Chat Away

President Obama meets with newly-elected mayors including New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio (4th L) about job creation in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, December 13

143 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 16 yardarm756
    December 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I see cameras. So what’s their beef?

  2. 28 utaustinliberal
    December 13, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Not again.

  3. 30 JER
    December 13, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    LIVE NOW: Arapahoe High School Shooting in Centennial, CO – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  4. December 13, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Down to get local news. Try 9News on twitter. It’s NBC, but local news is good. Can’t remember call letters.

  5. 36 Judith Fardig
    December 13, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Hoping that no more Colorado students die in a senseless gun attack. This has absolutely got to stop! The NRA must be de-fanged.

  6. 37 JER
    December 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm

  7. December 13, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    It’s an “active shooter” situation in Littleton Arapaho High School, Denver area. One shooting victim has been brought into a local hospital. Just basic facts now. Groups of students are being brought out of the school.

  8. 39 amk for obama
    December 13, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Isn’t today the anniversary of Newtown?

  9. 45 dotster3
    December 13, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    It should be clear to every single person with even a minimum amount of thinking skills that this continuous gun violence is the #1 issue of our time. It is just screaming at us. Do something! How many more school kids do we have to see filing out of a school because of a shooting? How many more news stories reporting shooting fatalities do we have to endure?—-one or two here, one or two there, one or two everywhere– sometimes 5, 6 or 7 at a time—daily—across the country. I wonder when we stop ignoring this, stop looking the other way, stop saying ‘don’t tell me’—–and unite and be determined to bring the much needed change to this out of control gun culture in this country.

    • 46 jackiegrumbacher
      December 13, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      Dotster, people who do recognize this don’t always realize that the way make it stop is to make themselves heard and vote. I have a Republican governor and a Republican congressman–two brick walls when it comes to gun control. I know that the way forward involves replacing them with people who don’t put the needs of the NRA first. That means working for candidates who actually care about people and voting them in. Our children are literally being held hostage and made to live in fear and danger because of political cowardice.

  10. 47 amk for obama
    December 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm

  11. 48 amk for obama
    December 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm

  12. 49 Nena20409
    December 13, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I am so sick and tired of hearing, reading and watching on TV Shootings at schools, colleges, working places, place of worship, etc. When is Enough, enough?

    How long must it take Noble and sensible people to wake Up and stop the madness?

  13. 55 amk for obama
    December 13, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I really don’t see when & where this will end.

  14. 56 JER
    December 13, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Suspect was found inside school and is now deceased according to Sheriff.

  15. 57 JER
    December 13, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Sheriff says shooter apparently killed himself. The ID of suspect is not being released at this time.

    • 58 Judith Fardig
      December 13, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      Shooter was a student at the school. Other injured student is in hospital.

    • 59 dotster3
      December 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      Deceased suspect was a student. One shooting victim was taken to hospital in serious condition. Another injured student found with minor wound, may or may not been as a result of shooting. Investigating if there was a 2nd suspect.

  16. 60 amk for obama
    December 13, 2013 at 4:01 pm

  17. 61 JER
    December 13, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Sheriff says student suspect came to school looking for a specific teacher.

  18. 62 Nena20409
    December 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm


    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a Kansas male accused of planning to detonate a car bomb at the Wichita airport has been arrested.

    U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom stated the man was arrested Friday morning at Mid-Continent regional airport. He claimed the person prepared to push a car that he believed was comprehensive of explosives into a terminal at the airport.

    Investigators say the male is an avionics technician who life in Wichita and performs at the airport.



    Terry Lee Loewen, 58, was charged with one count each of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to damage property and attempting to provide support to terrorist group al-Qaida. Authorities said he was trying to support “al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.”

    The materials inside the vehicle were “inert” and “at no time was the safety of travelers or members of the public placed in jeopardy,” U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

    Investigators said Loewen is an avionics technician who lives in Wichita and works at the airport. He had been under investigation for about six months, after he made online statements about wanting to commit “violent jihad” against the U.S. The statements were made in a conversation with an FBI employee unbeknownst to Loewen, Grissom said.

  19. 63 amk for obama
    December 13, 2013 at 4:03 pm

  20. 66 Nena20409
    December 13, 2013 at 4:06 pm
    • 67 LDS
      December 13, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      Eat you hearts out WHPC! (that is if you have a heart)…….
      Go right your stupid books on what YOU think POB is all about.
      Even if he told you, you would twist it to fit your purpose.
      So continue hating while you drool, fools.

  21. 68 amk for obama
    December 13, 2013 at 4:09 pm

  22. 69 hopefruit2
    December 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I’m glad that the situation in CO has been contained. But it’s sad that one person is dead – that is one person too many.

    • 71 Nena20409
      December 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      The above is 55 mins.

      Whitehouse.gov/youtube is just 30 mins

      Jay “Clark Kent” Carney’s 12-13-13 Presser

  23. 72 amk for obama
    December 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm

  24. 75 amk for obama
    December 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm

  25. 77 japa21
    December 13, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    • 78 Nena20409
      December 13, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      It is Called Denial.

      We don’t show gun injuries and the hardship caused by guns nor do we dare to tabulate the COST in Treasure, Lives…..a wall or website that keeps track and with names and ages of those killed or harmed by guns.

      A Wikipedia of sort is needed to truly shock our collective conscience.

  26. 79 japa21
    December 13, 2013 at 4:20 pm

  27. 80 hopefruit2
    December 13, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    So Jodi Kantor is convinced that PBO’s marriage is a fraud, and all the pics we’ve been seeing of him and FLOTUS together are staged….

    And Twitter is rightfully giving her HELL for this offensive drivel….

    • 81 Nena20409
      December 13, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      Kantor, Jodi another self-absorbed bitterly inflected with the severe case of ODS? Hmm?

      Jodi Kantor as you stress your world views about the First Family, they First Family is unaware of you and they go their merry ways LIVING their lives, their way. Step off the Empire State Building Jodi Kantor. Hardly anyone will notice. Hmm?

      • 82 hopefruit2
        December 13, 2013 at 4:32 pm

        LOL! Exactly Nena…no one cares where Ms. Kantor is or what she thinks at a given point. Ditto for David ‘Kiss-GOP-Arse’ Gregory.

      • 83 japa21
        December 13, 2013 at 4:33 pm

        She is so jealous of FLOTUS, and it shows.

      • 84 yardarm756
        December 13, 2013 at 5:21 pm

        I thought the b—h was dead.

      • 85 anniebella
        December 13, 2013 at 5:22 pm

        Kantor have never recover from the backlash she took from that piece of crap book of hers she wrote about the Obamas. You sense the hate she has for them. That is the reason for her attack on the entire family.

        • 86 anniebella
          December 13, 2013 at 5:26 pm

          If there is no scandal haters like Kantor will make up some scandal. She don’t know a dam thing about Barack and Michelle Obama 22 year marriage or their family. If there ever were any doubt the media hate this President, well there isn’t any doubt now.

      • 87 nathkatun7
        December 13, 2013 at 5:34 pm

        Is this woman married? If she is, she must be in terrible dysfunctional marriage and is envious of the Obamas. If she is not, may be her man dumped her and she wants the Obama to be as miserable as she is. She is truly pathetic!

        • 88 Nena20409
          December 13, 2013 at 5:54 pm

          I Googled her. She is married. She is 38 yrs old. A Columbia graduate in 1996 and one semester at Harvard Law, before leaving for an Editor job.

    • 90 dotster3
      December 13, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      Did she say that??? That the marriage is a fraud and all photos of the two of them are staged???
      And why, pray tell, are people being distracted by any “deep thoughts” from Jodi Kantor? We already know who/what she is.

      • 91 hopefruit2
        December 13, 2013 at 4:39 pm

        Her tweets above speak for themselves – I don’t need to provide any further evidence of what she said. Jodi Kantor is a NY Time’s columnist discussing her “deep thoughts” on Twitter with David Gregory – another media journalist in a very high position. These are not ordinary friends sharing views in a coffee shop. They are professional journalists and what they write/tweet about carries “weight.”

        • 92 Layla
          December 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm

          Yes they carry weight but with their flock ONLY! This is just an extension of their complaint re availability to the President IMHO: Nothing to see here, moving along….

      • 93 HZ
        December 13, 2013 at 4:47 pm

        Dotster3, so on point. We know that we here can care less about these two, Kantor and Gregory are running around hissing about. First, POB and our First Lady can surely take care of themselves.

        This is pure hatred and waste of time space and we will fight back on twitter, but I will keep Chips and our space clear of this crap. These two people do not deserve a second in my space today or any other day.

        Our president and our First Lady, on the other hand deserves my time and will continue to have it.HZ

    • 94 Vicki
      December 13, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      This just takes the cake.
      In a world of 24/7 non-stop GOPMSM proaganda—-every word poll tested and dictated to the puppets from the masters on high.
      In this deranged and fake President bashing.
      Now this Idiot calls beautiful photos of a wonderful family “staged.” Does she want pictures of the family in their pajamas? What is JK talking about?

      • December 13, 2013 at 10:16 pm

        Seems anytime you pose and are asked to smile for a photo it is staged. Is she so into the reality intrusion shows on tv that she thinks there should be a show like that so it would be easier to criticize our First Family?

    • December 13, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      With their tantrums, their spreading of falsehoods, their campaign of negativity, and their twitter drivel, these so-called journalists, political experts, et al continue to show just how inadequate, inept, and unqualified they are at their job.

    • 97 Nena20409
      December 13, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      Perhaps, Jodi Kantor’s marriage should be examined, and lets see how the public judges her life as a NYT columnist?

    • 98 anniebella
      December 13, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Claiming to be a normal family. Claiming to be a normal family. Boy does this Kantor woman hate the Obamas, she has not recover from that piece of trash book of hers which was a flop, because people stood up for FLOTUS and were against her. So now according to Jodi Kantor the Obamas are phony. And her proof of that is what. Hay America is there any doubt that the media hate this President and his family.

      • 99 anniebella
        December 13, 2013 at 6:47 pm

        I hope no one tells Malia and Sasha that they and their parents are not normal. It’s all stage. And President Obama says he is a christian, is Kantor questioning that also?

    • December 13, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      And they wonder why they don’t have any more access than they do.

      • 101 Nena20409
        December 13, 2013 at 5:34 pm

        They have access. Pres Obama has done 617 interviews in 2.10 yrs with TV, Cable, print, Websites, etc. GW did 212 in 8 and Clinton did 191 in 8yrs. They complain about photo access. Jay said that they are doing as past POTUS have done. Their beef is that Pete S has many avenues for the public to view photos from the WH. They want to be able to manipulate and interpret photos exclusively. Hence their head explosions on the so called “selfie” photos. The photos was taken by a photographer. The MSM went bat poop on that to embarrass, to be critical and to be able to wag their fingers at the POTUS, nothing more.

        • December 13, 2013 at 5:45 pm

          Given the hostility and disingenuousness of this media, it’s a good thing we have other sources to go to for information.

        • 103 nathkatun7
          December 13, 2013 at 5:48 pm

          Excellent commentary Nena! They can’t find any dirt on POTUS and FLOTUS and that’s why they are desperately to manufacturing shit to throw at them. As far as I am concerned, the current U.S. media serve no useful purpose. By they they’ve become a cult! Notice how the supposedly competitive media people parrot and obsess about the same things. I personally think they do these to impress each other.

        • 104 Nena20409
          December 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm

          Oops….4.10 yrs.

      • December 13, 2013 at 5:49 pm

        they can’t win on the political front…so now the attacks have become personal

    • December 13, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      David Gregory is just as vile for bringing up this stupid topic.

    • 109 99ts
      December 13, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      When people like this attack the 1st family continuously – why are folks surprised at the level of violence in the country. The media support it and stir it up – all day, every day. The GOP join in all day every day.

      Every Sunday morning when they should be in church, the political hacks preach hate against the President, his family and his politics. They learned NOTHING from the life of Nelson Mandela – and want to ensure that the people of the US learn nothing from the life of Barack Obama.

  28. 110 amk for obama
    December 13, 2013 at 4:36 pm

  29. 111 HZ
    December 13, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    This surely is another moment in our hearts and minds that will take a lot of effort from each of us to first focus on the parents of the students there at the school. Say a word of goodness for their space.
    Second, we would ask for wisdom for each faculty member and administrator to move wisely to protect and get their students in a safe place.
    We give thanks for the first responders who are there to answer the call to this awful situation. And we need to push Congress to stop taking away funding from those departments that need our fine first responders.

    I just was so angry when I saw that the Senate will not take the vote on the Department of Homeland Security Sec., Jeh Johnson until Monday. Of course, there is someone taking care of business in that department, but we need the Sec. of Dept. of Homeland Security confirmed now.

    We need to send in email, expose this Congress by going on tweeter and let the public know how long these important departments have been waiting to be confirmed; yet the senate wasted our tax-paying time to play games all day yesterday and night. This light has to be put on these foolish and obstructionists and hateful people of the president.

    We the people have got to put our heads together and exposed this Congress. We have to do this. I pray daily for all of our teachers, staff, and administrations to be safe in their schools. I personally have a great niece who has a high level job in a high school in a state that is not near me, and I worry about her and her colleagues and her dear students every single day of my life. I know what it is to be in a school with thousands of students in situations like we just witnessed today in CO. The students are a nervous wreck, and the teachers have a lot of responsibility to make their students as safe as possible even if we have our own children way across town at another students. Your mind is on where you are at the moment where these tremendous acts are taking place at that very moment.

    We must lean and lean hard on Congress. Flood their mail boxes with millions of letters, fax, calls, tweets. Bug the hell out of them. They will listen to us. We are the people. We can do this. This has to stop. I will stop now. I am just so upset now just as I know my TOD family is as well. We will help our POTUS and VPOTUS push Congress to get this done.

    (((((((((((((((((((( Deep prayers, thoughts, and emotions of help to any of my TOD family and their friends and families in CO.))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

    • 112 jackiegrumbacher
      December 13, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you, HZ, you stated truth–compassion for the students and families involved and an absolute commitment to keep fighting to end this senseless violence.

    • 113 HZ
      December 13, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      twitter, and all of the other misspelled words. Please forgive. This is so upsetting to me. Just so sad and not necessary.HZ

  30. 114 dotster3
    December 13, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    And Rep. Sanchez—–double sigh!—-after saying how “comfortable” her family is with guns, everyone has guns etc., saying sorta sadly there just isn’t “an appetite” in Congress for introducing any sensible gun legislation, the votes aren’t there. And——-so——-shrugs shoulders and goes back to doing whatever.

    • 115 Nena20409
      December 13, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      They have Security protecting them and fully paid by the Taxpayers.

      So they don’t do what is right. They run scared. I get that for many who agree with Us for better gun controls do not show up or are Not as passionate to be ONE Issue Voter on Guns.

    • 116 HZ
      December 13, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      I saw her dotster3. She was a mess. Just a mess. HZ

  31. December 13, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    It is time to repeal the 2nd amendment….

    • 119 nathkatun7
      December 13, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      In my humble opinion, there is really nothing fundamentally wrong with the Second Amendment. It’s just being mis-used by the NRA and its supporters. What we need are sensible justices on the U.S. Supreme Court who are not beholden to right wing ideology.

      • 120 nospin
        December 13, 2013 at 6:14 pm

        ” there is really nothing fundamentally wrong with the Second Amendment. It’s just being mis-used by the NRA and its supporters.”

        worth repeating.

  32. 121 japa21
    December 13, 2013 at 5:13 pm

  33. December 13, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Folks are outraged re: the shooting…but it is the electorate who elected Congress…it is only the electorate who can do something out it…

  34. 124 Nena20409
    December 13, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    So per a Post at D’Kos, Politifact in June 2012 declared the Comments by POTUS about keeping your insurance as half true, but in Dec 2013 as Lie of the Year?

    Perhaps, Politifact should Rate their ratings.

    This St Petersburg’s Affiliated propaganda rag should STOP using FACT after their Politi name.

  35. 126 dotster3
    December 13, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    • 127 vcprezofan2
      December 13, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Excerpt from Jim’s link above; a continued good analysis -go read the whole thing.

      The Budget Wars are over! Which side won?

      Can you see how the win/lose frame keeps us tied to the surface, stuck in the storms and unable to discern the deeper currents?

      One way to approach this problem is to engage both dimensions, both levels of the question:

      >>> The surface question is “Who won?” Most would say the President and the Democrats eked out a slight margin of victory, though many would disagree. Here’s Paul Krugman in today’s New York Times lamenting the failure to extend unemployment compensation. Here’s Andrew Stiles in this morning’s NRO with his article “Score One for Boehner”.
      >>> The deep currents question, as always, is “What’s really going on? What’s trying to emerge?” The answers at this level will not reveal themselves if you are committed to wearing a particular set of lenses, generally of a partisan nature.

      So let me try to work on the deep current question – What’s emerging? What patterns can we see, if we clear the lenses of perception? Here’s what I think is happening at a deep currents level:

      >>> Budget cutting is over. Budgets are not going to go any lower than the August, 2011, Budget Control Act sequester levels. That’s the level we have just moved up from. In the BCA negotiations, Obama insisted that the sequester should affect Defense and Non-Defense equally, and that entitlements should not be touched. Obama knew GOP hawks would eventually cry “Uncle” due to the serious Defense cuts, especially in year two of the sequester, beginning in 2014. They did exactly that and the result is the Ryan-Murray deal, raising Defense and Non-Defense Discretionary $67 billion over the next two years. The BCA is probably the last budget cutting act we’ll see for a long time: it set the principle that Defense and Non-Defense must be treated equally, and GOP hawks will not allow further Defense cut backs.

      • 128 Nena20409
        December 13, 2013 at 5:57 pm

        Smartypantys authored a piece in that same thinking. The Victory would be replacing John Boehner with Leader Pelosi.

        • 129 vcprezofan2
          December 13, 2013 at 6:16 pm

          I have been on SP’s link for ages now, and keep trying to do several things at the same time, so I haven’t read her yet. I know I have to pay attention when I read her. 😉

    • 130 jackiegrumbacher
      December 13, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Once again, dotster, this is a brilliant essay and he does say as clearly and eloquently as possible that President Obama outmaneuvers and disarms his opponents without their even knowing what’s happened. A bloody genius, indeed.

  36. 132 jacquelineoboomer
    December 13, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Barbara Boxer sent out an email, which many of you may have also received, asking for campaign contributions for the “courageous” Senators Kay Hagan, Mary Landrieu, and Jeanne Shaheen, for voting for Nina Pillard – even though they are all running for re-election next fall. Are you kidding me? This is how I responded to Senator Boxer, instead:

    Sorry – To do the right thing – as you suggest these women senators did – just to get re-elected is not worthy of a dime of my money. I understand the politics of it, but I won’t play a part. Thank YOU, Senator Boxer for always doing the right thing, and for supporting President Obama!

    • 133 forus50
      December 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      OMG, they don’t even hide the fact that it’s SOLELY for their own personal political ambitions. Nice response.

    • 135 theo67
      December 13, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      I deleted that email immediately upon reading it – in disgust! My phone has been ringing off the hook the last two weeks asking for donations – and I have had a really hard time considering putting a penny towards a single democrat after their fickle behavior this year. What’s the point of raising so much money if you’re not actually spreading the word about how the President’s agenda has made people’s lives better. I’ve heard little from Democrats supporting Obamacare, or anything this President has done.

      • 136 jacquelineoboomer
        December 13, 2013 at 6:45 pm

        Right. That’s why I always try to add the “support President Obama” clause!

        • 137 theo67
          December 13, 2013 at 6:50 pm

          He’s been in office for five years now – when do they plan to start supporting him without having to be begged to do it? Some of them have already starting getting “ready for Hillary”, which is ridiculous – when they’re not ready for the current Democratic President who is there right now. I don’t think they understand what their jobs are.

  37. December 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Time Out for Chocolate…..

    • 139 jacquelineoboomer
      December 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      Go, meta! We’ll all be over for some of that cake!

    • 140 vcprezofan2
      December 13, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      😯 You and Symmetry conspired to steal a slice of that cake and then boldly seek to make us accessories after the fact! We-ell, I never!!!!! I clicked the link and the first thing I saw was the rest of the evidence. No thank you, PF58, I’m not getting my fingerprint, or teeth marks, anywhere near this. /smh/

  38. 142 forus50
    December 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Anyone see any updated ACA info from Sec Sebelius or others in charge of ACA lately? It’s been really quiet this week compared to last week when there were daily tweets about website usage. Her tweets lately are sharing people signing up and personal stories. https://twitter.com/Sebelius My perception is that most of the good news is still centered around the state exchanges.

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