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@petesouza: Pres Obama reacts after seeing Jay Carney’s new beard

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    • January 6, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      In response to HZ’s request in the previous thread 🙂

      • 3 HZ
        January 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm

        ((((((( TY, Bobfr)))))) You are a total blessing. We need to keep the heat on them on this one. Judicial nominations coming out from POB are going to very important moving on into 2014. Thanks so much, Bobfr.

        Call your senators to push this vote : (202) 224-3121 to urge them to vote to confirm Robert Wilkins . (((((TY))))))HZ

      • 4 HZ
        January 6, 2014 at 7:31 pm

        TY, Bobfr. I am sorry if I said Richard, but I thought I said Robert Wilkins. Thank you so much Bobfr. Mr. Wilkins was in that group of 3 for the D.C. Circuit Court that is so important for this vote.

        Remember we got :
        Patricia Millet
        Cornelia Pillard both confirmed finally,, but the Senate did not confirm Robert Wilkins yet. Cornyn had a hold on him at first. However, with the new rule, we surely need to urge the Senate to get Robert Wilkins confirmed now. I received an e mail from the Leadership Conference plus Chairman Patrick Leahy.

        Let us all keep flooding their phones and maybe we can get Mr. Wilkins confirmed ASAP. We will be helping POB greatly on these Judicial Nominations going forward. Thank you so much, Bobfr for the tweet. Your tweets are so great along with so many of our TOD family.

        Call your Senators: (202) 224-3121.

        Robert Wilkins for U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Thanks everyone. HZ

    • 5 utaustinliberal
      January 6, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Slight correction, Bob. It’s Robert Wilkins not Richard Wilkins.

      • January 6, 2014 at 7:28 pm

        TY. No idea where that ‘Richard’ came from!!!!

      • 7 HZ
        January 6, 2014 at 7:34 pm

        Thanks UT. I did not see your comment before I wrote Bobfr. I appreciate you all so much for all that you do. All of POB’s nominations are so important to all of us, but the Judicial Nominations are dear to my heart for some very important and personal reasons. I just cannot write the brilliant tweets like Bobfr and you do . Thanks so much. ((((()))))HZ

  1. 23 vcprezofan2
    January 6, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Hmmmmmm. Where is Waldo Chica?

  2. January 6, 2014 at 6:22 pm

  3. January 6, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Jay Carney with that beard looking like he got fired 🙂

  4. 29 dotster3
    January 6, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Sad news for Chicago. Impossible to put any brakes on the runaway gun culture, it seems.

  5. January 6, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Evidently several Senators were not able to vote on the Yellen nomination because of delays in their flights …. Senators Warren & Shaheen have just come to the floor to voice their support for the nomination, on the record.

  6. 35 Linda
    January 6, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Several Senators have not made it back to DC due to ” weather ” …That is why the UI vote is delayed until tomorrow.

    • 37 vcprezofan2
      January 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      ‘That is why the UI vote is delayed until tomorrow.’

      Appreciate the explanation, Linda. I assumed they were just procrastinating again.

    • 38 hopefruit2
      January 6, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Changing times call for adaptive policies. We will be seeing an increase in the number of “weather” and related phenomena in the coming years. So why not modify rules so that employees can function remotely in the case of extreme weather? This is the age of computers and electronic data transfer – no reason why Senators have to be physically in DC to register a freaking vote. //smh

      • 39 amk for obama
        January 6, 2014 at 7:06 pm

        They could have had this vote before that war we declared on xmas.

        Basically, the absentees were cowards. Bet most of them are up for reelection in 2014.

      • 40 isonprize
        January 6, 2014 at 11:07 pm

        I agree totally, OR they could keep their lazy azzzes in DC and do some freakin’ WORK like the rest of us have to.

  7. January 6, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Is that music on the Senate floor

  8. 44 amk for obama
    January 6, 2014 at 6:29 pm

  9. January 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    This is what I mean when I say that working class White folks clinging to that Whiteness.

    I’ll say it again….they wanna cling to that Whiteness..



    The Return of the Welfare Queen
    Republicans are launching a class war with racial undertones—and hurting the poor whites they’ll need to win in 2014.
    By Beth Reinhard
    December 12, 2013

    The welfare queen, she has risen.

    Spawned by Ronald Reagan to turn blue-collar whites against the Democratic Party, then buried by Bill Clinton with a law “ending welfare as we know it,” she’s been excavated under the first African-American president as Republicans inveigh against the costs of health insurance and food stamps for the poor.

    Twenty-five Republican-led states have—astoundingly—rebuffed billions of federal dollars under Barack Obama’s signature health care law to offer Medicaid insurance to more poor people. To justify this unprecedented rejection of federal relief, these governors and state lawmakers say they just do not believe Washington will keep its promise to pick up the tab. Republicans in Congress are egging them on, denouncing Obamacare’s disastrous launch as proof of the arrogance and folly of big government.

    But all of this opposition carries an unmistakable undertone of class warfare, a theme easy to exploit in states such as Kentucky, packed with low-income white voters who have a strong distaste for the federal government. To hear the rhetoric coming from Capitol Hill and the campaign trail, Medicaid and food-stamp recipients are a bunch of shiftless freeloaders living high on king crab legs and free health care, all on the backs of hardworking Americans.

    Medicaid expansion is “the principal reason your kids’ college tuition is going up,” Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky charged at a press conference here.

    New Medicaid recipients “have no personal responsibility for their health,” said state Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, a Republican running for the U.S. Senate, in a memo from the state capital.


  10. January 6, 2014 at 6:33 pm

  11. January 6, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    BTW, this tweet is not about the delay in UI vote, but a general statement in response to McConnell’s ongoing strategy to damage the President irrespective of harm to Americans.

  12. January 6, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Man gets eight months in prison for slapping toddler on plane
    By David Beasley, Reuters

    ATLANTA — A former aerospace executive who slapped a crying toddler on an airplane and used a racial slur against the child, who is black, received an eight-month prison sentence on Monday for an incident his attorney blamed on his alcoholism.

    Joe Rickey Hundley, who apologized in court to the child’s mother, was accused of striking the 19-month-old boy in the face on board a Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta last February.

    Hundley pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in October. Prosecutors had sought a six-month prison sentence, but the federal judge opted for a stiffer punishment.

    “I’m very sorry,” Hundley told the child’s mother during the court hearing in Atlanta. “I made the most terrible day in my life much worse for myself and others.”

    Hundley’s attorney has said her client had flown to Atlanta to remove his dying son from life support after an insulin overdose and was emotionally distraught. She also blamed his alcoholism for his behavior on the flight.


    • 52 jacquelineoboomer
      January 6, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      This is the right decision. No excuse for it, no matter what the abuser was going through.

  13. 53 No Child Left Behind
    January 6, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Good Evening,

    Congrats to Bob for being first.

    I hope Dems would do what the Rev. Al Sharpton does, refer to Congress in every sentence, at every occasion, as the Do-Nothing-Congress.

    • 54 HZ
      January 6, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      Amen, No Child Left Behind. I was thinking about you last evening. I hope all is well with you. HZ

      • 55 No Child Left Behind
        January 6, 2014 at 6:51 pm


        All is well. Making steady progress day by day with hope to regain full employment and normal routine soon. Thanks for asking.

        • 56 HZ
          January 6, 2014 at 7:38 pm

          Great to hear, NCLB. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that will be okay with you. (((()))))HZ

  14. 57 GGail
    January 6, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    About Jay’s beard….if it doesn’t violate him employment policies/rules and his wife likes it, then so do I. However, I love how POTUS is looking at him 😀

    • 58 Obama Grandmama
      January 6, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      My new Son-in-law grew a beard since his August wedding. Upon my arriving in Chicago for holiday celebrations my daughter asked me what I thought of his beard. Luckily I saw a photo on FB ahead and had time to think of what I would say if asked. Instead of saying NO I said I think the choice to wear a beard is up to the person wearing it and their spouse and they need no approval from anyone else.

  15. January 6, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Darrell Issa Has Sleazy Plan to Restore Veterans’ Pensions By Privatizing the Post Office
    By: Rmuse
    Monday, January, 6th, 2014, 10:18 am

    When Republicans demanded payment for relieving 4/10ths of one percent of sequestration cuts for the next two years, they raided government employee’s pensions instead of closing tax loopholes that benefit the richest 1% of income earners. Forcing the middle class, working poor, and elderly Americans to pay for the debt the 1% blew up when Republicans gave them unfunded tax cuts has been a recurring practice over the past five years so it was little surprise Republicans took aim at government employees’ pensions to cover sequestration cuts. However, when they robbed government employees they were also stealing from military retirees and after pressure from veterans, they are seeking another program to slash to restore military retirees’ pensions. All other government employees will continue paying the wealthys’ share of sequester relief and Issa targeted a government program he hates to pay for restoring military pensions; the United States Postal Service.

    Issa has made no secret that, like all Republicans, dismantling the Postal Service to give UPS and Federal Express control over delivering the mail is a major step towards privatizing the entire U.S. government. It is not that privatizing the Postal Service will improve mail and parcel delivery; the recent holiday debacle disabused conservatives of the notion that private companies outperform government agencies. UPS botched last-minute holiday deliveries, and Federal Express (FedEx) was forced to apologize for late-arriving packages; the U.S. Postal Service had a stellar performance record over the holidays. Still, Republicans are Hell-bent on destroying the USPS and Issa came up with a solution that hastens privatizing the Postal Service and restoring military pensions Republicans raided to protect the rich from tax loophole reform.


    • 60 Nena20409
      January 6, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Someone should remind Darrell Issa that the US Postal Service is the ONLY entity the Framers specifically and Constitutionally made a necessity for all Americans. USPS is Not taxpayer supported. They run on their own money and they are regulated as No other business by a wicked TBGOPers in Congress. Again Dems need to speak out not timidly as they have been on this particular issue in years, but forcefully use the Constitution to defend the Postal Service.

    • 61 Obama Grandmama
      January 6, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      A year ago upon needing to send a package I priced it out with UPS and the post office by weight and size going to each place. It was going to cost 3X the amount at UPS over mailing it at the post office for the same item and destination.

      • 62 carolyn
        January 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm

        I have found that to be the case whenever I am in a place where I can compare prices. Why anyone uses UPS is beyond me. I always send USPS….and the package arrives, safely and on time!

    • 63 jacquelineoboomer
      January 6, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      I only have two words for Issa, and I will refrain from posting them.

  16. 64 amk for obama
    January 6, 2014 at 6:48 pm

  17. 65 No Child Left Behind
    January 6, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    @CraigCaplan: Sen Enzi got high fives, back slaps, & warm greetings from GOP & Dem Senators while on Senate floor during Yellen vote.

    This means all of them feared another wacko among their midst. Bye, bye, Dliz Cheney.

  18. 67 Vicki
    January 6, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Mayor De Blasio has set a policy that in Press conferences he will answer questions first on the topic of the conference and then take the crap bs ??? from the juvenile propagandists who were hoping for a fun 4 years.

    It was a thing of beauty to see him rip their fake journalism masks off. The Mayor reminded them that first he’d take ??? about the new hires standing next to him and the agencies they will head. He stood his ground. He looked around. Very few hands went up.
    ( What does this bunch of paid puppets want to know about whoever is running our City? All they care about is who can do the best “Gotcha.”)

    There eventually came 2 reasonable questions which got answers.

    Then for me the fun began. Do you guys remember when POTUS told BriannaCNN that she already knew the answer to her ? That No! PBO will not be negotiating on the Debt Ceiling.

    That was how the rest of the Press Conference went.
    They attacked. Bill de Blasio shut them down. Again and again. In very few words.

    This is a good strategy given that the Mayor has no support from any MSM. Nothing for him to lose. Can’t alienate those who aren’t with you and won’t be with you no matter what. NYC will be fascinating to watch this year.

    • 68 No Child Left Behind
      January 6, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      I hate to ask the question, but I am very ignorant about the affairs of my state since I’ve never paid one iota of attention to the former billionaire mayor. The question is, does Mayor de Blasio have a website similar to the WH where I can watch his press conferences?

    • 72 99ts
      January 6, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      The RW bias of the pundits is mind boggling – in some ways it is positive to find out there are politicians other than PBO that have to face the “gotcha” every time they speak with the press.

    • 73 vcprezofan2
      January 6, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Sounds like it was ‘fun’, Vicki. If you can find it for sharing, I would love to see it. (Would it be on c-span or local channel?)

      • 74 Vicki
        January 6, 2014 at 7:04 pm

        nyc.gov maybe.
        The local station is exclusive to Time Warner customers so no go there.

        • 75 vcprezofan2
          January 6, 2014 at 7:06 pm

          You know, I never thought about the state dot gov. TY, I’ll look as soon as I finish the rather long (IMO) article I’m reading.

          • January 6, 2014 at 7:08 pm

            Thought I’d just ask the Mayor, VC 🙂

            • 77 vcprezofan2
              January 6, 2014 at 7:11 pm

              Way to go, Bfr! Let us know if he answers. 😀

            • 78 Vicki
              January 6, 2014 at 7:17 pm

              Brilliant, Bob. One of these days I should get myself on Twitter. Now I read lots of Tweets but have never written any.
              The mayor’s website are twitter rather than e-mail ready.

          • 80 JER
            January 6, 2014 at 7:48 pm

            Maylor DeBlasio News Conference. Starts at about: 39:32

            • 81 vcprezofan2
              January 6, 2014 at 9:24 pm

              JER, have I ever told you you are a dah-lin’? {{{JER}}} I went to do my bus station pick-up and have supper, and return to see one of my wishes met. 😀 Thank you so much, you even positioned it for me – you. are. a darling, who actually knows I am too impatient to watch vids that are long! TY. 😀 😀

            • 84 vcprezofan2
              January 6, 2014 at 9:46 pm

              Yes, Vicki, it was worth watching! 😀 I do like the way the Mayor subtly highlighted the fact that the journos came with prepared questions that had little to do with the purpose of the news conference, and I like the way he kept the answers concise and his manner ‘pointed’.

              Thanks again, JER.

              And Chips dear, you are a dah-lin’ too!

    • 85 amk for obama
      January 6, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Good, smack the useless fuckers down.

    • 86 99ts
      January 6, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      And to add – the 4th estate that used to be seems to look to every democrat to instantly solve the mess of a GOP predecessor – and they scream because this isn’t done in the first 7 days.

    • January 6, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      Am not surprised, but am totally delighted!!!! Thank you Vicki for the update.

  19. 88 Nena20409
    January 6, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    TODable TODbots I see an acute of ODS coming down now……POTUS loosened his tie near the Oval Office? Loosetiegate is about to over take the Twitter world.

    Bow Tie Elba Akuna Idris? No. It is Loosened tie by the POTUS that is shutting down the Twitter machine.

  20. 89 99ts
    January 6, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Sigh – I’m still on the last thread – and haven’t read rise and shine yet – life is hard

  21. 93 Melanie
    January 6, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Just saw on C-Span starting Monday Jan. 13th the First Ladies series will continue with the 5 most recent First Ladies. They showed a clip of Michelle Obama speaking and I realized how much I missed seeing her at an event. I hope she’s enjoying her extended vacay and comes back to a great birthday party.

    • 94 hopefruit2
      January 6, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      They love to use the Obamas as bait to get people to tune in, and then not give us a proper show. I hope it will be different on CSPAN.

  22. 95 Nena20409
    January 6, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    2Gold and Silver for Doc Bobfr 🙂
    1 Gold for GB 😉
    1 Gold for Chips 😆
    1 Gold for VC
    1 Bronze to Chips and GB 🙄

    Per Jay today, Mark Knoller was Not at the presser today.

    Congrats Medalists.

  23. January 6, 2014 at 7:02 pm

  24. January 6, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    This is my theme song for today

  25. January 6, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Koch-backed political coalition, designed to shield donors, raised $400 million in 2012
    By Matea Gold, Published: January 5

    The political network spearheaded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch has expanded into a far-reaching operation of unrivaled complexity, built around a maze of groups that cloaks its donors, according to an analysis of new tax returns and other documents.

    The filings show that the network of politically active nonprofit groups backed by the Kochs and fellow donors in the 2012 elections financially outpaced other independent groups on the right and, on its own, matched the long-established national coalition of labor unions that serves as one of the biggest sources of support for Democrats.

    The resources and the breadth of the organization make it singular in American politics: an operation conducted outside the campaign finance system, employing an array of groups aimed at stopping what its financiers view as government overreach. Members of the coalition target different constituencies but together have mounted attacks on the new health-care law, federal spending and environmental regulations.

    Key players in the Koch-backed network have already begun engaging in the 2014 midterm elections, hiring new staff members to expand operations and strafing House and Senate Democrats with hard-hitting ads over their support for the Affordable Care Act.

    Its funders remain largely unknown; the coalition was carefully constructed with extensive legal barriers to shield its donors.


  26. 108 amk for obama
    January 6, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    • 109 anniebella
      January 6, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      I do not recall Ed Henry or any other WHPC wondering if G.W. Bush were playing for Laura and the twins flight from any trip they took. Ed Henry is a big face bold face liar, he is a disgrace.

  27. 110 99ts
    January 6, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Pierce attacking the media – has he been interviewed since 2009? He has a great column today which references this

  28. 112 amk for obama
    January 6, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    isn’t this smerconish guy supposed to be the “librul” media?

    • 113 99ts
      January 6, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      Michael Smerconish ‏@smerconish

      Final night filling in for @hardball_chris in a few minutes @hardball. Will do commentary on folly of returning to Iraq. Hope you’ll watch.


      Wonder when he’ll do a show on the Folly of lying about those WMD that sent the troops to Iraq in the first place. The mess that was the GWB administration continues to cause major problems for the current administration yet the media will never admit that they helped GWB in every way they could.

  29. 114 Nena20409
    January 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    More 😆 🙄 😆


    Frank Luntz. The man is truly in a crisis mode…….And the media is MUTE on this Huge story?


    FRANK LUNTZ ‘IN CRISIS’ – Molly Ball interviews the Republican “public-opinion guru”: “Luntz–the tubby, rumpled guy who runs the focus groups on Fox News after presidential debates, the political consultant and TV fixture whose word has been law in Republican circles since he helped write the 1994 Contract With America–has always been a hard man to please. But something is different now, he tells me. Something is wrong. Something in his psyche has broken, and he does not know if he can recover…Luntz hasn’t renounced his conservative worldview. His belief in unfettered capitalism and individual self-reliance appears stronger than ever. He hasn’t become disillusioned with his very profitable career or his nomadic, solitary lifestyle. His complaints—that America is too divided, President Obama too partisan, and the country in the grip of an entitlement mentality that is out of control—seem pretty run-of-the-mill…A few weeks after our lunch, Luntz tells me he’s made a move. He has changed his principal residence from Northern Virginia to a condo overlooking the Las Vegas Strip, and he’s contemplating a sale of his company, Luntz Global LLC, the details of which he is not at liberty to discuss. Las Vegas, he says, represents ‘my chance to be intellectually challenged again’ by a place that is ‘the closest thing to a melting pot America has to offer.’ As fresh starts go, it’s not much, but Luntz hopes it will bring some new clarity.” [The Atlantic]


    That the wicked idiots that interviewed Luntz never asked him about his Political Coup d’etat against pres Obama with 19 of his political Coup plotters on Jan 20, 2009.

  30. 115 utaustinliberal
    January 6, 2014 at 7:32 pm


  31. 116 forus50
    January 6, 2014 at 7:37 pm

  32. 117 amk for obama
    January 6, 2014 at 7:38 pm


  33. 123 Jovie
    January 6, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    My mom said that Ezra has an article out there, says 10-14 million enrolled in obamacare.
    Is this true?

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