This and That

President Obama with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye in the Oval office today – Photo by Pete Souza



U.S. President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Bi-lateral meeting



President Obama thanked President Park, who is South Korea’s first female president, for choosing the United States for her first foreign trip. This visit “reflects South Korea’s extraordinary progress over these six decades,” President Obama said, from “the ashes of war, to one of the world’s largest economies; from a recipient of foreign aid to a donor that now helps other nations develop.”



FLOTUS does a book signing at “Politics & Prose”


Text of First Lady’s remarks




AP story: ” Buy away”



SF 49er’s SuperBowl QB met FLOTUS and got her to Kaepernick





My American story: Deputy senior advisor to the president on immigration


Profile of David Simas


Week in Toons

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163 Responses to “This and That”

  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    May 7, 2013 at 5:07 pm


  2. 5 Cman
    May 7, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    So long!!!

  3. 6 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I need to get a copy of FLOTUS’ “Home Grown” book!

    • 7 donna dem 4 obama
      May 7, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      Me too!

    • 8 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      May 7, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      Purchased 2 when first published; was blessed to get them signed when she was here last summer; that put me on the “good daughter” list – my Mom got to shake FLOTUS’ hand and I got our books signed.

  4. May 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Nice afternoon post!

  5. 13 donna dem 4 obama
    May 7, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Happy Birthday 57andfemale!!!!

  6. 14 vitaminlover
    May 7, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    When has mike huckleberry EVAHHHH been right? He needs to shut his mouth. I am really getting annoyed!!!!!

  7. 15 donna dem 4 obama
    May 7, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    That Colin Kaepernick is a real cutie and he has excellent taste in First Ladies.

  8. 17 donna dem 4 obama
    May 7, 2013 at 5:21 pm


  9. 22 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 7, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    “So, you know, I figured it was a domestic-violence dispute,” Charles Ramsey told a reporter for the ABC affiliate in Cleveland, explaining what happened after, as he put it, he “heard screaming. I’m eating McDonald’s. I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of the house.” Ramsey, and others who gathered, helped her break open the door, kicking it from the bottom. She told them her name, Amanda Berry. She had been kidnapped at the age of seventeen, ten years ago. There were two other women in the house, Gina Dejesus, who is now twenty-three, and Michelle Knight, now thirty, who had also been held for a decade. There was at least one small child.

    Ramsey’s 911 call is transfixing. “Yeah hey bro,” it begins, “you check this out.” His intensity, the McDonald’s shout-out, his undoubtedly loose paraphrase of Berry’s account (“This motherfucker done kidnapped me and my daughter”), and also his competence (he does a better job with the essentials like the address than the 911 operator) make him one of those instantly compelling figures who, in the middle of an American tragedy, just start talking—and then we can’t stop listening. (See Ruslan Tsarni, Ashley Smith.) But one phrase in particular, from the interview, is worth dwelling on: “I figured it was a domestic-violence dispute.” In many times and places, a line like that has been offered as an excuse for walking away, not for helping a woman break down your neighbor’s door. How many women have died as a result? They didn’t yesterday.


  10. 25 Jovie
    May 7, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Good luck with that???

  11. 26 Ladyhawke
    May 7, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Democrats Better Start Selling Obamacare Soon

    By Kevin Drum


    I know that it’s way too easy for a blogger with nothing at stake to say this, but I sure don’t see any possible response to the Republican attacks except for Democrats to get out of their crouch and start selling Obamacare like their lives depend on it. Which they do. A moderate response just won’t do any good here. Dems need to be promoting Obamacare with the same fervor Republicans bring to the attack, pointing out its benefits and upsides at every opportunity. So far I haven’t seen this—or even anything even close to this—and I suppose that might only be due to the fact that 2014 is still a ways off. But it better start happening soon.



    h/t Steve Benen

  12. May 7, 2013 at 5:38 pm

  13. 30 57andfemale
    May 7, 2013 at 5:49 pm


    Jacki Schechtner on Stephanie Miller this morning made a great point: because of our effed up for-profit health care system prices are insanely inflated. This slowdown of health care spending comes from bringing some of it back to reality: an aspirin or a Band-Aid should not cost $11.00. It’s important to get the word out that this is NOT a cut in health care services, but bringing down the outrageously and artificially inflated costs that benefit no one but fat cat CEO’s.

  14. 31 COS
    May 7, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I just caught the very end of Tweety’s “Let me finish” a few moments ago. I did not hear a name but it appears that he may be pimping Christie for 2016. I just heard him say “he would be the only person that both sides could vote for”. Am I right?

    • 32 Linda
      May 7, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      Yes…Tweety is very easily duped.

    • 33 Obama Grandmama
      May 7, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      I also caught the end of CM’s promotion of Christy. I wonder if he knows something since I thought he was all out for Hillary for 2016? Sometimes it is hard to believe that he is a Dem.

    • 35 theo67
      May 7, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Luckily, Tweety doesn’t base his utterings on anything tangible. He’s been wrong many times before. Seems the Clinton machinery is trying to set up the campaign with Hillary and Christie – very clueless. If America doesn’t open it’s eyes soon to the facts of Christie’s policies and Republican credentials (he did wholeheartedly endorse failed candidate Romney), then we’ll be punished for our stupidity.

    • 36 Lovepolitics2008
      May 7, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Mattews loves the macho types. Does he have daddy issues ?

      He’s in love with Christie. I hate to say it, but I think he’s right in thinking that the guy could be popular with some democrats ( the moderates in rural states for example…) Christie is your brother-in-law, your co-worker, the guy next door. He’s macho, he can fool people with his simplistic solutions to complex problems. An electorate that is the least informed in the western world can fall for this guy. And he’s a much better politician than Romney.

      Yeah, his record is not that good. But can we abandon the notion that people vote with their head ? A good portion of the electorate don’t have a clue about policies, are very easily fooled by empty slogans. In the end, they dismiss many rational arguments and vote with the person they identify with, the person they like the most.

      If Christie gets the nomination, I wonder if Joe Biden wouldn’t be a stronger candidate than Hillary against him… Sigh… we’ll see.

  15. May 7, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    A word to the blog tyrants: I have a night owl music thread ready to go later tonight.

  16. 51 Roberta in MN
    May 7, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Hey Chips, just finished up one of the cakes, I can send a picture tomorrow when I put the topping on. White cake, Strawberry jello poured over it strawberries mixed in with lite cool whip for topping. Mouth watering yet. Chocolate Chip Cookies tasste awesome with sea salt sprinkled on top. Taster Please!!! 🙂

  17. 57 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Our Collegekay is doing us PROUD!

  18. May 7, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    This is pathetic….I don’t even feel sorry them. Bring back Ted Turner, ASAP!

  19. 65 Jovie
    May 7, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    • May 7, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      The Republicans will try to say it’s because of sequestration and half the fools in the country will believe them.

      • 67 theo67
        May 7, 2013 at 7:21 pm

        Well, then I hope when the effects of the Sequester actually start to be visible in the economy, that the same fools will believe that, too. Roads are crumbling, bridges dangerously neglected, education standards failing… But, the rich CEOs are able to fly their tax-free private jets on time. Priorities…

  20. 68 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 7, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    LOL – Just had a call from Organization for National Faith & Family, caller says “Gov Mike Hucklebee…” cut her off with “Honey, I switched from Repub to Democrat — Hucklebee is the reason why! God Bless you.” *click* :LOL:

  21. 74 forus50
    May 7, 2013 at 6:28 pm

  22. 78 Jovie
    May 7, 2013 at 6:34 pm


  23. May 7, 2013 at 6:41 pm

  24. 80 Jovie
    May 7, 2013 at 6:42 pm

  25. 81 anniebella
    May 7, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    FLOTUS did a interview with the Today show and it will be on tomorrow.

  26. 82 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 7, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    How prophetic, the 3 Ohio women were rescued the day before the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Hope Dinner. God is so good!

  27. 85 prettyfoot58
    May 7, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    by way of smartypants

  28. May 7, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    So, I’ve been thinking that I need a sabbatical. Then I get to Storytime this morning. Yeah, not so much anymore.

  29. 89 prettyfoot58
    May 7, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    How is the election going in SC going,,,

    • 90 99ts
      May 7, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      Politico has figures – Sanford is ahead – no sanity – no truth – no character – nothing but hate on the blah guy

      • 91 prettyfoot58
        May 7, 2013 at 7:43 pm

        In these elections…it is all about the ground game…who can get their folks to the polls….her bashing of PBO…hurt her chances to build that crucial ground game…

        • 92 Don
          May 7, 2013 at 7:55 pm

          I don’t know why these people think that they can bash President Obama and get away with that shit.

        • 93 99ts
          May 7, 2013 at 8:07 pm

          Don’t think it mattered what she did – she didn’t have an R behind her name. In a sane world NO-ONE, but NO-ONE would vote for the guy who lives on govt welfare – who deserts his state for sex. But this world is not sane

          PBO cannot be the beginning and end of the democrat party. He is not the 2nd coming – and he can’t do this alone. He needs support in congress, be it 50% of the time or 100% of the time. Dems have to do what the GOP does – hold the nose and vote for their person – whether they are for/against guns or for/against health care.

          • 94 CindyH
            May 7, 2013 at 8:32 pm

            I agree – I have given to some campaigns that aren’t in my state, but I knew that would just be money down the drain. Whichever R emerged had it in the bag. Rs forgive their own and hate all others no matter what.

          • 95 prettyfoot58
            May 7, 2013 at 9:33 pm

            It is about connecting with your forces…mobilizing and getting them out to the polls….they brought their folks out …she did not…aka 2010….this is the lesson that was shown in 2012…and if we do not heed that lesson we may not fare well in 2014

            • 96 99ts
              May 7, 2013 at 10:04 pm

              If they won’t come out to vote against a man like Sanford (his politics & desertion not his morals) then things don’t look good.

              I don’t understand the GOTV that is necessary – given that voting is compulsory in my world – and there is no GOTV – that is not surprising. We also hold elections on Saturdays – when most folk do not have to go to work. Whoever designated Tuesday election day must have wanted to stop the workers from voting.

              • 97 prettyfoot58
                May 8, 2013 at 6:52 am

                folks have to be organized into action…there are a lot of whys that make that so…

                PBO had the better message…but he also had the better ground game and organization…this cannot be underestimated…and if the DEMS do not get this…2014 will look a lot like 2010

  30. 98 Jovie
    May 7, 2013 at 7:20 pm


    • 99 theo67
      May 7, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      I hope Christie and his followers remember what this President has done to get them back on their feet when Christie starts bashing President Obama in 2016. It seems they’ve already and conveniently forgotten that the week before Sandy, Christie was joking that the President couldn’t find leadership and was rummaging around for leadership like a blind man looking for a light switch. Every time I hear about his poll ratings, I get furious at the stupidity/ignorance of many in the electorate.

  31. May 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Charles Ramsey tells how he rescued missing women

    Ramsey says he knows he did a “good deed” but he’s finding it difficult to live with the fact that the three girls were being held against their will next door to him for so long. After retelling the story he originally relayed the night before, Ramsey reacted to the internet sensation he has become, with the anchor asking him what it’s like to be “hashtag Charles Ramsey.”

    “I don’t even want it,” Ramsey said of the attention. “They keep saying I’m a hero. Let me tell you something, I’m an American, and I’m a human being. I’m just like you. I work for a living. There was a woman in distress, so why turn your back on that?”

  32. 102 MightyPamela
    May 7, 2013 at 7:33 pm


  33. 110 anniebella
    May 7, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    The picture after the one of FLOTUS standing, the one of her sitting smiling as a lady in green walk by, that is a beautiful picture of FLOTUS.

  34. May 7, 2013 at 7:46 pm

  35. 112 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Buzzfeed is at it again…trying to get Obama supporters mad at PBO by spreading a rumor that VP Biden told an activist supporter that he’s against the Keystone Pipeline but he’s in the minority in the Obama administration. As if to suggest that that PBO is FOR the pipeline.

  36. 113 dotster3
    May 7, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Disturbing that Michelle Knight, one of the 3 Cleveland victims, reportedly said that there was another woman in the house of horrors when she arrived, and then one day she was gone. There was a woman’s name on the basement wall, with RIP next to it, but there is no confirmation that was connected to the missing woman. And I was reminded again of —if you see something, say something. It seems many neighbors now report they noticed many strange goings-on in that house—–some reportedly notified the police on occasion, no confirmation on any of that—-a naked woman crawling on her hands and knees in the back yard a couple of years ago——a little girl peering out from attic window—–a woman allowed to sit in front of an open window for an hour a day and then window would close and shades pulled down—–pounding heard on doors—-a woman’s scream, all windows covered with plastic garbage bags or boarded up etc. etc. I know people are reluctant to get involved, but what would you do if you felt something wasn’t right, maybe called the cops who knocked on the door and left when no one came to the door. Would you be insistent that someone come back to investigate more thoroughly?

    • 114 theo67
      May 7, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      It was indeed a house of horrors. When the criminals are able to hide their crimes in plain sight, for so long, they probably felt they could get away with doing anything to those poor women. Especially if they killed one of them, as seems to be the case. It’s difficult to even think of it.

      This is the culture of “you’re on your own”. When people forget that they’re a community, working together for the good of all, then you end up with this kind of thing happening in plain sight. It’s just awful.

    • 115 forus50
      May 7, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      On Anderson360 just now Charles Ramsey said there were 2 kids he would see playing in the back yard and he had been told that they were the kidnapper’s grandchildren. Horrors for sure. Can’t imagine the horror those women lived through.

  37. 116 Don
    May 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Dear Democrats trying to win office by bashing President Obama,

    Good luck with that.

    Yours truly, Don

  38. 119 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    But Chris Hayes and his ilk will be ready to blame PBO….no questions asked.

    • May 7, 2013 at 8:04 pm



      • May 7, 2013 at 9:10 pm

        The Republicans are so filled with hate, they’re probably hoping some of the prisoners will die, just so it can be a part of the President’s history. They are a bunch of sickos.

        • 122 Lovepolitics2008
          May 7, 2013 at 10:37 pm

          I think that at the core they’re filled with FEAR. They fear everything. They fear terrorists, they fear minorities, they fear the changes in society, they fear a more complex world where the USA won’t be able to keep the status of the only superpower, etc.

          It’s that fear that creates the hate.

          THere are many studies out there about the characteristics of the conservative mind. One of the most important: the conservative mind is more prone to fear. They can’t cope with complex situations. They have difficulty to cope with a changing world.

          Today it’s terrorists, Muslims, gays, abortion. Yesterday it was civil rights, communism. And before it was jews, women’s vote. They’re present in each generation.

  39. May 7, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    For those interested in keeping track of Internet outages, @Renesys is a good follow on Twitter. Here’s a few charts for Syria sent today:

    I don’t know how this affects internal (e.g., military, FSA, etc. communications).

  40. May 7, 2013 at 8:16 pm

  41. 127 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    So it appears that Serial Sanford will win the SC district 01 seat. Moral of the story: If you’re a Republican (particularly if you’re a white, male Republican) and you commit adultery, you can still go far in politics.

  42. May 7, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Evening Friends! What a lovely smorgasbord of goodies in this post! I love my TOD!! 🙂

  43. May 7, 2013 at 8:25 pm

  44. May 7, 2013 at 8:26 pm

  45. 136 Jovie
    May 7, 2013 at 8:26 pm

  46. May 7, 2013 at 8:28 pm

  47. May 7, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    • 140 Lovepolitics2008
      May 7, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      Maybe there are more women in the military … Or, as I suspect, military women feel more secure now to report an assault.

  48. May 7, 2013 at 8:31 pm

  49. May 7, 2013 at 8:32 pm

  50. May 7, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Sure hope this is legit…

  51. 144 Jovie
    May 7, 2013 at 8:33 pm

  52. May 7, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    • May 7, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      Big brands rejected Bangladesh factory safety plan
      After a factory fire killed 112 garment workers in November, clothing brands and retailers continued to reject a union-sponsored proposal to improve safety throughout Bangladesh’s $20 billion garment industry.

      And the country’s Finance Minister is of no help (just sees $ signs):

  53. 151 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    I may have missed this update from goBrooklyn yesterday, but for those of us who were wondering about her, I just saw her tweet, posted ~23hrs ago. 🙂 🙂 Glad to know that she’s okay!

  54. 156 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    That’s a good point!

  55. May 7, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Yo Chips!! 😀 😀 😀

  56. 158 jacquelineoboomer
    May 7, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    The GW Bush Lie-bury in a FEMA trailer. What a perfect idea!


  57. May 7, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    My night owl chat has become an evening chat, because too many comments that’s why!


    Chat responsibly.

  58. May 7, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Twitter reacts to Sanford win:

    • May 7, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Sorry, the first tweet was response to Dudette upthread. Will respond to her entry now.

      Here’s the response to Sanford win that I meant to post here:

  59. 163 arkluvspbo
    May 7, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I love our president’s body language with Madam President. That tells me all I need to know about the man.

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