04
Apr
13

Rest in peace, Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert (June 18, 1942 – April 4, 2013)

****

****

As he preached, cherish the children:

MICHELLE-OBAMA-GARDEN-2

White House, April 4

****


149 Responses to “Rest in peace, Roger Ebert”


  1. April 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    A very good soul. May he RIP.

  2. April 4, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    So sad! 😦 RIP Roger Ebert.

  3. 4 hopefruit2
    April 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    This brings back memories -fond memories. Some TODers weren’t born yet but those of us who were old enough can certainly recall 🙂

  4. 5 utaustinliberal
    April 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I am going to miss him. Loved watching his film critic show because with him around, the moviegoing experience was never mundane. I grew to appreciate other facets of his character because of Twitter. He was a master with 140 characters or less and it was even more fun and enlightening reading his tweets during the 2012 election because he was an unabashed supporter of Pres. Obama and fighter for the little guy. I am thankful he got to see Pres. Obama winning reelection and watch his inauguration.

    He was one of the good ones and may he rest in peace.

  5. 7 sonjiaduncan
    April 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    He fought a great battle. Now may he rest in peace.

  6. 8 ChristiMTL
    April 4, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Oh no…how sad 😦 RIP Mr. Ebert,……

  7. April 4, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Roger Ebert was a fine person, in all the dimensions that matter, and his support of President Obama was undoubtedly motivating to many. He will be missed.

    #FORWARD Together

  8. 15 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 4, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Siskel & Ebert together again. RIP.

  9. April 4, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    On a lighter note ….

    We know which 😀 😀

    Yes We Can

  10. 19 japa21
    April 4, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Used to watch Ebert and Siskel go at it, in a good way, every week. Without a doubt the two most intelligent and down to earth film critics I have ever heard. Neither of them talked down to viewers as so many do. And once Eberet was no longer able to talk he let his pen do the work for him. He wrote a great column about Bush and why Bush’s way of talking did matter. It talked about the office of the Presidency and that we needed a person there who could communicate above a third grade level.

    He will be missed.

  11. 25 hopefruit2
    April 4, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    So now the MSM’s latest “Obama” scandal is that he complimented AG Kamala Harris and said she is attractive. I guess men aren’t allowed to compliment women. They’ve moved on from the missed basketball shots at the Easter Egg roll.

    • 26 utaustinliberal
      April 4, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      This is the full context. They’re spinning nonsense.

      Speaking at a fundraiser in Atherton, Calif., President Obama diverged from his prepared remarks to praise the looks of the state attorney general, Kamala Harris.

      “She’s brilliant and she’s dedicated, she’s tough,” he said. “She also happens to be, by far, the best looking attorney general.”
      “It’s true! C’mon,” he added, to laughter from the crowd.

      Obama is in California raising money for the 2014 election cycle. This event raising funds for the Democratic National Committee was a garden party at the home of Levi Strauss-heir John Goldman.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/04/04/obama-calls-kamala-harris-the-best-looking-attorney-general/?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost

      • 27 hopefruit2
        April 4, 2013 at 4:58 pm

        Thanks Ut for posting the full content of what he said.

      • April 4, 2013 at 5:14 pm

        They’re just pissed off that President Obama gets away with telling the truth about everything, and won’t lose donors in the process. 😉

      • 29 anniebella
        April 4, 2013 at 5:18 pm

        Oh please this is alot of B.S. from the MSM. The other day the woman from Entertainment Tonight call POTUS sexy right to FLOTUS face. I have seen were FLOTUS like most women in the world have call George Clooney good looking.

      • 32 yardarm756
        April 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm

        Be careful Mr President. The MSM would love to turn Kamala into a Monica Lewinski. Some poor intern is scrambling right now looking for anything that will implicate you or her. Everybody knows how THEY are. 😦

      • 33 nathkatun7
        April 4, 2013 at 11:56 pm

        So this is a scandal? The media people have completely lost it.

    • 34 Nena20409
      April 4, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      Didn’t pres Obama said equally the same thing to the Israeli 1st Black Miss Israel?

      These people have a twisted way of looking at things. They want a Bill Clinton type scandal. They can wait all they want……..they are not getting any.

      • 35 Nena20409
        April 4, 2013 at 5:31 pm

        SAY……not said.

      • 36 hopefruit2
        April 4, 2013 at 5:40 pm

        Yup – as I told anniebella, they’re looking for an “Obama’s Monica” just like they tried to make every unfortunate event that happened from 2009-2011 “Obama’s Katrina.”

  12. 37 cookemom
    April 4, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Want to get background checks on firearms? Televise scores of AAs purchasing guns in large numbers at gun shows and sales across the country. Want to end conceal/carry laws? Arm AAs and have them carry conceal guns that everyone knows they have on them. Anti-gun laws would be passed before you can say ‘lock and load’. Want it even faster than that? Have the AAs purchasing the weapons dress in militant gear, similar to the Black Panthers of the 60’s. Problem solved……next.

    • 38 anniebella
      April 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      I said the exact same thing cookemom, we agree on this.

    • April 4, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      Cookemom, you are right on the money. When this gun debate started, I wrote a piece calling for us to go stand on the steps of Congress strapped with automatic weapons. When the Black Panthers went to the California state house with their guns, they passed gun legislation in 30 days.

      • 40 cookemom
        April 4, 2013 at 6:52 pm

        yep, case closed.

      • 41 nathkatun7
        April 5, 2013 at 12:07 am

        You are absolutely right, FayPax. And GOP Saint, Ronald Reagan, who was the Governor at the time, quickly signed it into law. Carrying guns within City limits was declared illegal. Right wingers hailed the law disarming Blacks and Reagan was on his way to sainthood.

  13. 42 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 4, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    No gun seen or found at URI; students’ game involved Nerf guns

    SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — No gun was seen. No gun was found and State Police Capt. Frank Castellone said no one was ever in danger.
    After an extensive search and investigation by the R.I. State Police, South Kingstown and University of Rhode Island Campus police, there is no evidence of any gunman on the URI campus.

    They did however find two Nerf guns that belonged to a student who was in the Chafee building auditorium. That was where a professor and another student reported hearing someone say, “I’m a nice guy, I have a gun,” according to Castellone.

    There is a game going on this campus and others called Humans versus Zombies that involved students shooting each other with Nerf guns. Castellone says police are still investigating whether that game is connected with this incident. URI president David Dooley said the game has gone on for years without any problems but it may be reviewed in the future.

    More —> http://news.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/2013/04/no-gun-seen-or-found-at-uri-students-game-involved-nerf-guns.html

  14. 43 japa21
    April 4, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Off this topic for just a minute. One of the things I love about twitter are some of the responses I get. For example:

    This was not done as a reply so I have no idea which of my tweets was so wrong. Going to the tweeters page is like looking into a psychotic’s brain. Best guess is he (I am thinking he based upon other tweets of his) is an anarchist who is against gun control because how can we overturn the government if we don’t have any guns.

    But kind of hard to have a discussion with someone like this.

    • April 4, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      OH! I’m sorry – I had no idea what it was in reference to, and I didn’t know that was your twitter handle – I thought it was japa21 I guess.

      OMG – now I’m devastated for saying it as awesome. DAMMIT!

      grovel! Forgive me Japa!!!! I’m FIRED!!!

  15. 47 utaustinliberal
    April 4, 2013 at 4:52 pm

  16. 48 carolyn
    April 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Oh my! I just read two days ago that his cancer had returned, but in other parts of his body. He certainly has suffered these last years, but what he wrote about his return of cancer was hopeful and upbeat. I wish I could remember the exact word he used to describe his wife, but it was so loving and inspirational, it brought tears to my eyes. May he rest in peace, out of pain now.

  17. 49 Karlene
    April 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    R.I.P Roger Ebert..What a wonderful man..

  18. April 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    A Leave of Presence (Written 2 days ago)

    Thank you. Forty-six years ago on April 3, 1967, I became the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. Some of you have read my reviews and columns and even written to me since that time. Others were introduced to my film criticism through the television show, my books, the website, the film festival, or the Ebert Club and newsletter. However you came to know me, I’m glad you did and thank you for being the best readers any film critic could ask for.

    Typically, I write over 200 reviews a year for the Sun-Times that are carried by Universal Press Syndicate in some 200 newspapers. Last year, I wrote the most of my career, including 306 movie reviews, a blog post or two a week, and assorted other articles. I must slow down now, which is why I’m taking what I like to call “a leave of presence.”

    What in the world is a leave of presence? It means I am not going away. My intent is to continue to write selected reviews but to leave the rest to a talented team of writers handpicked and greatly admired by me. What’s more, I’ll be able at last to do what I’ve always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review.

    At the same time, I am re-launching the new and improved Rogerebert.com and taking ownership of the site under a separate entity, Ebert Digital, run by me, my beloved wife, Chaz, and our brilliant friend, Josh Golden of Table XI. Stepping away from the day-to-day grind will enable me to continue as a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, and roll out other projects under the Ebert brand in the coming year.

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2013/04/a_leave_of_presense.html

  19. April 4, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    For the person you were TWO THUMBS UP!!!!!!!!!! Roger. Rest In Peace

  20. April 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    DEATH = #twothumbsdown RIP Roger!

  21. April 4, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    RIP Roger Ebert.

    Well folks, I’m in shock right now and pretty much on the verge of crying. The missus got let go from her job. Don’t want to go into particulars, but I’m just at a loss. We survived through my unemployment, so we’ll survive through this. But, yeah, that’s my news for the day.

    • 58 Nena20409
      April 4, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      {{{{{Hugs and Love}}}}}

    • 59 carolyn
      April 4, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Oh LL…..after all you two have been through recenty. Know that we here at TOD will rooting for both of you and sending our positive prayers and thoughts your way!!!

    • 60 hopefruit2
      April 4, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      LL – so sorry to hear about this. Our thoughts are with you and your wife.

    • April 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      LL, so sorry to hear that. I hope those S.O.B.’s did not factor her having a surgery and time off or possible future health costs trying to trim their bottom line. Speculation on my part, but I would not put it past employers these days. Regardless, from what I understand she is happily recovering and you both have each other. So that all that matters right now. Best wishes.

      • April 4, 2013 at 5:56 pm

        No, not at all. They’ve actually been great with her, but she sort of messed up and it involves a law suit with a former resident.

        But I’m trying to look at this in a positive light. She hated her job anyway, no longer wanted to be in charge. This way she’ll collect UEI, and be able to rest and heal from the surgery. And I’m pretty sure her dad will help us out like my mom did when I was in between careers. Hell, I’m going to encourage her to do what she really wants to do, which is to go back to school. Student loan debt is fun!

        But, yes, it is quite a shock nevertheless.

        • April 4, 2013 at 6:12 pm

          Well, I am glad it was not for any nefarious reasons. At this stage in life, or for that matter at any stage, one should do what makes you happy, monetary decisions be damned. I am glad you have found a silver lining in this situation. I do not remember exactly when the new student loan policies go into full effect, but I know the re-payments will be no more than 10% of your monthly paychecks. Also, depending on the field you choose ( i.e. nursing, teaching, social services, NGO’s ) your student debt will be forgiven after 10yrs. That policy was part of reconciliation during the conference committee of the ACA in 2010. Might want to look into that down the line.

          • April 4, 2013 at 6:21 pm

            Oh, the hamsters in my head are already turning. She’ll mourn tonight, and I think tomorrow she’ll have a weight off her shoulders.

            • 65 andogriff
              April 4, 2013 at 7:13 pm

              LL… so sorry to hear this news… but the old story is; one door closes, another opens. I hope your wife finds the job of her dreams now, or goes back to study something that really interests her. Positive thoughts coming your way.

    • 66 Bill R.
      April 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      Terribly sorry to hear this. Best wishes and positive energy your way.

    • 67 theo67
      April 4, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      {{{LL & missus}}}

    • 68 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      April 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      LL, sorry to hear of this latest challenge. Hopefully, this will open the door to a new opportunity. You guys will continue to be in my prayers.

    • 69 sherijr
      April 4, 2013 at 6:32 pm

      Oh LL & Mrs. LL, I’m so very sorry ~ (((((((HUGS)))))))) to you both, I will keep you in my most positive thoughts.

      • 70 HZ
        April 4, 2013 at 6:52 pm

        LL, lots of goodness of thoughts going forth for Mrs. LL. May her compassions be multiplied with greatness in her future.HZ

    • 71 prettyfoot58
      April 4, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      ((((hugs)))))

    • 72 MightyPamela
      April 4, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      {{{{{{LL&MissusLL}}}}}}

    • 73 Dakota
      April 4, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      All the best to you and your missus.

    • April 4, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      Oh LL, I’m just so sorry about this, there’s really only so much you and your wife can endure. And what a horrible time for it to happen, just as she’s getting her strength back. Love to you both, and wishing you better days – you deserve them.

    • 76 Dudette
      April 5, 2013 at 1:12 am

      Oh wow, LL. I’m so terribly sorry. That’s really rotten to do that while she’s out on medical leave. I hope y’all will be okay.

    • 77 sjterrid
      April 5, 2013 at 2:56 am

      I’m so sorry to hear that your wife lost her job. You are both in my thoughts and prayers.

  22. 78 hopefruit2
    April 4, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Zerlina Maxwell clearly has some unresolved male-female issues from her traumatic rape experience. Her reaction to POTUS’ compliment of AG Harris is WAY over the top.

    • 79 anniebella
      April 4, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      First of all who is Zerlina Maxwell and what did she have to say about POTUS compliment of AG Harris? I haven’t seen or heard anything.

      • 80 anniebella
        April 4, 2013 at 6:05 pm

        hopefruit2, forget what I ask. I have had enough of this. They are doing the same thing here like they did with the basketball 2 for 22 shoots. I am choosing to put it were it belong, in the trash.

      • 81 hopefruit2
        April 4, 2013 at 6:10 pm

        Zerlina Maxwell is a journalist and contributor to political analysis on Cable TV and elsewhere. Several weeks ago,she appeared on Hannity and got threatened on Twitter by one of his viewers. She then revealed that she had been raped at some point in her life and still suffering from the traumatic experience.

        Here is what she tried to imply that POTUS’ compliment was:

    • 85 Nena20409
      April 4, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      HF who is Zerlina Maxwell?

      It is like pres Obama must not be allowed to say anything. I bet if Kamala Harris was White, they will be talking about how sexist that comment was. Remember in 2009, with the picture in Rome where pres Obama was looking at the stairs and the media and Fox went off insinuating that the president was looking at the behind of a 15 yrs old Brazilian Teen? They are pathetic.

      POTUS has eyes. Ms. Harris is Gorgeous. Or is the beef now that He said Ms. Harris is THE Most Beautiful AG that is causing them heartache?

      POTUS is a healthy man. He has eyes, he can see. He is married. He is not a shirt chaser media idiots.

      • 86 anniebella
        April 4, 2013 at 6:11 pm

        He’s married, but he is not blind. I have heard were Chris Matthews have said Sarah Palin is a nice looking woman. It is just some controversy the media is looking for. Now forget this non – story.

        • 87 anniebella
          April 4, 2013 at 6:18 pm

          Enough is enough . Let me go watch Rev. Al. Also what the hell was wrong with Martin Bashir today? Why the heck did he have that dead beat ex-Congresssman Joe Walsh on his show?

          • 88 Nena20409
            April 4, 2013 at 6:25 pm

            For his amusement. TBGOPers generally don’t and won’t come to his show…..for they can’t handle Martin Bashir’s no nonsense type of dry wit, candidness and blunt Journalism.

            Joe Walsh is an easy camera huger that thinks that he is smart. Martin Bashir just uses him for his own amusement.

        • 89 Nena20409
          April 4, 2013 at 6:20 pm

          Yes. I know. They are always looking for some nonsense to distract Us. That is it.

          I hear you.

      • 90 Nena20409
        April 4, 2013 at 6:21 pm

        Skirt Chaser……one of these days, I will stop making darn too many mistakes.

      • 91 yardarm756
        April 4, 2013 at 6:26 pm

        Zerlina is in need of some counseling.

        • 92 Nena20409
          April 4, 2013 at 6:29 pm

          Indeed…..serious heavy duty therapy. Holy smokes.

          • 93 yardarm756
            April 4, 2013 at 6:34 pm

            In my small world everyone likes to be told when they look good. Especially in front of a bunch of folks. It tends to put pep in a step.

  23. 94 Linda
    April 4, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Bill Nelson came out for marriage equality.

  24. 97 hopefruit2
    April 4, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Statement by the President on the Passing of Roger Ebert

    // Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Roger Ebert. For a generation of Americans – and especially Chicagoans – Roger was the movies. When he didn’t like a film, he was honest; when he did, he was effusive – capturing the unique power of the movies to take us somewhere magical. Even amidst his own battles with cancer, Roger was as productive as he was resilient – continuing to share his passion and perspective with the world. The movies won’t be the same without Roger, and our thoughts and prayers are with Chaz and the rest of the Ebert family. //

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/04/statement-president-passing-roger-ebert

  25. 98 Nena20409
    April 4, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    I love me some Tina……TT

    Her version of Change Is Gonna Come.

    RIP Roger Ebert.

  26. April 4, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    • 100 isonprize
      April 4, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      Yeah, like it’s okay to call a little girl a ‘cunt’ but it’s NOT okay to notice that a grown woman in good looking.

      Okay, I get it now. NOT. What a bunch of whistleheads.

  27. 101 sherijr
    April 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    yes RIP Mr. Ebert, I just arrived home to read this sad news, so sorry for him, his loved ones.

    • 102 HZ
      April 4, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      R.I.P., Mr.Ebert. I so enjoyed his critics on the movies with Gene. I pray for his wife and family.HZ

  28. April 4, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    And because life goes in, the the teeth of death and adversity, the link to the first chapter of my novel: http://novelsinprogress.com/2013/04/04/the-genealogies-chapter-1-opening/

  29. 104 cookemom
    April 4, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    OK, I’ve been peeking in and out and I am confused. Maybe I just missed it or something, but who said what about PBO complimenting the California AG? Was it repeated on the news or something? Is the person who said it of a pundit of any statue, not that any of them are. What’s up with this comment and why is it a big deal what the person said? I don’t do much twitter or fb other than a sporadic peep see. So I don’t know what’s happening regarding this. So would somebody kindly please help me on this?

  30. 105 yardarm756
    April 4, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    It’s a good thing we can’t legislate emotions. Isn’t it?

  31. April 4, 2013 at 6:32 pm

  32. April 4, 2013 at 6:38 pm

  33. 108 yardarm756
    April 4, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    After noon funny.

    DIALOGUE BETWEEN A LADY INTERVIEWER WITH A MALE BEER DRINKER:

    Lady Interviewer: Do you drink every day?

    Man: Yes.

    Lady Interviewer: How much a day?

    Man: Around 3 six-packs starting at noon.

    Lady Interviewer: How much does a 6-pack cost?

    Man: Roughly $10.00 at a deli.

    Lady Interviewer: And how long have you been drinking like that?

    Man: 15 years.

    Lady Interviewer: So with a six-pack costing $10.00, and you consuming 3 six-packs a day, you are spending roughly $900 each month. In one year, you would then be spending $10,800, correct?

    Man: Correct.

    Lady Interviewer: If in 1 year you spend $10,800 on beer, not accounting for inflation, 15 years puts your spending roughly $162,000; correct?

    Man: Correct.

    Lady Interviewer: Did it ever occur to you that if you did not drink for the last 15 years, you could have bought a Ferrari?

    Man: Do you drink?

    Lady Interviewer: No.

    Man: So where’s your Ferrari?

  34. 111 dotster3
    April 4, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Haven’t had a chance to check, but if no one has posted this, here is a nice write-up on Roger Ebert in the Chgo Trib—–“the soul of a poet”—

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-roger-ebert-dead-20130404,0,602338.story

  35. April 4, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    For those wondering what Pres Obama said at the DNC fundraiser about CA Attorney General Kamala Harris that has Zerlina Maxwell & Jonathan Chait up in arms, here you are:

    “She’s brilliant and she’s dedicated, she’s tough,” Obama said at a DNC fundraiser in Atherton, Calif., according to a White House pool report. “She also happens to be, by far, the best looking attorney general….It’s true! C’mon.”

    Yep the same media that chastised Pres. Obama on election night for saying his own daughters were smart and beautiful, but gives David Vitter & Mark Sanford a glorious pass; that corporate media!!!! :eyeroll:

    • 113 cookemom
      April 4, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      so who had something to say about what he said? when and where did they say it? what’s the issue?

    • 114 isonprize
      April 4, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Some of the same folks who tried to justify calling a little girl a ‘cunt’ as edgy and sarcasm.

      Yeah, whatever….

  36. 115 anniebella
    April 4, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I saw Dylan Ratigan on Bashir today and he had some nice things to say about FLOTUS and the work she is doing with her garden and Let’s Move and Healthy eating. I was surprise at him.

  37. 119 jacquelineoboomer
    April 4, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Just getting here, but heard about Roger Ebert earlier and God bless him! He fought the good fight, he will be missed, and he was a fine supporter of President Obama and good liberal causes.

    Not sure if this has been posted, but it was on his blog back in February, and it’s a look back to a different time, for some people around my age group:

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2013/02/what_was_my_aunt_martha_trying.html

  38. 120 lamh36
    April 4, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Aww, Roger Ebert was married to Chaz his wife for over 20 years. Here’s an excerpt from his memoir on his love of Chaz. Get your hankie ready

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2012/07/roger_loves_chaz.html

    • 121 lamh36
      April 4, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      Wednesday, July 18, is the 20th anniversary of our marriage. How can I begin to tell you about Chaz? She fills my horizon, she is the great fact of my life, she has my love, she saved me from the fate of living out my life alone, which is where I seemed to be heading. If my cancer had come, and it would have, and Chaz had not been there with me, I can imagine a descent into lonely decrepitude. I was very sick. I might have vegetated in hopelessness. This woman never lost her love, and when it was necessary she forced me to want to live. She was always there believing I could do it, and her love was like a wind forcing me back from the grave.

      Does that sound too dramatic? You were not there. She was there every day, visiting me in the hospital whether I knew it or not, becoming an expert on my problems and medications, researching possibilities, asking questions, making calls, even giving little Christmas and Valentine’s Day baskets to my nurses, who she knew by name.

  39. April 4, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Reading twitter and I just have let out one long sigh. I really like Zerlina Maxwell and several of the people that didn’t like Pres.Obama complimenting Kamala Harris but some of the things they were RT-ing or saying was just ridiculous.

    How in the world does saying someone is good looking turn into a conversation about street harassment? You mean the guy who says,’you look nice today’ is the same as the guy who says ‘you got a nice ass’? Since when? I saw one tweet that said that flattery is a way to get a woman’s guard down. Is this what we think Pres.Obama was trying to do with Kamala Harris? Get her guard down to do what to her?

    So after seeing tweets that complimenting a woman on the street or in the workplace is inappropriate I then see tweets saying that Pres. Obama should only have complimented her in private. Right because if news got out that Obama told Kamala Harris in private that she was good looking, the same people wouldn’t have a problem with that either.

    I’m at a loss here.

    • 123 Jessica
      April 4, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      I’m not even going to bother to get into it because it’s just another distraction. We have major issues we need to focus on. That’s the biggest problem with Americans too easily distracted.

    • 124 Nena20409
      April 4, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      If it came out of the mother of this president……..it must be bad for a great few many on the right and a few on the left. It never fails. It’s like an addiction……the ODS is the name of their illness.

      • 125 Nena20409
        April 4, 2013 at 7:21 pm

        Mouth……now, how did mother get there. I am calling it quits today. Too many mistakes. Enough.

    • 126 AnitaW
      April 4, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      She usually says some interesting things, but I unfollowed her a long time ago on twitter. She is always seems to be overly sensitive to every perceived slight. I understand her background, but she takes high dungeon a road too far sometimes. Everyone will not see the world through her lens and that should be okay, but I would guess she would disagree.

  40. 127 prettyfoot58
    April 4, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    • 128 Jessica
      April 4, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      That’s the difference between white feminists and black feminists. White women have been the standard of beauty for centuries upon centuries. So it would be too much for them to handle a black Prez saying that the black female AG of California is attractive or that his black wife and daughters are beautiful/cute/pretty.

      I’m sure him and Michelle will discuss it and she will tell him he is right to compliment her. Women of color need to be appreciated not just in private but in public and from the top of the Golden Gate Bridge.

      • 129 jacquelineoboomer
        April 4, 2013 at 7:59 pm

        It’s probably not all white feminists — just the ones who are looking for ANYTHING to have against Pres. Obama.

        I’m a way older white woman feminist, from way back, and still my own private “standard of beauty” (Ha!), but I agree that what you said is otherwise accurate and needs to be said. I haven’t heard that AG Harris was humiliated or anything by the remark, which would be another factor to consider, if some of those going after the President really cared about how the remark was received.

        It’s just a distraction, because they don’t have anything else to criticize.

      • 130 isonprize
        April 4, 2013 at 8:00 pm

        I’ve met Kamala Harris twice. There is no way you could meet Kamala and not notice that she is attractive. Not just for her physical beauty, but for her smarts, her charm, her professionalism and ability to connect with people.

        What a bunch of whistleheads. They are just looking for something, ANYTHING, to talk about re: Pres. Obama. It’s a distraction.

  41. 138 Ladyhawke
    April 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    FLASHBACK: PRESS SECRETARY JAY ‘CLARK KENT’ CARNEY CALLS OUT THE JACKALS. (MAY 24, 2012)

    >>>>>>>>>>> “I THINK DOING SO IS A SIGN OF SLOTH AND LAZINESS”. <<<<<<<<<<<<<

    Jay Carney Catches Fire On Air Force One, Blasts Media For Buying Into ‘BS’

    ————————-

    Whatever they’re putting in Jay Carney‘s birthday cake, I want some. During a gaggle aboard Air Force One today, the just-47 White House Press Secretary woke up a sleepy press corps with a rant about fact-checking Republican talking points that, relatively speaking, nearly veered into Sam Kinison territory. Quoting from a recent MarketWatch commentary, Carney told the press “do not buy into the BS” about the Obama spending record, and that “doing so is a sign of sloth and laziness.”

    ——————————–

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/jay-carney-catches-fire-on-air-force-one-blasts-media-for-buying-into-bs/

  42. 139 Vicki
    April 4, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Can someone please explain this to me?
    Gov. Hickenlooper of Colorado passed gun laws and it was big news. PBO gave a thoughtful inspiring speech in Co. yesterday.
    Gov. Malloy of Conn. passed his gun legislation today and PBO is headed to Conn. on Monday for another speech and rally.
    Gov. Cuomo of NY passed gun legislation—strong legislation—7 bullet maximum in magazines and… and…. no coverage.

    In fact, Cuomo seems to have disappeared. Any thoughts, folks???

    • 140 nathkatun7
      April 5, 2013 at 12:42 am

      I think the President went to Colorado and is going Connecticut because of the mass shooting that took place in those states. Surely the President can’t go everywhere. Besides, he was in New York not to long ago in the aftermath Sandy. I don’t think you need to read too much into this.

  43. 141 cookemom
    April 4, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Why do I now have to know about someone I’d never heard of before? Who’s idea is it to catapult a next to unknown person on a blog to the heights of mediocrity because she said something about what PBO said? I must be getting old, cause I just don’t get how folks will make someone an overnight phenomena by taking what they said as meaningful or authoritative. I just don’t get it. Isn’t this just a big ‘so what!?!?!’

    • 142 nathkatun7
      April 5, 2013 at 12:37 am

      You don’t have to know about her if you don’t want to. Just say “so what?” and move-on. No need to berate people who, unlike you, thought this idiocy needed to be exposed.

      • 143 cookemom
        April 5, 2013 at 9:12 am

        my, my, so you have an issue with me? You feeling all put upon cause I asked a simple question, which, I feel was valid. I don’t do hair on fire well, so when I see a whole thread nearly dedicated to some stupid remark, yeah, I’ll ask what’s the big deal. Now you can say it exposes idiocy, I say it perpetuates the stooopid. We do their jobs for them, at least we make it easy by giving voice to the numbnuttery. So pardon me if I choose to point out that the idiocy is not what gets said by a media wanna be, the idiocy is repeating it as if it had validity. The idiocy is wringing your hands over a non-issue as if it should mean something. The idiocy is taking something so inconsequential and acting like it will bring down the presidency. You want to talk idiocy? All this up in arms over something that won’t even be talked about within 24 hours. Sheesh,

        PS: what I wrote was not berating in the least. I don’t waste time berating. If I ever get to the point that I feel I have to berate strangers, then shame on me. I have a life outside of blogosphere. It doesn’t include wasting energy berating folks I don’t know and likely to never meet. So if you felt berated, that’s due to your own sensitivity, not anything I said. Believe me, you’d know if you’d been berated by me. I don’t have to go there though, I just ain’t that into you to care.

  44. 144 lamh36
    April 4, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Chaze Ebert on her husbands passing:

    Chaz Ebert: ‘No struggle, no pain, just a quiet, dignified transition’
    http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/19279951-418/chaz-ebert-no-struggle-no-pain-just-a-quiet-dignified-transition.html

  45. 145 dotster3
    April 4, 2013 at 7:55 pm

  46. April 4, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    #TrustBarack He’s UNFAILINGLY HONEST!!!

  47. 148 japa21
    April 4, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    I don’t think this really states what I mean. My point is that if PBO had stressed the attractiveness first and then brought up the intelligence and dedication, that would have been saying something like when Biden said PBO “Was an articulate African American.” Although Biden didn’t mean it the way a lot of people heard it, it sounded like he was saying not many African Americans are articulate. If PBO had reversed the order in this instance it would have been making her attractiveness the most important thing and guess what, even though she is attractive she is also smart, etc. He made it very clear that her intelligence and dedication were the most important things, plus, as a sort of bonus, she is also attractive.
    And I think back to all the things that Bush said and did to women where there was nowhere near this amount of outrage.
    Anyway, here it is, for what it is worth.


Comments are currently closed.

@POTUS

@BarackObama

@WhiteHouse

@FLOTUS

@MichelleObama

@PeteSouza

Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.

@TheObamaDiary

@NerdyWonka

RSS Obama White House.gov

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS WH Tumblr

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Steve Benen

  • Congress votes for short-term government funding
  • Sen. Kaine: Democrats need to go sell the economy
  • Industry standards, conventional safety standards 'wildly disregarded'
  • 'To Live and Die in Alabama' looks at the controversial execution of Nathaniel Woods
  • White House: We're not shutting down the economy

Categories

Archives

Blog Stats

  • 43,151,010 hits

%d bloggers like this: