Meanwhile in the land of the only adult, only sane, only serious and only sincere man in the room

Listening to President Obama’s speech after touring Intel facility in Hillsboro, Oregon, I just felt I’m in some parallel universe. It was really surreal. Anyway,  please excuse the inflation of PBO-looking-into-a-microscope photos. You can’t blame a girl for finding them irresistible. 😉




107 thoughts on “Meanwhile in the land of the only adult, only sane, only serious and only sincere man in the room

  1. Thanks BWD. He is indeed the only adult in the room.

    Solidarity with my WI brother and sisters!

  2. Of course I will be glued to the BWD channel for the posting of said speech on this very blog sometime later today!

    Thanks, mate! 🙂

  3. Solidarity indeed! WI may become a bellwether and we need everyone to ensure it leads a trend in the direction of progress.

  4. Great pics, I really want him to come into contact with as many people as possible over his tenure (and I know he wants to also) because I am certain his impact on people fact to face bodes well for all our future.

  5. LOVE these photos! He’s so curious about all this science stuff. The speech was fun and he sounded like he had a very good time there. I think all around, this was a good trip for him.

    He’s obviously slacking up on the hair dye lately.

  6. LOVE!! Winning the future, he’s the guy to lead us! As always, thanks for this, I’m so busy today and this was a great break. He is easy on the eyes…:)

  7. Solidarity here as well. What I’m loving about the WI protests, amongst many other things, is the student involvement. I know that unions had been looking for ways to connect with the next generation and stress the importance of organized labor to the workforce. Those students are getting an in-person lesson about why unions are necessary, who generally attacks unions, and why they do it. As part of a collaborative effort with such a disparate group of people: teachers, firefighters, police, Dem volunteers. This is terrific.

  8. No, Carol, he isn’t. But you do have to get past his pretty face before you get to his nerdiness. 🙂

    Like how the one student in the photo is a dead-ringer for Justin Bieber.

  9. The most awesome thing about PRESIDENT OBAMA is the true intellect shows through so wonderfully.The true interest He has in us all to be number one in the world.He wants this to have a true foundation of strength through our minds being well educated.So thank you BWD keep the truth flowing and each one of us carry the torch on in every way we can.

  10. Oooh, Jackie, so true. I didn’t notice the ringer for Justin Bieber. But these days I think it would be easier for a Justin to be multi-faceted. If he liked science and music he would be just fine.

    I just think sometimes how I, and a lot of my peers would have turned out if we had had the Internet when we were that age. How liberating it would have been to have information from more than just the local community and the occasional international newspaper. I like to think we would be further along as a society, and the Rush Limbaughs of the world would have long ago dried up and blown away.

  11. Love those pictures! This site just does my soul good. I agree with the others about solidarity with those in Wisconsin. I have heard the Koch Bros are busing people in to do a pro governor rally. Wonder where they are bused in from.

  12. I’ve had my cat for three years. A few days ago he scratched and bit me, being a bit agitated. Well, I finally called the vet, and today he took a look at Kirby. It turns out he’s fine, just a little agitated. He got his shots, and guess what? He weighs exactly the same as he did 3 years ago. Exactly, even though I stopped giving him diet cat food. How often does that happen that the weight doesn’t change?

  13. Maybe everywhere. Folks will travel if they get paid. That’s one more thing about astroturf. Would these people have shown up on their own if they weren’t being paid? The protestors are doing this on their own dime and through donations. And are local.

    Indeed this is a dead giveaway. If there was real local sentiment going the other way, where are these people and why aren’t they getting off the couch? It’s what I noticed during the protests in Egypt. Mubarak would say “this is only a small group-everyone else supports me”. But what does that say about how sound your support is when you have to bus in out-of-staters to get anything going, when there are supposedly local people who would not need so much support?

  14. That pic of his face reflected in the silicon wafer is a keeper. Thanks BWD. This site is a gift.

  15. Yes to solidarity!

    That idiot GOPer has practically ensured a Democratic Wisconsin (and perhaps a few more states as well) in 2012. WI will be navy blue on the electoral map come Election Night.

    (Includes an impressive graphic timeline)

    February 17, 2011 9:46 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

    Two years ago, congressional Republicans welcomed President Obama into the White House by stridently opposing his effort to rescue the plunging economy. At a time when businesses were laying off hundreds of thousands of workers per month, Republicans who had spent years in power racking up debt were unwilling to compromise on even a scaled-back stimulus bill. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act garnered support from zero Republicans in the House and just three in the Senate.

    On February 17, 2009, Obama signed the Recovery Act into law, saying, “Today does not mark the end of our economic troubles. But it does mark the beginning of the end.” In the 24 months since, Republican politicians have simultaneously railed against the law, deriding it as a “failure” and denying that it created jobs, and taken credit for its success. Meanwhile, the devastating job losses that Obama inherited have turned into job gains: the economy added about 1.1 million jobs in 2010, more than the combined total of President Bush’s eight years in office.

    Read more at:

  17. Ladyhawke – The last part of this is one of the funniest parts at your link:

    August 17, 2009: Rep. Cantor Hosts Stimulus-Funded Job Fair. As reported by ThinkProgress: “On Monday, [Rep. Eric] Cantor hosted a job fair in Midlothian, VA, to demonstrate how he – and not the Obama administration – is working on ‘long-term solutions that will put Virginia businesses and Virginia workers back on the path to financial stability.’ … The Recovery Act created and saved jobs by injecting funds into local governments, while also fueling demand in the private sector by spurring improvements to infrastructure and other critical projects. ThinkProgress found … that many jobs represented by employers at the job fair were a direct result of those funds.”

  18. Most excellent title bwd.

    This is one of the reasons he is such a wonderful leader.. his enthusiasm and obvious love of learning- and his willingness to share it with all of us- the belief he has that the scope of our capabilities for the future really knows no bounds- inspires.

    It is hard for me to believe that anyone in the same room listening, observing and actually paying attention to this President would not be positively influenced.

  19. OMG!!!hE IS JUST FANTASTIC the best President our countru ever had no kidding, he is just ameizing and so intellectual soo proud to heve him as my President. My Children and grandchildres just love this man. THank you BWD, you are also ameizing.

  20. While I do not want to belittle Intel’s technical prowess, the most important break-through for microprocessors in the first decade of this century was the successful design (and implementation into silicon) of an extension of the wildly popular Intel architecture to 64 bit addresses (from 32 bit ones) by Intel’s main competitor, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

    This might be hard to explain in this forum, as there are probably few software people here.

    By the end of the ’90’s, 32 bit address spaces started to be really confining to software development (A 32-bit address cannot point to more than 2^32 = 4,200,000,000 “bytes” – 4 billion characters).

    The basic question at that time was: How to design a computer architecture (basically: instructions + ways to access data) to make the “jump” to 64 bit addresses (which can point to 2^64 = 18 followed by 18 digits characters).

    Intel opened the game by designing a 64-bit architecture from the ground up – incompatible with anything that came before it – it was particular successful in supercomputers; the Dutch National Weather Service employs a supercomputer using these microprocessors).

    AMD spent its brain cells on designing an architecture that would extend the existing one, preserving investment in existing software.

    Not surprisingly, the AMD design won (if you buy an ordinary PC today – desktop or laptop – it uses chips employing the AMD design even if it uses an Intel microprocessor; the Intel 64 bit design is only used in some supercomputers); it’s just netbooks and phones that still use 32-bit designs.

    Hope this is informative.

  21. Those students are getting an in-person lesson about why unions are necessary,

    Spot on, gn – I was a member of student unions throughout my university life (’75-’82), but only became a member of one of the Civil Service Unions we have in the Netherlands mid-’85.

    As you say – you need hands-on experience why this is necessary.

  22. Stop it, BWD. I don’t know where to make comments any more. Each time I check in today there is a new posting.

    A couple quick comments of my own. The first is to repeat something I said on one of the earlier posts ith pictures of the President visiting a plant. You can tell that he has a genuine interest in what he is looking at. His mind is never closed to new knowledge, about anything.

    Secondly, regarding Wisconsin. I still visit Sullivan, because I like to see his views on things. Well, he had a post pretty much in support of Walker’s action and basiclly calling the Dems that left the state cowards. And his only focus was on the benfits issue.

    Well, it stirred up a hornet’s nest and he must have received a ton of emails. To his credit, he printed three of the responses which explained the larger picture. (Mine was not one of them, but the three he chose put mine to shame.)

    To get that much response from his readers in a relatively short period of time (and remember his primary audience pretty much falls into th right of cnter crowd, tells a lot.

  23. You explained it so well, I totally got it. Thanks for that. Now I know why I have an AMD 64 sticker on my laptop. Cool. My question then becomes, where are these AMD chips made, and how much does AMD spend in this country on education?

  24. I got mine when I was 48 (I got a headache everytime I had a student for remedial maths/physics teaching, because the lighting on my kitchen table is not great).

    “You know you’re getting old …. if even the president of the United States, is five years younger than you are !”

  25. I don’t know why you have a ax to grind with Intel,but I don’t think the President was there to pick one architecture over another or one company over another. His point was about innovation overall and how it will lead in the future.
    Hope this is imformative AMD is also a very innovative company. But the President went to INTEL TODAY.

  26. Today I stand with the teachers, nurses, and all public employees of Wisconsin who are fighting for their rights. If you do too, change this to your status for the rest of the day.”
    I put this on my Face book page.

  27. Me too snowbird. And one of my favorite people even had it as his facebook status today: Van Jones.

    And nice to see you here 🙂

  28. hmm.. lotsa ‘ands’ in my above posting.. I do know better than to begin my sentences with And. honestly I do.

  29. I don’t know why you have a ax to grind with Intel

    I do not think I have an ax to grind with Intel (after all, I was one of the (handful of) people who decided on the Intel-based, SGI-built supercomputer at the Dutch NWS.

    However, I wanted to explain that innovation in microprocessors is not just improvements of micro/nano-electronics, but also of architecture.

    I am convinced the innovation by AMD was paramount to get a smooth transition from the cramping 32-bit addressing to 64-bit addressing – and their design won the market place.

    Pragmatic heads at Intel decided (or prevailed) to adopt this world-view and make (a lot of) money out of it.

  30. Best part was this –
    “WHEREAS, government and community organizations have a vested interest in protecting and promoting breastfeeding as a means of preventing infant malnutrition, morbidity, and mortality.”

    Isn’t that exactly what she’s rallying against now?

  31. When I was growing up (I’m in my 50’s) the news was “real news” back then. There was very little progaganda teevee, radio and news print as it is today. Even with the Internet, you have to be careful what you can take as truth. The GOP are re-writing history on the Internet. This party is so destructive and we really need to fight for the next 30yrs to turn back the mess they’ve made in the minds and hearts of people since Ronald Reagan. Them meme that american workers are lazy, government is bad, liberal is bad, etc. We need to go forward with a great president leading us. I would love to see more minority children being exposed to new technology. Our minority children are very smart and capable but need a chance.

  32. That’s excellent. It’s good to know that support for these unions might somewhat cross party lines.

  33. I’ve had cats all my life and I am no expert or veterinarian, but some cats’ weight does not fluctuate that much especially if they get a good amount of exercise – running, chasing toys, etc. If it’s a young cat (less than five years old) it’s my experience their weight does not change much. As they get older after 10yrs old they do have a tendacy to gain weight especially when you get them spayed or neutered.

  34. I’ve needed glasses for distance (driving) since college. When I was in my late 40’s, I began needing reading glasses. Our President will be 50yrs young this August. There is something about a smart man that is very attractive to me (being handsome is just icing on the cake).

  35. LOL BWD about the microscope pics. I loved them too.

    We gave one of our Grandsons a microscope for Christmas because on some days he wants to be “a real scientist” but on other days he wants to be “just like President Obama because he looks like me”

    I’m sending this on to Grandson so he can enjoy! I’m sure next he will tell us he wants to be a president and a scientist too, all at the same time. Gotta love it!

    What a great role model our Prez is for so many kiddos!

  36. I don’t know if anyone has mentioned this but as I’ve read Jay Carney’s Press Conferences, the word “ADULT” such as “We are adults” and “I know we need to behave as adults” and several other forms keep popping up.

    My question is? Where does this new soundbit come from? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!

    WTG, BWD. You are now an official insider in the WH Press Conferences.

  37. Meanwhile, down here in Texas, dead last among states in the country in the number of high school graduates, our beloved Governor Goodhair is running around looking for non-existent “sanctuary cities” instead of working on the deficit that he said during the campaign doesn’t existed. He has millions in stimulus money sitting in a “rainy day” fund while he plans to radically cut funding for education.

    Parents are beginning to get a little pissed at Texas’s head jackass…..sorry, didn’t mean to insult jackasses.

  38. Very well said. Sometimes I think how things would be different if Al Gore had been allowed to claim the Presidency he won in 2000. Maybe after eight years with President Obama at the helm, we’ll have topped our wildest expectations and imaginations on behalf of ourselves, our children, and grandchildren (and, in my case, great grandchild!).

  39. I love you M4tulips and I learn a great deal from your comments, but this time I am not sure what exactly you expect from the President. What would you specifically suggest that he do that would satisfy you that he is speaking “to the nation more? Do you realize the myriad of problems he has to attend to every day? I’ve been around for some time; and, having lived under the previous eight presidents before him, I think the President is speaking to the nation just as much as other presidents before him, and may be even more so. I think the reason many Americans don’t get a chance to frequently hear him has to do with the media. It appears, at least to me, that the MSM media has done everything in their power to suppress, distort, or to completely ignore, speeches that President Obama has made since he took office. I bet you the MSM will never air the President’s entire speech at intel in Oregon.

  40. I feel pl do listen to him and he is a reassuring person. I just think he calms a lot of the frustration that some have. He is doing great things.

  41. sherijr – And 🙂 I’d like to remind you of this, which I copied from some grammar site (since we all try to follow the rules without 100 percent success, and need a handy retort):

    An editor supposedly chastised one writer, variously said to be Mark Twain or Winston Churchill, for ending a sentence with a preposition. The author retorted, “Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.”

  42. First of all im aware of everything he does and i follow him daily. The MSM does not give me an opinion on the president i have my own. I would like to know things like where he will start with broadband how will he start and when will employment for these programs start. I am not interested in the up or down talk. I like to know exactly how things will implemented and i need it to come from him.

  43. I heard on the Thom Hartmann progressive radio show the other day that Justin Beiber (sp) is a Canadian citizen and was asked if he would be getting a dual citizenship with America too. He said something on the order of he wouldn’t want to be a citizen of such a country that is mean to their people. It was in reference to the fact that his limo driver had a baby born with a problem and faced a humongous hospital bill not covered by his insurance. Not sure how that related timewise to our new ACA.

  44. Jessica,

    I’m watching the game. He is playing great! I didn’t know he could play that well.

  45. I concur with your thoughts on why the President is not speaking to the people a lot. I think he actually does speak everyday to the people in some way but it is not aired. I also think there are times when it is not appropriate to speak out such as when it would cross the fed/state lines on authority. A minimum speech is necessary in those situations which is what he has done.

  46. He played professionally after college somewhere, Australia if I had to guess off hand.

  47. Can I just say that our President has one of the coolest administrations. I have been watching Secretary Arne Duncan play in the All Star celebrity basketball game.

  48. I did the same. I’m a public employee; what’s happening in WI could be happening to us next.

    And I love our Geek In Chief. It’s so nice to have someone in the WH who doesn’t have a “space for rent” sign hanging where his brain should be. 😀

  49. I was there today at the Intel event!!! My adorable neighbor was one of the middle school girls who showed off their Lego robots and totally impressed our President. We in Oregon are thrilled to have him promote innovation and education here.

  50. Just a reminder …

    Please visit the website to take action with many of the “170 million Americans who connect” through public broadcasting, to save public TV, radio, and other venues from the House Republicans’ slashing of public broadcasting funds:

  51. Once again too many people stayed home although Al Gore won by a small margin. Why we allowed the SCOTUS to declare GWB President is beyond me. It was not the SCOTUS’s to appoint someone president especially if they declared they won’t do it again…they should have not done it ever. I am sorry Al Gore did not have more fight in him and declare that the SCOTUS had no authority to do what they did.

  52. These are great photos! I love the fact that our President is savvy about science and technology and is promoting student achievement and curiosity.

  53. Stephen Colbert

    “For the very first time, a majority of likely 2012 Republican primary voters do not believe that Barack Obama is an American citizen. Fifty-one percent! I’m just so proud to have been born in a country where unsubstantiated rumors about people you don’t support become majority beliefs.”

  54. And she doesn’t seem to understand that you don’t give a baby regular milk. You give it formula, if you aren’t breastfeeding.

    Makes me wonder if she ever breastfed a child.

  55. Palin and Bachmann are a pair of boobs, but not the kind recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics with which to feed infants!

  56. Thanks so much BWD!!!!! You make this such a classy site to come to. You are so appreciated by me and all who are on this site, I am sure. It is just intelligent, and so happy to see our leader of this nation eager to get the best for our nation and our young people. I love seeing an intelligent, handsome, fun, caring, and great love for new knowledge for his country. We are so bless to have him as our President. Thanks for these photos. They are just great to see him so full of eagerness to see how he can help us move forward for the better.

  57. What a thrill! The girls looked like they were really excited to be involved in the presentation.

  58. Let’s remind them…


    Joe gets up at 6:00am to make his morning coffee. He fills his pot full of good clean drinking water because some liberal fought for minimum water quality standards.

    He takes his daily medication with his first swallow of coffee. His medications are safe to take because some liberal fought to ensure their safety and for them to work just as advertised.

    All but $15.00 of his medications are paid for by his employer’s medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance, and now Joe gets it too.

    He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs this day. Joe’s bacon is safe to eat because some liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat-packing industry.

    Joe takes his morning shower, reaching for his shampoo; Shampoo bottle is properly labeled with every ingredient and content amounts listed because some liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained.

    Joe gets dressed, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some tree-hugging liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air.

    He walks to the subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work; it saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees. You see, some liberal fought for affordable public transportation;

    Joe begins his work day; he has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some liberal union members fought and died for these working standards.
    Joe’s employer abides these standards because Joe’s employer doesn’t want his employees to call the union.

    If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he’ll get workers compensation or unemployment checks because some liberal didn’t think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

    It’s noon time. Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe’s deposit is federally insured by the FDIC because some liberal wanted to protect Joe’s money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the depression.

    Joe gets to pay his Fannie Mae underwritten Mortgage and his below-market federal student loan because some stupid liberal decided that Joe and the country would be better off if Joe the responsible citizen were educated and could participate and contribute to our nations growth and common good while earning more money over his lifetime.

    Joe is home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive to dad’s – his car is among the safest in the world because some liberal fought for car safety standards.

    He arrives at his boyhood home after travelling on federally-funded road networks conceived, funded, built and maintained by the big government liberals. He was the third generation to live in this house financed by Farmers Home Administration because bankers didn’t want to make rural loans and some silly liberals came up with that alternative government idea.

    The house didn’t have electricity until some big government liberal stuck his nose where it didn’t belong and demanded rural electrification. (Those rural Republicans would still be sitting in the dark! Even if many do still live metaphorically in the dark.)

    He is happy to see his dad who is now retired. His dad lives on Social Security and his union pension because some liberal made sure he could live in dignity after years of service, and take care of himself so Joe wouldn’t have to.

    After his visit with dad Joe gets back in his car for the ride home.

    He turns on the radio to listen to his favorite talk show. The host keeps screaming about how liberals are bad and conservatives are good – He doesn’t tell Joe that his beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe now takes for granted and enjoys throughout his day.

    And so Joe agrees of course, calls in to the radio talk show to say “We don’t need those big government stinking liberals ruining our lives, taking away my American way of life, our freedom and liberty! I’m a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have. Pulled myself up by my bootstraps! Let’s bust those stinking unions too while we’re at it – they just ruin our lives those liberals!”

    Good going Joe…

  59. I think that one of the missions I have as president is to, not create a bigger government, but to restore some luster to the federal government. To recruit the best and the brightest, and to say that service in federal government is something that is critically important to the well-being of the American people, and by the way, to the well-being of the marketplace….

    That’s something that I want to change. I want to make government cool again.

    Presidential candidate Barack Obama.

  60. Great pics and very, very proud of our POTUS.

    Just wanted to say something that I had posted in another blogpost.

    While I appreciate the POTUS, thought I would leave this here. Have noticed that some (not all) are choosing to blame other Democrats for the sometimes negative press that our POTUS gets. It is true that they are not perfect, but they have been (almost) on the right side with Obama.

    On the LIHEAP situation, it may not have occured to many that these Senators were thinking about their constituents. In no way were they thinking that the POTUS was “selling out” or throwing poor people under the bus (like the loco PL).

    If anyone is reading this, it should be ok to criticize when we disagree, but painting all of them (Dems) with a broadbrush isn’t what our POTUS wants (JMO).

    Some of these Democratic Senators (i.e. Senator Kerry) have been unwavering supporters of our POTUS, openly and behind the scenes. In addition to being one of the top surrogates, there has been no stronger independent voice behind the scenes, supporter of Obama and his Foreign Policy agenda then Senator Kerry. There is a reason he was chosen to go to Sudan and Pakastan (the Administration sent him there), and he was also another behind the scenes person during the Egypt crisis.

    It’s ok, we all are very protective of the POTUS (as we should be because he gets it from both sides), but let’s not throw the good Dems that are left under the bus because of the simple disagreements. President Obama appreciates them, we should also, that is what he would want for us to do.


  61. No one here has ever bashed John Kerry. We recognize those who consistently support the president and those that continue to undermine him at every chance. We know who is genuine and who is an opportunist. Going around saying that Obama is trying to fix the deficit on the backs of the poor is wrong especially since these Dems have passed on legislation to him (to sign) over the past two years that have helped the poor and the middle class. They can disagree with the cuts (do they think the admins reason for cutting LIHEAP is a lie?), they can also inform their constituents of the alternatives in the budget that can help them, and of how Republicans are coming after their programs with a sledge hammer.

    If Dems want to get back their majorities so they can govern, they must work together, stay on message, support each other and challenge each other (mostly privately) w/o undermining them and the party. I know most of them care about their constituents, but I know some of them care more about their careers.

  62. What I find especially however is that all the focus has been on Pell Grants, LIHEAP and sometimes community block grants. I read that Obama made many more cuts than those three, who decided that these cuts were more tragic than all the others? who decided that the other cuts were OK enough not to get as upset over them? and why is Obama being labeled as uncaring when HE was the one that increased the funding for these programs in the first place?

    Dems can complain, but the ones going around saying that Obama’s cuts are the same as Republicans or making Obama look as if he is no different than Republicans should and will get called out.

  63. Now how much does that cost? And it’s a pretty long ride as well, long enough to include meals and probably motel rooms as well. So they will reach a place where there are no friends, tired and angry and ignorant of what is really going on. The best thing the protestors could do is probably offer food and a place to sleep.

  64. Chi, this is fantastic! But if I may, you left out a few things: Joe’s qualifications for his good job were likely gotten through a solid public education and maybe even by a public university and student loans – all of which were influenced and defended today by liberals.

    I hope you don’t mind if I borrow Joe’s story – I know a few people who need to hear this.


  66. Thanks for the great photographs!
    I had hoped you would post some good ones of President Obama’s visit to my state, and you did not disappoint.

    To Judy: Legos? Don’t you know them’s furrin soshlist thangs?
    I hope you got a good picture of our president and your daughter.


  67. I just got an email from my friend, a public school administrator, who has been in Madison these past few days. Yes, they did bus people in in a typical tea party fashion, though I suppose the rightwing will make the same claims, as both Trumka and Jesse Jackson have made appearances.

  68. I was in the blogosphere a bit during the 2004 primaries and general election, and I was very disappointed in the choice of Kerry as candidate, as I felt he was lackluster and probably not capable of winning. However, anyone who expressed any reservations regarding him was immediately labeled a “Naderite troll”. Interesting how things have changed. Don’t you wonder why?

  69. Indie Liberal, I’m the one who brought up John Kerry and the other two Dems who went to the press with hasty budget reactions. I took care to note that Kerry expressed his thoughts in a tempered, measured, way. Neither I nor anyone else bashed him at all. I had stronger words for the two Dems who used “balancing the budgets on the backs of…” language, but also noted subsequently that one of them provided an excellent interview in which she was more tempered in her disagreement and focused upon the horrifying GOP budget.

    So I definitely take your cautions, but I have to note that Kerry’s concerns were echoed by the site proprietor herself and many others here, so why would we throw him under the bus for those concerns?

    Peace back to you Indie, and I love love love your fierce defense of Dems and promotion of unity!

  70. It changed from the top down/site management at multiple places sheila and indeed it is very interesting!

  71. Well said Temp; they know it’s wrong, and one of the Dems who used that language walked it back and came out with much much much better messaging; when Dems stick together good things happen.

  72. We were at the theater last Friday and as the usher took our tickets, she reeled off: “Two hours, one fifteen-minute intermission, adult language.” My husband immediately responded: “Adult language. What’s that? This is America.”
    Perhaps the fact that this President possesses intellectual curiosity and uses adult language is the reason so many Americans on the right and the left do not understand him.

  73. Thanks for the info, gn. I left the site shortly after the general election. Unfortunately, I returned during the 2008 primaries, though I learned my lesson permanently this time.

  74. I really admire the attention being paid to the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematic. So many of our brightest shy away from studying these for fear of being called out of their name. We have public schools in Baltimore City, yes public schools in Baltimore City they are producing little geniuses. I thank the President for pushing high achievement in the public schools.

  75. If the President’s Mother was born in Kansas does that not make him an American no matter where he was born.
    His grandfather along with two great uncles
    fought for USA during WWII does that not make him and American.
    His birth was printed in two papers in Hawaii when he was born. His birth certificate was certified in Hawaii.
    So why do so many believe he is not American.

    Is it the fact that his father is black and Kenyan.

  76. Hi gn,

    Thanks for the welcome. Knew this post was going to ruffle some feathers, but felt it needed to be said. If it came across as a little harsh, my apologies. 🙂 Keep up the good work.

  77. Sounds like the lesson is to tear down any Democrat to praise the POTUS. IMO, Obama himself would not like this idea, but to each his/her own.

  78. I’m glad that you spoke up about something which was bothering you, but I don’t think that this comment is very fair at all. I can appreciate what you’re saying, but I don’t think that this is an accurate assessment of this community at all Indie. That said, it’s always nice to read vigorous defenses of John Kerry, who is one of my favorite liberals in the country.

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