The Bear Is Loose

















137 Responses to “The Bear Is Loose”

  1. 1 MightyPamela
    December 19, 2014 at 4:20 pm

  2. December 19, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    And showing some teeth!

  3. December 19, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Congrats MP!!! Hello Nerdy………longtime no see 🙂 Great collection!

    • 8 Nerdy Wonka
      December 19, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      Hello, LP! 🙂


    • 9 MightyPamela
      December 19, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      You too, LP! I was truly only walking down the hall, checking for a signal, on my way out to buy cat food, When our dearly loved NW tossed this thread into my inbox, and Gosh, Goll-lee, I just had to Leave A Comment! Y’all know what that’s like, especially when one is not even trying! It’s like an early Christmas present. Maybe even the only one I will get. Nearly 60F in Seattle today, cool wind, but lovely. And that is just wrong. Errands, done, cup of tea in process, then some food preparation. I seldom get to sit and listen to an entire live press conference, but am running at least 3 hours late on everything today, by design. May regret it later, hope not! Bigs hugs all around, {{{{{TOD}}}}}.

  4. December 19, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I missed it all Nerdy, but I’m guessing from your wonderful tweets it was majestic!!!!! Thank you LEGEND!!

  5. December 19, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    The unidentified United States spy being swapped as part of a diplomatic breakthrough between the U.S. and Cuba is almost certainly a former cryptographer in Cuba’s Directorate of Intelligence who worked secretly for the CIA until he was arrested on espionage charges in the mid-1990s, according to a former U.S. intelligence officer and other sources. Rolando “Roly” Sarraff Trujillo was “an expert on cryptography for the Cuban Ministry of Interior who was arrested in 1995 and sentenced to 25 years in jail,” said Chris Simmons, a former Defense Intelligence Agency specialist on Cuba.

    DNI spokesman Brian P. Hale said in a prepared statement that the asset being released spent 20 years in a Cuban prison for his work for the U.S. Many of the details of his cooperation are classified, but Hale said he was “instrumental in the identification and disruption of several Cuban intelligence operatives in the United States and ultimately led to a series of successful federal espionage prosecutions.”

    Indeed, according to Hale, the spy “provided the information that led to the identification and conviction of Defense Intelligence Agency senior analyst Ana Belen Montes; former Department of State official Walter Kendall Myers and his spouse Gwendolyn Myers; and members of the Red Avispa network, or ‘Wasp Network,’ in Florida, which included members of the so-called Cuban Five…..continued”

  6. December 19, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    “Pope Francis, who turned 78 on Wednesday, celebrated the occasion by handing out 400 sleeping bags to homeless people living on the streets in Rome. There are approximately 3,276 homeless people currently living in Rome, half of whom have no shelter at all and live on the streets, a recent survey found. According to Religion News, the Pope’s archbishop in charge of charitable giving, Konrad Krajewski, led a group of volunteers around the local area to distribute the sleeping bags. “This is a gift for you from the pope on the occasion of his birthday,” the group told recipients. The pope also held a birthday lunch at the Vatican, with four homeless individuals among the guests.

    But if you’re surprised that Francis would rather give out presents than receive them for his birthday, you haven’t been paying enough attention to this pope. Last month, despite some internal opposition in the Vatican, the pope ordered that public showers be installed in St. Peter’s Square so homeless people would have a place to bathe. Francis has also been quietly sneaking out of the Vatican to minister to homeless residents living on the streets…continued”

  7. 35 amk for obama
    December 19, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    It’s 3 am. And it was worth it. Thanks ut for excellent coverage.

    Wish I had seen the press punks’ gnads being kicked. So long, mofos. merry christmas.

  8. December 19, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    “Obama didn’t hesitate to endorse LeBron James’s decision last week to wear an “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirt instead of his Cleveland Cavaliers jersey in the team’s Dec. 8 game against the Brooklyn Nets. The protest T-shirts invoke Garner’s dying words to the police officer who put him in a chokehold. “You know, I think LeBron did the right thing,” Obama told PEOPLE two days after that Cavaliers-Nets game.

    “We forget the role that Muhammad Ali, Arthur Ashe and Bill Russell played in raising consciousness,” the president continued. “We went through a long stretch there where [with] well-paid athletes the notion was: just be quiet and get your endorsements and don’t make waves,” he also said. “LeBron is an example of a young man who has, in his own way and in a respectful way, tried to say, ‘I’m part of this society, too’ and focus attention.

    “I’d like to see more athletes do that,” he added. “Not just around this issue, but around a range of issues.

  9. 47 amk for obama
    December 19, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    gunnite again, folks.

  10. 48 @pierretteY
    December 19, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    As the guy from BC said, we here in Canada can’t wait for you guys to be done with him and send him our way 🙂 I think he is getting even better. hahahha Ed henry’s face when he called the last question is my favourite thing today LMAO

  11. 49 yardarm756
    December 19, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    To the WHPC:
    When you mess with a bull don’t be surprised if you get the horns!

  12. 52 yardarm756
    December 19, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    On this date:


    1998 Clinton Impeachment U.S. Pres. Clinton is charged with perjury, obstruction of justice, and malfeasance in office in connection with the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the Paula Jones lawsuit. He would eventually be acquitted of all charges.

    1989 U.S. invades Panama in an effort to capture Manuel Noriega and bring him to trial on drug trafficking charges.

    1974 James Bond The Man with the Golden Gun premiers, 9th in the James Bond series, it starred Roger Moore as 007.

    1958 First radio voice-broadcast from space A prerecorded Christmas greeting by Pres. Eisenhower from the U.S. Earth satellite Atlas.

    1944 First Atomic Reactor Patent Enrico Fermi and Leo Szilard of the U.S. submit their application. It was granted in 1955 as Patent #2,708,656.

    1941 World War II – Hitler becomes commander and chief of the German Army.

    1918 Ripley’s Believe It or Not! comic strip debuts.

    1914 First animation technique is patented, by Earl Hurd.

    1892 The University of Oklahoma is established.

    1732 Poor Richard’s Almanack The first issue of Benjamin Franklin’s famous almanac is published. It was published yearly till 1757.


    1972 Alyssa Milano American actress. TV: Who’s the Boss? (Sam Micelli).

    1963 Jennifer Beals American actress. Film: Flashdance (1983).

    1946 Robert Urich d. 2002 American Emmy-winning actor. TV: Vega$ (Dan Tanna) and Spencer: For Hire (title role).

    1944 Tim Reid American actor. TV: WKRP in Cincinnati (Venus Flytrap).

    1944 Richard E. Leakey anthropologist, conservationist.

    1941 Maurice White American singer, with Earth, Wind & Fire. Music: Shining Star (1975, #1, Grammy), Best of My Love (1977, #1), and After the Love has Gone (1979, #2, Grammy).

    1933 Cicely Tyson American Emmy-winning actress. TV:n an Emmy for her portrayal of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974, title role, Emmy) and Roots (1976, Kunta Kinte’s mother Binta).

    1920 David Susskind d. 1987 American Emmy-winning TV producer and talk show host, known for his controversial guests.

    1906 Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev d. 1982 Soviet statesman, head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1964-82).

    1868 Eleanor Hodgman Porter d. 1920 American author. Writings: Pollyanna (1913, with the name of the title character becoming synonymous with persistent optimism).

    1852 Albert Abraham Michelson d. 1931 German-born American Nobel-winning physicist. He was the first to measure the diameter of a star (other than the Sun). Working from the Wilson Observatory, California, he measured Betelgeuse (the bright red star in the right shoulder of Orion) to be 260 million miles in diameter.

    1790 Sir William Edward Parry d. 1855 British explorer, explored the Arctic and unsuccessfully searched for a Northwest Passage.


    1999 Desmond Llewellyn b. 1914 Welsh actor. Film: Q in the James Bond movies.

    1993 Michael Clarke b. 1943 American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer, with The Byrds. Music: Mr. Tambourine Man (1965, #1) and Turn! Turn! Turn! (1966).

    1986 V.C. Andrews b. 1923 (Cleo Virginia Andrews), American author. She had three #1 books before her death and numerous bestsellers after her death (ghostwritten from her notes). Flowers in the Attic (1979). In the movie version of Flowers in the Attic, she played the window-washing maid.

    1977 Nellie Tayloe Ross b. 1876 American politician, first woman state governor (Wyoming, 1925-27), and the first woman director of the U.S. Mint (1933).

    1959 Walter Williams b. 1842 American soldier, the last surviving Civil War veteran. He served in the Confederate Army (1864).

    1848 Emily Brontë b. 1818 English novelist. Writings: Wuthering Heights (1847).

    1370 Urban V b. ???? French-born religious leader, 200th Pope (1362-70).

    401 Saint Anastasius I b. ???? Italian religious leader, 39th Pope (399-401).

  13. December 19, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Many thanks NW for your excellent series of tweets.

    Simply ….

    Can’t wait for #SOTU!!!!

  14. December 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm

  15. 68 Linda
    December 19, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Remember this from The American President ?

    We’ve got serious problems, and we need serious people, and if you want to talk about character, Bob, you’d better come at me with more than a burning flag and a membership card. If you want to talk about character and American values, fine. Just tell me where and when, and I’ll show up. This is a time for serious people, Bob, and your fifteen minutes are up. My name is Andrew Shepherd, and I am the President.

    Just change Bob to Mitt and Andrew Shepard to Barack Obama.

    Podium slap and drop the mic

  16. 70 Nena20409
    December 19, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Great Post, NW. These Tweets are Fantastic.
    MightyPamela has the Gold ⭐ YES!

  17. 73 Nerdy Wonka
    December 19, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    • 74 Nena20409
      December 19, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      They Can’t beat Pres Obama.

      So the Media, Fox and GOPers become blabbering DC/NY idiots. Hatred is all they have got left.

      POTUS Smiles and Turns and Walks away…….Hawaii here He comes 😉

    • 75 nospin
      December 19, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      this man knows the feelings he evokes when he bites his lip.

      bad bad POTUS

  18. 76 Nena20409
    December 19, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Thanks Pres Obama. When Fox is unhappy, ‘Happy’ song Boomerangs in my head.

    • 77 99ts
      December 19, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      Ed was upset that the questions asked were intelligent and relevant – no “gotcha” questions. PBO should do this for the next 2 years

    • 78 0388jojothecat
      December 19, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      It’s not like they would have asked an intelligent question anyway…….

  19. 79 CEB
    December 19, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Our Badass PBO showed the mofos once again that he is not the one to be messed with. They should have learned that lesson by now. PBO is the man and unlike Sony, he does not let people intimidate him. He made them look like the ineffectual fools that they are without saying a word. I would love to hear the kind of smack that the male reporters are dishing out as they drown their disappointment in a D. C. bar as PBO wings his way home.

  20. December 19, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Have never looked more forward to a #SOTU than I am, now ….


  21. December 19, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    How did Ed Henry and the guys take the shutout?

  22. December 19, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    CEB, are they going on vacation with him?
    He should allow only the women he asked the questions on AF-1.
    While spoil a good time with those pouting reporters with negative news?

    • December 19, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      LDS, all of them except that GOPolitico one.

      • December 19, 2014 at 5:31 pm

        TY, Bella.
        That is one of the reason they all feel privileged and I know they are all working on a book deal.
        By the way, Chuck Toad’s book must be in the sub-basement level now since the President and his daughter rated it in public.
        The only book I will buy and read is the one the President writes himself.
        I am already enjoying the STOTU address that I know our President will deliver.

        • 90 idon
          December 19, 2014 at 5:40 pm

          Thank you. Both the President and First Lady are doing books and it is all I’m waiting for. I’m saving my money so I can buy 10 of each and donate all but two of them to local libraries.

  23. 91 forus50
    December 19, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    I was out during the press conference so if anyone else missed it here’s the full 51 minutes. Watching now!

  24. 92 idon
    December 19, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    OMG!!! These tweets are giving me life. I haven’t laughed this hard in a a long time. New drops the mic – “and now I’m going on vacation” and new term for PBO’s last 2 years – “UNtethered Badass” Oh yes – y’all PBO gave me life eternal today. Yes he did!

  25. 93 Nerdy Wonka
    December 19, 2014 at 5:19 pm

  26. 96 Nena20409
    December 19, 2014 at 5:26 pm

  27. 97 Nena20409
    December 19, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    • 98 idon
      December 19, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      Good Lord. This is horrible. I wonder the impact has been on children’s cognitive development. So so glad the President has implemented these new regs.

  28. 99 jackiegrumbacher
    December 19, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Remember when PBO told someone in an interview (can’t remember which) that he was a fourth quarter player. Then today he mentioned that this was the fourth quarter of his presidency and “interesting things happen in the fourth quarter.” That little aside should have sent shivers down the spine of every Republican and DC pundit. This president is not fooling around and he’s going to outmaneuver anyone in his way before the final bell rings in January 2017.

  29. December 19, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Good evening Chips & TOD! My goodness what a great day – too bad I was traveling for most of it but I made sure to check in with Twitter whenever I got a chance 🙂

    Thanks Nerdy for this excellent post and collection of tweets from our President’s amazing presser.

  30. 106 Nena20409
    December 19, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    • December 19, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      • 108 vcprezofan2
        December 19, 2014 at 6:56 pm

        Bobfr, I keep seeing ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ popping up often these days [apart from your tweets 😉 ]. You may have already read this Smartypants post, but if not ………….

        Latin America, Torture and the Cold War

        I am tempted to use the word “serendipitous” to describe the fact that within a matter of days, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released its report on the investigation of the use of torture by the Bush/Cheney administration, Brazil’s National Truth Commission released its report on the activities of its brutal military dictatorship, and President Obama announced the normalization of our relationship with Cuba.

        Let me remind you of what Greg Grandin wrote back in 2007 when we were first learning about the extent to which torture had been used in the “global war on terrorism.”

        In fact, it was in Latin America that the CIA and U.S. military intelligence agents, working closely with local allies, first helped put into place the unholy trinity of government-sponsored terrorism now on display in Iraq and elsewhere: death squads, disappearances and torture.

        Countries all over South and Central America (as well as Africa) have held truth and reconciliation commissions to document the atrocities committed in their countries as they attempted to throw off the weight of colonialism and reach for independence. Throughout that process, we’ve been reminded of the role the United States played as a “silent partner” in those atrocities. Brazil is simply the latest.


  31. 109 JER
    December 19, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    ✈ LIVE NOW ✈ Awaiting First Family’s departure from Andrews: http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  32. 112 JER
    December 19, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Bo and Sunny are there.

  33. 113 forus50
    December 19, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I would love to see the list of 51 Bills that POTUS signed yesterday: Frankly I was surprised there were that many when all that was in the press was a handful of them. Actually not just the list but the actual name of them, who were the co-sponsors and a very short non-legal summary of what are the pros/cons of each based on GOP/DEM perspective. The internet is great but it seems there’s opportunity for someone out there to do this on all the bills that are passed. God help us that the DC media would ever think to do this….

  34. 114 Linda
    December 19, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Sony CEO is whining ….he says PBO is wrong, They didn’t cave..

    Really ? Who pulled the premiere ? Who cancelled all the interviews for the stars of the movie ?

    CNN is covering ONLY this…

    • December 19, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      The CEO of Sony should be thanking the president for putting this film front and center, raising its public profile. The movie doesn’t look very good, and it probably wouldn’t have received as much coverage if not for the scandal. I certainly had no plans to watch it – and still don’t. Personally, I’m opposed to lives being put in danger for the sake of this stupid movie (which seems to just be a display of poor judgement…). They just better hope no lives are actually put in danger over this nonsense.

  35. 116 Linda
    December 19, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    There they go.!!!! Safe trip Mr President and your wonderful family……

    • 117 forus50
      December 19, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      Is this the first time he’s gone to Hawaii where the GOP didn’t have a crapload of problems they created that he had to deal with on vacation? He accomplished SO MUCH this past year and with so little help (again). I hope he has a relaxing time and then I’m ready for our 4th Quarter POTUS in 2015.

  36. 118 JER
    December 19, 2014 at 6:16 pm

  37. December 19, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    The First Family have taken off to Hawaii already. Have a safe trip and enjoy your Christmas vacation POTUS, FLOTUS, Malia and Sasha..

  38. 127 Linda
    December 19, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    White Male reporters complaining about what wasn’t asked at this presser – as if all subjects are covered when the men are in charge LOLOL
    — @Smartypants60

    If only the news networks would cover the questions asked at the #ObamaPresser – instead of the gender of the people asking.
    — @Bear2theRight

    And to up the comedy, the only audible q from a man is “Any New Year’s resolutions?” #derp
    — @daveweigel

    “Are you going to smoke a Cuban cigar, Mr. President?” shouts one of the male reporters not called on
    — @SimonMaloy

    this press conference is sponsored by Male Tears
    — @RosieGray

  39. December 19, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    So I see my president kicked ass and took names. Will watch the presser later; missed it due to running aroundness.

  40. December 19, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    • 132 Linda
      December 19, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      On Fox News, White House correspondent Ed Henry joked that he was “outraged for men everywhere” but then admitted seriously that he was not pleased with the questions the women asked.

      “Frankly some of the questions just didn’t press him,” he said. “There’s so much going on right now and… the questions were trailing off. The president was almost like, let me remember what you asked because it was so unmemorable.”

      hahahhaa,,,what a baby

    • 133 idon
      December 19, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      This is absolutely priceless. ed may b looking for a new job soon

  41. December 19, 2014 at 6:58 pm

  42. 135 Dudette
    December 19, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Dayum I love My President!

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