On This Day


President Barack Obama and President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea greet guests during the State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 13, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



Vice President Joe Biden greets Lance Powlis, a trumpet player in Janelle Monáe’s band, following their State Dinner performance in the State Dining Room of the White House, Oct. 13, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



President Barack Obama confers with Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs Phil Schiliro, and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes, prior to a press statement with Spanish President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, in the Oval Office, Oct. 13, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



President Barack Obama reads a document during a break between phone calls in the Oval Office, Oct. 13, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



National Security Advisor Gen. James L. Jones whispers to President Barack Obama, as Spanish President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero looks on, following their press statements in the Oval Office, Oct. 13, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



President Barack Obama meets with, from left, Senior Advisor Pete Rouse, Communications Director Anita Dunn and Deputy Chief of Staff Mona Sutphen in the Oval Office, Oct. 13, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



Interpreter Patsy Arizu leans forward to listen to President Barack Obama, as he talks with Spanish President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in the Oval Office, Oct. 13, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



Singer Thalía dances with President Barack Obama during the “In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina” concert, celebrating Hispanic musical heritage, on the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 13, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)


98 Responses to “On This Day”

  1. 1 Grab a mop grace
    October 13, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    No way!

  2. 10 utaustinliberal
    October 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I looooooooooove this law.

  3. 11 Linda
    October 13, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Fox News correspondent Ed Henry walked out of a White House press briefing after being repeatedly ignored by spokesman Jay Carney on Friday.

    Henry attempted to ask Carney a question twice, but Carney called on other people instead. After the first time, Henry could be seen shaking his head and muttering something to colleague Major Garrett. After the second time, Henry angrily got up and left the room. The briefing continued without him.

  4. 13 Grab a mop grace
    October 13, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Thanks UT! Here’s to everyone in TOD ville. (((((((((Cheers to our POTUS and FLOTUS))))))))

  5. October 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    ……Another White House official calls Reid “the face of the Affordable Care Act,” fully crediting him with pushing the bill through the Senate after Democrats lost their 60th vote in the Massachusetts special election that brought Republican Scott Brown to office. And another top aide points to the agreement Reid forged in July that broke a partisan impasse and led to the confirmation of several Obama appointees whom Republicans had blocked, including Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. “If you had come to me four months ago and I told you that Richard Cordray would be confirmed and others confirmed along with him, you would have looked at me like I had eight heads,” the aide says. “But we got that done, and it was because of Harry Reid.”

    That official, who wouldn’t speak on the record, acknowledged the obvious differences between the 73-year-old Reid, who grew up without electricity or indoor plumbing, the son of a miner in tiny Searchlight, Nev., and the 52-year-old Obama, who grew up in comfort in Hawaii. “Searchlight is not Honolulu,” the aide acknowledges. But, in Washington, Obama respects the fact, as an aide says, “that Harry Reid knows his caucus and knows the Senate. He is a skillful strategist, and we listen to him.”

    David Axelrod, the longtime Obama adviser, insists, though, that Obama’s relationship with Reid goes well beyond this. While agreeing that Reid knows his caucus, Axelrod says: “I really think it would be a mistake to gauge their relationship just in terms of what Harry can deliver for the president. There is a deep, abiding affection and respect between these two that started in the Senate.” It was there that Reid gave the freshman important responsibilities on ethics legislation. It was there, in private, that Reid pushed the younger man to run for the presidency when other colleagues were telling him to be patient. And it was there that the two men developed an often-overlooked friendship. “It’s not like they go out to dinner together,” acknowledges Jim Manley, a former longtime top aide to Reid. “He goes home every night.”

  6. October 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Can anyone here explain why all GOP Senators voted against an up-or-down vote on the debt ceiling?

    I understand the RWNJs in the House afraid of being primaried next year, but Senators have 6 year terms, so many are not up for re-elect next year.

    What gives? Surely these millionaires don’t want to see monetary harm befall their donor cronies should the US default on its debt?

    Just don’t get it.

    • 16 hopefruit2
      October 13, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      I don’t claim to have all the answers or know exactly what’s going on in the GOP’s empty heads, but I would wager that the R’s LOVE the short-term “governing-by-crisis” deals where every 3-6 months they get to hold the country hostage while extracting all kinds of outrageous demands to satisfy their extremist supporters.

      The debt ceiling bill that Reid put forth yesterday was just too long-term for the GOP – and it would basically destroy their plan to hold the country hostage in another 2-6 months.

    • October 13, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      Apparently they don’t either.

    • October 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      If you are referring to yesterday’s vote, it was because Susan Collins was trying to cobble something together, and since the WH rejected the House GOP offer, Mitch Mcconnell became de-facto Speaker. If they voted to start debate on clean DL then GOP would have lost the inkling of leverage they currently have. So now Reid/Mcconnell will bang something out and send it over to the House( which was sent home until 2:00PM Monday) or Reid will just bring the same bill up for a vote again. He voted against it (53-47) so procedurally he can bring it back to the floor at any time.

      • October 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm

        Oh, okay, thank you, LP!

        I didn’t connect the dots, didn’t realize that Collins’ measure was the same thing as yesterday’s Senate vote.

        One thing I liked about Carl Bernstein on @Lawrence last Wednesday was when he insisted that we need to “connect the dots” with what is happening today in Congress, implying that was what he and Woodward did during their Watergate investigation.

        At the end of this 9 minute video, Bernstein says he talked to a former Dept head under GWBush, and he said the GOP needs to get rid of the “whack jobs in Congress.”

  7. October 13, 2013 at 1:11 pm

  8. 23 hopefruit2
    October 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm

  9. 28 Ladyhawke
    October 13, 2013 at 1:37 pm


    By Steve Benen


    The anxiety levels are exceedingly high.

    For what it’s worth, I remain fond of the “Congress does its job” plan. It goes like this: the government needs to be funded, and since the parties already agree on funding levels, Congress should do its job and reopen the government — neither side makes demands, neither side takes a hostage, neither side asks for concessions from the other, and neither side relies on extortion.

    Similarly, the nation needs to pay its bills, and since the parties already agree that default would be catastrophic, Congress should do its job and extend the Treasury’s borrowing authority — neither side makes demands, neither side takes a hostage, neither side asks for concessions from the other, and neither side relies on extortion.



  10. 29 hopefruit2
    October 13, 2013 at 1:38 pm


  11. 31 a4alice
    October 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    hey you guys someone just followed me and she just tweeted this doc – is this new? (I’ve been at the apple orchard all morning so I don’t know if this is brand new or not) Check it out:

  12. October 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Thank you UT!!!!!!

    Loving the Wikileaks/GG break-up!

  13. 37 hopefruit2
    October 13, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Delusions abound the RW factions!! A silly protest from an extremist group (Oathkeepers) in front of the WH, and you think that gives you “winning” momentum? LOL!

  14. October 13, 2013 at 1:53 pm

  15. 44 hopefruit2
    October 13, 2013 at 2:06 pm


    • 45 theo67
      October 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      Maybe instead of getting all excited over this Palin/Cruz showboating, this Robert Costa could use his platform to educate those vets about how the government is actually funded, and who is actually responsible for shutting down those memorials? But, I guess that would defeat his shilling purpose…

    • 46 globalcitizenlinda
      October 13, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      remind this hyper-ventilating imbecile that these are the same optics and message that had the same people believe that POTUS would loose re-election

  16. 47 hopefruit2
    October 13, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    EXACTLY…this stunt is nothing new, and with Palin added will be even more of a disaster….

    • 48 desertflower
      October 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Brought to you by, THE GIMMICKS OVER PEOPLE PARTY!

    • 49 99ts
      October 13, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Someone sure got to Robert Costa – 24 hours of sanity – probably the max allowed for a right wing scribe – his latest twitter is quoting the worst of the RWNJ web sites

  17. 50 hopefruit2
    October 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    LMAO! More silly gimmickry…

  18. 52 desertflower
    October 13, 2013 at 2:22 pm


    Congressional terrorism

    We’ve read and heard all of the justifications for the congressional impasse that is terrorizing our nation.

    We use the word “terror” emphatically. What else can you call tactics the perpetrators fully intend to wreck the stock market, throw people out of work and remove any semblance of stability for economic growth?

    House GOP leadership has chosen tactics that cannot improve health care, immigration security, energy independence, education excellence or any of our nation’s urgent goals. Instead, Speaker John Boehner and his team chose tactics that are harming Americans.

    These means are justified by a muddled end. At best, the House GOP majority showdown is intended to make a political point about government spending and deficits. Partisan candidates can afford the divisive rhetoric that is grist for campaigns. Elected leaders truly interested in reining in spending know that votes – not ultimatums — are needed from both parties to effect change.

    Like it or not, that’s how Obamacare became law. Proponents didn’t just lob insults. They courted the opposition, offered compromises and did the hard work of governance.

    Today, we’re seeing an undisciplined House majority adamantly avoid governance. Republicans properly earned that majority by forcefully challenging key principles of governance and policy. But the litany of challenges that fueled the successful campaigns do not constitute leadership.

  19. October 13, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Howdyn all you O’s!!!! What a great getting up Sunday on planet TOD!!!!

    I missed all of the morning shows and there’s a calm all over my world.

    He got this and we got him.

  20. 55 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm

  21. 56 Ladyhawke
    October 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm


    On Eve Of Shutdown, House GOP Rigged The House Rules To Prevent Democrats Reopening Government


    The GOP’s little rule change they hoped you wouldn’t notice

  22. October 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm

  23. 60 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    does the that NRO person (robert costa) realize that the so-called “game-changer” protest is happening in DC, a place that voted 92% for PBO and near the homes of hundreds of thousands of furloughed Fed employees?

    the pro-PBO can neutralize those few oathkeepers in no time.

    please proceed, rightwingers

  24. October 13, 2013 at 2:36 pm

  25. 63 Ladyhawke
    October 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    “VOTE DEMOCRATIC – We’re not perfect, but they’re nuts. (Barney Frank)”

  26. October 13, 2013 at 2:39 pm

  27. October 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Senator Boxer is doing an EPIC take down of the GOP — live on CSPAN.

  28. 66 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    want to bet those (‘many, many, …., many) participants in the MillionVetMatch are in DC for the value’s summit and walked directly from there (after some finished putting on their civil war re-enactment costumes)

  29. 68 utaustinliberal
    October 13, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    • 69 cookemom
      October 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      Wait….what happened to the tea bags dangling from their ears? Hmmmm, someone finally told them what it meant. Now will someone please explain to them that the civil war was fought and won.

    • October 13, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      No it never means anything. Of course not. Call you a race baiter if you even mention it. But always. Always the Confederate flag.

  30. October 13, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    HI Junior Senator Schatz is really solid and calling out Boehner and the whack jobs in the House.

  31. October 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    President Obama is altering the landscape of American energy. Every aspect is being transformed under the radar. http://t.co/5BwBB106kp— DerBingle (@DerBingle2) October 13, 2013

  32. 74 desertflower
    October 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Jeanne Shaheen speaking now…

  33. 75 utaustinliberal
    October 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    • 76 Nena20409
      October 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      JScar and their TBGOPers tell Us in the Media that Hate and Race have nothing to do with their delusion? Yep……We are Not all dumb.

  34. October 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Seeing those signs and flags at the “protest” reminds me that I forgot to share this. Friday on my way downtown to work at KCDem Hdqtrs. there was a small group (7-8) on one of the overpasses holding flags (Confederate and American), signs about ACA and “Impeach Obama.” Two signs said “Honk for Freedom”. Going and coming, I did not hear one honk. 🙂 🙂

  35. 79 desertflower
    October 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Well! Thank goodness! Now I can sleep at night!


    Mitt Romney “cleared a final hurdle Friday in building a new house in California, a house that will include a four-car garage with an elevator for the vehicles,” CNN reports.

    • October 13, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      Only 4 cars? He must still be making the payments on the idiot mobile.

    • 81 theo67
      October 13, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      I see Mitt’s still happily spending his ill-gotten gains. He must secretly thank the stars each night that he lost the election and didn’t have to actually assume any responsibility for the country…. He’s a spoiled little (entitled) rich kid. Him and his wife.

  36. 82 kathryn kivett
    October 13, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Good Sunday afternoon…..Have all the faith in this world that PBO will bring us through this….might be some pain…SS checks etc; 401k’s dropping but the pain of backing down will destroy this country……………….OK, I have a question…might or might not have anything to do with politics but I suspect it does…….Why are so many white men now sporting beards…at least here in NC they are…big ugly beards…

    • 83 theo67
      October 13, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      That’s a curious question – I hadn’t noticed the beards. Will definitely be looking around more often to see if that’s true here in California, too.

      • 84 globalcitizenlinda
        October 13, 2013 at 3:29 pm

        see some in the photos above of the protestors at the White House – have no clue if there is any relationship;

    • 85 kathryn kivett
      October 13, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      Thanks for answering…I just started being aware of them in the last 6 mos or so…people I am acquainted with but don’t know well enough to ask…and feel they are pretend survivalist type….Marc Halprin(but he shaved)…mainly 40ish and down…Know it is some kind of statement but don’t have a clue what…

    • 86 kathryn kivett
      October 13, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      I just asked my 30ish daughter and she said if she had to guess she thought it had something to do with Duck Dynasty….hunting, fishing, macho men type thingy….

  37. 88 desertflower
    October 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Any questions?


    From The Nation:

    the 1981 audio of the late Lee Atwater explaining how Republicans can win the vote of racists without sounding racist themselves.

    Said Atwater: “You start out in 1954 by saying, ‘Nigger, nigger, nigger.’ By 1968 you can’t say ‘nigger’ — that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites… ‘We want to cut this,’ is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than ‘Nigger, nigger.'”

    • 89 Don
      October 13, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      I wish they had the audio of Lee Atwater when he was on his deathbed trying to apologize to anyone that would listen that he was very sorry. I hope all these people that act and think like Atwater end up begging for forgiveness before they die. I have no sympathy for the Atwaters of the world.

  38. 90 utaustinliberal
    October 13, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    • 91 Don
      October 13, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      Where are all the professional lefters and emoprogs and poverty-tour pimps to counter this madness?

    • 92 Don
      October 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      This is the type of shit that pisses me off, where the fuck is the CBC and why aren’t they on teevee or anywhere else raising hell?

  39. 93 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    as usual, everything the gop has been doing in this GOPshutdown mess will serve to motivate the Dems and political independents to get out and put on some grassroots street action.

    Please Proceed, MillionVetMarch

    • October 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      “This would require House GOP leaders to allow a vote on something that is unacceptable to Tea Party conservatives, which will make them really, really angry, and to suffer the consequences.”

      What consequences? 50 people out of caucus of 232 will get really really angry. So what? They couldn’t do anything if Boehner weren’t so susceptible to stupid people yelling at him.

      This is one of the greatest con jobs in history. Boehner has 182 votes in his pocket.And he’s being bluffed by 50 people who just got there.

      • 96 cookemom
        October 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm

        Boehner is doing what DeMint and the Kochs are telling him to do. He’s not so much between a rock and a hard place or he wouldn’t have allowed a last minute change in the rules. I don’t think it’s those 50 he’s worried about. It’s the money folks.

        Either way, the party has taken a great fall and all the king’s horses and all the king’s men can never put them back together again. The divorce is final all that’s left is to see who gets custody of the kids (Teabutts) that neither parent wants.

  40. 98 hopefruit2
    October 13, 2013 at 3:55 pm

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