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Americans, The President and First Lady Honor and Thank Veterans Today

Today we honor those who serve our country so that we may live in freedom.

Text, video and pictures from whitehouse.gov

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President Barack Obama shares a thumbs-up with a veteran at a Veteran's Day breakfast in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 11, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

In a cold but light drizzle today, after breakfast with veterans in the East Room of the White House, the President and the First Lady along with the Vice President and Dr. Biden went to Arlington National Cemetery. The President took part in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, then spoke at the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery.

The President began his remarks extending his thanks to VA Secretary Shinseki, and to the Bidens and their son Beau, who just returned from Iraq. He expressed humility to be speaking to the veterans in the audience, and spoke in awe of the “determination” he saw in the eyes of those grieving yesterday at Fort Hood. Noting that there have been times in the past when America did not stand by our veterans, the President pledged that this would never happen again:

That is my message to all veterans today. That is my message to all who serve in harm’s way. To the husbands and wives back home doing the parenting of two. To the parents who watch their sons and daughters go off to war, and the children who wonder when mom and dad is coming home. To all our wounded warriors, and to the families who laid a loved one to rest. America will not let you down. We will take care of our own.

And to those who are serving in far-flung places today, when your tour ends, when you see our flag, when you touch our soil, you will be home in an America that is forever here for you just as you’ve been there for us. That is my promise — our nation’s promise — to you.

Ninety-one years ago today, the battlefields of Europe fell quiet as World War I came to a close. But we don’t mark this day each year as a celebration of victory, as proud of that victory as we are. We mark this day as a celebration of those who made victory possible. It’s a day we keep in our minds the brave men and women of this young nation — generations of them — who above all else believed in and fought for a set of ideals. Because they did, our country still stands; our founding principles still shine; nations around the world that once knew nothing but fear now know the blessings of freedom.

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President Barack Obama addresses a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to mark Veterans Day Nov. 11, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

That is why we fight — in hopes of a day when we no longer need to. And that is why we gather at these solemn remembrances and reminders of war — to recommit ourselves to the hard work of peace.

There will be a day before long when this generation of servicemen and women step out of uniform. They will build families and lives of their own. God willing, they will grow old. And someday, their children, and their children’s children, will gather here to honor them.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.

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President Barack Obama, second from left, and Gen. Karl Horst, right, stop to talk with visitors among the graves of soldiers from the Iraq and Afghan conflicts in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, Nov. 11, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)


John Stewart Nails Sean Hannity for His Fictional Reporting

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann held an anti-health-care-reform rally on the steps of the Capitol last week although she and other GOP members of congress wanted to call it a press conference and act as if this many concerned citizens just happened to use their own hard earned money to travel to D.C. to hear them speak. Bachman estimated that at least 20,000-45,000 people attended the event, while the Washington Post reported it was actually more like 10,000.

As expected the mainstream media reported on the event and gave the politicians their free air time to rail against the very government they belong to. One particular television personality thought he needed to put his own spin on the event, no matter how dishonest. Who might that personality be? None other than Sean Hannity. He and his show not only inflated the number in attendance with their words, but actually used footage from a heavily-attended protest this summer to make this health care rally appear more popular. Hannity even pointed out that this was a huge crowd for a Thursday, when the protest footage they used was from a Saturday.

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And just as we might also expect one up and coming journalist Jon Stewart and his team caught the falsehood Hannity and team were running and ran with it. Stewart pointed out neither the color of the leaves nor sky in the tacked-on video match that of the actual footage of last weeks event. Stewart and team of course went on to mock Fox by adding more video to the interview, this time from Woodstock and the movie “300” which is well deserved.

Unfortunately it isn’t the first time Hannity has pulled a stunt like this and sadly it certainly won’t be the last time he attempts to create the news he’d really like to report.


Healthcare Bill Passes Despite GOP Anarchy and Hatriotism

Huffington Post is reporting that the healthcare bill has passed and we have video.

It will certainly cause the GOP to completely lose their minds. I would expect we’ll see some running through the streets screaming and hollering ‘Save yourself, save yourself……healthcare for all is coming…….the government is trying to kill us all’.

Especially after the hysterical, childish, anti-American, treasonous temper tantrums the GOP have engaged in over the last week.

Can you imagine the behind closed doors conversations in the GOP offices over the last few months and weeks?

Alright guys, quiet down, quiet down, we got to come up with a plan to stop that damn Obama and Pelosi. We got to come up with something real good to show them. So here’s what we’ve come up with so far.

We’re going to organize a rally against this healthcare plan, but call it a press conference. We’ll secretly send out memos to the same people who came to those teabag rallies. We’ll tell them what to say, how to dress, what signs to bring, and last but not least that they can hop on the grassroots bus that will bring them to DC.

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We have to remember not to let the press find out that the buses will really be provided by Freedom Works and not really a grassroots movements. Right now we got them thinking when they get on that bus that a group of people just like them are the ones providing the buses. Of course we don’t want them knowing that the health care they purchase for is isn’t much different than this healthcare bill. We got to make sure nobody lets that slip. We’ll just get their white behinds up here to DC, tell them it’s a press conference, then stand up here touting as many lies, racist statements and misunderstood historical facts as we can.

We’ll get ’em all worked up, confused, angry and they’ll never know the difference. Then once we’ve got ’em all worked up we remind them it’s their right to be threatening, intimidating and confrontational with Congress and Senate members if need be. We’ll tell them its ok if they threaten members of Congress, it is their god given right, right?

If that won’t work then hell we’ll wait till it’s their turn on the floor. Then when those damn liberal women get their self righteous behinds up there and try to give their point of view on the healthcare issue, we’ll do what’s right, we’ll shout ’em down. Yeah, that’s it, we’ll shout ’em down. We’re the men after all. It’s the right thing to do. Our base and our campaign donors want us to holler and scream and drown them out. They don’t want want to hear them standing there telling everyone what really goes on. Who do these liberal broads think they are anyway and why do they think anyone want to hear what they have to say? We’re here for us damnit, not these stupid voters they don’t know the damn difference anyway. We’ve always been able to confuse the stupid ones with our shouting and lies; we’ll just do the same to these broads.

We do have a couple broads of our one. Not too bright, but one looks real pretty and the other one isn’t so bad either. That pretty one, she’ll do just about anything to keep her name in the press, make some cash and sell some of her books. We hear she has a speech coming in Wisconsin to a bunch of those pro-lifers so we’ll slip her some suggestions and remind her if she doesn’t use some of our words and theories, we’ll eat her alive. She’s a good girl, does as she’s told and carries our message we might throw her a bone, but only till we get this back in our control. Otherwise we’ll remind her what we know about that family of hers.

The other one, well she’s already got the grassroots press conference rally protest thing organized for us and she’s been real good about keeping her name in the press and making those liberals sound as crazy as ever. She might sound crazy too but who cares, we don’t need her anyway. She can be replaced. Better off with a good ‘ol boy in her seat anyway. She was real good with the Americorp stuff though, well till her son joined but the ones we count on voting for us probably weren’t paying attention and don’t know about it anyway. And she has been as good as the pretty one at telling folks how the government wants to kill them by giving them all this damn healthcare. That’s what is most important now. We can not let our base and the hatriots know or understand that this healthcare plan is good for our country.

Either way, both these broads have been great. They get to stir up all the controversy, go after those liberals, while we look like we’re actually doing something to help. We look like we’re on their side, while those two look like they’re getting in the way. Either way people will hear them and wonder. It works about pretty good for us boys. If they end up looking nuts and lose their ass, what do we care? These broads are a dime a dozen. Not a problem sacrificing these broads, who the hell wants chicks invading on our good times anyway? Next thing ya know they’ll think they can hang out on C-Street with us.

We’ll have to find bigger lies and fight even harder against every single bill that comes before us that does anything to improve the lives of Americans. You hear that boys? We must do everything in our power to stop the Obama administration from doing anything that might make their lives better. That would be the end all of end all if they get the chance to see all the things he’s got up his sleeve to make their lives better. We don’t have what it takes fellas and frankly it’s too much work to make their lives better and sure as hell won’t make the good ‘ol boys club or corporate America happy with us boys and we can not, must not let that happen.

Alright boys, I think we’ll call her a night. Now let’s get out there tomorrow and do our best to defeat America. Hooraw!

Yes I would imagine that is exactly how it’s been going. I do believe many more Americans also know that the conversations of the GOP have sounded quite familiar since Obama has taken office, no matter what the subject. We are catching on and those that once called themselves Republican are catching on. Maybe one day the GOP will catch on too.

Until then all that matters is we get the healthcare reform we need and that America keeps moving forward despite the GOP’s best efforts to hold us back. whoops

But, imagine the upcoming conversations……………

“What now boys? I know, let’s hold up any more funding for unemployment benefits, ya know we just let them have some more time, so we’ve got the right to hold it up if they need more.

Yeah, and we can also go after any kind of immigration reform, or education funding, or stuff revolving around those gays. Biggest thing we can tear down is that crazy climate change stuff. Like we’re gonna spend money on something we might not even live to see. What does it matter to us, huh boys?”


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