Heads Up: President Obama’s Treasury Secretary nomination (1:30)

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President Obama announces Jack Lew as his Treasury Secretary nomination

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  1. 3 57andfemale
    January 10, 2013 at 1:13 pm


  2. 4 carolmaewy
    January 10, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Good Morning Chips and TOD. How is everyone. Congrats Mariele.

  3. 5 donna dem 4 obama
    January 10, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Good Afternoon TOD!!

    I’m just checking in while on lunch break. I’ll be out of commission starting tomorrow so to speak for a few days but will be back on my feet by next Tuesday. Chips is going to post something about the meet-up in DC on the Sunday before the election either today or tomorrow. I have no problem with people contacting me via my made entirely for TOD email address donnadem4obama@gmail.com. I don’t use my real name and many of you have contacted me in the past via this email. So I feel quite secure in giving it out.

    I will be able to check my email by Saturday evening so if CindySweatt or anyone else wants to contact me about getting together next week please feel free. I’d love to meet as many of you as possible.

    p.s. Our lazy good for nothing media SUCKS!!!!

  4. January 10, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    • 17 debz
      January 10, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      I thought all Presidents had lifetime SS protection.

    • 24 donna dem 4 obama
      January 10, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      There is something bitter sweet about that!

    • 27 Linda
      January 10, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      Another repair of something Bill Clinton did in office.

      • January 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm

        Yes, it was Clinton who shortened it.

        • 29 57andfemale
          January 10, 2013 at 1:53 pm

          Other than the raising of taxes on the rich, can someone remind me what Bill Clinton did for us? Sure, he presided over great economic prosperity, but he left us with the Telecom Bill (let’s start mental health screening based on the paranoia and lies over our air waves), Repeal of Glass-Steagall, banking deregulation that led to the economic collapse, ‘welfare’ reform, DADT (although historically this wasn’t as awful as we see it today), and—– wait for it——-

          George W. Bush as President.

          I am forever grateful for his phenomenal work helping to reelect PBO, but PBO has had to spend a lot of his time repairing Bill Clinton messes.

    • January 10, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      Jimmy Carter will be getting a knock in the Door later Today, ahh Sir, it’s us again, we will just blend in with the Furniture don’t mind us.

      • 31 Nena20409
        January 10, 2013 at 1:48 pm

        Sorry Jovie…..Jimmy Carter never lost it.

        It was supposed to have started with GW Bush. Honestly, I was looking forward to the expiration of GW Bush’s protection. The TBGOPers pushed for it in 1999. Clinton signed it. But it also had an increase in pap for POTUS….future…. from $250K or so to $400K. GW was the 1st with $400K. That also increased the VP pay too and it also had a 6 month SS protection for VP. Cheney asked for an extension. Pres Obama OK’ed it even though, Cheney started ripping pres Obama with his rants on Jan 29, 2009.

        Notice, it was TX GOPers who pushed for the reinstate of this SS protection….because of GW Bush. Had it been Al Gore, they would not have.

    • 33 edp4bho
      January 10, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      Hello TOD. I am so grateful for this bill. I knew it was shortened after Clinton, and all I could foresee is PBO, after ten years, having to have made a lot of money to afford the lifetime of protection his actual act of “thinking” he could be president would require. There are those who were just waiting for him to have any decrease in protection, as they will never, ever forgive him for his daring act of becoming COC in the first place. Whew, didn’t mean to comment so long-winded, but his life will ALWAYS be in danger in Amerikkka ! And ALWAYS, he and his family will be in my prayers…. for as long as I live.

    • 34 vitaminlover
      January 10, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Great news! I want him and his family ALWAYS protected in this world and spiritually.What a smart and keen man.

  5. 35 yardarm756
    January 10, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Give ’em hell Mr. President. Give ’em hell!

  6. January 10, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Rangel: Lack of diversity in Cabinet ’embarrassing as hell’
    Jonathan Easley
    01/10/13 10:28 AM ET
    The longtime House member’s comments reflect the sensitivity of the issue within the Democratic Party. …

    How is this for backstabbing?

  7. 66 Eveingeorgia
    January 10, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Good morning everyone.

    And I quote: ” President Obama appoints white men to major cabinet posts.” This is what is on the screen as Andrea Mitchell prosecutes President OBAMA’S choices.

    Is this stuff even real? What a ridiculous headline, or whatever you call it! Is there nothing that satisfies these people?

    I swear, I don’t know how PBO stands it.

    Nevertheless, one thing for sure: HE.IS.STILL.PRESIDENT. Think that’s what is driving them all crazy. I can live with that.

    • 67 debz
      January 10, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      I’m surprised it didn’t say “BLACK MAN appoints white men to cabinet.”

      • 68 Eveingeorgia
        January 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm

        I know, right?

      • 69 yardarm756
        January 10, 2013 at 1:53 pm

        Didn’t it in so many words. They’re all sacks of rat shit!

      • 71 relellit
        January 10, 2013 at 2:55 pm

        😆 debz, that ‘s a good um. Kinda gives that “Mad Men” Go to Washington lamenting a new meme.

        donna dem 4 obama: will be happy to see you return on your feet. Of course you will ! You did a fantastic job helping re-elect our President. You’re always on your feet.

        Desertflower: I’ve included you in my thoughts to receive the most productive and tranquil solutions

        Everyone have a beautiful day. 🙂 You too Chips, I couldn’t live without your hard work. I love it here. it’s so upbeat.

    • 72 anniebella
      January 10, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      I remember last week saying we will have to keep POTUS in prayer, because it’s clear his enemies is not just the Republicans, it’s some Democrats, and the MSM.

        • 74 HZ
          January 10, 2013 at 5:12 pm

          Yes, indeed anniebella and debz. I certainly do believe that we can stop for a few moments and center our lives with brief moments which will also include speaking forth good thoughts, prayers, words of meditations for our POTUS.

          He needs our collective acts of this daily. If ever a president needed goodness in thoughts from his supporters, it is our current president. Thank you all who take a moment to speak a prayer for our POTUS. HZ

    • 75 Lovepolitics2008
      January 10, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      Andrea Mitchell is VERY WELL AWARE that her friend Hillary Clinton and a lot of democrats were pushing HARD for John Kerry at State. What an hypocrite !!

      As for Michele Flournoy, who knows ? Maybe she was choice #1 and was hesitant because of family obligations ( she has stated she wants to have time to take care of her teenager sons). Or maybe she was choice #2 because President Obama thinks Hagel is a stronger candidate given his combat experience, his political instincts, his relationships with both republican and democratic senators.

  8. 76 Don
    January 10, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I’m so goddamn sick and tired of all of this manufactured bullshit about President Obama’s Cabinet. These same motherfuckers stood in line to call President Obama every racist name in the book, as a matter of fact I don’t give a shit about who President Obama picks for his cabinet because whomever he picks will be the right pick.

    p.s. I’m sorry for the language Chips but I’ve had it with the constant bashing of this great man.

    • 77 hopefruit2
      January 10, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      ME too. This is bordering on harassment at this point. As citizens who voted for this President, we have every right to feel personally insulted and attacked by a corporate-sponsored (and wholly corrupt) media who is trying to delegitimize our democratically-elected President on based on spurious grievances, trivial gripes and complaints, unfounded rumors, and such. We are SICK OF IT.

      • 78 theo67
        January 10, 2013 at 2:11 pm

        Yes – I agree. I wonder if we could get a class action lawsuit together for personal damages, because I know that my blood pressure has been impacted by not being able to find a single, decent media outlet to keep informed on world events without being subjected to this vile, racist, ridiculous crap from these so-called news people.

        • 79 vcprezofan2
          January 10, 2013 at 2:23 pm

          Now, that’s an interesting thought. If we could find a lawyer who would take the case pro bono publico that would be even better.

    • 80 yardarm756
      January 10, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Hear, hear.

    • 81 LadyTNT
      January 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      WHAT YOU SAID, DON!!!!! They are trying to drive a wedge between PBO and minorities. Have us be disappointed in him. But, it won’t happen!!! I’m a black woman and I will FOREVER have President Obama’s back!!!

      • 82 jacquelineoboomer
        January 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm

        I’m a white woman (for a little diversity, because ya know how important that is all of a sudden – ha!) and I will FOREVER have President Obama’s back!!!

        • 83 jackiegrumbacher
          January 10, 2013 at 2:58 pm

          Ditto, JOB. And how is this supposed to work anyway? PBO has been re-elected to a second term. He won’t be on ANY ballot. So if I, as a woman, go to the voting booth in PA in 2014 and see Tom “Close Your Eyes” Corbett’s name on the ballot and some other bozos who’ve voted to take away reproductive rights and voted against WAVA, I’m supposed to say, “Gee I’ll vote for these people because President Obama appointed a man for SOS.” What sense does that make? The only male addition that I can see so far is John Kerry. Every other appointment has been replacing a white male. It’s all nonsense and I’m sure it isn’t causing PBO a moment’s loss of sleep. He had Rangle’s number a long time ago, just as he had Maxine’s.

          • 84 jacquelineoboomer
            January 10, 2013 at 3:38 pm

            Agree. It’s all for show, to distract all of us. The concept is to throw up something that will make the 51% of voters who re-elected President Obama sit up and say something like, “Hey, wait a minute. Valerie Jarrett’s leg in one photo was the only visible sign at that one moment in time of women at the White House? He isn’t the President I thought he was. Romney should have won.” Uh, gag, hell no.

          • 85 miss pat
            January 10, 2013 at 4:26 pm

            People keep voting for Rangel here in Harlem. I wrote in Moby Dick. My daughter wrote in Joe Blow. He needs to take a seat.

    • 86 edp4bho
      January 10, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      Don, they are going to give it their all to make sure that PBO has no redeeming qualities as a twice-elected, popular President, with outstanding achievements to boot. Oh no, they can’t have that about a black man in their HIS-tory books, dont cha know? So can we all now accuse the media of playing its proverbial “race card” ? Because they’ve been holding that deck since day one.

      • 87 jackiegrumbacher
        January 10, 2013 at 3:05 pm

        edp4, they tried this same crap for four years and it didn’t work because they have never, ever understood the deep connection this
        president has with people and most especially with women. They don’t get it because it is so far beyond them it might as well be other worldly. They can never hope to attain to this level of connection, especially with their neanderthal political ideas and the endless endless succession of wannabe clowns they present as possible presidential contenders. PBO is way out of their league. They don’t get it and it frustrates the life out of them.

    • 88 nathkatun7
      January 10, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      You know Don, It’s hard not to be pissed at the mfs! Believe me if President Obama had appointed women, or Blacks and Latinos/ the headlines would be about Obama hating on white males. Exactly the same thing they said when he appointed to distinguished women to the Supreme Court! I am at a point where I no longer need to reason with all these Obama haters. They all need to be ridiculed and laughed at for their idiocy and hypocrisy. Some need to be cursed out.

  9. January 10, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Reported: VP Biden will make gun control recs on Tuesday.

    • 90 jacquelineoboomer
      January 10, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Reported: I will hang onto his every well-reasoned word.

      Funny how it didn’t even take the whole month for the task force to come up with regs. It’s not rocket science; it just needs a little Biden schmoozing with the NRA-Walmart-cold-dead-hands crowd.

  10. January 10, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    This is great (thank you to Helen for emailing me about it):

    ….. In word and deed, in promise and in policy, my President has demonstrated his feminism time and again, making the country in which I live and in which my daughter is coming of age a better, more perfect union. And that is much, much more important to me than an Oval Office headcount.


    • 97 Nena20409
      January 10, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Surplus? In CA? Already? Truly?

      • January 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm

        Apparently so! Hopefully we can slowly start restoring a few of the cuts made over the past decade of crisis.

        • 99 4morefor44
          January 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm

          so if the california democrats can keep their ranks clear of corruption and continue following jerry’s lead with all this positive progress, and the dems have a super majority at the statehouse, we really could be seeing the republican party in california becoming a minor political force??? i’d love for the “2-party system” to mean democrats and the green party. republicans should be a fringe group. how cool would that be?!?

          • January 10, 2013 at 2:40 pm

            What’s interesting about my lovely state is that redistricting is done by a citizen’s commission. The idea was to make districts more competitive. And guess what? When presented between ideas of Dems and GOPers, Dems win most of the time. We got a 2/3 majority in the Legislature, and we picked up seats in the Congressional delegation.

            • 101 jackiegrumbacher
              January 10, 2013 at 3:14 pm

              Well, it’s enough to make me want to move to CA. We’re torn between a daughter on the east coast with a new grandbaby and a son
              in California. Some days it could go either way.

  11. 103 utaustinliberal
    January 10, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    The protection was extended to family members and children too.

  12. 104 isonprize
    January 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    The White House feed is always ‘stoppy starty’ for me.

    Here’s the C-SPAN link…


  13. 106 Vicki
    January 10, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    GOP and MSM are interchangeable.
    Politicians who can’t win the office they long for content themselves with buying as much media as they can get their hands on and then sniping at the politicians who are in the positions they can only wish for.

    I used to listen to NPR and WQXR occasionally in NYC up until their newsprograms were sponsored by Bloomberg. Bloomberg also has great influence, perhaps part ownership, in the NYTimes. Bloomberg View Business Week Washington Post—who knows how many more platforms.

    MSNBC has been showing more and more evidence of Bloomberg lately. Ezra and Jon Alter, but same POV from Matthews also.

    Hard to see how this creeping threat will be stopped.
    Current—not that it was so terrific, but now that is history too.

    In other news….Despite Bloomberg’s efforts, PBO won NY by 81%.

  14. 107 hopefruit2
    January 10, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Geithner is so humble – yet so ACCOMPLISHED. Unlike that pompous ARSE EZRA KLEIN!

    PBO: “No Peacocks, No Jerks, No Whiners”

  15. 110 isonprize
    January 10, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Chica, UT already posted this. You just gotta see this picture…

    Check out the rainbow coalition of journalists questioning the White House about diversity yesterday yfrog.com/ke637thj— Brad Woodhouse (@woodhouseb) January 10, 2013

  16. 111 jacquelineoboomer
    January 10, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Oh, look. Our black President on stage with two white gentlemen, his outgoing and incoming Treasury Secretaries. Looks like a diversity rate of 33-1/3 % to me at that White House podium, but I’m no math whiz.

    • 112 jacquelineoboomer
      January 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Hey, I want more women and minorities on the team, too, but I can’t stand the fact the press has discounted all that are already there!

      • 113 yardarm756
        January 10, 2013 at 2:33 pm

        JO. It’s all about the media’s new favorite word “OPTICS”. When you’re cleaning house you gotta make sure the straws in the broom are different colors or you can’t use that broom.

        • 114 jacquelineoboomer
          January 10, 2013 at 2:40 pm

          Yes, YA. Optics is another word for smoke and mirrors, as we both know. If the surface looks good or you can fool the eye, it works for the lesser beings. Trouble is, Pres. Obama wants meaningful change and he picks the people who will help him get there, not just because they are “straws of a different color.” That takes another show of principle on his part, with all the rantings that surround him daily. Sometimes they’re white men. Yesterday the meme was “white men are in the minority; we gotta do something.” Today, they seem to see nothing but white men. I see Republican people who don’t give a damn about diversity, never have, unless they can try to chastise the President for some lack thereof. Grrrr.

  17. 116 utaustinliberal
    January 10, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I love my POTUS. This could be said of emoprogs and whiny Obama supporters.

  18. 117 utaustinliberal
    January 10, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    And this is why the media is mad.

    • 118 susanne
      January 10, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      you nailed it!
      and, if i may throw in my 2 cents, the reason all this poutrage about women on pbo’s cabinet is happening, is that the rethugs big post-election project is addressing their problem with women and minorities and youth. we’re seeing their first act of ‘reaching out’ to women–just more obama bashing, of course. i’m guessing their masters/funders are telling them to do something, and this is what they came up with.

  19. 119 hopefruit2
    January 10, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I’m so grateful to Tim Geithner and his family for their tremendous sacrifice on behalf on our country.

    • 120 Rain
      January 10, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      I agree Hopefruit!

    • 121 Bill
      January 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      PBO said Secretary Geithner will go down in history as one of the greatest Secretaries of Treasury of all time. PBO does not deal in hyperbole. Beautiful compliment.

      • 122 HZ
        January 10, 2013 at 5:54 pm

        It was a beautiful moment in the president’s comments about Sec. of Treasury, Tim Geithner. “Beautiful Compliment”, indeed Bill.

        I respect and love how Sec. Geithner is so damn brilliant and yet so humble. I am so elated that he was there with POB and served him well. Thanks to his lovely wife and family as well.HZ

    • 123 theo67
      January 10, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      I am so grateful, as well – and I think the whole world appreciates his efforts (especially his early efforts, when his team was being obstructed by the GOP from formation and he was doing much of the work without a team)! I am so thrilled that he got an extended applause. I stood up and clapped, as well. He certainly deserves it.

      Seeing Tim Geithner leaving, and the ridiculousness of the media over this diversity hoopla, makes me wonder just why the media thinks people would be clamouring to join a team that just does not get the respect and gratitude it deserves? We are lucky that President Obama signed up (and won) a second term. We’re lucky that Jack Lew is willing to continue to serve. We’re lucky that the entire team that is staying on, and the ones who are joining, are willing to serve. They serve at great cost to themselves. And they serve a portion of the population that is completely undeserving of their incredible talents – although, a majority of the country really does understand how remarkable they are to step up at this time.

      • 124 vcprezofan2
        January 10, 2013 at 2:41 pm

        Good point about serving and joining on to a team that’s attacked so often – they deserve our continued support.

      • 125 0388jojothecat
        January 10, 2013 at 3:37 pm

        We are so LUCKY as a nation to have a competent President who has surrounded himself and put people in his administration who are smart, hardworking, and have done an excellent job for all americans.

        All the cable media pundits and stupid national media and WHP can do is smerk, mock, and point their fingers they could do better. They can’t even do their own jobs well yet they want to tell this president what to do.

    • 128 nathkatun7
      January 10, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      I am too, hopefruit2! I really respect Tim Geithner. It looks like the President picked another excellent, no nonsense, SoT.

  20. January 10, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    ILOVE the brilliance, eloquence and humility of Tim Geithner.

    • 130 HZ
      January 10, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      Beautifully stated, meta. I will miss Sec. Geithner. I would always run to my tv or computer just to watch Sec. Geithner speak. Great humble man who did a great job in a humble but brilliant manner for a great, brilliant, and humble President of the United States. And that is the 44th POTUS.

      Thank you, President Barack Obama for your choice to serve you and the people of this nation and the world. May goodness, kindness, love and happiness follow your every step, Sec. Geithner.HZ

  21. 131 jacquelineoboomer
    January 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    The President just gave one of his adorable winks to Jack Lew. How do I get to be nominated Treasury Secretary? (No, really.)

  22. 133 Ladyhawke
    January 10, 2013 at 1:58 pm


    • 134 dotster3
      January 10, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      Yes——the quality is impressive with those 3. And what a contrast to the discussion on Andrea Mitchell, which proceeded it. This one may have been the most outrageous anti-Obama gabfests I’ve seen— with her 3 media buds. Mitchell is nothing but an Obama s__t stirrer——-since day 1, and boy does she leap when she gets an opening—-like this fakey fakey cabinet selection whine. They were going to town in condemning Obama, making it sound like he hates all women. What a load of poo they were dishing. Mitchell summary: Obama bad, bad, bad, Hillary good, Obama bad, bad, bad, bad. And does MSNBC order all their anchors/producers to slant all their same stories the same way every day, no matter how misleading? Is it really necessary to report Charlie Rangel’s embarrassing embarrassment on this subject hourly? Doesn’t the public deserve better than this?

  23. 135 debz
    January 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I too am grateful to Tim Geithner and his family. He pulled our nation out of a near disaster, yet he has remained humble. I wish the best of luck to Jack Lew.

  24. 136 Eveingeorgia
    January 10, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Wasn’t he eloquent? And to think that Chris Matthews could not find anything more substantive to say than to suggest that his shirt collars were somehow elitist. Amazing, simply amazing.

  25. 139 57andfemale
    January 10, 2013 at 2:04 pm

  26. 140 utaustinliberal
    January 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I’m surprised at this. It was actually a republican who brought forth the law to remove the 10 year cap on SS protection for POTUS’s.

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed legislation giving himself and former President George W. Bush lifetime Secret Service protection Thursday, reversing a mid-1990s law which would have capped protection at 10 years from leaving office.
    The bill, the Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012, removes the cap, granting all president’s lifetime protection by the Secret Service, their spouses unless they remarry, and their children until the age of 16.

    The bill was introduced in the House of Representatives in November 2012 by South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, and passed by voice-vote in early December. Co-sponsors included Republican Rep. Lamar Smith, and Democrats Rep. John Conyers and Bobby Scott. The Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent on December 28th, and sent over to the White House on New Years Day.

    “Both men are young, enjoy good health, and have long lives ahead of them post-Presidency,” Gowdy said on the House floor. “This bill proposes to extend that security for the remainder of their lives.


    • 141 hopefruit2
      January 10, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      “The bill was introduced in the House of Representatives in November 2012 by South Carolina Republican Rep.”

      Hmm…He probably thought that Willard was going to win?

      • 142 theo67
        January 10, 2013 at 2:21 pm

        That was my first thought. They were preparing for their beloved Willard, and then they thought they’d be able to change the laws sufficiently that a Democrat would never be able to get elected President ever again… If I’m wrong, then so be it. I’m grateful that this law was passed, regardless.

  27. January 10, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh: ‘We may have to shed blood’ to ‘preserve our freedoms’

    Cameron Joseph – 01/10/13 12:05 PM ET
    The political firebrand called for civil disobedience to block the implementation of the Affordable Care Act or new gun regulations.…

    This is what the Tea baggers are gearing up for.

    • 144 COS
      January 10, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      Walsh is Glen Beck, Jr.

    • 146 theo67
      January 10, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      The crazier they get, the more likely their rights WILL be taken away from them, because they’ll be endangering society. I don’t want to get caught up in a hail of bullets, simply because I want health care or the right to grow old.

    • 147 57andfemale
      January 10, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      Just made my day this a.m. on the morning news: Walsh is ‘exploring’ statewide office by going around the state to assess his chances. I so wanted to never see nor hear from this jackass ever again.

    • 149 ChristiMTL
      January 10, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      He’s hasn’t change, as crazy as ever.

    • 150 nathkatun7
      January 10, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      It’s been my experience that people who talk loudly about shedding blood are the first one to run when the actual shooting begins. If Walsh wanted to ‘preserve our freedom,’ through shedding blood, how come he never volunteered to serve in the military? In my book, people like Joe Walsh, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, are nothing but loud mouths cowards.They talk a good game, but they are no where to be found when it comes to action.

  28. 151 57andfemale
    January 10, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    the silliness of what passes for discourse on the left is driving me crazy. I dipped a toe back into twitter after not being there for days. No, you loons, you may like Paul Krugman’s progressive ideas but he is UNQUALIFIED to run an agency with ZERO administrative experience and the political acumen of my bichon frise.

    Would I love Jennifer Granholm as Labor Secretary? Sure! Gee, in case you idiots didn’t notice, POTUS, particularly PBO, cannot just appoint someone. She has as much chance of getting confirmed as – well – the aforementioned bichon frise.

    Oops. Pull the nomination of the bichon frise. He’s white and he’s male.

  29. January 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Msnbc has morphed into the binders full of Women channel and the Christie channel!

    • 155 ChristiMTL
      January 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      I can see that….I saw the clip of the bully Scarborough on mediaite earlier because I don’t watch that show but there was such a buzz on twitter about it………so disrespectful, snapping his fingers at Mika, yelling…… but soooo concerned about the lack of diversity in the new cabinet.

      I had MSNBC on earlier, waiting for the President……it was painful to listen to Mitchell and her stupid guests. …….sick and tired of this fake outrage but I know it’s going to be like this every day for the next 4 years.

      • 156 theo67
        January 10, 2013 at 2:24 pm

        I’ve been working from home this morning – had to mute the tv during that fiasco. Heading to work now, to avoid any more MSNBC.

    • 157 nathkatun7
      January 10, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      I truly admire and respect all of you who still watch cable news channels! For the sake of my health, both physical and mental, I no longer watch any of them. I did poke in once to see Rev. Al, but some of his guests completely turned me off. I enjoy reading newspapers (old school, I guess) but the msm papers are increasingly just as revolting as the electronic media. My car radio is permanently tuned to our Jazz channel. I completely stopped listening to talk radio in 2009!

  30. 158 4morefor44
    January 10, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    the owners of all the major american media have been a crusade to keep president obama down as much as possible ever since he won in 2008. they, and by extension all their employees such as chuck todd, andrea greenspan, etc., know how dangerous he is to their “trickle-down” schemes, and were freaked out by how well president obama can fire up “we, the people.” this latest nonsense is such a clear example of their game. if we had actual journalism from the major media, and the public was presented just simple facts instead of the constant anti-obama propaganda, i’m convinced they’d already be prepping mount rushmore for the new addition, considering how president obama thwarted another great depression, ended 2 wars, and all the other great things. the media has certainly diminished president obama’s support somewhat, but i’m hopeful we can get him the House in 2014, and he’ll be able to improve things so much, that the mount rushmore addition will happen even with the media owners trying to bring him down regardless. forward to 2014!!!

    • 159 yardarm756
      January 10, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      Media matters did a nice piece on the subject. http://mm4a.org/10imTS7

      • 160 nathkatun7
        January 10, 2013 at 8:00 pm

        That was an excellent article, Yardarm! Thank you for sharing it. For an older man like me, the way mainstream media treats and disrespects President Obama is unparalleled! Even Richard Nixon was not this disrespected at the height of the Watergate scandal. I know we have crazies in the Republican party, but these crazies would be no where if we had an honest media.

        In my humble opinion, I think it’s time for a sustained media boycott. I just can’t think of another effective tactic to communicate to them our disgust at how they are enabling the crazies in the GOP to destroy the country.

  31. January 10, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    • 163 isonprize
      January 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      Lovely, how did you get the pic in the tweet to show up?

      Do only twitpics show up here in wordpress? There is a “yfrog” picture of the all male, all white GOP stenographers who pose as the White House press corp. I wanted the whole tweet w. the picture to show up, but everytime I try, only the tweet shows up…

      Check out the rainbow coalition of journalists questioning the White House about diversity yesterday yfrog.com/ke637thj— Brad Woodhouse (@woodhouseb) January 10, 2013

      • January 10, 2013 at 3:04 pm

        Isonprize, when coming across a picture, right click on it. If there is a “save as” option select that and name your file it becomes a .jpeg. Make sure you dont do it on a large/small version, just the normal picture. The when creating a tweet, look in the bottom left corner, you will see a camera icon. Click on the icon and it will automatically bring up your wallpaper/ “save as” files. Click,hit open, and it turns it into a twitpic. Leave at least 15-20 characters in your tweet for the twitpic. If you do it successfully, you will see an icon of the picture where the camera was in the bottom left corner of your tweet. I have to go to get my passport, but if you need help later this afternoon, I will be glad to walk you through it.

        • January 10, 2013 at 7:15 pm

          I was in a hurry earlier, If you are asking about how to get a picture to show up from someone else’s tweet, you click Expand on the bottom of the tweet. Second click on Details. Finally copy/paste the URL and post.

          If you are attempting to create your own tweet, based on the guidance above, just make sure when you click on “save picture as” you pay attention to which folder its going into. Sometimes it may go to C:/…..downloads sometimes C:/…..pictures or whatever your computer is configured too. Hope that helps!

  32. 166 desertflower
    January 10, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I just wanted to interject here and say thank you for all who sent their good thoughts my way today. I can’t be certain just yet, but I think those prayers and good thoughts may have been answered. Thank you all so much 🙂 If I haven’t mentioned it lately, I love my TOD family. Hugs to all.

  33. 171 utaustinliberal
    January 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm

  34. January 10, 2013 at 2:21 pm

  35. 173 dotster3
    January 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    And there’s Nia Malika Henderson piling on, unsurprisingly—–saying it was very concerning about the “dearth of women”. This has reached the beyond ridiculous stage.

    • 174 Eveingeorgia
      January 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      I don’t know what to make of Nia. I don’t get her at all. I’m glad the sister has “made it”, so to speak. But made it to what, exactly? She seems constrained to me, guided and controlled by an invisible hand. I guess everyone can’t be Joy Reid. But, I wish I detected more substance and strength of conviction in Nia.

      Karen Finney drives me nuts because she talks too much, IMHO. But at least she seems real, has a core, all that. Nia, not so much.

      • 175 Allison
        January 10, 2013 at 2:47 pm

        I believe Nia is a Repub. She is always negative when it pertains to Pres. Obama and she always refers to him as “Obama.” I don’t like her politics or her punditry.

      • 176 Don
        January 10, 2013 at 2:59 pm

        You are so right, it seems that once the brothers and sisters “make it” they lose thier soul sort of. To name a few, Eugene Robinson, Perry Bacon, Harold “Melvin and the Blue Notes” Ford Jr. I like Karen Finney, she seems to keep it real most of the time.

        • 177 Eveingeorgia
          January 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm

          Yep, I agree with your selections. They are controlled by corporations, I guess. In order to keep their jobs, they must comply with some unspoken rule. It’s a shame; one wonders what they really think.

        • 178 nathkatun7
          January 10, 2013 at 8:14 pm

          For me, because I mainly read papers, the most infuriating is the NYT columnist, Bob Hebert. Eugene Robinson is two-faced. Sometimes he is good and and sometimes he joins the media group think. Harold Ford Jr., and Nia Malika Henderson, might as well join Artur Davis and become a Republicans. I don’t who Karen Finney is but I am glad to hear she keeps it real.

  36. 179 tally
    January 10, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I say we ALL run with this. Don’t just retweet – help me.

  37. January 10, 2013 at 2:26 pm

  38. 182 taiping1
    January 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Barney Frank has already said he would not vote for Lew. He hasn’t been appointed yet. Why appoint another emoprog grandstander??

    • 183 ChristiMTL
      January 10, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      I just read that Bernie Sanders opposes Jack Lew as well…..I don’t know what the problem is.

      No surprise coming from the Republicans though

      ”The top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee will oppose Jack Lew’s nomination to be Treasury secretary.”

      Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has prepared a statement saying “Jack Lew must never be Secretary of Treasury.”

      Sessions expects that the Lew nomination will fail in the Senate, an aide said.

    • 184 debz
      January 10, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      He said he wouldn’t vote for Hagel either, so why would Gov Patrick pick this fool as interim Senator?

      • 185 57andfemale
        January 10, 2013 at 2:51 pm

        He backed off on Hagel, but Lew’s record is balanced, and more in favor on our side. What was his objection to Lew?

    • January 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      WTH? What are hearings for?

  39. 187 swbluega
    January 10, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Good Afternoon to everyone in TOD land. With all the silliness going on, I felt compelled to come out of lurking to comment.

    With all the issues that we are facing, the MSM chooses to focus on superfluous things, much of which is not based in fact.

    The country is still in the process of a financial recovery. Our tax laws give an unfair advantage to the wealthiest among us and make it hard for the rest of us to move up the economic ladder. Our children are being slain by weapons that should not even be in the hands of ordinary citizens. People are still unemployed. Our education system needs improvement. Our healthcare system is being attacked by corporations and Republican led state governments. Our climate needs to be addressed. And even though there are those who seem to try to ignore it, we do have citizens who are homeless and are living in poverty. And we have a Congress, as Jon Stewart says, who is making it hard to resolve these issues.

    And what is the MSM focusing on?

    President Obama has a deficit of women in his administration….REALLY?

    Jack Lew has an illegible signature….REALLY?

    Some “has-been” politicians (e.g., McGrampy, Sister Lindsey, etc.) who are only trying to hang on to their perceived importance have [bogus] concerns about the President’s choices for cabinet positions…REALLY?

    Oh…and let the MSM continue to lie about what the President is or isn’t doing?

    The sad thing is that everyone seems to be on the band wagon. From one network to the next, you hear the same refrain. If there is anyone in the MSM who is willing to be factual, and truthful, and focus on what is really important, they are apparently being muzzled by the powers that be.
    hank you to the regulars on TOD who help to discredit the faux journalist and continue to highlight where our true focus should be.

  40. 188 cookemom
    January 10, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I had made a list of all the hubba hubba yummynest that found themselves in PBO’s circle. From ‘let me at ’em Lovett’ to ‘grab me Gibbs’ to ‘take me Tim’ to ‘love me Reggie Love’ to ‘rub me Rahm’ to ‘paw me Plouffe’ and…you get my drift. Anyway, I’m all for the women, but you gotta admit PBO and his staff provided some bangin’ eye candy.

  41. January 10, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Check your email for Jim Messina’s announcement about the upcoming Obama Campaign Legacy Conference!!

  42. January 10, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Wherein I treat the “Obama hates women” meme with the seriousness it deserves.

  43. January 10, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    • January 10, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Even without his thoughts on the debt ceiling, he is too stupid to be in any position in congress.

    • 210 nathkatun7
      January 10, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Bravo, Bravo, Bravo, Tally! How in the world did this guy get a law degree without reading and understanding the Constitution?

      Article I of the U.S. Constitution is all about Congress. Besides setting up the structure/nature of Congress (Senate and House of Representatives), it also enumerates the powers and responsibilities of Congress. Sections 7 and 8 of Article I focus on the responsibilities of Congress. Two of those responsibilities, which are germane to raising the debt ceiling, are:

      1. Congress shall have the power …to pay the debts of the United States,
      2. Congress shall have the power to borrow money on the credit of the United States.

      Article II, which is all about the Executive branch of the government headed by the President, say absolutely nothing, zilch, about the President being responsible for borrowing money or paying the debts of the United States.

      Without the laws enacted by Congress:

      1. To lay and correct taxes, duties, imposts and excises
      2. To provide for the common defense
      3. To provide for the general welfare of the United States

      The President could not have single handedly incurred the debt of the United States that now requires Congress to raise the Debt Ceiling. The debt was incurred as a result of laws and actions taken by the Congress.

      You are absolutely right Tally. Members of Congress, like Lindsey Graham, who think that raising the Debt Ceiling to pay for the debt already incurred equals giving a “Blank Check” to President Obama, are “Too Stupid To Be In Congress.” Even more importantly, they are violating their oath of office to defend and support the Constitution.

  44. January 10, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    First of all- the President has raised taxes on the Wealthey, he now wants to impose gun laws.
    Guess what? He is going directly at the far rights ideology.
    So, I assume, they are hitting the President back, using their friends in the media.

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