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President Obama Presents the Medal of Honor

11:15: The President presents the Medal of Honor to Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers, U.S. Navy.


116 Responses to “President Obama Presents the Medal of Honor”


  1. 7 Dudette
    February 29, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Congrats 57af!

  2. 9 jacquelineoboomer
    February 29, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Job well done, Senior Chief Byers.

  3. 10 Dudette
    February 29, 2016 at 11:38 am

    What a beautiful ceremony!

  4. 11 Dudette
    February 29, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Wiping back tears!

  5. 12 amk for obama
    February 29, 2016 at 11:41 am

    The political arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus — CHC BOLD PAC — is set to endorse Hillary Clinton at a press conference at the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters on Monday morning, in yet another sign of the presidential front-runner’s strength in Washington and among Hispanic leaders.

    The move is hardly a surprise considering that most of the caucus members are publicly backing Clinton, but it’s still a useful endorsement as she looks to effectively seal the nomination against Bernie Sanders on Super Tuesday. Among the states voting on Tuesday is Texas, which has a large Hispanic population.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/congressional-hispanic-caucus-pac-backs-clinton-219946#ixzz41Zm18xVC

    • 13 57andfemale
      February 29, 2016 at 11:55 am

      Joe Cirincione, one of the finest minds concerning nuclear proliferation and FP and someone I deeply respect, joined the Sanders FP team. He likes his plan to reduce nuclear weapons. He said that PBO had that stance during his campaign and then the policy stalled. He was part of PBO’s FP team during the campaigns. He did, however, praise PBO for the Iran deal, which he has done wholeheartedly and repeatedly. He said that the success of the Iranian elections is directly tied to that deal, and he had nothing but praise for Sec. Kerry.

      But I was taken aback to hear he was on Sanders’ team. And he had some disturbing comments on Hillary and Libya. Joe understands that sometimes intervention is necessary. I hope he doesn’t think BS is actually going to give a damn about FP, but I must admit it was a shrewd move on Sanders’ part. Didn’t make me happy this morning.

      • 14 jacquelineoboomer
        February 29, 2016 at 12:03 pm

        It just shows the various nuances in this campaign, a bit amazing at times. I just thank our lucky stars that our two candidates are who they are, flaws included, some larger than others, and that they are NOT those RWNJs like Trump and the like. They’re going down. And they must go down, before they bring down our country much more than they’ve already tried!

      • 15 amk for obama
        February 29, 2016 at 12:09 pm

        joe who?

        • 16 57andfemale
          February 29, 2016 at 12:44 pm

          He really is a great guy, although if he’s going to go emoprog on me, he’s off my list. Understand, he has been a lion of support for PBO on the Iran deal and he has always loved PBO since his days in the Senate working on nuclear proliferation with Richard Lugar. That being said, he said that BS wasn’t going to get rid of our stockpile, just unilaterally reduce it some. I don’t think he realizes the zealot that he’s dealing with here: this is the liar that said he would keep ACA, when his own plan obliterates all health care in the country except single payer. He’s a liar in order to get support. He cannot possibly think that we are safe in Bernie’s hands. He’ll sit on them, his precious principle, and watch the world blow up. So even though Joe has been one of my heroes on FP, I’m having some serious doubts.

      • February 29, 2016 at 12:23 pm

        He said that PBO had that stance during his campaign and then the policy stalled…

        ************************
        Everyone seems to have their “pet” Projects…the policy has not stalled…getting rid of nuclear weapons and material in the world requires cooperation…i wonder what Joe thinking is the Presidents move to get chemical weapons out of Syria…

        sigh…

        reminds me of how those in the environmental movement were critical of the President…because once again he has not done enough…

        now here’s JOE…i wonder what he thinks Bernie Sanders is going to do….or can do……

        • 18 57andfemale
          February 29, 2016 at 12:40 pm

          Well, his field of expertise is nuclear issues. He really is a great guy and a great mind. My impression from the interview this morning was about what we were doing with our own stockpile of nuclear weapons. Bernie wants to unilaterally reduce our numbers – not eliminate but reduce. It was the position PBO took in 2008. But I don’t know how much Congress can muck that up. And if Joe Cirincione doesn’t know that Presidents need the cooperation of Congress, then he has gone down in my estimation.

        • 19 Obama Grandmama
          February 29, 2016 at 1:12 pm

          Sometimes I think there are many people thinking the GOP are opposing PBO only because he is Black and that any White opposition figure could get everything they wanted done merely because they are from the same race. Another words, Bernie supporters think because Bernie is a White man he can get everything he wants.
          My thoughts on the topic from a different perspective, Native American/White, are that our PBO received unprecedented disrespect and opposition bolstered due to his ethnicity. The emboldened instigators counted on the corporate owned media’s lack of outrage and furthering the opposition talking points while not presenting proven facts. They also counted on the underlying racist atmosphere still demonstrated in our society. My thoughts are this was only brought to the surface due to the racial aspect. It has been there in coded language and attempts to undermine average people’s rights and benefits in favor of the 1% for a long time. Bernie has been talking about this forever.
          PBO consistently speaks about this unfairness and has for his entire presidency. He has tried to tax the wealthy in order to correct this with OFA helping with Congressional pleas. It is not a new problem. It is only more evident. The first step in correcting a problem is recognizing there is a problem. By PBO enduring the onslaught of this strong hateful racial rhetoric he has brought the problem to the surface in a way no one else could. He expertly maneuvered his way through this unimaginable mess with generosity, strength of character, and tolerance. He is a man for the history books. However, I do not think another no matter what race he/she is can step in and make everything right. Change is a lengthy process with many set backs. Hope endures.

          • February 29, 2016 at 1:19 pm

            However, I do not think another no matter what race he/she is can step in and make everything right. Change is a lengthy process with many set backs. Hope endures.

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            i think white privilege…and not seeing the role that racism plays…blinds folks to this reality

            • 21 Obama Grandmama
              February 29, 2016 at 8:13 pm

              I agree that someone cannot step in and do better that was my point. They just think they can. It may be a beginning point for slow change though.

          • 22 catrst
            February 29, 2016 at 1:21 pm

            Wonderful comment. Thanks.

      • February 29, 2016 at 1:00 pm

        I’ve been sensing this judging from his tweets. I’m disappointed to say the least. I just cannot see someone with BS’ temperament handling our foreign affairs with delicacy.

        • 24 57andfemale
          February 29, 2016 at 1:10 pm

          I’m really upset about it, meta. He can’t possibly think that BS can run the nuances of FP. He’s just not capable of those serious judgments. I guess I’ve missed the tweets from Joe that led to this. And apparently the NYT hit job on Hillary and Libya was his source of information on that issue. Sigh.

          • February 29, 2016 at 1:16 pm

            It really irks me because I’ve been very supportive of Cirincione’s work and had no idea he felt this way about POTUS. ARGH.

            • 26 57andfemale
              February 29, 2016 at 1:21 pm

              Oh, meta, I’m so glad to talk to someone about this. I was shocked. I have never heard Joe say nothing that wasn’t supportive of PBO, and now this? And he used the “judgment” word about Libya, that Hillary chose “regime change” & PBO went along. At the time, it looked like it was going to work. And I can just hear the shrieking if they’d left Gaddafi there. PBO can’t win with these people no matter what he does.

              Does Joe honestly think BS is any way competent to lead this nation in a complex world? He barely knows what he’s talking about, doesn’t care, and will rest on “principle” when he does nothing. I’m soooooo disappointed.

              • February 29, 2016 at 1:30 pm

                I KNOW!!!! My only thought is that Joe somehow sees this as a chance to be in the spotlight or something. IOW, opportunistic! It really all just sickens me. But to put his reputation at stake lining up with Sanders? And to put any of this on PBO? It’s CRAZY. I mean, PBO has DONE MORE than anyone to rid our world of nuclear weapons. I really really don’t get it.

  6. 28 mtmarilyn
    February 29, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Good morning TODville!!! We are having spring weather in Montana. The last two weeks our daily average is between 40 and 50 and acouple of days have been warmer that that. Also the nights have barely been below freezing. This is so unusual for us. There is snow on the mountain tops just not down around us. Our weather is changing to much. We don’t have much winter at all.

    The ceremony was so moving.

    Have a wonderful Leap Day!

  7. February 29, 2016 at 11:46 am

    😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    bbl …. Hope your leap-day is going hippity hoppity well 🙂

  8. 34 Dakota
    February 29, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Good Morn-tink!!!

    Happy Leap Year Day everyone and Congratulations to Chief Byers.

  9. 35 4morefor44
    February 29, 2016 at 11:55 am

  10. 36 57andfemale
    February 29, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Alan Grayson has endorsed BS. We’ll hear all day about the “flood” of congressional endorsements.

  11. February 29, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    From Benen:

    New CNN poll

    1. Donald Trump: 49% (up from 41% in CNN’s poll in January)

    2. Marco Rubio: 16% (up from 8%)

    3. Ted Cruz: 15% (down from 19%)

    4. Ben Carson: 10% (up from 6%)

    5. John Kasich: 6% (up from 1%)

    Note, this poll was conducted from Wednesday to Saturday, so it includes the days following last week’s debate, which was held on Thursday.

    • 57 jacquelineoboomer
      February 29, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks. Anxious to see if the numbers move after their shenanigans this past weekend, including Trump’s KKK “endorsement.”

  12. 58 amk for obama
    February 29, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    yup, the only way to beat the kkklowns. rest is all just noise.

  13. 60 jacquelineoboomer
    February 29, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Looks like Cruz is gonna wear his jeans and cowboy boots all the time he’s in Texas, not a good look for him. Of course, no look’s a good look for him, there’s that. Ugh.

  14. 61 Dudette
    February 29, 2016 at 12:13 pm

  15. 62 jacquelineoboomer
    February 29, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    W’s old Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, is all over the place these days – now, he’s endorsing Kasich. WHY did they all have to come out of hiding? Did they learn nothing from Jeb’s failures to attract voters? Do they not know reminding everybody of W and Dick is a negative?

  16. 65 Dudette
    February 29, 2016 at 12:16 pm

  17. 71 jacquelineoboomer
    February 29, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Wow – Huge crowd lining up on the streets of Boston outside the venue, to see Hillary. (On a side note, I love that city!)

  18. 75 Dudette
    February 29, 2016 at 12:35 pm

  19. 76 Dudette
    February 29, 2016 at 12:57 pm

  20. February 29, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I missed the ceremony but just watched it on video. OMG, what an emotional event. Definitely a MUST see.

    Wonder if any of the Navy Seals from the OBL mission have received the MOH?

  21. February 29, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    I am so very proud of our VP. The way he was received at the Oscars last night just filled me with tremendous gratitude.

  22. 83 57andfemale
    February 29, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Bernie is effing creepy:

    • 84 Obama Grandmama
      February 29, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      Was this quote from 2016 or some distant past youthful belief? If it is current thinking BS is far more dangerous than I even imagined.

  23. 85 Dudette
    February 29, 2016 at 1:19 pm

  24. 86 Dudette
    February 29, 2016 at 1:20 pm

  25. 87 Dudette
    February 29, 2016 at 1:20 pm

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  27. 89 Dudette
    February 29, 2016 at 1:21 pm

  28. 90 No Child Left Behind
    February 29, 2016 at 1:23 pm

  29. 91 Dudette
    February 29, 2016 at 1:23 pm

  30. 92 57andfemale
    February 29, 2016 at 1:25 pm

  31. 94 Allison
    February 29, 2016 at 1:41 pm

  32. 108 Allison
    February 29, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Will he announce his pending indictment???

    • 109 jacquelineoboomer
      February 29, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      If true how the audio was portrayed, the mic caught Trump telling Christie to get on the plane and go home. More than once. Whatever he meant, guess Christie isn’t going to go home and sit quietly. As you said, Allison, maybe he’ll be denying his guilt.

    • 110 Dudette
      February 29, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      Yeh, screw Christie. I’ll be listening to what’s happening on the space station.

  33. 111 No Child Left Behind
    February 29, 2016 at 1:59 pm

  34. 112 No Child Left Behind
    February 29, 2016 at 2:02 pm

  35. February 29, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    {{{{sniffles}}}}

  36. February 29, 2016 at 2:53 pm


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