Thursday morning mishmash

Hi guys, happy St. Patrick’s Day.

1. Today’s schedule:

8:30 AM

VPB hosts a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast in honor of Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.

9:00 AM  
10:00 AM

PBO receives the presidential daily briefing.

10:30 AM

PBO and VPB meet with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.

11:00 AM  
11:05 AM

PBO and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny will deliver statements to the press; Biden also attends.

12:00 PM

PBO and VPB and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny attend a St. Patrick’s Day lunch.

12:30 PM

Carney briefs the press.

1:00 PM  
2:00 PM  
3:00 PM  
4:00 PM  
5:00 PM  
6:00 PM

VPB and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis participate in a conference call with labor leaders.

7:00 PM  
7:05 PM

Barack and Michelle Obama host a St. Patrick’s Day reception; Biden also attends.

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2. Recovery!

Initial jobless claims drop to 385,000 last week

 Four-week moving average is at lowest level in 2 1/2 years.

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3. Competence!

More Than 99 Percent of TARP Disbursements to Banks Now Recovered

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4. President Obama’s remarks during the DNC event last night:

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Everybody, have a seat, have a seat. (Applause.) You’re making me blush. (Laughter.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!

THE PRESIDENT: I love you back! (Applause.)

It is — boy, it is nice to see so many friends in a room. (Laughter.) I live in Washington, so that doesn’t always happen. (Laughter.) But when you gather up so many folks who helped get me where I am today — I am reminded of that story of Abraham Lincoln when he was President. Back then anybody could have — he had office hours. And he’d let people come in and meet with him. And somebody insisted on coming to see him, barged through the door, said to his personal assistant, “I need to see the President. I’m the one who got him elected.” And none of you have done that, of course. (Laughter.)

So the assistant goes in, mentions this to Lincoln. Lincoln looks at his watch — he’s got a little bit of time. He says, “Oh, bring the guy in.” He says, “Sir, I understand you’re the person responsible for getting me elected.” He says, “That’s right.” He says, “Well, I forgive you.” (Laughter.) So I forgive all of you. (Laughter.)

I want to acknowledge obviously somebody who has done extraordinary work. This is the person who not only has fought for the things we care about, first as a mayor, then as a governor, most recently as DNC chair — he’s also somebody who was the first elected official to endorse me outside of Illinois when I announced for President of the United States. And he did so in the capital of the Old Confederacy, at a time when very few people thought I was going to win. So, clearly, he was term-limited — (laughter) — but nevertheless, it took a lot of courage. (Laughter.) And so I just want to say how much I appreciate my dear, dear friend, Tim Kaine. (Applause.)

I also just want to say a few things about David Plouffe. Somehow he figured out how to get a two-year sabbatical after the election, and as a consequence, has earned the enmity of all the rest of my staff, because he’s now strolled in all fresh and perky. (Laughter.) And he’s got a smile on his face every day. The rest of us are — got those bags under our eyes. And he’s like, “Boy, this is fun!” (Laughter.)

But not only did he engineer what may have been one of the finest presidential campaigns in American history, but even in the few months that he has now been in the White House, we’ve already seen just the enormous focus and energy and wisdom that he brings to the task of trying to make America adapt to the 21st century and be successful for generations to come. And so I’m just so proud to have David Plouffe here, and I want everybody to give him a big round of applause. (Applause.)

Now, as David mentioned, obviously the last two years have been extraordinary and historic. And the American people have gone through as tough a time as they have certainly in my lifetime and in the lifetime of most of us here. When we put together the campaign in 2008, we all understood that America was at a turning point. We understood that the wheels of history were turning more and more rapidly, and that the old ways of doing business weren’t going to be sufficient to make us competitive, to make sure that the American Dream lived for the next generation.

And so our campaign was geared towards the notion that there are time-tested values that bind us together as Americans — a belief in hard work and individual initiative and the free market, but also community, looking out for one another, embracing diversity — and that our task was to make sure that we worked hard to seize this moment and make sure that our institutions, our politics, our government were all working to ensure that these values that date back to our founding would be renewed and live for this generation and the next.

And that meant that we had to make sure that our schools were educating our kids not only to be outstanding workers and entrepreneurs, but also outstanding citizens. We had to make sure that we rebuilt America so that we could compete in this new century. We had to make sure that we had an energy policy that would not only protect the planet but also free ourselves from dependence on foreign oil.

We had to make sure that in a nation as wealthy as ours, we were able to deliver a health care program that made sure nobody went bankrupt just because they went sick. We had to make sure that the ideals of equality and justice for all people — regardless of race and religion and sexual orientation — that those were lived out each and every day.

And we haven’t finished that task, but we have made extraordinary progress over these last two years. It’s been tough. There have been times where we had to make some very difficult decisions. And obviously, what we didn’t anticipate was the depth of the recession in which we would try to — we would have to try to make some of these changes. But when you look back at the track record of work that we’ve done over the last two years, I think that it’s fair to say the promise that we made to the American people has been kept, that we have delivered on change that we can believe in. (Applause.)

But we aren’t finished. We’ve got more work to do. Now, obviously, 2012 is coming up, and everybody here is interested in politics and electoral votes and strategy, and I’m sure each one of you have a campaign plan — (laughter) — that you’ll be handing off to Messina and Patrick Gaspard before you leave here tonight. And there will be time for campaigning and there will be time for politics. But I guess what I want to really emphasize to all of you today is that I’ve always been a firm believer that good policy was good politics. And I’ve always been a good — I’ve always been a believer that what made 2008 special was we didn’t tack to the varying political winds; we didn’t make decisions about where we stood on issues simply based on political expediency. Our goal was to make progress for the country.

And I think that the American people sensed that. Even when they disagreed with us, I think they sensed that our real objective here was to make sure that we had a government that was worthy of the decency and goodness of the American people.

And I don’t want us ever to lose that spirit. I don’t want us ever to look back and say, you know what, we said things that we didn’t believe in, or we pursued policies that weren’t the best possible policies for the country, just because it made for smart and convenient politics.

Because ultimately the one thing about being in this job, in addition to getting a lot of gray hair — (laughter) — in addition to consistently being so proud of all the hard work of people in the White House who make huge sacrifices for their families — or make huge sacrifices to be with their families, because it’s such a challenging job, whether they’re in the National Security Council or on our economic team — in addition to revering even more the role of our military and keeping America secure, because as Commander-in-Chief, I have the opportunity to deal with everybody from the newest private to the highest general, and you constantly are amazed by the sacrifices and extraordinary devotion that our military shows each and every day — the one thing that has consistently been reinforced for me as President of the United States is the basic goodness of the American people.

They’re distracted sometimes. They’re busy. They’re worrying about making sure their kids get to school on time, and making sure that their businesses stay open, and trying to figure out how to pay the mortgage, and worried about high gas prices — and so they’re not following every in and out of the debates in Washington. But deep down there is a set of core values and core principles that are good and are right. And when we tap into that, there’s nothing that can stop America. When we tap into that, only good things can happen.

And so my job as President, the job of my administration, and your job as my closest supporters, is to constantly find ways that we can tap into that goodness, and constantly find ways that, through our policies and through our — the issues that we promote, that we’re bringing people together to solve problems.

Now, David mentioned on health care, that means that over the next couple of years we’re going to have to make sure that we implement health care in a way that makes us proud and shows the American people that it’s delivering for them, and it’s providing them relief from the incredible costs of health care.

It means that on energy, despite the progress that we’ve made, for example, increasing fuel efficiency standards and making sure that we’re promoting green energy like never before, that we keep pushing to find ways to free ourselves from dependence on foreign oil, and make sure that America is the capital of clean energy for decades to come.

It means that on education, we can’t just stop with the incredible work that Arne Duncan has done with Race to the Top; we’ve got to reform No Child Left Behind to make sure that not only is no child left behind, but every child gets ahead. And that means that we’re going to have to — (applause.) That means we’re going to have to work hard this year and the next to try to forge a bipartisan consensus on how we recruit incredible new teachers and get them in the classroom, and reinvigorate our schools across the country, and make sure that higher education continues to be affordable.

It means on infrastructure we’ve got a lot of work to do. We’ve got a lot of crumbling roads and bridges and high-speed rail to build, and broadband lines to lay, that can put hundreds of thousands of people all across America to work and make sure that we’re laying the foundation for long-term economic growth.

It means that we’re going to have to work on the deficit in a serious way — not to score political points, not trying to take an expedient way out of what are going to be some very tough decisions, but rather embracing those tough decisions and saying there’s a way that our government can live within its means, even as we’re investing in those things that we need to win the future.

We’ve made incredible progress when it comes to issues like “don’t ask, don’t tell,” but we’re still going to have work to do to make sure that this is a more equal and more just society. We’ve still got work to do on immigration reform. We’ve got a system that is broken right now, and as tough as that issue is, I am confident that we can be a nation of law and a nation of immigrants.

And then we’ve got foreign policy. We’re at a moment in a time where obviously all of us are heartbroken by the images of what’s happening in Japan, and we’re reminded of how American leadership is critical to our closest allies. Even if those allies are themselves economically advanced and powerful, there are moments where they need our help, and we’re bound together by a common humanity.

But we also have the convulsions in the Middle East that offer the prospect of incredible change and offer enormous opportunities so that our children could live in a more peaceful world. But we’re going to have to take advantage of them. We’ve ended combat operations in Iraq, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do to bring the Afghan war to an honorable end in a way that is safe and secure. And we’re going to have to continue to be vigilant on dealing with terrorism even as we are protective of our civil liberties.

So we’ve got enormous challenges ahead. And the one thing, I guess, I want to say to all of you is that as tough as these times have been, what’s amazing is the resilience that the American people have shown through as tumultuous a time that I remember in my lifetime. That’s part of America as well — not only their goodness, but also their strength and their resilience.

And that’s what we want to represent when we’re out there talking to our friends and neighbors and our coworkers. As 2012 unfolds, I expect that we’re going to have a lot of questions and there are going to be vigorous debates, but I don’t want us to lose sight of the huge opportunities we have to seize the moment and make sure that America is not just changed, but is changed for the better.

There are times where Michelle reminds me that I volunteered for this job — (laughter) — because she looks at me and I looked tired. But I’m telling you, I am having an extraordinary time, because there aren’t many moments in our lives where we know that we’re making a difference. And this is one of those moments.

Everybody here is incredibly accomplished. Everybody here has achieved in their respective fields extraordinary things. I know many of your families, and you’ve got beautiful kids that you couldn’t be prouder of. So all of us have things that we’re proud of. But I tell you what, this is something that is a truly worthy endeavor, trying to make this country as good as it can be.

And so the main message I have for all of you is thank you. I appreciate all the hard work that you put in to help me become President. I appreciate your counsel. I appreciate your advice. I appreciate the fact that you’re rooting for me and some of you are praying for me, and some of you make me laugh when I see you and give me encouragement. And, yes, I appreciate all the excellent policy advice that you give me, as well. (Laughter.)

And my hope is that the same spirit that helped change this country in 2008, that that spirit is still in each and every one of you. Obviously the first time around it’s like lightning in a bottle. There’s something special about it, because you’re defying the odds. And as time passes, you start taking it for granted that a guy named Barack Hussein Obama is President of the United States. (Laughter and applause.) It’s not — but we should never take it for granted. And I hope that over the next couple of years, as we’re seeing a lot of you as I travel around the country, I hope that all of you still feel that sense of excitement and that sense of possibility, because we still have so much more to do.

Last point I’m actually going to make is I hope that as we go forward, even though the politics in this country can be tough — and I’m sure that some of you are like Michelle and at some point had to just stop watching cable TV because it was getting too frustrating — I also want you to remember that as important as our political labels are — Democrat and Republican — as many tough fights as we’re going to have, part of what made 2008 special is we brought the country together, reminding everybody that there’s a lot more that we have in common than separates us, and that the contest between Democrats and Republicans is much less important than the contest to make America what it can be.

I know that sometimes people may get frustrated and think, you know what, Obama is being too nice and we need to get in there and take it to them. (Laughter.) And there will be times where that’s important. But I also think it’s important for us not to lose that spirit that animated us early on, which was to say that we don’t want to just fight the same old battles over and over again. It’s important for us to make sure that we are actually doing the work of changing our politics even as we are changing our policies.

And that’s tough. It makes our job a little bit harder sometimes. But I think it’s absolutely important if we’re going to achieve our goals.

So, thank you, everybody. God bless you. I’m proud of you. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you. (Applause.)

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For the third time, First Lady Michelle Obama replanted the White House garden on the South Lawn with elementary students from local DC schools.

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114 thoughts on “Thursday morning mishmash

  1. I think I’m going to rename my blog Eclect O’Blog, just for today ;)

    Thanks for all your well-wishes yesterday folks. I managed to escape the Michigan Capitol building unharmed and unarrested. Quite a day for everyone involved. Great to see all the wonderful, smiling Democrats out expressing their First Amendment right to Freedom of Expression. If you haven’t seen it already, I liveblogged the whole thing from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Check it out HERE.

  2. Awesome mishmash BWD – thanks, as always! I loved the president’s comments made at the DNC event. A great reminder that his 2008 campaign was not about fisticuffs and arm twisting to get what he wants. POTUS has always advocated compromise and finding middle ground. Enough with the caving in talk.

  3. Great speech. It’s rare to hear President Obama admit how tiring that job is. I can’t even imagine. He’s right: we should never, ever take for granted that this man is President.

    Thanks so much for pictures of Michelle and the kiddies; that is so cool that she plants the garden with kids.

  4. Thanks for being there. I read your blog all day yesterday. Im with you in spirit. I hope these protests and marches continue and get bigger. Wonder what it will take to get the MSMs attention?

  5. Agreed; he is who he said he was, and in terms of getting things done rather than just talking about it, we need to thank God for his attitude. I’m with FLOTUS in terms of turning off the cable news. I personally watch trash television because it doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is. That’s where I get my drama and entertainment, not watching random people who work four hours a day screaming at the President like they know the rigors of the job or can even process complex situations. Give me Young & Restless over that any time.

  6. As usual good news. I have only one minor quibble with the President’s speech, and it is something that he has said before. “Good policy makes good politics.” Now, on one level I agree with this. But on another level good policy by itself means little if the policy is not promoted properly. The WH has admitted that in some areas, it expected the people to see the wisdom of what it had been doing.

    Understand, I am not blaming the WH for bad communication to the public, it can only do so much, and it is obvious they have learned from some of the mistakes in the past.

    My hope is that the American people, who for decades have been treated by politicians of both sides, but specially Republican ones, as if they were deaf, blind and dumb and needed to be told evreything that was good or bad for them, will realize that they actually have a President who believes in them and their judgement.

    People tend to live up to or down to the expectations of their leaders. Lets hope they live up to the expectations of this, the most gifted leader we have had in our lifetimes.

  7. Politico has a piece quoting two unnamed Dem sources saying Stickland a strong contender for DNC chair.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51377.html

    I could see him in the role. And it would be a very high profile one to keep Strickland in the public eye to remind Ohio of their decision in 2010.

    A snippet –

    Even though he narrowly lost his reelection bid, Strickland was seen by the White House as having run one of the better Democratic campaigns in a brutal election cycle.

    For the purposes of his potential to run the DNC during Obama’s reelection, Strickland also proved himself capable of launching the sort of populist and hard-edged attacks on Kasich that White House officials would prefer to come from the party chairman than the president.

    “I didn’t learn my values from Wall Street,” Strickland said during the campaign about a rival who once worked for Lehman Brothers. “I didn’t learn my values from a bankrupt investment bank. I didn’t learn my values from modern-day robber barons. I learned my values on a little dirt road in southern Ohio called Duck Run.”

    Strickland – a pro-gun, pro-abortion rights psychologist and Methodist minister – is viewed by top Democrats as somebody who could stump in any region of the country, but with roots in Appalachian Ohio would be particularly strong in the Midwest and parts of the South.

    The most obvious drawback he’d have is that, with a penchant to speak his mind, Strickland may chafe at having go give up some of his independence.

  8. If Obama is seriously considering Strickland, who I think would be a good choice for just the reasons given, I don’t think that the President would micro-manage what he would be doing. In fact, as stated, he woudl want Strickland to go out there and say the things the President shouldn’t say.

  9. Happy St. Patricks Day Elect O’Blog. I was able to watch your live blog yesterday and it was so inspiring.

  10. Here is article #2

    Democrats push Defense of Marriage Act repeal

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20043928-503544.html

    So… I know folks don’t like going to MSM, but dive in post a comment and get out quick before negative comments have a chance to get you down.

    Another option is to use this form to let them know you appreciate their coverage of political issues

    http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/feedback/fb_news_form.shtml?tag=ftr

    Finally write or call your local Democratic congressional representative and and thank them for having the gumption to introduce these bills

    http://www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt?action=myreps_form

    Happy St. Paddy day. May the luck of the irish be with the President today.

  11. i guess the new meme is that the president is suppose to tell Libya, Japan, Bahrain what to do. They want him to be president of the world.

  12. I watch HGTV or the Food Channel for entertainment. I have not watched MSNBC and only listen to Stephanie Miller and Randi Rhodes now. The PF men on the radio only complain about the president. This morning Bill Press was all panicky about why PBO is not doing….whatever…I turned the radio to music.

  13. “Part of the beauty of me is I’m very rich”—Donald Trump, contemplating a self-financed Presidential run on a GOP ticket

  14. One more article

    Protestors in Washington at GOP fundraiser

    click on “next” link at upper left corner.

    Love the sign – “stop the war on workers”

  15. “No spending cuts without revenue increases.”

    Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

    A couple of simple talking points and a few graphs to show how phenomenally well the wealthy have done in this recession. They can help build roads, high speed rail, create jobs and make sure kids have decent schools and something to eat.

    “No spending cuts without revenue increases.”

    Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

  16. He needs to talk to Meg Whitman and ask her how that ” I-am-millionaire thingy worked out for her?

  17. Until he does. Then he’s over-reaching.

    I know we’re supposed to stay positive here. But I loathe Republicans. There is something systemically wrong when they can’t even support making sure our nuclear power plants are safe. And that 50% of Americans aren’t outraged at Republican priorities.

  18. Does the President have a say in this? I thought the local chapters voted, which is why Howard Dean won over the protestations of the DLC bunch. I presume the President’s approval would matter, but I don’t think he has the power to appoint anyone.

  19. strickland is definitely more articulate and aggressive on teevee than kaine, who was a disaster as dnc head. All the low-info white voters might take the messaging better from strickland.

  20. One concern could be the optics of a populist DNC chair when Obama is reaching out to business. Of course having Daley as COS and having Commerce Secretary open and potentially filled by Eric Schmidt could quell that potential issue. OTOH it could benefit the Dem base a bit, at least those who worry President Obama is getting too close to business.

    However Strickland would be perfect DNC chair for the Dems to try and capitalize on the anti-worker legislation pushback. He could reach out to the union Republicans and rural moderates given his upbringing. His story might be old news in Ohio, but would be fresh and new to the rest of America.

  21. Yea, 100,000 dead in Iraq because of his sanctions, overbombing of Serbia, etc. That’s what I call President of the World.

  22. I don’t believe being rich is beautiful (often the opposite, depending on how the wealth is used), but for anyone who does, I guarantee that even for them, that is the ONLY way Donald Trump is beautiful.

  23. I hope he doesn’t. I’d actually love to see him run and spend his money which would force others to spend more of their money. He’s not going to win, but it would make the GOP look ridiculous for awhile while he was in it.

    However I can’t believe he’ll run, it’s all free publicity and ego stroking.

  24. I hope this is getting big play in Wisconsin. State Senators running to a lobbyist fundraiser in Washington DC to raise money for recall campaigns.

  25. Great way to begin the day.Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone:) I always remember this day as the one I tried so hard to have my daughter born on. Went to the hospital,certain that if I was in that much pain, it MUST be time! Not so fast…they sent me home and told me to “rest at home”. Yeah, right.Felt like I was getting ready to birth an elephant, and they were telling me to rest.Weirdly, I NEVER, and I mean NEVER, make Jello, but before I went off to the hospital that day, I made Jello.Still don’t know why I did that.You know, the nurse at the hospital told me to “rest” and eat something light….like Jello! Holy crap!What are the chances of that? She was born on March 18th. Seems like yesterday, but she will be 20 years old tomorrow.I am still in awe of her. She’s my angel child,and I can hardly believe that this incredible, gorgeous,talented person is really grown up now…I am truly blessed!So Happy Jello Day…I think I’ll make some today in her honor.Hope everyone has a fabulous day….next year, Jello Shots!
    By the way..great speech by the President. For me, that goes without saying:)

  26. “There’s no one as Irish as Barack Obama” – BWD, could you post this for today??

  27. Take it for granted that a guy named Barack Hussein Obama is President of the United States? Not me! I’m happy about that fact every day.

  28. I’ve only got time to post and run but here is my story of the event yesterday.

    First let me tell you that this was about as much fun as I have ever had at a political event!

    As I arrived at the metro stop and started to ascend the escalator I could hear whistles and drums beating and then the chant “tell me what democracy looks like…this is what democracy looks like”. Now I was expecting maybe a couple of hundred people would show up on a workday evening for this event but that crowd sounded rather loud. My adrenaline started to flow and I knew then that I was going to have one heck of a evening.

    The event was about a half a block from the metro stop. The police had blocked off the entire street between F and G streets with their police cars. The crowd was much bigger than I had anticipated. They were taking up the entire block. I made my way over to the building where the event was taking place and people were passing out Solidarity signs and others were trying to get into the building. I thought well…I hadn’t planned on being arrested tonight but what the heck I’ll try to get in as well. To my surprise the DC police were FANTASTIC. They were there to maintain order but they were smiling at us and a couple of them gave us a nod and a wink as if to say “GO GET ‘EM. We brushed right past the police (who believe me were not doing very much to stop us) and entered the atrium lobby of the building. WE TOOK THAT PLACE OVER!!!

    My guess was that there were about three hundred of us in that lobby. We were lined up on the stairs and the overlook of the atrium. I felt like I was in the capitol building in Wisconsin. We made soooo much noise in that place that it was deafening. The drums, the cow bells, the whistles, the screams, the chants. This became my second favorite chant…”What’s disgusting”…”Union busting”.

    This went on for more than an hour and then we filed out of the building chanting “We’ll be back” and marched to the WH with our message of Solidarity w/Wisconsin chanting “whose streets…our streets” & “tell me what democracy looks like”.

    The folks here in DC represented. It was one heck of a night!

    Now I’ve got to get back to work :)

  29. Yes, thanks for working twice as hard by doing the activism and live-blogging about it.

    I really appreciate your efforts!

    That last pic you had was just so perfect “This is what happens when you vote Republican”

  30. Am I correct to assume the Wisconsin State Senators were never seen, slipping in the backdoor through underground parking or something?

  31. They arrived by bus escorted by two police cars. I went inside the lobby but I am told they entered (escorted by the police) the building not through the main lobby.

  32. Coming out my usual lurk mode to say hello to everyone.

    I remember someone on Orange Hell saying that our Lovely Michelle wasn’t a humanitarian. After I picked up my jaw and regained my composure, I replied that “the folks that have been the recipient of all her hugs would probably disagree.”

    The pic of her hugging and being hugged in return is the best of them all. How anyone could not recognize her warmth is just another example of Obama Derangement Syndrome and is deliberate.

  33. House Hunters on HGTV is my go to channel also when I get frustrated with all the stupidity on our news channels, which is often.
    I loved those remarks by President Obama. He is a remarkable person. I was busy taking notes, wanting to get it down on paper, so I can remind myself, and others, as to what is really important. I continue to be in awe of this man. We should all be so thankful that he is there.

  34. Happy St Patrick’s Day to everyone. Desertflower,I also tried hard to have a child on th 17th but he was born on the 18th. He will be 38. Oh my, can’t believe it’s been that long.
    BWD, thanks for another great Mishmash. Love those pics of the FLOTUS.
    Have a great day everyone.

  35. I agree. This was an excellent speech. He addresses alot of important things. He is inspiring, yes?

    And I’m a fan of gardening, so I always enjoy watching the FLOTUS with the kids. I think this is a pretty neat aspect that she brings to the Whitehouse. I don’t know if this has already been done, but perhaps she could do the 3 sisters thang, and explain how that works to the kiddies.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Sisters_(agriculture)

  36. Haha—-jello! I went to get a haircut during similar circumstances, which seems an odd choice looking back at it now too. I guess I wanted to be cute giving birth. I wasn’t.
    Enjoy your jello! Cool whip helps.

  37. For the next couple weeks, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are kind of booked with some basketball thingy going on.

  38. I AM NOT alone! I too change the channel to HGTV when the whining starts on the news channels. Great minds think alike!

  39. Ideally I think I’d like a bit of separation between the Administration and the DNC. Let the DNC run more populist and to the left of President Obama who has to be the President of all Americans. Not that they’d ever attack each other or any drama near that, just so that the DNC could say and do things that wouldn’t be held against President Obama.

    I think Kaine was hoping for a cabinet gig rather than a Senate run. I think he has designs on running for the Presidency in 2016 and wanted to be able to offer something different than Mark Warner.

  40. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of you, and especially to Eclect O’Blog and President O’Bama and V.P. Joe O’Biden!
    Somehow I expected to come here and find a green background today???

    Here’s a link to an Irish blessing for you all and you can see the beauty of the place where I am currently living.

    http://tinyurl.com/5st6xua

  41. Beautiful, Beautiful speech by PBO at the DNC event. What an amazing person he is.

    Donna thank you for holding up democracy yesterday on behalf of all of us by going to that DC rally…your efforts will not go in vain.

    Flotus continues to be her own powerful self doing things ‘outside the box’ much to the chagrin of her crtics.

    Let’s continue to keep the faith! The light is penetrating the darkness little by little, day by day.

  42. PBO just announced that he’ll be going to Ireland in May (probably same time he and FLOTUS visit the Queen) and will be going to visit his ancestral homeland of Moneygall!! I bet those folks are about as excited as you can get. I know I am!!

  43. Has zero chance of passing, but I guess it will help draw lines between Dems and Republicans.

    Given the timing, I’m wondering if this is more to influence the GOP Presidential Primary by making a social issue front and center not a month before the first Fox debate. Wake up the RR culture warriors and potentially split the teabaggers, some of who want to focus on economic issues. However with Iowa Caucus 10 months away it might be too far out to register any effect.

    It will also be interesting to see how GOP Rep. Flake votes on the issue given he’s a staunch libertarian who voted with Dems on DADT repeal but now is running for the Senate in Az.

  44. Michelle you rock! I never get tired of watching her work with the kiddos in the WH gardens.

    This is just such a wonderful thing she is doing. Someone said to me the other day that the WH gardens are “just symbolic” My answer to that was “But that’s a symbol you can actually eat.” EAT THE VIEW, folks! It’s great!

    PS: Happy St. P-Day to all who celebrate it.

  45. Today I turned in my cable boxes so I want have a chance to watch msnbc any longer…I had already stop watching like it was must see tv a while ago.

  46. That was lovely, Granny thank you. I don’t have an Irish bone anywhere in my body but I really enjoy participating even a little in the celebrations of others.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you and your country.

  47. GOD, PLEASE CONTINUE TO BLESS OUR AMAZING 44TH PRESIDENT OF THESE UNITED STATES..IN JESUS NAME, AMEN

  48. I also want to thank Eclectablog for being on the front lines and keeping us all informed. Also to Donna in DC. We must keep this in front of everyone for the next 2 years!

  49. I’m watching Flake too. He’s one of our ‘better’ Repubs but I don’t want him in Kyl’s seat. It could be worse though if we would get that awful Trent Franks.

    I really want Gabby Giffords to run for Kyl’s seat but don’t know if she would be well enough for a really ugly demanding campaign or if she would even want to run for it. Her recovery has been truly miraculous but there are limits to even her enormous grit and stamina.

  50. Aren’t they all just miracles! Thanks for sharing that, Desertflower. I don’t care much for jello but I might have to reconsider a jello shot. Lime jello with tequila may not be too bad, lol.

  51. Trump has said too that he questions the President’s birth place. What a douchebag. I greatly dont care for Trump, and despise him. And let him dream on, he will never be President.

  52. Excited?! Not me. I’ve only been waiting 6 years for The Visit. You vote for a man, you should be able to shake his hand already.

    I will share a secret – Moneygall is the ONLY boring town in Ireland, so I really hope it gets spruced up before May. There are two pubs there across from each other, and I’d guess there going to be a lot of Guinness flowing tonight.

  53. I am joining your club. Why waste our time listening to and watching angry people belittle the president. AS a result of a renewed interest in HGTV, I have decided to redecorate our guest bedroom. yahoo!

  54. Shoot! – I work in the burbs now. I would have loved to have been there! Thanks for the recap :)

  55. “The Anasazi are known for adopting this garden design in a more xeric environment. The Tewa and other Southwest tribes often included a “fourth sister” known as “Rocky Mountain bee plant” (Cleome serrulata), which attracts bees to help pollinate the beans and squash.”

    That’s neat. That’s the first time I’ve heard of a forth sister. I’ll have to see if I can find something similar that’s suitable for my area and give it a try.

  56. I was initially pleased with Flake. He did not speak like the radical right of AZ, but i admit I do not know what his record is in congress.

    Indeed that Franks is an idiot. Maybe that is giving him too much credit.

  57. Makesense, I am surprised that the frustrati are not yearning for Bush to be back in power.

    He would have gone into all those countries and them into amarican countries.

  58. The one thing I am looking forward to is the repug primary debates and all of the backstabbing that will be happening during the run up to the election. Television and radio will be very entertaining.

  59. Hey lady, Where have you been? Missed you here and on FB. Thanks for sharing the above. It is the “age old” Dems lousy messaging. They just can’t do it. I hoped with Plouffe back that would improve greatly from the WH, but haven’t seen a great deal of change from there either. Frustrating!!!!!!!

  60. I don’t do the twitter, but I just saw BWD’s retweet about that poll showing indy’s prefer Charlie Sheen for Pres over Sarah.

    LMAO!! That is deliciously hilarious!

  61. What if the megaphone folks literally will not spread that message??

    I have about as much belief in Dem’s constant lack of messaging for 30 years meme as I do about the liberal media meme for 30 years. It just ain’t true IMO.

    If anyone had any doubts about the role of the media, Wisconsin should’ve sealed the deal. They just did not report it like they did the fake tea party shin-digs. There is no message in the world that can permeate a closed distribution method.

    Which is why we are all here! :)

  62. I agree – Kaine was a failure as DNC chair – as we saw in the 2010 midterm results.

  63. Thank you, Marilyn. It was my pleasure. I can’t stop using the word “exhilarating”. That’s the best description I can come up with. I kept thinking, “I’m in the middle of something important and historic here.”

    Also, “Wow, iPhones really are amazing.”

    Also, too, “Dammit, my batteries are running out!”

  64. Thank you JordanRules for speaking truth: “There is no message in the world that can permeate a closed distribution method.” We have really bought the meme that Democrats lack messaging. Likewise, Democratic disagreements are amplified by the media leading people like Sergent to claim that Democrats are in disarray. Frankly, I also don’t buy this new outrage that the President is not leading on Budget. I’ve heard that outrage before with regard to Health care Reform, Financial reforms and repealing DODT. Yet all these things got done.

  65. Excellent addendum Nathan. I don’t buy either the ‘lack of messaging’ or ‘democrats in constant dissaray’ memes at all.

    We’ve had some of the best and brightest democratic minds serving over 30 years. You’d think that by accident maybe we’d get some good messaging out of someone.

    The constant denominator in all of these false meme’s is the media and their corporate overlords.

    This White House does more on Whitehouse.gov to get their message out and communicate with folks than probably ALL of the previous admins combined. They have technology on their side and they use it.

  66. I emailed a copy of the transcript to Anthony Wiener. That way he will know what the presidents values are before opining in the media.

  67. I went to full loathe mode after the 9/11 Responders fiasco. There’s no turning back.

  68. How exactly is he rich when he’s declared bankruptcy three times, screwing over his creditors in the process. He’s a weasel – that’s more accurate. And this country would be foolish to put him in charge of it.

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