Coming Up

Spring In Step: Leaving the White House this morning


Later today (all times Eastern)

3:30: The President arrives Washington

6:50: Delivers remarks, Oso Firehouse

8:0: Departs Washington en route Japan


#8MillionAndCountingBaby: Leaving Andrews this morning

142 Responses to “Coming Up”

  1. 31 Nerdy Wonka
    April 22, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Love this from Emma Stone. Even the most enlightened men make mistakes and fall into the trap of sexism and mansplaining.

    Some men freak me out and many more like this commenter have children and are screwing them up: “The initial comment was in no way sexist. Traditionally, women are better at sewing clothes than men. Hence why it is traditionally seen as a “feminine” task. The real lesson to take away from this incident is that this radical, new wave feminism is really seeking to eliminate traditional gender roles and notions about femininity and masculinity altogether from our society. It’s amazing how Stone quickly goes on the offensive and implies that the word “feminine” is a negative connotation. In truth, there is nothing wrong with young boys wanting to be masculine and macho, because that is how we are wired, in general. Femininity and masculinity are complimentary and as Garfield points out, we have both in each of us, in varying levels.”

    This response by a commenter to the crap from the male commenter is spot on: “Women are actually not “traditionally” better at anything than men, just like men are not “traditionally” better at anything over women. The myth that one sex is better at some tasks than the other sex has no basis in nature or in science. The idea of femininity and masculinity is a cultural construct, dividing tasks and behaviors into feminine and masculine is not based on primitive instincts but rather on culture. The idea of assigning feminine tasks towards women and masculine tasks towards men is again cultural. The definitions of what is feminine and what is masculine is entirely arbitrary and change from culture to culture and throughout history. All of it is arbitrary.”

    “And since sex roles and gender roles were arbitrarily created from culture, not every human being fits into their prescribed gender role. And that is what is wrong with traditional gender roles in society. The myth that human beings can divided up, nicely into feminine and masculine groups based upon their biological sex. And what is also important to note is that traditionally in our society feminine roles have been traditionally seen as less important than the masculine roles. So making a joke about Spiderman sewing his costume, and having to reaffirm that Spiderman is still masculine and therefore still a character deserving of value continues to perpetuate the myth that feminine characters are not as important or valuable.”

    “And finally since we associate masculinity as a desirable trait and we also attribute this desirable trait to men, while we associate femininity as the less desirable trait, and also associate this less desirable trait to women, it continues to imply in society that women are the less desirable sex. And that is why his comment although seemingly innocent, was actually at its root a perpetuation of sexism in our culture. And Emma Stone was right to call attention to it.”

    • 32 jackiegrumbacher
      April 22, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      Nerdy, I like the commenter’s response. There are no natural gender roles, except that women can bear children. There has just been a long history of men trying to put women into a box.

  2. 33 Nerdy Wonka
    April 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Sotomayor for the motherfreaking win!

    Roberts? What a loser.

    One appointed by President Obama. The other by President Bush.

    Both parties are not the same.

  3. 35 amk for obama
    April 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    • 36 jacquelineoboomer
      April 22, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      That just made two generations of women laugh at my house. I’ll leave it at that. 🙂

  4. 37 Judith Fardig
    April 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    So glad President Obama is in Washington to comfort those who lost everything in Oso. On Earth Day, it’s a powerful reminder of how Mother Nature is an awesome force. We should do what we can to make sure 100 years from now, Earth Day can be celebrated with progress on climate change.

  5. 38 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    MSM will never compare changes in the gap between the Presidential and Congressional approval ratings in this administration relative to the previous four administrations. And we all know why.

  6. 39 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Oooh…our friends SheriffFruitfly and Spandan are schooling Chris Hayes! I’m loving it…

  7. 42 amk for obama
    April 22, 2014 at 1:27 pm

  8. 43 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm

  9. April 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm

  10. 47 amk for obama
    April 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm

  11. 48 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Obama’s Katrina.

  12. 49 amk for obama
    April 22, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    The smart ones will. Dems have their own share of dumbs.

  13. 50 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2014 at 1:45 pm

  14. 51 Don
    April 22, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Next thing you know Hayes will be comparing slavery to his bike being stolen.

    • 52 hopefruit2
      April 22, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      HAHAHahahahahaha! This is a funny but unsettling truth about these privileged idiots who predominate our left media. It’s coming to a point where every and any modern-day “inconvenience” or sociopolitical issue will be paralleled with a centuries-long legal practice of sustained brutality and inhumanity against a racial group…

      • 53 Don
        April 22, 2014 at 2:13 pm

        hp2, that right there is the true meaning of speaking truth to power. When Hayes sits across the desk from Joy or Rev. Al, how does he even look them in the eye after writing such a deplorable article?

        • 54 hopefruit2
          April 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm

          Exactly. Take for example the SCOTUS decision on that just came out today. Little Chris and his family will NOT be negatively impacted in anyway shape or form. But for many descendants of slaves, this represents a significant setback in terms of how they will be able to leverage opportunities for higher education – regardless of their desire, ambition, or ability.

    • 55 57andfemale
      April 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      has that little entitled twit ever had a REAL care in the world? Ever? Not finding his loafer is the height of difficulty he has ever faced.

  15. 56 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    This is a great visual. Must be pissing off KatrinaNation! GOOD.

  16. 57 57andfemale
    April 22, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    A great, thoughtful read by smartypants and a blueprint for Dems:


  17. 58 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2014 at 1:54 pm

  18. 59 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 22, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    In for a quick O2 & nebulizer break…

    Happy Earth Day!

  19. 61 Nena20409
    April 22, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    4-21-14 WH presser by Jay “Clark Kent” Carney

  20. 62 Linda
    April 22, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Yesterday is was Jason Carter and his pro gun agenda.

    Today Michelle Nunn and her acting like a Republican

    Democrat Michelle Nunn Adopts Republican Ideas In Georgia Senate Race



    If they don’t change after the primary……I may not vote this year.

    • 63 Nena20409
      April 22, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      Those kind of threats are the result of Nixon in 1968. Reagan in 1980. In 2000, GW Bush.

      It is unfortunate that today Only Dems are required Not to have their ideology when winning in a Red state.

      Snowe and Collins still win in Bluer states for Dems will vote for them. In Red states, Indies are their only hope for Victories for any Dem.

      Carter’s grand-son also was not rejecting Confederate plates for cars. Now, his grand-father during his time could say No and still win. That is the difference in those days to today.

      • 64 Linda
        April 22, 2014 at 2:20 pm

        There are only 5 Dem districts here and 3 of them vote with the Republicans alot of the time.

        I am grateful I live in one of the others.

        • 65 Nena20409
          April 22, 2014 at 2:28 pm

          Michele Bachmann resides in my district. I do understand your points of view. MN is a very blue state……Not district #6.

    • April 22, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      We need a Dem in the US Senate from Georgia. So Linda, irrespective of what she has to say, if she wins the Dem primary please do vote for her. Thank you.

  21. April 22, 2014 at 2:12 pm

  22. April 22, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Counter-Terror Op Relaunched After Bodies Found in Slavyansk

    “Oleksander Turchinov, in a statement, said that “brutally tortured” bodies had been found near the city of Slaviansk, which is in the hands of pro-Russian militants. One was that of Volodymyr Rybak, a member of Turchinov’s Batkivshchyna party, who had recently been abducted by “terrorists”.

    “These crimes are being carried out with the full support and indulgence of the Russian Federation,” he said. “I call on the security agencies to relaunch and carry out effective anti-terrorist measures, with the aim of protecting Ukrainian citizens living in eastern Ukraine from terrorists.””

  23. 71 JER
    April 22, 2014 at 2:23 pm

  24. 72 Linda
    April 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    The DNC is inviting cities from Miami to Las Vegas to bid to host the party faithful for the made-for-TV festivities. Local officials have until June 6 to submit their proposals — or not, if a city declines — about how the city would partner with the DNC to stage the massive and costly event.

    The cities under consideration are: Atlanta; Chicago; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit; Indianapolis; Las Vegas; Miami; Nashville; New York; Orlando; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.


    I vote NO for Atlanta…they traffic is already gridlock

    • 73 COS
      April 22, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      My niece lives in Atlanta and she complains about the bad traffic there.

    • 75 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      April 22, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      I vote YES for Philadelphia; we need to erase the stench from 2000 RNC.

    • 77 jacquelineoboomer
      April 22, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      I’d like to see it near Philly or Pittsburgh (the latter because it might give a boost to their economy) for a change – because VP Joe has friends there! A little subliminal message might be nice.

      • 78 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        April 22, 2014 at 5:43 pm

        Metro Philly has better transportation and more hotel rooms. During 2000 RNC hotels in Philly, the PA suburbs, Cherry Hill NJ, and Wilmington DE were used; all we an easy commute to the convention site.

        • 79 jacquelineoboomer
          April 22, 2014 at 10:18 pm

          Yes, I’m originally from Trenton, NJ, so I know you are right … let’s hope they pick Philly!

    • 80 Dudette
      April 22, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      Haha! Honey please! Have you seen traffic in some of these other cities? Gridlock is one thing most larger cities have in common!

  25. 81 JER
    April 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      April 22, 2014 at 2:40 pm


  26. 83 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2014 at 2:31 pm

  27. April 22, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    “A specter is haunting Europe, the specter of Russian imperialism.

    When Vladimir Putin first came to power in 1999, he talked ideologically but acted rationally. He listened to a range of opinions, from liberal economist Alexei Kudrin to political fixer Vladislav Surkov — people willing to tell him hard truths and question groupthink. He may have regarded the collapse of the Soviet Union as the greatest geopolitical disaster of the 20th century, but he knew he couldn’t re-create it. Perhaps the best metaphor is that while he brought back the Soviet national anthem, it had new words. There was no thought of returning Russia to the failed Soviet model of the planned economy. And as a self-professed believer who always wears his baptismal cross, Putin encouraged the once-suppressed Russian Orthodox Church.

    He was a Russian patriot, but he also was willing to cooperate with the West when it suited his interests. One of the first leaders to offer his condolences after the 9/11 attacks, Putin shared Russian intelligence on al Qaeda with the United States. He did not hesitate to protect Russia’s interests against the West — in 2008 Putin undercut any thought of NATO expansion into Georgia by launching a war against its vehemently pro-Western president, Mikheil Saakashvili — but Putin’s challenges were carefully calibrated to minimize repercussions while maximizing gains. He shut off gas to Ukraine, unleashed hackers on Estonia, and, yes, sent troops into Georgia, but he made sure that the costs of asserting regional hegemony were limited, bearable, and short term.

    But that was the old Putin. Today, the West faces a rather different Russian leader.”

    • April 22, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      BTW, it’s an insightful essay but I should have noted that the last paragraph is inaccurate, imo. Putin is a delusional megalomaniac and anyone dealing with him best keep that at the forefront of their decision making process.

  28. 86 JER
    April 22, 2014 at 2:47 pm

  29. 89 Linda
    April 22, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Yemen is saying the drone strikes may have killed the Al Qaeda bomb maker….they are waiting for DNA to verify.

  30. 91 JER
    April 22, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    President Obama is running late for arrival at Paine Field in Everett. Instead of 3:30, maybe 3:50.

  31. 97 JER
    April 22, 2014 at 3:11 pm

  32. 99 yardarm756
    April 22, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Some afternoon entertainment.

  33. 103 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    That’s MY President!!! 🙂

  34. 105 JER
    April 22, 2014 at 3:22 pm

  35. 108 Nerdy Wonka
    April 22, 2014 at 3:32 pm

  36. 109 MightyPamela
    April 22, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    The sun came out to shine for PBO.

  37. 112 pickle48
    April 22, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Oh, my Preezy tosses that, “Yeah, I’m the POTUS!” look over his shoulder as he departs…. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.

  38. April 22, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Yet another Putin propaganda FAIL …

  39. 116 JER
    April 22, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Watch Live: President Obama’s Arrival: http://www.komonews.com/live

  40. 117 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2014 at 3:42 pm

  41. 118 JER
    April 22, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    LIVE – Air Force One landing at Paine Field – http://www.kirotv.com/videos/news/kiro-live-event-1/vt6Gk/

  42. April 22, 2014 at 3:44 pm

  43. 122 Nerdy Wonka
    April 22, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    These are the morons who are taking away voting rights, women’s rights, worker protections, and removing policies that fight institutional racism.

    • 123 Linda
      April 22, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      He is dangerously stupid.

    • 124 jacquelineoboomer
      April 22, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      You’re being WAY too kind stopping at “morons.” I don’t usually like that word, but the shoe fits. They are stupider than dirt – and at least things GROW in dirt.

  44. 125 Linda
    April 22, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Meet The Press, Face The Nation, and This Week chose to go pro-Republican, and now they are dying because America is moving to the left.

    f Meet The Press, Face The Nation, This Week, etc. wanted to be relevant to the majority of the country, the shows would feature more women, African-Americans, and Hispanic guests. The Sunday shows have devolved into white guys interviewing white Republicans and more white inside the Beltway journalists sitting around spouting their often inaccurate groupthink and conventional wisdom.


  45. April 22, 2014 at 3:56 pm

  46. 129 Linda
    April 22, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Romney Gives $10K To Defense Fund For ‘True And Trusted’ Pal Bob McDonnell

    According to the Post, McDonnell’s defense fund, which was set up by his supporters, raised around $11,400 last year — but the McDonnells’ legal bills are presumably total much more than that. Kaufman said that McDonnell and Romney still speak from time to time, but that McDonnell did not personally ask Romney for the contribution.

    “People around [McDonnell] brought it to Mitt’s attention,” Kaufman said.


    Ugh !

  47. April 22, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    This Man Is About to Die Because an Alcoholic Lawyer Botched His Case

    What does it take for a condemned person to win a resentencing?
    By Marc Bookman Tue Apr. 22, 2014 3:00 AM PDT

    When people recount their alcohol consumption after a night on the town, or even a serious bender, they usually think about it in terms of drinks. Very rarely do they calibrate their intake in quarts. So most of us don’t have a good sense of just how much a quart of vodka is—a bit more than 21 shots, as it turns out. That’s the amount of alcohol lawyer Andy Prince consumed every night during the death penalty trial of his client, Robert Wayne Holsey, a low-functioning man with a tortured past who now stands on the brink of execution in Georgia.

    When a person drinks that heavily, there’s bound to be collateral damage—and for Prince and his clients the damage was profound. Once a skilled lawyer, Prince already had dug himself a very deep hole by the time Holsey went to trial in February 1997. But the signs of his downward spiral were clear 14 months earlier, back in December 1995, when a Baldwin County judge first assigned him the case. Prince had recently defaulted on a $20,000 promissory note, and Bell South and Vanguard Financial had won separate judgments against him totaling an additional $25,000. And then there was the probate fiasco: In June 1994, a client named Margaret Collins had hired Prince to handle the estate of her deceased common-law husband, which was valued at $116,000. Within a year there was almost nothing left—Prince had spent it all. He never really considered it stealing, he later insisted. He’d always intended to pay the money back when that one big civil case came along.


  48. April 22, 2014 at 4:17 pm

  49. 133 JER
    April 22, 2014 at 4:19 pm

  50. 134 JER
    April 22, 2014 at 4:21 pm

  51. April 22, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    “Ukraine has captured three Russian military intelligence officers and estimates there are at least 100 more Russian military personnel directing unrest in eastern Ukraine, says Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, director of Ukraine’s national security service.

    “We detained three GRU officers,” Nalyvaichenko said Tuesday, referring to the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate by its Russian acronym. “They are being interviewed in Kiev and have given us very important information and evidence.”

    Ukraine has arrested 21 Russian officials involved with what he called groups of criminals that have taken government buildings and terrorized the citizenry in cities such as Donetsk, Slovyansk and Kharkiv, Nalyvaichenko said, speaking from an office in Kiev in a YouTube appearance for invited reporters that was arranged by the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank.”

    More at link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/04/22/ukraine-russia-military-officers-detained/8010779/

  52. April 22, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Those are some clouds.

  53. 138 jacquelineoboomer
    April 22, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    More amazing …

  54. 140 jacquelineoboomer
    April 22, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    A little humor for ya.

  55. 141 jacquelineoboomer
    April 22, 2014 at 4:48 pm

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