This and That

My fave pic from last year’s picnic …. love the look she gave Rusty, I hope she’s President one day 😉

7:0 President Obama speaks at a picnic for Members of Congress (it’s over)


President Barack Obama talks with senior advisors before a phone call with President François Hollande of France in the Oval Office, June 27, 2012. Pictured, from left, are Larry Pfeiffer, Director of Operations, the Situation Room; Mike Froman, Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics; Caroline Atkinson, Special Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs; National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling; Elizabeth “Liz” Sherwood-Randall, Senior Director for European Affairs; and Chief of Staff Jack Lew. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)





106 Responses to “This and That”

  1. 1 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 27, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    David Axelrod asks the question …

    I answer it …


  2. 10 Liberal Librarian
    June 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Afternoon all!

    • 11 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 27, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      Good afternoon LL,

      I’m encouraging everyone to extend some gratitude to Ms Eban!

      Here’s the link to the full report:


      • 14 Liberal Librarian
        June 27, 2012 at 6:46 pm

        Hah! Can’t stand that pompadoured git. But from what I’ve read, what a BORING match. I think it’ll be Deutschland uber alles on Sunday. (No, I don’t think Italy has a chance.)

        • 15 Tally
          June 27, 2012 at 6:49 pm

          Me either. He’s such a twat. Boo hoo Ronaldo. You’re going home.

        • June 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm

          LL, I’m weird enough to enjoy these chess-like scoreless draws that barely feature a shot on goal – I need to get out more. Spain look utterly exhausted, and tonight’s extra time sure as hell won’t help them on Sunday.

          • 17 Liberal Librarian
            June 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm

            Oh, I can appreciate a scoreless draw, but there has to be some ebb and flow to the game. No shots on goal? Agh! Stab my eyes. Here’s Brooks Peck’s opening line on Dirty Tackle:

            The 120-minute long Euro 2012 semifinal match between Spain and Portugal was roughly equivalent to watching someone slowly get a needle jabbed in their eye while a stadium full of spectators quietly did the wave to keep themselves distracted.

            • June 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm

              😆 It wasn’t a thriller, it has to be said, although Spain finally came to life in extra time – I was amazed they had the energy to move at that stage. The gobsmacking thing was that Ronaldo didn’t take a penalty – looked like he was lined up to take Portugal’s fifth, but it never got that far. Strange.

              • 19 Liberal Librarian
                June 27, 2012 at 7:03 pm

                As I said below, it was a risk the manager took, and the risk backfired. The same thing happened when Portugal beat England on PKs in 2006 — Ronaldo took the last shot.

                • June 27, 2012 at 7:08 pm

                  The less kind assumption would be that he wanted to take the glory penalty – I’d honestly doubt the manager decided on the order, methinks Ronaldo calls all the shots in the Portuguese set-up.

    • 23 desertflower
      June 27, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      How you feeling?? Better?

      • 24 Liberal Librarian
        June 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm

        Eh, I’ll live. Didn’t feel badly enough to go home. Damned work ethic guilt! 😀

        I’ve been watching a sexual harrassment training on our intranet. It’s 2 hours. My version would be five minutes. “If you act like an asshole, you’re fired.” There, end of training.

        • June 27, 2012 at 6:57 pm

          Ah LL, I didn’t know you hadn’t been well, I’ve been missing the last few hours. Hope you’re recovering?

          “If you act like an asshole, you’re fired.”

          😆 😆

        • 26 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
          June 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm

          Didn’t know you weren’t feeling well, LL. Please take care!!!

          #TWEETON 🙂

      • June 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm

        Yikes, what happened, is LL not well?

  3. 31 Liberal Librarian
    June 27, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    • 32 nathkatun7
      June 27, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      Excellent question, LL! Just to think that this was also the party of Senator Charles Sumner, the forgotten hero, who led the move in Congress to pass the 14th and 15th Amendments expanding citizenship, and the right to vote, for all Americans without regard to race. color or previous condition of servitude. I also think Frederick Douglass, the indomitable fighter for race and gender equality, must be turning in his grave to know that the party he regarded as the ship to navigate the rough seas when it comes to equal rights is now the party of Herman Cain, Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman.

  4. June 27, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Did you all see this? Co-founder of the SCOTUSBlog predicts mandate won’t be overturned.

    ‘I believe the mandate will not be invalidated tomorrow’


    • 34 Tally
      June 27, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      I agree, but he doesn’t say much and makes even less sense.

      • June 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm

        I must be missing something…I think he made perfect sense.

        • 36 Tally
          June 27, 2012 at 6:58 pm

          Maybe I’m having an überblonde moment – happens all the time if I don’t get enough WCMS – but…

          “My prediction includes the possibility that there will not be a single majority opinion for the theory on which the mandate is upheld, and even the thin possibility that the Court will not have a majority to find the mandate constitutional.”


          • 37 Liberal Librarian
            June 27, 2012 at 7:01 pm

            Tally, silly person, you have to have a JD to decipher that. I’m sure it made perfect sense to him.

            To the rest of us, as Thomas Pynchon said in “Gravity’s Rainbow” (or was it “V”?): “Wha–?”

          • June 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm

            haha, yeah, that’s why I just went with his overall conclusion the mandate will be upheld. Easy enough.

            • 40 Tally
              June 27, 2012 at 7:15 pm

              I totally agree that the mandate will be upheld, or won’t be ruled on since it hasn’t gone into effect/no one has been “injured” by it – it was the rest of what he wrote that didn’t make any damn sense. 😀 I needed a drink anyway after all the F&F insanity – it’s really got me enraged. Fucking NRA.

          • 41 collegekay
            June 27, 2012 at 7:52 pm

            That means he believes there won’t be a unanimous opinion on WHY the mandate should be upheld.

            • 42 Tally
              June 27, 2012 at 8:22 pm

              That would be sad if they’re that stupid. The mandate should be upheld for the simple reason that everyone who doesn’t have insurance hurts everyone who does financially by making them pay for their freeloading asses.

      • 43 nathkatun7
        June 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm

        After reading that piece I am still unclear about what this Supreme Court expert was trying to say. Sure he predicted that the mandate won’t be overturned. But then he goes on to tell us that there may be no consensus upon which the mandate is upheld. I am no expert when it comes to the workings of the Supreme Court. But I am absolutely sure about one thing: Neither the so called experts, nor the clueless media pundits, know anything about what the Supreme Court will decide tomorrow. In other words, their predictions are as good as the experts who predicted that New England will win the 2012 Super Bowl. Sometimes it’s best not be all worked up about predictions because they are more likely than not to disappoint. For me, regardless of what the Court does tomorrow, I will still be fired up in my support of President Obama. After listening to the rantings of Justice Antonin Scalia, about the Arizona immigration law, I am now absolutely convinced that the Justices of the Supreme Court are not infallible! Scalia sounded more like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity than a detached, all wise, Supreme Court Justice.

    • 45 globalcitizenlinda
      June 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      I do not know what tommorrow will bring on the ACA ruling but I pray that it is upheld because some of us really need a credible healthcare system in place for us to make it given the health conditions we face

  5. June 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I think the NRA wants those internal memos between WH and AG. They want to know how this admin plans on addressing guns. I remember after Gabby the prez said this was a conversation we needed to have as a nation. The NRA meanwhile has busily been writing laws, putting guns in the hands of ninny they can , carrying them everywhere including highly volital areas like bars! Heck next they will be allowed in our grade schools.

    sorry, I was unable to comment on last post

    • 47 Tally
      June 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      The NRA doesn’t want the American People to know just how much control they have – how much THEY are responsible for watering down the laws so the ATF can’t do it’s job of CONTROLLING FIREARMS. And just how responsible THEY ARE for not only Agent Terry’s death, but pretty much the whole drug war that’s destroying Mexico.

  6. 48 utaustinliberal
    June 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    That picture of the little girl shooting Boehner a dirty look is so precious. I feel a tweet coming on. 😀

  7. 50 utaustinliberal
    June 27, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    More bad news for Romney. HAHA!

  8. 53 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 27, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Yo #Mitt ….

    Yes We Can …. DO More Together

  9. 54 Tally
    June 27, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    dammit, I’m still on the last thread. WAH

  10. June 27, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I am so unobservant at times. I saw that little girl and just assumed at first President Obama was waving to her. I hurried to post my comment above, then went b back to look at pics…..wait…is that Boehner? Yes it is, and it explains that look on the little missys face. Did she catch a wiff of a bad smell maybe…too much tanning spray?
    Yes! Little Missy for President, she’s clearly decerning (sp) of bs. 🙂

    • 56 joanshaw
      June 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      I could tell immediately, elo — He looked awkward, leaning over like that with his shirt ballooning out, and his hair looked unhealthy. Also, the little girl obviously didn’t like him much, puzzled as to who in the world he was. Everyone knows President Obama.

    • 57 TrumpDog
      June 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      I’m ashamed to say…I thought it was President Obama too.
      /slapping my own hand

  11. 58 Tally
    June 27, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    7:0 President Obama speaks at a picnic for Members of Congress – If only I could scream at those NRA WHORES.

  12. 60 Tally
    June 27, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    THIS is what it’s all about:

  13. 61 utaustinliberal
    June 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm

  14. 67 Tally
    June 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm

  15. 68 debbyeOh
    June 27, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Oh Chips! I know what you mean! And if (when) she becomes president, she’ll remember when she met 44! It’ll become an iconic pic like that one of Clinton and JFK.

  16. 69 Ladyhawke
    June 27, 2012 at 6:58 pm


    It was replete with distortions, errors, partial truths, and even some outright lies.

    The reporter that wrote the article just blew the lid off of Darrell Issa’s witch hunt right on the tv with Rev Al. This reporter did what Issa’s committee was supposed to be doing. A six month investigation that uncovered the truth about Fast & Furious. And Rev Al just had a spirited interview with John Mica where he challenged him on the validity of the contempt charges. This witch hunt is unraveling big time just one day before the farcical contempt vote. Real journalism is spouting up all over the place and it is a thing of beauty.

    The truth about the Fast and Furious scandal


    Indeed, a six-month Fortune investigation reveals that the public case alleging that Voth and his colleagues walked guns is replete with distortions, errors, partial truths, and even some outright lies. Fortune reviewed more than 2,000 pages of confidential ATF documents and interviewed 39 people, including seven law-enforcement agents with direct knowledge of the case. Several, including Voth, are speaking out for the first time.



  17. 71 desertflower
    June 27, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    The beautiful, human side of Tweedy. Must see. Must watch until the end.


  18. 77 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    #Tweeps4OBAMA support our AG ….


  19. 78 Liberal Librarian
    June 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm

  20. 79 utaustinliberal
    June 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm

  21. 80 Ladyhawke
    June 27, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Stephen Colbert: Thinking About ‘Fast and Furious’ Makes Me ‘Quickly Angry’


    Colbert took the opportunity to have some fun with Fox and the Republicans for their recent conspiracy theory:

    COLBERT: Yes, very clearly, Obama started this gun tracking program in 2006, when he hypnotized George Bush. Then he secretly ordered Attorney General Holder to order the Justice Department, to order the ATF to order gun shops to sell guns to Mexican drug cartels, and then lose track of them, thereby panicking Americans to gin up support for the draconian gun control measures that Obama has never introduced.



  22. 85 utaustinliberal
    June 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm

  23. June 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Poo—-just the WH audio—-nothing from CNN/CBS.

    • 87 anniebella
      June 27, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      I can’t blame POTUS or FLOTUS, who want to be seen with those evil radical extreme Republicans. I imagine they quickly left and went back upstairs to have dinner with their girls. I know I would do that.

      • June 27, 2012 at 7:26 pm

        No, they were staying to work their way down the rope line. President Obama said they wouldn’t be able to take photos with everyone, but all kids 12 and under would be eligible. Others had to be satisfied with just a handshake or a kiss——I think I heard some of the ladies squeal “just a kiss” would be just fine. I remember last year we got to watch the live stream of this event—–I like to see everyone interacting—-but no luck this year for some reason.

  24. 89 anniebella
    June 27, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    That Obama video about fire fighters, teachers are a great video.

    • 91 0388jojothecat
      June 27, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      If we can get the democrats who get funds from the insurance companies to vote for it. It failed this year by two votes and both were democrats.

  25. 92 LOL
    June 27, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    I think that girl is thinking “Oh Sh&^ it’s a talking orange”

  26. 94 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Hey Chips, You may want to cache this one 🙂


  27. June 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm


    Check out this video on YouTube:

  28. 98 Ladyhawke
    June 27, 2012 at 7:28 pm


    The Mendacity Is The Message

    By Paul Krugman – April 12, 2012


    Here’s the bad news: Mitt Romney’s campaign is setting new standards in serial dishonesty. Really. He makes Bush look like a font of truth and accuracy.

    Here’s the good news: reporters seem to have noticed, and — be still my beating heart — we’re starting to see reports that actually point out the distortions, rather than saying that “some Democrats” say that he isn’t being honest.
    The core of Romney’s campaign strategy seems to be contempt for the news media (and the voters), the belief that he can say anything and pay no price — which was the way things worked for Bush. But maybe, just maybe, his calculation was wrong, and serial dishonesty will become, justifiably, part of the narrative.



  29. 99 globalcitizenlinda
    June 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Chips and Cagle,

    I have spent the last half hour or so trying to rinse the cartoon of Scalia’s Fox Underwear from my eyes and brains! Simply disgusting but really, really true!

    What have I done today to deserve this level of “torture”???

  30. 103 Tally
    June 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm

  31. 104 globalcitizenlinda
    June 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I am glad that Team Obama chose that gentleman (and admited ex-republican) firefighter from Heath Ohio to have dinner with PBO.

    He is a very good spokesperson for POTUS and he trully has no misgivings about declaring WHY PBO is the best person to help ordinary people in the poor and middle class to achieve some kind of economic security.

  32. June 27, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Even FOX

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