walter reed

NYT: On Memorial Day, Michelle Obama made an unannounced trip to visit the wounded at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Joao Silva of The New York Times was among those on whom she paid a call. “She came across as a kind and attentive person,” Mr. Silva said. She asked about the progress of his recovery and gave yo-yos, Frisbees and White House candies to his children, Isabel, 6, and Gabriel, 5.

Perhaps the most telling moment occurred before Mrs. Obama arrived. On learning of her pending visit, Mr. Silva made a point of putting on his prosthetic legs. “I wanted to be able to greet her standing up,” he said.

Thank you Brandi

93 Responses to “walter reed”

  1. 1 Fred
    June 1, 2011 at 7:55 am

    morning Chip and TOD family

    may GOD guide the President today while he has to face the Tea’s and ReTHUGS and give him patience with these loons as he has to deal with them.

  2. 3 Abena
    June 1, 2011 at 8:12 am

    What an amazing First Family! We do our best to remember the fallen on Memorial Day, but forget the “partially fallen”. Michelle is truly insightful, kind, and action-oriented. What a dynamic duo!

    June 1, 2011 at 8:14 am


  4. 7 JoAnn
    June 1, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Michelle looks gorgeous even in the paper “clean room” gown!

    • 8 UT Austin Liberal
      June 1, 2011 at 9:41 am

      She does look gorgeous. This speaks a lot about her character that she went to visit wounded soldiers without any media fanfare. She’s such a caring, kind, warm, and compassionate human being; not to mention uber SMART. I’m sure the soldiers thoroughly enjoyed her visit. 🙂

  5. June 1, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Well, it’s confirmed, the greedy wall streeters are not hiring anymore.
    Adp came out and said only 35k jobs created and it was expected to have175k!

    Wall street is rejecting this president, they would prefer the greedy republicans!

    Looks like the republican governors are sacrificing themselves and the economy in order to get rid of the president!

    Housing market is tumbling, that us what you get when wall street did not hire people when they should have.

    Thus, this election is going to go either way, now!

    We need to work that much harder if we don’t want some lunatic pro wall street guy in there!

    Sorry for the bad news, but it is the republicans plan that has the president back on his heels…

    Msm is all about it.


    • 10 hopefruit2
      June 1, 2011 at 8:50 am

      Jovie who is adp?

      And where is the link to the official jobs report? I thought these came out on Friday?

      Jovie, even if this is true, people are NOT going to fall for the Republican tactics. They know who is deliberately slowing down the economy. The MSM – who cares?

      • June 1, 2011 at 8:54 am

        Adp is a poll before the jobs report on Friday.
        I am telling you all we need to be prepared for a shitty economy in 2012!

        Japan, Greece and the housing market has sent us downward despite all the stimulus from congress and the fed!

        Now, this only emboldens the republican plans of de regulation. Which is the only thing that has not been tried.

        • 12 UT Austin Liberal
          June 1, 2011 at 9:34 am

          Hey Jovie,

          I watched the news this morning and the NYSE guy said that out of 20 times Adp is wrong 19 times. They guy said that for about 3 months Adp has been prediciting 38,000 in added jobs and we’ve been getting 175,000-200,000 jobs added. He said everyone should take Adp numbers with a grain of salt and wait for the official end of the month unemployemnt numbers. So there’s still hope yet. 😉

          • June 1, 2011 at 9:39 am

            The problem is the GDP numbers were confirmed at 1.8%! A normal economy is 3%.

            Imagine, we were -6% when POTUS took over! Now, the Republicanas are saying, that this president made things worse. HOW in the hell do they figure that one?

            • 14 UT Austin Liberal
              June 1, 2011 at 9:44 am

              It might seem bad, but I’m still going to wait for the official numbers. Last time, GDP was growing at 1.8-2% and we were still adding 175,000 jobs on average.

              • June 1, 2011 at 9:52 am

                True, but Greece and Japan was not in play! anyways, I am going to wait and see, but the Plan the republicans have is telegraphed and the MSM is covering for them. They want to destroy the economy and then blame it on POTUS! Sick!

      • June 1, 2011 at 9:37 am

        The fact is, they still have 2 trillion in profits that they have, because of the weak dollar and low interst rates from the FED.
        Wall street is playing us all, and now they want cuts and privatizing SS and Medicare, so they can make even more money.
        Can’t people see that?

    • 17 dotster
      June 1, 2011 at 11:27 am

      I will insert some positive news to ease the pain. Honda is adding 1000 jobs in Indiana, doubling their workforce, as they plan to double their output of Civics to 200,000. This is expected to trigger 2632 additional related jobs—auto parts, retail etc.–across the state.

      • 18 UT Austin Liberal
        June 1, 2011 at 11:31 am

        Oh yeah thanks for this dotster. I also read that GM is adding about 8,000 more jobs; so there’s always hope on the horizon. 😉

    • 19 Dorothy Rissman
      June 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      NO! Only 35,000. I feel sick to my stomach.

      • 20 UT Austin Liberal
        June 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm

        Hey DR, take heart. The Adp is a poll not the official employment numbers. That hasn’t been released. 99% of the time the Adp is wrong. It’s been predicting only 35,000 jobs every month and we’ve been averaging 185,000 jobs a month. So there’s still hope. 😉

  6. 22 Proud of Obama
    June 1, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Take heart, the idiots on Morning Joke had to admit that the American people so far are not blaming President Obama for this economy, but do blame Bush. That terrible, juvenile Ronald Reagan-worshipper, Peggy Noonan piped up and says “but they can’t fire George Bush, he’s not the one in office.”

    No, idiot, but they can re-hire President Obama so that he can continue working on fixing what Bush broke.

    Have a wonderful Wednesday, Chips and TOD family. Praying that President Obama takes no prisoners when he meets with the republican hypocrites today.

    • 23 Fred
      June 1, 2011 at 9:10 am

      I’d be very crude in describing Peggy Noonan but out of respect for the TOD family I will restrain myself 😡

      • June 1, 2011 at 10:13 am

        Peggy Noonan is a pompous arse. Can’t stand that woman and can’t stand her voice.

        • 25 UT Austin Liberal
          June 1, 2011 at 10:19 am

          Oh yes! Her voice is friggin ANNOYING! She sounds like nails being dragged down a chalkboard. She speaks as though she is the fount of eternal wisdom and as though Reagan was the best President ever. May I remind her that Ford and Carter put forth an energy plan that would get America off foreign oil by 1986… but guess who rolled back those plans and handed subsidies to oil companies… her buddy Reagan! 😡

        • 26 theo67
          June 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm

          Pompous is the perfect word to describe her. She’s horrible.

      • 27 Dorothy Rissman
        June 1, 2011 at 1:41 pm

        She is a slime ball. I too could say something much worse, but like Fred I will refrain. I assume we all know what she really is.

  7. 28 Proud of Obama
    June 1, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Oh, also, the guy who was talking about the ADP numbers, said they are often wrong, sometimes off by as much as 200k. Let’s hope.

  8. 29 Proud of Obama
    June 1, 2011 at 9:03 am

    In know thy enemy news: It’s not ok for teachers and other union workers to earn a decent wage and a pension because, you know NJ is “broke!” but it’s perfectly fine for Gov. Fatso to spend NJ taxpayer dollars on a helicopter so he can see his son’s baseball game. Can this hypocrite be recalled?


    • 30 UT Austin Liberal
      June 1, 2011 at 10:21 am

      This is the guy who is slashing unions and education funds, yet he uses a state helicopter to go see his son’s baseball game. The LOUSE!

    • 31 Eleroy
      June 1, 2011 at 9:35 pm

      The asshole couldn’t even walk a few steps to get back to the plane!!! He had to be driven by limo!!!

      Why won’t Americans see these Republicans for the evil, greedy, selfish hypocrites they are!!!

  9. 32 Proud of Obama
    June 1, 2011 at 9:07 am

    And more hypocrisy from that rat Rick Scott. He bashes the stimulus but uses the money to balance his budget. We must make sure this information gets out about these rats.

    “Florida Gov. Rick Scott campaigned against President Obama’s “failed stimulus” program — yet the freshman politician kept nearly $370 million of the federal cash in the Florida budget he signed last week.

    Scott’s decision to keep the stimulus money stands out in a year when the governor touted record budget vetoes of up to $615 million. He emphasized the vetoes of “wasteful” spending at a Thursday event that featured a campaign-style “Promises Made, Promises Kept” banner.

    But as he ran for office last summer, Scott said he “would fight all the stimulus money.” He also told reporters “I would have figured out how to balance the budget without it.”

    When asked Tuesday why he appeared to reverse himself by keeping stimulus money, Scott didn’t specifically answer.

    “I think the stimulus was not good for our state, made us more dependent on the federal government,” he said, echoing a budget-signing letter he issued last week. “I think that we’ve got to watch how we spend money. As you know, in the budget, I focused very much on how we spend our money, stopping the growth of debt in our state and making our state less dependent on the federal government.”


  10. 33 EDP4BHO
    June 1, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Proud and Jovie, our resident news reporters. Good looking outs 😀

  11. June 1, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Obama’s campaign manager, top spokesman and chief strategist will once again be male, but two women, Julianna Smoot and Jen O’Malley Dillon, have been picked as deputy campaign managers, essentially sharing the number two job in what promises to be a billion-dollar campaign.

    Smoot, with her gilded fundraising connections and networking skills, is tasked with mobilizing a nationwide network of power players. O’Malley Dillon, a former top party official, is helping build the dozens of state organizations needed to activate Obama’s grass-roots support.

    Both will bear significant day-to-day operational responsibilities, and they will alternate running the Chicago headquarters when campaign manager Jim Messina is on one of his frequent road trips, a senior campaign official told POLITICO.

    Their titles and the roles they will play — along with the choice of Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee — are a tacit acknowledgment of past shortcomings and a recognition the Obama effort has to better reflect a crucial voting bloc this time around.


    • June 1, 2011 at 10:15 am

      reflect what voting bloc? look at all the women in his cabinet.

      • 36 theo67
        June 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm

        Indeed – anyone trying to convince people that this President doesn’t respect women clearly hasn’t been paying attention. And since this article comes from Politico, I don’t think I need to read any further to realize there’s an agenda. Reality speaks for itself. The only two Supreme Court appointments from this President were women. His most senior cabinet member – the one who represents him and this country all around the world – is a woman with nearly as much star power as him. His top advisor is a woman, and she heads up the department for women and girls. He’s promoted women’s rights and equality in almost every foreign speech he’s made, citing it as a marker for the stability and growth potential for a country. He’s passed the Lilly Ledbetter Act. He has coached girls basketball. He was raised by a single mother who spent her life promoting microloans to empower women. His sisters are both accomplished and incredibly strong and charismatic in their own right. He has two wonderful daughters who are full of confidence. He’s married to a woman who might be smarter than him, and was his boss at one time, and is a star in her own right.

        These facts are just off the top of my head. I don’t even know how much more I could find that would refute this silly article if I tried just a little bit. Women need to recognize a scam when we see one, and this article is a scam.

        • 37 GGail
          June 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm

          Very well said theo67! I couldn’t agree with you more. People need to look and see for themselves what the President has done and who he’s appointed instead of reading and believing articles like the ones from Politico. Get the facts not the fiction.

  12. June 1, 2011 at 9:18 am

    TOWNSHEND — The state of Vermont has approved two hydro-electric projects for the West River in Townshend and Jamaica, but the developer is still waiting for federal approval to qualify for incentive programs the projects need to succeed.

    Blue Heron Hydro President Lori Barg says the 3-megawatt project from the flood control dams needs to get its federal license by November to ensure the projects are generating power by the end of next year, as required by a Vermont incentive program.

    “That will give us two months to pull together the financing that will enable us to qualify for the federal incentive, and then meet the timeline of the state incentive,” Barg said.

    Blue Hydro filed its application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last November. The company has asked for expedited consideration.

    The administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin supports the project as does the Central Vermont Public Service Corp., the state’s largest electric utility.

    FERC spokeswoman Celeste Miller said the agency has received Blue Hydro’s request. The project is now in the public comment phase.

    “There is an opportunity for the public to give us their input on the issues that they think need to be looked at during the environmental review process,” Miller told Vermont Public Radio. “Once we receive all of the comments, we have to review them, and that can sometimes… have an impact on the timing of the process.”

    Argus times-

  13. June 1, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Oregon, United States The new upstream fish ladder at the Thompson Falls dam and hydropower project in Thompson Falls, Mont., has opened with a successful first run, reported GEI Consultants Inc., the firm selected by PPL Montana to provide ecological and engineering services for the project.

    The $7.5 million project is designed to provide rare species of trout and other fish varieties unhindered access to hundreds of miles of the upstream Clark Fork River and its tributaries.

    The fishway is part of PPL Montana’s federal operating license in compliance with the Endangered Species Act. The fish passage was dedicated in October, 2010, and after the spring thaw, passed its first fish, a 19-inch, 2.5-pound rainbow trout. The first two bull trout successfully passed through the ladder during April 2011.

    The project was developed as a collaborative effort through an inter-agency, multi-disciplinary team composed of PPL Montana; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; Montana Department of Environmental Quality; the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes; GEI Consultants and others.

    Renewable energy world net.com-

  14. 40 Mae who love our CIC
    June 1, 2011 at 9:22 am

    This is a great day. And we have a great leadership team in the White House. We may have doubts about things, but know this President Obama will be reelected 2012. Tricks,false political schemes, shenanigans won’t work. Enough of the people were fooled in 2010 but I don’t think they will be fooled again in 2012. The repugs want the economy to failed because they think it will be a tool for them to gain control in order to take this country back to a slave ship. Kill the unions, kill education and it will be ripe for a plantation.
    That damn Rick Scott here in FL signed the bill requiring welfare recipients to take drug test and also State employees will be required as well. So who does it benefit. His former company Solantics is in the drug testing business. Rick Scott should be the first in line because surely he is impaired with his alien looking self.

  15. 41 EDP4BHO
    June 1, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Posting this in prayer for PBO today, especially:

    “When thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” Isa. 43:2b

    Let’s all be there in spirit for our President today. News says the WH knows it has to bargain (duh!?), but let’s pray that what comes out of this will be another victory for the people, less for rethugs, and that PBO is not pounced on, once again, for “caving”….I’m still trying to figure out what people missed on that one, in December, when compromise was clearly done for the sake of the people. I have no patience for babies. Chin up, TOD’ers 😀

    • 42 Doris
      June 1, 2011 at 10:29 am

      Amen and amen.

    • 44 theo67
      June 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      Ed – I was listening to one of these shows with one ear last night, and there was a Congressman who was talking about the defeated vote to raise the debt ceiling. So, Congress is in chaos and they can’t get this done. But the Congressman made a point of saying how the President better not cave, and better stand firm and not negotiate on the debt ceiling. They will definitely be bashing the President when the deal is done on the debt ceiling.

  16. June 1, 2011 at 9:23 am

    BOISE, IDAHO–(Marketwire – June 1, 2011) – U.S. Geothermal Inc. (TSX:GTH)(NYSE Amex:HTM), a leading renewable energy company focused on the development, production and sale of electricity from geothermal energy, today announced the signing of a Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA”) between its wholly owned subsidiary USG Nevada LLC and NV Energy, for the purchase of an annual average of up to 19.9 net megawatts of clean, renewable energy from the San Emidio Geothermal Project located in Washoe County, Nevada.

    The 25-year PPA anticipates the development of two electric power generation units at San Emidio. The Unit 1 power generation plant, scheduled to achieve commercial operation during the 4th quarter of 2011, is currently under construction and will replace the existing 3.6 net megawatt plant at San Emidio. Subject to successful production well development, the Unit 2 power generation plant is scheduled to be on line during the 2nd quarter of 2013. Two additional Units 3 and 4 are also planned at San Emidio after sufficient drilling has been completed to define additional reservoir production capacity.

    “We are pleased to extend for another 25 years the already long and successful relationship this geothermal power project has with NV Energy,” said Daniel Kunz, President and CEO of U.S. Geothermal Inc. “With Unit 1 funded and under construction, this PPA is an important milestone that allows for completion of the remaining field activities required to develop additional reservoir production capacity.”


  17. June 1, 2011 at 9:25 am

    The National Recreation Trail designations recognize existing trails and trail systems that link communities to recreational opportunities on public lands and in local parks across the nation.

    This year’s 41 trails join a network of more than 1,100 previously designated trails that total more than 13,000 miles across the country.

    David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior
    Dick Durbin, U.S. Senator
    Michael Reynolds, National Park Service Regional Director

    Announcement of the designations of 41 new National Recreation Trails

    Thursday, June 2, 2011; 10:00 a.m. CDT

    Northerly Island
    1400 S. Lynn White Dr.
    Chicago, IL 60605

    News organizations are invited to attend and interview opportunities are available.

    Dept of Interior-

  18. June 1, 2011 at 9:33 am

    A biodiesel blend containing oil from winter canola is pumped into a Paschal Sherman Indian School bus. Pictured left to right: Washington State University extension specialist Phil Linden, Colville Confederated Tribes member Ernie Clark, ARS agronomist Frank Young, ARS technician Larry McGrew, and local grower Ed Townsend. Photo by Carla Des Voigne.


  19. 49 Fred
    June 1, 2011 at 9:38 am

    thank you so much Jovie

    • June 1, 2011 at 9:43 am

      Your Welcome. The choice is stark, to me, the republicans care not for anything other than profit! This President cares for our environment and the middle class. Even with an souring economy, this election should not be close, but the pubs do have the MSM on their side, so they will be able to get their message out! Just saying!

  20. June 1, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Renews Interim Directive Covering Roadless Areas in National Forests

    WASHINGTON, May 31, 2011 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that he is renewing an interim directive regarding inventoried roadless areas within our National Forests and Grasslands for an additional year. This is the third one-year, interim directive issued by Secretary Vilsack that governs projects in roadless areas in our National Forests.

    “As we await a ruling on the 2001 Roadless Rule from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, I will continue to work with the U.S. Forest Service to ensure we protect roadless areas on our National Forests,” said Vilsack. “Renewing this interim directive for a third year reflects this Administration’s commitment to conserve our forests by ensuring that projects in roadless areas receive a higher level of scrutiny by this department.”


  21. June 1, 2011 at 9:50 am

    It doesn’t take much political savvy to note that Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) Medicare-destroying budget plan hasn’t panned out all that well for the GOP. But a new poll out from advocates for the Democratic health care law shows that the Ryan budget fail goes even deeper than embarrassed presidential candidates and special election upsets.

    Not only does the poll show huge opposition to Ryan’s plan to replace Medicare with a voucher system, the poll shows Democrats winning the credibility war when it comes to Medicare and “protecting the middle class.” And — in a jolt of good news for the White House and Democrats — the numbers show that when voters are given Ryan budget messaging from opponents, support for the Democratic health care law actually goes up slightly in response.

    The poll was conducted by The Herndon Alliance and Protect Your Care, two groups focused on defending the Democratic health care law from political attack. Full details on the survey will be released later today, but an early look at the numbers suggests the political hay Democrats can make from the Medicare fight is abundant.



    • 53 Me4obama
      June 1, 2011 at 10:12 am

      Jovie thanks for my environment news, I always go to BWD to see if you posted there. I enjoy you and your hard work of giving us all kinds of useful information. Again I love ya for that and please keep it coming. Morning TOD family.

      • June 1, 2011 at 10:15 am

        sure thing! Ironically, it is the environmental groups, that is the biggest hurdle to green energy. Everytime POTUS ok’s a project, the sierra club ends up suing the US Govt.! Wierd, isn’t it?

  22. 55 anniebella
    June 1, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I am so proud of the First Lady, and in one visit this gentlemen could see what we here knew all along. Our FLOTUS is a kind, down to earth, friendly, loving, caring, lovely person, and I am so dam proud she is our First Lady.

  23. 56 anniebella
    June 1, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I am so proud of the First Lady, and in one visit this gentlemen could see what we here knew all along. Our FLOTUS is a kind, down to earth, friendly, loving, caring, lovely beautiful person, and I am so dam proud she is our First Lady.

  24. June 1, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Here are two folks joining President Obama’s reelection campaign as regional press secretaries to work with state-based reporters:

    Ofelia Casillas, who has worked as a journalist for more than a decade at some of the country’s largest publications, including the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. She is a Miami native who has lived in Chicago for the past 10 years.

    Frank Benenati, who joins the reelect team after serving as west press secretary for the Democratic National Committee. Benenati also worked communications on Al Franken’s Senate race, as well for other campaigns. He worked on Capitol Hill for Rep. Louise Slaughter and the House Rules Committee and is a native of Allendale, N.J.


  25. June 1, 2011 at 10:10 am

    President Obama, who has visited areas in the South in recent weeks to tour damage left by deadly storms, will turn his attention to FEMA once again on Wednesday.

    The White House says that Obama will mark the beginning of the “Atlantic hurricane season” by getting a briefing in the Situation Room on the forecast for the year. “Partners” from the federal government, states, nonprofits and religious groups will be at the “national preparedness” session, the White House said in guidance to reporters.

    “We do not have the capacity to answer. We can’t know when a terrible storm will strike, or where, or the severity of the devastation that it may cause. We can’t know why we’re tested with the loss of a loved one, or the loss of a home where we’ve lived a lifetime,” Obama told residents of Joplin, Mo., on Sunday as he viewed homes destroyed by a tornado. “These things are beyond our power to control. But that does not mean we are powerless in the face of adversity. How we respond when the storm strikes is up to us. How we live in the aftermath of tragedy and heartache, that’s within our control. And it’s in these moments, through our actions, that we often see the glimpse of what makes life worth living in the first place.”


  26. June 1, 2011 at 10:12 am

    One thing the President can do is if the republicans don’t raise the debt ceiling, and the economy crashes, he can declare a national state of emergency. As such, FEMA would then be in charge of everything, and the Presdient would remain President, without any elections!
    Seems ok with me! LOL!

    • 61 Me4obama
      June 1, 2011 at 10:16 am

      Jovie, how do you find all this information? Am such a big fan of yours.

      • 62 Doris
        June 1, 2011 at 10:30 am

        Ditto. Thanks Jovie.

        • June 1, 2011 at 10:40 am

          I have fans? Yipee! I am famous!~ LOL!

          Seriously, I go to the dept agencies and check out their blogs, first thing every morning! They are busting their butts to get the economy moving, but the republicans are busting their butts to slow the economy down. Which is why you see a stagnant period in our economy! Sigh!

          • 64 meta
            June 1, 2011 at 11:00 am

            Since PBO became President, the department blogs are FULL of important information and they are LIVE, not stagnant pages with outdated useless information. Hiring techies and web people in the WH was one of the best things PBO has done in terms of transparency and communication. More people need to know about them.

            • June 1, 2011 at 11:21 am

              I guess he wants the grass roots to get his message out?

            • 66 theo67
              June 1, 2011 at 12:50 pm

              And they are very well written. Short, quick reads that give out tons of information. Someone mentioned yesterday that the Administration is at fault for people remaining ignorant. Well, I would say that people are at fault for remaining ignorant. A daily scan of the blogs, like Jovie does every day on our behalf, gives one a clear insight into just how much work these people are doing. The White House sends out a daily briefing of the day’s events, along with links to live streams and links to interesting articles from the blogs. They tweet every day to alert people when something has happened or something is about to happen. They don’t spend a lot of time catering to the main stream media, because those channels are biased and already stacked against them. They go straight to the audience – especially the youth. They are awesome.

  27. 67 Fred
    June 1, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Chip you’ve been MIA since yesterday 😦

  28. 68 Street_Smart
    June 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    While people are working hard to make things better in this country, here is what Chris Christie is doing….So the motorcade drove to wait for him there…What didn’t he ride with them…?!!

    Chris Christie takes state helicopter to son’s baseball game
    By Holly Bailey holly Bailey
    55 mins ago

    .New Jersey governor Chris Christie–who has made government reform a major talking point of his administration–is coming under fire for his decision to travel in a state-owned helicopter to his son’s high school baseball game Monday.

    According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Christie landed in the state’s $12.5 million helicopter just before the game began, buzzing over the trees in left field and distracting spectators. The GOP governor then got into a black sedan with tinted windows, which drove him about 100 yards to the baseball diamond.

    Flanked by bodyguards, Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, watched the game from the stands until they left during the 5th inning. The two got back into the car and rode back to the helicopter. According to the Star-Ledger, the game was stopped for a “couple of minutes” while the helicopter took off.

    Christie’s oldest son, Andrew, was playing the position of catcher in the game, which was held at a high school in Montvale, N.J.—about 80 miles away from Trenton, where the state capitol is. But it’s unclear exactly where Christie was coming from because his office won’t say.

    Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak defended his boss’s use of the helicopter, insisting Christie has only flown in it in “limited” instances when his schedule demands.

    But as the paper notes, Christie had no major events on his schedule yesterday, aside from his meeting with several Iowa activists who had dinner with the governor in hopes of convincing him to run for president. That meeting was held in Princeton, about 70 miles away from the baseball game.

    The trip prompted criticism from Christie’s political rivals, who called for him to reimburse the state for the trip.

    “Gov. Christie obviously doesn’t include himself in his hollow call for shared sacrifice,” state Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, a Democrat, told AP. “Gov. Christie must learn that taxpayers cannot afford his helicopter joyrides.”

    (Photo of Christie: Mel Evans/AP)

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    • 69 theo67
      June 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      Oddly, I really wouldn’t have had an issue with Christie using the helicopter, if he wasn’t hypocritically taking rights away from his constituents and throwing away money from the state, such as the high speed rail money. If he wasn’t such a hypocrite, and his party hadn’t attacked President Obama for taking his wife out for dinner one evening, then I would say this was overkill. But because those two facts exists, I say – welcome to karma.

      And the little nugget that is just thrown in the center of this article: “his meeting with several Iowa activists who had dinner with the governor in hopes of convincing him to run for president”. Ummm, why do they want to convince him to run for President when he wouldn’t even win his own state? These people are delusional. They really do create their own reality. Surely, there’s medication for that?

  29. 70 meta
    June 1, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    THIS infuriates me:

    Former Obama Secret Service Agent Running for Senate in Maryland
    It’s a rare move for a member of the president’s security detail


    He’s a right-wing Republican. UGH.

    • 71 Proud of Obama
      June 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      This should not be allowed. Aren’t there some sort of clauses in their employment that prevent them from discussing anything having to deal with the President and his administration. It’s outrageous!!! These republicans are simply despicable and bigoted in every way. Who do we contact about this? Let’s stop his run before it begins.

      • 72 Proud of Obama
        June 1, 2011 at 12:39 pm

        Oh, but I’m glad he left the SS. Wouldn’t want him anywhere near my President. Traitor.

        • 73 UT Austin Liberal
          June 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm

          He really is a traitor. At the very least he should have waited years before running for an elected office. Especially one as high profile as the Senate. His other Repub SS counterparts at least waited years before running for Gov. and Lt.Gov. I noticed the article mentioned that it seems as though the SS agents who run for office run as repubs. That should tell you something. The SS worked hard to fight for laws that prevent SS agents from testifying about conversations they might have heard while serving high level officials like for example the President! The SS isn’t happy about this and the guy is kinda scummy.

          • 74 theo67
            June 1, 2011 at 1:01 pm

            It actually says a lot that someone who has seen the President working up close, would still be unconvinced that Republicans don’t know how to govern, and haven’t got the slightest idea how to make the country work. His sole campaign strategy is to rant about “American Exceptionalism”. What is exceptional about a dwindling middle class, and a population of people who can’t afford college or health care? What’s exceptional about a country that is ruled by an elite 2%, and a Congress that puts profit over security and safety and progress.

            I’m just glad that someone this stupid is no longer protecting President Obama.

          • 75 meta
            June 1, 2011 at 1:06 pm

            And if he’s hellbent on running, he should keep his mouth zipped with all the innuendo and implications. It’s just disgusting and outrageous that he feels it appropriate to do this.

        • 76 MeaBloom
          June 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm

          I second that. That was the first thing I said when I finished reading the article. I don’t want any slime face republican protecting my President. Hopefully the rat won’t win anyway.


      • 77 meta
        June 1, 2011 at 12:53 pm

        It is outrageous but although it seems this kind of thing is discouraged and considered unprofessional, I don’t think it’s against the law or against employment practices. But it’s truly egregious and I hope he loses his bid. We can work on it from that end as he surrounds himself with Tea Party activists. He’ll likely get a lot of publicity out of this so we could steamroll a campaign for the Democrat in the race.

        I, too, am supremely grateful that he is no longer in the President’s Secret Service detail. He doesn’t need people like this anywhere near him.

    • 78 Eleroy
      June 1, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      Wow!!! Good thing he’s no longer allowed near the President!!!

      Must be one of those who figured that if a black man can be President, then he as a white guy should not have to serve him but could surely be president too!!!

      A thought that probably never crossed his mind when he worked for all the white presidents!!!

      These people are sick, evil and racist!!!

      Will wait to hear what he spews!!!

  30. 79 Proud of Obama
    June 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    LOL! More proof of how ignorant the half-term, quitter ex-governor is. See her tweet from Ellis Island. “Statute” of Liberty. Really? Presidential material? Really?


    • 81 UT Austin Liberal
      June 1, 2011 at 12:43 pm

      Haha POB did you see her tweet about George Washington’s farm in Virginia?. She said Washington was sooo diverse; not only was he President, he also had a farm. She congratulated her daughter Piper for recognizing that Washington must have worked super HARD to toil those acres and acres of land and make the harvest fruitful. Really?… Washington toiled the land?.. Is she freaking kidding me or is her ignorance of American history that shallow? Washington had slaves who toiled the land and were treated like animals. Gosh this woman is an epic IDIOT!

      • 82 theo67
        June 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm

        She really is.

        The thing that gets me is that this is the woman who put cross-hairs over another woman’s name, and told people to reload – and that women ended up getting shot in the head. She’s the same one who then used a fake address to the nation over the incident, not to offer sympathy or an apology, but to play the victim herself! She’s the same one who has lied and used racist language against the President. The same woman who wrote notes on her hand to remember her four key points, and even crossed one of the points out because she got it wrong! She’s the same woman who’s husband joined a group that wanted/wants to secede from these “Unites States that we love” – a violation of the Constitution that she so loves, I believe. This is the same woman who was found guilty of ethics violations, and used her office to go after her sister’s ex-husband. And the same woman who got her degree after attending five colleges, one of which she dropped out of because there were “too many Asians”.

        Why is the media following such a woman as this? Why was her pizza date with Trump the first item on the news this morning? Why do we have to be bombarded with silly musings of her fictitious run for President? Why should I care if she’s bought a house in Arizona and possibly making a run for Senate? The whole thing is disgusting to me. It speaks to the inner character of a country that can still promote a horrible woman like this. A woman was shot because of this horrible woman’s inciteful language. That’s what matters.

      • 84 anniebella
        June 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm

        We all know that Palin is not smarter than any fifth grader. Now what does that make the news media? And knowing this Palin woman,she probably thinks there were no slaves. Black worked like a dog for Washington and all the others salve onwers for the good pay.

        • 85 anniebella
          June 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm

          I laugh at the media when they say that Palin is so amusing, so amazing, that they just can’t leave her alone. That’s alone of B.S.

    • 86 GGail
      June 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      I chuckle every time I hear her speak. Her command of the English language seems to be no higher than High School level. So I guess her spelling is even lower. Aren’t you suppose to use less letters when tweeting?

  31. 87 theo67
    June 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Seeing these two racists together – Trump and palin – makes my blood boil. Trump hurt a lot of people with his birth certificate nonsense, and this woman offers nothing positive to the world. Nothing.

    • 88 anniebella
      June 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      What a great reality show, Palin and Trump. Trump can be sitting behind his desk as Palin stands before him. Trump says to Palin, You’re Fired, Palin says back to him I’ve Quit.

  32. 89 GGail
    June 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    God bless our FLOTUS!

    • 90 anniebella
      June 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      AMEN to that GGail. I pray the good Lord will continue to bless and keep safe President Obama and Mrs. Obama, and their family. They are so special and we are bless to have them in the White House.

  33. 91 VC prezOfan2
    June 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Hi fellow TOD-ers! Reading about the traitors in this thread makes me again contemplate the idea of an OFA fundraising drive specifically to raise money when we feel incensed by traitorous activity. Doesn’t anyone see this as a way to add to the campaign dollars? I feel sure that between now and November 2012 a lot more of these types will crawl from under the rocks, and a good way to crush them is by adding to the President’s campaign coffers. Are we game to try?

  34. 92 MeaBloom
    June 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I say this all the time but that’s because I have to be proven wrong. She is amazing. POTUS and FLOTUS together are EXTRAORDINARY.

  35. 93 Eleroy
    June 1, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Mrs Obama ROCKS!!! I simply adore her!!! She is every woman, daughter, wife, mother, sister, friend, First Lady!!! She RULES all titles!!!

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