Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama has lunch with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the Oval Office Private Dining Room, Dec. 20, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (All Times Eastern):

2:0: President Obama holds a press conference

6:45: The first family departs the White House en route Andrews AFB

7:0: The first family departs Andrews AFB en route Honolulu


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Dylan Scott: Officials: People Returning To HealthCare.gov ‘In Droves’

Nearly three-fourths of those who have purchased health insurance on HealthCare.gov since early December were people returning to the site after visiting in October and November, according to senior administration officials. A survey on the federal website found that 73 percent of those who had completed enrollment in recent weeks said they had first come to the site in the previous two months, officials said. The Obama administration did not declare the site fully fixed until Dec. 1. The officials touted the figure as evidence that people were giving HealthCare.gov a second chance

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NPR: Tagging Along On A Wisconsin Man’s Odyssey To Buy Insurance

Enrollment is picking up in new health insurance marketplaces. But the 365,000 who’ve signed up as of November 30 is a fraction of just one high-visibility group – those whose previous insurance has been cancelled because it didn’t meet Affordable Care Act standards. They’re people like Doug Normington, a 58-year-old self-employed videographer in Madison, Wis., who has struggled to buy new insurance since late October. “Getting the cancellation letter made me feel kind of nervous because my insurance runs out on December 31,” Normington said when I first talk to him on November 1. “I go on the HealthCare.gov website and spin my wheels for a couple of days and it’s just not working.”

Since Normington has diabetes, maintaining coverage is especially important to him. “I feel all this relief. It’s great!” he says. But he still hasn’t actually enrolled. “So let me click the enroll button, see what happens.” He clicks the button and gets a screen asking him to “confirm your health plan selection.” He hits that button. “The wheel is spinning,” he says. “And ‘Congratulations, you have successfully completed all steps of your application. “This is great!” Normington says. “The ironic twist is that this insurance company is a company that turned me down a year ago because I was diabetic. They can’t now.”

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Jim Stuart’s New Blog: Why So Many Cannot See Obama

Why can’t people see this man? Nancy LeTourneau, aka Smartypants, has just completed a three-part blog series very ably addressing this question (Part I,  Part II, and Part III). She looks at three “lenses” that cloud the perception of many: The Racial Lens Few of us are able to acknowledge our Racial Lens; and because we can’t, we endlessly generalize about the strengths and weaknesses of another ethnic group or race. We may even think we really like Blacks, or Asians, or Latinos, but as long as the ethnic character of the individual is what we see first, then we look through a Racial Lens. It’s not a Person we see first; it’s a Black….person. If we can admit to ourselves that we do wear, albeit unconsciously, a Racial Lens, we can then notice what generalizations spring unproven from this lens. The two Nancy points to are competence and luck. Obama is always demonstrating incompetence, or he’s about to. And when a success is achieved, it’s luck

What I would like to add to Nancy’s outstanding conversation is this: lenses are largely developmental. As we grow and develop, they change. Following the works and model of Ken Wilber, let me posit five developmental levels, each succeeding level representing a higher level of consciousness and awareness: Integral ( the self-transforming self; the mind sees patterns and thinks holistically; many perspectives can be internalized and held in awareness; paradox is seen as something to embrace, to engage – as a gateway to learning and truth. Obama is an integral leader. Large numbers of people at each of the prior levels cannot truly “see” him

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BBC: S Sudan On Precipice Of Civil War, Obama Warns

US President Barack Obama has warned that South Sudan is on the “precipice” of a civil war, after clashes in the capital Juba spread around the country. He said 45 military personnel had been deployed to South Sudan on Wednesday to protect American citizens and property. At least 500 people are believed to have died since last weekend, when President Salva Kiir accused his ex-deputy Riek Machar of a failed coup. An estimated 34,000 people have taken refuge at United Nations compounds.

Three Indian peacekeepers were killed on Thursday when a UN base sheltering refugees came under attack near South Sudan’s eastern border with Ethiopia. Sudan suffered a 22-year civil war that left more than a million people dead before the South became independent in 2011. The recent unrest has pitted gangs from the Nuer ethnic group of Mr Machar against Dinkas – the majority group to which Mr Kiir belongs.

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Washington Post: 93 Percent Of Hospital Executives Think Obamacare Will Make Health Care Better

Hospital executives think health reform is going to make the health care they deliver a whole lot better — and a bit cheaper: Fully 65 percent indicated that by 2020, they believe the healthcare system as a whole will be somewhat or significantly better than it is today. And when they were asked about their own institutions, the optimism was even more dramatic. Fully 93 percent predicted that the quality of care provided by their own health system would improve. This is probably related to efforts to diminish hospital acquired conditions, medication errors, and unnecessary re-admissions, as encouraged by financial penalties in the ACA. On cost control there was similar optimism: 91 percent forecasted improvements on metrics of cost within their own health system by 2020.

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Laurel Snyder: A Rant On Why You Need Decent Health Insurance

Let’s say you have a family of four, and you need to decide whether to pay for a dental plan, and the plan will cost an extra $150 a month.  Does that sound like a lot to you? The plan will cover basic checkups twice a year, or about 85 percent of the cost for them. It will cover 50 percent of major dental work.  So… $150 a month is $1800 a year.  That’s a lot, yeah. And you still have to pay for some stuff. Ugh. But as a parent I assume you plan to go for visits twice a year, right? Because you know that good dental care is something kids need to develop, right?  And modeling that care yourself is the best way to teach them? And you also know that preventative care of your teeth can help with things like heart disease? Now– all you have to do is have one procedure a year among the four of you that costs $600, and your dental coverage has paid for itself.  Right? One kid with a cracked tooth. One root canal.  Maybe two and a half small fillings on regular teeth.  Or an irrigation for gum issues.

But these numbers are actually looking pretty close. So maybe I’m wrong, and you’d do just as well to pay out of pocket, right? Especially in years when you don’t need any fillings? Maybe you’re better off skipping the dental insurance, after all… WRONG! Because the kicker is that you WOULD NOT. You would NOT go to the dentist twice a year if you had to pay $150 bucks just for the visit. You would NOT opt for the X-rays, if you had to pay extra for them. Maybe you’d take the kids in on schedule, because you feel bad not doing it, and the pediatrician might ask, but you’d TOTALLY skip your own visits.  You’d save the $150 and spend it on something else.  You would suffer a tooth ache, and hope it goes away. You would wait… and wait… and wait. You’d wait years. And then, one day, you would find yourself at the ER in the night, because of sudden intolerable pain.  And the doc at the ER would say, “Wow, this is serious. You’ve got a major infection in there. We need to take out these two teeth and you might have a malignancy in the bone.  I SURE HOPE YOU HAVE INSURANCE!” And in that moment you will cringe.  Because what you’re about to have done to your teeth–the surgery that could have been prevented with a $150 visit twice a year–it will  cost thousands and thousands of dollars.

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Chicago Tribune: Obama Orders Release Of Man Jailed For Life For Non-Violent Crime At 17

In 1994 when Reynolds Wintersmith, then still a young man, was sentenced to life in prison for dealing crack and cocaine as part of a large street conspiracy in Rockford, the federal judge charged with the task expressed regrets. “… There ought to be some latitude when you have a 17-year-old who gets involved,” U.S. District Judge Philip Reinhard said, according to a transcript. “There is not another alternative available. It gives me pause to think that that was the intent of Congress, to put somebody away for the rest of their life, but in any event, it’s there.”

Reinhard, under mandatory sentencing laws in place at the time, had no choice. On Thursday, President Obama commuted the sentences of Wintersmith and seven other men and women who all were sent to prison for lengthy sentences – six of them for life – under drug sentencing guidelines that are now understood to be draconian and unfair. Obama also pardoned 13 people. In a statement about the commutations, Obama concurred with Reinhard, calling the sentences a product of an “unfair system.”

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ABC: States Cite Surge In Obamacare Sign-Ups Ahead Of First Deadline

States running their own Obamacare insurance exchanges are reporting a significant surge in sign-ups just four days before the first major enrollment deadline. The increase has ranged from 30 percent to 40 percent in the past few weeks, according to state officials who briefed reporters Wednesday. Monday is the last day to sign up for a plan that will guarantee health coverage effective Jan. 1. California, which has one of the most successful programs, averaged 15,000 enrollments a day last week, up from an average 7,000 a day the week before, state officials said. In all of November, 80,000 Californians picked a plan; in the first week of December, 50,000 signed up. In Kentucky, enrollments are up 40 percent since Thanksgiving, straining the state’s exchange and forcing administrators to hire dozens of extra call-center workers and application processors.

“We are seeing about 3,000 people a day approved for Medicaid or a [qualified health plan],” Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange executive director Carrie Banahan said. “We started out a few weeks ago at about a thousand per day.” More than 92,000 people have gotten coverage so far. In New York, phones at marketplace call centers are ringing off the hook, averaging between 1,200 to 1,500 calls per hour, officials say.  Roughly 4,500 people are enrolling in coverage each day, state Department of Health counsel Lisa Sbrana said. In the past week alone, they’ve seen a 34 percent increase in people signing up. “We’re really happy,” Sbrana said. “We’re seeing a good mix of enrollees across age groups.” The uptick in demand has also been seen in Connecticut, where 47,000 people have enrolled through the exchange since October and they’re now adding an average 1,400 people a day.

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NYT: Revision Shows U.S. Growing At Fastest Rate Since 2011

The United States economy grew at a torrid 4.1 percent annual pace in the third quarter, the Commerce Department said Friday. That is the strongest growth in nearly two years, and only the third time the economy has expanded that quickly since 2006. The Commerce Department revised its estimate of third-quarter growth to 4.1 percent from 3.6 percent in this release. The refined estimate is based on “more complete source data,” the department said, showing personal consumption and investment in things like factories to be higher than previously thought.

Economists had expected the final estimate of growth to be unchanged from that earlier 3.6 percent. But data showed that consumers have stepped up their spending on health care, houses and cars as the strengthening recovery has led to a sharp drop in the unemployment rate and rising home values have improved household balance sheets. The Commerce Department bumped up its estimate of consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of economic activity, to a 2 percent rate from 1.4 percent, reflecting higher spending on goods and services.

The growth came from a broad range of sources: personal consumption, exports, investment in new factories and houses, state and local government spending and a rise in business inventories. Federal spending cuts and rising imports were a drag on growth, the department said. “The economy is finishing 2013 in a stronger place than where it began the year,” said Jason Furman, the chairman of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers, in a statement this week. “This is especially notable given the general fiscal environment, including the onset of the sequester in March.”

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First Lady Michelle Obama collects toys from military children during a Toys for Tots event at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Distribution Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2013 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)


Two Years Ago Today: A Promise Kept

President Obama and VP Biden participate in a ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Dec. 20, 2011, marking the return of the United States Forces-Iraq Colors and the end of the war in Iraq.


153 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    December 20, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Hi Utal!

  2. 6 utaustinliberal
    December 20, 2013 at 10:33 am

  3. 7 HZ
    December 20, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Good Morning UT. Thank you for this R&S. ((((( Loving hugs to you for all that you do to help our wonderful Chips))))))HZ

    Alejandro Mayorkas was just confirmed as our Deputy Sec. of Homeland Security. Yes Votes 54….. No Votes 41.

    Now voting to advance John Koskinen nomination to head IRS.

  4. 14 amk for obama
    December 20, 2013 at 10:35 am

  5. 17 utaustinliberal
    December 20, 2013 at 10:40 am

  6. 18 utaustinliberal
    December 20, 2013 at 10:48 am

    This is where you check your local listings for when and what time Steve Harvey’s show and interview with President Obama comes on today.


  7. 20 jacquelineoboomer
    December 20, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Maybe I’m more sentimental because it’s almost Christmas, but this post has me in near tears, UT. Thanks so much for the wealth of info and things to celebrate. Most particularly, I celebrate the fact that President Obama will prevail – NO MATTER WHAT. His actions – both the ones that receive publicity and those that don’t – are superlative, and all “for the common good.” His pardons and commutations, just announced, are not just magnanimous – they are inspired. This is not a man who just signs what is put in front of him. Everything is calculated; everything starts and ends at a good point, if he is involved.

    So, bottom line, thanks again, UT. And good morning to you, Chips, and TODbots around the globe. Santa’s coming! Better be good.

    • December 20, 2013 at 10:50 am

      I love what you said and how you said it. It’s been along tough year but one full of great victories and gains. For all.


      • 22 HZ
        December 20, 2013 at 10:57 am

        GM, jacquelineoboomer I concur with meta. You always speak with so much wisdom, jacquelineoboomer. Thank you for your thoughts and your support in such a positive manner. Yes, President Obama will prevail. I celebrate with you and all of our TOD family. We have such a beautiful family here, and I am so grateful to be here with all of my TOD family.

        We will make this happen because there are so many people who need our help and our efforts. Our support of POB is so important.HZ

      • 26 jacquelineoboomer
        December 20, 2013 at 11:00 am

        I so agree with the “tough” part, meta. It’s like raising kids … you love every second of it, but if you do it right, if you’re in their corner 24/7, it’s exhausting! For instance, I almost kissed the ground when my son was old enough to leave the nest. He knows it, too. To this day, I kid him that it was on that day that I became “not responsible” for any of his thoughts and actions. He has five kids and two grandsons now, himself, so he knows exactly what I mean. Ha!

        It’s a knack, I tell ya, turning every Obama story into a story “all about me,” and, yeehaw, I did it again. I could teach that. #BetterTogether

    • 29 utaustinliberal
      December 20, 2013 at 10:53 am

      Thank you Jacqueline, you wonderful soul. 😀

    • December 20, 2013 at 11:17 am

      ty so much for your comments…and i agree about the rise and shine…where else could we get this info…the MSM would never do so…all you have to do is what the daily WHPC to see…

  8. 33 Nena20409
    December 20, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Congrats VC, Gold for lady with Golden personality 😉

  9. 34 HZ
    December 20, 2013 at 10:52 am

    John Koskinen for IRS Commissioner : Votes: Yes… 59 NO..36.

  10. 35 Nena20409
    December 20, 2013 at 10:54 am

    R&S looks Fabulous.

    Have not read it yet. Thanks UT.

    Today is 12-20-13.

    4 years and 11 months that POTUS has been president.

    Happy Anniversary POTUS 😉

  11. 36 Nena20409
    December 20, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Back to where I left off before Snow Shoving. Fluffy Snow Flakes are just beautiful and easier to shovel 😉

  12. 37 utaustinliberal
    December 20, 2013 at 10:56 am

  13. 43 Linda
    December 20, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Senator Durbin has limited the votes to 10 minutes…….

  14. 45 vcprezofan2
    December 20, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Feeling a bit guilty so I’m going off to tidy one room, and MAYBE put up the tree, to alleviate the feeling. Be back in time for PBO’s news conference: If not before – chores tire me out easily. 😉

    • 46 jacquelineoboomer
      December 20, 2013 at 11:24 am

      I take breaks from household chores after 10 mins. And my breaks are longer than I devote to my chores. I’ve been doing that since I was in my 20s. (I like to think it’s all a “choice” = princess complex.) No pain; no guilt.

      Now, the guilt comes in every time I see “VC” on here in the morning, and think that I should exercise instead of taking one or more of those longish breaks!

      • 47 vcprezofan2
        December 20, 2013 at 1:51 pm

        Absolutely no worries, JO’B. If you see me on here in the early morning you can guarantee that no exercising even crossed my mind. If I arrive late, it means I had to work, so no exercising took, or will take, place either. 😉

    • 48 MightyPamela
      December 20, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      Well, VC, I put up my ‘tree’, all of 20″ tall (! -tree topper) several days ago. It was a little earlier than usual, but I couldn’t let the wee thing die! Just so lovely and cute!

      • 49 57andfemale
        December 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm

        MP, we have a massively large tree ( 9-feet). Used to have fresh 9-foot trees. After my brother died in 2000 our trek to the special Christmas tree farm was no longer meaningful, so we went artificial. Huge, no-one-would-know artificial.

        I have to say, at 63 years old, this is the first year it’s really hard and I wonder if we should downsize. The thing is, decorating the tree is like ‘visiting’ with my brother again, re-living Mr. 57 and my entire 33 years together. So I’m not willing to give it up. But man, my back hurts. Going up and down the stairs and up and down the ladder – it’s tough. But by Saturday when the lights are off and it’s just the glow of the tree, Mr. 57, the pups, hot buttered rum, and me – I know it will be worth it.

  15. December 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Spectacular Rise and Shine….simpley awesome!

  16. December 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Since so many people cannot “see” him because of a variety of lenses they unconsciously wear, and since argument will not convince them to change their perspective, I have tried to focus on highlighting particular policy areas – healthcare, immigration, the economy, the energy and manufacturing sectors, Iran, other international engagement – where accomplishments can be identified, measured, and to some extent authenticated in the world. All of these areas are showing exciting growth energies and movement…


  17. 53 amk for obama
    December 20, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Gunnite folks.

  18. 57 HZ
    December 20, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Confirmed Brian Davis to serve as U.S. District Court Judge :Votes Yes/68 and No/26

    Now voting to advance Janet Yellen , Federal Reserve Chairman Nomination. HZ

    • 58 Layla
      December 20, 2013 at 11:29 am

      HZ, I nominate you for the position of ‘Senate Reporter’! all in favor say Aye!

    • 65 dotster3
      December 20, 2013 at 11:30 am

      Nominated 700 days ago!!!!

    • 69 amk for obama
      December 20, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Yay, that means DC court is now officially released from the control rw moron judges?

      • 70 Linda
        December 20, 2013 at 11:49 am

        OTTAWA (AP) — Canada’s highest court has struck down the country’s prostitution laws in their entirety in a unanimous 9-0 ruling.

        The high court on Friday struck down all three prostitution-related laws: against keeping a brothel, living on the avails of prostitution, and street soliciting.

        The ruling is a victory for sex workers seeking safer working conditions because it found that the laws violated the charter guarantee to life, liberty and security of the person.

        But the Supreme Court of Canada decision also gives Parliament a one-year reprieve to respond with new legislation.

        Ontario’s Appeal Court previously struck down the ban on brothels on the grounds it exposed women to more danger.

        Friday’s landmark ruling comes 34 years after the Supreme Court last upheld the country’s anti-prostitution laws.

      • 73 Nena20409
        December 20, 2013 at 11:51 am

        It was as Millet was confirmed. That brought the number to 9. Then another lady was confirmed. Today makes it 11, I am guessing. Now it will be 11 as was designed since Roberts was made Chief Justice in 2005.

        • 74 Linda
          December 20, 2013 at 11:59 am

          I believe Davis is for Central Florida District Court, not Washington DC.

        • 79 HZ
          December 20, 2013 at 12:18 pm

          Patricia Millett and Cornelia Pillard were confirmed for the DC. Circuit. I cannot recall where Robert Wilkins status is as of this writing. But will find out.HZ

          • 80 Nena20409
            December 20, 2013 at 12:28 pm

            Robert Wilkins was nominated on Dec 27, 2010. He was last filibustered by the TBGOPers in the senate on Nov 18th 2013. I don’t know if anything has happened since….1 month and 2 days ago.

  19. 81 Linda
    December 20, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Cloture vote on Janet Yellen taking place…

    I thought they said it would have to wait until next year…or is that just for the final vote ? Why not do it now ???

    • 82 jacquelineoboomer
      December 20, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Maybe one of the Republicans had a dream about Christmas Past last night, and they all relented. Hopefully, it was McConnell, who must have bad dreams every night just because of his old nasty self.

    • December 20, 2013 at 1:36 pm

      This is a procedural vote to end cloture. They will vote on the confirmation in January.

  20. 84 amk for obama
    December 20, 2013 at 11:39 am

  21. 85 HZ
    December 20, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Alert: Senate votes to advance Janet Yellen Fed. Chair Nomination. Does this now means that on Jan. 6, 2014, the final vote will be taken?

    • 86 jacquelineoboomer
      December 20, 2013 at 11:58 am

      That’s what I just heard them say, HZ. Jan. 6, 2014. But at least they can just proceed to the regular vote, then.

  22. 87 jacquelineoboomer
    December 20, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Orrin Hatch: Shut up, whatever you’re saying. Just shut up.

  23. 90 Linda
    December 20, 2013 at 11:56 am

    No final vote on Janet Yellen until Janurary 6th. How dumb….why ???

  24. 92 Kid kanga
    December 20, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I soooo should not have watched that short video about the president, the war in iraq and the troops coming home. especially at work! crying at work over a video is never a good thing. but that video sure hits ya right in the feels. especially when you think about how PBO put his presidency and re-election on the line for the LGBT service members to be able to serve loud and proud.

  25. 93 HZ
    December 20, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Confirmation vote for Janet Yellen is scheduled for January 6, 2014. HZ

  26. 94 JER
    December 20, 2013 at 11:59 am


  27. 96 japa21
    December 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm

  28. 97 japa21
    December 20, 2013 at 12:24 pm

  29. 98 Nena20409
    December 20, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    So BuzzFeed, mostly run by former Politico employees Declared Paul Ryan: Champion of the Poor? 😯 ❓

    Then Politico, Mike Allen is busy searching for a PR guru to help their New king: Chris Christie to SPIN his Bridgegate scandal?

    Liberal Media my arse.

  30. 100 japa21
    December 20, 2013 at 12:33 pm

  31. 101 Layla
    December 20, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    The tingle is gone for Chris Mathews!!! HP article where he calls the President a ‘political looser’!!!!!!!

    • 102 anniebella
      December 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      To be honest who gives a dam about Chris Matthews tingle, this President is not a loser, political or any else.!!!!!!!!!! The real losers are people like Chris Matthews, Barbara Walters.

      • 103 Layla
        December 20, 2013 at 1:02 pm

        I agree annieb!!! I made the comment to illustrate his bi-polar disorder re how excited he was to interview the President!

    • 104 Nena20409
      December 20, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      Yesterday on his shoe with David Corn and some other guy…..Matthews was talking about how many times Mr Obama has been counted out, only to emerge and outdone the BW narrative…..during the nomination when he was 27 points down. During the 1st debate in 2012. Now on mourning joke, as usual, he flips and name calls? Tonight he would flip again with some nonsense. Matthews loves to be the one deciding the temperature of this POTUS. Why? I don’t know…..Oh yeah, Matthews knows for he went to Botswana or so and was there for 16-18 months as a Youth Corps Volunteer? That is how Matthews thinks. He uses Lucky, emoting, aloof, even once asked why doesn’t he just release his birth certificate. Matthews is the kind of a so called Liberal that I loath to the 9th degree.

    • 105 Don
      December 20, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      Chris is mad because President Obama doesn’t go around kissing ass just to get things done, like Tip and the Gipper did.

    • 106 Linda
      December 20, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      He is back to psychoanalyzing again……yesterday he and Jonathon Capehart were doing it on Hardball. Tomansky laughed at them

      • 107 HZ
        December 20, 2013 at 1:32 pm

        Chris Matthews is always trying to force this president into his bat crazy social old boys days of Tip and the Gipper. Well, hell Chris President Obama is not your good ole boy smoking cigars, taking a stiff drink of whiskey, and telling off the wall jokes about some senator(s) ole Gipper and Tip just pulled the wool over their heads to get a deal.

        President Obama is way, way above this crap. So Chris move on out of our way. We are moving FORWARD, Chris. You Got That, Chris.
        Now, I need to go and get ready for my President. HZ

  32. 108 JER
    December 20, 2013 at 12:52 pm

  33. 109 Dudette
    December 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm

  34. 111 Dudette
    December 20, 2013 at 1:05 pm

  35. 112 Dudette
    December 20, 2013 at 1:09 pm

  36. 114 Linda
    December 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Andrea Mitchell, Chris Matthews and David Gregory all talking about the news conference coming up.

  37. 115 Dudette
    December 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm

  38. 117 Dudette
    December 20, 2013 at 1:14 pm

  39. 118 Dudette
    December 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm

  40. 119 Dudette
    December 20, 2013 at 1:17 pm

  41. 120 jacquelineoboomer
    December 20, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    CNN’s crawler read “OBAMA FACES REPORTERS” – pretty sure he’s going to freakin’ BRIEF reporters, not FACE them like he has something he’s been hiding, and they’re the firing squad. Then CNN moved on into his “low” poll numbers. Then they went back to the FACE thingie and this time it’s travelers who are facing the ice, snow, and rain. And then I find myself lookin’ away in horror from Kingston’s mug. Luckily, it’s all muted on my TV, and yet I’m still so very annoyed. Freakin’ freaks.

    The only FACE I want to see is President Obama’s! It’s Christmas time!

  42. 123 Dudette
    December 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm

  43. 124 Dudette
    December 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm

  44. 125 Linda
    December 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Ian Bayne, GOP Congressional Candidate for 11th District Illinois :

    ‘Duck Dynasty Star Is Rosa Parks Of Our Generation’

    Yikes !

    • 126 Layla
      December 20, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      He must have been born anencephalic!

    • 127 Don
      December 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      This is what happens when freedom of speech collides with the free market. I don’t know why the GOP is so upset, that guy from “Duck Dynasty” said what he wanted to say and now the free market will decide his fate.

    • 128 jackiegrumbacher
      December 20, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Linda, I hope the people of the 11th District Illinois wake up a smell a bigot.

  45. 129 Nena20409
    December 20, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Perfect example on who controls the Media.

    When the righties scream…….the media landscape is saturated. When those on the left are attacked, many so called left leaning folks would join righties in a heart beat condemning their own.

    United We Stand. Divided We Fail.

    Shutting down our Fed gov’t was costly. $24B and counting. It lasted 16 days and a few on the left were joining those on the right with their talking points. A Glitchy healthcare website and 2 months and 20 days later the media, some on the left and the rightie are still attacking Pres Obama.

    Now Phil Robertson of the Duck Dynasty? 1.3M folks will be dropped from UI. Where is the OUTRAGE by the media or the righties. Another distraction that many on the left are allowing to dominate the landscape.

  46. 135 Dudette
    December 20, 2013 at 1:28 pm

  47. 136 Dudette
    December 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm

  48. 138 Dudette
    December 20, 2013 at 1:31 pm

  49. 139 japa21
    December 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

  50. 141 jackiegrumbacher
    December 20, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I had an argument with someone yesterday who claimed that President Obama only started to care about NSA after Snowden exposed the massive (not) levels of privacy invasion. I told him that I had personally heard the president discuss this months before Snowden was even a gleam in Booz Allen’s eye. So I’ve been looking at WhiteHouse.gov and google to find the early statements from the president on NSA and the earliest is an executive order in Dec. 2009. Does anyone else remember the statement the president made in April or May 2013 about making our security operations more transparent? I know I’m not dreaming this and I want to shove these facts out in our next newsletter–so tired of the lies and slander.

    • 143 Nena20409
      December 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Snowden’s leak took place in the 1st week of June.

      Then sen Obama in 2005 spoke about NSA and made suggestions of what needed to change.

    • 144 Don
      December 20, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Actually nobody gave a damn about the NSA before President Obama came into office, oh sure you’d read the occasional news article or hear a news report about the NSA but I can assure you it wasn’t front page news nor was it the lead story of a newscast. President Obama used every tool he had available to catch and or kill terrorist and one of those tools was the work being carried out by the NSA. J.C. Penny knows more about my family and me than any other entity on the face of the earth. J.C. Penny isn’t sexy, but the NSA is.

  51. 145 Don
    December 20, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I just know one of the jackals is going to say some slick shit to President Obama, then he’s going to put them in their place thereby fucking up their weekend.

  52. 148 Bill R.
    December 20, 2013 at 1:48 pm

  53. 149 Bill R.
    December 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I noted in the breakdown of the approval/disapproval numbers with CNNs just released poll that of those disapproving, 11% say POTUS is “not liberal enough”. My guess that is EMO Snowden worshippers. No worries for me. Economy getting better more quickly than thought. ACA enrollment skyrocketing. Peace is breaking out with Iran, maybe Syria. President Obama’s policies are working for the good. That’s the reality I trust.

  54. 151 Nena20409
    December 20, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Alex Wagner to take over the Time Slot for Bashir Live?

    Failed, MSNBC.

  55. 152 Dudette
    December 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm

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