Marines salute President Obama as he arrives by helicopter at Chicago O’Hare International Airport to board Air Force One for his departure to Joplin

President Obama exits Air Force One on his arrival at Joplin Regional Airport

…. greeted by Missouri Gov Jay Nixon

…. greeted by Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean


Washington Post: President Obama will address Joplin High School’s graduating seniors in southwest Missouri late Monday, marking the one-year anniversary of the devastating tornado that destroyed an enormous path through the city and claimed 160 lives.

It was graduation night on May 22, 2011, too, when Joplin High School and more than 7,500 other buildings were destroyed by what has proven to be among the deadliest and costliest tornadoes in United States history….

….. Obama is expected to commemorate the losses as well as celebrate the success of the recovery effort so far in Joplin, where a temporary high school was set up at a local mall in time for the start of the 2011-12 school year.

More here

Aerial photo taken June 1, 2011 of tornado-damaged Joplin High School


….. at Joplin Regional Airport

…. greeting class Seniors before attending the 2012 Joplin High School commencement ceremony



President Obama wears a wristband with the word “Willdabeast” on it during the national anthem at the 2012 Joplin High School commencement ceremony

269 Responses to “Joplin”

  1. May 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Can’t wait for PBO.

  2. 8 Proud Former White House Intern
    May 21, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Truly awesome

  3. 9 Dudette
    May 21, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    I’ll be watching!

  4. 10 mtmarilyn
    May 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I can’t wait to hear his commencement speech! It will be so inspiring!!!!

  5. 11 lisalovesobama
    May 21, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Ed really going after Booker. Crooker going on his besty Maddcow’s show where he know he’ll get a lot of softball questions and a whole lotta open arms loving. coward!!!! Fricking rat bastard.

  6. 26 Dudette
    May 21, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Road to Recovery: Joplin one-year later (new video) – mentions the President’s visit today


  7. 28 COS
    May 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Chips and friends, here is a local stream of the Joplin commencement. It is streaming already.


  8. May 21, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom says his candidate created “well in excess” of 100,000 jobs.

    Soon it will be in the billions!

    • 32 anniebella
      May 22, 2012 at 4:23 am

      Whatever the number is , Mitt will not remember, but he’ll stand by whatever number Fehrnstrom say it is.

  9. 33 Dudette
    May 21, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Reuter slideshow — Joplin’s tornado: One year later

  10. 34 Liberal Librarian
    May 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Hey, just saw BWD’s tweet on the Ed Show!

  11. May 21, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Senior administration officials and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said they’re busy behind the scenes doubling their team to more than 100 federal and state financial experts and drawing on staff in 10 U.S. attorneys offices around the country. Matthew Stegman, an assistant U.S. attorney, has been tapped as the group’s lead coordinator, according to three sources familiar with the task force’s work.

    The unit has also delivered more than 20 civil subpoenas, collected more than a million documents and deposed many witnesses as it digs through the work of bankers, mortgage brokers, appraisers and others who from about 2004 to 2007 helped millions of Americans buy homes they couldn’t afford at prices that didn’t match their property values – all while bundling the mortgages into securities for sale to investors.

  12. 44 Dudette
    May 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I hear pomp and circumstance… [yay!]

  13. 45 amk for obama
    May 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm

  14. May 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Wil Smith at Celtics game.

  15. 50 amk for obama
    May 21, 2012 at 8:35 pm
    • 51 Dudette
      May 21, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      Brilliant!! I want a poster of that!

    • 61 99ts
      May 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      I just watched your President speaking about Bain (a bit late to the party here) & noticed that it was in response to a question at the NATO Summit news conference. As an “outsider” can someone explain to me WHY the media asks questions about an election campaign at such a time. In my world (Australia) this is just weird.

      I am continually amazed by PBO – that he answered the question in such an amazing way without using any of the GOP attack words – shows just how lucky you are to have such a President.

      • May 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm

        Thank you for your support of our beloved President. Our media players are wildly out of control. They’re blissfully unaware of protocol or common sense, only interested in the latest drama, usually manufactured by themselves. It’s embarrassing, to say the least.

        • 63 99ts
          May 21, 2012 at 8:58 pm

          Meta – thank you for replying – I do find your media weird – they seem to ignore your President’s role outside of basic internal issues – which I would have thought are more related to congress than the President. I probably need to study US Politics more to understand. 2008 was the first time I actually understood your structure and election process. (Everyone down under was concerned about the GOP candidates and policies). Our campaigns last 4-6 weeks and are publicly funded. I have volunteered for a political campaign but never donated money – your system is very different.

          • May 21, 2012 at 9:06 pm

            You understand quite well and are right about Congress! But for reasons perpetuated by those who pull the strings, the media care not to report on their shenanigans. Regrettably, our “system” is very much about money, moreso now than ever due to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Citizens United.

      • May 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm

        Oh they are craven, ignorant and incompetent. They are only interested in hot topics and soundbytes. They have done much worse than this though. They have brought up petty political battles from DC while he and the press were in other parts of the world. Its very embarrassing when foreign reporters are asking questions about the actual event the Prez is attending and then have a moron like Norah ODonnell from the US ask about something Boehner said.

    • May 21, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      It’s already all over FaceBook. love.it.

    • 67 susanne
      May 21, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      and drum roll please: this is the way the smartest person in the room turns a pig’s ear into a silk purse. poor cory didn’t know it, but he actually was serving the campaign, because now we’re all talking about how robme’s experience at bain is the exact opposite of the kind of experience needed for the presidency. pbo even got a nice question from the press, allowing him to expound on the topic from the presidential podium. thanks again, cory!

  16. 68 COS
    May 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Maybe Ed should run for office. He is advocating that E. Warren hold a press conference about her heritage.

  17. 76 xtine
    May 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Chips, sorry for my lack of skilzz. But , if it fits this threat, could you help in pulling over my comment at end of last threat w/ AMK’s comment?

    • May 21, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      Here you go:

      Xtine: Sense & Charisma = POTUS. Damn, I love this man!

      I am not a happy person w/ Mayor Booker’s idiocy in his role as surrogate. That’s why he was on MTP, not as Mayor Booker, but surrogate to the campaign. However, once I heard about today’s presser, I knew our POTUS would knock the knuckleheads out of the ballpark. Yes, they definitely need to put far better and more savvy surrogates up front. The good news: it happened now. The bad news: it took away from such an amazing few days of G8 and NATO. That should have been top of the news. We do have some really great surrogates: my Gov. O’Malley who has, BTW, an interesting Lt. Gov. (Anthony Brown).; Strickland has been on the ball, etc.. We can go on & on. Not to mention the non-politicos. That’s what is scaring the GOP. The self-inflicted Booker Mess will go away by “tomorrow.” I hear that there are a whole bunch of NY politocos going forth with the message tommorrow. Apologies if this has already been touched upon, just hitting the end of the thread and will work my way through.

      My thoughts: Booker gave them blunt darts. He succeeded in messing w/ his own career. His & Harold’s soundbites will only last for a couple of weeks at most. They are short-term pebbles in the road, not potholes or cliffs. Bottom line, Willard still has to explain why his tenure at Bain qualifies him to be President. And what about his one term in MA?

      Amk: Yup. mittbot cannot hide behind cory booker just like he hides behind ann. Tweeted your last graf.


      Xtine: Thank you, amk! Push! We truly need to push all our Dems to cut that fake equivalency crap. It’s so last century! We are 2012, effing new political generation. Get over it, GOP! Your same old tactics just aren’t going to work. Period!

      • 78 xtine
        May 21, 2012 at 11:56 pm

        Thank you, Chips! AMK put it all in a tweet. That’s exactly what I was trying to say in all my words. Thank you again, AMK. 🙂

        I don’t have a Twitter account but please keep up the fab work! If I could Tweet, I’d pox them w/ “You’re so last century.” to everything they put out and link stuff from that century. Shoot, go for Middle Ages to whatever they have to say, they are there already anyway!

        • 79 xtine
          May 22, 2012 at 12:10 am

          Damn, Chips, I had so many typos — I surely meant “thread” not “threat” but typos made me laugh! I have a silly sense of humor at times! Cheers!

  18. 80 yardarm756
    May 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Something tells me that what we are witnessing is the PBO chess game. Everybody’s looking at the board and ignoring the possible moves. Let’s not waste anymore time fretting about Booker. “Eyes on the Prize”! 4morefor44.

  19. May 21, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    By David Jackson, USA TODAY

    Updated: 2012-05-21 2:32 PM

    Actor Will Smith has a suggestion on who should play the title role in a movie about President Obama.

    Will Smith.

    “It’s about the ears,” Smith told the BBC during an interview to promote his latest flick, Men in Black III.

    “Barack and I have both got the (big) ears,” he noted, “so I’m the most natural choice.”

    Smith said he did speak with Obama about the prospect of a future movie project.

    “I told him, joking, it’s definitely something I would consider — you just have to write the ending,” Smith said.

    “So he’s working on the ending right now.”

    • 88 Dudette
      May 21, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      He’s been lobbying for that for a while now. I don’t see enough of a resemblance myself. Then again I didn’t think he’d be a good choice for Ali either and he knocked that one so far out of the park, the ball is still flying.

    • 89 anniebella
      May 21, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      Who will play FLOTUS? It has to be somebody great.

  20. 93 jacquelineoboomer
    May 21, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I’m late getting back here, so this m/h already been posted, but it’s the funniest yet. This guy either (a) wants a date; or (b) thinks Snark is the Deep Throat of 2012:

  21. 117 Fred
    May 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Hahaha, it took me like a minute to get the joke…shows just how slow I am today….G’nite TODers, from Prague…..

  22. 118 amk for obama
    May 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    • 119 amk for obama
      May 21, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      This IS huge.

      A senior Democratic senate source tells ThinkProgress that the Senate agreed to have a confirmation vote on the nomination of Paul Watford to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at 5:30 today. As we explained on Friday, Watford is one of President Obama’s most outstanding nominees — he is both relatively young and a former law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Watford’s confirmation also demonstrates the value of fighting to ensure that excellent nominees are confirmed. Earlier this year, when Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) threatened to force seventeen successive votes to break Senate Republican filibusters on judges, the Republican caucus eventually caved and allowed 14 judges through. Today, Reid’s decision to force a vote on a Supreme Court-level talent ended the minority’s streak of preventing President Obama from placing judges on the federal appeals court who have backgrounds that suggest they could be up for a promotion in the future.

      • 120 COS
        May 21, 2012 at 10:56 pm

        Oh wow, congratulations to Paul. I use to work with him. He is really a great guy and he did all of the appellate briefs at my former firm. I really like him.

  23. 123 amk for obama
    May 21, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Hilarious read.

    /dick pic warning.

  24. 125 #1 obama fan
    May 21, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I knew something was up with Corey Booger when I saw him a few weeks on the Ellen Show..I can’t remember exactly what he said,but the way he described the fire rescue..I just thought to myself this guy is alittle full of himself..but never giving it another thought until yesterday..I thought wow..there it is..President Obama is the quarter back..Corey Booger”wanna be surrogate\2nd string player” wanted to shine..now everyone can see exactly who the real C.B is straight from his mouth..I am with President Obama 100% and all the folks blowing hot sometimes and cold other times can kick rocks (not intended for TOD family..) Anywho time for W.H in performance special ..FOWARD 2012

  25. 126 lisalovesobama
    May 21, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    The Cow defending Crooker by saying he was just “off message” like Rubio, Christie, etc. She’s showing ad nauseam clips of repugs going “off message.” So she’s paving the way for Crooker by saying it was a mistake that everyone makes and everyone should just back off of Crooker. I was right. Looks like she’s gonna cuddle him. I only watched to see how she would introduce him. No wonder he went on to her show. fucker.

    • 127 miss pat
      May 21, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      What is the meaning of off message? Never did understand that phrase. Say what you mean and mean what you say.

  26. 128 Dudette
    May 21, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Ooooooo Chips. You snuck in some beautiful pictures!!

  27. 130 Lorraine
    May 21, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    No Booker, that was Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia!!!!! Not you, son!

    • 131 lisalovesobama
      May 21, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      you watching that? after her intro I became “nauseated” by the “distraction” that fool is creating. He should sit down and shut the f-up, instead of running to Mommy Dearest. Bastard. Please God, let the Think Progress article go viral. That toolbag still hasn’t learned his lesson.

      • 132 Lorraine
        May 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm

        He knows he missed up big time!!!! He has a world-class ego that went to far. He must not be that intelligent to equate what the GOP was doing with Wright with the Obama campaign’s public information request on Bain Capital.

        • 133 lisalovesobama
          May 21, 2012 at 9:21 pm

          is she asking anything other than softball questions?

          • 134 Lorraine
            May 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm

            She softball as you suspected. He had her at “marriage equality.” After that she pretty much melted. He was shuttering all through the interview and she didn’t challenge him one time.

  28. 135 amk for obama
    May 21, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    so how is rachel’s purification ceremony of cory going on ? has he been purified yet ?

    • 136 Liberal Librarian
      May 21, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      Meh. He’s saying the right words. But it’s all about him. Although he is being gung-ho on PBO. So, meh.

      • 137 lisalovesobama
        May 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm

        of course it’s all about him. he’s doing damage control for himself. I only hope that the TP article gets major play. that scumball should come clean.

      • May 21, 2012 at 9:34 pm

        I don’t think he gets it. He thinks all we need to hear is how much he loves him some Obama. Its not.

    • 139 lisalovesobama
      May 21, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      I only watched her intro to see how she was gonna smooth it over for him. Boy was that a snow job. So ludicrous! She basically said he “went off message” which is something alot of repugs did. she showed video clip after video clip of repugs going off message and said that Crooker’s recant vid basically said the same thing PBO said today about private equity. She really tried hard to pull the wool over her audience’s eyes. She is so stupid. I stopped watching as soon as she started to let him talk. I don’t got time for that bullshit.

      • 140 amk for obama
        May 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm

        So he is still defending ‘private equity’ shite.

        • 141 lisalovesobama
          May 21, 2012 at 9:24 pm

          don’t know. didn’t listen to him talk but The Cow surely was shoveling a whole lotta shit on his behalf.

          • 142 lisalovesobama
            May 21, 2012 at 9:25 pm

            in her intro she called him ‘the firebrand progressive mayor blah, blah, blah, bullshit, wa-wa-wa, charlie brown…” 🙄

  29. 143 #1 obama fan
    May 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    love love President Obama really enjoying Diane Krall’s performance..

  30. 147 Dudette
    May 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I hope it hurts when the IRS tears them a new one…
    Group calls on Kentucky church to give up tax exemptions over anti-Obama sermon

    Americans United for Separation of Church and State has filed a complaint with the IRS over a preacher in Kentucky who told his congregation to vote President Barack Obama out of office this November.

    “Religious leaders have every right to address public issues, but they cannot turn their tax-exempt ministries into political action committees,” Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, said. “If houses of worship want to be partisan and dive into electoral politics, they ought to give up their tax exemptions.”

    Pastor Ronnie Spriggs of Hager Hill Freewill Baptist Church said during a Sunday service that Obama should not be re-elected because of his recent endorsement of same sex marriage.

    “Did y’all hear that? He said that he believes that gays ought to have the right to marry in the United States. That’s the president of the United States who said that. Amen. I don’t know about you folks, but I’m going on record and I don’t care who knows it. I want the guy out,” Spriggs said.

    “This country can’t afford that kind of ideology in that office,” he added. “Amen. That’s too high office. I can disagree with anyone and we can go on, but when a man sits in the highest seat in this country and my freedom and your freedom is in his hands, I can’t afford for that man to have that kind of ideology and be that far against Christ.”

    “We need to really be prayerful, and we need to get active,” Spriggs later said. “If you’ve ever opened your mouth, you better open it now. Between now and November, God’s people ought to thunder this country. We ought to let this country know that we will not be silent on these issues.”

    Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code prohibits charities and churches from intervening in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate. The IRS has been reluctant to revoke churches’ tax-exempt status for violating the 52-year-old IRS rule, but the agency has issued written warnings to dozens of churches.

    Americans United for Separation of Church and State said it had reported more than 100 violations of the rule since 1996.

    • 148 Pamela
      May 21, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      It would surely be good for the economy if churches had to pay their fair share. Especially the LDS and the Catholic churches.

    • 149 anniebella
      May 22, 2012 at 4:40 am

      I wonder did Spriggs support POTUS before he announce his decision about SSM, if not you can’t miss a vote you never had.

  31. May 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Well, Cory Booker feels Guilty. He tried his hardest to say he is sorry.
    That is what I heard.
    Then, he is very angry with GOP for using Him.
    Basically saying he got played.
    Well, Cory, they are not your Friends. Sooner you realize that the better. And quit hanging out with Christie!
    That is all!

    • 151 lisalovesobama
      May 21, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      who cares? He can apologize till his face literally turns blue. I don’t give a F. To me, he’s done. Stick a fork in him and turn him over.

      • May 21, 2012 at 9:32 pm

        Yeah. Fuck him. He showed his true colors. He didn’t misspeak. He didn’t error – he spoke from the heart. He’s a neo-liberal. He wants less regulation, is in the back pockets of Wall Street and doesn’t give two shits about the poor and working class.

    • May 21, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      I don’t buy it. He KNOWS these things already. Stop acting innocent. WE all know these things. MAYOR Booker didn’t?

    • 154 Jenny
      May 21, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      he can say sorry, but that won’t erase the MTP video Romney will use to bash Obama

      sadly, he’s only trying to bail water from his sinking 2014 senate campaign, but this was a fireable offense.

    • 155 jackiegrumbacher
      May 21, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      How stupid do you have to be to get played by the GOP. Has he been hiding out in a kindergarten for the last ten years. This is the lamest excuse ever. A middle schooler would know he/she would be used by the GOP thugs. He’s asking us to believe he’s more naive than a 12-year old.

  32. 156 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Okay the commencement is being live streamed now 🙂

  33. 157 Liberal Librarian
    May 21, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Why doesn’t Chrome like streaming video? Had to switch to Firefox.

  34. 158 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Just a gentle reminder… Joplin is a red county in a red state. A preponderance of Repubs.

  35. 164 Bill R.
    May 21, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    No apologies from Cory Booker. Leave poor Bain alone, forget about those impoverished abandoned workers. Bain is special.

    • 165 lisalovesobama
      May 21, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      “leave Bain alone”
      ———is that what he said? is that what that freak said? really? that’s what he said?

    • 166 lisalovesobama
      May 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      I know it’s not a direct quote, but basically, is that what he said?

  36. 167 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Is this the school principal?

  37. 169 Dudette
    May 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    I don’t know this superintendent dude or the kids, but they’re making me cry.

  38. 171 Dudette
    May 21, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Anybody think Lt Dan Choi will give PBO props for this?
    Transgender advocates praise ‘historic’ EEOC ruling

    The Transgender Law Center hailed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Monday as its recent ruling on transgender employees went into effect.

    The EEOC, the federal agency that interprets and enforces laws against workplace discrimination, ruled in April that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects transgender workers from employment discrimination.

    “This is a historic day for human rights in the United States,” Masen Davis, the executive director of the The Transgender Law Center.

    “From the Deep South to my home state of Missouri, starting today transgender and gender non-conforming people now have legal recourse if they face discrimination on the job. We no longer have to be silent when we are fired or not hired simply for being who we are. If you think you are being targeted for harassment or discrimination at work, I urge you to contact your local EEOC office and file a complaint.”

    The EEOC held that “intentional discrimination against a transgender individual because that person is transgender” was sex discrimination and therefore a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act…[more in the article]

  39. 172 Diane
    May 21, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I know the Governor means well…but he should just make it short and let the President speak–Because he will tell it with more feeling and elan. The man can speak!

  40. 173 Dudette
    May 21, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Now here’s a kid who lives up to his name
    Student wins right to wear ‘Jesus is not a homophobe’ shirt

    The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Monday affirmed an Ohio high school junior’s First Amendment right to wear a T-shirt with the slogan “Jesus Is Not a Homophobe” to school.

    Maverick Couch, an openly gay junior at Waynesville High School, wore the shirt during the National Day of Silence in April 2011. The day of silence is meant to bring attention to anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.

    School officials said the shirt was “indecent and sexual in nature” and ordered Couch to turn his shirt inside out. He complied with the order. In 2012, he asked the principal for permission to wear the shirt again, but was told he would be suspended if he did so.

    Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit against the school on behalf on Couch, claiming the school violated his First Amendment rights.

    “We’re very happy for Maverick and all LGBT students in Ohio,” said Christopher Clark, Senior Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal. “If school officials had any doubt before, it’s clear now: First Amendment rights apply to all students on every day of the year, and efforts to silence LGBT youth will not go unchallenged…” [more in the article]

  41. May 21, 2012 at 9:37 pm

  42. 180 Cheryllou
    May 21, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Jeez louise when is this Gov going to stop talking. Doesn’t he realize that the President had a looooonng day??

  43. 181 Dudette
    May 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Obama says very concerned by al Qaeda in Yemen


    CHICAGO — US President Barack Obama said Monday the United States was very worried about the threat posed by an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen after the group massacred almost 100 soldiers in a huge suicide blast.

    Obama pledged to work with the Yemeni government to crack down on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) which has been blamed for several Yemeni-based attempts to blow up US airliners and cargo planes.

    “We are very concerned about Al-Qaeda and extremist activity in Yemen,” Obama told reporters at a NATO summit devoted to ensuring that Al-Qaeda is not allowed to regroup in another one-time terror haven, Afghanistan.

    Obama said there was no doubt that Yemen’s poverty and instability attracted extremists, and added that Washington, which has used drones to take out leaders of AQAP, had a robust counter-terror operation there.

    “We’re going to continue to work with the Yemeni government to try to identify AQAP leadership and operations and try to thwart them,” Obama said.

    “That’s important for US safety, it’s also important for the stability of Yemen and for the region…” [more in the article]

  44. May 21, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    • 183 amk for obama
      May 21, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      See josh? Good boy.

    • May 21, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      I know this Guy screwed up, as I have espoused, but he was played.
      He thought the GOP was his buddy, Boy did he learn the hard way.
      Not only that, but can you Imagine what Axelrod told Him? Like, don’t mess with us Kid, we will take you down. Seriously.
      He looked scared, on Madcows Show.
      Not Kidding.

      • 186 Jenny
        May 21, 2012 at 9:57 pm

        it was a lot more than that. He was playing up to wall street donors for his 2014 senate run. it was all about what’s good for Corey. Even in this interview, he didn’t take the opportunity to fix his mistake on supporting vulture capitalists. He stuck with highlighting difference btwn him and romney on social issues, which is hardly courageous in the very socially liberal new jersey/wall street.

      • May 21, 2012 at 10:36 pm

        I don’t believe he was played at all. He’s one of the players here. Do you remember a year or two ago when a NJ Dem in the state senate went running to the paper crying that Christie betrayed him? They had some kind of deal and Christie went back on it. What Dem, after seeing this, would think that the GOP was their buddy? I strongly believe Booker is playing the game here and he got caught. He thought no one was looking…until Sunday.

        I’m usually part of the group that says we shouldn’t trash other Dems, etc. etc. But this one really burns me up. Even right now as I see people on twitter saying we should move on and stick by Cory and all I wanna do is yell, “Fuck Cory Booker”. He didn’t think of us or the Obama camp when that garbage was coming from his mouth. He wasn’t being a team player when we first reacted to his statements. He doubled down!

        Grrrr….It makes me so mad.

    • 188 Jenny
      May 21, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      He really came off as someone trying to save his own political future

      • 189 susanne
        May 21, 2012 at 10:18 pm

        yes, and that’s why he’s not going to have one. just watch how pbo turns the question of how to campaign, into a question of how to lead the nation. pbo always returns to the main topic, which is the people, the nation, and world peace and prosperity. if your main focus is your campaign money, then you have nothing to offer the electorate. seems to me booker has had a better opportunity than most to learn from the best, and he’s squandered it. too bad.

  45. May 21, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Obama has no public events scheduled.
    12:35 AM
    Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews.
    12:50 AM
    Obama arrives at the White House.
    1:45 PM
    Biden travels to Keene, New Hampshire to deliver remarks at a campaign event.
    5:45 PM
    Biden travels to Boston, Massachusetts to attend a campaign event.

  46. 191 Dudette
    May 21, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    PBO – “The job of a commencement speaker, primarily, is to keep it short…” Ha, ha, ha! Was that a jab at the Governor? 🙂

    • 192 amk for obama
      May 21, 2012 at 9:43 pm


    • 193 jacquelineoboomer
      May 21, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      I’m not even sure I remember who the speaker was at my commencement! But if it were the President of the United States – this President – I’m sure I’d never forget! This is so great for these students.

  47. 194 #1 obama fan
    May 21, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Stevie..Effie !!!!! whoa..

  48. May 21, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    • 196 Cha
      May 21, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      That’s the thing, imv..did he think it through as to whether he would be “defined by it”?

      He got “played” but he didn’t have to offer himself up for being tossed around.

      And, Katrina Van Hoeval, tweeted: “et tu, Cory Booker” and something about “False Equivalencies”. Got it much better than Rachel.

  49. 198 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Huge applause when PBO mentioned giving post-it notes to Congress!!

    #IstandwithObama is now trending on Twitter.

  50. 199 #1 obama fan
    May 21, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    oops Alfie..nt Effie..musta had a Dream Girls moment.lol

  51. 200 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 9:56 pm

  52. 202 Liberal Librarian
    May 21, 2012 at 9:56 pm

  53. 203 prettyfoot58
    May 21, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Great interview with Mr Jealous of the NAACP….

    • 204 isonprize
      May 21, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      Hey pf58!! I hope to catch up with you over the next few days, weeks. I’ll probably be in on Thursday, but not again until after Memorial Day.

  54. 205 Squarepeg
    May 21, 2012 at 10:02 pm


  55. May 21, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Martin Bashir is great!

  56. 213 mtmarilyn
    May 21, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    What an inspiring message to the class of 2012 in Joplin! I have tears! We have such a great President!

  57. May 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Martin Bashir tonight:

    of course Willard’s time at Bain, and private equity are fair game, because these jokers are the bottom of the reason why the world was brought to the edge of financial collapse just 3 years ago.


    Corey, how come Bashir understands this and your ass doesn’t?

  58. May 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    What a beautiful commencement address by President Obama. He addressed their tragedy and gave them hope and confidence and inspiration for the future—–“because they’re from Joplin”. President Obama always rises above expections.

  59. 219 Lovepolitics2008
    May 21, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Great speech by Pres Obama. Another of his numerous teaching moments. It was moving.

    He never stops to preach about the need for people to work together. He never quits, doesn’t he ?

  60. 220 prettyfoot58
    May 21, 2012 at 10:12 pm



    the venom will be gone soon….

    the more hate we consume the more it consumes us….


    • 222 miss pat
      May 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      Not interested in seeing Bill. His office is not too far from me. If I see him I’d just ignore hime. Doubtful though, he is never there.

  61. 223 Liberal Librarian
    May 21, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    This is what sort of stuck with me from tonight’s interview:

  62. 224 Dudette
    May 21, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Hey, does anybody know the story behind the “Wildabeast” bracelet the President is wearing in the pictures from the commencement?

  63. 227 itgurl_29
    May 21, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I totally forgot the Barach White House special was airing tonight!

    • 228 hopefruit2
      May 21, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Check your PBS listings to see whether they’re re-playing it later throughout the night or later this week.

  64. 229 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 10:24 pm

  65. May 21, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Krystal Ball is so on point re. Booker. There was no real apology from Booker—-he just pivoted to social issues he supported to misdirect. Both Ball and Kornacki are not letting him off the hook. Saying he is not a beloved figure in Newark. He is a beloved figure by his Wall St. benefactors. In other words, it was all about himself, his ambition and his pipeline to the big dough. Also are mentioning his endless self-promotion on twitter which I have noticed also and have found almost “nauseating”.

    • May 21, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      I enjoyed that segment too

    • 234 lisalovesobama
      May 21, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      i know!! she was killing it!!!! She was like, he just made himself look like another politician. he’s self-serving. He posted a pic on twitter of himself shoveling snow. why? she was all on his ass!!! Love her! Steve was great too, talking bout the W Strt money. Get his ass!!!!

    • 237 Ladyhawke
      May 21, 2012 at 10:44 pm


      Krystal Ball was spot on. And Steve Kornacki said he has been covering Cory Booker for 10 years. But for Cory Booker to be outraged that the Republican Party is using his words against President Obama. Are you freakin kidding me? Where has he been for the last three and a half years. That’s their stand operating mode. What did he expect. Is he that naive? He’s supposed to be so smart and politically connected. As those words were leaving his lips, you are telling me it didn’t occur to him that he had gone way over the line? And he calls himself a surrogate? Thanks for nothing Cory. Cry me a river. I was not impressed with the interview. And don’t even get me started with equating Rev Wright with President Obama asking legitimate questions about Mitt Romney’s record at Bain. After all, Mitt Romney himself has said look at my record at Bain.

      • 238 Cha
        May 21, 2012 at 11:13 pm

        More disingenuousness from Cory Booker if he’s shocked..shocked I tell ya..that the cons are using his words against the PBO Campaign. Less pics of Cory and more studying Reality for Mayor Booker. Rhodes Scholar or not..it was dumb dumb dumb..for him and our President’s Re-Election Campaign.

        I can only imagine the real shock of some Dems watching him on MTP and hearing the words come out of his mouth. Even those who really knew him. It’s called shooting yourself in the feet, dude.

    • 239 sabreen60
      May 21, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      Krystal Ball is fierce. I had read about Booker previously. That’s why I said I have not been a fan. I didn’t expect him to go on national TV with his bashing, but I knew of his Wall Street ties and that the “common” folks weren’t so enamored with him.

    • 240 Cha
      May 21, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      Sooo Good to Know, dotster! I don’t have tv and have never seen Krystal Ball but have enjoyed reading about her on TOD.

      Booker is so not like PObama who gives real heartfelt apologies and moves on. That’s what it would have taken but now he can’t really move on and “risks being defined by it” as Josh Marshall tweeted.

    • 242 daisydem
      May 21, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Never in my life have I seen such compassion, regard for other people, and the charisma to convey those things in one individual … he is so special, and we are so lucky, and I just fervently wish that everyone could feel the same way (this does not mean a blanket approval of all policies) but of the man, to recognize greatness and recognize what he is trying so hard to do for this country. May God bless him always and protect him.

  66. 243 Lorraine
    May 21, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Martin is looking pretty sharp tonight. The cut of his suit is perfect.

  67. 244 itgurl_29
    May 21, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    POTUS looks extra handsome on this PBS special.

  68. 245 Dudette
    May 21, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Congressman John Lewis == American Hero

    (Martin Bashir has him on)

  69. 248 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 21, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    It will be a major boost for all the righteous defenders of the Republic to have Tom Barrett defeat Walker on 5 June …

    Please do whatever you can to support that victory. At this point the #KOCHSTERS are out spending Tom Barrett 25 to 1!



  70. 250 Cha
    May 21, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Thanks sooo much for all these pics and vids from Joplin, Chips! Such a beautiful ceremony with PObama at the end of this day.

  71. May 21, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Bashir just reminded me of President Obama’s most important life lesson which he mentioned more than once tonight at the commencement——it’s not what happens to you, it’s how you respond. At one point he said something similar to ‘you respond with grace, dignity, determination’—and you keep marching forward, and I thought President knows this life lesson so well. It’s what he does. It’s who he is.

  72. 253 amk for obama
    May 21, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    guess klein is now officially the beltway pundtwit.

  73. May 21, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Bashir slays me when he is just looking into the camera talking about Willard. Nobody shivs Willard on practically a daily basis with so much gusto as Bashir.

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