Hostile reception for pbo in bagram

President Barack Obama greets U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field after a surprise visit to Afghanistan, May 1, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

143 Responses to “Hostile reception for pbo in bagram”

  1. 25 desertflower
    May 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    HI troops!!!

    May 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm


  3. 28 collegekay
    May 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Look they’re all attacking him. They hate him.

  4. 30 vitaminlover
    May 1, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    That Secret Service guy’s jaws are CLENCHED.

  5. May 1, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    In a new video billed as “a brief West Wing reunion,” former cast members of a popular show about a Democratic president tweak the current political debate over gas prices.

    The video opens with actress Allison Janney, who played the White House press secretary on the show, declaring: “So I told the president we’ve got to do something about gas prices.”

    “Everyone knows the president has no control over gas prices,” responds an aide.

    “Uh, not everyone knows that,” replies another aide.


    This video is cool, if you like that show West Wing!

  6. 44 Tally
    May 1, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Love that photo!!!

  7. 45 Pamela
    May 1, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Oh my, oh my! Are we sharing this lovely prize (photo)? Please, say Yes. We. Can. 😆

  8. 46 amk for obama
    May 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm

  9. 47 joanshaw
    May 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Chipsticks, your headline drew me in immediately — “Hostile reception for pbo in Bagram …” I was ready to be furious. Ha. I should have known!

    • May 1, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Joan, I’m learning the tricks of the Murdoch trade, suck ’em in with misleading headlines! I’m shameless, me.

      • 49 vcprezofan2
        May 1, 2012 at 10:01 pm

        But, are you also Snark K? That photo and headline brought him/her to mind. Nosy minds want to know. …..On second thought.. we don’t, because that would take away the mystery and fun speculating.

        BTW, C. Chica, wasn’t there some negotiation done in the TODobots- Chips agreement that certain(semi-nude) pictures wouldn’t be posted after certain times at night? I think it was the picture of another party but shouldn’t the rule be applied in a fair and balanced way?

        • May 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm


          Me and Snark are just kindred spirits VC!

          As for nude-y pics – see, the problem with the blog is that we have folk from all over the globe, so I tend to opt for the later time zones to morally justify posting outrageous pics.

          To me, that’s entirely fair and balanced, in a global way.

          We are the world, after all.

          • 51 vcprezofan2
            May 1, 2012 at 10:23 pm

            Good one, CC! 😉 😆 😆 With the ‘we are the world’ excuse…oops!… rationale you have carte blanche to do what you want to do when you want to!!!

            Gawd, I hate when I point out a ‘moral’ misdemeanor and the ‘offending party’ counters with a ‘logically’ correct, and therefore irrefutable, response. My offspring irritates me in this way all too often. 😆 😆

    • 52 Cha
      May 2, 2012 at 12:02 am

      Chips is known for putting the opposite of what is happening on her blog..kind like fox does with reality only here it’s so CHEEKY~ As tongue in CHEEK. 😛

  10. 53 lamh35
    May 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I was pleasantly surprised by Rachel and Ed’s coverage of POTUS visit in Afghanistan today and the announcement of the SOFA with Karzai. I was pleasantly surprised. While they both voiced their issue with the lil amount of “policy detail” on what staying til 2024 actually means, they were actually very supportive and appreciative of the nuance of wha POTUS did today.

    I stand pleasantly surprised…Good on Rachel and Ed. Dare I say it, they finally realize that the campaign is on and we need all hands on deck to beat R-Money.

    Coming up next is Paul Krugman, but I’m not a fan of his so I’m turn the channel now.

    • May 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      Good! That pleases me! Thanks for update! I am watching Celtics!

      • 55 collegekay
        May 1, 2012 at 9:33 pm

        what? it’s all about the Bulls :mrgreen:

        • 56 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          May 1, 2012 at 10:26 pm

          CK — Did I mention, I’m a Philly girl?

          I like you, however, if you want to keep those checks comin’ (to your fundraiser)… 😉

        • 58 anniebella
          May 1, 2012 at 10:36 pm

          The Bulls got their butts kick by Philly, without Derrick Rose they don’t have a chance, i think. But who knows all things are possible.

          • 59 collegekay
            May 1, 2012 at 10:43 pm

            they can win without Derrick, they did it all season. I don’t think they can win a championship without him though

            • 60 anniebella
              May 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm

              Playoff is a whole different ball game. But we shall see, the next game in Philly will say alot, will the Bulls bounce back?

    • 61 Betsy
      May 1, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      The interview with Krugman very carefully did not discuss PBO at all.

    • 62 Cha
      May 2, 2012 at 12:04 am

      Good on them! I’ve had my issues with all of them including Krugman but I’ve read he’s been doing some good work lately shredding the gopricks. And, I’ll take Reality where I can get it.

  11. May 1, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Well, that’s alarming – Mark Halperin and Ed Henry are now following Snark Knoller. 😕

  12. 72 daisydem
    May 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I am fairly a newbie at TOD, but Chipsticks, I have to say .. please don’t do that to me. Your title for this post made me feel like I was going to HuffPo (which I do not do any longer either). Until I clicked on it and saw the picture, I took it seriously … that he was not welcomed there, and it hurt.

    • May 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      Chips is Sarcastic. It’s humor back at that Republican over the top nonsense.

    • 74 vcprezofan2
      May 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Don’t take it to heart, DaisyD. You’ll get used to it….maybe. 😉 I’ve been here FOREVER and my heart skipped a beat for a brief moment when I read the title. Never a HuffPo person I just thought that something real negative had gone down.

      • 75 Cha
        May 2, 2012 at 12:07 am

        I didn’t even blink..smiled though..I’m on to Chips! . It’s our own little Orwellian World in a Good way.

    • 76 utaustinliberal
      May 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      It’s called sarcasm.

  13. 77 amk for obama
    May 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Guess mittbot had a great day too ? Other than of course getting kicked in your a$$ all the way from Bagram.

    • 78 Mel
      May 1, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      Check out RM show she is doing a fantastic job and she showed a vidion clip when GW went to Iraq
      in secret to sign the agrement with the Irakis, but tha was the time that somedy threw a shoe on his face’
      it was very embarasing.

      • 79 amk for obama
        May 1, 2012 at 9:43 pm

        LOL. Of course, who could forget those parting gifts from Iraqis ?

      • 80 desertflower
        May 1, 2012 at 9:54 pm

        Shoes! That’s right, Mel! How did we forget the SHOES!

      • 81 isonprize
        May 1, 2012 at 11:55 pm

        I was always amazed at his excellent reflexes. You gotta give credit where credit is due. Pres. Bush really did react well. I don’t think R-money or Krispy Kreme Christie could have gotten out of the way that fast…

      • 82 Cha
        May 2, 2012 at 12:12 am

        Brilliant! Showing the LIght Years of Difference between bush dodging shoes, which was so tragically deserved, and PObama’s authentic reception from the Troops because other than the gary steins they must know they have a CIC who is dealing in Reality.

    • 83 Cha
      May 2, 2012 at 12:08 am

      Poor widdle willard the dullard.

  14. 84 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 1, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Trusty Pete Souza on the case from Afghanistan.

    • 85 TrumpDog
      May 1, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      I’d love to have his job – with Obama as president, of course. YUM…errr….I mean…. I’d of course be professional
      *****(furiously wiping drool from my chin)

  15. 86 Don
    May 1, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    People can criticize Karzai all they want to, but the guy wears really nice threads. And that hat, Kangol, from the important papers signing collection.

  16. 88 Tally
    May 1, 2012 at 9:35 pm

  17. 94 Don
    May 1, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I’m plum tuckered out, President Obama had me on the edge of my couch all day long. Goodnight T.O.D family!

  18. May 1, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Just sayin like the other person who commented watching it in Germany, saw it also here on ABC News Australia…world wide attention.

  19. May 1, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I can’t believe I read the whole thread.

  20. May 1, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    1:25 PM
    Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews.
    1:40 PM
    Obama arrives at the White House.
    3:45 PM
    Obama participates in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony.
    4:30 PM
    Obama attends a campaign event at the The W Hotel.
    5:30 PM
    Obama attends a campaign event at the W Hotel.

  21. May 1, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    • 99 utaustinliberal
      May 1, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Hahahahahahahahahaha……. 😆 😆 😆 Who the heck is behind Snark Knoller? He/She has my eternal thanks.

    • 100 Cha
      May 2, 2012 at 12:16 am

      I’ve been wanting to say this..Arianna is Des-pic-able in my best Elmer Fudd accent!

  22. 101 desertflower
    May 1, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Ouch! Tweet this bad boy!

  23. 102 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Damn, I was gone for the day and I can’t catch up! My President is something else! I got home about 6pm, sat down to watch Rev. Al and wait for PBO and promptly fell asleep…

    My mentors burial went well, first time I’ve been to the new VA cemetery in PA (Washington’s Crossing). The Women for Obama event w/Rep Allyson Schwartz was canc due to “illness;” she’s on the Foreign Affairs Cmte — wonder if she’s part of PBO’s delegation. The cancellation actually worked out, my Mom was with me so I took her out for a leisurely lunch.

    Thank you guys once again for being there for me last night.

  24. 103 utaustinliberal
    May 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm

  25. 104 desertflower
    May 1, 2012 at 10:02 pm


    And if I’m President, strap on the codpiece, because Iran…you’re next!

  26. 110 lisalovesobama
    May 1, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Cowardly Fineman on Lawry’s show. Ugh. 🙄 can’t stand him in general.

  27. 111 magapie
    May 1, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Hello everyone. Sorry for this banal test, but my comments are going into the WordPress ozone, apparently….

  28. 112 Me4obama
    May 1, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Krystal Ball. Mitt Romney Foreign policy amounts to working the Olympics & owning Swiss Bank Accounts. I almost died laughing.

    • 113 Ladyhawke
      May 1, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      I love Krystal Ball. She is brilliant and gorgeous. She provides some of the best political analysis on cable tv. I am always glad to see her on a panel. She made a lot of good points. Poor Mitt Romney has been pummeled again. I thought last week was bad with Jimmy Fallon and the slow jam news. But the Obama campaign went for the jugular this week. At this point I guess OBL is the last thing Mitt Romney wants to talk about.

    • May 1, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      She has a sharp tongue. I wonder how she lost her contest?

      • May 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm

        I’ve wondered the same thing. Would like to know the answer.

        BTW, I am back home….lurking, scanning and scrolling. Have so much to get caught up and organized.

  29. May 1, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    • 117 EDP4BHO
      May 1, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Ugh, you got me again. I should’ve known better. He looks like Luke in the Real McCoys. Okay, I’m dating myself, but just Google it. You’ll see.

      • 118 Pamela
        May 1, 2012 at 10:31 pm

        Thanks edp4bo, for taking one for the rest of the TOD family! I n.e.v.e.r click on photo offers of Myth – the fewer images I have in my brain tissues, the better I sleep at night. He repulses me.

        • May 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm

          Pamela, it’s the pic. of Myth in his mom jeans and tie. You know…the one that makes him look like he has no genitals just like a Ken doll.

          • 120 EDP4BHO
            May 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm

            LOL…..oh my gosh. Pragmatic Obots Unite used to have that up on it’s site last year, and damn if he doesn’t look just like a Ken Doll with the little flat wee… 😀

      • 121 geeja
        May 2, 2012 at 1:34 am

        Oh dayum I remember Luke too!

  30. 122 desertflower
    May 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm


    Romney’s economic failure in Massachusetts is especially problematic because the central premise of his presidential campaign is the same as it was when he ran for governor: that he can apply his business skills to our economic problems. Massachusetts was the guinea pig for Romney economics. The results weren’t pretty. In addition to almost zero job growth, the state saw a modest decline in real median income, meaning that the folks who had jobs were bringing home less.

    Romney did close the $3 billion budget gap he’d inherited (although he then left a projected shortfall of up to $1 billion). The methods he used are instructive. He slashed higher education, cut revenue to local governments, and raised fees on everything from college students to mortgages, from buying a boat to opening a bar.

    Romney’s cuts to education and job training were especially severe. Fees for university students shot up 63 percent as Romney hammered college funding. Robert Karam, former chair of the UMass Board of Trustees, was a Romney backer. But no more. “I think higher education really stood still” under Romney, he has said. Romney even annoyed the business community—his core constituency—by cutting job training, workforce development, and trade assistance.

    The Romney recipe of cutting education and job training, forcing higher fees on the middle class, and protecting the rich from tax hikes didn’t work in Massachusetts. But his approach to health care did. Paradoxically, the best thing Romney did as governor—and it was a great thing—is the one thing he dares not talk about as a presidential candidate. Too bad, because a solid 62 percent of the folks who actually live under Romneycare—and its dreaded individual mandate—say they like it.

  31. May 1, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Just tweeted…Aussie actress can’t express how much she loves PBO http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-02/interview-with-jacki-weaver/3984758 …go to 3:30 to 4:12 mark

    • 124 lisalovesobama
      May 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      Awww! She’s sweet.

    • 125 AnitaW
      May 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      She was very sweet. I added Animal Kingdom to my Netflix queue.

    • 126 Cha
      May 2, 2012 at 12:38 am

      OMZ!! I loved that clip..Mahalos Berny! I hadn’t even heard of “Animal Kingdom”.. I saw where Jason Segal was going to be in “Five Year Engagement” and I love him. Especially in “I Love Sarah Marshall”! I saw an Aussie Movie last night..an old one called “Strickly Ballroom” by Baz Lurhmann..the guy who did “Moulin Rouge”.

      PBO is so hip with the movies..no wonder Hollywood loves him. He could play in his own movie about his amazing life.

  32. 127 EDP4BHO
    May 1, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    David Frum haz a sad. Aw, little puke.

  33. 130 Betsy
    May 1, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    David Frum is very despressed tonight and is focusing on Pakistan and is trying to make the point that PBO was wrong to go in and get Bin Laden because what has changed in Pakistan, nothing. He’s such an idiot.

    • May 1, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      Agree with you with slight tweek, Frum gives Idiots a bad wrap….he’s despicable. Pakistan didn’t attack on 9/11, Bin Laden did! He’s dead and GM is alive.

    • 132 anniebella
      May 1, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      David Frum is a G.W. Bush man, that is all that need to be said.

      • 133 anniebella
        May 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm

        So Ms. Ann was on the Early Show trying to convince us that Mitt “the liar” Romney is a wild and crazy guy. Well I’m glad I didn’t watch it I might have laugh myself to death.

  34. 134 lisalovesobama
    May 1, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    David Frome brought in the thunder clouds on Lawry’s show. What an ass. Saying Iraq is more important than Afghanistan. Fool.

  35. 135 Me4obama
    May 1, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Boy, did David Froth look stupid & Dumb tonight! What an idiot! Can’t wait for Alec Balwin

  36. 137 Ladyhawke
    May 1, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Alec Baldwin is guest hosting The Last Word tonight. This is so cool. Lawrence had better watch his back Alec is really good.

  37. 138 #1 obama fan
    May 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm


  38. 139 isonprize
    May 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    ALL I’m sayin’ is I’ve been on the grind all damn day today.

    Ya’ll just don’t know how happy it has made me to see PBO roll up in AFGHANISTAN (because he can!!) and talk about the future.

    To again quote the great Rikyrah, “NOBODY’S playing with you, Williard”

    I’ll add “…. and the rest of ya’ll stupid mofos.”

  39. 140 utaustinliberal
    May 1, 2012 at 10:37 pm

  40. 142 Me4obama
    May 1, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    I love Alec Balwin. Yes I do.

  41. 143 desertflower
    May 1, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Excellent! But the RW would never let facts get in the way of a good ideological argument!


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    But we are not just talking about funding prevention at the individual level. We need to shift the focus of our health care system from one that only treats disease, to a more sensible system that prevents disease and encourages wellness.

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