Brian Williams: Obama’s Cairo speech is in the DNA of the Egyptian revolt

 Hi guys,

1. Today’s schedule:

9:30 AM

PBO and VP Biden receive the presidential daily briefing.

10:00 AM

PBO meets with senior advisers.

10:30 AM

PBO holds a Cabinet meeting; VP Biden also attends.

11:00 AM  
12:00 PM  
12:15 PM

PBO and VPB meet for lunch.

12:30 PM

Gibbs briefs the press.

1:00 PM  
1:30 PM

PBO meets with members of the Technology CEO Council.

2:00 PM  
3:00 PM  
4:00 PM  
4:30 PM

PBO and VPB meet with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.


2. Watch Lawrence O’Donnell and Brian Williams talking about the significance of president Obama’s Cairo’s speech last year to what is happening now.


3. Obama-is-destroying-the-economy!

Dow has the strongest January in 14 years

January ISM factory index much better than expectd

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) – Conditions for the nation’s manufacturers improved for the 20th straight month, the Institute for Supply Management reported Tuesday. The ISM index rose to 60.8% in January from 58.5% in December. This is the highest level of the factory index since last May. The report was much stronger than expected. The consensus forecast of estimates collected by MarketWatch was for the index to remain steady at 58.5%. Readings above 50 indicate expansion. Below the headline, the report was also strong. The key employment index improved to 61.7% in January from 58.9% in December. New orders jumped to 67.8% in January from 62% in the prior month. Input prices soared in January. The price index jumped to 81.5 from 72.5 in the prior month.


National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, Council of Economics Advisers Chairman Austan Goolsbee, SBA Administrator Karen Mills and other Administration officials participate in a kickoff event for Startup America, a national campaign to help America achieve these goals by promoting high-growth entrepreneurship across the country.


5. Got your “WE DO BIG THINGS” T-shirt? (It’s Politico, so ignore the rest of the noise).



6. Hee.

Jon Stewart thinks Palin is a Russian spy.


Finally, a few words from the bully pulpit:

I don’t expect us to see everything in the same way, I don’t expect us to agree on everything and I’m definitely not going to tell people how to react to this and that – as I said many times, there are only three lines in the sand for me here:

1. Supporting this president.

2. Spreading the truth about his actions and policies.

3. Treating each other with respect. If PBO can be so respectful to people who wish him only ill, then we can definitely be respectful to each other here. Please, try to not get personal.

As this site is growing, the size of the hate-mail and hate-comments that I have to go through every day, is getting bigger and bigger. I can deal with it just fine, but I’d appreciate not having to step into ongoing discussions to prevent family feuds among us.

Thank you, guys. Have a great day and stay warm.

173 thoughts on “Brian Williams: Obama’s Cairo speech is in the DNA of the Egyptian revolt

  1. I agree. Respect is essential to improving our country and the world.
    Thank you for your work on this site.

  2. BWD, I will do my hardest to respect you last comments. I definitely don’t want to be part of a blog where everytbody thinks and talks the same way. I come here to have my thinking expanded, not limited.

    There is a big difference between being destructively negative and attempting to discuss what one sees as a realistic difference of opinion.

    And with that in mind, although I am glad to see the manufacturing figures improve, I would like to see figures as to what exactly is involved in that, which sector of the economy are involved and what products are being manufactured.

    We know automobile manufacturing is up, as well as large items such as airplanes. I think the military industrial complex is doing fine.

    But what would absolutely thrill me is to see things such as furniture manufacturing being revived. NC particularly has been hit hard by the loss of jobs in that sector.

    Also clothing manufacturing would be great to see come back. These were important industries in our country which have practically disappeared.

    Very few TV or computers are made in the US any more.

    Sure, green jobs will help, but those alone can’t pick up what has been lost in the other areas.

    I don’t have answers, and I am not trying to be negative about the economic news. But one thing we should never be is satisfied with what is happening, but always use present gains as stepping stones to future ones.

  3. Thank you for the daily moments of sanity and inspiration! I look forward to these posts each morning. Let us also aspire to ‘be the adults; not only in this conversation and blog, but in the wider world, agreeing to disagree and regarding everyone with dignity and humanity.

  4. Like my momma always says – learn to disagree without being disagreeable. So noted BWD.

  5. I’m in total agreement about your 3 “rules”…..this is an adult playground….let’s talk like adults…..I, as I have often told you BWD, love this blog and the wonderful feeling that is here!!!

  6. BWD, your site is wonderful not only for the purpose and content to which you have dedicated but also because of the standards by which you administer it.

    Just wish you did not have to wade through hate and lesser forms of disrespect on a daily basis.

    Thank you.

  7. Bless you BWD for what you do here everyday. This site is so important to me and I promise to do all I can to support your efforts at respectful discourse. I’m sorry to read that the haters are swarming you. I’ve got your back, Dear Heart.

    “Start UP America” is such an exciting thing to me. My Daughter and SIL have a small business.

  8. Yes japa, your last paragraph holds the key. Let’s celebrate our gains and continue to work toward greater ones as we continue to support our transformative president.

  9. Big news for my town.
    chucktodd Chuck Todd
    DNC will announce Charlotte as host of 2012 convo. Becomes official later today.

    Very good news for the city and NC

  10. Agreed about the furniture and clothing industries. I’m hoping that small companies will go back to producing these items. One thing we could all do is support our local businesses as much as we can.

    I think also the internet can help people get their products marketed on a wider scale. We have hard working and innovative people in this country. We all need to nurture the hope and energy.

  11. Good Morning All and to you too BWD. I now come here first thing in the morning to get my inspiration for what our president is doing to make this world a better place. What I like about this site is that people can be informative as well as have a good debate on issues. The last thing we need is for this place to become, you know, the other place. Have a great day everyone and will be checking at my lunch hour.

  12. Thanks for that link. I am praying that the protests stay peaceful and the Egyptian people stay safe.

  13. Thanks as always for the update, BWD. Gotta be honest, I really didn’t see what the big deal was about the conversation yesterday, and wholeheartedly agree that as long as we all support the President and that spreading the truth about what the Administration has accomplished is important, then we’re good. I post at some pretty contentious blogs, so it says something that I found the GOS unbearable enough to leave. Nothing here has come anywhere in the neighborhood of the toxicity over there. And now I’ll leave that alone.

    Anyways, is it just me or was the Florida ruling against the Healthcare act end up being a non-story. I don’t follow the cable news, but I don’t really see a lot of headlines about it this morning. Guess Egypt is sucking the air out of the room at the moment. Sucks for Repugs, hee.

  14. This is a very symbolic choice. NC is one of those “red states” trending “purple”. The Dems are telling the people of NC that they are important to the Dems. I wouldn’t be surprised if the President didn’t have a role in this decision.

  15. It is a non-story except for the RW, who view it as an act of God. My local paper here in the Chicago area is more concerned about the blizzard that is about to smack us, although there was an article about the decision. And as usual, lacking any real background about the judge’s history and also not adding that for the two that ruiled against HCR, there have been multiple rulings in favor of HCR.

  16. Thanks for the great mishmash. I also agree with your rules. It is sad that we are so divided and people feel the need to be so vile. Especially to our President. Things are changing but the do so slowly. We want change now and that isn’t the way it really works.
    Thanks again, BWD

  17. Watching the coverage with Brian Williams I was fixated on the idea of DNA of the uprising. I have felt that those that support the President have a sense of the underpinnings of his decisions, the DNA perhaps. I would suggest, borrowing from the philosophy of Kant, that President Obama sees other people as ends, not means. When I hold that thought and place it opposite any situation that has developed over the last two years, including his careful reactions to Egypt, it holds true and I can’t think of a more important underpinning to the decisions of a leader.

  18. A letter from Michelle Obama (The first lady and myself are long-time pen-pals ;).

    I am thrilled to make sure you are the first to hear some very exciting news. Charlotte, North Carolina, will host the 46th Democratic National Convention in 2012.

    Charlotte is a city marked by its southern charm, warm hospitality, and an “up by the bootstraps” mentality that has propelled the city forward as one of the fastest-growing in the South. Vibrant, diverse, and full of opportunity, the Queen City is home to innovative, hardworking folks with big hearts and open minds. And of course, great barbecue.

    Barack and I spent a lot of time in North Carolina during the campaign — from the Atlantic Coast to the Research Triangle to the Smoky Mountains and everywhere in between. Barack enjoyed Asheville so much when he spent several days preparing for the second Presidential debate that our family vacationed there in 2009.

    And my very first trip outside of Washington as First Lady was to Fort Bragg, where I started my effort to do all we can to help our heroic military families.

    All the contending cities were places that Barack and I have grown to know and love, so it was a hard choice. But we are thrilled to be bringing the convention to Charlotte.

    We hope many of you can join us in Charlotte the week of September 3rd, 2012. But if you can’t, we intend to bring the spirit of the convention — as well as actual, related events to your community and even your own backyard.

    More than anything else, we want this to be a grassroots convention for the people. We will finance this convention differently than it’s been done in the past, and we will make sure everyone feels closely tied in to what is happening in Charlotte. This will be a different convention, for a different time.

    To help us make sure this is a grassroots convention — The People’s Convention — we need to hear from you. We want to know what you’d like to see at next year’s convention, how and where you plan on watching it — and the very best way we can engage your friends and neighbors.

    So, please share your input with us right now — how can we make The People’s Convention belong to you and your community?

    I can’t believe it has been more than two years since my brother Craig introduced me at the 2008 Convention in Denver. It truly feels like it was yesterday.

    As I looked out at a sea of thousands of supporters that night, I spoke about my husband — the man whom this country would go on to elect as the 44th President of the United States. I spoke about his fundamental belief — a conviction at the very core of his life’s work — that each of us has something to contribute to the spirit of our nation.

    That’s also the belief at the core of The People’s Convention. That the table we sit at together ought to be big enough for everyone. That the thread that binds us — a belief in the promise of this country — is strong enough to sustain us through good times and bad.

    Barack talked at the State of the Union of his vision for how America can win the future. That must be the focus now, and I know so many of you will help talk about our plans with your neighbors — that through innovation, education, reform, and responsibility we can make sure America realizes this vision.

    But, conventions take time to plan, so please help us make sure that your thoughts and your ideas will ring all the way to Charlotte. Get started now:

    Looking forward to sharing this together,


  19. tbh, I appreciate input and info about what’s going on, on the other side. Whether it’s info pertaining to the GOP, the (primary “obama”)sanctimonious ones on the left, or anybody else who’s agenda is to take Pres Obama’s spot.

    But and this is a huge but, I personally do not like that 8 OUT OF 10 of the comments from one particular individual is usually doom and gloom for this President.

    From the talking points they make, I believe that person to be either a Republican, or a Dem that leans to the right, conservative Dem etc. So I guess their take on things is just the way they talk or think but to my centered Dem brain, those comments sound trollish. The belly of info they give is good and I appreciate it but the cheering for everyone else except POTUS rubs me the wrong way. That is my opinion. I will suck it up but still makes me want to scream sometimes. 🙂

  20. I am 100% behind the rules. We can agree to disagree.

    I love this president, but I have my issues with him too. I also know that there is never going to be a president who I will agree with 100%, but my feeling about him is that he will go down in history as one of our best presidents.

    WE have got a “wiener” with this one. That is what is so great about this site. It allows me to fully support our President.

  21. Just got an email from Michelle Obama announcing Charlotte NC as the location for the 2012 DNC convention. Good – just a few hours drive away from DC! Smart move, of course, holding the convention in a purple state.

  22. Some people have that personality type. They’re not as hopey changey. 😀 I’m an eternal optimist and I know President Obama thinks about me and my family every time he makes a decision. I also like that he’s smarter than me. So I’m good with BHO.

  23. Hola Happy Family 😉

    Heh – to Brian Williams, Richard Engel and Lawrence M: There seemed to be an abundance of “WE” in their conversation.. which I admit annoyed ME 🙂 So much chatter about wanting a “full throated” show of support by ‘Washington’ on getting Mubarek out.. I wish they’d just stick to talking to the people there and getting their thoughts, their opinions.. their wants. And not a bunch of ‘reporter’s’ projections.. This just ain’t about us or we or America.. its about the Egyptian people and what they want. Obviously the US has a vested interested in what happens, but I stand strong with the President- on staying relatively neutral in how things end up… I wish the reporters could – would be neutral.. and just present us with the ‘people of Egypt’s view’.

    Will try to behave myself here bwd 😉 If I need a freak out… I know just the place to go to find one.. or have one 😉

    Happy Tuesday ALL~ and hey to you hate-mail writers- it’s been TWO Years.. you’re gonna make yourselves ill with all that unnecessary hate for the next 6 years.

  24. I am pretty sure I know of whom you speak, and I disagree with you to a degree. I think that individual does cheer for the President. However, he/she does temper the enthusiasm with concern that the optimism is not totally warranted all the time.

    I think it is very easy to get carried away on the positive side and we can all use a little dumping of water of our heads to make sure we don’t go too far.

    It can be easy to have a reflexive negative reaction to someone who isn’t as enthusiastic as you (general you, not just you kelly) but that voice is important too.

    Personally, I love to play Devil’s Advocate at times, so don’t be surprised if you sometimes see a comment from me that some would term negative. Being a Devil’s Advocate helps me to clarify my thinking and hopefully it helps others as well.

  25. Hey family im in and out getting groceries and making sure family and friends are ok before this storm. Any of you that will be effected be safe and prepare.

  26. Morning everybody. Thanks for this site BWD.

    The Cairo Speech + Tunisia + the collective will of people to shape their future equals change. And it’s spreading.

    “Jordan’s King Dismisses Cabinet


    AMMAN, Jordan — King Abdullah II of Jordan fired his government in a surprise move on Tuesday, in the face of a wave of demands of public accountability sweeping the Arab world and bringing throngs of demonstrators to the streets of Egypt.

    The Jordanian news agency Petra announced that after recent protests in Jordan itself, the king had dismissed Prime Minister Samir Rifai and replaced him with Marouf al-Bakhit, a former general and ambassador to Israel and Turkey. He is widely viewed as clean of corruption.

    The official announcement said Mr. Bakhit would have the task of “taking practical, swift and tangible steps to start a real political reform process, in line with the king’s version of comprehensive reform, modernization and development.” It added that the king asked Mr. Bakhit and the new cabinet to “bolster democracy” and proceed “with nation building that opens the scope for broad accomplishment to all dear sons or our country and secure them the safe and dignified life they deserve.”

    Jordan is a highly literate and largely stable country, with well-developed security and intelligence operations. But it has a fundamental vulnerability in the large number of Palestinians here. Refugees arrived in large numbers from the West Bank and Jerusalem after the war in 1967, and more arrived from Kuwait after President Saddam Hussein of Iraq invaded in 1991. They and their descendants make up more than half the country’s population of six million.

    Recent demonstrations in Jordan were the first serious challenge to the decade-old rule of King Abdullah, a crucial American ally in the region who is contending with his country’s worst economic crisis in years.

    Last Friday, thousands took to the streets in the capital, Amman, as well as several other cities shouting, “We want change.”

  27. I think the speech gave them a boost of confidence, and go ahead to say challenge your government, i will not be like the other administrations. China is censoring ther communication heavily.

  28. Because he’s one of the more moderate monarchs/leaders, I wish King Abdullah II well in this. He’s listening to his people and I believe he will be sincere moving forward, although his actions are a bit late. At least I hope not to be disappointed with what the future holds for a “newly improved” Jordan.

  29. Rinax that article is so true. I must highlight this bit.

    “The Twitter Revolution”. No, this is the Revolution of the Egyptian people. Egyptians resisted for decades. They were tortured, jailed and repressed by the Mubarak and Sadat regimes. Twitter and Facebook are tools. They did not stand in front of the water canons, or go to jail for all these years to get the credit. There were demonstrations all summer long and for a several years through out Egypt but they are rarely covered, because we are worried about what Sarah Palin said, or some moronic Imam saying something stupid. Does it sound a bit arrogant to take credit for a people’s struggle?

    So true

  30. Well we didn’t get anymore snow here in western ND- thought we would last night.. but it IS extrememly cold: -31 degrees. ICK.

  31. I like this FiredUp, what you wrote:

    The Cairo Speech + Tunisia + the collective will of people to shape their future equals change. And it’s spreading.

  32. It’s not about not being as enthusiastic as we are, but the enthusiasm for everyone else EXCEPT 44 makes me rather uncomfortable. I certainly want the info the person provides but smh at the pat on the back everyone else gets and POTUS gets side eye continuously.

  33. BWD just like the president haters, when you can’t handle being made wrong you try to break the spirit. These people are looking for a place to spew their hate, because their place of blogging is no longer the place to be. So they flock to wherever they can try and plant their negative seed. Stay focused and keep on doing you thang, because you are revealing a lot to a lot of people.

  34. I wish Americans would do what the rest of the Arab world is doing, except at the ballot box. Stop putting people into office who don’t care about you. America sent us 60+ republicans and not one has talked seriously about Jobs!

  35. I loved that speech.. and I agree that theres probably a hint/ a seed of it in the change thats spreading across why wouldn’t they want to elect their own officials.. I’m with the President- all people want that kind of opportunity.

    I just don’t agree with those ‘journalists’ in their desire for the President to be more “forceful”. Also, apparently Gene Robinson wrote an article today also calling for the President to speak out more forcefully NOW. Our president is handling this so spot on, imo. These journalists seem intent on wanting to manipulate this situation.

  36. At the time, the Cairo speech was one of the most anticipated speeches of his Presidency. The whole world tuned in hear what Barack Hussein Obama would say to the Muslim world.

    And there, in Mubarak’s “house” he said:

    “There are some who advocate for democracy only when they’re out of power; once in power, they are ruthless in suppressing the rights of others. (Applause.) So no matter where it takes hold, government of the people and by the people sets a single standard for all who would 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.”

    Fortunately, this is not an “in-your-face” President.

    But this little piece of signifyin’–There are some who advocate for democracy only when they’re out of power; once in power, they are ruthless in suppressing the rights of others. (Applause.)–got through to the people in that room and to everyone tuned in.

    There are some conservatives that are trying to say that Bush planted the seed for this current moment of Revolution Fever.

    The disaster in Iraq, in my opinion, has to be the worst advertisement for switching from dictatorship to democracy, in modern memory.

    I like this President’s adult approach: articulate your vision of democracy but don’t impose it or enforce it with weaponry.

    Respect that the people will decide their fate and that change, if truly desired, will come from the bottom up.

    Then when change does come, don’t take credit for it but support it and the rule of law.

    Good old fashioned diplomacy and respect is the Obama Doctrine and it works. Pre-emptive respect vs. pre-emptive war, works.

  37. Made in America. I remember when it was a matter of pride to buy clothes or furniture that was made in this country. Actually, it was a union slogan. But I think we should revive the push to make it a matter of national economic security. Stickers in store windows. Stickers on products. At some point, I think, it became jingoistic. We need to reverse that trend. I’m all for the global economy. But let’s feed our families, first.

  38. Haters gonna hate. That’s what haters do. LOL.

    Thanks again, BWD. You’re a gem :-).

    Sending vibes for a good day to POTUS, FLOTUS, and Obamabots everywhere.

  39. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, speaking before the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel, said that “transparency, openness, and accountability’’ gives citizens greater opportunity to witness the workings of their government.

    The four-member panel, which advises the Recovery Board on issues of waste, fraud and abuse, held its second public meeting on January 25 in Annapolis. In welcoming remarks, O’Malley applauded the work of the Recovery Board and said his state was using its own Recovery website to promote transparency and guard against wasteful spending and mismanagement.

    O’Malley said the Recovery Act, which includes $787 billion for contracts, grants, loans, entitlements and tax benefits, “has been a lifeline during the national recession—even ,’’ he said, “in a state such as Maryland where we’ve weathered the economic storm better than most.’’

    According to O’Malley, the Recovery Act funded 15,330 jobs in Maryland during the quarter ending December 31. Additionally, he said, “we’ve been able to use Recovery resources to protect critically important priorities like public education and public health.’’

    Have a nice day! Gotta go to beach with my black lab, and then yard work and some paining!


  40. When my dad was minister of our church we had a controversy about a parishioner who had very decided opinions that were mostly outside, way outside, the vibe of our church community. Finally a day came when dad was petitioned to disinvite this person. He told them “disinvite him? He’s the only one paying attention”. It was his way of telling people to stop the judging and open their ears to life as lived by someone very different from yourself. Not to be merely tolerant of others but truly brothers in humanity.

  41. Good Morning Everyone

    As someone who is new to blogging but has lead class discussions for 30+ years, I find the discussions here to be extremely supportive and positive. I feel I can be myself here and if I make a mistake someone will point that out in a kind and respectful way.

    I have found that folks often make unexpected or inappropriate remarks when they are scared. For me this is a place where I come to deal with my fears and leave stronger. If someone makes a comment that comes across as negative maybe that is how they deal with their stress, and we can lovingly assure them.

    virtual hugs

  42. We need to have a serious sit down with those people who identify as independents.

    I have no idea how they think. Polling suggests that they tend to wait until the very last possible moment to decide who they want to get elected. (Really? You couldn’t see from a mile away that Sarah Pallin was never an option, you had to wait and see indie?)

    Then when they do decide who they want, they want change implemented immediately. Like now. Like right this second and not a second later. (Okay, so this guy and this congress was in for two years trying to clean up a mess that has been in the making for 30 and you decided not to honor his 4 year contract–nope–he didn’t create jobs fast enough in two years so I want to go with the crowd that didn’t create any jobs in 8 years.)

    Then after they put the GOP back in the driver’s seat, it turns out indies are having buyer’s remorse and are giving the President his high popularity numbers.

    Well what changed about him between November and the State of the Union indies? He’s been who he was-yes we can-and the GOP has been who they were-no we can’t-except for a brief moment known as the Lame Duck.

    I assumed that since you were taking all that time to wait to decide who you were going to vote for that you were paying attention to what each side was doing but apparently not.

    So I’m back to square one. I don’t get how indies think. The President gets them, I don’t.

  43. Kelly, you have articulated what sparked me to make the comment that started the conversation yesterday. Our president gets enough attacks, grief, and doom and gloom from the rabid right and the professional left. He gets enough second guessing, blame and not enough credit for the amazing things he’s doing for this country. I just feel he doesn’t need to get it from those who support him too.

    Do I think he’s perfect? Absolutely not. And he would be the first to say he’s not. However, I wholeheartedly support him and will be an unashamed and unapologetic cheerleader for him and his hard work. Those who oppose him will not get any kudos from me or help in diminishing him or his accomplishments. I guess it pains me to see those who would oppose him celebrated and lifted up.

    As one of his supporters, I think it’s my job to be his champion and not the champion of those who would come against him.

    I love this site because its created a wonderful space where President Obama and his achievements can be celebrated, highlighted and spread across the country.

    I’ll stop now and won’t make any more comments on this subject. But that’s what I was reacting to and certainly didn’t mean to create a stir.

  44. Here are some words I never thought I would see in print:

    “In Congress, GOP backs Obama’s Egypt stance, Dems not so much

    House and Senate Democrats, including Sen. John Kerry, are calling on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to ‘step down.’ Republicans are deferring to President Obama’s policy.

    “Senate Democrats are getting ahead of the president, while Republicans are not,” said Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senator McConnell. “Gitmo notwithstanding, we’ve had pretty consistent comity with the White House on foreign policy.” At a weekly communications meeting on Monday, GOP leaders urged staff to close ranks and back President Obama.”

  45. Good morning, BWD and extended family,
    First of all, your words from the bully pulpit,BWD, remind me to express to you again my sincere thanks for all the work you do to give us this fabulous site where supporters of our President can come together an discuss what is happening. You provide not only a friendly, inviting place, but solid information on many subjects. The rapid growth of this site is testament to its quality and appeal, and the fact that the term “adult” has crept into the political dialogue from every source is proof of your effectiveness. As for differences of opinion, varying levels of enthusiasm and even express criticism – it’s all part of what Barack Obama calls “our sometimes messy democracy”. It’s healthy, even necessary. What we could all learn from our great President is mutual respect and grace in our dialogue. Another thing we might do well to embrace is this President’s remarkable ability to accept criticsm, address issues and arrive at solutions based on consensus. What we should ask is not “Is this one or that one a Republican or a Teabagger?” but “Does this person have a sincere interest in improving the lives of all Americans?” If the answer is “yes”, our critic has earned a place at the table, provided the rules of respect and honesty are in place.

    Once again, BWD, thank you. You are providing an invaluable service to a growing number of people.

  46. Great article Jovie

    There is a quote from Jeffrey Immelt, it is so smart of the President to get business leaders involved. Business listens to business more than politicians.

    “The environment continues to improve,” Jeffrey Immelt, chief executive officer of General Electric Co., said on a Jan. 21 conference call. “The economy can get a little bit stronger every day.”

    I wanted to leave a comment on this article, but did not find that as an option. Instead I sent a short note to the reporter

    I would encourage everyone to do the same. We need to support journalists who write stories like these.

  47. And, as far as HCR goes, most judges who’ve heard cases either rule that it’s constitutional, or dismiss the cases out of hand.

  48. Speaking of our mutual home town — let’s just say when Bill Clinton is at his best, no one comes close (and I have serious problems with Bill Clinton on a number of issues).

    His TV ad for Rahm Emanuel for mayor is spectacular.

    And after the absurd spectacle of Carol Moseley-Braun and Watkins going at each other while Chico and deValle sat like scared rabbits — Rahm is looking like the only adult in the mayoral race.

    I prefer my politicians more progressive than Rahm but I think Mayor of Chicago is a great job for him.

  49. But Jon Kyl thinks Obama FAILED by not demanding democracy the way Bush did in Iraq.

    Good grief.

  50. Whenever I see Vice President Biden (early on) and people like Senator Kerry speaking out, I also think the White House fully knows in advance what they will say … which is sometimes what President Obama cannot say, as the leader of our country. The media, of course, wouldn’t even attempt to look for nuances.

  51. I think that the manufacturing that needs to improve has to be stuff we can export. Clean energy, information technology advancements, drugs (the kind that fights diseases). These are things that need R&D expenditure and can’t easily be replaced overseas. When you look at emerging markets, they really have a much cheaper workforce, so making consumable products is better for them to focus on, and let that improve their working classes. Plus, it’s cheaper for us to consume those goods. In addition, some emerging countries really do a great job at making furniture the old fashioned way, and it’s a matter of cultural pride.

    If we focus on manufacturing clothes, furniture, TV’s, etc., then it becomes a race to the bottom. I don’t think those jobs are coming back. That’s why the President is focusing on science and technology, research and development, fostering innovation, increasing trade.

  52. I agree with what both blackwaterdog and hgerhard are saying, and I would just add that we all can self-monitor to make sure we are not abusing the privilege of coming to this site where folks gladly support the President!

  53. Since I live in the burbs, I am more an observer of the election than anything else. CM-B really blew it with her comment about Watkins. I do like Chico, but I think Rahm is a shoo-in at this point.

    You are right, Rahm is coming across as very stable and in control, and all his ads are very slick.

  54. yeah, THAT was annoying from Eugene Robinson.

    So now the pundits who sit and listen to what is filtered through their earpiece are privy to everything going on, have become Instant Experts on all these Egyptian, and have decided that if Obama doesn’t act NOW he’s a failure.

    For God’s sake, you think that the President isn’t hearing a whole lot more than we’re hearing?

    We have a moment when the RW is relatively quiet; we have Obama’s Cairo speech as a template; we have his brilliantly measured response of a few days ago which — if anyone is really listening — is in full support of the Egyptian people and a Democratic Egypt without blowing off the only ally (other than Israel) in that region. Ya think he wants to make sure that the government that comes in is better than the one they now have and that Egypt will continue to be our ally? Isn’t that what a responsible leader should be doing?

    Even Thom Hartman, who I expected would be batshit crazy if Obama didn’t support the demonstrators RIGHT NOW was completely sensible on the issue yesterday. And now we need someone reliable like Eugene Robinson stoking the anti-Obama fires? Come on guys!

    Not getting the stay-silent memo, Jon Kyl is calling Obama a failure for not supporting democracy like Bush did.

    Let’s see, Senator: if you want Obama to start another war with the owner of the Suez Canal, would THAT be enough for you to raise taxes on your rich cronies? Really — what would it take for you to actually pay for a war, the way the U.S. did until George W. Bush.

  55. When people talk about President Obama “missing an opportunity”, I can’t help but say that it is the leaders in the Middle East who “missed an opportunity.”

    President Obama made a speech in Cairo in June 2009 where he spoke directly to the leaders and the people about basic, universal human rights. He could not have been more clear about where he stands.

    The question should be why did so many of the leaders in the Middle East “miss an opportunity” to start addressing the issues in the speech? Now that the genie is out of the bottle, it’s President Obama who is missing an opportunity? Spare me, I beg to differ.

    It’s great to see what’s happening in Jordan, but why did it take the turmoil in Egypt to make it happen? Just imagine how Jordan would look now if they had started to make significant changes last year.

    Now the leaders in the Middle East are freaking out and tying to play catch up. They certainly can’t say they were not warned. President Obama’s speech in Cairo was prescient.

  56. Agree Faith.. there seems to be so little common sense from so many these days.. and most especially the media. As to Kyl.. well acccording to the repubs in general: President Obama has been a failure on everything. They’ve got nothing new, same old stale mantra.

    The media needs their drama.. thankfully President Obama don’t play their games.

    Also, I don’t know why I wrote Gene, should have written Eugene, sorry.

  57. I am so sorry you have to wade through hate mail, BWD, that is so sad. I am very thankful for this site, it makes my day over and over again. Positive, not negative, insightful, not inciteful! *love my President*

  58. Well said LadyHawke, very savvy actually. The people of the middle east were listening, their leaders ought to have been as well.. and thus since they apparently were not- here we are. My guess is President Obama had a clue where things were heading when he made that speech.

  59. You know…. overall, I do find everyone pretty much respectful – even with differing opinions on some things. We do need variety – to keep us thinking!!

    And I do appreciate your filtering through the other junk, BWD. That must be a royal pain because I can only imagine that this blog is getting a LOT of traffic… and even the hate-filled posts, too. 😦

    I always also try to go by the motto that everyone can and will have a bad day. And maybe the words don’t come out like they should.

  60. Absolutely agree with the focus on technology, science and innovation. But as someone in a “creative” industry, I would love to see pride in doing things “the old fashioned way” celebrated, too. We are becoming more aware of eating locally. I would love to see us become more aware of buying locally, in general. Especially from small, individual sources. No, it won’t be something to build an economy around. But it would help to restore respect for that kind of work, as opposed to “cheaper is better”. Just a thought.

  61. I suspect I also know which individual – and when I first read her/his posts, I thought… huh??!!! But you know, I look forward to reading his/her posts – because it makes me stop and think. And it also does reaffirm my own interpretations, while also waking me up to new information as well.

    We need differing perspectives, and as long as they’re not said to harm anyone here (ie, to hurt feelings or cause harm as we’ve seen done other places that won’t be named) they should be as welcome here as well.

    So I’m with japa on this!

  62. Sherijr, I am with you on this. What is wrong with these hacks that they continually have to say, but he should have done this or he should not have done that.

    Their pompous attitudes drive me up the wall.

    Richard Engle has is becoming a thorn in my side.

    That smug Brian Jennings has always been on Obama back.

  63. Faith, if thats coming from Kyl, we know he can be ignored.

    I actually find that comment amusing, lets ask the Egyptians what they think of IraQ and our former Pres. Bush, you know we will be welcome as liberators “again”

  64. Encouragement. Yes! I think we can effect change as much or more by pointing out and celebrating what goes right than by “holding feet to the fire” when things frustrate or disappoint. It’s the same with parenting. You know, “catching them doing something right” as opposed to yelling and punishing. Not that there isn’t a time for yelling, but reinforcing the positive always works better.

  65. I can understand (and highly appreciate) the caution against this turning into yet another new media space which creeps into hostile territory towards POTUS under the guise of unrelenting concern or criticism. Many of us have indeed witnessed sophistry in other spaces such as people who have claimed to be POTUS’ biggest fans turn on a dime and join the “other side” in a manner which seems phony, expedient, and motive-obscured. So that caution is both justified and well met.

    But I personally have not seen much of this here. And I very much so appreciate the highly analytical minds and stores of knowledge which some of the less rosy people bring to the table. What I love about this place is that there is indeed a baseline of goodwill and few hidden agendas, thus, I don’t feel the need to view someone’s opinion as an existential threat. I quietly enjoyed the Huntsman dialogue yesterday and thought that *all* participants brought valid thoughts and insights into that discussion. So my opinion about this is similar to japa’s, kishik’s and BWD’s. My two cents.

  66. Glass half full = thesis
    Glass half empty = antithesis
    Join the two together and you get synthesis

    That’s how I see this space. I agree: notes of caution should not be taken as existential threats to this community. I think we’re still reactive to what happened in that other space, where positive commentary was met by vituperation and scorn. It will take a while for that to heal.

  67. I will take my occasional earthquake over regularly scheduled multiple blizzards every winter. Stay safe, tulips.

  68. I think of him as as our resident Eeyore. I doubt he’s a troll, but I don’t read OBAMASHOULDTHIS WILL HAPPEN posts. What I notice is that that there is so little response time between his reading and reacting AND rarely answering or getting involved in ongoing convos. Maybe he’s young, maybe it’s short attention, impulse reativity thing. It’s consistent, so my vote, is it’s not worth worrying about. I’ve never seen him nasty, and that is my “line in the sand.” But then, I’ve got other matters on my mind. There was a post the other day that caused me to log off quickly. And it was not his. And I can make this general – I personally do not appreciate unsolicited advice about how to behave in the world, or…well, anything. I am childish that way.

    I posted dozens of times on DKOS, that IMO, “IMO” should be used more often on blogs.
    Or use qualifiers (it COULD be, perhaps…)

    And BWD, I WANT to be on a Pro-Obama blog, and love it. But it does lead to grey areas, which may get trickier to navigate with newbies increasing. All the luck in the world!!

  69. I’ve always liked his posts because even if I didn’t agree, I thought that they were reality-based, informative, and added cautionary notes. The only people being excluded from this space seem to be those with an anti-POTUS agenda, which is a waste of time to engage. Everyone else, from the most optimistic, to the most cautious, seem to be welcome, which is a good thing. I definitely understand kelly’s caution and I love that people are being vigilant (fist bumps to kelly), but I think that we’re doing pretty good here in terms of giving POTUS his due and the applause which he so absolutely has earned in spades, while recognizing potential minefields and offering up policy disagreements without condemning the man. Two thumbs up, everybody!

  70. What Eugene (whom generally I respect highly, even when I disagree) doesn’t know, nor do any of us, is what is happening behind the scenes.

    I have heard, for example, that the army’s statement they won’t fire on any peaceful demonstrators (but will go after looters, et. al.) was prompted after a discussion between Gates and Mullins and their counterparts in Egypt.

    There is a fine line between supoporting the goals of the demonstrators, which Obama has done, just like he did in regards to Iran, and supporting an overthrow of the Egyptian government. This is one of those times in history where a lot of what is really happening may not be know for years.

  71. Well said, and don’t get me wrong, I admire and appreciate kelly’s vigilence as well. I just think that we’re doing well here in that there may be some less rosy people, but as far as I’ve read, there aren’t any total sourpusses.

  72. Now this is a fascinating political dynamic! The repubs on PBO’s side on anything is interesting. I agree with Jacqueline. I find it hard to imagine that John Kerry, of all people, would be speaking out without talking to the WH. Certainly the same is true of VPB, though, as we all know (and I love about him,) no one, including the VP himself, always knows what’s going to pop out. Lots of interesting layers here.

  73. Guess I’ll add my 2 cents on the kerfuffle that lead to a restatement of the rules which I totally respect and think are spot on.

    I don’t think said person broke them and I think if they’re gone then it’s kinda sad.

    I’ve seen plenty of trolls and they were not one IMHO, actually not even remotely close by my view. I purposely did not use the word drama regarding yesterday because like some others, I just didn’t think it was that serious. I suspect there will be more things in the run up to the election that will have some of us stressed and maybe a little short with each other. I kinda assume anyone coming from KOS would find any of their comments and any resultant agitation it caused mild and damn near benign. I certainly did. And you know what, I was agitated a few times and I checked myself not that person because I recognized no harmful intent and a need to engage in the best way they know how. I pride myself on being one of the people in our office that gets along pretty well with everyone and I learn how to engage with each of them differently (much like Phil Jackson did so successfully with his players).

    I don’t know, guess I grew tougher skin over at the Orange than I thought. My impression was this person was more like my mom than me, just oriented to see the glass half empty rather than full and that is okay by me because both are true and allow us both to drink if we’re willing to share. I’ve learned that it’s one of my Moms defense mechanism and allows her to deal with life. I have my own.

    Even if this person were a little more blue-doggy than some would like, aren’t we supposed to be trying to reach them and indy’s in anticipation of this election? I know you shouldn’t canvass possible voters by questioning their motivations as nefarious or by calling out what may just be a different nature.

    I don’t know…I’m just a bit sad because I think we lost them and they contributed something important.

    If a troll sneaks in here disguised by weeks or months of true engagement (and alot of agreement I think some folks are forgetting) and then decides it’s time to blast us because they can get by moderation, we’ll know immediately, all of us will instantly agree, and they’ll be banned. That was just not the case here.

  74. What I don’t get is how many on the left say, in effect, that the market going up is no big deal, as it doesn’t affect the middle class. BS. A lot of people had to put of retirement because their 401K’s took such a big hit. A lot of people did retire and then found out their 401K didn’t have as much in it. The market doing well increases rthe value of those instruments and IRA and all the other things people are relying on.

  75. Not making this up, although it will sound Hallmark Movie Codaish.

    The other day I worked with a man who had ALS. We needed to work out a method of communication. I noticed some eye movement, and asked if he could control his right eyelid enough and sustain the semi-closed position at least three seconds, so I could be sure his answers to questions were ‘yes.’ This method worked beautifully, and we were moving along. I had known he was a really great guy and wanted to get “personal” – thought it be a more rewarding interaction for him. I noticed he had an OBAMA/BIDEN sticker on his bullitn board. I asked him if he was a supporter. HUGE facial response, eyes brightened, tug at mouth corners 🙂 I held up his hand for a passive high five!

  76. Totally agree…

    I also think those of us who are still raw from the other place also sometimes tend to be overly wary… which I think in time will diminish.

  77. That is absolutely wonderful. Thanks for sharing G!

    Look at you, picking the right eye instead of the left! LOL That’s that Obama in you. 🙂

  78. Speaking of the recovery act, I have another quote from Jonathan Alter’s book The Promise.

    It refers to the enormous amount of issues the President wanted to tackle from the very beginning of his Presidency. Pretty much every one on both sides of the aisle was shell shocked.

    “Republicans and many Democrats thought the system was overloaded and the president too active. Senator Mary Landrieu spoke for her
    her moderate colleagues when she said with a
    mixture of awe and worry, ‘Every time I think he’s gonna step on the brake, he hits the gas.’
    TARP, The Recovery Act, equal pay for woman, children’s health, Agghanistan, bank bailouts, auto bailouts, national service, a new ambitious budget–when would the fire hose get turned off? Not Soon.”

    This is part of the reason that I love and admire this man Barack H. Obama.

  79. This means that I can attend the convention! I can drive up from GA. I am so excited to hear this news!

  80. As a senior on social security, I was counting on our lower risk balance funds investments to keep us secure as we grow older.
    We lost 50% of what we had, and now it is going back up. What a relief.

  81. This is the same Kyle who, according to Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly last year, thought that we STILL had the power to inspect Russia’s nuclear weapons facilities even though the republicans had stalled having the START Treaty come to the floor of the Senate for a vote. One would think that a national politician would know this. Kyl was for denying the Senate a chance to ratify the START Treaty at the same time he was claiming that we still had access to Russia’s nuclear weapons facilities.

    If this had been me, I’d be so embarrassed. The major problem with this is that the MSM doesn’t reveal this kind of information to the wider public, and most people don’t have the time to read about the startling information that reveals just how clueless many of the republicans are on many national and international issues that have a very serious impact on our nation.

  82. Oh BWD, please look away from the Markets’ fantastic January performance. It’s nothing but smoke and mirrors. Bob Swern and all his other gloom troll lackeys over at Daily Gross Exaggeration told me months ago that the markets are rigged for the rich and that we’ll be hitting a double-dip recession any day now . . .

  83. I agree. To use the words of some journalist on Al-Jazeera this morning: “Senator Kerry is saying out loud what President Obama isn’t free to say”.

    The Egypt situation is very volatile and how it evolves will have very important consequences for the Middle-East. There’s NO way someone as thoughtful as Senator Kerry would say something that was not approved by President Obama and the National Security Team.

    I’m sure that from the beginning, the President, the VP, the SOS and Senator Kerry have been working together. If the statements are a little different, it’s by design. That’s what I believe.

  84. reader, I agree. Why not have stores called “only in America” like a chain of them, and everything in the store is made here? If I had any capital, I would invest in this because people would definitely shop there.

  85. This is ridiculous. What is wrong with these people. I have often felt many progressive dems do not really support Obama.

    Apparently, from the beginning those dems were wondering if they should support the president or move on their own.

    Afterall, those elected officials do not have to worry about a limit on the years they can serve.

    I guess they are just playing their odds–thinking, well, Obama may not get a second term.

    Boy, I have learned a lot about politics in the past two years. It is really rather shocking.

  86. Thanks for your story g, that’s a day brightener!

    Thanks bwd for providing the Startup America video it’s so inspiring to see entrepeneurs interested in building this economy and going forward.

  87. Prayers and good thoughts for you and yours, tulips. Let us hear from you, whenever the intertubez aren’t frozen.

  88. I truly believe that it was, g! Look at Steven Hawking who has made so many contributions to the world of science without being able to express himself in the “normal way.” You seem to have found a way to connect this man with the world outside of his disability. Kudos to you for being such a wonderful, caring person! We need more people like you. I’m so enthused about this because as a retired teacher, I have experience working with students with all kinds of disabilities, and I know that one little step toward progress in communicating with the disabled is cause for celebration!

  89. Jordan, I also hope StR (is who we’re talking about, right?) is not gone. A fellow human being, for one thing. A useful perspective, for another. And for a third, I want to be part of a community that can tolerate THAT much diversity (at least) in points of view.

  90. Just saw this on Andrew Sullivan-

    Reuters reports that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will make a televised address tonight. Citing a report from Al Arabiya, the Arab satellite channel, the news agency says that Mr. Mubarak plans to announce that he will not run in the presidential election scheduled for later this year. The Times has not yet been able to confirm this report but we will bring you more when we have it.

    Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy tweets:

    Mubarak said to address nation to say not seeking another term – the BenAli template and Tunisians still kicked him out.

  91. Love that I idea!

    I already buy as much as I can locally and look for things made in the USA, especially by small companies starting up.

    This would be so easy to do on the internet. How totally cool would it be to have a site like Amazon, for example,(barf! but they do have it sewed up) that featured all products MADE IN USA. It could be ‘one stop shopping’ for people looking to support American manufacturing and buying locally. The site could be called something like “Ameriprize” or something else cool.

    All you very smart people here, think about how this could be done. I don’t know about the rest of you but I would love an organized site like this where I could get info and buy American made products of all kinds.

  92. My Mom just stopped opening her statements and such to avoid the stress. I hope soon she can start to follow her futre again on a monthly basis with no risk to her blood pressure.

  93. Agreed on all points Lize. (Yes, you’re right LOL)

    We should do here what we want to do in the brick and mortar world and I think that helps us get ready for the election.

  94. He’s usually here by now. If he left, I will miss him.

    I wasn’t on much yesterday, but if what I did catch was any indication, it was NADA compared to what goes on at DKos. All of us who experienced that place will testify to that. They used to claim that “politics ain’t pretty. You don’t like it, you need to toughen up.” Made me self reflect some. Concluded that I was OK, they weren’t.

  95. Those steps forward mean so much towards the future goals. Gosh, sounds kinda like how we advocate for progress as opposed to others. Similar to how Obama governs. Those steps are so important in the recovery process for this person. Those steps are so important and eventually give us what we see in Egypt and beyond. Progess. We celebrate it around here!

  96. I personally didn’t think that the debate was that serious either. Slightly heated of course, but nothing which should have caused a departure.

  97. You are a sweeetheart, Maji. I was a Rehab Counselor, now work as a Sub, taking many Special Ed assignments. But I missed my Rehab work so much, I offered myself to a well respected facility here: “Here I am, use me.” Best decision ever, and THEY thank ME?!!

    The intense work is done by real staff there, as the intense work is done by fulltime teachers. I do my thing, and leave. YOU guys get my respect, sticking it out through the ups and downs of patients/students journeys.

  98. And I just think it’s important to point out that it’s nada compared to what one will encounter phone-banking and canvassing.

    People will have concerns and voice them in very differing ways. And one will have to employ an Obama approach to convince them to vote for him. I hope it really does become instructive for us in the run-up to 2012.

    Yeah, some of those people were just bully’s and no amount of cliches about politics is gonna change that.

  99. Kyl is an excrescence, a polite term for body products expelled from several orifices. For all my sins and past life Karma, he is one of my Senators that I would so like to see finally excreted from public office.

  100. Agreed. I don’t think the disagreement was the issue as much of the doubting of his/her sincerity when it comes to supporting the President. I think it seemed like some people thought he/she would support Huntsman over Obama.

  101. You are a love. There is no recovery in my unit, sadly. But I hope to make the minutes of their LONGGGGG days a little brighter. Our President has made me appreciate my work in Hospital (as the Brits say) and school, in a new way though. Damn, this dude has such a ripple effect, EVERYWHERE.

  102. I am learning to make jewelry and my own glass beads.. so I’ve bought lots of tools, materials, etc.. and purchased almost all from US made companies.. and individuals. The beads I’ve bought have been from individual artists- on ebay. Although I’ve bought a few things from sellers in China- like gemstone beads- as I said I try very hard to purchase from folks who are trying to make a go of things on their own here in the US- I interact quite a bit on ebay.. and hopefully when I setup my website, I’ll be selling outside of the country as well as in the US.

  103. That was my impression of what they may have thought too compounded with some earlier stuff.

    As an aside, I didn’t get that impression from their comments. *kanye shrug*

  104. Hey Bud – How goes it? Miss you! I take all sorts of assignments for them. That one was meaningful, but “challenging” and ultimately saddened me. CURES, we need cures!!! Next assignment will be a fun one. g of all trades 🙂

    But, I cannot find a WII game for swordplay 😦

  105. Forgive my ignorance on the details of your work. Doesn’t change a thing though, it’s so important and I’m so inspired by how it effects you and how you can bring it here to effect us.

    The ripple effect is perfectly illustrative of our Presidents impact. We’ll be talking about it for generations and generations.

  106. Beautiful, GN! Your comments always inform me and lift me up. I think I may have missed the discussion to which BWD referred and I took her comments to mean I, we, should all remain respectful of each other and our President even in disagreement.

    Some people are just by nature more doubtful and less positive. This does not mean that their concerns or thoughts are less valuable.
    Sometimes I find that pessimistic people will engage in discussion with me (I am very optimistic) because they wish some reassurance that their dreads and fears are not shared by everyone.

  107. Nothing to forgive, JR. The Hospital encompasses many different patient needs, from COMA to hip replacements, and I bounce around depending on where the Volunteer Coordinator sends me. I do not have ADD, but do have a short attention span, and like change and new challenges (as with subbing) This Sping I kept score (poorly) for a Wheelchair Soccer Championship 🙂

    I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your lovely words…g

  108. Agree, LL. Some of us may be just a little hyper-vigilant and sensitive. I know that I am.

  109. Oh, wow, I do remember Huntsman being brought up, and quite frankly, I thought it was important to know who potential challengers would be and what type of threat they may pose. As last November’s elections showed, people aren’t always paying attention and vote out of sheer emotion, generally fear. But I guess the conversation went on after I read that part of it. I feel bad if SR’s motives were questioned as I’ve never doubted their support of the president even if it’s expressed in a different way.

  110. And, even in its infancy, this space *is* a community, with a common cause, unlike the other space which is mostly a money-making venture. Members of a community will disagree on this or that, but in the end have that common goal in mind: making the world a bit better, step by step, leaving something good to build on for the next generation.

    Not to get too maudlin here, but I’m one of the few male children’s librarians in my library system. When I started working for the system, I was a government document librarian for my first year. That job went by the wayside in a restructuring (yes, even public entities have to go through those), and the only open position was the one I have now. At first I had trepidations; my gf and I don’t want kids, and I didn’t know how I could be as effusive as I would have to be for my job. But, let me tell you, seeing those kids, those bright faces every day, reading them stories, singing with them, doing silly things: it soon brings you over from any doubts you had. Maybe it’s not true for everyone who’s had this job; I know of a few former kids’ librarians who hightailed it for a promotion so they would no longer have to do it. But, two years in at this position, and I love it. These are the kids for whom I want to leave a better future, even if they’re not *my* children. Our only job as adults is to not screw things up too badly for those who follow us, and, just perhaps, make things a bit easier for them.

  111. I so agree with that. All of us have our biases and I have to check my western-centric perspective and American exceptionalism all the time.

  112. Thank you. He was and he left us too soon. Only lived to age 68 and fought Parkinsons like Galdalf fought the Balrog for his last 16 years.

  113. EGAD. that must have been so difficult for all of you. It must have been horrible for him to be disabled. hugs, dr

  114. I think he may be expressing his fears. He would not be here if he did care about Obama.
    In a way, he could be protecting himself by seeing the possible negative aspects as to what could happen.

    Of course I could have on my crazy hat.

    I think he should come back too.

  115. Cool! Good for you. Years ago I had a friend who was a glass blower. I watched him work many times and it was always amazing. He mostly made larger things but sometimes made beads just for fun or to use up small portions of melted glass. I still have a necklace he made for me many ago.

    Good luck to you in your work.

  116. You may say not, LL, but they are YOUR children – for the period of the day they are in your care. You are helping to form their realtionship with literature and with the
    ‘world’. Even when we are negative towards children who don’t ‘belong’ to us we are contributing to their growth. I don’t know the source of the line ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ (you certainly would) but I believe it is true.

  117. Oh, yes, they’re MY kids. And I get very protective of them, especially when an adult says they’re being “too noisy”.

  118. LL, Kiddo you just made my day! Young people like you truly inspire me. Those children are blessed to have you reading and singing to them and helping them find books to challenge their minds. ♥

  119. I too hope he has not left the site. His comments were usually very thoughtful and rich in info and facts. His analysis of Huntsman’s potential candidacy and political strengths echo what I read about Huntsman when he accepted the position in China. However, his comment left out the numerous obstacles that face a Huntsman candidacy. Many fellow commenters served to balance out his take on the situation, by pointing out that it is unlikely that Huntsman will make it out of the GOP primaries (where the TeaPartiers will be at their most powerful and will not support a candidate that worked within the “enemy’s” administration). I don’t think he is a troll. Maybe just a “glass half full” POV.

  120. As long as we are respectful of each other and of those of whom we are writing, it would seem that difference of temperament and opinion should be tolerated, maybe even embraced. I tend to avoid becoming anxious about prophecies and conjectures, but I do not disapprove of others expressing fears and reservations which I might not have. And the discussion that can ensue can be fruitful and informative as long as it is civil.

  121. Your analysis is spot on as it pertains to my careful, thoughtful, cynical, and apprehensive mother. It took me years to understand her and I feel better for trying to.

  122. Oh so interesting- about your friend the glass blower.. I’ve been so amazed by the glass beads I’ve purchased from the artists- that I decided I had to try and learn it myself.. I’ve made my first ten beads :).. and let me just say here: blowing/torching a ROUND glass bead takes skill.. something I will have to practice at a whole bunch. But it is a lot of fun, and definitly not something I’d thought I’d be learning at the age of 53..;). thanks for your comment Aquagranny~

  123. “That other space” is set up in ways to foster rivalries in a manner that this space is not. I think it is a positive step to shun “diaries”, rec lists, hide ratings, etc. Unfortunately, our tireless moderator must wade through and weed out the kind of negative remarks that lend themselves to useless exchanges of vitriol so as to protect us from them, and I know we are thankful to her.

  124. Do these journalists have any knowledge at all of foreign policy protocol? Do they actually believe they know more about the world situation than the President, who has access to hundreds of advisors and has actual communications with national leaders all over the world? I presume, with their vast tact and savvy, their own lives must must proceed without a hitch and their relationships must be conducted without any conflict whatsoever since they know exactly what to do and say at all times.

  125. Below zero here bud, and lower with windchill, dripping faucets (on purpose) all around.

    You know what I liked about your story was it involved a “what do you think?” moment, as someone who is all too willing to share my opinions, it really struck a chord with me.

    PS. They said that middle-aged entrepreneurs were AOK in the Startup video, guess we’ll have to invent a swordplay game for Wii. 😉

  126. I don’t want him/her to leave either. He/she made informed remarks. He/she exhibited a far different temperament than I, but so do many of my friends. This is how we learn and grow.

  127. Sometimes things get a little rough and tumble and people get snappy; that’s life. I think that the community pulled it back to a more civil conversation. Perhaps I’m a little callous, but I enjoyed reading the thoughts of people who quite frankly know more about this potential GOP challenger that I do. I found the conversation enlightening and unproblematic.

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