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  1. 1 desertflower
    June 7, 2013 at 12:35 pm


    • 2 hopefruit2
      June 7, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks so much df for remembering my plea and holding my first place spot. As an expression of my deepest gratitude, I hereby confer upon you the TOD Nobel 1st-place prize – which you have duly earned!!

  2. 5 proudofobama
    June 7, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Brush it off, Mr. President.

  3. 9 Ladyhawke
    June 7, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Joy Reid ‏@TheReidReport 16m


    Obama; “I welcome this debate.” Says 5-6 years ago some on left and right weren’t worried about it when it was a Republican president.


  4. 17 desertflower
    June 7, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    That one’s for you, hopefruit:) If UT is giving out prizes today….it’s for you:) I was just your placeholder…Bravo, Mr President!!!

  5. 19 Ladyhawke
    June 7, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Joy Reid ‏@TheReidReport 16m


    Obama: “I came in with a healthy skepticism about these programs… But my/my team’s assessment was that they help keep America safe.”


  6. 20 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Pres. Obama was freaking amazing. He was not having any BS. He was like, if you want to have a discussion? Fine. If you want to whine and feign outrage, go have a seat.

    • 21 Don
      June 7, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      It was a thing of beauty.

    • 23 CEB
      June 7, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      I stopped watching after his prepared statements because I knoew that the a**holes would ask about anything but the reason that they were there; glad that PBO was not taking their crap.

    • 24 hopefruit2
      June 7, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Yes – this was an extraordinary smackdown. I was rivetted the whole time and couldn’t help (as zizi and others noted) the gentle smirk and look of utter satisfaction on My President’s face as he took the MSM and their boy Greenwald to the shed.

  7. 26 CEB
    June 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I would not want to be the staffer who did not place the copy of the president’s prepared remarks on the lecturn. OOOOO, somebody’s in trouble.

  8. 28 Vicki
    June 7, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Perfect picture for this post.
    Does anyone here agree with me that president Obama’s eyes were twinkling with mirth while he demolished the bs that has been shoveled at us lately?

  9. 32 Ladyhawke
    June 7, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Joy Reid ‏@TheReidReport 22m

    Obama has mentioned congress 3 times in response to Verizon/PRISM question.

    Joy Reid ‏@TheReidReport 23m

    “Your duly elected representatives have been consistently briefed on these programs” – Obama on the Verizon news.

  10. 33 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    For those who missed it.

  11. 34 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 12:42 pm

  12. 35 Don
    June 7, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I love Joy Reid, there, I said it.

    • 36 Ladyhawke
      June 7, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Me too. She is the best political analyst on MSNBC. I thought I saw that she is covering for someone this weekend. I have to check on that.

  13. 37 CEB
    June 7, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Did I hear right? Did PBO say “bleeding” in his remark to the stenographers before he took the first question?

  14. 40 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 12:43 pm


  15. 41 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    This was the shut your feigned outrage BS moment of the day. POTUS for the win.

  16. 42 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    • 43 CEB
      June 7, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      PBO probably wanted to add “duh” after this statement of the obvious.

    • 44 57andfemale
      June 7, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      I cringe when PBO uses ‘folks’ in this way. Bush started it and I hate it. That is the negative thing I can come up with about my President.

  17. 45 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 12:47 pm

  18. 46 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    The other shut your BS feigned outrage moment. Pres. Obama for the win.

  19. 47 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 12:49 pm

  20. 48 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm

  21. 52 Nena20409
    June 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Richard Ramirez, the infamous serial killer, from CA many years ago has died. Karma finally paid him the ultimate visit. 6 feet under awaits him.

  22. 54 desertflower
    June 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm


    I can’t help but to think this is similar to the economic “starve the beast” trap set by the Republicans. In that case, they spent eight years spiking the deficit and ruining the economy, and then, when the Democrats took over, the Republicans accused the new administration of spending too much, while restricting its ability to resolve the crisis.

    Likewise, the eavesdropping and wiretaps and PATRIOT Act and FISA laws and the AUMF, along with the “you can’t have a Constitution if you’re dead” fearmongering about terrorists, was embedded into both the minds of Americans, but also government systems in Washington. And so when the next guy came along, and we learn about what’s been happening, it’s the new guy’s problem.

    Eight years of scare tactics and 9/11 exploitation for increased government surveillance power. The attorney general under Bush, Michael Mukasey literally cried on stage while griping that Congress was risking another 9/11 by not passing the FISA authorization for warrantless wiretaps. A Republican attorney general cried while exploiting 9/11 in yet another executive power grab.

    Yes, the president should work with Congress to roll all of this back. But the cancer here is from second-hand smoke.

  23. 55 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I hear there were some back room deals done on who would win the prize for 1st place on this thread. Since it’s Friday, and in honor of Pres. Obama’s wonderful press briefing, everyone is number one today. Congratulations! 😀

  24. 59 Ladyhawke
    June 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Jason ‏@mrdysgo 25m


    Yep. “@goldietaylor: BOOM. RT @allanbrauer President Obama explains 2 the people that we live in a representative democracy. Heads



  25. 60 Linda
    June 7, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Here are the NO votes from FISA reauthorization on 12-28-12

    NAYs —23
    Akaka (D-HI)
    Baucus (D-MT)
    Begich (D-AK)
    Bingaman (D-NM)
    Brown (D-OH)
    Cantwell (D-WA)
    Coons (D-DE)
    Durbin (D-IL)
    Franken (D-MN)
    Harkin (D-IA)
    Leahy (D-VT)
    Lee (R-UT)
    Menendez (D-NJ)
    Merkley (D-OR)
    Murkowski (R-AK)
    Murray (D-WA)
    Paul (R-KY)
    Sanders (I-VT)
    Schatz (D-HI)
    Tester (D-MT)
    Udall (D-CO)
    Udall (D-NM)
    Wyden (D-OR)

    These are the only ones we will see getting any air time.

  26. 62 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Goldie’s tweeting some truth about these dumb Emoprogs and Greenwald morons.

    • 63 hopefruit2
      June 7, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      Thank you Goldie – that’s what I keep saying. When you claim to “support” this President or be part of his “base” but waste no time questioning his competence, credibility, motives, agenda, saying that he’s no different from Bush, you shouldn’t get upset when people turn around and question YOUR agenda, motives, etc.

  27. 64 anniebella
    June 7, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I loved it when POTUS explain to them that Congress were aware of all of what was going on. I trust President Obama more than I trust the media, and that snake Greenwald.

  28. 65 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 1:06 pm

  29. 66 Ladyhawke
    June 7, 2013 at 1:08 pm


    Goldie Taylor ‏@goldietaylor 4m


    Your “base” doesn’t call you a “liar”, question your agenda daily or tell people to stay home on Election Day…


    Retweeted by Matt Murphy

  30. 68 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 1:11 pm

  31. 69 hopefruit2
    June 7, 2013 at 1:12 pm


  32. 70 Ladyhawke
    June 7, 2013 at 1:14 pm


    GOP Unplugged ‏@GOPunplugged 43m


    A computer sifting through some phone logs is a huge invasion of privacy. A forced transvaginal ultrasound, not so much. #GOP

    Retweeted by Matt Murphy


  33. 71 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    • 72 jackiegrumbacher
      June 7, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      UT, Goldie struck a golden ore on this last tweet. The “base” that belongs to PBO and elected him TWICE to the presidency belongs to him, not the Democrats in general. If Democratic candidates want our overwhelming support and hours of work, they had better support the president and stand up for him. Anyone Democrat who is piling PBO now and in the next three years had better know that we’re watching and taking names.

  34. 74 hopefruit2
    June 7, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Goldie is not playing. We need more honest punditry. Jonathan Capehart and Eugene Robinson – take note…Joy and Goldie show you how it’s done.

  35. 75 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 1:22 pm

  36. 76 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 1:23 pm

  37. 77 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 1:24 pm

  38. 79 Linda
    June 7, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    From birth to the Whitehouse…….

    I always pop this up whenever they go after our President. I am not sure when or where I got it…..but it is great…….


    ( I just read a comment elsewhere that claimed no one at the Columbia Reunion remembers the President ever being there ) pg two proves otherwise

  39. June 7, 2013 at 1:29 pm


  40. 81 carolyn
    June 7, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    My husband misses good ole “Text A for Yes and B for No to 0000000” He felt Ed was with him and understood him. Chris wears him out, and I cannot tolerate him more than two minutes.

  41. June 7, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    For those of you who missed it ….

  42. 83 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Goldie is not playing. 😆

  43. 85 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Yup. Glenn Greenwald.

  44. 86 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 1:41 pm


  45. 88 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    • 89 Linda
      June 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Why do they never mention the other one that received a letter and actually opened it ?

      Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Mark Glaze,

    • 90 Nena20409
      June 7, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Actress? I hope she goes directly to Blazes.

  46. 91 hopefruit2
    June 7, 2013 at 1:59 pm

  47. 92 JER
    June 7, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    LIVE NOW: President Obama Arrives In Los Angeles – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  48. 96 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Goldie is taking no prisoners. She’s also calling out her media colleagues.

  49. 97 Ladyhawke
    June 7, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Verizongate Fades With a Whimper as Obama Explains What the Program Really Does

    By: Jason Easley


    The Verizongate flap officially faded with a whimper today, as President Obama stood before the American people and explained what the program does.

    The president said, “Nobody is listening to your telephone calls. That’s not what this program is about. As was indicated, what the intelligence community is doing is looking at the numbers and durations of calls. They’re not looking at names and they’re not looking at content, but sifting through this so-called meta data, they may identify potential leads with respect to people that might engage in terrorism.”

    This really is a poor excuse for a scandal. It turns out the government is collecting as much metadata on you as your bank, employer, ISP, and search engine already do. This data collection is distasteful whether it is done in the private or public sector, but the fact of the matter is that somebody is watching and keeping tabs on almost everything that we do.



  50. 98 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 2:23 pm

  51. 99 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 2:25 pm

  52. 101 desertflower
    June 7, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    This guy is a MORON. An idiot with an agenda!!


    In a post on The Guardian’s website, Greenwald wrote that he’s less interested in addressing the political fallout from his previous scoops and more interested in breaking new stories, which he seemed to suggest could be imminent.

    “I don’t have time at the moment to address all of the fallout because – to borrow someone else’s phrase – I’m Looking Forward to future revelations that are coming (and coming shortly), not Looking Backward to ones that have already come,” Greenwald wrote.

    Read his entire post here.

  53. 103 utaustinliberal
    June 7, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    • 104 Bill
      June 7, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      HP has been taken over by rwnj haters. I can picture interns in the basement of the Heritage Foundation and the RNC typing away.

  54. 105 Ladyhawke
    June 7, 2013 at 2:35 pm


    Obama’s Justification For Monitoring Phone Calls And Emails: ‘Modest’ Privacy Encroachment Is Worth It


    The federal government is “looking at phone numbers and durations of calls” to identify patterns that could produce “potential leads with respect to folks who might engage in terrorism,” Obama said, but intelligence officials can only access names and the content of conversations if they “go back to a federal judge, just like they would in a federal investigation.” “Every member of Congress has been briefed on this program,” he added, “it has been authorized since 2006 by broad bipartisan majorities.
    Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed outrage over the revelations and pledged to introduce legislation limiting the government’s surveillance capabilities.



    • 106 Linda
      June 7, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      They are puffing up their chests and banging their fists..

      I would bet nothing happens at all…..

  55. 107 hopefruit2
    June 7, 2013 at 2:39 pm

  56. 109 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 7, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Just had a call from the college republicans, asked me to listen to one minute recording and then answer a one question survey (I figure fundraising call). Recording: glowing verse about Saint Ronnie; Obama won because Hollywood gave big money to buy off youth vote. 250,000 college rethugs on 1000’s of campuses launching the largest grassroots army in history to ensure Pelosi doesn’t become speaker, they revere my generation and want my input (now I know they are dialing for dollars). Live voice comes on line, thanks for listening; Question: Do you support PBO? YES, I BELIEVE HE IS DOING AN OUTSTANDING JOB AND SUPPORT HIM WITH MY TIME & $$$$. She was shocked! I then asked her if she had student loans; Yes. Suggested that her time would be better spent lobbying rethugs in congress as they currently are planning to INCREASE loan rates.

    Obviously, they are working off a really old registration list — I switched parties December 2, 2010. The only republican campaign I ever donated to was MYOWN!

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