Ohio State


See the speech at C-Span (will post video when it appears)








A whole bunch of photos later, gotta rush away, back in a bit!

140 Responses to “Ohio State”

  1. May 5, 2013 at 2:30 pm

  2. 6 Nena20409
    May 5, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    OHIO 🙂 The POTUS has left

    • 7 jacquelineoboomer
      May 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Elvis has left the building? 🙂

      I love when we wake up and Barack Obama is our President! O-H-I-O had him for a bit, and loved him, I’m sure!

  3. 8 hopefruit2
    May 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I love his new suit, and I know you do too. 🙂

  4. 10 utaustinliberal
    May 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Suit = check. Tie = check.

    Smile = HOT DAMN!

  5. May 5, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Hottest President (in more ways than one) EVER!

  6. 14 desertflower
    May 5, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I had some great fun Saturdays in that stadium….football Saturdays and my Block O buddies:) Head over to the Varsity Club after the game….Ah, those were the days:)

    • 15 globalcitizenlinda
      May 5, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      u know the Varsity Club has now been replaced by some new institution – bummer! lots of re-development going on in and around campus. goal is to link up fully with Columbus and UA and all campus neighborhoods

  7. 16 Nena20409
    May 5, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    C-span has the Video……the Long version…..

  8. 17 cookemom
    May 5, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    The second picture. The lip thang going on, woot, woot!

  9. 18 vitaminlover
    May 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Lord he makes a graduation gown look good!

  10. May 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm

  11. 21 GGail
    May 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I love how POTUS is able to compartmentalize moments in his life and enjoy the good ones. He made some pointed examples of the sickness that the Tea Party can inflict if we don’t participate in our Government.

    Thank you Dr. President Obama!!!!!

  12. May 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    So, it seems like today will be a BBC and AJE kind of day.

  13. 29 vitaminlover
    May 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm

  14. 31 desertflower
    May 5, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    The lying liars and the people that enable them….


  15. May 5, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    • 33 jacquelineoboomer
      May 5, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      Chips – Each take down from ya of the WHPC is more glorious than the one before it! Ha!

    • 34 a4alice
      May 5, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      I love these Chips. Too Funny. Way to zing it to those WHPC cats. #SHWING

  16. May 5, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I don’t want to gloat or anything, but… Man U 0-1 Chelsea

  17. May 5, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    So, because you’re all fam, a little news on the missus.

    UE is back on track! Yay! So, that’s a load off our minds.

    However, her ex-boss feels that he has to report her mistake to the licensing board. So, he throws her under the bus AGAIN, while hoping that she won’t do the same tomorrow when she’s a witness at the trial.

    But that which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

    • 37 GGail
      May 5, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      Double YAY!!! on the UEI reconnect. That is a huge load off of both of your minds. Hang in there both of you – truth will prevail LL.

  18. May 5, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Took a little trip and came back just in time to hear President Obama’s Ohio address. I was elated to hear him hit on a theme that just isn’t impressed on the public enough – citizenship. When people really come to realize their role in this thing called democracy, they’ll stop blaming the President and even Congress when they don’t get what they want. We all have to press and fight for what we want and expect.

    It occurs to me that before the Presidential election, everyone believed Citizens United could not be beat. But as I like to say, united citizens proved them all wrong. We have to keep the pressure up. I was glad to hear the President press that theme yet again.

    • 39 desertflower
      May 5, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      Great points:) Glad to see you here because I wanted to know why I couldn’t link to your site….even from Chips blogroll….I know you made some changes recently…could that be why? HELP!!!!

      • May 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm

        Hey desert! I had to change the name of the site. I’m so glad you want to visit because I’ve absolutely lost all my readers. 🙂


          • 42 prettyfoot58
            May 5, 2013 at 4:05 pm

            Read your piece…

            this is my question to you….

            Why do you suppose …that PBO does not do all the things that you said you would do…..if you were he..

            • May 5, 2013 at 4:20 pm

              I think the President has two things always in mind. First, the economy and not making decisions that put it in further jeopardy and then the fact that from a Constitutional point of view, it really isn’t his job to vie with Congress. It is their job to pass laws and his to carry them out. I think he views this in the purest sense. Some, of course believe he is simply concerned about not further antagonizing Congress for the sake of his legacy. I hope this is not the case because if he discovers a new planet, the cure for cancer and how to end war forever, he’ll never get credit.

              The biggest reason is that he really is a nice guy and I really am a bitch. 🙂

              • 44 99ts
                May 5, 2013 at 6:51 pm

                Not at all are u a bitch 🙂 – I loved your piece – The President can’t act as you would like to act – he doesn’t have the power – he doesn’t even get 100% from the dems in the senate – He pushes his programs whenever he can. But your ideas FayPax – wonderful – when he gets the support given LBJ – he might just get there.

                The US is weird – it seems to take war, a natural disaster or home grown terrorism for the people to rally behind their president – not even in times of economic growth (Clinton) – will the congress show a bipartisan spirit. I will never understand that PBO thought bipartisan could win out – while the GOP considers it has the White Right to Rule – it will be as we see.

                • May 5, 2013 at 7:20 pm

                  You’re so right, 99ts, but don’t you get the impression that people (even folks who are informed) think he has the power to just do whatever he pleases? The American people seem to misinterpret the President’s duty, as well as their own.

                  • 46 99ts
                    May 5, 2013 at 7:47 pm

                    All the media FayPax – they carry water for the GOP every day. It comes across in our media – when they start quoting Gingrich and McCain – I am horrified – and the spokespeople they get on TV – ALWAYS from the right.

                    I don’t blame the people – stupid is as stupid does and the media feeds it – they see how everyone rallied behind GWB and some are so stupid they don’t see that racism is 99% why the same folks don’t rally behind PBO. The US and China could have wiped out the world recession – but the GOP just wants everyone to suffer – bringing down Europe because “socialism and benghazi” is what it is all about.

                    In the UK some right wing group has been elected in many council areas – the recession is good for the GOP – they want it to end when they are in power.

          • 47 desertflower
            May 5, 2013 at 4:09 pm

            Maybe Chips should change it on the blogroll:) PAGING, CHIPSTER! PAGING CHIPSTER!! We need some help over here! 🙂 Just so you know…you never lost me:) love your postings and I want to be able to read them without the computer telling me that I can’t … thanks for your help and with a little help from our amazing blog mistress here, your readers should be back in no time!

  19. May 5, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I can also think of some words to describe the President but if I write what they are I would need to be placed on the naughty mat 😀

  20. May 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Debunk the myths and bless you for doing it!

  21. 53 africa
    May 5, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    How does he do it? Wow!!

  22. May 5, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I don’t know how to post a video, so will someone please post the aerial shots of the Exxon oil leak in Arkansas, if it hasn’t been done already. You’ll find it here:


  23. May 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Thank you PBO ….


  24. 62 utaustinliberal
    May 5, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    • 63 pkayden
      May 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      That’s why I love this blog — love the beautiful photos of our Prez and First Lady.

      • 64 anniebella
        May 5, 2013 at 5:20 pm

        I’m with you pkayden. I have such respect for them both. I listen to POTUS today and now I am looking forward to FLOTUS when she speak this coming week.

  25. May 5, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    While US #NEWSTAINERS continue to make fools of themselves …

    “Turkey delivers harshest attack yet on ‘butcher’ Assad”

    ISTANBUL: Turkey’s prime minister on Sunday delivered his most virulent attack so far on Bashar al-Assad, calling the Syrian president a “butcher” and warning that he will be held to account for the deaths of tens of thousands of his citizens.

    “If God permits, we will see this butcher, this murderer receive his judgement in this world … and we will praise (God) for it,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.


    • May 5, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      Just how bad it is ….


      Fighting that broke out around the Sunni village of Bayda in Latakia, reported here 2 days ago, appears to have turned into a full-blown and bloody massacre.

      The attack by the Syrian Army and Shabiha on the Sunni village of Bayda near the Mediterranean port of Banias occurred after fighting broke out on Thursday morning and 6 Syrian Army soldiers were killed.

      On Thursday afternoon there appears to have been massive retaliation when the pro-Government side returned, resulting in between 50 and 100 Sunni residents (latest reports say 72), including innocent women and children, slaughtered with knives and summarily executed.

      Hundreds of other residents from Bayda and nearby Sunni villages, largely surrounded by the dominant Alawite community in this part of Syria, are now reported to have fled, but with no ID cards, often removed from them by the Army, they are most likely to be turned back at the nearest checkpoint.


  26. May 5, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Map of areas attacked in the past couple of days ….

    • May 5, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      Larger version ….

      • May 5, 2013 at 4:40 pm

        Thanks Bobfr for keeping us up-to-date about Syria. I have real misgivings about this “mess”. To me there’s something unsettling about the claims regarding the use of biological weapons. I find it strange they were used so sparingly only after the President proclaimed the use of them would be his “red line”. My first thought was that someone is agitating. There are too many warmongers amongst us.

  27. 70 Nena20409
    May 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I ‘m wondering where a post or two of mine went? Is this WP issue or did I make a bat poop of myself……unknowingly?

  28. 71 Nena20409
    May 5, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Man shoots self in CO….AP reports

    Man shoots self while cleaning gun in Colorado

    May 5, 2013 04:00 PM EST |

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Authorities say a 24-year-old Colorado man accidentally shot himself while cleaning his handgun.

    Police say the man, whose name has not been released, was sitting in his vehicle in Colorado Springs when he spilled soda on the gun Saturday afternoon. The man wiped the gun clean, and the weapon accidentally discharged as he was replacing the magazine.

    He was taken to a hospital in fair condition after suffering injuries to his left hand, left thigh and left calf.

    • 72 theo67
      May 5, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      Another “responsible gun owner”, I see. The only good thing about that story is that he was the only one injured.

  29. 73 carolyn
    May 5, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I have a question, as I got home too late to view the ceremony. As an academic I notice certain things….and I noticed that at the beginning of the ceremony POB had on a plain black academic robe. In the picture at the end he had on a doctoral stole and was holding a diploma. Did OSU bestow an honorary doctorate on him? Proud to be a buckeye today…..even if it was only for three years!

    Many of you know that Oklahoma is one of the stupid states refusing the Medicaid expansion. At first our Gov, was gung ho on the idea, then some tea partiers got to her and she refused. The hospital CEOs, doctors, and others have been trying to convince her to take it, and are working toward that end. Several community organizations are rallying and working toward that end also.
    Today there was a petition at church for the legislature and governor to approve the Medicaid expansion. We of course signed it, as did everyone I know. The assoc minister made an announcement that this was NOT for any candidate, this was NOT for any party, this was for HEALTH CARE for poor Oklahomans. I overheard that one woman was upset until she talked to the pastor, so I think that is why our associate made that specific announcement. We are a progressive church, so was glad to see that petition being signed.

  30. 76 Jovie
    May 5, 2013 at 4:14 pm

  31. 77 vitaminlover
    May 5, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    It is obvious that President O has what it takes to be our leader and also he doesn’t let the haters get to him cause I believe that he thinks it is so ridiculous that you have to laugh. However I do NOT appreciate it on bit. The man is a genius (a sexy genius) and really jealous-hearted people cannot accept what we have here.

  32. 79 Jovie
    May 5, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest discussed President Barack Obama’s trip to Austin, Texas, scheduled for Thursday:

    “Starting next week, President Obama is embarking on a series of ‘Middle Class Jobs & Opportunity Tours.’ He will visit these places to learn what has helped them become successful and use these models of growth to encourage Congress to act. First, the President will travel to Manor New Tech High School near Austin, TX where students are learning the real-world skills they need to fill the jobs that are available right now.”

    Earnest also said: “The President’s trip will be similar to previous ‘White House to Main Street’ events that directly engage the American people and effectively pushed Congress to act.”

    The Austin trip is slated to be one of a series of day trips designed to highlight some of the proposals the president offered in his State of the Union Address.

    • 81 jacquelineoboomer
      May 5, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      And the beautiful Caroline Kennedy and the remarkable Gabby Giffords …

      • 82 jacquelineoboomer
        May 5, 2013 at 5:01 pm

        … and Gabby’s ultra-courageous husband, Mark Kelly … all profiles in courage! All of them are Americans who not only walk among us, but look to help pave the way for the rest of us. Congrats!

  33. 85 africa
    May 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Way too many children dying from at the hands of guns. What gives?

  34. 90 Ladyhawke
    May 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    ‘I Screwed Up’: Howard Kurtz Gets Grilled On Controversy Over His Erroneous Jason Collins Story



    Wow, tough questions with actual follow-ups challenging responses. Somebody did their homework. It’s great to see Howie Kurtz being grilled and held accountable for his repugnant behavior. I would love to see the Republicans in congress get grilled like this for their lies, distortions and obstruction.

    • May 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      I find that it is not unusual for sportscasters to rip apart the naysayers of athletes. If only the media would do this in general.

  35. 92 canadabarb4obama
    May 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    A quick thank-you for all the lovely birthday wishes from previous thread; was late getting here due to “brunch” commitment with family!

  36. 94 jackiegrumbacher
    May 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Just wanted to say I think PHO’s most outstanding legacy will be his call to citizenship. I was so affected by call to us in his second Inaugural that I use it all the time in talking to people and in our monthly newsletter to Democrats and Progressives (not necessarily the same). People respond to it because I believe it gives them a sense of dignity. They are not just “consumers” who buy, they are citizens who think and have the power to alter the things they don’t like. Every time he repeats this theme to college students or in other speeches or has the OFA focus on issues that people can address to their representatives, he is showing how we can be citizens. Every time people like Gabby Giffords speak up on gun control and people follow and support her, they are acting like citizens. When the college kids in NC talk about protesting offensive legislation, they’re acting like citizens. When people meet, not just to gossip, but to talk about
    issues in their community and how to address them, they’re acting like citizens. I would like
    history to say that when Barack Obama was president, he taught us to be citizens again. Not to be cynical and passive and uninvolved, but to take our role seriously and work for and demand a government that responds to us, the people. If we can all work together to promote that legacy, then we will truly have done our part to make this the great moment in history that we know it to be.

  37. 102 Jeff
    May 5, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Just wanted to write and state that I really don’t think I will enjoy voting for Hillary as the way the media hypes her up and downgrades the current president leaves me with a bitter taste in my mouth.

    • 103 jackiegrumbacher
      May 5, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      Most of the time, we just have to vote with our heads, Jeff. Only rarely do we get to vote with a full heart and willing mind. Voting for our president has been a rare experience, indeed. Never in my life did I push a button, raise my hand and say YES!!!! until I voted for PBO in the primary and two presidential elections. I won’t tell you about the embarrassed looks I got from my husband.

    • 104 anniebella
      May 5, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      I think the Hillary supporters better take it easy on the Obama bashing, because they can turn me off from evening thinking about voting for her if she were to run. They better use their common sense, because if Hillary runs she will need the black votes.

      • 105 anniebella
        May 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm

        Turn me off from even thinking of voting for Hillary if she were to run.

        • 106 kathryn kivett
          May 5, 2013 at 6:42 pm

          Agree Anniebella, I am already turned off but would probably vote for her while holding my nose…it would be a disaster to be a part of electing a Republican by not voting….think what has happened in NC….but won’t donate a penny or make a call and won’t be first in line to vote.

          • 107 anniebella
            May 5, 2013 at 7:37 pm

            kathryn kivett, I have talk to people who have told me that once President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk out of the White House for good, they will not be voting for anyone anymore.

            • 108 theo67
              May 5, 2013 at 9:52 pm

              Better to demand more from our candidates than to allow Republicans to win like they did in 2010. Tell your friends that standing idly by the sidelines will only make them victims. It won’t teach Democrats or Republicans anything. Active participation is the only answer.

    • May 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      What bothers me the most about Hilary’s potential run is that she has the MSM in her hip pocket, and good ole Bill just LOVES the attention.

      Saw a tweet yesterday (can’t locate now, don’t remember who sent it) that pushed back on some Politico nonsense about “getting nearer to 2016, “yeah, 4 months into PBO’s second term.” (paraphrased)

      I guess it’s a good thing that most Americans pay no attention to the MSM because the MSM are spin-doctors but don’t disclose it.

      • 110 hopefruit2
        May 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm

        Overconfidence in politics is never a good thing. And in the age of social media, over-reliance on the MSM to do your bidding usually fails (as we saw in the case of Willard Romney). As you said, people will be turned off if they perceive that the media is hyping Hillary. I think more responsible & serious Dems need to step up in 2015…

        • 111 jacquelineoboomer
          May 5, 2013 at 6:51 pm

          Overconfidence by Hillary’s group, and Hillary, did not work out in 2008.

          • 112 hopefruit2
            May 5, 2013 at 6:51 pm


            • 113 jacquelineoboomer
              May 5, 2013 at 6:58 pm

              It’s okay to have a pocket of reliable voters who are ready to go now (Hillary’s) but it’s better to put forth a candidate for ’16 who will also inspire most Democrats, early on. I’m not saying all Democrats won’t vote for her, and I will if she’s our nominee, but not all will be boots on the ground and put those early checks in the mail, to kick off the next general election campaign.

              We all know this is way too early for Hillary’s group to start the chanting. I agree people will get sick of all of it, if they do. And President Obama’s loyal supporters, most of all, will be sick of it, since we plan to enjoy ALL of his – and Vice President Biden’s – second term.

              So, sorry, MSM. Once again: bad call.

              • May 5, 2013 at 7:09 pm

                She never really proved to me that she has the right policies, has brilliant strategists on her team or that she has a solid ground game. Her nomination is not a foregone conclusion.

      • 116 Debra
        May 5, 2013 at 6:52 pm

        If it is between Joe Biden and Hillary for the nomination I will be voting for Joe Biden. Hillary has a lot of baggage people forgot about. Bill has to be in the limelight constantly. If Clinton supporters think they will win by putting down President Obama they should forget about it. It is a gigantic turnoff.

      • May 5, 2013 at 6:53 pm

        This is pretty revolting.

      • 120 theo67
        May 5, 2013 at 9:55 pm

        If the Clintons were really seeking to build up the Democratic party, they would have Democrats speaking at this event – the ones who need name recognition for 2016. Since Hillary is being coy about 2016, she should be using her power for good, not for evil. Invite Governor O’Malley to speak, or find someone they can support.

    • 121 globalcitizenlinda
      May 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      what most forget is that in order for a Dem candidate to do well, it is imperative that PBO succeeds

    • 122 99ts
      May 5, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      I don’t believe she will be the candidate – don’t believe she can win – she is the person the GOP want to run.

  38. May 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    New post ….. soon-ish.

  39. 128 Jovie
    May 5, 2013 at 6:12 pm

  40. May 5, 2013 at 6:57 pm



    Yes We Can

  41. 131 desertflower
    May 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/05/05/carville-cruz-is-the-most-talented-and-fearless-republican-politician-in-30-years/ This guy is a Hillary backer…and his wife says she likes “really hard men”. Yeah. WTF ever. Can all these people just all go somewhere and leave the rest of us peace loving citizens alone? Sick of all these people with an agenda.

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