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evening all

President Obama embraces June McKiernan as he greets the crowd after a tour of the Boeing 787 factory in Everett, Wash.

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President Obama leaves after speaking during a Democratic campaign fundraiser in Bellevue, Washington, February 17

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San Francisco last night:

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Women react in the Red Room after meeting First Lady Michelle Obama in the Blue Room during their White House tour, Feb. 16, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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President Obama leaves Paine Field Airport in Everett, Wash. en route to Washington DC


232 Responses to “evening all”


  1. 98 collegekay
    February 17, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Have a safe trip home, sexy man.

  2. February 17, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Over the past 20 years, nearly three-fourths of human-caused emissions came from the burning of fossil fuels. This statistic is a reminder that we must invest in more sustainable sources of energy and use our energy resources as efficiently as possible. One way we’re doing this is by driving innovation in the renewable energy sector. The other way is by improving the energy sources we are already using.

    As the largest domestically-produced source of energy here in the U.S., coal is used to generate about half of our nation’s electricity. So how can we make traditional energy sources like coal cleaner and safer for all Americans?

    Enter carbon capture utilization and storage, or CCUS — a process that focuses on capturing CO2 emissions from sources such as coal-fired power plants and either reusing it or storing it so it will not enter the atmosphere.  The commercial success of CCUS depends on developing more affordable technologies, since the cost of capturing CO2 from power plants is currently too high for wide-scale implementation.

    http://energy.gov/articles/carbon-capture-innovation-making-impacct-coal-0

  3. February 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    What do WalMart, Coca-Cola, Sysco, and Whole Foods have in common?
     
    They’re leading the pack when it comes to hydrogen and fuel cells.
     
    The Energy Department’s “Business Case for Fuel Cells 2011″ report illustrates how top American companies are using fuel cells in their business operations to advance their sustainability goals, save millions of dollars in electricity costs, and reduce carbon emissions by hundreds of thousands of metric tons per year.

    http://energy.gov/articles/leaders-fuel-cell-pack

  4. 104 desertflower
    February 17, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Ms. Chips… look at those blog stats again :) Getting close to another milestone!

  5. 116 LunarSea
    February 17, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I’m just now watching the video of him in the asian restaurant. For the life of me I can’t remember another candidate in recent time who acknowledged the asian population like this. I may have forgotten, but I don’t think it ever happened before.

    • February 17, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      And the way he takes the time to say hello, shakes hands and pose for photos with every single patron and then also the kitchen and wait staff – he’s one of a kind. I kept thinking, can you imagine W doing something like this? I’m going to have to try that restaurant out just for fun, see if they hung a photo or framed the autographed menu.

      • 118 LunarSea
        February 17, 2012 at 10:07 pm

        He’s a people’s president! I’m sure you’ll find those momentos hanging there.

        No I can’t imagine W doing that. He’ld be getting his hand spritzed every 2 seconds. Definitely can’t see Splattorum doing that. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Robme doesn’t search out a place to try it out. You know how he loves to copy everything PBO does. (such a loser)

        On those very rare occasions where I can stand to listen to Robme speak for a whole excruciating minute, my hand reflexively goes to my forehead and signs the letter L for Loser hehehe

        HE just brings out the best in this gal

  6. February 17, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    So when re they going to get a new AF1 ? Dreamliner, nudge, nudge.

    That last pic of him climbing the steps is awesome.

  7. 122 Dakota
    February 17, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    My President is so damn fine….

  8. February 17, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    An East Sacramento Catholic high school recently received green energy updates that will make the school more efficient and teach students the importance of using renewable energy.

    St. Francis High School recently added another California solar installation by completing a 253-kilowatt solar energy system in seven buildings, following campaigning, budgeting and planning for months to get the project up and running, Valley Community Newspapers reported.

    The solar installation is expected to generate 31 percent of the school’s electricity and save the campus $1 million in energy costs over the next 20 years, the source stated. Environment California Research & Policy Center recently released a report called “California’s Solar Cities 2012: Leaders in the Race Toward a Clean Energy Future,” which revealed the 72-year-old all-female college preparatory school is a leader in renewable energy in the state. Schools around the area are now expected to follow suit and save themselves, and the state, money.

    Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson praised efforts to make the school more energy efficient in the State of the City address at the city’s Convention Center, stating that the school’s commitment to making the campus more energy efficient is an example of how solar energy investments can be a great business decision for a property owner, create green jobs and improve the environment in the process.

    http://www.getsolar.com/News/California/Sacramento-Solar/Sacramento-High-School-Converts-to-Solar-Energy-800711012

  9. 127 desertflower
    February 17, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-17/index-of-leading-economic-indicators-in-u-s-climbs-0-4-in-expansion-sign.html

    Index of Leading Indicators Points to Sustained Expansion in U.S.: Economy
    “There is some pretty good momentum in the economy,” said Michael Feroli, chief U.S. economist at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in New York. “Inflation seems to be in a sweet spot — not too hot, not too cold.”

  10. 128 ChristiMTL
    February 17, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    The picture after the Bellevue video is like…..wow…..GQ magazine material……what a face, what a smile….President Obama is so handsome!

  11. 129 LOL
    February 17, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Wow…Did you guys see this picture (last one) of Michelle’s impact on some of the people that met her..

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/02/17/photos-first-lady-michelle-obama-surprises-white-house-visitors

  12. 134 JoJothecat
    February 17, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Is anyone watching RM Show on MSNBC on the Benton Harbor take over? This is absolutely disgraceful. How can a Gov assign someone to take over a local government. Folks this is what happens when you DON’T VOTE and VOTE FOR REPUBLICANS!

    • 135 prettyfoot58
      February 17, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      is there anything that the Justice Department can do about this…

      the folks of Benton Harbor did not vote for this…

      • 136 57andFemale
        February 17, 2012 at 11:04 pm

        They did when MI voted in a slew of repubs in 2010. Now, of all these idiots, Snyder was supposed to be a moderate, but the signs were there.

        • 137 prettyfoot58
          February 18, 2012 at 12:33 am

          Folks voted Walker in tooo……but as you see he is on the recall….

          but i think Benton Harbor will need some help from the Justice department…

    • 138 Obama Grandmama
      February 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      And the GOP says they don’t want big government. I don’t know what you would call big government if this is not it! More like a dictatorship. Taking a donated park donated to the people in perpetuity and giving it to a private enterprise that would make money off
      the people’s park.

  13. 139 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 17, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    #PRESSON

  14. 140 LOL
    February 17, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Just Mitt being Mitt

  15. February 17, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    POTENZA, Italy (Reuters) – Italian police said on Friday they had seized about $6 trillion worth of fake U.S. Treasury bonds and other securities in Switzerland, and arrested eight Italians accused of international fraud and other financial crimes.

    The operation, co-ordinated by prosecutors from the southern Italian city of Potenza, was carried out by Italian, Swiss and U.S. authorities after a year-long investigation, an Italian police source said.

    It began as a investigation into mafia loan-sharking, but gradually expanded as prosecutors used telephone and computer intercepts to unearth evidence of illegal activity surrounding Treasury bonds.

    The fake securities, worth more than a third of U.S. national debt, were seized in January from a Swiss trust company where they were held in three large trunks.

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE81G11620120217?irpc=932

    Okay, this should Not go overlooked! It might have collapsed our market, if they were not caught.

    Phew!

  16. February 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    A penny for your thoughts.

  17. 174 Bill R.
    February 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Because of President Obama Boeing got the contract to produce the next generation of military jet tankers. The Bushites and John McCain had it all set to go to the Europeans Airbus company. The jobs stayed in America with American workers.

    • 175 LunarSea
      February 17, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      A remember the wrangling he had to do to get that back from Airbus and how McCain & the southern congress critters screamed. Their non union shops would have been making parts for Airbus or something. Can’t remember the details now. I thought at the time he should have had a parade welcoming him back from that trip. Largest purchase ever at the airplane show in Europe.

      I thought of that when listening to his speech at Boeing. A little comment he made that brought that incident straight to the front of my mind. He said (paraphrasing), ‘I will go anywhere to promote American products and bring manufacturing jobs back to America’.

      It was buried in the speech and spoken without bluster. I was wishing he would just come right out and say something to the effect of, “Remember that trip I took to the Airplane Show in Europe….that you never heard about on the news…..” I can’t help but wonder if anyone knows….

      • February 18, 2012 at 1:04 am

        But what often gets overlooked (on both sides of the Atlantic) is that a economically strong US is also an importer of European goods – this is particularly important to European countries like my own (the Netherlands) who basically live off of exports.

      • 177 vcprezofan2
        February 18, 2012 at 8:07 am

        ‘It was buried in the speech and spoken without bluster’

        Reading that JUST brought to mind a potential contradiction in my own reaction to the President. I love him to death because he speaks to me like I am an adult. I love him beyond words that he doesn’t ‘act’, as in a drama, but his acts are very purposeful and productive both long and short term. However it just clicked that because he DOESN’T bluster – a fact I love – many voting ‘adults’ miss a lot of his accomplishments, and that’s not a good thing. I suddenly wish HE could MAKE them love him.

        On second thought, I don’t. It’s THEM, not him! They need to LISTEN AND take him at his word.

        – If Bin Laden is in Pakistan and I have credible info, I’ll go get him. Reaction = ‘naive’ Result = CHECKMARK
        – I’ll end the war in Iraq. Reaction = ‘inexperienced’ Result = CHECKMARK
        – I intend to get affordable healthcare to Americans. Reaction = ‘overreach’ Result = CHECKMARK
        – I’ll broaden our position in Asia. Reaction = ‘unnoticed’ Result = CHECKMARK
        etc. etc.

        Wake up America, this president doesn’t bluster. He is, and has ALWAYS been a man of his word! All we need to do is support, AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS to VOTE for him.

  18. February 17, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I signed up for the Truth Team and got a Truth Team tipsheet email from Stephanie Cutter. There’s this p.s. at the end:

    Here’s a fun fact: Did you know President Obama is Irish? Last year, he visited his ancestors’ town in Ireland and joked, “My name is Barack Obama, of the Moneygall Obamas, and I’ve come home to find the apostrophe we lost somewhere along the way.” So we created new “O’bama” shirts, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

    http://store.barackobama.com/featured/o-bama-tee.html?source=20120217_sc_tt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=obama&utm_campaign=20120217_sc_tt

    • 180 LunarSea
      February 17, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      OMG that’s so kewl.

    • 181 Pamela
      February 17, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      They released one in ’08 as well, when we had just heard about the Irish ancestry, I wear mine every St. Paddy’s, get lotsa compliments on it, and lotsa laughs!

    • 182 vcprezofan2
      February 18, 2012 at 8:14 am

      Meta, i don’t remember signing up but I ALSO found a tipsheet in my mail this morning. I think it’s great as it gives points and corroborating info that can be readily shared, saving me search time. I can already see myself using it on Twitter. Man, this campaign is terrific! Apart from having the BEST MAN FOR THE JOB, Dems deserve to win based on their organization, creativity and goals.

  19. February 17, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    The umbrella picture?

    Faint.

  20. 185 pinkbunny
    February 17, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Good evening all! It’s been a really hectic day at work :-(
    But now I’m home and can kick back and watch all the beautiful videos of my President! :-D

    I turned on Bill Maher, but that idiot Stephen Moore is grating on my nerves! Time to turn off the TV!

  21. 188 desertflower
    February 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Totally O/T but stuff like this is why I like to go look through this site:)

    http://pinterest.com/

    Look what I found:)

    http://www.deliciousobsessions.com/2012/01/52-uses-for-coconut-oil-the-simple-the-strange-and-the-downright-odd/

    Good stuff!

    • February 18, 2012 at 12:53 am

      Will bookmark it desertflower. I have a pot of coconut oil in the bathroom. I melted it and mixed in a little essential oil of geranium and use it as a moisturizer. A little goes a long way. It is good stuff!

  22. 190 auni
    February 17, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Bill–that is an important bit of news. Do you have any sources? That’s the kind of news to spread. Also, I saw a quote somewhere today that the CEO of General Motors said President Obama saved the industry and the country. Can’t find it now, anyone know where it is? Gotta’ send it forward—–thanks

  23. 193 Pamela
    February 17, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    When I was walking down the street today, at the northern edge of downtown, just after lunch, two very large dark green helicopters flew over, slowly, kind of in tandem; I don’t really think one was Marine One, as there was only a little bit of white on it, but they seemed as if they were flying escort maybe? I found it pretty thrilling, as I felt a tingly sense that PBO was up there! I liked it!

  24. 195 Dave
    February 17, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    It’s CRITICAL that we NOT get over-confident or blase….BUT…

    Is it me or do these 2012 repoooblicun presidential candidates just get worse and worse and ….it’s ………SURREAL.

    Bob Dole is friggin’ Abraham Lincoln compared to these festering weasel rectums Mittens ROBney, Captain Rick Butt-Juice, Speaker Doughboy and looney ole Mr. Paul.

    WTF?

    • 196 utaustinliberal
      February 17, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      I found out through TRMS show that Bob Dole was one of the earliest Ad men for Viagra. Can’t think about him or look at him in the same way again. It’s on the one hand very hilarious and on the other hand very very very very very gross and disturbing.

  25. 198 Dakota
    February 17, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    OMG…Yolanda Adams’ tribute to Whitney Houston!!! I’m in tears!

  26. 200 Mel
    February 17, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    But, But, But in 2010 they were told to stayed home, so they can teach PBO a lesson some
    of those groups whine and puiff, just because some of them voted for PBO they think the own
    him ant yet they do not give a shit about what happened in 2010 they gave us the fucking
    TeaPTY RM got her DADT. Right now the bigger picture is the war against women. the GOP ig they
    have their way they will impose the Sharia Law and they will force women to ware BURKAS.

  27. 202 auni
    February 17, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Thanks LOL & L3–I found it–and read some of this mornings posts while I was back there. I’ll tell you Obama Grandmama–you have a family to be proud of. God bless—–

  28. 205 vitaminlover
    February 17, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    In that first picture, I didn’t see any angry hostile white men. I saw men trying to be near my Beloved President. Now that lady had him in an embrace.

  29. 207 EDP4BHO
    February 17, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    I just saw an ad paid for by the COC to kill Obamacare, running Mike Fitzpatrick. Said Obamacare will kill jobs. I cannot stand a blatant out and out lie. I may need to keep my TV off this year. I only had it on to view a couple shows highlighting Whitney Houston, so the mfs caught me off guard. God despises a liar and I surely hope they will see His wrath in short order. Good nite TOD. I saved that pic under the umbrella.

  30. February 17, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Good googa mooga…this man is just DIVINE…

  31. 210 JoJothecat
    February 17, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    NAACP Awards….I think Regina King should play FLOTUS in the movie about the First AA Family in the WH. She has come a long way as a young girl on 227 to a wonderful respected actress today.

  32. February 17, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Job well done, Sir. Have a safe trip home.

  33. February 17, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    In its annual economic report to Congress released Friday, the White House forecast the economy would create 2 million jobs in 2012. That’s an average of 167,000 new jobs per month, up from the 1.8 million jobs created in 2011.

    The report predicted a “moderate” economic recovery this year and sought to blame an unexpected downturn in 2011 on last summer’s debt-ceiling debacle in Congress.
     
    The document says “self-inflicted wounds” from the debt-ceiling standoff contributed to weakness last year, which is being remedied by stronger growth this year.

    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/02/15/business/AP-US-Northeast-Utilities-NStar.html?_r=1&src=busln

  34. 214 desertflower
    February 18, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Ah…bedtime:) See you all tomorrow…Thanks for the laughs and intrigue tonight. And the pictures….ALL of them!

  35. February 18, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) threatened on Friday that he would recommend the White House make recess appointments of all 90 outstanding executive nominees if he did not receive cooperation from the GOP for confirmation through the Senate’s advise and consent function.

    “If something doesn’t break here I am going to recommend to the president that he recess-appoint all of these nominees,” said Reid. “[E]very single one. It’s not as if there isn’t some way to respond to this.”

    Most Republicans in the Senate remain furious with President Obama for his January recess appointments of several executive nominations — a move they say was a gross violation of the U.S. Construction. 

    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/211463-reid-threatens-recess-appointment-of-all-outstanding-obama-nominees-

    Sure, why not?

  36. 217 jeff
    February 18, 2012 at 12:20 am

    What’s so awesome is I live like thirty minutes away from Everett. I feel so gratified that he visited this state and I wish I could go to Everett Boeing (a friend of mine works a mile away from Boeing in a manufacturing plant), and shake this wonderful presidents hand.

  37. February 18, 2012 at 2:43 am

  38. 219 xtine
    February 18, 2012 at 4:21 am

    “Pretzel their Ignorance. Swat the Nuisance ” — xitne

    I believe POTUS is the catalyst to shine a light on all our foibles, scabs — blatant or hidden, banditry and/or pretender. Their Jaywalking is done.

    It might get rough in the next few months: their damn old scab is going to get all nasty & oozing w/ venom.

    At that time, quick-quick, find TOD shelter. As usual: stand smart and pretzel their ignorance. Every Single. Day: Swat the Nuisance!

  39. 220 susanne
    February 18, 2012 at 4:32 am

    good night chips and toddies. here’s a bit of good news to end the day (or start the day for you east coast folk). us navy sailors returning from a long deployment! thank you pbo!

    http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/16964478/hawaii-welcomes-sailors-returning-from-tough-deployment

  40. February 18, 2012 at 4:43 am

    You guys will love this:

    Such enthusiasm.

  41. February 18, 2012 at 6:04 am

  42. February 18, 2012 at 7:01 am

    I’ve written before about the Obama Administration’s breakthrough efforts to fight health care fraud and abuse. Now there’s more, $4.1 billion more.

    Earlier this week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the federal government recovered $4.1 billion in taxpayer dollars from individuals and corporations attempting to steal Medicare and Medicaid payments to which they were not entitled.

    What’s $4.1 billion? It is the largest amount of money ever recovered, by far, in the history of the programs since they were established in 1965.

    http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/health_stew/2012/02/team_obama_scores_big_fighting.html

  43. 230 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    February 18, 2012 at 7:26 am

    HAPPY SATURDAY TOD FAMILY…AM HAPPY THE PRESIDENT IS HOME SAFE AND SOUND. LOTS TO DO THIS MORNING…JAMBALAYA AND A HOMELESS FEED IN 1PM DOWNTOWN INDY…I’M EXCITED…BLESS YOU ALL!..LATER…………:)

  44. 231 vcprezofan2
    February 18, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Good Morning, TOD ‘early birders’! I’m sneaking in ‘early’ this Saturday morning to hopscotch over the last two weeks to try and spot any family news I might have missed. :lol: :lol; A Happy Saturday morning to one and all. A quick peek out my window a half hour ago showed blanketing snow, so since I don’t have to go anywhere till later I’ll forget the driveway and hole up here. ;)

  45. February 18, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Here goes Chris Hayes slamming war on drugs, sticking up for libertarians.
    That’s right Chris, we should all smokeout and have No Government.
    He is a snotty little jerk.


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