President Obama Speaks at House Democratic Issues Conference

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President Obama arrives to make remarks to the House Democratic Issues Conference at the Lansdowne Resort in Virginia, February 7

125 Responses to “President Obama Speaks at House Democratic Issues Conference”

  1. 1 carolmaewy
    February 7, 2013 at 6:30 pm


  2. February 7, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Congrats caolaewy

  3. 11 Roberta in MN
    February 7, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Congrats on 1st carolmaew, watching our President on S-Span right now. Thanks for posting Chips.

  4. 16 Betsy
    February 7, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Good afternoon folks. Congrats on first carolmaewy.

  5. 18 Betsy
    February 7, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    By the way, is there any word on the Q&A after this? CSPAN did not cover this. Not sure if the cameras were allowed.

  6. February 7, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Top 10! Where’s my prize?

  7. February 7, 2013 at 6:39 pm

  8. 26 dotster3
    February 7, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Ah, there’s Andrea Mitchell on Nightly News giving a real slanted, negative report on the Brennan hearings. Business as usual with her. She wrapped it up by saying Brennan is a good friend of President Obama and is likely to be approved, frustrating many who still have many questions about the use of drones and torture.

    • 27 theo67
      February 7, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      I saw a poll this morning that 83% of Americans approve of the use of torture, given that they protect the troops and make use of advanced technology. Plus, Diane Feinstein mentioned the lower incidences of civilian casualties. Plus, most people trust President Obama and his judgement, but want assurances that future unscrupulous presidents won’t abuse those rights (given that President Obama is a one-in-a-million kind of President…). Perfectly legitimate. The only people with their hair on fire with unreasonable questions are the extremists and the media.

    • 33 carolmaewy
      February 7, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      She was a target of mine this morning. If she sees it.

  9. February 7, 2013 at 6:47 pm

  10. 36 whatisworking
    February 7, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Great Speech

    So glad we have it hear to listen to in it’s entirety, instead of the news clip shared by MSM

    encouraging quote of the day

    “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
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  11. February 7, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Is the President even going to have a Cabinet??

    Sessions warns Lew’s nomination to Treasury at risk over Medicare trigger

    By Pete Kasperowicz
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Thursday criticized the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for failing to answer questions about Treasury Secretary nominee Jack Lew’s failure to propose legislation to shore up Medicare, and said this failure could put Lew’s nomination at risk.

    Sessions wrote to OMB over the weekend asking why it has not proposed a bill to deal with the shortfall in Medicare funding despite current law that requires the administration to propose a legislative fix when funding problems are identified.

    • 40 theo67
      February 7, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      Goodness – I wish we could put their positions at risk over things that were so inconsequential. Why does everything have to be a threat to the extreme? Why can’t they just ask for it? Everything is a tantrum.

      • 41 carolyn
        February 7, 2013 at 7:41 pm

        These Republican senators are like wounded animals. They know they lost, they resent the president and the majority he has crafted, so they’re striking out in any way they can. They don’t realize and can’t see that the more they act this way, the more sympathy and respect they build for the president. Their smartest strategy would be to let the hearings go nicely, vote quickly without objections, then blame him and the cabinet for everything. The American people will blame them again and still for obstruction and gridlock. Their actions make the president look better and better. Once again they are shooting themselves.

  12. 42 yardarm756
    February 7, 2013 at 6:51 pm


    If one has sex with a prostitute against her will, is it considered rape or shoplifting?

    Can you cry under water?

    How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

    Why do you have to ‘put your two cents in’… but it’s only a ‘penny for your thoughts’? Where’s that extra penny going to?

    Once you’re in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?

    What disease did cured ham actually have?

    How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

    Why is it that people say they ‘slept like a baby’ when babies wake up like every two hours?

    If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

    Why do doctors leave the room while you change?
    They’re going to see you naked anyway…

    Why is ‘bra’ singular and ‘panties’ plural?

    If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?

    If the professor on Gilligan’s Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can’t he fix a hole in a boat?

    If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

    If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

    Why do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

    Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

    Why do they call it an asteroid when it’s outside the hemisphere, but call it a hemorrhoid when it’s in your butt?

    Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog’s face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

    Why, Why, Why

    Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

    Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?

    Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?

    Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

    Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

    Whose idea was it to put an ‘S’ in the word ‘lisp’?

    Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?

    Is there ever a day that mattresses
    are not on sale?

    Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

    Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

    How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?

    Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that’s falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?

    How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?

    And my FAVORITE………

    The statistics on sanity say that one out of every four persons are suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends — if they’re okay, then it’s you. 😆 😆 😆

    • 43 utaustinliberal
      February 7, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA….I totally did one of the above. After reading about the Alphabet song and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star song, I began singing them in my head and then read the next line and burst out laughing.

    • 47 theo67
      February 7, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      OMG – these are hilarious! I did the vacuum cleaner one just yesterday! Thanks for the laughs.

    • 49 jacquelineoboomer
      February 7, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      Oh, thanks so much, now they’re going to HAUNT all of the rest of us!

      (There was once a yellow paint color – I forget the brand – called Jimmy Crack Corn. I called a paint store to see if they had it in stock. A real cheerful guy answered and asked me to hold on a minute, so he could check. You could hear him in the background singing that song until he came back and cheerfully told me they had it. The guy seemed to love his job. And the next day, it was up on me wall. No idea why I’m mentioning this, because I’m not sure anybody cares, even Jimmy, and, least of all, you. Moving along.)

  13. 52 vitaminlover
    February 7, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Rev. Al is discussing obesity and Christie. Thank God our beloved President is so sexy-slim.

    • 53 anniebella
      February 7, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      Yea, but they mention POTUS smoking

      • 54 vitaminlover
        February 7, 2013 at 7:24 pm

        They shall get over that.

        • 55 carolyn
          February 7, 2013 at 7:43 pm

          That comment was just by Dana Milbank, the one who cannot stop his snark. He’s the nasty kid in the class who thinks he makes himself look better by making someone else look worse. Did you see the expressions on Joe’s and Rev. Al’s faces? I hope Dana did. He had to say “Sneak a smoke” Does he live in the White House? I think not.

    • 57 theo67
      February 7, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Even if Chris Christie was to lose 200 lbs by 2016 election season, he’d still be running on the same policies. If they focus on his weight as a limiting factor, then when he beats that weight hurdle, will he be qualified to run the world? The President was qualified when he smoked, and just proved the point by quitting smoking during a period of extreme stress. People elected him because of his policies – not his smoking habits. Pundits need to stop being so shallow.

      • 58 vitaminlover
        February 7, 2013 at 7:24 pm

        Spot on!

        • 59 carolyn
          February 7, 2013 at 7:45 pm

          Christie is mean. His response to the doctor shows that. His policies are mean. I think his weight is covering what he is right now. His true self will come out if he decided to run. That campaign shows people up for what they are.

  14. February 7, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    30″ of snow tonight in Boston.
    Hunker down People!

  15. 62 PoliticalJunkessa
    February 7, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Ha, I’ve been to Lansdowne for a weekend retreat before — not a bad site for corporate-type gatherings. *random*

  16. 63 desertflower
    February 7, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Can we do immigration reform now??!!! http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/20130207arizona-border-apprehensions-statistics.html

    Border Patrol apprehensions in Arizona lowest in 19 years

  17. February 7, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Admittedly, this is not the biggest issue of the day, but it’s cat-astrophic.

    Any cat experts out there? Help!

    Okay, a cat abandoned by the turds who used to live next door – and then moved and left her behind – has been living in my garden for, oh, about seven years now.

    Even in the coldest of weather, she won’t come in to the house, I tried once and she freaked until I let her out again.

    So, she has what I like to call a penthouse apartment in the garden – well, a small dog kennel type thingie.

    And she’s happily slept in it for years.

    But! A bruiser of a tom cat has turned up in the garden – at first he only seemed interested in her food, but now the despot is trying to throw her out of her penthouse. She’s so afraid of him she’s taken to sleeping in another garden the last couple of nights – in the open air and cold.

    (She obviously had a job done on her by her owners, no kittens have ever appeared, so I assume this isn’t a love thing).

    I just went out to investigate and the despot was sitting on top of her penthouse, and she was gone.

    You know what he did? He turned around and wiggled his bottom at me.

    I’m not kidding. He WIGGLED his bottom at me.

    So, I went running after him, howling loudly, arms waving, he ran, but then reappeared behind me, in a ‘na, na, na, na’ kind of way.

    This is war.

    How do I make this despot go away so our cat can move back in to her penthouse, short of me sleeping in a tent outside so I can keep watch?


    • 65 desertflower
      February 7, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Grab the nasty despot, put him a cat carrier, and bring him to the closest no kill shelter you can find…and give them a donation of money or food. She may have had her litters out in the wild and they died or became feral themselves…if you can afford it, get her neutered….even if she doesn’t want to come in your house and be “officially” yours:)

      • 66 desertflower
        February 7, 2013 at 7:00 pm

        Want me to ship my coyote to you:) ??

      • February 7, 2013 at 7:02 pm

        Excellent advice, df! Exactly what I’d do (btw, we’ve owned kitties for decades, but they’ve always been indoor residents given the places where we’ve lived).

      • February 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm

        Thank you DF!

        The thing is, the despot looks really well looked after, so I’m guessing he belongs to someone, he doesn’t seem feral. I’ll see if I can find out who owns him … at which point, dunno.

        I’m almost certain our cat has been neutered, she’s never, well, attracted the attention of local boy cats, and she’s hardly ever left the garden until now – so I doubt she’s ever had kittens. She’s wacky and lovely, really friendly and – yes – funny! This is driving me nuts!

        • 71 Pamela
          February 7, 2013 at 7:14 pm

          It is even pissier when this intruder cat is a housecat, not even hungry. It is war, and I am right there with you, Chips, as I am always having to spray at my neighbors cats for coming in my garden to heckle my birdies. NO ONE messes with my birdies.

          • February 7, 2013 at 7:21 pm

            He looks VERY well fed Pamela, if he was scrawny and starving I’d feel sorry for him. I just have a feeling he’s a horrible bully – although, I might be humanizing the situation a little too much!

        • 73 sherijr
          February 7, 2013 at 7:21 pm

          You could also spray a little water at him when you see him out there.. that could make the garden and the penthouse way less desirable to the ‘despot’. I love the way you write Chips 🙂

          • February 7, 2013 at 7:33 pm

            Ah Sherijr, I just looked out and he’s still there, no sign of my lady, I feel like using drones at this stage!

            But water it will be tomorrow!!!!

            • 75 sherijr
              February 7, 2013 at 9:41 pm

              loll.. no drones, no waterboarding… just a little spray everytime you see him 😉 hopefully he’s not lost, just hanging out… and he’ll move on and let your girl have her palace back.

    • 77 susanne
      February 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      a spray bottle of windex, set to the ‘stream’ function, will shoot an unpleasant smelling, wet reminder that he’s not wanted. a few days of vigilance and he should get the idea.

    • 81 Pamela
      February 7, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      Spray bottle with water, sometimes I add a little cedar stain remover. You spray and hiss at the same time, preferably when he shows you is hynie…. Aim right for it! He will not like being sprayed, eventually, if it goes on, you may be able to just do the hissing part, and leave off the water bottle. Anyway, he is doing what feral cats do, it’s pretty brutal for them.

      • February 7, 2013 at 7:12 pm

        Thank you Pamela, I’ll definitely try the spray thingie.

        As I said to DF, I don’t think he’s feral at all, he looks like he comes from a good home – clean, well fed, not remotely afraid of human types, etc.

        Thanks again.

        • 83 canadabarb4obama
          February 8, 2013 at 2:11 am

          I would add a bit of lemon to your spray bottle of water. Amazing results for poor behaviour. We uae it with houndbabies as well when they refuse to stop barking. After a couple times, they just see the bottle, no need to spray. The hissing mimics a snake and is what frightens them.

      • 84 carolmaewy
        February 7, 2013 at 7:19 pm

        Many animal shelters have free traps to borrow. Please don’t hurt him or her. I can give you many places that might help if these tactics don’t work. Do you live in an urban setting? Email if you want.

    • February 7, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      10 solutions to your problem, How to Get Rid of a Stray Cat http://www.ehow.com/how_5331435_rid-stray-cat.html TIP:Place a lost-and-found ad in your local newspaper. Some stray cats aren’t really strays at all — they’re pets that have wandered too far from home to find their way back. An ad accompanied by a good photo can get the cat back to its owner and off of your property.

    • 90 JER
      February 7, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      I would douse the despot with water hose when your cat is not around.

      • February 7, 2013 at 7:20 pm

        Just what I thought of JER when Susanne and Pamela mentioned spraying him ….. there’s a hose not far from the penthouse. I’ll probably end up more soaked than him, but I’ll give it a try tomorrow. Thank you JER!

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  20. February 7, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Ok, this is getting surreal. The ex-cop Dorner’s truck was found burned out in Big Bear, which is a mountain area outside of L.A. No sign of him. We have a real life Rambo on the loose.

    • 103 carolmaewy
      February 7, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      Is this near your home? Stay safe. He sounds worse than Rambo. Rambo had values.

      • February 7, 2013 at 7:38 pm

        Oh, Big Bear is about 90 minutes outside of the city. But it’s very popular.

        • 105 carolmaewy
          February 7, 2013 at 7:47 pm

          Do the authorities know about the fatigues and free pass week-end? Sounds like a huge area. Did they post his manifesto? The young woman he killed was so beautiful and accomplished from what I read. I always am full of questions. I’ll stop. People don’t like me because of it. Sorry. I’ll stop and lurk.

    • February 7, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      This is the extreme manifestation of our sick gun culture. A sick terrorist on the loose in the wilderness with a police force who do not know what’s next.

  21. February 7, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    And, he was last seen dressed in military fatigues, which is a bad thing: the area ski resorts are offering discounted lift tickets this weekend to military members who show up in their fatigues.

  22. 108 carolmaewy
    February 7, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

  23. 109 susanne
    February 7, 2013 at 7:27 pm


    ‘ On Friday astronaut Chris Hadfield, who is currently aboard the International Space Station, will perform an original song titled I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing) via satellite with Ed Robertson, a member of the Grammy award-winning group, Barenaked Ladies.

    Hadfield will perform from space while Robertson performs from earth with a youth choir.

    In a blog for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., the national broadcaster of Canada, Robertson said the two had been planning the duet for quite some time.

    “We’ve been pals for a long time and it just seemed like a fun thing to do,” Robertson said. “…The song we wrote together, I guess someone heard it and loved it, so before it was even finished we were asked to do this premier.” ‘


  24. 113 carolmaewy
    February 7, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Is John Brennan the man who told the general to resign? He seems to have honor in his bones. He is a gentleman. Wish he could spread it around DC.

  25. 114 carolmaewy
    February 7, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    One more thing, Susan Collins bugs the four letter words + out of me. You’ve got the money, take voice lessons.

  26. 117 vitaminlover
    February 7, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Welp, I am off to Zumba but I shall return!

  27. February 7, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Hope everyone in the TOD family who resides in the path the NE storm retains power and is warm, snug and well-fed this weekend.

    Best wishes to all.

    I never joined Facebook (was always suspicious of the entire premise, but I’m a private person), and what @BuzzfeedAndrew describes is what happens to me when I click on his link:

  28. February 7, 2013 at 8:04 pm

  29. February 7, 2013 at 8:06 pm


    Someone tweeted an article from the Griot saying black people shouldn’t hold back dissent on drones because of black pride for President Obama. I replied to that person that they shouldn’t assume that all black people feel the same way about drones or war. I am so sick and tired of people treating African American’s as if we can’t think for ourselves. The GOP tells us all we do is look for handouts and then you got black/white bloggers/pundits on the left telling us we can’t think for ourselves. I had to let go one very loud FUCK ALL Y’ALL today. Seriously.

  30. February 7, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Chips, anyone – the President said he was going to take questions. Did that happen? Wonder if it was taped? Thanks

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