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04

Aug

We did some things that were wrong. We did a whole lot of things that were right… but we tortured some folks.

President Obama at a news conference on Friday rationalizing US torture practices after 9/11.

Obama also said those who committed acts of torture “had a tough job” & “are real patriots.”

(via thepeoplesrecord)

03

Aug

(Source: sandandglass)

02

Aug

Obama readies executive action on immigration

Our Congress should stop standing in the way of our country’s success.

Obama in a live press conference at the White House (via brooklynmutt)

Amen.

(Source: micdotcom)

We tortured some folks.
President Obama speaking from the White House today, acknowledging the CIA’s use of brutal interrogation tactics in the years after the Sept. 11 attack. It’s not the first time Obama has used the word “torture” to describe the tactics used at CIA-run secret prisons during the Bush administration, but his words today were more direct than previous statements. (via latimes)

31

Jul

Caption Contest: What’s going on this gif?

washingtonpost:

image

Tell us going on in this gif of Barack Obama meeting with Sen. McConnell and other lawmakers.

Submit your guesses now in reblogs or replies below! 

Obviously McConnell is saying some nonsense about impeachment and Obama is laughing because the GOP is a joke.

30

Jul

whitehouse:

President Obama’s got some advice for Republicans in Congress: Help expand opportunity for more Americans.

29

Jul

He should have been talking about himself, shouldn’t he? I don’t know why he’s saying what he’s saying, and clearly we don’t need that kind of vitriol and finger pointing. We need to come together as a nation. We have a lot of big problems facing us… One of the things we’ve lost over the last few years is that idea where we’re going to have our differences but when we face problems, whether they’re humanitarian problems, terrorist problems, whatever they might be, we need to come together and work together and we need to have a nonpartisan approach and he keeps trying to inject a personal and partisan approach where it doesn’t belong.
Hillary Clinton in response to former Vice President Dick Cheney’s Wall Street Journal op-ed in which he criticized President Obama by saying, “rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.”

27

Jul

July 27, 2004: Then Illinois State Senator Barack Obama delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.

"There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America — there’s the United States of America."

via CSPAN

15

Jul

musaafer:

Israeli Ambassador at the White House Iftar, y’all. Why he’s even there in the first place is beyond me. (Would they invite a representative of the Palestinian people to a White House Shabbat and then have Obama tell people that Palestinians have a very clear right to defend themselves?)
I wonder what all those people opposed to a boycott of this Iftar did. They finally got their “chance,” their “seat at the table,” their “opportunity to “speak to policy makers and influence policy,” their “foot in the door,” their “engagement with the government,” their “chance to speak truth.” 
Did they? Did they speak truth to power, did they call out Obama, did they call out this dude who literally thinks Islam is inherently violent? Did they stand up for what was right or quietly sip their water as genocide continues? Did they talk “about these issues on behalf of our community” “precisely because the people adversely affected by these policies cannot be present,” as Keith Ellison boasted? Was this enough to get up and walk out? Or was a seat at the table more important than values?
Oh wait, I forget - MPAC endorses the two-state solution and rejects BDS, so it was the perfect crowd (albeit not all MPAC folks) to preach this kind of stuff to. 
Shame, shame. 

musaafer:

Israeli Ambassador at the White House Iftar, y’all. Why he’s even there in the first place is beyond me. (Would they invite a representative of the Palestinian people to a White House Shabbat and then have Obama tell people that Palestinians have a very clear right to defend themselves?)

I wonder what all those people opposed to a boycott of this Iftar did. They finally got their “chance,” their “seat at the table,” their “opportunity to “speak to policy makers and influence policy,” their “foot in the door,” their “engagement with the government,” their “chance to speak truth.” 

Did they? Did they speak truth to power, did they call out Obama, did they call out this dude who literally thinks Islam is inherently violent? Did they stand up for what was right or quietly sip their water as genocide continues? Did they talk “about these issues on behalf of our community” “precisely because the people adversely affected by these policies cannot be present,” as Keith Ellison boasted? Was this enough to get up and walk out? Or was a seat at the table more important than values?

Oh wait, I forget - MPAC endorses the two-state solution and rejects BDS, so it was the perfect crowd (albeit not all MPAC folks) to preach this kind of stuff to. 

Shame, shame. 

(Source: redphilistine)