Heads up: PBO’s NATO press conference

Audio only at White House live

C-Span * CNN live streaming * CBS live streaming


6:05: Departs departs Chicago en route Joplin, MO

7:30: Arrives in Joplin

9:15: Delivers remarks at the Joplin High School Commencement Ceremony

10:20: Departs Joplin, MO en route Washington, DC



President Barack Obama speaks with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, center, and President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan at the McCormick Place Convention Center during the NATO Summit in Chicago, Illinois, May 21, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

189 Responses to “Heads up: PBO’s NATO press conference”

  1. 1 sabreen60
    May 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Am I first?

  2. 6 vcprezofan2
    May 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm


    • 7 Pamela
      May 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm


    • May 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Soooooooooooo close (again) VC!

      • 12 vcprezofan2
        May 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm

        πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† Hi Chica! I’m off to a late start today.

        BTW/ With the number of cat picc I get ‘awarded’ here looks like I’m going to have to develop a love of cats. πŸ™„

        • May 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm

          VC, just imagine yourself as these cats:

          • 14 vcprezofan2
            May 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm

            W-e-e-l-l… I suppose I could try though I am sadly lacking in imagination, and like to stay as far away from cats as possible. We’ll see.

            • 15 theo67
              May 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm

              I’m with you, VC. I stay as far away from them as possible – even to the point of trying not to look at pictures of them – although, I make an exception when President Obama is in the picture…

          • 18 joanshaw
            May 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm

            Thanks for the cats, Chipssticks! *I* love cats(among many other animals), and am happy the president seems to like petting them. We’ve spayed and neutered a platoon of them living outside, built in fact a heated “cat house” for them with a feeder, waterers, carpeted wall perches, and make sure they get all their periodic shots and are treated for injuries. In return, they control the voles that otherwise would de-bark our orchards of apple and pear trees.

            The privileged ones, the ones needing special care we keep inside — two of them very old by now, and they reward us with affection and enjoyment of their antics. Melanie, our daughter has five of them in her rebuilt and renovated granary, catty-cornered from the main house. She’s our specialist in finding, caging-up, and carrying into the vet the cats who need attention from the vets. At times, when we have quite a few of them needing attention, the vet makes a “farm-call” to this place and charges us a “herd” fee.

            I sympathize with those who can’t abide cats, though, who are allergic to them, especially, who are actually afraid of them. We’ve got to be careful who we invite to parties, even outside parties, because if they’re not exposed to cats inside, they’re pestered by curious cats outside who often feel the friends who most dislike them would actually love to have them jump suddenly into their laps. I don’t THINK they do that on purpose, but they invariably give the non cat people the most attention.

  3. 19 joyfulmeme
    May 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm


  4. 20 isonprize
    May 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    LL, famous blogger, being followed on Twitter by Al Franken!! WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!!!! WOOOO HOOOOO!!!!

    10 million hits for Chica!!! TOD is hitting the bigtime!!

    • 21 jacquelineoboomer
      May 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Congrats, LL!

      Congrats, again, Chips!

      Keep your eye on the prize(s), ison!

    • 22 joanshaw
      May 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      That’s really wonderful, LL! Al Franken has been a favorite writer of mine for a long time. I’ve written a couple of reviews of his books.

  5. 23 Liberal Librarian
    May 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm

  6. 25 Pamela
    May 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    That’s all from me, lunch is o.v.e.r! Lovely warm rain in Seattle today, the trees are sighing with relief!

  7. 26 Sharon
    May 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Also on C-Span main channel.

    Something I haven’t seen mentioned on here. On NATO’s webcast page, there is one (three or four down now–shows a man with blue background) that has Michelle’s remarks at the spouse’s event yesterday. Mainly speaking to the youth there. Very down to earth and inspiring.


  8. 27 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    CNN and CSPAN.org will also carry PBO’s presser live πŸ™‚



  9. 28 ChristiMTL
    May 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Oh the Press conference is coming soon!….

  10. 29 jacquelineoboomer
    May 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Love how our President can mesmerize world leaders in the morning, then swing on by a high school in Joplin in the evening and mesmerize that community, all without missing a beat or breaking a sweat. I just love it.

  11. May 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    First Presser question-

    Why do you Hate poor Poor Bain so much?

  12. 35 Linda
    May 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Already started on c-span

  13. 36 theo67
    May 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I can’t believe the first question is from a real journalist!? And is a question of substance, relevant to the actual agenda of the summit. I almost fell over…

    • 37 Liberal Librarian
      May 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      Wait, what? Holy shmoly!

    • 38 theo67
      May 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      ok – back to normal. Second question is Cory Booker nonsense..

      • 39 jacquelineoboomer
        May 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm

        I tried to post (I really did) a comment that #1 would be a ? on the potholes in Chicago; #2 would be whether Rahm or Cory is his real BFF; #3 (from Snark) would be if PBO has Lynn Sweet’s address. Look how close I came; well, sorta; maybe I should buy a lottery ticket, eh? Lookin’ like my lucky day.

      • 45 theo67
        May 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm

        I LOVEEEEEE this answer!!!!!! It’s perfect – and it’s on the world stage. Yowza!

        “The President’s job is not to maximize profit. It’s to make sure everyone in the country does well”. I love it!

        • 46 Cha
          May 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm

          A Thing of Beauty, theo! Thanks! Mahalos Plenty to you Mr President!

        • 47 nathkatun7
          May 21, 2012 at 11:34 pm

          Sorry for my shouting, but that answer was ABSOLUTELY PERFECT AND PRESIDENTIAL! I am truly sick and tired of hearing Mitt Romney equate money making with the ability to govern a powerful and diverse country like the United States. I think his business money making skills are better fiited for a country like the Cayman Islands or Dubai!

      • 49 vcprezofan2
        May 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm

        Who’s the idiot Am. journalist who asked this question?

        • 50 theo67
          May 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm

          That curly-haired tall one. But, the President hit it right out of the park. It was a thing of beauty. I think it should be in an ad, tout de suite!

        • 51 Dona
          May 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm

          That “idiot” got smacked!. PBO schooled him about Romney’s resume. He basically said, Romney’s skills may not be appropriate for this job. I do believe PBO is in a debating mood.

        • 52 vcprezofan2
          May 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm

          Wasn’t PBO’s answer just a beaut? You’d think by now American ‘journalists’ would know they won’t discomfit this Pres by trying to stump him in sessions like these! Oh well, he’ll continue to patiently school them I guess.

        • May 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm

          Hans Nichols from bloomberg!

          • 54 vcprezofan2
            May 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm

            Never heard of him before. Guess I haven’t missed anything as he obviously ain’t a deep thinker

            • 55 Pamela
              May 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm

              May never hear from him again. He could end up on unemployment after today!

              • 56 vcprezofan2
                May 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm

                I wish – well not unemployment per se, but removal from the media circle that follows our Pres and placed somewhere where we don’t have to see/hear him.

    • 57 smoothscotch
      May 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      I was floored too, but < Tapper, I think, didn't disappointed.

  14. 58 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Here we go….Cory Booker…Bain…

  15. 59 Linda
    May 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Second question about Booker

  16. 60 Liberal Librarian
    May 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm

  17. 63 Cheryllou
    May 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Oh here it goes

  18. 64 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    That commencement speech in Joplin is going to be so special.

  19. 65 yardarm756
    May 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    The President is making it plain as hell.

  20. May 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Yeah! Fuck yeah! Perfect answer to the second question.
    Hit Robney right in the Teeth.

  21. 67 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Mr. PBO is NAILING IT!!!

  22. 68 Liberal Librarian
    May 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Jaysus H. Christ, why does PBO have to be on poop patrol all the time?

    • 69 smoothscotch
      May 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      Look who he has to deal with.

    • 70 Cha
      May 21, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      LOl…That’s a good way to put it! But, he handles it so well. It’s like the Poopers set it up and he knocks it out of the Park ..or makes a 3 Point shot 20 some feet from the basket!

  23. 71 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    What’shesaying? What’shesaying? What’shesaying? What’shesaying? What’shesaying?

    • 72 theo67
      May 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      He said role of private equity is to maximize profit. Job of President is to make sure everyone does ok. Pluses and minuses of private equity should be examined, since Romney’s not touting his record as governor, but only touting his record as the head of a private equity firm. And he said he knows what his job is as President.

      • 73 PoliticalJunkessa
        May 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm

        Well now. Grown folks talking. LOL.

        Thanks, theo!

        • 74 nathkatun7
          May 21, 2012 at 11:58 pm

          “Well now. Grown folks talking.”

          Indeed, Indeed, PJ! Let’s say it out aloud: the skills required to run a private equity firm are not the same as the skills required for the job of President of the United States. PERIOD! Case closed. You go Mr. Pres.!

  24. 75 theo67
    May 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Back to journalism again. It’s like a see-saw!

  25. 76 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm

  26. 83 Jenny
    May 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Corry Booker

    • 84 sabreen60
      May 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      Yep. Cory said Bain was a distraction. President Obama said Bain is NOT a distraction. It is key issue

  27. May 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    PBO just STOMPED all over Romney’s campaign. WOOOSHHHH.

  28. 103 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Our President sent a swift message to BOTH Romney and Booker: Neither of them know what being President is about. BOOM.

  29. 108 proudmemberofglobalzero
    May 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    If anyone doubts the brains of this president, please rewatch this:

    • 109 prettyfoot58
      May 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      I know this was simply awesome….hahahah…

      they did not invite him back…they knew better….

    • 110 sabreen60
      May 21, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      I still have this on my DVR. A smack down that rocks.

    • 111 nathkatun7
      May 22, 2012 at 12:26 am

      Proud, I hope the Obama campaign uses some parts of this video to debunk false claims, like the ones being peddled by Marco Rubio, that President Obama is the most divisive president in history. I know of no other president who tried so hard to reach across the partisan drive and work with members of the opposition party. I remember all the attacks from the purity progressives who mocked him for trying to work with Republicans to solve critical problems. The fact that the Republicans said NO to everything he proposed does not diminish the efforts President Obama invested in trying to work with his opponents. Any politician who claims otherwise, like Marco Rubio, is a bold faced liar.

  30. 112 jacquelineoboomer
    May 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    PBO re: Greece – “I haven’t just been thinking about this over the last week … I’ve been thinking about it during the last two years.”

  31. 114 Jenny
    May 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Booker = Judas = Toast

    • 115 jacquelineoboomer
      May 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      … although I could just see PBO’s giving him a shot at ” = Redemption.”

      • 116 sabreen60
        May 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm

        Yeah, but now the President will see him in a different light. Once someone throws shyte it’s hard to view them in the same way.

        • 117 jacquelineoboomer
          May 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm

          That’s true, and probably the President – while kind – doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Poor Mayor Booker – he should have thought a bit more first.

    • 118 Obama Grandmama
      May 21, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      My thoughts have to do with the Joe Ricketts idea to find an articulate Black to counter Obama when the Rev. Wright plan was to be brought to action. Now with having both Booker and Ford nixing the Bain video as sickening attacks the GOP has two articulate Democratic Blacks vouching for them.

      • 119 nathkatun7
        May 22, 2012 at 12:32 am

        Ok may be I will grant you Cory Booker as an articulate Black man. I am sorry but I wouldn’t classify H. Ford as being an articulate Black man. That’s just my personal opinion. Actually, Allan Keys was a very articulate Black man. Check out what happened to him once he had to face BHO!

  32. 120 Liberal Librarian
    May 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Ok, Snark is making me LOL.

  33. May 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    You hear Him name those Two Cities in Yemen? He is in command of the facts!

  34. 123 theo67
    May 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    While Romney panics over the USSR, President Obama is rattling off names of countries/regions (some of which have never been uttered by a US President) quite comfortably. It’s insulting that Romney thinks he can compete with President Obama.

    • 124 jacquelineoboomer
      May 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Every country/region name that Romney could utter would be interrupted by his too-frequent “uh, uh, uh.”


      • 125 theo67
        May 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        they’d also be from 40 years ago…

        • 126 nathkatun7
          May 22, 2012 at 12:42 am

          Theo67, are you suggesting that Mitt might call Zizi’s Ghana, the Gold Coast? This is not so far fetched given the fact (so I heard) that some of his advisors still call Russia the Soviet Union. I guess this part of why many many right wingers want their country back. They can’t accept the fact that so much has changed since the 1950’s.

          • 127 theo67
            May 22, 2012 at 12:44 am

            They’ll be calling Zimbabwe by the name “Rhodesia” soon, and all the other countries in the region will be from years ago, too…

  35. 128 vcprezofan2
    May 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    😯 Was that Tapper asking a serious question?

    • May 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      It seemed like PBO was daring him to ask a non-Afghan question – PBO set him up by praising JT’s recent visits with soldiers. How could JT follow that up with a Bain question? Well, he’s JT, so of course he’s tone-deaf to nuances but still…

    • 131 theo67
      May 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Yup, but the President was giving him a chance to ask a question directly from the troops – I guess Tapper had sent out a call to troops to get their questions in.

  36. 132 jacquelineoboomer
    May 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Beautiful response on the military from our Commander-in-Chief. Don’t apply diplomatic or political characteristics to them. They are trained to “see the hill, take the hill.”

    • 133 Bill
      May 21, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Tweety just said in all his time in politics he had never seen anything like Cory Booker on MTP.

      • 134 Bill
        May 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm

        Sorry, did not mean for this to be a reply.

      • 135 jacquelineoboomer
        May 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm

        What I found appalling by that remark from Tweety was that it was “all” he got out of the press conference. I appreciated the fact that the President handled it “deftly,” from Tweety’s perspective, but that’s all he got out of a post-NATO Summit presser. Unreal.

        • 136 Liberal Librarian
          May 21, 2012 at 5:07 pm

          Our media is diseased.

          • 137 jacquelineoboomer
            May 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm

            I’d like to see them all quarantined, then! Maybe we could borrow some from Canada and beyond.

          • 141 nathkatun7
            May 22, 2012 at 12:52 am

            LL, you are a true gentleman! My feeling is that most of our current mainstream media are rotten to the core. Disease can be cured, but something rotten must be discarded. I base my opinion on having been on this earth for sixty six years and remembering when most journalism focused on real issues and not on fluff sensational drama.

        • 142 theo67
          May 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm

          Yup – I actually love that President Obama doesn’t sugar coat how difficult some of this stuff is, and how sometimes, the best we’re going to get is “good enough” – not “perfect”. We’ve got some wondering why he can’t fix everything by snapping his fingers – but he realizes that there are lives hanging in the balance, that have to be weighed against what’s actually possible. It must frustrate President Obama to no end when people just simplify some of this stuff that’s been festering for years.

  37. 143 Liberal Librarian
    May 21, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    OMG, Snark is on a roll!! πŸ˜†

  38. 145 theo67
    May 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I love him.

  39. 146 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I absolutely ENJOYED this Presser. What a beautiful President we have. PBO should be president until he retires at 80!!

    • 147 vcprezofan2
      May 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      I would second that, if you adjust the age to 60 or so. I want him to have SOME time to truly interact with his grandchildren. I don’t want to be greedy. There is no reason IMO why his family shouldn’t have a decade or so of his undivided attention.

      • 148 hopefruit2
        May 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm

        I agree vc. I’m being facetious with that “until 80” request! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        But perhaps, maybe, possibly just one more term, like 2016-2020 and then he can leave politics for good πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ He will be 58 then.

    • 150 donna dem 4 obama
      May 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      I couldn’t agree more!

    • 151 Sharon
      May 21, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      That’s kind of by Bo’s reckoning: 28 more years.

    • 152 nathkatun7
      May 22, 2012 at 1:03 am

      No, No, hopefruit! We need him still young and in his elements to be able to compare him with his successors. Otherwise, people might remember him in his 80’s. Believe me, speaking from experience with my father, aging can sometimes take its toll even on some of the most brilliant minds. But I also know how you feel. Our president is a very special person

      • 153 hopefruit2
        May 22, 2012 at 8:00 am

        I agree fully Nathkatun. I was just kidding and don’t think ANYONE should be US President past the age of 75 πŸ™‚

        I’m just happy to have our young President at this time, when our country most needs him!!

  40. May 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    This man’s brilliance is hard to describe. Just amazing, THE MASTER.

  41. 155 Liberal Librarian
    May 21, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    rolling on the floor

  42. 159 Jenny
    May 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Matthews is socking Judas Booker

    • 160 prettyfoot58
      May 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      i am growing a lil tired of this…..

      when the media jumps on a band wagon like this…it makes me uncomfortable….

    • 162 Ladyhawke
      May 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      I wish Howard Fineman would put a sock in it. blah blah blah crap. Tweety is not buying it. He asks the question is Cory Booker a surrogate or not??

    • 163 COS
      May 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      Tweety absolutely sound angry at Cory.

    • 164 anniebella
      May 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      I wonder what Rev. Al will have to say about Cory ” nauseating” Booker?

  43. 165 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I am crazy, nuts for this man. I just love him to pieces.

  44. 168 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Some of our friends on Twitter have considered the possibility that this was all planned by Booker and PBO camp to put the issue of Bain back on the table. I wondered about that also in one of my comments yesterday. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. But whatever it was, PBO just handled the issue in his presser masterfully!

    • 169 Jenny
      May 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      No. It was Judas Booker sucking up to his wall street fundraisers.

      Tweety and David Corn are ripping him apart.

    • 171 Liberal Librarian
      May 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      I was one of those people. Never doubt that PBO is thinking 10 moves ahead.

    • 172 Brit
      May 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      It definitely wasn’t planned.

    • 173 vcprezofan2
      May 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      While a part of me wants to latch on to this possibility (because Booker’s comment really hurt ), another part always balks when my president is portrayed as machiavellian, because I DO NOT see him this way. I prefer to see Cory’s comment as irresponsible and to a certain extent, as Tien implied, lacking in maturity.

      • 174 Jenny
        May 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm

        Booker was toeing the republican party line.

      • 175 nathkatun7
        May 22, 2012 at 2:19 am

        VC, In my opinion Cory Booker’s comments were dumb! Yes, it’s “nauseating” to see how those laid off workers who were devastated by a private equity farm that was all about making money and maximizing profits. Instead of being angry and “nauseated” at Bain’s of workers who lost their jobs, their pensions and their health insurance, Cory Booker chose to express his distaste of being inconvenienced by the truth of that Ad. May be as some have suggested this was Booker’s way of re-assuring David Gregory and MTP that he was not an angry Black man who blindly follows the President. Whatever led him to say what he said, the reality is that his words ended up undermining the president’s message of exposing Mitt Romney. For that, he deserves all the criticism.

        I know many people think Mayor Booker purposely set out to defend Bain, because of his Wall Street connections, his ties with Christie and his ambition for higher office. I am sorry, but I am still not persuaded that Mr. Booker purposely intended to hurt the President. I think he was trying to appear as a responsible, non-partisan person, who naively thought that he was objecting to negative commercials on both sides, without thinking through the harmful consequences of his words. Obviously, I know that my opinion is not shared by the majority on this blog, but I just can’t imagine that a man who has sometimes been asked to speak on behalf of the President would publicly turn against him like that. That is why I wish Chips would repost Cory Booker’s excellent speech at the Jefferson/Jackson dinner in Denver Colorado where he strongly defended President Obama’s record.

        I forgot the person who, up thread, called Cory Booker Judas. Since there are people on this site who are fond of using biblical analogies let me suggest a different analogy. I think what Mr Booker did was more like what Peter did than what Judas did to Jesus. For those versed in the Bible, I am sure you remember that Jesus had predicted that Peter, one of his major disciples, would deny him once the Roman authorities came to arrest him (jesus). Just as Jesus had predicted, Peter did exactly that. He denied, three times, that he knew Jesus. In the end though, Peter was forgiven and he went on to be the foremost champion ofChristianity. And, it is upon Peter’s discipleship that the Catholic Church is built it’s Church. I think in moments of weakness Cory Booker, like Peter, seemed to have abandoned President Obama. But, based on his previous deeds, and his subsequent statements, I still think Cory Booker is more like Peter than Judas. Of course you don’t have to agree with me given the fact that I am not religious. But, I grew up in a “severely” Christian family.

  45. 176 donna dem 4 obama
    May 21, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Darn I love his brain!

    Chips, I can’t wait to share that piece of video. hint hint πŸ˜‰

    p.s. I am done with the CB fiasco. Moving on!!!!

  46. May 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Tweety and David Corn are slamming Cory, and Fineman, not so much!

  47. 181 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Poor Snark is having a major meltdown! I feel his pain…

    • 182 donna dem 4 obama
      May 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      OMG I am hollering in here. Thank goodness my staff just left for the day. That was one of Snarks best!

      πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    • 183 nathkatun7
      May 22, 2012 at 2:28 am

      Simply exquisite snark from the incredible Snark Knoller!

  48. 184 jacquelineoboomer
    May 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Since the President was the only adult in the room (again), it seemed to me at the press conference that he was reading all of the “participants” a good bedtime story, so they’d settle down, and let him have his evening free. Except for Snark, who’ll follow him to Joplin, that is.

  49. 185 Dudette
    May 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Agghh!! What happened to the feed?!!

  50. May 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I love this president. There is never a time, including this appearance, where he doesn’t exceed expectations. I love everything he says. And the more I hear about what Booker said, the extent to which he went on all the praise of Bain etc. the less inclined I am to be gratuitous at all. He trashed the whole central message of the Obama campaign re.Romney/Bain and his fitness for the presidency. It really is inexcusable. It was beyond selfish and said a lot about Booker’s character or lack thereof.

  51. 188 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 21, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Yeah, I know it’s dailykos, but it’s good:


    It’s easy to forget, but before the world met Barack Obama in 2004, many believed that the first black president would be Booker. Armed with Stanford, Yale and Oxford degrees and all of the invaluable personal connections he forged at those institutions, he set out in the mid-1990s to craft a uniquely appealing political biography, swearing off lucrative job offers to move to Newark’s Central Ward and take up residence in public housing. Within a few years, he won a seat on the City Council, where he showed an early and consistent knack for self-generated publicity, most notably with a ten-day hunger strike in the summer of 1999.

    It’s not easy for me to forget, because I was living in NYC at the time and remember hearing about this guy and the buzz that he would be the first black president.

    We have to remember that PBO’s rise had, and still has, a LOT of folks — of all colors and creeds — totally SHOOK.

    I think Cory has enough of a good core to take this moment as an opportunity for self-reflection. He obviously doesn’t have the vision, imagination, self-awareness, or depth of understanding that PBO has. So it’s easy to see how he could get tied up in the Third Way. It’s the path of least resistance for a lot of these middle-of-the-road, corporate Dems that want GOP money, but not GOP baggage.

    At this point, IMO, the major blow to Booker’s aura is not that he did something off-the-charts horrible, or damaging. He will soon find that he hasn’t had much of an impact, if any at all, on PBO’s campaign. No, the major blow is that he has shown himself to be something worse in a politician — he’s shown himself to be common. Middle of the road. Mediocre. Go along to get along. He’s not a visionary, as we might have thought. He’s actually average. Which is a shame.

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