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Keep Chattin’

Four years ago …. almost: March 4, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


294 Responses to “Keep Chattin’”


  1. 5 Proud Former White House Intern
    March 3, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Athletic PBO

  2. 7 vitaminlover
    March 3, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Wowsers! That man just has “IT”!

  3. 8 Bill
    March 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    George Stephanopoulos’s treatment of Dennis Rodman this morning reminded me of how arrogant and distasteful so many of the former Clinton people can be.

    • 9 globalcitizenlinda
      March 3, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      rodman’s antics helped me learn something about the N.Korean leader – at least he loves basketball.

      george missed the points of the informal visit which is that those visits provide a brief inside into an otheriwse closed state.

      “sports diplomats ” may also low the national temperaturesof sturbon leaders and create opportunities for later negotiations

      as far as I am concerned, if it helps to keep nuclear tensions down, then the real diplomats can work on human rights and stopping nuclear growth

  4. 10 JER
    March 3, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    |Live| V.P. Biden Speaks at the Martin and Coretta King Unity Brunch: http://www.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=1

  5. March 3, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    After the Hagel conflagration and before the Obama visit, with no Israeli coalition and a new U.S. Administration, the policy part of the conference will be akin to groping in the dark….”Which brings us to the truly unique and in many way unprecedented political logjam that is currently plaguing Prime Minister Netanyahu’s efforts to set up a new governing coalition.” Bibi has till the 16th to form a government……

    And this should give you whiplash, Bibi’s Isreal is about to have its own Rosa Parks moment……..This is madness, all around.

  6. March 3, 2013 at 1:15 pm

  7. 26 jacquelineoboomer
    March 3, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Here’s live audio of the Vice President in Selma (if this hasn’t already been posted):

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/vp-biden-speaks-martin-and-coretta-king-unity-brunch

    MSNBC-TV is finally showing coverage of the March, soon.

  8. 28 vcprezofan2
    March 3, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    G’Afternoon TODobots! Is there a particular Chips is trying to rush March along – pretending it’s the 4th when it’s only the 3rd?

    • 29 PoliticalJunkessa
      March 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      (((((Howdy VC!)))))

      Howdy Chips!

      Howdy TOD!

      ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

      • 30 vcprezofan2
        March 3, 2013 at 1:39 pm

        XXOXOXOs, PJ, so nice to see you! I’ve become so used to the message light that signaled a response that now I feel lost since WPress has stopped it. Sigh.

        I was trying ask, unsuccessfully, if there was a particular **reason** CC was rushing March along. Oh well, we’ll see as March rolls by I guess.

        • 31 cookemom
          March 3, 2013 at 1:44 pm

          Hiya VC!!! I hope you scroll on up here to see this, since word press won’t even tell you I’m in the room. Did you get a chance to do the morning wake up routine that I left for you on the rise and shine thread?

          • March 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm

            We need the link again to vote for your daughter. I feel the need to VOTE. 😀

          • 34 vcprezofan2
            March 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm

            Hi, Cookem! A wake-up routine? Sounds like work to me, so maybe it’s a good thing I haven’t checked into the rise and shine thread. Am feeling too lethargic [sounds much more positive than ‘lazy’, doesn’t it 😉 ] to follow a routine today, though I am in the very slow process of shifting furniture and ripping up carpet and underpad in the FINAL (Yay!) bedroom. Slow, as in I do a bit, then take a break, etc. 😀

  9. 36 cookemom
    March 3, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    VP Joe speaking now in Selma. Broadcast on MSNBC now.

  10. March 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    My god Biden is on fire!!!

    • 42 jacquelineoboomer
      March 3, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      Yes, he’s a BFD!

      • March 3, 2013 at 1:34 pm

        On Sec.5 of voting rights act Biden ” I’m the one who got Strom Thurmon to vote to re-authorize the ’65 act” —-> SCOTUS

        • 44 jacquelineoboomer
          March 3, 2013 at 1:41 pm

          Joe’s the real deal.

        • 45 utaustinliberal
          March 3, 2013 at 1:44 pm

          He’s freaking fantastic.

        • 46 globalcitizenlinda
          March 3, 2013 at 1:57 pm

          there seems to be so many things we do not know about BFD Biden

          • 47 hopefruit2
            March 3, 2013 at 2:18 pm

            Because the media has gone out of it’s way to portray him as a silly, perpetually grinning gaffe machine, instead of the intelligent, experienced, compassionate and loyal public servant that he has always been. The only time they give him half-arsed compliments are when they’re attempting to put down PBO in some way.

            • March 3, 2013 at 2:44 pm

              What a lovely thing to say. I believe Joe Biden is all that and more. There are lots of nuts out there. Joe isn’t one of them!

            • 50 theo67
              March 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm

              It’s offensive how the media has tried to belittle this man, who has served the American people honourably for the past 30+ years. They trumpeted the punk Paul Ryan, thinking he was a formidable opponent for VP Biden – and yet, Paul Ryan was barely out of diapers when VP Biden was overcoming personal tragedy and starting his career in the Senate! He’s forgotten more than Paul Ryan will ever know. It’s also offensive that the media ignores the many reasons why Joe Biden would make an excellent President after President Obama steps down, in favour of celebrity, the establishment and conventional wisdom “i.e. group think”.

            • 51 nathkatun7
              March 3, 2013 at 11:03 pm

              As always, your comment nails it! The media hates VP Biden because VP Biden loves and respects President Obama.

  11. 52 desertflower
    March 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/03/03/nbcs-david-gregory-admits-washington-press-doesnt-like-president-obama-video/

    David Gregory said the following on NBC’s Today on Friday.

    Huffington Post

    “The President does not particularly like the Washington press corps,” Gregory said. “And I think that feeling is mutual in a lot of respects. And so there’s not a great relationship between that Washington establishment and the President.”

    So much for the liberal press giving the President beneficial coverage. No wonder the President continues to go around these journalists who believe they are entitled to first dibs on the administration’s message.

  12. March 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    A feel good story for Sunday

  13. March 3, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Want to see how the ISS connected to the SpaceX Dragon rocket? Awesome video of astronauts in action!

    • 72 globalcitizenlinda
      March 3, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      thanks for the video!

      that was so cool!!!

      now I want to be an astronaut – who cares about my age and lack of mental and physical fitness ?

    • 75 vcprezofan2
      March 3, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      I grinned at his idea of ‘a nice SIMPLE interface’, Lovely P. BTW, congrats, I see you have made a new convert to twitpics. They look ‘so good’ that i just may pause long enough for you to repeat the instructions for me……one of these days. 😉

  14. 77 cookemom
    March 3, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    completely off topic, but I just have to say that my two most favoritist commercials that are airing these days are the car commercial where the dad is teaching the kid how to throw a ball. The other is a paper towel commercial where the proud kid runs through the hallway with his potty chair to proudly show his mom that he went to the potty all by himself, as he sloshes the contents all over. Too funny, the both of them!!!1

    • 78 desertflower
      March 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      Guess I don’t watch too much TV 🙂 Have never seen either of these…they sound adorable:)

      • 79 cookemom
        March 3, 2013 at 1:58 pm

        They are hysterical. It turns out the dad doesn’t have a clue on how to throw the ball and he’s teaching the kid absolutely wrong as he says, ‘now watch me’. The look on the mom’s face with the potty chair is priceless as she says, ‘well yes you sure did’

    • March 3, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      One of mine is the State Farm commercial with the girl who found the “French model” date on the internet. The look she gives over her shoulder at the end just cracks me up!

      • 82 cookemom
        March 3, 2013 at 2:25 pm

        oh yes that one is too funny when he guy says Bon jour mon ami in this horrible French accent and you know this isn’t going to end well for her.

      • 83 jacquelineoboomer
        March 3, 2013 at 2:42 pm

        Love all three commercials you guys mentioned! My real favorite is the Little Red Riding Hood song in the Volvo commercial, not the car and not the commercial, just the song!

  15. 85 cookemom
    March 3, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    OK so this is the bomb song to work those glutes and abs to. mmmm, mmmm. Caution I haven’t even listened to the words, cause the beats so nice. I did pick up on one questionable lyric, but hopefully we’re all adults. Besides, what’s a glute workout without some yummy in it. Here we go!

  16. March 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Any questions about Chris now?

    • 95 Bill
      March 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Actually it was an interesting conversation. There were right wing journalists admitting that the right wing blogs such as Daily Caller often overstep the bounds of reporting the truth more than do the left wing blogs. The panel though all Republican were not rwnj’s and believed it was necessary for the right to change if they wish to be taken seriously.

      • 96 cookemom
        March 3, 2013 at 2:39 pm

        I agree. I watched it and was very interested in what they said. It was a level headed discussion with concessions on what they know are hindering their party from moving forward. These panelist are what the rwnj’s would call RINOs. I think at times, it doesn’t hurt to acknowledge that there is an opposing party with members who aren’t all knuckle draggers. I believe a two party system gets things done and challenges the ruling party to stay on their toes. Not every opposing idea has to be hostile. PBO gets that, I think some progressives get that, not sure how many Pubs are allowed to admit that they get that. The few who do are ostracized and bullied.

        • 97 a4alice
          March 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm

          yes true cookeman. I remember our republican govenor arne carlson. Very pragmatic. always had a balanced budget very pro education. now he’s anethma to our minnesota republicans in office and was left out in the cold years ago because he was seen as being too progressive. SMDH. I think a two party system is good too. I think there should be a conversation but as you say, these “knuckledraggers” have taken over the Republican party and turned it into a fringe contingent. and now they are are also a treasonous fringe contingent by their efforts to destroy our democracy.

        • 98 prettyfoot58
          March 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm

          THEN THEY NEED TO STEP UP…question ……were any of these so called rinos elected officials

          • 99 prettyfoot58
            March 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm

            Rinos or otherwise….i would not ptr them in charge because i do not trust them

            • 100 pkayden
              March 3, 2013 at 4:52 pm

              I agree. RINOs are still Republicans. And Republicans seem to have a clear cut agenda — destroy the government, burden the middle class, lessen taxes for the rich, oppose marriage equality and restrict reproductive rights. I don’t want any of them anywhere near the White House.

              Go Hillary (or whichever other Dem runs in 2016)!

    • 101 Jovie
      March 3, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      Awesome, Chris so excited, can’t wait to see you at CPAC!

  17. March 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    So the same *feminists* attacking Michelle Obama, went after Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, and now Sheryl Sandberg. Media is clueless…

    • 105 prettyfoot58
      March 3, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      The questions for me are …What is feminism..& .who is in charge of defining who is and who isn’t….this has always been my problem with this movement…that you have to fit some litmus test…..

      • 106 veryslowwriter
        March 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm

        Reminds me of when PBO was coming up and people were discussing whether he was “Black enough.” Who is in charge of defining who is and who isn’t Black?
        When a Black person does something stupid, I know other Black people resent having to address the random comments of some idiot. Or being asked what do “Black people” think of this or that. As a feminist, I can’t and won’t defend some idiotic woman who also calls herself a feminist. She doesn’t speak for me.
        There’s no one “movement” of women, Blacks, Latinos, or gays that speaks for EVERYONE who is female, Black, Latino, or gay.
        It’s a complicated business and no matter where you stand on an issue, there will be other people like you who are nevertheless not like you at all.

  18. 108 desertflower
    March 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/03/boehner-blames-democrats-for-republican.html

    Boehner blames Democrats for Republican filibuster

    As if the Republican’s demand that any legislation needs a super-majority to pass the Senate was not enough of an outrage, this morning Speaker Boehner blamed the outcome of that demand on Democrats.

    But before he got to that ridiculous claim, Boehner lied. Following in the discredited footsteps of David Brooks, Boehner claimed that neither the Democrats nor the White House had a plan for replacing the sequester. In a move that surprised everyone…David Gregory called him out on that one.

    The Speaker responded by saying that was “nonsense.” Since “moving the goalposts” seems to be the meme of the week, Boehner tried his hand at it by moving from “they don’t have a plan” to “the Senate didn’t pass a plan.” This time, Gregory failed to call him out. Because just 3 days ago, the Senate voted on a Democratic plan to replace the sequester.

    …the Senate blocked a Democratic plan to replace the sequester with a set of smaller spending cuts and new tax revenues. That plan won a simple majority, with 51 senators voting for it and 49 against. But it failed to cross the 60-vote threshold to break a filibuster.

    So you see what they’re doing here…Senate Republicans use a procedural move to block a bill from passing – even though a majority voted for it – and then Speaker Boehner comes along to suggest its the Democrats fault that it didn’t pass.

  19. March 3, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    The old bull w/ some truth serum: Brokaw on Woodward flap: “the country doesn’t care about this”

  20. 111 jacquelineoboomer
    March 3, 2013 at 2:25 pm

  21. 113 cookemom
    March 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    OK folks, I’m hitting you up again and asking for your vote to help #2 realize her dream of becoming a travel correspondent by winning this contest. For your vote to count, please copy the url next to her video and then click on the social media you subscribe to which will share her video on those sites. This is the kid who aced her way through college with a Biology degree, then against her mom’s best advice, decided her passion wasn’t in medicine, but travel/entertainment/anthropology/film. So please help her prove me wrong, I’d love nothing better than to hear her say, ‘told you so’ on this. Thanks http://www.mydestination.com/users/kelauni/bbb#.US-V0Fcnw2Q

  22. March 3, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    The Castro bros. w/ former Mayor White, current Houston Mayor A. Parker, and @jeremybird NFD of OFA & @BGTX will turn TX Blue

    ‘Battleground Texas’ effort ramps up http://politi.co/WnSOtq

  23. 124 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2013 at 2:39 pm

  24. 127 Jovie
    March 3, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Boner said that nobody tried harder than Him to avoid Sequester cuts.
    Except the other 315 million People that live in the US.

    • 128 desertflower
      March 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      This is the same moron that says he’s “not sure if the sequester will hurt the economy” STFU Boner!

  25. 130 a4alice
    March 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    does anyone know if Linda at What is Working had a call to action the other day for tomorrow? I saw Donna said something about it and was getting all fired up about it but I looked over on Linda’s site and I can’t find anything on it. Anyone know anything?

  26. 135 Jovie
    March 3, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    McCain, Graham ‘hell-bent’ on getting Benghazi answers before Brennan vote

    Elise Viebeck – 03/03/13 01:24 PM ET
    “John and I are hell-bent on making sure the American people understand this debacle,” said Graham on Sunday. …

    -/
    Hell bent, I tell ya…

  27. March 3, 2013 at 3:08 pm

  28. March 3, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    The videos not good, but it is short. I will be posting entire speech after this one in a minute.
    Full story at http://www.thebluestate.com/2007/03/video_obama_com.html

    Presidential candidate Barack Obama returned to Selma, Alabama, the site where the civil rights movement began 47 years ago. He spoke at the same church where black leaders first organized to push back against the oppressive forces that were behind the intolerance in the south just two generations ago.

    This excerpt of Obama’s speech was a slap in the face to those who claim the Illinois Senator is “not black enough.” He preached that had it not been for the civil rights movement in Selma, Alabama, he would not be alive today. What was not known at the time, but has been documented by Ancestory.com is that President Barack Huessein Obama is a descendent of the first African slave in America. It happens to be on his mothers side.
    Obama Related to First Slave in America – as part of the news series by GeoBeats. Ancestry.com, a family history website claims that President Barack Obama is the 11th great-grandson of John Punch, the first documented African slave in American history. The website explains that John Punch was an indentured servant in colonial Virginia who was declared a slave for life after he failed to escape slavery in 1640. What is really interesting is that The Ancestry.com made the connection between John Punch and Obama through President’s Caucasian mother’s family. Their research revealed that his mother’s ancestors have roots tracing back to Sub-Saharan Africa through John Punch. An Ancestry.com genealogist told CNN – “We have two of the most significant Africans in our country’s history being directly related to each other” Obama’s ancestral past has been studied extensively with much fascination. The New England Historic Genealogical Society released a report in 2008 noting that Barack Obama can call atleast 6 US Presidents his distant relatives and they include George W. Bush, Gerald Ford, and Lyndon Johnson. Not only that, the Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt is Obama’s ninth cousin, linked by Edwin Hickman who died in Virginia in 1769.
    http://video.answers.com/obama-related-to-first-slave-in-america-517430518#. I saw it on CNN, but couldn’t find that link. Also on ancestory dot.com. Another place I spend my time.

  29. March 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    The long version. 😀 He lifts me up when I feel down.

  30. March 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    The Republican are going to fix this during the debt ceiling. They wanted the credit for when the economy come back They knew the economy is growing and they did nothing to help, so this way they can get the credit. They did this so they can say “See we brought down the debt, by cutting spending and the economy grow” Like they did Clinton. That’s why Wall Street and Big business is not screaming.

  31. March 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Just as a segway: one of the most enduring, unique personality traits of Pres. Obama is his ability to experience joy and wonderment. You can see it in the photo above. It’s in the photo with the young science student and his marshmallow launcher. And any time he is with children and the elderly. To me, this speaks to an open, cynical-free person who still has his eye on the real beauty of life. That’s rare in a president.

  32. 147 desertflower
    March 3, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Watch this! http://viewfrommykitchentable.blogspot.com/2013/02/obama-didnt-raise-you-taxesjimmy-duncan.html

    Bobfr…if you’re around, check this out. Talks about Discharge Petition….something I hadn’t heard until you mentioned it:)

  33. March 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Word press appears to be messing around. THis was in regard to tHe TV adVertisement disCussion aboVe.

  34. March 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    OMG! I had forgotten about this video. Those folks are from Knoxville. In fact, the woman on the right (in black suit) is the lead OFA person for our area. 🙂 He is such an idiot. Has been in Congress 44 years…….yes, 44 years and has done NOTHING of any even small significance. He inherited the seat from his Daddy and is trying to hold it for his son. However, his son has gotten into some fairly serious trouble in the local office he holds. What you wanta bet though that he’ll walk right into that seat. Stupid votes here will elect him. URRRRGGGGGHHHH!!!!!!!

  35. 153 prettyfoot58
    March 3, 2013 at 3:56 pm

  36. 154 jacquelineoboomer
    March 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Joe Biden’s glad to be in Selma on a personal level, not just a political level, and it shows. Glad he finally made it there.

    • 155 jacquelineoboomer
      March 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      For my generation, having the NBC live feed stop during the commemoration on the bridge jolts your heart somewhat – luckily, it picked back up, as did my heartbeats. Whoa. I’d better get a grip!

  37. 157 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    • 158 jacquelineoboomer
      March 3, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    • 159 carolyn
      March 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      I hope some other “journalists” pay attention and clean up their acts. Only the press can make the press do the right thing. I think Gregory’s statement Friday exposes them all. For four years they have used the president as a target, and made the news about themselves.
      When GWB was president, every stinking day we had another stinking picture of him in those ugly blue and gold chairs fake-smiling at some other VIP. We NEVER even see this president when a visiting head of state comes!!! Anyone else notice that? I have written, but I have come to detest the news programs so much, I hardly watch them.
      I finally signed a moveon petition…..yes, I still get their emails. This petition was to tell Congress to give themselves a 20% pay cut like other federal employees until they repeal the sequester and get to work. I thought that one was worthwhile.

  38. March 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Interesting ….

    Have not understood why anyone would want to join UB given we have the magnificent OFA.

    • 161 cookemom
      March 3, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      I’m still not so sure about these folks, cause the founder was not a PBO supporter. If this is the same person, he was a Buddy Roehmer (sp) supporter. I also don’t like the name they chose UniteBlue. It’s too close too ActBlue, which is a Democratic progressive organization. I just may be cynical, but I think they’re lulling folks into a false security, then when they’ve siphoned off enough folks under false pretense, they’ll start posting subtle inferences that are not in our best interest. Maybe I read too many spy novels.

    • 169 99ts
      March 3, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      Also – seriously stupid in that they believed their own propaganda – hard to believe Mitt truly thought he could buy the white house for his wife.

  39. March 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    This wonderful women reported to be nominated Monday, to replace Jack Lew’s old position at OMB. She did wonderful work at Gates Found.

  40. 172 Linda
    March 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Does anyone know the story behind this picture ?

    Obama Prayer

    Also…the comment under it is interesting.

    • 173 desertflower
      March 3, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Yes….it has been shown here and talked about before….from before ’08 election or just after

    • 175 cookemom
      March 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      My brother has this pic framed and hanging in his home. I believe these are all ministers who gathered around to bless him on his political journey. It was very early in his presidential efforts. I believe it took place in Chicago after a prayer breakfast or something, not sure though.

    • March 3, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      I used this picture for my gravatar. It is Candidate Barack Obama receiving a blessing during the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s 48th Quadrennial Session General Conference, July 5, 2008, St. Louis, Mo.

  41. 178 desertflower
    March 3, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Awesome!!! See why money for R/D and SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH is important!

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/mar/03/us-doctors-cure-child-born-hiv

    Doctors in the US have made medical history by effectively curing a child born with HIV, the first time such a case has been documented.

    The infant, who is now two and a half, needs no medication for HIV, has a normal life expectancy and is highly unlikely to be infectious to others, doctors believe.

    Though medical staff and scientists are unclear why the treatment was effective, the surprise success has raised hopes that the therapy might ultimately help doctors eradicate the virus among newborns.

    This is MY idea of pro life!

  42. 181 jackiegrumbacher
    March 3, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Can anybody explain why this can’t happen? If the economy starts to seriously decline because of the sequester is it possible for 1) Harry Reid to invoke the nuclear option and pass the Senate Sequester alternative with a 51vote margin; 2) Nancy to round up 18 Republican votes, hold her caucus together and force a floor vote, which passes with a simple majority. There’s nothing in the law that prevents this if Harry were willing and there were 18 sane and still patriotic Republicans who didn’t want the economy to collapse. How can we make this happen?

    • 182 prettyfoot58
      March 3, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Thisssssssssss….and perhaps this could happen….if ~We the People~ push it….

    • March 3, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Jackie, not only can all those steps be taken, we may not have to await a decline in our economy to see the Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi do just as you note.

      All Speaker Pelosi needs are 218 signatures on a discharge petition to force a bill to the floor for vote. A bill only needs to sit in Committee for 30 legislative days to become eligible for the discharge petition mechanism. That’s why I’ve been tweeting @NancyPelosi and @WhipHoyer as to indicate to them plenty of citizens understand they have the mechanism to bypass Boehner and Cantor.

      As to Leader Reid, after McConnell filibustered the sequester repeal knowing that 51 votes existed to pass the D version, I see no justification for Leader Reid, Senator Levin et al to have any reason to think their ‘reforms’ accomplished anything other than giving McConnell sufficient rope to hang himself, publicly and on the record. Well, he did just that this past Thursday.

      Yes We Can

    • March 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      It’s my understanding that the “nuclear option” or a change in the rules of filibuster can only be invoked at the beginning of a Congressional session. So, no, it can’t be implemented now.

  43. 190 susanne
    March 3, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    ‘ President Barack Obama plans to nominate Walmart’s philanthropic head Sylvia Mathews Burwell to become director of the White House budget office on Monday, sources familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

    Burwell, 47, is a veteran of Bill Clinton’s White House and for the past year has been president of the Walmart Foundation at the corporation’s Bentonville, Arkansas, headquarters. The charity organization in 2011 gave out nearly $1 billion in corporate contributions to projects around the world such as fighting hunger and empowering women. ‘

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/03/us-usa-obama-budget-idUSBRE9220F720130303

    • March 3, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Funny! I see Grumpy Cat in the corner there!

      • 192 susanne
        March 3, 2013 at 8:44 pm

        scratching my head–thought you meant in the burwell article! probably a grumpy cat in there, too, or should be 🙂 but yes, the cartoon is a good depiction of boner’s reality. and i do like to picture the humans (voters) trapping the rat and putting the cats where they belong!

  44. 193 Lynn
    March 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    We REALLY Neeeeed to keep on!!!!

  45. March 3, 2013 at 6:15 pm

  46. 195 lamh36
    March 3, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Aright, now, this here is how we do it down in the lower9!

    My aunt (my godchild Maddie’s mother) and her brother (they are twins) had their 46th birthday party last night. I worked this weekend and I was hella tired, but I went ahead and drove to NOLA for the party. I drove back late last night, went to work this morning. I’m glad I did. All except 1 uncle were there (a few I hadn’t seen in a while.

    Anyway, my family have been living in the same lower 9th neighborhood since before I was born (my mom is 53) and I think even before my mom was born. So anyway, when they have a party, the whole “old neighborhood” peeps come to every party.

    The old people party and reminisce(sp?) and the young guns sit around an laugh at the old people, but since we are such a close knit bunch, even the young people know the old songs. The thing about NOLA is that if you are born and raised there, you know the old music as well as the new.

    So anyway, this is how we roll in NOLA lower 9th. If it’s a party with an older crowd in NOLA, then you betta be ready to “wobble with it”…LOL.

    My extended family…

  47. 199 a4alice
    March 3, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    So you guys Lynn’s post reminded me I was going to copy out this email I got from Sara El-Amine who is the National Director for the new Organizing for Action. Their weekly Monday call is happening tomorrow night and for anyone who is curious you can go online and listen to the call on your computer.

    here’s the email:

    Don’t forget to mark your calendar for our weekly NTL call this Monday, March 4th, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

    We’ll talk about the plan for the next few weeks, including upcoming action planning sessions, organizing around the budget fight, and how we’ll celebrate the third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.

    Sign up here to dial in.

    Or listen in via livestream here:

    http://my.barackobama.com/NTL-Livestream

    These calls are my favorite part of the week — hope you can make it.

    Talk to you on Monday,

    Sara

    Sara El-Amine
    National Organizing Director
    Organizing for Action

  48. 201 Jovie
    March 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    President Obama is likely to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Monday to head up the budget office, Reuters first reported.

    Burwell, who has long been considered the leading choice for the director’s spot at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) runs the Wal-Mart Foundation and formerly worked for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and served in President Clinton’s White House as deputy director of the budget office.

  49. 202 vitaminlover
    March 3, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Isn’t technology great? I love the way so many of you know how to transfer pictures, videos and news articles to this blog. My fellow tekkie TOD’ers have it goin’ on!

  50. 203 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2013 at 6:28 pm

  51. 206 Jovie
    March 3, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    The Republican Talking points-
    I don’t think anybody is paying attention anymore in DC, these cuts are no big deal.

    Democratic talking points- these cuts are a disaster, hurt the economy and are k our National readiness.

    Maybe somewhere in the middle… ?

    • 207 Vicki
      March 3, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      If you are one of the 125,000 families losing their housing vouchers and thereby their homes…there is no middle.

      • 208 prettyfoot58
        March 3, 2013 at 8:05 pm

        THISSSSSSSSSSSSSSS….

        as PBO….said at the presser on Friday….

        It depends on where you sit….answering a question by the WHPC….re: Bloomberg’s comment that the sequester will not be so bad…

      • 210 nathkatun7
        March 4, 2013 at 12:46 am

        Exactly, Vicki! Today I had lunch with a good friend of mine who is a nurse at the Navy Hospital here in San Diego and she already got notice that she will not be paid for one day each week. This means that for each month her pay will be $875.00 less than she is receiving now. She is a single mom with three children. Actually her frustration was even more about nurses aids who are going to be devastated by the pay cuts. What really pisses me off is the fact that this sequester has absolutely nothing to do with job creation, economics, deficit, debt, or what have you. This is all about Republican hatred of President Obama. They are so consumed with hating the President that they don’t care about inflicting pain on ordinary Americans who are not rich. Both St. Reagan and the two Bushes run huge deficits, yet Republicans never once resorted to sequesters, refusing to raise the debt ceiling, or shutting down the government.

    • 211 nathkatun7
      March 4, 2013 at 12:48 am

      I am sorry Jovie, Sequester is not about talking points! It’s about hurting real people!

  52. 212 Jovie
    March 3, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Cornyn backs ‘all options’ to prevent nuclear-armed Iran
    Elise Viebeck
    03/03/13 06:06 PM ET
    Speaking at the AIPAC conference, Cornyn warned that a nuclear Iran would be “the ultimate game-ender for the Middle East.”…
    -/
    Let’s just nuke them? That will teach them. All options? Just what is he talking about?

    • March 3, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      We’re lucky that President Obama is the Commander in Chief. I can’t help but stop every day and consider what hell we’d be in if Mitt Romney had succeeded in buying and cheating his way into the White House. We dodged a bullet there!

  53. 214 whatisworking
    March 3, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Greetings TOD family

    I have been a busy beaver – getting ready for tomorrows campaign of holding the Republicans responsible for their inaction.

    Thanks so some wonderful links contributed by folks here, and a great article by smartypants, I have a list of Republicans who voted for VAWA, are in districts PBO won in 12 or 08, and Republicans who supported the hurricane relief. Tomorrow lets focus on these Republicans

    I have included the local office #s – some folks only have 1 local office, but others have 3-4.

    If you are confused by the material or see any typos, please let me know. Pay special attention to the zip code which you will often be asked about when you are calling.

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2013/03/republicans-who-can-be-moved-to-support.html

  54. 229 99ts
    March 3, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Even in Texas – it seems someone has worked out that providing family planning services is a lot cheaper than paying for the births/children that is the result of closing down such services. Next time the GOP screams about including birth control in health insurance they truly need to be reminded about the economic reality of birth control – being they are so keen on reducing those “benefit” payments.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/01/us/texas-may-restore-some-family-planning-budget-cuts.html?_r=0

  55. 230 desertflower
    March 3, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    I can’t get this photo off here……………….

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022455072

  56. March 3, 2013 at 7:45 pm

  57. March 3, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    • 235 Don
      March 3, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Wow, how the worm has turned, Netanyahu seems to have more enemies inside of Israel than outside. He is a dinosaur who’s time is no long on his side, President Obama might be Netanyahu’s only friend.

  58. 236 a4alice
    March 3, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    here I’m throwing in another tweet to Linda’s site.

  59. 237 utaustinliberal
    March 3, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    The Simpsons just did their take on ‘The Harlem Shake’ with Maggie leading the way and it was funny. I love cartoons!

  60. 238 utaustinliberal
    March 3, 2013 at 8:11 pm

  61. 239 utaustinliberal
    March 3, 2013 at 8:19 pm

  62. March 3, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Posted upthread in reply to WIW. Also, PrettyFoot posted link to National Journal a couple of days ago:

    WaPo says today that 17 seats need to be picked up in 2014 for Dem majority.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/stymied-by-a-gop-house-obama-looks-ahead-to-2014-to-cement-his-legacy/2013/03/02/5f6f8b94-827d-11e2-a350-49866afab584_story.html?hpid=z1

    16 “House GOPer from Obama-won seat voted for VAWA” http://bit.ly/WoKtvf

    CA: Jeff Denham, David Valadao, Gary Miller
    CO: Mike Coffman
    FL: Bill Young, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
    IA: Tom Latham
    MN: John Kline, Erik Paulsen
    NV: Joe Heck
    NJ: Frank LoBiondo, Jon Runyan
    NY: Michael Grimm, Christopher Gibson
    VA: Scott Rigell
    WA: Dave Reichert

    These 16 Republicans are vulnerable to committed Dems. Priority should be to convince qualified Dems to run in these districts in 2014.

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/blogs/hotlineoncall/2013/02/vulnerable-republicans-side-with-dems-to-reauthorize-vawa-28

    • March 3, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      Dont forget about the senate, here are congressman that may run in GOP states against sitting D senators

    • 244 nathkatun7
      March 4, 2013 at 1:19 am

      “These 16 Republicans are vulnerable to committed Dems. Priority should be to convince qualified Dems to run in these districts in 2014.”

      This is exactly what I believe should be our #1 focus! We also should identify Republicans in congressional districts that barely voted for Romney and mount serious challenges against them in 2014. Lets go to work!

  63. March 3, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Re: MSM false equivalency (the both sides do it argument); from James Carville (from The War Room, about Clinton’s 1992 campaign):

    “We say 50 + 50 is 104, they say 50 + 50 is 104,000, and the press will say, ‘Well both of ’em are stretching the numbers a little bit.’ ”

    It really made me mad yesterday when I saw that good old Glenn Kessler at WaPo awarded 4 pinocchios to PBO’s Friday sequester comments. Where does the Bush Adm lies about the Iraq War rate? Fibs equal to heinous murdous eyes in MSM’s jaded view.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/02/paleolithic-origins-of-false-equivalence-starring-james-carville/273530/

    • 246 99ts
      March 3, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      Kessler lost it during the election – WaPo would do well to keep their ombudsman & get rid of him – GOP shrill – always

  64. 247 dotster3
    March 3, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    My daughter was here today, updating all my stuff. I asked her to get rid of dumb embarrassing egg on twitter so I wouldn’t be so embarrassed by my inability to replace the dumb embarrassing egg so I could be impressive with no one questioning my brilliance on the twitter machine —-and she got carried away and put me everywhere—-facebook, wordpress etc. Oy. I did laugh about the identifying description she wrote—-“I love Barack Obama and my family. In that order”. 🙂 Let’s see if new gravatar shows up.

    • 248 desertflower
      March 3, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      “I love Barack Obama and my family. In that order” 🙂 That’s goin’ around! Happens at my house, too….

    • 249 globalcitizenlinda
      March 3, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      brilliant description of you by your daughte ,,,, ha ha!r. If you see someone has stolen that quote, send the first warrant for my arrest because its more than likely I will be the culprit

  65. March 3, 2013 at 8:41 pm

  66. 259 isonprize
    March 3, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Just in case anyone has any doubt what Americans have been through to get and keep the right to vote in these United States… (I’m still astounded at Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s comment about voting as a ‘racial entitlement’)

    Selma, Alabama: the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Sunday, Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965 (US Representative John Lewis was 22 years old)

  67. 260 LDS
    March 3, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    KEEP ON WALKING! KEEP ON TALKING! MARCHING UP TO FREEDOM LAND!

    That applies today as well. I remember looking evil in the face growing up down south.
    Despite all the challenges we had to face, we were never taught to hate.
    I often wondered when do they teach their children to hate? What age?
    Years of hate building up even to take down a country they claim to love.

  68. 264 99ts
    March 3, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Many of you have no doubt seen it before – but for those like me – what a wonderful photo
    http://media.talkingpointsmemo.com/slideshow/obama-family/1-293051

  69. 266 kasai
    March 3, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Good Evening Everyone!
    I don’t wish anyone harm…but if..Mother nature strikes a blow (natural disaster) to Red States…I hope PBO tells them to knock on Boehner’s door.

    https://twitter.com/Kahsai/status/308388731700801536

    • 267 LDS
      March 3, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      Kasai: I totally agree with you.
      But unfortunately, they will have to hunt him down at the local bar or too drunk to even take a phone call and know one would understand him due to the slurring, slobbering and crying. Good luck on that one those who keep voting for this puppet. They got what they asked for… A Fool!

    • 268 99ts
      March 4, 2013 at 12:06 am

      Kasai – I agree with you – but I just know the President will not – he always says he is the President for all America. Will be interesting to see who votes to help the red states – and how quickly

    • 269 nathkatun7
      March 4, 2013 at 1:53 am

      Kasai, may be it’s time for Blues States to demand equalization of federal expenditures. If Republicans want spending cuts, then lets target those cuts on states that are “Net Recipients of Federal Dollars.” I am sure the seventeen “Blue States that are Net Payers” of “Federal Dollars” would have no qualms helping out the “11 Blue States” that are “Net Recipients of Federal Dollars.” I am not sure that the one Red State, which is a “Nate Payer,” can afford to pick up the tab for the 21 red states, which are “Net Recipients of Federal Dollars.”

  70. March 3, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    President Obama will announce his OMB pick 10:15 a.m tomorrow.

  71. 271 a4alice
    March 3, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    • 273 anniebella
      March 3, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      I guess it is much easier for Queen Ann to blame the media, than blame that lying tax hider husband of hers.

    • 274 amk for obama
      March 3, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    • 275 nathkatun7
      March 4, 2013 at 2:02 am

      I love your tweet, Kasai! I am actually convinced that if it hadn’t been for our unethical media, which were rooting for Romney, he (Romney) would have lost by even more votes than the 5 millions he lost by.

  72. 276 jackiegrumbacher
    March 3, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    I just saw on Twitter that this man is going to challenge Boehner for his Ohio seat. Boehner had no opposition in 2012. He will in 2114. Every time Boehner runs he tells the people of his district that he will create jobs. They’re starting to notice that he’s a liar. If this guy sticks to it and has the stamina to continue I think he’ll see a lot of support coming his way.

    Andrew Hounshell
    @Andrew4Congress

    In 2014 I intend to bring a new face to Washington that has the heart of Ohio in mind.

    andrewhounshell.com

    • 277 theo67
      March 4, 2013 at 12:04 am

      Is he a Democrat or a Republican? If he’s a Republican, he could be a tea bagger, upset about Boehner not being extreme enough…

      • 278 99ts
        March 4, 2013 at 12:31 am

        This is the best I can find

        “Although we don’t know alot about Andy Hounshell , we plan to learn more as we read more and see more of him, Ohio seems to know him when he introduced the President to speak to the People, and as a Union working class family man.
        He can be found on Twitter and Facebook, question is will the DNC support an unknown inexperienced candidate” ….
        As for the issues he stands on, and believes in, He is Running on the Democratic Ticket as a Democrat.”

        http://conservativecorporatism.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/can-john-boehner-gop-corporate.html

  73. 279 sabreen60
    March 3, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    I wonder how much more Americans are willing to endure before taking to the streets to protest Republicans in Congress?

  74. March 3, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    The untold story of PBO’s diversification of the courts

  75. 283 a4alice
    March 3, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    k. work tomorrow. nite TOD. 🙂

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  76. March 3, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    What an Iconic photo!

  77. March 3, 2013 at 11:07 pm

  78. March 3, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    GN TOD, something to put a smile on your face before you to bed.

  79. 288 desertflower
    March 3, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Brilliant. why couldn’t MY college profs have been this engaging?

    • 289 4morefor44
      March 3, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      whoa. i’ve read him before and really liked him, but had no idea he’s such a great speaker too! exceptional! thanks for linking it here.

  80. 290 amk for obama
    March 3, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    50 more minority shias killed in majority sunni terrorist bombing in pakistan. Over 200 shias killed this year alone. The world better start dealing with pakistan’s isi and it army with a firm hand, especially china.

  81. 291 amk for obama
    March 3, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Kenyan elections: Too busy tweeting to vote?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21623062

  82. 293 Jovie
    March 4, 2013 at 12:53 am

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama raised anew the issue of cutting entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security as a way out of damaging budget cuts, a White House official said on Sunday, as both sides in Washington tried to limit a fiscal crisis that may soon hit millions of Americans.

    Signaling he might be ready to explore a compromise to end automatic spending cuts that began late Friday, Obama mentioned reforming these entitlement programs in calls with lawmakers from both parties on Saturday afternoon.

    “He’s reaching out to Democrats who understand we have to make serious progress on long-term entitlement reform and Republicans who realize that if we had that type of entitlement reform, they’d be willing to have tax reform that raises revenues to lower the deficit,” White House senior economic official Gene Sperling said on Sunday on the CNN program “State of the Union.”

    Republicans have long argued that the only way to tame budget deficits over the long haul is by slowing the cost of sprawling social safety net programs.

    These include the Social Security retirement program and Medicare and Medicaid healthcare programs for the elderly, disabled and poor that are becoming more expensive as a large segment of the U.S. population hits retirement age.

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSBRE91P0W220130304?irpc=932

    So, looks like Bernie Sanders will be on the Ed Show on Monday night? 🙂

  83. 294 Jovie
    March 4, 2013 at 1:15 am


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