Norfolk State University, Virginia, September 4


Text of the President’s remarks here


Naval Air Station Norfolk


President Obama presents his White House home-brewed beer to firefighters in Norfolk



Norfolk State University


More in a while – chat away 😉


99 Responses to “Norfolk”

  1. 3 Proud Former White House Intern
    September 4, 2012 at 2:48 pm


  2. 4 theo67
    September 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Sometimes Secret Service pulls people’s hands off the President, and other times, they don’t. I’ve been trying to figure out the formula.

  3. 9 yardarm756
    September 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Norfolk sure has changed since my time there.

  4. 15 Ladyhawke
    September 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Mr. President – You are loved.

  5. 17 Claire
    September 4, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    FIRED UP!!!

    Never going backwards to bush and bin laden!

    • 18 vcprezofan2
      September 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      You know, it’s hard to stay fired up when you are running after the action! That’s been me all day. 😆 😆

  6. 19 utaustinliberal
    September 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Love how POTUS is bypassing the whiny reporters and giving his home-brewed beer to people who actually matter.

  7. 22 Ladyhawke
    September 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm


    Are We Better Off? 10 Headlines From September 2008

    By Zack Beauchamp and Judd Legum


    Depression seen possible [Florida News-Press, September 27, 2008]

    Wall Street Meltdown Continues [CNN, September 17, 2008]

    Is It Really the Next ‘Great Depression’? [NPR, September 19, 2008]

    Behind Closed Doors, Warnings of Calamity [The New York Times, September 20, 2008]



  8. 23 0388jojothecat
    September 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Listening to Randi Rhodes and Robme and his dummy Lyin’ Ryan is using the “Are you better off” meme trying to compare this time and PBO to President Jimmy Carter and she is PUSHING BACK against these lies. I love Randi Rhodes so glad she’s back.

  9. September 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I don’t see how anybody can like any Pundit.
    They all have their own separate agenda, for better or for worse.
    That 11k Crowd size at NSU is pretty darn good, as they were registering Voters, as well.

  10. September 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    This article is a doozy:


    P.S. I have been keeping a diary at DK of all the media push-back on lyin Ryan, that I use to back up my arguments to false equivalency media types. http://www.dailykos.com/blog/uid:171348

  11. September 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    The only way Paul Ryan was a Rage Against the Machine fan was if he just blocked out the lyrics. Moron.

  12. September 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Wonderful to see PBO at Norfolk State. I’m sure they’ve felt left out of the presidential process, and it’s good to see those bright young people getting inspired by the best. (Co-worker is an alum of Norfolk State.)

    Good news for Dudette and all the others fired up and attending PBO’s Thursday acceptance speech. No rain for event.

    Here’s a tweet from a meteorologist that someone on TOD recommended last week:


  13. 31 Linda
    September 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Alexandra Pelosi RNC Interviews 2012 on Real Time

  14. September 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    OMG – the details are getting clearer: the big PBO-FLOTUS-VP-SLOTUS Friday event here in Iowa City will be right outside the building where I work!! As I said, OMG!! No time listed yet:

    We first saw BO here on Earth Day 2007, there were supposedly 10,000 of us on the back lawn that time – see photo:
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/2007-04-22-obama-iowa_N.htm. I can actually make out my hubby and me in that shot, b/c I know where we were standing. It was awesome.

  15. 44 Linda
    September 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm


    Romney-Ryan Robocall Attacks Obama For ‘Changing Medicare Forever’

  16. September 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    The Obama campaign has begun airing TV ads in Ohio touting the success of the federal government’s intervention in the auto industry, declaring that “Ohio auto workers are leading the recovery.”

    The as-yet-unreleased commercial, which was passed on by a strategist tracking the 2012 air war, begins with footage of a manufacturing facility, before a narrator says: “That’s what a comeback sounds like.”

    “Ohio auto workers are leading the recovery, with autos supporting one out of every eight Ohio jobs and workers in 80 counties. That’s why President Obama stepped up, rescued the jobs, saved the industry,” the ad says, before asking: “What would Mitt Romney have done?”

    The ad cuts to archival footage of Romney telling an interviewer: “That’s exactly what I said – the headline you read, which is ‘Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.’” And the kicker: “Where would that have left Ohio?”

    Of all the big swing states on the 2012 map, Democrats feel most optimistic about Ohio. And not coincidentally, it’s also the state where the president may be best-positioned to deliver a positive message about his administration’s economic leadership. Polls have consistently shown that the auto bailout is a major positive for Obama in Ohio and Michigan, and it’ll be no surprise if it’s a significant part of the economic narrative in his convention speech Thursday.

    Alexander Burns-

  17. 52 donna dem 4 obama
    September 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Gotta, Gotta, Gotta have one of those t-shirts!!!!

    CHARLOTTE — You see them everywhere on the streets surrounding the Democratic National Convention here: legions of women sporting bright pink “Yes, We Plan” T-shirts, featuring an image of a pack of birth control pills.


  18. 56 NurseShar
    September 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I’m behind on reading the previous post, but I think the real question is, are you better off today than if Romney would have been
    President. There would not have been the auto bailout, programs for re-mortgaging homes that are under water, Osama still alive, wall street with free reign, etc…..

  19. September 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I heard the robo call on Thom Hartman too. Also just saw on FB that Husted (OH) will not announce early voting hours because OH is APPEALING the ruling. God, forgive me, but I think I hate these people.

  20. 60 lamh35
    September 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    hey Chips have you seen this graph on Andrew Sullivan’s page? it’s def something you should link to!

    “Obama’s Ground Game Advantage”

  21. 62 Tally
    September 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm

  22. 67 Tally
    September 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm

  23. 68 proudmemberofglobalzero
    September 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    This made my day:

  24. 70 lamh35
    September 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Update on my mom: So early Monday morning, my mom went to ER because her heart was racing & she was having chest discomfort. The did a chest x-ray and the said she has bronchitis. Since she a little over 1 month ago had her heart attack and had the 2 splents put in, this morning they did an angio to look for found anymore blockage, and they found none. But they told her that what they realized was that her heart has suffered irreplaceable damage, and that it’s so damaged that basically she’s been diagnosed with Congesitive Heart Failure. They put her on LASIX & told her she would have to limit her diet & strenuous exercise & she would have to keep her stress levels down because her damaged heart is no longer healthy enough to sustain any big type of stressor (this is actually what my grandmother died from, she had CHF and the stress of Katrina was too much and she died 2 days later). If she couldn’t get the stressors down and stablilized, then the only other option and the last resort would be a heart transplant.

    They told her that she does not need the transplant, and that she could actually live a long life, but she has to keep those stressors down and she has to keep on her diet…no splurges.

    • 71 57andFemale
      September 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Keep us posted. It doesn’t sound great but it does sound management. Healing energy sent your way….

    • September 4, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Hope you’re mom takes it easy — it’s hard to avoid all stressors. All the best.

    • 74 lamh35
      September 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm



      • September 4, 2012 at 5:17 pm

        Fixed it for you Lamh. I am so sorry, like Dotster not feeling well, I also completely missed the news about your mother and her health scare – she, you and your family have really been through it. Here’s hoping her medication will stabilize things and she get back to full health, wishing her all the very best.

      • 76 otter44
        September 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm

        prayers and serenity to you and your mom. Please take care of yourself.

    • September 4, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      Sending you lots of love and hugs and healing thoughts for your mom. I know you will take great care of her and so will the doctors. I understand the worry of a sick parent and that as their children we will do everything we can to help them live a long and comfortable life but please take care of yourself too, that is so important. Please know that you are treasured here at TOD and that I am sure everyone is wishing your mom well. You and she are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless.

  25. September 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm

  26. 79 Ladyhawke
    September 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm


    Since When Did Paul Ryan Become a Liar?

    By Jonathan Chait


    The thing about Ryan is that he has always resided in a counter-factual universe. He is a product of the hermetically sealed right-wing subculture. Many of the facts taken for granted by mainstream economists have never penetrated his brain. Ryan burst onto the national scene with a dense, fact-laden attack on the financing of Obama’s health-care bill that was essentially a series of hallucinations, pseudo-facts cooked up and recirculated by conservative apparatchiks who didn’t know what they were talking about or didn’t care. His big-think speeches reflect the influence of fact-free conservatives and collapse under scrutiny.

    During the last couple of years, Ryan took his act to the big city, expanding beyond his Washington conservative movement base and pitching himself to a broader audience as a straight-talking avatar of fiscal responsibility. That he managed to pull off the feat was completely incredible. Ryan’s entire career had been rooted in the “Reagan proved deficits don’t matter” wing of his party, and he spent the Bush administration consistently pushing for even more fiscally irresponsible policies than even George W. Bush could bear, and then spent the Obama administration relentlessly killing any effort to ameliorate those deficits.



  27. 80 Dakota
    September 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Good Afternoon TOD!

    I’m so excited about the convention, I can hardly stand it! And would you believe that my boss actually expects me to WORK this week? LOL! It’s ok though because he is an total Obama supporter…the majority of the people in my office are, but were not allowed to talk politics. (Yeah, right!)

    I was very pleased with Tweety’s documentary on President Obama. He done good. And I knew immediately that it was collegekay at the Easter Egg Roll!!! I shouted to hubby “Look! That’s collegekay! I know it is!”

    How thrilled are we that the Kockroaches took their money and left Pennsyvania? Whose next?

  28. 82 Linda
    September 4, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    The phone number at the end of the robo call …. If you call the number, you get the voice mail box for Romney for president. 1-857-293-0899

  29. 83 Ladyhawke
    September 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm


    When You Tell One Lie….

  30. 84 Tally
    September 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

  31. 85 Ladyhawke
    September 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Paul Ryan Proves He Can’t Speak Without Lying About Janesville GM Plant Closure

    By: Sarah Jones


    Proving he can’t speak without lying, Paul Ryan defended his previous lies about the Janesville GM plant closure being Obama’s fault by lying some more on NBC’s Today. This time, Ryan claimed he never blamed Obama for the closure but it’s still Obama’s fault and he claims GM is not alive, on the very day when all three automakers post double digit gains.

    Oh prevaricating Paul.
    According to the very conservative Forbes, Obama’s plan to save the auto industry did in fact work, and they have posted double digit gains, making Ryan’s last refuge for his Big Lie even more ridiculous.



  32. 86 Claire
    September 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    The right to vote is cherished by Democrats … and feared by Republicans.

  33. September 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Peeps, coming up at 5pm ET, the DNC starts!





    5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (LOCAL)
    Call to Order
    The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Chair of the Democratic National Committee
    Member of the US House of Representatives, Florida
    Invocation: His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Detroit

    Presentation of Colors
    Disabled American Veterans, The Stanly County Chapter 12 Honor Guard

    Pledge of Allegiance
    3rd Grade Class, W.R. O’Dell Elementary School, Concord, North Carolina

    National Anthem
    Amber Riley, Singer/songwriter and ‘Glee’ actress

    Stephen J. Kerrigan
    Chief Executive Officer of the Democratic National Convention Committee
    Welcome Video

    Presentation of Credentials Committee Report from Co-Chairs
    Bishop Vashti McKenzie
    First woman elected as bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
    The Honorable Julián Castro
    Mayor of San Antonio, Texas

    Presentation of Rules Committee Report from Co-Chairs
    The Honorable Kamala D. Harris
    State Attorney General of California
    The Honorable Martin O’Malley
    Governor of Maryland

    Appointment of Convention Officers

    Gaveling-in of Permanent Chair
    The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa
    Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee
    Mayor of Los Angeles, California

    The Honorable Steny Hoyer
    Parliamentarian of the 2012 Democratic National Committee Convention
    Democratic Whip and Member of the US House of Representatives, Maryland
    Andrew Tobias, Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee
    Alice Germond, Secretary of the Democratic National Committee

    Roll Call for Attendance

  34. 88 donna dem 4 obama
    September 4, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    We are counting on our youth to help us to Guard the change in 2012

  35. 93 dotster3
    September 4, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I’m better off than I was yesterday—–which started with getting up to the whole room swirling—-dizziness out of the blue—-I panic because I think I’m having a stroke or a brain tumor or west nile virus—–every horrible thing. Tried to gut it out all day hoping it would go away—–lightheadedness, horrible headache, nausea—-but it didn’t —–so off we sadly stumble to the ER last night—–I’m never sick and never go to dr. unless it is unavoidable. So—-that whole rigamarole there, every test known to man, including a CAT scan of my brain—-oh great!—-loved lying there waiting for them to come tell me I had to have a brain operation—–but turns out I have a benign something something vertigo—-prob originates in inner ear, which creates dizziness etc. Have some meds, which helps a little, but does anyone know anything about vertigo? Said it can go away after a week or 10 days, come back any time, stay forever, never happen again, all kinds of possibilities. Ugh. Said it was common, get over 20 cases a day in just that ER, people think they’re having a stroke, no real remedy. Anyhoo—–I at least feel good enough to check in here today. Would be really mad if I couldn’t enjoy the convention. So still a little dipsy doodle, but —-better off than yesterday. Fired up again.

    • September 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Ah crikey Dotster, that is HORRIBLE. I completely missed that you weren’t feeling well, what a terrifying experience. I’d be a whole lot more than dipsy doodle after that! Make yourself cozy in front of the TV, the convention will raise your spirits – but look after yourself!!

    • 95 susanne
      September 4, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      hi dotster
      i’ve had that, and my husband too. i think it’s called labyrinthitis. it’s scary, and there’s no cure, but it’s not dangerous or painful, and it gradually gets better over time.

      what helped me was to not tip my head quickly in any direction. if you need to grab something from a high shelf, or from the floor, tip your head slowly. you’re giving the ear fluid time to flow and adjust. also, turning your head to the side rapidly can bring on an episode, so just be conscious of moving your head very gradually.

      they told me it’s exacerbated by stress, and i have found that to be true. too much caffeine, too little sleep, too little water–all the usual stress culprits make it worse.

      the bad-ish news is i still have episodes almost 3 years after onset. but they’re very rare now, and mostly when i turn my head to the right side while lying down. weird, huh? sorry you’ve had such a scare, but please be reassured–there is nothing wrong with your head, heart, or mind!!
      aloha oe~

      • 96 carolyn
        September 4, 2012 at 6:02 pm

        Yes, I have had vertigo. It was actually an attack, when I was teaching. I felt so dizzy and sick to my stomach, I told my students to leave, and as they walked out of the door, I fell. Fortunately one student was an adult woman who immediately notified people, the school nurse came, and said I needed to go to emergency. My best friend and daughter took me. It was a horribly rainy day, and people kept coming in who had been in accidnts, so for about 3-4 hours I lay on a bench…..I could NOT sit up without regurgitating everything….then the doctor checked me out…gave me medicine, sent me home, told me to stay home from school for several days and not to drive for sevearl days.
        The medicine made me sleep, which was great, and about two days later I felt better. I did have a few small attacks in the next six months. I never travel without my medicine, but that was about 15 years ago, and haven’t had any problems since that six months immediately following that famous attack.
        Sometimes vertigo is the result of a virus which attacks the ear, instead of the throat or head or……I feel fortunate for treatment and medicine. You will always be alert to any feeling of dizziness coming on. One woman who suffered with it fairly often, told me that if I felt it coming, to take 1/2 pill (meclizine is my medicine), take a nap, and avert it. It works. You will KNOW the next time this starts. Glad you got checked out and got help. Don’t drive for a couple of days…..take it easy…and you will recover.
        Good luck.

    • September 4, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      So sorry to hear that you have been so sick. Please take care of yourself

  36. 99 57andFemale
    September 4, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I think it’s the middle ear, but I may be wrong. Give the meds time to work. My husband has had it several times and then he didn’t have it again. I’ve had it a few times, too. Sounds like your work-up was thorough and they’re confident it’s nothing more serious. Be careful driving a car. They’re sure it’s not a middle ear infection?

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