day three, illinois


Residents of Atkinson line up on Illinois Route 6 to show support for President Obama

President Obama jumps onto the stage prior to speaking at a town hall meeting, Aug. 17, at Wyffels Hybrids Inc., in Atkinson, Ill



President Obama arrives to speak at a town hall style meeting at Country Corner Farm Market on August 17, in Alpha, Illinois


President Obama huddles with the Galesburg High School football team in Galesburg, Ill.

A girl on the Galesburg High School volleyball team reacts as she gets to meet President Barack Obama


President Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at the Air National Guard Base in Peoria, Ill., en route to Washington after his three-day economic bus tour

64 Responses to “day three, illinois”

  1. August 17, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    WOW!!!! Ok, it all that weren’t enough for you…….

    Please allow me to give you a little dessert – (not PBO – but still awesome)……

    TRUST ME when I tell you you’re going to CHEER when you watch this:

    • 6 HZ
      August 17, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      Oh My Dear Tally. This takes me back to my 36 years of a great career of making a difference. Thank you for the tears of pure joy for reminding me of what I did with my life in order to make a difference in the thousands of beautiful lives of those precious students. I would be rich in dollars today in my golden years, but those of the likes of some people in the establishment decided that those dollars should go to the very rich. However, I am a better person and my students certainly were and are because I chose to make a difference not matter what the numbers were on my check each month for thirty-six years. So when they ask me how much I made, I will reply.”I made a damn good difference..” Plus, I am not being all proud, I have proof of those words because I have students all over this world who still call me or write and tell me, “Thanks Ms.______- , you made a difference in my life. I salute all of those who just received their phone calls or notices that they can and will be returning to the classsroom tomorrow, or next week. I hope they also will make a difference. Thanks so much for this Tally. I love you for reminding us of what we are still fighting for in all that we TOD Family do everyday to help this wonderful President fight and fight even more for teachers all over this country. Thank you all for allowing me to love you and be here to see what you all are still doing to make a difference wherever you go. There is a quote I love,”Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” HZ

      • August 17, 2011 at 10:18 pm

        You are awesome, HZ. Your students were so lucky to have you! You’re such a gem 😀 !

        This attack on teachers is/was one of the most insidious smear campaigns ever cooked up by the right wing — they took it to a new low when they hatched that one. Nasty buzzards 👿 ! When karma comes for them, it won’t be pretty.

      • 8 GGail
        August 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm

        Thank you HZ for your service to our children who are now productive adults. Like you, I bet all of the teachers who had Barry/Barack Obama in their classroom are beaming with pride now at the adult he has become.

      • August 18, 2011 at 1:42 am

        One of these days HZ, we’re going to lunch. We’re damn neighbors after all! And I would have been HONORED to have you as a teacher.



        ❤ ❤ ❤

  2. 10 Kasai
    August 17, 2011 at 9:49 pm


    Christine O’Donnell Walks Off Piers Morgan Interview

  3. August 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I look at the President. I look at all the sweet faces from many walks of life out there who are so excited to see him. He’s doing retail politics at its best.

    • August 17, 2011 at 10:17 pm

      “…He’s doing retail politics at its best.”

      I 2nd that…

      He’s one of a kind…”No one can touch that!” 😉

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
      YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!

  4. 13 Eleroy
    August 17, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Thank you President Obama!!! You Sir ROCK!!! We stand behind you fired up and ready to go!!!

  5. 14 Kasai
    August 17, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Hey Everyone…..Chips, hope you’re having a wonderful day..thanks for the awesome pics:-)

    In other stories:

    Well, Well…Guess who’s palling around with terrorists!!!

    LOL Bachmann Staffer Arrested for Terrorism in Uganda in 2006


    August 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm


    • 17 EDP4BHO
      August 17, 2011 at 10:17 pm

      I loved that woman in the tee as well, and thought, she’d probably spank anyone who dared cross her about her support, being elderly and white. Probably has to deal with peepartiers in her peer group.

    • 18 57andFemale
      August 18, 2011 at 7:58 am

      It is SO important that seniors get the message about how much ACA has done for them. I am still appalled at how many seniors do not know that the new benefits under Medicare came from Democrats and ACA.

      My husband is 71. He is having some memory problems and I’m having a problem with him (“Don’t call me nuts!”, is what he says). I want him to go back on Aricept and we’re going to the doctor today and I have to tell her because he won’t.

      My husband — my Obama-loving blue collar Democrat husband — said he didn’t want to go back into the donut hole (when he was on two name brand drugs, one being Aricept). I couldn’t believe, with all the talking we do about politics, Medicare and the like — that he didn’t know that the donut whole is now smaller and getting smaller every year, and that his name brand Aricept would be HALF the price it was when he was on it a few years ago.

      It drives me crazy that the Republican fear gets through and we have so much trouble getting the truth out there.

  7. 19 jacquelineoboomer
    August 17, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    The sentiment behind the sign in the photo that read “I skipped da Bears to see da Prez” is a big deal in Illinois (I live here now) !!! It’s like saying “I ditched picking up my lottery winnings to see the Prez” !!!

    A young teen who did some outdoor work for me a while back told me that he was going to another state the following week and I asked if he were moving there. He said, “Oh, no, I’d never leave the Bears.”

    Personally, I belong to Athletics Anonymous, but thought I’d mention.

  8. 21 utaustinliberal
    August 17, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    President Obama could be a model. The pictures are just fantastic. In every shot, he looks AMAZING. So unposed, just mingling with the people and enjoying himself and it clearly shows. You could not have crafted a better 3 days for this economic bus tour. Great weather, great optics, great bakground, great people, great questions, great interactions, great answers, great pictures, and finally, GREAT President.

  9. 32 Kasai
    August 17, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Chips….What can I say…But thank you thank you….

    Sorry I didn’t want to hijack you beautiful post..but I was told to bring it here from some peeps from tweets..Hope you don’t mind dear.

  10. 33 dotster
    August 17, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I loved these 3 days. President Obama enjoyed it, the people enjoyed it. It’s good to see him out among the people. It rejuvenates him, and the communities were so supportive and seemed thrilled to have him visit. And I love to have the public hear the truth, minus media filter, directly from President Obama. There’s no one better at answering questions, any questions. I think it makes a huge difference. Wish he could appear at these kind of stops throughout the country between now and the election. And what a difference it makes to read accounts in these smaller media markets, just the truth, no sarcasm, no negative slant, just straight reporting. As it should be.

    • 34 mb32
      August 17, 2011 at 11:17 pm

      I thought it was a great tour and the communities really responded but why are the pundits, Repubs and some Dems making it seem like a failure? The Repub Pres candidates wish they had that kind of response…smh

  11. 35 HZ
    August 17, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I thank you Chips for your dedication, hard work, and continued space that is not torn with negative thoughts. This is truly a beautiful space for our TOD Family, and we sure as hell better support you in keeping it as one of the most intellectual, inspiring, loving, truth sharing, and total respect to you, to each other and most of all to our President, Barack Obama. Thank you so much my dear friend, Chips. Love you so very much.HZ

  12. August 17, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    *somersaults and cartwheels through spacious new thread* YIppee! And what a thread it is, Mama Chips :mrgreen: ! Jam packed full of American President goodness. Yum!

    In the midst of the ugliness that the right wing brings with them everywhere they go: Congress, television, radio, internet, townhalls, etc., it’s easy to forget just how ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL the American people are when you get down to it. Looks at these faces. Just gorgeous.

    Onward and upward. Viva Obama. Viva USA!

  13. 37 GGail
    August 17, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Thank you Chipsticks. Because of you, I feel like I’ve been on this road trip with President Obama. The pics and vids are keepers for sure! And we have you to thank for that! Bless you and I love you! 😀

  14. 39 Kasai
    August 17, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Love is Universal…weather you white, black or red….from Africa or the farms in America…
    This President’s good will, will be rewarded by many that have touched their souls.
    No matter what is being said today…history will be told, that due to this Good Man planting the seed with our younger generation, GEN44 will protect his legacy long after his presidency and for generations to come.

    In his own words: “THIS IS NOT ABOUT ME…IT’S ABOUT YOU”

    Thank you Mr. President!

    • 40 dotster
      August 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm

      Proof is in the photos of Obama with kids who seem to love him on the spot. And I also loved the photos today with the high school teams. You can see on their faces how thrilled they were to be with him, how cool they think he is, he’s their kind of president.

  15. August 17, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    President Obama is like a ray of light that shines wherever her goes.

    I haven’t been commenting much but I visit here countless times everyday just to keep abreast of how our favourite president is doing.

    I also have to mention that that CBS video was a bit of eye candy especially when the president is walking towards the bus at the end.
    I really couldn’t help but check out his sexy walk and butt. 😉

  16. August 17, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Now THOSE are some Presidential teeth! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  17. 43 Kasai
    August 17, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    lol….Have we ever seen such Handsomeness in the White House???

    I swear I don’t think that the “THE PEOPLE’S HOUSE” will ever be the same once the Obama’s leave.

    DC might experience a withdrawal of some kinda…..and talk about decrease in tourism and so on.

    Our First Family is in a CLASS by itself.. will never be duplicated

    • August 17, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      Well Kasai, we’ll have them till 2016. So we will have them for about five or six more years. You are so right our First Family is in a class all by themselves, And I’m so proud of them.

  18. 50 Anonymous
    August 17, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Oh, Lord, that walk. Makes me swoon. I watched that video so many times just to see that swagga. I’m going to have to go lay down now.

    • August 17, 2011 at 10:35 pm

      Above comment from me, Proud. Who always forgets to sign in.

    • 54 isonprize
      August 17, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      I have always loved the way he walks. WOOOOOOO baby! It’s a confidence, a stride, an ease about who he is. I don’t know how I get all of that from watching him walk, but it is DIVINE! I feel like the little girl on the volleyball who just swooned!! after she shook his hand.

      The first time I shook his hand, I screamed like a school girl. Mind you, I was a full grown woman. I was like a stealth volunteer the last time. I did all of my volunteer work, but strategically wore a Phillies jersey so that I could cover my VOLUNTEER t-shirt when it came time for the rope line. I’m up to 5 times. Twice as a candidate, once when he was in Philadelphia as the President-elect catching the train to DC and twice as President of the United States.


  19. 56 Obama Grandmama
    August 17, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I love the pic of PBO with the close-up of his smile. It is so genuine. I think this week has helped him recover from the crazy Congress. Hope his vacation rejuvenates him. I turned on the tv as I missed most of the shows I like to watch and only caught Ed who I quickly turned off after hearing him continue to try to badger a woman asking her if they wanted PBO to come to her state and get involved with their Union problems. She avoided agreeing with him and he stated how she was avoiding the question instead of listening and taking a hint from it. Ed’s idea is he is supporting PBO by telling him what to do so he will get re-elected.
    I am listening to the townhall above with no sound on Ed. Thanks as it is nice to be able to catch the townhall.

  20. 57 carolyn
    August 17, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    ISONPRIZE, how fortunate you are! I’ve seen him once…back in 2007, but I know that once you see him in person, you can never believe the lies told about him. The more he gets out with the people, the larger the number of people will know those lies aren’t true. Those will tell others, and the number of Obamabots will increase exponentially. He is just what he is pictured, alive, intelligent, caring, funny, and yes handsome. I’m SO glad he got out of DC for these three days! Like others, I think it was a rejuvenating time. Nothing can be deadlier than dealing with Congress!
    Thank you Chips for all the pictures. How can a stupido like Tweety say he doesn’t connect with “regular” people??? Tweety is evidently the irregular one who can’t connect with the President. What a story those students at those schools he visited have to tell their children and grandchildren! “Let me tell you about the day President Obama visited my school back in 2011…..” I’m sure every student gets a Pete Souza picture too!!!

  21. 58 Ceb
    August 17, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Dearest Tally,

    I am a teacher in a so-called challenged school. Teachers returned this week for pre-planning and it is not pretty. The video that you provided is a wonderful source of encouragement that I will share with other staff members.

    • August 18, 2011 at 1:57 am

      Thanks! I just took it over to a friend of mine’s house who is a HS Spanish & French teacher. He CHEERED! It made his night!

      I can’t stop watching it.

      “How dare you waste my time with anything short of your very best!”

  22. 60 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    August 18, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Sorry Jackie, UT, and Chips. I am just SO Obama Obsessed I guess any negativity brought from his enemies SCARES me. I have found the ROOT of my problem. I get scared when this stuff is mentioned. I have to understand that we don’t live in a Utopian society and PBO has many enemies. I will refrain from confronting anyone else when they report what is being done or said to PBO and asking for our PUSHBACK.

    That being said love you Chips. I am really a fun loving and compassionate guy and very PASSIONATE about PBO’s re-election. Please don’t be afraid to meet in my birthplace of D.C. at PBO’s next inauguration. Hope a large group of us TODers and TOAITRers can get together that glorious weekend in January of 2013!! KEEP HOPE ALIVE!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

    • 61 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      August 18, 2011 at 12:29 am

      ……………meet me in D.C. that is. 😉

    • 62 utaustinliberal
      August 18, 2011 at 12:36 am

      Apology accepted Keith. For next time, whenever you feel panicky about the news or the negativity by PBO’s enemies; just let us know and we’ll calm you down and reassure you. We’re a family here and we’re all working to spread information that will help us in the battle to get President Obama re-elected. We all have to know the good news that is out there and also what false news the other side and the media is peddling. So once again, don’t get overly panicky and attack anyone with news; just let us know how you’re feeling and we’ll ALL be there for you. 😀

  23. 63 M
    August 18, 2011 at 3:27 am

    I am so pleased to see these pics of PBO out of DC and out instead with the people of this great nation! Love the image of PBO with the gorgeous sky and clouds behind him!

  24. 64 Deb Paree
    August 18, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Thank you for all the wonderful updates on President Obama. If it wasn’t for this site I would feel so depressed. Listening to the corporate media you would think our president is universally hated. Seems like a lot of people like him and I imagine will (like me) vote for him in 2012. Keep up the good work!

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