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  1. 1 desertflower
    May 31, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Love this photo!!

  2. 8 Tally
    May 31, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Gorgeous photo!

  3. 9 desertflower
    May 31, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Bringing over: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/05/31/2083071/obamacare-147-million-savings/

    Thanks To Obamacare, Young Adults And Hospitals Saved $147 Million In 2011 Alone

    Well done!!

  4. 11 Bill
    May 31, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    David Gregory along with Mrs. Greenspan are saying that PBO and AG Holder have backed down to the press. This “scandal” is really getting old, but what have I missed? What “back down”?

    • 12 desertflower
      May 31, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      Backed down means it went away:) Evaporated before the MSM’s very own eyes….Oh dear! Losers.

    • 13 hopefruit2
      May 31, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      Meanwhile Bill Press and Chris Cizzilla are saying that PBO continues to cover for Holder and PBO is stubborn.

      Which is it, dear media?

      • 14 pkayden
        May 31, 2013 at 4:36 pm

        I had to give up watching/listening to Bill Press. Now I just wait for Stephanie Miller’s show. She’s a hoot and dismisses the “scandals” with the mockery they deserve.

    • 15 hopefruit2
      May 31, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      I suspect that Holder schooled their arses yesterday, held up a mirror to their ugly faces, and they didn’t like what they saw, and had no choice but to STFU. Now they (mis) report that PBO/Holder have “backed down” in order to save face, when the opposite is true.

    • May 31, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      They are realizing that the American people does not have that much sympathy for the media. MSNBC need to start work on getting their ratings up.

    • 20 debz
      May 31, 2013 at 1:36 pm

      Thank you for that link. Our First Lady is stunningly beautiful. And we have the best looking First Couple ever!!! That 1st photo of the 2 of them at the wedding melts my heart every time I see it.

    • 22 arkluvspbo
      May 31, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      Great pictures! Thank you desertflower for posting them. Our First Lady has style and class, always age and occasion appropriate, and comfortable to boot!
      The best First Lady matches the best President.

    • 23 pkayden
      May 31, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      Thank you. She is so classy and beautiful. I love the outfit she wore to Bush’s library opening. Absolutely gorgeous. Must get those arms.

  5. May 31, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    GA TOD….attention BT’s I have a post done when this one gets busy….

  6. May 31, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    • 28 Nena20409
      May 31, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      So as Bill Clinton said at the Dems Convention in NC in Sept 2012, it is Arithmetic……Fox, Bill O’Reilly, DC/NY pundits’ style?

      How did 11 (eleven) visits from 2009-2012 equal 157 (One Hundred and Fifty-seven) times?

  7. 31 hopefruit2
    May 31, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    These pics are gorgeous – thanks UT! Brings to mind a certain video of PBO & FLOTUS at the community day of service (before the inauguration) T’was a gem 🙂

  8. 34 hopefruit2
    May 31, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Willard Mitt Romney wishes that he could hug Ms. Ann like that and send the entire world into a “tailspin” of gratification and awe from just seeing the photograph of said hug. Sadly, Willard’s wish will never come true.

  9. May 31, 2013 at 1:38 pm

  10. 38 hopefruit2
    May 31, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I have to say without any reservation that Kathleen Sebelius has been a fine stalwart of the ACA, and a fantastic public servant working for PBO as secretary of HHS. Just once upon a time some emoprogs were mad she was hired because she hails from the red state of Kansas. Something tells me that neither Alan Grayson nor Anthony Weiner would have done a job nearly as good as she has. In 2009, Forbes named her as the 57th most powerful woman in the world; In 2013 she is named the 25th most powerful woman in the world.

    • 39 debz
      May 31, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      She has been a great Secretary of HHS. I’m so happy she chose to stay on for a second term, but I’m sure it is important to her to fully implement the ACA. It is her baby after all.

    • May 31, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      Alan Grayson and Anthony Weiner are talkers, not doers. Love to make a lot of noise, but if you rack up their accomplishments, against those whom they love to criticize. The results will be embarrassing for them. It’s true of many emoprogs. Great at talking and making noise, but unable to convert their talk into tangible results and successes.

      Kathleen’s done a fantastic job, especially given the circumstances and environment and misinformation.

    • 42 jackiegrumbacher
      May 31, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      HF, I agree and think that she’s demonstrated incredible tenacity, superb managerial skills, and I would add, a fierce commitment to concept of ACA that has enabled her to accomplish a truly Herculean task. She is a very impressive woman and very loyal to PBO.

    • 43 nathkatun7
      May 31, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      You know, hopefruit2, by any measure one choses to apply, President Obama has selected some of the most outstanding people to serve in his administration. Kathleen Sebellious has been one of the most outstanding Secretary of HHS in history.

  11. May 31, 2013 at 1:46 pm

  12. May 31, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    • 46 hopefruit2
      May 31, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      This is so interesting – as David Axelrod said, PBO’s numbers were virtually unchanged after the 1st debate (and this 1% decrease is small and may not be significant), yet the media (including many on the left) kept pushing the false narrative that PBO’s numbers had plummeted. It wasn’t just Gallup who pushed this. Thanks LP, for this informative graphic.

      • May 31, 2013 at 2:06 pm

        NP hopefruit….look at Gallup, they actually had PBO’s #’s go DOWN after the “47%” video….what clueless lemmings we have producing media narratives.

      • 48 jackiegrumbacher
        May 31, 2013 at 4:09 pm

        HF, the media were not only pushing that false narrative they were screaming it, beating their chests and pounding us with the conviction that the president was going down. Meanwhile real people took the whole thing in their stride and kept doing their job of contacting voters and getting out the vote. They are doing the same thing now with all the faux scandals. And once again, people in the real world shrug their shoulders and go on keeping the faith with the man they worked so hard to elect. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I actually believed anything said by a media person, print or tv. My brain now says if it’s in the US media, the likelihood of its being a lie is high. Also anything I get in my e-mail from anybody who screams that I must do something, which includes sending money.

    • 49 Linda
      May 31, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      That dip after the first debate says that some supporters had clay feet……..shame on them

      • 50 hopefruit2
        May 31, 2013 at 2:15 pm

        The dip wasn’t all that significant. It changed by only ~1% and simply returned to baseline meaning that some of them may have been Republicans who felt better about Romney. Many people thought that the 47% tape made all the difference, but as the graph shows, it did very little to change the trajectory.

        • 51 Nena20409
          May 31, 2013 at 2:44 pm

          And Nothing, Nada, to do with Sandy and Or the fluffy Humpty in NJ….just adding 😉

          • 52 jackiegrumbacher
            May 31, 2013 at 4:11 pm

            Nena, my friend who was working in analytics at OFA says that basically the support for PBO didn’t vacillate much from the Spring to election day. He said the first debate just gave them a jolt because they were getting a little complacent. He joked that PBO did it just to get them in gear.

  13. 54 hopefruit2
    May 31, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Will MSNBC enthusiastically report on this very important ObamaCare cost-saving issue tonight or at any time today?

    HEADLINE: Thanks To Obamacare, Young Adults And Hospitals Saved $147 Million In 2011 Alone

    // An estimated 3.1 million young Americans who would have lacked health coverage gained access to it thanks to an Obamacare provision that allows adults up to age 26 to remain on their parents’ health insurance. A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that shift saved young people from paying — and hospitals from absorbing — $147 million in high medical bills for treating catastrophic conditions such as broken bones, poisonings, and traumatic brain injuries in 2011 alone.

    Without the health law’s protections, uninsured young Americans would have been forced to foot the bill for these urgent care visits. “Some of those costs would have been born by individuals,” said Andrew Mulcahy, one of the study’s authors. “Some of those costs would have been ultimately been born by hospitals as uncompensated care.” If those young people had been forced to rely on catastrophic emergency room care, they could have been at risk for financial ruin. The average ER trip costs 40 percent more than what most Americans spend on monthly rent, with the price of serious injury treatments ranging anywhere from $1,000 to $3,600 depending on the hospital. Just one serious medical condition can bankrupt Americans. //


    • 55 Bill
      May 31, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      MSNBC does not discuss issues or policy. MSNBC is all about scandals and media gossip 24/7 with prison stories thrown in for weekend viewing.

      • 56 jackiegrumbacher
        May 31, 2013 at 4:16 pm

        Bill, reporting good news, especially news that supports the president, is apparently a no-no for these cable bloviators. That makes them more and more irrelevant every day. The 3.1 million young Americans who ere actually helped by Obamacare vastly outnumbers the entire audience that still watches MSNBC. As more people see the disconnect with their actual experience and the crap they hear in the media, the more they will tune out and click off.

  14. 59 hopefruit2
    May 31, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Will Chris Matthews report this – or will he simply take credit for it?

    • 60 Vicki
      May 31, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      Tweety bought and paid for. job description: instill doubt about PBO. Payoff for Mr. matthews? Guessing here, but he at least thinks that he and not Rachel will lead Election Night Coverge.

    • 61 Nena20409
      May 31, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      The last time president Obama went outside DC for a job event, that very day, Matthews was screaming on his show, the lack of such activity by this pres. The next day, he was off too on the same topic. Joy Ann Reid was on and told him that the president was out the day before talking about jobs. Matthews stunned and then flippantly asked, who saw it? Ms Reid shrugged and Matthews said, well, “I didn’t see it”……Now this is a 67 yrs old man in DC, with 2 shows M-F and he boasts of living and breathing politics, yet he was CLUELESS and totally fatuously ignorant.

      That is loud mouth Matthews in a Nut….yes….Nutshell.

      • 62 jackiegrumbacher
        May 31, 2013 at 4:20 pm

        Well WE knew it, nena, and we saw it. So I guess that makes us all better qualified to host two daytime shows a day than Chris Mathew is and frankly a lot of people here would be way more interesting. Sad that Mathews doesn’t have a low level staff person that he could assign to keeping up with White House activities. Oh, but I guess he feels he would be constrained by too many facts and information.

  15. May 31, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    • 64 debz
      May 31, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      So people sent this guy money to support his campaign for no reason. What an ass.

      • 65 57andfemale
        May 31, 2013 at 2:36 pm

        Especially since he was all over progressive media this week, sounding like a candidate and bashing Amy Klobuchar. What a jerk.

        • 66 COS
          May 31, 2013 at 4:23 pm

          This is going to put a real bad taste in a lot of mouths. I am stunned at this move and I am not from MN.

  16. May 31, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    • 68 theo67
      May 31, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      Why is the picture of Bush, who’s been out of office for almost five years? Why not just show the Ravens’ logo, or team members or something? This just irks me.

  17. 71 Jovie
    May 31, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    But AP…

  18. May 31, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Good Afternoon Chipsticks, TODer’s…Everyone! Hope everyone is having a good day and getting ready for a fantastic weekend!

    UT, you included a couple of my favorite pictures of the President and First Lady. Thanks 🙂

  19. 73 Nena20409
    May 31, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Some Massive fire at a TX Hotel.

    I hope no one is hurt or worse.

  20. May 31, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Given the daily antics that occur in Washington and within the states, and via the media, it is not surprising when polls indicate that people don’t trust the government. TPGOPers/RWNJs/MSM would like to infer from this that because people distrust government, then they must also distrust President Obama.

    But their logic is flawed. It is not President Obama whom people don’t trust. That’s because he is not the one who wants to dismantle any and every program that aids those in need. He is not the one who promotes programs that benefit the ‘haves’ but want these programs to be funded on the backs of ‘have nots’. He is not the one trying to limit the opportunities for higher education by making it more costly for students to attend college. He is not the one who promoting senseless wars. He is not the one who has no qualms about compromising our national security through funding cuts and leaks at the risk of those who are already in harm’s way. He is not the one trying to reduce jobs of teachers and first responders. He is not the one spending valuable legislative time repeatedly voting on bills to appeal Obamacare or naming post offices, or investigating fabricated scandals rather than doing the work they were elected to do. He is not the one who is discounting our voices as if we are mindless children who do not know what we want; as if we have no stake in the legislation(s) being enacted. He is not the one catering to the will of corporations and special interests.

    To the chagrin of the GOPTPers/RWNJ/MSM, people know the deal. We know that their sole purpose, now that they have been unable to make President Obama a one term president, is to taint President Obama’s legacy. Their constant roles as obstructionists and scandal mongers only serve to annoy, frustrate, and anger.

    We are aware that President Obama is working EVERY day for our benefit. To slightly modify the reminder from Bobfr, WE TRUST OBAMA, BECAUSE HE’S EARNED IT!!!

    • May 31, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      That is a righteous speech! I hope you send it to newspapers, magazines, blog it, shout it from the rooftops!

    • 78 theo67
      May 31, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      So right! The media and GOP twist polls via their flawed interpretations of the results, in order to support their nefarious intentions.

  21. 79 hopefruit2
    May 31, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    • 80 Nena20409
      May 31, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      Well, it is the Style of some Liberals, many Progressives and always the state of mind of just about all EmoProgs.

      They are Never, the latter two, Never happy with the One they’ve got.

    • 81 theo67
      May 31, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Indeed – haven’t we all heard from the “behind the scenes” talk, that Hillary was often to the right of President Obama and VP Biden? Much more of a war hawk and conservative (in the true sense of the word)?

  22. May 31, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I love these guys….pure genius……way to close strong…internet is won for the day!

  23. 85 Kyle
    May 31, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Hey Minnysotan here, next door to bachmans district. the Graves news is so disappointing. People worked hard for him last year and he almost won a tough seat for the Dems. of course, its dems like this that give us a bad name sometimes. Here is a guy who could have a chance to turn a red seat blue and do some real good in this world helping PBO and instead, it was all about him the whole time. sad really. should have been about doing the right thing for the people in his district.

    • 86 desertflower
      May 31, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Which is what I was getting at this morning. Selfish idiot. I fear that he has poisoned the well for ANY Dem in that district to do some good for those folks.

    • 87 Judith Fardig
      May 31, 2013 at 11:41 pm

      Does suspending his campaign really mean he may re-open it when a Republican opponent appears? He was fundraising very recently, and I gave him a small donation even though I’m not from MN.

  24. 88 Nena20409
    May 31, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    White House Daily Briefings on 5-31-13…..Not Jay Carney Today. His Deputy?


  25. May 31, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    That first picture always melts me. She is looking at the bride and thinking “Aww, beautiful bride” and he’s looking at her and thinking “Here’s MY beautiful bride!”

  26. May 31, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    And you knew it would come to this…

    “Obama Under Fire for Using Free Government Housing”


    (Of course it’s Andy Borowitz)

  27. May 31, 2013 at 3:17 pm



  28. 93 JER
    May 31, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    LIVE NOW: Back to the Houston Southwest Hotel fire – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  29. 94 dotster3
    May 31, 2013 at 3:49 pm

  30. 97 dotster3
    May 31, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Read that it will actually raise U.S. gas prices

  31. 98 Ladyhawke
    May 31, 2013 at 3:52 pm



    Speaker Boehner has to decide which is more important: The survival of the GOP as a national party or his job.



    • 99 jackiegrumbacher
      May 31, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      LH, I think he made that decision, LH. He has put his own job above the national interest, let alone his own party. It’s all about Boehner–forget the economy, forget national security, forget students, the elderly, those on food stamps, immigrants and the sick. If it doesn’t help John Boehner, it’s not worth his time.

    • 101 anniebella
      May 31, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      I don’t understand these know it all like Chris Matthews, the problem isn’t President Obama, he is willing and ready to work with anyone who has the best interest of the American people first and foremost. That include Republicans. What Matthews and others refuse to see is that the problem is and has been the Republican party who hate this black President.

  32. 102 arkluvspbo
    May 31, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Obviously I LOVE that first photo! 🙂 The president looks so proud to have that beautiful woman as his wife, and he just looks so suave, sophisticated and confident.

  33. May 31, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Have a post scheduled for 4:30…..let me know if that conflicts w/ anybody-TY

  34. 104 dotster3
    May 31, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    What happened to gun safety legislation? Scandalized? Daily shootings continue unabated—–on purpose or by accident. Here 15 yr. old shot in the head accidentally by her sister—-playing around with parents’ gun.

  35. 105 yardarm756
    May 31, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Subject: Men in Heaven

    When everybody on earth was dead and waiting to enter Heaven, God appeared and said, “I want the men to make two lines. One line for the men who were true heads of their household, and the other line for the men who were dominated by their women. I want all the women to report to St. Peter.”
    Soon, the women were gone, and there were two lines of men.
    The line of the men who were dominated by their wives was 100 miles long, and in the line of men who truly were heads of their household, there was only one man.
    God said to the long line, “You men should be ashamed of yourselves; I created you to be the head of your household! You have been disobedient and have not fulfilled your purpose! Of all of you, only one obeyed. Learn from him.”
    God turned to the one man, “How did you manage to be the only one in this line?”

    The man replied, “My wife told me to stand here.”

  36. 116 japa21
    May 31, 2013 at 4:06 pm

  37. May 31, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Hiya everyone, thanks a trilllllllllllllllllllllion UT for the post, just putting together a This and That, back in a while.

  38. 118 yardarm756
    May 31, 2013 at 4:13 pm

  39. 120 japa21
    May 31, 2013 at 4:19 pm

  40. 121 desertflower
    May 31, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I can’t post the photo

  41. 123 desertflower
    May 31, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I hate to bring up GG again, but Milt Shook takes his phoney balogna rant apart 🙂


    • 124 nathkatun7
      May 31, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      Thanks, Desertflower, for sharing this excellent piece by Milt Shook on GG. As he concludes, the current state of journalism, represented by people like Glenn Greenwald, is really quite sad.

  42. 126 Ladyhawke
    May 31, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Medicare Trustees: Medicare is Growing Stronger, with Help from the Affordable Care Act


  43. 128 Nena20409
    May 31, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    House and Senate TBGOPers huddle up to discuss their way forward with the Immigration Reform Bill…….Hmm? On a Friday? Hmm?


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