President Obama delivers remarks on raising the minimum wage

2:30 EST (it’s started early!): President Obama delivers remarks on raising the minimum wage, Central Connecticut State University





President Obama arrives for lunch with Governors Patrick, Shumlin & Malloy at Cafe Beauregard in New Britain, CT


President Obama greets owner Alice Bruno and her husband Rob Chiovoloni, far left, during his unannounced visit to Café Beauregard

147 Responses to “President Obama delivers remarks on raising the minimum wage”

  1. 5 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    President Obama is speaking now.

  2. March 5, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Toooooooooooooo Funny….Pie-Resister-Chief…

  3. 13 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    WOW…this almost looks photo-shopped :)

  4. 14 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Remember Erin Stewart (R) Mayor of New Britain, CT. who wanted a selfie with the President?

  5. 17 carolynn
    March 5, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Judging by all that’s happened about Ukraine today, John Kerry and staff must be exhausted. They work hard, like POTUS!

  6. 18 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 2:31 pm
  7. 20 Linda
    March 5, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    That pie will be his Waterloo. It will break him !


    Jim DeMint

  8. March 5, 2014 at 2:35 pm
  9. March 5, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Ok all, just got into my office. What’s the latest on Ukraine?

  10. 28 Linda
    March 5, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Bow Ties have become so popular…..I hope people are buying them from Mo.!

  11. 29 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2014 at 2:37 pm
    • March 5, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      Senate defeats Obama nominee tied to Mumia case
      Democrats said Adegbile only got involved in the Abu-Jamal case in 2006 – 25 years after Faulkner’s murder, and five years after the death penalty was first thrown out. He supervised a team of lawyers and signed briefs arguing against the death penalty as the sentencing fight continued into 2011



      The Police…the Phila DA. Seth Williams..Sen Casey…along with the widow of Daniel Faulker organized to block Mr Adelgbile…because he was an attorney for the defense of Mr Jamal….

      Seth Williams went so far as to say…that by working of Jamal’s defense…it showed that he was not quality to be in the Justice Department…


      When Mumia Abu Jamal was arrested..this was a time of heighten animosity between the Blk Community and Police department…many charges of police brutality were levied against the police….

  12. 31 jacquelineoboomer
    March 5, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    No offense to Alice’s Restaurant-Cafe owner, but that black sweater she’s wearing looks like a rubber doormat.

    Mean Girl Stuck in Yet Another Snow Storm in the Midwest

    • 32 Vicki
      March 5, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Uh, so you don’t like cableknits?

      • 33 jacquelineoboomer
        March 5, 2014 at 2:59 pm

        Never wear sweaters – never have. And I do like cable knits, unless they’re made out of recycled rubber doormats. Did I mention it’s snowing here, again?

    • 34 57andfemale
      March 5, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      The things we focus on other than the four walls or the effing snow……..

      • 35 jacquelineoboomer
        March 5, 2014 at 3:04 pm

        Speaking of the four walls, I’m almost done my winter graffiti art project. It’s quite the statement, all about winter in Illinois. There’s an “endless supply of paint” in the winter, turns out. Can’t wait until the family sees it.

        Ha. Now ya made me laugh. In the effing snow “shower.” I’ll probably start singing some hysterical tune next.

        • 36 57andfemale
          March 5, 2014 at 3:17 pm

          Ah, where my imagination is going right now………

          Mr. 57 just went to pick up the car from the mechanic – another $1,200 bill. I’m so weary of lurching from crisis to crisis.

          I’d be happy if I could lurch without boots and shovels………..

    • March 5, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      “that black sweater she’s wearing looks like a rubber doormat”

      :lol: You are EVIL, Jacqueline!!!

      • 42 jacquelineoboomer
        March 5, 2014 at 3:06 pm

        I’m in another SNOW SHOWER, Chips!!! Have I mentioned that?

        Whiny, crying baby,

    • 43 99ts
      March 5, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      My Mom used to make the most gorgeous hand knits – all we ever wore when young – my daughter announced that they made her itch – times change :)

      But I agree – after a second look – this looks nothing like my memory of pure wool sweaters (jumpers as we called them)

  13. 44 Linda
    March 5, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    My first job paid .88 cents an hour at a Department Store

    • 45 CEB
      March 5, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      Mine paid 1.67. When I later got a job that paid 1.85 it was like hitting the jackpot (this was in the 70’s).
      That was a rowdy, funny and very supportive crowd.

    • 46 dotster3
      March 5, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      I win! I made a whopping 50 cents an hour at the DQ, my first job as a teen. I don’t remember a raise even tho I became an expert at making those cute little curleycues atop the cones.

    • 48 Judith Fardig
      March 5, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Mine paid 2 cents/pound for picking beans. It made me appreciate the skill and stamina of migrant workers and inspired me to take on my first effort to lobby state legislators on better sanitation for field workers, especially women. Of course, it helped that the State Representative I talked to was my dad.

    • 49 0388jojothecat
      March 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      My first job I made $2 an hr and min wage was $1.98 in 1974. Afterwards I always made more than min wage at least $5 or $6 an hr going through college.

  14. 50 sherijr
    March 5, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    I so love my President!

  15. 51 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2014 at 2:55 pm
  16. 52 anniebella
    March 5, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Everyone of those pies look good. And that was my evil twin who said that FLOTUS.

  17. 53 dotster3
    March 5, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Great appearance by PBO—-again and always. He can make a case better than anyone and can connect with an audience better than anyone, despite what the kooknuts falsely claim. People love him.

  18. 54 yardarm756
    March 5, 2014 at 2:57 pm


    “It’s only when you see a mosquito landing on your testicles that you realize that there is always a way to solve problems without using violence.”

  19. March 5, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    GA, TOD…

    “There’s a place where the United States and Russia are still getting along swimmingly: About 250 miles above the surface of the Earth, where three Russians, two Americans and an astronaut from Japan are aboard the international space station. “Everything is nominal right now with our relationship with the Russians,” said NASA administrator Charles Bolden during a teleconference Tuesday.

    Tuesday’s teleconference was set up to allow Bolden to discuss the White House’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request, but he wound up fielding numerous inquiries from reporters about whether the Ukraine crisis has affected NASA’s strategic planning. No, Bolden said repeatedly. He noted that past flare-ups between the U.S. and Russia have not affected operations in space. “We have weathered the storm through lots of contingencies here,” Bolden said. He told a personal story: In 1994 he commanded the first joint U.S.-Russia space shuttle mission. He said that, “because of my training as a Marine,” he wasn’t entirely comfortable at first with the idea of teaming up with the Russians, but then during the planning stages for the mission he got to know Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev and his Russian backup….”

  20. 62 Nerdy Wonka
    March 5, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    When you don’t pay attention, you miss even the most obvious of things.

    • 63 anniebella
      March 5, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      I knew POTUS work at Baskin Robbins because FLOTUS mention it several times also.

      • 64 anniebella
        March 5, 2014 at 3:24 pm

        Remember POTUS and FLOTUS talking about their first kiss, they sat down outside a Baskin Robbins, she was eating chocolate ice cream, he lean over and ask if he could kiss her and she said yes. And that chocolate ice cream was delicious.

    • 65 hopefruit2
      March 5, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Jeff was paying too much attention to the birther /Rev Wright crap….that’s why this is news to him.

    • 67 0388jojothecat
      March 5, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      Some of us pay attention and not look to use PBO’s words to attack him but learn and listen.

  21. March 5, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Looks like even the Noble Peace Prize nominations have trolls………..

  22. March 5, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    I’m going to have to write an essay on the Pope, aren’t I?

  23. 76 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 3:11 pm
  24. 81 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2014 at 3:11 pm
  25. 83 Nerdy Wonka
    March 5, 2014 at 3:15 pm
  26. 84 Nerdy Wonka
    March 5, 2014 at 3:17 pm
  27. 85 Nerdy Wonka
    March 5, 2014 at 3:18 pm
  28. March 5, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Hello everyone! I signed on in time to see most of POTUS’ speech. He was relaxed, confident and made so much sense. I love that man!! I just signed onto twitter and saw the Simpson’s version of the famous Oscar selfie. Here it is, then on to more substantial things!

  29. 87 yardarm756
    March 5, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Some folks are examples for the need for abortion.

  30. 88 Nerdy Wonka
    March 5, 2014 at 3:20 pm
  31. 89 Nerdy Wonka
    March 5, 2014 at 3:21 pm
  32. 90 Nerdy Wonka
    March 5, 2014 at 3:23 pm
  33. 91 Nerdy Wonka
    March 5, 2014 at 3:24 pm
    • 92 susanne
      March 5, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      thanks for your excellent tweets, nerdy wonka.

      amazing the president is able to joke about how the rwnjs would be in favor of increasing the minimum wage if said he was against it. just puts it right out there.

      • 93 jackiegrumbacher
        March 5, 2014 at 5:10 pm

        Susanne, we truly live in the world of the absurd when the president of the United States says that and everyone in the room–even college kids–knows that it’s true.

        • 94 MightyPamela
          March 5, 2014 at 6:07 pm

          And those kids are the true hope for all our future – despite their own had a repub mayor. At least the mayor has the sense to be excited about PBO’s presence there!

  34. March 5, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Waiting by the phone for EU outrage over being spied on…… I’m sure it doesn’t only apply to the U.S.?

  35. 97 Ladyhawke
    March 5, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    by the NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Press Conference held following the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council at NATO HQ, Brussels


  36. 98 donna dem 4 obama
    March 5, 2014 at 3:29 pm
    • 99 Sandy1110
      March 5, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Unfortunately, there’s a much better chance of getting them voted out than there is of thinking they’ll get over their Obama Derangement Syndrome and actually do work.

  37. 100 AJ
    March 5, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Apropos of nothing: my dad was born and raised in New Britain, CT. When my sister and I were young, we visited my grandparents there all the time. So…yay, New Britain! :)

  38. March 5, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Hey, idiot who just posted a vile, racist anti-Obama tirade on one of my posts. I know you’re reading this. Your comment was trashed. Fuck off.

    xoxo Me

  39. 102 yardarm756
    March 5, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    This should be the successor to PBO!

  40. 112 Kid kanga
    March 5, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Awesome clip of todays speechifying! i sure love me some PBO. while all the haters are out in full force, our wonderful pres is out there fighting the good fight to give america the raise it (we) so richly deserve. Yes we can! nov 2014!

  41. 113 Nerdy Wonka
    March 5, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Bahahahahaha. Catholics? It’s that time again.

    • 114 jacquelineoboomer
      March 5, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      Ha! Catholics used to refrain from eating meat on Fridays, and offer it up, kind of like having Lent come to visit every week. (When I was a pre-teen, I once had a hot dog in my mouth on a Friday, before I remembered the day of the week, and actually spit it out, the little goodie-goodie Catholic school girl I was. Pretty sure that made my hit parade of sins I confessed to the priest after that, back in the day when you actually had to make up something because yer presentable list was so short the priest would think you were lyin’.)

      When the Church relaxed that rule, I saw a great cartoon about hell. One devil was saying to the other devil in hell, “What are we going to do with all these Catholics who ate meat on Friday?”

      ^^^This might only appeal as humorous to old-timey Catholics! #DidThatStopMeIThinkNot

      • 115 daisydem
        March 5, 2014 at 5:22 pm

        Love this. One of hubby’s (raised, school Catholic) favorite stories is how he and his brother and some buddies who were not Catholic went for a hike one beautiful warm Friday. They hiked all the way up our little mountain and practically into the backyard of a schoolmate whose father was grilling steaks for dinner. They were all invited to stay and partake. Hubby says he and his brother wrestled with their conscience but it did not win … they ate the meat!

        • 116 jacquelineoboomer
          March 5, 2014 at 5:28 pm

          Love all those stories, myself! Hey, at least we tried! He would have been forgiven, anyway, for “sustenance” purposes. :)

          I’ve always said that Catholic school (way back when I went, K-12) was where I developed my sense of humor. You had to have a sense of humor! I’d bet your husband agrees, no matter what the decade was when he attended.

      • 117 MightyPamela
        March 5, 2014 at 5:53 pm

        This must be true of millions of us, JO’B! We had to make stuff up (lie) to be unworthy enough to go to confession, then placate the guilt of lying all week, while waiting for the next confession?! How can that possibly be emotionally healthy for any kid?? It’s like they got us either way, and no matter what we did or didn’t do, we were guilty little sinners!! Hope LL includes this derangement in his next essay on The RCC!

        • 118 jacquelineoboomer
          March 5, 2014 at 10:06 pm

          Nah – I think it was just like having a “tough parent” – you didn’t want to cross ‘em!

      • 119 canadabarb4obama
        March 5, 2014 at 8:54 pm

        did we live close together in “those days”; i remember the hot dog (we were at the big summer exhibition) had to spit it out too!!!!!

  42. March 5, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I think lunch will be a charcuterie plate. Because elitist.

  43. 126 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    The Selfie – Mayor Erin Stewart (R)…

  44. 130 Ladyhawke
    March 5, 2014 at 3:48 pm


    Fireworks at House Oversight hearing


    House Oversight Committee member Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., discusses the tension between Rep. Elijah Cummings and Rep. Darrell Issa at an IRS hearing after Issa gaveled the hearing to a close and cut off Cummings’ mic.



  45. 131 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    President Obama has boarded Air Force One for Boston.

  46. 133 Ladyhawke
    March 5, 2014 at 3:53 pm


    Cummings: IRS hearing ‘not bi-partisan’


    Dana Milbank and Sahil Kapur discuss the clash between Rep. Elijah Cummings and Rep. Darrell Issa at the House Oversight Committee’s IRS hearing and if there were any political motivations for the hearing.



  47. 134 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm
  48. 135 donna dem 4 obama
    March 5, 2014 at 4:04 pm
  49. 136 anniebella
    March 5, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Why did 7 Senate Dems vote against Debo Adegbile ?

  50. 143 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 4:07 pm
  51. 144 Linda
    March 5, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    27 Democrats voted with the Republicans to delay the mandate…….

    Once again Gabby’s replacement Barber votes with Republicans.

    1 Republican….voted NO.. Paul Broun from Georgia.

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