The Editor

President Barack Obama works on his inaugural address with Jon Favreau, Director of Speechwriting, not pictured, in the Oval Office, Jan. 16, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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  1. 14 vcprezofan2
    February 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Wait for me! I’m putting on my boots!

  2. February 19, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    So, I’m pinch hitting at a different library today. Patron comes up to the reference desk to use the stapler. He asked what I used to do before being a librarian. I went into my telecom spiel. He said, “Ah, you needed something that wouldn’t destroy your soul.” That’s pretty much my job in a nutshell.

  3. February 19, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Re: Tzipi Livni being in charge of negotiations with the Palestinians: I think it’s interesting that she and her party were the first to join Bibi’s new government. My guess is that he did this so he could reel in the really big fish, Yesh Atid, which won’t join a government that doesn’t A) have peace with the Palestinians as a central brief, and B) that won’t reform the laws which give special privileges to the ultra-Orthodox.

    BTW, is Ehud Barak’s party still going to be in govt? Did it even make the 2% threshold?

  4. 21 carolmaewy
    February 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Chips is moving this blog right along today. I’m way behind, but I did watch Hubris this morning. I was very sad at the end. They need a full season HBO series or Showtime to tell the whole story.

  5. 22 4morefor44
    February 19, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    wow, such a cool photo! it’s always neat for me to see how something to huge and historic originates from a simple computer file and a pen and some paper…just like the rest of us. yes, we can too!!

    • 23 Pamela
      February 19, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Right on with this response 4morefor44! I find this photo simply astonishing in it’s undeniable truthfulness.

  6. 24 Bill
    February 19, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Chips, if you can find Tiger’s interview on the Golf Channel it was wonderful. Tiger was very complimentary, and it was obvious he greatly enjoyed it. He said he and PBO won. It is no surprise PBO and Tiger were on the same time.

  7. 27 Dakota
    February 19, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Hello my Lovelies!

    First opportunity to come up for air. Any info on today’s press conference with Jay Carney?

  8. February 19, 2013 at 4:44 pm

  9. 38 utaustinliberal
    February 19, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Ed Henry and Politico weep in 3…2….1.

  10. 45 Ladyhawke
    February 19, 2013 at 4:54 pm


    Obama Turns Up the Heat on the Sequester, GOP Squeals

    Posted by Deaniac83


    β€œNow Republicans in Congress face a simple choice,” Obama said. β€œAre they willing to compromise to protect vital investments in education and health care and national security and all the jobs that depend on them? Or would they rather put hundreds of thousands of jobs and our entire economy at risk just to protect a few special interest tax loopholes that benefit the wealthiest individuals and corporations. That’s the choice. Are you willing to see a bunch of first responders lose their jobs because you want to protect a special interest tax loophole? Are you willing to have teachers laid off or kids not have access to head start? Or deeper cuts in student loan programs?”
    The Republicans wouldn’t be complaining so much if they didn’t feel the squeeze. They really don’t want to abandon their base again and vote for a sensible proposal to hold off the sequester, but they also know that despite their efforts to blame the president for it, the large majority of Americans hold Republicans responsible for letting those happen instead of compromising with the president. And that will come back to haunt them in 2014.



    • 46 Pamela
      February 19, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      “Are they willing….or Would they rather”…. They really ought to have learned not to mess with this man by now, eh? They are so immersed in their own hypocrisy, it seems they cannot recognize everyone is not as dishonest as they. IMHO.

      • 47 jackiegrumbacher
        February 19, 2013 at 5:26 pm

        What I don’t understand is why the R’s aren’t being pressured by defense contractors and Wall Street. Defense stocks will take a big hit from the sequester and big money will be lost by contractors. The GOP could care less about the middle class or the impact on real people, but they’re usually slaves for the money guys. Are they getting this kind of pressure? I sure hope so.

        • 48 Lovepolitics2008
          February 19, 2013 at 5:46 pm

          I’m surprised by this too. And I suspect that President Obama was counting on pressure from Wall Street and the Defense contractors to force republicans to give in on the revenue side of the equation. Something is going on behind the scenes. After all , Wall Street and the Defense contractors are ALSO interested in keeping their special tax loopholes. Maybe the “sequester” hurts jobs and the economy more than the PROFITS of those guys ?? Maybe those guys are playing some long game, and are willing to accept temporary losses and have concocted some plan with republicans to nullify defense cuts in a couple of weeks and put pressure on democrats ?…

          Boehner, Graham and others don’t seem nervous enough. This is bizarre… I just hope they’re bluffing..

          I don’t know…

          • 49 jacquelineoboomer
            February 19, 2013 at 6:08 pm

            One thing is for sure. Max, indiscriminate, meat-cleaver cuts to defense budgets slash and burn the middle class in several ways. Not just the fact that federal employees are hurt, but employees of defense contractors are also hurt. Local economies are hurt, big time, anywhere near the military bases or shore activities. Services are lost forever – like shutting down public-private partnership child care facilities that took years to build up but can no longer function. Even the local pizza joint is hurt, in the military towns, due to lack of business.

            While the defense budget can and should be cut, that’s usually done for minimum immediate impact to those I’ve described, over the course of years, with careful planning. The Defense Department is totally adept at strategic budgetary planning – they plan all the time for such eventualities – but it needs to have gradual effects, not slash-and-burn consequences.

            Republicans are playing with fire politically, also, too, because there are a lot of conservatives in military communities, many retired who are still votin’ Republican, and a lot of conservatives who own the big business defense contractor corporations. As usual, they are going against their own interests, not to mention the nation’s economic and fairness issues. All because they hate the President.

            I’m sick to death of it.

        • 50 susanne
          February 19, 2013 at 5:58 pm

          my guess is that they’re throwing out a lot of anti-pbo rhetoric to please their rwnj voters, but at the last minute they’ll vote to support the interests of their billionaire masters, saying pbo had them over a barrel.

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  12. February 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    • 54 jackiegrumbacher
      February 19, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      LP, the last line of Dylan Byers first paragraph ends with the concern that the White House press Corps may have damaged its reputation. Is he kidding? Does he realize in what contempt these morons are currently held.

      • February 19, 2013 at 5:54 pm

        You know jackie, I dont usually post Dylan “wannabe Ben Smith” Byers (which is not saying much), but I just find the 180 in this whole press narrative worthy of whiplash. These Bogarts cant make their mind up, its all amusing quite frankly!

    • 56 carolmaewy
      February 19, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      This is a quote I found in the movie “Man of the Year” Thought it fit in with the msn today.
      Hemmings: Will you be disappointed to be going back to television after this ride?
      Eddie Langston: Oh, no. I have a glorious love-hate relationship with TV.
      Hemmings: How so?
      Eddie Langston: TV scares me. It makes everything seem credible.
      Hemmings: Why is that so bad?
      Eddie Langston: If everything seems credible then nothing seems credible. You know, TV puts everybody in those boxes, side-by-side. On one side, there’s this certifiable lunatic who says the Holocaust never happened. And next to him is this noted, honored historian who knows all about the Holocaust. And now, there they sit, side-by-side, they look like equals! Everything they say seems to be credible. And so, as it goes on, nothing seems credible anymore! We just stopped listening!

  13. February 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I would love to hand this picture to my students. Sometimes they forget to recognize the power of words and that the right words have significance and meaning.

    • 58 CEB
      February 19, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      A similar one from a few years back is posted in my classroom (12th grade ELA). I relate it to what is expected of them in regard to their writing (edit, revise and edit again).

  14. 59 vcprezofan2
    February 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  15. February 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Was this posted? Oh well…here it is

  16. February 19, 2013 at 5:06 pm

  17. February 19, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Rand Paul fantasy?

  18. 74 PoliticalJunkessa
    February 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Love this photo! Beautiful words, beautiful mind.

  19. 75 Melanie
    February 19, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    President called GOP Sens. Graham, McCain and Rubio to discuss immigration. Readout: he supports Gang of 8’s bipartisan efforts— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) February 19, 2013

  20. February 19, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    • 77 Vicki
      February 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      tears here—–so sad

    • 78 susanne
      February 19, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      so true! i remember when shrub refused to let photographers capture images of our dead soldiers’ coffins. somehow, that was contrived to be patriotic, protecting the nation from the shocking, possibly demoralizing effects of war. but heaven help pbo if he plays a game of golf without the press pack hounding his every move!

      • 79 jacquelineoboomer
        February 19, 2013 at 6:13 pm

        I think that refusal had a lot to do with that criminal Donald Rumsfeld. They didn’t want to be questioned.

      • 80 Anna
        February 19, 2013 at 6:25 pm

        Shrub didn’t want the country to know what HIS war was doing to our military, our men and women who believed they were defending our country. If nothing else I hope sales of the book Hubris sky rockets and is seen everywhere, people see others reading it and buy it to find out what Shrub and gang was doing.

  21. February 19, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    This pretty sums up the status of the media narrative these days

    • 82 carolmaewy
      February 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      Maybe because House isn’t in session, Sam.

    • 83 hopefruit2
      February 19, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      What kind of question is that, especially with the all caps? Stein is a colossal arse. If congress aren’t doing their jobs,. or rather, actively trying to undo the job that our President is doing, what the hell should he do?

    • 86 Lovepolitics2008
      February 19, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Ok what’s that all about with all the CAPS ?

      It’s important to say that today in the press briefing with Jay, there were a lot of questions asking if the President had reached out to republicans in Congress, what ‘my door is open” really means, etc. Those questions implied that he didn’t do enough . And then there is this tweet by Sam Stein. Is he joking or is he serious ??

      They criticize the President for not getting involved, and they criticize him for getting too involved ??

    • February 19, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      My intention posting these two tweets in juxtaposition (w/ the assumption that Stein was being facetious) was this is what the MSM echo-chamber consists of presently. Blathering idiots, who cant make up their mind!

  22. 90 Vicki
    February 19, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Hilarious! Tweety just asked Guy Cecil who orchestrated successful senate races in 2012 if PBO has to win both the Senate and the House to be considered a great President, you know, insure his legacy.
    Also be able to leap tall buildings with a single bound.

    News flash, Tweety—-PBO insured his greatness and legacy with the ACA. Something others had tried to do for 100 years.

    • 91 hopefruit2
      February 19, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Nice try TWITTY – moving the goalposts again aren’t we? I didn’t realize PBO was running for congress?

    • 92 Nena20409
      February 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      The same guy who on 11-06-12, said that by the margin pres Obama won, he didn’t win a mandate. He repeated this nonsense for almost 3 weeks before he stopped saying it. Everything pres Obama does these days, Tweety would 1st come out with a negative then retreat later when the evidence is overwhelming.

    • 93 Lovepolitics2008
      February 19, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      We are seeing a theme developing, aren’t we ? Simpson or Bowles, or both, this morning, apparently said (paraphrasing) that the Obama presidency would be a failure if he didn’t solve the long term problems of entitlement programs.

      In short, President Obama has to solve every damn problem in America or he won’t be considered a successful president.


      I wish there would be some individual, or a group of people, who would have the knowledge, the means and the time to make a video illustrating how the media has treated this president since the beginning. “He does too much”, “he doesn’t do enough”, “he is weak”, “he is too harsh”, “he compromises too much”, “he doesn’t compromise enough”, and on and on….. I wish there was a film made on how the media has held President Obama to a whole different standard than his predecessors. The CONSTANT negativity, the CONSTANT moving of the goal posts, the ‘damn if you do, damn if you don’t ” spin on every single problem… Gosh, they make me so mad.

      It’s ridiculous what is asked of this man. History won’t be kind to the whole media apparatus.

      • 94 susanne
        February 19, 2013 at 6:08 pm

        not to mention that pbo is not doing enough in the middle east, in africa, in asia, etc. they’re not looking for a great president; they’re looking for the second coming of christ.

        • 95 99ts
          February 19, 2013 at 6:34 pm

          exactly susanne – except the second coming of Christ could not possibly be a black man in the world of the GOP and the WHPC

          • 96 jacquelineoboomer
            February 19, 2013 at 6:41 pm

            Seems to me they were starting up the premise early on that PBO was the “anti-Christ,” until they realized they expect the anti-Christ to be white, like them. Gets confusin’ for those soulless wonders.

      • 97 carolmaewy
        February 19, 2013 at 6:15 pm

        Also learned Simpson hadn’t heard of Harlem Shake. Very provocative interview and answers. 😈

  23. February 19, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    A real guffaw for the ladies.

    Subject: Switcheroo

    A man was sick and tired

    of going to work every day

    while his wife stayed home.

    He wanted her to see

    what he went through so he prayed:

    ‘Dear Lord:

    I go to work every day and put

    in 8 hours while my wife

    merely stays at home.

    I want her to know what

    I go through

    So, please allow her body to

    switch with mine for a day.

    God, in his infinite wisdom,

    granted the man’s wish.

    The next morning, sure enough,

    the man awoke as a woman…

    He arose, cooked breakfast

    for his mate,

    Awakened the kids,

    Set out their school clothes,

    Fed them breakfast,

    Packed their lunches,

    Drove them to school,

    Came home and picked

    up the dry cleaning,

    Took it to the cleaners

    And stopped at the bank

    to make a deposit,

    Went grocery shopping,

    Then drove home to put

    away the groceries,

    Paid the bills and balanced

    the check book.

    He cleaned the cat’s litter box

    and bathed the dog..

    Then, it was already 1 P.M.

    And he hurried to make the beds,

    Do the laundry, vacuum,

    Dust, And sweep and mop

    the kitchen floor.

    Ran to the school to pick up

    the kids and got into an argument

    with them on the way home.

    Set out milk and cookies and

    got the kids organized to do

    their homework.

    Then, set up the ironing board

    and watched TV while he

    did the ironing.

    At 4:30 he began peeling

    potatoes and washing

    vegetables for salad,

    breaded the pork chops

    and snapped

    fresh beans for supper.

    After supper,

    He cleaned the kitchen,

    Ran the dishwasher,

    Folded laundry,

    Bathed the kids, And put

    them to bed.

    At 9 P.M. He was exhausted

    and, though his daily chores

    weren’t finished, he went to

    bed where he was expected to

    make love, which he managed

    to get through without complaint.

    The next morning, he awoke

    and immediately knelt by the

    bed and said: –

    Lord, I don’t know what

    I was thinking.

    I was so wrong to envy my

    wife’s being able to stay

    home all day

    Please, Oh! Please,

    let us trade back.. Amen!’

    The Lord, in his infinite wisdom, replied:

    “My son, I feel you have

    learned your lesson and

    I will be happy to change

    things back to the way

    they were.

    But you’ll have to wait

    nine months, though.

    You got pregnant last night”

  24. 102 carolmaewy
    February 19, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Don’t know if this works.

    @CarolMaeWY MT @jeffzeleny AZ immigration townhall: Crowd turns on McCain. Former law enforcement official shouts, McCain says guy is jerk.

  25. 112 Dudette
    February 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    PBO is doing local news interviews again. San Francisco (I think) ABC News 7 crew tweeted about landing in DC for interview with the President. Not sure when it will take place or when it will air though.

  26. 121 Dudette
    February 19, 2013 at 6:32 pm

  27. 123 99ts
    February 19, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I’m late to the party – and have to go out today – but after reading some of the last thread I wanted to say a big thanks to

    FayPax – some of your posts today were spot on – and also had me ROFL. How the WHPC is the joke of the week

    • February 19, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      I tuned back in just in time to see this. You are more than welcome 99ts. I figure the Republicans are a joke…we need to acknowledge it now and then. πŸ™‚

  28. 126 dotster3
    February 19, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Chuck Todd essentially blamed President Obama for the sequester mess on NBC Nightly News. He said Congress is already unpopular, that Obama is really testing the public’s tolerance of his side of the story, that they will end up blaming Obama for the negative consequences. I cannot stand Chuck Todd. He has zero integrity. It is always so obvious that he holds a personal grudge against Obama.

  29. 141 CEB
    February 19, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Just stopping in to say “hello.”

    You guys rock!!! I am in awe of the fierceness you have all displayed in the past few days which your quick responses calling out the lies and the B.S as well as the schooling you have provided with your informative links and wise commentary. You are warriors in the cause of justice. Thanks for all that you do.

  30. 142 Bill
    February 19, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Reverend Al said PBO had better taste with Tiger as a golf partner than when he played with Boner. The Reverend speaks the truth.

  31. 145 Dudette
    February 19, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Just so it’s clear:

    Note the graphic on the NYT article.

  32. 148 Dudette
    February 19, 2013 at 7:13 pm

  33. 149 Gazelle
    February 19, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I adore Dr. Maya Angelou. Rev Al just had a delightful interview w/ her. Hope you can watch it, nod yr head & simply smile!

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