President Obama Delivers a Statement on Developments in Iraq

@petesouza: Natl Security Advisor Susan Rice briefs President Obama this am in Chilmark, Ma


4:45  EDT: President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Latest Political Developments in Iraq


 @petesouza: President Obama makes a statement on the situation in Iraq

118 Responses to “President Obama Delivers a Statement on Developments in Iraq”

  1. 1 Allison
    August 11, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks, Chips!

  2. 7 Nena20409
    August 11, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    WTG Allison, Au ⭐ for You 😉

  3. 8 Roberta in MN
    August 11, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Waiting for the President to speak.

  4. 9 Roberta in MN
    August 11, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    What is going on? I have been out of the loop most of the day.

  5. August 11, 2014 at 4:50 pm

  6. August 11, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Then why is the fucking pentagon dropping bombs?
    This is prolly another Team America guy like McChrstal?

    • August 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      If you had paid attention to the President’s statement then you would know the answer to your question.

      • August 11, 2014 at 5:04 pm

        But bill, blowing up artillery and killing them with 500 LBs laser guided bombs definitely weakens them. And, as the president says, it helps the humanitarian mission.
        How much I don’t know…
        So, the Pentagon must have tea baggers in it ?

    • 25 Layla
      August 11, 2014 at 4:53 pm


      • August 11, 2014 at 5:01 pm

        Calm down! Go outside enjoy the weather! 🙂

        • 27 Layla
          August 11, 2014 at 5:07 pm

          If I wasn’t terminal and bed ridden I would!

          • 28 Nena20409
            August 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm

            {{{{{{ ❤ Layla ❤ }}}}}}}

            I sincerely thought that things were getting better.

          • August 11, 2014 at 6:16 pm

            ❤ {{{{{ Layla }}}}} ❤

          • August 11, 2014 at 6:18 pm

            A while ago, you said ‘palliative care’. You have been held in the Light of my Love and Prayer since that that day.

          • 36 Vicki
            August 11, 2014 at 6:20 pm

            But you are not alone. TOD is with you and the President we all love is still in office.

            • 37 Layla
              August 11, 2014 at 6:29 pm

              You are sweet Vicki. I am very happy that TOD is with me. And what this President does for me is immeasurable! I really want to see the Nov elections so I know he is OK! Keeping my fingers crossed…

              • 38 Judith Fardig
                August 11, 2014 at 7:22 pm

                Layla, whatever healing vibes we can send are coming your way. You are remarkable!

                • 39 Layla
                  August 11, 2014 at 9:03 pm

                  Receiving with open arms Judith!! TY so much!

                  • 40 HZ
                    August 12, 2014 at 12:46 am

                    My dear and beautiful Layla. I am so sadden to hear this. I missed this. Oh, my sweet and beautiful spirit, you have my prayers, loving hugs, and lots of dedicated meditations for healing of beautiful goodness and light to be so very close to you during this time. I can tell that you are a fighter like me, and we just keep moving through our storms.

                    Layla, I love you so much my beautiful spirit and I promise you that you are and will continue to be in my daily prayers. I have a lovely candle that I will put out and light just for you, my sweetheart. Oh, I did not know. But I will be strong for you and with you. I am sending a huge bouquet of loving hugs of the most beautiful hugs filled with calmness, and precious healing touches to surround you.
                    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ My Layla, I love you so dearly.}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

    • August 11, 2014 at 5:11 pm

  7. 42 Layla
    August 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I am happy it is a statement and not a press conference with the idiots.

    • 43 Linda
      August 11, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      I can hear them in the background on the cspan link….. I cannot make out what they are yapping about….

      Someone is sure to yell out a question when he walks away.

      The feed keeps cutting out

  8. 44 Nena20409
    August 11, 2014 at 4:53 pm


    Now, that takes the Cake……

    Seriously? John Roberts is saying what again? Perhaps, Mr. Chief Justice, you should 1st practice what You preach.

  9. August 11, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Raise your hand if you believe PBO has had any semblance of real vacation in the past 48 hours…

  10. August 11, 2014 at 4:57 pm

  11. 49 Nena20409
    August 11, 2014 at 4:59 pm

  12. August 11, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    It’s that adderall these players are on… It gets them high and hyped up! 😦

  13. August 11, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Absolutely critical move by President Poroshenko to further highlight Ukraine cooperation with the international community to resolve the humanitarian crisis …

    Message to Putin: Everyone is aware of your hypocrisy and violations of international law.

  14. 53 Nena20409
    August 11, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Is this true Doc Bobfr?

    • August 11, 2014 at 6:23 pm


      It’s and hour by hour, minute by minute standoff between President Poroshenko and Tzar Vlad. Vlad thought by amassing the troops Poroshenko would not aggressively pursue ending the insurgency, proxy war in Luhansk and Donetsk. Poroshenko didn’t back down.

  15. August 11, 2014 at 5:06 pm

  16. August 11, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Has PM Maliki vacated the palace yet? Yesterday he had deployed troops in Baghdad against a “coup”.

  17. August 11, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Greed kills ….

    “The nature of Kaplan’s ties to UANI aren’t entirely clear, but the links are apparent: Kaplan’s investment operations have shared several employees with UANI over the past six years, notably including UANI’s Wallace, who controls several mining ventures through the Tigris Financial Group with the billionaire. Together, the pair are betting big on investments in precious metals they say will retain or appreciate in value in an unstable economic and geopolitical environment. By Tigris’ own account, it stands to make money in the case of “political unrest in the Middle East” — exactly the kind of instability many experts think will become inevitable if naysayers of diplomacy with Iran have their way.

    UANI and its allies “play the politics for the short-term but they don’t offer anything in terms of answers for the long-term,” a former Obama administration official who worked closely on Middle East policy told Salon. “You get the sense that … they’re not really interested in ensuring that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon. Iran bashing for pro-Israel groups is very common, but I’m concerned that they don’t understand that failure to address this issue will ensure that Iran gets the bomb or we’re headed toward war. And a war in this region at this time will look more like World War III than a ‘cakewalk.’””

  18. August 11, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Mrs. Greenspan actually asks a good question:

    Maliki is the Capt. Queeg of Iraqi politics.

  19. August 11, 2014 at 5:14 pm

  20. August 11, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Have I missed the announcement?

  21. August 11, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Is this the uncle who was part of Bergen-Belsen’s liberation?

    • August 11, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      “Payne, the brother of Obama’s maternal grandmother, helped liberate a Nazi concentration camp during the war, and later became a pioneer in information technology at the University of Chicago. He retired at age 70 as assistant director of the university’s library.”

      • August 11, 2014 at 6:34 pm

        Wow. Sad news. I remember the photos of him at a DDay event, 2009 maybe, and he was so delighted to see his great nephew.

        • 66 HZ
          August 12, 2014 at 1:05 am

          And remember he was introduced by then Sen. John Kerry at the convention in Denver. If you all remember that was a moving moment. I will always remember that moving moment to see him there because that would make him one who was close to his dear grandmother. May you be comforted as well, Mr. President. You will make it through all of this. Faith is a powerful grace to have and Wisdom also gives much grace to the mind and soul. You enjoy and reflect on those things that are pure, gentle, of good heart, and love for humanity. HZ

  22. 67 Jeff
    August 11, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    some misspellings on my end, but an interesting read about Israel’s history.

  23. August 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Hee hee.

  24. 69 Nena20409
    August 11, 2014 at 5:18 pm

  25. August 11, 2014 at 5:20 pm

  26. 72 JER
    August 11, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    LIVE NOW: Press Conference – MO Police Involved Shooting – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  27. August 11, 2014 at 5:25 pm

  28. August 11, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Oh for fuck’s sake:

    Steven Seagal: always wrong about everything.

  29. 76 JER
    August 11, 2014 at 5:31 pm

  30. August 11, 2014 at 5:33 pm

  31. 81 JER
    August 11, 2014 at 5:33 pm

  32. August 11, 2014 at 5:36 pm

  33. 83 Nena20409
    August 11, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    So the show formerly Known as Meet The Press….. will now forever under Charles Todd…. be known as Meet The Play/Pundits/Politics/Purse-Carrier…..hmm?

    6 months tops and NBC will do a make-over or junk MTP for good.

  34. August 11, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Not much better!

  35. August 11, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    While on c-span watching the President statement …I came across a video of a young Chuck Todd who then worked for the National Journal…he was discussing the Governor’s race in NJ…McGreevy won the primary…for the record he got that race wrong too…amazing

  36. August 11, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I love to see pics of the President and his NSA Susan Rice…makes my heart sing…

  37. 96 forus50
    August 11, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    So sad.

    • 97 nospin
      August 11, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      my heart breaks

    • 98 jacquelineoboomer
      August 11, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      God bless them. I always imagine my little three-year-old great grandson in such a predicament – and I don’t have to go too far to find empathy, for these children I don’t even know. I also try to never forget there but for the grace of God go any of us or our little precious ones.

  38. August 11, 2014 at 6:13 pm

  39. 100 Nena20409
    August 11, 2014 at 6:20 pm


    I am with the Astrophysicist…..so long as Emotions are not somehow programmed into computers……I am fine with it.

  40. August 11, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    any word who will replace Todd on MSNBC

  41. 106 Vicki
    August 11, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Rev. Al has Benjamin Crump with the bereaved family. Their focus is on justice for what has happened to Michael. Nothing wrong with that, obviously.
    My hope is that in my lifetime I see an America where equal justice for all races is a Given. And when a police officer executes a child the focus will be on the criminal and the punishment he richly deserves.
    Since I am 71, we better get moving ASAP.

    • 107 jacquelineoboomer
      August 11, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      I’m “only” 67+, but I agree we’d better get moving.

      It was sickening to hear earlier that the name of the murderer police officer was released and that he was someplace “safe.” I’m sure Michael Brown felt safe a couple of hours before being killed, since he was apparently visiting his grandmother in that neighborhood.

  42. August 11, 2014 at 6:37 pm

  43. 111 Nena20409
    August 11, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    • 112 anniebella
      August 11, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      This is just plain stupid, was there any reason to bring the First Lady name into what Wilson was there to talk about? Fox is a bunch of crazy ass SOBs.

  44. 113 Nena20409
    August 11, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    In TN…..one Judge….No doubt, the decision will be over-turned, upon an appeal.

    • 114 Linda
      August 11, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      I thought the winning streak was with Federal judges, not State….

    • August 11, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      Saddened by this, but not surprised. This state USED to be very purple and, in fact, years ago, was mostly Democratic—except for the eastern part. It’s always been quite heavily Republican. Sigh……….As df says, I don’t belong here. But then, there’s a lot of us who feel that way, huh?

  45. August 11, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    “Right now, all sides appear to be negotiating, but the bottom line is clear: ISIS threatens everyone in Iraq–Shia, Sunni and Kurd. And Iran sees that as ISIS’ biggest mistake. Nothing brings together nationalistic politicians with deep sectarian tendencies like a common enemy. Iran is seeking to leverage this threat perception convergence into a mutually agreed upon social contract based on security. If that common denominator can be established, it provides the foundation from which the countless other issues facing Iraq can be hashed out.”

    Good article linked in the tweet. Don’t agree with all of it, but it’s worth reading (though a day or two out of date on the governance issue in Iraq).

  46. August 11, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    I can’t believe this.

    Robin Williams dead at 63
    By Nicole Sperling on Aug 11, 2014 at 6:55PM

    Oscar winner and comedian Robin Williams died this morning at 63. While his publicist wouldn’t confirm that his death was a suicide, a rep did issue this statement. “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

    Williams, who won an Oscar for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting, will reprise his role as Theodore Roosevelt in the third installment of Night at the Museum this December. He had recently signed on to reprise his beloved role as Mrs. Doubtfire in a sequel to be directed by Chris Columbus, and was last seen opposite Annette Bening in the indie film The Face of Love. His sitcom The Crazy Ones premiered on CBS last fall, but was not picked up for a second season.

    According to a press release issued by the Marin County Coronor’s office, the Sheriff’s office suspects the death to be “suicide due to asphyxia.” The 9-1-1 phone call came in just before noon today.


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