Allie & Stephanie

President Barack Obama hugs Stephanie Davies, who helped keep her friend, Allie Young, left, alive after she was shot during the movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colorado. The President visited patients and family members affected by the shootings at the University of Colorado Hospital July 22, 2012

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188 Responses to “Allie & Stephanie”

  1. 1 lamh35
    July 22, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Moving story huh Chips.

  2. 15 sabreen60
    July 22, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Am i first

  3. 16 Roberta in MN
    July 22, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Thst was the greatest that I have seen our POTUS. God Bless him.

    • 17 jackiegrumbacher
      July 22, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      He;s so real and his heart is so big. You could tell how much he was moved by the story of the two girls and all the other stories he heard today. What a beautiful man, able to rise to any occasion and lift everyone with him.

      • 18 nathkatun7
        July 22, 2012 at 10:39 pm

        Yes, indeed, JackieG! Our President has a great soul. You can see how deeply touched, as we all are, by the senseless violence that took the lives of innocent people, most of them very young, and shattered the lives of others who were injured. But as is always the case in most tragedies, the heroism and courage of ordinary people shines through. The story of these two young girls is a reminder to all of us that no matter how dire the situation may be we should never give up on love and hope.

      • 19 Obama Grandmama
        July 23, 2012 at 2:09 am

        As I was watching the clip above the news came on showing PBO speaking there. I paused the clip to watch the tv. Upon going back to the clip I noticed the freeze frame pic and it showed a real painful expression on our President’s face. His job is enormously hard. We are all so blessed we have such a caring person as our POTUS.

    • 20 prettyfoot58
      July 22, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      God bless him indeed….

  4. 21 lamh35
    July 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I love that he told a story that so far no one has done yet. There are many stories, but the networks seem to have the same ones. It was good to see and hear that POTUS gave them the most comfort that he could.

  5. 22 Roberta in MN
    July 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    He looked so tired. this had to have been really hard on him. My prayers are with him and the families in Aurora and all the survivors.

  6. 23 vitaminlover
    July 22, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    This wonderful man just exhudes class and LOVE!!!!

  7. July 22, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Amazing story. I can’t imagine the chaos going on around them. Both thinking they are going to die that day.

  8. 25 lamh35
    July 22, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Thanks for the video Chips. I’m post it to my FB if it’s cool.

  9. July 22, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    our President is a wonderful, thoughtful leader.

  10. 27 utaustinliberal
    July 22, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    So thankful that we have a leader such as President Obama for these times.

    • 28 HZ
      July 22, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      I am so grateful to be living during this beautiful and compassionate president. He gives me comfort when things are so wrong within our space.

      I so love the manner in which he thanked everyone, but especially the police chief and his staff and the hospital staff. Yes, we do need the first responders, all of our healthcare people, and all of our policeofficers who are also moving through this healing process.

      ((((((((((((((((((((((( May the sweet fragrance of POB’s voice remain in the spirit and space of each family member tonight.)))))))))))))))))))HZ

      • July 22, 2012 at 9:44 pm

        THIS x10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000.

      • July 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm

        Thank you, HZ, for the phrase, “… the sweet fragrance of POB’s voice …” A wonderful, wonderful description of Barack Obama’s beloved voice.

      • 31 nathkatun7
        July 22, 2012 at 10:42 pm

        Well said HZ! You expressed so well everything I am feeling. This country is really blessed to have this good and compassionate man as its leader.

      • 32 Obama Grandmama
        July 23, 2012 at 2:12 am

        I noticed that after PBO spoke he made sure he hugged or shook hands with each person standing behind him. He is so inclusive!

  11. 33 EDP4BHO
    July 22, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    As I said on last thread, anyone who thinks or feels he should not be our CIC has no insight or morality, in my opinion, which I stand by.

    • 34 Obama Proud
      July 22, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      EDP, so beautifully and perfectly stated. Thank you.

      I live in CO,just south of Denver. Our state is weeping, however, with the amazing strength and leadership from our POTUS, the arms of the nation are embracing us. His compassion and love is immeasurable.

    • July 22, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      Chips, thanks for posting this moving story.

  12. 36 auni
    July 22, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    His quiet words are filled with kindness and compassion. He speaks to the people in CO from his heart. God bless him.

  13. 37 Bill R.
    July 22, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Dear God, we have a tender hearted President who is a good man, who looks for goodness in every human situation. Here he tells the story of such goodness.

  14. 38 utaustinliberal
    July 22, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Chips; you’re fantastic!

  15. 39 lisalovesobama
    July 22, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    This story really got me. What pushed me over the edge was PBO reenact ing the action Stephanie too to keep Ali alive. When he pressed his fingers to his throat and kept it there for a few minutes. That did me in. I don’t even think he realized what he was doing. Putting action to his words.

    • 40 itgurl_29
      July 22, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      That got me as well. Something about it just really moved me.

    • July 22, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Yes, notice that he re-enacted the actions of the lifesaver. It was a tremendous visual metaphor for everything.

      • July 22, 2012 at 9:42 pm

        Notice that he doesn’t take his hand off his neck until he begins talking about getting Ali to the ambulance. He’s doing triage as he speaks.

    • July 22, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      I began to cry as he told that story. I could picture it vividly. He is so genuine, and he took his time to meet with each family and really learn about the victims. He has been crying quite a bit, and you could tell.

    • 44 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      I saw that too. He kept his fingers there up until the time in the story when they reached the safety of the ambulance. He was living the experience with them as he recounted it. That is true empathy.

    • July 22, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Yes, Lisa, everything about the way he told that story is so genuine. Suggest everyone watch the clip that Chips kindly provided at least one time with the volume muted. Just watch him …

      • 46 Pamela
        July 22, 2012 at 10:32 pm

        Watching for the third time, with the sound off as my suggested, bobfr, deelply moved. So, in this man, do Love and Light walk hand in hand. {{{{{{{{PresidentObama}}}}}}}}}

        • 47 Pamela
          July 22, 2012 at 10:39 pm

          *whoa. Please excuse my typing. It is NOT the iPad’s fault. I am just so tired. Might log off and rest a while. {{{{{{{Chips}}}}}}} {{{{TOD}}}}

          • 48 nathkatun7
            July 22, 2012 at 10:56 pm

            Pamella, go ahead and rest a little. I am sure most of us got exactly what you were trying to express. The tragedy in Aurora touched me so much that sometimes I have no words to express my sadness and anguish to see so many innocent young lives taken from us. I am grateful that we have a president who has the capacity to care for the victims as well as to deeply appreciate the courage and heroism of ordinary people who saved lives. I am also grateful for this blog which has attracted some of the most caring people.

    • July 22, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      I didn’t know tears were streaming as I listen to him recounting their experience. We must find a way to protect our people from all this evil.

  16. July 22, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I think he had the world spellbound.

    • 54 HZ
      July 22, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      Yes, indeed lisa and meta. I completely went over the edge. He remembered it so beautifully and told it with so much love, compassion, and respect. HZ

      • 55 lisalovesobama
        July 22, 2012 at 9:34 pm

        Hey HZ. It’s been such a long time. I’m hoping you are doing better.

        • 56 HZ
          July 22, 2012 at 10:46 pm

          Hey Lisa. Thanks so much for your lovely concern. I am pulling the wagon along. The weakness of the heart along with the heat makes it difficult at times, but when I focus on so many others who are in pain and hurting, I move swiftly from my corner and move into a space where I can help others and still keep my commitment to myself and my medical team. Dr. appt. next month.

          When the pain gets to be too much, I cry, pray hard, and listen to my opera. My opera takes me to another place. However, Lisa, I am so grateful to wake up each morning and see light, ear sounds, move as much as possible, see beauty surrounding me, know that I have a very loving brother who is safe and working hard, and so much to be so thankful for in my life.

          Plus, I have my Chips and TOD Family. You all give me so much to keep me going. I have a couple of events to attend in the next few weeks, so doctors consultations will be in order.

          Thank you love for asking about me. ((((((((( Love you back so much)))))))))))HZ

      • July 22, 2012 at 9:35 pm

        HZ, it’s so good to see you. Sending you lots of love and comfort.

        • 60 HZ
          July 22, 2012 at 10:49 pm

          Meta, ((((((((((((((( Thank you love. I am receiving your love and comfort for sure. Thank so much))))))))HZ

      • July 22, 2012 at 9:39 pm

        Good evening HZ! He gives so much of himself that you feel it in every word, every gesture. We are all fortunate to have such a fine President, for sure.

        • 62 HZ
          July 22, 2012 at 10:52 pm

          Yes, he does Bobfr. With all of your wonderful and brilliant work, we will get him re-elected for sure. Bobfr, thanks for all of the great tweets. I try to do my RTs as soon as possible. Thanks so much, Bobfr.

  17. July 22, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Thank you Chips!!!

  18. July 22, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Bloomberg isn’t fit to shine President Obama’s shoes let alone offer him leadership advice ….

  19. 67 Nena20409
    July 22, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Ali and Stephanie…..God Bless you all.

    Take about: We Take Care Of Our Own.

    Yes, we will remember them all. May their respective SOULS Rest In Peace.

  20. 68 Lorraine
    July 22, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    There have been great communicators as our Commander in Chief; President Lincoln, President Franklin Roosevelt , Presdient Kennedy, President Reagan, President Clinton and President Obama.

    • 69 jackiegrumbacher
      July 22, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Except for Reagan who I didn’t like and never believed, you’re right, Lorraine.

      • 70 Nena20409
        July 22, 2012 at 9:43 pm

        Reagan was a trained Actor from the 1930s—through the 1950s.

        He learned how to control his voice and tone. He learned how to make an entrance. He learned how to fake it to make it seem real. Practice as they say, makes perfect.

        • July 22, 2012 at 10:01 pm

          If I started ranting about Reagan and his loathsome sidekick Thatcher I wouldn’t know when to stop, pure and utter evil.

          • 72 Pamela
            July 22, 2012 at 10:34 pm

            Don’t get me started either, I was living in Australia when he was elected, I thought Americans had lost their collective minds, putting a B grade actor in the White House! I remember feeling dismayed…

    • July 22, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      Reagan?! Lord have mercy!!!! (And I’m not religious!)

      • 74 lisalovesobama
        July 22, 2012 at 9:59 pm

        But you have to admit, Chippie Chips, Reagan really knew how to spew b*^#s^*t, that’s why he’s a right wing favorite. Surprised they haven’t managed to carve his face in Rushmore. 🙄

        • July 22, 2012 at 10:05 pm

          🙂 Lisa, I have to give credit to Reagan and his beloved Thatcher…. if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have started supporting and financially backing liberal causes all those years ago. They stirred me from my slumber, if I started describing my hate for them and their politics I’d have to ban myself 😕

          • 76 lisalovesobama
            July 22, 2012 at 10:09 pm

            Hahahahahahahahahahhahhahahahahahahaha!!! Hallelujah! Never thought I’d ever say these words: thank goodness for that second rate Hollywood actor and his British sidepiece! 😆

          • 77 Walking_on_ Sunshine
            July 22, 2012 at 11:25 pm

            I have to never talk about Thatcher. My head might explode. I can’t believe they made a movie about the old witch.

            • July 23, 2012 at 4:32 am

              Walking_on_Sunshine, That woman more than makes my head explode. I had the misfortune to be at school/college when that witch was pm. I can’t bear the name let alone the woman herself. If I were to state my feelings toward her and what she did to our country I would be banned not just from TOD but from the internet too!!! In fact there are not enough expletives to describe her!! I certainly won’t be watching the movie I hav to live through her prime ministership.

              • 79 Walking_on_ Sunshine
                July 24, 2012 at 12:59 am

                Hey Sam. Don’t know if you know this about me but I grew up in the UK and was raised in Yorkshire mining territory so I’m sure you can guess how I feel about her. Yes. I know that coal is dirty but she seemed intent on destroying communities like it was a vendetta. It seemed personal. There was no real attempt to bring anything else in to replace those jobs and she and the media were dishonest. Demonizing people who were just trying to hold onto the only thing they knew how to do. All the pain fell on those who were most vulnerable. My sister was married to a miner and they lived on ten pounds a week for almost a year. We helped them of course but it was a bitter time. People here seem surprised that I don’t respect her but I never can. She was mean spirited and cold.

      • July 22, 2012 at 10:21 pm

        Don’t get me started on St. Ronnie. He nearly ruined my state. He was a horrific jerk of a governor.

        • 81 carolyn
          July 22, 2012 at 10:40 pm

          Agree. We lived there when he was elected…..the state is still recovering from him. People need to know what California was before Reagan: the best education system in the WORLD, free to everyone through grade 14, reasonable in cost after that; gorgeous scenery, way ahead in medicine……etc. He is no saint.

          • July 22, 2012 at 10:46 pm

            EXACTLY. And our hospitals and parks were funded to be well maintained and cared for. He left his mark and we have suffered every since.

          • July 22, 2012 at 10:56 pm

            I worked in your state training teachers and i agree it was the model of what a school system should be. Now it is the ghost of it’s former greatness.

          • 84 sabreen60
            July 22, 2012 at 11:45 pm

            Reagan started the union busting that we’re living with today. He fired the air traffic controllers. He also, dismantled an entire federal government agency – Community Services Administration (CSA); and he also said ketchup was a vegetable so people who complained about school lunches for poor kids should STFU about kids not getting good nutrition. Oh gawd, I’m with you Ms. Chips – I’ve got to walk away….Iran Contra….Geez

        • 85 veryslowwriter
          July 23, 2012 at 2:23 pm

          I was born in California and when I lived there it had the best educational system in the world. I went to high school in the San Gabriel Valley. It was a working class area, about 20 percent Latino. I had amazing teachers and the school itself was well-equipped. I got a sound education from California schools and now they’re a shambles. Prop 13 was what really killed the schools and the corporations get so much benefit from it that it’s become a sacred cow.

  21. 86 0388jojothecat
    July 22, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    There is no stronger lobby than the NRA. They know who is standing in the way of gun control and it is not the majority of the Democratic party. I read I think here, that the NRA is against finance reform, healthcare reform, and anything that Big Money is against.

  22. 87 0388jojothecat
    July 22, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I am watching the Prayer Vigil in Aurora, CO on MSNBC……anyone else?

  23. 88 Nena20409
    July 22, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    How about Mayor Bloomberg not ONLY putting a large sum of money towards decimating the strong hold of NRA, but for funding Think Tanks, for funding website/s, for funding a Super PAC, for sole purpose of organizing and leading grass roots to put NRA out of business? How about also through this PAC and organization, have Bill Boards across these USA to help with graphics, data, pictorial and information to help render NRA useless?

    Congress pass laws. They did very little after their mini-king Reagan was shot March 31, 1983. Only the Brady Bill and Some high powered automatic weapons were passed. GW Bush refused to sign the bill to extend the law.

    These people constantly bashing pres Obama, well why don’t they for ONCE hold the NRA and their TBGOPers who cover for them?

  24. 93 ranman11
    July 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Thank God we have a wonderful caring soal to lead this country both in good times and trying times. Thanks Chip for all that you do day-in-and -day-out>>

  25. July 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    If each of us had even a tenth of the heart our president does, how much better this world would be.

    That story is such an incredible example of love, courage and strength. Thank you, Mr. President for sharing it. Thank you, Chips for sharing the video with us.

  26. 95 donna dem 4 obama
    July 22, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    How fortunate we are to have this wonderful man leading our Nation.

    This story showed an astonishing act of heroism. I am so grateful that PBO shared this story with America.

  27. 96 Sharon
    July 22, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    The governor at the service told how President Obama had stayed way beyond the time that was scheduled. He said his staff kept trying to drag him away, but President Obama would not be dragged out.

  28. July 22, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    The President got good headlines, for telling the stories of A Hero!
    Changed the subject off of that freak, and onto the People of Aurora.
    Now, ain’t that something?

  29. 99 majiir
    July 22, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Wonderful words of comfort given by PBO to the victims of Aurora, their families, friends, and community. I found the story of Ali and Stephanie very touching. PBO is right–the young do give us hope for a better world in the future. As for those blaming PBO for not doing something about gun control, I have to ask what hole they’ve been hiding in these past 3+ years if they haven’t noticed how Fox , RW politicians, the NRA, and their supporters vilify PBO for wanting to take their guns away even though he hasn’t taken one step in that direction. I’m sick of some Americans placing all of the nation’s burdens on his shoulders. If they really care about reinstating the ban on assault weapons and other measures to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and mentally unstable individuals, they will get up off their behinds and put pressure on their members of Congress whose primary responsibility it is to address the issue of gun control. Bill Kristol and Bloomberg need to take a refresher course in civics. They should be addressing members of Congress about gun control instead of the president because it is Congress who is responsible for passing laws–not PBO.

    • 100 Betsy
      July 22, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      Not to mention Democratic politicans who are in need of handouts from the NRA and are afraid to speak to them and are beholden to them, as seen with the Holder contempt vote, which was egregious.

  30. July 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    So much love, so much empathy. What an extraordinary President we have. We are truly blessed.

  31. July 22, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Time to force the NRA and all their sycophants to focus on the most critical operational detail in the 2nd Amendment … they want to spout 2nd Amendment, then let’s counter with the full force of what ‘well regulated’ means in the 21st Century when it comes to the type of ‘Arms’ available.

    • 103 amk for obama
      July 22, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      Shouldn’t these be addressed to the congress critters and senate, Bob ? The prez and veep are already behind that provided these critters do their jobs.

      • July 22, 2012 at 10:19 pm

        The point of sending it to them is to suggest educating the American people as to the core message of the 2nd Amendment which was a ‘well regulated’ operational criteria applied to the right to bear Arms. And, though the original intent of the 2nd was specifically to maintain a militia, given actions by Congress in 2008 and 2010, that right was extended. So, the suggestion is to say, fine the right was extended, but the qualifier ‘well regulated’ has not been adequately interpreted to deal with the realities of vast purchases of ammunition etc., on the Internet and the nature of the weapons available to anyone.

        From these numerous tragedies, an education process needs to be developed and have it be based on the ‘common sense’ theme the President enunciated in his AZ Op-Ed. The current Congress is not going to lead such an education endeavor, but the President certainly can.

        Thank you.

        • 105 nathkatun7
          July 22, 2012 at 11:44 pm

          While I agree with your interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, the problem is that the Supreme rejected your interpretation and affirmed the right of individual citizens to carry arms. Until the composition of the current Supreme Court is drastically changed, I just don’t see what else President Obama can do to change that reality. Obviously congress can pass a law outlawing individual ownership of military assault weapons and hope that the right wing Supreme Court won’t strike that down based on precedence they set. In any case, given the the NRA power and control over the majority of current members of Congress, including some Democrats, I doubt that the current Congress would pass a law banning individual ownership of assault weapons. Yes the President can embark on educating the people but I am sure you know the money that the NRA and others will pour in to oppose him and to stoke fears that the President is trying to take away people’s guns in order to be able to impose a socialist, Nazi-like, Kenyan dictatorship.

          • July 23, 2012 at 12:00 am

            While I agree with much of what you state, nath, SCOTUS did not focus on ‘well regulated’ they focused on the restriction of limiting the right to participation in a ‘militia.’ The point of the Tweets is that ‘well regulated’ is the critical modifier on the right to bear Arms.

            Moreover, the main message is that an understanding of the intent of the Founders, as applied in the 21st Century to a Nation that outspends all other Nations on National Defense by enormous margins is an education effort that if grounded in the ‘well regulated’ context of the 2nd Amendment can begin the arduous process of building a strong coalition of all parties to bring an end to the nonsense.

            Long before it is a matter of further legislation or action by SCOTUS, Americans in very large numbers need to understand that those draping themselves in the Constitution and shouting about 2nd Amendment rights would be considered dangerous fools by the Founders.

            We have a President with the skill and integrity to initiate and encourage that education process and we have countless tragedies on which to bring people’s attention to the completely unjustified misuse of our Constitution to justify slaughter of innocents.

            That’s the dialogue being encouraged. But, we have to start somewhere and since the crazies wave that 2nd Amendment in our faces it’s time to enunciate the fact that EVEN as applied to a Militia, the Founders recognized the need for ‘well regulated’ constraints. I’ve not seen that approach in wide public discourse on the issue of weapons control of ownership.

            Thank you.

            • July 23, 2012 at 12:03 am

              ^^^ ‘control of citizen ownership of weapons.’ is what that last phrase should have been …

              • 108 nathkatun7
                July 23, 2012 at 1:51 am

                “While I agree with much of what you state, nath, SCOTUS did not focus on ‘well regulated’ they focused on the restriction of limiting the right to participation in a ‘militia.’ The point of the Tweets is that ‘well regulated’ is the critical modifier on the right to bear Arms.”

                Bob, I may be mistaken but I thought the majority of the Supreme Court Justices (meaning, of course, the right wingers) affirmed the NRA’s position that the 2nd Amendment applies specifically to the right of individual citizens to carry guns. I am sorry, at this late hour, I cannot specifically recall the specific case, but all I remember is that Court, in overturning an appeals court ruling that had emphasized the militia, pretty much said that the right to bear arms is an individual right. Then again I may be mistaken on this. If I am, then you absolutely make a compelling argument. I think the case, in which the Court explicitly said that the 2nd Amendment gave individuals the right to bear arms, dealt with a D.C. law that tried to ban Individuals from carrying guns. If I am able to retrieve it I will share it with you.

                By the way, I thank you so much for the wonderful work you are doing on behalf of the President, but more importantly on trying to inform and educate the people about the facts and truth that are routinely ignored or suppressed by the so called mainstream media.

                • July 23, 2012 at 2:13 am

                  You are absolutely correct about what SCOTUS affirmed, nath, and one of the two instances was a DC case. They affirmed the right of individuals, not constrained by “militia” to bear Arms.

                  The angle I’m suggesting is rather than focus on “militia” focus instead on the wisdom of the Founders as expressed by “well regulated.”

                  They perceived that even in the service of protecting the State – the core mission, if you will, that justified the 2nd Amendment’s protection of the militia to bear Arms – that members of that militia need to be ‘well regulated,’ i.e., not just a bunch of gun totting nuts, and, even worse, gun totting nuts that walked into a pub, or a concert, or a church and started killing folk.

                  Thus, grant every citizen the right to bear arms but then enforce comprehensive parameters to ensure they do not abuse that right, i.e., that they, as citizens, are ‘well regulated.’ The vast majority of gun owners would perceive the common sense wisdom in that approach, I think. It think it could be the basis of an education program that fully leverages the spirit of President Obama’s AZ Op-Ed published a couple months after the tragedy involving Congresswoman Giffords and so many others.

                  Thank you for such constructive dialogue!

            • 110 57andFemale
              July 23, 2012 at 8:14 am

              Perfectly stated, Bobfr.

    • July 22, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      Remember our rights to LIFE, LIBERTY AND PURSUIT OF HAPPINNESS.

  32. 114 FiredUpInCA
    July 22, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Wow! I had no idea how fired up Ashley Judd was. She is a fierce advocate with tweet after tweet of positivity about the President:

    • 115 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 22, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      That’s very cool. I am going to send her my thanks.

    • 116 Cha
      July 22, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      Thank you Fired UP In California! When I think of how I first prejudged Ashley ’cause she was a Judd(back in the bush days) I’m ashamed and love it that I was so WRONG!

  33. 117 hopefruit2
    July 22, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Oh My. What a moving tribute and narration of this beautiful story of friendship and heroism. I wish the two young ladies speedy physical and emotional recoveries, and the best that the future has to offer. This President is just what the doctor ordered for our country. That prescription needs to be refilled for the next four years.

  34. 118 sherijr
    July 22, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    what an amazing story- Ali & Stephanie… leave it to President Obama to ALWAYS find the good, to see the heroes- to find the very best of people… and to connect them to us, to share them with us.

  35. July 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm

  36. 125 anniebella
    July 22, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    To show just how he connect with people, he said I come here mostly as a father and a husband.

    • 126 lisalovesobama
      July 22, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      I know right? I couldn’t help thinking at the end that I hope some of the people who hate him because of lies cooked up by the rightwing smear machine, heard him speak today with an open mind and an open heart. How can anyone stand to dislike and even hate this man? How is that even possible?

      • 127 nathkatun7
        July 22, 2012 at 11:55 pm

        Lisalovesobama, I’ve been wondering the same thing. How can any one hate this man who goes out of his way to serve as President of all the people including those who oppose his policies?

        • 128 Obama Grandmama
          July 23, 2012 at 2:29 am

          I remember some advice I heard once that helped me: When people spread lies about you live your life so they will not be able to believe them.

          • 129 Obama Grandmama
            July 23, 2012 at 2:31 am

            President Barack Obama or PBO as we refer to him definitely walks that talk. He lives his life so the lies told about him are hard to believe.

  37. 130 carolyn
    July 22, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Once again he is consoler in chief, but the people wanted HIM. I understand why. He said he was to represent all the people of the U.S. who cared about Aurora…..he never puts the spotlight on himself. It’s always on us, even when we don’t deserve it. He is the most amazing person ever to inhabit the presidency. He should be president for life.

    • 131 anniebella
      July 22, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      carolyn, I surely love the ideal of President Obama and First Lady Michelle for about two or three more terms.

    • 132 Obamalia
      July 23, 2012 at 2:59 am

      “he never puts the spotlight on himself. It’s always on us, even when we don’t deserve it. He is the most amazing person ever to inhabit the presidency. He should be president for life.”

      A resounding YES!!!

    • 133 jackiegrumbacher
      July 23, 2012 at 7:37 am

      A hundred times yes, Carolyn.

  38. 134 desertflower
    July 22, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Wonder if the Ad Council http://www.adcouncil.org/Our-Work/Current-Work/

    would be willing to out out an add about gun violence and the need to doing more to stop this senselessness….

  39. July 22, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Wa Post has an article-
    Mitt Romney, man of the World.

    It’s getting deep!

  40. 142 desertflower
    July 22, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Don’t forget Newsroom is on tonight:)

  41. 144 JER
    July 22, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    President Obama arriving in San Francisco: http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  42. July 22, 2012 at 11:23 pm

  43. 150 desertflower
    July 22, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    AP: Batman mask found at Colorado suspect’s apartment

    I didn’t want to link the story and see his name.

  44. 151 amk for obama
    July 22, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    I loved the way he said at the end, at some time point of time, we all reflect how we can do something about all this senseless violence marring this country.

  45. 154 Cha
    July 22, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    The relating of Ali and Stephanie’s expericence is what I’ll take away from the unfathomable tragedy. Thank you, President Obama~

    • 155 Bill R.
      July 22, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      Indeed…. what a healing leader does is tell the story, a redemptive healing story that is iconic for this terrible event. A story that gives our nation hope in the midst of terror and tragedy. It is a story that teaches us all how we respond to challenge and evil, to pull together and help one another.

  46. 156 amk for obama
    July 22, 2012 at 11:49 pm

  47. 157 desertflower
    July 23, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Night all..I’m whipped. Going to try and watch the Newsroom in my bedroom…ahahahaha. amk, there:) See you all tomorrow.

  48. 158 4morefor44
    July 23, 2012 at 12:28 am

    leadership. forward. nothing else to say.

  49. 159 canadabarb4obama
    July 23, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Amen, 4more!

  50. July 23, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Thank you BWD!! The picture in your tweet is about the best image I could imagine carrying in my mind as I go to sleep tonight …

  51. 161 Melanie
    July 23, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Here’s PBO with Allie and Stephanie:

  52. July 23, 2012 at 5:42 am

    Of course, morning Jerk will have Bloomberg on! Joe must have heard Bloomberg say something about the President, and booked his Ol grumpy ass!
    I don’t even want to hear from this fool. He obviously has been told to jump on stuff like this, to get Natuonal attention. This is His platform. He needs to worry about NYC and Stop being all about Bloomberg. Quite an ego!

    • July 23, 2012 at 6:10 am

      All about gun control this morning! Nothing about the Victims. Well, the Media is part of the problem, not the solution!

      • July 23, 2012 at 6:16 am

        Hahaha! Halperin chimes in says where we are now is going to take a Republican President, judging by the current Presidents position.
        Wow! It’s incredible the amount of vitriol toward this President, this morning.

        • July 23, 2012 at 6:19 am

          So, I turn on bill Press, hoping to hear about the victims, and Bill Press is railing against the President and praising Bloomberg.
          WTF is going on.
          Click off the media this morning, it’s All blame Obama time!

          • 170 relellit
            July 23, 2012 at 7:52 am

            Didn’t I tell ya’ll? Bill press has been on his Bash Obama a lot here lately. I just e-mailed him about how Bloomberg could donate some of his millions to fight the NRA. I doubt if he’ll read it though.

            • 171 57andFemale
              July 23, 2012 at 8:27 am

              Does Bill Press think Hillary was going to champion gun control? Or be any less RW than PBO? Of one thing I’m certain, President Obama would not have gleefully signed Phil Gramm’s bill that gutted regulations on banks, turned everyone’s money over to the gamblers, and specifically exempted default swaps from any regulation. My President wouldn’t do that, but Bill Clinton would leave his impeachment trial in the a.m. and go ‘work’ with Republicans to ruin 70 years of common sense banking regulations. Some progressive hero (my ass).

              Bill Clinton is complicit in the economic collapse. Bill Press is still pining for President Hillary and salivates at the chances to bash PBO. He feigns support but particularly enjoys the opportunities to bash PBO.

              I actually understand when he has Major Garrett on — he’s a Republican but you can have an honest discussion with him. But anyone who gives hours of radio time to Julie Mason — who has nothing substantive to offer but snide remarks against POTUS and FLOTUS that belong nowhere but the tabloids — makes me question what kind of country Bill Press truly wants to live in.

              He has his good days. But I’m weary of holding my breath to see if he’s Stephanie Miller today or Cenk.

              I am sick to death of childish PL’s who think Daddy President should be Jesus and able to fix everything.

  53. July 23, 2012 at 6:13 am

    President Barack Obama touched down in San Francisco Sunday evening for a brief fundraising visit, following a stop in Colorado to mourn the victims of a mass movie theater shooting that left 12 dead Friday.
    President Obama, who was originally scheduled to arrive in the Bay Area on today, arrived at San Francisco International Airport at 8:15 p.m. Sunday.
    His campaign schedule changed to accommodate a visit yesterday in Aurora, Colo., to speak at a vigil for victims of a fatal shooting there during a midnight screening of the film “The Dark Knight Rises” Friday.
    The president will then head to Reno, Nev., Monday morning from SFO around 11:25 a.m. for a fundraising event before returning to the Bay Area, according to the White House Press Office.
    He is scheduled to arrive at Oakland International Airport around 3 p.m. Monday, according to the executive press office.


  54. 173 Linda
    July 23, 2012 at 6:29 am

    oh good grief….

    The Politico guy just said ” Romney saved the Olympics ” …….

    • July 23, 2012 at 6:48 am

      It’s getting really deep this morning! No mention of the victims or Allie and Stephanie.
      Right back into blame Obama and praise Willard.
      I changed it! Can’t take that crap…

      • 175 Linda
        July 23, 2012 at 7:00 am

        I turned the tv off completely……..

        I found a funny comment about Chuck Todd over at media matters about his ” Swift Boating ” nonsense……

        Chuck Todd is ‘swift boating’ truth…

        Also someone made reference to a Halperin article from July 9th where he put this at the end of it.

        (I should make clear: this post is about the politics of bringing down a
        rival. It is NOT meant to adjudicate the accuracy, relevance, or
        fairness of the two attacks.)

        They are all pathetic…

    • July 23, 2012 at 7:02 am

      eff politico and eff the main stream media, they can not identify a true leader, instead they have to ‘worship a false idol’ – or in Mutt’s case should that be idle!!!

  55. 177 dotster3
    July 23, 2012 at 6:59 am

    I am having difficulty finding any mention of President Obama’s Co. stop and words—-nothing on any local news sites that I check. Last night on the news here in Oh. where we spent the night, they aired one sentence “There are no words….” And that was it. It’s almost as if there is a blackout, It would have revealed President Obama in too much of a positive light.

  56. July 23, 2012 at 6:59 am

    I know I am late to the conversation but I just have to say what a great President Barack Obama is. Watching him talk about those beautiful girls and their heroic actions made me realize just what a tough job he has. I could see the sorrow in his eyes for the victims of this senseless act and the pride on his face when he spoke of the American people. I was moved to tears by his empathy, kindness and genuine compassion. I wanted to climb through the screen and hug him, to give him some of the comfort that he is giving to those affected by this tragedy. My heart goes out to all those in Aurora and in Colorado affected by this shooting, they are in my thoughts and prayers as is PBO.
    God bless the people of Aurora and God bless President Barack Obama. We are all SO blessed to have this great man as your leader.

  57. 180 dotster3
    July 23, 2012 at 7:03 am

    It seems almost impossible, but much of the news media is trying to make the Co. tragedy President Obama’s fault, President Obama’s failure. There seems to be no low that is too low.

    • July 23, 2012 at 7:20 am

      You see? Again, this is Robney camp emails. The Obama camp had these guys on the ropes, but the Robnry camp can now go back to allowing the media to reset things for them, without lifting a finger!
      Not a good position.
      I feel bad for the Victims, The Republicans make things worse.

  58. 182 Linda
    July 23, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Can we AT LEAST have a system that alerts our Government of massive purchases of weapons and bullets by a private citizen ? Is that to much to ask for ?

  59. July 23, 2012 at 7:13 am

    So, Beiging had a rain Storm over the weekend, dumped 16 inches of rain, in 36 hours.
    Paging Noah!

  60. 185 Linda
    July 23, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Dr. Seuss is NOT a fan of Mitt Romney


  61. 186 cluny
    July 23, 2012 at 7:41 am

    As an Australian I disbelieve this story:


    Bob Carr is not a total fool – I suspect that Romney is embellishing here. I would be very surprised if we don’t start to hear walk back/ distancing very soon. The Labor party (which Carr represents) is not the extreme party – that’s the Liberal party. If people around the wold are worried I can assure you it’s because of the rabid right wing Republican congress blocking everything – I smell something very fishy going on here via the Romney campaign. Australians love PresObama and certainly don’t hold him responsible for any ‘US decline’.

  62. 187 cluny
    July 23, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Plus a belated happy birthday to Betsy.

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