souza the great

President Barack Obama shakes hands with people gathered at Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver, Colo., Sept. 27. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

80 Responses to “souza the great”

  1. 1 Betsy
    September 27, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Great picture

  2. 2 proudmemberofglobalzero
    September 27, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Love the picture but the third from the bottom on the last thread was the best

  3. 3 Doris
    September 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Fabulous Chips. Beautiful layout. thanks.

  4. 4 GGail
    September 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    That lady to the left of POTUS with the black shirt with the Obama photo on it looks like the lady who wrapped POTUS in that large embrace and had her eyes closed. (check out her face and her hair with the part down the middle)

  5. 8 hopefruit2
    September 27, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I just got polled by Quinnipiac. The first question was do I approve of the President’s handling of his job – I said yes.

    The second question was how satisfied was I with the way things are going in this country
    1. Very Satisfied
    2. Somewhat –
    3. Somewhat Dis_
    4. Very Dis_

    Before answering this question, I made it a point to let the pollster know that although I was somewhat dissatisfied, my dissatisfaction had nothing to do with the President but I’m well aware that the responses to this question are often misused by the media to make it seem as though people’s dissatisfaction stem solely from unhappiness with the President – when that is often not the case.

    They asked me about my religious affiliation, whether I was part of a union, whether I lived in a suburb/city/rural area; whether I had any family in the military; my educational attainment, and household income range for this year.

    In this poll, they DID NOT ask

    1. About congress
    2. About the Repubs

    I’m going to let Quinnipiac know that I don’t like the way the second question is phrased and the how the responses are misused in the media.

    • September 27, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      Very interesting. One of the things I absolutely detest is the lack of the contextualized questions and framing that accompanies the daily polling results. You help open a window to some of that. Thanks for posting this.

    • 10 GGail
      September 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks for sharing hopefruit2. I would love to receive this poll from Quinnipiac. Good for you for clarifying your answer to the second question.

    • 11 proudmemberofglobalzero
      September 27, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      I was polled once in 2007…this was a Hillary State…Florida….but they would not let me finish the poll. They had screening questions and when I was asked for my employment…they did not want to finish the poll. At the time I was working for a public school system.

    • 12 vero804
      September 27, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      It’s like that dumb poll they’re trotting out about the reduction of “strong support’ for the president in the black community. It’s a judge of enthusiasm, not whether they will support and vote for him. I don’t know too many people who could keep the same level of intense enthusiasm we all had in 2008 some 3 years later, even if things were going swimmingly, but especially under the current circumstances, after all we’ve been through with the crazy Republicans.

      To me, all these polls are showing is how much harder we have to work. It’s gonna be tough. Everyone acknowledges that, from the president on down. These polls are only relevant for the media to use in order to regurgitate their tried and true story that “Barack Obama is going to lose.” They love that story, despite the numerous times it has been proven incorrect.

      • 13 jacquelineoboomer
        September 27, 2011 at 9:27 pm

        How does one poll “the black community”? Are AA phone numbers coded? Polling, while important to get a “sense” of something, is really ludicrous unless done right – as comments here show. I’ve always wondered about those specific polls the paid pollsters pull out, since you can get statistics to say anything.

        BTW, I have the same enthusiasm I had in ’07, ’08 and expect to have in ’16, if the creeks don’t rise. #PressOn. 🙂

        • 14 hopefruit2
          September 27, 2011 at 9:32 pm

          They ask the respondents about their race as well as their ethnicity (Hispanic vs non-Hispanic). I forgot to mention this in my earlier post.

  6. 15 hopefruit2
    September 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    The guy with the green shirt and shades is beside himself! He waited his whole life for this!

  7. September 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    All this yakking about Chris Christie is absurd. I just looked at another photo of him and let’s just face it – the man is morbidly obese. Apart from his ridiculously destructive political views, he is not healthy and could never mount an active vigorous campaign in the 21st century, especially against President Barack Hussein Obama. I think he knows that. The fact that he keeps getting trotted out only tells us how deep in denial the Republican Party is and how desperate they are for someone to run for President who doesn’t have a borderline personality disorder. So they glom onto the known bully because they think that’s all it takes. But like most things Republicans do, they don’t quite complete the thought.

    • 19 vero804
      September 27, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      I agree, meta. The Chris Christie storyline reeks of insider stuff, not grounded in reality. Nothing suggests that Christie wants to do it, in fact, the evidence suggests that he doesn’t want to do it. Like you said, it’s proof that the Republicans aren’t completely satisfied with their choices.

      Part of me hopes for Romney, because it’ll be another McCain situation where people won’t be fired up to vote for him.

      Then part of me wants Perry, because he’s a light-weight when it comes to hand-to-hand combat of politicking. He can pose and give a good red meat speech, but that’s all. And to think, I was worried about him at one point.

      • September 27, 2011 at 9:09 pm

        I honestly don’t think Perry has the presence of mind to make it to the end. He strikes me as the kind of guy who loves the idea and the trappings of the presidency but is in no way interested in the reality of governing. You know, it’s like he’s the fraternal twin of The Quitter. Just too lazy and intellectually deficient to understand how much the candidacy requires, as though marketing will take care of everything. Oh sure, the media will pump them up as far as it goes but in the end, Mittens is the only guy who’s done this enough times without being Ron Paul. So I think it will be down to Mittens. He’s going to look stupid and hollow, but that’s OK with a lot of them.

        • 21 vero804
          September 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm

          Yes, Perry appears to have had way too many sips of his own kool-aid and thought he had the right touch to be helped through the grinding campaign process to become president. Very Quitteresque of him.

          Well, running against Mittens will be interesting. He’s got “the look” and may be bland enough for an angry electorate to feel comfortable enough throwing a protest vote to. Still, I am confident our guy will pull through in the end.

    • 22 Pamela
      September 27, 2011 at 10:17 pm

      Meta, nothing borderline about the personalities of that entire group. It appears every last one of them is fully dysfunctional!

    • 23 Mel
      September 27, 2011 at 10:27 pm

      meta the MSM was playing the usual bullshit. Chridtie if he would run will not have the physical capability
      to run ahainst PBO just look how good PBO LOOKS when he return to the WH is like he was on vacation.
      No body , but no body will be able to take PBO just watch POTUS intelect will be un match.

    • 24 MoObama
      September 28, 2011 at 7:51 am

      By 2014 you won’t know Chistie, he will have lost weight and look 10 years younger — the republicans will see to it, they will pay for his extreme makeover. Right now he knows he can’t keep up with the president and he doesn’t want to be seen in a side by side photo, just ask John McCain.

  8. September 27, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    So tonight, before you go to bed, take out a piece of paper or write a note on your computer.

    What did you do for the President today and yesterday?

    When you decide what to write down, review this paragraph I posted quite a while ago when the blog kinda lost it’s mind :.>

    What if half of the postings on this blog were about things happening on the news and the other half were about the things we were doing on the ground to get the President elected or the work we are doing with grass root groups that support job creation or taxing the rich. How powerful would that be? It wouldn’t have to be a big thing, if you call a member of congress, tweet, fill out an email form or post to Facebook that counts. If you talk to a neighbor and say something positive about the President, that counts just as much as someone who marches in the street or does phone banking for OFA.

    Lisa – tearing up the flyer advertising West’s visit counts BIGTIME. If you have any more energy, contact the guy at this web story and see if you can set up a protest like the one he is holding, let us know how we can help.


    I am confident that Donna will wind the fundraising contest this coming Friday, but who will win the Obama Press on refrigerator magnets, or bumper sticker or poster? Its a wide open field, so get ready to take the lead tomorrow.

    Virtual Hugs

  9. September 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Tomorrow, PBO does an Open for Questions session for the Latino community and also delivers his annual school address. I’m sure there’s also lots of other things in between.

  10. 28 Me4obama
    September 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    This might sound a little crazy but I am crazy about my President head especially the bump less back of his head.

  11. 31 JoJothecat
    September 27, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Again, just like Perry, Chrispy will disappolint the religious right, teabaggers, the racists, the gay haters, once he opposes their crazy ideas and tell them to their faces they are crazy.

    • 32 hopefruit2
      September 27, 2011 at 9:02 pm

      Christie looks like the kind of guy that once he leaves the office just wants to go home for the night, eat a hearty meal with dessert and nice warm up of coffee/tea, and veg on the couch watching Bachelor/ DWTS/Housewives of NJ/ for the rest of the evening until wife wakes him at 1AM telling him come up to bed.

      Doesn’t want anything coming between him and that lifestyle – not even Presidency.

  12. 35 desertflower
    September 27, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Hi,guys:) Love the pictures today, Chips…thank you so much!
    Came upon THIS that got my ire up…http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2011/09/27/congress-to-investigate-planned-parenthood-abortions/ Really? WHERE’S THE JOBS????? In the very next site I went to, a woman was charged for leaving her newborn in a toilet.Sorry. This stuff really pisses me off!

  13. 36 desertflower
    September 27, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Just for giggles…thought I would share this site with all of you. My son had to use this survey that both of us took, and incorporate the answers into his paper on political philosophy….I am where I thought I was…”hardcore Democrat”…but it breaks things down much more so you can see where you are more specifically….check it out, takes no time at all:) the site is politicalquiz.net

    • 37 utaustinliberal
      September 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      Hey desertflower, I just took the quiz and it says surprise , surprise; I’m a hardcore Democrat. 😆

      Thanks for the site. It was very informative and the break down of political leanings into specifics was very interesting and intriguing.

  14. September 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Obama to headline key GLBT dinner

    Washington (CNN) –- President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at a gathering of gay and lesbian activists in October, a key constituency that hasn’t always been receptive to Obama’s policies and style of leadership.
    Obama will speak at the annual National Dinner of the Human Rights Campaign on October 1, an event he last headlined in 2009.

    “We are honored to share this night with President Obama, who has a tremendous record of accomplishment for LGBT people,” Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese said in a statement. “On the heels of the end to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ we look forward to celebrating our victories and redoubling our efforts for the fights that remain ahead.”

    More here:

  15. 47 vero804
    September 27, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    I just watched the BET interview from yesterday, and it wasn’t so bad. The interviewer was definitely weird, and came across completely one-dimensional…shallow almost. The president’s answers were good, I liked how he talked about his policies being focused on the least among us whenever the interviewer asked him what he’s doing for black people, specifically.

    • 48 jacquelineoboomer
      September 27, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      You’re right, vero. And the interviewer’s tall lankiness somewhat resembled PBO’s, so that – along with the shallow questions – made one almost feel one was watching a spoof on SNL, where the other guy was playing dress up. Of course, even at that, PBO looked like the only adult in the room. Make that country.

      • 49 vero804
        September 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm

        A spoof from SNL is a perfect description of how it came across. With the editing that injected the provocative parts of the president’s CBC speech, as well as Ms. Maxine’s rant wanting to get “unleashed” it was a very sophomoric interview, unworthy of any president, especially this one. But, some folks are saying he’s got to go to where the people are, and there are far more people than I’d like watching BET.

  16. 50 Bobfr
    September 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I have a complaint about our President!!

    Why, oh why, didn’t he stay with the black binder clip on the AJA 😀 😀 😀 😀

    Entering my 21st hour in twitterspended animation ….



    • September 27, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      Did you get an answer from them, Bobfr?

    • 53 Chi
      September 28, 2011 at 6:49 am

      Oh Bob, we’ve got get you back on twitter…

      Yours is an indispensable voice and mind…

      It is frustrating that these companies do not entertain telephone calls…

      I’ve always suspected the twitter guys were republicans – they had a particularly close relationship with the McCain campaign…

  17. September 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Chips, I’m loving what you’ve done with the right column and all of our info needs. Super sweet widgets!!

    • 55 utaustinliberal
      September 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      I know right?

      As Chipsticks publicist, I would like to thank you on behalf of my client for appreciating her artistic and logical mind. Go forth and spread the news. And remember to always: Press On. 😉

    • 57 LunarSea
      September 28, 2011 at 12:21 am

      I agree. Too bad the OFA’s refurbished site can’t get it’s act together and do something along those lines. I’m hoping when we get thicker into campaign season we will see a new Barack Obama for pres site that is even better than the first one. (before the DNC got ahold of and wrecked it)

  18. 58 hopefruit2
    September 27, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    For folks who want to push back against those who claim that the President used the bedroom slippers metaphor only for Black people, here is proof that they are DEAD WRONG. In Durham NC just a couple weeks ago, he used the same metaphor…


    • 59 jacquelineoboomer
      September 27, 2011 at 9:47 pm

      With a S/O to Edp4bho at the end of the story, as well! Hope this story goes as far as the others did.

      Also, the Hallmark character “Maxine” wears slippers all the time! In fact, I bought her line of bunny slippers for myself a while back, to amuse my grandkids. 🙂

    • 61 vero804
      September 27, 2011 at 9:56 pm

      I’m really shocked that this issue still has legs some 4 days later. I’m not surprised that it touched people the wrong way, but I am surprised it’s still being debated and discussed. Oy! Its not that deep.

    • 65 Pamela
      September 27, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      Well, I did not know it was meant for black people, I am not black, but I felt sure it was for me! I love my bedroom slippers, tho have never been known to wear them outside the house! I do wear sturdy walking shoes, and I am walking with my President!

      • 66 EDP4BHO
        September 27, 2011 at 10:12 pm


        “tho have never been known to wear them outside the house”

        This alone may be why some folks got upset. It is well known that many in urban areas have adopted the fad of wearing their bedroom slippers outside, to the store even. Of course, there are college kids who wear their pjs on campus, but slippers on nasty side walks is just too gross. Ahh, let em stay mad till they get glad, as my momma used to say. All in all, PBO was talking to anyone anywhere who has been laying back without getting in the fight, is all.

        • 67 nathkatun7
          September 28, 2011 at 2:58 am

          That’s the way I heard, and received, PBO’s speech, EDP4BHO! I still don’t understand why some of the so called Black intellectuals are throwing fits over this. Yes, PBO was addressing CBC. But he was also addressing me. After that speech, I sent some more e-mails to my Congressional Representatives (both in the House and Senate) urging them to fight for the President’s job’s bill. I also dedicated myself to do more in maintaining pressure on Congress to pass the jobs bill.

          I could care less about trying to decipher coded messages that do not exist. I know for certain that continuing to bash and denigrate President Obama will not result in creating a single job for any of the people (of all races and all gender) who are currently unemployed; and are desperately looking for jobs. I am a strong believer in education. However, some of my fellow educators, who are out in force obsessing about what the President said, are beginning to sound like the “educated fools” that my grandmother warned me about. The President urged members of CBC to help him in fighting for a jobs bill that will put many Americans, including Black Americans, to work. Yet, all that these so called Black intellectuals took away from that speech is that the President was using code words to label Black people lazy. Are these people serious? I’ve heard the President ask people to pick blooms and mops to help in cleaning the mess he inherited. Should we read that as code words that Obama wants black men and women to go back to being janitors and cleaning women? I read at POU one of the professors, who twitted vicious accusations that President Obama was sending racist coded message that black folks are lazy, defend herself by saying that people who disagreed with her were denying her her right to think. This has become the standard fall back position of those who bash the President. The bashers of President Obama are thinkers. The people who push back against their shoddy and dishonest thinking are labeled “Obamabots.” I am so proud of the many brilliant “Obamabots,” on this site, POU site, TPV site, and other pragmatic sites for refusing to cower in the face of those so called Black intellectuals who try to treat us as idiots. Many of us know the difference between honest critical criticism and the bull s….t that is peddled as legitimate criticism of the President. I’ve said this before and I will say it again, many of the black people I know still have the President’s back. They intimately know, more the privileged professors, that times are hard. They also know that President Obama has been working hard to fix things and has met unprecedented hostile and vicious opposition from the bitrthers, teabaggers, firebaggers, MSM and now the privileged black elite. They remember that the CBC was absolutely mum when it came to the high incarceration of young AA men and women, and the mushrooming of the prison industry during the Clinton administration. Why are they all of a sudden trying to create the stink.

          Look, I grew up during the sixties when leaders like Malcolm X implored us quit shacking and jiving and scratching where we didn’t itch. Does that mean that Malcolm was sending a coded racist message denigrating Black people? I am sorry but the President was right. If CBC and all of us worked hard, in 2010, to turnout out the AA vote in greater numbers the teabag-Republicans would not have taken over Congress. Now that these crazies have taken over one House of Congress and increased their number in the other House, President Obama has been trying to navigate a very complicated political reality. It’s amazing that ordinary black folks understand the President’s predicament better than Black members of Congress and some of the so called Black intellectuals who are professors at prestigious universities like Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania. Instead of focusing on the real enemy, these people have the audacity to turn on the President while pretending to speak for Black people. I am sorry, but I am not buying their bs!

          • 68 Chi
            September 28, 2011 at 7:05 am

            Nath if it wasn’t this slippers stuff, it would be something else…

            Most of the loud and aggrieved are those who’ve been angling for a fight with President Obama and have been effectively shot down time and again…

            They are trying really hard to hide their long held resentments of the President by fomenting and inciting anger twisting this incredibly innocuous part of a positively rallying speech…

            It is especially pathetic to see these academics who ought to know better and who should be busier and more focused on substantive issues whipping out article after article full of contrived rage dissecting the sentence and admonishing the President…

            The same President they insist must and should hit back at those who disrespect him…

  19. 77 Pamela
    September 27, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Oh! Look at her face! That beautiful little girl, on daddy’s shoulders, Barack holding both her little hands in his one! She is loving him back! And he only has eyes for her! By the time I write this, her folks probably have printed, framed and have it hanging on the wall by her bed!

  20. September 27, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    TOD FAM please keep this link if you should ever get challenged on the bedroom slippers lie:


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