President Hosts Discussion with YSEALI Fellows

2:10 EDT: The President hosts a discussion with Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Fellows, East Room


Earlier today:

142 Responses to “President Hosts Discussion with YSEALI Fellows”

  1. 1 Obama Grandmama
    June 1, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Hi there.

  2. June 1, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Congrats OG 🙂

    Hills is truly clueless ….

    • June 1, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      At first I thought this was an “Onion” kinda thingy, but nope. And, she’s getting fried on Twitter ….


    • 7 Don
      June 1, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      Why the fuck is Team Clinton trying to reinvent the wheel, for fuck’s sake just say you’re going to continue the work of President Obama and be done with it. Somebody go tell Hillary to go sit her ass down somewhere, fucking Roosevelt Island, is that the same island that Clarice was trying to get Dr. Lecter to vacation on?

      • June 1, 2015 at 2:30 pm

        Agree, Don.

        BTW, never saw (or will ever see) Silence of the Lambs so can’t answer your question 😉

        • 9 Don
          June 1, 2015 at 2:33 pm

          What!?!? You never saw Silence of the Lambs!?!? Are you serious, sir, you have gone too far! What kind of person are you!?!?

          • June 1, 2015 at 2:48 pm

            Don, you’re fun!

            Seriously, the day I saw ‘Apocalypse Now’ was the day I stopped viewing anything classified as ‘entertainment’ that contained violence. I’ve had to deal with way too much actual violence to spend money on it — in a movie theater, on a DVD, video over IP, etc.

            • 11 Don
              June 1, 2015 at 3:12 pm

              Bob, you’re killing me, please don’t tell me you didn’t appreciate the beauty of ‘Apocalypse Now’, please spare that bit of blasphemy. I mean when Col. Kurtz laid you his vision of the war to Capt. Willard I almost had an out of body experience. I must say, Bob, sometimes when I come here I come for the express purpose of reading your work. But now, I just don’t know anymore, I mean the 70’s were in my opinion the golden era of cinema. You’re talking about ‘The Godfather I and II’, ‘Taxi’, ‘Serpico’, ‘Prince of the City’ Bob, I am disillusioned.

            • 15 MightyPamela
              June 1, 2015 at 4:34 pm

              ❤ bobfr ❤ One must decide, at some stage of consciousness, what visuals they choose to allow into the brain patterning. Or so it seems. 😉

          • June 1, 2015 at 3:43 pm

            Have you watched the NBC series “Hannibal”, Don? It is pretty intense, dark for a network show…The first two seasons are available on Netflix(I believe) and Season 3 starts in a few weeks. Mads Mikkelsen always plays a good villain and Jillian Anderson(from X-files) is pretty good but I like her better in British series “The Fall”

            • 18 Don
              June 1, 2015 at 3:45 pm

              Oh yes, Jillian Anderson is something special, I love “Hannibal”.

              • June 1, 2015 at 3:58 pm

                I wonder what the new X-files is gonna look like….David Duchovny has a new show “Aquarious” where he plays a cop intertwined with the Charles Manson murders in the 60’s…I recorded the show a few days ago but have not seen an episode yet. Apparently you can stream the whole season on NBC.com if it is to your liking.

                • 20 carolyn
                  June 1, 2015 at 4:22 pm

                  I have to say I agree with Bob on the violence…….there’s enough in the news every day that I don’t want it for “entertainment.” A friend and I went to see Woman in Gold last week (a very good movie) but we sat through at least twenty minutes of gratuitous violence and noise in trailers before the movie started. They were horrible…….
                  Please give us a good story with good acting…….that’s what’s needed as far as I’m concerned.

            • June 1, 2015 at 9:47 pm

              Don’t plan on watching it but the actor seems perfect for the role of Hannibal.

              • June 1, 2015 at 9:48 pm

                CAROL!!! Hi there stranger 🙂 If you like James Bond movies he is the main foe in ‘Casino Royale’

                • June 1, 2015 at 10:12 pm

                  Yes, only reason I know of him. Watched a preview and seemed perfect for the part. I see it as a psych thriller more than violence.

                  • June 1, 2015 at 10:19 pm

                    You described it correctly…although I’m basing that on the first 6-7 episodes of season 1 I watched a couple of years ago. It was one of those shows that caught my initial attention and I haven’t got around to catching up.

                    • June 2, 2015 at 12:00 am

                      So you don’t have to watch every episode to understand it?

                    • June 2, 2015 at 1:56 pm

                      I don’t know where the show is right now missing the ~20 episodes, Carol…..but your premise is correct. The show basically starts out at Quantico with a male lead playing a FBI profiling expert except he is messed up in the head and his psychiatrist is Laurence Fishburne who ends up having the the FBI instructor work with Dr. Hannibal Lectur to try to solve his issues.

  3. June 1, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Our totally mindful Valerie Jarrett!!

    • 29 Don
      June 1, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Good for her, but just recently Bruce…er Caitlyn said that Speaker Boehner and Majority leader McConnell were all for gay rights.

    • 30 GGail
      June 1, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      Awesome Ms Jarret

      • June 1, 2015 at 3:29 pm

        I don’t mean any harm, but I am not interested in Bruce or Caitlyn.

        • 33 GGail
          June 1, 2015 at 4:08 pm

          That’s okay sweetie, not everybody will be annieb.
          If I may, I would ask if you please don’t say anything negative about Caitlyn for you never know who here or lurks might be affected.

          • 34 carolyn
            June 1, 2015 at 4:29 pm

            I have a friend at church who is transgender, brilliant woman. She gave a talk one day in church telling of what she went through before she had the courage and money to make the change. It was riveting and heartbreaking. She and I have a thing going about high heels…..I don’t wear them any more, and she has quite a collection. I told her I admired her for wearing them, but I just couldn’t now. She laughed and said…….I couldn’t wear them until I was 65, and I’m sure going to do it, even if they hurt!
            In her talk she told how she was ostracized by the church she grew up in, and when talking to her pastor about this, he said, well, you could try………our church. She said she didn’t believe a church would love and accept her, but we did, and she told how she’s lost her bitterness and anger because of the love shown her at our church. She is now a deacon. My question is…….what else are churches for?

            • 35 GGail
              June 1, 2015 at 4:38 pm

              That’s wonderful carolyn of you & your church community to welcome and accept this person who is seeking a church home.

            • June 1, 2015 at 6:51 pm

              Wow Ms Carolyn..That is a beautiful story..and a beautiful testimonial for your friend.. What kind of church is it? Pretty much like my son’s church. “Non-De·nom·i·na·tion·al..They welcome all people!! Beautiful atmosphere!!.

            • June 1, 2015 at 9:49 pm

              I love your church community. How are you?

          • June 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm

            GGail I don’t know if you are talking to me, but I will not say anything negative about Caitlyn or Bruce.

          • June 2, 2015 at 1:54 am

            Sorry, GGail, I can’t abide by that. Just because Jenner is transgender doesn’t mean she’s above criticism. This is the fool who thinks the GOP will accept her. This is also the fool who talked shit about President Obama–the same President Obama who today offered support (along with Valerie Jarrett, as shown in her tweet above). Also the same fool who killed a woman recently, which the media simply ignores now.

            Nah, Jenner can go kick rocks.

  4. June 1, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    President Obama’s black tie is a very gracious statement of condolence to the Biden Family.

  5. 57 jacquelineoboomer
    June 1, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    This is a sweet story. Go, Ireland!

  6. 66 Linda
    June 1, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    It was supposed to be a pool report about the Oval Office meeting with Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands during their first official visit, but things got interesting as the press shouted questions at President Obama.

    POTUS was not taking any questions and instead kept repeating, “Thank you so much” as the wrangler tried to usher the press out. Jim Acosta, CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent, asked President Obama if he had any comments about the expiring NSA authority. He got “Zip,” per the pooler.

    So then the White House pool reporter asked the President if he thought Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had learned any lessons (presumably after his epic humiliation Sunday night when he was unable to pass the Patriot Act.

    The gold…

    To that question, Obama looked at the questioner, smiled expansively, and said “thank you.”


  7. 69 57andfemale
    June 1, 2015 at 3:10 pm


    A good read on ACA and the GOP and their conundrum to get rid of ACA, but with a glaring error on the part of the Politico reporter (quelle surprise).

    King v. Burwell is not about whether subsidies are constitutional, but about the intent of the language pertaining to subsidies, Federal and state exchanges.

    I would have been fired from my high school paper for such an error. But this is what gets you a job at Politico.

    June 1, 2015 at 3:28 pm


  9. June 1, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Amazing lessons for the yseali group. PBO gracious and thoughtful as always even in his grief.

  10. June 1, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Our President was superb (again) in his discussion with the Yseali fellows today.
    It must be such a pleasant relief for him to take a respite from the ignorance that permeates our ‘journalists’ and their
    dumb, gotcha questions and instead converse with these intelligent young people.

    Love PBO and all his brilliance. Oh, the black tie was such a nice subtle touch as noted by Bobfr above.

  11. June 1, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    I don’t know if these were posted already, but they are worth watching again if so…

  12. June 1, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    • June 1, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      bbl ….

    • June 1, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      Now I know my glasses need checking, because that sure does not look like 55,000, that doesn’t even look like 55 white people..

    • 79 misspat
      June 1, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      Very large diverse crowd. Is that a Blah man beside the guy in the shades? I hope not. Wait the cameraman is Blah. He gets a pass; man has mouths to feed.

    • 81 GGail
      June 1, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      Diverse? You mean a mixture of men and woman diverse? Because the only black person that I see is a camera man

    • 85 99ts
      June 1, 2015 at 8:54 pm

      You always bring a smile Ms Chips 🙂 🙂

      • June 1, 2015 at 8:56 pm

        🙂 Goooooood morning to ya, 99ts!!

        • 87 99ts
          June 1, 2015 at 8:59 pm

          Hi Ms Chips – I’m up too early these chilly morns – my break time is too short – but good to be browsing TOD.

          • June 1, 2015 at 9:04 pm

            Positively excellent to see ya – spare a thought for Scots and their summer:


            • 89 99ts
              June 1, 2015 at 9:07 pm

              My ancestral home (merged with the Irish in Australia). EVERY UK expat I ever met said they came here for the climate – it sure wasn’t for the politics – just as well the climate has held up.

              • June 1, 2015 at 9:16 pm

                “it sure wasn’t for the politics” 🙂

                Your Irish cousins might be on their way to your front door too – Patti Smith was to play an outdoor concert in Dublin tonight, they had to move it indoors because of, well, the winter weather 🙄

                • 91 99ts
                  June 1, 2015 at 9:25 pm

                  We have had unseasonal rain for the past 3 months – now our landscaper (6 months late) lays the lawn & the rain stops. So 2 hours of my every day I’m watering lawn. Ask your Irish friend to bring the rain with her – thanks in advance.

                  • June 1, 2015 at 9:26 pm

                    🙂 The funniest thing is they’ve introduced water charges in Ireland, to which the population replied:

                    “YOU ARE HAVING A LAUGH!!!!!!!”

                    • 93 99ts
                      June 1, 2015 at 9:31 pm

                      Oh my – that is just SO IRISH
                      My ggg grandfather was born in three different places in Ireland: Dublin, Wexford and Cork – very Irish of him. If there is a place up there he sure got the last laugh.

                    • June 1, 2015 at 9:48 pm

                      Your Irish ancestors’, um, confusion over their life stories always brings tears to my eyes! My mother is from Cork, they’re a fearsome breed, the notion that anyone would confuse their county with Dublin as their birthplace would have them coming after you with pitchforks.

                    • 95 99ts
                      June 1, 2015 at 9:55 pm

                      I’ve never thought of the Irish as fearsome – anyone with little green guys and 4 leave clovers can’t be fearsome (Moms excepted – most of them are seriously fearsome when one is a little ‘un)

                    • June 1, 2015 at 10:06 pm

                      On reflection, not sure about fearsome, but definitely fighty!

                    • 97 99ts
                      June 2, 2015 at 12:34 am

                      No argument with fighty – and my dad (the Irish half) could remember a wrong for 50 years!

  13. 98 Linda
    June 1, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Ha ! I am ” Forbidden ” to send e-mails to Rand Paul.


  14. 107 jacquelineoboomer
    June 1, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    For me, the goddess of dying art forms (like cursive writing), this was so sweet. Postcard from Florida arrived today from two of my 20-something granddaughters … written in cursive just for me! They also added ” … miss you dearly.” Now, even I know “dearly” is a word loved mostly by grandmothers and great grandmothers, and not one they would usually use, so I really had to laugh at that one.

    Sometimes it’s these tiny little acts that make yer day. Life is good.

  15. 112 Judith Fardig
    June 1, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Hoping there will be a sea of orange-clad people across America tomorrow in honor of Hadiya Pendleton (whose 18th birthday it would be if she had not been slain) and all the other young people taken from us by gun violence.

  16. 123 jacquelineoboomer
    June 1, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Really gives you confidence in our justice system. Not.

  17. June 1, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    “U.S. President Barack Obama has told Israeli journalist Ilana Dayan that the forthcoming agreement between the world powers and Iran is the best way to ensure that Tehran does not obtain nuclear weapons. According to Obama, who spoke to Dayan for Channel 2’s “Uvda” program, an American military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities would not dismantle Tehran’s nuclear program. The interview with Obama, which comes less than a month before the deadline for signing the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, was filmed on Friday at the White House in Washington, D.C., and will be broadcast in full in Israel on Tuesday evening….continued”

    Link to PBO clip and PBS style “Nova” program: http://www.mako.co.il/tv-ilana_dayan/2015-50ed0843c59ad410/Article-56f6817d37fad41006.htm?sCh=07437f8dd8836110&pId=976147211 (some of it is in Hebrew, but ~65% is in English)

  18. 125 jacquelineoboomer
    June 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    • 126 Linda
      June 1, 2015 at 5:06 pm


      Here is what happened on Friday…

      Oklahoma’s towns and cities are no longer allowed to ban fracking under a bill signed into law on Friday by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin.

      The new law prohibits localities from choosing whether or not to have oil and gas operations within their jurisdictions, with exceptions for “reasonable” restrictions like noise and traffic issues. Other than that, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission will retain control over oil and gas drilling.


      • 127 MightyPamela
        June 1, 2015 at 5:10 pm

        I am so sorry, but they deserve whatever is coming, and they will not be able to prevent the disasters which loom. When will we ever learn, after all is rubble and destruction, heaps of it everywhere. Maybe then?

      • 128 jacquelineoboomer
        June 1, 2015 at 5:35 pm

        I forgot about the fracking connection! Thanks for reminding us … awful situation, especially after the RWNJs get in power.

    • 129 JER
      June 1, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      • 130 jacquelineoboomer
        June 1, 2015 at 5:42 pm

        And people just sit there and take it. Well, stupid people.

      • 131 Obama Grandmama
        June 1, 2015 at 7:59 pm

        Last Fall my sister-in-law and I spent a night at the beach. We ate out at a favorite restaurant with a picturesque view of the ocean. It was peak dinner time and we met the couple at the table next to us due to needing to move inorder to get in and out of our tables. He was a lawyer from OK that had brought a client’s ashes to be scattered at the Coast by request. He seemed to be a Tea Partier. When he uttered disparaging remarks about our President. I cut him off with letting him know I campaigned tirelessly to get him elected. Political talk was discontinued. Fracking came up by him and when I mentioned the earthquakes and water pollution from it he compared it to the climate change fantasies. He was an educated idiot!

        • 132 Judith Fardig
          June 1, 2015 at 9:23 pm

          Good for you for trying to have a sane conversation with him. Such people are willfully ignorant!

  19. 135 Nena20409
    June 1, 2015 at 5:13 pm


  20. 136 Nena20409
    June 1, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    The ugliest part of this is that Cavuto has a slow killing illness……some form of Muscular Disease. To make fun of Caitlyn Jenner is truly despicable.

  21. June 1, 2015 at 5:17 pm

  22. 138 Nena20409
    June 1, 2015 at 5:18 pm

  23. 139 Nena20409
    June 1, 2015 at 5:22 pm

  24. 140 Nena20409
    June 1, 2015 at 5:30 pm

  25. 142 elo4obama/biden
    June 1, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I did not like Bruce Jenner, and I’m not sure I will feel any differently about Caitlyn. I just do not get log cabin republicans, wedded so tightly to a party that constantly denies them their rights, and disrespects them every chance that they get. I’m so not a Kardashian fan either, and Kanye has gotten on my nerve more than once.
    I say all that to say, if Caitlyn Jenner can open some hearts and minds to the plight of being forced to live a life that is not yours- a lie, then all the power to that conversation, and change. I was inspired to write this from the conversation above.
    I always say 24, paved the way for an African American president. There’s something about “seeing” it in the entertainment world that makes it accessible in the real world. Will and Grace introduced millions of folks to their “first gay friend” Bruce/now Caitlyn is real, but not someone I’m ever likely to meet, and we can learn something from his evolution. I just wish I liked Jenner better.

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