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Memorial Day

Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Day


160 Responses to “Memorial Day”


  1. 1 Elle in MI
    May 28, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Hello

  2. 6 vcprezofan2
    May 28, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I’m here.

    • May 28, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Keep paddling VC, you’ll get there!

      • 8 vcprezofan2
        May 28, 2012 at 1:06 pm

        Thanks, CC! DO you know if this method of transportation is faster than my turtle (probably not if I have to do the paddling)? Oh, but does it come with the paddler? Yes? I’LL TAKE HIM……I mean IT! I’ll take it, thanks. 😀

    • 9 ChristiMTL
      May 28, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Same time…but Elle is first lol………….ahhhh Vic

      • 10 vcprezofan2
        May 28, 2012 at 1:07 pm

        I’ll have you know that in the case of a tie I’m ALWAYS first…. at least in my own mind. That’s how I manage to be gracious. 😉

  3. 11 ScottyUrb
    May 28, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    God bless him. And God bless all who have fallen.

  4. 12 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 28, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Besides Chips most excellent ‘GOPolitico’ video, please do spread this one to as many as possible ….

    Thank you

    #AmericaThisIsNotATest
    #PRESSON

    • 13 vcprezofan2
      May 28, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Yes, I do really like this one Bobfr, mainly because it’s so understated. i tweeted it a couple of times last night. Thanks for the reminder. Commendations, even if I can’t give you a picture award! 😆

    • 16 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      May 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      I’m sure you’ll all want to extend your Memorial Day greeting to #chickenhawkMitt and his brood of #chicklethawks ….

      #PRESSON

      • 17 GGail
        May 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm

        Bobfr – I am so in awe of your skills and talents.
        I thank you for YOUR service and support in the re-election of President Obama.

  5. 18 LOL
    May 28, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Why is Romney hiding behind McCain’s skirt? Could he be ashamed that he did not serve, his father did not serve, his grandfather did not serve, and his 5 sons are not serving? But never fear, he wants to send other peoples sons to war.

    • 19 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      May 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Well, the wifey is off doing her thing so I guess he has to find another skirt to hide behind ….

      Be sure to follow ‘Rafalca Romney’ to know the real scoop on Ms Ann …

      #PRESSON

    • 21 ChristiMTL
      May 28, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      I’m going to tweet this………

    • May 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      And I just see on Chgo Trib website that Willard has a “big lead” with veterans. This I don’t get at all. In spite of the tradition, are they not paying attention to all that President Obama has done to ease the lives of veterans and all that Michelle and Jill have done for military families? This kind of stuff makes me furious because it’s senseless. Doesn’t anyone think any more? They just go with their gut as if they don’t have a brain and the ability to read and learn about the changes that have occurred. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

  6. 23 0388jojothecat
    May 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Good Morning (West Coast still morning) /Afternoon to Chips and TOD Family. I want to thank all veterans past and present for your service to this great country of ours and to their families. I am thankful that we have a place like the TOD to hear about the greatest president, PBO and his never waivering commitment to our men and women in the service.

  7. 24 vcprezofan2
    May 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    CBC in the news re election and it’s a positive action on their part

    http://truth-out.org/news/item/9418-congressional-black-caucus-rallies-preachers-to-tackle-voter-id-laws

  8. 25 Ladyhawke
    May 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    John McCain Calls Romney’s Tenure At Bain Capital ‘Cruel’ (VIDEO)

    ————————————

    During an appearance on Fox News with host Chris Wallace, McCain talked about Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital, and I’m sure Mitt Romney is not happy about it. You see, McCain confirmed what most of us have known for years. McCain says Romney’s record at Bain Capital was the “cruel” part of the free enterprise system.

    “This is the free enterprise system. The only place in the world that I can recall where companies never failed was the old Soviet Union. This is what investors do in the free enterprise and capitalism system. And, yes, the free enterprise system can be cruel. But the problem with this administration is that small businesses have been the ones that have suffered the most, the kind that need investors, the kind that don’t need the hundreds of pages, the thousands of pages of regulations that continue to plague them and have them continue to hold back on hiring and investment.”

    ——————————————-

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/05/28/john-mccain-calls-romneys-tenure-at-bain-capital-cruel-video/

    • 26 57andfemale
      May 28, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Asshole.

      When was the last time a Republican said anything remotely truthful?

      What was ‘bad’ for small business was the Bush administration blowing up the economy, with no funds left to borrow, you asshole McCain.

      I remember in 2008, you went riding in on your white horse to ‘help’ while Congress was negotiating the terms of the bailout CAUSED BY REPUBLICANS. For a second, they were scared shitless, and PBO and Chris Dodd had a set of conditions that had teeth to them. Then McCain rode in, gave cover to the assholes, and all the decent conditions got stripped out. I remember it distinctly. This, from the idiot who said “our economic fundamentals are sound’ while the economy was crashing.

      McCain, do you even READ the studies that show that regulations aren’t doing shit to hurt the economy? Unless ‘free enterprise’ means toasters that blow up and “get your own food safety test, you wimps” is how you want our food supply to function.

      You are a liar.

      • 27 theo67
        May 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm

        I love the beginning and the end of your rant, and the parts in between are righteous.

      • 30 Bill
        May 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm

        After McCain left his first wife for Cindy he worked for her father’s beer distributorship as a beer salesman before running for Congress. Selling Budweiser in Arizona must have been a very challenging business experience. He is using this “vast” private sector experience to comment on business regulations.

        • 31 anniebella
          May 28, 2012 at 3:35 pm

          John McCain has become a senile old fool, and it is ashame that he has let his bitterness in losing to President Obama turn him into that senile old fool, instead of a real leader of the Senate, who would work with Democrats for the good of the country. Instead what we saw from him was him becoming more radical like those tea party nuts.

  9. 32 Roberta in MN
    May 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    McCain is an angry OLD MAN. I am thankful everyday he never became president. He is one sick person. Thank you Mr. President for taking care of our troops. Now I have to tell my son and brother that I appreciate their service to our country. be back later. Have a good one. 🙂

    • 33 globalcitizenlinda
      May 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      thank you, your son, your brother and your entile family for serving this country.

      It is good to have a CIC who appreciates the immense sacrifces made by the millitary and their families. one of the things I usually tell people is that there is no greater symbol of President Obama’s comittment than the fact that the person closest to him (Mrs Obama) has the issue of the current and veterans as her number one priority..

  10. May 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    How is that Girl, that said she was going through that Tropical Storm?
    Also, You know what gets me? Is when their are Surfers in the Water.
    Are they nuts?

    • 35 CEB
      May 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      We are doing well; some felled trees, lots of rain, but no high winds. A few injuries (someone drove into a downed tree late at night). Even though the beaches were closed after there were too many rescues on Saturday, the surfers alwways come out regardless of this. Thiis is the only time that this area gets any real waves, but they are still idiots. BTW, this “Girl” is a 58 year old woman. Thanks for asking about us.

  11. May 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Did you all hear Chuck Hagel’s introduction of PO? It was simply wonderful and filled with respect, thanks and praise for both PO and MO.

  12. 38 Ladyhawke
    May 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    The Obama Administration Supports the Troops In Deed as Well as Word

    By: Sarah Jones

    —————–

    The Obama administration, from the President and First Lady to the Vice President and his wife, is one hundred percent behind our troops in compassionate initiatives and honorable policy that match their words. This is worth mentioning because it’s highly unusual.

    If you haven’t been aware of the extraordinary work that Dr. Jill Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama have done through their “Joining Forces” organization, maybe you heard Joe Biden’s speech this weekend; the one that moved people to tears with its raw emotion on the issue of loss.
    //
    Romney “defended his five sons’ decision not to enlist in the military, saying they’re showing their support for the country by ‘helping me get elected.’” This is the same Romney who is pushing vouchers for veterans healthcare.

    ——————-

    http://www.politicususa.com/obama-reminds-americans-memorial-day.html

  13. May 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Gallup says, Robney has a 95 point lead amongst Klignons!

  14. 40 cat48
    May 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    That story on Ann’s dressage horses makes me a little queasy since Romney wants to repeal Healthcare & there are so many folks who don’t have the healthcare they need on a regular basis, BUT Ann’s horse gets a regular anti-inflammatory injection. Just doesn’t sit right……

  15. 41 Ladyhawke
    May 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Give ‘Em Hell, Barry

    by EJ Dionne

    ——————————

    As a longtime advocate of the Truman approach (and a fan of Give ‘Em Hell Harry and his way of doing politics), I think Obama is doing the right thing. Critics of the battling style miss what Obama needs to get done in this campaign and also ignore the extent to which so many of his foes refuse to treat him in a presidential way. Far better for him to be a fully engaged fighter with passion for what he’s saying than a distant, regal figure pretending that the other side is playing by a dainty set of rules.
    //
    There is also an advantage in Obama directly taking on Romney’s background in private equity at Bain Capital. By raising these questions himself, Obama signaled that he would not let criticisms from such Democrats as Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker force him to back down from a challenge he knows he needs to lodge against Romney’s claims as a “job creator.” By the end of last week, Booker had eased off while the Bain issue was still alive, to the point that even Rush Limbaugh was forced to acknowledge that private equity was about profit-making, not job creation.

    ———————–

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/05/28/give_em_hell_barry_114282.html

    • 42 Cha
      May 28, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks for that Ladyhawke!

      “And if Republicans wish to argue that Obama’s vigorous anti-Romney campaigning is un-presidential, they have to answer for George W. Bush’s unashamed attacks against Democrat John Kerry in 2004. Sara Fagen, an adviser to Bush in that campaign, recently told Peter Baker of The New York Times that Bush “almost never mentioned” Kerry, “certainly not this early.”

      The truth of this depends on what the meaning of the word “almost” is. In February 2004, for example, Bush mocked Kerry — he referred to him as “one senator from Massachusetts” – as being “‘for tax cuts and against them. For NAFTA and against NAFTA. For the Patriot Act and against the Patriot Act. In favor of liberating Iraq and opposed to it.” The next month, Bush accused Kerry by name of being “willing to gut the intelligence services” with a “deeply irresponsible” proposal to cut intelligence spending. There is no record of Republicans complaining that these political assaults were beneath a president.”

      Par for the course gopoop’s hypocrisy.

  16. 43 theo67
    May 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    This Vietnam Veterans Memorial speech is tremendous, touching and awesome.

  17. 44 cat48
    May 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    This ceremony is moving too. Bagpipes can sound so sad & then Taps……Very touching along with the song. wow

    • 45 anniebella
      May 28, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      A touching ceremony today, to thank the Vietnam veterans for their service is something long over due.

    • 46 vcprezofan2
      May 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      Unfortunately for me I missed it, so will have to wait to see it later.

  18. 47 yardarm756
    May 28, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Finally. I and my fellow warriors are at peace! The recognition of our service took on a very personal note for me.
    As I type this through tears of pride and relief, I wish to thank Admiral Chips and the TOD family for your kindness. Your notes and expressions of concern on my behalf were moving.
    Most of all a big THANK YOU to Jaqui. You are a sweetheart.
    This is an indicator that I’ve returned,eh? 😉

    • 48 theo67
      May 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      Nice. Thanks for your service, Yardarm. The appreciation of the Vietnam troops today and at the medal ceremony last week were long overdue.

    • May 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      As POTUS said, WELCOME HOME. And thank you.

      • 51 yardarm756
        May 28, 2012 at 3:35 pm

        It was my honor!

        • 52 HZ
          May 28, 2012 at 4:23 pm

          Yardarm756, thank you so very much for your service. My heart was so full as I heard the president speak today at both services, but especially at the Vietnam program. His words were so powerful in that he delivered them with much convictions, compassion, truth and respect for our troops who served so bravely in that war. I sat crying just giving thanks for how POB expressed his thanks to those who fought in that war, and I felt that it was a long overdue honor that he bestowed to all of you today. What pride you must feel in your heart to hear a CIC speak with such grace, respect and honor for your service and your friends alike.

          I felt very moved with pride to know that we helped elect such a wonderful, caring, and compassionate persond to be out 44th President of these United States. His speech was very moving, and then to watch he and FLOTUS interact in the ceremony was totally moving. We are so blessed to have POB as our CIC.

          I hope and pray that God will give us all the strength to continue to be with POB to help him to continue to do the right thing for our military men and women and their families. We need this beautiful soul to continue with us.

          Thank you again, Yardarm756. Your service to this nation gives me an opportunity to give thanks for your life and your family’s sacrifice as well.

          ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Thank you Yardarm756 for your service))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) HZ

    • 54 desertflower
      May 28, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Been in and out today, but I would like to say a very special thank you, to you, yardarm…for service to a grateful nation. To all veterans and their families, many thanks for the selfless sacrifice of all those that have served.

    • 58 jackiegrumbacher
      May 28, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Yardarm. the president’s Vietnam speech was a thing of beauty. What a turbulent time that was–so many raw feelings and such anger. A few thoughtless people put aside their compassion and took their frustrations out on our returning troops. It was shameful behavior and put such a needless burden those who came home. Those who didn’t live through those times just can’t understand how out of control it all seemed. The president was just a child at the time of the war, but he’s accepted the responsibility of trying to make things right for Vietnam vets. I’d like to add my thank you to his for all that you did to serve your country and to protect all of us. It’s so long overdue.

    • 59 isonprize
      May 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      Hey Yardarm. You are the coolest sailor I know!! Thank you for your service, absolutely!!

      I also give thanks for my dad, CMSgt, USAF, retired. (Chief Master Sergeant, United States Air Force) For the “non military brats” among us TODers, CMSgt is the highest enlisted rank in the Air Force. He was very proud of his service and so am I!!

      For any military among us TODers, that rank is the guy even officers don’t mess with. Yardarm, you know, sorta like a US Navy Chief Warrant Officer. But of course, a CWO would disagree, because nobody else is like a CWO.

    • 60 Waltjack
      May 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      I too feel a great deal more welcome after this ceremony. My thanks to PBO for being the president who says to me Thank You for Your Vietnam Service. Thanks also to the TOD family.

    • 61 globalcitizenlinda
      May 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      thank you very much for your service to this nation and to us all

    • May 29, 2012 at 9:05 am

      Completely wonderful to see you back Yardarm, missed ya! I hope you’re doing okay? Thrilled you’re back on duty!

  19. 63 ChristiMTL
    May 28, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    McCain was interrupted by someone in the audience 4 minutes into his own remarks, and the person was hustled away by Secret Service.

    “Jerk,” McCain said to scattered cheers of the mostly older audience.

    He was really presidential material wasn’t he?

    .

  20. 67 Linda
    May 28, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    San Diego, California
    Friday, May 25, 2012

    Mitt Romney will honor veterans on Memorial Day at the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center in San Diego, California. Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member and Vietnam War Navy veteran John McCain will also speak. Romney said he is “honored to be celebrating Memorial Day this year with John McCain. I don’t have to tell John’s story; the world already knows it. But it is what today’s holiday is all about: sacrifice, valor, honor, courage, and love of country.” The Senator endorsed Romney for President in January in New Hampshire right before the state’s Republican primary.

    Today, the Romney campaign released a new web video “Thank You.”

    Yuk…gag me. ( I am running for President, for Pete’s sake )

    • 68 theo67
      May 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      I wonder if Mitt will say anything about the millions he wants to cut from the Veterans Association? Or the wars he’s itching to start with foreign countries? Or the fact that he was upset that the troops came home from Iraq or that a deadline was set for the end of the war in Afghanistan? Probably not…

    • 71 COS
      May 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      Like PBO said we can ‘t just talk the talk, we need to walk the walk. Talk is cheap. Repugs only talk.

    • 72 Bill
      May 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      I hope Willard tells his inspiring story of how he protested in favor of the draft while a student at Stanford and then dodged the draft by going to France as a Mormon missionary. Wonder how the Memorial Day crowd would react?

      • 73 ChristiMTL
        May 28, 2012 at 4:21 pm

        The young Romney could not use a student deferment from the draft — having dropped out of Stanford University after only two semesters — but avoided service anyway with the assistance of the Mormon elders.

        The son of George Romney, then Michigan’s governor, he was one of a limited number of Mormon youth chosen as missionaries — a status that protected him from the draft between July 1966 and February 1969 as a “minister of religion or divinity student.”

        I didn’t know that there was just a limited number……

        Well the Minister of religion sure lived the hard life in France, living in a palace with a full time chef, maid…………

        No wonder he had to be on stage with John McCain.

    • 74 Waltjack
      May 28, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      Wonder why Romney never mentioned the Vietnam Vets?

  21. May 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    PBO put his heart and soul into this great speech. A very moving tribute.

  22. 88 vitaminlover
    May 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Yes, indeed. The Obamas and the Bidens both walk the walk and talk the talk.

    • 89 COS
      May 28, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      Oh boy, I just heard the newslady on KTALK radio quote that bogus Gallup poll about 58% of vets backing Romney as opposed to 34% for PBO. This poll is just lkie the poll where Mittens were leading with the women vote. Gallup sure has gone downhill in it’s polling.

      • 90 anniebella
        May 28, 2012 at 4:57 pm

        The newslady on KTalk radio has sense than these know it all jackasses on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC. ABC. I never had any confidence in Gallup.

  23. May 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Hey y’all, I know there’s many of the family around today but I going to share a link and if anyone can shed any light on it, I would appreciate. The friend who shared it with me is a huge PO supporter. She found it in the WP and wanted ot know if I had any further info/background about the things in it. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/forget-bain-obamas-public-equity-record-is-the-real-scandal/2012/05/24/gJQAXnXCnU_story.html

    • 92 desertflower
      May 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      Two words: “Opinion” “Mark Theissen” end of THAT! Ok…that was 3 words….you get the drift. Garbage.

    • 94 globalcitizenlinda
      May 28, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      a huge number of people in the NY financial industry are Dems and they ALWAYS donate to Dem Presidemts.

      I read the title of that article earlier and I decided to ignore it and concetrate on what I know to be true which is that mitt the liar way in charge of bain and he PERSONALLY presided over the closing of factories, firing of many people and exporting their jobs over seas

      • 95 ChristiMTL
        May 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm

        I hope people will start to understand that the Bain attacks are aim at the ”job creator” claims.

    • 96 Bill
      May 28, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Tnmtngirl, Marc Thiessen is a former speech writer for George W. Bush, and his WP pieces are always very partisan and often nasty. He cannot say a good thing about PBO. I do not know the specifics of the individual projects he mentiond, but many were developed and in the pipe line before before PBO was president. Congress also is a factor. PBO did not simply write a check from the WH for them.

      The government has been involved in projects that were too risky for private investors for years, and some do not work out. The key difference is that PBO was not involved in any of these projects for personal gain by stripping the companies of their assets and pension plans, and bankrupting them for a profit for their investors as Bain Capital did.

      Thiessen is not worth reading and is a disgrace to the once great newspaper, The Washington Post.

    • 98 okeyo
      May 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      That article is not well sourced and the writer Marc is die hard rightwing idealog so consider the source anything even lies to bring down the President not buying Retug propaganda, dont even want to see this on this blog anyway.

    • 99 theo67
      May 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      I’m not even going to read the article. President Obama has a stellar record as President, and he ran on a sound vision for the country and a record as an organizer of communities to help them help themselves, and a history of public service in the Illinois State Assembly and the US Senate. He’s also an award winning author, has worked as a civil rights attorney and a professor of Constitutional Law. He wrote in his book that at the beginning of his career, he worked for about a year writing analysis for a financial services firm, and quickly left because he wanted to do more with his life.

      Mitt Romney has a dismal record as governor, so he’s choosing to run on his record as a corporate raider with Bain Capital.

      If they want to compare records, let’s get this started.

  24. 100 Vicki
    May 28, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    PBO was moving and superb as he has always been with Our Military at the events today.
    What caught my eye this morning was the Opposite World headline that Gallup says Romney is polling higher with the troops. HUH?!?
    No way No how. maybe if someone calls a soldiers home or cell and they lie, afraid of consequences , maybe.

    We know that President Obama not only talks the talk but has walked the walk championing our armed services:
    1) Ended Stop Loss and reimbursed all those caught in that involuntary extension of their service with a check for $500.00 for every month they were in uniform after their expected termination date. And that $500 went to the soldiers and or their families living or not. Overtime, if you will.
    2)Deployments to combat areas had been 12 months until GWBush raised them to 15 months. The latest i’ve heard is now deployments will be 9 months with time spent at home for rest and retraining.
    3) Add to that all the things we the general public know such as GI education and hiring initiatives, DADT repeal, Michelle and Jill’s outreach to military families—–the lists can go on and on.

    I think the military along with all sane Americans will be standing with Obama/Biden in November.

    • May 28, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      I especially loved how warm and caring and protective he was with the wife of the recent Medal of Honor recipient.

      • 102 theo67
        May 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm

        Yup. He held on to her hand at the end, too, after comforting her all through the wreath ceremony.

  25. 103 desertflower
    May 28, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Make NO mistake! There IS an ulterior motive here!

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/05/28/this-is-fucked-up-2/

  26. 105 donna dem 4 obama
    May 28, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Gosh I know this is a solemn occasion but our President sure looks mighty fine in that picture in this thread.

    Just sayin…

    Tomorrow is a work day so the family is leaving early and everyone is going home stuffed and with doggie bags.

    • 106 theo67
      May 28, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      I’m right there with you, Donna! I’ve been engaged in quiet appreciation… 🙂

    • May 28, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Donna, there’s always time to appreciate the incredible grace and gorgeousness of our POTUS.

      BTW, I watched that new show Duets because I love John Legend and I wanted to check out Robin Thicke. Wow. I don’t know what he’s got but whatever it is, he’s got it.

      • 108 donna dem 4 obama
        May 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm

        Girl don’t get me started on Robin Thicke. I’ll just say that Paula Patton is one lucky lady 😉

    • 109 globalcitizenlinda
      May 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      had the same thought as you but had decided to keep it to myself – in case others wanted me to stick to the gravity of the day.

  27. May 28, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    In sponsoring USS Illinois, the First Lady joins a tradition of First Lady sponsorship of U.S. Navy submarines. First Lady Laura Bush is USS Texas’ (SSN 775) sponsor and christened it in 2004; First Lady Hillary Clinton is USS Columbia’s (SSN 771) sponsor and christened it in 1994. As sponsor, the First Lady will establish a special link to Illinois, her Sailors, and their families that extends throughout the life of the submarine…

    First Lady Michelle Obama also serves as the sponsor for the recently commissioned Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, based in Alameda, California. The Coast Guard ship is named after Captain Dorothy Stratton, the director of the Coast Guard Women’s Reserve during World War II where she oversaw 10,000 enlisted women and 1,000 commissioned officers.

    White House-

    • 111 desertflower
      May 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      Very cool:) Said as the wife of a retired submariner….

      • May 28, 2012 at 4:43 pm

        Yes, very cool. Husband also a former submariner and a son-in-law who is currently a submariner. As I read that, I was thinking, “Gosy, I sure wish Charlie would get assigned to the USS Illinois.” When he finishes Dept. Head school in June, he will be going to the USS Helena as the navigation officer.

  28. 113 desertflower
    May 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/05/25/490454/veterans-obamacare/

    MORE THAN ONE MILLION VETERANS WOULD BENEFIT FROM OBAMACARE

  29. May 28, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    My Magazine John Heilman writes- Obama the fear candidate.

    Boy, the media is flirting with Robney. They Heart Him! Omg! This is ridiculous!

    • May 28, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Also, John Heilman now works for Ny Magazine? Really? The Co-Author of Game change? Seriously!

    • 119 ChristiMTL
      May 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      2008’s candidate of hope stands poised to become 2012’s candidate of fear,

      He talked about the 2008 campaign and wrote: what they intend to do to Romney is more savage,”

      Savage? …..I swear to God, this will fail big time……the majority of people knows how the President has been viciously attack by the other side.

      I thought that idiot was more fair than Halperin….

      I was wrong

      • 120 Linda
        May 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm

        He usually is…..I don’t trust the edited part from Politico.

      • May 28, 2012 at 5:10 pm

        And it’s sets the Meme for the week on MSNBC.
        I don’t know why Robney does not give interviews to MSNBC/NBC? He gets treated more than fairly, from them!

      • May 28, 2012 at 5:33 pm

        Will they be this vigilant about attacking the “negative ads” when the citizens united cash kicks in? Of course not. They, and everybody’s mama can’t wait to get their hands on the cash. These bastards know damn well what’s coming down the pike. Keep on kicking their sorry asses President Obama.

      • 125 theo67
        May 28, 2012 at 5:49 pm

        Romney’s being attacked by his own record. I guess we’re not supposed to mention what he actually did, and we’re all supposed to repeat the lies Romney’s been spewing. They’ve got another thing coming, if they think that’s what’s going to happen. Sooner or later, Romney will be standing in front of President Obama and the truth, with nowhere to hide, no Democrats to give him cover, and no right wing deception machine to amplify his lies.

  30. May 28, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Oops, forgot in my last post. Thanks for the info about Marc T. I knew he was a right-winger, but didn’t know as much as y’all shared. Thanks! I will pass along to my friend. See, that’s why I asked. This family is so smart and so well-informed!!! 🙂 🙂

  31. May 28, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I am so hungry now!

  32. May 28, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Teacher of the Year on Ellen—-don’t know if it’s a rerun or not—-but she was so cute and funny—–and truthful!—-about meeting President Obama. She called him very “crush-worthy”, saying she probably shouldn’t be saying this but our president is SO HOT! She talked about his hands, about how they were soft and warm and about how tall and fit he was and omigod etc. etc. etc.—-and how they “had a moment”—-said she shouldn’t have said that either—-she meant they bonded over talking about their similar age kids etc.—–how easy he was to talk to, how very normal. It was very entertaining and worth posting for anyone who knows how to retrieve it and post, which is not me.

  33. May 28, 2012 at 5:06 pm

  34. 136 ChristiMTL
    May 28, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    ”Romney campaign says he didn’t serve in Vietnam b/c of deferments for Mormon French mission and academic studies. #2012”

    Academic studies means you’re a student right?

    What I posted earlier says otherwise.

    ”The young Romney could not use a student deferment from the draft — having dropped out of Stanford University after only two semesters but avoided service anyway with the assistance of the Mormon elders”

    Unless I’m wrong on that one but they are lying……….again.

    It had nothing to do with academic studies.

    • 137 anniebella
      May 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      ChristiMTL, that is more B.S from the Romney campaign.

    • 138 theo67
      May 28, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      They should be ashamed to lie to the troops like that. Especially the Vietnam vets. Contrast this disrespect from Romney with the respect and appreciation President Obama showed them today.

  35. 139 desertflower
    May 28, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    As if we needed a reminder. Dear God, they are dangerously awful.

    http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/9334-todays-gop-worst-political-party-since-the-civil-war

  36. May 28, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    • 142 theo67
      May 28, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Three comments about this article:
      1. How does Allen West have credibility on anything?
      2. Why are the GOP obsessed with the number of pages in a bill, and not the benefits offered in the bill to the American people. Don’t they get money for staff to help them read the pages of these bills, if they’re incapable of doing it themselves?
      3. Instead of celebrating health care reform that helped Americans 100 years in the making, the GOP stoked division and hate, and now might just be responsible for depriving Americans of life-saving help. They should have thought about the consequences of their actions – but they are clearly too immature to do that.

  37. May 28, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    • 145 jackiegrumbacher
      May 28, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      I hope all the congressmen in Florida jump on this and support this stand. People have to start making a lot of noise about it. We cannot let one evil man allow this state to be stolen for Robney.

    • 146 anniebella
      May 28, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      Something must be done about what these no good Republicans Governors are trying to do. They are trying to steal this election and it is not right.

  38. 147 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 28, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Memorial Day requests ….

    One of the finest ways to honor the fallen, our veterans and those serving is to ensure that no #NEOCONSTER or any other flavor of #ChickenHawk is ever again allowed to be President of the United States.

    President Eisenhower warned us in Jan 1961. We didn’t listen. The price is incalculable but plainly horrible.

    #AmericaThisIsNotATest
    #PRESSON

  39. 149 globalcitizenlinda
    May 28, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    DF, you posted above that the US Spreme Court is to launch a live website.

    I also heard that the decision on our ACA is going to be released soon.

    I am wondering if there is any connection betwen these two future events.

    there is going to be a huge reaction to the court’s decision either way so they should brace for it

    • 150 anniebella
      May 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      While I hope for the right thing to be done, I have no confidence in the Supreme Court.

      • 151 globalcitizenlinda
        May 28, 2012 at 5:57 pm

        one thing I hope happens is that the decision comes early enough so that we can register more voters for whom health care is the major priority- think about all the millions of uninsured and under-insured.

        remember PBO’s joke at the WHCD, he said is they throw out ACA, he will just pass it again during his second term. hence we need as many healthcare voters as possible motivated to get it done and support PBO.

        • 152 globalcitizenlinda
          May 28, 2012 at 6:00 pm

          if the SCOTUS throws ACA out then PBO may be the only US President to have passed healthcare TWICE.

      • 153 lamh35
        May 28, 2012 at 6:03 pm

        when is the decision supposed to be handled down?

    • 155 desertflower
      May 28, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      Yes. Add the other link that I posted that says that 1 million veterans would be HELPED by the ACA…..I don’t know if the website/ACA decision is linked….but any transparency on the part of that secretive body is a good thing! I’m with anniebella…I have no confidence in them. There are 5 that need to go….maybe then I would have more confidence. Not now.

  40. 157 vcprezofan2
    May 28, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    TODobots, this is an honest question so don’t give me any flack – When does Cory Booker work? Do we have any Newark Obots here? I am genuinely curious because he seems to be on Twitter ALL THE TIME, to the point of solving issues there. Even before his kerfuffle with Bain, I wondered about the way he used Twitter. I’m not aiming to start a Booker ‘attack’, but this question has been burning in my mind every time I see him there. An honest answer or two might help me lay the mental matter to rest.

    • 158 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      May 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      He’s a geek, knows how to use the technology very effectively. Fact is folk might think I’m on twitter and this blog all the time, but in reality, with modern browsers supporting multiple tabs, tweetdeck running on my large monitors (and on my iPhone) and all the other applications I have running whether mobile or at my desktop, my total time tweeting/blogging is a tiny fraction of what I do (which currently is building a high-tech company from ground up 🙂 ). If you noticed in his YouTube apologia last Sunday, he had his laptop open and two smart phones sitting in front of him. He is a really, really smart guy – that’s part of his problem, btw, as he hasn’t come to terms with it nearly as completely as PBO has.

      Just my opinion 😉

      #PRESSON

      • 159 vcprezofan2
        May 28, 2012 at 6:44 pm

        Thank you for this serious answer, Bobfr. I really found his continued presence off-putting, but this helps. I guess I figured that since it takes me forever to link tweetdeck to my twitter, and loads of fumbling when I have TOD, Twitter and c-span open at the same time he must have been sitting there playing with the toys like me instead of doing his work. I still don’t like how his tweets and answers seem self-serving all the time but I’ll be better able to ignore him. I’m not ready to block him yet. Thanks


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