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Afghanistan

President Obama is greeted by Lt. Gen. Curtis “Mike” Scaparrotti and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker as he steps off Air Force One at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, May 1

President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrive before signing a strategic partnership agreement at the presidential palace in Kabul

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President Barack Obama has landed in Afghanistan for an unannounced trip to sign a strategic partnership with President Hamid Karzai. He will speak to the nation at 7:30 EST.

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288 Responses to “Afghanistan”


  1. 1 Liberal Librarian
    May 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Check.Mate.

  2. 11 goldendreamer
    May 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Second!

  3. 12 LunarSea
    May 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    holly crap log on to this

    • 13 desertflower
      May 1, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      πŸ™‚ I hear you! Let’s go balls to the wall, baby! This is how it’s done!!! Love you, Mr. President!!

  4. 14 collegekay
    May 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    He never ceases to amaze me. This makes Romney and the GOP seems very small. PBO is STILL Commander in Chief, doing REAL business on the world stage.

    • May 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      I tell you. I thought I had a good read on this Pres. and he amazes me every single time. I did feel that the release of the Courage Ad was a set of some kind. I was hoping he would be announcing Ayman Zawahiri capture/kill or something (well that could still happen tonight). I also saw that leaked tweet earlier today, but when it was swatted down I gave it no more thought.

      Romney is looking like a marionette bopping around with Giuliani and loos so small. Meep meep.

    • 16 daisydem
      May 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Exactly … my thoughts exactly. He IS the President of the United States and he IS Commander-in-Chief and he acts in accordance with both roles!

  5. May 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Chuck Todd is spinning this as bad news for Obama!

    • 18 miss pat
      May 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      Fhuck Chuck.

    • 20 hopefruit2
      May 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      When Obama wins on Nov 6, Fuck Todd will be spinning it as bad news for Obama! When Obama gets a spot on Mt.Rushmore, Fuck Todd will also spin it as bad news for Obama!

    • 21 lisalovesobama
      May 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      Are you being sarcastic? It would help if you added some type of detail.

      • 22 symmetry11
        May 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm

        Chuck was commenting on the fact the there will still be troops there in some capacity after 2014. He was negative about it…..basically saying this is not going to fly with the American ppl.

      • 23 lamh35
        May 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm

        MSNBC’s chryon says “Ten More Years” and that is what Chuck Todd and Dylan Ratigan were playing up to say this is bad for POTUS.

    • 24 Linda
      May 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      What ? I did not hear that …

    • 26 collegekay
      May 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      When was Chuck speaking?? I’m watching Martin Bashir and he had David Corn on.

      • 27 Mel
        May 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm

        Martin Bashir is really fantastic I hears Chuckie traying to spin PBO well good luck Chukie, we get it
        and sure of the american people doo as well. We should be very happy that we have a very smart leader
        in the WH PBO.

    • 28 collegekay
      May 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      is this the real jovie? why is there a 141 by your name?

      • May 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm

        Because of wordpress made me sign in again.
        And Ct said, that Obama will have to explain why US troops will be in afganistan, from 2014 to 2024, with a War Weary American Public.
        Rewind it, if you think I am Lying.

        • 30 symmetry11
          May 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm

          Your not lying Jovie. I heard it as well.

        • May 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm

          I don’t think Chuck T. has a handle on this—–he’s often off on his political musings. I think Kristen Welker actually does a near excellent job reporting on Obama’s activities—-and she’s there—–and she gave a mostly positive report, with an expectation of an escalated troop withdrawal schedule etc. At least I think that’s what I heard.

  6. 32 hopefruit2
    May 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Arianna Huff, Willard, Guiliani, and the MSM have been PUNKED once again by our masterful President!

    • 33 Debz
      May 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      Yes they have! They were all so sure that PBO and everyone at the WH would be having a party today, and instead, here is our President doing his job.

    • 34 goldendreamer
      May 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      A beauty, ain’t it? Their heads must be EXPLODING right now! πŸ˜†

    • 35 sabreen60
      May 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      And think about it is this trip has been in the planning for weeks. No President or other government official goes to a place like Afghanistan without a ton of planning. Once again, the President looks and plans for the long view, while his critics sit sucking their thumbs.

    • 36 57andfemale
      May 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      They look petty, mean-spirited. While our President is working on solving the problems of the world.

      A year ago he had to show his birth certificate that is still being challenged by the crazies, while he was making the final decision on binLaden.

      Fuck these traitors. All of them. And that goes to ‘Hanoi Hilton’ McCain who used it ad nauseum and would deny this President his due.

      Fuck them all.

      • 37 sabreen60
        May 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm

        I’m with you 1000%. They have not only implied, but come right out and said that President Obama “doesn’t understand America”. In other words “he’s not want of us”. Fuck ’em. President Obama should continuously let the American people know exactly everything he has accomplished, including making the complicated and dangerous call to kill bin Laden.

    • 38 TheShyLurker
      May 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      I love it.

      They keep walking into the president’s open hand – only to get bitch repeatedly bitchsmacked.
      He’s in Afghanistan negotiating. Not celebrating or politicizing.

      Willard got dumptrucked and overshadowed – got his toupee snatched off yet again.
      Ironically (and typically) it is he and 911 Giuliani that’s policitizing on OBL’s death anniversary.
      Nice try, but we gotcha! πŸ˜‰

    • 40 lede3957
      May 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Thank you for stating what I was feeling. I turned to Fox News out of curiosity and believe it or not, they were bashing the President on his economic plan and praising Mittens for his business experience. Very sad. But, I am going to work my butt off for the President’s re-election.

  7. 41 LunarSea
    May 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    never know where waldo will be from 1 minute to the next.

    just had a quick minute, needing a break, and was hoping for a funny or lighted post.

    where is the link to the candles?

  8. May 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I figured when I saw that impending-breaking-news tweet that the press was waiting to confirm rumors.

    Looking at live video footage, its kinda eerie to watch PBO and co moving around in in the dark with only sporadic camera flashes picking up their movements. Interesting to watch.

    Hoping this new agreement includes us getting our troops on the ground there home asap.

  9. May 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Martin Bshir is reporting that Karzai wanted the agreement to be signed on Afghan soil, hence PBO’s surprise visit to Afghanistan. He punked Romney and the RW loudmouth complainers!

  10. 45 ourmanflint
    May 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks Mr President for making us all proud of you

  11. 46 brezzydee
    May 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I’m keeping him in prayer until he is back on American soil. I get nervous when he make his secret get away’s. I felt he was up to something with nothing on his schedule for 2 days. That’s almost unheard of in an election year.

  12. 51 LunarSea
    May 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I really don’t trust Karzai or any of the rest of the crooked pols there. Our fearless leader has a habit of walking into the lion’s den. I won’t breath easy until I know he is over friendly skies!

    • 52 57andfemale
      May 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      You don’t trust the puppets that Bush installed, throwing money at them and doing nothing to secure the country? Gee, I wonder where you got that harebrained idea.

    • 53 edp4bho
      May 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      And I’m joining you in that “breath easy” sentiment. PBO is one exciting President…..never a dull moment !

  13. 64 hgerhard
    May 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    CNN is reporting that the President will make a televised address at 7:30 p.m. ET from Afghanistan. Does anyone have confirmation on this?

    • 65 hopefruit2
      May 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      Yes it’s been confirmed by multiple credible sources:

    • 66 Linda
      May 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      Same on MSNBC

    • May 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Hgerhard, according to Politico:

      President Barack Obama has landed in Afghanistan for an unannounced trip to sign a strategic partnership with President Hamid Karzai. He will speak to the nation at 7:30 EST.

  14. 68 hopefruit2
    May 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm

  15. 69 FoxfireTX
    May 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I can’t stop laughing as I watch this video of PBO deplaning. Romney has no clue what he is up agsinst the next 6.5 months. And PBO manages to make it all seem so non-political. Pure genius.

    • 70 susanne
      May 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      that’s because it is non-political. he’s doing the job the president is hired to do, and doing it beautifully (pun intended). he runs on his record because his record is awesome, and the politics are a result of his work, not the purpose of it.

      don’t get to drop in here much lately, but i’m so proud of president obama, and so grateful that he’s willing to continue doing this desperately needed work for us all! aloha chips and toddies!

      • 71 edp4bho
        May 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm

        susanne, so correct. This is not for show….it’s what he always said he would do. It’s why he ran for office. Otherwise, his life would have always been one of dedication to the good of humanity. He couldn’t help but be who he is. Rethugs would never understand the true life of a Christ, or a Ghandi, or a Mother Tereasa, or a Dr. King. Or any ot us, PBO’s supporters, who are unselfish and giving.

      • May 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm

        Susanne, you articulated something I’ve been thinking, but not able to put into words – “The politics are the result of his work, not the purpose of it.” Well said. We haven’t seen this in a long time!

      • 73 jackiegrumbacher
        May 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm

        Susanne, agree completely. But lucky for us, he’s brilliant at the politics, as well. He really isn’t going to let any of the two-bit idiots get away with any nonsense.

  16. 74 LunarSea
    May 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    @breezydee we posted same same at same time

  17. 76 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Our President Obama is one tough dude, that’s for sure!!!

    #PRESSON

  18. 83 sherijr
    May 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Oh man.. he is really something. Boom.. Romney delivers pizza.. POTUS delivers Peace.

    • 84 57andfemale
      May 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Do you tweet? If not, I will tweet this asap.

    • 87 donna dem 4 obama
      May 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      Can I tweet that please?

    • 89 jacquelineoboomer
      May 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      sherijr – Perfect.

      I’m almost as big of a shirker – I get up late, go out for lunch, I’m in la la land. I come home and find the President’s in Afghanistan.

      I LOVE THAT MAN! Can’t wait until his remarks to the nation tonight.

      P.S. Papa Romney can buy all the pizzas he wants; nobody’s ordering him from the menu. Not now. Not ever.

  19. 91 Liberal Librarian
    May 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Let’s consider this.

    GWB always said “I didn’t want to be a war president.” Bullshit. He gloried in being Commander Codpiece, and did nothing to ratchet down tensions.

    PBO ran on “I’m not against all wars, just stupid ones”. And he has brought GWB’s two wars to successful conclusionsβ€”or as successful as they could be, given the complete fuckup made of them by the Cheney-Bush regime.

    Meanwhile, he’s also putting the US on the side of the people in the Middle East, which will finish eviscerating the radical Islamists.

    PBO is earning his Nobel every.single.damned.day.

    • 92 sherijr
      May 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      Yes he is.

    • 93 goldendreamer
      May 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      THIS, THIS, THIS!

    • 95 FoxfireTX
      May 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      Ditto. I must admit that the drone strikes make me queasy but I don’t know of any other way to fight the real terrorists without putting troops at risk or going into other countries. The biggest problem with the jihadists is that they can move from one country to another. How the hell do you fight that any other way? So I am giving our Prez a pass on them.

    • 96 peti4-44
      May 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Oh yes. He is just always taking the harder and more honourable path.

  20. May 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    What a son of a bitch.

    πŸ™‚

  21. 99 Me4obama
    May 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Jovie, Chuck Todd didn’t say what you said. Let’s not do this to him.

    • May 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      Yep, I have to say that it happens quite a bit. I read something that someone “said” on TV, then I watch it myself and it’s far far from what they really said. We should not do what we so hate see being done to PBO.

    • 103 symmetry11
      May 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      Unless my ears are deceiving me, I heard basically what Jovie heard. Chuck talked about there being an agreement for some troops to be there until 2024 in some capacity(not combat). I thought that Chuck was trying to make it an issue.

      • May 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm

        You see! It’s always a reflexive thing on this site.
        It’s like a bad habit people get from doing battle on the Twitter.
        And then sometimes, people like to get me frustrated and laugh when they do it.
        What a quality, getting someone upset, who has PTSD and has actually fought in this fuckjng war, that none of you know from my POV.
        At least, one if you stuck up for me, thank you for that.
        This is very emotional for me, as I have a lit of bad memories from this war.
        How would you guys like, not being able to sleep at night as a result of?
        Some of you guys, only know war from doing battle on Twitter.
        To these people, maybe I will give you my Bronze star.
        Yup yup!

        • 105 symmetry11
          May 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm

          Bless you, Jovie….I don’t think anyone was trying to get you upset. We all hear things differently sometimes and that is ok. Let’s just try not to take things personally. At the end of the day, we are all committed to the same goal ~ the re-election of PBO. That is what unites us. Let’s all keep the goal in mind. Love ya! Symmetry

        • 106 collegekay
          May 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm

          Aww Jovie. I don’t think anyone meant any harm. (((hugs)))

        • 107 lisalovesobama
          May 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm

          no one is picking on you, Jovie. We’d just like some context to your statements. That’s all.

        • 108 jackiegrumbacher
          May 1, 2012 at 5:38 pm

          Jovie, I just joined in this post and want to say how much I and everybody here appreciates all that you do to provide important information every day. You’re right, suffering the impact of actual war is beyond my understanding, but my heart goes out to you for all you’ve endured. It is a great thing to have served your country as you did and earned a Bronze star and did you say once a Purple Heart. I’m deeply grateful to you for your service to our country. You are an American hero. Bless you.

      • 109 nospin
        May 1, 2012 at 5:58 pm

        that is what I heard too symmetry11 and Jovie. I made a mental note to do some research to make sure I heard it right and if so, could put it in context.

    • 110 lamh35
      May 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Nope, Jovie’s right, MSNBC’s chryon says “Ten More Years” and that is what Chuck Todd and Dylan Ratigan were playing up to say this is bad for POTUS. Todd and Dylan said that POTUS will have to explain to a war weary public why we will be there for 10 more years. Then had Sen T Coburn on afterwards who said the same thing, even though if GOP and Romney had their way we would NEVER leave Afghanisgtan.

      • May 1, 2012 at 4:46 pm

        Thanks for that! They are spinning it as bad.
        When in fact, it is good we are ending this crazy war.
        Some Troops over there, have been there for ten years, a better part of their life.
        To them, America is a foreign Country!

    • 112 sabreen60
      May 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      I don’t know what Chuck said. But I did hear someone say, as I was moving about, on Martin Bashir’s show that US troops will be there for at least 10 years after 2014. These troops will not be in a combat role. Now that’s what I heard. Let me be quick to ad that I’m sure President Obama will tell us exactly what’s what at 7:30pm this evening.

  22. 113 hopefruit2
    May 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    “Obama in Afghanistan” has been trending on Twitter for the last 15 minutes or so.

  23. 118 amk for obama
    May 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    lmao. You kiddies play nicely while daddy goes and takes care of some business. Love t.

  24. 120 Linda
    May 1, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Michael Hastings makes me sick.

  25. 121 goldendreamer
    May 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Be back soon, got classes to go to! (That’s the main reason why I only post once in a while and lurk often, lol)

  26. May 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Again-

    And Ct said, that Obama will have to explain why US troops will be in afganistan, from 2014 to 2024, with a War Weary American Public.
    Rewind it, if you think I am Lying.

    Jeesh!

    • 123 hopefruit2
      May 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      First of all, President Obama NEVER said or implied that the war will be continued from 2014-2024, he said that there will be POST-WAR partnerships with Afghanistan after the war ends in 2014. So Todd’s assessment is GARBAGE right there.

      Second of all, who really gives a rat’s bottom what Chuck Todd Says…We know he’s Willard’s stenographer.

      • 124 prettyfoot58
        May 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm

        to go even further…

        all this is supposition by the press…
        until we hear from the President’s sppech…we will not know what is in the agreement…….

      • 125 57andfemale
        May 1, 2012 at 4:33 pm

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t we need some strategic bases in the region?

        I guess I’m just stupid, but I never assumed absolutely every American would leave Afghanistan. However, this will be a nuanced deal and Republicans will make all kinds of hay out of it. I, too, will wait until I hear what the President tells the nation and the world in a few hours.

        • 126 hopefruit2
          May 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm

          I would think so too 57. We still have bases in Korea and Germany! For Chuck Todd to try to use this as a line of attack against the President is just desperation. Obviously he’s mad that once again, the MSM and Willard got punked, and he needs to make himself feel better by spewing such crap.

          • 127 57andfemale
            May 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm

            You can’t imagine my loathing for Todd and Ratigan, who have a stunning lack of understanding of anything they cover.

          • 128 jackiegrumbacher
            May 1, 2012 at 5:44 pm

            HF, these guys would attack the president, he had gone to Iran and personally yanked out all the nuclear weapons capability; if he got unilateral disarmament out of Korea and got everybody in the Middle East to hold hands and sing Kumbaya. They would say he was wrong on the economy if there was .01 percent unemployment, small businesses were thriving, houses were selling like hotcakes, all highways had been repaved and bridges repaired, we were scoring #1 on math tests worldwide and the stock market was hitting 30,000. IOW, there’s nothing on earth that he could do right in the eyes of people determined to hate him.

        • May 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm

          Yes! Think South Korea as an example!

    • 130 collegekay
      May 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      I heard that Jovie but I didn’t see that as bad news. It’s common knowledge that the American public hates this war, me included.

      We’ll have to wait and see what he says tonight.

    • 131 lamh35
      May 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Nope, Jovie’s right, MSNBC’s chryon says “Ten More Years” and that is what Chuck Todd and Dylan Ratigan were playing up to say this is bad for POTUS.

  27. May 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    • 134 Linda
      May 1, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Jimmy LaSalvia, the co-founder and executive director of conservative pro-gay rights group GOProud, called Grenell’s resignation a “sad day in America.” LaSalvia stressed that he didn’t have unique background on the grounds for his departure, but said that the message it sent was a bad one.

      “The best and brightest aren’t able to do their jobs because a few on the fringe are so fascinated with their personal lives and make such an issue out of it that they are forced to leave their jobs,” he said. “On a day that national security affairs are front and center, Mitt Romney doesn’t have the best person out there speaking for him, and he has Bryan Fischer [of the American Family Association] and Tony Perkins [of the Family Research Council] to thank for that.”

      • 135 lisalovesobama
        May 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

        why women and gay men are repukes is amazing to me. πŸ™„

      • 137 jackiegrumbacher
        May 1, 2012 at 5:48 pm

        The best and brightest aren’t able to do their jobs because Romney CAVES to the extreme, not because an extreme exists. A strong man would be able to set his own course, not be swayed by every bigot on the planet. So don’t blame Bryan Fischer and Tony Perkins (okay blame them), blame weak-kneed Willard.

  28. 138 Me4obama
    May 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Can someone check on Mitt Romney & see if he is alright! PBO just kicked his ball so heard it gotta hurt.

  29. May 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

  30. 141 Nena20409
    May 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    The Bin Laden freak-out is indeed the issue. These people are just CRAZY.

  31. May 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    • 143 donna dem 4 obama
      May 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Chips I’m crying girl. My staff thinks I have finally lost it for real. πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  32. May 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    The split-screen of Romney carrying pizza into the firehouse and Pres. Obama deplaning from Airforce 1is so surreal. Meep meep

  33. 152 Dakota
    May 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Wow! I leave the, there are just rumours office, come back and find out that our President is in Afghanistan! Is he not brilliant? Oh, I’m lovin’ this! Heads exploding on the right!!!!

    • 153 Dakota
      May 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      I’m so excited, I can’t compose…”that would be I leave the office, there are just rumours”.

  34. 154 sherijr
    May 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Not to make things small… but I think to myself on a regular basis.. that this administration, this 3 years of this Presidency are like the best long running movie I’ve seen in my entire life.

  35. May 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    So, Clinton and Geitner are in China, and this President is in Afghanistan.
    Now this is a foreign policy moment!

    • 160 susanne
      May 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      this is a foreign policy presidency, which is truly amazing because pbo is also, simultaneously cleaning up that little financial mess that was left for him when the last tenant moved out.

  36. May 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    A hilarious split screen on msnbc—–on the left were Willard and Rudy looking awkward ordering pizzas and then Willard Mitt awkwardly carrying them into the fire station, holding them far away from his person as if they might break, probably in case any of that icky cheese that he hates slides off and soils his Brooks Bros. coat; and on the right is our “too cool”, calm, clever, brilliant president naturally and effortlessly jaunting down the steps upon landing in Afghanistan as he embarks on an important mission. Check mate indeed!

  37. 162 Boazwife
    May 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Obama’s visit comes on the ninth anniversary of Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech about the Iraq war…WOW!!!

  38. May 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    NEVER UNDERESTIMATE PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA. He is THE MAN.

  39. 165 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Damn! Checkmate, gin, spades, who sunk my battleship, king me, grand slam, touchdown, all in one. This man ain’t playing president, he’s the real deal.

    On the anniversary of getting bin Laden, he lands in Afghanistan. Yessir, Mr. Commander-in-Chief!

  40. May 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm

  41. May 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    A strong position on foreign policy and defense policy ———Gen. Barry McCaffrey managed to say about President Obama. Of course he included all kinds of cautions, but he did give Obama credit for currently being in a position of strength.

  42. 176 Me4obama
    May 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Wolf Blitzer can’t contain himself with the Breaking News that POTUS is in Kabul. I Love it.

  43. May 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    You know that wry little smile PBO had on his face when he answered the question yesterday about RW criticism that he is politicizing OBL’s death? I think this is what he was thinking.

  44. May 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrive before signing a strategic partnership agreement, Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.

    • 184 lisalovesobama
      May 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      hehehehhehehehehhehehehehhehehehhehehehehehhehehehe!!! πŸ˜† I’m sitting at my desk at work with a stupid smile on my face πŸ˜€

    • 187 GGail
      May 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Karzai has realized that this American President is not one he can play with. He finally received the memo. πŸ™‚

      Chipsticks – where is my favorite poster…..”Chill, the _ _ _ _ out, I’ve Got This!”

  45. 188 desertflower
    May 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I chrisiten a new name for Mitt….I will call him “Mittsaballs” (instead of matzo balls) Mittsaballs,the soft, squishy variety, doesn’t have the balls to stand up for his opening gay advisor, against the freaks in his party, yet we’re to believe that he would make enforce laws/make laws that protect EVERYONE??? Bullshit flag!

    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/05/01/474811/grenell-resign/

    Mittsaballs…you are so OUT OF YOUR LEAGUE!

  46. 191 Ladyhawke
    May 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Conservatives force Grenell’s ouster

    By Steve Benen

    ———————————

    The larger significance of this is what it tells us about Romney’s relative weakness in the face of pressure from his base. The former governor hired a qualified former Bush administration official; the right said gay people are bad people; so Romney quickly accepted his own staffer’s resignation, despite the fact that the aide had done nothing wrong on the job. Romney was comfortable with Grenell’s misogynistic tweets before getting the job, but uncomfortable with anti-gay animus from the right after Grenell was already on the job.

    If Romney had more courage, he would have stood by his staffer, and told the religious right to get over it. But since that backbone doesn’t exist, and Romney’s afraid social conservatives’ hatred of the president won’t be enough on Election Day, Grenell gets to experience firsthand Romney’s fondness for firing people who provide services for him.

    ———————————

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/01/11489342-conservatives-force-grenells-ouster?lite

    • May 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      I’m not trying to be callous, but it serves Romney and Grinell right that this happened–Romney for being weak and anti-gay and for not having the courage to stand up for what is right, and Grenell for continuing to carry the GOP’s water after the social conservatives put him on the unemployment line . The only reason Ken Mehlman didn’t lose his job as Bush’s campaign manager was because the social conservatives didn’t know he was gay at the time. It’s deplorable that these folks are so homophobic. Being gay doesn’t rub off onto anyone. These folks are dangerous because if they ever control the levers of government at all levels, there will be many who will be persecuted for various reasons, and their justification will be that they’re doing it in the name of the Lord.

      • 193 hopefruit2
        May 1, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    • May 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Dang, and this is just the campaign staff.

  47. 195 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Man, this was a supreme set up of Willard and the GOP. They walked right into this trap. And it all ends with Mittens in a pizza shop and The President of the United States presidenting in Afghanistan. LOL!

    • 196 edp4bho
      May 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Doesn’t this remind you of when PBO was in Germany, pre-election, with that huge crowd, and McCain was in a deli eating German sausages? Just sayin……..

  48. May 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Partnership agreement now signed —-PBO and Karzai.

    • 199 lisalovesobama
      May 1, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      NICE!!!!! I can’t wait to get home later, just in time to catch PBO’s speech!!!!!!!!!! So excited!!! πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  49. 200 andogriff
    May 1, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Brilliant. Just absolutely brilliant!

  50. 201 peti4-44
    May 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Will he announce that the troops are going to leave earlier?

  51. May 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Mitt Mania:

    Pedestrians watch as Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to the media after visiting a firehouse on May 1, 2012 in New York City.

    • 203 mtmarilyn
      May 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      You never see a face like the one in the window when the President is among the people. Poor Mitt!

    • 207 Suzette
      May 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      That is one anger dude… He doesn’t look please at all with whatever Willard is saying.

    • 208 Dudette
      May 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Imagine if someone in a dog costume had picked up a firehose and just pointed it … (okay, bad girl). 😈

    • 209 daisydem
      May 1, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      Where are the smiles and the outstretched hands? Oh and as someone commented below, you don’t see a face like the one outlined in the car window in our President’s crowds …. that man looks either very very puzzled, or angry. Maybe both.

  52. 210 gcwp1
    May 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Damn! Sometimes I think he’s going for a fifty state sweep!

  53. May 1, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Campaign Volunteer Loretta Harper of Nevada greets first lady Michelle Obama before she speaks to a group of supporters and volunteers at The Springs Preserve May 1, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada

    • 212 lisalovesobama
      May 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Lady! Be careful with those nails around our lovely FLOTUS! She didn’t think to clip those weapons before she got near Miche? Surprised SS let her.

  54. 213 Dudette
    May 1, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Why oh why am I listening to these crackpots on Dylan Ratigan? (Karen Finney excluded)

    Blood pressure boiling as I listen to this fathead with the “Obama just lost my vote”crap, because he’s Afghanistan doing this deal. Another friggin’ Monday morning quarterback. Ugh!

    • 214 mtmarilyn
      May 1, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      I was listening to that and had to turn it off. What a load of crap!

    • 215 criquet
      May 1, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      Who is the “fathead” you are referring to?

      • 216 Dudette
        May 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm

        Bald guest panelist. I kept waiting for the graphic to identify him, but never saw it before deciding I couldn’t take it anymore and turned it off. I’ll see if I can find out later.

  55. 217 lamh35
    May 1, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Nope, Jovie’s right, MSNBC’s chryon says “Ten More Years” and that is what Chuck Todd and Dylan Ratigan were playing up to say this is bad for POTUS. Todd and Dylan said that POTUS will have to explain to a war weary public why we will be there for 10 more years. Then had Sen T Coburn on afterwards who said the same thing, even though if GOP and Romney had their way we would NEVER leave Afghanisgtan.

    BTW, Dylan is right now talking about 10 more years in Afghanistan.

    • 218 lamh35
      May 1, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Also btw, the current Breaking News banner on MSNBC states “Breaking News” Obama signs agreemeent for 10 more years in Afghanistan” and the discussion is NOT one tyring to discuss the nuance other than Karen Finney trying to nuance and Ratigan doing his usual ratf***ng .

      • 219 Brit
        May 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm

        I was hoping that the troops being there for 10 more years was something the media simply assumed.

      • May 1, 2012 at 4:44 pm

        From what I got reading about this, this is NOT an agreement for 10 more years of war, but 10 years of post-war support, whatever that means. If that’s the case, then there is a definite deadline for combat troop withdrawal already in place.

        I’ll wait until I hear what the president has to say tonight.

    • 222 Linda
      May 1, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      They will not be combat troops….just wait.

    • 223 Jessica
      May 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      Ratigan is an idiot and he never knows the full story. Just running his mouth. I’m waiting on the address. 2 1/2 more hours.

    • May 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Ratigan is always anti-Obama and the most disgusting sort of person, no apparent merit or integrity, that I’ve ever noticed anyway. And Todd—-what is wrong with people that whatever the news, they always look to spin it negatively? Even when the news is clearly without reservation positive for Obama, he finds a way to present it that would make Republicans smile—–always diminishes it in some way.

  56. 225 4morefor44
    May 1, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    here he goes again,

    “if somebody comes at me, i will knock them out.” indeed.

  57. May 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm

  58. May 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    So the news that an official was being summoned to an urgent meeting at the WH was a headfake. There is a bad leak somewhere.

    • 228 collegekay
      May 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      I noticed that news of the “urgent meeting” came right after it was leaked that PBO was heading to Afghanistan.

  59. 229 relellit
    May 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I share all of your concerns about our President’s safety as well as him being spot on in diplomacy. Wow, 20 months! Bush would have lied to the public instead of keeping it to his vest. Did anymore hear that fat slob on that shrill Dylan Ratigan show say President Obama has just lost his vote. Sureeeeee, he never had it then,if that’s his criteria.

    Now, that shrill Dylan had the nerve to invoke Glenn Greenwald. None of them have any “F” ing idea what they are talking about.

  60. 232 Linda
    May 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I can guarantee that no shoes will be thrown…

  61. 235 Dudette
    May 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    MSBNC has pre-empted Dylan Ratigan to show a speech by Afghan President Karzai. Translation in progress.

  62. 241 lamh35
    May 1, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Let me be clear: I did hear the reporters from Afghanistan and Fareed Zakaria discuss the agreement and they made sure to mention that the agreement will not necessairly be that the US will have a large troop presence in Afghan…but that “US Support would extend 10 more years”, that’s to include training, counterterrorism and maybe money, but even the money is not a guranteed amount.

    I was just telling ya’ll that Jovie was NOT imaginning what Todd and Ratigan were doing. They are spinning it bad and I expect that the tag line witll be “10 More Years” without the “support” line.

    • 242 hopefruit2
      May 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      We still have “US presence” in Korea in the amount of 28,500 troops – since the war ended in 1954. Are Rotigan and Toad going to have a problem with that too?

      • 243 lamh35
        May 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm

        I predict that the faux-gressives will be the most vocal ones who will harp on the 10 more years. In fact I’m already hearing the “liberal” sides on pundit shows talking about “troops there for 10 more years” before hearing the whole agreement.

      • 245 collegekay
        May 1, 2012 at 4:58 pm

        Yep the Korean War is not even technically over. They signed a truce agreement, that’s all.

    • 246 57andfemale
      May 1, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Fareed Zakaria vs. Dylan Ratigan and Chuck Todd. Need I say more?

    • 248 susanne
      May 1, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      fascinating piece–here’s a mcdonnell quote: the real issues now are not defense issues, they’re economic issues.
      and why would that be? hmmmmm?

      also, there’s a great bit where the reporter says mcdonnell ‘refused’ to comment on the idea that pbo has been making political hay of the anniversary of bin laden’s death. gee, i guess he had to ‘refuse’ because he was being prodded to say something negative about pbo.

  63. May 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Tears will not stop! I can’t believe we are getting out of there and the War is ending.
    For me and many others in The USAF, I assure you this is Closure!
    Boy oh Boy.
    Thank you Mr President!!!

    • May 1, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      Jovie, were you in Afghanistan? Do you want to share any more about that and the circumstances of your Bronze Star? I would be interested, and I bet others would be too.

      • May 1, 2012 at 5:11 pm

        I wish I could.
        Only to tell you that more Troops deserve it, than I!
        I can tell you I was a Air Force PJ, and that is about it.
        And my Unit, from Aviano Air Base in Italy, are all ok!

    • 252 sjterrid
      May 2, 2012 at 12:39 am

      Jovie, I want to thank you for your service, God bless you. I really appreciate all the information you bring to this site.

  64. 253 lisalovesobama
    May 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Holly Shit!!!!! Randi going after Ms. Huff n’ Puff!!!!!! hahahhahahhahahhahhahahhahahahha!!!! hehehhehehhe!!! πŸ˜† shut it beeyotch!!!! hahhahahhaha!! πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    • 254 mtmarilyn
      May 1, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      I love Randi!

    • 255 COS
      May 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Lisaloves, I just heard Randi. She smacked Arianna good and basically said what we have been saying all along about that vile woman.

      • 256 Dudette
        May 1, 2012 at 5:05 pm

        Oooo… what’d she say, what’d she say? I just turned on KTALK stream to listen, but I’m stuck in radio commerical hell. Arrgh!

        • 257 COS
          May 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm

          Basically, Randi was saying that Arianna use to be a republican and when she saw that the left needed somewhere to express their opinions, she became a democrat. Randi criticized her for the statement she made about the Obama ad and said that she should be the last person to call something despicable compared to what she is doing to people who write free on HuffPuff. I am not quoting, but this is close to what Randi said. She use to write for HuffPuff until she realized she was being pimped. πŸ™‚

  65. 258 Linda
    May 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I just saw Carl Levin over there

  66. 259 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 1, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I CAN HARDLY WAIT FOR PBO’S ADDRESS AT 7:30 TONITE…AND A SAFE TRIP HOME!

  67. 262 Linda
    May 1, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    That guy on Ratigan is straightening him out…

    This WAR IS OVER !

  68. 263 lamh35
    May 1, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    CNN has audio of POTUS talking to soldiers in Afghanistan, it’s good. If ya’ll can hear it you should

    • 267 Dudette
      May 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Ah yes! That’s what leadership looks like!!

    • 268 susanne
      May 1, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      wow–great moment, great photo.

      super-handsome president obama! there’s a man in his full power–and he’s making peace!

      and as for karzai, i actually kinda want that jacket, maybe shorten the sleeves a bit…

    • 269 Cheryllou
      May 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      That picture with PBO says, don’t fuck with me.”LOL

    • 270 nospin
      May 1, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      very nice pic of both men. The eyes tell the story.

  69. 271 collegekay
    May 1, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Wolf is foaming at the mouth. he loves this lol

  70. May 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    MSNBC going to air PBO addressing the troops within the hour.

  71. May 1, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Keep an eye on this link:

    http://edition.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=4

    They have ‘PBO speaking to the troops’ in schedule

  72. May 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Todd still spinning negatively on Hardball, saying we won’t know even after PBO speaks tonight what the additional 10 years means. It’s like no matter what PBO says, he is still going to spin negatively or leave it open to question and/or criticism.

  73. 276 Andy46
    May 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    WOW, what a great day for President Obama and the American people, Auto- industry up, the Dow Jones closed at its highest in 4 years today.

    Praying for his safe return home.

    Lol, Mitt who?

  74. 277 57andfemale
    May 1, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I have a downer question: can Congress fuck with this agreement?

    • 278 57andfemale
      May 1, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      I just answered my own question: Congress has to fund and works to set troop levels. However, read the press release — the spin of Todd and ratigan is appalling when you read the actual purpose of this agreement. It is an end to this war, with an ally after the fact with requirements from the Afghans that will strengthen the region, human rights and fight terrorism.

      Let’s be clear, guys: The Soviets left in disgrace. We left a similar quagmire in Vietnam in disgrace. This President has made the very best out of a Bush disaster.

      I love this President.

  75. 280 Melanie
    May 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    CNN is about to show the speech to the troops now!!

  76. May 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Fox news ain’t showing it! LOL!

  77. 284 prettyfoot58
    May 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    WHAT A SPPECHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH…..MERCY

  78. 285 vcprezofan2
    May 1, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I’ve been standing on the spot looking at my laptop for about 5 minutes not knowing where to start. I’ve been away for the whole day and catch-up seems so complicated. On a day like today, where exactly do I start? Sigh! Life decisions can sometimes be so complicated. πŸ˜‰

  79. 287 Regularguy
    May 1, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    The Prez has class. He’s pure class. And he does things with such elegant audacity and panache. Leaves his opponents in the dust without breaking a sweat. He’s too much. What a chops-busting guy. And he’s always totally genuine. We have the real deal in this genius!

  80. 288 CEB
    May 1, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    WTF! I just logged on for the first time today. PBO is in Afghanistan! What will he do next? When I saw his published schedule, I was like “good, he will be home for most of the week; maybe he can rest a bit, spend time with the family, etc., but here he is a world away. Gotta love him for his energy and the style in which he gets things done.


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