Up Next: Huskies at the White House

11:55 AM EDT: President Obama Welcomes the 2015 NCAA Women’s Basketball Champion University of Connecticut Huskies

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  1. 5 amk for obama
    September 15, 2015 at 10:25 am

    I bet they will.

  2. 8 hopefruit2
    September 15, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Uhm…well if the article is praising to no end, it’s as good as an endorsement…

    • 9 GGail
      September 15, 2015 at 10:57 am

      Oh I really like this Africanfrighter twitterer, they are a ManU fan – as well as a truth teller!!! 😀 😀

    • 10 57andfemale
      September 15, 2015 at 11:05 am

      I’m really sorry to say this, but it takes more than ideas to be POTUS – you need a temperament, managerial skill, and the balancing of, and dealing with, people that you normally would not deal with. I see none of those qualities in Bernie. The more rabid his followers become, the more he stokes it. That sophomoric response to those who unsubscribed – that’s the maturity of middle school, and this came from his campaign. I think he’s dangerous. If he truly comes close to the nomination, I will find it in me to be excited about him. I like his message on damn near everything – I’m a liberal, for God’s sake. But I did not realize how petty a person he is, how he refuses to expand his vision to include all of the things he must balance. Anger is an antidote to apathy, but it is not a substitute for sober, intelligent leadership.

      I’m increasingly depressed and/or angry about the way things are unfolding, in both parties.

      • 11 idon
        September 15, 2015 at 11:30 am

        Thank you. I think Bernie, like Trump would freak the phuck out if they were President. The backstabbing alone would make them curl up in a ball in a corner with their binkies. I think your spine has to be made of steel when everyone is talking smack about you until that moment you win.

        • 12 57andfemale
          September 15, 2015 at 12:10 pm

          Neither has any interest in governing. Bernie, for an apparently intelligent man, thinks screaming = results. He also apparently has no clue what kind of results are expected of a POTUS. Now, in retrospect, his vicious attacks against PBO were just because PBO didn’t scream enough. Let’s me clear: there is NO EVIDENCE that doing the opposite of what was done would, in fact, elicit an opposite result. For example, if PBO had railed for single payer and single payer only for health care, would we have gotten single payer because he yelled all the time? No – there would be NO ONE with new health care now. And PBO said at the time that we cannot destroy an entire industry just because we think it will be better. It would be disruptive, and destabilizing. We move these things in increments. Can you imagine Bernie Sanders entertaining for one second that destabilization is a bad thing? I’m sick of the Thom Hartmans of the world saying that everything is going to crash, and utopia will naturally follow. How do intelligent people get to such illogical conclusions? It leads to chaos and Dark Ages. Bernie is unfit to be POTUS, if he really believes that corporations will disappear if he screams enough. It’s terrifying.

          And there is another elephant in the room: anti-Semitism will replace racism as the reason to hate the POTUS. I know Hillary would face sexism, but it won’t be the same. Now, being Jewish is not a reason not to run for POTUS. But I believe Bernie and Trump both believe their own delusional supporters, that they can scream their way to victory. It’s the way dumb people think.

      • September 15, 2015 at 1:42 pm

        Very well said, 57. You summed the problem with Bernie Sanders perfectly. I listened to his speech at Liberty University. He was right on the money on income inequality, poverty. It is a scandal , it’s outrageous and Senator Sanders expressing anger is understandable. There are times where anger is justified. I’m sure that President OBama is every bit as angry about this situation as Bernie Sanders is. The difference is in attitude and character. What Barack Obama has tried to do is to push for a progressive agenda in a manner that is not divisive, with words that want to heal instead of hurt.

        To be fair though, the plutocracy has become so powerful that there may be a need for more direct language to wake up MODERATES, LOW-INFO voters. In that sense, Bernie Sanders may be very useful. Heck, even Donald Trump is denouncing the low taxes of wealthy people and on this is becoming an ally (!!!!) of progressives.

        I agree that Bernie Sanders doesn’t possess the qualities for being POTUS. He’s much too quick to judge people, he lacks listening skills, among other things. And I don’t have any idea how he would be able to cope with the fact that a president has to make extremely difficult decisions, sometimes between bad and worse. Can you imagine Sanders receiving daily intelligence briefings and having to deal with some very dirty stuff ?…

        My dream: Joe Biden enters the race. Frankly, I think he is the right man at the right time. The right has worked so well to put back fear in the hearts of moderates and low-info voters, Joe Biden would have a calming effect. He’s white, he looks like a father, he has a talent for finding the catchy phrases that will put everything in perspective. After a Barack Obama presidency where people were asked to grow up and confront very difficult problems because they had NO CHOICE after the disastrous Bush years, a fatherly figure like Joe Biden is what certain americans need for a few years.

        Joe Biden is every bit as authentic, honest, unselfish as Barack Obama. ANd like the president, he’s not a warmonger and would engage american troops in military operations just in the last resort. Joe Biden is the only candidate who would proudly carry Barack Obama’s legacy.

        But Joe as president is only half of my dream. The other half: a grassroots reactivated by prominent leaders like Barack Obama, and yes, Bernie Sanders. People walking in the streets by the millions, giving to Joe Biden more help that Barack Obama ever had, to push Congress to do the right thing and give back some power to ordinary americans instead of protecting constantly the wealthiest .

        I want to be clear: I don’t dismiss the work of OFA all over the last years. I’m just saying that with leaders in the field, the grassroots would be even MORE motivated, even MORE VISIBLE. So visible that the media wouldn’t have any choice but talk about it. Just imagine how powerful it could be to help Joe Biden continue the work of restoring the middle class….

        We’ve been watching Barack Obama for over six years now…. The job of president is a difficult one, almost overwhelming. We can’t ask of a president to do the job and at the same time, keeping a grassroots movement as powerful and VISIBLE as it was during a presidential campaign. Bernie Sanders is not realistic at all.

        A president needs help. Lots of it.

        • 14 57andfemale
          September 15, 2015 at 2:01 pm

          Well said. Of course, Joe is my candidate. What this race is missing is heart. Joe has that, plus experience, resolve and commitment. I have no problem with anger – we need more of it. I have a problem when that’s all there is – and this is becoming my fear with Bernie. That’s all he’s got.

        • 15 GGail
          September 15, 2015 at 2:41 pm

          I cringed every time I read Barack Obama instead of President Obama or even PBO. It distracted me from whatever message was being conveyed here.

          If we don’t respect our President Obama in public forums – how do we expect others to respect him?

        • 20 Vicki
          September 15, 2015 at 3:05 pm

          This is a beautiful vision, lovepolitics.

    • September 15, 2015 at 11:06 am

      I can see the right wing GOP and Koch Bros having a whole lot of fun with Bernie’s bio.

    • 22 EricFive
      September 15, 2015 at 11:18 am

      I agree Sanders is trying to change American politics, by divorcing Black folks from the Dem party. I guess Bernie has to be recorded saying “nigger” for some to see him as he truly is, but I for one saw what he was trying to do early on. He and Trump are on the same wave length, i.e., segregate progressive policies (like raise taxes on wealthy) from Black and Brown folks and racist or racially anxious white people will flock to you. In other words, express animosity toward minorities while espousing populist platitudes will win a candidate in 2015 America a lot of white votes. Backlash politics. Nothing new.

    • September 15, 2015 at 11:41 am

      • 26 jackiegrumbacher
        September 15, 2015 at 12:05 pm

        Good for you, Pf. Someone with a big mouth does not change politics. You have to work hard and actually accomplish something. So far, I haven’t seen any evidence of that from Sanders or Trump.

  3. September 15, 2015 at 10:49 am

    I like her ideas. It’s time for a change.

  4. September 15, 2015 at 10:55 am

    GOP continues to block a key appointment.

    • 32 EricFive
      September 15, 2015 at 11:31 am

      Your comment would make a better and more accurate headline than the one used by the NYT. This is what I mean when I say today’s GOP could not exist without a complicit media. This is not about “horse race” or “ratings”, it is about providing cover for the GOP. “Partisan Tussle” my ass.

    • 34 pkayden
      September 15, 2015 at 11:52 am

      Republicans have gotten away with being obstructionists to this President. It’s so frustrating that the media never calls them out. The Dems should shut down the Senate until President Obama’s nominees are given a fair shake.

  5. September 15, 2015 at 11:00 am

  6. September 15, 2015 at 11:29 am

  7. 37 hopefruit2
    September 15, 2015 at 11:46 am

  8. 39 donna dem 4 obama
    September 15, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I’ve been posting all morning about that story that desertflower posted earlier of the racist at the Iowa tailgate where Trump performed over the weekend (I intentionally didn’t say campaigned) and I’ve sent the story to CNN, Jake Tapper, Joy Reid, Chris Hayes and Chris Cuomo to get them to cover the story. Something similar happened last week at the Iran Deal rally they had where a young Latina’s hair was pulled for protesting their bigotry and as far as I can see not a peep from the media about these racist events that Trump is drumming up. So, guess who just followed me on Twitter. Yep, Mr. Trump himself. I guess I should brace myself for an insult or two!!!!

  9. September 15, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I was wondering about this! I expect they’ll be there…..

  10. September 15, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    I can’t even think about it…….

  11. September 15, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    • 55 EricFive
      September 15, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      You know PBO has been a successful president because his detractors have so few “broken promises” to choose from. And even with that they have to lie and play dumb in order for it to be viewed as a broken promise. Media does this shit on purpose. I am convinced the left only pretends to care about closing Guantanamo and drones because they view them as weapons to attack PBO. Proof of this is Sander’s support for drones and, as you pointed out, his support for keeping Gitmo open, which for some reason is treated differently by the left. You can tell the criticism is not coming from an honest place.

      • 56 0388jojothecat
        September 15, 2015 at 1:40 pm

        That is so true. I have stopped listening to Thom Hartman because in one breath he complains that PBO refuses to close GITMO one of his very first promises as president he has broken and in almost a whisper he explains that Harry Reid and a bunch of other DEMs blocked PBO from doing it every time. Sometimes TH will not even state that he was blocked, just that PBO failed to close GITMO and Thom is no idiot on how Congress works. He knows damned well that PBO was blocked from transferring those that are too dangerous to prisons in the USA and letting the less dangerous go to other countries or freed.

      • 57 hopefruit2
        September 15, 2015 at 1:59 pm

        “I am convinced the left only pretends to care about closing Guantanamo and drones because they view them as weapons to attack PBO.”

        You hit the nail on the head Eric. In fact, there have been a number of “issues” that the so-called left have tagged on to – simply BECAUSE they *thought* they could use it to attack PBO. Once they can no longer use these issues as weapons against PBO, they are no longer of concern…

        LGBT matters is one such issue which was dominating the MSM discourse back in 2010-2011….and others have followed through the years..e.g., Immigration reform…Keystone pipeline…NSA…and most recently, arctic drilling.

        And I’m still convinced that OWS was formed solely to obstruct PBO’s fundraising efforts during his campaign for re-election and to turn certain segments of his voting coalition against him. It was a Libertarian front group that was part of the effort to make PBO a one-term President. Had absolutely nothing to do with any genuine concern about Wall Street abuses. But some naive liberals fell for it – at first anyway, because they believed every damn thing they see on MSNBC. Where is OWS now? LOL!

  12. September 15, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    • 59 jacquelineoboomer
      September 15, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      If anybody could swear that story were followed by …

      “The end.”

      … I’d read it.

    • 60 57andfemale
      September 15, 2015 at 1:41 pm

      Dumb. She’s had 15 years to formulate effective answers. This is dumb.

      • 61 misspat
        September 15, 2015 at 2:04 pm

        No more blue dresses in the White House.

        • 62 57andfemale
          September 15, 2015 at 2:07 pm

          Where would Hillary Rodham have ended up without a fortuitous marriage? She had a chance at greatness in 2008 and crawled in the gutter instead. She’s had 7 years to learn, to embrace greatness, and she still cannot. Perchance she isn’t “great”. There are times in history when you don’t have to be, when you can coast, make a statement (the first woman POTUS), but this is not that time. You need to be great, and methinks Hillary is not. Like I said about Bernie, I’ll find a way to be enthusiastic if she’s the nominee because I am VERY enthusiastic about keeping the WH. But I just don’t see it in her, and I’m really looking.

          • September 16, 2015 at 12:16 pm

            Her daughter said, ” As people get to see more of her mother they will come to understand her and like what they see”. Really! how long have we been looking at the Clintons … 16 years. What else is there to see?

            • 64 57andfemale
              September 16, 2015 at 12:31 pm

              Almost 25 years. Since 1991 on the national stage. She’s been attempting to show the real, warm Hillary all these years. At what point do you admit that we are seeing what there is to see?

  13. September 15, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    • 66 EricFive
      September 15, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      GOP governing as performance art is getting so old. GOP provides tax cuts to the wealthy, lax/no regulation to corporations and “theater” and emotional release to the dupes who vote them into office. The impotence of the GOP to even slow down PBO (after hopes were raised by big 2014 midterm gains) is causing a desperation that is unseemly. Of course our media will continue to pretend the increasing madness of the GOP is “normal”.

  14. September 15, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Morning – OW – all.

  15. September 15, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    • 71 0388jojothecat
      September 15, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      If that were true they would cover PBO All the time because when he is on the media gets their highest ratings & he has something to say. When they do they probably get a lot of hate from rwnjs too. They cover Chump because people want to see the freak show and it gives them high ratings. I did not watch CH show and turned off any show that talked about him.

      • September 15, 2015 at 2:08 pm

        I used to believe that the media’s only motivation was ratings and controversy. That’s not true. You’re so right in pointing out that they don’t cover PBO as much so it’s a proof that it’s not only about ratings.

        I used to believe that the media was interested in the “horse race”. Is it true ?? Only in part. If it was their great motivation, they would be all over Bernie Sanders and promote him so to help him get name recognition and make the democratic race more interesting. But they don’t give too much exposure to Sanders even if he has made important gains in the last few weeks. Why ? Could it be because he is more blunt than Hillary about income inequality ??

        • 73 Vicki
          September 15, 2015 at 3:01 pm

          It is NOT about ratings.
          It is about The Message. The Corporate RW message.

          Rev. Al got higher ratings day in and day out than Morning Joke.

          When the corporate overlords decide enough is enough of both Trump and Bernie’s different flavors of pie-in-the-sky, we will see a change in coverage.

          • 74 Obama Grandmama
            September 15, 2015 at 6:43 pm

            I miss Rev Al’s show. I used to at times turn on the tv at 3pm PT for the show. Now I forget turn it or on seethe new show is boring and turn it off again.

  16. 75 JER
    September 15, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    • September 15, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      I’ve always been mad at the media and the Beltway crowd who have caricatured Joe Biden and kind of ridiculed him. His supposed “gaffes” have been greatly exaggerated. He is a man of substance and he is knowledgeable and intelligent.

      There’s sweet justice in observing that the “narrative” is changing. They FINALLY see Joe Biden for what he is: a man of AUTHENTICITY, and a VERY CREDIBLE CANDIDATE for the presidency.

      The media is still clinging to the “gaffe” thing, but it’s more nuanced now. And they praise him and show him some respect. AT LAST.

      • 77 Vicki
        September 15, 2015 at 3:03 pm

        Hahahaha— VP Biden gaffes. Please.
        Look at The Donald.

        I think the gaffe nonsense was a HRC operative concoction that has been overtaken by the new on the ground reality.

    • September 16, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      Boy, Colbert almost begged Biden to run.

  17. September 15, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Insanely cool break!!

  18. September 15, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Charles Pierce weighs in on DWS

    The Democratic Revolt Against the DNC Chair Begins
    Democratic operatives are starting to make noise about Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s questionable leadership.


  19. 87 Nena20409
    September 15, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Hello TOD…… 🙂
    Sunny. Breezy. Blue Sky and another 80F plus today. Too hot for me 🙂
    I have not read much today.
    WH Presser with Josh “The Voice” Earnest……LIVE and already in progress…..
    He brought with him SLIDES! Tutorial!

  20. September 15, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    #Justice Summer….

    the campaign that did not get much press…

  21. September 15, 2015 at 1:36 pm

  22. 94 Nena20409
    September 15, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    🙄 😆 🙄 😆

  23. 96 Nena20409
    September 15, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    The reason Joy is better for The View.

  24. 97 Nena20409
    September 15, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    BillK and his ilk have contributed to the Rise of Trump today.
    Now, a warning?
    😆 🙄 😆

  25. 98 Nena20409
    September 15, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    • 99 Vicki
      September 15, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      What a sensational article. I was especially pleased to hear that Bibi’s march on Congress (in March) is taking a lot of heat. What an asshole move that was.

  26. 100 JER
    September 15, 2015 at 1:54 pm

  27. 101 Nena20409
    September 15, 2015 at 1:55 pm

  28. 102 Nena20409
    September 15, 2015 at 1:58 pm

  29. 105 Nena20409
    September 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    April Ryan also asked this question too.
    Josh replied that POTUS has better things to do………this was in reply to: Why would POTUS watch the GOP debate.

  30. 107 Nena20409
    September 15, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Van Count exaggerated.
    Josh didn’t quite put it that way. Josh’s response was much polished 😉

  31. 108 Nena20409
    September 15, 2015 at 2:02 pm

  32. 109 Nena20409
    September 15, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    These polls are everywhere. A new poll today has Sanders doing poorly in NH? CBS has Trump at 27% and Carson at 24%……
    Yet the News Media feverishly reports these things depending on their slant and bias against one candidate or another.

    • 110 0388jojothecat
      September 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      Some stupid poll had Chump at 40 and Carson at 13? which I could care less but wondered how did Carson fall so far down when he was nipping at Chumps heels in other polls. I think the media polled more in the south which KKK will not vote for a AA man whether there’s an R or D or and I……they will not vote for a Black man in the south.

  33. 111 Nena20409
    September 15, 2015 at 2:14 pm

  34. 113 Nena20409
    September 15, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    I saw a poll where Trump was at 35% and Bush at 15% and Rubio was lower than 15%
    FL GOPers 😆

  35. September 15, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    New Poll:

    Today in Politics: In New Poll, Ben Carson Pulls Up Alongside an Idling Donald Trump

    1. Donald Trump: 27% (up three points since August)
    2. Ben Carson: 23% (up 17 points)
    3. Jeb Bush: 6% (down seven points)
    3. Mike Huckabee 6% (down two points)
    3. Marco Rubio 6% (no change)
    6. Ted Cruz: 5% (down one point)
    7. Carly Fiorina: 4% (up four points)
    8. John Kasich: 3% (up two points)
    8. Rand Paul: 3% (down one point)
    10. Scott Walker: 2% (down eight points)


  36. 118 Nena20409
    September 15, 2015 at 2:39 pm

  37. 121 Nena20409
    September 15, 2015 at 2:43 pm

  38. 122 57andfemale
    September 15, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    This article by David Cay Johnston is a MUST-READ:

    • 123 FoxfireTX
      September 15, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      57, this assumes his supporters care about facts:-) They do not. I sat here in TX last night watching this spectacle and a spectacle it was. While I think TX voters are for the most part some of the stupidest I’ve seen–after all Rick Perry was the longest serving governor and before that was W–they have hit a new low which I guess doesn’t really surprise me given they elected Ted Cruz. The ONLY thing they care about is that he validates their rage at the Republican party and the country who elected a black man twice. Even the Dems here, at least in North TX, are more like liberal Rs rather than true Democrats. But I don’t think their support is any different than anywhere else. No one who is interested in facts, policies or positions would have supported him in the first place. The dumbing down of America a la Fox has reached its nadir and this is what we have. And if the Rs think these voters will vote for a traditional politician if they manage to drive Trump from the race they are mistaken. Already last night some interviewed on the local news here said that if he is not the nominee they will stay home in 2016.

    • 124 0388jojothecat
      September 15, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      No wonder Chump hates PBO, his consumer protections agency is nipping at his feet too. I remember when Chump was told to stop calling that three day seminar a “university”. His campaign money is going to dry up real quick, $40 million can pay for a lot of protection because all he has are venues, cost of flying his plane, and protection.

      • 125 57andfemale
        September 15, 2015 at 3:36 pm

        Johnston is one of the best economic writers ever, concentrating on waste, fraud and abuse. He’s a fantastic journalist, and this piece in particular we will be referred back to quite often, methinks.

  39. 126 Nena20409
    September 15, 2015 at 2:45 pm

  40. 127 Nena20409
    September 15, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    That tiny baby Panda born weeks ago at the DC Zoo is growing now…..
    Giant Panda Cub Sept. 14, 2015
    If this is too big, please pardon me. Help me 😉 bts in reducing the size. Thanks in advance.
    Giant Panda Cub Sept. 14, 2015

  41. 131 57andfemale
    September 15, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    When was the last time we heard from Chelsea Clinton? And this is what she comes up with:

    • September 15, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      Wow, must be that $10M dollar bubble she lives in.

    • 133 0388jojothecat
      September 15, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      I remember when she was a kid in the WH and it was rumored that they asked who to call for a school emergency and she said to call “her dad”? Not the reaction you’d expect from a teen who knows her dad is a busy man who might not even be in the country.

    • 134 GGail
      September 15, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      That caused me to laugh out loud 😀 😀

    • 137 Obama Grandmama
      September 15, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      One of the biggest negatives I hold against Hillary as a Mom and a person is when she had Chelsea back her up on her running under fire on the foreign Tarmack lie. To get your child to lie for you in order to get elected to me is unconsciable.

    • 138 hopefruit2
      September 15, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      Chelsea Clinton in her mid-30s, seems unable to forge her own presence outside of her parents’ shadow.

  42. 139 Allison
    September 15, 2015 at 3:01 pm

  43. September 15, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Did anyone hear what the Congressman from North Carolina said about President Obama? Congressman Michael Speciale (R.-Craven) Call the President a Islamic son of a bitch and he is the worst President in the country’s history.

    • September 15, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      Anyone want to know why the country is so divided, look at these racists ass politicians like Rep. Michael Speciale and the things they be saying about the President. These racists Republicans want to try to blame the President for the division, but they are lying. It’s the racists like this Congressman. John Boehner ought to make the S.O.B apologize,

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