‘walk a day in my shoes’

Today Pauline Beck will be at the White House to watch as President Obama announces proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that will affect home healthcare workers like herself. Today’s event has special significance for Pauline, because it was the day then-Senator Obama spent “in her shoes” that informed him of the important work these Americans do and the need to level the playing field so they are fairly compensated for their efforts. Take a minute to watch the video and learn her story..

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96 Responses to “‘walk a day in my shoes’”

  1. 1 Boazwife
    December 15, 2011 at 11:02 am


    • 5 a4alice
      December 15, 2011 at 11:05 am

      thx global

      I carried this over from last thread as it was at the end:

      Here’s an article – i’m sure it’s been posted here already but I’m looking for things to tweet as I’m feeling like putting out some push back against what I’m perceiving out there in the twitter-verse as a day of – what’s that german word – scheudenfraud. (?) Oh i’m sure i just spelled that terribly. It’s that feeling of being happy in other’s misery and sometimes when I see stuff from emoprogs or ‘dissapointed dems’ i just want to push against what they are saying. i don’t want them to carry the theme of the day. you guys know what i mean? i want people, especially lurkers to remember what it is that we’re up against. and even what we’re up against inside the dem party (as TOD’ers have pointed out).


      • December 15, 2011 at 11:29 am

        a4alice~ here’s an article that’s packed with information. Hope it helps. Thank you, Milt Shook & Please Cut The Crap!~

        Politics 101 for the Far Left: Lessons #1 thru #9: Revised & Updated.

        When all is said and done, if you want to know why the politics in what should be a liberal country such as the United States has been dominated for 32 years by people who should be relegated to the fringe, if you consider yourself to be on the far left, look in the mirror. If not, look at the far left. A quick perusal of the leftist “blogosphere” shows people who obsess over everything that happens, as if they’re doing play-by-play for a baseball game.

        But they seem to neither know nor care about the average person, and they definitely lack understanding of basic politics. It’s amazing how little they know, yet they act like experts, despite the fact that the only people who actually buy their bullshit are like-minded people who are gullible. Yes, folks; a lot of left wingers, especially those on the “professional left” are JUST LIKE the far right in that way. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m sick of it. It’s time we taught basic politics to the far left.

        -Lesson #1: We live in a democratic republic. That means those who gets the most votes win and get to make policy.
        -Lesson #2: To get a progressive government, you need a progressive populace.
        -Lesson #3: Until there are 218 or more progressive districts in this country, ousting “Blue Dogs” is not a source of pride; it’s actually dumb.
        -Lesson #4: No matter how many times you tell yourself this, there is NO SIMILARITY between the two political parties at this point in time.
        -Lesson #5: Politics is a game of strategy, but some strategies simply don’t work, like “fighting.”
        -Lesson #6: “We are the ones we have been waiting for” is not just a cute slogan; it’s how the system works, and how we win at politics.
        -Lesson #7: The far left’s concept of “principle” is downright bizarre and often detrimental to progressive politics.
        -Lesson #8: The overall meme of the debate is far more important than playing micro-politics.
        -Lesson #9: The people who are elected will (almost) always represent the political center.

        Read more: http://pleasecutthecrap.typepad.com/main/2011/11/politics101-lessons-1-9.html#more

        • December 15, 2011 at 11:30 am

          Sorry, TOD, for the long post!

        • 8 a4alice
          December 15, 2011 at 11:43 am

          thank you for this creole – that 2nd paragraph that starts with “But they seem to neither know nor care about the average person” is how I feel when I hear this stuff from the PL. They talk as if they know it all and SO frustrating. Thanks. I’ll read this. Love Milt Shook 🙂

        • 9 JoJothecat
          December 15, 2011 at 3:35 pm

          Thank you creolechild,

          One thing that the RW-Evangelicals did was keep voting for the GOP even when they did not get what they wanted for the first 32yrs. They still don’t have Roe v Wade overturned but if the empogs and leftest purist don’t wake up and get off their arses and vote everytime then it will be over turned. The GOP still need it to be the law of the land so that they can use it as a political tool to get their side to the polls. We get what we want, the left purist suddenly are getting all their needs meet so they sit home, change sides, or just complain how their candidate is weak, spineless, blah, blah, blah, I’ll fix them and won’t vote. They did it to LBJ, Dem candidates before Carter, Carter, Dem candidates before Clinton, Clinton, Gore, on and on.

  2. 10 blondegrrl
    December 15, 2011 at 11:04 am

    PBO did not forget – wonderful video

  3. December 15, 2011 at 11:10 am


    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley dictated conclusions of a health panel finding before it ever held a meeting
    Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 12:07 pm by GottaLaff

    A recent poll came out saying South Carolinians have soured on Governor Nikki Haley. An article from The Post and Courier should sour them even more, because they are reporting that Haley “dictated the conclusions of a committee charged with deciding how the state should implement federal health care reform before the group ever held its first meeting, public documents show.”

    Gee, that’s not embarrassing or unethical at all: Now, some of those involved in the dozens of meetings are calling the entire planning process a sham that wasted their time and part of a $1 million federal grant.

    “Prescient” Nikki emailed this: “The whole point of this commission should be to figure out how to opt out and how to avoid a federal takeover, NOT create a state exchange.”



  4. 16 collegekay
    December 15, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I love this man. Keeps his promises.

  5. 19 Linda
    December 15, 2011 at 11:33 am

    WASHINGTON — Rick Perry isn’t the only one to have an “oops” moment in the Republican presidential contest.

    An article on Newt Gingrich’s official website is headlined “A Tale of Three Wives: Life on the Campaign Trail.”

    It’s a short, feel-good piece about Gingrich’s wife, Callista, and the wives of Perry and Jon Huntsman. It might, however, remind viewers that Callista is Gingrich’s third wife. His divorces from the first two – he has acknowledged marital infidelity in both marriages – are a subject of campaign conversation and perhaps some difficulty with religiously conservative voters.

    The religious network CBN News wrote the article. Gingrich’s campaign posted it, headline and all, on his website, Newt.org, last week. It’s commonplace for campaigns to reprint such articles on their sites, said Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond. He declined further comment.

    On HuffPuff…

  6. 23 CTGirl
    December 15, 2011 at 11:35 am

    This is why I love this man! What a heart!

  7. 24 eveingeorgia
    December 15, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I don’t know how to fight this because I’m not sure I understand the uproar:

    Obama Caves Again On Civil Liberties

    “His abandonment of the promised veto of the military bill that threatened to unleash the military in the homeland to capture, and detain indefinitely without charges, anyone suspected of being a member of al Qaeda or of “substantially supporting” them is another sign that his campaign pledge to be vigilant about civil liberties in the war on terror was a lie. Yes, a radical part has been removed – and the civilian criminal law system will not be actually prevented by law from being used to capture and prosecute al Qaeda suspects within the US. So complete militarization of domestic law enforcement – when anyone in authority screams the word “enemy combatant” – has been avoided. But not because Obama opposed the idea in principle, but because he opposed its encroachment on executive power. As Charlie Savage noted this morning,”

    This is from Andrew Sullivan this morning. Rachel covered this last night. How big is this issue? I’m concerned, especially since Glen Greenwald is dipping his poison pen in the ink again.

    • 25 Britt
      December 15, 2011 at 11:46 am

      From understanding President Obama said he would veto the NDAA bill if a portion was not taken out, the portion was taken out. Now many are saying he should still veto the bill.

    • December 15, 2011 at 11:53 am

      Via BJ FWIW.

      A watered-down version of the Senate’s mandatory detention provision remains in the bill. (See Sec. 1022.) On the quickest of reads, it seems to apply only to those who are “members of” or “part of” (not supporters of) Al Qaeda and those associated forces that act in coordination with it or at Al Qaeda’s direction, not to the Taliban. It does not extend to citizens and applies to permanent resident aliens only for conduct in the United States to whatever extent the Constitution permits. And it contains the following new disclaimer: “Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect the existing criminal enforcement and national security authorities of the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any other domestic law enforcement agency with regard to a covered person, regardless of whether such covered person is held in military custody.” To put it simply, what has emerged is mush.


    • 30 hopefruit2
      December 15, 2011 at 11:54 am

      You (and I) don’t understand the uproar because there isn’t any reason for it. The PL is at it again…just coming off their “Plan B” poutrage fix to this shiny new one. Their chronic Obama-poutrage addiction is fascinating to put it nicely. And since when Glen Greenwald is the voice of reason when it comes to Barack Obama? The fact that Greenwald is poutraging is nothing to be concerned about – in fact quite the opposite – it’s comforting.

    • December 15, 2011 at 11:59 am

      Read Adam Smith’s Dear Colleagues Letter on this subject. Spells it out very plainly and show that the outrage-du-jour is just that: http://www.lawfareblog.com/2011/12/adam-smiths-dear-colleague-letter-on-the-ndaas-detention-provisions/

    • December 15, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      Do not despair, eveingeorgia. Every time Gigi raises his head to spew hate and ignorance, Deaniac at The People’s View thoroughly debunks each and every talking point…utilizing pure, unadulterated FACTS! It’s always “a thing of beauty” to read Deaniac’s concise analyses.~

      Fraudster Glenn Greenwald’s Trouble with the Truth
      Glenn Greenwald – the Right wing libertarian nut who pretends to be a Lefty – is at it again. This time, the poor thing has confused Wall Street and the CIA and is very mad that the President told the truth in his 60 Minutes interview about the the reason why not a slew of prosecutions took place on Wall Street. Because previous Congresses (and presidents, plural, I’m sad to say) legalized bribery, gambling, and insider trading. Ever the disingenuous troll, Greenwald at first did not even include the President’s explanation. He cut the quote off here:


      Glenn Greenwald, #Occupy, Glass Houses and Stones
      You know, I have always known that Glenn Greenwald is a opportunistic, dishonest, fact-ignorning blowhard. But today we get to add ironic to that. See, Greenwald recently wrote a column accusing the SEIU, a union that has endorsed President Obama for re-election, of attempting to “co-opt” the Occupy Wall Street movement. Why? Well because apparently, an admittedly leaderless, specific-policy-goal-less, decentralized movement is actually so centralized that they have trademarked and copyrighted the phrase “99 percent.”


      • December 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm

        Bringing these two comments over from TPV regarding Glenn Greenwald’s “credibility” issues. Learn something new every day. Thanks, Norbrook and TPV!

        He wasn’t a very good lawyer, though. His much-touted “civil rights” credentials are from a case where he defended a Neo-Nazi. He lost, and he got sanctioned for unethical behavior during the trial. Imagine that.
        It’s amazing what you can find through Google and Wikipedia. Look up “Glenn Greenwald and Matthew Hale,” and a wealth of information pops up.


  8. December 15, 2011 at 11:41 am

    The Salvation Army: Ringing anti-gay bells this holiday season
    By Jamie McGonnigal
    Filed: Friday, December 2, 2011

    Our friend Bil Browning over at the Bilerico Project has doubled-down on an important message this holiday season. He’s getting a lot of attention this year for a blog post titled “Why You Shouldn’t Donate to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers.” And with money as tight as it is this year, we can’t help but agree with him. The Salvation Army has long been a Christian missionary association. It would be one thing if they, like some Christians, practiced tolerance and equality towards the LGBT community, but as Bil points out, since 1986, The Salvation Army has been involved in at least 5 major assaults on LGBT equality:


    While no one wants the services the Salvation Army provides to end for those they help, we must be cognizant of where are pennies are going when we drop them in the shiny red kettle. In addition to these anti-gay fights which the Salvation Army has participated in, they have also fought in court in defense of their virulently anti-gay hiring and employment practices. So please understand that the pennies you drop in those buckets may be going to lawyers which are defending bigotry in court and coming nowhere close to buying clothes for the homeless this winter.

    Instead of putting your pocket change in the kettle outside the mall, why don’t you give one of these inclusive organizations a try:

    Read more: http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2011/12/the-salvation-army-ringing-anti-gay-bells-this-holiday-season/?mid=543684

  9. December 15, 2011 at 11:45 am

    No wonder the GOP pastor cautioned his fellow wingnuts on MSNBC yesterday that they need to find an “honest” candidate because PbO is honest and keeps his promises. Well duh sir, if not for your blind race-based hatred, you would be supporting PBO as a fine example of Christian discipleship.

    • December 15, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      tell it, zizi.

      POTUS is a good Christian man who openly honors and respect his wife, and adores his children.


      but, he’s BLACK, so this joker can’t see that.

      • 40 JoJothecat
        December 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm

        He is more “Christ-like” than all the so-called evangelicals on the right. They talk a good game but they are some nasty un-christ-like people. All they can point to is “abortion” which is not mentioned as far as I know in the Bible.

  10. 43 bizgirl
    December 15, 2011 at 11:55 am

    His humanity never fails to touch me at the core.

  11. 44 Dakota
    December 15, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Bringing this over from the last thread,

    I am a Home Health Aide coordinator and I am very excited about this news also. I know 1st hand how hard they work for every dollar. I love my POTUS!!! He Keeps His Promises!!!

    I’m reminded of lyrics from an India.Arie song: “You kept your promise to me, For that I’ll love you forever!!!

    • 45 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      December 15, 2011 at 12:08 pm

      Thank you for all you do. Because of dedicated, hard working, caring aides, my father was able to remain in his home during his final illness.

      • 46 Dakota
        December 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm

        Thank You Alycee. This really touches me. This is our goal…for our clients final days to be filled with as much love and care as possible. We have a wonderful team of aides, nurses, volunteers, social workers and spiritual advisors to support each and every client and their families. I can tell you so many beautiful stories, really. We receive so much more than we give.

        • 47 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          December 15, 2011 at 12:58 pm

          You’re very welcome. I cannot say enough good things about our hospice team nor the private pay aides. They all did such a fantastic job. My father was not the easiest patient as he went from being totally independent to total dependency with absolutely no warning. It was backbreaking work and we were just Blessed with outstanding folks. Then there were the little things they did, like getting up @ 2:00 am to get him a bowl of ice cream… They did whatever was necessary to make him comfortable and happy.

  12. 48 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 15, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Thank you President Obama!

    On several occasions I’ve found “Unseen America” ( http://www.librarything.com/work/708675/book/54352510), a photo essay book, at Dollar Tree. Whenever I find it, I buy several copies and send them to various elected officials who are wandering in the wilderness. The book was produced by SEIU local 109 and features photos and stories by workers.

  13. 51 Proud former White House intern
    December 15, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I love this guy he is so humble. He will go out of his way to help anyone.

  14. 52 jacquelineoboomer
    December 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Coming up … President Obama! CNN TV is also covering it, I think.

    • 53 jacquelineoboomer
      December 15, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      Cornell West is on CNN TV about homelessness, as they wait to cover PBO. West wants to see blah blah blah from President Obama, when he speaks. Luckily, he was just cut off by The President!

      • 54 hopefruit2
        December 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm

        Why don’t they bring on REAL health care workers like “Dakota” (see above) to talk about the real issues instead of these overpaid, underworked, ineffectual, attention-seeking fools like West?!?!?

        • 55 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          December 15, 2011 at 1:04 pm

          That’s an idea for a media push. When we write/email/call to complain, offer them alternative voices to speak on a given issue.

        • 57 nathkatun7
          December 15, 2011 at 5:03 pm

          Here, Here, Hopefruit! What exactly has Cornel West ever done for the homeless? Surely, from his six figure income and book royalties he and his equally rich sidekick, Tavis Smiley, and the Obama hating billionaire, Bob Johnson, could have gotten together to form a charitable organization to help some of the homeless people.

  15. 58 CTGirl
    December 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    here is our family pic Chips 🙂

  16. December 15, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    More inside dope on how things are humming at OFA HQ in Chicago:

    Obama’s Re-Election Path May Be Written in Will St. Clair’s Code
    Will St. Clair, wearing semi-rimless glasses, a plaid buttoned-down shirt, jeans and Adidas sneakers, can usually be found sitting on an exercise ball in the back of President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters, his eyes trained on his computer screen.

    The 23-year-old’s job is a mystery even to some senior staff in Chicago, yet they say they hope the skills he brings are a secret weapon: he’s a software engineer.


    • 65 a4alice
      December 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      tweeted. ha. love the last line “Dude. Obama.”

    • 66 utaustinliberal
      December 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks for this article Meta. The Obama campaign is full of geniuses at different departments that know their stuff like the backs of their hands.

      Loved the last line.

      “Dude. Obama.”

      “I turned to my wife and said, let’s move to Chicago.”

      Now that’s Change I can believe in. 😀

  17. December 15, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Thought I would share this here. There was an LTE in my morning rag in support of PBO. The best line was this:

    “If President Obama said he was in favor of breathing, Republicans would tell you to hold your breath!”

    • December 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      HI Aquagranny

      Can you send us a link? I am collecting LTE samples.

    • December 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      Chortle. There has to be a clinical diagnosis for this kind of extremism.

    • 70 nathkatun7
      December 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm

      Aquagranny, this is priceless! It’s the whole TRUTH in a nutshell! Republicans don’t mind destroying the country if they think it will help them defeat President Obama. I used to think that Limbaugh was nuts when he said he wanted President Obama to fail; but now I know he was openly letting us know the true Republican agenda.

    • December 15, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      This just keeps getting better and better. No matter which candidate gets the nomination, the GOP has provided all the opposition research for him for free.

  18. December 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    A nice Holiday story that will lift your spirits

    Santa Clara Inmates Build Toys For Disadvantaged

  19. December 15, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    PBO – just keeps on making things better for those who have no voice

    Plan to boost employment for disabled workers


  20. December 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Clip from Osawatome speech

    Obama :: Osawatomie :: free market not a free license to take whatever you want

    Key points:

    Roosevelt also knew that the free market has never been a free license to take whatever you want from whoever you can.

    It only works when there are rules of the road to ensure that competition is fair, open, and honest.

    For this, Roosevelt was called a radical, a socialist, even a communist. But today, we are a richer nation and a stronger democracy because of what he fought for in his last campaign: an eight hour work day and a minimum wage for women; insurance for the unemployed, the elderly, and those with disabilities; political reform and a progressive income tax.


  21. 82 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    December 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Tried to find a way to convey the truth in (140 characters!) regarding what President Obama was able to achieve with his veto threat of the NDAA.

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    America – Pres Obama codified in #NDAA that US Courts determine the detention of US citizens & affirmed habeas corpus. http://t.co/9XLH1K6C


    • December 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm

      Seriously, the poutragers (potty-ragers) have no idea what the President was able to accomplish with his veto threat. Plus he gets to keep the ability for U.S. Courts to try suspects. Win Win. Again.

      • 84 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        December 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm

        I think you’ll like this, Tien Le 🙂

        Our4thEstate Bobfr
        America – facts over #pottyraging #GOPenabler fiction ‘Fraudster Glenn Greenwald’s Trouble with the Truth’ http://t.co/g8ET5c8i #PRESSON


  22. 85 eveingeorgia
    December 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Thank you, everybody for the feedback and the links! Everything scares me silly these days, that’s why I am so glad there is TOD!!!

  23. December 15, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Hi everyone, new post here – http://theobamadiary.com/2011/12/15/portrait-2/

    It’s the Pete Souza photo – thank you CTGirl!

  24. December 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    One more thing, then it’s back to the “salt mines”

    Over the past month there are 2 indicators that show me things are getting better.

    1. The number of positive stories I would like to include at my blog (but don’t have time too) has double or tripled over the past month.

    2. I have had 5 students get jobs or internships in the past month, a normal month is 1-2. These are not dream jobs, these are entry level, or part time, but they are jobs. I believe slowly the economy is coming back. Traditionally December is a very slow month, the fact that I have met with 2 local companies this month about hiring students is a minor miracle.

    I share this information, not only to lift our spirits but to make a point that the “experts” who predict doom and gloom in the economy are irrelevant in the face of someone you know getting a job, avoiding foreclosure, getting health care, etc. Stories of personal success are very powerful. I hope that as good things happen to folks in our lives, we will share them here so we can all be encouraged.

    Chips – you are the best. This site is the best. I can hardly wait for Winter break so I can get some serious blogging done and add more resources to the WIW site.


    • December 15, 2011 at 12:43 pm

      Thank you for everything you do to uplift our spirits and the dialogue of hope. You are the bedrock of our family.

      • 89 nathkatun7
        December 15, 2011 at 5:53 pm

        Totally co-sign your statement, Tien Le! I always look forward to reading WIW’s posts to take me away from being angry at the chicken llittle poutrages who are always proclaiming that the sky is falling every time the President makes a decision they don’t like.

  25. December 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Medicaid Cuts Leave 2,800 Nurses In Nursing Homes Without A Job
    By Tanya Somanader on Dec 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s “new way” of creating jobs has left something to be desired — namely, jobs. Now with a state facing an overall loss of 400,000 jobs and an unemployment rate of 9 percent, Kasich’s decision to slash state funding for Medicaid left 2,800 Ohioans who help the elderly and disabled out of a job:

    A separate survey of 385 Ohio nursing homes found that 2,800 jobs had been eliminated between July 1 and Sept. 1 — or soon would be — following a 6 percent budget cut to the state’s Medicaid program, the tax-funded health-insurance program for the poor and disabled.



  26. December 15, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    And THAT Ladies and Gentlemen is why I think it’s gonna be a L A N D S L I D E ! This President has proven again and again he IS compassionate, humble, intelligent and the best thing since sliced bread for this country. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!
    Nuthi’n but luve 4 u Mr. President!

  27. 93 vitaminlover
    December 15, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    For someone who is accused of not being a Christian, Our Beloved President just simply walks the walk. He is a doer of the Word. He is a shining light for all to follow and he doesn’t brag about it. He just is. What a wonderful person.

    • 94 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      December 16, 2011 at 12:03 am

      He really is the definition of a good Christian. I’m often angry at those who can’t see it, but deep down I pity them. They are missing something truly wonderful.

      • 95 vitaminlover
        December 16, 2011 at 12:08 am

        Their hearts are so hardened and bitter not only against him but against God Himself. But what I love about President Obama is that he continues to walk in love. He’s human and I am sure that some things annoy him as do we all have these issues but he is just doing a terrific job at being real. He’s honest and he keeps it real.

  28. 96 MGarvey
    December 16, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Thanks for the clip. Touching to say the least.

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