President Obama shakes hands the crowd after he and his daughters visited the Bunch of Grapes Book Store during their vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, August 19

Thanks for the video ChristiMtl ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  1. 1 Doris
    August 19, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    The President is looking good. Love the jeans and tennies. Of course the girls are simply beautiful. ๐Ÿ˜€

    BTW, still missing you First Lady.

  2. 2 StR
    August 19, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Even the secret service is in dress casual.

  3. 3 ChristiMtl
    August 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Oh how nice to see President Obama, I can’t believe how tall Malia is, gorgeous girls.

    Funny tweet from Think Progress

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    Fox’s Megyn Kelly reporting on how the “mainstream media” is taking a pass on covering the Rick Santorum-mania sweeping the country.
    4 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    Rick Santorum-mania? Did I miss something?

  4. 5 Debz
    August 19, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I am so happy to see our President out with the girls. He and his family really need this time to spend together. PBO looks relaxed and happy!!

    Christi, “Rick Sntorum-mania?”?????????????? HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  5. 9 Fred
    August 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    my Keen brother Pete Souza ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. August 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Never saw kids looking at any president – or any politician for that matter – like they look at this man. It always melt my heart.

    Thanks Chip, you are a legend.

    • 11 JoJothecat
      August 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm

      Hi ya, BWD!

      Sasha has really grown…she is so much taller than the last time I saw her in public. By the end of the year or inaugural day Malia will be the same height has FLOTUS. So glad the Prez is with the girls and Flotus relaxing.

    • 12 MTmarilyn
      August 19, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      All of the pictures I have ever seen of the President with people they are all smiling, laughing and so happy to see him. I haven’t seen a unhappy face. This man is loved no matter what the media says.

      Love following you on twitter BWD. We miss TOAITR. Take care.

  7. August 19, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I wonder what the CBC will have to say about this:

    Free meals for all Detroit schoolchildren in fall

    All Detroit Public Schools students will receive free breakfast, lunch and snacks in an effort to remove the stigma of being from a low-income family.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture program chose Michigan as one of three states to participate in the pilot program. Charter schools and districts in Michigan can participate if at least 40% of students are eligible for public assistance.

    โ€œOne of the primary goals of this program is to eliminate the stigma that students feel when they get a free lunch, as opposed to paying cash,โ€ said DPS Chief Operating Officer Mark Schrupp. โ€œSome students would skip important meals to avoid being identified as low-income. Now, all students will walk through a lunch line and not have to pay. Low-income students will not be easily identifiable and will be less likely to skip meals.โ€

    Although not required to participate, parents are still being asked to fill out a survey that includes income analysis to ensure that children, schools and the district will continue to receive millions of dollars in benefits and resources from the state and federal governments, as well as private grants. Program funding dependent on the surveys includes tutoring, after-school programs, field trips, technology and equipment, DDOT bus cards, free college testing, enrichment activities and others.

    The Community Eligibility Option is among the early reforms enacted under President Obamaโ€™s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which authorized the USDA to select up to three states to test the option in School Year 2011-12. A main factor in choosing the finalists was the prevalence of high-poverty areas. The option will be offered to more states in successive years, and will be available to all states beginning School Year 2014-15.


    • 19 MTmarilyn
      August 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm

      It’s “What has he done for you lately?” Let me count the ways.

    • August 19, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      I wondered the same thing.

      I also heard Rep Cleaver declared that Blacks will not turn out for PBO in 2012. These people are really freaking out.

      • August 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm

        They’re really more stupid than I thought, if they think PBO is going to get hurt by losing next year. PBO is the only one who will probably be happier. The rest of us will suffer.

        • 22 Debz
          August 19, 2011 at 3:58 pm

          Agreed, PBO can take his family back home to Chicago or Hawaii and live the wonderful life of a former President and the Poor will only suffer more under repug/millionaire rule.

        • 23 nathkatun7
          August 20, 2011 at 1:40 am

          That’s exactly right, BWD! These CBC people, like PL, have not seriously thought about the consequences of a Republican presidency and a Republican congress, both dominated by the teabaggers, who would also be selecting judges, including Supreme Court justices.

      • 24 lmrj
        August 19, 2011 at 3:41 pm

        Sounds like desparation to me! Carrying T-Repub water can make your fearful if you’re getting too much pushback from the community you represent. Let’s see what happens when they decide they want to ride the wave of PBO’s 2012 victory. Will not be pretty.

      • August 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm

        I can’t stand that guy but in the primaries he was heavily for Senator Clinton; I don’t know if he ever got over that and got on board with President Obama. Sadly, as long as he’s been a member of congress from the state of MO, my state. I’ve never heard much about him as I have with is opposition to this president.

        • 27 Fred
          August 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm

          Cleaver can suck on all the food these kids will spare him in that case ๐Ÿ™„

          • 28 utaustinliberal
            August 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm

            Hahahaha. Good one Fred. They can try to deny it, but President Obama and his administration have done and keep doing good things for the black community and only ignorant people who aren’t paying attention end up opening their loud mouths to spew nonsense.

            PBO looks really good in the pictures. Glad he’s getting some downtime. He’s a really slim guy. It’s nice to see the girls out and about and gasp! they’re actually buying books to read. Don’t tell the GOP. ๐Ÿ™„ The girls are growing up before our very eyes. Hope they too have a great vacation.

        • 29 Jalenth
          August 19, 2011 at 4:23 pm

          That’s the problem with many of the CBC members. Most of them were for Clinton and only a few were for Obama. I think they are hoping he fail for the “I told you so” factor. I have a feeling that President Obama is ignoring some of them and their complaining and that goes for Maxine too.

          • 30 Anonymous
            August 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm

            I wish Bill and Hillary Clinton would do the right thing for the party and ask all of their friends and allies to stop trashing the President. They surely still have a lot of clout within the party and they could tone down this nonsense. The ONLY way that the democratic party will retain the WH is with Barack Obama as a nominee AND with some UNITY behind him.

        • August 19, 2011 at 4:56 pm

          Hi all. If I can jump in and add my 2 cents. Yes, Cleaver is nothing but a Clinton PUMA. He and the CBC never supported PBO. They didn’t help anyone turn out for him. He did it on his own with our help. So he doesn’t need the CBC now. And from what I read everywhere the CBC’s antics this week (led by Troubled Waters) has done nothing but turn people off and make them vow to work that much harder for the president. So Cleaver, he of the nothing but a preacher fame, needs to go sit down.

          These CBC folks have been around since PBO was a teen and they have accomplished absolutely nothing. Along comes this bright man who doesn’t ask for their help or wait his turn and wins the presidency and they cannot stand it.

          Tough. We will work hard, donate hard and make sure people get out to vote. Didn’t need CBC in 2008, will not need them now.

          • 32 Xtine
            August 19, 2011 at 5:12 pm

            Hah! Love that “Troubled Waters.” She needs a bridge, methinks. There’s a pew somewhere for Cleaver!

          • 33 Chi
            August 19, 2011 at 6:46 pm

            Absolutely spot on…

          • 34 prettyfoot58
            August 19, 2011 at 7:02 pm

            i cannot say that they have done nothing…what i can say is that like any politiician…you can get comfortable…esp when your keep getting re-elected over and over again…because the voters do not hold you accountable for what you have not done…

            i hesitate to condemn them all…but unless your speak out in defense of the President then we will paint you with the same brush…

          • 35 EDP4BHO
            August 19, 2011 at 7:23 pm

            Thanks for all this truth, Proud. I can say one Congressman Chaka Fattah always has PBO’s back, and I mean always. And he is heavy on helping fund education initiatives here in Pennsylvania. He is one of the good guys. Most others can go suck rocks. Love your “Troubled Waters” ๐Ÿ˜€

      • August 19, 2011 at 4:30 pm

        Rep. Cleaver better hope they do turn out for President Obama, because if they don’t, do Rep. Cleaver think Bachmann, Perry, Romney, will give a dam about the Black community? These people are acting so stupid it’s pitiful. I talk to a young lady at Rep. Waters office. And told her exactly what I think of Rep. Waters.

      • 38 Jessica
        September 3, 2011 at 9:45 pm

        I’m black and I’m voting in 2012.

    • 39 Debz
      August 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm

      Hi BWD!! I miss you, hope thing are going well for youl
      Thanks for bringing this article to our attention. The CBC will probably take credit for this and tell everyone that PBO only did it because they forced him to.

    • 41 dotster
      August 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      That is so wonderful. These are the kind of things which are so important and where government can make a difference. I love that all will be getting this opportunity so no children are singled out for the free lunch. Super great! Imagine this kind of thing would be high on the list of Mitt Romney or Rick Perry—–ha! Not a chance. And the CBC should rethink their anti-Obama campaign because all they’re doing is the same thing that the PL did to foul up the 2010 election—- making the huge mistake of making people angry at the President and less likely to be motivated to vote—- and we’ve seen those horrific results. It changed everything.

    • 42 P
      August 19, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      What we need to do is get this news to the masses (including Waters and the rest of the CBC- although I am sure they are aware of it)I am confident blacks will vote PBO in 2012 even though they may not agree with him 100% as stated before the other options are 1000 times worst. Lastly thank you Mr President for this and all the other wonderful work you are doing.

    • 43 askew
      August 19, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      This is spectacular news. I am really impressed at some progressive changes Obama’s admin is doing through agencies. They really should do some ads that highlight these items to get Dems more excited.

  8. 44 Lambunao
    August 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    “The option will be offered to more states in successive years, and will be available to all states beginning School Year 2014-15.” We can definitely avail of the “Hungry-Free Kids Act” in Oregon. Thank you so much, BWD. Luv you and miss you terribly. Ohhhh, Malia and Sasha are blooming and it’s great to see them with their Dad in blue jeans.

    • 46 Debz
      August 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      Cool video! I love the reactions of people in these vids.

      • 47 dotster
        August 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm

        Haven’t we seen some great people this week? Really nice and decent people who are supportive of the president and thrilled to meet him. Reality is so different than what the news media projects.

        • 48 Debz
          August 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm

          Amazing isn’t it? For a Prez who is “losing his base” and can not “connect with regular people” he sure does get a lot of love from the “regular” folks!
          We have seen a lot of nice people this past week.

      • 49 prettyfoot58
        August 19, 2011 at 7:03 pm

        i love that older lady at the end….saying that she is toooo old to get excited….hahahaha….i say go for it…you only live once…Ooooooooooooo weeeeeeeeeee

    • 50 utaustinliberal
      August 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks so much for this Christi. It was freaking cool to watch. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 52 Lambunao
      August 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      thanks for the video – love hearing “we love you” ,, “Obama 2012” . The 71 yr old lady who hasn’t seen a US president since Eisenhower and absolutely excited to see Pres. Obama is delightful, the kids’ reactions as well.

      Thanks again

    • 53 P
      August 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      “You the man Barack!” ๐Ÿ˜€ Thnaks for the video I think I am excited as those people in the video ๐Ÿ™‚

    • August 19, 2011 at 4:35 pm

      OMG, how cute is that video! Those people are so sweet. It’s so nice to hear about these kinds of spontaneous outpourings. Sounds like a lovely experience all the way around.

    • August 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      I love this video! The people are so sweet. This father gushing about the president, the little kids and the lady that met Eisenhower when she was a little girl just adorable! So respectful of the president, warms my heart…real America!

  9. 56 P
    August 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    GREAT ๐Ÿ˜€ Some R&R!!!! Malia is as tall as PBO ๐Ÿ˜ฏ !!!! I am very glad he’s away from all the noise doing his President thing on an island! The little boy is looking at PBO in amazement ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s very common thing with kids!!

  10. 57 Doris
    August 19, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    2012, 2012, 2012, 2012 ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. 58 holymoly
    August 19, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    i love love the clip, i sometimes wonder when i see all the ‘experts’ opinions on TV claiming president Obama is disliked, I wonder if they actually speak with regular people.

    • 59 hopefruit2
      August 19, 2011 at 4:51 pm

      They know perfectly well that he is very popular and well-liked. They simply can’t stand it and need to push the opposite meme of reality – just like their Republican friends in Washington and elsewhere.

    • 60 lmrj
      August 19, 2011 at 4:53 pm

      They’re always playing circle firing squad, and their circle is very small. I doubt if they would take the time to speak to regular people. They’re such “stars”.

  12. 61 lmrj
    August 19, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    PBO always looks so much happier when he’s with his family. Wonderful video.

  13. 62 chiara
    August 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I know a lot of people here don’t particularly like Rachel Maddow (I personally think she’s very good, even if she does criticize Obama on occasion) but even you don’t care for her show, she did have a great segment on this whole Presidential Vacation ridiculousness. The best part is when she calls out the media for perpetuating it.


    • 63 busbus
      August 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      I’m with you, chiara. Often, I become annoyed with some of her segments, as well as others on msnbc; but for the most part, she is willing to shine the light on the GOP/TP hypocrisy, propaganda, lies and double-standards rhetoric. If I remember correctly, she was one of the first, if not the first, to lay out all of the legislative accomplishments of President Obama when the GOP/TP, pundits and MSM were running on “President Obama hasn’t accomplished anything in two and a half years.”

      • 64 chiara
        August 19, 2011 at 6:24 pm

        Yes I believe she may have been. I just really appreciate her intelligence and that she lays the issues out very well on her show. She seems to dig deeper than many others (which isn’t all that hard anymore) and tries to get to the core issue. Plus I like that she adds humor to her show, I find it helps to digest all the “crazy” and negativity that goes on out there. I don’t find her critiques of Obama to be too strident and usually she lays them out well and backs them up, I may not agree with them but I can definitely appreciate where she’s coming from all the same. I just don’t put her in the same category as Marcus M, Jane Hamsher, Adam Green and the like and I know many people lump them all together. She is far more intelligent and earnest in her desire to educate people on the issues, the others I find to be more self serving than anything.

      • August 19, 2011 at 6:37 pm

        Well, she did do that..I’ll give her credit for that.

    • August 19, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      I stopped watching her ages ago with KO but I’ll watch this since you posted. Thanks.

      • 67 chiara
        August 19, 2011 at 6:47 pm

        Yes I found that’ve I’ve stopped watching Keith. I find his rants to be far too hyperbolic and in a sense that makes them less useful. He is incredibly smart and I do like his sharp mind but admit I can only take him in small doses. For me Rachel has never been as screechy as Keith and to be frank I really like it that she can act with civility even when someone she disagrees with comes on her show. I learn a lot from her and when she bugs me I just turn the channel ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. 68 Fred
    August 19, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    man how tall will Malia get ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    nice to see Sasha again ๐Ÿ˜€

    that “old” lady was not happy with the guy ๐Ÿ˜†

    • 69 Sue in Minnesota
      August 19, 2011 at 6:58 pm

      6’0″ – 6’2″ she will probably be done growing in the next year, and maybe as tall or slightly taller than her Dad. Michelle’s family is supplying the height genes. From practical experience and tall family genes our girls reached their full height by 8th adn 9th grade.

      • 70 Jessica
        September 3, 2011 at 9:55 pm

        I don’t think she’ll be that tall. I think she’ll cap out at 5’11. 6’0 Max. Based on my puberty timeline and height development (but i’m no expert).

  15. 71 Shafeeqah V. Smith
    August 19, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    The people’s president in action! Love it!

  16. 72 Titti
    August 19, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Love the video, the genuine warmth and affection they hold for the Prez. Bet some people are going apoplectic and heads are exploding at these pics – loves it ๐Ÿ™‚ The girls looks great, hadn’t seen them in a minute. Miss FLOTUS tho.

  17. 73 Sue in Minnesota
    August 19, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I miss seeing Michelle too, but I don’t blame her for wanting to stay tucked away. They work so tirelessly for all Americans, where they get their energy is beyond me. Wish I knew what they ate for breakfast….whatever it is, it’s the breakfast of champions ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. August 19, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Awesome video of awesome supporters.. thank you American people~I love this.

  19. August 20, 2011 at 12:11 am

    It is ALWAYS heartwarming to me to see how ‘real’ people react to President Obama, AND to note that the response is not restricted to any specific age group. Young and old alike get a charge out of his presence! I love to get pictorial glimpses of the Obamas while they are on vacation, but I also wish the girls in particular could get some ‘alone’ time with their dad. This presidency really does pull be in conflicting directions. I want it to go slowly so I can enjoy having an intelligent man in charge, but I want it to hurry up so that PBO can put the election behind him. I want to know what the family is up to every day, but sometimes I see the girls and can’t help feeling that THEY feel hounded every time they leave home with their parents. Such a sacrifice for the girls and such a dilemma for me!

  20. 76 vitaminlover
    August 20, 2011 at 1:08 am

    President Obama, First Lady Obama, Mallia and Sasha and Mrs Robinson (First Grandmother) pleased be blessed, protected and thoroughly enjoy this well-deserved vacation. God keeps His Mighty Hand on you all always. When you come back from your rest and recreation it will be with renewed energy, passion and God-given power. I mean POWer!!! We love you guys and have your backs. Even the precious doggie Bo. So in Jesus Name just relax for awhile. Amen.

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