The President and VP in Pennsylvania

3:45 EDT: President Obama and Vice President Biden Speak on the Importance of Jobs-Driven Skill Training in the 21st Century Economy, Oakdale, Pennsylvania

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147 Responses to “The President and VP in Pennsylvania”

  1. 1 desertflower
    April 16, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Timing is everything!

  2. 4 Gazelle
    April 16, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    [About the Seder]:

    […..] Herbie Ziskind, another of the original Passover Three Musketeers, was also back for his sixth seder, and he brought his grandmother to the President’s dinner for the first time. Ziskind’s Bubbe, Joan Mass, was seated on the President’s right, with her grandson on her other side.

    “For her to have the amazing privilege of attending, is just so moving for me and for my family,” Ziskind said in an interview ahead of the seder with Huffington Post, where he now works.

    He added that the invitation “just kind of shows how special and incredible” Mr. Obama’s White House seders are.

    Eric Lesser, the third former aide who started the tradition, was also a guest, as was his wife Alison Silber. Lesser no longer works at the White House, either. He’s following in the footsteps of his old boss, however, and running for the state senate in Massachusetts. […..]


    • 5 vcprezofan2
      April 16, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      Aha! I found the answer to my question when I first saw the WH seder picture – thanks Gazelle.

      ‘The First Daughters did not join their parents this year. They missed out on an embroidery on the seder tradition started by Whitaker, who also attended the campaign-trail seder: The reading aloud of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, issued in 1863 at the height of the Civil War.’

  3. 7 desertflower
    April 16, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Wonderful to see them together:)

  4. 9 Nerdy Wonka
    April 16, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    OMG…..VP Biden just joined Instagram!!!!!!!!!!

    Instagram can’t handle this. It is on like a motherf**ker. People can’t handle it. People on Twitter are so excited. Everyone’s all, welcome Uncle Joe!

  5. 16 Nena20409
    April 16, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    GOLD for DF, Yes indeed. Congrats sleepless on. Insomnia has nothing on your Speed Lady DF 😉

  6. 17 Grab a Mop Grace
    April 16, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    SOOOOO wishing that I could see POTUS and VPOTUS today. They’re about 5 miles from my home. I’ll be watching the skies this afternoon for AirForce One. Sigh…
    Guess I’ll just have to watch the TV:(

  7. 18 anniebella
    April 16, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Is VP Biden still planning to go to Ukraine?

  8. 22 Nena20409
    April 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Two plus hours ago. It was dull, cold and not sunny in my beloved state with 10K plus lakes.

    Now 😦 ? Snowing. Dingy. Ugly. I am so done with Winter. Go away, please!

    • 23 japa21
      April 16, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      VC has politely (well, for her politely) requested we not complain about the weather any more. My response is, the heck with VC, complain away.

      • 24 vcprezofan2
        April 16, 2014 at 4:22 pm

        I was just KIDDING!!!!! It was *my* way of saying that I woke up to snow! Come on, Japa, *you* ought to know me by now! Geez louise, I didn’t respond to you or 57F yesterday ’cause I felt sure you were both just pulling my chain by pretending to be offended.

        And by the way, I am **always** polite. 🙂

        • 25 japa21
          April 16, 2014 at 4:37 pm

          Boy oh Boy, talk about overreacting. Gee whiz, VC, I was just KIDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • 26 vcprezofan2
            April 16, 2014 at 4:44 pm

            Well, I wasn’t sure based on 57’s AND YOUR comment yesterday. Then your comment above today made me think, ‘Oh boy, I did step on some toes!’ I know I can sometimes have a weird turn of phrase, but I have no intention of curtailing other’s input.
            [ps: And that last comment is not even really the truth, because there are sometimes people repeat Repub dogma and I do feel like saying ‘Can it!’.
            But I don’t. 😉 ]

        • 29 Nena20409
          April 16, 2014 at 4:47 pm

          VC is in Canada right above my state. When Minn sneezes, Canada has a cold 😉

          IL, WI, ND, and sometimes MT have it bad when compared to Canada.

          ME, NH, CT, MA, etc have bad winters too, but their Spring Time have always been manageable? I think so 😉

          • 30 japa21
            April 16, 2014 at 4:58 pm

            Where in MN? I heard Duluth was getting hit with 11 inches of the white stuff. Monday, I got home, brought up Pandora and started playing Christmas music to match the snow we were getting. My wife was not amused when she got home.

            • 31 Nena20409
              April 16, 2014 at 7:29 pm

              Duluth, Yes. But just about every where. St Cloud. Buffalo. You name it and it will continue until tomorrow. I have just made it home and it took a long time and the snow on the ground is already over 6 inches deep and it is snowing heavily.

        • 32 MightyPamela
          April 16, 2014 at 5:53 pm

          Hang loose, VC! At the risk of enduring the random wrath of occasional blogobots, I must tell you that as I could not find peas to plant, I settled for petunias, and have just come down from the pea patch after planting in the rain. It is done. I chose petunias over marigolds, batchelor buttons or zinnias, in honor of my first car: a little orange Toyota named, Petunia!! 😉 See!!

          • 33 vcprezofan2
            April 16, 2014 at 5:58 pm

            😯 Petunias!! With all due respect to your Toyota Petunia, MP, what am I now going to use to replace the home-grown peas I was planning on consuming later in the year? This is quite a blow, MP.

            • 34 MightyPamela
              April 16, 2014 at 7:09 pm

              Farmer’s Market? Trader Joe’s?

              • 35 vcprezofan2
                April 16, 2014 at 7:23 pm

                No Trader Joes here, and Farmer’s Markets require you to leave home early on a Saturday morning to go fiddle with veggies and fruits. Not my thing! I had this pea patch thing all figured out. *You* were simply going to ‘overnight’ me some freshly picked peas (when they were ready), straight to my door and I would cook ’em, then let you know via the village, how tender and good they were, yada, yada. Then of course, you’d feel so good and proud and ….product -ive! A great plan, I thought. Don’t you? Now you have messed it up with your petunias! Who is going to truly appreciate your petunias, I ask you? 🙄

  9. 36 JER
    April 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    • 37 jackiegrumbacher
      April 16, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      If Prettyfoot is around she got her answer to whether Sen. Casey would be there. Looks like he was traveling on AF2. Thanks, Jer, for the info.

  10. April 16, 2014 at 3:39 pm

  11. 40 JER
    April 16, 2014 at 3:41 pm

  12. 41 Vicki
    April 16, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    CSPN is covering Iraqi elections and other things of urgent interest to USA—-Not!
    MSNBC will cover POTUS & VPOTUS.

    Chips….Thank you. The R & S was good news, more good news, even more good news and so on. GOP/MSM must be catatonic by now.

  13. 42 Linda
    April 16, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    It is taking TPM longer to get their comment section up and running than the fix of Healthcare.gov

    • 43 Vicki
      April 16, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Linda, I started noticing TPM, the whole site, not just the comments were taking an extra long time to load and since they so rarely have anything useful or poitive to contribute I stopped visiting the site.

      • 44 jackiegrumbacher
        April 16, 2014 at 5:13 pm

        Good decision, Vicki. I only go there anymore if someone here recommends something noteworthy.

        • 45 carolyn
          April 16, 2014 at 5:58 pm

          I just went to TPM, and what I noticed is that the headlines are inflammatory, and the articles do not support the headlines. For instance one said “Eric Cantor TORCHES immigration reform after tense phone call with Obama.” That language was way too extreme for the article, and once again, Cantor was blaming the president for “partisan” language and asking for a “bipartisan approach.”
          Do they hear themselves? All he did for years was try to get bipartisan approval, and yes, he called out the Republicans for blocking immigration reform, which they have done, and Cantor’s feelings were hurt. He who has a non-working House of representatives!

  14. 46 Dakota
    April 16, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Afternoon TOD Lovelies!

    I just love me some Joe Biden!

    Although my company doesn’t give us MLK day off (I take it off every year anyway), they do give us Good Friday. And I have to tell you, after a couple of months with no holidays (we don’t get President’s day off either), it is a perfect mental health day!

    We need to hire a hospice nurse. This guy that did some training with us a year ago (and called at least 94 times since then) came in for an interview. He seemed to be under the impression that because he trained with us that we were going to give him a job. Sigh…I don’t think so.

    LL: Where is your wife when I need her???

  15. 47 Linda
    April 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    In a poll released by McClatchy/Marist on Tuesday, 48% of registered voters stated that they’d vote for the Democratic candidate for Congress this November. This contrasts with 42% of registered voters who said they’d go for the Republican candidate. 4% claimed they’d vote for an independent or third party candidate while 6% said that they’re undecided.


    but…but….the media says………………………….

    • 48 Nena20409
      April 16, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks for posting this.

      PPP polls that came out was also Good for Dems especially those in the Red States running for the senate.

      4-1-14 IMHO was the game changer. My best part of this story is:

      Obviously, both Democrats and Republicans favored their own party heavily. 90% of Democrats said they’d vote for the Democratic candidate, while 94% of Republicans favored someone from the GOP. What the poll did reveal is that Democrats have a slight edge with independents, as 43% said they’d go for the Democratic candidate over 40% who would vote for a Republican. Also, Democrats have an 18-point advantage with moderates, with 53% favoring Democrats against 35% who favor the GOP.

      • 49 japa21
        April 16, 2014 at 4:11 pm

        The key is not what registered voters say, but what actual voters say. So let’s make sure most of that 48% actually votes and convince the 6% undecided to vote Dem and make sure they get to the polls.

      • 50 jackiegrumbacher
        April 16, 2014 at 5:18 pm

        Nena, this poll actually restores my confidence in the intelligence of Americans. If the 24/7 full court GOP/media anti-Obama/democratic party blitz has not swayed 48 percent of voters, then there is hope for our future.

      • 51 jackiegrumbacher
        April 16, 2014 at 5:25 pm

        Early comment got lost. These Marist and PPP polls restore some one my confidence in the American people. If registered voters can withstand the 24/7 GOP/media anti-Obama and Democratic Party blitz, then this country may have a future.

  16. 53 Vicki
    April 16, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Apparently Janet Yellen has announced that interest rates will remain low no matter what.
    Stock Market surging. This is what matters to the rich.

    The elderly, like me, who were hoping for interest on ouur dwindling savings are shit out of luck.
    Years ago CD s and savings accounts generated 5,6 7% income. Now, close to zero.
    This is another aspect of the war on middle-income people. It gets almost no coverage. Middle income Americans no longer count for much.

    • 54 Linda
      April 16, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      I am old too. I remember getting a CD @ 12 % in the late 1980’s

      • 55 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        April 16, 2014 at 4:28 pm

        I remember that, too! I re-enlisted in January 1981 and got a $10,000 bonus; put it all in a 3 yr CD earning 12% annually.

        • 56 Vicki
          April 16, 2014 at 4:38 pm

          Linda and Alycee, I remember the old rates also.
          The change to nothing for our money is a calamity for many seniors.

          Also significantly fewer Americans have any money invested in the stock market. Nothing is safe anymore in our country. America isrun by the banksters and the oil companies.
          POTUS does everything possible I believe, but slowly but surely the rich are vacuuming up all the wealth.

    • 57 57andfemale
      April 16, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      And our sociopathic Congress won’t borrow money FOR FREE to fix our crumbling infrastructure, educate our kids, or make other investments that have been made in this country for all of its history.

  17. 58 anniebella
    April 16, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I can not stand Alex Wagner or MSNBC, they started off showing the President speech then they cut it off so they can go back to Mark Halperin, Sam Stein, and who ever that woman is, and they can talk down the President. Sam Kass is to good for that Wagner woman.

    • 59 Linda
      April 16, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      I cannot stand her either….I was watching because my speakers are buzzing for no apparent reason….grrr….

      • 60 57andfemale
        April 16, 2014 at 4:39 pm

        What makes it even worse: she ‘plays’ this part to get her paycheck. On Bill Maher, she’s one of the best, fighting, intelligent progressives you’ll ever see. That she prostitutes her beliefs for her paycheck is just disgusting.

  18. 61 anniebella
    April 16, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    All they are talking about is the President can’t do big things, I got sick of them all. And came back to the computer.

  19. April 16, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    UN Security Council on Ukraine – live now – http://webtv.un.org/live/

    • April 16, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    • 64 vcprezofan2
      April 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you kind , sir. I clicked on in time to hear Ms Power speaking.

      • April 16, 2014 at 5:25 pm

        Glad you were able to listen to Ambassador Power, VC. I’m in back to back web conferences so am grateful that the UN posts recorded videos of these sessions, typically within a few hours of the session, and I’ll be able to hear all the statements. It’s clear from my twitter feed that Churkin is, once again, getting fried.

        • 66 vcprezofan2
          April 16, 2014 at 5:27 pm

          Yep, he’s being fried. Pity they can’t burn him (figuratively) to a crisp.

        • 67 vcprezofan2
          April 16, 2014 at 5:45 pm

          When you have another moment to spare, Bobfr, will you briefly tell me what is the value of all the countries saying basically the same thing over and over and referencing the same report? Why not simply show their unity in a single report to which they all ‘sign on’?

          • April 16, 2014 at 6:27 pm

            They each, in their own style & language, are informing Churkin and Putin and the world that Russia is in violation of the UN Charter and all norms of international law – on the record and publicly. In a situation as grave as what Russia is doing – behavior that literally threatens the very existence of the UN and global stability – it seems worthwhile to have each member of the UNSC do as they are.

            Of course, this is just my opinion, VC, and their may well be better ways to address the crisis from the perspective of a diplomat.

            • 69 vcprezofan2
              April 16, 2014 at 6:33 pm

              It seemed so repetitive to me, but I hear what you are saying.

              One regret at the end for me was that I didn’t understand Russia’ (& Ukraine’)s rebuttal. I figured he’d be justifying and lying again, but I wanted to hear how he worded things after so many other countries had just finished telling him to his face that they don’t believe him and that he needed to back down.

              • April 16, 2014 at 7:06 pm

                VC, within the next several hours they will have the video posted on the UN webtv site. When you click on the video, notice that on the lower right hand side of the video window you have the choice to select language. Click the pull down window and select English, then you will be able to listen to the translator.

  20. 72 Gazelle
    April 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    [HA HA HA HAHAHAHA Hiccup — HAHHAHA! 🙂 ]

    Diaz-Balart: If we don’t move on immigration, Obama will go it alone

    A leading Latino Republican is warning that if the GOP-controlled House does not move on immigration reform by the August recess, Obama will employ executive action to ease deportations on his own — making any legislative reform politically impossible until at least 2017.

    That would mean that if Republicans don’t act on reform by August, they may lose their chance to place their stamp on reform — and begin to repair their Latino problem — before the next presidential election.


  21. 73 anniebella
    April 16, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    You would replace Martin Bashir with Alex Wagner. That makes no sense at all.,

    • 74 Vicki
      April 16, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      Alex Wagner toes the Corporate Line.
      Martin refused, anniebella.

      The same interests that control this country are increasingly determining what we see on TV. It all makes sense, tragically.

      Meanwhile HHS will annouce the ACA numbers tomorrow. It wouldn’t surprise me to see an attempt at as complete a blackout of the good news as they can manage.

      Maybe POTUS will go to the WHPC briefing.

      • 75 Vicki
        April 16, 2014 at 5:08 pm

        Wall-to-wall coverage of Bundy rancher, another missing something, ANYTHING but POTUS and the successful ACA

    • 76 MightyPamela
      April 16, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      The most powerful tool in the 21st century: the remote control. #clickoff

  22. 77 57andfemale
    April 16, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I loathe these people:

  23. April 16, 2014 at 4:43 pm

  24. 80 Linda
    April 16, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Obamacare Truthers at MSNBC
    April 16, 2014, 2:32 pm

    Just a quick note in support of government statisticians. They do an incredibly important job, and by and large do it very well. They’ve also maintained a well-deserved reputation for staying out of the political fray, of acting as civil servants, not party apparatchiks.

    You can argue that the Census decision to change its health-insurance questionnaire starting with the 2013 data wasn’t such a good idea — in fact, I know a number of health care experts who are dismayed. But it’s really quite vile to have talk-show hosts who quite literally know nothing about the field, other than that they’re against covering the uninsured, casually accusing Census of “cooking the books” to support Obamacare.

    But remember, MSNBC is the liberal network, right? Why don’t they just hire Donald Trump and be done with it?

    Paul Krugman

    • 81 Vicki
      April 16, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Paul Krugman is one of the only voices we can trust. I fear his days are numbered at the NY Times.

    • 82 Sandy1110
      April 16, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Because the real answer is that they are NOT “liberal”. They are owned by General Electric. The joke is that they pretend that they are being pressured by the RWNJs who call them the “liberal media” to be “fair”. All it’s about is using that to drive them further right.

      Anything they say short of “Obama is the antichrist” is too ‘liberal’ for the RWNJs.

  25. April 16, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Reputable news outlets (I know. Try not to laugh but a few still exist) pushed this label. I think NYT also pushed this story. Now we hear the opposite. They didn’t have these numbers before?

  26. 84 Linda
    April 16, 2014 at 5:33 pm


    Warren’s Book Portrays Tense Meeting With Obama Over CFPB Nod


    • 85 hopefruit2
      April 16, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Sorry, but I’ll have to pass on TPM’s “interpretation” of what they think Warren said in her book.

      • 86 carolyn
        April 16, 2014 at 6:16 pm

        Good idea. I clicked and read the article, and the headline is inflammatory; the article isn’t, just like the Eric Cantor article. I’m thinking they won’t get clicks unless their headlines are flaming.

      • 87 4morefor44
        April 16, 2014 at 7:12 pm

        exactly. i was a little dismayed the last time they (huff post that time) misrepresented senator warren like this to divide obama/clinton democrats, and so many people here fell for it and started getting on her case. no one has been as big of a president obama supporter than senator warren. in her campaign she was very vocal about it and embraced him (literally too!) and his policies. the media owners such as rupert murdoch are going all in to push the “inevitable hillary” story lines once again, and the thought of senator warren running scares them to death. she is easily the best person to carry on the obama revolution to the next stage. this book coming out next week might be a good sign she’s thinking about it. i was worried she wasn’t going to run, so i’ll be keeping my fingers crossed, and buying the book!

  27. 88 JER
    April 16, 2014 at 5:55 pm

  28. 89 Linda
    April 16, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    The Law Firm That Cleared Chris Christie Donated $10 K to Republicans and 0 to Democrats

    Nine days before a team of its top lawyers made public a report clearing Governor Christie in the George Washington Bridge scandal, the law firm donated $10,000 to the Republican Governors Association, a group he heads.

    The law firm’s California office appears to make regular contributions to the GOP group, which Christie has credited with helping him get elected in 2009. Many companies make annual contributions to the Republican Governors Association and its Democratic counterpart to gain access to events the governors attend.

    Gibson Dunn has not yet donated to the Democratic Governors Association this year and did not make contributions to the group in 2013 or 2012.


  29. April 16, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    • 92 mtmarilyn
      April 16, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Oh MightyPamela, that is a beautiful story. What a magnificent bird and beautiful young lady.

    • 93 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      April 16, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing! This quote from the article is true, not only for Mongolia, but for the world:

      “The generation that will decide what will happen with every tradition that Mongolia contains is this generation,” says Svidensky, who showed Ashol-Pan’s family the photographs on his laptop. “Everything there is going to change and is going to be redefined – and the possibilities are amazing.”

      • 94 MightyPamela
        April 16, 2014 at 6:58 pm

        I pray the people’s of the world will find ways to retain their unique cultural traditions, intelligently incorporating that which will enhance and benefit them going forward.

  30. April 16, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    How cool is this!!!!!


  31. 97 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 16, 2014 at 6:30 pm


    • 98 Vicki
      April 16, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Will we ever get tired of this song? I don’t think so.
      thanks Alycee

      • 99 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        April 16, 2014 at 7:11 pm

        Don’t think I will; I play it daily! Lord willing, I’m going to be out there on May 4th!

      • 100 anniebella
        April 16, 2014 at 7:18 pm

        No we won’t ever get tired of that song. Every once and a while a song comes along which just make you feel gooooooood . I guess ‘HAPPY” is one of those songs.

  32. 101 vcprezofan2
    April 16, 2014 at 6:36 pm

  33. 102 hopefruit2
    April 16, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Looks like David Corn has had enough of Ari Fleischer’s BS – for now.

  34. 104 hopefruit2
    April 16, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    PBO know Russia is all bluster and cowardice…

  35. 106 hopefruit2
    April 16, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Mr. Cook is at it again…

  36. 133 dotster3
    April 16, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Just need to chime in to say I have a completely different impression of Alex Wagner as views stated here. And I miss Martin Bashir as much as anyone—-thought his program was the best on msnbc—-loved everything about it—–it snapped—–the coverage of the issues, the music, the complete unveiling of the buffoonery of the tea party nutjob guests—-like Joe Walsh. And I didn’t see Alex’s show today. But my opinion is that she is no corporatist—–far from it. I think she’s a very liberal Democrat, the very definition of it. I don’t agree with everything on her show or the selection of guests—-selected by her producers, by the way——but I don’t agree with anyone all the time about everything on our side—–I love Joy Reid, as does everyone, but don’t agree with her very frequent promotional segments on Hillary for president, for instance. But I have watched many of Alex Wagner’s programs—–and think I know her political mindset——-and I agree with her almost all of the time——and I have noted that she is well liked and has the respect of those whom I respect with solid Democratic views. My opinion. I don’t get the animosity toward her of those here—–maybe because she has cute dimply Sam Kass and they don’t. 🙂

    • 134 anniebella
      April 16, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      I usually don’t watch Alex Wagner and her show today will not help that one bit.

    • 136 hopefruit2
      April 16, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Actually the animosity was well before she was known to be dating Kass – most people were shocked when they heard that the two were engaged since they didn’t like Wagner, and thought Kass was a “nice guy” working for PBO/FLOTUS. And I agree that her MSNBC persona is quite different from the person she probably is – which is why I tune out MSNBC (whether it’s Joy Ann, Rev Al, Hayes, Kornhacki, MHP, or Wagner) because their employees are paid to spread propaganda – and false equivalence, not to report the facts.

  37. 137 africa
    April 16, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Atty Gen Holder. Oh, snap.

  38. 142 africa
    April 16, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Kill the bill, repeal, say what? OK, then.

  39. 143 africa
    April 16, 2014 at 7:58 pm

  40. 146 hopefruit2
    April 16, 2014 at 8:18 pm

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