President Obama at the Saban Forum

Forward to 9:15 for the discussion, it was brilliant

1:10 EST The President participates in a conversation with Saban Forum Chairman Haim Saban

Also streaming at White House Live and Brookings

On December 6-8, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings is hosting its 10th annual Saban Forum, titled “Power Shifts: U.S.-Israel Relations in a Dynamic Middle East.” This year’s event features remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, all of which are being webcast.

The 2013 Forum is examining the political changes taking place across the Middle East, including the resumption of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks; the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran; and the deepening Syrian civil war and resulting humanitarian crisis. Forum speakers and participants discuss the implications of these events on U.S. interests in the region, U.S.-Israel relations and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

More here


Thank you JER, I knew nothing about this!

110 Responses to “President Obama at the Saban Forum”

  1. 1 desertflower
    December 7, 2013 at 12:46 pm


  2. 3 desertflower
    December 7, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Like I said on the last thread, shut up Jake Tapper!!

    Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama 1h
    2 million new jobs alone in 2013, the best job creation year on year since 2004-05

  3. 7 desertflower
    December 7, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Thank you, JER:) You are amazing!!

  4. 8 Nena20409
    December 7, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    GM IN The CDT Zone, GA in the EDT Zone.

    Hello TODable TOD on this Sunshine Saturday 😉

    Lovely and Awesome Posts.

    Congrats DF for your GOLD ❗ ❗ ❗

  5. December 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Allow me to Twitter-pimp for a good guy.

    Rustbelt Dem, a regular on TPV, just joined the Twitterz. His handle is @RbtDem. Follow him if you can and give him some love.

  6. 16 MightyPamela
    December 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm


  7. 19 Dudette
    December 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    • 20 Vicki
      December 7, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      Repeal is the only way to end the Real Issue which is who is paying for ACA, not who is benefiting from the ACA, much less what the specific benefits are.

  8. 22 Nena20409
    December 7, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    So VP Biden is In South Korea and North Korea deports 85 yrs old US Vet that They North Korea allowed legal Visa to their country?

    I am mighty pleased that the North Korean Regime found some sanity.

  9. 24 mtmarilyn
    December 7, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Good morning TODbots from freezing Montana. It is -3 with windchill at -15. The tough thing is that the University of Montana is playing in a FCS football playoff here in Missoula. The team we are playing is Coastal Carolina, from the coast. The boys coming from there haven’t been below 0 so they are really having to adjust. Our stadium will be almost full, it holds 26,000. I have been to several when it was this cold but didin’t want to this time. My husband and son will be there. It will be interesting to see how it all will come out. On problem is we don’t have snow on the ground so this freezing weather isn’t good for our plants. We’ll see how many of my flowers won’t survive this winter. Last winter we didn’t get below 0. This winter will be different

    Now to go back and read all of the posts about the tree lighting. Haven’t been able to read it all yet. Those pictures of the tree lighting are so beautiful. We have such a photogenic, loving, generous First Family.

    Had to bring this over. Hope all of you are warm today. I am feeling so great about our wonderful President and all that is happening. I really feel that the gathering for Mandela’s funeral is going to be world changing. His life was all about peace. It is now all going in the right direction. Now we just need to work in this next year to get back control of the House and keep control of the Senate and we can change the world. I believe in the people of the US. We can do.

    Have a great day everyone!

  10. 26 desertflower
    December 7, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    ***** Some Praise for our TOD and masterful Ms. Chips! *****


    Many thanks to you, Jim Stuart for seeing what we all have known for years:) Thank you for all you do, as well!

  11. December 7, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    A bit of basketball funny.

  12. 36 Nena20409
    December 7, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Jimmy Carter is going to the funeral for Madiba, though Not flying AF1 with POTUS.

  13. 43 Nena20409
    December 7, 2013 at 1:09 pm


    Throughout the column, Shaw offers at least five more direct, unfavorable comparisons between Pope Francis and President Obama:

    “Just like President Obama loved apologizing for America, Pope Francis likes to apologize for the Catholic Church.”
    “Just like Obama thought he’d won over Putin by promising a reset, Francis thinks by talking vacuously about the poor, he will be respected.”
    “Just as Obama snubs Britain and Israel, Pope Francis swipes at practicing Catholics.”
    “Like Obama, Francis is unable to see the problems that are really endangering his people.”
    “Like Obama he mistakes the faithful for the enemy, the enemy for his friend, condescension for respect, socialism for justice and capitalism for tyranny.”


    These people have lost their minds.

    • 44 MightyPamela
      December 7, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Refuse to dignify this crap by not posting it anywhere! Just delete this madness, it is bought and paid for by the dark forces in the universe. They will get back what they out out. Choose not to be a part of that. Ever.

  14. December 7, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    GA Chips, TOD! Hope everyone enjoys their weekend……. well everyone except this unruly Senator. I’m Planning to withhold contributions for life if Mizzou beats Auburn. 🙂

  15. December 7, 2013 at 1:12 pm


    • 60 hopefruit2
      December 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks Chips, and JER for bringing this to us. This seemed to have been completely blacked out by the MSM. Not sure why – seeing it is a very important conversation and our President is speaking….

  16. 61 Dudette
    December 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Watching My President now. He’s sooo good at this job! What a man!

  17. 65 Nena20409
    December 7, 2013 at 1:28 pm


    Sen Harry Reid’s Brother dies at 85 yrs old.

    So sorry for the Reid’s family.

  18. 67 Dudette
    December 7, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Ha ha ha! POTUS was not about to feed the sharks waiting for him to call Bibi crazy! LOL!

  19. 68 hopefruit2
    December 7, 2013 at 1:30 pm

  20. 70 hopefruit2
    December 7, 2013 at 1:31 pm

  21. 73 hopefruit2
    December 7, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Oh my goodness — this President is brilliant and has such a fantastic sense of humor at the same time.

  22. 79 hopefruit2
    December 7, 2013 at 1:50 pm

  23. 84 desertflower
    December 7, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    That was absolutely fascinating! What an incredible intellect this man has…So proud of this man. If you missed this conversation, make some time to watch this. You will not be disappointed.

    • 85 Don
      December 7, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      Can you imagine Sasha or Malia trying to explain to Barack why they didn’t turn in their homework assignment on time?

  24. 87 susanne
    December 7, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    pearl harbor day, then and now.

  25. 88 Dudette
    December 7, 2013 at 2:12 pm

  26. 89 hopefruit2
    December 7, 2013 at 2:14 pm

  27. 90 hopefruit2
    December 7, 2013 at 2:15 pm


  28. 95 utaustinliberal
    December 7, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I consider it a blessing and a privilege to be alive with Barack Obama as President of the United States. He never disappoints on foreign and domestic policy. His grasp of the issues is breathtaking.

  29. 96 utaustinliberal
    December 7, 2013 at 2:19 pm

  30. 97 Dudette
    December 7, 2013 at 2:20 pm

  31. December 7, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    In answer to if Americans know how lucky they are? I would answer that many do. Those that go in large crowds to see him speak. However, many are busy with their own lives only hearing and seeing news controlled by the corporations. The conservative message talking points is what they are hearing and in many ways believing.
    I am so grateful I first heard Senator Barack Obama do the book tour on Oprah. I became inspired and involved at a time in my life where I was able to research and check on facts myself. He awakened me to my responsibility beyond voting. I feel he is a remarkable person that we have been lucky to have as our President. I am glad I am on the right side of history. The downside is not having the power to wake up those around me only listening to the news. Believe me I have tried and continue to work at it.

  32. 99 utaustinliberal
    December 7, 2013 at 2:21 pm

  33. 100 HZ
    December 7, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening to my TOD family. (((((((( Thank you our wonderful Chips for this very special haven)))))))))HZ

    Just listened to our wonderful president. This is the man that we love, support, and respect. His core will always lead him to move in a bright direction for goodness for all people. I thank the graces of this goodness to enter our spaces each day of the brilliant mind, compassionate heart, and humble pores of humanity that are open to receive the goodness in people far beyond most people who are in such great powerful position.

    Thank you, President Barack Obama for being our President of the United States of American, and such a world class and brilliant leader of excellence. I am honored to work daily to support you, Mr. President.

    As Bobfr often reminds us #TrustBarack. Indeed, Bobfr.

    Shout outs of love to FormerlyFred, MightyPamela, Tally, Layla, Dudette, Africa, Donna and family, Lisa, and Miss Pat.

    Long loving hugs to our handsome (((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Danny))))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

  34. 101 utaustinliberal
    December 7, 2013 at 2:23 pm

  35. 102 utaustinliberal
    December 7, 2013 at 2:26 pm

  36. 103 utaustinliberal
    December 7, 2013 at 2:28 pm

  37. 104 utaustinliberal
    December 7, 2013 at 2:29 pm

  38. 105 utaustinliberal
    December 7, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    • 106 Don
      December 7, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      Inside of an Israeli forum President Obama tells the world that he respects the history and culture of the Iranian people and they he has enough respect for them that he along with the world community will help Iran solve its most pressing issues.

  39. 107 carolyn
    December 7, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Just finished filling out a survey on you.gov. Since I found out they are a Republican backed organization, I make sure I do this. This is not a random poll, it is self-selected, and their basic demographic is mine….white, senior citizen.
    I made sure to say the Republicans in Congress are responsible for the problems, and give high approval ratings to President Obama. I also got to select Nancy Pelosi as the outstanding Speaker in the last forty years…..NOT Tip O’Neill…..in spite of Tweety.
    I now know when this poll is quoted, it is not a true poll, but a self-selected survey, with little validity.

  40. 108 utaustinliberal
    December 7, 2013 at 2:39 pm


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