“Nothing worthwile is easy”

 Including surviving this picspam from Miami. Enjoy!



89 thoughts on ““Nothing worthwile is easy”

  1. After hearing that State Senate Republicans had issued a resolution calling for his arrest, along with 13 AWOL Wisconsin Dems, Chris Larson (D) said the state GOP is creating a ‘police state.’

    On MSNBC’s The Last Word Thursday night, Larson had an intense debate with GOP State Sen. Glenn Grothman, who had appeared on the show earlier in the week calling some protestors in the capitol building “slobs.”


    With video…

  2. Positive jobs report becomes ammunition in fight over spending
    By Ian Swanson – 03/04/11 12:29 PM ET

    The White House has seized on the most positive jobs report in months to argue that GOP cuts to federal spending could stifle economic growth just as it appears the labor market is at last strengthening.

    Unemployment fell to 8.9 percent in February, the first time it has dipped below 9 percent since April 2009, just a few months after President Obama took office.


  3. Conservatives in Wisconsin are getting nervous that three Republican state senators may defect on the collective-bargaining reform vote. It’s still anyone’s guess as to when that vote will take place because Democrats remain in exile to prevent the necessary quorum. But Republicans in the Senate hold a 19-14 majority, so GOP Gov. Scott Walker can afford to lose no more than two Republican senators on this pivotal vote.


  4. Reid: GOP spending bill among ‘worst pieces’ of legislation in history
    By Josiah Ryan – 03/04/11 01:21 PM ET

    Reid said the bill cutting $61 billion in spending this year is one of the worst ever drafted.

    The House GOP proposal to cut $61 billion from federal spending will go down as one of the worst pieces of legislation in the history of Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Friday.

    “This will go down in history as probably one of the worst pieces of legislation that we’ve drafted in the history of this Congress.” Reid said in a floor speech.

    He criticized the size of the cuts, as well as some of the policy language attached to the bill.

    “It’s a very, very, difficult, bad piece of legislation,” said Reid.


  5. Loughner indicted on 49 counts in shooting that wounded Rep. Giffords
    By Jordan Fabian – 03/04/11 02:29 PM ET

    A federal grand jury on Friday handed down a 49-count indictment against Jared Lee Loughner, the man suspected in January’s Arizona shooting spree that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

    The indictment includes new charges against the 22-year-old Loughner.

    The grand jury’s new, superseding indictment covers all 19 people killed or wounded during the shooting on Jan. 8 in Tucson.

    Originally, it was thought that federal prosecutors would only pursue charges against Loughner dealing with the alleged murder or wounding of federal employees during the shooting spree. A federal judge and a staffer to Giffords were killed in the attack.


  6. PBO is so relaxed with our children, and so inspiring to them.
    Thank you once again, BWD, for so much insight on such a wonderful man.

  7. I never ever get tired of seeing how much children and young people relate to and love our President. He engages with them in such a sweet, interested and attentive way.

    Beautiful and thanks BWD.

  8. You are right nothing worth while is easy. I know this for sure. I love seeing President Obama with children the authentic facial expressions and excitement are such a buzz for the human spirit.

    Thank you Blackwater Dog for sharing these in the middle of the moment.

  9. Kids love Barack Obama, and they will always think of him fondly when remembering their youth. Presidents have a big impact on us. Just like senior citizens today think fondly of FDR–even if they’ve become grouchy Republicans.

    The best Republicans can come up with is Reagan, and it is little coincidence that Genreation X, those of us who grew up during the Reagan years, tend to be the most reliably Republican demographic. It sickens me, but what can you do?

    There’s a huge crop of future compassionate liberal Democrats out there. That’s more important than anything the Republicans try to do right now.

  10. The youth love our President and so do I. Keep on keeping on, Mr. President. You have my unconditional suppport.

  11. When will this man learn? hell, when will I learn to stop going to his site? No rational person says things like this:

    From Andrew Sullivan/Daily Dish

    He firmly rules out any debt limit shenanigans and he pledges to tackle entitlements in a forthcoming budget plan – but without many details. I’m surprised by how much I have liked the man since he took over. Even better news:

    Mr. Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said he told President Barack Obama that he would take the political plunge alongside him if the president announced his own willingness to tackle changes to those programs. “I offered to the president we could lock arms and walk out and begin the conversation about the size of the problem,” Mr. Boehner said, adding that Mr. Obama responded “positively.”

    Know hope.

    Know hope? omg. with John boehner and the teatots on his back? O

    Obama responded “positively”? More like Obama didn’t laugh right in his face. Sully needs an intervention. He needs to look at the people of WI & OH who bought the snake oil Republicans were selling and are now paying for it. Know hope? there is no hope for anyone who thinks boehner is sincere and competent.

  12. Everyone there — especially all the kids — really love and enjoy seeing and being with the President. And it is also quite obvious, the feels the very same about them all.

    He enjoys and loves them all right back!! Something, they will all remember for a lifetime.

    What a wonderful, beautiful POTUS we have!

  13. jovie, I’ve never been able to take seriously a man who has a combover with bangs like GOP State Sen. Glenn Grothman. From the all-over artificial color, I suspect he spends a lot of time at the beautician’s.

    But I shouldn’t poke fun at Wisconsin’s state legislators. Look at Utah’s — they just whipped through the law to make silver and gold coins legal tender in the state. Only problem is that the up-and-down movement of gold and silver prices, the seller would need some sort of assay kit to figure out how many coins would buy just about anything.

  14. Love that. Unequivocal. And if people had empowered more Dems rather than enabling the GOP, we would not be in this mess. But I love the statement from Reid, and based upon the projected job losses and draconian cuts in the House GOP’s bill, it seems as if Reid is a thousand percent correct.

  15. Loose rant: People don’t get it. We could, right at this moment, be in a full-fledged recession. Anyone who thinks that the GOP is joking about their ideas simply needs to read the House budget bill and merely witness the actions of several Republican governors. This is real, in terms of the consequences of pretending that the parties are no different.

  16. Indiana facin’ the same ‘GOPTeaParty-elected governor’ problem. But, it’s worse. if that’s possible…

    AWOL Indiana Dem Leader: Mitch Daniels ‘Doesn’t Have The Attraction Of The Demon’ Scott Walker Does

    State Rep. Pat Bauer, the leader of the AWOL Indiana House Democrats still camped out in Urbana, IL and effectively shutting down legislative process back home, says it’s no surprise to him that Wisconsin has dominated the headlines while Indiana’s fight has slipped off the front page.

    “Their governor isn’t as clever as our governor,” Bauer told TPM in a telephone interview Friday. Bauer said Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) can “shake and bake,” offering up a legislative priority list that Bauer said was a devastating for the middle class “with a smile.”

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), on the other hand, is fighting his state’s Democrats “with a scowl.”

    Daniels “doesn’t have the attraction of the demon that his pupil has over there [in Wisconsin],” Bauer said. “The governor or Wisconsin says that the Governor of Indiana is his mentor. So obviously Gov. Daniels is smarter and more schooled in how to be a destroyer of the middle class.”

    Bauer along with most of the 40 members of the state House Democratic caucus have been on the lam since Feb. 22, when they split to shut down a bill that would have changed Indiana into a right-to-work state, weakening private employee unions there. Under pressure from Daniels, the Republicans dropped that bill after the Democrats left. But Democrats say union busting is still on the agenda, and they say that other bills on the table are worth shutting the government down for.

    “Our fight is broader,” Bauer said. “In Wisconsin they’re after public employees. here they’re after public employees private employees teachers, and all of public education. So it’s a little broader, harder, meaner.”…


    But, then, there’s Ohio:

    Republican union-busting advances in Ohio… http://j.mp/fhEZEz

    WeAreWisconsin…We Are One!!!

  17. Rep. McDermott was just on MSNBC and has figured out what the pubs are up to.
    He said, the GOP is doing 2 week spending bills, and if the potus refuses they can blame the govt shutdown on him! Leading up to the debt limit increase, where he says they will have maximum leverage to make their cuts to the EP:A, and planned parent hood!

    This is D.C. politics at its worst! Instead of libs rallying around POTUS, they want him to stand his ground…

    This is Nefarious on both extremes…

    Which is why I am NOT a far leftie… Also, I Don’t even consider the far right to be human!

  18. Ah, grumpy young man. Here’s an 80-year-old Democrat who remembers FDR with great fondness, and who also loves President Obama as the only other president in my lifetime who is worthy to wear the mantle of FDR.

    There are quite a few of us left who still have an intact brain. Watch with the broad brush sweetheart.

  19. He wants President Obama to be act like an idealized version of a Republican IMO. Be ready for the tantrum of tantrums from Sully. /Kanye West shrug

    OT-Am I the only one who loves Paula Deen?

  20. Quick Help Needed! I’m about to go out to dinner with some folks who I know will quiz me on how well Obama is doing. I have one of those long lists of accomplishments but it’s about 6 months old – does anyone know of a quick link to an updated one that’s in one place (I tried a couple blogs on the blogroll but they don’t have one simple list to download).
    Thanks in advance!!!

  21. check the list of blogs on the right side of this blog, their i a couple that will give your facts. Politifacts.com you can put in the most recent accomplishment. Have a Nice time.

  22. Gosh, no. I adore her. I hope to be eating at her restaurant in Cherokee, NC next weekend. My husband and I visited Our Lady and Sons in Savannah last year.

  23. *Gasp*
    From the article:

    Democrats found support for their positions in the GAO report. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., noted that the United States isn’t collecting $53 billion in leases from oil companies drilling on federal lands.

    And taxpayers are giving oil companies subsidies on top of this?! C’mon D.C., collect the $53b!

  24. That’s our governor. I love him most of the time. This also was a bad year for Dems in Montana. Both house are controlled by Repubs but we still have our Governor. They are passing such stupid bills. Here in Missoula we passed a equal rights law and they passed a law canceling it. It’s so hard for me to even know what they are doing. These people are nuts.

  25. Your post confuses me. How was McDermott not standing by the President? He was on MSNBC exposing the Repubs plan, right?

    I think I’m missing a piece of the puzzle….

  26. Wisconsin is proof there is no difference between Democrats and Repubs. I swear, it’s true!!! 😀

  27. Good catch, starshine. I hope this information is circulated and used by the Democrats when the POTUS pursues eliminating subsidies for the oil companies. That money could certainly be put to better use…

  28. It’s insane the government hasn’t collected the money. I wonder how many years the debt has gone unpaid.

  29. No, no, i was listiening to Cenk, and he was saying the POTUS was capitulating!

    Maybe, I should have said, the Liberal MSM. Not surprisingly!

  30. Sorry, but I couldn’t help posting this from the article you mentioned.

    “….The bombastic governor has been openly critical of the Legislature, accusing it of wasting time on “unconstitutional” and “silly” bills ranging from measures that would legalize hunting with silencers on rifles to bills that would nullify federal laws.”

    “Republican House speaker Mike Milburn said his party’s agenda is passing a balanced budget and creating jobs. Individuals within his caucus have their own priorities, Milburn said.”


    “Every person has the opportunity to express their desires and their passions, and they do that through their own individual bills,” Milburn said.


    “I’m not going to tell you what I’m going to do with individual bills, but it does seem a little unrealistic for the Legislature to say, ‘Well, we’re going to go our own way, we don’t care what the governor does.’ Schweitzer said. “Well, I suppose they don’t have to care because it doesn’t matter until a bill gets to my desk. Then I’ll read them and decide which ones are good for Montana and which ones aren’t.”

  31. OBAMA GOP HISTORY LESSON: It’s hard to tell some days which Republican forefather Obama will pick on next to make his point about bipartisanship.

    At a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Florida Sen. Bill Nelson on Friday night, the man of the hour was Abe Lincoln.

    “My favorite Republican, Abraham Lincoln, happened to be from my home state, but he was a good president,” Obama told the crowd of Democrats who had paid some big bucks for the pep rally. “He was a guy who invested in the intercontinental railroad, and land grant colleges, and the National Academy of Sciences,” he paused, “in the middle of the Civil War!”

    P 44=

  32. the bland evasions surrounding Rahm Emanuel’s visit to President Obama today were noteworthy. This was the guy screaming naked at Eric Massa in the shower, the famous sender of dead fish, the pol who once stabbed a table!

    “It was a personal visit, and that’s all I know,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

    Still, the tiny dancer’s musky presence was palpable, Carney allowed. “It felt a little different in the White House, though,” he said. “I didn’t see him, but you could tell — you could feel his honor’s energy.”

    The White House released a photo (above) showing Rahm in the visitor chair in the Oval, gesturing, while Obama wears his “polite, listening” face

    Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Rahm made his way around the West Wing, dispensing hugs. “He was walking around saying hello to folks,” White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett told Sweet. “He looks terrific. Never happier.”

    Politico 44-

  33. Mayor elect Rahm Emanuel is creating a political action committee, called the “New Chicago Committee,” to bankroll his political operation which will include raising money and donating to other candidates–from aldermanic on up–and causes.

    Emanuel Deputy Campaign Manager Tom Bowen–who managed Forrest Claypool’s independent Cook County Assesors race–and Alexi Giannoulias’ Senate Democratic primary–will helm the New Chicago Committee.

    The New Chicago Committee is modeled on House and Senate members “leadership” political action committees.

    This is the fourth fund-raising committee Emanuel has created since he returned to Chicago in October. They are:
    1. Chicago for Rahm, the Emanuel mayoral campaign

    2. The Emanuel transition committee, funding for which will likely come from Chicago’s non-profit foundation community. Official name: Chicago 2011 Transition Committee, a not-for-profit corporation. Papers to create the transition committee were filed with the Illinois Secretary of State on March 2.

    3. The Emanuel inauguration committee, which will be raising money from donors. Official name: Chicago 2011 Inaugural Committee, a not-for-profit corporation. Papers to create the inaugural committee were filed with the Illinois Secretary of State on March 2.

    4. The New Chicago Committee, Emanuel’s political action committee which will bankroll his political operation.

    Lynn sweet-

  34. You beat me to it, Zizi. Eclectablog did an amazing job describing the obstacles that the President has faced during the past two years, AND what he has managed to accomplish.

  35. By Lynn Sweet on March 4, 2011 1:10 PM | No Comments
    WASHINGTON–Patrick Gaspard, the former White House political affairs director, started his new job Tuesday as executive director of the Democratic National Committee. He replaced Jennifer O’Malley Dillion, who is departing to become deputy manager of the Obama 2012 re-election campaign, to be headquartered in Chicago.

  36. I knew that they would wait on the employment report to start their messaging on the budget fight.PBO always thinks long-term, not short-term.

  37. Agreed, which is why I dashed off a little note on whitehouse.gov asking why that money can’t be collected instead of slashing the budget. Also told them that our Prez rocks my world.

  38. Well I did leave a comment here earlier.. but it went away. oops. Have a lovely friday evening ya’ll.. and most excellent post bwd, thank you.

  39. There’s an interesting in-depth with Rahm Emmanuel entitled, The GateKeeper, which was published on March 2, 2009 in The New Yorker that gives some insight into what motivates him.


    I don’t know why he was disliked by so many Democrats, but I know why the Republicans feared him and didn’t want him anywhere the White House. He has a reputation for being outspoken, brash, and downright profane at times but I don’t recall seeing this type of behavior exhibited during his tenure. I also think it’s telling that the President knew about Rahm’s reputation but respected him, and the political acumen which he had acquired over the years, enough to diligently pursue, and persuade him, to serve on his administration. If I recall correctly, it was understood that he would serve for two years at the White House before returning to Chicago.

    Just a thought…

  40. Get behind Wisconsin!! That’s where the war is. We are in the right. We can win this battle. Unilaterally disarming (no DNC involvement in Wisconsin) is madness! I give money to the DNC. I want them in Wisconsin.

    I will repeat what I’ve said here before. Barack Obama is harder on his friends and easier on his avowed enemies than any major public figure I’ve ever seen…. and I don’t like it!

  41. The GOP is willing to sacrifice Boehner and the House if it means a better chance at the White House in 2012.

    I hope President Obama realizes this.

  42. President Obama is like a kid in a candy store when it comes to science. lol 🙂

  43. I think the people of Wisconsin are doing fine by themselves. They voted this idiot in, let them find a way to vote him out.

  44. I was perusing The Obama Diary and saw the pics of our President in Miami. I don’t think I’d ever seen a picture of Jeb Bush before. One, he looks way too much like his brother for people to forget who he is. Two, the man needs to get some exercise if he wants to look as fit as even his own brother. Sorry, but this guy just does not look Presidential to me.

  45. I give to the DNC, and I don’t want President Obama in Wisconsin. And, I think he should listen to me. 🙂

    Seriously, have you seen any statements by Union leaders who say they want the President with them in Wisconsin? You can bet they’ve all been in contact even though he hasn’t hopped on Air Force One to Wisconsin.

    Check this, from Washington Post (has been posted here):

    Are Wisconsin Republicans preparing to break with Walker?


    The threat of recall is probably the only thing that will bring some Wisconsin state legislators around. Plus, unlike some Republicans, maybe the good folks of Wisconsin don’t need a “daddy” to come to the rescue and save them.

    The people of Wisconsin are doing a magnificent job with their protests and with threats of recalling the Repubs. They’ve got it covered.

  46. President Obama appears to be developing a bit of presbyopia–you can see that he extends his arms to focus on detail of small objects (as above, and at Intel in Oregon a few weeks ago).
    He’s already greying.

    Now, as a guy who is a lot older than PBO, I find these age-associated features actually a positive. I’m looking forward to an even more seasoned and mature President Obama: a sort of Josiah Bartlett, but REAL. A great president for the next six years, and a senior statesman for the world for decades hence.

    Really: he just gets better and better.

    Thank you for the great pics.


  47. Ooohhh…I’ve just noticed this article:

    PHILADELPHIA — Amtrak on Tuesday unveiled a $117 billion, 30-year vision for a high-speed rail line on the East Coast that would drastically reduce travel times along the congested corridor using trains traveling up to 220 miles per hour.

    The proposal, which would require building a new set of tracks from Boston to Washington, D.C., is at the concept stage and there’s no funding plan in place, Amtrak President Joseph Boardman said at a news conference at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station.


    ….It would reduce the travel time between Washington and New York from 162 minutes to 96 minutes, according to Amtrak. The travel time between New York and Boston would go from 215 minutes to 84 minutes. About 12 million riders a year use Amtrak along the northeast corridor.


    The new system would support about 44,000 construction jobs annually over the anticipated 25-year process, as well as about 120,000 permanent jobs, Amtrak said.


  48. Hmmmm…”harder on his friends and easier on his avowed enemies…”


    Just so you know~

    “The Democratic National Committee’s Organizing for America arm — the remnant of the 2008 Obama campaign — is playing an active role in organizing protests against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s attempt to strip most public employees of collective bargaining rights.”

    “OfA, as the campaign group is known, has been criticized at times for staying out of local issues like same-sex marriage, but it’s riding to the aide of the public sector unions who hoping to persuade some Republican legislators to oppose Walker’s plan. And while Obama may have his difference with teachers unions, OfA’s engagement with the fight — and Obama’s own clear stance against Walker — mean that he’s remaining loyal to key Democratic Party allies at what is, for them, a very dangerous moment.”

    “OfA Wisconsin’s field efforts include filling buses and building turnout for the rallies this week in Madison, organizing 15 rapid response phone banks urging supporters to call their state legislators, and working on planning and producing rallies, a Democratic Party official in Washington said.”


  49. What are you talking about? We’ve explained time and time again why him intervening, picketing, marching, or whatever it is you want would do much more harm then good.

  50. Temp – I was just on my way in here to make a snarky less appropriate response to Mr. Jim Porter… and much to my surprise- you already said exactly the right thing imo. Perfecto my dear. Thank you 🙂

  51. You’re eighty??? From your avatar you sure don’t look it! I hope I look that good when I’m 80 🙂

  52. Good evening everyone…Hope u enjoy your weekend 😀

    RT @WestWingReport: President’s Week Ahead: Mon.- Australian PM Gillard; Tue.-education event in Boston (w/Bill & Melinda Gates); Wed.-White House meetings;

    RT @WestWingReport: President’s Week Ahead: Thu.-Conf. on Bullying Prevention; Fri.-welcomes #NHL champion Chicago #Blackhawks; Sat.-Gridiron Dinner

  53. I read somewhere yesterday that when the WH found out that OFA was helping organize that they got angry and told them to quit. Wonder now if that’s even true.

  54. Joe, I gotta agree with you, he gets better and better with age. I actually think, the signs of aging enhance his “Presidential persona.” And as nice as the packaging is, the real gift lies within him. I think he is remarkable.

  55. One thing which I used to love about lefty blogs is that people would be very careful with foolish, counter-factual declarations, because others would demand proof immediately where those fact-free, untrue statements would appear. This is no longer the case at the mega-sites, which gives people the very false impression that the left has abandoned the factual and ethical standards which in the past, caused Bush to sneer at those who were “reality-based” and thus hostile to the manufactured, fact-free declarations which his WH used to support his agenda.

    I will repeat what I’ve said here before. Barack Obama is harder on his friends and easier on his avowed enemies than any major public figure I’ve ever seen…. and I don’t like it!

    This would easily fly at HuffPo or DKos, but not here. Prove. it. With a comprehensive inspection of those considered friendly to the administration versus hostile, and a thorough, documented pattern of hostility to those considered friendly to the administration. And I’ll save you a bunch of time: you won’t be able to prove it, because this statement is a lie. Don’t believe the hype, and don’t believe a bunch of the malicious, false garbage which masquerades as criticism or analysis elsewhere; that type of content is no good, Jim.

  56. I think that his second term is just going to be outstanding actually. As much as he’s done so far, this is nothing compared to what he’s going to do in Term 2 (if this country isn’t stupid enough to listen to the right wing and professional left, and let go of this spectacular public servant).

  57. I don’t think the OFA operates without the knowledge of the White House. It is part and parcel of the DNC. In fact, I was told by someone at the DNC that when you donate to one (OFA or DNC),you’re actually donating to both.

    No one at the DNC/OFA is going to undertake a major operation without the White House approving it. Whatever Bob Shrum’s motive for saying this, it sounds far-fetched to me that an organization and staff completely loyal to the president would go rogue.

  58. Trumpka is neither a shy nor stupid man. If he thought there was a valid reason why the President should come to Wisconsin, I am 100% sure he would discuss the reasons why with the President, and if the two agreed that the valid reason outweighed all the disadvantages, PBO would be there on the next Air Force One.
    You quite sound like one of those “I want the President to do THIS and I want him to do it NOW!” people. When you take over from Trumpka, or get yourself elected President, you let us know please. In the meantime I will trust the two men who are handling the matter very well all by themselves.

  59. As all ways BWD, wondergul pics. Nice start to my favorite time of day; early mornings, especially Saturdays. Thanks>>

  60. thank you for posting the chris matthew’s video and the video of PBO in Wisconsin. I found myself excitedly pumping my fists at the end of each video! =)

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