President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama depart the White House for a memorial service in Boston
11:0: President Obama delivers remarks at Healing Our City: An Interfaith Service dedicated to those who were wounded or killed in Monday’s bombing. First lady Michelle Obama also attends
12:0: President Obama speaks to Boston Athletic Association Volunteers
White House live * C-Span * Boston CBS * CBS * CNN
This will be a tear jerker.
Yes, it will. Congrats.
He’s going to be wonderful yet again. I can’t wait to hear his words.
Good morning Chips and everyone. I agree that this will be another tear jerker. My prayers are with these families.
Heart felt sympathy to all victims and families of the Boston Marathon bombing
CNN now reporting that a "dark-skinned man" has been caught on video giving a speech in the White House Rose Garden.
#breaking— Jeff Tiedrich (@jefftiedrich) April 18, 2013
Tell TeaNN not to worry we elected him to be there. It’s okay.
bwhahaha! so funny, yet so sad.
Barack Obama, ever the diplomat. This is his entry for Tom Coburn.
He teaches me new things everyday.
He is a far better person than I can ever aspire to be. I have such contempt for Republicans in Congress. This is just another reason to love our President.
Pres Obama has got to be the Mother Theresa of the POTUS’. I could NOT do what he just did. Tom Coburn was one of the 20 who plotted a political Coup de’tat on Jan 20, 2009. Then in 2010, in an interview, he implied that Mr. Obama had gotten preferential treatment at prestigious schools due to his race. I called his office in OK and I spent at list 4-5 mins on the phone with them….. registering my complaint and within hours, Dr. Coburn……I am sure, with many calling as well, clarified his statements. My Roman Catholic faith says to forgive……I am having a really hard time forgiving sen Coburn.
Pres Obama didn’t have to write this. He has a lot on his plate. But he did for he is a better man, president and a better leader. He is epitomizing……what he believes……not taking politics personal. A tip of my Hat to pres Obama.
President Obama is a true christian. As there ever been such a beautiful soul in the Oval Office ?
Little note: Remember that event with right wing pastor Warren during the 2008 campaign ? Both Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain had to answer some questions on faith and governing. Many people said that Barack Obama had “lost” that debate. On the contrary, I thought that he had won it overwhelmingly. His honesty and beautiful soul were on display and everybody with a big heart must have seen it. I really liked him but that day something more profound happened. I was awed, impressed, moved. I just understood how exceptional this man was. And what I’ve witnessed in the last five years has confirmed, day after day, what I felt in my heart and my soul on that day.
I remember it was discovered that Senator McCain who went second heard all the questions on his ride to the event which gave him an advantage.
The White House says Pres. Obama talked with Gov. Perry from Air Force One en route to Boston about the explosion in West, Texas.— Steve Brusk (@stevebruskCNN) April 18, 2013
Thanks to Pres Obama for his call of support and prayers.— Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) April 18, 2013
Hay Rick that’s the kind of President, kind of man he is. Despite how ugly you guys tried to portray him.
Have the First Couple arrive yet?
President Obama has had to be our secular minister in times of profound grief way more than any other President except possibly Lincoln and FDR. He has such a deep well of compassion and eloquence, but I wish he didn’t have to keep doing this!
me too Judith ~ its all so sad and wrong.. and at some point it has to be very draining for him.. and yet his empathy is boundless.
I like the way you put that, Judith: “our secular minister…” Perfect description.
UT, Thank you so much for all of your updates on the explosion in Texas. My heart goes out to all those who lost family and their homes in this awful tragedy.
It just seems that we go from one awful disaster to the next.
Thank you so much for the kind words and good thoughts.
Remnants of Al Qaeda send thank you to GOP. State they may relocate to US due to easy availability of weaponry.— john miller (@deaconmill) April 18, 2013
Morning TOD, on this day of Reflection.
Oh no—–Willard again.
Who? Morning Dotster!
Gun Violence Victims Detained, Put Through Background Check For Yelling ‘Shame On You’ At Senators
“Shame on you!” Patricia Maisch and Lori Haas yelled in rapid succession at the 46 senators who had just voted to kill a compromise amendment to expand background checks for gun purchases at gun shows or online. The women were sitting in the gallery with a large group of gun violence victims as the Senate responded to the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut by defeating the measure advocates and law enforcement officials consider crucial to keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.
As they left the Senate gallery, a police officer approached and asked them to follow him. The three walked downstairs to a public hallway, where they were peppered with questions: “What’s your name?” “Where are you from?” “What are your Social Security numbers?” The officer left to run a background check on the women, who were instructed to sit on a bench. Another uniformed officer watched over them, even escorted Haas to the bathroom and told her she couldn’t lock the stall door.
An hour and a half later, another law enforcement official approached and quizzed the the two women further. He asked them about their intentions and where they were from, why they were in D.C., how long they planned to stay and when they were leaving.
The entire ordeal stretched for almost two hours — approximately 115 minutes longer than a background check at a federal gun dealer. Haas noted the irony of undergoing hours of questioning while permitting gun purchases without any screening at gun shows or online.
The injustice;…… when will it end.
Gun Violence Victims Detained, Put Through Background Check For Yelling ‘Shame On You’ at senators. Only in america. thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/…— (@amk4obama) April 18, 2013
Thank you once again, amk .
This story is reported completely different over at HP…
what does huff puff say ?
I read that maddow had her over at her show. Good for her.
Ryan Grim….saying she was ” escorted out of the Capitol ”
No mention of being detained.
Isn’t he one of the village idjits?
They should regard this whole interrogation process as a badge of honor. They were heroes fighting for their country.
GM Morning TODers.
I still get Comfort from Touch Me In the Morning…..Ms. Ross.
Please, allow me to post it again.
POTUS and FLOTUS just walked in with the Governor and his wife.I bet Mitt sitting there thinking that should be me and Ann walking in there.
One awesome long sentence by @tbogg on #wingnutz & #rwnjs. tbogg.firedoglake.com/2013/04/18/one… http://t.co/zquK4Xq1cw— (@amk4obama) April 18, 2013
What a beautiful opening prayer…
This song was in my head as I was showering.
Stand by each other and we’ll be fine.
If there are lurking and non-lurking TODers in the surrounding area, please think about helping the people of West, TX this way.
We are needing #OPositive & #ONegative #Blood to help the people of #WestTX Also we have a great need for #PlateletDonors— Central TX Blood (@CentralTXBlood) April 18, 2013
Good morning folks. I wonder if they want all blood colors? On an episode in All In the Family years ago Archie Bunker received blood from an African American doctor. She told him not to worry, he was going to be okay; he will only have a strange craving for watermelon in the morning. Seriously though, some of those folks would rather die than take blood from me.
Reverend Walker’s opening prayer was beautiful.
Yes, it was, donna! She’s supremely talented, and was a beloved former local news anchor here in the city before she became a member of the clergy.
My little dedication to Martin Richard. RIP Little one.
Angel in the Morning by Juice Newtown.
You can check for locations and times here to help donate blood for West, TX.
No one loves Boston more than Mayor Tom Menino. That he hasn’t been at 100% to be everywhere he wants to be in this time of crisis is killing him, I know.
If you're in the Central TX area, pls consider donating blood to help the people of #WestTX. inyourhands.org twitter.com/CentralTXBlood…— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) April 18, 2013
And while we are at getting rid of the GOP in the Senate and House, let's not forget the states being ruined by GOP Govs and legislatures.— john miller (@deaconmill) April 18, 2013
Pres. Obama to meet with bombing victims and first responders following his remarks to interfaith service here in #Boston.— PETER MAER (@petermaercbs) April 18, 2013
We expected POTUS and FLOTUS to do that. They usually always do meet with victims and first responders.
CALL TO ACTION
Today and in the days to come our actions will be even more important than the phone calls /tweets / emails we made yesterday. To quote President Obama
“Defeat is a temporary condition, giving up makes it permanent”
Here is an example of how this can be turned into a positive. In our community, we had a gun violence phone bank on Tuesday that was cancelled due to the Boston event, I just put out a call for another one, this time we have 2 folks offering to host one.
Please take the time to make as many calls as you can today. They are expecting us to spend the day moaning and groaning, and then they hope we will give up. Let’s show them that we will come back even stronger. Over the days and weeks to come, lets continue to post call to action on gun control until this gets done.
I plan to add a gun icon to the list of Senators who voted against the bill tonight or tomorrow.
Please join me in praying for the victims of the explosion in Texas and their families.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 18, 2013
After watching the President speak at too many of these events, anybody who calls him aloof or out of touch is either lying or demented.— john miller (@deaconmill) April 18, 2013
1001% I agree.
Or blinded by hate, or blinded by cynicism.
john miller, they are both.
And actually a lot more as lovepolitics points out.
The Boston Children’s Choir is so moving.
The Boston Children’s Chorus accompanied by Yo-Yo Ma were incredibly beautiful.
I liked the children’s choir also, and the speakers so far have done a good job.
Thinking of you guys. What an utterly dreadful and frustrating week. Continued thoughts and prayers for the people of Boston and West. As long as there is life there is HOPE. Don’t let the GOP’effers get you down. ((hugs)).
With #GOP #filibuster of #GunSafety Pres @BarackObama & @TheDemocrats are party of #LawAndOrder #PublicSafety #GOP =Party of #Crime & #Chaos— Bill R (@cmpnwtr) April 18, 2013
We have teachers standing up to gunmen, but the Senate won't stand up to the #NRA. Shame on them. bit.ly/11iyueK #Newtown #p2— montag (@buffaloon) April 18, 2013
As a Democrat I believe all Democrats needs to come out 2014 midterm election to vote as though it was a general election to get rid of GOP— Democrat for Obama (@areyou0) April 18, 2013
Gov. Patrick is such a great speaker. I so which that he would aspire to even higher office but I absolutely understand why he doesn’t. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is fortunate to have his leadership.
I agree with you about Gov. Patrick.
I’m sure Chips will be back later with PBO’s remarks. Until then, new post: http://theobamadiary.com/2013/04/18/time-to-turn-the-world-rightside-up/
He never fails us… in our time of grief he is always right there with us with the perfect words of love and empathy.
Every single time, Pres. Obama steps up to the podium and delivers. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
I am proud to call Barack Obama MY President; and yes, “we will run again.”
Oh my goodness…..
“Obama in Boston” is trending on Twitter. ’nuff said.
Our President was top notch once again.
ut, I’m proud he is this country President too. Dam proud.
Only 82 comments over here…. Don’s post is too weighty for iPad, so if a new thread isn’t up shortly, I will bid you all sweet dreams, and may God Bless Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America.
Sorry Pamela, nearly there!
Ooh ooh, can I be first? Hee Hee….
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