U.S. residents in Mexico celebrate as President Barack Obama’s motorcade drives past in Los Cabos, June 18



Lunch with Barack, June 15th – Photo by Christopher Dilts for Obama for America

132 Responses to “Hola!”

  1. 1 Elle in MI
    June 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm


  2. 8 Bill R.
    June 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Am I first?

  3. 12 Bill R.
    June 18, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Colorado looking good: PublicPolicyPolling ‏@ppppolls
    In Colorado Mitt Romney is up 14 pts with seniors and down 12 with everyone else…state really moving away from GOP long term

  4. 13 thoughtful3
    June 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Hola, TOD family!

  5. 15 Nili
    June 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Aww, those dinner with PBO pictures. 🙂 Does that mean there will hopefully be a video of this soon? I insanely enjoy videos of this man hanging out around food with random people.

    • 16 Obama Grandmama
      June 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Saw the photos and noted the Obama for America photographer’s last name. Same as my married name of my late husband. I wish I could figure out how to contact him to see if he is related.

  6. June 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    That one girl is so happy and excited about President Obama’s motorcade that she is hugging her friend and has her back to the motorcade. Turn around! Hurry!!!

    • 18 theo67
      June 18, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      I know – the secret service guy inside the car is looking at her and I’m sure he was thinking that in his head. 😀

      • 19 xtine
        June 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

        Hi Theo, nah that Secret Service guy was probably looking at that other young girl’s sign (“Time for a Quick Pic”) and thinking, “Please Lawd No! Just wave, Sir, stay in the Beast.”

        • 20 theo67
          June 18, 2012 at 1:44 pm

          Ha! That’s probably true. I was expecting to see a picture of the President posing with the group as I was scrolling down the page.

  7. 21 Tally
    June 18, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I WANT TO BE IN CABO!!!!! 😥

  8. 22 Cheryllou
    June 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    hola everyone! Again Chips you don’t disappoint with the pics. Thank you.

  9. 23 Hachikō
    June 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    CNN says Romney’s bus tour is very successful because he’s drawing the attention of national democrats (DNC’s organized protests) and he got 900 people to show up for him in Wisconsin. *sigh*

    • 24 Pamela
      June 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Hachiko and Tucker, Keep you the Heart! Xoxo

    • 25 theo67
      June 18, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      One would think that the GOP always positive spin machine (even in the face of truly horrible facts) would produce a more optimistic group of people – instead, they’re 100% negative, and they suck the life out of everything.

    • 26 xtine
      June 18, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Bet 10,000 Skittles, of those 900, 50 came for Willard!

    • 29 relellit
      June 18, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Sucessful??? LOL, doesn’t that explain/prove just how out of touch and clueless the Republicons are. It’s a pity they think that way.

    • June 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Sure, the 900 people who were called, harassed and possibly bribed to show up.

      It appears that All Willard has to do is breathe without choking and the media jumps to congratulate him on being “very successful.”

      We need to let the media/GOP know that on Nov 6, we the American voters are re-electing a President who has successfully governed this country for the past four years, not a rich puppet who is the recipient of the MSM’s daily affirmative action.

    • 32 sabreen60
      June 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      CNN has lost 52% of its viewers. Be one of those and kick CNN to the curb 😀

      • 33 Hachikō
        June 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm

        LOL. I’m not usually a CNN watcher. Sadly, where I’m staying, my choice is either Fox or CNN. I’d rather gouge my own eyes out than watch Fox.

      • June 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm

        I did that in 2008 and have never looked back. I will not watch CNN, Fox, ABC, NBC or MSNBC unless PBO is on. I am working during Al and Bashir, occasionally watch Ed and Rachel and Lawrence. Tweety is too weird for me.

      • 35 nathkatun7
        June 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm

        I am proud to be one of the 52% who stopped viewing CNN!

    • 36 anniebella
      June 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      Name one person here that think CNN is worth dog doo? Did CNN say that President Obama was successful because he got the attention of Mitt Romney when Romney tour bus was driving around blowing the horn at the place where President Obama was going to speak?. Big deal, Romney got 900 people to show up in Wisconsin. The Koch Brothers probably bus them in.

      • 37 criquet
        June 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm

        It’s worse than that. PBO got 14,000 people at his first campaign rally but that was BAAAAD because it’s a stadium that holds 18,000 and some of the space was roped off for the stage etc reducing some of the possible seating. So 14,000 BAD, 900 GREAT. Only in Amercia.

        • 38 nathkatun7
          June 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm

          Criquet, the evidence keeps piling up: MSM have become a propaganda tool for Mitt Romney’s campaign.

  10. 39 auni
    June 18, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Sure would like to be a fly on the wall and hear the exchange between Putin and the President. i always thought Putin tossed President Bush around like a cat with a dead mouse.

    • 42 relellit
      June 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks desertflower it’s so true

      I left this on the previous thread for you; assuming it was you.

      I saw your liitle clarifaction on the vagina on the FN blog. I chuckeled because I was thinking that same exact thing.

      • 43 desertflower
        June 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm

        You’re welcome for the PCTC piece…as to the other, I’m not sure what that is ….there IS another desertflower impostor out there! Show me that one, if you will…thanks

  11. 45 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 18, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Maybe one of these folk will make it an issue …


  12. June 18, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    And Martha’s Vineyard, the other Obama vacation place, also happens to be in the United States, surprise, surprise!

  13. 49 FormelyFRED
    June 18, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    hi TOD family
    I posted twice yesterday and neither showed up.WP stinks monkey balls 🙄
    I wanted to wish each and every father and Potus a very Happy Father’s Day 😀
    It was great having the Obama family back even for a couple of days and I want to congratulate Laura and Tony on their wedding 😀
    mom and I are doing well,she’s scheduled to see her knee doctor for the last time sometime in July.There is still swelling around the suture so that needs to be checked again
    the heat in Chicago is just plain wrong and it’s only June 😮
    I hope everyone is doing fine.Thanks Chips for the site
    take good care and until next time,
    Fred 😉

    • June 18, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Great to hear from you Fred, hope everything’s good? Love to you and your Mom.

    • 51 relellit
      June 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      Fred, I hope the swelling is just a normal symptom from the surgery, When did she have the surgery? You could use icepacks to reduce the swelling.

      You”re right this is the hottest day. Notice we have not any rain in a while?

      Good luck and stay cool.

    • 52 desertflower
      June 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      Hi, Fred! Stay cool and HYDRATED….glad to see you here. Hi to mom:)

      • 53 HZ
        June 19, 2012 at 12:39 am

        Hi Fred. So good to see you here. Please take good care of yourself and give Mom a hug from all of us. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as also. I think of you often. ((((((( Hugs to you and Mom))))))))HZ

  14. June 18, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    LOS CABOS, Mexico — Mexican President Felipe Calderon praised President Obama on Monday for taking “unprecedented” action in moving to stop deportations of young illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children.

    Calderon said Obama’s move took “valor and courage” and that he’s sure many families in the United States are appreciative of the president’s action.

  15. 57 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm


  16. 58 LOL
    June 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    QuesSo let me get this straight…the Prez has his kick off rally and gets thousands of people to come, Romney starts his BS tour and gets hundreds of people to come. But the press is hung up on three empty seats in a 20K stadium….okay.

    • 59 theo67
      June 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      And they say that it’s the President who has an enthusiasm gap. We know who the President is, and we still turn up in the thousands and on the streets to cheer and wave flags. Romney is supposed to be the new, shiny thing, coming to save the world from certain destruction (and to bring about Armageddon and the Rapture, if some are to believed) and he’s got trouble rousing even 1000 people to a rally. We’re supposed to switch horses for that?!?

  17. June 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    My President is looking GOOD! He loves those fries, doesn’t he? 😆

    Love the pics of the excited folks in Mexico — too cute.

    I hope the Daddy-in-Chief enjoyed his Father’s Day.

  18. 61 japa21
    June 18, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Okay, how many of you ladies would do just about anything to be sitting next to PBO like that one lady is at the lunch and have him turn to you and give you a smile like that? And then, after he did that, how many of you would need smelling salts?

  19. June 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Chris Cilizza just said that “dressage is good for Mitt Romney”. Yes, owning a million dollar horse and training it to turn in tight circles and other unnatural movements, often with harmful training techniques and damaging effects, for the amusement of other wealthy, bored and self-interested horse owners, is a very admirable pursuit and highly relatable to middle America.
    Utter nonsense from Cilizza, had to shut down brain cells to come up with that one. Someone must have had a gun to his head.

    • 81 theo67
      June 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      It’s people like Cilizza who are influencing the future that this generation of children will live in.

    • 84 Bill
      June 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      And of course Mrs. Greenspan agreed. Those two are as boring as a pair can get.

    • 85 LOL
      June 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      This is the same group that said the President was too elitist…for eating arugula. So arugula —bad, dressing up a horse like those kids on toddlers and tiaras—good.

    • 86 japa21
      June 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      The problem wih what he says is a misunderstanding of hiorse lovers. There are many people of different social economic levels that have and love horses. I think he feels that the dressage is something they see and like about Romney. But, quite honestly, it isn’t. Instead, most horse lovers (non 1%ers) see the unnaturalness of dressage. They can see the equestrian contest which involve hurdles, etc, as a good, as the horses are doing something natural. But dressage is something else entirely.

      • June 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm

        The old grey mare,she ain’t what she use to be….many long years ago. (am i dating myself?)

      • June 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm

        Please understand that dressage done right is absolutely natural…it’s like yoga for horses – a way to strengthen, align and center the horse and unify it with the rider. My back yard horse and I practice dressage movements to keep his muscles toned all the time. Are there abusive practices – especially in the world of high level competition? Yes, but these are caused by avaricious humans, not due to the elemental nature of dressage. I said on an earlier thread that it saddens me to see this beautiful discipline being vilified. It’s the actions of certain individuals and their abusive training practices that are the problem, not the art of dressage.

      • June 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm

        Would you rather be Ann Romney’s horse or one of the wild horses of Corolla, the horses who get to run free and hang out with their friends and family on the beaches of the Outer Banks in N.C. I’ve seen them, and it is a lovely sight to see——the freedom they have, as nature intended:

    • June 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      PBO can’t even take his kids on a 3 day weekend and get an ice cream cone yet dressage is great for Mitt? Oh, please!

      • June 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

        These media folk seem to think we were all born yesterday.

      • 96 anniebella
        June 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm

        People are sick, someone make some comment about the taxpayers paying for FLOTUS trip to Oregon St. I told the bastard that I rather my tax dollars goes for that, then it goes for fighting some war we had no business fighting (Iraq), of course G.W. put that war on the U.S. credit card.

        • 97 theo67
          June 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm

          That same fool probably doesn’t have a problem with tax dollars going to protect Ann while she’s in Europe for the dressage competition next month. And they probably wouldn’t utter a squeak when Romney goes to visit his money in all those foreign countries. It’s just idiotic for them to complain about the duly elected President (and his family) actually living their lives like the First Family always has – under the watchful eye of the Secret Service, with transportation and protection funded by tax dollars, and earning a relative pittance of a salary themselves, for a job that requires 24 hour duty. I have little time for such pettiness.

        • June 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm

          They expect her to got to the nearest Greyhound depot and board the bus. They want their country AND more importantly, their WHITE house back.

    • 99 Nena20409
      June 18, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      But Arugula Veggie was not what most Americans eat….the pres told Us. The blatant cheering and framing of stories for the positive for Romney is out of this world. On CNN today, one of the CNN’s political director talking to Susanne M. today told Us that the Bus Tour has been great for Romney even though Dem organized group were trying to undermine them….paraphrasing. Then he said that 900 people greeted Romney. The way he said it, one would think that 900 was like 90K.

  20. June 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    This is painful to watch—–Willard just in awe of “wa-was”. He is just excruciating—–embarrassing—-to observe off the cuff


  21. 101 desertflower
    June 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm


    Pretty much nails it.

    Romney refuses to actually go on record to say he’d overturn Obama’s immigration order, but sits in the corner sniping and taking swipes at it. What bravado!

    This man is a coward, a two-faced chickenshit who will say what it takes to satisfy his short-term need. He doesn’t give a damn about anything but his legacy, and he’s too blind and stupid to see his legacy will be that of a lame duck who was blindsided by his own ignorance.

    I’m starting to think he has no convictions. No principles allow you to sell them out for your own happiness, that’s why they are principles. If you don’t honor them when it matters, you’re just… well, you’re Mitt Romney. Even Mitt doesn’t want to be Mitt. He wants to be Obama, but without the pesky responsibility of making the hard choices and taking responsibility for them.

    • June 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      And the corrupt media refuses to address any of this. Instead they try to divert attention by spinning reality and pushing false narratives about his “star-studded,” “successful” bus tour, and his out-of-touch horse dressage as being “good news for Romney.”

      The media has now taken over Halperin’s job full-time.

  22. 103 desertflower
    June 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    thinkprogress BREAKING: Sen. Marco Rubio won’t introduce GOP version of DREAM Act thkpr.gs/Lx9tqB *fixed link
    9 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

  23. 105 utaustinliberal
    June 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm

  24. June 18, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Now we’ve got Nuns Against Romney (and Paul Ryan’s budget) in Iowa – I love the title of “Nuns on the Bus” tour:
    I hope they raise some heck at Progress Iowa’s Daveport presser.

  25. June 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Fuck Miss Ann and the Horse she rode in on!
    How is that for Dressage?

  26. June 18, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    The Cheney In Mitt Romney

    It’s increasingly clear that his foreign policy will be, as Bill Clinton put it, the old neocon stuff on steroids. Here, for example, is his view that a war against Iran need have no Congressional authorization:

    I can assure you if I’m President, the Iranians will have no question but that I would be willing to take military action, if necessary, to prevent them from becoming a nuclear threat to the world. I– I don’t believe at this stage, therefore, if I’m President, that we need to have war powers approval or a special authorization for military force. The President has that capacity now.

    More here: http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/06/the-cheney-in-mitt-romney.html

    • 115 Don
      June 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      Romney, like the three Republicans that have held office since 1980, will not go to war with Iran. Shit, Romney is afraid to do interviews, what makes anyone think he has the balls to sit in the situation room and order a first strike against Iran? Romney might as well change his name to Fredo Corleone.

    • 116 theo67
      June 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      Yikes. I wonder how Romney will deal with a world where China and Russia line up behind Iran, and the rest of the world rejects his war mongering – leaving him and Israel to go it alone (with Israel surrounded by increasingly hostile Arab states, too)? I wonder if that scenario will factor into his thinking at all.

  27. June 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    18 Jun 2012 02:42 PM
    What The WaPo Wouldn’t Run

    That scene is a free, makeshift dental clinic for the uninsured. It was mobbed – as it would be in a developing country. Except it’s right here in Tennessee, where many of the working poor are uninsured, and where the state is perfectly happy to keep it that way. For these strapped, working class folk, Obama’s demonized healthcare reform is a godsend. Pity almost none of them in this part of deepest red America have heard of what it could do for them:

    It was hard to find visitors to the clinic who would not benefit directly from the law. Barbara Hickey, 54, is a diabetic who lost her insurance five years ago when her husband was injured at his job making fiberglass pipes. She gets discounted diabetic medication from a charity, but came to the clinic to ask a doctor about blood in her urine.

    Under the law, she would qualify for Medicaid. Her eyebrows shot up as the law was described to her. “If they put that law into effect, a lot of people won’t need disability,” she said. “A lot of people go onto disability because they can’t afford health insurance.”

    Tom Boughan, 58, came to the clinic for glasses and dental work, with a sci-fi novel to pass the time. He’s been without coverage since being laid off from his industrial painting job last year, which means he’s paying $400 every few months for blood work for a thyroid problem.

    This piece was supposed to run on the front page of the Washington Post. They turned it down on the grounds that it was too supportive of Obamacare.


    • June 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      This is a travesty…the uninsured, the information void and WP for not running the article. The ACA needs its own marketing campaign to reach deep into the populations that are most likely to benefit, but who have been held hostage by politics and faux “news”

    • 119 desertflower
      June 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      WOW. Then ANDREW should make a big fat stink, since HE has sway…I think I saw a lightbulb go off in that woman’s head when she realized the implications of all this! Maybe we should ALL write to WAPO and give them a piece of our minds….

    • 120 desertflower
      June 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      He rightly goes on to say:

      I’ve evolved on this issue. In general, I find a huge amount to admire in America’s private health care system and wouldn’t want to alter its essential private structure. But its simply staggering inefficiencies, massive costs, and failure to provide health to the working poor persuaded me of the need for reform. And at some deep level, when I consult my conscience, I find denying people healthcare different than denying them a job or a mortgage or a car or an iPhone, or any other material goods. Without your health, you can enjoy none of this.

      I remember my instant, sustained reaction when my friends became sick and died for so many grueling years. It was inconceivable for me then that these people should be left to suffer and die in a country as wealthy as we are. If that’s true of my friends, it must also be true of those I have never known, whose bodies are no different than mine, whose pain is no less acute, whose lives are no less sacred. You can call this the Golden Rule if you want. Or Christian principles.

    • 121 nathkatun7
      June 18, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      “This piece was supposed to run on the front page of the Washington Post. They turned it down on the grounds that it was too supportive of Obamacare”

      Here we go again. Now does any one doubt that the mainstream media will do everything to prevent Americans from getting information about the positive things President Obama is doing?

  28. 122 desertflower
    June 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    It’s AMAZING! (How you foolish people live!) What? No butler? No china? No cloth napkins? WTF!

  29. June 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 06/18/2012
    GOP strategist: Republicans were `caught with their pants down’ on immigration
    By Greg Sargent

    Republicans need to be very careful about how they respond to Obama’s new immigration announcement, because Americans view the issue as one about fundamental fairness. If the GOP loses the Latino vote in the same way it has lost blacks, it won’t be able to win future presidential elections.

    So claims GOP strategist Ed Rollins in an interview with me about Obama’s new policy blocking deportations of DREAM-eligible youth.

    “They should not have been caught with their pants down,” Rollins said of Republicans, adding that they were caught “flat-footed” by the announcement. “They needed to be better prepared.”

    “The hardest thing [for Republicans] about the immigration debate is that it’s a question of fairness,” continued Rollins, who was chief strategist for Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign and ran Ronald Reagan’s reelection effort in 1984. “A lot of people know a lot of good people who came into this country illegally and are trying to buy into the American Dream.”

    “If we ever lose the Hispanic vote the way we’ve lost the African American vote, there’s no way we’ll win in presidential politics,” Rollins concluded.


    • 125 theo67
      June 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      The GOP are only concerned with winning. No mention of what they want to do to support the groups they’re trying to win over. That doesn’t matter. The one statement the President made that always rings true for me is that “[he] didn’t run for President to BE something. [He] ran for President to DO something”. That says it all.

  30. 126 Liberal Librarian
    June 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

  31. 127 Liberal Librarian
    June 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm

  32. June 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 06/18/2012
    Can Dems go on offense on health care?
    By Greg Sargent

    So how much of an impact would a Supreme Court decision against the Affordable Care Act have on the health care debate in this fall’s elections? The answer may prove to be: Not much.

    I’m not one of those who thinks a Supreme Court decision against health reform will carry any hidden silver linings for Dems. It could reinforce the narrative that Obama and Dems allowed health care to distract them from the economy, with nothing to show for it.

    But it is worth pointing out that even if the law is struck down, the basic parameters of the health care debate itself will remain pretty much the same in the context of the presidential and Congressional campaigns.

    And there may even be space for Dems to go on offense on the issue, even if a decision against Obamacare does carry clear negatives.

    Case in point: This new ad from Heidi Heitkamp, the former North Dakota attorney general who’s now the Democratic candidate for Senate. This may be the first ad of the cycle in which a Democrat is not only aggressively defending the health law, but using it to attack the GOP opponent, in this case GOP Rep. Rick Berg:


  33. 129 utaustinliberal
    June 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm

  34. June 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I am watching breaking news,POTUS did it again.
    Putin agrees with This President to stop all violence in Syria, and to help the UN An Arab league!
    Chuck Todds face was BS, he was not expecting this.
    Your play -Mitt!

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