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    President Barack Obama participates in conference call with National Security Council chief of staff Denis McDonough and John Brennan, Assistant to the President for homeland security and counterterrorism, about preliminary assessments from the ongoing consultations the President has ordered in human and systematic failures that occurred leading up to attempted terrorist Christmas Day attack. The phone call took place in Kailua, Hawaii Dec. 31, 2009.
    (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

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    1. Sarita Linda 52 months ago

      Steve Schmidt, McCains own adviser admits Sarah Painlying does not tell the truth in his a 60 min interview:

      "There were numerous instances that she said things that were - that were not accurate that, ultimately, the campaign had to deal with. And that opened the door to criticism that she was being untruthful and inaccurate. And I think that that is something that continues to this day," he said."

      Wow!

    2. Unalienable Rights by GOD- not Executive Order 52 months ago

      The man needs and education on American freedom and what it means to Freedom loving patriots.

      In June 1776, as Thomas Jefferson composed a draft of the Declaration of Independence from a second floor parlor of a bricklayer's house in Philadelphia, the largest invasion force in British military history was headed for New York Harbor. By the time the last of the fifty-six signers had affixed their names to the final, edited document months later, an invading force of British soldiers had landed at Staten Island, the British had taken New York City, and the American patriots had committed themselves to a long and bloody struggle for liberty and independence.

      The Declaration announced to the world the separation of the thirteen colonies from Great Britain and the establishment of the United States of America. It explained the causes of this radical move with a long list of charges against the King. In justifying the Revolution, it asserted a universal truth about human rights in words that have inspired downtrodden people through the ages and throughout the world to rise up against their oppressors.

      Jefferson was not aiming at originality. The Declaration articulates the highest ideals of the Revolution, beliefs in liberty, equality, and the right to self-determination. Americans embraced a view of the world in which a person's position was determined, not by birth, rank, or title, but by talent, ability, and enterprise. It was a widely held view, circulated in newspapers, pamphlets, sermons, and schoolbooks; but it was Thomas Jefferson, the 33-year-old planter from Virginia, who put the immortal words to it.

      On July 4, 1776, Congress completed its editing of the document that reduced the text by 25 percent ("mutilations" is what Jefferson called it) and formally adopted the Declaration; on July 19, Congress ordered that a formal copy of the Declaration be prepared for members to sign; and on August 2, the final parchment–the one presently displayed in the nearby case–was presented to Congress and the signing began.

    3. Beth Wales 52 months ago

      Nice portrait study, Mr Souza.
      The EOS 5D ii gives great colour tones.
      Unfortunately, Santa got lost in the snow bringing mine this year...

    4. Mona Loldwoman (Look for the good) 52 months ago

      I find it EXTREMELY sad and disturbing that this stream is no longer SAFE viewing for children.

      I really do wish the White House would would take a que from their other US goverment streams and add "Rules" in their profile. and then get a volunteer to use the delete function. !

      Then school children could come back to this stream.

      Oh, thats right , I forgot. The White House staff is enjoying this garbage. and they want children to be exposed to this filth. Teaching them complete disrespect for the government .

    5. Blue387 52 months ago

      Why can't we all relax and listen to some Keith Jarrett?

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=fK60Jkmf0fw

    6. Mona Loldwoman (Look for the good) 52 months ago

      Bush authorized the use of Flickr. That is when about 97% of the over 300 US Government Flickr accounts began.
      Every branch of the gov. Every branch of the military, Each sub group. Each base. They are ALL on here. Here are a few.

      U.S. Department of State
      www.flickr.com/photos/statephotos/

      U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos' photostream
      www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/

      American Embassy Kabul's photostream
      www.flickr.com/photos/kabulpublicdiplomacy/

      DoDEA Communications' photostream
      www.flickr.com/photos/dodeacommunications/

      The U.S. Army's photostream
      www.flickr.com/photos/soldiersmediacenter/
      One of their phots made EXPLORE

      U.S. Army Materiel Command's photostream
      www.flickr.com/photos/armymaterielcommand/

      UNC - CFC - USFK's photostream
      www.flickr.com/people/unc-cfc-usfk/

      US Navy's photostream
      www.flickr.com/photos/unitedstatesnavy/

      U.S. Coast Guard's photostream
      www.flickr.com/photos/coast_guard/

      The National Guard's photostream
      www.flickr.com/photos/thenationalguard/

      NASA has a wonderful stream too.
      nasa hq photo's photostream
      www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqphoto/

      there are many, many more. This doesn't even scratch the surface.
      You won't find this verbal garbage on any of their streams.
      Most of them have RULES listed in their profile. They know how to use the delete function.

    7. undef1ned [deleted] 52 months ago

      Nice photo
      ---
      Alexander Smorkalov

    8. Karlen. 52 months ago

      Thank you Mr. President for screwing non-union workers.
      60bln gift as a payback. This is discrimination and unconstitutional.
      Liar-In-Chief. Puppet. You suck.
      I'll be paying for my neighbor's health insurance. How nice.
      Change we can't believe in.
      Nebraska, SEIU. So, if you are not for Obama, you get taxed.

    9. Unalienable Rights by GOD- not Executive Order 52 months ago

      Read the Midnight run in Paul Revere's own words:

      www.historynet.com/paul-reveres-true-account-of-the-midni...
      I then went home … went to the north part of the town, where I had kept a boat; two friends rowed me across Charles River, a little to the eastward where the man-of-war Somerset lay. It was then young flood, the ship was winding, and the moon was rising. They landed me on the Charlestown side. When I got into town, I met Colonel Conant and several others; they said they had seen our signals. I told them what was acting [happening], and went to get me a horse; I got a horse of Deacon Larkin. While the horse was preparing, Richard Devens, Esq., who was one of the Committee of Safety, came to me and told me that he came down the road from Lexington after sundown that evening; that he met ten British officers, all well mounted, and armed, going up the road.

      I set off upon a very good horse; it was then about eleven o’clock and very pleasant. After I had passed Charlestown Neck … I saw two men on horseback under a tree. When I got near them, I discovered they were British officers. One tried to get ahead of me, and the other to take me. I turned my horse very quick and galloped towards Charlestown Neck, and then pushed for the Medford Road. The one who chased me, endeavoring to cut me off, got into a clay pond near where Mr. Russell’s Tavern is now built. I got clear of him, and went through Medford, over the bridge and up to Menotomy. In Medford, I awaked the captain of the minute men; and after that, I alarmed almost every house, till got to Lexington. I found Messers Hancock and Adams at the Rev. Mr. Clark’s; I told them my errand and enquired for Mr. Daws; they said he had not been there; I related the story of the two officers, and supposed that he must have been stopped, as he ought to have been there before me. [At this point Hancock stated he intended to stay in Lexington and fight,

    10. vinknk [deleted] 52 months ago

      barry was influence by the unions from a very young age:

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0JdZd3Cpjc&feature=related

      x

    11. Karlen. 52 months ago

      this has to stop.
      this chicago gang is doing whatever they want.
      Is this what our founding fathers invisioned?
      Obama, why don't you get busy creating jobs instead of looking for a dentist for me?
      what do you have to do as a President? to discriminate?
      to buy votes?
      Liar-In-Chief.

    12. vinknk [deleted] 52 months ago

      Rush was tearing barry and new one this morning over his union deal.

      Also, it appears that ears, along w/ billy clinton, will stump for martha coakley in boston.

      My money to pay for barry's trip to MA in support of some lib nut...

      This is what I think of that: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtsI7KRe_zQ&feature=related

      x

    13. Karlen. 52 months ago

      how any times BO said that we had to stop business as usual.
      he was right, what he does, has never been done before.
      this is his policies:
      if you are against us we will hurt you, if you are not against us, we will help you.
      bribe, bribe, bribe. chicago gang rules.
      that's right, i would call it Ruling, not governing.
      no 60 votes, fine, we'll get there after midnight, behind closed doors.
      tax banks, they make too much $$$$$. who will end up paying for his crap? us. banks will pass on taxes to us.
      there is no law, constitution or rules for this admin.
      their Bible/Constitution/Law is Rules for Radicals.
      transparent?????????????????????????????????
      dream on. BO doesn't have it in his vocabulary.
      who is the biggest contribution to BO campaigne? unions. who gets exempt from taxes? unions.
      that's the change the people voted for.

    14. vinknk [deleted] 52 months ago

      Yep...they're going to try and ram this shit through.

      Look at what lard-ass, baby-talk has to say:

      www.nationalreview.com/baystate/post/?q=YzJhYmViZTNkM2UwN...

      x

    15. WinaVD 52 months ago

      Lovely Mr.President!
      Sharp shot!

    16. jinxmcc 52 months ago

      It seems very clear that some of the trolls on this comment stream are trying desperately to do something outrageous enough that they will be deleted, so they can scream in outrage.

    17. Beth Wales 52 months ago

      @ Maximus Molestissimus - can you post other photographic gems like the Cosmo's Centre-Fold Winners ,instead of the usual rude comments you make?
      That centrefold brightened up my morning.One of your own photos ??
      (ah, on looking at the 18 photos you have on your site, alas ,it's not.)

    18. vinknk [deleted] 52 months ago

      Democrats and Double Standards
      If Martha Coakley were a Republican, she would have been Quayled.

      article.nationalreview.com/print/?q=NjQ4MzUyY2UxMWU3ZDRlO...

      x

    19. M.AL-ZAID «WAH» 52 months ago

      Excellent image - صــورة ممــتازة
      You are invited to display your image and join our group
      ارجوا إضافة هذة الصورة إلى المجموعة و الاشتراك

      WE ARE HERE (WAH) نحن هنا

    20. Workshop klugesschwein 50 months ago

      ey, batog...just canno call me^^
      we gonna find some time...(oo)..

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