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04:02 PM on 05/09/2009
Captain Phillips gives up himself to save his crew. US Navy Seals take out the pirates and rescue the captain. Mission Accomplished and a job very well done .
03:51 PM on 05/09/2009
Leaving the WH to play basketball is better than leaving it to order a hamburger with Dijon mustard!

Wait, is basketball French?
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BannedInBoston
Everyone is entitled to my opinion.
04:11 PM on 05/09/2009
basketb all (the game) - le basket
basketb all (the b all) - b allon de basket

basketb all team - équipe de basket
basketb all player - basketteur/basketeuse
guard - arrière
offensive player - attaquant
jumper - sauteur
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Lee Andrew
173rd ARMY RECON (DAV)
05:22 PM on 05/09/2009
Sorry to disappoint you basket ball is 100% American..
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osusana
The Obamas: Real Family Values at work.
06:00 PM on 05/09/2009
Invented, if I'm not mistaken, at Springfield College, in Springfield, Mass.
03:38 PM on 05/09/2009
Wifey looks unimpressed and dressed for a picnic...!
04:07 PM on 05/09/2009
So what?
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BannedInBoston
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04:14 PM on 05/09/2009
It shows a lack of sense in how to dress and behave on special public occasions. It doesn't necessarily make her a bad person but you have to wish that she had had the sense to dress for the occasion. You don't meet the President in the WH every day.
06:01 PM on 05/09/2009
Where you one of those who felt that the Obamas were out of place by touching the queen or her gift to the queen or their having a date night?

That is what.....learn to be even handed not so one sided ....oh that is right you are are Re thug.
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serindipity803
04:13 PM on 05/09/2009
Maybe that is all she has.
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BannedInBoston
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04:15 PM on 05/09/2009
Wife of a commercial ship captain? I seriously doubt it.
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03:28 PM on 05/09/2009
Obama leaving the White House to play basketball is better, that leave the White House
(Bush,Cheney) to meet in secrecy with oil executives or seek and destroy the law
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ObamAtomic
03:22 PM on 05/09/2009
Obama later left the White House to play basketball,,,,,,,so what?

Obama leave the White House to play basketball is better than left the white house to me with the oil executives or too seek and destroy the law,Bush ,Cheney.
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dbg2
03:13 PM on 05/09/2009
I know the Phillips family, great people ... so you winners FO
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Janet Carter
03:17 PM on 05/09/2009
What did the "winners" win?
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The only thing we have to fear is fear itself~FDR
03:23 PM on 05/09/2009
cheesy grin!
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Freedom from fear - the philosophy of human rights
05:55 PM on 05/09/2009
Nice hearing from you.

Ditto on your message................
03:08 PM on 05/09/2009
Is Obama not wearing a tie in The Oval Office????????? On a Saturday?????

I told you he was a mu.slim so/ci/ali/st.
03:22 PM on 05/09/2009
LOL!!!!! me too. This just confirms it ditoo. FOOOOOOOOOOOOX where are you. you guys missed this???Oh come monday..Hannity
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zanbama
04:38 PM on 05/09/2009
I thought M-F was a work wk.
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When in doubt, Google it.
03:02 PM on 05/09/2009
Well, since the media is always so focused on Michelle's attire, what's up with the Captain's wife wearing a casual pair of cropped pants and blouse? You would think an invitation to the White House would inspire a bit more formal attire. But, maybe not.

She made a comment after he was freed that disturbed me. Did anybody catch what she said when they told her he was free? She said something like, "and thank you to the President who for once stood back and let the military do their job for a change!"

I don't know about her.
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obamagal
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself~FDR
03:11 PM on 05/09/2009
In response to your comment on Mrs. Phillips' attire, I thought the same thing when I saw the picture. As for her comment, I didn't hear it; I missed that presser, but if what you say is true, then I'm with you. I'm getting angry just thinking about it.
03:58 PM on 05/09/2009
I didn't hear that comment. In fact, the day they gave the first statement when he was home, I was desperately wanting to hear what they said about the President and I heard crickets. I thought the lack of a comment was odd. I am not questioning you , but can you post a link to anything?

Jennifer
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ibsteve2u
Someone who cares - to his unending regret
02:50 PM on 05/09/2009
While I am glad that the good Captain survived his ordeal, I am not in favor of using U.S. forces - taxpayer dollars - to protect the shipment of goods from offshore factories - factories that now house jobs that were once American.

Why should I subsidize big Business? Let them protect their offshore trade routes.

If we can't get equitable environmental and labor laws globally - thus negating the power that the corporations have to play one nation's work force off another as a means of crippling the middle class of all nations - then I will happily settle for seeing the corporations having to pay ever higher transportation and insurance costs.

That, too, would force American jobs home.
02:58 PM on 05/09/2009
Arent these people American and they work for this company? They were NOT transporting Jobs in the cargo ship to other countries. They were transporting Food to feed people who are poor and hungry whta does that have to do with shipping jobs overseas. Pirates are not stealing jobs they are stealing FOOD from women and children.

Carol
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Crissy Patters
03:01 PM on 05/09/2009
ICAM! It should be rhe responsibility of the cargo owners to protect their ship and not the government. They are looking at saving a dollar at our expense, sorry it shouldn't work that way.
03:09 PM on 05/09/2009
SO you think the best solution in international waters is for all the ships to have their own armies aboard to protect their cargo. Maybe they should have their own grenade and missle launcher too.



Carol
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obamagal
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself~FDR
03:12 PM on 05/09/2009
Co-sign.
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Special on pap smears at Walgreen's this week ....
02:45 PM on 05/09/2009
Nice.
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02:45 PM on 05/09/2009
"Obama later left the White House to play basketball."

I love having Obama as President.
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02:51 PM on 05/09/2009
Why did the reporter find it necessary to add that detail? It had nothing to do with the story.
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Crissy Patters
02:56 PM on 05/09/2009
Because that lil tit bit of info made some of us smile:)

It was a stand alone sentence to separate it from the captain information.
03:05 PM on 05/09/2009
They are a lot of times that stuff that have nothing to do with the story is included especially when you are reporting on someone like the Presidents movemnt. If they said he left for Camp David afterwards what would be wrong with that. Nothing so its the same thing as saying he left to play basketball afterwards. Its just telling you what he did after.
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02:32 PM on 05/09/2009
I think it to be apropriate, thoughtfull and above all classy for our president to invite the captain and his wife to the white house. Most americans, one of which is captain Philips, are contributing to the betterment of our country. And then there are the negative bozos whose only pass time is to tear down our President who is working on solutions to the country's problems. It proves over, and over again that the Republicans under the leadership of Limbaugh/Hanity have nothing else to contribute but negativism. Keep it up Repubs.
03:10 PM on 05/09/2009
Would the word "classy" apply here? What does it really mean?
04:13 PM on 05/09/2009
George W Bush making fun of a death row inmate about to be executed = Not classy

Barack Obama inviting a man that put his life on the line for others = Classy

Do you know the difference now?
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06:59 PM on 05/09/2009
George Bush presented a medal to the family of a dead soldier and telling the mother "Don't sell it on e-bay, not classy.

Barack Obama putting up with all the hate mongers=classy

Got it?
02:29 PM on 05/09/2009
Righties hate the Captain and his crew because they called out Boss Limbaugh -- Republicans wanted Obama to fail, they wanted the Captain to d i e.
02:37 PM on 05/09/2009
sadly there's might be some truth to that...not necessarily want ing the man to d ie but certainly taking advantage if he had.

fortunately.....though...Navy Seals are trained professionals and Obama has a cool clear thinking style ...just what you want in an emergency..

it's going to be a long 4..8 years for the Right...
02:46 PM on 05/09/2009
Yeah, right, us evil conservatives wanted the captain dead in order to earn political points. How insightful. How about the liberal Senator who wanted Bush to fail (means American troops die) in order to gain politcal points? "The war is lost." Remember that famous line? How About Murdoch calling American troops murderers? I suppose these pure of heart liberals were just being truthful. Gimme a break.
03:04 PM on 05/09/2009
There's a lot of truth to that. Does anyone have a doubt that they want the country tattacked again, because it'll be good for their politics?
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Florida Progressive.
02:59 PM on 05/09/2009
You just know Boss was p!ssed when the rescue plan worked perfectly.
02:28 PM on 05/09/2009
Yeah, the basketball line. Weird addon. Was there a word count that had to be met or something?
02:42 PM on 05/09/2009
really???

To me I read that as a guy takes a bit of time to get some exercise during the day and that's all.

OTOH...I guess with folks who find a way to make condiments an issue worthy of national debate....they'd have something to say about shooting a few hoops..
03:07 PM on 05/09/2009
nice...LOL
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07:13 PM on 05/09/2009
That was just a little red meat for the Obama hater to grab onto. You know weekends are usually slow for news days for them/ They have to wait until Sunday night for their Hannity fix.
02:17 PM on 05/09/2009
I don't get the line about leaving the WH to play basketball. Is that supposed to somehow demean the meeting? So what he left to shoot hoops. That's what he does a lot. How do they know what time he shot hoops. Maybe, it was two hours after meeting the Captain.

What compelling journalism.
02:26 PM on 05/09/2009
riding a bicycle with cards in the spokes is more acceptable.
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02:28 PM on 05/09/2009
LOL
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Crissy Patters
02:35 PM on 05/09/2009
People are interested in POTUS, the one sentence about him shooting hoops was just a piece of the POTUS Saturday. It didn't hurt anyone and I'm sure if the journalists for one moment thought he would be bashed for the side note he'd left it off.
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02:54 PM on 05/09/2009
But that line belongs in a back to school summer report not a jounalist's piece of written work. A very below 9th grade comment.