Astonishing: 6,500 stood under the blazing sun….


A Secret Service agent perspires as he keeps watch on President Obama at Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: President Barack Obama told an enthusiastic, if steamy crowd this afternoon that the election “isn’t just about two candidates or two parties – it’s about two fundamentally different visions for America.”

Speaking at Carnegie Mellon University, he laid out campaign themes he’s been hitting on his “Betting On America” bus tour.

He got big applause when he said, “Why would we want to go backward to the same theory that didn’t work before?” and “The Supreme Court has spoken, the law we passed is here to stay.”

A crowd of about 6,500 gathered on the College of Fine Arts lawn. At least 13 people were treated for heat exhaustion as temperatures stood in the high 90s.

Full article here


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82 Responses to “Astonishing: 6,500 stood under the blazing sun….”

  1. 1 cognachas4paws
    July 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I would’ve been out there if I lived there, too!

  2. 4 vcprezofan2
    July 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Congrats Paws!

  3. 7 cognachas4paws
    July 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I should add I am sorry for the people who were negatively affected by the heat and hope they are all okay.

    • 8 hopefruit2
      July 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      I do too, and thank goodness the last two months of the election season when the campaign is most intense will have much cooler temperatures – we hope!!

      • 9 cognachas4paws
        July 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm

        Hope so, too!

        It was nice to see the President’s volunteers trying to help with spraying the water bottles, too. Not only does he care, but so do his people!

      • 10 Bill
        July 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm

        I want to see Willard in 100 degree heat. Reggie Love said once that PBO liked to drive around DC in the summer, with the windows up, and no AC. Reggie was about to pass out but PBO liked it that way. PBO can handle the heat, he is skinny but tough, and people will still come to see him. Softy Willard will suffer, and no one will brave the heat to see him.

    • 11 ChristiMTL
      July 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      Me too!

  4. 12 ChristiMTL
    July 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Beautiful faces!…what a successful 2 days tour, great job Mr. President!…..

    ok now I’m reposting my last post..

    How can this bully be vetted for VP?….doesn’t make sense….what is wrong with him?

    Gov. Christie (R-NJ) was hangin’ with his family in Seaside Heights … and had just ordered an ice cream cone when a passerby fired off some snide comments about Christie’s policy on education.

    Christie got PISSED — and while clutching his cone, shouted back at the guy, “You’re a real big shot … you’re a real big shot shootin’ your mouth off.”

    The man shouted back, “Nah, just take care of the teachers!”

    The comment only enflamed Christie … who aggresively marched towards the guy and warned, “Keep walkin’ away … really good … keep walkin’.”

    Soon after, someone in Christie’s party put his arm around the 49-year-old and escorted him in the other direction.

    • 13 cognachas4paws
      July 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      He’s an overgrown bully. Such a stark contrast to the President; you don’t see him losing his cool like that. I’m with you – I don’t know how on earth Christie can possibly be considered VP material. Quite frankly, I don’t think he’s even Governor material.

      • 14 nathkatun7
        July 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm

        He tried to bully Californians when he came here to support Meg Whitman but Californians made him STFU! Christie is a spoiled bully. If he is not careful, one of these somebody is going to knock his teeth out. Governor or no governor, you just don’t get into people faces like that.

      • 16 cognachas4paws
        July 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm

        That is something else. What a joke he is.

        • 17 joanshaw
          July 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm

          I don’t know how the man even walks around. Tell you the truth I don’t think I’ve ever seen any recemt public official as fat as Christie.

    • 18 vcprezofan2
      July 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      I guess this is an example of Christie’s COMMON touch. These Repubs who have great aspirations towards the WH, or leadership positions in general, have no class or any sense of decorum. Problem is those who vote for them also do not understand the need for a leader to HAVE decorum, maturity, and class – they only want someone like themselves. Remember the Alaska Barbie? And the ‘you lie’ guy? And Walsh the deadbeat? Etc. Etc.

    • July 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      If he wasn’t Governor he’d probably be getting into fist fights.

    • 20 majiir
      July 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      Christie has a highly visible anger management problem. Having to have one of your staff members restrain you should be embarrassing for any politician, but I don’t think Christie cares. The rank and file republicans love this kind of thing, but they never think about the fact that it wouldn’t play well in an international setting where a politician has to practice restraint. According to a post on the Think Progress site, Russian politicians are already concerned about a Romney presidency. A member of the Duma described a Romney presidency as a diplomatic disaster, and a return to the policies of GWB. He also expressed concern about Romney using many of GWB’s foreign policy advisers. If Romney and the republicans don’t think the eyes of the world are on this election or that foreign politicians don’t see the disaster that Romney would be as president, they’re in a state of serious denial.

      • 21 Lovepolitics2008
        July 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm

        Except for Netanyahu, I bet that all world leaders are concerned about Romney. They are INFORMED and are very well aware that Barack Obama is an exceptional man and an exceptional leader. Wanna bet that even conservative Angela Merkel wishes that Barack Obama is reelected? If Romney goes to Germany, watch for the germans to do only the minimum to not appear impolite.

        • 22 0388jojothecat
          July 6, 2012 at 5:50 pm

          I have a friend living in Europe and she said 100% of the people she encounters thinks and hopes that PBO gets a 2nd term. They are scared that Robme is just another Bush. There is no one that Robme can talk into going to war with unless the money grubbers in Europe have the same pull as they do here.

    • 23 4morefor44
      July 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      98% of every single republican in your lives right now would vote for that unstable idiot over barack obama. think about that. republicans and their mentalities are the cause of so much suffering and fighting in the world. we must stop these bullies once and for all.

    • 24 miss pat
      July 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      The last sentence should read ” both arms, around the 49 year old child…”

  5. 25 anniebella
    July 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Every time I hear someone say something about what the MSM and the cable pundits said today, I am remind that these same MSM and cable pundits were all but sure the ACA would be struck down by the Supreme Court. How it would be a blow to President Obama re-election when his important piece of work is struck down. It wasn’t struck down. In other words these know it all don’t know it all.

    • 26 ChristiMTL
      July 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Don’t forget in June anniebella!….every week was the President work week ever!…..too bad the polls told a different story.

  6. July 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm



    • 28 ChristiMTL
      July 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Good catch Chips!……THIS WH policy….hehe…he does read your tweets…..

    • 29 sherijr
      July 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      To Mark Knoller~ in the words of one of his (I’m betting) heros: EXvp Chaney: “SO”

    • 30 Linda
      July 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      Isn’t the rule that is cannot be used at a ” fundraising ” event….?

    • 31 Lovepolitics2008
      July 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Could it be a mistake from the campaign staff ?

      This difference may be worth mentioning, but if it becomes “news of the day”, it’s ridiculous.

      • July 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm

        According to Knoller the WH says the presidential seal will be displayed “at future campaign speeches, but a campaign official says it won’t be displayed at fundraisers”.

        Sounds okay to me? Needless to say, Knoller neglected to mention that Bush used the seal for campaign rallies.

        • 33 nathkatun7
          July 6, 2012 at 7:16 pm

          Well done Chips! Keep exposing their lies. As far as I can remember, (my memory goes as far back as LBJ in 1964) the Presidential seal has been used by all the sitting President running for re-election. Why are the media so determined to hold President Obama to different standards? Do they really think that all of us are suffering from amnesia?

  7. July 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Heads up:

    July 06, 2012 4:55 PM EDT

    President Obama Holds an event at the White House with Construction Workers and College Students to Sign HR 4348


  8. July 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    McCain on FTN from Moracco, on a Congressional trip.
    How much did it cost the tax payer? Why did He go to Moracco?
    Did he enjoy Himself while he was there, on the taxpayer dime?

    • 37 Bill
      July 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      He stays on trips. I heard him say he has been to Burma twice in the last few months. He was in Cartegena, Colombia when Gabby was shot. He goes to Iraq and Afghanistan regularly .Cindy does not want him in Arizona.

  9. 38 Melanie
    July 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    David Gregory out at Meet the Press? They’re replacing him with Joe Scarborough; is that really supposed to help the ratings?

    • 39 Debz
      July 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Replacing on GOP tool with another? Yeah, that’ll bring up those ratings.

    • 40 cognachas4paws
      July 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      It’s “GOP-TV.” Like Fox, only on NBC. Tim Russert must be turning over in his grave.

    • 41 Bill
      July 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Why not replace him with McCain, Graham, and Lieberman and make a group as host. That seems to be the new model.

      • 43 COS
        July 6, 2012 at 5:14 pm

        If this is true, they are going to lose even more viewers. This will not make me watch the show again. I stop watching as soon as I saw Gregory in action and I had been watching MTP for years and years.

        • 44 0388jojothecat
          July 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm

          Agreed. The only way they can increase their ratings is to put Rachel or Tweety in that spot.

    • 45 Lovepolitics2008
      July 6, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      Ri-di-cu-lous. Joe Scarborough is OPENLY republican. Gregory’s bias are obvious but officially he has been a “journalist” for quite some time.

      And not only Scarborough is a republican, he doesn’t have the credentials nor the temperament for this job. Good God, MSNBC is losing its credibility at a fast rate.

      For the record, I wouldn’t want Rachel as host on MTP either. Oh I would love to see her pushing back against conservative lies and distortions. However, since Rachel is well identified as a liberal, her pushing back wouldn’t carry the same weight as if it came from a journalist whose political views are hard to decipher.

      Meet the Press needs a journalist not identified with conservatives nor liberals. Someone who will “grill” everyone who goes there, someone knowledgeable who won’t accept BS. If we could see on MTP real journalism, well researched topics and interviews, it would certainly favor democrats but that’s another story…

      • 46 0388jojothecat
        July 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm

        Yeah, they could put Chris Wallace in that spot. He grills the GOP more than any of them.

  10. 47 JER
    July 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    President Obama Returns To Washington: http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  11. 49 donna dem 4 obama
    July 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Check out some of the audience in pic #14. The guy with the afro 😛 and the lady with the umbrella hat 😎

      • 51 donna dem 4 obama
        July 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm

        As much as I love my President, after this past weekend here in DC with no A/C I’m not sure if I could stand in that hot sun. I tip my hat to those great folks in Pittsburgh.

        No. not me. I just thought those two were cute and kind of retro.

  12. 52 carla4obama
    July 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2012

    Something Mitch McConnell Would Never Do: President Obama Consoles Woman Whose Uninsured Sister Died Of Colon Cancer
    Dear Senator McConnell:

    I’ve been reading comments about you all over the internet today. Very few flatter you. In fact, most express disgust, and ask why we can’t vote you out of office. I assure them that I am doing everything I can to make sure that happens.,,,,,,

    The article linked below, Senator McConnell, demonstrates the stark difference between you and the man you so unjustly criticize. I understand that you are not in this for the money any more. You surely have enough to live well the rest of your life. My guess is that you are in it for popularity and power. I admit that I know nothing about your youth and am only guessing that the few friends you had were probably as cold-hearted and awkward as you, so your political career might be a “take that” of sorts.

    I ask you, sincerely, to take a look at this and imagine how it must feel to be the kind of man that President Obama is. You’ve been around him. You know he exudes goodness. Even people who might not agree with his politics recognize that and love him (I’ll bet even your racist base, if they’re honest). Anyone can change if the desire is there. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend your remaining years being loved instead of hated?

    President Obama Consoles Woman Whose Uninsured Sister Died Of Colon Cancer: President Obama stopped shaking hands for a moment today so that he could embrace a sobbing woman whose uninsured sister recently died of colon cancer. The sister of Stephanie Miller, from Sandusky, OH, would have been covered if Obamacare were fully implemented when she got sick. Instead, the woman was left without insurance and couldn’t […]/p


  13. July 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    “Your WTF of the Day
    Posted on 07/06/2012 at 4:40 pm by JM Ashby

    Via Grist, the new CEO of Duke Energy resigned today after only one day on the job, but according to the Wall Street Journal, he will retain his full severance package and relocation expensives for that one grueling day of sitting in a high-rise office.

    Despite his short-lived tenure, Mr. Johnson will receive exit payments worth as much as $44.4 million, according to Duke. That includes $7.4 million in severance, a nearly $1.4 million cash bonus, a special lump-sum payment worth up to $1.5 million and accelerated vesting of his stock awards, according to a Duke regulatory filing Tuesday night. Mr. Johnson gets the lump-sum payment as long as he cooperates with Duke and doesn’t disparage his former employer, the filing said.

    Under his exit package, Mr. Johnson also will receive approximately $30,000 to reimburse him for relocation expenses.”


    But teachers? Paid way too much money.

  14. 57 utaustinliberal
    July 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm

  15. 58 vcprezofan2
    July 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Does anyone know if @SharkKnoller has been fired or simply sent off to report on issues in outer Ikbekki-bekki-stan-stan? For important campaign events like these I can’t imagine why s/he would not have been assigned for coverage. Wonder who s/he insulted or criticized? I mean, no smart journalist would take vacation at a time when an important campaign round was pending. Speak up, what do you guys know?

    • 59 Pamela
      July 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      I know nothing

    • 61 ChristiMTL
      July 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      I’m wondering myself…maybe health issues?…..I hope he’s alright…haha….

      • 62 vcprezofan2
        July 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm

        I’m leaning towards him/her getting a severance package and being asked to leave quietly stage right. Some of his/her reports near the end were quite testy. Sad that another seemingly honest reporter is pushed aside while the Todds and Tappers of the media world flourish with their banal reports..

  16. 63 Pamela
    July 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    We did not always live in air conditioned environments, some of us remember life before such conveniences!

    • 64 vcprezofan2
      July 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      You do? 😯 What was it like? 😉 😉

      • 65 cookemom
        July 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm

        oh grasshopper, it was a beautiful thing. My grandfather was the ‘iceman’ in our town. He and his sons (one was my dad) brought big blocks of ice to homes to be put in the bottom of their ‘ice boxes’. My mom, a hairdresser did hair in the kitchen with a pressing comb, before AA women got their hair ‘permed’. My dad was a watchman, who fixed clocks and watches for miles around. They had these things called hands and faces and a little stem that was wound to keep them ticking, yes, an actual sound…a ticking. My best memories were of several cuckoo clocks and grandfather clocks in the house waiting to be picked up by their owners…noon and midnight were a blast. We didn’t need no stinkin air conditioning, we were skinny and tough.

        • 66 vcprezofan2
          July 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm

          😀 😀 CM, I meant to harass Pamela, but see that I caught you in the net. 😛 I won’t admit whether or not I have a clue about the picture you painted, 😉 but I will say that I don’t see how the ticking clocks made the air conditioning unnecessary.

          /Hmmm. Wonder what happened to my mother’s coal iron? Haven’t seen it in a while/

    • 68 0388jojothecat
      July 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      When you live in Washington state (western WA) no one needs air conditioning. If you live in Eastern WA, well that’s a different story.

  17. July 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Robert Reich hair on fire, and a little sprinkle of Sensationalism.

  18. 73 anniebella
    July 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Will POTUS and the family be going back to Camp David this week-end?

  19. 74 utaustinliberal
    July 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    C-SPAN will be covering the President’s remarks at the signing of the transportation and student loans bill LIVE on TV and also here:


  20. July 6, 2012 at 5:14 pm

  21. 76 Sharon
    July 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Air Force One has landed and he is on the way to the White House. CBS now lists the time as 5:30 and C-Span still plans to cover it. Tonight at 8:20 C-Span will re-air the Pittsburgh event.

  22. 77 Sharon
    July 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    The President plans to leave for Camp David immediately after the signing.

  23. 78 Sharon
    July 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I am sure the family is already at Camp David.

    • 79 carolyn
      July 6, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      I’m glad they’re using Camp David. That may be the only vacation they get this summer. But, it is cooler than D.C. and the press can’t pester him. It is indeed a sanctuary.

  24. 80 JER
    July 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Pres. Obama Signs Transportation / Student Loan Legislation: http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  25. 82 debra13
    July 6, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Wow -notice that enthusiasm gap?! What a shame people don’t want to see/hear our POTUS 😉 Gotta love the devotion to a GREAT MAN. Love ya Philly/PA Dems, union people and yummmmm@cookies!

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