Monday: A Video and Image or Two

President Obama takes questions during a meeting with the National Governors Association



President Barack Obama talks with Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vt., center, chair of the Democratic Governors Association, and Gov. Mike Spence, R-Ind., after a meeting with the NGA in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 25, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



Official portrait of Vice President Joe Biden in his West Wing Office at the White House, Jan. 10, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)






Grrrr, got no newsie bits posted today, will try to make up for it in the morning – I have a seriously monster huuuuuge amount of catching up to do. 😕

293 Responses to “Monday: A Video and Image or Two”

  1. 13 0388jojothecat
    February 25, 2013 at 7:02 pm


  2. February 25, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Congrats Tally!! Is there a prize for last post before a new thread? I win those all the time!

  3. February 25, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    This is so rich in irony…

    • February 25, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      Oh look. Bored, spoiled, rich white dude with nothing better to do with his money now that he doesn’t have that war with Iran he tried to buy.

    • 33 anniebella
      February 25, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      Who cares? Let them sue each other till they both go broke. 🙂

    • February 25, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      Many other epithets come to mind, but I won’t add them in case I am the next one to be sued.

      • February 25, 2013 at 9:52 pm

        Not to worry – Sheldon has said that he “only talks to rich people”, so unless you’re a secret billionaire, he could care less what you say or do. You’re safe from lawsuits.

        Americans should rise up with a class action lawsuit against these craven criminals like Sheldon Adelson, for conspiring to destroy the future…

  4. 47 anniebella
    February 25, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Don’t forget FLOTUS interview with Robin Roberts tomorrow on GMA. I think it’s tomorrow.

  5. 51 anniebella
    February 25, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I am so proud of the work FLOTUS and Dr. J. Biden is doing. I know POTUS and VP Biden are so proud of them too.

  6. February 25, 2013 at 7:19 pm

  7. 53 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Cute 0:18 – 0:23
    Yay! 1:32 – 1:40 (a twofer)
    Avert your eyes at 1:49 1:51 (yuck!)
    Former FLOTUS: 2:13 – 2:19 Her favorite movie is about a couple of feuding oil families in TX, for pete’s sake!
    Ha ha! 3:07 – 3:14
    Suprising 3:14 – 3:24
    Other cameos by Iggy Pop, Lou Reed and Jessye Norman

  8. 65 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 7:23 pm

  9. 66 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 7:24 pm

  10. 71 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 7:29 pm

  11. 73 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 7:30 pm

  12. February 25, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Posting this to give time to people to organize, if you have not already. This is very, very important. Wed morning….. http://www.civilrights.org/press/2013/supreme-court-rally-VRA.html

    And why its so important as to who is POTUS, therefore appointing these types of Justice’s

  13. 75 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 7:35 pm

  14. February 25, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    What an odd reply from Zach Green:

    “UB doesn’t endorse candidates or have its own specific agenda”

    Shouldn’t the specific agenda of ‘unite blue’ be, well, to ‘unite blue’? And promote ‘blue’ candidates?

  15. 92 Roberta in MN
    February 25, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Good evening everyone. Update on my friends surgery. She came through with flying colors. Docs say, if she doesn’t bleed through the night, they can take the tubes out and she can go to her own room instead of ICU.. All her family was there, so it was nice to visit. Going to make it an early night. this getting up at 4am is for the birds. Got home around 4pm. They rescheduled start time for surgery, uuuugh I could have slept later. LOL. Anyway, thank you all for your prayers and best wishes, I informed her of all of you and she Thank you very much appreciated your kindness. (she loves Pres Obama too!!)
    Congrats Tally on 1st. Haven’t seen you post for awhile except of FB. Take care all.

  16. 97 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    • 98 99ts
      February 25, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      And the WHPC and/or political media never mention such things

      “Today, there are 14 judicial nominees pending before the Senate, most of whom were approved by the Judiciary Committee unanimously and several of whom would fill judicial emergency seats. An additional 21 nominees are pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee. These 35, highly-qualified nominees signify the President’s unprecedented commitment to a judiciary that reflects the nation it serves: 17 are women; 6 are African American; 6 are Hispanic; 4 are Asian American; and 5 are openly gay.”

      “The Senate should move to confirm all of the judicial nominees pending before it. These nominees deserve immediate consideration by the full Senate, and the interest of justice demands it. ”

      Most of use would be fired – with cause – if we did our jobs the way the congress does their job.

    • February 25, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      This article may peak your interest pertaining to your conversation here. The Tortuous, Protracted Wait to Confirm Judges—From Abe to Obama http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/02/the-tortuous-protracted-wait-to-confirm-judges-from-abe-to-obama/273485/

      • 111 Dudette
        February 25, 2013 at 9:41 pm

        Wow, even in the contentious environment Lincoln was in, the Congress confirmed nominees within an avg of 10 days. Makes this Congress’ all the more disgusting and should be grounds for dismissal due to derilection of duty, if there were such a recourse.

      • 112 yardarm756
        February 25, 2013 at 10:26 pm

        One of the many forms of hatred, bigotry and racism.

  17. 113 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 7:45 pm

  18. 114 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 7:50 pm

  19. 115 susanne
    February 25, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    geesh- before and after versions included.

    ‘ Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency altered an image of Michelle Obama at the Academy Awards to cover her shoulders and chest, an apparent attempt to render the First Lady modest enough for public consumption — even as the Islamic Republic complains of its portrayal in Argo, which won Best Picture on Sunday. ‘


    • 116 globalcitizenlinda
      February 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      there is enough craziness in the world – will just make ppl want to search for original image

    • 117 theo67
      February 25, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      It’s kind of an encouraging sign that they were showing the Oscars at all, and wanted to show the First Lady without offending those more modest/religious amongst their viewing audiences. If they’d covered her face, then that would have been a bit much, but I kind of got a laugh about this one.

    • February 26, 2013 at 12:42 am

      It also altered the acceptance speech of the Award winner from Iran. Don’t remember what he won for, think it was documentary.

  20. 119 globalcitizenlinda
    February 25, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    was that state embarassment brewer (hater, AZ) in the room at the White House?

    I still wish the USSS would have clipped her finger when she put it in PBO’s face.

  21. February 25, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    • 121 CarolMaeWY @CarolMaeWY
      February 25, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      Why are they starting now and not waiting for final word?

      • February 25, 2013 at 8:33 pm

        Too freak out the GOP before the sequester, adding another pressure point in all directions of this circular firing squad, the WH press shop/admin has been displaying for the last 7-10 days.

      • 124 99ts
        February 25, 2013 at 8:39 pm

        I haven’t read the article CarolMae – but if you suddenly reduced the staff at the detention center overnight – presumably there could be riots and much drama – if those in detention cannot be controlled. The numbers by Friday perhaps have to meet what the new staff levels can handle.

        Just checked the article which is based on the cost of detaining folks – same issue – discussed slightly differently. These cuts are going to be real – having people recognize that fact in this fashion – may (but only may) get some sanity into the GOP side of congress.

      • 131 theo67
        February 25, 2013 at 10:10 pm

        The GOP were all over the TV saying that the President was just doom & glooming, and nothing he said was going to happen would actually happen. Well, it’s happening.

        • 132 CarolMaeWY @CarolMaeWY
          February 25, 2013 at 10:53 pm

          Yes, but after reading an article in my local paper, my neighbors won’t know what hit them. Was trying to compose a couple of letters.

  22. 133 vitaminlover
    February 25, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Vice-President Biden is a cutie.

  23. 134 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 8:28 pm

  24. 138 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Nerd Bait:

    • 139 CarolMaeWY @CarolMaeWY
      February 25, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      In the 19 weeks since Election Day, McCain has been a guest on a Sunday show 9 times.

    • 143 CarolMaeWY @CarolMaeWY
      February 25, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      “Bad fashion, odd fads, and disco dance music sum up the 1970s for many Americans. But “Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project” takes a new look at the decade’s trends, fashions, and cultural shifts through color photographs taken for Project DOCUMERICA, a Federal photography project.”
      Nothing there looked anything like my experience in the seventies! I was/am so out of fashion.

  25. 144 hopefruit2
    February 25, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I’m having some naughty thoughts but it’s too early in the week for naughty mat, so I will leave it at that. 🙂 🙂

  26. February 25, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I dont know if this is visible….see if it works.

  27. 160 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I thought this was interesting

      • 162 Dudette
        February 26, 2013 at 12:31 am

        Yes indeed! Eye-popping! Jaw-dropping! Nephew stood up and clapped afterward. Same thing with Hugo. [I love being the cool Auntie!]

        Some movies — it’s like why bother going to see it in the theatre, if you’re not gonna see it in 3-D. This is one of them.

        Dude who won the cinematography Oscar deserved that bad boy, hands down!

        • February 26, 2013 at 12:40 am

          Unfortunately, we didn’t. It was a free movie hubby’s company sponsored as their yearly present to dependents, kids, grandkids. 3D is only available on week-ends in my little town. I enjoyed it. Everyone else hated it and could barely sit through it. I bought the book, but it just looks at me like Richard Parker. I so wanted to discuss the end with someone, but no one I know saw it, except those who hated it. Oh, well, I so enjoy talking to myself. ;}

  28. 166 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 9:14 pm

  29. 171 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Wow, EMILY’s List is stomping on Chris Christies ass on twitter!

    Go Ladies!!

  30. 172 yardarm756
    February 25, 2013 at 9:17 pm

  31. February 25, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    The useful idiots currently running the House of Representatives…..John Boehner’s merry band of bandits.

  32. 181 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    In case anyone forgot:

    For Immediate Release February 13, 2013
    Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

    Sharon Block, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring December 16, 2014, vice Craig Becker.

    Richard Cordray, of Ohio, to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection for a term of five years. (New Position)

    Richard F. Griffin, Jr., of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring August 27, 2016, vice Wilma B. Liebman, term expired.

    Karol Virginia Mason, of Georgia, to be an Assistant Attorney General, vice Laurie O. Robinson, resigned.

  33. 186 Pamela
    February 25, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    And so, earlier today, when I was lost in the excitement of being in the Top 30, I forgot to tell y’all we did have a Sun-Moon opposition today at 3:26pm EST, 7 degrees 24 minutes in the sign of VIrgo. Now you know! 😆

  34. February 25, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Reposting one last time, just to make sure nobody misses this. Individual 50 state PDF’s of every program/job/business affected by sequestration. Find the one where you live and hammer your Rep.

  35. 195 99ts
    February 25, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Not sure if this has been posted – the real Stephen Colbert supporting his sister – includes video

    “One of the biggest cheers Colbert received during his speech came when he said South Carolina’s first Congressional district needs Colbert-Busch “not just because she’s hard-working and talented and intelligent and dedicated. But because she’s sane!” “

    • 196 Dudette
      February 25, 2013 at 10:08 pm


      It’s really sad that these days you kinda have to point out that the person running for office is not a nutball like their opponents — even in South Carolina.

  36. 197 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 10:02 pm

  37. 198 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 10:03 pm

  38. 199 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 10:11 pm

  39. 200 yardarm756
    February 25, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Old RM has a bug up her butt about drones again.

  40. 202 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Kentucky Dem: I’d be surprised if Ashley Judd didn’t run
    Rep. John Yarmuth expects Judd to challenge Mitch McConnell in 2014

  41. 204 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Well, well, well… it seems old Turtle Man might have some “activity” on his service record at Ft Knox that might severely displease his base. [But I’m not one to gossip] 🙂

  42. 212 anniebella
    February 25, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Did anyone see the last guest Ed Schultz had on his show tonight? I don’t remember his name, but he was talking about the Oscars and he said he don’t think it was a good idea to have FLOTUS announcing the best picture. Ed ask him if he thought it would have been better if FLOTUS was there in person. The guy said no, she didn’t need to be there, Hollywood already has it’s royalties. I didn’t care for him one bit because it’s not like FLOTUS went begging them to appear on the Oscars, they asked her. If anyone else saw the guy beside me, did you know who he is?

    • 213 99ts
      February 25, 2013 at 11:16 pm

      I didn’t see it annie – but typical of pundits – what could be more important at the moment than FLOTUS at the oscars. last week it was PBO playing golf. They have NOTHING of substance to talk about against the President – so they find petty little things of no value to ensure the twitters are making some noise.

    • 214 COS
      February 25, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      I saw him Anniebella and I did not care for what he said either. FLOTUS making an appearance was no worse than all of the stars attending the White House Correspondent’s dinner posing for photos like they are on the red carpet.

      • 215 anniebella
        February 26, 2013 at 12:04 am

        I sent Ed a e-mail, I went to his face book page, and let Ed know exactly what I thought of that guest of his. If I could get his email address he will hear from me too. I think he work for NY magazine. FLOTUS was invited, the part where he said that hollywood has it’s royalties. I seem to recall Clooney and other hollywood stars showing up at the WH when POTUS and FLOTUS throw a State’s Dinner. But FLOTUS is not good enough to show up at the Oscars. Well she show up and I’m dam glad she did. She was great.

        • 216 COS
          February 26, 2013 at 12:49 am

          There is so much envy and jealousy of the Obamas and how they relate to everyday people. I think I heard Ed say that the guy was some sort of contributor to CBS. Ed acted a little surprised at the answer the guy gave re FLOTUS. Btw, the Jimmy Fallon/FLOTUS video is now over 6 million hits. 🙂

          • 217 anniebella
            February 26, 2013 at 4:29 am

            That’s cool COS. 6 million.

            • 218 anniebella
              February 26, 2013 at 4:36 am

              Ed ask the guy if it would have been better if FLOTUS was there in person, the guy said no she shouldn’t have even been there, Hollywood has it’s royalties. I sense some nastiness from him, he didn’t care for the Obamas. But that is okay, the people running the Oscar wanted FLOTUS to announce the winner and that is what she did. “F” that guy.

  43. February 25, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    • 221 sabreen60
      February 25, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      My Congressman is a good guy.

      • 222 jacquelineoboomer
        February 26, 2013 at 12:08 am

        Lucky you. Although he’s very smart and very intense, he always has that calm, friendly persona. Never looks harried. He must be very good sitting across the table from an adversary (for instance, every Republican on Earth).

  44. February 25, 2013 at 11:04 pm

  45. 227 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Hmmm…. I wonder if there’s any connection between this story…

    US lawmakers visit Cuba
    Monday, Feb 18, 2013 03:30 PM EST
    HAVANA (AP) — A delegation of American lawmakers led by Sen. Patrick Leahy visited Cuba Monday to gauge the island’s economic changes and stress the importance of freeing a jailed American whose detention has chilled relations between the two countries.

    The trip was the first to the Communist-run island by high-level U.S. politicians since President Barack Obama’s re-election in November.

    It comes a year after another group of legislators led by Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, came to Cuba and met with President Raul Castro. They also visited Alan Gross, an American jailed since 2009 for illegally distributing communications equipment on the island while on a U.S.-funded democracy-building program…. [more in the article]


    … the complete lack of media follow-up after the trip (unless I missed it), and with this release from the White House on Friday:


    For Immediate Release February 22, 2013
    Notice — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Cuba

    On March 1, 1996, by Proclamation 6867, a national emergency was declared to address the disturbance or threatened disturbance of international relations caused by the February 24, 1996, destruction by the Cuban government of two unarmed U.S.-registered civilian aircraft in international airspace north of Cuba. On February 26, 2004, by Proclamation 7757, the national emergency was extended and its scope was expanded to deny monetary and material support to the Cuban government. The Cuban government has not demonstrated that it will refrain from the use of excessive force against U.S. vessels or aircraft that may engage in memorial activities or peaceful protest north of Cuba. In addition, the unauthorized entry of any U.S.-registered vessel into Cuban territorial waters continues to be detrimental to the foreign policy of the United States. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing the national emergency with respect to Cuba and the emergency authority relating to the regulation of the anchorage and movement of vessels set out in Proclamation 6867 as amended by Proclamation 7757.



    • 228 jacquelineoboomer
      February 25, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      Could be. I think the “continuation” is something that’s recurring; i.e., must be renewed on a regular basis … I’ve seen it before, maybe last year.

      • 229 Dudette
        February 25, 2013 at 11:56 pm

        Yes, I noticed that. Just wondered if the trip was an opportunity to discontinue it if things went well. Guess not.

        • 230 jacquelineoboomer
          February 26, 2013 at 12:04 am

          In … er … re-reading what I wrote, I didn’t mean to imply (sometimes I’m a little nutty) that you didn’t know the meaning of: (a) continuation, (b) recurring, (c) renewed on a regular basis.

          Usually when I’m tired, I just write short sentences, but apparently tonight I gave the same answer three different ways, not for your eyes, but so my brain would finally recognize it.

          Does that make sense? Ha. I agree that the continuation you posted could be a sign of change.

          Please ignore everything else I said after hello.

  46. 238 jacquelineoboomer
    February 25, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Guys – I sent out some more of these tweets to unions, if anybody’s interested in R/Ting to get the word out. Thanks. Here’s one:

  47. 239 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Another great performance from that concert to celebrate Quincy Jones’ 75th birthday — this is Mick Hucknall (Simply Red)

  48. 241 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Okay, one more from the same concert, 2008 Montreux – celebration of Quincy Jone’s 75th birthday: Ledisi (one of FLOTUS’ favorites)
    [Had to do a double-take: one of her backup singers looks just like SLOTUS at least at a quick glance]

  49. 244 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    LOL! 😀 😀 😀

    From Scandal-creator Shonda Rhimes’ twitter profile: ” I make stuff up for a living. Remember, it’s not real, okay? Don’t tweet me your craziness.”

  50. 245 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 26, 2013 at 12:20 am

    @Bobfr – Thanks for posting original tweet.

  51. 246 Dudette
    February 26, 2013 at 12:42 am

  52. 247 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 26, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Just a bit:

    The thing about being a little black girl in the world is that even when you are the youngest person ever to be nominated for an Academy Award, many people will use the occasion not to hold you up for all of the amazing things you obviously are, but to tear you down for the ways you don’t look like them, the ways your name isn’t their kind of right, the ways you don’t remind them of themselves, the ways you are not blonde or blue-eyed, as if those things could possibly matter when set against the otherwordly talent and beauty and brilliance you possess.​

    The thing about being a little black girl in the world is that you come into it already expected to be less than you almost certainly are, the genius and radiant darkness you possess already set up to be overlooked, dismissed or erased by almost everyone you will ever meet.

    The thing about being a little black girl in the world is that even when you are everything, some people will want you to be nothing. They will look at you through the nothing-colored glasses they will put on every time you enter a room. And the bigness of you, the outstandingness, the giftedness, will be invisible to them.

    More – – – – – – – > http://blackgirldangerous.org/new-blog/2013/2/25/the-thing-about-being-a-little-black-girl-in-the-world-for-quvenzhan-wallis

      • 249 LDS
        February 26, 2013 at 2:45 am

        Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

        I read the tweet and some things are just NOT FUNNY!
        Freedom of speech my arse.
        If most people thought Rush Limpballs calling a grown woman was offensive and vile, what makes the calling a young girl a derrogatory okay, just because it was supposed to be joke.
        History tells us that some thought Hitler was a joke and did nothing until the so- called joke got out of hand.

        The ones who are taking this so lightly, let your daughter, niece or young female come home and tell you they were called “that name” and tell us you took it all in stride. If you can, then there is probably need to check what you are saying at home.
        I know Iam late coming in on what has probably already being said. But some of the tweets were disgusting as if there was no need to apologize and that just got to me. We must speak out when we feel someone else’s pain and hurt. It is the right thing to do.

    • 250 99ts
      February 26, 2013 at 3:38 am

      It reminds me of the story told about PBO having to get used to the racism when he was a child – how many generations does this have to continue before the haters have all died.

    • 253 jackiegrumbacher
      February 26, 2013 at 8:09 am

      Powerfully stated. Thanks for the link, Alycee.

  53. February 26, 2013 at 7:03 am

    For your Wed evening calendar!

    As the budget talks heat up, it’s critical that committed supporters like you know the facts and can defend President Obama’s agenda in your communities.

    This Wednesday, we’re hosting a briefing with Josh Dorner from the ThinkProgress War Room at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

    Josh will walk us through the upcoming sequester, the automatic drastic spending cuts that will threaten thousands of jobs, vital services, and national security if congressional Republicans refuse to compromise on closing tax loopholes for the wealthy. Federal funding for Medicare, emergency responders and many other critical programs could all face budget cuts.

    Then you’ll learn about the President’s plan to reduce the deficit in a balanced way.

    We’ll also talk about how you can get involved.

    The briefing will be streamed live online this Wednesday, February 27th, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Bookmark this page now, and visit it shortly before the call begins:


    Thanks for taking the time to learn more. It really does make a difference.


    Stephanie Cutter
    Organizing for Action

  54. 257 99ts
    February 26, 2013 at 7:08 am

    I don’t like Robert Gibbs being on the morning Joe – He ums and ahs – and waits for someone else to give the facts – some positive support of his President would be a help – but I haven’t seen it yet

    • 258 Bill
      February 26, 2013 at 7:24 am

      I am having the same feeling. I wonder how much MSNBC is paying him, is it a big contract deal or a part time gig?

      • 259 anniebella
        February 26, 2013 at 7:30 am

        I think being on Up with Chris Hayes was a mistake when he mention that when he was at the WH he wasn’t suppose to mention anything about drones. And Rachel and the I hate drones crowd jump all over that. Gibbs was on Rachel show last night.

        • 260 anniebella
          February 26, 2013 at 7:35 am

          I just saw FLOTUS on GMA, it was about two or three minutes were she talk with Robin.

        • 261 Bill
          February 26, 2013 at 7:47 am

          Wonder what the WH thought about his telling the drone story?

        • 263 Linda
          February 26, 2013 at 7:52 am

          I have been wondering if he is really working behind the scenes to help promote moving the drone program to the Pentagon and away from the lack of oversight with the CIA.

          • 264 99ts
            February 26, 2013 at 8:08 am

            I think he is moving from working for the President/democrats to being a pundit. I would think your suggestion is way outside his role and what he could achieve. He may improve as he gets more used to the pundit role.

      • 265 99ts
        February 26, 2013 at 7:41 am

        He seems very unsure of himself – the others on this morning had a much better grasp of reality. He said the best goppers around were the Governors & Joe then proceeded to praise the GOP because it can win in the states. His two outings I have seen have been disasters. As anniebella mentions below – the drones story – true or not – lost him the votes in terms of support for the administration.

        • February 26, 2013 at 8:34 am

          I don’t watch these shows but from what I’m reading I guess going from an excellent WH TV rep to unsure commentary that openly criticizes the WH = MSM punditry and $$$? It seems like the usual trajectory.

  55. February 26, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Hey Chips, looking at that picture of the President with all those governors, brings to mind one question: “Where Are The Wimmin?” 😀

    • 268 99ts
      February 26, 2013 at 7:50 am

      I saw a writeup somewhere on that Dudette – the good ones – usually democrats – have been taken by the administration. Palin, Brewer and Nikki Haley don’t give much confidence in the women GOP Governors. From wiki there are currently only 5 women Governors – hopefully the states plans for women’s reproduction options might see some more elected in 2014.

      Thus said – it seems if any women were present they were relegated to the back of the room.

  56. 270 anniebella
    February 26, 2013 at 7:44 am

    So CPAC won’t invite Chris Christie to speak at their gathering. All because he said some nice things about President Obama, he work with the President during the Sandy storm. These stupid crazy right wing haters think that what Christie said cause them to lose the election. Do anyone know how stupid that is? These right wing nuts are crazy. Hate is ugly and the Republicans are full of it. I hope anyone does not think that these Republicans hate this President because of his policies, it’s because they are racists and black folks out to know their place.

  57. 271 desertflower
    February 26, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Morning MUST READ!! http://thedailybanter.com/2013/02/the-sequestration-fight-is-based-on-lies-and-stupidity/

    There are two sides to this deficit idiocy. Firstly, the completely inexcusable conflation of the deficit and the debt, and, secondly, the total failure to acknowledge actual deficit reduction. The press, and especially the Republicans, refuse to acknowledge that not only has the deficit been reduced by more than half-a-trillion dollars since 2009, but also that the deficit will continue to drop with or without the automatic cuts that appear to be inevitable by the end of the week. As a result, deficit hysteria is based on nearly unprecedented stupidity and deliberate deception. And very few players are innocent in this endeavor.

    • 272 99ts
      February 26, 2013 at 8:38 am

      “Yet David Brooks and others believe that both sides are to blame for it, in spite of the fact that it was the Republican effort to sabotage the economy and, therefore, the Obama presidency, and the party’s reckless decision to use the debt ceiling as a political cudgel for the first time in history.” (from your link)

      How do you tell people there is NO deficit problem – when the Press continually call the President a liar and refuse to accept anything but the GOP view of reality. Even Romney knew when he was elected – with improved employment – the deficit would disappear. He wanted the credit, but knew he had to do nothing. I am amazed that the President keeps his cool – truly amazed.

  58. 273 desertflower
    February 26, 2013 at 8:19 am


    Since President Obama was first inaugurated in 2009, Congress has failed to pass a budget and the US government has

    been operating under what is called a “continuing resolution” or CR. This just means that the levels of spending remain the same from last year (or last time a budget was passed). It is no way to run anything as these are being passed once every few months, leaving agencies with no idea how much money they will have but that is the subject for another post (don’t worry, it’s coming).

    In any case, we seem to be in a cycle of going from one manufactured financial crisis to another. Meanwhile, Congress keeps leaving town for recesses. These are not what they sound like. A Congressional recess is not the play break you may remember from elementary school. Both sides of the Hill call them “constituent or district work periods,” and that is really what they are. At the end of the day, the time they spend interacting with constituents is vitally important for everyone but so is the time they spend interacting with each other. Members of Congress and Senators used to spend much more time with each other — on both sides of the aisle. We need more of that. This allows them to not just mingle and socialize but get to know each other and it makes it a lot easier to work with someone you know.

    So, I thought you might be interested in seeing their schedules. These are not set in stone but you can get a good sense of how much value they place on time in Washington, which is clearly not much.

    The House of Representative calendar is here.

    The Senate calendar is here.

    • February 26, 2013 at 9:42 am

      According to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, in the past 26 years, Congress has passed a year-long budget only three times, in 1989, 1995 and 1997. Moreover, a budget is just a blueprint for Congress anyway and since they don’t have to adhere to it, it’s just smoke and mirrors. Conversely, the Budget Control Act (a budget) is law.

      The idea that the Congressmen need to mingle drives me bananas. They are grown-up, professional people who shouldn’t need to be coddled and complimented to do their jobs. Who else fails to function because their co-workers won’t have a martini with them?

      The scant calendar is part of their strategy to make certain they never have adequate time to pass the President’s agenda. They prolong every debate, every nomination and confirmation. That’s on purpose.

  59. 275 dotster3
    February 26, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Chuck Todd just on Today Show placing all the blame for sequester mess on President Obama. He included quotes from Cantor, Va. gov. and Boehner and repeatedly said, “The WH has scheduled NO sequester talks with GOP leaders. ” Wrapped it up with one more, “And again, no sequester talks scheduled.”

    • 276 99ts
      February 26, 2013 at 8:39 am

      No sane administration would attempt to talk to Boehner/Cantor – and Todd well knows that – GOP water carrier – Both sides of congress need to talk to each other – therein lies the problem

      • 277 99ts
        February 26, 2013 at 8:41 am

        I should have added – it is standard procedure NOT to deal with blackmailers and/or kidnappers – if you pay them – they ask for double next time.

        • February 26, 2013 at 9:51 am

          This whole argument is too stupid for me. It doesn’t matter whose idea it was. Even if it was the President’s idea, the Republicans didn’t have to take it…afterall, they’ve rebuffed every idea he has had since he was initially sworn in. I’m sick of people calling on the President to do something when he can’t write any legislation…the Congress has to “do something.”

          You know what…I don’t even cuss, but fuck them!

  60. 279 JER
    February 26, 2013 at 8:35 am

  61. 280 dotster3
    February 26, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Now Today has moved on to the criticism Michelle Obama’s “media blitz” is drawing—–a report by Kristen Welker with vid quotes from Jennifer Rubin and Jodi Cantor, surprise, surprise, Rubin the most harsh, saying the FL has crossed the line with the Oscars appearance—showed clips of dancing with Fallon and the Oscar presentation. I guess that Oscars appearance really threw some people and has negatively affected their lives!!!

    • 281 Linda
      February 26, 2013 at 8:56 am

      I saw Jodi Cantor on Piers Morgan last night and she was not as critical as his other guest Donnie Deutch…who ripped Michelle Obama apart….it was just awful….

      Jodi kind of stuck up for her…..

      • 282 Bill
        February 26, 2013 at 9:05 am

        What are Donnie Deutch’s credentials as a pundit? There are thousands of people walking around mid-town Manhatten who could be pulled into a studio and offer their opinion.

    • 283 Bill
      February 26, 2013 at 8:57 am

      To use Jennifer Rubin as a legitimate opinion is scraping the bottom. Her hatred of PBO that is published in the Washington Post everyday is a disgrace to a once great newspaper.

    • 285 dotster3
      February 26, 2013 at 9:05 am

      I am really depressed about the response to the gun violence issue. All I see from where I sit is more guns, more lax gun laws. Already high volume gun sales have soared. Illinois lost its appeal and now forced to enact a concealed/carry law here. Story in my local paper this a.m. about a “right to carry” group in my county holding town halls and demonstrations. It’s all cockeyed.

  62. February 26, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    Vote on cloture for Hagel nom is today at noon.

    • 287 99ts
      February 26, 2013 at 9:01 am

      The Sunday talk senator seemed bothered that there were enough votes to overcome the filibuster so maybe he would use a hold. Can he do this?

      • February 26, 2013 at 9:31 am

        Procedurally, I’m not sure if that’s possible at this point. And it would certainly be viewed as desperation. Sen. Reid is confident so he’s scheduled his vote. We shall see.

        • 289 99ts
          February 26, 2013 at 10:13 am

          Thankyou for the information meta – it’s all slightly strange for me – I thought I did read somewhere that part of the deal that Reid took (when talking of removing the filibuster) was that holds were not to be used – but I may have misread something. McCain lies his way into every vote in the Senate. He was going to vote for Hagel – then he wasn’t going to filibuster etc etc

  63. 290 Dudette
    February 26, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Good Morning Everyone!

    I woke with the Mom Dancing music playing in my head (2nd day in a row). Thanks A LOT Chips! 😀

  64. 293 desertflower
    February 26, 2013 at 9:13 am


    More truthtelling from Steve Benen. I think he’s a national treasure.

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