181 Responses to “President Obama’s statement on Senate vote”

  1. 1 vitaminlover
    April 17, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I am angry too!

  2. 6 vcprezofan2
    April 17, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Listening and wondering where the ‘heart’ of the GOPs went.

  3. 8 barbara
    April 17, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I wonder how many re-elections coffers were replenished by the NRA after today’s embarrassing vote on Capitol Hill?

  4. April 17, 2013 at 6:18 pm

  5. April 17, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    When I calm down, I’ll have an essay up. Never write in anger.

    • 11 hopefruit2
      April 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      Thanks LL. Take your time. I look forward to reading your piece. 🙂

      • 12 carol in ky
        April 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm

        I agree! I’m so angry I can’t put 2 readable sentences together, but I know LL will be able to.
        I’m not only angry, but sad to my very core. Such a travesty. So heart breaking for those families.

    • April 17, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      Write in anger, edit when clear headed.

    • 16 prettyfoot58
      April 17, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      I look forward to reading your words

    • April 17, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      Thanks a million LL, I just don’t even know where to start with this.

      • April 17, 2013 at 6:38 pm

        To be frank, I’m not that surprised by the result.

        Most GOP senators were going to vote against moving the bill.

        And the 4 Dems, if they were crazy enough to run in GOP primaries, would have done so. They’re not sufficiently crazy for the Tea Party base, so they run in Dem primaries, and then veer right for the general. They have to keep up their bona fides.

        But this was just a step too far. Not with those families in the gallery. Not with the NRA and its supporters shamelessly lying about the bill. I know I’m all for the big tent, and I still am. But this cannot stand. You can be a conservadem and not be in the NRA’s hip pocket.

    • 19 nathkatun7
      April 17, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      I admire your discipline, LL! For me –to piggy-back on FDR’s famous words– “Today will live in infamy!” This is a day when a minority of Senators blocked legislation aimed at reducing the epidemic of gun violence in our country. To repeat, a minority of U.S. Senators, using the idiotic Senate filibuster rule, gave their middle fingers to the majority of the American people by preventing the passage of a mild common sense legislation aimed at curbing gun violence. And these are people who were supposedly elected to represent “WE THE PEOPLE.” It turns out that the 46 Senators actually represent the moneyed interests financing the NRA and not “WE THE PEOPLE.”

  6. 20 utaustinliberal
    April 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm

  7. 22 hopefruit2
    April 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Rev Al just let John King have it for spreading the inflammatory race-baiting rumor about the “dark-skinned male” suspect

    • 23 Nena20409
      April 17, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      Great for Rev Al Sharpton. But why on earth after this president delivered a strong speech and his defense for inactivity by Congress…..why did his Show Not begin with the president’s Speech? It is Not right. Not right at all.

      • 24 hopefruit2
        April 17, 2013 at 6:29 pm

        I agree. The President’s speech should have been #1 on the agenda.

      • 25 vitaminlover
        April 17, 2013 at 6:29 pm

        Well, he may be doing it in the order that the events occurred And he may still be gathering his thoughts considering that President Obama made his statements right befor his show came on.

    • 26 daisydem
      April 17, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      Gov. Deval Patrick just said that yes, he has been briefed. And yes there has been progress. He said no one was in custody. When asked if there has been a suspect identified or a person of interest, he said he could not really respond to that as the investigation is ongoing by the FBI. The local reporters in Boston accepted that!

  8. April 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    90% of Republicans voted against the will of the people.

  9. 30 Nena20409
    April 17, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    When will the Greed Stop? The Greed of the few who use their Money, Influence and their Bought for organized Lobbyists to continue to dominate and deny majority of the citizens their say.

    When will the GREED stop?

    • 31 Vicki
      April 17, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      I don’t think it will stop on its own. We have to stop it. We have to vote the traitors to their own constituents out-of-office.

  10. 32 utaustinliberal
    April 17, 2013 at 6:26 pm

  11. April 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Again the question…who are they representing? Certainly not the people who elected them?

    Has Congress become a jobs program for people who don’t want to think, don’t want to work, and will bow to the demands of whoever makes the highest bid?

    • 34 Vicki
      April 17, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Lockheed martin gun makers ammo manufacturers gun dealers war profiteers.
      That is who they represent. The rest of us–not so much.

  12. April 17, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    • April 17, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      The way he held her and then put his hand on her neck just choked me up. He has so much depth of compassion for their suffering. He can so readily see that it could be anyone in their shoes.

      • 37 Audrey
        April 17, 2013 at 11:55 pm

        Admirable perhaps, but ironic. Touching as it may be to watch PBO expend so much energy, concern, care and emotion on everybody else, it is fair to say if we are to be at least honest, that it ultimately takes its toll and not just on him, but on his wife Michelle who comes out seriously short-changed in the end. There’s only so much juggling, balancing and compartmentalization before the setting in of an inevitable depletion that occurs when a person is spread so thin and has to be all things to all people at all times and quite often, to the detriment of his own family. Something or someone ultimately suffers and when you’ve opted to be president, it’s obvious who and what gets first dibs and who and what suffers as a result.
        I greatly admire Michelle Obama.

        • 38 Audrey
          April 18, 2013 at 12:02 am

          It should really read “president in this mould” since not all presidents want to be all things to all people at all times.

  13. April 17, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    • 40 99ts
      April 17, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      Precisely – until the killing stops at home – it will NEVER stop overseas. Wars against “terror” distract from the major war against the people of the US by the gun lobby of the US. The GOP will not pass any legislation supported by PBO – they MUST be voted out – there seems to be no other option.

  14. 41 hopefruit2
    April 17, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    This cannot be overstated…

    • 42 cman
      April 17, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      I was just about to say this!!! The public option did not have anything near 90% support and still some progressive think it could have passed just because it was popular. HA!

  15. 43 daisydem
    April 17, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Before I scroll up and read the comments here, I just want to say I have been live-streaming KCVB out of Boston on my iPad all afternoon, since it was posted here that the Federal Courthouse in Boston was evacuated. They are now interviewing Gov. Deval Patrick and while they are tryin hard to get any information they can out of him, the local reporters are being respectful; asking pertinent questions – and accepting the answers they are given. Their coverage of the area around the courthouse was speculative but not aggrandizing (is that the word I want); they are remaining calm and urging others to wait until we have the facts. Plus, and this is important, they broke into their coverage to go to the WH and cover the President’s comments about the gun control vote in its entirety. When they came back, they commented on the President being angry. They are just doing such an excellent job of real news coverage. I love it. I even called my 80 year old Aunt who we recently presented with an iPad, told her how to call up KCVB and that she should watch it instead of CNN!

    • 44 japa21
      April 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      Local news staffs are alwys better than the national ones.

      • 45 daisydem
        April 17, 2013 at 6:56 pm

        Yes, remember how great the pictures and articles were of President Obama as he campaigned in the little towns/cities in the local newspapers. And the interviews on local radio shows always were more respectful.

  16. 46 willowood
    April 17, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Please study the names and faces of each of these Senate cowards. There is no where they can hide. They cast their votes as the parents of SandyHook students and loved ones watched…never once…NEVER ONCE, glancing into their faces. That is a coward who deserves no place in our government let alone the United States Senate.

  17. 47 lamh36
    April 17, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    ok, stop me now, I’ve been rating on twitter:

    Someone who I had until recently unfriended, said I was being too harsh on Fox News. Whatever. President Obama just gave a LIVE statement in response to the Senate backed by 90% of GOP Senators tanking the debate over Federal Gun Background Check Legistlation. EVERY news net showed the President’s speech in it’s entirety, Fox News cut off the President’s after a few minutes. I got my problem with CNN, as ya’ll know, but damn I know damn well that Fox News never cut off GWB even when he was just passing gas. So no I have no use for Fox News…PERIOD.


    • 48 lamh36
      April 17, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      Also, I’m a little tired of people who like to say “well they are all crooked anyway”. Okay, fine, but that’s a cop-out so that’s you can go on doing nothing yet continue complaining about nothing happening. You can just miss me with that thanks. A wise man said:
      “If You Stand For Nothing, You Will Fall For Anything”. It’s as true today as when it was first uttered.

  18. April 17, 2013 at 6:39 pm

  19. 50 prettyfoot58
    April 17, 2013 at 6:43 pm

  20. 51 vitaminlover
    April 17, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Evil—(the ill-willed GOP) cannnot prevail over good–(the Obama Administration).

  21. 52 japa21
    April 17, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    • 53 dotster3
      April 17, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      I don’t want to appear ungrateful, but that is a low threshold. Not satisfied because the whole thing is as senseless as senseless can be. 90% of the public supported this most minimum of legislation—-and still——just an insane outcome.

      • 54 japa21
        April 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm

        Who is satisfied? I’m not. But I will say this. I think a lot of people, if this rather watered down bill had passed would have said “Okay, mission acomplished” and that would have been the end. There would still have benn many of us who would have kept fighting, but the numbers would have been drastically reduced. I think whatppened today will actually be an impetus for even stronger activism toward doing even more than this bill would have called for. Yes, I would have preferred it passed, but now we have to use its failure in a positive wy.

      • 59 nathkatun7
        April 17, 2013 at 7:56 pm

        I am with Japa! One thing you have to understand is that, historically, it’s rare to get instant fundamental changes through Congress. The only time Congress acts instantaneously is when the members are authorizing or supporting wars. What is needed in this case is sustained struggle for change.

  22. 61 daisydem
    April 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    What also hurts me is that I think our dear V.P. Joe Biden thought he had the votes; he has been working so hard for this; he thought he had 60. And he is so compassionate and you can see that and his emotions on his face. You could see it today. It hurts me to see him so sad and to see the President frustrated and angry. I hope they can put their feet up tonight, have a drink, hug their wives and somehow know we will continue to help them fight.

    • 62 vitaminlover
      April 17, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      Yes, indeed. Decent people always try to do what’s right in spite of political affiliations. Vice-President Biden is a decent person. He is a firebrand and if he had gotten behind that microphone there would probably a ton of f-bombs among other words laced in with a tirade. He is passionate and I love his passion. There is no telling what he told President Obama before that press statement.

      • 63 EDP4BHO
        April 17, 2013 at 7:04 pm

        Hi vitaminlover. Don’t doubt for a minute that PBO had some f-bombs on the very tip of his tongue today. I am so damn pissed at these miscreants in Washington. Bunch of pussies (excuse my language but that is what they are). They care not about human beings- period. May the faces of those precious children continue to haunt each and every one of us- we who have souls- to not let this be over. Not by a long shot.

        • 64 vitaminlover
          April 17, 2013 at 7:13 pm

          See what you are saying and i agree that he did drop a few choice words but he won’t do that at the mic whereas Joey more than likely will.

    • 65 Eleroy
      April 17, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Joe has worked so hard on this, he thought he could count on some of his former colleagues to do the right thing!!!

      Alas, they failed him and you can see the disgust, disbelief and anger on Joe Biden’s face!!! He just can’t believe that some of these men and women in the Senate that he’d thought of as decent folk and friends could do something so vile, heartless and inhuman!!!

      • 66 amk for obama
        April 17, 2013 at 8:09 pm

        Heck, these bastards voted against disability act with bob dole right there on the floor watching it on wheelchair.

    • 67 Lovepolitics2008
      April 17, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      I saw Joe wiping out a couple of tears, and the President himself had tears in his eyes at the end of his speech. Tears of sadness, tears of disgust, tears of rage.

  23. 68 lamh36
    April 17, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    can someone provide me a link to post to my FB on CNN’s whole “dark-skinned” suspect bullshit?

  24. April 17, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    As long as the GOP makes every legislation about President Obama, we will continue to get the stalemate that we are seeing. As long as Congress disregards the rights of citizens, especially those who have a vested interest – to express their views and to take a stand and relegates them as just props for the President, this is what we will see.

    They basically thumbed their noses at 90% of Americans and told us “it’s not about you.” They have decided that the only way for the President to not get credit for anything is to not get anything done.

  25. 70 anniebella
    April 17, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I email Senator Kay Hagan N.C. and thank her for her yes vote today. What is shameful, what is a disgrace is that the Republicans votes were just about politics and being control by the NRA. There is no respect for the 4 cowards on the Democratic side either. I just hope and pray none of them ever walk in the shoes of those Newtown families.

  26. 71 anniebella
    April 17, 2013 at 6:57 pm


  27. 72 carol in ky
    April 17, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Even though I’m hopping mad at the R’s in congress, and the 4 D’s that didn’t have the guts to vote for what
    was right, I’m going out on a limb and also saying how angry I also am at Harry Reid. If he’d had the guts to
    do the right thing when he had the chance, we wouldn’t have been in this mess today. He went for the ‘hand
    shake’ which we all knew was the waste of a handshake. He caved to his pal McConnell & I hate to say it, but
    he also did it so things like this would happen. He’s an NRA person too, and since the big handshake happened
    after Sandy Hook he knew this would come to a vote. I know I’m very anti-Harry, but today just made me even
    more angry with him than ever. How he can stand in the floor of the Senate and talk about how saddened he
    is by the ongoing gun violence and deaths, and then allow things like this to happen, makes me sick!

    Just so it won’t seem that my anger is misplaced, I’ll also say how sickened I am by the ones who voted no
    today. 2 of them are from my state, and 1 of them even went so far today as to call the Sandy Hook parents
    “props”!! I won’t go so far as to say I hope they someday feel the pain the other parents are feeling, but I do
    hope they all lose their jobs. When it becomes more important to keep a job than to do what’s right for the
    good of the country, then you don’t deserve to have that job in my opinion. We must do all we can in the
    next election to get these folks voted out. If we don’t, and if more of them get in congress, I fear our country
    will go down in ruins, or at least back to the 18th century 😦

    I do want to thank the 4 Republican senators who voted yes today: Toomey, Collins, Kirk and McCain. You
    showed that doing the right thing was more important than bowing to the NRA. Thank You!

    I say God bless our wonderful president and vice president for caring so deeply about all of us, and working
    so hard for our benefit. We love you! ❤
    (I don't often write on here, but when I do, I write a book….sorry)

    • April 17, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      Harry Reid is a major disappointment, almost as much as the Republican Congress, but not quite.

      • April 17, 2013 at 7:36 pm

        I am not upset that Harry Reid changed his vote to no. I understand why that happens. I am upset at Harry Reid because he did not agree on a full-court press on gun legislation when this massacre had just happened. He has taken a very weak stance on this issue.

      • 75 nathkatun7
        April 17, 2013 at 8:09 pm

        I am sorry, but I refuse to join in the demonizing of Harry Reid! There were other powerful Democrats who were not comfortable with doing away with the filibuster just in case the Democrats ended up in a minority and needed it to stop horrendous legislations from Republicans. I don’t think this is the time to turn on each other. As the President said, 90% of Democratic Senators voted for a mild common sense legislation to require background checks for gun buyers, whereas 90% of Republican senators voted against the legislation. Even if the four Democrats who voted against the Bill had voted for it, the Bill would still not have passed.

        • 76 Lovepolitics2008
          April 17, 2013 at 8:23 pm

          I’m with you. Harry Reid has a very thankless job. And for the record, if I’m not mistaken he had decided to vote yes today because he “couldn’t live with voting no”. He voted “no” only for procedural reasons: in doing so he can keep open the possibility of bringing back the amendment for a second try.

        • 77 Betsy
          April 17, 2013 at 8:26 pm

          You are right, two of them were from CA, Boxer and Feinstein. Now Feinstein lost the passage of her amendment.

    • April 17, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      My senator was so proud of his stance against gun safety, he posted it to YouTube more than three hours ago and sent out notice on FB. Enzi (WY)

    • 79 Joy
      April 17, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      Carol, great summation. Your comments are exactly how I feel, I’m so saddened and angry with the results. It’s time for the people to vote out these gun toting idiots in congress. it’s shocking how anyone could vote against a background check on guns. Simply shocking and so very disturbing to the majority of Americans. I just can’t believe this actually happened.

    • 81 kathryn kivett
      April 17, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      I totally agree with everything you said….and I like your book 🙂

  28. April 17, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I entered this comment on one of the previous threads at the very end so I ‘ll write it again. In the early 90’s NJ elected Jim Florio governor. The NJ senate was divided equally –20 dems and 20 repubs. Florio wanted to ban assault weapons and one repub. Sen. Gormley voted with the dems.He had been a marine and he felt assault weapons belonged with the military. After that vote, his family received death threats, all pompted by the NRA. In 1994 he decided to run for the US Congress. He was primaried and the winner was Frank LoBiondo, the current congressman from NJ 2. The NRA supported LoBiondo and to this day he gets contributions from the NRA and an A rating. Gormley showed an act of courage and was brought down by the tentacles of the NRA and this was the 90’s. I have wriitten many letters to the editor castigating LoBiondo for his support from the NRA.

    • 83 Lovepolitics2008
      April 17, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      The only way to change things is a grassroots movement that will make the NRA politically toxic. But it will take time. And big efforts.

  29. April 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Spot on.

  30. 86 vitaminlover
    April 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    President Obama is disgusted and I am grateful to have him in office and he is committed to his job and will complete it but I am getting a feeling that he may be sooooo done with Washington politics.

  31. 87 sherijr
    April 17, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Was Heitkamp a No vote?? I actually voted for her before I left ND- I opted to Vote in ND instead of doing it in MD after I moved- specifically so I could help get Heitkamp elected- so did my entire ND family.

  32. April 17, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Every time I see pictures of those beautiful children that were slaughtered by a crazy person, I get sick to my stomach. When will people learn? I trust our President to keep pushing. I know we will get there. He got healthcare done, and he will get this done.

  33. 100 hopefruit2
    April 17, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Ok- I think I trust Dan Ashley of ABC7 over John King of CNN any day.

  34. April 17, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Simply pathetic that this bill didn’t get passed. 90% of the American people approved of it. To those who voted No, I Say to You, Do the Work of the American people, or Leave, Quit, Or Stop Cashing a Patcheck You Do Not Earn. They have no right to disallow the voice of the People who Wanted this Legislation.

  35. 104 japa21
    April 17, 2013 at 7:25 pm

  36. 105 hopefruit2
    April 17, 2013 at 7:26 pm

  37. April 17, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    FYI for people who are wondering why Harry Reid sometimes changes his vote to NO, it’s because in order to preserve the right to bring a bill up again, you have to have voted with the majority. So he changes his vote at the end to preserve that right.

  38. 108 hopefruit2
    April 17, 2013 at 7:29 pm

  39. April 17, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    “@GeraldoRivera: The gutless Senate caved to the NRA. How can any reasonable, non-paranoid patriot be against background checks for weapons purchases. Low.”

  40. 112 hopefruit2
    April 17, 2013 at 7:31 pm


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  42. 116 dotster3
    April 17, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Tupelo, Ms.—–how shocking

  43. 117 hgerhard
    April 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    So that’s how they act in the face of all the tragedies and in front of the families affected. Yes, I am angry, but anger and sadness do not move things forward. Here’s what I think I’ll do:
    Step 1: Identify all Senators who voted NO (Harry Reid exempted because of his special role)
    Step 2: Determine which Senators will be up for re-election in 2014
    Step 3: Research all possible candidates for those seats
    Step 4: Choose alternatives for each one – Democrat and Republican alike –
    Step 5: Start active campaigning for the replacement candidates and keep at it until Election Day 2014.
    I’m done reasoning with these cowards.

    • April 17, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      Perfect plan. Suggest close coordination with @OFA.

      Yes We Can

    • 119 Joy
      April 17, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      Good plan hgerhard. Wish I could help.

    • 120 nathkatun7
      April 17, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks hgerhard! That’s exactly the way to do it! Right now I am proud of blue dog Senate Democrats who had the courage to vote for this very mild bill. But I am ashamed of the three Democrats who voted against it; and especially Heidi Heitkamp who is not up for re-election until 2018. I hope the DNC will start recruiting and grooming a courageous Democrat to take her on in 2018!. But after all is said and done, the fact remains that it was 90% of Republicans who filibustered this mild Bill. Only four Republicans had the courage to vote for the bill!

    • 121 kathryn kivett
      April 17, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      me too

  44. 122 Joy
    April 17, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Well, I’m sitting here crying and wondering why? Who are the bastards that voted no on background checks? Because If I lived in the U.S. I would be all over the asses that voted no. I hope these ass senators lose their seat in 2014. This is going to stir a for sure hornets nest.

  45. 123 dotster3
    April 17, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    “I don’t get it. I don’t get it”—-Ct. Repub’s reacton to today’s vote. Ct Dem: “I don’t understand it. I don’t understand it.”

  46. April 17, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    MORE cowardice:

    Lautenberg Amendment to limit size of ammo clips defeated 46-54. 10 Senate Democrats voted against, 1 Republican voted in favor.

  47. 127 amk for obama
    April 17, 2013 at 7:52 pm

  48. April 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm

  49. 129 Melanie
    April 17, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    If anyone feels that they need a little humor right about now, here’s buzzfeed’s take on the CNN coverage of the bombings:

  50. April 17, 2013 at 8:08 pm

  51. April 17, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    CNN’s Jaw-Droppingly Awful Hour Of Boston Bombing Coverage http://www.buzzfeed.com/dorsey/cnns-jaw-droppingly-awful-hour-of-boston-bombing-coverage via @dorseyshaw

  52. April 17, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Each D who votes no on any of the gun safety bills will receive the following …

  53. 138 amk for obama
    April 17, 2013 at 8:18 pm

  54. April 17, 2013 at 8:19 pm

  55. 140 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 17, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    • 141 nathkatun7
      April 17, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Thanks Alycee for this tweet! I hope Democrats start now to recruit a credible candidate to oppose her! I know that I will not send a penny to support her. I don’t know if Heitkamp, or her fellow 45 senators, have any children, but she, along with her 45 Senators in crime, showed that they have absolutely no human sympathies to the families who lost those 20 precious children!

      • 142 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        April 17, 2013 at 8:57 pm

        Sending every last one of the 46 on twitter — D & R, even if it doesn’t more them, it might inspire someone who reads. (have to remember to put a dot before the @)

  56. April 17, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    In summary ….

  57. 145 amk for obama
    April 17, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    • 146 4morefor44
      April 17, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      remember of those professional leftists saying all you gotta do is use the bully pulpit in their constant criticism of president obama? not sure a bully pulpit could be used any stronger than he did on this issue, yet still democrats defecting yet again and no republican support. shows how stupid one of the professional left’s main criticisms really is, among their many other equally stupid criticisms of PBO.

      • 147 nathkatun7
        April 17, 2013 at 9:53 pm

        4morefor44, In my humble opinion, the so called “bully pulpit” is a mythology, repeated over and over by people who have not seriously studied history. I was debating this the other day with a young man who was so impressed with LBJ’s use of the “bully pulpit” to pass Civil Rights legislations. This very passionate purity progressive young person, who has absolutely no idea about the significance of what was happening in the streets during the JFK- LBJ’s presidencies, believes that the passage of the Civil Rights laws of the 60s was purely a result of a strong President who imposed his will on Congress. Then I asked this young man a question: If LBJ was so powerful at using the “bully pulpit” how come he was unable to quell the opposition to his policy on the Vietnam War? He could up with an answer because the sources he reads/listens to about the “bully pulpit don’t bother asking that question. By the way, I ask a similar question to the FDR admirers who use FDR to bash President Obama: How come FDR did not use the “bully pulpit” to force Congress include agricultural and domestic workers under Social Security? How come FDR didn’t use the bully pulpit to pass a federal anti-lynching bill? How come FDR didn’t use the bully pulpit to end segregation in the military? I could go on and on.

  58. 148 Melanie
    April 17, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Photo of POTUS and VP w Newtown families before Rose Garden statement twitter.com/petesouza/stat…— petesouza (@petesouza) April 18, 2013

  59. 149 carolyn
    April 17, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    For us in Oklahoma, tonight is the night we keep the local news stations on and follow bad weather. Tornado warnings, hail, thunderstorms…..Tuesday we had earthquakes, and tonight tornadoes. Never a dull moment. The good thing is that with the rain, we are breaking the back of the drought.
    Actually, these are the days and nights the local reporters and weather people live for….they’re on the air constantly,and actually build up fan groups. We know that weather aficionados request coming to Oklahoma tv stations, because it is to them “exciting.”

  60. April 17, 2013 at 8:30 pm

  61. April 17, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I’m trying to find a list of the votes for background checks. Not finding it on Senate.gov. Ideas?

  62. 157 amk for obama
    April 17, 2013 at 8:34 pm

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  64. 160 japa21
    April 17, 2013 at 8:36 pm

  65. April 17, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    So, I say over the next day or so that we slam the Conservadems… who voted FOR the bill. They need to know they did the right thing, and that they’ll be supported against challengers.

  66. April 17, 2013 at 8:38 pm

  67. 168 PrayerWarriorforObama
    April 17, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Who knows what greatness was imbedded in those 20 children that would have benefited not only the USA but also the rest of the world? Woe unto those Senate cowards who voted to preserve the NRA over the preservation of the future of the USA. Woe unto those Senate cowards who will now enable the slaughter of the future of the USA. They have been weighed in the balance and found wanting. Their time is limited. Now we see them and then we will neither see nor hear of them. They will be obliterated from the memory of the people whom they failed to serve because they sanctioned the spilling of the blood of America’s youth.

  68. April 17, 2013 at 8:49 pm

  69. 171 mtmarilyn
    April 17, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    I have just arrived home, I have listened on the radio and I am so made right now I could spit!!!! My Dem Senator Baucus, has heard from me before and he will hear more from me now. He has no one primaring him here in MT so he will be running again for reelection. I can’t stand him, but do I want an MT Republican. I don’t know if it would be any worse. His interns go right into lobby jobs, he really messed with the health bill, now this. There is many other reasons why I dislike him so but what do I do? He will hear from me.

  70. 173 hopefruit2
    April 17, 2013 at 8:52 pm

  71. 177 Allison
    April 17, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    This is indeed a sad day. How can the senators who voted NO look at themselves in the mirror? How can they hug their children knowing they did nothing to help the Newtown families today? How can they call themselves human beings when they have no compassion for their fellow man? Living in Toronto where gun violence is not as prevalent as it is in the US, I am stunned that the people elected to do the people’s business could care less about the folks they represent

  72. 178 a4alice
    April 17, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Looky. I found this so I….. borrowed it. It’s for a good cause as it helps my fellow TOD’ers


    Below, a list of the Twitter handles of all of the senators who voted no on the measure, excluding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who voted against the amendment on procedural grounds. Find their information and let them know how you feel.

    Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) — @SenAlexander
    Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) — @KellyAyotte
    Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) — @SenJohnBarrasso
    Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) — @MaxBaucus
    Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) — @SenatorBegich
    Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) — @RoyBlunt
    Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) — @JohnBoozeman
    Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) — @SenatorBurr
    Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) — @SaxbyChambliss
    Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) — @SenDanCoats
    Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) — @TomCoburn
    Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) — @SenThadCochran
    Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) — @SenBobCorker
    Sen. Jon Cornyn (R-Texas) — @JohnCornyn
    Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) — @MikeCrapo
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) — @SenTedCruz
    Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) — @SenatorEnzi
    Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) — @SenatorFischer
    Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) — @JeffFlake
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) — @GrahamBlog
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) — @ChuckGrassley
    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) — @SenOrrinHatch
    Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) — @SenatorHeitkamp
    Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) — @SenDeanHeller
    Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) — @SenJohnHoeven
    Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) — @jiminhofe
    Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) — @SenatorIsakson
    Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) — @Mike_Johanns
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) — @SenRonJohnson
    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) — @SenMikeLee
    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — @McConnellPress
    Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) — @JerryMoran
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) — @lisamurkowski
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — @SenRandPaul
    Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) — @robportman
    Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) — @SenMarkPryor
    Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) — @SenatorRisch
    Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) — @SenPatRoberts
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) — @marcorubio
    Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) — @SenatorTimScott
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) — @SenatorSessions
    Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) — @SenShelbyPress
    Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) — @SenJohnThune
    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) — @DavidVitter
    Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) — @SenatorWicker

  73. 181 desertflower
    April 17, 2013 at 9:13 pm


    Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-TX) NRA-backed proposal to require all states to recognize out-of-state permits for concealed handguns received 57 votes, while the background check amendment offered by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) only achieved 54 supporters. Both fell short of the 60-vote threshold, however.

    13 Dems voted FOR Cornyn’s bill


    I am LIVID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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