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Tim Mathieson, partner of Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, shows the First Lady his cowboy boots. The First Lady is hosting a luncheon, serving all organic food from MA’O organic farm, for spouses of the APEC leaders at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii

 …. greeting Vietnam’s First Lady Mai Thi Hanh

…. greeting Indonesia’s first lady Kristiani Herawati

…. greeting Korean first lady Kim Yoon-ok

…. with Laureen Harper, spouse of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

First Lady Michelle Obama with the Honolulu Boys Choir

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper walks with President Obama following the first plenary session of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Kapolei, Hawaii


240 Responses to “hawaii hosts”


  1. 1 QuietObserver
    November 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    OMG what a beautiful dress!

  2. 6 Debz
    November 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Our First Lady is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!

  3. 7 QuietObserver
    November 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    ^^^First? I feel special :)

  4. 9 utaustinliberal
    November 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Wow. Just wow! How gorgeous is she? She looks like a beautiful sculpture done by a master artist. She’s so beautiful and that outfit! *faints.* :)

    • 12 utaustinliberal
      November 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm

      The dude’s an ignoramus. He’s protesting the 1% yet he’s in the music industry where record executives manage his career. Isn’t that the definition of the 1%? Attention seekers are pathetic.

    • 14 dotster3
      November 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      I just read about that on TP. The Hawaiian guitarist had performed previously at the WH. But he decided to be a hero to the OWS movement at this event and unbuttoned his shirt to show off his OWS tshirt and sang 45 minutes worth of protest songs. He was real proud of himself. I didn’t like the deception of it and selfishly taking advantage of the opportunity likely provided by the WH.

      • 15 SueBee
        November 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm

        What made me angry is President Obama is on the side of OWS! Its like preaching to the choir. That level of deception is mind blowing. He thought it was funny, but I have a feeling he will pay for that.

        • 16 hopefruit2
          November 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm

          I don’t know whether President Obama is on the side of OWS because I don’t know exactly what they stand for. They sound like a bunch of entitled and hypocritical Libertarians who only got upset with corporate employees donating to political candidates when they realized that the first Black President benefited from something that all 43 white Presidents before him had been receiving.

          • 17 SueBee
            November 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm

            Well..that’s why I don’t support them..the message is a muddled mess. No voter registration or anything

          • 18 nathkatun7
            November 14, 2011 at 3:14 am

            Bravo, hopefruit, for your fearlessness in telling the TRUTH! Unfortunately, very few people in both government and private businesses I can understand the idiocy of the teabag-Republicans. What I can’t understand is the viciousness of the so called leftist progressives who are so angry at the President and are doing everything in their power to make it possible for a teabag-Republican to win the presidency in 2012. What is even more amazing, is that many of the Obama haters strongly supported Bill Clinton, despite his triangulating policies that caved in to right wing policies. I challenge any of the Bill Clinton supporters to show me why they oppose this President. I challenge them to show me how Bill Clinton’s proposals and nominees, were continuously subjected to filibuster that always required 60 Senate votes to votes for cloture in order to advance legislation.

          • 19 EDP4BHO
            November 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm

            Oh boy, did you let the cat out of the bag, hopefruit. :-D Nothing else need be said, and just like yourself and utaustin, I doubted their sincerety from the git go. Where were these thumbsuckers during the second Bush term? For all their supposed smarts, did they not know they were being suckered, or were they too afraid of Cheney and his minions to stand up?

        • November 13, 2011 at 6:12 pm

          And of course the bimbo Briana Keeler of CNN spent her whole Apec report focused on this nonsense.

      • November 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm

        My thing is..How was he even able to get in? My understanding is that security was very tight?? (having world leaders)
        The sad part of the story is……That now the Media will run with it starting with CNN….instead of informing people the good things PBO is doing for this country…….anything negative is Top Breaking News such as “PBO saying America is Lazy” or this BS of OW….
        Sick of all of them…but I am not backing down, will call them out 1 by 1.
        #KeepPressinOnfor “O”

        • 24 hopefruit2
          November 13, 2011 at 6:42 pm

          Apparently he was supposed to give a performance at the summit – so he got invited, but used the invitation to further his own agenda. That’s very low-class and undignified in my opinion.

          • November 13, 2011 at 6:59 pm

            You too kind with words Hope………………

            • 26 Puddin'
              November 14, 2011 at 3:15 pm

              hope speaks for me…it has been a mess here in Oakland. The media is not showing what has really been going on…our downtown has been held hostage. My grandmother’s caregiver’s doctor appointment was canceled twice…they are waiting to reschedule her. One of my best friends son is a host at one of the nicer restraurants…he is a full-time college student working part-time and depends on the tips…no diners no tips…he is certainly in the 99%! And let me tell you about the filth….used needles, used condoms, feces thrown all over the place, urine odor everywhere, trash, trash, trash and RATS, dogs and unsupervised kids running around all day and night, sick people (coughing, snotting, sneezing), parties, fights and of course the murder that happened last Thursday. I was never on board with the OWS movement, but now I am just through/done with them and our mayor (who by the way I did not vote for)…everybody say RECALL! People can’t wait to sign the petition for her recall. She throw the City Manager and the Police Chief under the bus…so now they not only don’t have respect for her, but they are speaking up and out about her. It is a MESS!!!!!!!!

              • 27 EDP4BHO
                November 14, 2011 at 8:02 pm

                This is the mess Philadelphia’s Mayor Nutter is now complaining about. These clowns are trying to hold up a construction project employing 1000 people, not to mention the overtime of police manpower to keep things orderly. There was even a report of a sexual assault last night. I am so glad I had the forethought never to be on board with them. I cannot follow a train wandering through a desert, with no end in sight.

    • 28 Ceb
      November 13, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      40 minutes of that drivel according to the article. Glad the Obamas ignored him and got on with the important work at hand. This so-called Makana seems more concerned with attention for himself than any cause. It is time for marchers and occupiers to go through the political process to create change, if they can ever decide what they want. They can learn a lesson from the people of Ohio and Wisconsin.

      • 29 SueBee
        November 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm

        The Obama’s probably didn’t even notice, they too busy being great hosts

      • November 13, 2011 at 6:47 pm

        Ceb obsolutely……….Some of the #OW…were trying to get credit for Ohio..and Dems winning last week….I called them out, because a week prior I was begging them to OccupyVotingBooths..and help in Ohio, There’s no progress or change without voting.

        While I respect and admire the right to protest…but please have an agenda, it’s been over a month and I have yet to hear what they accomplished so far. What I do hear, is somebody got hurt, police Brutality, rape allegation and a place for p/l to capitalize in their discontent for PBO.
        my 2

        • 31 SueBee
          November 13, 2011 at 6:56 pm

          You’re right! That opportunist Michael Moore said they are not worried about voting right now, when asked about voter registration. We are one year away from probably the most important election of our generation and that was his answer.

          • 32 Debz
            November 13, 2011 at 7:02 pm

            I think it was ABL who said they are acting more like people who just want to go camping in public parks, I agree. If they are not willing to take the protest to the next level, which is to become politically active, then they are just camping out.

          • November 13, 2011 at 7:05 pm

            Sue..I bet M Moore next movie will be about #OW..and will make millions without having to pay any actor/actress, unions workers, union fess..he’s been filming OW all the way to the bank…How’s that for stimulating the entertainment industry for ya.
            Hypocrite = Michael Moore

        • November 13, 2011 at 7:52 pm

          SAY WHAT?! They don’t get one drop of freaking credit for OH or any other election that night. Not One. You know it was only the night before that I saw anyone closely tied to OWS push voting for the upcoming elections. THE NIGHT BEFORE!

          • 39 conlakappa
            November 14, 2011 at 9:56 am

            Yep, and Ds had been calling *for months* to get petitions signed to get it on the ballot. Clearly, it pre-dates any specious occupying BS.

    • November 13, 2011 at 7:40 pm

      If Mittens or any of the Loons running for Office were president, that tool would NEVER work in this country again. He should count himself very, very lucky. Asswipe. :x

    • 41 Obama Grandmama
      November 13, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      I decided not to reward him with the attention of clicking on his song link.

  5. November 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Elegance. Pure elegance. :-)

  6. 43 utaustinliberal
    November 13, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Hey guys. Check out the crowd for Elizabeth Warren’s volunteer meeting. 1000 people showed up. 1000! Holy smokes. Methinks Scott Brown might be toast. :) :)

  7. 44 utaustinliberal
    November 13, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Testing

    • 45 utaustinliberal
      November 13, 2011 at 5:55 pm

      Hey Chips. I posted a twit pic of Elizabeth Warren’s volunteer meeting and it says my comment is awaiting moderation even though I’m signed in. Help! Gremlins on the attack.

  8. November 13, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    :-)

    Tim Mathieson of Australia shows the First Lady his cowboy boots

  9. November 13, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    FLOTUS is the only one i know that could drape that awesome dress! :-)

  10. 67 SueBee
    November 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    That’s really a beautiful dress

  11. 68 QuietObserver
    November 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I’ve been catching up with this week’s news and photos, and I have to say that along with being very productive, our first couple is just glowing, especially Michelle. I want to know what regimen she uses to get her skin to look like that!
    Another thing about the above pics: the gorgeous background. I was fortunate enough to visit Hawaii once. I treated myself for my 25th birthday. I hope to go again soon, maybe next year when I turn…twenty-ten. ;)

  12. 74 LOL
    November 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    So on your last “Just Sayin” pic of the Gingriches (WTF?) and the Obamas….I did a bit background on Callista…..can you believe she is ONLY 45. And Michelle is 47…Lord knows women age differently, but clearly by the tightness of Callista’s smile, you can tell she’s got some botox injections going on…..PSA: Natural beauty trumps doctored beauty any day of the week.

    • 75 Debz
      November 13, 2011 at 6:16 pm

      If Callista is 45 so am I (not) And if she really is 45 she has wasted a lot of money on the botox or whatever work she has had done, it has aged her. She looks like a woman in her 50s trying to look 45. I agree that natural looks better any time.

    • 76 desertflower
      November 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      As I said last night….Callista could not have had injections. It looks like she literally DIPPED her entire face on the stuff.

      • 77 Debz
        November 13, 2011 at 6:37 pm

        What is with these republican wives with the unmovable faces and bleached blonde hair? Do they think that is attractive? I am serious. Look at Michelle O she is lovely and natural, and Jill Biden is also beautiful, neither one of them looks like their face will crack it they laugh.

        • November 13, 2011 at 6:53 pm

          Just because of the fact that they will be coming after Michelle Obama, it will be wise for the GOP wives to advise their husbands not to run!!! They will never be able to come even closer to Michelle’s ankle!!!!….Yes, they are that low… :-)
          They are stiff, fake…and yes Debz as you said, they look like they will crack if they laugh!!!

        • 79 vitaminlover
          November 13, 2011 at 7:09 pm

          it is the life of artificiality that they lead, Debz. They do not know how to be real because they do not know who they are. They are not comfortable in their own lifestyles and especially their own skin.

      • November 13, 2011 at 9:51 pm

        It could also be the result of living with Newt. Can you imagine how tight your face would feel having to deal with that face and that temper every day. She probably ages by the hour.

        • 81 nospin
          November 14, 2011 at 11:08 am

          “It could also be the result of living with Newt.”

          lololol you get the prize Jackie. Loved that response. too funny

  13. November 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    WOW – that first picture knocks my socks off!!!! The view, FLOTUS, that dress, the first lady of Viet Nam…there’s just so much there. Simply gorgeous!

    And the one of Michelle looking down – is she stunning or what?

  14. 83 HZ
    November 13, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    “An electrifying First Lady of Pure Elegance.”HZ

  15. 84 Ceb
    November 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I feel a little sorry for the husbands of Australia’s PM and Chancellor Merkel who have to follow the female spouses to teas and other girly activities. The world has changed; there are female heads of state in the four corners of the world. Surely the men can be accommodated in a more appropriate way ( I’ll bet he would rather be surfing) or better, that everyone can ditch teas and do something more fun and physical. Hawaii and the other places where these events are held have so much more to offer to show off the various countries and to engage the visitors.

    Michelle looks as gorgeous as ever. Is that an Hawaiian print? If so, she has wedded tradition with a modern cut and style.

    • November 13, 2011 at 6:27 pm

      I’m thinking your comment just a tiny bit sexist. If the wives have to do the “girly” stuff, why not the husbands? LOL, the men did not look a bit unhappy to be in the company of some beautiful women.

      • 86 Ceb
        November 13, 2011 at 6:41 pm

        Take a closer look at the rest of my comment, ” or better, that everyone can ditch the teas…”

      • 87 Beauzeaux
        November 13, 2011 at 7:41 pm

        Male partners of powerful females are an oddity. However, now there are TW0 (and high profile ones) at these meetings, it begins to look a little less odd. The magic number is 5. In a group the size of the G-20, it will take at least five women (in this case) for their presence to not be odd. In a meeting like APEC, 5 men will change the sorts of events planned for spouses/partners.

        A minority of five is big enough not to look strange.

        Though I thought Tim Mathieson looked to be having a FINE time.

    • November 13, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      Ceb, You make a good point about going easy on the ‘tea’ klatsches. There are indeed other, more interesting, choices now available which might not have been the case when the ‘teas’ got started – choices that may be more unisex.

  16. 89 anniebella
    November 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    FLOTUS is so lovely. That’s why the haters hate her, they know they have no one who can compare.

  17. 91 desertflower
    November 13, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    There just aren’t enough adjectives to describe how incredible this woman is. Honestly.

  18. November 13, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I see them settling in Hawaii once out of office, the beauty and spirit of the island is breathtaking.

  19. 94 desertflower
    November 13, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Oh, poop…sorry, I was trying something, and failed miserably :)

  20. 95 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    November 13, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    ALL I CAN SAY IS ‘WOW’…HOW BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!

  21. 96 dotster3
    November 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Interesting story about Mathieson, boyfriend of the Australian Prime Minister. He has an interesting past. He met her when she was a client in a salon where he worked as a hairdresser. In the photo where he’s showing off his cowboy boots, I think he’s asking Michelle if she would like a pair like his. Maybe he could arrange for PBO to pick up a pair for her while he’s visiting Australia. I think Mathieson enjoys the FL, as seems to be the case with all who meet her in person.

  22. November 13, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    GORGEOUS!!!! Both the dress and the First Lady. I am drooling over that dress!

  23. 98 Ceb
    November 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    My bad! I did not know that he was her boyfriend. How great that he came with her to such an important event. We are still puritanical/hypocritical in this regard; too many political marriages and girlfriends on the side. Good for her. I suppose he will be at her side when PBO goes to Australia. She and the Obamas are a breath of much needed fresh air.

    • 99 h
      November 13, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      Yes, the Prime Minister made it known that her companion is her hairstylist as well when Oprah met her while in Australia.HZ

  24. November 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I just made the picture of FLOTUS, where she’s looking down the background on my computer.

    What I love about Michelle, she always reminds you of someone you’ve known in your life, like the best friend you had since high school, or that girl friend you met in college or at work and afterward embarking on a lifelong friendship.

  25. November 13, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I’ve been monitoring this site..and this morning the numbers were the opposite

    Thanks for all that are voting for PBO:-) Person of the Year (IMHO: President Barack Obama should be “Person of the Century”) just saying:-)

    Thanks! Post my vote to share on facebook tweet it
    Results
    52%
    48% Voted Yes
    Voted No

    Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2098471_2098472_2098506,00.html #ixzz1ddApgxiZ

  26. 102 vitaminlover
    November 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    She can work a dress. She is so feminine.

  27. November 13, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    FLOTUS can wear anything and she comes off looking like a million bucks. We are truly blessed to have this family. Both are filled with humanity and humility, qualities sorely lacking in the GOP nutjobs foisted on us by the media .

    • 104 anniebella
      November 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      africa, that’s it right there. On the GOP side none can compare with President Obama, despite how much the media tries to say they can, and none can compare to FLOTUS. And it eats those racists haters alive.

      • 105 vitaminlover
        November 13, 2011 at 7:18 pm

        Now these pictures and the ones with her in the silver and pink can be used in her 2013 First Lady second term calendar.

  28. November 13, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Hey guys, GOPolitico has another lie piece up saying some Dems won’t commit to supporting President Obama. Sanders, the usual Blue Dog suspects and Lieberman (so who cares) but I thought we should just be aware so we can hit these Dems and the DSCC and DCCC. No donations if any of their members don’t support the president.

    Won’t link to that rag, but here’s a snippet:

    Others, including Reps. Tim Holden and Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania, Ben Chandler of Kentucky, Jim Costa of California, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Jim Matheson of Utah, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina and Michael Michaud of Maine, declined repeated requests for comment on whether they will stump for the president or even support him in 2012.

    • 107 LOL
      November 13, 2011 at 6:42 pm

      Yeah….because that worked out so well for the DEMS (morons) who did in 2010. I really could care less….they didn’t mind the Prez in 08. but now they do. Whatev.

    • 108 hopefruit2
      November 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      OMG Proud I missed your comment by a few minutes because I was posting the same thing. The truth is, I don’t know whether I can even trust Politico and furthermore, it’s interesting that they used Lieberman and Sanders as their primary “examples” when these two probably never supported Obama (It is a known fact that Lieberman endorsed John McCain).

      It’s interesting that 2 months before the Republican primary, John Boehner and many prominent Republicans cannot decide who they want to endorse yet Politico is focused on two Independents and some racist Democrats who probably never supported PBO. If they had mentioned Harry Reid or Pelosi then I would be concerned. PBO doesn’t need no backstabbing Democrat supporting him anyway. Let them campaign for Rick Perry and see how far it will get them.

      • November 13, 2011 at 6:56 pm

        No problem, hope. I don’t trust Politico either, but we do know that Pres has had to fight these stupid Blue Dogs and Sanders ever since he’s been in office. We do know they didn’t stand up for health care and what the Dems had achieved in 2010. I say we call their bluff. Push back at them with everything we got. Like I said, DSCC and DCCC will hear from me again about why I will not donate. I already gave them an earful about using Carville to raise money. Can’t stand that jealous traitor.

        We got PBO elected in 2008 without them, and we will get him reelected.

        • 110 hopefruit2
          November 13, 2011 at 7:04 pm

          That’s right proud! We will get PBO re-elected.

          Let Sanders support Mr. 1% Bain Capital Romney in 2012. His credibility will drop faster than Herman Cain’s pants at a business meeting.

          • November 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm

            LOL at “drop faster than Herman Cain’s pants at a business meeting.” :roll:

          • 113 globalcitizenlinda
            November 13, 2011 at 7:12 pm

            okay you have me spitting my dinner with ” will drop faster than Cain’s pants at a business meeting”. Please think of what this kind of imagery does to my tartered brain – it blows it out completely!!

            • 114 dotster3
              November 13, 2011 at 7:57 pm

              Speaking of Cain and pants—–thought this was an interesting piece in NYT Magazine about the strange phenomenon that is Herman Cain. About his healthy regard of self, the confounding reality that he’s still standing (altho less tall) after a series of blunders/failings which would have been fatal with any other candidate etc. “…to say that Herman Cain has an imperfect grasp of policy would be unfair to not only George W. Bush in 1999 but also to Britney Spears in 1999″. “…seems like someone who, quite frankly, has never opened a newspaper.” And still he has die-hard supporters, which is almost impossible to explain.

              http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/magazine/on-the-ropes-with-herman-cain.html?_r=1&ref=magazine

            • 115 h
              November 13, 2011 at 8:22 pm

              Please Hopefruit2, I just took water to clear my pain pill, and there I am reading your comment, and I almost lost everything.

              Hopefruit2, thanks for that one, though.HZ

          • 116 desertflower
            November 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm

            :) hf…..that was really funny!

    • November 13, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      Okay, I don’t know a lot about the others, but I can tell you about Tim Holden, a blue dog in a Republican district. Holden will go along to get along, but he would never “stump” for any Democrat and he would “as usual” be afraid to show any support for PBO in this area. Holden has to hide the fact that he’s a Democrat to get elected. He will vote with the Dems on anything that’s safe, but won’t take a risk if he thinks someone will criticize him. He doesn’t like Pelosi either. On the other hand, he’s the only Democrat who will ever get elected by his district because he makes Republicans feel “comfortable.” SO his support or lack of stumping for PBO is meaningless in the context Politico is using it. I suspect we’re talking about a group of conservatives in red areas who will not now nor have they ever rocked the boat.

  29. 118 hopefruit2
    November 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Politico has their latest anti-Obama article titled “Some Democrats refuse to Back Obama” but first name Independents Joe Lieberman (who supported McCain in 2008), and Bernie Sanders (emoprog) and some other obsure conservadem as the prime examples of the DEMOCRATS who refuse to Back Obama. oooooooooooooooooh….bet Obama’s shaking scared in his boots…..

    I say to GOPOLITICRAP, when Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid refuse to endorse President Obama for 2012, then we’ll have a story, but meanwhile please STFU.

    • 119 Fred
      November 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      they better pray they don’t need POTUS to fly all over the damn country to fundraise and campaign for their sorry arses.As for Traitorman(Lieberman) that mofo can’t leave Congress soon enough and take Scotty boy with him too

  30. 122 LOL
    November 13, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    …And just like the sky is blue…POLITICO comes out with a negative story on the Prez ” Some Democrats don’t back Obama” And they show a picture of Bernie Sanders (who is not even a Democrat, but I digress).

    . One of the things that I have found about Politico, is that everytime I make the mistake of reading one of their stories…I feel dumber and I never learn anything. Now, I don’t know if you have been alive for the past three years, but when the Dems had the majority…I don’t quite remember it being a cakewalk for the Prez. The Stimulus, Health Care, Financial Regulation, all of these items had to be re-configured because some random DEM wanted to be famous for the week and get a glowing profile on POLITICO and Morning Joke. And it was the DEMS that voted alongside the REPUBS to not close GITMO

    • 123 Ladyhawke
      November 13, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      President Obama had majorities in the House and Senate for about a nanosecond. The emoprogs and the media always conveniently forget that fact. They also forget that Blue Dog Democrats were a thorn in the president side. GOPolitico is desperate for some negative news. They just can’t help themselves. They are like the TMZ of political blogs. Lots of tabloid trash and very little real news.

    • November 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      Unfortunately, msnbc uses Politico stories exclusively for their opinion shows.

      • November 13, 2011 at 6:58 pm

        Morning Joke will lead with this tomorrow instead of the crazy debate performances by his crazy candidates.

      • 127 LOL
        November 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm

        And Yahoo uses FOX NEWS articles for everything…I detest these people. If I had 40 seconds to waste…I could do a google search and find at least 10 of these “Dems leave Obama” stories from Politico. I honestly just don’t give a fark about these congresspeople…the only ones that matter are the REAL people…you know regular Americans.

        And I read a story (WashPo or NYT) that tried to extrapolate a lesson from a town of less than 2K who voted for a new mayor recently. It was a small town in Alabama, 52-48 % white to black, and the incumbent black mayor lost to the white rich guy (840 votes to 730 votes). And some of the white/republican townfolk were saying hopefully the same thing would happen in D.C. The real kicker is the justification of the article….because the town is named Washington…and you know Barack Obama lives in Washington..and he’s also black…..and he will run a against a rich white guy. So enough similarities and viola…we gotz us a story.

      • 128 dotster3
        November 13, 2011 at 8:03 pm

        Everyone cites Politico, as if it are the last word in politics. As if they alone have the truth and none of their reporting is slanted. What a sham.

    • November 13, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      What’s funny is…that R/Wing media thinks that Politico is a liberal blog….lol

  31. 130 LOL
    November 13, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Ha…Ha I see you guys waded to the darkside like me

  32. November 13, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Obama seeks US jobs, aims to boost regional ties at Pacific Rim summit in Hawaiian home state
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    By Associated Press, Updated: Sunday, November 13, 6:32 PM

    KAPOLEI, Hawaii — President Barack Obama on Sunday tied the hopes of a faster American economic recovery to the booming Pacific Rim region, saying “we’re not going to be able to put our folks back to work” unless the Asia-Pacific region is successful as an engine for the world.

    “We consider it a top priority,” Obama said of the region where his administration is pouring in time and political capital to expand exports and business ties.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/obama-seeks-us-jobs-prods-russia-china-for-unified-response-on-iran-nuclear-efforts/2011/11/13/gIQA9D8NHN_story.html?tid=pm_business_pop

  33. 132 Ceb
    November 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    O wow! I refreshed the page to see even more lovely photos ( the scenery is the second star of the event). Thanks, Chips; I almost feel as if I am there.

  34. 133 Me4obama
    November 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Ok, I have been on Don Lemon’s case about the “LAZY” comment and he has sent me a tweet denying it. Since I don’t watch CNN Jovie reported the News and I tweeted with outrage non stop until he replied me saying the person who started the rumor on twitter apologized and Don Lemon never said it.

    • 134 hopefruit2
      November 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm

      After Kasai apologized, Jovie insisted that Lemon did in fact make a comment to that effect on his show when he had TJ holmes on. I will check the CNN archives and see if that’s accurate.

      I am inclined to believe Jovie because I have seen Mr. Lemon himself repeat and allow pundits/guests to make inaccurate statements about PBO on his show. So it’s not a stretch for him to have personally made or allowed that “lazy” comment. The funny thing is that he seems so outraged that anyone dare accuse him of making statements that he claims he didn’t make, yet he works for a network that repeatedly and openly distorts reports and allows Republicans and PL to LIE about our President without any acknowledgment or apologies.

      • 135 Me4obama
        November 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm

        Hope, please copy that tweet for me here of Don Lemon putting me in my place. I retweeted it. I apologized to him. Now I look kinda foolish because I didn’t see it myself to press harder.

    • November 13, 2011 at 8:16 pm

      Isn’t Dan Lothian the Black White House correspondent for CNN. Dan Lothian is a part of the press corps, not Don Lemon. If it was anyone, it would be Dan Lothian who follows the President not Don Lemon.

      This is Dan Lothian: http://www.cnn.com/CNN/anchors_reporters/images/lothian.dan.jpg

      This is Don Lemon: http://www.cnn.com/CNN/anchors_reporters/images/lemon.don.jpg

  35. 138 Me4obama
    November 13, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Jovie, Don Lemon said he never reported the “LAZY” USA story. He asked me to do my research next time before I tweet him. Did you or anyone provide me with that information, since I don’t watch CNN, I never saw it.

  36. 147 meabloom
    November 13, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    BEAUTIFUL!! The dress and especially the woman wearing it. Her smile, that skin! I love it. The backdrop in the photos only adds to the beauty.
    The photo of FLOTUS and the Australian Prime Minister’s partner, Tim Mathieson, it looks as if FLOTUS could be thinking “Huh? Cowboys boots?? In Hawaii??” Her expression is super cute.

    Obama/Biden2012

  37. 148 Beauzeaux
    November 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Still ANOTHER gorgeous dress. She’s stunning.

    And this Canadian must admit embarassment. This is the second picture I’ve seen of the Canadian first lady and in both pictures she’s so dowdy. Her dresses look like they came from a third-string discount store. Or were handed down from a chubby older sister.

    Meanwhile Michelle Obama looks more than fabulous. That dress…I just want to touch it.

  38. November 13, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Phew, the President got some fresh air too – photos added ;-)

    • 152 COS
      November 13, 2011 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks Chips. Hawaii was the perfect place for this meeting. I wonder if they are talking about the pipeline? :)

    • 153 globalcitizenlinda
      November 13, 2011 at 7:20 pm

      Ms Chips, thanks for the update on the POTUS out and about taking in the Hawaii air outside. We all know how he love to walk and therefore this walk on home tuft must rejuvinate his spirit!!! Thank God POTUS got some time for this stroll!!

  39. November 13, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Love those pics of Pres O and Harper. All the other leaders want to be cool like our President.

  40. 155 Me4obama
    November 13, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Anyone who follow me can you please copy that tweet Don Lemon tweeted me. I retweeted it. He made me look foolish by denying he said the “lazy” comment. Now his followers are cheering him on, tweeting me all kinds if stuff.

  41. 172 Ceb
    November 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    OT: 60 Minutes has just run a segment about the insider trading that goes on in congress and the new groups made up of former staffers and congress people who scout out the info. to sell the info and arrange the stock purchases. This is sickening. It has gotten worse in recent years. Check out the video

  42. 175 P
    November 13, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    The Hawaiian weather is agreeing with Michelle :) She loooks Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooood!!!!! The first pic caught me….I was like where is PBO? Why is this man posing with FLOTUS like she’s his wife? Then i remembered the Australian PM is a woman. The photo of FLOTUS sitting and looking down is B E A U T I F U L !!!! Hawaii looks great……I need to pay it a visit!

  43. 176 globalcitizenlinda
    November 13, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    The Canadian people will be happy with the phtos of of PM Harper and President Obama happy and discussing alone.

    I saw a brief segment from a Canadian TV station yesterday and the reporters were voicing concern that their PM may not have a chance to meet with PBO since President of Mexico had cancelled and hence the Three Amigos’ session was cancelled. The reporters were saying it would be a snub to the PM who had important business to discuss with PBO – such as the fate of the Canadian tar-sand oil pipeline.

    I am glad that PM and PBO has their moments together and that the photos from the meeting look happy, relaxed and intimate

  44. 177 Me4obama
    November 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    My President and Michelle are really enjoying this trip, while getting things done. You can see the glow on their beautiful faces.

  45. November 13, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    First Lady O looks so high-class sexy in that floral number.

  46. 179 Lightfoot
    November 13, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Michelle Obama equals, regal elegance, high intelligence, and absolute beauty. No wonder her husband is always gushing over her and looking
    like (in her) he has a pot of diamonds, and he simply cannot believe it’s his. Ha ha ha! :-D

    • November 13, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      It’s so precious to see him so in love with his wife. So real.

    • 181 Beauzeaux
      November 13, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      It’s true. Every time he looks at her, you can read “I can’t believe my luck” all over his face. The typical political couple is — he ignores her, she looks at him adoringly (see Nancy Reagan).
      It’s lovely to see the first couple together.

  47. November 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I just read a couple of snarky articles about the President in the newspaper The Australian – I won’t even bother linking them, the usual crap, he’s dooooooooomed, etc. One starts with the line: “Early in 2009, just after Barack Obama had stumbled his way through the presidential oath of office…..”. Silly me, I thought it was Roberts who screwed up – and the President tried to correct him :roll:

    Any way, I was curious about the tone of the paper. Silly me, should have guessed: it has the same owner as Fox News and the happily deceased News of the World ….. Mr Murdoch.

    Isn’t it just absolutely disgusting how this piece of evil s**t owns so much of the world media, spreading pure poison and lies?

    • November 13, 2011 at 7:56 pm

      His days are numbered Chips ..no worries…………..Karma works in mysterious ways:-)

    • November 13, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      This rewriting of history is so tiresome. I was thinking today about this slobbering over Bill Clinton and it occurred to me that the very people who blasted Pres. Obama for having Clintonites in his administration are the same ones getting all nostalgic for his presidency. I would really like to reach out and “touch” some of these people.

      • November 13, 2011 at 8:10 pm

        + 1,000,000,000,000,0000!!!!

        “The very people who blasted Pres. Obama for having Clintonites in his administration are the same ones getting all nostalgic for his presidency.”

        Soooooooooo true! ;-)

    • 191 dotster3
      November 13, 2011 at 8:17 pm

      Disgraceful—–these writers and these rags which have absolutely no regard for anything resembling truthful reporting. Their only purpose is to provoke hate and anger. They’re the lowest of the low. I hope some koala bear poop on their heads tomorrow.

    • 192 globalcitizenlinda
      November 13, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      I read that part and promptly close the article because anyone who accuse PBO of stumbling looses credibility to me.

      the media is relentless about attacking and be-littleling PBO whenever they get a chance to publish anything with his name in it

    • 193 anniebella
      November 14, 2011 at 4:13 am

      A old goat with that young wife he bought. Murdoch ass ought to be in jail for the mess he knew was going on with that paper of his in London

  48. 194 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 13, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    MIC CHECK for Eric Cantor. . . Couldn’t have happened to a better person. . .

    • November 13, 2011 at 8:01 pm

      Ha ha. Awesome. What a weasel.

      • 196 SueBee
        November 13, 2011 at 10:29 pm

        You notice no one really stood up to defend Cantor?! Usually the audience will try to drown out protestors, but everyone sat quietly and allowed them to get everything out…awesome

    • November 13, 2011 at 8:06 pm

      Free speech doesn’t mean you can interrupt a speech? HA. LOL!!

    • November 13, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      Sometimes OWS gets it right. Lets celebrate those actions.

    • 199 globalcitizenlinda
      November 13, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      ha! ha! ha! MIC Check indeed! Maybe evicting the 99% from the park will get them inside to do more of these MIC checks

    • November 13, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you, Martz! Yes, sometimes the Occupyers do an excellent job. They just have to be well informed and aren’t they just on Eric Cantor?!

      Priceless..that introduction guy had a stick up his ass. So Joe Willson wasn’t using Free Speech when he interrupted PBObama with “You Lie!”? Suckers can dish it but start wimpering when it’s they who are getting Interrupted.

    • 201 theo67
      November 14, 2011 at 12:11 am

      I love this – the GOP need to hear whether this country is for them or for decency. Brilliant. Of all the things that OWS has done, this Mic Check thing is wonderful. (As long as they don’t use it against President Obama, who’s working for the 99% – while also working for the whole country).

  49. 204 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 13, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Did Sandusky have a wife??

    • 205 dotster3
      November 13, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      Yes. Her name is Dottie, he called her “sarge”. She was very much involved with the charity also. I read an article today asking “how could she not have known?” which crossed my mind also. What did she think he was doing down in that basement bedroom with the boys on all those multiple occasions etc. etc. etc. They have 6 adopted kids, 5 boys and a girl. I know at least one came from 2nd Mile.

  50. 206 globalcitizenlinda
    November 13, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Okay, TOD family, who else noticed that President Obama’s sister Maya Ng is seated at the other side of the Indonesian First Lady? Look closely at the first photo of the dining table and you will see Maya at the end.

    if you did not notice Maya, maybe you can compensate by donating $ 5 to her big brother’s re-election campaign tonight.

  51. November 13, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Did you all see the segment on 60 Minutes about the president of Univ. of MD at Baltimore? Mercy……amazing. As I listened to him talk about the importance of education, hard work, need for US to train scientists and researchers, I could also “hear” President Obama saying those same things over and over and over. Why do people “get it” and think it’s a good thing when someone like this college president says those things, but criticize PO and “we can’t afford it” and stupid Rick Perry wants to do away with Dept. of Education and Dept. of Energy??????!!!!!!!!!!!!! Makes me crazy!!!!!!!!!

    • November 13, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      It was a brilliant piece. I’ve heard of this man before. He is doing awesome work, especially at a time when our public universities are under attack from neo-cons and other greedy privatizing bastids. Nice to know there are people in education who actually believe in — you know — educating!

      • 212 conlakappa
        November 14, 2011 at 10:21 am

        If you ever get a chance to see Hrabowski, go! Run, don’t walk. He’s impressive in person and his enthusiasm is infectious. He really wants folks to learn. And he knows how to get money from rich folks/granting agencies.

  52. 213 Lightfoot
    November 13, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Ah, Michelle; I bow to your loveliness!!!!

  53. 214 hopefruit2
    November 13, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    CNN is once again allowing Mitt Romney to get away with LIES: CNN supposedly fact-checked Romney’s claim that repealing the ACA would save 95 billion by 2016. CNN concluded that Romney is correct because according to CNN:

    // The facts: Repeal of the Affordable Care Act, referred to by some critics as Obamacare, would indeed cut federal spending by about $95 billion in 2016, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the non-partisan research arm of Congress. //

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/13/cnns-truth-squad-takes-on-gop-debate-2/?

    utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_politicalticker+%28Blog%3A+Political+Ticker%29

    HOWEVER, CNN and Romney’s campaign conveniently leave out key details — and as noted by think progress:

    // They pointed us to a Congressional Budget Office analysis of the GOP’s repeal bill, which does find on page 5 that eliminating the law would reduce federal spending by $95 billion in 2016. But page 6 of the same document also notes that the government would lose substantially more in revenue — $219 billion over the period of 2012 to 2016 — resulting in an increase to the budget deficit of $85 billion. Overall, repealing the law would “cause a net increase in federal budget deficits of $210 billion over the 2012-2021 period,” the CBO found. //

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2011/11/04/361194/deficits-matter-how-romneys-spending-cuts-would-increase-the-deficit/

    • 215 COS
      November 13, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      They have been running Romney’s statement about repealing healthcare would save 95 billion on the crawler all day, at least everytime I turned to that station.

    • 217 anniebella
      November 14, 2011 at 4:17 am

      hpoefruit2, we weren’t kidding when we said CNN was another FOx. To me their new name is TeaNN.

  54. 219 GGail
    November 13, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Our beautiful First Lady…..so lovely in that dress…..and her legs are so shapely and beautiful. (sigh)

  55. 220 anniebella
    November 13, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    The president have one event tomorrow which is a fundraiser, then he have the rest of the day for him and Michelle to spend in Hawaii before Tuesday he heads to Australia and Michelle heads home.

  56. 221 MamaD
    November 13, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Wow! The First Lady looks so beautiful and fits right in with the island beauty. I love that they get to host these world leaders in the President’s homeland. Everything looks beautiful with the plumeria favors and I’m sure the fresh, island grown food was delicious.

  57. November 13, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Is Harper showing a paunch? Hey, Harper! Ask PBO & Michelle for some weight control tips while you at APEC.

    • 225 GOVCHRIS1988
      November 13, 2011 at 8:44 pm

      Well, this is exactly why the RNC voted for him. They didn’t want a guy to tell the truth, they wanted someone who would push an agenda. They certainly got him in this trollish asshole.

      • November 13, 2011 at 8:59 pm

        Hello everybody, I’ve been reading all the wonderful comments, and I have enjoyed each one. I absolutely must comment on our First Lady’s dress. What a beauty. Yes, she looks good In everything she wears. Beautiful pictures, beautiful background, umm, breath taking. I tell you, our First Lady, got It going on :-). She’s a pretty and graceful Lady. She represents WELL :-) I can go on and on about our First Lady, they just don’t get any better than her :D

    • November 13, 2011 at 9:02 pm

      uurrgg. porcine crawley just let him spout the usual rethugs tax-cut lies thereby distracting the original question. occupy media should be the no. one protest right now is usa.

    • November 13, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      Says the lying gopropaganda a$$hole. Too much evidence out there to contradict him. Good he’s saying that..maybe it will wake up some people to the fact that they lie about every damn thiing.

  58. 229 Taz
    November 13, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I love this website and I love our first family. FLOTUS looks gorgeous and our President always looks good. It looks like everyone is having fun at this event. I just have a comment on the OWS protests. I totally support our President and I absolutely support OWS. I believe if you could sum up what they stand for it’s this: We are sick and tired of the financial interests buying our government and therefore buying economic policies that benefit them to the detriment of everyone else. Too many people have lost their jobs, their homes, and have faced daunting medical bills during a health crisis. And unfortunately Washington is not paying attention to the people, only to their corporate masters. So although there are bound to be some bad apples in the group for the most part they are reasonable people. I believe the movement as a whole would support our President and Congressional leaders that work to repeal Citizens United and enact regulations on the financial sector that will prevent another financial meltdown like we’ve been experiencing. Reinstating taxes on the “1%” would be a great start. I really think the movement has galvanized people who otherwise feel they have no voice. It’s also galvanized the unions. My union is planning a rally for jobs with our local Occupy group. And because of this nationwide, and even worldwide, movement the President and Democrats really have the wind at their backs as champions of the people.

  59. November 13, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Taz I am glad to hear that you support the President. Let me assure you that everything you stated here, has been the President agenda since day one..

    • 231 Taz
      November 13, 2011 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you kasai. I know the President has had this on the agenda but he can’t do it alone and I think he needs people to start thinking and talking about just how influential the financial interests have been. One thing the movement has accomplished is now we’re not talking about deficits so much as wealth inequality. The conversation has changed and it’s a change that favors the President.

      • 232 Walking_on_ Sunshine
        November 13, 2011 at 9:51 pm

        I’m glad that you are supporting the President and overall the conversation has changed in favor of the President and the Democratic agenda. I do think there are a sizeable number of Ron Paul supporters involved in OWS who are trying to turn young people against the President. The protestors need to get out and vote because we all know that it’s the GOP who are 90% responsible for the corporate takeover of the government. I hope that people like you who are fully supportive of both President Obama and OWS will be the ones who have the greatest influence in the end. I am as big a flip flopper as Mitt Romney when it comes to OSW because I change my mind about it every day. I see something I love about it and then I see something I really don’t like at all. But in the end I do relate and sympathize with the complaints and grievances of the protestors. So I thank you for what you are doing as a union member and as a positive influence on the OSW movement.

        • 233 Taz
          November 13, 2011 at 10:04 pm

          I appreciate the kind words Walking_on_Sunshine. I know what you mean about the Ron Paul supporters. I haven’t seen any at a rally but I do see them on FB. Most people seem to ignore them and many times the organizers themselves say they support no candidate. I was at a rally where Cindy Sheehan was speaking and criticizing the President for the wars. I started booing as did someone else. Then I said I support the President and left it at that. I understand wanting an end to the wars but give me a break. Focus your anger where it belongs. With this many people in the movement I don’t think you’ll ever get 100% agreement so I just show up when I feel I want to participate and voice my opinions as best I can. I’ve thankfully seen many Obama supporters as well.

          • 234 L3
            November 14, 2011 at 8:54 am

            PBO changed the conversation from deficits to jobs and taxing millionaires when he introduced the American Jobs Act. OWS started their protests after the conversation had already been changed by PBO.

            • 235 Taz
              November 14, 2011 at 10:39 am

              I’m not disagreeing with you L3 but the media never plays along with PBO. So he can talk about jobs all he wants but if the media only talks about deficits, people aren’t getting the message. When we had large groups of citizens all around the country rallying in their cities, that’s what changed the media talking points. I support the President 100% but he can’t be the only one trying to change the conversation. Just as it may take a village, it takes a nation not just 1 President. Not every aspect OWS is good but there are many good aspects and if we can focus on those and amplify those perhaps we can diminish the negative.

  60. 236 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    November 13, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Michelle is stunning. I love the dress. I love the scenery. I love the joking around with the PM of Australia’s boyfriend! I love reading all your comments, especially when I find out juicy tidbits like the PMs boyfriend is her hairdresser – now there’s a handy man to have around. :)

    One of these days I would love to visit Hawaii. Don’t know if it will ever happen but it’s a desire close to my heart. Michelle looks so relaxed and happy. She is just glowing. Happy days!

    • 237 Titti
      November 14, 2011 at 8:19 am

      This place is indeed a plethora of information. Hmmmm wonder if the Aussie PM’s partner is showing FLOTUS the newest ‘cowboy’ Uggs. FLOTUS is looking so radiant – Hawaii is now on my bucket list.


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