Pictures! Pictures! Pictures!


President Barack Obama shares a laugh with, left to right, Personal Aide Reggie Love, Personal Secretary Katie Johnson, Senior Advisor David Axelrod and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs in the Oval Office, Oct. 8, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



President Barack Obama prepares to take a shot before watching a game played by members of the National Naval Medical Center’s Marine Wounded Warrior basketball team on the White House basketball court, Oct. 8, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



President Barack Obama shares a laugh with, left to right, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Senior Advisor David Axelrod, Personal Secretary Katie Johnson and Personal Aide Reggie Love in the Oval Office, Oct. 8, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



President Barack Obama watches as members of the National Naval Medical Center’s Marine Wounded Warrior basketball team play on the White House Basketball Court, Oct. 8, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



President Barack Obama meets with Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office, Oct. 8, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


131 Responses to “Pictures! Pictures! Pictures!”

  1. 3 Ladyhawke
    October 9, 2013 at 11:25 am


    Those who wrap themselves in the Constitution

    By Steve Benen


    But that only helps reinforce the importance of the question for congressional Republicans who swear to support the Constitution before they’re permitted to hold office. The document says, “The validity of the public debt of the United States shall not be questioned.” It doesn’t say anything about justifying extortion schemes, or holding the public debt hostage, or protecting the integrity of U.S. finances in exchange for right-wing goodies to satisfy U.S. House candidates who won fewer votes than their rivals.

    Likewise, Article IV, Section 1 of the Constitution — known as the Full Faith and Credit Clause — doesn’t include any asterisks about what happens when one party really hates health care reform.



    • October 9, 2013 at 11:30 am

      Congrats on 1st COS!! Seems Lh came through the ‘door’ with you 🙂

      • October 9, 2013 at 11:32 am

        • October 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm

          Thank you VC and Jackie!! Issuance of debt is predicated on quality of trust. If the trust is high, the cost of the debt is commensurately less, but the holder of the debt never doubts they’ll earn interest & their principal is safe. If the trust is low, the cost is high(er). The moment the validity of issued debt is questioned it causes trouble. When the issued debt of a Nation is the bedrock of the global financial system, i.e., that the quality of that debt is effectively an absolute guaranteed return on investment, you mess with it and the scale of trouble is incalculable.

          I do hope that enforcement of the law becomes the focus, because the law has been broken by merely causing any US debt holder to question its validity.

      • 7 COS
        October 9, 2013 at 11:33 am

        Thx Bobfr. Yes we entered at the same time. 😄

      • 8 vcprezofan2
        October 9, 2013 at 12:08 pm

        Hey Bobfr, that Benen link above you shows that your point of view re questioning the validity of the public debt is catching on! Way to go, you patriotic activist, you! I know most folks tend to think of the GOP’s actions as treasonous, but I don’t think that approach will fly. I sure hope this one takes hold, or at least gets parlayed about enough that it scares the bejeebers out of the idjits.

      • October 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm

        Congratulations, Bob. You now have another major voice to agree with you and double the impact of your message. With any luck, Lawrence will also pick it up and even more people will pay attention.

    • October 9, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you Lh for posting these important articles!!

  2. 11 amk for obama
    October 9, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has called on Western powers to help stop the spread of militancy in his country.


    Just coupla days back, he was whining about US extraction of the same terrorist elements

  3. October 9, 2013 at 11:27 am

  4. 15 amk for obama
    October 9, 2013 at 11:28 am

    • October 9, 2013 at 11:31 am

      Unfortunately as I said in my piece the other day, the Insurrection Act of 1807 prevents the Federal govt from deploying military & assets against a domestic rebellion. George Bush got congress to tinker with the law last decade, but in 2008 Congress repealed those changes to revert law back to original definition. Sad that we can’t lance this boil in our midst. 😦

  5. 28 dotster3
    October 9, 2013 at 11:41 am

    A pretty good summary of how we got to this crazy place

    • 29 globalcitizenlinda
      October 9, 2013 at 11:49 am

      the last few days of his obstinacy point to a higher possibility that Boehner was not hijacked – seems he went freely.

      reason I say Boehner is a willing participant is because he has been given real chances to stop this hostage taking and he has refused

      • October 9, 2013 at 12:21 pm

        Good morning/afternoon/evening TODers

        global, I tend to agree with you. I think I gave Boehner way too much credit. I now believe he is just as craven as the rest of the bunch.

      • 31 57andfemale
        October 9, 2013 at 12:24 pm

        Boehner is out of his league in this job. This was discussed when he first became Speaker. He’s intellectually inept, notoriously lazy. He does indeed live in a fog. he’d be okay as Speaker if there weren’t any bumps in the road and could go on auto-pilot. He is completely out of his depth and we’re all paying the price.

        The Forces are what they are. The Speaker is supposed to lead and he is incapable of understanding, much less navigating these crocodile-infested waters.

  6. 32 japa21
    October 9, 2013 at 11:44 am

  7. 33 dotster3
    October 9, 2013 at 11:54 am

    The absurdity

    • 34 amk for obama
      October 9, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      The whole system seems absurd. An handful of reps holding then entire nation to ransom. A single senator fucktard holding the president’s appointments indefinitely. All this budget reconciliation process. Sticking reprehensible stuff to clean bills. First amendment. Second amendment. Citizens united.

      • 35 57andfemale
        October 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm

        The debt ceiling alone is utterly insane. It’s completely artificial, no other country has anything remotely this stupid. Like the Electoral College – could anything be more ridiculous in the 21st century?

    • 36 HZ
      October 9, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      I love the new Frank Schaeffer. He has really seen the light. I remember his father and mother and even little Frank in that entire Evangelical Movement. This is a new Frank Scheffer for sure. HZ

  8. 37 carolyn
    October 9, 2013 at 11:57 am

    On a shallow note…..looking at those 2009 pictures of the Oval Office….it was very tired looking. The new look is much warmer and vibrant and welcoming.

    • 38 HZ
      October 9, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      Yes, Carolyn. It reminded me of being stiff and stuff full of phony people. Now it is an inviting, calm and yet very important place of business with respect to allow living a full life for each American who stands with a president with great honor for what he is trying to do and accomplish for all of us.

      A warm, compassionate, yet very capable and brilliant mind and minds who enter this very important place where the work of the people, by the people and for the people are carried out each day with great respect by our POTUS and his team.HZ

  9. October 9, 2013 at 11:59 am

    THIS IS what we have been talking about. The Kochs own GOP

  10. 42 Ladyhawke
    October 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm


    FULL TRANSCRIPT: President Obama’s Oct. 8 news conference on the shutdown and debt limit


    So there are no magic bullets here. There’s one simple way of doing it, and that is Congress going in and voting. And the fact that right now there are votes, I believe, to go ahead and take this drama off the table should at least be tested. Speaker Boehner keeps on saying he doesn’t have the votes for it, and what I’ve said is, put it on the floor. See what happens. And at minimum, let every member of Congress be on record. Let them — let them vote to keep the government open or not, and they can determine where they stand and defend that vote to their constituencies. And let them vote on whether or not America should pay its bills or not. And if, in fact, some of these folks really believe that it’s not that big of a deal, they can vote no.

    And that’ll be useful information to — for voters to have. And if it fails and we do end up defaulting, I think voters should know exactly who voted not to pay our bills, so that they can be responsible for the consequences that come with it.



  11. 43 japa21
    October 9, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    • 44 amk for obama
      October 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Good idea. The dems should do it the first chance they get.

      • 45 japa21
        October 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm

        Agreed. It was enacted as a way to get reluctant members of Congress to approve of getting into WWI. SO you might say, the actual debt ceiling law was a form of extortion. Fact is, it runs into direct contradiction with the 14th Amendment.

        • 46 57andfemale
          October 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm

          It runs in direct contradiction to logic and economic sanity. It’s absurd. If you asked an accountant to set up such a system, any accountant would laugh hysterically.

    • 47 Obama Grandmama
      October 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      That’s what I hope. If a budget passes they are bound to pay the bill. No further votes to decide if they will pay it or not! We should not be classified as deadbeats. What happened to the so called party of fiscal responsibility? I know they never really were. I was just making a rhetorical argument. LOL

    • October 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      I totally agree, Japa. First day, the Dems have a majority in both houses, they need to shut that thing down. No more hostage taking.

  12. 49 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 9, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Dipping in for just a second. House opened with guest chaplain from Bartellsville, OK who thanked God for the “courage” shown by the House during this difficult time; guess they wanted to try do counteract the dynamic prayers by Adm. Barry Black over in the Senate. As always, House GOP FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. 51 No Child Left Behind
    October 9, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I have much respect for Senator Reid. What a way to handle these foolish reporters and their questions!

  14. 52 hopefruit2
    October 9, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Silly Reporter: Republicans say “Harry Reid does not like Veterans.” How do you respond?”

    Harry Reid: “I can’t dignify this with a response.” (Turns away).

  15. 53 misspat
    October 9, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Hi there folks. Please help me out. If the President goes ahead and use his Executive powers to stop this BS can they really try to impeach him? If so, I will max out my credit cards and go march on Washington. I dare them to try to impeach him if he has to go that route.

    • 54 Don
      October 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      Trust me, when it comes to using Executive Powers President Obama has researched his plan backwards forwards and upside down. He is a Constitutional Professor by trade.

      • 55 57andfemale
        October 9, 2013 at 12:39 pm

        Which is why the administration continues to say ‘no’ to executive action to enforce the 14th amendment.

        • 56 misspat
          October 9, 2013 at 1:01 pm

          Thanks folks, I understand it better now. I am sure the President has looked at all the angles. I trust him and I will just continue to pray. No weapon formed against him shall prosper. The man is blessed and highly favored.

      • 58 HZ
        October 9, 2013 at 11:57 pm

        Don, you are so right. President Barack H. Obama has studied this up, down, sideways, front, back, center, and every tuck and corner with the best lawyers and some starting with himself. Trust me. President Barack H. Obama does his homework better than these fools will ever study. Those early morning hitting the books with his precious mother, believe me paid off Big Time. Not to worry.

        President Obama is the hardest working president Ever!. Believe me, if he has to know something, he will know more about it when it is presented to him than the presenters. HZ

    • 59 57andfemale
      October 9, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      they can impeach for anything they want, whenever they want ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ is a very vague and is actually a contradiction of standards. Doesn’t mean the Senate trial would remove a President; but they can contrive damn near anything to file Articles of Impeachment.

      That being said, this country had stayed away from that calamity almost entirely until Newt Gingrich unleashed the impeachment monster.

      This country has avoided many calamities that are technically possible – until the Congress during PBO’s terms as President.

      So, yes – they would move to impeach if PBO were to use executive powers that are not specifically laid out as a remedy. I’ve stumbled on a number of tweets that say just that: they are hoping he would do this as an impeachment trap.

      Realize – in an even marginally sane political climate, such action would run its course in the courts and be adjudicated by the Supreme Court. It would be a new use of executive power. But these bunch of loons wouldn’t allow that to play out – they’d just impeach.

  16. 62 GGail
    October 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    California health insurance enrollment site touts robust activity


    Seeking to rebut mounting criticism over the rollout of Obamacare nationwide, California’s insurance exchange boasted that nearly 29,000 people applied for coverage last week under the federal healthcare law.

    Covered California, the state’s new marketplace, said it released the data earlier than planned to counter “misinformation” and reports about widespread glitches preventing people from signing up. Peter Lee, the exchange’s executive director, defended the law and cited the personal stories of Californians who had successfully sought coverage.

    “This continued drumbeat of doubters and misinformation made us say, ‘Let’s put this out,'” Lee said. Pointing to persistent Republican efforts in Washington to defund or delay Obamacare as a federal government shutdown drags on, Lee said that “you can’t derail something when it has already left the station. We are going very strong.”

  17. 63 Vicki
    October 9, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    So now we are at the part of the Shutdown where the GOP can offically be declared a chicken without a head.
    Koch industries denies they funded ending Obamacare. I guess $200,000,000.00 shelled out is not funding in their upside down universe.

    Paul Ryan avoids mentioning the ACA.

    They are trying to pivot back to debt and deficit.
    No strategy. No common sense.

    I’m smelling victory for the forces of good—the people the Democrat party and the President.

    • 64 Vicki
      October 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Demmocratic party, i meant

    • 66 GGail
      October 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      Thanks Vicki for reporting on the House proceedings. I had to turn it off! But I do see that they are trying to change their song from ACA back to debt & deficit. Poor things…

    • October 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      Vicki, the Koch brother got exposed in the NYT and Boston Globe. Everyone knows they’re behind the whole TP cabal. The brothers don’t like the spotlight because they have more power pulling strings in the background–out of sight. They’re trying to deflect the spotlight with the “who me? I had nothing to do with it” act.

  18. October 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Good morning everyone! Missed being here yesterday. Spent the day doing the doctor thing with the boys. Every waiting room was tuned to Fox. My last appointment found me in a large waiting area filled with soldiers who were absolutely berating President Obama. I tried to ignore them until one of them said he just didn’t understand why “the stupid man” wouldn’t just sign the bill. “What bill,” I asked. He answered like I was the dumbest broad on earth, “The bill to end the damned shutdown!” After I told them there was no bill, I gave them a lesson in the legislative process.

    It is a disgrace that people who take an oath to the country haven’t knowledge of basic civics. The reason we have all those idiots in Congress is because stupid people went to the polls. I was so disgusted, I came home, burned my dinner so I just decided to drink it. Now I have lots of catching up to do. See you later.

    • 70 GGail
      October 9, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      FayPax, I too was at a doctor’s appointment yesterday afternoon. In the waiting room, a lady started talking about the President being on TV asking the public to contact Congress. The lady said “why is he asking us to contact Congress? He’s the President. If he can’t make them do anything, how does he expect us to?”

      I looked at her and my mouth fell open. I was about to launch into my “your vote/your voice” when I was called in to my appointment. I had to calm myself down so my blood pressure reading wouldn’t scare my doctor.

      I am so amazed at how uninformed sooooo many people are in this country about basic politics. Many of the people in that waiting room are on some form of government assistance and yet don’t participate in the process. SMH!

    • 78 Obama Grandmama
      October 9, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Wow! Just wow! Good on you! I am not looking forward to going to my weekly art group today as I live in the country and am surrounded by willing participants being led falsely by FOX. They vote against their own best interests. We are pretty much split in half politically. We try to stay away from political discussions. I have tried to give them sites to check out on their own but they are stuck with their formed opinions. Then this weekend my brother from MT will be visiting. He is the bitter clinging to his gun and bible person that PBO got in trouble from describing in the campaign for first term. My other brother who lives next door is the shutdown the government, conspiracy theorist, former Ron Paul supporter. It seems I am so surrounded by insanity I need this site not to go crazy myself.

      • October 9, 2013 at 12:40 pm

        OG, Your situation sounds worse thanb mine (with my R husband). Though, of course, living where I live (RED east TN), I am surrounded by loonies too. 😦

      • 80 No Child Left Behind
        October 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm

        Obama Grandmama, The more reason to welcome you here. Insanity, ignorance, and bias are rampant. And Fox News is the premier channel for all venues, doctors’ offices, hotels, you name it.

      • October 9, 2013 at 1:14 pm

        Obama Grandmama when ever the republicans use the Word of God with out understand or twist it, they loose and make the Word of God with non-effect. Use the Word of God to address their crazy behavior, because their behavior God does not endorse.

    • 83 nospin
      October 9, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      good for you FayPax. Good for you on taking the time to educate them.

  19. October 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    • 85 Don
      October 9, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      This is good news! When ever you have to explain anything to anyone you’ve already lost the fight.

    • 87 amk for obama
      October 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      Well, at least that reporter, instead of just parroting, is honest enough to pushback this cockamamie bs.

      The Koch brothers have long worked against the health law, and have contributed to organizations, like Heritage Action for America, that are pressing lawmakers to end financing for it.

      Other Koch-backed groups, like Americans for Prosperity and a new group, Generation Opportunity, which is aimed at young people, are working to sow doubts about the health law and to undermine it in other ways, including by persuading Americans not to enroll for health insurance and pressing state lawmakers not to expand Medicaid under the law. Americans for Prosperity alone has run $5.5 million in television advertising against the law over the past three months.

      • 88 jacquelineoboomer
        October 9, 2013 at 3:26 pm

        I used the word cockamamie earlier today and couldn’t remember how to spell it, so thank you. (Ha.)

  20. 89 Don
    October 9, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Maybe the Whitehouse or HHS can set up an electronic counter to note every time someone goes on a health exchange website, just like there is a electronic debt clock that measures the debt.

    • 90 amk for obama
      October 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      Yeah, just PBO’s fundraising ticker, which also they used cleverly as a motivator.

    • 91 Layla
      October 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      fabulous idea Don!!! Can Bob or you or anyone tweet this..

      • October 9, 2013 at 12:45 pm

        I’m late and still catching up. Saw your post and just wanted to say my thoughts and hopes are with you. I know you will stay strong and positive. Take care of yourself, FIRST. You cannot take care of others if you don’t.

        • 93 Layla
          October 9, 2013 at 12:57 pm

          TY Sabreen! I am staying strong with a few moments of despair. I believe that caring for others helps me. My doc told me I can live my life(while I can) I just need to be careful re infection, which I always do anyway..I am a germaphobe so I always apply precautions. I am putting this in God’s warm hands! TY again

        • 94 vcprezofan2
          October 9, 2013 at 1:30 pm

          Okay, I missed something here – exactly what happens when I jump around the posts and do not read everything! Can you point me to Layla’s post, Sabreen (so she doesn’t have to repeat)? Thanks

      • 97 nospin
        October 9, 2013 at 6:09 pm

        Blessings to you Layla. My prayers are with you.

        • 98 HZ
          October 10, 2013 at 12:36 am

          I missed it also vc about our Layla. I was trying to keep quiet tonight. I had to visit one of my doctors(cardiologist) today because of all of the stress, hurt, pain and yelling at disrespectful people who tried to talk over me after having the nerves to call into my private home. I just let it all go all over the place and ended up screaming into the phone and hanging up. Soon afterwards found myself in a strange feeling this morning. Did not take any chances, so called and went in. He knew something relating to my involvement with our government situation was at the root of my heart problems. He is from India and we have such a great relationship since I have known he and his wife and their two young sons since the boys were little babies. He talks to me like my brother would still remaining as professional as a very brilliant and compassionate medical doctor can be. They are few in between. I am so blessed to have him.

          So I confessed and took my orders and came home and have been quiet. If you all in my TOD family do not see me for a few days, do not worry, I will be fine. I was scared at first, but I am grateful for a beautiful and faithful loving strong great niece who has so much common sense along with her college education and uses it to speak with so much assurance to her great aunt. I am blessed. She keeps me calm when her uncle is out of the country.

          We are going to be fine. I have to believe that for Layla, GoBrooklyn, Dudette’s family, MightyPamela, amk, and all of our beautiful TOD family members. We have such a loving family here, and I know for a fact that the love, prayers, meditational thoughts have kept me strong while going through a lot. (((((((((((((((((((((( Lots of love from my space to all of my TOD family members space tonight.)))))))))))))))))))))))

          Our President will be fine. He is a very strong man and has a very strong and faithful group of people who lift him, FLOTUS and his entire Cabinet up daily. “No evil being brought against him, will be successful.” Sometimes, I found myself just weeping for the ugly and hateful things being cooked up for him, but I am reminded by my best, best friend to take it to a space where I can just pray and cry it all out. It helps to get it out. My doctors reminded me that it is healthy to let the tears flow and refresh my vision of what clarity that I want to see in my journey with our president.

          We are going to be fine. We have to remember how we were all touched by this young brilliant young Senator in 2004. We will not allow that energy go away. I was blessed to know of him from two of my beautiful brothers friends who know President Obama personally, and they all say that he is not one to mess with at all. He is calm, but he does not take foolishness if he finds out that one is trying to “play” him.

          We will continue to work hard to help him get the House back in 2014 and keep the Senate solid for him, and we will do that. I am going to do my best.

          Everyone, remember to rest, relax when possible, and trust your faith to move in bold steps to move us closer FORWARD to our goals with President Obama. ((((((((((((((((( I love my Chips and all that is put forth here with Chips at the helm for President Obama)))))))))))))))))hz

  21. 99 Ladyhawke
    October 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm


    FULL TRANSCRIPT: President Obama’s Oct. 8 news conference on the shutdown and debt limit


    Q: Thank you, Mr. President. You mentioned the Supreme Court, and the term started today with a campaign finance case that sort of picks up where Citizens United left off. You called Citizens United devastating to the public interest, so I wonder if you could weigh in on this latest case.

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, the latest case would go even further than Citizens United. I mean, essentially, it would say anything goes; there are no rules in terms of how to finance campaigns. There aren’t a lot of functioning democracies around the world that work this way, where you can basically have millionaires and billionaires bankrolling whoever they want, however they want, in some cases undisclosed. And what it means is ordinary Americans are shut out of the process.

    And Democrats aren’t entirely innocent of this in the past. And you know, I had to raise a lot of money for my campaign. So I — there — there’s nobody who operates in politics that has perfectly clean hands on this issue.

    But what is also true is that all of us should bind ourselves to some rules that say the people who vote for us should be more important than somebody who’s spending a million dollars, $10 million or a hundred million dollars to help us get elected, because we don’t know what their agendas are. We don’t know what their interests are.

    And I’ve continued to believe that Citizens United contributed to some of the problems we’re having in Washington right now. You know, you have some ideological extremist who has a big bankroll, and they can entirely skew our politics.

    And there are a whole bunch of members of Congress right now who privately will tell you, I know our positions are unreasonable, but we’re scared that if we don’t go along with the tea party agenda, or the — some particularly extremist agenda, that we’ll be challenged from the right. And the threats are very explicit. And so they toe the line. And that’s part of why we’ve seen a breakdown of just normal routine business done here in Washington on behalf of the American people.

    And all of you know it. I mean, I’m not telling you anything you don’t know because it’s very explicit. You report on it. A big chunk of the Republican Party right now is — are in gerrymandered districts where there’s no competition and those folks are much more worried about a tea party challenger than they are about a general election where they’ve got to complete against a Democrat or go after independent votes. And in that environment, it’s a lot harder for them to compromise. All right?



  22. October 9, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Last night I saw a pretty good ad by OFA re the GOP shutdown. I hope they keep it up and put more and more ads on TV

  23. 102 Nena20409
    October 9, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    10-09-13….Jay’s presser is Live……right now……Chatters and Noise…..No Jay at the Podium Yet 😉


  24. 104 Nena20409
    October 9, 2013 at 12:56 pm


    Young is one of 28 Republicans backing a “clean” continuing resolution to fund the government.

  25. 105 57andfemale
    October 9, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Well, you could knock me over with a feather: My twit of a Senator, Mark Kirk, is the first Republican senator to call for a clean CR.

    Never say it’s hopeless to contact your reps. I write or email that twit at least 5 times/week. Glad to see I’m not alone. It’s worth the effort.

  26. 106 hopefruit2
    October 9, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    So Koch Bros are in essence admitting that they control the GOP. Not that it’s any surprise to us….

    • 107 Vicki
      October 9, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      No surprise. The funny part is that after spending Two Hundred Million Dollars to oppose the ACA they are denying they funded an effort to repeal Obamacare.

      As Zizi and Bobfr have been saying the struggle against the Koch Brothers is all about their intention to gain complete control over our country and their desire to destroy the rest of us to make their victory even that much better.

    • October 9, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks hf for sharing the tweet!! And, yes, your observation is on target!

  27. 109 Linda
    October 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Medicare Part D has a monthly penalty for not enrolling on time.

    Does anyone remember outrage over that ?

    Me either

    • 110 57andfemale
      October 9, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      And confusion was rampant for months for a program that is minuscule compared to ACA. And they had all the funds to roll it out and advertise it properly. Leavitt, Bush’s HHS Secretary, was quick to say how well they promoted it for 18 months before implementation, and how bad the ACA roll out was. Nice, when Congress funds such endeavors, you insufferable ass.

  28. 111 japa21
    October 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Been having a discussion with someone arguing if we just cut spending then we can’t default. I argued that we should just increase revenure through taxing top earners. What follows is his final (I hope) tweet to me and my response. That people still think the Laffer curve has merit is beyond me.

  29. October 9, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    GA TOD….

    Most qualified: Just look at the competition. When he was appointed chairman, Ben Bernanke’s only prior government service was three years on the Fed board and six months as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). Alan Greenspan had three years as CEA chair. Yellen, by contrast, has served for three years as vice chair, headed up the San Francisco Fed for six years, ran the CEA for two years, and before that did a three year stint on the Fed Board of Governors. She also did a stint as an economist at the board in the late 1970s, for good measure. Only Paul Volcker — who had a multi-decade career at the New York Fed and the Treasury — even comes close to that, and he had nowhere near as much exposure to the highest echelons of the Fed system as Yellen has. If experience is your main criterion, Yellen is hard to beat.

    Powerful voice for the unemployed: In various speeches — perhaps most notably at the AFL-CIO — and in Fed deliberations, Yellen has been clear that she thinks subpar growth and too high unemployment are the biggest problems facing the Federal Reserve. “Maximum employment,” she has emphasized, is the main goal of the Fed at this point in time. In her words, “With employment so far from its maximum level and with inflation currently running, and expected to continue to run, at or below the [Federal Open Markets] Committee’s 2 percent longer-term objective, it is entirely appropriate for progress in attaining maximum employment to take center stage in determining the Committee’s policy stance.”…………

  30. 117 JER
    October 9, 2013 at 1:16 pm

  31. 118 hopefruit2
    October 9, 2013 at 1:19 pm


    • 119 Vicki
      October 9, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      This is blissful. Thrilling, even.

    • 120 Linda
      October 9, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      I don’t see anything on the Google about that….

      • 121 hopefruit2
        October 9, 2013 at 1:35 pm

        I notice that Google tends to suppress negative info about GOP, or antiObama entities, while amplifying the same when it comes to PBO or Democrats….

      • 122 hopefruit2
        October 9, 2013 at 1:40 pm

        However, it’s been reported since last year that Papa Johns has lost business and its reputation since taking an anti-Obamacare position. So its not surprising that they had a change of mind/heart on this issue. Money talks! 🙂

        • 123 itgurl_29
          October 9, 2013 at 1:59 pm

          I know I have not gone to Papa John’s since he made those statements during the campaign. And I don’t miss their pizza at all.

        • 124 globalcitizenlinda
          October 9, 2013 at 2:41 pm

          I used to love Papa Johns & live near where it was founded & where the obnoxious leader calls home.

          Since he trashed ObamaCare, I have not go into a Papa Johns store (they are everywhere in my location but I just passed & curse them under my breath)

    • 125 Obama Grandmama
      October 9, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      He was the one threatening how much more each of his pizzas would cost and how he would have to cut so many workers if ACA was implemented. I remember vowing never to get a pizza there at the time.

  32. 127 hopefruit2
    October 9, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Janet Yellen is being nominated Fed Chair, while Jessica Yellin is leaving CNN.

  33. October 9, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    OMG. For those of us keeping count:

  34. 129 japa21
    October 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm

  35. 131 japa21
    October 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm

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