ICYMI – Pres. Obama speaks on #IranDeal


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125 Responses to “ICYMI – Pres. Obama speaks on #IranDeal”

  1. 6 GGail
    August 5, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks for posting it. We never tire of watching and listening to PBO. Sometimes I get so caught up looking at his hands and face that I no longer hear what he’s saying 🙂 and I have to refocus.

    Does that happen to anyone else?

    Come on be honest… 😀

  2. August 5, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    One of his best policy speeches ever. Right on point on every word. Glad he mentioned the Bush/Iraq war.

  3. 16 hopefruit2
    August 5, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Congrats GGail on #1 🙂

    Thanks LL for posting!

    Nena had posted a bunch of tweets on the previous thread in which our President himself directly addressed members of congress who tweeted out foolishness in opposition of the Iran Deal – I would love it at all possible for Nerdy (or LL, Amk, LP) to front page these tweets and POTUS’ response to them. 🙂 🙂

  4. 21 Nena20409
    August 5, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Congrats GGail on your Au ⭐
    Hello TOD, GE TODbots 😉
    I agree with HF2 😉 @POTUS Tweets are Golden ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

  5. August 5, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Ben Cardin came out of today’s briefing with IAEA Director Amano sounding rather negative:

    “Every time I get more information it raises other questions,” Sen. Ben Cardin (Md.), the Foreign Relations Committee’s top Democrat, told reporters after the meeting. “It doesn’t mean we have to see everything in the documents, but I think there are provisions in the document that relate to the takeaway of the review of the [possible military dimensions] that would be useful.”

    “I was not given any assurance at all today that we could get these documents because of the nature of the agreements of the IAEA.”

  6. August 5, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    I’ve read that his main objective was to convince wavering democrats. I think it may have succeeded in that. But it was so much more. If you know somebody who needs to be convinced, just ask him to take an our of their time and listen to this. President Obama at his best. He was informative, and forceful. He delivered a WELL DESERVED rebuttal to the critics, and yet he did it, AS USUAL, with no cheap shots, and no cheap emotional appeal. He delivered unvarnished truth, facts, logic. With dignity and true, pure emotion into the mix.

    He is a gift to America and to the world.

  7. 29 Nena20409
    August 5, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Happy Birthday Jesse Williams
    You’ve Never looked so Goooood 😉

  8. August 5, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    The President gave a masterful speech successfully discrediting all the war-mongers arguments.

  9. August 5, 2015 at 6:31 pm


  10. August 5, 2015 at 6:44 pm

  11. 40 vcprezofan2
    August 5, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Not that I’m impressed by the rationale, as I think Schumer should act like a leader for the benefit of the nation as opposed to trying to secure his position, but here’s an explanation of his action.

    Title = Why the Iran Deal’s Critics Will Probably Lose

    // ……………………….

    3. A potential vote against. I take this headline from Politico as a good sign for the deal’s prospects in Congress:

    How can a powerful Democrat’s opposition be a good sign? Because it suggests that Schumer has already calculated that the administration can do without his vote.

    For rococo parliamentary reasons, the crucial voting showdown is still several legislative rounds into the future. First the Congress would have to pass a measure condemning the deal, which Republican majorities in both the House and Senate will certainly do. Then President Obama would have to veto the measure, which he will certainly do. Then the Congress would have to override the veto, which requires a two-thirds majority in both chambers—and this is what the Democrats, even in their diminished numbers, should still be able to block with some votes to spare.

    Schumer doesn’t put it this way, but obviously he is hoping that one of those spare votes will be his. His life will be easier in many ways—in minimizing hassle during his upcoming reelection run in New York, and thus maximizing his efforts to help other Democratic candidates so that he has a chance of becoming Senate majority rather than minority leader—if he doesn’t have to spend time explaining away a vote for the deal to his conservative and AIPAC-aligned constituents. If the deal goes through despite Schumer’s opposition, people who support the deal won’t care, and those who oppose it can blame evil Barack rather than valiant Chuck.

    Any “Schumer-no” signal now may indicate his confidence that enough other people are going to vote “yes” for the deal to go through.



    • 41 sjterrid
      August 5, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      The problem with this logic, is that it makes it look that they don’t support the President in this decision. Why should people who support this President want to vote for this democrat, or the others, if they are saying no just like the republicans? I think who ever wrote this article is making excuses for him.

      • 42 vcprezofan2
        August 5, 2015 at 7:09 pm

        Terri, I agree with you that Dems who waffle do give the impression they are not supportive of the president, and that ticks me off big time. In this instance, however, I don’t think the author is making excuses for anyone. He is apparently a respected analyst, and this was one of a list of reasons offered why he felt the deal would pass Congress.

        • 43 sjterrid
          August 5, 2015 at 7:13 pm

          I was just outraged that Schumer or any democrat don’t want to take any tough decisions because they are afraid that it will cost them votes, but then blame the President that he’s not doing enough.

          • 44 vcprezofan2
            August 5, 2015 at 7:21 pm

            Right there with you! IMbiasedO they lack integrity if they can’t stand behind a principled choice without worrying about their own necks.

    • 45 Vicki
      August 5, 2015 at 7:12 pm

      I understand the game they play. Some members are “allowed” to buck the party so that their own positions stay safe.
      The difference here is that Sen. Schumer wants to lead the Democrats and he cannot oppose His Party’s President and remain a credible leader going forward.

      What happens if he defies PBO and becomes the Leader? Who would feel compelled to listen to him, much less follow him?

      No explanations are okay here.

      • 46 vcprezofan2
        August 5, 2015 at 7:19 pm

        Don’t get me wrong, Vicki. *I* am not trying to explain or justify Schumer’s actions. As far as I’m concerned Dems should stand behind PBO, the most rational, informed, productive president they’ve had in years, and one who has clearly demonstrated his commitment to the nation. I’m simply sharing this article as this person believes these are signs he thinks suggest the deal will go forward.

        No matter how strategic it may be, you won’t get me to agree that Dems are doing the ‘right thing’ when they refuse to stand firmly with PBO.

      • 48 Vicki
        August 5, 2015 at 7:19 pm

        short term gain over long term loss, Chuck. Please think this out.

      • 49 99ts
        August 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm

        Agreed Vicki – he is no leader of the party.

    • August 5, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Forgive me, but it’s all just a fucking waste of taxpayers blood, sweat and tears. By a bunch of lazy ass mofos who would commit suicide if they had to live for one month as an ordinary tax paying citizen does. They are all so far above it, eh? Clueless, uncompassionate and I am fed up.

  12. August 5, 2015 at 6:55 pm

  13. August 5, 2015 at 7:04 pm


    • August 5, 2015 at 7:14 pm

      How do you see this playing out?

      I guess if I hadn’t witnessed both W and Schwarzenegger elected TWICE, I might feel a little more giddy but I do not trust this process at the moment.

      • 54 idon
        August 5, 2015 at 7:21 pm

        I agree with you. It doesn’t make me giddy. I think there are several shoes that the GOP will start dropping on Trump but not yet. They will kill him off just like they did Gingrich but on a larger scale. I think it will happen in the early part of 2016. Seriously, the only way Trump could win a general is if he owned 90& of voting machines in America. With that said though I recommend everyone keep the number associated with their primary and general election vote.

      • 55 Vicki
        August 5, 2015 at 7:28 pm

        Meta, I kind of answered (below) you before I read your comment.
        Trump depresses me.

        • August 5, 2015 at 7:33 pm

          Trump doesn’t depress me. He instills grim bemusement. As I wrote yesterday, he’s the logical outcome of 50 years of GOP dog whistles. And there’s nothing that the GOP can do. Sure, they can drop some sort of “bomb”, a la Newt. But Trump is as egotistical as Newt, and has one advantange: He doesn’t need anyone’s approval. He’ll probably lose the nomination. But he may be a kingmaker. And if not, he’ll probably run 3rd party, because this is all about him. America, 2015.

          • August 5, 2015 at 8:01 pm

            The thing that is really bothering me and prevents me from having a “get the popcorn” attitude, is how lightly all the GOP candidates take being president of the United States. I believe it’s not just Don Trump who’s doing it for the publicity. Even the ones who seriously want the job show no clue about the intelligence and stamina it takes. They would be puppets just like GWB was.

            • August 5, 2015 at 8:16 pm

              THIS x10000000000

            • 59 idon
              August 5, 2015 at 8:51 pm

              Yes yes yes this is it!

            • 60 vcprezofan2
              August 5, 2015 at 9:53 pm

              Maryl x 2.


              And as Meta said above, we’ve watched some other unlikely (and idiotic) GOPs get voted in not once, but twice!

              • August 6, 2015 at 10:25 am

                And it also seems as though many of the people I see online are actually arrogant about a Democrat winning in 2016. They are taking it for granted because their opinions of the Republican candidates are so low. But not everyone shares that view – Republicans, for a start, who come out to vote in droves. (Unlike Democrats :P). Independents who usually end up voting Republican, and a lot of people who just aren’t paying attention. Think of all the people who voted for GWB because he’d be good to have a beer with. Clinton and Sanders supporters seem to be going at it hammer and tongs, and I see a lot of “If X doesn’t win, I’m not voting”, more from the Sanders folk, I think. I hope we get a grip when the primary season starts in earnest.

                • 62 vcprezofan2
                  August 6, 2015 at 11:04 am

                  GM, Maryl! Over the years (since 2004) I’ve lost all my arrogance about a Democrat winning! When Bush got a 2nd term (gifted to him, or not) I was nonplussed. When Murkowski won a 2nd term in Alaska with a write it ballot, I was speechless. When Walker overcame that recall vote and went on to win a 2nd term you could knock me over with a feather. When Wendy Davis lost in the run for Texas governor I just crumbled. Through most of it PBO brought me some ‘hope and change’, but 2014 knocked out whatever little *arrogance* I may have had left! To see Republicans gifted with both Houses after their abysmal *NO* performances and knowing they are paid huge salaries while proudly proclaiming they had no intention of doing work *for* the nation has left me with very little confidence in Democrats (politicians and voters). [BTW, a part of me still believes the Republican big wigs have discovered an electronic way to tamper with the voting machines. Just saying.] The only *arrogance* (confidence and pride, really) I have left is in Pres. Barack – nothing can shake **that**!

                  Pessimistic, I know, but at the moment I hardly see anyone in the Democratic line-up to ‘get a grip’ at seriously!

                  • August 7, 2015 at 3:37 am

                    I have the same feeling about the voting machines. The company is owned by an unabashed Republican (one big company is anyway – I think Diebold?) and no paper trail.

          • 64 MightyPamela
            August 5, 2015 at 8:53 pm

            It’s al entertainment to these wipes.

        • August 5, 2015 at 7:33 pm

          And now that I wrote all that, I may have an idea for a new piece.

    • 67 Vicki
      August 5, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      This is miles away from 2007 and 2008 when we campaigned with joy and hope.

      Now it seems we are reduced to schadenfreude about how dreadful our opponents are.
      And an unlovable front runner on our side and her joyless grim campaign.

      If we can’t find another Democratic candidate how do you think turnout will look.

  14. August 5, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    ‘In an era when the media whips itself into a frenzy over how to make things go viral, and marketers take their cues from big brands, a government entity has quickly and quietly become the darling of the internet. Those searching for proof need look no further than this week’s Pluto flyby. After a 3-billion-mile (4.8-billion-km) journey that spanned nearly 10 years, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft reached Pluto and snapped the most detailed images of the dwarf planet ever taken—and the internet went bananas. NASA previewed one photo directly to Instagram, where it generated over 100,000 likes in only a few minutes. The New Horizons team’s “Ask Me Anything” skyrocketed to the front page of Reddit. If you were connected to the internet around 9am US eastern time on Tuesday, July 14, your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social platforms were all Pluto, all the time. How exactly NASA stumbled upon perhaps the greatest social-media strategy of our time is a story of both blind luck and shrewd management. Of course, the space agency benefits by having amazing pictures, videos, and discoveries to share. Its content transcends demographics and platforms, because it highlights precisely what makes us so human. But its success also contains important lessons for any large organization trying to understand how to break down the barriers between itself and its public. And the NASA social behemoth wasn’t always a behemoth. Like Earth, and the universe itself, it started from very humble beginnings.

    The year is 2008. Newspapers are folding left and right. Science reporting is a dying profession. It’s May 25, the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend in the US, and people are getting ready to drink beers by the grill, not at all concerned with the Phoenix lander about to touch down on Mars 170 million miles away. Veronica McGregor, the head of communications at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, needs to figure out how to get as many people as possible to notice that man is placing a large piece of machinery on an alien world after a 422-million-mile journey through space. Veronica McGregor, head of social media at NASA JPL, with Curiosity.“Somebody had heard about ‘Twitter,’ and I said, perfect,”..“At the spur of the moment I decided I would tweet as the lander in the first person.”… Today, seven years after Phoenix tweeted from the Red Planet, @NASA is the 104th most popular Twitter account in the world, with over 11 million followers. The next-nearest US government entity, the White House, has only 6.5 million (though president Barack Obama’s personal account boasts 60 million). NASA also has over 11 million followers on Facebook and 3.5 million on Instagram. The Department of the Interior, whose stunning wildlife and nature pictures make it the only government agency with cool visual content to rival NASA’s, has just 654,000 Instagram devotees. The masters of this social-media universe are John Yembrick and his deputy, Jason Townsend. Both are veterans of other government agencies. In addition to being the sole tweeters from NASA’s flagship account, the pair oversee 500 other accounts on 12 different social-media platforms and coordinate the other managers across 10 field centers. It’s a cosmic operation…continued’

  15. August 5, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    ‘The concept from an iconic Star Trek scene is working its way to commercial use, with innumerable military applications. In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Scotty barters for materials by offering up the formula for “transparent aluminum.” [1] The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is making that concept a reality. The lab is working to improve transparent bulletproof armor for vehicles and face shields, as well as lighter weight bulletproof windows, with the development of a new, moldable material. The material, spinel, which is more durable than glass, could significantly improve military defenses as it is produced for various uses.

    “Spinel is actually a mineral; it’s magnesium aluminate,” said Dr. Jas Sanghera, the researcher leading the project. “The advantage is it’s so much tougher, stronger, and harder than glass. It provides better protection in more hostile environments—so it can withstand sand and rain erosion. For weight-sensitive platforms-UAVs, head-mounted face shields—it’s a game-changing technology.”…“You put the powder in [a hot press], you press it under vacuum, squash this powder together—and if you can do that right, then you can get rid of all the entrapped air, and all of a sudden it comes out of there clear-looking,” Sanghera said…Spinel can be ground and polished, like gems, to increase optic quality. And, spinel allows infrared light to pass through it, which makes it optimal for military imaging systems. Glass does not transmit infrared light, so the NRL has been developing new optical materials to replace the soft and fragile optics used today…continued’

  16. August 5, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    ‘Watch out, world. Toyota is heading back to the future. The automaker has hinted it’s looking into flying cars. Now its Lexus luxury brand has actually built a working model of a hoverboard. That’s right, an actual working hoverboard. It’s real, but not for sale. Yet. The board uses liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and magnets, according to the Lexus website. The technology is already zooming around Toyota’s home country. A Japanese railway company last year set a new world speed record using a magnetic-levitation train. Toyota tipped its hand a year ago that it’s been experimenting with this for cars.

    “It’s very confidential information but we have been studying the flying car in our most advanced R&D area..Flying car means the car is just a little bit away from the road, so it doesn’t have any friction or resistance from the road.” It’s been 30 years since the first Back to the Future movie was released, and Marty McFly only hopped on a hoverboard to evade his pursuers in the second installment released in 1989. Lexus plans to start testing the prototype in Barcelona this summer, and is looking forward to a special date coming up that ties in with the films. Lexus says it’ll disclose more information further down the road—specifically on Oct. 21, 2015, the day Doc, Marty and his girlfriend Jennifer went back to the future. But really, roads? Where they’re going, they won’t need roads.’

    This is so freaking 😎 😎

  17. August 5, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Oh how sweet ….

    Thanks LL for posting the complete video of President Obama’s historic rejection of perpetual war and example of how to avoid it if at all possible.

    Congrats on 1st Gail 🙂

    bbl …

    August 5, 2015 at 7:32 pm


  19. 94 Nena20409
    August 5, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    The Chosen word “Local” means, what exactly, hmm?
    Yeah, right? When CNN has moved on and back to MH370……….it not not be a Muslim or a person of color.

  20. August 5, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Lighthearted OT

    Yesterday I was at Trader Joe’s and Me and Mrs. Jones came on. The whole store sort of stopped in their tracks at the crescendo and started belting it out. It was epic.

    • 98 GGail
      August 5, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      I find myself singing louder and louder while in Walgreen’s. Their soundtracks are awesome 😀 😀 😀

  21. 99 Nena20409
    August 5, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    • 100 GGail
      August 5, 2015 at 8:57 pm

      Wait a couple of months, there will be another report that says these spicy foods will lead to stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, diabetes, and a whole host of other problems. I never believe these 🙂

  22. August 5, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Very interesting take from BBC on how Syria will play out: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33762809

    “A US-steered peace process would likely kick in at the point when the rebels seriously threaten the regime enclave.

    The deal would be a truce between four of the five entities – regime, mainly Islamist rebels in the north, “moderate” rebels in the south, and the Kurds – and perhaps some kind of federal arrangement. And they would unite to drive out IS from its eastern strongholds, with western support. “

  23. August 5, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Our POTUS is wonderful.

  24. 104 99ts
    August 5, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    I do wonder why there are not more younger senators waiting to become the next President. Why are there so few democrats willing to take it on? Why are so many of the supporters and staff of PBO opting out of the race. Is there a democrat agreement that Hillary is entitled to the job? or have the continual attacks on PBO highlighted to most democrats the down side of the job?

  25. 111 Nena20409
    August 5, 2015 at 8:08 pm

  26. August 5, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    And there you have it.

  27. August 5, 2015 at 8:28 pm

  28. 120 globalcitizenlinda
    August 5, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Just finished listening, again, to PBO’s #IranianDeal talk at AU earlier today.

    I suggest that we forward the link to that speech to ANY member of the legislature who claims that they are undecided or a no vote.

    PBO explained the WHY the #IranDeal was necessary, HOW it will work, and the CONSEQUENCES of saying Yes or No; he used simple and clear words that even an ordinary person would understand

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