142 Responses to “President Obama’s statement”

  1. 1 a4alice
    April 16, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    seriously. I can’t be first I just got here.

  2. 4 miss pat
    April 16, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    you are. I don’t know what place I won. Maybe second?

    • 5 a4alice
      April 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm


      • 6 HZ
        April 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm

        Good Morning Chips and all of my TOD family.

        Please calm our hearts, minds, and our spirits to be ready to reach out and do whatever we can where we are all over our nation. May the love that we carry within our core spread to all parts of this nation at this time to help us heal from this evil act.
        Please help us to pray for our president and please keep him safe and filled with much wisdom as he handle this situation and all that is on his plate today. Amen.HZ

        • 7 MightyPamela
          April 16, 2013 at 1:06 pm

          Amen. Thank you, HZ, sending {{{{{HZ}}}}} hugs.

          • 8 HZ
            April 16, 2013 at 1:36 pm

            Hi my dear special one, MightyPamela. How are you dear one? I hope you are healing beautifully. Rest when you can also. (((((( Love you dearly, beautiful spirit.))))))HZ

  3. 9 japa21
    April 16, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Reposting from the bottom of last thread because there are other things we have to continue to focus on.
    Interesting article on the effect of the sequestration on health care. One of those little things unnoticed is that the FBI will do no new agent training for 2 years. That is really not good.

    • 10 MightyPamela
      April 16, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      And we can anticipate who will yell the loudest when there are disasters where the trained help is not only needed but essential, and it will not be there. Of course, it will be President Obama’s fault….. Something any sane and thinking person will never buy into. We will stand and walk beside him, throughout the days and nights. He knows this, he needs us, and we are here.

      • 11 HZ
        April 16, 2013 at 1:41 pm

        “We will stand and walk beside him, throughout the days and nights. He knows this, he needs us, and we are here.” Amen, MightyPamela. So much beauty and truth in his space from your words. I repeated them out loud as I lie here in bed. (((Love you, MP)))HZ

  4. April 16, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    As most of you know, I’m not the most religious person. But I’ve had this song from my childhood running in a loop in my head since last night.

    Let there be peace on earth
    And let it begin with me
    Let there be peace on earth
    The peace that was meant to be
    With God as our Father
    Brothers all are we
    Let me walk with my brother
    In perfect harmony

    Let peace begin with me
    Let this be the moment now
    With every step I take
    Let this be my solemn vow
    To take each moment
    And live each moment
    In peace eternally
    Let there be peace on earth
    And let it begin with me

    Good West Coast morning, Obots.

    • 13 japa21
      April 16, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      The prayer of St. Francis

      • 14 HZ
        April 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm

        Prayer of St. Francis:
        “Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
        Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
        Where there is doubt, faith:
        Where there is despair, hope;
        Where there is darkness, light;
        and where there is sadness, joy.

        O Divine Master, grant that I may
        not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
        To be understood, as to understand;
        To be loved, as to love;
        For it is in giving that we receive,
        It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
        And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. St. Francis

      • 15 Rita
        April 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm

        The Prayer of St. Francis is my favorite. I’m not Christian, and I’m not religious, but it speaks to me in an universal language:

        Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
        Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
        where there is injury,pardon;
        where there is doubt, faith;
        where there is despair, hope;
        where there is darkness, light;
        and where there is sadness, joy.

        O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
        to be consoled as to console;
        to be understood as to understand;
        to be loved as to love.
        For it is in giving that we receive;
        it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
        and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

    • 16 Anna
      April 16, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Amen, one of my favorites to play on piano. Thank you Chipsticks and all others that give us a place to gather and talk and be comforted in the worst of times and the best of times. One more time I am forever relieved we have PBO at the helm, I shudder to think of the other alternatives.

    • 17 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      April 16, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      LL, funny, I’ve had this “Let There Be Peace,” “One Little Candle,” “Stand,” and “Total Praise” looping since yesterday.

      • 18 HZ
        April 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm

        Oh, Alycee, I went to bed with my iPod in my ears and “Total Praise” “Stand” and “Determined” looping all night. We are such a beautiful and connective tissue to our president and all the ‘goodness of spirits’ who want to spread love, sweetness from our hearts, and loving actions to all. This is what our beautiful Chips has created here in this space to positively support POB.

        Thanks for sharing these, Alycee.(((((Lots of hugs to you)))))).HZ

        • 19 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          April 16, 2013 at 4:11 pm

          Yes, we here at TOD are uncannily connected. (((((((((Lots of HUGS to you, too!)))))))). Alycée

    • 20 HZ
      April 16, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks so much, LL. Your choice of beautiful and powerful words are a comfort. I am sitting up in bed and I sang the words to this beautiful song. I also sang it in high school and college many times. So appropriate to sing it again during this day for all of us. Thank you again, LL. HZ

  5. 21 Jovie
    April 16, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    The Senate’s Gang of Eight on Tuesday released the details of a broad agreement to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws.

    The legislation would give provisional legal status to an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants and put them on a pathway to citizenship, but only after several criteria for securing the U.S.-Mexico border are met.


  6. 22 donna dem 4 obama
    April 16, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Good afternoon TOD!

    When I woke this morning I had hoped that yesterday’s event had just been a bad dream. It wasn’t!

    Allow a moment to rant….

    As most of you know I detest cable (news) but when these events occur just like when Gabby was shot I’m compelled to tune in to get whatever information I can about the situation. Generally, in between their newstaining occasionally you get a bit a real news.

    I must say that everything that I despise about cable has been reinforced over the last 24 hours. What a mess they are. Reporting things that simply are not true, talking about nothing just to fill air-time, speculating about stuff that they know nothing about, racial profiling people that they “think” could have been involved. Then they are all looking for the “human interest” story. What did it feel like, how did you feel, did you run, were you scared??? I felt like I needed a shower after watching that mess last night. It was filth to the nth degree.

    End of rant!

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families. I love my President and am thankful that we have him his leadership during these very trying times.

    Thank you TOD for keeping me informed so that I don’t have to wade in the filth to keep myself up to date on daily events.

    • 23 japa21
      April 16, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Once upon a time, back before cable, news departments were separate from the rest of a network. They were expected to run at a loss. With the demise of the Fairness Doctrine, things changed. I think it was ABC that first put the news department under the entertainment division and demanded it show a profit. Things went downhill from there.

      Fox went to court to rpeserve its right to broadcast lies as news and won. Now it is a race to be the lowest common denominator.

    • 25 HZ
      April 16, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      ((((((((((((((( You are fine with your loving TOD Family, Donna.))))))))))))))) I and sending loving comforting thoughts to you. And you can rant. Get it out of your space. We all have given our spirits permission to release it when it arrives, but remember to replace it with the most sweet and loving fragrants of pure calmness, gentle thoughts, and thanks that POB is in the Oval Office. ((Love you so much, Donna.))HZ

      • 26 donna dem 4 obama
        April 16, 2013 at 12:54 pm

        I have purged myself of their ridiculousness and I Love you Back {{{{{HZ}}}}}

        • 27 HZ
          April 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm

          (((((I love you Back also.)))))) You gave me so much encouragement during our elections, and I am so grateful for your beautiful spirit.HZ

    • 28 MightyPamela
      April 16, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      If it is in ratings they thrive, then let it be in ratings they shall fail. We have never subscribed to cable, although I have seen it when I waiting rooms, airports and others’s homes: I have distinct impressions of negative atmosphere, as if the well-dressed and painted up broadcasters are insulting my intelligence. Hence, I will never pay for it at home. And now we have the Internet.

    • 29 57andfemale
      April 16, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      I didn’t watch any of it based on my husband’s rant when I got home from work, which sounded very much like your rant.

      I did, however, click on Rachel’s coverage 10:00 p.m. CDT, and I thought she gave the best, ethical, thoughtful coverage I had seen of an event like this. She was serious, thoughtful, factual. I haven’t watched her since the drones-all-the-time b.s. but she did very well last night.

      I listened to Randi Rhodes and Norman Goldman yesterday and let me say – liberals are decent, thoughtful, fact-based and heart-felt. If we could only return to those values as a nation that I grew up with.

  7. 30 miss pat
    April 16, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Lots of blame going around. Soon they will be laying the blame right at the President, if that has not been done yet. CNN had the description of a dark-skinned man in a hoodie with a back-pack on his back, so I turned off MSM to save my sanity. Hopefully the FBI and the ATF will find the party or parties responsible soon. My condolences to the families of the people who lost their lives and best wishes for a speedy recovery to all the people that were hurt.

  8. 35 a4alice
    April 16, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    well back to work. have a great day everyone.

  9. 36 dotster3
    April 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm

  10. April 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm

  11. 56 Jovie
    April 16, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Mayor bloomberg presser? He luv camera a little to much!

  12. April 16, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    • April 16, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      Fox should be put out of business. What a bunch of jokers.

    • 59 veryslowwriter
      April 16, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      But if it were accurate, it would be OK/ Two men speaking Arabic? Execute them at once!!! I do not watch cable news. The last time I did was election night 2008. I can’t bear all the bullbleep.

    • 60 57andfemale
      April 16, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      Do they check anything? Is there even passing lip service to doing anything remotely journalistic?

  13. 61 amk for obama
    April 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm

  14. 62 andogriff
    April 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I was just ironing and listening to CNN in the background. Never do that, the outrage at the horrible reporting makes you iron in a lot of wrinkles.

    • 63 daisydem
      April 16, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Irons can burn you. And I bet if you throw one at a tv, it would make a heck of a big hole! Do your ironing … just turn off CNN. I recommend Springsteen on the iPod or silly, silly sitcoms, or a good Perry Mason or Columbo episode!

    • April 16, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      Are you still in Germany? Hell, watch some Bundesliga replays. Not that they’re that interesting, with Bayern crushing all who stand before it.

      • 68 andogriff
        April 16, 2013 at 1:15 pm

        Yes LL, still in Germany….. and although I love World Cup time, the generic Bundesliga replays can make me fall asleep at the ironing board! Best wishes to you and your wife, hope she is still recovering nicely!

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  18. 79 Linda
    April 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    WASHINGTON — A two-year independent investigation by the Constitution Project released Tuesday said that U.S. forces engaged in torture and senior officials bear responsibility for it.


    The lying Bush Administration strikes again.!

  19. April 16, 2013 at 1:43 pm

  20. 89 Linda
    April 16, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Mitch McConnell On Boston Bombings: Americans Have Become Complacent About Terrorism

    It’s unclear exactly who McConnell is saying has become complacent regarding terrorism. If he’s referring to the U.S. government, intelligence and military officials have thwarted a number of attacks on the United States since 9/11. And the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday that U.S. counterterrorism efforts have all but wiped out the al-Qaed network founded by Osama bin Laden. Alternatively, is McConnell suggesting that “complacency” by ordinary Americans somehow contributed to the attack?


    On the floor of the Senate Mitch ? He repulses me.

    • 90 Lovepolitics2008
      April 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      They have been scrambling for twenty-four hours to find a line of attack that wouldn’t seem too direct. Some way to instill some negativity, some cynicism. To seed doubts in the population about the competence of the administration.

      It’s just beginning.

    • 91 jackiegrumbacher
      April 16, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      Linda, if Mitch McConnell is speaking is time to turn off the TV. It’s just white noise polluting the air.

  21. 92 pinkbunny92
    April 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Hello Everyone – delurking after being away for a long time!

    I hope everyone in TOD Community is doing well. I’ve been catching up on TOD and so excited to see the many ways people have stepped up to help Chips keep diaries & good news flowing. For all of you working to put actual news and meaning information, THANK YOU! Aside from alerts I get from the AP, I’ve stopped listening or watching to any MSM, so I get everything I need to know here!

    It seems these days, we need more good news and a sense of community now more than ever. I’ve seen comments and updates on personal challenges and tough times being experienced by some of the TOD regulars, and I hope everything works out, and that people are hanging in there!

    Just got back from Hong Kong, and was so sad to see the horrific events yesterday in my beloved Boston. I used to live in Back Bay Boston, and to see such a violent and senseless crime effect the lives of so many is heartbreaking.

    I’m so glad our President is doing what he does best…LEADING OUR COUNTRY in a time of crisis. I can’t imagine how he continually shoulders all the burdens on his shoulders. How do you deal with so many emotional challenges? Yet he does this day in and day out, despite the stupidity, ignorance, and hatred from the Right, the Media, and even some on the Left!

    I just worry that the pathetically useless Media will start to shout about not yet knowing the answers. It makes me so angry that these morons think if we don’t know all the answers and can find someone to blame in 24 hours, it’s been a failure of the administration! How long did it take to complete the full investigation into OK City Bombing? 9/11? It will take weeks & months to get the full extent!

    The amount of rumors and misinformation that’s being spread by supposed news organizations yesterday was unbelievable! This is the problem when we rush to be the first to share something! These idiots are only going to be an unnecessary distraction for the investigation, the FBI, and local authorities!

    I’m continually praying for the people who’ve suffered loss and for the people of Boston.

    Hope everyone has a good day. Take care of yourselves…

  22. 95 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 2:11 pm

  23. 96 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 2:16 pm

  24. 97 utaustinliberal
    April 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

  25. 102 hopefruit2
    April 16, 2013 at 2:38 pm

  26. April 16, 2013 at 2:40 pm

  27. 104 Linda
    April 16, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Pressure Cooker bomb attacks.

    February 2013: A bomb hidden in a pressure cooker explodes inside a restaurant in northern Afghanistan, killing five people.

    October 2012: French police find bomb-making materials in an underground parking lot near Paris as part of a probe into an attack on a kosher grocery. The discovery includes bags of potassium nitrate, sulfur, headlight bulbs and a container used as a make-shift pressure cooker.

    May 2012: U.S. jurors hear that explosives experts had found a pressure cooker containing smokeless gunpowder and other material in the Texas motel room of a soldier accused of planning to blow up Fort Hood military troops and other personnel.

    May 2010: One of the three devices used in the May 2010 Times Square attempted bombing was a pressure cooker, according to a joint FBI and Homeland Security intelligence report issued in July 2010.

    March 2010: Suspected militants attack the U.S.-based Christian aid group World Vision in northwestern Pakistan, killing six Pakistani employees. Officials say the attackers remotely detonated a pressure cooker bomb.

    March 2006: A series of bombings kill 20 people in India. One bomb – at a temple in the northern city of Varanasi where five people died – was placed in a pressure cooker and detonated by a timing device.

    December 2004: Ten accused Islamic militants are convicted for their roles in a plot to blow up a Christmas market in the eastern French city of Strasbourg on New Year’s Eve 2000. Authorities say the group had planned to blow up containers packed with explosives, a technique they allegedly learned in Afghan camps.

    August 2002: Explosives packed in a pressure cooker shake a shopping mall in Katmandu, the capital of Nepal. Shops are damaged but there are no casualties.

    • 105 57andfemale
      April 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      Also, the Spokane attempted bombing during a MLK parade two years ago, I believe.

      So under this President there are a minimum of three attacks planned to take place on American soil that were thwarted.

  28. 106 japa21
    April 16, 2013 at 2:42 pm

  29. 110 ARKforO
    April 16, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Hello TODers, I have been a lurker now for quite a while, but I finally popped on to say hello to you wonderful people. I truly enjoy coming to TOD because the information is topnotch, the pictures are always fantastic and they are what keeps me going when all the Obamahaters are out in full force. Ever since I saw the president at his first presidential campaign announcement in Chicago, I have been an Obot. The president we have now will be considered one of the greatest of all time. I would love to see his likeness on Mt. Rushmore, in it’s rightful place next to Abraham Lincoln.

    The pictures and stories of the horrific events of the past day have made me even MORE grateful we have a leader who thinks FIRST. He has the strength of character that was missing for so long.
    My thoughts are with the victims and their families.
    That picture of sweet little Martin should go viral.
    Thanks to ALL of you who continue to keep this safe haven alive.

  30. 113 hopefruit2
    April 16, 2013 at 2:49 pm

  31. 118 Linda
    April 16, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Reid disputes waning momentum for Manchin-Toomey: “I think there’s significant momentum. You should have heard our caucus today.”

  32. 119 Linda
    April 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    BOSTON (AP) — A 29-year-old restaurant manager has been identified as one of three people killed in the bombing at the Boston Marathon.

    Her father says Krystle Campbell, of Medford, Mass., had gone with her best friend to take a picture of the friend’s boyfriend crossing the finish line on Monday afternoon.

    William Campbell says his daughter, who worked at a restaurant in nearby Arlington, was “very caring, very loving person, and was daddy’s little girl.” He says the loss has devastated the family.

    He says the friend was seriously injured in the explosion.

  33. 120 hopefruit2
    April 16, 2013 at 3:04 pm


    Watch PBO live honoring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion 🙂

  34. 121 Linda
    April 16, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller

    Best parking place in DC. Brad Keselowski’s #2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion parked at the South Portico of the WH for NASCAR ceremony.

    This man is just bizarre..

  35. 123 Jovie
    April 16, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    The house passed 3 cyber security bills today.
    Imagine that?

  36. 125 Jovie
    April 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Shelley Murphy ‏@shelleymurph 1m 
    Source: The circuit board [used to detonate the bombs] was found directly across the street from where Gov. Patrick had been sitting earlier.

    This guy had help! He was well funded and well educated.

  37. 128 Linda
    April 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Well…. it is official for me . Krystal Ball is a fraud..

  38. 136 hopefruit2
    April 16, 2013 at 3:24 pm

  39. 137 japa21
    April 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm

  40. 138 Linda
    April 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Charity Scams Crop Up In Wake Of Boston Explosions

    The extent of the victims’ injuries is still unknown, but a number of bogus funds for people hurt in the Boston Marathon blasts have already cropped up.

    According to TheDomains, more than 20 sites have been registered with names that appear to raise funds for victims of Monday’s Boston explosions, but many appear suspicious since they are not associated with official charities. Some websites, including Bostonmarathonrelief.com, have just been licensed by individuals.

  41. 139 57andfemale
    April 16, 2013 at 4:06 pm


    Justin Bieber wrote an entry into a guestbook at the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam, saying he hoped the Jewish teenager who died in a Nazi concentration camp “would have been a Belieber” — or fan of his — if history were different.

  42. 140 Linda
    April 16, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Has anyone seen how cspan has a rolling update of all tweets sent out by Congress people. ? It is on cspan 2 right now.

  43. 141 Linda
    April 16, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Why is Michael Isikoff reporting on “backpacks ” I thought they determined the bombs were in duffel bags.

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