Chat Away

12:30 EST: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest

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  1. March 4, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Afternoon everyone!

    I haven’t seen any indication at all that PBO will appear at today’s press briefing, but on the off-chance that he does: live video in the post

  2. 2 57andfemale
    March 4, 2015 at 12:17 pm


  3. 4 57andfemale
    March 4, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I want whatever Scalia is smoking:

    • 5 Don
      March 4, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      No! There are no contingency plans. President Obama got the car out the ditch and now if the Supremes rule against the ACA people expect him to get the car out the ditch again. Hell no!

      • 6 57andfemale
        March 4, 2015 at 12:27 pm

        Scalia is a miserable, sociopathic tool.

        PBO’s answer is simple: fix the typo. I’ve always wondered if SCOTUS would kick it back to Congress to fix the language. What is good for our side: that we have Scalia’s own words to throw at the GOP: that Congress would fix such a disastrous result of a non-contextual reading of a statute.

        • 7 japa21
          March 4, 2015 at 12:45 pm

          Doesn’t matter to GOP. The court told them they could just fix the VRA by making some language changes for clarification purposes and you notice how much attention GOP paid to that.

    • March 4, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      DUH yeah, isn’t the whole RWNJ point to not have healthcare?!

  4. 13 Don
    March 4, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Congrats Chips, impeccable timing. I think PBO’s speech on Saturday in Selma is going to be talked about for a long time.

  5. 15 yardarm756
    March 4, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    G’day you lot! Shades of the past………


    1984 The Television Academy Hall of Fame announces its first inductees: Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, Paddy Chayefsky, Norman Lear, Edward R. Murrow, William S. Paley, and David Sarnoff.

    1981 Money for Nothing Joey Coyle’s six day spending spree ends when he is arrested at a New York airport with $105,000 stuffed in his boots. He had found $1.2 million that had fallen out of an armored vehicle. He was acquitted by reason of temporary insanity. The 1993 movie was based on this event.

    1966 The Beatles The London Evening Standard publishes a quote by John Lennon stating that “We’re more popular than Jesus now.” This prompted Beatles Bonfires and the banning of their music by radio stations.

    1933 Pres. F.D. Roosevelt at his inauguration proclaims “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”

    1933 First woman appointed to a U.S. president’s cabinet, Frances Perkins becomes F.D. Roosevelt’s Secretary of Labor.

    1923 Butter The much loved food product is defined by Congress.

    1923 American Battle Monuments Commission is established.

    1913 U.S. Department of Labor is established.

    1913 U.S. Department of Commerce is established.

    1905 Theodore Roosevelt becomes the only president not to use the word “I” in his inaugural address.

    1861 Civil War Flag of 7 stars and 3 stripes raised over the Confederate capitol of Montgomery, Alabama.

    1857 Youngest U.S. vice president John C. Breckinridge is inaugurated at the age of 36 years and 48 days.

    1849 President for a Day David Rice Atchison becomes president for a day, while waiting for president-elect Zachary Taylor to take the oath of office the following day.

    1809 First presidential inaugural ball Held for Pres. James Madison and Vice-Pres. George Clinton.

    1791 Vermont becomes the 14th state.

    1789 U.S. Constitution It goes into effect after having been ratified the previous June.

    1789 First Congress under the U.S. Constitution meets in New York.

    1634 Boston’s first tavern Opened by Samuel Cole.


    1969 Chastity Bono daughter of Sonny and Cher.

    1953 Kay Lenz American Emmy-winning actress. TV: Reasonable Doubts (Maggie Zombro).

    1939 Paula Prentiss (Paula Ragusa), American actress. TV: He & She (She – Paula Hollister).

    1934 Jane Goodall (Baroness Vanlawick-Goodall), anthropologist.

    1906 Phil Davis d. 1964 cartoonist, drew Mandrake the Magician.

    1901 Charles H. Goren d. 1991 American bridge expert, columnist, Goren on Bridge.

    1891 Lois Wilson d. 1988 American founder of Al-Anon, the support group for friends and family of alcoholics. She was the wife of Alcoholics Anonymous cofounder Bill Wilson.

    1889 Pearl White d. 1938 American actress, starred in the movie serials The Perils of Pauline (1914-24). She was the most popular actress of her day.

    1888 Knute Kenneth Rockne d. 1931 Norwegian-born American football coach. His effective use of the forward pass, while a player at Notre Dame, forever changed college football. His record as Notre Dame coach (1914-31) was 105 wins, 12 losses, and 5 ties.

    1877 Garrett Morgan d. 1963 African-American businessman. He invented a gas-mask that was popular with American fire fighters. He was also, reportedly, the first African-American to own an automobile. This led to another successful invention of his: An improved traffic light (1922).

    1747 Casimir Pulaski d. 1779 Polish general and American Revolutionary War hero.


    1996 Minnie Pearl b. 1912 (Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon), American comedienne, “Howdeeeeee!” She was the first woman inducted into the National Hall of Fame (1994). Radio: Grand Ole Opry (1940-91). TV: Hee Haw (1969-91).

    1994 John Candy b. 1950 Canadian Emmy-winning actor. Film: Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) and Uncle Buck (1989, title role). TV: Second City TV, and Saturday Night Live.

    1963 Édouard Belin b. 1876 French engineer. He made the first telephoto transmission (1907). Using his own invention, he sent one from Paris to Lyon to Bordeaux and back to Paris.

    1957 Dr. Evarts Ambrose Graham b. 1883 American physician. He performed the first successful lung removal operation by removing the cancerous lung of a fellow physician, curing the patient (1933). He was one of the first to note that almost all lung cancer patients were habitual smokers. He himself, a long term-smoker before quitting, died of lung cancer.

    1952 Sir Charles Scott Sherrington b. 1857 English physiologist. He shared the 1932 Nobel Prize in medicine with E.D. Adrian for the discovery of the neurons.

    1950 Adam Rainer b. circa 1898 giant (7 ft. 8 in. tall). At age 21 he was 3 ft. 10½ inches, making him the only known person to have been both a dwarf and a giant.

    1938 George Foster Peabody b. 1852 American banker, director of the Federal Reserve Bank at New York (1914-21). The Peabody broadcasting awards were created in his honor (1940).

    1883 John Graham Chambers b. 1843 British sportsman, defined the Marquess of Queensberry boxing rules (1867), which established the mandatory use of gloves, the ten-count rule, and three-minute rounds.

    561 Pelagius I b. ???? Italian religious leader, 60th Pope (555-561).

  6. March 4, 2015 at 12:23 pm

  7. 18 GGail
    March 4, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Helllllllooooooo Chips!

  8. 21 57andfemale
    March 4, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    • 22 GGail
      March 4, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      And yet, this request screams “I have sooooo many wealthy donors, that I can ask them to only give $1 M apiece and I’ll still be racking in the dough!”

    • 24 jacquelineoboomer
      March 4, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      What a totally narcissistic f— that f—er is! I can barely stand it. Somebody please cut his campaign off at his narcissistic knees right now. Please.

      Other than ^^^ , have a nice day, everybody! Sun’s shinin’ here, so I’m good.

  9. March 4, 2015 at 12:28 pm

  10. 26 Don
    March 4, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    You got a private email account that you did government business on, ok fine. But now we find out that some guy built you a home email server that nobody knew about, girl bye.

    • 27 Deb
      March 4, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      I agree. I think some other Democrats need to get in this Presidential race. Hillary can implode.

    • March 4, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      The other charming piece is that with this set-up, she gets to choose which emails are archived. LOLz.

      • 30 debz
        March 4, 2015 at 12:56 pm

        How can someone who has been preparing to be President since 1999 be so stupid. For all of the talk from the Pumas and keyboard liberals, telling us how smart Hillary is, and how tough she is because of “all her experience,” she should have known the gop would be all over this.

        • 31 57andfemale
          March 4, 2015 at 2:19 pm

          I have had serious questions about Hillary’s competence for a very long time. She was in the right place at the right time to be considered Presidential material, but is she really? she had a chance to match greatness with PBO in 2008, and she made a choice to crawl into the gutter. She has always been disorganized as an administrator.

          To be so blind to what the GOP would look for is frankly terrifying.

          We need to win in 2016. If she is truly inept and incapable of rising above her competition to inspire the rest of the country and prove we are in good hands, then let’s find someone who can do the job.

          • 32 nospin
            March 4, 2015 at 5:32 pm

            “she had a chance to match greatness with PBO in 2008, and she made a choice to crawl into the gutter. She has always been disorganized as an administrator. Let’s find someone who can do the job.”

            lots of choices. Biden for one is my preference.

            • 33 Obama Grandmama
              March 5, 2015 at 1:25 am

              My oldest son was in a business in 2008 that provided services for campaigns. Hillary’s outfit stiffed them while Obama’s paid his bills promptly.

        • March 4, 2015 at 2:52 pm

          It’s about being incredibly tone-deaf and incapable of understanding the kind of thing that can erode trust.

  11. 35 Linda
    March 4, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Netanyahu Speech Flops As Democratic Senators Withdraw Their Support For Iran Bill

    If Hill Republicans thought Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Tuesday address would build broad support for having Congress review any nuclear deal with Iran, they thought wrong.

    By the end of the day Tuesday, key Democratic senators had pulled their support for just such a bill after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced he was fast-tracking the legislation, bringing it to the Senate floor for debate as soon as next week, short-circuiting committee deliberations that Democrats say are necessary to perfect it.


  12. March 4, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    ~I actually think that Yglesias’ argument about “both sides” is dangerous. As Republicans continue to take unprecedented steps against Democrats – like impeachment over a sex scandal, requiring that the first African American president produce his birth certificate, taking the country to the brink of economic disaster over raising the debt ceiling, requiring that any legislation in the Senate garner a super-majority to pass, and bringing in a foreign leader to speak to Congress specifically to undermine our President’s foreign policy – we need to be clear about where the problem lies if we are going to have any chance of solving it.~

  13. 42 Dakota
    March 4, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Hello Everyone!

    Been trying to catch up on all the threads. Love the way the repugs got their asses handed to them yesterday. Hopefully, the SCOTUS will pile on today with a defeat for King, which looks likely.

    Has we heard from GoBrooklyn? Did I miss anything?

  14. March 4, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Toddlers in the WH obsess over e-mail and server. That’s the Armageddon today!

  15. March 4, 2015 at 1:14 pm

  16. March 4, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Why not? He is best friend with another (old) presidential candidate!

    • 46 miss pat
      March 4, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      Who will be First Lady? Unless his sweetheart divorces his wife which is highly unlikely. I wish he would run; I want to read all about him from his early years on up.. oh, the closets might be so full they will be spilling secrets for days. The tabloids will be having a field day and remember folks: if it no go so; it nearly go so. Bring it on!. .

      • 47 0388jojothecat
        March 4, 2015 at 4:09 pm

        Soon as the nonMSM start digging into his past he will crumple like a linen suit. Too bad Jon Stewart won’t be around to make fun of LG getting the vapors…..I do declare.

      March 4, 2015 at 2:23 pm


  17. March 4, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Good grief! More questions on e-mail. Inquiries are asked around, about, on, how the WH didn’t know.

  18. 50 Don
    March 4, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Interesting WH presser, Josh has a smirk on his face like “go ask Hillary about her email stuff” and on top of it he’s almost like not really defending Hillary. LOL!

  19. 53 Don
    March 4, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Yep, Josh isn’t tryhing to bail out Team Clinton at all. They knew goddamn well what the laws and rules were. Private email server, child please!

  20. 54 Linda
    March 4, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Betty Nguyen is an American news anchor with NBC News and MSNBC.

    I wonder how she feels about being put on The Thomas Roberts show as a weather girl.

    This new show and the format are pitiful

  21. 55 Nena20409
    March 4, 2015 at 1:29 pm

  22. March 4, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    “Private email server, child please!” 😀 Yep!!!

  23. March 4, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    That’s what I like with some groups. They are well organized.

  24. 63 Vicki
    March 4, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Hopefruit and I expressed views yesterday that Team Clinton had leaked the e-mail story in order to get airtime. A PR stunt. The usual “defending and distancing” DINOS taking center stage to defend Lady Walmart.

    Can this scheme be backfiring??
    According to Don and Bob it may be blowing up in their faces.

    • 64 Don
      March 4, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      But what is very interesting in this email story is that not one single journalist at the presser believes that President Obama did anything wrong.

  25. 65 Don
    March 4, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    LOL!! Someone just ask Josh if he believed followed the law.

  26. March 4, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    By Zeus!!!!

    The last WH question raised by a toddler about whether or not the WH would help Traitor Edward Snowden return because “he wants to return home” made me cry out loud. Josh’s answer was on the spot: This Administration would like to see Mr. Snowden return and will see that the full force of the law is applied (paraphrasing here).

  27. March 4, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    House committee to subpoena e-mails from Clinton’s personal account

    A House investigative committee is preparing to send out subpoenas later today to gather a deeper look into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s nearly exclusive use of personal e-mails to do her official business as the government’s top diplomat, according to people familiar with the probe.

    • 74 Don
      March 4, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      LOL!!!! I am dying laughing. You just know that Hillary sent some fucked up emails about everybody that she thought would never see the light of day.

      Readying the popcorn!

    • March 4, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      Well the @GOP finally found Hillary’s #BlueDress and they are going to rip it to shreds from now until she either decides not to run (her best option) or for however long she hangs on as a candidate ….

      BTW, the lapse of judgement and sheer arrogance of doing what she did is, rules or no rules, reveals the Clinton penchant for ‘above the law.’

      • 77 idon
        March 4, 2015 at 2:50 pm

        I can just hear PBO’s words to VPJoe back in fall of 2014. Wait for it! And VPJoe’s response today? BOOM goes the clintonmite

        • 78 jackiegrumbacher
          March 4, 2015 at 3:44 pm

          If you’ll also note that Josh emphasized the critical role that VP Biden is playing in Iraq with regular phone calls to the Iraqi prime minister. I don’t think these references to Biden are accidental. I think the push is on to put Biden front and center as the logical person to step into the White House in 2016. You can be sure our vice president obeys every law in the book when it comes to e-mail security and he doesn’t have an international organization that accepts foreign $$$s.

      • 79 nospin
        March 4, 2015 at 5:48 pm

        “BTW, the lapse of judgement and sheer arrogance of doing what she did is, rules or no rules, reveals the Clinton penchant for ‘above the law.’

        say it again Bobfr. There is no defending the indefensible.

        • 80 Obama Grandmama
          March 5, 2015 at 1:37 am

          Yup! The above it all control the outcome and what others see is the old political way of not being transparent. Joe has been doing really relevant work during his whole VP time. I vote Joe!

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  29. March 4, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Always a joy to spread the good work of this administration.

    • 89 0388jojothecat
      March 4, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      According to Bernie Saunders congress can only look at the proposals, you can’t make copies, take notes, it’s all done in secret. I trust PBO and not these spineless DEMS.

  30. 90 idon
    March 4, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Chips, Nerdy are you gonna post a link to AG Holder’s speech that is supposed to start around 3. I don’t watch cable news.

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  32. 97 57andfemale
    March 4, 2015 at 2:32 pm

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  35. March 4, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Override veto of the Keystone Pipeline KXL failed. POTUS’s veto stands its ground!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yes 62 No 37

  36. 107 jacquelineoboomer
    March 4, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    The President aka our Chessmaster just signed the DHS funding bill. Of course he did!

  37. 108 Nerdy Wonka
    March 4, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    WHOA. Thursday will be intense.

  38. 109 Vicki
    March 4, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    There is now a New Democratic Coalition. Stated mission is to turn the democratic party away from the Warren “demonization of business” and towards a moderate path.
    DLC, redux, clearly.
    Old, old smelly wine in new bottles.

    I expect this to get lots of play as the media and 1% tighten their grasp.

  39. 110 jacquelineoboomer
    March 4, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    All these fluff pieces (who cares what she did) about Hillary at this point – the year before the election – are all the more reason why she should not be the Dem candidate in 2016. The GOP hates the Clintons and, unfortunately, both seem to have left loose ends wherever they went. We need a clean candidate who will KEEP the White House for WE THE PEOPLE, because we cannot return to a Republican president … we have living proof of Murphy’s Law in the latter case.

    • 111 0388jojothecat
      March 4, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      I know, they HATE PBO but they HATE the Clintons not quite as much but they hate them and the obstruction will not stop or go away with HRC.

      • 112 jacquelineoboomer
        March 4, 2015 at 7:26 pm

        They hated Bill when he was Arkansas governor, and both of them the first time he ran for president, and that’s never changed. So, yeah, who needs to bring all that back up again? No, thanks.,

  40. March 4, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    I am pretty sure that there is a doctor on the roster of Obamacare for this sort of disease or “disorder” magnitude.

    Or maybe, that’s what one does when one knows that the moment of capitulation is near. 😉

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