The Week Ahead

… listening to Gladys Knight perform during the Governors Dinner, Feb. 27, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Sunday: The President and the First Lady will welcome the National Governors Association to the White House for the 2013 Governors’ Dinner (7:10 EST). The Vice President and Dr Biden will also attend.


Monday: The President and the Vice President will deliver remarks to the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room. The First Lady and Dr Biden will also deliver remarks.


Tuesday: The President will travel to Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, in Newport News, Virginia, to highlight the devastating impact that the sequester will have on jobs and middle class families if Congressional Republicans fail to compromise to avert the sequester by March 1.


Wednesday: The President will deliver remarks at the unveiling of a statue of Rosa Parks at the United States Capitol. In the evening, he will deliver remarks at the Business Council Dinner in Washington, D.C.

First Lady Michelle Obama will join Rachael Ray in Clinton, Mississippi (3:0 EST) as part of the Let’s Move national tour.



Thursday: The President will attend meetings at the White House

First Lady Michelle Obama will return to her hometown of Chicago to make a major announcement to bring physical activity back to schools. The First Lady will be joined by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, NIKE, Inc. President & CEO Mark Parker, Dominique Dawes, Gabby Douglas, Allyson Felix, Bob Harper, Bo Jackson, Colin Kaepernick, Sarah Reinertsen, Paul Rodriguez, Serena Williams, a surprise musical guest and thousands of Chicago area teachers and students at the event. (12:0 EST)

Later on Thursday (3:25 EST), the First Lady will travel to Springfield, Missouri to see changes Walmart has made to reduce sodium and added sugars from packaged food items, to make healthier food more affordable. More details here on the Let’s Move! national tour schedule.


Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House

216 Responses to “The Week Ahead”

  1. 7 Mae who love our CIC
    February 23, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Could it be! I having been running days behind forever. Hey y’all

  2. 12 desertflower
    February 23, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    MtMarilyn….if you happen to peek in here…I replied to you on the last thread:)

  3. 14 prettyfoot58
    February 23, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Be interesting to see which GOP governors do not attend….

    • 15 globalcitizenlinda
      February 23, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      i suspect that a number will attend given the current media obscession with christie who is seen to be corporating with PBO.

      I know the governor of Ohio, who came into office telling people to either get on the bus or he would drive right over them is now trying to sound like a moderate Democrat – elections have consequences

    • 16 Bill
      February 23, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      There is not a lot going on in many of the red states, and the invitation to the WH is the nicest event to which many will ever be invited. Also, even the haters are star struck with POTUS and FLOTUS. There is a photo of the half term governor eying PBO at one of the governors events, and he is paying no attention to her. I’ll bet there is a good turnout.

  4. 17 globalcitizenlinda
    February 23, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I hope that during the discussion of efforts to reduce gun violence, the issue of overturning laws that remove liability for gun manufacturers can be one of the things under consideration.

    providers of any service and producers of other products can be sued so why not gun manufacturers?

    • 19 prettyfoot58
      February 23, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      As i have said…their agenda is not new….nor is it unknown/we must be ever vigilant
      They must be ever be beaten back../we must be as relentless to Move Forward as they are to move us backward….

      The Struggle continues~~

    • 20 jackiegrumbacher
      February 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks for the link, DF. This was a fascinating, although not surprising, analysis. The more light that gets shone on the real purpose of the GOP, the better.

  5. 21 Jovie
    February 23, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    On Friday, he has nothing purposely.
    That’s the day the sequester kicks in…
    I hope he has a news Presser at 5ish, lays it right at the feet of the GOP.

  6. 22 desertflower
    February 23, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Bringing this over from the last thread:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/22/us/in-gun-debate-a-bigger-role-seen-for-insurers.html?ref=politics&_r=0 ABOUT DAMN TIME!!!

    Lawmakers in at least half a dozen states, including California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania, have proposed legislation this year that would require gun owners to buy liability insurance — much as car owners are required to buy auto insurance. Doing so would give a financial incentive for safe behavior, they hope, as people with less dangerous weapons or safety locks could qualify for lower rates.

    “I believe that if we get the private sector and insurance companies involved in gun safety, we can help prevent a number of gun tragedies every year,” said David P. Linsky, a Democratic state representative in Massachusetts who wants to require gun owners to buy insurance. He believes it will encourage more responsible behavior and therefore reduce accidental shootings. “Insurance companies are very good at evaluating risk factors and setting their premiums appropriately,” he added.

    You know as well as I do, that the insurance industry will get on board with this if they know that they can make some more $$$….in this case, I’m ALL FOR IT!

    • 23 mtmarilyn
      February 23, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      DF, these folks in other states are looking at the whole picture. I am in such disbelief what this legislature here in MT is doing and what some of our local sheriff’s are doing. Thank goodness we have a democratic governor. I don’t know what is going to here. Some of the people are going off the deep end. I am praying mode. Not much else I can do. I have put in calls to all the people I can. I feel the good people of MT can’t believe how stupid the persons are who have been elected. There are sane people here, hopefully they will wake up now.

      • 24 desertflower
        February 23, 2013 at 2:32 pm

        Well…I DO live in AZ, so I can empathize and feel your pain 🙂 Hopefully, your D gov would veto such things…us? We have a Republican shitforbrains gov….gee, I wonder if she and hubby will be at the Governor’s Ball tonight? 🙂 Love for Bo to bite that damn finger of hers off…

        • 25 desertflower
          February 23, 2013 at 2:34 pm

          Oh for good sakes:) I thought that you were responding to my post about the RW idiot in MT that thinks that corporations should be able to vote! Time for a nap…or something….

          • 26 mtmarilyn
            February 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm

            Oh,I was including that too. I know how scary AZ is right now too. What is wrong with this country. We keep saying that but atleast we elected the best President ever and we have TOD to come to. I do have faith that the arc of the curve is bending back toward sanity.

            Is there still snow on the mtns around you? How is your family. It is so wonderful now that my husband has 2 new hips and is no longer in pain.

            • 27 desertflower
              February 23, 2013 at 2:54 pm

              Hey…things are looking up here. Chance that the old SOB Arpiao will be recalled:) I’ll dance naked in the streets for that one…maybe just my backyard, but you get the drift:) Things just don’t move as fast as we’d like, but they WILL MOVE! We have to MAKE THEM MOVE. I have hope.

              No more snow on the mountains around here. It was beautiful while it lasted, but now it’s too warm…immediate family is fine…the bigger family….well, no comment 🙂 My stepdad is having his hip surgery next month and is terrified…I know that he’ll feel a LOT better after it’s over with…been suffering for years.

    • February 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      As you know, df, I’ve been pushing the need to tightly couple ‘responsible gun ownership’ with a broad requirement for liability coverage – from manufacturers of guns and ammo to dealers to owners and users who don’t own the gun they are using, i.e., the same way a parent or other party are required to have liability coverage for any person driving a vehicle they own.

      License and liability insurance need to be required in all instances of any person using a gun.

      Yes We Can

      • 29 desertflower
        February 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm

        I agree 100%! And I’m sure you would agree that if the insurance industry thought there was a way to make more money from this liability insurance, that they would be on board with this, as well? It’s just the right thing to do….for once, if they make money off of this, at least it would be for a good cause, to the benefit of millions of people that want to live free from this gun violence….just common sense.

        • February 23, 2013 at 3:46 pm

          Oh, they would definitely make money because they know how to risk mitigate, just as they do with all forms of activity for which they provide liability coverage. In the case of gun and ammo selling and the use thereof, they would become strong proponents for rigorous licensing for sellers, owners and users of guns. It is that type of ‘feed back loop’ that is at the core of the 17 recommendations. For instance, ‘background checks’ would automatically be mandatory because no insurance company would underwrite liability coverage for felons.

          Yes We Can

      • 31 jackiegrumbacher
        February 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm

        Bob, if even a few states pick up this idea and implement it and the insurance companies realize how profitable it is, you can bet it will suddenly start spreading to other states where these companies have a big footprint. Then maybe the even the Repubs in Congress will take notice.

    • February 23, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      This makes so much sense.

  7. 36 Jovie
    February 23, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Also, the President should cut all the Tea baggers clean water in their districts and their farm subsidies.

  8. 37 amk for obama
    February 23, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    It’s 1 am. Do you know where your amk is ?

  9. February 23, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    My Governor will be there with bells on!!

    • 42 4morefor44
      February 23, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      he’s so great! california state budget’s on track to be fixed from ahhhnold’s reign of terror within a few years, just like he did last time he cleaned up a mess left by a lame “actor” turned republican governor of california:

      “After taking office, Brown gained a reputation as a fiscal conservative.[9] The American Conservative later noted he was “much more of a fiscal conservative than Governor Reagan.”[10] His fiscal restraint resulted in one of the biggest budget surpluses in state history, roughly $5 billion.[11][12] ”

      like president obama and the white house, i wish there could be governor-for-life for jerry!

      • February 23, 2013 at 2:41 pm

        I’m so with you on that! Jerry has been very good for CA and I’m so glad he was able to clear up a lot of the mess left by Arnold.

        • 44 desertflower
          February 23, 2013 at 2:46 pm

          we ALWAYS end up cleaning up the messes left by the supposed “fiscal conservatives”…same shit, different day

      • 45 theo67
        February 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm

        Governor Brown has been doing a pretty good job reigning in some ambitious Democratic goals without too much harm, and yet dealing with the fiscal crisis that Schwarzenegger created and left behind. He’s been quite responsible.

        My suggestion: Liberals/Democrats need to make the term “fiscal conservative” as deplorable as having an “A” rating from the NRA, and make “fiscally responsible” the Democratic term that everyone wants to be associated with their name. There’s nothing good about fiscal conservatism, if it results in refusing to make investments in things that continue to make the country competitive and that help Americans cope with disaster, tough times and old age. To conserve something is to protect or save it from change – and that’s not always a good thing.

        Republicans love to throw around the term “fiscal conservative” as though it’s honorable to deprive future generations of a clean environment, good education, roads and bridges and pipework that won’t kill them by collapsing… The GOP are not responsible, they have no idea how to govern, and they’re not interested in safeguarding this country’s riches for future generations (unless those generations belong to the top 0.3%).

        • 46 desertflower
          February 23, 2013 at 5:22 pm

          So perfectly said, theo:) Precisely.

        • 47 0388jojothecat
          February 23, 2013 at 7:26 pm

          I agree….I believe Gov Brown is trying to practice “Responsible Government” opposed to “Fiscal Conservitive”. How can you be “Fiscal Conservative” when you give millionaires and billionaires special tax breaks.

      • 48 Karlene
        February 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm

        yep i so agree..

  10. 49 yardarm756
    February 23, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    • 50 Lovepolitics2008
      February 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you for this. Well, the repubs are right there aren’t they ? Pretty chilling.

      • 51 desertflower
        February 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm

        And they don’t even realize it.

        • February 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm

          The big boys do. Over a year ago I sounded the alarm that Romney, et al were a bunch of fascists. There are tremendous similarities in what they are now doing and what a group of richie riches did when Roosevelt was in office. They formed an organization and tried to overthrow the government, but the General they chose to shadow the President spilled the beans.


          • 53 desertflower
            February 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm

            I meant the general populace of Republican voters….but point taken:)

            • February 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm

              I knew that was what you meant and you’re absolutely right. There’s a reason why we have revisionist history lessons. Although, if they knew, many of them are like my stupid neighbor…if that is what it requires to be a Republican, they’d just be fascists. They really are the stupid party. 🙂

              • 55 desertflower
                February 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm

                They really ARE the stupid party, and no amount of spin or rebranding will change that. They rail against things just because PBO said it, did it,etc…when all the while THEIR OWN PARTY is screwing this country royally…doing all the things they say they hate, but seem to want to embrace if a Republican does it. The problem with this country is flat out ignorance. We are NOT exceptional and never will be, if this continues the way it has been. This kind of stupid keeps me up at night. Really.

    • 57 Dudette
      February 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      Well done. TY Yardarm!

  11. 59 amk for obama
    February 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    A woman and her little girl were visiting the grave of the little girl’s grandmother.

    On their way through the cemetery back to the car, the little girl asked: “Mommy, do they ever bury two people in the same grave?”

    “Of course not, dear.” replied the mother, “Why would you think that?”

    “The tombstone back there said ‘Here lies a lawyer and an honest man.’ “

  12. 61 Jovie
    February 23, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    If Danica Patrick wins the Daytona 500, I might just get a poster of her and hang it in my Room.
    (I might get a poster of her anyways)! 🙂

  13. 62 Ladyhawke
    February 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Ted Cruz: I’m being silenced!

    The Tea Party bully plays the victim after critics compare his unsourced attacks on Chuck Hagel to McCarthyism

    By Joan Walsh


    Tough-talking freshman Sen. Ted Cruz is attacking critics with a bold tactic: whining. The man who told the world, without evidence, that defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel might have taken money from Hamas or North Korea now complains his critics are trying to “silence” him – but it won’t work.
    Cruz now wears Bachmann’s mantle, and he wears it nicely. Playing the persecuted, he challenged reporters to at least investigate Hagel a little bit while they’re attacking him.

    “A lot of media attention has been focused on the attacks leveled on me and I would encourage all of you if you want to write stories on that great, knock yourself out, but I would ask for every 10 stories you write, attacking me, perhaps write one story on the substance of Chuck Hagel’s record,” suggested Cruz.

    That’s good advice. Because if they do, they’ll find no substance to Cruz’s charges in Hagel’s “record,” but a lot of substance to charges that he’s a 21stcentury Joe McCarthy in Cruz’s.



    • 63 jackiegrumbacher
      February 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Wow, LH, a bullying Republican resorts to whining. How unique!!

      • 64 Ladyhawke
        February 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm

        I know right. Ted Cruz (The Smear Master) is now claiming he is the victim. He can dish it but he can’t take it. Unbelievable …..

    • 65 0388jojothecat
      February 23, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      He needs to be labeled the “new McCarthy” if he’s gonna act like it. This is NOT the 1950’s and we are NOT going back to those times..EVER!

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  16. 68 prettyfoot58
    February 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Musings on the future of race and national politics


    The question we might want to ask is “What happens to the Obama coalition if our goal is to attract more white voters?” From the perspective of people of color, is that question not at least equally important?


    This is the elephant in the room….We(the Obama Coalition) are out of the box and we will not go quietly in the night…

    for me Clinton represents the old guard…

    i am looking for a candidate who not only accepts the Obama agenda but strives to move it forward…someone who can not only keep the “Obama Coalition” together..but grow it…

    because even if GOP and its forces do not have racism as a weapon…their agenda remains the same…

    The Struggle Continues~~

  17. 69 CarolMaeWY
    February 23, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Are you having an Oscar Part? Do you need a reminder on what films are in the running and what they are about? Here’s a short clip for your viewing pleasure.


  18. 74 Jovie
    February 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Some 50 U.S. company executives are headed to Burma next week in the first major business delegation since President Obama’s historic visit last year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced Friday.

    “This delegation trip is an important milestone,” said Tami Overby, the chamber’s vice-president for Asia. “We have made tremendous progress in normalizing economic relations between our countries. It is now time to take the relationship to the next level.”

    The trip comes as the United States is in the process of lifting its last sanctions against the country, also known as Myanmar, following democratic elections and the release of political prisoners over the past two years. U.S. businesses see vast opportunity in the untapped market of 60 million people, even though no major deals have yet been announced because of lingering uncertainty about doing business in the country and questions about whether the sanctions waivers will hold.


    • 75 Dudette
      February 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      Wooot! Obama’s fault!

    • 76 theo67
      February 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      This is how the world changes for the better. Bit by bit. As people become more economically stable, they want to protect that – and they resist the elements that would rather have chaos and destruction. This is why the State Department needs more money than the Defense department – for Development activities that sustain the world and make lives better. There’s obviously still a lot of work that Burma/Myanmar needs to do for its people, but this is good news!

  19. 77 desertflower
    February 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Happy story of the day…and a good reminder that all people aren’t assholes


    • February 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Indeed. This story warmed the cockles of my heart.

    • 79 desertflower
      February 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      And yes…what does this say about us, that when someone does the right thing and returns something that doesn’t belong to them…that this is monumental and such a big deal….I’m happy that this man did the right thing, but why does this seem out of the ordinary? He wants to know…seems like this man had more character than most of our elected officials do.

      • 80 theo67
        February 23, 2013 at 4:35 pm

        There are hardened criminals rotting in prison cells that have more character than most of our elected officials, these days…

    • 81 Dudette
      February 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      • 82 0388jojothecat
        February 23, 2013 at 7:19 pm

        I hope they help him handle that money and it’s unfortunate that they have identified him. He will be hounded by moochers looking to get some of that money. They should have secretly given him a donation or helped him get back on his feet if that is what he wants.

  20. 83 utaustinliberal
    February 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Colin Kaepernick is part of FLOTUS’s Let’s Move line up? Hubba….hubba….hubba….HAWT stuff. He’s hot with a capital H-O-T. Buns of steel I tells ya. Buns of steel.

  21. 86 Jovie
    February 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    • 91 mtmarilyn
      February 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      That is a great read. I am replying to your up comment about Arpaio. Is there really a good chance he will be recalled? That would be wonderful for all of you.

      • 92 desertflower
        February 23, 2013 at 5:24 pm

        Oh YES!!! He’s running scared:) Check out PhoenixNewTImes.com….for all the scoop!

        • 93 0388jojothecat
          February 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm

          I am praying that man gets recalled……if that happens that is a major turning point for this country and for AZ…..alll the Rethugs should be shaking in their boots.

  22. 94 Jovie
    February 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Rob Woodward is messin with the President again-

    By DONOVAN SLACK | 2/23/13 1:14 PM EST
    The White House is fighting back against an assertion by the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward that President Obama is “moving the goal posts” by asking that tax revenue be included in a deal averting the sequester cuts.

    Woodward argued in an op-ed that the initial agreement creating the sequester did not include revenues and so trying to include them now is a changeup.


    This guy is a hack!

  23. February 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Arne Duncan going on Face the Nation, Ray Lahood on MTP WH is on offense…….

  24. 101 Jovie
    February 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    The Tea baggers have a day of action today, rallying against gun control.
    Rallies all over the Country.

    • February 23, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      Do they have their guns? My daughter said mercury is in retrograde (or some such nonsense) and it’s a time when people have lots of accidents. 🙂

  25. 103 hopefruit2
    February 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm

  26. 106 dotster3
    February 23, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Speaking of governors, I was just thinking—-yay!—-but anyhoo, I don’t see why all these blue states—-solid and mostly blue, those that Obama won both times—–have Repub governors. Democrats should be able to win statewide in Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan—-easily— and even in states like Fl. and Va. etc. These Repub governors and administrations are doing a lot of damage in these states—-continually introducing new voter restrictions, closing Planned Parenthood and womens’ health clinics, introducing more trans vaginal probe requirements, stemming workers’ rights, killing environmental regulations, opposing every Obama admin. effort etc. etc. There is no reason why the Dems shouldn’t be able to come up with appealing candidates in these states that can win—–the populations there have proven they will vote Democratic if you give them a good choice.

    • 107 COS
      February 23, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      Dotster, ufortunately, Democrats sat at home in 2010, while the tea party was in full force electing all of the republican governors in blue states. A lot of Dems were whining about the public option and other stuff. When Democrats show up to vote, we always win. I hope we show up in full force in 2014.

    • 109 Jovie
      February 23, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      Not only that, lots of house seats in blue states that went republican.
      These should be identified and targeted, along with those Governors you mentiones.
      2014 is very important!

    • February 23, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      I just came back from our state convention. The whole message was 2014 starts now. They elected a new chairman, which I was kind of sad about, but the new guy has done work on the national level and his wife Julianne Smoot worked in the Obama White House. The big message was party unity, stay focused and develop good candidates. Although my district caucus was sort of rowdy. It’s been gerrymandered to make it securely red by excluding Pontiac. It combines two really different segments of two counties and there seemed to be some friction, but I think all was well at the end.

  27. February 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm


    • 112 Jovie
      February 23, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      Good job. It seems the republicans have hired Woodward to investigate the WH and find something?
      What that makes Woodward is a Merc!

    • 113 anniebella
      February 23, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Remember David Brooks, Bob Woodward is living off of Watergate. What has he done since then? I think if I had to chose between the White House and Bob Woodward, I will believe the White House.

  28. February 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    The lengths to which D.C. Beltway shallow brooks will go to discredit PBO is astonishing.

  29. 115 anniebella
    February 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    In that first picture POTUS and FLOTUS looks good.

  30. 117 Bill R.
    February 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Should be an interesting Conclave and papal election at the Vatican, scandals, sex, money, blackmail, leaks, power struggles, all the makings of a great mini-series….. no wait, I mean papal election: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/world/europe/shadows-accompany-gathering-to-pick-pope.html

  31. 119 Dudette
    February 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    A little something warm for desertflower and our friends out west enduring the cold:

    • 120 desertflower
      February 23, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      That looks like AZ! Is she from here?? She’s lovely. Beautiful voice. Thanks, Dudette! It’s warm enough to have my windows open today….good day thing, too…because my HUSBAND burned the pan his brats were in!! The pan, with the brats still in it…is now outside. Better be able to clean that pan…it’s an All Clad! I’m not throwing that out:)

      • 121 Dudette
        February 23, 2013 at 5:55 pm

        I recognized some of the AZ sites in it. Just thought it was lovely.

        Chante’s from Cali I think. Looks like a fan video rather than an “official” one though. Remember the movie was set in AZ. Fan who created it might be from around your way. 🙂

  32. 123 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Article on our local day of action

  33. February 23, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    The evolution of Dad Dancing

  34. 128 Dudette
    February 23, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Twitter buzzing with news of Daytona finish (I don’t even watch racing) — this is shuddering!


  35. 141 prettyfoot58
    February 23, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    • February 23, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      I don’t have good feelings about this. The Supreme Court could have refused to hear the case since they just ruled on it in 2006.

      • 143 carolyn
        February 23, 2013 at 5:16 pm

        I have a good feeling for some reason, and that reason is Sonia Sotomayor. She is far more powerful than the one she replaced…..whose name I cannot remember. Also, I think even the justices are seeing the way the country is going, and don’t want to be left behind. They are not immune to public opinion. Alito, Scalia and Thomas are irredeemable, but the others aren’t. No reason to take it up again, however, except for those awful RWNJs.

      • 146 prettyfoot58
        February 23, 2013 at 6:34 pm

        i know…

    • February 23, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      So is South Carolina now violating the VRA with this new law?
      Photo ID Requirements – New for 2013

      Submitted by cwhitmire on Mon, 2012-09-24 13:06. ::

      Beginning January 1, 2013, you will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs at your polling place:
      •S.C. Driver’s License
      •ID Card issued by S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles
      •S.C. Voter Registration Card with Photo
      •Federal Military ID
      •U.S. Passport

  36. 149 CarolMaeWY
    February 23, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    In case you didn’t like the Super Bowl commercial with farmers, check this one out.

  37. 158 desertflower
    February 23, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Just got back from errands…and quiet time with my son….and we stopped into Starbucks to get a little something, and there was the front page of the NYT with a despondent pic of PBO and the caption underneath said something about PBO not happy that his calling out of Republicans wasn’t doing any good. WTF? NYT is falling into the weeds more and more…..as if Brooks debacle wasn’t enough of an embarrassment!

    • 159 anniebella
      February 23, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      NYT is a piece of crap.

    • 162 jackiegrumbacher
      February 23, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      On the other hand, DF, our little local newspaper had a big headline about how the sequester would hurt our local military base and cost jobs. The NYT headline doesn’t tell you one thing about the impact of the sequester on the New York economy, but it implies something negative about a president who just got 85 percent of the New York City vote. Our little hometown newspaper made it clear as crystal how it would hurt real people in our county and this county is red. Which headline do you think real people are going to read.

    • 163 globalcitizenlinda
      February 23, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      it is extremely important that all of raise our voices and go after the gop

    • 164 vcprezofan2
      February 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Helping PBO to call attention to Repubs’ lack of help in nation building

  38. 165 Dudette
    February 23, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Watching my Tarheels leading NC State in the final minutes of the game. Boy do we need this game. Go Heels!!

  39. 166 desertflower
    February 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    OH HELL YES! http://todayentertainment.today.com/_news/2013/01/30/16771884-barbra-streisand-to-perform-at-oscars-for-the-first-time-in-36-years?lite

    I’m a HUGE fan….since I was a child. Can’t wait to see/hear her tomorrow!!!

  40. 168 Karlene
    February 23, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Hi everyone..congrts Derbingle. FLOTUS looks beautiful..Elegant..Beautiful day here..

  41. 169 Dudette
    February 23, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    For Liberal Librarian and book lovers everywhere 🙂

  42. 175 Ladyhawke
    February 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm


    President Obama DID NOT control Congress for Two Years!


    • 176 anniebella
      February 23, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      So who told that lie? Let me guess, the greatest liars there is…..Republicans.

      • 177 nathkatun7
        February 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm

        It’s a given that Republicans will tell lies. What is shameful and damaging to our country is when the media, which people rely on for information, repeat and validate Republican lies as if they were true facts.

  43. 179 Dudette
    February 23, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Happy Purim to everyone out there who celebrates it!

  44. 183 Dudette
    February 23, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    18 Local News Front Pages On How Looming Budget Cuts Will Hit Their Communities

    • 185 globalcitizenlinda
      February 23, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      this doesnt even sound legal

    • 186 theo67
      February 23, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      I think we need to cordon off sections of the country and let the crazies just have them. Protect everyone else.

      • 187 desertflower
        February 23, 2013 at 7:17 pm

        I’d agree if I wasn’t stuck here in crazyland… 🙂

        • 188 theo67
          February 23, 2013 at 7:20 pm

          We’d have to airlift the sane ones out before cordoning off the area, of course… 😉

          • 189 nathkatun7
            February 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm

            I would go for that provided we also get rid of insane people from blue states. I think here in CA we can do an exchange with Arizona. Let’s send all the crazies from parts of Orange County, San Diego County and other tiny counties, along with such Congressmen like Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter, Jr. to Arizona. In Exchange we can get Desertflower, Gabby Giffords, and other sane people from Arizona.

            • 190 theo67
              February 23, 2013 at 10:01 pm

              That sounds like an excellent plan. We’d have to do it quickly, so that the insane ones wouldn’t realize they won’t have anyone with any skills left in their cordoned off area. 😉

  45. 191 globalcitizenlinda
    February 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    many here have to admit their “role” in pushing FLOTUS & Jimmy Fallon’s “Evolution of Mom Dancing” original video to close to 1 million hits

  46. 194 yardarm756
    February 23, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    This would be hilarious if it didn’t have a grain of truth.

    Subject: Dear Abby:

    Dear Abby:
    I am a crack dealer in Beaumont , Texas , who has recently been tem
    Diagnosed as a carrier of HIV virus. My parents live in Fort Worth .
    One of my sisters lives in Pflugerville and is married to a
    Transvestite. My father and mother have recently been arrested for
    Growing and selling marijuana. They are financially dependent on my
    Other two sisters, who are prostitutes in Dallas . I have two brothers:
    One is currently serving a life sentence at Huntsville for the murder
    Of a teenage boy in 1994. My other brother is currently in jail
    Awaiting charges of sexual misconduct with his three children. I have
    Recently become engaged to marry a former prostitute who lives in
    Longview . She is a part time ‘working girl’.
    All things considered, my problem is this. I love my fiancee and look
    Forward to bringing her into the family. I certainly want to be
    Totally open and honest with her.
    Should I tell her about my cousin who supports Barack Obama for President?

    Worried About My Reputation 😀

  47. 196 JER
    February 23, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    • 197 itgurl_29
      February 23, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      Aww. So glad POTUS can enjoy this precious moment tonight. Sasha’s last recital was during the Newtown tragedy and she had to share her dad with the nation.

    • 198 globalcitizenlinda
      February 23, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      thanks for the report. Its always great to know that no matter what the First Couple always demonstrates that their kids are their first priority.

      Ps, i thought the NYT told us that PBO is despondent over gop’s lack of corporation sequester – he should be “hidding” at an undisclosed location

    • 199 anniebella
      February 23, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      If Sasha can dance like FLOTUS, then she is pretty good.

  48. February 23, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Back on TOD page 6 (all of two days ago), Susanne posted part 1 video of KITV-HAWAII interview with President Obama.

    The reporter was very professional, while being engaging and expressing her excitement, not an easy task. (Really puts the WHPC to shame.)

    Here’s part 3 of KITV’s interview where the President talks about pidgin, food and Presidential library; it auto-segues into a brief video of the East Room:
    “It took a full presidential term, a re-election, and the work of a determined journalist before President Barack Obama agreed to a one-on-one interview with a television news crew from Hawaii.”

    Susanne, if you posted other local news about PBO earlier this week, I missed them. 😦 But would welcome any updates from you!

    • February 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      Yun Ji Dies used to be WH reporter for ABC news w/ Jake Tapper, until about 2 years ago. She is born and raised in Hawaii, and also went to the same Punahua High School as President Obama.

  49. 203 Grab A Mop Grace
    February 23, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Saw a post up above from desertflower about Barbra Streisand performing at the Oscar’s tomorrow night. I’m a HUGE fan too df!

    She doesn’t perform without good cause. My bet is she was asked to sing for the “In Memoriam” part of the show, and to honor her long time friend Marvin Hamlisch. We lost him too soon this past summer, and what better song of his to sing but her “Memories”!

    I think I might be on to something here. I hope that I’m right!!

    • 204 desertflower
      February 23, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      I know that she never does any public appearances anymore but for causes that she believes in. It will be such an honor and privilege to see her perform tomorrow night. I love her. Always have. She can bring me to tears and give me goosebumps…and I love the person she is. Can’t wait!

  50. 205 Grab A Mop Grace
    February 23, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    The actual title of the song is the same as the movie title of course….”The Way We Were”.

  51. February 23, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Youtube/Nascar is blocking any personal or ESPN footage of the Nascar wreck, you can see all the videos here, including a very scary one where a tire flies into the stands and injures someone and updates.

  52. 213 amk for obama
    February 23, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    A proof that men have better friends:

    A woman didn’t come home one night. Next morning she told her husband she had slept over at a friends house. Husband calls her 10 best friends. None of them knew anything about it.

    Man didn’t come home one night. Next morning he says he slept over at a friends house. Wife calls his 10 best friends. Eight confirmed that he slept over and two said he was still there.

  53. 215 Jovie
    February 23, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Mark Knoller says the President visited Sasha at School and this is the 4 millionth time he has talked to Sasha, while being President! 🙂

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