Archive for January 9th, 2015

09
Jan
15

The Work Day Is Over. Now Comes The Laughter

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09
Jan
15

A Friday Calls For Laughter

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09
Jan
15

The President’s Day

A Warm Tennessee Welcome: Supporters wait for President’s arrival today along Hardin Valley

‘Yellow Dog Democrat… Who Loves Obama Biden …. Thank You For Your Service To The USA! Love You!’

Enthusiasm Gap: The Line outside Knoxville auditorium this morning where the President was due to speak

(all by Knoxvillephoto)

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Spring in Step: Leaving the White House this morning

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Leaving Andrews

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@nedrapickler: Nice hometown welcome for Obama in Clinton, TN. Miles of folks lining the motorcade route waving hands & flags

Knoxvillephoto

@JacobWBIR: People waiting near the air base excited for POTUS to pass by

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09
Jan
15

The President Speaks on Manufacturing Jobs

2:55 EST: President Obama Speaks on Manufacturing Jobs, Clinton, Tennessee

09
Jan
15

The President Delivers Remarks On College Affordability

1:20 EST: The President delivers remarks on college affordability initiatives, VP Biden & Dr Jill Biden also attend; Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville

 

09
Jan
15

Desert Flower’s Day

by Desert Flower

Ok people! I am FINALLY here! Eating dinner, but I have to get this started as promised:) Today was surreal. Everything went like clockwork, so smooth and organized, just like this man runs govt. Smooth and organized. I woke at 4:30 this morning…cat napped all last night because I couldn’t turn off my excitement and was so afraid I’d miss the alarm, I suppose. Dropped my son at work at 7am, stopped for gas, which, by the way, I paid $ 1.69/gal for!! Made my way to the freeway and down to the parking lot at a large church that we were about to park our cars and be shuttled to the venue.

Everyone, and I mean everyone, from the security in the parking lot, to the bus drivers, were thrilled and honored to be doing what they did today because the President was here. I spoke to everyone ( that’s what I do!) and they all were just filled with pride. Nice to see when all you normally hear from AZ is nuts and crazies. These were good people…regular folks, just thrilled that the President took time to come to our town.

When I got on the bus that would shuttle us to the high school, everyone was in such a good mood! Wonder why:) Lines were outrageously long, but moved very quickly and orderly….they broke the line into 2 as we got closer to the school….gold tickets in one line, red and green in another. My ticket was green. I have no idea what that meant, nor did I really care….I was going to see this man speak come hell or high water! Well, as hundreds of people are standing in line, my green ticket allowed me to just keep walking past all those other people that were standing in line! Everytime I came to another group of volunteers, I’d show them my ticket and they kept moving me along, all the way up to security…it was like the airport with the xray machines and body wands….Secret Service was there, Phx. police, canines, it was crazy…but boy, did I feel SAFE!

Naturally, I met people in line that I sat close to…one of them met up with a friend that actually got the ticket for her and she went to sit with him…It was at this time that I saw an older woman sitting on the bleachers beside me that was struggling to be comfortable on those bleachers with no back. I asked her if she wanted to sit in the chair beside me..oh, yes! She was a wonderful woman…here from Georgia to visit her daughter and granddaughter….she was 85 years old and was in rehab after breaking her leg in a fall. She was good company and I helped her stand to see the President, as she was fragile on her legs. Her family was happy that I was there helping her be safe as she stood and moved her so she could view the President that she probably wasn’t sure she’s see in her lifetime. As I tended to mom, they took the pictures that they PROMISED me they would email to me!!

Their phones took MUCH better pictures than mine did…we even took a pic with all of us together, so if it comes out…well…we’ll see:)

Everyone was so excited. I had no idea of the time…I just wanted to sit and soak in all the sounds and sights and smells…just thinking like maybe if I was still and took it all in, that I would be able to recall this experience up when I needed to smile and remember…It was an intimate feel. Right there in a regular basketball court. The bleachers were filled on my side, but not on the other and have have no idea why. There were over 200 people that had tickets, but didn’t get in…I felt so badly for them. Have no idea why that was….bleachers were free. Maybe fire code or something because there was some SRO.

We seemed to wait a long time. People were all very patient and just chatting and taking it in. The high school kids there were wonderful..they should be so proud. The people in this room, looked like America looks. Every kind of different person imaginable and it was great to see the diversity that was represented in just that gym.

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09
Jan
15

Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama jokes with members of the Dallas Mavericks in the Green Room of the White House before honoring the team and their 2011 NBA Championship victory, Jan. 9, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern)

10:20: The President departs the White House

12:0: Arrives Tennessee

1:20: Delivers remarks on college affordability initiatives, VP Biden & Dr Jill Biden also attend; Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville

2:30: Visits Techmer PM with VP Biden to highlight manufacturing job creation efforts, Clinton, Tennessee

4:10: Departs Tennessee

5:45: Arrives White House

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Randomness. He’s good, this fella

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MoooOOOooorning!

09
Jan
15

Early Bird Chat

President Barack Obama meets with former Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, on the fourth anniversary of the shooting that left Giffords gravely wounded, in Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 8, 2015 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!




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