Chat Away

President Obama walks with Rabbi Israel Meir Lau in the Hall of Remembrance during Obama’s visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem (Reuters)


Previous Israel/West Bank/Jordan posts here


President Obama arrives in Jordan


Back later with more photos and videos – and (once I scrape it off the ceiling, clean the dust/cobwebs off it and reassemble it) VC’s birthday cake 😎

178 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. March 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Picture almost looks like a painting.

  2. 12 Carol
    March 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    More please. I’m waiting.

  3. 13 carolyn
    March 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Am I first? I’ve never been first before…..but I bet someone else tied or beat me…..

    • 14 carolyn
      March 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      I knew it…..I’m slow….but nice to be early on the thread for a change. Must say I thoroughly enjoyed all the pictures from the Denver Post. Thanks to whoever posted that link! Now that I’ve seen stills of the Jordanian welcome, I want to see the video. I never could get it “Live streaming”……will it be posted?

      • 15 Gazelle
        March 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm

        You’re welcome, Carolyn! I thought I was getting carried away w/ all those photo links! LOL! Nice feast for the eyes!

  4. 16 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I’m happy to take the bronze medal. Congrats Carol and gobrooklyn on 1st place tie!

  5. March 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm

  6. 26 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    THREE “Carols” in the top five today. As Jodi Kantor would say, Hmmm…..

  7. March 22, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Congrats Carol…oh so close GoBK.

  8. March 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm

  9. 29 Gazelle
    March 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    [Continuing my RIP Chinua Achebe from comment at end of previous post]:

    […..] Achebe won the Commonwealth poetry prize for his collection Christmas in Biafra, was a finalist for the 1987 Booker prize for his novel Anthills of the Savannah, and in 2007 won the Man Booker international prize. Chair of the judges on that occasion, Elaine Showalter, said he had “inaugurated the modern African novel”, while her fellow judge, the South African Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, said his fiction was “an original synthesis of the psychological novel, the Joycean stream of consciousness, the postmodern breaking of sequence”, and that Achebe was “a joy and an illumination to read”.

    Nelson Mandela, meanwhile, has said that Achebe “brought Africa to the rest of the world” and called him “the writer in whose company the prison walls came down”. […..]


  10. March 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    The view from Isreal, upon President Obama’s departure.

    • 32 Nena20409
      March 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      What is the Paper that Sheldon Adlerson(sp) owns in Israel? It could not be Haaretz or Jerusalem Post. So why the disconnection with pres Obama in Israel?

      The nation of Israel is a sophisticated nation. It is modern. It has other ways that information is delivered to them. So why ‘am I hearing how they now love/like president Obama? They are not low information populace as close to half of our fellow citizens here in USA. So I don’t really get the disconnect. This president has Never done anything wrong against Israel. This POTUS has increased their foreign aid and military aid. So what ‘am I missing?

      • 33 hopefruit2
        March 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm

        Maybe like so many others, they were mad that he had not visited them and wanted “love & attention” from Daddy. Now they got some and all is well?

        • 34 Nena20409
          March 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm

          Thank you, HF.

        • 35 smoothscotch
          March 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm

          Nailed it. Where, I wonder, are the adults?

          I was watching Martin Bashir yesterday and he had on a professor who claims PBO gave up on the peace talks in the Mid East, I wondered if he thought the same thing when other POTUS’s semi-tried, or did he expect PBO to work “their miracles” for them. Why can’t they get their own shit together instead of looking for other people to solve their problems?

          As for the Syrians, why are they looking to the USA to arm them etc,? why not the rest of the world? I don’t get it.

      • March 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm

        He owns the Israeli daily newspaper Israel HaYom. You are not missing much, but what happens is a narrative gets built, starting in the US and then like lemmings everyone else follows. In Israel, when you have had a RW GOV you do not go against the grain, for fear of losing access. Same story different continent.

      • 38 Vicki
        March 22, 2013 at 3:04 pm

        Sheldon Adelson owns Yom Tov which I think means good day. It is like Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers, propaganda for the 1%.

        The Israeli people, especially the young ones, are very different from us because all of them have to serve in the military. They are forced to confront reality daily and the endless war is all around them. The endless war over which they have no control and which makes the Sheldon Adelsons and weapons manufaturers wealthy.

        Nothing like our young people plugged into constant entertainment.

        Winning them over with a message that they can hope for a more normal life is what POTUS did. That’s a bell that Yom Tov and right wing hawks can’t unring.

    • 41 vitaminlover
      March 22, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Just plain WOW!

  11. 42 debz
    March 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Thank you Chips and the other blog tyrants for bringing the President’s trip to us at TOD. I appreciate having a place for actual new about POTUS. Also, I hope there is video of the welcome ceremony in Jordan, because have never seen a welcome ceremony with camels, it would make my day!

  12. March 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Happy Birthday, VC. Will be in meetings next several hours so wanted to be sure to post a greeting before the day ends!!


  13. March 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Looks like the U.S. embassy in Jordan has this twitter thing figured out….Paging Cairo, step your game up.

    • 55 hopefruit2
      March 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      This picture was taken in the US – last year during the campaign season. Why are they tweeting it as #ObamainJordan?!?

      • March 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm

        They have been posting random factoids about the President all week. Soft power….gets picked up in the Jordanian press.

      • 57 Bill
        March 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm

        The two adorable towheads in the photo would have a tough time passing as Jordanians. There are probably very few blonde children in Jordan. It is great photo, but a bit misleading.

      • 62 vcprezofan2
        March 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm

        I think they are just throwing out snippets about the Pres and visuals help to show his ‘real’ side, Hf. They’d hardly be able to come up with lots of in-Jordan pics. Or maybe they use hashtags in a slightly different way – kind of like #Obama (the man who is) in Jordan (right now). Yeah, yeah, Hopefruit, two stupid explanations. I have no answer but I have to say that I got a chuckle while typing my stupidity. 🙄

        • March 22, 2013 at 4:01 pm

          Happy B-day VC! Nothing you ever type, or for that matter anyone types is stupid. TOD is a sounding board, nobody has all the answers. I for one, surely am more wrong than right.

          • 64 vcprezofan2
            March 22, 2013 at 4:10 pm

            Why thank you, Lovely P. It’s a great feeling having a birthday in TODville Village! 😆 😆

        • 65 prettyfoot58
          March 22, 2013 at 5:57 pm

          Happy Birthday …VCCCCCCCC…how you did something…SUPERACALIFRAGISTIC……

          • 66 vcprezofan2
            March 22, 2013 at 6:02 pm

            I did, PF58; I did exactly what I wanted to do, including giving my contractor/workman the day off so I could have a quiet day at home. It’s been fun. 😆 Thank you for your kind wishes.

    • 67 anniebella
      March 22, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Yes I knew POTUS work in a ice cream shop, FLOTUS told the story when she was talking about when they had their first kiss.

  14. March 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    BWD is engaging in a respectuful back and forth with the Toddster, here’s my 2 cents:


  15. March 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Congress continues to waste time instead of doing their job.

    “The 39th time was not the charm on Obamacare repeal”
    By Steve Benen



    The Senate on Friday rejected another GOP attempt to repeal President Obama’s healthcare law.

    An amendment to the Senate budget resolution from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) failed on a 45-54 vote on Friday. Cruz’s amendment would have repealed the Affordable Care Act and encouraged patient-centered reforms to reduce costs.

    Senate Republicans knew Cruz’s amendment was pointless, and knew it wouldn’t pass, but literally every GOP senator voted for it anyway — just because.

    At this point, some of you may be wondering, “Exactly how many Obamacare repeal votes are we up to now?” By one estimate, the new total is 39 times.

    …this new Congress has only been in session for two months. At least in theory, members of both parties should be hard at work at, you know, governing. There are all kinds of problems in need of policymakers’ attention, and pointless vanity exercises about repealing a law that isn’t going anywhere may make Republicans feel warm inside, but they’re clearly not serious.

    There is a certain irony underscoring recent events. To listen to Republican rhetoric on Capitol Hill is to hear a series of complaints about President Obama: he’s not being “serious” enough about getting things done; he’s too focused on electoral considerations; he’s not “leading” in a way the far-right finds satisfactory; he’s reaching out to his rivals on the other side of the aisle but he doesn’t really mean it.

    But it’s against this backdrop that Republicans vote, over and over again, to repeal a health care law they know won’t be repealed…keep this in mind the next time we hear whining about the White House not being “serious” enough about constructive policymaking?

  16. 76 carolyn
    March 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Has anyone else noticed that the SS people all seem to be new? I have looked for my Silver Fox and have not seen him? I hope he didn’t get cut in the sequester!!!!!

  17. March 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Happy Birthday to VC, and may our President continue to make friends and headway in the Middle East. The photos and video are stunning – thanks to Chips and all for posting!

    • 78 vcprezofan2
      March 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      I thank you, JF, 😀 and I am confident our President has made a lasting impact on many young people both in Israel and Palestine. Now we wait, like I’d been waiting patiently for him to put Bibi in his place when the time was right.

  18. 79 Ladyhawke
    March 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm


    The importance of Netanyahu’s surprising apology

    By Steve Benen


    President Obama’s trip to the Middle East appears to have already produced a significant diplomatic breakthrough that few saw coming.
    But the fact that Obama’s leadership helped broker this diplomacy is encouraging. As Noga Tarnopolsky noted, it’s “no small thing to convince Israel to apologize for military activity.”



  19. 82 proudmemberofglobalzero
    March 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Chips, again that you for all the coverage. It is and has always been monumental. Every new thread, I tweet the link to the media. I am getting ready for work and will check back in when I get home before eleven. Love all your efforts. Happy Birthday VC and health to LL wife.

    Shalom, Shushana

  20. March 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    • 85 Nena20409
      March 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      At least she finally owned it up. She started the Saturday Show last week, sitting in for MHP and her questions were troubling, accusatory and unlike JoyAnn Reid.

      Now she has owned up her idiocy. That I say, Good for Her.

      • 86 Bill
        March 22, 2013 at 3:28 pm

        I do not understand why anyone would ever underestimate PBO.

      • 88 57andfemale
        March 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm

        I don’t think you get to even sub at msnbc without checking your progressive, pragmatic integrity at the door. It’s so sad and I REALLY don’t wand to see Joy Reid go down the path of Alex Wagner and MHP. If anyone can fight the corporate b.s., it’s her.

    • 89 hopefruit2
      March 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      Heh! Joy Reid was not the only one who was cynical…I recall having had a Twitter convo a day or so prior to his trip:

      Now, my objective here is not to pull an “I-told-you-so.” This is not about me or BWD/Joy Ann Reid as much as it’s about PBO’s reliable judgment and brilliance. I’m just trying to say that we’ve got to learn to trust this president and give him the support and full confidence that he deserves. He’s EARNED it for Christ’s sake.

      • 90 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        March 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm

        Girl, you NAILED IT from the beginning. As Bobfr always says “#TrustBarack – He’s earned it”

      • 92 Vicki
        March 22, 2013 at 3:25 pm

        Cheers and more cheers for BWD and this entire exchange. I too have a very good idea who PBO is and I trust him to do the right thing always.

      • March 22, 2013 at 3:47 pm

        Telling POTUS that he can’t do something is a motivator for him. Where many would take the criticism and give up, our President steps up his game, and more times than not, proves the criticizers wrong by being successful.

      • 95 sherijr
        March 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm

        nicely stated all around hopefruit! Right there with you- totally trust President Obama.

      • 96 LDS
        March 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm

        That is why your name is “hopefruit2”. I admire you standing your grounds and speaking the truth even to a friend. Now, that’s class!
        I may not cross every “T” and dot every “I”……but one thing I am is “hopeful.”
        Every day I wake up I am so grateful PBO is our President. I expect him to be prepared, thoughtful, caring, articulate, peaceful and tolerant.The same qualities I myself hope for, to be better than I was the day before.
        He inspires me to do a mirror check and call me out before I call out someone else. How dare I not encourage someone?
        Grew up in the South with too much fear and hate. It will show up on the outside and age you and cause unnecessary physical pain.

      • 97 Nena20409
        March 22, 2013 at 6:27 pm

        I don’t always understand the nervousness coming from those who support this president.

        Parents worry about their children. I get that. PBO is No Child. Other that Maya and now his family, he is alone. But he had great roots. He has accomplished a lot. No one is perfect. This POTUS would first to state so.

        In pres Obama I trust. Some anxiety and fear would slowly melt away if really some would just have the faith and Trust pres Obama.

        HF……you did great.

        We tell this president to try. So when he does and is trying his best, the least we can do is SUPPORT him.

      • 98 99ts
        March 22, 2013 at 11:23 pm

        HF – thank you – it is ALL about having a clue about PBO – when his staunchest of supporters continue to undercut him – it is just sad.

    • 99 miss pat
      March 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      Why was she cynical to begin with. She better not get into my Black Book. I can dump her in a heartbeat.

    • 100 LDS
      March 22, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Maybe sitting in “THAT” seat compelled you to be cynical….But come on, I thought you were bigger than that. Please don’t change who you are like MHP did. She sure fooled the hell out of me. I am wiser now. It takes a strong, confident woman to humble herself.
      Do not become a “Toddler Reporter”……

  21. 101 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    WAAAAAAAAAA WAAAAAAAAA. You guys ain’t right. Everybody keeps posting all of these interesting links. I wander off reading, and commenting; meanwhile all of you have run off and left me all by myself. I’m going to tell PBO on you!!!!!

    • 102 Nena20409
      March 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      ;)…..Hello Alycee. Here’s……Alycee.

    • 104 vcprezofan2
      March 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Alycee, that is EXACTLY my problem! No matter how I tell myself I’m not going to follow every link so that I can keep up, I always get caught. Part of it I know is nosiness – always wanting to understand each reference that’s made.

      • 105 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        March 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm

        Hey, VC. Same here. What’s worse is when I’m not feeling well; I’ll nod off while typing a comment and when I awake, you guys are two or three threads down the road!

        (in my best Aretha voice) Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear VC. Happy Birthday to you.

        Wishing you love, peace and joy!

        • 106 vcprezofan2
          March 22, 2013 at 4:41 pm

          Wishes joyfully accepted, Alycee! I have had the kind of day that I dreamed of. I have done nothing except accept good wishes and feed my face when it protested. 😆 😆

        • 107 LDS
          March 22, 2013 at 4:43 pm

          VC, Happy Birthday!
          Another year…….a President making history and PEACE at the same time…..on your birthday!
          What a life!

          • 108 vcprezofan2
            March 22, 2013 at 5:19 pm

            GREAT to have THIS President in control, isn’t it, LDS? It’s wonderful to be alive, thank you (ps. except that I only COUNT the extra year part when it suits me – like when I want to tell someone to show respect for my age 😉 ).

  22. March 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    At some point you’d think the MSM would learn that, though it may have been the case in the past, they cannot create the story; especially when it comes to President Obama.

    During the 2012 campaign, their story was that Romney would win. It did not happen.

    On this trip, their story was about how disliked the President is in Israel and how terrible this trip was going to go. It did not happen. Mr. Todd even set out to remind the Israelis that they are not supposed to like President Obama by throwing out the negative questions during the press conference. It didn’t work.

    So, rather than report on the successes of the President’s trip – which for other presidents would have gotten 24/7 coverage – they decided to TRY to make it a non-story. That’s not working either because, contrary to their belief, they are not the only source of information. Thank goodness, there are other sources that are more reliable and that are not trying to create a story to suit their purpose.

  23. 110 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 22, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    MSNBC on in background

  24. 111 japa21
    March 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm

  25. 112 sabreen60
    March 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Lets see if MSM reports this.

  26. March 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    • March 22, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      There is a lot going on beneath the surface here…..a pre-cursor to resuming Peace talks would’ve began w/ this first step. Also, the Obama admin is letting Bibi save face….leaking that was his idea.

      • 118 LDS
        March 22, 2013 at 4:50 pm

        We hear you loud and clear!
        Thank you for sacrificing a “title” for PEACE!

        Quote for today:” Classy women connects with a President who has class.”

  27. 120 japa21
    March 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    With a lot of attention focused on PBO’s trip and budget hassles, etc. it is important that a particular organization doesn’t think they are getting off lightly.

    • March 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      Martin Bashir is talking about this now:

      “NRA-Driven Gun Provisions Pass Along With Spending Bill”

      by Tamara Keith


      The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve a temporary measure to keep the government funded through the end of September. Government shutdown averted.

      But it turns out the continuing resolution didn’t just address spending. It contains six measures that limit how federal agencies deal with guns.

      The continuing resolution makes four of these riders permanent.

      One rider prevents the Department of Justice from requiring gun dealers to conduct an inventory to see if guns are lost or stolen. Another requires the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to make it clear that any data from criminal traces on guns can’t be used to draw broad conclusions about firearms-related crime.

      • 122 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        March 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm

        Although it would create chaos for many, I wish the President would veto the CRA and tell them to either override the veto or send back a clean bill for sig.

  28. March 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    “FAA to close 149 control towers to meet budget cuts”


    The Federal Aviation Administration said on Friday it will close 149 air traffic control towers beginning on April 7 to meet required automatic spending cuts. Another 40 towers previously slated for closure will remain open, the agency said in a statement.

  29. 124 JER
    March 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm

  30. 125 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 22, 2013 at 4:10 pm

  31. 126 Linda
    March 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama withdrew his nomination of Caitlin Halligan to a federal appeals court Friday, conceding to Republicans in the Senate who twice blocked his pick for the key judicial post.

    Calling the obstruction by Republicans unjustified and unacceptable, Obama said he was pulling Halligan’s name from consideration even though he believed she would have served with distinction on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

    “I am deeply disappointed that even after nearly two and a half years, a minority of senators continued to block a simple up-or-down vote on her nomination,” Obama said in a statement the White House issued while he was traveling in Jordan.

    Senate Republicans blocked Halligan’s confirmation for a second time in early March, arguing that Halligan is too liberal and citing her work on lawsuits against gun manufacturers and on behalf of illegal immigrants. A majority of senators, 51, supported Halligan’s nomination, but Democrats needed 60 votes in the 100-member Senate to get it past Republican objections.

    Democrats have accused the GOP of trying to maintain a conservative majority on a key appellate court.


  32. 130 Vicki
    March 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Martin bashir right out of the gate is voicing criticism of PBO because he “hasn’t done enough on Syria.”
    Maybe he will get to the spectacular success of trip to Israel and the peace made between Israel and Turkey.
    But first segment has on a demented hawk calling for arming Syrian rebels. off to war we go. F–k that.

    Martin is an enemy like all the rest of them. He must be under deep threat. Don’t we all recall admiration of POTUS?

    • 131 Bill
      March 22, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Rev. Al is the only reliable supporter of PBO on MSNBC. I do not understand their agenda.

      • 132 Vicki
        March 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm

        I think we both understand their agenda but it is too terrifying to contemplate, let alone write about.

    • 133 Vicki
      March 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Now Martin is talking about Michelle Bachmann.
      TV off.

      • 134 Bill
        March 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm

        Tiger is playing on the golf channel. MSNBC is as hard to handle as FOX. They are just more subtle.

      • 135 Obama Grandmama
        March 22, 2013 at 9:19 pm

        Martin did not speak positively about Michelle Bachman. I have always seen Bashir as an adamant PBO supporter. His background may have him favoring specific actions concerning the Arab world. No one is 100% in support with everything someone does or does not do.

    • 136 dotster3
      March 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      I missed that, but I’m going to defend Bashir. He was the ONLY one on msnbc for many moons who was consistently supportive of President Obama (before Rev. Al)—–and the only one who had the courage to tell uncomfortable truths about Romney (and all the Repub candidates before his nomination)—-when all others seemed to be cheering for a toss up election or a Romney win —-and the only one consistently critical of the Repub agenda and obstruction and their utter ridiculousness. I don’t mind an occasional authentic difference of opinion —-I would guess most people are not in total agreement with President Obama on everything, on every detail.

      • 137 Vicki
        March 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm

        dotster, we agree that Martin was consistently supportive, ” was” being the important word. Lately he does GOP news and views. Sure sometimes he laughs at them but still GOP is the story he is choosing to cover.

        Today the big story actually is triumph in the middle east. Peace moves between Netanyahu & Erdogan. PBO cheered in Israel.

        And Martin is kvetching about doing enough for Syria. Emphasis is distorted. Don’t you think it is fair to judge a news program by what it covers and what it ignores?

      • 138 Bill
        March 22, 2013 at 6:05 pm

        Martin must realize the MSM is extremely negative towards PBO. Unless Martin is under pressure from his producers to be critical of PBO one would think he has the ability to avoid negative segments. His piece on Syria was hardly breaking new ground. It was the same old neocon war mongering. With the negative press it is not necessary for Martin to pile on. No one on FOX is criticizing Rand Paul or Ted Cruz. The country is at a cross roads and very few in the MSM are supporting the progressive side.

        • 139 Vicki
          March 22, 2013 at 6:36 pm

          This is what living in a highly controled country is like. There is no progressive side.
          Rev. Al is all GOP tonight. Et tu, Brutus?
          When our President’s highly sucessful journey abroad is smothered in favor of several hours worth of Bachmann and her nonsense is the big story, I think our democracy is in Big Trouble.

      • 140 jacquelineoboomer
        March 22, 2013 at 6:49 pm

        dotster3 – I may have missed a change because I haven’t really watched Martin in days (which is unusual), but otherwise I agree with everything you’ve written here. He and Rev. Al and Lawrence (at the moment) are the only three I can watch faithfully without gagging.

    • 141 anniebella
      March 22, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      So what should POTUS do about Syria? Send in the troops.

    • 142 prettyfoot58
      March 22, 2013 at 6:26 pm


  33. 143 Gazelle
    March 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    You didn’t STOP ME! LOL! Continuing my fascination w/ trip photos, here are some from Jordan (the red carpet industry is doing quite well, thank you!):


  34. 150 Gazelle
    March 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Too late, you can’t stop me now, I’m beyond intervention! LOL! 23 Photos by PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS, & he’s got a different shot of PBO & the Rabbi, photo #5. And photo #9 is a lovely one, taken of PBO from the back, head & shoulders. Photo #16 w/ the King of Jordan — damn their military(?) has some interesting uniforms — knives, swords, & shiny whatnots. My ignorance of military wear is just awesome! 🙂


  35. 153 utaustinliberal
    March 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm

  36. 154 utaustinliberal
    March 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm

  37. 155 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 22, 2013 at 5:05 pm

  38. 160 carolyn
    March 22, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    That mediamatters is a great find. I skimmed through it, made me puke. We were not the least bit impressed by that stunt….knew it for what it was. Also, not ALL women were impressed at all. He was a phony and we knew it. Chris can’t get by with saying he was against the war….we have the tape!!! How sickening that all was.

  39. 161 LDS
    March 22, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Thank you Todd for keeping us abreast on”who said what when.”
    It is simply amazing how they switch gears from year to year, month to month, week to week, day to day. That is why Romney was so comfortable lying. He knew the media would not push back because they were paid media whores.
    We must call them out every chance and not let up.
    Thank you guys for not letting up on Chuck Toddler……he deserves everything and more he is getting.
    This disrespect has to stop! They praised that Dumbya Bush every chance they could.
    And please do not be fooled by Chris Crispy…..he is another Rudy Gulliani waiting in the wings. So glad he is done in NYC.
    Do not ever trust a bully ever! If they share their donuts, they will find a way to take it back while they gloat and brag about how they did it.

  40. 162 LDS
    March 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    …..sorry, to many “d’s” there. TOD
    Just so angry how the US media treats our President while all over the world he is loved and highly respected.
    I admire him so much for his patience and inner peace.

  41. March 22, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    This gets the prize for the best articulated reason why we don’t like Chuck Todd, (despite our “anger issues” which he alleges is the reason):

  42. 168 dotster3
    March 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    2 Ga. teenagers—14 and 17—-arrested for shooting a baby in the head and killing him today as a mother walked him in a stroller. Shooting babies now. Every kid has a gun. Sicker than sick.


    • 169 jacquelineoboomer
      March 22, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      As an aside, the media was implying that since there were no known witnesses (at least on the part of the media), maybe the heartbroken mother had something to do with it. I am so glad these two suspects were found and arrested, not just because of the baby but because that mother didn’t need any more angst than she’s already handling.

      • 170 99ts
        March 22, 2013 at 11:38 pm

        I would really like to know what leads young men to act in this way – are they so poor and so deserted by humanity – that stealing and shooting is 100% their lives. I have no doubt it was all their own work – and nothing but tears and sympathy for the family – my sanity would be gone if this ever happened to me – but I still wonder about the reality of life on the streets with a gun.

        That the GOP are still allowed to be against gun restrictions – with no comeback is disgusting. Only pro gun democrats seem to get attacked in the media. Like the attack on Gabby Giffords – politics and policy have alot to do with the never ending gun culture that results in babies dying. The party of “pro life” is so anti life it is unbelievable.

  43. 171 COS
    March 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Wow, I just saw a rifle ad aired during Rev. Al’s show. Surely MSNBC is not that desperate for ads.

  44. 172 jacquelineoboomer
    March 22, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Joy Reid is a class act. She called herself out on Twitter, for her early cynicism about PBO’s trip, then retracted all of it. I thanked her, and told her some of us had been disappointed in her remarks since we hold her in high esteem (or something like that). She responded to me (and, of course, now I feel guilty, but it gave me another chance to applaud her).

  45. 176 Vicki
    March 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    OK Al says next story up is POTUS in middle east. better late than never.

  46. March 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    More news:

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