The President’s Day

President Barack Obama walks away from his podium after speaks on the importance of raising the minimum wage during an event at at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Conn.


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127 Responses to “The President’s Day”

  1. 13 57andfemale
    March 5, 2014 at 7:48 pm


  2. 23 desertflower
    March 5, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    How much do I LOVE Stephen Colbert???????????????? A shit ton. Truly, deeply, really. A shit ton:)


    • 24 Dudette
      March 5, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      “Be sure to right campaign contribution on the front, so you know he’ll read it!” 😀

      I hope the man’s office is flooded w/ “proof” very soon!

      Colbert RULES!

    • 25 dotster3
      March 5, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      Love Colbert too—–that bit was awesome, as is almost everything he does. Hope nuttynut goofball Steve King gets lots of “contributions”.

  3. 26 MightyPamela
    March 5, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Now, that’s what I’m talkin’ about. Thank you Chipsticks, have I told you lately you’re my Shero??! 😆

  4. 28 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    What a day!

  5. March 5, 2014 at 7:56 pm

  6. 30 yardarm756
    March 5, 2014 at 8:02 pm


  7. 42 anniebella
    March 5, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    14 million dollars we taxpayers have paid in Darrell Issa IRS witch hunt.

    • 43 Ladyhawke
      March 5, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      Every Democrat who gets near a camera and microphone should be repeating this travesty. 14 million dollars for a GOP witch hunt and we can’t get sorely needed minimum wage, UI and infrastructure legislation through congress because of GOP obstruction.

      • 44 anniebella
        March 5, 2014 at 8:24 pm

        If the Obamas go on vacation the first thing the right talk about is what it is costing the taxpayers, but when one of theirs cook up phony scandals which is costing the taxpayers they lying racists lips are closed. By the way, I have been meaning to ask this, did the Obama administration set a goal of 7 million people sign up for the ACA? The media is repeating that to much to try to say that the 4 million is a disappointment. Can anyone show me something were the administration said or wrote that they wanted 7 million enroll.

        • 45 Ladyhawke
          March 5, 2014 at 8:38 pm

          I thought I heard that the 7 million enrollment projection (estimate) was made by the CBO and not the administration.

          • 46 anniebella
            March 5, 2014 at 8:58 pm

            Then were did the media get it from that it was the Obama administration who set a goal of 7 million?

            • 47 otter44
              March 5, 2014 at 9:08 pm

              out of their buttski…like the rest of news

            • 48 jackiegrumbacher
              March 5, 2014 at 9:21 pm

              AB, the media, being the propagandist for the GOP that they are, are saying that the 7 million was an Obama administration goal, just as they falsely said it was PBO who drew a red line in Syria. Both the administration and health insurers across the country have said there is no numerical goal. They are just trying to get as many people as possible to sign up across a broad spectrum of young, old, healthy, unhealthy.

          • 49 57andfemale
            March 5, 2014 at 9:48 pm

            that is true.

  8. 50 amk for obama
    March 5, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    “Russia Today America anchor Liz Wahl resigned Wednesday live on air, saying she could no longer work at the Kremlin-funded network after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

    Wahl said she feels “many ethical and moral challenges” especially since her grandparents fled Hungary during the Soviet era, “ironically to escape the Soviet Union.”

    “Personally I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government which whitewashes the actions of Putin,” Wahl said during her show Wednesday afternoon. “I’m proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why after this newscast I’m resigning,”


    Breaking: whiny wolf blitzer will now anchor the RT show.

  9. 51 globalcitizenlinda
    March 5, 2014 at 8:18 pm

  10. 52 amk for obama
    March 5, 2014 at 8:19 pm

  11. 53 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 8:20 pm

  12. March 5, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Mr. Abu-Jamal’s death sentence was eventually vacated by a federal appeals court because of unconstitutionally confusing jury instructions, and he is now serving a sentence of life without parole. As Mr. Adegbile rightly said when asked about the case at his confirmation hearing, “these are the hardest cases, but our commitment in the Constitution is to follow these rules even in the hardest cases.”

    It wasn’t a hard case for Senate Republicans — as usual, none of them broke ranks on Wednesday. Yet surely those senators (and their Democratic colleagues) who voted to confirm John Roberts in 2005 knew about his defense of John Ferguson, whose crimes were no less horrific than the murder of Daniel Faulkner. Under the new hierarchy of victimhood that today’s vote appears to establish, is it safe to assume that if one of Ferguson’s victims had been a cop, John Roberts would not now be on the Supreme Court?

  13. 56 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 8:22 pm

  14. March 5, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    “There’s a place where the United States and Russia are still getting along swimmingly: About 250 miles above the surface of the Earth, where three Russians, two Americans and an astronaut from Japan are aboard the international space station. “Everything is nominal right now with our relationship with the Russians,” said NASA administrator Charles Bolden during a teleconference Tuesday.

    Tuesday’s teleconference was set up to allow Bolden to discuss the White House’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request, but he wound up fielding numerous inquiries from reporters about whether the Ukraine crisis has affected NASA’s strategic planning. No, Bolden said repeatedly. He noted that past flare-ups between the U.S. and Russia have not affected operations in space. “We have weathered the storm through lots of contingencies here,” Bolden said. He told a personal story: In 1994 he commanded the first joint U.S.-Russia space shuttle mission. He said that, “because of my training as a Marine,” he wasn’t entirely comfortable at first with the idea of teaming up with the Russians, but then during the planning stages for the mission he got to know Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev and his Russian backup….”

  15. 61 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 8:27 pm

  16. 62 amk for obama
    March 5, 2014 at 8:29 pm

  17. 67 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 8:30 pm

  18. 69 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 8:32 pm

  19. 70 amk for obama
    March 5, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    so this loudmouth was a supporter?

  20. 71 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    So Ed Schultz changed his views on the pipeline just so that he could “tell President Obama” what to do and where to go? //smdh

    • 72 0388jojothecat
      March 6, 2014 at 12:30 am

      He got a lot of push back for the past month when he came out for the pipeline. It was not until he heard from the land owners in Nebraska about how the Canadian company is going to take their land. His stupid reason FOR the pipeline was America was still on fossil fuels and there was no alternative insight that it was going to change anytime soon so why not……be damned the air and water pollution.

  21. 73 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 8:33 pm

  22. 75 anniebella
    March 5, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    To show you how stupid the media is, I saw were some reporter from Miami were reporting about FLOTUS trip to Miami and her stop by the Jessie Trice Community center were she talk about signing up for the ACA.. Now this was a man who look like he was in his late 50’s or early 60’s. He ended his report with reporting on FLOTUS highlights, now let’s not kid ourselves that guy didn’t know what the heck highlights is. I’m sure of that.

  23. 76 amk for obama
    March 5, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    • 77 anniebella
      March 5, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      I’ve always said that if the Dems are stupid enough to sit home, after seeing what the Tea Republicans have done these five years, if people are foolish enough to not vote and allow these Tea Republicans to get control of the House and Senate, then they deserve every bit of misery they get from those Republicans.

  24. March 5, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    There should be a law of imprisonment for life for tempting the President with pie and everyone should have a cable knit sweater in their wardrobe or go to jail….. 😉 🙂 😉

  25. March 5, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Okay, I’m totally playing with Getty Images, so expect a Getty Image-rrific Night Owl Chat.

    • March 5, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      During the first term of PBO’s I emailed Getty Images to try to get permission to use one of their images to paint a pic of PBO to use to make a postcard for the purpose of campaigning without monetary reward. They turned my request down. Wonder if this claim will allow their images to be used for that purpose?

      • March 5, 2014 at 11:07 pm

        I don’t think so. This is solely for embedding images on websites, for no commercial purpose. But, it’s worth another call.

      • March 5, 2014 at 11:09 pm

        Ah, that’ll be interesting OG. I asked them a few years ago about paying for use of photos on the blog, I would have needed to be richer than Bill Gates to meet the cost. So, took a chance. This is a great development, we’ll see how it goes.

  26. 85 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    LIVE NOW: President Obama departs Boston – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  27. 90 amk for obama
    March 5, 2014 at 8:48 pm

  28. 91 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 8:49 pm

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  31. 94 amk for obama
    March 5, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    @99ts – count your blessings

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  33. March 5, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Suggest you all read the NATO information at the link in this tweet. I had posted some of it earlier, but what’s now at the NATO site is complete.

  34. 100 japa21
    March 5, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    pmcarpenter eloquently states what so many of us here have been saying. PBO has put Putin in a corner and in a position where he will almost be forced to back down from any further territorial conquests, and almost single-handedly. And a BIG shout out to the Ukrainians who kept their cool despite many Russian provocations and did not provide fuel for Putin’s fire.

    The Crimean crisis already is winding down–or at least that’s the sense of the thing. And though Putin may once have had the idea of moving north into Eastern Ukraine, such an idea, now, is virtually out of the question. It would be greeted as wholly inexcusable aggression by Russia and bring unmitigated hostility down on Putin’s head. For now, Putin is left to mitigate any impending damages to Russia–diplomatically and in the international marketplace–and to ease himself out of some increasingly unwanted attention.

    In short, Putin has been put in check–and it was Obama, almost single-handedly, who did it. Obama instantly cried foul and he methodically hauled a reluctant Europe to at least pay lip service to his denunciations of Russia’s Crimean aggression. Far from appearing “weak,” the president tackled and intimidated Putin through a relentless campaign of diplomatic opprobrium and threatened (peaceful) retaliation. Obama stalled Putin’s perhaps greater designs, and in doing so he bought both himself and Putin time to think all of this through.

    That America’s congressional jackals can’t see that–or won’t see it–is by now immaterial. Putin sees it, and for the world’s safety and sanity, that’s all that really counts.

    – See more at: http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/#sthash.XZjES2TC.dpuf

    • 101 japa21
      March 5, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      Notice how carpenter rightly portrays PBO as the opposite of weak and points to his extreme leadership.

      The weak go around whining and crying and throwing tantrums – I’m speaking to you McCain and Graham. The strong and confident move forward with what can be done. Just before the section quoted above, carpenter makes the point that Putin may well hold a lot of Americans in contempt, particular those Congressional jackals. But although he may be miffed and even angry at PBO, he most definitely does not feel contempt for him.

      This is another perfect example of that tweet I sent out a couple days ago. GOP keeps telling folks PBO is weak, but Romney, bin Laden, Ghadaffi and now Putin have found out differently.

    • 105 amk for obama
      March 5, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      That America’s congressional jackals can’t see that–or won’t see it–is by now immaterial. Putin sees it, and for the world’s safety and sanity, that’s all that really counts.


    • 106 jackiegrumbacher
      March 5, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Japa, thank you for this analysis. It’s interesting that no one in DC–not the press, not any Democratic leader–has given our president this kind of acknowledgement. We have a brave, brilliant international leader and strategist as our president and very few people even see, least of all, understand what amazing things he’s accomplishing.

    • March 5, 2014 at 10:01 pm

  35. 111 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Diminutive on Doggy-back!

  36. 112 amk for obama
    March 5, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    My daughter, the doctor.

    Last sunday, she was the only intern on duty, when a son brought his mom, who had collapsed suddenly on road. She saw signs of early stages of stroke and started emergency treatment (with no senior doctors to guide her) on her own and stabilized the patient. Sent her for CT. The report came back saying nothing wrong with the brain. She didn’t trust the report and went by the patient signs. Treated her further till the senior doctors came to work on monday. They saw the CT report and questioned her treatment. Then the patient was sent for MRI, wherein her judgement was found correct. The chief of the neurology dept was singing her praise and acumen and presence of mind (golden hour and all that) and asked to her to specialize in his field (which she no intention of doing whatsoever).

    The best news, the patient has become normal now and will be discharged this week. I am so proud of her.

    • 113 mtmarilyn
      March 5, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      Wow, amk you have every right to be proud of your daughter.

    • 115 susanne
      March 5, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      congrats amk on a wonderful daughter. and please thank her from all of us, for her service to humanity.

    • March 5, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      Oh Amk, you should be intensely proud, your daughter’s determination to see this through, despite what the report said, was just wonderful. She is obviously dedicated and brilliant, I can only assume she got it from her mother. 🙂 Be proud, she’s amazing.

    • 120 cindysweatt
      March 5, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      AMK, your daughter has a calling. Even I am proud of her and I have never met her. Some people walk the walk. I hope she is there when any of us need her. She is a true Rock Star.

    • March 6, 2014 at 12:22 am

      We need more Dr’s like your daughter. You and the Mrs. did good, you raised a smart, confident, caring young woman. One of my last visits to the my general practitioner she had a medical student following her. The dr. walked out the room after she talked with me and the medical student asked good questions and gave me information that was in my file that my doctor never discussed with me. The Dr. came in and told her to stop spending so much time with me. When my doctor left I told the medical student she had the worst doctor to follow, be your own doctor and that I appreciated that she took the extra time.

      • 123 amk for obama
        March 6, 2014 at 2:20 am

        Thank you, jojo. I am not sure about the ‘you’ part. 🙂
        Yes, I always hope that she will be a caring doc like my mom and FIL. And I know she will be.

    • 124 57andfemale
      March 6, 2014 at 1:17 am

      She is a doctor in the truest sense of the word. She is a credit to her profession and her deservedly proud parents.

      • 125 amk for obama
        March 6, 2014 at 2:22 am

        Thanks, 57f. More than proud, we are very happy that she could save that lady from a debilitating stroke.

  37. March 6, 2014 at 9:49 am

    the first pic is fabulous

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