the rural economic forum

Pamela Marshall, Executive Director of the Memphis Area Association of Governments, hugs President Barack Obama at the White House’s Rural Economic Forum in Peosta, Iowa, August 16

90 Responses to “the rural economic forum”

  1. 1 MTmarilyn
    August 16, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    They have just gone live on whitehouse.gov

  2. 2 ber6964
    August 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I’m In!!

  3. 3 dotster
    August 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    On CNN too for the moment but they’ll probably cut away, can’t let the people see too much of their president. They might be too impressed.

  4. 4 dotster
    August 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    “Can we get our politics to match up with the decency of our people”

    • 5 Ladyhawke
      August 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      I love that line. It’s similar to what he said the other day…..The American people deserve better.

  5. 6 Ladyhawke
    August 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Is everyone noticing the backdrop today?



    Rural Economic Forum



    We need to as man Americans as possible logging onto whitehouse.gov to get the details about the hard work the Obama administration is doing on their behalf.

    • 7 hopefruit2
      August 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      Yes I’ve noticed that too. It’s very impressive. Thanks Mr. President – we have your back Sir!!

    • 8 Ladyhawke
      August 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      oops…that should of course be http://www.whitehouse.gov

    • 9 Sue in Minnesota
      August 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      I think this is essential, and one of the quickest ways to lead people to the conclusion, through there own observations, that the MSM is self serving and working against the interests of an informed public. That’s how I formed my own conclusions re the MSM, the contrast between reality and “reality TV’ were too stark to miss.

  6. 10 hopefruit2
    August 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I notice that my President is wearing the same shirt (or maybe a different one just like it) as he did yesterday. Typical guy 🙂

    • 11 utaustinliberal
      August 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      It’s a different shirt. This one has stripes. 🙂

      • 12 dotster
        August 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm

        I think it’s the blue checked again, not that it matters. That’s what it looks like and how it was described by a reporter today—“blue checked shirt and brown pants”.
        And I think he must have a box of those blue checked shirts. He’s been wearing them since his first Iowa caucus appearances many moons ago. It’s his casual shirt of choice.

        • 13 Sue in Minnesota
          August 16, 2011 at 1:41 pm

          President Obama’s style is innate, and his body makes an awesome clothes hanger….but my impression is that he doesn’t get wrapped up in his “outfits”…like some of us ladies, or at least I used to do.

      • August 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm

        I love how PBO is such a down to earth person. He is not vain at all.

  7. 15 utaustinliberal
    August 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Hey guys. For those of you who the WH feed messes up, CSPAN is also showing the event live here:


  8. 16 Ladyhawke
    August 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Bring it Mr. President. He is calling out the obstruction and intransigence in congress. Put politics aside and get something done already. The country is doing the right thing, it’s time for congress to do the same. Do your job congress. We have a lot of work to do. Put country ahead of party.

    • August 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      I am loving this strategy of PBO running against and blaming the “Do nothing congress”. I wish that PBO could use a visual to track what has been done since the do nothings won the majority in 2010. Everything to benefit the American people came to a screeching halt. Not one jobs bill has been introduced.

      • 18 Ladyhawke
        August 16, 2011 at 1:41 pm

        I think the visual idea is great. Maybe a whiteboard presentation on Republican Party obstruction is in order. I wouldn’t be surprised if David Plouffe isn’t working on something like that. That one sheet diagram showing the reasons for the U.S. National Debt was a powerful tool during the debt ceiling debate. Something similar showing zero jobs bills introduced by the Republican majority in the House in nine months would be great.

      • 19 Sue in Minnesota
        August 16, 2011 at 1:46 pm

        I think the lack of productivity and the extreme efforts to obstruct legislation, if brought to the fore, would be excellent tools of communication. A lot of Americans engage in arm chair quarterbacking but really don’t have a solid grasp of the workings of our government, the significance of the complexity of our problems, or accurate information about what is actually transpiring in the halls of our Government.

  9. 20 dotster
    August 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    That was it? We don’t get to see the actual forum?

  10. 23 Ladyhawke
    August 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Take that Chuck Todd and Mark Knoller. Meanwhile they are complaining about campaigning. There are about five cabinet secretaries at the Rural Economic Forum. They will be talking about the economy and job creation and how their departments can help.

    I can’t wait to hear the criticism from the feckless media about this. Oh, the horror, President Obama is using tax payer money to travel to rural America to give voice to their economic struggles and look for solutions to improve their situation. Shameful.

  11. 24 PoliticalJunkessa
    August 16, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Those pics in the previous thread somehow remind me of Moneygall, although I know it’s smack dab in the middle of American heartland. 🙂 .

    Looooooove the pics with the tots! Awwww!

  12. August 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Karen Mills appears to be on with just the screen holder. Anyone else hear her?

  13. 28 Ladyhawke
    August 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Wow, the link is bouncing up and down. I hope it stabilizes. This is a very important discussion.

  14. 29 nospin
    August 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    is there an email address for Chipsticks? I am not finding a Contact Us link for this site.

  15. 32 Linda
    August 16, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Hi everyone…..just wanted to remind us all that Wisconsin has an election today..

    Go Dems !

  16. 34 halo
    August 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    The PEOPLE are behind you all the way, Mr. President!!! Thank you for working so hard!!

  17. August 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Listening to the rural economic forum. This is a very sophisticated panel talking to PBO and Sec. of Agr. These Iowans are amazing!!

  18. 36 dotster
    August 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Chuck Todd just gave a report on msnbc concentrating on the negative. He talked to one supporter who wished Obama would do this…. etc.—-just ridiculous. It’s like the Chgo Trib’s front page pic and story today was all about the one tea party activist who was a teeny tiny moment at the end of 2 respectful, impressive town halls. What is wrong with the MSM, I ask again? What is the need to search high and low and pluck out the one negative and focus on that? Then Todd and anchor Richard Louie (sp?) brought up all the criticism of the Obama vacation again, that many are saying they should cancel it. At one point the anchor declared, “He should cancel it.” These people have not one iota of common sense and their continuous concentration on the negative is so damaging to our country.

    • 37 hopefruit2
      August 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      How many of these so-called pundits and News anchors earning 7-figure salaries have decided to cancel their vacations because some Americans are suffering? How many TeaParty congressmen and others in government have decided to cancel their month-long vacation because some Americans are suffering?

    • 38 Bill
      August 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm

      This morning Chuck Todd on hearing that an economic plan will be presented in September asked why wasn’t it done earlier. Todd seems ro think his opinion is of great importance in Washington. I find him very unattractive and tedious.

    • 45 ChristiMtl
      August 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm

      Never said a word about Bush vacation time, it’s typical of corporate media, the republicans own the airwaves. Period.

      I saw something interesting on twitter, a little mea culpa from Puma Joan Walsh. I had to check her article in Salon.

      On MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” last night, Sirius XM radio host Joe Madison and I listened to a short clip of President Obama in Decorah, Iowa, Madison and I both criticized the president for failing to back public sector unions more fully and for acting as though unions hadn’t already sacrificed.
      Tuesday a reader pointed me to Obama’s full remarks, and having read the whole transcript, I think my reaction was unfair. In fact, Obama spent a lot of time talking about the importance of public sector workers and acknowledging the poor treatment of teachers particularly. He does pivot to his “shared sacrifice” shtick, but he puts it in terms pretty close to something I wrote last November:

      I’m surprised she even wrote that, .

      So typical of these ‘progressives’, attack without having all the facts or make up facts or ignore the insane opposition. I’m so sick of them.

      • August 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm

        When I saw Ed was going to discuss PBO statement, I deleted the show and did not watch any of it. I was watching Chris Hayes sitting in for LOD but as soon as he said he was going to discuss polls, I deleted him. I watched all of Rachel’s show. I can tell that she does not like Perry, which is a good thing for us. She will stay on him like white on rice. 🙂

        • 47 Blue
          August 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm

          Ed Shultz is a lying ba$tard!

          • August 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm

            I’ve listened to most of his show today. Yes, I know, but knowledge is power. I read that on here somewhere. 🙂 Anyway, after I read the above comment about Joan’s mea culpa, I found her article on Salon; read the entire thing and then sent Ed a blistering email. I challenged him to 1. Read the president’s ENTIRE answer (as Joan did) and 2. apologize for what he did last night and again today — playing that one segment over and over and over. I told him I know how my challenge will end–that he won’t say he was wrong and apologize.

        • 49 hopefruit2
          August 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm

          LOD also dislikes Perry with a passion. It will be interesting when he gets back from his bereavement leave.

      • 51 Anonymous
        August 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm

        Speechless. I’m speechless. It has been obvious for months that many left pundits live in an echo chamber, creating their own narrative and sticking to it despite the facts, What I DIDN’T realize is that they don’t even BOTHER TO CHECK FOR THEMSELVES what has or hasn’t been said, or they take an edited versiom of a speech (version almost always misleading) and they run their mouth !!

        I swear I’m going to send a message to Joan loud and clear. DO YOUR HOMEWORK !!!

        • 52 57andFemale
          August 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm

          Ed Schultz, in particular, is fact-challenged and evidently proud of it. I had hoped when he went to work for MSNBC he’d get a professional staff, but employees reflect their boss.

    • 53 Ladyhawke
      August 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      A simple google search reveals the article below. Chuck Todd would never bother to do a search like this. I have never seen a president work as hard and tirelessly as President Obama. The fact that the “media” is obsessed with the ‘OPTICS” of President Obama taking some well deserved time off with his family WHILE CONGRESS TAKES A MONTH LONG RECESS is infuriating. Everything he does is criticized. This is just pathetic. I am fed up with this manufactured controversy.

      Did the media complain about the optics of this?

      487 Days At Camp David For Bush

      490 Days at Crawford Ranch For Bush


      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.



      • August 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm

        That’s a combined 977 days outside of the White House. Now 365.25d x 8 yrs is 2922 – so Bush spent 2922 days in office.

        977/2922×100 is 33.4% meaning President Bush spent a full one third of his Presidency outside of the White House at either Camp David or at his Crawford Ranch.

        • 55 Ladyhawke
          August 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm

          You got it StR. And nothing but crickets from the likes of Chuck Todd on the previous administration. A double standard and selective outrage. That’s what passes for journalism these days. Pathetic.

          So let me get this straight the feckless media doesn’t think President Obama should be doing a bus tour to speak directly to the American people about the economy and job creation. And he shouldn’t take a few days off with his family while congress has a month long recess. I really am curious to know what the media would consider acceptable activities for President Obama to engage in. What would meet their approval??

    • 56 GGail
      August 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      My LA Times photo was of the children helping POTUS up after taking the group picture. I LOVED IT!

    • 57 Puddin'
      August 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm

      I don’t know how you all can listen to these people…I can’t do it…I know where they are coming from…I know what game they are playing and whose team they are on…no facts, just propaganda…a waste of my time.

  19. August 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Some good news in California

    California health insurance costs lower than many other states


  20. August 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    More good news in California

    L.A. School District Rehires 450 Teachers Laid Off In June


  21. August 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Finally – I just love this common sense idea

    A Portable Urban Farm, Made Entirely Of Milk Crates

    Don’t throw recycle bins or Milk carton crates away, put a little landscape fabric in them and plant a garden.


  22. 66 dotster
    August 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Agreed with the tweet which noted that yesterday’s GOP meme was “Perry, you da man!” and today it’s more “uh, we need a new savior to jump into the race!” Perry is way too rough around the edges, to put it mildly, a mess really. He’s calling Obama “the greatest threat to our country” and basically threatening the life of the Fed. chairman, saying that ‘we would treat him real ugly if he showed up in Texas’, accusing him of treason. All this kind of fake bravado, shoot from the lip, and dangerous macho talk might fly in Texas, but no chance in middle America. I think we’ll see the GOP kindof nudging him toward the door. Tweety will be disappointed, he was almost in nirvana about Perry yesterday.
    Same will happen with Bachmann. She’s not ready for prime time either. She’s been caught in multiple lies. Told some group in Iowa that she had to leave because 10,000 were awaiting her at another rally. Um, not really—-150 were there, at best. She kept talking about this family reunion she was going to, mentioned it multiple times to everyone including the Sun. a.m. shows, used it as an excuse for showing up late to some event. The only problem was her mother said she did not attend the family reunion. And the poor, confused thing wished Elvis “happy birthday” today except it’s not his birthday, it’s the anniversary of his death.

    • 67 Ladyhawke
      August 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      I have lost count of the number of gaffes Rich Perry has made since announcing his candidacy last Saturday. His trash talking about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernake, President Obama and the troops is not being well received. And that book that he wrote last year is causing quite a stir. He really sounds unhinged. Everything the government does is unconstitutional to him. So why would we want him (or any Republican for that matter) running it??

      Perry won’t disavow extremist Fed rhetoric


      ‘O that mine enemy would write a book’


      • August 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm

        I don’t think Perry had any intentions of running, which is why he’s so undisciplined. He won re-election in 2010 by hiding from the press knowing the [R] after his name would be enough. He was talked into it by “Anybody but Romney” Republicans who know Bachmann is wholly unelectable.

        • August 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm

          Of course, Perry is quickly proving himself to be, well, totally unelectable. He’s pretty much come off as unhinged since Saturday. He was the last guy on the GOP bench; they have nothing now, except for Mittens.

        • 70 57andFemale
          August 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm

          Huh? He’s running, isn’t he?

          • August 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm

            Yes, but this is the type of thing that takes months to plan and gear up and he’s trying to open up a Presidential campaign almost overnight, and if he was in in March all of these gaffes and insane utterances would have been to a much smaller audience. His fundraisers are having issues, a campaign manager of his sent out word to only donate to one specific SuperPac which is a big no-no and PACS and the official campaign are not allowed any working together.

            If he was going to run for the Presidency in 2012 he wouldn’t have ran for re-election in 2010. When he made the decision to run for re-election he pretty much closed the door on a Presidential run. Hell his top staffer went to work for the Gingrich campaign. He was talked into running by folks who are not happy with Romney. Probably the same folks who tried to get Daniels, Christie and Jeb Bush to run.

  23. August 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Mr President, by all means go on your vacation. Enjoy your family and hug your babies real tight. Reconnect with your Mrs and try to have some “family” talk…….BE BLESSED !

  24. 74 Left-Indie
    August 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    i believe one of the ways we will win the BIG argument in the end is to make deep blue states like california and vermont work well for their citizens–from heath care to jobs. Liberals have to show what they advacate for works, period. So it’s good news to hear about Cali’s heath costs going down. Also, I think Vermont is going for the public option. Would love to see this contrasted down the road with, say, Texas or Alabama. PBO mentioned this in someway before, that Dem ideas must work well somewhere, without costing a ton of money.

  25. August 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    OK, not to go all fashionista, but I love the slim pants that PBO is rocking.

  26. 83 Rozlan
    August 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I really & truly support our President. He is truly a great man & is doing a great job! Thanks to your website I can be informed about truth of his actions & well as his words!

  27. 84 utaustinliberal
    August 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I don’t know why Chuck Todd is obsessed with PBO taking a vacation? PBO has been the only one out there really working for the people and he went further in conducting a 3 day economic forum and townhall bus tour. Is Chuck jealous that the President gets to spend wonderful downtime with his amazing family? If the President goes to the bathroom; is Chuck obsessed with that? Does he want to know when the President wakes up, what he eats for breakfast, what clothes he picks out for the day? This nitpicking about everything PBO does is aggravating. Did Chuck give up his own vacation for the good of the American people? Did he give up his 6 figure salary to the many unemployed and suffering Americans. I was so pissed off at Chuckie that I tweeted “@chucktodd looks like a lighter version of pornstar Ron Jeremy. But I bet Chuckie couldn’t get any Tits and Ass even if he paid for it. #IdiotMedia. I also tweeted him asking why he was so obsessed with PBO’s vacation? and he should give up his 6 figure salary to suffering people. The jerk.

    As for Joan Walsh she reminds me of all of the emoprogs who come on tv and bash the President or offer “expert analysis” when they don’t have 100% of the facts or information at their fingertips. She should be ashamed for not watching the whole townhall and then bashing PBO for comments he didn’t make about unions. I tweeted her also. Ed Shultz is a disgusting pig for not showing the whole clip and disingenuously misrepresenting President Obama’s stance on unions. Karma is a bitch and she’s knocking on all their doors.

    • August 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      It’s because they thought it would catch on as some major “August silly season” scandal and they’d force the President to cancel his plans. Instead the Administration is basically laughing off the line of attack as they feel folks will understand that the President should have some vacation time with his family. This gets Todd and Tapper and the like even more pissed because they tried to flex their media muscles and it didn’t work.

      • 86 Sue in Minnesota
        August 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm

        They need to stick to facts. Their machinations keep biting them in the butt, and exposing their manipulative agendas. They’re really not worth the price of cable.

  28. August 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Reminder. PBO will be speaking soon.


  29. 90 zizi
    August 16, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    PBO is killing it on Wolf Blitzer’s CNN interview right now. Plus he’s looking super sexy The lighting is just mwaaa! on his face.

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