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The President’s Day: #AskPOTUS

@petesouza: #AskPotus

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President Barack Obama listens during a tour of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Thursday, May 28, 2015, to draw attention to preparedness in advance of the annual storm season that formally begins June 1. With Obama are National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb, left, and Hugh D. Cobb III, center, Chief, Tropical Analysis & Forecast Branch (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

U.S. President Barack Obama visits the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama listens during a tour of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, to draw attention to preparedness in advance of the annual storm season that formally begins June 1. With President Obama are National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb, left, and Hugh D. Cobb III, center, Chief, Tropical Analysis & Forecast Branch

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A worker sits below a screen welcoming U.S. President Barack Obama during Obama's tour of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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It’s wonderful to have a president take time out of his busy day to answer questions honestly and not dismissively. Thanks, President Barack Obama!

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U.S. President Barack Obama passes an image of a hurricane during a tour of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama passes an image of a hurricane during a tour of the National Hurricane Center

President Barack Obama speaks after receiving a briefing at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Thursday, May 28, 2015, to draw attention to preparedness in advance of the annual storm season that formally begins June 1. From left are, NOAA Administrator Kathy Sullivan; Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama speaks after receiving a briefing at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. From left are, NOAA Administrator Kathy Sullivan; Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate

 

President Barack Obama listens to National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb during his tour of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Thursday, May 28, 2015, to draw attention to preparedness in advance of the annual storm season that formally begins June 1. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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128 Responses to “The President’s Day: #AskPOTUS”


  1. 1 Jeff
    May 28, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    So Rush and Warren are now against the trade deal… Hmmm maybe it’s not so bad after all.

  2. May 28, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Thanks a traaaaaaaaaaaaazillion Nerdy – damn it, those hands! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 16 jackiegrumbacher
    May 28, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Nerdy, I loved the summary of the questions–they were actually good–and loved the photos. So glad our President visited the Shrine of our Lady of Charity. He always knows the right thing to do.

  4. 18 GGail
    May 28, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    I’m jealous of my POTUS. He’s navigating Twitter while I’m sitting on the sidelines ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Oh.Those.Hands /swoon

  5. 29 JER
    May 28, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    President Obama Returns from Miami. Click here โ–บ โ–บ http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  6. May 28, 2015 at 4:43 pm

  7. 31 Nena20409
    May 28, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Congrats Jeff on your Solid Au โญ
    Lovely Thread, NW ๐Ÿ˜‰
    ESPN also got in on it too on @POTUS tweet on Chicago Bulls ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. May 28, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Congrats Jeff ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. May 28, 2015 at 4:55 pm

  10. May 28, 2015 at 4:59 pm

  11. May 28, 2015 at 5:06 pm

  12. May 28, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Ooopsie.

  13. May 28, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    That is all.

  14. May 28, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Welcome home, POTUS!!

  15. 54 Nena20409
    May 28, 2015 at 5:33 pm

  16. 63 99ts
    May 28, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    ty Nerdy – wonderful recap & do hope you are staying safe amid the reality of nature overflowing its banks.

    Meanwhile – I must truly be immersed in issues outside of politics and government as I’ve only just realised that the Governor of Texas and the PM of Australia share a name. We need to be saved from the abbotts

  17. May 28, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    This is HUGE. Thank you, FLOTUS.

  18. 67 jacquelineoboomer
    May 28, 2015 at 5:40 pm

  19. 69 99ts
    May 28, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    “Hastert spent 20 years in the House representing Illinois, and was elected Speaker of the House in 1999 after former Speaker Newt Gingrich retired and the heir-apparent, former Rep. Bob Livingston, abruptly retired amidst charges he had carried on inappropriate sexual affairs.”

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnstanton/former-house-speaker-dennis-hastert-indicted-on-federal-char#.wx6LrnL2p

    How times change – the last republican carrying on an “inappropriate sexual affair” was elected to congress.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Sanford_disappearance_and_extramarital_affair#Post_governorship

    • 70 jacquelineoboomer
      May 28, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      I had totally forgotten about Bob Livingston, but suddenly thought I remembered why he resigned then and looked for the story. The trouble with Hastert’s being “in the news” again – no matter the issue – is that the RWNJs will bring up Bill Clinton’s old story again. Ugh! Here’s a little more on Livingston from wiki:

      “During debate over the impeachment of Bill Clinton on December 19, 1998, Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt offered one million dollars for each unflattering sexual story about Republican members of congress. After one such story was made public about him by Flynt, Livingston acknowledged that he had had an affair and resigned as Speaker-elect. He challenged President Bill Clinton to resign as well. Livingston then announced he would vacate his House seat in May 1999. His leaving office came despite support from Minority Leader Dick Gephardt of Missouri that the Democrats could work with Livingston and not make a continued issue of Livingston’s affair. Livingston said that had he become Speaker, it would have been more difficult for the Republicans to carry out Clinton’s impeachment and trial. Thus, he removed himself from contention.”

      Ugh, again.

      • 71 99ts
        May 28, 2015 at 6:36 pm

        I knew nothing about him jacqueline – or any of them – during the Clinton impeachment I was completely confused by US politics – with PBO on the scene I decided the time was good to learn how it all operated. Thanks for the info – seems times rarely change for the GOP – life is about sex rather than governing

        • 72 jacquelineoboomer
          May 28, 2015 at 6:46 pm

          You definitely picked the right time to jump in! President Obama personifies how it ought to be, for sure!

          • 73 99ts
            May 28, 2015 at 6:53 pm

            To be sure ๐Ÿ™‚ – It took me forever to understand how primary elections worked – not many political systems have such a way of nominating candidates.

  20. 74 Vicki
    May 28, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    To Nerdy:
    You’ve done it again!!!!!
    Finger on the pulse of what is important.
    Not simply the zeitgeist but the spirit underlying the events of the day.

    This @POTUS and President Obama communicating directly with his people is THE BIGGEST THING in a long while.
    Without filters and without pondering the political advantage of taking this position or that position, or coming out strongly for this or that, or calling for whatever—-etc. etc. etc.
    Here we have the actual human being telling us in the moment what he thinks. Needs no consultants or advisers to rate the merits of what he thinks on a vast array of issues on his constituents minds
    Unprecedented!!

    We are very lucky to be alive and paying attention in the Age of Obama. And lucky that Nerdy and Chips are chronicling the awesomeness.

    To contrast, if you want to know what Lady Walmart thinks about things go to her Issues page.
    Oh, wait, what Issues page? She will have to get back to you on that.

    .

  21. 78 Vicki
    May 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    2.5 million followers @POTUS in what, 10 days?

  22. 79 Dudette
    May 28, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Ugh! My Prius will never look the same to me after today. ๐Ÿ˜ž

  23. 80 Nena20409
    May 28, 2015 at 6:10 pm

  24. 81 jacquelineoboomer
    May 28, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    This may be old news, too. Just catching up with you guys!

  25. 82 Nena20409
    May 28, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Jeff’s response to this ugly story.

    • 83 99ts
      May 28, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      And the school treated her badly as well – the unnamed white lady called the police – we get short shrift if we call the police for minor traffic/driving events – no way they would attend based on the details I read.

  26. 84 Dudette
    May 28, 2015 at 6:13 pm

  27. 85 jacquelineoboomer
    May 28, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Liberals are so creative … never miss a trick. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. 86 Nena20409
    May 28, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    • 87 hopefruit2
      May 28, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Remember our spelling bee champions are a constant and painful reminder of these racist Teabaggers’ serious spelling deficits….

  29. 88 jacquelineoboomer
    May 28, 2015 at 6:18 pm

  30. May 28, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    This pretty much says it all.

    • 90 Vicki
      May 28, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      Vomit. Yuck.
      President Obama speaks for me and at least 75% of American Jews. After Bibi’s recent hateful acts, maybe not 75% but 85% of American Jews standing with PBO.

  31. 91 jacquelineoboomer
    May 28, 2015 at 6:42 pm

  32. 92 JER
    May 28, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    View from the Rose Garden tonight.

    A post shared by Pete Souza (archived) (@petesouza44) on

  33. 96 jacquelineoboomer
    May 28, 2015 at 6:44 pm

  34. 97 CEB
    May 28, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Dell will probably high-jack that photo of POTUS using their computer to use in their adds. Our PBO has been a one man stimulus for many companies big and small.

  35. May 28, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    ๐Ÿ˜†

  36. May 28, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    “U.S.A.! U.S.A.! In America, we play football with our hands and send our best lawyers to deal with FIFA. Attorney General Loretta Lynch just finished her press conference announcing a 47-count indictment against 14 FIFA officials and sports marketers. Most of the charges are for racketeering and corruption.Corruption in FIFA is an open secret. But there are two reasons why America is the only country that can really go after the international soccer cartel:

    We straight donโ€™t give a fuck about soccer.
    This is how we roll, legally, post 9/11.

    Letโ€™s start with the second point. This century, America has been totally willing to flex its muscles to bring foreign nationals to justice in the United States. If we think you are a terrorist, we turn into Liam Neeson: We will look for you, we will find you, and we will kill you. But since the financial crisis, the Department of Justice has extended that logic to financial criminals. The DOJ has wide latitude to go after people and gather evidence from banks and other financial institutions. Donโ€™t comply with the DOJ request, and your bank is going to have a hard time moving money around globally. The DOJ has a lot of experience prosecuting exactly this type of crime….continued”

    • May 28, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      I was falling asleep last night listening to BBC Radio 6, and a news bulletin came on. Of course, the main story was about Fifa. And as I was fighting off sleep, I heard the newsreader say that an anonymous source disclosed that Sepp was a target of the ongoing investigation.

      • May 28, 2015 at 8:34 pm

        Target of Swiss, U.S or both?

        I watched BBC newsnight and 20 of the 30 minute program was was this. BBC radio also tweeted out a link to a profile they did our A.G. Lynch.

        I don’t think people in the U.S really grasp how big of a hero A.G. Lynch is overseas…one example (although I think some of his conclusion are wishful thinking) http://www.politico.eu/article/seven-take-aways-from-the-fifa-arrests/

        There canโ€™t be a single soccer fan anywhere in the world who didnโ€™t have the sports-loverโ€™s equivalent of a righteous orgasm on learning of the arrest at dawn โ€” by the Swiss police โ€” of seven FIFA senior officials. As of this writing, these men were being readied for extradition to the United States, where they will be prosecuted for โ€œracketeeringโ€ โ€” a fabulous word that is Americaโ€™s greatest bequest to the lexicon of criminal justice.

        Here are seven short take-aways from the episode, some reflective of hard fact, others, perhaps, of wishful thinking:

        The pantheon of world soccer has a new hero. To the names of Pele, Maradona, Cruyff and Messi, add another: Loretta Lynch. The US attorney general, confirmed by the Senate just three weeks ago by the most un-soccer-like score of 56-43, is destined to go down as the most consequential woman in the history of the game. She has burst into the Augean stables of FIFA with a team of industrial cleaners, determined to rid the governing body of international soccer of its legendary filth…continued

  37. May 28, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Thank you so much, Nerdy. I was so disappointed that I missed this, but you saved the day for me.

  38. 109 Dudette
    May 28, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’m gonna have to start following NBA again!

  39. 111 yardarm756
    May 28, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    OT but a must.

  40. 112 Dudette
    May 28, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Props to them both! And to PBO for picking them!

  41. May 28, 2015 at 8:36 pm

  42. 115 amk for obama
    May 28, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    bypassing the emmessem. yet again. friggin’ kenyan.

  43. 116 Dudette
    May 28, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Double dose of sad news today…

    • 117 0388jojothecat
      May 29, 2015 at 9:24 am

      I loved him, he was in a “Everybody Hates Chris” episode as a date for Chris’s mom. I think he also played in the move “The Heist” with Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, etc., R.I.P, condolences to your family and friends,

  44. May 28, 2015 at 9:18 pm

  45. 125 Dudette
    May 28, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Down to 3 finalists!

  46. 126 Dudette
    May 28, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Now down to 2!!!

  47. 128 Dudette
    May 28, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Woot! Back to back co-winners!!!


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