“I’m happy to report that granny is safe” (Or, the second mishmash)

President Obama’s gave just a terrific speech to the highly enthusiastic attenders of the Families USA Health Action Conference. I still can’t believe that there’s even one sane, moderately-moral person who opposes this HCR. Oh well, there’s nothing they can do now.

Watch the entire event, including the forever classic “YES WE CAN” moment.  (Still awaits the WH to upload their clip. Once they’ll do so, I’ll bring it). Enjoy it, it’s awesome.

Transcript:

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Everybody, please have a seat.  Thank you.  Thank you, Ron, for not only the generous introduction but for the wonderful leadership and for sharing some of your applause with me.  (Laughter.)  To Phil and Kate Villers, for founding Families USA, we thank them.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  To all of you -– organizers and advocates and activists, all of you who believe that change does not come from the top down, it comes from the bottom up, and you guys activated the country — thank you so much for your great work.  (Applause.)   
 
On Tuesday, I gave this little speech here in town — (laughter) — the State of the Union.  I outlined my vision for an America that’s more determined, more competitive, better positioned for the future — an America where we out-innovate, we out-educate, we out-build the rest of the world; where we take responsibility for our deficits; where we reform our government to meet the demands of a new age.
 
That’s what will be required for the new jobs and new businesses of the 21st century to set up shop here in the United States.  That’s how our people will prosper within our communities.  That’s how America will remain a place where each of us is free to choose our own destiny and make of our lives what we will.
 
Now, for most families, that freedom requires a job that pays the bills, covers your mortgage, helps you look after your children.  It means a chance to send those children to college, save enough for retirement.  And it means access to quality, affordable health care.  That is part of the American Dream.  (Applause.)
 
That security is part of the American Dream.  And that’s what brought me here, to this conference, four years ago this week.  I looked younger then.  (Laughter.)  I didn’t have as much gray hair.  (Laughter.)
 
Even before the pangs of this historic recession that we’ve just gone through — so four years ago, that was still on the horizon — our friends and neighbors were already dealing with the anxiety and the cruelty of a health care system that just did not work for too many American citizens.
 
We believed we could change that.  We believed that we could finally guarantee quality, affordable care for every American.  And even though I hadn’t announced my candidacy for this office, I joined you that day in a promise, that we would make health reform a reality by the end of the next President’s first term.  That was our commitment.  (Applause.)
 
     That was our commitment, and together that is what we did.  That is what you did.  So thank you for all those years of work to help make it happen.  I couldn’t be prouder of you.  (Applause.)
 
Now, since I signed the Affordable Care Act into law 10 months ago, Americans already have more power, greater freedom, stronger control of their health care.  This law will lower premiums.  It is limiting costs.  It is reining in the worst abuses of the insurance industry with some of the toughest consumer protections this country has ever known.  (Applause.)  This is making a real difference for families across this country as we speak.
 
Now, it’s no secret that not everyone in Congress agrees with this law.  (Laughter.)  And as I said on Tuesday, I believe that anything can be improved.  As we work to implement it, there are going to be times where we say, you know what, this needs a tweak, this isn’t working exactly as intended, exactly the way we want.  Here’s a way of doing it smarter, better.  We may be able to serve families to lower costs and improve care every more.
 
And so I’m willing to work with anyone, Republican or Democrat, to make care better or to make their health care more affordable.  I’ve even suggested we begin by correcting what was a legitimate concern, a flaw, in the legislation that placed unnecessary bookkeeping burdens on small businesses.  I’m open to other ideas, including patient safety innovations and medical malpractice reform.
 
But here’s what I’m not open to, and I said this on Tuesday.  I am not willing to just refight the battles of the last two years.  I’m not open to efforts that will take this law apart without considering the lives and the livelihoods that hang in the balance.  Families USA, we are moving forward — we are moving forward.  (Applause.)
 
Already, small business owners are taking advantage of the new health care tax credit that can offset as much as 35 percent of the cost of covering their employees.
 
We’ve got small business owners like Janine Vaughn of Spokane, Washington.  Janine always tried to do the right thing and cover her workers.  But she explained, “We’re a small business.  We care about everybody who works here.”  But over the last 12 years, her premiums have tripled, so that was eating away at her profit margin.
 
But today, that new tax credit that was part of the Affordable Care Act is helping her cover her workers.  And in 2014, she’s going to be able to pool together with other small business owners to shop for a better deal for her staff and for herself, just like large companies can do.
 
As we speak, Americans are enrolling in new programs that provide affordable coverage for folks who had been shut out of the insurance market because of preexisting conditions.  People like Gail O’Brien of Keene, New Hampshire, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma while working full-time as a preschool teacher at a school that couldn’t afford to offer insurance to its employees.
 
Because she was sick, no insurer would cover her.  As she put it, she was scared to death -– not of cancer, but how she’d pay her bills with each round of chemo that cost $16,000.  And she thought that she and her husband, Matt, would have to spend everything they saved to pay for their two sons’ college education in order to afford treatment.
 
Gail was the first person in New Hampshire to sign up for the program available under the Affordable Care Act, and today she is doing great.  And by 2014, no insurer will be able to discriminate against her or any one of the up to 129 million other Americans with a preexisting condition.  (Applause.)  They’ll have more affordable private insurance options through state exchanges that promote competition and transparency and better deals for consumers.
 
Parents of children who suffer from a preexisting condition can finally breathe a sigh of relief, too.  Parents like Dawn Josephson of Jacksonville, Florida.  Dawn is self-employed, so she buys insurance on the individual market.  And her son Wesley, who I had a chance to meet — he’s adorable — he has an eye condition that demands frequent surgeries.
 
So in the past, insurers have excluded important benefits from Dawn’s plan.  As her premiums soared, she called around last summer, after the Affordable Act — Affordable Care Act had taken effect, to find any plan that would cover Wesley.  So she finds a company, it’s offering her a reasonable rate, but out of habit, Dawn is ready for the runaround.  She says, “What’s not covered?”  And the insurer says, “No, you’re covered.  Everything’s covered.”  And Dawn says, “I’m not being very clear here.  What about my son?”  And after going back and forth a few times, the insurer made it clear.  He said, “No.  Your son is covered.  We can no longer exclude preexisting conditions for children.  Wesley is covered.”  (Applause.)
 
Imagine what that felt like.  Imagine the relief that comes with knowing that treatment for your sick child no longer has to threaten the dreams you’ve worked a lifetime to build for him.  You’re not going to have to make these heartbreaking choices.
 
That’s happening now.  Millions of young Americans can stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26.  Millions of older Americans are receiving better access to preventive services and more affordable prescription drugs.  We’ve torn down the barriers that stood between the American people and their doctors so that inside your network, you can see the primary care physician, the pediatrician, the OBGYN of your choice, and you can use an emergency room outside your network without your insurer sticking you with extra charges.
 
As of last fall, every American who buys a new plan can access preventive care like mammograms, immunizations, and prenatal care to get and stay healthy for free.  And all of this information about the new choices and new rights available to you is available in one simple place:  Healthcare.gov.  You can even log on, plug in your zip code, and compare prices for different insurance — private insurance plans.  Right now you can do that.
 
And this is all before we set up the exchanges that will allow 30 million Americans to get access to care and will allow small companies to finally get the same deal that big companies get, and people being part of a big pool that gives them a better deal across the board.
 
Now, as important as what is happening right now is what isn’t happening right now.  You may have heard once or twice that this is a job-crushing — (laughter) — granny-threatening — (laughter) — budget-busting monstrosity.  That’s about how it’s been portrayed by opponents.  And that just doesn’t match up to the reality.  I mean this thing has been in place now for 10 months, all right?  (Applause.)
 
So let’s look at what’s happened over the last 10 months.  Not only has the economy grown and added jobs since the Affordable Care Act became law, but small businesses across the country have already chosen to offer health care to hundreds of thousands of their employees, many for the first time.  That’s something that regardless of politics, we should all celebrate.  (Applause.)
 
Estimates from the Business Roundtable — now this isn’t some left-wing organization — the Business Roundtable, the organization of all the country’s largest corporations, and other experts indicate that health insurance reform could save large employers anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000 per family, per year, that they cover in health care costs by 2019.  And that’s money that businesses can use to grow and invest and to hire.  That’s money that workers won’t have to see vanish from their paychecks or bonuses in the form of higher deductibles or bigger co-payments.  That’s good for all of us.
 
And I can report that granny is safe.  (Laughter and applause.)  In fact, grandma’s Medicare is stronger than ever.  And if she was one of the millions of seniors who fell into the doughnut hole last year, she received a $250 check, or soon will, to help her afford her medications, and a new 50 percent discount on brand-name drugs, as part of the Affordable Care Act.  (Applause.)
 
Finally, because it is absolutely true that we’ve got to get a handle on our deficits, that the debt we are carrying right now is unsustainable if we don’t start taking action, it is important for us to be clear about the truth when it comes to health care reform.
 
Health reform is part of deficit reform.  (Applause.)  We know that health care costs, including programs like Medicare and Medicaid, are the biggest contributors to our long-term deficit.  Nobody disputes this.  And this law will slow these costs.  That’s part of the reason why nonpartisan economists, why the Congressional Budget Office, have said that repealing this law would add a quarter of a trillion dollars to our deficit over the next decade, and another trillion dollars to our deficit in the decade after that.  They’re not just making this up.  And what’s more, repeal would send middle-class premiums up, would force large employers to pay that extra $2,000-$3,000 per worker, and shift control of your health care right back to the insurance companies.
 
Now, I’ve repeatedly said, I believe that our system of private insurance is strong and viable, and we need it to be.  It saves lives.  It employs large numbers of Americans.  And by the way, it’s still making pretty good profits.  But just as we are a people who believe in the power of the individual, the promise of the free market, we are also a people who believe, from the time of our founding, that we aspire to protect one another from harm and exploitation.  (Applause.)
 
Our task has always been to seek the right balance between the dynamism of the marketplace, but also to make sure that it’s serving people.  And sometimes that means removing barriers to growth by lifting rules that place unnecessary burdens on business, but other times it means enacting common-sense safeguards like these — like the Affordable Care Act — to ensure our American belief that hard work and responsibility should be rewarded by a sense of security and fair play.
 
That’s at the heart of this reform.  That’s why we fought so hard for this reform.  That’s why we have to keep on telling people across the country about the potential of this reform and what it means for them and their families.  And that’s why we’re not going to fall back.
 
I don’t want to tell students that we’re booting them off their parents’ coverage.  I don’t want to tell seniors that their medicine is out of reach again.  I don’t want to tell Janine her taxes are going back up, or Gail that she’s got to choose between keeping her home and getting well.  I don’t want to tell Dawn, or any other mother, that their child can’t get the care that he or she needs after all.
 
     I don’t want that for America.  I don’t want that for our families.  That’s not who we are and that’s not what we stand for.  (Applause.)  We don’t believe that people should have to hope against hope that they’ll stay healthy, or hang all their fortunes on chance.  We don’t believe, in a country like ours, that one in 10, one in eight of our citizens should be that vulnerable no matter how hard they’re working.  We believe in something better.
 
So the time for fighting the battles of the last two years has now passed.  It’s time to move forward.  And these efforts -– strengthening our families, getting our fiscal house in order, allowing small businesses to grow, allowing entrepreneurs to strike out on their own free from crushing costs –- they’re critical to our economic success.  And by reforming our health care system so it doesn’t dictate anybody’s economic fate, America can decide its own.
 
Now, as vital as this reform is, as committed as we are to getting our implementation right, to win the future in this new and changing world is going to require more from us –- and I believe we’re up to the task.  I think that we can create the jobs of the future by fortifying our lead in innovation -– including investing in biotechnology that can deliver new cures for crippling diseases.  We can fill those jobs by guaranteeing all our children have the best skills and education possible.  We can convince the businesses and industries of the 21st century to take root right here by building and deploying a new network of infrastructure.
 
We can bring down our deficits by taking responsibility, just as we’ve done in our own lives, to cut wasteful and excessive spending wherever we can find it.  And we can restore our people’s belief in our capacity to meet this moment by reforming our government so it’s smarter and nimbler and equal to our times.  
 
We can do all these things.  All of you believe we can do all these things, because just think back to where we were standing four years ago.  Think of all the hard work and all the heart you put into a cause that you believed in for years — for years.  And think of the feeling you had the moment your efforts finally paid off, that feeling when your faith was rewarded.  (Applause.)
 
All of you are a reminder — you are proof of the fact that we are a people that can change our country for the better.  And if all of us summon that spirit now, through all the hardships and the ups and downs and twists and turns, then I am absolutely convinced that our best days still lie ahead.
 
So I could not be prouder of you, Families USA.  Thank you for your extraordinary work.  Thank you, Ron.  Let’s keep on going.  God bless you.  (Applause.)

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Oh, look. Obama is just destroying the economy. 

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Medvedev signs ratification of nuke pact with US

MOSCOW – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday signed the ratification of a nuclear arms cut pact with the United State the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s efforts to reset ties with Moscow.

The treaty, known as New START, limits each country to 1,550 strategic warheads, down from the current ceiling of 2,200, and also re-establishes a system for monitoring that ended in December 2009 with the expiration of a previous arms deal.

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Here’s a nice story aout the school in Denver, the president mentioned in the SOTU:

DENVER — When President Barack Obama spotlighted a successful school in his State of the Union speech, he picked Bruce Randolph School in Denver.

 “Take a school like Bruce Randolph in Denver,” the president said. “Three years ago, it was rated one of the worst schools in Colorado. Last May, 97 percent of seniors received their diploma.”

Bruce Randolph was a middle school when it opened in 2002. In 2007, Denver Public Schools gave Bruce Randolph School permission to operate autonomously. It was the first school in the state to be granted autonomy from district and union rules.

Each teacher then had to reapply for his or her job. A published report said only six teachers remained.  “Teachers who didn’t believe in the students didn’t come on board,” said Kristin Waters, principal during the transition. Teachers also had to have “a willingness to learn and to grow and to work with other teachers.”

 Bruce Randolph became a school for students in sixth to 12th grades. The school’s website described the school’s Challenge 2010 Plan. It said each class of students will be cultivated to identify themselves collectively as people who will graduate together, six years after they are assembled.

“All of our teachers are really dedicated to the students and they are really focused on getting us past high school to college,” said Maria Miller, a senior. “Our teachers take more time with us and they make sure we are getting what we need to know.”

The goal is a 100 percent graduation rate. As the president said, when the first class graduated in May 2010, 97 percent of the seniors graduated. “Most will be the first in their families to go to college,” said Obama. “And after the first year of the school’s transformation, the principal who made it possible wiped away tears when a student said, ‘Thank you, Miss Waters, for showing that we are smart and we can make it.'”

DENVER — When President Barack Obama spotlighted a successful school in his State of the Union speech, he picked Bruce Randolph School in Denver.

“Take a school like Bruce Randolph in Denver,” the president said. “Three years ago, it was rated one of the worst schools in Colorado. Last May, 97 percent of seniors received their diploma.”

Bruce Randolph was a middle school when it opened in 2002. In 2007, Denver Public Schools gave Bruce Randolph School permission to operate autonomously. It was the first school in the state to be granted autonomy from district and union rules.

Each teacher then had to reapply for his or her job. A published report said only six teachers remained.

“Teachers who didn’t believe in the students didn’t come on board,” said Kristin Waters, principal during the transition. Teachers also had to have “a willingness to learn and to grow and to work with other teachers.”

Bruce Randolph became a school for students in sixth to 12th grades. The school’s website described the school’s Challenge 2010 Plan. It said each class of students will be cultivated to identify themselves collectively as people who will graduate together, six years after they are assembled.

“All of our teachers are really dedicated to the students and they are really focused on getting us past high school to college,” said Maria Miller, a senior. “Our teachers take more time with us and they make sure we are getting what we need to know.”

The goal is a 100 percent graduation rate. As the president said, when the first class graduated in May 2010, 97 percent of the seniors graduated.

“Most will be the first in their families to go to college,” said Obama. “And after the first year of the school’s transformation, the principal who made it possible wiped away tears when a student said, ‘Thank you, Miss Waters, for showing that we are smart and we can make it.'”

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President Obama to visit Penn State University on Wednesday

President Obama will visit Penn State on Wednesday, a White House spokesman confirmed this afternoon.

Obama will visit an energy innovation hub on campus, White House spokesman Matt Lehrich said. The facility at Penn State is partnered with the energy innovation hub at Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, he said.

Obama will also speak on campus, though no further details are available, Lehrich said.

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Finally, thank you, Kelly, for this awesome clip of PBO’s motorcade in Wisconsin this week. The ending is just to die for.🙂

165 thoughts on ““I’m happy to report that granny is safe” (Or, the second mishmash)

  1. Thanks so much for the video! It just brings tears to my eyes to see this President in action. We are blessed to have his leadership in these challenging times!

  2. And……..there he goes! Gee if I was arrogant as every random commenter at the Orange Site I would take full credit for asking Obama to tie HCR to Big Ideas and progressive values, in order to start remaking our national discourse.

    And then he went and did it. Boy, am I smart or what?

    This is the kind of messaging we need, but we need it in more than just Obama speeches, which the MSM can conveniently ignore or parse. Every Democrat needs to be out there, pounding this message. Every local Democrat, every progressive pundit, every agency head who has access to a microphone.

    This is how Republicans convinced America that taxes were BAD and their other lies. Health care as part of the American dream; the foundation of health security upon which entrepreneurs can build companies and employ people. Free Americans from being one illness away from financial ruin so they can plan to send their children to college.

    Hey, maybe I really am on to something here — “health security” like “social security”? Your thoughts?

    Oh, I’m paraphrasing our wonderful President. The read transcript from today’s speech and spread the word.

  3. Thank you for your uplifting website shining the light on President Obama. I think he’s just wonderful too.

    Since I am his mother’s age, I often think of her having raised such an honorable, intelligent, caring man.

  4. “Health Security” is great. Good soundbite, but what’s even more cool is it’s based on REALITY. As opposed to so many soundbites from the other side.

    Great comment, Faith !

  5. Thanks for this extra on a friday afternoon, BWD. My goodness, that video is the coolest thing ever. I just bust laughing at the end hi hi hi…

    LOVED President Obama’s speech.

  6. Amazing to see the love the Families USA expressed to the President. I watch the speech this morning and I was so happy for him. On so many occasions we don’t see that. These people expressed how I felt about President Obama and the fact we got Health Care Reform finally.

    Thank you for this Blog, it keeps me sane.

  7. Thanks BWD! I have been completely out of the loop today. I am feeling so much better and it is a beautiful day so my hubby and I took the kids to Chuck E. Cheeses, and to the park. I just got back and said I had to log onto this site so that I can feel informed for the day lol!

  8. That phone video is absolutely crazy.

    I mean, the Queen of the Netherlands has a solid 70 % approval rate.

    I’ve never seen royalists do something like this.

  9. That’s what gets me: how can we lose the message war when we have truth and all they have is lies?

    A little better framing from every Democrat in any proximity to a microphone and we start turning this country around.

    Thanks for the nice comment.

  10. Yea, i was thrilled for him, because he is obviously so tremendously proud of this law, and is so moved by all the good that its been doing to so many people. It was really great to see so many people show him the appreciation he deserves, without “why” and “why not”, and “where is the public option”.

  11. The President is the master of subtlety. There was a line in the speech that he uses (or a variation therof) a lot. And it sends a very direct message to listeners without overdoing it.

    “They’re not just making this up.”

    This time it was in reference to the CBO. Other times he will use the personal pronoun “I”.

    What he is really saying is that people who tell you different are just making it up. He is, in fact, calling people who make contrary statements liars without using the word.

    Some might say he is being too subtle, but I think he knows that using the term liar would, in most cases, turn people off. He also knows that those who don’t get his subtlety are people he won’t be able to convince anyway. But he has respect for the intelligence of the American people and knows this message will seep through.

    As I was typing that it occured to me that he is also saying, “You can trust me, I am not going to BS you, but others will.”

  12. I absolutly lovee that clip. How thrilled these guys were to see just a glimpse of the waving President.

    I know how they feel. I’d probably keel over.

  13. By the way, maybe OT, but Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the START treaty and announced the agreement will take effect next week.

    Probably the most important foreign policy event of the year, possibly of the decade. And not getting much discussion in the U.S. press.

    One article says

    “The exchange of notes will seal a tortuous process that began more than a decade ago but only came to life with US President Barack Obama’s arrival in the White House.”

    “The treaty to eliminate some of the world’s most deadly weapons is the centrepiece of Obama’s vision of a world without nuclear weapons and a landmark feature of his effort to “reset” the previously-stalled relations with Russia.”

    Can we call him the Resetter-In-Chief?

  14. OT, but important. The following are three updates from the BBC re: Egypt.

    “The BBC’s Jon Leyne in Cairo says Mr Mubarak must be seriously considering if, and how, he can continue his 30-year grip on power.”

    “Egyptian TV cites parliamentary speaker as saying ‘an important matter will be announced in a short time'”.

    “US Senator John McCain releases a statement saying Mr Mubarak has been an important and valued friend of the US, but describes the response of the Egyptian government to the latest protests as ‘deeply troubling'”.

    If Mubarak has lost Sen. McCain, I think he will soon be on a plane winging to Jeddah.

    Meanwhile, it’s safe to say that both Sec’y Clinton’s and Gibbs’ statements are not-so-subtle cues to Mubarak to leave.

    As I said earlier in the week: If Mubarak falls, no autocrat in the ME is safe.

  15. Lies have a much easier life than the truth. Lies have no limit. If one lie isn’t working, there’s always a new one. But there is just one truth and usually it takes much longer for it to come out, and even longer – to win.

    But i think the truth is making some serious headway in recent weeks.

  16. And you were correct. They are now protesting in Jordan.

    For those too young, it is a lot like watching the Soviet Union go down years ago.

  17. Damn Republicans. Damn Kill-the-Billers. We are up to thousands of dollars for my litle adventure and that’s TESTS alone! If my husband lost his job, ie, our insurance, no company would take us on. Why do RepKTBers hate Americans? I never have to think twice about the cost when I schedule my appointments, as I just did. It was all about convenience, not ability to pay, in talking to the receptionist. My heart breaks for those that have to!

    This is “a big fucking deal.”

  18. I was just on the cusp of 20 when the Iron Wall fell. It was a very exciting time, followed by the usual muddle as societies tried to reform. With the ME being so important to the world’s politics and economy, I look at what’s happening both with fear and excitement.

  19. I just heard on MSNBC Richard Angle (sp?) saying that many dark limousines arrived at the airport. People in those limousines board three jets and left. They don’t know WHO those people were.

    Looks like Mubarak won’t stay. I’m suspended to the tv to see what the “special announcement” Egypt TV is all about.

  20. Combined with a bit of “There but for the grace of democracy [and a current terrific President] goes the US”.
    This could go either way depending on who takes over the government temporarily and who is elected finally.

    The young folk are protecting the museum from looters, gods bless them. They are so far keeping their heads on straight.

  21. What are the chances that all those evens of the past month – Tunisia, Sudan and now Egypt – were affected to some degree by PBO? I ask seriously. Maybe he had nothing to do with it, but i feel that his constant reminder that we stand by the “people” and his non-stop talk about “universal moral rights” – all that had some influence.

  22. I was in my earlier thirties. It was indeed an exciting time. Each night, watching the news we were wondering what we would learn. We couldn’t believe how fast things were evolving. It was one country after another. And finally, that fantastic night the Berlin Wall fell, with so many people laughing and crying and dancing… I will never forget it.

    And yes, what’s happening now is reminiscent of that time. Let’s hope and pray that it ends well too.

  23. Like I said, I’m afraid and excited. What concerns me in part is how this will affect US position in the ME. For years we’ve been sowing the wind; I just hope we don’t reap the whirlwind. But I think having someone like PBO in charge might lessen the damage to us, or even turn it into goodwill.

  24. I would say that watching how PBO runs a country and how their own countries were being run had a good bit to do with it. But hunger and no jobs made it happen.

  25. I think in part, yes, he had something to do with this. I just pray we’re level-headed enough to manage the whirlwind that will sweep across the ME if Mubarak falls.

  26. When I watched the end of the video tears came to my eyes to see all that unaffected exuberance.

  27. The speech in Cairo, the town-halls all over the world with young people, the images of the 2008 campaign with all young people engaged, the “yes we can” slogan that is well known all over the world…

    Could all of this have made the youth in those countries dreamed they could mount their own movement for change ? I think that yes it’s very possible.

    Of course, those people have endured injustice and frustration for long. They have their own process, their own journey. Their own politics.

    But who knows how much they could have been inspired by a skinny guy with a funny name whose belief in youth activism and internet networking helped him becoming the President of the United States ?

  28. Dang, I am so grateful for so many things. One of the most important is that I can spend times on sites like this.

    Another thing I am grateful for is Obama’s smile. BWD has so many great photos of him smiling. He is such a light in my life. He makes me feel good.

    “How do I love thee, let me count the ways”

  29. Interesting tweet highlighted on the BBC live coverage website: “While some are praising the role of social media in what has been termed “the Lotus Revolution”, others are not so convinced. Matt Kelly tweets: ‘Loving all this ” internet revolutoin” BS about egypt. Internet users in egypt? 8 percent of pop. Twitter, wikileaks… It ain’t about u.'”

  30. Man, I love you, Black Water Dog. I should say that every darn day because you keep my chin up every darn day, you keep me fighting and believing every darn day, you cheer me up when I’m down and celebrate with me when I am happy. THANK YOU for this great, high-content, high-value stuff. And thanks for posting that silly video at the end too.. brought tears to my eyes. I feel a lot less alone.

  31. It was truly great. I am laughing right along with those people waiting to see him. I am so lucky to have seen him twice in my life.

    GOBAMA!!!!!

  32. And here’s the “important message” from the Egyptian Parliament speaker:

    “About that urgent message from the parliamentary speaker… Egypt is in the ‘safe hands’ of President Hosni Mubarak, Fathi Sorour tells Egypt’s state-owned Nile News channel. He says the parliament – overwhelmingly dominated by Mr Mubarak’s ruling party – will meet on Sunday. Will that satisfy the protesters?”

  33. I know!! It’s silly, but I was tearing up about how simple the President’s wave to them meant so much!

    Loved that video!!

  34. It’s terrifying, let me tell you. My husband and I are self-employed and it’s been hell. As he came close to Medicare age, our premiums and deductibles skyrocketed, we went to catastrophic coverage only. When my husband needed an ER on Christmas Day and BCBS denied the claim — after 20 years and thousands of dollars, we dropped insurance until he was eligible for Medicare.

    Then I couldn’t get any insurance. Eff Joe Lieberman — Medicare buy-on for people 55 and over would have been a dream come true, and a huge influx of cash to Medicare. Jackass.

    Thank God for Medicare — what an immense relief that has been. I just hope I can hold on until I’m 65 (I’m 60). I’ve applied for insurance (again) but haven’t received my rejection letter. Once I get that I can hopefully get something through the high risk pool but it’s going to cost.

    We’re decent middle class people, and our health care terrifies us.

  35. I hope your visit with the doctors went ok!

    Having watched my father struggle with cancer, and then lose the battle, I am completely at wits end to think what would have happened if my parents hadn’t had private insurance!

    On top of that, I remember trips to the emergency room when he had bouts of bleeding, but because the emergency rooms were clogged with people waiting to the last minute to get some medical attention, due to not having health insurance, my dad was kept waiting, bleeding into a bucket!

    Emergency rooms are for just that – emergencies.

    We have to set up proper, preventative health care to those who have difficulty to have access to health care, otherwise emergency health care costs rise!

  36. Once again, thank you BWD for finding this great video’s. The one at Families USA was wonderful, but the one from WI brought tears to my eyes.

    I am so glad our country has him for President. I don’t know what will happen in Egypt and Yemen. This is very scary, but I am grateful that it is Obama and SOS Clinton figuring out what is going on. We need someone who is thoughtful and wants to know the whole story, before responding.

    Again, BWD, I am so grateful for this site.

  37. Mubarak is not leaving, at least for now. Very defiant speech. We’ll see how things work out in the next two or three days. Will the army now crack down on the protestors?

  38. We have to be careful.

    The revolutions in Eastern Europe that brought down Communism were peaceful – but that wasn’t pre-ordained.

    As friends of me in Eastern Germany told me, they’d bring the kids to the grandparents before going off protesting. Post-Cold-War documents proved they were rightly cautious: The resident Soviet Union army (500,000) was on high alert.

    Now, in the end, we ended up with a peaceful Europe – but only people who have never had to deal with the “Bund der Vertriebenen” know how crippled this peace was.

    Ever heard of the Oder-Neise border ?

  39. Cowan just tried that line in Ireland attempting to hang onto power and it didn’t work. It just makes the people angrier. Mubarak has 2 choices – to stop the demonstrations by sheer force, and he will be hated even more, or leave.

  40. Seeing and hearing the joy was wonderful, Observerinvancouver. I shook his arm dorothy, was supposed to shake his hand but let a nine year old boy step up instead, I squeezed his arm and felt bad afterwards because I thought I might have done it with a little too much gusto.

    FIRED UP, READY TO GO!

  41. He’s sacking the government and naming a new one tomorrow, hoping that will quell the unrest. Of course, the Prime Minister and Cabinet are powerless; *he’s* the government. The protestors want *him* gone. I think it all boils down to the army. How it behaves over the next couple of days will be key.

  42. Cowan tried that gambit, too. The people know and the army knows that Mubarak is powerless without them, and they have chosen their side from all indications so far. Loved the way he tried to make it sound like he is all on the side of the people and always has been, the has-been. I only worry about the secret police. It now seems like the regular police have taken the side of the people as well.
    Mubarak is in shock and it will take him a day or so to round up his tons of gold and skedaddle.

  43. Not so fast. Reuters is reporting that the army has taken control of the main square in Cairo, scattering the protestors. It seems they’ve sided with Mubarak.

  44. Who’s saying that because AJ isn’t reporting anything like that? Most people have just gone home for the night and the dawn will tell the tale. Social networks are still down, however.

  45. I wish you the best, Faith. I have come to appreciate your participation here tremendously, BTW.

  46. Reported by Reuters and then passed on by the BBC. I’m not surprised that Al Jazeera has a different report; I’m sure the main cities are just too much in chaos to really know what’s going on.

    I don’t think Mubarak’s speech will do much to calm the protests. The BBC’s reporter opines that it’ll more than likely inflame them. I guess I’ll be glued to the computer this weekend.

  47. I am going to start watching BBCA for my news, as many here have suggested. I already watch several entertainment programs on their channel. Any suggestions for particular broadcasts, times, reporters? Thx.

  48. Listening to an interview with an Egyptian woman in NYC. She says the people despise Mubarak and that he is out-of-touch. I would say dillusionary myself. I’m off to bed to take it back up in the am.

  49. Swoooooon. I just love our president with his big brain, big heart and heart-melting smile. That is all.

  50. Honestly, BBCA has gone the way of many other cable channels. I mean, they’re showing reruns of “The X-Files”, for Pete’s sake! Aside from the news and “Top Gear”, almost none of their shows are BBC productions. That being said, their “BBC World News America” program is on at 7 p.m. EST M-F.

    I use a VPN tunnel that allows me to watch the BBC programs on their website, including BBC News. Plus, of course, there’s always the good old BBC World Service, available for free on any computer.

  51. But they are a very important 8 percent. The kids who use the internet cafes, the bootleg dialup connections, learned about the rest of the world and that not everybody supports their dictator. Those have become the leaders. And let’s not forget those cheap cell phones that enable communications that are hard to tap, hard for authorities to even understand.

    Mubarak is 82. He has to know that even if he survives this round, folks would just keep going one way or another until he dies.

    His son is already out of town, and would be advised to do a Baby Doc and stay there.

  52. You are so right that lies have no limit but, like you, I think that truth is finding it’s way through slowly, but definitely.

  53. Oh, I didn’t know Gamal Mubarak was out of the country. If he stays away for the weekend that will be very telling.

    I wish we could get a clear picture of what the army is doing.

  54. THX! i was under the false impression that because of the Blair Bush bromance, the journalists would similar to ours.

  55. I’m as big an Obama fan as anyone but sorry, I just can’t see how anyone can get excited by seeing him zip by in an SUV.

    But, as long as it makes wingnut heads explode I’m good with it!

  56. I’m not surprised to see some army units and police side with Mubarak. Some know that they have done things that the people truly hate them for, and in the case of an overthrow, they are history. Others may have been bought out in some kind of way.

    But the fact that a great deal of the army has sided with the protestors means its only a matter of time before Mubarak has to go. He has the opportunity to flee and die peacefully in a Swiss bed. If not, the decision might be made to terminate him and solidify the revolution that way.

  57. In bleek times one still has to smile..

    @BorowitzReport: #Mubarak should probably turn the Internet back on so he can book a trip on Expedia. #Egypt #Jan25

  58. Even the journalists at Murdoch’s Sky News are heads and shoulders above ours. The BBC journos are still about getting the facts and putting them into context.

  59. I went back and listened to his cairo speech. President Obama seen this coming.

  60. Fred, I have seen our president four times (at rallies) and have been very close to where he has spoken but this video gave me the chills due to the reaction of the cameraperson!

  61. OT – I just went to youtube and watched some of the crowd reactions during the 2008 elections…I’m still crying. If you want to get more fired up and remember how we all felt at that time and still feel about President Obama, go check them out. I support this president without qualifiers and am ready for 2012!!

  62. They did not air his talk live. I didn’t see it. The MSM will try to spin this as “Obama’s Katrina.” ABC News is already trying to claim that the protesters in Egypt are expressing “disappointment with the US.”

  63. Yesterday when FLOTUS was on Oprah the camera panned the audience and there were these two young girls with tears of joy and excitement to be in the presence of Mrs. Obama. It made me feel proud. I hope to one day get to see him in person in the coming years.

  64. From the BBC: “There’s no immediate suggestion that the US administration is cutting its ties with Mr Mubarak, says the BBC’s Paul Adams in Washington. Mr Obama wants to see whether Mr Mubarak can address the legitimate concerns of the Egyptian people to determine their own destiny – a phrase which will be utterly bewildering to people in Egypt who, for the past 30 years, have had no say in that. There’s an element of threat in the air, adds our correspondent, but Mr Mubarak’s regime is being given more time to show it can legitimately, and without violence, address the protesters’ concerns”

  65. sankofa, an “old Latino” woman here for Obama/Biden 2012!!!

    Wait, my husband is a “Vietnam Vet for Obama/Biden” 2012 too!!!

    I/we love our president!

  66. Another video brings tears to my eyes. So much genuine love out there for our president.

    This made my day, thanks!

  67. This just goes to prove that a political change does not have be made with gun. This was done by people going out in the streets and taking back their government without one shot.

  68. Portion of the president’s speech from http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/blog/2011/jan/28/egypt-protests-live-updates

    We have been closely monitoring the situation in Egypt. As the situation continues to unfold, our first concern is preventing injury and loss of life, so I call upon the Egyptian authorities to refrain from violence against the protesters. The US will stand up for human rights everywhere.

    Those protesting in the streets have a resposibility to express themselves peacefully.

    The US has a close partnership with Egypt. But we’ve also been clear that there must be reform – social, political and economic. In the absence of these [reforms], grievances have built up over time. I just spoke to President Mubarak, after his speech, and told him he has a responsilibilty to give meaning to his words.

    Violence will not address the grievances of the Egyptian people.

    What’s needed is concrete steps that advance the rights of the people. Ultimately, the future of Egypt will be determined by its people, and we believe the people want the same things as we want. The Egyptian people want a future that befits the heirs to a great and ancient civiliaztions. The US is committed to working with the government and the people to achieve the goals.

    When I was in Cairo, after I became president, I said that all governments must maintain power through consent, not coercion, and that is how they will achieve the future. The US will continue to stand up to the rights of the Egyptian people, and work with the government to ensure a future that is more hopeful.,

  69. One of the tweets highlighted on the BBC said that Pres. Obama’s statement was a green light for a crackdown. I just watched it, and I saw no green light. If anything, there was an implicit threat to Mubarak: things cannot go on as they have, and if he can’t give the people what they demand, then he’ll have to go. The army, the army is key. How will it respond over the weekend? Will it be Tunis, or Tienanmen?

  70. I got close enough to touch his elbow once which I’ve often bragged about. Senator Obama held a town hall mtg. at the jr. college gym in my area, and I can still remember the introduction. “Please welcome your senator and rumored presidential candidate, Barack Obama!” The gym was filled to the rafters, Obama received a wild welcome and enthusiastic applause in this historically conservative district. I walked out of there with all kinds of people saying, “Wow, wow, wow.”

  71. I live in the DC metro area and during one of our Restaurant Week jaunts into downtown DC last week we had to wait at the corner until the presidential motorcade passed by. Now, I’m born and raised DC and attended GWU down the street from the White House. I have never experienced or seen others show so much JOY at seeing a presidential motorcade as for President Obama. And President and Mrs. Obama always smile and look out of the windows and wave back! It really is exciting to experience in person. The only other president I remember doing that was Bill Clinton.

  72. It seems that you and I got the same message from the president’s statement. It seems to me as if he threw Mubarak under the bus by making it clear that he sided with the people and the government, and I don’t think he meant Mubarak when he used the word government, either.

  73. Do you think the White House Press Corps and the tradmed will stop their obsessing now about why, why, why hasn’t President Obama said more in public and why, why, why hasn’t he called Mubarak yet?

  74. Faith, I’m w/ya on this…

    Because our President, us, and this country ARE “in a fight” to keep America movin’ forward to the 21st/22nd century not backwards to to the 18th-20th century…WE DO BIG THINGS!

    Hard right thinks otherwise…No civil rights, no votin’ rights, no woman’s rights (GOPTeaParty have “stepford wives!” lol), no rights period!

    Lakoff should have been/should be part of that WH/OFA-DNC team of advisors/strategists…We need “all hands on deck,” Dems/Libs/Progs or otherwise…GOPTeaParty, Fox and Friends, et al are “literally out for blood!”

    Some months ago, I emailed/contacted OFA (as feedback) and WH about him: (Both are Huff Puff. lol)

    http://tinyurl.com/4kovv2w (Where’s The Movement?)
    http://tinyurl.com/lbcuct (…The Culture War Is On! You Can’t Ignore It…)

    Something else that’s relevant, TRMS: GOPTeaParty skips jobs goal to wage culture war… http://tinyurl.com/4fzqbbr

    And, this, too: New Conservative Entertainment Network “RightNetwork” Launches… http://tinyurl.com/22wegrh

  75. No, I don’t think Pres. Mubarak can take any solace from Pres. Obama’s statement. It was a very well-crafted statement, but the subtext was clear: fix things, or leave. Considering that the protestors are still on the street — and the latest from AP is that they’ve stormed the Foreign Ministry building — I don’t think the administration is under any illusions that Mubarak can fix the situation. Heady and dangerous times.

  76. The President and the administration have to walk a fine line here. If they fully back Mubarek, then the general population, which had grown to admire him, and due to him, the US more (although still not real high)will lose that and you would probably see more anti-Americanism in the ME.

    At the same time, if he comes out fully in support of the demonstrators, he will be accused of meddling and leaders of the other autocratic countries will withhold assistance to the US they are no giving.

    The key with Tunisia, Egypt and even Yeme, is that th protests do not seem to be backed by strong Islamist fundamentalists. In Egypt, there has even been a melding of Muslim and Christian protesters.

    The Muslim Brotherhood, in Egypt, is not as radicl as some think and, in recent years, has tried to be more moderate, but the Egyptian government has not attempted to reach out to thm.

    This is where it is easy to be a pundit and say ridiculous things, because there are no real consequences for what happens. The President doesn’t have that freedom.

  77. Fortunately, my cable carrier has BBC World News America on its own 24/7 station. I also get a 24/7 EuroNews station. It’s the first thing I turn on in the morning, before checking the traffic and weather.

  78. My brother was with me( a gay veteran) he shook the President’s (then Senator Obama) hand, and had tears in his eyes.

  79. Sorry BWD, but I really need to vent. I rarely visit Daily Kos anymore but on big news days I try to visit as many blogs as I can to get as much information as I can. Well, I stopped by DK today looking for info on the crisis in Egypt and got a big reminder (not that I needed one) of just how far that site has fallen.

    Here is a perfectly reasonable diary by Princss6 questioning a story on the main page. I scanned through the comments and not surprisingly, the usual suspects are there to cause havoc and stoke racial tensions. I feel that “moderator” Meteor Blades is part of the problem because he does little (if anything) to change the climate of vitriol there and in many ways contributes to it. Seriously, Kos should be ashamed to have his name associated with that toxic dump site. But apparently he couldn’t care less.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/1/28/939533/-Yo,-MB,-cut-the-crap!

  80. I get BBC World News through my sneaky vpn tunnel, but I do wish Dish Network carried it. However, it *does* carry Euronews, which I love as well.

  81. Oh, and of course, THANK YOU SO MUCH, BWD for starting this blog!!! What a beautiful respite it is from the insanity spewed at those other sites.

  82. So much good stuff! I just watched the Manitowok video and had tears in my eyes. Those people stood in the cold, it seemed like a very long time to me, and the cars moved by so quickly. And still they were screaming and enthusiastic. Those are real folks. That’s America to me. That’s what I would be doing if I was standing there.

    Thanks for creating this positive space of appreciation, bwd. I love it!

  83. I am back to say how much I have appreciated today’s mishmash. It has been a good day. I am not feeling stressed and a lot of that is because of you.

    GN and I commented on wsy as to the great mish mash over here today. Good night every one. Sweet Dreams.

  84. Ah, Princess was a friend. I hope she leaves that place. Kos is no Democrat, just a snake oil salesman who wants his name associated with a high traffic, high profile site. Which is why I pettily hope their numbers plummet. If I were Blades, I’d be ashamed. He supposedly was a major lib activist – on the side of good – in his time. And now this. He either deludes himself that DK is part of that tradition, or the job pays well.

    That diary will result in a traffic spike for sure. Kossacks are generally at home trashing each other on Friday nights. What a brilliant use of one’s time.

    On a cheerier note, we have a Calico (if I am getting your handle correctly)

  85. In his briefing, the President asked for internet access phone service to be restored. Afterward internet access and phone service was restored.
    Seems like there’s a link to me. Chris Matthews thinks so too.

    But Richard Engel, the NBC reporter in Cairo, can’t be persuaded that the words of the President of a country responsible for $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt might have some leverage.

    http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/engel-cellular-phones-internet-in-egypt-back-on/6en7mnb

  86. Firdup what are you reading from this. I see it as a plus for the president. i base my opinion on the cairo speech.

  87. Of course the president has no leverage over Egypt! He’s an empty suit! No one likes him! He’s weak and always apologizing for Amerka! *garble*drool*snort*mutter*

    Ok, that was my second foray into the mind of a teabagger in a week. I really must limit such excursions.

    Wonderful news about the internet. That may have been Mubarak’s last speech. We’ll see what dawn brings, especially with the army.

  88. I think he’s playing it as well as he could. He can’t completely burn his bridges with Mubarak. But he has to state as forcefully as he can that the people have legitimate grievances, and that the situation has to change radically. I’m hopeful that we’ll finally see the flowering of democracy in the ME that GWB thought he could bring about with guns.

  89. I think so too. IMO the speech opened the eyes to young egypt, that they can be free without the negative backing of the USA. He is allowing them to make their own decision.

  90. Indeed! Blackwaterdog is without equal. She’s been doing all the heavy lifting, like none other, in countering the negativity against the President, while continuously bringing to light all his accomplishments. I think all of us who appreciate the work she has been doing need to get together and come up with a creative way of rewarding her tireless efforts in keeping us inspired and motivated. Any suggestions?

  91. I have read at gos that Pox news is already blaming him for Egypt saying, wait for it, he didn’t do enough for their human rights. It’s pathetic that an uncouth australian is destroying american minds with their consent. Even UK Guardian’s live feed posted beck’s twitter in the same page that covered Prez’s and Hillary’s speech.

  92. I was just 26 when the wall fell in Berlin and had just that week started my first job as an attorney. Nothing like starting your career and watching paradigms change all around you. Raised in a time of Cold War never-ending it was liberating and, yes, a little unnerving about what comes next.

    I believe Obama by example has shown that even in the most powerful nation on Earth those who had been oppressed can rise to power. Why can that not happen in Egypt, or Yemen, or Iran?

    The young people I am seeing in these photos are educated, connected to the Internet, to Facebook, to Twitter, and to the inescapable fact that the outside world is vastly better off than they are. Mohammed Atta and the 9-11 bombers saw the difference in status between his culture and the West and lost hope, hated himself and flew a plane into a symbol of our cultural achievement. These young people are acting out of hope, out of a conviction that they have something to offer the world if they can only be given a chance to offer it. I see nothing to fear here. I feel this as pains associated of birthing something new into the world.

  93. I am wonder when the Iranians are going to joined in the protest. I am sure they are not happy with their government.

  94. I agree. The Cairo speech was directly to the people of the Middle East and any region struggling under an autocratic regime.

    “I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. Those are not just American ideas, they are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere.

    There is no straight line to realize this promise. But this much is clear: governments that protect these rights are ultimately more stable, successful and secure. Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. America respects the right of all peaceful and law-abiding voices to be heard around the world, even if we disagree with them. And we will welcome all elected, peaceful governments – provided they govern with respect for all their people.

    This last point is important because there are some who advocate for democracy only when they are out of power; once in power, they are ruthless in suppressing the rights of others.

    No matter where it takes hold, government of the people and by the people sets a single standard for all who hold power: you must maintain your power through consent, not coercion; you must respect the rights of minorities, and participate with a spirit of tolerance and compromise; you must place the interests of your people and the legitimate workings of the political process above your party. Without these ingredients, elections alone do not make true democracy.”

    Mubarak should have listened to what he was saying in Cairo. He could have led the way in progressive leadership.

    The President has been pitch perfect. He has made it clear to Mubarak that he has to change or leave. And he as not co-opted the Egyptian peoples’ revolution by claiming American ownership of it.

    Just as domestically, states his values and objectives while admonishing congress and the voters to express their will through action, he’s restated his values and objectives regarding human rights and is supporting Egyptians in their aspirations without interfering.

  95. Good Grief, its the OPPOSITE. Obama is saying we are giving time to see if Mubarak can address his people’ concerns WITHOUT resort to violence. Meaning Mubarak somehow magically evolves into a reformer and populist or he will become illegitimate in our eyes for resorting to force. We just told him, in diplo-speak, that we’ll still invite him to Camp David for the holidays after his retirement.

  96. Dear Blackwaterdog:

    You have played an impressive part in making sure that the truth about President Obama is not buried in the mountain of lies peddled by both the right and the left. Thank you for keeping our spirits uplifted and for strengthening our resolve to stand for truth, even if it meant being demeaned and ostracized, as you were, by those who hate the President.

  97. Despite the fantasies of the PL that Obama can just call Mubarak and demand he resign, and despite the fantasies of the Righties that democracy is best delivered to the Middle East by Cruise Missile, we are seeing a measured response from an adult President who is looking at Egypt dealing with its own future. Sure we want the result to be at the very least not anti-American, but the best course of action is to let people sort out their own future, then react accordingly.

  98. Very good perspective. I use “fear” in the broadest sense. We can hope that the revolution won’t eat itself. It didn’t in Eastern Europe, and hopefully these young people who are connected to the wider world and want the same opportunities they see at hand in Western countries will be able to ride the tidal waves to a good conclusion. The next few days will be momentous.

  99. I read the tweet before I heard the statement, and my heart sank. Then I saw his statement, and saw no green light of any kind for any kind of crackdown, but exactly the opposite — a clear warning against violence. Now, I do understand the cynicism of many in the ME towards US policy; we’ve supported despots in that region since oil became our lifeblood. But I see nothing in this president’s actions that lead me to believe that he’d support a violent, military crackdown.

    Oh to be a fly in the phone line listening to the I’m sure constant contact between Mubarak and Obama.

  100. Here is an excellent article on the Egyptian Riots. The title is “Five Things to Understand About the Egyptian Riots” by Heather Hurlburt: It’s an informative and fascinating read.

    1) Revolutions often erupt with little warning.

    2) Watch the military: There are institutions in Egypt, and they will ultimately, though perhaps not today, make the decisive difference.

    3) America can’t stop this revolt.

    4) After Mubarak, what?

    5) The ‘Islamist Menace’ is overblown.

    http://www.tnr.com/blog/jonathan-cohn/82416/five-things-you-should-know-about-the-riots-in-egypt

    Note: My apologies if this has already been posted.

  101. My head is pounding, so this will probably be my last post before the morning. I just wanted to say how honored I’ve felt today to be among all of you having these substantive discussions. The more cynical cast aspersions on the idea of “community” on the internet; and, to be frank, for the most part I agree with them. It’s much easier to be dismissive, mean, and cruel when hiding from behind a keyboard and monitor. But having said that, I truly think we’re building a real community on this site, and others like it. We may not always agree, but we do so with open minds and kind words. Again, thank you all of you.

  102. So cool that VP Joe biden is by his side. Biden is such a foreign policy expert and with the President and SS Clinton’s diplomacy, I am so glad we have them during this time. I bet the american citizens who are in Egypt are glad too.

  103. What’s striking to me is that usually the PL is eager to say the US shouldn’t interven in other countries. Now they want President Obama to tell Mubarak publicly to resign. Problem of consistency there.

    President Obama went as far as he could go. I bet that behind the scenes, his whole team, perhaps with the help of diplomats of other countries, are preparing and maybe already applying pressure for Mubarak to step down.

  104. Thank You liberal librarian for your insight on topic. I echo your stance and say i learn from these discussion and also appreciate the tone.

  105. As I’ve said before, our messaging is WAY out numbered. When there’s 250,000 hrs. of conservative talk radio as opposed to 250 progressive hrs. PLUS Fox, we have a steep hill to climb. Plus, as a general rule, Dems just don’t take to the microphones like R’s do.

    I also agree w/the comment BWD and comment below about lies having easier life than truth and always easy to make up a new lie. R’s do it all the time…..they are experienced.

  106. “I truly think we’re building a real community on this site, and others like it.”

    Liberal Librarian, makesense4tulips, I agree.

    BWD I cannot thank you enough for creating a peaceful, constructive space to talk about the national and international events shaping our lives.

  107. Wow, thanks for the link. The racism at that site has really come out in full force huh? I’d imagine that the antisemitic comments must be awful too with the Egypt protests going on.

    It’s too bad because the diary itself wasn’t angry and asked some great questions.

  108. Thanks for this mishmash. I’ve been watching the stories on the protests in Egypt and have to say that I am thrilled we have a smart and thoughtful president in times like this. It really seems to me that the best course of action is to pledge support for the protesters to be heard and then let the Egyptians choose their own course without our interference.

  109. after reading the ‘other’ site and becoming depressed over some new proposed legislation, I came here ~ THANK YOU! Hope is restored for the day, long enough to fight another day:)

    The WI crowd, especially in the cold and snow, to be waiting for them is way too inspirational!

  110. Wonderful mishmash as always. This community is just a beautiful place to visit and stay in touch and informed.

    It is interesting to see how the Egyptian situation will play out. I hope that at the end of the day, it is another step forward for a world with less strife and conflict.

  111. Toon Moene, you are bringing up memories. I was one of the Vertriebenen from Silesia. I listened to them for all my childhood and adolescence. But as a teenager, I carried signs asking for a united Europe. Did you ever hear about the Bensberger Kreis? I worked for them, supported their search for peace and stability in Europe. Thank God that the right decision was made. The Oder-Neisse is just a term in geography today. I strongly believe that progress only comes when government is in tune with the people and when the people learn from history.

  112. hehe..

    @BorowitzReport: Obama: You must make concrete steps to reform. #Mubarak: Agreed. I must throw reformers down concrete steps. #Egypt

    @BorowitzReport: Palin Urges Mubarak to Quit: “Then You Can Get a TV Show” #Egypt

    @BorowitzReport:
    Obama told #Mubrarak to reform, but then added, ominously, “Na na na na na na na na hey hey hey goodbye.” #Egypt

  113. Don’t get depressed Mary. After reading something today, it’s pretty clear that there’s something really ugly going on there, beyond even what some of us suspected. Please take certain spaces with a grain of salt. I watch videos like that WI video in this piece and understand that there is a universe of goodwill and benevolence if we choose to confine attention to it.

  114. Actually, I live in California so my cat’s name is an homage our state but she does have very long hair and kind of resembles a Calico Cat so it’s all good.

    I agree with you about Kos as well. That site’s traffic has to be down with the mass exodus and all.

  115. Hey askew! How are you? My user name was KHinSF when I posted at DK. Maybe you remember me. I started using CaliCat cuz I got bored with the other name.

    And you’re absolutely right. Princss’s diary wasn’t angry at all. Kind of friendly actually. But that doesn’t stop the usual reaction from the same old folks. Sigh. All I can say is…SO GLAD TO BE HERE!!!

  116. Hey gn- I went back over there to see if anything had been done regarding that commentor- nope, nada as of yet.. however then decided to go read Deoliver’s diary from a few days ago- which of course was thoughtful and respectful..etc. But what struck me was a comment about the President- in that even though he’d “assisted some” in passing DADT- he’d also had Warren (that pastor from the rightwing) at his inauguration.. and thus DADT didn’t cross that sin out. Frankly- I was dumbstruck by that. Even in Dee’s diary- the majority of folks had very little appreciation for anything this President has done, it was sad to read, and very disheartening.. and it is spreading there, imo and not dissipating. How can we have such a different perspective from them? I’m troubled by that.

  117. The wisest too. After all, as I said before, Mubarak is 82. The head of the Parliament is 78. Times are a changing, and the United States wisely (thanks to Obama) is straddling the fence. Soon, sooner than some think, a new generation-do you know that Egypt’s population has 30% of its people under thirty? Iran’s population has half under thirty? The same is true throughout the Middle East and even a lot of Africa.

    For those of you of a certain age, you remember our own earthquake during the 1960’s when the baby boom (and us Jonesers during the 1970’s) changed America in so many ways? This is the Middle East version of those changes. This generation is more educated, more connected than their parents and grandparents who had only a few local papers and sanctioned books to read, or the local radio. What they are seeing is that not everyone believes their dictator. Once you find out there’s a wide world out there of differing ideas, it’s really impossible even with repression, to put the genie back into the bottle.

    Speaking of America, days like these reinforce the accidental wisdom of Presidential Term limits. Back on Big Orange, when a lot of folks said that Bush would become a dictator, I remembered that there simply is no Constitutional lever that Bush could use. Of course, Bush was also lazy, but even an energetic one would have run up against the Constitutional Concrete wall. Here Mubarak would long ago have been a retired President, unable to consolidate power to the extent that he really becomes a dictator.
    The voters would have long ago sent him home to retire and mutter uneasily in his retirement home. Only in a dictatorship can an 82 year old be seen fit enough to be in power. (Monarchies too, but they are increasingly anachronistic and symbolic)

  118. Morning everyone, and to LL who was worried about the Egyptian army – it seems the army took over the big square in order to protect the museum and other government buildings only. The protesters were sitting on top of the tanks relaxing. All seems well, and the peaceful protests will start up again later.
    Mubarak may be the only one left on the planet who doesn’t think he is history.
    I don’t have a link or quote but rumor says PBO threatened to stop all military aid and arms to Mubarak if he starts violence.

  119. Obama is one of those people who is willing to give a little to get much more. Yes, Warren wasn’t the gay activists cup of tea, but because Obama came to his church and showed that he wasn’t toxic to the idea of faith, the Evangelicals mostly stayed home and didn’t fight tooth and nail for McCain. That’s the dog that didn’t bark in 2008, and probably won’t in 2012. That was worth a place at the Inauguration. That dog didn’t bark when it came time to repeal DADT either. Cultivating goodwill counts. Building bridges counts as well.

    Here has made me rethink my old approach to building a website. When I first installed my blogs, I thought that I wanted something like Daily Kos. But having a more unified site seems to cut down on a lot of the vitriol, as people have to actually interact with each other more. So now I have four separate blogs for four separate topics, and that’s all of the separation I need.

  120. Mornin’ Overseasgranny…

    Thanks for Egypt info, I hope everyone stays safe, and everything ends peacefully.

    May the Egyptian people’s wish(es) be fulfilled!

  121. Here is the latest news as of 4:30 pm in Egypt – today’s earlier curfew which was for 4 pm is also being totally ignored. The army continues to guard buildings and joke around with the people.
    I have picked up 2 impressions about the army. First, it is made up of maybe 80% draftees, or conscripts as they call them. In other words, your neighbor. They don’t want to make a move against their friends and neighbors. The second thing is that the hierarchy of the army does not feel their positions are at all threatened by this protest, i.e. their jobs are still safe, so no reason to take sides at the moment.

  122. As always, wonderful work, BWD! And I am still giggling and guffawing and beaming ear to ear at the ending of that last clip. Wish I could have been there with the wildly arm-waving people!

  123. I remember you too😉 I was Another Ct Dem over there. Great to see you here, we all love it.

    Dk traffic is down 30%!

  124. Hey there, I absolutely remember you. Nice to “see” you here.

    The one thing I’ve missed about DK is not being able to read comments from people I respected over there like you, kitty, dansac, etc. I am glad to see you made it over here, because after viewing that diary yesterday, there’s no way I am going back there. Yikes!

  125. Very good news that the army in general isn’t clashing with the people. They could be the key for a smooth transition.

  126. There were also two young military men, one in tears, and the other beaming from ear to ear. Meant a lot.

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