President Obama at Laborfest 2014

2:55 EDT: The President delivers remarks at Laborfest 2014, Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee


102 Responses to “President Obama at Laborfest 2014”

  1. 1 Vicki
    September 1, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    PBO coming up!!!

    • September 1, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Congrats Vicki 🙂

      Chips, just finished answering your question about jihadists from Belgium on the previous thread.

      • September 1, 2014 at 2:33 pm

        Bob, that is fascinating, thanks a million. I knew absolutely nothing about the “extreme Islamist movement in Belgium”, I think only of the UK, France, Germany, European countries like that, on this issue, had no clue it was such a major problem in Belgium. Still surprised, considering its relatively small population, that Belgium has so many citizens in ISIS. Thanks again Bob.

        • September 1, 2014 at 2:43 pm

          Glad you found the info useful, Chips. Under educated, unemployed youth are always targeted by those with agendas of hate and domination. ISIL/ISIS is a Wahhabi-Salafi product, heavily funded by Saudis & Qataris. Those folk have centuries of recruiting expertise plus mucho $$$.

    • 5 yardarm756
      September 1, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Congrats Vicki and GA everyone.

    • September 1, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      Vickiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!! 🙂

    September 1, 2014 at 2:27 pm


  3. 10 yardarm756
    September 1, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Will be in and out most of the day……I got ribs on the grill which demand constant attention. 🙂

  4. 15 JER
    September 1, 2014 at 2:35 pm

  5. September 1, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Beauty Break:

  6. 20 JER
    September 1, 2014 at 2:36 pm

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  9. 25 desertflower
    September 1, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    PBO must agree with me about Springsteen:) JUST SAYIN”!!!

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  11. 27 JER
    September 1, 2014 at 2:39 pm

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    September 1, 2014 at 2:59 pm


    September 1, 2014 at 3:01 pm


  17. 41 hopefruit2
    September 1, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    PBO is on FIRE!!!!! And so is the Milwaukee crowd 🙂

  18. 42 hopefruit2
    September 1, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Hey Maliheh – PBO is talking to you!

  19. September 1, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Pbooooooooooo I on fire!!!!!!

  20. September 1, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    • 48 susanne
      September 1, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      thanks for encapsulating his message so clearly, pretty foot. all along, this has been his message. of course the pundits want him to do it alone, because most of us are lazy, and like the entertainment value of a single heroic champion winning the battles for us. but truth is, we all have to believe in ourselves and do the work.

  21. 50 Don
    September 1, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    DAMN! No matter I tired I get the President never gets tired. This might be one of his best speeches! I feel so good, I am so happy, this man is fighting for all of us!

  22. 51 Don
    September 1, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    I loved the brother that was standing behind the President.

  23. September 1, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Sometimes when I listen to PBO at various events, I swear that part of his daily routine must be reading The Obama Diary. 🙂

  24. September 1, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    • 56 arapaho415
      September 1, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      OMGosh, look at his rapt attention.

      You just know he jumped out of bed this morning, tugging on his Mother’s hem to speed to the venue.

      What a great photo. I hope his Mother tells him about the My Brother’s Keeper program, which I hope is active in Milwaukee.

  25. 57 Don
    September 1, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    When the President talked about the benefits of joining a union, I almost lost it.

  26. 58 dotster3
    September 1, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    No one better than President Obama, giving a campaign style speech, firing up the crowd—–engaging and charismatic plus! No one even in the same ball park.

  27. 59 Don
    September 1, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    This might be the first time a sitting President has actually encouraged workers to join a union.

  28. September 1, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    what an awe inspiring speech

  29. 61 Nerdy Wonka
    September 1, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    President Obama was en fuego!

  30. 62 Don
    September 1, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Not only is it not right, but it AIN’T right!

  31. 63 Vicki
    September 1, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Agreeing with Don—PBO firing on all cylinders today!
    What a tremendous vision for USA. Hope and dreams coming true no matter what drivel you hear on TV.
    Chose Hope. Vote.
    That is what is asked of us.
    Yes, we can.

  32. 64 Nerdy Wonka
    September 1, 2014 at 3:32 pm

  33. 65 Don
    September 1, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    It is me or does it appear that President Obama can’t stop from laughing whenever he talks about the Republicans?

    • 66 Vicki
      September 1, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Maybe he is thinking about what the results of November 2014 will be and Rove and Rush’s faces.

      • 67 arapaho415
        September 1, 2014 at 4:27 pm


        Agree with both Don and Vicki.

        Glad PBO is having fun in Milwaukee.

        The remainder of this week will be serious, nerve-racking and crucial to the world, especially for Europe and the Middle East.

  34. 68 Nerdy Wonka
    September 1, 2014 at 3:33 pm

  35. 69 desertflower
    September 1, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    If I get to rescue that little Great Dane…her name will be HOPE…in honor of PBO and all his inspiration and hopeful vision.

  36. 74 Nerdy Wonka
    September 1, 2014 at 3:35 pm

  37. 75 Nerdy Wonka
    September 1, 2014 at 3:37 pm

  38. 76 Nerdy Wonka
    September 1, 2014 at 3:38 pm

  39. 77 Nerdy Wonka
    September 1, 2014 at 3:38 pm

  40. September 1, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Internal dissent with Putin’s War on Ukraine escalates ….

    “You gave an oath to protect the homeland from enemies and not to fight with the brotherly Orthodox people of Ukraine. War with Ukraine is a crime without an expiration date. This war plays the hand of Russia’s enemies. This is not your war. This is not our war. This is Putin’s war for power and money. It is a war of his Rotenberg accomplices-billionaires, Timchenko, Yakunin, for their enrichment.

    Remember, you fight and die for them, not for Russia.”

    – Boris Nemtsov, Russian statesman

  41. 79 Don
    September 1, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Yes Nerdy Wonka, President Obama indeed does not have any fucks to give.

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  43. 85 yardarm756
    September 1, 2014 at 3:49 pm



    2005 Hurricane Katrina – Heck of a Job Brownie FEMA director Michael Brown states that he was unaware that people were trapped in the New Orleans Convention Center (Apparently he didn’t have access to a TV set). The following day Pres. Bush would commend him on his performance, “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”

    1992 Office of Public Health in Jonesboro, Louisiana is closed due to rats.

    1992 Bobby Fischer spits on a Treasury Department letter informing him that his planned Yugoslavian chess match with Boris Spassky would be in violation of U.S. law.

    1985 The Titanic The remains of the four-story “unsinkable” ship are located by ocean researchers. She sank in 1912 after striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic during her maiden voyage.

    1983 A Soviet fighter shoots down a South Korean airliner after it strayed off course, killing all 269 aboard.

    1979 Pioneer 2 flies past Saturn discovering an eleventh moon and two new rings.

    1972 Mark Spitz wins the fourth and fifth of his seven 1972 Olympic gold medals.

    1972 First American to win the world chess championship Bobby Fischer defeats Boris Spassky of the USSR. He was the first American to compete in the tournament.

    1969 The Libyan Arab Republic is proclaimed, after Muammar el-Qaddafi led a successful revolution against King Idris.

    1968 Clown College The first U.S. school committed exclusively to training circus clowns is established in Venice, Florida by Irvin Feld of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

    1946 First U.S. Women’s Open golf championship It was won by Patty Berg.

    1939 World War II Germany invades Poland, starting the war.

    1923 Earthquake destroys Tokyo and Yokohama, killing 140,000 people.

    1897 First U.S. municipal subway Boston’s Tremont Street Subway opens to traffic. Construction had begun in 1895.

    1878 First woman telephone operator Emma M. Nutt of Boston is hired.

    1873 First cable streetcar Andrew Hallidie’s invention begins regular service on Clay Street Hill, San Francisco.

    1872 America’s First trained nurse Linda Ann Judson Richards begins her education at the Training School of the New England Hospital for Women and Children. She graduated September 1, 1873.

    1859 First Pullman sleeping car George Mortimer Pullman introduces his sleeper on a train ride from Bloomington Illinois to Chicago.

    1854 First railroad bridge across the Mississippi River The cornerstone is laid for a bridge between Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa.

    1836 First white women to cross the American continent Narcissa Prentiss Whitman and Eliza Hart Spalding, accompanied by their husbands, reach their destination – Fort Walla Walla, Washington.

    1807 First arrest of a U.S. Vice-President Former Vice-Pres. Aaron Burr is acquitted of treason against the U.S. He had organized an armed militia of about 60 men; the exact purpose of which has never been determined.

    1804 Third discovery of an asteroid Juno is discovered by K.L. Harding.

    1651 Robinson Crusoe The fictional character embarks on his first sea voyage, from Hull to London.


    1957 Gloria Estefan (Gloria Fajardo), Cuban-born singer, with The Miami Sound Machine. Music: Anything For You (1988, #1) and Coming Out Of The Dark (1991, #1).

    1946 Barry Gibb British singer, with the Bee Gees. Music: Stayin’ Alive (1977) and Night Fever (1977, #1).

    1939 Lily Tomlin (Mary Jean Tomlin), American actress, comedian. TV: Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (the telephone operator and 5-year-old Edith Ann – and that’s the truth, pthhhhh).

    1933 Conway Twitty d. 1993 (Harold Lloyd Jenkins), American Grammy-winning country singer. Music: After The Fire is Gone (1971, Grammy). In 1982 he opened Twitty City, a nine-acre tourist attraction outside of Nashville.

    1923 Rocky Marciano d. 1969 (Rocco Francis Marchegiano), Italian-American boxer. He was the undefeated (49-0) world heavyweight champion (1952-56). He is the only undefeated heavyweight champion.

    1922 Yvonne De Carlo d. 2007 (Margaret Yvonne Middleton), Canadian-born American actress. TV: The Munsters (Lily Munster). Film: The Ten Commandments (1956, Moses’ wife).

    1900 Richard Arlen d. 1976 (Richard Cornelius van Mattimore), American actor. Film: Star of the first Oscar-winning film (Wings, 1927).

    1898 James Hatlo d. 1963 American cartoonist, creator of They’ll Do It Every Time (1929) and Little Iodine (1943).

    1875 Edgar Rice Burroughs d. 1950 American novelist, creator of Tarzan (1914).

    1866 James “Gentleman Jim” Corbett d. 1933 American boxer, world heavyweight boxing champ (1892, the first to win under the Marquis of Queensberry rules). He is considered to be the first scientific boxer.

    1854 Engelbert Humperdinck d. 1921 German composer. Opera: Hänsel and Gretel (1893).

    1850 Jim O’Rourke d. 1919 American baseball player, made the first hit of the first National League game (1876), for Boston.

    1849 Elizabeth Harrison d. 1927 American educator, leader in the U.S. kindergarten movement. She was one of the founders of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers.

    1826 Alfred Ely Beach d. 1896 American inventor, publisher of Scientific American (1846 et seq.). He built New York City’s first underground transit system (1870, A 10-passenger car that was pushed and pulled through a tunnel by a giant fan).

    1795 James Gordon Bennett d. 1872 Scottish-born American publisher. Founder of The New York Herald (1835).


    2008 Jerry Reed b. 1937 (Jerry Hubbard), American Grammy-winning country musician, actor. Music: Lord, Mr. Ford (1973, #1) and She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft). Film: Smokey and the Bandit (1977).

    2003 Rand Brooks b. 1918 American actor. TV: The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (Corporal Boone). Film: Hopalong Cassidy’s sidekick Lucky Jenkins in 12 movies.

    1977 Ethel Waters b. 1896 American actress, singer, first black actress nominated for an Emmy (1961, for an episode of Route 66) and the first black star of a TV dramatic series (1950-53, Beulah). She was the second black actress to be nominated for an Academy Award. Harold Arlen composed the song Stormy Weather for her.

    1948 Charles Austin Beard b. 1874 American historian, known for his economic interpretation of history, co-author with his wife of The Rise of American Civilization (1927).

    1838 William Clark b. 1770 American soldier, explorer, governor of the Missouri Territory. With Lewis he explored the American West (1804-06) establishing a route to the Pacific.

    1715 Louis XIV b. 1638 (Louis Dieudonné), King of France (1643-1715), became king at the age of 5. His successor, great-grandson Louis XV, also became king at age 5.

    1557 Jacques Cartier b. 1491 French explorer, discovered the St. Lawrence River (1534) and claimed possession of Canada for France.

    1159 Adrian IV b. ???? English-born religious leader, 169th Pope (1154-59). He was the first English pope.

    • 86 hopefruit2
      September 1, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Oh my….Yardam seems like you have a walking historical archive with you wherever you go. Thanks for the daily walks down history lane! 🙂

      • 87 yardarm756
        September 1, 2014 at 7:46 pm

        No problem hopefruit. I have do nthing friends that put this kinda stuff together so I thought I’d share.

  44. September 1, 2014 at 3:53 pm

  45. September 1, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I LOVE it when POTUS talks about the economy and all the vast progress we’ve made since the day he took office. All the emoprogs still butt hurt about Geithner can have a seat!

  46. September 1, 2014 at 4:11 pm

  47. 94 Nena20409
    September 1, 2014 at 4:15 pm


    Serena Williams advanced to the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time this year with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Kaia Kanepi.

    Although she remains the top-ranked player, Williams has struggled in the majors this year, losing in the fourth round at the Australian Open, the second round at the French Open and the third round at Wimbledon.

    The relief was evident when she shouted, “I finally made a quarterfinal this year!” during an on-court interview with Mary Joe Fernandez after the match.

  48. 96 Nena20409
    September 1, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Thanks TOD……missed the LIVE event by POTUS in WI. I am have read NW’s Tweets Summations and I am currently listening to the Video up thread. Thanks Chips, JER, etc.

    Don’t Boo, Vote.

    Choose Hope over Cynicism.

  49. 97 MadameSoph
    September 1, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Listening to our amazing, inspiring and once-in-a-lifetime President Barack Obama.

    Thank you Chips for providing this place where we can always have access to and enjoy his always brilliant, uplifting and informative speeches.

    Thank you Nerdy for making sure his ideas are not lost after the speech is over by tweeting out his words.

    Thank you to everyone who loves, supports and appreciates this President, here and around the world. The Obama Coalition is made up of many cultures, colors and backgrounds. TODers are a perfect example of this fact. The MSM may try to make it look otherwise; they attempt to make it seem that “everyone else” doesn’t support him. But when I talk to friends, and family and just people I meet casually, they don’t understand all the talk about him being unpopular that the MSM puts out there. The People love and appreciate this President.

  50. 98 Nena20409
    September 1, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Last week, it was reported missing, and now…..magically found?

  51. 99 Nena20409
    September 1, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Sept 1st, 1969……
    Aug 2011…..Qaddafi was gone.

  52. 101 globalcitizenlinda
    September 1, 2014 at 8:04 pm


  53. September 2, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Wow… Every time I listen to the President I keep saying this is his best speech…I really cannot tell which is the best…
    Love my President …

    LOL Chips…love all your tweets re @BuzzFeed!

    Nerdy…thank you for the tweets of the President’s speech. Although I watched, I had to read the tweets again. Such joy!

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