29
May
11

sunday

All Times Eastern

10:40 AM President Obama departs the White House

1:25 PM Arrives in Joplin, Missouri

1:50 PM Visits with those in the community effected by last week’s tornadoes

3:0 PM Delivers brief remarks at a memorial service held by local clergy and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon

4:30 PM Departs Missouri

7:0 PM Arrives at the White House

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President Obama leaves the White House for a visit to tornado devastated Joplin

Kansas City Star: When President Barack Obama arrives in Joplin today, he will find a quintessential small American city splintered and stunned. People who have witnessed both say the destruction of neighborhoods in the path of last Sunday’s tornado is akin to the aftermath of a nuclear weapon.

But the president will also find a city picking itself up, caring for its citizens, comforting its bereaved and planning for a future that looks much different than it did one week ago.

A massive outpouring of public and private support has sustained Joplin. And as the president arrives in town, it is worth considering the role of government at multiple levels in responding to the crisis.

A pernicious story line, recited on talk radio, in state legislatures and in some quarters of Washington, says that government can’t do anything right. Government is the problem, Ronald Reagan famously said. And a vast political and business alliance works furiously to make his declaration a self-fulfilling prophecy by underfunding vital programs and disparaging public employees.

But when disaster strikes, we expect government to work. We need it to work. Last week, it did…..

Read the full article here

Thank you Loriah

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Morning everyone. I won’t have a chance to post again until later today, so see you all then. I’ve also fallen way behind with replies to emails and comments, but I hope to catch up today too – sorry for the delay! Have a great day 😉


130 Responses to “sunday”


  1. 1 Fred
    May 29, 2011 at 8:28 am

    morning Chip.Have a good day.May GOD bless;guide and protect the President.May GOD whisper the right words in his heart so that he can give the folks in Joplin some comfort

  2. 3 Marlz
    May 29, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Good Morning All. . .
    Hope and Pray that everything goes well for those who are affected by the disasters all over our country.
    Thank you for keeping the President safe throughout his journey in Europe and safely back home.

    Peace to all. . . and have a wonderful day!

  3. 4 mtmarilyn
    May 29, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Good morning, Chipsticks and TOD Family. I too pray for this President as he travels to Joplin. May the people find comfort in his words and deeds.

  4. May 29, 2011 at 8:39 am

    And the president will name Dempsey as NCOs and then go to Arlington cemetery for a few services,on Monday…
    I know it will not get as much media hype as palin riding a hog today, but what can you do?

  5. 7 UT Austin Liberal
    May 29, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I hope the good Lord helps and heals the people of Joplin, Missouri and I hope he gives the President words that will provide a measure of comfort in their time of grief.

    CNN and MSNBC will carry the speech live at 3pmET/2pmCT/12pmPT

    I hope there’ll be live coverage at http://www.c-span.org and http://www.cnn.com/live and http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    • May 29, 2011 at 9:10 am

      And fox news will be talking about some breaking news, which is not really breaking news!
      There news is always some fringe or racial viewpoint! And yet, the wh press corpses gets there stuff from them.
      It got so bad in the press room, jay carney had to tell them, gee guys thanks for asking such important questions.
      A good example: I already mentioned plain and rolling thunder. Well, riding someones hog, for plain is not breaking news! Lol!

    • 9 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 29, 2011 at 11:12 am

      Thanks for the heads up, UTAL :-)!

  6. 10 isonprize
    May 29, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Bless the good people of Missouri. Mighty funny how “Republican” states don’t mind taking tax dollars when these horrible things happen. Now that FEMA is a well run agency (instead of the fiasco that it was under shrub,) THIS is what I want my tax dollars to go for — Helping people when they need help. That is what Social Security is for. That is what Medicaid is for. That is what Medicare is for. God bless Barack Obama for keeping on, for pressing forward.

    • 11 UT Austin Liberal
      May 29, 2011 at 9:16 am

      Isonprize, truer words have never been said.

    • 12 lisalovesobama
      May 29, 2011 at 9:50 am

      isonprize, YAY!!! I “lurve” your gravatar! I’m assuming all went well last night when you tried it out. Awesome 😉

      • 13 vcprezofan2
        May 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm

        Lisa! Lisa! I just tried the gravatar thingie by following your instructions AND, can you believe it, IT WORKED FOR ME THIS TIME! I am speechless. Thank you!

        *Don’t mind me, the rest of you. I’ve only been trying this off and on for months and being told that I already have an account, yet couldn’t figure out how to take out the faceless profile that showed up.*

        Of course, it probably means that it’ll take another forever before I can have frequent ‘mood’ changes like Theo does, 😉 [jealousy speaking here] but I’m happy today!

        • 14 lisalovesobama
          May 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm

          YAY!!!!! So happy for you VC!!! I remember the first time I did and how proud and happy I was. I love, love, love that picture by the way because it has two of my favorite girls together 😆

          • 15 vcprezofan2
            May 29, 2011 at 1:25 pm

            *blushing with lowered eyes* Thanks again!

          • 16 Sonjia Duncan
            May 29, 2011 at 2:34 pm

            Lisa I tried your instructions and it worked for me. At first it kept saying someone already had my username. I did not give up, so thank you so much.

      • 18 isonprize
        May 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm

        LisaLO, Thanks so much for the tip!! I’m going to have much fun picking out pictures as avatars. I had no idea it was that easy. I’m so glad I asked. Wait. I’m supposed to be cleaning my house, and here I am, looking at TOD, and ‘the only adult’ and it’s only the spring of 2011. I’m going to have to cut back now. ‘cuz 2012 is going to be insane!! LOLOL

        • 19 Sue in Minnesota
          May 29, 2011 at 2:12 pm

          Dirt will always wait! Trust me I know.

        • 20 lisalovesobama
          May 29, 2011 at 6:06 pm

          Ahhh, cleaning. Is there a more fun and awesome word in the dictionary than that? Good luck with that, isonprize 😉 😆

    • 21 Walking on Sunshine
      May 29, 2011 at 11:39 am

      cool photo. Very nice!

  7. May 29, 2011 at 9:07 am

    This “sign” broke my heart.

    It’s almost as if it read “God Bless Job”.

    Courage and Faith beyond the impossible …

  8. May 29, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Also, CNN had a good outline of the house defense bill that just passed!

    Guess what, it was full of earmarks for republicans and tea baggers
    Whoa!

    • 26 Fred
      May 29, 2011 at 9:38 am

      I hope the DNC is made aware of that

      • 27 UT Austin Liberal
        May 29, 2011 at 9:47 am

        Oh yeah PBO said that he would veto that bill if it came across his desk b/c he has already charged incoming SecDef Leon Panetta with cutting $400 billion in excess waste from Defense. He also said he would veto the bill b/c the House GOP tried to limit certain powers already granted to him as Commander-In-Chief.

        • 28 lisalovesobama
          May 29, 2011 at 9:54 am

          they also tried to delay repeal of DADT and, along with PBO and Gates and Mullen’s signatures, the repugs also wanted certification from all heads of army, navy, marine,etc. etc. which would be a huge problem because some of them are AGAINST repeal. Idiot repugs. Why are they so dumb? Were they born that way or did they get dropped on the head as babies? 🙄

          • 29 lisalovesobama
            May 29, 2011 at 9:57 am

            ps- I think this is also the same bill, they wanted to give the president the power to engage in a war without time limits, so that the “war on terror” can go on indefinitely. Again: were they born this way or did they all suffer from traumatic brain injury?

      • 30 COS
        May 29, 2011 at 11:28 am

        Unfortunately, they said some Dems are doing the same. (:

    • 31 Sue in Minnesota
      May 29, 2011 at 11:51 am

      To bad he could not address the Nation and expose the bill, define it’s authors, and explain it’s impact.
      It must be enormously frustrating to be a serious Congressperson, who seriously wants to confront and resolve the very real issues confronting this Nation. Our MSM is worse than worthless, I have come to believe they are intentionally attempting to sabotage this administration. They make me very nervous….

      Palin destroys everything she touches. She is base and vile, a waste of human skin.

    • 33 UT Austin Liberal
      May 29, 2011 at 9:43 am

      Oh yeah I saw that on MSNBC this morning. Apparently PBO and MO also support this idea b/c it makes the food pyramid eeasier to understand and shows exactly what portions of what food one should be consuming. It’ll be interesting to view the finished product.

    • 34 meta
      May 29, 2011 at 10:24 am

      This is important for children and their parents. Too bad that guy’s cynicism got in the way.

    • 35 theo67
      May 29, 2011 at 11:56 am

      The food pyramid wasn’t even scientifically developed – it was produced by the agricultural industry, to promote their products – especially grains. It’s been a large factor in the levels of obesity in this country.

  9. 36 africa
    May 29, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I pray for this president that God may give him the words to offer healing and hope to the people of Joplin. For the Republican leadership and all their shouts about reducing government to nothing, when it comes into their own backyard, all of a sudden they demand government help. Case in point, Roy Blunt of Missouri. In a Kansas city newspaper,thankfully, the editors calls him out. He is one of those who wants small government, but now is demanding help from federal government.

    Go figure.

    Here is a snippet from the article. See the link below if you want to read the whole article. Essentially, the editors endorse the need for government.

    “By the end of the week, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican who positioned himself as a fiscal conservative during last year’s campaign, was calling for the federal government to pick up the full tab for the Joplin recovery.

    As a congressman, Blunt represented the district that includes Joplin. Shrinking government isn’t so appealing when you need help in your own back yard.

    We believe in efficiencies, pension reform and all the smart measures that local, state and national leaders can enact to be good stewards of the public’s money and trust. But events of the past week have shown, not for the first time, that there is no substitute for government’s resources and expertise. We should take the occasion to honor its workers and pledge to keep it strong.”
    Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/05/28/2910801/the-stars-editorial-joplin-tornado.html#ixzz1NkaI5hkh

    Happy Sunday everyone, and thanks again, Chipsticks for this space. God Speed!!

    • 37 Betsy
      May 29, 2011 at 10:27 am

      But, unbelievably, the comments sections takes issue with the article, criticizing President Obama for being overseas when this happened, and saying Blunt wants the gov’t to pay back the cities who spend their money helping Joplin,and that it’s faith-based organizations, volunteers and local residents who are doing all the help, so the gov’t, who always gets it wrong anyway, can just stay out of it! Seriously, what is wrong with these people?

      • 38 Fred
        May 29, 2011 at 10:39 am

        guess it was okay for W. to be right in Texas clearing bush while folks were drowning during Katrina 🙄

      • 44 LunarSea
        May 29, 2011 at 12:01 pm

        Some people get me so angry I just had to reply. I hope the people all the best but had to say something in response to some ignorant poster there;

        “Asking the Feds to do a 100% reimbursement to those cities that responded is asking the Feds to cover 100% the cost. That NO CONSERVATIVE has ever criticized or reduced the importance of police, fire, and emergency medical responders in government, just look at the new cuts in state budgets from Republican govenors. Everyone of them from Scott in WI on down have cut them in attempts to turn them over to the private sector. And lets not mention ALL REPUBLICANS in congress voted NO on 9/11 first responders health bill.

        As for keeping the FEDs out of it, be careful what you ask for. According to non partisan Tax Foundation who tracks these things since 1937 in their Tax Data ‘Federal Taxes Paid vs. Federal Spending Received by State, 1981-2005’ the state of MO paid to the FED $35,171 and received $48,273 in spending. The latest records from taxfoundation.org shows the state of MO received $1.32 for every dollar sent in. That is a whopping 33% more in monies received than taxes paid. The biggest donors to the FED are also the ones with the least return on the dollar (and I might add include some of the more liberal states with more liberal governors) including Calif, Ill and NY. with .78, .75 and .79 received for every $1.00 sent.

        So again careful what you wish for, because there are a lot of frustrated people in those states. They are tired of all the lies and and would just as soon keep their tax dollars in their own states.

        To the actual residents of MO who are suffering and need help, our tax dollars are there for you. To the volunteers, know that many of us are among you too. To the citizens and towns in MO we are praying for your renewal.”

        Probably shouldn’t have said anything but I’m getting so annoyed with these paid posters and ignorant citizens. Altho I blame the media for their ignorance.

        • 45 theo67
          May 29, 2011 at 12:29 pm

          Excellent response, and worthwhile rant. I was on the site, contemplating logging in and responding, too. My blood pressure went up just reading some of the totally clueless comments, from people who would utter Cantor-like words about gambling with the aid to these people in exchange for tax cuts – but would be hollering for President Obama to help them when the going gets tough. The very first comment I saw claimed that the author got it wrong when he stated that Blunt requested that the federal government pick up the entire tab, and then the commentor went on to explain that Blunt is actually asking for 100% reimbursement. Excuse me, but how is 100% reimbursement different from picking up the entire tab? It’s just spinning, and some will fall for it.

          When an individual lives in a civilized country, they are supposed to have a level of security. They are supposed to know that their basic needs will be met, and they can live without fear of unexpected disaster. Clearly, the right wing wants the country to become uncivilized, and take away the basic guarantees that separate this country from a third world impoverished country. Given the hypocrisy of this congressman in the Joplin situation, and all those who would continue to call for skepticism about climate change or the need to eliminate and denigrate government services and workers – they should all be ashamed.

        • 48 isonprize
          May 29, 2011 at 1:42 pm

          LunarSea. YOU ARE RIGHT ON POINT.

        • 49 Sue in Minnesota
          May 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm

          Bravo and thank you for putting facts on the line.

  10. 50 meta
    May 29, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Good morning, all. Looking forward to PBO’s comforting remarks to the people of Joplin. I hope he is able to connect with those who have suffered so much.

    I wish people would wake up to the fact of climate change. The Gulf stream is warming, causing high surface temperatures and greater wind shear. Everything is changing and the right-wing refuses to change. UGH.

  11. May 29, 2011 at 11:00 am

    God, on mtp, you would gave thought that the Ryan proposal was the best thing that has happened to America since the emancipation proclamation(costellanos said medicare is 35 trillion in debt, bullshit)!
    Spin, baby spin!!!

  12. May 29, 2011 at 11:01 am

    “Shrinking government isn’t so appealing when you need help in your own back yard.”

    That one line stood out to me the most. And this…

    “Sen. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican who positioned himself as a fiscal conservative during last year’s campaign, was calling for the federal government to pick up the full tab for the Joplin recovery.”

    Will you look at that.

  13. 54 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 29, 2011 at 11:11 am

    The Kansas City Star article is phenomenal. I will try to view the events live. I pray the people of Joplin find some comfort today and that all goes well with PBO’s visit. We truly do all need each other, and government (which is really just a function of “we the people”) is very useful, especially at times like these.

    Have a great and positive day, everyone :-D!

  14. May 29, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I am so glad our President is back on US soil and that he is on his way to Joplin, Missouri.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for the President’s safe trip today and for those affected by those devastating tornadoes.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  15. 56 Tulips
    May 29, 2011 at 11:43 am

    The media pumps up policy for the republicans, they are helping to sell it, and then they will pretend to be fair. they have had them on defending and explaining their points and no dems have been on MTP is promoting and partial politics like fox news.

  16. 57 globalcitizenlinda
    May 29, 2011 at 11:51 am

    some of us were wondering if President Obama would be going to Joplin Missouri accompanied by the First Lasy. From the photos I have seen President will be making this trip alone

  17. 58 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 29, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I HAVE AN AWESOME STORY TO TELL…THERE WAS A GUEST AT OUR CHURCH TODAY…A FIREMAN FROM 9/11…WHO SURVIVED THE TOWERS…BUT I’M GOING TO EAT AND I’LL TELL IT WHEN I GET BACK! INDEED…IT’S A SMALL WORLD!

  18. 68 halo
    May 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Will the man get any rest?!!!

  19. May 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    The anticipation is killing me. Sue, hurry back!

  20. 70 Marlz
    May 29, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Sue, how long does it take for you to eat??
    🙂

  21. 71 Anonymous
    May 29, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    The President has to be exhausted. I am happy he is back home though I throughly enjoy the Europe trip. I hope Michelle took the trip with him. He always seems to enjoy her company when she is there.

    • 72 globalcitizenlinda
      May 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      Nope, he is all alone and the First Lady does not appear to be with him.

      I second your observation that President Obama seems to be happier when Mrs Obama is with him on the road

  22. 73 HZ
    May 29, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Good Morning Chipsticks and my family here on this glorious day of life. We are bless to be alive and part of that life for all who may need our thoughts of compassion and prayers of comfort. I prayed in church for our fellow citizens in Joplin who need our loving prayers to restore their lives. Also we will ask Almight God to give our Presdient wisdom as he shares in the service with those who will participate today. I ask God to touch hearts of those who have been blessed with funds to give to the precious people of Joplin. “Lord order his steps in your word and give him peace within to face the sights that he will behold today in Joplin. Surround him with your angels of comfort, compassion, caring, and provisions for those who are hurting so much during this time. Protect him in his traveling today Lord ,and safely bring him back to the WH. We thank you in advance, Lord for all that you will do through him and those who travel with him. We lift up in our sacred spaces in our places of worship and our homes all of our men and women who are serving us and others all around the world. Lord, have mercy on us because we are dealing with so much hate and unrest with our elected officials. Give us love to pray for them, but do not allow us to fret but trust in the knowledge that you so freely give to us. We carry no hate in our hearts because you said that the evildoers will withered like the grass. We will take comfort in our beliefs and faith that you will bless our POTUS. And we will do all that we can to love and support each other here within our blog family. We pray this in your precious and mightly name, Amen”. I love you all, and we will be fine. It is difficult , but we will make this, okay

    • 74 Sue in Minnesota
      May 29, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      Amen Sister HZ.

      Hope you are feeling better today….your heart is certainly strong as measured by your loving and thoughtful words.

      • 75 HZ
        May 29, 2011 at 4:46 pm

        Thanks my sister Sue. I just love to be around great people who show love and compassion with their actions. I am grateful for today as well. Hope you are doing fine as well.

  23. 76 professorx10
    May 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    d\
    \ Anticipa-ation, Anticipa-ation it’s making me wait. DO DO DO…(8)
    d

  24. 87 Oxfarm
    May 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    A devastating natural disaster is just that, devastating and out of the blue. But it’s also an improvement opportunity. I would love to see the Fed institute a program that helps – whether fiscally or technically – with improving building code and design in areas prone to . In addition to dollars spent on recovery efforts I think that would go a long way towards people’s futures.

  25. 88 Oxfarm
    May 29, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Sorry for the double post but what I meant to say was…

    A devastating natural disaster is just that, devastating and out of the blue. But it’s also an improvement opportunity. I would love to see the Fed institute a program that helps – whether fiscally or technically – with improving building code and design in areas prone to events like earthquake, flood, tornado, etc. In addition to dollars spent on recovery efforts I think that would go a long way towards people’s futures.

  26. 90 HZ
    May 29, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Waithing also Sue. Will grab something to eat now. Will hurry back upstairs.

  27. 91 LunarSea
    May 29, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    This feels sorta like waiting for the Prez. to return from overseas. Can’t you just see the post headline; People are waiting with baited breath for the imminent return of a once obscure blogger, Sue Duval Smith.

  28. 92 Walking on Sunshine
    May 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    http://www.npr.org/2011/05/27/136719513/north-korea-says-it-will-release-jailed-american?sc=tw

    While we are waiting. Here’s some good news. Maybe this is old news. I just saw it for the first time today.

  29. 98 HZ
    May 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Afternoon Fred and Theo67. Are you all waiting for Sue also. It is an insult, but that one will not prosper. Are you all also waiting for Sue? I have set up the Rose Garden for her announcement on this lovely day. Love you all.

  30. 108 meta
    May 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    There’s a livestream open now for Joplin at CNN:

    http://live.cnn.com/

    The White House is also going to cover the memorial service at 3:00 PM Eastern:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/

  31. 109 professorx10
    May 29, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Alert——–Alert——–Alert

    We have a live feed in Missouri tornado site NOW

    http://live.cnn.com/

    • 110 theo67
      May 29, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      Looks like a good turnout – lots of people lined up going in to the event.

      • May 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm

        Yes, Theo67. Hope and pray it will be a beautiful uplift for our people in Joplin. I have no sound on the feed. Is that the normal? I am on the westcoast, so I probably will be able to see it at 12:00 PT, right?

        • 112 theo67
          May 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm

          Yes, they usually turn the sound on at the two minute mark. But I lost the feed completely now – just seeing the weather.

          • May 29, 2011 at 2:03 pm

            That is what I’m seeing also. I will watch on CNN when it comes up. Thanks so much Theo67.

          • 114 lisalovesobama
            May 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm

            do a refresh or log back on to the live website, it’s on now, but it’s just people walking into the building.

            • May 29, 2011 at 2:26 pm

              Thanks so much lisalovesobama. We are having a little light humor with Sue. She is going to get us when she comes on. I love you all so much.

  32. 116 lisalovesobama
    May 29, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I wonder where UT Austin is aka Quickdraw Austin aka Superfly ❓

    • 117 UT Austin Liberal
      May 29, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      Hahahaha Lisa. Quickdraw and Superfly (lovin the nicknames .. they make me 😳 )
      I’m Catholic so I had to go to mass today and then I had errands to run. But not to worry.. I’m still here. Watched the Joplin speech and I’m re-watching it right now on c-span. 🙂

      • 118 UT Austin Liberal
        May 29, 2011 at 6:57 pm

        Also Lisa.. thanks for inquiring about my whereabouts. it’s really freakin GREAT to know that we are indeed a family here on TOD and that if one of us is absent for a considerable amount of time, someone gets worried and seeks answers. Hope you’re having a splendid day. 🙂

  33. 119 Sue in Minnesota
    May 29, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    How long will SUE keep us hanging? Naughty temptress.

    • 120 lisalovesobama
      May 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      ok, this is how oblivious I am. I saw that there were two different Sue icons, but didn’t really realize that there were two DIFFERENT Sue’s 😳 I saw the difference, I just didn’t really SEE the difference. so when you said: “How long will SUE keep us hanging? Naughty temptress,” I was like: ‘wow, why is she talking in third person? That’s interesting.’ Please don’t doubt my IQ…..I’m just…. oblivious, yes, yes, I like that word. 😳

      • 122 Sue in Minnesota
        May 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm

        Are you kidding, I am amazed and a bit jealous of all the brain power exhibited on this site. My writing skills can’t match my brain skills, so many here express what I am often thinking, better than I could. SUE is our gal with THE MAGICAL RUBY SLIPPERS and the equally sparkling wit. Where is she? The anticipation is killing me.

        • 123 lisalovesobama
          May 29, 2011 at 2:50 pm

          Don’t know what you’re talking about in terms of writing skills not matching brain skills cause from what I’ve seen, there is a LOT of wit and intelligence in your writings and opinions. There are no other people I’d rather spend any given day or time with than all of you. You are all funny and sane…. insane and sweet. You all just really make the journey we are all on with PBO worthwhile and fulfilling. 🙂

    • May 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      Sue, I believe that they have decided to take it back into the WH into the Roosevelt Room to start after the Presidents’s messsage. Sue has agreed to do so because she loves her POTUS and her family here.

  34. 125 Carolyn
    May 29, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    These visits of a president to disaster sites are very important. In 1995 after the Murrah Building bombing in OKC, President Clinton came to our memorial service. It is hard to express how much that meant to us. It started us on the path of some acceptance, and rebuilding our lives. It comforted those who had lost family. It seems President Obama has had more than two years’ share so far, but the beauty is that he is always where he is needed. I don’t need to remind us of the travesty of the Katrina reaction from the then prez! When he finally visited, it was all about him and “heckuva job Brownie” not the people.
    We know that with our President, the visit will be about them, not him. And they will feel comforted. There seems to be something in us that wants the leader to be a comforter too. My father was a minister, and when there was a death in a family, the one person families wanted was him. Others were okay, but it was not set right until he was with them. This is what the president does on a larger scale. God works through him to comfort, I firmly believe.

    • May 29, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      Oh, Carolyn your thoughts reminds us of the character and strength of our President. I could see the focus that he seem to have on this event as he left the WH. We have seen that look so many times before. I know that we all are waiting to hear him speak to the families. I also feel that the rest of the nation needs this as much as our dear familes there in Joplin. I have lit my candles in my home with quiet music playing to keep my spirit focused and calm also. Yes, I firmly belive also that he ask God to make him an instrument of love and compassion today as well.

  35. 127 Asher in Boston
    May 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Sue, please unleash. We are anxiously waiting. LOL.

  36. 128 Sue in Minnesota
    May 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    This waiting feels like Moneygall all over to me. I’ll be relieved when this is underway.

    • May 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      Yes, I was thinking though, with all of the fun remarks including mine; I hope that Sue is fine. This is unusual for her. I have not seen her on BWD’s site either. Let’s pray that everything is fine with her. Good thoughts coming your way, Sue.

  37. May 30, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Good Evening:

    Your support to our President and this forward-thinking Administration keeps Seniors, like me, from going banas when we are bombarded with this tea party crap and the lacivious lies from the4 Newts and boenhers of this world (forgive the spelling) I am in my 75th year and never heard of these names until FOX put them in our faces nightly.

    Seriously, living here in the Nations’ Capitol since January 1941 — we have experienced much hatred, much fiefdom, and much chaos as the Bilbos, McMillans, and even the Strom Thurmonds sought to continue the non-voting status of our City.

    Yet, it amazes us all the more to see this Congree of new kids in the block — arriving with their agenda of disrespect for all the representatives of our Territories and even our very own hard-working Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton. They are not fit , or knowledgeable to polish her shoes — yet their first order of business was to forget the responsibility to those that elected them; but to remove her, and others, right to vote and to challenge our right to spend the moneies that we collect here in our City.

    Well, I digress — but I thank you for all that you do to keep us focused on the “better part of Americans that work with our President”.

    I am amazed at these republican morons as they stumble over one another for the opportunity to slander President Obama and the direction he has given our Country. They refuse to see the progress, while wasting time and monies trying to repeal programs that have literally saved our economy.

    Thanks for your excellent coverage; thanks for keeping us Seniors in the Loop; for taking us around the real world. Before someone sent me your messages last fall — I was so bombarded with CNN and FOX that I was losing focus; despite living down the Street from Capitol Hill where this chaos occurs daily. I cast my Ballot for President Barack Hussein Obama two blocks from the U.S. Supreme Court — yet before your informative photos and videos; I felt like I was in another part of the Country from these Men who have yet to grasp what happened between President Clinton leaving all those surplus funds and the situation that President Obama found himself enveloped by.

    Later with Love, Yvonne D. Baskerville


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