Parade: If you were female, we would ask, “How has being female affected your ability to govern?” So, how has being black affected your ability to govern?

PO: I’m sure it makes me more determined in assuring that everybody’s getting a fair shot—in the same way that being a father of two daughters makes me want to make sure that every woman is getting equal pay for equal work, ’cause I don’t want my daughters treated differently than somebody else’s sons. By virtue of being African-American, I’m attuned to how throughout this country’s ­history there have been times when folks have been locked out of opportunity, and because of the hard work of people of all races, slowly those doors opened to more and more people. Equal opportunity doesn’t just happen on its own; it happens because we’re vigilant about it. But part of this is not just because we’re African-American—it’s also because Michelle and I were born into pretty modest means. And so I think about my single mom and what it was like to go to school and work at the same time. And I think about Michelle’s dad, who had a disability and was working every day and didn’t have a lot of money to spare. But somehow our parents or grand­parents were able to give us these opportunities partly because they lived in a society that said that was important. And as president, I want to ­affirm that that’s important and reject the idea that if we just reward those at the top, that somehow that’s going to work for everybody—’cause that hasn’t been how America got built.

Full interview here

Thanks BWD

48 Responses to “Parade”

  1. 1 taiping1
    September 3, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Great pictures and interview!

  2. 4 vcprezofan2
    September 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    . Well… I’m here! Got my water. Check. Got my enthusiasm. Check. Start whenever you are ready!

    • 5 Pamela
      September 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Have my tea, am at work, lady still eating brekkie, cozy to be with y’all on this lovely day!

      • 6 vcprezofan2
        September 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm

        Tea, Honey, on this hot day? I’m sweating just thinking about that. You can sit beside me, but I’ll stick with my water.

  3. 7 taiping1
    September 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Can’t believe I’m first: herein Corsica on vacation!

    • 11 hopefruit2
      September 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      WOW did you see that fired up speech by Richard Trumpka? And now Hilda Solis is on!!!

      • 12 vcprezofan2
        September 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm

        I just commented on that above/below! The one before was terrific too; I think it was another union guy, Bob King? Bobkin? ?? didn’t quite catch it but he was good! Who signed X…? (audience) President Obama, repeated several times. Good stuff!

  4. 13 hgerhard
    September 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Happy Labor Day to all!

  5. 14 GGail
    September 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I read this great article on Sunday. It’s a keeper and so is President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama!

    4 MORE for 44!

  6. 15 hopefruit2
    September 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Hey chips…the President is getting ready to speak in Toledo..the event is already underway with some fired up speeches!!! : ) 🙂

    CSPAN is also going to livestream from 12:30PM

  7. 20 anniebella
    September 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Let me read the article, the pictures are very nice of our POTUS and FLOTUS.

  8. 21 carla4obama
    September 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Love the PARADE interview…skip the comments.

  9. September 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Chips is BACK. Stronger than ever. Love that picture. Thank you so much you keep the blues away.

  10. 25 hopefruit2
    September 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm

  11. 28 desertflower
    September 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    These guys are FIRED UP!!!

  12. 29 Dudette
    September 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Message from Secretary Solis on the White House Blog [video included]

    Labor Day 2012: Honoring the Great American Worker

  13. 30 Rita
    September 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    So you guys, I get the ‘Parade’ magazine from two different sources… two Sunday newspapers. In the local one was the interview with the Romney’s and in the SF Chronicle was the interview with the Obama’s. Quite a contrast! Guess which one I’m keeping and which one’s going in the recycle? 🙂 🙂

    • 31 Judith Fardig
      September 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      My paper had the Rs last week and the Obamas this week. My only gripe with the one this week is the printing on the interior photo which makes gorgeous Michelle look like she has a 5 o’clock shadow. I hope that was just a printing error in the local paper. The warmth and obvious affection the Obamas have for each other and for America was obvious!

      • 32 Rita
        September 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm

        Hey Judith, yes, I saw that too :-/ But the covers couldn’t be more different. The warmth of the Obama’s really shines through!

  14. September 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Heads up for PBO!


    It’s starting an hour earlier than I listed earlier 😳

    • 34 vcprezofan2
      September 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      You got the time wrong! We-ll! Humpf! I’m not sure what you’ve been up to! … …Then again as you often told me, we are a world operation so the time you cited is right somewhere in the world. 😀 😀

      • September 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm

        😆 Those times were seriously muddled, it’s pure luck I spotted PBO was about to start 😳 Pheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew. Loving this speech!!

        • 36 vcprezofan2
          September 3, 2012 at 12:59 pm

          I was there early because I was awaiting VPJoe but I am not complaining about the change. 😉 😉 The list of speakers has been high enthusiasm. Yes, I have been loving this entire roll out!

  15. 37 proudmemberofglobalzero
    September 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I am about to leave for work. I work until 10:00 tonight. I will miss most everything. I am off tomorrow and work 8 until 4:30 Wed, and Thurs. I hope to see great coverage of the convention. Media is not doing a good job at all right now.

    Thank a union member for your day off!!
    Peace and Love,

  16. 39 Dudette
    September 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    3.1 Million Donors (great infographic on the Campaign blog)

  17. 40 Sharon
    September 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    C-Span is also televising this speech at 12:30.

  18. September 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Looking forward to watching our President. So glad to finally say good morning to you all this morning Thank you Chips for the wonderful pictures on last thread. Couldn’t post there. WE GOT THIS!

  19. 42 Dudette
    September 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    36 Reasons to Thank a Union
    1. Weekends
    2. All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
    3.Paid Vacation
    5. Sick Leave
    6. Social Security
    7. Minimum Wage
    8. Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
    9. 8-Hour Work Day
    10.Overtime Pay
    11.Child Labor Laws
    12.Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
    13.40 Hour Work Week
    14.Worker’s Compensation (Worker’s Comp)
    15.Unemployment Insurance
    17.Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
    18.Employer Health Care Insurance
    19.Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
    20.Wrongful Termination Laws
    21.Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
    22.Whistleblower Protection Laws
    23.Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
    24.Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
    25.Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
    26.Sexual Harassment Laws
    27.Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
    28.Holiday Pay
    29.Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
    30.Privacy Rights
    31.Pregnancy and Parental Leave
    32.Military Leave
    33.The Right to Strike
    34.Public Education for Children
    35.Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
    36.Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States

    h/t blueyes43 comment on OFA blog

  20. September 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Well, I made it to ashville, weather is drizzling/windy. Tine to take a nap, wind down, and then I
    What I miss?

  21. 44 criquet
    September 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Chips, I have just caught up with some of the comments on the last threads and realised that there was an issue.

    Just want to say that I am so glad it was sorted and you are back in all your pomp.

    Please know that like so many expressed , you are loved , admired and respected greatly for your brilliant blog and steadfast ,phenomenal support of PBO.

    As long as you are here so will we be.

    Thanks for staying the course and all you do. PBO would be proud too.

  22. 45 vcprezofan2
    September 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    You guys seen Smartypants today… This is her piece re ‘are you better off now than ….?’


  23. September 3, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    As I ponder on the question about race ask to our President Obama of the United States . Not the African American President , but the entire USA. Why , each question has to be verified with race . Why race this, why race that. If an different nationality that was born and raised in America would have been the President do, You really think these questions would be asked . Was every President pure American’s or they were mix with Irish , Sweden, Turk . I wondered . I guess I better go dig up their roots to make sure they were born in American. We are suppose to be called the land of the free , but yet are we really free as African American. I know when I wake up in the morning no one as to remind me I am a black women . So, why must our own Country remind the 1st family want color they are . There is not one person that live amongst the living can tell me their blood is not red unless they are sick. If you cry where does your tears come from . When you look at things unless you are blind , what colors do you see. Where is you heart located if you are born with one in the right place . Before you were born where were you , I know in your mother stomach. When your stomach hurt where does your waste come out. This is something to think about when you feel it’s necessary to always ask about race when speaking to The Predudent of the United States. Ask him the questions with your eyes close and just maybe you would ask him questions about our Country , because you wouldn’t know the color of his skin just the content of his character . I hope you all know at the end we will all be judged for all our actions and thoughts . What comes out your mouth can devoul you . So be careful what comes out your mouth. Another thing God knew just how we were going to act , so now he is mixing race all together like a big pot of Gumbo. So , now you have our 1st taste of cerole gumbo . I like the flavor . It!/s seasoned just right . Well mixed just like our President Obama . One day we will all have a generation of creole gumbo .

  24. September 4, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Thank you xo much President Obama . You did not wait for the Govenor of La. You can down here for yourself and started urging things in to place . That is wanrt a President suppose to do . The president of the United StTes is the 1st responder . He conquered and we will rebuild again much faster and in order . Thank you we appreciate you . Salute . Tell me that’s not a 2nd term Presudent. He is color blind. To God be the Glory fir the things he had done.

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