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Heads Up: Pres. Peres Honors Pres. Obama with the President’s Medal

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223 Responses to “Heads Up: Pres. Peres Honors Pres. Obama with the President’s Medal”


  1. 6 Allison
    March 21, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Looking forward to seeing Pres Obama again!

  2. 8 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Gongratulations Carol and Allison on 1st place tie 🙂

  3. March 21, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Afternoon EB, congrats Carol..

  4. 13 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I’m watching via the Link from Israel and they’re showing the motorcade arriving now. 🙂

  5. March 21, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Ohhh – I should have come here first instead of checking the weather site.

  6. 15 Dudette
    March 21, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Obama to Israelis: ‘You Are Not Alone’ (article with 2 minute video)
    http://www.voanews.com/content/obama-visits-west-bank/1625688.html

  7. 20 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    SOS Kerry is in the house!

    • 21 anniebella
      March 21, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Hasn’t FLOTUS train POTUS well, he went back and pull out the chair for PM Bibi’s wife. I was just kidding about training POTUS.

      • 22 anniebella
        March 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm

        PM Bibi didn’t even think about that he was so quick to get the seat next to POTUS. Deep down I’m sure Bibi wanted it to be President Romney.

  8. 23 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    John Kerry is so happy in new role. I have no doubt that he will be an excellent SOS! 🙂

  9. 24 whatisworking
    March 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    CALL TO ACTION

    I know everyone is calught up in the Presidents visit to Israel, and I don’t blame you. He is so wonderful.

    Here is my request
    Please set aside 10 minutes and do 2 things.

    Send VP Biden an ataboy for his refusal to give up on gun control

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments/vp

    Call Sen. Feinstein’s office and ask her to keep pushing for the assault weapons ban -call even if you aren’t from CA

    202-224-3841
    SF (415) 393-0707
    LA (310) 914-7300
    Fresno (559) 485-7430
    San Diego (619) 231-9712

    • 25 anniebella
      March 21, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      I shall call Sen. Feinstein’s office.

    • 27 donna dem 4 obama
      March 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Calling right now! Her phone system will only let you hold for 2 minutes and then it disconnects. I’m determined to talk to someone in her office. 😉

    • March 21, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      Thank you Linda!!

      Yes We Can

    • 33 Uche
      March 21, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      I called and left a message with one of her staff. It was just to encourage her to keep up the pressure and that she’s got a broad-based support from ‘we,the people’.

      • 34 HZ
        March 21, 2013 at 6:18 pm

        I want to also thank you, Linda for reminding us to contact Sen. Feinstein and VPBiden. I called Sen. Feinstein’s LA office and spoke with a lovely young lady. She was so appreciative for the call. I shared with her my personal relationship with one of the victims of the shooting in San Francisco. I taught the a relative of one of the victims. The family is like is still very close with me to this day.

        The young lady said that it is encouraging to hear the we are hopeful and are in support with Sen. Feinstein. She thanked me very much.HZ

        • 35 whatisworking
          March 21, 2013 at 8:22 pm

          You are welcome HZ. The folks here keep me inspired. Personal stories like you make a real impact. I really appreciate your efforts.

      • 36 whatisworking
        March 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm

        Thanks so much

  10. 37 Lovepolitics2008
    March 21, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    The room seems to be too small for the number of guests there. I can’t help but being a bit concerned.

    What is this venue ? A museum ?

  11. 39 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Bibi just wants to be all up in PBO’s face.

  12. 40 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    LOL! they mixed up their speeches… 🙂

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  15. 43 jacquelineoboomer
    March 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Pres. Peres: “We are alone … We are alone together.” (So glad I remembered to check in and watch this. Very moving.)

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  17. 46 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    HEADLINE: Obama’s speech: What young Israelis not only needed but wanted to hear

    // The U.S. president’s speech in Jerusalem redefines what it means to be a centrist in Israel. We deserve a leader like him. For Barack Obama to come to Jerusalem, and speak to Israeli students and talk persuasively of the possibility of a secure and peaceful future, for him to do that and garner a roaring ovation of approval, he would have to have given one hell of a speech.

    He did. This was the speech that these young Israelis not only needed but wanted to hear. A speech that radically redefined centrism in Israel, bringing it down to extraordinary common denominators in directions Israelis have learned to think of as diametrically opposed.

    He spoke of security and peace as inextricably and necessarily linked, not a narrow choice between options, but a conscious choice for both. They roared.

    This was not the student crowd that Obama is used to. These students are Israelis. This is a crowd that is somehow simultaneously world-weary and hair-trigger volatile. They have come by it honestly. In comparison to their American counterparts, they are, by and large, older by several years – some would say, several lifetimes. They enter college after years in the military, often followed by the escape-valve rehab of a marathon trek to remote continents.

    They know a snow job when they hear it. And the rare times when someone makes a sincere and enormous effort to understand them, to see things from their point of view, and to bring them a message that no leader in Israel has managed to bring them, they know that too. And if they respond with a huge reservoir of unaddressed, pent up emotional energy, as they did Thursday evening, even that fusty hall in Jerusalem – that house that boredom built, that home to bureaucratic Jewish organizational conferences dull as death – can erupt with the electricity and positive might that are the hallmarks if something we thought we’d all lost long ago: hope. //

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/obama-visits-israel/obama-s-speech-what-young-israelis-not-only-needed-but-wanted-to-hear.premium-1.511121#.UUtO9sRlLLA.twitter

  18. 59 Lovepolitics2008
    March 21, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Hey, republicans and media, are you LISTENING to that ??

  19. 61 yardarm756
    March 21, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    My water works are full force as I watch OUR PRESIDENT receive his medal. YOU GO MR. PRESIDENT. YOU ROCK!

  20. 65 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I am just so thankful that I am alive and to witness to this Great President.

  21. 68 Allison
    March 21, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    • 69 Vicki
      March 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      That’s a big deal!
      Also first President to address both houses of Parliament in Britain and sleep at Buckingham Palace, in the Same room that Will and Kate used after their marriage before they left for their honeymoon.

      The world sees PBO as we do at TOD.

    • 70 theo67
      March 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      And yet, Chuck Todd seems to think that the Israelis haven’t embraced this President like they’ve embraced past Presidents – none of whom have received that medal…

  22. 71 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    This is the HOPE that BARACK BUILT.

    • March 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      It sure is, hf!!!!

      Am so very proud of him and of ALL those ‘neighbors’ who have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with him. The TOD community being evidence of just how potent and caring his ‘neighbors’ are!

      #FORWARD Together

  23. 73 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    • 74 99ts
      March 21, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      Much belated thank you – seeing Tweety trying to say Phil was fired for other reasons – shows who he really was. Phil’s story was real – the network media told everyone what was right and wrong and what they should think. Media is having less success – but still doing it in my world without much comeback.

  24. March 21, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I am always in such awe of the compassion and understanding of how others feel that this President has. He just has a way of giving hope to people that I have not seen before in any President. I am stymied as to how people can not see that in him or maybe chose not to see it.

  25. 78 Ladyhawke
    March 21, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    LiberalPhenom ‏@LiberalPhenom

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    No tweets yet from @chucktodd about Pres Obama receiving Israel’s highest honor. Imagine that.

    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin

    ——————————————————

  26. 82 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2013 at 3:03 pm

  27. 83 yardarm756
    March 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    An afternoon ha, ha!

    A hooded robber burst into a Texas bank and forced the tellers to load a
    sack full of cash.

    On his way out the door, a brave Texas customer grabbed the hood and pulled
    it off revealing the robbers face.
    The robber shot the customer without a moment’s hesitation. He then looked
    around the bank and noticed one of the tellers looking straight at him. The
    robber instantly shot him also.
    Everyone in the bank, by now very scared, looked intently down at the floor
    in silence.
    The robber yelled, “Well did anyone else see my face?”
    There are a few moments of utter silence in which everyone was plainly too
    afraid to speak. Then one old cowboy named Bill from Oklahoma slowly raised
    hand and said, “My wife got a pretty good look at you.”

  28. 88 sherijr
    March 21, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I could cry that I missed this.. hopefully there’ll be video.. I got to see his speech earlier, but had to leave and missed the medal ceremony. Has this medal been given to any other US Presidents?

  29. 100 utaustinliberal
    March 21, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    For those who missed Pres. Obama’s speech to Israeli students about the Middle East, C-SPAN has it here.

    http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/311641-2

    • 101 Dudette
      March 21, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Oh thank you ut! I’ve been dying to see it (or rather listen to it), but I’m at work! All of the lovely snippets and the transcripts are great, but there’s nothing like actually hearing him deliver a momenutal speech like this one. Got 2 more meetings to go to, then I can come back and dive in! 🙂

    • 102 jackiegrumbacher
      March 21, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Ut, this is only half the speech. Cspan cuts it off soon after the heckler. Wish the White House or YouTube would post it–it’s very frustrating.

    • 104 Uche
      March 21, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      Thanks UT….missed it,but have seen clips from the news shows. Also, you’re doing a great job helping out our Chips to run this community. Kudos!.

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  32. 107 Dudette
    March 21, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    President Obama Meets with First-Ever Ethiopian Crowned Miss Israel
    http://www.theworld.org/2013/03/ethiopian-crowned-miss-israel/

  33. 108 Dudette
    March 21, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Not cool referring to this as a “hot date” but here she is

  34. March 21, 2013 at 3:35 pm

  35. 119 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Chuckie Toad was mad that he got called out for his lousy questions at the presser yesterday, and this was his reaction (to which I responded).

    Now he hasn’t tweeted a single thing about PBO’s speech to the young Israeli’s or his receipt of the highest Medal of distinction. Instead he’s been posting picture after picture of illegal settlements on the West Bank…something he clearly felt he could use to attack PBO on.

    His last Twitter activity was to retweet something from Nancy Pelosi about the NCAA bracket. He’s completely disinterested in Israel right now- and we know why.

  36. 125 yardarm756
    March 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    No sure if I posted this before…….

    This is one of those stories where you begin to chuckle….then find yourself laughing out loud.

    Pocket Taser Stun Gun, a great gift for the wife. A guy who purchased his lovely wife a pocket Taser for their anniversary submitted this.

    Last weekend I saw something at Larry’s Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest. The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife Julie. What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket/purse-sized taser. The effects of the taser were supposed to be short lived, with no long-term adverse affect on your assailant, allowing her adequate time to retreat to safety….??

    ‘WAY TOO COOL! Long story short, I bought the device and brought it home.

    I loaded two AAA batteries in the darn thing and pushed the button. Nothing! I was disappointed. I learned, however, that if I pushed the button AND pressed it against a metal surface at the same time; I’d get the blue arc of electricity darting back and forth between the prongs.

    AWESOME!!!

    Unfortunately, I have yet to explain to Julie what that burn spot is on the face of her microwave.

    Okay, so I was home alone with this new toy, thinking to myself that it couldn’t be all that bad with only two triple-A batteries, right?

    There I sat in my recliner, my cat Gracie looking on intently (trusting little soul) while I was reading the directions and thinking that I really needed to try this thing out on a flesh & blood moving target.

    I must admit I thought about zapping Gracie (for a fraction of a second) and thought better of it. She is such a sweet cat. But, if I was going to give this thing to my wife to protect herself against a mugger, I did want some assurance that it would work as advertised. Am I wrong?

    So, there I sat in a pair of shorts and a tank top with my reading glasses perched delicately on the bridge of my nose, directions in one hand, and taser in another.

    The directions said that a one-second burst would shock and disorient your assailant; a two-second burst was supposed to cause muscle spasms and a major loss of bodily control; a three-second burst would purportedly make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water. Any burst longer than three seconds would be wasting the batteries.? ? All the while I’m looking at this little device measuring about 5″ long, less than 3/4 inch in circumference; pretty cute really and (loaded with two itsy, bitsy triple-A batteries) thinking to myself, “no possible way!”

    What happened next is almost beyond description, but I’ll do my best…? ? I’m sitting there alone, Gracie looking on with her head cocked to one side as to say, “don’t do it master,” reasoning that a one- second burst from such a tiny little ole thing couldn’t hurt all that bad. I decided to give myself a one-second burst just for heck of it. I touched the prongs to my naked thigh, pushed the button, and . . .

    HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION!

    I’m pretty sure Jessie Ventura ran in through the side door, picked me up in the recliner , then body slammed us both on the carpet, over and over and over again.

    I vaguely recall waking up on my side in the fetal position, with tears in my eyes, body soaking wet, both nipples on fire, testicles nowhere to be found, with my left arm tucked under my body in the oddest position, and tingling in my legs?

    The cat was standing over me making meowing sounds I had never heard before, licking my face, undoubtedly thinking to herself, “Do it again, stupid, do it again!”

    Note: If you ever feel compelled to “mug” yourself with a taser, one note of caution: there is no such thing as a one-second burst when you zap yourself!

    You will not let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your hand by a violent thrashing about on the floor.

    A three-second burst would be considered conservative?

    SON-OF-A-… That hurt like **% !!! A minute or so later (I can’t be sure, as time was a relative thing at that point), I collected my wits (what little I had left), sat up and surveyed the landscape. My bent reading glasses were on the mantel of the fireplace. How did they get up there??? My triceps, right thigh and both nipples were still twitching. My face felt like it had been shot up with Novocain, and my bottom lip weighed 88 lbs. I’m still looking for my testicles! I’m offering a significant reward for their safe return!! Still in shock!

    P. S. My wife loved the gift, and now regularly threatens me with it!

    “If you think Education is difficult, try being stupid.”

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  40. March 21, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    O/T…Bo Obama gets Marriage Proposal

    It’s actually an ad for a Doggie Dash, but still cute.

  41. 165 anniebella
    March 21, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I sent a e-mail to the Vice President, Senator Feinstein, asking them to please don’t give up on the assault weapon ban.

  42. March 21, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    More bunk from Chuck Todd.

    • 169 jackiegrumbacher
      March 21, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      He can’t take it can he, meta. This is exactly what he said and exactly why he sounded like a complete idiot.

    • 171 hopefruit2
      March 21, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      He’s very defensive. He can’t take a shred of criticism – explicit or implied, but he’s always ready to dish it when it comes to PBO.

      • March 21, 2013 at 4:34 pm

        What would be the harm in not calling on him in one of these press conferences anyway? Is there a rule that he has to be one of the person who gets to ask a question?

    • 173 hopefruit2
      March 21, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      And Eric (and others) still were not buying his BS 🙂

      • March 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm

        Does he really think he can ask these inordinately dishonest and rude questions on foreign soil and get away with it?

        • 175 Vicki
          March 21, 2013 at 5:46 pm

          That is exactly what he thinks and what he is paid to do. No holds barred all out war on our beloved President. If someone thinks there is a way to stop this please enlighten me.

    • 176 jacquelineoboomer
      March 21, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      I remember calling out the dumbass Todd years ago, back and forth in emails. He never admitted ANYTHING he did was wrong or ill-stated. He’s a “blame the victim” kind of guy, and, unfortunately, our whole country is his victim because he’s got the power of the pen – and the big mouth abroad.

  43. March 21, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    My youngest son gave me a early birthday present yesterday. My Ipad2 and my MacPro were driving me crazy. I have a new laptop and now I can post without worry. I am still reading about all the bells and whistles. I like having grown kids who are now buying me new toys.

  44. 181 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 21, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Has anyone found video of PBO with the Palestinian children?

  45. 182 Sharon
    March 21, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    President Obama is on way back to his hotel. The Peres site showed the entertainment (including a moving rendition of Amazing Grace to which the prez was mouthing the words). Then back to dinner and finally the motorcade. He looked a bit tired, but seemed to be enjoying himself.

  46. 183 Grab A Mop Grace
    March 21, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    If we use Medicare as a guide, the drumbeat to repeal the Affordable Care Act will continue for at least another 45 + years.
    DO NOT FORGET THAT in 1965 it was the Democrats who gave us Medicare. The Republicans opposed it.
    Votes in Senate: Dems 57 yes, 7 no, 4 not voting – Repubs 13 yes, 17 no, 12 not voting (how courageous)
    Votes in House: Dems 237 yes, 48 no, 8 not voting – Repubs 70 yes, 68 no, 2 not voting.

    Remember in 1935 Social Security was also provided to us by the Dems;
    Votes in Senate: 60 yes, 1 no, 8 not voting – Repubs 16 yes, 5 no, 4 not voting
    Votes in House: 284 yes, 15 no, 20 not voting – Repubs 81 yes, 15 no, 4 not voting

    80 years from now, will the Republicans still be trying to repeal ACA, and Medicare, and Social Security?
    I think this is a rhetorical question, because we know the answer is yes.

  47. 184 utaustinliberal
    March 21, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Steve Benen to the rescue. It is a MUST WATCH speech.

  48. 185 Ladyhawke
    March 21, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    PRESIDENT OBAMA POINTED THE WAY FORWARD

    ‘You must create the change that you want to see’

    By Steve Benen

    —————————————-

    He added, “I believe that peace is the only path to true security. You have the opportunity to be the generation that permanently secures the Zionist dream, or you can face a growing challenge to its future.”

    The message wasn’t subtle: fairness demands a Palestinian state, but this is just as much about Israel’s own future.

    If the goal was for Obama to lay the groundwork for a constructive way forward on the peace process, the speech did what it set out to do. That doesn’t mean the president will necessarily be successful in getting the process to advance — a well-received speech can only do so much — but it does mean Obama pointed the way forward.

    —————————————-

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/03/21/17404357-you-must-create-the-change-that-you-want-to-see

  49. March 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Tuition Assistance no longer a sequestration victim

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/03/21/17403950-tuition-assistance-no-longer-a-sequestration-victim?lite

    We learned a week ago that sequestration cuts, in addition to all their other damage, were undercutting the Army’s Tuition Assistance program. As of March 8, veterans already enrolled and receiving student aid would continue to receive support, but new requests would be turned down due to the spending cuts.

    Today, the budgetary situation improved — sort of.

    Congress voted to protect the military’s popular Tuition Assistance program on Thursday, directing the Defense Department to find money to fund it…In this case, Congress didn’t restore the funding so Tuition Assistance could continue, but instead, gave the Pentagon the authority to find cuts elsewhere in the Defense budget.

    The end result for veterans, however, remains the same — the Tuition Assistance program will be back on its feet, as it should be.

  50. 187 Jewelz
    March 21, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Chips, thank you for these wonderful coverage of the President visit to Israel. I wish I could give you your own deservedly medal of honor for your outstanding work through the years. I lurk in everyday to get my daily Obama fix. I come here knowing that I will not get the distorted or half truth on everything POTUS like other agenda driven media sites. I come here knowing that I will get complete and factual coverage of POTUS daily activities. Thank you. And thanks to everyone that have been posting videos of this historic event.

  51. 188 donna dem 4 obama
    March 21, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Gee, it’s hard to believe that Shimon Peres will be 90 years old this year. He looks and sounds fantastic.

  52. March 21, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    “Leading economic indicators rise in February #BlameObama”

    [Ironically, this information was sourced from Fox Business Network]

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2013/03/21/leading-economic-indicators-rise-in-february-blameobama/

    Financial data firm Markit reported domestic manufacturing growth increased to 54.9 this month from 54.3 in February. A reading above 50 indicates expansion. Manufacturers increased hiring for the month pushing the employment sub-index to 54.6 from 53.5.

    The National Association of Realtors report existing home sales increased 0.8% to an annual rate of 4.98 million units last month, the highest level since November 2009. National median price for existing homes jumped 11.6%, the biggest gain since 2005.

    The Conference Board reported economic activity rose 0.5% to 94.8 last month after advancing by an upwardly-revised 0.5% in January. Economists were expecting the index to rise 0.4% in February.

  53. 190 anniebella
    March 21, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Did anyone see the guy on Martin Bashir show who seem so negative about POTUS and what he said in Israel today. I didn’t get his name. Did anyone else see Bashir show?

    • 191 vitaminlover
      March 21, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      Saw that–he’s obtuse. No didn’t get his name. He needs his nose punched.

    • 192 Linda
      March 21, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Yes….that person is always bad mouthing PBO. I was shocked to see him on Martin. He is usually on CNN doing the same thing.

  54. 193 Jovie
    March 21, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Republican amendments to the Senate’s budget proposal would require President Obama and Vice President Biden to get their medical care through the new exchanges created by Obama’s signature healthcare law.

    Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) both offered amendments to move the president and vice president into the healthcare law’s exchanges.

    After the Affordable Care Act passed, the White House said Obama would enroll in an exchange once the time came in 2014. Collins and Ayotte’s amendments would require the president, the vice president and the Cabinet to put their premiums where their politics are.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/politics-elections/289657-gop-proposals-would-force-obama-into-obamacare-exchanges

    All these little gimmicks. The president should take them up on it!

  55. 197 Jovie
    March 21, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Sens. Levin, McCain push Obama to take military action in Syria
    Carlo Muñoz
    03/21/13 03:08 PM ET
    The senators said Obama should consider precision airstrikes to establish a “safe-zone” along the Syrian border.…

    Pffft!!

  56. 199 Dudette
    March 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    From that great article on Haaretz today:

  57. 200 susanne
    March 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    the economist’s take on pbo’s speech:

    ‘ “A SPEECH is just a speech,” one particularly blasé Israeli peacenik remarked in the wake of Barack Obama’s address to Israeli students in Jerusalem on March 21st.

    Her hard-nosed observation was incontrovertible. But so was the fact—as this writer ascertained in unscientific polling—that the American president’s elegant, empathetic rhetoric brought tears, literally, to the eyes of many other Israelis who yearn for an end to the conflict with the Palestinians.

    Just a speech, yes. But a corker of a speech.

    Mr Obama scored with the Israeli public—and well beyond the confines of the hard-core “peace camp”—principally because he embraced in this speech the Israeli narrative of what has gone wrong in the peace process. ‘

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/pomegranate/2013/03/barack-obama-israel

  58. 201 susanne
    March 21, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    love this!

    ‘ A Native American state representative in Kansas rebuked Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a leader in the anti-immigrant movement, at a hearing yesterday.

    “I think it’s funny Mr. Kobach, because when you mention illegal immigrant, I think of all of you,” said State Rep. Ponka-We Victors (D), a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona, during a hearing on Wednesday about a state statute that allows children of undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at public universities. Her comments drew loud applause from the audience. ‘

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/03/21/1754481/kris-kobach-kansas/

  59. 206 dotster3
    March 21, 2013 at 5:47 pm

  60. 207 Jovie
    March 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Bachman: Obamacare kills Women, kills Seniors and Kills Young people.

  61. 211 dotster3
    March 21, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Don’t know why above old tweet popped up—-meant to post this….

  62. 212 Dudette
    March 21, 2013 at 5:52 pm

  63. 213 donna dem 4 obama
    March 21, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Tweet of the Day 😉

  64. 215 Dudette
    March 21, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    • 217 Linda
      March 21, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      I saw that and said the exact same thing.

      Just now he was asking if the President has a problem with Jews in America when he has to know that PBO received over 70 of their vote

  65. March 21, 2013 at 6:01 pm

  66. 223 4morefor44
    March 21, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    wonder how much taxpayer money is spent to travel around mark knoller, chuck todd, and the other propagandists of the white house press corpse when the president travels, and at the white house for that matter, so they can go around making fools of themselves and their employers.

    there’s obviously already a process for picking and choosing who is part of the group, and it’s long past time to re-examine those who are there now. they serve no value for society and the democratic republic whatsoever, and in fact are clearly hurting the process. what stories have any of the front-rowers “broken” or what “tough question” has any one of them asked that led to anything?!?

    the irony is that president obama shines when asked the toughest questions. when some foreign press person asks some detailed and pointed question about a foreign policy about the other side of the world, president obama can answer in great detail. when a military news person for example asks some tough question about a seeming contradiction in the administration’s policy, president obama is able to walk people through the reasoning in detail and handle follow-ups. when chuck todd asks some moronic question framed as the latest republican talking point which president obama proably already answered 4 different ways, you can see how hard our president has to work not to roll his eyes or say how stupid that question is. these people and their employers have no inherent right to be in that room costing us taxpayer money to advance republican talking points!!! get some real journalists in there who can actually help inform the electorate and hold politiicans accountable!! that’s all we’re asking for.


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