‘Gentlemen, say hello to my National Security Advisor’

President Barack Obama meets with Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham in the Oval Office to discuss Syria, Sept. 2. National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice is at left (Photo by Pete Souza)

212 Responses to “‘Gentlemen, say hello to my National Security Advisor’”

  1. 1 Layla
    September 2, 2013 at 5:06 pm


  2. 6 carla4obama
    September 2, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Her name is…well you know her name.

  3. 8 vitaminlover
    September 2, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Congratulations, Layla.

  4. September 2, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    thats what i am talking about

  5. 11 sherijr
    September 2, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I don’t know how he looks so cool & collected sitting in room with these two buffoons… oh that’s right he’s the PRESIDENT.. and John McCain isn’t…. oh and Susan Rice!! woohoo..

  6. 16 vitaminlover
    September 2, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Ahem…she is National Security Advisor Ms Susan Rice and they had better take it and LIKE it.

  7. 17 Dudette
    September 2, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I can’t stop laughing!!! 😎

  8. September 2, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    PBO is THE MAN!! I’m weeping here!!

  9. September 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    This is the best incarnation of Karma I’ve seen all year – apart from January 21, 2013 right around noon, of course.

    • 39 Dudette
      September 2, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Isn’t it though? What I wouldn’t give to be White House staff — photographer, maid… whatever — at that very moment. 😀

      • 40 theo67
        September 2, 2013 at 5:25 pm

        I would be happy just being a fly in the room – nowhere near President Obama’s swatting hand, of course…

        • 41 Dudette
          September 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm


          • 42 HZ
            September 2, 2013 at 11:43 pm

            Tee-hee-hee, I would just love to be that legal pad and pen that National Security Advisor, Dr. Susan Rice is holding. I would love to see what she is writing for POTUS to read after these two bitter old misery men leave the Oval Office..

            Theo67, yes indeed, “the best incarnation of Karma I’ve seen all year-apart from January 20th and 21st around noon, of course.” Remember he took it twice with Chief Justice Roberts this time because of the dates.

            I love how those Karma effects just go and get things done for the people who deserves to have things be righted for them and the clowns have to sit there and see it for themselves.

            I studied the photo, and I fell out screaming as Sen. Lindsey is turning five shades of red and Sen. McCain is trying to figure out if he is POTUS or VPOTUS. I love the seating arrangement. Our President is a bad.., Mr. President. I told these foolish fellows Not to mess with the Man. But these foolish fellows just will not listen to me. So they will just have to keep meeting like this. Sorry fellows. Listen the next time. HZ

    • 43 Vicki
      September 2, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      you betcha. Actions have consequences.

  10. September 2, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I am a non-interventionist by nature. But I am not the President of the United States, who isn’t also called The Leader of the Free World for nothing. Those against the President, who have been trying to find anything that they can to discredit him with since January 20, 2009 thought they finally had something. The GOP was going to sit on the sidelines, and if the President had taken unilateral action and it went poorly,they were going to try and use this as an excuse for which to impeach the President. The MSM would have gone along with it. The President IS the smartest person in the room. So now he hss told the Congress to do their job,requesting a vote. Hard to impeach the President, when you’ve taken an on the record vote for the same issue. I do not believe for one moment that the emos care two shyts about dead Syrians. They are only a means by which to insult the President.

  11. 48 Dudette
    September 2, 2013 at 5:21 pm

  12. 49 Sandy1110
    September 2, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    The President plays the long game again. They yelled and screamed about the possible SoS appointment, and in the end? There’s Ms. Rice front and center.

    They never learn.


  13. September 2, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    This is the sweetest and most polite ‘up yours’ I have seen in years.

    • 52 HZ
      September 2, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      Almablanca(@Vetiveral24, it is indeed “the sweetest and most polite ‘up yours’ I have see in my years watching and participating in this process. That is another reason why I love this beautiful man. He does not play their foolish crap and he finds the most beautiful poetic way to say it so nicely. (Nicely, I said) You got me. I think you do. Go on Mr. President with you fine and bad self. We love you!!!HZ

  14. September 2, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    I’m surprised Pete’s photo came out as clear as it did with all the laughing he had to hold inside. That is just a gorgeous picture. Just makes me wanna do my maniacal laugh…I think I will…here goes – MUU-UU-UU-UU-AH-AH-AHHHHH!!!!! That felt good! HA!!

  15. September 2, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Bundle together WHITE SUPREMACY and Money…..and there’s no shock about what’s happening here.


    South Dakota commits shocking genocide against Native Americans

    by: Albert Bender
    June 3 2013

    Genocide is not too strong a term for what is now happening in South Dakota. The huge, shocking violation of legal and human rights being carried out by the state is tantamount to genocide against the Native American nations, the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Sioux, residing within its borders. It is the abduction and kidnapping by state officials, under the cover of law, of American Indian children.

    This is a gross violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978. Further, these abominable kidnappings are being upheld by the courts of that state.


    Typically, DDS would receive a false report of child neglect on a given reservation and without any legal authority would snatch the child in question without any notification to the child’s relatives. In one such instance DSS abducted a young boy when he left his relatives to use the restroom while family members were attending a high school graduation ceremony. It was weeks before his family found where he had been taken.

    Aside from the genocidal racism involved there is a financial motive on the part of the state. South Dakota receives $79,000 from the federal government per year per child for every Native youngster it removes, but provides only $9,000 to a white foster home. The remaining $70,000 is deposited in state coffers.


    The best approach to this crime against humanity is by the following initial checklist:

    1. Over 700 American Indian children are removed by South Dakota state officials from their homes every year.

    2. These hundreds are sent to white foster homes or group homes.

    3. Many are adopted by white families.

    4. Indian children account for 13.8 percent of the state’s child population, yet they represent 56.3 percent of the foster care population.

    5. Of the hundreds of Native children in foster care in 2011, 87 percent were placed in non-Indian homes while Native foster homes went empty.

    6. Because of its targeting Native children, South Dakota is currently removing children from their families at a higher rate than the vast majority of other states in the U.S.


    • 55 dotster3
      September 2, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      This seems purposely slanted, lacking the full story and some truths. Sadly, for many reasons, there are many problems in those communities, lots of substance abuse and child neglect and abuse and likely real reasons to rescue those children and move them to safer, healthier environments.

  16. 56 carolyn
    September 2, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    So …now the French, the Germans, the Sec Gen’l of the U.N. all know that it was the Sarin was used under Assad’s orders. Well, Angela Merkel can deal with Putie at the G20.

    • September 2, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      I´m pretty sure she will. That´s the one practical thing that comes from growing up in GDR: you learned Russian.

    • September 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Well, so far she’s against intervention, so we’ll see. PBO will undoubtedly be having a major tete a tete with her.

    • 59 nathkatun7
      September 2, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      Carolyn, I don’t think “the Sec Gen’l of the U.N.” has said said any thing yet. You may be mistaking him with the Secretary General of NATO who has emphatically stated that the evidence shows the Assad regime in Syria unleashed chemical weapons on it’s people. Without a doubt, evidence is mounting to support what President Obama and Sec. Kerry said.

    • 60 anniebella
      September 2, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Of all people who ought to understand the horror of gassing human beings to death, it ought to be Chancellor Merkel, if the world would had stood up to Hitler earlier all those Jews wouldn’t have been murder.

  17. 61 GGAIL
    September 2, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    That’s a sweet picture!
    It was worth me pulling over to see why my phn pinged 🙂

  18. September 2, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Both Gwen Ifill and Andrea Mitchell sent out critical tweets because the caption does not include Susan’s Rice name…now they have become champions for Susan Rice…I do not remember them raising their voices in her defense when she was being attacked…

  19. 68 Dudette
    September 2, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Sing, celebrate… sing, sing, celebrate!!!

  20. 69 whatisworking
    September 2, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Bringing this over from the last thread

    Happy Labor Day TOD family

    A great video to watch and share

  21. 71 Dudette
    September 2, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    • 73 99ts
      September 2, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      I love how the media thinks it can count the votes. No-one in the UK thought Cameron was going to lose the vote – whatever the media say – I’ll go for the opposite. The only worry I have is that William (never correct) Kristol thinks the gop will vote for intervention.

  22. 74 yardarm756
    September 2, 2013 at 6:00 pm


    At the beginning of my shift I placed a stethoscope on an elderly and slightly deaf female patient’s anterior chest wall.

    ‘Big breaths,’ . . . I instructed.
    ‘Yes, they used to be,’ . .. . replied the patient.

    Submitted by Dr. Richard Byrnes,
    Seattle , WA

    While acquainting myself with a new elderly patient,
    I asked, ‘ How long have you been bedridden? ‘
    After a look of complete confusion she answered . . .
    ‘Why, not for about twenty years – when my husband was alive.’

    Submitted by Dr.. Steven Swanson-
    Corvallis , OR

    I was performing rounds at the hospital one morning and while checking up on a man I asked . . . ‘ So how’s your breakfast this morning? ‘ ‘It’s very good except for the Kentucky Jelly. I can’t seem to get used to the taste.’ Bob replied.
    I then asked to see the jelly and Bob produced
    A foil packet labeled ‘KY Jelly.’

    Submitted by Dr. Leonard Kransdorf,
    Detroit ,

    A nurse was on duty in the Emergency Room
    when a young woman with purple hair styled
    into a punk rocker Mohawk, sporting a variety
    of tattoos, and wearing strange clothing,
    entered . . . It was quickly determined that
    the patient had acute appendicitis, so she was
    scheduled for immediate surgery.. When she was completely disrobed on the operating
    table, the staff noticed that her pubic hair had
    been dyed green and above it there was a
    tattoo that read . . . ‘Keep off the grass.’

    Once the surgery was completed, the surgeon
    wrote a short note on the patient’s dressing,
    which said, ‘Sorry . . . had to mow the lawn.’

    Submitted by RN no name,
    AND FINALLY!! ! . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    As a new, young MD doing his residency in OB.
    I was quite embarrassed when performing female
    pelvic exams… To cover my embarrassment
    I had unconsciously formed a habit of whistling softly.

    The middle-aged lady upon whom I was performing this exam suddenly burst out laughing and further embarrassing me.
    I looked up from my work and sheepishly said. . .
    I’m sorry. Was I tickling you? ‘
    She replied with tears running down
    her cheeks from laughing so hard . . .

    ‘No doctor but the song you were whistling was . . .
    ‘I wish I was an Oscar Mayer Wiener .’

    Dr. wouldn’t ‘ submit his name….

    1 MORE
    Baby’s First Doctor Visit

    This made me laugh out loud..
    I hope it will give you a smile!

    A woman and a baby were in the doctor’s examining room, waiting for the doctor to come in for the baby’s first exam.
    The doctor arrived, and examined the baby, checked his weight, and being a little concerned, asked if the baby was breast-feed or bottle-fed.
    ‘Breast-fed,’ she replied..

    ‘Well, strip down to your waist,’ the doctor ordered.

    She did. He pinched her nipples, pressed, kneaded, and rubbed both breasts for a while in a very professional and detailed examination.

    Motioning to her to get dressed, the doctor said, ‘ No wonder this baby is underweight.. You don’t have any milk.’

    ‘I know,’ she said, ‘I’m his Grandma’,
    But I’m glad I came.

  23. 77 Dudette
    September 2, 2013 at 6:03 pm

  24. 79 africa
    September 2, 2013 at 6:07 pm

  25. 80 forus50
    September 2, 2013 at 6:09 pm

  26. September 2, 2013 at 6:14 pm

  27. September 2, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Delicious ….

    #TrustBarack He’s Earned It

  28. 123 Dudette
    September 2, 2013 at 6:32 pm

  29. 124 elo4obama/biden
    September 2, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Happy Birthday Bobfr… and many more!

  30. September 2, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Oh, yeah… Susan Rice. Excellent. I love our Prez’s many ways to make inroads into what he needs to get done, despite the unbelievable opposition he faces every single day to everything he wants to accomplish. The Republicans haven’t a CLUE here! I don’t know how he does it. And he does.

    Anybody heard any big responses from Congress on this, other than the apparently eternal John McCain’s inevitable appearance on every Sunday program from 9:00 am until noon? HTG, McCain on a Sunday talk show is as much of a regular thing around here as my husband’s having his everything bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, and chopped onion. And McCain is much less nourishing!


  31. 133 dotster3
    September 2, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    So, is this really happening? Russia is sending representatives to lobby the U.S. Congress to deny the proposed response by the President of the United States? And the media is reporting this news as “rare” but are keeping straight faces as they make it seem perfectly normal and reasonable. Really? Russia? Our bosom buddy, our closest ally, the country of our most trusted friend, Putey-poot? Who is going to listen to the Russians and side with them over our president? That will be telling. Patriots! God Bless America. Geezus.

  32. 134 dotster3
    September 2, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    And now I see on ABC news that Assad is going to use children “volunteers” as human shields at likely missile strike locations. Have photo of kids holding signs standing in front of military installations saying “Over our dead bodies” in English, of course.

  33. 136 globalcitizenlinda
    September 2, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Wishing a very Happy Belated Birthday to Mr. Bobfr (aka, smart tenacious, kind, dedicated, thoughtful, concise, consistent … warrior – okay that has used up my vocabulary).

    thanks a lot for all you do.

    wishing you many more blissful years

  34. 138 desertflower
    September 2, 2013 at 6:52 pm


    The UN says more than 100,000 people have died since the Syrian uprising began in March 2011. More than 1.5 million people have fled the country. Now, after months of inconclusive fighting between government forces and rebels, an alleged chemical weapons attack in a Damascus suburb has escalated diplomatic tensions and fuelled talk of Western military intervention.

    Syria 29 minutes ago
    Here is AJE’s English translation of the French intelligence statement (Part 4), the original in French can be found here.

    The combined attack of 21 August meets a classic tactical approach (the preparation of an artillery and ground attack) and the use of chemical agents is integrated into a coherent tactical maneuver, a military plan, with the rules of engagement of Syrian forces. Credible intelligence from several partners reports specific preparations on the days before August 21.

    Conventional aerial bombing and artillery were used between three and four o’clock in the morning on East Ghouta. At the same time, communities in Zamalka, Kafr Batna and Ain Tarma were affected by chemical attack. At six in the morning, a ground offensive by the regime was launched on these locations.

    Several sources have reported the use of different artillery rockets, those of the best known stocked (missiles and bombs) munitions. Our analysis confirms that the remains of rockets observed on this occasion lend themselves to the use of chemical agents.

    The regime then conducted major land and air strikes on the areas of attack. It sought to delay the arrival of inspectors for several days. This confirms a clear commitment to the destruction of evidence. In addition, soldiers triggered fires, which presumably were intended to purify the atmosphere through the air movement generated.

    Our information confirms that the regime feared an attack of scale by the opposition in Damascus during this period. Our assessment is that the regime sought by this attack to loosen the grip (of the opposition) and secure strategic sites for control of the capital. For example, the district of Moadamiyé is located near the military airport of Mezzeh, which houses the air force’s intelligence services.

  35. 139 desertflower
    September 2, 2013 at 6:55 pm


    The German intelligence agency has enough evidence in its possession to conclude President Bashar Assad ordered the suspected chemical attack in Syria, Germany’s Der Spiegel reports, quoting the results of a secret security briefing.

    The BND’s President Gerhard Schindler voiced his support for US allegations Syrian President Bashar al-Assad‘s government ordered the attack on the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta on August 21, Der Spiegel reported Monday.

    The intelligence agency’s chief said that following a thorough analysis his ministry assumes that the regime is the perpetrator of the chemical attack which killed hundreds of people.

    Schindler reportedly said in the meeting only the Syrian government were in possession of such agents as sarin. The agency’s experts concluded it was used in large amounts in the Ghouta incident resulting in massive fatalities. Sarin is a neurotoxic gas, high doses of which can lead to paralysis, loss of consciousness, convulsions, respiratory failure, and eventually death.

    According to Der Spiegel, a reason behind Assad’s decision to deploy the gas was that this was a crucial battle for the capital where the agent might have been meant as a deterrent against rebel forces, but mistakenly the military used too much of it.

    In further conclusions, the BND said only Syrian government experts could mix sarin and place it inside small rockets. The process reportedly took place several times prior to the alleged attack which sparked the investigation.

    The BND apparently cited new evidence to conclude the agent used was sarin, having intercepted communications between a high level Hezbollah official and Iran’s embassy.

    More at the link.

  36. September 2, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    This picture made my day, heck, my week! 🙂

  37. 149 globalcitizenlinda
    September 2, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I love, love, love, ……, love that photo above of POTUS, Dr. Rice in their rightful place and the Karma moment as they face the two pompous morons

  38. September 2, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Happy Birthday Bobfr 🙂 You are an extremely nice person and I am always happy to read your tweets and posts on TOD. Thank you so much for them!!!

  39. 151 dotster3
    September 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Reuters update on Syria—Assad warning of retaliation, further proof his govt. was responsible for chemical attack.


  40. 158 Jovie
    September 2, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Maybe we should send that picture to Ezra Wife, war on Women Journalist?

  41. September 2, 2013 at 7:04 pm

  42. 167 Jovie
    September 2, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Bobfr is this guy credible?

  43. 170 dotster3
    September 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    • 171 Jovie
      September 2, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      In the house it’s will be voted down in the senate it will pass!

    • September 2, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      The Press always predicts doom and gloom…always…

      however with so much evidence/proof from not just PBO but the world community/it will be difficult to base a NO vote on not having the true info/they will have to have another reason…

    • 173 anniebella
      September 2, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      Well Hitler Assad will write a Thank You note to every one of them.

    • 174 jacquelineoboomer
      September 2, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    • 175 99ts
      September 2, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      Think about who is more likely to make statements – and then think how many representatives there are. The media continues to bark up the wrong tree.

      • 176 99ts
        September 2, 2013 at 10:02 pm

        Just to add – I do not contemplate what the President or the congress should do – but I will NEVER believe the media when it thinks it knows what either will do. The media deserves no respect, nor any acceptance for its wild guesses on political decisions. They see their role to persuade – not to inform.

        • 177 nathkatun7
          September 2, 2013 at 11:58 pm

          ” The media deserves no respect, nor any acceptance for its wild guesses on political decisions. They see their role to persuade – not to inform.”

          Very well said 99ts! The so called U.S. mainstream media (MSM) are no longer in the business of informing the people. Most, and especially the electronic ones, are simply interested in hype and sensationalism. Others act as the propaganda organs of the right wing Republicans. I don’t know about any one else, but I’ve already decided to heed the call from the president that I have a responsibility to act as a citizen. Consequently, I’ve written my my member of Congress and my two U.S. Senators urging them to support the President. The United States Congress almost unanimously ratified the International Convention banning the use of Chemical Weapons. So how in the world can the U.S. Congress look the other way when there is evidence that a dictator unleashed Chemical Weapons on his people?

  44. 178 Jovie
    September 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    The Pentagon…

  45. 180 globalcitizenlinda
    September 2, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I bet assad is regretting the use of chemical weapons on civilians because by daring to test PBO’s moral campus, he has succeeded in getting the world to sharply focus on Syria.

    I am impressed by the way the intelligence departments of western nations are publicly providing the content of the evidence they have collected

    • September 2, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      Precisely, Linda.

      Fact is, while the attack increasingly appears to have been well planned, tactically, it clearly was an act of desperation. Assad knows the rebels are within a few miles of where he sits and time is not on his side. His desperation has now left him with only two choices, die or The Hague. We can anticipate a lot more people are going to die and that he will be one of them.

      • 183 desertflower
        September 2, 2013 at 7:56 pm

        Exactly. Check the link @155…..things are not at all good for Assad

      • 184 globalcitizenlinda
        September 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm

        sometimes I do not understand WHY it is so hard for national leaders to do the right thing – in this case assad could have defected to Russian – or china

      • 185 nathkatun7
        September 3, 2013 at 12:21 am

        You speak Truth, Bob! What Assad did was clearly “an act of desperation.” But it’s also a heinous act that requires a robust response from the international community.

  46. September 2, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    New Chat Away soon

  47. 190 Dudette
    September 2, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Wonder if there were any winger heads exploding when this pic came out.

    • September 2, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      That’s an important article for many reasons, df, thank you. From my perspective, the most important information is the fact that Assad has full control of only a few airbases and each are easily targeted by Cruise & MOP ordinance. Rendering 7 or 8 air fields inoperable is a matter of moments, not days. And, those are also the sites where the bulk of his chemical weapons are located.

      No air force for logistics, Assad’s troops would be out of food, quickly. The rebels know that and so does the Pentagon.


  48. 199 jacquelineoboomer
    September 2, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Just received an email from CatholicDemocrats.org on Labor Day – very interesting. They’re on it! (Ignore the “donate” part!)

    The Numbers Show Two Americas for the Land of Opportunity – One for Whites and One for African Americans and Hispanics, One for Men and One for Women, One for the Rich and One for the Rest


  49. 201 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    September 2, 2013 at 8:15 pm

  50. 203 Dudette
    September 2, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Wow, Federer is out of the U.S. Open!

  51. September 2, 2013 at 8:24 pm

  52. September 2, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Listen to the depth and character of his voice, of his words. AMAZING SPEECH, full of the poetry of his soul. This is the man we believe in, this is the man we work to support and protect.

  53. 207 yardarm756
    September 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    The next thing you’ll here from the rwnjs is cries for impeachment for making Congress earn their pay.

  54. 210 Dudette
    September 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    It’s Labor Day and I’m remembering this great DNC speech by Jennifer Granholm

  55. 212 Dudette
    September 2, 2013 at 8:35 pm

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