Fine Arts

First lady Michelle Obama hugs Lianyun Wu during an awards ceremony for the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in the East Room at the White House on November 19. The first lady talked about the importance of afterschool and out of school arts and humanities education and presented awards recognizing programs across the country that benefit underserved youth

AP: Michelle Obama cited the “transformative power of the arts” Monday as she presented national arts and humanities awards to 12 community-based, after-school programs that reach underserved youth.

The programs – including some that focus on at-risk kids – use music, dance, poetry, theater, history, digital arts and other outlets to inspire creative development among young people.

โ€ฆ. honorees include the African Cultural Connection in Omaha, Neb.; Arts Education Program for Youth in Seattle, Wash.; AS220 Youth Studio in Providence, R.I.; ICA Out-of-School Teen Programs in Boston; Myth and the Hero in Copley, Ohio; DreamYard’s Out of School Programs in the Bronx, N.Y.; Paso Nuevo/Next Step in Washington; RISE! (Rhythm in Setting Expectations) in Norfolk, Va.; Student Historians High-School Internship Program in New York; and Youth Radio in Oakland, Calif.

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247 Responses to “Fine Arts”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    November 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    For me? An Award?

  2. 41 vcprezofan2
    November 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I think I sneaked by them while they were still wiping up bits of drool. Sweet!

  3. 42 vcprezofan2
    November 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Okay people, you can come back to reality now. Night is falling, at least where I am, it is.

  4. 43 vcprezofan2
    November 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    This is weird. They left the door open and all the silver is on display.

    • 44 theo67
      November 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      If they’d known you were planning to tiptoe in, VC, I’m sure they would have posted a Secret Service guy there – or at the very least, Bo.

      • 45 vcprezofan2
        November 19, 2012 at 6:09 pm

        I didn’t know it myself. I was actually writing snarky comments about Johnny Mc when I saw a movement out of the corner of my eye and tiptoed in. Of course, Bo would have been a great deterrent because I am always wary around dogs. In fact I come to a dead stop whenever I see one in the ‘wild’.

  5. 56 Proud Former White House Intern
    November 19, 2012 at 6:02 pm


  6. 57 Chi
    November 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Annie, Anniebella, where are you sweetie..?

    Chip has a huge treat for you…

  7. 65 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I was just thinking how I miss FLOTUS! She looks gorgeous — well rested and glowing. Yay!

  8. 66 nathkatun7
    November 19, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I am sorry, but that Kevin Dietsch/UPI photo of FLOTUS walking on that red carpet rivals POTUS’ “THE SHIRT” for me. FLOTUS is one gorgeous lady!

    • November 19, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      She’s magnificent, nathkatun7!

      • 68 nathkatun7
        November 19, 2012 at 6:32 pm

        Yes She is, Chips! And I hope I am forgiven for my naughty fantasies, which are really a complement to the President’s wisdom for falling for her. I was old enough when JFK was elected President. I remember women wishing they could have JFK and men wishing they could be like JFK. Conversely, men longed for Jackie while women wished they could be like Jackie. This is what you get for electing a gorgeous and smart President who is married to a gorgeous and smart first lady.

        • November 19, 2012 at 6:33 pm

          “I hope I am forgiven for my naughty fantasies”

          Nothing to forgive nathkatun7, TOD was a living, breathing naughty fantasy today!

          • 70 vcprezofan2
            November 19, 2012 at 6:41 pm

            ‘living, breathing naughty fantasy today’ You got that right! There were times I didn’t know where to step to avoid the breathing. Well, it’s all out of your systems now and the air has cleared. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

            • 71 nathkatun7
              November 19, 2012 at 7:08 pm

              Chips & VC, It’s about time we let loose and had fun. We worked so hard to re-elect the President and it’s obvious that people in other countries are very appreciative of what we did. To be honest, I truly love the fearless women on this site who can walk and chew gum at the same time. Yes, TOD women and men are very serious about issues but they do not take themselves so seriously that they stop being human and having fun.

        • 72 jacquelineoboomer
          November 19, 2012 at 6:58 pm

          I’m from that John and Jackie era, too, nathkatun7. I had her first name and as a teenager wanted to be her! Also came home from high school and watched all of his afternoon press conferences! This is definitely a similar time – especially Mrs. Obama’s encouragement of the arts, as Jackie Kennedy was involved in … but our current First Lady is involving more children. As I recall, back in the ’60s, there was still usually some music and art appreciation in the schools before so many of those “special interests” (which are part of who we are) were axed in budget cuts.

    • 73 PoliticalJunkessa
      November 19, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      I knew the men would be in here shortly, uh huh! :mrgreen: At least you didn’t begrudge us wimmin our fawning over PBO, nathkatun7. Now if Japa comes in here, that’s a different story, lol!

      • November 19, 2012 at 6:23 pm

        ๐Ÿ˜† I felt the need for some balance after today PJ, I hope the menfolk appreciate it ๐Ÿ˜†

        • 75 PoliticalJunkessa
          November 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm

          They’re lurking and looking…and appreciating. ๐Ÿ˜›

        • 79 hopefruit2
          November 19, 2012 at 6:34 pm

          I haven’t seen amk since early this morning. He’s probably still sleeping but he should be here in the next couple hrs or so. He missed “The Shirt” event which consumed much of TOD all afternoon.

          • 80 vcprezofan2
            November 19, 2012 at 6:46 pm

            It is probably around 4pm there (if I correctly remember the formula Amk gave me) so he’d hardly be sleeping unless he wasn’t feeling well. Maybe he’s traveling somewhere where the connection is poor.

        • 87 nathkatun7
          November 19, 2012 at 6:47 pm

          I am one of the men who deeply appreciated this balanced approach. But I am also man enough to admit that the President looked good in “THE SHIRT.” I totally understand why the ladies here went “good crazy” about that. BTW, Chipsticks one of the major reasons I love this site is your sense of humor and the fact that you allow posters here to now and then let their hair down and have fun. Even though we fight hard for serious issues, it’s important for us not to take ourselves too seriously that we forget to laugh, dance, sing and act silly.

      • 89 nathkatun7
        November 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm

        PJ, now that chips has posted gorgeous pics of FLOTUS, I think Japa will be o.k.

  9. 90 Nena20409
    November 19, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Michelle Obama……you are looking great.

  10. November 19, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I’m overjoyed that FLOTUS is promoting the arts, especially for young kids. It’s essential that we support artists and creators of all sorts. The arts and our celebration of all of them are one of things that makes this country so great. YAYAYAY!!

  11. 92 Melanie
    November 19, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    PBO a popular choice among Italians as favorite figurine for Nativity scene…

  12. 95 Nena20409
    November 19, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Lady Dudette: The link to the Great Wall of China…..was suppose to show the POTUS in a leather jacket was not HIM. It was a bottle of some expensive hard liquor.

  13. 96 vcprezofan2
    November 19, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Over 45 comments in 30 minutes! No flies on you guys when you finally roll in to a thread. ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. 97 99ts
    November 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I love the picture from the last thread of Pres Obama & Sec Clinton http://timeswampland.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/515457826.jpg?w=663

    I just wonder if she might be saying “Don’t you dare run up those stairs & expect me to do the same”

    So nice to see the President being a President rather than on the campaign trail – Also the FLOTUS being back in the white house for another four years – thank you Chips for the wonderful photos

    • 98 nathkatun7
      November 19, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      Totally co-sign your excellent comment, 99ts.

    • 99 susanne
      November 19, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      yes! back to doing the job they do so well! what a relief, and a joy.

      • 100 HZ
        November 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm

        Nath and susanne, I was thinking the same thing as I saw our beautiful FLOTUS walking the halls there at the WH and knowing that our president and SOS are representing all of us and the world on the “World Stage” doing a totally historical first. What a joy to behold.

        As my brother emailed me today as he and friends watched POB and his team: “A Total Honor To Behold.” I cried as I read his message because my baby brother, being in another place during a first in history and knowing that he too came from a very hardworking and humble family could be in the presence of the President of the United States at this moment in history.

        “Total Honor.” (((((((((( Thank you our beautiful angel, Ms. Chips)))))))))))) You made this another beautiful historical day in our lives here at TOD Family Home. I love you so very much.HZ

        • 101 theo67
          November 19, 2012 at 8:52 pm

          Thank you for bringing your brother’s first hand account of being with the President today. How awesome, and indeed, what an honor!

  15. 102 Sharon
    November 19, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    On FLOTUS. Nice program. Her specialties showed up: sincerity and fun. Now on a few things I noticed. I didn’t like her shoes, but I also noticed a similar material in shoes on our ambassador to Thailand and the their PM. Think I am out of touch. She is still sporting her dark nail polish. And she is wearing an additional ring. Anniversary ring? First noticed it on election night, but I had seen no close ups of her fingers since their anniversary..

    • 103 jacquelineoboomer
      November 19, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      Love the fact we notice their jewelry and clothes. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 104 vcprezofan2
        November 19, 2012 at 7:37 pm

        It scares me a bit tho JO’B. These gals see things I never would notice if they hadn’t been pointed out. I’m the type that doesn’t even remember the earrings I’m wearing (if I have any on) when someone compliments them. I’m definitely not going to the same inaugural ball as any of you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 106 susanne
      November 19, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      now, sharon, i did not like the ambassador’s shoes, either. too clunky, and just wrong with that pink suit. but flotus’ shoes are cut just right, and they are nicely balancing the dress! ๐Ÿ™‚

      kudos on noticing the ring! think it’s an ‘anniversary band’?

  16. November 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm


    Your coverage of President Obama’s Asia trip has been stellar! Thank you so much for your wonderful nurturing of the TOD community and for providing this magnificent wonderful haven.

    Those of you on Twitter should consider following @KurtEichenwald. He’s a former Republican who wrote the book “500 Days” about GWBush’s failures leading up to Sept. 11.

    I hope the MSM pays him some heed:

    “#thewealthymustpayforthewar They got tax cuts, then we had a war. No one paid 4 it except soldiers, mostly working class. We need $1Trill.”

    “#thewealthymustpayforthewar This should be FIRST argument in budget negotiations. We fought Iraq & no one paid for it. Wealthy got tax cuts”

    • 108 PoliticalJunkessa
      November 19, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      Yes! Thank goodness somebody of note is making a point of this.

      It’s amazing how Americans have not reckoned with the fact that the wars drove up the deficit. I’ve been saying forever that tax cuts followed by an unpaid war is fiscal insanity. And the criminals that got us in this financial state push for cuts to Medicare/Medicaid, social security and every other successful American program — crying broke while ignoring the prime driver of our debt. It’s mind-boggling.

      As has always been true, the middle and working classes fight the wars of the entitled class, and then have to beg for their just due while the entitled benefit from their blood, sweat and tears. Indeed, #thewealthymustpayforthewar

  17. 109 hopefruit2
    November 19, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    No wonder John McCain is in such a foul mood. He hasn’t had such a wonderful blog filled with amazing folks devoted to him and it will be the same for the next four years. This is not good news for John McCain!

  18. November 19, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    GOP are really becoming vicious:

    โ€œI just donโ€™t think Romney ever established an emotional connection with much of anybody in the party,โ€ said Sabato. โ€œHe was essentially a cyborg designed to win the presidency, and when he failed he was placed in the disposal bin.โ€

    Politico story:
    “Republicans Run from Romney

    • 112 jacquelineoboomer
      November 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      *placed in the disposal bin*

      Pickup on Aisle 2012!

    • 113 vcprezofan2
      November 19, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      ‘established an emotional connection’
      Repubs and media and their emotional connection , which we have already proven they cannot even recognize, as in the case of PBO.

    • 114 theo67
      November 19, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      But they all thought he could/should be President. And then they call themselves “patriots”. It’s pretty disgusting.

    • November 19, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      I covet FLOTUS’ shoes.

    • November 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      Just watched this again and it’s so, so, so moving to see these young students honored so lovingly. BRAVA, FLOTUS.

      • 130 LDS
        November 19, 2012 at 8:25 pm

        Meta, I agree 100%. It is not about the shoes at all.
        Our FLOTUS truly enjoys this event each year and I just could not imagine the Romneys connecting or having these young, gifted children expressing their gifts and talents in the WH. I personally would like to thank everyone here for being a part of re-electing this President for four more years.

        The diversity of the award recipients mirrors who the voters who came together on one accord and did what we had to do. As Michele urged them to reach back and grab another you, it reflects what Our First Lady,President, VP and Dr. Jill Biden have been saying throughout the campaign. They are consistent and true in their words and actions. We are so blessed to have her as First Lady of the USA.
        I am grateful for every hug she displayed to those who were there. She is so real and honest.

        • November 19, 2012 at 9:23 pm

          x1,000,000. I, too, kept thinking as I watched who else but this First Family would be celebrating all these unique young adults in this way.

    • November 19, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      After the tree was loaded into the semi-truck, it made its way through West Jefferson during the townโ€™s annual holiday parade.

      Afterward, the tree stopped at the Ashe County Courthouse for the โ€œWhite House Christmas Tree Cutting and Celebration;โ€ one last stop before being delivered to the White House.

      Several members of the community attended the event, including U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx.

      What? Virginia Fox? I thought she hated The President?

    • 135 jacquelineoboomer
      November 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Love it when the tree arrives at the WH, and Mrs. Obama shows the country all of the decorations inside.

    • 141 theo67
      November 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      I’ve always liked Ben Rhodes. He always manages to look slightly disheveled, but he’s REALLY good at his job, and clearly, very intelligent. Although, that could be said of nearly everyone in this Administration…

  19. November 19, 2012 at 7:08 pm

  20. 145 collegekay
    November 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    I NEED to see a close up of those shoes! Wow, she looks gorgeous.

  21. November 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    re: McCain’s soul-destroying venom against Amb. Susan Rice:

    “Richard Wolffe, asked by Chris Matthews if he thinks McCain’s motivated by racism re Rice, responds: ‘there is no other way to look at this'”

    @rkref reminds his followers:
    “McCain was furious in ’08 when Susan Rice, then an Obama ’08 aide, called BS on his stroll thru Iraq market w/100 soldiers and 5 copters.”

    This explanation sounds reasonable to me. McCain’s out-of-bounds beyond-reason attacks against Amb. Rice sounds personal, and soul-destroying.

    • November 19, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      Hiya Arapaho415, can’t remember where, but I read that the other day about Susan Rice mocking McCain’s ridiculous trip to Iraq – and suddenly I understood why the bitter fool is so venomous against her. I’d be certain it’s as petty as this. Was it in Game Change they had the bit about him resenting photos of PBO throwing his jacket over his shoulders, when McCain couldn’t because of his war injuries? He reckoned PBO was doing it deliberately to mock him. The man is insane, comically petty.

      • November 19, 2012 at 7:26 pm

        It’s a wonder he doesn’t combust into a pool of animal rage. Can’t stand him.

        • November 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm

          I think he’s getting close Meta, his bitterness is eating him up. Hateful man.

          • November 19, 2012 at 7:34 pm

            Yes, bitterness is eating McCain alive.

            Terrible tragic flaw to endure.

            His venom against Susan Rice puzzled me; he could be a misogynist, but he’s not racist (e.g., adopted daughter Bridgette)

            • November 19, 2012 at 7:37 pm

              It’s hard to say anything nice about the man, but I did respect him in the 2008 campaign when he corrected that crazy woman who talked about PBO being an “A-rab”, bla, bla – I think that was the last sign of decency he showed, but it was impressive, and hardly helped him with the wingnuts.

              • November 19, 2012 at 7:58 pm

                I don’t think it’s either misogyny or racism. There’s an existential emptiness in him, much like in Romney, where, like Romney, he’s had to jettison every ounce of moderation in order to remain even barely relevant in the national discussion. He, like Romney, felt that the Presidency was due him, and couldn’t fathom how this man Barack Obama could have bested him. He believed in the bubble his press created for him, and has never recovered from its bursting. Rather than look at his own failings, he transfers all his anger to Obama and his allies; McCain can never be wrong; the fault is always elsewhere.

                • November 19, 2012 at 8:02 pm

                  A perfect summing of the man, LL. He’s in a permanent state of simmering rage, it’s a sight to behold, and as you said, it can really only be traced to his failure to get what he thought was rightfully his. It must be utterly exhausting to be that bitter and that incensed, from the moment you wake up, to the moment you drift off.

                  • 164 jacquelineoboomer
                    November 19, 2012 at 8:29 pm

                    I’m sure you’ve all seen this before, but if you ever want to show others “the real” John McCain, this awful, awful video of his treatment of a woman who represented POW-MIA families says everything we need to know about him. And this was years ago. He is certifiable. The look in his eyes in this is the same basic look Romney had in his eyes after the final debate, when he lost, as we saw in the photo that was rolling around then. Romney holds his venom in better, now, but give him a few years.

            • 165 nathkatun7
              November 19, 2012 at 8:03 pm

              Racism is very complicated! Racism should not be confused with color prejudice. It’s possible to believe in white supremacy without being anti-black. Just as it’s possible to be for male supremacy without being anti-women. Obviously many right wing men love their women although they still believe that women should be subordinate to men. Many slave owners loved some of their slaves though they did not set them free. Even when they freed them they never regarded them as equals.

              Here is an example of modern racist who was not necessarily anti-black: Strom Thurmond was as segregationist as they come, though after he died we found out that he had a black daughter that he apparently cared for. Nevertheless he set the record of speaking, non-stop, for days on the Senate floor, filibustering the 1964 Civil Rights Bill. Obviously, McCain is not anti-black or anti women. What he seems to object to are blacks and women who can think and act on their own, or hold positions of power, without being beholden or dependent on him. In that sense, he is both a racist and a misogynist. He just loves women and people of color that he can control.

              • November 19, 2012 at 8:32 pm

                Oppression is the same as being against. So I have to respectfully disagree with some of what you say, dear nathkatun7. Mysogyny and racism don’t exist in an abstract theoretical vacuum. They are behaviors that break down the soul. It’s about a power and the dynamics of control.

                McCain is falling apart because his gender and his race and his money didn’t get him where he expected to go. He was upstaged by a brilliant and charismatic man who is so potent and so sweet and compassionate – all brains and all beating heart – that he cannot bear it. This will not end well.

                • November 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm

                  Sorry, “misogyny”

                • 168 nathkatun7
                  November 20, 2012 at 12:20 am

                  Meta, I have absolutely NO disagreement with any thing you wrote. I was puzzled why you deduced from what I wrote that I was discussing misogyny and racism in abstract when I specifically cited concrete examples All I was trying to point out, perhaps unsuccessfully, is that you can “love,” or treat kindly, a person of color, or a woman, without necessarily believing that they are equal to you, or without ending your oppression or domination over them. This was in response to Arapaho415 who stated that McCain “….could be a misogynist, but heโ€™s not racist (e.g., adopted daughter Bridgette)”

                  My point, in response Arapaho415 assertion that McCain is not a racist because he adopted a non-white child, was that McCain’s adoption of a non-white child may be evidence that he does dislike people of color but it’s not evidence that he believes people of color are equal to whites and have the capacity to exercise power just as white people. In other words, people who claim to be color blind or “gender blind,” (if there is such thing) can still practice racism and misogyny, if they still believe in white superiority or male superiority, respectively. I may be wrong, of course, but I see McCain’s opposition to Susan Rice, as well as his disrespect for President Obama, as being deeply rooted in his belief that, no matter what, people of color, or women, and especially those who don’t give him deference, are not qualified to be in position of authority. As far as I am concerned, It’s the covert racism practiced by people who exhibit no overt behavior of race/color prejudice, which is more insidious because it’s is masked by open acts of kindness that appear to be “color-blind” (e.g. adopting a non-white child). Most people tend to equate racism with the more overt acts of race/color prejudice, such as those practiced by groups like the KKK.

                  Now Arapaho415 may be absolutely correct that McCain is “not racist” because he adopted a non-white child. One can equally assert that McCain is not a misogynist since he picked a woman to be his VP. In that case the only explanation left for McCain’s venom against Susan Rice is his bitterness for having lost the presidency to President Obama. The only problem with this explanation is that McCain did not exhibit the same behavior when he lost the presidency to George W. Bush. Nor has McCain come down with such venom against other white people serving the President. This is why I believe that McCain believes in white privilege (which is basically the same thing as white supremacy) even though he may not be overtly anti-black.

                  • November 20, 2012 at 6:59 am

                    So sorry, nathkatun7. I must have misunderstood you. I completely agree with everything you say here! Thanks very much for your follow-up.

              • 170 99ts
                November 19, 2012 at 9:13 pm

                Thank you nathkatun7 – wonderful analysis.

            • November 19, 2012 at 8:22 pm

              His daughter isn’t in a position of power.

      • 174 theo67
        November 19, 2012 at 9:02 pm

        Goodness – the man is deranged!

    • 175 Puddin'
      November 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      I saw that…Tweety made me mad…Richard had to set him straight…this McCain foolishness is so obvious…first it was Valerie Jarrett, then it was AG Eric Holder and now Ambassador Susan Rice…and Tweety had the nerve to say he didn’t think PBO should nominate Dr. Rice because she is staff…Richard had to set him straight…I think I will go back to boycotting Tweety!

      • 176 theo67
        November 19, 2012 at 9:06 pm

        I don’t even let my TV pass MSNBC during Tweety’s TWO hours every day. He’s clearly a patronizing racist. I gave up on him when he did that “President of the World” nonsense during President Obama’s first term – and yet he never pulled such a trick during President Bush’s two disastrous terms.

        • 177 Chi
          November 19, 2012 at 10:03 pm

          Absolutely spot on…

          And suddenly he is demanding that President Obama make key appointments in his cabinet including the SOS position, that ‘are independent of’ President Obama and his vision, for fear that President Obama will ‘control and turn them into beholding puppets’…

          Why on earth would President Obama hire people who don’t share his vision and who would potentially undermine him, his administration…and his legacy…

          The SOS and all members of the President’s cabinet work at the President’s direction and pleasure – that’s the whole point of winning and being President…

          Appointees should only accept the job because they share the President’s vision and assignment for the specific position he has appointed them to…

          It is irritating to have everyone try to dictate to a re-elected President how, when and what his cabinet ought to look like and why…

          Especially when no other previous President has been denied the prerogative of selecting his cabinet as they see fit…

  22. November 19, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    The President is working the phones, trying for a cease fire, it’s close-


  23. November 19, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    • 187 theo67
      November 19, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      This is one of hte suggestions that I sent in when they requested comments a couple of years ago about energy. “I’ll take a lot of credit for this” – ร  la Romney taking credit for the auto bailout. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. November 19, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    But but but John McCain said Bah Humbug and…

  25. November 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    U.S. regulators are investigating 19 mortgage-related companies over potentially misleading advertisements, including some that used Facebook Inc. (FB)โ€™s website, the agencies announced today.
    โ€œMisrepresentations in mortgage products can deprive consumers of important information while making one of the biggest financial decisions of their lives,โ€ Richard Cordray, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director, said in an e- mailed statement announcing the probes. โ€œBaiting consumers with false ads to buy into mortgage products would be illegal.โ€
    The consumer bureau said in the statement it had opened investigations into six companies. The Federal Trade Commission, the other agency involved in the probes is looking at 13 firms, Thomas Pahl, the FTCโ€™s assistant director in the division of financial practices, told reporters on a conference call.
    Neither agency released the names of the companies.
    The CFPB and the FTC also announced they had sent warning letters to 32 mortgage-related companies that the agencies said may be violating the Mortgage Acts and Practices Advertising Rule. Of the 32 letters, 12 came from the CFPB and went to mortgage lenders and brokers, the agency said.


    The CFPA is in jeopardy! The recess Appointnent of Cordray is over in a few months, chances are the Republicans will not allow another recess Appointment.
    It was nice while it lasted.

    • 191 amk for obama
      November 19, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      IIRR, the president can reissue the EO every year, no ?

      • November 19, 2012 at 8:57 pm

        No. They can block it by just showing up to work for fifteen minutes.

        • 193 amk for obama
          November 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm

          Don’t EO’s require 2/3rd congressional majority to be overturned ?

          • November 19, 2012 at 9:48 pm

            No! 1 year shelf life.

            • 195 nathkatun7
              November 20, 2012 at 12:50 am

              I think AMK was confusing Executive Orders (EO) with recess appointments. EO remain in force unless Congress overturns them by a super majority or a new President Overturns them by issuing new Executive Orders. On the other hand, you are right, Jovie, that recess appointments are good for a year. It’s true that the head of the Consumer Protection Agency may not be easily confirmed by the Senate if the filibuster survives. But the agency will still carry on with interim directors. The regulations coming from the agency will still be lawful. Therefore no need to panic at this time. All we need to do is to start mobilizing to put pressure on the U.S. Senate Republicans to end the filibuster and allow an up-and-down vote for the Director of CFPA. Thankfully, the teabag dominated House of Representatives has no say so in this matter. Only the Senate is involved in confirming people nominated by the President.

    • 196 theo67
      November 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      I wouldn’t lose hope just yet. If the Democrats can overturn the filibuster, I believe then they have all the votes they need to confirm Cordray. And since he’s been doing a fantastic job so far, I’d like to see the argument against him. GOP want to argue that they don’t want the people protected?

  26. 197 amk for obama
    November 19, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I see that you wimmin had a big party last night…. Now get out and leave we men alone before we all get shirty.

  27. 206 dotster3
    November 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    This looks like quite the movie! Trailer full of all kinds of awesomeness. Life of Pi.


    • 207 theo67
      November 19, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      I have the book, but haven’t read it yet – but everyone who’s read the book has raved about it. I heard the director being interviewed over the weekend, and he sounded like he’d put his heart and soul into the movie. He’s the same guy who directed “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”. I can’t wait to see this!

  28. 212 amk for obama
    November 19, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Just 25K short of 4 mil PV lead and the bot slowly sinking sinking to the karmic 47%.

  29. 221 dotster3
    November 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Sorry, but who in the h is shooting dolphins and violently hacking away parts of them? We have a lot of sickos in this country.

  30. 223 amk for obama
    November 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Was watching a Mohammed Ali bio-pic called aka cassius clay y’day. He was one articulate, fearless fucker, wasn’t he ?

    • 224 isonprize
      November 19, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

      Love this picture of Pres. (then Senator) Barack Obama in his senate office with a picture of Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston.

      • 225 amk for obama
        November 19, 2012 at 8:25 pm

        Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

        Indeed. His feet movement were amazing to watch. Normally, you find the jocks to be rather dumb. Ali is the exception to that rule.

        He sure deserves some gesture of appreciation from PBO.

        • November 19, 2012 at 8:32 pm

          He was one of the only men who ever made boxing look beautiful to me, Sugar Ray Leonard was another. An extraordinary man with an extraordinary history, utterly fearless – in and out of the ring.

          • 227 amk for obama
            November 19, 2012 at 8:35 pm

            utterly fearless โ€“ in and out of the ring.

            Perfect description. Especially during the times of legally sanctioned racism in america.

          • 228 nathkatun7
            November 20, 2012 at 1:27 am

            He is a good poet too. He loved words. During the early 70s, after he was stripped of his title for refusing the draft, Ali toured college campuses giving speeches and sharing his poetry. Talk about presence, a sense of humor and charisma: Mohammed Ali had tons of that stuff. I was privileged to have met and talked to him in person.

        • November 19, 2012 at 8:36 pm

          If you have never seen it you MUST Netflix “When We Were Kings”. It’s a documentary of Ali’s epic and improbable fight with George Foreman. The Rumble in the Jungle! It’s great film making with lots of commentary from Spike Lee, Norman Mailer, George Plimpton and other notables. But the PRESENCE of The Man on screen will just take your breath away. MAGNIFICENT. (I’m an utterly hetero male ๐Ÿ™‚ )And when you see Foreman as he was then and know what he did with his life after? Foreman is a truly remarkable human being too. GREAT MOVIE!!!

    • November 19, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      I was never a person who followed this sport but when he fought my friends and I would watch because he was such a social phenomenon and he was really something. His intelligence and wit were a sight to behold. I remember his conscientious objection to war and his conversion. And then his illness. He is one of the great icons of our era.

  31. 232 squarepeg
    November 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    • 233 jacquelineoboomer
      November 19, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      Excuse my language, but Hey, Woodward, No Shit, Sherlock.

      • 234 amk for obama
        November 19, 2012 at 8:56 pm

        Yup. Who cares what this I-was-famous-once hack thinks anymore ?

        • 235 jacquelineoboomer
          November 19, 2012 at 9:15 pm

          A formerly famous hack who still can cut it is okay with me, and I really don’t think that fits Woodward, either. But at least Woodward and Bernstein’s reporting way back then was an incredible game changer, unlike any of the journalists I can think of now. #WhoAllSuck

    • 236 nathkatun7
      November 20, 2012 at 1:32 am

      This is a purely lame statement by Woodward.! Why not come out and say it plainly that there is no comparison, absolutely none, between watergate and Benghazi.

  32. 237 dotster3
    November 19, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Geez Louise—–Rubio—not that bright—–or pretending to be really dumb for future Republican candidacy purposes

  33. 242 hopefruit2
    November 19, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Any agenda for our President in Cambodia today?

  34. 245 FoxfireTX
    November 19, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Good article by Karen Finney “Rice Worth Fighting For” http://thehill.com/opinion/columnists/karen-finney/268777-rice-worth-fighting-for-

    I so hope PBO sees it the same way. I’ve been very impressed by her for quite some time and think she will make a great successor to Hillary. And this whole vendetta thing by McCain and Graham is just plain stupid.

  35. 247 susanne
    November 19, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    paul krugman reminds us that myth may be gone, but lyin’ is not…

    ‘ So now that the Unperson/Ryan ticket has lost, Republicans are clearly expecting Paul Ryan to move right back into his previous role as Washingtonโ€™s favorite Serious, Honest Conservative.

    He might get away with it; but I hope not.

    The fact is that Ryan is and always was a fraud. His plan never added up; it was never, contrary to what people who should know better asserted, โ€œscoredโ€ by the CBO. What he actually offered was a plan to hurt the poor and reward the rich, actually increasing the deficit along the way, plus magic asterisks that supposedly reduced the debt by means unspecified. ‘


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