POTUS' Defense nominee Hagel has Senate hearing Thursday
January 31st, 2013
08:28 AM ET

POTUS' Defense nominee Hagel has Senate hearing Thursday

President Obama’s nominee for Defense Secretary will face a tough confirmation hearing before some of his former Senate colleagues Thursday. We’ll hear from Jay Carney at today’s briefing but there is nothing public on the president’s schedule today.
10:00AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing/ Oval Office / Closed Press
BRIEFING SCHEDULE: 1:00PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

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  1. B.

    Just watching Hagel being interviewed by McCain’s outrageously Rude questions with no respect to Hagel’s attempt to answer.
    John McCain is himself a flip-flopping, partisan controlled person that is long overdue to be retired which is more that obvious listening to his flagrant disrespectful rant.

    January 31, 2013 at 11:20 am |
    • Moose

      Might want cut him some slack, he was pow, if hagel cant handle it than he needs to step down

      January 31, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
    • jean2009

      McCain is a spiteful, arrogant, petty old man with a belly full of sour grapes. Here is the man who said he would appoint Chuck Hagel his own Sec. Def. if he were President. Now, that he will Never be president, he just can't be anything but totally uncivil, or painfully restrained from showing his true colors. Should have retired years ago...the only person he represents at this point is the twisted old man he has become.

      The whole Iraq War and the Surge were a total costly in so many ways... one of the biggest mistakes ever....thankfully Chuck Hagel has recognized it was a mistake, and that type of conflice should be avoided in the future, and he has moved on.

      February 1, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
      • steveo

        Can I assume you felt that way when Boxer ripped on a general? Or when the Dems attempted to destroy Thomas or Bork? Or does the letter "D" whitewash all of that?

        February 1, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
      • jean2009

        Thomas and Bork both should never have been appointed. thankfully Bork didn't make it...really those interviews were mild compared to this....and the senators main reasons were not that they lost an election that would have allowed them to appoint the same person.

        February 1, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
      • steveo

        So Bork and Thomas should have never been appointed?. And that is according to whom? The interviews were mild compared to this? That one line just told me you DON"T remember!

        February 1, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
    • CHAZ8181

      What is so disgusting it that Sen McKeon , chair of the armed services committee , is a draft dodger like Romney and went on a Mormon "mission" to evade the draft. Hegel knows what combat is like...McKeon only knows to wear a tie and beat the bushes for dumb converts.

      February 2, 2013 at 7:32 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      You got to admit though, Hagel didn't look good answering back and defending himself. He didn't look ready for something he should have been prepared for, a grilling by his old pals.

      I'm sure it is much ado about nothing and he will eventually be confirmed but he didn't exactly gave a good impression.

      February 3, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
  2. acdcguy

    and look what else they are doing today......."White House To Disband Jobs Council Thursday " ..... now that's funny!!!!

    January 31, 2013 at 11:33 am |
  3. sue

    republicans would rather spend their time insulting war hero's than fixing the country. Their main goal is to embarrass the president but they really embarrass themselves with their childish behavior. Any respect for McCaine has evaporated over the last four years with his crazy ideas and stands on numerous incidents made to make the administration look bad but serving no purpous

    January 31, 2013 at 11:53 am |
    • steveo

      BOTH parties do the same thing. Remember Sen Boxer ripping a general for simply calling her "Ma'am" rather than senatorr? How did the left treat Justice Thomas or Judge Robert Bork? How about we just call both sides out?

      January 31, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        Exactly Steveo, people sometimes have short or selective memories.

        January 31, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
      • steveo


        This is what make politics what it is. I am starting to believe the gretaest problem with politics may not be the polticians. It just might be us. The reason I say that is what Sue said and my response to her. I think how we respond to these folks in DC fuels their behavior! We cheer or ignore certain behaviors by "our side" but somehow we become very alert and criticize the same behaviors when the "other side" does the same thing. Politicians know this and I believe they play up to it. Just my opinion!

        January 31, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        You want to hear something funny? On Morning Joe they had Christie Hefner from the Center for American Progress on. They were talking about the murder rate in Chicago, her response was, "Last year, we hit a record number of murders from guns, and this year, we were already outpacing last year’s numbers. Now, there are contributing factors that are not under anybody’s control, and it may seem odd, but it is factually true, one of them is actually the weather. There is a dramatic increase in gun violence when it is warmer, and we are having this climate-change effect that is driving that."

        Using this logic the murder rate in Houston should be through the roof. She also got it wrong, 500 isn't the record, they hit 900 in the eighties. Even in the twenties when Al Capone was in his prime and Thompson machine guns were legal it wasn't as high as today.

        January 31, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
      • steveo


        Talking heads are everywhere! Most of them are very biased!

        January 31, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
      • jean2009

        steveo needs a mirror!

        February 1, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
      • steveo


        steveo needs a mirror!
        So now you're reverting to a grade school tactic? Nice! Yet somehow you believing the attempted destruction of Thomas is mild accompared to Hagel just proves your bias! But no problem keep projecting on me and your bias just might "magically disappear".

        February 1, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
    • Moose

      He really doesnt need help making them look bad. Ahhhh where to start ???

      January 31, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
  4. acdcguy

    Obama is the embarrassment. He has embarrassed the United States time and time again. He's a child trying to play a mans game . He would rather rub elbows with Hollywood and find more ways to tear our country apart than to do any actual good.........

    January 31, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
    • The GOP should pack up and leave

      Wrong president. Bush was the embarrassment. Obama has brought the perception of Americans back up from under the snake's belly. People are proud to say they're Americans again. We couldn't do that when Bush was president.

      January 31, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
    • jean2009

      He was right about pond scum....but then we had all the right-wing bloggers boo-hooing that it would be a waste of money and would never work.....but the Germans and Audi who listened beat us to the technology.

      February 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
  5. Moose

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will let his jobs council expire this week without renewing its charter, winding down one source of input from the business community even as unemployment remains stubbornly high.
    Bamman on the go====to nowhere !!!!

    January 31, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
    • steveo

      That is an interesting decision. We are still at 7.8% unemployment and if I remember correctly that has not changed since before the election.

      January 31, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Yet, Obama's favorable rating continues to rise. ABC/Washington Post poll gives him a 60 % approval rating in their polls. Think America is tired of the "Keep Fear Alive" stage-acting dished out by Republicans.
        And, seeing as Congress' rating is in the toliet, even if Republicans still remained in power in the house, they still were out-voted by Democratics for seats in the last election by ONE MILLION votes, people are blaming Congress for sqwashing progress by their temper-tandrums and chest-beating antics. You would think they'd get a clue. 2014 will see more shifts away from Republican brands because their brand of Wheaties has gone stale and no one thinks they "Got Milk' either, figuring out that their version of the 'breakfast for champions' is nothing but sawdust from the bottom of the hamster cage.

        February 1, 2013 at 11:16 am |
      • steveo

        Looks like I stand corrected. The unemployment rate is now 7.9%

        February 1, 2013 at 11:19 am |
      • steveo


        Yep! Obama 's ratings are high and Congress' is not. My question is this: Just how much power does a president have over the economy? The answer has to be the same no matter who is in the White House! I just find it interesting how Bush got hammered but now te problem is not Obama but the Congress! It cannot be both ways!

        A poster recently explained it takes 3-4 years for policy to take effect! We are currently in that zone!

        February 1, 2013 at 11:26 am |
      • December 2012

        This is true of every president. The most he can do is propose a budget, if he wants to tackle unemployment directly he would propose more spending for that effort. Unfortunately, Congress has the bulk of the work on the budget and 'work' is a four letter word for these guys so there is no budget for a president to sign.

        The reason the economy is tied to the President is because of the popularity and the perceived leadership role, not necessarily a function.

        February 1, 2013 at 11:34 am |
      • steveo

        Decemeber. Correct! The greatest force on the economy is the Congress and not any president! We just get into trouble when our biases become truth, in spite of the truth! Look at history, we credit Clinton for an economic explosion but the truth is most of that was the Congress! Bush is blamed for a downturn but again, most of that was the Congress! We all have our biases and that is part of the human experience! Sometimes biases are blinding! Well, maybe most of the time!

        February 1, 2013 at 11:44 am |
      • jean2009

        steveo You forget the first 6 years of Bush's two terms basically from 1995-2007 both house were in Republican control and the laws they made, and the bills they passed are why we have the problems we have today.

        February 1, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
      • steveo


        I did not forget. When we talked about Clinton, about a week ago, you conceded he "let the horse out of the barn" but Bush was at fault because he did not put the horse back into the barn. So why now does this anology not apply to Pelosi? Why are you not holding her and the dems for not "putting the horse back in the barn"? If you don't remember the conversation, I am more than happy to get it and cut and paste it for you!

        February 1, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        He wasn't the first either, was he? And, neither is Obama. How about using your voice to make it happen instead of riding the merry-go-round??

        February 4, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
      • Steveo

        Cynthia no one is riding a merry go round. I like to call it telling the truth. I'll say it again. The GOP led Congress is as much a failure just like the DEM led Congress The only thing I am hearing from Pelosi are complaints about the GOP leadership. I am hearing NO ideas! Although BOTH PARTIES are guilty righties blame the left and lefties blame the right and in the meantime NOTHING gets corrected. Maybe the real blame goes to the folks who keep re-electing these do-nothing's every two years

        February 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm |
      • jean2009

        I love it when someone says the President hasn't passed a budget. The only thing a president can do is propose a budget. The last time the United States Congress passed an actual working federal budget was in 1997....which begs to ask is an actual budget really necessary?

        February 5, 2013 at 6:41 pm |
    • jean2009

      Just because a council is not meeting and sitting in a room doesn't mean it isn't or hasn't meet many times...according to the head of that council in this mornings interview he had 100's of meetings all over the country with small and large businesses, plus skype and 100's of conference calls.

      Housing is up, and that is the engine that produces growth in this country, home values and prices are starting to climb again....and regardlessof how much you hate it ....each and every month the previous month's jobs report is revised up.

      steveo keep drinking that Kool-Aid...but history doesn't agree with you, and regardless of your wasted and wrong efforts history cannot be changed.

      February 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
      • steveo

        Sorry Jean but if you think the ONLY problem during a Dem administration is a GOP Congress and the ONLY problem during a GOP administration is the GOP adminstration, you are blinded by your bias and would be wrong! Either the Congress is the primary power behind the economy or it isn't! Last time I checked it was the Congress who held the checkbook and yes that would include a DEM Congress! Your eagerness to fuss at me does not change that and moving the goal post, based upon who is in office just don't work either!

        February 1, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
      • jean2009

        Steveo.....the government does not create jobs primarily businesses do that ...the ony thing congress can do is provide the right climate...something that this congress has totally failed at...sitting on ones hands and not passing a budget, or addressing and creating a climate for business growth from this Republican congress means every move has taken much longer than it should. The President can send a budget recommedations to congress, he can send his idea of how to create jobs but congress is the branch that prepares and passes any budget...and that process starts in what is now a GOP controlled obstructionist House.

        And history doesn't agree with you on that topic ...you know that or you should...nor will history be rewritten to your specs. And maybe go look in a mirror on that blinded by bias element of your discourse.

        February 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
      • steveo

        Exactly how did Pelosi's Congress (under Bush) do any better? How did Gringrich's Congress do under Clinton? I am not attempting to write history, yet you are still ignoring it. Why is is Bush gets the all blame and Pelosi gets none? Why is it Clinton gets all the credit and Gringich gets none? Chew on that a little! So now I am biased because I recognize both parties are to blame (something you have yet to acknowledge)?

        Nobody said anything about creating jobs, I said Congress is the primary power behind an economy and not a president!

        February 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Steveo – "Congress is the primary power behind as economy and not a president."

        They are failing. The Tax Code is a whooping 73,000 pages long. Mitch McConnell came out and said the tax issue was OVER – FINISHED!! ( KAPOOT, KABESH?!!). That means that the money that could be raised by eliminating TAX LOOPHOLES for Energy Companies, Hedge Fund Managers, just two examples, could save jobs that will be lost in the coming sequester that the Congressional Budget Office says are at stake. 1.4 MILION projected job loses could be greatly diminished if more spending cuts were replaced by revenue increases coming from the shielding of taxes currently strangling our economy in a Tax Loophole protection hell that Republicans want to protect.
        America is being ripped off everyday the current 73,000 page behemoth isn't addressed. Is it too much to ask that they, the Congress, work on behalf of the majority of the population that will help improve the economy- instead of their next campaign donations from those they are trying to coddle for the bucks, or a stupid pledge to a guy named GROVER who no one elected anywhere, anytime, or in anyway to a seat in the Congress??
        Don't answer your pat response, " They All Do It" please, Steveo, because right now, the Republicans are the champions of our ecomony's destruction at the moment and it's THIS MOMENT we should be focusing on if we are going to change the outcome for bad or good. Every day that is wasted pis-sing in the wind leaves more on the shoes of those who refuse to do the real work.

        February 4, 2013 at 10:43 am |
      • Caramon

        "The President can send a budget recommedations to congress, he can send his idea of how to create jobs but congress is the branch that prepares and passes any budget...and that process starts in what is now a GOP controlled obstructionist House."

        Jean must I remind you who you blamed entirely for the 2009 budget resolution.

        February 4, 2013 at 11:30 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        Yeah, I know that KAPUT and CAPICE are the right spelling, but with some in this group I didn't think they'd be able to pronounce them with the German and Italian version.

        February 4, 2013 at 11:33 am |
      • Caramon

        "That means that the money that could be raised by eliminating TAX LOOPHOLES for Energy Companies, Hedge Fund Managers"

        Funny, that sounds an awful lot like what Romney was proposing.

        February 4, 2013 at 11:46 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        Don't know why my response was bumped to another thread. But, Romney wasn't the first to say so AND neither is Obama. Stop riding the merry-go-round, Caramon.

        February 4, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
      • Caramon

        Romney may not have been the first to say this. However, it was one of the main issues of his campaign. It was not one of the main issues of the Obama campaign. His primary issue was to raise taxes. Need I remind you that you brought up the issue of eliminating tax loopholes. Tax loopholes were not the creation of the Republicans. Both parties do it. However, the Republicans wanted to eliminate the loopholes to raise additional revenue instead of raising taxes. But, the Democrats got the tax increases they wanted. Do you really believe the Democrats in Congress intend to approve of eliminating loopholes now particularly the ones that favor them?

        February 4, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Romney said a lot of things and when the American public found out he was talking about MORE tax breaks for the wealthy in the long run, they told him to take a hike and voted for the other guy, right?
        Democrats and Republicans got what they wanted with the EXPIRED BUSH ERA TAX CUTS.
        Democrats moved the number from tax income relief from $250,000 to $400,000 even though the $250,000 was favored by most in the polling numbers.
        START with the Corporations that don't need our continued support as a way to make us pay for the candidates of their choice – with our money for godsake.

        February 4, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
      • Caramon

        "Romney said a lot of things and when the American public found out he was talking about MORE tax breaks for the wealthy in the long run, they told him to take a hike and voted for the other guy, right?"

        Wrong. Romney was talking about a wide base for corporations so that those companies that paid little or no taxes as the result of loopholes would need to pay taxes. GE is a prime example. I know Jean will tell you GE pays payroll and local tax. But a company making 5 Billion is still paying little or no federal taxes. Do you think this will change now? Your comment about tax breaks for the rich is nothing more than Democratic talking points.

        Democrats and Republicans got what they wanted with the EXPIRED BUSH ERA TAX CUTS.
        No the Republicans gave in on the tax increases with the belief the President and Democrats in Congress would cut expenses. Yet no one has shown me anything in the way of expense cutes. There are two sides to this coin.

        "$250,000 was favored by most in the polling numbers."

        Seventy two percent of the population polled supported a balance approach. Balanced means tax increases for the wealthy and reduced expenses. Democratic supporters continually say that budget cuts have been introduced to the Congress. Yet no one can say what they are.

        START with the Corporations that don't need our continued support as a way to make us pay for the candidates of their choice – with our money for godsake.

        I agree. If companies don't need support, they shouldn't get support. This also includes some of the failed green energy companies that took government assistance and the CEOs turned around and contributed to campaigns. The second stimulus went to many companies. Not all of these companies contributed to the Republican candidates. Why would they? The second stimulus was passed by a Democratic Congress and signed by a Democratic President.

        We were promised that the government will reduce expenses as part of the deficit reduction. I guess we will have to wait and see if it really happens.

        February 4, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
      • Steveo

        Cynthia L. You make it sound like I am a fan or even advocate Congress sitting on its hands. I am not and while you may not like my"pat" answer that both parties "do it". You know full we'll that is the truth and one reason I say it is because some posters blame every thing on the GOP when they know good and well the Dems are just as guilty. Now in saying that, the current GOP lead Congress is just as ineffective as the DEM led Congress before it. . Remember how Rangel got busted for tax problems? I do and the kicker is he was in charge of the committee that WROTE the tax code! Now the real question is how we get better? As far as McConnell, wasn't, his comments in reference to RAISING taxes and not REFORMING the tax code? Correct me if I am wrong. The problem is lobbyists better get the ears of Congress than we do and I don't see anyone with the courage to reform taxes or lobbyist, regardless of party! So in short my "pat" answer stands "pat"

        February 4, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
      • Caramon

        "Remember how Rangel got busted for tax problems"
        I remember. If I recall, his excuse was that he didn't understand the tax codes.

        February 4, 2013 at 9:11 pm |
      • steveo


        That is the point and I actually think that is also what Cynthia was trying to say. If the folks who are responsible for writing the tax code can't understand it, what about the rest of us? I simplier tax code makes sense and yet NOBODY (left or right) seems to want to take that on!

        February 5, 2013 at 10:47 am |
  6. Dan B

    Perfect Steven. I don't know why if something bad happens it is the fault of the Repubs and vice-versa. Especially Gingrich should get a lot of economic credit. Think... Democrats controlled the House for 4 of the last 18 years and during that time we hit recession

    February 1, 2013 at 9:36 pm |
    • jean2009

      A recession is caused by 4 to 5 years of mismanagement in a row...not 2 years here and there. I would say it is the total of those 18 years of mismanagement....with recovery coming because of the 4 years of Democratic control.

      February 5, 2013 at 6:44 pm |