Heads up: President Obama in New Orleans

Louis B. Armstrong International Airport

6:45: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at the House of Blues in New Orleans

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Next – 8:0: President Obama speaks to the 2012 National Urban League Conference in New Orleans

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247 Responses to “Heads up: President Obama in New Orleans”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    July 25, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Itโ€™s me again! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 2 Proud Former White House Intern
      July 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm


    • 3 Roberta in MN
      July 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      VC pretty fast. Congrats. Just finishing up the last thread.

      • 4 vcprezofan2
        July 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm

        I’m not finished there either, so I’ll go back to see what I missed before everyone starts commenting here.

    • 5 Pamela
      July 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      Hey, wait just a dog-goned minute! I shall never ever catch up now….

      • 6 vcprezofan2
        July 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm

        ๐Ÿ˜† Pamela, maybe if I hold your hand and pull you along? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just kidding, I only won because I staked out those two threads today – my way of helping myself feel like I was back in the swing of things. The truth is I still haven’t a clue about some of what happened in my absence so I still feel a bit lost and I hate that feeling.

        • 7 Pamela
          July 25, 2012 at 8:05 pm

          Lovely thought, VC, but I can only peer in furtively when I am at work. I daresay it is so random you guys must think I am online all day, but that is only a dream for me. Like last winter when I had every weekend off for 3 whole months! I was beginning to think I was a normal person again! And so….

    • 8 hopefruit2
      July 25, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      Congrats vc on #1!

      • 9 vcprezofan2
        July 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm

        Thank you, dear Hf! ๐Ÿ˜€ I almost feel like I’m back home in TODville ……….almost.

    • 10 Dudette
      July 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      New nickname for you: “Speedy”

      • 11 vcprezofan2
        July 25, 2012 at 6:47 pm

        ๐Ÿ˜› Hi ya Dudette! Maybe you can talk Chips into mentally erasing those turtle visuals of me that she emblazoned on my mind’s eyes?

        • 12 Dudette
          July 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm

          I’m scared of Chips… you know she has the “powah”! ๐Ÿ™‚
          In fact, she probably knows we’re talking about her right now and is just waiting for the right time to pounce!

          • 13 vcprezofan2
            July 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm

            /whisper/ I understand your position and hope our conversation doesn’t get you into trouble. If she tries to release her powah in your direction, running and hiding behind Amk might help. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. 15 Proud Former White House Intern
    July 25, 2012 at 6:26 pm


  3. 18 ourmanflint
    July 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Hi everyOne. Congrats VC

    • 19 vcprezofan2
      July 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      Hi, OMF, nice to see you, and thanks. First always makes me so happy I literally ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. 20 hopefruit2
    July 25, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    May she RIP.

  5. 24 Judith Fardig
    July 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    My hand’s still tingling from PBO holding it yesterday at his event in Portland. Glad he got to see sunshine and mountains out west before getting rained on again in New Orleans. I hope the poor guy gets to rest a little on Air Force 1. Don’t see how he keeps up the pace!

    • 25 Pamela
      July 25, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      Oh, Judith!

    • 26 hopefruit2
      July 25, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      PBO HELD YOUR HAND?!?!?!?! This is terrific – ongratulations Judith!!! Why am I only hearing about this now–did you post on an earlier thread? ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 27 Judith Fardig
        July 25, 2012 at 7:19 pm

        I posted last night when I got in late. Went straight from the PBO event at the Convention Center to my neighborhood team meeting with 30 people. No, I did not wash my hand so people at the meeting could get a sense of being almost there. Still thrilled beyond measure. I also gave Craig Robinson one of those sign language “I love you” hand gestures, and he signed me right back.

        Saw myself in one of the photos Chips posted where PBO is coming into the event and folks are snapping pictures like crazy. I’m the little old short lady in front on the far left behind a cute young thing taking photos with her smart phone. I think my own husband is kind of jealous. He was taking pictures so missed a chance to shake PBO’s hand, and now he is taking forever to polish up the pictures. He took a funny one of Pete Souza aiming his camera right back at him!

        I told our President that we all love him at TOD and have his back!

        • 28 Pamela
          July 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm

          I NEED TO SEE THIS PICTURE! Please, please, please! (sorry for shouting, I am just so excited!)

          • 29 Pamela
            July 25, 2012 at 7:34 pm

            Hi! Hi! Judith, I SEE you! I had captured this photo anyway, just didn’t know it was YOU! (btw-you don’t look so old, if I may say so!) ๐Ÿ˜† and you were SO Close! How lovely for you!

        • 30 Walking_on_ Sunshine
          July 25, 2012 at 8:10 pm

          Congratulations Judith!!!!! Wow!

        • 31 amk for obama
          July 25, 2012 at 8:54 pm

          Congrats Judith. Which thread has your photo ?

        • 32 Cha
          July 25, 2012 at 10:35 pm

          Your encounter and writing to us about it brought tears to my eyes, Judith. Tears of Joy to be sure! Ya Lucky Dawg!

    • 33 Dudette
      July 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm


    • 34 veryslowwriter
      July 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      OMG I am so jealous.

    • 35 anniebella
      July 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      Judith have you wash your hand since yesterday?

    • 36 desertflower
      July 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ How wonderful..I just can’t imagine…..

    • July 25, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      Way to go, Judith!!!! So happy for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 39 Dudette
    July 25, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Here’s something to check out while waiting for the President.
    Having posted a little “Grover” silliness on the previous post, I reminded myself of some wonderful work on behalf of military families that FLOTUS and SLOTUS did earlier this year with Sesame Street and Patty Shinseki of the The Military Child Education Education (wife of VA SecretaryEric Shinseki)… watch this. Please share it with any military families that you know.

    Talk, Listen, Connect on SesameStreet.org

    Additional Resources

  7. 42 Pamela
    July 25, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Love this photo on the tarmac, the reflections are very cool! (may I say the little grey box thingy is back, wasn’t there in the early a.m, but showed up after AF1 departed! Hey….)

  8. July 25, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    • 44 Nena20409
      July 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      Yes, Christie is too fluffy for 2016. Nature might not wait that LONG? Just saying.

      • July 25, 2012 at 7:03 pm

        And now I regret calling him that, what with my wife’s own struggles with weight. Really, he needs to do something if he wants to be around for 2016 just for his family, regardless of his political aspirations.

        • July 25, 2012 at 7:52 pm

          The top tier Republicans are all waiting for 2016. They know Romney is a stiff and his chances of winning dwindle by the hour.

        • 47 vitaminlover
          July 25, 2012 at 8:10 pm

          Yes, LL he is obese in an unhealthy way.

        • 48 Walking_on_ Sunshine
          July 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm

          Yes. I don’t make fun of him for his weight either. I have some beautiful and loving fluffy people in my life and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. It’s his politics that are ugly.

  9. 49 hopefruit2
    July 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    • July 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    • 54 susanne
      July 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      is it possible they don’t realize that blatant lies are coming out of their mouths? this from the article:

      One adviser also told the paper, โ€œObama is a left-winger. He doesnโ€™t value the NATO alliance as much. Heโ€™s very comfortable with American decline and the traditional alliances donโ€™t mean as much to him. He wouldnโ€™t like singing โ€˜Land of Hope and Glory.โ€™โ€

      The Telegraph reports that the advisers would not go on the record because they have been instructed to not insult the president in the foreign press.

      yep, ‘instructed not to insult the president’–except for the part where they say he’s ‘comfortable with american decline’ and all. oh, but i guess, if they don’t give their names when they make these insulting statements to the foreign press about their president, that then it’s as if they didn’t say anything insulting. right.

  10. 55 Ladyhawke
    July 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Romney Welcomes Back The Same Foreign Policy Geniuses Who Led Us Into Iraq

    By Joe Conason


    With Mitt Romneyโ€™s announcement of the foreign policy team that will be counseling his campaign, the former Massachusetts governor has dispelled any remaining mystery about his own outlook. He has likewise done away with any illusion that he is โ€œmoderateโ€ on diplomatic and national security issues โ€” or that his nomination would mark a departure from his partyโ€™s incredibly costly global blunders of the past decade.

    If Romney is elected, the nation can evidently expect more of the same, for the names he has listed are all too familiar to anyone who remembers the unhappy history of deception, disgrace, and war in the last Bush administration. Discredited though they may be, the neoconservatives โ€” with all their bloody baggage โ€” are back.



  11. 57 utaustinliberal
    July 25, 2012 at 6:45 pm

  12. 58 Ladyhawke
    July 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Chris Matthews: Mitt Romney Isn’t a Candidate. He’s a Speaker System.

    June 18, 2012


  13. July 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm

  14. 60 Dudette
    July 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    He’s there!!! NOLA Event starting!!

  15. 61 utaustinliberal
    July 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm

  16. 63 hopefruit2
    July 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    What’s with CBS? showing clips out of order…I missed our President’s introduction! The crowd seems SUPER FIRED UP. That’s for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. 64 Ladyhawke
    July 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Chris Matthews: Romney is running on the same bad agenda that got us into Iraq. VFW Speech was written by the NeoCons.


  18. 65 Dudette
    July 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    PBO says next time he comes down (to NOLA) drinks are on him! Ha! Love him!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 66 anniebella
      July 25, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      Remember the recent interview FLOTUS and POTUS did with Charlie Rose, if you remember FOTUS talked of visiting New Orleans when they have time to take it easy.

    • 68 daisydem
      July 25, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Oooh la la. Just to know he is in one of my favorite places – NOLA – is intoxicating to me! I hope he gets a chance to walk through the French Quarter, have some beignets (sp?) at Cafe du Monde, have a Hurricane at Pat O’Brien’s, hear a little jazz, or blues, or Cajun, eat some etoufee, wll the list goes on and on! NOLA: take good care of my Prez, you hear?

  19. 71 dotster3
    July 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Big brouhaha in Chgo as an alderman rightly blocks Chick-fil-A from opening in his trendy ward. Mayor Rahm is in support saying “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago’s values”, referring of course to the owner’s support of many anti-gay organizations and anti-gay marriage/whacko Christian beliefs. Huckabee and Santorum have aligned with the homophobes.

    • 72 Dudette
      July 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      “Huckabee and Santorum have aligned with the homophobes.” What a surprise… not!

      • 73 COS
        July 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm

        What kind of minister is Huckabee. He lies just like the other Republicans. His values are a bit questionable to me.

        • 74 sherijr
          July 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm

          His radio show comes on here in ND every morning & he lies through his teeth- he’s a skank.

          • 75 COS
            July 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm

            So he has a radio show also? Doesn’t he work for Fox also? I totally lost respect for him long time ago when he made that gun joke about PBO. That was really nasty for him to do as a minister. He is just as bad as Limbaugh if not worse, because folks will believe what he says just because he profess to be a minister.

            • 76 sherijr
              July 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm

              yep he does.. and he lies everytime I’ve heard him. I had actually never even heard of him until he was a Pres candidate in ’08- but like you his gun “joke” disgusted me. The thing thats so horrendous about him is his smooth talking – he lies with honey in his mouth.

          • 77 Dudette
            July 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm

            That’s Reverend Skank!

        • 79 Cha
          July 25, 2012 at 11:02 pm

          Huckabee is a minister of demonic hate just like the other crazy ass psuedo christians.

  20. July 25, 2012 at 6:52 pm

  21. 81 sherijr
    July 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    am I the only one having trouble with the cbs feed? Earlier today cnn couldn’t seem to get their camera right on VPOTUS.. and now the cbs feed is off/on. 2012 Presidential elections and they can’t effing handle the technology at these big ass ‘news’ stations??

  22. 84 Linda
    July 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    The Obama campaign on Wednesday afternoon announced that it had received the endorsement of the advocacy group National Association of Police Organizations.

    โ€œNAPO is proud to endorse the Obama-Biden ticket today,โ€ NAPO President Thomas J. Nee said in a statement forwarded by the campaign.

    โ€œThis Administrationโ€™s unwavering support for law enforcement has meant that men and women in uniform across the country have the resources they need to do their jobs safely and efficiently, protecting the communities and citizens they serve. There are simply no better friends of law enforcement โ€“ and no stronger choice to lead this nation for another term โ€“ than President Obama and Vice President Biden.โ€

    The endorsement comes two days after Vice President Joe Biden addressed the organization’s 34th annual convention. It proves the theory that the groups that are traditionally under the Democratic umbrella will be with Obama in 2012, even if some of their primary issues have been put on the backburner.

    Limiting the availability of assault weapons is a traditional prerogative for police officers and their unions. And while the administration has reiterated its commitment to renewing the assault weapons ban, it has also signaled that it isn’t going to put much effort into championing new gun control legislation, even in the wake of last week’s mass shooting in Aurora, Colo.

    Obama does have a proactive case to make to the group, of course. Whereas Romney has publicly stated he doesn’t feel compelled to spend more federal funds on first responders, firefighters and cops, the president has made the retention of their jobs a top priority.

  23. 85 vcprezofan2
    July 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Anybody else has a CBS feed that’s cutting in and out? Usually CBS works well for me, while CNN rarely does. What’s up?

    • 86 sherijr
      July 25, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      heh I just made the same comment. cnn is working, but cbs not. I’m realllll tired of this crap everytime POTUS makes a speech, there seems to be one station or another that just can’t seem to manage it. Yeah, I’m going there.

      • 87 sherijr
        July 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm

        the other thing, cnn manages to seldom ever show the introductions… thus most folks never get to hear anyone speak of POTUS in glowing terms.

        • 88 Dudette
          July 25, 2012 at 7:03 pm

          Yeh, I’ve noticed that too. Hateful bastards.

          • 89 sherijr
            July 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm

            thanks Dudette, I’m in a venting kinda mood ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • 92 hopefruit2
            July 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm

            CBS cut off the intro as well. I don’t know what’s up with that. They tried to show clips of when he first landed, but unfortunately for them, the people waiting at the airport began spontaneously cheering “Four More Years!” as soon as PBO deplaned AF1. CBS quickly switched back to the speech – where he had already been introduced.

        • 93 vcprezofan2
          July 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm

          Okay, I’m trying CNN. ๐Ÿ™„ As to them not sharing the introductions, I CONSOLE MYSELF with the thought that politics is local, so even if I don’t hear the introductions, the local people do; I like to think this means more to them because it’s closer to home, so to speak.

        • 97 Theo67
          July 25, 2012 at 9:08 pm

          I usually save the speeches to watch on cspan over the weekends, when I miss them during the work day. They often show the whole thing.

    • 98 desertflower
      July 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Didn’t work for me, vc….you aren’t alone

  24. 99 ChristiMTL
    July 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I’m glad to see that I wasn’t the only one having problems with the CBS feed…I kept waiting and waiting…refresh the page about 10 times…

  25. 103 Dudette
    July 25, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Background video on the 2nd NOLA event tonight…
    National Urban League Conference ready for Obama speech

  26. 104 Dudette
    July 25, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    We are moving FORWARD, we’re not going back!! – President Barack Obama

  27. July 25, 2012 at 7:14 pm

  28. 111 ChristiMTL
    July 25, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    General Motors Donates To Politicians Who Voted Against Auto Industry Bailout

    The automaker apparently isn’t holding any grudges against lawmakers who opposed the bailout.

    They donated to Boehner, Cantor, a few others…..and who know now with the SuperPacs

    the group that runs OpenSecrets.org, told The HP many business PACs focus on supporting candidates who will help them in the future and spend less time worrying about whether or not a candidate has helped them in the past.


    This makes me feel sooooo good….

    So no matter what, they get their money and votes……

  29. 116 Zekke LyDonna
    July 25, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    • 117 Dudette
      July 25, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      What? LifeLock is still sponsoring Rush?

      Bill Press on CurrentTV plugs them every freakin’ morning!

  30. 118 Dudette
    July 25, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    [Bruce, Bruce, Bruce!]

  31. 119 utaustinliberal
    July 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm

  32. 121 utaustinliberal
    July 25, 2012 at 7:28 pm

  33. 122 utaustinliberal
    July 25, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    • 123 Dudette
      July 25, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      “I don’t believe you should go bankrupt just because you got sick! Healthcare reform was the right thing to do!”

      We’re moving FORWARD, weโ€™re not going back!! โ€“ President Barack Obama

  34. 124 dotster3
    July 25, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I see Willard is trying to distance himself from the Romney fancy, dancy horsey, probably ’cause “you people” cannot relate. He says he doesn’t even know when “the sport” goes on. LIE! Unless he and Miss Ann are not on speaking terms. Not likely, just another Willard lie.

  35. 130 hopefruit2
    July 25, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I hope the Ed show will carry our President’s remarks live. These CNN and CBS livestreams are irritating today.

  36. July 25, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    My friend Catherine just called me after she had been at the hairdresser. She told me that her hairdresser is going to vote for Romney because if he loses, all the wealthy Americans are going to move out of the country. Now this person knows that the healthcare law was a good thing, but she is afraid. My friend told her that was ridiculous. How can people be so gullible?

    • 135 Dudette
      July 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      What exactly is she afraid of — wealthy Americans moving out of the country? They haven’t left in the last 3 1/2 years, so what’s gonna make them leave next year? Middle class people need their hair done too.

      The economy is in enormously better shape now than it was when PBO took office and is improving everyday, DESPITE the Republican sabotage. Imagine how great it’ll be when President Obama working with a Congress that actually WANTS the country to succeed!

    • 136 anniebella
      July 25, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      I’m sorry to say what I’m about to say, because I don’t know that hairdresser, but she is a dam idiot. Do she truly believe that all the rich people will leave this country. Does that hairdresser care about Medicare, Social Security, education, the middle class? If I were you I wouldn’t let this hair dresser come near me with anything hot or any chemicals. Sounds like to me she have inhale some of those chemicals of some kind.

    • 138 dotster3
      July 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      Where do people get these crazy notions? Rush? FOX? Chain emails? People need to engage their brains, think for themselves. They need to ask themselves, “Does this make sense?” Somewhere along the way, those who were responsible for guiding and educating these people failed them.

    • 139 hopefruit2
      July 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      This information must have come from one of those chain RW “scare” email messages that are being used to frighten people into voting for Romney. If you can, have your friend Catherine ask her hairdresser WHERE did she get this information from. If we know the source of this propaganda and false garbage, we can combat it.

    • July 25, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      I talked to a long-term friend (former colleague) a couple of days ago who has voted Dem all her life. She’s nearing 70 and I think she’s been watching a lot of cable TV because she told me Dems lie as much as Repubs. She’s thinking about becoming an Independent. I nearly lost it.

      • 142 vcprezofan2
        July 25, 2012 at 8:01 pm

        And as an independent, she will vote for …? ๐Ÿ™„

      • 143 isonprize
        July 25, 2012 at 8:51 pm

        After you catch your breath, and remember, she’s just ‘thinking’ about it, try to get the conversation turned around to the Supreme Court. Pres. Obama will be able to appoint at least two Supreme Court Justices. And at 70, I would think that your friend would be interested in the healthcare Medicare issues.

        Honestly, even if she changed to be a Re-thug, as long as she votes for PBO and the down ticket in your state, it’s all good.

    • 144 Theo67
      July 25, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      The only wealthy people who will leave this country are the greedy ones who put money and profits ahead of their love of this country. They have no allegiance to this country and it’s people. They’ve been cheering for a bad economy so they can ram thru more tax cuts, more spending cuts for those who desperately need those services (including seniors and poor kids), more deregulation of safety and consumer protections, so they can do whatever they want to drive the American worker to a point of desperation, so he’ll fight his neighbor for any available scrap, instead of demanding more for both him and his neighbor. Good riddance to that type, and God help whatever country they end up in. There are plenty of good rich people, and plenty more people with potential to make this country better, along with making themselves rich.

      • 145 Cha
        July 25, 2012 at 11:10 pm

        Mitt’s money has Already LEFT THE COUNTRY..and I bet his isn’t alone. Those greedy, rich anti-patriotic people are no good to this country.

    • 146 Cha
      July 25, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Who is she listening to? There are plenty of rich people giving money to PObama! Rich Patriots who Actually Care about our Country. That might be one of the Most STUPID reasons to vote for fuckhead imaginable.

  37. 147 utaustinliberal
    July 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm

  38. 149 Zekke LyDonna
    July 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm

  39. July 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm

  40. 151 yardarm756
    July 25, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    It’s up on http://www.whitehouse.gov/live right now.

  41. 152 Dudette
    July 25, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    LOL! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    Talking to a guest who was on to talk about Michele Bachman’s despicable accusations of Huma Abedin based on some flimsy, trumped up guilt-by association crap, Tweety said this: “All my relatives are Republicans, but they haven’t had much influence me – ya think (Frank)?
    Guest (Frank somebody): I’m glad you mentioned that, because all of us have crazy relatives with nutty ideas… ”

    Of course, then he tried to clean it up.. Too late! Your first instinct was the right one, dude!

    • 153 Cha
      July 25, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      Speaking of Huma Abedin..I was leafing throught People Mag at the Library and there’s an article with her, hubby, and their baby. All happy and working on their marriage after he blew his Congressional seat on Twitter pricks. I hope they do work it out. People deserve 2nd Chances. Life’s gotta be enough of a challenge with him Jewish and she’s Muslim.

      • 154 Cha
        July 25, 2012 at 11:18 pm

        P.S. There were 3 adorable pics of the Obamas at the game in that issue, too.

      • 155 Dudette
        July 26, 2012 at 1:03 am

        Life’s gotta be enough of a challenge… now, thanks to Nutball Bachmann, she needs an extra security detail assigned to her.

  42. 156 dotster3
    July 25, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Do y’all think there will be a new PBO stump speech? Or is this it for the duration? This one is great, but if he ever needs a fill-in, I could deliver. I remember this same thing in ’08. Selfishly, I would love some new material, altho I realize it’s probably not all about me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 157 vcprezofan2
      July 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Poor PBO! Expected to meet the needs of everyone all the time! I don’t think everyone has heard this one yet, Dotster, and in fairness, his message IS the message. If he doesn’t get it out there some of us complain. Plus, he does tweak it here and there, despite keeping it consistent.

      • 158 dotster3
        July 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm

        He doesn’t need to meet my needs, other than my need for him to win the election. And it’s probably a good sign that I had the ’08 stump speech memorized also, and that turned out pretty good.

        • 159 vcprezofan2
          July 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm

          ‘a good sign that I had the โ€™08 stump speech memorized also, and that turned out pretty good.’

          I like that talisman. ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

    • 160 Obama Grandmama
      July 25, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      As a retired teacher I know repetition is the key to learning. That is what the GOP uses and that is how they get people to believe their sorry lies. Repeat them enough and people think they are true. If Obama varied his speech constantly besides not being able to deliver it without a teleprompter it would take the people more work to actually know what he is saying. Like a small child that enjoys his parents reading the same book over and over, partake in the joy of knowing what is going to be said next. Enjoy!!!

    • 161 Vicki
      July 25, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      Revel in the minor variations. Remember Ted Strickland and pie preferences? It doesn’t get old for me if I focus in. OK, maybe I’m weird—never too much PBO

  43. 162 hopefruit2
    July 25, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Our President is introduced – here he comes!

  44. 164 Dudette
    July 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Statement by President Obama on the Passage of the Middle Class Tax Cut Extension

    With the Senateโ€™s vote, the House Republicans are now the only people left in Washington holding hostage the middle-class tax cuts for 98% of Americans and nearly every small business owner. The last thing a typical middle class family can afford is a $2,200 tax hike at the beginning of next year. Itโ€™s time for House Republicans to drop their demand for another $1 trillion giveaway to the wealthiest Americans and give our families and small businesses the financial security and certainty that they need. Our economy isnโ€™t built from the top-down, itโ€™s built from a strong and growing middle class, and thatโ€™s who we should be fighting for.

  45. 165 sherijr
    July 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    POTUS! thanks Yardarm for the link ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 166 anniebella
      July 25, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      POTUS is finally on his way home. A very busy, trying week for him. FLOTUS will leave for London when?

  46. 167 Dudette
    July 25, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I’m watching on MSNBC.

    They are rolling tweets on the chyron. Love this one:
    “President Obama is a man of character, while Mitt Romney is a character of a man.”

  47. 168 hopefruit2
    July 25, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    The Ed Show (MSNBC) is also carrying the speech live. I hope they don’t cut it half-way.

  48. July 25, 2012 at 8:06 pm

  49. 170 Dudette
    July 25, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Southside! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  50. July 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    “What kept me going …. the belief that in America, Change is ALWAYS possible”!!!!

    • 174 0388jojothecat
      July 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      That’s whats keeps me going too. I think President Obama is remindng us all that ….THINGS WILL GET BETTER. I remember when I graduated from college, Reagan was President and the economy, lack of jobs was very similar to today. I ALWAYS hung on to the believe and hope that things would get better……through eight years of Reagan, four years of Bush I and things did get better with Clinton. I hope young and old out there know that voting for THIS PRESIDENT….THINGS WILL GET BETTER.

    • 175 xtine
      July 25, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      Yes! I will never get tired of hearing that! It resounds!

      I also loved the NOLA stories, especially the one about the school principal who hired a local chef to cook food on a barge for her students so they could have cooked meals, then sent the bill to FEMA!

  51. 176 utaustinliberal
    July 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Pres. Obama with a grin on his face and a wink: “South Side!”

    Looooove this man! ๐Ÿ˜€

  52. July 25, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    He is really having fun …. ‘that wasn’t in my prepared remarks … I’m just say’n …” ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  53. 183 hopefruit2
    July 25, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    OH MY!!! What an incredible speech by our President…my oh my!

    • July 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      Stuck on the train (thankful for WIFI) and can’t stream. Hope the speech will be up on the web when I get home. You’ve all whet my appetite! THX

  54. 185 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    July 25, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I love my President. He’s talking about gun control. AK47s do not belong on our streets.

  55. 186 vitaminlover
    July 25, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    I love it when President Obama would say “I’m just saying” after a deep point like ” You have to do your part, you can’t just hang out, watch Real Housewives.. I’m just saying’ Soooooo love this speech. I LOVE MY PRESIDENT YES I DO–I LOVE MY PRESIDENT…HOW ABOUT YOU?

  56. 188 dotster3
    July 25, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I am really loving what he’s saying tonight. He’s a great teacher. No one has better insight—–about the realities of a whole range of subjects—–and solutions. He is a gift. It is maddening that more will not admit what is so obvious.

  57. July 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm

  58. 190 vcprezofan2
    July 25, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I was coming down to ask if anyone else noted that OUR President consistently addresses serious issues …. in his own time, and not surprisingly TOD notices.

  59. 191 Dudette
    July 25, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    We don’t quit! We keep marching! We keep moving FORWARD…!

  60. 192 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 25, 2012 at 8:40 pm


  61. July 25, 2012 at 8:41 pm

  62. 194 hopefruit2
    July 25, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Thank You Mr. President! MY president, YOUR President, OUR President.

  63. 195 Dudette
    July 25, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Did I hear a podium slap? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Really, one day at the end of one of his firebrand moments, I want him to just take the mike, slam it on the floor [BAM!], then just saunter away!
    I think my panties will sprout wings and just fly off me!!

    ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  64. 201 0388jojothecat
    July 25, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I am watching Ed Show and they are playing Obama’s speech in NOLA. I am reading the comments at the bottom and they are so positive, but the one I love the most is, “I am so glad that President Obama is the President”……so true. Please people, please…..vote.

  65. 202 isonprize
    July 25, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Lest anyone think that the “Urban League” is un-American, I see they went full out with John Phillip Sousa marches for the music.

    As a high school and college bandy, I LOVE THAT!!! I can remember my part even to this day!!!

  66. July 25, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I have seen the Presidents ads on Sy-Fi Channel, History Channel, NESN, ESPN and During the US Open Golf.
    They are hitting different venues, like mad! Interesting!

    • 204 Obama Grandmama
      July 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      Have you also noticed that the GOP has an ad up on MSNBC all the time about making a change in Presidents? I always Tivo the shows and run through the commercials but hate that they are on constantly.

  67. 205 hopefruit2
    July 25, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    LOL! “Real Housewives” “New Orleans” “President Obama” are all trending on Twitter

  68. 206 hopefruit2
    July 25, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    • 207 vcprezofan2
      July 25, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    • 208 anniebella
      July 25, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      As a Black American I am not offended at all when the President talk to us about education and how our kids has to study, to put forth an effort, turn the tv off, back away from the computer. I am not offended at all because it’s the truth. We do have to be involve in our kids schooling, don’t let the only time the teacher see us parents is when our kids get in trouble. Those that try to fine some offense is just trying to fine something to pick at. This President speaks to all about being involve with our kids education.

  69. July 25, 2012 at 8:51 pm

  70. 210 dotster3
    July 25, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    That was a beauty of a speech. Masterful.

  71. 211 xtine
    July 25, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Where’s JER? I’m seeing the tale of AF1 on this local feed:


    Could this be the airplane, takeoff vid?

  72. July 25, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    “Anglo-Saxon” still (again?) trending on Twitter. Some priceless gems:
    Top Conservative Cat โ€@TeaPartyCat
    Romney campaign has not requested The Telegraph retract their “Anglo-Saxon” story, but they did ask them “not to show it to black people.”

    ThinkProgress โ€@thinkprogress
    UPDATE: Romney doesn’t dispute Telegraph’s “Anglo-Saxon” report, says “I dont agree with whoever that advisor might be”

    Yortal N โ€@yortalnahtano
    I hope Mitt Romney remembers to drop the “Anglo-Saxon heritage” line when speaking before Native American groups… #p2

    My FAVE:
    Republican Problems โ€@RepublicanProbl
    Pres Obama cannot relate to the Anglo-Saxon heritage. He hasn’t followed the lead of his predecessor and invaded countries without reason.

  73. 228 collegekay
    July 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    This man is my heart.

  74. 229 sherijr
    July 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I’ve been in a harsh mood all day… but to listen to President Obama, to be moved by him over and over after years of listening to him, watching him.. that mood is back in perspective, reminding me there are far bigger things/issues than whats bugging me. I am so continuously grateful for his leadership, decency and genuine love for the people of this country.

  75. 231 dotster3
    July 25, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I agree with Shrum that President Obama talks about personal responsibility to ALL audiences. I’ve heard him repeatedly tell parents in every audience to read to their children, turn off the TVs, shut down the video games, make sure homework is getting done, make education important, because it is—-it’s the whole deal now—-and essential to any future success. Dyson was saying that some are sensitive that Obama only instructs in that way before black audiences. Not true. He gives the same needed message to all. And I wouldn’t mind if he said it over and over and over. It’s that important.

    • 232 0388jojothecat
      July 25, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      I am AA and I am sorry to say, we need to hear it the most. I know too many, prior to President Obama being elected, AA parents who did not emphasize reading, math, science, and turning off the tv. There bought video games, cell phones, and fun electronics without putting limits on their use. After PBO, I must say that I have seen an up tick in good parenting in the AA community. They a re looking at their childrens right for a GOOD education differently.

    • 234 Lorraine
      July 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      When did you hear Shrumie?!!!

  76. 235 amk for obama
    July 25, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    • 236 amk for obama
      July 25, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      The Senate today voted down a tax plan crafted by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) by a vote of 45-54. The plan would have extended all of the Bush tax cuts โ€” including those on income in excess of $250,000 โ€” while eliminating tax credits that benefit 20 million working families. Due to an agreement with Democrats, the bill needed a simple majority, rather than a filibuster-proof supermajority, to pass. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) was the lone Democrat to vote in favor of the plan, while Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Scott Brown (R-MA) voted against it.


      The Senate accepted the Democratic tax plan, which extends the Bush tax cuts for income up to $250,000, by a vote of 51-48.

      There is always a back stabbing dem, isn’t there ?

  77. 240 dotster3
    July 25, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    And I’m glad that President Obama addressed gun violence, saying AK-47s only belong in the hands of soldiers, not criminals. (and not mentally deranged people, I might add) We have so many more shootings and killings in this country than any other civilized country. Other civilized countries have civilized gun laws. We have the NRA. We have more gun deaths on many weekends in Chicago than other countries have in a whole year. It’s insane.

  78. 242 isonprize
    July 25, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Action! Motorcade coming in!!!

    • 243 isonprize
      July 25, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Wow, my president looked spent, walking up those stairs. Usually, he has a pep in his step. Mr. President, I hope you get some good sleep, and I’m sure you’ll be happy to see Michelle and the girls when you get back home to the White House. ๐Ÿ˜€

  79. 245 isonprize
    July 25, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Okay, here’s a question for all the TOD presidential motorcade geeks.

    I know there are usually two “beasts” in the presidential motorcade. But is there a C-130 standing by, somewhere to fly them back to DC? That’s got to be a pretty large operation to get him and his ‘crew’ from place to place.

    • 246 anniebella
      July 25, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear about Ed’s wife having cervical cancer. Our prayers are with her and him too.

    • 247 Nena20409
      July 25, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      There are always 2 747s and at least 2 fighter jets and a C-130 to carry the 2 Beasts and the Surburns with fortified ammunition.

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