He spoke, they were listening




98 thoughts on “He spoke, they were listening

  1. All humanity now listens to our President. That is a good thing for every person because he is genuinely concerned for each of us and for the future of all of us.

    Yes. We. Will.


  2. I really appreciated the President’s remarks on Egypt. I am so happy that we have a calm and thoughtful President who understand the complexity of dealing with problems in other countries. I especially liked his emphasis that it was the Egyptian people, and not outsiders, no matter how powerful they think they are, who will determine the destiny of their country.

    Thank you so much BWD. I wish all the people in the U.S. were exposed to your site, which presents, unfiltered, the President’s words and deeds.

    We all owe you a debt of gratitude for your tireless and selfless work spreading the truth about President Obama. I have, for the most part, turned off the TV (except for occasional visits to C-Span) so as to avoid the constant negative noise from the self-important pundits on MSM. Thankfully, I come to your blog for real and truthful news; and for the wise comments posted by many in this incredible community you’ve assembled.

  3. Who knew that 2011 would be the year of people-powered revolution?

    Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and now Yemen:

    “Yemen president says won’t extend presidential term

    (Reuters) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Wednesday he will not seek to extend his presidency in a move that would bring an end to a three-decade rule when his current term expires in 2013.

    Eyeing protests that brought down Tunisia’s leader and threaten to toppleEgypt’s president, Saleh also vowed not to pass on the reins of government to his son.

    “No extension, no inheritance, no resetting the clock,” Saleh said, speaking ahead of a planned large rally due on Thursday in Sanaa that has been dubbed a “Day of rage.”


  4. Those pictures of Egyptian citizens listening to OUR President are awesome. The impact of President Obama’a Cairo speech will be felt for generations. His call for nonviolent democratic revolution is coming to fruition.

  5. I hope the protesters understood that the Pres is on their side. Some reporters like Richard Engle were still saying they didn’t think he went far enough in his support of them. Not sure how much further he can go in rhetoric without an Egyptian flag and chanting “Mubarak must go” from the state dining room.

    I think his call for orderly transition is wise, especially when you consider that opposition political institutions are weak or nonexistent there. I think Mubarak should step down now too but who takes over? You have to have a plan. Who’s the clear leader of the opposition? ElBaradei? He just came back to Egypt…

    I would hate to be the President making these decisions but I think he’s doing as well as can be expected and I can’t stand those pundits who downplay the effect of his Cairo speech or say he hasn’t gone far enough even with this last speech.

    Richard Engle and Jamie Ruben on “The Last Word” last night especially had me shaking my head. Ruben kind of criticized Pres Obama’s “slow” response to this and Iran saying that’s why he has to get so personally involved now. Frankly, even if Pres Obama had stated on day 1 that he was solely on the side of the protesters, people still would have expected him to be this involved now.

    Everything seems to always come back to Pres Obama: “how’s he doing, should he have said this, should he have said that, what should he be doing, how do you grade his performance” I’m tired of the ODS…cause no matter what he says or does…it’s never good enough.

  6. These are great pictures BWD. It is amazing hearing what the pundits and other people are saying about what the President should or shouldn’t be doing. Itrust the President.

  7. You said what I wanted to say EricFive. Awesome pictures. Awesome foreign policy.

  8. Morning, dear people. Guess what? Protests in Morocco now! Democracy is coming to the ME like a tsunami. Today is the day I go into town and do the grocery shopping for the month so I will miss much and am counting on you all to keep me informed here.

  9. The problems of most pundits on MSM they are in a rush to get something done. Our President is a long thinker who looks at all options first. The usual political thought is you have to get out front of it first. But as the old song says fools rush in, But we have a man who thinks first then acts in the correct way with sound thought and actions. Because if rush to a situation an get it wrong you can make matters worse.

  10. I loved all the comments on this post. We are in the middle of a blizzard here in Boston and it is warming to read them. I know the Egyptian people believe the US, under President Obama to be on their side.

  11. That’s because most of ‘his own people’ are racists and/or spoiled brats.

    Pity an american cannot serve as UN head. PBO is the perfect person for that post.

  12. As a former resident of Zboston- I hope you stay warm and safe!!! 🙂

    The pictures ofctge Egyptians listening and intent on knowing what our President is going to say, fills me with so much Pride!!

  13. They’re bunch of children. They have no grasp of the real world. And i have no doube that if PBO would say: “MUBARAK, GO HOME TODAY!” – They will say that America is once again telling other countries – especially Arab countries – what to do.

    These people are waste of time.

  14. I second EricFive! Your comment was so correct! There’s so much food here! What an oasis away from all the negativity. If people would open their hearts when reading her posts, they would see what we see! But they are closed minded in their determination to spread their hatred of the best President we have in many generations.

    I don’t know how she does it ! And so fast too!!! 😀
    All I know is that I’m grateful for this site!!

  15. Yesterday I wondered aloud if his statement would be played in Tahrir Square and you have answered this for me. Thank you for projecting these amazing images.

    I thought his statement was Vintage Obama: an example of true leadership, human compassion, an eye to the long-term, faith in change from the bottom up and confidence in the Egyptian people. I was moved by it even if the MSM wags couldn’t figure it out for themselves.

    The world is changing right before our very eyes and each day I am grateful that President Obama is leading our nation.

  16. Watching and listening to pundits is a waste of time and psychic energy. They don’t bother to understand the subtlety of world events and haven’t any idea of(or concern for)the difficult line the president has to walk in the ME and elsewhere. He’s handled this crisis beautifully and has done and said the right things at the right time. There’s a concerted effort to bring this president down as there is with any Democrat who dares to achieve the White House, although that effort is even more intense with President Obama for obvious reasons. He rises above his detractors every time and they don’t even understand what’s happening. Fortunately, other people in the world do understand as well as a a whole lot of us in the US.

    This site is a haven for those that do.

  17. Thank you again BWD, for giving us this wonderful place to share optimism and good news about our president, without having to deal with the haters and the misinformed. The pictures from Egypt of the people listening to President Obama are heartwarming. You are our hero, I look forward to your posts every day.

  18. Oh my. Could it be that his speech in Cairo sparked the realization in these countries that THEY have the power to affect change? That the populace gets to mold their govt’s to their likeness and they don’t have to “settle” for what they have if they are unhappy with who is running their country? Too many countries are following the leads of others now to think this is some fluke of nature.The people are young and vibrant and want a different way of life. As in the US, the old guard isn’t what the people want anymore…they see a new way forward. For their country, and for the world in general…and feel empowered in a way none of us have seen in our lifetimes. Could it be that Cairo speech sparked this realization and it simmered for these last two years? I am not listening to the MSM. They think that they’re all foreign policy experts now, and have no idea of the broad, far reaching moving parts of all this. PBO thinks so far out ahead of all of them, it makes my head hurt. They will never learn. He’s striking the perfect tone, and I think the Egyptian people know it…we are SO used to bumbling GWB and his band of yahoo cowboys, that true diplomacy escapes us.Who would have thought that the election of OUR President would be an election that impacted the world (in a good way for a change)the way that it has? Respect for others runs deep in the fiber of this man’s being, and that fact alone, will produce incredible things in the coming years. This is history in the making, and it it is unfurling itself in front of our very eyes…and the ramifications of all this will not be seen for years after, but we will know, and we will have watched it happen. I am grateful beyond words for the patience, brilliance, and tolerance of the President…and I say a prayer for the people of Egypt and the others that want to change the direction of their country. Change has come to the world!

  19. Many thanks, BWD, for your continuing efforts in putting all this together for us. 🙂

    Watching through President Obama’s message, I get the firm impression that this short statement has been carefully crafted to carry messages that go much deeper than the surface appearance. Certain critical themes are emphasized – the foremost amongst them being the concept of the Egyptian People – a phrase that the President repeated again and again throughout the entirety of the speech – and the will thereof, something that I think ought to be taken as heavily underlining what the major priority of PBO and his inner circle is in their approach to the resolution of these events. He notably took care to reaffirm his and the administration’s commitment to the Universal Rights theme that was a centerpiece of the 2009 Cairo speech and serves as an excellent frame for carving out a policy approach.

    Also highly important was I think the hand that he seems to be extending towards the Egyptian Military – if they become willing partners in the process of resolving this affair “on the right side of history”, then that will aid matters infinitely more than any sort of heavy-handed foreign intervention could. Just as critical was something that others have picked up: the almost complete absence of any mention of Mubarak, who with every hour it seems grows more inevitably a soon-to-be ex-Dictator. The other thing that I thought may well prove to be of standout importance is Obama’s reference to not just Egypt, but “the entire world”” in regards to the universal rights and the hope of democracy – which strikes me as a sure indication that PBO’s thoughts are firmly fixed not only upon the rapidly evolving socio-political scene in Egypt, but upon a much larger scale. He and his advisors will no doubt be working hard to make sure that the outcome here is one as beneficial as possible not only for Egypt, but for the stability and development of the Middle East, which is of course beneficial to the entire world.

    Throughout American history, US foreign policy ventures, from the Revolution through to WWII, have always been most successful when they are an equal mix of hard-nosed pragmatism and soaring idealism – an even balance struck between hard-nosed concern for national and international interests, and a soaring belief in the ideals that have defined the American cause at its best. In all this, Barack Obama is a man ideally suited to lead us, and the world, through these times.

    As far as the American involvement in continuing developments in Egypt goes, we are of course only wittnessing the surface gestures for the mean time. The developments of real importance will be taking place behind closed doors to which we do not have access and will not learn about until after this is over. They will be driven, most importantly of all, by the developments going on within the mind of Barack Obama, in which events, responses, initiatives, and ramifications are all no doubt being thoroughly processed through what one of the President’s friends described as “the Rubix Cube that he keeps inside his brain”.

    These are thoroughly interesting times, and I look forward to being informed of new developments.

  20. Good Morning all. I had to read all the posts to find out what is really going on in Egypt. I am so pleased that the words of our President were broadcast to the people who so deserve freedom now in Egypt and the rest of the Middle East and Africa. It takes a lot to stand up for freedom and to turn around and find others are standing with you. I can only pray that they know we are standing with them and hope that freedom is at hand.

  21. I remember when then presidential candidate Senator Obama would end his stump speech with “let’s go change the world.” His opponents thought this was arrogant. But he was telling us and especially young people that they can make a difference.

    And what a difference President Obama — Nobel Peace Prize winner — is making in the world.

  22. Thanks BWD. It took me a minute to realize that this was from yesterday when the president spoke. I thought it was from the old Cairo speech at first. Wow!!

    Great to see this. My husband told me that on CNN last night Anderson Cooper interviewed Elbaradi and that Elbaradi said that whoever gave Mubarak advise to stay on gave him the wrong advice. Then my husband said, Anderson Cooper said that he heard that it was America.

    To Elbaradi’s credit, my husband said he told Cooper that he did not know that.

    My husband said he was so upset he changed the channel. I told him that’s what he gets from watching these shows.

    That kind of statement from our MSM is totally different from te article tulips posted last night from the writer in the Independent contrasting POTUS and Bush and Blair.

    Good day everyone. I am off to my internship for the day. I hope everyone who’s caught up in the snow storm stays warm.

    Thanks again, BWD.

  23. MB32
    “Not sure how much further he can go in rhetoric without an Egyptian flag and chanting “Mubarak must go” from the state dining room.”

    That is too funny 🙂 an image to conjure up of POTUS. That probably would not be enough for some

  24. Things turning ugly in Cairo. Pro and anti mubarak protesters fighting with each other with sticks, stones etc.

  25. Meta, when I heard yesterday that they had put up a large screen in the square, like you hoped they would show the president’s message,

    Thanks for those wonderful pictures BWD

  26. Desertflower,

    “They think that they’re all foreign policy experts now, and have no idea of the broad, far reaching moving parts of all this.”

    And there lies the problem with our MSM, they don’t seem to know that they don’t know everything much less an expert in everything (shaking head)

  27. BBC – EU foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton is the latest politician to follow Mr Obama’s lead, as she calls for Mr Mubarak to act “as quickly as possible” on a transition.

    Great to see PBO setting the narrative for the western world.

  28. No problem at all amk. 😀

    When using this screen name, I’ve had that one before. 😉

  29. Funny, I watched one show last night, that had on someone bahing the POTUS saying he did to far in supporting the egytian people! Then, I turned it off, and put on Paker/spitter, and he had on two people saying POTUS did NOT go far enough!
    Are these MSM clowns clueless?

  30. You better be a political science professor at Harvard, or your talents are under utilized!Damn good. Again:)

  31. Funny, I watched one show last night, that had on someone bashing the POTUS saying he went to far in supporting the egytian people! Then, I turned it off, and put on Paker/spitter, and he had on two people saying POTUS did NOT go far enough!
    Are these MSM clowns clueless

  32. Obama to sign new START treaty
    (AFP) – 12 hours ago

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will formally sign ratification papers for a new Russia-US disarmament treaty on Wednesday, which slashes existing warhead ceilings by 30 percent over the next 10 years.

    Officials said Obama will make the ceremonial gesture in the Oval Office, before the milestone pact comes into force on February 5 at a ceremony in Munich attended by the two nations’ top diplomats.

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the new START agreement’s ratification on Friday after the Russian parliament passed the pact, which was endorsed by the US Senate last month.


  33. Of course they know what they are doing, they are trying to defeat this President! What, you do not think the MSM works for republicans! Consider this, did GW get treated this way, before Katrina?

  34. I think these “deep thought foreign policy issues” are exactly what PBO loves to do. I think he gets great satisfaction from working through the intricacies of this type of thing.I could be wrong,but I think that this fills him up more than stupid arguments (birthers, I’m looking at you)and gives him a greater sense of satisfaction.He likes challenging,deep thought.My take.

  35. OT: I watched the bloomberg channel this morning, they were saying that january jobs report will be half that of decmeber!


  36. Thank you. 🙂

    You do much too much credit. I am but a humble history buff who also happens to be an enthusiastic political animal. 😉

    Still, it is always nice to know one is appreciated. 😀

  37. I think the protesters are so emotionally on edge that they indeed are disappointed that President Obama doesn’t wave that egyptian flag and say “Mubarak out”. I hope they are registering somewhere in their head the president’s words, and when they are more calm, they’ll appreciate what he told them.

    As for Richard Engle, I said it last night in another thread, he’s too emotionally involved in this one. He has lived in the Middle-East and speaks arabic. He identifies with the protesters too much. This time, he doesn’t seem able to look at things from a large perspective.

  38. is that their opinion, or is it a fact?
    I can see a decrease due to the holiday, but not half.

  39. I agree the effort is more intense. There is certainly a race factor. However, I would say that some big money and some big “cartels” are very invested in defeating him because they’re absolutely terrified of the effect he’s having GLOBALLY. They have been terrified since the beginning.

  40. I guess they interviewed several businesses! Meanwhile, they are banking, but NOT investing here in the US of A! Why? well, Banks are still NOT lending!
    Maybe we should have nationalized them! Just saying!

  41. Pinkbunny, I was thinking the same thing. Maybe today a video will show up with the crowd’s reaction to the President’s words.

  42. Axrendale, again an outstanding comment. Please think of sending your thoughts to national papers, or at least to Rachel Madow. Your writings are some of the best I’ve seen on the subject. Seriously !!

  43. I think we all appreciate your insight.Speaking for myself.Thanks for your views and your posts here:)

  44. Alrighty then..let me start putting away my winter coats, hats, boots, gloves, etc.. :):)

  45. Notice they are not showing the our president the bottom of their shoes, they are not holding anti American signs, instead they are giving him respect and listening attentively. Again I have never seen such a delicate situation handled so masterfully by any president in my life time.

  46. Forgive me everyone but I must…


    Why would you repeat the OFA trolls (Becky) negative comment over here on BWD’s site word for word. You know better than that.

  47. This is amazing and a change is definitely coming to the middle east. I am glad that those people are rising to the occasion for change and empowerment? As the president said, they control their own destiny and outsiders(i.e US) will not hae a say in their elections.

  48. Yes, I concur BWD. There are so many in the world who really appreciate our President more than some of us in our own nation. This appreciation and respect also gives me hope.

    We have such a gift in this man. I am trying to appreciate it, enjoy it, and also respect this wonderful gift. I did not think I would see this day, so I am not allowing anyone to steal my joy. I have promised myself that. I had to share that with my neighbors in a very loving manner. It was time to say it. You do not have to like him, but we as citizens need to have more respect for the office that he holds. They are better in their attitudes now.
    These photos are priceless. Thank you so much BWD!!!

  49. Yes, Pinkbunney. She does an outstanding job. What a pleasure to come to this site. BWD also reminds us of the importance of going back and recalling what our President has said in the past. I love doing just that. For the most part most of the noise makers are not really listeners. Last evening, I went back into my files and pulled up the President’s speech in June of 2009, and I was weeping because he is keeping his word. Sometimes I feel that many do not want to really listen. They want a “quick fix” to most things. He is not a “quick fix” President. That is also why I love how BWD presents her site with thought provoking settings. I enjoy it so much. Thanks again.

  50. PBO strikes me as a better fit for UN than Bill Clinton. Plus we need someone to replace Jimmy Carter as our elder statesman to the world

  51. I don’t think it’s ‘playing in Peoria’, thank God. Us political junkies go crazy when we hear the inside-the-beltway b.s.. And yes, it’s work to our detriment in the past. But the vast majority of Americans see the common sense in Obama’s approach, if they’re paying the least attention.

    The Richard Engels and Jamie Rubins and dKos’ers only manage to depress our side, which is the tragedy of it all. There would be no Speaker Boehner if the Left had kept their focus.

    This President has reestablished his leadership since the Nov. elections and it looks like the vast majority of Americans are getting it.

  52. We’re digging out here in Chicago. About the worst one-day snowfall I’ve ever seen. Some pretty dramatic tales.

  53. You’re exactly right.

    I think as things move to an orderly transition, Obama will be remembered fondly for his statesmanship in Egypt. I appreciate the protesters’ frustration; but it would be irresponsible for Obama to just say to overthrow Mubarak. That is, unfortunately, the simplistic, bombastic foreign policy we had under Bush. It’s as if the world has forgotten what it means to step back from the brink and fashion a safe, reasonable solution.

  54. I clicked on to Hardball yesterday for a few minutes — just in time to hear Chris Matthews refer to MRS. GREENSPAN as a “foreign policy expert”.

    Andrea Mitchell?!?!?! An expert on anything other than cocktail parties, much less middle east policy?!?!?!

    I clicked off. I admit to being more obsessed with our Chicago weather coverage last night (20″ of snow in the city and still counting).

  55. “Also highly important was I think the hand that he seems to be extending towards the Egyptian Military – if they become willing partners in the process of resolving this affair “on the right side of history”, then that will aid matters infinitely more than any sort of heavy-handed foreign intervention could.”

    By Obama’s calm, thoughtful actions, the military can save face in all of this. Had Obama pushed right now, as critics from the left and right are advocating, the military would have had a knee-jerk response to protect Mubarak. This way they’re not being force to exactly choose sides, but be a partner in the new Egypt. This is fantastic statesmanship on the part of this President. That he’s getting any grief from the pundits that should support him, is beyond me.

  56. Why can’t an American serve as UN head? I was hoping that would be President Obama’s next stop.

  57. He’s blaaaaccccccck! Don’t ya see, they can’t give him credit. It would be admitting none of their treasured past leaders were able to have the same influence, representing the West, which is simply the status quo for centuries. How dare this young “upstart” be so effective! Reminds me of the part in the movie “Malcolm X”, when the white cop (played by Raymond’s dad…LOL…Peter Boyle, RIP) stating, “That’s too much power for one man to have”. Hmm. Never heard this applied to a caucasian.

  58. Very well said, desertflower. Change has come to the world, and our president “did deserve” that Nobel Prize…I thought so at the time, when even he didn’t believe so. Just for resisting the hatred thrown at him with such intensity, to me garnered a nod.

  59. I’m now sad to hear about the pro-Mubarak factions becoming violent against the non-violent, pro-democracy protestors, as well as, the press.

    I now believe that the reported perceptions are true that Mubarak is behind all of this, because we’ve yet to see him come on TV and condemn the violence. The other clue that he’s probably behind it is that the press is being attacked (including Anderson Cooper and others), not a far leap to conclude about the guy who shut down the entire internet in his country. Clearly, he cannot like what the world is seeing about him and wants to stop it at all costs.

    But this is where I find “comfort” when violence is used to try and stop progress, the same thing happened with the Civil Rights Movement when non-violent protesters were met with violent opposition — but the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, etc. still passed. There was racial and aggressive rhetoric against PBO in 2008 — but he still won. There was racial, aggressive and then violent rhetoric, threats and actions by anti-HCR factions — but it still passed. And there are many, many more examples of people over the centuries trying to stop progress — but in the end, no matter how long it takes, it never works.

    And I believe in my heart, it won’t work in Egypt either.

  60. starshine, allow me to respond to your question to Donna. Yes, OFA has had a blog site since the president was campaigning, but you may get a little pissed by all the trolling the administrators allow to occur. I still visit there, but I absolutely cannot stand what is allowed, without the clean-up they once practiced. I sincerely hope it gets better.

  61. That is the sad truth BWD. It breaks my heart to see the way our President is treated by his own country. It warms my heart, though, to see the respect and appreciation this gifted man is shown by other countries. I do feel that things are changing here for the better ever so slowly. We are truly blessed to have him.

  62. Someone in my local legislative district(my friend Diane) sent me an independent link to your site that her friend sent her in e-mail…word’s getting around, even in Arizona. Worlds colliding, ha ha!
    Egypt has gotten rougher today, but I hope the ending is positive and peaceful, ultimately.

  63. They would accuse him of being Bush II, or say that Bush had it right all along. Weren’t they already frothing about that earlier this week? Claiming that a speech Bush made years ago was the reason these dictatorships were falling now?

  64. Indeed. President Obama can’t declare an end to Mubarak’s rule. Without a clear successor, anyone that was put up there, even if he really was representing the Egyptian people, would be labeled a US puppet. It’s best for them to take time to transition, but they somehow need to get control of Mubarak.

  65. This is about part of the media’s drama addiction, plain and simple. These are the same people who demanded that POTUS lose his composure in order to prove that he “cares” about the oil spill. They’re making this same demand for red meat now, no matter the consequences. I am kissing the ground for the adult in the WH.

  66. I’ve never heard that phrase before: “the Rubix Cube that he keeps inside his brain”. Perfect.

  67. Surely you can praise the President without dissing Engel…he’s made the Middle East his life for a long time, and risks his neck often to report on it.
    Although I have to confess, I identify with the protesters too(although my favorite sign is “Yes, We Can Too,”
    God, I hope so.

  68. The OFA blog is http://www.barackobama.com – you can sign up, participate in action events, get news.

    But as many have said here, it’s a bit rampant with trolls, and takes a strong stomach to endure. I’ve stayed away for a bit, but plan to re-engage for 2012 campaign events. Hopefully, the monitoring will improve. Lots of really great people on the site, though (outside of the trolls).

  69. Someone mentioned yesterday that Rep. John Lewis said the Egyptians studied the Civil Rights marches before they started this protest, so hopefully, they are prepared for this next stage of the revolution, when the violent come out and try to intimidate people back into their holes.

  70. Wow, Theo, I had no idea. That’s really great to know. I will pray that the pro-democracy protesters will stay strong, and keep those Birmingham, Selma, etc. images in their minds on how to carry themselves in the midst of this violence.

  71. Thank you BWD..

    It boggles my mind too…how his own people here cannot see the goodness and the willingness to help the people no matter what his critics here say…

    I know this, that Africa loves this President maybe more than any other, due to his heritage and they will always honor him just as their King….loyalty runs deep in this part of the world..just wish that America would learn a little what that really means.

    In the deep jungle of Africa we can see a woman proudly wear a dress with President Obama and Hope Sign..it might be dirty but she’s proud as she can be.

    In America, we are scared to even have a bumper sticker of our President.

    (there’s something wrong with this picture)

    Long Live President Barack H. Obama

    Peace and Blessings!

  72. The American Revolution. The French Revolution. The Russian Revolution. And now…the Middle East Revolution.

    I’m loving this so much. Maybe we can take some notes and gain the courage to start a Corporate Revolution, hmmm?

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