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Miami

President Obama arrives at Miami International Airport, March 29

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Text of the President’s remarks here

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President Obama speaks with officials as he tours the PortMiami tunnel project

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147 Responses to “Miami”


  1. March 29, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    boy I’ve been away for weeks and weeks and might be first??

  2. 4 57andfemale
    March 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I I hadn’t been chatting I would have been No. !

  3. March 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Ah, beaten by Carol Mae… Congrats CM!

    What a few weeks. Have been scanning and skimming my TOD fix. So glad to be “back.”

  4. 11 Nena20409
    March 29, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    CaroleMae and Susan, well, well, a two-way Tie ;)

    Congratulations :)

  5. March 29, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Congrats on 1st CarolMae. Boy am I out of touch. I thought the President was going to Colorado.

  6. March 29, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Who are those handsome guys with the red ties?

  7. 19 theo67
    March 29, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    The President looked really good today…

  8. 25 Nena20409
    March 29, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    The sky is Blue, the Sun is shining, the Main Event, smiling with his pearly teeth, looking firmly Fit……Oh Yeah ;)

    It is Good Friday. The truth must be shared ;). OK I made the last sentence up :lol:

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  12. March 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Thank you so much. Everyone enjoy your week-end. Is their anything better than fresh asparagus from the garden? Ours doesn’t even make it to the table. We eat it raw while picking. Spring, glorious spring! Let’s move! 🐞 In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~ John Muir

  13. 33 Nena20409
    March 29, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    What a whole lotta of Love shown to the POTUS with Mostest ;)

    Enjoy ;)

  14. 36 Nena20409
    March 29, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Great Job, Chips. Thanks.

    These pictures are just Fantastic.

  15. 37 utaustinliberal
    March 29, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Love it when he’s out and about with the people. You can tell it gives him pleasure and the response from every crowd is wonderful.

  16. 38 utaustinliberal
    March 29, 2013 at 4:20 pm
  17. March 29, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Howdy Obots!

    Yesterday’s kerfuffle over the “Democratic Six” got me to thinking. So, of course, it’s becoming a post. It should be ready for tomorrow, and as my fellow blog tyrants can see it’s entitled “Politics and the big tent”.

    Now off to shoe shopping for the missus! Really, I don’t know how the French can take month long holidays; two weeks and I’m bouncing off the walls.

  18. 47 Ladyhawke
    March 29, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    THIS IS JUST AWESOME

    Eco/system: Obama announces plan for flora, fauna and climate change

    By Kent Jones

    ————————–

    As if there weren’t enough going on this week, the Obama Administration announced the National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, a coordinated government strategy to protect animals and plants from the perils of climate change. According to the Department of the Interior

    ————————————-

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/03/29/17518378-ecosystem-obama-announces-plan-for-flora-fauna-and-climate-change?lite

  19. 49 vcprezofan2
    March 29, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    This is old (Sept. 2011) but it might make you smile.

    http://juanitajean.com/2011/09/30/a-man-walks-into-a-bar/

  20. 52 cookemom
    March 29, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Shout out to #2, currently in the Motherland:

  21. 62 Ladyhawke
    March 29, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    The GOP’s Post-Election Outreach Hits Some Speed Bumps

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/03/gop-minority-outreach-setbacks.php

  22. 63 cookemom
    March 29, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    For the season, for your own reasons:

  23. 64 donna dem 4 obama
    March 29, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Happy Good Friday TOD!

    To my Maryland peeps from our OFA leader:

    Dear Friends,

    Join Greater Silver Spring volunteers to write letters to the editor that publicize the harmful effects of sequestration budget cuts on Maryland residents and identify better solutions.

    Wireless is available for laptops and cell phones. You can look up data on sequester effects and post letters to the editor on sequester in local newspapers. Please bring a list of newspapers and local media that we should contact, so you can share that information at the meeting.
    GSS Letters against Sequestration
    (Letters to the Editor Party)

    Wednesday, April 3, 2013
    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

    Please click this link for more info and to RSVP- https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/letterstotheeditorparty/gsk4m4

    See you on Wed, April 3

  24. 65 vcprezofan2
    March 29, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Cell phones and drones and facebook and privacy….

    I ran across the article by Al Giordano that I used in the post below because I was looking for something he said about all this in Facebook, Privacy, and The New Exhibitionism.

    The democratization of public or semi-public exhibitionism has thrown traditional concerns about “personal privacy” out the window.
    Who needs the CIA anymore when everybody is out there blurting the kinds of secrets it used to take surveillance to discover? Privacy
    didn’t disappear because Big Brother took it away. We gave it away! Freely! It fell aside to a greater impulse: the need to expose
    ourselves in public, to have an audience, and to keep it.
    ……..

    http://www.immasmartypants.blogspot.ca/2013/03/privacy-is-era-of-facebook.html

    • 66 nathkatun7
      March 29, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      Thanks VC for sharing Smartypants’ post. I think she is one of the most astute bloggers on the scene toady. I am also a big fan of Al Giordano, another smart and very pragmatic political analyst whose liberal/progressive credentials can not be questioned. This is indeed a must read post!

      • 67 vcprezofan2
        March 29, 2013 at 8:20 pm

        Hi Nath, I went away to pretend to do some chores and have a real ‘sit-down’ meal and never expected too many people to respond to my recommendation below, but I sure am glad to see that people read it. As most of you know, SmartyP regularly shares really thoughtful stuff.

        • 68 nathkatun7
          March 29, 2013 at 9:40 pm

          Yes She does, VC! Also know this: although I rarely respond to your posts/comments I always appreciate your comments pragmatism. It’s just that I come to this blog so late that I always think it’s pointless to comment when everyone has gone to sleep. At the same time, the issues that I am passionate about, and I know a little bit about, I always feel compelled to say something.

  25. 69 vcprezofan2
    March 29, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I really, really, really, REALLY think this Smartpants column featuring Al Giordano is worth a bit of your time. Here is the concluding paragraph

    In my mind – all of that holds true when we talk about prosecution of the big banks. If it could be done in a way that doesn’t set off another great recession, I wouldn’t necessarily be against it. But I too worry about liberal bloodlust for witch hunts and how that leads to a complacency about our own responsibilities for the step-by-step process that is really required for change.

    http://www.immasmartypants.blogspot.ca/2013/03/al-giordano-warns-us-about-becoming.html

    • March 29, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      thank you vcprez, I read this article, at your recommendation, and I cherish the
      commitment to the long haul that is reflected here, the deep connection to personal
      responsibility, step by step. It is what’s ~true~ for me. Thank you for getting my attention.
      xoxoxo to you.

      • 71 vcprezofan2
        March 29, 2013 at 8:26 pm

        YW, SCC. Smartypants herself has had an ongoing dialogue re the President and his ‘North Star’ (long haul) that she updates from time to time. It makes reassuring reading for me, to be periodically reminded that this President isn’t just speaking from the top of his head at any given moment, but that he has a purpose. Or should I say purposeS? ;)

  26. 72 carolyn
    March 29, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I’m curious about Ben Carson’s interview with Mrs. Greenspan…..someone said this interview should end his brief political career, combined with his interview on Hannity. What happened on Mrs. Grenespan’s show???

  27. 79 Nena20409
    March 29, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    This was sent to me by one of my BFFs;

    I went on YouTube and copied it out.

    Pretty interesting. I think.

  28. 82 anniebella
    March 29, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    So John Boehner quickly came out and said that Republican Congressman Young of Alaska need to apologize for what he said about Mexicans. Well guess what, where were Boehner stepping forward and telling all the other Republicans who said racists disrespecting things about POTUS and FLOTUS that they need to apologize. Even when they talk about Malia and Sasha. Boehner nor any other Republican never step forward for this black family, but because they know they need the Latinos vote, all of a sudden they must pretend to show Latinos respect,when truth be known Republicans don’t give a dam about Latinos anymore then they do Black folks.

    • 83 Nena20409
      March 29, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      X1000. I wrote about the same issue.

      • 84 anniebella
        March 29, 2013 at 6:17 pm

        When the NRA drag the President’s kid into the discuss about gun control, remember the NRA ad, did Boehner say anything about that. When the Republican Congressman made some comment about our First Lady butt, what did Boehner say? They don’t give a dam about any minorities, all they care about are white folks, rich white folks.

  29. 86 miss pat
    March 29, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Ben Carson is an educated fool. He threw away all the esteem we in the Black community had for him. If he thinks he is going to just waltz into the nomination in 2016 he better don’t retire as planned because he is not going to win the nomination. Period. What a mighty man he was! I was so proud of him because he was raised by a single mother who didn’t give up on him. The man seems to have forgotten where he came from. The higher monkey climbs the more is backside is exposed. And yes, I am calling him a monkey. He better get used to it if he wants to remain in politics. The same ones that are fawning over him now will be calling him monkey.

    • 87 Nena20409
      March 29, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      He is not a fool. He is selling a book. He knew exactly what he was and is doing. Disparaging pres Obama will get him TV, Cable and media time. Saying fatuously wicked nonsense about the LGBTQ community would help him sell the books for the more he is called out and the more he is in the lime light, his books will sell. He is nearing retirement. I have read and known about Carson since 1985/1986. The Readers’ Digest had stories about him. These days, to boost one’s speaking engagements and notoriety is to be obnoxiously hating president Obama and hating on Gays in the rightwing quarters.

      • 88 Bill
        March 29, 2013 at 6:14 pm

        I think you are correct about enhancing his book sales and speaking fees, but I would not think he needs the money at this point in his life at the expense of his reputation. I have only been aware of him since the prayer breakfast, but I do not understand what his agenda is. Does he believe the things he has been saying? He seems naive.

        • 89 miss pat
          March 29, 2013 at 6:29 pm

          Bill, that is what I was thinking. Is he that broke? There is no way I would sell my reputation for money. I’d prefer to walk on the road and collect bottles before I do that. He is being used and if he can’t see that then he is a fool.

        • 90 Nena20409
          March 29, 2013 at 6:34 pm

          It is not that he needs the money. But those who have money still want more and accumulate more for whatever reason. He also has a foundation. So if he is Incorporated, then his book sales and money made from there could very well be part of the reason.

    • 92 nathkatun7
      March 29, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      You know what, Miss Pat? It really pains me to see such a well educated and accomplished Black man stoop so low just to gain political fame. I also keep wondering how Black right wing conservatives, like Ben Carson and Justice Clarence Thomas, sleep at night when they are out there aiding and abetting people, like Antonin Scalia, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, who want to take this country back to the Jim Crow era.

  30. 93 prettyfoot58
    March 29, 2013 at 6:06 pm
    • 94 anniebella
      March 29, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      Priebus is a bold face liar. What Rep. Young said is the heart and soul of the Republican Party.

  31. 95 prettyfoot58
    March 29, 2013 at 6:08 pm
    • 96 jacquelineoboomer
      March 29, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Ahhh. Another day with Barack Obama as our President. Can’t get better than that.

      • 97 Dudette
        March 29, 2013 at 8:44 pm

        Better would be a functioning Democratic House and filibuster-less, Democratic Senate AND him as our President
        Peace and love throughout the Earth, A Clean Environment, Innovation/Exploration, Clean Air/Water/Land, Healthcare, Education, and Equal Justice for All!

        But I can work with what we’ve got for now! :-D :-D :-D

        #FORWARD

  32. 99 prettyfoot58
    March 29, 2013 at 6:12 pm
  33. 100 prettyfoot58
    March 29, 2013 at 6:14 pm
  34. 103 Ladyhawke
    March 29, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy provides a unified approach—reflecting shared principles and science-based practices—for reducing the negative impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, plants, and the natural systems upon which they depend.

    National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaption Strategy

  35. 104 prettyfoot58
    March 29, 2013 at 6:22 pm
  36. 105 Ladyhawke
    March 29, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Obama Moves On From The Sequester To ‘Rebuilding America’

    By LOLGOP

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    President Obama appears ready to move past the politics of the sequester and move on to an issue he knows voters love — rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure.

    Speaking at the Port of Miami Friday, the president gave a quick speech outlining the “Partnership to Rebuild America.” The proposal builds on ideas he presented in his State of the Union address to use federal spending to spur construction of roads, bridges and other public needs in order to create jobs.

    “Let’s get started rebuilding America,” Obama said, after noting that his proposal is backed by both the Chamber of Commerce and the nation’s largest union, the AFL-CIO.

    A recent Gallup poll found that 72 percent of Americans, including a majority of Republicans, support spending federal money to create jobs.

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    http://www.nationalmemo.com/obama-moves-on-from-the-sequester-to-rebuilding-america/#.UVYGogEGOWE.twitter

  37. 106 Ladyhawke
    March 29, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    In Miami, President Obama Talks About his Plan to Put People to Work Rebuilding America

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/03/29/miami-president-obama-talks-about-his-plan-put-people-work-rebuilding-america

  38. 107 desertflower
    March 29, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Popped into my head :) Love this city…

  39. 108 cindy sweatt
    March 29, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    great pics. Thanks

  40. 109 desertflower
    March 29, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    This ought to help with that GOP outreach…..NOT

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/03/29/1795201/steve-king-english-only/

    Republicans Introduce Legislation To Discriminate Against Non-English Speakers

  41. 111 Ladyhawke
    March 29, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    TELL IT!

    It’s Not Don Young’s Comments, It’s His Party

    By Spandan

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    The history of racism in the modern Republican party is deep, entrenched and abiding. Fronting a Clarence Thomas or a Marco Rubio does not make up for the sins of a party whose current history is laden with things from the Southern Strategy to harboring anti-immigrant feelings to dog whistles that have become full out blow horns. The nativist, white nationalist chasing in the Republican party has gone on for ages, and it hasn’t stopped. For too long, the Republican party has thrived on their divide and conquer strategy. In fact, it has used the fear of the loss of white privilege as an electoral tool for so long that it doesn’t know what else to do, now that it doesn’t suffice anymore, at least not for national elections.

    This isn’t a party in need of new messaging. This is a party in need of a new soul. The Republican party will not be able to shed the bigoted language from its public image, unless it can shed the bigots who make up its ranks.

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    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/03/its-not-don-youngs-comments-its-his.html

    • 112 anniebella
      March 29, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      We can not forget the 2012 election, we can not forget the code words the Republicans used when they were deciding their Presidential candidate. From Newt to Santorum, always everyday their was a racists comment or word being used about this black President. No Republican leader step forward and condemn the language. And it got no better doing the campaign with Romney people calling the President racists names.

      • 113 nathkatun7
        March 29, 2013 at 8:46 pm

        Yes Indeed, anniebella. And you can include on that list, Romney himself, his #1 surrogate John Sununu, and the RNC Chair, Reince Priebus.

  42. 114 Jovie
    March 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Public-private partnership (PPP)

    The tunnel project is a public-private partnership (PPP or P3) designed to transfer the responsibility to design-build-finance-operate-and-maintain (“DBFOM”) the project to the private sector. Ten banks, BNP Paribas, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, RBS Citizens, N.A., Banco Santander, Bayerische Hypo, Calyon, Dexia, ING Capital, Societe Generale, and WestLB will provide the senior debt financing for the project,[12] which totals $341.5 million.[14] The project attracted three bidding consortia comprising several of the most famous constructors and financiers in the world. Under the concession agreement, FDOT will make milestone payments to the concessionaire (Miami Access Tunnel) during the construction period, upon the achievement of contractual milestones. 90% of Miami Access Tunnel’s equity is provided by Meridiam Infrastructure Miami LLC (Luxembourg based Meridiam Infrastructure Finance SARL), with the remaining 10% in France’s Bouygues Travaux Publics SA, operating as Dragages Concession Florida Inc.[12] The Port of Miami Tunnel Project was one of the first P3′s in Florida, and the first availability-based P3 deal in the US,[15] after the Interstate 595 (I-595) renovation project in Broward County.[16]

    Once the construction is completed, FDOT will then make availability payments to the concessionaire. These payments will be contingent upon actual lane availability and service quality. In other words if the tunnel is closed for any reason or the road is in bad condition part or all of the payment for that period may not be made.[14] The tunnel will be returned to FDOT in first-class condition at the end of the contract in October 2044, thirty years after the completion of the tunnel.[13] Maintenance costs over this 30 year period are expected to total around $200 million.[17] Contrary to many similar public-private partnerships, the tunnels will not have a toll.[12]

    Wiki-

  43. 115 Jovie
    March 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The federal Government Accountability Office is giving generally good grades to the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s business plan to build a $68 billion bullet train.

    In a report given Thursday to members of Congress, the GAO says the authority’s ridership and revenue forecasts are reasonable. It could not assess whether the authority’s projected costs are feasible, but says the California agency is following most of the GAO’s best practices in making its predictions.

    The biggest hurdle remains money. The report says a funding gap of $39 billion is unlikely to be filled by the federal government given the current political climate in Congress.

    Rail officials plan to start work this summer on the first stretch of track and have said they will not start other segments until funding is secured.

    Ap-

  44. 120 Ladyhawke
    March 29, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    WHIPLASH ALERT:

    Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama

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    Fox News was pissed off Michelle Obama was forcing kids to eat healthy veggies….now they’re pissed at her Easter Egg fattening hunt???

    ——————————————

  45. 128 prettyfoot58
    March 29, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    What do you think about this

    • 129 amk for obama
      March 29, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      They fired soledad ?

      • 130 cookemom
        March 29, 2013 at 8:24 pm

        they cleaned house over there. Trying to out nutbag Fox.

      • 131 prettyfoot58
        March 29, 2013 at 8:27 pm

        i do not know what here status on CNN is…the question is whether she would be a good fit on MSNBC,,,it would prove interesting

      • 132 Nena20409
        March 29, 2013 at 8:55 pm

        Yep. Today was her last day at CNN. She will however form a production company, produce pieces and offer the pieces first to CNN and if they say No, then she will shop around to sell her produced work. I hope she gets a gig with say, Al Jazeera America. If they are looking for a REAL journalist, Soledad O’Brien is one Fine work Filly.

        I doubt that MSNBC would hire her for she left her weekend co-anchor gig at NBC for CNN in the early 2003/2004. Zucker, the current CNN head was then the Today Show Boss. Perhaps, he Canned O’Brien for she left 10 yrs ago?

        • 133 amk for obama
          March 29, 2013 at 9:01 pm

          teann going where it desperately wants to be, I guess.

          Yes, AJ is much much better, some times even better than BBC. She would be a good fit there.

          Two days ago, I watched their show on rise and fall of hosni mubarak. And very critical look at him and his rising hunger for power.

    • 134 Jovie
      March 29, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      Msnbc hired Carville. :(

  46. March 29, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Evening Friends! Happy Good Friday and Happy Easter to those who celebrate it! And to everyone else “Happy Happy!”

    I’m beaming from ear to ear … Jody Watley (LOVE her!) thanked me for retweeting a message about her blog post about the state of hip-hope/R&B these days and sharing one of her classic songs! Woot! :cool:

    Have a great gettin’ up weekend! I’ll try to come back a little later to re-tweet my TOD family tweets and catch up with the night owls. :-)

  47. 141 desertflower
    March 29, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    WTF IS THIS LITTLE DICK (TATOR) DOING????????????????

    Breaking: N. Korea Says to Enter “State of War” Against S. Korea – KCNA

    Last edited Fri Mar 29, 2013, 08:08 PM USA/ET – Edit history (2)
    Source: Reuters

    @Reuters: NORTH KOREA SAYS TO ENTER “STATE OF WAR” AGAINST SOUTH KOREA – KCNA #breaking

    N. Korea says it enters ‘war’ against S. Korea – Yonhap News Agency

    SEOUL, March 29 (Yonhap) — North Korea announced Saturday that it has entered a state of war against South Korea.

    In a special statement, the North said it will deal with every inter-Korean issue in a wartime manner.
    by anthony.derosa 8:03 PM

    Read more: http://scribblelive.mobi/Event/North_Korea?Theme=39&lang=en

  48. 145 prettyfoot58
    March 29, 2013 at 8:20 pm
  49. 146 prettyfoot58
    March 29, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    The biggest thing for me is how Chris Hayes did not point out that his colleague blew him out of the water re:diversity…

    smartypants nails this…


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