‘Thank you’

President Barack Obama reaches out to touch a statue in honor of civil rights activist Rosa Parks, at its unveiling in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, February 27


Text of remarks here


President Barack Obama with a three-year-old relative of Rosa Parks after unveiling a statue in her honor


“Rosa sat so Martin could walk, Martin walked so Barack could run, Barack ran so our children can fly”





President Obama hugs an unidentified member of Rosa Parks’ family after unveiling a statue in her honor






What a beautiful photo to have on this of all days:


194 Responses to “Rosa”

  1. 5 daisydem
    February 27, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Wow. Tears … no words.

  2. 6 utaustinliberal
    February 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    That statue is a beaut. So glad the unveiling happened while Pres. Obama is still in the white house.

  3. 10 ewok2
    February 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Its so apropos to have her sitting in this model of her. The other figures are standing. Very nice.

  4. 12 miss pat
    February 27, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    What is Boner doing there? Who invited him? What does he care? If it was up to him the good lady would be sitting in the back of the bus to this day if she were alive. Thanks to her we can sit anywhere we want to. She sat so that we can achieve any and everything we want.

    • 13 Pamela
      February 27, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Sharing your thoughts exactly, Miss Pat… What a lot of nerve he has passing himself off as a lawmaker, he is a phoney phoney phoney.

      • 14 miss pat
        February 27, 2013 at 3:08 pm

        Thanks Pamela. I wish he had stayed away. He couldn’t even stand and clap when the sweet little old lady from Miami was getting applauded at the State of the Union address. Oh, I wanted to tell you to go back to Amazon.com. Another one is there, even better than the first one. Let me know if you like it.

        • 15 Pamela
          February 27, 2013 at 3:33 pm

          I will do so this very day, Miss Pat, finishing up some classes for further accreditation late today. Thank you! Looking forward! 🙂

  5. February 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    • 17 Dipthong
      February 27, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      Only giving white people the right to vote, and forcing black people to give up their seats at the front of the bus for white people, reeks of white entitlement. Fuck Justice Scalia! Racists sure are good at projecting.

    • 18 Dipthong
      February 27, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      When the U.S. Supreme Court does strike down key parts of the Voting Rights Act, we can thank assholes, like Rachel Maddow, and the rest of the Far-Left for telling people not to vote. When key groups decide not to vote, the state legislatures get overrun by far-right assholes, and the states start passing laws to take away the rights of certain voters/groups.

      • February 27, 2013 at 1:40 pm

        I think it was Ed Schultz from the MSNBC crowd, not Rachel, but we cannot allow a repeat of that attitude for 2014. Please join OFA and help us press the President’s agenda!

        • 20 57andfemale
          February 27, 2013 at 2:05 pm

          Rachel was pretty awful about All Things PBO before 2010. ACA wasn’t good enough for her, repeal of DADT wasn’t fast enough or good enough for her. She was pretty awful. A lot of the looney left contributed to 2010. There wasn’t a speech the President gave that Rachel/Ed/Keith didn’t blast because it wasn’t what they wanted to hear exactly the way they wanted to hear it, from their safe little berths. I dream of a ‘progressive’ media that actually understood what a major breakthrough ACA was. Imagine if they had supported it the way original Medicare and SS were supported when first enacted. 2010 would have been a different election, we would have kept the House, and neutered some of McConnell’s antics.

          She has moderated somewhat. And some of worst offenders, like Norman Goldman (and even Ed to a certain extent) have moderated considerably. I actually listen to Norman Goldman on the drive home, and he was insufferable before 2010.

  6. February 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Wonderful thread Chipsticks, amazing how you pump these out so fast. Am in awe…..

  7. February 27, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Harry Reid told a story of a portrait that brings him to tears of PBO, hanging in his office. Here is an interview where he totd it, and others.

  8. February 27, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    It’s a Great Day in America! Thank you for sharing this with us Chips! I’m in tears!

  9. 24 Proud Former White House Intern
    February 27, 2013 at 1:21 pm


  10. 25 jacquelineoboomer
    February 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    “This morning we celebrate a seamstress.” — President Barack Obama

    Okay, that’s how I started my day of catching up with the news. Listening to my President now, talking about Rosa Parks (luckily, I was smart enough to set my recording last night – late bloomer over here!), and seeing the beautiful images you posted here, Chips, well – what a great start of a day.

    Also caught the image of my man Chuck Hagel (and, more importantly, President Obama’s man) being sworn in, and a few of the words CNN dared to show (also on my recording) of his humble speech before HIS Department of Defense, which I’ll finish watching another time since CNN went over to listen to gossip instead.

    I am choosing only to concentrate on the good things today, for as long as I can ’cause I don’t like missing too much, and, of course, the memory of this one courageous woman of color who knew she was equal and wanted to point that out to the rest of the country looking in through the window of a bus. Even “bus” comes from the Latin root word “Omnibus,” which means “for all,” the meaning of which she reminded us by her quiet moves through our lives not that long ago. God bless President Obama as he moves so gracefully through our lives, too, for four more years and beyond.

  11. 26 kasai
    February 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Chocked up….tears…I can’t help it!
    One act of courage…that changed history for ever………….How blessed are we to witness such historic event with President Barack Obama.
    Amazing Grace!

  12. February 27, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Beautiful, dignified statue. My mother was a seamstress, and although there is no real connection, it still touches me even more deeply when he says “This morning we celebrate a seamstress”. A traditional female job, often the support of their families, and so much more. They were both strong women.

  13. February 27, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    SCOTUS should honor Rosa Parks and all other civil rights icons by strengthening the interpretation of the Voting Rights Act, not weakening it. We need it just as much today!

    • 33 LDS
      February 27, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      You are so right. They all should have been there!

    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      February 27, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      Isn’t it interesting, Judith, that the male Supreme court Justices who live in privilege are doing everything in their power to overturn the changes that the seamstress Rosa Parks set in motion. The whole bastion of privileged right wing males on the SCOTUS–cowards all–versus the courageous Rosa Parks. Guess who history will remember?

  14. 35 carolyn
    February 27, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    The significance of the dedication of Rosa Parks’ statue will not be lost on sane members of the SC. Remember a year ago when EVERYBODY declared the Health Care dead because of oral arguments and questions, and the “awful” case of the government. I just read the “You’re wrong again” segment in tne New York magazine quoting the pundits who predicted Hagel’s nomination would fail. Well, I believe these pundits predicting the failure of the VRA will also be wrong. As I’ve said before, Sonia Sotomayor is SMART, and persuasive.
    You can all beat on meafter the decision if I’m wrong, but my confidence is strong.
    I’m learning that these oral arguments and questions do not predict decisions.

    • 36 jacquelineoboomer
      February 27, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Nobody’s gonna beat up on you, in either case, but I’m glad your confidence on this is strong. Here’s hoping.

      I agree that Justice Sotomayor is the best!

  15. 38 JER
    February 27, 2013 at 1:44 pm


    A grandmother who was supposed to take her two grandsons from daycare to their birthday party at home instead killed the boys and herself, Connecticut state police said. … The boys’ mother, Brenda Perry, called state police around 4 p.m., when she could not find her sons and their grandmother, state police said.

    Police said [the grandmother] Denison suffered from mental illness. Brenda and her husband … told NBC Connecticut that Denison had a gun and suffered from split personalities. http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/27/17112877-grandmother-kills-two-boys-herself-after-picking-them-up-from-daycare-police-say?lite

    • 39 Pamela
      February 27, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Oh man. How many more? Going to their birthday party… Nevermore. Sh*t.

    • 40 Jessica
      February 27, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Why would someone who is diagnosed with split personalities have any concievable way to access a gun. Sad. 6 months and a 2 year-old on his birthday. Disgraceful.

  16. February 27, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Congrats of 1st Carol.

    An unimaginable day and yet because of Rosa, MLK Jr and so many others our President is Barack Obama, a son of an African and an American. Amazing grace …


  17. February 27, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Putting the ‘well-regulated’ back in the 2nd Amendment.

    Yes We Can

  18. 43 Bill R.
    February 27, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Today the GOP Supreme Court permanently tied the GOP to a white supremacist legacy and a diminishing role in a multicultural America. Next time a GOP politician talks about “outreach” to AA and Latino voters, the Scalia quote that voting rights are a “racial entitlement” will be remembered. A Supreme Court that diminishes human beings in this fashion, that proclaims that corporations are persons and money is speech must disappear forever.

    • 44 Bill
      February 27, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      I wonder if a comparable comment has ever been made from the Supreme Court bench?

      • 45 57andfemale
        February 27, 2013 at 2:20 pm

        It’s breathtaking. Voting as ‘racial entitlement’. And the first part of the sentence: That Congress can’t be trusted with the issue because, you know, they might be affected by actual people.

        It was despicable. In a different world, a different America, there would be talk of impeachment.

  19. 46 WilTal
    February 27, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Lurker in for a comment. Good marvelous afternoon everyone! Chips, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, AND THANK YOU! I know Rosa Parks is looking down with Pride. Truly a Magnificent Day! I can’t stop the tears from flowing. Wow!

  20. February 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Another under the radar SCOTUS issue, where momentum is building

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  25. 58 LDS
    February 27, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Dear Chips and family, I am supposed to be studying, have tons of reading to do. But I just want to thank you some much from the bottom of my heart for all the beautiful pics and videos. I am in tears as I write this but so much joy inside. As I posted late last night, these four years will be forever engraved in our hearts, minds and souls.
    I can’t wait to start a Journal to leave for those in my family who are not paying attention. History is being made and we are helping to shape, mold and share in it. I wake up excited every day. Regardless of what the other is doing or not doing, I wake up with purpose and excited.

    We cannot take all of this for granted. We are supposed to be here to savor and share this to those who dare to seek the truth.

    • 59 Lynn
      February 27, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Thank you for all you do, LDS. You and Amk and HZ and everyone have helped me just by being you!

      • 60 LDS
        February 27, 2013 at 11:39 pm

        Lynn, thank you.
        Stay true to yourself and who you are inside. We all have a purpose here. This is no accident or coincident.
        PEOPLE makes the world go round. No one group or individual.

        We never know if we may be the next “Rosa Parks”.
        Our life is a gift. There is a purpose and plan to bring us to an expected end.

  26. 61 japa21
    February 27, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Playing around in the Twitterverse, I thought of a new hash tag that can be used. See below for an example and come up with your own reasons to save the VRA.

  27. 63 57andfemale
    February 27, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    So OT, but so cute: we put a cone on Kasper, our bichon/maltese mix, so he wouldn’t aggravate the hot spot on his tail. Kasper is totally white. He sniffs at everything, and when my husband took him outside, he scooped up an entire cone-full of snow. All my husband saw was a cone-full of snow and two big, black eyes.

    Wish I had a photo……….

  28. February 27, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Hey everyone, after a hiatus, I have a new piece up on TPV: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/02/the-establishment-in-full-panic-mode.html

    Take a gander if you can.

    • 77 cookemom
      February 27, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      Nice. “Obama Unleashed”. I like it. Didn’t you just know that when Palin led that sneering ‘community organizer’ campaign, that it would come back to bite them? I felt it then, and now I’m so happy to see that OFA has morphed into a true grassroots organization, founded by that one, the community organizer.

    • 80 57andfemale
      February 27, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Great piece, as always, LL.

    • February 27, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      Just what I was waiting for…great piece, superb writing!

  29. 82 jacquelineoboomer
    February 27, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Nice spread on DOD’s website, including photos, about their new SECDEF: http://www.defense.gov/

    President Obama calls Secretary Hagel “leader our troops deserve”: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=119385

    Secretary Hagel’s statement to Defense Department workforce: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=119392

    Hagel vows to ensure well-being of service members, families: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=119391

    Snippet: “Army Sgt. 1st Class John Werth, a native Nebraskan and combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, introduced the new secretary. He said Hagel already had held the most important job in the department: that of a combat infantryman. Hagel served in Vietnam as a young enlisted soldier and was wounded twice.”

  30. February 27, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    • 84 Lynn
      February 27, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      Thank you for exposing that slug, Bobfr. Hard to believe there is more than one filthy racist bigot on the not so
      supreme court, but I’m up to my butt in snark at the moment.

  31. February 27, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Slightly off topic, but this affects us all in the long run.

  32. 86 japa21
    February 27, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Dow Jones now less than 100 points from its all time record close. PBO is to blame, I am sure.

  33. 90 JER
    February 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    LIVE NOW: Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” 3rd anniversary – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  34. February 27, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    When we discuss irony the fact that Scalia bleated his racist gasp on the day that Rosa Parks memory is enshrined in the US Capitol Statuary Hall will rank among the most, ever.


    Yes We Can

  35. 94 jacquelineoboomer
    February 27, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I must admit I went to http://www.navy.mil/ looking for more on the (cute) new SECDEF, but found this about Navy Capt. Pete Tzomes, and thought I’d post:

    “The story of how one of the Navy’s Centennial Seven became the first African-American commanding officer of a nuclear powered submarine.”

    It’s a powerful history of how one successful African-American Naval officer found conditions in his Navy, early on, and here’s a snippet – in his own words – of why he made it:

    “When Dr. King got shot, there was some sort of news release, and we all heard about Dr. King getting shot. And one of my classmates who rowed crew at the academy … very muscular, in very good shape, over six-feet tall, came up to me and says to me, ‘Tomzy, what are your people going to do now your big leader’s dead?’ Just like that.

    “And I told him, ‘I know you’re bigger than I am, but I’ll tell you, I’ll get one last kick in your crotch area and you’ll never forget it. Get away from me!’ And he did. But [he was] only one person. There were about 20 of us in our class, and he was the only person like that. That’s typical of my experiences back in those days.”

    Includes a great video with the story, about how later African-American Naval officers thought about Capt. Tzomes:


    “There’s still too many ‘firsts’ and still too many ‘one of’s’ … ” — Navy Rear Adm. Bruce Groomes, Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Strategy

    • 95 vcprezofan2
      February 27, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      “There’s still too many ‘firsts’ and still too many ‘one of’s’ … ” — Navy Rear Adm. Bruce Groomes, Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Strategy

      Thanks for sharing this, JO’B. This quote from the end of your comment reminded me of President Obama saying something very similar during a 2004 interview with Oprah in which she admitted to thinking ‘I think this is the One.’

      “Barack: That’s so nice. I think I’m one of the ones. I fight against the notion that blacks can have only one leader at a time. We’re caught in that messiah mentality. As a consequence, a competition is set up. Who’s the leader of the Korean-American community or the Irish-American community? The reason we don’t know the answer is that they’ve got a collective leadership—people contributing in business, culture, politics. That’s the model I want to encourage. I want to be part of many voices that help the entire country rise up.””

      Read more: http://www.oprah.com/world/Oprah-Winfrey-Interviews-Barack-Obama/2#ixzz2M8hcjTko

      • 96 jacquelineoboomer
        February 27, 2013 at 5:24 pm

        Beautiful! (I love President Obama.) And I feel the exact same way about all the “firsts” for women.

        On the one hand, naming “the first this-or-that” sounds good, like we’ve made progress. On the other hand, it’s demeaning, like leaving a bad taste in your mouth (not that Rear Adm. Groomes meant it that way – he was stressing more a lack of progress). The fact we are still counting firsts in every ethnic group, for LGBTs, for women – shockingly slow, this “progress” thingie, here in America in the 21st Century. And the previous several centuries.

        Which is why Scalia’s remarks are a joke (I’ll be polite; I’m thinking worse than that), as are the remarks of so many others.

        Which is why so many people said that Pres. Obama’s election means we’re “post-racial.” As if.

        Pres. Obama gets it.

        • 97 vcprezofan2
          February 27, 2013 at 5:46 pm

          I particularly appreciated the part of his response where PBO makes the point about ‘collective leadership’ with contributions coming from all/different sectors. I suspect, from what I’ve read about the campaigns, that PBO’s administration has done quite a bit to lay a groundwork for more ‘collective leadership’ going forward. I say this as I think of all the young people who were in positions of leadership in his campaign and who have been branching out and moving on.

          • 98 jacquelineoboomer
            February 27, 2013 at 5:51 pm

            In other words, Obama Nation! We can only hope!

            Yes, I see quite a few bright young people making big impacts now and in the future, thanks to his own particular style of leadership (the likes of which we don’t see too often, in any sector).

    • 99 yardarm756
      February 27, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Thanks jo. I have to smile at this. I was in the middle of my second hitch at the GLakes Training Center as a PO1/c teaching Electronics as a “first” when this youngster entered the Academy. It just goes to show that this racial thing is loooong suffering and will not die save a natural or (God forbid) a violent death.

  36. 100 utaustinliberal
    February 27, 2013 at 3:26 pm

  37. 107 Bill R.
    February 27, 2013 at 3:29 pm

  38. 108 Ladyhawke
    February 27, 2013 at 3:34 pm




    Harry Reid Fires Back and Calls John Boehner a Do Nothing Speaker

    By: Jason Easley


    Beneath Boehner’s blame game is the fact that he can’t pass anything. This is why he is trying push the blame on to the Senate and the White House. House Republicans aren’t trying to avoid the sequester. They are trying to pass the buck. The reality is that the president can’t do anything until after Congress passes the legislation.

    Since this is a budgetary matter, the House will have to pass a sequester replacement bill. John Boehner has redefined the meaning of the term do nothing speaker. The 112 Congress was the most unproductive since 1947-1948. The gridlock was caused by House Republicans who refused to compromise.

    The speaker is still refusing to compromise, but he is also not doing his job. The House must pass a new sequester replacement. What the House did in the old congress does not carry over. The House hasn’t even voted for a sequester replacement in the new Congress. In reality, it is John Boehner who is content to sit on his ass and try to win the blame game while Rome burns.



  39. February 27, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    That SOB Scalia

    • February 27, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      I don’t think that that will be the outcome. If anything, Scalia’s toxic white supremacist comment might well result in a 6-3 decision against the plaintiff’s efforts to strike Section 5.

      • 112 Bill R.
        February 27, 2013 at 3:50 pm

        I hope you are right. I have read that Roberts has been zeroing in on repeal of the VRA from the beginning. Certainly the explicitly political and racist statement of Scalia didn’t help the RW cause. It was too transparent and politically directed to incite.

      • 114 jacquelineoboomer
        February 27, 2013 at 4:23 pm

        Wondering when it will be time for someone to ask Scalia to undergo some mental instability diagnosis. He’s getting crazier by the year.

      • February 27, 2013 at 6:50 pm

        I think the is one of the oldest left on the bench, but I dont think there is any way in hell he will step down until after next election. Which may be more important pertaining to SCOTUS b/c I think PBO will only get to replace Ginsberg .Kennedy seems content as well. Have to win the next election. And reverse the sh*t storm this current court is gonna impose.

  40. February 27, 2013 at 3:38 pm

  41. 119 Ladyhawke
    February 27, 2013 at 3:43 pm


    Pelosi Remarks at House Democratic Caucus Press Stakeout

    February 26, 2013


    “We’ve just come back from – what – a ten day break. We’ve listened to Members as to what they heard from the public, and what our constituents are telling us is to get the job done. We are doing just that with a proposal under the leadership of Chris Van Hollen, our ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee. He’ll talk about our proposal, which we have had on the table for a while. Our Chairman talked about jobs. Month after month after month of private sector job increases, remarkable, that can, that can be reversed if we have this sequester; which is harmful to growth and harmful to job creation, in addition to being harmful – for example, Members told me about psychiatric nurses who deal with PTSD of our returning vets, who will be furloughed. Is that what the American people want? I don’t think so.

    “We’re practically – when you talk about jobs, that’s one thing. We talk about time, we’ve been gone for ten days, we come back, we’ll be gone by Thursday at three o’clock when we have a deadline facing us. We’re practically becoming a drive-by Congress, a drive-by Congress, when we have important work to do. The Republican leadership says: ‘Well, we passed bills last year.’ I remind them that was a different Congress, that doesn’t count in this Congress. The Republican leadership says: ‘Let the Senate begin.’ I remind them that the Constitution says that appropriations and revenue bills must begin in the House.

    “So, we have important work to do, the American people want us to work together, we want something big, bold, balanced and bipartisan that can take us – Republicans say: ‘they’re kicking the can down the road,’ it’s not kick – I don’t think they’re even kicking the can down the road, I think they are nudging the potato across the table with their nose. There’s not much that is being accomplished by what they are doing. This is just completely irresponsible, it’s mindless, most people don’t even know what the word sequester means; sequestration equals unemployment. Sequestration – we don’t want it, and we can work here to make sure we get the job done.



  42. 120 57andfemale
    February 27, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Here’s more on that vilest of all poor excuses for a human being and American that is – Antonin Scalia:

    “Continuing Section 5 of the act—which requires federal pre-clearance of changes in voting laws in all of nine states and parts of seven others—would be, Scalia said, the “perpetuation of racial entitlement.” He added that the act had only been renewed by a unanimous Senate in 2006 because there was no political advantage to be had from voting against it: “I don’t think there is anything to gain by any senator by voting against this act. This is not the kind of question you can leave to Congress. They’re going to lose votes if they vote against the Voting Rights Act. Even the name is wonderful.”

    • February 27, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      If indeed all men are created equal, why does any man have to fight for equality?

      Because as Justice Broccoli explained, “the Constitutional reference to man did not mean human beings in general or the human race, but specifically referred to individuals of the male sex. The Constitution did not recognize women, Blacks or Native Americans as citizens who were meant to enjoy the rights endowed by the Creator or anyone else.”

      By Justice Broccoli’s standard, women, minorities and homosexuals could be denied all the rights the Constitution supposedly assures.

      • 122 japa21
        February 27, 2013 at 4:53 pm

        What a constitutional scholar. The Constitution, as far as I recall, does not mention any rights being endowed by a creator.

        • February 27, 2013 at 5:18 pm

          Japa21, the man is just horrid. I read his opinions and absolutely cringe. It is clear to me he is a racist, homophobe and thinks little of women. When he gave an opinion about racial profiling and immigration, he said it was justified because during slavery, Blacks had to always show their papers.

      • 124 nathkatun7
        February 27, 2013 at 7:11 pm

        “Justice Broccoli,” as you call him, totally neglects the 14th and 15th Amendments. The 1965 Voting Rights Act was enacted by Congress under the authority of the 14th Amend. and the 15th Amend. Section 1 of the 14th Amend. explicitly states: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.” Section 1 of the 15th Amend. plainly states: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” Both Section 5 of the 14th Amend. and Section 2, of the 15th Amend. give Congress the “power to enforce, by appropriate legislation the provisions” of the two Amendments respectively.

  43. February 27, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Hagel: Time to ‘turn the page’ on decade of war

    • 126 4morefor44
      February 27, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      omg. if he truly follows through on that, wow, yes we will be in a new era, won’t we! when i’ve been talking with younger people recently, i emphasize how monumental it is to have 2 decorated vietnam combat vets as sec. of defense and as sec. of state…front-line combat vets. almost unbelievable, really. breathtaking. and who made this happen…oh yes, president barack hussein obama. i still find i’m pinching myself to make sure this is all really happening!

  44. 129 japa21
    February 27, 2013 at 3:54 pm

  45. February 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    For the lazy bums in the WH press core, do your job and you wont have to complain……

  46. 134 jackiegrumbacher
    February 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Today I called my Republican Congressional rep’s office and offered his staff specific examples of how the sequestration was going to hurt the congressman’s district. I told him that people in the area were not in the mood to be sent into another recession. Said that the people here were NOT tea party R’s and wanted common sense solutions from Congress, not ideological wars. I made the call, not because I think that this guy cares what I think, but to help rack up the numbers of people calling in to complain about the sequester. I urge everyone to take just two minutes to look up the state by state impact of the sequester and then call your congressperson. Right now the Republicans think that people aren’t paying attention and don’t care. Show them that’s not true.

  47. 135 4morefor44
    February 27, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    when propagandists such as john harwood write stuff like this, i always wonder if they sit back and think, “ahhhh…we’re doing a good job, aren’t we? every single bit of historical data for decades clearly shows that the truth is exactly the opposite, but we do such a good job pumping out the zombie talking point lies about republicans and democrats, that the rubes keep believing our crap. can i haz raize now, mr. boss man?”

    • 136 Jovie
      February 27, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      The reason the President dropped a couple of points to 50%, is because his approval amongst AA community is down to 79%.
      this cutting spending talk is effecting that community, it’s not right.
      I font think anybody should have their rights taken away, but it’s not the Presidents fault.
      And Harwood is cherry picking results deep inside this poll!

      • February 27, 2013 at 4:19 pm

        If you truly believe that PBO’s rating among AA is 79%, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. These “polls” are primarily media-orchestrated propaganda tools with bits of truth inserted here and there.

        • 138 anniebella
          February 27, 2013 at 4:28 pm

          hopefruit2, I agree with what you said. John Hardwood and most of the MSM is piss with POTUS because he doesn’t give them interviews. As I said these are the same people who were telling us that Democrats were not excited as the Republicans were to come out to vote. That Romney were tied or ahead in the race.

        • 139 Jovie
          February 27, 2013 at 4:28 pm

          True, but I was just making an observation and opinion.
          Your analysis is spot on. 🙂

        • 140 prettyfoot58
          February 27, 2013 at 6:27 pm


          If anything,,,we see much more clearly what is happening…..maybe more than most!!

      • 141 anniebella
        February 27, 2013 at 4:23 pm

        Harwood is another Chuck Todd. These are the same poll which had Romney ahead or tied.

    • 142 COS
      February 27, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      I do not believe that the public is suddenly choosing repugs over Dems for defense. The Dems have not touted how much spending has gone down under PBO. Rachel continue to point this out.

  48. 143 Jovie
    February 27, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    House sets up Thursday VAWA vote

    By Pete Kasperowicz
    The House on Wednesday took a step toward approving Senate Democratic bill that would reauthorize and modify the Violence Against Women Act.

    In a 414-9 vote, members approved a rule governing floor consideration of the Senate bill, S. 47. The vote was delayed for an hour, a likely sign that House Republicans were reluctant to approve a rule that is expected to make the Senate bill a reality.

    Very nice!

  49. 144 jacquelineoboomer
    February 27, 2013 at 4:18 pm

  50. 145 utaustinliberal
    February 27, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    GOAL!!!!!! Chelsea 2-0 Middlesborough. Proving that naked rain dances work. Thank you Chelsea……Gooooooo BLUES!

    • 146 japa21
      February 27, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Do you have video of that?

    • February 27, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      Yes, we demand video of naked rain dancing.

    • 150 vcprezofan2
      February 27, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      Utal, please clarify. Does this mean Chelsea are going on to meet that other team favoured by another regular here? And if so, when? I need to play least-in-sight on that day to avoid any stray ammunition.

      • 151 utaustinliberal
        February 27, 2013 at 6:13 pm

        Oh…we’re definitely meeting Man U in the next FA Cup match I believe and it is going to be ugly around here. U-G-L-Y.

        • 152 vcprezofan2
          February 27, 2013 at 6:20 pm

          Oh dear. Could I know the meeting day ahead, please, so i can make other plans? My heart can’t stand the strain of family members having a knock-down drag-out fight. Even the thought of the aftermath sniping vs celebrating vs derision etc etc days after is already causing my knees to start to tremble. When is this meeting to take place and can I hope that the confrontation will not last longer than a week? (Will spend a week with my Aunt in La-La Land who doesn’t have internet connection so I can’t be tempted to peek in.)

  51. 155 utaustinliberal
    February 27, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Socialism is awesome.

  52. 157 utaustinliberal
    February 27, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    These pictures are haunting and they need to be shown to the asshole republicans in the House of Reps. This is what domestic violence looks like.

  53. 158 Jovie
    February 27, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I just watched Senator Sanders railing against Jack Lew on the senate floor, mad because of the 3 trade deals he pushed through.
    He is a likely No vote!

  54. 160 yardarm756
    February 27, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Been out and about most of the day but got back in time to see Martin Bashir and that ass hat from Kansas. I should have stayed out. Damn near shot the tv again.

  55. 163 utaustinliberal
    February 27, 2013 at 4:45 pm

  56. 164 Gazelle
    February 27, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    [Fact checking? Pesky little facts begone!]:

    The Associated Press reports that the Homeland Security Department official in charge of the agency’s immigration enforcement and removal operations has resigned after hundreds of illegal immigrants were released from jails because of government spending cuts.

    Update: Politico reports the agency denies the story and says the official announced his departure “weeks ago.”


  57. 165 Gazelle
    February 27, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    “Ashley Judd begins making calls to House Democrats; Misdials one but reaches Rep. Clark”


  58. 166 Gazelle
    February 27, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    [State Rep. Jim Sacia (R-IL) went down the rabbit hole, wish he’d stay there. Hakuna logic. Good grief!]:

    Said Sacia: “Here’s an analogy folks, I ask you to think of this: You folks in Chicago, want me to get castrated because you’re families are having too many kids. It spells out exactly what is happening here! You want us to get rid of guns…”

    Story & video here: http://politicalwire.com/archives/2013/02/27/lawmaker_compares_gun_control_to_castration.html

  59. 167 Vicki
    February 27, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    It is terrifying that the VRA is threatened. This law needs to be extended to the entire country, not canceled. Voting rights extended and protected, not endangered. How can this be happening???

    And OMG the insane cuts that will cost us maybe as many as 1,000,000 jobs.

    What is going on here? There is a serious effort to destroy America and where is the outcry? All MSM focus on distractions and nonsense seems to have worked.

    Here at TOD we have a saner sense of priorities, not to mention love of our President and a desire for all our citizens to have a world of opportunities, but I wonder if we are talking only to each other.

    I am feeling panic and fear.

  60. 170 99ts
    February 27, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    GM from my world – great day you are having & I’m out to see grandbaby a little later on – life can be joyous.

    With all the usual media saying the SCOTUS will overthrow the voting rights act – I can only remember that they said the same thing about the Health Care Act – Pundits got to be against black – it’s what they do.

    Lovely to see Rosa in her rightful place – sad that people like Boehner are allowed to be there too.

  61. 171 Vicki
    February 27, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Fixed it now

  62. February 27, 2013 at 5:09 pm

  63. 173 debz
    February 27, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    President #Obama meets a 3yr old relative of civil-rights icon #RosaParks at the U.S. Capitol politico.com/politico44/201… twitter.com/AlisaJass/stat…— AJ (@AlisaJass) February 27, 2013

  64. February 27, 2013 at 5:24 pm

  65. 179 jacquelineoboomer
    February 27, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    ‘cuse the language:

  66. 182 utaustinliberal
    February 27, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Jack Lew has been confirmed as Treasury Secretary.

    • 183 99ts
      February 27, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      GOP getting worried about their image of hate? or do they just want to blame the new guy for the sequester?

      • February 27, 2013 at 6:13 pm

        I think they want to give the appearance that they are being cooperative, so when they act a fool on the “big things” they’ll have something to point to. They don’t have sense enough to worry.

  67. 185 Jovie
    February 27, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Well, so much for the Liberal Savior Mike Bloomberg-

    Bloomberg: ‘Spare me’ fear-mongering on sequestration
    By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 2/27/13 5:17 PM EST
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks everything in his city will be fine after sequestration and that the administration’s efforts to scare people about the cuts have gone too far.

    “I think in all fairness on Monday we’ll be able to police the streets,” he said outside the White House on Wednesday, after meeting with Vice President Joe Biden to talk about gun safety measures. “It’s something that takes a while to implement.”

    “There’s a lot of posturing — ‘I’m going to lay off my employees today unless you do something. We’re going to close the hospitals down. We’re going to take all the prisoners from jail and put them on the street. Spare me. I live in that world. I mean come on, let’s get serious here,” he said. “It’s not good for the country — we need to have the White House, the Republicans and Democrats in Congress come together and intelligently find ways to reduce the deficit, but not with a meat axe.”

    And another one bites the dust…!

    • 186 sherijr
      February 27, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      well sure Bloomberg’s not worried, sequestration ain’t gonna hurt him at all. Its.. ya know.. actual non-billionaires that will take the hit- WHO DO live in this real world he thinks he lives in… and it is REPUBLICANS who aren’t ‘coming together’.. oh and if he’s so dang smart how come he doesn’t know the deficit IS going down.

    • February 27, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      And of course the President is doing NOTHING, NOTHING I tell ya!! And those lousy Dems have only proposed legislation to deal with the sequester and they aren’t forcing the Republicans at gun point to agree with it! Useless!

  68. 188 prettyfoot58
    February 27, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    REV AL..

    .if it seems to that it is personal…i tell you…It is personal….my mother who raised me as a single mom could not vote till she as 39…she was able to vote because of the Voting Rights act…my daughter may have to get a different kind of ID that was not required before in order to vote…in regard to Justice Scalia’s comments about the Voting Rights Act being an example of racial entitlement…it is not an entitlement to vote….I AM A CITIZEN and just like other citizens i have the right to vote…..

    powerful stuff powerful stuff..if you get a chance to see the video….plz watch it

    • 189 jacquelineoboomer
      February 27, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Thank you – I will watch my recording (luckily, I DVR’d but didn’t get to it). Appalling and heartbreaking day.

      • February 27, 2013 at 9:41 pm

        “…it is not an entitlement to vote….I AM A CITIZEN and just like other citizens i have the right to vote…..”
        That’s it in a nutshell.

        • 191 jacquelineoboomer
          February 27, 2013 at 9:49 pm

          Reminds us of the “I AM A MAN” placards in the Deep South of the Civil Rights movement.

          Or Sojourner Truth’s “AIN’T I A WOMAN” speech of the Suffragette movement.

          Both of which were going on 50 and 100 years ago, respectively, and we still have to put up with this crap.

  69. 193 Jovie
    February 27, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    You have to feel bad for Woodward? Its apparent, that he either finds something on this President, or he gets cement shoes and is thrown off the George Washington Bridge.


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