Chat away

2:30: President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route Colorado

5:40: Arrives in Colorado

8:05: Departs Colorado

10:15: Arrives in San Francisco

315 Responses to “Chat away”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    July 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm


  2. 4 Roberta in MN
    July 22, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Safe Flight POTUS. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and all the Aurora people.

  3. July 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Shoot, missed the boarding but POTUS is taking off now.


  4. 9 FiredUpInCA
    July 22, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Are the plan for the President to speak at a memorial as he did in Tucson or will he be meeting privately instead?

    • 10 lamh35
      July 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      I’m thinking he will be doing private meetings. Surely there hasn’t been enough time for an official memorial like at Tuscon right? I think it took at least a week before they did one. I’m just guessing though that they will try to have an official one before opening ceremony at Olympics.

    • 11 hopefruit2
      July 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      No he will not be speaking at the service but will be meeting with the families privately.

      • 12 Pamela
        July 22, 2012 at 3:08 pm

        I think the privacy is more appropriate, and deeply more supportive. People get so excited around our PBO, this is not about him, it is completely in honor of the families and the slain. God Bless Him.

        • 13 hopefruit2
          July 22, 2012 at 3:13 pm

          I agree. It would have been all about him and not the families.

          He spoke at the AZ service last year because a member of his political party whom he personally knew was severely injured. Ditto for Senator Ted Kennedy’s memorial.

  5. July 22, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Now see? This is SPIN-


    This says a lot, actually, of what the GOP is thinking, hoping. Releasing crap to the media, hoping it will go away. It’s all Spin!

    • 16 FiredUpInCA
      July 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      From the link:

      “And given the inability to drive an earned media negative message, does it make sense to keep at it on the paid TV ad side at this point?”

      Read more: http://thepage.time.com/2012/07/22/questions-with-no-answers/#ixzz21NYWOeI3

      So now Mark Halperin is concern trolling about the effectiveness of television ads. I am glad to see this. That confirms the President’s ads are working big time, if Halperin is suddenly concerned about whether TV ads work or not.

    • 18 daisydem
      July 22, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      Nope, nope, sorry Halperin … in a couple of days we go back to asking about those tax returns, that timeline on Bain, the lies to the SEC or to the people of Massachusetts … and we run the ads too. Full press. Forward!

      • 19 FiredUpInCA
        July 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm

        The media and the GOP resent Democrats who fight well and win.

        I do not recall much media concern while John Kerry was being swiftboated or when Al Gore was being defined by his opponent or when Shirley Sherrod was being Breitbarted.

        Ever since Mitt became the media’s and the GOP’s nominee, they’ve given greater scrutiny to the Bain claims, than they did to the WMD claims that led us to an illegal war against a sovereign country.

        I am not concerned with Mark Halperin’s concern.

        • 20 joyfulmeme
          July 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm

          Ditto. They do seem that have issues now that the president is fighting back. All was well when Romney lied and spewed constant negative attacks against the president which by the way he continues to do. I’m struck that they don’t seem to take issue with the Romney lies..

  6. 21 lamh35
    July 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Is FLOTUS with POTUS?

    • 22 hopefruit2
      July 22, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      No. This trip is also a campaign trip, and she will be making her own campaign appearances at various locations next week.

  7. July 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Ever since President Obama has taken office, the GOP has created their own version of American history,
    and people have started believing them. Well, we remember how it really was under Republican leadership.
    Join this campaign, and remind the world how much better we have it now.

  8. 27 Bill
    July 22, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    David Gregory asked Michelle Rhee who she thought should be the Republican VP nominee. When did she become a political pundit or is Gregory confused?

  9. 30 desertflower
    July 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm


    A new Senate GOP tax plan released by McConnell and Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch (R), however, raises taxes on nearly 10 times as many Americans by allowing certain tax breaks signed into law by President Obama expire at the end of the year. Putting an end to those three tax breaks — the Child Tax Credit, a tax break on college tuition, and a more generous Earned Income Tax Credit — would raise taxes on 20 million families…

  10. 31 desertflower
    July 22, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    This certifiable nutbag should be thrown out of congress and stripped of her committee appointments!! She needs to be held accountable!


  11. 33 Betsy
    July 22, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Good afternoon everyone. It is my birthday today, and my wonderful husband bought me an IPAD!!! So I am using it now and loving it! I hope you all have a great day. My hubby is going to make me a steak (filet mignon) dinner, with a carrot cake foe dessert and so

  12. 71 desertflower
    July 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    President Obama’s Op Ed in AZ paper after Tucson massacre:


    • 72 desertflower
      July 22, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      h/t to Smartypants for that link….and don’t read the comments. It IS AZ you know….

  13. 73 FiredUpInCA
    July 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I wonder if there is hope on the horizon for Yahoo! headlines now that Marissa Mayer is the new head of Yahoo!.

    “A quick search of OpenSecrets.org shows that Mayer has given in excess of $42,000 to such recipients as Barack Obama, the Democratic National Committee, and Maine Senator Olympia Snowe.”


    I am not asking much. Instead of using AP, which has a well-documented GOP bias, just use Reuters or some other wire service for headlines.

    • 74 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      Oh! I hope you are right. Those headlines are bad enough but what I would really like is for them to clean up the comments. Yahoo comments are some of the most vile I see on the internet and so many people have their email on Yahoo. I must admit this is one of the things I fret about because so many people who are not interested in politics or news use Yahoo. I do hope she makes some changes.

  14. 75 vitaminlover
    July 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Has the complete list of names of the poor victims been released yet?

    • 76 vcprezofan2
      July 22, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      VL, I don’t know if this is complete or not but I found on Google


    • July 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      hose killed in Colorado

      Jessica Ghawi, 24, of Denver; aspiring sports journalist

      Veronica Moser, 6, whose mother was critically injured

      Matt McQuinn, 27, of Denver; technical support provider

      Alex Sullivan, 27, of Aurora; worked at Red Robin restaurant

      Micayla Medek, 23, of Westminster, Colo.

      John Larimer, 27, of Buckley Air Force Base and Crystal Lake, Navy cryptologist

      Jesse Childress, 29, of Thornton, Colo., Air Force cyber-systems operator

      Gordon W. Cowden, 51

      Jonathan T. Blunk, 26

      Rebecca Ann Wingo, 32

      Alexander C. Teves, 24, earned master’s degree in counseling psychology in June from University of Denver

      Alexander J. Boik, 18


  15. 80 Ladyhawke
    July 22, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    (VIDEO) Mitt Romney’s Olympics Bailed Out by Tax Payers

    By Heather


    We’ve seen the Obama campaign going after Mitt Romney for his time at Bain Capital. I think with the Olympics approaching we’re about to hear more about this story from them very soon. From Up With Chris Hayes: Mitt Romney and federal money for the Olympics:

    Up host Chris Hayes and his guests talk to former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson about the federal assistance Mitt Romney sought as head of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
    As they noted, there are more questions which might be answered by Mitt Romney releasing his tax returns, which it seems more obvious day by day that he is never going to release. Romney seems to love that government “free stuff” when it benefits himself and his business buddies, but not so much for the working class and the poor.



    • 81 FiredUpInCA
      July 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      I hope the Sports Illustrated article, “Snow Job,” figures prominently in de-mythologizing Mitt as “savior” of the Olympics. He didn’t save the Olympics. Taxypayers did.

      From the article:

      “Mitt Romney, SLOC’s president, has acknowledged the U.S. government’s contribution by saying, “We couldn’t have done it without them.”


      That’s Mitt’s round about way of thanking “you people,” the taxpayers.

    • 82 Pamela
      July 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      Can’t help but wonder if there was a bit of pocketing of said ‘federal funds’, perhaps even off shored into someone’s private accounts.. Wouldn’t that be classy?

      • 83 desertflower
        July 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm

        Hard to imagine why Romney needed SO much more money than any other Olympic games….but he got BILLIONS

  16. 84 Eveingeorgia
    July 22, 2012 at 3:18 pm


    I’d be glad to help with writing your piece.

    • 85 ChristiMTL
      July 22, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks Eve, can you pm me in twitter?

      • 86 Eveingeorgia
        July 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm

        I would love to pm you, except I do not know what pm means:(

        I do have a twitter account though.

        • 87 ChristiMTL
          July 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm

          Private message lol…..I don’t know half of the abbreviations online myself…

          What is your name on Twitter?

          • 88 ChristiMTL
            July 22, 2012 at 5:08 pm

            Huh? are you still here?

            • 89 vcprezofan2
              July 22, 2012 at 6:56 pm

              If I’m not mistaken it’s ‘DM’ as in direct message. Eve in G, When you go to your twitter page there is a head profile to the upper right. If you click on this downward arrow to the immediate right of this ‘head’ a drop down box will appear and at the top of the box you will see ‘Direct Messages’. Click on direct messages and you will get another drop down with ‘NEW MESSAGE’ in the upper right. Click ‘new message’ and you’ll be able to send Christi a direct message that no one else will see (assuming that Christi is following you on Twitter). Type her twitter name in the upper space and your message in the appropriate box.

              ps. Bobfr, explained a simpler way to send a DM once before , but I can’t remember the steps. This way works easily enough once you know the steps. 😉

        • 90 isonprize
          July 22, 2012 at 4:45 pm

          pm = private message

  17. July 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I wonder if all those people cheering for Paterno that night now think like this:

    The sins of the father
    Updated: July 13, 2012, 6:56 PM ET
    By Rick Reilly | ESPN.com

    “What a stooge I was.

    I talked about Paterno’s “true legacy” in all of this. Here’s his true legacy: Paterno let a child molester go when he could’ve stopped him. He let him go and then lied to cover his sinister tracks. He let a rapist go to save his own recruiting successes and fundraising pitches and big-fish-small-pond hide.”


    “What a sap I was.

    I hope Penn State loses civil suits until the walls of the accounting office cave in. I hope that Spanier, Schultz and Curley go to prison for perjury. I hope the NCAA gives Penn State the death penalty it most richly deserves. The worst scandal in college football history deserves the worst penalty the NCAA can give. They gave it to SMU for winning without regard for morals. They should give it to Penn State for the same thing. The only difference is, at Penn State they didn’t pay for it with Corvettes. They paid for it with lives.”


    “What a chump I was.

    I tweeted that, yes, Paterno should be fired, but that he was, overall, “a good and decent man.” I was wrong. Good and decent men don’t do what Paterno did. Good and decent men protect kids, not rapists. And to think Paterno comes from “father” in Italian.

    This throws a can of black paint on anything anybody tells me about Paterno from here on in. “No NCAA violations in all those years.” I believe it. He was great at hiding stuff. “He gave $4 million to the library.” In exchange for what? “He cared about kids away from the football field.” No, he didn’t. Not all of them. Not when it really mattered.”


  18. 93 Ladyhawke
    July 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    It’s Not “Swift Boating” If It’s True

    By Media Matters


    Trying to tie contemporary questions about Romney’s Bain past with an infamous GOP smear campaign is an exercise in false equivalency. “The Swift Boat campaign was completely a lie,” Esquires’ Charles Pierce recently reminded readers. “Nothing the Swifties said about John Kerry was true.” And yet, despite the cavernous gap between the Swift Boat affair and the ongoing Bain story, the comparison continues to gain currency.
    Let’s stipulate this fact going forward: A candidate having his résumé or biography examined during the course of a presidential campaign does not constitute being “swift boated.” Enthusiastic “vetting” of candidates’ backgrounds is a routine aspect of general elections.

    The distinguishing feature of a Swift Boat smear campaign, of course, was that virtually every single war-era allegation made against Kerry’s military service proved to be false, leaving the assumption that the entire point of the coordinated, deep-pocketed attack was to purposefully spread as manly lies as possible. And not just small fibs, but truly unconscionable lies about a serviceman’s record during the unpopular Vietnam War.

    That’s what being Swift Boated is about. Prior to 2004, modern campaigns had never seen anything like it. And in the two White House campaigns that have unfolded since, nothing has approached the radical brand of prevarication that epitomized the lowly Republican attacks on Kerry.



    • 94 Cha
      July 22, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      THis is Brilliant..thx Ladyhawke! Yes..Let’s DO Stipulate that. This NEEDS to be Sent to Toad and Rather!

      This is just what Christi was talking about.

      This is So TRUE! “That’s what being Swift Boated is about. Prior to 2004, modern campaigns had never seen anything like it. And in the two White House campaigns that have unfolded since, nothing has approached the radical brand of prevarication that epitomized the lowly Republican attacks on Kerry.”

      And, now the goprickpundits are sniveling about PObama and his Tough Style Campaign Reveling FACTS about willard and trying to whine that it’s “swiftboating”. Bullshite.

  19. 95 Linda
    July 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I saw this comment on HP about all the politicians wetting themselves about gun control.

    So the tools to shoot me are a right,
    but the health care to save me is not ?

  20. 96 ChristiMTL
    July 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I didn’t read this last week……there’s so much corruption….man oh man…

    EXCLUSIVE: NRA Threatens Senators Who Support Campaign Finance Disclosure


    It’s worth taking the time to read their letter.

    Sick mofos

    • 97 jeff
      July 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      not surprising at all though. The NRA are not really about guns at all, they are of the extreme right and use things like guns to put fear into people for political reasons. They are a terrorist organization.

    • 98 Ladyhawke
      July 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      NRA sends Democrats a message over Holder contempt vote

      By Allison Brennan, CNN


      Washington (CNN) — When the National Rifle Association decided to keep track of those House members on both sides of the aisle who voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress last week, it was also sending a message to a number of embattled Democratic congressmen seeking re-election in conservative districts in the fall.

      The message: Vote right, or we’ll let your constituents know.

      Though some Democrats say the NRA did little to influence their vote, for a handful of those in the House, the message may have been received loud and clear, experts say.

      A CNN analysis showed that of the 21 Democrats who voted to hold Holder in civil contempt of Congress last week over documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious, 19 received campaign contributions from the NRA during the last two election cycles.



  21. 99 0388jojothecat
    July 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    The most disgusting thing I saw were all those students calling for Paterno and critizing those brave kids that came forward. Now that they know the facts, they are singing a different story. I was deeply disappointed with Franco Harris and other alumni who vouched for Paterno.

  22. 100 ChristiMTL
    July 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Vic, wherever you are, I sent you an email

  23. 101 utaustinliberal
    July 22, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks for the idea Upstater! 😀

  24. July 22, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Why doesn’t Bloomberg do something in NYC on gun laws! Mr Opportunity himself!

    • 103 ChristiMTL
      July 22, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      He can just sthu as far as I’m concerned….he said that Romney’s position , well reverse position, is the only thing holding him back about supporting him.

      Yea nothing else.

      The President would sign a bill in a heart beat and he knows it……and he knows the deluge of negative ads in swing states by the NRA if he ever take on this issue NOW with the crazies in Congress, something that has ZERO chance to pass.

      • 104 jackiegrumbacher
        July 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm

        Who cares what this man thinks. He will not influence a single vote in New York City. Let him run for a fourth term as a right winger who supported Romney and see how far that gets him in New York.

    • 105 hopefruit2
      July 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      Bloomy probably wants to run for a fourth, fifth and sixth term as Mayor of NYC, so he’s looking for an issue.

    • 106 Bill
      July 22, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      They are very strict in New York. Plaxcio Burress, the New York Giants receiver, served 20 months in jail for shooting himself in the leg with his own gun in a New York nightclub.

        • 108 Bill
          July 22, 2012 at 4:44 pm

          If you don’t believe gun laws are strict in New York City google, “Are gun laws strict in New Yprk City?”. Mayor Bloomberg talks about guns everytime he has an opportunity. I am not defending New York City or Mayor Bloomberg but simply stating a well known fact.

          • 109 Chi
            July 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm

            If there are strict gun laws in NY city, it certainly isn’t thanks to the self-serving opportunist Michael Bloomberg…

            Here’s a guy who’s done practically nothing positive or extraordinary for the city – except of course using his massive wealth to change the rules of the game to suit his particular purposes to run for a previously non-existent 3rd term as mayor…

            This same guy wants us to believe that his infinitely less than stellar 3 term run as mayor of a city somehow qualifies him to critique the hardest working President – while doling out orders and instructions which Bloomberg incidentally couldn’t even pull off on the smallest of scales…

            The arrogant grandstanding by the perpetually deluded and self-aggrandizing Michael Bloomberg continues to expose him for the sad, envious, entitled, hollow shit shell he really is…

            President Obama’s ascension to the highest office in the land has left many of the previously self-appointed king makers in America’s privileged class completely unhinged…

            And the masks and hoods have all come off, as have the claws and daggers…

            Michael Bloomberg can be counted on to occasionally indulge and humor his dear black convenient friend Russell Simmons…

            But Michael Bloomberg will certainly not abide the incredibly dignified, brilliant, focused, hard working, efficient, extraordinary and all around amazing man who currently occupies the White House…

            President Obama can’t possibly help Michael Bloomberg, Donald Trump etc. get over their badly bruised egos and the obvious trauma that comes from having ones world turned upside down…

            …when ones sense of the way things ought to be…the ‘right order’ of things is suddenly thrown off…

            And the entitled folks like Bloomberg shockingly find themselves on the outside looking in as the smart, cool, evolved President who happens to be of color and not from the inner circle, presides…

            There is a lot of money to be made by whatever psychiatrist who can devise a successful treatment program to help with the various forms of Obama Derangement Syndrome…

            Bearing in mind however that the particular type that afflicts the Bloomberg’s, Trump’s etc. is an entirely different strain from that which afflicts the pedestrian tea party types like Sarah Palin, Jan Brewer and the illiterate voters in West Virginia, Alabama etc…

            The Bloomberg strain is fed and aggravated by rare, rich foods…

    • 110 jackiegrumbacher
      July 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Exactly, all these people who want PBO to do something sit on their rears themselves. They just want the microphone. Ignore th em.

    • 111 utaustinliberal
      July 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Actually, you’re wrong. Bloomberg has done something about gun laws in NY. NY has very very very strict gun laws. They have a program where a lot of people have surrendered their illegally bought guns with no recriminations or arrests. If you bring a gun into NY and don’t follow the very very very strict guidelines; you get arrested, you get thrown in jail, it may show up on your permanent record, and you face a huge fine or you face a trial. This has happened to a lot of people who are gun owners from states with very lax gun laws who don’t take the time to study the gun laws in New York.

      • July 22, 2012 at 4:31 pm

        Then vote for Bloomberg then. LOL!

        • 113 utaustinliberal
          July 22, 2012 at 6:45 pm

          That’s not the point. The point is that your premise about Bloomberg was factually incorrect. You and I might not like Bloomberg’s style, but that does not give you license to ascribe wrong assumptions and insinuations about him.

          The underlying point is that gun laws are strict in NY. Very strict. That’s a fact.

      • 114 ChristiMTL
        July 22, 2012 at 4:35 pm

        If it’s the only thing holding him back for supporting Romney, it doesn’t make any sense …So, ban on certain weapons, but no healthcare for millions, privatized Medicaire, tax increase on the poor and middle class……how’s that going to help the millions who will have access to healthcare who have mental issues and who finally will be able to be treated?…it’s not only a question of banning some weapons, it’s a question of helping people with mental issues BEFORE they do something crazy.

        And losing your job or tax increase on people who are already struggling can cause a lot of stress, doesn’t help.

        That’s Romney’s policies…..so he has no credibility with me if it’s the only thing holding him for supporting the sociopath.

        • 115 Chi
          July 22, 2012 at 8:15 pm

          Precisely Christi…

          Michael Bloomberg has been doing this dubious song and dance for far too long…

          If he actually declared that the gun matter is the only thing holding back his support of Mitt Romney, then Michael Bloomberg has essentially endorsed Romney…

          But that should come as no surprise really…

          People like Bloomberg never really embraced or supported President Obama…

          Michael Bloomberg has always really been about Michael Bloomberg and anything that advances Michael Bloomberg’s personal and political ambitions…

          He’s always been a bit careful however not to completely alienate some of the electoral bases he happens to share with President Obama…

          But he has never hesitated to pounce every time he senses an opening to attack or express his disdain for President Obama…

          President Obama reached out to Michael Bloomberg very early on, and if Bloomberg was an honest broker, well-intentioned or a patriot with integrity, he had so many opportunities to work informally or formally with President Obama…

          But Michael Bloomberg has no real interest in re-building or advancing the best of all for America…

          He just wants to be president himself but has yet to find a clear path to achieving that in spite of all of his wealth…

          Like so many entitled, self -important types, Bloomberg envies and disdains President Obama’s seeming ease with attracting love and support from a diverse and international electorate…

          Worse still, President Obama refuses to indulge the Michael Bloomberg’s of the world…

          He will reach out, but won’t kiss up or cede control and oversight…

          How dare President Obama not know his place..?

      • 116 hopefruit2
        July 22, 2012 at 4:49 pm

        The problem I have with Bloomberg’s approach is that he’s trying to equate PBO and Romney in his “calls” for them to both make statements about their gun policies – knowing fully well that PBO is for stricter gun regulation, whereas Romney (and Mormon Church) is in bed with the NRA. Furthermore, Bloomberg has enough money to be able to offset whatever lobbying the NRA is doing in congress, so why doesn’t he lobby congress the other way if he’s genuinely interested? He could openly throw his support being PBO, and put his money where his mouth is to push PBO to enact tighter regulations. Why is he just sitting on his cash on the sidelines and hurling criticisms?

        • July 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm

          Both Gun laws an the Person should be looked at, when dividing a legislative bill for gun laws.
          The NRA does not help and Bloomberg just jumps on this, as if he is waiting for something like this to happen, all canned responses, ready to go!

        • 118 anniebella
          July 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm

          I don’t want to hear Bloomberg and his mouth right now. Bloomberg need to shut the heck up.

      • July 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm

        Thank you, liberal.

  25. 120 DivasMom
    July 22, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Hi’ Chips, please go to White House.Gov. and post that sweet picture of the PBO and little boy. Everyone please go to that site and look at that picture of the little boy who leaned over to kiss PBO,

  26. 122 Ladyhawke
    July 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm



    Maddow Blog’s Steve Benen Explains How Romney Is Taking His Cues From Fox News


  27. 123 Ladyhawke
    July 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm



    Media Matters Radio Illustrates How Fox News Plays Down Questions For Romney Over Bain Capital And Tax Returns


  28. 124 criquet
    July 22, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    At least a few more people are writing about what a liar Romney is. Hope it gets to the TV pundits next- but not holding my breath.

    We need to spread it far and wide.

    “Throughout the election cycle, liberals have been shocked at just how “shameless,” as Kevin Drum put it this week, Mitt Romney’s campaign has been. It’s not just that Romney lies; it’s the quality of the lies, the indifference to any fact-checking, the insistence on continuing to use a lie long after it’s been definitively debunked.

    I have a name for it, and an explanation. Call it lazy mendacity.”


  29. 125 Linda
    July 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Westboro Baptist Church Threatens To ‘Super Picket’ Aurora Prayer Vigil For Batman Shooting Victims

    Phelps tweet …….

    Hi ho Hi ho, to Colorado we go! #godsenttheshooter! #americaisdoomed! #godisyourenemy! #godkillingyoursoldiers! examiner.com/article/westbo…
    22 Jul 12

    Almost immediately, members of the community launched a campaign on Reddit and Facebook to form a “wall of love” around the memorial service to block the group from getting close.


    Ugh !

  30. July 22, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    A few moments ago, My black Lab was going in and out of the Brush, like I had never seen before. This went on for ten minutes, all of a sudden, 3 Rabbits come scurrying out. She caught the Fourth one, but I forced Her to let it go. She had so much fun, I almost felt like joining Her…
    My Dog is Cool!

  31. July 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    An OpEd on voting rights from PBO’s lawyer, Bob Bauer:

    The fight for early voting in Ohio: Robert F. Bauer

  32. 128 Bill R.
    July 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I know that many posters here complain about the media. Part of our problem is our expectation that media personalities actually have anything beyond self self-interest. They are 1 per centers by income and values and have no integrity. They have always, and will continue to act to protect their class and self interest in ways that deceive the public. Best thing to do is not watch them and stop tormenting yourself. Instead frequent those few online outlets that actually do real journalism. I believe that Mother Jones is one such outlet. Most of my daily news I get through Twitter and links on Twitter as well as those few blog sites that have information I am seeking, such as The People’s View and this site, the occasional column on WaPo or other print media.

    • 129 hopefruit2
      July 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      “Best thing to do is not watch them and stop tormenting yourself”

      With all due respect Bill, I don’t think that is the most responsible thing to do – particularly in an election year, when we KNOW that the media has a vested interest in the outcome of this crucial Presidential election. We need to be fully aware of the distortions and deliberate misinformation disseminated in the media in order to be able to mount swift and aggressive push-back and corrections.

  33. 130 trinisamba
    July 22, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Hello ToD family. I hope all is well with everyone on this blessed Sunday. I have been spending the last few days praying and relaxing. I had to make a very difficult decision and execute it. I have had to place my Mom in a seniors’ home as I can no longer give her the care that she needs. While she never really said much, the house seems so quiet. Cleaning is my therapy so I have been doing a lot of that too.
    I am so sorry to hear about the Colorado event and I have kept those families in my prayers. This, at times, can be such a cruel world but there is a silver lining behind every cloud.

    • 131 Bill R.
      July 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Best wishes. I put my mother in an Alzheimer’s Care Center two years. Ago. Today her disease has progressed but she is very happy and tranquil, secure with her skilled caregivers and enjoying the social life and activities of the center.

      • 132 trinisamba
        July 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm

        Thanks Bill R. I know she will be well taken care of as I chose a home that is run someone that I have known for more than fifteen years.

    • 133 carolyn
      July 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      What a difficult decision you have made. That may be one of the hardest decisions people ever have to make. I’ll pray that she will get the care she needs. You will probably have a very clean house for quite a while, if cleaning is your therapy.
      Old age is mean. We visited a dear friend today who had a heart attack in February and last Sunday had a stroke. He is my husband’s age. He will be in therapy for quite a while. We spoke about getting older, and agreed that we don’t like it.
      Take good care of yourself. We will all be thinking about you.

      • 134 trinisamba
        July 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm

        Thanks Carolyn. Actually it has been spotless for the last few days and I am still doing the occasional wipe and sweep. I can’t help myself.

    • 135 daisydem
      July 22, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      trinisamba, sending prayerful thoughts for strength and peace. Is that not one of the hardest things to decide? Next to deciding on the right schools for our children (childcare was a breeze … my mother was living and was our “nanny” at her instigation), the decision to put our Dad in a VA home was very emotional, even though it was the right thing to do and at the time, the only thing. My brother, sister, and I had given a go at trying to take care of him while allowing him to live in his own home and it just got to be too much, especially when he started falling and with neighbors’ help we had to go over and get him up. I know where you are and just know that though it hurts, it is the right thing to do for her. God speed.

      • 136 trinisamba
        July 22, 2012 at 5:20 pm

        thanks daisydem. It was indeed difficult to do and I had been putting it off for more than 18 months. She has fallen several times in the last 2 years and on two occasions fell flat on her face and got cuts on her forehead. The other times she just stayed on the floor as she fell during the early morning hours in her room and stayed there until we heard her when we got up in the morning. The last time was Fathers’ day.

        • 137 daisydem
          July 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm

          That is so sad …. but when they fall like that and are “dead weight” it takes at least two people usually to pick them up. I remember when my father-in-law started falling (he had Alzheimers); he and his wife lived near my brother-in-law, who had a son who was very willing and able to help them, they also had neighbors they were close to, yet, when he started falling, it was not always at a time when anyone was home due to their jobs, etc. My father-in-law’s wife was in her late 70’s and there was no way she could lift him without help. It tore her heart out, but she had to make that decision to put him in a nursing home.

    • 138 Pamela
      July 22, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      {{{{{{{{{trinisamba&mama}}}}}}}}}. Sometimes the change can stimulate and do them good, on a temporary basis. Not always, but it may turn out better for her than you expected. God bless you, you are a wonderful daughter!

    • 139 desertflower
      July 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      As difficult as that decision was, I’m sure you have done the right thing for her safety and well being. We all do what we can, and when that becomes too much, the best thing to do, is what you just did for her. Hugs to you…I know that was hard, but you did the right thing.

      • 140 HZ
        July 22, 2012 at 7:54 pm

        ((((((((((((( May the sweet angels of comfort enter into your space at this time.)))))))))))))

        Take each day and each moment with all of the love that you can give back to her with as much joy as you are granted. That is how I tried to get through each day with my precious mother who also had Alzheimers. As she was there in that bed unable to speak to me tore my heart to pieces, but I knew that she would want me to be as strong as possible and make sure that she was treated with love and respect.

        So I hugged, bathe her in my own way, made her favorite yams and fed them to her, as well as small chocolate ice cream bars that she could taste. She loved ice cream. I sang to her because she loved music and worked hard to put me through college to get my first degree in music. so I was giving back in a way to her with this precious gift.,I also decorated her room with memories of things about her faith, her music, and her two children. That gave me much peace as I spent that time decorating her space so lovely.

        ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Loving thoughts from my heart to your heart)))))))))))))))))))HZ

        • 141 trinisamba
          July 22, 2012 at 9:36 pm

          Thanks Pamela. Thanks Desertflower. Thanks HZ. You guys & gals are simply the BESTEST. You have sent a lot of love and strength my way. I love you all.((((((((((right back at ya))))))))))))))))))

  34. July 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Hey #TOD family..I just saw this:

    • 143 jeff
      July 22, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      I know Phoenix Jones. Have talked a lot with him and he’s one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met.

  35. 144 Bill R.
    July 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    It strikes me today what a difficult dance it is for our President to enter the private grieving space of the Aurora families while the press mob tried to intrude and the cynicism of the pundits throws rocks. But it is an important moment of national unity and appropriate that our President stand with those families, representing the entire country’s support and compassion. And I’m sure he knows that any nuance that can be spun as “political” by the press rabble will certainly be thrown at him. He is up to the job, however, as we well know, and is masterful and empathic in these terrible situations.

  36. July 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    oops..I meant this:

  37. 152 isonprize
    July 22, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Here’s a little positivity for a laid back Sunday.

    A little boy leans over to kiss President Barack Obama during the Congressional picnic on the South Lawn of the White House, June 27, 2012 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  38. 155 JER
    July 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Happening Now: Awaiting President Obama’s Arrival: http://media.thedenverchannel.com/livestreampage

  39. 157 JER
    July 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    AF1 has landed.

  40. 164 edwina3
    July 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I don’t know if this has bee posted by anyone else but Jason Alexander has posted an amazing and powerful rant about gun control.


  41. 165 prettyfoot58
    July 22, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Watching too…i wonder what is in that bag?

  42. 168 ChristiMTL
    July 22, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Anthony Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin getting extra security protection after New Jersey man threatened her

    Thank you Michele Bachman, you evil ******

    • 169 isonprize
      July 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      I forgot Huma was married to him. Wow, just wow. She’s been thru a helluva a few years…

      • 170 ChristiMTL
        July 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm

        I know! and she’s a young mother too…………what Michele Bachman did was so cruel….her and her psychotic mind have no place in gvt., especially not in the INTELLIGENCE committee!….what a travesty.

        • 171 desertflower
          July 22, 2012 at 5:56 pm

          She should be taken off every committee she is a part of and be gone in Nov. What she has done to this country is more than a travesty…it’s near treasonous.

    • 172 Bill
      July 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      I do not see how the Republicans can keep her on the Intelligence Committee. It is not safe for the country her having classified information.

  43. 175 prettyfoot58
    July 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    dang lost the feed……. 😦

  44. 176 Sharon
    July 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Denver tv station just announced that President Obama will be giving some remarks about 7 ET at one of the hospitals. They plan to cover it. Other Denver stations may also and perhaps CBS livestream.

  45. 177 daisydem
    July 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Re: the pic of the little boy leaning over to kiss our President … trying to think of how I can morph into a cute little boy if I ever get the pleasure and honor of meeting our President ….. hmmmm.

  46. July 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    From the onboard press gaggle:

  47. 183 Cha
    July 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Here’s a coment I saw on TPM under the Bloomberg calling for PObama to “man up on gun control”..piece..

    “Why doesn’t the little punk put his money where his mouth is? How about funding a PAC with a couple hundred million from this billionaires fortune to counter the NRA?”

  48. 190 Melanie
    July 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm

  49. 191 desertflower
    July 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    THIS karma would be SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Sweet!!!!!!!!!!!


    The conservative group Americans For Prosperity may have taken a step that eventually forces it to reveal its donor base, which has so far remained anonymous thanks to federal law, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

    But after it became involved in a Nevada Senate race last month, a state law could mean the Koch-funded group loses its ability to avail of federal protections against disclosure. Democrats are said to be pressing the issue.

  50. July 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    PBO to speak at 7:30 after he has met with families.

  51. 195 FiredUpInCA
    July 22, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    So this might explain why prominent Republicans felt no qualms about condemning Michele Bachmann on her Muslim witchunt:

  52. 200 hopefruit2
    July 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm

  53. 201 cindysweatt
    July 22, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I was asked to re-post this from the last thread. It helped me. I got it from a friend on FB. He is a State Senator here in Colorado.

    Love Back Yesterday 4 million coloradans went to work, played football in their front yard, strangers opened doors for each other, people gave blood, offered shelter, served hot meals, held grandkids, played pick up basketball and committed unnumbered acts of kindness and gentleness. One Coloradan dressed up like a villain and believed that by showing up at the site of America’s mythical hero he could slay our actual heroes.

    Its true there was no batman sitting in the theatre to fly down and tackle james holmes, as he hoped their might be. He had tactical assault gear covering his whole body ready for America to fight back.

    But love is more organized than that, love has cellphones, and ambulances, nurses and doctors, complete strangers and policemen and emergency responders always at the ready, love has nurses who will jump out of bed in the middle of the night and get a family member to watch their child so they can rush to the hospital and save the life of someone they’ve never met, love has first responders who will walk into a Bobbie trapped building to save the lives of neighbors they will never meet. it must be lonely being James Holmes, spending the first part of your life planning alone for an act act that will leave you sitting alone for the rest of your life. For the rest of us, life is crowded, Love is always only 3 numbers and one movie seat away.
    We have lived our country’s history as a chapter of wars, and many of those wars we have been blessed to win. we are a team that loves each other and will fight for each other, and if you punch us in the mouth we will fight back.

    That is one of our obvious strengths, but it is not our greatest strength. America’s awesome strength to fight is overwhelmed by its irrepressible strength to love. James Holmes took 12 lives last night. Love saved 59 lives. Policemen on the scene in minutes, strangers carrying strangers, nurses and doctors activated all over the city But we didnt stop there, love saved the 700 other people who walked out of the Aurora movie theatre unhurt. But we didnt stop there. Love saved the 5000 who went to see batman all over colorado, and the 1.2 million who saw it all over the country, who walked in and out safely with their friends, arm in arm. but we didnt stop there, love claimed the 4 million other coloradans who went to bed peacefully last night, and who woke up this morning committed to loving each other a little deeper. the awe of last night is not that a man full of hate can take 12 people’s lives, it is that a nation full of love can save 300 million lives every day.

    I sat this morning wondering what I could do to help: give blood, support victims, raise money, stop violence, how could we start to fight back?My friends were texting me they had plans to take their kids to batman tonight and now wereafraid to go. Others who were going to play pick up basketball or go out to dinner who were afraid to leave home, who thought they would bunker down in their home and wonder, how do we fight back?the answer is
    We love back. We live back. We deepen our commitments to all the unnumbered acts of kindness that make America an unrrendable fabric. We respond by showing that we will play harder, and longer, we will serve more meals, play more games, eat more food, listen to more jazz, go to more movies, give more hugs snd say more thank yous and i love yous than ever before.

    So while james Thomas settles into the cell where he will spend the rest of his life, wondering what we will do to fight back, we will love back. We will go to a park this afternoon and play soccer, we will go to the playground and restaurants and movie theatres of our city all weekend and all year.

    He should know not only that he failed in his demented attempt to be the villain, but that batman didn’t have to leap off the screen to stop him, because we had a far more organized and powerful force than any superhero could ever have. even the twelve lives that he took, this nation will love so strongly and so deeply that we will ensure they get a lifetime full of love out of a life he tried to cut short. And the 59 lives we took back, will be so overrun with love that they will live their lives feeling blessed every day, and every one who ever meets them will pass on in an instant a love they never knew they earned but we will never let them forget. in a movie theatre in aurora 50 years from now, one of last nights survivors will be waiting in the popcorn line and mention that he was in theatre 9 on that terrible summer night in 2012. And inexplicably, with an arm full of popcorn, a total stranger will reach out and give that old man a huge hug and say, i’m so glad you made it. Love back. We’ve already won.

    • 202 Betsy
      July 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm


    • 203 desertflower
      July 22, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      So beautiful and touching. Thank you for sharing again…and thank you to your dear friend, and your Senator from CO.

    • 204 Cha
      July 22, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      That really is Incredibly Poignant…and Helpful!

      Thx Cindy~

    • 205 dotster3
      July 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      Beautifully expressed by that state senator. I noticed something today but didn’t notice I was noticing till it kept happening. We are driving back home to Il. from a fam get-together in Ct.—-in Maumee, Oh. for the night for anyone keeping track 🙂 But I started “noticing” all kinds of kindnesses and smiles and extra courtesies everywhere we interacted with the public today—–at lunch, at rest stops, at gas stations etc. After about 3 or 4 pleasant surprises, I said to mr. dotster, “Wow, people really are nice and friendly today. One woman in the restroom even said she liked my top.” And then I wondered if it was a little bit of that coming together. I think we’re “loving back”.

    • 207 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 22, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      I’m glad you brought it over. It was a much needed reminder to me today to look at the good instead of the bad.

  54. July 22, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    • 209 hopefruit2
      July 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    • 211 Cha
      July 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      Thx edwina..

      “There was a light moment when the president encouraged Chief Oates to join in his car, which the chief did after a bit of prodding”

      That’s our President..

      • 212 edwina3
        July 22, 2012 at 6:58 pm

        I know, I watched that interaction live between the police chief and the president who was obviously encouraging him to ride with him and the chief was acting all modest and unassuming that the president wanted his company. I read elsewhere that the chief was effusive in praising the president’s trip to Aurora and how much that would mean to the families of the victims.

  55. July 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    So, the spineless House and even the Senate are not calling in any Bankers, to talk to them about the Libor Scandal! But do you know who they are holding a Hearing on?
    You have got to be kidding me? The freaking Congress, are trying to pin this on Geithner, but not the Bankers???

  56. 214 hopefruit2
    July 22, 2012 at 6:52 pm

  57. July 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm

  58. 218 utaustinliberal
    July 22, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Pres. Obama will speak LIVE in Aurora, CO at 7:30PM ET.

    • 219 hopefruit2
      July 22, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      I’m watching MSNBC and the prosecutor is certain with the evidence gotten that they will get a conviction. They’re not saying much about what that evidence is, but I will wait to hear further details when the case goes to court.

  59. 220 desertflower
    July 22, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Is there a link to the President speaking at 7:30 EST/ That’s about 15 minutes from now…

  60. 224 utaustinliberal
    July 22, 2012 at 7:18 pm

  61. 225 desertflower
    July 22, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    WH.gov showing it too..they said 7:35pm

  62. July 22, 2012 at 7:29 pm

  63. July 22, 2012 at 7:38 pm

  64. 231 LOL
    July 22, 2012 at 7:41 pm

  65. 232 utaustinliberal
    July 22, 2012 at 7:41 pm

  66. 233 utaustinliberal
    July 22, 2012 at 7:42 pm

  67. 234 LOL
    July 22, 2012 at 7:43 pm

  68. 235 utaustinliberal
    July 22, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN will air Pres. Obama’s remarks LIVE.

    C-SPAN has online coverage: http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Visits-Family-Members-of-Colorado-Shooting-Victims/10737432541/

    • 236 hopefruit2
      July 22, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks ut for the info and links 🙂

    • 237 Ladyhawke
      July 22, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks UT for keeping us posted with these amazing tweets. They have opened the floodgates and it feels good to let the tears flow. Knowing that President Obama is in Aurora, Colorado meeting with the families and first responders is a tremendous source of comfort to me. President Obama represents all Americans and we are in good hands. He is just good inside.

  69. 238 dotster3
    July 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I was just reading about the young man from my town who was one of the victims in Co. He was 27 and was in the Navy stationed in Aurora. Of course, the family and his friends in the community are devastated. They mentioned that he was always one who stood up for his beliefs. He was involved in the school play The Laramie Project about the Matthew Shepherd murder case. There was some ignorant anger in the community that the school was doing that play and complaint letters were written to local paper. This young man wrote back and defended the decision and the importance of performing this play in this community, how there was still too much hate and lack of understanding and awareness about the abuse endured in the gay community. Devoted time to raising money for cancer research. A sad story of a life cut too short in such a senseless act—–one of many.

  70. July 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    This is one of the victim’s brother:

    • 240 hopefruit2
      July 22, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      Thanks meta…I also posted the same tweet not realizing you had posted it. This is incredibly moving. I’m glad that those families got a chance to meet with our President.

  71. July 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    He copies everything the President does.
    Soon, he will be Black! You watch?

  72. 243 hopefruit2
    July 22, 2012 at 7:47 pm

  73. July 22, 2012 at 7:47 pm

  74. 245 utaustinliberal
    July 22, 2012 at 7:48 pm

  75. 246 utaustinliberal
    July 22, 2012 at 7:50 pm

  76. July 22, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    If you check my TL, this tweet has generated some constructive, though sharp-edged dialogue pointed @MikeBloomberg … hopefully, he hasn’t already blocked all of us because he actually has the personal wealth to make an enormous difference if he used a chunk of it to counter the NRA, big time.

  77. July 22, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Chief sponsor of Arizona’s anti-immigration blames gun control and the people who were shot for the Aurora massacre.


    I think this Guy might be Satan!

  78. 251 lamh35
    July 22, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    It’s a little weird for me since I work in a hospital seeing news crews ans cameras in the hospital rooms with some victims in Colorado. Is it only CNN that’s going into hospital rooms? I’m actually surprised the hosptial(s) allowed it even under the circumstances.

    • 252 hopefruit2
      July 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      CNN is there because our President will be giving his remarks directly from the hospital room, so other cameras will be there also.

      • 253 lamh35
        July 22, 2012 at 8:04 pm

        I am not talking about the President speaking. Read what I said. CNN have interviews with victims lying in the hospital rooms in hospital beds. I’m not talking about the ones outside. As I said, I work in a hospitalj and hospitals tend to NOT like camera crews within the walls of the hosptial outside of main lobbies and such. The interviews I’ve seen on CNN literally have Don Lemon siting next to the IV and the victims bedside and that is not normally done in hospitals.

        • 254 Squarepeg
          July 22, 2012 at 8:07 pm

          Good point, that is unusual.

        • July 22, 2012 at 8:10 pm

          I’m and MD, so I understand all the reasons for your statement, in addition to the fact that you work in a hospital.

          That said, one of the consistent pleas has been to bring the focus where it should be – on the victims and their families – and not the shooter and the idiots who blather endlessly about him. In that regard, I think the hospital administration and medical staff are doing something very important from a healing and empathetic perspective in bringing everyone into the lives of these patients. And, I’m sure it was discussed with each patient and family member before any cameras or personnel appeared on the ward.

          Thank you for your concern!

          • 256 lamh35
            July 22, 2012 at 8:13 pm

            I agree with you that the hospital most certainly consulted the families, but I wasn’t really “concerned” about it, just making a observation that a co-worker and I in the lab were discussing today.

  79. 257 utaustinliberal
    July 22, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Freaking awesome. Pres. Obama is keeping yet another one of is promises. It’s so wonderful to have a leader who does what he says.

  80. 259 utaustinliberal
    July 22, 2012 at 8:03 pm

  81. 260 LOL
    July 22, 2012 at 8:10 pm

  82. 261 utaustinliberal
    July 22, 2012 at 8:14 pm

  83. 262 LOL
    July 22, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Could be a while

  84. 267 utaustinliberal
    July 22, 2012 at 8:15 pm

  85. July 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Monday Jul. 23, 2012
    2:25 PM
    Obama departs San Francisco, California en route Reno, Nevada.
    3:10 PM
    Obama arrives in Reno, Nevada.
    3:35 PM
    Obama delivers remarks at the 113th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
    5:00 PM
    Obama departs Reno, Nevada en route Oakland, California.
    5:50 PM
    Obama arrives in Oakland, California.
    6:20 PM
    Obama attends a campaign event at the Scottish Rite Center, Oakland, California.
    8:35 PM
    Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event.
    10:55 PM
    Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event.

  86. 269 dotster3
    July 22, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    What the h is wrong with Chuck Todd? Saying that Obama’s ads questioning Bain is “Swift Boating” Romney. Todd is an idiot partisan, does not belong on the public airwaves.

  87. 277 LOL
    July 22, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    PBO is coming on in a few…press pool being assembled in room

  88. July 22, 2012 at 8:30 pm

  89. 281 LOL
    July 22, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Starting on CBS and Cpans

  90. 284 Betsy
    July 22, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    watching on ABC, totally about shooter. Yuck.

  91. 285 Betsy
    July 22, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Now onto the victims, finally.

  92. 286 dotster3
    July 22, 2012 at 8:35 pm

  93. 289 pinkbunny92
    July 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    On a day of so much sadness, I hug my niece that much closer!

    Thank you Mr. President for being so strong for so many…..

    • 290 nathkatun7
      July 23, 2012 at 3:12 am

      I feel you, pinkbunny92. My grandniece (14) from Washington, DC is visiting with me and her auttie this Summer. On Thursday I took her to see the cartoon movie, “Ice Age….” I actually hadn’t been to the movies for six years. The Theater was full of kids of all ages, but especially teenagers, accompanied by their parents. I was really surprised that I actually enjoyed the movie. Then I woke up the next day to the horrible news of what happened at the theater in Aurora, Colorado. I just couldn’t help thinking what would I have done if something happened to my grandniece. How would I face my niece and my sister? The President is right: “Life is very precious.” It’s also not guaranteed. What really matters is the love and care we show our family, friends and neighbors.

      This country is truly blessed for having such a strong, humane and caring leader who refuses to be mired into pettiness.

  94. July 22, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Ok! Now i am crying!! Seriously!

  95. July 22, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    The story of Allie (sp?) & Stephanie (sp?) is remarkable in so many ways and he, once again, demonstrates his brilliance as a leader and his humanity by concluding with that story of courage, persistence, and deep love.

  96. 293 lisalovesobama
    July 22, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I’m so damned glad he went. Spoken from the heart. I was completely enraptured by Stephanie and her friend’s story. I’m glad he told it.

  97. July 22, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    • July 22, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      You got that right! I hope Chips can get that YouTube and make it go viral. It deserves to be told.

    • 296 Ladyhawke
      July 22, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Those remarks were poignant and comforting. Just what the country needed. But I can’t help but think of President Obama’s mother Stanley Ann Dunham right now. She instilled in him the importance of empathy. President Obama has said that what is best in him he owes to his mother. I could not be more proud of our president. He is a remarkable human being.

      Stanley Dunham, Obama discusses his mother

  98. 297 EDP4BHO
    July 22, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Notice how well PBO can relate a real story, compassionately and with expression, to all listening. Those who do not think or feel that he should be our CIC has no insight nor morality. Just my opinion, and I stand by that.

    • 298 nathkatun7
      July 23, 2012 at 3:50 am

      For the people in the military, President Obama must be an excellent CIC! He deeply cares for the men and women in uniform. He has ben resolute and disciplined in the military decisions he has made. He cares deeply about the men and women of the armed forces. He has that rare ability of being able to deeply empathize with people in pain, and especially people who have lost their loved ones. I’ve heard him say often that one the most difficult decisions he has faced as president is sending young people to war. For him the men and women in uniform are not just cogs in the military machine. They are sons and daughters, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, grandchildren and other relatives, and friends and neighbors. I am just so grateful that the Obamas and Bidens have championed the importance of treating the men and women we send to war as part of families. Their hardships and suffering — especially when it comes to loss of life and severe injuries — affects not just them but also their families.

      I am not in the military; so President Obama is not my CIC. He is simply my President. I am, however, thankful that he is the kind of President who inspires me to transcend my individual selfishness and realize that all of us are mutually connected. It’s in moments of great tragedies, like this one, that we all need the kind of inspiring and compassionate leadership that President Obama displays.

  99. 299 dotster3
    July 22, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Beautiful, consoling, uplifting words from President Obama. He is exactly the right person to be speaking those words, brings the very best to every occasion. Husband just said there has never been a president like this, who can speak like that, who is so impressive in every kind of circumstance.

  100. 300 vcprezofan2
    July 22, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Consoler-in-Chief is so appropriate! This President is always so on point, I believe, because he is always sincere. There is no acting there. I really do believe he feels our pain. This #44th presidency has been a real roller coaster ride to date, with way more bumps that straight stretches, yet President Obama continues to meet each aspect of the ride with grace, calm, compassion, passion, and indeed with a wide range of feelings and actions, than I could have imagined going in. God bless and continue to protect and guide you, Mr. President! You are just what the world needs at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave right now and in the years to come.

  101. 302 utaustinliberal
    July 22, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Everyday I am more thankful that Barack Obama is President of the United States.

  102. July 22, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Wow, tweets from press expressing emotion at POTUS’ speech.

  103. July 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

  104. 309 utaustinliberal
    July 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

  105. 310 anniebella
    July 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I’m so glad our President went to spend time with the people, and let them know they we care America care, and they are in our prayers. So proud this man is our President.

  106. 311 lamh35
    July 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Damn!!!! 30+Million fine for Penn State!!!


    JUST IN: CNN has learned Penn State will be fined $30+ million as part of penalties expected to be announced by the NCAA on Mon ”

  107. 313 sabreen60
    July 22, 2012 at 9:08 pm

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