“What makes you a man is not the ability to make a child, it’s the courage to raise one”


Chicago, February 15:

“… we’ve got to rebuild ladders of opportunity for everybody willing to climb them.

Now, that starts at home. There’s no more important ingredient for success, nothing that would be more important for us reducing violence than strong, stable families – which means we should do more to promote marriage and encourage fatherhood. Don’t get me wrong – as the son of a single mom, who gave everything she had to raise me with the help of my grandparents, I turned out okay …. we’ve got single moms out here, they’re heroic in what they’re doing and we are so proud of them. But at the same time, I wish I had had a father who was around and involved. Loving, supportive parents – and, by the way, that’s all kinds of parents – that includes foster parents, and that includes grandparents, and extended families; it includes gay or straight parents.

Those parents supporting kids – that’s the single most important thing. Unconditional love for your child – that makes a difference. If a child grows up with parents who have work, and have some education, and can be role models, and can teach integrity and responsibility, and discipline and delayed gratification – all those things give a child the kind of foundation that allows them to say, my future, I can make it what I want. And we’ve got to make sure that every child has that, and in some cases, we may have to fill the gap and the void if children don’t have that.

So we should encourage marriage by removing the financial disincentives for couples who love one another but may find it financially disadvantageous if they get married. We should reform our child support laws to get more men working and engaged with their children. And my administration will continue to work with the faith community and the private sector this year on a campaign to encourage strong parenting and fatherhood.

Because what makes you a man is not the ability to make a child, it’s the courage to raise one.”

Full transcript here



Video of speech:

233 Responses to ““What makes you a man is not the ability to make a child, it’s the courage to raise one””

  1. 5 amk for obama
    February 17, 2013 at 8:46 pm


  2. 12 Proud Former White House Intern
    February 17, 2013 at 8:47 pm


  3. February 17, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    One of the most important comments ever made by a President.

  4. 21 Judith Fardig
    February 17, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Well said, Mr. President! The Obamas are doing so much as incredibly powerful role models locally in DC and around the world. This touches me in a profound way and makes me so happy to be part of change we can believe in.

    • 22 anniebella
      February 17, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Judith, I agree with you. FLOTUS is always mentoring young girls, she had some young people at the WH last week when they watch that movie, I can’t think of the name of the movie, and the stars of the movie were there also to answer questions from the young people. And POTUS met with the young men in Chicago before he gave his speech. I will never forget the young girls FLOTUS spoke to when POTUS made his first trip to London.

  5. 24 itgurl_29
    February 17, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    That pirate costume just tickles me. From the earring in his ear to the bent sword, it’s just an adorable picture. LOL

    • 25 carolmaewy
      February 17, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      His mother was creative I think. She became an anthropologist, right? She was interested in people and cultures and was intellectually curious. A must for any future President. Bush just swallowed what he was told and never asked probing questions. When I compare Rumsfield to Sen. Haggle, I want to scream.

  6. February 17, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    So sad…. no words.

    • 37 anniebella
      February 17, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      And the media is crying over no pictures of Tiger and POTUS playing golf. A bunch of sorry bastards they are. Do the police have any idea what happen to this young lady?

    • 41 jackiegrumbacher
      February 17, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      My God, that poor, helpless, beautiful little baby motherless because people put guns over human life. This is barbaric and unworthy of any civilized society.

  7. 42 yardarm756
    February 17, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    This caused a bit of a dust up earlier. Hopefully it won’t start up again.

  8. 45 99ts
    February 17, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    For Bobfr

    Re the patent trolls on the last thread – this is a blog I sometimes read (glorious bird photography & politics – an interesting mix). The author is a lawyer


    • February 17, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      Thank you 99! Excellent blog post. Much appreciated.

      So that folk don’t have to go to the bottom of the previous thread, here is the comment that 99 kindly referenced:


      This is a big deal – and one that I’m more than a little engaged in demanding reform to our patent code.

      “US President Barack Obama has used a “Fireside Hangout”, captured on YouTube, to label patent trolls as leeches who extort money from their victims.

      Asked about the potential for patent trolls to hamper innovation, Obama said his administration’s attempts at patent reform “only went about half way to where we need to go” and have not “captured all the problems”.

      Among those problems are patent trolls, who “do not produce anything themselves” and are “trying to leverage and hijack someone else’s idea and see if they can extort some money out of them.””

      • 47 99ts
        February 17, 2013 at 9:30 pm

        The company that refused to give in was SO impressive – and then we have places like Amazon paying the trolls millions.

        The President’s knowledge in so many different areas is totally amazing (to me & no doubt to GWB) – no wonder that he is not so happy with the WH Press Corps who seem to have 2 topics – golf and Benghazi

        I learn more about the US and the President on TOD than by reading the MSM – all of ’em. any of ’em.

        • February 17, 2013 at 9:47 pm

          “I learn more about the US and the President on TOD than by reading the MSM – all of ‘em. any of ‘em.”

          So very true, 99. We are the media!!

          Those folk at Amazon have gotta being feeling really punked – and their shareholders should let’um know to take patent trolls to court.

          • 49 99ts
            February 17, 2013 at 10:20 pm

            Being addicted to my kindle – I’m one of their customers and just can’t believe they didn’t go to court – putting a patent on an online shopping trolley is beyond belief

            • 50 carolmaewy
              February 17, 2013 at 10:34 pm

              Have you gotten DVD’s from them? We just got Skyfall and it messed up so many times, we were mad at the end. Need to return, but I still want the DVR of Skyfall.

      • 51 carolmaewy
        February 17, 2013 at 10:31 pm

        I’m interested in this for personal reasons. I’m now following JP Barlow on FB. Are you involved too Bob? Since I’m such a recent observer of TOD, I’m off to every link and miss a lot of discussions.

  9. 52 sherijr
    February 17, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    thanks for posting this Chips, I had missed this speech, thus didn’t know exactly what all the hoopla was about. I heard nothing that made me uncomfortable — and I’ll add I’ve been a single parent for 30 years- as my first & second sons are 20 years older than my youngest son.. and in both cases the dads neither stuck around to help raise them, nor offered financial support of any kind.. I’m darn near done raising the last one, oohrah! Anyhoo.. as a hardcore single mom, I do not find the President’s words at all offensive.. and I think I’m pretty tuned into that kind of slight. I would have loved having fathers for my sons.. however sometimes no father is better than an unstable father/mother/parent.. etc. However, with that said, both my adult sons have become very fine, loving fathers.

    I don’t know what MHP objected to, or what her tweet was.. but I cannot fanthom what the fuss is about regarding this speech.

  10. 55 mtmarilyn
    February 17, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Good evening TOD family and Chips. This speech of the President’s was one of his most important. I love the way he brought family and the economy together. i called all my friends and told them they must listen to this speech.

    I have been reading on twitter that Melissa Harris Perry has really been talking about this. I am wondering what her problem with the President is.

    Thank you Chips for posting this. It is important for us all to listen to this again.

  11. February 17, 2013 at 9:05 pm

  12. February 17, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Omg! 35k Activists marched on the WH to protest Keystone.
    I just think they are being overtly hostile to a friend on the environment.
    If he does approve or disapprove, he has his reasons. It’s why we hired him, to make tough decisions.
    But, marching on the WH, people on the same side? Doesn’t look right! 😦

    • 69 prettyfoot58
      February 17, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      a march does not have to be hostile…a march can have the impact of letting others know just how urgent these issues are and that it’s not just PBO who cares about this issue…just like the gun safety march that took place a few weeks ago…

    • 70 carolmaewy
      February 17, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      I thought I saw them marching on the mall? I really don’t want it built, too close for comfort, but I’m not going to blame Pres. Obama for whatever decision he makes. Just saw the pic, didn’t get any farther.

  13. 71 GGail
    February 17, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    That’s my President

  14. February 17, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I knew it, POTUS set another trap! 🙂

  15. 76 amk for obama
    February 17, 2013 at 9:12 pm

  16. February 17, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    So, now they are going to blame the President for spending cuts, a Dat ago they called him a Spending Socialist out of control.
    So, which is it?

  17. 81 amk for obama
    February 17, 2013 at 9:15 pm

  18. February 17, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Posted a week ago but memorial page has been updated w/ more photos. Very powerful reminder of guns and the unspeakable aftermath.

  19. 85 utaustinliberal
    February 17, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Downton Abbey season finale = BLOODY AWESOME.

  20. 86 utaustinliberal
    February 17, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    One thing Downton Abbey shows is that the bagpipes are Scotland’s version of torture. Jeebus!

    • February 17, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      I’ve already seen this season and your jaw will drop at the end.

      Anyway, did you see that wheel of guns that guy has in his front entrance? YIKES!

      • 88 utaustinliberal
        February 17, 2013 at 9:44 pm

        OOOOOOOOoooooh…..I’m excited. The maid keeps flirting with Tom Branson. I’m like nah honey, Cybil will haunt you from the grave. Thomas is still in lust with Jimmy, Mrs. Patmore’s got a fancy admirer. So far so good!

  21. February 17, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Yes We Know

    • 92 nathkatun7
      February 18, 2013 at 12:40 am

      “We the People know the GOP are willing to destroy America to hurt you. They’ve been at it since 20Jan2009.”

      Bobfr, Your tweet should be twitted over and over again! What you said is truly the central reason that explains all the GOP behavior towards President Obama. I thought (naively as it turns out) that honorable Republicans would realize that it was useless to pursue irrational opposition to everything President Obama supported now that he had been re-elected. Obviously, I was totally mistaken. The vast majority of Republican members of Congress and their vocal supporters would rather destroy the country before they allowed President Obama’s policies to succeed. This scotched earth strategy of the current GOP/teabag members of Congress, orchestrated by right wing media, is unprecedented in the history of our Country. One thing we here at TOD have to be aware of is that right wingers and the GOP would not be doing this without the tacit support and acquiescence of the mainstream media.

      So,in order to be able to support the President’s agenda, which by the way is an agenda intended for advancing the well being of all U.S. citizens, we must be prepared to fight back against both the GOP and most of the mainstream media. That’s why we can’t afford internecine wars within the Democratic party.

  22. 93 utaustinliberal
    February 17, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    • 94 99ts
      February 17, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      If the GOP doesn’t implode it will take 500 years before they will have an African American nominee for President. The Sarah Palin apologists seem to be the main folks pushing this meme.

    • 95 anniebella
      February 17, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      Good one Karen Hunter. I say spraying perfume over a stinking skunk. I don’t know who the hell these Republicans think Ben Carson will fool, their new version of Herman Cain.

      • 96 carolmaewy
        February 17, 2013 at 10:55 pm

        He got on my nerves at five minutes. He is not a good speaker. His childhood story bored me to death. Why do Christians R’s quote so much Old Testament? I couldn’t listen. Not wasting my time unless he becomes more of a story.

  23. February 17, 2013 at 9:32 pm

  24. 107 utaustinliberal
    February 17, 2013 at 9:40 pm


  25. February 17, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    GN TOD calling it a nite. Wonderful video of an artist who creates his masterpiece w/ only a rake in the sand, then watches it wash away.

  26. February 17, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    • February 17, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      April’s blog post could not be more thoughtful or more on target. Thank you GB


    • 116 sabreen60
      February 17, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      Great response. I read the various threads here and read MH Perry tweets when she made them. She lied. Maybe it was unintentional, but nevertheless she attributed something to the President that was not the truth. Those who wish to defend her seem to totally overlook this fundamental point. They immediately run to the corner that says “no one can criticize the President”, when in fact, that is a falsehood. I think what most people here and on Twitter were saying is “no you cannot attribute something to the President that is not true”. I agree with April. Perry made that first tweet before the President had finished speaking. It was a knee-jerk reaction. I’ll tell you what else I’ve noticed. If you criticize pundits on Twitter, they either get snotty, double down or down response. What I have not seen is ONE admit they were wrong.

      • February 17, 2013 at 11:07 pm

        I am so tired of people talking down to POTUS’s supporters. You are free to criticize him, but be prepared to defend your opinion because it most likely won’t go unchallenged. If you have a show, push back should be expected. It’s almost as if we are just supposed to accept whatever they say. Why do you have a show? Why are you a professor? Don’t all these forums encourage and call for debate?

        • 118 isonprize
          February 17, 2013 at 11:16 pm

          Don’t all these forums encourage and call for debate?

          Gobrooklyn. No, nope. They don’t. More often than not, the forums in which academics participate are ‘mutual admiration societies’ or ‘echo chambers’ take your pick.

          I think that is one of many reasons why academics are often so out of touch with reality. Of course, ya gotta throw hubris into the mix…

      • 121 isonprize
        February 17, 2013 at 11:11 pm

        What I have not seen is ONE admit they were wrong.

        Don’t go holdin’ your breathwaitin’ for THAT to happen, sabreen60. 😎

        • 122 sabreen60
          February 17, 2013 at 11:22 pm

          I know that’s right. Capehart got really testy with me on Twitter when I just questioned a comment he made on TV.

    • 123 nathkatun7
      February 18, 2013 at 3:02 am

      That was a great response to MHP’s bizarre reaction to the President’s speech. Thanks GB for sharing it.

  27. 124 utaustinliberal
    February 17, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Wonderful rebuttal to Melissa Harris Perry’s insulting and demeaning crap filled show about Pres. Obama.

    • 125 yardarm756
      February 17, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      C’mon. Let it go. What MHP says or thinks ain’t gonna change what’s happening in DC. There are much bigger fish to fry.

      • 126 4morefor44
        February 18, 2013 at 12:01 am

        i feel there is some value in knowing who we’re dealing with and what appears to motivate them, and MHP just had some other crazy anti-obama rant last week about drones, and now this, and for me, she’s proven she’s not a trusted source of news of commentary. she has some other agenda other than “pursuing truth” which is what journalism is SUPPOSED to be about. i don’t mind questioning of president obama (i don’t like his habit of putting his feet up on tables, or charter schools and so on), but MHP has not offered sound critique on a whole host of issues as she rips on president obama.

        on the other hand, president obama has earned my trust over and over again, and it’s not really worth my time or energy nitpicking him. we should stay focused on the real enemy…republicans and their enablers in “the media,” of which MHP seems very happy to be a member of, and winning elections through the hard work of organizing…just as president obama has been begging us to do since the day he announced he was running for president way back when. forward!!!!

    • 127 anniebella
      February 17, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      As I have said before, the one with the issues is Melissa Harris Perry.

      • 128 anniebella
        February 17, 2013 at 10:49 pm

        I could be wrong , but I don’t think it’s going to be let go that easy. As someone said earlier it’s okay to disagree with what the President said, but lying about what he said is a different thing.

    • 129 anniebella
      February 17, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      Thank you April.

    • 130 globalcitizenlinda
      February 18, 2013 at 7:46 am

      read the column. very insightful. the author actually listened to the speech

  28. 131 jacquelineoboomer
    February 17, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    This is probably the most attention this guy has gotten in a while … he’s answering back everybody but not “getting” the criticism. He told me earlier that I might be “murky” on the fact he gets paid for his writing and it isn’t “a hobby” – Ha! He’s murky on what journalism is, and is treating it like a hobby. I’m done with him, now.

    • 132 amk for obama
      February 17, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    • 133 99ts
      February 17, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      When they do get access – 2 questions – Benghazi and golf. The WH Press Corps gets massive access to the President – much more than any other world political leader gives to the press – and they have no clue as to what to do with their access. They follow him around the country and the world & their questions are about Benghazi, their statistics are about golf.

      • 134 jacquelineoboomer
        February 17, 2013 at 10:34 pm

        And there are so many important issues that the public should be hearing about! Benghazi has been and is being probed and investigated. What about everything else? I’m guilty myself of concentrating on the rubbish, when I see it written ad infinitum. Maybe I should make a personal resolution to ask more questions of the WHPC that actually deal with issues, not gossip or innuendo or personal feelings. I think they’ve forgotten what questions to ask. Totally forgotten. We can help the President in this way.

      • 135 amk for obama
        February 17, 2013 at 10:35 pm

        • 136 99ts
          February 17, 2013 at 11:21 pm

          Thanks amk – I keep telling myself I have to learn the twitter – but I am such a “fly off the handle” person (I need lessons from PBO) that I think it may be to my advantage to stay away from twitter

  29. 138 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 17, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    “But at the same time, I wish I had had a father who was around and involved.” This line resonated most with me. I, too, was raised by a single Mom with family support — Grandparents, four uncles and two aunts. They were so involved with my upbringing that my friends nicknamed them “The Family Council.” 😀 As only one uncle had a child, we were showered with emotional and material support — at recitals, we had our own cheering section; based on the number of Christmas gifts, you’d have thought there were 10 or 12 kids in the home. Even with all of that love and support, I missed not having a father.

    Missing that relationship was especially acute from September (my birth month) until Christmas. I snapped out of that at the age of 12 — on Christmas day, with gifts overflowing the living room, I must have been looking really sad. My family pleaded with me to tell them what gift they had failed to give. I couldn’t tell them that I was sad about someone who didn’t give me a second thought, so I lied, gave some story about feeling sorry for less fortunate kids. From that day on, I decided to be thankful for who was in my life rather than pine for one who abandoned me.

    My father and I reconnected in 2004 and established a cordial relationship. During his illness, I managed his care; he regretted failing to be a part of my life and was thankful that my Mom and family raised me to be such a compassionate person. He died last year. I was thankful to get to know him and the paternal side of my family.

    • February 17, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      Very special and very touching, Alycee. Thank you. I truly hope MHP will read what you shared with us and awaken to the empathy our President exudes and seek the help she clearly needs.

      #FORWARD Together

      • 140 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        February 17, 2013 at 10:48 pm

        Bob, thanks for your kind words and the tweet. We are blessed to have such an empathetic President; I wish the emo’s would open their ears and hearts to his msg. A small comfort is no matter what the professional complainers whine, he made a difference to the young men in the workshop and the live crowd at the speech.

        • February 18, 2013 at 2:14 am

          ” A small comfort is no matter what the professional complainers whine, he made a difference to the young men in the workshop and the live crowd at the speech.”

          Precisely, Alycee!!!

          And, for them, and for President Obama NO ONE can alter or erase that fact.

          #FORWARD Together

    • 142 yardarm756
      February 17, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      You’re special and I love you for it. I was like your Dad……….(water works, big time).

  30. February 17, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Look, they devoted a whole segment on the WHPC being frustrated with the Presidents lack of transparncy-



    • 146 Bill R.
      February 17, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      The WHPC are the biggest group of whining jr high drama queens. They deserve nothing from our POTUS, a big fast Zilch. They don’t deserve the time of day.

    • 147 amk for obama
      February 17, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      what these overpaid idjits miss is the spoon-fed talking points of the dumbya admin.

    • 148 carolmaewy
      February 18, 2013 at 12:01 am

      He gets almost 2 1/2 days off. Follow each other. Are they upset they are locked out of a private resort? Mmmmm. Times are a changin’

    • 149 nathkatun7
      February 18, 2013 at 3:21 am

      What they want is access to the President to constantly attack him using GOP talking points. The U.S., for the most part, no longer has a credible media. The media are not interested communicating truthful information to the American people. They are only interested in sensationalism. Otherwise why obsess about the President’s golf game.

  31. 150 dotster3
    February 17, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Hartford Courant/Frontline examine in depth —“Raising Adam Lanza”—-the Newtown shooter—–an intensive look, trying to figure out what led to this unspeakable tragedy. I will never understand this rabid interest in guns that some people have and how anyone could ever choose shooting as a “bonding experience” with their children, how any parent could convince herself that this was a good thing. Think of all the choices one has in this area—-and then to choose guns and shooting—–it’s bizarre and incomprehensible to me.


    • 151 99ts
      February 17, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      “His mother, who loved to travel, told friends she was grooming him to be independent someday.”- One grooms horses – it is a term that should never be used with people – especially children – Adam obviously didn’t like being “groomed”

    • 152 carolmaewy
      February 17, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      I know, especially if you’re not hunting for your food. I grew up around a father and brother who hunted and fished. Then we ate it. My hubby grew up in similar situation. But he has no idea why other hunters would want semi-automatics. He thinks they’re crazy. There are limits to how many bullets you can put in your shotgun or rifle when hunting birds or deer. It depends on the state. WY does enforce it’s game and fish laws. He joined the NRA for about a year and then he cancelled because every letter he got was asking for money. He really let them have it in a letter when he stopped membership. That must be about twenty years ago. Our guns aren’t going to be much good against an intruder either. They are locked up tight. Neither of our boys cared about hunting with him and he didn’t ask twice. Our youngest did take hunting lessons to get his license and shot a deer while hunting with his friend, once.

  32. 153 utaustinliberal
    February 17, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    OMG!!!! OMG!!! OMG!!!! WTF just happened on Downton Abbey?!?! Holy BLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!

    • February 17, 2013 at 11:13 pm

      LOL!!! Twitter is losing it.

    • 155 57andfemale
      February 18, 2013 at 7:55 am

      dan stephens chose not to renew his contract. he’s going to be in new york for a year.

      what upset me was an identical parallel to Sybil. I expected more from Julian Fellowes. The nature of the relationship of Mary and Matthew – thats going to be impossible to replace and could affect the future success of the show.

  33. 156 yardarm756
    February 17, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    My thoughts only.

  34. 157 anniebella
    February 17, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    So John McCain say that Chuck Hagel likely will be confirmed, but he still don’t think Hagel is qualified. Now this coming from the man who thought Sarah Palin was qualified to be Vice President. What a mean senile bitter old fool John McCain has become.

    • February 17, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    • February 17, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      Sorry, annie – everyone … that was supposed to be this tweet …

    • 160 HZ
      February 18, 2013 at 12:45 am

      It is fitting, I feel that Sen. McCain needs to sit down in a quiet place and have a conversation with his soul. Meditate for some time. I mean really have some quality time and think on the things that he has been saying that has and will have a lasting affect on the lives of so many people. Just think how his words in the hearing on Sen. Hagel’s confirmation must have such a sting on Mr. Hagel, his wife, his brother, and his children and their family friends.

      We have a soul to help keep us centered on those things that are of “goodness” to our lives and to others. Our soul also houses our moral and our emotional stats about our words, actions and daily deed to one another.

      I hope that Sen. Mc Cain will count his blessings daily and come to a more reasonable acting man with such great responsibility and power , but use both in a more loving and caring manner. He is blocking his blessings in so many ways that causes unnecessary pain to so many dear and wonderfully gifted people. This breaks the heart. I pray for healing within his mind. HZ

      • February 18, 2013 at 2:08 am

        Dear HZ,

        You are so insightful and empathetic.

        “It is fitting, I feel that Sen. McCain needs to sit down in a quiet place and have a conversation with his soul.”

        Yes, we all can hope that before he dies he realizes that is just what he needs to do. Otherwise, he will have wasted the only life he will ever have pursuing folly.

        Thank you.

  35. February 17, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Pre-K onward, it cannot only be about reading, math and science. Our SOCIETY is dependent on each child experiencing a ‘lesson plan’ that includes the rudimentary elements of critical thinking, decision making and empathy as well as opening to them the experience of interesting challenges that nurture their imagination. For even 1/20th what we spend on defense we could create that opportunity for every child in America and not have them hungry and without a safe place to sleep. Our “National Security” would never be more SECURE if we did so.

    I have ZERO doubt that President Obama gets this.

    Yes We Can

  36. 166 jacquelineoboomer
    February 17, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    This is supposed to be unusual but not unprecedented … yet, maybe we should be concentrating on what the dolphins are doing and whether we might learn something about our natural resources!

    • 167 yardarm756
      February 17, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      Something real big is happening in the seas. Dolphins are much like different countries. When that many come together, it’s like the coming together of different societies. Whatever it is, you can bet it’s environmental.

      • 168 carolmaewy
        February 17, 2013 at 11:57 pm

        You read my mind. Stop that. 😉

        • 169 yardarm756
          February 18, 2013 at 12:21 am

          I guess I spent too much time at sea on small vessels, eh?

          • 170 carolmaewy
            February 18, 2013 at 12:44 am

            I thought you were on the big ships? A sub?

            • 171 yardarm756
              February 18, 2013 at 1:16 am

              No ma’am. WWII built Destroyers and wooden Minesweepers. I worked on bigger ships but always went to sea on the “little boys”.

              • 172 carolmaewy
                February 18, 2013 at 3:46 am

                Didn’t know Navy had wooden boats in recent memory. We have a wooden boat. 26 ft. If I remember right.

                • 173 yardarm756
                  February 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm

                  In the ’60’s and ’70’s the minesweeping vessels were all made of wood. However, mine was about 165 ft with a crew of 65 men.

                  • 174 carolmaewy
                    February 18, 2013 at 1:10 pm

                    I wish I could see one like it. Is there a website? Did you sail on the same one most of the time? Did it have a name? Was it a dame?

                    • 175 yardarm756
                      February 18, 2013 at 1:18 pm

                      Google- USS CONSTANT- MSO 427. Home port, Long Beach, CA. I was in her for 2 years. She was classified as an ocean going minesweeper which meant it was sea worthy for ALL bodies of water.

                    • 176 carolmaewy
                      February 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm

                      Thanks. I call our boat Noah’s Ark. We have six four legged babies now that we are empty nesters. Hubby had to refinish some of the wood. He really enjoyed it. But those original parts for a CrisCraft are expensive. Most of it is mahogany. I wish I could still water ski. 😉

                    • 177 yardarm756
                      February 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm

                      Ha! The Constant was 165 ft of white pine wood with brass and aluminum fittings.

      • 178 jacquelineoboomer
        February 18, 2013 at 1:34 am

        Well, that’s certainly something to ponder – and not happily. We’ve forgotten we were supposed to take care of the earth, being so much more evolved than, for instance, the dolphins!

        Goodnight, Yardarm and TODville!

    • 179 Nena20409
      February 18, 2013 at 3:41 am

      7 miles? Wow…..a seismic activity in the Ocean floor coming soon?

      Something is just not right here.

      How close is San Diego from the Meteor activity that was seen in CA and that that took place in Russia? Connection? Hmm?

  37. 180 dotster3
    February 17, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Mindy McCready—-a severely troubled life—-just released from judge ordered treatment facility for drug abuse last week, boyfriend committed suicide a month ago, had a 10 mo. old baby, long list of trauma in her life


  38. February 17, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Help Stephen Colbert become the next POTUS! Alec is winning by double digits. I like him but I LOVE Stephen.


  39. 183 susanne
    February 17, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    aloha chips and tod peeps~

    have you seen this terrific take-down of the rethug resistance to hagel? i particularly love the video where hagel is skewering kindasleezy rice–check out her eyes!


  40. 185 a4alice
    February 17, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    nitey nite kittens 🙂


  41. 188 dotster3
    February 17, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    AP story on the golf game is full of miff from WH press pool. They must have tried to get close as story states they were not allowed beyond the maintenance shed on the edge of the property——hahahahahaha—–the maintenance shed!


    • February 17, 2013 at 11:53 pm

      most ridiculous thing I’ve seen/read all day. Absurd.

    • 190 carolmaewy
      February 18, 2013 at 12:07 am

      They’re like Coonhounds.

    • 191 4morefor44
      February 18, 2013 at 12:10 am

      i have this dream that he bans the entire current white house “press” pool, and replaces them with a rotating schedule of local reporters from across the country. when he does those interviews with local crews, the questions are actually much tougher and probing than anything jake tapper ever asks, and that’s when president obama’s true genius shines through. when he’s answering republican talking point-fueled questions that tapper and chuck todd and friends ask over and over again, you can just see in his face that he can’t believe has has to deal with this sheeet. i’m not joking…i see no societal value in the current white house press pool…real journalists, yes, they are one of the most important functions of democracy, but chris matthews, chuck, todd, andrea mitchell and so on are not journalists in any way shape or form. they are purely propagandists for the republican party. no joke.

  42. 194 carolmaewy
    February 18, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Is anyone else getting a lot, I mean a lot of junk email recently? Some of it seems suspicious. I junk it. I’ve never gotten that much before.

  43. 195 carolmaewy
    February 18, 2013 at 12:12 am

    You know this pack of press corps could just get together around a table and talk to each other for about an hour and call it “Meet the Press” 😈

    • 196 4morefor44
      February 18, 2013 at 12:18 am

      that show originally was a panel of press people questioning politicians directly, hence the name “meet the press.” over the last couple of decades, when a few billionaires were allowed to buy up the entire media of the world, the owners decided to change the purpose and format of the show (and every other show for that matter) to pump their talking points into the public’s minds, so we had tim russert, now david gregory happily talking about whatever manufactured “bright shiny object” they created for this week. they need to change the name to “meet the gregory.”

  44. 199 amk for obama
    February 18, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Ecuador election: President Rafael Correa wins third term

    Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa has been re-elected for a third term with more than 50% of the vote. His main challenger has admitted defeat.

    Addressing his supporters in the capital, Quito, Mr Correa called for “another four years of revolution”.

    First elected in 2007, the socialist leader is widely credited with bringing political stability to a nation that suffered decades of protests and coups.

    But critics accuse Mr Correa of being a dictator in the making.

    The 49-year-old US-trained economist has been accused of implementing policies that have served to strengthen his hold on power and erode the influence of political opponents and private media.

    But his so-called “citizens’ revolution” has made him popular with many ordinary Ecuadoreans and has won him friends among other Latin American left-wing leaders.

    Partial results give Mr Correa 56.6%, ahead of 24% for his nearest rival, former banker Guillermo Lasso. None of the other six candidates were predicted to win more than 5%.


  45. 200 amk for obama
    February 18, 2013 at 2:04 am

    via bj


    man charged with slapping a toddler on a plane is apparently jobless, according to a statement by his former employer on Sunday.

    The man, Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, of Hayden, Idaho, is no longer an employee of AGC Aerospace and Defense, Composites Group.

    The news was confirmed on Sunday night by Daniel Keeney of DPK Public Relations, reports USA Today.

    President and CEO of AGC Al Haase also issued a statement early Sunday about the incident. Haase stated that reports of behavior by one of his executives on recent personal travel was “offensive and disturbing.” He added that the person “is no longer employed with the company.”

    Hundley was charged in federal court last week with simple assault after he allegedly slapped a toddler during a February 8 flight between Minneapolis and Atlanta.

    Kudos to the company. cue rwnj’s heads explode along with pox news dittoheads

  46. February 18, 2013 at 2:11 am

    “Kudos to the company.”

    In_DEED, amk!!!!

  47. 206 4morefor44
    February 18, 2013 at 2:14 am

    that picture with the two barack obamas has always been so profound to me now knowing the family history. you can see young barack wants his daddy so badly, in his eyes and how strongly he’s holding onto to his arm. the elder barack wishes so much that it could work, but you can see the sadness in his eyes knowing it’s not going to happen. what an incredible moment in time captured in that photo.

    and to think that either of them would’ve ever guessed that the chubby little boy in that photo living in a modest apartment would become…and i don’t think this is hyperbole considering the insanity of mccain/pailn and rmoney/lyin and republicans in general…the protector of millions of lives across the globe, and the savior of the “american experiment” from its sure destruction at the hands of republicans and our media, is amazing. we can’t let that little boy in the photo down in 2014!!!! forward!!!!

  48. 211 Nena20409
    February 18, 2013 at 3:45 am

    It’s time to say goodbye to TODville and our friends. I thank you all for letting me drop in this late.

    See you all in Rise and Shine, bright and early, Good Morning 🙂 🙂 🙂

  49. February 18, 2013 at 4:44 am

    Patrick Gaspard, the longtime labor organizer and adviser to President Barack Obama, is poised to be tapped as ambassador to South Africa, sources confirmed to POLITICO.

    The move, first reported by The Washington Post, is the latest in a reshuffle of Obama’s team and appointees. Gaspard has been the Democratic National Committee’s executive director since 2011, after serving as White House political director for Obama.

  50. February 18, 2013 at 5:19 am

    Herman Cain signs on with Fox news.
    So, they replace Dick Moriss and Sister Sawah with Scott brown and Herman Cain.
    Holy shit! 🙂

    • 214 anniebella
      February 18, 2013 at 6:49 am

      That’s improvement.

      • 215 Nena20409
        February 18, 2013 at 7:57 am

        Yes, a mighty high improvement.

        Scott Brown replaced Sarah Palin. Brains…. 😯 Beauty……depends on who you ask 😉

        Herman Cain replaced actually two people 😯 Newt Gingrich and the Dick Morris 😉 Cain must be so proud. It took Two womanizers to replace Herman Cain 😎

  51. February 18, 2013 at 5:33 am

    So, the media does not find this incredible? McReady, the country singer who shot herself, six months earlier her Boyfriend also shot himself on the same porch.
    She had Substance abuse issues and mental health issues.
    Ok then, nothing wrong with that picture? 😦

    • 217 Nena20409
      February 18, 2013 at 7:50 am

      Morning All: I am still not able to sleep.

      Jovie, I read this morning that the boy friend shot himself on Jan 13, 2013. Just a month and 3 days ago from the day she killed herself.

    • 218 hopefruit2
      February 18, 2013 at 8:52 am

      Jovie please see the tweet below that PBO is pushing funds to study the human brain in fine detail. We need more of that kind of research. People continue to not take mental health seriously and that is very unwise.

  52. February 18, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Just feel terrible for the two kids left behind.

  53. 221 Linda
    February 18, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Look what the Press-titutes are doing at 4 :30 this morning.

    Chuck Todd Chuck ToddVerified account ‏@chucktodd

    @jaketapper @NorahODonnell no chance I wouldn’t get extra quizzed for a boys weekend that included TW


    How pathetic.

    • 222 99ts
      February 18, 2013 at 8:19 am

      Shows what their patrners/families must think about them – they are pathetic and rude and insulting and show NO respect for their President – now I wonder how he is different to other Presidents?

    • February 18, 2013 at 8:39 am

      The difference is that FLOTUS trusts her husband because he HAS EARNED it. That what a healthy marriage looks like. They don’t need to micromanage each other on occasional weekend trips after 20 years because their union is SOLID.

  54. 229 hopefruit2
    February 18, 2013 at 8:44 am

  55. 231 globalcitizenlinda
    February 18, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I am still smilling this morning over the fact that Team Obama refused media access to PBO’s weekend. Good for him!

    What the media is really pissed about is the fact that PBO was with Tiger and they could not get photos & video to loop over & over 24/7. Be sure they would do like what Washington Post just and talk about Tiger’s challenges

    PBO has played multiple games with many famous people (including Michael Jordan, NBA Commissioner & other NBA greats). During all these games, the media was not permitted access but I did not hear any of them throwing a fit.

    Demand for transparency is just being used as an excuse for their desire to make rauncy commentaries

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