President Obama at the Clinton Global Initiative



President Obama returns to Washington, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Sept 25

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70 Responses to “President Obama at the Clinton Global Initiative”

  1. 1 57andfemale
    September 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm


    • 2 vcprezofan2
      September 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      Congrats, 57! πŸ˜†

      • 3 57andfemale
        September 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm

        My nasty flu and 6-day migraine are lifting; Tammy Duckworth is beating the shit out of Joe Walsh in the latest PPP Poll; PBO was the finest example of an American President today at UN and CGI

        and I was First at TOD! What a great day!

        • 4 Dudette
          September 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm

          Woot! Go 57andfemale! Go Tammy!! Woooooot!

        • 5 vcprezofan2
          September 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm

          CONGRATS on all count, 57F, and ENJOY! 6-days! I couldn’t cope. What do you do specifically for the migraine? I need to do research for just one day of it freaks me out that something is off in my brain and I’m at death’s door. (Had a close friend who passed away suddenly of an aneurysm so as soon as my head starts to feel funny I panic mentally.)

          • 6 57andfemale
            September 25, 2012 at 2:52 pm

            The headache was better yesterday for a few hours and I went to work. When it came back gangbusters I thought I’d lose my mind entirely. Pain begets more stress and tension and therefore more pain. I cannot take NSAID’s because of asthma so I’m limited to what I can take and I hate taking pain meds. I almost called my husband to pick me up rather than try and drive home — I could barely see but I managed to get home. Thank God it’s subsiding today.

            My 11 year old sister died of an aneurysm so I understand the fear. This headache did seem different than what I’m used to and I was a little scared but I’m pretty sure it was related to the flu. I do get cluster migraines. I have no insurance after giving up crappy catastrophic insurance when my husband was nearing Medicare age and they refused the one and only claim (an ER visit for pain) that we had made in 25 years of giving money to BCBS. I never dreamed I wouldn’t be able to purchase insurance after that. So to make a long story long, I have not been able to get the diagnostic care I need to deal with the headaches and a host of medical issues that 62 year old women face. At least I have a great doctor and he works with me on costs.

            I did apply (in order to be rejected) for insurance to try to get in to the high risk pool but I did it online and they would not issue a written letter of rejection so I have to reapply to another company. At least it’s more affordable than it was before ACA. Just a few hoops to go through.

            Now, the vast majority of headaches are NOT aneurysms or brain tumors. I’ve been getting headaches for 50 years and I don’t panic. It’s just that day after day after day takes its toll.

            • 7 betseyc
              September 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm

              Has you ever tried Petadolex? It was recommended to me by an alternative ear/nose/throat doctor for help with allergies, but when I researched it I discovered that it is mainly recommended to migraine sufferers. It relaxes the blood vessels in the head. I don’t often get headaches anymore (as long as I watch what I eat) but I must say I haven’t had any since starting to take these.

              And speaking of watching what I eat, I stopped getting migraines, with very rare exceptions, when I stopped eating wheat.

            • 9 vcprezofan2
              September 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm

              Appreciate your thorough response, and I know from previous posts that the ACA can’t come into its full role soon enough for you.. Fortunately for me I’m somewhere where I don’t have to worry about cost, only whether a certain medication suits me or not. Before migraine I generally didn’t even fill prescriptions, now I don’t hesitate. Sad change, IMO. Oh well, moving on to more cheerful thoughts, I’m off to see what’s new in Obama world!

              • 10 57andfemale
                September 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm

                So much to celebrate today, as we keep working until every vote is counted and PBO is reelected with a robust Senate and we retake the House!

            • 11 Pamela
              September 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm

              Oh, 57, I am sad about this..{{{{{{57}}}}}}.

          • September 25, 2012 at 7:16 pm

            I use imitrex which usually stops it for me if I am unlucky enough to get one. That is the ONLY prescription that works for me. I have determined that caffeine is my trigger so I try to stay away from that as much as possible.

            • 14 vcprezofan2
              September 25, 2012 at 8:20 pm

              You gals who at least know your triggers are ‘lucky’. Probably my spending hours online have something to do with mine. πŸ™„ πŸ˜‰ I’ve noted the names you mentioned and will ask my doctor’s input next time I see her. She recently gave me codeine 2 as a trial because the frequency of the headaches was increasing; she thought my original medication was losing its effect. I have no plans to take any more of the codeine so I suspect I’ll revert to the original med until I return to see her.

  2. September 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Hello. I’ve missed everything this morning. Worked in our food pantry. Served 80 families–probably a record for us! So, I was dong the Lord’s work. Now, I have to go back and listen to both speeches. I have scrolled through, albeit quickly, all the threads so I am looking forward to listening to both. Thanks, Chips, for all you do for us!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. September 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm

  4. September 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Watermarking pics now, eh? Cool. Good strategy.

  5. 24 Dudette
    September 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm

  6. 25 collegekay
    September 25, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Chips I see that tiny TOD watermark on the pics. Hahaha. : )

  7. 29 Melissa
    September 25, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Ok just read this crazy article from a “journalist” asking if POTUS has a black eye ( left side) ?? Didn’t see anything unusual …our media ‘s brains have turned to mush I swear!

    • September 25, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      The President is surrounded by Secret Service at all times. Even if he was to have a black eye, it would likely be from a basketball game or something. I didn’t see anything that looked like a black eye. What I did see is a President who worked yesterday, flew to New York, gave an interview and hosted a dinner – probably while also finishing his speech – woke up this morning, delivered two big speeches and was justifiably exhausted. Other than the puffiness of a tired man around the eyes, I saw no black eye.

  8. 31 cookemom
    September 25, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    My response from the last thread where Donna posted that there are 3 times as many requests for absentee ballots this year as there were in ’08. That’s so good. I have maintained that all this voter suppression may have awaken the beast. It brought many out of complacency about voting rights. Memories resurfaced about what many went through to have those rights. This overreach is gonna cost them. They should have left well enough alone. There was a certain amount of apathy that would have remained. Now, everybody and their mother will make sure to vote. They struck fear in many who had been thinking everything was alright, or took voting for granted. This could very well be what we needed to raise a consciousness that has been missing.

  9. 32 utaustinliberal
    September 25, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Chips, I see your TOD watermark. Hahahah…good for you. πŸ˜€

  10. September 25, 2012 at 2:49 pm

  11. 38 Dudette
    September 25, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Rookie question for my tweet-mentors: What’s #tcot? I get that it has something to do with Repubs/Teabaggers, but I don’t get the acronym. Help a sistah out please?

  12. 43 pinkbunny92
    September 25, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Happy Tuesday TOD’ers πŸ™‚

    Just took a moment to peek in on the President’s UN Address, since I’m at work, I read the text of the address, and OMG I was crying, just from reading it!

    And dang it all, I have to pull myself together before my next meeting in a few minutes!

    President Obama is so brilliant and his speech so inspiring! I hope many in the UN took his words to heart!
    Can’t wait until I get to my hotel room to watch the video!

    Be good to yourselves and to each other! Hugs

  13. 44 jacquelineoboomer
    September 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Love this quote from the President, during an interview about education on MSNBC, speaking of his daughters’ school careers:

    “The best education is one where kids learn how to learn … and they learn how to think for themselves.”

    • 45 theo67
      September 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      This is so true. Right wingers are cancelling critical thinking classes in school, because they say it interferes with parental conditioning. Breeding a generation of followers, ignorant people and bigots, I see.

    • 47 veryslowwriter
      September 25, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      The rwnjs hate this. Learn how to think for themselves??? Maybe they’ll think wrong stuff! We have to be sure that our kids think exactly as we do! (Of course, that doesn’t always work out so well.)

      • 48 jacquelineoboomer
        September 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm

        This is why “home schooling” doesn’t always work out so well, either. For the dedicated homeschooling parents, yes, but for the rwnjs? Uh, no.

  14. 49 jacquelineoboomer
    September 25, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    The President’s remarks at the U.N. – or, quite frankly, any remarks he makes anywhere – remind us of the measure of the man. Our 44th President also often reminds me of this quote from JFK, if we substitute “Barack Obama” for TJ:

    “I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” — President John F. Kennedy, remarks at dinner honoring Nobel Prize winners of the Western Hemisphere, 1962

    Yeah, I love the guy.

  15. 52 jacquelineoboomer
    September 25, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    It’s a different world, where we can all be joined together at the hip, technologically, and Twitter is just one way to prove that. Twitter is also one way to use humor to get through the tough times, no matter who or where you are, as we all know.

    Have y’all seen this collection of tweets by Muslims, after the NEWSWEEK cover on “Muslim Rage”? Should give you a laugh.


    • 53 theo67
      September 25, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      I listened to some of this on NPR – they were reading some of these out. It so humanizes the people who are innocently caught up in the framing of Muslims as extremists. My favourite one was the one about having a great hair day, and nobody knows (because it’s hidden under the hijab).

  16. 55 anniebella
    September 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I thought the President speech at the UN was great. I have notlisten to the other one, but I am about to do so right now.

    • 56 theo67
      September 25, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      You’re going to love the quiet intensity of the speech at the Clinton Global Initiative. I don’t know how 40+% of the people in this country can’t see how lucky they are to have President Obama representing them on the world stage.

    • 57 anniebella
      September 25, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      Was FLOTUS at the Clinton Global Initiative?

  17. 58 JER
    September 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm
  18. 59 theo67
    September 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I’m listening to Randi Rhodes during lunch, and she’s reminding me of the section of the President’s UN speech where he reminded people of the Muslims who were killed the same week of the Ambassador’s death. People forget that extremists often do a lot of harm to the people they claim to represent.

  19. September 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    The President dropped in on a meeting with Brennan and Yemeni President, and also did a conference call with UN Sec General.
    So, the Media can suck it!

  20. September 25, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Paul Ryan has gone rogue. He is unleashed, unchained, off the hook.
    By Roger Simon

    β€œI hate to say this, but if Ryan wants to run for national office again, he’ll probably have to wash the stench of Romney off of him,” Craig Robinson, a former political director of the Republican Party of Iowa, told The New York Times on Sunday.


    • 65 vcprezofan2
      September 25, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      I think Ryan is using the props to deflect attention from himself, much in the way a magician creates a distraction for the eye. Click through the power point and ramble enough, tossing in some familiar mumbo-jumbo and he can confuse his low-information voters.. Before they realize he hasn’t said anything new or credible, the session is over. If someone asks a question, he can just flip back to the screen and pretend to answer while repeating his original gooble-gop.

    • 66 jacquelineoboomer
      September 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      I thought that was “our” Craig Robinson, for a minute there, not that he’d ever say that out loud!

  21. September 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Robney senior adviser was asked about Ohio polls showing The President with a decent lead.
    He responded, he says that Ohio is well within our reach and says the fact that Robney cannot go to more Rallies, is because he is always fundraising.
    To which, he blamed, wait for it…, The President.
    These Guys are so Childish.

  22. September 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Have you all noticed Robney Rallies? He steps off the Plane, and their is the People.
    You mean, staffers cannot fund a place to stage a rally? They have to do it, where they land?
    Also, it’s probably more expensive that way.
    Just an observation.

  23. 70 Rita
    September 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I just listened to the whole speech and I am in tears. Just the thought of a young child trapped in slavery, unable to realize his/her potential, of a woman trapped in a brothel, unable to escape, of a man casting a fishing net with his bloody hands… it’s overwhelming. I know our President is an oasis of calm. But when I was watching his face, I could see he was himself so moved by the picture he was painting. He has been around the world, he has seen poverty and he has seen scenes such as this first hand. He cares. And he cares deeply. Yes, he is my President.

    “”Our message to the millions around the world [who are trapped in human trafficking] is – we see you, we hear you. We insist on your dignity and we share your belief that if just given the chance you will forge a life equal to your talents and worthy of your dreams…. For we know that every life saved, in the words of that great proclamation, is an act of justice worthy of the considerate judgement of mankind and the gracious favor of almighty God. That’s what we believe.”

    Yes, we believe you, Mr. President. We believe that you care and are working to change this.

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