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May
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joplin

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President Obama greets Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and his wife Georganne after arriving in Joplin

Residents of Joplin hold flags as President Barack Obama’s motorcade passes

President Barack Obama meets with volunteers as he views damage from the tornado that devastated Joplin

President Barack Obama speaks at a memorial service at Missouri Southern State University for the victims of the tornado that devastated Joplin


226 Responses to “joplin”


  1. 1 MTmarilyn
    May 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I have a meeting to go to so I will miss this live. I know that I will be able to see the video here and read everyone’s comments. Between here and BWD’s blog I know I will hear the best of what went on. Thank you everyone!

  2. 2 globalcitizenlinda
    May 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    is their a link to the local tv station? may be they will carry POTUS’ arrival live. the White House Feed does not seem to begin until 3.00 p.m

  3. 5 Walking on Sunshine
    May 29, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I’m watching TV but there’s nothing on yet so I’m thankful.

  4. 6 Bill
    May 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    The half term governor found it more important to force herself on the Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride in Washington dressed in all black leather. I guess the Rev. Franklin Graham forgot to tell her about Joplin. Disgusting.

    • 7 Sue in Minnesota
      May 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      She is a POS, she sullies everything she touches. God forgive me for my disgust.

    • 11 Doris
      May 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      Can’t watch that woman. What a disaster.

    • 12 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      May 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      EVEN MORE DISGUSTING…I SAW A CNN RIBBON THAT SAYS MCCAIN STATED PALIN COULD BEAT OBAMA IN 2012! JUST WHAT PLANET IS HE ON???????…AGAIN!

      • 13 anniebella
        May 29, 2011 at 5:30 pm

        What planet is McCain on for thinking Palin could beat Obama in 2012? The very same planet he was on when he thought he could beat Obama in 2008.

        • 14 lisalovesobama
          May 29, 2011 at 9:54 pm

          saw that on CNN.com , but I didn’t want to disturb the rival atmosphere by bringing in this travesty. But I’m glad I’m not the only one thinking that McCain is living in an alternate universe. He’s obviously taken leave of his faculties and so we must say a prayer for him, TOD. 🙄

          • 15 lisalovesobama
            May 29, 2011 at 9:56 pm

            revival, not rival…that would just be weird and makes no sense. Oh, Lisa, sometimes I worry about you {{{sigh}}} 🙄

      • 16 EDP4BHO
        May 29, 2011 at 6:46 pm

        I thought McCain gave up the comedy circuit after he lost the election. Fielding for a new vocation I suppose 😀

      • 18 Dorothy Rissman
        May 29, 2011 at 8:32 pm

        Johnny boy is never going to get over his anger. He has always been an angry and bitter person. He cannot believe that a smart, handsome black man beat his pants off.

        I know that Joplin territory. I grew up not too far from there. It is so redneck. If I were Obama, I do not think I could semi hug that rotten governor. He is a swine. Of course that is what makes our president so special. He does not hold grudges.

  5. 19 professorx10
    May 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Alert——–Alert——–Alert

    We have a live feed in Missouri tornado site Now

    http://live.cnn.com/

  6. May 29, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Candy Crowley had on 3 veterans today and each one of them bashed the v.a.
    This girl candy Crowley tools her whole show Around bashing the government!

    • 21 lisalovesobama
      May 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Crowley is ridiculous. I don’t know who watches her, but she’s as boring as watching poop dry. [[[[sorry for the bad mental image]]]]]]
      ps- I don’t have first hand experience of the latter part of my statement, I just imagine it would be boring….. or maybe…. not in comparison to CNN’s entire tv line-up? Hmm, I must give this more thought. 😐

      • 22 Bill
        May 29, 2011 at 1:52 pm

        Fareed can be worthwhile.

        • 23 theo67
          May 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm

          Except I don’t agree with him publicizing that he was “advising” the President. If I were him, I would have regarded that as a private thing, a conversation of trust. I was disappointed that he felt it necessary to parade the conversation all over the TV.

        • 26 lisalovesobama
          May 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm

          True, I also agree with what Theo said too, though Fareed is very tolerable. So is Anderson Cooper, but mostly because I’m more than slightly in love with him, regardless of his political affiliation. He’s the only repug (or alleged repug) in the media or entertainment world I haven’t blacklisted. If he stays sweet and cute, sexy and non-partisan, I just my drop him a line 😉

          • 27 isonprize
            May 29, 2011 at 7:01 pm

            Hey Lisa, I’m curious as to what would make you think that Anderson Cooper is a Republican?

            • 28 lisalovesobama
              May 29, 2011 at 9:17 pm

              This is not confirmed because my Boo has never discussed his private life, however, there have been lists compiled of republicans in hollywood(which is why I said “republican or allegedly republican”). The broader statement was that he was so impartial and so upright, that I wouldn’t blacklist him even if he was a Republican, also because he’s so sexy and smart, and cute and sexy and sexy and sexy… okay, I said that already. The lists also include: James Earl Jones, Adam Sandler, The Rock, Jessica Simpson, Patricia Heaton from Everybody Loves Raymond, Bruce Willis, CHuck Noris, Sarah Michele Gellar and her hubby, the guy from Who’s the Boss, Scott Bayo? and other hollywood actors/actresses, directors, etc. I’ve heard before that Mr.Sexy Silver Fox was a republican but I only found him on one unofficial list of compiled with names of substantiated republicans who have voted, contributed or registered as republican- but you’re going to have to scroll down a bit. This is the last link (it’s not official, but it does have republican stars listed on it). The first and second links have some of the same names as the third link.
              ps- Boo never talks about his private life because he always wants to be impartial, so it’s alleged. I doubt we’ll ever find out for sure.

              http://lashawnbarber.com/archives/2010/01/27/republicans-in-hollywood/

              http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2008-01-22-gop-hollywood_N.htm

              http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1311976/posts

      • 30 anniebella
        May 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm

        I don’t watch Candy Crowley. I have learn that people can and will always bash something till they need help.

      • 31 Audrey
        May 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm

        Candy Crowley is a George Bush disciple! Please look up the exit interview she did in Bush’s last days in office, just before PBO’s inaguaration. Look for the video, it’s out there somewhere!

        She was chucking it up with Bush, lobbing all these fluff softball none-questions about nothing while at the same time screaming with the rest of the media pack about holding “PBO’s feet to the fire”!

        The most shocking but telling part of the interview??!
        Crowley and Bush arm in arm, strolling down the halls of the white house with Candy giggling excitedly and blushing like a school girl with her high school crush! It was DISGUSTING!

        Not one accountability question from the ugly queen of snark – the same woman who demands that PBO answer for EVERYTHING including every one of George Bush’s failures!

        • 32 theo67
          May 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm

          “…one of many George Bush failures”? More like ALL of George Bush’s failures are now dumped at President Obama’s feet.

      • 33 Dorothy Rissman
        May 29, 2011 at 8:34 pm

        lisa, thanks for the laugh.

    • 34 LunarSea
      May 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      I often wonder is Crowley is really that stupid and spiteful or does she just play one on TV. (I’m guessing the former)

      • 35 theo67
        May 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm

        Yeah – I can’t decide where Crowley is concerned. She didn’t seem this stupid during the election, but then again, I didn’t pay all that much attention to her during the campaign. She was assigned to the President, and I only started listening to her during the general election – so it was probably easy for her to be upbeat about the guy who was clearly going to win. Ever since she started this show, I can’t stand to listen to her, because it’s “bash Obama all the time”. I might go with “she’s stupid, and an opportunist”.

        • 36 Doris
          May 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm

          I think she’s still trying to remain relevant and competitive. Can’t watch her either.

    • 37 Fred
      May 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      Crowly is nothing but a GOP shill.I had Ed Schultz’s term in mind but today’s God’s day so I will refrain myself

  7. 39 meta
    May 29, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    President landed at 1:22 Eastern. Press Secretary Carneys says PBO got a good view of tornado destruction before landing.

  8. 40 professorx10
    May 29, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Crap CNN Took it Off!

  9. 41 professorx10
    May 29, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    now it’s back on cnn

  10. 46 P
    May 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr 3 o’clock taking sooooooooooooooo long to come!!!!!!!! Wanna see and hear what’s going on down there grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!

  11. 56 Doris
    May 29, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    The President on CNN TV

  12. 64 meta
    May 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Listen to the reception they are giving our President!!

  13. 69 Doris
    May 29, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    MSNBC has full service, CNN cut away.

  14. 71 JoAnn
    May 29, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Anyone know who this minister is? I like his message to the survivors, “Get busy living your life. We are a people of hope.”

  15. 72 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 29, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    THANK GOODNESS…GOT HOME IN TIME TO WATCH THE PRESIDENT…:)

  16. 76 CTGirl
    May 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Wow! Did you hear that?

  17. 77 Fred
    May 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    nice welcome 🙂

  18. 78 Suzanne
    May 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I’m watching the man introducing President Obama and there was a rousing cheer when he thanked the President for helping Joplin and people all across the country. Loud cheer for the president!

    • 79 Suzanne
      May 29, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      People were yelling that they loved him.

      • 80 Suzanne
        May 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm

        What a beautiful speech. For those of you who haven’t been able to watch it, he spoke of individual instances of bravery. A man at Home Depot and a man at Pizza Hut who saved many others and lost their life. President Obama talked about the heroes among us. That they may wear an orange apron at a store or wait on us at a restaurant. He also talked earlier about the storm taking everyone in it’s path — race or other conditions didn’t matter. He really made me think about my anger at Republicans and Tea Party members and that in a disaster none of that would matter. He also said the cameras may leave, but American would be with them every step of the way when they were rebuilding. Just a beautiful speech.

        And the man who followed him thanked the President and had tears in his eyes when he spoke about his compassion when he walked the streets talking to people.

        I always feel good when I see or hear President Obama. When he speaks I feel uplifted and called to something better in myself. I am so glad he is our President and I can hear him so often and visit with him here with friends at The Obama Diary.

        Peace,

        Suzanne

        • 81 louc1
          May 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm

          Perfect recap and not only am I uplifted by this President but anytime he can go into a state and small town where the MSM would have you believe these people don’t like him yet you hear them shouting their love for him and reaching out for his hugs and comfort – I know that the American people are uplifted and encouraged by this President far beyond the made up polls that our media keeps touting.

        • 82 dotster
          May 29, 2011 at 5:08 pm

          Yes—-“called to something better in myself”.

        • 83 lisalovesobama
          May 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm

          So true Suzanne, after he was done speaking, I said and wrote down a little prayer for the Republicans, for the president, his family and the people of the Midwest who died and were saved both physically and in the holy spirit. It made me want to overpower the Republicans with the power of prayer and well wishes and I wrote and thought of as many of those as possible and sent it out like a laser beam to Palin and the others. I hope it reaches them and i hope it touches them and makes a difference. If they keep on fighting and back-biting, I’m gonna pray for them, and if they keep on cursing and hating, I’m gonna ask for their forgiveness, because I believe that God loves them and loves us and we can do all things through him. so I’m saying that I’m going to war for the soul of the GOP with a whole lotta prayer and somehow, I’m gonna get to the love, because the scripture says: Love thy enemies as you love yourselves. And I’m gonna try. I’m gonna try real hard and I hope we all try hard and follow PBO’s example. It’s gonna be tough, but I at least want to say I tried.

          • 85 barb
            May 29, 2011 at 6:46 pm

            Lisa what you pray is so true. We need to pray for our perceived enemies and ask God to touch their hearts to awaken them to their actions and ask forgiveness for their deeds. It is difficult and impossible for some but those who can need to cover them with love. President Obama is our guide and example and we recognize that in him. He can change the world and it must start with us and our actions.

    • 86 theo67
      May 29, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      The Governor also thanked the President for his service to America. And the crowd cheered.

  19. 88 Fred
    May 29, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    babies going crazy so take them out;PLEASE 🙄

    • 89 Fred
      May 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      glad to know the World Leaders talked to our President about Joplin and I am happy to hear that it makes the folks of Joplin feel a tad better

    • 90 dotster
      May 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      Yes, if your kid is screaming his/her head off, you have a duty to all the people there and around the country to remove your kid so he/she does not wreck the service for everyone else. That is so rude to let that go on and on. People need to have some sense.

      • 91 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        May 29, 2011 at 5:13 pm

        YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER YOU ALL THAT THESE PEOPLE HAVE AND ARE GOING THROUGH SHOCK AND AWE…THEIR MINDS ARE SO DOWNTRODDEN…THEY PROBABLY ARE NOT CONSCIOUS OF THE BABIES CRYING…THE PRESIDENT ADORES CHILDREN…HE UNDERSTANDS AND DOESN’T CARE! JUST A THOUGHT!

        • 92 isonprize
          May 29, 2011 at 7:13 pm

          Thank you, Sue.

          I enjoy everyone on this site. But I do ask for tolerance of children. That’s what children do. Children are a sign of life, of youth, of growth. If there are no children, there is no future. It’s okay, that children cry out occasionally. People with developmental disabilities can sometimes make odd, unexpected noises. We shouldn’t shun them into the hallway or out of the room. We all have our challenges, but please, let the children be. I know that babies aren’t appropriate in all situations, but these folks have just had their lives torn apart. To me, a baby crying brings a sense of normalcy. That’s what babies do.

          OK, I’m stepping down from my soapbox now… Sorry, but I just had to say that. I’ve been the recipient of stares and whispers when my child with autism would make an odd noise, or squeal or inappropriate giggle. I’ve been called a bad parent because I didn’t ‘control’ him or ‘discipline’ him, as if I could make the autism go away, I wouldn’t stomp on it in the middle of the floor and set it on fire, but instead just let it disrupt his ability to control himself and his impulses? If it were that easy, I would have done it by now.

          • 93 UT Austin Liberal
            May 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm

            Bless your heart isonprize. This is a family so you never have to apologize for stating your feelings. Yes we all get frustrated when babies make noise in public places, but thank you for letting everyone know that there are backstories to every cry or outburst. Thank you for letting us know about your struggles as a parent with an autistic child. I hope that when people give you ‘dirty’ stares, you NEVER let it get you down b/c I’m sure you do your absolute best as a parent. I pray that God continues to give you the strength to be a fabulous parent and to withstand stares, smirks and rude remarks from otherwise ignorant people. Always know that when you are having a stressful day or just need to vent; we are all here for you. No matter what time or day. Take heart my friend. 🙂

          • 95 blondegrrl
            May 29, 2011 at 7:45 pm

            Good soapbox, isonprize. I heard the children and thought about the cycle of life – many dead in Joplin, but life still goes on with the children’s cries, etc. If I were there, I wouldn’t want to miss my President speaking so I can understand why a parent might let a child cry :-).

      • 97 Betsy
        May 30, 2011 at 1:43 am

        These children have also been displaced, no wonder they are crying. How can people be so insensitive. I don’t get it.

  20. 98 Anonymous
    May 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Oh my word, that reception for our President. God bless Joplin.

  21. 99 Doris
    May 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    He’s preaching now.

  22. 104 meta
    May 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    OMG, another very beautiful and very moving speech.

    • 105 meta
      May 29, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      WE ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE.

      I LOVE it when he uses this voice. This incredible powerful voice.

      • 106 Doris
        May 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm

        It goes right through you.

      • 108 Charmed
        May 29, 2011 at 4:45 pm

        I Love the way he uses his voice also…it reminds me of what Harry Reid said and got hit over the head over (although I knew what he was really saying)…President Obama can go in and out of candence when he chooses….

  23. May 29, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I got chills. Without a shadow of a doubt, this President is the RIGHT president for times like this.

  24. 110 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 29, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    President Obama as preacher. He is amazing. The people are so hanging onto his every word. Absolutely beautiful speech.

  25. 111 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 29, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    *bawling* waaaaaahhhhhhhh 😥 😥 😥

  26. 112 Fred
    May 29, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    GOD bless you Mr President;everyday and all day

  27. 113 Marlz
    May 29, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I want to cry!

  28. 114 theo67
    May 29, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    He’s just got a boundless source of strength. That was moving.

  29. 115 Titti
    May 29, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Really touching. Hope the people of Joplin find comfort in the President’s visit and words and in knowing that they are not alone. I love that the other HoStates at the G8 sent their best wishes to the people of Joplin.

  30. 116 lisalovesobama
    May 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    seriously…the pianist is too fast. It’s a slow tempo song.

  31. 117 meta
    May 29, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Just saw this brilliant tweet from BWD:

    No better way to demonstrate the contrast between Obama and Palin than in their activities today.

    • 118 Fred
      May 29, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      that’s what LEADERS do Meta

    • 119 theo67
      May 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      So true – this is the second time palin misses the empathy boat during a tragedy.

      • 120 Fred
        May 29, 2011 at 4:07 pm

        at least she’s not faking ya know Theo;because the faking because it would be faking on her part since she doesn’t have one iota of compassion in not only her body but dna would really be insulting to the real victims

    • May 29, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      There are no words, Meta –

      Classy, eh?

      • 122 theo67
        May 29, 2011 at 4:21 pm

        Really pathetic. What exactly has she done to “honor fallen heroes”? Utterly ridiculous. Blind followers.

        • 123 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          May 29, 2011 at 5:18 pm

          I JUST CAN’T IMAGINE ANYONE FOLLOWING THAT WOMAN…HER ELEVATOR HAS NO SHAFT…SOMEBODY PASS THE VELCRO WRAP-AROUNDS AND GIVE SARAH AND FRIENDS A PADDED ROOM WITH NO VIEW! YIKES!!!!! SHE’S GOT A HELMET ON AND IT’S STILL EMPTY!

      • 124 Sue in Minnesota
        May 29, 2011 at 4:37 pm

        I can not watch her….my blood pressure shots up to life threatening levels.

        I understand (and can not wait) that a book is coming out exposing her Baby Hoax….I know some think it is not important, but as a woman and someone who enormously values honesty I think it is necessary. It will also shine a light on our media’s malefeasance and complicity in political fraud.

      • 125 isonprize
        May 29, 2011 at 7:17 pm

        The question is: How much did the Grifter, Half-term, Racist, Secessionist, Mean Girl get paid?

    • 126 Marlz
      May 29, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      You Betcha!
      There are LEADERS and then there are leaders!

  32. 128 lisalovesobama
    May 29, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    what just happened?
    ps- all my best to the people of Joplin. I think PBO almost cried at the end. God, this tragedy is so moving and sad.

  33. 130 Doris
    May 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    He’s so gracious.

  34. 131 Titti
    May 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    “Comforter in Chief”.

  35. 132 Doris
    May 29, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Whitehouse.gov is still showing the service.

  36. May 29, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    What a moving speech. Then afterwards, I love how he looks each person in the eye and takes time to speak to each of them. Not just a passing handshake, but a meaningful exchange of emotion and solemness. I don’t get a chance to reply a lot to the goings on with this man, but today I can’t help but express how BLESSED this country is to have him. We are SO blessed!

    • 135 theo67
      May 29, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      Yes – he really looked each one in the eyes, and those hugs were heartfelt.

    • 136 lisalovesobama
      May 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      Amen. All hopes and prayers go to the people of Joplin and Tuscaloosa. The Gov was right, they will rebuild and make Alabama and Missouri better than it was before. It’s also true what was said about not wondering why this happened, but what are we going to do with our second chances? I’m grateful for the second chances each survivor in the Midwest has had in the last few weeks. It makes even people not immediately affected feel the need to reflect and make better choices for the future. God bless and keep these people, our brothers and sisters both here and abroad, may god guide and keep our president and his family, for his name sake, Amen and Amen.
      ps- and God, please bless Sarah Palin and the other Republicans, we may not understand them, we may not love them as we should, but we pray that you reach out and touch them. Reach out and make a difference in their lives dear heavenly father. Let them know that we are our brother’s keepers, let them know that no matter what political blood we bleed, whether it’s red (republican), white (Independent) or blue (Democrat), we are all God’s children in the eyes of the Lord. Help them to love their neighbors as they love themselves, help us to be tolerant even though they work on our last nerves. Let us work and fight together on the behalf of our children, our children’s children and our future generations. Dear Lord, reach out and touch our president and his family, guide them, protect them, love them and keep them. Be the president’s rock dear heavenly father, be his strength and shield in his time of need. Lord God, keep him in your warm embrace, for now and forevermore, Amen.
      pps- Dear God, help me be more patient and charitable to the party from the other side of the aisle. Help me curb my tongue when I want to curse them out and assign malicious intent to their actions. I know it won’t be easy, father, but help me out.

  37. 141 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 29, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    SOMEBODY PASS THE KLEENEX…WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MEMORIAL SERVICE. ALL OF THE PRAYERS AND THE PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS WAS SO HEARTWARMING. IT SEEMS LIKE WE’VE BEEN WITNESSING SO MANY MEMORIAL SERVICES. BUT…WE MUST REMEMBER…THAT HOPE SPRINGS OUT OF TRAGEDY!

  38. 142 P
    May 29, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    How could anyone not vote for PBO in 2012?

  39. 144 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 29, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    NOW I WILL TELL YOU THE STORY I WANTED TO RELATE EARLIER TODAY AT OUR CHURCH. STRANGE THINGS HAPPEN BUT FOR REASONS. HERE WE ARE ON A SUNDAY AT OUR LITTLE CHURCH IN CAMBY,INDIANA. ONE OF THE MEMBERS BROUGHT A SPECIAL RELATIVE. HERE COMES CHARLIE DILLON…A FIREFIGHTER WHO SURVIVED 9/11 IN THE TOWERS. CHARLIE IS A RELATIVELY YOUNG MAN WHO GRADUATED FROM MANY HOSPITAL STAYS TO A WHEELCHAIR…..LOTS OF PHYSICAL THERAPY…NOW ON A CANE. THE PASTOR GAVE HIM A MIC. TODAY AND HE STOOD UP AND THANKED GOD FOR ALL OF THE LIGHT HE HAS RECEIVED FROM HIS TRIALS THROUGH DARKNESS. HIS BODY IS SWOLLEN FROM TAKING PREDNIZONE BECAUSE HE LUNGS ARE CURRENTLY ONLY 42% FUNCTIONAL. UNFORTUNATLEY HIS INSURANCE WON’T PAY FULL COVERAGE UNLESS HIS LUNGS ARE AT 40%…THIS I DON’T UNDERSTAND.
    HOWEVER,WHAT WAS SO STRANGE WAS THE FACT THAT FOR ALL THESE YEARS I HAVE HAD A NECKLACE HONORING THE 9/11 FIREFIGHTERS HANGING ON MY VEHICLE MIRROR. I PUT IT AROUND HIS NECK AND HE WAS SO HAPPY AND HE’S TAKING IT HOME TO NEW YORK. AFTER ALL THESE YEARS…MY NECKLACE FOUND JUST THE RIGHT HOME ALL THE WAY FROM CAMBY OUT IN THE BOONDOCKS! I HOPE THAT MAKES YOU ALL SMILE TODAY…IT DID ME! BLESSINGS….:)

    • 145 theo67
      May 29, 2011 at 4:29 pm

      What a lovely story – and I can’t believe that these guys don’t get free health care for life. I also find it disgusting that Republicans resisted giving them additional compensation. These responders are some of those everyday heroes that the President talked about today. What a fateful encounter for you, Sue!

      • 146 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        May 29, 2011 at 5:22 pm

        IT WAS SO AMAZING…IN THE BOONEDOCKS OF ALL PLACES. POOR CHARLIE’S BODY IS SO SWOLLEN FROM THE MEDICINE…REMEMBER WHEN JERRY LEWIS WAS ON IT AND WHAT HE LOOKED LIKE AT THE TIME. THAT’S CHARLIE AND HE’S HAVING SUCH A DIFFICULT TIME BREATHING. WE OWE THESE HEROES EVERYTHING WE CAN GIVE. CAN YOU IMAGINE? HIS LUNGS WORKING ONLY AT 42% AND THAT’S NOT ENUFF FOR COVERAGE? THAT’S LESS THAN HALF AND RIDICULOUS! GOD IS WATCHING!

    • May 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks for that, Sue. Indeed things happen for a reason. And sometimes the beauty of not knowing why things happen eventually translates into a special kind of fate that really makes you stop in awe and thank Him. I’m sure Charlie will remember you and the necklace for the rest of his life!

      • 148 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        May 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm

        I AM JUST SO HAPPY IT FOUND A HOME…WHERE IT BELONGS. IT WAS DOGTAGS SOLD BY THE POST OFFICE AT THAT TIME AS A TRIBUTE TO THE FIREFIGHTERS. THERE WAS A PIC. ON IT OF THE FIREMAN HOLDING UP OUR FLAG.

    • May 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      that’s a great story.

    • 151 Sue in Minnesota
      May 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm

      Whether in or out of your Ruby Red Slippers, you sparkle. I too believe that things happen for a reason, we just need to be aware enough and wise enough to make the connection. Thanks for connecting us to your experience.

    • 152 louc1
      May 29, 2011 at 4:51 pm

      Beautiful Sue -“When you do it for the least of these……”

    • 153 Fred
      May 29, 2011 at 4:51 pm

      thank you for that Sue.Great story indeed

    • 155 Walking on Sunshine
      May 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm

      Thank you for sharing your story Sue. I love these moments of human connection. It will be a story for him to tell also, when we gets back to New York. So his friends know you had them in your thoughts all these years.

      • 156 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        May 29, 2011 at 5:27 pm

        I WAS WATCHING THE NEWS THAT DAY…SUCH A NEWS JUNKIE I AM…WHEN IT HAPPENED AND MY FIRST FEELING WAS SHOCK AND AWE AND DISBELIEF. NONE OF US WILL EVER FORGET!

        • May 29, 2011 at 5:52 pm

          Oh, Sue now I am crying again. Thanks for this very moving story. The wait was worth it. Thanks for connecting us to Charlie through your experice this morning.

    • 158 P
      May 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      Sue this was truly a touching story. I hope Mr. Dillion get the medical care he needs and is able to live a comfortable life again. It reminds us how blessed we are and we should be grateful and thank God everyday!

  40. 159 Ceb
    May 29, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Just finished watching the service and the president’s remarks. He was the comforter/preacher in-chief. Well received by the people;several shouted out their love and appreciation for PBO. When he waked the line afterward tom offer co fort and encouragement, he looked at everyone directly and was in the moment with that person. The elderly women,especially, received his attention. Some of the women clung to him. Everyone was grateful that he was there. PBO did not look as if he had just come from a grueling overseas trip. Once again, the president made us proud as he saw to the needs of the people.

    FEMA has performed very well in all of the tornado hit areas; no complaints from the various towns. When you put people in chafe who know what they are doing, rather than fillings the posts with your friends, this is the result that you get.

    • 160 Audrey
      May 29, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      So true! You have to be blinded with hate not to love, respect and admire our marvelous President! The man epitomizes all that is best about the United States of America and what it means to be that rare well-rounded and greatest of leader!
      May God continue to bless and protect this great leader he has given us! Amen!

  41. May 29, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    That was a very moving speech by the President. I think the people of Joplin was very moved by it.

    And just looking at him hugging the people affected by the disaster, he is such a comforter. There is just so much warmth and love that emanates from him.

  42. May 29, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I’m looking at a Fox new reporter trying to get his reporting right and it’s being shown on cnn on the internet.

  43. 164 DreamChaser57
    May 29, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    What a moving and fitting tribute to the people who lost their lives, their homes, their families, their friends in Joplin. All of the speakers were poised, eloquent, and genuine. I was deeply moved by the service. Sometimes when I watch MSM and hear random conversations in public – I hurt for the president because such horrid and wretched venom is spewed towards him. So many pundits try to frame and characterize his presidency with tragedy and misfortune. The fact of the matter is that I truly believe that what the MSM tries to portray as the overwhelming majority (Palin, Tea Party, Limbaugh) is in reality a minority, a fanatical, divisive, vitriolic, hateful, vile, putrid minority. The President is well loved and well received almost everywhere he goes. The audience erupted with cheers, whistles, and thunderous applause in Missouri. The collective of ministers and spiritual leaders had genuine respect for the president. They held him in high regard and esteem. When the memorial service had concluded, President Obama connected with the crowd, he asked their names, inquired of their loss, bared their hurts. President Obama’s service was acknowledged, the burden he perpetually bears, his genuine interest for the people. I also believe that in this season people who were hesitant or suspicious of the President because of manufactured nonsense are now getting an opportunity to know him like we, Obama zealots, have known him. People try to co-opt the president’s brilliance, defame him, and more and more and more his light shines majestically . I think the reason for that is because the President connects with people in his speech he mentioned businesses, street names, local heroes who sacrificed their lives. People most adore, love, and cherish those who cultivate and nourish the seeds of greatness within himself.
    This is a Christianity that I recognize, try to practice, and love – the imperative to Love Thy Neighbor, to walk in power in the scary unforgiving face of adversity, to hold onto hope, to receive God’s Grace-this is what Christ is about, this is what Christianity is about. When Gandhi said “I like your Christ but not your Christians” slowly but surely the Christians who endeavor to emulate Christ are peeking out and speaking boldly and with fervor on behalf of the President…. Glory be to God

  44. 174 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 29, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    ‘HERE…BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD GO I’ SAID THE PRESIDENT…AND HERE STANDS A YOUTH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RUBBLE WANTING THE PRESIDENT TO SIGN HIS T-SHIRT….OH MY…HOW BEAUTIFUL…:)

    • 175 kelly
      May 29, 2011 at 4:39 pm

      *tears up again* how sweet is that…..

      • 176 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        May 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm

        THE PRESIDENT’S REFERENCE TO ‘AMAZING GRACE!’….WHAT A BEAUTIFULLY COMPASSIONATE MAN HE IS AND HE HAS SPENT MUCH OF THIS YEAR AT MEMORIAL SERVICES.

        • 177 UT Austin Liberal
          May 29, 2011 at 6:39 pm

          When he referenced ‘Amazing Grace’ and said the lines…. I just started bawling. The disaster that the people of Joplin and Tuscaloosa faced is just devastating. May the good Lord bless PBO for the comfort he bestowed on the people in Joplin and around the nation.

  45. May 29, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    So true meta. I am crying tears of joy as well as hope from what he spoke to the people in Joplin as well as to us. This is the right man for this time. I could not leave because he just was giving such tender and loving hugs to the people as he moved along the line up front. We are so blessed my family here.

  46. 179 Ceb
    May 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    “charge” not chafe

  47. 180 kelly
    May 29, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Wow these picture really brings to light how how bad these people are having it there in Joplin. I have never seen distruction like that except in movies. I must confess and am very ashamed of this but if president Obama hadn’t gone there today this story would continue to be just another list on mother nature’s wrath to me. I knew more about the happenings in Moneygall, than how much some of my fellow Americans were suffering this week 😦 but now I feel connected to those people, especially the young couples (that could be me and other half) and their small children. Hearing babies crying in the background just guts me. I have sent donation to Red Cross, please everyone do the same.

    The whole memorial was just lovely. I thank God for giving us this president. He is always there for ALL of us. Red, blue, green, whatever…. he is there for us and we must be there for each other.

  48. 183 Jazz
    May 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    A wonderful memorial service. All the speakers were inspiring. President Obama is, as someone said above, comforter in chief – pitch perfect, heartfelt, almost a long-distance hug – moved me to tears. How anyone can listen to him, especially in times like this, and fail to see the quality and level of his humanity rather than the claimed “aloofness” is beyond me. I watched it on the WH site. Was going to watch it on CNN but when a comment was made that McCain beat PO 2:1 in the general election and that some folks there in Joplin didn’t want him to come, I had to change the channel. Was happy to hear the reception from the real folks at the service first, just at the mention of his name, and then when he came onstage.

    • 184 anniebella
      May 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm

      Well Jazz, listening to the people in the auidence when they introduce our President, they seem glad to see the President there.

      • 185 lisalovesobama
        May 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm

        Co-sign.
        ps- I pity CNN and the dismal people who work there. It must be tough to continuously talk of hate and discord, to have to drum up drama where there is none. It must also be very difficult for them to look at themselves in the mirror each day as they cut and snipe and drag others down. It’s sad.

        • 186 Jazz
          May 29, 2011 at 7:04 pm

          “…to have to drum up drama where there is none…” – so true. such a consise and true summary of what passes for news now. Thankfully, there are still sources of straight unbiased news reporting but I am especially thankful for this site and for The Only Adult in the Room for not only the daily quantity and quality of information, videos, etc. but also the great community with so many voices with so many back stories that add additional insight, interesting viewpoints, inspiration, humor and just LOL moments. I rarely make a comment but I check in daily and love both sites.

    • 187 DreamChaser57
      May 29, 2011 at 9:56 pm

      I know this should be a garbage free zone, but sometimes the MSM is just simply unreal. Why is political commentary appropriate at a memorial surface? It is of no consequence how PBO fared against McCain, he prevailed. I gave up on CNN during the storied heated 2008 Democratic primary – I felt their commentary was vicious towards PBO.

      • 188 theo67
        May 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm

        Yes – as soon as I saw that they were going to be crass enough to bring three year old political comparisons into the day, I just muted as much of their commentary as possible. They are not human, sometimes.

  49. 189 Doris
    May 29, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Thank you Ms. Chipsticks for the beautiful forum. There’s no place else out there like this wonderful community. Thanks for the videos and pictures today of the President and everyday. You give us a place to laugh and cry. We know we can come here and find love and comfort when our President is being bombarded or when he is being honored. Thank you so much, we love you.

    • 193 dotster
      May 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      Good. I want to watch again. It was such a comforting, uplifting message. I was weepy the whole time, overcome by all that has befallen those people, all the difficulties that they will have to face for a long time to come, the meaningful words of their governor, the beautiful, inspiring words of President Obama and the loving, grateful response he received from the people there. Very memorable. President Obama always handles these difficult times in the best way possible, just magnificently.

      • 194 UT Austin Liberal
        May 29, 2011 at 6:34 pm

        Thanks for the link Donna. I so thank the Lord that we have a President such as Barack Obama. When he talked about the everyday heroes who gave their lives for family, friends and colleagues my heart just broke. I hope the people of Joplin know that a nation is behind them, prays for them and sends good wishes their way.

        Now I’m going to watch c-span b/c they’re showing footage of PBO touring the areas in Joplin that were destroyed by the tornado and subsequently his speech.

    • 195 theo67
      May 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      I always have to watch his speeches more than once to get the full effect.

  50. 196 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 29, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    OUR ‘COMFORTER-IN-CHIEF!’

  51. 197 anniebella
    May 29, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I had got up so early this morning,that the nearer 3pm came the more sleepy I got, but I am so glad I stayed awake to listen to our President speak, and he was great as usual. The entire program was moving and my heartfelt prayers goes out to those people.

  52. 198 maritza
    May 29, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    O’Bama/Biden-2012!!!

  53. May 29, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Chipsticks, thank you for making us feel the love here. You bless all of us, and I am so grateful to you for all that you do. Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you.

  54. 200 Fred
    May 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I wish each and everyone of you a blessed afternoon;evening and night.May GOD protect the President on his flight back to Washington and may He bless and guide the President

    much love to you all

    • 201 P
      May 29, 2011 at 6:19 pm

      Same to you hunni and I cosign with regards to the safety of our President Obama! One love everyone 🙂

    • 202 lisalovesobama
      May 29, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      Goodnight to you dear Fred. I hope your back is okay and I’ll see you tomorrow.

  55. May 29, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I can’t find enough words to express the profound love I have for our President. His message of hope to those of Missouri was so moving. I remember after the Oklahoma City bombing and then after 9/11 the stories of heroism being told about extraordinary people. I sobbed again today hearing of those who lost their lives helping others. God bless our beloved President.

  56. 204 Claire
    May 29, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    The President’s compassionate and committed support for the people of Joplin is in stark difference to the selfish and inexplicable remarks of the heartless Eric Cantor.

  57. 205 Sonjia Duncan
    May 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I really could not respond after watching the President’s remarks. He made me feel the sorrow of what took place there in Joplin. I grieved for those who gave their lives to save friends and strangers alike. What really made me so emotional were the people of Joplin and the love they showed for President Obama. The MSM is truly trying to destroy our wonderful country with false reports of hate and divisiveness. May God help them and show them the errors of their ways.

  58. May 29, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks for all of your comments today, Fred. Have a restful evening. Hope to see you tomorrow by God’s grace.

  59. 207 globalcitizenlinda
    May 29, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Wow!!! What a service!!! Peace, hope and renewal to all the residents of Jopli. Thanks a lot to the voluteers, President Obama, the Governor, Mayor, other local leaders, religous leaders and law enforcement for such a show of unity and community spirit.

  60. 208 barb
    May 29, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    It amazes me how President Obama can go daily from one place to another and give a speech so eloquent and appropriate for the circumstances. How beautiful were the words he spoke at the memorial service. I love Amazing Grace. The words are so meaninful. God has poured His Grace upon our leader and speaks through him to comfort the broken hearted in Joplin. Dear Heavenly Father please continue to pour the Grace of Your Holy Spirit upon our CIC giving him strength to fulfill the tastes that you have laid before him. Soften the hearts of those who cannot see his goodness and awaken their souls to understand that nothing can be accomplished with hate and envy.

  61. May 29, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    OK guys the entire Joplin speech is now on youtube:

  62. 211 sam uk obama supporter
    May 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I have just been able to watch President Obama’s beautiful speech at the memorial service at Joplin. OMG I haven’t stopped crying! What a moving speech. My heart breaks for the people of Joplin, they are in my thoughts and prayers. President Obama always speaks from the heart and he sure did today. He looked visibly moved by the end of his speech (from what I could see through my tears!) I can never say enough how I love and respect this great man. No one has ever had this effect on me before. My little boy just woke up and asked me if I was watching PBO speak and when I asked why he asked he replied that the only time he ever sees me cry is when the president speeks. i told him about the storm and what it had done and he said that he will pray for everyone hurt by the ‘naughty wind’

    We are all so blessed to have such a compassionate man as President, he is awesome the way he cares so much for everyone.

    God bless, comfort and keep the people of Joplin and may God bless President Barack Obama.

    Good night all.

  63. 213 Proud of Obama
    May 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I’m in Chicago visiting family (drove past PBO’s house) and my sister doesn’t have cable so I just had a chance to see the speech. He brought me to tears. He also spoke to me personally when he said in times like these we always ask why. This is what I’ve been asking God about my beloved husband’s passing six weeks ago now. I found comfort in the President’s words that we may not know the answer but we can push forward and live as that loved one would want us too.

    What an extraordinary man we have been given to lead us. The pundits, the stupid media, the heartless republicans all look so small, so petty and just so soulless compared to our great President. I pity them.

    May God continue to bless President Obama.

    • 214 sam uk obama supporter
      May 29, 2011 at 9:23 pm

      Proud of Obama, what a lovely post. You have been on my mind today as I watched PBO, the tragedy is heartbreaking for everyone but the pain must hit home so much more for you in your own personal grief. I just want you to know that you are in my heart and in my prayers alongside all those suffering in Joplin. I can not begin to know what you are going through grieving your loss but I do understand loss having lost 2 children in infancy and I know how times like this can make the pain so raw. I am glad that you found some comfort in the words of your great president.

      God bless you POB, and please know that you are in my prayers.

    • 215 meta
      May 29, 2011 at 9:32 pm

      Proud, so glad you got to see this speech. It has such incredible power and strength of spirit. Take good care. You are in our thoughts.

    • 216 theo67
      May 29, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      You have been so strong these weeks, it’s been such an inspiration, Proud of Obama.

    • 217 Doris
      May 29, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      God Bless You Proud. I will keep you in my prayers beautiful spirit.

    • 218 EDP4BHO
      May 30, 2011 at 11:51 am

      Bless you Proud, and I do pray you continue with your journey towards healing.

  64. 219 Me4obama
    May 29, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I have been busy volunteering all day and I just watched The president’s speech and my heart is so heavy. Am in tears right now. I have no words to say how I feel.

    • 220 sam uk obama supporter
      May 29, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      Bless you Me4Obama! were you volunteering in Missouri? Where ever you were your voluntary work, I am sure would me much appreciated. You are a very special person.

      • 221 Me4obama
        May 29, 2011 at 9:45 pm

        Sam UK, thanks for those kind words. Actually I was volunterring on behalf of OFA for the president’s reelection. We will not let up for a second because the negative forces are so big to ignore. Obama 2012.

    • May 29, 2011 at 9:51 pm

      Oh, Me4obama what tender and moving words you have just spoken. That is okay. Just be what you feel in this moment. Think of all of the joy you brought to someone in your volunteering. Just be in your space with you and your thoughts.A hug sent to you now.

  65. 223 meta
    May 29, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    For those who have a living breathing heart, I love how President Obama brings out the best in us.

    • May 29, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      Meta, that is one of the thoughts that came to be after I watched the President. Let us keep that best out there.

  66. 225 kASAI
    May 29, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    IN HONOR OF OUR WONDERFUL AND COMPASSIONATE PRESIDENT…

    When I think of Him this video truly speaks for him and they way i feel

    “HE’S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS”

    MAY GOD BLESS PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA!!!!

  67. 226 vitaminlover
    May 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    That is My President!


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