“This is one cool, tough professor”

Hi guys,

1. Today’s schedule:

09:30 AM

PBO and VPB receive the presidential daily briefing.

10:00 AM  
10:30 AM

PBOmeets with senior advisers.

11:00 AM  
12:00 PM  
1:00 PM  
1:30 PM

Carney briefs the press.

2:00 PM  
3:00 PM  
3:15 PM

PBO welcomes the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride.

4:00 PM  
4:30 PM

PBO meets with The Prince of Wales.


Things to read:

Brilliant account from Time of PBO’s leadership behind the scenes:

Obama Pushed for ‘Fight Your Way Out’ Option in bin Laden Raid

A senior U.S. military official Monday credited President Obama for having a prominent role in pushing and shaping the plan to get Osama bin Laden. “In the final weeks and really months of this, his personal interest and direction and attention pushed the case to a new level that enabled real action,” the official told reporters. “And I think that role is quite important.”

On Tuesday, White House officials began to offer more details on exactly how Obama had shaped the final assault plan. In particular, the President, they said, urged the Pentagon to revisit the number of helicopters it planned to bring into Pakistani airspace on the mission. One of those extra helicopters later played a role in the mission.The president made his concerns known in a briefing about 10 days before the assault on the bin Laden compound. According to senior aides, Obama felt that the special operations COA, or course of action, was too risky. Under the COA at that time, only two helicopters would enter Pakistani airspace, leaving little backup if something went wrong. “I don’t want you to plan for an option that doesn’t allow you to fight your way out,” the President told operational planners at the meeting, according to the notes of one participant.

So the plan was revised. Ultimately, four helicopters flew into Pakistani airspace, including two refueling helicopters that carried additional personnel. In the end, the extra forces didn’t need to fight their way out of the compound, but a backup helicopter did play a key role in the operation. One of the two primary assault helicopters, an HH-60 Pave Hawk lost its lift, landed hard and had to be destroyed. The backup landed to lift its passengers to safety. “The President created the ‘fight your way out’ option,” explained an administration official.



This Matthew Norman’s article really moved me:

obama has shown the world why it fell in love with him

He is not the Messiah, but he deserves to sleep easy in his bed, and leave the 3am angst to malevolent midgets like Donald Trump who will never trouble him again

…Obama is said to be a strong player in the tight-aggressive style, which means that he doesn’t play a lot of hands or bluff much; but that when the potential return justifies the risk, he isn’t scared to push all his chips in … This is what he did in Abbottabad…

He bet the lot – his presidency, re-election chances, and place in history. had it gone wrong, Obama would by now have been measured up for the Jimmy Carter One Term Memorial Shroud…

It did not go wrong, and so he finally became the President of the United States of America, rather than President of That Chunk Of America That Doesn’t Regard A Black Man In The Oval Office As The Cleaner Or An Imposter.

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People have criticised him for being “professorial” as well as arrogant. They will do so no longer.  He pondered for months, studied the research, weighed up the evidence, and reached the right conclusion. This is one cool, tough prof, and the lesson he has taught by example won’t quickly be unlearnt. In asymmetric warfare against a stateless enemy, invading sovereign states and slaughtering civilians is not the way to go. You don’t punish the guilty by killing the innocent. You do so by killing the guilty.

…Let no one hear attempts to share Obama’s credit with Dubya without revulsion. He failed pitifully in this, as in almost every thing else. 


Foe tempering vengeance with mercy, by refusing to reckon countless civilian lives a price worth paying to safeguard himself, hedeserves to sleep easy in his bed, and leave all the sweaty 3am angst to Donald Trump and the other malevolent midgets who will never trouble him again.


Don’t you love the new memo? Now that PBO is no longer “Jimmy Carter”, it’s time to try the “He’s 92′ Bush”. Yea, good luck with that. And giving the second Bush any credit at all for the Bin Laden success? Pffffffff. Bad joke.

Crediting the Proper President

By now, we’ve all heard the new whisper campaign. “President Obama deserves credit for following the Bush policies that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden.”

The fact is, that is pure CRAP.

The worst possible nightmare to Republican leaders, would be that traditional conservative voters might no longer believe that they are the party of national security. Should that happen, their base would collapse. So, when the threat of Osama bin Laden was eliminated by a Democratic president, the spinmeisters went to work immediately. They can’t exactly reclaim the title, so they settled for the next-best thing; try to force president Obama to share the credit with George W. Bush.

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Here are some facts: In October 2001, while the pile of rubble was still smoldering at Ground Zero, President Bush made the decision to send the CIA into Afghanistan before the military (a decision I supported, by the way). The plan was, that after they had paved the way with their intel work, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld would follow up at once with his obligation to send in the bulk of the troops. But he was upset that he had been upstaged by George Tenet’s CIA, so he was uncooperative. The CIA waited a full 30 days before Rumsfeld’s reinforcements arrived. Rumsfeld was taking it personally that the CIA would get the glory, and his hissy-fit wasted valuable time. Additionally, when we finally had Osama bin Laden cornered in Tora Bora, president Bush outsourced the job of capturing him to Afghan warlords (gosh, in the most corrupt country on earth, what could possibly go wrong there)? The Afghans were either bought off by bin Laden’s men, or they simply looked the other way. Whatever their motives were, they gladly accepted the money the Bush administration gave them, and Osama bin Laden slipped away into the night… and lived in luxury for an additional nine and a half years!

Adding insult to injury, George Bush and his cadre of neocons soon ignored what was happening in Afghanistan, and shifted their focus towards their original prize, Iraq. And the rest is history. Afghanistan, the stepchild war, languished as the Pentagon dumped $1 trillion+ and 4,425 lives into removing Saddam.

Somebody, please indicate to me which part of this “policy” the current president followed?

Candidate Barack Obama swore before the American people on October 7, 2008 that he would kill or capture Osama bin Laden. The reaction from the right was widespread laughter. They painted him as too inexperienced, too weak, and most importantly, too un-American. After all, how could a guy whose middle name was Hussein, possibly be tough on terror?


Well, he kept his word, unlike George Bush, who in eight years, achieved absolutely nothing. And now that Public Enemy #1 is dead, the Republicans would have you to believe that the invisible guiding hand behind president Obama’s success came from George W. Bush. Don’t you believe it.

There are hundreds of people who deserve recognition for dispatching Osama bin Laden, but George W. Bush isn’t one of them. Beginning with the remarkable Navy SEALS Team 6, who pulled off one of the most spectacular operations since Entebbe. I regret is that we as a nation can’t thank them to their faces, as their continued success requires anonymity. But it is my hope that one of them might read this article, and know how utterly awe-struck the nation is by what they’ve accomplished. And of course, the balance of the credit goes to president Obama, for both keeping his campaign promise, and reducing the threat from al Qaeda. He put his presidency on the line, just as surely as the SEALS put their lives on the line. That was raw courage — something else we haven’t seen in a decade.

And lastly, Over the past two and a half years, president Obama has pointed out several times; “We didn’t create this war/economy/environment, we inherited it,” which is true. And without any hesitation, the canned Republican response is; “George Bush isn’t president anymore, you are. This is all your baby now.”

Yes it is. And as unpleasant as it is that the wars, the economy and the environment ARE now Obama’s baby, so too is what happened Sunday night. George W. Bush no more deserves a soupçon of credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden, than he does for being an Ace fighter pilot during the Vietnam War.



This is awesome 🙂

Obama’s WHCD Monologue Now Top C-SPAN YouTube Video of All-Time

C-SPAN said its YouTube video of President Barack Obama‘s appearance at the 2011 White House Correspondents  Dinner is now its most viewed ever, approaching 6 million views at the time of this post, despite only being available since late Saturday night.

The public-affairs networkג’s previous No. 1 YouTube video, of Obama’s inauguration speech in January 2009, has totaled more than 4.7 million views in two-and-a-half years.



160 thoughts on ““This is one cool, tough professor”


  2. Also, can anyone clear up an issue I read at the G.O.S. the other day that Obama is comparing Native Americans to Al Qaeda? Some jack wagon posted that using “Geronimo” as code for the successful Osama Bin Laden mission was evidence of the Obama Administration comparing Native Americans to Al Qaeda. It seemed like an incredible stretch of logic just to get a few jabs in at the Prez.

  3. Much like when dealing with some of the more rabid anti-Obama rants of the right wing, you have to take things from DK with a large grain of salt. If there is a way to twist reality into a mobius strip so that it can make the President look bad, they will do it. There is no more rationality required for some there than for so many of Tea Party.

  4. Good morning everyone. Thanks for the mishmash, BWD. You’ve done a good job as usual at rounding up lots of interesting news. I enjoyed the piece about which President deserves the credit. It needs to be said loudly and clearly that GWB does not deserve the credit. He had his chance to get OBL and he chose to shrug it off and say it wasn’t important. No amount of revision can change that and ever time someone tries to do so, I hope they are met with that interview where he said he didn’t care about OBL and the fact that he dismantled the CIA team that had been looking for him. That was his policy, ignore OBL and stop looking for him. Hardly what led to this week’s events no matter how hard you stretch.

  5. Good morning PBO fans! I don’t have much to add, except what a week its been for PBO. It might be in the running for best week ever.

    He crushed the front running repub nominee, to his face, all the while laughing and smiling.

    then turned around and delivered public enemy #1 on a silver platter.

    Its no wonder the Repubs can’t find anyone to run against him. I know i sure wouldn’t want to.

    Although i feel like this could be the best week ever for our pres, somehow i just doubt that will be the case. with 5 1/2 years to go, i KNOW the best is yet to come.

  6. I heard something about that, but,the “argument” is just plain silly on its face, considering that the President has done more to help the Native Americans in this country more than any other in recent memory.More shit thrown at the fan to see what sticks.Put that in the circular file:)

  7. I figured it was a “Let’s Undermine Another One of Obama’s Successes with Twisted Logic” diary, but there was a lot of uncertainty about the code word “Geronimo” and what it was referring to. It seemed pretty obvious, to me at least, that it was referring to the mission, not Osama Bin Laden. But the diarist, who is supposedly Native American, took great offense and claimed it was referring to Osama. If anything, the diary seemed like an incredible stretch of logic in order to paint Obama negatively. I was just wondering if anyone had any other insight on the matter.

  8. creolechild debunked this lie on yesterday:

    Does this statement sound like someone who believes Native Americans are equivalent to Al-Qaeda? Seriously, these people should remove heads from sphincters before making ridiculous statements. Do they ever get tired of being wrong?!

    “For millennia before Europeans settled in North America, the indigenous peoples of this continent flourished with vibrant cultures and were the original stewards of the land. From generation to generation, they handed down invaluable cultural knowledge and rich traditions, which continue to thrive in Native American communities across our country today. During National Native American Heritage Month, we honor and celebrate their importance to our great Nation and our world.”


  9. Good Morning to All,
    I hope today finds a new purpose for all of us to achieve the next big thing in America, Our Economic recovery needs focus, OBL is gone now, so there is nothing more to fear. Only fear we have now is how hard the GOP intends to bait and switch the topic of the day. They seem to be revelling in the facts of release the pic or not to, how about revelling in the removal of Oil subsidies, or voting on a budget that will work. I want all of us to contact our local reps to ask about how they intend to vote on the depletion of Oil subsidies, We have work to do America. Since OBL is gone we can rest a bit easier. Al Quaida is still out there, Pakistan is still hiding behind ignorance, there is much to be accomplished. I am sorry media hounds only have interest in a pic of a Dead Man, they should have more interest in which Reps have received Lobby Money and intend to protect Oil companies from being taxed. Once Again I raise the hope of stopping Big Oil Corporations from raping the American Economy, if they profit from our economy they should be contributing to it, without subsidies or ability to hide behind international Law. If they are reaping rewards from our Economy they should be required to be taxed like all the rest of us. Personally I have a low income, 30K a year and with my low income I pay 10% income tax, I find it astonishing that an oil company making billions in profit is not paying a 10% tax on their profits. Something is twisted in the fact these executives and lawmakers do not push past the Lobby support and change this. I know my President is trying to change this, I just wish the people who are voted to support the citizens would do what they are elected to do, instead I sit back and watch corporate America get by with many many dishonest and shady practices. We should not be selling out our economy for Corporations to continue pushing us into ruin.
    Yes America Let’s get to it, Let’s get started on Pushing Back to the Big OIL !!
    I got a Bike to ride, I know it is not practical for most, but it works in Asian countries to not have to use gasoline, still the most major form of transporation in Korea and Japan and China.
    Thank You Mr. President for your Resolve and cool way of doing things. I love that you have such strong integrity and dust those shoulders off !! YES WE CAN 2012

    God Bless the Obama Family – Thank you Pres.Obama for offering Mr. Bush a place with you, you have such long standing integrity, it is humbling to see and be a witness to this history. What a Great Great Man you ARE!
    Thank You Sir. Thank YOU !

  10. Agreed. The argument IS plain silly. It just saddens me to find that more than 40 people took that argument seriously in order to justify their disdain for the president.

  11. I have to say that now I am most curious as to what the motherload of intellegence they took from the “mansion” results in.THIS is the key to finally taking apart this organization and I welcome the goodies that come out of this huge find.Nail in the coffin, and potentially even more important than this killing,IMO.
    By the way,if that thing was a mansion in an upscale part of town,that cost $1million…..he got ripped off!

  12. kefauver – That troll of a sockpuppet has been banned now. I left this info at TPV too for you.

    Now coming to the real issues, yes, it’s pathetic the rightwingers are trying to shoehorn shrub into one of greatest presidential achievements, which was made possible by the bravery, courage and skills (none of which terms one in right mind ever associate shrub with) from bottom to the top. I am glad the rethugs spin is being called out by sensible people including KO.

  13. Our President stays WINNING!

    —-PJ (still boycotting the news media…except for Lawrence O’Donnell…for now :-))

  14. Sad that it doesn’t take much for them to “justify” their distain for our President.They hate the racist memo, so whatever works is ok for them….they keep trying:) As they try harder and harder, they look more and more ridiculous…the American people see that. They’ll get called out more and more. I really believe that. There are those that will NEVER,EVER like anything the President does…even though they benefit from his actions…probably more than most.They’ll never change their minds.The ones to reach are the people that can see through all this, even a little bit, and are willing to admit that progress has been made on many levels. Facts are wonderful things.
    The world is changing in front of their very eyes,and the same old, same old just doesn’t work anymore. I think THAT scares them more than this President ever could. HE’S just a convienient diversion for their anger and confusion.

  15. I am loving it that this admin is now putting the pakistan government and army (they are two different entities there) in a spotlight and holding them responsible for the obl sanctuary. I do not believe for a moment that ISI didn’t know about him at all all these years. It’s probably them acting smart – Hey, let’s hide him in plain sight and that too amidst our army brethern so that americans will be fooled. Dumb asses.

    Heads are now bound to roll there both in ISI as well as army. But for China supporting them covertly, they would have been called out and held accountable long time back.

  16. The TV shows said Osama’s code name was Jacksprat and Geronimo was the confirmation on finding him there and E-KIA the indication that enemy killed in action.

  17. Times they are a-changin’! #1 video is on CSPAN???!!! Be still my heart.Of course, we know why…he was brilliant:)That was definately “must see tv.”

  18. God I can’t stand that place. Sounds like just another bogus way to try to convince the readership that POTUS is some horrible person, and take some shine away from his amazing accomplishments, including his choice to do as lefties have begged for years: don’t declare war on a country for “harboring” terrorists, go after obl in a law enforcement capacity and keep the target on him specifically. POTUS did that. I’m applauding, and to heck with these sour people in the new media masquerading as “the left.” Glad to be away from it.

  19. OK, so our beloved President is a military tactician, too? OMG, could this man be more brilliant? This is really, really incredible.

    He always plays out all the scenarios. He breathes SUCCESS.

  20. Absolutely, the best is yet to come. President Obama’s second term is going to be off the chain! Let’s get this man re-elected.

  21. And that’s usually lowballed initially and then readjusted up. I was hoping for another 200K month, but I’m sure gas prices are a bit of a drag.

  22. I personally think he’s a master strategist. Never seen anything like it.

  23. It was the smartest hiding spot given it was in a Islamabad suburb meters from their West Point, meaning in all liklihood any military action by the US would be a airstrike missile and the Pakistani’s could claim that Bin Laden wasn’t in there and that the US killed a civilian family based on poor intelligence.

    They never suspected that the US would raid the compound so far into the country in a snatch and grab.

  24. I have to believe the US had fighters in the air just inside Afghanistan in case the Pakistani’s scrambled any fighters – I don’t think there is any way the US would have left the helicopters as sitting ducks by just hoping the Pakistani’s wouldn’t go after them.

  25. Well, as it may be.

    Bush was hell on the bush, wasn’t he?

    Obama is so much better than we deserve.

    It’s interesting how great leaders come popping out of the weeds when we really need them, isn’t it?

  26. Good morning all~ I just want to say thank you BWD- for ALWAYS bringing the truth, for sticking with the facts.. it means everything to me, you and your site are very much appreciated and loved.

  27. I love it. I hope people also check out Seth Meyer’s video. It was hi-la-ri-ous! Also, it has the bin Laden joke which I laughed ridiculously hard at in real time, and look back at in awe at the Prez’s reaction. Really something.

    —-PJ (still boycotting the news media…except for Lawrence O’Donnell…for now :-))

  28. Me to gn.. and me either. He is remarkable, having served in the military a long time ago.. let me tell you I would have loved serving under President Obama.

  29. Apparently 57 million TV viewers watched President Obama announce on Sunday the killing of obl. I don’t know it is a record or not but that’s an impressive number. And at that time of night, it’s most likely the voting adults were watching it and it’s bound to have an impact.

  30. The Rachel Maddow Show opening segment last night was beyond brilliant reporting. Rachel puts her colleagues to shame again. You won’t see this kind of journalism anywhere else.

    She chronicles how relentless OBL was in ruining the American economy. The financial cost of 9/11 was what he wanted most. He wanted to bleed the United States to bankruptcy. And when you think about the way our lives have changed as a result of 9/11 it makes you sick in the stomach.


  31. The best part of bwd’s blog is that she lets the facts speak for themselves. I do not know of any other websites that does that. That’s why I pimp her site in my gos sigline. 🙂

  32. Totally! Seth was on fire, and just picked up where the President left off.I liked that tag team!

  33. Good Morning Adult Family,

    Heard this morning that:

    58% of people would NOT vote for Trump or Palin
    46% would not vote for Gingrinch
    26% would not vote for Mitt or Hucklebee

    This friday faux noise has a GNOP Rep Debate and so far only T-PAW is on the schedule.

  34. May 2, 2011

    Two California Schools Win the 21st U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl
    Mira Loma High School and Gale Ranch Middle School Take Top Honors Out of 14,000 Students

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – A high school team from Sacramento and a middle school team from San Ramon won the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl today at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. Mira Loma High School defeated Montgomery Blair High School from Maryland in the high school national championship match by correctly answering a chemistry question. Gale Ranch Middle School defeated Shahala Middle School from Vancouver, Washington in the middle school national championship match.

    The high school national champion will receive an all-expense-paid trip in July to the International Science School in Sydney, Australia. Members of the winning high school team are Russell Islam, Siddharth Trehan, Andrew Chen, Anish Khare, Sriram Pendyala and are coached by James Hill. Members of the winning middle school team are Saranesh Prembabu, Ayush Rath, Augustine Chemparathy, Rishi Krishnan, Ladislav Steffko and are coached by George Chemparathy.

    At the awards ceremony, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu spoke to the more than 500 students and 100 teacher/coaches about the importance of science education to the Nation’s economic and technological future.


  35. An alert for what looks to be an interesting Oprah today—-bringing together the Freedom Riders. Just starting here in Chgo.—I see John Lewis is there with the white man who beat him, and all the (former) white and black college students and others who participated. She has on 187 survivors of the over 400 who participated. Very moving. Oprah is crying already.

  36. May 3, 2011

    New Research Center to Increase Safety and Power Output of U.S. Nuclear Reactors
    Team Uses Supercomputers to Improve Reactor Design and Performance

    Oak Ridge, Tenn. – Today the Department of Energy dedicated the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL), an advanced research facility that will accelerate the advancement of nuclear reactor technology. CASL researchers are using supercomputers to study the performance of light water reactors and to develop highly sophisticated modeling that will help accelerate upgrades at existing U.S. nuclear plants. These upgrades could improve the energy output of our existing reactor fleet by as much as seven reactors’ worth at a fraction of the cost of building new reactors, while providing continued improvements in reliability and safety.

    The facility, headquartered at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), brings together four national labs, three industry partners and three universities in a highly collaborative effort to develop tools that will advance new generations of nuclear reactors and safely extend the life and reliability of existing plants.

    “Nuclear energy is our nation’s largest source of carbon-free power and is an important part of our energy mix moving forward,” said Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. “Work done at this facility will help make our fleet of reactors even safer and more efficient while creating jobs, fueling the economy and saving consumers money on their utility bills.”


  37. Bet those cheering cadets at West Point are glad they are serving under this President!The sight of that cheering probably rattled some nerves:)HAHAHAHA.

  38. As I said, dumb asses. They will pay a huge price for this both economically and politically. Just watch.

  39. BWD: Thank you your are also the coolest person around, I am so happy to weak up every morning and read your fantastic mismashes, but, but the MSM is bussy about the FOTOS OBL.I will trust PBO to do the right thing in this matter.

  40. Cross posted from the Let’s Move! blog:

    Ensuring that Americans eat well and lead healthy lives is among our greatest goals at USDA. First Lady Michelle Obama, of course, has taken an important role on this front – leading a national conversation and administration-wide effort. As part of the Lets Move! initiative USDA is taking on the challenge of food deserts. These nutritional wastelands exist across America in both urban and rural communities where parents and children simply do not have access to a supermarket.

    Even with knowledge of good nutrition and the best of intentions, some people who live in “food desert” neighborhoods may have a difficult time accessing affordable and nutritious food because they live far from a supermarket and do not have easy access to transportation.

    A new interactive tool launched by USDA allows users to locate food deserts. In the Food Desert Locator developed by USDA’s Economic Research Service, a food desert census tract is defined as a low-income tract where a substantial number or substantial share of residents does not have easy access to a supermarket or large grocery store.

    The Locator identifies about 10 percent of the approximately 65,000 census tracts in the United States as food deserts. About 13.5 million people in these census tracts have low access to sources of healthful food.


  41. They are all heroes in their own minds…meanwhile in sane America….

  42. It figures the Bush Peeps would have to try and wreck the GET of OBL! They are all over the news trying to say it was b/c of GW and waterboarding, that led to OBLs demise. I say, PHOOEY!

  43. The shame of it all. That is beyond belief. That term has been used in the military forever. Truth is it probably should not be used, but that is truly beyond the pale.

  44. BUT , palin is at the top in this poll, for republicans. Shows you that they are all over the map, with who they like.

  45. And Oprah has related the Freedom Riders’ determination for change to what is going on in the Middle East. It is always the young generation who rises up and risks their lives to make the change for good in their countries.

  46. Well, they will not be able to use National Securtiy against him. they were trying with this, Why doesn’t he take out Gaddaffy crap? and this get of OBL mutes that, and gives him cover for Afghanistan.

  47. They ought to be.. seriously, who is running things from the top down makes all the difference within the military and has everything to do with the enthusiasm, unity and spirit of the troops. I served under both Carter and Reagan and there was a world of difference in how things ran. Obama’s military ought to be damn proud, imo.

  48. Yep- she is what I have always believed liberals are about: telling the truth.

  49. That ‘diarist’ has now been banned but unfortunately the ‘diary’ is still out there.

  50. PSE&G And Matrix Development Group Cut Ribbon On New Solar Systems
    By Mel Fabrikant Tuesday, May 03, 2011, 04:50 PM EDT

    Rooftop Systems Feed Solar Electric Directly Into Grid; Part of Utility’s Solar 4 All Program

    Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) and Matrix Development Group today marked the completion of two rooftop solar installations at adjacent Matrix-owned buildings in Perth Amboy, NJ. The 2.8-megawatt (MW) project is part of PSE&G’s Solar 4 All™ program that is spurring economic growth in New Jersey, creating jobs while economically increasing New Jersey’s renewable energy capacity.

    Solar 4 All is a two-tiered approach that will over three years develop 80 solar megawatts – enough power to serve about 13,000 average-sized New Jersey homes. The program is structured so the financial benefits – the value of the solar credits, federal tax credits and the sale of the solar energy – are returned to customers by offsetting the overall cost of the program.

    “It’s hard to beat energy that’s pollution-free and can be produced and distributed locally, using the grid to benefit as many people and businesses as possible,” said Al Matos, PSE&G’s Vice President – Renewables and Energy Solutions. “We are providing solar power and developing the New Jersey solar market in a cost effective way,”

    The Partner in Charge, Richard F.X. Johnson, runs matrix Renewable Energy Services, a division of Matrix Development Group of Cranbury, NJ.

    “This project represents a significant step forward for New Jersey in helping to achieve the state’s goal of being a recognized leader in the renewable energy arena,” said Johnson. “As a company steadfastly committed to energy-efficiency best practices, Matrix is strongly aligned with the mission of PSE&G’s Solar 4 All program to expand New Jersey’s solar capacity for the benefit of all residents and business owners in the state.”


  51. Wednesday, 04 May 2011 08:28
    WALL, N.J. – NJR Clean Energy Ventures (NJRCEV), a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources (NYSE: NJR), today announced an agreement with the Village at Manalapan Solar LLC to lease 13 acres of land in Manalapan, New Jersey, for a state-of-the-art, ground-mounted solar system. The 3.6 megawatt, $18 million project will be capable of generating enough electricity to power 450 homes annually. Once installed, the power generated by the system will be used to serve the wholesale electric market.

    “The investment of a solar system at the Village at Manalapan site is an investment in New Jersey’s economic development, environment and energy future,” said Laurence M. Downes, chairman and CEO of New Jersey Resources. “As the latest commercial project in our solar pipeline to come to fruition, this installation represents our first ground-mounted system and reflects our role as a leader in the energy marketplace. We will continue to look for new opportunities in the solar market that are consistent with our core energy strategy and benefit our customers, company and state.”


  52. I have my DVR set to record Oprah every day. I look forward to seeing this one. Thanks for the heads up!

    —-PJ (still boycotting the news media…except for Lawrence O’Donnell…for now :-))

  53. SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS –As many as 20,000 jobs would be created with the development of the 3,200 MW of utility-scale wind generation currently permitted in Illinois, according to a report from three leading wind energy organizations. The report—entitled “Investing in Illinois” and released by the Illinois Wind Energy Association (IWEA), American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), and Wind on the Wires (WOW) — is being released at a crucial time, as state lawmakers consider legislation to overhaul the state’s electric market. The study highlights why any major energy bill passed this year must include provisions that accelerate development in Illinois of clean, affordable, homegrown renewable energy.

    Using the U.S. Department of Energy’s Job and Economic Development Impact model, the report finds that if all 3,200 MW of the current permitted wind projects were developed in Illinois, the state would likely:

    create over 19,000 new jobs in construction, manufacturing and maintenance in the near term;
    generate more than $930 million in construction wages and $34 million in annual operations and maintenance wages;
    produce over $32 million in annual local taxes, approximately 70 percent of which would go directly to local school districts;
    generate over $9 million in annual lease payments to Illinois farmers and landowners; and
    spur millions of dollars in orders for local supply chain companies working in tower and gear manufacturing, transportation, engineering and materials services.

  54. You bet!My husband retired from the Navy.Has see a few Presidents in his time…bet he’d love to be there for this one:)

  55. I love my president, I pray for him, I trust him, I stay positive for him, and I stand with him forever. Everyone have a great day.

  56. Washington, DC (April 27, 2011) – The Indiana State Senate today concurred by a bipartisan vote of 31-19 on a bill that incentivizes utilities to participate in a voluntary Clean Energy Portfolio Standard (CPS) setting a goal of 10 percent of the state’s electric generation to come from clean energy sources by 2025.

    SB 251 includes an amendment that calls for at least 50 percent of the energy produced by Indiana utilities participating in the CPS to come from within the state.

    “I commend the Indiana legislature for setting a course toward more affordable, homegrown Hoosier energy,” said Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). “In particular, I would like to thank the bill’s author, Senator Bev Gard, as well as Speaker of the House Brian Bosma for his guidance, the Senate leadership, and, finally, Representative David Frizzell, who offered amendments to the voluntary standard.”

    WILL Mitch Daniels sign this?

  57. Thanks criquet. I find it hard to believe that Obama’s administration would actively compare Native Americans to Al Qaeda. I knew it had to be a load of bunk, especially when it was posted over there.

  58. Thanks amk. Got your follow up message. I’m glad to learn that MB did the right thing.

  59. Its looking good to me. Here in chicago Ford just had a big hiring fair. They are hiring for a new model they are about to design. I think the economy is going well. compared to the drastice decline we had we should not expect to get back on top within weeks. whenever you go in and clean up a situation. you have to start over and climb back up. I am confident and if we send that message we will defeat the media doom and gloom.

  60. we must start talking in confident, now with i worried. This is more of a psychological thing then anything. The president just gave us our psychological think back he is trying to erase the fear and frustration and we have to help by thinking like he do and keep working. He has shown us through it all if you keep working you will have success. We have to have that same adittude and call on others to do the same. The media makes its money and rating off of controversy and doom.

  61. O.K. I was about ready to hurl my coffee cup at my computer when I read the first part of the sentence:

    “It did not go wrong, and so he finally became the President of the United States of America,”

    but the latter part, “rather than President of That Chunk Of America That Doesn’t Regard A Black Man In The Oval Office As The Cleaner Or An Imposter,” made it it kinda worthwhile.

    President Obama has always made it clear that he intends to be the president for all the people. This often infuriates me; I often think I’d really like for him to tell that other chunk of America to fu** off. He won’t. He’s better than I am. As Eugene Robinson wrote:
    “Yes, he’s smarter, richer, luckier and better looking than you, and he’s your president. Yours, mine and ours. And he’s black. Get over it.”

  62. The high Youtube and speech-viewing numbers means they’ll go back to claiming it’s just a rock-star effect. Mind you, it was a speech at an event known for being boring and the speech happened after 11:00 p.m. on a Sunday but context doesn’t matter, I’m sure.

  63. Hey df.. I think he would too. I’m no big lover of the military and I steered all my sons away from it.. however, I would have been honored to serve under President Obama.. he is the type of leader soldiers can believe in and will in essence go the extra mile for.. especially if he is being represented by strong, courageous and honorable leadership within the ranks. In my opinion as time goes by- the Leadership of Barack Obama will breed better leaders all over this country, particularly within our young.. he will be emmulated.

  64. My 22 year old twins were laughing their heads of watching the video of the WHCD. I think the youths really are having fun with this. The celebrity Trump became a laughing stock, actually his spokesperson said that he is taking a few days off, lol, hiding with his tail between his legs.

  65. The GWB stuff is very offensive to me. Repugs are sick in the head

  66. Of course the MSM has to find something wrong, so they are all about letting former bush peeps, sing their songs on tv.
    Then, MSM has to have a PHOTO of Bin Laden, and why isn’t he relaseing it? Blah, Blah, blah…
    Of course, we all know this was pushed by the REPUBLICANS. Whenever the GOP pushes a MEME, they get the MSM to follow. Sadly!

  67. They are trying their best to turn this into a negative. The right and the crazy leftwing nutjobs.

  68. Good morning BWD and TOAITR family. Yesterday I was a poll watcher for our school elections. I am so proud to say all of the bonds passed in our city. I also heard alot of great conversations that I enjoyed. Our city is the most progressive city in Montana but we do have our tea party too. It was the first time we have had mail in ballots, we were a drop on site, and the percentage of voters was up by a large amount. We usually only have 11% for a school elections and this time it was way over 30%. Don’t have the exact yet. I am so proud.

    It was hard being away from the computer all day. Didn’t get to read anything until late last night. I love all the comments and that some of the press is finally seeing what a man we have as a President. His intelligence is way beyond what I can comprehend.

    Jovie, thanks for all the news you bring. I love reading and passing on all you do. Keep up the great work.

    Thanks to all who post here. You are all incomparable!!

  69. As usual, they are so consistent. Because, you know, Can’t have the Black Guy in the WH, get any credit now can we?

  70. BTW: In the second photo, you see the Brigadeer General sitting next to POTUS? He is the Commander of JSOC!
    POTUS wanted him right there- next to him… He is soo on top of things.


  72. And if it went the other way, it would be played on a loop on cable news, for 3 days. Not kidding. LOL!

  73. Wall Street is dismissimg some of the good from the ADP Report.Constuction employment rose 9,000 and the financial sector employment rose 4,000 in April. The jobs from these sectors was lost during the Great Recession. I am glad that this section of the economy is adding jobs now.Also according to Challenger report, there were 36,490 layoffs in April, which is decline. If companies not firing employees, then they must be hiring.Please stay positive.

  74. Me too! What will my DVR do at 4:00pm every day once her show ends this month? Love her show on OWN — Backstage at the Oprah Show also. I have been a fan for 25 years!

  75. Don’t you just love vote by mail? It completely eliminates the vote suppression tactics that can be deployed at physical polling places.

  76. bwd, I don’t know if it has any bearing on the numbers, but I do have to wonder if the impact of tornados in the southeast and the tsunami in Japan have had any type of effect on job growth.

  77. Oh in my opinion Carter’s Army far outshone Reagan’s.. Reagan’s was very much about killing ‘Russian’s’- not kidding. Reagan’s army was a reflection of Reagan on every level- very war-mongerish. Not so Carter’s.

  78. Credit to Media Matters for the sentiment (but my paraphrase): If Bush is to get ‘credit’ for capturing OBL because of 9 year old policies, then he gets full credit for destroying the economy. Right?

  79. When a native american- preferrably an Apache- complains then we will discuss it
    I grew up in Geronimo country.

  80. Succinct and biting LTE addressing Bush’s vs. Obama’s role in the bin Laden take-down:

    “It seems ironic that a Republican ‘we’ll get him dead or alive’ Texas cowboy couldn’t do it. But a Democrat socialist Muslim could, and he isn’t even a citizen.” (Today, The Oregonian.)

  81. Great tag team indeed. Well, to answer my own question I just checked YouTube and Seth’s video is up to 1.6 million views. Not bad! You can hear PBO laughing into the mic during the first few minutes. Good stuff.

    —-PJ (still boycotting the news media…except for Lawrence O’Donnell…for now :-))

  82. kefauver, they’re grasping at straws–as usual. Anything to be divisive. Keep in mind that Americans interpretations about Geronimo are different, depending upon who you ask. Some consider Geronimo to be a great warrior, others may feel just the opposite.

    The POTUS has reached out to Native Americans during his time in office, enacting policies which be beneficial to them, after they’ve experienced decades of neglect and indifference from the federal government pertaining to issues that affect them. Would the POTUS do any of the following if he equated Native Americans with a terrorist group?


    “For millennia before Europeans settled in North America, the indigenous peoples of this continent flourished with vibrant cultures and were the original stewards of the land. From generation to generation, they handed down invaluable cultural knowledge and rich traditions, which continue to thrive in Native American communities across our country today. During National Native American Heritage Month, we honor and celebrate their importance to our great Nation and our world.”


    OR THIS:

    “All Americans should be heartened by the recent announcement that the Department of Justice, under the leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder, is strengthening its commitment to fighting crimes of violence against Native American women.”

    “As part of broader DOJ reforms to dramatically improve public safety in tribal communities, the Attorney General recognized that though there is no “quick fix,” we “must continue our efforts with federal, state, and tribal partners to identify solutions to the challenges we face.”

    “After holding listening sessions with tribal leaders across the nation, he directed all 44 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices with federally recognized tribes in their districts to reinvigorate efforts to combat and prosecute violent crime, particularly against women and children. And he announced an additional $6 million to hire Assistant United States Attorneys—and additional victim specialists—to assist with the ever-growing Indian Country caseload.”


    OR THIS:

    “Today, in taped remarks to the 2009 National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference, President Barack Obama announced the appointment of Kimberly Teehee as Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs. As a member of the Domestic Policy Council, Teehee will advise the President on issues impacting Indian Country. President Obama also announced that the White House will hold a Tribal Nations Conference … She is rightly recognized as an outstanding advocate for Indian Country, and she will provide a direct interface at the highest level of my Administration, assuring a voice for Native Americans during policy making decisions…”


  83. I don’t know the actual logic behind the name, but Geronimo is considered a great warrior–I think our Navy SEALS would qualify as great warriors on this mission. Finally, the descended on the compund form Helicopters, and soldiers used to yell out “Geronimo!” when parachuting from planes. I would think this is about it.

    Who could honestly think Obama is brilliant enough to pull this off, but be so dimwitted that he would intentionally link Native Americans with Al-Qaeda?

  84. I totally agree. The diary and the diarist’s comments reek of anti-Obama agenda. Sadly, a few dozen people “bought it.”

  85. BWD – If I did nothing more today than read your post – even if I just stared at the wall from this point until nightfall – I swear I would still go to sleep tonight a happy woman.

    These words don’t quite cut it, but: thank you.

    Oh, and not to joke about what happened in Pakistan, but every time I see the name of the town – Abbottabad – I think of the old Abbott and Costello routine, “Who’s on first?”

    And my only answer is: President Obama!

  86. I sure would think they would have an impact. It seems like just aobut anything will cause our economic parasites on Wall Street to panic and screw up the economy. It’s been a string of disasters for months now–starting with the BP leak last year.

  87. I was just thinking how the troop military feels about President Obama. I know they don’t give opinion , but i would like to know.

  88. “Last night, Wisconsin Republicans suffered what was perhaps the first electoral defeat resulting from a backlash to their radical anti-labor policies as Democrats won a special election for an assembly seat held by the GOP for the past 16 years:

    Democrat Steve Doyle defeated Republican John Lautz for the Wisconsin District 94 Assembly, flipping a seat held by Republicans for 16 years in a race that focused attention on Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to curtail collective bargaining right for most public employees.”

    “With 92% of precincts reporting, Doyle won 54% to 46%, based on unofficial results in Tuesday’s special election. The race flips a GOP Assembly seat for the Democrats, who remain in the minority.”


  89. Extremely well said. The GOP plans to run on “America in decline” when in fact by nearly all indications, we’re on the rise after a near-collapse at Republicans’ hands.

    It’s up to *us* to counter that doom and gloom message. If GOP policies had ever produced a recovery this quickly and to this extent after Democratic policies and a Democratic WH caused a near-Depression, they would be screaming it from the rafters. Time for us to do so without our voices being captured by the “well everything’s not perfect, everyone’s not working and so we can’t brag and crow” narrative. Most people don’t need everything to be perfect in order to appreciate progress nor do they constantly need for us to point out that the recovery is just beginning and more recovery isn’t needed.

    The economy is on the mend.

  90. OK, maybe I’m showing my complete ignorance of economics, but 179K added jobs sounds pretty good to me. And the number of layoffs actually went down from March according to the Reuters story.

  91. “Earlier this year, the GOP voted in lockstep to extend billions in tax breaks to oil companies. The subsidies include special tax breaks only available to oil and gas companies. For instance, there is the “Intangible Drilling Costs” tax break ($7.8 billion over ten years); a deduction for “tertiary,” or enhanced oil recovery methods ($67 million over ten years); and the percentage depletion allowance for owners of oil wells ($10 billion over ten years).”

    “Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), a staunch ally of polluters and top recipient of oil industry campaign contributions, was asked last week at the Toole County Republican convention if he supports such tax breaks to big oil. An incredulous Bishop retorted that “there are no special subsidies or tax breaks for oil companies, period.” Rather, Bishop claimed that there is a media conspiracy to fool the public into believing in oil subsidies…”


  92. That’s just stupid. The name “Geronimo” has been used for decades for things military. It sounds cool, is uniquely distinguishable from other names, and easily heard over sometimes static connections.

  93. In my opinion, if they’re serious dedicated soldiers then they ought to have real respect for him, as he has shown total respect and care for our troops, more so than any modern president I can think of. He and Michelle and the Bidens have given tremendous support in real action, rather than lip service as did Bush and the repubs. Soldiers are busy people, and so not overly political (at least in my time they weren’t).. but I am aware that the likes of Limbaugh and other rightwingers have infiltrated via military radio and newspapers- thus unfortunately too much of the ‘news’ they get is tainted and dishonest… to be fair though, my recollection is that we spent more time keeping up with our soap operas than we did on with the pundits ;). Keep in mind I was in the first time when ‘Luke & Laura were a hot item.. and all of us in the ranks kept up with that more than anything else- men and women.
    It is often determined by the higher ranks how our leadership is reflected by the lower ranks- if the officers interact truthfully/ respectfully with management (higher enlisted ranks) then that filters down. Much of our military’s leadership – the mid-ranks and many officers are people of color.. and though they’re many hard-asses in the military, they also know fair leadership when they’re getting it. Barack Obama epitomizes fair leadership 1000% +.

  94. Seconded. I think that this needs to be said more often to keep bwd’s spirits lifted (lord knows what kinds of games the trolls are playing knowing that they can harass bwd without the rest of this community seeing it and putting a stop to it).

  95. P.S.: have I mentioned that Obama probably never had anything to do with the choice of names for the operation. He doesn’t interfere with military things, including the way they describe targets or actions accomplished. He’s NOT a micromanager like Jimmy Carter.

  96. Right back at you gn, always, always good to read your comments here, lovely to see you 🙂

  97. Can’t wait to see what the public’s reaction will be to this little gem:

    “In an interview with ThinkProgress, Republican presidential aspirant Rick Santorum endorsed Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) plan to end Medicare and extend tax breaks for the wealthy. The former Pennsylvania senator praised “what he wants to do with Medicare [and] Medicaid,” but also called for Ryan’s budget to be implemented “sooner than what he’s suggesting”:

    KEYES: The Ryan budget plan. If you were president, would you sign that?

    SANTORUM: Yeah, I support the Ryan budget plan. I think it’s the right direction on the major points. I can’t say I’ve read all of it, but on the major thrust of what he’s doing, I support what he wants to do with Medicare, Medicaid. The only thing I would do, frankly, as I’ve said publicly many times, I think we should implement a lot of these things sooner than what he’s suggesting.


  98. There are lots of these wind farms in Illinois already. It’s quite amazing to be driving along out in the middle of nowhere and run across hundreds of acres of these windmills. We are a very windy state.

  99. Agreed. So let me say it again: YOU ROCK BWD! I would have given up blogging if not for your site, for chips and the others we’ve grown to learn about and love. YOU, BWD are an awesome leader in your own right- and never forget we have your back.. anytime you want to turn those knuckleheads lose in one of these posts.. we’ll take them down in a heartbeat 😉 with pleasure, I might add 🙂

  100. The jackass also said that the policy to catch OBL has been in place for 10 years and Obama just followed the same policy.


  101. He got shot down for this outrageous stretch even more than people jumped on the bandwagon. Try to not let this particular piece of insanity get to you.

  102. And the weather problems. That slowed things down. But we’re still adding jobs. That’s good.

  103. This was our first time and I love it. All local elections will now be vote by mail.

  104. “BP has been fined $25 million and ordered to spend an estimated $60 million to improve pipeline safety in Alaska after a 2006 oil spill there, US authorities said Tuesday.
    The penalties, including the largest ever per-barrel fine for a US oil spill, were slapped on BP Alaska in an agreement with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).”


    “This penalty should serve as a wake-up call to all pipeline operators that they will be held accountable for the safety of their operations,” said Ignacia Moreno of the DoJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.”

    “As well as the fine, BP is required to “develop a system-wide program to manage pipeline integrity for the company[‘]s 1600 miles of pipeline on the North Slope,” at an estimated cost of $60 million over three years.”

    “Those costs are in addition to the $200 million BP Alaska has already spent replacing the lines that leaked on the North Slope, said the joint statement.”


  105. I know the President was very involved with the plans but the code words for the mission may not have even been in his sphere of involvement.

  106. “Just when it seemed that big banks would be let off the hook for defrauding the government and coercing innocent Americans into shoddy loans, the feds have swept in with a civil suit against Deusche Bank, alleging predatory practices that cost the country millions. The Washington Post:

    “The suit, which seeks $1 billion in damages, says that Deutsche Bank lied about the quality of its lending practices in order to get access to the government’s massive mortgage insurance program.”

    “Between 1999 and 2009, the bank’s subsidiary, MortgageIT, got backing from the Federal Housing Administration for more than 39,000 loans worth more than $5 billion. In exchange, the firm was required to ensure that its lending met federal standards.”


    “So, essentially, they’re going after Deutsche Bank for doing what most big banks are accused of doing in the leadup to the 2008 financial meltdown. The Post points out that last month in a report released by a Senate panel, Deutsche was called out as well as Goldman Sachs, so it will be interesting to see if that giant’s next in the lawsuit queue.”


  107. I heard an official from WI speaking on Thom Hartmann’s show this morning that WI Gov is trying to change the month to August for recall votes as it is a busier vacation time than Sept. He is also messing with legislation to involve new stricter voter ID laws making it harder for new voters to vote.

  108. Yes, in sane America, the Republican headliners all sit at the kids’ table at family gatherings.

  109. Thanks, majii. I should have read down the thread before re-posting that info!

    At least, I’ve managed to calm down a little today! (:

  110. Rachel Maddow had a segment yesterday about the past big terrorists being caught holed up in big Afghanistan cities rather than the countryside.

  111. And the 57 million TV viewers don’t count everybody who got the word through their phones or computers, or word of mouth from their friends.


  112. I always thought his Undergrad major of foreign relations gives him the necessary background for the CIC role.

  113. I don’t have the higher tier cable so will not see Oprah on her OWN station. 😦

  114. Case in point…

    “It must just kill Scott Rasmussen to have to report this:

    For the first time since Democrats in Congress passed the national health care bill in March of last year, support for repeal of the measure has fallen below 50%.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the law, while 42% are at least somewhat opposed. This includes 38% who Strongly Favor repeal and 33% who Strongly Oppose it.”


    “….As with all such changes in tracking poll data, it will take additional data to determine whether this result reflects an ongoing change in attitudes or is simply the result of statistical “noise.”


  115. Hi Obama Grandmama-

    Hope this is helpful…

    “President Obama has issued a proclamation honoring May 2011 as the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, and called on Americans to celebrate their struggle for equal rights during the civil rights movement.”

    “At last year’s Sundance Film Festival, we spoke to Stanley Nelson about his new documentary, which tells the story of what happened to these brave students and how they inspired hundreds of others to join the Freedom Rides and eventually succeed in desegregating public transportation.”

    “We also speak to two Freedom Riders featured in the film, Bernard Lafayette and Jim Zwerg.”

    Freedom Riders will air on PBS’s American Experience on May 16.


  116. IF Bush or, God forbid, McCain hadn’t further inflamed the world, kept the focus off OBL but actually managed to stumble over enough info to mount an attack on OBL’s compound, they would have bombed it. They would have bombed the entire area. There would have been no treasure trove of intelligence. None. There would have been rubble, an angry Pakistani citizenry for the number of civilians killed.

    And either one of those numbskulls would have been at 90% approval. President Obama actually gets the bad guy, has severely weakened al-Qaeda throughout the world, and lifted a treasure trove of information and intelligence.

    But by all means, let’s not give him any credit. Let’s just continue to lie and spin and act like effing traitors (read: Santorum, Rumsfeld, Hannity, et al).

  117. I know nothing, of course. But my strong suspicion is that there is someone either in the military or the Pakistani government who is truly working for our side and the future of Pakistan. I find it impossible to fathom that someone in the upper echelons wasn’t working with us. But someone so truly on our side that no one in the Pakistani government knows who it is.

    Just my suspicion.

  118. I saw it too! I thought she should win an award!! It was pretty insightful, and make me wish that this type of substance would be something the Media would aspire too!

    Not the same STUPID ASS questions that get asked on EVERY TV news station.

  119. The accusation is just ludicrous. This is the same POTUS who took heat from the right wing for including Sitting Bull as a fascinating American in his children’s book. No way no how would he go out of his way to diminish or disrespect the Original Americans, much less label an entire race as terrorists. There comes a point in time in which I think that people need to let that space go rather than fight against ridiculousness of this nature. Who needs it. Come join us fulltime instead.

  120. Yep. Got Bin Laden in a way that 1) permitted to get the PROOF of his death 2) limited civilian casualties 3) permitted a burial respecting muslim traditions 4) permitted the capture of LOADS OF INTELLIGENCE on Bin Laden’s computers.

    And on top of that, we learn today that he was the one who pushed for back-up helicopters.

    He covered all angles, made the best risks/rewards analysis, pushed everyone to organize the operation in a way to minimize risks, and then demonstrated enormous courage in putting his presidency on the line.

    Barack Obama is EXCEPTIONAL, as a man and as a leader.

    I’m SO SO happy that he’s getting some recognition, at last.

  121. My goodness, I think Michelle Obama has launched a movement that will become GLOBAL !

    She’s every bit as extraordinary as her husband !!

    This presidency will be talked about for centuries, I’m sure of it !!

  122. If they do that americans will see it for what it is: pettiness and jealousy.

    We cannot overstate the psychological importance of getting Bin Laden for all americans.

    There’s no way republicans can discredit President Obama for this. No way. And I think their overreach in trying to credit Bush is pretty transparent with the majority of americans. Americans are uninformed and can be manipulated by distorsions, but on something like this they won’t be fooled.

  123. The message discipline of Republicans is an astounding achievement. I mean, mind-boggling astounding. And Democrats fumble.

    Kay Bailey Hutchinson on the Senate floor wove a seamless tale that never mentioned President Obama but credited the ongoing commitment of the last 10 years and the thousands of people who contributed to this success.

    Douglas Feith was an absolute master. Using Panetta’s fumble on interrogation techniques (seriously, Leon? There was no memo on how to phrase that issue? Seriously?) to give credit to torture. “That’s what Secy Panetta said”. And frankly, he did. Enough so that they could use this like a stake.

    About the decision to not show the pictures of OBL: “It’s always in the national interest to be as open as possible, unless there’s a compelling security risk. Evidently, President Obama had chosen to remain secretive.”

    All on the same page. All able to do it with a look of sincerity. Astounding.

    We’re not ‘losing’ the battle on this one, but we’re not capitalizing like we should and we’ve ceded ground to the masters whom we are unable to copy.

    This is what drives me nuts.

  124. Rachel’s segment was right on. True. Often forgotten in the shock and awe drama.

  125. AP NewsBreak: Geronimo’s tribe seeks apology
    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

    The leader of Apache warrior Geronimo’s tribe is asking President Barack Obama for a formal apology for the government’s use of the revered figure’s moniker as a code name for Osama bin Laden.

    Fort Sill Apache Tribal Chairman Jeff Houser sent a letter to the president Tuesday, saying equating the legendary Apache warrior to a “mass murderer and cowardly terrorist” was painful and offensive to all Native Americans.

    The letter was posted Wednesday morning on the Oklahoma tribe’s website.

    “Right now Native American children all over this country are facing the reality of having one of their most revered figures being connected to a terrorist and murderer of thousands of innocent Americans,” Houser wrote. “Think about how they feel at this point.”

    Houser noted Obama was elected on a message of compassion and change. Forever linking the memory of Geronimo to “one of the most despicable enemies this country has ever had” shows neither compassion to Native Americans nor change in perception of Indians or their struggle, he said.

    The White House referred questions on the matter to the U.S. Defense Department, which said no disrespect was meant to Native Americans.

    The department wouldn’t elaborate on the use of “Geronimo,” but said code names typically are chosen randomly so that those working on a mission can communicate without divulging any information to adversaries.

    Meanwhile, news about the code name spread quickly across Indian Country and on social network sites, resulting in a groundswell of criticism against the government. Several tribes and tribal leaders issued statements of disapproval, while many Facebook and Twitter posted angry comments, some using historical photos of the Apache leader for their profile pictures.

    Geronimo is a legend among Apaches and other Indian tribes for the fierce fighting he brought on during the 19th century as he tried to protect his land, his people and their way of life from encroachment by U.S. and Mexican armies.

    Stories have been passed down about the Chiricahua Apache leader being able to walk without leaving footprints, helping him evade the thousands of soldiers and scouts who spent years looking for him throughout the Southwest.

    In his letter, Houser told Obama that his tribe — like the rest of the nation — was ecstatic about learning of bin Laden’s death during a raid in Pakistan. But those feelings were tempered as details about the code name emerged.

    “Unlike the coward Osama bin Laden, Geronimo faced his enemy in numerous battles and engagements,” Houser wrote. “He is perhaps one of the greatest symbols of Native American resistance in the history of the United States.”

    Geronimo was born in 1829 in what would later become the state of New Mexico. Aside from leading resistance efforts for his people, he was also known as a spiritual leader.

    After the families of Geronimo and other Apache warriors were captured and sent to Florida, he and 35 warriors surrendered to Gen. Nelson A. Miles near the Arizona-New Mexico border in 1886.

    Geronimo eventually was sent to Fort Sill in Oklahoma, where he died of pneumonia in 1909 after nearly 23 years of captivity. He was buried in the Fort Sill Apache prisoner of war cemetery.


  126. In spite of what is believed by most, I don’t think President Obama takes re-election into account when it comes to doing what he considers vitally important – thus, passing the ACA became more important, bailing out the auto industry became more important, the tax deal before the New Year became more important (because of understanding he would never get the “goodies” he got with the new congress) and lastly, taking the risk of this dangerous mission with only about a 60% chance of success became more important.

    I can’t think of anyone I admire or respect more in this world than this amazing man.

  127. Yes, the two boys really seem to have turned out ok. (Harry’s had some issues, but generally seems to love his brother and be getting a little more steady).

  128. superb work, bwd, thanks

    in that photo of the war room, pbo’s position in relation to the others was striking, showing the man as ego-free;

    and such a terrible look on his face: completely appropriate for one who had the power and responsibility to order death

    all over that picture is his integrity, strength, compassion

    this kind of glimpse of the prez makes an impression on even the meanest intelligence (credit to stephen maturin/patrick o’brian)

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