Ohio to New York

President Barack Obama talks to kids during a stop at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland on Broadway Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, June 14, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)





President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive in New York


Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio


At the Girls Club of Cleveland, Ohio


… at the 9/11 Memorial while touring the One World Trade Center building

Words from President Obama are seen on a construction beam after he signed it while touring the One World Trade Center building, which is under construction in New York. The words read “We remember, We Rebuild, We come back Stronger.”

President Obama chats with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie


9:55: PBO and Michelle Obama deliver remarks at a campaign event (The Plaza Hotel – live coverage)

251 Responses to “Ohio to New York”

  1. 2 Proud Former White House Intern
    June 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Hi All

  2. 3 #1 obama fan
    June 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    1st ? maybe ???

  3. 5 ChristiMTL
    June 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    It was a fantastic speech, I loved it

    • 6 Eleroy
      June 14, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      And why in the world do we have juvenile idiots like Sam Stein being brought in to “analyze” it??? Why!!!

      I think MSNBC should be advised that that network will become extinct if President Obama is not re-elected!!!

      Ezra Klein and his band of merry idiots who think they can poke their scraggly fingers in President Obama’s eyes should be advised that they will all be effectively out of work!!

      Try as they may, nobody will have any use for former know-it-all bloviating self-proclaimed progressives nattering away to themselves in a Romney presidency!!!

      To be fore-warned, is to be fore-armed!!!

      • 7 Puddin'
        June 14, 2012 at 9:19 pm

        Before 2008 I didn’t even know where MSNBC was and I kid you not, after 2016 MSNBC (all of MSM for that matter) not be on my radar. When I used to take the time to email Tweety, I always, always stated that if President Obama doesn’t win because of him and his cohorts, he will be out of a job because they will become extinct!

  4. 8 #1 obama fan
    June 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    shucks guess not..anywho..good evening TOD family

  5. 10 ChristiMTL
    June 14, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I think that woman wanted a hug lol

    • 11 desertflower
      June 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      If you’re talking about the construction worker…she GOT IT! She must’ve mentioned it to her guy coworkers, ‘cuz she was getting the business from them after the hug:)

    • 12 hopefruit2
      June 14, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      It looks like she’s the only female construction worker in the crew and the other workers all seem to have a soft spot for her.

  6. 16 #1 obama fan
    June 14, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Congrat @Proud Former White House Intern for being 1st !! yippy

  7. June 14, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    This was a fantastic, hugely productive day. BRAVO!!

  8. June 14, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I loved his speech. I listened to it again. He is incredible.

  9. 24 hopefruit2
    June 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    My President shook the hand of every single construction worker present, and then afterwards they took pictures of his signature on the beam 🙂 🙂

  10. 27 utaustinliberal
    June 14, 2012 at 6:46 pm

  11. June 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    screeeeech, rounding the corner on two wheels to catch PBO’s speech in NY. Oh no……did I miss it? Dang!

  12. 33 hopefruit2
    June 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I notice that Gov Christie doesn’t pass up any opportunity to “hang out” with PBO….

    Why wasn’t he with Willard in Ohio?

    • June 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      I was just about to ask why Crisco was even there. Anyone know?

      • 35 hopefruit2
        June 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm

        I suspect that PBO – being the good-natured, decent man that he is, wanted this to be an inclusive event. So he invited the main local and state officials. Cory Booker will be headlining his fundraiser in NY this evening.

        • June 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm

          He’s got some making up to do. Know he didn’t mean to, but he derailed the train there for a bit. Supporters need to think about the consequences of their statements at this critical junction, can’t just blab any old impulsive, self-interested thought.

      • 38 Bill
        June 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm

        Northern New Jersey is part of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey which owned the Twin Towers..

  13. 40 vitaminlover
    June 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Those pictures of First Lady greeting her gorgeous husband are just plain precious!

    • 41 hopefruit2
      June 14, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      I was just about to post that FLOTUS takes good care of her and our PBO. We must thank her x100.

    • 43 LunarSea
      June 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      I loved that series. Looks like they really enjoy these things more when together. PBO gets a spring in his step and a lightheartedness in his soul

  14. 45 Sharon
    June 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    The 9:55 fundraiser will not be live coverage except for the print reporters there according to Lynn Sweet and the White House.

  15. 47 desertflower
    June 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    posted this earlier…good site


  16. 48 utaustinliberal
    June 14, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    The pictures of PBO at the boys and girls club is just so touching. He gets it. He really and truly gets it.

    • 49 ChristiMTL
      June 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      Indeed! It’s so touching

    • 50 daisydem
      June 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      I know … where he is sitting with the one girl in a striped top; looks almost like a heart-to-heart talk; that is so sweet. Can you imagine being that young lady and the President of the U.S. (especially this one) sits and talks only to you for a few minutes? The memory will last her lifetime.

      • 51 LunarSea
        June 14, 2012 at 8:57 pm

        I probably wouldn’t be able to complete a whole sentence.

      • 52 Puddin'
        June 14, 2012 at 11:24 pm

        She’s pretty…beautiful skin! All of those kids are beautiful, simply beautiful…and they will never forget this precious moment in their lives! I love, love, love our President!

  17. 53 vitaminlover
    June 14, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Hey, guys–4-ward, 4 more years!!!!

  18. 54 isonprize
    June 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Can you even imagine Myth R-money knowing what a “Boys and Girls” club is??? Let alone actually stopping in one to hang out with kids? 😆 😆 😆

    PBO is priceless, PRICELESS with kids! Can you imagine those young girls just sittin’ on the edge of the stage, hangin’ out with the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES??? WHAT??? Are you kidding me? They think it’s just the most normal thing.

    THAT’S THE KIND OF WORLD I WANT TO LIVE IN!! One day the President of the United States is presenting world leaders with honors at the White House and a few days later he’s hangin’ with the kids at a Boys and Girls club. I LOVE IT, I JUST LOVE IT!!!

    PS. I’m nursing a feverish kiddo, so I’m not making calls tonight. I’ll be there when he’s feeling better…

    • June 14, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      I would also bet that Willard has never heard of a Boys and Girls Club. He’s been so insulated. He calls airplanes “aircraft”. He calls sports “sport”. He’s busy selecting music for his million dollar horse’s ballet—dressage competition. And he doesn’t even recognize a doughnut! No way on the Boys and Girls Club.

    • 56 prettyfoot58
      June 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm


      just got in from the office….there were about 30 ethusiastic supporters there….it was simply awesome….i made 43 call……….spoke to 9 folks………… got 3 volunteers for Saturday,,,Oooooooooooooo weeeeeeeeeeee….it felt so goooooooooood……..


      • 57 isonprize
        June 14, 2012 at 10:51 pm

        YAY, prettyfoot!!! 😆 😆 Doesn’t it feel great when you get good volunteers!!? WOOOOO HOOOOOOO, yay you!!!!

        I’ll live vicariously thru you for this evening. I just couldn’t drag him out tonight. It was the last day of school, and for some reason, he was feeling kinda warm, so we stayed in a watched old movies. Even with all of his ‘challenges’ he’s a pretty healthy kid, so I’ll only be concerned if he’s still moping around tomorrow.

    • 59 Betsy
      June 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      I so agree with your post especially regarding the way PBO hangs out with the boys and girls club, AND THEY THINK THIS IS JUST SO NORMAL, and then meets with world leaders in the White House. I too LOVE that about President Obama.

  19. 60 yardarm756
    June 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Good day mates. What a day….To all the rethugs and talking heads that say PBO has lost his mojo, I submit this:

    Always learn new stuff!

    Longest Nerve In The Body
    Did you know that in the human body there is a nerve that connects the eyeball to the anus?

    It’s called the Anal Optic Nerve, and it is responsible for giving people a shitty outlook on life.

    If you don’t believe it, pull a hair from your ass and see if it doesn’t bring a tear to your eyes.

    My public service is done for the day!
    Keep laughing…life is too short to take too seriously

  20. 73 Ceb
    June 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    We are living in this world at this very moment; how blessed are we. The world has never seen his like before and he belongs to us ( okay, we will share with the rest of the world).
    Hope the kiddo gets well soon.

    • 74 Puddin'
      June 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      Ceb, I thought the same thing when I was looking at these pictures, especially the ones at the Boys & Girls Club…I am so glad to be alive to witness “this very monent”.

  21. 75 hopefruit2
    June 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Hey TOD,

    I saw these two tweets from Hachiko/Marabout. She seems to be in distress – not sure what’s going on at this moment. But those tweets are very concerning.

    • 76 ChristiMTL
      June 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      Oh no, I just read her other tweets….she seems VERY depressed….sigh……I hope someone get in touch with her like now……

      • June 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm

        It sounds like she is in desperate need of professional help, a suicide hotline, something. That is a cry for help. If someone has her phone #, they need to contact her now.

    • 79 LunarSea
      June 14, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      she hasn’t been responding to any of my calls…. Don’t know what’s going on

      • 80 desertflower
        June 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm

        I am very afraid for her. I don’t like this. Just woke from a nap..reading to catch up. My heart is racing…if someone talks to her, please let us know

  22. 82 amk for obama
    June 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I was just watching about a minute of mittbot’s ‘speech’ that Marlz posted. Couldn’t take the clicking irritating tch sound he makes with his teeth.Just like I couldn’t take mccain’s sibilant ssses. And his arrogant way of speaking is a complete turn-off.

  23. 84 Linda
    June 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Ha…. One of our vendors just came in to pick up a check ( He is Hispanic ) and I had the TV on…. Rev Al…. and Rubio’s picture came on.

    He started yelling at the TV and swearing……calling him the ” F” word…. The Hispanic hate him because he is trying to take away the child credit for children that are born here but there parents are not citizens…even though they are here legally….own a business and pay taxes.

    • 85 theo67
      June 15, 2012 at 1:56 am

      I love that he was so passionate – won’t easily be deceived. No we just have to make sure people like him actually register, then vote!

  24. 86 criquet
    June 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm


  25. 89 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 14, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Prosecute the #InaugurationInsurgency leadership and financial backers ….


  26. June 14, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Words from U.S. President Barack Obama are seen on a construction beam after he signed it while touring the One World Trade Center building, which is under construction in New York June 14, 2012. The words read “We remember, We Rebuild, We come back Stronger.”

    • June 14, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      We can always count on you Chips. Thank you!

    • 109 hopefruit2
      June 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Excellent. Thank you Mr. President! That’s what everyone was clamoring to take a picture of after PBO had left.

      • 110 susanne
        June 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm

        i loved how everyone got quiet and leaned in to see what pbo wrote. what a perfect moment, and the perfect words, too.

        okay, not entirely perfect: to quote amk, ‘what is that fat fuck doing there?’ and you know what i really didn’t like? the way he snapped the pen over to flotus. like they’re together? or she’s his server at the restaurant? or what? i can only imagine he was allowed that spot so anybody with eyes could see he’s a puke and needs to be replaced with a decent, hard working democrat. asap.

    • June 14, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      Gorgeous message, beautiful handwriting. SIGH.

    • June 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Love it! Perfect words——-again.

    • 113 desertflower
      June 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Thank you, Chips! I SO wanted to see this:)

    • 114 LunarSea
      June 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      Good sentiment.

  27. 115 Sharon
    June 14, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Willard went to a “secret” fundraiser in Chicago after Ohio. Apparently he not only won’t allow reporters into his fundraisers like our President does, he won’t even let them know about them. (Lynn Sweet found out.) Seems to me GWBush used to pull stuff like this.

  28. 126 amk for obama
    June 14, 2012 at 7:38 pm

  29. 127 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Get serious ….


  30. 130 Dudette
    June 14, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Hi Everyone! Beautiful Thursday evening to you all!

    Chips, you’ve outdone yourself today. The pics and videos are so awe-inspiring. Coming here is always like a breath of fresh air. Thank you!

  31. June 14, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Anybody watch Tweety tonight? Just wondering whether he was pro or anti-Obama’s speech.

    • 133 Linda
      June 14, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      I saw a little of it at 5 PM ….Ed Rendell and Michael Steel…..Tweety got into it with Steele about Romney….

      When he went to Rendell…I turned it off.

      • June 14, 2012 at 8:08 pm

        Rendell praised Obama’s speech—–sortof——just like he does every time he discusses Obama, his praise always has qualifiers. And he wrapped his appearance up by saying all he cares about is being Hillary’s campaign mgr. in 2016.

        • 135 lisalovesobama
          June 14, 2012 at 8:33 pm

          I’m surprised they yet haven’t caught Rendell with his pants down around his ankles in a cheap motel room surrounded by blow, one dollar bills and a 19 year old hooker (male or female, don’t matter).

        • 138 LunarSea
          June 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm

          Like Hillary would want him as campaign manager. I mean don’t you have to show you’re qualified for such a position? If you can’t win when running your own campaign…. These people are just so full of themselves

          • 139 jackiegrumbacher
            June 14, 2012 at 9:37 pm

            First, I don’t believe Hillary will run. Second, she would be a total fool to get within 50 feet of an ass like Rendell. Hillary is not a fool.

            • 140 Cha
              June 15, 2012 at 12:57 am

              Even though she had that Fool Mark Penn run her campaign in 2008 for $6 million bucks..I would think she’s learned from that. And, I would also think being around the Obama Admin has been good for her..I don’t care what that lying, Jodi Kantor, has to say about it.

              Thank Goodness we got President Obama!

          • 141 theo67
            June 15, 2012 at 2:19 am

            Plus, I think Hillary values loyalty. The fact that Rendell is backstabbing the President won’t win points with her.

      • June 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm

        Thanks, Linda and Dotster 3

  32. 143 Dudette
    June 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Wanna see something funny?

    RNC’s Dysfunctional Latino Site Posts Vote On Obama — And Loses

    Bwahahahahahahahaha!!! 😀 😀 😀

    • 144 susanne
      June 14, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      not just the asian kids’ photos on the latino outreach rnc banner–much, much more dipshit floundering here! one of the comments for the article: a latino voting republican is like a chicken voting colonel sanders.

    • 145 amk for obama
      June 14, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      lmao. buncha incompetent crooks.

      For example: “OBAMA, EL SOCIALISTA.” As of this writing, it had one comment — a spambot advertisement for handbags.

  33. June 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    What do y’all know about Howard Glickman? I found an article written by him about the two speeches today. Very critical of both. I have tried and tried but can’t get the link to cut and paste. It is from the Tax Policy Center, entitled Romney and Obama, Big Speeches, Little Vision. If some of you can find it, please let me know your assessment. I see that is is from Brookings Institute–thought that was a liberal organization. ??

    • 149 Bill
      June 14, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      They claim to be “non-partisan” but because they are not as right wing crazy as the Cato Foundation, AEI, or HeritageFoundation some think of them as liberal.

  34. June 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    The Mark Halperinization of American Journalism
    By Charles P. Pierce

    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/mark-halperin-sucks-9717199#ixzz1xocto4DJ

  35. June 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    President Barack Obama talks to kids during a stop at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland on Broadway Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, June 14, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  36. 155 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    What’s next ….


  37. 156 lisalovesobama
    June 14, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    who does the math for the Ed show? I’m no math wiz, but if 68% of people still blame Bush for the state of the economy, how can 52% blame PBO? 68+52= 120. I thought these things were always out of 100. Never knew we had 120%. Hm. The things I learn from tv. 😐 From what I know about this particular poll question, PBO has always been in the low 30s for blame when it comes to the economy. I’m guessing the person who typed that thing up put 52 instead of 32. {{SMH}}

  38. June 14, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    If you leave out the evil dumbfks who actually run the news business, the worst two things that have happened to American political journalism in the past 30 years are Maureen Dowd and Mark Halperin. Dowd, because of her relentless, obsessive need to take her own galloping Oedipal neuroses for an outing every time there’s an election, and Halperin, because he long ago invented the kind of Beltway insidery railbird bullshit that passes today for analysis. (This is, occasionally, referred to as “horse-race journalism,” but that’s unfair to people like my friend, the great Bill Nack. Actual horse-race journalism will tell you what you need to know about horse racing. The Racing Form will give you more substantive information on the sixth race at Monmouth Park today than Halperin has given you on American politics in the past two decades.) But the worst effect they both have had on the business is the influence their success has had on everyone else. Dowd, at least, can write a little. Most of her imitators can’t. And, if it weren’t for Halperin and his Drudge-mongering, his link-whoring, and his curious S&M relationship with various talk-radio hosts, there wouldn’t be Politico, and, this being the first presidential election of the Politico era, we end up with the thoroughgoing Halperinization of the process, with predictably grim results.

    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/mark-halperin-sucks-9717199#ixzz1xogOlC81

  39. 164 57andfemale
    June 14, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    How in God’s name can these alleged lefty pundits keep saying it was a mistake to go after Bain? IT WORKED!

    How do you not go after the one ‘qualification’ Willard has based his campaign on? Cory Booker started this mess. I just heard Sam Stein say it the way ‘Gore invented the internet’ stuck. Infuriating.

    • 165 criquet
      June 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      And they will not say that PBO did not go after Bain, he merely pointed out that Romney was not a “job creator” in fact quite the opposite. And as the President himself says, Mitt was good at making money but bad for jobs which is what he is using Bain to say he can do. As usual, Willard is lying about his ” job creating ” abilities. There was and is no attack on Bain, the attack is on Romney but the media ignores this to spread their chosen narrative.

  40. 166 lisalovesobama
    June 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Okay, I’m done with the Ed Show. Broke my rule for 18 minutes and it probably would have lasted longer had Michael Erick Dyson not had Asshole Alter on his show to make irrelevant and increasingly dumbass comments. Watching Family Guy doing a montage of side boobs and making fun of the FCC.

    • June 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      I gave it less than a minute! Clicked off when I heard he had someone on who would discuss why we are still waiting for the Black President. That was it for me!

      • 168 lisalovesobama
        June 14, 2012 at 8:29 pm

        what-the-fuck-ever. “still waiting for the first black president”? —– heard that before Alter came on and that solidly confirmed that I would not be watching anymore. {{SMDH}} Bastards.

        • 169 0388jojothecat
          June 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm

          If that means someone who is messy, has affairs, hated beyond comprehension…..that’s what made Bill Clinton the “first black president” by comdiens and the old pols whose palms were greased by the Clinton administration.

          I very much appreciate and love THIS first black president who is a devoted husband, father, smart beyond our wildest dreams, and will do everything I can to get him re-elected.

      • 172 Puddin'
        June 14, 2012 at 11:02 pm

        I did see the Alter segment (glad I didn’t/can’t stand him) and I started to turn away when I heard about that person who wrote about us still waiting for the first black president. But I am glad I didn’t turn away because Professor James Peters (Peterson??) was great…he shot that guy down by first saying the article in the Washington Post didn’t do the guy’s book justices. and then he went on to say that we need to understand what PBO has been up against since day one and in spite of everything, he has managed to do some good thing, very good things and we need to stop being ashame/shy to tell what PBO has done for AA and all Americans! Professor Peters was great…loved it!

    • 174 Bill
      June 14, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      Wonkette has been making fun of HP’s obsession with “side boobs”.

  41. 175 Eleroy
    June 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Can someone please shove Jonathan Alter off that freaking window ledge!!! What an asshole!!!

  42. 178 Hachikō
    June 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Hey there. Is 57andfemale around? She told me to get my butt over here. LOL.

  43. 184 0388jojothecat
    June 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Hello TOD family and Chips,

    I was in San Diego for the past four days and so glad to be home and able to post comments on my computer. I was able to read them on my new android phone and listen to Stephanie Miller and Randi Rhoads on iheart radio. Unfortunately where I stayed they did not have MSNBC so I could not watch what was going on.

    It’s a big weekend for my family – My neice graduates from elementary school, my brothers birthday, my moms birthday and of course fathers day.

  44. 185 anniebella
    June 14, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Where the hell does these shows come up with there guest? I’m watching the Ed show and they have that Sam guy from Huffington post, then to top that off they have the bastard we were talking about all afternoon, Alter. So the Ed Show couldn’t do any better than those two bastards. Makes me want to stop watching the show.

    • 186 Bill
      June 14, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      Anniebella, great question. It is not because they are particularly smart or interesting. It must be a matter of their knowing how to play the system and how to play up to the right people. It seems many of them are either in their 30’s or their 60’s. The two that amaze me the most that they have jobs are Alex Wagner and Mrs Greenspan. But there are many more.

  45. 187 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 14, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    ‘nuf said ….


  46. June 14, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    The DNC today announced a bus tour following the route Mitt Romney will travel over the coming days through New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan. The “Romney Economics: The Middle Class Under the Bus” tour will begin in Exeter, NH, TOMORROW, Friday, June 15, at 8:50 AM EDT and visit all of the states on Romney’s bus tour through the weekend and into early next week.


  47. June 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Slightly off topic ….. 4-0 down, and still the Irish supporters sing:

    Now, THAT’S loyalty.

  48. 202 nathkatun7
    June 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    President Obama treats American voters as adults. Today’s Cleveland speech did just that. He did not indulge in demonizing his opponents (who, by the way I consider evil with all their plots to make him fail). Rather, he plainly laid out the difference between his vision and the vision of his opponent. The sad thing, of course, is that most Americans will never get to hear the entirety of the President’s speech. Instead they will rely on the snippets that will be aired by the MSM accompanied by snide and unethical distortions of what he actually said.

    This was one of the best speeches I’ve listened to from any president in my life. It was a no nonsense speech. President Obama was firm and articulate, and he clearly presented his vision for America. Again, on display, was President Obama’s deep respect for the intelligence of the American people. He trusts all of us to make a rational choice about our votes based on facts and not on the manufactured “noise.” I don’t care what the useless and overpaid media pundits say, in my opinion, we elected one of the most exceptional human being to lead this great nation. Unlike Romney who treats Americans as gullible fools he can lie to with impunity, President Obama treats people with respect by telling them the truth. I am determined to do whatever I can to see that we re-elect this smart, honest, and compassionate man.

    • 203 susanne
      June 14, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      yes!!! i’ve lived to see a lot of presidents, from harry truman on, and without a doubt, barack obama is the best. and he just keeps proving it.
      4 more for 44!!!

      • 204 carolyn
        June 14, 2012 at 9:13 pm

        susanne, I too have seen the all since Harry Truman, and agree President Obama is the absolute best! I remember Truman also got treated very nastily by the press, and of course there’s that famous Chicago Tribune headline “Dewey Wins” being held up by HST. I think he had to fight the conservative media just like President Obama does, However, he got through to the American people, and President Obama is too. Why does every on camera person feel it imperative to critique and “analyze” his speeches? They have no criteria for their critiquest, and no knowledge of their own. If they were to make a speech, they would be booed off the stage!

      • 205 jackiegrumbacher
        June 14, 2012 at 9:45 pm

        Couldn’t agree more, susanne, and Truman is the first one I consciously remember as well.

    • 206 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Hope Chips posts this to the ‘front page’ nath!! Excellent!!!


    • 207 desertflower
      June 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      Perfectly said, nathkatun! I personally called OFA in Chicago and told them what a great speech I thought this was…that I was mesmerized by the entire thing…and I loved the way he explained everything and compared/contrasted these two visions for the country.

      • 208 nathkatun7
        June 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm

        Thanks Susanne, Bobfr and desertflower for your kind words. Thanks Bobfr for the heroic work you are doing on tweeter. Thanks df for all the news and information you share on this site which has enabled a person like me, who boycotts MSM electronic news, to stay, informed. It’s really a sad day in America that our so called 4th estate decided to join extremist Republicans in undermining this great president. Thankfully, there are now alternative venues that courageous and skilled people can use to push back.

    • 209 Puddin'
      June 14, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      I agree with you nathkatun7…as I was listening to PBO I kept thinking how much I appreciate him and the fact the he respects us and expects us to be smarter than a 5th grader. Last night on ne of those shows Howard Dean kept saying that PBO needs to come up with THREE WORDS, JUST THREE WORDS to capture his message! First of all this “mess” we are in, is BIGGER than 3 words! Secondly, the voters in America are adults and most of us can speak and think in complete sentences…we do/can understand “grown folks talk”…I am so glad that PBO doesn’t listen to these “foolish” people…he continues to do things his way!!!

  49. June 14, 2012 at 8:45 pm

  50. 212 LunarSea
    June 14, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Evening all. Just checking in. Looks like for once I will be able to catch his speech live tonite. So looking forward to it.

    Now off to read the days post to see what I missed.

  51. June 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Just my opinion—-like Michael Eric Dyson better as a guest than a host. And I still really worry about the money imbalance. As what’s his name, Dem strategist who I haven’t seen since ’08, just said—–the Dem big money donors have not yet stepped up to the plate. And he’s not so much concerned about the so-called battleground states—-there will be money to compete there——but is most concerned about the 2nd tier states—–like Mi. and Wi. where the Repubs will be able to make $10-12 million ad buy, and the Dems won’t be able to counter-attack at all. They have Adelson now saying he is willing to spend $100 million to buy the election for Willard——which is as disgusting and disturbing as it gets. Ugliness and quintuple sigh!

    • June 14, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      It doesn’t work to do that and thank goodness, because it would reveal your personal information!

      If you want to share an email, you can cut and paste just the contents.

    • June 14, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      Forget it…not going to work. We have a bright young woman here who wanted to run for a seat in the state legislature. The Republican controlled election commission (and the judges as well) turned her down once….saying her house is in Anderson Country. However, her address is Knoxville, she votes in Knox County (always has), served on jury duty in Knox county last month and is a precinct chair in the Democratic Party of Knox County. She appealed the first ruling and just got word that she was turned down again. Folks, this is getting scary. Please “talk me down.” Our personal freedoms are being taken away and/or bought!

    • 225 anniebella
      June 14, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      dotster3, the Ed Show tonight was a big disappointment. I email the show and told them that. It was not worth watching.Agree with you about Mr. Dyson as a host, better guest.

    • 226 jackiegrumbacher
      June 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      I don’t believe for one nanosecond that PBO won’t run aggressive campaigns in the 2nd tier states. People have been working in these states for months and the money will be there to complete. And frankly, if this was a Dem strategist that mattered and anyone listened to, he wouldn’t be talking like that on cable tv.

  52. 227 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    June 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Just watched the video of the President signing the construction beam. He always finds the right words.
    Those kids at the Girls club had quite a day. I love the photo’s of the girl in the strippy red and white top. She’s just as relaxed as can be. Hanging out with the President.

  53. 228 57andfemale
    June 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I remember that W. would give a speech and every RW pundit would say it was the most brilliant speech ever — and that was because he made it up three steps to the podium without tripping and faced the camera instead of the backdrop. They would fawn and fawn and fawn…….

    We have a brilliant President — a brilliant mind, communicator, visionary and ‘our side’ tears him apart. Alter says there were no ‘soundbites’, PBO’s ‘allergic’ to them, no ‘stand out lines’. Everyone’s “all over the place” talking about the speech.

    Well, “all over the place” because the speech was so rich. While Alter whined that it was too long (actually he got the memo from Boehner on that), when PBO said, “And I leave you with one last thought…..” the crowd said “No! Tell us MORE”.

    Yet everyone is now talking about the “choice”. Everyone is now talking about the “how”. Everyone is reminded in clear terms, why we’re here and to me most important –

    Why we are not yet out of this mess. Republicans. And Mitt Romney will give you more of the same and make things worse.

    I would call that a fucking effective speech. Alter, you traitorous nitwit.

    • June 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      What I thought was very, very effective is that he tied Romney with the Republicans in Congress and made the point that they both share a desire to turn the clock back to proven disastrous policies.

      • 230 desertflower
        June 14, 2012 at 9:37 pm


      • 231 nathkatun7
        June 14, 2012 at 10:42 pm

        Absolutely, meta. This also what I loved about the speech. People do have a choice. They can choose the policies that brought us this mess or they can choose policies that are trying to get us out of the mess he inherited. I suppose Americans who suffer from amnesia, or those who are easily swayed by promises of instant gratification, will choose Romney. But those of us who don’t have short memories, or don’t believe in instant gratification, our choice is clear: we cannot go backwards and repeat those mistakes. Our choice must be Obama-Biden!

      • 232 susanne
        June 15, 2012 at 12:04 am

        yes, i was also feeling he grabbed congress by the collar and held them up for view. he didn’t say ‘you have to get me a majority or this gridlock will persist’, but that was the clear message.

      • 233 57andfemale
        June 15, 2012 at 7:14 am


        It’s almost laughable that the whiny leftie pundits are saying there was nothing memorable or important in the speech, and yet in the midst of their criticisms, THE CONVERSATION HAS CHANGED. Astonishing.

        Here’s what the progressive media doesn’t understand: “SAY the conversation has changed, and Barack Obama changed it.

    • 234 LunarSea
      June 14, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      He was usually drunk during many of those speeches. But! He gave them sound bites, so there’s that. Personally I think it’s because he couldn’t form a complete coherent sentence

    • 235 Puddin'
      June 15, 2012 at 12:30 am

      The so called experts and their nonsense is the reason why I watch PBO on c-span or I wait to see the clips here. I can do without their paid commentaries…just a lot of loud talking…ain’t saying nothing!

  54. June 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    What’s up everybody?! I’ll watch the speech over the weekend. No time now.

    • 237 nathkatun7
      June 14, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      gobrookyln, I am sure you won’t be disappointed. The President gave a no nonsense speech, spoiled pundits not withstanding.

  55. 238 57andfemale
    June 14, 2012 at 8:59 pm

  56. June 14, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Dr. Peterson is a smart thinker—–sees and knows the big picture. Understands well.

  57. June 14, 2012 at 9:15 pm

  58. June 14, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    OK, on to the next fundraiser….

  59. June 14, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Watching The Person of Interest (as I cannot watch TRMS with Klein) and PBO was on the TV in the segment! So awesome!
    🙂 :):)

    • 243 sjterrid
      June 14, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      This was one of my favorite shows this year. Can’t wait until it comes back in the fall.

    • 244 Cha
      June 15, 2012 at 1:40 am

      Thanks for reminding me, Martz! I watch my shows online and Person of Interest hasn’t been on in so long I forgot about it. Another show that flashes PBO’s pic in a government office is Drop Dead Diva..and you just know the Creator of the Series is a Dem with Dem Writers!

  60. June 14, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Another busy Day-

    12:30 AM
    Obama and Michelle Obama arrive Joint Base Andrews.
    12:45 AM
    Obama and Michelle Obama arrive the White House.
    11:30 AM
    Biden delivers remarks to the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
    12:00 PM
    Obama has lunch with winners of a campaign contest.
    Press briefing by Lael Brainard,  Mike Froman, Ben Rhodes to preview the upcoming G20 Summit.
    1:45 PM
    Biden attends a campaign event in Orlando, Florida.
    5:10 PM
    Obama hosts a reception to observe LGBT Pride Month.
    6:00 PM
    The First Family departs the White House en route Joint base Andrews.
    6:15 PM
    The First Family departs Joint Base Andrews en route Chicago, Illinois.
    7:00 PM
    The First Family arrives in Chicago, Illinois.

  61. June 14, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Ah crikey, I see what you mean Meta, comments all over the flippin’ place ….. 😦

  62. 251 anniebella
    June 15, 2012 at 6:15 am

    In that picture of POTUS and FLOTUS looking out the window of the new trade building it looks like POTUS might be comforting FLOTUS, because you can’t help but stand there and look out the window and remember those planes, and think of the people who died.

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