A Hopeful New Day














































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  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    November 24, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    😊 😊 😊

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      November 24, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Hope and change! Hope and change! We made the right choice in 2008 and 2012.

    • November 24, 2013 at 4:07 pm


      • 4 vcprezofan2
        November 24, 2013 at 4:11 pm

        TY, PF58. I’m having a lovely day, just pumped from the Geneva deal because it reaffirms for me that while the media makes noise and the GOPs try to break stuff apart, the President and his Admin continue to chart their path to peace, health, and ‘freedom’ for all.

        • 5 theo67
          November 24, 2013 at 4:54 pm

          This is so true, VC. And also an important lesson to keep our eyes on reality – the media are persistent in their attempts to create an alternate reality.

          • 6 vcprezofan2
            November 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm

            We-ell, Theo, that IS all they CAN handle. They are clearly not the types to look, listen and learn and they have to fill their slots with something, so they create their own reality. I’ve come to the conclusion that if the president were white and behaved exactly the way he has, today’s media would still be befuddled. Media had memorized their accepted political playbook and for them that’s all there is to it. If it ain’t in the playbook, it surely ain’t legit. Well-paid dolts!

    • November 24, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Congrats VC! What a thread for me. I maxed out on tweeting!

  2. 14 vcprezofan2
    November 24, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Thanks, Utal! Are you walking around with a grin too?

  3. 15 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 24, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Of course, I paid no attention to “Leave a Comment” at the top; read all the tweets and come down to empty comment section. Won’t be empty when it refreshes after I hit post; my guess, I’m now comment 25…

  4. 17 vcprezofan2
    November 24, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    It still amazes me what people can do with photo shop.

  5. 24 Ladyhawke
    November 24, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    The Deal is for Real

    By Joseph Cirincione


    Every president since Jimmy Carter has tried to make a deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran. None have succeeded. President Barack Obama just did. The deal to limit and begin to roll back Iran’s nuclear program may be the most important foreign policy success of his tenure.

    It starts with a single step, and it is an important one. The first phase of the agreement just reached in Geneva makes it much more difficult for Iran to dash for a bomb. It also begins to lock down the nuclear program that has plagued United States officials for over ten years.
    The deal Secretary John Kerry masterfully crafted in Geneva eliminates the threat Mr. Netanyahu said was his most serious concern.


    Read more here ….


  6. 25 Judith Fardig
    November 24, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    We need this great news after a few weeks of MSM pummeling of the ACA website.

  7. November 24, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Fantastic, UT!

    “The deal does not need to be ratified by Congress and Obama is using his executive power to temporarily suspend some existing U.S. sanctions on Iran.
    Senators have been discussing for months imposing even tighter sanctions, which could anger Tehran and put Sunday’s deal reached in Geneva in jeopardy. But influential Democrats – who control the Senate – made clear that any new sanctions against Iran would include a six-month window before they took effect.”

    “That would allow time to see if Iran is sticking by the pact, worked out between Tehran, the United States and other world powers. “It is a choice between a pause or imminent war. I choose a verifiable pause,” Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat from Florida said.

  8. November 24, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    OMG! I tried to look at a little news and all I saw was one Congressman after another, Republicans and Democrats, expressing trepidation about the Iran deal. Seems I heard this before…can you say Syria? They make me so sick. Just a bunch of whores for Israel.

    If you ask me, Israel has a lot of nerve insisting that Iran can’t have a bomb (not that I want them to have one), but they have them. Iran hasn’t bombed anyone in a hundred years…can’t say the same for Israel. They are insisting Iran must stop enriching uranium and are pissed because to do so isn’t a part of the deal. Well, seems to me that isn’t much different than Israel’s insistence at building more and more settlements and antagonizing the Palestinians.

    As for Netanyahu, I’ve been sick of him for a long time. He placed his chips on Romney and lost the bet, so now he just needs to sit his fat ass down somewhere and be quiet. Just my opinion.

  9. 32 hopefruit2
    November 24, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    “Hope” is such a beautiful word – and especially at times like these!!

    Thanks UT for the wonderful post and excellent tweets 🙂

    QUES: How’s that hopey changey thing working out for ya?
    ANS: Oh, very well, very well indeed, thank you!

  10. 34 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 24, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    It’s a Tweet Smorgasbord! Tweet Buffet! Tweetapalooza! Thanks UT!

    People are so clever, I love all of them, especially the pourmecoffee “What’s with that guy Obama?…” and Richard Wolffe “That’s the problem with peace prize winners…” 😆

  11. 37 Ladyhawke
    November 24, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    We Have a Deal With Iran. A Good One.

    By Fred Kaplan


    Notice, I wrote in my lede that the agreement signed Saturday night contains nothing that anyone could “reasonably” protest. These objections are unreasonable. Even if the mullahs of Iran vanished tomorrow and were replaced by secular democrats, these new rulers would continue to demand what they see as the right to enrich uranium to some degree. Some would argue that the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty enshrines this right. Certainly the NPT allows them the right to develop “peaceful nuclear energy”—that is, to have some form of a nuclear program.
    It’s time for all the critics to take a deep breath, read the terms of the agreement, recognize that the deal goes way beyond what anybody could reasonably have hoped for, and give this thing a chance. It is in U.S., Israeli, and Arab interests for Iran to do things that make it harder to build a nuclear bomb. And if a détente-of-sorts evolves from these talks, if it becomes possible for the United States and Iran to discuss, then maybe act upon, issues of mutual interest, then that is certainly in our interest, whatever anybody else thinks.



  12. 38 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 24, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Awwww, look at Danny O’Sticks little face in the sidebar…squeeeeeee! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  13. November 24, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Congrats on first, VC……….. see you guys after the Colts game……BBL

    If this is not the definition of stealing an election I don’t know what is….

    media fail # …… I lost count.

  14. 45 Nena20409
    November 24, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Love the Tweets.

    Congrats VC, you had a Golden co-chair 😉 , prettyfoot58, Very TODable

  15. 46 Ladyhawke
    November 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    You’ll Never Guess Who Thinks Attempting Peace With Iran Is A Bad Idea


    Engagement is the only reasonable option.

    President Obama’s outreach to Iran in 2009 helped spark the Green Movement in opposition to the bellicosity of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Again, four years later, the Iranian public chose a more moderate path with the election of Hassan Rouhani. Ayatollah Khamenei has endorsed the president’s outreach due to the economic pressure of the sanctions. Now we are finding out that President Obama was reaching out to the Iranian government even before the election of Rouhani.

    This deal — and the promise of a lasting deal — is the result of a philosophy of engagement he endorsed during his first campaign for president as a contrast to Bush’s policies, which weakened America and emboldened Iran. Republicans refuse to acknowledge that it’s even possible that this process could work. For them and Netanyahu, it’s just a bad deal. Or worse, it’s a distraction!



  16. 47 vcprezofan2
    November 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    BBL – actually need to go and refuel the body.

  17. 51 Anna
    November 24, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Looking at the picture of Kerry and Zarif brings tears to my eyes, what would have been if Kerry would have been elected and not the Dubya and dirty politics. Then I think maybe we wouldn’t have President Obama………then I realize we would have, he was going to be President at some point in his life. His dedication to the people of the USA, the world, his compassion, honesty, greatness would be recognized and he would be where he is at. What was it that the Noble Committee saw, that they knew who he was and what he was going to do? This is a good, very good Sunday, thank you Lord for this person who is our President, President Barack Obama. Amen.

  18. 54 utaustinliberal
    November 24, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Thanks for the idea, hopefruit!

  19. 56 hopefruit2
    November 24, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Here’s a flashback to a segment on PBO’s very sharply articulated foreign policy vision 2008. WOW…

    • 57 Vicki
      November 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      What an awesome clip. Thanks for posting it.
      PBO brilliant and visionary then and now delivering on his visions. Shame on his vicious critics. Shame.

    • November 24, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      Wow, just brutal…

      “Just yesterday, McCain got confused between Sunni and Shia, Iraq and Al-Quaeda… maybe that’s why McCain was for the Iraq war.” (paraphrased)

      This must be the moment that the MSM jumped ship from entertaining the idea of Barack Obama as a candidate, and highlights why McCain is now McBitter.

  20. 59 JER
    November 24, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    PHOTO: President Barack Obama departs the White House November 24, 2013 for Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Barack+Obama+Obama+Departs+West+Coast+rJvMoMDlbjYx.jpg

  21. 63 forus50
    November 24, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    OMG. I finally found this speech!! This is one that I attended and sat in the 2nd row of the ballroom right after he announced his candidacy. My co-worker and I went downtown to the Chicago Hilton to watch this at lunchtime. There was ZERO security, about 200 people were there along with some press. After his speech, we got to meet him in the back hallway after he was done shaking hands out in the ballroom but I had no idea he was going to be walking down the hallway. It was completely empty and all the sudden there he was with one other guy; and me and my coworker. I was so stunned that while I was shaking his hand and looking at his gorgeous self I said “Thank you Mr. Barama.” not realizing I had completely mangled his name until as he was walking away and my coworker through tears of laughter told me what I had said.

    Anyway, here’s the video of that afternoon of April 23, 2007 on foreign policy which is Of COURSE, entirely consistent with his 2013 foreign policy.

  22. 74 jacquelineoboomer
    November 24, 2013 at 4:55 pm

  23. 75 hopefruit2
    November 24, 2013 at 5:12 pm


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  25. 79 jacquelineoboomer
    November 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Was heading off to nap and drool, but first have to wait five minutes to get this nasty woman out of my brain! Now, she’s defending her jealousy and hatred.

    • 80 dotster3
      November 24, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      She didn’t care for Kerry this week when she did her best Jan Brewer shake a finger in his face imitation. NBC was in the delirious throes of their newest Stir Up Obama Hate with the accusation that PBO/Kerry were plotting to leave troops in Afghanistan for the next 1000 years, sending each and every tax payer $100,000 bill to pay for it—-or thereabouts. And Andrea ambushed Kerry with this charge, finger wagging in his face. Kerry calmly said, “No, that’s not true.” Andrea was MAD! that it wasn’t true! I cannot tolerate the likes of her. As others have noted, every time she is forced to say PBO’s name, she says it with such disdain. She’s been furious at him from the get-go——because he didn’t go to Israel on his first day in office—–which seems to be her #1 concern—-Israel——and has never forgiven him for winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

      • 81 forus50
        November 24, 2013 at 6:19 pm

        dotster you nailed it. I was a bit harsh in my tweet response but then again she’s been a royal ass since POTUS took office. She is actually very smart and could be providing useful background information. Instead she’s decided she needs to be the “gotcha” reporter, as if there aren’t enough rabid dogs in the WHPC.

      • 86 jacquelineoboomer
        November 24, 2013 at 10:04 pm

        You go, dotster! Even with the visual reference to Jan Brewer (eek), that made me laugh so hard! Glad you’re in Pres. Obama’s corner, because I wouldn’t want the other side getting you revved up against us! And I agree with every word you say about the awful Andrea.

      • 87 theo67
        November 24, 2013 at 10:08 pm

        Why doesn’t she move to Israel, if that’s her primary concern. The President was concerned with the United States of America – the country in which he’s the President – and he was fixing the economic crisis, to which her husband’s policies contributed.

  26. November 24, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Ms. JackieOB, this is for you. My 3 year old grandson wanted to go to church, so I took him this morning. After the service I was talking to the Minister and his wife. The Minister asked Patrick, “Did you enjoy the service today, young man?” My grandson answered, “Yes I did, but now I’m ready to flush this toilet”. I was stunned…he heard me say that a hundred years ago.

    • 89 jacquelineoboomer
      November 24, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      I … am … dyin’ laughin’. OMG (literally, with the church venue), that was HYSTERICAL.

      (My 2+-year-old great grandson held a fabulous phone conversation with me today about Santa and his need to “be a good boy for mommy.” He said yes to everything I asked, especially about that “good boy” stuff. Ha. Mostly, I did the talking (go figure), but my favorite was when I asked him what his favorite color was. I said, “Green?” (his mommy’s favorite) and he said, “No. Red.” Don’t even know if he had a favorite color before I asked, but I LOVE the way they will give you the first answer that pops in their heads, just because one is required.)

      We grandparents are the luckiest, aren’t we? And thanks for sharing your hilarious story!

  27. 92 Linda
    November 24, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Chris Matthews is on book tv…..

  28. 93 Ladyhawke
    November 24, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Seriously, Republicans, Can You Be ANY Dumber?

    By Norbrook


    Seriously, every time I think I can’t possibly be surprised by any act of stupidity on the part of a Republican politician, I turn out to be wrong. Diplomatic negotiations take time, and even though these were “rapid,” we’re still talking about 3 months of “whirlwind” negotiations, along with an even longer period of secret talks to set the stage. But rather than indulge in some cautious optimism, instead we’re treated to speculations that it was done for the nefarious purpose of distracting from a domestic issue. It’s one of the dumbest things I’ve seen out of the Republicans, and that’s saying something. It demonstrates how locked in they are to their worldview, and how they can’t bring themselves to admit that maybe the black President actually is doing something good.


    Read more here ….


    • 94 theo67
      November 24, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      To be honest, I don’t think the Republican world view is completely tied into the President’s skin color. His skin color may be driving their current racist and hateful tactics, but Republicans have been destroying the middle class and serving their corporate masters for 40 years or more. To accredit their current behavior to the black President implies that they will start behaving normally after President Obama leaves office. That’s not going to happen. This is who they are.

  29. 95 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 24, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Okay, so a homeless guy walks up on a video shoot; grab your tissues, then watch and listen…

  30. November 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch:

  31. 100 Ladyhawke
    November 24, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    A Team Effort in the Long Game

    By Jim Stuart


    Strategic patience is what Stratfor’s George Friedman has called it. That, and both the willingness and the capacity to play the long game – to have a crystal clear picture of what you would like to see happen, and to wait, and to take the hits, and to wait some more until the moment of possibility arrives.

    That, and a willingness to trust your team – Samantha Power, Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, and now John Kerry.

    Clear vision. A strong team. A deep and quiet space within you that allows you to take the hits without flinching or flailing about. And patience. And if the other side really does have shred interests, a deal that is good for both sides can happen.

    And it just did! Bravo, Mr. President and Mr. Secretary! Bravo!



    (h/t smartypants)

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  34. 106 hopefruit2
    November 24, 2013 at 7:13 pm

  35. 108 Anna
    November 24, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    My Grandfather, a political junky in his day, never missed a Sunday of “those programs”, if he were here today, would be where I am today. Sitting next to me, TV off, reading every bit of wonderful from all the wonderful folks on this site, hopefully not getting too wordy with his comments. Thanks a million to all of you, especially Chips for this refuge, and your great contributors.

  36. 110 desertflower
    November 24, 2013 at 7:31 pm


    In the long term, I have no idea whether this deal will work. But in the short term, it will function pretty well as a psychological test for politicians and pundits who comment on it. A negotiated deal always has a better chance of success than a military strike simply because a successful negotiated deal will have cooperation of people on the ground whereas a successful military strike will not.

    Anyone who object to the fact that a deal was reached (as opposed to citing particular detail they object to), isn’t really interested in stopping the nuclear program. They just want to kill some Persians. Violent military action is not a means to an end, but an end in itself.

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