President Speaks About Libya

President Barack Obama says the situation in Libya remains fluid and uncertain. But he says longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi's nearly 42-year-old regime is coming to an end.

After a five month NATO-led bombing campaign, Obama said the situation in Libya reached a tipping point in recent days. However, Obama says there are elements of the regime that remain a threat.

Libyan rebels are claiming control of most of the capital city of Tripoli. However, U.S. officials say Gadhafi's whereabouts remain unknown.

Obama spoke from his rented vacation home in Martha's Vineyard, Mass.


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  • by clint on Aug 26, 2011 at 02:56 PM
    The President announced today that the recent east coast earthquake revealed three major faults running through Washington DC. "Bushes Fault" the "Tea Parties Fault" and the largest and most dangerous "Certainly Not Obamas Fault". Serious aftershocks should be expected and a major quake is predicted along "Certainly Not Obamas Fault" on or very near Nov. 2012. "One and Done" Count on it!!!
  • by Irene coming Location: enc on Aug 25, 2011 at 07:17 PM
    I wonder if Cantor is going to tell his fellow statesmen in VA. that they will get help after the "new congress" determines that we have the money.
  • by Poll lovers Location: enc on Aug 25, 2011 at 07:24 AM
    The most unpopular group in the country today is.....the Tea Party!! Jeb Bush, Karl Rove, Micheal Steele, every day another Republican comes out warning the TP to "cool it"!
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Aug 25, 2011 at 11:00 AM in reply to Poll lovers
      I understand, why bother with the facts when the blither works for ya!
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        by 14 percent and lowering. on Aug 25, 2011 at 01:33 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        The national Tea Party movement appears to have lost some ground in popular support after the blistering debate over raising the nation’s debt ceiling in which Tea Party Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate fought any compromise on taxes and spending. Fourteen percent of Americans consider themselves strong supporters of the Tea Party movement, and, perhaps not coincidentally, 12% of the public consists of conservative Republicans who wanted members of Congress who shared their views on the budget to hold out for a deal they could agree with.
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      by GOP a 12% approval rating on Aug 25, 2011 at 07:28 PM in reply to Poll lovers
      Americans are plenty angry at the Republican controlled Congress in the aftermath of the debt crisis and Republicans could pay the greatest price, a new Associated Press-GfK poll suggests. The poll finds the tea party has lost support, Republican House Speaker John Boehner is increasingly unpopular and people are warming to the idea of not just cutting spending but also raising taxes – anathema to the GOP – just as both parties prepare for another struggle with deficit reduction.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Aug 30, 2011 at 12:58 PM in reply to GOP a 12% approval rating
        Funny stat there, Rasmussen says 48% prefer republican and 40% prefer democat...good luck with your number, I hope it makes you feel good...
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 24, 2011 at 06:32 AM
    In 31 months of Barack Obama’s presidency, according to the Treasury and CBS News, the US has added $4 trillion to its national debt. That approaches the presidential record set by George W. Bush of $4.9 trillion, but there’s a catch to that. Bush set that record in two terms — in 96 months.
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      by Very smart President on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:15 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Bush coddled Libya and forgave them for their past terrorist activities like the Lockerbie Pan Am flight bombing and the bombing of a disco in Munich. All Libya had to do was give up its pursuit of its nascent nuclear program. Thus, Bush coddled terrorists and did not even capture bin Laden at Tora Bora and later said he had other "prioritie­s" besides the killing or capture of bin Laden. It took Obama to order a daring raid to kill bin Laden when a bombing campaign from the air would have been the safest course. Obama has used our predator drones much more frequently and with more deadly intent than Bush. Bush talked the talk and was all swagger, but Obama is walking the walk and not alienating the Muslim masses in the process.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:54 AM in reply to Very smart President
        Obama did not increase the use of Predator drones, the military did, over the years since the war began, technology has improved. Obama has not changed any of the polices that Bush was using in the War on Terrorism. Obama had NOTHING to do with the killing of Bin Laden other than being president at the time. Why is it the Obama supporters always give Obama the credit for getting Bin Laden and not once mention the Navy Seals or the other military members fighting overseas?
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      by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:45 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Wrong Story, History Stupid!
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        by Obama Snake Oil co on Aug 24, 2011 at 11:33 AM in reply to
        I see your point, I assumed some people would grasp the connection with the spending of our tax money in Libya, unsantioned by Congress, by Obama only. So what did it cost? Who is going to pay for it? Who is going to pay for Yemen and the missles we are firing there by unauthorized funds? The point, if this was Bush doing this, you would have demanded his head ,just like your side would have demanded that the seals only capture Bin Ladin and bring him for trial in NYC. Well, we get the double standard and we know its OK to spend money without our permission even with the massive debts our next two generations will be paying for. How did that massive ego gratification thing go for you? Did you find a higher paying job, 401K really getting up there...gas prices come down?
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          by Wait on Aug 25, 2011 at 08:25 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
          Bush only got permission because Congress and the American people were lied to! I don't call that authorization!
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Aug 25, 2011 at 11:05 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
          So you are saying that the same information that Bush got and congress got only make Bush the liar? We get it. Apparently, you don't have a point here to make. The intell was given to all to make a decision. If Bush would have done that by himself, the democrats would have fought him, however, since your memory is very short, thats no what happened. Congress voted on it. No matter what little world you live in...facts are just clicks away. You need to stay away from those liberal web sites where the kids post "stories" they heard...that will help.
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          by You are either with us, or against us.... on Aug 25, 2011 at 01:11 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
          Bush knew there were no WMDs and persuaded Congress to go to war. The phrase "you're either with us, or against us" and similar variations are used to depict situations as being polarized and to force witnesses and bystanders to become allies or lose favor. The implied consequence of not joining the team effort is to be deemed an enemy.
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          by ? on Aug 26, 2011 at 07:40 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
          So the fact that Saddam would not let the UN inspect his country for over a month has no bearing at all or the fact that the CIA had a mountain of evidence, photo's and documents, stating that Saddam was producing chemical and biological weapons mean nothing. Look you can use all the excuses you want but that does not change the fact the liberals are wrong on this, we had more then enough evidence to invade Iraq, we had the approve of just about everyone, but keep lying to yourselves if it makes you feel better.
  • by clint on Aug 24, 2011 at 03:53 AM
    We all know that even a blind squirrell will find a nut now and again. Credit where due, the Libya thing worked out. Bin Laden worked out good too but anyone given the intel Obama got would have made the decision to take him out. That said credit the spooks and the military for Bin Laden. So what else has Obama done right? Zip, Nada, Zero, Nothing, Zilch........The man is still a far left zealot and the most polarizing president to ever hold office. We could probably survive another 4 yrs of this fool but that's all it would be, survival. He's gotta go. Obama, "One and Done" Count on it!!!
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      by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:22 AM in reply to clint
      OK America, What have we learned? That given the ability to work WITH the Military, WITHOUT any obstructio­nism, President Obama GETS THINGS DONE! And he gets them done efficientl­y, at a low cost to lives and money. First OBL and now Gaddaffi. His Foreign record is SUPERB! As W would exclaim: "MISSION ACCOMPLISH­ED" ON the other Hand. When he gets nothing but Obstructio­nism from the TP/GOP the end results are usually weak legislatio­n that NOBODY likes and has wasted months to get to while wrangling over ideologica­l B.S. SO, Can we now see just WHO is the problem and just how much more could get done, if the TP/GOP actually worked WITH The President and Democrats for the GOOD of America? THe TRUTH is in the FACTS folks!!! Let the CONservati­ves try and dispute the FACTS all they want. They are in Plain Sight for everyone who wants to LOOK!
  • by If Location: enc on Aug 23, 2011 at 03:46 PM
    If Bush had eliminated Osams bin laden and had been part of the elimination of Gadhafi with limited envolvement of the US, he would be lifted up by the GOP as a great foreign policy leader. The double standard here is too obvious for words. Those who refuse to give this president credit for what he has done as commander-in-chief are not only far removed from the American people, but also from the moderate Republican party!
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      by History Student on Aug 23, 2011 at 06:40 PM in reply to If
      Rebuttal to If Location: enc on Aug 23, 2011 at 06:46 PM If Bush had eliminated Osams bin laden. What? Nice spin try. The Navy had jets in the air to bomb bin Laden where he was at the time. President Clinton called the navy jets back. The Navy had bin Laden back in the 1990's Clinton did not want to ruffel international feathers. He played politicas. That cost to this day many American lives. Then comes 9-11 Goggle the facts
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        by Bush dropped the ball on Aug 24, 2011 at 12:28 AM in reply to History Student
        A Senate Foreign Relations Committee report says that Osama bin Laden was within the grasp of U.S troops in December 2001, but bin Laden was allowed to escape into the Afghan mountains. The Daily News reports, "The report asserts that the failure to get the terrorist leader when he was at his most vulnerable in December 2001 - three months AFTER the 9/11 attacks - led to today's reinvigorated insurgency in Afghanistan." The report says, "The failure to finish the job represents a lost opportunity that forever altered the course of the conflict in Afghanistan and the future of international terrorism."
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Aug 24, 2011 at 05:10 AM in reply to Bush dropped the ball
          I am so glad someone believed this story written by the liberal media to discredit Bush. I do believe, really, this I think is true so you can run with it....Bachman dyes her hair!
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          by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:29 AM in reply to Bush dropped the ball
          A Senate Foreign Relations Committee=/= 'liberal media.' Unless you have hard evidence to back up your claims you should crawl back under the bridge you came from and learn to read while you're down there.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:25 AM in reply to History Student
        Have you noticed that OBL and Now Gaddaffi are GONE????? Face it CONS. Obama has out maneuvered ALL of you CONS. Quit yer fussin and ACCEPT the FACTS!
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          by ? on Aug 26, 2011 at 08:18 AM in reply to
          So Obama's taking credit for what the NATO and the rebels did, oh yeah, Greatest President Ever!!! That's right, wasn't Obama the one who went charging in when they found Osama, bet he said something real cool to we he shot Osama! All humor aside, what you are stating is a complete lie, "Obama has out maneuvered ALL of you CONS" or "ACCEPT the FACTS!", I didn't realizes Obama is our king and makes every decision for the Government. How about you put credit where credit is due, those evil men are gone because of those that are willing to fight for the betterment of their and their families lives, not Obama.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 23, 2011 at 07:27 AM
    Ive got a great idea! Obama should re-locate to Libya! I'll HELP HIM PACK AND PAY HIS AIR FARE!!!!
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      by another anti-American Gadhafi fan @10:27 on Aug 23, 2011 at 05:14 PM in reply to
      Why don't you re-locate to Libya, I'm sure Gadhafi could use a good one like you. If your are against Obama, surely you are for Gadhafi.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:31 AM in reply to another anti-American Gadhafi fan @10:27
        That's not really true, he's more like a fascist or national socialist.
  • by Barlow Location: Wintervlle on Aug 23, 2011 at 02:11 AM
    Repugnants like McCain are weighing in now on how they would have done it and what we (Obama) did wrong. This reminds me of all the Bush stooges rushing on Fox when Bin Laden got killed trying to find a way to take credit. We need to be acknowledge when things go right and own up when things are done wrong, regardless of who is in power. This is not over and the various tribes could start fighting among themselves as they did in Iraq. We always assume these people want democracy and that is not always the case, but the Libyan people are highly educated and hopefully will make the right choices going forward.
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      by Obama Snake Oil co on Aug 23, 2011 at 05:22 AM in reply to Barlow
      Really Barlow, sounded like "mission accomplished" to the rest of us. So what the president told us would take days now has taken months? Can the guy, or is the guy capable of telling us the truth?
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        by This osoc guy is pathetic on Aug 23, 2011 at 03:52 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
        How many YEARS after Bush said "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED?" are we still fighting HIS (WMDs) wars?? And you complain about months instead of days? How many young Americans are without family members because of Bush's wars? How many because of Obama? Yea, I thought so....
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          by Obama Snake Oil co on Aug 24, 2011 at 05:14 AM in reply to This osoc guy is pathetic
          Spewed right off the liberal web site just like a good sheep. Don't want to make you feel stupid, however, only Congress can authorize a war. Congress got the same information that the president received and funded it, allowed it....with a volunteer military. Now suck it up, its congress's fault...that Nancy Pelosi....her war.
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          by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:33 AM in reply to This osoc guy is pathetic
          He (osoc) will have to wait until Glenn Beck can give him more misinformation to spew before he responds. Mission Accomplished was a joke. To bad innocent lives were lost because of greed. Bush should have never started those unfunded wars.
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          by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:34 AM in reply to This osoc guy is pathetic
          By Pelosi...you mean Bush Jr? Yes, that's correct.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:27 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
        Your debating skills are practicall­y non existent! I say I fixed the TIRES on my car and your response is have you noticed the cigarette lighter is broken? NO relationsh­ip whatsoever­. STICK to the point. YOU CONS just cannot stand that this President GETS THINGS DONE! Especially things that CON Presidents in the past have been unable to do.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:33 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
        And when Bush said mission accomplished it was only almost a decade later than said mission is finally accomplished.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 23, 2011 at 05:33 AM in reply to Barlow
      So You Said "We need to be acknowledge when things go right and own up when things are done wrong, regardless of who is in power." So does that mean you will own up and admit that the Obama stimulus was WRONG.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:34 AM in reply to
        The stimulus was wrong, it needed hundreds of billions more to actually do what it should have.
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      by Obama Snake Oil co on Aug 23, 2011 at 10:45 AM in reply to Barlow
      'Pray for israel' teXt inspires online hate As a liberal Barlow, this is the kind of actions on your part that disgust the rest of us. These are the liberal extremists; Pop star Katy Perry posted a simple "Pray for Israel" message to her substantial family of Twitter followers and her online account was almost immediately flooded with hate-filled responses
  • by Facts Location: enc on Aug 22, 2011 at 09:33 PM
    To those reading some blogger on swampbubble-you can go directly to public government sources regarding the salaries and pensions of congress! They are not paid a salary for life! They become vested after 5 years, but cannot draw retirement until serving 20 years and 52/ or 25years. That retirement is based on time served and contributions-just like any other job! They do contribute to SS and that, too, is treated the same way it is for the rest of us! The also have the right to medical insurance, but it is not free-they have to pay depending on the policy they choose. This has been the law since 1984 and is public information. Now, continue to look like fools and illiterates and say this post isn't true!
  • by Foreign policy Location: enc on Aug 22, 2011 at 09:01 PM
    While the Reps. were complaining about the media roast, Obama was catching OBL. Now, while they have accused him outrageously concerning Libya, Obama has worked with our allies and UN to help free a country from a brutal dictator. Yet, you still complain. The GOP wants Obama gone, they don't care how good of a president he is and they don't care how much they hurt this country to do it!
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Aug 23, 2011 at 05:23 AM in reply to Foreign policy
      No, its not just the republicans, its the rest of us too. We cannot afford him.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 23, 2011 at 03:57 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        No., its just the Rep/tea. The others are just being spoon fed your rhetoric, but come election time, your will be the ones being served.
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        by Party of Jerks on Aug 24, 2011 at 12:36 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        Point is your party was Wrong Again, and again, and again. Bad part is, you are to arrogant to admit it. that sound a little harsh, should have said ignorant, yea, ignorant is more pleasing.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:38 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        If you're not a conservative republican, what are you? A reploid?
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      by Anonymous on Aug 23, 2011 at 10:42 AM in reply to Foreign policy
      Obama didnt catch Bin Laden, the Navy Seals did and the rest of the military deserves credit too, not Obama. He worked with our allies to help free a country from a brutal dictator? Didnt Bush do that also (with Congressional approval) in Iraq? The only difference between Iraq and Libya is that there was nothing of interest or political gains for them to get involved in Iraq. And dont bring up the whole "they lied about the WMD's" he had them, he used them and held off the UN inspectors long enough to hide them, not to mention Saddam and his sons made Gadahfi look like a pussy cat.
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        by poor osoc on Aug 24, 2011 at 12:45 AM in reply to
        Nice try Snake, but Bin Laden was killed under Obamas watch. He made the decision to proceed. And that WMDs thing...well seems kind of strange your family member was the only American/person on earth to actually see those WMDs before they magically disappeared. BTW, is your family member still planning on piloting a hand made space shuttle to Mars next month?
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          by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 02:52 AM in reply to poor osoc
          Snake Oil should fly with him, I will gladly go in on the rubber band cost.
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          by Obama Snake Oil co on Aug 24, 2011 at 05:23 AM in reply to poor osoc
          It doesn't matter...22% approval rate gents...he is over and done with. And those WMDs...google gents, its there, you are just in denial.
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          by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:43 AM in reply to poor osoc
          If by 22% you mean around 40%, you'd for once in your life be right OSOC.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:43 AM in reply to
        Actually no...he didn't. He pretty much did what he wanted to and widly ignored the majority of the international community. The only difference between Iraq and Libya is the trillion or so spend in Iraq and a few thousand dead soldiers and a few hundred thousand dead Iraqi citizens. And really? A people still on about how he hid the weapons? Where are they then? Why wouldn't he give them up after he was captured? After combing and bombing and being in the country for over 10 years, do you honestly still believe we wouln't have found them by now?
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