140 Characters – The President Speaks





46 Responses to “140 Characters – The President Speaks”

  1. July 14, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Good evening TOD folks!

  2. July 14, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    NW, you are the best. You keep us informed, and I thank you.

  3. July 14, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    Ben Rhodes is on Charlie Rose and he is blowing my mind. What a command of all the details, wow.

  4. 17 amk for obama
    July 14, 2015 at 11:20 pm

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    screw neil degrasse tyson for being a part of that crowd. pluto is my planet.

    • 18 MightyPamela
      July 14, 2015 at 11:28 pm

      Amk-men!!! Pluto guards the secrets of the Universe from the tiny mind of man. If only they would tell us the truth of what they are really seeing out there – pretty sure all our ‘energy’ problems would be over… eff’ing BigOil runs the world economy, at the risk of destroying the jewel that is Earth.

    • 20 jacquelineoboomer
      July 15, 2015 at 12:15 am

      That’s hysterical, amk!

  5. 21 amk for obama
    July 14, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of a new particle called the pentaquark.

    It was first predicted to exist in the 1960s but, much like the Higgs boson particle before it, the pentaquark eluded science for decades until its detection at the LHC.

    The discovery, which amounts to a new form of matter, was made by the Hadron Collider’s LHCb experiment.

    The findings have been submitted to the journal Physical Review Letters.


    Previous experiments had measured only the so-called mass distribution where a statistical peak may appear against the background “noise” – the possible signature of a novel particle.

    But the collider enabled researchers to look at the data from additional perspectives, namely the four angles defined by the different directions of travel taken by particles within LHCb.

    “We are transforming this problem from a one-dimensional to a five dimensional one… we are able to describe everything that happens in the decay,” said Dr Koppenburg who first saw a signal begin to emerge in 2012.

    “There is no way that what we see could be due to something else other than the addition of a new particle that was not observed before.”


  6. 24 MightyPamela
    July 14, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Actually, I dropped in to remark we have a New Moon occurring as well: Wednesday 15 July 2015, Moon conjunct Sun at 23.14 Cancer, 9:24pm EDT, 6:24pm PDT. And that, plus the energy generated by all the Obama Administration is achieving, makes for an exciting turn in the summer. Or winter, as the case may be, in the Southern Hemisphere! ❤ {{{{{ TOD }}}}}

    • 25 jacquelineoboomer
      July 15, 2015 at 12:11 am

      Sounds good. I think. I never really know, but I take everything as “a good sign.” Ha! Hugs to you, MightyPamela!

  7. 26 globalcitizenlinda
    July 14, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    why are you surprised that “I” am taking credit for the Iranian Deal?

    remember when I tried to convince you that I and my offspring was shot at in the war zone – if only that tape didn’t exist!!!!

  8. 30 desertflower
    July 14, 2015 at 11:50 pm


    I don’t want to just end the war, but I want to end the mindset that got us into war in the first place.” That was Senator Barack Obama, speaking about Iraq in a 2008 primary debate. For a candidate who had seen his own campaign surge on the strength of his opposition to the Iraq war, it was a near-perfect distillation of the change he hoped to bring to America’s foreign policy discussion, long dominated by hawkish views that were shattering against the bloody reality of Iraq’s civil war.


    Frankly, if there were any justice, we would be seeing an outbreak of “Support Our Diplomats” bumper stickers. Americans rightly honor those who defend our security with military strength, and it’s time to accord the same to those who do it through effective and painstaking diplomacy.

    You betcha! I’ll toast to that!

    • 31 susanne
      July 15, 2015 at 12:38 am

      and where can we get these ‘support our diplomats’ bumper stickers? i’ll take a dozen, please. 🙂

  9. July 14, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Interesting background piece.

    • 33 desertflower
      July 15, 2015 at 12:11 am

      Interesting story…thanks:)

    • 34 susanne
      July 15, 2015 at 12:47 am

      thanks for this link, meta. there is so much on the web right now, and yet very little i want to actually read… not to mention the vile comments. i have tremendous respect for sec kerry, and was devastated when his shot at the presidency was deflected by the right’s odious lies about his service. what a triumph, for him to be so central to this historic diplomatic endeavor!

  10. 35 desertflower
    July 15, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Night everyone…

  11. 36 FoxfireTX
    July 15, 2015 at 1:06 am

    Good evening TOD! What a day! From the announcement early morning to the speech on reforming our criminal justice system and finally to the interview PBO gave to Tom Friedman. It was particularly interesting to me because I had just watched again the discussion between these two back in April after the framework agreement. Honestly I cannot imagine any candidate on either side of the aisle having this discussion at this level of knowledge and nuance. I wonder if Tom Friedman is aware that he has had a once in a lifetime experience for his career. We are sooooo spoiled with PBO’s eloquence, grasp of history, knowledge and strategic thinking. I certainly will not live long enough to see another president that even begins to measure up to him. For the hopes and dreams I invested in him and his campaign in 2008, he consistently has exceeded every expectation I ever had and more. When I hear people dismiss him and his accomplishments, I can only look at them with wonder and feel sorry for them that they have so little knowledge. But on this deal I suspect he has a ton of support even amongst Rs in the general population outside Washington.

    In any event, as always so happy to have this place to come to on days like today. THANK YOU to all who contribute here, and particulalry Chips and NW. You are the BEST!

    • 37 jacquelineoboomer
      July 15, 2015 at 1:31 am

      ^^^ THIS!!!

      • 38 FoxfireTX
        July 15, 2015 at 2:09 am

        JOB, saw the news about your son on my way out the door and didn’t get back for awhile. So thrilled for both of you!

    • July 15, 2015 at 1:53 am

      “When I hear people dismiss him and his accomplishments, I can only look at them with wonder and feel sorry for them that they have so little knowledge. But on this deal I suspect he has a ton of support even amongst Rs in the general population outside Washington.”

      Agree, 100%, Foxfire!

  12. July 15, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Barely 4h sleep in the past ~ 48h so I’m off to bed rather early …..

    Would really appreciate all of you, lurkers included, voicing displeasure at the 1p ET time of the Iran Deal presser. I think it is a very big mistake.

    Now taking it to VP Biden … never done this before, but I think it is a major strategic error.

    good night TOD …………….

  13. 43 jacquelineoboomer
    July 15, 2015 at 2:01 am

    Damn good day. Hallelujah! Keep on pushin’!

  14. 44 Roberta in MN
    July 15, 2015 at 7:41 am

    GM where is everyone? Had a busy two days huh, time to rest up. LOL.

    • 45 jackiegrumbacher
      July 15, 2015 at 7:45 am

      I’m here, Roberta. There’s no time to rest up at TOD as long as our President keeps batting it out of the park every day with new, exciting world changing ideas.

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