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Posted by Clio the Leo in General Discussion: Presidency
Fri Jun 25th 2010, 08:50 PM
WASHINGTON - JUNE 25: U.S. President Barack Obama (C) walks toward Marine One after speaking to the media before departing the White House on June 25, 2010 in Washington, DC. President Obama is traveling to Muskoka, Canada to attend the G-8 and G-20 Summits.

World Vision protesters dressed as U.S. President Barack Obama, (L) France President Nicolas Sarkozy and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) participate in a demonstration while standing on stilts on the town dock of Huntsville, Ontario

President Barack Obama is greeted upon his arrival in Toronto, Friday, June 25, 2010, for the World Summit.

Today's summit is brought to you by the letter "G" and the number "8."
President Barack Obama is greeted by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper upon his arrival for the G8 and G20 summit at the Deerhurst Resort is Huntsville, Ontario. Canada, Friday, June 25, 2010.

U.S. President Barack Obama smiles as he sits with other leaders during a G8 session with African Outreach leaders at the G8 Summit at the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario, June 25, 2010. Pictured with Obama are (L-R) Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Ato Meles Zenawi, Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Wonder what they did with the Gordon Brown head?
Oxfam protesters dressed as (L-R) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, United States President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel pose for photographers on the town dock of Huntsville, Ontario

Obama: "So you see, BP, formerly known as British Petroleum, has really screwed up by failing to safeguard their oil rig." Cameron: "So you see, the US, formerly known as the Colonies of America, has really screwed up by putting so much of their water around our oil rig."
Heads of state and world leaders walk to the 2010 G8 Summit family photo at the Deerhurst Resort at Muskoka, in Huntsville, Ontario, June 25, 2010. From (L-R) Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, EU President Jose Manuel Barroso, U.S. President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

TORONTO, ON - JUNE 25: Two women stop to watch U.S. President Barack Obama and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on a giant live video screen inside the G20 International Media Centre on June 25, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. The live video feed projected official events from the G8 summit in Muskoka, Ontario, into the media center back in Toronto.

"Ok, then you go like this ... 'Hey! Macarena!'"

"So you think I'm trying to DESTROY BP? That is F-ing HILARIOUS!"

"You know, I STILL cannot believe that the only person McChrystal didn't say anything about was YOU!"
US National Security Adviser Jim Jones (L) speaks with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel

"No, not 'high-five' it's 'fist-bump.'"

"Now remember, we gotta keep our EYES off the booty this time!

"Focus! Focus!! Eyes Up!!!!"

"Good job!"

"Now I know how that Palin woman feels. I can see the President of Russia's shoes from this platform."

And one more for the ages....
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Posted by Clio the Leo in General Discussion: Presidency
Mon Nov 16th 2009, 07:34 PM
(Sorry this is a few days late.)

Friday, the First Lady stuck her baby toe into the HCR pond for one of the first times. I think the admin has been very cautious to have her champion policy matters for the obvious reason. But she has political capitol to spare and the current state of health insurance coverage really IS something that I think affects women even a bit more adversely than men (as our latest controversy shows.) So I was glad to see this. I strongly encourage you to read her ENTIRE remarks at the link provided.

But I also want to thank the women who spoke today -- to Kelly and Fran and Judy -- for sharing their stories. What theyíve been through isnít easy, and Iím grateful that they have been brave enough and open enough to share their stories with all of us. It takes a lot of courage.

These stories touch our hearts. They spark in us just a fundamental sense of unfairness. But the sad truth is none of these stories are unique. These kinds of stories are being told in city after city, town after town, all across America. Theyíre being told by women who lost their coverage when their husband lost a job, or their husband passed away. Theyíre being told by women who arenít getting regular checkups because itís simply too expensive. Theyíre being told my women living on fixed incomes who canít afford the prescription drugs that they need.

All of these stories reflect the fundamental reality -- and that is, women are among those struggling most under the status quo, the way things are. And women are among those who will benefit most from health insurance reform because the truth is that women, we have a special relationship with our health care system. In a lot of families thatís true because we are the health care system in so many ways. (Laughter.)

Eight in 10 mothers say theyíre the ones responsible for choosing their childrenís doctors, taking them to appointments, and managing the follow-up care. And over 10 percent of all women are now caring for a sick or elderly relative.

Our entire lives as women, we are asked to bear much of the responsibility for our familyís health and well-being. And yet, we often face special challenges when it comes to our own health insurance. Part of it has to do with the fact that women are more likely than men to do part-time work or to work in a small business -- in jobs that are less likely to offer the kind of insurance that you really need. In fact, over half of all women in this country donít have the option of getting insurance through the workplace at all.

But even women who do have insurance face inequities under the status quo. Because women make less than 80 cents for every dollar their male coworkers make, itís more difficult for them to pay their premiums -- especially when studies show that theyíre paying far more than men for the same coverage.

And I donít think anyone here will be surprised to learn that a recent study found that one-third of all women have either used up savings, taken on debt, or given up basic necessities just to pay their medical bills. And as many of you know firsthand, these kinds of problems -- the problems of coverage and cost -- only grow worse when you get older, making quality, affordable coverage harder to come by just -- as weíve seen today and heard today -- just when you need it the most.


Right now, millions of seniors face huge out-of-pocket costs when their spending on drugs falls within a coverage gap. My husband is committed to closing that gap, which will save some seniors, as youíve heard, thousands of dollars on medications and make prescription drugs more affordable for millions of older Americans. (Applause.)

So what weíre talking about -- affordable prescription drugs for Americans who need them; Medicare thatís protected today and tomorrow; stability and security for Americans who have insurance; quality, affordable coverage for Americans who donít. Thatís what reform will mean for older women, for seniors, and for all Americans. So thatís why I believe in this so strongly. Thatís why I believe in this so strongly.

But in the end, Iím not here just as a First Lady. Thatís not why Iím doing this. I am here because Iím a daughter. Iím here because I have an extraordinary mother who is 72 years old -- young. (Laughter and applause.) And I know there are countless women in this country who have loved ones who feel the same way about them as I do about my mother.

And when all is said and done, part of why I believe so strongly in reforming our health care system is because of the difference it will make for these women who gave us life -- so simple -- these women who raised us, these women who supported us through the years. They deserve better than the status quo. They deserve a health care system that heals them and lifts them up.

And thatís what my husband is committed to doing, to building that kind of system in the weeks and months to come. So thank you all. Thank you for sharing your stories. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication, for listening, for being a part -- and letís get to work. Thank you so much.

(MUCH more here)

WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 13: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) shares a moment with Fran Garfinkle (R) of Bethesda, Maryland, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and currently receiving Medicare and Social Security, during an East Room event November 13, 2009 at the White House in Washington, DC. The event focused on the issues older women facing in the health insurance market.

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Posted by Clio the Leo in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sat Sep 26th 2009, 12:54 AM
Inspired by....

Obama knew all along that Iran had a secret uranium factory. He may be more of a master strategist than his foes--and even his friends--have realized.

The key to understanding today's announcement on Iran is this: President Obama knew about the secret Iranian facility nine months ago. Before he began his strategy of engagement, he knew Iran was lying about its program. When he extended his hand in friendship, he knew Iran had built a secret factory to enrich uranium. Before he offered direct talks, he knew Iran was hiding a nuclear weapons breakout capability.

Each move was denounced as "weak" and "naÔve" by the right. That talk looks foolish today. These were the moves of chess master, carefully positioning pieces on the board, laying a trap, and springing it at the opportune moment.

We now know that Obama was not acting on impulse, or philosophy or general principles, but on deep strategy. He knew better than his critics that Ahmadinejad could not be trusted. He just had a better plan for how to deal with him.

Read more at:

Remember when he sat down with Al-Arabiya for his FIRST interview as President?

It was because he knew.

Remember when he recorded the Nowruz "Happy New Year" message to Iran?

It was because he knew.

Remember when we got up early to watch him in Prague imploring the world to move toward nuclear disarmament?

So today I am announcing a new international effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear material around the world within four years. We will set new standards, expand our cooperation with Russia, pursue new partnerships to lock down these sensitive materials.

It was because he knew.

Remember when we got up again to watch him speak in Cairo? Remember how the wingnuts went crazy because every other word was "Holy Quran"?

There will be many issues to discuss between (the US and Iran), and we are willing to move forward without preconditions on the basis of mutual respect. But it is clear to all concerned that when it comes to nuclear weapons, we have reached a decisive point. This is not simply about America's interests. It is about preventing a nuclear arms race in the Middle East that could lead this region and the world down a hugely dangerous path.

It was because he knew.

Remember when the White House was able to get Twitter to put a planned outage on hold in order to accomodate the Iranian protestors?

It was because he knew.

Remember last week, when he told NATO allies he was scaling back plans to build a missle defense shield in Europe?

Publicly, Obama administration officials denied that the decision was about Russia. But privately in the Pentagon, officials said they believed Moscow could be persuaded to use its leverage to pressure Tehran. "It's not about Russia. It's about Iran and how do you deal with Iran," a Defense official said. "Who can deal with Iran? Russia."

It was because he knew.

Remember three days ago when we were laughing about how gleeful he seemed at the admission by President Medvedev that Russia was willing to support sanctions against Iran?

It was because he knew.

Some like to mock the notion of "Obama as Grand Chess Master." I would submit he knows FAR more about what he's doing than even we give him credit for.

Or in other words.......

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Posted by Clio the Leo in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Mon Aug 17th 2009, 09:32 PM
.... until now!!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!!!
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