11
Apr
14

The President and First Lady’s Day

Arriving in New York

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Text of the President’s remarks here

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President Obama leads Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, HHS Secretary Nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Vice President Biden from the Oval Office to the Rose Garden

@PeteSouza

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First Lady Michelle Obama, with Dr Jill Biden, applauds the crowd as they return the sentiment during an event for caregivers of veterans in the East Room of the White House. The First Lady and Dr Biden announced new steps by private and public sector organizations to help ease the heavy burden on a vital but largely invisible workforce.

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Leaving the White House

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Arriving at JFK

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President Obama shakes hands with Rev. Al Sharpton as he arrives to speak at the National Action Network conference

President Obama is greeted by Spike Lee and Rev Al Sharpton after speaking at the National Action Network

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135 Responses to “The President and First Lady’s Day”


  1. 6 Allison
    April 11, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Fabulous ! Thanks, Chips!

  2. 8 Nerdy Wonka
    April 11, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    This has been a wonderful day. Thanks for the coverage, Chiparoo.

    If you can’t laugh at this, you have no soul.

  3. 10 hopefruit2
    April 11, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    What a set of gorgeous, uplifting photos of the day!! Yay…thanks Chips. Congrats 99ts on #1 :)

  4. 13 africa
    April 11, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Beautiful couple.

    PBO and FLOTUS deserve a night out. They work waaaaaay to hard.

    I missed the speech. Chips, NW, will it be up soon.

    I got a gist, thankfully from NW’s transcription. But I can’t wait to hear him.

  5. April 11, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    It’s the weekend, y’all:

  6. 34 Nena20409
    April 11, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Congrats to the 3 Gold Medalists.

  7. 35 Nena20409
    April 11, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I am now listening to the speech by pres Obama at the NAN yearly gathering. Yes indeed. So Far, fantastic.

  8. April 11, 2014 at 7:40 pm

  9. 38 africa
    April 11, 2014 at 7:41 pm

  10. 39 Nena20409
    April 11, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Voting is an Issue of Citizenship.

    Voting is in the Constitution. The right to Vote is to in essence, fortifies the type of political system that governs a Nation.

  11. 43 JIM and BARB PINE
    April 11, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Here is my fervent hope for Kathleen Sebelius. She will return to my state KS (the reddest of the red!), rest awhile and then take on Pat Roberts in 2016. Remove him from the Senate where he has been ensconced since 1997 (before that the House since 1981) and bring more bi-partisan representation for the people of Kansas.

  12. April 11, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    • 47 jacquelineoboomer
      April 11, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      Oh my. I could see that image being turned into statuary some fine day, perhaps at the BHO Presidential Library.

      How he takes time to reach out and touch the little children is one of his gifts – to the little children, himself, and to all of us.

    • 50 desertflower
      April 11, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      Gentle and powerful. I feel this one

      • April 11, 2014 at 8:15 pm

        Reminds me of this one DF, one of the most lovely ever:

        • 52 jacquelineoboomer
          April 11, 2014 at 8:21 pm

          He mesmerizes kids!

          • 55 LDS
            April 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm

            Hello TODers!
            This picture mesmerizes me…..that face, those eyes connecting to his is just unbelievable.
            She senses something special from a perfect stranger as if she knows the touch will be gentle and meaningful.
            Thank you everyone for all of today and past days I was lurking.

            All the speeches have been truly amazing. But today POB seemed relaxed as if he was in his living room telling it like it is.
            What made me proud is how he made fun of the birth certificate ordeal that hurt so many of us here(still hurts me).
            But when he said that”he hadn’t thought of that in a while”, that sealed it for me. It Loved All The Hurt Away…..one of Aretha’s poignant songs. It just made me sit up and say this man is focused and means business. He took all that “shit” (even though he said “stuff”) and kept on moving. Inspite iof the “stuff” he and the people around him gets the job done.
            Now, that’s Progress with a capital “P”.

            It is a beautiful night here in NYC. Lots of traffic all day everywhere. I avoided as much as I could by walking in Central Park, the flowers are in full bloom. Birds were chirping. People were not rushing today, maybe because the day is so sunny and beautiful. But I personally think PBO and FLTOUS being in town on a date makes it even special.
            NAN is very close to me but they are downtown at a hotel. Spike Lee and Rev. Al Sharpton faces express exactly what I am feeling right about now. It is okay that I I could not get a ticket for tonight(I tried like hell). Probably will not be able to get tickets to see the play they are going to see. I am happy they are here, safe and having fun.

            I double dare anybody to even attempt to throw a shoe……that is rude and ABC making a joke out of it pathetic journalism.
            So sick and tired of MSm dumb assess.

            Thank you Ms. Chips and everyone here that keeps me lurking when I cannot stop by.
            Enjoy the weekend.

            • 56 jacquelineoboomer
              April 11, 2014 at 8:53 pm

              Enjoy your weekend, too. And thanks for giving us “the feel of NYC” as you know it! I hope it’s a wonderful evening for POTUS and FLOTUS and their friends, too.

              • 57 LDS
                April 11, 2014 at 9:04 pm

                JB, you are so welcome!
                Days and nights like this I wish that everyone who have never been here would come.
                Yesterday I was out and about. It is hard to come home once you start walking….just walking. So much energy. So many people. Different foods. Different blocks. Different fashions.
                Someone made mentioned of FLOTUS look today when they arrived in NYC. I was thinking the same thing.
                In NY YOU make the style. The style does not make you. She fits perfectly in this town. When people give you a double take that is all that needs to be said. And if they speak on it whether to you or at you……you just might be an extra in Spike Lee’s next movie. Or not…..
                Just live in the present! Right Now!
                Yesterday is done. Tomorrow will take care of itself.

                • 58 jacquelineoboomer
                  April 11, 2014 at 9:14 pm

                  Beautiful! I’ve been to NYC and always wanted to live there, so I’m drooling.

                  • 59 LDS
                    April 11, 2014 at 9:22 pm

                    JB, what the hell are you waiting for!
                    One of my sons went to college in Hampton VA. His first time back for Thanksgiving he said he kissed the ground when he got back. I told him I did not sent him to college to become the Pope. We still laugh at that to this day. He thanked me for choosing to live here. He did not have a clue what was waiting him in VA.

            • April 11, 2014 at 9:01 pm

              What a beautiful day for you, LDS! Spring is such a time for renewal.

              • 62 LDS
                April 11, 2014 at 9:14 pm

                Hi Meta!
                Yes, it is. And I know everyone has had a long, cold winter. But here the day blends into the night. You don’t stop…..(unless you can’t hang)
                But the point is IF just if you had a thought to go back out and see a movie, you will find a lot of other people joining you.
                I visited my home town in GA last summer and I suggested to go and see a movie at 10:00 pm. We were the only three people there. I was afraid. Can you believe that?
                And the two people I came with fell asleep. I felt sorry for the kids who were at the counter serving us. I just ordered popcorn to give them something to do. But it was fun…..not going unless I have to, though.

          • 63 nathkatun7
            April 12, 2014 at 12:25 am

            Indeed! Children are so amazing! They can sense which adults genuinely loves them and the ones who are just pretending.

        • 65 desertflower
          April 11, 2014 at 9:59 pm

          So true:) Such a gentle, honest touch. Genuine.

    • 66 Nena20409
      April 12, 2014 at 9:44 am

      Cutest of the day, Yes ;)

  13. 67 africa
    April 11, 2014 at 7:52 pm

  14. April 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Lovely tribute to HHS Sebelius and great NAN speech. What a pleasure to listen to PBO. He makes you feel alive.

  15. 80 jacquelineoboomer
    April 11, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    So nice to see all the nice comments about Secretary Sebelius on Twitter today!

    • April 11, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      I loved her remarks today. She is a strong woman who knows the battlefield in all directions. She deserves a gold medal for her achievements.

      • 82 jacquelineoboomer
        April 11, 2014 at 8:55 pm

        Agree. I just love her! She never disappointed me (and I am the center of the universe, after all).

  16. 83 hopefruit2
    April 11, 2014 at 8:05 pm

  17. 84 africa
    April 11, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I went to the dentist today. While sitting in the waiting room (TV was on Fox), Ed Henry was on TV lying about Obamacare and Kathleen Sebillius. Every time he opened his mouth and told a lie, I said out loud, he is lying. I just started talking about the health care law and what it is doing for people and the more than 7 mil people who got care.

    I talked about how GOP governors are blocking Medicaid Expansion so that people don’t get care.

    Another man was sitting in there. At first he snickered, couldn’t tell if it was at me or at Ed. But I did not care. I kept talking about ACA and its benefits, until I got called in.

    I was so mad. If I couldn’t turn that thing off, I was not going to sit there and listen to them lie.

  18. April 11, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Look at the expressions on Rev Al and Spike Lee’s faces – OBOTS!!! :-)

    • 87 jacquelineoboomer
      April 11, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      They look like any two people in any crowd that forms around the President! And they’ve been within reach of him numerous times, so I guess it never “gets old.” Ha.

      • April 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm

        :-) It’s Spike’s face especially that cracks me up, Rev Al is usually so facially expressive, but Spike tends to be a little more restrained/cool. It’s a hoot!

        • 89 jacquelineoboomer
          April 11, 2014 at 8:30 pm

          Oh, I forgot about the usual steely look on Spike’s face – and you are so right! Like day and night. Ha.

  19. 90 africa
    April 11, 2014 at 8:18 pm

  20. 91 africa
    April 11, 2014 at 8:23 pm

  21. April 11, 2014 at 8:23 pm

  22. April 11, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    2014 is NOT 2010 and one of the biggest reasons that is so is because President Obama has OFA focused squarely on delivering a knock out to the #KOCHSTERS on 4 Nov 2014.

    Yes We WILL

  23. 94 africa
    April 11, 2014 at 8:31 pm

  24. 95 africa
    April 11, 2014 at 8:36 pm

  25. 96 Dudette
    April 11, 2014 at 8:40 pm

  26. April 11, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    OOOOOoooooo, very exciting! POTUS, FLOTUS, Valerie Jarrett and Ahmad Rashad are going to see A Raisin in the Sun.

    • April 11, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      I mean, we are talking Denzel Washington here.

      • 99 Dudette
        April 11, 2014 at 8:53 pm

        I know, right? :-)

        • April 11, 2014 at 8:59 pm

          What a night for them after this big week full of speeches and heavy emotional events. I hope they’ve had a fabulous dinner and enjoy this incredible show. Bliss.

          • 101 anniebella
            April 11, 2014 at 9:22 pm

            I’m glad POTUS and FLOTUS were able to get out. Fort Hood, then POTUS have to go to Washington St. were the mudslide, and then stabbing of the students in Pa., the school bus which a Fed Ex truck ran into killing 10 people. So I’m glad POTUS and FLOTUS were able to go enjoy a Broadway play with friends.

  27. 102 africa
    April 11, 2014 at 8:42 pm

  28. 105 Dudette
    April 11, 2014 at 8:42 pm

  29. 108 Dudette
    April 11, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    • 109 LDS
      April 11, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      Ms. Dudette,
      Hey girl……..
      Just had to come back and tell you that YOU are top shelf with your bad self!
      How is Dad doing?

      • 110 Dudette
        April 11, 2014 at 9:07 pm

        Hi LDS! Thank you so much!

        Dad’s doing great, Mom is too! They’ve dear friends visiting from NC. They’re so giddy if they did backflips I wouldn’t be surprised! They’re so cute! :-)

      • 111 Dudette
        April 11, 2014 at 9:08 pm

        How are things with you?

        • 112 LDS
          April 11, 2014 at 9:31 pm

          Real good and real busy.
          Getting involved in the MTP in Valdosta, GA.
          (The Mary Turner Project)
          Going to make sure Voters Right is incorporated in the struggle.
          This project ripped my soul.
          Thank you for all of your information and music. It keeps me balanced and steady.

          • 113 Dudette
            April 11, 2014 at 10:52 pm

            Thanks! I’m always happy to share. Am grateful to
            Chips and the BTs for allowing us to go off on tangents a bit. :-)

            Hey, that’s important work you’re doing. Thank you for serving the country in this way.
            Please be sure to write POTUS and FLOTUS about the work y’all are doing, if you haven’t already.

            For others who might be curious:

            http://www.maryturner.org

  30. 114 Dudette
    April 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm

  31. 115 Dudette
    April 11, 2014 at 8:49 pm

  32. 116 Dudette
    April 11, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I missed this yesterday

  33. 118 Dudette
    April 11, 2014 at 8:52 pm

  34. 119 Dudette
    April 11, 2014 at 8:55 pm

  35. 120 Dudette
    April 11, 2014 at 8:57 pm

  36. 121 Dudette
    April 11, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    :-)

  37. 122 Dudette
    April 11, 2014 at 9:00 pm

  38. 123 Dudette
    April 11, 2014 at 9:01 pm

  39. 124 vcprezofan2
    April 11, 2014 at 9:10 pm

  40. 125 Dudette
    April 11, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    I mean, come ON! How beautiful is this?

  41. 128 Dudette
    April 11, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    :-D

  42. 130 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 11, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Who’s going to be the first GOP/TP legislator to speak up for the militia?

    • 131 MightyPamela
      April 11, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      And this would be that very “well-regulated militia” mentioned in the 2nd Amendment, so dear to their little hearts? Just askin’…

  43. 132 Dakota
    April 11, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Good Evening Everyone!

    I’m so tickled that the First Couple is on a date night! They soooo deserve it. Devastating speech at the NAN today! Rev. Al has been totally loyal to the President and the President respects and appreciates it. Big smiles all around!

    Not exactly a date night, but hubby is grilling steaks!

    He’s just been asked to moderate a program next month that features a documentary called “The New Blacks.” which addresses how the AA community is dealing with marriage equality within the community.

  44. 133 jacquelineoboomer
    April 11, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    These people make me sick. After their “performance ratings,” they probably cry all weekend. But okay to throw dirt at our Kathleen.


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