DNC Open Thread: Proof of Life

Blogmaster JohnGCole is tweeting, again.

Imani ABL’s thumbs are much faster, though.

Can’t hardly wait for the post-con trip reports!








Thursday Evening Open Thread: “Obama’s Way”

With TaMara’s permission, this week’s Recipe Exchange will be on Friday, because right now we’re all too excited to think about eating.

Vanity Fair has a teaser slideshow up for Michael Lewis’ big article in the October issue:

… “Assume that in 30 minutes you will stop being president. I will take your place. Prepare me. Teach me how to be president,” Lewis, who interviewed President Obama multiple times over six months—on Air Force One, in the Oval Office, and on the basketball court—asks. Obama explains that every president is deeply aware of his duty to the American people. “Everything you are doing has to be viewed through this prism,” he says. “I don’t know George Bush well. I know Bill Clinton better. But I think they both approached the job in that spirit.”…

Nothing comes to my desk that is perfectly solvable,” Obama tells Lewis. “Otherwise, someone else would have solved it. So you wind up dealing with probabilities. Any given decision you make you’ll wind up with a 30 to 40 percent chance that it isn’t going to work. You have to own that and feel comfortable with the way you made the decision. You can’t be paralyzed by the fact that it might not work out.” …

His odd relationship to the news: “One of the things you realize fairly quickly in this job is that there is a character people see out there called Barack Obama. That’s not you. Whether it is good or bad, it is not you. I learned that on the campaign. You have to filter stuff, but you can’t filter it so much you live in this fantasy land.”

His difficulty with faking emotion: “I feel it is an insult to the people I’m dealing with. For me to feign outrage, for example, feels to me like I’m not taking the American people seriously. I’m absolutely positive that I’m serving the American people better if I’m maintaining my authenticity. And that’s an overused word. And these days people practice being authentic. But I’m at my best when I believe what I am saying.”…

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How go everyone’s at-home preparations for tonight’s big convention celebration / wrap-up? Got your confetti cannons properly aligned?








Late Night Open Thread: Big Dawg!


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Stolen from Paddy at the Political Carnival, who has the whole speech up, but I’mma make you click over to watch the rest, as is only fair.

Can somebody on the Twitter ask the Angry Black Lady to check on John Cole, make sure that if he’s passed out from celebratory exuberance, he’s not gonna choke on his own tongue?








DNC Open Thread – Clinton Speech Edition

Old thread getting full up, for the RSS readers.








Late Night Open Thread: We’re Gonna Miss Barney


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Thanks to TPM, retiring Rep. Frank from the state of Not Suffering Fools Gladly on whether President Obama “squandered too much capital” on health care reform:

… “Unfortunately, from the very beginning — look, look at the contrast. George Bush came to us on the Democratic side in late ’08 and said, we’re in a crisis, we need your help — and we gave it to him, very openly, very fully. Then Obama comes in to try to deal with the terrible situation he inherited from Bush and the republican media went into full partisan attack. [Senate Republican Leader] Mitch McConnell announcing his number one goal was to defeat the president. I don’t think in the end the timing, unfortunately, would have helped a great deal.”

The man has earned his rest most honorably, but I hope that not having to hondle with campaign donors (from all reports, his least favorite part of the job) gives him a chance to do more political commentary going forward. And by ‘political commentary’, yes, I mean telling Luke Russert, on-air, that debating his twitter-ific outlook would be like arguing with a dining room table. (Extra points if he calls David Gregory more deluded than the average LaRouchie.)