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13

Heads Up: President Obama Speaks to the Israeli People

11:0 AM EST

It’s started early, it’s on NOW!

Also at White House live * CNN (streaming has started) * CBS

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President Obama greets kids on Thursday at the Al-Bireh Youth Center in Ramallah, West Bank

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More photos and videos later.


152 Responses to “Heads Up: President Obama Speaks to the Israeli People”


  1. 1 carla4obama
    March 21, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Regarding NPR’s interview with VP Biden yesterday…I was in my car why I heard it. If you did not hear it please listen to it:
    http://www.npr.org/2013/03/20/174880882/interview-with-vice-president-joe-biden
    You can read the transcript, but listen to it…I was so angry with Melissa Block and her rude treatment of Joe. It was like she was given GOP talking points to throw at the VP.
    This question had me at “well”, but our VPs response was great.

    Block: Well when you say it does save people’s lives there has to be some sort of calculus here, right? There has be to be some point where you say, is the number of lives that we save, does that outweigh the burdens and restrictions we put on millions of Americans. How do you draw that conclusion?
    Biden: Tell me what the burden is that you have to buy three clips with 10 rounds versus one clip with 30. The cost is the same. What is the burden? What am I doing to infringe on your constitutional right? You can think of a thousand burdens we put on people that, in fact, are [INAUDIBLE] impact positively on society. It is one thing if you can tell me the burden is onerous. First of all, the vast majority of gun owners are not running around with clips that hold 30 rounds. There is no good data. Here’s part of the problem. Part of the problem is when the authorization had to be renewed for much of this in 2004, restrictions were placed on the ability of the government even to keep data.

    I encourage all of you to listen to the interview…it was hostile.

  2. March 21, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Speech has started early, on NOW!

  3. 3 Jovie
    March 21, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Right now on CNN.

  4. 4 utaustinliberal
    March 21, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Thanks Chiparoo.

  5. March 21, 2013 at 10:47 am

    GM Chipsticks, again job well done UT…. Congrats on first Carla.

  6. March 21, 2013 at 10:48 am

  7. 7 utaustinliberal
    March 21, 2013 at 10:48 am

    • 8 proudmemberofglobalzero
      March 21, 2013 at 10:53 am

      Love the posts Chips can’t wait for pics and video of the President speaking to the Palestinian youth. I have hope that the right wing Israelis in power will stop obstruction and start working towards peace.

      I am a Proud Member of Global Zero that also is for World Peace.

    • 9 Arnie
      March 21, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      Fortunately, the Ryan budget isn’t going anywhere.

  8. March 21, 2013 at 10:48 am

  9. 11 dotster3
    March 21, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Got a heckler of some sort. President Obama said “This is part of the lively debate we were talking about.” Got a standing O from the crowd. Said it made him feel at home.

    • 12 COS
      March 21, 2013 at 10:53 am

      PBO is so smooth and handled that heckler with grace and got standing ovation. Love him.

      • 13 dotster3
        March 21, 2013 at 11:05 am

        Yes, he is a ‘smooth operator’—–can handle any situation with ease. In response to the heckler—big smile, and a response that diffused the situation. I continue to be in awe.

  10. 14 sherijr
    March 21, 2013 at 10:52 am

    dang on cnn they have the interpeter louder than POTUs, so can’t even hear him… does anyone know what was yelled from the crowd?

  11. 15 Jovie
    March 21, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Those hecklers are plants, as we know from our Country.
    He handled it well… 🙂

  12. 16 anniebella
    March 21, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Tell me what other leader can handle a heckler with such calm, and coolness, as if it was nothing. Name one.

  13. 21 desertflower
    March 21, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Have to run to work! Drat! Life always gets in the way:) Hope that the entire speech will be posted later so I can listen when I get home!! Pretty please:)

  14. 22 utaustinliberal
    March 21, 2013 at 10:57 am

  15. 23 utaustinliberal
    March 21, 2013 at 11:01 am

  16. 24 Jovie
    March 21, 2013 at 11:03 am

    House passes $984B funding bill, averts government shutdown
    Erik Wasson and Pete Kasperowicz
    03/21/13 10:55 AM ET
    The bill was approved in a 318-109 vote; both Republicans and Democrats wanted to prevent a shutdown.…

    -/

    Until may 19 debt limit increase, at which point boner wants Another 1 trillion in spending cuts or no deal.
    😦

  17. 25 sherijr
    March 21, 2013 at 11:04 am

    “open and honest with your friends” I so love and respect him.

  18. 27 sherijr
    March 21, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Peace is up to the people… so true Mr. President.

  19. 29 Jovie
    March 21, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Panel approves Obama’s Interior pick
    Ben Geman – 03/21/13 10:45 AM ET
    The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 19-3 Thursday to approve Sally Jewell for Interior secretary.…

  20. March 21, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Damn! Unable to log into live stream!

  21. 31 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2013 at 11:17 am

  22. 32 dotster3
    March 21, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Very emotional moment—when PBO went “off script” and said he had just talked to a group of young Palestinians—and he heard a lot of the same things that he hears from his own daughters—-and if Jewish parents had a chance to talk to these kids too, they would see the similarities with their kids, they would want the same thing for these kids that they want for their own, they would want the same success for those kids they want for their own. An Obama teaching moment. An important one.

  23. 35 jacquelineoboomer
    March 21, 2013 at 11:19 am

    I’m crying my eyes out, listening to our President in Israel. What a brave man, bringing truth to young and old Israelis. He never takes the easy path, but he speaks from his soul to all peoples around the world, with whom he shares his personal message and a shared interest in peace and prosperity. We have a courageous and strong President, and I rejoice in that. God bless him, his travels, and his safe return back to us. These young people in Israel are getting a touch of what we see, and I know many will take that into their hearts.

    Having a busy day today, so see y’all later. Just wanted to share his magnificent speech with my TOD O’friends.

  24. 36 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2013 at 11:19 am

    This is an absolutely riveting and powerful speech. For those who haven’t had the opportunity to see it live – they should make every effort to watch the speech in full when it becomes available on video. Forget the US Media – don’t rely on THEIR interpretation. Watch the speech and see and learn for yourself.

    Love,
    Hope.

    • 37 Lovepolitics2008
      March 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      I haven’t been able to watch the speech live but from what you all are reporting, this is EXACTLY the kind of speech I thought he would give to those young people. Vintage Obama.

      May God bless President Obama. He has such a great heart and such a beautiful soul.

      It’s so heart-breaking for me that he doesn’t get the respect he deserves. But it’s not surprising. In history, men and women who preach love and understanding, men and women who have the power to wake up the hearts and souls, men and women who have the potential to be game changers have ALWAYS been viciously attacked.

  25. 38 dotster3
    March 21, 2013 at 11:20 am

    We hold more hopes in common than fears that drive us apart. Obama’s message.

  26. 39 sherijr
    March 21, 2013 at 11:20 am

    President Peacemaker.

  27. 40 utaustinliberal
    March 21, 2013 at 11:22 am

    This speech is amazing. He’s using a human image and personal stories to make the students know that they have to fight for a two state solution because it is the right thing.

  28. 41 anniebella
    March 21, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Are you listening to our President? Man I am proud of him.

    • 42 anniebella
      March 21, 2013 at 11:25 am

      Right wing haters, hate all you want. I know you are just sad because you have no leader like President Barack H. Obama.

      • 43 anniebella
        March 21, 2013 at 11:33 am

        POTUS ask if he could go down to the audience and the SS must have said No. I’m glad they did. Hay after listening to that speech, do anyone remember some heckler. I don’t. Wow! What a speech. I am so sad that his Mom or Grandparents could be alive to see him.

  29. 44 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2013 at 11:28 am

  30. 45 amk for obama
    March 21, 2013 at 11:28 am

    watching it live on beeb. some straight talkin’ there. the congress critters won’t like it. neither will nut n yahoo.

  31. 46 ber6964
    March 21, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Awwww Shucks……….Can we just make President Obama…..President of the World…….:)

    • 47 anniebella
      March 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      No not President of the world. I am selfish, how about King Obama, Oueen Michelle, Princess Malia and Sasha. And he step down when Malia is ready to take over. Don’t let the haters see that, oh how they would love that. Ha Ha Ha. We want to keep him and our wonderful First Family.

      • 48 anniebella
        March 21, 2013 at 12:04 pm

        I’m joking, but I do wish he could serve another term or two as our President, if he and Michelle chose too.

  32. 49 Titti
    March 21, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Thanks guys I’m on board for PBO’s O/s trip. Missed the start of the speech but caught the ‘off script ‘part and had tears in my eyes. I believe his ‘swift ‘ ascendancy into the top job meant his heart is still in the right place and he hasn’t sold his soul to the devil.

    • 50 hopefruit2
      March 21, 2013 at 11:38 am

      “his heart is still in the right place and he hasn’t sold his soul to the devil”

      ?!?!?!?!?!?

  33. 51 CEB
    March 21, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Just finished watching the speech on whitehouse.gov. Our president hit all cylinders with heart, intellect, and truth. He handled the heckler with grace and humor, with the support of the crowd. PBO is a true statesman in the highest sense of what the word means.

  34. March 21, 2013 at 11:31 am

    BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO.

    Looks like POTUS wanted to go and shake hands along the front row but SS nixed it.

  35. 54 utaustinliberal
    March 21, 2013 at 11:32 am

  36. March 21, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Powerful and beautiful speech, well-received by the young listeners in Israel. Never give up hope for peace and a two-state solution.

  37. 56 kathryn kivett
    March 21, 2013 at 11:34 am

    How blessed we are to have lived long enough to experience the goodness that this man pours out from his core. Every day he teaches me to be a better person.

  38. 57 carla4obama
    March 21, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Highlights of this GREAT speech for me.
    Security:
    “Israel is not going anywhere”
    Peace…:”Must be open and honest..especially with your friends”
    1. Peace is Necessary,
    only path to true security.Must have an independent and viable Palestine.
    2. Peace is Just
    – neither occupation or expulsion is the answer
    3. Peace is Possible:
    -2 states for 2 peoples. Peace begins in the hearts of people.

  39. March 21, 2013 at 11:35 am

    A true friend is honest with u

  40. 59 utaustinliberal
    March 21, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Posting my tweets for those who couldn’t watch the speech. But you must….must….must when the video becomes available.

  41. 62 57andfemale
    March 21, 2013 at 11:35 am

    My quilting student, whose quilt of PBO has won awards and is now on an international tour, has just been nominated Illinois Art Education Association’s Secondary Art Educator of the Year.

    Isn’t that great?

    • March 21, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Fabulous! Can you post the photo of her quilt?

    • 64 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      March 21, 2013 at 11:45 am

      OUTSTANDING! Can you post a pic of her PBO quilt?

      • 65 57andfemale
        March 21, 2013 at 12:21 pm

        If someone can tell me how to post pictures here, I’d be happy to.

        • 66 miss pat
          March 21, 2013 at 12:35 pm

          I think you can e-mail it to Chips and ask her to do it for you. I am sure I saw that here but I am not sure. So e-mail her and ask her if she can do it for you.

          • 67 57andfemale
            March 21, 2013 at 1:12 pm

            Thanks! This wonderful girl took my beginning quilting class in 2006, and she has become the most amazing art quilter. I’m so proud of her. And of course, we share our love for PBO!

            • March 21, 2013 at 4:02 pm

              That is wonderful. Would you point me in the direction of a website that can tell me what batting to buy for a quilt my Mother never finished? I have fabric for back ; but I don’t know how to finish. Are there youtubes?

              • 69 57andfemale
                March 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm

                about.com has a good quilting site. If you have never assembled a quilt, I would not trust YouTube as your only source of information. There are many, many different kinds of batting and making it into a quilt requires some information (it’s not difficult, you just need the correct info). Your best bet would be to find a local quilt shop – the staff will be very knowledgeable and willing to help you make the right choices. I’m not talking Michael’s or Joann’s or any of the chain stores – it would be worth your while to find a local, private quilt shop. It will save you a lot of frustration, trust me!

  42. 71 utaustinliberal
    March 21, 2013 at 11:36 am

  43. 72 carolyn
    March 21, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Once again I am awed by our POTUS. He can put all the disparate strings together so beautifully.
    Seeing him speak in Israel, I wonder if the haters and baiters here know that Barak is a Hebrew Old Testament name? Barak was a judge in ancient Israel who worked with Deborah for the people. .His name has a mighty history in Israel.
    Sometimes when he speaks like this, I think he speaks with the authority of an Old Testament prophet…..truth telling…..not always popular.
    I loved his line about “Politicians always take the safe route. The people have to push the politicians.”

  44. 73 utaustinliberal
    March 21, 2013 at 11:38 am

  45. 74 utaustinliberal
    March 21, 2013 at 11:39 am

  46. 76 JER
    March 21, 2013 at 11:40 am

    | Live Now | VP Biden and Mayor Bloomberg on gun violence: http://www.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=1

  47. 77 utaustinliberal
    March 21, 2013 at 11:41 am

  48. 78 Bill R.
    March 21, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Inspired speech. Bravo, Mr. President!

  49. 79 dotster3
    March 21, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Courageous, meaningful speech—–historic even. Applause from all corners.

  50. 81 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2013 at 11:44 am

  51. 82 Vicki
    March 21, 2013 at 11:44 am

    At the end of this magnificent speech PBO said “tikuun olam,” which means heal the world.

    It seems to me that phrase—Heal the World– suits what this presidency has always been about and
    I am very grateful that I have lived long enough to be part of The Age of Obama.

  52. 85 dotster3
    March 21, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Speech “rapturously received”

  53. 86 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2013 at 11:45 am

  54. March 21, 2013 at 11:47 am

    • 90 57andfemale
      March 21, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      Gee, if Republicans could only use this speech against PBO to make him a one-term……

      Oh, wait……..

  55. 91 utaustinliberal
    March 21, 2013 at 11:48 am

    VP Biden is live now.

  56. 92 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2013 at 11:49 am

  57. March 21, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Extremist will say PBO “throws Israe under the bus”

  58. 95 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I would LOVE for a world-renowned classical composer (musician) to create a symphony with “movements” symbolizing PBO’s greatest foreign and domestic speeches.

    • 96 jackiegrumbacher
      March 21, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Brilliant idea, Hopefruit. Maybe Philips Glass will take you up on it. He likes to take on challenges. He even wrote an opera in Sanskrit.

  59. 97 pugeretto
    March 21, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Biden is awesome –

  60. 98 pugeretto
    March 21, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Bingo! What a heck of a way to make a living!!!!! To the politicians!!!

  61. 99 amk for obama
    March 21, 2013 at 11:53 am

  62. 100 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I see that the WHLive is doing their own live-tweeting of PBO’s speech. Not leaving it up to hacks like Mark Knoller…. Very smart move.

  63. March 21, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I missed it – office stuff got in the way, dang it! I have/had no doubt that this would be fantastic! This is my POTUS we are talking about here! 🙂 Will catch up later. #proudObamabot

  64. 102 utaustinliberal
    March 21, 2013 at 11:57 am

    VP Biden is raining down truth. Thank goodness he’s not giving up. These are peoples lives and they matter.

    • 103 hopefruit2
      March 21, 2013 at 11:59 am

      I hope the cowardly DEMS in the senate are taking notes. Our VP Biden is highly committed, and something tells me he’s is not going to back down any time soon. He is just getting started.

      • 104 anniebella
        March 21, 2013 at 12:35 pm

        I heard that my Senator from N.C. didn’t support the assault weapon ban, Senator Kay Hagan will hear from me today.

  65. 105 utaustinliberal
    March 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm

  66. 107 amk for obama
    March 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm

  67. March 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm

  68. 109 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 21, 2013 at 12:05 pm

  69. 110 utaustinliberal
    March 21, 2013 at 12:06 pm

  70. 111 utaustinliberal
    March 21, 2013 at 12:07 pm

  71. March 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    How cool is it that we can cyberstalk for photos of the presidential visit on Isreal Priminister Facebook page.

  72. 113 amk for obama
    March 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    He aced it. Par for the course.

    Gunnite folks.

  73. 116 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

  74. March 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Link to the video of the speech – via cspan.org

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

    #TrustBarack The world does ….

  75. March 21, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    The SNL/John Stewart show the President referenced at the beginning of his speech…. It’s pretty funny..

  76. 119 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 21, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Livestream arrivals for Dinner at the President’s Residence: https://www.facebook.com/ShimonPeresInt?sk=app_396393053713168&ref=woobox

  77. 120 Linda
    March 21, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Ten years after the start of the U.S. invasion in Iraq, doctors in some of the Middle Eastern nation’s cities are witnessing an abnormally high number of cases of cancer and birth defects. Scientists suspect the rise is tied to the use of depleted uranium and white phosphorus in military assaults.

    On the war’s ten-year anniversary, Democracy Now! spoke with Dahr Jamail, an Al Jazeera reporter who recently returned from Iraq. Jamail recounts meeting Dr. Samira Alani, a doctor in the city of Fallujah focusing on the issue of birth defects.

    She said it’s common now in Fallujah for newborns to come out with massive multiple systemic defects, immune problems, massive central nervous system problems, massive heart problems, skeletal disorders, babies being born with two heads, babies being born with half of their internal organs outside of their bodies, cyclops babies literally with one eye — really, really, really horrific nightmarish types of birth defects.

    Jamail says that the current rate of birth defects for the city of Fallujah has surpassed those of Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the nuclear attacks at the end of World War II.

    http://www.democracynow.org/2013/3/20/ten_years_later_us_has_left

  78. March 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Thanks for the links & tweet/commentary of PBO speech & trip

  79. 122 Nena20409
    March 21, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Wolf Blizter on TeaNN….oops, CNN gushing about pres Obama’s speech according to Mediaite.com?

    Now, the CNN world has just hit the ceiling fan? Hmm?

    Is there a full Moon tonight and the WOLF is coming out tonite?

  80. March 21, 2013 at 12:51 pm

  81. 124 Dudette
    March 21, 2013 at 12:55 pm

  82. March 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm

  83. 126 Dudette
    March 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Full text of “The Speech” 🙂
    http://gu.com/p/3ej2d/tw

  84. 127 MightyPamela
    March 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Okay. Good morning All of Y’all! Whew. Have been so out of it after this fractured knee experience, not even able to be worried about missing thread after thread after thread… or ever catching up. Am about to go and have a wee rest, have been up for hours, am learning how amazing it is to have a disability: crutches do not allow you to carry a cup of hot tea in one hand, oh my goodness. Bye for now, will try to get back later on. {{{{{Chipsticks}}}}} {{{{{PBO}}}}} {{{{TOD}}}}

  85. March 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Wow, Miss Israel is gorgeous!

    • 133 anniebella
      March 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Do they have the Miss Universe anymore? I started to say Miss America, which is the one that racists birther runs?.

  86. 134 utaustinliberal
    March 21, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Question: For those with Macs or Macbook Pro, after I do a screen shot and it appears on the desk top, how do I crop and save it to my documents or pictures? Thanks.

    • March 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      I have Photoshop Elements and it’s been a while since I’ve done a screen shot but if you save it as a .jpg, then I think you can use the crop tool in preview, which is the program that opens it up when you click on it. So:

      Open the shot
      Go to File menu
      Click on Save As
      Pull down the menu (probably says PNG) and save as a jpg.
      Go to Tools and click on crop.

  87. 136 Linda
    March 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I think the motorcade just arrived.

  88. 139 Dudette
    March 21, 2013 at 1:38 pm

  89. 140 Dudette
    March 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm

  90. 141 Dudette
    March 21, 2013 at 1:42 pm

  91. 142 Dudette
    March 21, 2013 at 1:44 pm

  92. 143 Dudette
    March 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm

  93. 144 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm

  94. 145 57andfemale
    March 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm

  95. 146 Dudette
    March 21, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Miss Israel has arrived!

  96. 147 Dudette
    March 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Well, I can’t see this at work, but maybe some of you can!

  97. March 21, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    President Obama speaks at a dinner hosted by President Peres (2:05 PM EDT) –

    http://www.ustream.tv/cbsnews (streaming has started)

  98. 151 Dudette
    March 21, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Anybody find any live stream or video the dinner/medal presentation yet?

  99. March 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    The mighty UT posted her heads-up before mine, so ignore my post which I’ve now dumped! Thank you UT!!!!

    http://theobamadiary.com/2013/03/21/heads-up-pres-peres-honors-pres-obama-with-the-presidents-medal/


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