Members of the Boys and Girls Club of America look at a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation during a meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office to congratulate the winner and national finalists of the Youth of the Year Program, Oct 5, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



3:30 The First Lady and members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team host a Let’s Move! clinic on the South Lawn


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  1. October 5, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    did I miss the Bears coming to the WH???

    BTW, ok, I kno Ed Schultz is live from OccupyWallStreet protest, but I’m just sayin’ maybe he shoulda found a quieter place to cover Job’s death!

    • 2 utaustinliberal
      October 5, 2011 at 10:13 pm

      Da Bears are coming to the WH on friday.

      Bloody hell those Aggies get to see MY President. Grrrrrrrr…………….!!!! This Longhorn is not happy. Ok…. be a good sportsman. Be a good sportsman. Be a good sportsman. Congratulations Aggies!

      • 3 a4alice
        October 5, 2011 at 10:50 pm

        Ut you crack me up! I married my Texan husband who’s family all went to Texas A & M. The first time I met these guys was at a wedding in College Station and they all got up and sang the Aggie fight song. I learned that people from Texas are extremely serious about their football! 🙂

    • 4 jacquelineoboomer
      October 5, 2011 at 10:22 pm

      Just switched on Ed’s show after I saw your comment and looks as though he’s back to bashing PBO again. Nothing ever changes.

      • 5 Cos
        October 5, 2011 at 10:57 pm

        Jacqueline what was Ed bashing PBO about today? I was going to watch because he has been defending PBO lately?

        • 6 jacquelineoboomer
          October 5, 2011 at 11:33 pm

          COS – That’s why I watched, too. Actually, it was just about two minutes’ worth of bashing that I saw, joining one of his guests or something, and I can’t remember what it was about now … I switched immediately since I seem to now have ZERO tolerance for that from him.

          Maybe you watched and it wasn’t as bad as I thought!

          • 7 jacquelineoboomer
            October 5, 2011 at 11:44 pm

            COS – I noted below that it was apparently the puke from Salon who was criticizing the President. PUMA, no doubt.

        • 8 Obama Grandmama
          October 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm

          When I was watching Ed’s show at the beginning he had on two people male and female (probably the Salon people mentioned) that seemed to definitely be against PBO. They were speaking about the organized protest. When Ed asked if the crowd was supporting PBO the two emphatically said NO. One even said she had been there all day and saw nothing but people against him whereas Ed seemed surprised and mentioned PBO was in support of all that they were marching for. So I actually did not see this as Ed bashing PBO, but his PL guests doing a good job of bashing. Maybe Ed is getting more savy and doing it in an undermining way, but in the past I have not seen him as fox like but more like an emotional, ill informed hot head that bashes others himself. I didn’t watch it after the guest proclaimed she had been there all day as it was evident this is representative of the group that wants someone to primary PBO.

          I usually just Tivo the MSNBC shows then watch the beginning to see what they are going to be about to decide whether to just delete them or watch them. I see Rev Al’s show regularly, and sometimes Rachel and Lawrence’s. I usually delete Ed’s Show and Chris Matthews Show. I can skip through parts I don’t like on the ones I do watch.

          I caught part of PBO’s press conference on NPR this morning and was happy to hear them have the entire conference on without interruption. He still is amazing at how he can answer all their multi-part questions in such detail. I missed the first part so hope to catch it in our posts today.

  2. October 5, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    What a day.

    Thanks, Chips, for all the amazing coverage today. Good night all.

  3. 10 jacquelineoboomer
    October 5, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I love that photo of the event in the Oval Office. First, I’m near tears seeing the Boys and Girls Club members looking at the copy of the Emancipation Proclamation (I cry about practically everything “this administration} is involved in!!!). And then I chuckle seeing the President apparently signing gifts for the visitors “at the last minute” – looks as though he’s catching up, and probably pointed them to the replica on the wall so he could finish.

  4. 15 donna dem 4 obama
    October 5, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Just read on my twitter timeline that Ed Schultz apparently is there grandstanding with the OWS crowd and he made the statement that most of these people here are Obama supporters and the crowd shouted “No We’re Not”. I don’t watch his mess so someone will have to confirm my greatest concerns about this protest.

    • 16 Doris
      October 5, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      Watching, but my take is that Ed was encouraging or hoping that they were Obama fans. He also said that they are not all fans of his. My take is that he was trying to rally these folks around liberal principles. He said some do adhere and some don’t. He’s doing okay.

      • 17 Cos
        October 5, 2011 at 11:27 pm

        Thanks Doris. It appears that Ed meant well. He has really defending PBO lately and he probably said that because the unions are there.

        • 18 Doris
          October 5, 2011 at 11:29 pm

          I think he did mean well. Lord knows, he has plucked my nerves, but I think he realizes that this is a critical time and it appears to me that he has been promoting the President.

    • 19 Cos
      October 5, 2011 at 11:02 pm

      Omg Donna. Why would he say something like that? He just created a msm talking point. I think a lot of those folks are neutral and not supporting anyone. I also would bet that a lot has sat on the sidelines and never voted. Some folks just love doing this.

  5. October 5, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    I love his hair. Among other things. 🙂

  6. 25 Kasai
    October 5, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    I haven’t been blogging as much as I would like…I’ve been doing a lot of volunteering in helping PBO passing the AJA.
    I just emailed Van Jones.. The AJA Pdf file…..from what I hear, he’s championing the same things that PBO proposed. I believe that 98%, is exactly what they marching for..and did they forget that PBO passed the biggest Financial Reform..since the great depression,

    I am pissed that…This crisis with Wall Street came under Bush’s watch..yet they wait till PBO is in office to take the blame…just like they did with DADT…Clinton implemented and PBO had to clean it up…and I mean they want him to do it ..like “Pronto”, I can go on and on..

    I am upset that folks like Van Jones…didn’t even know what’s in the AJA..I also asked him why not promote PBO’s Job bill…I am sick of ED…and the Media trying to make this movement about OW about The President. next they would want him to go to NY and march.
    They should Occupy the No Good Congress and Pass the Bill…..so people demonstrating can go back to work.


    • October 5, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      You continue your good work Kasai.

      Press On!

    • 27 Doris
      October 5, 2011 at 10:43 pm

      You have been missed. Thanks for volunteering.

    • 28 a4alice
      October 5, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      Kasai – but that’s great! So you are sending Van Jones a PDF of the AJA and telling him about it? Yes! Why isn’t he promoting it – he’s in a great position to do just that. I’m so glad you got that to him. Who knows? Maybe what you’ve started is going to carry on into getting the AJA more into that crowd of people. Hey – i’m going to tweet him. that’s awesome Kasai – I think you’re doing a great job!


      • 29 a4alice
        October 5, 2011 at 11:29 pm

        So I tweeted Van Jones. I said this:

        @VanJones68 I’m probably way off-seems to me that t/Contract and the AJA are a lot alike. Why not promote the AJA & register voters? thx.

        Hey we’ll see what happens

      • October 6, 2011 at 2:48 am

        I don’t think Van Jones wants his image or his movement to be tied directly to Pres. Obama. That’s fine with me, we have OFA for that. I do think that he and the OWS protesters should be pushing for jobs big time.

        • 31 Gwendolyn Carter
          October 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm

          Hi gobrooklyn,

          In fairness to Van Jones, he held a rally at the Capitol on Wednesday, 10/05/2011. The rally was the final event scheduled for his Rebuild the American Dream Conference in DC. I participated in the rally. At the rally, the number 1 chant was “Fired Up, Ready To Go!” I think Van Jones is committed to President Obama and his agenda. However, he is tied in with Move-On, and I think some of the Move-On folks are negative about our President. I think Van Jones is a big President Obama supporter. Now, the rally was a “Jobs Not Cuts” rally. The speakers were outstanding everyday people who have been affected by the cuts in job funding, ie., teachers, police, and firefighters–union workers. Also, several Congresspeople. I was absolutely impressed by the rally. The only problem that I have with Van Jones’ rallies is they do not bring huge numbers to the actual event. They are so well planned that it distresses me that the attendance is small–maybe about 300 on Wednesday. With the right planning, he could easily get a few thousand people to show up. With such small numbers, I think the media can report that few people care. We know that is not true. Our last hope for a really huge rally for jobs is the Rev. Al, pre-MLK Memorial rally. I will participate in that rally as well. We need JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!

    • 32 theo67
      October 6, 2011 at 12:18 am

      The issues people should be promoting on the national stage right now are: AJA & voter registration/education.

    • 33 Puddin'
      October 6, 2011 at 3:46 am

      Thanks Kasai for your work…you took the words out of my mouth!

    • 34 Obama Grandmama
      October 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      I have read that the reason the GOP representatives are not concerned about re-election is due to the lines drawn or redrawn in their districts so they are mostly GOP voters. They know they don’t have to bend or compromise and will still get voted into office. The 2010 elections have had so many bad consequences in getting in a lot of GOP governors that are following the Koch Bros. talking points to mess with voting rights and change the voting districts according to the new census information. Elections do have consequences. We not only need to get PBO in for another term but we need to change the House back to Dems in charge and increase the Dems in the Senate.

  7. 35 ChristiMtl
    October 5, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I didn’t watch Ed Shultz but I read on twitter this:

    ”Salon’s Justin Elliott told Ed Schultz the #OccupyWallstreet is all about defeating Obama.”

    Anybody saw that?…

    • 36 donna dem 4 obama
      October 5, 2011 at 11:26 pm

      It seems to be a mess to me. I saw this stuff on my twitter timeline as well. I personally think that we progressive/liberals as hoping that these people are sympathetic to our causes but very little that I have seen have proven this to be true IMO. Yes we are ALL fed up with the fact that we have been screwed by Wall Street but the question is what do we do about it? Factions seem to be all over the place. The Unions want jobs. The Build the Dream people want “oursides” versions of the TeaParty. We can try and steer them in our direction but I have read time and time again on Facebook (where this protest is really prevalent) that this is NOT political and that they do not support one party over the other. I believe there are quite a few Ron Paul, Nader and just regular disaffected people there but I don’t sense that this thing is about supporting PBO’s agenda. I hope I’m wrong but I don’t get a really good feeling about this…

      • 37 Doris
        October 5, 2011 at 11:31 pm

        I was going to say above that this is an apolitical group.

      • 38 ChristiMtl
        October 5, 2011 at 11:32 pm

        I saw a few people interviewed earlier and they both said: ”It’s not about parties”

        I just knew it, it’s only an excuse to bash the President

        • 39 Doris
          October 5, 2011 at 11:34 pm

          I think that the unions represent there support the President, but not the group in mass.

        • 42 theo67
          October 6, 2011 at 12:26 am

          There is no way that any cause speaking for the middle class is NOT about parties. There’s one party that has declared war on the middle class, and is trying or has passed laws busting unions, cutting education funding, attacking minorities, attacking women, working only for the top 1%. There’s another party that is fighting FOR the middle class. They have to pick a side – there’s no equal status between these two parties. The GOP will destroy America, and the world. The Democrats are disorganized and corruption is prevalent, but they are led by President Obama – whose intentions are pure and whose been working hard for working people his entire life. They better pick a side.

          • 43 MoObama
            October 6, 2011 at 7:56 am

            They need to march on Washington, the 1% on wall street don’t pass laws, even though they line the pockets of the lawmakers. The heat needs to be in the halls of Congress — give these congressional people a feeling that unemployment may be in their future. I also think a lot of these demonstrators are from the green party. The green party never supported the president.

        • October 6, 2011 at 2:50 am

          It should be about parties because for the past 3 years we have only been functioning with ONE. the other has been out to lunch with the whacko tea party.

      • 45 Cos
        October 5, 2011 at 11:34 pm

        Donna I was thinking the same thing. I think the true and real O supporters know that the way to make change is at the ballot box. if they are against PBO, why would they vote for a republican? I have a feeling that a lot of these folks won ‘t show up in 2012. I am still trying to figure out the end goal in defeating wall street. I don’t mean to be critical. I am just seeking information.

        • 46 jacquelineoboomer
          October 5, 2011 at 11:40 pm

          This is the first I’ve heard that there’s any negative sentiment toward the President among the OWS crowd. Maybe the quote from the Salon guy (isn’t Joan Walsh with Salon? think: PUMA) was his own personal feeling.

          I’m afraid to hope, but I cannot help but hope that because so many in the OWS group are young, that they actually do support PBO – they just don’t want to get involved in the political part of our economic woes at present. Fingers crossed.

          • 47 ChristiMtl
            October 5, 2011 at 11:51 pm

            People cheered when Cornel West gave his speech. No supporter of the President would ever cheer Cornel West.

            • 48 jacquelineoboomer
              October 6, 2011 at 12:06 am

              I missed all that. Not paying attention much today! Sorry to hear there were cheers for that grandstander Cornel West.

              • 49 ChristiMtl
                October 6, 2011 at 12:09 am

                It wasn’t today jacqueline, I just saw the video on youtube the other day, I think it was a couple of weeks ago,..

                • 50 jacquelineoboomer
                  October 6, 2011 at 12:25 am

                  Got it. It’s all so annoying, isn’t it? Some of these people are so jealous of President Obama, they probably can’t sleep at night.

          • 51 jacquelineoboomer
            October 6, 2011 at 12:14 am

            I think our own Bobfr just retweeted this comment, so I’ll share it here:

            “Salon is becoming what they claimed to abhor. But it matters none to me, for I never claimed them as my outlet for analysis.”

          • 52 Puddin'
            October 6, 2011 at 4:04 am

            This is the problem I have with these so called experts/pundits or whatever they are called (I call them full of shit)…they always proclaim to be speaking for the masses. I think the young people out there truly are trying to voice there concerns and frustrations and that Salon guy and others are using them/exploiting the situation. I am so disgusted about all of this…where was the outrage when the people (Clinton, Bush) responsible for this mess, were laying the framework …I am so disgusted I can’t even get my words together (sorry).

    • October 6, 2011 at 12:45 am

      I saw that little shit. He and that Laura Flanders were doing the PBO bashing. I swear I despise the PL. Then some stupid union guy was on saying PBO should come down and lead the protesters. These people are out of their minds. A President of the United States leading a damn protest. They can all go jump in the damn lake. We don’t need them. We will work triple hard to get PBO re-elected.

    • 54 anniebella
      October 6, 2011 at 4:35 am

      ChristiMtl, If that is the case then no I don’t support what they are doing in NY. And comparing yourself to those racists tea party is nothing to be proud of.

  8. 55 Alycee
    October 5, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    OT: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/10/05/statement-president-passing-civil-rights-leader-fred-shuttlesworth

    The White House

    Office of the Press Secretary

    For Immediate Release October 05, 2011

    Statement by the President on the Passing of Civil Rights Leader Fred Shuttlesworth

    Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth today. As one of the founders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Reverend Shuttlesworth dedicated his life to advancing the cause of justice for all Americans. He was a testament to the strength of the human spirit. And today we stand on his shoulders, and the shoulders of all those who marched and sat and lifted their voices to help perfect our union.

    I will never forget having the opportunity several years ago to push Reverend Shuttlesworth in his wheelchair across the Edmund Pettus Bridge – a symbol of the sacrifices that he and so many others made in the name of equality. America owes Reverend Shuttlesworth a debt of gratitude, and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Sephira, and their family, friends and loved ones.


    RIP Rev. Shuttlesworth.

    • 56 theo67
      October 6, 2011 at 12:49 am

      In a way, it’s sad that the passing of this man, Rev Shuttlesworth, isn’t getting broad acknowledgement and honor today after a life lived fighting for freedom and equality. But, on the other hand, it’s almost an even better testament to the success of his cause that so many of the things he fought for are now an accepted right for every person – as a matter of law and also in the hearts and minds of most decent people. He fought for basic human rights, and he died with a black President in the White House. That’s a life well lived, I say.

      • 57 jacquelineoboomer
        October 6, 2011 at 12:56 am

        Very well put. I’m sure he’s looking down from heaven with quite a bit of pride, knowing some of the rewards of his fighting the good fight are so clearly evident at this moment in our history.

      • 58 Puddin'
        October 6, 2011 at 4:10 am

        I think Rev. Shuttlesworth’s life and death deserved at least, if not more, the same acknowledgement and honor as Steve Jobs. Time and time again Rev. Shuttlesworth put his life out there on the front line for US and the freedom of all mankind…HIS LIFE AND DEATH SHOULD BE HONORED!

        • 59 anniebella
          October 6, 2011 at 4:37 am

          I agree.

        • 60 jacquelineoboomer
          October 6, 2011 at 11:44 am

          Puddin’ – Just seeing your comment. You are so right. As of this morning, I am sick of all the Steve Jobs coverage. Really sick of it. No offense to him, but can we please see some real news on the so-called cable news shows?

  9. 61 Cos
    October 5, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Rachel has me laughing about the tea party’ hatred of Romney.

  10. 63 HZ
    October 5, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I see a lot in that photo also Jacquelineboomer. I was thinking the same about the gift bag. But I then remember that he had two beautiful and very gifted friends who left this earth today. The great Civil Rights leader, Rev. Shuttlesworth and Steve Jobs. That is enough to put his thought pattern on another level. One being in his fifties and one being in his eighties. And then Senator Obama personally was there with Rev. Shuttlerworth just before he ran for President. That is a lot on your mind.

    So we will lift him up daily with our beautiful thoughts, tears, prayers, and meditations for his physical strength. Tomorrow he is meeting with Sec. Clinton and Joe, so much has to be on his mind. Remember Michelle says before a meeting he has read everything on the briefing before he even walks into the meeting. She said, “Barack knows more about the briefing than the people who are briefing him.”

    So we lift him up!!!!! We are going to be just fine. We have each other here within our family, and he knows we have his back. Good night Chips and my dear TOD family. I pray Sue is fine as well and Africa. In my thoughts and prayers. I love you all so muchHZ

  11. 70 jacquelineoboomer
    October 6, 2011 at 12:22 am

    I’m not real crazy about some of the phrasing relating to President Obama, but Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO says “it’s time for us to have his back.”


    • 71 COS
      October 6, 2011 at 12:55 am

      Thanks for this Mrs. O’Boomer. All of the folks who have been criticizing, should realize that PBO compromised in his first 2 years to get his signature legislation passed in spite of the criticism. If he had listened to the naysayers who said he was doing to much, nothng would have gotten done. If the voters (us) give him a majority in congress in 2012, I know he is going to work hard on immigration and other things. He needs a super majority like FDR.

      • 72 Ladyhawke
        October 6, 2011 at 5:54 am

        Just imagine if PBO had decided to put off tackling Healthcare Reform until 2011? President Obama knew what he was doing. He had to strike while the iron was hot. It was the right thing to do. Anyone on the left that can’t see that is being disingenuous. The obstruction from the GOP was bad enough, but PBO had to contend with the blue dog Democrats and Bart Stupak. And it’s hard to believe that many of the PL are still whining about the public option. Meanwhile, the ACA is already improving the lives of the American people.

        • 73 Obama Grandmama
          October 6, 2011 at 1:30 pm

          Funny! I fought hard for the ACA and called, wrote and emailed so many people as well as talking others into supporting it and explaining it. I was thrilled to get my own certificate along with the other petition signers to put in my PBO scrapbook that I have not put together yet. I did all of this without the immediate need of it in my own life. Now I have been diagnosed as having a badly damaged knee from arthritis and a previous injury needing a full knee replacement. When I asked if the other knee might need work too the doctor answered it might be a real likelihood in the future. I pause to think pre-existing condition might prevent that from happening if it weren’t for ACA. I’d be one of the people I was fighting for to get the ACA only I didn’t know it at the time. If people pause about re-electing PBO we could point to this one achievement alone and the need to get it fully implemented as the GOP have sworn they want to dismantle it.

  12. October 6, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Just want to add our President just gets more handsome by the day. He’s a kind, good man. Love him.

  13. October 6, 2011 at 1:31 am

    I heard in one of the San francisco progresive radio on monday that cornel west is gonna primary the Pres? has anyone heard anything.

    • October 6, 2011 at 2:53 am

      He doesn’t have the guts, money or the base to do that.

    • October 6, 2011 at 3:14 am

      Arguments against Cornell West.

      1. Little support from the black community, because they’re not dumb.
      2. Can’t win over Independents.
      3. No financial Support.
      4. No support from moderate republicans who would vote democrats.
      5. No support from moderate Dems
      6. No name recognition with a vast majority of Americans (only known and supported by the purist of the party).
      7. Because of his leftist puritanical stance on issues, would make PBO seem more acceptable to moderates and Independents.

      I can go on and on. Also I would welcome a debate between West and PBO because this president will clean his clock.

      • 80 Jax6655
        October 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm

        8. Imagine Cornell West in a debate! Plutocrats, oligarchs, etc. Yeah, folks would really get on board with that.
        9. The hair, the scarf.

        bwa ha ha!

  14. 81 Bobfr
    October 6, 2011 at 1:55 am

    Thanks to President Obama leadership, the hopes and aspirations of the people of Libya and all the people – all over this world – are deriving new courage to define their own destiny, irrespective of the price, because in doing so they know they will make the path that much more accessible to all who follow.

    So, let us all also reflect in our sorrow over the loss of Steve Jobs that his biological father was a Syrian Muslim & graduate student from Homs.

    We must support Syrians seeking their Freedom and it is truly poignant that because of the brilliance of Steve Jobs the technologies that are being used by individuals seeking their freedom – not merely guns, but iPhones and other communications devices – are enabling them to be heard, be present to all of us, and to prevail.


  15. October 6, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Beautifully said, Bobfr. He has given hope and the courage to bring about change to millions of people in the world. They, at least, got the message that they themselves had to bring about the change they wanted. I wish Americans would wake up and do the same. Inchoate anger demonstrated by the OWS lays the protesters open to manipulation, as we’re already seeing. If they worked for specific goals, like even stricter financial reform, or the taxing of the rich, or job creation, they’d have more coherence and ultimately more success. This is their chance to support the true man of the people, Barack Obama, and they are going to blow it.

  16. 83 ChristiMtl
    October 6, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Good morning TOD’ers

    WH announces POTUS press for 11am today.

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