new jersey bound

President Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base as he travels to Paterson, N.J. to view flood damage caused by Hurricane Irene, Sept. 4

28 Responses to “new jersey bound”

  1. September 4, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Checkered shirts never looked so good. 😉

    • 2 Debz
      September 4, 2011 at 11:51 am

      Presidents never looked so good either.

    • September 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      I was just going to say that I see Michelle has washed and ironed his fave shirt. 🙂 He sure loves that shirt, bless his heart. Looks great in it, always looks good, needless to say. But he’s more about the important stuff, extending a hand to those affected by the flooding there. My little 2 yr. old Chgo grandson is in Jersey with his parents for the weekend, hoping he’ll get to see AF1 overhead. He loves planes.

  2. 5 Fred
    September 4, 2011 at 11:47 am

    have a very safe flight Mr President;THANK YOU and GOD bless you

  3. September 4, 2011 at 11:47 am

    …and he’s got those wicked shades too.

  4. 8 StR
    September 4, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I wonder if President Obama will take the opportunity to remind folks in NJ and the rest of the folks impacted by Irene that Cantor and the GOP are holding them hostage because he is worried that the money spent rebuilding these communities would have a stimulus effect to the economy and the GOP can’t have that.

    • 9 hopefruit2
      September 4, 2011 at 11:54 am

      I don’t think he will use the disasters to play politics – he doesn’t need to. It makes him look petty and opportunistic, and he has a LOT more stuff on the Repubs that he can use once he starts campaigning. I believe he will simply reassure them that their government is looking out for them, will help them rebuild and recover and will be with them long after the media moves on to the next story.

      • September 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm

        But unless the obstructionist GOP stops blocking any money to disaster sites without budget offsets than NH, Vermont and all other communities will not see a dime. Their government isn’t looking out for them – they’re using them as hostages.

  5. September 4, 2011 at 11:53 am

    POTUS OnTheJob… while repubs and whiny dems sit on teevee fluffing their feathers~

    • 12 hopefruit2
      September 4, 2011 at 11:54 am

      X1000000. I shall tweet this!

      • September 4, 2011 at 12:02 pm

        🙂 Its just the fact of who the man is.. while they’re out primping and pimping their bs, he’s plugging away doing the job we hired him to do.. with little fanfare, little credit and not near the vocal support he ought to be receiving.. the more we spread REALITY imo, the better for all of us in this country.

  6. 14 Ladyhawke
    September 4, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Here’s another lazy mainstream media meme about President Obama’s re-election prospects and the unemployment level that needs to be debunked and put into context. Steve Benen tackles the problem in a post called “The Limited Value of Recent History”.


    “He has to buck history, number one, a president with that kind of high unemployment rate has never been re-elected at 9 percent.”


    As a factual matter, it’s true that every president since FDR who’s won re-election has seen an unemployment rate below 7.2%. Will the unemployment rate fall below 7.2% by Election Day 2012? No one, anywhere, believes this is even remotely realistic.

    But the context matters, and the media routinely pretends it doesn’t exist. No president since FDR has won with a high unemployment rate because no president since FDR has had to govern at a time of a global economic crisis like the Great Depression or the Great Recession. The U.S. has seen plenty of downturns over the last eight decades, but financial collapses are fairly rare, produce far more severe conditions, and take much longer to recover from.

    Of course the unemployment rate won’t be below 7.2%. Under the circumstances and given the calamity Obama inherited, that’s impossible.


    • 15 Debz
      September 4, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      They are trying to compare today to recent history, especially Clinton’s presidency. Things are much different now and as much as they want to push the meme that it is all about the economy and the unemployment rate, there is so much more to consider. For one thing, the GOP has lost it’s mind and are proudly pushing their anti worker, anti middle class, anti everything agenda. They don’t notice, or don’t care that congressional repugs, approval is in the toilet. Also their candidates are horrible, none of them have any vision or anything positive to say. There is nothing normal about what is going on in this country today, and there is no way to make assumptions about what voters will do by comparing them to the 90’s or even the 809’s.

      • 16 Debz
        September 4, 2011 at 12:13 pm

        that wasn’t supposed to be 809, my fingers don’t work today.

        • September 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm

          “…There is nothing normal about what is going on in this country today, and there is no way to make assumptions about what voters will do by comparing them to the 90′s or even the 80′s.”

          Ain’t that tha truth! 😉

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

  7. September 4, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I never tire of seeing him that checkered shirt look.

  8. 19 proudmemberofglobalzero
    September 4, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    If you were off this weekend to spend time with your families…Thank the Unions. If you are off tomorrow WITH PAY…THANK THE UNIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. 20 JoJothecat
    September 4, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I would not be surprised if he has five or more of these shirts. However, even if he does not, I know I will wear my favorite blouses or pants over and over again because I feel comfortable in them. Same with the Prez. He looks good in whatever he wears.

    • 21 Sue in Minnesota
      September 4, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      It’s because he is totally self-possessed and confident in who he is. Same with Michelle, their clothes don’t make them, they make their clothes.

  10. 22 Sue in Minnesota
    September 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    What a beautiful man…now dwelling on the physical. My daily prayer that God be his strength and his shield.

  11. 24 Bobfr
    September 4, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    If you can access the BBC’s iplayer, there’s a 53 minutes collage of phone calls from Libyan people from the program “World Have Your Say – Libya : The People’s War” bringing together some of the most striking accounts from the Libyan people over the past six months:


    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  12. 26 P
    September 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Is this being broadcast anywhere live?

  13. 27 utaustinliberal
    September 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I hope the people of Patterson, New Jersey get some comfort and hope from his visit.

  14. 28 Pamela
    September 4, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    My grandfather was born in Patterson. Well, that would have been around 1873. Anyway, what I wanted to say, After viewing these incredible photographs, that the GOP are wasting his time. And he knows it. But worse, maybe, they are squandering the most perfect opportunity to change this country for the better. I have so much respect and admiration for this generous Soul, the one we call Barack Hussein Obama, 44th President of the United States. Thank you for the post, I have been at work all day, lots to catch up on!

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