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  1. WH

    Sunday Sep. 12, 2010

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    Pres Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  2. June 19, 2009

    J.W. Marriott
    Washington, D.C.

    9:32 A.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Buenos días.
    AUDIENCE: Buenos días.

    THE PRESIDENT: It is good to see everybody here. Just a few quick acknowledgments. Our outstanding Secretary of Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, is here. Please give her a big round of applause. (Applause.) The great governor of the state of Pennsylvania, Ed Rendell. (Applause.) Two special members of my staff that I want all of you to get to know. First of all, we have a White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships — if you haven’t already met him, Joshua DeBois is just a wonderful young man, please give him a big round of applause; he helps to organize a lot of our faith outreach. (Applause.) And our director of Intergovernmental Affairs, one of my favorite people, Cecilia Muñoz, please give her a big round of applause. (Applause.)

    I want to thank Reverend Cortes for the wonderful introduction and the wonderful prayer for me and my family. I want to thank Esperanza, and all of you who worked so hard to put together the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast and Conference. And I also want to join you in honoring the work of Adolfo Carrion Sr. on this Father’s Day weekend — (applause) — on this Father’s Day weekend I know that my director of Urban Affairs, Adolfo’s son, is particularly proud of his dad. I also want to thank all of you for the work that you do each and every day. Through your service to your communities, you represent the very best in our country. And I’m honored to join you in prayer this morning.

    At a time when there’s no shortage of challenges to occupy our time, it’s even more important to step back, and to give thanks, and to seek guidance from each other — but most importantly, from God. That’s what we’ve come here to do.

    For the entire article:

    • September 10, 2010

      Press Conference by President Obama

      Anne Kornblut [Washington Post reporter asks a question]

      Q Thank you, Mr. President. Nine years after the September 11th attacks, why do you think it is that we are now seeing such an increase in suspicion and outright resentment of Islam, especially given that it has been one of your priorities to increase — to improve relations with the Muslim world?

      THE PRESIDENT: I think that at a time when the country is anxious generally and going through a tough time, then fears can surface, suspicions, divisions can surface in a society. And so I think that plays a role in it.

      One of the things that I most admired about President Bush was after 9/11, him being crystal-clear about the fact that we were not at war with Islam. We were at war with terrorists and murderers who had perverted Islam, had stolen its banner to carry out their outrageous acts. And I was so proud of the country rallying around that idea, that notion that we are not going to be divided by religion; we’re not going to be divided by ethnicity. We are all Americans. We stand together against those who would try to do us harm.

      And that’s what we’ve done over the last nine years. And we should take great pride in that. And I think it is absolutely important now for the overwhelming majority of the American people to hang on to that thing that is best in us, a belief in religious tolerance, clarity about who our enemies are — our enemies are al Qaeda and their allies who are trying to kill us, but have killed more Muslims than just about anybody on Earth. We have to make sure that we don’t start turning on each other.

      And I will do everything that I can as long as I am President of the United States to remind the American people that we are one nation under God, and we may call that God different names but we remain one nation. And as somebody who relies heavily on my Christian faith in my job, I understand the passions that religious faith can raise. But I’m also respectful that people of different faiths can practice their religion, even if they don’t subscribe to the exact same notions that I do, and that they are still good people, and they are my neighbors and they are my friends, and they are fighting alongside us in our battles.

      And I want to make sure that this country retains that sense of purpose. And I think tomorrow is a wonderful day for us to remind ourselves of that.”

      For the entire transcript:


      President Obama: 9/11 a Day to Remember Religious Tolerance

      Uploaded by PBSNewsHour on Sep 10, 2010

      • Obama talks about his faith

        8/21/12 12:44 PM EDT POLITICO44

        In an interview with the Washington National Cathedral magazine, President Obama discussed how his faith influenced his politics — saying that at the end of the day ‘God is in control.’

        “First and foremost, my Christian faith gives me a perspective and security that I don’t think I would have otherwise: that I am loved. That, at the end of the day, God is in control,” Obama said.

        Obama also tied faith in God to his belief in a compassionate role for government.

        “Faith tells us that there is something about this world that ties our interest to the welfare of a child who can’t get the health care they need, or a parent who can’t find work after the plant shut down, or a family going hungry,” Obama told the magazine.

        “Faith has always provided a moral framework and vocabulary for this country to come to terms with its most pressing challenges. One of the great things about this nation is that it is a place where people from all walks of life can advocate on behalf of their faith and beliefs and be open about what drives and motivates them,” Obama said.

        “From slavery to the suffrage movement to civil rights, faith — and the moral obligations that derive from our faith — have always helped us to navigate some of our greatest moral challenges with a recognition that there’s something bigger than ourselves: we have obligations that extend beyond our own self-interest,” Obama said.

        Obama also briefly addressed the ongoing (false) doubts about his faith — including rumors that he is a Muslim (which he is not).

        “I have a job to do as president, and that does not involve convincing folks that my faith in Jesus is legitimate and real. I do my best to live out my faith, and to stay in the Word, and to make my life look more like His,” Obama said “What I can do is just keep on following Him, and serve others—trying to make folks’ lives a little better using this humbling position that I hold.”

        Obama also nodded to religious pluralism in the U.S. — and the idea that there are people of many faiths in the country.

        “This country has a rich tradition of seeking to create an environment where people of different beliefs can live together and share common goals. As Americans, I think we understand that—in protecting our ability to advocate for our own positions—we must protect the ability of those who come from different backgrounds and beliefs to do so as well. Faith demands that we see the image of God in one another and respect it,” Obama said.

        “Faith can express itself in people in many ways, and I think it is important that we not make faith alone a barometer of a person’s worth, value, or character,” Obama said.

  3. February 04, 2010
    Remarks by the President at the National Prayer Breakfast

    Washington Hilton
    Washington, D.C.

    9:08 A.M. EST

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you very much. Please be seated.

    Thank you so much. Heads of state, Cabinet members, my outstanding Vice President, members of Congress, religious leaders, distinguished guests, Admiral Mullen — it’s good to see all of you. Let me begin by acknowledging the co-chairs of this breakfast, Senators Isakson and Klobuchar, who embody the sense of fellowship at the heart of this gathering. They’re two of my favorite senators. Let me also acknowledge the director of my faith-based office, Joshua DuBois, who is here. Where’s Joshua? He’s out there somewhere. He’s doing great work. (Applause.)

    I want to commend Secretary Hillary Clinton on her outstanding remarks, and her outstanding leadership at the State Department. She’s doing good every day. (Applause.) I’m especially pleased to see my dear friend, Prime Minister Zapatero, and I want him to relay America’s greetings to the people of Spain. And Johnny, you are right, I’m deeply blessed, and I thank God every day for being married to Michelle Obama. (Applause.)

    I’m privileged to join you once again, as my predecessors have for over half a century. Like them, I come here to speak about the ways my faith informs who I am — as a President, and as a person. But I’m also here for the same reason that all of you are, for we all share a recognition — one as old as time — that a willingness to believe, an openness to grace, a commitment to prayer can bring sustenance to our lives.

    For the entire article:

    • All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when the mothers of Israelis and Palestinians can see their children grow up without fear, when the holy land of the three great faiths is the place of peace that God intended it to be, when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed — peace be upon them — joined in prayer.

      BARACK OBAMA, speech, Jun. 4, 2009

  4. Office of the Press Secretary, September 10, 2010:

    Presidential Proclamation–National Days of Prayer and Remembrance

    In commemoration of the tragedies of September 11, 2001, we come together as Americans each September to honor the memory of the women, men, and children lost in New York City, in rural Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon. We renew our commitment to those who lost the comfort and companionship of loved ones and friends in those moments, and we mourn with them.

    This year’s National Days of Prayer and Remembrance are a time to express our everlasting gratitude for the countless acts of valor on September 11, 2001, and in the dark days that followed. Innocent men and women were beginning a routine day at work on a beautiful September morning when they tragically lost their lives in a horrific moment of violence. We are forever indebted to the firefighters, police officers, and other first responders who put their lives on the line to help evacuate and rescue individuals trapped in offices and elevators. Rushing into chaos and burning buildings, many gave their lives so others might live. We continue to draw inspiration from the unflagging service rendered by volunteers who contributed to the recovery effort, including civilians and servicemembers.

    At this somber time, we also pause to remember the sacrifices of the men and women in uniform who have lost their lives serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, while promoting freedom and security. When their country faced crisis and uncertainty, a new generation of Americans stepped forward and volunteered to serve. Their selfless contributions are immeasurable and must never be forgotten. We honor the members of America’s Armed Forces who have left the comfort of home to protect our Nation. We pray for their protection from every danger as they carry out their vital missions.

    At a time of national tragedy, we relied upon the strength and resilience that has marked the pages of American history. Many Americans turned to God, and lifted up their fellow Americans in prayer. On these solemn days, let us remember that from the destruction of that morning, we came together as a people and a country, united in our grief and joined in common purpose to save, serve, and rebuild. The legacy of the lives lost nine Septembers ago and in defense of our Nation — of husbands and fathers, wives and mothers, cherished children, and dear friends and loved ones — reinforces our resolve to unite with one another, for the country we all love and the values for which we stand.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Friday, September 10, through Sunday, September 12, 2010, as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance. I ask that the people of the United States honor and remember the victims of September 11, 2001, and their loved ones through prayer, contemplation, memorial services, the visiting of memorials, the ringing of bells, evening candlelight remembrance vigils, and other appropriate ceremonies and activities. I invite people around the world to participate in this commemoration.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.


  5. whitehouse | June 03, 2009 –

    Muslim Americans Serving in the U.S. Government

    The United States government reflects the rich diversity of the American population. Meet three Muslim Americans who freely retain and express their own faith identities while serving their nation.

    • VOAvideo | July 15, 2008 –

      Flushing, New York, is proud of its religious diversity

      The neighborhood of Flushing in New York City’s borough of Queens, just outside Manhattan, has been a model for religious freedom since the 1600s. Back then, members of The Society of Friends, or Quakers, began arriving in what was then a Dutch colony, fleeing religious persecution in England.

      The colony’s director-general barred the Friends from practicing their religion. In protest, the citizens of Flushing wrote a document called “The Flushing Remonstrance.” The document pleaded with the governor to grant the Quakers the right to worship. Eventually, they succeeded, and today Flushing is home to more than 200 places of worship.

  6., Sept. 11, 2010:

    Big day of smiles and service at Special Olympics

    By Leigh Coleman

    GULFPORT [MS]— The athletes beamed with big smiles, but the grins were bigger on the faces of the volunteers at Saturday’s Region 4 Special Olympics Fall Games on the training field at the Naval Construction Battalion Center.

    “Helping these athletes compete today and seeing the looks and smiles on their faces has made this the most gratifying thing I have ever done,” said Seabee Bryan Long, who coordinated the games.

    This is the first time the Special Olympics have been held on the Seabee Base since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

    Organizers say they wanted to bring the Special Olympics back to the base because of all the newly constructed buildings and amenities added since the storm.

    More than 400 Seabees pitched in to help the athletes compete in the horseshoe toss, softball, soccer and croquet games.

    About 70 athletes joined Seabee officials and volunteers to pay tribute to the victims of 9/11 on what President Barack Obama has called a national day of service and remembrance.

    “Rather than just remember the lives of those lost in the tragedy, we are all taking part in service-related activities today,” Long said. “It is so important that even these athletes remember the struggles of the victims and the families of 9/11. These athletes face their own challenges every day and it gives us all strength to witness people triumph over challenging things in life.”

    Before the games began, the field of competitors bowed their heads for a moment of silence followed by the Firefighter’s Prayer. A wreath was placed on the grounds.

    Then the crowd joined in on the Special Olympics pledge: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

    After the opening ceremony, the fun began for the athletes.

    “I know that after seeing the success of the event today, we will look forward to hosting the games again next year,” NCBC spokesperson Rob Mims said. “It was a great day for all of us.”

    • American Prayer

      by Dave Stewart and Bono

      This is my American Prayer
      This is my American Prayer

      This is the time to finish what you started
      And this is no time to dream
      This is the room
      We can turn off the dark tonight
      Maybe then we might see

      American Prayer
      American Prayer

      And this is the ground
      That keeps our feet from getting wet
      And this is the sky over our head
      And what you see depends on where you stand
      And how you jump will tell you where you’re gonna land

      American Prayer
      American Prayer

      My oh my
      Couldn’t get much higher
      Lets not kick out the darkness
      Make the light brighter

      And these are the hands
      What are we gonna build with them?
      This is the church you can’t see
      Give me your tired, your poor and huddled masses
      You know they’re yearning to breathe free
      This is my American Prayer
      American Prayer
      American Prayer

      When you get to the top of the mountain
      Will you tell me what you see
      If you get to the top of the mountain
      Remember me

  7. “I come here today as a Christian, a person of faith who believes we’ve all been called to serve our fellow men and women and to honor God’s creation. We want our girls to know right from wrong, to always tell the truth, to treat people no matter who they are with dignity and respect, no matter how different they may seem…because we want our girls to know we are all God’s children and there’s so much more that unites than divides us.”

    Michelle Obama

  8. Barack Obama: Man of faith

    August 23, 2004 By Nicholas Stix

    “I am a Christian.… So, I have a deep faith. I’m rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.

    “That there are values that transcend race or culture, that move us forward, and there’s an obligation for all of us individually as well as collectively to take responsibility to make those values lived.”

    Thus, U.S. Senate candidate for Illinois Barack Obama in a campaign contribution by Chicago Sun-Times columnist Cathleen Falsani.

    For the entire article:

  9. President Obama, Billy Graham converse, pray

    4/25/10 By CAROL E. LEE – POLITICO

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. – President Barack Obama met with the Rev. Billy Graham Sunday, continuing a 60-year tradition for presidents from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush. Joining the pair at the 91-year-old evangelist’s North Carolina home was Graham’s son, the Rev. Franklin Graham.

    White House spokesman Bill Burton said Obama prayed with Graham during the visit and that the president as “extraordinarily gratified” that the reverend took the time to meet with him.

    “Rev. Graham has obviously been an important spiritual leader for past presidents and for the American people for decades,” Burton told reporters while Obama was inside Graham’s mountaintop log cabin in Montreat. “He’s a real treasure for our country. The president appreciates the opportunity to visit him at his home.”

    Obama had planned to visit Graham while he was in Asheville preparing for a debate during the 2008 campaign, but Graham’s health apparently was not up for it at the time. The two men have since tried to arrange a meeting and discussed the possibility when Obama called Graham on his 91st birthday last November.

    For the entire article:

  10. Working with faith

    Posted by Macon Phillips on February 06, 2009

    “Instead of driving us apart, our very beliefs can bring us together,” President Obama said yesterday at the National Prayer Breakfast.
    E pluribus unum, in other words.
    After the breakfast he announced an executive order establishing the new White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and talked about the role faith-based and secular community organizations will play in our economic recovery.
    “People trust them. Communities rely on them. And we will help them,” he said.
    The President named Joshua DuBois to lead the office, and also announced the creation of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships — a group of 25 religious and secular leaders, listed below.
    “Whether it’s connecting groups that are training people to do new jobs, or figuring out the role of faith-based organizations in combating global climate change, this office creates those partnerships in a way that’s responsible, constitutional, and — bottom line — helps those in need,” DuBois said.
    We asked DuBois to talk a little bit more about the office.

    For the entire article:

  11. Dr. Lowrey – January 20. 2009
    President Obama’s Inauguration Address

    • Rev. Lowery Inauguration benediction. Transcript.

      1/20/09 By Lynn Sweet

      Transcript courtesy Federal News Service

      God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou who has brought us thus far along the way, thou who has by thy might led us into the light, keep us forever in the path, we pray, lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee, lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee. Shadowed beneath thy hand may we forever stand — true to thee, O God, and true to our native land.

      We truly give thanks for the glorious experience we’ve shared this day. We pray now, O Lord, for your blessing upon thy servant, Barack Obama, the 44th president of these United States, his family and his administration. He has come to this high office at a low moment in the national and, indeed, the global fiscal climate. But because we know you got the whole world in your hand, we pray for not only our nation, but for the community of nations. Our faith does not shrink, though pressed by the flood of mortal ills.

      For we know that, Lord, you’re able and you’re willing to work through faithful leadership to restore stability, mend our brokenness, heal our wounds and deliver us from the exploitation of the poor or the least of these and from favoritism toward the rich, the elite of these.

      We thank you for the empowering of thy servant, our 44th president, to inspire our nation to believe that, yes, we can work together to achieve a more perfect union. And while we have sown the seeds of greed — the wind of greed and corruption, and even as we reap the whirlwind of social and economic disruption, we seek forgiveness and we come in a spirit of unity and solidarity to commit our support to our president by our willingness to make sacrifices, to respect your creation, to turn to each other and not on each other.

      And now, Lord, in the complex arena of human relations, help us to make choices on the side of love, not hate; on the side of inclusion, not exclusion; tolerance, not intolerance.

      And as we leave this mountaintop, help us to hold on to the spirit of fellowship and the oneness of our family. Let us take that power back to our homes, our workplaces, our churches, our temples, our mosques, or wherever we seek your will.

      For the entire transcript:

    • Thank you Donna!

      Dr. Lowery has a way of touching one’s soul with his gentle, kind words and wisdom. He was the perfect person to give the benediction.

      • I get the feeling that Dr Lowery has a kind, caring grandfather personality. I think that it would be great to walk and talk with him.

  12. Sunday Morning Commentary.

    A few months ago I decided to venture out into the blogsphere and engage Dems/Progressives/Liberals in other online venues.

    It has been an interesting venture. Honestly I don’t think that dkos is as bad as it seems. I think the Repubs have figured out how to game that site by rec’ing up negative diaries and pretending to be supporters. With that said there are truly some negative Dems on that site that live to blog about anything negative surrounding the President. Markos heads the list. They have stringent believes and they don’t deviate from them.

    Other less known sites have spent the better part of this year highlighting what they perceive to be the negative aspects of the Obama administration with very little emphasis on the accomplishments and now when you go there they are constantly asking their viewers to overlook the disappointments and GOTV. Needless to say the response is generally very negative with a refusal to participate or with commentary that they will vote Green. How could they expect to spend the better part of this year bashing this President and the Dems and then expect their readers to GOTV when election time rolled around?

    The good news is that these people are small in numbers. The majority of people that are Dems and support this administration are eager to vote this year.

    All of the AA sites that I visit are Fired Up and Ready to Vote. Michael Baisden the afternoon Black Syndicated radio host is gearing up to go on a 6 city tour with his one million mentors program in conjunction with Al Sharpton. He will be incorporating GOTV with his mentors programs in Syracuse, NY City, DC, Cleveland, Toledo and Youngstown, OH.

    I have found out that Democracy for American (DFA) and MoveOn are doing phone banking. OFA is hiring full time staff in all 50 states in conjunction with volunteers for the final push.

    We have our work cut out for us but if we work really hard between now and the election I think we can get an awful lot of the 2008 voters back to the polls this year.

    I am sending this note to everyone on my email list.

    Friends and Family,

    We ushered in a new beginning with the election of Barack Obama in 2008. Due to Republican neglect and bad policies he was handed the worse economy for any incoming President in 70 years. He has started to move us in the right direction with policies that all Americans can benefit from. The Republicans have stated that they will repeal his policies, shut down the government and issue subpoenas to tie the President up legislatively with the hint of Impeachment if they retake Congress. We need you to please vote in this years 2010 election. Don’t give the Republicans the keys back to our government…they are the ones who drove our economy into the ditch. We can’t afford to go back.

    Get out and vote on November 2, 2010.


    Ok I’m gonna take a nap so I’ll be READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL this afernoon… 🙂

  13. Thanks for your commentary. I agree with you. I believe the Obama Administration shot themselves in the foot when they let others learn about how they reached so many in the 2008 campaign. That gave the others a shortcut to accomplishing the same on their side. Perhaps they would not have gotten as far without the blueprint and we could have gotten through the mid-terms, but it happened. I agree that it is a small group, but our brain absorbs a negative soundbite much quicker than a positive soundbite. It is twice as hard to overcome the original opinion. I am so glad the AA sites are gearing up. My worry is that voter registration ends shortly (Arizona is October 4) and our early ballots are being printed right now. This motivation has to be done now. Not in two or three weeks. I did not feel it was right to make calls or canvas yesterday because of 9/11, but from now on, we really have to work hard from tomorrow on.

    • John Boehner speaks of tax compromise

      9/12/10 By MARIN COGAN – POLITICO

      House Minority Leader John Boehner said he would be willing to vote for a bill that phased out the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans provided that it extends tax cuts for the middle class, signaling for the first time a rare opportunity for negotiations between the two parties ahead of a contentious legislative debate.

      “If the only option I have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, I’ll vote for it,” the Ohio Republican told CBS News’ Bob Schieffer in an interview aired Sunday on “Face the Nation.”

      Boehner’s statement moves him closer to the position of many Democrats who have been advocating an extension of the tax cuts except for those on the richest Americans.

      President Barack Obama indicated last week that extending the tax cuts for middle-class Americans ought to be a starting point for debate between the parties, and Boehner seemed to confirm that strategy, telling Schieffer that he’d vote for a bill that extended middle-class tax cuts if Congress was not able to agree on extending all of them.

      For the entire article:

  14. Happy Sunday CR, Sandy, Jackie, Vero and Donna and all friends!

    Now I will scroll backwards and start learning!


    • Good morning Vero, CR and O family. That article made me even more proud of OFA. I am glad that we are defending ourselves. I thought Joe Trippi use to be a Democrat. Wasn’t he a part of John Edward’s campaign staff?

    • OMG I guess I missed all of this. I tell y’all this is gonna be a tough election but there is a real ground game through OFA that these pundits are not taking into account. There has never been a grassroots effort in place for a mid-term such as this. I am hopeful we can pull it off but I think this thing is not gonna be to as bad as the prognosticators all think.

      I am so glad they are fighting back and I love the update at the end and agree completely.

      Update: Hari Sevugan, a DNC spokesman who worked on the Obama Campaign in 2008, posted two public tweets in response to this Nation piece, writing:

      If OFA didn’t defend itself and challenge the premise of the Time story, which you agree was off, who would have? [T]his was a conclusion in search of facts. The sensitivity here is with the press who don’t like to be challenged.

      Sevugan also tweeted in response to Ben Smith, writing, “A story based on a predetermined conclusion in search of facts to support it[,] while ignoring facts that don’t[,] should be [challenged].”

  15. If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind,

    someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions,

    someone who cares about the welfare of the people – their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties –

    someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad,

    if that is what they mean by a “Liberal,” then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.” ~ John F. Kennedy, 1960

    Me too!!!

  16. OMG, I just watced Face the Nation and I must say that Bob Scheiffer sure asked Boehner some tough questions and put him on the spot.

    • Good morning COS!

      Yes Scheiffer asked Boehner three times if he would extended middle-class tax cuts if Congress was not able to agree on extending all of them and after some shuffling of feet each and every time he said yes so we should hold time to it since it is now on video!

  17. I posted this response on OFA too,

    It’s about darned time that Schieffer became a journalist. He has had ample opportunity in the last 19 months to bring out the fact that the Republicans have no other plan than what we have had for the last ten years. I would love to know, <b<where is the commentary about these tax cuts being voted in by reconciliation in 2001 and 2003 by Republicans and if they are so crucial to jobs, why did they not create more than 23 million jobs in eight years?

    We lost jobs every single month in the eight years the Republicans have been in power. Unemployment began to rise early in 2001, and 2.4 million jobs were lost in the domestic economy between March 2001 and October 2003 and were lost primarily in the manufacturing sector a/k/a middle class. From January 2003 through December 2005, 3.8 million workers were displaced from jobs they had held for at least 3 years. From December 2007 to July 2009 – the last year of the Bush second term and the first six months of the Obama presidency, before his policies could affect the economy – private sector employment crashed from 115,574,000 jobs to 107,778,000 jobs. So, out of 8,467,000 private sector jobs lost in this dismal cycle, 7,796,000 of those jobs or 92 percent were lost on the Republicans’ watch or under the sway of their policies. Even if you start counting from the beginning of 2009, unfairly pinning losses on Obama from before he implemented a single economic measure, 4.6 million jobs were lost over the final 20 months of the Bush administration (2.6 million jobs were shed in 2008 alone). As Ezra Klein put it, “insofar as the job losses go, it’s hard to credibly blame this White House for the vast, vast majority of them.” And it’s completely nuts to say that Obama has the worst jobs record since the Great Depression, when the administration immediately before his presided over a terrible employment plunge. WAKE UP AMERICA!

    • He sure has had time Jackie. I stopped watching him until today because he was speaking Republican talking points all of the time and not holding their feet to the fire. I stopped watching MTP after Russert died. I think some of the journalist, especially the old timers are trying to maintain their reputations and get back in the game. This young group of journalist have given journalism a bad name. There are still a few journalist which you can count on one hand who really cares about real journalism.

  18. I am watching an old episode of McGuyver and I swear it is a guy on there who look and talk like Ben Smith from Politico. He is a lot younger here of course. Was he an actor?

  19. Regulators agree on Basel III deal: source

    9/12/10 Alexander Huebner & Sakari Suoninen – Reuters

    BASEL, Switzerland (Reuters) – Global regulators and central bank governors have reached a deal on Basel III, a sweeping reform that will force banks to hold more capital to withstand financial shocks, a source close to the process said on Sunday.

    “There is a deal,” the source said, without elaborating.

    Agreement was reached at a meeting of central bank governors and top supervisors from 27 countries chaired by European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet.

    A formal, more complete announcement is expected after 1600 GMT (12:00 p.m. ET).

    Most details of Basel III were agreed in July, leaving Sunday’s meeting to add the final two pieces in the jigsaw — how much extra capital will be required and how long banks have to comply.

    In the wake of the global financial crisis, which was partly due to risky trading by banks, leaders of the Group of 20 leading countries called on regulators and central bankers in 2009 to work on tougher bank capital rules.

    The G20 leaders are set to endorse Sunday’s deal when they meet in Seoul in November, with the new rules taking effect from 2013 in stages.

    For the entire article:

  20. Senate returns to spending and jobs bills; House may hold two ethics trials

    9/12/10 CSPAN

    Members of congress return to Washington this week after a month-long break. They have several items that they need to work on before the fall elections including funding for the government. Read More »

    Tomorrow, the Senate returns and will resume work on a package of small business incentives, including a $30 billion lending fund. Before their next break they may address the dozen annual appropriations bills for the upcoming fiscal year and energy/oil spill-related legislation. Current spending runs out when the fiscal year expires at the end of this month. None of the bills have passed the full Senate and only two have been approved in the House. They are trying to pass this legislation before the October recess so members can return to their states to campaign for the midterm elections.

    • I agree Kat. Absolutely love this photo. Just think, I get to see a a 24X36 painting of one similar to this which was created before this photo during the campaign. I bought it long time ago and it is in my living room on an easel. 🙂

  21. GOP rally on 9/11 called offensive
    Thousands of Republicans turned out to a political rally in Sarasota featuring Marco Rubio and Rick Scott today. The timing, on Sept. 11, drew criticism from the two unions supporting Alex Sink for governor, The Florida Professional Firefighters, and the Police Belevolent Association.

    PBA President John Rivera: “Floridians are gathering together today to honor the sacrifices Americans made during the unthinkable tragedy of 9/11. On this day, we call upon Rick Scott to put aside his negative and partisan attacks and instead show respect to the American lives lost and strength we have all shown to carry on. Today is about honoring every American and our prevailing spirit which unites us and makes our country great.”

    From the Firefighters: “On a day that should be spent remembering those we lost nine years ago today, including 343 FDNY members, and commemorating the brave service of our firefighters, police and first responders, it is disappointing that instead Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, and Pam Bondi are spending their day in a show of partisan attacks and name calling. Not only is it offensive to the firefighters of our state and nation, but it is offensive to all Floridians who expect that those officials hoping to lead our state would honor September 11th in a more respectful way.” Real Patriots would honor the purpose of Patriot’s Day, it’s not just another campaign opportunity.”

    Had this been a Democratic event the Republicans would have been all over the cable shows this morning questioning our patriotism. Not a single Dem will even mention something like this. We had better learn to show the hypocrisy of the Repubs when given the opportunity.

  22., Sept. 12, 2010:

    EDITORIAL: Let children hear the president

    When President Obama speaks to schools across the nation on Tuesday, many schools in Aiken County will be showing the speech to the students. The Aiken County School District has issued guidelines in which parents may opt their children out of hearing these words. It will be a shame if any parents take the school up on that offer.

    American students hearing from their president is a valuable teaching lesson. And it doesn’t matter what the parents’ political affiliation is. When Ronald Reagan spoke to students in schools three decades ago, there were certainly some children of Democrats sitting in the desks.

    The bottom line is a respect for the highest office in the land. Despite hyperbolic rhetoric and snarky references to communist leaders, the inner-logic of every sensible parent knows full well that when President Obama addresses students, it will be a positive message of encouragement. There is no secret agenda. There are no subliminal messages. It’s the president of the United States of America leading a pep rally for students.

    At the very least, this is a good introduction for many students into the world of politics. Every student – nay, every citizen – should listen to what our elected leaders have to say. We should hear it, absorb it, discuss it, even debate it. But we should certainly be given the opportunity to hear it.

  23., Sept. 12, 2010:

    Editorial: Obama’s back-to-school message valuable to kids

    When President Barack Obama delivered his first back-to-school address last year, the positive message of achievement and hard work was marred by criticism that the speech was somehow political in nature.

    Now that he’s set to deliver his second such message Tuesday, we’re glad the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and local school districts are coming together to support airing the address — putting politics aside and rightly framing the speech as a teachable moment.

    Chamber president Paul Jadin, Chamber board chairwoman Gail McNutt and Partners in Education board chairman Michael Frohna last week penned a letter to area school superintendents voicing their support for showing Obama’s speech, calling it a “reasonable academic exercise” to broadcast such an address from a sitting president.

    “That exercise, of course, is rendered unreasonable if it is followed by a one-sided commentary on the merits of the speech or on the president himself,” the letter reads. “We trust your educators will either provide a balanced analysis or allow students to form opinions without influence.”

    The issue of showing the speech arose last week at a regular meeting of Partners in Education, a program of the Chamber that serves as a venue for collaboration among area businesses and school districts. Superintendents, including Green Bay School District leader Greg Maass, last year caught flak from some parents for allowing the speech to be broadcast.

    “Regardless of political affiliation,” Maass said Wednesday, “the way that I look at this is, he’s our president. I think that particularly given his message of partnership, and as students, doing your best — that’s a pretty important message, I think, for kids, coming from the president of the United States.”

    The Green Bay district will make Obama’s speech available to all schools and classrooms, and will archive it for later viewing, Maass said. Parents will be able to opt their children out of seeing the president’s speech if they choose, as was the case last year.

  24. I just saw an article in the Washington Post saying that “AS Obama popularity drops so does the sale of his merchandise”. Have they given thought to the fact that we have a lot of “O” merchandise and the market was saturated with to much “O” merchandise. PBO polls may be down but he and Michelle remain just as popular as before in my opinion.

    • Uhhhhhh…. does it occur to these geniuses that the reason people are buying less Obama gear is that not only as COS points out we already bought it when we needed it but also that PBO is not on the ticket in 2010? Let them do a little research and see how much stuff is being bought to support local candidates and the party generally. Makes me want to do some more shopping…

  25. StartLoving3 | September 11, 2010 –

    (C-SPAN coverage)

    Flight 93 Memorial Ceremony, Part 1

  26. Breaking football news:

    At halftime, Seattle is ahead of San Francisco 14-6.

  27. Department of the Interior, Sept. 10, 2010:

    Secretary Salazar Celebrates Completion of Land Exchange to Strengthen Two National Parks

    PHILADELPHIA — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today joined Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and American Revolution Center Chair H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest to commemorate the successful completion of a land exchange that will strengthen two iconic National Parks and allow for the creation of the nation’s first museum to commemorate the entire story of the American Revolution.

    The National Park Service and the American Revolution Center (ARC) formally completed the land exchange of 78 acres owned by ARC within the boundary of Valley Forge National Historical Park for 0.87 acres owned by the United States within the boundary of Independence National Historical Park.

    “With this land exchange, we are fulfilling the mission of National Park Service to conserve places of historical significance to the people of the United States,” said Salazar. “This agreement enhances the Valley Forge National Historical Park experience and adds an important element – the story of our nation’s struggle for freedom – to Independence National Historical Park.”

    Under the terms of the agreement, ARC conveyed to the United States title to land located within Valley Forge NHP north of the Schuylkill River. The parcel will be managed and preserved for its cultural and natural values. In exchange, the United States conveyed to ARC title to the former visitor’s center and surrounding land. The parcel will now be a private inholding within the boundary of Independence NHP. Following terms agreed upon in the June 2009 agreement, which required an independent appraisal of the two properties, the exchange resulted in ARC receiving $3.21 million along with property at Third and Chestnut Streets.

    “Through this exchange, we will preserve the location of the Continental Army’s Valley Forge winter encampment of 1777-78, while the Museum of the American Revolution will help tell the story of the birth of our nation—just two blocks from Independence Hall,” said Park Service Northeast Regional Director Dennis Reidenbach.

    ARC intends to establish the Museum of the American Revolution on their site within Independence National Historical Park which itself covers almost 54 acres in Philadelphia’s Old City, and includes Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Congress Hall, Franklin Court, and other historic buildings associated with the founding of the United States. ARC, a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to engaging the public in the history and enduring legacy of the American Revolution, plans to display its distinguished collection of objects, artifacts and manuscripts related to that era.

    “The story of the American Revolution is relevant to every American. The Museum of the American Revolution can bring life to many chapters of that story and add a new dimension for visitors to Independence National Historical Park and Philadelphia,” said Superintendent Cynthia MacLeod, Independence NHP.

    “These 78 acres are a jewel,” said Valley Forge NHP Superintendent Mike Caldwell. “The permanent preservation of the land is a remarkable accomplishment that both commemorates the endurance of the Continental Army, and allows this land to be enjoyed by generations of visitors to come.”

  28. Golden again: US captures world championship

    9/12/10 By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer

    ISTANBUL – The so-called “B-Team” turned out to be the best team in the world.

    The United States won its first world championship since 1994 on Sunday, beating Turkey 81-64 behind another sensational performance from tournament MVP Kevin Durant.

    Durant had 28 points, setting a record along the way for most in the tournament by a U.S. player. He left the court with 42 seconds left and shared a long hug with coach Mike Krzyzewski, who finally won the world title after his previous two attempts ended with bronze medals.

    Lamar Odom added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Americans, who won gold in the worlds for only the fourth time, doing so with a team that was no sure thing after coming to Turkey without the superstars from its Olympic gold medal team.

    With Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Co. sitting home, this group was called a “B-Team,” which the players were aware of and used as motivation.

    And they came through where many of their bigger-name predecessors couldn’t four years ago in Japan in the world championship, beginning to quiet a raucous crowd midway through the second quarter with a superb defensive effort.

    Durant, who scored 33 and a U.S.-record 38 points in the previous two games, again took care of the offense, qualifying the U.S. for the 2012 Olympics.

    For the entire article:

  29. A statement by press secretary Robert Gibbs on Sunday’s remarks by House Minority Leader’s John Boehner about potentially extending some of the Bush tax cuts at the expense of others:
    “We welcome John Boehner’s change in position and support for the middle class tax cuts, but time will tell if his actions will be anything but continued support for the failed policies that got us into this mess.”

    • Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003

      The Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 (“JGTRRA”, Pub.L. 108-27, 117 Stat. 752), was passed by the United States Congress on May 23, 2003 and signed into law by President George W. Bush on May 28, 2003. Nearly all of the cuts—individual rates, capital gains, dividends, estate tax—are set to expire after 2010.

      Among other provisions, the act accelerated certain tax changes passed in the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, increased the exemption amount for the individual Alternative Minimum Tax, and lowered taxes of income from dividends and capital gains.

      Wikipdedia source:

      JARRA Bush 2003

  30. The People’s View did another good one today.

    The Rise of Anti-Intellectualism on the Left
    Sunday, September 12, 2010 | Posted by Spandan C. aka Deaniac83

    We have long known about the anti-intellectual fervor on the political right. Dumb it down. Make the question not “which candidate would more likely help people like me?” but “which candidate would I like to have a beer with?” Or, if you prefer, its latest incarnation: “is she sexy and does she wink at me?” More seriously, the rabid anti-intellectual stream on the right creates hatred for science, public education, and civil rights. But all of this is due to a recognizable phenomenon: ideological rigidity, the setting of a frame of arguments, and accept only the facts that fit that frame, discarding or maligning the facts that do not. In other words, the adherence to an argument irrespective of factual situations.

    A form of dangerous anti-intellectualism that follows this pattern has been emerging, frighteningly, on the left from many media figures, influential bloggers and even organizations. Although there can be no moral equivalence of the actions that the rabid anti-intellectual right supports (openly advocating violence) and those supported by their leftist counterparts, the basic tenet of anti-intellectualism stands.

    Read more here:

    • What a good, clear and correct way to frame the knee-jerk, unthinking Obama-bashing of a certain segment of the left.

      As Deaniac83 says, “We will not beat the right’s anti-intellectualism by adapting our own anti-intellectual screeds. We will not succeed by making our part of the electorate uninformed parrots. We have the tougher job, but progressives always do. We have the responsibility to inform, to tell the whole truth, to be intellectually honest.”

  31. StartLoving3 | September 11, 2010 –

    Rachel Maddow looks at U.S. income growth rates 1948-2005; income rates rise more under Democratic Presidents, shrink under Republicans

  32. My Skins vs the Cowgirls up next!

    Hoping that we can beat our arch rival.

    Hail To the Redskins
    Hail Victory
    Skins on the Warpath
    Fight for old DC

    Ok if we don’t win I’ll have to deal with all these Cowboy fans on my job tomorrow. 🙂

    • Wow!!! This is fantastic!!!! And Donna, it really will be 200k or more. We won’t have to fake the numbers. 🙂

        • I have flown from here to California cheaper than that. I wonder why so high at that time of year.

          • I don’t know. I am going to keep looking. It would have to be a really fast trip. Fly in maybe on a redeye Friday night, if possible, be up all day Saturday and fly out. No motel, etc. Just march and hit the airport.

  33. Whoa… my DKos diary today made tonight’s Diary Rescue! They call it “A vivid reminder of what happened the last time angry Republicans in Congress shut down the government, and who got hurt most by it. Excellent motivation to GOTV and vote Democratic in November.”

    I think there is a real GOTV for Democrats movement brewing over there at DK!

    Thank you O-asis family for reccing. Love you all!

    • I was just over there and there were only 19 comments. It looks like people were just doing other things today. I am glad it got rescued. It was very worthwhile.

    • I told you that place isn’t all bad.

      Congrats on making that Diary Rescue Again!

      Keep ’em coming Kat!!!!

      • Thank you Jackie, COS and Donna!

        Gotta eat my chocolate and get strong for the next diary!

    • Congratulations Kathleen!

      I wish that I could log in to rec your diary but this computer doesn’t have the login name in memory!

      • Thanks, CR! These login names and passwords are a hassle. I have a little notebook where I keep mine. Now if I lose the notebook I’m in trouble, so I’d better back it up!

  34. 9/28/10 POLITICO 44

    12:00 pm The President meets with Albuquerque family and holds a back yard town hall

    ECONOMY OUT WEST: A woman asks three questions to President Obama: Why is he a Christian, what’s his view on abortion, and a less serious question about her husband’s chili peppers.

    Obama begins by explaining: “I’m a Christian by choice. My family didn’t … frankly, they weren’t folks who went to church every week. My mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew, but she didn’t raise me into church. I came to my Christian faith later in life. … It was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life I would want to lead. Being by brother’s keepers … treating others as they would treat me … also understanding that Jesus Christ dying for my sins spoke to the humility we all have to have as human beings. … We’re sinful, and we’re flawed, and we make mistakes, and we achieve salvation through the grace of God. … We can still see God in other people and do our best to help them find their own grace. So that’s what I strive to do and pray to do every day. … I think my public service is a part of that effort to express my Christian faith.”

    He adds, “But the one thing I want to emphasize … as president of the United States, I’m also someone who deeply believes part of the bedrock strength of this country is that it embraces people of many faiths and of no faiths. This is a country that is still predominantly Christian, but we have Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, and their own path to grace is one that we have to revere and respect as much as our own, and that’s part of what makes our country what it is.” (12:50 p.m.)

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