Cocktails With Obama? Last Night’s Guest List Shows Focus On EFCA

As Ben Smith reports, President Obama invited several folks over for a White House cocktail soiree yesterday evening.

I’m told by a source that Valerie Jarrett’s office organized the get-together.  

On the menu?  From the guest list, it sure looks like the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) was on the White House front burner.  

A source in the know tells me the following were guests:

Jimmy Hoffa of the Teamsters; Mark Ayers, head of the Building and Construction Trades Department of AFL-CIO; Jerry McEntee of AFSCME;  Randi Weingarten of AFT;  Dennis Van Roekel of NEA;  Carl Pope of Sierra Club;  Andre Delattre of PIRGs;  Janice McGee;  Cecile Richardson of Planned Parenthood;  Kathryn Kolbert of People For the American Way;  Joe Solomonese of Human Rights Campaign;  Wade Henderson of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights; Jerry Hudson of SEIU; Andy Stern of SEIU; Eli Pariser and Justin Ruben of MoveOn.org.  (btw, Eli will be moving up to the board of directors for MoveOn and Justin will be taking over day to day operations helm shortly.  Congrats to both!); Van Jones; Tom Donahue of the US Chamber of Commerce; Harry Alford of the National Black Chamber of Commerce; John Castellani of the Business Roundtable

Also in the room were President Obama, Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden and various staffers who walked in and out, chatting with guests.  Sounds like a scene from The West Wing, doesn’t it?

This isn’t the first such cocktail party that the Obama White House has thrown.  On January 28th, leadership of the House and Senate were invited over as well.  But last night’s soiree looks like quite the interesting mix, doesn’t it?

I’m told that there were about 40 people at the gathering, altogether, with several staffers rotating in and out throughout the evening.  Will keep working my sources and see if I can dig up anything further. 

 
129 Responses to "Cocktails With Obama? Last Night’s Guest List Shows Focus On EFCA"
Elliott | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:01 am 1

Good Morning Christy
Cocktails on Wednesday, a most interesting guest list


demi | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:08 am 2

G’Morning Christy & Elliott.
Let me guess. The guests weren’t required to keep their jackets on.
Humming that Eagles tune. There’s a new kid in town….Everybody’s talking.


JimWhite | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:08 am 3

Van Jones? Van Jones was there? He’s my choice for Commerce Secretary. I know it’s a long shot, but he could just do so much good in that position.


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:08 am 4

Very interesting list. Would love to have been a fly on the wall for some of those conversations, eh?


Scarecrow | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:09 am 5

Did the guests bring guests?


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:10 am 6
In response to Scarecrow @ 5

Don’t know the answer on that one for certain, but I don’t think so given the 40 total number.


SouthernDragon | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:11 am 7

Man, sure are some ignorant Rethug comments to Ben’s oh-so-short post. Ben might think of renaming his blog “Moron Magnet.”


MrsTarquinBiscuitbarrel | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:11 am 8

Thanks for the heads-up, Christy! As a proud former member of SEIU, I’m delighted to see labor leaders invited to the WH.


WarOnWarOff | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:12 am 9

In some secluded rendezvous,
That overlooks the avenue…


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:15 am 10
In response to SouthernDragon @ 7

I always find it intriguing to see what brings out the weirdest of comments. Because it always seems like it’s something innocuous or just a quick hit sort of thing that really sets some folks among us off.

And it’s almost always a surprise on what does — and what doesn’t. *g*


foothillsmike | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:16 am 11

Obama seems to be putting in very long days. Republican caller on C=span said Obama has done more in three months than Bush did in eight years. Ha, tomorrow is one month


SouthernDragon | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:18 am 12

Yep. There’s only the mention of the event and these people went absolutely snake shit. *g*


cbl2 | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:18 am 13

Good Morning Christy and Firedogs -

US Chamber of Commerce you say . . . ooh the awkward, it burns ! :D


JimWhite | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:18 am 14

Verg Bernero, Mayor of Lansing, should have been there. See Millineryman’s Oxdown for how Bernero is standing up for labor. (Glenn Greenwald posted the clip today, too).


DWBartoo | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:19 am 15

Good morning all,

Sounds like an excellent cocktail ‘mix’ to me.

The ‘People’s House’ is probably enjoying the de-lightful ‘change’ from the grim, angry, and dismal confabs of the recent, unlamented, past …


kdh22 | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:19 am 16

A whole lotta intelligent, liberal minds in that room! The conversation was constructive, I’m sure.

Can you believe these Republican governors talking about refusing stimulus $$? I feel sorry for their residents (read: constituents). The govs would be making a mistake if they continue on in this manner. 2010 is looking better all the time.


jayt | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:19 am 17
In response to foothillsmike @ 11

Unfortunately, he still has not done as much as *Cheney* did in eight years….


Elliott | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:19 am 18
In response to DWBartoo @ 15

indeed!


Crosstimbers | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:20 am 19

So, it appears the CEO of Home Depot wasn’t invited, or didn’t accept. He may have had another telcon scheduled. I wonder how long the Chamber of Commerce guys stayed, with tight lipped little smiles, before making a polite exit.


SouthernDragon | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:20 am 20
In response to foothillsmike @ 11

Well, it’s been 3 weeks and most callers are nervous for starters. Prolly just a misspeak.


jayt | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:22 am 21

my cormputer keeps blowin’ up.

when they gonna update these Commodore 64’s?


Bluetoe2 | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:23 am 22

Surprised that Michigan’s former Republican Governor, John Engler, who left a bankrupt state to Granholm, and is now the head of the National Assoc. of Manufacturers, wasn’t there. Think we all know what they think of EFCA.


WarOnWarOff | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:23 am 23
In response to kdh22 @ 16

Goodhair just said he’s gonna take his’n.


Knut | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:23 am 24

I hope they offered tofu weenies.


Knut | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:25 am 25

I love it. There’s a new game in town. Cokie and Juan are going to have to find a new playground.


SouthernDragon | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:26 am 26

Off to swim in the great capitalist cesspool.

Tell the ones you love that you love them. Every day.

Be good to yourselves, and all other living things.

Namaste


jayt | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:27 am 27
In response to Knut @ 25

hard to believe that someone named “Cokie” wouldn’t be a hell of a party guest…


SouthernDragon | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:27 am 28
In response to jayt @ 21

Thanks for the laugh.


Bluetoe2 | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:28 am 29
In response to JimWhite @ 14

Virg is running for re-election for Mayor of Lansing, MI. He’s a real firebrand that is unaffraid of the right wingers or their reps in the media. He needs to be seen and heard more in the media. Sharp guy that may welll have a political future on the national stage.


kdh22 | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:29 am 30
In response to WarOnWarOff @ 23

Good idea, Goodhair.


WarOnWarOff | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:29 am 31
In response to WarOnWarOff @ 23

Although he has “reservations.” Talking out of bof sides of his mouf.


DWBartoo | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:29 am 32
In response to SouthernDragon @ 28

SD, you are much in my thoughts.

David


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:30 am 33

So, how is everyone this morning? Isn’t this a guest list that would make Dick Cheney’s little bit of remaining hair spontaneously combust from ire?


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:31 am 34
In response to jayt @ 27

LOL It does seem to be a name that ought to indicate party, party party, doesn’t it? *G*


kdh22 | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:32 am 35
In response to WarOnWarOff @ 31

I suspect all of them will be doing that before this is all over. They know, way down deep inside, that this plan that the Admin is unveiling will work. They just can’t say that out loud. lol!


cbl2 | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:33 am 36
In response to Bluetoe2 @ 29

been a fangirl since early December when he called out Dixiecrats for wanting to bust Labor while handing out tax breaks to foreign auto makers – believe Corker still bears welts


jayt | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:33 am 37

mornin’ Christy.

make Dick Cheney’s little bit of remaining hair spontaneously combust from ire?

Nice line.

I’m stealing it.


SouthernDragon | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:33 am 38
In response to DWBartoo @ 32

Thank you.

Peace


Bluetoe2 | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:34 am 39
In response to Knut @ 25

Kookie Cokie see’s herself as the granddame of the Beltway Brahmins. A rich patrician who has nothing in common with the “rabble.”


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:34 am 40
In response to kdh22 @ 35

Given how far down oil revenues have gone, Alaska’s budget shortfall has to be making things a bit difficult for poor wittle misunderstood Sarah. Of course, she’d have to care about Alaskans above and beyond her own ambitions.

It’s a conundrum…


demi | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:34 am 41
In response to SouthernDragon @ 7

Okay, so your comment inspired to go and look at those comments. Educational. I hadn’t realized that taxpayers = republicans. I guess that person may think that all democrats are welfare recipients? Hmmmmm.


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:35 am 42
In response to jayt @ 37

Thanks. Couldn’t help myself. *G*


oldnslow | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:36 am 43
In response to cbl2 @ 36

Good morning, Cbl!


cbl2 | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:38 am 44

well that’s the buzz outta Myrtle Beach anyway *g*


jayt | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:38 am 45

Anybody feel like doin’ some legal work? – I’m really not in the mood.

Oh well, I guess that’s why they pay me the big gv$(*mk’s.

(sorry – messed that up – ’cause my fingers started laughing)


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:39 am 46
In response to demi @ 41

Yes, as someone who has been earning money for college since she started babysitting at the age of 12, and then worked her way through college and grad school, sometimes even cleaning apartments on the side for extra book money, and then starting my own business and afterward working in the public interest as an assistant prosecutor for long hours and very little pay…I’m totally on the welfare dole. Yeppers. Just the sort of work ethic I’ve always had. Because I’m a Democrat.

Morans, yer bus is leaving.


DWBartoo | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:39 am 47
In response to jayt @ 37

Well, Cheney does have an ire ‘calling’ …


kdh22 | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:39 am 48

It always cracks me up when blowhards wike wittle Sawah end up having to take some very unattractive steps to make up for comments they made without a filter.

She’ll take whatever they give her. That’s her M.O.


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:39 am 49
In response to jayt @ 45

I am so laughing right along with you on that one. *G* Been there, tried to balance my books on that…


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:40 am 50
In response to kdh22 @ 48

Pot? This is free RNC-subsidized clothing calling yer bluff…I mean, kettle.


jayt | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:41 am 51
In response to DWBartoo @ 47

ok – so that made me laugh right out loud – but I think that you now have to submit that to the department of punaise for approval……


jlamkin | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:42 am 52

Now, THAT’S Change I can believe in.

Keep snooping, Christy. I want more details! I hope Rahm spilled cocktail mustard on his tie, the weenie.


cbl2 | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:42 am 53
In response to oldnslow @ 43

mornin’ ((( scooter boy))), a little grumpy, missing you terribly :(


kdh22 | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:44 am 54

LOL! She and the RNC are gonna keep me happy for a long, long time. Watching Cantor’s star dim has been enjoyable too. :)


oldnslow | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:44 am 55
In response to cbl2 @ 53

XOXOXO


demi | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:45 am 56

Yep. Just sitting around in our jammies eating leftover meatloaf sammies. :)


barbara | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:45 am 57
In response to JimWhite @ 3

Mine, too. He’d be a tremendous asset to this admin and the country.


barbara | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:46 am 58
In response to oldnslow @ 55

(rushes in with bucket of cold water…) *g* (envious)


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:47 am 59
In response to jlamkin @ 52

I’m working on it — have been working sources on this just for some good Rahm news for ya. *g*


DWBartoo | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:47 am 60
In response to jayt @ 51

Ah, the master, we are all wishing that he had more time to en-joynerate us than has been the case of late.

More punaise!!!

DW


Crosstimbers | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:47 am 61

Regarding Rick Perry, et. al. It has been my lifelong observation that most liberals try their best not to take advantage of public assistance programs of any kind, whereas almost every conservative I’ve ever known whines and points fingers about what someone else is getting, but is the first in line to take advantage of any program.


barbara | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:49 am 62
In response to WarOnWarOff @ 9

I’ll show up wearing something kind-a sporty
For this night’s sortie
To cocktails for, ummm, 40.


cbl2 | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:50 am 63
In response to oldnslow @ 55

surely by now these kooky internet kidz have come up with more appropriate symbols for us *g*


kdh22 | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:52 am 64
In response to Crosstimbers @ 61

Unfortunately, I have to take public assistance in the form of unemployment compensation. I got laid-off in Oct. Companies just can’t compensate employees right now so my search for a new job has been tough.

I’m thankful that the President’s recovery package afforded me and recovering businesses some more time to get back on track.


demi | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:53 am 65
In response to barbara @ 62

I heart you, ((Barbara)).


foothillsmike | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:53 am 66

Was Hilda Solis there and when is she going to be confirmed by the Senate


barbara | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:54 am 67
In response to demi @ 65

(((demi))) my bulb burns somewhat brighter in daylight! *g*


oldnslow | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:55 am 68
In response to cbl2 @ 63

Hope you have a quick and easy day.


Millineryman | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:56 am 69

Good morning all.

I didn’t see a certain poodle about town on the list. :)

I never thought I’d see this happen. Crazy how the greed that drove this whole disaster is changing dynamics in many ways. In the body of the article it says this secret tradition has been around since the Middle Ages.

A Swiss Bank Is Set to Open Its Secret Files

UBS, the largest bank in Switzerland, agreed on Wednesday to divulge the names of well-heeled Americans whom the authorities suspect of using offshore accounts at the bank to evade taxes. The bank admitted conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and agreed to pay $780 million to settle a sweeping federal investigation into its activities.


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:56 am 70
In response to foothillsmike @ 66

Don’t know the answer on that one — sorry.


Crosstimbers | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:56 am 71
In response to kdh22 @ 64

I fully understand and agree. I think, like most liberals, you recognize the importance of unemployment compensation. The conservatives I know, including public school teachers and civil servants, belittle any organized governement program to promote the general welfare, but make use/abuse, at the first opportunity. I know a retired teacher who pisses and moans about having to pay property taxes for public education. He’s fairly typical.


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:57 am 72
In response to Millineryman @ 69

Have something coming up on that in a bit, actually.


barbara | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:57 am 73
In response to oldnslow @ 68

(they look deeply into each other’s eyes, their fingers intertwined; slowly, slowly, they back away from each other until only their finger tips are touching; he blows her a gentle air kiss; she swoons; and then…he is gone)

(((oldnslow & cbl2)))


demi | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:57 am 74
In response to kdh22 @ 64

Keep the faith and don’t feel bad.
I should know this, but doesn’t the state take a small portion from our paychecks towards that unemployment fund?


foothillsmike | Thursday February 19, 2009 06:59 am 75

No need to apologize I appreciate all that you do


GregB | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:00 am 76
In response to Millineryman @ 69

Well, Michelle Bachmann said we are running out of rich people in America. Maybe they all wen to Switzerland.

-G


oldnslow | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:00 am 77
In response to barbara @ 73

Have you been watching us?

You are to sweet.


WarOnWarOff | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:02 am 78
In response to barbara @ 62

Well done! I was trying to think of something that rhymed with 40…


Millineryman | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:03 am 79

Great, looking forward to your take on it.


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:03 am 80
In response to WarOnWarOff @ 78

sporty?


barbara | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:04 am 81

warty?


Knut | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:05 am 82
In response to Crosstimbers @ 61

I’ve thought of this. It’s their model. They think greed is good, and therefore when there is something out there for free they want to get as much of it as they can before somebody else gets there first. They project that greed on Democrats (and poor people in general), which is why they so ferociously oppose anything that looks like a publicly funded programme for anything besides defence and law ‘n order.

I think this pretty much captures the Libertarian view, which is the most coherent articulation of the Republican creed, though to be fair, most of the thugs are simply content to take the money and run. Nevermind the theory behind it.


barbara | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:05 am 83
In response to oldnslow @ 77

Envious. Smoochies!!


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:05 am 84
In response to barbara @ 81

courty?


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:06 am 85

snorty?


barbara | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:07 am 86

minorty?


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:08 am 87
In response to barbara @ 86

Quick, stop us before we rhyme again! *g*


cbl2 | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:08 am 88
In response to Crosstimbers @ 61

just got off the phone with Cornyn’s office – asking the bastid why he isn’t returning all that Stanford cheddar


demi | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:08 am 89

With regards to the cocktail party, what’s next? Should I be checking my mail for the invite to the Saturday Potluck with the Lefty Bloggers at the WH?


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:08 am 90

shorty


WarOnWarOff | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:09 am 91

Got everyone channeling Spike Jones…heh.


barbara | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:09 am 92

LOL big time

courty


foothillsmike | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:13 am 93

snorty


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:13 am 94

Ooooooh, it’s snowing outside at the moment. Beautiful for someone inside and warm, I have to say, but the fluffed out birdies on the feeder look like they disagree…


cbl2 | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:14 am 95
In response to demi @ 89

With regards to the cocktail party, what’s next?

refreshing that it’s all public and we don’t have to petition SCOTUS or FOIA for the guest list, aint it ?


barbara | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:14 am 96
In response to barbara @ 92

I am crushed, CRUSHED, I tell you, that no one has seen fit to DIGG this high-minded thread crashing.

cavorty

(zips lip, super-glues fingers together, attempts to get a grip)


kdh22 | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:16 am 97
In response to Crosstimbers @ 71

That sounds typical, yes. Although, I think the new crop of educators look at it differently, without as much bitterness or cynicism. Some of that has to do with a renewed respect for education that public officials have been consistently defending lately. That’s a good thing, I think.


Lindy | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:16 am 98

Morning, Christy and everyone.


Elliott | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:17 am 99

Jane’s up for those who are interested
Sibelius Wants HHS, But White House Fears Anti-Abortion Backlash From Phill Kline Groupies


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:17 am 100
In response to barbara @ 96

Oh Lorty.

hehehehehehe


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:18 am 101
In response to Lindy @ 98

Morning Lindy — how are things in your neck of the woods?


michael098762001 | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:20 am 102
In response to JimWhite @ 3

Van Jones, as is well known in Bay Area activist leftist circles, in his younger days was cadre in STORM. That group had a neo-Maoist bent. He’d never survive the firestorm. Andy Stern was active in the Pittsburgh chapter of the New American Movement, a group I was active in during the 80’s. NAM merged with the Democratic Socialist Organizing
Committee of Michael Harrington to create the Democratic Socialists of America. A DSA staffer was just interviewed by buffoon Glen Beck on Fox News. The video can be found on liveleak. Joe Solomonese is staff with the Human rights Campaign not HRW.


barbara | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:20 am 103

LMAO and then . . . .

aborty

Jane’s upstairs.


cbl2 | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:22 am 104

o/t

can someone in the know cruise over to my ‘wall’ at FB (and not this thread!) to tell me what is going on with Southern Dragon ? thanks

(clare boothe lucid in case it doesn’t show up when I hit submit)


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:23 am 105
In response to michael098762001 @ 102

Ooops — thanks on the Solomonese — my bad on the typing. Fixed up top…


Elliott | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:27 am 106
In response to cbl2 @ 104

Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:37 am 107
In response to barbara @ 103

cavorty


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:37 am 108

Dang, you had that one already. Hmmmmm….

majort-y


barbara | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:40 am 109

sororty?


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:41 am 110
In response to barbara @ 109

contort-y


barbara | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:42 am 111

Oooh, good. Which leads to . . .

torty


barbara | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:43 am 112

(typing furiously to try to beat you to it . . .)

importy
exporty


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:44 am 113
In response to barbara @ 112

HAHAHAHA laughing too hard to type…


barbara | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:45 am 114

I know . . .

OH!!! Hyannisporty


barbara | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:49 am 115
In response to barbara @ 114

And, the piece de resistance to dog your heels all day long, a new twist on this:

Forty Vallarta, Mexico

(does a little happy dance, smirks a big, slaps self, calms down and vows this must stop, or not…)


klynn | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:53 am 116
In response to Crosstimbers @ 19

I think the import of the Chamber invite with all the other party goers is central for Obama in terms of the Chamber’s commitment to infrastructure being rebuilt, the Chamber’s Let’s Rebuild America initiative, if serious, will need to support EFCA to get all the work done.

The Chamber got their tax cuts in the stimulus package. Obama is stating in this party, “Okay Chamber, I gave you one now you are going to give me a “win-win” in order to tackle infrastructure. We see the same tick list for US infrastructure; thus, I support your Let’s Rebuild America initiative. I support it as long as you realize “who” gets the work done on such projects.”

EFCA…
Then onto the infrastructure reinvestment bank…


klynn | Thursday February 19, 2009 07:58 am 117

Cripes, I ruined the comments by failing to rhyme with the word sporty. It looks like I blew it, it seems so importy…


barbara | Thursday February 19, 2009 08:01 am 118
In response to klynn @ 117

Booyah!! Mmmmm, booyorty.


klynn | Thursday February 19, 2009 08:05 am 119
In response to barbara @ 118

barbara and Christy get today’s awardy

for:

Rhyme Superiority!


bonkers | Thursday February 19, 2009 08:14 am 120

Hot damn! Van Jones was meeting with the Prez?!?! This is very good news, and I hope Van was able to bend Obama’s ear more than anyone else. Jones and like-minded folks need to be given the reins to much more of the government. It’s all about SustainAbility in regards to both the environment and economy.


klynn | Thursday February 19, 2009 08:33 am 121
In response to bonkers @ 120

I imagine Obama has read a great deal of Van’s work. His book is a great map.


Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday February 19, 2009 08:47 am 122

btw, fresh posty goodness up top…


RevBev | Thursday February 19, 2009 09:14 am 123

Oh, farty…I missed it.


MarkH | Thursday February 19, 2009 01:29 pm 124
In response to jayt @ 21

when they gonna update these Commodore 64’s?

They did. It was called a Macintosh.
But that’s been updated too. It’s called an Air Book.

I’m surprised you didn’t get the memo.

And to think, Bill Gates wonders what the Apple ads are about. Heh.


MarkH | Thursday February 19, 2009 01:38 pm 125
In response to GregB @ 76

Well, Michelle Bachmann said we are running out of rich people in America. Maybe they all wen to Switzerland.

I think some may have gone to Antigua, but can’t get home because their credit cards don’t work. You might say they were Stanford “graduates”.


cinnamonape | Thursday February 19, 2009 01:46 pm 126
In response to Millineryman @ 69

Definitely interesting news. The Swiss banking authorities are saying that they were “blackmailed” under the threat that they wouldn’t be allowed to operate in the US anymore and that indictments would go out for a large number of executives.

But I wonder where they get off only releasing 750 names when there were allegedly 17,000 American residents that were in on this tax-evasion scam.


Leen | Thursday February 19, 2009 01:54 pm 127

Christy/All from what I am hearing in Ohio there is soon to be a big move from the SEIU for health care workers here in our state


SpaceLobster | Thursday February 19, 2009 05:36 pm 128
In response to demi @ 2

Maybe now the sourpuss, lefter-than-thou/purer-than-thou Obama-bashers will start to admit to the possibility that the guy actually may, just may, mean business.

And for those of us who are still, admittedly, a bit smitten, here’s some Obama-family porn (strictly G-PG and Safe for Work…unless, of course, you’re supposed to be actually working). Enjoy.


SpaceLobster | Thursday February 19, 2009 05:37 pm 129
In response to SpaceLobster @ 128

I should emphasize …the word “porn” is purely metaphorical there. Absolutely nothing improper going on. Really.


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