A star in Texas (Updated with more photos)











96 thoughts on “A star in Texas (Updated with more photos)

  1. Once again this site gives us amazing photos. Thank you so much. I love this site.

  2. very proud of President OBAMA!

    The President who CARES about the well-being of all Americans!

  3. I’m ready to go all out on pressuring congress to join with President Obama to resolve our immigration issues- he has my FULL Support. Congress needs to hear from us relentlessly- and they need to step on up. It is up to us, the citizens of this country to help the rest of us become citizens.

  4. So for those of us who couldn’t watch the speech, what were the highlights?

  5. Make.this.woman.go.away.

    In the great tradition of rap feuds, this one definitely is not as violent as some past conflicts, but it sure is escalating just as quickly. First Lady Michelle Obama raised some conservative eyebrows by inviting the rapper Common to a poetry event at the White House. And that was enough to trigger a wave of outrage.

    First it was the conservative website Daily Caller that recognized Common was a controversial guest to invite, “in part because his poetry includes threats to shoot police and at least one passage calling for the ‘burn[ing]‘ of then-President George W. Bush.” Then the Fox News website Fox Nation reacted with a headline labeling Common to be a “vile rapper.” And Sarah Palin weighed in too, tweeting in reaction to the Daily Caller’s story “Oh lovely, White House…”

    Yet CNN commentator Roland Martin notes “not even casual hip hop fans would characterize Common as a controversial rapper.” Additionally, Common has frequently appeared on Def Poetry Jam and has acted in many mainstream films including American Gangster, Wanted and Date Night.

    So far the First Lady has remained silent, but Common took to Twitter to respond to all of his new “fans.” Common responded “So apparently Sarah Palin and Fox News doesn’t like me.” He also laughed at the description of himself as “vile.” With Donald Trump’s popularity fading, might Palin now desire picking up Trump’s strange habit of feuding with celebrities?

    Link here: http://mediaite.com/a/eithm

  6. Nevermind, answered my own question: http://goo.gl/Hts1Q

    Hah!

    “We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement,” Obama said. “But even though we’ve answered these concerns, I gotta say I suspect there are still going to be some who are trying to move the goal posts on us one more time.”

    “Maybe they’ll need a moat,” he said mockingly to laughter from the crowd. “Maybe they’ll want alligators in the moat.”

  7. Ruppert Murdoch From FOX, He is an immigrant.
    It was a very good speech, this president has done everything the GOP asked for. so they can start working on Immigration.PBO has done more for the borders security than any other President,

  8. Sarah Palin is a racist. That is all.

    That first photo of PBO: hubba hubba.

  9. RIGHT ON, sherijr!

    That was a great speech and a real call for action from all of us. We need to not only have his back but start doing some of the real heavy lifting our own selves. I’m in!!!!!!

  10. I joined just after 3:30 EST, and he was already in progress (early today). He ran through everything that the Administration has done to increase border control, including increasing troop presence, finishing the “dang fence” (although the crowd didn’t seem to like that), flying drones to combat drug trade and working with the Mexican government. He mentioned that El Paso and other border towns have been vilified, but are amongst the safest towns in the country – although the fight against crime must continue. He mentioned that Sec. Napolitano has been doing her job to crack down on companies exploiting illegal workers and enforcing the law – and he basically paused so people can recognize that that is her actual job, whether they like it or not.

    Then he talked about the need to get comprehensive immigration reform done, starting with the DREAM act, and reforming the work permit program. He said that will allow the government agencies to focus on cracking down on drugs and crime, rather than spending time chasing workers who are just trying to feed their families.

    He told a story about a prominent immigrant business person who says we need to get a handle on immigration – then he revealed he was talking about Rupert Murdoch, whom he said “doesn’t have an Obama bumper sticker” but agrees with the President on this one point.

    He finished off by telling a very touching story about a man who was born in America, but to migrant workers. He was inspired as a child in the fields by a story he heard on the transistor radio about an astronaut with a name like his. He decided then and there to study hard and become an astronaut. He was good at math, and he worked his way to a graduate degree in engineering, and eventually floated 100 miles above the earth, realizing his dream. He said there are plenty of kids like Jose, who we need to work to help realize their dreams. That is who we are.

    I’ve skipped a lot of other good stuff in the speech, and you need to watch to get the sense of how excited the crowd was, and vocal. But – it was a good speech, and laid out many facts.

  11. This is such obvious proof that this President sets out to do the right thing in the most possible way.

    However even when politicians were sane, immigation reform was a lose-lose: not left enough for the left, and then the schizophrenic Republicans who promise their lemmings that they will kick all of the brown people out of the U.S. and also promise the Chamber of Commerce that there will be no consequences imposed on their lust of cheap labor.

    President Obama can barely get credit for what he actually accomplishes, much less get any credit for trying to do the right thing with immigration.

    I’m nursing an injured dog and haven’t slept in three days, but I think this would all sound impossible even on a good day.

  12. I HAD AN EMERGENCY AND MISSED THE WHOLE SPEECH TODAY….HAVE TO FIND THE RERUN…:(

  13. I love your efficient handling of Palin. She really doesn’t deserve anything more, does she?🙂

    I agree about the “hubba hubba”.

  14. No shit, Sherlock! You could have fooled me but then I’m naive.

    I hope I didn’t offend you.

  15. BWD, yes he is…🙂

    Forget Rick “GoodHair” Perry and his state ‘TeaPublican’ ilk, they don’t speak for me….Grrr

    I’m a Texas “Obamacrat,” and I’m a Texas “Obamabot!”

    Whenever, whereever WE live, WE gotta RECALL, REPEAL &/or REPLACE, if possible… Of course, like in OH, there’s a ballot initiative system!

    Citizen lobbyin’, anyone?!

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.More, Together! (h/t Bobfr)🙂
    YES.WE.CAN…Move America Forward & Win The Future!
    YES.WE.CAN, Again Make History…Obama/Biden 2012!

  16. How’s everyone doing, Faith? Puppies, husband? I hope everyone’s getting better.

  17. Remember back in the day when the press would have totally ignored Sarah Palin?

    When anyone ponders McCain’s qualifications to be President, this destroys the very thought. That, without any personal vetting (or his staff for that matter) he would choose this flaming idiot to be next in line to the Presidency is unconscionable.

  18. Oh Sweetie, my heart to your heart and healing to your little dog. Try to get some rest so you will get back some hope to go with your faith. ♥

  19. I guess losers trying to tag team our President and Mrs. Obama. Sarah Palin is irrelevant and she trying to drummed up some shiggedy to be noticed with her dumb azz.

  20. Right there with you Aquagranny- we really are who we’ve been waiting for😉

  21. SueDuvallSmith, here it is…

    PBHO’s ‘El Paso Immigration’ Speech

    The Obama Diary… http://theobamadiary.com/2011/05/10/next-up/ (TOD is on ‘TOAITR’ Blogroll)

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.More, Together! (h/t Bobfr)😉
    YES.WE.CAN…Move America Forward & Win The Future!
    YES.WE.CAN, Again Make History…Obama/Biden 2012!

  22. OT-

    “It is a little known fact of the attack on Libya that some of the components of the cruise missiles being launched into the country may have been made by prisoners in the United States. According to its website, UNICOR, which is the organization that represents Federal Prison Industries, “supplies numerous electronic components and service for guided missiles, including the Patriot Advanced Capability Missile (PAC-3).”

    “In addition to constructing electronic components for missiles, prison labor in the United States is used to make electronic cables for defense items like “the McDonnell Douglas/Boeing (BA) F-15, the General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin F-16, Bell/Textron’s (TXT) Cobra helicopter, as well as electro-optical equipment for the BAE Systems”.

    “Traditionally these types of defense jobs would have gone to highly paid, unionized workers. However the prison workers building parts for these missiles earn a starting wage of 23 cents an hour and can only make a maximum of $1.15 an hour. Nearly 1 in 100 adults are in jail in the United States and are exempt from our minimum wage laws, creating a sizable captive workforce that could undercut outside wage standards.”

    http://www.alternet.org/rights/150777/defense_contractors_using_prison_labor_to_build_high-tech_weapons_systems/

  23. Has anyone noticed Foxnews has not done a poll yet? Every news org has come out with their own poll since OBL’s elimination.
    I suspect Fox is “askeered” of what they would find.
    (askeered is how my little granddaughter talks of being afraid of something).

  24. POTUS is so fine…I can’t even….no words. Beauty and brains, how lucky is this nation to have him leading us. *faints*

    Love love love the military pics. These people are all modern day heroes. The deep chocolate guy in the latter pics looks like he was tearing up. I want to hug that guy. He is beautiful just like his Commander in Chief.

  25. yeah he stunning in those aviators. I keep wanting to change my icon picture but I really love to see him in the Beast, so epic. 😀

  26. The little grand daughter is very smart. She invented a very usable word!!! God Bless her.

  27. Me, too…😉

    Our President cannot do it alone!

    It’s goin’ to take all of us (which includes U.S. House/Senate Congressional Dems, governors/mayors, and state/local legislators):

    Get Informed, Get Involved (Where’s The Movement?… http://tinyurl.com/ydl3z27)

    http://www.congress.org/

    http://www.house.gov/

    http://www.senate.gov/

    By the way, Dem Leader Pelosi’s “The Gavel” is on the “TOAITR” Blogroll!

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.More, Together! (h/t Bobfr)😉
    YES.WE.CAN…Move America Forward & Win The Future!
    YES.WE.CAN, Again Make History…Obama/Biden 2012!

  28. “The Senate and the House of Representatives agree: single-payer health care is the only way to provide real coverage for all. Insurance companies are never going to do the right thing and put people before profits, so the only option is to go around them, and politicians in both houses have voted to create a real health care system. In Vermont, that is.

    //

    “The insurance companies will no doubt keep fighting this bill—even one small state single-payer plan could provide a powerful example for the rest of the country. Already, California Democrats are reviving a bill that would create single-payer care in that state—and it’s already moved out of the Health Committee.”

    http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2011/05/09/the-f-word-vermont-ever-closer-to-single-payer-healthcare/

  29. And if it passes and is successful in California, the rest of the states will feel pressure to adopt it, as it would be a major weapon in California’s competitiveness arsenal.

    This is a BFD.

  30. Faith- here’s a bit of good news for you. Hope you get some much needed rest and your dog recovers soon!(:

    “This is a welcome statement coming from an unlikely source.”

    “Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus says he doesn’t think Congress will address Social Security as part of an effort to reduce government borrowing. The Montana Democrat said Tuesday that Social Security has not added to the budget deficit, so it should not be included in a deficit reduction package.”

    “Baucus is part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by Vice President Joe Biden, who are trying to negotiate such a package. Baucus said Social Security’s finances should be addressed in the next couple of years. But he also said the program is not in a crisis.”

    http://crooksandliars.com/john-amato/senator-max-baucus-says-social-security

  31. The President’s visit to Ireland has changed again. He is now going to make a major speech combined with a free entertainment show, and I have a guess/hunch it may be a free Bono concert. Since Ireland is so very broke, this is going to be a wonderful opportunity for the youth in Ireland to be happy for a change. But, stay tuned as it might change yet again since they haven’t decided on the venue yet.

  32. “WASHINGTON — After some encouraging signs that Republicans might cooperate with them, the two House Democrats trying to give the long-term jobless extra weeks of unemployment benefits are dismayed the GOP has instead moved a bill that could take benefits away.”

    “Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) want to give the long-term unemployed another 14 weeks of unemployment insurance.”

    //

    “Instead, Camp is pursuing a bill that would give states the option to spend federal unemployment dollars on paying down debt instead of paying for extended unemployment benefits….”

    “As we face an unemployment rate of 9 percent nationwide, an unemployment rate for teenagers three times as high as the national average, and an economy where there are 4.4 unemployed workers for every available job opening, it is simply wrong to propose a bill that would further penalize unemployed workers across the country.”

    http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/house-republicans-long-term-unemploye

  33. More fun for us to look forward to! When is the trip again?

    I hope he can stay a little longer in Moneygall – they’ve gone to so much trouble with all the painting, and everything. It would be nice if they could get a whole day of the President.

  34. I keep looking at pictures and thinking I’d like to change my avatar, too, but I really like the one I have.

  35. Yes it is, LL! Long-term strategy in action but if anyone had paid attention to what the PL and their supporters were saying about health care reform that “wasn’t good enough”…does anyone think this would have been possible if nothing had been done?

  36. She’s just trying to get attention but I refuse to click on any article with her name on it, and give her a second wind. Just let her fade into the sunset like she’s been doing….

  37. I will be gobsmacked — and a bit smug — if my state gets this right. Thank goodness we elected a Dem governor and increased Dem majorities in both houses of the Legislature.

  38. Theo, it will be May 23rd. No, he will only be in Moneygall a short time after being helicoptered in and right back out. They would love a whole day, but it is not to be. At least he will be staying overnight and so get a state dinner with the President probably.
    Security for his visit and the visit of Queen Elizabeth will come to something like 30 million Euro [over 43 million US$] with 1,000 Guarda [police] and army watching over.

  39. OSG, I read a piece on GlobalPost.com where the richer northern European electorates are turning towards nationalist parties because of the Eurozone crisis. The True Finn party is even saying that Finland should leave the euro. Is this something those of us on this side of the Pond should worry about?

  40. Thanks, Theo67…

    PBHO IS speakin’; he’s gettin’ cheered!

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.More, Together! (h/t Bobfr)😉
    YES.WE.CAN…Move America Forward & Win The Future!
    YES.WE.CAN, Again Make History…Obama/Biden 2012!

  41. No, I don’t think so at the moment, LL. The True Finn party doesn’t want to help out Greece, Portugal and Ireland, but they really have no choice. They could vote no, but it would be tantamount to the Republicans voting not to raise the debt ceiling in the US. Greece makes noises about pulling out of the EU, but that would be a disaster for them. Just a high noise level right now. I’d be gobsmacked if either of those events happened.

  42. Good to see you, sir.
    Hope the troops at Ft. Bliss are not the only Texans who will have the chance to meet you before the 2012 election season really gets underway.
    That was no slouch of a speech you gave, Mr. President.
    Texas shouldn’t be in the business of breaking up families, either …

  43. Durin’ and after rousin’ applause, PBHO was “toutin'” his accomplishments…

    But, like the new DNC Chair (Debbie W. Schultz), WE should be doin’ that for him:

    http://tinyurl.com/65obqzw Via @TheDemocrats

    And, like in El Paso, it was a great speech!

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.More, Together! (h/t Bobfr)😉
    YES.WE.CAN…Move America Forward & Win The Future!
    YES.WE.CAN, Again Make History…Obama/Biden 2012

    Fired Up, Ready to Go!🙂

  44. Greetings Everyone

    I missed the speech, so anxiously await the entire thing so I can slice and dice it into pieces we can share in stories to come.

    Until then here are our Pres’s comments at the Miami Dade speech.

  45. Pelosi and Reid to introduce DREAM ACT bill on Wednesday.

    //The Senate is now even more heavily Republican, and Republicans control the House. That means immigration reform can’t happen unless they cooperate. Nonetheless, Senate Democrats plan to reintroduce the DREAM Act on Wednesday, with their counterparts in the House following suit. Given Republican opposition the bills likely won’t get far, but Obama will try to make certain voters know who to blame.//

    http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/05/10/general-us-obama-immigration_8459736.html

  46. They always do. When something major happens for POTUS, the right wing + the professional left will work in concert to try to insert a metric ton of negativity into the story, and there will be an attack upon FLOTUS and/or the weeMichelles. There are just some really out of control, despicable political players who are taking advantage of the chaos in the national media in which the refs are no longer refereeing the game at all or setting standards of unacceptable conduct (see, the Trump “campaign” and the media attention he received for acting as if he’s a birther). Thus fundamentalists and extremists are constantly pushing the envelope of decent discourse. This is not an easy time to live through in some respects.

  47. That’s a great plan to make it crystal clear that it is the GOP obstructing on this issue. It’s also an opportunity for the likely GOP presidential candidates to have to weigh in (I’m particularly interested in hearing Rubio’s analysis).

  48. Wonderful pics. Where are the big bad cowboys with the ten gallon hats, big belt buckles, and boots? LOL

  49. Finally Dems are starting to make the point that SS doesn’t contribute to the deficit so don’t talk about it in relation to the deficit. It’s about time.

  50. IIRC if all the Dems had voted for the DREAM Act in December it would have passed – five Dems voted against it and five Republicans voted for it (or something like that).

    I think it’s just as you say to let folks know who stands where, but I also think it’s to put Heller on the spot in Nv. Berkley is part of the Reid machine and Reid will try to help her out by scheduling tough votes for Heller now that he’s in the Senate. Heller needed to get out of the House because of Boehner having red meat teabagger bills, but now he’s in the situation where Reid can stick it to him with votes that he knows will be popular in Nv that Heller will have to vote against.

  51. They are going to throw things up in front of the GOP every chance they get to make them declare. And be sure every vote is being monitored and will be brought up next year.

  52. This is a good strategy and making the best of a really unproductive session of congress. When I think of what might have been with Speaker Pelosi still in charge, had we been able to convince swing voters that the spending was worth it, it was not a sell-out, those reform bills will improve and save lives; we could be accelerating the recovery rather than just trying desperately to keep the GOP from reversing it…

  53. “…five Dems voted against it and five Republicans voted for it (or something like that).”

    Yes, five +1 Senate Dems voted against it: (a cloture vote)

    Baucus
    Tester
    Hagan
    Pryor
    Ben Nelson

    Manchin (NV, skipped it 4 a Christmas party!)

    And, it was three Senate GOP voted for it:

    Lugar
    MurKowski
    Bennet

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1210/46573.html

  54. I wonder if Lugar will vote against it now given his teabagger challenge or vote for it again. Lee will of course not vote for it (replaced Bennet of course). I assume Murkowski will vote for it again. I’d expect those same Dems to vote against it again as well.

    I’d love for the Dems to explain how they lost six votes on it unless there was behind the scenes gamesmanship that would have seen Bennet, Luger and Murkowski vote against it if they needed to or something and once it was known to fail the other Dems bailed.

    Basically this basically though votes for Heller and Brown. Forget cloture, Dems wouldn’t have the votes for a straight up or down vote anymore.

    I can’t see the strategy in this.

    How can the Dems get it to the floor in the House?

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  56. It seems only fitting to juxtapose these two videos:

    With today’s speech by President Obama in El Paso:

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  57. Boehner is running around declaring that ending tax cuts “off the table”, but everything else is still on. Now President Obama has earned my trust on budgetary matters, but given that Immigration Reform doesn’t have a snowballs chance in hell of passing the Boehner House, I’d rather the focus be on messaging about the Ryan Budget and the GOP’s desire to give millionaires and billionaires tax cuts while destroying medicare to pay for it. Now maybe President Obama is focusing on Immigration to take some of the focus off the budget to let the Biden-led commission have some breathing room away from the spotlight. Maybe he knows that ending the tax cuts isn’t going to happen – but he dangled that to give Boehner a “win” he could eventually take back to his side. But when Boehner and the GOP are talking about the deficit and making budget demands while the Dems are off talking about immigration that has no chance of going anywhere, when the next big vote is going to be the debt ceiling vote and the GOP are lazer focused with their messaging and 60% of the population doesn’t know the first thing about the debt ceiling to the point they support not raising it – I think the Administration and Dems need to focus on educating folks about the debt ceiling vote and what it means – if it’s polling 60% it gives Boehner strong ground to use it for his political games – if folks learn what it would mean and how important it is than Boehner would have much less ground to stand on.

    This is a game of chicken the GOP is playing – but it’s more like the December tax cuts negotiation than the FY2011 budget because with the FY2011 budget debate the stakes weren’t as high and the GOP would be blamed for the temporary shutdown. The debt ceiling vote is more like the tax cuts expiring for all – but at a much, much higher level and GOP believe President Obama blinked then.

    The Dems need to educate people on how dangerous Boehner and the GOP are being – otherwise they’ll keep pushing the issue from a position of strength.

  58. To be honest, I don’t remember what I was watching this AM, doing some channel surfing before I went off to work, but there are no liberal leaning shows on at that time.

    Anway, the showed Boehner giving his speech last night before a Wall Street group, and th commentator said, “I bet Wall Street didn’t like what they were hearing from Boehner.”

    I think Obama is letting Boehner do all his posturing, knowing the big money folks are going to reign him in at the end, and that makes Boehner look even worse.

  59. Excellent points made. I agree 100%. Messaging, messaging, messaging and educating, educating, educating! Come on Plouffe. I want to trust them, but do agree with the points you made, SR.

  60. Fabulous photos — some are positively delicious🙂. Others are iconic (like the flag photo). Texas looks good on our Prez — dare we hope it goes blue in 2012?

    —-PJ (temporary detente…60 Minutes and Lawrence O’Donnell…for now)

  61. Hope you will all be doing better. These first few days are the longest. Know that lots of support is coming your way. Virtual hugs (((((((hugs))))) coming your way!!!

  62. A Tweet from my new favorite Twitterer:

    @JeffersonObama: Omar Bin Laden will probably get Glenn Greenwald to lead the suit against US Govt. Probably do it for free, or he’ll pay Omar. #p2

  63. Just heard the last part of the speech but what I heard was great. I am so excited. I love, love, love the pictures.

    I am also so excited for the trip to Ireland.

  64. Boehner is caught between a rock and a hard place, IMO. He either bows to Wall Street or the teabaggers. I’m betting on Wall Street. Wall Street understands that holding the full faith and credit of the United States of America hostage is not an option.

  65. Right in my backyard. I ‘ve said before, I’ll say it again: Obamanos!

  66. amk, have you seen this: here’s a “good” dfox diary, check it out everyone: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/05/09/974445/-Have-You-No-Shame,-Greenwald

    dkos “debates” whether it’s hot or not to equate bin Laden’s legal killing with whether someone can “legally” assault President Obama. I think that the whole purpose of this “debate” was to push the violence against POTUS envelope.

    That space is just disgusting, it’s just gone. It’s a house of horrors. At this point, can we please leave these people behind? Enough.

  67. gn Yes, I saw that and other counter diary by that perpetual Obama basher mizner or whatevah. Posted my $ 0.02 on that nutjob gg.

  68. amk sweetie, how can you be around these awful people? It’s so not worth it! I know that you don’t agree and I can understand the compelling nature of your argument but man, they just reached a new low. I just…how could this site owner have become such a rabid beast to host this madness? President Obama has kids…I just, if ever you consider leaving there entirely, you’ve got my applause, honey. I’ll stop the badgering now, but just a warning to people following dkos links; that is not a good space and please know that your click, even to a “benevolent” diary there, is adding to some really horrible stuff, you guys. They are horrific.

  69. gn, it’s a dirty job, but some one has to push back in that site before the negative narrative takes over and is then repeated ad nauseum by the pathetic media as ‘progressive’ talking points. I personally have been responsible for a few of the trolls there getting banned.🙂

  70. Take this quiz to see how you stack up ideoligically with the rest of the nation:

    http://people-press.org/typology/quiz/

    Some things to note:

    1) I am a “strong liberal” as is 14% of the country. This does not include “Democrats”, “Dem Leaning Indies”, etc..(as Lawrence McDonnel has said so many times the majority of America is not self described “liberal”, so to make real liberal progress will require smarts and strategy, ala Mr. Obama)

    2) Although the majority of the country still disagress with us Libs on some issues, here are some where a majority of NON-Libs agree with us:

    –Business makes too much profit (54%)
    –Good diplomacy is the best way to ensure peace (58%)
    –The growing number of newcomers from other countries strengthens American society (52%)
    –Homosexuality should be accepted by society (58%!)

    I think this shows that the timing is right for Obama to make some serious progress in his 2nd term, on things like tax rates for the wealthy, peace and progress in the middle east, immigration reform and gay marriage.

    And I think Mr. Obama has shown he has the moxie and the smarts to move in on these targets.

  71. I have to agree with the previous comments, if you haven’t seen today’s speech on immigration reform, check it out.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2011/05/10/building-21st-century-immigration-system

    Also, too, from a strategic standpoint it’s starting to makes sense why Obama is NOW pushing this reform: When the Dems had 60 votes in the Senate douchebags like Evan Bayh would have shot it down, immigration reform would have failed, and Dems AS WELL AS the GOP would have failed hispanic voters

    Now, the President can push for this reform and although it still won’t pass as before the blame with be exclusively the GOP’s.

    Smart man. Smart, smart man.

  72. Damn. After watching President Obama’s speech on immigration I realized just how spoiled we are.

    This speech made by any other President would be regarded as a remarkable speech. A potentially historic speech. But with President Obama it’s just another day at the office. Just another amazing speech describes what America is all about and what we need to do to make it even better and stronger.

    Most Presidents are lucky to make 1 of these types of memorable speeches during their entire Presidency. Obama does it everytime he steps up to the mic. Wow.

  73. President Barack Obama’s approval rating has hit its highest point in two years — 60 per cent — and more than half of Americans now say he deserves to be re-elected, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll taken after U.S. forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden….
    52 per cent also now like how he’s handling the nation’s stubbornly high 9 per cent unemployment.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5gAHf_gbcSVotL-FHJnEvdb1vMQiw?docId=6815592

  74. I can certainly understand and appreciate that amk. Please excuse the nagging. But with that little skit in which they chose to bring that poison to a large audience, debate it back and forth, then kiss and make up afterwards, was one of the most revolting things which I’ve ever seen and it scares me, how much I hold both of those diarists in utter contempt. I wasn’t upset with the Trump attention-seeking even, but that just truly upset me, even knowing that the point was to upset people and get attention. I can’t believe that the media trolls such a space for “progressive” talking points, a space which entertains such madness.

    As I said, honey if you ever leave you get a round of applause from me. But I certainly do understand (and appreciate) your reasoning for sticking around and pushing back against the insanity.

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