President Obama watches the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on a television monitor in the Outer Oval Office, July 8. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

35 Responses to “lift-off”

  1. 1 isonprize
    July 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Any news on who his personal secretary is? I believe Katy went off the Harvard. Can you imagine THAT reference support letter?? LOLOL 8)

  2. 3 desertflower
    July 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I found something I thought would be interesting to all of you. Where’s jovie…:)http://www.winningprogressive.org/ Not reported about that I have heard. What else is new?

  3. July 8, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Godspeed, Atlantis. What an incredible, incredible adventure it’s been.

  4. July 8, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Awesome! And he has instructed NASA that their next mission is mars!

    • 10 utaustinliberal
      July 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm

      Which is a great thing. NASA has to make sure it adapts to the 21st century and is constantly pushing the boundaries in space exploration. It makes our country great.

      Love how he’s glued to the tv watching the lift off. He’s such a nerd and a geek for science and technology. Me likey 😀

  5. July 8, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Are my eyes deceiving me? Maybe it’s the lighting, but does the President have a big gold patch of hair on the top of his head? At the same time, is it just a 5 o’clock shadow, or is he sprouting a nice sexy goatee under the chin? 🙂

    • 12 isonprize
      July 8, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      NCW, I think it’s the lighting (or your palpitating heart 8) ) though he is going the sexiest salt and pepper grey I have EVER seen!!!

  6. July 8, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Smartypants has a brilliant post on the difference between activists and organizers. It’s something I could feel but didn’t understand. President Obama is an organizer and so are we. Very, very helpful for me to understand the pants on fire folks.


    • 14 GGail
      July 8, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      Suzanne, thanks for this article! It is a “must read” and the comments attached to it are too! 🙂

  7. 15 GGail
    July 8, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Shut heard on the tv, former First Lady Betty Ford has passed away. May God rest her soul.

    • 16 meta
      July 8, 2011 at 9:05 pm

      RIP, Betty Ford. She did a lot of good in her life. First Ladies is a very rare club.

      • 17 GGail
        July 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm

        And she was brave enough to check into a hospital here in Cali to rid herself of the addictive pain meds after her bout with Cancer. She brought both Cancer and addiction to pain meds to light with her bravery. The Betty Ford Clinic is still here serving the public.

  8. 18 GGail
    July 8, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Just heard (typing!!!)

  9. July 8, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Does anyone have the link to the candles? Would like to light one for the President for the debt talks this Sunday.

  10. 23 desertflower
    July 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    and still more become unhinged by way of RW talk http://www.politicususa.com/en/talk-radio-obama-seeking-missile

  11. July 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Breaking News on Bachmann: Husband’s clinic provided discredited-damaging, ex-gay therapy. I told her in one of my tweets “you reap what you sow.”


    • 25 desertflower
      July 8, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      Sorry Proudofobama….my trigger finger was itchy…didn’t see you had already posted that!

  12. July 8, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    NASA TV has LIVE coverage inside Atlantis right now.


  13. 28 Audrey
    July 8, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    May God continue to bless and protect our phenomenal President!

    Thank you dear President Obama for taking all the crap in doing this thankless job of getting our nation back on track!

    You Sir are a glorious and rare human being specially created by God and bestowed with superior and unique characteristics and abilities!

  14. 29 peaceloveandunderstanding
    July 8, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    sorry about that guys im new here so please forgive me for that little mess up i wrote. anyways i know how all of you feel right now today was hard but like they say always keep your head up and don’t lose hope. i feel alittle sick to my stomach right now so i can’t say much. but i hope you will all welcome me to the family here at this beautiful site of yours, all have to say now is pleased to meet all of you and i hope to be of any help to you all

    sign out for now gotta go now bye

    • 30 theo67
      July 8, 2011 at 10:48 pm

      Welcome aboard, PLAU – if you have a twitter account, let us know so we can follow you. We’ve started a little action group to try and push back using Twitter, among other media. If you’ve just found this site, you’re going to love it! But fair warning, it’s addictive! 🙂

      • 31 utaustinliberal
        July 8, 2011 at 11:21 pm

        Hey PLAU welcome to this slice of heaven. We TOD’ers are happy to have your input. We here, love and admire President Obama with every fiber of our being and defend him from rightwingers and leftwingers alike who see to undermine and denigrate the excellent job his administration is doing. The blog’s creator Chipsticks aka F..ing GENIUS keeps this home peaceful, well informed and factual. The members of this coalition are so whiplash smart it will take your breath away. They are well informed, respectful, compassionate and kind even when we disagree. We aren’t perfect, but hey what the heck we’re human and perfection is sooooo overrated. But I’ll tell ya what, If ever you’re having a bad day, just come on down to virtual haven; population: too many to count and take part in the discussions and enjoy the top notch sense of humor that abounds this site.

        Once again, welcome and I hope when you have a free moment, you browse through the archives and look at the blogroll on the right side of the webpage for links to fabulous writers and bloggers.

    • 32 desertflower
      July 8, 2011 at 11:05 pm


    • 33 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 9, 2011 at 1:07 am

      welcome peaceloveandunderstanding. You have a nice name 🙂

    • 34 GGail
      July 9, 2011 at 1:26 am

      Welcome 🙂

  15. July 9, 2011 at 2:22 am

    I love this photo 😀 Thank you for watching Mr. President! Godspeed.

    July 08, 2011
    Statement by the President on the Launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis

    Today, Americans across the country watched with pride as four of our fellow citizens blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in the Space Shuttle Atlantis, and America reached for the heavens once more.

    Behind Atlantis and her crew of brave astronauts stand thousands of dedicated workers who have poured their hearts and souls into America’s Space Shuttle program over the past three decades. To them and all of NASA’s incredible workforce, I want to express my sincere gratitude. You helped our country lead the space age, and you continue to inspire us each day.

    Today’s launch may mark the final flight of the Space Shuttle, but it propels us into the next era of our never-ending adventure to push the very frontiers of exploration and discovery in space. We’ll drive new advances in science and technology. We’ll enhance knowledge, education, innovation, and economic growth. And I have tasked the men and women of NASA with an ambitious new mission: to break new boundaries in space exploration, ultimately sending Americans to Mars. I know they are up to the challenge – and I plan to be around to see it.

    Congratulations to Atlantis, her astronauts, and the people of America’s space program on a picture-perfect launch, and good luck on the rest of your mission to the International Space Station, and for a safe return home. I know the American people share my pride at what we have accomplished as a nation, and my excitement about the next chapter of our preeminence in space.

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