The President at the DNC LGBT Gala, Gotham Hall

Live Now: The President delivers remarks at the DNC LGBT Gala, Gotham Hall, New York

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56 Responses to “The President at the DNC LGBT Gala, Gotham Hall”

  1. June 17, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Evening all. Just catching up from today.

  2. 3 JER
    June 17, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    LIVE NOW: President Obama in New York – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  3. 4 Betsy
    June 17, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Hello, again!

  4. 5 Nena20409
    June 17, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I just saw the New post and Click on the CBS feed and heard: God Bless America. Then Bruce’s Train.

    So what did I miss?

  5. June 17, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    …..If you’re anything like me, when you hear the words “wise insights about the Iraq war,” two names that immediately come to mind are Paul Wolfowitz and Scooter Libby. Fortunately the Hertog Institute has engaged them both to teach a course, “The War in Iraq: A Study in Decision-Making.” I will confess that when someone told me about this today, I assumed it was an Onion-style joke. As in, “The Work-Family Balance: Getting It Right,” co-taught by John Edwards and Eliot Spitzer. But it turns out to be real. Or “real.” In the cause of public knowledge, I am happy to offer royalty-free use of several items for the reading list. Like:

    “The Fifty-First State?” from the year before the war. The Wolfowitz-Libby “study in decision-making” might consider why on Earth so many obvious implications of the war were blithely dismissed ahead of time, including by these two men. Or …

    “Blind into Baghdad,” about the grotesque combination of arrogance, ignorance, and incompetence that characterized decision-making about the war. Or …

    “Bush’s Lost Year,” about the sequence of advantages squandered, opportunities missed, and crucial wrong bets made in the months just after the 9/11 attacks. Students might find this one particularly interesting, since it begins with a long interview with their own Professor Wolfowitz. For the Cliff’s Notes version, see after the jump.

    Somehow I am guessing that the professors might pass up my generous offer. So instead, here’s another “at first I thought this was a joke” candidate: a new essay by William Kristol and Frederick Kagan in Kristol’s Weekly Standard with advice about Iraq:

  6. 12 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 17, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Darn, it’s over?

  7. June 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    ….While House and Senate investigators have said their probes have turned up evidence that the Benghazi attacks were coordinated and planned by some people working with al Qaeda affiliates, the U.S. intelligence community has not determined that abu Khatallah was himself connected to al Qaeda. Without such a connection, the U.S. president was not authorized to kill or capture him under the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force against al Qaeda.

    ….Abu Khatallah was, however, indicted for his role in the Benghazi attack. The president, according to U.S. officials, nonetheless had the authority to send the Delta and FBI team because of the inherent authorities to pursue outlaws wanted by a U.S. court of law.

    “Khatallah currently faces criminal charges on three counts, and we retain the option of adding additional charges in the coming days,” said Attorney General Eric Holder in a statement Tuesday. “Even as we begin the process of putting Khatallah on trial and seeking his conviction before a jury, our investigation will remain ongoing as we work to identify and arrest any co-conspirators.”…..

  8. June 17, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    The good:

    Not so good:

    • 15 99ts
      June 17, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      I have little faith in Richard Engel – he seems to want a war zone from which he can preach. “Police Officials” sounds like the proverbial “white house spokesperson” neither of whom are ever named.

      • 16 vcprezofan2
        June 17, 2014 at 8:15 pm

        Your response is so funny…to me, TS. I read the tweet a few minutes before you posted, thought ‘I don’t trust you, Engel’ and switched over for a peek at twitter. I come back and you had already stated my Engel position. 😀

      • 17 jacquelineoboomer
        June 17, 2014 at 8:16 pm

        I fear you are right. Engel will believe anybody who turns to him and says, “Oh, you’re Richard Engel?” The guy was war-itis. He believes he’s the story, and “war” is his life.

      • 19 nospin
        June 17, 2014 at 8:36 pm

        count me in on that 99ts. I don’t trust him either. He may not have started out that way but it seems that he got caught up in the has become the person banging the drums for war.

  9. 20 0388jojothecat
    June 17, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    I am watching Chris Hayes and he showed HRC saying what we do in this country is go after people who attack the USA. She is incorrect, because Republican presidents do not do this….as GWB said he does not spend time thinking about those people until he trots them out during an election so that he can scare the public…

    • 21 jacquelineoboomer
      June 17, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      HRC should do what I enjoy telling my toddler great grandson to do, every now and then, “Zip it.” At least he’s cute about it.

  10. 22 jacquelineoboomer
    June 17, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Although I had to mute him after five minutes, Chris Hayes actually has on a living, breathing, still-serving representative of the Department of Defense – Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby – to talk about AAK. Bravo. Of course, Chris is asking totally inappropriate and ill-advised political and legal questions of Adm. Kirby, which he is prohibited from answering … and more or less is trying to find out at exactly which “undisclosed location in U.S. custody” the captured terrorist is being held … like the idiotic dork he is.

    But, finally, it’s not a Bush administration poser/guesser/has-been.

    • 23 99ts
      June 17, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      We’re on the same wavelength JoB – He was doing the far left – are we giving the man his rights! – and Fox News – after demanding death – political or actual – for those who “caused” Benghazi – will scream the same.

      Thus said – he is also interviewing the only congresswoman who voted against the “do anything” law after 9/11.

      • 24 jacquelineoboomer
        June 17, 2014 at 8:35 pm

        Eek. Glad I moved on from all the rehashing.

        • 25 99ts
          June 17, 2014 at 8:41 pm

          He is being very pro PBO this evening – something I haven’t seen anywhere for years – doing a plus on the ACA – and noted that in all its interviews of HRC – FoxNews asked not one question on Obamacare – the success of same has to be eating at Mrs Clinton’s soul. Will wait and see if anyone asks her about health care!

          • 26 carolyn
            June 17, 2014 at 9:32 pm

            Actually, we watched the entire show, and Chris did, I felt, a good job. Yes, he asked some questions of the Admiral that bothered me for their obvious slant, but other people of his ilk would be interested, so he got to ask them and the Admiral handled him.

            His show was very pro PBO tonight, and in fact we have watched him some recently and he has been pretty good. He also is not quite as jittery…..lets his guests speak.

            • 27 99ts
              June 17, 2014 at 9:41 pm

              agree 200% with the “less jittery” – when he is speaking positively of the administration he seems to slow down his speech and not interrupt his guests. Makes it much easier to watch/listen.

  11. 28 Nena20409
    June 17, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    :WP: acting up?

    2-3 posts have gone missing 😦

  12. June 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Congrats on 1st vetivera!!

    Bottom line ….


  13. 31 lockewasright
    June 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    My brother’s radio show is on right now:


    He plays lots of good stuff and It’s free to stream.

    • 32 0388jojothecat
      June 17, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      Thanks he’s playing some cool bluesy number by Tom Petty? Whoever it is it’s nice playing in the background while I am TOD.

      • 33 lockewasright
        June 17, 2014 at 9:02 pm

        Yup, it was Petty. On Monday nights he has a live music show that is all recordings of live performances and on Tuesdays it’s Bluesday Tuesday. Both shows start at 8:00 eastern.

        • 34 0388jojothecat
          June 17, 2014 at 9:06 pm

          Thanks. I get home at 5PM. I will have to play it on my cell when I have a long drive. I use my cell for radio because I hate AM and FM music radio because he play the same songs over and over…

          • 35 lockewasright
            June 17, 2014 at 9:11 pm

            Even if they did switch songs how could you tell? It all sounds like ‘A Night at the Roxbury’ to me.

            • 36 0388jojothecat
              June 17, 2014 at 9:18 pm

              🙂 I like Michael McDonald but you can only listen to “ya mo be there” so many times. I swear I heard it three times on a two hr drive home I felt like leaping from the car while it was still moving. Remember when radio stations played songs without hearing a repeat? Sometimes I would keep driving because they kept playing all my favs.

  14. 37 globalcitizenlinda
    June 17, 2014 at 8:26 pm

  15. 42 globalcitizenlinda
    June 17, 2014 at 8:28 pm

  16. 44 globalcitizenlinda
    June 17, 2014 at 8:31 pm

  17. 45 jacquelineoboomer
    June 17, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    We all know this, and I don’t even like seeing Dick’s name, but this is worded so hilariously, thought I’d share. Dyin’ Laughin’.

    • 46 0388jojothecat
      June 17, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      I guess we should be glad did not go to war….there would be lots of “friendly” fire deaths. As I recall Cheney barely ecked out an apology in fact his friend apologized for getting his face in the way of Cheney’s gun.

      • 47 jacquelineoboomer
        June 17, 2014 at 9:23 pm

        Yes, I remember the “friend.” I felt as though he were paid to say it!

        With friends like Cheney, who needs enemies?

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  20. 55 Jovie
    June 17, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I have come to the conclusion that this obsession with Hillary has to do with a fight that democrats are having.
    Half the democrats love Hillary, half of them are disappointed or don’t like this president.
    This goes back to daily kos 08 campaign, and people are still fighting it furiously.

  21. June 17, 2014 at 8:56 pm

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