23
Aug
11

easy rider

Spectators and members of the media watch the Obama family take a bike ride in Manuel F. Correllus State Forest, Martha’s Vineyard, August 23

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66 Responses to “easy rider”


  1. August 23, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Love him but…I know he cant…gotta get rid of the helmet. On a better note. CBC holding jobs fair in Miami…large group of us down there registering voters and canvassers.

    • 2 hopefruit2
      August 23, 2011 at 11:39 am

      Also, will you tell CBC to get off the President’s back and put the focus where it belongs? Thanks!!!

      • 3 dotster
        August 23, 2011 at 11:42 am

        Yes——pointing in wrong direction, doing damage.

        • 4 jacquelineoboomer
          August 23, 2011 at 11:52 am

          Yes – agree – attacking the White House representative who attended the event in Miami. Not good. I’m not surprised (due to the Rep. Maxine Waters, et al., comments in advance), but I’m still disappointed.

        • August 23, 2011 at 7:23 pm

          Now that I started tweeting, I was wondering how I could find the tweet addresses for the CBC members?
          Do I just use their full names and then the address will come up? Sorry I am so behind the times.

      • August 23, 2011 at 11:58 am

        Tell the dam CBC that the blame lies with those radical racists Tea Party. Waters and the others ought to know that.

        • August 23, 2011 at 12:05 pm

          By the way, ask the CBC were was these job fairs before things got so bad? In other words the CBC weren’t doing a dam thing for the Black Community. Now that loud mouth Waters want to try to get nasty. I hope people (the voters) will understand, that the President can’t pass a darn bill by himself. Waters knows that, so why aren’t she going after John Boehner and the Tea Party? Why is the Hillary supporter Waters, attacking the President?

    • 9 jacquelineoboomer
      August 23, 2011 at 11:39 am

      Sue – Thank you for all you are doing in South Florida!

      Have you seen this piece on the CBC jobs fair?

      http://www.thegrio.com/politics/rough-night-for-white-house-tea-party-at-cbc-town-hall.php

      I’m beyond words, and haven’t even read the whole article yet. Could you give us an on-the-ground report, if you have any time later?

    • 10 StR
      August 23, 2011 at 11:40 am

      I hope they have been registering voters at every job fair – that would have only been practical. Also inform voters about the voter suppression measures in their respective states.

    • August 23, 2011 at 11:43 am

      That’s exactly what needs to happen at these events. Thanks for stepping up once again, Sue.

    • 12 sabreen60
      August 23, 2011 at 11:57 am

      Gotta KEEP that helmet. Sets a good example for young people who suffer countless head injuries each each because they don’t wear helmets.

      • August 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm

        Thanks for posting –
        sabreen60

        Gotta KEEP that helmet. Sets a good example for young people who suffer countless head injuries because they don’t wear helmets.

        Too many suffer lifelong injuries from biking accidents.

  2. 14 StR
    August 23, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Malia is getting to the age where she doesn’t want to do this type of thing with her parents, especially with cameras around. It’s good that she went away to camp for the summer, to allow her to be just a regular (as can be with SS protection) 13 yr old.

    President Obama rocking the sneakers and rolled up jeans is a style upgrade from past biking pics.

    SS man in the back doesn’t look like he’s having much fun.

    • 15 jacquelineoboomer
      August 23, 2011 at 11:41 am

      Oh, I don’t know … 🙂 … my granddaughters (ages 8, 17, 19, 21) love spending time with their Daddy like this!

    • August 23, 2011 at 12:33 pm

      Str, it’s not the SS job to have fun. They have one job and one job only. To keep the First Family safe. And I don’t think Malia is like that. I remember the picture of the First Family walking from church, and Sasha was holding Barack’s hand, and Malia was holding Michelle’s hand. I recall saying to myself when looking at that picture of them, you don’t see too many 13 year old who want to be holding their Mom’s hand as they walk down the street. This First Family is for real, and I think they love spending time together. We are bless to have them as our First Family.

    • 17 nospin
      August 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm

      StR – girls love being with their Daddy especially if they have a good one. Regardless of how old they get. Whether they are 8 weeks or 80 years. That will never change.

  3. August 23, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Aw! Daddy’s girl 😛 . I am an older sis of two, so Malia always pulls at my heart strings. Lovely pic.

    • 19 HZ
      August 23, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      Do not forget Str, this is a family vacation. They do things together. Who would not like being with a daddy like President Barack Obama? I think that the age factor in this case has nothing to do with it. Malia understands her position and she also is very aware of her father’s position. It all comes with the territory. I love seeing the President with his daughters no matter how tall or older they are getting. That is a beautiful sight. Malia is very laid back, but very aware of what is going on around her. Love this.

  4. 20 Bill
    August 23, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I hope Pat Buchannon of MSNBC does not see this photo. He gets very upset when President Obama is seen wearing a bicycle helmet. He thinks it is bad PR and looks wimpy. We all know how Buchannon and the Morning Joe crew are authorities on manliness.

    • 21 utaustinliberal
      August 23, 2011 at 11:50 am

      I remember when he said that on Morning Joe. Mocking President Obama for wearing a helmet and riding a bicycle on holiday. According to him real Americans don’t do that on their holidays. They just strap themselves into a car and head to podunk town where bicycle riding is a taboo. Rev Al Sharpton was on that day and he shut Buchannan, Nicole Wallace, Mark Halperin, and Willie Geist down. Made them look like the petty jealous fools they are.

      • 22 Sue in Minnesota
        August 23, 2011 at 11:55 am

        Unlike Buchanan, President Obama has a very large and brilliant brain to protect, I say take due precautions Mr. President. Maybe Buchanan suffered a head injury along the way…seems to be suffering from some kind of cranial dysfunction.

    • 24 dotster
      August 23, 2011 at 11:54 am

      He would crab if he didn’t wear a helmet too. It doesn’t matter—-whatever Obama does is never right. Pat prefers Palin optics.
      Looks like a beautiful day on a scenic bike path. Like to see dad and daughter have this time together. It would be vexing, tho, to always have an entourage, always someone right behind you. I give them so much credit for this sacrifice, for putting up with all the stuff, all the “commotion” as Malia once called it, that goes along with being POTUS and his family.

    • 27 Sue in Minnesota
      August 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      Let him open his petty, and hateful mouth. Just remember what he says reflects on him more the subject of his comments.

    • August 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      Bill, to put it plain and simply, I don’t give a dam what Pat Buchannan have to say about this picture. Let me tell you what I see, I see a man who loves spending time with his family. At times when we see so many men who doesn’t have time for his family, here we see the President of the United States spending quality time with his wife and daughters. So if that dried up old racists Buchannan want to try to say something negative, who give a freaking frat? Not me.

  5. 29 Esmerelda
    August 23, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Libya: according to Twitter rebels in Gaddafi’s compound.

  6. 30 Anonymous
    August 23, 2011 at 11:44 am

    The rebels have conquered the compound. it just a matter of time.

  7. 31 Hachikō
    August 23, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Look what Michele Bachmann’s hatemonger hath wrought:

    GAY BASHING LEADS TO DEATH IN MICHELE BACHMANN’S HOMETOWN | After a brutal fight in which he was called “faggot,” 19-year-old Marcellus Richard Andrews of Waterloo, Iowa died from his injuries. Waterloo is the hometown of Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann, who voted against federal hate crimes protections and has regularly opposed anti-bullying policies.

    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2011/08/iowa-student-dies-after-brutal-beating-in-which-attackers-shouted-gay-slurs/

    • 32 Gc
      August 23, 2011 at 11:49 am

      God, I am so sorry.

      • 33 Hachikō
        August 23, 2011 at 11:55 am

        I’m in tears over this. My son is going to be 19 in a couple of weeks. He starts UConn next week. This could be my son. I despise everything Michele Bachmann and her ilk stand for. They are like a virus of evil infiltrating the souls of the weak and ignorant. Their hatemongering has real and fatal consequences, and this is why we must strip away all the pretenses and the media facade and show the world who they really are.

    • 34 Doris
      August 23, 2011 at 11:50 am

      Rest in Peace.

    • August 23, 2011 at 11:50 am

      Truly sickening and reprehensible.

    • 36 jacquelineoboomer
      August 23, 2011 at 11:54 am

      Thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Abhorrent actions by sad, sad individuals.

    • 37 Sue in Minnesota
      August 23, 2011 at 11:57 am

      Prayers and my deepest condolences to his family and all who have suffered because of this.

      This should not be tolerated. When do we hold accountable the careless voices of these “so called leaders”.

      • 38 HZ
        August 23, 2011 at 11:13 pm

        This is painful. My heart hurts because of this. I taught students who had to deal with hateful, bullying acts everyday of their lives, and it is very depleting to the soul. We need to stop and re-adjust our thoughts, our hearts, and our souls. This should never have to happen to anyone’s child, not one. My heart is too full to continue. May his family find peace and love among the gentle souls of loving people around them. HZ

  8. 39 utaustinliberal
    August 23, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Awwww……that’s such a sweet picture.

  9. 40 hopefruit2
    August 23, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I think I see Mitt Romney way behind, in the distance on his bike also. He’s wearing “Dad” jeans and a helmet. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have the 13 year old daughter – his youngest child (a son) is ~ 30 yrs old. But hey, adoption is always an option!!

  10. 44 bonkers
    August 23, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Every time I’ve seen photos of President Barack Hussein Obama riding a bike, he’s been on a bike from the great American company Trek Bicycles. Way to support American jobs, Mr. President!

  11. 45 Me4obama
    August 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Gosh I LOOOVE our First Family, and to anyone who doesn’t want my President to wear a helmet, I would rather have him lead by example. I will show my 8 year old nephew that even The President has to wear a helmet so that he puts his on too. Michelle you are really rocking the purple biker shorts. Let the haters Hate Girl. I bow down to you First Lady. Iam loving PBO’s sneakers. Oh my sasha and Malia I love you too. Where Bo?

  12. 46 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    August 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Looks like CBS has joined the Cable news networks (FOX, CNN, MSNBC) to pathetically DECEIVE the public. Guys we might only have ABC left for objective reporting. NBC is the parent company of MSNBC. They want Romney or Perry in the Whitehouse. PBO’s numbers are already way down now they are trying to sink him further. They do not want his BIG JOBS PLAN to gain any traction with the public when he presents it to the nation in early Sept.

    This travesty of reporting (lies about the responsibility for the national debt) is a pre-emptive strike to diminish the impact of PBO’s Jobs Plan announcement. This is getting ugly folks. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

    Reply

    • 47 hopefruit2
      August 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      Keith, see my response to your comment on the Mark Knoller thread. I think we need to have some perspective here. Take Heart!!

    • 48 bonkers
      August 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm

      Uhhhh…what? ABC objective? Um, no.

      We must all understand this…Any media outlet owned by the few conglomerates that own every major MegaMedia outlet are not concerned with journalism, or ratings for that manner. They are strictly propaganda mills for their MegaRich owners, and nothing else. Nothing.

      Do not go looking for them for validation for what we talk about here. You will never get it as long as these few MegaRich people are allowed to own it all. They will always serve to distort and take down any politician who tries to increase their taxes or break up their racket, such as President Barack Hussein Obama.

      The way to combat them at this point is online (small effect) and day-to-day educating of anyone you have a chance to speak with about politics (huge effect). Notice that’s how President Obama did the same to win in a historic landslide? We must do the same in regard to ending the MegaMedia stranglehold on our public discourse.

  13. 49 Erika
    August 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I’m happy they are going biking, but from the pictures above Malia is not wearing the helmet properly. I am only mentioning this because it is a mistake people often make.

    If you look at President Obama, he is wearing the helmet properly. It fits him. The same with Michelle and Sasha, as well as the secret service agents.

  14. 50 Bill
    August 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Wonder if the half term governor or anyone in her family know how to ride a bike?

    • 51 jacquelineoboomer
      August 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      No, it’s something you won’t forget, so she probably didn’t want to fill up her head with that kind of stuff. 🙂

  15. 52 Proud of Obama
    August 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I think the Prez looks just fine in his helmet. Buchanan and company are just haters who are jealous of this brillant president. The nerve of Pat who worked for that crook Nixon who resigned in disgrace.

    • August 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      My 10 year old nephew refuse to wear a bike helmet, so I am going to see what he says when I show him that President Obama wears a bike helmet.

    • 54 JER
      August 23, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      Remember when President Obama went biking on a previous vacation and did not wear a helmet? There were complaints about him not wearing a helmet.

  16. 55 MeaBloom
    August 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Love the photos! I must say FLOTUS is rocking the purple shorts. That woman is fierce in just about everything she wears. PBO sneakers are nice as well. Looking good First Family. A bike ride is actually a great idea. It’s not too hot today. Have a great vacation and stay relaxed.

    Obama/Biden2012&I’mIn

  17. 56 jacquelineoboomer
    August 23, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Two comments:

    – Michelle, My Belle! What a lovely, lovely woman.

    – The shadow on the President’s arm in the one photo makes it appear as though he has a tattoo! I’m sure it’s my name on his arm! 🙂

    • 57 Sue in Minnesota
      August 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      😀 😀 😀

      He doesn’t impress me as a TAT kinda of guy. Imagine meeting him on the bike trail, I’ld be off the trail in the ditch from shock 😉
      Love the expressions of the faces of those that are.

    • 58 prettyfoot58
      August 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      hahahahaha….

  18. 59 CTGirl
    August 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Too cute for words!

  19. 60 collegekay
    August 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Is my president wearing Pumas? Nice…

  20. 61 rikyrah
    August 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I smile everytime I see our First Family together.

  21. August 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    OMG Our President even looks sexy in a bike helmet!

  22. 63 carolyn
    August 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    This is an adorable family. I, too, am the older of two daughters, and there was never a day when I was embarrassed to be with my dad. I think Malia is the same way. A girl with a good dad always knows she is treasured, and that is a gift not likely to be thrown away. My daughter is 40, and she and her dad still have the greatest time together. When she was growing up, and she and I were at each other’s throats, which you know happens, she never took it out on her dad. Dad was always great. He was bewildered a lot, but that tie is unbreakable. Malia seems quite mature to me, and is not likely to do anything to make her dad look bad. Those two girls are adored!

  23. 64 P
    August 23, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Awwwwwwww they are so beautiful!!! Cool sneakers Mr President….hope it’s a birthday gift from your lovely ladies as a sign that you need to “get with it” 😆 too cute. Loving the girls sneakers as well. I sense some H A T E R S on the First Lady’s choice of clothing…but who gives a damn….GREAT legs Miche…tells all the critics you practice what you preach!

    • August 23, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      P, those idiots would have something negative to say regardless what she had on. So we or they can’t live their life based on what those racists right wingers have to say.

  24. 66 Titti
    August 24, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Love y/our First Fam. Indeed those are some (new?) trendy Pumas the Prez is sporting – I’m thinking a subliminal message to the PUMAS 😉 A really pleasant surprise for those using that trail.


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