President + Democrats = Adults In Government


President Barack Obama meets with Senate Democratic leadership. Senate Majority Whip Sen. Richard Durbin, Sen. Charles Schumer, Sen. Patty Murray, and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid to discuss the government shutdown and the nation’s debt ceiling in the Oval Office of the White House













138 Responses to “President + Democrats = Adults In Government”

  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    October 12, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I’m not first. Chipsticks is “morally first!” ๐Ÿ˜€

    • October 12, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      ๐Ÿ˜† I offer heartfelt moral thanks UT – now, where’s my Rooney pic??????

      • 3 utaustinliberal
        October 12, 2013 at 6:29 pm

        It’s the weekend. I’m going to be generous. Don’t count on this on October 19th!

        Wait…isn’t that also when Danny arrives? Dangit….I have to be nice. ๐Ÿ˜†

        • October 12, 2013 at 6:35 pm

          Look at that creature of complete loveliness, thank you UT!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜†

          Oooh, why didn’t I pick Rooney as the name instead of Danny ๐Ÿ˜•

          • October 12, 2013 at 7:22 pm

            ‘creature of complete loveliness’ ????

            Chips, I have restrained myself for EVAH, when you gush about Rooney, because I haven’t wanted to interfere between you and your football buddies. However, stumbling in after a day’s absence and being met with this round of gush, I cannot keep it in any longer… I just have to know – Do you wear contacts? Do you clean them regularly? Or, if glasses, have they been updated in the last decade? Just asking.

  2. 8 Judith Fardig
    October 12, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I totally trust Barack Obama, our President!

  3. 11 Dudette
    October 12, 2013 at 6:08 pm

  4. 13 africa
    October 12, 2013 at 6:10 pm

  5. 14 Arrogant Demon
    October 12, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    This pic right here, is the best

  6. October 12, 2013 at 6:14 pm

  7. 17 africa
    October 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm

  8. 18 africa
    October 12, 2013 at 6:16 pm

  9. October 12, 2013 at 6:27 pm

  10. October 12, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    …..From my perch overseas, Iโ€™ve also been watching the run-up to the government shutdown in Washington. At times, I have tried to explain it to bemused foreigners. Many of them think, mistakenly, that Americans are having an argument about the budget or the deficit. I have to put them straight: This is an attempt by one part of the U.S. political system to use the budgetary process to stop the implementation of a single law, the Affordable Care Act (โ€œObamacareโ€). If my interlocutors come from democratic countries, they then look puzzled.

    If they read the commentary pouring out of Washington, they are even more confused, as am I. What surprises โ€” and shocks โ€” me is how many people who have written, blogged or self-righteously tweeted about the results of various polls on these events, as if they matter. Do 47 percent of Americans oppose Obamacare? Do 73.7 percent oppose Obamacare? Do 97 percent of Republicans hate Obamacare even more than they hate death and taxes? Who cares? In a functioning democracy, it doesnโ€™t matter what the majority happens to think at any given moment. What matters is what the legitimate, representative, legal institutions have already decided…….

    Americans are paying a high price for this weekโ€™s events. The cost of shutting down the federal government, for a few days or even a few weeks, pales in comparison to the damage done to the credibility of the United States abroad โ€” and the credibility of democracy itself.

  11. 30 africa
    October 12, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I like Senator Reid.

    • October 12, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      I loooOOOoooooovvVVVVvvvvve him Africa, that tweet is sublime!

    • 32 Ladyhawke
      October 12, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Harry has a way with words. I would love to see this comment played on a continuous loop on one of those huge electronic billboards in Times Square. I know that’s not going to happen, so my next wish is that this comment be tweeted to every reporter and news organization (cable, network, and print) in the country. It perfectly states the current predicament of the ‘We Demand A Cookie To Do Our Job Caucus’.

  12. October 12, 2013 at 6:32 pm

  13. 37 africa
    October 12, 2013 at 6:35 pm

  14. October 12, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    If they could only corral the kids (aka GOP)

  15. October 12, 2013 at 6:45 pm

  16. 42 Lynn
    October 12, 2013 at 6:45 pm


    I have believed in President Obama from the day he won the nomination and choose Senator Biden has his running mate.

    He is playing 21 century chess.

    From the day he choose to run he knew he would be up against it. So many wanted, then First Lady, Clinton and the pumas have never forgiven him.

    Considering the treatment of the last two dem presidents (both good old southern white boys), President Obama had no illusions.

    He also knew there would be seats lost in ’10 and it would take 2 terms to accomplish anything.

    He didn’t devolve to the ABM scenario the emos and regressives hoped for.

    He kept his powder dry while being the ‘only adult in the room’ (eternal h/t to bwd), racking up impressive gains on the international scale and handling that “3 AM call” with quiet dignity.

    President Obama has stayed within the parameters of Constitutional law and turned back every detractor.

    His wisdom and empathy have created confidence across the globe.

    The President’s national/international accomplishments have been enumerated by many much more knowledgeable than I.

    As Bobr always says, Trust Barack!

    PS. Can we repeal the 22nd amendment?

    • 43 vcprezofan2
      October 12, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      ‘President Obama has stayed within the parameters of Constitutional law and turned back every detractor.’

      And he has done it ALL with such grace and style, and with the quiet dignity, you mentioned. In a way it’s somewhat ‘funny’ to see all these GOP guys, who seemingly haven’t taken time to understand so many areas of the Constitution, challenge PBO’s knowledge of it..

    • October 12, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Beautifully stated, Lynn. Thank you.

      • 48 Lynn
        October 12, 2013 at 8:56 pm

        I appreciate your kind words, jackie. Like Bob, I’ve never had a single doubt.

        • 49 jacquelineoboomer
          October 12, 2013 at 9:07 pm

          I also appreciated your words, Lynn, and I don’t have a single doubt, either.

        • 50 globalcitizenlinda
          October 12, 2013 at 9:54 pm

          add my great appreciation to the list of people who appreacite above !

          thanks for those thoughts, we are lucky indeed that PBO chose public service

  17. 51 Ladyhawke
    October 12, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Kurt Eichenwald โ€@kurteichenwald 3h


    A terrifying, must read focus group report about the tea party.

    http://www.democracycorps.com/attachments/article/954/dcor%20rpp%20fg%20memo%20100313%20final.pdf โ€ฆ


  18. October 12, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I really like that first picture. Seriously guys, what are you doing to my sanity?

  19. October 12, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks for posting the link, Lh. It’s a good summary though none of it would be a surprise to our TOD community. That said, it is essential to have as a primer for informing those who have not yet realized the danger in the demise of the Republican party – a demise that they themselves have accelerated dramatically in the past 12 days.


  20. October 12, 2013 at 7:04 pm

  21. 58 Ladyhawke
    October 12, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Endgames of GOP surrender: Senate Republicans wrest reins from Boehner

    By Spandan


    If John Boehner hoped to escape this self-inflicted battle over the GOP shutdown without complete and total humiliation, it’s not happening.

    I have felt that this is where things were going to come down since Republican senators paid a visit to the White House and broke with the House GOP’s suicide bombing strategy this week. John Boehner has proven himself a supremely inept leader of the House and a worse negotiator with the president. He has been dragged around by the Tea Party crazy caucus and taken out all the drunken rage on the president because he has lost – and lost big – every time he has tried to negotiate with Obama.



  22. October 12, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Best advice they will ever get ….

    Yes WE Can

  23. 60 Dudette
    October 12, 2013 at 7:15 pm

  24. 63 Dudette
    October 12, 2013 at 7:18 pm


    • October 12, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      In every conversation I’ve had since the emergence of the ‘debt ceiling deniers’ the common denominator has been – if the breach is inconsequential the #GOP’s threat is meaningless. The deniers just prove that their fools, yet again – albeit, malignantly dangerous fools.

  25. 66 africa
    October 12, 2013 at 7:25 pm

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  27. 71 africa
    October 12, 2013 at 7:33 pm

  28. October 12, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    For those keeping track of the ranking of the states most adversely affected by the vile #GOPshutdown, here’s a list.

    Reid and Pelosi’s staff seem to have gotten up-to-speed on sending tweets — on-target, pithy and with great graphics:

  29. October 12, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Totally off-topic, but with DC disaster going on this weekend (and since Jan 2009), thought this might bring a smile to the Baby Boomers out there.

    It might just be me, but this strikes me as funny.

    • October 12, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      Yes, I remember it well, Arapaho. That was the era when money poured into our schools because we had to be educated to compete with the Russians. We got all sorts of new programs, every opportunity people could devise–truly the golden age of education. Defeating the Russians in the space race was the number one goal and we all had to be math and science stars.

  30. October 12, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Is the earth’s hurricane activity this season bypassing North America at the expense of Asia? (Pure speculation on my part.)

  31. 80 hopefruit2
    October 12, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    ROTFLMAO. Chuck Grassley is talking a whole lot of FOOLISHNESS, as usual. Pray for wisdom for whom?

  32. October 12, 2013 at 7:43 pm

  33. 89 anniebella
    October 12, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I saw were Jimmy Carter was talking about John Boehner, Carter said he knows Boehner and Boehner is no coward, Boehner is a decent man, he said something else and it left me wondering what is wrong with Carter? If he think Boehner is all that great then go talk to him and get him to do the right thing, open the Government and raise the debt ceiling. As far as I am concern John Boehner is a lying disgusting coward.

  34. 90 hopefruit2
    October 12, 2013 at 7:48 pm

  35. October 12, 2013 at 7:49 pm

  36. 96 desertflower
    October 12, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Well…back from tutoring and I MUST make that drink I promised myself ๐Ÿ™‚ Little wonders were wonderful, I just can’t sit that long and math for 3 hours makes my head spin! But it is done! Happy parents, happy smart children, happy tutor. My day is complete…..now for the drink I promised myself….Chips, where’s all those nice new bottles of BS you handed over to amk???

  37. October 12, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    • October 12, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      You will see unmanned 747-scale cargo planes in the not distant future – the implications for reduction in fuel consumption are profound because the aircraft no longer needs a depressurization system and attendant control systems thereby reducing the weight of the aircraft significantly. Will also eliminate any downside from pilot error/fatigue.

      Of course, from a military perspective this is a game changer about as significant as introduction of aircraft of any kind into an arsenal and certainly as significant as the introduction of flight simulators (e.g., Link simulators) into the training of pilots.

      • October 12, 2013 at 8:13 pm

        Yep……….and the Air Force has already developed a F-16 that uses only bio-fuels. DOD is also developing compact Solar kits for electricity in remote areas so they don’t get ambushed going on fuel runs.

    • 104 globalcitizenlinda
      October 12, 2013 at 10:40 pm


    • October 13, 2013 at 10:23 am

      Don’t forget that in current military aircraft, the need to have a human pilot is the limiting factor to what it can do.

  38. October 12, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Okay, I’m crying *again*:

  39. 112 desertflower
    October 12, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Well THIS is a must read piece from the debt ceiling deniers!! h/t Harry Reid


  40. 113 99ts
    October 12, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    I can only assume the GOP want to cause so much disruption people turn to them looking for some peace. I usually hate nazi party equivalents – but sure sound like the storm troopers in Germany during the rise of the nazi party The GOP wants to be legally elected to turn the USA into a world where the masses serve the few. I find it scares me beyond belief to see this happening.

    People like Sen McCain were complaining about the GOP stupid – yet they vote – every last one of them – for the stupid. They are no statesmen and women – they are frauds – they want to bring the country down as much as does Louie Gohmert

  41. 114 utaustinliberal
    October 12, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    To my awesome nerds and movie lovers: HBO is showing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Tonight at 8PM ET / 7PM CT. 3 hours of freaking joy!

  42. October 12, 2013 at 8:06 pm

  43. 118 hopefruit2
    October 12, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Oh boy…more civil war…now Wikileaks unfollowed Greenwald? Please pass the popcorn….

  44. 122 africa
    October 12, 2013 at 8:10 pm

  45. 125 carolyn
    October 12, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    On a lighter topic altogether, and a pleasant one: Today I found the Us Collector’s Edition on Michelle’s Amazing Journey!!! Sat right down as soon as I came home and read through it. What a wonderful album to keep. Not sure when this issue came out, but it finally made it to Oklahoma, and I noticed the stack was diminishing in number. If you haven’t found it, it is worth looking for.

    • 126 vcprezofan2
      October 12, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      Oh yeah, Carolyn, I found it last weekend! It’s a real treat. I actually got the last one on the shelf, literally hidden in a corner. ๐Ÿ˜€

  46. 127 africa
    October 12, 2013 at 8:12 pm

  47. October 12, 2013 at 8:13 pm

  48. 135 JER
    October 12, 2013 at 8:24 pm

  49. 136 africa
    October 12, 2013 at 8:32 pm

  50. 138 Dudette
    October 12, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Bloomberg Channel on cable is running Charlie Rose’s interview with the director and cast of Twelve Years as a Slave now
    You can watch it online here as well: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/hl-60279494/charlie_rose_12_years_a_slave_season_22/

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