(a very early) heads up

President Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, June 3

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Hey people, I have to go out for a few hours but I’ll catch up with you all later 😉

70 Responses to “(a very early) heads up”

  1. 1 MTmarilyn
    June 3, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I know you will have a video up when it is available. I will be at a meeting so won’t be able to watch it live. I know all of you will keep me informed. Thanks Chips for all you do.

  2. 2 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 3, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Looking forward to a great visit to Toledo…have a great day, everyone :-D!

  3. 3 Fred
    June 3, 2011 at 11:16 am

    thanks Chip and see ya later 😉

  4. 5 P
    June 3, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Hey everyone fantastic newsssssss MRS OBAMA IS HEADED TO AFRICA LATER THIS MONTH!!!
    Wish the President was going too!!! We’re gonna have aother foreign trip party!! Yay 😀 I am super excited!!!! Can’t Wait!!!!!!

    • 6 Me4obama
      June 3, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks P, great news indeed. Can’t wait.

      • 7 utaustinliberal
        June 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm

        Hey P, thanks for the great news. Woohoo news, pictures and excitement galore. I’m glad she’s promoting education, health, wellness, community service, and youths being active in their communities. Also glad that she’s taking the girls and exposing them to a variety of cultures. Kinda sad PBO isn’t going… but it’s all good 😉

    • 8 Me4obama
      June 3, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      OMG, she is going with Sasha and Malia. I hope they have a fantastic time. Yeepeeee!

      • 9 P
        June 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm

        **Doing my happy Dance** Woop Woop!!!! Your most welcome Me4obama!!

        • 10 Me4obama
          June 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm

          We will compare Michelle’s visit to Africa to Palin’s publicity tour with her kids abusing reporters.

          • 11 P
            June 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm

            😆 Two different class of women. That smut could never be placed in the same sentence with my First Lady unless we are discussing opposites!! Palin is a waste of space and time with that peanut she uses for a brain!

            • 12 isonprize
              June 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm

              P, what did peanuts ever do to you for you to insult them like that?

              • 13 P
                June 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm

                😆 my apologies to all the peanuts out there after all they are rich in something positive and healthy (fatty acids, proteins, vitamin E, carbohydrates etc) cannot say the same for Palin! Let’s say I am not too much of a peanuts fan but thank you for correcting me isonprize peanuts don’t deserve this humiliation!!!

          • 14 Fred
            June 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm

            Palin’s kids are obnoxious ;uneducated punks 😡

            Malia and Sasha could teach these two a thing or two about manners but I don’t those little angels anywhere near these 2 punks

            • 15 Puddin'
              June 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm

              Speaking of Palin’s kinds, where is Trig (sp??)?!?!

              • 16 Fred
                June 3, 2011 at 4:34 pm

                who knows Puddin’s

                hiding the little guy somewhere until it’s convenient for her to use him as an excuse to bash the President when it comes to “rationing health care” 🙄 😡

                • 17 Dorothy Rissman
                  June 3, 2011 at 6:48 pm

                  Nice one Fred. Little puddin. That poor kid. It isn’t difficult to imagine what horrible parents they must be.

      • 18 anniebella
        June 3, 2011 at 3:09 pm

        Now watch the snakes come out ready to complain about the FLOTUS going to Africa. You know like all the B.S. from the haters over her trip to Spain last year. Glad to see Sasha and Malia will be going with her. Pray the good Lord will watch over them and keep them safe.

    • 19 Street_Smart
      June 3, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      I just saw the post as well, it’s great news!!! Unfortunately i can hear the rethugs already saying that she is going on vacation at Taxpayer’s expense…..bullshit!!! But what can we do…we just have to try to ignore them and work hard for 2012!!!!
      Looking forward to that visit!

      • 20 Sue in Minnesota
        June 3, 2011 at 9:09 pm

        Then lets crawl up there tail pipes and insist on the truth. Or remind them loudly and clearly they have jobs to create….focus you jackwagons. Lucky I don’t run into any of these slackers, I’ld go all Kung Fu Kitty on them and I ain’t messin here.

    • 21 PoliticalJunkessa
      June 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      Oh my, I wish I could stow away in their luggage….sigh….:P

  5. 22 hgerhard
    June 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    For everybody who may feel a little discouraged today, I urge you all to go to whitehouse.gov and read the report on the revitalization of American cities. (Sorry, I still don’t know how to post link.) This is part of the resurgance of the auto industry, and this report and all the other great efforts to bring our economy back to health should let us hope – not despair – about what can be achieved. Remember, it is and always has been a steep climb and there will be more setbacks and bumps in the road. But the trend is steadily upward. We all need to own the message of moving forward. I know that President Obama will lead the way in his thoughtful and compassionate way and he will succeed without doing irreparable harm of the kind the Republicans are pursuing.

    • 23 Ladyhawke
      June 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm

      The Revitalization of American Cities with the Resurgence of the Auto Industry

      This week, the White House released a report highlighting the resurgence of the American auto industry. The report discusses the jobs created in the sector, the turnaround of the companies that are now turning a profit, and how entire communities have been revitalized by a strengthened auto industry.


      • 24 Ladyhawke
        June 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm

        The INFOGRAPHIC is really cool. It’s a great way to get information to the public.

        The White House Blog

        Infographic: The Resurgence of the American Automotive Industry
        Posted by Katelyn Sabochik on June 03, 2011 at 12:04 PM EDT

        Today, President Obama will travel to Toledo, Ohio where he will visit the Chrysler Group’s Toledo Supplier Park – an operation that employs more than 1,700 workers producing Jeep Wranglers, Jeep Liberties, and Dodge Nitros. Just two years ago, Chrysler was filing for bankruptcy, and President Obama made the tough decision to support the restructuring of the company rather than allow it to fail – costing tens of thousands of American jobs.

        Today, Chrysler is repaying its government loans six years ahead of schedule and posted five consecutive quarters of operating profit. Earlier this week, the National Economic Council released a new report on the resurgence of the American automotive industry. Over the past two years, the auto industry has added 113,000 jobs – the fastest pace of job growth in the auto industry since 1998.

        Check out this infographic that highlights some of the key successes in the auto industry since 2009.


      • 25 Dorothy Rissman
        June 3, 2011 at 6:49 pm

        Thanks ladyhawke.

  6. 26 sherijr
    June 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Listening now.. and chuckling over his “zingers”. I love how he’s connecting all the different jobs connected to this one vehicle from all parts of the nation.

    • 27 Doris
      June 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm

      🙂 He’s sooooo good! Nice to see him.

    • 30 theo67
      June 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      Sheri – I hope you’re feeling a little better today.

      • 31 sherijr
        June 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm

        Hey Theo.. I am feeling the same, however I did go have the test I needed and so far it appears to be ‘good news’ – just dealing with the pain issue and waiting to see what we do next. But I’m going to be fine I’m sure and I really appreciate your kind wishes. Thank you.

        • 32 theo67
          June 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm

          If you have inflammation from the pain, try eating some watermelon. It’s supposed to help. Good luck! 🙂

          • 33 sherijr
            June 3, 2011 at 4:38 pm

            yum, lol that sounds good. What I have are apparently ovarian cysts. REal painful right now and so going to have a ct scan and blood test to be sure they’re simple cysts. I read that anti-hystimines help with abdominal pain, and so have taken one occasionally.. and they do seem to lessen the degree of pain a bit.. I am all for trying watermelon anytime thought 🙂

            • 34 theo67
              June 3, 2011 at 4:54 pm

              I’ve heard some success stories for ovarian cysts with apply cider vinegar (two tablespoons in a pint of water, sipped throughout the day). I’m sure it would work as a simple shot in some warm water, as well.

              • 35 Doris
                June 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm

                Braggs Apple Cider is the best. It can be purchased at the Vitaminshoppe or online. So sorry Sheri to hear of your condition. Had those cysts myself. I say had because mine were removed and then I was fine. Hope you feel better soon. Prayers.

                • 36 sherijr
                  June 3, 2011 at 5:21 pm

                  Oh I’m glad Doris that yours worked out well. I will not probably go for surgery here.. I unfortunately had a very bad surgery error 5 years ago that nearly killed me..and led to much invasive further surgery.. and health issues.. thus I will wait until I move out of this state 😉
                  I’m going to request a CA-125 blood test and hopefully a ct scan just to be sure these are in fact simple cysts. then I will just monitor their growth and see how that pans out. The only reason I’m even somewhat concerned is because of my age and the fact that I’ve had a partial hysterectomy, apparently cysts are more worriesome in these cases. Otherwise I’m a tough cookie and figure I can take the pain 😉

                  • 37 Doris
                    June 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm

                    Oh honey, I’m so sorry. I remember the pain. I had mine removed after a hysterectomy but I was much younger then. I understand your concern if you have had a bad surgery. I will truly keep you my dear in my prayers.

              • 38 sherijr
                June 3, 2011 at 5:16 pm

                Thanks Theo, I’ll try that, I do have cider vinegar here.

            • 39 P
              June 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm

              sherijr I hope and pray you’ll get better darling! Keep on fighting and I hope the Apple Cider eases the pain. Take care of yourself and all the best 🙂

            • 40 Sue in Minnesota
              June 3, 2011 at 9:22 pm

              Do you take vitamin supplements? Calcuim helped me immensly as did chiropractic therapy.
              I know the pain you speak off. I finally just got rid of the works at 40. No regrets, and a life freed from horrible pain more often than not. Sorry you are suffering.

        • 41 Dorothy Rissman
          June 3, 2011 at 6:51 pm

          Sherji, I am sorry to hear you are not well. I have not been around too much lately. I will keep my fingers crossed that everything is indeed good news. I broke my back two years ago, and constant pain can really get your down. My heart goes out to you. dr

    • 44 anniebella
      June 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm

      Any highlights from the speech in Toledo today. I had to go out today so I missed it. If I were there I would have had a big sign saying my faith in you Mr President is still strong.

      • 45 utaustinliberal
        June 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm

        Hey anniebella this is the speech on c-span. It was really cool. The President got a warm welcome and he really touted his administration’s success in the auto bailout. Enjoy 😉


        • 46 Debz
          June 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm

          I finally had the chance to watch his speech in Toledo. He got a wonderful reception from the workers. It is so nice to see PBO out among the workers, he brings so much positive energy and hope.

          • 47 theo67
            June 3, 2011 at 4:39 pm

            The crowd was really on fire – this is the real America. These are the people the President is working for, not the silly media or the corrupt politicians in Washington. The short speech and the crowd’s reception really lifted my spirits.

            • 48 Debz
              June 3, 2011 at 5:02 pm

              It really lifted my spirits too. I think his visit lifted the spirits of the workers. I am happy to know that the auto workers know that PBO saved their jobs and appreciate that he stood by them.

  7. 49 anniebella
    June 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    This economy will come back with President Obama leadership.

  8. 50 anniebella
    June 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    I’m looking at the First Lady out there with those kids, everyone busy running around doing there work. The First Lady on her knees working. Tell me whay other First Lady would be out there getting dirty and sweatie like this one. Most of them would ne standing to the side with there suit on looking. We have a special First Lady and President and I refuse to believe that this man Barack Oback will not be re-elected.

    • 51 Dakota
      June 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      I’m with you 100%! The First Lady is just, well…amazing!

    • 52 P
      June 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm

      😦 I couln’t see it whitehouselive always sticks for me these days but glad to know Michelle is representing and leading by example 🙂

  9. 53 anniebella
    June 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Tell me what other First Lady would be out there getting dirty and sweatie like this one. Most of them would be standing to the side in their designer suit looking on. We have a special First Lady and President and I refuse to believe that this man Barack Obama will not be re-elected.

  10. 55 MeaBloom
    June 3, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Just finished watching FLOTUS. AWESOMENESS!!! I really enjoyed it.
    Now I hear they are going to AFRICA… How cool? Wish PBO was going as well. I hope they enjoy themselves and stay safe. I know our Chipsticks will keep us updated with that trip as well. I’m sure there will be haters but who cares? If you don’t have any haters then you are doing something wrong.


  11. 56 Proud of Obama
    June 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Time for some good news, people. President Obama looking really good (note the tremendous improvement with independents) in Iowa according to latest PPP poll:

    For Obama, Iowa 2012 looks like Iowa 2008

    Raleigh, N.C. – When PPP polled Iowa last month, President Obama was tied with 2008
    caucus winner Mike Huckabee and four points ahead of second-place finisher Mitt
    Romney in a state he ended up winning over John McCain by almost ten points. But in
    the intervening weeks, with Huckabee bowing out of consideration, the president has
    moved into a much more comfortable position.

    His current 49-40 lead over Romney (up from 45-41) is exactly the margin by which poll
    respondents report having voted for Obama over McCain, meaning these voters are just
    as ready to re-up the president as they were to give him his first term. Against everyone
    else, the president leads by larger margins than his victory over McCain, topping Sarah
    Palin, 55-35 (53-36 in April), and two candidates not tested previously: Tim Pawlenty,
    49-37, and Herman Cain, 50-32. Obama leads by 19 to 38 points with independents, and
    takes 7-13% of the GOP vote while losing only 5-10% of his own party.

    Obama’s advantage over Newt Gingrich has almost doubled in the wake of the former
    Speaker’s catastrophic debut as an official candidate, from 50-39 to 54-33. Independents
    have moved 25 points toward the president, from 47-34 to 60-22, and while Republicans
    have soured on Gingrich personally, from an already shabby 50-21 favorability rating to
    38-39 now, they have not quite abandoned voting for him, reporting similar 74-10
    numbers as last month’s 79-9.

    The president’s job approval figures have moved six points in a little over a month, from
    46-48 to 49-45. All of that improvement is because of a 23-point shift by independents
    from 41-50 to 52-38.”

    Click to access PPP_Release_IA_0602.pdf

    • 57 utaustinliberal
      June 3, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      Wonderful news POB. While Romney is out there spreading a form of teabggerism with “sophisticated” sounding words like – “Obama is practicing a form of European style economics and leadership…. that’s why the country is failing” – Independents (hopefully) know who’s out there fighting for them day in day out. Ask Chrysler and the auto workers and they’ll tell you that they looove PBO’s form of “European” leadership b/c it saved their jobs. Ask maufacturing, retail and others who benefited from the stimulus and they’re loving PBO’s brand of leadership.

      So once again thanks for the good news POB; this is what I listen to, not the recent madness on TV

      • 58 theo67
        June 3, 2011 at 7:04 pm

        If Romney succeeds in his evil race for the White House, how does he plan to face the Europeans after basically accusing them of evil? As a matter of fact, how do any of them plan to face the Europeans? How did the Republicans (and Cantor specifically) face Netanyahu and act like they are all friends of Israel, after they promoted a rally that showed the bodies of holocaust victims for the sake of their political games?

        As far as I’m concerned, all of them are offering the same failed policies. Not one of them has offered anything innovative or new. So, it doesn’t really matter which one of them survives the primaries – they’re all full of it.

  12. 59 Proud of Obama
    June 3, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Go Wisconsin democrats!

    Wisconsin Dems to announce that they will try to recall Scott Walker
    By Greg Sargent

    There’s a long way to go, and the goal seems like a very tough one to reach, but Wisconsin Democrats are set to go for it: They will announce at their annual convention later today that they intend to launch an effort to recall the ultimate target — Scott Walker himself.

    Mike Tate, the chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, will reveal the plan in a speech today at the convention in Milwaukee, according to advance excerpts of the speech that were sent my way.

    “We will not stand down — and next year, we will recall Scott Walker from office,” Tate will tell the crowd, according to the excerpts. “We will begin to repair the damage done to this state and we will begin anew with a Democratic Governor who will fight for our children, who will fight for our families, our teachers and our firefighters. We will fight for the people — not the powerful.”

    While Dems have long been expected to ultimately launch a recall campaign against Walker, this will be the most explicit vow to date from Wisconsin Dems that they will, in fact, take the plunge. And the announcement is likely to make for some good political theater to fire up Wisconsin Democrats and grassroots activists, who are currently in a battle to recall six Wisconsin GOP state senators. It’s still unclear how many Wisconsin Dems will have to face recall elections, pending an official review of GOP signature-gathering.

    Elsewhere in his speech, Tate will give himself a bit of wiggle room, by claiming: “Should the people continue to rise up, continue to fight back, and continue to cry out for immediate change, we will recall Scott Walker from office next year.” But a Wisconsin Dem source tells me the wiggle room is mainly intended as a reminder that the decision to try to recall Walker will ultimately be dictated by the people of Wisconsin, not party chiefs.

    (read more)


    • 60 utaustinliberal
      June 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm

      Yes! Yes! Yes! I hope Wisconsin Dems, Independents and Unionites don’t forget the horror Walker and the repugs unleashed on them earlier this year. They have to organize and kick them out of office. The time for subtlety and the soft approach is over. They have to fight to restore sanity in the State.

      • 61 StR
        June 3, 2011 at 5:54 pm

        There will be a couple problems. One being that it would be January when they’d be trying to round up the signatures – would would be much, much more difficult. Secondly IF the Dems take the majority in the Senate in July then Walker is essentially handcuffed from making any crazy moves which will appease a lot of the anger I think. He’s really screwing over the GOP State senators though with the last minute push of every controversial bill because he likely figures this as well – sacrifice the Senate majority, I get everything I want, and then the hordes of protesters will peter out when they think I’m sufficiently neutered without a Senate majority.

        • 62 theo67
          June 3, 2011 at 7:06 pm

          I heard they were gathering names and pledges for signatures. They can’t start gathering signatures yet. They are just getting organized, because they need to have good organization as their advantage against all the money from the right. There was a guy on Stephanie Miller’s show a couple of days ago talking about this.

    • 63 Fred
      June 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm

      frack yes!

      GO Dems! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  13. June 3, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Just saw this:

    President Obama Makes Hot Dog Stop in Ohio

    • 65 utaustinliberal
      June 3, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      Thanks donna. Hahaha how does he stay so slim/skinny 😉 Hot Dog, Mustard, Onions, Silly Fries and Chilli?…. 😆 If I ate all that I would burst. But hey, more power to him 🙂

      • 66 theo67
        June 3, 2011 at 7:07 pm

        Didn’t they eat chicken and brown rice when they landed in Ireland? I think their trick is exercise and moderation. Then they can splurge once in a while.

    • 67 Kasai
      June 3, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      lol…He’s too cute…love the way the workers are loving this event…” 2 Hot Dogs for the President please ”

      Our President Rocks……….and Rocks the house everywhere He goes 🙂

    • 69 utaustinliberal
      June 3, 2011 at 6:47 pm

      Oh yeah Chipsticks already has this video on “The Pritzker Prize” thread. But thanks video Queen 😉

  14. 70 Kasai
    June 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Hers’ another reason to boycott everything made by Koch Bros…

    Pompeo represents the district where Koch Industries, the oil-and-gas giant whose owners are known for their contributions to conservative and tea party causes, is headquartered. Koch officials contributed nearly $80,000 to Pompeo’s successful run in 2010. Edited excerpts of his interview with National Journal follow.

    NJ Do you think House Republicans will back your resolution?
    POMPEO I didn’t come here to do symbolism. I came here to change policy, so I think the American people are looking for us to change the way we do business. I think part of that is a smaller, flatter, federal income-tax code with a lot fewer exceptions. And so, yeah, I think it’s something a conservative House of Representatives could gather steam behind. It’ll be a push; it’ll require education and a lot of talking [to] folks on my part, but I aim to do it.

    NJ Why haven’t you introduced legislation to end the subsidies?
    POMPEO I may. We’re working to make sure we can get the support we need. This isn’t about making noise. This is about effecting good policy; everything in its proper sequence.

    NJ What about the growing division between Republicans who support your effort and others, such as the 80 or so who signed on to the NAT GAS Act?
    POMPEO I don’t see it as a growing feud. I don’t see it that way at all. I think folks are just learning and sorting their way through it.

    NJ How do you respond to critics who say you’re being influenced by Koch Industries, given its owners’ contributions to your campaign?
    POMPEO What do you think? I’d say [I’ve been] a small-government guy for an awful long time, and I’ll be a small-government guy when the good Lord calls me home. Koch Industries is an amazing business that has succeeded by building a product that customers love dearly. The folks who run Koch are very clear. They would love to have government just get out of the way and allow companies to compete, whether in their particular sectors or other sectors. They are true believers in small government.

    here’s the rest of the article http://nationaljournal.com/magazine/pompeo-pruning-the-tax-code-20110602

    Unbelievable !!!

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