First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at a Unite for Veterans event

11:15 PDT: First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at a Unite for Veterans event at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in Century City, LA

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• 11:0: Keynote Address by The Honorable Mayor Garcetti

• 11:15: Keynote address by First Lady, Michelle Obama

• 1:45: Closing Remarks

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More information here

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141 Responses to “First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at a Unite for Veterans event”

  1. 1 taiping1
    July 16, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    We love our FLOTUS!

  2. 4 taiping1
    July 16, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Amazing: first. Just logged in to catch up. We are so lucky to have this space, thanks to our indefatigable warriors for justice: Chips, NerdyWonka, Liberal Librarian, Zizi, Mighty Plains, our doggy correspondents (DannyStix), amk from India, and all our wonderful BTs and contributors. I think we can win in November.

  3. 9 vcprezofan2
    July 16, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    A|fternoon, I think!

    • 10 GGail
      July 16, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      vc, did you see my comment on Early Bird?

      FLOTUS is having lunch at the Grammy Museum!!! You have walked where First Lady Obama will be walking today!!!!!!

      • 11 vcprezofan2
        July 16, 2014 at 2:10 pm

        No, I haven’t seen your comment, Gx2 – I’ll go and look. I have only now signed it for the first time today!

        And, how come they never offered *us* lunch? There is something to this First Lady business, after all. Hmmm. 😀

        • 12 GGail
          July 16, 2014 at 2:18 pm

          Well, if you hurry, we should be able to meet up with her at the Museum and have lunch with her 😀

          • 13 vcprezofan2
            July 16, 2014 at 2:20 pm

            Do I have time to get a mani-pedi?

            • 14 GGail
              July 16, 2014 at 3:36 pm

              Naw girl – just hop on your big bird and get over here! Lunch is almost over

              • 15 vcprezofan2
                July 16, 2014 at 3:40 pm

                That’s okay, as I’m more interested in FLOTUS than in the lunch. Just keep her talking until I get there. Seeing her up close will be more (spiritually) filling than any food could be! Thanks.

  4. July 16, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    TY Chips for your help earlier!!!!

    U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has a new lawyer to defend him as the Army investigates the circumstances surrounding his kidnapping by the Taliban in 2009. And the former hostage wants President Obama to know that he is grateful the U.S. government traded five Taliban commanders in exchange for his release in May.

    “Sergeant Bergdahl is deeply grateful to President Obama for saving his life,” Bergdahl’s new lead counsel Eugene Fidell told The Daily Beast in an interview Wednesday, adding that the former Taliban prisoner had personally authorized him to say that…..continued

    • 18 dotster3
      July 16, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      Isn’t it curious that he still refuses to see his parents or even talk to them on the phone, according to reports? Something so far undisclosed is going on there. I know why I would refuse to talk to them, but I don’t know why he won’t.

      • 19 57andfemale
        July 16, 2014 at 2:41 pm

        That is extremely curious…….

      • 21 0388jojothecat
        July 16, 2014 at 2:52 pm

        Why should he refuse to tall to his parents?

      • 22 GGail
        July 16, 2014 at 3:12 pm

        dotster – do you have a link to article that says he refuses to see or speak to his parents. I’ve missed that.

        • 23 dotster3
          July 16, 2014 at 3:23 pm

          I’ve seen it here and there and everywhere but here is a Huff Post article from yesterday linking to WSJ report….


          • 24 GGail
            July 16, 2014 at 3:32 pm

            Thanks dotster!

            You know, the HP article was a rehash of the WSJ article. The WSJ article was vague as all get out, but this statement tells me that what is being reported here is not accurate…
            “The family has put sharp restrictions on what information can be released about Sgt. Bergdahl’s condition and has asked the military not to give updates about communication between him and his family, according to another Army official.

            A spokesman for the family declined to answer questions about the communications between Sgt. Bergdahl and his family.”

  5. July 16, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    What a moron!!!! 1:30 mark….. #bqhatevwr

  6. 26 vcprezofan2
    July 16, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    TOD must have a few farmers in hand, so I’m looking for advice. Do tell me what to do about backyard visitors who think you plant veggies for their pleasure. For the first time ever I planted corn and last time I was out there I noted 8 young corns growing healthily and cheerily. Today I decided to do some yard work and only ONE of the corn was still standing!!!! Luckily there was no critter around for me to strangle! My question is how do I protect the solitary corn left on the only two standing corn stalks? I also counted over a dozen tomatoes of varying sizes, which I suspect are still whole because they are all still green. Is there a way to make the veggies off limits to the wild creatures without making them unfit for human consumption?

    • 27 aquagranny911
      July 16, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Raccoons probably got your corn in the night. Evil little monsters are hard to keep out. You could try setting a radio tuned to one of those talk or bible stations in your garden at night or get a bird scarer, a motion activated water devise that comes on & spays out water. We use one to keep herons out of our small fish pond. You can find them on line. Make cages from chicken wire to protect your tomatoes from most critters. If you have snails, set out a shallow plate of beer & that should take care of them. Make it the cheap stuff. Snails are not picky. Tomato worms you will have to find & pick off the plants, unless you want to spray which I don’t.

      I can feel your pain. Some years ago, we had a beautiful strawberry bed that was over run with those cute little chipmunks (ground squirrels) I would not have mined some sharing but the nasty little critters would just take a bite out of each ripe berry & move on. The only way we got rid of them was by encouraging a garden snake to take up residence in the rocks by our strawberry bed.

      Good luck & may the garden angels bless your efforts. Others here might have better solutions for you.

    • 28 57andfemale
      July 16, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      I’ve given up. I have a small, urban yard and I have to plant in pots. After years of squirrels stealing every tomato, biting into it, and then throwing it on the ground, I gave up.

      • 29 vcprezofan2
        July 16, 2014 at 3:16 pm

        57F, that is what frustrates me the most – the animals (squirrels, rabbit, chipmunks?) biting into everything in sight and never finishing any one veg!!!!! Obviously no parental training about respect and sharing!! 😦 😦 😦

        In fact I too had given up for the last couples of years, but then I got bitten by the plant-your-own this year because Mighty Pamela was on a planting ‘kick’. 😉 The truth is that in listening to her, I remembered that the veggies that I had managed to harvest were sweeter and far, far tastier than any I bought, so I decided to try again, expanding on the varieties planted. So far (except there are so many tomatoes that I MAY be able to rescue a handful BEFORE the testers strike) it’s not looking promising. Anyhow, I’m going to try the radio & the beer AquaG suggested, because I’m hoping to protect my cucumbers which haven’t started budding yet. The corn looks like a lost cause – they destroyed several of the stalks. Though I haven’t seen any snails (thank god!) I’m thinking the beer might drunken the squirrels, rabbit, etc. and turn them away from *my* yard.

        • 30 57andfemale
          July 16, 2014 at 3:26 pm

          I have farmer’s markets in the area, and two that alternate Sundays very close to home. That’s as close to a harvest as I’m going to come in the near future.

          My back and hip problems make gardening far less enjoyable than it used to be. I loved it.

          • 31 vcprezofan2
            July 16, 2014 at 3:38 pm

            Nice that you have real farmers sharing their wares nearby, 57F. There is a seasonal Saturday morning Farmer’s Market not far from me, but I have never been.

            [personal rant =] Quite frankly, I don’t love gardening, too much work. I don’t mind the initial planting, but it does bother me that the plants expect to be watered daily. Nobody pays me attention daily! This is one reason I don’t generally mind weeds – they are independent and flourish far more healthily than any wimpy, and costly, perennial I’ve ever bought! Luckily there has been a lot of rain so far this year, so I haven’t had to pay too much attention to the veg garden (I might have noticed the poor corns earlier and sought a solution before they were all massacred). Who knows? 😀

            • 32 57andfemale
              July 16, 2014 at 4:33 pm

              I love the idea of nurturing plants. My mother was an avid gardener, and I think she’d be proud of my green thumb. Years ago, when I wasn’t working full time, my little dog, Calliope, and I would go out early in the morning and tend the garden. She loved spending those quiet morning hours with me.

              That being said, my body no longer can do the work required. 15 years ago, it was therapeutic. now it just causes me pain. And for the sole purpose of entertaining fickle squirrels? No, thanks.

              I am very fortunate that Chicago has so many farmer’s markets. That being said, it was hard to get to them on week days, etc. So the fact that there are decent ones (not huge, but adequate to find what I need) in my neighborhood, is just a great gift. I have started buying pasture-fed meat that comes from WI at the farmer’s market – and they will deliver during the winter months. Trying to buy less food that I throw out, and eat higher quality food.

              I take my 82 year old neighbor. We have a cup of coffee at the market, maybe an ice cream, and pick up some produce. It’s a wonderful atmosphere, supported by neighbors.

              It’s a very enjoyable experience, without ruining my back in the garden. I take my wheeled market cart, and it’s great.

              • 33 vcprezofan2
                July 16, 2014 at 5:00 pm

                57F, sounds like you have hit upon a very relaxing vegetable harvesting MO – way to go! 😉

    • 34 vcprezofan2
      July 16, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      AquaG, thanks for responding! I like the idea of buying some cheap beer and leaving it and a radio out in the garden. I like those two because they seem like the least work; all I need to do is go and buy both. I do think all your suggestions are good, thank you. And yes, I don’t wish to go the spray route, though I suspect it would be the most effective deterrent.

  7. July 16, 2014 at 2:12 pm

  8. 36 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Follow-up to Nena’s post in the last thread 🙂


    • 37 Dudette
      July 16, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Fixed it! 🙂

      • 38 Dudette
        July 16, 2014 at 2:36 pm

        Oh well.

      • 39 dotster3
        July 16, 2014 at 2:44 pm

        Love Costco too—-and it is true their rotisserie chick is the best. Also love their spinach salad —–and pot pie—-and all their casseroles I’ve tried—-and cheaper books and gas etc. etc.

        • 40 57andfemale
          July 16, 2014 at 2:49 pm

          We called it “Pearl’s chicken” for the longest time. When we first adopted her (she was a puppy mill breeder, 7 years old) she would barely eat anything – she had no idea food was supposed to taste good. The ‘boys’ thought she was a total dope. So I mixed a little Costco chicken into her food. “Pearl chicken” was on every Costco shopping list.

          We were finally able to wean her to full dog food but Costco’s rotisserie chicken will always be “Pearl chicken” to us.

        • 41 Dudette
          July 16, 2014 at 2:51 pm

          That chicken is the best and also the best deal.

      • 43 Nena20409
        July 16, 2014 at 2:52 pm

        Awesome Dudette.

  9. July 16, 2014 at 2:16 pm

  10. July 16, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    President Obama admirably using the 10 o’clock 2 o’clock position taught during Drivers Ed. in this video 🙂

  11. 58 HZ
    July 16, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Good Day/Night to my Chips and TOD family. I hope that everyone will have a lovely Wed., today, and remember to keep your space open to lots of goodness to enjoy and share with others in need of a loving word, an encouraging thoughts, a brief phone call or a lovely text to a family member.

    Chips, thanks for our beautiful sanctuary here at TOD. All of your beautiful contributors are so appreciated by me. You all lift my spirit daily. I know that we have much work to get done between now and Nov., so rest, relax on vacations, and get ready for a great work for our wonderful POTUS and VPOTUS. We are so blessed to have so many on the ground faithful and dedicated workers willing to bring in a Congress who will work beautifully with PBO and VPBiden. Keep the Cabinet Members of this Administration in your meditational thoughts and prayers. HZ

    • 59 Dudette
      July 16, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Thank you so much beloved HZ! You lift my spirit. Thank you for putting things in beautiful perspective..Peace and love to you today and always. {{{{{ HZ }}}}}

      • 60 HZ
        July 16, 2014 at 7:24 pm

        {{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Loving hugs to our beautiful Dudette.}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} You always give me so much joy on TOD with such a beautiful range of music, art, science, and wisdom of history. Thank you so much for giving my life a beautiful lift daily. Love you for all that you do. But remember, I want you to take good care of yourself and not over work yourself. We need all hands on deck come Nov. So relax, rest, and keep your space full of the best of your joyful delights.HZ

    • 61 GGail
      July 16, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Hi HZ!
      I’m up here in warm, muggy Pasadena where even our office building air conditioning doesn’t seem to want to work – and then I see your writings and I smile 🙂

      You’re a very special person {{{HZ}}}

      • 62 HZ
        July 16, 2014 at 7:34 pm

        {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ TY, GGail}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} I hope that you will be able to find some comfort there soon. I just love Pasadena. When I was looking for a place to purchase, Pasadena was on my list, but not on my agent’s list. However, I would still hang out there, especially for the music, great people, and the delicious food from all over the world to partake of in the most quaint little places. Plus, I have a longtime handsome friend who resides there. Oh, the lovely days of romance. Food, location, handsome and intelligent man with a decent core, nothing but lovely memories of our Pasadena. One of my most loved places in southern cal.

        Enjoy every minute of your stay there, GGail. Stay as cool as possible. Grateful that my words did a little competition with the weather report. {{{{{{{{{{{{{ Love you}}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

    • 63 jackiegrumbacher
      July 16, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      HZ, how are you feeling lately? I hope you’re able to enjoy relaxing time on your patio and take in the beauty of the flowers you’ve planted.

      • 64 HZ
        July 16, 2014 at 7:44 pm

        Jackiegrumbacher, I am doing better. The patio is lovely. I just put up another umbrella to give a little shade to the other other of one sitting area, and it looks great. Looking great with the addition of the lovely flowers in honor or my mother and father lifts my spirits as well. I have so much to be grateful for in my life so I try to be still and know that that is a pure fact.

        Looking and praying for a lovely time when family can all come out and enjoy our time together. Two nieces do not like flying At All. So the older great-niece is working to make it happen soon. She is a great one to get things moving. It will happen, I do believe. My brother comes when it is possible and safe, but we want it to happen for all to come out. Keeping it on the list. Auntie is not pushy and I do want them to live their lives and enjoy their careers, so it will happen when it should happen with a great time to be together.

        TY, Jackie G., for asking. That is so lovely of you to do so. I am a fighter, to say the least. {{{{{{TY}}}}}}HZ

    • 66 Nena20409
      July 16, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      And missing in action are 2 senators.

    • 67 jackiegrumbacher
      July 16, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Only in the US Senate does 42 votes count more than 57. None of the founders of this country or any of the Senate members in our history could have conceived of such nonsense. This has reached beyond the point of parody. It is a deep shame on our country that one ill-intentioned, hate-filled political party has deliberately chosen to make a mockery of governing.

  12. 68 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Yay FLOTUS is at the podium!

  13. 69 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 2:40 pm

  14. 70 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    The bill to reverse the Hobby Lobby decision has been defeated in the Senate.

  15. 79 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Reid switched his vote at the end to ‘No’ to reserve his right to bring up the vote again

    • 80 57andfemale
      July 16, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      Well knock me over with a feather: Mark Kirk voted with the Dems. So he’s a hair less evil today than other days.

      • 81 japa21
        July 16, 2014 at 3:01 pm

        And that is a pretty thin hair. He only voted this way because he knew the GOP didn’t need his vote to stop it from going through.

        • 82 57andfemale
          July 16, 2014 at 3:04 pm

          Yes. He did it to show how ‘moderate’ he is and how pro-woman he is. except for all the other votes.

          I hope we run a strong candidate.

  16. July 16, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    OMG, what a tour d’force.

    I still seethe when I think of Michelle Cottle being paid money to pen pieces that say Michelle Obama is not living up to the high standards of FLOTUS-hood set by HRC.

    I’m ready for #Michelle2016 #TakeThatPUMAs, and will tweet this once the video becomes available.

    • 84 debz
      July 16, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      What is the “high standard” set by HRC? From what I see Michelle is following the high standards of the majority of First Ladies, especially Jackie Kennedy and Mamie Eisenhauer.

      • 85 debz
        July 16, 2014 at 3:17 pm

        I spelled Eisenhower wrong! ooops

      • 86 nospin
        July 16, 2014 at 3:28 pm

        What is the “high standard” set by HRC?

        pant suits polyester vs. cotton

        • 87 anniebella
          July 16, 2014 at 4:05 pm

          Like you nospin, what high standard set by Hillary? Not passing healthcare. If I’m not mistaken Michelle left that up to her husband the President and he got it passed.

      • July 16, 2014 at 4:16 pm

        Sorry, “high standards” was snark, and it’s from that east coast “feminist” Michelle Cottle, not me.

        She wrote an article last year, maybe earlier, that criticized FLOTUS for not being “feminist” enough for her and her likewise east coast sorority sisters, who of course know what feminism is (complete snark).

        She criticized Michelle Obama for not using her Princeton degree and high-powered Chicago job experience to the liking of her sorority sisters’ definition of “feminism.” Improving the lives of nonwhite and nonelite children was not good enough for her.

        Let’s see who history rewards as having more impact on the future, shall we? The shallow sorority sister thinking of Cottle, or Michelle Obama.

        I dislike white male privilege, but think sorority-type white females are worse for society.

      • 89 jackiegrumbacher
        July 16, 2014 at 4:26 pm

        She’s setting her own standard, debz. She is unique–warm, real, brilliant and perfect for her time.

  17. 90 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 2:59 pm

  18. 91 Judith Fardig
    July 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Given the vitriol out there, I wouldn’t wish it on the family, but my ideal first woman as U.S. President is Michelle Obama.

  19. 94 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    [Sigh!] I’m so sick of this shit. We need freakin’ media reform right after campaign finance reform.

  20. 95 JER
    July 16, 2014 at 3:18 pm

  21. 96 57andfemale
    July 16, 2014 at 3:28 pm

  22. 97 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 3:36 pm

  23. 98 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 3:37 pm

  24. July 16, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    • 105 GGail
      July 16, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Say What?!!!!

    • 106 jackiegrumbacher
      July 16, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      Pf, this McDaniel creep is insane. He so demented, so consumed with both hatred and egotism that he should be regarded as unqualified for any job, let alone an elected office in the US government. Surely Mississippi has some nice little cell in a convenient mental institution for this creature.

  25. 107 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 3:40 pm

  26. 108 Gazelle
    July 16, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    [Apologies if this has been posted. Smartypants on Greenwald & Snowden!]

    […..] In the end I’d suggest that what hasn’t been reported is probably more important than what has been. We’ve just witnessed the biggest breach of national security secrets in our country’s history. And after over a year of reporting, we have not seen one case of abuse documented. That’s a pretty BFD.

    So it is appropriate to question whether or not we are comfortable with the potential for abuse that these NSA programs make possible for future administrations. But other than the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping that was reported by the NYT in 2005 (and ended in 2007), the Snowden documents have provided zero evidence of illegal surveillance or abuse.


  27. July 16, 2014 at 3:41 pm

  28. 126 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    America: 37% idiot

    • 127 jackiegrumbacher
      July 16, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      So 37 percent of Americans are freaking idiots who can’t cope with reality. Good to know.

  29. 128 JER
    July 16, 2014 at 4:07 pm

  30. 132 JER
    July 16, 2014 at 4:09 pm

  31. 133 desertflower
    July 16, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    http://www.democraticleader.gov/middle-class-jumpstart/ Bravo, Nancy Smash!! Give this woman the tools she needs to get this done!

  32. 134 africa
    July 16, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    All I can say is wow.

    I have a close friend on permanent disability. He votes reliably for the most extreme conservative in every election. Although he’s a Nevadan, he lives just across the border in California, because that progressive state provides better social safety nets for its disabled. He always votes for the person most likely to slash the program he depends on daily for his own survival. It’s like clinging to the end of a thin rope and voting for the rope-cutting razor party.

    The people who most support the Republicans and the Tea Party carry a secret burden. Many know that they are one medical emergency or broken down car away from ruin, and they blame the government. They vote against their own interests, often hurting themselves in concrete ways, in a vain attempt to deal with their own, misguided shame about being poor. They believe “freedom” is the answer, even though they live a form of wage indenture in a rigged system.

    • 135 desertflower
      July 16, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Great article, africa! Really is a MUST READ AND PASS. How many millions are out there behaving just like this guy did? Too many.

  33. July 16, 2014 at 4:12 pm

  34. 139 JER
    July 16, 2014 at 4:15 pm

  35. 140 Dudette
    July 16, 2014 at 4:20 pm

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