Oslo, 2009

If only some of his opponents – not least on the left – actually listened to his words….

135 Responses to “Oslo, 2009”

  1. August 30, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    yep folks never listen to anything he says. He asked us to expand our moral imagination yet when the time comes we scurry off to our liberal limousines and msnbc studios

  2. 2 donna dem 4 obama
    August 30, 2013 at 9:05 pm

  3. 3 criquet
    August 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    And this type of Emoprog behaviour is very much part of the problem:

  4. 6 forus50
    August 30, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    The interview of Jon Favreau after he left the White House I think was where he said this speech was done a few minutes before he spoke after almost no sleep on the flight over there working on it. I’m not 100% sure of the details but that was the general situation I believe.

    Of course you wouldn’t know that based upon the most impressive speech itself. He’s just amazing.

  5. 7 Layla
    August 30, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    May the wings of the angels wrap themselves around this wonderful man and protect him

    • 8 vitaminlover
      August 30, 2013 at 9:41 pm


      • 9 HZ
        August 31, 2013 at 12:55 am

        There you go, my sweet Layla. Your space is filled with that format of a peace. “the wings of the angel wrap themselves around this wonderful man and protect him.”

        I did something while lighting my candles tonight. I place a candle on both sides of President Obama’s photo (the one on the top shelf of my bookcase. There is always two stone that say,”Believe.” and the other: ” Peace.” My spirit just led me to place those two candles in my space for our president. Then on the other side of my brother’s photo on the top shelf also, is a hand painted stone that was painted just for my brother’s photo reads:” Lord, show me the way.” The room is peaceful in this time of turmoil way on the other side of the world.

        We will trust that our president will be given the pure facts, pure truths, and let his actions be guided with truth, compassion, clear orders, and a heart content on honesty and humbleness for all concerned. He will do what is right. That is his core. We must pray for those around him. () () () Remember when we signed or clicked on that, ” I’m In.” Okay. HZ

  6. August 30, 2013 at 9:11 pm

  7. 13 utaustinliberal
    August 30, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    People project what they want to project onto Pres. Obama as though he were a blank slate and not a human being with thoughts, ideas, and policy positions. They hear him speak, but they don’t actually listen.

    I read his speech again today and who he is now is the same person who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.

    Some are interested in faux outrage that misleads the public while lining their pockets. Pres. Obama is interested in solutions that make not only America, but the world a better place.

    He is President because he wants to do something not be something. He sees the world not as it is but as it should be; and we are better for it.

    • 14 donna dem 4 obama
      August 30, 2013 at 9:20 pm


    • 15 GGail
      August 30, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      “He is President because he wants to do something not be something.”

      Very well said UT

    • 17 hopefruit2
      August 30, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      Well-said Ut!! 🙂

      • 18 HZ
        August 31, 2013 at 1:03 am

        “President Obama is interested in solutions that make not only America, but the world a better place.” UT.

        Thank you so much for your thoughts, UT. (((((((((((((( You are such a gifted soul within our TOD family. Your words also give me peacefulness within my space. HZ

    • 19 jacquelineoboomer
      August 30, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      And we have had such a dearth of true leaders, here and around the world, that many people look at President Obama and do not understand leadership when they see it smack ’em in the face. It’s almost as though they are afraid of it, because it’s “too large.”

      I think he has confused the nation, or a big chunk of it, because he is simply the personification of a smart, well meaning, kind, and selfless leader, and he’s not looking for glory. He has a gazillion other attributes some of us haven’t seen in ages and some have never seen, from the men (so far, all male) who’ve been at the top of our government.

      Maybe one day he’ll reveal a leadership flaw, but I haven’t seen any yet, and I ain’t kidding. Maybe the President’s race has not been the biggest reason why people attack him daily. Maybe it’s simply the overwhelming content of his character, but people are so empty inside they think they hate him because he’s an African American, because surely it couldn’t be because he’s just a better person than they are. How’s that for convoluted thinking? Who knows. These are just my random thoughts tonight, for what they’re worth to anybody but me!

      • August 30, 2013 at 10:45 pm

        You have stated the nugget of truth so beautifully. He’s so much without artifice that people cannot believe such a human is real and walking in their midst. He makes their insecurities overwhelm them that they hate him for exposing their phoniness without him saying a word. It is very fascinating and frightening to watch. Glad I’m alive to see this.

        • 21 jacquelineoboomer
          August 30, 2013 at 10:49 pm


          *It is very fascinating and frightening to watch. Glad I’m alive to see this.*

          ^^^ I have no idea why, but I feel the same way. It’s frightening but we can’t take our eyes off of it. It’s really a gift to be alive during the presidency of Barack Obama, as you said – emotionally draining, but truly a gift.

        • 24 arkluvspbo
          August 31, 2013 at 6:41 pm

          Spot on zizi….my question to those people is “how is it that you are THAT insecure that your hatred of the president overwhelms you”.

      • 25 Eveingeorgia
        August 30, 2013 at 11:35 pm

        ” the overwhelming content of his character” oh yes, and wow! What a breathtaking statement.

    • 27 arkluvspbo
      August 31, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Love this ut!

  8. 28 Jovie
    August 30, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    So the Hill misquoted her again? It’s the same writer from last time.

  9. 31 Jovie
    August 30, 2013 at 9:21 pm


    That’s the only connection is can see in comparison to Iraq war.

    It seems the MSM freak out is pent up frustration from when the were all ordered to stfu, during Bush Administration.
    A dirt of Catharsis.

    • August 30, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      It seems the MSM freak out is pent up frustration from when the were all ordered to stfu, during Bush Administration.
      A dirt of Catharsis.

      In a nutshell, Jovie. Everybody was scared of Cheney and Rumsfeld, bunch of punks. They see the nice guy and let loose.

      • 33 99ts
        August 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm

        They see the black guy and let loose. Just like the man who shot himself and blamed in on 5 guys in black hoodies.

      • 35 arkluvspbo
        August 31, 2013 at 6:46 pm

        That is because they know THIS president can take the heat…they feel ok bombarding him with such negativity. I am so sick of the media. There was an article in WaPo today about Rubio and how he was booed when he talked about immigration reform, but as soon as he mentioned ObamaCare, he was applauded. And then one of the GOoPers said how the MSM is afraid to go after the president because he’s black. The projection with these ignoramuses is just amazing.

  10. August 30, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Chips, you note “If only some of his opponents – not least on the left – actually listened to his words….”

    I suspect many have and the words, the person delivering them and all his accomplishments combined leave them in a puddle of self-loathing because they know they’d never be able to muster even 1% of his ethics, his courage & his intellect.

    His enemies are 1. a small number of plutocrats, 2. a larger number of greedy rich folk and a way larger number of minions who either work for or are mindlessly enslaved by the groups 1 & 2.

    For the vast majority of humanity there is no confusion about who President Obama is and that is why they love, respect and want to do everything they can to support him.

    One of those folk is you and TOD is your contribution to the fact that the 2nd word in Yes We Can is WE – not I – and it is for each of us to do whatever WE can to contribute to the Change and expand the Hope – for the sake of humanity.


    • 37 GGail
      August 30, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      Right on Bobfr. Yes WE Can!

    • August 30, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      Hiya Bob, you’re lovely!

      At times like this I remember what attracted me to PBO in the first place – it was reading Dreams from my Father and being struck by not just his liberalism, but his pragmatism too. There were some issues where he was quite conservative (eg gay marriage), and I admired that honesty, he wasn’t just a packaged, plastic politician with positions set in stone according to what political wing he supposedly was appealing to. He was real, he was true to himself. And at the time I was tiring of being a hardcore leftie because I finally concluded unswerving hardcore ‘leftism’ achieved nothing, except the luxury of feeling pure. But here was a man who you truly felt would get things done, no matter how incrementally – and that’s the only way things ever get done – and would always strive to actually make a difference to people’s lives.

      And he has.

      I trust him implicitly, and my thoughts are with him through all of this, the weight on his shoulders is immense. It’s a terrifying situation, and no matter what he decides there will be a whole bunch of factors beyond his control. That’s what’s so frightening. I don’t want any American boots on the ground, that would simply inflame the Middle East again, understandably, but I do want to see these people helped. The world cannot stand by and let this continue.

      • August 30, 2013 at 9:47 pm

        Appreciate your taking the time to write that comment, Chips. Could not be more aligned with how I feel about President Obama or the situation. Thank you.

      • August 30, 2013 at 9:57 pm

        Yes, it was this very unusual authenticity that first drew me to Senator Obama. He has real human ideas and thoughts that are his own. He values open discussion and growth and excels at decision-making in very tough situations. Above all, he is honest. He really is the most astonishing breath of fresh air in politics and in the world. I will always trust him.

      • 42 GGAIL
        August 30, 2013 at 10:05 pm

        Oh wow Chipsticks, my respect grew for Barack after I read Dreams too. You put my feelings in words perfectly. Thank you!

      • 43 canadabarb4obama
        August 30, 2013 at 10:22 pm

        I’ve read “Dreams” twice now and it is truly an amazing story.

      • 44 arkluvspbo
        August 31, 2013 at 6:48 pm

        Spot on Chipsticks!

    • August 30, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      Beautifully, beautifully stated, Bob. Thank you.

    • 47 Obama Grandmama
      August 30, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      In addition, I think everyone is used to hearing politicians flat out lie when they speak so some just do not believe anything anyone says. Also the GOP knows how they themselves lie so expect everyone else does the same.

      • 48 arkluvspbo
        August 31, 2013 at 6:50 pm

        Touche, Obama Grandmama! They are absolute projectionists. They complain about big government and then do everything in their power to keep it that way.

    • 49 arkluvspbo
      August 31, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      As always, Bob — FORWARD!

  11. August 30, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I watched that speech about three weeks ago. I don’t really know exactly what got into me but I wanted to revisit his words on that momentous occasion. I remember getting up very early to listen in real time and thinking that he has such astonishing clarity and principle. It’s clearly over the head of our pathetic MSM and most yappers on the right. This is one of his greatest speeches and I love the whole presentation.

  12. August 30, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    There is an endless supply of paint.

  13. August 30, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Nothing abstract about the choice each person needs to make ….


  14. August 30, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Important to document, publicly and unassailably this fact ….

  15. 58 hopefruit2
    August 30, 2013 at 9:56 pm

  16. August 30, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Totally off the subject of Syria and our beloved president, but tomorrow is the day a small group of us have planned for, raised funds for and worked very hard all summer to bring about–our second annual Latino rally/festival. Please send your positive thoughts our way, especially as rain is threatening to dampen the day. We’re expecting hundreds of people and we will be providing free food, a live band, a group of Latino dancers, a bouncy house for children, many many games, sno cones, cotton candy, a balloon man, wonderful door prizes, health care information, immigration reform information, voter registration and a chance for people to “practice” on a real voting machine. This is partly in support of local Latino candidates–the first ever–and partly to gin up voter registration and enthusiasm for the big 2014 push. We are attempting to build strong and long-lasting bonds between the Democratic Party and the Latino community and we’re trying to make voting a habit, something people will do for every election and not just every four years. Please, please cross your fingers that all goes well, the wet weather holds off and people leave having had a good time and knowing more about the power and responsibility of voting.

    • 66 Layla
      August 30, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      What a wonderful person you are!!!!! My fingers are crossed!

    • August 30, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      “We are attempting to build strong and long-lasting bonds between the Democratic Party and the Latino community and we’re trying to make voting a habit, something people will do for every election and not just every four years.”

      This is what matters, Jackie. This is the WE in Yes We Can. Thank you!!!!!

    • 68 GGail
      August 30, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      jackie, I don’t know what city or state you’re in, but I wish you all the best success! One step at a time!!!

    • 69 vcprezofan2
      August 30, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      O JG, I remember this last year, now that you mention it. Will definitely hold you, other organizers and participants in my thoughts, as well as keeping fingers crossed as you request! Hopefully, whatever the weather it will not dampen enthusiasm. You need to get yourself as much rest as possible tonight though, so I hope you are not still here as I write.

    • 70 sjterrid
      August 30, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      I wish you luck, Jackie! I hope the weather holds off, and I’m sure the people will have a good time.

      I hope you are feeling better. Did you get the results of your MRI back?

    • 72 arkluvspbo
      August 31, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      Jackieg, BRILLIANT!!! Sending positive vibes for the bad weather to hold off.

  17. 79 vcprezofan2
    August 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    This is how I feel…. thanks @MagicalEarth for saving me from writing this all out. 😉 😀

    ‘On an intellectual level I’m excited to see what President Obama will come up with. Excited about the change he brings. I want people to see what a wonder he is! The old ways are raising their voices loud as always, not doing anything constructive. I believe he is one of the greatest president’s we have had, certainly in the top 5 or 10, and we are seeing history in the making with him in so many ways, including in Syria. What I wish for him is comfort and rest when he needs it. And that everything that is good in his desires for this situation fall into place easily and effortlessly lighting the path for him to this new policy and our new place in our relationship with our brother and sister nations in this world.’


    • August 30, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      The ‘feeling’ is the same for me, VC, & I’m grateful for MagicalEarth making it explicit.

      The next few days are likely transformational in ways that will unfold not for weeks or months but for decades. We are observers of, and way more importantly, must be participants in the writing of a just history.

      We can do so by being forthright and unrelenting in our support of President Obama.

      We have no excuse if we are not.

      Had YouTube & Twitter existed on 8 Dec 1941, if not by 9 Dec 1941, certainly by 18 Dec 1941 no person of conscience on the planet could have ethically or otherwise not committed themselves to stopping Hitler’s genocide against the Jews.

      Today, re: Assad, we have NO EXCUSE. We are all, the near entirety of humanity, witness to his heinous crimes against humanity.

      We Are The Ones We Have Been Awaiting


    • 81 GGail
      August 30, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      yes, vc – I too want people to see what a wonder he is!
      Thanks for bringing this over.

  18. 85 hopefruit2
    August 30, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Washington Post continues it’s steep decline under Libertarian Jeff Bezos….


  19. 86 Bill R.
    August 30, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    In keeping with the topic, it is revelatory to me how the emoprogs react to our President. Their unwavering posture is that they are the only ones in their personal ideological purity who possess truth and morality and those who actually take on the responsibility of governance are all corrupt and unworthy of their approval. They don’t get the fact that we have a President who is ruled by conscience, and rules with conscience. Using military force to protect the innocent now and in the future from dictators with poison gas is a matter of conscience with President Obama. There is no political gain, no gain in power or prestige, but he’s going to do it anyway, because it’s the right and responsible thing to do for the world and for our nation. So they try to paint him with all their projections of unworthy motives because they themselves simply don’t have the courage or character to govern and wield power, including military power, with integrity and responsibility.

  20. August 30, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Besides being so burdened about PO having to deal with Syria issue, I now have to deal with my daughter and her pain, my pain and many other cancer mom’s. What started all this? We all got a letter earlier this evening from the WH about our petition asking to turn the WH gold for September–Childhood Cancer Month. As you all know, it’s always pink w/huge pink ribbon for October. Maybe the easiest way to sum up what I’m dealing with is to share a letter from a cancer mom that is friends with my daughter.
    http://monicamfochtman.com/. Please read it and that will give you an idea how high the tension and frustration is. My daughter said Monica Mom said it much better than she could. This issue, like Syria, is majorly complex and fraught with emotions and heartbreak. I just don’t know what to say to my daughter. Open to suggestions from any of you. Thanks for listening.

    • August 30, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      Hi tnmtngirl,

      The letter at the link you provide is so totally out of synch with everything I know the President and his Administration, ever since 2009, has done that it’s impossible for me to offer any form of substantive response. Perhaps you could explain to those of us who do not have the background precisely what the issue is and then we can try to be helpful to whatever extent possible.


    • 92 canadabarb4obama
      August 30, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      While I feel for all who have lost someone, especially a child, to cancer, it seems to me this woman never was a supporter or voter for PBO. I read his letter and it was not political propaganda. His proclamation for Sept. being dedicated to childhood cancer month would mean more to me than lighting the WH in gold; step by step, give it time.

    • August 30, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      Hi tnmtngirl

      I read PBO’s letter and your friend’s response and I don’t see the “kiss off” as she mentioned. Maybe she was tired from the strain of being on vacation with a sick child. I thought it was a compassionate letter and made what I think a better alternative. Maybe it was not logistical to do it this year due to the budget constraints the GOP have put on the WH. I suggest that after the sequester she send another letter requesting the WH be decorated with gold or lite in gold or whatever. I just don’t see what she is upset over. Sorry.

    • 94 99ts
      August 30, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      I do not know what you are going through, I have no personal experience to draw on – although it would be something I can only have utmost sympathy with – almost unbearable to have a child so ill & not know what will be the future for your child.

      The response to the letter – presumably written in anger and sadness – like too many – attacking the president for the ills that no-one can solve and blaming him for not being there in the right place at the right time for every last person in the world. Has another President ever had to solve every world issue – be it war, politics, gun control, poverty and now every illness. I’m so terribly sorry you have to face the cancer, but I do not see this rant against the President as a solution to anything. Is that the issue you want to discuss with your daughter? It will be truly difficult – it is no doubt the one thing that has currently taken over her world. I have no useful suggestions – except perhaps waiting for the anger to die down before saying anything may be a starting point.

      And just to mention – Since the komen attack on planned parenthood – I hate the pink ribbons and wish the White House would give that away.

    • 95 jacquelineoboomer
      August 30, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      Here’s the President’s Proclamation for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, if you haven’t seen it:


      These proclamations are not just seen by visitors to the White House in D.C. as the lighting-the-White-House events are; they are distributed throughout the country – as well as the world – via the White House website, reaching a larger audience. Of course, there are numerous “awareness” citations issued year-round, and only 12 months, and I’m sure some precedents are already set. Each is as important to one group as another. Childhood cancer is particularly heartbreaking, and my thoughts go out to the suffering children and their families. We all pray for better prevention measures and a cure.

  21. August 30, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    In ~ 1h 20min (7am Syria time), UN Inspectors will have departed Damascus.

  22. 101 jacquelineoboomer
    August 30, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    20,909,617 hits

  23. 112 57andfemale
    August 30, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    wordpress is behaving badly tonight. Test.

  24. 113 Jovie
    August 30, 2013 at 11:07 pm

  25. August 30, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Headed for bed with a prayer on my lips, a little for PBO but a lot more for those who are supposed to respect his office and support his decision making.

  26. August 30, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Well friends, it’s going to be a hairy next few days—hell, next few months and years. I’m going to fix a cocktail, sit on the couch with the missus and Stewie the wonderpup, and watch some football. See everyone tomorrow.

  27. 116 Lana
    August 30, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    in his own words

    we say
    “listen and watch”
    but maybe we should say
    “it is the words… read them, just read
    the words”

    please read
    without hearing,
    not seeing and hating –
    forget for now who speaks: study
    his words

    Lana Wiltshire Campbell

    I love our President. I love TOD, every letter of it. Today that love resulted in this double cinquain, which is lovely for me because I haven’t been able to write poetry for a while (lots of reasons). So, back to lurking!

  28. 125 Jeff
    August 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I can’t help but remember that movie Hotel Rwanda and for some reason that movie reminded me of this current situation and how so many proclaimed after seeing that movie how it opened their eyes but in reality it did nothing to open their eyes. The people are blind and only care about their own self interest.

    • 126 Eveingeorgia
      August 31, 2013 at 12:35 am

      I understand that President Clinton regrets his inaction in Rwanda. I thought of that movie as well, and remembered how ashamed I was that our countr did nothing to help those people.

      Hate to say it, but one day it could be us.

  29. 127 ber6964
    August 31, 2013 at 12:01 am

    I am just gonna Hold President Obama close to my heart tonight.
    The Universe Bless everyone one tonite.

  30. 129 anniebella
    August 31, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Good night all. Bless our President, his family, and our country.

  31. 130 jacquelineoboomer
    August 31, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Some of the greats in this video are no longer with us, although they always will be in their music, but some of these good old-fashioned liberals have been going strong for 50+ years and are still supporting social justice. This song seems particularly poignant to me, tonight, as we think of not only President Obama, but also our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering.

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