Corbin Fleming, brother of 2011 March of Dimes National Ambassador Lauren Fleming, plays with the President’s telephone during his family’s visit to the Oval Office, Feb. 7, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)
Today (all times Eastern):
10:30: President Obama departs the White House
12:15: Arrives Michigan
12:45: Tours Michigan Biotechnology Institute
2:10: Delivers remarks and signs the Agriculture Act of 2014, Michigan State University
3:15: Departs Michigan
4:50: Arrives White House
— Valerie Jarrett (@vj44) February 6, 2014
Africa: Obamacare is making a difference for my family
My two sisters and a sister-in-law in Maryland now have insurance, thanks to Obamacare.
When my second to the oldest sister’s husband died, she lost her health insurance. She suffered seizures and has been hospitalized multiple times. After her husband’s death, she moved in with my second to the youngest sister, who called me regularly about the high cost of my sister’s medication. They were paying out of pocket. One medication, for example, Dilantin, was about $165.00 for 60 pills. Another, Keppra cost around $65.00. But thanks to Obamacare, the co-pay for both medications is now $2.50. Imagine that. Armed with health insurance, she is taking my sister this morning to see a primary care doctor for the first time in a long time. Subsequent visits will include a neurologist, gynecologist, etc., all thanks to Obamacare.
Then there is my baby sister, who was out of work with a 17-year old daughter. They now have Obamacare. And a sister-in-law also have Obamacare.
Yes, Obamacare is making a difference.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 7, 2014
TPM: Obama Explains Putin’s ‘Shtick’
President Obama on Thursday rebutted the general perception that he has an “icy” relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“He does have a public style where he likes to sit back and look a little bored during the course of joint interviews. I think that’s where some of these perceptions come up,” Obama told NBC News in an interview airing Friday. “My sense is that’s part of his shtick back home politically as wanting to look like the tough guy. U.S. politicians have a different style. We tend to smile once in a while.”
Thanks to the bailout and restructuring, U.S. auto sector employment hits a 5 year high http://t.co/j5whkRs1lk Thank you, President Obama!
— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) February 7, 2014
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 7, 2014
TPM: Obama Offers Jay Leno A Consolation Prize For Leaving ‘The Tonight Show’
Comedian Jay Leno hosted his final episode of “The Tonight Show” Thursday after a 22-year run, but at least President Barack Obama had a consolation prize to offer him.
“Jay, you’ve made a whole lot of jokes about me over the years,” Obama said in a pre-taped segment of stars wishing Leno well. “But do not worry, I’m not upset.”
…. On an unrelated note, Obama said, he had decided to make Leno the new U.S. ambassador to Antarctica.
“Hope you’ve got a coat, funny man,” he joked.
More here – video at link
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 7, 2014
Steve Benen: Christie’s evolving version of events
One of the overarching challenges facing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is not just his ongoing bridge scandal, but also the veracity of his claims about the scandal. If Christie’s version of events had been consistent and reliable throughout, it’d be easier to believe his arguments about what role, if any, he played in his aides’ misconduct,
But the closer one looks at the governor’s claims, the more one sees nuances, changes, and contradictions.
It’s not just what Christie knew and when; it’s also what Christie claims he did about the now-infamous incident in Fort Lee.
Michael Tomasky: CVS, Smokes and ‘Liberal Fascism’
In Fox News Land, no one does anything in the public interest. It’s just Obama’s commie thugs bullying a corporate giant to do what the president thinks is ‘good for you.’
Bravo, CVS. That’s a bold and even historic move, banning cigarettes. It’s true it isn’t costing the company much—the sticks accounted for just $2 billion of its $123 billion in revenue last year, according to The New York Times. But even so, it’s a decision by an American mega-corporation that was made in… sit down and steady yourself… the public interest! Everyone’s for that, right? Right? Wait, what’s that rumble I hear over the gloaming?…
Why, it’s Fox News! And they aren’t happy. Yes—you read that right. On Fox News, CVS’s decision not to sell an addictive product that kills hundreds of thousands of Americans prematurely every year stinks of a big commie plot. Daytime host Gretchen Carlson said something idiotic Wednesday even by daytime Fox News’s idiotic standards….
— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) February 7, 2014
On This Day:
President Obama looks over the shoulder of Hannah Wyman, 11, as she demonstrates her project in the Blue Room, Feb. 7, 2012, during the second annual White House Science Fair celebrating student winners of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions from across the country (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama reacts as 14-year-old Joey Hudy of Phoenix, Arizona, launches a marshmallow from Hudy’s “Extreme Marshmallow Cannon” during a tour of the White House Science Fair, Feb 7, 2012
President Obama shares a group hug with Team America Rocketry Challenge students from Presidio, Texas, during the second White House Science Fair, Feb 7, 2012
A student takes a picture as President Obama’s delivers remarks during the second White House Science Fair in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 7, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama shakes hands with Bill Nye
First Lady Michelle Obama pets Bo, the Obama family dog, during a taping for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” with 6-year-old Rainer Muuss, left, and his brother Atticus, 4, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Feb. 7, 2013 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
MoooOOOooorning everyone – completely ran out of time this morning so I’m probably missing 99.93% of the news, will catch up later!