122 Responses to “Heads Up: President Obama speaks at Diplomatic Corps reception”

  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    December 19, 2012 at 6:33 pm


  2. December 19, 2012 at 6:33 pm

  3. 34 yardarm756
    December 19, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Ah. Up here with the grown ups.

  4. 36 dotster3
    December 19, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Little 7 yr. old Daniel Barden’s funeral was held today in Newtown, Ct. He wanted to be a firefighter when he grew up. Today firefighters from all over Ct. and N.Y. lined the entire procession route for him.


    • 37 vcprezofan2
      December 19, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      Oh, God, this has got to be soooo sooo hard for the family, but it’s good to see people coming out for the families.

  5. 38 vcprezofan2
    December 19, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Aaaw, don’t you love the look on the baby’s face? He seems so aware. Good work on top there, Utal! Nice to see you have completed the ‘school stuff’ for this semester, and are back in full commenting form.

  6. 39 hopefruit2
    December 19, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Just a gentle ‘minder for folks who didn’t get a chance to see online:

    1. PBS (check your local listings) is airing the National Tree Lighting in Washington tomorrow (in the Washington DC /Maryland/VA) area. at 8PM ET.

    2. TNT is airing “Christmas in Washington” on Friday Dec 21st at 8PM ET.

  7. 40 dotster3
    December 19, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I couldn’t believe this news I heard today—–in addition to a huge spike in gun sales following the Ct. massacre, sales are surging of armored backpacks—-bulletproof backpacks— for kids. Are you kidding me? What in the world??? What has happened to our country??? We are in desperate need of a re-alignment. I am hoping Joe B.’s task force leads to new sane gun laws. So kids don’t have to wear bulletproof backpacks to school.


    • December 19, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      bullet proof backpacks? I haven’t been in school for many years but we didn’t wear our backpacks at our desks.

    • December 19, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Me thinks, It’s the Tea Party, they warned that if Obama won something bad would happen. And they are preparing for something.

    • December 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      I saw that yesterday. I just shook my head, I mean…seriously? I can’t wrap my head around that at all. Why are these people so ready to accept living in a world where a CHILD needs anything BULLET PROOF???? I just don’t get it. I think they’re all delusional.

  8. 45 capricornrising
    December 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    yeah, this is the “heads up” i was referring too…thanks chipsssss 😉 …heads up: president obama speaks at diplomatic corps reception

  9. 46 hopefruit2
    December 19, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    LMAO! When Piers thinks your presser is the most childish thing he’s witnessed – things are really bad.

  10. December 19, 2012 at 6:55 pm

  11. 49 capricornrising
    December 19, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    God i’m so glad final exams are done for this semester.. i am SO lollygagging-around without guilt now ;~)

  12. 51 dotster3
    December 19, 2012 at 6:57 pm

  13. December 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm

  14. 54 hopefruit2
    December 19, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    My President is so handsome. Sigh.

  15. 57 utaustinliberal
    December 19, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I think Pres. Obama got a haircut sometime after the press briefing and before this event.

  16. 58 utaustinliberal
    December 19, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    One thing I miss about the campaign is that we were able to watch Pres. Obama on the rope line. Not so much with white house videos.

  17. 62 capricornrising
    December 19, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    what a WINNER to behold the POTUS is!!! 😀 truly enjoyed watching and listening to his address just now!

  18. 64 dudette9t9
    December 19, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Dang, I just missed it!

  19. 65 dudette9t9
    December 19, 2012 at 7:11 pm

  20. December 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Did someone already post this?

    “One piece of news from my POY story: The Obama campaign operation, OFA, is likely to be recreated as a nonprofit outside the DNC.”

    • 69 hopefruit2
      December 19, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      You’re just a lil’ late! Check previous thread. 🙂 🙂 UT’s tweets have also been featured on CSPAN and elsewhere. We are mighty proud.

      • 70 forus50
        December 19, 2012 at 7:39 pm

        Oh thanks hopefruit. I usually have time to catch up on the threads but I’ve been so busy at work today that I’ve only had a chance to see a few things.

  21. 71 dudette9t9
    December 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm

  22. 72 susanne
    December 19, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    this is from the website of rep colleen hanabusa, who may replace sen inouye, re hawaii’s gun control laws:

    Hawaii’s gun registration laws are among the toughest in the nation, they are designed to allow for gun ownership, but only after a rigorous vetting of the potential gun owner.

    Pursuant to Chapter 134, Hawaii Revised Statutes, all firearms must be registered with the police. Further, an applicant for a permit to acquire a handgun must have passed a training class and is subject to a 14-day waiting period during which time the applicants criminal, medical and mental background is checked. These background checks are comprehensive and include checking the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and contacting the applicant’s physician. Only after the applicant has cleared the background checks can they own, possess or control a firearm.

    The Hawaii statute allows for a permit to acquire a firearm to be issued to a U.S. citizens of the age of twenty-one or more. However, the statutes specifically prohibit a person from owning or possessing a firearm or ammunition if they are (1) a fugitive from justice, (2) prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm, (3) is under indictment or has waived indictment or has been convicted of a felony or any crime of violence or sale of drugs. In addition, a person is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm or ammunition if they are (1) under treatment for addiction, abuse or dependence of a dangerous, harmful or detrimental drug or intoxicating liquor, (2) acquitted of a crime on the ground of mental disease, disorder or defect, or (3) diagnosed as having a significant behavioral, emotional, or mental disorder; unless medically documented to be no longer adversely affected. Persons who are subject to an order of prohibiting them from contacting, threatening, or physically abusing another are also prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm or ammunition unless the order specifically permits it for good cause shown.

    Hawaii law also prohibits certain firearms and ammunition. Specifically, the law prohibits the manufacture, possession, sale, or acquisition of assault pistols, automatic firearms, rifles with barrels of less than sixteen inches, silencers, teflon coated or other armor piercing ammunition, or ammunition meant to explode upon impact and pistol magazines with a capacity of more than ten rounds.

    Hawaii law places reasonable limits on the persons who can possess firearms and the types of firearms that can be possessed. In doing so, Hawaii has been able to strike a balance between a citizen’s right to possess a firearm and the safety of the public. Such a model, using reasonable – but strict – restrictions should be considered by Congress as it considers issues regarding gun control.

  23. December 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    And, to all those mouth breathing, hair on fire, emoticons screaming about PBO letting them down about SS, Medicare, etc …. should have done as we’ve suggested many times in the past – #TrustBarack. He knows Boehner only had two plans – one went down on 6 Nov 2012 and the other is #PlanBonehead which will cost the GOP in ways they have no capacity to realize because they dwell exclusively in a delusional alternate reality.

    • 74 hopefruit2
      December 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      Old Orange is back to where it was in 2010. That place is vile. As before, our President will prevail without or without Old Orange.

    • 75 dotster3
      December 19, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      Listened to “progressive” radio while driving around today. Man, callers were furious. I thought—-here we go again. The last time all this furor was stirred up, it led to the disastrous 2010 elections—–which have had such damaging consequences. Such as, crazy people like Joe Walsh having a role in our government.

      • December 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm

        Boner got the President to say he was going to cut SS, got People on tv to trash the President(Bernie Sanders), and while the left is sniping at the President, he reveals Plan B.
        Luckily, the President said NO.
        But, it was Boners plan all along, to divide and conquer.
        Sometimes, the far left don’t even know they are bring played!

      • 77 hopefruit2
        December 19, 2012 at 8:11 pm

        Some of the “callers” on these propaganda shows are plants. And even if they’re not plants, they’re in the minority anyway. PBO currently enjoys a nearly 60% approval rating. Most of this froth-at-the-mouth media propagandists couldn’t get 20% approval if they tried. Their approval is probably right down there with the scumpublicans in congress.

        • 78 Chi
          December 20, 2012 at 12:19 am

          Absolutely spot on…

          I tangled with one in a chat room and pushed him so hard he finally conceded that he voted third party…

          Never supported or voted for President Obama…

          Not in 2008 and not this time…

          Most of the people in the chat room were stunned because they actually bought into his phony ‘disappointment’ act…

          I reminded them that this was precisely how we got the disastrous results of 2010 – all this chipping away at the President, disrespecting and demeaning him based on rumors and gossip precisely designed to throw easily manipulated folks into a tizzy…

          And then they wondering why the President’s supporters and depressed Democrats stayed home after all the psychological beating they were subjected to…

      • 79 COS
        December 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm

        Bill Press started his show this morning with the cutting SS nonsense. I immediately cut him off. The so-called progressive talk shows starts all of this hysteria just to get through their 3 hrs. Randi Rhodes is not included. I sure miss her this week while she is on vacation.

  24. 80 hopefruit2
    December 19, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Jake Tapper is just pissed that PBO got to be Man of the Year, among other things. Why so much envy, Jake?

  25. 81 Bill R.
    December 19, 2012 at 7:34 pm

  26. 82 hopefruit2
    December 19, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Yup – small, petty and hateful minds think alike.

  27. 93 susanne
    December 19, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    ‘ Senators Joe Lieberman, Dick Durbin, Patty Murray, and Barbara Boxer introduced legislation Wednesday to grant Washington, D.C. statehood, creating the nation’s 51st state — “New Columbia.”

    The state would not include all of the current district according to a press release, leaving federal buildings and the National Mall under Congress’ control. ‘


  28. 94 Sweetpeg
    December 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Hello Everyone, feeling a little under the weather tonight. Enjoyed my President though.

  29. December 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I’ve been out all day so have missed everything! ARGH!

    But I have to say that Jake Tapper is a complete jerk. AND his new book just got released, SO………

  30. December 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    OMB on #PlanBonehead ….

    WASHINGTON, D.C. 20503
    STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.J. Res. 66 – Middle Class Tax Cut Act
    (Rep. Boehner, R-OH)
    The Administration strongly opposes House passage of the Middle Class Tax Cut Act (the Congressional Republican “Plan B” legislation), which would continue large tax cuts for the very wealthiest individuals while raising taxes on 25 million students and working families by an average of $1,000 each. In addition, the House amendment would immediately cut off unemployment assistance to two million Americans struggling to find a job, end critical tax incentives for the Nation’s businesses such as the Research and Experimentation tax credit, and cut reimbursements for doctors treating Medicare patients. The deficit reduction is minimal and accomplished solely through tax increases, with no spending cuts. This approach does not meet the test of balance.
    The House amendment would extend all of the high-income tax cuts on the first $1 million of annual income. The legislation would continue large tax cuts for the very wealthiest individuals – on average, these individuals would see a tax break of $50,000. Under the Middle Class Tax Cut Act, 25 million working families – including tens of millions of parents of children and millions of college students, all of whom earn less than $250,000 a year – would see their taxes increase next year by an average of $1,000 each. Additionally, two million Americans trying to find jobs would lose their emergency unemployment benefits in January. The House amendment would fail to continue critical tax incentives for business and would heighten uncertainty for families and businesses by leaving in place the threat of default on the national debt. The deep and indiscriminate spending cuts under sequestration would be allowed to take effect in January, undermining national security and devastating key national priorities like research and education. In addition, reimbursements for doctors seeing Medicare patients would be cut by nearly one- third.
    The Administration believes this moment presents an opportunity to reach a significant, balanced deal that is good for American families, the economy, and the Nation’s future. In contrast to the minimal and unbalanced deficit reduction envisioned by the Middle Class Tax Cut Act, the President has offered a balanced, reasonable proposal that achieves significant deficit reduction and reflects real compromise on revenue increases and spending cuts. The parameters of a deal are clear, and the Administration is willing to continue to work with Republicans to reach a bipartisan solution that averts the fiscal cliff, protects the middle class, helps the economy, and puts the Nation on a fiscally sustainable path.
    The Administration will not accept a deal that asks too little of the very wealthiest to increase revenue and instead shifts the burden to the middle class and seniors. Instead of working together to find a balanced approach that can pass both Houses of the Congress, the House amendment will not protect middle class families and does little to address the Nation’s fiscal challenges as it includes no spending cuts. The Administration believes that it can work together with the Congress to resolve remaining differences and not miss this opportunity to avert the fiscal cliff.

    If the President were presented with the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.J. Res. 66, he would veto this legislation.

  31. December 19, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I guess the Democrats are really Lobbying Teddy Kennedy Jr. For the special election if Kerrys Seat.
    That would be perfect!

  32. 108 Bill R.
    December 19, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Jake Tapper on his date with Monica Lewinsky in 1998: “And to be brutally honest, I got with her because I figured that behind her initial aggressiveness lurked an easy, perhaps winning, bit of no-frills hookup.” Now here’s the jerk who claims the character to attack the President. http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/14334/i-dated-monica-lewinsky

  33. 112 a4alice
    December 19, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Decided to follow the example on the last post and I wrote that Meredith Nettles at ABC (meredith.nettles@abc.com). Here’s my letter:

    Good Evening Ms Nettles:

    I’m writing this email to you to express my dismay regarding Jake Tapper’s performance today during a press conference at the White House. His tone to our President is disrespectful. I mean, really… “where have you been?”

    My understanding is that you are an assistant and in no way his boss but I would really appreciate it if you could forward my email to someone who IS his boss. My complaint is that Mr. Tapper is not a journalist yet he is put in a setting that requires a journalist of the highest standard. I simply witnessed a guy who once again just HAD to ask our President in a forum that is watched by others worldwide something that wasn’t for the betterment of us all. It wasn’t to inform us. He asked “where have you been” in order to make himself look “smart” and “cool” and the President look like he hasn’t been doing his job. Of course we all know that this a is patently false insinuation on Mr. Tapper’s part. This self serving question did nothing to help and I feel that Mr. Tapper perhaps would better serve the viewing public by being on show’s such as “TMZ” or “Entertainment Tonight”.

    By sending this on to the higher ups at ABC I’d like to say that Jake’s position as White House Press Corps person should be filled by someone else at ABC that would take the job more seriously.

    thanks much

  34. 114 Bill R.
    December 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm

  35. 115 hopefruit2
    December 19, 2012 at 8:37 pm

  36. December 19, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    It continues to baffle me how people (don’t mean here) always say Obama is “caving.” Don’t they see how he is always 10 steps ahead? He takes everything into consideration and see the effect of all strategies, and then he speaks…

  37. December 19, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I’m reading an exchange on Twitter about the fiscal cliff and it brings up a few questions/comments.

    I wish people would stop saying we have a mandate. Folks seem to be under the impression that Pres.Obama can just say, “I have a mandate, I won the election so give me what I want” and then GOP would just roll over. Doesn’t work that way. He still needs their votes to get a lot of things done. Which means they are going to make demands and Pres.Obama is going to have to decide what he can give up to get most of what he wants. That’s what’s going on here.

    Do critics understand that Pres.Obama is trying to get more than just permanent tax cuts for middle class? Do critics understand that deal or no deal, there WILL be cuts. Why are the SS cuts unacceptable but the ones that occur if there is no deal are? Why does anyone think the GOP will just give Pres.Obama anything he wants if he just waits until the last minute? THEN these same people will say Pres.Obama doesn’t understand the GOP!!

    The more I think about this the more I say “WTF are you guys talking about?”

    The exchange I was reading on Twitter? One person asked what cuts is the other person willing to make. Other person never answered the question. I was arguing with someone else on Twitter the other day and asked the same. No answer. I don’t see any of the Dems in Congress or Liberal groups offer an alternative and acceptable cut to make. Well technically they will accept the cuts in last year’s deal, deal with debt ceiling next year – (cuz next year will like totally be different) and have no money for the unemployed and infrastructure. I don’t get it.


  38. 119 susanne
    December 19, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    high time we saw this headline:

    ‘The final report on the attack on the U.S. consulate makes one thing clear: Republican charges of a cover-up are pure fiction.’

    So far, three State Department officials have fallen on their swords in response to this report. That was what investigators asked for, basically, blaming the circumstances in Benghazi on “senior State Department officials” who “demonstrated a lack of proactive leadership and management ability.” They failed to provide security before Sept. 11. On Tuesday, describing the video he’d been able to watch of the attack, Sen. Bob Corker told reporters that the compound was so wanly protected that “you or I could have walked right in.”

    That doesn’t suggest a real-time campaign of cowardice. It doesn’t suggest a cover-up, either. It suggests that the neglected budget foembassy security needs a harder look in 2013. When that happens—or when it doesn’t happen—we’ll know what politicians learned from Benghazi.


  39. 120 amk for obama
    December 19, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Here is the white house cesspool contact details

    White House Correspondents’ Association℠
    600 New Hampshire Avenue, Suite 800
    Washington, DC 20037
    202-266-7453 (phone)
    202-266-7454 (fax)



    Take them to the cleaners.

  40. December 19, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Here is the WHIP count for the so called plan B-


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