8:30 The President departs the White House

10:0 Arrives in New London, Connecticut

11:30 Delivers the commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy

4:10 Leaves New London, Connecticut

4:45 Arrives in Boston, Massachusetts

6:15 Delivers remarks at a DNC event

8:25 Delivers remarks at a DNC event

9:55 Departs Boston

11:30 Arrives at the White House


President Obama greets members of the U.S. Coast Guard in Panama City, Fla, Aug. 14, 2010

Sacbee: President Barack Obama is delivering his final commencement address of the season at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Although rain threatened to dampen the outdoor festivities, the commander in chief was headed to New London, Conn., on Wednesday to watch 229 cadets receive bachelor’s degrees and be commissioned with the rank of ensign in the U.S. military branch that enforces the laws at sea.

…After the pomp and circumstance, Obama was headed to the Democratic stronghold of Massachusetts to rally 1,000 supporters at separate campaign fundraisers in Boston. The events include an intimate dinner for 30 people at an undisclosed private home, followed by a reception for about 900 people at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts in the South End neighborhood, a Democratic official said.


President Obama shakes hands with Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, following his statement detailing the mission against Osama bin Laden

Michael Tomasky (The Daily Beast): When presidential campaigns hit crunch time, both sides reach for their most visceral arguments … For conservatives, it’s the people in the world who want to do America harm, and the longtime Republican conviction, going back at least to the early 1950s “Who Lost China?” debate, that those feeble Democrats won’t keep America safe.

…But now, the killing of Osama bin Laden is changing this equation dramatically. Alleged Muslim Barack Obama did in two and a half years what Bush couldn’t do in seven and a half. It wasn’t just the result. The nature of the operation is still breathtaking, weeks later, and the risk Obama took, which he conveyed with masterful cool in his 60 Minutes interview, is mind-blowing (imagine if bin Laden hadn’t been there!). You can call the president who oversaw the operation many things, but weak isn’t one of them.

Watching some Republicans’ first stabs at responding to the event was both sad and hilarious. Some were gracious (even Dick Cheney), but the propaganda machine and its envoys cranked out the usual bluster. They tried the this-proves-that-torture-works argument….

Absurd. But Democrats need to avoid becoming cocky. Republicans will not give up their narrative of liberal weakness so easily. Over the coming weeks, the GOP is likely to strike back on three fronts… Israel … the Pentagon … Afghanistan and other hotspots….

….but for now, Obama is perched on a pedestal with a prize—a scalp—no Republican can wrest from his hands. “For years and years,” an administration official told me, “Democrats have wondered about how you look tough on national security. Turns out the way you look tough is by being good at it.”

Full article here

33 Responses to “wednesday”

  1. 1 CTGirl
    May 18, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Oh bummer! So close and yet so far 😦

  2. 6 Lisa
    May 18, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Another busy day Mr. Prez. I don’t know how you do it, but bless you sir, bless you.

  3. 7 Fred
    May 18, 2011 at 9:07 am

    good morning Chip and TOD family 😉

    I was so happy to have my computer back working so that I could be back on this site I woke up at 4am and had to stop myself from coming in early 😆

    may GOD bless and GUIDE the President;Vice President;Gates;Mullen and every member of the Administration so that they can keep our country safe while working on improving the economic factor for us

    GOD bless you all here

    • 8 m
      May 18, 2011 at 9:26 am

      Now that IS the FRED I thought I was replying to the other day when I was wondering why you would not want to cheer the motorcade?????? Confusing! Anyway, thank you for your kind words this morning. SO glad you are back!

  4. 10 m
    May 18, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Well, CT is my territory so I am feeling rather silly that I had no idea he will be in the state today!

  5. 11 CEB
    May 18, 2011 at 9:15 am

    So exciting! I cannot wait to follow along. Thanks in advance, Chips.

    Exciting news in my area of North Florida. The democratic candidate for mayor has a narrow lead of 603 votes over the republican. Today is the re-count and I am getting flashbacks from 2000. This is huge in my area which is strongly conservative and republican, however many republicans voted for the dem. (who is also A-A). This may be part of the blow-back from the Rick Scott disaster and/or other repubs. who have shown themselves to be anti-union, job killers. Anyway, everyone, please send up good thoughts and prayers and light candles in support. We have had only one democratic mayor in this area during my lifetime. The times appear to be finally changing.

  6. 14 Anonymous
    May 18, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Good morning all.

  7. May 18, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Good morning TOD Family .. cannot wait until presidents cross the big pond!

    Speaking of which this video clip of the Queen in Ireland today made me laugh. She was not tempted to taste the pint which was poured for her in her honor — however Prince Philip seemed almost edging towards kicking it back!

    It is my hope that the president on his visit drinks one or two pints – this Irish brew is legendary.

    • 16 Lisa
      May 18, 2011 at 10:13 am

      It is an acquired taste and having grown up in a culture that likes the stuff, I’ve yet to acquire that taste. The only way I drink it is when it’s in carrot juice mixed liberally with condensed milk. Right on QE II.

      • May 18, 2011 at 10:18 am

        “The only way I drink it is when it’s in carrot juice mixed liberally with condensed milk”

        Lisa, I think I’m going to be ill!!!

        I can’t stand Guinness, and to be honest most Irish people I know can’t either!

        • May 18, 2011 at 11:11 am

          Hi Chips,

          I have yet to run cross any male who does not love the stuff. Guess I am palling around with the wrong crowd. But to be honest I have never gotten to Ireland. I would love to visit the green isles of saint patty on my farewell rainbow tour of Europe – perhaps by Fall.

          • May 18, 2011 at 11:21 am

            Yeah, you must be palling around with Guinness-drinking terrorists :lol:. At a rough guess, I’d say only 5% of my male Irish friends/relations drink the stuff!

        • 20 lisa
          May 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm

          I hate carrot juice but that’s the only way my gran could get me to drink it. I haven’t had it in a while, but from what I remember it’s good. Dump it all in a blender and add ice afterwards. 😉

      • May 18, 2011 at 11:05 am

        Interesting but …. I prefer mine straight right after a shot of Derwars. LOL

  8. 22 Luci1119
    May 18, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Can someone please tell me, If the previous Presidents, were this busy, or was I not paying much attention then? Gosh, President Obama has energy that never runs out. God Bless you President Obama, God Bless you, because our Country certainly needs you, and a lot of us appreciates you, and love you too 🙂

    • 23 dotster
      May 18, 2011 at 9:48 am

      W was mostly busy riding bikes and taking naps. Occasionally he would venture out and appear before a hand-picked audience, reportedly in bed by 8:30 every night. I also don’t know how Obama handles all these excruciatingly long days, especially having to be in the spotlight at every stop. He seems to have energy enough for 30 people. He’s unbelievable—-for his amazing endurance and strength and for about a million other reasons.

      • 24 meta
        May 18, 2011 at 11:11 am

        Yes and when Bush was tuckered out from all that presidentin’, he retired to his Crawford “ranch”: 77 trips and 490 days at Crawford. Oh, and 149 trips and 487 days at Camp David. Slob.

        • 25 Tien Le
          May 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm

          Hey, be glad he was gone as much as he was. Can you imagine how much more damage he would have done had he worked as hard as our President?

    • 26 kelly
      May 18, 2011 at 10:28 am

      Nope. This POTUS is the hardest working one that I can think of.

    May 18, 2011 at 9:39 am


  10. May 18, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I can’t believe the lead is so narrow given the outrage of late. May the Democrat win!

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and the Nation. Please also light a candle for this game-changing Mayoral race.


  11. 30 Me4obama
    May 18, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Morning TOD Family. Looking forward for all the awesomeness chipsticks will offer us today.

  12. 31 Titti
    May 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Hardest working man in politics.

    I’m getting a tad depressed about the Prez’s visit to the UK. I think I’ll be feeling like CTGirl ‘so near and yet so far’. He’ll be staying at Buckingham Palace for sure. I heard he’ll appear on a Sunday morning Political show – Andrew Marr on 22 May – which will be taped at the WH (in the next few days I would expect). I don’t even think I’ll see a motorcade 😦

    • 32 sam uk obama supporter
      May 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      Titti, I know how you feel:(
      I can’t wait til he’s here but after looking forward to this for so long it now looks like I won’t be getting to see any of it either – my son has a school trip to France on the 25th which starts at 4 am. As much as he loves President Obama he wants to be at school the day before to prepare with the other kids. I totally understand but I’m gutted at not being able to see that wonderful man arrive. I haven’t completely given up hope though, if there is any way of getting there I will try. To see him even in the motorcade would be a dream come true.

      • 33 Theo67
        May 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm

        Good luck to you, Sam! I snuck out of work a few weeks ago to see AF1 arrive in Los Angeles in the afternoon, so I know how you feel. Of course, I got stuck in LA traffic, but fortunately, Marine 1 did a turn over the 405 Freeway, right over my head – very exciting. Still drove by LAX to see AF1 parked, but couldn’t stop to get pictures. More security than last time. It’s still thrilling to see it all in person!

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