March 3rd, 2011
08:27 PM ET

Obama's long-distance phone call

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama made a really long-distance phone call on Wednesday evening when he talked to astronauts aboard the space shuttle Discovery.

Mr. Obama congratulated the twelve crew members of the Discovery and International Space Station. “We are always inspired by the images of you at work as you put some of the final pieces to make the ISS fully operational," Obama said. "You are setting such a great example with your dedication, your courage, your commitment to exploration.”  According to Space Station commander Scott Kelly, the retiring shuttle has been into space 38 or 39 times for a total of 365 days. He also told the president about how different countries had contributed to the construction of the space station and how that was a testimony of how countries can work together.

“All these countries put together probably the most complex thing ever built and built it in space and put it all together. And you know what, everything fit the first time we tried it,” Kelly said.

The president asked about an R2 robot that was on board and how it could inspire students in science and technology. The astronauts told him that the robot had recently been pulled out of a module but was currently packed away. “Come on guys, unpack the guy!” the president joked.

The president also mentioned that he recently spoke to Kelly’s twin brother Mark about the “incredible progress” of Mark’s wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Mark Kelly is scheduled to lead the shuttle Endeavour’s last mission next month.

Topics: NASA • President Obama • The News

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  1. Jay in NC

    According to CNN, Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator, told Al-Jazeera "President Obama charged me with three things. One, he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math; he wanted me to expand our international relationships; and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math and engineering."

    Barry killed the space shuttle, killed the return to the moon 2020, and grounded our rockets so we can make the Muslims feel good. It is sad to imagine President Kennedy's speech with Barry's directive. .... We choose to go make the Muslim nations feel good. We choose to make them feel good in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard...

    March 4, 2011 at 2:34 am |
    • XWngLady

      Wow! Your short-sightedness is astounding...President Obama grounded the space shuttle and nixed the return to the moon because it didn't make fiscal or strategic sense...Also, I guess you missed the part about re-inspiring children in math & science and expanding international relationships (something I imagine you don't have an appreciation for the importance of in this era of globalization)...Furthermore, his point was that we are able to do what we do at NASA because of the great contributions that Muslims (Arab and otherwise) have made to math and science. Did you know that many of the algebraic methods that we use today were developed by Muslims [i.e. Persians (Iranian) and Babylonians (Iraqs)? The words algebra and algorithm are derived from Arabic....Its amazing how people are so unwilling to give honor where it is due and to reach out to others in order to build, keep or maintain the peace. Thank you Pres. Obama for having enough character and not being so insecure and egotistical that you can't reach out to others.

      March 4, 2011 at 10:54 am |
      • Jay in NC

        Of course we should give honor to those civilizations that contributed to our knowledge. I can think of no other greater honer than to apply that knowledge. No need to close shop. The best way to inspire kids is by example. Grounding the space shuttle was short sided. How do you purpose we maintain our 'spy' satellites? Maybe outsource that to China, Iraq or Iran?

        March 4, 2011 at 11:45 am |
      • blaqmajik

        XWINGLADY...thank you for being the intelligent lady that you are.

        March 4, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • Spacey man

      Why is it that comments with a void of ideas and correct information always resort to some sort of weird name calling?

      March 5, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
      • JoeyTx

        FYI! the space station is a joint operation. American cannot and should not fund world development by itself so everyone else could benefit without some contribution. As far as the Shuttle is concerned its days are over. You simply cannot keep operating a 40 year old vehicle that saps all the funding, you will never be able to build the future vehicle. park this dinasour and start putting that money to new vehicle.

        March 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  2. Brandon

    The emperor keeps parading around with no clothes on and our state-run media simply ignores it. Just a reminder of the gaffs, blunders and crazy things our narcissist in chief has done over his two-year reign that were and are completely ignored by the media.

    If George W. Bush had doubled the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved? Repost from a recent article found in my mail box.

    If George W.. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had criticized a state law that he admitted he never even read, would you think that he is just an ignorant hot head?
    If George W. Bush joined the country of Mexico and sued a state in the United States to force that state to continue to allow illegal immigration, would you question his patriotism and wonder who's side he was on?
    If George Bush had pronounced the Marine Corps like Marine Corpse would you think him an idiot?
    if George W. Bush had put 87,000 workers out of work by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling on companies that have one of the best safety records of any industry because one company had an accident would you have agreed?
    If George W. Bush had used a forged document as the basis of the moratorium that would render 87000 American workers unemployed would you support him?
    If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a TelePrompTer installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?
    If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in NYC, would you have approved?
    If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan's holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?
    If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?
    If George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?
    If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?
    If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia , would you have approved?
    If George W.. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the nonexistent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?
    If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes, would you have approved?
    If George W. Bush had stated that there were 57 states in the United States , would you have said that he is clueless.
    If George W. Bush would have flown all the way to Denmark to make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him walking out his front door in Texas , would you have thought he was a self important, conceited, egotistical jerk.
    If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, would you have winced in embarrassment?
    If George W. Bush had misspelled the word "advice" would you have hammered him for it for years like Dan Quayle and potatoes as proof of what a dunce he is?
    If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?
    If George W. Bush's administration had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on 9-11?
    If George W.. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans , would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence?
    If George W. Bush had created the position of 32 Czars who report directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is happening in America , would you have approved.
    If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?

    So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? Can't think of anything? Don't worry. He's done all this in 21 months - so you'll have two years and two months to come up with an answer.

    Every statement is factual and directly attributable to Barrack Hussein Obama. Every bumble is a matter of record and completely verifiable.

    March 4, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Very good Brandon, that is quite the list. The Liberals that support Barry are hypocrites. Hopefully, soon, they will wake up from their daze and see him for what he really is, just a man.

      March 4, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
      • blaqmajik

        Not just a man, THE MAN, and at least he is a man, I belive someone called Bush the devil "I can still smell the sulfur" LOL

        March 4, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • XWngLady

      OMG. There are so many false statements, misinformation and flat out lies in this piece, there is not enough time or room to rebutt them all, not to mention that there are whole published books on Bush's malaprops and we are STILL trying to dig out of the abyss that Bush and cronies dug us into....I will simply say to anyone that is actually interested in any of this diatribe to actually look up EACH one of these claims (and NOT on fox news or conservative websites) and get the ENTIRE story. Dittohead

      March 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Please just take the time to name one statement that is false.

        March 4, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
      • XWngLady

        One of the more ridiculous examples – "first President to need a TelePrompTer installed to be able to get through a press conference" Really? So how could Pres. Obama possibly graduate Harvard Law as the President of the Harvard Law Review, subsequently teach Constitutional Law at a University, run for and serve as State Senator (which by the way is the same level of government as a Governor) for 8 years, run for and win a US Senate Seat and run a Presidential campaign (and win) which included many town hall meetings, debates, interviews, etc. that did not include teleprompters and NOT be able to do a press conference without a teleprompter. Its just plain FALSE. Pres. Obama is very articulate. FAR FAR more than Pres. Bush ever was even with a teleprompter.

        March 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        There are many, many of examples of Barry relying on a teleprompter at town hall meetings, press conference. Just search , they are easy to find. Also this news story from tells about his unusual dependence on the device.

        AOL reported that he even takes it when talking to school children.

        NYTimes reported that "Mr. Obama uses them for routine announcements..."

        Ask your self, how many talks have you seen Barry give where he moves his head back and forth like at a tennis match? You can thank the teleprompter for that awkward presidential bobbing. When it breaks down he is often lost. Once he even thanked himself.

        The question is if he uses one to get through a news conference. Every news conference I could find included him using a teleprompter. On June 22, 2009, the questions were pre-screened. He read his answers from the teleprompter. Please take a look at some of these examples let us know what you think.

        March 4, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
      • Din Weez

        And how simplistic to point to the need for a teleprompter! Every professional who delivers lengthy presentations or speeches would love to have a teleprompter! Not because they do not understand or believe in their content...but because they want to stay focused and stay on message. Ronald Regan used a teleprompter...George Bush used index cards (and not very well, I might add). Using a teleprompter (if you are good at it) can help you maintain eye contact with your goodness, some people will truly criticize anything for political purposes!

        March 8, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
      • Akashe

        This is a few days late, but Jay, it's not XWngLady's responsibility to prove your statements false, it's your responsibility to prove each of them correct.

        March 9, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • Betty

      Brandon ,Most people dont like how Obama is running this country .They are trying to figure out how to stop him ,No one sees away to make him do his job and stop taking expensive vacations and spending money that is being printed for him to live hig on the hog .And his wife spening money on all she wants to spendin g it on makes the obamas no better than carpetbaggers and high dollar welfare bumbs .Change we sure got change hes buring this country alive and dont even care .As soon as hes out of office hes moving to hawaii and to heck with us .He needs to be impeached and soon .If you got better ideas let all know .I just with the news media would step up and tell truth instead of covering up for the carpetbaggers .

      March 5, 2011 at 9:58 am |
      • Din Weez

        Once again, Betty, facts take a back seat:
        of the recent Presidents (going back to Carter), in their first year in office (not including Camp David):
        Carter spent 19 days on vacation (1.6 days per month)
        Reagan spent 42 days on vacation (3.5 days per month)
        Bush Sr. spent 40 days on vacation (3.3 days per month)
        Clinton spent 21 days on vacation (1.8 days per month)
        Bush Jr. spent 77 days on vacation (6.4 days per month)
        Obama spent 26 days on vacation (2.2 days per month)
        And before anyone leaps on the qualifier "not including Camp David," Obama spent an additional 27 days at Camp David. Bush Jr. spent an additional 78 days at Camp David.

        March 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • Howard

      At least the corrupt politicians of the past had a modicum of taste and decorum, and at least tried to cover up their questionable behavior ... Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Holder, and Napolitano flaunt their arrogant disdain for the law, and for the American people, right in our faces ... and, the biased mainstream media continues to make excuses for them, and cover their tracks !!!

      March 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • KatR

      In the almost 100 years of the income tax previous Presidents and Congress followed a pattern of raising rates in times of war and lowering them in times of peace. The Bush tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 broke that pattern. Instead of wisely raising taxes during a time when we were in the midst of fighting two wars, Bush and a GOP majority Congress lowered government revenue. Do you approve?

      March 6, 2011 at 9:18 am |
      • Jay in NC

        Look it up, both wars cost less than 750 billion together total. The wars did not put us in debt. It was and still is entitlement spending. History will see your post and see that you are a fool.

        March 6, 2011 at 10:13 am |
    • JoeyTx

      In fact GWB did all those things too and lied about WMD. 4500 service men/women killed, over 40,000 physically injured. This President has character for not going after him and his crew.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • SomeBlueCollarGuy

      I'd really like to see what Bush actually did but help make things that were already bad from 20 years of GOP control on Capitol Hill, worse. The GOP band wagon is just as fraught, if not more responsible for today's problems, share the responsibility and quit reposting someone else's unproven list.

      March 9, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
  3. Howard


    Obama is a corrupt, racist President, who has been systematically
    polarizing the American people, while
    dismantling America's constitution, history, traditions, economy, and
    national defense. In order for America to survive, Obama, and his
    corrupt cronies must be removed from our government as soon as possible !!!

    March 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • blaqmajik

      Obama is not the racist, people who think like you are. You are the one who just can't get with it. Wake up and take off your white sheets.

      March 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
      • Betty

        blq :::Obama is both white and black so how can we be racist .Racist is more in the black people than whites and its time that things got to be even up .If you see and hear a black speaking racist to whites it time to call a spade a spade .Its time for the word RACIST to be layed on the person that is racist and stop accusing whites of being the only racist ones .Obama is the death of this country and I dont care what color hes going by his white side or his black side .He goes by black to get what he wants .and its working for him .,But most of us see him as a white and black person crapping on this country .and running it into the ground .

        March 5, 2011 at 10:07 am |
    • XWngLady

      No my friend. The country was circling the bowl when he took office. As a matter of fact, we were on our way down the pipes. We are at least now back in the bowl and will be out of it soon. But then I guess you don't pay attention to the actual numbers or anything like that....all you can say is "Obama &8%$# Socialist, Obama&^$#@ Granny-Killer, Obama *&^%$ at fault for everything that is wrong with the universe!!!!!"

      March 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • SomeBlueCollarGuy

      Interesting; who did you hear or copy this from? There is way too much plagiarism going about in these replies.

      March 9, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
  4. blaqmajik

    all these anti Obama comments, geeze, I mean it isn't like he…
    started two wars
    put us in debt
    make other countries hate us
    imprison people at gitmo
    have his VP take charge
    Ignore signs of a terrorist attack
    implement the patriot act which took away American freedoms
    steal an election with the help of his brother and father.....
    the list could go on, but unlike some people who can sit here are write a book, I have job to get back to. Peace Haters! And BTW, get use to having this brilliant articulate African-American as your COMMANDER IN CHIEF because he will get 4 more years. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    March 4, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      started two wars.... Barry excilated Afganistan, more people have died and it has cost more money during Barrys 2 years than 7 of President Bush.

      put us in debt.... Actually Barry has spent more money.

      make other countries hate us... All we need is love, right?

      Barry said he was going to close gitmo, yet it is still open.

      Barry renewed and expanded the patriot act.

      steal an election with the help of his brother and father.....( You will have to explain that one, don't know what planet you are on)

      March 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
      • anthony

        all of you people need to really research and stop taking other words as fact. also when you its hard to see the truth.also who cares about the truth when it dont help your case

        March 13, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • Betty

      blq and its not like he has changed anything and has tried to change things for the better .Hes done nothing but spend and waste and he has no common sence at all .And I dont care what color he is hes a loser in a lot of peoples book .

      March 5, 2011 at 10:12 am |
      • julibear

        Sorry to all the Obama Haters on here who claim that the country is sick of him. He is beloved by the majority of the American people and will undoubtedly win again in 2012. Better just lay back and enjoy better schools, healthcare for all, winding down of two wars, banking regulation and investment in infrastructure. Sounds horrible doesn't it?

        March 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        julibear, name one school that is better off because of Barry.

        Healthcare for all, who, prove that anyone or group has received health care because of Barry.

        Winding down two wars? Go back and read your history again, President Bush negotiated the end of the Iraq war, not Barry. He is only following the agreement that was in place before he took office. And Afghanistan? O'Biden said that we will be there as long as they want us.

        Banking regulation, can you name one regulation put in place that has helped?

        Infrastructure, you have got to be kidding, is this the so called shovel ready projects, ha, they did not exist.

        Please just name one of these claims, prove me wrong.

        March 8, 2011 at 10:48 am |
      • anthony

        betty no one was more of a loser than gw also when took office the bus had a surplus his history has shown true ignorance you two must be related

        March 13, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • anthony

      mr magic america has always blamed blacks and everyone else for there fuck ups and stole credits for all goods that has happened sense drunk ass chris came and raped and killed the indians .how can u discover land that is already found now its a crime called burglary

      March 13, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @XWnglady, Jay and Brandon are just two of the 'hypocrites' who like to call us 'hypocrites' to smother their own shortsightedness and disgustingly pitiful memory loss of what was going on when PRES OBAMA took office! @Brandon; your list is extensive, and as worded could have some 'FACTUAL' take; however, make a list stating the 'TRUTHS' about why he has had to make any of those decisions in the first place! Whatever he has done or attempted to do was in efforts to save us from going into 3rd World status!

    March 4, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Brandon; Aren't we in general as a nation still hanging in there? Haven't we dodged totally and completely being sucked 'down the pipes' as per XWngLady? Or going off the cliff into oblivion like 'THELMA & LOUISE'? NO! I don't think we would've ever had the opportunity to approve nor disapprove MR BUSH on any of it, because he wasn't plagued with trying to revamp AMERICAS' economics & healthcare systems, balancing a budget, and trying to ease unemployment! He and his cohorts were busy in IRAQ making money!

    March 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  7. Liz Carter in Georgia

    If FORMER PRES BUSH had used the teleprompter a little more often, he may have made a little more sense! All PRESIDENTS have that option; to read their speeches from their papers or have them put on teleprompters! That way they're looking at the people and connecting with them eye to eye as they speak; which makes for some, a more potent, inclusive and understandable dialogue. What's the BIG deal with the teleprompter? BUSH certainly should have taken more advantage of it! FREE SPEECH didn't work for him!

    March 4, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      "connecting with them eye to eye" hahaha, Barry does not look us in the eye. He bobs his head back and forth, left and right, from one screen to the other. It is a joke, look at you can find hundreds of examples of Barry stumbling on his words because his teleprompter stopped working. This man could not sing happy birthday with out it. Some of the funny moments have been when he talks to grade school classes. Mr. Teleprompter is also there. At town hall meetings he
      walks around on a stage reading his answers, walk to one side and talk a little, walk to the other side read and talk more. Recently he has tried to look forward but then he has that stare, glazed over look.

      The big deal is that he does not talk from the heart. Every word is scripted. Whoever is in charge of the teleprompter is the real president.

      March 5, 2011 at 5:56 am |
    • Betty

      Liz ..people that use teleprompter needs one so he or she can keep their lies going to convience the people of their false leading this country .People that always tells the truth talks for the heart not reading something someone wrote for them to lie to the American people and sink our boat more and more each day .

      March 5, 2011 at 10:18 am |
    • SomeBlueCollarGuy

      A teleprompter is a professional tool, much like most of the GOP plagiarism throughout the comments here.

      March 9, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
  8. Joey From SC

    So, how about instead of talking about how much these two presidents sucked in comparison to each other, lets talk about the stuff in this article!

    I am absolutely amazed about how these comments INSTANTLY critique the President. Now, Obama's not my favorite person ever. But could I do a better job than him? NO. So I'm not going to judge him. The same goes for Bush.

    But seriously, I am glad took the time to make that phone call. I'm sure it meant tons to the astronauts. I'm also quite curious about that R2 robot now. =]

    March 4, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
  9. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Betty; what world do you live in? The biggest liars can look you straight in your face, with no teleprompter, and lie through their teeth! OBAMA, like many past presidents just chooses to use the teleprompter rather than his paper! ALL presidents have had speechwriters! Many of them have written books and are pundits now on CNN, FOX and other media outlets. It was noted early on that this president's very much involved with what his speechwriter puts into his speech! He should be since he's SPEAKING it!

    March 5, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  10. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Betty; the biggest liars, lie easier and more often, when it's coming off the tops of their heads; and not necessarily do those lies come from their hearts unless they've become so black-hearted, they start believing the lie themselves! During my 63 years in this world, I've come across many people like that; BLACK and WHITE, OK? If you haven't found that to be true, then you would be misguided! You're blessed, but uninformed! A person can just come up to you, 'talk from the heart' and steal you blind!

    March 5, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  11. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Betty; in reference to the remarks you made on racism, I want to tell you that, yes! It still exists within the hearts of many white AMERICANS. What you want to do is like so many others TRY to do; and that is to balance the scales of white racists with alleged 'black racists'. I doubt that you could ever balance that scale, simply because in general, even historically, we blacks have never possessed that spirit of treacherous supremacy, need for power and subserviency in our hearts, for ANY other race!

    March 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  12. Krypto the underdog

    I am not sure if the void is in space or in this level of "informed" dialog.

    President Bush as a matter of policy does not criticize President Obama because he knows that the difficulties a president faces. Unfortunately the opportunist and divisive members of his party didn't get the memo.

    March 5, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  13. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Betty; the person who cites it's (racism) tendency or even its' blatant suggestive appearance, on the blogs or anywhere, whether they are black or white are not necessarily racists! Although, there is some truth in the old cliche, 'it takes one to know one'! For me, I've been on the backside of covert and sometimes overt inequality, injustice, and discrimination oftentimes throughout my earlier years! I just happen to know how it feels, looks and sounds. Therefore, I'm quick to point it out when I see it!

    March 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  14. Liz Carter in Georgia

    If I remember correctly our boat was all but SUNK when BARACK OBAMA took office. It seems to me, he stopped our boat from sinking all the way down to the bottom of the ocean, like 'THE TITANIC'! We had already HIT the iceberg and the ship was sinking from flooding in the bottom when he took the helm! Of course it's taken even MORE money to fix this mess! When you OVERRIGHT your own bank accounts, doesn't it cost you even MORE money to straighten it out? NSF fees, fees, and fees? Sometimes creditor fees?

    March 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  15. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Howard; what laws have they broken? You said the old guard had 'a modicum taste and decorum, and at least tried to cover up their questionable behavior'. Well I don't see where that's so admirable. That only shows what dishonesty we were strapped with! Whether we agree or disagree with the strategies, decisions and implmentaions of this TRANSPARENT administration, at least we aren't blindfolded! The OBAMA administration is at least honest with theirs! The biased media covered the tracks of the CORRUPT!

    March 5, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
  16. Liz Carter in Georgia

    The media couldn't be 'covering their tracks', FOX, CNN, MSNBC, and most other TV and RADIO newstations are the vehicles by which you get your information on what's going on with the issues; what decisions are being made, the processes by which those decisions were derived, what and how things are being handled or resolved! Whether it's spinned from station to station or not, it's out there! They've got to be the reason you can claim this administration is 'in your face'! How else do you know to get angry?

    March 5, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
  17. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, I certainly hope the smack you talk isn't coming from your heart! Your head, OK! Your heart, I hope not! If it is, and the people who your spewing is scandalously and divisively encouraging them to hate and ultimately disparage this president and his administration, who's the devil? We're going to suffer! You said he's the devil in disguise; well if that was the truth, he's certainly not the first! Just know GOD's in charge of him! As a matter of fact this is and always has been the devils domain!

    March 6, 2011 at 5:41 am |
  18. KatR

    In 40+ years of voting I have never witnessed the vilification of a President as much as what we are seeing now. Some, not all, comes from racists....particularly those who can't accept that a black man, even a half black man, would possess the intelligence to lead our country. But most of it comes from people who value emotion over intelligence. We had a lot of emotion from Pres. Bush and his cowboy mentality but very little intelligence. All this rhetoric about a teleprompter is emotional, not intelligent. Obama never used a teleprompter when he was campaigning. He spoke from the heart. He doesn't use a telepromter in town hall meetings either. If anything, his lengthy off the cuff remarks are too wordy for the average American to digest. We're a nation of 308 million people....the 3rd largest country in the world. Those who find fault with what Obama has accomplished thus far and hopefully will be able to accomplish in the future are looking for instant gratification based on emotion rather than logic.

    March 6, 2011 at 9:36 am |
    • Jay in NC

      We all laughed so hard when we read your post claiming that Barry "never used a teleprompter when he was campaigning." and that he "doesn't use a telepromter in town hall meetings either." I posted this once already but you all just will not accept the truth so here it is again.

      There are many, many of examples of Barry relying on a teleprompter at town hall meetings, press conference. Just search , they are easy to find. Also this news story from tells about his unusual dependence on the device.

      AOL reported that he even takes it when talking to school children.

      Barry at a school. You can clearly see the device and his tell-tale head bobbing back and forth.

      NYTimes reported that "Mr. Obama uses them for routine announcements..."

      Ask your self, how many talks have you seen Barry give where he moves his head back and forth like at a tennis match? You can thank the teleprompter for that awkward presidential bobbing. When it breaks down he is often lost. Once he even thanked himself.

      An intelligent person will take the time to read and understand the facts. You have acted solely on your emotions.

      March 6, 2011 at 10:32 am |
    • Matt Texas

      These posts seem full of predisposition and personal philosophy rather than facts. If you really want to know facts and then decide a good place to start is There is too much information out there that is skewed, reinforcing partial truths or white lies and leading people to poor conclusions. The truth is, its hard to get the facts. Everyone seems to take a fact and make a small inference, then that inference is passed on as the fact. These are complicated issues and line between success and failure is so thin. If you don't have your facts your just adding noise to the system and you should probably feel bad about the disservice you've just given this country. Contribute by contintueing to seek out the information, if needed organize and protest, when its time to vote make your decisions. I bet half 80% of taxpayers don't even know how the tax brackets work lol. I've checked this by simply asking people how they think the tax brackets work. Many (most) think the tax bracket your in applies to your entire income LOL. Get smart!

      March 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  19. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, KatR is not a fool! She is right! The campaining SEN BARACK OBAMA did not use teleprompters on most of his townhall meetings. MOST of the time he talked to the communities about his ideas and plans in rolled up sleeves and on makeshift stages. About your extensive 'petty' research on his teleprompter use, is what's foolish! All of that junk about AOL,'s story on his unusual use; Who made them the authority on setting A standard for what is 'unusual', anyway?!? IT'S JUST HIS PEROGATIVE!

    March 6, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  20. Liz Carter in Georgia

    With all he has to deal with and try to remember, he just wants to make sure he remembers to get all of his points out to the people. It's logical to even a fool! PRES OBAMA is human! Jay, you always cry to us the 'HE'S JUST A MAN'! At least he doen't right the notes in his hand!!

    March 6, 2011 at 11:36 am |
  21. Jay in NC

    Liz, again you change the argument. KatR said "Obama never used a teleprompter" and "He doesn't use a telepromter in town hall meetings either." Now you have changed that to "did not use teleprompters on most of his townhall meetings." What is it, never, doesn't or on most? I guess this is just your way of trying to be right.

    The man used a teleprompter at a school, at town hall meetings, at a news conference. It is a fact. He can not live with out it! Back and forth, back and forth his head bobs. In the future when school kids see video of his speeches they will laugh at his unusual head movements. Left and right, left and right.

    I picked because the are known for being unbiased. Just like the other day when I gave the links to the NPR report about The First Date talking about their marriage. I guess you can not stand seeing the truth. It must hurt to see your hero acting like a fool.

    March 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  22. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, I didn't know it was an 'argument', I thought it was a debate of conversation. I agree with KatR! But if he used it at one townhall meeting or two townhall meetings, that still doesn't say he was lost without it! I watched the whole campaign and never saw his head bobbing back and forth like a bobble head. He looked to the right and left of the audience, and straight down the middle, like any other speaking candidate. You're so busy trying to present him as a fool, that you look like the bigger one!

    March 6, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Look again at the C-Span video that I posted. You can see him look left and right, to one screen then the other. He is looking straight to the left and straight to the right no down the middle, are the kids 6 foot tall? Would not he be looking down toward their eyes? The video clearly shows the teleprompter and how he moves his head to read. Now look at any speech it is the exact same movement. To use your words, like a bobble head (thanks I will have to use that from now on).

      March 8, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  23. Liz Carter in Georgia

    That's right julibear! They think that if they SCREAM it loud and long enough it will come true! We all know that if lies are repeated over and over some ill-informed tend to believe them, but I think we still have enough intelligence left in the nation who can read the writing on the wall, even through all the fire and smoke! GOD WILL PREVAIL!

    March 8, 2011 at 3:40 am |
    • Jay in NC

      julibear suffers from Barry Love as well. I have challenged them to prove any of their claims. Will wait and see, but I know they will not offer up the proof.

      March 8, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  24. knights3110

    why is he worried about the shuttle when there are many more important things to worry about.

    March 9, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  25. lar

    It is ashame and sad that we as American citizens can not come together or ever work together. Everyone need to stop and take a serious look at your own life. Go ahead and take a real evaluation. Is your life better with a Republic or Democatic in power. Let me say, I will never never give that much power to any man or woman over my life.

    I hope we all try to do the best we can for any given situation and it is up to us to get off our ASS and make our life better. Complaining, whinning, and even shamefully name calling is landing on deaf hears because it is what it is, so deal with it. I am sick of the separation. We are all Americans and we all love our country. HATE is an illness that can be cured. I hope we find Peace and Respect for one another.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  26. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Jay, you keep repeating that 'President' Bush negotiated the end of the IRAQ war like somethin! Well, I guess he should've; since he was the 'President' who put the US in there; and all over one of the biggest lies of the century! Does he deserve a NOBEL PEACE PRIZE for that? Or do you want 'Barry' to host another honors day and make BUSH a medal recipient for negotiating the end of the IRAQ WAR? The responsibility still fell on OBAMA to wind them down! Had he not, we NEVER would've heard the end of it!

    March 10, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
  27. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Julibear, keep up the good work! Don't let haters back you down! Speak your mind; you are speaking the truth; some people like to swap truth out for 'facts'! Remember facts can be be manipulated by man, to render a desired perception; Pure truth stands alone, mostly undiluted! @Akashe; Thanks, you told Jay RIGHT! He always acts like the judge and jury and either we have to prove our opinions right or prove him wrong! I hope XWngLady reads your post!

    March 10, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  28. Kelly

    I tughoht for sure this was/ is a joke. Maybe the joke is on us.Regardless tughoh, Pam, if it you aren't convicted enough about your own talking points they are not yours and belong to someone else. You stand for something unless you can't tell us in your own words. Maybe this is why so many people talk about Mr. Obama's lies all the time. Why are you trying to govern or lead any people if you stand for nothing???

    April 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm |