12
Jun
12

Rain or Shine

President Obama makes his way to board Marine One at the White House – the President was headed to Baltimore and Philadelphia to attend campaign fundraisers

…. arriving at Owings Mills, Maryland

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Coming up:

3:45: Delivers remarks at a campaign event (Hyatt Regency, Baltimore – Live Coverage)

7:45: Delivers remarks at a campaign event (Franklin Institute, Philadelphia – Live coverage)

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First Lady Michelle Obama signs her book, ‘American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America,’ at a Barnes & Noble bookstore in Washington, DC


120 Responses to “Rain or Shine”


  1. 1 isonprize
    June 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    hey!

    • 2 isonprize
      June 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Just strolling along…

    • 3 donna dem 4 obama
      June 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Congrats isonprize!

      • 4 isonprize
        June 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm

        Donna, wouldn’t you just love, love, LOVE to get into Mrs. Obama’s wardrobe closet? FLOTUS has the best clothes. Elegant, yet down-to-earth. Stylish, but approachable at the same time. I need this skirt and sweater/blouse/flower pin in my life!!!! 😆 😆

        • 5 donna dem 4 obama
          June 12, 2012 at 1:24 pm

          Don’t even start… I have such a girl crush on all things Mrs. O until it isn’t even funny. She is the reason that I got off the sofa and started “moving”. I’m down 21 lbs just so I can buy at least one copycat outfit that she wears 🙂

          • 6 isonprize
            June 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm

            Donna, 21 lbs!!??!! WOW!!! Congratulations!! I’m debutng your new name, here on TOD! Ya ready???

            ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Donna SLIM 4 Obama ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

          • 8 yardarm756
            June 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm

            Look out now. Don’t get too thin. Only a dog wants a bone! 😀

          • 15 Geeja
            June 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm

            She got me moving too Donna. I dropped 21 also and feel so much better about myself. I will always love her for that.

            • 16 donna dem 4 obama
              June 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm

              Congrats Geeja. I find that as I age it has become harder and harder to shed the pounds. Glad I did it and I agree with the feeling so much better part. I bet there are a whole slew of us out there that have been inspired by FLOTUS, our fabulous role model.

          • 17 Roberta in MN
            June 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm

            Whoot, Congratulations on your weight loss. How do you feel? Iv’e had a losse a few pounds myself, but I need to get moving also. What do you to move it all off? 🙂

            • 18 donna dem 4 obama
              June 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm

              Hi Roberta.

              I really do feel so much better. My back stopped hurting. My knee stopped hurting. I am able to sleep more restful at night. It really does make a big difference.

              I do the “Walk Away The Pounds” dvd’s. I used to run but I was having problems with my right knee. My doctor suggested I do something with lower impact. I do the fast 3 mile walk 5 days a week and it works well for me. You can modify the 3 mile to do just 1 or even 2 miles.

              Here are some if you would like to review them: http://www.lesliesansonevideos.com/

          • 19 Pamela
            June 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm

            Hey! WELL DONE YOU! FLOTUS would be so pleased! Next time you speak with Barack, be sure to have him pass it on to her! {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{DDSlim4O}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

    • 20 Dudette
      June 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      Hey you! Well done!!

    • June 12, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      Winner!!!! Hello Isponprize 😉

      • 22 isonprize
        June 12, 2012 at 1:24 pm

        Thanks Chica!! And aren’t they just the two cutest “apple sweets”???

        Hey FLOTUS, Where can I get apple sweets like that? 😎 😎

  2. 23 isonprize
    June 12, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    My President is in my town today! WOOOOOOOOO BABY!!! Rain? What rain. THAT IS LIQUID SUNSHINE!!! 😆 😆 😆

  3. 24 GGail
    June 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Good west coast morning Chipsticks!
    Good west coast morning TOD.
    Congrats isonprize – I love your liquid sunshine falling on my POTUS 🙂

  4. June 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Look at our beautiful FLOTUS!

  5. 28 Dudette
    June 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Pulling this over from the previous post.

    CALL TO ACTION: Here’s something for the TOD Twitter-Brigade to disseminate to the masses! This important story from the June 2012 AARP Bulletin really needs more exposure! People need to be aware that they can stop the lying political ads!!!
    ———————

    Be a Super PAC Watchdog
    YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT MISLEADING POLITICAL ADVERTISING
    http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/government-elections/info-06-2012/be-a-super-pac-watchdog.html

    When the fire broke out, there wasn’t a moment to spare,” said 78-year-old Ohioan Marlene Quinn in a Web video last October. “If not for the firefighters, we wouldn’t have our [great-granddaughter] Zoey today. That’s why it’s so important to vote no on Issue 2.” Within days, her video had been repurposed by a group favoring the Ohio ballot initiative to make it appear she supported the law that she wanted repealed. “She’s right,” said the deceptively edited ad. “By voting no on Issue 2, our safety will be threatened.”

    What happened next is a tale of the system working. Because that misleading ad was made not by a candidate but by a third-party group, a category that includes political parties, interest groups and super PACs, Ohio TV stations had a right to refuse it. When they learned about the duplicitous editing, a number of them did exactly that. Their actions remind us that although, with few exceptions, broadcast stations have to air ads sponsored by federal candidates, they can reject outside groups’ ads or, if they choose to air them, insist that they stick to the facts.

    This year has seen an unprecedented amount of third-party advertising. By May 10, 534 groups organized as super PACs reported receiving $204,323,416 and spending $99,803,597 in the 2012 cycle, according to OpenSecrets.org. The level of inaccuracy in the third-party presidential ads has been high. As an Annenberg Public Policy Center study shows, from the Iowa caucuses through the Wisconsin primary, almost 57 percent of the $41.1 million deployed by the four highest-spending third-party groups was devoted to 19 ads containing misleading claims.

    The deceptions were of the sort that shift votes. Imagine a potential supporter of Mitt Romney accepting at face value the false implication in an American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees ad that he engaged in Medicare fraud at a company owned by his Bain Capital firm. Or imagine a person who opposes abortion mistakenly believing a pro-Romney super PAC’s false allegation that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich supported legislation facilitating abortion in China.

    It’s not hard to imagine a voter, misled by such claims, rejecting a candidate she would otherwise support.

    Because they can charge more for third-party ads than for those by federal candidates, stations earn a windfall airing them. As CBS President Les Moonves told an entertainment law conference in March, “Super PACs may be bad for America but they’re very good for CBS.” But by taking seriously their right to insist on the accuracy of third-party ads and regularly debunking deceptive political ad content, stations can translate some of those profits into protection for the public served by their stations. That is what a new campaign by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania is asking them to do.

    Go to the “Stand by Your Ad” page at APPC’s FlackCheck.org and email your local station managers. Encourage them to protect their viewers from air pollution. The process takes less than two minutes. More than 900 of the 1,047 station managers have already heard from their viewers. Please make your voice heard now.

    —–
    Kathleen Hall Jamieson is director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

  6. 33 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm
  7. 37 hopefruit2
    June 12, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Is it me or are those cameramen leering with their zoom lens in that last pic…notice the one camera woman is more interested in FLOTUS’s interactions with the kids, and not zooming her camera…

  8. June 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    President Barack Obama walks across a field after disembarking from Marine One helicopter in Owings Mills, Maryland, on June 12

    • 39 Dudette
      June 12, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Yummy goodness! 🙂

    • 40 hopefruit2
      June 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      He’s looking at me.

    • 41 desertflower
      June 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      dashing comes to mind:) Chips, I haven’t the slightest idea what the heck was going on with this darn birthday computer this morning! I tried to answer you, and it just got all squirrelly…and slow as molasses. My son helped me defrag the disc….delete some unnecessary things..we’ll see how this posts and how quickly a new site comes up…THAT took like 5 minutes! I don’t have time to waste sitting around waiting for a computer to decide if it can get there or not:) It was infuriating, especially for a junkie like me! I had to go clean the bathroom and change the sheets so I wouldn’t jump out of my skin….
      OOOO, damn, he’s dashing and smart! This was worth the wait…thanks!

      • 42 desertflower
        June 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm

        Seems to be back to normal 🙂

        • 43 isonprize
          June 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm

          DF, RELAX!!!! Woooooo, you are taking this WAY too seriously! 😆 😆 CHILL OUT! woooooh, baby. You’re gonna give yourself a heartattack!!

          • 44 desertflower
            June 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm

            Na…..I’m good 🙂 I just don’t like to wait around. Very impatient for things like computer issues. Got things to read, places to go!

        • 45 donna dem 4 obama
          June 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm

          Sorry you live so far away from me. There are a few chores I need done at my house right about now. 😆

      • 47 hopefruit2
        June 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm

        There’s something about my President in wet weather, with an umbrella…not that he isn’t more than fine in dry weather without the umbrella, but I’m just saying… 🙂 🙂

        • 48 donna dem 4 obama
          June 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm

          Yeah that second picture of him is just some Awesome, Delicious stuff there. He looks so good in the Rain!

  9. 49 ChristiMTL
    June 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Haha CNN have a breaking news

    CNN Breaking News ‏@cnnbrk

    Attorney General Eric Holder rejects Republican call to resign.

    It was never in question that he would resign.

    It’s not because they say so that it will happen.

    • 50 hopefruit2
      June 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Why is this CNN’s breaking news. Did Holder do anything remotely worthy of resignation? How about Rick Scott should resign for trying to commit election fraud in the state of Florida. Maybe Tea-NN should focus on that.

      • 51 Pamela
        June 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm

        What are they trying to draw attention away from this time? One wonders! Yes, it’s lunchtime! Not for much longer tho, clinic this arvo!

    • 52 hopefruit2
      June 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      • 53 anniebella
        June 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm

        AG hasn’t resign has he? If there is anyone who need to resign it’s those do nothing Republican Congressman and Senators who haven’t done a dam thing for the American people. All they have done was sabotage this economy. Sick bastards.

        • 54 hopefruit2
          June 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm

          No he hasn’t resigned. And he WON’T resign.

          • 55 anniebella
            June 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm

            GREAT to hear that hopefruit2.

            • 56 HZ
              June 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm

              Attorney General Holder said this morning to the Senator, “I have no plans to resign.” And the expression on AG Holder was like, “You Got That, you bullshiter. Now stop messing with me, man. Lay off.” That is what I was yelling during most of the hearing. The southern white men were very, very disrespectful to AG Holder on the Judiciary Committee. However, Chairman Leahy and Sen. Durbin were very supportive and Sen. Durbin was very upset with those hateful GOP Senators, and he stated it for the record.

              The respect level was awful, but being the gentleman that AG Holder is, he held his ground. Plain and simple. AG Holder made it clear that he was not going to resign. HZ

              • 57 ChristiMTL
                June 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm

                ”The southern white men were very, very disrespectful to AG Holder on the Judiciary Committee.”….Yes!! What a disgrace.

      • 58 Bill
        June 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm

        A Democratic Senator needs to step up to the plate and defend the AG.

        • June 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm

          I hate to be cynical, but don’t hold your breath. I’m still waiting for them to call out the GOP for their racist attacks against the President, or their misuse of the filibuster or even for the non-closure of Gitmo.

        • 60 HZ
          June 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm

          Bill, Senator Dick Durbin stepped up to the plate. Also, Chairmain Leahy stepped in on point. However, AG Holder held his ground firm and steady with the southern senators who were dripping with hate. It was not easy to watch, but I have an interest in this, and it pains me to see these repubs spew out their political talking point to the highest attorney in the land, our AG, Eric Holder. Remember they have been after him from the very beginning.HZ

  10. 62 donna dem 4 obama
    June 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Wow he just landed in our CollegKay’s territory. Hope she gets a glimpse or gets to volunteer for this event.

  11. 63 hopefruit2
    June 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Seems like it’s only now that some in the media are beginning to ask these questions…we’ve been asking these questions all along.

  12. 64 debbyeOh
    June 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Hi everyone! Been just laying low trying to keep all the negative crap from bring me down. Catching up on all the great stuff happening on the best site ever! Hope everybody’s doing well. 🙂

    • 65 Me4obama
      June 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Debby, I chased the negativity away when I stopped watching all cable “news” shows plus I have learnt to skip reading some comments here on TOD that will bring my mood down. Press On #obamaBiden 2012

      • 66 theo67
        June 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm

        I’m employing the same strategy. Works wonders! 🙂

        • 67 Pamela
          June 12, 2012 at 3:36 pm

          Yes, it works wonders, have been doing just the same for quite a while. Cannot afford to get my solar plexus all in knots, when my work in life is offering comfort to others. Just doesn’t translate well that way! Stay in the Heart Center, it can help to keep things from grabbing onto your emotions. For me, anyway. Bye y’all! Hugs all around! 😆

  13. 68 vitaminlover
    June 12, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I love the Obamas yes I do, I looooovve the Obamas–how about you?

  14. 71 desertflower
    June 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    This guy is a cluster**** machine!

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/06/12/498226/romney-bashes-stimulus-then-fundraises-in-home-of-stimulus-recipient/

    Mitt Romney spent this morning in Florida trashing the stimulus, saying the Obama administration “borrowed almost a trillion dollars but used it to protect government.”
    But just hours after the speech, Romney boarded a plane to Tennessee to fund raise with a a beneficiary of Obama’s stimulus funds.

  15. 72 Obama Grandmama
    June 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Just picked up my own copy of Michelle’s garden book at Costco. GRRRRReat!!!

  16. June 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    The photos are great: up close and personal. Are they taken by the official White House photographer or…?

    Mrs. Obama is always smiling, always put together and she’s making a difference with the gardening and the “Let’s Move” campaign. She’s a great ambassador for the President.

  17. 74 anniebella
    June 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Our lovely FLOTUS is so great with children.

  18. 81 Dakota
    June 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Hey Family,

    FLOTUS will be on a special version of “Restaurant Impossible” on the Food Network tomorrow evening. Check your local listings for time!

  19. 83 Bill
    June 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Mrs. Greenspan just asked Sarah Shourd, the hiker who had been jailed in Iran, if the Obama administration was doing enough to help the Green Movement in Iran. She evaded answering the question or praising the administration for her release after all the trouble she and her friends created. Anything to get a negative comment about PBO.

    • 84 anniebella
      June 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Mrs. Greenspan is always looking trying to put down POTUS. I refuse to watch her, if I know you are going to rub me the wrong way I will not watch you. And Mrs Greenspan is one of them I do not like.

      • June 12, 2012 at 2:29 pm

        Anniebella,

        Agreed, agreed, agreed! Mrs. Greenspan pretends to be a real journalist. She is a shill for her husband’s legacy. I do not watch her, and MSNBC needs to give her the Dylan Ratigan treatment.

    • 86 hopefruit2
      June 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      She was probably “advised” to not say anything remotely indicative of her support for PBO, or else she would not be invited to MSNBC, and her Green Movement would not get the free publicity.j

    • 87 Linda
      June 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      Why is Sarah on TV ?

      • 88 Bill
        June 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm

        She has started a group to help the freedom movement in Iran. I guess Mrs. Greenspan was trying to help her promote her new gig. It beats real work, I guess.

      • 89 anniebella
        June 12, 2012 at 2:27 pm

        Good question. My question is what was Sarah and her friends doing near the Iranian border? Getting themselves in all that trouble.

  20. 94 donna dem 4 obama
    June 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    The American Auto Industry: A comeback story

    Twenty months ago, the American auto industry was on the brink of collapse and many thought it was being left behind. This summer, the industry has rebounded in ways that few thought possible, and has begun to retool to make the vehicles of the future. Plants are hiring more workers, manufacturers are returning to profitability, exports of U.S. vehicles are increasing and some of the most technologically advanced vehicles are now being designed and produced in this country.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/note/american-auto-industry-a-comeback-story

  21. 95 whatisworking
    June 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Good Morning TOD family

    More Companies Hiring Veterans

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/06/more-companies-hiring-veterans.html

  22. 97 whatisworking
    June 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Public Opinion Snapshot: Don’t Repeal or Cut Funding for Obamacare

    http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2012/06/snapshot060412.html

  23. 99 whatisworking
    June 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    The Slow Recovery Is Due To Americans Paying Down Personal Debt By: Ray Medeiros June 8, 2012

    http://www.politicususa.com/slow-recovery-due-americans-paying-personal-debt.html

  24. 100 whatisworking
    June 12, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Romney: Year One -What would happen if you took Mitt Romney’s foreign-policy promises extremely literally?

    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/05/25/romney_year_one?page=0,0

  25. 101 anniebella
    June 12, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Nice to hear the Obamas will be going to Chicago to the wedding of Ms. Jarrett’s daughter.

  26. 105 whatisworking
    June 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    The Big Three Automakers Push For Single Payer

    http://www.politicususa.com/big-automakers-push-single-payer.html

    • 106 Roberta in MN
      June 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      That’s not a surprise, I have been wondering when it would take them to understand that is one thing that would help all businesses.

    • 107 theo67
      June 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      It was encouraging to hear about those giant insurance companies that are planning to keep parts of the health insurance reforms, even if the Supreme Court does the wrong thing on their decision. I know someone mentioned in yesterday’s posts that there’s greed behind their decisions, but it’s still good.

  27. 108 ChristiMTL
    June 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Matthew Miller ‏@matthewamiller

    Holder’s response here to Cornyn’s tirade makes me damn proud to have worked for him. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-526p4EiAX4&feature

    Sen. Cornyn to Holder: “Resign”

    • 109 theo67
      June 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      We should send a tweet, fax, email, etc. to all these right wing racists in the GOP saying two words: “You resign!”. They make me sick.

      • 110 ChristiMTL
        June 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm

        They make me sick as well………and good idea Theo………You resign!…

        • 111 anniebella
          June 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm

          Bravo to AG Holder and I will be sending a email to Sen. Cornyn office and it will say, if anyone should resign it ought to be you Republicans who haven’t done a dam thing for people needing work.

          • 112 ChristiMTL
            June 12, 2012 at 3:27 pm

            AG Holder did a great job….the look he had, his face leaning on his hand…was priceless!…..I like him

  28. 113 Sosena
    June 12, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Must watch: AG. Holder’s response to Cornyn’s tirade.

  29. June 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Russia sending attack helicopters to Syria and warns of escalating conflict, the AP reports.

  30. June 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Obama: GOP campaign fits in a single tweet
    By REID J. EPSTEIN and BYRON TAU | 6/12/12 2:05 PM EDT
    OWINGS MILLS, Md. — President Obama accused the Republicans of running a campaign focused exclusively on blame.

    “You can pretty much put their campaign on a tweet and have some characters to spare,” Obama said at a fundraiser outside of Baltimore.

    “The challenge is because folks are still hurting right now, the other side feels that its enough for them to just sit back and say, ‘Things aren’t as good as they should be and it’s Obama’s fault,’” Obama said.

    “The good news is, the American people generally agree with our vision. If you just put in front of them, issue after issue and you present the Democratic approach and the Republican approach, we win,” Obama told supporters.

  31. 117 Roberta in MN
    June 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    oI thought Holder did a great job in his rebuttal. Man, Cornyn is just such a creap. I an hardley stand to look at that man. Typical Texan ICK.

  32. June 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Bonus- Martin Bashir just played the first ten minutes of the Fundraiser, which sounds like his soon to be stump speech.
    Very good one, at that!
    Yup, Yup!

  33. 120 meabloom
    June 12, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Hiya TOD!!! I’ve missed you all.
    FLOTUS looks so lovely and for some reason although it may sound weird, the photo of FLMO’s hands is very capturing. Such elegant hands on and even more elegant woman.

    Obama/Biden2012


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