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The President and First Lady’s Day

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President Barack Obama gives an economic policy speech at the Lake Harriet Bandshell

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The Erler family listens to President Barack Obama talk about the economy while at the Lake Harriet Band Shell

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The National Memo: Obama Brings Middle-Class Message To Minnesota

President Barack Obama began a two-day visit to Minneapolis on Thursday sharing cheeseburgers with a local working mother and bringing a middle-class message tailor made to aid Democrats fearful of massive losses in the upcoming election. Obama said he shares the frustrations of people who went to college, work hard, and still struggle to buy homes, pay for child care, and dig out from student loan debt. “You are the reason I ran for office,” he told a crowd of about 350 people gathered for a town hall forum near Minnehaha Falls. In his early life, he said, “I was you guys … You are the ones I am thinking about every single day.”

Obama talked about progress his administration has made curbing greenhouse gases and making college more affordable, but devoted much of his time to touting the need for a higher minimum wage and equal pay and benefits for women. Those issues resonate strongly in Minnesota, where Gov. Mark Dayton (D) and a Democratic-controlled Legislature enacted the largest minimum wage increase in state history this year and approved a menu of economic protections for women in the workplace. “The idea that they would not be paid the same or not have the same opportunities … is infuriating,” Obama said of female workers. “If you are doing the same job, you should get the same salary. Period. Full stop.”

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Pete Souza: President Obama waves to the crowd after speaking at Lake Harriot Band Shell in Minneapolis

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Pete Souza: President Obama greets people in the crowd following his speech at Lake Harriot Band Shell in Minneapolis

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President Barack Obama greets audience members after he delivers remarks on the economy, at the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama walks on the South Lawn of the White House upon his return to Washington from Minneapolis

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President Barack Obama holds 6-month-old Olivia Hughes, granddaughter of ABC News reporter Ann Compton, on the South Lawn of the White House upon his return to Washington from Minneapolis

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President Barack Obama waves as he and daughter Sasha walk out of BLT Steak after eating dinner

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive for the Marine Barracks Evening Parade

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, are escorted to their seats by Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos and his wife Bonnie Amos

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President Obama pets Sgt. Chesty XIV at the Marine Barracks Evening Parade

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President Obama stands for the national anthem during the Marine Barracks Evening Parade


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


  1. 8 LDS
    June 27, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Hello TOD!
    Beautiful Friday night here in NYC.
    Beautiful couple, too.

  2. 9 GGail
    June 27, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks NW – a recap of the day :-)

  3. 16 LDS
    June 27, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Congratulation COS!
    Very nice post NW.
    Going out to get gelato on this warm summer night. I love summer in the city!
    Sweet sleep early birds…….see you in the a.m.

  4. June 27, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Wow — that’s Sasha? His daughters are going to rule the world some day – brains, beauty and two wonderful parents. Fools better not step to those young women.

  5. June 27, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Nerdy Wonka, TOD’s very own World Cup trophy, golden and glistening :-) You’re the best, Chelsea Girl, thank you!

  6. 27 jacquelineoboomer
    June 27, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Thanks so much for this welcome post about these beautiful people, NW!

    Watching bits and pieces tonight of the CNN special The Sixties. Saw President Johnson speaking to the nation before Congress on Selma-Montgomery. Even though I was a teenager then and lived through it, I must say, looking back, it’s still jarring to hear the word “Negroes” from a President, and still jarring to see the white Congress of that time. This is why historical archives are so important, to at least see how we’ve changed and to let the teenager of today see it. Let him and her know how ignorant and degrading and awful it all was, and let our youth see what remains of it.

    Anyway, had to stop watching after seeing this clip, again, which is one of Dr. King’s most poignant speeches, to me. What a man.

  7. 35 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 27, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Good evening, TOD. Caught the tail end of the parade; will we have a youtube later?

    For those interested in attending the parade, here are links:

    Tuesday evenings at the Iwo Jima Memorial (no tickets required): http://www.barracks.marines.mil/Parades/SunsetParade.aspx

    Friday evenings at 8th & I (tickets required): http://www.barracks.marines.mil/Parades/GeneralInformation.aspx

  8. 36 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 27, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Nerdy Wonka, outstanding recap! As I missed most of the day, I really appreciate it!

  9. June 27, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Simply Awesome ….NW…..I love these round ups of the President’s and First Lady’s Day….As Nena mentioned in the last thread…the press barley covers what our President is doing…We the People are so woefully uninformed…and we do not even know that we are….our press does not live up to Sacred Trust given to them by the constitution…

    • 39 Nerdy Wonka
      June 27, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks, Prettyfoot58.

      Yeah, it’s a travesty what some in the press have tried to do to the Obama administration and history will not judge them kindly.

  10. 40 vcprezofan2
    June 27, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    There will be SOOOO many American children who will grow up to discover *they* have a personal picture with the best president of the U. S. of A! What a family treasure!

    • 42 GGail
      June 27, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      Beautiful

    • 45 Judith Fardig
      June 27, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      Loved that tweet! Thanks for sharing it, Jacquelineoboomer, thanks to NW for relentlessly awesome posts, & congratulations to COS for first place. TGIF!

      • 46 jacquelineoboomer
        June 28, 2014 at 12:24 am

        My (also retired) friend emailed me earlier to ask why I thought we still feel like sharing in the TGIF feelings when every day is a day off for us! I reminded her it’s “conditioning”! Decades of it!

        Hope you enjoy your weekend, Judith!

    • 47 Dudette
      June 28, 2014 at 1:18 am

      Hi JOB! Wow! This is such a lovely story! Thanks for posting it!

    • 48 nathkatun7
      June 28, 2014 at 2:58 am

      Great, great tweet, JOB! “The Power of Music” Indeed! Imagine how dull, miserable and hopeless this world would be without the sounds of music.

  11. June 27, 2014 at 11:16 pm

  12. 51 vcprezofan2
    June 27, 2014 at 11:16 pm

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    With more than 14 million users and 21 million signatures, We the People, the White House’s online petition platform, has proved more popular than we ever thought possible. In the nearly three years since launch, we’ve heard from you on a huge range of topics, and issued more than 225 responses.

    But we’re not stopping there. We’ve been working to make it easier to sign a petition and today we’re proud to announce the next iteration of We the People.
    ……………………….
    We’re calling it “simplified signing” and it takes the account creation step out of signing a petition………………..

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/06/25/making-we-people-more-user-friendly-ever

  13. June 27, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    • 53 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      June 27, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      Chips dear, Chesty XIV is a Lance Corporal…

      • 54 aquagranny911
        June 28, 2014 at 12:17 am

        This made me laugh so much. One of my nieces is a Marine. On her first assignment after boot camp, her unit had a dog, German Shepard. who did hold the rank of Sgt. She was told. “This dog has more rank & more experience than you so you better respect that.”

    • 56 Bill R.
      June 28, 2014 at 1:22 am

      No doubt named after Chesty Puller, the Commander of the 2nd Marine Division in the Pacific during WWII.

      • 57 Bill R.
        June 28, 2014 at 1:28 am

        Correction, that’s the 1st Marine Division. He led them in the battle of Peleliu where my father fought. Over half of the force of 3 thousand men were killed in the battle.

      • 58 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        June 28, 2014 at 8:17 am

        Yes, that’s just whom he’s named after.

  14. 59 amk for obama
    June 27, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    are we there yet? #kenyanimpeachment.

    love it how he turned the tables on the drunkard.

  15. 61 donna dem 4 obama
    June 27, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Where is Yardarm? Is he taking a break?

  16. June 27, 2014 at 11:27 pm

  17. June 27, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    • 66 anniebella
      June 27, 2014 at 11:49 pm

      Now the Republicans can say, We are not going to apologize for our racism, for doing nothing but obstructing, sabotaging, playing politics, and putting the party welfare ahead of the country we claim to love so much. And not accepting that the black guy was elected fair and square twice to be President of the United States. If it means we have to destroy this country, we will. Beside it will all be Barack H. Obama fault.

    • 67 donna dem 4 obama
      June 27, 2014 at 11:55 pm

      Doing our best to spread that word BWD!!

  18. 68 amk for obama
    June 27, 2014 at 11:37 pm

  19. 69 amk for obama
    June 27, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    • 70 0388jojothecat
      June 28, 2014 at 2:27 am

      You go Ms. Jessica Morley…….I am one of the old people who will fight you now so that your reproductive rights are made by you and not some old coote, that you have affordable healthcare, you don’t pay more because you were born female, you have affordable education, you are protected from domestic assault because I will be one of the old people who appreciate you working to pay my SS and not sell me out for low taxes and low cost gasoline like we did your parents.

  20. 71 vcprezofan2
    June 27, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    :grin:

  21. June 27, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Every time I see a picture of President Obama leaning into the crowd like that I’m reminded of the time in 1998 when our school won a National Blue Ribbon award. Since another teacher and I had written the 50 page report that was involved, we were invited to go to D.C. with our principal to receive the award. President Clinton spoke at the award luncheon ( for 45 minutes without notes – very impressive). After his speech he surprised his SS detail by walking down off the stage to greet people. Of course the two hundred or so people in the room surged forward trying to shake his hand. His security guard hurried to stand on either side of him and one stood behind him with his arms around Clinton’s waist, not touching, but ready to grab him back if anything happened. This was a crowd of teachers to whom he had just given a rousing pro-education speech, who had been given background checks by the FBI before being invited, and who had been searched and had walked by bomb-sniffing dogs. What they thought we might possibly do I can’t imagine. The thought of PBO blithely walking up to these rope lines must drive them insane. I always wonder if there is a guy behind him with his arms around his waist just out of camera shot.

  22. June 27, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Good night TOD

    #TrustBarack

  23. 78 amk for obama
    June 27, 2014 at 11:56 pm

  24. 79 MightyPamela
    June 28, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Nite nite, y’all. Sweet dreams all the way around the world, and around again! :)

  25. 80 HZ
    June 28, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Thank you, Nerdy W. You give us so much to be so grateful for here at TOD. Thanks for your beautiful work. I know Chips appreciates your beautiful contributions. I do. Thank you, and thank you again.

    Good nite, my TOD family. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Hugs to my Danny also. }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

    Donna, thanks for asking about Yardarm. I asked a few days ago, but I probably missed it. Grateful that he is fine, Chips. TY so much, my angel.

    I have not seen CarolMae. I hope all is fine with her. Good nite, everyone and good morning to all as well. HZ

  26. 83 amk for obama
    June 28, 2014 at 1:06 am

  27. 84 jacquelineoboomer
    June 28, 2014 at 1:12 am

  28. 85 amk for obama
    June 28, 2014 at 1:18 am

  29. 86 amk for obama
    June 28, 2014 at 1:19 am

  30. 87 amk for obama
    June 28, 2014 at 1:20 am

  31. 88 amk for obama
    June 28, 2014 at 1:22 am

  32. 89 amk for obama
    June 28, 2014 at 1:27 am

  33. 90 amk for obama
    June 28, 2014 at 1:58 am

  34. 91 amk for obama
    June 28, 2014 at 1:58 am

  35. June 28, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Excellent coverage from yesterday. Good morning everyone!

  36. 95 Jovie
    June 28, 2014 at 6:13 am

  37. 98 Nena20409
    June 28, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Wow. What an awesome coverage of last night’s event.

    Perfect, NW. Thank you.


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