Heads Up: President Obama unveils proposals to reduce gun violence

11:55: President Obama and V.P. Biden Unveil a Package of Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence

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199 Responses to “Heads Up: President Obama unveils proposals to reduce gun violence”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    January 16, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Okay, I’m ready to hear what the proposals are. Not even quivering inside, because the time is right.

  2. 8 Melanie
    January 16, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Very proud that PBO is taking this important and immediate action. We all need to get behind him.

    • 9 vcprezofan2
      January 16, 2013 at 11:43 am

      Hi, Melanie. I anticipate a lot of the country support the team on this issue. Newtown was just too horrendous – those children were doing what they were supposed to be doing in a place that was supposed to be ‘safe’.

      • 10 Melanie
        January 16, 2013 at 11:47 am

        Agree with you VC. As horrendous as Newtown was though I keep think about the many Americans that have been affected. The people in the Sikh temple, those at the movie theater and the mall, and of course the kids in Baltiimore, Philly and Chicago that have been dying everyday. This is for them too. Congrats on #1 VC.

        • 11 vcprezofan2
          January 16, 2013 at 11:53 am

          Thanks, and yes it is for everyone, but this latest attack woke up the consciences of far more people than before.

  3. 12 sherijr
    January 16, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Looking so forward to this, thanks Chips for posting it for us 🙂

  4. 15 Allison
    January 16, 2013 at 11:44 am

    We love you, Mr. President…Go Big!!

  5. January 16, 2013 at 11:46 am

  6. 18 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 16, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I love my President and he has my full support. I’ve never been prouder of him. We’ve got your back, President Obama!

  7. 19 vcprezofan2
    January 16, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Here’s a good reminder for whom we are ‘fighting’.

  8. 23 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 16, 2013 at 11:49 am

    If anybody has live-blogging talent, please transcribe for those of us who can’t watch/listen in real time. Thank you! ♥ ♥ ♥

  9. January 16, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Wow, is the President signing EOs today?

  10. 27 Japa21
    January 16, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Pierce, as usual, hits all the right notes:

    Which brings me to the most important thing about the initiative that will be undertaken by the president today. It is genuinely dangerous.

    He took a tentative step toward recognizing that danger at his press conference the other day, when he talked about how effective the NRA and its satellite propagandists are at ginning up an atmosphere of fear and dread over even the baguest hint of a whisper of a threat concerning gun control legislation. At least he said it out loud, which is a start. The dangerous terror is not the threat the NRA holds over the electoral futures of various congresscritters — which is largely illusory anyway — but, rather, the wilderness of scarecrows that it erects in the minds of the people at whom it aims its horror stories. It is simply perilous to the nation continually to inflate every tentative step towards regulating the “militia” well as a global threat to human freedom, or as a precursor to tyranny. Not everyone listens to Alex Jones purely for entertainment. Not everyone reads Glenn Beck purely for the unintentional comedy. There is a serious constituency for this brand of traditional American unreason, and it is strong, and it is armed, and the NRA, as witness to its most recent, revolting advertisement, is not averse to playing to that constituency, which never has been sold on this president in the first place. The president has stepped into an ammunition bunker fully aware that his political opposition is running around the joint with blowtorches. . .

    But, if you’ve been out in the country any time in the last couple of years, listening to the radio or talking to the people who do, there’s one thing you can say for the attempt. It’s fearless.

    Read more: Daily Politics Blog – Charles P. Pierce – Political Blogging – Esquire http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/#ixzz2I9rrTAyd

    Read more: Daily Politics Blog – Charles P. Pierce – Political Blogging – Esquire http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/#ixzz2I9rU6KKQ

    • January 16, 2013 at 11:59 am

      ” …. the wilderness of scarecrows that it erects in the minds of the people at whom it aims its horror stories.”

      He is just brilliant, I really don’t think there’s a finer political writer out there. Thanks for this Japa, I checked his blog earlier but he hadn’t posted this yet.

    • January 16, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      Such excellent writing here. I am a student of this writing.

  11. 32 cookemom
    January 16, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Is VP Joe getting younger?

    • 33 jacquelineoboomer
      January 16, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      Not sure … I was too busy watching VP Joe getting younger.

      • 34 cookemom
        January 16, 2013 at 1:02 pm

        tee hee, I thought it was the TV. Dang, if he ain’t looking good. Better than the day he was sworn into office, imo.

        • 35 jacquelineoboomer
          January 16, 2013 at 1:10 pm

          I think it may be coming from working side by side with greatness, job satisfaction, and the love of several good women who’ve been in his life! (Everything comes from that last part!)

  12. January 16, 2013 at 11:58 am

    VP Joe intros POTUS and POTUS thanks VP Joe for all his hard work on this issue.

  13. January 16, 2013 at 11:59 am

    POTUS acknowledging children onstage and reading parts of the letters they sent him.

    • January 16, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      Emotional statement about how they are our children and this is what they’re thinking about. How we must protect them and allow them to pursue their dreams.

  14. January 16, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    POTUS now citing the stats of 900 gun deaths since Sandy Hook.

  15. January 16, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    POTUS will sign today an EO offering better background checks, mental health professional changes for reporting, safety measures for schools.

  16. January 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    President Obama announcing 23 anti-gun violence executive actions – magnificent.

  17. January 16, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    President Obama: “Weapons designed for the theater of war have no place in a movie theater.”

  18. January 16, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    • 48 HZ
      January 16, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      We will bring our energies around helping POTUS to push Congress to confirm Todd Jones We will beg as little precious Julie asked POTUS to “beg really hard.” I am committed. These children were my life. I will fight with my spirit and energy to help them again.HZ

  19. January 16, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    • 50 Lovepolitics2008
      January 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      I don’t know ha ha but I would like progressive organizations to dig up the old tape of Reagan talking about this, and use it in commercials. On prime time tv. So the far right won’t be able to deny what their HERO said !!

  20. January 16, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    PBO now addressing the lobbies for the status quo and asking all of us to stand up and demand change.

  21. January 16, 2013 at 12:11 pm

  22. 53 mtmarilyn
    January 16, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    This is so powerful!!!! I love this man who is our President.

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    January 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm


      January 16, 2013 at 12:18 pm


  28. January 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    PBO telling the story of Grace, who was killed at Sandy Hook. She wanted to become a painter. Her father gave POTUS a painting she’d done and he hung it in his study off the Oval Office. He thinks about her every time he looks at it.

  29. 61 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    That was a powerful event.

  30. January 16, 2013 at 12:18 pm


  31. January 16, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Beautiful as always in word and deed. Bravo Mr. President

  32. January 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Thank you Chips for providing the link to the President’s announcement – I have already sent emails and tweets to my Congressman Sean Duffy and my Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin. Congress needs to step up and act on gun control legislation now. I look forward to reading all of the executive orders that the President signed today.

  33. January 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Parents of Grace McDonnell, one of the children killed in Newtown, gave President Obama one of her paintings, it hangs in his WH study.

      January 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm


    • 69 dotster3
      January 16, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      His words were so moving on this. And his words seemed to give her parents some measure of gratification, especially when he said he hung her painting in his study and he thinks of her every day and what must be done to keep our children safe.

  34. 70 Lorraine
    January 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Wonderful Mr. President and Mr. Vice President. Thank you, yes sir Mr. President; with rights come responsibilities. Grace’s parents l love the looks they gave each other when the President spoke about her.

  35. 71 dotster3
    January 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Wow oh wow oh wow. President Obama at his absolute best again. There is no other like him, and there will never be again. He said everything as well as it possibly could be said. I am so proud of and grateful for this president. I so hope decent people from unexpected corners were stirred to action to join those already on board, who already realize how necessary, how vital, this common sense gun legislation is.

  36. 72 jacquelineoboomer
    January 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    “We don’t live in isolation … we live in a society … ”

    Thank you, Mr. President. Cannot wait to see the written transcript of his remarks. Gonna hang on every word.

    January 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm


      January 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm


    • 75 Sam UK Obama Supporter
      January 16, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Bless you Sue, I am sure there will be a shortage of kleenex here in this part of the UK also, and along with you I shall be there in spirit. If only I could travel to the US I would have loved to be there in person too.

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  39. January 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    POWERFUL, MASTERFUL delivery by a compassionate, pragmatic Commander-in-Chief. Well done Sir.

    Thank you also to VP Biden for your hard work and allegiance to the President.

  40. 80 jacquelineoboomer
    January 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    And, now, suffer the little children … to stand by as the President tries to make their lives a whole lot safer.

  41. 83 dotster3
    January 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Why in the world would NBC News have Sen. Inhoffe on immediately after PBO for his partisan commentary? I’m starting to feel that NBC is an enemy within——always so afraid to air the president’s appearances without giving the opposition the opportunity to criticize and tear him down. Who are they afraid of? The NRA? The Republicans? Why can’t they ever just air the news without negative commentary?

    • 84 Chi
      January 16, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      MSNBC had David Gregory on sounding like spokesperson and attorney for the NRA…

      Everything President Obama said or proposes has a problem – and it’s all entirely up to the Democrats to draft and pass laws that will address this issue…

    • 85 Linda
      January 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      NBC is sponsoring the largest gun show in the country….in Las Vegas…March 2,3 rd.

      • 86 isonprize
        January 16, 2013 at 1:11 pm

        NBC is sponsoring the largest gun show in the country….in Las Vegas…March 2,3 rd.

        Well, THIS explains a lot….

    • 87 edp4bho
      January 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Dotster, if, God forbid, our PBO were assassinated, they would air the procession, and bring on someone to declare how PBO brought it on himself. Don’t ever put anything past these miscreants. They hate him for his audacity to be audacious.

  42. 90 Lovepolitics2008
    January 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    What a GREAT president this man is. He ALWAYS elevates the debate. Giving a moral compass to the nation. His seriousness of purpose, his big heart, his courage, and his wisdom. His way of always bringing it back to what’s real, to what’s important in people’s lives. I could go on and on….

    And I love Joe Biden too. He’s intelligent and knowledgeable, but most importantly he’s such a good and honest man. A man of character. And a GREAT public servant.

    America is lucky to have both of them at the helm.

  43. January 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    We have to have the President’s back. We therefore have to call our congress-people on this gun issue.

  44. January 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm

  45. 94 jackiegrumbacher
    January 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    This was such an emotionally powerful statement by our president that I’m sitting here with tears streaming. The story of little Grace was heartbreaking–I don’t know how the parents could bear it. But our president was never hard or belligerent, never acted like a tough guy taking on the giants, he spoke from the heart, called on the best natures of all of us– gun lovers and non-gun lovers alike, But signing the EO’s right there–that was the firmness the resolution that told everyone, every member of Congress and every person in the US, that he’s not fooling around. Yes, as Pierce says he’ fearless, but he always was. He knew what would happen when he stepped up to run for president in 2007. He knew and he took it on because he understood “the fierce urgency of now.” If he had done the safe thing and waited, the country might have gone to far in the wrong direction that it wasn’t recoverable. He had to try, he had to face the fear and go on. Today, too, was a “fierce urgency of now” moment. History shows that when a great tragedy occurs, you generally have only one month before people become distracted, before the fierce urgency is lost. So he had to do it, for the sake of the little children and because this is when the great American public is still paying attention, is still sick about the senseless deaths. The backlash will be fierce and he will be called every name in the book by every pseudo macho gun obsessed looney in the land. But today Barack Obama proved that there is only one truly brave person in this country and we are blessed to have him as our president.

  46. 96 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    For those who missed the speech, I’ll post my live tweets. It was breathtakingly powerful. As POTUS, Pres. Obama keeps getting better.

  47. 99 Jessica
    January 16, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    The NRA has a commercial with Sasha and Malia in it? That’s crossing the line. I missed most of the press conference but it seemed very substantial.

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  49. 104 utaustinliberal
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  50. 107 utaustinliberal
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  51. 111 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm

  52. 112 Lovepolitics2008
    January 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I didn’t read all the comments so I’m probably repeating what has been said, but don’t you just love the fact that President Obama took the far right to school on what TRUE LIBERTY is, in the context of a SOCIETY.

    He always make his political opponents look so small.

  53. 113 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2013 at 12:39 pm

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  55. 115 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2013 at 12:40 pm

  56. 116 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2013 at 12:41 pm

  57. January 16, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    President Obama: You know, in the letter that Julia wrote me, she said “I know that laws have to be passed by Congress, but I beg you to try very hard.”
    – – –
    This is the land of the free, and it always will be. As Americans we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights that no man or government can take away from us. But we’ve also long recognized, as our founders recognized, that with rights come responsibilities.

    Along with our freedom to live our lives as we will comes an obligation to allow others to do the same. We don’t live in isolation. We live in a society, a government for and by the people. We are responsible for each other. We have the right to worship freely and safely; that right was denied to Sikhs in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The right to assemble peacefully; that right was denied shoppers in Clackamas, Oregon, and moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado.

    That most fundamental set of rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, fundamental rights that were denied to college students at Virginia Tech and high school students at Columbine and elementary school students in Newtown; and kids on street corners in Chicago on too frequent basis to tolerate; and all the families who never imagined they’d lose a loved one to — to a bullet, those rights are at stake. We’re responsible.

    from the Declaration of Independence…

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

  58. 118 Betsy
    January 16, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I am so proud of President Obama, and I am so afraid of the darkness that is the NRA, and some of it’s rabid supporters. I am afraid that they will try to assassinate PBO now as a result of these efforts, especially if they are seen to be successful. I am praying that the secret service, the military, and anyone else involved in keeping PBO and his family safe, do their job diligently. Sorry to be such a downer, but I can’t help thinking of our history. 😦

    • 119 jackiegrumbacher
      January 16, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Betsy, we have to follow PBO as a model of fearlessness. We’re all afraid, but I’ll bet the Secret Service is geared up for this and Homeland Security is on the job. Keep praying. This kind of fear is exactly what the NRA and its goons are counting on. Paralyze us with fear and get us to do nothing. PBO just said no. So should we.

      • 120 jacquelineoboomer
        January 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm

        I agree. We have to summon up our own individual courage, forget what could happen (no matter how hard that is), and move forward – not in fear, but with resolve. We are like the pioneers of old who want a stake in our country and need to build better roads to take us there. Surely if they could do what they did, we can do what we must.

      • 121 PoliticalJunkessa
        January 16, 2013 at 1:12 pm

        Amen Jackie, JOB and cookemom. I refuse to satisfy their fear-mongering. No fear. Forward.

      • 122 nathkatun7
        January 16, 2013 at 8:04 pm

        Well said Jackie G!

    • 123 cookemom
      January 16, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      PBO has been aware of this since the day he decided to run for President. He has accepted that challenge and has said he comes from a place of doing what’s right. He and his family have sacrificed in serving our country. He stands tall among those who would do him harm, and taller among those who support him. He doesn’t govern from a position of fear. His universe is for the good of all people, including his enemies. There is no reason to voice those fears into the universe. Each person must continue to do whatever they do in calling upon their powers that be, to protect him and all of us.

      • January 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm

        Thank you to both of you. You are right. I must not give into fear, but be confident and supportive. Thanks again.

        • 125 cookemom
          January 16, 2013 at 1:36 pm

          No problem Betsy, we’ve all had nail biting times for PBO. When that happens, it’s good to know that TODville is a place we can come for support and assurance. Hey, it’s the same place we gather to join each other on the naughty mats. The great over the top swooning feelings as well as overly cautious concerned feelings are what makes us TODsters.

    • 126 PoliticalJunkessa
      January 16, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      I hope this is the last time you will voice those fears on this blog. Be blessed.

      • 127 Betsy
        January 16, 2013 at 1:16 pm

        “the last time”??? I have never expressed these views before and thanks to others above am choosing to be positive. I did not mean to offend you by expressing my fears. I am sorry. I will revert back to just writing short sentences of support and keep my feelings to myself.

        • 128 carolyn
          January 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm

          I think she probably meant this is, hopefully, the last time you will feel so fearful. We will keep you encouraged. These are indeed perilous times, but good does prevail. I firmly believe that. I know that President Obama is doing the right thing, and that there is a “Mighty cloud of witnesses” praying for his protection in many different ways and in many different places. Keep your courage up.
          This is a test for the entire country, not him. We know where he is and what he stands for. We all need to stand tall and with him and the VP, for the future of the country.
          He hit all the right notes, and will be hacked at by all of the same people……their tales are getting old, and many more people are catching on and refusing to be persuaded by the fear.
          We will, as a country, come through this time, and be a better country afterwards.

  59. January 16, 2013 at 12:47 pm

  60. January 16, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    VIA: https://prospect.org/article/president-obama-announces-action-gun-control-23-new-executive-orders

    This afternoon, President Obama announced a package of proposals to reduce gun violence. These are executive actions, not legislation, and will—among other things—strengthen law enforcement efforts against gun crime, encourage more stringent background checks, and provide resources for gun safety. Here is the full list:

    1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
    2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
    3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
    4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
    5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
    6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
    7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
    8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
    9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

    • January 16, 2013 at 12:50 pm


      10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
      11. Nominate an ATF director.
      12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
      13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
      14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
      15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.
      16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
      17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
      18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

  61. January 16, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    • January 16, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      These letters, provided by the White House, from children, from left, Julia, 11, of Washington; Grant, 8, of Maryland, and Taejah, 10 of Georgia; ask President Barack Obama to change gun laws. On Wednesday, when the president makes his long-awaited announcement of proposals to reduce gun violence, he will be joined by Grant, Tajeah and other children from across the U.S. who expressed their concerns about gun violence and school safety to the one person they think can make a difference: the president. (AP Photo/White House)

    • January 16, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      found their names!

      From left to right: Hinna Zeejah, 8, Taejah Goode, 10, Julia Stokes, 11, and Grant Fritz, 8, who wrote letters to President Barack Obama about the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., watch as Obama signs executive orders outlining proposals to reduce gun violence, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

      • 142 dotster3
        January 16, 2013 at 1:15 pm

        And did you see the clip of vile Rush mocking these kids, imitating them crying, saying, “I’m a little child, please don’t kill me, boo hoo hoo”? It may be the ugliest piece of media tape I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen ugly. Revolting.

        • 143 anniebella
          January 16, 2013 at 1:28 pm

          dotster3, the only time I see anything about that sicko Limbaugh is when the people on MSNBC show him, and I think they show him to darn much sometimes. But I refuse to go out of my way to listen to that whale of a sicko.

          • 144 cookemom
            January 16, 2013 at 1:46 pm

            I sure agree with that. they are so obessed with this blow-heart, they give him just what he wants, more eyeballs and ears. same with the nra video on sasha and malia. it is being looped on msnbc, yet it was never televised by the nra. it was a web video. i think we need to know what’s out there, but why do their job for them all day long?

        • January 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm

          “I’m not scared for my safety, I’m scared for others. I have four brothers and sisters, and I know I would not be able to bear the thought of losing any of them.” —Julia Stokes, 11; in a letter to President Obama after Newtown

        • 146 nathkatun7
          January 16, 2013 at 8:17 pm

          It’s sad that this cowardly and useless piece of crap is allowed to pollute the public airways. Besides running off his ugly mouth, and being paid millions, what exactly has Rush Limbaugh ever done for the good of the country? I think it’s time again to target his sponsors and boycott their businesses.

  62. 147 Bill
    January 16, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Marco Rubio just said PBO is “abusing” his powers.

    • 148 Bill
      January 16, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Rubio is nothing but an opportunist with no values at all. And some in the GOP think he is their future.

      • 149 anniebella
        January 16, 2013 at 1:24 pm

        Remember Bill these are the same folks who at some point of time thought Herman Cain, Bachmann, Newt, Perry, Paul, Santorum, and Romney were their future, so why not the tea party piece of crap Marco Rubio.

      • 150 Sam UK Obama Supporter
        January 16, 2013 at 3:45 pm

        Not wanting to sound inane but, F*** Rubio. What about the sicko’s who want to abuse and take away a person’s fundamental rights, especially their right to life. I think PBO is incredible and what he has said and done today just goes to prove that he really is the right President for these times, strong, compassionate, insightful and determined to do the right thing for America.

    • 151 proudofobama
      January 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Oh, eff that chubby-faced fraud.

    • 152 cookemom
      January 16, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      Cubans in Florida went for Obama. Rubio came to office on the backs of teabutts. they are not happy with him now. he will go the way of the Scott Brown contingency. they loved him when he said what they wanted to hear, they’ll dump him now that he’s talking immigration. Say g’nite Rube

    • 153 yardarm756
      January 16, 2013 at 2:58 pm


  63. 154 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2013 at 12:56 pm

  64. 156 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm

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  66. 159 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2013 at 1:01 pm


  67. 160 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Beau Biden is on CNN and calls the NRA ad about Pres. Obama’s children “out of bounds” “out of touch” and shows that they are not in step with the mainstream society. Says citizens unfortunately know why presidents and their families require Secret Service protection and to target the president’s family is unconscionable.

  68. 162 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    This is the white house’s website on preventing gun violence.


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  70. 165 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2013 at 1:11 pm

  71. January 16, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    True ….

  72. January 16, 2013 at 1:12 pm

  73. 168 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 16, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Chips — this is a long-shot request, but I’m asking anyway. 😛

    Would you consider a ban on fear of assassination talk here?

    • 169 amk for obama
      January 16, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      Never a good idea. /Al Giordano

      • 170 4morefor44
        January 16, 2013 at 1:46 pm

        well, i used to read his “field” blog when he was writing a lot there, and he censored his comments. stuff is already moderated here and i wish it would be even more so the comments aren’t filling with whining about whatever joe scarboroough or chris matthews says today, so i’m all for banning that kind of talk. aren’t we all very aware of that issue already?!? all it serves to do is spread worry and doubt, which diminishes momentum of the obama movement.

  74. January 16, 2013 at 1:15 pm

  75. 172 sherijr
    January 16, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    When President Obama talks of perfecting our union- he means it. He continues not only to raise the bar on himself, on The Presidency itself.. but on us, the people of this nation- always always reminding us that we can do better- and always in such a way that is marked by common sense, by decency. This is no preacher.. he is our guide, a northstar. People tweet after nearly every speech, every statement by this President: “never been prouder”, “THIS is Leadership”This is the President I love” and on and on… But the truth is that this President has the same stripes, the same stance, the same behavior he has had since he came into our sight- a man of leadership, a man of true vision who responds to the needs, wants of the majority of the people of this nation.. something I do NOT recall any President so purposely doing. He is attentive, he is aware, he is savvy, his humanity, his human character drives his moral code, he is a DOER, he has courage and whats more he really does inspire the rest of us to be just as courageous..just as moral.. imo. I have never admired or respected any one person as much as I do him. period.

  76. 182 carolyn
    January 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I wrote Brian Williams castigating him for having Jim Inhofe (one of my senators……) on immediately following the President. I told him that was obscene and Inhofe is not worthy to be in the same room as the President! I asked him why he is becoming a propagandist for the far right, and informed him that because of this, he is losing credibility.
    I had to walk out of the room just before Inhofe came on, I CANNOT STAND HIM!!! My husband stayed and listened. He said he had little to say, just tried to dispute some data. The man is not bright, he is just a tool of big insurance and the NRA. This is what we have to put up with in our state. Our governor is no better.

    • 183 Chi
      January 16, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      Good for you Carolyn…

      We should challenge them, call them out…

      Especially those of them with a semblance of a conscience and the potential for introspection – and to do better…

  77. 184 dotster3
    January 16, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Contact your congress people—–urge them to support these common sense gun safety measures—–beg hard if you have to, shame them if you can—–ask them what is more impt., the grade A from the NRA or giving parents some peace of mind and doing all he/she can to keep our children safe.

  78. January 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Useful ….

  79. 186 amk for obama
    January 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm


    “This will be difficult,” he said.

    “There will be pundits and politicians and special interest lobbyists publicly warning of a tyrannical all-out assault on liberty, not because that’s true, but because they want to gin up fear or higher ratings or revenue for themselves.

    The parents of Dylan Hockley, killed at Sandy Hook, spoke to the BBC

    “And behind the scenes, they’ll do everything they can to block any common-sense reform and make sure nothing changes whatsoever.”


    GObama. Bravo.

  80. January 16, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Another piece of evidence in the meme of the coming GOP civil war:

  81. 188 dotster3
    January 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    MSNBC/Andrea Mitchell now has on a Gun Owners of America rep. on to dispute all of what Obama proposed. She’s trying to push back on his ugly nonsense—-sortof—-but why give him the platform——where is it written that you always have to give air time to the nuttiest among us? That media practice has proven so damaging and prevents the bare truth from being told to the public. The guy now is defending the NRA using the Obama girls in the ad. These people are roadkill.

    • 189 anniebella
      January 16, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      What do you all expect from Mrs. Alan Greenspan? I will watch Martin Bashir, Rev. Al, Ed, O’Donnell, and some time Rachel, and every now and then Matthews.

  82. 191 Dudette
    January 16, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Hi Everybody! Did anything interesting happen in the news today? 😀

  83. 194 Dudette
    January 16, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Great article that overseasgranny mention in a tweet from last night. Very encouraging Alzheimer’s research!

  84. 195 amk for obama
    January 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Take to the twitter/FB and other social media. Call out any media thug shilling for nra and gun nuts.

  85. 196 xtine
    January 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    [From Smartypants! And some encouragement from Rev. Lowery.]:

    […..] As our history shows us, this small group of fearful racists can do a lot of damage. We’re seeing some of that unfold as the President begins to discuss a very courageous agenda on gun control today. So what should our response be to all of that? To have his back like we’ve never done before and to continue to believe in “good crazy.”

    Lots more here: http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/01/and-now-were-down-to-racism.html

  86. 197 Dudette
    January 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    SMDH! Raise your hand if you’re surprised by this guy’s suggestion.

  87. 199 a4alice
    January 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm

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