the detroit speech

Photos from Detroit and video of the President’s introduction are in a post further down the page (here)

52 Responses to “the detroit speech”

  1. 1 Betsy
    September 5, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Fantastic speech. I love my president.

  2. September 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    So chips, you are just soooooo busy, I would encourage everyone to look back at earlier threads for some good stories on the President’s speech from CBS, MSNBC and yahoo.

    So its time for the “call to action”

    Yesterday I asked folks to research their local TV and newspaper sources so I could make a list. Well I’m gonna keep asking day in and out until we get a complete list. I just love to pester…..:->

    Thanks to Africa and a4alice for their information, so bloggers, get out there and find your local media websites and post them here. I will put them in tonight.

    Here is the page with 3 cities, rmember, a web page of a thousand links begins with a single web page address (I’m corny as well as pesty)

    Lets start posting good local stories on the President….. this is fun

  3. 14 utaustinliberal
    September 5, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    The speech was 100% brilliant. Cannot wait for thursday night.

  4. 15 Doris
    September 5, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    The crowd was awesome.

  5. September 5, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I’m halfway through a large chocolate cookiedough blizzard from DQ. Can’t put the rest away until tomorrow as eating healthy starts at 12 midnight. If I die from sugar rush please avenge my death!

    • 17 Sue in Minnesota
      September 5, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      I’m going to die before you….I baked chocolate chip cookies this afternoon, why I have no idea. I just realized I put away 6 of them with out even thinking. Truth is I am not a sweet loving kinda a gal. So why I made them, why I ate them, and now what do I do with them is left for me to ponder.

      Is there a full moon, or is Mars in retro or something odd?

      • 18 a4alice
        September 5, 2011 at 9:02 pm

        I don’t know Sue. I made a ton of chocolate chip zucchini bread……my waistline can’t take too much more of this……to the gym……

    • 19 theo67
      September 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      I’ve got a Snickers bar tucked away which keeps calling my name. I’ll avenge for all who fall in the battle.

    • September 5, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks a lot, StR! You just reminded me of my Cadbury dark chocolate and almonds bar that’s in the fridge, so of course I had to go have two rows! 😦 Fact is I’m not really a chocolate fan unless it has nuts, and I only keep a bar for when I need a sweet fix. I’ve been rearranging my diet over the past few months and since I can’t eat as much fruit as I used to I keep this in case of emergency. Most of the time I forget a bar is hidden there except when I NEED something sweet, or when StR reminds me. 😉

  6. 22 LunarSea
    September 5, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Can I please present a word of caution to all of us that are hoping to see the same type of passion and excitement we saw today in thursday’s joint session speech, that the venue will not be conducive to that sort of rousing call to arms.

    I am sure there will be lots of good information and a great plan will emerge as well as a sort of ‘dare’ to the GNOP, but I’d hate to see people feeling let down if the tone is more subdued -as befits the venue.

    I say this because I can see the PL & media setting things up so that if that electricity from today is absent it will be treated as he was pacified or lacked a spine or whatever none sense they pull out of their hats. And if they do that we can expect the undercover trolls to arrive at every pro-Obama blog trying to gin up disappointment.

    This is not to bring anyone down from this spectacular day. I just wanted to caution us to be diligent and don’t fall for the media or troll manipulation that is bound to occur on Thurs. -Forewarned is forearmed.

    Anywho, I’ll be ready with popcorn and cocktails!

    • September 5, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      Although the reception may not be the same, we can control what our reception is.

      When I was at the Labor Day breakfast today Lynn Woolsey and Mike Thompson, (Dems in Congress from our area) urged us to call the white house and tell the President we support a big jobs bill.

      So tomorrow and the every day until Thursday we can make that call. We can’t control how congress reacts to the speech, we can control how we react, and we don’t need to wait until Thursday.

      President Barack Obama – (Democrat) Twitter BarackObama
      Web Form: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

      • 24 a4alice
        September 5, 2011 at 8:57 pm

        Sounds good WIW. I can do that. except for the facebook thing. I’m not on facebook……yet…….

      • 25 LunarSea
        September 5, 2011 at 10:26 pm

        My senators’ receptionists must know the sound of my voice by now. And I’m always bugging people I know to call. They are on speed dial. LOL I saw your comment from the previous thread and totally intend to do this starting on the drive to work tomorrow. I’m expecting a card from them this Christmas!

        To all that posted in response to my post above. Kudos! on the fighting spirit and determination not to allow the media to control our responses. I’m loving it!

    • September 5, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      I also fear that many are setting expectations so high. almost so high that there’s bound to be a letdown. President Obama does not have magic wands in his back pocket, one to produce millions of jobs and one to eliminate Repub opposition. And everyone on the planet has stepped forward on what “he needs to do” and what he “needs to say”, that there is no way he can meet all those expectations.

      • 27 hopefruit2
        September 5, 2011 at 9:03 pm

        And I say IGNORE the media! We the people don’t need a stump speech; we are looking for a laying out of specific plans with a call to congress to do it’s job. And that’s what we will get. Obama will summon the people to contact congress and they will. If congress fails to act, the President will act on his own accord. Folks are no longer interested in the MSM’s childish antics of trotting out their useless panel of pundiots to “grade” the President every time he gives a speech. We’ve moved on. And the rest of America is coming with us.

    • 29 Sue in Minnesota
      September 5, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      I am good to go with the flow. What I am trying not to do is worry about ill mannered Republicans and what kind of crap they might pull.
      I suspect there will be a few empty seats….I wish the President could read off a list of those that are behaving defiantly and tell them they they will need to provide a Dr.’s excuse for being off the job. 😉

    • 30 theo67
      September 5, 2011 at 9:05 pm

      Thank you for the voice of sanity. There’s absolutely no way that he can do a rallying call on the floor of the House of Representatives in the Capitol Building or collect the GOP and spank them. But, he will lay out his plan against the backdrop of a fresh GOP “debate”, Romney’s nonsense jobs plan, and the potential for another GOP douchebag shouting obscenities at the President can’t be ruled out. The media knows that he’s the only one who will present a real plan for America this week, and so they’ll be on overtime duty trying to spin the slightest hiccup or other shiny object to detract from the speech. We just have to be prepared and listen to the President, and not fall into the theatrics trap that took so many under last week. He always wins in the end. We have to remember that.

  7. 31 Kasai
    September 5, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Hoffa riled up Fox News and the right wing Monday with a Labor Day speech in Detroit in which he called Republican members of Congress “sons of bitches” and said union workers are ready to “go to war” with the tea party next year and “take out” Republicans at the ballot box.

    Hoffa said he’d say the exact same words all over again.

    “I would because I believe it,” he said. “They’ve declared war on us. We didn’t declare war on them, they declared war on us. We’re fighting back. The question is, who started the war?”

    Presidential hopeful Herman Cain decried the speech as “name-calling” in an interview on Fox News shortly after Hoffa’s remarks — which were repeatedly looped on the network — but the union leader dismissed criticisms like that one as total hypocrisy.

    “How is that different than Mitch McConnell saying he wants to take out Barack Obama?” Hoffa said.

    Hoffa is not backing down…there’s the thing..Why wouldn’t other journalist call the hypocrisy out? And Tea Party Express want Obama to condemn the rhetoric? What Am I dreaming or what??? LOL this the same Media that created…Beck, Sarah…they called this President every word in the book…Didn’t fox have someone that hated PBO 24/7? called him a reacist? (Glen Beck) and now they want to talk about respect and morality….This is just to epic for me to comprehend….. words fail me

    • September 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm

      And I bet Hoffa’s out of context words are getting more play than the Republican Party auctioning off a glock (and now another gun) in Gabby Giffords district as a fundraiser.

    • 34 Bobfr
      September 5, 2011 at 8:49 pm

      I assure you, Kasai, starting with President Obama, none of us are backing down.

      We face 1861, again.

      That is not hyperbole.

      We will save our Republic and advance the quality of life for all Americans, not the privileged few.

      Putting Murdoch and his gang in jail would not be a bad collateral benefit of our victory, btw.

      Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

      • 35 Sue in Minnesota
        September 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm

        Bobfr I so feel this, we are finishing a war that to some never ended. Obama is our Lincoln. We will prevail.

        Any chance we could throw Bush and Cheney in there too?

        • 36 Bobfr
          September 6, 2011 at 1:30 am

          In a sense, Sue, they’ve already been ‘thrown there.’

          They are hated by billions, not just Americans. They don’t dare leave the USA. They are totally irrelevant and other than for Murdoch pimping them, they have zero presence. imho, that is way more satisfactory an outcome than giving them any form of attention.

          They are criminals of the highest order, no doubt. Let them rot in their irrelevance.

          Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

    • 37 Sue in Minnesota
      September 5, 2011 at 9:14 pm

      It’s total hypocrisy…that’s all that needs to be said. They are bullies….and underneath their rude demeanor they are spineless wimps.
      Journalists will not call it out, the want to exploit it. We have to call them out. Tweet, write or call or just turn off their noise.

      Imagine for a minute if the crowd at today’s rally in all it’s diversity showed up at one of their rallies, openly carrying. They would crap their drawers….there would be a hoveround pile up at the exits, crashing mass of elderly mostly our of shape, whimpy white people.

    • 38 anniebella
      September 5, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      Good for Jimmy Hoffa. A toast to Mr. Hoffa, you are so right, they are SOBs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. 39 Kasai
    September 5, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    I meant racist*

  9. 40 Ceb
    September 5, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Anyone who follows PBO knows that he chooses the appropriate tone and manner for the venue. With the exception of those on the far left, most supporters are content to let Obama be Obama. It is his words, ideas, and heart that resonates. We will not be disappointed on Thursday.

  10. 43 Dudette
    September 5, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    This is late (and might have already been covered),,, but I thought I’d post an excerpt from the President’s Labor Day Proclamation:

    “Every day, hard-working men and women across America prove that, even in difficult times, our country is still home to the most creative, dynamic, and talented workers in the world. Generations of working people have built this country — from our highways and skylines, to the goods and services driving us in the 21st century. On Labor Day and throughout the year, we celebrate our Nation’s workers, and we commit to supporting their efforts in moving our economy forward.

    The right to organize and collectively bargain is a fundamental American value. Since its beginnings in our country, organized labor has raised our living standards and built our middle class. It is the reason we have a minimum wage, weekends away from work to rest and spend time with family, and basic protections in our workplaces. Many Americans today are given opportunities because their parents and grandparents fought for these basic rights and values. The principles upheld by the honorable laborers of generations past and their unions continue to fuel the growth of our economy and a strong middle class.

    This year has seen a vigorous fight to protect these rights and values, and on this Labor Day, we reaffirm that collective bargaining is a cornerstone of the American dream. From public employees — including teachers, firefighters, police, and others who perform public services — to workers in private industries, these men and women hold the power of our Nation in their hands.

    In the last several years, we have pulled our country back from the brink, through a series of tough economic decisions. While we have come far, great challenges still face us. Many Americans are still struggling, and many are unemployed. My Administration is working tirelessly each day to promote policies that get Americans back to work. We will always strive to keep our fundamental promise that, in America, anyone who works hard and acts responsibly can provide a better future for their children. When we come together, there is no limit to what the American workforce can do.”

    That’s who we elected, y’all! That’s who we must keep in office for a 2nd term. Don’t let nobody turn us around. 4 More For 44!!

  11. September 5, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Hoffa is a big boy and seems well equipped to protect himself and we know that Fox is just doing what they always do. I have never watched Fox for that reason. The President has never given a speech I didn’t like so he is adult enough to know what he is doing. In fact he is so much smarter than me that I just marvel at his brillance. If I am going to call anyone it will be my R congressmen here in Kansas. I would be very pleased if Obama asks us all to stand behind him and let those congress critters know what we want and if they refuse then I will tell them that I am going to contribute to their opponet in 2012. If we all crash the T-publicans websites, overload their phones and Twitter the heck at them, we will be an active participant. for our President. Chips, loved the site today. You are so on target and enjoyed everyones comments.

  12. September 5, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Great day today in Detroit, great speech. Momentum is building up for 2012. Another big step is coming up on Thursday…For those who haven’t done it yet…roll up your sleeves… You heard it in Detroit today: “FOUR MORE YEARS”!!! I know many of us on this blog are already doing what needs to be done and doing a tremendous job…. Let’s remember what then President-Elect Obama told us:”The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you, we as a people will get there.”
    Let’s work to give him that second term and the Congress to match!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!! 🙂

    • 46 LunarSea
      September 5, 2011 at 10:36 pm

      I agree. I feel the momentum building in people all around me. In little ways and in big, people are just about fed up with the shinanigans of the insani-tea party and they are becoming focused on what the problem is and how to fix it. People are realizing the truth of what he said about ‘we as a people’. That we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

      I strongly believe the rethugs know it too. They are in a panic trying to get voter fraud laws passed asap. Ha. As if that’s gonna save em.

  13. 48 anniebella
    September 5, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    4 More Years!!!!

  14. 49 LunarSea
    September 5, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    4 more for 44 !!

  15. 51 HZ
    September 5, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Yes, indeed. We will make it. We must keep strong, focus, keep it factual, and meditate with much prayer and hard work. We will get our 4 more years with 44. I ddeply believe it in my heart. He is the man for this time and for the job. HZ

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