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The President’s Day

President Obama meets with Afghan President Ghani in the Oval Office. This marks the first meeting between the two presidents at the White House following the 2014 presidential election, which produced the first democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan’s history

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U.S. President Obama speaks at a joint news conference at the White House in Washington

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Boston Globe: US To Slow Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. will slow its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, maintaining 9,800 troops in the country through the end of 2015 instead of cutting the number by about half as originally planned. ‘‘Afghanistan remains a very dangerous place,’’ Obama said in explaining his decision at a press conference after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s first visit to the White House since his election six months ago.

Obama added that the size of the U.S. troop presence for 2016 will be decided later this year. Ghani had asked Obama to slow the withdrawal because Afghan security forces are bracing for a tough spring fighting season and are also contending with Islamic State fighters looking to recruit on their soil. The original plan was to cut the U.S. force to 5,500 by the end of this year. ‘‘This visit is an opportunity to begin a new chapter between our two nations,’’ Obama said after meeting with Ghani in the Oval Office.

More here

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Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Advisor Susan Rice listen during the press conference

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U.S. Secretary of State Kerry greets Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah prior to joint news conference at the White House in Washington

Secretary of State John Kerry greets Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah

U.S. President Obama reacts to comment by Afghanistan President Ghani during joint news conference at the White House in Washington

U.S. President Obama and Afghanistan President Ghani depart a joint news conference at the White House in Washington


143 Responses to “The President’s Day”


  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    March 24, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Home!

  2. March 24, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks a gazillllllllllllllion Nerdy, I didn’t get to see the press conference today so looking forward to catching up. Thank you again Legend!

  3. March 24, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Had just posted this inspiring story – bottom of previous thread ….

  4. March 24, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    one more explosion of racism on a college campuse…so many have come to the public attention…in the past year….couple this the increase in police killings of unarmed blk folks and the lynching of 2 men in the past two years….is this an attempt to put fear in the hearts of blk folks..

    • March 24, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      And the Master Race doesn’t know the difference between “where” and “we’re”.

    • 28 GGail
      March 24, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      The first commenter has the best response…”To the AA student who was the subject as well as other AA students, stay focused on exceling in school, volunteering in your community and being your very best. Don’t get sidetracked by the stupidity of some. Just stay the course because the big prize and the sweetest revenge is your success.”

      Let’s focus on the positive, and let them deal with the fear and knowledge that we WILL succeed.

      • 29 nospin
        March 24, 2015 at 9:50 pm

        “The first commenter has the best response…”To the AA student who was the subject as well as other AA students, stay focused on exceling in school, volunteering in your community and being your very best. Don’t get sidetracked by the stupidity of some. Just stay the course because the big prize and the sweetest revenge is your success.”

        and that is exactly what I tell my children.

        • 30 GGail
          March 24, 2015 at 10:39 pm

          Right on nospin

          From the moment we were brought over in ships, the goal was to keep us under their control because of the jealously of our regal bearings, our pride, our finely chiseled men, but time and again, we rise. We refuse to let their fear decide our destiny.

      • March 25, 2015 at 10:24 am

        i think…that we can focus on the positive but the danger to us is real

  5. March 24, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    I’m getting a very sick feeling about January 2017. UHG.

  6. March 24, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    They all have such a relaxed, happy look and they look comfortable with each other. What an INCREDIBLE difference that Aghani election made. Ridding Afghanistan of Karzai and electing men who genuinely want to heal their country and have good relationships with their allies. It’s wonderful to see.

    • 38 GGail
      March 24, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Yes, TME, it is wonderful to see

      • 39 carolyn
        March 24, 2015 at 8:53 pm

        I was thinking the same positive thoughts about President Ghani. He found so many commonalities with PBO…..his profession, anthropologist, like PBO’s mom, his alma mater, Columbia, like PBO……wow. Also, very impressed that he laid a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier; indeed showing respect for what we did for his country. I have great confidence in this new relationship, and great hope for the future.

  7. March 24, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Can I just say that I’m one tired librarian right now?

  8. 41 GGail
    March 24, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks NW for this wrap up

  9. March 24, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    ….historically low mortgage rates and rock solid job growth has raised expectations among many economists of home sales continuing to improve with the weather….

    • 43 Betsy
      March 24, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      Please pray for my 24 yr old daughter who has had lots of “jobs” but nothing that she can really earn enough money from. She eventually wants to get her teaching credential and become an elementary school teacher, but right now while she’s doing courses, she needs to earn enough money to pay her rent, etc. She really needs prayer for the right job and I’m feeling very discouraged for her.

      • 44 carolyn
        March 24, 2015 at 9:18 pm

        Betsy, I feel for you. I’ve been where you are now with my own daughter. She really prepared for nothing in college, she was NOT going to teach! (both her parents were college professors) She tried so many dead end jobs, and finally, yes, she got a teaching job. We have what is called alternative certification here in Oklahoma, which enabled her to get a job at a charter school (where they are nor particular about certification for hiring) and then work toward her certification while teaching. She just had to take some subject curriculum tests and stay a year, and she was certified. She’s not teaching now, but she still has her certification and can again if she chooses. Hang in there! I’ll be praying for her, as I did for my own daughter.

        • 45 Betsy
          March 24, 2015 at 9:23 pm

          Thank you for understanding Carolyn. My D got a Bfa in Musical Theater which will actually help her in the classroom, but it took 2 years after graduation for her to realize she does want to teach. Anyway, I need and she needs all the prayers we can get, so thanks again.

      • 46 GGail
        March 24, 2015 at 9:21 pm

        Betsy, I’m so sorry your daughter is struggling. Continuing her studies is paramount to improving her financial situation and maybe looking for a temp agency where her skills will be better utilized and thus better salaries. She will be added to my prayers.

        • 47 Betsy
          March 24, 2015 at 9:25 pm

          She’s trying temp agencies, even extra work on movie and tv shows, she does radio calls which pay well, but are not regular. Thanks for your prayers.

      • March 24, 2015 at 9:21 pm

        I used to score standardized tests for Educational Testing Service at a physical site in a city about an hour from me and also scored online at home. A person had to have an undergraduate degree, train and pass tests to score. She can do a google search for and see if there are more opportunities. Pay varies depending on what a person scores, but mine was usually around $10 hour or a little more. It’s cyclical. There is work when students take standardized tests, but it’s a good resource to have when a person is looking for a job or wants to make some extra money for any reason. ETS has all kinds of tests. Online a person self-trains and must pass tests to score each day.

        I don’t have the stats, but a huge percentage of jobs come from networking with friends, family, co-workers. I believe if the two of you just keep putting your desires out there, opportunities will come to her.

        https://www.ets.org/scoring_opportunities/

        Constructed-response scoring professionals are part-time employees who are Readers for the College Board’s Advanced Placement® (AP®) Program or other testing programs, and/or Raters associated with ETS’s TOEIC®, TOEFL®, Praxis® and GRE® programs. Work schedules are varied and cyclical throughout the year, depending on the number of test takers and test administrations.

        I also did substitute teaching even though I didn’t have a teaching degree or certificate. Again, very part-time, but it brings in money when needed.

        Are you on Twitter? If so, you could send me a private message and we could find a better way to communicate if you want more info.

        • 49 Betsy
          March 24, 2015 at 9:24 pm

          Thanks so much for your information! Yes, my handle is @bbkenn92

        • 50 TrumpDog
          March 24, 2015 at 10:20 pm

          Oh wow this is weird! My sister just told me she applied for this and got a response. She’s in the process of getting her paperwork together (you have to provide proof of degree, get the 1099 notarized(?), stuff like that). Job is supposed to run April to June, you do 20 hrs a week scoring. It sounds rather interesting and best of all she will be working from home. She expecting now so that will work out for when the baby comes.

          Sounds like a good opportunity.

      • 51 Jeff
        March 24, 2015 at 9:41 pm

        this is painful 😦

        Teaching is a tough job and I’ve always stood by teachers because they seem to have one of the most difficult times in an age where they aren’t valued like they should. I to am in school and am getting a degree in architectural design. Looking into getting into work study.

      • 54 MightyPamela
        March 24, 2015 at 10:22 pm

        _/I\_

  10. March 24, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Testing…

  11. March 24, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    OK – here’s something tangentially related to PBO – does anyone remember this? I was just reading my newspapers from the last day or two and here’s an article about how the married duo “The Weepies” has settled here in Iowa City. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/entertainment/music/2015/03/18/weepies-iowa-city-band/24976503/

    I’ve never heard of them – but the article says “the song “Can’t Go Back Now” was featured in two campaign ads for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.” I just listened to it on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JscAwVu2QI) and 1) I like it, but 2) I don’t remember it! Does anybody here remember it or know this duo?

  12. 57 JER
    March 24, 2015 at 9:09 pm

  13. March 24, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Lots of updates, via RTs, in the sidebar ….

    bbl ….

  14. 60 amk for obama
    March 24, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Identify the clowns.

  15. March 24, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Donna Dem, is this a different pool for tickets????

  16. 71 vcprezofan2
    March 24, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Alll-rrriiight, I *think* I’m all caught up now! /whispering…Now, Ms Nerdy, please don’t give us too, too much to do tonight to offset this state of achievement that I am enjoying. Thanks. 😉 /

  17. 74 Dudette
    March 24, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Hey Everybody!

  18. 92 jacquelineoboomer
    March 24, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Hey, Dudette!

  19. 94 Dudette
    March 24, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    I’m woefully behind on all the happenings. Much catching up to do. Anything extra good happen today? 😀

  20. 106 amk for obama
    March 24, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    indeed.

  21. March 24, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Sources: Obama daughter visits Wesleyan University

    MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) –
    A member of the Obama family is on the college tour circuit, and made a stop in Connecticut.

    Sources said Malia Obama visited Wesleyan University in Middletown on Tuesday.

    The university did not make any comments.

    The 16-year-old also reportedly visited Princeton University on Monday and is scheduled to visit Brown University in Rhode Island soon.

    Read more: http://www.wfsb.com/story/28605382/sources-obama-daughter-visits-wesleyan-university#ixzz3VMNgYf5C

  22. March 24, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Tough to do with only 140 characters, but I tried ….

  23. 123 Dudette
    March 24, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    I have discovered a new game (well new to me) called “Trivia Crack”. They’re not kidding! I’ve been obsessed since downloading it a couple days ago. Pretty sure I’ll need an intervention soon.

  24. 124 vcprezofan2
    March 24, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Working tomorrow, so I’m wisely saying ‘Night-night!’ for now.

  25. 140 Dudette
    March 24, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Welp, uh… She’s right.

  26. 142 Dudette
    March 24, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Alright where’s lamh? Got a present for youuuuuu! 🙂

    • 143 mtmarilyn
      March 24, 2015 at 11:45 pm

      I’m not lamh, but I’ll take it. What a lovely way to end the evening. Great bedtime treat. Thanks.


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