The President’s Day


President Barack Obama speaks to members of the news media before a meeting with members of his cabinet at the White House









President Barack Obama meets with bipartisian congressional leadership in the Old Family Dining Room at the White House. Also pictured is (L-R) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senator Charles Schumer.







146 Responses to “The President’s Day”

  1. 7 japa21
    November 7, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks NW. Congrats GGail

  2. 10 Anjo
    November 7, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Just delurking to wish everyone a wonderful weekend will put some thoughts together on the election when I am not so busy

  3. 12 GGail
    November 7, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Today is a gooooooooooooooaaaal day⚽️⚽️

  4. November 7, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Every time I think about Tuesday I get so piss with those Americans who didn’t get out to vote. It is a disgrace. Look what percentage of black and latino came out to vote?

  5. 14 idon
    November 7, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    The President’s smile is just amazing. Oh and I hear you Mr. President and I totally and completely have your back.

  6. November 7, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president


    The Stranger underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politicians. With its focus on and amplification of the solitary figure of the president, the Washington press corps has made it harder for the public to understand how government works—and, more specifically, why it doesn’t.


    See more at: http://www.cjr.org/review/chuck_todds_obama_book_says_mo.php?page=all&utm_content=buffer50727&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#sthash.MCWB99If.dpuf

  7. November 7, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Thanks a trazillion, Nerdy!!!

  8. 26 GGail
    November 7, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    My heart swells with pride and joy when I see who the leader of the free world is 💓

  9. November 7, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    • November 7, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Impeachment of members of #SCOTUS, should any of them rule against, #OBAMACARE can become a central theme for every DEM candidate in 2016 – President, Senate & House.

      Yes We Can

    • November 7, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      I’m informed that it takes four SCOTUS members to vote to hear a case. It’s quite plausible that Roberts voted not to hear the case since he passed on the ACA the first time. What this is about is utterly stupid, about whether people from states that don’t have their own exchange can get subsidies for a qualified health plan, because of the wording of the law. It doesn’t affect Medicaid coverage or the other provisions in the law. It’s hard for me to believe that the Court is going to cut off persons from red states from getting subsidies, at least without providing an easy fix. This would create chaos in the insurance marketplace, outrage from insurance companies, and towards the GOP. Any legal argument according to Charles Gaba of ACASignups could be easily fixed with the affected states setting up a domain that would link to the federal site.

  10. 30 Gazelle
    November 7, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    No sure if this was posted at TOD, but I love Angelique Kidjo. Wish I could have seen her tribute at Carnegie Hall for Miriam Makeba. Here’s her OpEd in NYT:

    […..] When I sing in tribute to Miriam Makeba at Carnegie Hall next week it is because Africa, our motherland, deserves better than to be dehumanized by our ignorance and our fear.


  11. 33 arapaho415
    November 7, 2014 at 4:09 pm


    McConnell couldn’t have run away fast enough…

  12. 36 Gazelle
    November 7, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    [Suck on that, racists! 🙂 Guy might be my new husband!]

    Lusaka – Guy Scott, the first white person to rule Zambia since independence from Britain in 1964, said though his skin was white, his blood was black.

    He told journalists on Friday in Lusaka that `I may be white from the outside, but my blood is black.’’

    He said he would not give interviews for the time being because the media kept referring to him as a white president.

    Scott, the 70-year-old economist and former agriculture minister who served as President Michael Sata’s Deputy, became the head of state on Wednesday after Sata died in London on Tuesday.

    However, he cannot seek the presidency in the elections due in 90 days’ time because of his Scottish parentage.


  13. November 7, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Russia’s economy is actually cratering ….


  14. November 7, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Those Republicans sure look morose. And Boehner just plain looks sleazy.

    • November 7, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      Boehner IS sleazy. That’s the best word I’ve heard used to describe him. McConnell is not going to be a stellar majority leader. If he ran away as fast as he could from this meeting, he won’t have the spine to stand up to Ted Cruz either.

        November 7, 2014 at 4:53 pm


      • November 7, 2014 at 6:07 pm

        They always seem to have a hard time in PBO’s presence…a lot like the WHPC…for basically the same reasons

    • November 7, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Guilt, perhaps? And anxiety that now they may have to Work? Hello. Boner just hoping there will be wine.

    • 45 jackiegrumbacher
      November 7, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Meta, what they look to me is rude, uncouth and definitely outclassed by the president. You do not get invited to lunch by anyone, let alone the President of the United States, and sit there with a grouch on like a petulant five-year old. Disagree with issues, fine; not have warm feelings toward the president, okay, but have some class when you’re invited to dine at the White House or anybody’s house.

  15. November 7, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Mr. President ~ has SO got it!!

  16. 50 Gazelle
    November 7, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I know it’s CNN, but, take a break & go look at pretty pictures of African spas and well-being destinations:


  17. 51 nospin
    November 7, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    POTUS, you beautiful man.

  18. 52 GGail
    November 7, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    NW, please bring your TP tweet over here

  19. November 7, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I just got off a conference call with President Obama. He was talking to about 6100 persons across the country who are involved in health care enrollment. He gave a great upbeat pep talk. HHS Sec. Sylvia Burwell, along with Valerie Jarrett also spoke. They have done five weeks of testing of the federal site and things are good to go.

    • 55 arapaho415
      November 7, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      Thank you so much for this update, Bill R. 🙂

    • 56 57andfemale
      November 7, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      I know GOP has made it all but impossible but people have to know about open enrollment. Is there any way to do TV ads, mailers? This is what concerns me.

      • 57 MadameSoph
        November 7, 2014 at 5:17 pm

        57, I’ve seen quite a few TV ads here in CA (for our state exchange, of course)

        • 58 57andfemale
          November 7, 2014 at 5:26 pm

          I cannot begin to tell you how disgusted I have been with Illinois since the rollout last year. Nothing from the government – NOTHING! Not one sign-up session from my worthless congresscritter Gutierrez. And absolutely nothing from mayor Emanuel. It’s despicable.

          And I LOVE the ads the insurance companies are running. As if it’s their idea to cover pre-existing conditions and give free screenings and physicals.

    • November 7, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      thanks for this!!✌️

  20. 61 arapaho415
    November 7, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Posted upthread about upChuck, but comment is awaiting moderation. 😦

    Nena posted @EricBoehlert’s tweet linking this mmfa article on the previous thread, but lo and behold, look who was in the forefront of PBO bashing three days after PBO was inaugurated during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression:

    • 62 jackiegrumbacher
      November 7, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Arapaho, always remember that Chuck Todd won’t even be a footnote in history and Barack Obama will be among America’s greatest presidents and every school child will know his name. Todd’s book will be in a remainder bin soon and then sent to a recycling plant.

      • 63 arapaho415
        November 7, 2014 at 5:24 pm

        Absolutely agree, JackieG — he’ll be an obscure answer to a trivia question.

        The problem is that he has been in a position to set the tone for MSM/Koch/GOP now, during PBO’s first six years in office (upChuck ascended to his position during the 2008 campaign).

        And since our media is owned by too-big-to-fail media companies, this pervasive, bigoted reporting with no push back or explanation is accepted as “reporting.”

        Cannot loathe the man more.

    • 64 Nena20409
      November 7, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      That has been the tone of how this president has been judged from Day one.
      The Media was always saying, but not all Americans voted for president Obama and the GOPers’ insistent on saying No was doing what they were sent to DC to do. It was why the DC/NY Journos lent their unvarnished inquisitive support to the GOPers. Okay, inquisitive is the wrong word here.

    • November 7, 2014 at 5:17 pm

  21. 66 susanne
    November 7, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    and in a show of readiness for bipartisan congressional work getting done, nancy pelosi wears a suit to match boehner’s face.

  22. 67 Nerdy Wonka
    November 7, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    November 7, 2014 at 4:50 pm


  24. 69 Nerdy Wonka
    November 7, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Your wish is my command, GGail. 🙂

      November 7, 2014 at 4:59 pm


    • 71 jackiegrumbacher
      November 7, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      All I can saw, NW, is that Boehner was poorly reared as a child. He is totally without class and has no business being in a position of leadership that he’s incapable of filling. His manners would be inappropriate for a middle school child and they are wildly out of place in the White House. It is beyond disgraceful that non-thinking, know nothing American voters put this lout in a position of power. He truly personifies the ‘ugly American.’

      • 72 sabreen60
        November 7, 2014 at 5:15 pm

        Boehner is a drunk, jackie. Drunks are not classy. And yes, evidently many Americans are among the dumbest people on the face of the earth.

    • 73 MadameSoph
      November 7, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Thanks Nerdy, didn’t see this before! Actually, Boehner looks like he is having digestive problems… maybe the result of a hangover.

      I finally had time to watch PBO’s entire post-election press conference just now. I was feeling a little bit better already, mostly because of you guys here at TOD and a s**tload of meditation and prayer 🙂 but also after reading that most every President, including FDR (who also saved his country from a depression) and also their “St. Ronnie”, lost their majorities in the last two years.

      After watching PBO deal with those jackals in the press with ease and project such confidence, calm and strength, I am 99% healed and looking forward to watching him out-maneuver Turtle and Boner in his usually brilliant fashion. I think he’s actually looking forward to the challenge. Still SMH at 2/3 of Americans not voting in the mid-terms, but if PBO can move forward with such assurance and grace, so can I.

    • 74 GGAIL
      November 7, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      Brilliant NW 😀 😀
      Thank youuuu!!!

  25. November 7, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I received an email today that said there were 14 races too-close-to-call on Election Night and as of this afternoon, 7 Democrats have won and 0 Republicans have won. There are two in Arizona, several in California, one in Maryland, one in Nebraska and two in New York.

    • 76 jackiegrumbacher
      November 7, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      Jackie, do you know what numerical difference these Democrats will make in the House? I lost track of the numbers on election night.

    • 82 arapaho415
      November 7, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      mtmarilyn, bobfr and idon discussed this at the tailend of the previous thread.

      Take a look at where CA is in counting votes — more votes outstanding than were cast in many states:

      And posted this earlier (my CD26 is one that’s up-for-grabs — 1/3 votes uncounted (53K uncounted, 127K counted, Dem leads by 500):

      • November 7, 2014 at 5:57 pm

        I went back and looked at the chart from huffpo and looked at the list from the email. Out of the 14 listed on my email, only two show going to Republicans, California 07 and California 16. Note CA#16 is listed in John Myers tweet above. According to Ron Barber, District 2 in Arizona, there are over 10,000 ballots left to count. So far, that race is listed in the R column on the chart, but it is 50.2% for R and 49.8 for Barber. That could go to a win.

  26. 85 Don
    November 7, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I think the President is going to veto and executive order the Republicans out of existence.

  27. 86 Nena20409
    November 7, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Excellent Post NW. Thank you.
    Congrats GGail on Your Au ⭐

  28. 89 Nena20409
    November 7, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    POTUS sending another 1,500 to Iraq.
    I know what they are trying to do, but I am not going to pen my feelings on this.
    Not saying a word.

  29. November 7, 2014 at 5:16 pm

  30. 95 Nena20409
    November 7, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Dr Ben Carson with his 30-45 mins video seeking for a possible 2016 presidential run, the Fox has dropped his contributorship gig.
    This tweet gets it.

  31. November 7, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    • 100 arapaho415
      November 7, 2014 at 5:29 pm


      This links to the mmfa article that I tweeted about upChuck’s ridiculous question to PBO two days after he was inaugurated in 2009 (my tweet is wrong, IIRC now, PBO was inaugurated on Jan 21, because Jan 20 was a Sunday).

  32. 101 Linda
    November 7, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Joe Manchin Steps Down As Co-Chair Of No Labels

    “Given my position as a sitting United States Senator, who cannot be involved in the day-to-day decision making of the organization, I believe it is appropriate for me at this time to step down as honorary Co-Chair,” the statement continued. “I still support the original goals of No Labels and will continue to work with them to foster bipartisan communication and bring some common sense back to Washington.”

    Though the statement makes no reference to it, Manchin’s departure is the result of a dispute he had with the group over its endorsement of Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) in Colorado’s competitive Senate race. Democratic sources told The Huffington Post earlier this week that Manchin was blindsided when No Labels gave Gardner its “problem solver seal of approval” in April. Manchin supported his Democratic colleague, Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), in the race, and was not notified in advance that No Labels would be jumping into the contest.

    The group’s co-founder, Republican strategist Mark McKinnon, had to call Manchin up to “bring him back in the fold,” according to those sources. In discussions that followed, the group pledged not to engage in the remainder of the Colorado Senate campaign. But in late October, No Labels announced that it would organize get out the vote efforts from Oct. 31 through Election Day on Gardner’s behalf, once again without alerting Manchin.


    See what happened when you believed lying Republicans, Joe….the stab you in the back.

  33. 104 Nena20409
    November 7, 2014 at 5:24 pm


    The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet midterms to men of understanding. Or as I put it on the eve of another Republican Party sweep, politics determines who has the power, not who has the truth. Still, it’s not often that a party that is so wrong about so much does as well as Republicans did on Tuesday.

    I’ll talk in a bit about some of the reasons that may have happened. But it’s important, first, to point out that the midterm results are no reason to think better of the Republican position on major issues. I suspect that some pundits will shade their analysis to reflect the new balance of power — for example, by once again pretending that Representative Paul Ryan’s budget proposals are good-faith attempts to put America’s fiscal house in order, rather than exercises in deception and double-talk. But Republican policy proposals deserve more critical scrutiny, not less, now that the party has more ability to impose its agenda.

  34. 105 Don
    November 7, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Somebody need to put a bolo out on the Clintons, LOL!!!!

    • November 7, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Yeah, I didn’t see them giving any press conferences or facing the music of their double digit losses. Have they finally gone underground for a few days?

      • 107 Don
        November 7, 2014 at 5:55 pm

        We can only hope.

      • 108 Don
        November 7, 2014 at 5:58 pm

        Grimes just might be the downfall of the Clintons, they gave her everything they had to offer and she failed. This lost says more about the Clintons than it does about Grimes. Maybe if she had welcomed President Obama instead of treating him like he had ebola, she might have won.

    • 111 purpleshoesla
      November 7, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      Well, Bubba will be in Los Angeles at least Sunday night to pick up yet another award that I’m having a hard time understanding why he is the recipient. I am attending the Thelonious Monk Jazz Trumpet Competition and Gala and get this, the person receiving the prestigious 2014 Maria Fisher Founder’s Award is none other than President Bill Clinton. Each year, the Founder’s Award is given to an individual who has”made major contributions to the perpetuation of jazz music and the expansion of jazz and music education in schools around the world”. Say what now??? Other than seeing then presidential candidate Bill Clinton on the Arsenio Hall show in dark sunglasses tooting on his saxaphone, I’m not aware of his major contributions of the perpetuation of jazz music and music education in our schools. Don’t see anything jumping out at me on the Clinton Global Initiatve website that even mentions the word music, let alone the word jazz.
      If someone knows differently, I’d like to hear about it.

      Hell Wynton Marsalis, has done more with his little finger for the perpetuation of jazz music and jazz education than him. It is mind boggling and somewhat nauseating.

  35. 113 dotster3
    November 7, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    John Fugelsang did just make me laugh—-(on Ed show)—–said when God closes a Michele Bachmann door, he opens one for Joni Ernst. (also said when non-millionaire Iowans, which is most Iowans, get a little taste of what they voted for, that hog castration ad might not be so cute any more)

    • 114 MadameSoph
      November 7, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      OMG dotster! I was totally thinking that on election night: ‘We just got rid of Rep Bachmann and now this crazy lady is going to the Senate!”

      Know you’re a Colbert fan, like me (he encourages voting, unlike his former boss Jon Stewart). Did you see his piece on how Inhofe is the new Environmental Committee Chair? I’m going to give the best environmental president on record a big pass on whatever he does in the next two years in working with these idiots. If anyone on the left, or any dudebro like Stewart, says a word I will reply, “did you vote in the mid-terms?”


    • 115 arapaho415
      November 7, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      Forgot that Bachmann didn’t seek re-election this year.

      Did a Google search, and the first article that appeared was a Wonkette article from two days ago that said just that.

      So Fugelsang must read Wonkette.

  36. November 7, 2014 at 5:47 pm


  37. 121 hopefruit2
    November 7, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    John is so right about this!

  38. 123 Don
    November 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I’m so giddy this evening at the thought that President Obama is about ot unload on the Republicans and a few Democrats if they get in his way.

  39. 129 dotster3
    November 7, 2014 at 6:03 pm

  40. November 7, 2014 at 6:14 pm


  41. 132 hopefruit2
    November 7, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    This may not be a popular view but I suspect the Dem leadership/DLC/DNC/Dccc/Dscc made a specific decision to use this midterm to test the “Clinton brand” for 2016, and also to test the hypothesis that PBO was unpopular & not really needed, and the Clintons would get voters out, especially the Southern whites.

    They probably assumed that once they had the infrastructure that PBO used for his campaigns – e.g., email lists, volunteers, etc, that they would be fine without PBO, because in 2012, the media told them that it was Bubba who won the election for PBO…..

    • 133 arapaho415
      November 7, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Love the way you think, HF2, always digging beneath the surface.

      This makes perfect sense. Clintons always thinking about themselves, and wanting to distance themselves from the most successful President in modern history.

      So many Dems are PUMA holdovers. We need new blood going forward.

    • November 7, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Well, we can make it a popular view because I totally agree, along with my suspicion of a rigged midterm outcome. All these things wlll have been put into motion on November 4, 2008, if not just before. They will NEVER forgive PBO for stealing their thunder, not to mention their “privilege.

    • November 7, 2014 at 6:24 pm


      I do not think this is far-fetched in the least. Just look at how this all unfolded. There are many – and I mean just about all of them – who have already got their Clinton inauguration dancing shoes polished and they aren’t hiding it. They surely thought HRC could work her special sauce with the old white boys club. Well, well, not so fast.

      There’s something about PBO these last few days that tells me he has had a bad taste in his mouth from all this. (Especially reading the article I posted here the other day about the WH pushing back on the Dem mid-term strategy that excluded him and Reid and his COS losing it.) And now that we know the outcome, we can see why. And I think his own personal way of dealing with it is to use his personal power and presidential authority to overcome all the obstacles that were thrown at him. I think he’s probably happy to be free of all their BS.

      The fact that Clinton’s inner circle is now doubling down on the Dem mid-term strategy and determined to throw PBO under the bus must also give him something to chuckle about. I mean, PLEASE.

      • 136 hopefruit2
        November 7, 2014 at 6:36 pm

        Exactly meta. Spandan (TPV) just posted an article about the Dems’ foolish strategy. It’s a great article.

    • 137 MadameSoph
      November 7, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Interesting, Hopefruit. If that’s the case, they got their answer! Hope they realize now that the wins in 2008 and 2012 were thanks to PBO and the Obama coalition. If those folks are not fired up to stand in lines in 2016, whoever the candidate is will not be able to overcome the R dirty tricks (suppression, voting machines, gerrymandering, etc.)

      • 138 forus50
        November 7, 2014 at 6:35 pm

        I agree with you Hopefruit and while I didn’t listen to most of her speeches that she gave running around for Grimes, etc. I got the impression that they were as much about HER thoughts instead of what the candidate was for. Like Al Giordano and smartypants has been saying, Mrs. Clinton needs to find her authenticity because unlike the GOP that just endorses whoever polls best, Democrats have to be sold on their candidate.

      • 139 hopefruit2
        November 7, 2014 at 6:37 pm

        Agree MadameSoph. This midterm should have sent a clear message to ANY Dem 2016 hopeful- they won’t get the WH unless they embrace this President.

    • November 7, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      Well hf2, if that’s the hypothesis they intentionally tested the result they got was — go with Plan B, i.e., GET AS CLOSE TO PBO AS POSSIBLE in 2016.


      Yes We Can

  42. November 7, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Greetings Todders:-)
    Long time no post…
    I’ve stayed away from social media for the past 2 weeks leading to Election Day…was focused more in giving PBO Congress and holding on to Senate for the next 2 years. Volunteered..phone banked like never before, being in ISSA district was harder, managed to have a few Latinos voting..but most of them bailed out on me right on Election Day..It was almost they all planned to disappear and the few neighbors I talked to, they flat out told me they weren’t voting for the “Deporter In Chief” Tried to explain EO vs an actual Bill…and be grateful for Dream Act. they won’t having it..that was my first clue out Tues. outcome..but still hoped for the best.

    I swear GOP and Media and some Latino’s Politicians done a great job in making sure they didn’t vote.
    Anyhow I am over the heartache…wiped my tears away. Felt a gut wrenching experience last Tues..crying wasn’t enough…Felt like AMK..just leave this country…PBO is such a wonderful human being, as soon as I saw his presser, I prayed God to give me just and ounce of his, compassion, grace, patience and dignity. He’s God sent…(Ghandi..MLK combined).

    Just when I thought I cried enough already..Last night reading about AMK was another jerker (eyes welled up as I type) Damn you AMK…
    Hope you do come back..I may not post often, best rest assured I do read this blog everyday and crack up at your sense of humor..You’re one special kinda guy AMK (Love Ya)

    To, Chips, NW, LL and all Tod’s contributors, you are a blessing to so many…28Mil thanks will not be enough to express my gratitude.

    Thank you!

    • 143 mtmarilyn
      November 7, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      kasai, thank you for all your hard work. I think we were fighting the msm and all those dems running away from the President that helped this to happen. I also feel there was some working of the voting process, but that’s another whole issue. I was so down I was ready to leave this country, but after hearing the President’s press conference, I knew I had to stay and stand with this President. This community we have here will stay together and we will continue to fight for our President and this country.

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