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out and about

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama depart the Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark, Massachusetts on August 21

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President Obama at the Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Aug. 21

Members of law enforcement sit in a small vehicle along the fairway of the Vineyard Golf Club before the arrival of President Obama


129 Responses to “out and about”


  1. 2 Debz
    August 21, 2011 at 11:29 am

    YAY! Michelle

  2. August 21, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Very articulate spokesperson for protestors

    Working Washington Attracts 200 to Reichert Protest

    http://mercerisland.patch.com/articles/working-washington-attracts-large-crowd-for-protest#video-7414633

    Glad to see folks in Washington are organizing and speaking out.

    • 5 Debz
      August 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      That was and interesting video. So, the tea party guy does not agree that We Need jobs. That is not part of his core values?

      • 6 JoJothecat
        August 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm

        I find it shameful that these GOP reps won’t hold meetings with the people who live in his district. Mercer Isl, WA is a very wealthy area so it is probably mostly GOP and he will get re-elected easily. The comment section mentioned the background of the Working WA group but not the Teabagger group.

  3. August 21, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I hope everyone is happy to see our first lady. I won’t post here some of the crazy comments I have read about her being MIA. She deserves some private time with her husband and girls before it all starts again. The best first family ever.

    • 8 hopefruit2
      August 21, 2011 at 11:41 am

      Thank you Sonjia.

      I don’t recall all this excessive scrutiny and speculation about Laura Bush when she was out of the public eye for months at a time. This is just plain ridiculous. What next – media getting dressed in khaki outfits with spy glasses hiding in the bushes to stalk the First Family? Jake Tapper wants to know what books Sasha and Malia bought at the bookstore. He is determined to find out and tells us to “stay tuned.”

      Sheesh, now I can finally get a good night’s sleep, knowing that my boy Jake is doing the serious work of investigating what books the first daughters bought on that August summer morn of 2011.

    • 11 Ladyhawke
      August 21, 2011 at 11:57 am

      It is a sign of sheer desperation that critics of FLOTUS have to go to such lengths to find something, anything to criticize about her. Their critiques are petty and silly. But therein lies the problem. She frustrates the hell out of them because she is such an outstanding woman and role model. In their heart of hearts her critics know that, but they will never admit it. Instead they satisfy themselves by wallowing in their disgusting comments and trying to convince themselves that they are better than she is.

    • 12 Fred
      August 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm

      maybe Tapper wants to know if the President and First Lady were busy doing it all day yesterday since they spent the whole damn day in 🙄

      sorry couldn’t help the sarcasm pouring out of me due to the anger I feel towards Tapper and his ilks

    • August 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm

      Sonjiaduncan, I am happy to see her, not because I was thinking all kinds of crazy things, but because I am a huge fan of hers. I know she deserve and what some quiet time with herself, her girls, and her husband.

  4. 15 utaustinliberal
    August 21, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Yay!!!! I love how FLOTUS is rocking out to some music and POTUS has his eyes closed just relaxing. They both so deserve this downtime.

  5. 19 donna dem 4 obama
    August 21, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Table of Brotherhood | Chevrolet Honors MLK

    • August 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      Movin’!

      Despite the elected TeaPUBLICANs (and their ilk (Koch Bros., Murdoch/Ailes, Rove, et al)), at the local/state and federal-level, change is a’comin’!

      So, let’s KEEP THE FAITH & HOPE ALIVE! 😉 🙂

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!

    • 21 Kasai
      August 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you Donna………What a Beautiful ad….:-)

      • 22 HZ
        August 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm

        Good Morning Kasai and my TOD Family,

        I love the ad also. When I first saw a part of it on tv, I thought how great it would be for communities all over the country could have neighbor, towns, and cities where they would seet the tables winding around the street or blocks within some town and cities of all diverse people sharing meals and conversations. Each familiy or maybe a sponsor would provide the linen, the silverware, flowers from gardens, homes, local florits and just have a An Elegant Evening’ of conversation, meeting each other and partaking of great food dishes from all the diversity within the communities. I could really do that one and really enjoy helping pull this type of coming together for our nation.

    • August 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      Awesome! August 28th is going to be a very emotional day.

    • 26 GGail
      August 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm

      Thanks Donna. This ad has been playing here in Los Angeles for a few weeks now and I enjoy seeing it!

  6. 28 dotster
    August 21, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Here is the feedback form for CBS. Please let them know that we watched Obama’s bus tour, and we know their slant this a.m. was dishonest:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/feedback/fb_news_form.shtml?tag=ftr

    • 29 JER
      August 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks Dotster. I just wrote them. I urge everyone to do the same.

    • 31 jacquelineoboomer
      August 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      This is what I sent CBS (I went a little overboard with the hyperbole, but who cares):

      Absolutely horrendous hit job on President Obama this morning by the fool representing your program. President Obama is much loved among the people in our country, and much respected. We are behind him 100%. How dare you do such lazy journalism – following the meme du jour, slanting your comments, and allowing the interviewer and narrator to be heard more in the clip than our President. We didn’t watch to hear you. The only positive comment allowed was from the American from the Midwest, who stood up and told President Obama, “I am not disappointed in you.” I will never watch your program again, and I am very disappointed in CBS.

    • August 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      This is my comment.

      I watched all the Town Halls from the president’s bus tour and the cuts and snippets used in the interview were totally misleading. This shoddy and deceptive editing is just one reason people have started getting their news elsewhere because the filtering has become dishonest and it’s only done to enhance the interviewer’s story line. The questions the president was asked at these town halls proved one thing and that’s the American public are more informed than the media gives them credit for. In fact these questions were more intelligent and in-dept than what I’ve heard in a long time. If there was anger from these folks the anger was directed at the political circus that has been taking place in DC since the new congress was seated and Washington inability to get things done on the economy.

      If there was a narrative taken from these town halls it would be, that the American people are more informed and plugged in than ever.

      • 33 Sue in Minnesota
        August 21, 2011 at 1:06 pm

        Excellent comment.

        • August 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm

          Thanks Sue, this type of reporting is what’s turning folks off to corporate ran media.

          This president will be fighting on three fronts on his run-up to re-election and they are the republicans, the media and backstabbers in his own party. It will be up to us to help him in these fights.

          • 35 Sue in Minnesota
            August 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm

            I agree, again, they seem to underestimate or maybe just can’t acknowledge the real movement going on across the country…it is not DC centric.

            I can not stand being manipulated, and especially can not tolerate being lied to. The MSM has long lost it’s sway with me. Truth and journalistic integrity, the MSM serves a different master, and that continues to disturb me. I’m waiting for the day when they finally self destruct. For now they have no credibility with me.

            • 36 nathkatun7
              August 22, 2011 at 1:16 am

              Bravo, Bravo, Sue in Minnesota! Like you, “The MSM has long lost its sway with me.” Our number one mission should be on exposing the mendacity of the MSM, so far as President Obama is concerned.

      • 37 Chi
        August 21, 2011 at 7:20 pm

        Great response bjw2…

        I wrote them too and hope as many of us do…

        It is of the utmost importance that they hear from as many of us and often too…

        They must understand that their lies, misrepresentations and disrespect of President Obama will not go unchallenged…

    • 38 GGail
      August 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks dotster! I sent my two cents!!!!!

  7. 40 utaustinliberal
    August 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Great. Now Peggy Noonan is renewing the meme that no one loves President Obama. I’m sorry but this woman is a fucked up hateful bitch. I watched her this morning on MTP and the level of hate and I mean HATE that she has for President Obama is scary. The hate that bleeds from her columns is one thing, the hate that bleeds through the tv is disgusting and scary. It’s not about his policies for her; it’s the fact that we have a BLACK PRESIDENT who occupies the same office as her lover saint Ronnie. She kept saying he’s a pathetic loser, a weak person and a weak leader. She said that all Presidents have a core 20% who always love them, but President Obama is such a pathetic loser that he can’t even engender that slim minority. Savannah Guthrie – who was an idiot this morning by blaming everything on President Obama, not wanting to talk about republicans in congress, allowed Mitch Daniels to lie about his fiscal policies and record as GWB’s OMB Director, and whined about President Obama taking a vacation when Reagan took a 25 day vacation with 9.5% unemployment – at least called out Peggy a little bit by saying that she sounded like a 5 year old bully that every child on the playground had to endure while growing up. Methinks Peggy Noonan needs to get laid but fortunately or unfortunately, no man will ever get close to fucking her because she is radioactive toxic waste. And no amount of batteries will convince any vibrator to work because her vagina is a breeding ground for HATE! ArrrrrrGGGHHHHHHH….. she was sooooo HATEFUL and EVIL. Conservative women can such hateful bitches.

    • 41 hopefruit2
      August 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      The term “pathetic loser” sounds like something a 13-year old would say about a boy she doesn’t like. That’s the level at which Ms. Noonan is operating. Middle-school antics. And the MSM is not embarassed about advertising to the world America’s disgustingly stunted emotional development via these so-called pundits.

      • 42 utaustinliberal
        August 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

        I know right? At first I was in shock just watching and then I just got soooo mad that EVERYONE around the roundtable just let this hateful woman say such vitriolic things. EVERYONE. You could feel the hate not just seeping but raining out of her pores. Where do they breed and acquire such hate?

        • 43 prettyfoot58
          August 21, 2011 at 3:39 pm

          IT IS CALLED RACISM….

          her being racist….is par…the MSM allowing it to go unchallenged is a big concern…but just as the Republicans showed their true colors during the debt debate….these folks are showing where they stand as well….

          what i like when i see these protests …is the people moputhing the president’s talking points…

          we can get our fiscal house in order and spur job growth….and move the economy….and that we need a balanced approach to fiscal responsibility

          that it is time for the super rich to pay their fair share of taxes….

          i hope that the President talks directly to the people…..asks us once again…to do our part…to help him get things done…i hope that he makes going out and speaking directly to the American people a regular occurence….we need to his voice unfiltered by the press and talking heads…

    • 44 ChristiMtl
      August 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      Oh Ut! I always love your recap. Just thinking of that hateful evil sociopath turn my stomach. Oh yes I remember when she wrote that President Obama was a loser and she was on MJ the next day I think spewing her lies. She’s vile.
      I don’t know how many tweets I sent her that day. I was appalled .

      Here I just copied something she wrote about George Bush before his reelection, so we’re talking close to 4 years into his awful presidency.

      Mr. Bush is the triumph of the seemingly average American man. He’s normal. He thinks in a sort of common-sense way. He speaks the language of business and sports and politics. You know him. He’s not exotic. But if there’s a fire on the block, he’ll run out and help. He’ll help direct the rig to the right house and count the kids coming out and say, “Where’s Sally?”

      He’s responsible. He’s not an intellectual. Intellectuals start all the trouble in the world.

      • 45 ChristiMtl
        August 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm

        I still can’t believe that there’s not a national movement to boycott advertisers. Nothing will ever change in the corrupt media. There’s always going to be a RW spin to every stories.

        So by buying the products of the sponsors, we’re paying the salaries of David Gregory, Ratigan, Pat Buchanan, Chuck Todd, Crowley, John King and all the rest. The only supporter of the president on all networks is Rev. Al, the only one with no contract, and being a supporter doesn’t mean you agree on everything, the difference is that you don’t question the President’s motives or his integrity, you don’t lie, you don’t spin, you state facts.
        Rev. Al does that perfectly, the only one. Freaking shame.

        • 46 HZ
          August 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm

          Rev. Al is the only one that I find who moves the conversation in a decent and respectful path. He is fair, factual, and a very gracious host. He speaks with respect about the President, and I think that he should be commended for that.

        • 48 JoJothecat
          August 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm

          I think we should just stop watching these shows unless the President reps are on like Axelrod, Plouffe, etc. I refuse to watch these shows because like hopefruit2 said they behave like middle school kids who can’t make an intelligent argument. They are so biased with zero facts. When I see a Republican moving their mouths, there are only lies pouring out of them. We should all mute the sound when they speak.l

        • August 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm

          Hey ChristiMtl,

          Do you follow @stopbeck, @colorofchange, @mmfa (Media Matters), and/or @drop_fox?

          @colorofchange and @stopbeck, along w/his followers, IS the reason Glen Beck lost his job at Fox…

          By the way, Beck was fired because he lost all his show’s sponsors, his show’s ratings were low, etc. 😉 😆

          Now, @stopbeck, who was hired by @mmfa, is workin’, w/@mmfa, to “bring down” Murdoch/Ailes’ Fox “News,” the communications/PR/propaganda arm of the TeaPUBLICAN Party. (Since Jan ’09, Fox “News” has disrespected PBHO and the Office of the Presidency, 24/7, 365 days a year….Grrr! :mad:)

          http://dropfox.com

          RT @stopbeck: @mmfa – “You can help hold the media accountable for right-wing misinformation by spreading the word about @mmfa’s efforts or sharing your ideas w/us.”

          So, WE need to join in, w/@stopbeck and @mmfa, to help “bring ’em down!”

          Whaddaya say? 😀

          YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!

          • 50 ChristiMtl
            August 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm

            Hey snoopy4eva2, thanks a lot for the info. I follow Media Matters and yes I know about CoC campaign, it was awsome. I wish it would focus on ALL networks

            It’s not Fox that bothers me, it’s a propaganda machine, RW network, everybody knows that. It’s the OTHER networks that bother the hell out of me because MSNBC is view as left leaning and CNN as kind of neutral and it’s BS, lies lies lies.

            I would like to know what’s the difference between Fox and Friends and Morning Joe in the morning. Just lies, distortion, setting the narrative for the day of how much the President sucks.

            It’s the same as FOX, corporate owned, there’s no difference, RW spin, different tone when they interview a D versus a R. The regular ‘,analysts’ to represent the ”left” on MSNBC are all puma, emoprogs. It’s disgusting.

            I don’t know why they should focus on Fox only.

    • 51 Sue in Minnesota
      August 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      UT she is just pathetic. Be great to hold a “We love the Obamas” rally outside of her workplace.

      I think she suffers from nacrophilia, she is so obssessed with her dead “Daddy” (her reference) President Reagan. Beyond asking her to grow up, I’ld dismiss her as being desperate and confused.

    • 52 a4alice
      August 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm

      UT – Man I wish you’d really let us know how you feel – stop holding it in! 😉 I’m kidding. We should start calling her Evil Dr. No(onan). I’m going off to email MTP. I don’t know if one email will make a difference but maybe if enough people email MTP complaining about EDrN they might think twice about inviting her or just send her back to Mordor. (Where I think she must be from)

    • 53 jacquelineoboomer
      August 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      utaustinliberal – I admire your spunk and dedication to President Obama.

      I’m a grandmother, and sometimes I hesitate making grandmotherly comments here! But since I have a granddaughter in college, I’ll address this to her, rather than sounding all preachy to you.

      On our political blogs, when we make crude comments about the sexual habits or needs of women in politics or even in other fields who are on the national stage, we cheapen the argument and we degrade all women. While much of what is written here runs through many of our minds – for instance, if we get frosted enough about the likes of a Peggy Noonan, whom I would like to have my own little chat with – we really should keep that to ourselves. We need to have a conversation about these people that makes them take responsibility for their words and vitriol, and lets them know we will not stand for it.

      Recently, Gloria Steinem was interviewed on HLN by Joy Behar. While Ms. Steinem, a feminist icon of my era, clearly has absolutely no regard for candidate Michele Bachmann, she said that we still need to strive to be careful in how we confront our women politicians. She said we still need to be fair, so they will have a level playing field (secret message I heard: in which to fail all by themselves).

      I’m as guilty as anyone when male Republicans start bashing gays and I want to immediately question their own sexual identity, so I will try to examine my own conscience and do better, as well.

    • August 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm

      Noonan is a dried up old bitch whole can’t stand this Black President. Forgive my language.

    • 57 nathkatun7
      August 22, 2011 at 1:24 am

      IMO, Peggy Noonan is a RACIST!

  8. 58 overseasgranny
    August 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Some days I feel so sorry for the First Family. Here they are on vacay and one says “Hey, let’s go get some ice cream”. At that point 10 cars and an ambulance have to get lined up, and a doctor and 20 secret service men need to join them. Almost isn’t worth going, is it? I hope they can relax, but it seems pretty hard to do when the world keeps intruding.

  9. 59 Kasai
    August 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    WOW!!!!!!!!!! Did she call PBO a pathetic loser??? Wow…Unbelievable…So glad I turned it off, once Savannah was going after Gibbs with all her R/W talking points….

  10. 60 Kasai
    August 21, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    It is obvious that the Media is bought and owned by Right Wingers…..So I am not surprised that they would allow this kind of language and disrespect of our President…but what surprises me is, that the journalist themselves have lowered their standards to a new low.,,weather they agree or not with PBO policies…my God they should at least respect his presidency….In any other country, If anyone disrespect their leader…they will be watching their backs every single day….Freedom of Speech…has become Freedom to Hate.

  11. 62 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Both Peggy Noonan and Maxine Waters cannot help themselves after their cougar desires for the President go fully unrequited. They regress into the 13 year old middle-schooler rejected by that one boy that she really really really really wanted to like her, but who didn’t.

    • 63 Anya
      August 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm

      I think you skipped @jacquelineoboomer’s comment above. Please read it and re-read it again – it’s much needed.

  12. August 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Why is Mitch Daniels the Sunday hero? Why should anybody care what Mitch Daniels thinks about anything? PLEASE.

    • 67 Chi
      August 21, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      There is something infinitely wrong…

      The media have hired, elevated and positioned all the very same people who brought us to this terrible point, as analysts to critique President Obama and to offer bogus analyses…

      How is it possible that we have allowed the burglar/arsonists to return to their crime scene to offer clean-up directives to the Fire Chief and are even brazenly attempting to take over the clean-up effort just so they can get back into the house to retrieve the diamonds they left behind in their escape…

  13. 68 Kasai
    August 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Here’s Nora O’dnnell tweet…I guess she’s trying to undermine PBO upcoming Job speech

    #Obama has made the pitch for jobs in 171 speeches just this yr. Six of those speeches had jobs in the title. Thx to @markknoller #

    Here’s my .tweeted reply.

    @NoraOdonnell #Did you ask the GOP how many times GOP said NO to jobs creation,at least 1 million times, we stopped counting#

    • 69 hopefruit2
      August 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      Great Kasai! It’s time to push back on these GOP sychophants.

    • August 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      Wait…so she’s saying that he’s pitched for jobs 171 times but only 6 had jobs in the title? that’s a problem?

      • 71 Kasai
        August 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm

        Nora is a lost case….and let her know…that we are smarter than all of the so called journalist put together…and also added
        OH! MAN!! do we miss Walter Cronkite….I am sure I will be blocked soon….lol

        • 72 utaustinliberal
          August 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm

          I also tweeted her; letting her know that the President was the only talking about jobs and the only one who’s presented jobs bills/plans not the GOP. And I asked her to stop being a GOP schill machine and tell the truth. I’m with hopefruit2 and you too Kasai; whenever these media types lie, we always have to call them out. A lof of them have begun realizing that they’re losing some control because a lot of us aren’t 100% dependent on them for information. Thank goodness for Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, David Axelrod, Robert Gibbs, and Bill Burton this morning. They were really great in countering the lies and I tweeted my appreciation.

      • 73 Sue in Minnesota
        August 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm

        I did not take her tweet as a bad thing….but now it begs the question what has the GOP done for America lately. Nothing, nada zip.
        Carpping about the waste of tax payer dollars…their salaries are waste #1. Most American workers have to actually work to earn their paychecks. Collecting a government check and giving nothing in return….I said say House Republicans are the new definition of welfare fraud.

    • 75 Sue in Minnesota
      August 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm

      Well the House writes the bills….Nora, shine a light on the source. Are you lazy, following marching orders, or swept up in the frenzy of the MSM’s assualt on this President?

      The MSM increasingly deserves nothing more than our derision.

    • August 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      Great Kasai, I have got to learn to tweet, so I can send these bastards journalists a hello every now and then.

    • 77 Anya
      August 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      Why is it a problem for Nora O’donnall to point out that the President mentioned jobs in his speeches 171 times? I am genuinely puzzled because many of his critics, on the left, accuse the President of not focusing on jobs. As Freud said, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar” and when someone gives us a handy number to use, we should use it to our advantage, instead of complaining about it.

      When we see everything as an attack against the President, we feed the meme that it’s the President against the world.

      • 78 utaustinliberal
        August 21, 2011 at 1:59 pm

        Her tweet was a problem because she was continuing the meme from this morning on Face The Nation, that all President Obama does is give speech after speech that mentions jobs, but he never does anything about it. She pretty much said he is all talk but no action. If you had watched the show, you would realize that. And if you had seen the sarcastic tweet Mark Knoller put out to which she sarcastically replied to, then you would realize why it is a problem.

        • 79 nathkatun7
          August 22, 2011 at 1:35 am

          Very well said, UT! The MSM must be held to account for their snarky and cynical criticism of the President. They are constantly feeding negativity to the American people so far as President Obama is concerned.

      • 80 Chi
        August 21, 2011 at 7:39 pm

        And when actual attacks on the President are deemed innocent and comments calling out those who attack President Obama are cautioned as unhelpful and offensive, one is left scratching ones head and wondering…

        What’s really up Anya…

  14. 81 Anonymous
    August 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    A good article: Obama is Already One of America’s Greatest Presidents

    …Name another president who came into power with nearly every bank and scores of major U.S. corporations facing bankruptcy. Name another president who walked into a housing market that had 1 in 4 American mortgage holders underwater and literally millions losing their homes in foreclosure.

    Name another president who walked in to month after month of over 500K job losses. Name another president who walked in to two unpaid for ground wars that were poorly run and creating chaos in our image across the world. Name another president who had to deal with the worst oil spill in U.S, history and a crashing stock market.

    What Obama needs most is a second term so he can free himself from the grind of campaigning and raising money to share more of his heart. Obama is a great president because of his pure heart—a heart that is sometimes clouded because of exterior forces or political expediency. But it’s still there.
    He remains a thoughtful, effective and pragmatic leader with a pure heart.

    Yes, he’s already one of America’s greatest presidents and we need to give him the chance to finish what he started.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/08/19/1008608/-Updated-Obama-is-Already-One-of-America%E2%80%99s-Greatest-Presidents-

    • 82 nathkatun7
      August 22, 2011 at 2:22 am

      Thanks anonymous for this comment and the link. I totally agree that Obama is one of the greatest President in my lifetime. I know people mention FDR, but I never personally experienced FDR’s regime. I have however studied FDR. There is no doubt that he was a great President, but he was far from being perfect. As the author of the article you linked to stated, it took FDR more than 12 years to finally end the Depression and high unemployment. He was finally able to break the grip of the depression because of the total mobilization for WWII. Besides, unlike President Obama who had to deal with a severe Economic situation on top of two wars, FDR only had to focus on the Depression in his two terms in office. Moreover, FDR never faced an angry opposition party vowing to make him a one term president, or an angry 24-7 media, from both his left and his right, as well as the MSM, criticizing and second guessing every move he made. In spite of the monumental problems he faced from day one of his presidency, and in spite of the relentless attacks from the left, right and MSM, President Obama has been a steady, calm, determined, and focused President. He has tackled big problems, like Healthcare, that had defied past Presidents. He has responsibly began to end one of the wars he inherited. More importantly, he was able to prevent the country from going into a depression. He did all these things while continuing to treat his opponents with respect, even though many of them treated him disrespectfully; above all, he has kept his faith in the goodness of the American people. It is true that he has not solved all the problems he inherited (many of which, I might add, have been around for decades). But no honest person can accuse him of not working hard to try to fix problems, both in the short term, and in laying the foundation for long range solutions. I am proud to have voted for President OIbama. I also think the majority of Americans who voted for President Obama deserve to be commended for their foresight in choosing a great man, with the right temperament, to lead the country in these most difficult times.

  15. 83 Kasai
    August 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Hey TOD’s here’s a Tweet that will make you LOL…..hahahahaha…We all need to laugh sometimes….

    In other news, Bachmann will be talking a few days off from the campaign trail. She has tickets to an Elvis concert in the Soviet Union.

    • 84 JoJothecat
      August 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 – Talk about dumb as a sack of rocks. I can’t wait until she takes her show outside the teabaggery so everyone can see how crazy she really is.

  16. 85 Fred
    August 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Huntsman Slams Perry On Global Warming And Secession, Suggests Perry Is ‘Unelectable’
    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/08/21/300391/huntsman-vs-perry/

    Romney To Quadruple Size Of $12 Million California Home
    Romney tells Politico that the existing $12M mansion is “inadequate for their needs.” 🙄 🙄 🙄
    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/08/21/300363/romney-to-quadruple-size-of-12-million-california-home/

  17. 87 collegekay
    August 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Good afternoon. Good to see the Obamas relaxing.

    I’m back in DC. School starts tomorrow (ugh!) but i’m looking forward to the MLK Memorial Unveiling next weekend. Yay

    • August 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      I would love to be in Washington for that. But I’ll be there in spirit. And of course I’ll be taking it on in either on TV or online.

    • 91 HZ
      August 21, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      Hi Collegekay. I wish you the very best for the school year. I also hope that you will enjoy and take in as much as you can celebrating the Dr. Martin L. King Jr Memorial Ceremony. What a part of this wonderful history to see for yourself so take it in with pride, and joy. This is an exciting time to express gratitude to the movement. Have a great school year. Yes, there will be disappointments, I am sure, but just please do not give up. It will be worth it, trust me. It is the deep elements of your core being that will give you the peace in the end. These will keep you grounded with hope that will be with us forever as long as we find the vessel for that beautiful hope to dwell in. Leave your vessel wide open, and just maybe that Hope that is still alive will find a beautiful home to thrive on success, compassion for others, intellect that will match the greatest, and love that will carry and lift up millions. Have a great time and year. Blessings to you. HZ

  18. August 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    A must read from Prof. Juan Cole about the Tripoli uprising: http://www.juancole.com/2011/08/the-great-tripoli-uprising.html

    It might even assuage StR’s fears! 😉

    • 94 overseasgranny
      August 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm

      I’m watching all this, LL. AJ is covering it and Sky News is doing a fantastic job with a female reporter, Alex, on the front line. I’ve been too shy to say much on this blog, feeling more like a guest than a regular so far.

      • August 21, 2011 at 3:27 pm

        OSG!! Welcome to TOD. Until BWD gets rested up and enters the lists again, I’ve set up camp here. I hope you post more.

        • 96 overseasgranny
          August 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm

          It is bizarre in Tripoli right now – no resistance coming into the city. Our guys have taken over a military base with all the weapons and ammunition. There was one terrible battle last night with a lot of casualties and now the army appears to have faded away except for some snipers.

      • 97 MTmarilyn
        August 21, 2011 at 4:36 pm

        Overseasgranny, I was wondering if you might come over. You have been missed. Please continue to bring all the news you have to offer. This is a community like TOAITR. And BWD shows up every now and then. She is on twitter.

        I have been keeping up with the news on twitter.

        • August 21, 2011 at 4:38 pm

          Moussa Ibrahim was just on Libyan state tv saying that the govt was in control of the situation. This while reports are that the revolutionaries have reached Green Square. #epicdelusion

          • 99 overseasgranny
            August 21, 2011 at 4:48 pm

            I am beginning to wonder if Gaddafi is even in Tripoli any more?! They are only about 3 miles from the center of the city and the leaders are deciding whether to attack Gaddafi’s compound tonight. Tripoli Tom, the propaganda man with the funny beard, might be the only one left.

            • August 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm

              So I’m following Twitter, and it’s amazing that there are still apologists for the Gaddafi regime plying their trade. Russia Today had a report that not only is Tripoli not falling, but that Gaddafi had entered Misrata. So the Sky News reporter in the convoy entering Tripoli is part of a Western misinformation campaign. *smh*

              And Al Jazeera Arabic is reporting that Saif and Saadi Gaddafi have been arrested.

              • 101 overseasgranny
                August 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm

                Something bad is happening in Russia. I think Putin has taken over again and it is not good for the rest of us. That worries me. Why he has suddenly decided to go over to the dark side and what he hopes to accomplish is a puzzle.

        • 102 overseasgranny
          August 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm

          Thanks, Marilyn, I’ll try on the news from outside the bubble in the US. Syria is about to get a UN visit and has been clearing up the blood stains in advance. Israel has an Egyptian problem of their own making. Stuff is happening out here.

  19. 103 Bobfr
    August 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    It’s happening, everyone!!

    @dovenews Libyan™ BREAKING! #FF have freed 5000 political prisoners from #Algadyda prison. @libyatv Allah is great Allah Akbur34 seconds ago via web

    Free Libya Now
    Liberating Tripoli is a matter of hours, all indications say that Gadafi thugs will not stand for long, population is determined supports FF Inshallah!

    “My aunt’s brother in law HAS JUST WALKED IN TO THE HOUSE! HE HASNT BEEN SEEN FOR EXACTLY 6 MONTHS NOW! been in jail..”

    WafaFt wafa by AlexblxIndependence flag raised above #Tripoli airport #Libya #Feb17

    @FreeLibyan87 Free libya Confirmed – Phone Call – Independence flag is flying over 3li Siala School #tripoli

    Batata area is very close to #Rixos, by the way. Hold on Journos, FF will liberate you so that you can do proper reporting from #Tripoli.

    CNN FF’s have passed the 27 gate now

    and much much more ….

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  20. 106 MeaBloom
    August 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!! FLOTUS!!!!!!!!!!!! I have missed seeing photos and hearing her speak. When she vacations, SHE VACATIONS! Glad to finally see her out and about. Keep up the relaxation and encourage Mr. President to do a little more himself. ♥

    Obama/Biden2012&I’mIn

  21. 107 Anonymous
    August 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Maxine Waters On Jobs, Unemployment: ‘The Tea Party Can Go Straight To Hell’

    Reps hear ‘Kitchen Table Summit’ concerns

    Unemployment, the economy and congressional discord were ‘Kitchen Table Summit’ concerns in Inglewood Saturday.

    Video: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/video?id=8318267

  22. August 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I watched Peggy Noonan talking about the President not having a group that loves him. WHAT? I live in Washington State so won’t be able to actually show up outside her office, but if I could I would stand out there with a big sign saying “I’m an American who loves Obama”.

  23. 113 Kasai
    August 21, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Media can talk all they want…We have a message We The People are more determined than ever to re-elect Presdient Barack Hussein Obama We love out President..and there’s nothing you can do or say to change that………..WE ARE IN… FIRED UP READY TO GO!!!!

    • 114 MTmarilyn
      August 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm

      That was great. It reminds me we haven’t had any new videos from Chipsticks lately. I know she has been busy, but I miss the new music videos in the evening to go to bed by. Hope we see one soon, Chips!

  24. 115 Kasai
    August 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    lol sorry for all the goofy typos…you get my drift……Just sick of all the BS…..But Happy days are upon us:-)

    • August 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks Kasai. You inspire all of us. I live in an area where there are a lot of rocks/stones, so I am going out and make a ‘Stones of Hope’ in one of my planters that is on my back patio. I can look at this from my dining and kitchen windows to keep focus on some of the goodness in people , myself, Dr. King’s movemnet, John Lewis, and our President. My energy goes there today. It is a lovely Sunday to give grateful prayers, quiet words, meditations, and poetic words that will keep us to continue going as a family. Lord knows that we will need it for these next coming months. Let us fill our vessels with the best of grace given to us daily. Remember ‘Stones of Hope.’

      • 117 Walking_on_ Sunshine
        August 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm

        HZ. I love to read your comments. You are always positive and encouraging. Whenever I see your posts I know there will be kindness and good will expressed. You are a never ending source of faith in our President and you have lifted my spirits many times.

  25. August 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Looks like Maxine Waters in trending on Twtter also if you want to fire up Peggy Noonan have at it @PeggyNoonan.

  26. August 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    We will stand with our President. He knows that we love him. He just said the other day, that he knows that we have his back. These people do not read excellent books written by people who went to school with President Obama, were his professors, and some are now his best friends. These are the people that I try to get my hands on the books about my President. Plus, listen to one who knows him best, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, our beautiful and intelligent First Lady. Ms. No nothing does not know President Obama. It is so apparent. Listen to what she says about him. Now, we know that those are lies. So this is a very unhappy, most evil(yes I said it), and very hateful person. We will not take those seeds of bitterness, jealous mean spirited words of destruction into our hearts. (They are destroying her) We have a beautiful seed given to us at this time, so let us keep planting more of those beautiful seeds for generations to come, and let the sweetest and mosst kind spirits continue to water his seeds by the grace of God. Sure, this does not stop us from calling Ms. No Nothing about our President, but we will not take in her hateful energy. It hurts, it pains people, it drains the hope out of children, families, and older people who still have beautiful and bright lights of hope and great work to help this beautiful President, Barack Obama move with vision, compassion, so much brilliance for the nation and the world do his job. And oh, he is doing it inspite of the evil going against him daily. We pray hard for him and we will make it. I believe it in my heart. I love you al so very much.HZ

  27. 126 Kasai
    August 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    This is the regular folks that the Media should be interviewing…..AND NOT THE PEGGY’S AND THE MCAINS

    YES THE STIMULUS WORKED EVEN FOR REGULAR FOLKS!

  28. 127 Tally
    August 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I’m surprised that the GOP hasn’t tried to ask FLOTUS’ OBGYN any questions…… they’re that slimy.

  29. 128 Karen Sr.
    August 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I won’t be e-mailing or tweeting Peggy Noonan or anyone on the talk shows. I don’t want them to think I care what they say or that they are relevant to anyone else other than the Washington DC /NY clique to which they owe their membership. I don’t want them to think their opinion affects my decisions. I don’t want them to think they are important or to know that I would take a minute of my life to sound off about them or to them.

    I can’t help but think about how smart they are. {snark…I mean corrupt} They ignored Watergate until after the re-election of Nixon. They reported on Whitewater and Travelgate as if they were real scandals, but Reagan’s Iran-Contra scandal got a free pass. They defended the Iraq war and thought Fred Thomson was the GOP savior in 2008. They fawn over Sarah Palin & Michele Bachmann and defend them against anti-feminist remarks, but denigrated Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton. They promote the Tea Party as a legitimate grassroots movement but won’t show the dark underbelly & corruption within it while ignoring the real grassroots in GOP controlled states.

    They know and understand torture is torture and illegal but discuss it like it’s a policy decision equal to school uniforms. They report on the articles written in the Post & NYT as if they read them, but then hide the fact that those papers reported Bush shut down the OBL desk at the CIA and then drag out all the Bushies to take credit for the capture & killing of the world’s most wanted terrorist trying to deprive this President of his victory.

    I won’t forgive them for driving the narrative that the POTUS is responsible for congress’s job, but won’t call out the GOP leadership for the immaturity, irrationality, irresponsibility and anti-intellectualism of the new GOP congress.

    I am stymied why anyone would still believe anything they say.

  30. 129 P
    August 21, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Michelle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀


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