The Week Ahead


Monday: President Obama will speak from the White House Rose Garden to mark the five-year anniversary of the financial crisis and will highlight the administration’s response to it.

Later, the President and the First Lady have invited various music artists to the White House for a celebration of Latin music during Hispanic Heritage Month. Música Latina: In Performance at the White House will showcase Latin musical heritage, reflecting the influence of richly diverse Latino communities from throughout the Americas. The performance will be held in the East Room and will be live streamed at White House Live starting at 7:00 p.m. ET. More here

Tuesday: The President will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office.

Wednesday: The President will deliver remarks to members of the Business Roundtable and will answer questions.

Thursday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

Friday: The President will visit the Ford Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Kansas and talk about economic progress made since 2008’s financial crisis.

136 Responses to “The Week Ahead”

  1. 4 africa
    September 15, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Hardest working man I know.

  2. 8 utaustinliberal
    September 15, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Interesting week.

    Annie Lowrey is a bloody idiot.

    • 9 Roberta in MN
      September 15, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      Amen to that. Men golf with men, as simple as that, Annie has problem with that. She is the problem, stirring up shit like that.

    • 11 anniebella
      September 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      Let’s ask Mrs. Klein how many men do she hang out with as her buddies, how many minorities do she have as friends or invite to her home? This is just plain stupid. Maybe Annie dear wanted to ruffle the Obama supporter feathers.

  3. 12 Roberta in MN
    September 15, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Congrats on 1st Mariele , Chips, I can’t get caught up. I was just reading all your tweets. Man you are on a roll today. Thank You.

  4. 13 utaustinliberal
    September 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Well, lookey here. NYT has more men writers on their front pages and also writing for them than women. Annie might want to make sure her mothership promotes gender equality before whining about Pres. Obama.

  5. September 15, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    oh my! You are outdoing yourself today

  6. 19 Dudette
    September 15, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Chips! I see what you’re doing and I’m calling you out.
    STOP with the Naughty Mat bait THIS INSTANT!!! Some of us have lives we need to carry on with, okay?

  7. 24 Layla
    September 15, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I want PBO’s dentist!!!!

  8. 32 Dudette
    September 15, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Repeating this from end of the last post, as a certain force compels me:

    Anybody ever spend hours just looking at your own tweet? I think this particular one might take up a lot of my time over the next few days, weeks, months…

    Thanks a lot Chips! 😀

  9. September 15, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I’m just now logging on and seeing that Annie Lowrey is making another hideous claim. What a joke these “journalists” are! So desperate to make a dent in PBO’s legacy. AS IF.

    Wow, I’m also seeing tweets about Larry Summers withdrawing from consideration to head the Fed………….

    • 43 africa
      September 15, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Meta, please fill me in. What did she say?

    • September 15, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      Left a couple of comments at the end of the previous thread, will consolidate a couple here:

      1) re Annie Lowrey counting the number of women…

      Annie is one of the privileged white sorority girls of the northeast who think they understand what feminism is without actually having lived or known someone who has had another kind of life (think: Loretta Lynn as a contrast).

      Dotster thinks I hold a grudge against the northeast, but I really don’t.

      It’s just that the media POV gets framed by the northeast elite, without consideration of the rest of the country.

      So the northeast sorority girls gets to define what “feminism” is all about (the President’s golf partners!) without considering what feminism might mean to the general public.

      2) MSM mindreading

      The “certain” nominations of Susan Rice and Larry Summers were a fabrication of the MSM’s overactive imagination, and they spun these into “facts” and will never admit that they did so.

      Probably so that they can substitute speculation for actual reporting, and can continue to 100% wrong with their speculations and suffer exactly zero consequences.

      What other job rewards this level of performance?

  10. September 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Our beloved VP Joe, calls John Kerry the greatest secretary of state in history at the Harkin Steak Fry. SIZZLE!!!!!!!

  11. 57 carolyn
    September 15, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    If John Kerry had never done another thing in his life, his place in history would be secure for introducing Barack Obama to the world in 2004.

    However, his record is long and productive. Frankly, I believe that John Kerry is who PBO wanted for his SOS all along, but being a political realist and a long range thinker, knew he needed Kerry as chair of the Foreign Rel committee, and knew that Hillary could be a thorn in the Senate. I believe he talked with Kerry before his announcement of Hillary as SOS, and both of them agreed this was best. Kerry got the START treaty through, no one else could have, and PBO used him otherwise the first four years.
    All the todo about Susan Rice was another press/enemy generated fuss, so to quiet it down, she wrote the “taking herself out of the running” letter. and Summers has. Ezra Klein, just go away!

    • September 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      Yes, agreed with you on previous post; also reposted on this thread, above.

      • 59 carolyn
        September 15, 2013 at 6:42 pm

        Seems like I always manage the last or next to last post on any given thread. Glad to have a smart person agree with me!!!

    • 60 nathkatun7
      September 15, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      Carolyn, your take makes a great deal of sense. I think the President, after he selected Joe Biden to be VP, and given Sen. Teddy Kennedy declining health, he really needed John Kerry in the Senate during his first term. He was one of the Senators that he trusted implicitly. Selecting Hillary Clinton to serve as the SoS was a stroke of political genius that accomplished two objectives: First, it demonstrated his maturity and self-confidence by showing the country that he is not afraid to work with his main political rival in order to advance the country’s interests. Second, now that Hillary would be on his team, her powerful supporters were, to a certain extent, neutralized and prevented from causing any mischief to undermine his presidency.

      I strongly believe, although I have no concrete evidence to support my belief, that selecting Hillary Clinton, to serve as SoS, was a shrewd political move to ensure that President Obama would not be effectively challenged within the Democratic Party for re-election. Had Hillary Clinton remained in the Senate, the die-hard, but powerful, Clinton loyalists, joined by her husband and the emoprogs, would have rallied behind her and convinced her to challenge President Obama in 2012. If she did, she would have lost. But the split in the Democratic party would have been profound making it possible for President Obama to lose re-election. If Hillary Clinton had challenged President Obama in the primaries, the 2012 election would have turned out to be remarkably similar to the 1980 election.

      This is why I think that selecting Hillary Clinton to serve as SoS in his first term demonstrated President Obama’s brilliant political skills.

  12. September 15, 2013 at 6:23 pm

  13. 67 utaustinliberal
    September 15, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Heads Up.

  14. September 15, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    OMG, I hadn’t heard about this. Sorry if already posted:

    Top White House aide hospitalized twice last week

    Dan Pfeiffer, a top strategist for President Obama, visited a hospital twice last week with what officials describe as stroke-like symptoms, the White House confirmed to Post Politics.

    Pfeiffer, 37, has since returned to work and is being monitored.

    “We are happy and relieved to have Dan back at work full time,” White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage said. “He’s feeling better, listening to his doctors, and focused on helping implement the president’s very full domestic and foreign policy agenda.”

    Pfeiffer began feeling ill Sept. 4 and stayed at a hospital overnight. After returning to work, he became ill again and returned for two days, Brundage said. He left the hospital on Saturday and began work soon after.

    Doctors say Pfeiffer is suffering from what appears to be hypertension.


    • 69 globalcitizenlinda
      September 15, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      Jovie posted the story from The Hill (may be Friday).

      Could not help noting that he is so young that we forget he could be so vulnerable.

      We have gotten to used to seeing some people in Team Obama around PBO that we take them for granted.

      Some of us sent Mr. Pfeiffer a tweet wishing him continued recovery.

      may be others can send him some healing thoughts

    • 70 Jerseygirl
      September 15, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      A stressful job at the WH can’t be helping his BP. Signs of possible Stroke at 37????!! We sometimes forget what good public servants sacrifice while doing their duty for this nation.

      • 71 Lovepolitics2008
        September 15, 2013 at 8:14 pm

        Pretty probable the doctors gave him some medication. Hypertension at 37 is not normal, even if he has a stressful job.

        Frankly, the man should at least take a couple of weeks of vacation. Returning to work so quickly ??!!

    • September 15, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      I aa glad that he is ok…

    • September 15, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      That’s very young to be having a stroke. Hope he’s not working too hard. Glad that he’s okay and back at work.

  15. September 15, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    One more re: Ms. Lowrey:

  16. 77 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    September 15, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Dipping in for just a second — Good evening, TOD!

    Still up to my a$$ — doing last minute stuff before heading out on vaca… Haven’t even had time to read front pages! Scrolled down just not and found LL posted a Miles thread last night; LL, you only do that S*** when you know I’m not going to be around ;-(

    Love you guys; will try to check-in before Wednesday.

  17. 82 utaustinliberal
    September 15, 2013 at 6:39 pm

  18. September 15, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I LOVE this fella!!

  19. 88 globalcitizenlinda
    September 15, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    So can we put to rest yesterday’s speculation about WHY most PBO-haters were silent?

    It appears that the silence was because they did not have shinny object to hang their hate on & they could not find it in themselves that they were out-smarted.

    they could not give PBO credit where credit was due on Syria.

    Even this much of today the haters have been mainly quiet now most are out pushing their point of view on PBO’s choice of Fed Chair

  20. 89 africa
    September 15, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Wow. This is sad.

  21. 90 africa
    September 15, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    While the Annie Lowreys and Emos sweat the small stuff, PBO moves the needle.

  22. 91 Dudette
    September 15, 2013 at 7:01 pm

  23. 92 jacquelineoboomer
    September 15, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Not that she’s worth saving, but couldn’t resist:

  24. 93 africa
    September 15, 2013 at 7:13 pm

  25. 97 africa
    September 15, 2013 at 7:14 pm

  26. 99 Dudette
    September 15, 2013 at 7:17 pm


  27. 100 Dudette
    September 15, 2013 at 7:24 pm


  28. 115 Dudette
    September 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm

  29. September 15, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Soon it will be time to talk about the pirates. 😉

  30. 119 Anjo
    September 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    CHIPS you are evil, I took one glance at ‘The Look’ and collapsed on the fainting couch only thing was it wasn’t there and now I am prostrate on the fainting mat trying to catch my breath and nursing a massive head ache from missing the…what the hell in this position I can look my fill..i take it back you are not evil anymore..geez the more I look the better I feel..thanks CHIPS

  31. September 15, 2013 at 7:39 pm

  32. 128 Roberta in MN
    September 15, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    OT Does anyone know anything about HR15 (2013) it is supposed to be a bill to change the 21st Amendment to the Constitution allowing the President more than 2 terms? Have you heard about this yet and do you know who is sponsoring it or how I can find it?
    There are so many smart people here, thought one of you would know. It was brought up on my FB page. It was news to me. But then that wouldn’t surprise me, I was in the hospital having surgery then. 🙂

    • 129 Roberta in MN
      September 15, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      Found what I was looking for. It was not on the 21st Amendment, it was a resolution for TSA. Corrected the person on FB.

      • 130 nathkatun7
        September 15, 2013 at 11:06 pm

        Sorry, Roberta, I posted my comment below, in response to your artier inquiry, before I read this comment. Just in case somebody else decides to circulate misinformation, there are already 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The next Amendment, if one is enacted by 2/3rds of Congress (or proposed by 2/3rds of of state conventions) and ratified by 3/4th of the State legislatures, will be he 28th Amendment.

    • 131 nathkatun7
      September 15, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      Roberta, This must be a joke! The 21st Amendment (1933) repealed the 18th Amendment (1919), which was a prohibition against “the manufacture, importation, sell, and transportation of intoxicating liquors….” The Amendment that limited the presidency to two terms, in reaction to FDR’s four terms, was the 22nd Amendment, ratified in 1951. It’s really sad how much misinformation and disinformation is spread through social media.

  33. 134 Jovie
    September 15, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Notice every time we go into deep policy negotiations, the GOP needs a distraction. >

    House panel accuses State Dept. of obstructionism in Benghazi investigation

    Carlo Muñoz – 09/15/13 06:39 PM ET
    The State Department willfully obstructed a congressional investigation of the deadly attack, according to the House Oversight Committee.…

    Immigration, gun control and now debt ceiling, they always bring back Benghazi.
    It’s a plan, I am telling ya… 🙂

    • 135 Dudette
      September 15, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      Ugh! We have GOT to get these people out of Congress!

      • 136 nathkatun7
        September 15, 2013 at 11:15 pm

        I agree with you, Dudette! Democrats should, for example, be seriously recruiting a credible candidate to challenge Darrell Issa! His margin of victory, in 2012, was much lower than all his previous runs, despite the fact that he face a poorly funded Democratic opponent. I am sending an e-mail to the DNC and the DCCC urging them to field and finance a strong candidate to take on Issa. Issa is the one driving this Benghazi nonsense after he failed miserably with his IRS scandal.

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