President Obama’s Intelligence Reform Speech

Text of the President’s remarks here

93 Responses to “President Obama’s Intelligence Reform Speech”

  1. 4 amk for obama
    January 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm

  2. 7 amk for obama
    January 17, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.

  3. 8 carolyn
    January 17, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    It’s interesting that we have heard no leaks from the President’s Wed meeting with the Demo sens. And…..that, almost simultaneously, all the heat about enacting new sanctions about Iran has cooled down……..coincidental?????

    • 9 Ladyhawke
      January 17, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Support for new Iran sanctions wanes

      By Steve Benen


      Keep in mind, the sanctions legislation was introduced in the Senate on Dec. 19 with a bipartisan group of 26 sponsors. Over the course of just three weeks, that total more than doubled to 59 sponsors. But the last addition was eight days ago – and no other senators have signed on since.

      What changed the direction of the debate? To be sure, White House pressure has made a difference, reinforced by President Obama’s direct lobbying to Democratic senators this week. I also talked to a Senate staffer yesterday who said public pressure has also increased, with more voters contacting the Hill with phone calls and emails, voicing opposition to the bill.



    • 10 Nena20409
      January 17, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      The WH gave DC pundits a READ-OUT. And I am sure that POTUS was convincing and Reid probably stated again that he was not bringing the so called Iran Sanction Bill up. Then those 15+ Dems were also hearing from their fellow citizens.

    • 11 Linda
      January 17, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      CNN reported he was seen drinking a martini.

      Breaking News, I am sure

    • 16 jackiegrumbacher
      January 17, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      Carolyn, I’m sure many Democratic senators were embarrassed by what the president had to say to them. They couldn’t come out and say, “I’ve seen the light,” but they’ve toned down their rhetoric and slowed their timing in response. No one has anything to gain by revealing what the president said. PBO doesn’t need to and the senators would look like idiots.

  4. 18 yardarm756
    January 17, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    What is old?

    A lady goes to the bar on a cruise ship and orders a Scotch with two drops of water. As the bartender gives her the drink she says, ‘I’m on this cruise to celebrate my 80th birthday and it’s today….’

    The bartender says, ‘Well, since it’s your birthday, I’ll buy you a drink. In fact, this one is on me.’

    As the woman finishes her drink, the woman to her right says, ‘I would like to buy you a drink, too.’

    The old woman says, ‘Thank you. Bartender, I want a Scotch with two drops of water.’

    ‘Coming up,’ says the bartender. As she finishes that drink, the man to her left says, ‘I would like to buy you one, too..’

    The old woman says, ‘Thank you. Bartender, I want another Scotch with two drops of water.’

    ‘Coming right up,’ the bartender says. As he gives her the drink, he says, ‘Ma’am, I’m dying of curiosity. Why the Scotch with only two drops of water?’

    The old woman replies, ‘Sonny, when you’re my age, you’ve learned how to hold your liquor. Holding your water, however, is a whole other issue.’

    ‘OLD’ IS WHEN….

    Your sweetie says, ‘Let’s go upstairs and make love,’ and you answer, ‘Pick one; I can’t do both!’

    ‘OLD’ IS WHEN….

    Your friends compliment you on your new alligator shoes and you’re barefoot..

    ‘OLD’ IS WHEN…

    A sexy babe or hunk catches your fancy

    and your pacemaker opens the garage door.

    ‘OLD’ IS WHEN…

    Going braless pulls all the wrinkles out of your face.

    ‘OLD’ IS WHEN…

    You don’t care where your spouse goes, just as long as you don’t have to go along.

    ‘OLD’ IS WHEN…

    You are cautioned to slow down by the doctor instead of by the police

    ‘OLD’ IS WHEN…

    ‘Getting a little action’ means you don’t need to take any fiber today.

    ‘OLD’ IS WHEN…

    ‘Getting lucky’ means you find your car in the parking lot.

    ‘OLD’ IS WHEN….

    An ‘all-nighter’ means not getting up to use the bathroom.

    AND, ‘OLD’ IS WHEN….

    You are not sure these are jokes

    • 19 GGail
      January 17, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Hahahahaha – you made me burst out in a laugh Yardarm!!!!

      “OLD’ IS WHEN…

      A sexy babe or hunk catches your fancy

      and your pacemaker opens the garage door.” ROFLMAO!!!!

    • January 17, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      Lawdy!!!! I thought I was gonna die……complete with watering eyes, snorting, guffaws, rip roaring hollering, and overall hilarity. Thanks mate, I needed that!

      “‘OLD’ IS WHEN….

      Your sweetie says, ‘Let’s go upstairs and make love,’ and you answer, ‘Pick one; I can’t do both!’”

  5. 25 utaustinliberal
    January 17, 2014 at 1:14 pm


  6. January 17, 2014 at 1:22 pm

  7. 34 Nena20409
    January 17, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    John Boehner finally grew a pair and called Rep King from IA…..An Asshole…..for King’s comments using Cantaloupe to insult undocumented Immigrants from Mexico.

  8. 36 relellit
    January 17, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Good afternoon Todville and Chips

    LMAO 3 azzhats analyzing PBO’s on Andrea Mitchell. Andrea Mitchell ( herself), Chris Ciillizza, and Chuck Todd. One azzhat was missing. That’d be Chris Hayes, Glenn Greenwald .

    Everyone has wished First Lady so I would like to say Happy Birthday to our Beautiful, Sophisticated, Compassionate, Wife, Mother, and First Lady, Michelle Obama!

    May you have many, many, more. You are a pearl.

    You being a Chicagoan makes US proud!!!!

    • 37 Linda
      January 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      I heard her ask if the changes will ” make us weaker “…

      They are all bi-polar………they don’t know what they want…

  9. 38 Linda
    January 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I just e-mailed CNN and asked them for full disclosure that Gloria Borger is a mind reader……is it just PBO’s mind she reads since she spews what he is thinking about inside the WH….or does she read all minds……

    So far they have talked to the following about the speech

    Rand Paul
    Julian Assange
    Gloria Borger
    Peter Bergen

    next up …NEWT !!!!

  10. January 17, 2014 at 1:33 pm


  11. 40 utaustinliberal
    January 17, 2014 at 1:37 pm

  12. 42 Nena20409
    January 17, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Susanne Malveuax out of her Anchoring gig at CNN. Wow. The new leadership at TeaNN meant it. Purge all African Americans…..? Hmm?

  13. 44 MightyPamela
    January 17, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    FLOTUS! FLOTUS! Finest First Lady ~ EVER!! have a joyous day, Dear Mrs. Obama, today and everyday! G’day y’all!

  14. 45 jacquelineoboomer
    January 17, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Hardly ever watch Chris Hayes, so I missed this … who had that list of nearby federal prisons in NJ?

    • January 17, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      I always wondered why there wasn’t a stink made about the way Christie handled the foreclosure recovery funds…he sat his fat ass on them and refused to distribute them to the people; the same thing seems to be true with the Sandy Funds. I think this will be a drip, drip, drip.

      Never understood why they voted for the loud-mouthed, pejorative bully in the first place.

      • 47 jacquelineoboomer
        January 17, 2014 at 2:04 pm

        Somebody had “the goods” on somebody in the state and local governments, but why the voters did that, I will NEVER know. And I was born and raised in NJ, and understand that a lot of people like that “take no prisoners” approach. Turns out the approach might one day make this sorry ass governor a prisoner, himself. Couldn’t happen to a meaner guy.

        • 48 Nena20409
          January 17, 2014 at 2:16 pm

          We In US are easily persuaded by ads, be it political ads or by politicians spouting sweet nothings. We are a nation where packaged driven unadulterated marketing Get Us any old time. Remember Morning in America. I called it then Mourning In America. The same reason I call Mojo, Mourning Joke.

          We spout Freedom. Yet we are easily fooled by Fox and Talk hate radio.

          Plantation Owners understood this way back when and they were able to get poor Whites to see their poor conditions as Better than joining forces with free Blacks and those who were not free to make their lives better. Same thing today. Divide and then Conquer.

          • 49 jacquelineoboomer
            January 17, 2014 at 2:18 pm

            That’s part of the story of man’s inhumanity to man, across the ages. And it’s definitely the story of a dumbed-down America, I agree.

  15. 50 Ladyhawke
    January 17, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Why GOP’s Attempts to Divert Attention from #Bridgegate Won’t Work


  16. 51 japa21
    January 17, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    • 52 Nena20409
      January 17, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      So many Emoprogs and Libertarians would rather argue ferociously on a THEORY than give a hoot about Voting Rights, Immigration, Income Inequality, Education, Housing, Rebuilding US, etc.


      They can afford Not to be bothered. The Evolution of the Internet and Social Media has made these fools more into themselves than the sufferings within their communities.

    • 53 57andfemale
      January 17, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      In between their bitching, they’re on Amazon and iTunes, choosing music, books and products ‘suggested’ to them and throwing their credit cards all over the internet. All the while telling everyone on Facebook and Twitter their every move, what they’re eating and where, what’s in their grocery carts and how they feel about every little, unimportant detail of their lives.

      Is there anywhere near as much outrage over Target or Neiman-Marcus?

      Effing crickets.

    • 54 Puddin'
      January 17, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      No, the “only thing that would satisfy some of critics is” if PBO and family would just go back to where they came from, so these folks can get “their country back.” PBO can not/will not satisfy these people, no matter what he does…but guess what, in the words of Rick James, “it don’t matter!” PBO is the President of the United States until 2017…they need to over it and let the hatred go!!!!!!!

  17. 55 Dakota
    January 17, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    I miss you guys so much…so much going on, I’ve only had time to lurk for the most part.

    Happy Birthday to our classy, incredible, amazing and might I say bad-ass FLOTUS! She is THE example for women everywhere. She is the whole package…her husband’s rock and her own person. I just adore her!

    Has anyone heard from Dudette?

  18. January 17, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Did anyone else hear Rachel Maddow say last night that in the new spending bill their is a clause or whatever it’s called in the spending bill headed to the Presidents desk that reads the President cannot move the drone program out of the CIA to the DOD? It is in the classified part of the bill so no one is able to talk about it publicly or on the record. She has sources I guess. It means no public debate.

    • 59 Linda
      January 17, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      I saw that……

      It won’t allow any funding to move the program……

    • January 17, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Also saw something on the Maddow blog that the new spending bill “bars the State Department from closing the chancery at the U.S. Embassy in the Holy See and merging it with the one at the U.S. Embassy in Rome for security reasons, a project first pushed by George W. Bush’s administration.” They are nuts.

      • January 17, 2014 at 3:28 pm

        They really are. She mentioned that too. It would save money! Repugs are idjits! They also had four things in there to make sure the now defunct Acorn didn’t get funding. ;(

  19. January 17, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Happy Birthday to the loveliest and most loving First Lady. We love you.

  20. 65 anniebella
    January 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    That picture of little Michelle in that yellow dress with the yellow bow on her head is so precious.

  21. 66 Gazelle
    January 17, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Do you remember Christie refusing to reappoint Justice John Wallace Jr., the only Black & moderate voice on the bench in NJ? Well, Ms. Karma-Isa-Bitch is in the door 🙂 :

    “Today, John Wallace is an attorney in private practice, and the chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards, the legislature’s committee which investigates allegation of misconduct among legislators.”

    More here: http://thegrio.com/2014/01/14/ouster-of-a-black-judge-is-linked-to-christies-bridgegate/

  22. 72 Grab a Mop Grace
    January 17, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Officials from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the American Middle East Institute are in discussions to arrange a potentially groundbreaking concert tour to Iran this September.
    The symphony was the last American orchestra to perform in Iran, in 1964.


  23. 73 JER
    January 17, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    LIVE NOW: Secretary of State Kerry – http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  24. 74 yardarm756
    January 17, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Getting in shape can be hazardous to one’s health.

    • 75 jacquelineoboomer
      January 17, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      Almost as funny as my two friends’ telling me – separately – that they had both fallen off their respective yoga balance balls (or whatever ya call ’em – wouldn’t get me near one), hurting themselves – one with a twisted foot; the other with a gash in her head. Oh, maybe I shouldn’t laugh, but, hey, by the time they told me, they were laughing at themselves!

  25. 79 JER
    January 17, 2014 at 3:11 pm


  26. 85 JER
    January 17, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    LIVE NOW – The Vice President delivers remarks at the launch of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund – http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  27. 86 Gazelle
    January 17, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    [Nice sibling, really!]:

    The CNN business and personal finance correspondent struggled to hold back the tears on Thursday, Jan. 16, while talking live on the air about the Best Actor nomination her brother, Chiwetel Ejiofor, had received earlier that morning for his performance in 12 Years a Slave.

    More here & video: http://www.eonline.com/news/500279/chiwetel-ejiofor-s-sister-tears-up-while-talking-about-his-oscar-nomination-live-on-the-air

    • 87 jacquelineoboomer
      January 17, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      I LOVE that actor (mostly from Dancing on the Edge)! Can’t wait to see this. When he didn’t get the award at the Golden Globes, he looked so sad and vulnerable. Or maybe he was acting, because he sure can act!

      • 88 Gazelle
        January 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm

        Me too, JB! Saw him in Dirty Pretty Things and took note! His sis said that he was sick the other day, so maybe that’s why he looked sad/vulnerable.

        • 89 jacquelineoboomer
          January 17, 2014 at 4:11 pm

          Hope so, Gazelle! Made me sad just looking at him. I did not see Dirty Pretty Things, but I might check it out.

  28. 90 jacquelineoboomer
    January 17, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Make it stop.

  29. 93 MadameSoph
    January 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you to Chips, UT, LL and all of the regular posters, tweeters and contributors to TOD!

    I have only been able to lurk, as I have been in the midst of moving, but you guys are my place of strength, entertainment, sanity and solace and I am so grateful to all of you regulars!

    Thank you JER for that adorable picture of our amazing FLOTUS as a little girl.

    And thank you Chips for always bringing us our President’s speeches. I am especially looking forward to this one (which I will watch tonight when my day is done). I saw a news item that the Pres was giving this speech today and I thought to myself, “The Obama Diary will have it available” Sure enough, I clicked on TOD and here it is.

    Chips, that Angry Black Lady tweet you shared above so TOTALLY echoes my feelings about Snowden, GG, and all the fake-left-libertarians who are basically punking the far left and paranoid dudebros (thanks also to our lazy, clickbait-driven media) in order to fill their own pockets.

    Anyway, thanks to everyone for being here. Sending thoughts of light and love out to Dudette (I miss her music posts).

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