…with California Air National Guard Capt. Kelly Smith during a Joining Forces event in Beverly Hills, California, June 13
Sun Times: Pool report from First Lady Michelle Obama’s Pasadena funder: About 500 people gathered on the ample lawn behind the Pasadena home of Ann and Robert Hamilton for a lunch-time fundraiser …The First Lady spoke for about 25 minutes….
Lena Kennedy, the co-chair of the event, introduced her as “the not-so-secret weapon of the President of the United States.”
…She began by recounting her husband’s journey to the White House, beginning with the moment he told her he wanted to run for President. ”I wasn’t exactly thrilled at the idea,” she said. “I still had some cynicism about politics, that was my hesitation.” But she said she was transformed on the campaign trail after hearing the stories of everyday Americas….
Obama then listed some of the things her husband has done in office during his first two years. “We’ve gone from an economy that was on the brink of collapse to an economy that is starting to grow again,” she said. She also mentioned healthcare reform, the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Act and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell…..
….The First Lady talked about the toll that his work had taken on her husband. “I see the sadness and worry that’s creasing his face,” she said.
She described his work ethic as tireless. “He reads every word, every memo, so he is better prepared than the people briefing him,” she said. “This man doesn’t take a day off.”
Obama said the next few years of campaigning would be difficult at times for the Obamas and their supporters. “It is not going to be easy, and it is going to be long,” she said. “Now more than ever we need you help to finish what we started.”
First Lady Michelle Obama waves to family members of Capt. Kelly Smith of the California Air National Guard during a panel discussion hosted by Entertainment Guilds in Beverly Hills, June 13. The Joining Forces event discussed the stories and issues of today’s military families so that their experiences can be integrated into film, television and digital media
MSNBC: In an interview with TODAY’s Ann Curry that will air on Tuesday’s show, President Barack Obama said that if he were Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner right now, he would resign…
“I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign,” he said.
“When you get to the point where, because of various personal distractions, you can’t serve as effectively as you need to, at the time when people are worrying about jobs, and their mortgages, and paying the bills — then you should probably step back,’’ Obama said.
Obama added that what Weiner did was “highly inappropriate’’ and that he has “embarrassed himself” and his wife and family, but said it will ultimately come down to a decision by Weiner and his constituents as to whether he will continue in office.
DCCC: Republicans are rolling out another plan to “privatize” and end Social Security as we know it, turning seniors’ guaranteed benefits into a guaranteed gamble. The last time they tried this was 2005. Just think, if they succeeded then, seniors would have lost trillions more in the 2008 financial crash.
We protected Social Security then. Let’s stand together to protect it again now.
Help us get 100,000 signatures for our petition calling on House Republicans to drop their reckless plan to end Social Security as we know it. Add your name and then spread it far and wide to your friends and family.
President Obama is greeted by North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue after arriving at Raleigh Durham International Airport
…. greeted by Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C.
…greeting wellwishers upon arrival on Air Force One at Raleigh-Durham
President Obama tours Cree, Inc, a manufacturer of energy efficient LED lighting, in Durham, North Carolina
President Obama sits next to Chairman of the council and CEO of General Electric Jeffrey Immelt as he meets with the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness after touring a North Carolina energy efficient LED light manufacturing facility
LA Times: Michelle Obama will be in Los Angeles on Monday to boost support for military families and to raise money for her husband’s reelection campaign.
In the morning, the first lady will attend a discussion moderated by writer-producer J.J. Abrams about how Hollywood can tell stories of today’s military families through film and television…
The Beverly Hills event is being hosted by several entertainment industry guilds, including the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Later, Obama will film a guest appearance on “iCarly,” a Nickelodeon television show whose lead character is the daughter of a military officer serving oversees. It’s part of her effort to bring attention to the families of American servicemen and women.
The first lady also will attend two fundraisers in Los Angeles, before flying to the Bay Area for more fundraising events.
Her trip to California is one of her first solo fundraising trips since President Obama launched his reelection campaign in April.
LA Daily News: The First Lady plans to make additional California stops Tuesday in Oakland and San Francisco before returning to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.
Okay, this doesn’t have a whole lot to do with President Obama (unless Romney has hired Rita and Frank to make his attack ads) …. but it cracked me up:
CBS: There’s no denying that the Internet age and massive increase in our use of technologies can create something of a gap between generations. This video definitely exemplifies that as a cute, elderly couple attempt to take a birthday photo on their computer. Watch and see how they do.
“Did you hear a click?” Adorable!
The YouTube video was posted by “espo633” who writes about the hilarious couple:
“Rita and Frank try to take a still photo to email to friends for Frank’s 84th Birthday on their new Mac”
Well, a happy belated 84th birthday to you, Frank! You and your wife may not have been successful in taking that photo, but are on your way to becoming viral video stars with this adorable clip.