Introducing….. Susan Rice and Samantha Power

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101 Responses to “Introducing….. Susan Rice and Samantha Power”

  1. June 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Excellent choices in Susan Rice and Samantha Power

    • June 5, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Yes and it’s great that the Rethugs can’t do a dang thing to impede Rice’s appointment. Power is a different story though.

  2. 5 GGAIL
    June 5, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Hellooooo Chipsticks!
    Congratulations LDS on first 🙂

    • 6 LDS
      June 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you….but today I feel we are ALL first! We have the best First Family ever!
      Today is great!

  3. 7 LDS
    June 5, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Just left a message on the last post thanking our President and First Lady for sacrificing their love, family and lives for us. We are forever grateful and appreciate your humble, caring, loving hearts.
    Hi ya, Ms. Chips! Thank you today and every day for all you do.

  4. 9 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    • 10 LDS
      June 5, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Beautiful smile. Smart and intelligent woman who deserves this moment.
      Congratulations Susan Rice for standing tall, staying calm, supporting PBO with grace while the attacks upon you were vicious and vile and most definitely unworthy.
      Keep smiling……

  5. 11 Layla
    June 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    MsAss must be sooooooo out of his little mind!!!!! I feel good!

  6. June 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    if you’ve never read Samantha Powers’ “A Problem From Hell”, please do. It catalogs all the crimes of the 20th century, and how hard it was to agree on what “genocide” meant.

  7. 14 Linda
    June 5, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    NEW YORK — A New York appeals court is allowing some emergency contraception pills to be sold without a prescription or age restrictions while the government argues the issue in court.

    The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued a brief order Wednesday. The court says two-pill versions of emergency contraception can be sold without restrictions while it decides the merits of a federal government appeal.

    The court did agree to suspend implementation of a Brooklyn judge’s order that one-pill products such as Plan B One-Step be sold without restriction. It said the suspension will remain in effect until the appeals court rules on the merits of the arguments later this year.

    Brooklyn Judge Edward Korman issued his ruling April 5.


  8. 15 Gazelle
    June 5, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    [OT, but I’m having a blast w/ all these wonderful nominations! Here’s a tid-bit on Judge Wilkins]:

    A federal judge President Barack Obama wants to promote to the appellate bench successfully sued the Maryland State Police for racial profiling after his family was pulled over and searched for drugs while driving back from a funeral.

    The 1992 search has been at the center of two decades of litigation that’s become known as the “driving while black” case. U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins has shown an unyielding effort to combat racial profiling in drug stops through three subsequent lawsuits, the final one ultimately decided just this year.

    More here: http://thegrio.com/2013/06/05/obama-nominee-behind-driving-while-black-case/

  9. 19 Allison
    June 5, 2013 at 3:31 pm

  10. June 5, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    President Obama continues to prove to those whose sole focus has been to attack and obstruct that he is smarter and a better strategist.

    Well played Mr. President.

  11. 33 57andfemale
    June 5, 2013 at 3:32 pm


    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      June 5, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      57, I guess Sheldon was hoping Romney, or Santorum, or Gingrich or…. would give him a ‘get out of jail free card.’ Nice to see money can’t buy everything yet.

  12. 37 Bill
    June 5, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Susan Rice is 48 years of age, and Samantha Power is 42 years of age. Not too shabby for 40 somethings.

    No acknowledgment from the MSM of two young women being named to these most powerful and important positions.

      • 39 Bill
        June 5, 2013 at 3:43 pm

        In my humble opinion the 40’s are the best years. One has developed some wisdom and experience, and one still has many productive years ahead.

        • June 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm

          I’ve come to that conclusion. Then again, I’m in my 40s.

          • 41 carolyn
            June 5, 2013 at 4:08 pm

            I agree with the observation about the strength of the 40s, for the reasons given. I think this was plainly shown in both the last two presidential elections. In addition to the quality of the two candidates in each election, President Obama’s age was a definite strength. I’m way on the other side of even the 50s….and remember how much energy, creativity, passion, efficiency I had in the 40s and 50s. No matter what people try to say, 70 is not the new 40!
            I have a personal example from my college. For nine years our president was a creative, intelligent man in his late 40s into early 50s. We soared as a school. He left and went on to other things.
            Since 1989, we have had one president. He was 49 when he took over, and for the first ten years he did well. However, he is now 72, and he has atrophied. He is hanging on because it is a good gig with good money and retirement. The school is stuck in the mud, but he has the trustees buffaloed. Morale among faculty is low, enrollment is stagnant, and much more. He was never a fireball, but has stopped growing.
            I know this doesn’t happen with everyone, but the prime years for important service are the 20 years between 40 and 60.
            Much as I love Joe Biden, and have a certain respect for Hillary, they are too old to take on the stresses of being president. We need new blood, and experience with vision.

            • 42 Bill
              June 5, 2013 at 4:31 pm

              I think for the reasons you give to your president is why so many remain in the House and the Senate.

            • June 5, 2013 at 4:32 pm

              I definitely agree with the conclusion you shared in your last two sentences, Carolyn. I think it would be a step ‘backward’ if either one became president in 2016. They should be willing to mentor and share their expertise, but I do believe they are ‘too old to take on the stresses of the presidency. Just looking at Hillary’s face in a 2008 video that was shared earlier and her face when she left SoS office and I see a vast difference.

        • 44 jackiegrumbacher
          June 5, 2013 at 5:05 pm

          Bill, also energy. One of the bleak aspects of getting older is running out of steam after too few hours. I used to be tireless. Now…I’m just tired.

    • 45 pkayden
      June 5, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      Yes, and remember a few months ago when we had to hear about how President Obama only appoints/nominates White men?

      • 46 nathkatun7
        June 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm

        Don’t be surprised, pkayden, if tomorrow the new meme is that he is not appointing white men. Yesterday he nominated two white women and a black man for the D.C. Appeals Court. Today he selected a black woman as the National Security Adviser and a white woman as the U.N. Ambassador. Those in the media, as well as some members of CBC, who were accusing him of not appointing women and blacks are conveniently silent.

    • 47 jackiegrumbacher
      June 5, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      Bill, don’t expect any acknowledgment from our laughable media. They’ve already trivialized the appointment of these two brilliant women as nothing but an attempt by the president to “stick it to the GOP,” as if it’s just a petty insult, rather than a positive step forward for our foreign policy. The media sees everything from the GOP viewpoint and never places any decision by our president in a larger context. Small minds, petty reporting.

  13. 48 Nena20409
    June 5, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Two Songs are in my Head right now.

    I feel Good……by James Brown.
    Sign, Sealed, Delivered, ‘am Yours……by Stevie Wonder.

    I will not post the Videos for now. But I am mighty tempted.

  14. 49 Gazelle
    June 5, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    [So much good news! LOL!}:

    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will roll out the red carpet on October 23 for Dilma Rousseff, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, when the President welcomes her for a State Visit and State Dinner, the White House announced on Wednesday.

    More here: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2013/05/president-obama-will-honor-brazils.html#more

  15. June 5, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Smack down by Rep. Jim McDermott …

    • 51 pkayden
      June 5, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Lawrence O’Donnell featured McDermott on his show last night and he’s a sharp dude. Love the way he emphasized that the real “scandal” was that T’Baggers get a tax exemption at all since they are strictly political organizations. Keep telling the truth, McDermott. Every Democrat should be shouting the same thing until the media picks it up.

      • 52 57andfemale
        June 5, 2013 at 4:42 pm

        this needs to be said by an army of democrats, every. single. day. With outrage to match the b.s. outrage from the likes of Megyn Kelly.

  16. 53 Nena20409
    June 5, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Jay “Clark Kent” Carney’s WH Briefings on 6-05-13


  17. June 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm

  18. 55 CEB
    June 5, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Love our team; smart, principled, focused people who get the job done. I especially loved how Donilon talked about how PBO’s moral compass guides all that the team does. The leader sets the tone.

  19. 56 nathkatun7
    June 5, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    This is a great day! Two outstanding selections by President Obama for NSC and the UN. One of the qualities I greatly admire about President Obama is his ability to select descent and very smart people to work with him. Both Susan Rice and Samantha Power are intellectual powerhouses.

  20. 57 Nena20409
    June 5, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    They can’t help themselves these days for as hard as they try, the truth comes out. In TX, a teabagger tells the truth about their need to stop Black Folks from voting.


  21. 61 Nena20409
    June 5, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    McCain voices support for Ms. Samantha Power. Skeptical about Dr. Susan Rice, but would work with her. Hmm?

    • 62 Layla
      June 5, 2013 at 4:06 pm


    • 63 debz
      June 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      He “would work with her”????? HAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAA! Old grumpy has no choice but to work with her.

    • 64 Bill
      June 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      The question is why would Susan Rice wish to work with McCain. He offers nothing to any discussion.

    • 65 jackiegrumbacher
      June 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      Nena, OMG, what an arrogant horse’s ass. The appointment of Dr. Rice is not his choice and no one cares less about his “skepticism.” When the president ‘assigns’ her to the role of National Security Advisor, McCain and all other members of Congress either work with her or stay out of the loop.

  22. 66 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 3:58 pm

  23. 69 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Jay Carney for the motherfucking WIN!

    • 70 Nena20409
      June 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      Note who asked that fatuously wicked question?

      Mark Knoller or whatever his name is……the guy from CBS.

    • 71 Nena20409
      June 5, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      Then From Fox’s Ed Henry on Amb Rice:
      Henry: You described (Rice) as one of the most qualified, experienced foreign policy experts in America. If that’s the case, how did she get the information on Benghazi so wrong five days after the attack?

      Carney: Ed, I would welcome the opportunity to correct the record especially for some news outlets who persist in misrepresenting the facts. You have seen the so-called talking points. You have seen the testimony of the deputy director of the CIA and the documents that demonstrate that the central point that they made was drafted in the first instance and every instance thereafter.

      Henry: Then why did various intelligence officers say that they almost immediately knew that this was terror and if she’s so experienced why wouldn’t she see that as they saw it?

      Carney: So you are suggesting that a senior member of the national security team should disagree with the assessments of the intelligence community because somebody appeared on Fox News and said something?

      • 72 dotster3
        June 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm

        Perfect response from Carney. When this is all over, Carney deserves some enormous prize for uncommon valor in confronting America’s enemies.

    • 73 anniebella
      June 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      I was just about to ask if anyone had Carney response to FLOTUS handling of the rude heckler.

  24. 74 Allison
    June 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Smart move

    • 75 Nena20409
      June 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      Finally. I didn’t understand why they did that. Yes, Internationally, small pocket knives are allowed. However, 9-11 happened here and those who took over the 4 planes had small pocket knives.

  25. June 5, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    O/T…One of those stories that make you smile and cry at the same time:

    “High-school senior shot in the head attends his graduation”


  26. 77 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    THIS, THIS. All of this.

  27. 78 Deb
    June 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Doctor who attended to mortally wounded Robert Kennedy and the others injured on June 5, 1968.


    • 79 jackiegrumbacher
      June 5, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Deb, that was such a dreadful, horrific day in our history. I was inconsolable when Sen. Kennedy was shot just after winning the California primary. He would have won the nomination and the presidency. He would have healed wounds, rather than exacerbated them. Instead we got the detestable Richard Nixon.

  28. June 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm

  29. 84 Allison
    June 5, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    • 85 4morefor44
      June 5, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      looks like michelle was having some fun with it. she’s all smiles as she’s walking back to the podium. interesting to see how “the news” is going to try and make some new storyline about the first family getting heckled, especially when these hecklers are supposedly from “the left.” so these hecklers are yelling at their own supporters. fits perfectly into one of the favorite false themes of “the news” for years…democrats in disarray! starting to wonder what truly is the real motivation of these hecklers.

  30. June 5, 2013 at 4:48 pm

  31. 87 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I’ve found my new Grandma. 😆

  32. 89 57andfemale
    June 5, 2013 at 4:53 pm

  33. 90 57andfemale
    June 5, 2013 at 4:55 pm

  34. June 5, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Interesting article……scribes are now coming to the realization (what TOD’ers knew already) PBO could care less about them or the GOP.

  35. 92 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 4:59 pm


  36. June 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I don’t know if this has been posted yet but here it is from The Daily Beast.

    Obama Unbound

    In choosing Susan Rice and Samantha Power, the president made clear that he no longer cares what the GOP thinks about his foreign policy. Peter Beinart on the huge implications of this shift.

    By appointing Susan Rice as his new national-security adviser and Samantha Power to represent the U.S. at the United Nations, Barack Obama is practically shouting a message to the Washington GOP: “I’m no longer afraid of you.”


    • 96 prettyfoot58
      June 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      PBO was NEVER afraid of them!

      • 98 jackiegrumbacher
        June 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm

        Exactly, pf, this is an invented PBO that only exists in their minds. The president has appointed highly qualified people to important posts. End of story. Why should he care what Republicans think? Did George Bush care what Democrats thought when he appointed that crazy, UN hater, John Bolton, to be UN Ambassador and made the US an international laughing stock? Why wasn’t that a story?

  37. 100 carolyn
    June 5, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Let me commend to all of you, LL’s excellent article on “Privilege” on The People’s View. It is clear, coherent and true. Excellent content, excellently written. Every white liberal elite needs to read it and take it to heart.
    They have become absolutely embarrassing, and have no idea what they are and how they appear. LL just lays out the case beautifully.
    Once again…..Congrats!

  38. 101 vitaminlover
    June 5, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    A three-fold cord don’t break too easily!

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