
        April 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm

        Here’s how the article starts – Did Cheney Dodge The Draft Five Times? By Barry Ritholtz

        //
        You couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried:

        “On Oct. 6, 1965, the Selective Service lifted its ban against drafting married men who had no children. Nine months and two days later, Mr. Cheney’s first daughter, Elizabeth, was born.”

        This quote comes from a Saturday NYTimes article —
        “Cheney’s Five Draft Deferments During the Vietnam Era Emerge as a Campaign Issue” — discussing the lengths VP Dick Cheney went to in order to avoid serving during the Viet Nam war.
        …//

  32. 177 amk for obama
    April 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm
    • 178 theo67
      April 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      I kind of wish they hadn’t created this cartoon. It uses a real life tragedy for political purposes – and it just feels wrong. It also implies that Zimmerman was telling the truth about being attacked by Trayvon, who was well within his rights to defend himself, but there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that the version of events told by Zimmerman holds a shred of truth.

      • 179 amk for obama
        April 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm

        I think it captures the reality very well.

      • 180 EricFive
        April 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm

        I think the NRA figure is supposed to represent Zimmerman and the person on the ground screaming is supposed to represent Trayvon Martin. It was Trayvon who was heard screaming for help and who’s cries for help stopped immediately after the shot was fired.

  33. 181 amk for obama
    April 23, 2012 at 1:53 pm

  34. April 23, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Carney confirms no WH advance staff involved in SS scandal. Sorry Peter King, Joe Lieberman and Darrell Issa.

  35. 184 amk for obama
    April 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    • 185 TrumpDog
      April 23, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Wonder if this one will be as loudly touted as the ones with higher disapproval.

      No I know the answer. Doubt it.

  36. April 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    White House clears staff in Colombia scandal
    By DONOVAN SLACK | 4/23/12 1:55 PM EDT
    President Obama’s chief counsel has concluded that no White House staffers in Colombia were involved in wrongdoing, press secretary Jay Carney said on Monday.

    Carney said the counsel looked into the actions of members of the White House advance team as a matter of “due diligence” and that “there have been no specific credible allegations of misconduct.”

    So far, 12 Secret Service personnel and 10 members of the military have been implicated in the prostitution scandal ahead of Obama’s visit to Cartagena.

    In addition to advance security teams, teams of White House staffers typically travel to a presidential destination before Obama arrives to help with planning and preparations.

    Carney said the White House review of advance team members began Friday and continued over the weekend.

    • 187 PoliticalJunkessa
      April 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Good…a little bit more comforting.

    • 188 Ladyhawke
      April 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      A tale of two scandals

      Bu Steve Benen

      ——————————

      The Sunday shows featured quite a bit of discussion yesterday on two ongoing controversies: the Secret Service’s Colombian prostitution scandal and the General Services Administration’s lavish conference spending. What I found interesting, though, was how differently Republican guests treated the two subjects.
      .
      .
      Why are Republicans so eager to see heads roll at the GSA but not the Secret Service? One could probably make the argument that the right disapproves of prostitution, but is far more outraged by wasteful government spending.

      I wonder, though, if GOP support for the Secret Service director has something to do with his background: Sullivan was appointed by President George W. Bush and then retained by President Obama.

      ——————————–

      http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/23/11349467-a-tale-of-two-scandals?lite

  37. 189 collegekay
    April 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Why do Republicans hate France?

      • 191 57andfemale
        April 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm

        And yet their candidate for POTUS got to sit out the Vietnam War on the Riviera.

        They hate France — made it an issue for defeating John Kerry. They are oh so pro-war except when it’s their kids who might be in harm’s way. the hypocrisy is stunning.

        This isn’t some kid who at least made the appearance of serving his country. Evangelizing in France? Seriously????

    • 192 amk for obama
      April 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      Not just France, they hate entire eewrope. The CD of it burns.

    • 193 Linda
      April 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      They hate that without the French they would have lost the Revolutionary war ?

    • 194 Lorraine
      April 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      I think it’s because they questioned President Bush going into Iraq.

  38. 196 amk for obama
    April 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    • 197 PoliticalJunkessa
      April 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Now THAT is an excellent talking point!

    • 198 theo67
      April 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      i hope people start to look at his actual experience in government, and why he only lasted one term in Massachusetts.

    • 199 ChristiMTL
      April 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      In 2006, his last year as governor, Romney spent all or part of 212 days out of state, laying the foundation for his anticipated presidential campaign. His approval rating was 34%.

      He didn’t even finish his term….well technically he did but he had other ambitions for sure,.

    • April 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      Just an FYI, Romney is not only the most inexperienced candidate in decades, he was also absent 212 days of his last year as governor to mount campaign to run for president.

  39. 202 PoliticalJunkessa
    April 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Thanks for the coverage of this event, Chips. It looks like it was incredibly moving and poignant. Mr. Wiesel is a walking hero and treasure. What we could all learn from him! I will enjoy viewing the video from the event later tonight. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  40. 204 ChristiMTL
    April 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I was about to send a tweet to the birther, I just saw his latest tweet…….

    The Public Editor ‏ @thepubliceditor

    ”Obama campaign finance woes, incumbent travel perks, exec power use: kudos on coverage I called for in this week’s column”

  41. April 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Just saw a clip of the Willard/Rubio appearance—–didn’t realize Rubio is only about 5 ft. tall (or so). Willard was at least a head taller as they stood side by side. Media seems to be salivating for a Rubio VP candidacy but I don’t see how he gets through any kind of decent vetting, so many sleazy financial shenanigans in his past, under investigation by the IRS and FBI etc. Oooops—–I forgot—-vetting is not important to the Repub Party—–how could I have forgotten the last minute non vetted Alaskan grab? At least Willard and Rubio have lying in common, so there’s that.

    • 209 Debz
      April 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      The only person the media wants to vet, is the sitting President. Neither Willard or Rubio have the kind of experience needed to be President. What ever happened to the importance of “foreign policy experience” or was that just for PBO and Hillary?

  42. 210 Ladyhawke
    April 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    So much for the vast left-wing conspiracy

    By Steve Benen

    —————————–

    Mitt Romney raised a few eyebrows last week when he told Breitbart TV that he’s concerned about a “conspiracy” between journalists and the left that may derail his presidential campaign.
    .
    Fox News found it persuasive, arguing the conspiracy exists, but if it does, the conspirators are wildly incompetent. Adam Serwer had this report today on the latest research from the Pew Research Center’s Excellence in Journalism Project
    .
    If major news organizations are working together in an elaborate “conspiracy” to “attack” Romney and “do the president’s bidding,” media professionals are really going to have to pick up their game. As things stand, Romney’s getting much more favorable press than the president, which suggests this is the most incompetent conspiracy ever or the Republican’s complaining about the campaign coverage is completely wrong.

    —————————-

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/23/11354646-so-much-for-the-vast-left-wing-conspiracy?lite

  43. 211 Linda
    April 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Romney just endorsed President Obama.

    WASHINGTON — Marking the first philosophical convergence of the general election season, likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney said on Monday that he supported President Barack Obama’s proposal to extend current interest rate levels on federal student loans.

    —-

    Spontaneous Human Combustion over at Fox…3…2…1

    • 212 Diane
      April 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      Trying Rubio for the hispanic vote. And he is starting into his etch a sketch phase— trying to get the youth vote via flip flop on student loans. My question is how big a shake is the ole etch a sketch gonna get to try to recapture the women vote. Of course none of this will work.

    • 213 theo67
      April 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      Since President Obama was able to deliver the Democratic votes during a time of economic crisis during the campaign (under a Republican President, no less), it’s only fair that Willard also deliver the GOP votes for all measures to continue to recover the economy from here on out under this Democratic President. Otherwise, how are we to know that he can actually lead his own party?

    • 214 ChristiMTL
      April 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      Trying to go to the center already?
      It won’t work, no way, not with all the hard right positions he took….the snake…..Arrhhh I can’t stand that hypocrite

      • 215 theo67
        April 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm

        Technically, Romney hasn’t actually won the nomination, has he? Wouldn’t it be something if one of the other clowns started winning as Romney tries to become more and more centered on his positions.

      • 216 0388jojothecat
        April 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm

        The Robme campaign is starting to shake that etch-a-sketch already?

  44. 217 hopefruit2
    April 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    It’s about time!

    • 218 Linda
      April 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      The police chief of Sanford, Fla., is expected to resign this afternoon amid fallout from the Trayvon Martin case, according to multiple reports.

      Chief Bill Lee was suspended last month after the killing of the unarmed teen drew national attention to the Florida city.

      Now, both CBS News and CNN are reporting he will step down. CBS also said an assistant chief in the department may resign as well.

  45. 219 Linda
    April 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    In the upcoming Arizona immigration law Supreme Court case, President Obama will need the votes of four justices to achieve victory and invalidate its key provisions.

    Why not five? Because Justice Elena Kagan, who was the administration’s Solicitor General when the lawsuit was filed, has recused herself. That leaves eight justices to hear the case. And the rules are that a hypothetical 4-4 tie would affirm the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ holding that major parts of the law are unconstitutional.

    A 4-4 tie would mean the ruling does not apply to similar laws in other states, however, and would leave open the possibility of future lawsuits to settle the larger constitutional questions.

    So, how does the math look now?

    “The government can count on the votes of [Justices] Sotomayor, Breyer, and Ginsburg. [Justice] Thomas, who has argued against implied preemption in the past, is likely to side with Arizona,” said Adam Winkler, a professor at UCLA School of Law. “That leaves [Justices] Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, and Alito in play.”

  46. April 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Good description of Romney’s health plan. Plus the 3rd comment is great.
    http://www.joepaduda.com/archives/002317.html

  47. 221 peti4-44
    April 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Love his speeches, it was very good and moving what he said at the Holocaust Memorial Museum!!! I`m still and again and again ashamed, that so many people stood by and didn´t do anything. So I can only say, I will do whatever I can to let that happen never again. But Obama hits the point, when he says, “awareness without action changes nothing. Never again is a challenge to us all, to pause and to look within.” It means, to intervene, whenever a human being is treated unfairly, undecently and without dignity..and that happens quite often, even in democratic societies. Obamas speech is a moral motivation, not to look away, not to be afraid but to stand up for those in need. I hope, I will always meet that expectation…..and I like the end of the speech very much, when he mentions, that Eli Wiesel never gave up, never lost hope, even in the most hopeless situation. That is probably a big motivation, an example for all those fighting for freedom, like in Syria. Thank you Mr. President! ..and after such a speech, you just have to say, that you vote for him 🙂 by the way: thank you, that you let me share my thoughts with you!

  48. 224 Ladyhawke
    April 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    NRA Reportedly Seething Over Elimination Of ALEC Task Force

    —————————

    The fallout continues over the American Legislative Exchance Council’s support of the National Rifle Association’s “Kill at Will” self-defense laws. On his RedState.com site, CNN contributor Erick Erickson reported today that an “NRA representative took issue with ALEC getting rid of his public safety section” at last Wednesday’s weekly conservative discussion hosted by NRA board member Grover Norquist.

    —————————

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/201204230004

  49. April 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Robmey also just said, that Young People have to vote for him.
    No reason, they just have to!

    • 226 theo67
      April 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      He is so entitled.

    • 227 ChristiMTL
      April 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      So, that’s why he wants to repeal Obamacare? On day one as he said numerous times!…..how many are on their parents’ plan thanks to the President…….what an out of touch loser,……

  50. April 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Pandering to the College Republicans!

  51. April 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Tweet away, O Team!

  52. April 23, 2012 at 3:02 pm

  53. April 23, 2012 at 3:09 pm

  54. April 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Another Townhall where Robney has not a clue, and media ignores
    Was asked a question about Rubios watered down version of the Dream Act, days he is still reviewing the Senators proposal.
    Huh? Reviewing what? Either you are for it, or against it!

  55. 237 utaustinliberal
    April 23, 2012 at 3:15 pm

  56. April 23, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    DWS on Martin Bashir Show!

  57. 240 utaustinliberal
    April 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm

  58. 241 utaustinliberal
    April 23, 2012 at 3:24 pm

  59. 243 hopefruit2
    April 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Most televised, photographed, audiotaped, tweeted, transcribed…

  60. April 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Again, Martin Bashir talks to all democrats, he is great! He is our voice in the media!

  61. 249 utaustinliberal
    April 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm

  62. 253 utaustinliberal
    April 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    List of celebrities invited to this Saturday’s (April 28th, 2012) White House Correspondents Association Dinner. Uber hottie George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, Reese Witherspoon, Viola Davis, Daniel Day Lewis, Rosario Dawson, Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin, Claire Danes (from PBO’s fave show Homeland), Christine Baranski, John Legend, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Diane Keaton, Pierce Brosnan, Aziz Ansari, A lot of these celebrities are Democrats. Woot! Woot!

    Other notables are Sandra Fluke, WH Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta, Homeland Security Sec. Napolitano, David Axelrod, Gen. Ray Odierno, WH Deputy Chief of Staff Nancy Ann DeParle, DNC Exec. Director Patrick Gaspard, HHS
    Sec. Katheleen Sebelius, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey, Larry Summers.

    The Washington Times invited the dog (Uggie) from the movie The Artist……I’m like HUH?!?!

    http://nationaljournal.com/whitehouse/tracking-the-white-house-correspondents-dinner-celebrity-guest-list-20120420

  63. April 23, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Sugar Daddies
    The old, white, rich men who are buying this election.
    .By Frank Rich
    Published Apr 22, 2012

    If you want to appreciate what Barack Obama is up against in 2012, forget about the front man who is his nominal opponent and look instead at the Republican billionaires buying the ammunition for the battles ahead. A representative example is Harold Simmons, an 80-year-old Texan who dumped some $15 million into the campaign before primary season had ended. Reminiscing about 2008, when he bankrolled an ad blitz to tar the Democrats with the former radical Bill Ayers, Simmons told The Wall Street Journal, “If we had run more ads, we could have killed Obama.” It is not a mistake he intends to make a second time. The $15 million Simmons had spent by late February dwarfs the $2.8 million he allotted to the Ayers takedown and the $3 million he contributed to the Swift Boat Veterans demolition of John Kerry four years before that. Imagine the cash that will flow now that the GOP sideshows are over and the president is firmly in Simmons’s crosshairs.

    His use of the verb killed was meant in jest, of course, much as Foster Friess ($1.8 million in known contributions, and counting) was joking when he suggested that “gals” could practice birth control by putting Bayer aspirin between their knees. America’s billionaires are such cards! And we had better get used to their foibles and funny bones. Whatever else happens in 2012, it will go down as the Year of the Sugar Daddy. Inflamed by Obama-hatred, awash in self-pity, and empowered by myriad indulgent court and Federal Election Commission rulings, an outsize posse of superrich white men will spend whatever it takes to have its way with the body politic and, if victorious, with the country itself. Given the advanced age of most of this cohort, 2012 may be seen as the election in which the geezer empire struck back.

    \
    This isn’t quite what was supposed to happen. When the Supreme Court handed down its five-to-four Citizens United decision in 2010, pre-vetting Mitt Romney’s credo that “corporations are people,” apocalyptic Democrats, including Obama, predicted that the election would become a wholly owned subsidiary of the likes of Chevron and General Electric. But publicly traded, risk-averse corporations still care more about profits than partisanship. They tend to cover their bets by giving to both parties. And they are fearful of alienating customers and investors. Witness, most recently, the advertisers who fled Rush Limbaugh, or the far bigger brands (­McDonald’s and Wendy’s, Coke and Pepsi) that severed ties with the conservative lobbying mill responsible for pushing state “stand your ground” laws like the one used to justify the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida. While corporations and unions remain serious players in the campaign of 2012, their dollars don’t match those of the sugar daddies, who can and do give as much as they want to the newfangled super-PACs.

    http://readersupportednews.org/off-site-opinion-section/72-72/11085-sugar-daddies

    • 257 theo67
      April 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Even if the unions were to play a role in citizens united-style financing, they still represent, with each dollar, more people who will actually vote and whose lives are being impacted by political decisions and gamemanship; unlike corporations, who are making donations to buy decisions that will benefit their bottom line, or these sugar daddies who are driven by personal greed and/or hatred.

    • 259 hopefruit2
      April 23, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      I don’t really care for articles like this because they are designed to depress Obama supporters. And no Frank, we are not going to “forget about the front man who may be his nominal opponent” because that’s whom the average voter is going to be focused on when going to the polls. So it’s in our best interest to focus on Mitt Romney and let voters know of his dangerous policies, lack of core beliefs, and unbridled avarice, which makes him the ideal candidate for the very powers that be that you mention in your article.

    • 260 sabreen60
      April 23, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      Your link SAVED ME CASH and STOPPED ME FROM BUYING PRODUCTS FROM A RICH ROMNEY SUPPORTER.

      This is so “unreal’. I have been going to a Chiropractor twice a week for about 6 weeks. The facility also has a guy who teaches you stretching exercises, etc. Anyway about my 3rd week the exercise guy approached me and wanted to sell me these vitamins. There was a “Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner on the counter. This scanner supposedly gives evidence of carotenoid antioxidant in your body when you place your hand in front of the scanner. Anyway, I decided to try the vitamins (which are too expensive).

      I read the link you provided and the company is NU SKIN. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. I have my first order of vitamins due this week. I called the company and canceled all future shipments. I go back to the Chiropractor Wednesday and will let the guy know I canceled the order.

      THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING THIS INFORMATIO – even if you didn’t realize how important it was.

  64. 261 Ladyhawke
    April 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    PAC Track

    What and Where are the Super PACs Spending?

    By Al Shaw and Kim Barker, ProPublica. Updated April 23, 2012, 3:00 p.m. EST

    Two federal court rulings in 2010 paved the way for the ascent of “super PACs,” political action committees that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on political races, as long as they don’t coordinate with a specific candidate. And so far, they’re spending heavily on the Republican race. This app, part of our long-term investigation into “dark money,” keeps track of where super PACs are spending and raising their cash to influence the presidential race.

    http://projects.propublica.org/pactrack/#contributions=all

  65. 262 Ladyhawke
    April 23, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    It Takes Dark Money to Make Dark Money

    ——————-

    Karl Rove’s dark-money group doles out $2.75 million to an outfit fighting to keep dark money in the dark.

    ——————-

    http://motherjones.com/politics/2012/04/karl-rove-crossroads-gps-center-individual-freedom

  66. 263 hopefruit2
    April 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Spin baby, spin!

    I was happy to see that the majority of responses they got on Twitter (including mine) called BS on their spin. People aren’t as dumb as the MSM thinks.

    • April 23, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      Is TPM endorsing Robney? For Pete’s sake!

      • 265 hopefruit2
        April 23, 2012 at 4:44 pm

        They can endorse him for all I care. Let them lie down with dogs and get up with fleas. It’s all good.

    • 266 EricFive
      April 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      Just the usual framing of every story or issue in a way that is detrimental to PBO and favorable to Mitt. I hope that we continue to call these M.F’s out on their blatant bias against PBO. By the way, Kudos on that letter to the editor CollegeKay, excellent work.


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