President Obama Speaks at the Tribal Nations Conference

3:30: President Obama Speaks at the 2013 Tribal Nations Conference

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    • 2 jacquelineoboomer
      November 13, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Congrats, GGail! Hope you’re enjoying your day!

      • 3 GGail
        November 13, 2013 at 3:17 pm

        Hi J’OB, I’m having a GREAT day, thanks for asking. Our weather here in sunny Southern California has me twirling and singing 😆

        • 4 jacquelineoboomer
          November 13, 2013 at 3:21 pm

          Our weather here in Central Illinois (snow yesterday, sun today, temp. is 42-ish now, will go back down to 28-ish overnight) has me twirling and singing, too. (Well, didn’t want to be a downer! I’m more huddling and drinking hot coffee!) 🙂

          • 5 GGail
            November 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm

            Gurl, if you’re twirling – it’s to keep warm. But I’m glad to see you’re in good spirits!!

            • 6 jacquelineoboomer
              November 13, 2013 at 3:26 pm

              Until some Republican knocks down those good spirits! But I shall ward them off.

              • 7 GGail
                November 13, 2013 at 3:31 pm


                • 8 jacquelineoboomer
                  November 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm


                  The President is getting a great welcome at the Tribal Nations Conference!

                  • 9 GGail
                    November 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm

                    It was very warm and supportive group. And he said there were more leaders present today – that’s encouraging!

                    • 10 jacquelineoboomer
                      November 13, 2013 at 5:33 pm

                      Pres. Obama has kept his promise, I believe, of giving the leaders of our tribal nations more of a voice … this is the 5th conference and still going strong, and there are other day-to-day initiatives handled under the direction of several cabinet officials! Makes me so happy as just an onlooker, and I can imagine what the conferees felt like today, when they heard their President.

        • 11 vcprezofan2
          November 13, 2013 at 4:40 pm

          GGail: You DO know it lacks decorum to gloat over your happiness, ESPECIALLY at the expense of those less fortunate, don’t you? To sign on after a busy day entertaining (family), while rubbing by arms to keep warm, is not the time to be confronted with people twirling and singing. Tamp it down a bit, please, at least in the telling if not in the doing. Geesh! 🙄

          Greetings, TODobots! I’m just making it in after a morning and early afternoon pretending I ever have fun cooking, then, after chatting about nothing in particular, cleaning up after the ‘guests’ left!

          So, what’s cooking in the village?

          • 12 GGail
            November 13, 2013 at 4:59 pm

            Hahahaha – I was wondering where you wuz! So you were playing Hostess with the Mostess!!

            As to what’s cooking in the village….just keep reading, keep reading 😀

    • November 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      GGaaaaAAAAaaAAAaaaAAAaaaAAaaaAAAaail!!!!! 😎

  1. 21 GGail
    November 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks Chipsticks 🙂

  2. November 13, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Man, I’ve been go go go on reference for the past hour. Finally able to take a breath.

  3. 29 GGail
    November 13, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Ok people, I’m waiting……

  4. 34 jacquelineoboomer
    November 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks for the link, Chips. This conference is one of my favorites (partial to Native Americans and their concerns). Just love the mutual respect shown between the conference participants and President Obama.

  5. 36 Jovie
    November 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Here goes Ezra Klein immediately tweeting bullshit about the numbers. Fuck him!

  6. 46 utaustinliberal
    November 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm

  7. 52 criquet
    November 13, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Don’t forget to add this:

  8. 54 criquet
    November 13, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    And this:

  9. November 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Because we need a moment of zen:

  10. 56 Linda
    November 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Hawaii and DC have not submitted their numbers yet.

    The following key findings are among many newly available data reported today in an issue brief from HHS that highlights national and state-level enrollment-related information:

    502,466 Americans, in just the first month of implementation, are positioned to have health coverage in 2014;
    Of those, 106,185 Americans have selected plans from the state and federal Marketplaces; and
    396,261 Americans have been determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid or CHIP;
    975,407 have made it through the process by applying and receiving an eligibility determination and have not yet selected a plan.

    Click to access rpt_enrollment.pdf

  11. 57 JER
    November 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    • 58 dotster3
      November 13, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      I see 3 have been arrested. Stood on a hill above school and reportedly fired with an automatic weapon. Rumored to be in retaliation for a fight last week at the school. So——grab a gun, start shooting. Madness.

  12. 59 GGail
    November 13, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    The Tribal Nations Conference video has begun

  13. 60 GGail
    November 13, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    There’s the President!

  14. 61 criquet
    November 13, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    This guy gets it right!

  15. 63 Nena20409
    November 13, 2013 at 3:58 pm


    “The president looks at this as a matter of policy first and politics second,” Carney said during a press briefing. “The Affordable Care Act continues to deliver on the promise of bending the cost curve.”

    “Politics follows policy here,” Carney said. “The president is concerned about getting implementation of the Affordable Care Act right.”

  16. 64 utaustinliberal
    November 13, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    • 65 Nena20409
      November 13, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Brilliant Tweets UT.

      Those spinning with the negative numbers need to ask themselves why?

      Over 1M is a BFD. Healthcare is not like buying furniture and even at that, we ladies take our time.

    • 66 Jovie
      November 13, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks for the clarity appreciate it.

    • November 13, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      UT – you are a star! Keep calming the seas! The media will only feed the negative flames, so thank you for breaking it down 🙂

      • 68 utaustinliberal
        November 13, 2013 at 4:30 pm

        Thanks CTGirl.

      • 69 nathkatun7
        November 13, 2013 at 5:26 pm

        Totally second what you said CTGirl! UT is doing an incredible job! I long ago stopped trusting the mostly unethical mainstream media. They hate President Obama and they decided from day of his presidency to act as a propaganda voice of the right wing Republicans.

    • November 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Fucking. Excellent. UT. I knew there was a reason I think you’re the bees’ knees.

    • 72 GGail
      November 13, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      Those tweets are great UT! This encouraging information needs to fly as fast as the negative stuff does.
      btw – Did you notice how you spelled Obama on the last tweet?

    • November 13, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      “1,509,883 individuals applying for coverage with completed applications.”

      That in itself says a lot. If I remember correctly, initially, an application had to be completed in order to get costs and determine eligibility for supplements. This number does not indicate lack of interest. It tells me the opposite. And as others have noted, there are many who are still “shopping”.

      There’s definitely more to the story than the 26,794 (106,185 total) headline.

      • 76 ERICFIVE
        November 13, 2013 at 4:37 pm

        “1,509,883 individuals applying for coverage with completed applications.” That is the most important number in my opinion. The number is indicative of very high interest. In addition, since the policies purchased will not take effect until January 2014, most people will wait until the last minute to actually sign up for a plan. That is just human nature. Add to the number those who have signed up for Medicaid (396,261) and the ACA is off to a pretty strong start. Don’t fall for the negative spin. Realize that the MSM has an agenda and cannot be trusted to level with the American people, or provide unbiased analysis (especially that pencil necked geek Ezra). Realize that no matter how well the ACA is going, the MSM/GOP will find something negative to say (or make up some bullshit to spew).

  17. 77 utaustinliberal
    November 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Spread the word. ObamaCare works.

  18. November 13, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks UT for the tweet-nuggets of information. Romney Care had about 123 enrollees in the first month – which on a national scale translates to about 6,600. So don’t allow the media (and others) to get away with the B.S. narrative that the signups are so low that the law needs to be changed for that reason.

  19. 81 utaustinliberal
    November 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    For those who missed POTUS.

  20. November 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm

  21. 83 utaustinliberal
    November 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm

  22. 84 yardarm756
    November 13, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Another tidbit from yardarms in-box.

    LUNCH and then it was winter………



    You know… time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.

    But, here it is… the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise… How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

    But, here it is…friends are retired and getting grey… they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me… but, I see the great change… Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant… but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d be. Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore… it’s mandatory! Cause if I don’t on my own free will… I just fall asleep where I sit!

    And so… now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I’m not sure how long it will last… this I know, that when it’s over on this earth… it’s over. A new adventure will begin!

    Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done… things I should have done, but indeed, there are many thingsI’m happy to have done. It’s all in a lifetime.

    So, if you’re not in your winter yet… let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don’t put things off too long!!Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life… so,live for today and say all the things that you want your lovedones to remember… and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!! So you didn’t have a great childhood, make one up and get on withyour life.

    “Life” is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.




    • BE HAPPY!


    Remember, “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.




    • Your kids are becoming you…but your grandchildren are perfect!

    • Going out is good…Coming home is better!

    • You forget names…But it’s OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!

    • You realize you’re never going to be really good at anything…especially golf.

    • The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that youdon’t care to do them anymore.

    • You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It’s called “pre-sleep”.

    • You miss the days when everything worked with just an “ON” and “OFF” switch.

    • You tend to use more 4 letter words…“what?”… “when?”… ???

    • Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it’s not safe to wear it anywhere.

    • You notice everything they sell in stores is “sleeveless”!!!

    • What used to be freckles are now liver spots.

    • Everybody whispers.

    • You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet…2 of which you will never wear.

    But Old is good in some things:

    Ø Old Songs,

    Ø Old movies, and best of all,


    Stay well, “OLD FRIEND!”

    Send this on to other “Old Friends!” and let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!!

    It’s Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.
    I am now reaping what I have sown, whether I remembered the sowing or not!

    • 85 GGail
      November 13, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Yardarm, thanks for posting this. I am in the Winter too. It snuck up on me! You also reminded me that I needed to send my sister an email 🙂

      • 86 carolyn
        November 13, 2013 at 5:03 pm

        I’m in winter too, and it’s a good season. I have outlived both of my parents and three of my grandparents, and I’m so glad I’m “still on this side of the grass.” Life is good….age enriches life, and I have learned to be content. It’s a wonderful place.

      • 87 yardarm756
        November 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm

        Glad I’m worth somethin’. 😀

    • November 13, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      Yardarm, your in-box is a treasure trove. I really enjoy reading the gems that you share and am enriched by them.

      I can even relate to many of the bullet-points. 🙂

  23. 90 anniebella
    November 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I am still believing in the Affordable Care Act, it will make it and one day we will look back at this period and wonder what the hell was wrong with the Republicans and the sorry ass media, why did they work their butts off to try and prevent millions of Americans from having affordable health coverage? The media is just as guilty as the crazy ass Republicans.

  24. 91 utaustinliberal
    November 13, 2013 at 4:29 pm

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  26. 93 hopefruit2
    November 13, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    • November 13, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      We didn’t hear this crap on the rollout of Medicare Part D either. At the start of the program in January 2006, it was expected that eleven million people would be covered by Medicare Part D, but a year later in January 2007, nearly 24 million individuals were receiving prescription drug coverage. There is still criticism about the website by individuals who have limited computer skills and limited or no internet access and it has been up and running for seven years!!

  27. 95 utaustinliberal
    November 13, 2013 at 4:38 pm

  28. 96 hopefruit2
    November 13, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I’m letting Sam cook III have it on Twitter. I’m not tolerating any of his BS and double standards.

    • 97 criquet
      November 13, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Please send NerdyWonka’s chart to him.

      • 98 hopefruit2
        November 13, 2013 at 5:12 pm

        When I slammed him with some data about Romney care enrollment, and told him I was not impressed with all the hyperbolic drama, he got pissed off and said “bye.” He doesn’t want to know the truth; he is content to settle for the media propaganda – which is typical of Obamacare’s loudest opponents.

  29. November 13, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Your coverage doesn’t actually kick in until the beginning of 2014, yes?

    Are we really shocked that even people who have applied aren’t rushing to send in their first payments, before their coverage would actually start?

    Check to see when you have to start paying in order for your plan to be in effect by January 1st, 2014. Then watch *that* date.

  30. 102 JER
    November 13, 2013 at 4:48 pm


    … Standard & Poor’s 500 index and the Dow Jones industrial average hit new closing highs of 1,782 and 15,821, respectively. …

    • 104 mtmarilyn
      November 13, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      I am going to miss her. I really like Randi!!! Don’t always agree, but she does her homework and we need those liberal voices on the radio.

      • 105 57andfemale
        November 13, 2013 at 8:06 pm

        She’s kick-ass smart. I’m with you – I don’t agree with everything but she’s probably one of the finest minds in progressive radio.

        I don’t know if you’re a Hillary fan, but one of Randi’s best lines was early in the primaries in 2008 and Hillary was giving a campaign speech in NH, wearing some God awful suit. Randi Rhodes said, “Some Holiday in in NH wants their bedspread back.”

        I’m going to miss her a lot.

  31. November 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    ….To consume Attkisson’s story is to freak out about HealthCare.gov. The scoop here is that Henry Chao, Healthcare.gov’s chief project manager at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), somehow didn’t know about a Sept. 3 memo warning of issues on that troubled government Web site. The transcript to which Attkisson gained access spells out some serious alleged difficulties with the site. From the televised report: “In excerpts we’ve obtained, Chao was asked about a memo that outlined important security risks discovered in the insurance system. Chao said he was unaware of this Sept. 3 government memo written by another senior official at CMS. It found two high-risk issues which are redacted for security reasons. The memo said, ‘The threat and risk potential to the system is limitless.’ The memo shows CMS gave deadlines of mid-2014 and early 2015 to address them.”
    Via Attkisson’s treatment, Chao comes off looking clueless about a critical aspect of HealthCare.gov. In her narrative, a Republican lawyer questioning Chao asked him if he found it “surprising” that he’d never seen that memo before. Chao replied, “‘Yeah . . . I mean, wouldn’t you be surprised if you were me?’ He later added: ‘It is disturbing. I mean, I don’t deny that this is . . . a fairly nonstandard way’ to proceed.”

    “So when CBS Evening News ran its report based on a leak, presumably from the [Republican] staff, but we don’t know — of a partial transcript — excerpts from a partial transcript — they said the security issues raised in the document, and I quote, ‘could lead to identity theft among buying insurance,’ that cannot be true based on what we established in our back and forth. Is that correct?”

    Chao replied: “That’s correct. I think there was some rearrangement of the words I used during the testimony and how it was portrayed.”
    The Erik Wemple Blog raised similar questions to CBS News yesterday. It declined to comment……

  32. November 13, 2013 at 5:02 pm

  33. 110 Jewelz
    November 13, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Bill Clinton latest assault on President Obama signature accomplishment (ACA) doesn’t come as a surprise to me honestly. I predicted on this site sometime last year that democrats are deluding themselves if they think that voting for the Clintons to reside once again in the WH is a good thing. I also stated that I didn’t trust the Clintons to ever protect any of President Obama major policies if Hillary somehow won the election. They both dislike PBO (especially Bill), and will never forgive him for beating them in 2008. Democrats need to wake up and realize that the Clintons are only about themselves and expanding their wealth and legacy and nobody else. They could care less about helping the people.

    • 111 hopefruit2
      November 13, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      I notice on Twitter that a lot of people have been expressing STRONG disapproval of Bill’s behavior…even those who seemed to LOVE him and Hillary. The Clintons apparently still haven’t learned necessary lessons. They will learn the hard way….

  34. 112 hopefruit2
    November 13, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I’ve had my issues with Ed Schultz at various times, but on this he’s right….

  35. 113 hopefruit2
    November 13, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Bill Clinton really stepped into it this time. Many people on Twitter whom I had thought were staunch Billary supporters are now expressing disgust at him for what he said about the ACA. I guess Bubba (and his friends in the DLC and corporate MSM) underestimated just how loyal people have become to PBO. You back-stab this President at your own peril. These silly “approval rating polls” floated by the media, and which based on carefully selected conservative-leaning samples, don’t mean a damn thing at the end of the day.

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