next week

Monday: The president will travel to Minnesota where he will hold a town hall event in Cannon Falls. Later that day, he’ll hold a second town hall event in Decorah, Iowa.

Tuesday: The president will participate in a rural economic forum in Peosta, Iowa. This event will include some exchanges that will be similar in style to a town hall.

Wednesday: The president will hold town hall meetings in Atkinson, Ill., and in Alpha, Ill.

Thursday: The president is scheduled to travel to Martha’s Vineyard.

11 Responses to “next week”

  1. August 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Sure hope PBO gets some well deserved rest on his vacation. He is the hardest working public official I have even known.

  2. 2 utaustinliberal
    August 12, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Hey guys this just came in.

    (Reuters) – An appeals court ruled on Friday that President Barack Obama’s healthcare law requiring Americans to buy healthcare insurance or face a penalty was unconstitutional, a blow to the White House.

    The Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, found that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but also ruled that the rest of the wide-ranging law could remain in effect.

    The legality of the so-called individual mandate, a cornerstone of the healthcare law, is widely expected to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Obama administration has defended the provision as constitutional.

    (Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky and James Vicini, editing by Will Dunham)


    • 3 StR
      August 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      I believe the rulings are 4-3 now ruling it’s constitutional. Also one of the anti-ACA rulings said only the mandate was unconstitutional but the rest could stay. So it’s more like 4-2-1.

      • 4 StR
        August 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm

        Actually rereading what you wrote, this finding also said the rest of the law could stay. I think the worst case scenario is that the Supreme Court would throw out the mandate but allow the rest to stay – and Insurance Companies would be livid and the rates would spike – and then people would be outraged and Congress would have to find another way to fund the ACA to bring down the interest rates and that would be a robust government option. Otherwise congress would have to vote to repeal the ACA which would legislate the ability to block folks from having coverage from pre-existing conditions, re-opening the donut hole, kicking kids off their parents plan, allowing people to go bankrupt if they get sick when their coverage caps out etc.

  3. August 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    PBO needs some rest. Hope he really enjoys his few days “off”.
    ps- Can’t wait for the bus tour!!!!! He’s gonna get some good work done. 🙂

    • August 12, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      lisa, I am looking forward to the bus tour also. And I hope the President and his family have a nice relaxing vacation. Is the First Lady back from visiting her brother yet?

  4. 8 Ladyhawke
    August 12, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    // Begin rant…..

    I have never seen any president work as hard as President Obama. When you look back since January 20, 2009 it has been non stop drama. He can’t catch a break. I know he volunteered for this job and tough problems are to be expected. But he has had to deal with a flu pandemic, earthquake in Haiti, Indonesia tsunamis, flooding in Pakistan, wild fires in the midwest, ice storms, tornadoes, flooding in the midwest, Gulf Oil Spill, turmoil in the Middle East, START Treaty, the lame duck session, 29 miners perished in West Virginia, the shooting of Gabby Giffords, Fort Hood shooting, Time Square attempted terrorist attack, the Detroit bomber, the death of Ted Kennedy, losing the house majority in the 2010 midterms, earthquake and tsunami in Japan, high gas prices, in the budget crisis, the debt limit crisis, the downgrade to AA+, high unemployment, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Al Qaeda and OBL, the stock market bouncing up and down – my fingers are getting tired, you get the idea.

    While doing all of the above and more was being dealt with, he made numerous trips abroad, he did town halls, he focused on jobs and the economy, education, improving our infrastructure, energy, he gave interviews, he held press conferences, on and on. And while doing all of this he got nothing but obstruction, intransigence, and delaying tactics from the Republican Party.

    President Obama said during the campaign that a president needs to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time (John McCain). So when the media complains about the ‘OPTICS” of President Barack Obama spending a few days in Martha’s Vineyard with his family, let them know that we are in the mess because of President George W. Bush and the Republican Party in congress today. And during his time in office, President Bush spent 487 days at Camp David and 490 days at his make believe ranch in Crawford, Texas. How about those optics??


    Bush Spent 487 Days At Camp David, 490 Days At Texas Ranch

    January 16, 2009

    George W. Bush is today making his final visit to Camp David as president.

    He will likely miss the place: According to CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller, today’s trip marks Mr. Bush’s 149th visit to the presidential retreat. The planned three-day stay, during which the president is being joined by family and former and current aides, will bring his total time spent at Camp David to all or part of 487 days.

    Yes, that’s 487 days. And Camp David is not even where the president has spent the most time when not at the White House: Knoller reports that Mr. Bush has made 77 visits to his ranch in Crawford during his presidency, and spent all or part of 490 days there.


    End rant…

  5. August 12, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Here’s the dccc take on new polling numbers showing the Independents are not happy with the republicans: http://dccc.org/blog/entry/memo_new_polling_shows_independent_voters_rejecting_extreme_republican_agen/

  6. August 12, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I keep reading tweets that say the whole ACA is doomed because of this latest decision. Isn’t that an overreaction?

    • 11 Ladyhawke
      August 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm

      I tend to think it is an overreaction. Here is Steve Benen’s take on the ruling:

      Why the 11th Circuit is wrong about the mandate


      Yes, there may be folks who don’t want to buy insurance, and they would be penalized under the law. But under our system, those folks still get sick, still go to the hospital with medical emergencies, and — here’s the kicker — still get care. As you may have noticed, for quite a while, it’s been one of the right’s favorite arguments: the uninsured can always just go the emergency room and receive treatment, whether they have insurance or not.

      Of course, when the uninsured get this care, and can’t pay for it, the costs are passed on to the rest of us — it makes the entire system more expensive, with hospitals and medical professionals providing care without compensation from the patient. The 11th Circuit suggests those who “abstain” from making a purchase aren’t affecting the commercial marketplace, but those who would choose not to get coverage have a significant impact on the larger health care system, which is precisely why the notion of a mandate enjoyed broad, bipartisan support up until late 2009. There was never any doubt as to its constitutionality.

      This is the sort of ruling that not only relies on weak, politically-motivated reasoning, but also “ignores 60 years of precedent.”

      And so a nation turns its lonely eyes to Justice Kennedy.



      Also, the White House responds…..


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