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Rise and Shine

President Obama pauses in the Oval Office after making a series of telephone calls to Members of Congress, Dec. 1, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Jason Sattler: REMINDER: The Number Of Uninsured Americans Increased By 7.9 Million Under George W. Bush

The week President Obama took office, initial jobless claims, the statistic that immediately gauges layoffs, hit a 26-year high with 637,000 applying for unemployment insurance in one week. It was clear that the president was inheriting a record deficit, a cratering economy and two floundering wars. But buried in all those crises was an unspoken slow-motion disaster that people rarely mentioned: the steady crumbling of our health care system.

“When [former president Bill] Clinton left office, the number of uninsured Americans stood at 38.4 million,” Ron Brownstein wrote in 2009. “By the time [former president George W.] Bush left office that number had grown to just over 46.3 million, an increase of nearly 8 million or 20.6 percent.” The numbers were just as bad when you looked at the share of the uninsured. When Clinton left office, 13.7 percent of the population was uninsured. Bush left with 15.4 percent lacking coverage.

The New York Times‘ Paul Krugman calls the Affordable Care Act’s role in bringing health-cost growth to its lowest rate on record the law’s “secret success.” But the other secret success is how Obamacare is helping to reverse the growth of the uninsured population. This began in 2011 with children and young adults being able to stay on their parents’ plans until age 26, covering more than three million. And it continues this year with millions of Americans being added to the Medicaid rolls and millions likely to sign up for private plans, if the law’s health care exchanges begin working well enough.

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Jonathan Bernstein: The Minimum Wage And The Post-Policy GOP

At the federal level, one would think that Democrats might have some success actually passing an increase. After all, raising the minimum wage always polls extremely well, and with many state and local increases happening, it’s easy to imagine business lobbyists willing to accept a relatively modest national increase that could take a lot of steam out of those other initiatives. There’s plenty of precedent for Democrats forcing the issue by attaching a minimum wage hike to something Republicans want and managing to get it passed.

And while most Republicans in Congress surely oppose an increase, it’s not as if there’s some important principle violated by a $10 an hour minimum wage compared with $7 and change. Perhaps it will happen. But if not, the culprit is going to be, once again, the post-policy Republican Party. This just isn’t how the American political system is supposed to work. There really is an opportunity here for a deal that could enact popular policy ideas from both sides. But thanks to a dysfunctional Republican Party, it’s very hard to see it happening.

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Media Matters: How Print And Broadcast Media Are Hiding Obamacare’s Success In Controlling Costs

Jason Furman: “ACA Is Contributing To The Recent Slow Growth In Health Care Prices.” In a November 20 report, economist Jason Furman, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA), highlighted several positive impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to Furman, the ACA has already helped reduce waste and overpayment in Medicare that is “contributing to the recent slow growth in health care prices and spending.” Furman argues that reduced spending in Medicare is having an effect across the health care sector

Print Media Devote Only Five Stories To ACA’s Role In Slowed Costs. Since the release of the CEA report on November 20, the five top newspapers in the United States – The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and USA Today – issued only five articles that mentioned the ACA’s role in slowing the growth of health care costs. In the same time period, all print outlets combined issued 67 stories focusing on other aspects of the ACA rollout, including issues with the Healthcare.gov website and cancellations of individual policies. Only two outlets — USA Today and The New York Times — issued front page stories mentioning the CEA report.

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The People’s View: The Conservative Movement’s Death Wish

However, a funny thing is happening. Conservatives have forgotten how to play the game. Or rather, what passes for conservative now is so to the right that it no longer bears any relation to reality. Thus D’Souza tweets his tweet about President Obama being a grown-up Trayvon, and that the US must “survive” him. Thus Rush Limbaugh compares the nuking of the filibuster to allowing rape. Thus every half-assed thing which comes out of a conservative’s mouth makes people who have some sense shake their heads in bewilderment.

At this point, it’s as if conservatives can’t help themselves. The fact that Obama has run rings around them in spite of their vigorous efforts has led to a psychotic break. Republicans fight Democrats with vile assertions. Republicans knife each other in purity contests. A strong, intelligent, black Democratic president who knows exactly what they’re up to, and times his attacks for maximum effect, has put them flat on their backs. They’re used to Democrats and liberals who are defensive. They’re used to the triangulations of a Bill Clinton. Barack Obama’s strength has sent them into a fugue state from which, as yet, they haven’t been able to awaken.

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Reuters: Cayman Islands, Costa Rica Sign Tax Pacts With U.S.

The United States has signed agreements with the Cayman Islands and Costa Rica to help those countries’ banks comply with an anti-tax evasion law starting next year, the Treasury Department said on Friday. The deals are part of the US effort to enforce the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which was enacted in 2010 and is set to take effect in July 2014. FATCA requires foreign financial institutions to tell the US Internal Revenue Service about Americans’ offshore accounts worth more than $50,000.

It was enacted after a Swiss banking scandal showed that 17,000 US taxpayers had hidden substantial fortunes overseas. On Thursday a former UBS banker, Raoul Weil, agreed to be extradited to the US to face charges arising from that scandal. With these two deals, both signed this week, the Treasury has now finished 12 FATCA “intergovernmental agreements” (IGAs), which help countries’ financial institutions comply with the law.

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Timothy Garnder: U.S. Extends Iran Oil Sanctions Waivers To China, India, South Korea

The U.S. State Department extended six-month Iran sanctions waivers on Friday to China, India, South Korea and other countries in exchange for their reducing purchases of Iranian crude oil earlier this year. The waivers had been expected. Under a law governing sanctions imposed on Iran’s disputed nuclear program by the United States, the State Department is required to determine whether the Islamic Republic’s oil consumers have reduced their purchases.

The decision comes even after the United States and five other global powers, known as the P5+1, agreed in Geneva this month to ease Iran’s access to about $4.2 billion in foreign currency reserves for six months in exchange for Tehran’s taking steps to curb its nuclear program. The waivers, which the State Department calls exceptions, mean that banks in the consuming countries will not face being cut off from the U.S. financial system for the next six months.

Since the beginning of the sanctions regime in 2012, all 20 of Iran’s oil customers have qualified for the periodic waivers. But despite the Geneva agreement, the United States reserves the right to sanction any oil consuming country should it suddenly increase its purchases. 

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Mark Barabak: Kentucky Governor Sees Health Law As Chance To Heal An Ailing State

Relations between President Obama and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear have not always been friendly. But leading one of the nation’s poorest, sickest states, Beshear has improbably overseen one of the most successful rollouts of Obama’s troubled healthcare overhaul and become, deep in his long public career, a hero to Democrats grasping to find a redeeming figure amid the political wreckage. “I knew if I was going to make a huge difference in the health status of Kentucky, it was going to take some kind of transformational tool to do that, and that’s what the Affordable Care Act is for me,”

Beshear, white-haired and greyhound-lean, said as he sat behind a big maple desk in his office. “I think we’ve started something here,” he later added, “that a generation from now you’ll see a very different Kentucky than what you see today. The need for care in this pretty but hard-pressed state is unarguable. Kentucky leads the nation in cancer deaths and preventable hospitalizations and suffers some of the highest rates of diabetes, cardiovascular illness and premature death. Extending healthcare to as many as possible could make a difference, the 69-year-old Beshear said, long after he is gone. “To me,” he said, “it was the morally responsible and the right thing to do.”

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LA Times: The Chalice That Helped Make Possible The Iran Nuclear Deal

Many paths led to the international agreement to temporarily curb Iran’s nuclear program: secret meetings in Oman, formal negotiations in Geneva, and a quiet encounter in New York involving two diplomats and an exquisite silver chalice in the shape of a mythical winged creature. The latter session led in September to the return of the chalice to Iran, where officials hailed it as a gesture of friendship by the United States.

When Rouhani announced plans to attend the U.N. General Assembly in New York in September, Obama’s advisors decided the moment was right for a gesture. A day after Obama delivered his annual address to the world body, the American diplomat received an email from Washington, which he read at his desk three blocks from U.N. headquarters. He was instructed to find a way to return the griffin chalice to the Iranians with no fanfare before Rouhani left in two days. Two days later, Rouhani accepted a telephone call from Obama, the first such high-level contact since 1979, when militants stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking hostages they held for 444 days.

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Lisa Mascaro: GOP Promise Of Immigration Reform Fades A Year After Election

Earlier this year, as House Republicans began considering changes to the nation’s immigration laws after their party’s defeat in the presidential election, they were given a list of do’s and don’ts that updated GOP thinking on the issue. The suggestions seemed obvious to most but signaled a new tone for the Republican Party. “Don’t use the term’anchor baby’ or phrases like ‘send them all back,'” said the memo from a Republican-aligned advocacy group, the Hispanic Leadership Network.

“Do acknowledge that ‘our current immigration system is broken and we need to fix it.'” Changing the way the party talks about immigration is about all House Republicans have to show for their efforts over the last 11 months — and even that effort has notable exceptions. In fact, the House’s most visible immigration-related action was a measure to defund an Obama administration program to defer deportations of young immigrants, a vote that increased Latino animosity even though it failed to become law.

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On December 1st, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus and her courageous act sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Civil Rights Movement that changed the course of history. We are forever grateful.

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On This Day:

Pete Souza: “He and the Vice President were headed for the short walk from the White House to the Eisenhower Executive Office building to brief Congressional leaders on his new Afghanistan strategy that he would publicly unveil at West Point that night. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had just pulled up in her motorcade and the Vice President congratulated her that her daughter, Chelsea, had just gotten engaged.” Dec. 1, 2009

President Obama gestures while talking on the phone Oval Office prior to leaving for his speech at West Point, Dec. 1, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

An ornament hangs on the official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room of the White House, Dec. 1, 2009 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Obama jokes with Vice President Biden and former Secretary of State Colin Powell following their meeting in the Oval Office, Dec. 1, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

The President with Malia and the First Lady with Sasha wait backstage before the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and his daughter Sasha at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington December 1, 2011


108 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 2 magapie
    December 1, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Too sneaky?

  2. 3 utaustinliberal
    December 1, 2013 at 9:49 am

  3. December 1, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Wow UT, what a news-packed full-of-goodness R&S, you are a GEM – thank you legend!!!

  4. 6 desertflower
    December 1, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Thanks, UT…Glorious R/S:)

  5. 8 carolyn
    December 1, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Great stuff this morning! Thanks.
    Every time I see a picture of the Oval Office after the Obama re-do, I am impressed with how much warmer and welcoming it is than in past administrations. A perfect reflection of the person who occupies the office and his family.

  6. 9 forus50
    December 1, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Thanks and good morning Austin Texas girl!!!

  7. 10 amk for obama
    December 1, 2013 at 10:02 am

    This cnn piece deserves a post of its own.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/29/opinion/waldman-obamacare/index.html?hpt=hp_bn7

    Also. too. #ObamaCare fixes.

    • 11 carolyn
      December 1, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Yes, this is an excellent article. It points out that everywhere along the chain of care, people make money. I have read before how much more tests and devices cost here than in Europe. The difference is astounding. These costs have to be controlled, but of course those benefiting are going to kick and scream and hold their breath until the inevitable happens, and we bring our costs in line with the other developed countries. I believe an MRI costs something like three times as much here as in France, for the SAME test. I’d like to see a list of comparison costs.

      • 12 amk for obama
        December 1, 2013 at 11:05 am

        MRI in India govt hospitals is free for poor, $20 to $100 for middle class. Even in corporate hospitals, it is around 300 to 600 bucks depending on the scan.

    • 13 a4alice
      December 1, 2013 at 11:31 am

      omg I know this is on the opinion page on an MSM website but it’s a start

  8. 14 Vicki
    December 1, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Bill deBlasio has announced his Inauguration committee and as you’d expect it is star-studded. Harry Belafonte, Sarah jessica parker, Russell Simmons and Steve Buscemi. And many others. This will be a big event in NYC.
    Chips, the photo I sent you months ago with me next to Steve Buscemi and Bill leaning against the Fire House we were rallying to save in the background turns out to be even cooler than I thought at the time.

  9. 19 hopefruit2
    December 1, 2013 at 10:03 am

    G’morning UT, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats magapie on #1! 🙂

    Thanks again UT for another full-of-win R & S roundup! 🙂 🙂 Holiday season is here and the ACA is humming along!

  10. 21 amk for obama
    December 1, 2013 at 10:05 am

    All of us should tweet their own messages to the team.

  11. 23 amk for obama
    December 1, 2013 at 10:09 am

  12. 24 hopefruit2
    December 1, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Glad that folks are catching on to the media’s disingenuous disposition towards to the ACA and the website.

  13. 26 WilTal
    December 1, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Hello everyone,

    UT, thank you for this smashing R&S.

    POTUS has been running circles around the Rs from day one. Love this—>”At this point, it’s as if conservatives can’t help themselves. The fact that Obama has run rings around them in spite of their vigorous efforts has led to a psychotic break. Republicans fight Democrats with vile assertions. Republicans knife each other in purity contests. A strong, intelligent, black Democratic president who knows exactly what they’re up to, and times his attacks for maximum effect, has put them flat on their backs. They’re used to Democrats and liberals who are defensive. They’re used to the triangulations of a Bill Clinton. Barack Obama’s strength has sent them into a fugue state from which, as yet, they haven’t been able to awaken.”

  14. 27 amk for obama
    December 1, 2013 at 10:19 am

    LOL.

  15. 28 amk for obama
    December 1, 2013 at 10:22 am

  16. 30 criquet
    December 1, 2013 at 10:24 am

  17. 38 amk for obama
    December 1, 2013 at 10:34 am

  18. 39 Jovie
    December 1, 2013 at 10:36 am

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL2N0JE0PW20131129?irpc=932

    Yay! Another government shutdown? Awesome!
    Can’t wait!
    What a joke Washington is and has become.
    Voters voted for divided government, this is what you get.

    • 40 Jovie
      December 1, 2013 at 10:49 am

      • 41 desertflower
        December 1, 2013 at 10:52 am

        Because that worked so well for them the first time. Assholes are flustered!

        • December 1, 2013 at 12:00 pm

          It is what they do….they are truly out to destroy our Government and our democracy…my concern is that I hope the American People are watching….for example…the folks in KY who now have health insurance ( not the JUNK kind) some for the first time in their life…the citizens in the RED States who have seen their food stamps cut…..will they still vote against their own interests…

          these are the folks who can help make a difference in 2014….I hope that the DEMS in those states along with the national party…have a grass roots plan….

  19. 43 Jovie
    December 1, 2013 at 10:40 am

    • 44 hopefruit2
      December 1, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Whenever the media has to reported positive news, it’s always framed as: “Obama administration says,” or “WH says,” or “HHS says”

      Meanwhile, the same NY TIMES has these “top story” headlines today:

      “Inside the Race to Rescue a Health Care Site and Obama.”

      BUT

      “Eye on 2016, Clintons Rebuild Bond With Blacks.”

      Note the difference in the two headlines….and tell me that there isn’t a very specific and disturbing anti-Obama bias in the media’s reporting….

      • 45 amk for obama
        December 1, 2013 at 10:56 am

        Mostly it’s Obama touts. Even he states just facts. ODS is pervasive throughout the media and blogs.

        • 46 africa
          December 1, 2013 at 11:00 am

          And they all seem to be hung on two words, vast majority. Wait for them to start explaining what that means. Saw it in quotes in a Politico tweet, from ezra klein and NYT. It’s always Admin “says.” I am just glad we have social media. They can no longer just get away with stuff.

          Witness Reuters headline saying the WH “declares victory,” about Obamacare. They create a narrative and run with it.

      • 47 Vicki
        December 1, 2013 at 11:06 am

        Right you are as usual, hopefruit. Dismiss and diminish anything positive about The Obama Administration and pump up the volume elsewhere. So discouraging.

      • December 1, 2013 at 11:51 am

        The Romneys thought that this was their TIME for the WH…the Clintons are exhibiting that same sense of “Entitlement” as it relates to the WH…..

        For the Record…they represent a PRE-PBO time in our democratic politics…I am NOT interested in moving back to that…I pray that we have other choices….

    • 49 anniebella
      December 1, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      Great news to hear about the website.

  20. 51 africa
    December 1, 2013 at 10:45 am

  21. 52 a4alice
    December 1, 2013 at 10:46 am

  22. 53 Jovie
    December 1, 2013 at 10:51 am

    But Tom cole sez government shutdown is on the table and…

  23. 58 desertflower
    December 1, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Tom Cole also said this: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/gop-rep-democrats-are-moving-further-left-on-health-care

    So maybe someone can send him THIS: http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=3532

    Medicare Is Not “Bankrupt”
    Health Reform Has Improved Program’s Financing

    Idiot.

    • 59 idon
      December 1, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      Nah. Just send him a NEW WHITE SHEET and HOOD so everyone will know exactly what he’s really upset about.

  24. 60 hopefruit2
    December 1, 2013 at 10:57 am

    New York Times posts “Top News” headlines:

    “Inside the Race to Rescue a Health Care Site and Obama.”

    “Eye on 2016, Clintons Rebuild Bond with Blacks.”

    According to NY TImes, PBO is in such poor shape he needs “rescuing” along with the Health Care site, whereas the Clintons, fully in command and in control have already rebuilt their bond with Blacks…(we don’t even know whether Hillary is running for prez in or whether she will be the Dem nominee, nor is there any evidence of any “building of bond with Blacks” whatever the heck that is supposed to mean).

  25. 63 amk for obama
    December 1, 2013 at 11:01 am

  26. 65 Vicki
    December 1, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Tonight, even if you have never tuned into HBO’s Treme try to do so for the last 5 episodes.
    Tonight is called “Yes We Can” and it is set right after 2008 election.

  27. 67 africa
    December 1, 2013 at 11:09 am

    • 68 anniebella
      December 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      Yes and I’m to believe what some right wing war lover Republican have to say. Did Rogers ever say that G.W. Bush and Cheney screwed up Iraq and Afghanistan?

  28. 70 a4alice
    December 1, 2013 at 11:22 am

    • 71 Obama Grandmama
      December 1, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Remember the screaming from the GOP before the 2010 elections about jobs? Then all they did was try to end abortions and block voters. No job help at all, in fact they enacted cutting lots of jobs from government workers in order to slow the recovery even more. Surprised they are not dealing with immigration? There is a saying along the line of “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.” That is the one Bush fouled up so badly and hearing it wrong so many times makes it harder to remember it correctly, but it fits here.

  29. 72 WilTal
    December 1, 2013 at 11:25 am

    https//twitter.com/KnowDTruth44/status/407179098952192001

  30. 73 WilTal
    December 1, 2013 at 11:26 am

    http//twitter.com/KnowDTruth44/status/407179098952192001

  31. 75 utaustinliberal
    December 1, 2013 at 11:31 am

    You all have to get into the #RacismEndedWhen hashtag. The GOP has no clue how to use social media.

    The GOP actually tweeted with a straight face, this picture and tweet about Rosa Parks. Bravo, GOP. Your outreach to minorities is going “splendidly” 🙄

  32. December 1, 2013 at 11:37 am

    An Aweeeesome…Awsome Rise and Shine….

  33. December 1, 2013 at 11:46 am

    https://twitter.com/TeaPartyCat/status/407187046952759296,,,,

    If we had a media WORTHY of the First Amendment…this would be the headlines… not the nonsense about a website…but with the corporate takeover of the media…WE the People are taking up the banner of what the founders intended by enshrining~ Freedom of the Press~ in the constitution.

  34. 82 a4alice
    December 1, 2013 at 11:53 am

    yay. I finally got to the bottom of the thread! OK UT – AWESOME post! tweeted all I could out of it! You are positively a bastion of information! Thankyou! 😀

  35. 84 utaustinliberal
    December 1, 2013 at 12:00 pm

  36. 85 africa
    December 1, 2013 at 12:01 pm

  37. 86 utaustinliberal
    December 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Oh, Republicans. You have lost this battle.

  38. 87 utaustinliberal
    December 1, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    • 88 Don
      December 1, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll wait for the person that has been called the N-word to tell me that racism is indeed over. I mean shouldn’t black people get to make that call.

  39. 89 africa
    December 1, 2013 at 12:24 pm

  40. 90 Don
    December 1, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    The predicament that the Republicans find themselves in did not have to happen. President Obama came with open arms and an open mind, which they, the Republicans interpreted as a sign of weakness and naiveté. The sign of a great politician is that his enemies complain that he can’t walk on water, which really means “damn, is it anything this guy can’t do!” There isn’t a politician that lies awake at night that wouldn’t want to be President Obama.

    Case in point Mitt Romney, Romney’s greatest achievement was universal health care for Massachusetts, but what drives Romney crazy is that he can’t take credit for it. Just imagine, your greatest victory achieved, but claiming victory for it will deny you the opportunity of being President of the United States of America. One has to believe that late at night President Obama sits in his study and laughs at Romney’s predicament.

    But Bill Clinton’s story is more fascinating, for a time Clinton was the “Prince of the City” Women loved him, and men wanted to be him. George H.W. Bush was correct when he called Bill Clinton “Slick Willie.” I must admit, even to this day when Clinton talk, I listen, but now I’m listening to see if he’s reading from the memo he got from Team Chicago. Clinton was the black messiah, he could do no wrong, damn near every black politician and clergymen rushed to his side to pray for him in his darkest days. Clinton relished being called the first black President. Clinton’s greatest problem now is envy; you barely heard two syllables out of Clinton’s mouth during W’s hellish two terms in office. The Iraq war, silence, the economy in free fall, silence. Clinton was out making money, god bless him, let him make as much as he can. But then he came along, “The One,” that guy from Hawaii vie Chicago, Indonesia, and some say Kenya.

    Barack Obama came along and almost immediately changed how politics is done in Washington and around the country. In five years, the time is takes to graduate from college Barack Obama has ushered in Universal Health Care, ended the practice of gays being booted from the military and made it possible for gay marriage to be recognized on a federal level. Clinton was loved on a surface level and he made people feel good and there is nothing wrong with that. But Barack Obama, people know that he wants the best for them, I have never heard any politician Republican or Democrat say that President Obama doesn’t care about people. They call him Marxist, a Dictator and a tyrant, but they have never called him uncaring. People have romanticized both Reagan and Clinton, they are larger than life and they both have affected people on a surface level, again there is nothing wrong with that. Reagan and Clinton both made you feel good about them whereas Barack Obama made you feel good about yourself which in turned made you feel good about the person that was less fortunate than you.

    • December 1, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      BRAVOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO……..

      To add:

      PBO has made it possible to believe in OUR Government…OUR Democracy….to see a way…to make our government….Of the People, By the People…For the People….PBO has shown us that there is a way for the lil people to WIN…..

      and that DON is one of his greatest gifts to us….

      YES WE CAN!

      ps for the record….

      I never called Clinton the first Black anything….BOOM!

    • 92 Vicki
      December 1, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      beautifully written and wise beyond measure, Don

    • December 1, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      Sheer brilliance, Don!!!! Thank you

  41. 94 africa
    December 1, 2013 at 12:27 pm

  42. 95 anniebella
    December 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Obamacare website has met it’s goal, and the negative media is saying what.

  43. 96 utaustinliberal
    December 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    😆 *Flatlines*

  44. 99 Don
    December 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Racism would have ended a long time ago if Florida would have let Michael move in with that white woman when he was going to college.

  45. 100 amk for obama
    December 1, 2013 at 1:05 pm

  46. 101 amk for obama
    December 1, 2013 at 1:08 pm

  47. 102 amk for obama
    December 1, 2013 at 1:10 pm

  48. 103 desertflower
    December 1, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Obamacare will be like a fine wine…better with age. This train is ROLLING ON…and nothing is going to take us backward!!

  49. 104 amk for obama
    December 1, 2013 at 1:14 pm

  50. 105 a4alice
    December 1, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    completely off topic but for anyone interested the Chinese just launched their probe to the moon. They’re talking about it on live tv

    http://english.cntv.cn/live/p2p/index.shtml

  51. 107 desertflower
    December 1, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Beautiful pictures of Grand Canyon…filled with fog:) Amazing!

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018526019


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