Happy Birthday, America. Happy Birthday, Malia

Hi guys,

Happy 4th to you all. WH party starts at 6:30 PM ET, PBO will deliver remarks.


So yesterday, for the first time in 6-7 months, I clicked on a DK diary, because TiMT is my hero, and he’s doing a heroic job over there, and he’s very very sweet to me, and, most importantly, it seems like there are still many many PBO supporters among the non-stop bashers. I even looked quickly through the comments, and had to bring these two here:

Little Lulu:

This president has saved my friend’s son’s life by bringing him home from Iraq after three re-ups under Jr. This president’s stimulus package saved our small business so we could rehire the employees we had to fire after Jr.’s recession almost shut us down. This president’s healthcare reform has provided health insurance for our employees through their parents’ policies because they’re under 26 years of age and that’s just my personal story. Millions of Americans have jobs thanks to this president saving the American auto industry. Oh, and thanks for killing the bastard who gave Jr. all he needed to hand our economy over to his ultra-wealthy pals.


i appreciate my president….. because he is the one that gave me hope in the political system again. He showed me that if we just get out and vote we can cause real change. I appreciate the president for all he has done on GLBT issues. i write this comment in honor and memory of Thomas Chamberlain, my first love and boyfriend who died of AIDS in 1993. He would have been so proud to have voted for our first black president. When i see Barack Obama’s smile i see Thomas’ smile. I love you thomas.

Also, if you still didn’t read Zizi’s and Deaniac’s excellent stuff – You really should, and don’t forget: #mediafail.


Happy Birthday, child.

CNN: President Obama to announce plan to pull 30,000 troops out of Afghanistan

If true, that’s a nice number, even if I hoped for a more rapid pace.

Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama is expected to announce this week that 30,000 U.S. “surge” forces will be fully withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of 2012, an administration official has told CNN.
Obama will deliver his highly anticipated speech on the troop drawdown on Wednesday.


The president is expected, in his remarks Wednesday, to stress the importance of preserving flexibility in force levels on the ground so commanders can adjust as conditions warrant, the official said.
The drawdown will be accomplished by troops returning home and not being replaced as well as canceling some proposed deployments.

// more