122 Responses to “President Obama and President Hollande: Joint Press Conference”

  1. 1 No Child Left Behind
    February 11, 2014 at 11:48 am


  2. 2 No Child Left Behind
    February 11, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Salut Nerdy Wonka et merci pour le post.

  3. 4 yardarm756
    February 11, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Top 10 for sure. G’day!

  4. 5 No Child Left Behind
    February 11, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Mon Dieu! Je suis la premère… et suis toute seule.

  5. 8 jackiegrumbacher
    February 11, 2014 at 11:52 am

    NW, didn’t get a chance to say how terrific the R&S was this a.m. You continue to amaze us with the broad sweep of information you include. You and Chips do a far better job than any national so-called media I can think of. I don’t know what your future career plants are, but I hope they include either a run for political office or creating a new and better media. You would be formidable in any field, that’s for sure.

    • 9 Nerdy Wonka
      February 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      Oh, wow. Thank you very much for your kind words, Jackie. I’m so glad that the articles, news, thought pieces in Rise and Shine are relevant to you and provide information that you find valuable.

      It’s been a pleasure to help Chips out with TOD.

      Thank you again.

    • 10 hopefruit2
      February 11, 2014 at 12:06 pm


    • 11 Vicki
      February 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      this blog is the best media that exists. I am thankful everyday that Chips and Nerdy provide us with truthful and comprehensive news that really matters.
      And, of course, the occasional lifestyle bits—-such as FLOTUS’ red coat today. Gorgeous.

  6. February 11, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Bonjour, mes amis!

  7. 21 Nena20409
    February 11, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    2104. 2014. 2014 is my Only Concern this Year.

    But just read this and went…..Okay then……Karl Turd Blossom Rove said what?


    In a Tuesday interview on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” Rove questioned Paul for “beating up on” Clinton and Lewinsky, adding that this move may not be a “particularly good thing to strengthen your skills.”

    “Frankly, Rand Paul spending a lot of time talking about the mistakes of Bill Clinton does not look like a big agenda for the future of the country,” Rove said.

    Rove’s comments arrive weeks after Paul revived the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal.

  8. 24 Linda
    February 11, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Brianna Keiler says only two questions each for the President’s

    She is hoping PBO gets asked about the employer mandate delay….. ( not sure what that has to do with our relationship with France )

  9. 26 Nena20409
    February 11, 2014 at 12:10 pm


    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday urged states to repeal laws that prohibit felons from voting, a move that would restore the right to vote to millions of people.

    The call was mostly symbolic — Mr. Holder has no authority to enact these changes himself — but it marked the attorney general’s latest effort to eliminate laws that he says disproportionately keep minorities from the polls. “It is unwise, it is unjust, and it is not in keeping with our democratic values,” Mr. Holder said at civil rights conference at Georgetown University. These laws deserve to be not only reconsidered, but repealed.”

    • February 11, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      The idea that felons cannot vote is absolutely maddening to me. Particularly when the Constitution grants felons the right to hold office. Remember that idiot in Alabama (?) that ran for President from his cell? Once an individual serves their time all citizenship rights should be restored. Instead the system continues to punish them. Only in Amurka…land of the free.

  10. 28 hopefruit2
    February 11, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    What an idiot – this guy. Rodman is no Shirley Temple!

  11. 32 Linda
    February 11, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    House Republicans plan to vote on a clean debt ceiling hike Tuesday night, according to House Republican leadership.

    The vote on Tuesday night is partially in anticipation of a snow storm expected to hit the Washington D.C. area on Wednesday.

    • February 11, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Thank you for posting this 57, but i must admit i always lose interest in these kind of stories…i worry more about “Stand your ground “and “stop and frisk” laws….or about police and others..who see young black men as dangerous…than about how much info the NSA has or about drone strikes…

      • 38 57andfemale
        February 11, 2014 at 1:11 pm

        The point of the article was to point out Greenwald’s hypocrisy – plenty of ‘data mining’ going on on his own site and his serious lack of any journalism skills. The article gets into the weeds, but the reason I posted it was to poke a stick in the eye of the Hypocrisy Chief.

    • 40 Cindy
      February 11, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Good afternoon 57andfemale…
      HAPPY TUESDAY to you, Mr.57, Mr. Nickelby, Mr. Kasper and of course pretty girl Miss Pearl : )

      The story of Harvey touched my heart. I felt your words and they were beautiful. You and Mr.57 are just awesome human beings.

      If you decide to write children books one day, I am your agent. Here’s the 1st one.

      Mr. Harvey Finds a Home and Our World Is Changed Forever

      I can see FLOTUS sitting before the students and reading this beautiful story. : )

      • 41 57andfemale
        February 11, 2014 at 1:16 pm

        First of all, thank you for your kind words and the strong, positive energy I feel from you every day.

        My goodness you hit on something: many, many years ago I wanted to write children’s books. Life took different directions and I haven’t thought about that in decades.

        I would need an illustrator because I’m challenged to draw stick figures, much less illustrate a children’s book.

        Now I can’t get that image of a book about Harvey out of my mind. Or the endless conversations I imagine my pups having that I cannot hear…….

        FYI, I’m letting myself believe that my sweet Nickelby is out of the woods. Daddy let him out too many times yesterday but he still seems pain-free.

        Pearl looked particularly lovely in her purple sweater with a little monkey applique on the back with a pretty pink bow. Although she, for one, has had enough of this terrible winter.

        Love you, girl friend!

        • 42 Cindy
          February 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm

          Too cute for words…..now I am visualizing Miss Pearl. Good news for Mr. Nickelby, puppy prayers are working : )

          Go for it 57andfemale! write that book about Harvey, our pets can change our lives just as humans can and do. I can see it happening for you; Broadway play…a movie, a – okay I’ll slow down : ) Just Do It!

          The dream has been resurrected and nothing is by coincidence. I always tell my students; reach for the moon, and if you miss it, you will be left among the stars. If you never do what you have thought about doing, you’ll never know, if it could have been done. Now get out there and introduce the world to Mr. Harvey.

          YES YOU CAN!!!!!

          Love you back : )

          • 43 Dudette
            February 11, 2014 at 2:03 pm

            Aw so sweet and supportive! I gotta go read the story.

            I just love this blog! This place is home to such smart, talented, courageous, and loving people! Y’all are awesome!

  12. 44 hopefruit2
    February 11, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    CSPAN TV is not covering this joint press conference. #shameful.

  13. 45 hopefruit2
    February 11, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Chuck Todd must be reading this and going “oh shit.”

  14. February 11, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Congrats on 1st NCLB!!!

    Just wanted to give Spandan a little shout out …


    #TrustBarack …. or GET ROLLED …

  15. 52 Gazelle
    February 11, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    [From Juanita Jean]:

    In Houston, Texas.

    A guy named Derek Poe decides that a great way to advertise his business is to hire another guy to stand at a busy freeway intersection while dressed to get noticed and carrying a sample of the product.

    Free enterprise and advertising. We love it.

    Only problem was that the dress-up was a giant banana and the product was an AK-27.

    More here: http://www.juanitajean.com/2014/02/11/speaking-of-fruitcakes/

  16. 53 Linda
    February 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    MSNBC went right to the presser after their Olympic but did not put the sound on….instead they are talking over it .

  17. 59 Nerdy Wonka
    February 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Wow…wow…wow! Like VP Joe Biden says, this is a big f**king deal.

  18. February 11, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    The #NEOCONSTERS are taking quite a beating today ….

    #TrustBarack …. he’s ending the age of American ‘permanent war footing’ aka perpetual war in service of the avarice of the neocolonialist #MIC ….

  19. 67 hopefruit2
    February 11, 2014 at 12:44 pm

  20. 68 vcprezofan2
    February 11, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    The ‘simple’ answer to the Washington Post’s feeble assumption that PBO’s initiative arose as a result of criticism.

    And so it comes as no surprise that this week President Obama will announce a new initiative titled “My Brother’s Keeper.”

    President Obama will launch a significant new effort this week to bolster the lives of young men of color, seeking to use the power of the presidency to help a group of Americans whose lives are disproportionately affected by poverty and prison.

    Obama on Thursday will announce a new White House initiative called “My Brother’s Keeper,” which will bring foundations and companies together to test a range of strategies across the country to support young male minorities, taking steps to keep them in school and out of the criminal justice system, a White House official said. He will also announce that his administration will launch a more vigorous evaluation of what policies work best and publicize results to school systems and others across the country.

    This initiative will obviously build on the work Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder have done to eradicate the school-to-prison pipeline that currently affects so many young men of color.


  21. February 11, 2014 at 12:48 pm

  22. 76 Gazelle
    February 11, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    [This “tent” is going to look fabulous!]

    About 350 guests are expected for the glamorous formal affair, according to a Senior White House Official, which will be held in a massive, dramatically lit indoor pavilion on the South Lawn. The White House calls the structure a “tent,” but it is to a tent as the Flintstone’s car is to a hybrid of a Maserati and a Rolls Royce.


    • 77 Gazelle
      February 11, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Full menu description at the link. Don’t go there hungry! 🙂

    • 78 GGail
      February 11, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Where’s amk?
      One of the three wines that will be served at the State Dinner…Morlet “La Proportion Doree” 2011
      Napa Valley, California

      That’s right! Napa Valley, California (GGail doing the happy dance) 😆

      • 79 nathkatun7
        February 11, 2014 at 6:39 pm

        Hello, GGail. Joining you in the “happy dance” to celebrate the selection of a California wine for the State Dinner. I am a wine lover and California has some of the most excellent wines I’ve ever tasted. I am also happy that the other wine selection is from Washington State. I love wines from Washington and Oregon.

  23. 80 sherijr
    February 11, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    I swear only the media gives a darn about this ‘spying’ nonsense.

    • 81 No Child Left Behind
      February 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      You’re right. They are the only ones.

      • 82 sherijr
        February 11, 2014 at 1:05 pm

        its laughable, the huge majority of us go through our day not worrying about whether anyone is watching us.. particularly the nsa- as if.

    • 83 nathkatun7
      February 11, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      You are absolutely right Sherjr! I certainly don’t wake up every morning thinking that the NSA is after me. I am actually more alert when driving on some of the CA streets and highways, with all those hidden Cameras. I’ve got friends who received citations in the mail, with hefty fines, because the Cameras allegedly recorded their traffic violations.

  24. 84 hopefruit2
    February 11, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Feminist groups to attack PBO for saying that his daughters are “gorgeous” in 3…2…1…

    • 85 Cindy
      February 11, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Please say that this is a joke hopefruit2…please : (

      • 86 hopefruit2
        February 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm

        Yes, I’m joking. But it could very well happen… 🙂

        • 87 Cindy
          February 11, 2014 at 1:07 pm

          ok, Good news…

          I know you’re having a good day of laughter, so I am losing pace with what is fiction and non-fiction.

          Now, you can proceed with your happy day of smiles and laughter : )

      • 88 nathkatun7
        February 11, 2014 at 6:53 pm

        Hopefruit may be joking but I remember PBO being attacked for saying that our “gorgeous” CA AG was the best looking AG in the country.

    • 89 vcprezofan2
      February 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      Pardon me feminist groups, they ARE! Facts are facts! 😀 😀

      • 90 hopefruit2
        February 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm

        Actually, someone did criticize him for calling them “beautiful” on the night he won re-election. I can’t recall the outlet, but they wrote about their grievance somewhere.

        • 91 vcprezofan2
          February 11, 2014 at 1:06 pm

          I don’t doubt you, Hf. Someone is always whining about what the Os say, but IMO the facts (in the form of PBO’s lovely princesses) are before our eyes, so I couldn’t care less what they think!

        • 92 No Child Left Behind
          February 11, 2014 at 1:14 pm

          A daughter is always beautiful in her parents’ eyes. What is there so new for the MSM not to understand? or appreciate for that matter?

          • 93 hopefruit2
            February 11, 2014 at 1:17 pm

            The person’s “issue” was that by calling girls “beautiful” we are overemphasizing their physical above other attributes…. //SMH

  25. 94 hopefruit2
    February 11, 2014 at 12:56 pm


  26. February 11, 2014 at 12:57 pm

  27. 98 Nerdy Wonka
    February 11, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Bahahahahahahahaha. Media, Snowden, and Greenwald won’t be happy.

  28. 102 Gazelle
    February 11, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    [Hmmmm. From Boomnan]:

    […..] I think John Boehner and other Establishment mouthpieces have finally found a winning argument that is persuasive with the mouth-breathers. They think that their house majority is safe, and they’ve convinced themselves that they can win control of the Senate if they can just refrain from shooting themselves in the foot. They have been able to take positive polling numbers to the wingnut faction of the party and argue convincingly that they are on a glide path to victory in the midterms, and the idea is that they will win if they can just avoid rocking the boat too much.

    That means that there can be no more government shutdowns or downgrading of the country’s credit rating. They don’t have to pass immigration reform. They don’t have to extend unemployment insurance. They really don’t have to do anything other than keep the government open and they will be rewarded by the public despite their role in making the government utterly dysfunctional. In fact, the dysfunction of government is the best argument for Republican governance, because the Democrats insist on behaving as if the government can do things effectively.

    So, elected Tea Partiers (as opposed to the unelected kind) are willing to sit back and wait for their reward, and then they can really attack this president and his health care law. […..]


  29. 107 sherijr
    February 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Shorter POTUS: media all over the world are indeed assholes.

  30. 111 sherijr
    February 11, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Ha! I liked how they both just walked away.. nicely done 🙂

  31. 114 sherijr
    February 11, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I reserve my biggest distrust, dislike for all media. It used to be they worked for the people, the majority – in the interest of the people.. ferreting out lies; etc… Now they work solely for the corporate owners.. they no longer expose dishonesty- they manufacture and propagate it… I believe basically nothing that they say anymore.. without evidence. Sick of their gossip and the way they go all out to set us all up against one another.

    • 115 sherijr
      February 11, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      to be clear- I stopped watching all of them in 2007.. wouldn’t watch a pundit to save my life.

      • 116 nathkatun7
        February 11, 2014 at 7:16 pm

        I am with you, Sherijr! I stopped watching t.v. (network and cable) two years after you, 2009. I still read selective newspapers, but no more subscriptions. I even cancelled my subscription to the Nation Magazine once it became the mouthpiece of the emoprogs who hate President Obama.

  32. 117 amk for obama
    February 11, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    A massive attack that exploited a key vulnerability in the infrastructure of the internet is the “start of ugly things to come”, it has been warned.

    Online security specialists Cloudflare said it recorded the “biggest” attack of its kind on Monday.

    Hackers used weaknesses in the Network Time Protocol (NTP), a system used to synchronise computer clocks, to flood servers with huge amounts of data.

    The technique could potentially be used to force popular services offline.

    Several experts had predicted that the NTP would be used for malicious purposes.

    The target of this latest onslaught is unknown, but it was directed at servers in Europe, Cloudflare said.


    How nice.

  33. 118 amk for obama
    February 11, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    uugghh. there is that hillary is inevitable meme again on teh twitter.

    peeps nevah lurn.

  34. 119 Linda
    February 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Fox Business is interviewing murder suspect John McAfee about Obamacare.

  35. 121 vcprezofan2
    February 11, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    BBL – time to add mid-day fuel to the body.

  36. 122 dotster3
    February 11, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Too bad they had to cancel the dancing part of the state din due to Holland’s new single status—-well, sorta single, here without new actress pal. Guess there aren’t any single gals at the state din—-or even married gals—-willing to take him for a spin on the dance floor. (surprising because even tho he’s not that cute, they could have at least told their friends they danced with the president of France) (oh well) Guess the dancers at the event will just have to be happy with shimmying in their seats to Mary J.

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