The Week Ahead



The President will attend meetings at the White House



The President will meet with Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, they will discuss a range of legislative priorities for the upcoming year



The President will attend meetings at the White House



The President will deliver remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast

In the afternoon he will welcome the 2015 NBA champions Golden State Warriors to the White House

Later, the President will welcome President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia to the White House



The President will attend meetings at the White House


President Obama listens to an aide in the doorway of the Oval Office yesterday (by Pete Souza)

117 Responses to “The Week Ahead”

  1. 1 Dudette
    January 30, 2016 at 10:23 am

    • January 30, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Chips I saw you tweeting about this ‘Bernie Bros’ last night and wasn’t clued in, but thought you might mind this interesting:

      • January 30, 2016 at 10:28 am

        Ah, thanks for that LP – unbelievable stuff. Although I find Walsh’s enthusiasm for Hillary hard to take, she’s spent the last 7 years having a go at PBO because she’s never forgiven him for beating Hillary.

        But the Berniebros are something else – although, it’s Berniegals too, they’re just as awful.

        • January 30, 2016 at 10:32 am

          I don’t take much heed into Walsh’s gripes, but apparently Bernie’s campaign formally issued an apology to Clinton’s campaign….some really nasty stuff & shows the true colors of his staff, supporters, and by extent him.

          • January 30, 2016 at 1:56 pm

            That’s it. If you have to go around complaining about the behavior of your staff, then there’s something wrong. “Small” things like implying national groups endorse you when they don’t by using their logos without permission, pretending to be union members when it’s not the case, look like his campaign staff are either poorly trained, disorganized, incompetent, or all three. That does not bode well for a general election or a presidency. The choices I can see are either he is letting them do the dirty work while remaining above the fray (not good) or he doesn’t have any idea what they’re doing because he’s in his own bubble of revolution (not good). I am not a rabid Clinton supporter, but the more I hear him, the more I am moving in her direction. As one person said, there’s only one Democratic nominee who can rant and argue, wave hands around, and show up looking like they just rolled out of bed and it’s not Clinton. Or O’Malley. The times I have responded to a Sanders supporter by saying I don’t think it’s a good idea to throw out the ACA and start over, it’s been implied or stated that I’m supporting her just because she’s a woman. Probably by the same people who would have been offended by the implication that they were voting for Pres. Obama because he was black. Every woman’s group that endorses her is dismissed.

      • 15 vcprezofan2
        January 30, 2016 at 11:49 am

        I read this link re HRC that 57F posted yesterday, and I admit that it opened a slightly different (narrow) window on my view of the lady.

        • January 30, 2016 at 11:54 am

          *narrow….at least you are open to the idea…which is progress I suppose ๐Ÿ˜• Hope you have a wonderful weekend, VC! Time for me to take a nap (woke up way to early this morning)

          • 17 vcprezofan2
            January 30, 2016 at 12:02 pm

            Well, every once in a while I like to pretend I’m open-minded! ๐Ÿ˜€

            Thanks for the weekend wishes! Sending similar wishes your way….once you awaken from your nap. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. January 30, 2016 at 10:33 am

  3. 23 amk for obama
    January 30, 2016 at 10:35 am


  4. 26 Dudette
    January 30, 2016 at 10:39 am

  5. 27 Dudette
    January 30, 2016 at 10:41 am

  6. January 30, 2016 at 10:43 am


  7. January 30, 2016 at 10:48 am

    ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    “There’s no hitting snooze on inventor Simone Giertz’s Wake Up Machine. The shear shock from repeated slaps on the face is more than enough to pull you out of deep sleep and give you no chance of dozing off again. A maker based in Sweden, Giertz cobbles together outlandish contraptionsโ€”like robotic arm that feeds her cereal and a helmet that brushes her teethโ€”all in the name of getting kids stoked about electronics. To build the Wake Up Machine, Giertz connected an alarm clock to an Arduino Uno board, which controls a small motor. She placed everything in a metal Band-Aid tin and affixed a rubber arm from a Halloween storeโ€”repainted to remove the gory bitsโ€”to the motor to complete the design. In sum Giertz says, “Getting slapped in the face by a plastic arm to wake up wasn’t as painful as it may look. Probably more humiliating than painful, actually.” t’s a rude awakening, for sure, but one that’s definitely more effective and creative than the 10 morning alarms on your iPhone.”

  8. January 30, 2016 at 10:54 am

    “It’s so exciting when you finally have a loose tooth that’s ready to go under the pillow โ€” the only problem is getting the thing out. Clearly, little Addy was tired of wiggling her loose tooth around, and desperate times call for desperate measures. So her dad had the brilliant idea of attaching her tooth to a Nerf gun and firing it across the room. Luckily, Addy’s tooth was most of the way out already. Next time, maybe just let the Tooth Fairy handle it.”

  9. January 30, 2016 at 10:56 am

  10. 39 CEB
    January 30, 2016 at 10:57 am

    I love how PBO is not “going gently into that good night” but is still “raging against the dying of the light” by continuing to move us forward until the very last day of h is presidency. He is free and all out of fucks to give (in regard to those standing in the way of progress) and the country and the world is the better for it. he has broken the mold of the office, shattered it really and formed it anew. Most of us in this country will no longed suffer unintelligent, insular, selfish, out-of-touch, only-in-it-just-to be something, rather than to do something, frat boys, blowhards, and just plain old evil bastards like so many of those were before PBO. While it can be stressful to see how the media is uplifting crooks and liars (I just change the channel and refuse to click), I firmly believe that there will be a democrat who will be the next president.

  11. January 30, 2016 at 10:58 am

  12. January 30, 2016 at 10:59 am

  13. January 30, 2016 at 11:01 am

  14. January 30, 2016 at 11:02 am

    • January 30, 2016 at 11:05 am

      “A new UN study has found that female participation is an important key to achieving peace and security in the Asia Pacific region.

      While female participation and empowerment still remains a challenge for many, the study with collated data, case studies and practices have concluded that female participation and gender equality are important issues, and when addressed with more attention, can contribute to achieving a global sustainable peace in the region.

      UN Women, as a key advocator on female empowerment and gender equality amongst others, is calling for stronger and effective actions that can be implemented to ensure that women participate in peace and security talks.

      While this remains a struggle, and often challenges many women at a global scale, Taiwan and Marshall Islands are amongst some, who have recognised the importance of having female leaders.

      The two countries for the first time in history have elected their first female presidents into parliament as political leaders.

      The milestone set by the female figures in politics highlights that female participation is slowly progressing, however, there is still more support needed for female participation in their contribution to achieving sustainable peace.”

  15. January 30, 2016 at 11:02 am

    “Hersheyโ€™s chocolate scientists are now 3D printing uniquely designed candy. The confection company is taking its CocoJet 3D printer from 3D Systems to different exhibits throughout the U.S. to show chocolate lovers how this futuristic candy machine creates uniquely delicious designs. Consumers interact with a library of 3D graphics on an iPad to get the machine to form a number of chocolate designs โ€“ including complicated hexagons and intricately laced patterns. The CocoJet works on open-source patterns so itโ€™s possible to upload your own design to the CocoJet, too. According to Hersheyโ€™s tech marketing exec Jeff Mundt, itโ€™s a bit more complicated to get a figurine, but you could theoretically make yourself (or your crush friend) into a chocolate replica…continued”

  16. January 30, 2016 at 11:10 am

    OMG Meeting with McConnell and Ryan Tuesday.

  17. 58 arapaho415
    January 30, 2016 at 11:21 am

    GM TODville.

    O/T but hilarious, IMO. LOL.

  18. 65 arapaho415
    January 30, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Also, gotta run, BBL, but is this (another) example of paying less attention to a story that involves females (e.g., #SandraBland)?

    From Jan 20:

    From today (WTF — 11 MINUTES!?!):

  19. 67 Dudette
    January 30, 2016 at 11:36 am

  20. 68 vcprezofan2
    January 30, 2016 at 11:53 am

    57F led me to this link and look what I found — girls going gooey over Pres O ๐Ÿ˜‰ – some whom I’d never seen before. I think you’ll โค all the pics. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


  21. 75 Mighty Pamela
    January 30, 2016 at 11:55 am


  22. 76 Dudette
    January 30, 2016 at 11:59 am

  23. January 30, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Not as if this is any surprise to those of us who have followed President Obama’s strategy ….

    “Russian President Vladimir Putin used to seem invincible. Today, he and his regime look enervated, confused, and desperate. Increasingly, both Russian and Western commentators suggest that Russia may be on the verge of deep instability, possibly even collapse, Alexander J. Motyl wrote in an article titled “Lights Out for the Putin Regime” published by Foreign Affairs on January 27.”

    Read more on UNIAN: http://www.unian.info/economics/1250611-lights-out-for-putin-regime-foreign-affairs.html

    • January 30, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      And, it all distills to this …

      “The problem for Putin โ€” and for Russia โ€” is that the politicalโ€“economic system is resistant to change.”

      That’s what happens when you have any system of governance other than a robust democracy. Period.

  24. 84 Dudette
    January 30, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    See ya later!

  25. January 30, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Hey from Iowa, where there’s only 2 days, 7 hours and 17 minutes until the caucuses! Today’s story is about a lady who’s 102 years old and wants to vote in her 20th Presidential election – that’s some impressive civic duty: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2016/01/29/iowan-ruline-steininger-hillary-clinton-presidential-vote/79528196/. I hope she makes it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. 86 JER
    January 30, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Good Afternoon BFF and TOD.

  27. 87 JER
    January 30, 2016 at 1:18 pm

  28. January 30, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    • 89 0388jojothecat
      January 30, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      But they are going to try to indict HRC for having emails that became Top Secret after she turned them over from her private server and she was NOT the one who originated the email.

      • January 30, 2016 at 2:18 pm

        …and if I understand correctly, the email was classified *after the fact*. It seems that this is not necessarily uncommon in government…e-mail is sent, people are copied, mail is forwarded, and later is classified as top secret. Then, everyone in the string has to be tracked down and their email account “handled”. The media is trying to make it seem as if it’s just her. I wonder how many people who are investigating her are guilty of the same? [Remember the fall-out from Clinton’s impeachment?]

        They’ve been likening this to General Petraeus…yet it appears he’s only getting a slap on the wrist. No demotion. No loss of benefits. HRC’s situation was what *could* have happened. Petraeus’ situation was what *did* happen.

  29. January 30, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I don’t understand the endorseement of both parties

    • 92 globalcitizenlinda
      January 30, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      the desire to promote kaisch is all about Ohio in the general … hoping for a competitive race

  30. January 30, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      January 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm


  31. January 30, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    So according to Cesar Vargas365 if I don’t vote for Bernie Sanders I am a traitors House Negro. And another Bernie supporter Michael Sainota told me (told all who love FLOTUS) that First Lady Michelle Obama isn’t a good enough First Lady to represent me. Now is this the kind of supporters Bernie Sanders have? No wonder Sanders is having trouble getting the black vote. He won’t get mines that’s for sure.

  32. 97 hopefruit2
    January 30, 2016 at 1:44 pm

  33. January 30, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      January 30, 2016 at 2:05 pm


  34. January 30, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Prior to setting up his own personal debate, ostensibly to raise money for veterans groups, 2016 GOP presidential contender Donald Trump received a letter from a Queens, New York veterans organization asking for a donation so they could help homeless vets

    What they received instead was quite different, reports the New York Daily News.

    A bumper sticker reading; โ€œTrump โ€“ Make America Great Again.โ€ along with note, โ€œUnfortunately we are unable to make donations from the campaign…Mr. Trump is very passionate about giving veterans the best life possible!โ€ and was signed โ€œTeam Trump.โ€

    According to Veterans-in-Command President Larry Robertson, the group sent off a request to native son Trump over a year ago asking for a donation for the cash-strapped organization that deals with assisting homeless vets…. โ€œWe never wrote to his campaign,โ€ Robertson explained. … since that time they have received requests from the Trump campaign to support the candidate which the veteran finds puzzling.

  35. 105 globalcitizenlinda
    January 30, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    I have written this here before but it bears repeating.

    as a resident of Ohio, I know first hand that kaisch’s policies are not moderate. any effort to promote him as such is fallacy and well-oiled, Koch-financed PR enterprise/project;

    he only pretends to be moderate because of the experience he had early on in his first term.

    he tried to push union bursting and he lost badly … guess he had forgotten that OH is one of the strong union state.

    after that defeat, he got a new scheme which is to let his gop-dominated gerrymandered legislature push through koch-designed policies while he takes the back seat (he had been the front-man on union bursting).

    after the legislature passes these policies, he proudly signs them while saying less bombastic things than when he first got into office.

    his being called “a moderate” is the same pure con-game, similar to shrub’s pretense of “compassionate conservatism”.

    it is no surprise he takes this approach because he worked very closely with shrub, and he is being advised by many of the people who worked with shrub;

    he has met many times with the koch brothers;

    he was also a highly paid executive of the defunct Lehman brothers as it crushed the economy.

    I hope people here can spread the facts about kaisch and not let the media and beltway pretend that he is a moderate.

    • January 30, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      Sounds like he is also taking some tips from Michigan’s Snyder, who also campaigned as a moderate, nerdy businessman. He didn’t make a big splash like Walker but he’s ruined the schools, the roads, taxed seniors, and done everything but outlaw unions. There ARE no moderate Republicans only sneaky Republicans. Anyone who has GOP attached to their name is a reactionary and anyone who falls for the moderate hype is a fool.

    • January 30, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      So true!!! He is a pretender.There is plenty of history to look up and talk about if the media would be so inclined.

    January 30, 2016 at 2:14 pm


  37. 109 globalcitizenlinda
    January 30, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    may be the reason Gen. David Petraeus is not being demoted is simply because he knows too much …. he has played a role in many clandestine activities so as they say “silence is golden”

    • 110 globalcitizenlinda
      January 30, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      by the way, do people here remember how many in the beltway were already crowning him as the best person to run as a gop presidential candidate

    • January 30, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      If he divulged such information, couldn’t/shouldn’t he then court marshalled? Oh right, he did…and he wasn’t.

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