September 14, 2013 at 12:00 am #96628
This week, the President represented the US at the G20 in St. Petersburg, addressed the nation on the ongoing crisis in Syria, and honored the 12th anniversary of September 11th at the Pentagon and with a service project, while the Vice President highlighted infrastructure improvements and the First Lady traveled to Watertown, WI to ask Americans to drink more water
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And always, have a peaceful day.September 14, 2013 at 12:00 am #96629
Good Morning, EveryoneSeptember 14, 2013 at 3:06 pm #96634
– – ☺ @NerdyWonka
Thank you POTUS. RT @hhassan140: Syria wanted 30 days to reveal details of its chemical weapons. The US insisted on one week. 7 days it is.
—-☺ – @GoodGirlRoxy
@NerdyWonka POTUS once again positioned the US in alignment w/ who he is as a person; if not police of the world certainly its conscience.
Retweeted by Nerdy Wonka
- – –☺ @NerdyWonka
Thank you, President Obama. RT @MarthaRaddatz: It is a very good day when there is a deal to get rid of Syria’a chem weapons. What a week.
Assad denies he has CW
Putin denies Assad used CW
POTUS puts military option on table, details CW plan
Assad surrenders CW
Thank you POTUS
– – -☺@gregpinelo
If only liberals fought the Republicans half as hard as they fight President Obama.
Retweeted by Nerdy WonkaSeptember 14, 2013 at 3:06 pm #96635
Pres. Obama’s list:
2008 and 2012 election ✔
DADT Repeal ✔
Deficit Reduction ✔
Bin Laden ✔
Saved GM ✔
Syria ✔September 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm #96636
U.S., Russia reach deal on Syrian weapons
GENEVA — U.S. and Russia announce agreement to secure, destroy Syrian chemical weapons as soon as safely possible; Syria must submit accounting of arsenal within a week.September 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm #96637
Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer hospitalized twice last week
By Rebecca Shabad – 09/13/13 06:51 PM ET
President Obama’s chief strategist, Dan Pfeiffer, was hospitalized twice last week due to “stroke-like symptoms,” the White House confirmed to The New York Times on Friday.
“We are happy and relieved to have Dan back at work full-time,” White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage told The Times. “He’s feeling better, listening to his doctors and focused on helping implement the president’s very full domestic and foreign policy agenda.”
Pfeiffer, 37, first became ill during a dinner on Sept. 4 at a restaurant in downtown Washington. He then checked into George Washington University hospital to undergo tests, and was monitored overnight, Brundage said.September 14, 2013 at 3:11 pm #96638
Not a word yet from @chucktodd, @jaketapper etc on Syria deal, if talks had broken down they’d have been all over Twitter like a rash.September 14, 2013 at 3:12 pm #96639
Jeff Fecke @jkfecke6m
Boy, Obama sure got lucky with Syria. And health care reform. And DADT repeal. And Iraq. And beating Romney. And beating McCain. And…September 14, 2013 at 3:13 pm #96640
Obama’s Magnificent Stealth Negotiation with Putin http://onforb.es/17qCSOG via @forbesSeptember 14, 2013 at 3:17 pm #96641
I don’t mind being called an Obamabot that much. Just like the President decided to embrace the label “Obamacare” that was initially meant as a slam, I suspect history will vindicate that supporting this administration was the right call.
What I’ve typically reacted to negatively is the idea that I blindly trust President Obama because the fact is – I have my eyes wide open and am watching a fascinating presidency unfold. Over time what has happened is that when I don’t see the whole picture yet, I’ve learned to slow down my reactions and wait until I get more information. I also remind myself of who this man is that we’ve elected twice and how he’s handled things in the past.
All of this came into play when it became clear that President Obama was considering a military strike against Syria because the Assad regime had used chemical weapons against his own people. I knew from watching him closely that he had rather boldly stood up to his own national security team when they united last fall to propose that the US intervene in the Syrian civil war. And so I was pretty confident that he had come to this position both reluctantly and thoughtfully. As I’ve said previously, my concerns were more about the efficacy of strikes rather than the ridiculous notion that this man was some kind of warmonger. And so I reminded myself of the process President Obama used when he made the decision to intervene in Libya and assumed he’d done the same thing this time.
I can’t say that I ever really embraced the idea of military strikes against Syria. But what I can say is that I figured that President Obama was telling the truth about his intentions and that he’d made the best decision he could with the information he had. Doing so doesn’t always mean success or landing on the perfect solution. No human is capable of always doing that. But its the best we can hope for from a president in an imperfect world.
There is still a lot of work to be done on Syria, but this morning I can see demonstrated proof that my trust in President Obama is vindicated. SoS Kerry has brokered a deal with his Russian counterpart to identify and destroy Assad’s chemical weapons. What is specifically vindicated is not just that this administration had always been working behind the scenes on the “carrot” of diplomacy as an alternative to the “stick” of military intervention. If this deal goes through, it also proves that dealing with Assad’s chemical weapons was ALWAYS the President’s motivation in all this. That is a critical point because it shows that he is ushering in a new approach to US foreign policy.September 14, 2013 at 3:39 pm #96642
It’s not just GOP that’s scared of Obamacare success
I’ve mentioned before that, as someone who runs a small business (nonprofit), I’m really exited about the health care exchanges that are about to come online next month as part of Obamacare. In Minnesota they’re going to be called MNsure and we’re starting to get a peek at what they’ll look like. I just talked with my Board of Directors last week about getting ready to review our options and make a decision about whether or not to sign up.
But this week we got a packet of information from our current health insurance provider. Our renewal with them is scheduled to happen March 2014. They are offering their current small business customers the opportunity to renew early at close to current rates with a warning that if we don’t, Obamacare will likely mean steep increases in our premiums.
Here’s the catch…we have to renew by September 15, two weeks before we have the opportunity to compare the rates they’re offering to those on the exchanges. Fuckers!!!!!!
Guess its full speed ahead on MNsure for this small business.September 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm #96643
Black faces to expect on TV this fall and winter (SLIDESHOW)
by Carrie Healey | September 13, 2013 at 4:19 PM
As the fall television season kicks off, theGrio created a slideshow of the black stars you will see on the small screen this coming fall and winter.
Some stars are returning to well-established roles, while others are starring in pilots for brand new shows.
Click through the slideshow and let us know which show you are looking forward to watching.September 14, 2013 at 4:00 pm #96644
For Hillary Clinton, past presents both pride and peril as she weighs 2016 presidential bid
By Dan Balz, Saturday, September 14, 12:10 PM E-mail the writer
Two worlds of Hillary Rodham Clinton intersected this past week. Together they underscored not only why the former secretary of state is seen as perhaps the dominant unelected politician in the country today, but also the concerns among some of her Democratic supporters as she considers a return to the political arena in 2016.
As President Obama and Clinton’s successor at State, John F. Kerry, grappled with the how best to respond to Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons during a dizzying week of diplomacy and threats of military action, Clinton was enjoying a fresh round of accolades and honors. The contrast between her recent past life and her current life was striking.
Ghosts of 2008 campaign
In between Clinton’s two public appearances this past week came unexpected news, which grew out of a long-standing federal investigation into political corruption in the capital city, particularly the activities of Washington businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson.
As first reported in The Post this past week, investigators have been looking into Thompson’s role in financing a shadow campaign set up to aid Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid.
At a moment in early 2008, when Clinton’s campaign was in trouble and in debt, her advisers were approached by Troy White, a New York marketing executive and music promoter, who wanted to set up “street teams” to help build support for Clinton in several states with upcoming primaries. According to court documents and subsequent reporting by Post reporters, the offer was rejected by Guy Cecil, the campaign’s national political director.
Then, through the intercession of Minyon Moore, a senior adviser to Clinton, White’s services were enlisted, not under the Clinton campaign umbrella but for a separate and seemingly secret operation. Thompson, who is under investigation for allegedly financing a secret operation for D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), reportedly provided $600,000 in financing.
Clinton campaign officials and Moore have been cooperating fully with federal prosecutors, who are believed to be focused on building a case against Thompson, not going after Clinton’s campaign. Moore is a veteran of Democratic politics and campaigns and well regarded in Democratic circles. She is not a target of prosecutors and her lawyers believe that if she made a mistake, it may have been in assuming that all of what White was doing was being handled properly.September 14, 2013 at 5:19 pm #96645
From Desertflower at TOD:
“Obama has once again triumphed at home and abroad.
I dare say that this is why they hate this man so much. He always
leaves them looking like the simple fools they are. They get out witted,
out played and out lasted. PBO is a survivor and long term thinker.
These morons STILL haven’t figured that out after 5 years. Fools, made to look more foolish every single day.”September 14, 2013 at 5:22 pm #96646
How “Obama Derangement Syndrome” is unlike that of Bush
By Liberal Librarian
When we accuse some right-winger of having “Obama Derangement Syndrome”, he will just scoff and point out that the Left was consumed with “Bush Derangement Syndrome” from 2001-2009. And to a certain extent, they’d be somewhat correct. For myself, I could only grudgingly applaud Mr. Bush for such things as AIDS initiatives for Africa, and his support for immigration reform.
But here’s the difference: I could acknowledge his (few) successes. For a Republican, reaching out to Africa and immigrants were things which went against the base, and required a certain bravery. The thing is, however, that the rest of his policies were so disastrous for the country that his few successes were dwarfed by them. From squandering record surpluses to crashing the economy to getting us mired in two mismanaged wars, his administration was a catalog of failure. It was already heading toward failure before 9/11; there was no doubt that he’d be a one term president. When the attacks occurred, he was able to refashion himself as a “war president”—a war he proceeded to prosecute in the most incompetent manner, sullying the nation’s ideals and honor. There was “Bush Derangement Syndrome” because everything he touched turned to lead. He didn’t kill bin Laden; he trapped us in disastrous wars; he oversaw a mass transfer of wealth to the already wealthy. So, while I agree that in some things he did well, they were drowned by his cacophony of failure.
Now let us turn to President Obama’s record. It began by him being the first African American elected president. He was able to pass a stimulus package which stanched the bleeding of the Great Recession. The US economy runs on two pillars: real estate and automobile manufacturing; real estate was on its knees; he saved the auto industry, without which the whole world would have sunk into a depression. He then fulfilled the great Democratic dream, passing comprehensive health reform, which would bring affordable health care to nearly every American. That achievement led to the GOP takeover of the House in 2010 in backlash, because some on the Left had a snit (more on that later). With the GOP in control of one house, he brilliantly conducted actions which stymied their most cherished goals, and preserved his priorities in the budget. Then against all the caterwauling of the media, he won a second term, in a convincing fashion. Then just this weekend, rattling a saber which opponents know he will use, he achieved a diplomatic resolution to Syria’s chemical weapon use, making the Autocrat of All the Russias climb down from his recalcitrant stance. And, of course, we can’t forget his other great triumph, along with Obamacare: healing that great wound in the American psyche by finally bringing Osama bin Laden to justice.
If you stack Obama’s record against Bush’s, an impartial observer would agree that the current president’s is much more impressive and transformative than that of the previous one’s.
But here is where ODS is markedly different that BDS: not one right winger will acknowledge that Obama has done anything correctly. They will either say that success is actually failure for the flag, mom, and apple pie; or, if it they admit that a particular action was successful, they will attribute that success to luck, or to the work of others under Obama, or, as in the case of Syria, to the peace-loving nature of a Russian strongman.
Obama Derangement Syndrome is different because it’s all-consuming. Nothing that he does can be credited. Everything he does must be deligitimized. He has to be shown as an empty suit, a buffoon, a clown, an incompetent, someone good at entertaining with speeches but completely out of his depth at governing. The more success he racks up, the greater the volume of this banshee wailing. The Republican Party and the Right in general have ceased standing for anything positive; they merely exist to oppose Obama in everything, no matter the damage it will do to the state. The Right’s only purpose is to conduct a scorched-earth campaign against the president.
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