Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia


President Obama speaks with graduating seniors and their parents during a roundtable discussion on the interest rates of federal subsidized student loans at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia


112 Responses to “Arlington”

  1. 1 andogriff
    May 4, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    He is so cute, especially when he smiles!

  2. 4 ChristiMTL
    May 4, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Someone should send this to TPM

  3. 7 Ladyhawke
    May 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Just look at those faces. Mr President, you are loved and admired.

  4. 9 donna dem 4 obama
    May 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    What a guy! Everyday he makes me prouder and prouder and then the next day he exceeds the day before.

  5. 12 utaustinliberal
    May 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Life can be so unexpected. Can’t believe Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys is dead at 47. Cancer is so fucked up. The Beastie Boys are LEGENDS.

    • 13 Liberal Librarian
      May 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      What????? Holy crap!! A friend and I are going to go see Mike D’s curated show at the Geffen in downtown L.A. tomorrow. Man. That’s my generation. Died way too soon.

  6. 15 LOL
    May 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Did you guys see this

    President Barack Obama’s dinner with George Clooney has officially sold out, and campaign sources are telling The Hollywood Reporter that the event is expected to raise up to $12 million for the president’s re-election bid, making it the biggest presidential fundraiser in U.S. history.


    • 16 theo67
      May 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      Oh my goodness! I’m so excited for the winners of the donation contest.

      • 17 AnitaW
        May 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm

        Thank you, thank you. Just kidding. I hope they hurry up and announce the winner. I’m literally on the edge of my seat.

        • 18 theo67
          May 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm

          I know – I still haven’t forgiven that one woman for that cruel trick of sending out an email entitled “Congratulations” or whatever it said. My heart skipped a beat, and then I was so disappointed when I realized I hadn’t won. (Although, I was relieved that I wasn’t going to have to demonstrate my ga-ga face and fainting tricks at being in the same room as President Obama and Clooney).

    • 19 jackiegrumbacher
      May 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      Wow! that’s phenomenal. I wanted so much to win this one, but then I thought, what would you wear? So, all in all, I’m glad somebody got to go and I can enjoy it vicariously.

  7. 20 donna dem 4 obama
    May 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I didn’t want Mr. R-Money to miss it…

    • May 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Rub it in! Rub it in! I love it 🙂

      • 22 Mel
        May 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm

        Soooo perfect and beatifull we watched the speech and the students went crazy for our President!
        To Rabbit Mitt where are the jobs that your party have created since they took Congress? and Why arent you
        Campaigning with GW? you know the guy who brought our country to it’s knees , and stell recovering the
        FUCKING mess your party left?

    • 23 itgurl_29
      May 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      And don’t forget all the millions of high school kids the campaign registered in ’08 who will now be casting their first presidential vote for President Barack Obama.

    • 24 jackiegrumbacher
      May 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      Yes, Donna, it’s shocking how little support PBO is getting from youth. And didn’t we hear a week or so ago that the “youthful” looking 65-year old Mittbot was primed to capture this demographic. Just think how delusional you would have to be to swallow that one.

      • 25 miss pat
        May 4, 2012 at 5:13 pm

        Contrary to MSM and their false mesage,the young people are energetic and ready to vote in November for the President. Most of them are 18 already or will be 18 just in time for the election.

        We should send these pictures to all of the television stations and newspapers and ask them to publish them alongside Romney’s crowd when he visists colleges. Not going to happen, I know but we can dream.

  8. 26 andogriff
    May 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Whoa! As soon as I commented on this post, I got an email for each of you who commented too… is this happening to anyone else??

  9. 31 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 4, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Yo, @MittRomney …. SurgingSanto has your number ….

    And so do we ….


  10. 32 Liberal Librarian
    May 4, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Deaniac with a shot at the pearl clutchers in the “liberal media”: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/05/827000-private-sector-jobs-in-2012.html

  11. 38 Linda
    May 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    His wedding ring is beautiful.. I would love to hear the story behind it.

  12. 41 Linda
    May 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Is this Mitt’s house in LaJolla ?

  13. 42 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Here’s the link to the video at CSPAN while we await the YouTube version ….


    These students definitely like our President!!!


  14. 43 nintendowii10
    May 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    • May 4, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      She doesn’t even believe that. Just like she did with ARRA, Bachman will do all she can to get more Obamacare for her district.

  15. 45 veryslowwriter
    May 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Yep. He’s definitely lost his appeal for young people. They’re clearly bored and apathetic.

  16. 46 Don
    May 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    47th out of 50 is like an A- or something, oh, what was that, you’re talking about 47th out of 50 in jobs creation, never mind.

  17. May 4, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Lots of high school students hope their senior projects make a mark. Hellgate High senior Shyla Allred’s idea will leave a legacy in the school’s electricity bill.
    After learning about the difficulties electric cars had breaking into the market in her sophomore year, Allred discovered an interest in renewable energy. She considered approaching the Missoula Public Library, but its long-term plans were too complex to start tinkering with its power supply.
    So Allred looked closer to class, and suggested adding solar energy to Hellgate’s power picture. Principal Russ Lodge was agreeable. But it looked like she’d have to raise $20,000 to make a serious impact.
    Then she teamed up with Scott Solar LLC owner Erin Scott, who agreed to be her project mentor. Scott’s green energy company installs solar power systems for small businesses and homes, and she’s familiar with the complex financing that makes the additions affordable.
    “I hope it shows Missoula that sustainable thinking pays off,” Allred said. “With our paper budget, the Hellgate art department can’t afford paper towels. I hope 3 kilowatts is enough so we can get towels in the art department.”


  18. 49 Linda
    May 4, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    What was the crowd size for Mitt in Pittsburgh today ? Why do they never show it ?

    • 50 Don
      May 4, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      I guess size isn’t important to them, Linda.

    • May 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      I always wonder about the lack of commentary on both the lack of commentary on crowd size and their lack of enthusiasm. When Romney was making a pathetic attempt to go increase his share of the youth vote, all I saw were young people who looked catatonically bored-as if they were forced to be there.

  19. 53 Melanie
    May 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    voter registration down among Hispanics, blacks:(( Now this is something to genuinely be concerned about because even if PBO has huge leads among these 2 groups if they aren’t registered they can’t vote. This coupled with the voter id laws might be the biggest impediments he’s facing. I know the campaign is/will continue to address both of these issues especially now that the campaign is officailly kicking off 2morrow. Do they do voter drives at the rallies?

    • 54 Liberal Librarian
      May 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      It’s an interesting metric, since the polls that show him leading Romney are conducted among registered voters. So, while worrying, it might not be that big of a deal. And yes, you can bet that they do registrations at rallies.

  20. 55 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 4, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Regarding job creation ….


    • 56 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      May 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      Sticking it to them ….

      And, more ….


  21. 57 nintendowii10
    May 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    • 58 Cman
      May 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      “Our choice is not between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan” Ringing endorsement over there. lol

  22. 59 Linda
    May 4, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    New York Post Columnist Phil Mushnick Asks Why Jay-Z Doesn’t Change Nets Name to “New York N—–s”

    As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots — what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new “urban” home — why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment? Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N——s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B—-hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!


    Will Murdoch fire him or give him a show on Fox ?

    • 60 Jessica
      May 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      He mad that the colors are black and white? Hmm damn. Not surprising. It’s hard to hide your racism, it eventually starts to bubble to the surface.

  23. May 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    So, what’s going on with the economy? I saw the projections prior to the release of last month’s jobs report had the U.S. gaining 168,000 and we missed that mark by a wide margin. I don’t understand why growth has slowed. I thought we had some positive momentum heading into the spring and that it would continue into the summer. Now, at best, we’re struggling to say above 100,000? Is this a long-term problem, or are we going to be back to respectable gains in the next few months?

    • 62 Don
      May 4, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      4.2 million jobs created in 23 months, step back from the ledge dude. And next when the numbers fall below 8% someone will have to talk Romney voters off the ledge.

    • 63 Melanie
      May 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      I understand your question Drunk. What some economists are saying is that the unusually warm weather we had during winter kind of inflated the numbers we had earlier in the year. So now the weather has kind of normalized the numbers are not keeping up with growth earlier in the year. Some of those same economists are also saying that the numbers will pick back up in a month or two. I remember someone on CNBC saying we need to average 150,000/month for the rest of the election cycle for PBO to be comfortably reelected. I think we will get back up to that pace. When we hit that 7.9% unemployment rate which may be next month, I think that will be a big psychological achievement. Romney is trying to move the goal post saying we need 4% UE and 500,000/month jobs knowing that is impossible in the next 6 months. Most voters aren’t going to fall for that and will be much more realistic.

      • May 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm

        Thanks, Melanie.

        It was actually Nate Silver who said if we average 150,000 a month between now and election day, Obama will probably be elected. I did see they revised their numbers for March to an increase above 150,000, so, I anticipate April’s numbers will be revised as well. It doesn’t change the narrative, though, that seems to be spreading through the media that the economy is tanking again. I don’t think it is. It’s just disappointing we didn’t see enough gains this month to give us an initial healthy report.

        Fortunately, it’s still a bit early. If what you say happens, by summer, we’ll be gaining a healthy amount of jobs again and this month won’t matter.

        • 65 Melanie
          May 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm

          I completely agree about the narrative that’s being formed. It’s the initial story that’s being reported and not the revisions; those get posted on page 67. The initial numbers have to get better and I believe they will.

  24. 66 collegekay
    May 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    He’s ridiculously attractive.

    Can’t wait till’ tomorrow.

  25. 68 carolyn
    May 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    To make Massachusetts 47th in job creation, Robney had to work very hard. That state has so many excellent educational institutions and high tech companies…..no wonder the people rode him out! That wasn’t just benign neglect, that was malignant machinations, and now we know he shipped some state jobs offshore!

  26. 69 Ladyhawke
    May 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    CHART: Under Obama, Economy Has Recovered All Private Sector Jobs Lost During Bush Recession


    As of April, there are now more private sector jobs in the United States than there were in January 2009, when President Obama took office. You read that right. We have now replaced all of the private sector jobs lost while Obama has been president. And that was no mean feat, given that over the course of 2009, the private sector shed about 4.2 million jobs.

    Unfortunately, the news is not nearly so good when it comes to the public sector, where there are currently 607,000 fewer people working than there were when President Obama took office.



  27. 73 utaustinliberal
    May 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    And for we Tech geeks, this is what I call a Fuck Yeah and a Hell No! Technology is great and can also be frustrating. The iPhone 4 and the Galaxy S II come out and they’re both kick ass phones and before one can fully enjoy them, the iPhone4S comes on the market and now the GalaxyS III comes out on the market just a couple months after the Galaxy S II. Don’t get me wrong, the features are sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet. It pretty much does everything and the Android software makes the iPhone weep, but it’s so frustrating that while you’re enjoying the Samsung Galaxy S II, they bring out the Samsung Galaxy S III to make you weep in agony and gnash your teeth. Ugh!

    p.s. The Samsung Galaxy S III has GREAT features, as frustrating as the too early roll out is.


  28. 74 GGail
    May 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    POTUS Barack Obama has a smile that lights up even the darkest room.

  29. 76 nintendowii10
    May 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Just saw Obama’s add attacking Mitt on his Swiss bank account here in Virginia on MSNBC!

  30. 77 Ladyhawke
    May 4, 2012 at 3:30 pm


    RANDI RHODES – FLASHBACK: Who REALLY Politicized What?


    All the handwringing and pantswetting that Republicans are doing about President Obama making a few comments about the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama Bin Laden are amazingly hypocritical – especially in light of the comments made by Republicans during the George W. Bush administration.

    If you’ve forgotten how much the GOP politicized the hell out war and fear – like most right-wingers seem to – watch this quick montage:


    If you’re looking for more articles showcasing the depth of the Republican hypocrisy on politicizing war, click through the links, below:


  31. 78 GGail
    May 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Look how smart President Obama’s Team is:

    This opportunity is so unique I wanted to make sure you knew all about it.

    For only $5, the Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee will put your name on a the Convention’s official stock car. Not corporations’ or lobbyists’ names; just the names of folks pitching in to build the grassroots network that’s making this convention possible.

    121 days from now, we will be at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina to celebrate the Carolinas, Virginia and the South. The free and family friendly Labor Day event will include many activities to welcome the delegates, the media, and the community to Charlotte, but this is your opportunity to participate in this important Convention today.

    The Convention’s official stock car will be showcased at the Labor Day event with the names of all the grassroots supporters on it. You will be able see your support (and mine) on the race car itself. It’s a simple way to illustrate a very big, and fundamental idea about why we’re different:

    This Convention is all about people like you, and making sure that more folks can participate in this process than ever before.

    Will you join me in giving $5 or whatever you can right now to add your name will be added to the “Powered by the American People” stock car alongside of mine?

    Together we can drive this country forward,


    David Axelrod
    Senior Strategist
    Obama for America

  32. May 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Our VP will be on Meet the Press this Sunday. At least I will be watching.

  33. 84 Don
    May 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Oh dear, seems as though Chen Guangcheng and his family will be allowed to fly to America.

  34. 86 Don
    May 4, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Tavis Smiley is on Martin Bashir’s show

    • May 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Just heard him. Gotta get the remote and mute.

    • 88 lisalovesobama
      May 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Why? 🙄

    • 89 Linda
      May 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      He went after Romney, not PBO…

      • 90 57andfemale
        May 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm

        Well that’s new for Tavis.

        • 91 Left-Indie
          May 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm

          Travis took his dig. Talking about how Obama should’ve concentrated more on the economy and jobs before healthcare. This is a line the GOP sells to the independents.

          • 92 57andfemale
            May 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm

            I know, and it has some effectiveness. That’s why I wish the President would put jobs and HCR together. He never does. And this bill will create millions of jobs and should be sold as such. What better way to employ American people than ministering to their health and wellness?

          • 93 Linda
            May 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm

            I just ignored that …..The Healthcare Law has created jobs every month…. Tavis is petty

          • 94 LDS
            May 4, 2012 at 5:19 pm

            If you are not healthy, feeling well.HOW THE HELLL CAN YOU WORK. LET ALONE LOOK FOR A JOB!

            Just saying……

  35. 95 AnitaW
    May 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm


    I know times are tough and uncertain, however, there are a lot of folks in Los Angeles who are not getting enough to eat. If you are able to contribute to the Los Angeles Food Bank, please take a moment to go to my fundaising page and give a little something. Even $5.00 goes a long way to providing a meal for 20 people in need.

    Thanks for your support


  36. May 4, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I guess Cornel West talks too much with his “big words” that the court had to charge him with contempt! Such an ass. BTW, It did not watch the segment with Tavis Smiley on Bashir. . . not worth my time!

  37. 97 lamh35
    May 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Saw The Avengers!!!! IT.WAS.AWESOME!!! It def lived up to the hype.

    • 98 sherijr
      May 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      oh good, I’m going to take my son this weekend 🙂

      • 99 lamh35
        May 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm

        be forewarned it’s at least 2 hours long closer to 2 1/2

        • 100 AnitaW
          May 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm

          The family and me are going tonight. I have so been looking forward to this movie. Even the long run time is not a problem to me. Glad it’s living up to the hype.

        • 101 sherijr
          May 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm

          really? wow I love long movies.. my son is almost 13 so he’ll enjoy that too. thanks for the headsup lamh 🙂

  38. 102 57andfemale
    May 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    • 103 L3
      May 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      This would be a great comeback for PBO in a debate. Hey Williard, you’ve been running for office for 18 years that makes you a career politician, just an unsuccessful one. BOOM! Drops mike, walks away.

  39. 106 Linda
    May 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    REVEALED: Full List Of ALEC’s Corporate Members


  40. May 4, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Massachusetts House leaders released a major proposal to control health care costs today, calling for creation of a new agency to monitor health spending and order reductions in hospital and doctor fees it finds excessive. The lawmakers project their plan would save families thousands of dollars over the next five years.

    The long-awaited bill would require the medical industry to cut the rate of growth of health spending in half, to about 3.7 percent a year, mirroring the overall growth in the Massachusetts economy.

    A new quasi-independent agency would oversee compliance with this goal, in part by investigating providers and insurers whose prices exceed the limit and in some cases requiring them to renegotiate fee increases.

    The legislation also takes aim at the extreme variation in prices that hospitals charge insurers and government payers for similar services. Investigations by the Globe Spotlight Team and Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office have documented that hospitals with market power –because of their reputation, location or specialized services — often charge much more than other hospitals for services of similar quality.


  41. May 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm


    Here’s what Andrew Sullivan quotes from The National Review (of all places!):
    (referring to past and future revisions in the jobs report…this is what pundits conveniently leave out.)

    “Including these revisions, nonfarm payrolls were up 168,000 and private payrolls were up 196,000, both beating consensus expectations. Some analysts ignore these revisions, but we think that’s a big mistake. Normal monthly revisions to the original payroll report have now been positive for ten straight months and have averaged about 40,000 per month during this period. As a result, without revisions, analysts have a systematically and downwardly biased impression about the job market.”

    • 109 Liberal Librarian
      May 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Um, I’m sorry, the National Review?? I’m just speechless that they would highlight this bit of reality-based reporting.

    • 110 57andfemale
      May 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      What passes for an ‘analyst’ these days……..

  42. 111 Linda
    May 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Mitt’s Corporate Raiders are more ruthIess than WaII Street lnfIicting PAlN on tens of Thousands of Americans when Romney came to town.

    1. $365 million Gain – Bankrupt: 2002 DADE BEHRING
    2. $102 million Gain – Bankrupt: 2002 AMPAD
    3. $100 million Gain – Bankrupt: 2000 STAGE STORES
    4. $93 million Gain – Bankruptcy: 2003 DETAILS
    5. $65 million Gain – Bankrupt: 2001 GS INDUSTRIES
    6. $36 million Gain- Bankrupt: 2003 DDI CORP
    7. $16.5 million Gain – Bankrupt: 2001 WORD WIDE GRINDING
    8. $1.5 million Gain – Bankrupt: 2009 DAMON CORP

    $779 million Total Take BANKRUPTING 8 Companies and RUlNlNG 10’s of THOUSANDS OF LIVES!










    h/t to a friend of mine…Phillip Taylor.

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