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Susan Rice in her high school days

…. and in her Stanford days


12:10: The President welcomes the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens to the White House


1:0: Press Briefing by Jay Carney


2:15: The President will announce that Tom Donilon is departing as National Security Advisor in early July and is being succeeded by Susan Rice

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116 Responses to “Coming Up”

  1. June 5, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Yippee, someone’s leaving and someone qualified is taking their place. So much to hype up – TY TOD for all you do!

  2. 8 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 11:58 am

    The Obama White House = Winning Everyday!

  3. June 5, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Congratulations to Susan Rice and Samantha Power! Powerful and committed ladies, both!

    BTW, the NPR facebook page had another sensational story about the FLOTUS incident. A commentator wrote this:

    Sarah Kelley: I was at this event and the media COMPLETELY blew this out of proportion. The first lady’s handling of this heckler was completely in step with the rest of the crowd in attendance. The discussion they had was much lighter than it is portrayed in this article. I was shocked to wake up and find this “news.” The heckling was such a minor event in the grand scheme of the evening. We were laughing at the situation. It was lighthearted. I think it is sad that this is what the media took out of the event because it shines a negative light on LGBT people whom have a wonderful relationship with the first lady and this administration. This just proves to me that the media only cares about publicity and sales. I always thought NPR was better than the rest but this has proven me wrong. The news should be about the beautiful and important points she made in her speech. You should be ashamed of yourselves NPR. Of course it was rude, and our first lady handled it perfectly, but the heckling was NOT the most newsworthy portion of the night. Giving this poorly behaved person the spotlight is a reward for her inappropriate behavior.


    So there we go. First hand account decrying everything the media is portraying. And, as usual, they are missing the forest for the trees in their push to sensationalize the incident – including NPR! Sad…

    As Meta said I am and will always be on #TeamFLOTUS!!

  4. 13 desertflower
    June 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm


  5. 17 Ladyhawke
    June 5, 2013 at 12:15 pm



    Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 6/4/2013


    Q On a different topic altogether. The event just now in the Rose Garden on the judges, the President seemed heated when he was talking about obstacles facing judicial nominees. What did he hope to accomplish by expressing his frustration in public? Is he trying to shame Congress into — by making an appeal to the court of public opinion on this?

    MR. CARNEY: The President spoke today because this is an issue that is vital to the carrying out of justice in our system of government. We need judges nominated and confirmed to our courts. And, as the President made clear, his nominees have been subjected to political obstruction repeatedly. The duration from nomination [Committee approval] to confirmation is three times greater in his presidency than it was in his predecessor’s.*

    He also made clear that both parties have practiced the slowing down of this process in the past, but it is irrefutable that this situation has gotten out of control, that it is one that some have called a crisis. And it has to be addressed. I mean, every one of his nominees, once they overcome the obstacles, have been confirmed. These are highly qualified nominees.

    The case of Caitlin Halligan is unconscionable. She was an enormously qualified nominee. The President is pleased by the confirmation, the overwhelming confirmation of Sri Srinivasan. But there are still three vacancies on that court. And the argument being made that the workload has been reduced and therefore we should eliminate some of the seats on that court is spurious on its face. The caseload is higher now than it was 2005 when some of the same Republican senators were arguing for the necessity of confirming President Bush’s nominees to that court.

    There are other courts where some of the same Republican senators have urged for and voted for the confirmation of judges that have a lower caseload than the D.C. Circuit. This is politics. And it is not helpful to the carrying out of the constitutional responsibilities that the President has or that the Senate has. The President is doing his job. He is nominating qualified candidates for these judicial posts. The Senate has to do its job, which is to consider and vote yes or no on those nominees.

    And while the progress I noted for one seat on this court was welcome, we have a long way to go before this Senate, Republicans in the Senate, demonstrate a willingness to fulfill their constitutional responsibility in the way that they were meant to fulfill it, which is efficiently. The Constitution doesn’t say advise and consent over two years after a nomination is put forward of a highly qualified individual. These need to be acted on quickly.



  6. 18 amk for obama
    June 5, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Paul Adams of bbc

    Republicans will bristle at Susan Rice’s new job but are impotent to do anything about it.

    How the appointment of two liberal interventionists changes the debate about what the US could or should be doing in Syria is harder to gauge.

    Samantha Power has a long history of the study of genocide. Susan Rice is said to have been in the forefront of those arguing for intervention in Libya.

    But as the Benghazi “talking points” episode demonstrated, the UN ambassador does pretty much what she or he is told. Ms Power won’t be able to get out in front of US policy, even if she wants to. Ms Rice will be in a more critical position.

    It would be unwise to expect a sudden change on Syria, but frustrated advocates of intervention will be hoping for a shift.


  7. 20 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    They really are bigoted, racist scumbags. They’ve moved on to attacking Alicia Keys then slyly deleted the tweet after facing backlash.

  8. 21 amk for obama
    June 5, 2013 at 12:19 pm

  9. June 5, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Hello everyone, including podium topper, PMGZ! I was fiddling around with my laptop so this is a very tentative big-toe-first entry. 😀 I notice the sign-in box does not acknowledge me at all. 🙄

  10. 23 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    They’re playing the White Stripes’s Seven Nation Army. It really is the anthem of football games.

  11. June 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm


  12. June 5, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Nothing?? Oh dear! I suspect that all my fiddling around has not landed me in the spam basket for the first time. Now I know what it might feel like when you go back home and your key doesn’t open the door. Sigh! I’ll just sit here (patiently) until Chips Chica, or one of the Chipadees notice me and open the door.

    Hel-loooo! Chips! …… Hey, Utal! ……. Hel-looo! ‘Sup, Amk! LL! …..LP!!! Hel-loooo! Drat! Shouldn’t they be able to intuit that I’m just outside the door?

  13. 35 Linda
    June 5, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    oh brother… Now the media is using the words ” Consolation Prize ” to describe Susan Rice’s appointment….

    They make me sick……click

    • June 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      OMG, that’s hideous! Susan Rice’s promotion is, to quote our beloved VPJoe, nothing short of a BFD.

      • 37 Linda
        June 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm

        I just don’t believe she was ever considered for SOS. I think it was Kerry from the get go…..and that is because I remember reading that Governor Patrick met with PBO the Friday after the election in the WH Residence…..

        I think it was to discuss how they were going to handle Kerry leaving the Senate.

        ( I could be wrong, of course )

        • June 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm

          AGREED! And I love how everything is falling into its rightful place.

        • 39 Bill
          June 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm

          I would bet $10,000 that you are correct.

          Mrs Greenspan just asked if this appointment makes SOS Kerry “odd man out”. The old hag is hidious.

        • 40 debz
          June 5, 2013 at 1:42 pm

          I think Kerry was PBO’s choice in 2008 but chose Hillary to keep party unity. I never thought Susan Rice would be nominated for SOS, but I did think she was going to be the next NSA.

    • 41 Gazelle
      June 5, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      Stoopid is as stoopid does. They know perfectly well that NSA is above SoS! Eff ’em!

    • 42 Vicki
      June 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      GOP standard Operating Procedures. Sour grapes, not to mention that they never willingly admit defeat.
      If they could’ve, they would’ve, described PBO’s re-election as a crushing loss for the Obama family and their vacation plans.
      Oppositeland a lot of the time.

      What I see is that they can’t stop POTUS and they are getting humiliated by his picks which started with Shinseki, and now culminating with Susan Rice and Samantha Powers.

      Get on the wrong side of the MSM/GOP? Next stop WH!

  14. June 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm

  15. 44 cookemom
    June 5, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Howdy doody all you O’s!!! Another great getting up day in TODville, wouldn’t you say?

    Girl power! Girls rule! We are Woman!! go Stephanie and Susan! woot!!! woot!!

    Off I go to wrestle with the weeds. I want PBO to sign an executive order that proclaims weeds to be beautiful and acceptable in all the land. No more backbreaking, never ending, pulling on the little @$%$& only to have them pop up again in two days.

    OK off I go.

    • 45 MightyPamela
      June 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      Weeds are Nature’s way of healing damage, kind of like little (or big) green bandaids! It’s only the pesticide corporations that call them weeds!!

    • June 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      CM, maybe you should act as if PBO has already declared them untouchable. /smirk/ I do. My theory is that if they have so much more determination and character than the perennials/annuals I pay so much for, they deserve a chance. 😉

  16. June 5, 2013 at 12:39 pm


  17. 59 Ladyhawke
    June 5, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Obama Flips Off Republicans By Appointing Susan Rice National Security Adviser


  18. June 5, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    GA Chips, TOD….

  19. 69 anniebella
    June 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Congratulation to Mrs. Susan Rice and what’s the other lady’s name? Congratulation to her too.

  20. 71 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 5, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Good morning TOD! Q: Why does CBS keep this asshole on the payroll? He must have the goods on somebody…

  21. 75 Ladyhawke
    June 5, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    One Nation, Tax Exempt

    By Michael Grunwald


    Let’s stipulate that it’s totally uncool for IRS agents to single out Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny. But let’s also stipulate that it’s totally absurd for Tea Party groups, as well as liberal groups and any other blatantly political groups to qualify as tax-exempt “social-welfare organizations.”

    What social-welfare organization really means, in the Tea Party context, is “tax-exempt political organization that doesn’t have to reveal its donors.” It’s a dodge. In other contexts—the National Rifle Association or the Sierra Club—social-welfare organization really means “tax-exempt political organization that doesn’t have to limit its lobbying and campaigning like a normal charity.” Another dodge. The obvious solution would be to eliminate the social-welfare organization as a tax entity—the technical term is 501(c)(4)—and stop giving tax breaks to political groups. That would bring some positive change out of the who-knew-what-where-when IRS circus.


    Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2013/05/30/one-nation-tax-exempt/#ixzz2VMSRggEq

  22. 76 Jovie
    June 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    This building collapse may put off the announcements. Cable has the catnip and won’t let go!
    I hope everybody is alright, though!

  23. 77 desertflower
    June 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    LOL 🙂

    Eric Boehlert ‏@EricBoehlert 3h
    Susan Rice and Samantha Power w/ high profile promotions today. I’m so old I remember when NYT claimed Obama didn’t app’t many women
    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin
    Expand Reply Retweet Favorite More

  24. June 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Good West Coast morning, fellow Obama shills!

    Blog tyrant alert: I have my new post ready to go once the comments on here get wild.

  25. 90 desertflower
    June 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    OH NO! http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014500946 Paris Jackson…Daughter of Michael Jackson rushed to hospital suicide attempt

  26. 94 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    This is 2013 yet they tweeted racist nonsense about First Lady Michelle Obama and Alicia Keys and stayed quiet until they saw that their donations would be affected. This is 2013 yet they took their nonsense a step further by attacking Alicia Keys after attacking FLOTUS. This is 2013 and they thought it was cool tweeting such vile crap. They’re not really sorry. They’re concerned about donations. They can miss me with their crap.

    • 95 Gazelle
      June 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      Garbage! Eff ’em is becoming my sentence of the day! 🙂

    • 96 MightyPamela
      June 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      Bulls**t. Too little, too late. You eff’ers have sunk your own ship. Too bad for you.

    • 97 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      June 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    • 98 57andfemale
      June 5, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      Code Pink should be blocking me by the end of the day. I’m trying not to be snarky, I really am. I innocently asked earlier if perhaps respectful discourse might actually, you know, effect the change they purportedly want. All of a sudden, we’re having a ‘critical discussion’ to replace the racist, disrespectful b.s. from earlier.

    • 99 Nena20409
      June 5, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      At least, they heard the Outcry and they understood their error. Now looking forward to see what they do. People will be watching them closely, deservedly so. To err is human. Now what they should have added is an Apology to the FLOTUS and ask for forgiveness. Their “divine” is not seen, but their ability to acknowledge their error is a start.

  27. 100 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 1:11 pm

  28. 101 yardarm756
    June 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Presser is about to start.

  29. June 5, 2013 at 1:22 pm

  30. 107 desertflower
    June 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    More heads explode


    World’s Largest Study Of Same-Sex Parenting Finds That Children Are Thriving

    The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families is the world’s largest attempt to study how children raised by same-sex couples compare to children raised by heterosexual couples. According to a preliminary report on the study of 500 children across the country of Australia, these young people are not only thriving, but also have higher rates of family cohesion than other families:
    An interim report found there was no statistical difference between children of same-sex couples and the rest of the population on indicators including self-esteem, emotional behaviour and the amount of time spent with parents.
    However, children of same-sex couples scored higher than the national average for overall health and family cohesion, measuring how well a family gets along.

  31. 108 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    YES! YES! YES! The law works.

  32. June 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Ok, I was working on my essay, so I missed it. What was Code Pink saying about MO and AK?

    • 110 utaustinliberal
      June 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      This. They also tried to use Alicia Keys’s lyrics to shame her and then they said she was “not a real woman” I was like WTF?!

  33. 112 MightyPamela
    June 5, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Thank you everyone. Off to PT shortly. Back later. Don’t let the fires go out! These women will make great headway to creating Change for the better in this world! http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  34. 113 JER
    June 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    LIVE NOW: VP Biden speaking at Lautenberg’s funeral – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  35. 116 Jovie
    June 5, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Did chuck Todd mention his own poll has more people wanting democrats than republicans in congress?
    Because that’s what this focus in the scandals is for, to get more republicans in congress, another wave, if you will…
    But, it ain’t working…
    Instead, chuck focuses on the red state Independents in his poll that really don’t favor the President anyways.
    Yet, the Presidents polls numbers remain Unscathed, but chicly made it sound so terrible you would think the President had lost his way!

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