Gardening Time

3:30 EDT: First Lady Michelle Obama, School Children, and Foodcorps Leaders Plant the Sixth Annual White House Kitchen Garden

White House Live

130 Responses to “Gardening Time”

  1. 7 aquagranny911
    April 2, 2014 at 3:35 pm


  2. 8 aquagranny911
    April 2, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Hah! LL beat me by a nanosecond!

    I was going to go out and by a lottery ticket today. I love my FLOTUS! Back in 2008 when PBO was running for Prez, a group I belong to petitioned Michelle to plant a garden at the WH & take up healthy eating. We sent her numerous letters & emails on this subject. We were all over the moon when she planted the first WH gardens & have followed it all ever since. ♥ ♥ ♥ MICHELLE!!! We gardeners love you!

  3. April 2, 2014 at 3:45 pm

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  5. 12 hopefruit2
    April 2, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    The kids are really into this garden planting thing – very nice!! 🙂

  6. April 2, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Ok, got my rake, my hoe, my eye. . .

  7. 20 Lovepolitics2008
    April 2, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Chips I love you but it’s really hard to keep up !

    From the last thread , my comment of the president’s speech in Michigan today:

    My goodness this was a CAMPAIGN speech for sure !!

    Maybe people could phone their democratic elected official, and their democratic candidates, and ask them ONE thing: JUST WATCH THIS SPEECH !! THAT’S HOW you’re going to WIN !!

    I’m all pumped !! Could the President , AGAIN, defy conventional wisdom and lead democrats to victory in 2014 ??

    I’ve read somewhere that OFA is reconsidering its “non-partisan” statute. I understood the noble principles… but given how furiously the republicans are opposing change, I don’t think there’s any choice. OFA has to go back to partisan politics for a while…

    Folks, I get the feeling that the President’s is more hopeful than he was a few weeks ago. He still had determination and courage, but I sensed he was becoming more modest in his goals. Today I feel he’s completely reenergized and he will try to reenergize all democrats. He will campaign like crazy !

    GAME ON !!!!!

    Note: I will take time to watch the First Lady, that’s for sure. She’s every bit as wonderful as President Obama. BEST COUPLE in the White House in the history of the USA !!!

    • 21 hopefruit2
      April 2, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      HAHAHAhahah…LP2008 you are clearly on a high from PBO’s speech today 🙂 Well, we all are, actually! The enthusiasm for Nov 2014 is building up – slowly but surely….This will NOT be a repeat of 2010.

  8. 22 Nerdy Wonka
    April 2, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    President Obama was on fire today.

  9. 27 Desertflower
    April 2, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I have never learned how to garden in the concrete they try to call dirt In Arizona. Can someone grab the graphic over on DU to put up here ?? You’ll know the one when you see it . All anyone needs to know .thanks!!

    • 28 aquagranny911
      April 2, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      Build an 1 foot raised bed, fill it with good rich compost, use drip irrigation and you can grow just about anything for 9 to 10 months of the year. Late Spring, early fall you need to provide some shade for the more tender plants. We have been doing this for years here ♥

  10. 29 Nerdy Wonka
    April 2, 2014 at 3:54 pm

  11. 32 Nerdy Wonka
    April 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm

  12. 33 Nerdy Wonka
    April 2, 2014 at 3:57 pm

  13. 34 hopefruit2
    April 2, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Where’s japa? PBO was on fire today!!! 🙂

    • 35 japa21
      April 2, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      I’m around. I wish I could watch him. You might remember my comment about his speech yesterday. There are things he won’t say, but he leaves no doubt in people’s minds that he wants to say them.

      I think he was waiting to see what the final numbers were on the enrollment figures. If they had come in around 6 M it would have looked bad and he would have been more on the defensive. With the numbers the way they are, he is going on the offensive. As he put it yesterday, it isn’t necessary for the Dems to defend their policies. It is up to the GOP to defend why they want to destroy rather than build.

      And he is telling all Dems, candiadtes and otherwise to make this the message. Dems have been playing defense since the days of Reagan. No longer. And the thing is, the GOP hasn’t had to defend themselves for so long, I’m not sure they know how.

      I am reminded of the film Miracle about the US hockey team beating USSR in the Olympics. As the game is nearing the end, the US coaches can’t figure out why the Soviet goalie isn’t being pulled even though the Soviets were down a goal. Finally it struck them that this is a situation the Soviet coach hadn’t been in and didn’t know how to handle it.

      Don’t defend, attack. Attack with honesty, with facts, with clarity. Unlike the GOP we don’t need to lie about them, the truth is the only weapon we need.

      • 36 hopefruit2
        April 2, 2014 at 4:19 pm

        Yup – I totally agree with your analysis here. PBO has now signaled to the Dems that they have their message for Nov 2014. No more waffling around, trying to defend something that doesn’t need defending. And by the time the final numbers are tallied up (April 15), that 7M number might very well hit 8M.

        • 37 Lovepolitics2008
          April 2, 2014 at 5:10 pm

          Hope, is it possible that back in 2010, the President and his congressional allies chose the dates for the ACA enrollment so it could be PERFECTLY TIMED for the mid-terms of 2014 ? They were confident the law would work and they thought they could campaign on it in 2014…

      • 39 Nena20409
        April 2, 2014 at 4:33 pm

        The last sentence is 1001% correct.

        Honesty. Facts. Clarity.

        Repeat with Firm Conviction.

      • 40 daisydem
        April 2, 2014 at 4:34 pm

        Good God Japa: your comment here has me fired up! What a great analogy and a call to arms.

      • 41 Lovepolitics2008
        April 2, 2014 at 5:06 pm

        Very well said japa!

      • April 2, 2014 at 5:59 pm

        “Unlike the GOP we don’t need to lie about them, the truth is the only weapon we need.”


        #TrustBarack … He’s Earned It.

  14. 43 Nerdy Wonka
    April 2, 2014 at 3:58 pm

  15. 49 anniebella
    April 2, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    How cool for these kids, planting the garden at the WH and spending time with the First Lady.

  16. 50 JER
    April 2, 2014 at 4:05 pm

  17. April 2, 2014 at 4:09 pm

  18. 57 hopefruit2
    April 2, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Markos is now using the ACA to show off and make a name for himself…LOL!

    • April 2, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      Oh, I’m going to be ill.

      • 59 Lovepolitics2008
        April 2, 2014 at 5:16 pm

        OK I’m feeling hyper today. So I’ll be generous. Maybe Markos won’t admit it but he’s now GENUINELY more supportive of the ACA ? He’s a purist and an ideologue… could it be possible that Barack Obama is teaching him a thing or two about how progress is achieved in REAL LIFE ? If Markos’ heart isn’t completely closed, the numerous stories of lives saved, people experiencing RELIEF must have had an impact on him. No ?

        Come to think of the “kill the Bill” crowd, I may have missed it, but where is Jane what’s her name these days ? Haven’t heard about her in a long time…

    • 60 hopefruit2
      April 2, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      I like that they recognized Mr. Gaba and contributed to his effort, but did Markos really need to tweet this? He could have just posted it on his site.

      • 61 aquagranny911
        April 2, 2014 at 4:19 pm

        Markos is grifting again. There should be music for that. I, for one, will not forget all the “kill the bill” & don’t vote in 2010 that came out of his mouth & his site. BITE THE CACTUS, Markos!

      • 67 majiir
        April 2, 2014 at 7:01 pm

        When I checked my email box a little while ago, I had an email from him with the title, “I don’t normally do this,” or something similar. I’m not donating to Charles Gaba through DK. CG has a donation button on his site, and that’s where I’ll donate. I will NOT forget how Markos and others at DK did all they could to suppress the vote in 2010, their cavalier, and dismissive, attitude toward Persons of Color, or how they constantly whined about Obamacare being a failure because it isn’t single payer. They might fool some others, but they don’t fool me. There’s no way I’ll ever believe Markos and his tightest group of sycophants were ever staunch supporters of Obamacare because they didn’t act like it. It was this kind of behavior meant to undermine PBO and Obamacare that had the effect of causing myself and others to stop visiting the site, and I haven’t missed it.

    • 68 Nena20409
      April 2, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      If it is an atonement by Kos, then I say good.

      Mr. Gaba did Us All a great Service.

  19. 69 japa21
    April 2, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    • 70 Vicki
      April 2, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      CIC of the Democratic party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This!!! Yes yes yes!

      WE (TOD) never had a doubt, but looking at you……….. doubting dems, fixers of obamacare, anyone planning to sit out 2014

  20. April 2, 2014 at 4:17 pm

  21. 72 japa21
    April 2, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    • 73 jackiegrumbacher
      April 2, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      The Roberts Court will rank as one of the worst and most anti-democracy SCOTUSes in modern history. What a sad group of losers the SC right-wing judges are. We need to keep the Senate and have one of these idiots retire. Just replacing one of the right wingers would change the country.

      • 74 Lovepolitics2008
        April 2, 2014 at 5:26 pm

        I know exactly what you mean Jacquie but I can’t use the term “the Roberts Court”. The problem is not the whole Court, but the 5 conservative Justices on it.

        So, “the five conservative Justices on the Roberts Court will rank as one of the worst and most anti-democracy Justices of the SCOTUS in modern history”. I like it better, ha ha.

        I know. Semantics. But can you just imagine how frustrating it must be these days for the four Justices who are members of “the Roberts Court” but are always in the minority for these despicable rulings ?

    • 75 57andfemale
      April 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      The best tweet of the day!

  22. 76 57andfemale
    April 2, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Seriously, people, we have to purge Congress of heartless idiots like Paul Ryan. This is a good read:


  23. 77 susanne
    April 2, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    ‘ HONOLULU (AP) – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has been named to the Armed Services Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    The House Democratic Caucus announced the appointment Tuesday.

    Gabbard says Hawaii plays a significant role in advancing defense and policy in the Asia-Pacific region. She says her appointment ensures Hawaii will continue to have a role on the important committee. ‘


  24. 78 sherijr
    April 2, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    That was so much fun… love the kids and FLOTUS is so wonderful with all of them… those hugs she gives to every single one, chokes me up everytime.

    • April 2, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      I almost can’t take watching it because I just want to be there in person to help!! She’s so great with all of them. And so is Sam.

    • 81 anniebella
      April 2, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      After listening to POTUS, I watched FLOTUS and the kids plant the garden. It is nice to watch her with the kids, and see them plant the garden.

  25. 83 jackiegrumbacher
    April 2, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Can’t find a video of the president’s speech anywhere yet. The WH seems to take forever to post the latest speeches.

  26. 92 Linda
    April 2, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    President Barack Obama conjured up a couple of new words during a Wednesday speech in Ann Arbor, Mich., labeling the House GOP budget a “stinkburger” and a “meanwich.”

    His comment about the blueprint — released by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and heard in committee Wednesday — quickly turned into a trending topic on Twitter in Washington, D.C. It didn’t sit well with Republican leadership aides.


    • 93 japa21
      April 2, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Oh, did their fee feess get hurt? They have no problem suing the term traitor to describe Dems, or calling the President a liar. If they don’t like the term have them defend the budget and why those terms don’t apply. They can’t, not without lying out their…

    • 94 susanne
      April 2, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      love it!

    • 95 COS
      April 2, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      To freaking bad. If PBO responded to all of the crap thrown at him by the repugs, he would not have time to do anything else. I loved every word of his speech.

    • 96 dotster3
      April 2, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Oh well——-I loved it——so did his audience. Who cares about the Repub leadership aides. They hate everything Obama, so nothing new.

  27. April 2, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    PBO was on fire today. That’s the rallying cry for the Dems to get out and kick butt!

  28. 98 Nena20409
    April 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    If you are a DC/NY Pundit or a Print Reporter, Columnist, TV/Cable Host, Political Strategist, etc and you have at One Time or Another predicted the Doom and Gloom of pres Obama since 2008……..

    I Say STOP In The Name Of Love.

    Your failures Need a Confessional adjustment with Facts, Truth and Accuracy in the Public Domain Or seriously do Us All a huge favor and Disappear or Forever Hold Your Darn Mouth……Shut It.

    My afternoon rant.

  29. 99 JER
    April 2, 2014 at 5:01 pm

  30. 100 japa21
    April 2, 2014 at 5:05 pm

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  32. 104 JER
    April 2, 2014 at 5:16 pm


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  34. April 2, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    “Prime Minister Yatsenyuk stated that Ukraine suggests Russia to recognize Ukrainian as a second official language on the territory of the Russian Federation. He mentioned this on the 10th annual investment conference of Dragon Capital in Kyiv, as reported by Interfax. “Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs made ​​a statement on the matter. The Ukrainian-speaking community is the largest in Russia and is completely natural for Ukrainian to be recognized as a second state language, or at least to carry a special status,” said Yatsenyuk.”

  35. April 2, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    • 111 MightyPamela
      April 2, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      FLOTUS is soooooo clever to be planting today, the Moon is in Taurus, an earth sign, and it is just in the waxing cycle, excellent for those seeds to begin germinating!! I wonder if she uses a garden/planting almanac…. I wish I still had a garden..

  36. 112 jackiegrumbacher
    April 2, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    What a great treat to see and hear the president’s speech in MI! Nerdy’s summaries are brilliant, but, wow, does our president pack a wallop! I want every Democratic candidate to start speaking like this. Don’t get cowed by Republican talking points, or Republican media, or Republican money, come out swinging Democrats and we’ll be right there to support you.

  37. 114 Linda
    April 2, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Time to boycott UPS ( I don’t use them anyway )

    UPS Fires 250 Drivers After They Protested A Coworker’s Firing


    • 115 sherijr
      April 2, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      I stopped using them a long while back; they did something else stupid- can’t remember what, but turned me off them.. I’ll stick to the good old post office.

      • 116 Linda
        April 2, 2014 at 5:54 pm

        Saw this in the comments from a Tom Paine…..was it this ?

        Ever since, years ago, they won a ruling that if someone works 39.5 hours a week they are “part time”, I have avoided UPS. I do business with the US Post Office whenever possible.

        • 117 sherijr
          April 2, 2014 at 6:18 pm

          no, it was something they did just a couple of years ago.. but I used to use them when I sold/purchased stuff on ebay… and then I began boycotting them, it was either during the first election or the second, and I think it had something to do with President Obama.. or during his election time period. Sorry my memory is not like an elephant 🙂

  38. 118 dotster3
    April 2, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    OMG—Ed playing a vid of Limgaugh saying that people are getting divorced because they can’t afford Obamacare! And——-Obamacare is still trying to sneak in DEATH PANELS!
    Whacko insane desperation——I think the 7.1 million milestone has sent them completely over the edge—–and their heads hit a big rock!

    • 119 Nena20409
      April 2, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      Mind control. That is what Talk hate wicked jokers are. Using the Public Airwaves to transmit Pure propaganda.

      The Fairness doctrine when it was dismantled brought this cancer to America.

      During FDR’s years Rev Fr Charles Coughlin was the Epitome of this kind of garbage that led to the Fairness Doctrine.

  39. April 2, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    New post in 12 minutes and 14 ish seconds.

  40. 121 JER
    April 2, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    • 122 Nena20409
      April 2, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      Not again. That the same base 12/13 were killed in 2009/2010.

      Lord I hope that the shooter is stopped without another occurrence of a deadly massacre.

  41. 123 JER
    April 2, 2014 at 6:23 pm

  42. 125 JER
    April 2, 2014 at 6:24 pm

  43. 127 lockewasright
    April 2, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    We’re raised our children to be good at sharing, so naturally when my son got a stomach flu…

    Ugh! My wife and I are both green faced and wiped out.

  44. April 2, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    PBO has been informed. Sickening.

    • 129 anniebella
      April 2, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      It is sickening indeed meta. Hopefully the ones shot will survive, and they catch both the bastards who did this.

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