President Obama Speaks at the Hoogland Center for the Arts

Live Now: President Obama Speaks at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, Springfield, Illinois

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  1. 4 GGail
    February 10, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Thanks Chips for this event🙂

  2. 5 GGail
    February 10, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    😀 baby crying. POTUS says the baby is tired

  3. 6 GGail
    February 10, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    HA! he is so relaxed and funny. He said if there were cell phones when he first ran, that he would have changed his mind because no one wants to shake his hand nowadays, so no selfies today. He wants to shake hands🙂

  4. 7 GGail
    February 10, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Okay Chips, where’s he going next? (tapping foot, ready to go)😀

  5. 10 MadameSoph
    February 10, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Help Chipsticks! I just left a long comment on the last thread for Donna Dem and others and it has disappeared. I don’t want to try to do it over if it’s just stuck in moderation. Could you check?

  6. February 10, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I agree with POTUS on selfies. I would NEVER be so rude as to stick a phone in his face while he’s standing in front of me.

    • 14 GGail
      February 10, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      Girl, me neither! I want to look him squarely in the eyes and shake his hand🙂
      Oh please, oh please let my wish come true in June!!!!

  7. 15 Allison
    February 10, 2016 at 4:14 pm

  8. February 10, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    I know the optics of win/lose can be influential, but the delegate count tells another story. The unknowns/ confusion about how delegates are awarded can be problematic for the DNC. Bernie’s camp may be understandably frustrated.

    • 17 MadameSoph
      February 10, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Enjoyed this from Stephen Colbert🙂

      “In 2008 Hillary Clinton beat Barack Obama in New Hampshire, even though he eventually went on to win the nomination. This time, Bernie Sanders is leading Hillary by a wide margin. So, he could be our next openly resentful Secretary of State.”

      (Funny; however, his lack of foreign policy knowledge or interest precludes him from that position)

    • February 10, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    • 22 donna dem 4 obama
      February 10, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      It’s always been this way with the Dems. We had to learn about this in 2008 and worked the phones and the delegates hard to get them to pledge their support for then Senator Obama. The problem for Bernie is that he is NOT a Democrat so he has little to no support in the Congress. Also, it doesn’t help that he’s spent years railing against the Democratic Party.

      • February 10, 2016 at 6:09 pm

        The underlying reality is that Dem office holders and potential candidates do NOT want to run on a platform of Socialist Revolution. So they are going to do everything possible to make sure Bernie is NOT the nominee. It would mean wholesale electoral disaster. The Super Ds are there to block an extremist candidate from making a hostile takeover of the party. In this case, it would serve the purpose. But honestly I don’t think they will be needed at all. The electoral map from here on out looks very good for Hillary.

        • 25 Sandy1110
          February 10, 2016 at 8:53 pm

          The Berners are working themselves into a lather believing that Sanders will pull out a numeric delegate win only to have it negated by the Clinton superdelegates. They’re vowing hell to pay if that passes.

          They’re farther gone than PUMAs.

    • 26 57andfemale
      February 10, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      Bernie could try to work with people, and maybe he’d have support of his colleagues. Oh wait, what we consider colleagues he considers the evil establishment. Of which he has been a part for 30 years.

      • 27 No Child Left Behind
        February 10, 2016 at 5:55 pm

        LOL. So true, 57. After he vilifies them as “evil establishment”, I wonder how on Earth he will ask for their cooperation.

  9. February 10, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    The picture of the three little divas on the previous thread–My granddaughter also has the look of the one in the middle. Many people refer to her as being/acting like an “old soul”. Maybe it’s her background….her birth parents. Who knows? She was 5 in October, but acts much older. Is aware, compassionate, caring, and kind waaaaaaaay beyond her years. It isn’t just the family and close friends that notice it. It can be people “in passing” that observes her (words or actions) and will comment to our daughter.

  10. 29 Allison
    February 10, 2016 at 4:21 pm

  11. February 10, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    He’s not Adam any more, he’s been renamed Ali –🙂

    • 38 GGail
      February 10, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      Oh look at him – he sure has brightened up and looks real happy🙂

    • 52 MadameSoph
      February 10, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      Obviously because now he knows that he’s the greatest!

      February 10, 2016 at 4:43 pm


    • 56 sherijr
      February 10, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      oh Chips he is so handsome.. that first photo is heartbreaking. Thank (((((you))))) for saving him.

    • 57 57andfemale
      February 10, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      They know. They know when they’ve been saved. Just look at that beautiful boy! You did such a good thing.

      • February 10, 2016 at 5:55 pm

        57…… you won’t believe this: after all the lovely photos I was sent, and all the happy reports …… the dog is being returned to me on Friday. The new owner now has second thoughts because she has a very old fragile dog and she is worried that he’s upset by the presence of this new younger dog. I could scream. She should have thought about this from the start. I know her heart was in the right place, but ‘Ali’ is a fragile, frightened dog, he doesn’t need all this. My sister and brother both say they will take him, but I’m going to give it a try getting Danny adjusted to him. My head is spinning, I was not expecting this. But despite worrying about what’s to come, I cannot wait to see the fella. Life is mad!

        • February 10, 2016 at 6:02 pm

          Oh no, the plot thickens. Really hope it works out, at least your siblings are a backup. Good luck.

        • 60 donna dem 4 obama
          February 10, 2016 at 6:24 pm

          Oh No Chips!

          It’ll all work out. If Danny can’t get use to him let your sister take him. You’ll get to see him when you want.

          • February 10, 2016 at 6:55 pm

            Thank you Donna, it’s been a crazy couple of hours, from thinking the little fella was happy and settled in his new home, to preparing to welcome him back! Flip. But it’ll work out, my mission in life is to make him happy!

        • 62 0388jojothecat
          February 10, 2016 at 6:25 pm

          Oh my heart just breaks for that poor dog, Ali, Chips I am so sorry. Sometimes it’s good to Google how to introduce a new dog into the home. There are so many good videos and suggestions out there. Dogs are territorial so maybe reintroducing them at a neutral location like a park or your sister or brothers home. Good luck Chipsticks I hope it works out. One thing in my adoption contracts I agreed to take the cats back no questions asked because I don’t want them dumped at a humane society or on the street. Plus they are micro chipped to me and the rescue organization I volunteer with.

          • February 10, 2016 at 6:52 pm

            “so maybe reintroducing them at a neutral location like a park or your sister or brothers home”

            JoJo, that’s exactly the good advice a friend, who I completely trust on doggy matters, gave me, it’s the mistake I made when Ali was here, I introduced him to Danny’s in Danny’s territory: war! When he comes back on Friday I’m going to keep them separate, then take them both out for a walk in the fields and see how it goes. I’m going to try to use my brain this time! Thank you so much JoJo.

            • 64 0388jojothecat
              February 10, 2016 at 7:10 pm

              Hi Chipsticks, I am so glad you are going to try again with Ali and I hope it works. I am wondering if it’s a good idea to walk them together by yourself? I was thinking maybe if you meet the lady at the Vet’s office so she can turn over Ali to you then you can take Ali to stay overnight at your sisters or brothers, then arrange for one of them to bring Ali to the same place you walk Danny. I can’t help thinking that walking them together from Danny’s home is not going to go well. I don’t know how far you have to travel to Vets office, then sister or brothers, then they drive to your agreed to neutral location would be too much of a burden, consider this scenario or maybe talk it over with your friend? I know you don’t want Ali to be shuttered from one home to the next but a good gradual reintroduction might work much better.

        • 65 MadameSoph
          February 10, 2016 at 6:32 pm

          Chips, all kidding aside, I think that maybe he’s meant to be with you and Danny. I’m out in my little garden patio, next to my statue of Kwan yin, goddess of compassion, with my two kitties (siblings). They don’t always get along, but our little family works and always manages to work through any rough spots. I’m going to do some quiet visualization and praying for peace between Danny and (insert Ali’s new name here🙂 ). Don’t worry Chips, all will work out eventually between the boys.

          (Maybe the little fella missed you too and the Gods decided to reunite you)

          • February 10, 2016 at 6:49 pm

            Ah, I love ya MadameSoph. I was thinking that way too, that it was just meant to be, and I missed the little fella so much after he left, even though he was only here 24 hours. Just worried about the fact that he’s so nervous and Danny wasn’t happy to see him last time, don’t know how it’ll work out. But I’ll give it a bash, safe in the knowledge my sister and brother will step in if I can’t make it work. Thank you ❤️

            • February 11, 2016 at 1:14 am

              Chips, I vote with the ‘meant to be” group, If necessary, you can always resort to Prozac for Danny. Or for all three of you, come to that. I am giving my big cat Penny a small dose hecause she’s started to bully Annie (my other cat), now that Sophie is no longer hear to raise a regal paw and stop any nonsense. I sound like I live with a herd of old maid aunties. But Prozac is a thing that can work. My friend’s daughter is a vet. When she and her husband married, his cat started bullying hers and being aggressive with everyone. She gives her a small dose of Prozac in the morning. She’s not’doped up’ and acts perfectly cat-like, but she doesn’t attack the other cat any more.

        • 68 57andfemale
          February 10, 2016 at 9:42 pm

          In my God, Chips! I have brought new did into our family with old and sick dogs and it has always been a blessing.

          Try not to feed the fear and anxiety. Let them know you expect them to work it out. That you are a family. That new family members increase the love. It’s not some finite amount that has to be doled out. You have to be the pack leader. Easier said than done, I know. And after all that, if he is not the right fit for you, you will find him a loving, secure home. He’ll know it. Keep me posted.

    • February 10, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      Wow! That is really cool! Bless you for finding him a home.

    • 70 pkayden
      February 10, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      I love happy stories about animals rescuing people. So glad to see that Ali has found his furever home.

  12. February 10, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Sign Seal Delivered, boy do I remember that song.

      February 10, 2016 at 4:41 pm


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    • February 10, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      Ha, me too Sue, missed both of PBO’s speeches, I’ll be up all night catching up!

      • 76 GGail
        February 10, 2016 at 4:43 pm

        So is he now…

        February 10, 2016 at 4:46 pm


        • 78 sam uk obama supporter
          February 11, 2016 at 2:47 am

          I wholeheartedly agree about Valentine’s Day Sue. For our family it is a quiet day of reflection as it follows the anniversary of my second son’s birth and death.

  15. 79 vcprezofan2
    February 10, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Sigh! /plaintively/ Chiiiiipppssss, why can’t you give me a big(ger) tap on the shoulder when you’re changing venue?

    February 10, 2016 at 4:48 pm


  17. 81 GGail
    February 10, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    So does anyone know if he’s on his way to us Cali folks?

  18. 82 donna dem 4 obama
    February 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm

  19. 84 JER
    February 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    February 10, 2016 at 5:05 pm


  21. 89 JER
    February 10, 2016 at 5:06 pm

  22. February 10, 2016 at 5:20 pm

  23. February 10, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg, who launched the ” Rabbis for Trump” group in December supporting the frontrunner Republican’s presidential campaign, now says that Donald Trump doesn’t care about the Jewish vote.

    “My flip flopping consists of my continuously asking for a platform stating his full support Israel and stating that I cannot continue unless I get one,” Rosenberg said in one of many written statements on the matter.

    “To those supporting Trump it hurts me greatly to do this but I cannot get answers and have been told by a representative that the Jewish vote is not important. I do not dislike Trump and wish him well, but I can not fight for him if I do not believe he fully supports Israel and the Jewish people.”

  24. 99 JER
    February 10, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    The President Departs Springfield. Click here ► ► http://newschannel20.com/live

  25. February 10, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    My VP

  26. 103 donna dem 4 obama
    February 10, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Look, I would rather have Hillary than Bernie for all the reasons I’ve stated previously but Axelrod is right. Hillary needs to look at herself. She needs to do some self reflecting. As an observer who can make comparisons with the two previous Obama campaigns I can tell you that her campaign needs to do some updating with her image and message. Their tech stuff to me is as good if not better than PBO’s campaign was. So I don’t think that this is a problem.

    I think Jen O’Malley is a good hire but they need to change the perception of Hillary (no easy feat). Let her be more personal and show that she can be authentic. Stop bringing out these old 90’s “friends” to be her advocates and advisers. I know why Madeleine Albright said what she said about woman and I’ve heard her say this before and in context I get her meaning but in the age of social media and cable soundbites you have to understand how these things are going to be presented to the public. Her campaign and some of her surrogates seem to be totally tone deaf in some ways to me. On another note, in regards to those speaking fees again the people around her didn’t seem to be in-tuned to what was happening on the left side of politics. Yes, everyone gives these speeches and gets paid for them and that I don’t have a problem with but who you give these speeches too makes a difference. Again the tone deafness is on display. A year ago it looked like her only real competition would have been Elizabeth Warren. The left was doing their best to recruit her to run for the exact same reasons why they are so excited about Bernie. So, how can the people surrounding her (yeah I’m speaking to you Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills) miss that “if she ran” that this type of thing would not be an issue?

    There are things that will arise in a campaign that you cannot control and then there are things that you can. For goodness sake, learn from the past less you repeat the same dismal outcome.

  27. 108 JER
    February 10, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    LIVE NOW: Attorney General Lynch, Department of Justice News Conference – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  28. February 10, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Sighs, the things the missus gets me into.

    She and Stewie have talked me into getting a puppy playmate for him. I’ve gone from never wanting a dog to having a brood of two. (Also went from only ever wanting to be a swinging single to being happily spoken for.) Middle age is pleasant.

  29. 111 Linda
    February 10, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    The City of Cleveland filed a creditor’s claim against the estate of Tamir Rice, the black 12-year old who was fatally shot by police in 2014, for not paying emergency medical service fees, CleveScene reported Wednesday.

    The $500 fee is “owing for emergency medical services rendered as the decedent’s last dying expense under Ohio Revised Code,” according to the report.


    hmmm… paging Compassionate Conservative Gov. Kasich…..paging Gov Kasich…….. You better be ready for protests at the Cleveland Republican Convention……

  30. February 10, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    • February 10, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      Personally, I’d wait and stagger some of these endorsements. You don’t want to sound like you’ve got the machine steamrolling at this point in the process. After a couple of consecutive wins, this would be entirely appropriate.

  31. February 10, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    • February 10, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      “What I’m for is making sure we have robust funding for womens’ health. When it comes to the domestic abuse and everything else, we have lots of resources to deal with it,” Kasich says after being questioned by a woman in the video, adding, “I’m going to sign a bill to defund it, so you shouldn’t be confused.”

      When the woman begins mentioning the other functions provided by Planned Parenthood, Kasich throws up his hands and walks away, saying, “We’re done.”

  32. 119 No Child Left Behind
    February 10, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    I could guess that much!

    • 120 donna dem 4 obama
      February 10, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      I’m really surprised that he would say this. I wonder if the WH comes out and walks this back??

      • February 10, 2016 at 6:15 pm

        I want Hillary to win too.

      • 123 No Child Left Behind
        February 10, 2016 at 6:16 pm

        I notice that WH spokespersons speak very freely once liberated from their duties.

      • 124 pkayden
        February 10, 2016 at 6:40 pm

        Why wouldn’t President Obama want Secretary Clinton to win over Senator Sanders? I assume he has much more of a relationship with the Clintons than he has with Sanders who isn’t even a Democratic politician. Having said that, perhaps Carney shouldn’t talk about what President Obama wants at this point in time.

        • 125 donna dem 4 obama
          February 10, 2016 at 6:45 pm

          Oh I don’t for a moment doubt that he supports her over Bernie I was just surprised that since he is the head of the Party that he would make it public before the primary was wrapped up. Trust me I’m all for him endorsing her and better yet I can’t wait until he gets out on the campaign trail.

    • February 10, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      I am not surprised. I think the timing may be there to blunt the NH effect.

      • 129 No Child Left Behind
        February 10, 2016 at 6:17 pm

        I share this opinion.

      • 130 MadameSoph
        February 10, 2016 at 6:41 pm

        I was thinking that this, combined with the CBC announcement are meant to seal the deal in SC. I’m sure PBO would say that Jay’s opinions are his own, but they are good friends, aren’t they? PBO cares as much or more about the welfare of this country as we do and, although he would not think of endorsing in the Primaries, I’m sure he deosn’t want to risk Bernie in the General or a 4-years-and-out Sanders presidency.

  33. 131 No Child Left Behind
    February 10, 2016 at 6:08 pm

  34. 132 No Child Left Behind
    February 10, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    I want it on video. I want to see the bully of NJ concede defeat.

  35. 134 No Child Left Behind
    February 10, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    He will not get a dime from me. Nothing. Zip. He should do by himself or with his fan base. He’ll get my vote because I’ll be voting against any of the clowns on the GOP side.

    • February 10, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      Good he smash fundraising record, let’s see what he do in South Carolina and Nevada.

    • 136 donna dem 4 obama
      February 10, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      His supporters are rabid fans. They are pouring money into his campaign. That is an outrageous haul of fundraising since his win last night. I guess they feel their investment is worth it to get free college and healthcare.

    • 137 MadameSoph
      February 10, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      We are going to be seeing a lot of headlines and clickbait like this until Nevada and South Carolina. In fact, Not only are the Berniebros in online comment sections brutal, but also the media in general seems to be on a mission to take her down. Maybe because she’s embraced PBO this time around, or maybe because she’s a woman or maybe it’s that she’s the perceived frontrunner (many of us were more than a little suspicious and resentful at a seeming “coronation”).

      I made the mistake of Googling her name the other day and every single article headline, page after page had a negative or insulting tone or was promoting negativity of some sort.

      In fact, I found this site back during the Snowden mess, when everything was ES worship and negativity towards PBO. In a desparate search for sanity and support of PBO, I found TPV, which led me to this site and you all have helped to keep me sane.

      Remember all of the hoopla after PBO’s first debate against Mitt? The media lost their minds.

      PBO would be the first to remind us about the long game and I think that is definitely in HRC’s favor. Plus, PBO wants to make sure his legacy is protected. Just because he’s not openly campaigning for her, he’s not going to let her mess this up. He’ll do his best to make sure a supportive Dem wins the nomination and Presidency.

  36. 138 No Child Left Behind
    February 10, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Another big dreamer to join the list?

  37. 141 No Child Left Behind
    February 10, 2016 at 6:26 pm

  38. 142 No Child Left Behind
    February 10, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Regarding Carly Fiorina…

  39. February 10, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Council approves 6-0 with Councilwoman Mungo Vanishing on vote to name new “North Library”Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library”. City mgm’t now directed to work with White House to invite First Lady to LB for a naming dedication ceremony.

  40. 144 donna dem 4 obama
    February 10, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    As I’ve stated before, President Obama got approx 66Million votes in 2012. In order for the “revolution” to be a success and they take back the House and the Senate Sanders would need at a minimum 80Million votes in the GE for 2016.

    He’s not even beating President Obama’s 2008 turnout for the primaries. Were’s the revolution?

  41. February 10, 2016 at 6:48 pm

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