Heads Up: President Obama delivers remarks on the sequester

The sequester explained


1:05 EST: President Obama delivers remarks on the sequester in Newport News, Va.

White House live * C-Span * CBS * CNN


President Obama arriving at Joint Base Langley-Eustis today …. spare a thought for Secret Service, it can’t be easy keeping up with the fella.

91 Responses to “Heads Up: President Obama delivers remarks on the sequester”

  1. February 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Shorter Obama: Homey don’t play that.

  2. 10 kasai
    February 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Hey Everyone:-)

  3. 11 utaustinliberal
    February 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    They huff and puff but finally adopt ObamaCare.

    • February 26, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      FLOTUS obviously got through to him during dinner!! 🙂

      • 13 anniebella
        February 26, 2013 at 1:25 pm

        You think. 🙂

        • 15 anniebella
          February 26, 2013 at 2:13 pm

          The fact that these conservative right wing haters refuse to invite Gov. Christie to speak and their only reason for not inviting him is because he work with President Obama, he said some good things about President Obama, they think that is what turn the election. It shows you that something is seriously wrong with those people. It shows you that they are racists. While I’m no fan of Gov. Christie, but it shows that his first job is the people who suffer in the storm, his first job wasn’t to look after Romney or his political party.

      • 17 yardarm756
        February 26, 2013 at 2:37 pm

        What did she do? Slip him a doughnut? 😀

  4. February 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    February 26, 2013 12:32 PM
    Ghosts at the CPAC

    By Ed Kilgore

    Here are two grains of salt to take with the stories you are probably reading about those wonderful problem-solving, bipartisan-oriented Republican governors who have none of the pathologies of their representatives in Congress and are clearly the future of the GOP.

    The first is that such stories never seem to mention the large number of Republican governors who don’t fit that description by any stretch of the imagination: e.g., Kansas’ Sam Brownback, Texas’ Rick Perry, Maine’s Paul LePage, South Carolina’s Nikki Haley, Mississippi’s Phil Bryant, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, Georgia’s Nathan Deal, and probably several others with whom I’m less familiar. A couple of others (John Kasich and Rick Scott) seem to have been elevated to Good Republican status because of the single act of accepting the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, which is to say they finally decided they couldn’t continue to look a gigantic gift horse in the mouth. It makes me particularly crazy when MSM types describe Jindal as some sort of non-ideological reformer, since best I can tell he wants the GOP to move even further to the right.

    The second grain of salt is that in order to “lead” the GOP any Republican elected official has to be acceptable to its dominant conservative wing. So it’s worth mentioning that among the 41 speakers currently being confirmed for the 2013 CPAC conference next month, you do not find the health-care heretics Kasich and Scott, or the serial heretics Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie. It is interesting that McDonnell’s successor as Republican nominee for governor of Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli (who has been at odds with McDonnell on a host of issues lately), will be there with bells on.


  5. February 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    First black character appears in Downton Abbey

    DOWNTON Abbey is introducing its first black character as part of a storyline about race relations in the 1920s.

    The award-winning stately home drama is seeking an actor to play musician Jack Ross.

    Casting notes were sent out to actors’ agents earlier this month. They describe Ross as “Male, 25-30. A musician (singer) at an exclusive club in the 20s.

    “He’s black and very handsome. A real man (not a boy) with charm and charisma.”

    Whoever lands the role should “ideally be able to sing brilliantly”. The notes add: “Overall he should be a very attractive man with a certain wow factor.” Jack Ross will play a key part in the fourth series of the hit TV saga alongside a string of other fresh faces.

    Lady Mary Crawley gets a new love interest — dashing Lord Anthony Gillingham.

    Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/4812825/first-black-character-in-downton-abbey.html#ixzz2M1rvWHUv

  6. February 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Congrats of 1st Carol!!

    Yes We Can

  7. 22 JER
    February 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm

  8. 29 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 26, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Audio and transcript at the link.

  9. February 26, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Congrats Carolmaewy!

  10. February 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Eloquent, cogent, highly relevant introduction — one of the best I’ve heard in all the years folk have introduced our President Obama …

    And, there ain’t no enthusiasm gap in that audience!!!!!!!!!!

  11. February 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm

  12. 38 Eveingeorgia
    February 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I’m not able to see the broadcast, but I am so glad to hear this report, Bob. No matter how down I get about the state of our political discourse, when I see pictures PBO bounding off the plane with a smile, and hear of audiences responding well to him, I am once again discouraged.

    I hope a chips is able to post this later.

  13. February 26, 2013 at 1:37 pm

  14. 41 kasai
    February 26, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Aww!!!!! Christie

  15. 44 jacquelineoboomer
    February 26, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I love it when I wake up in the morning and Barack Obama is still our President!

    And he was still our President when I got here in the afternoon, and the lovely Chips reminded me to watch him speaking in Virginia – O Happy Day! PBO’s on fire. Love the backdrop with the working men and women in hard hats. “Do I close this shipyard or some other?” That brought it home, Mr. President. (Thanks, Chips.)

  16. February 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm


  17. 48 jacquelineoboomer
    February 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    “If it’s not a good way to run a business, it’s sure not a good way to run a country.” – PBO, Newport News

  18. February 26, 2013 at 1:41 pm

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  21. 53 isonprize
    February 26, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I LOVE a John Phillip Sousa march!! Thanks C-SPAN!

  22. February 26, 2013 at 1:50 pm


    “The Senate voted Tuesday to end debate and move to a final vote on former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s confirmation as Defense secretary.

    The 71-27 vote paves the way for a final up-or-down vote on Hagel later Tuesday, and comes after the first-ever filibuster of a Defense Department nominee earlier this month.

    Eighteen Republicans voted with Democrats to break the filibuster and end debate, and at least a few of them are expected to support Hagel in a final vote. Sixty votes were needed to end debate.

    All but four Republicans blocked Hagel’s nomination two weeks ago. Two Democratic senators, Frank Lautenberg (N.J.) and Mark Udall (Colo.), missed the vote.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) set up a 4:30 p.m. vote for final confirmation. There were no Republican objections.”


  23. 56 FiredUpInCA
    February 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Lawmaker: Christie agrees to expand Medicaid in NJ

    By GEOFF MULVIHILL | Associated Press – 16 mins ago

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie has decided to extend Medicaid coverage to more low-income New Jersey adults in a decision to implement a major slice of President Barack Obama’s health insurance overhaul, a state lawmaker said Tuesday.


  24. 59 4morefor44
    February 26, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    things are so far off the rails with the modern day media and republican party, that i seriously question the emotional stability and cognitive function of anyone, i mean anyone, who chooses to associate with either group. so for me, this republican today who spoke with president obama may seem decent, but he’s suspect until he disowns the republican party.

    boggles my mind that anyone with a conscience can see the results of decades of trickle-down economics ruling america’s economy, and still promote those ideas, let alone the insanity of the republican party in the last 10 years especially. what more needs to happen for someone to leave that party!?!? the republican party has been pure insanity for a long time!

  25. February 26, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    And John Favreau will be on Colbert on Thursday 11:30EST

  26. 62 utaustinliberal
    February 26, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Pres. Obama was fantastic. Loved, loved, loved that he made sure to emphasize this fact.

  27. 65 Anna
    February 26, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Thank You President Obama for educating so many about government, about how it has not been functioning for we the people who provide the financial support of it. We are going to be a more informed and involved nation, thank you once again.

    • 66 jacquelineoboomer
      February 26, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      I totally agree with you. So many more people are involved, both in our country and abroad, in the current state of affairs in America. All thanks to President Obama! I pity the succeeding Presidents, that’s for sure, with the standard he sets.

  28. 67 Ladyhawke
    February 26, 2013 at 2:10 pm


    The consequences of misguided assumptions

    By Steve Benen


    I’m beginning to think an infectious disease is spreading in the nation’s capital. Symptoms include memory loss (forgetting everything Republicans have done in recent years), blurred vision (an inability to see obvious GOP ploys), and an uncontrollable urge to blame “both sides” for everything, even when it doesn’t make any sense.

    The disease has already affected pundits like Bob Woodward, Ron Fournier, David Brooks, nearly everyone on the network Sunday shows, and today reaches the editorial board of the Washington Post.
    The first step towards recovery from the disease has nothing to do with party or ideology; it has to do with reality and Civics 101. The media establishment is, as a consequence of this disease, forced to shout “Lead!” uncontrollably, they can at least direct it to those in a position of authority in the party that refuses to compromise, refuses to consider concessions, and refuses to consider governing outside a series of extortion strategies.



  29. 68 Jovie
    February 26, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Sessions: Healthcare law will add $6.2 trillion to deficit over 75 years
    Elise Viebeck
    02/26/13 11:16 AM ET
    The top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee said a forthcoming GAO report reveals “dramatic falsehoods” about the law’s cost. …

    6.2 trillion??? Well that was random. WTF?
    Another conservative think tank analysis?

    • 69 Linda
      February 26, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      GOP Senator Launches The Most Dishonest Attack Against Obamacare You’ve Ever Heard

      How is it possible that one report — requested by Sessions — conflicts so starkly with almost all other government assessments to confirm Republican talking points about the law? It’s simple: Sessions designed it that way.

      The Alabama senator asked the office to estimate would would happen if the cost containment provisions in the law — the Independent Payment Advisory Board, excise tax on high-cost plans, and reductions in Medicare payments to providers — are “phased out over time” while the coverage provisions remain. Unsurprisingly, the GAO concluded that if the portions of the law that were specifically designed to keep costs under control don’t go into effect, then the law won’t be effective in lowering health care costs. Sessions is touting the government expenditures included in the law — the affordability credits and Medicaid expansion — while ignoring its cost savings. The same report concluded that if “both the expansion of health care coverage and the full implementation and effectiveness of the cost-containment provisions” are sustained, “there was notable improvement in the longer-term outlook.”


    • 72 Bill
      February 26, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      And 75 year projections are always so accurate.

    • 74 anniebella
      February 26, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      OMG. People are finally beginning to see the truth. I knew it from the start that was and is the Republican Tea Party problem.

  30. February 26, 2013 at 2:28 pm

  31. 76 dotster3
    February 26, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Looking for a wee bit of sympathy. Just drove home from dr. appt. in a blizzard here in Illinois—20mph the whole way—-made it home —–and then—-tried to get into garage on incline driveway—-bad decision—- made it half way and then car slid backwards all the way to the road, no control over it and back end ended up in ditch—–undercarriage crunched when it went over a culvert—-front end sticking out on road—-and it’s a white out. Mr. dotster not the happiest he’s ever been with me right now—-said I should have done this and I should have done that—–yes, I know, but I didn’t. Tow truck driver trying to make it here to try to pull the dumb thing out of its dumb resting place. Sigh!

    • 77 TrumpDog
      February 26, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Oh no! Hope the tow truck can get it out soon.
      Glad YOU’RE OK though. Ultimately that’s what matters most.
      I’m thinking you’ll be able to laugh about it soon, but obviously not right now.

    • 78 carolyn
      February 26, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      I’ll give you sympathy. That is an awful predicament to be in….two houses ago our drive way was on quite a slant. I got stuck halfway up one time on ice and snow…..I now forget what happened, but it was awful. At least I didn’t have a culvert behind me. I’ve noticed that men are good at “You should have dones……” Sorry you are experiencing this. Hope you get this worked out and get your car back on solid ground! I doubt anyone could have controlled the car in those conditions!

    • 79 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      February 26, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      Thank God there wasn’t a car coming down the road. Glad you are safe! After Mr. D’s next rant, softly say “you’re right dear, but thank God you only had to call for a tow and not an ambulance or coroner.” Hugs to you…

    • February 26, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      Hope it all gets worked out with the car and the Mr. I’m usually crying when something like that happens to me.

  32. 82 Ladyhawke
    February 26, 2013 at 2:42 pm


    Waiting for the Tantrum to End

    By BooMan


    Watching cable news, you will see iteration after iteration of Capitol Hill reporters and other commentators expressing mystification that the House isn’t talking to the Senate, the White House isn’t talking to Congress, Democrats aren’t negotiating with Republicans, etc. Here’s a tip.

    John Boehner has already told everyone, including Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, and Barack Obama, that his caucus isn’t going to budge on the Sequester until after it kicks in and starts causing real pain. He doesn’t have a strategy beyond that. Everyone knows that this is what he’s going to do, so anytime you see someone call for negotiations or compromise, they are either positioning themselves politically or they are actually referring to some time in the future, meaning March.



  33. February 26, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Williams, who has managed OutKast and Cee-Lo Green, plans to get Beyonce directly involved with “Guns for Greatness.” He has raised $75,000 for the program, in which Commissioner Raymond Kelly has expressed interest, and is trying to reach $100.000.

  34. 84 Bill
    February 26, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Wonder if McCain and Miss Lindsey will be holding hands when they enter the Oval Office today. It was sweet that PBO invited them together. Can’t believe Rubio turned down the invitation. He has no interest in solving problems. He is all about ambition.

    • February 26, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      PBO called McCain’s bluff, on Sunday shows he said why wont PBO invite us over to the WH? Trying to make PBO look uncompramising. What do you know, Jujitsu, PBO immediately invites them, they turn it down look even more idiotic and know WH will release a photo of them sitting w/ PBO for the newscasts w/ his two biggest critics. Who’s the King who is the court jester……

      • 86 TrumpDog
        February 26, 2013 at 3:09 pm

        GOP: “Why won’t Obama invite us to White House???”
        Obama sends invite
        GOP: “Obama’s only inviting us so he can not be seen a partisan.”
        “Its a campaign stunt.”
        “I can’t attend. I’m busy”.

  35. 88 Jovie
    February 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Did you see the little blue card the GOP has, all talking points blaming the President for sequester. So, they can all be on message?

  36. 89 yardarm756
    February 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm

  37. 90 nabsentia23
    February 26, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    You know, some conservatives are trying really hard to be the “adults in the room,” but the inmates have finally taken over the asylum. There was an intelligent, conservative article about how they can get ahead on Health Care Reform and guess what? All the right-wing comments were ancient, 30-year old “fiscal conservative” talking points. This article was a response to another article in Time Magazine about the high costs of health care and how Obamacare still hasn’t fully dealt with this problem. And yet, all the right-wingers at the site still don’t get it. So, it’s no surprise to me that they are not “there” on this sequestration business.

    I have sympathy, but it only goes so far. This is what happens when you let troubled, amoral, and cynical operatives run your political party (Lee Atwater and Karl Rove). Not only did they do this to themselves, but when a fellow conservative tries to throw them a life-line, they reject it. So, come on, bring it, GOP! But, wait? You can’t because Boehner is too busy crying like a baby instead of trying to deal with his caucus. Oh, well.

  38. February 26, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Hey y’all! Waving from back here on this little short thread, I will NEVER get into the one you are on now, it is already too long for me to even try! Long busy day, pretty tired, will try to stay around for the post after but might not make it. {{{{{{PBO}}}}}}

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