…. greeting Beth Hamilton, principal of Medina Elementary School
President Obama greets school children from Medina Elementary School after attending a fundraiser
Oh my. Am I first?
Congrats, Jackie! You’re on the ball.
By the way – live stream of Pres Obama – he’s being introduced now: http://www.kirotv.com/s/watch-kiro-7-live/
Thanks for this Link Theo. The CNN link sucked for me.
CNN does suck almost as much as FOX. Just stay away from them. Trust me.
Love the pictures Chips. I wonder what POTUS and the Principal were laughing about.
It would have been the coolest thing ever to have been teaching when the President of the United States had a motorcade past the school. I would have been out there with my class too and to think it was this President and he got out of the car to shake their hands. Wow!!! I liked the lady that looked like she was beside herself.
Me too. The picture where he’s holding her hand and has this uber cute smile on his face is just precious. Reminds me of some of his childhood pictures. He’s such a people person. You can tell that he fundamentally likes being around people.
Hilarious! What’s so funny? The 2012 Election?
Not fair Chips. Barely get started on one thread and there is a new one. But this also follows up on the comment I made on the last thread. All these pictures from Boeing and Medina once again show how correct the Reublicans are when they say that PBO is aloof, arrogant able to connect with people.
At least they are as correct on this to the same degree they are on everything else.
I love all the kids wearing red white and blue!
What is our President laughing at so hard?!?!?
He is thinking about how when he wins re-election how much crow the opposition will be eating.
Ya know, it’s really horrible how President Obama doesn’t connect with people. He is so ‘stand-offish’ so disconnected from the world. People just don’t like the guy.
I was just thinking the same thing!
Please, Chipsticks, send all these pictures to Chris Matthews and Chuck Todd and all the rest to congratulate them on how wrong they’ve been in pushing the meme of a cold aloof President who does not relate to ordinary people. While you are it, may be you can include the photos and videos from Ireland, Australia, India and Brazil.
Oh! I got lucky – signed in with only 7 comments to read! That’s oh so doable pour moi. Kool! |:lol: Hi TODville (probably up to a hundred comments by now)
OK- just so people don’t get angry at having missed it, I’m posting this again. Liive stream of President Obama right now in Seattle.
I clicked in, but it seems to be cutting in and out. Not complaining though, as it’s sweet to step in for the first time today and hear (snatches of) my president’s voice right off.
Hiya VC, this one’s working:
Chips has a link from CNN above.
Thanks, guys! This speech that PBO has timed specially for me is sooo appreciated! It’s just like him to know that I needed to hear his voice to ground me after this pas t week!
Future voters just smiling, laughing, thrilled to meet POTUS, rain or shine! But … but … PBO doesn’t connect w/ the youth! He’s so aloof!
was this stop with the kids scheduled?
I’d love to see raw video of it.
Whose the Reggie Love replacement who let POTUS out of the beast without an umbrella? I know POTUS doesn’t sweat these things but after a three day swing on a different time zone, POTUS needs some extra protection for his voice and doesn’t need a cold.
Jacobslily, I was kinda mad about that too! Then again, I wasn’t exactly crazy about the kids being out in the rain like that either. I wanted to give every last one of ‘em either a jacket with a hood or a rain hat!
The kids probably didn’t care and by the look of that million dollar mega-watt smile, neither did PBO!
Seattlites learn to scoff at the rain from an early age.
I know, I know. Only 6 weeks of sunshine a year. I understand. It’s like kids from Phoenix who walk around in the summer with no shoes on in 110 degree heat ( yeah I witnessed that). And they probably still had to go back to school afterwards and pay attention to the teacher (bless her/his heart).
Actually Jacobslily, Marvin Nicholson actually had an umbrella on PBO the moment PBO stepped out of the Beast and kept the umbrella on him most of the time. PBO was probably moving too fast for Marvin to keep up. You know how PBO is.
True words! If they worried about rain, they’d NEVER be outside They just take the rain in stride…
Let me share a little Seattle secret with all of you – but please just keep in the TOD family
Have lived here 16+ years; walk everywhere; use auto as infrequently as possible. Yes, it rains, but way way less than you’d be led to think – i.e., it’s a nifty negative advert ploy of Seattlites to prevent 50 million people from moving here – for real. The place is stunningly gorgeous and so much fun.
Now, keep it to yourselves
I think there was one relatively recent El Nino year when we got more rain in L.A. than you did in Seattle.
I know. My son was stationed at Fort Lewis for a couple years, and we would go out and visit a couple times a year. Seldom ran into any extended rainy periods. And when it did rain, it might be for a few hours and then stop. I love that area. We ould always do th Olympic Penninsula drive.
Bobfr! If it was anywhere outside TOD, you’d be busted for treason, spilling the best kept secret on Earth! After looking at these photos I
felt perhaps Seattle owes ObamaBots everywhere a big apology for not making PBO feel more welcome! See all the gloomy faces…..
Bobfr, You are absolutely right! Seattle “is stunningly gorgeous and so much fun.” At least the few times I visited there I had so much fun. I especially enjoyed the night scene and the Jazz clubs. But be honest, It really rains a lot more in the Northwest than it does in most other places in the U.S. I know it rained a great deal during my six years stay in Oregon. But Oregonians always took it in stride and went about doing their business. I haven’t been back in the Northwest for over a dozen years. May be with global warming it’s no longer raining as much. In any case, the six years I spent in the Northwest were some of the best years in my life. I love Oregon and Washington. On top of many gorgeous sceneries, the people are very friendly and very kind.
I know about Seattle/Everett. I visited my son there a few years ago when he was working at Boeing on the unit where the Dreamliner was being built. I would love to live there. He now lives in Moses Lake, which is more right-wing. He tells me that more and more folks are rejecting the Repugs there. They did not like Santorum.
Very much enjoyed all your comments, LL, nath, japa, Pamela , & Jackie. Hope you all have an enjoyable Presidents’ Day weekend.
The more Americans see and hear our President the stronger the Republic becomes, the stronger the bonds that link all of us become because he is nurturing those bonds from the depth of his being.
That’s just the person he is.
He said he was going to do it, and he is.
Hey, Isonprize and jacobslily, I truly appreciate your concern for the health of the President and the kids. However, If you live in the Northwest (Washington, Oregon) rain is part of your everyday experience. I spent six years in Oregon (Portland and Eugene) and rain was no biggie! Rain never stopped any one from doing their business. The kids in Oregon and Washington go out in the rain all the time. It is obvious President Obama doesn’t let minor discomforts, like a little rain, stop him from doing the right thing; especially when it involves showing his love to the children who came out to see him and who are the future of our country. We are really very lucky to have such an awesome President who genuinely loves all children.
I know we were all more than a bit hard on Cristina Romer a few days ago over supposed backstabbing of PBO. Rootless_e has a new piece up on TPV that, well, indicates she may not have stabbed him in the back. Article here: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/02/progressive-media-christina-romer.html.
This is what she actually says in Noam Schrieber’s new book:
In retrospect, it would have been good if the Recovery Act had been even larger. But as it was, it was the largest countercyclical fiscal stimulus in American history – not just in dollar terms, but relative to the size of the economy[ my bold, R] As we’ve gotten more evidence about how it has worked, it is clear that it was immensely helpful. The Recovery Act is part of the reason why, despite the terrible shocks that hit the American economy in 2008, this recession, as bad as it was, wasn’t a second Great Depression. The policy response was much more effective and much more aggressive than it was in the early thirties.
I hear you, but I’m still mad…
Thank you LL for sharing this. I particularly liked this sentence: “The policy response was much more effective and much more aggressive than it was in the early thirties.” I’ve been studying both Hoover and FDR’s responses in the thirties. People overlook the fact that some of the most prized FDR’s New Deal Programs were either enacted in his third year in office or in his second term. FDR also faced a hostile conservative U.S. Supreme Court that nullified many of his early aggressive New Deal Programs. The conventional story, that is repeated often by the so called leftist progressives, is that FDR came in 1933 and bam the economy was instantly fixed, is nothing but mythology conveniently invoked to bash President Obama. It actually took FDR three terms, and WWII, before he was able to arrest the Great Depression. At the start of WWII the unemployment rate was still double digit ( and more than triple digit in most AA communities). But, unlike today, people in the 1930′s did not believe in instant gratification. All they knew was that FDR, like President Obama today, was working hard to save the economy and the country that was almost destroyed by the GOP policies of “Laissez Faire” capitalism! By the way, under Saint Ronald Reagan, who never faced an imminent financial collapse that President Obama inherited, unemployment went over 10% (in the AA communities it was between 25-30%) in his first three years in office. Unemployment did not begin to come down until his fourth year (1984) in office. And, Saint Ronnie raised taxes several times to try to deal with his massive deficits.
For me,what is deeply infuriating is that President Obama is never given any credit for saving this country from going into another Great Depression. The great FDR was not able to do that in the 1930′s after the stock market crush. Yes,FDR’s policies eventually helped the country climb out of the economic night mare. But the fact remains that some of the most miserable and hallowing years of the Great Depression of the 1930′s were during FDR’s first term. Yet, no body blamed him because everyone, including the media, understood the source of the policies and practices that plunged the country in the Great Depression. Today, many people seem to have conveniently forgotten the dire economic circumstances that President Obama inherited. I hate to disappoint the leftists who hate corporate capitalism and are quick to cite FDR as their hero. FDR did not destroy capitalism. In my humble opinion, FDR saved capitalism; just as President Obama is doing by saving such industries as the auto industry.
You have, in two paragraphs, summarized the reality of the Great Depression, FDR, a near 2nd Great Depression and President Obama.
By the time we get to Nov., only those who absolutely refuse to consider the truth will have any doubt regarding the extraordinary, in fact unprecedented, accomplishment of President Obama and his Administration in preventing a global depression and restoring an economy, given the scale of the challenge, remarkably fast. It literally took a global war for FDR to bring employment and productivity to levels sufficient to build a strong middle class. President Obama is restoring the middle class by ending wars and focusing on manufacturing, education, clean energy, & lowering the cost of health care. And, he’s done it all in the first 3 years of his First term.
He said he was going to do it, and he does it everyday.
Thank you nath for your excellent comments.
Coming here and seeing those images always make me happy!
Joining in late, so not sure if this was already posted. Noticed a few Whitney fans in past threads. NAACP Awards coming up @ 8:00pm EST tonight, NBC, & there’s going to be a Whitney tribute.
Thanks. I get to watch the last hour. Forgot all about it.
OK had to look twice at the girl with the red, white, and blue thingabobs on her head.
Best. Photos. Ever.
I hate him.
Terrible that he’s so sad and depressed, such a loner, no friends.
And can’t connect at all. I’m getting worried.
I don’t know the rules. When in campaign mode, POTUS doesn’t have the seal on the podium.
He doesn’t have the seal because one isn’t supposed to use all parts of the White House and the office of the Presidency for campaigning. There has to be a separation.
Makes sense. Thanks, just realized when I saw the Ca and Wa pics. I will have to pay more attention. Guess they don’t play Hail to the Chief either.
I love it when he talks softly
He was out in the rain with no umbrella (Reggie Love replacement needs extra pushups for that one). And from the pictures he has gone from windy and cold in LA to sunshine later to windy and cold in San Francisco to sunshine and warm and back to windy and rainy in Wa. At least their governor knows how to greet a Head of State.
Yes, our Gov showed that AZ ho how to greet a President, well, this President! She signed the gay marriage act into law a couple days back in honor of santorioum the idjit coming here to campaign. Ha! I think she might be headed to a position in 2nd term in DC, as she passed up an offer a while back, in order to fulfill her duties to Washington State.
Yeah – it’s really impactful when he just speaks quietly.
Oooooh heads up TOD: The yummy Lenny Kravitz is performing right now on the NAACP Image Awards on NBC.
Oooooooo, that is something to look forward to.
For me too meta. But we have to wait…..tick…..tick….tick
Shout out to CollegeKay, you go girl w/ your under a decade year old self in 2-thou! Shush, don’t tell Chips about the d-in-2-thou! Seriousl, though, I Have read your comments at TOD and you’re a treasure.
Chips, as of now I’m 18-hearts-old! [It's all about enthusiasm.] Now some mornings, I’ll wake feeling many-hearts-old, but it’s usually 25 by high noon!
Lol thanks. I’ll be 21 this year.
Sorry Chips.. please no mankini
Oh my…21 years old!!….me too I feel old all of the sudden lol…..I can relate to what Chips said…..
It is my youngest birthday today….his father called this morning….I said to him: Can you believe our youngest is 24 today!
He said: Well no I can’t believe it because he’s 25 today, not 24…
I’m in denial…..
And what exactly has him so tickled. Hmmph.
Hi TOD Fam! Everything All Good? my feet are tired from walking many blocks in the city. I hate it when I have my heart set on buying a specific item and the store you go to doesn’t have it. This is why I prefer shopping online. geesh.
By the way, anyone heard anymore about my other boyfriend, Stephen Colbert? I’m really worried that’s there is a problem with him or someone in his family. They wouldn’t suspend taping due to the absence of a crew member right?
Colbert’s 91-yr old mom is very ill. Let’s pray for her.
So sorry to hear this. In my thoughts.
There was a brief write-up this week that the suspension was because of a family emergency.
It’s all beginning to sink in for them
A prominent Republican senator just told [ABC News' Jonathan Karl] that if Romney can’t win in Michigan, the Republican Party needs to go back to the drawing board and convince somebody new to get into the race.
“If Romney cannot win Michigan, we need a new candidate,” said the senator, who has not endorsed anyone and requested anonymity.
The senator believes Romney will ultimately win in Michigan but says he will publicly call for the party to find a new candidate if he does not.
The unnamed prominent Republican senator said Romney, if he manages to win the nomination after losing Michigan, would stand little chance against President Obama in November. “We’d get killed,” he said, because Romney would be “too damaged.”
And what of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich? The senator added that both, if nominated, would “lose 35 states.” (Ron Paul’s name apparently wasn’t included as part of the conversation.)
If they pushed somebody else in an that other person somehow (unsure how it could happen) took over for Romney and got the nomination, they would be assuring a third party run by Santorum or Gingrich or Paul. And even if that didn’t happen, doing this would so alienate the SGP segment that it would probably be the one thing that would keep those voters from the polls. So whoever gets the nomination as a late entry would still lose at least 35 states.
Too late unnamed Repug – Mittens is already “too damaged”
Funny that he doesn’t think Romney would lose 35 states…..Mr. 1%…the pathological liar….the republican base hate him as much as they hate the President…..he took positions so far right now to get the teabaggers…they’re not having it…..
Sounds like McCain.
This person says they’d prefer Jeb Bush, so I don’t think it’s McCain.
I just read the comments on that article and all I can say is Repubs are seriously deluded. They really believe Romney can beat PBO. HA!
They’re just figuring out what the rest of us have known for at least 6 months now. LMAO at their refusing to see until this last hour….too late chickies
OK, I’m now @ 12-hearts-old! Love those pics w/ those young kids, their expressions are just awesome!
He mentioned it in his speech, he kept pressing the button lol….President Obama loves technology!
Happy Friday TODers. I logged on just in time to follow the link and watch him say God Bless! LOL talk about timing. That’s about as close as I get to many of these life events. So looking forward to the replay.
But no worries, I downloaded his 2008 convention acceptance speech to my android and listened on the long drive home. I was smiling broadly by the time I pulled into the driveway. LOL
It amazes me to no end how much he’s been able to get done from his long laundry list of ‘to-dos’ with all the obstruction thrown in his path. And don’t get me started on the current Do Nothing Congress! I was listening and checking off in my mind as he went down the list of things he wanted to do. Truly amazing and transformative.
I love the way the kids (our future) react to him. John F Kennedy was the only other pol who got that kind of reaction from kids. No, not even Clinton! Not with the wee ones! I only fear they will have to share the world with the likes of Robme’s grandchildren, and Splat-torums kids. Ughh perish the thought.
Okay, I am going to catch up on all the good stuff I missed so I can wipe that thought from my mind! chow…
Oh. Be still my heart. Two GIANTS from the movie and activist world Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte are on the NAACP Image Awards. They’re gorgeous. gorgeous. gorgeous.
The challenge is on. The competition is, well, flavorful. And the stakes are high.
The contest for the Democratic National Convention’s official barbecue sauce began Wednesday.
I want some BBQ sauce!
Tch, tch, tch. First running down the steps without holding on to anything? Now playing in the rain? Chips’ mom is going to be pretty po’ed off.
I always hold my breath …and I think of Chips’s mom now lol…..
Most touching tribute so far @ NAACP Awards (sorry for spoiler for those not on EST) is for the Black Stuntsmen. Harry Belafonte & Sidney Poitier had me cracking up! Not going to say more, Enjoy!
Forgot to say and funny
Why is it if Robney doesn’t win in Michigan then the Repugs are stating they must find a new candidate? When Clinton and Obama were at it we didn’t know who the nominee would be till July? (Was it July?). Why must they have this tied up in a bow so early? Or is this just a way to sneak in another candidate that galvanizes the repugs with a NEW body? Does the new body not need to be on the ballots? How would they do this?
oh and I agree with BWD…our man just doesn’t connect with the people. Love those pics!
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s struggles in Michigan are fueling speculation that Republicans might have to resort to a doomsday scenario and launch a frantic search for a 2012 savior at their nominating convention in late August.
But we had two excellent candidates. I wanted Sen Obama to win, but would have gladly gotten behind Sen Clinton if she had been the nominee. They were classy, strong and both had vision. And more importantly, they were both very adept at inspiring the electorate us.
These klown kar kooks, ha! They inspire mockery and ridicule. Can’t say as I blame the GOP for wanting something else but they get to lie in the bed they made.
NAACP Image Awards just starting….Lenny Kravitz just tore it up!!!
For me…I’m in the western states! LOL!
Gov. Chris Gregoire looked happy to greet the Pres. And did anyone notice she was NOT bearing a ‘I’ve got to make a dumb statement’ gift.
That’s cause dems have class. Brewer and Scott both had to present him with their BS the minute he got off the plane. They are such little people. Reminds me of Gulliver’s Travels when the little folk think they’ve got Gulliver tied down with their tiny rope and when he gets tired of laying there talking to them, just sits up to their horror and chagrin.
PBO & the little people. Playing in select areas
Hehe…Great image, LS!
The lady looks classy. Unlike that az maroon.
Oh Boy! http://onlineathens.com/breaking-news/2012-02-17/caterpillar-plant-will-bring-4200-jobs-24-billion-athens-region
The cascade WILL come!
wow, this is great news. the caterpillar products to be made in georgia have been made up to now in japan. so we not only get a great manufacturing engine in an area that needs it and can support it, we get thousands of jobs returned to the usa. thank you mr president!
ABC also has a Whitney Houston Special – “One Moment in Time” from 9-11PM. Set your DVR’s.
Oh my gosh! Oh my gawsh! The little box to the left of my name telling me that someone responded to my comment FINALLY ARRIVED. Oh. my. gosh!
hhehehehehe,,,i got mine yesterday….i feel like a celebrity…
My ticket to the ‘in’ group!! Isn’t it great! We’ll be celebrities together..
I don’t know what to say, hurray, or I feel like such a dumb shit, I wanna liddle box too…
Pamela, I don’t know what to tell you either. I signed in at wordpress the night the discussion started, AND checked that I wanted to be notified of responses to my comments. Nothing happened till tonight, so maybe your little box is ‘in the mail’.
Wow! Still @ NAACP: Jill Scott! Damn!
And HBO, I only kept you because of “Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency” series? What happened to season 2? And “Treme.”
Yes, what happened? I LOVE that series of books and that series!
i heard the producer, who was the passionate artistic drive for the series, passed away. such a great program, and i love the books,too.
Xtine, I loved that series, too, and was very unhappy that it wasn’t continued. It was such a treat to watch and I loved all the characters.
We can all say goodbye to Whitney.
Hey we’re not the only ones that noticed
“Woman Gets ‘Grabby’ With President Obama’s Backside”
Jennifer Granholm just said, that Cheney helped Omalley pass the Gay marriage law.
The Baltimore Sun reported last night that former Vice President Dick Cheney — a long-time supporter of marriage equality — personally lobbied Kach on the issue.
Hmmmmm is right
New post everyone:
Harry and Sidney were pretty funny! Stuntman Henry Kinji is a cousin of mine…a pioneer of the Black Stuntman’s Association. Happy they are finally getting the recognition that they deserve.
Missed them. Interesting uncle of yours. What’s the origin of his name, Kinji?
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.
@ NAACP Awards: Woo! Yolanda! Almost made me want to enter a church door! And I stay away from those fixtures! Except when in appreciation of architecture, and there are some amazing old religious buildings worldwide.
Tyson, Caroll, & Gosset Jr. presenting the award to Viola was fun! Love Viola!
It would be nice if the children could vote, we must vote for them.
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