President talks with, from left, Lydia Schaefer, 6, her grandmother Ruth Rebbe, and her sister Morgan Schaefer, 10, outside The Coffee Mill Restaurant, Aug. 15, in Zumbrota, Minn.

President Obama has lunch with five post 9/11 Minnesota veterans at the Old Market Deli in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, August 15

President Obama hands off a dessert pie to his assistant Reggie Love at the Coffee Mill cafe in Zumbrota

62 Responses to “lunch-break”

  1. 1 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Someone you know
    has been helped by
    health reform

    Take the checkup and find out how health reform helps:


  2. 2 Linda
    August 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Former President Bill Clinton spoke Monday morning to the International Association of Fire Fighters conference in Manhattan, The New York Observer’s PolitickerNY reports — and he had some tough words for the newest entrant into the GOP race for president, Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

    “I got tickled by watching Governor Perry announce for governor, for president,” Clinton said — perhaps stumbling a bit in the wind-up of a joke. “He’s a good looking rascal.”

    The former president elaborated: “And he’s saying ‘Oh, I’m going to Washington to make sure that the federal government stays as far away from you as possible — while I ride on Air Force One and that Marine One helicopter and go to Camp David and travel around the world and have a good time.’ I mean, this is crazy.”

    • 3 jacquelineoboomer
      August 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm

      This could work. A southerner criticizes a bubba.

    • 4 GGail
      August 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm

      That person holding the camera should not volunteer to do it again! Thanks for the message, but I had to look away because I was getting dizzy.

  3. 5 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    If Americans Really Paid Attention, Republicans Would Never Win Elections


    The GOP doesn’t defend the average person, they defend the “corporate person.” Much like Mitt Romney stated in Iowa.

    Corporate America doesn’t care about the little people, and they don’t care about American small businesses. All they care about is the consolidation of power and aggregated capital and buying out their competitors. Their front group is the GOP, but the Democratic Party is being led to the right also.

    Until the American people rise up against this oligarchy created out of lies, we do not have a chance to strengthen the American middle class that has come out of the liberal movement of the 1950s and 60s. What Americans have forgotten is the meaning of shared prosperity!

    The essence of the middle class has evaporated when such a large portion of economic growth stays within the top ONE PERCENT of earners.

    America needs shared prosperity! When the economy is growing and GDP is rising, American workers, who helped create the wealth need to share in the fruits of their labor.

    If Americans really knew that the GOP have been lying through their teeth, the Republican Party would either fade off into history or have to come to the center, which is where they were during Eisenhower and Goldwater.



  4. 8 PoliticalJunkessa
    August 15, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Real America. Real American President.

  5. 9 overseasgranny
    August 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    About the new campaign bus:


    There are two of them and one can be used by the official Republican nominee if he/she chooses, thus no advertising on either bus.

  6. 11 utaustinliberal
    August 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Yay!!!! Great pictures. Now I want a healthy sandwich. (Ain’t that an oxymoron)

    ps: In the picture with PBO getting down from the bus and waving, the SS guy is smiling. He’s SMILING!!!! Wooohoooo! I know it’s silly but in every video and picture I’m always looking to see if anyone of them cracks a smile; especially when a funny joke or anecdote is told. I’ve seen Joe Clancy smile once. During the 2009 White House Correspondents Dinner. I believe Wanda Sykes told a joke and Joe Clancy smiled when he fist bumped Reggie Love. 🙂

    • 12 jacquelineoboomer
      August 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      What’s scary is in the crowd shot outside the restaurant where the Secret Service guys are standing tall on the sidewalk with their arms at their side, and their hands … are right close to their weapons. Scary and yet I’m so thankful for each and every one of them!

    • August 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      I think maybe he’s just squinting in the sun?!! I’ve been face to face with that guy and he does not joke. He means business!!

      • 14 utaustinliberal
        August 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm

        Nah….. meta, I think he’s smiling. I’ve seen him in a video before and that’s how his face looks like when he cracks a slight smile.

  7. August 15, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    In Pic 6 that woman looks like she’d like to eat Pres Obama up. I ain’t mad at you, lady.

  8. 25 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I just loved this today. President Obama said he has no problem with people using the term “ObamaCare” or “Obamacares” simply because HE REALLY CARES. So knock yourself out Republicans, you can be the DON’T CARE PARTY.

    Obama Turns the Tables on the GOP’s ObamaCare Slur

    Today, speaking in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, President Obama said its OK with him if Republicans want to call it “ObamaCare” because he does care. He then called it “ObamaCares”, which my readers know has been my label for his healthcare reform law for years. The President pointed out that if the Republicans want to be known as those who “don’t care”, that’s fine with him. Oh dear. That’s not going to fly with the Republicans, whose school yard bully tactics and name-calling only work if the President and America buys into their frame. Obama made it cool to care. Someone has to pay now.


  9. 28 ML
    August 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Here is a good article: http://www.politicususa.com/en/obama-obamacares and a GREAT quote:

    “The costs have been going up and up and up, so part of the Affordable Care Act healthcare reform also known as Obamacare, by the way let me tell you, I have no problem with folks saying Obamacares. I do care. If the other side wants to be the folks who don’t care, that’s fine with me. But yeah, I do care about families who have been struggling due to crushing healthcare costs.” -PBO

    Way to go, Mr. President, Serve it up with some gotcha sauce!

  10. 29 Debz
    August 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Thanks for the photos, Chips!! PBO is looking fine and he really seems to enjoy being out in public. He must drive the Secret Service crazy.
    Has any one seen any home video of people in MN as PBO’s bus goes by? those are my absolute favorites.

  11. 30 lamh34
    August 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    maybe Ben Smith and his MSM cohorts should just give up their careers as reporters and become Perry’s campaign managers
    ‘Iron my shirt’

    When Rick Perry took his jacket off for a question and answer session in Waterloo last night, he joked about his attire. “This shirt has a few wrinkles in it, it’s not my wife’s fault,” he said.

    The line seemed very Texas, and a bit less directed at the women in the suburbs of Philadelphia and other big cities who are a key general election bloc, and John Dickerson wondered about it too. “He may want to lose that line about how the wrinkles in his shirt were not his wife’s fault—at least by the time he gets to the general election and starts going after those suburban swing-voting women,” he wrote…

    It ends with a little advice from Mr. Smith:

    Republican primary politics are obviously quite different from the Democrats’, but it seems like an area where Perry may have to modulate his approach a bit.

    • 31 Ladyhawke
      August 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm

      According to Think Progress, reporters like Ben Smith should be reading Perry’s book which should give them plenty of questions to ask him as he introduces himself to everyone outside of Texas.

      The Ten Weirdest Ideas In Rick Perry’s ‘Fed Up’

      Rick Perry’s November 2010 book Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington is not a typical “campaign book” from a political candidate. For starters, its forward is written by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, nominally one of Perry’s rivals for the nomination. For another thing, it’s overall tone much more closely resembles that of a B-list conservative radio host looking to stir up controversy and sell books than of a cautious politician trying out poll-tested lines. Consequently, while the book is by no means a good one, its certainly a lot more interesting than most comparable works. I read it over the weekend, and thus am proud to produce the following list of the Top Ten Weirdest Ideas in Rick Perry’s Fed Up:
      These stances are well to the right of where Republican candidates have traditionally positioned themselves. Indeed, even Michele Bachmann has not, to my knowledge, deemed Social Security unconstitutional. The propriety of a federal role in regulating the banking industry has been the subject of bipartisan agreement since the Madison administration. All in all, the book should give political reporters plenty of questions to ask Governor Perry as he introduces himself to a non-Texas constituency.


      • 32 jacquelineoboomer
        August 15, 2011 at 4:57 pm

        Really appreciated one of the comments on this “Ten Weirdest Ideas” post (from “Rhoda Staff”): “We also have a monopolistic, pandering, self interested media which gives a platform to the very individuals who in less ‘enlightened’ times would have been locked in a bedroom, an attic, or an institution. The lunatic few are much louder because of the exposure.”

    • 33 dotster
      August 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm

      I saw Ben Smith on my teevee the other day. hmmmmmmmmmmm.
      Anyhoo, the funniest tweet of the day, among many, is “Perry may not be as smart as W., but he was a better cheerleader.”

  12. 34 Doris
    August 15, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I’m a little late Chips, but thanks so much for the beautiful photo gallery. No where but here. Love ya much! 😀

  13. August 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    This is a must see clip of gov good hair stammering and lying his way through an interview question about abstinence. Good lord what a liar.


    • 36 bonkers
      August 15, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      Whoa. He’s worse than I even thought. Yet, our MegeMedia anointed him the Repub frontrunner before he even declared. What a freakin embarrassment to humankind. Jeezus…Shrub 2.0 indeed. Wow.

    • August 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      Must confess……I could not watch the entire thing. Couldn’t do it!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing though. Sad and scary!

    • August 15, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      OMG, that was stupefying. That’s the first time I’ve heard him speak and I’m at a total loss as to why he’s holding any elective. What a complete moron. He’s right up there with Palin and Bachmann. Just stupefying ignorance. And his voice sounds exactly like W’s. ACK.

      • 41 Puddin'
        August 15, 2011 at 7:54 pm

        The people who are backing him (the big money) and the tea party people don’t care that he is dumb, they just want someone who will do what they say (make sure the rich get richer and the poor get poorer) and of course fact that he’s not black, well…

    • 42 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      August 15, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      Oh my! Can you imagine this guy trying to debate the President? He’s like GWB in slow motion. I was wondering how long it would take for a thought to surface.

  14. 43 PoliticalJunkessa
    August 15, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I’m a sucker for all the motorcade details and info on the Beast, so now I’m curious about that hellafied bus!

    August 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm


  16. August 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Anyone who is still upset about the President’s poll numbers, which today are at 42% approval today, well read this:
    The drop in Obama’s weekly average was driven by particularly low ratings near the end of the week, with record-low three-day rolling averages of 42% for Aug. 12-14 and Aug. 13-15 polling. Prior to this weekend, Obama’s three-day low had been 44%. Additionally, Obama’s disapproval rating reached 50% for the first time in the Aug. 13-15 average.

    Then realize that was written in 2010. Been there, done that. This has happened before; will probably happen again. The rating dips then bobs back up to the high 40s again making the MSM/GOP pull their hair out. We got this.

    • 47 dotster
      August 15, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      Tweety keeps saying his approval is up a bit today but it was really bad yesterday. And what is msnbc’s total obsession with Perry? It’s the Perry cable station now.
      I laughed because when I was looking at the photos above and noticed the 2 ladies in the gold and yellow tshirts, I was thinking, ‘How can they just be standing there chatting when President Obama is RIGHT THERE, within a couple feet of them?’ Why aren’t they staring, like I would be doing? Then I saw what happened, the warm, hungry embrace, and I decided they must have been chatting about whether they should kiss him or not.

      • 48 Sue in Minnesota
        August 15, 2011 at 6:01 pm

        hungry embrace 😯 …..I think we have the authors for some juicy romance novels amongst us 😀

  17. August 15, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    FYI – Tonight on Charlie Rose, Warren Buffett discusses his New York Times Op-Ed piece ‘Stop Coddling the Super-Rich’.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm


  19. 51 Debz
    August 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Chipsticks, You just had to post the pic of PBO bending down didn’t you? Love it!!!

  20. August 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I wanted to share a very powerful video which contains clips from protests which were held outside of these folks offices

    Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-TX)
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY):
    Speaker Boehner
    Paul Ryan, Wisconsin
    Newton, NJ, Rep. Scott Garrett’s district office
    Congressman Jerry Lewis’ Redlands
    U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan and U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly Pennsylvannia
    Rep Reichart, Washington

    There is an American Dream Movement which is organizing folks around the message of “Jobs Not Cuts”

    Now before you click, I have to warn you, this is being supported by MoveOn.org. I know many folks have strong feelings about this group, and I won’t try to talk you out of your convictions. I respect your judgement and understand that many of you have been policitically active much longer than I have.

    I will tell you this.

    The American Dream Movement, powered by Moveon, is worth paying attention to. If you can support them by showing up at events I would encourage you to do so. They will not be bashing the President, they will be bashing Republicans.

    Van Jones is leading the American Dream Movement. They held 1500 house meetings in July attended by 25,000 folks (11 meeting held in my county) . Based on the feedback from those meetings they drafted a “Contract for the American Dream”. If features 10 concepts which i think most folks here will agree with. They placed this contract in the NY Times as a full page ad. As you can see in the video – the movement is getting traction in the local news media.

    I guess my point is this — I am hopeful that folks will be able to accept that MoveOn has been wrong in the past, may be pushy and critical in the future, but right now — they are doing a good thing.

    The article has links to the Rebuild the Dream website, the American Dream Contract, and a video featuring Van Jones as he launched the movement.

    American Dream Movement – Jobs Not Cuts Rallies

  21. August 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    This series of pictures once again tells me so much about how President Obama loves people and enjoys meeting them and how well they relate to him. It’s so strange to me to see someone say he’s an elite who doesn’t relate to the common person when he’s such a natural, loving person. I think it’s because he’s comfortable with himself. He’s not trying to prove anything to anybody, he genuinely cares and people can tell it. They smile at him, they hug him — no awkwardness on their part — just love given and received by both. I’m glad the President is with the people these few days. We love our President!

  22. 57 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Well, well, well, it looks like Karl Rove, The Wall Street Journal and others in the GOP establishment are getting a tad nervous about their unhinged and weak presidential candidates. What is troubling is the extreme right trajectory that is welcoming to the Tea Party crowd and horrifying to everybody else. Rick Perry threw his hat in the ring because he felt the other candidates just didn’t measure up. This post from Steve Benen documents the conundrum.

    When the GOP establishment ponders electability

    Between Rove and the WSJ, I almost get the sense the Republican establishment still hopes to tell the Republican base, “Well, sure, being right-wing is fun, but you folks aren’t actually going to nominate an extremist for president are you? Are you?”

    The notion that the party establishment may not have the influence it wants over this process has to be pretty scary for Rove & Co.


  23. August 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I hope the same thing, Sue. Please, Lord, let it be so!!!!!!!

  24. 61 Allison
    August 15, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I love Obama…he is so natural with people! If just everyobe he endears would show up with their family and friends it would be a Democratic landslide!!!

    Get 5 new friends/family to register and vote Obama & Democrats 2012!!!!!

  25. 62 isonprize
    August 15, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Okay, aside from loving pretty much everything else on this blog today — the articles, the comments, the details of the bus tour — I must say. that last picture of my President getting on the bus was absolutely, positively the best, best, BEST picture of his… well, let’s just say that I’m sure that he and Michelle are a happy couple!!

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