“Be bold, be courageous”


President Barack Obama meets with Chief of Staff Jack Lew in the Oval Office, Jan. 31, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



115 Responses to ““Be bold, be courageous””

  1. 1 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 1, 2013 at 12:52 am

    (((((((Chips))))))))))))) Was just about to sign off

  2. 7 carolmaewy
    February 1, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Congrats Alycee.

  3. 10 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 1, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Here is a soothing jazz link — open link, press red button. http://thejazzgroove.com/

  4. 12 theo67
    February 1, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Just watching the “West Wing Week”, and I can’t believe the President gets so much done in just a few short days. Last week, he was being celebrated with his inauguration! And seeing the ending with the basketball folks – he really likes to trash talk, doesn’t he? 🙂

    • February 1, 2013 at 2:03 am

      He just moves smoothly from room to room. He is busy but how does he keep track of all the information he needs to have ready at each meeting? Every speech he reads sounds like he prepared it. He likes to make every event personal to the participants.Those qualities are what amaze me the most about him and make him eternally endearing. Trash talk from him is sweet.

    • 16 utaustinliberal
      February 1, 2013 at 6:55 am

      Hahahahaha….yeah. He does love to trash talk. The video of he and Clark Kellog playing a game of horse (basketball) at the white house is hilarious. He has skills but his mouth just kept running. 😆

    • 17 anniebella
      February 1, 2013 at 10:24 am

      I remember Robert McAdoo at the University of North Carolina, he played for the great coach Dean Smith and POTUS is right McAdoo could shoot.

  5. February 1, 2013 at 1:09 am

    • 20 theo67
      February 1, 2013 at 2:32 am

      This was great – but, honestly, I didn’t know half the places she visited… It says something about this Administration that they visited so many far off places that barely register on the map. Wonderful!

    • February 1, 2013 at 6:32 am

      LOVELY, lovelyplains. thanks for the wonderful wake up

    • 22 jackiegrumbacher
      February 1, 2013 at 7:32 am

      Wow! I can’t imagine a more exhausting job than constantly traveling to different cultures and always being “on.” She’s had to instantly adapt to different climates, languages, foods, expectations and all the time keep negotiating policy and building alliances. I hope she takes a nice long rest, does some things for herself for a change and then takes a deep think about whether or not she wants to subject herself to the grind of campaigning and governing.

  6. 23 xtine
    February 1, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Darn, I finally get here after getting caught back there in the last post @ my comment to Bobfr & then DF finding the song I mentioned! Love that song too, DF! Had 2 listen 2 it a few times. Phew! Pardon me, Westcoast TODers, but it was Eddie Kendricks’ Keep on Truckin’ and remember Ruffin? OK & GN!

  7. 24 99ts
    February 1, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Hello Chips, hello night owls, wtg Alycee. I spent most of the day with my daughter and grandbaby – heaven in a very small package. I have NO idea how the Sandy Hook parents are coping – I could not.

    I am now about to listen to Gov Patrick explain why the pundits got it wrong.

  8. February 1, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Today, we witnessed the polar opposite of ‘bold and courageous’ from the Senate GOP …

    We have a Congress that likely does not have the capacity to even do this …

    But, make no mistake how evil the forces against us (humanity) are …

    We are the ones who must be ‘bold and courageous’ because we are the only ones who have proven we can overcome vast amounts of hate and incredible amounts of $$$ to elect, not once but twice, a truly empathetic, ethical, and decisive leader – President Barack Hussein Obama.

    Yes We Can

    • February 1, 2013 at 1:59 am

      Time for some rest …

      Thank you, Chips, once again for this very special community you created.


    • 29 nathkatun7
      February 1, 2013 at 2:20 am

      Bob, as always, great tweets! As Gabby said, “too many children are dying” as a result of a few people’s obsession about guns. We the people, who make up the majority, must rise up and put pressure on Congress to enact sensible laws that will put an end to the senseless killings. Yes indeed: “Guns Kill People.”

      I am sick and tired of people who think that the entire U.S. Constitution is all about the 2nd Amendment, which, I contend, is misinterpreted. Just as the 1st Amendment (and all Amendments for that matter) is subject to regulated limitations the same should be true of the 2nd Amendment. For example: You can’t falsely “yell fire in a crowded theater” just because you have the 1st Amendment freedom of speech. Likewise, lawmakers as well as courts, routinely regulate the people’s 1st Amendment right to “peaceably assemble to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Just try to stage a disruptive protest without permit and see if the courts (or the Congress for that matter) agree that you have unlimited 1st Amendment right to protest in any manner you chose.

  9. February 1, 2013 at 1:54 am

    A late night post! What a treat with pics too. Thanks Chips.

  10. 33 jacquelineoboomer
    February 1, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Dear Stupid Pundits on Teevee,

    You really expected Chuck Hagel, the nominee of No Drama Obama, to answer questions at a Senate hearing of former colleagues who are now out to get you because of that association, to stand up and say back after the rude and disgusting and despicable questioning, meant to not allow you to get in one word of rational thought, “This is bull shit! Quit talking to me like this! I’m going to talk over you!” ~ and then expect them to vote for your confirmation? Really?

    Do you not think that Hagel was properly primed not to react in such a manner by a team of White House advisers?

    For those of you pundits who maybe have gone to three or four job interviews in your lives, if that, and probably sat there shaking in your boots, with sweaty palms, hoping you didn’t have to run out and use the restroom before the interview was over, I hereby call you out for your usual idiocy. This is not a teevee show about reality. This is reality. Assholes.

    Most sincerely NOT,
    Normal People

    • 34 theo67
      February 1, 2013 at 2:30 am

      Pundits really are stupid.

      • 35 jacquelineoboomer
        February 1, 2013 at 2:34 am

        Every time the pundits appear on these shows, there should be a debriefing or “lessons learned” report on how they did. The people facing them should be members of the viewing public. The resulting “grade” should be either (1) Shape up, or (2) Ship out!

    • 42 nathkatun7
      February 1, 2013 at 2:32 am

      Bravo, JO! I know most of us get fixated about the utter insanity coming out of the Republican party, but, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest threat to our country is the mainstream media that revels in sensationalism and propaganda instead of objectively reporting news based on facts.

    • 45 Bill
      February 1, 2013 at 7:42 am

      Jacquelienoboomer, well said. I hope more people defend Chuck Hagel today.

    • 46 jackiegrumbacher
      February 1, 2013 at 7:44 am

      JOB, fortunately, I don’t watch pundits because, frankly, there is enough hatred and ignorance in the world without subjecting myself to more. From what I’ve seen the one behaving himself with dignity was Chuck Hagel. The Repub senators revealed themselves to be low, vindictive ugly creatures. And, frankly, stupid. While they constantly fan dance for the bigoted few, the rest of the US gape in horror at the creatures who are supposed to represent all Americans in the Senate. We need a massive wake up in this country to the horrors that years of Democratic passivity have created and I hope every time these guys parade their despicable natures in this flagrant way, a few more Americans rub the sleep from their eyes and really see.

  11. 48 jacquelineoboomer
    February 1, 2013 at 2:27 am

    I wasn’t able to comment on the previous post for some reason, or catch up, but did anybody else see and discuss the Sandy Hook emergency room doctor who testified in CT on behalf of gun control? If I can find the video tomorrow (from Ed’s show, perhaps?), I’ll post it. He said that in 20 years of working in the E.R., he had never broken out in tears before as a medical doctor, until he saw all of the gun victims from the school … it was compelling testimony, and should be aired for all Americans to see, in my opinion.

    • 49 theo67
      February 1, 2013 at 2:29 am

      It must have been terrible. The same for the police who had to enter the school after the shooting. It’s hard to even think about it.

      • 50 jacquelineoboomer
        February 1, 2013 at 2:32 am

        Yes, it’s not just the individual families that will never forget this tragedy. It’s their whole community.

        And it should be all of us, not just some of us.

        • 51 theo67
          February 1, 2013 at 2:33 am

          This is true, Jacq!

        • February 1, 2013 at 2:56 am

          I remember when one journalist reported on the Sandusky story and he was very explicit about what actually occurred. Until people get details they are sometimes not able to even imagine what was done. When I read his piece and listened to testimony from the trial, it was shocking. From my imagination of a little locker room inappropriateness to the horror of reality was a huge step. I cried for days over those poor children subjected to that abuse. In Newtown, to first imagine the scenario as a single shot killing those kids to a wholescale massacre 1930’s style with multiple gun shot wounds doesn’t lessen all the other losses but it does provide a huge wakeup call to the reality of what a horrific event occured that day. The stories from first responders need to be told and heard.

    • 53 nathkatun7
      February 1, 2013 at 3:05 am

      To be honest, Jacque O, I really don’t know where Doctors, Police, and Firefighters, get all the human strength to deal with such horrendous and unspeakable human suffering. Although I did not personally witness the Sandy Hook slaughter of children, I still can’t get over the horror of imagining what those 6 and 7 year old children went through. Next to the parents of those precious children I am sure the first responders (Police, firefighters, doctors, and teachers) are paying an enormous price of having to deal with that horror. This is what angers me the most when I see and hear all these gun obsessed people, who have no direct experience with the level of horror that took place at Sandy Hook, going on-and-on, about the 2nd Amendment.

      By the way, when it comes to the 2nd Amendment, I even disagree with my beloved President who I respect so much. There is no where in the text of the 2nd Amendment where the right to own guns is conferred to individuals. I of course understand where the President is coming from. The reality is that the Supreme Court ruled in “Heller” that the Amendment conferred the right to own guns on individuals. The Court also said that that right can be subjected to sensible regulation. As President, my beloved President Obama has no choice but follow the rulings of the Supreme Court.

    • 54 Lynn
      February 1, 2013 at 3:12 am

      I saw some bits and pieces while I was tending the wood stoves, jacqueline. I thought I was going to be sick watching the horror in his face.

    • 55 99ts
      February 1, 2013 at 3:28 am

      I saw it on the last word – he received a standing ovation – in his 20 years in ER – never was it like this. He also begged that mental health funding – not be cut – again. He wants to be able to talk to his patients about guns – he wants real research – which has not been done because of the “gun lobby”.

    • 57 desertflower
      February 1, 2013 at 8:03 am

      I saw that on LOD last night. I broke down in tears. Sobbing tears.

    • 58 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      February 1, 2013 at 8:57 am

      Here is link to the complete public hearing:


  12. 61 theo67
    February 1, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Goodness – almost midnight, and my eyes are rolling. Good night all! Tomorrow’s Friday and Barack Obama is our President!!

  13. 66 Ceb
    February 1, 2013 at 5:45 am

    Two special moments in WWW to cherish: Gabby with the palms of her hands on PBO’s face as they embrace ( they have formed a special bond) and the moment when Steve Kroft attempted to greet Hillary first, not even looking at the president, but she put an immediate stop to that by gesturing for the idiot to defer to the president first which is protocol.
    Our energizer bunny PBO gets so much done and looks great doing it. Each act shows another aspect of his very appealing personality.

  14. 67 dotster3
    February 1, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Oh no—-explosion with casualties at U.S. Embassy in Turkey—-said to be suicide bomber.

    • 68 amk for obama
      February 1, 2013 at 7:54 am

      In today’s BBC FP

      Deadly blast at US embassy Ankara

      Search for Mexico blast survivors

      China highway falls after explosion

      Suicide attack on Pakistan Shia mosque

      The world is turning is crazier by the day.

  15. February 1, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Morning all. Thanks for the birthday wishes yesterday.

    Hearing that there was an explosion at the U.S. Embassy in Turkey. Praying for the diplomats out there.

  16. 79 desertflower
    February 1, 2013 at 8:13 am

    For those that haven’t seen this ER doctor that cared for the children from the Sandy Hook massacre….this is a MUST SEE. Pass it along!


  17. 81 JER
    February 1, 2013 at 8:16 am

  18. 82 Dudette
    February 1, 2013 at 8:31 am

  19. 84 Dudette
    February 1, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Obama to hit road to push gun violence plan

    US President Barack Obama will hit the road Monday to appear with local leaders and law enforcement officials in Minnesota to push his plan to cut gun violence, which faces a tough road in Congress.

    Obama will visit Minneapolis, a city that has taken steps to tackle firearms violence, including a background check system similar to one the president is proposing for the entire country.

    The president has taken 23 executive actions and challenged Congress to pass new laws, including renewing a ban on assault weapons and closing loopholes that permit 40 percent of gun sales to take place without background checks… [more in the article]

  20. 85 desertflower
    February 1, 2013 at 8:42 am


    MISS: Just 157K New Payrolls Added In January, But HUGE Upward Revisions To December And November

    The jobs report is out for January, and on the headline it’s a slight miss.
    157K new jobs is below the consensus estimates of 165K.
    The unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9%.
    But the report had a lot of good news as well. Last month was revised higher, from 155K to 196K.
    And November was revised even higher, from 161K to 247K!

  21. 87 Dudette
    February 1, 2013 at 8:51 am

  22. 88 utaustinliberal
    February 1, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Fantastic news.

  23. 90 utaustinliberal
    February 1, 2013 at 9:02 am


  24. 91 Dudette
    February 1, 2013 at 9:04 am

    • 92 Melanie
      February 1, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Loved the Dr. Seuss poem and Jon Stewart was right. Trying to do anything to ingratiate yourself to haters is a fools errand.

  25. 93 utaustinliberal
    February 1, 2013 at 9:09 am


  26. 95 Dudette
    February 1, 2013 at 9:13 am

  27. 96 utaustinliberal
    February 1, 2013 at 9:28 am

  28. 98 Dudette
    February 1, 2013 at 9:29 am

  29. 99 Dudette
    February 1, 2013 at 9:31 am

  30. 100 utaustinliberal
    February 1, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Jay Carney is kicking ass this morning.

  31. 103 Dudette
    February 1, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Love this woman!

  32. 104 utaustinliberal
    February 1, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I freaking love TOD’ers. Smarts…smarts…smarts.

  33. 105 utaustinliberal
    February 1, 2013 at 9:37 am

    More good news.

  34. 106 hopefruit2
    February 1, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I’m glad to see that Jay Carney is responding directly to Boner’s ridiculous claims, and not leaving it up to the GOPMedia to accurately point out facts. I expect the DOW to cross the 14K line at some point today – and probably even remain there through the closing.

    • 107 Ladyhawke
      February 1, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Exactly HF. None of the lazy media stenographers will have the journalistic integrity to challenge SINO Boehner about his DO NOTHING record and refusal to bring up The American Jobs Act. The very fact that this man can send out a tweet, a press release or stand in front of a camera and make such inane statements (and still be treated as a credible opposition party) is a travesty. He’s just talkin loud and sayin nothin. And please spare me the crocodile tears about the jobs council. Some of the jackals were harping on this nonsense yesterday at the briefing. They were wringing their hands about the jobs council (aka carrying water for the GOP) and there was not a word spoken about GOP obstruction and job creation. It’s as if congress has no responsibility to govern. It was a pathetic display. But par for the course.

  35. 108 hopefruit2
    February 1, 2013 at 9:44 am

  36. 109 carolyn
    February 1, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I know it’s yesterday’s news, but after watching and assessing yesterday’s repulsive Senate hearings…….I can see that the only purpose of the Three Stooges (McCain, Inhofe and Graham) was to JUSTIFY THE IRAQ WAR!. Hagel wouldn’t bite, so they had tantrums….most disgusting display of Senators’ bad behavior since McCarthy. What Cruz’s purpose was, who knows. Probably just getting his face on TV. He is a celebrity seeking sociopath.

  37. February 1, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Omigosh, could he be any cuter???

  38. 115 99ts
    February 1, 2013 at 9:58 am

    As everyone thought
    “John Kerry said that President Barack Obama offered him the post a week before United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration”

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