President Obama Makes a Personnel Announcement

12:0 EDT: The President will announce his nomination of Gen. Joseph F. Dunford to be the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

141 Responses to “President Obama Makes a Personnel Announcement”

  1. 1 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Hi! 😎

  2. 23 jackiegrumbacher
    May 5, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Morning all. I hope this is an appointment the President can make without congressional approval.

    • 24 Nena20409
      May 5, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      It needs Senate’s approval.
      Senate will get done in No Time…..they love the Military…..so GOPers say.

  3. 25 amk for obama
    May 5, 2015 at 11:59 am


  4. 31 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 12:01 pm

  5. 32 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 12:02 pm

  6. May 5, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Ok, I’ve been a bad boy for months. I haven’t been using my sleeping apparatus, and I can feel it. Back to it tonight.

    Morning all.

  7. 40 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    • 41 vcprezofan2
      May 5, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      I have nothing against this man – I don’t know him after all, and maybe he was the best candidate for the job. I’d guess it’s because of our not-so-recent discussion here about the ‘colour’ of Oscar nominees but you know what I got from this clip? He was the only Caucasian among 500 latinos for a ‘latino’ role but *he* got the part. smh

      • 42 Dudette
        May 5, 2015 at 12:52 pm

        Yes, that point and some ugly history in the entrainment world is definitely not lost on me. I’d like to think he just aced the casting and really was the best choice. I had no idea he wasn’t authentically Latino until I saw this clip. He’s inhabited the role so perfectly over the years.

        • 43 vcprezofan2
          May 5, 2015 at 12:56 pm

          Well I’ll leave the topic with the thought that they really wanted an ‘actor’ as opposed to authenticity.

        • 47 arapaho415
          May 5, 2015 at 3:26 pm

          Was taken aback also by his casual comment about Latinos, but I don’t think he meant it in a bad way.

          I don’t drink beer, don’t have a TV (and even when I did, almost always muted commercials), but I think he thought a Mexican brand (Dos XX — sounds Latino, probably owned by a German conglomerate, what do I know, LOL) wouldn’t even consider a non-Latino in the role, so was casting himself as the underdog, not the ruling power.

          But appreciate his reference to “his friend,” Lorenzo Lamas, who oozed “the most interesting man in the world” sex appeal.

  8. May 5, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    So. Mikey Huckabee. God’s really fucking with the GOP field. “No, really, YOU’RE the one I want running. Honest!”

  9. 56 Vicki
    May 5, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Mayor of NYC Bill de Blasio announced a full blown effort to update and change rent regulations in his City, for the sole benefit of the residents.
    It is the First Time in NYC history that its Mayor has stood entirely with the tenants and dared to take on the Very Powerful Real Estate interests.

    Good article in the NY Daily News which is a GOP/Bloomberg type establishment. It is exceedingly rare for them to bother about the 99%.

    • May 5, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      That’s great, Vicki. I hope there’s something concrete achieved.

      If it weren’t for rent control and protections in San Francisco, there’s no way a lot of people could live here. Rents have tripled in the last few years, thanks to a huge influx of the wealthiest.

    • 58 arapaho415
      May 5, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Know nothing about NYC real estate, aside from its astronomical prices.

      Saw an article last Nov in the NYTimes (can’t find it now), about the gentrification of some section in Queens — don’t recall much about the article, but I swear it was talking about $12,000/month apartments.

      How anyone can afford to live there, other than the 1%, is beyond me.

    • 59 theo67
      May 5, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      This is why I wonder about Bloomberg’s popularity. How did he become so popular when he did so little for the real citizens of that city, and not just the Wall Street banksters…

      • 60 Vicki
        May 5, 2015 at 4:45 pm

        Theo—as far as i know Michael Bloomberg was popular only amongst the paid-off media propagandists. And some 1% as selfish and clueless as he is.
        Actual New Yorkers, like me, detested El Bloombito

        • 61 theo67
          May 5, 2015 at 10:05 pm

          Good to hear from the regular people. I have a 1%-wanna-be friend who raves about him, and we’ve had some real drag-out “debates” about this subject. It’s completely crazy!

  10. May 5, 2015 at 12:13 pm

  11. May 5, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    • 65 Vicki
      May 5, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      No surprise whatsoever! Dave loves Our President as much as we do. At least that’s how it looked to me.

      Next I’d like to see Joe and Jill Biden on with Dave.

  12. 66 vcprezofan2
    May 5, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Curious: Is it the norm now when you sign in to twitter to always get an ad as your first tweet?

    • May 5, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Yep. I recommend installing AdBlock Plus on your browsers. That gets rid of Twitter ads.

      • 68 vcprezofan2
        May 5, 2015 at 1:00 pm

        Oh, so it’s not that I was the chosen one. 😀 Thanks for clarifying that.

        Lib_L, you don’t want to encourage *me* to add anything on to my laptop because anytime *I* do that I wreck up something else, and it’s guaranteed to be something that I really do want. Thanks for the solution though.

      • 69 Dudette
        May 5, 2015 at 1:02 pm

        Ooh good tip! Wonder if that applies to the phone app too.

  13. 72 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 5, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Shallow moment…

    LOVE Ms. Rice’s jacket!

  14. 74 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 1:08 pm

  15. 75 Nena20409
    May 5, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Congrats Dudette on your Au ⭐
    Hello TOD.
    Sunny. Beautiful. Slight Breeze. Perfect. Could get to 70F today.
    Congrats to the Au ⭐ winners of the last 2 posts.
    Wow…..that Gown worn by Beyonce…….wow……there was nothing left to be seen or to be said……wow.
    OK, moving on…… 😉
    Fantastic Early Bird and Rise and Shine.

  16. 77 Nena20409
    May 5, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    • May 5, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      Does anyone understand this exclusivity rule the DNC put out today? I confess I don’t get it.

      • 79 Dudette
        May 5, 2015 at 2:11 pm

        Missed that. Got a link?

      • 81 Dudette
        May 5, 2015 at 3:37 pm

        I don’t get what this exclusivity is about or how they think it would sit well with voters and groups that they can’t invite candidates to debate issues important to their members. Sounds like they slept right thru midterms and never woke up.

        • May 5, 2015 at 3:46 pm

          Yeah, why tighten the free exchange of ideas and policies? Why limit the public’s ability to learn about all the candidates, whomever they may be? Why have such a tight grip on the process? I’m feeling very cynical about the way this is proceeding.

          • 83 Vicki
            May 5, 2015 at 5:20 pm

            Lady Walmart was destroyed in the debates of 2008. By candidates that had no chance like Chris Dodd. I think that this is an effort to pre-control damage.

        • 84 nospin
          May 5, 2015 at 6:34 pm

          buying the Presidency. smdh!

      • 85 arapaho415
        May 5, 2015 at 3:39 pm

        Agree with you, Meta.

        The party of inclusiveness is now wielding an exclusivity clause in the pursuit of the democratic process?

        So many people watch online, so aside from who the debate moderators are (asking lame “gotcha” questions or ferreting for gossip, it doesn’t matter which TV network is sponsoring.

        Makes no sense to me, either.

        • May 5, 2015 at 6:22 pm

          Does the President have any say over the DNC….

          i find it ironic that he raises money for them…but they turned their backs on him in 2010 and 2014…to say nothing of 2016…

    • 87 arapaho415
      May 5, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      James Fallows, fellow Californian, former Carter speechwriter (colleague of Chris Matthews) should ask interesting questions — he’s got a wide array of interests, and unlike MSM has been to just about everyplace in the world, including raising his sons in Japan (1980s) and living in China (during the ’00s):

  17. 89 Nena20409
    May 5, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    LIVE, already in Progress…….at the WH, the Hon Josh “The Voice” Earnest is at the Podium

  18. 91 Allison
    May 5, 2015 at 1:23 pm

  19. 92 Nena20409
    May 5, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Hey Dems in IL, Competition is OK……and on this race, If you don’t want Kirk to win re-election, Let it not get Ugly…..just saying…..

    • May 5, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      yanno…these Dems are always shooting themselves in the foot….you have to wonder what is going on in Illinois…they could not even have their Dem Gov…reelected…and now this…truly amazing

      • 94 Dudette
        May 5, 2015 at 3:38 pm

        Have to agree with you there pf58

      • 95 forus50
        May 5, 2015 at 4:34 pm

        In defense of us Illinoisans in this last election we had a very weak governor both in terms of personal campaigning ability and style and more importantly didn’t have any strong convictions expressed in his ads or in the debates and finally he had a very poor organization. He didn’t get involved in the roll out of Obamacare and therefore didn’t know shit about how to use it to his advantage during the election. It was awful. I went to try to do some door to door one weekend and the address where we were supposed to show up was wrong, no one knew where we were supposed to be, etc. The end result was that Governor Quinn had zero GOTV tactics that worked. I personally met him and had my picture taken with him at a business event about a month before the election and he was so meek it was embarrassing. I said I would vote for him and he mumbled something back. WTH. The LEAST he could have done was say thank you so much, I hope you can get out and help and get your friends and family to vote too as this is so important. And this wasn’t where there were people waiting in line to meet him or anything; he was just standing around.

        On the other side, his opponent ran a very smart campaign. His TV ads were all about how he had bipartisan support with his wife a Dem and urban blacks in Chicago backing him, he didn’t come across as crazy tea party, yada yada. Even though it’s a Dem state it is not at all uncommon for a Republican as governor here. Rauner is a friggin disaster but I would have been shocked if he had lost against Quinn’s incompetent campaign.

        • May 5, 2015 at 4:48 pm

          But where was the state org. I am always peeved at how the dems had the best campaigner ever yet they have learned nothing!!

          • 97 forus50
            May 5, 2015 at 5:08 pm

            You’re absolutely right. I was part of OFA; never ONCE have I been asked to volunteer.or anything for the state Dem party Maybe others here know something about it but it seems to be invisible to me.

            • 98 Dudette
              May 5, 2015 at 6:09 pm

              Same this applies to Georgia. GA Dems never coordinate squat with OFA, which is btw a much better run org. It’s terribly frustrating that they don’t leverage each other’s strengths.

  20. 100 Nena20409
    May 5, 2015 at 1:32 pm

  21. 103 Nena20409
    May 5, 2015 at 1:37 pm

  22. 104 Nena20409
    May 5, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Beautiful act.

  23. 107 Nena20409
    May 5, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Another kind way to stamp out ….one individual…. from homelessness.

  24. May 5, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    The list keeps growing:

    “Carlson, who was going into his eighth NFL season, has been going through the strength and conditioning program and took part in the first day of Phase 2 on-field work Monday. He was originally drafted by Seattle and also played in Minnesota before coming to Arizona. He had dealt with concussion issues before signing with the Cardinals, but was healthy in 2014 as the Cards’ top tight end….continued”

  25. May 5, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Ouch ….

    Smack ….

    Hope everyone’s having a good day …. bbl …..

    • May 5, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Wanted to add this before departing ….

      ” If he had received seven or eight Knesset seats instead of six, Lieberman could have probably blocked Netanyahu’s way back to the Prime Minister’s Office entirely. With his six, he was forced to opt for making Netanyahu’s life miserable: instead of finishing off Netanyahu’s career in one fell swoop, he is now condemning him to the political equivalent of Chinese Water Torture. In a coalition of only 61 Members of the Knesset, Netanyahu is doomed to twist in the wind, beholden to the whims and caprices of each and every parliamentary joker. At the hands of Lieberman the alchemist, Netanyahu’s great electoral victory has metamorphosed into a grueling and ultimately humiliating political grind.

      Wittingly or unwittingly, Lieberman has thus bestowed on many of his greatest critics on the left a gift made ever more precious by the simple fact that it was so unexpected: Schadenfreude. ”


  26. 117 JER
    May 5, 2015 at 2:40 pm

  27. 118 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 5, 2015 at 2:43 pm

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  29. May 5, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    • 121 Sandy1110
      May 5, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Too true. Some people (of course not ALL) love to appropriate the food, drink, style and look and accomplishments of other cultures…if only they didn’t have to be bothered with the actual MEMBERS of those cultures.

  30. 122 arapaho415
    May 5, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    What neither Bill Clinton or Mike Huckabee will tell you…

  31. 123 jacquelineoboomer
    May 5, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Wanted to wish sweet CanadaBarb4Obama a very, very Happy Birthday today! Watch out for those Taurus women – they’ll make you their “friend for life”!

  32. May 5, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    • 126 globalcitizenlinda
      May 5, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      Is there no other person in the whole country who can do this job

      • May 5, 2015 at 5:24 pm

        Actually, no, there isn’t.

        Avigdor Lieberman, who was FM in the previous cabinet, ratfucked Netanyahu and went into opposition. So Bibi, if he’s even able to do this, will only be able to cobble together a 61-seat majority. That a majority of 2 seats, which means we’ll be at the election rollercoaster again in 6 months. Bibi was sure Lieberman would bend over and join the coalition. Lieberman was more interested in making Bibi squeal like a pig. And again, there’s no guarantee Bibi will be able to put a coalition together, as Naftali Bennett is waffling.

    • 128 Vicki
      May 5, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      I wish my Yiddish was better. I don’t know how to say “asshole.”

  33. 130 vcprezofan2
    May 5, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    // ………………………….

    As regular readers know, I’ve been closely following President Obama’s Clemency Initiative, so – of course – that peaked my attention. Fournier is reacting to this recent article by Gregory Korte in USA Today and provides this quote to back up his contention that the President “hasn’t done his part” when it comes to providing executive clemency.
    As his argument progresses, it becomes clear that Fournier is confusing the statistics above (which have to do with the number of “pardons” presidents have granted) with the focus of President Obama’s Clemency Initiative (which is the “commutation” of a sentence). Typically pardons are granted as forgiveness of a crime after the sentence has been served while commutation is an early release for those currently in prison.

    If Fournier had bothered to do just a simple google search, he could have found this chart …


    …that breaks down all the stats you need to know about pardons and commutations by presidents going back to William McKinley.



  34. 131 Allison
    May 5, 2015 at 4:02 pm

  35. 132 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 5, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    “With summer time quickly approaching and the school year coming to a close, now is the perfect time for youth to seek summer employment opportunities.

    Thanks to the efforts of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCrary, more NYC youth will have an opportunity to do just that. The two leaders have managed to collect $3.2 million in private donations to fund the development of the Center for Youth Employment, in hopes to offer more local teens and young adults with employment options…”

    • 133 Vicki
      May 5, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      Mayor de Blasio is on a roll.
      The 1% crowd is squealing loudly because he failed to appear at their fancy dress Met gala last night.
      Too busy helping New Yorkers keep their homes.

  36. 134 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 5, 2015 at 4:49 pm

  37. 135 Vicki
    May 5, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    BWD has tweets announcing ferry service and more airlines to Cuba!!!! Bravo, President Obama and all who helped to bring this breakthrough!!

  38. 137 vcprezofan2
    May 5, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    This totally shocked me!!! Even though the article was dated yesterday I still cannot believe that Tamir is not yet buried – seems totally wrong and unacceptable to me.

    In late November, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer after two officers responded to a 911 call that someone was brandishing a weapon in a park (it was an airsoft gun). Some five months later, his family is still not any closer to resolution. In fact, they haven’t even been able to bury Tamir’s body.

    The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department’s ongoing criminal investigation of the officers’ actions have delayed the burial, the family says in a motion filed Monday.

    “Because it is unknow [sic] whether there may need to be an additional medical examination; the body of Tamir Rice has not be put to rest,” says the motion, published by Cleveland.com. “Tamir Rice not being finally laid to rest prevents emotional healing and incurs a daily expense. The foot dragging of this investigation has now spanned three seasons.”

    It is not a mystery what happened to Tamir Rice. The shooting was caught on video, and shows an officer firing at Rice seconds after arriving at the scene. “In that video,” the motion says, “it is clear that Tamir Rice was shot within a [sic] one second of the officers arrival and he was never given an opportunity to comply with any verbal commands (if they actually had been given).”

    ……………………………… //


    • May 5, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      I heard about this yesterday and I was shock when I heard that Tamir Rice was not buried yet.

      • 139 vcprezofan2
        May 5, 2015 at 5:29 pm

        Annieb, this seems totally wrong to me. How can the family start to get *some* closure if they haven’t even been able to take possession of their relative’s body months after his murder?

  39. 141 Vicki
    May 5, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    I responded upthread to Meta’s, Arapaho’s, and Dudette’s concerns about the DNC setting strict guidelines regarding debaes.

    In addition, I must add that if you believe in your candidate, then strict control isn’t a priority. If you believe in your candidate you trust that he/she can and will handle anything thrown at them by a competitor.

    The DNC has been pushing HRC in our faces every day in every way they can manage to do so. Bullying us into accepting the inevitable and backing that up by baring the door if and when they can.

    If the candidate was PBO, his backers would welcome all comers because none of them could pose a threat.

    As has been written widely today, If PBO was the candidate in 2016 he’d win easily.

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