President Obama at Union Depot, St Paul, Minnesota

3:05 EST: President Obama Speaks at Union Depot, St. Paul, Minnesota

119 Responses to “President Obama at Union Depot, St Paul, Minnesota”

  1. 1 Judith Fardig
    February 26, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    St. Paul – where my husband grew up!

  2. 2 Judith Fardig
    February 26, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Wow – am I first on GGail’s birthday? Glad she had the honor earlier.

  3. 5 Nerdy Wonka
    February 26, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    This is a big f**king deal!

  4. 9 Linda
    February 26, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Corporation Exploiting Major Loophole To Quickly Build 600-Mile Tar Sands Pipeline


  5. February 26, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I didn’t realize there was a new post and wanted to respond to Desert Flower so I’m bringing this forward: Thanks for the heads up about Rand Paul, Desert Flower. When the GOP block gun control they are validating and encouraging violence and murders. Same with Ryan’s legislation giving rapists visitation rights. They are validating and encouraging rapists. I think it’s much better to be positive and focus on what is working and innovations. I certainly feel better when I do. But what the GOP is doing is propaganda and influencing by spinning their BS so it sounds reasonable. I think it’s effective to spin it right back. I really don’t care what they say, they are out-of-touch and on their way out, but in the meantime I like to be a part of setting boundaries for them. Outrage and shining the light on what they do does work. it is in AZ. I try to always be civil and clear, just reflect back to them what they are really saying and doing. Mainly I prefer to focus on our wonderful president and all of the incredible innovations and good things that are happening!

  6. 15 Nena20409
    February 26, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Congrats Judith Fardig on your Gold and Silver 😉

    So in TX, Marriage Equality is Coming to the Lone Star? Houston, Change is Coming to Texas 🙂

    As JFK once said:

    It is better to light a candle than to CURSE the Dark.


  7. 16 donna dem 4 obama
    February 26, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    • 17 Vicki
      February 26, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      jackieg will be very happy as are we all with this news

    • 18 jackiegrumbacher
      February 26, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Donna, I do not count any chickens until they hatch in November. Corbett is a Koch boy and $$$ will pour into this state and every ugly ad in the world will be run against the Dem candidate. Plus polls have to translate into votes. That’s why I take NOTHING for granted. We have to register voters and get them to the polls as if our lives depended on it. Democrats had better come out in droves to the polls this year. We have congressional seats to win, state legislature seats to turn over and a must-go governor. Candidate Tom Wolf has spent a small fortune of his own money and has a large personal fortune still to spend. He’s blanketed the air waves, which has put him ahead. I only hope he will fight the nastiness and not give Corbett and his puppeteers an inch.

      • 19 donna dem 4 obama
        February 26, 2014 at 4:13 pm

        You have the right attitude JG. We have to fight for every vote in that state. We only stop when we have gotten every Democratic voter to the polls on election day.

    • 20 pkayden
      February 26, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      YAY! And I hope that Pennsylvanians don’t put another Republican in their State House — at least for a long time.

  8. 21 Nena20409
    February 26, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    NASA has discovered 715 planets outside our Solar System.

    That is a far cry from what I was taught as a child. Wow!

    • February 26, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      Because it’s only in the past 20 years that we’ve developed the technology and mathematics to detect planets. And the EU will have a planet hunter launched by 2020 designed specifically to find Earth-sized worlds orbiting stars in the “Goldilocks” zone.

      Now, if we could just invent warp drive so we could visit these worlds…

      • 23 MightyPamela
        February 26, 2014 at 5:01 pm

        Them to open up Area51, LL, we will find warp drive, tele-transportation, alternative forms of energy we can use right now, and all the blueprints for the modern technologies we use today! Of course, if we open that, we will have to recognize we are not the only “intelligent” life form in the universe. And big oil will be stopped in it’s tracks.

  9. February 26, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Texas police defend DUI arrest of black man who blew 0.00 on Breathalyzer

    Despite negative blood and breath tests, man arrested for DWI
    By Tony Plohetski

    To Austin attorney Daniel Betts, driving while intoxicated can sometimes be what he calls “an opinion crime.” Law enforcement must decide, sometimes within only a matter of minutes, whether a person is intoxicated and should go to jail — or be allowed to simply drive way.

    On the night Austin police arrested his client, they made the wrong choice, he says – his opinion bolstered by a voluntary breath and blood test showing Larry Davis wasn’t intoxicated when he was arrested Jan. 13, 2013. He tested 0.00 on a Breathalyzer – the lowest possible reading — and the blood test, which took months to be tested, came back negative.

    “My reaction was just shock that it happened,” Betts said of the arrest, after watching a police dash cam video and reviewing the evidence.


  10. 29 jacquelineoboomer
    February 26, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks for the link, Chips!

    Oh, and:

  11. February 26, 2014 at 3:30 pm


  12. February 26, 2014 at 3:37 pm

  13. 32 Linda
    February 26, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Texas state Sen. Dan Patrick (R) accidentally endorsed same-sex marriage in a tweet on Wednesday.

    Dan Patrick @DanPatrick

    MARRIAGE= ONE MAN & ONE WOMAN. Enough of these activist judges. FAVORITE if you agree. I know the silent majority out there is with us!

  14. 34 Judith Fardig
    February 26, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    In the land of Tim Pawlenty’s neglect of spending on bridges so one collapsed, President Obama lays out a sensible plan that should have bipartisan support.

    • 35 pkayden
      February 26, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      “Should” being the important word. The Party of No will reject this sensible plan like they’ve been doing since the T’Baggers took over the House.

  15. 36 HZ
    February 26, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Hello TOD family and my beautiful Chips. Lots of loving hugs to my grandson, Danny(((((((((Love you Danny))))))))))).

    A wonderful celebration on the birthday of GGail. Have a beautiful day, GGail. Pamper yourself as well. Love you.HZ

    • 37 GGail
      February 26, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      My dear HZ, I thank you for the well wishes today. I’ll have a lavender bubble bath tonight when I get home 🙂 Love you more!

  16. 38 JER
    February 26, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    • 39 0388jojothecat
      February 26, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      Our President is so cool. I love that he invites the house and senate members of the states he travels to join him on AF1. I bet every House or Senate member who has been invited and had the good sense to accept are in awe of traveling on AF1 with PBO. I know he invites Repubs but most probably won’t accept in fear of being a traitor to their racist constituents.

  17. 40 Linda
    February 26, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Hispanic National Bar Association says it will cancel its 2015 convention in Phoenix over legislation adding protections for people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays.

    The lawyers’ association becomes one of the first groups to pull an event from that state.

  18. February 26, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    BRAVO to Sec. Kerry:

  19. 45 JER
    February 26, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    • 46 Linda
      February 26, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      He also embarrassed himself on Chuck Todd .. He was not able to explain what Medicare Advantage is….but he is mad about the cut backs to the profits the private insurance companies that manage it are losing due to ObamaCare

  20. 47 JER
    February 26, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    LIVE NOW: Awaiting President Obama’s departure from Minnesota – http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/live-video/

  21. 48 Allison
    February 26, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Check out this TL it’s hilarious

  22. 49 Dudette
    February 26, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Bunch of Congress members tweeting about signing the discharge petition to vote on raising the minimum wage right now! Let’s give them some tweet-love!

  23. February 26, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Spread the word!

  24. 55 Dudette
    February 26, 2014 at 4:59 pm


  25. February 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Saw the Think Progress article that Linda linked to in the R&S thread about Rand Paul opposing the Surgeon General nomimee because he believes that gunshot wounds are a public health threat (discussed upthread too), and thought WTH, what SANE person could possibly disagree with that statement?

    It reminds me of what LInda at WhatIsWorking said awhile ago — that some gun rights man said it didn’t bother him that children die because of gunshots. How is this statement even possible?

    If we didn’t have a Koch-owned media, these so-called “gun rights activisits” would be exposed. If they believe that, then they are truly menaces to a civilized society.

    Long way to say that this tweet caught my eye:

  26. 60 MightyPamela
    February 26, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Hey y’all. Can anyone link me to the announcement PBO made years ago about creating more transparency in places like the NSA? One of my dear brothers is all rah rah rah about Snowden, and all he can think about is why doesn’t PBO open up the Shadow government, blast the doors off Area 51, and bring all the classified intelligence about UFO’s and extraterrestrials into the light of day. He wants to see this everyday!! (Yes, he’s a bit out there). Anyway, any chance of a link or two? I thank you much! Now I’m going out into the sunshine!! 🙂

  27. 68 hopefruit2
    February 26, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    I see that this hashtag is trending. I’m not sure who started it and why.

    • 69 MightyPamela
      February 26, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Someone wanting to cause trouble, maybe. Hope it fails.

      • 70 hopefruit2
        February 26, 2014 at 7:42 pm

        It failed – it was started by a RWer – and was quickly co-opted by PBO supporters who quickly put the baggers in their places. 🙂

        • 71 0388jojothecat
          February 26, 2014 at 10:33 pm

          The election and re-election of President Barack Obama has caused these RW’ers to lose their ever minds. They are so consumed with hatred that they are doing everything in their power to make themselves feel better by trashing gays and killing unarmed young black men.

  28. February 26, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Please keep GoBrooklyn in your thoughts and prayers. She started chemo today.

  29. 88 Dudette
    February 26, 2014 at 5:24 pm

  30. February 26, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Ok, I had to keep myself from tearing up after reading these. Human beings can be awesome. We have to remember that.


  31. February 26, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    “Defense ministers of the 28-nation U.S.-led alliance called for a “sovereign, independent and stable” Ukraine, emphasizing the “principle of inviolability of frontiers.” North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the warning was addressed “to whom it may concern.”

    Allied defense ministers issued the statement at a meeting in Brussels today after Interfax reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the military drills involving around 150,000 troops in Russia’s central and western military districts, including areas bordering Ukraine.


    “NATO is trying to send a very strong message that Russia should be very careful and not intervene in Ukraine,” Jan Techau, head of the Brussels office of the Carnegie Endowment and a former research adviser at the NATO Defense College in Rome, said by telephone. “It’s telling the Russians that there will be a very high price if they do intervene. It’s a unified Western message.” ”

    NATO Urges Intact Ukraine as Russia Holds Army Exercise

  32. February 26, 2014 at 5:56 pm

  33. February 26, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Not sure what happened to my last comment …

    Was going to append this to it:

    ““We’re hoping that Russia will not see this as a sort of a continuation of the Cold War,” Kerry said on MSNBC, according to a transcript. “This is not Rocky IV, believe me.””

    Here’s the link to the article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-26/nato-urges-intact-ukraine-as-russia-holds-military-drill.html

  34. February 26, 2014 at 6:07 pm

  35. 102 hopefruit2
    February 26, 2014 at 6:24 pm


  36. 104 JER
    February 26, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    LIVE NOW: President Obama arrives in DC. – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  37. 105 Dudette
    February 26, 2014 at 6:26 pm

  38. February 26, 2014 at 6:28 pm

  39. 107 hopefruit2
    February 26, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    LOL – Ok then…if you say so….

  40. 108 hopefruit2
    February 26, 2014 at 6:30 pm

  41. 109 dotster3
    February 26, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Obama admin. is suing ITT, one of the chains of fraudulent for profit colleges—-tricking students with false promises, high costs, predatory lending practices…


  42. 110 donna dem 4 obama
    February 26, 2014 at 6:39 pm

  43. 111 dotster3
    February 26, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Got an email from Mark Kelly re. signing a petition to ask Ga. Gov. Deal to veto the proposed “Guns Everywhere” legislation there, which would allow guns—-everywhere—-churches, bars, school buses, classrooms and at Atlanta’s airport, the busiest in the world. More insanity from the Repub legislators there and the gun nuts. Sign the petition at Kelly and Giffords’ Americans for Responsible Solutions website.

    • 112 dotster3
      February 26, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      Oh—and saw earlier today that every 70 minutes in this country someone under the age of 25 is shot dead. Guess that stat doesn’t disturb the Ga. politicians——and everywhere else there is an increasing loosening of gun laws. It is indeed madness.

    • 113 0388jojothecat
      February 26, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      We need the business community to come out against this gun craziness just like the gay discrimination. We need the airlines, hotels, chamber of commerce and other business to withdraw support on these states that allow anyone to walk around with a gun. I will not go to any state that allows this.

  44. February 26, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    POTUS reaching out to the workers.

  45. 115 JER
    February 26, 2014 at 6:49 pm

  46. February 26, 2014 at 6:52 pm

  47. 117 Anjo
    February 26, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Healing Prayers and thoughts for GoB is this her hour of need. Father we thank you for your healing touch on our Sister GoBrooklyn, you are the great physician and we thank you for your healing hands on our dear Sister, in your name and for your sake we pray, Thank You Lord, we thank you on her behalf, Amen.

  48. 119 Dudette
    February 26, 2014 at 7:25 pm

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