The News Conference


WH press listen as President Obama answers ‘no diversity’ charge (sorry for pic quality, there was a lot of glare)



PM Carpenter: Consider the mortifying irony: The president of the most powerful and one of the more literate nations on earth has been reduced to holding press conferences in which he must explain–and explain, and explain–for the edification of that nation’s most ignorant but also most internally powerful political faction that two and two make four and that bills accumulated really should be paid.

Full post here

Thank you Ladyhawke


“Please proceed, Chuckie.” (Or Major Garrett? I have no clue, they all look the same, front and back)

President Obama tries to educate Chuck Todd: “So, on one side there’s spending, on the other cuts, and… are you following??”

President Obama gives up trying to educate Chuck Todd – he’s lots of things, but he’s not a miracle worker

That ‘I’m trying really, really, really hard to take you seriously, you dick, but you are not making it easy’ face


205 Responses to “The News Conference”

  1. 1 cookemom
    January 14, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    fat meat is greasy

  2. 16 Japa21
    January 14, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    GOP on a skewer.

  3. 20 utaustinliberal
    January 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Going to post my live tweets for those who missed the press conference.

  4. 21 utaustinliberal
    January 14, 2013 at 12:47 pm

  5. 23 cookemom
    January 14, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    feeling froggish?

  6. 28 utaustinliberal
    January 14, 2013 at 12:48 pm

  7. January 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    FYI –

  8. 30 utaustinliberal
    January 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    • 31 obamaiq
      January 14, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      The president dealing with the press is like trying to get special learning children to understand a simple concept, but I won’t insult them because they are far smarter.

  9. January 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm

  10. 34 utaustinliberal
    January 14, 2013 at 12:51 pm

  11. 35 Nena20409
    January 14, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Wow….I just stepped out for a few minutes and a new post is already signed, sealed and delivered.

    Way to GO Ms. Chips. You are quicker than a speeding bullet. Thank you.

  12. 36 utaustinliberal
    January 14, 2013 at 12:52 pm

  13. 37 relellit
    January 14, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Good morning/afternoon everyone 🙂

    What makes David Gregory think the debt ceiling hurts our President? There goes Gregory again with the vile, right wing talking points.

    Loved that smack down our President gave the Koch fueled, NRA controlled White House correspondents. Chucky Toad should know by now he can’t make the President say anything he doesn’t want to. Shame on MSNBC for making this contrary fool a correspondent.

    • 38 Bill
      January 14, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      As soon as David Gregory makes a comment it is forgotten. He has no substance.

      • 39 anniebella
        January 14, 2013 at 1:59 pm

        Gregory came on and I put the tv on mute, I didn’t want to hear on one that GOP mouth piece has to say. Same with Mrs. Greenspan.

    • January 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Check out these tweets from Kurt Eichenwald, former Republican, author of “500 Days:”

      “If GOP refuses to raise debt limit, and its faithful finally learn what happens as a result, it will be a minority party for decades.”

      “The idea that the GOP would threaten the survival of the US economy to win political points shows they are no longer supporters of America.”

  14. 41 lamh36
    January 14, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Morning guys! First day of Orientation on my new job today. My last job was for a “faith-based” hospital, it was run by a Presbryterian organization. This one is a Catholic organization and I kinda feel indoctrinated already. It’s much more heavy-handed that the last place. It’s doesn’t matter to me, Im not Catholic, but I’m from a “Catholic” state (we have parishes instead of counties) in a Catholic heavy city so I’m used to it. I have cringed a little at moments though when I think about people who aren’t used to the overt-ness of the message.

    Anyway, I’m excited to start and get to the lab and start my training so I can get back to what I do best.

  15. January 14, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    UTAL, you’re masterful. I don’t know how you do it. I am tempted to sometimes tweet PBO’s brilliance, but my fingers are never fast enough to capture the quote before he’s on to another one. Thank you!!

  16. 47 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    • 48 anniebella
      January 14, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      What American people is Boehner talking about? All those American people who are working at all those jobs Boehner create when he became speaker. You know all the jobs jobs jobs Boehner was going to focus on. No dope ass Americans want the bills paid.

  17. 50 dotster3
    January 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    • 51 jacquelineoboomer
      January 14, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      Love it, especially that stable boy bit. Chuckie is much crankier since the big loss of his big boss Romney.

  18. January 14, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    • 53 anniebella
      January 14, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Did anyone see any diversity with the WH press? How many Blacks, Latinos, Asian, did we see?

    • 54 jackiegrumbacher
      January 14, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      Brilliant, Chips. You have a rare sense of humor.

    • January 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      I was driving to a meeting right after UTAL’s brilliant tweets wishing PBO had said to the WHPC – look, you can only ask me about diversity at the point where your employer has a record as good as or better than mine!

  19. 56 Ladyhawke
    January 14, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    The debt ceiling is the GOP’s problem. Lather, rinse, repeat.

    By Greg Sargent


    Yeah, okay. The game here is: “Hey, we can’t control our crazies!!! Better give us what we want before they destroy us all!!!”
    If anything, this underscores what a difficult spot John Boehner is in. Remember, Boehner is on record saying in 2011 that allowing default would mean “financial disaster” for the “world economy.” Even if it’s true that “more than half” of Republicans won’t support raising the debt ceiling unless it’s paired with draconian spending cuts, GOP leaders have the option of reaching a deal with the White House and passing it in the House with a lot of Democratic support.

    If Boehner himself is already on record saying default will destroy the world economy, the substantive and political pressure on him to do this will be intense. Indeed, even some Republicans, such as Newt Gingrich and the Wall Street Journal editorial board, are warning that failing to raise the debt ceiling will invite political Armageddon for the GOP.

    Nice try, but this is still on Republicans. If they are going to continue to threaten the global economy to get their way, it’s their problem.



  20. 57 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Hey, did WordPress change something? I don’t tweets in the white boxes anymore, just as links.

  21. 60 swbluega
    January 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Good afternoon TODers.

    I think the President is smart in not going for the executive order and coing minting “options” that are being proposed. Why give the TPGOP and their talking heads in the MSM an oportunity to criticize him for overstepping his authority. He rightly reminded the WHPC that it is Congress’ responsibility to pay our bills and raise the debt ceiling. Therefore, Congress should do its job. If they want to change the law and give that responsibility to the executive branch, then they should do that.

    The TPGOP and their hacks in the MSM have an annoying habit of thinking that if they keep repeating something and yelling it as loud as they can, that makes it so. The President shows character and patience in dealing with them.

  22. 62 relellit
    January 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm


    fantastic tweets broken down in plain simple English. LOL, Chucky Toad has egg all over his face trying to clarify his asinine question to Andrea Mitchell. 😆

  23. 64 FiredUpInCA
    January 14, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I just want to check… are tweets not showing up properly on WordPress today or is it just my computer?

    • 65 hopefruit2
      January 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Same with me. Sometimes they take a while to show up properly – other times they remain in that weird form. I’m not sure what causes this but it could be related to traffic, browser and Internet speed.

  24. 66 relellit
    January 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Chucky Toad the President doesn’t hate criticism; in fact he has welcomed it on numerous occasions. Does telling the Drama Queens Senators McCain and Graham ring a bell when President Obama told them to stop criticizing UN Ambassador Susan Rice and come after him?

  25. 67 daisydem
    January 14, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Did the members of the WH Press Corps get their degrees from the same college Sarah Palin supposedly got her degree in journalism? Just asking.

  26. January 14, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Did you see major Garrtett and Chuck Toodles try to put it back on the President? Questions straight from the RNC.

  27. 76 carolmaewy
    January 14, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Is that the full press conference? Our TV crashed for most of it.

  28. 77 jacquelineoboomer
    January 14, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Watching a report out of India on “LinkAsia.” New Delhi is apparently “rape capital” of the country, with 600 reported rapes a year (in addition to many going unreported because of lack of attention by local law enforcement, according to the report). This is just ONE city and ONE country where brutality against women prevails. What a world.

  29. 78 cookemom
    January 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I wonder if that the poll that put Congress at such a low percentage, had the press as an option from which to choose? My bet is that the press would come in even lower, had that option been available. That is, if I were a betting person.

  30. January 14, 2013 at 1:26 pm

  31. 85 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I’m probably gonna get blocked soon…

  32. 89 daisydem
    January 14, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Great coverage of the Presser … thanks to all here at TOD and to Chips for doing that for us!

  33. 90 cookemom
    January 14, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    A great editorial letter to Gov. Christie from MHP. This is in addition to the link Meta posted upthread about his mismanagement of funds:

  34. 91 Ladyhawke
    January 14, 2013 at 1:40 pm


    Obama’s presser

    By pm carpenter


    Consider the mortifying irony: The president of the most powerful and one of the more literate nations on earth has been reduced to holding press conferences in which he must explain–and explain, and explain–for the edification of that nation’s most ignorant but also most internally powerful political faction that two and two make four and that bills accumulated really should be paid.
    Yet, here we are. The world’s most powerful nation, highly educated and technologically sophisticated, and its leader must hold press conferences of such elementary emphasis as to maybe make preschoolers proud, but the body politic, not to mention the Founders, just downright ashamed.



  35. January 14, 2013 at 1:42 pm

  36. 95 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 14, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Rock on, Mr. President.

    Thanks for all the updates and summaries, everyone!

  37. 96 4morefor44
    January 14, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    wow. just saw some clips. president obama is indeed taking the gloves off…in nice way, of course! just imagine what he could get done with democrats controlling the House in 2014.

  38. 99 swbluega
    January 14, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Although he presented it as a question, the President pointed out that while the GOP keeps talking about reducing the deficit, [for some] that may not be their real goal. Obviously, the goal is to hurt the middle /workingclass, students, seniors, etc. by reducing or eliminating funding for programs that are important to us.

    • 100 Vicki
      January 14, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      I thought this might have been the most important point the President made: You don’t really want to cut spending, You just want to take away from Those People swbluega.

      Same as health care debate, set up for rascists excuses not to share.

  39. 101 FiredUpInCA
    January 14, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Regarding the President being too “insular” (is that what they’re saying instead of “uppity” these days?). Let’s stroll down memory lane for the Great Chummy Moments from the GOP:

    Election Night 2012:

    “Mr. Obama tried to call both Mr. Boehner and the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, but was told they were asleep.”


    “Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is signaling that at least one thing will change about his leadership during the 113th Congress: he’s telling Republicans he is done with private, one-on-one negotiations with President Obama.”


    “McConnell: The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”


    • 102 Dudette
      January 14, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Thanks for the links FiredUpinCA. I just tweeted those to Chuck Todd since he has such a short memory.

    • January 14, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      “@TheObamaDiary WH press corps is reprehensible. PBO has extended tons of invites to Congress, but they spew their own manufacturer agenda.”

      I caught only the tail end of the Press Conference live; Jackie Chalmers from NYT infuriated me.

      She had the gall to ask questions about two “stories” MANUFACTURED by the media.

      1) “Obama doesn’t socialize with Congress”
      How many GOPers from red districts would WANT to be seen with POTUS? (hint: zero)

      2) “Obama’s cabinet appointments ‘lack diversity”

      PBO has nominated a GRAND TOTAL of FOUR cabinet appointments; three FP (Brennan, Hagel, Kerry) and the crucial domestic secretary (Lew). MSM is so self-referential and clueless they don’t think to push back on Annie Lowrey’s abominable assertion that PBO’s cabinet lacks diversity. (Have not read, refuse to read anything by that “golden” girl snob.)

      See Andrew Sullivan’s posts today about her utter contempt for the non “golden.”

      Attention media: PBO is not a clueless, uncurious POTUS like GW Bush. He nominates candidates who can ably execute HIS strategy (unlike GW Bush who nominated the unqualified Harriet Meiers and others when seeking “diversity.”

    • 104 theo67
      January 14, 2013 at 11:52 pm

      Also. Too. Remember how Boehner rejected the President’s several invitations to the White House shortly after Boehner became Speaker, and people were speculating that it might have something to do with his drinking? President Obama also tried to invite the GOP for Superbowl parties, cocktail socials (very early on in his presidency), etc. He was rebuffed. Don’t need to be kicked twice to know it hurts…

  40. January 14, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Its time for real journalist. Ron Burgundy.

  41. 107 Lorraine
    January 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    My take on President Obama’s Pressor: We, Americans are not deadbeats!!!!! I completely agree, we take responsibility; and those who don’t are!

  42. 110 4morefor44
    January 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    seeing some of the clips i guess i see the point the media and republicans are always making….all those softball questions show the media takes it easy on president obama and will never ask a tough “gotcha” question such as, “what do you read?” which they did for the quitting governor from alaska. librul meeedeeah!!!

  43. January 14, 2013 at 1:58 pm

  44. 112 xtine
    January 14, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Hey DC Metro TODers, just heard about this happening tonight @ Howard Theatre:

    Emeli Sandé
    Opening Act(s): Emily King
    Monday, January 14, 2013
    Showtime @ 8:00 PM
    Doors open @ 6:00 PM
    Tickets $16 in advance, $18 day of show


  45. January 14, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    The full news conference:

  46. 114 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Hey we can see the tweets again! Yay!

  47. January 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    TPM gets it. Its headline? “Please Proceed, GOP”.

  48. 120 Ladyhawke
    January 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Dems hold a trump card in debt limit showdown

    By Greg Sargent


    On top of all this, Obama’s press conference today, in which he again reiterated that there will be no negotiating around the debt limit, suggests he’ll be publicly cranking up the pressure in the days ahead. “If Congressional Republicans refuse to pay America’s bills on time, Social Security checks and veterans benefits will be delayed,” Obama said today. Polls show Obama is far more trusted than Republicans right now, which could further increase the sense of pressure to cave on the debt limit.

    Indeed, Ornstein says Senate Dems might even just undertake to pass a clean debt limit hike without any House GOP bill to amend. As Ornstein puts it: “There is a scenario in which Dems can force a clean debt limit hike.”



    • 122 Dudette
      January 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      She’s great!!

      • 123 0388jojothecat
        January 14, 2013 at 5:04 pm

        I am proud of her….she’s a tough cookie, she knows who she is, where she came from, working hard/playing hard/loving deeply is what makes her who she is and is damn proud of it and won’t let the media-pundit-know-nothings intimendate her.

    • 125 Ladyhawke
      January 14, 2013 at 3:02 pm


      C-SPAN Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Interview Excerpt


      Friday, September 25, 2009

      In her first television interview since joining the Supreme Court, Justice Sotomayor tells C-SPAN about the phone call from President Obama telling her that he intended to nominate her to the Court.



      • 126 theo67
        January 15, 2013 at 12:09 am

        I love how she tells this story. It’s so moving, and it really captures the awesomeness of that historic moment (from one history maker to another) – and the fact that the President is the one who gets waited for, even if it takes all day! Lovely – thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  49. 127 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Oops! There is a new thread? I’m only part-way through, but this seems like a good article re Chuck Hagel…


    …off to complete my slow read.

  50. 128 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    What the hell is wrong with these people?

    “We have a Chevy Volt. Hubby went to the store & as he was putting bag in car, a guy in a van covered w/Romney stickers pulled in beside him, jumped out & yelled “Did you see that speech!” Hubby said “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” Guy said “Well, you’re driving an “Obama Car” & I’m gonna break the windows, then he shoved & kicked him. Hubby punched the guy in the jaw, his glasses flew & he fell to the ground. Hubby drove away.These people are crazy, insane, dangerous. Nobody is boss of what kind of car anyone has. They also may find Democrats will fight back when attacked!” http://tl.gd/kn6qf0

  51. 131 xtine
    January 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    [On PBO Presser @ Balloonjuice]:

    Shorter on partisanship: Quit electing lunatics and we won’t have to operate in crisis mode 24/7.

    Emma in comments:
    On another tangent: could the FSM please make sure Major Garrett does not reproduce? Or if he already has, that his children become doctors or painters or physicists? Please?

    Anya Says:
    Shorter WH press corps: “Why won’t you hand the Republicans the ransom they’re asking for?!?”


  52. 132 xtine
    January 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Bob Cesca on WHPC @ today’s PBO Presser:

    “The White House press corps, in all their professional glory, also asked the president today why he doesn’t socialize with people who hate him more. And considering that derptastic question, you can see why he felt the need to explain how basic governance works.”

  53. 133 yardarm756
    January 14, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    • January 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Glad to see that you follow @KurtEichenwald. I think he’s on to something by “adopting” little Noah Pozner (one of more than two dozen victims of Sandy Hook massacre).

      When it comes time to contact Congressmen/women, every voter should “adopt” one Sandy Hook victim and plead to Congress to not forget that person when they cast their gun safety vote.

      One list of 26 names doesn’t have the impact of 26 different letters from constituents vowing that these innocent children and selfless adults will not be forgotten.

    • 135 Dudette
      January 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm

  54. 137 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 3:25 pm

  55. 141 hopefruit2
    January 14, 2013 at 3:40 pm

  56. 142 susanne
    January 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    sorry…. i could not resist.

    ‘ According to the celebrity site, Romney took several meetings with “Dancing With the Stars” bigwigs and had expressed interest in appearing on the show before ultimately deciding against busting a move on national television. ‘

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/276951-ann-romney-turns-down-dancing-with-the-stars#ixzz2Hz88p1II

  57. 148 susanne
    January 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    and to cleanse your mind’s palate:

    ‘ few weeks ago, a few of us headed over to the Supreme Court to retrieve a suitcase. It belonged to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and it contained, effectively, her family history in photographs. We sat in the kitchen in her chambers over her lunch break. She ate a bowl of soup and told us stories about the photos. ‘


  58. 150 susanne
    January 14, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    charles pierce in his glory:

    ‘ The voices inside the head of Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin are unanimous in their dislike for Chuck Hagel, the former Republican senator from Nebraska who is the president’s nominee for Secretary Of Defense. I think this is an unusual display of harmony for the voices inside Jennifer Rubin’s head since, during the presidential campaign just past, all the voices in Jennifer Rubin’s head had different opinions regarding Willard Romney. Was he merely awesome? Super awesome? Super-duper awesome? Super-duper-infinity awesome? Or was he a steaming super-duper-infinity awesome hunk of brilliantly coiffed man-meat who could make the bobsleds run on time while hitting Lady Liberty’s G-spot until she crooned “Columbia, The Gem Of The Ocean.” Now, though, all the voices hate Chuck Hagel. It must be a lot quieter around Rubin’s ears these days. ‘

    Read more: Daily Politics Blog – Charles P. Pierce – Political Blogging – Esquire http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/#ixzz2HzAfo9ZJ

    January 14, 2013 at 4:00 pm


  60. 159 xtine
    January 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    [Alrighty then!]:

    Former South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford said she will not run for Congress, USA Today reports.

    Said Sanford: “I think my job as mom right now is much more important, much more rewarding and much more productive. The idea of killing myself to run for a seat for the privilege of serving in a dysfunctional body under John Boehner when I have an eighth-grader at home just really doesn’t make sense to me.” […..]


    • 160 susanne
      January 14, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      most eighth graders are more reasonable, more responsible, and more pleasant than the speaker. also, when you tell them to do their chores, they grumble, but they do it.

    • 161 0388jojothecat
      January 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Ooouch, that had to sting…..

    • 163 Japa21
      January 14, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Charles Pierce is extremely disappointed in her decision. She would have been running against her ex-husband and he was looking forward to that.

    • 164 dotster3
      January 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      She garnered lots of sympathy with the Appalachian Trail mistress ordeal. But I saw her interviewed, and I suspect the reason she doesn’t want to serve under Boehner is because he is not conservative enough for her. She was rt. wing whack too.

  61. January 14, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    #DUMPWHPC …. should trend, actually 🙂

  62. January 14, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    • 169 susanne
      January 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      so basically, don’t use the word ‘ban’ and your proposal has a chance. it’s interesting that ‘background checks’ and ‘mental illness’ don’t sound an alarm–this is the government creating a file about you, including your medical condition.

  63. January 14, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    In case you missed it last night, Justice Sotomayor’s interview on 60 Minutes:


  64. January 14, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    #DUMPWHPC ….

  65. January 14, 2013 at 4:38 pm

  66. 174 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    From referenced article:
    Rep. Phil Gingrey gets ‘tense and uptight,’ deletes Twitter account

    As Twitchy reported, last week, GOP Rep. Phil Gingrey foolishly gave credence to Todd Akin’s thoughts on “legitimate rape.” Shocking perhaps only to Gingrey, people didn’t take kindly to the remarks — and it seems that he didn’t take kindly to their criticism. Twitterers hoping to peruse more of his thoughts on the female reproductive system are being greeted with this when they try to access his official feed: [Twitter Error Page “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”]

  67. January 14, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    #DUMPWHPC ….

  68. January 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Hmmmm …. inquiring minds ….

  69. 180 susanne
    January 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    hufpoo, sorry

    ‘ The Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes are trying to raise money to send a group of drummers and dancers to Washington so Wyoming isn’t without representation at next week’s presidential inaugural parade.

    Northern Arapaho tribal liaison Gary Collins said Monday that the Presidential Inaugural Committee contacted him just over a week ago to let him know that Wyoming would be the only state not represented at the parade to mark President Barack Obama’s second swearing-in ceremony unless he was able organize a last-minute delegation. ‘


  70. 182 xtine
    January 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    [Yep, yep! 🙂 from Greg Sargent …]:

    The Tea Party’s last stand?

    [….] Obama is certainly behaving like someone who is determined to break the Tea Party once and for all.

    Whole story here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/01/14/the-tea-partys-last-stand/

  71. 183 susanne
    January 14, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    punahou school band will be marching in the presidential inaugural parade again!

    ‘ “We are very excited to have the honor of representing Hawai‘i and Punahou School again in the inaugural parade. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to bring the spirit of aloha to our nation’s capital,” said Marching Band Director Mark Falzarano. “We are moving very quickly to take care of the travel and performance details.”

    The Buff ’n Blue contingent in the parade on Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington, D.C., will include the band’s musicians, JROTC color guard and Punahou cheerleaders. ‘


  72. January 14, 2013 at 5:16 pm

  73. 185 99ts
    January 14, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    GM from my world – I haven’t read a comment yet – but the captions on the pictures have me ROTFL and the laughter tears are making it difficult to read. Thank you Miss Chips – wonderful

    Also too – the Presidents expression when looking at the press corp says it all.

  74. 186 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 5:33 pm

  75. January 14, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Is there some crazy vibration or nitrous oxide emitting from the mike when WHPC asks a question? Suddenly they all seem to wear the mantle of ‘stupid’. Never heard such inane questions asked over and over and over. God give PBO patience.

  76. 189 dotster3
    January 14, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Thank you to Roger Simon and any national media who speak out on the gun issue—–we need a chorus of voices, from all corners.

  77. 190 dotster3
    January 14, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    It seems to me that the WHPC instead of asking PBO why he doesn’t invite those fun GOP boys over to the house more often should ask the GOP boys why they keep turning down the invites.

  78. January 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm

  79. 194 dotster3
    January 14, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Heartbreaking to hear those Sandy Hook moms at their news conference today—–one saying she put 2 kids on the bus in the morning and only 1 came home—–and the other mom saying she still finds herself reaching for her little guy’s hand in parking lots. And the feelings are understandably still so raw that they cannot speak without crying. I cannot imagine….

    • 195 daisydem
      January 14, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      My heart aches to hear them. I cannot even imagine. God give them peace. They are so brave to speak out right now. {{{{{Moms of Sandy Hook}}}}}

  80. 196 prettyfoot58
    January 14, 2013 at 6:22 pm

  81. 199 dotster3
    January 14, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Why does Rev. Al have a gun nut on to spew his nonsense on the airwaves, to make his cockeyed arguments, to promote Gun Appreciation Day in all its glory? I just find this so distasteful, so unnecessary, so maddening, and they have so many other outlets to promote their gun love. And it does no good for Al to make the case about the idiocy of having his gun appreciation day on MLK weekend. He doesn’t care about that in the least, same with his fellow gun nuts. Nothing is accomplished with this kind of guest. Dumb.

  82. January 14, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    What a horrible mess this guy caused with his ego and his lies:

  83. January 14, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    • 202 anniebella
      January 14, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      Look at that picture of that precious little angel.

      • January 14, 2013 at 6:53 pm

        It just rips your heart apart. We can’t let this madness go on and cause unending pain for families like these who will suffer this loss forever.

        • 204 theo67
          January 15, 2013 at 12:33 am

          The thing that really broke my heart was listening to Rachel’s interview with the Wheeler family who lost their son, Ben, and the mother said that her second son (first born) told her “you promised you’d protect us”. I can’t even imagine what that must have been like. And those words could be said to every parent/adult in this country. When Gabby Giffords was shot, President Obama called on the country to make this country worthy of the little girl who died. And that didn’t happen. It’s unbelievable that there are parents and elected officials who are pushing back against doing something to protect children from the horror of their gun obsessions, and their beloved 2nd Amendment.

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