Heads up: President Obama speaking in Tampa

President Obama greets the audience after he spoke at the NALEO conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida


4:15: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Hillsborough Community College, Tampa

(You know yourself, sometimes these speeches start early, sometimes late – so check the live streaming links)

CNN live streaming (coverage has started)

CBS live streaming

Back later with photos and videos from today.


The NALEO speech:

163 Responses to “Heads up: President Obama speaking in Tampa”

  1. 1 4morefor44
    June 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm


  2. 3 Proud Former White House Intern
    June 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm


  3. 4 Ladyhawke
    June 22, 2012 at 4:02 pm


    by Pili Tobar on 06/22/2012 at 1:44pm


    Below are several of the frequent Republican attacks, arguments, and misinformation that need correction, context, and accuracy:

    1) We want a “long-term solution” for DREAMers, they say. But Republicans blocked the DREAM Act in Congress and Romney has promised to veto it should it pass. In yes

    2) President Obama and the Democrats promised to enact immigration reform but never tried to move it, they say. The record is clear: Democrats and Obama tried and Republicans obstructed.

    3) Let’s secure the border first, and then we can move onto broader comprehensive reform, they say. But even with the border being more secure than ever and illegal immigration across it at net zero, the GOP keeps denying it.



  4. June 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Congrats on 1st 4morefor44.

  5. June 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Congrats on the first 4morefor44!!! Love the pic Chipsticks!!! Happy Friday (Saturday for me) everyone!!! (I know, another headache for you Chipsticks on the name change) 😆 soweeeee :grins:

  6. 9 vitaminlover
    June 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I am hearing that hw knocked that previous speech out of the park. Knew that he would.

  7. 10 Melanie
    June 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Not sure who the gentleman just speaking was but he was fired up!! Anyone know who that was?

  8. June 22, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    OK, confess – you couldn’t make this up yourselfs /snark:

  9. 14 utaustinliberal
    June 22, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks Chips. You ROCK. 😉

  10. 18 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    #FIRED UP …………..

  11. 19 lamh35
    June 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    read this story and try not to laugh the description of Politico given.

    POLITICO suspends reporter


  12. 23 utaustinliberal
    June 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Awww…They’re playing the Fired Up Ready To Go video!

  13. 24 desertflower
    June 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Chips………………………………………………………………….I have to go meet with a girl from OFA at 1:45 …you know what THAT means:) I miss this PBO event 😦 Will you have this so that those of us that won’t get to watch live, can see it later? I don’t want to miss this, but duty calls! Thank you!

  14. 25 Ladyhawke
    June 22, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Darrell Issa and House Republicans’ Permanent Witch Hunt

    The Fast and Furious investigation is more light than heat — and it’s part of a pattern that’s been repeating itself since the 1990s.


    I’m sorry, but can we talk turkey — I mean, Darrell Issa — for a moment? Is there any fair and balanced news commentator (honest ones, that is, not the Fox News version) who doubts what this guy is all about? Rep. Issa himself has made no pretense of his intentions: Nail Barack Obama first, raise Issa’s profile second (or maybe that’s first), and get at the truth last.

    Even before he took over the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, with zero evidence in hand, Issa called Obama “one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times.” In his relentless search for evidence (and headlines) since, he has found nothing to back up that statement, making him look like a buffoon. (Even the Solyndra scandal turned out to be a question of incompetence, not corruption, as Issa himself has admitted.)

    As Issa told my former colleague Susan Davis for her definitive profile of him in National Journal last year: “I’m a salesman …. What I’m selling is the awareness of a product.” By “product,” Issa apparently intended to mean his committee’s investigations. But clearly the main product he’s selling is Darrell Issa.



  15. 26 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 22, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    No way #BainMitt wins Florida … no way …


  16. June 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    OMG, that crowd is unbelievably FIRED UP! My President tripped on the stair but no one seemed to care. Everyone was so pumped and ready to go !

  17. June 22, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Overflow!! Where is CHuckie Toad?????? Where is Fake Yapper? Count the empty seats please.

  18. 32 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 22, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    It is safe to say – we have months of validating empirical data – the only way #BainMitt will ever have as many people cheering for him will be at his totally staged convention 😀 😀


  19. 34 Linda
    June 22, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    What the Huck ?

    June 18, 2012 – The union representing U.S. Border Patrol agents called for the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder for his role in the “Operation Fast and Furious” gun smuggling scandal that directly resulted in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on December 15, 2010.

    This is the AFL-CIO.


    • June 22, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      Too many of them, unfortunately, are macho men who watch FOX — and don’t know the truth about the situation.

      We learned in Wisconsin that propaganda works, as stupid as it seems to fact-based thinkers.

    • 36 0388jojothecat
      June 22, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Funny how the AFL-CIO found their balls after the Bush Administration is no longer in office. You did not hear much from them, COWARDS, when Bushco was rating out CIA agents and god knows how many were killed due to Rove, Cheney, outing of Valarie Plame.

      • 37 joyfulmeme
        June 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm

        Is this ligit? Reading the article sounds like a bunch of right wing loons.

        • 38 elo4obama/biden
          June 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm

          I don’t think this is legit either. The language was very unprofessional, and why is there a donate page?

    • 39 Zekke LyDonna
      June 22, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      I call Bullshit. Where was the outrage against Roberto Gonzalez? Where was the outrage against Michael Mukasey?

  20. 40 donna dem 4 obama
    June 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I think he just winked. I about fell off my chair. 😉

  21. June 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm


  22. 45 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    There it is …. ‘outsourcing Pioneer’ NO WAY!!! in the Oval Office ….


  23. 46 Melanie
    June 22, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I like this speech. He keeps reimphasizing “that’s why I’m running for President of the United States of America.” Of course there will be those who continue to say he hasn’t made his case for a 2nd term but those people are just on auto-stupid.

    • 47 theo67
      June 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      I’d have one comment and one question for those people:
      1. President Obama made his case for a second term when he started ticking off things on his agenda that resulted in the most legislatively successful congressional session in history (partnering with then-Speaker Pelosi), even while he was faced with unprecedented obstruction, a looming economic depression, two wars, and a large population of citizens that mostly sat on its hands and complained. President Obama specifically made his case when he put policies in place that began the recovery of the US economy, rescued the foundation industry of manufacturing in this country (i.e. the auto industry), invested more in this country’s energy economy and science than any time in the past 40 years, put science first, revised many environmental standards, enforced trade regulations with China, signed the START Treaty with Russia, opened up trade avenues in Asia and South America, expanded the global operating body from G8 to G20, recovered the country’s image abroad, ended two wars, and disposed of America’s terrorist enemies. He’s also explicitly made his case for a second term by articulating what he’ll do with a working Congress and his vision for this country and his faith in the goodness of it’s people.President Obama made his case when he was a young man and he spoke about what he believes and what he stands for, again in 2004 when he entered the world stage, in his book, in his second book, in every action he’s taken as a representative of the people, and as a role model and as a man.
      2. Do those same people who would dare to say that the President hasn’t made a case for a 2nd term have anything to say about Romney, and the kind of case he’s made to even share the stage with President Obama? He’s been a lying, two-faced, bully, and hasn’t even articulated one single positive thing he would do for this country. He’s lied about everything, and thinks he can get to the nomination and be considered as a legitimate candidate when he hasn’t told anyone what he stands for nor has he elaborated his vision.

      So, if you happen to hear any of these people saying President Obama – please ask them first if they know anything about President Obama and his record, and also what case they think Mitt Romney has made to even be worthy of consideration and responsible for actual lives and futures.

  24. 48 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 22, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    He’s definitely in ‘Campaign Mode’ full bore ….

  25. 50 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Chips – this is it. It’s all been leading to this, but today in Tampa he has truly ‘kicked off’ the Campaign and his message is cogent, fun, and highly motivating!


    • 51 nathkatun7
      June 23, 2012 at 12:47 am

      Yes, Indeed, Bobfr! I don’t want to hear any more nonsense from the holier than thou progressives telling us that we have no choice. I am also hoping that supporters of the President, who have been critical of the President about this thing called “messaging,” listened carefully about what the President said in Tampa. Today, President Obama (just as he did in Cleveland, Ohio) made it plain about the choice confronting Americans in this election. The mainstream media will probably filter and try to distort, through selective editing, what the President said. But it’s our responsibility to go around the MSM and share the truth, with as many Americans as we can, about the choice facing this country in this election. This is why TOD and other pragmatic progressive blogs are so important. People can come here at TOD to view and listen to the unfiltered speeches by President Obama. I don’t know about any one else, but I don’t need WH reporters or cable media pundits to interpret for me what the President said. As far as I am concerned, I can read and understand English just as they can. And, from what I’ve read of some of their political analyses and their knowledge of history and the way the American political system functions, they don’t seem to know more than I do.

  26. 52 Ladyhawke
    June 22, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Jamison Foser ‏@jamisonfoser


    Calls should be constant RT @MWaner19: The $ Romney made pioneering outsourcing would be a hook for renewing calls to see his tax returns…


  27. 55 Ladyhawke
    June 22, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    PBO: I ask that you stand with me for a second term as President of the United States.

  28. June 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    My President is on FIYAAH!!!

  29. June 22, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Oh My Gracious Goodness!

  30. 58 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 22, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Let it rip ………..


  31. 60 Linda
    June 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    We take care of our own was playing at the end…

    I love that ….

    • 61 daisydem
      June 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      I love that too. If you have a chance, go to http://www.brucespringsteen.net and watch the video interview filmed in Paris where he talks about the songs in the Wrecking Ball, what they mean politically and socially, but especially personally to him! It is a statement on our country today.

  32. June 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Where/How are y’all seeing this???????

    • June 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Chips provided two links above. But it’s finished now. Hopefully, Chips will post a video of the entire speech by this evening for those who missed.

  33. June 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    This crowd was fired up! I hope Snark Knoller travelled with his blood pressure meds! 🙂

  34. 65 utaustinliberal
    June 22, 2012 at 4:59 pm

  35. 68 anniebella
    June 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Bruce Springsteen and Earth Wind and Fire, how can you go wrong with those two? POTUS was Fired Up and Ready to Go. and so am I.

  36. 70 utaustinliberal
    June 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Damn! They’re jamming some awesome songs. Bruce Springsteen’s “We Take Care Of Our Own!” and The Heavy’s “How You Like Me Now”

  37. 72 utaustinliberal
    June 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    • 73 Lovepolitics2008
      June 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      Missed the speech. He really used the word “steal” ? Wow.

      Another thing: is it just me who’s quite concerned he says that voters have to decide whether it’s right to kick 3M young people off their parents healthcare? I mean… If the ACA stays in place, there’s no need for voters to “decide” if young people will be kicked off their parents healthcare; the ACA says they WON’T be. If he talks about a potential battle over this, has he LEARNED that ACA is going down ?????

  38. 76 Linda
    June 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    This guy from Time Mag….is pathetic…did Halperin train him or what ?

  39. June 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    News is breaking that Paul Ryan is being vetted for Romney’s VP.

    Oh, please, MAKE MY DAY.

  40. June 22, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    The MSM is having a major sad. All that KKKOch $$$ going to grass. Willard can’t close the deal. Eric Holder is going after vote suppression. PBO and campaign team have an unbeatable ground game and an unparalleled handle on social media. The American people are learning to use their better judgment and common sense and LISTEN to their President, instead of the corrupt pundiots on Cable TV.

    MSM is pizzzzzed.

  41. June 22, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    LL, it’s finally been confirmed:

    WOW, this is huge, people.

  42. 88 utaustinliberal
    June 22, 2012 at 5:14 pm

  43. June 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm

  44. June 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Quite a thunderstorm outside, Whete POTUS is, be safe Mr President!

  45. 96 Linda
    June 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    What color is Erin McPike’s hair ?

  46. 99 amk for obama
    June 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm
  47. 100 utaustinliberal
    June 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Woah guys….how cool is this? I guess this shows PBO really is suffering from that “enthusiasm gap” 😆

  48. June 22, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    • 102 pkayden
      June 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      That’s good to know. We don’t need another 2000 nailbiter and the Supremes selecting the President.

  49. 103 amk for obama
    June 22, 2012 at 5:43 pm

  50. June 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    This is all that Politico could write about the Florida Trip-

    Forkless Friday at Obama event
    By JOSH GERSTEIN and REID J. EPSTEIN | 6/22/12 5:00 PM EDT
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. –Does a fork or dinner knife pose an unacceptable danger to President Barack Obama?

    One wouldn’t think so, given the hundreds of lunches and dinners he’s attended ranging from state dinners to political fundraisers to run-of-the-mill stops on the rubber-chicken circuit.

    However, at one such lunch Friday afternoon, guests heard an unusual announcement that they needed to hand over their silverware for security reasons.

    “It’s very important that you use your utensils as soon as possible,” National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials board member Raquel Regalado told about 1000 delegates at the group’s annual conference.

    That’s it???

    • June 22, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      That’s great.

      It means that our President did an excellent job – and there’s nothing for GOPolitico to criticize so they’re stretching to come up with something as ridiculous as this.

    • June 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      Huh?! These ‘politricians’, whom you love to tell us about are laughably pathetic ‘little ‘gossip girls’. How’s about sparing us their garbage nothingness propaganda, or challenge them by tweeting directly.

  51. June 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    So, the other day I saw an article on Yahoo! calling the president the ’embattled’ incumbent. It ticked me off, so I looked up the writer, googled his name and found out he’s called Obama ’embattled’ in a great deal of articles. To me, embattled implies someone on the verge of defeat – you know, ‘Embattled mayor resigns…’ It just didn’t sound appropriate, especially when he didn’t refer to Romney in any similar negative terms.

    After finding him on Twitter, I hit at him:

    He replied…

    My reply…

    His snarky reply (apparently didn’t read my tweet carefully):

    My final reply:

    His final reply:

    Hopefully that shows up correctly. If not, yikes. You need a preview button! 😉

    • June 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      I guess it kind of worked. It gets muddled in the middle, sorry. But I think you get the point.

      • 112 pkayden
        June 22, 2012 at 6:27 pm

        You have guts to challenge that reporter. Perhaps Obama is embattled, but why mention it every single time you write an article about him? And I agree with you that it’s strange that the reporter never refers to Romney in negative terms.

        • June 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm

          President Obama is not embattled in ANY sense of the word. This “journalist” either doesn’t know the meaning of “embattled” – or as Irishman indicated, is pushing an agenda. The word “embattled” does not just mean being in a fight, but also conveys a sense of being LARGELY unpopular and disliked (not just by certain groups), and in a generally precarious position – e.g., Gaddaffi, Mubarak, etc.

          Going by the definition, If anyone is embattled, it’s Mitt Romney, so the fact that he never uses this word to describe Romney suggests this journalist is in fact pushing an agenda.

    • 114 theo67
      June 22, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      Good for you for fighting back. The strict definition is that one is in a battle, but everyone knows that it’s normally taken to mean that you’ve basically been battered and are lying bleeding, about to expire. They think we’re all stupid.

  52. 118 lmrj
    June 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm

  53. 121 Ladyhawke
    June 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm


    Making immigration policy simple

    By Steve Benen


    Yesterday, Mitt Romney told the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials that crafting a permanent, comprehensive immigration policy is difficult, but he’s ready to work on it. This morning, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said the issue is “truly complicated,” and there’s plenty of blame to go around.

    As Benjy Sarlin reported, “President Obama offered up a fiery rejoinder: Reform is simple. And the Republicans are blocking it.”



  54. June 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    That Tampa speech today! Willard is becoming afraid – very afraid….

  55. 128 vcprezofan2
    June 22, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I’m here, and very happy to be! There were some negatives overtones at work today, so it’s wonderful to settle in here and leave that behind.

    Evening Chips & TODville! 😆 😆 Any news that I absolutely have to know right this minute? 😉

    • 129 amk for obama
      June 22, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Here, have a chilled beer or two, pard.

      • 130 vcprezofan2
        June 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm

        Thanks for the thought, Bro. Long time since we’ve crossed paths. Coould I have juice instead? I’m by temperament too …..too..too VC to touch alcohol.

        • 131 amk for obama
          June 22, 2012 at 7:06 pm

          You don’t know what you’re missing. 🙂

          Ok, have some iced tea with lemon.

          • 132 vcprezofan2
            June 22, 2012 at 7:10 pm

            (Not knowing makes it easier not to feel cheated. 😉 ) Thank you, thank you! It’s hot and stuffy here so the iced tea hits the spot.

  56. June 22, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    FLOTUS is waiting for PBO to come home tonight 🙂

  57. June 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Environment Canada released the U.S.-Canada Clean Energy Dialogue (CED) Action Plan II, outlining the next phase of activities the two countries will undertake to jointly advance clean energy technologies.

    The new action plan renews the commitment between the United States and Canada to work together on carbon capture and storage technologies; build more efficient, clean, “smart” electrical grids; and advance clean energy research and development.  Action Plan II also places a greater emphasis on energy efficiency to take advantage of the approaches and tools in each country to help facilitate the uptake of energy efficient technologies and practices. 

    “This plan is ambitious and demonstrates our continued commitment to international collaboration to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy and ensure that both of our nations benefit from the tremendous opportunities in clean energy,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “The United States and Canada are working together to continue to address technology gaps to support the development and deployment of new clean energy technologies into the marketplace.”


  58. June 22, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar issued the following statement today regarding the loss of Mount Rainier National Park Ranger Nick Hall:

    “It was with a heavy heart that I learned of the tragic loss of Mount Rainier Park Ranger Nick Hall, who heroically gave his life to save others during a dangerous rescue on the mountain. Nick embodied the brave and selfless nature of the men and women of the National Park Service who dedicate their lives to protecting and helping the millions of visitors to our cherished national parks across America. On behalf of the entire Interior family, I offer our heartfelt support and
    prayers to Nick’s family, friends and coworkers.”


  59. 147 57andfemale
    June 22, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Did this story get any coverage?!?!

    …….Instead, that was aspiring First Lady Ann Romney, who sold a dressage horse that could no longer perform dressage for $125,000 to an unsuspecting buyer after paying for the injection of a cocktail of painkillers that an expert witness said was unprecedented in his experience.

    ….”Again — if it had just been disclosed yesterday that Michelle Obama had been sued for defrauding someone in the sale of a Bentley for $125,000, I think that it would still be top news. Don’t you?

    I would think that this story would be a Super Hit. (That’s the name of the horse, too. Nice hook, eh?)”

    I’ve been out of touch. Seriously, the Week from Hell. Has this gained any traction?

    • 148 desertflower
      June 22, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      Mentioned…no real traction that I have seen. Unfortunate…because it goes to the deceivers and lying that seems to run rampant in the household.

    • 149 anniebella
      June 22, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      Again with you 57andfemale. The media seem to be in the hip pocket of the Romney camp. It was the media who help turn the Hillary Rosen comments into the fake controversy it became.

  60. 150 Ladyhawke
    June 22, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    This Is What Romney-Backing Billionaires Look Like

    Pretty much exactly what you’d expect, as pulled by the Public Campaign Action Fund for a Pinterest board.


    As Mitt Romney prepares for a weekend in the resort community of Deer Valley, Utah — an even posher, often gated enclave just outside Park City, full of enormous private ski chalets — with Republican leaders and major campaign donors, you might want to take a look at the Public Campaign Action Fund’s Pinterest board picturing 33 billionaires who have donated to Restore Our Future, a pro-Romney super PAC. The Romney gathering will be for donors to the Romney Victory Fund, but billionaires who donate large amounts to outside groups tend not to skimp on the formal campaign, once they’ve committed, and some of these folks seem likely to make an appearance in Utah, too.



  61. 153 amk for obama
    June 22, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I don’t do dkos anymore. So, if someone can post the gist…

    • 154 Linda
      June 22, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      I read some of that…..It basically says that all this fraud enforcement is the reason Wall Street is anti-PBO. If I remember correctly..it reports on all the cases they have won or settled.

      • 155 amk for obama
        June 22, 2012 at 7:08 pm

        Thx Linda. The PBO presidency is threatening the whole corrupt, well-entrenched power structures. And hence the all out efforts to stop him.

        • 156 Lovepolitics2008
          June 22, 2012 at 8:03 pm

          Yep. The banking lobby, Big Oil, Big Pharma, the military-industrial complex, and others… are feeling threatened by this President. And they’ll do ANYTHING to stop him. The next months are going to be a roller coaster, I’m sure of it. I pray every day that President Obama, and ALL americans with him, are protected from the nefarious actions of all those groups who are drunk with greed and power.

  62. June 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm


  63. 159 amk for obama
    June 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm

  64. 160 57andfemale
    June 22, 2012 at 7:02 pm

  65. 162 forus50
    June 22, 2012 at 7:22 pm

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