Chat away

President Obama walks to Blair House to attend a Christmas Party hosted by the National Security Council, Dec 13

On his way back to the White House – did he leave his coat in Blair House? I do that kind of thing all the time. 😕


You know that work deadline I boasted about almost meeting the other day? Well, I’m even closer now, I’ll only be a couple of days late. I know, I know: 😎

Back soon!

183 Responses to “Chat away”

  1. 1 Nena20409
    December 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Good Afternoon all.

  2. 2 iamwomanofcolor
    December 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    The Greatest President Ever!

    • 3 Eleroy
      December 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      I see that the media, the Clintons, some Republicans, John Kerry have succeeded in torpedoing Susan Rice’s appointment for Sec. of State!!!

      Karma will deal with the culprits behind this witchhunt!!!

      • 5 Puddin'
        December 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm

        They say ‘payback is a b**ch’…I hope so! I am so angry!!

      • 6 Vicki Green
        December 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm

        Whoever torpedoed it it seems like straight-up rascism to me. A black President is hard enough for some to bear but SOS black, too?
        No way say the Confederate States of Whatever.

        • 7 Eleroy
          December 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm

          They kept talking in dog whispers!!!

          They kept insisting that the SOS position was “lead cabinet position” and that Susan Rice “lacked the gravitas” for the position!!!

          Translation: We’ll be damned if this black woman gets to be the boss of us!!!

  3. 8 Pamela
    December 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Hey y’all!

    • 9 Pamela
      December 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      You get it done Chips, deadlines are only a moment in time, tho they seem longer when they are out ahead of us! And don’t worry about PBO’s coat, I’ll drop it back on my way over… 😉

  4. 11 Nena20409
    December 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    WH Presser on C-Span3 with Jay Carney.

    Every question is with Rightwing talking points bat poop.

    • 12 hopefruit2
      December 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      It’s not just you Nena. Others are noticing the same thing.

      • 13 Nena20409
        December 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm

        Thomas Mann and Orinstein(sp) were absolutely right. We no longer have a media that holds in power accountable. We have a media that is too scared to do their jobs.

        That is sad.

    • 14 theo67
      December 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Chuck Todd was whining about the “activists” trying to make the media irrelevant – they are making themselves irrelevant.

  5. 15 hopefruit2
    December 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    My President looks young and chipper in these pics. 🙂

    • 16 Nena20409
      December 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      51 yrs is young. However, Our president is a GQ 51 young with salt and pepper hair that makes his distinguish frame…..hmmmmm….Soooo….. Kool…..Cool…..just GQ perfect.

  6. 17 Nena20409
    December 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I am tied 1st and 2nd? So does that mean that I get the POTUS, FLOTUS, VPOTUS and Dr. Biden, plus the flying frog-leaping tyke? Pretty please, Ms. Chips?

  7. 20 hopefruit2
    December 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Will the emprogs believe toy boy Ezra Klein or Senate DEM Durbin?

    • 21 Nena20409
      December 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      Leader Pelosi said it also too today.

    • 22 jacquelineoboomer
      December 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      Of course, the President wouldn’t increase the Medicare age. Not this President!

    • 23 utaustinliberal
      December 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      The assholes (including emoprogs) on Twitter, many of them so called supporters have been on this almost two week Ezra Klein, Ed Schultz, and media carnival barkers induced freak out and making disgusting demands of Pres. Obama. If you voted for Pres. Obama (twice now), you know where he stands, and you know that he has been fighting for everyone since day one yet you choose to continue setting your hair on fire (since 2010, 2011, 2012); I don’t care if you started a blog, if you donated $1M or $5, if you call yourself an Obamabot, you are an asshole.

      Enough is enough. Pres. Obama has proven himself over and over again yet so called supporters make disrespectful demands of him – based on gossip from the media – as though he’s a child.

      I’ve had it up to here with spineless, foolish, assholey supporters who are only in when the going is good and abandon ship at the slightest gossip induced hint of trouble.

      • 24 Nena20409
        December 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm

        X2 multiply by a Trillion. Thanks for stating very well UT.

      • 25 hopefruit2
        December 13, 2012 at 3:27 pm

        That NASTY, VILE Stinkerwink on Old Orange immediately posted a diary grabbing credit – putting her own spin by saying “It seems that trial balloon that was floated out has been shot down thanks to pushback from progressive organizations and Democratic officials in the House and the Senate.”

        That woman is so hateful towards our President, it is disturbing. I wouldn’t be surprised if she donated to Romney or campaigned for him when no one was looking.

        • 26 theo67
          December 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm

          They’re the same as Republicans. That convenient “trial balloon” always seems to surface after they’ve accused the President or doing or planning something he hasn’t done or said, and then they’re proven wrong. They’re idiots – they keep falling for the same tricks.

        • 27 Vicki Green
          December 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm

          She is a firebagger, yuck. Never read her crap, although I do read DK.

      • December 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm

        I totally agree with you, UT. I’ve been spending very little time on twitter the last two weeks since Ed and Ezra decided to start this baseless rumour, because the Emoprogs have been having a field day freaking out. And, none of them issue a single directive to the GOP, who actually are trying to destroy the social safety net, but they have plenty of fire and insults for President Obama – who has done nothing but strengthen the safety net since he’s been in office. It’s exhausting and it’s destructive. The Democrats are winning, but there are some who insist on losing, or eroding the margin. And it’s the usual suspects… People should know better – and heed Ed’s hashtag “trust President Obama because he’s earned it”. It just makes me furious.

      • 30 capricornrising
        December 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm

        @utaustinliberal: as an obamabot i agree and stand with you. plz pull my coattail if EVER i make such an error. thx for the courageous checkmate of others in this regard!

    • December 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    • 32 jackiegrumbacher
      December 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      HF, tomorrow they’ll find some other thing the president MIGHT do that will get them all in a snit. They never learn. Outrage is their life blood.

  8. December 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm

  9. 37 yardarm756
    December 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    • 38 jacquelineoboomer
      December 13, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      Happy afternoon, Yardarm! (Hands off my Social Security, Repukes!)

    • December 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      Okay. [I should already know this . . . ] Will someone explain to me how it is that Exxon managed to
      get the U.S. government [aka our elected representatives] to agree to set up financial structures
      that subsidize their oil industry by $10,000,000,000
      [is that enough zeroes??] each year??
      I know that the Republicans used to persuade the peoples that our very economic lives depended
      upon the health of big corporations. Is that when it happened? And what will it take to STOP this extortion?
      Please do tell me.

  10. December 13, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Bloomberg News reports:

    Former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel likely to be nominated as Secretary of Defense

    • 45 jacquelineoboomer
      December 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Be still my beating heart. Love Chuck Hagel. He would be fabulous in this role, and he loves President Obama.

      • 46 lisalovesobama
        December 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm

        Would who’s this Chuck Hagel fellow and what’s his relationship to PBO? There aren’t many repukes who like him much less love him.

    • 47 Nena20409
      December 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Funny that Sam Stein has tweeted that as breaking news. However, Jay Carney was asked that question less than an hour ago and he said he has nothing to announce, but everyone knows that Chuck Hagel and pres Obama are friends. Well Chuck Hagel’s brother, I believe, the younger brother was and is a big supporter of pres Obama’s. Hagel endorsed then sen Obama in 2008 over McSane.

      • 48 jacquelineoboomer
        December 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm

        I think Chuck Hagel’s wife also came out for President Obama, and possibly worked for his first campaign, if I’m remembering correctly.

    • 50 Bill R.
      December 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Good choice!

  11. December 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    So, I’m on a lower-fat diet in an effort to combat my high cholesterol. I thought it would be a difficult adjustment, but so far it’s been relatively easy. I make breakfast at home now, rather than going out to McDonald’s or some other fast food joint. And last night we made the most delicious lentil soup. I plan to make more vegetarian dishes which are high in protein. The wifey unit is pissed off at me, because I make dieting look so easy. If it’s easy, it’s because I take it as a challenge to eat healthier, while still satisfying my foodie soul. And when I accept a challenge, I go all in.

    • 52 symmetry11
      December 13, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      I have learned that when you look at it as a lifestyle change rather than dieting, you are more successful.

    • 53 Don
      December 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Well aren’t you special, with your soups and vegetarian dishes and your non-annoying attitude towards your power over food? I’m glad you can drive by McDonald’s in your Prius with your nose up in the air daydreaming about all the wonderful things you can do with food without gaining an ounce of weight. I’d give my right arm just to be able to not think about food for a second. One of my reasons for coming here is to talk politics amongst friends and to clear my mind. But that all ended today because my friend LL just contributed to my relapse, I need to blame somebody and since I’m not in the mood to take ownership of my problem I might as well blame you, Liberal Librarian.

    • 58 susanne
      December 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      good hawaii morning lib lib! i switched to vegism a dozen or so years ago, and found the key is building flavors. with meat dishes, the meat creates a rich background flavor that ties together and enhances the others. with veggie dishes, you must coax the more delicate flavors from the ingredients, and build depth with multiple elements. carmelizing carrots and onions, for instance, gives richness and foundation to a dish. also, beans, cooked gently with olive oil and herbs, release their nutty sweetness. before long your palate seeks these elusive elements, and begins appreciating more flavors than you knew! have fun!

    • 59 hopefruit2
      December 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      Congrats LL – and good luck with the new diet 🙂

    • 60 CindyH
      December 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      cinnamon, almonds, extra virgin olive oil and good red wine will all help lower bad cholesterol and raise the good – all yummy!

    • 64 theo67
      December 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      Eat oatmeal, too. It scrubs your blood vessels. And squeeze lemons on everything (except the oatmeal, of course…).


  12. December 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Can’t stress this enough …


  13. 66 jacquelineoboomer
    December 13, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Chips – Love that “Did he leave his coat at Blair House?” Whenever I’d go on travel for something they called “work,” when I worked, I’d invariably leave my favorite robe behind the bathroom door in the hotel room. Grrr. And when I called back, it was always gone. You would have thought I would have caught on, but I did it more than once. I’m still thinking about my most favorite robe, later worn by “somebody” in Hilton Head (we had some pretty nice “work trips”), I’m sure. Oh, well, let it go, Jackie. 🙂

    Hope you are doing well today, Chips. Thank you again for everything you do for all of us.

  14. 67 utaustinliberal
    December 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm

  15. 68 Ladyhawke
    December 13, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    It Exists: Details on proposed spending cuts by the President

    By Sarah Jones


    It’s not as if Obama has a reputation for fiscal recklessness, like Republicans do. Under Obama, federal spending has grown at 1.4 percent per year, the slowest pace since Eisenhower, and far lower than the 8.7 percent in President Reagan’s first term. This includes the money spent on the stimulus to rescue us from the Bush economy. It was Republican Paul Ryan who refused to do the math on his budget, not President Obama.

    Yet, the media buys the Republican line that they don’t have these budget cut proposals. Further, we are all to suspend disbelief and pretend as if Republicans have no access to the Internet, if in fact they never got their hard copy. This is how paid representatives of the people conduct themselves.

    We all very busy pretending Republicans are suddenly serious people who actually care about the deficit and even though they only presented a 2 page document with one sentence relating to revenue, the real problem is that they can’t find Obama’s budget proposal because he is hiding it from them. And now we must pretend that Republicans shouldn’t be held responsible for reading things and admitting they exist.

    The media needs to admit the Obama budget cut proposal exists and that Republicans have access to it, and stop pretending that there are two sides to reality.



  16. December 13, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    So, my piece on TPV was partly about finding sane conservatives. I just had the loveliest Twitter exchange with one! It was quite marvelous.

    • 70 Japa21
      December 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      Actually, most true conservatives I know are sane. What is going around branded as conservatism is really radicalism.

    • 71 hopefruit2
      December 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      These sane Republicans are vilified not just by their party, but also in the MSM so we hardly know they exist. In 2009-2011, instead of seeing more of Charlie Crist, etc, we were being fed a steady diet of Michelle Bachman, etc. Instead of seeing sane Republicans in congress working and cooperating with our President, we were treated to weekly Teabag rallies on CNN, tweets from Sarah Palin, and GOP congressional “leaders” trying to appease their radical wing with their “hell no you can’t” rants and “one-term President” utterances.

  17. 74 xtine
    December 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    [Sob, sob, “What about our chil’ren!” Oh puhleez! Damn, did I say earlier that I would be kinder soonest? 🙂 ]:

    Said Boehner: “I’m not concerned about my job as Speaker. What I’m concerned about is doing the right thing for our kids and grandkids. And if we don’t fix this spending problem, their future is going to be rather bleak.”



    • 75 FiredUpInCA
      December 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      So causing the first downgrade of the nation’s creditworthiness in America’s history, was for our kids and grandkids?

      Passing Medicare D so that seniors have to choose between groceries and medication, was for our kids and grandkids?

      Starving government services with for nearly a decade with the Bush tax cuts was for our kids and grandkids?

      Putting two wars on the nation’s credit card was for our kids and grandkids?

      Tell it to another Boehner. Your party is full of merde and has no standing on the issue of debt and deficits.

      • 76 xtine
        December 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm

        Indeed, FiredUp! Nothing out of my mouth at this but Dingbats! Don’t have a Twitter account, but wish I could send a whole bunch of them to Boehner et. al, “Doing 4 our kids/grandkids:…” then using your list & a lot more, one at a time! They need to stop that kids/grandkids nonsense! Phew! OK, I’m dingbat-free! 🙂

      • December 13, 2012 at 3:20 pm

        • 78 susanne
          December 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm

          reminds me of the nazis tying women and children to the cow-catchers of the munitions trains, to keep the allies from blowing up the tracks. it’s unworthy of american politics and it really has to stop.

        • 79 xtine
          December 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm

          Woo-hoo, Bob! HUGS!

      • 80 jackiegrumbacher
        December 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm

        Fired up, Boehner hasn’t had a thought about anyone but himself and his own personal gain since he first got elected to Congress. He’s never shown empathy and he’s lousy at faking it. Statements from him about caring for grandkids should be greeted with loud laugh. What a sad joke he is!

  18. 81 hopefruit2
    December 13, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Old Orange is now agitating about Chuck Hagel’s impending appointment. Another issue of poutrage for them.

    • 82 jackiegrumbacher
      December 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      Hf, they’re actually funny. You can time the intervals between outrages. They’re so predictable.

  19. 83 hopefruit2
    December 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm

  20. 85 hopefruit2
    December 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm

  21. 87 utaustinliberal
    December 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm


    • 88 sherijr
      December 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      GD McCain & his BS. This should never have happened. I am so tired of their lies & manipulation to get their way. I empathize with Ms Rice & her decision, but she should never have been put in such a position by these SOBs

    • 90 yardarm756
      December 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      Tis a sad day indeed. Only in Amerikkka! Van Jones and now this. See a pattern here? Save a place in hell for McCain and his two cohorts.

      • 91 sherijr
        December 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm

        Definitely yardarm.

        • 92 yardarm756
          December 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm

          Now on to those vacant judgeship’s, eh. As the media surges forward to MAKE news instead of reporting it. Notice they’re trying to make the selection for the President by suggesting Senator Kerry should be the Secty…..Pisses my off……Chuckie is saying it’s Kerry’s TURN.

          • 93 sherijr
            December 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

            Well I despise the media anyway- they will always push the repub agenda. The hope that anything would change with media or repubs after POTUS won a second time, was a slim hope.. but I thought they would have learned at least a small lesson. Apparently it is impossible for them to learn.

            • 94 yardarm756
              December 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm

              A pox on all their houses!

              • 95 99ts
                December 13, 2012 at 6:07 pm

                Indeed Yardarm – through a complacent lying media and defeated GOP pundits – the President doesn’t even get to choose a cabinet before it is attacked. Never in the past 100 years of US history (I don’t know anything before WWI about US history) has there been a more active GOP/media campaign against a sitting – twice elected – President. They would bring down a great nation because they object to the man over 50% of the population wanted as President.

                I would not want to be any of them approaching the pearly gates – and most are on the downhill run to that place

      • 98 jackiegrumbacher
        December 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm

        Yardarm, I think hell has already got a special place for him in one of its hottest circles. He’s absolutely contemptible. I wonder if the president can choose to ignore her withdrawal and nominate her anyway.

      • 103 Vicki Green
        December 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm

        As I said upstream straight-up racism.

      • 105 jacquelineoboomer
        December 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm

        Exactly. Don’t forget Eric Holder.

    • 106 Bill R.
      December 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Too bad. She is a selfless person who undoubtedly did not want to bring any impediment to the confirmation process in the new year. She will remain at her present post I hope, or as an advisor to the President on Foreign policy.

  22. 107 hopefruit2
    December 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I think we need to be careful before jumping to conclusions. I don’t think John McCain and/or Lindsay graham had anything to do with Rice’s decision to remove her name. The media will present it that way to give the GOP a “win” but I seriously doubt that’s how it went down.

  23. 123 utaustinliberal
    December 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm

  24. 124 hopefruit2
    December 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm

  25. 125 FiredUpInCA
    December 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    “If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly – to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities,” Rice wrote in a letter to President Obama, saying she’s saddened by the partisan politics surrounding her prospects.

    “That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country…Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time,” she wrote in the letter obtained by NBC News.


    • 126 sherijr
      December 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      Yep, exactly what I figured.. she has her country and POTUS in mind – basically she is falling on her sword. And THAT should not have to be. This is McCain et al’s fault, putting her in this position. I am so tired of them.

      • 127 Japa21
        December 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm

        I wonder if, when all the other crap is done with (i.e.fiscal cliff) if PBO couldn’t just say that appreciates her thoughts on the matter but he still believes she is the best person for the job.

        • 128 jackiegrumbacher
          December 13, 2012 at 4:11 pm

          That’s my hope too, Japa. We’ll have to see.

        • 129 sherijr
          December 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm

          I would think he could.. but she would have to be willing to go through the process. A woman of Susan Rice’s abilities & substance can probably go anywher & do anything she chooses.. thus she doesn’t need McCain & McFreakouts to waste 6 months of her life ‘approving’ her. I don’t blame her a bit.. and I can’t see President Obama pushing it, can you?

          What I hope not to see, even though I like him- is for John Kerry to be SoS- simply because the Repubs want it too much. We all know they want that senate seat, which mean POTUS knows & is no doubt prepared for that.

          I just hate, I mean really hate to see a good person, Susan Rice shredded by repubs & media simply to push their disgusting political agenda. They really have zero conscience- no rules for them. I’m furious she was put through this crap.

  26. 130 Don
    December 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    You have got to be kidding me! This is some bullshit on top of bullshit.

  27. 131 Don
    December 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Ambassador Rice is much smarter than I, but I’m sick and tired of the bullshit that the public servants in the Obama administration have to endure.

  28. December 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Okay, when freaking TPM is saying that Emperor Boehner has no clothes, you know he’s in a world of hurt.

  29. December 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    The GOP are a disgrace. I am so sick of this party. Everything is a fight with them and all because they want to take Sen Kerry open senate seat they trashed her name and ruined her reputation. I also read a lot of SENATE DEMOCRATS said privately that they didn’t want this fight because of this fiscal cliff and possible debt ceiling fight. They are just as bad as these no good republicans. This woman was treated unfairly and she shouldn’t have to withdraw her name because of the bengazi. They figure she isn’t worth the fight that they have bigger fish to fry so bascially she has been thrown under the bus. I hope Obama didn’t force her withdraw her name and if he accepts her decision, I hope to god he BLASTS these GOP and tell them that it will be war for the next 4 years. He niceness is GONE. They want a war with him, then give it to them every single time. They aren’t getting away with any of this crap. Don’t negotiate period with these assholes. GO over the DAMN CLIFF and let them take the responsibility

    • 135 theo67
      December 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      If Susan Rice has had to cut short her brilliant foreign policy career because of Benghazi, then that should also mean that Hillary will have to abstain from running for President – per the GOP standards – since Benghazi was squarely in the State Department’s camp. Why are these GOP allowed to harm the country like this, repeatedly?!

      • 136 Eleroy
        December 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm


        This witchhunt against Susan Rice is bullshit!!! Not only should Hillary clinton be forever grounded, I also think that John Kerry should not get the job!!!

        I am feeling very resentful of John Kerry too. I strongly believe his obsession with being Sec. of State also prevented him from doing the right thing with regard to defending Susan Rice’s honor!!!

        Freaking Jonathan Alter is claiming that John Kerry is more qualified than Susan Rice!!! Are you kidding me??!!!!

        If John Kerry had Susan Rice’s academic and professional qualifications, he would be crowned king!!!

        Hillary Clinton did not have half the academic or professional qualifications suited to the Sec. of State position!!! She largely got off on her husband’s name and position!!!

        And it showed!!! No tangible accomplishments to speak of besides logging airmiles and beating the record for most travelled SoS. But where are the list of accomplishments besides photo ops!!!

        Susan Rice has a superior resume that very few could ever boast of!!!

        Ari Melber grinning from ear to ear because if Kerry gets the job, he gets to be on his staff!!! It’s everyone for themselves it appears!!!

        As for Dana Milbank, may he get the great hurt that awaits him courtesy of Karma!!! I hate them all!!!

        • 137 theo67
          December 13, 2012 at 5:55 pm

          I actually don’t harbor any ill will towards John Kerry. He served the President well during the START treaty nonsense, and I always thought he’d make a good SOS, even before Rice’s name entered the ring. I think if he was good enough to be a potential Commander in Chief for the Democratic Party (who have their heads about them with regards to this stuff), then he’s good enough to be Secretary of State. I’ve only heard rumours of things he’s supposed to have said during this nonsense, and no evidence of any derogatory statements towards Susan Rice. If he is chosen as the nominee, I would be happy – but sad that it will be perceived to be an afterthought – for someone who has been let down by the Democratic Party on more than one occasion (after serving the country quite honourably over several years).

          • 138 Eleroy
            December 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm

            John Kerry is very good friends with McCain and while McCain was on his very public witchhunt of Susan Rice, John Kerry never once spoke up in her defense. Never!!! And she was Kerry’s foreign policy adviser during his 2004 presidential campaign. He knew and trusted her that much but could not speak up on her behalf as she was falsely being attacked for something that was no fault of hers!!!

            Kerry even held press conferences with Mccain during that same period!!! Where is the integity??!!!

            At this point I’m just sick and tired of these Democrats who are so caught up in their own personal ambitions they are more willing to plot with republicans than do the right and honorable thing!!!

            Additionally, it is not President Obama’s job to keep making ammends for the failed political ambitions of particular Democrats. First Hillary clinton, now John Kerry!!!

            This President deserves the chance to fully pursue his foreign policy vision without being interrupted or distracted by the egos and seperate visions of these high profile Democrats who will continue to insist that they know better than the President they work for!!!

            Susan Rice would have tirelessly worked undistracted for the President – and that is part of the reason they did everything to sideline her!!!

            I hate Dana Milbank but this caught my eye in his hit piece against Susan Rice:

            “Clinton got a measure of revenge in 2010 after she worked out a deal with the Russian foreign minister on a package of Iran sanctions to be adopted by the U.N. Security Council. The White House wanted Rice to make the announcement (part of a campaign to increase her profile that included high-visibility foreign trips and TV appearances), but a Clinton aide got Kerry to ask Clinton about the matter during an unrelated Senate hearing.”


  30. 139 FiredUpInCA
    December 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    President Obama’s statement about Susan Rice’s decision:

    “Today, I spoke to Ambassador Susan Rice, and accepted her decision to remove her name from consideration for Secretary of State. For two decades, Susan has proven to be an extraordinarily capable, patriotic, and passionate public servant. As my Ambassador to the United Nations, she plays an indispensable role in advancing America’s interests. Already, she has secured international support for sanctions against Iran and North Korea, worked to protect the people of Libya, helped achieve an independent South Sudan, stood up for Israel’s security and legitimacy, and served as an advocate for UN reform and the human rights of all people. I am grateful that Susan will continue to serve as our Ambassador at the United Nations and a key member of my cabinet and national security team, carrying her work forward on all of these and other issues. I have every confidence that Susan has limitless capability to serve our country now and in the years to come, and know that I will continue to rely on her as an advisor and friend. While I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first. The American people can be proud to have a public servant of her caliber and character representing our country.”


  31. 142 utaustinliberal
    December 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    The GOP may think they’ve won but they’re stupid. They’ve just cleared the path for Pres. Obama to appoint Amb. Rice as National Security Advisor if Donilon moves to the CIA. She is not going anywhere.

    The GOP clearly did not learn anything from the 2012 election. They lost the Women, Latino, African-American, Asian, Youth and LGBT vote and the first thing they do is send out two old white men to railroad and bully a very qualified African-American woman. The writing’s on the wall. Pres. Obama is picking them apart and they’re lending a huge hand in their destruction.

    • 143 Bill R.
      December 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      If Amb. Rice is in an advisor position to the President, she doesn’t have to undergo the stupidity of confirmation, and will be in an even more powerful role as part of the executive branch of Govt.

      • December 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm

        Sec of State is a part of the executive branch, and you don’t appoint a NSA adviser you name them.
        Otherwise, not going through that heartache of confirmation is to much political Capitol, especially if the president wants to push immigration reform next month.

    • 145 xtine
      December 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      UT/Bill, I’d heard a while back that she was in the running for NSA, so I was a little surprised when she had those meetings for SoS position. IMO, I think that’s what was going to happen anyway. Would love to know (yes, I’m curious!) about the whole background moves/counter moves. See my comment below re: Laura Rozen. PBO said that she’s staying on as UN Amb., does that mean for the term, or at some point soon move to NSA?

    • December 13, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      Yes, I do think PBO has something else in mind.

  32. 147 utaustinliberal
    December 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    This is Amb. Rice’s letter to Pres. Obama.


  33. 148 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    For those of us who will not make it to the White House this Christmas, here is the WH Holiday Booklet.

    Click to access 2012whitehouseholiday.pdf

  34. December 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    The Emo profs are going crazy today, but please I font want to hear play by play about what they said on Twitter, Daily Kos, smarty pants etc.
    Who gives a shit?
    Boy, that felt good! LOL!

  35. 151 dotster3
    December 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Just weighing in on the Susan Rice decision. I’m assuming this was a joint decision with President Obama. And I trust his judgment, which I have learned is impeccable. He is always deeply thoughtful with his decisions, considers all consequences and tries to make the right choice for all. I will add that even before Benghazi, I heard Democrats on a couple talk shows mutter that there would be problems with even Democrats getting her confirmed. I had no clue what that was about, she certainly seemed highly qualified, and I think I even asked here if anyone knew what that was all about. And I don’t know if this is the reason, but when her financial conflict of interest with the Keystone pipeline became known, I wondered if that was the cause of those statements. So I’m not sure it’s all about the Repubs causing problems with Benghazi altho they would have caused a huge ruckus.

    • 152 hopefruit2
      December 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you dotster for being a voice of reason. I for one believe that Rice’s withdrawal has very little, if anything, to do with McCain or Graham. I strongly feel that there is a lot that the MSM is not reporting in part from laziness, but also to make it seem like PBO just rolled over for McCain and Graham (an absurdity). I think there were many Democrats opposed to Rice for reasons I’m not fully aware of, but I suspect related to petty jealousy. Clinton supporters, Diane Feinstein, John Kerry himself, and other DEMS most likely voiced their objections and did not want to be put in the position of having to voice their opposition later down when it came time to confirm her.

      • 153 xtine
        December 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm

        Yup! I suspect there’s a whole back story & it has nothing to do w/ Libya, McC, etc. Lots of rumors flying around here and no one will know any of the cabinet names until announced by PBO. Lazy MSM won’t do their homework, so pay them no mind! Except to pushback at their egregious drivel.

        I hope McC doesn’t end up on FR Comm. because he doesn’t have a clue on FP.

  36. 155 hopefruit2
    December 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    It’s highly unlikely that Rice withdrew her name simply because McCain and Graham objected. I’m thinking that a lot of DEMOCRATS – including John Kerry, etc. were behind this. And that’s where her concern about not being confirmed lay. It’s with the Democrats in the house and senate – whose support she felt she did not have. There was a diary on Old Orange recently charging that Rice had too many deep ties with the Keystone pipeline for her to be confirmed.

    Of course, PBO needs the Democrats to push his other important agendas, like immigration reform, 98% middle-class tax cuts, 2% tax hikes, debt ceiling, etc., so he has no choice but to accept her resignation at this time.

    • December 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Senator Kerry will be a loyal servant, as for Daily kos conspiracy theories- meh!

      • 157 Eleroy
        December 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm

        John Kerry will only continue to kowtow to the same odious characters John Mccain, the Clintons, Diane Feinstein and all those who are looking forward to continuing getting access to the State Department for their own advancement!!!

        John Kerry is one of the good old boys and I have deep concerns about his ties to the Clintons, McCain etc and how that will affect his primary role of implementing the President’s specific foreign policy vision!!!

        If John Kerry gets it, which I hope he doesn’t, it means that John McCain and Lindsey Graham get to keep traipsing round the world on our dime with clearance from their friend Kerry!!!

        I am beyond pissed!!!

        • December 13, 2012 at 4:54 pm

          Senator Kerry was a liberal against the Vietnam war(hero) and ultimately against the Iraq war. He has been a close friend of the president.

          Trust Barack he has earned it!

  37. 159 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm

  38. December 13, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    This incident with Mrs Rice, reminds me of a similar situation with then Carolyn Kennedy wanting the Senate seat of Hillary, the Republicans were against her getting the Senate seat as well as the emoprogs, eventually Mrs. Kennedy withdrew from that nomination. The far left is the right.

    • 161 Bill
      December 13, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      Susan Rice is much more qualified to be SOS than Carolyn Kennedy was to be a Senator.

      • 162 ewok2
        December 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm

        Maybe so, but the same thing that happened to her has happened to Ms Rice, she was villified by both the right and the far left. Mrs. Rice did not get the support of the far left here, as well as Mrs. Kennedy, if we as Democrats continue to use talking points put out by Republicans and agree with them when it comes to destroying one of our own, we will continue to stand still as a nation.

        • December 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm

          It was leaked by the Republicans that she had stock in keystone and Daily Kos freaked out!

          • 164 ewok2
            December 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm

            Daily Kos is the biggest Ratfuckers on the interwebs.

          • 165 Eleroy
            December 13, 2012 at 4:56 pm

            How come there was no freak-out about the fact that the key lobbyists for the Keystone XL project are mostly Clintonites??!!!

            And how come nobody raises the fact that the Clintons had a lot of questionable investments which they were given time to sort out when she was brought up for SoS??!!!

            There always seems to be a Clinton connection to the withchunt of President Obama’s picks by the purist left and it is no coincedence that Bill Clinton met with many of these bloggers during the 2008 campaign!!!

            • 166 Puddin'
              December 13, 2012 at 5:18 pm

              YES, YES, AND YES…

            • 167 Jeff
              December 13, 2012 at 6:12 pm

              I agree and it shows that Clinton’s have way too much power when it comes down to it. Often the media outlets like Huffington Post touts out Hillary in a positive light while making articles criticizing president Obama.

              • 168 Eleroy
                December 13, 2012 at 6:55 pm

                They only have “power” with their flunkies spread all around the media and embedded all over the place!!!

                Talk to real people, the grassroots and they know better!!!

                You also have to remember that at the moment the singular goal is to take President and Mrs Obama down, so even those who normally hate the Clintons are right now more focused on cutting President Obama down to size – and if it means using the Clintons to do it, that works just fine for them all!!!

                But wait till President Obama is done serving his second term and is out of the way, the alliance will largely fall apart!!!

    • 169 sherijr
      December 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      “the far left is the right” Yep, been believing that since 2007. Many of them ‘switched’ from repub to dem & then woo-hoo became teevee stars as ‘lefties’.

  39. 170 xtine
    December 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    [Here’s a bit from Laura Rozen]:

    [….] President Obama praised Rice in a statement Thursday saying he had accepted Rice’s decision to remove her name from consideration for Secretary of State, saying he’s grateful she’s agreed to stay on at the UN. “I am grateful that Susan will continue to serve as our Ambassador at the United Nations and a key member of my cabinet and national security team, carrying her work forward on all of these and other issues,” Obama said in the statement.

    […..] Another possibility: Rice for National Security Advisor, if Donilon moves.

    Lots more here: http://backchannel.al-monitor.com/index.php/2012/12/3504/rice-withdraws-from-secstate-bid-and-other-appointment-rumint/#more-3504

  40. 171 criquet
    December 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I just got sent this post made at DK by a friend. Anyone else been seeing or hearing anything like it because if so, after Pres Obama’s term, I’m not sure another Dem will have his type of support and enthusiasm.

    “Liberals and their short-sightedness (0+ / 0-)
    I have said it before and was attacked, and will say it again: I have it on good authority from friend on the Hill that Kerry loyalists orchestrated leaks to liberal writers over the last month. (One of them being a former Newsweek/Daily Beast writer as I said before).

    It’s not the right, but the lack of support from the left which is forcing this withdrawal. Because Republicans can now use liberals to bash Rice publicly.

    Sure, I am a liberal, and would like immediate end to Gitmo and the Afghan war, deep cuts in our Nuclear arsenal, and so on. But the idea that we trash Susan Rice because she basically executed Obama’s foreign policy is not only silly but filthy. And it actually weakens Obama on foreign policy and closing Gitmo. Sometimes liberals just foam at the mouth and shoot themselves in the foot.

    by AlexThorne on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 01:07:19 PM PST”

    [ Parent ]

    • 172 ewok2
      December 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      I believe this bit of info, we may be surprised who else does not want Mrs. Rice not to take the job as SOS. Mccain was the loudest going all over national tv blocking her advancement for his good friends.

  41. December 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Thought it useful for all of you to have easy access to Ambassador Rice’s full letter to the President ….

    December 13,2012

    Dear Mr.President,

    It has been and remains my highest professional privilege to serve as your United Nations Ambassador. Iam deeply grateful for your steadfast support for all we do at the U.S. Mission to the UN and for my dedicated colleagues. Your vision and leadership have enabled the U.S. to restore our global standing, strengthen our national security, repair our relationship with the United Nations,and advance U.S. interests and values. Iam proud of the many U.S. successes at the United Nations,including the protection of civilians from Libya to Cote D’lvoire, strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime and increasing international pressure on Iran and North Korea through the toughest sanctions ever, our unwavering support for Israel,our contribution to the birth of the world’s newest state, South Sudan, accelerating UN reform, and our bold defense of the equal rights of all human beings regardless of their race,religion,economic status or whom they love. I look forward to building on this major progress in your second term.

    Iam highly honored to be considered by you for appointment as Secretary of State. Iam fully confident that Icould serve our country ably and effectively in that role. However, if nominated, Iam now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly- to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities. That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country . It is far more important that we devote precious legislative hours and energy to enacting your core goals, including comprehensive immigration reform,balanced deficit reduction, job creation,and maintaining a robust national defense and effective U.S. global leadership. Therefore ,I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time.

    The position of Secretary of State should never be politicized. As someone who grew up in an era of comparative bipartisanship and as a sitting U.S. national security official who has served in two U.S. Administrations, Iam saddened that we have reached this point,even before you have decided whom to nominate. We cannot afford such an irresponsible distraction from the most pressing issues facing the American people.

    Iam grateful,as always,for your unwavering confidence in me and, especially, for your extraordinary personal support during these past several weeks. I look forward to continuing to serve you and our great country with enthusiasm and pride as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and as a member of your cabinet and National Security Council.

    Susan E. Rice
    U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations

    #TrustBarack He’s Earned It

  42. 174 Vicki Green
    December 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    At the end of the day it is simply sad that the President doesn’t get to choose the people he thinks will serve our country best.

    • 175 Eleroy
      December 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      It is very sad!!!

      In his first term he was forced to make nice with the Clintons to “unite” the Democratic party and the result was that they and their cronies got so many of the plum posts in his administration!!!

      Here we are again in his second term and he is supposed to acquiesce to the loud mouths and make up for all of John Kerry’s failed political ambitions after catering to Hillary’s!!!

      I am so sick of it!!!

  43. 177 FoxfireTX
    December 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Not that it matters, but I am absolutely wild about Susan Rice’s withdrawal. I have wanted to see her in this position for the last year. I prefer her positions to John Kerry’s and am fearful of losing his Senate seat if he is appointed. It is an absolute disgrace that assholes like McCain, Graham and Ayotte disrupted this before she was even nominated. And I truly hope that PBO nominates SOMEONE/ANYONE other than Kerry because he is the one these idiots want to have a run at his seat. If it’s Kerry, it will truly be victory for their vile tactics. I have been trying to stay away from politics somewhat during the holidays but this has totally sent me over the top. I am completely, utterly disgusted with this entire party, and hope they pay a huge price for this.

  44. December 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    States and the federal government will be ready to open up new insurance exchanges just a year from now, a top Health and Human Services Department (HHS) official said Thursday.

    Gary Cohen, the leader of the federal implementation effort, said exchanges will be operational on Jan. 1, 2014, as called for in President Obama’s signature healthcare reform law.

    “I am confident that states and the federal government will be ready in 10 months,” Cohen said.


  45. 179 utaustinliberal
    December 13, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    This is exactly the kind of crap I wrote about earlier. How is Amb. Rice withdrawing her name Pres. Obama’s fault? I’ve held my tongue but BWD has become the classic example of an emoprog. If you’ve been on Twitter these past few weeks as fiscal cliff negotiations have taken place, you have seen how BWD who calls herself a staunch supporter of Pres. Obama has basically been threatening him on Twitter. Calling him weak, berating him for giving in to terrorists, rudely telling him to act like he won an election, rudely telling him to grow up and stop compromising. It’s been on and on and on and a lot of people who are on this blog including myself are very disappointed. She is willing to hand over her trust to people like Ed Schultz who told Democrats not to vote in 2010, who lied about Pres. Obama raising the Medicare eligibility age than a President who has been giving his blood, sweat, and tears since January 20, 2009.

    If you can’t grow a spine after everything we’ve faced since 2009, that says a lot about you than Pres. Obama.

  46. 180 Bill R.
    December 13, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I am old enough to remember that in Nixon’s first term his SOS was William Rogers. However, William Rogers was a figurehead on foreign policy matters. He took his marching orders on foreign policy matters from Henry Kissinger, the Nat. Sec. advisor to the President, who had the real power. Advisors to the President are appointed and not confirmed.

  47. 181 HHO
    December 13, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I, too, am disappointed that Ambassador Rice has decided to withdraw her name from the SOS position. However, I agree with her about the reasons for her decision. Rice is smart and very accomplished, and I feel that as UN Ambassador or whatever future position she may hold in the administration, America is served well. No worries there. I expect something better to come out of this for Ambassador Rice. As for Senator Kerry, and although I respect and admire his service, etc., I hope he will continue in the senate. He is needed more there for obvious reasons. I am expecting President Obama to have something really smart up his sleeve for this position, and I am looking forward to hear who he selects.

    • 182 Eleroy
      December 13, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      I too hope the President pulls the rug from under their feet and goes with a surprise nominee that blows them smug selves away!!!

  48. 183 Jeff
    December 13, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I am not surprised that this happened (sigh) however we CANNOT allow ourselves to lose hope or to feel like we just look the other way on this issue in 2014. I feel it’s time to put forth some contraversal billboards and advertisements of our own. For example have a sign like: Klans Man + McCain = One and the same. Post the billboard for every state to see, especially Arizona. I am through with playing the mr. nice democrat mentality. It’s a waste of time and hasn’t worked, ever.

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