President Obama in Chicago


Transcript of speech here




Nate and Cleo Pendleton, parents of 15-year-old Hadiya


Departing O’Hare International Airport

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212 Responses to “President Obama in Chicago”

  1. 1 carolmaewy
    February 15, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Thank you.

  2. 5 vcprezofan2
    February 15, 2013 at 6:55 pm


  3. February 15, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I was waiting for your Chicago post Chipsticks. I noticed you went dark for about 45 minute, it was worth the wait. Thanks a million!!!

  4. 39 Pamela
    February 15, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness. We never go hungry around here! {{{{{{{{Chipsticks}}}}}}}}

  5. February 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    He’s happiest in Chicago :-). Beautiful pics, Chips!

  6. 45 kasai
    February 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Thank you HopeFruit….I am still at work:-(…..Just thought I stop by and say hello to your lovely folks:-)
    Have a wonderful W/End!!

  7. 69 dotster3
    February 15, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    We have the most amazing president, in the truest sense of the (overused) word.

  8. 71 kasai
    February 15, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    How much you wanna bet>>>> in 3..2..1…….Tavis and West will be having a Poverty Tour called “WE Made Him Do It”..

  9. February 15, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    No less accountability and responsibility than someone driving a vehicle …


  10. February 15, 2013 at 7:31 pm

  11. February 15, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Added to post

  12. February 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm

  13. February 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm

  14. February 15, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    She really has lost it:

    • 82 hopefruit2
      February 15, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      Oh, she got her ass handed to her on Twitter. Folks were not playing. You don’t mess with our President….

      • 83 dotster3
        February 15, 2013 at 7:57 pm

        Obvious that she didn’t listen carefully to the speech—–always too quick to criticize and this time with a completely false insinuation. It’s a game with the media, including MHP, finding fault with anything and everything Obama. Tiresome. Need more integrity in our news biz.

        • 84 vcprezofan2
          February 15, 2013 at 8:02 pm

          Dotster, I was tempted to tweet her the video of the speech from YouTube with a maybe you should listen again comment. I even clicked on the url, but then I thought, ‘why bother?’

          • 85 nathkatun7
            February 15, 2013 at 9:54 pm

            VC, I think you should have tweeted her the video of PBO’s speech, just to let her know that some us do pay attention and listen to what the President actually says, instead of attributing to him things he did not say in order to justify criticizing him. It’s really a shame that the professor, as dotster3 said so well, “didn’t listen carefully to the speech,” before unleashing her criticism of it.

            On the other hand, I do understand your hesitance because if she didn’t take time to “carefully listen” to the President’s speech, she probably wouldn’t have bothered to listen to it again. So, why waste your precious time and energy when you could expend it on more productive endeavors. But, as a general principle, these smug pundits, who spread untruths, need to be challenged whenever possible.

            • 86 vcprezofan2
              February 15, 2013 at 10:07 pm

              Hi Nath! I She was being challenged alright. n truth, there were several folks taking her to task or commenting on her misinterpretation, so, after pausing and considering attaching the video, I shook my head and decided not to.

              • 87 nathkatun7
                February 16, 2013 at 4:05 am

                I can’t fault you VC, because there are times when I act exactly the same way as you did by deciding not to waste time and energy responding to people who are way off when it comes to dealing with reality. At the same time, I am very happy that there were “several folks” on twitter calling out MHP for distorting what President Obama said. I genuinely don’t mind people who disagree with the president on policy and principles. What is so frustrating are people who criticize the president based on lies and distortions of what the President said or what he stands for. Such people, both on the right and the left, are, in my judgement, very difficult to engage in a meaningful conversation.

        • February 15, 2013 at 8:05 pm

          Absolutely Dotster, “a completely false insinuation” – she heard what she wanted to hear, to back up her already entrenched theory, but PBO most certainly did not say what she implied.

        • 89 nathkatun7
          February 15, 2013 at 9:57 pm

          Well said, Dotster3! It’s untruthful (I actually view them as unethical) statements like this that have completely turned me off and led me to stop listening to media pundits.

        • 90 globalcitizenlinda
          February 15, 2013 at 10:42 pm

          I raised the same point with MHP. She is criticizing PBO for things that she MHP said were important just last weekend on her program. these people never cease to amaze me

      • 91 carolmaewy
        February 15, 2013 at 8:29 pm

        Good, because after he said that, he made a beautiful statement about single Moms.

    • February 15, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      Maybe she needs to loosen a few of the braids?

      • February 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm

        Ha, maybe Magapie! Her tweet not only misrepresented what PBO said, it was ridiculous – a desire to “encourage fatherhood” is somehow blaming single moms for gun violence? That’s shameless from her, he implied nothing of the sort.

        • February 15, 2013 at 7:58 pm

          I must however confess I find her very cute. Including the slight lisp and……. I think her heart is in the right place but ALL of these punditrons try waaaaay too hard to fill hte atmosphere with comments. Oh NO!! Now I’m gonna get blasted by MHP haters. “THAT SKANK?? YOU THINK THAT LYING SKANK IS HOT?????”

          • February 15, 2013 at 8:06 pm

            Banned!!!! πŸ˜† You’re hilarious!!!

          • 96 nathkatun7
            February 15, 2013 at 10:08 pm

            Magpie, may be you are the right person to deliver a message to her urging her to stop distorting what the President said. You could begin by confessing how much you adore her. Then you could proceed to point out that although you find her to be “very cute” you just didn’t appreciate her making up shit about what the President said.

    • February 15, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      That is some very twisted hand-wringing right there. GEEZE.

      • February 15, 2013 at 8:00 pm

        How on earth could she disagree with any of this – and twist and misrepresent it??

        There are entire neighborhoods where young people — they don’t see an example of somebody succeeding. For a lot of young boys and young men in particular, they don’t see an example of fathers or grandfathers, uncles, who are in a position to support families and be held up in respect. And so that means that this is not just a gun issue; it’s also an issue of the kinds of communities that we’re building.

        ….. There’s no more important ingredient for success, nothing that would be more important for us reducing violence than strong, stable families, which means we should do more to promote marriage and encourage fatherhood. (Applause.)

        You know, I — don’t get me wrong. As the son of a single mom who gave everything she had to raise me, with the help of my grandparents, you know, I turned out OK.

        AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yes you did.

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: But — (applause) — no, no, but — but I think it’s — you know, so we got single moms out here, they’re heroic, what they’re doing, and we are so proud of them. (Applause.) But at the same time, I wish I had had a father who was around and involved.

        Loving, supportive parents — and by the way, that — that’s all kinds of parents. That includes foster parents, and that includes grandparents and extended families. It includes gay or straight parents. (Applause.) Those parents — (sustained applause) — those parents supporting kids, that’s the single most important thing. Unconditional love for your child — that makes a difference.


        • February 15, 2013 at 8:03 pm

          PBOs speech was pitch perfect. MHP blew it. However…………never mind ;>)

        • February 15, 2013 at 8:07 pm

          I think it’s actually very sick to hear PBO talk about parenting in this way and not see that he was talking about the loving support of children by COMMUNITIES. She’s getting her own buttons pushed for whatever reasons and it’s NONSENSE. I’m so sick of people twisting PBO’s words every damn day.

          • February 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm

            That’s the thing Meta, if she actually argued with him over something he actually said, then fine – but why the **** did she feel the need to misrepresent him?

            • February 15, 2013 at 8:12 pm

              It infuriates me! Because what should be painfully obvious is that his intentions are for the good. He cares about the success of all of us.

        • 114 squarepeg
          February 15, 2013 at 8:24 pm

          She’s expressing resentment that whenever PBO speaks to black audiences, it always seems to lean towards telling them to be better parents, which implies that black parents AREN’T good parents.

          • February 15, 2013 at 8:39 pm

            Well, needless to say, I don’t see it that way Squarepeg. He’s never once implied black parents aren’t good parents, he has simply addressed the issue, in a very personal way, of absentee fathers – when he doesn’t personalize/humanize issues he’s criticized, when he does he gets the same. I’m tired of all.

            • 116 squarepeg
              February 15, 2013 at 8:42 pm

              That’s part of MHP’s issue, Chippy. To her (and to West and Smiley, for that matter) whenever PBO speaks to black audiences, he always lands on the subject of absentee fathers, as if that’s all black people are and where all our problems come from, a people without fathers. They resent that because it makes them look flawed.

              • February 15, 2013 at 8:55 pm

                I get you Squarepeg. I have zero respect for West and Smiliey, they’re clowns, but MHP has done some great work – that’s why it gets me that she completely misrepresented what PBO said today. She should leave that kind of thing to Tapper, Todd and Co.

                • 118 squarepeg
                  February 15, 2013 at 8:59 pm

                  You know what, though? Even if that IS what PBO was saying….SO WHAT? I mean, it’s not like it’s not at least SOME part of the problem, IMHO. I mean, gun violence is a multifaceted problem. You have the overflow of guns in our streets (NOT the parents fault) combined with the absence of good parents, OR lack of good parenting. So if THAT’s what MHP’s having a problem with PBO saying, then she needs to go sit down, because he’s right…black folks just like don’t like being told what to do, that’s all (as a black folk I can say that lol)

              • 119 hopefruit2
                February 15, 2013 at 9:01 pm

                Anyone who talks about “problems” in the Black community without honestly acknowledging the issue of absentee fathers is a FRAUD in my opinion. In fact, I would view this President quite differently if he didn’t talk about this issue – ESPECIALLY considering that he himself experienced that kind of abandonment first hand.

              • 120 anniebella
                February 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm

                I think Melissa H. Perry is full of alot of crap, I’m a black woman and I know there are good black parents out there, and yes there are good black single parents out there too, good divorce parents out there, but let us not kid ourselves I also know that there are fathers out there who are absent from their kids lives, who refuse to pay a dime in child support, but they have kids all over the place. I don’t fine one problem with the President bringing this subject up.

              • 121 carolmaewy
                February 15, 2013 at 10:35 pm

                May I add this late observation to this post? It is not just black families that have single mothers, or fathers or live in dysfunctional relationships. Everyone knows the divorce rate is high. There are lots of whites in he same situations.

                • 122 anniebella
                  February 15, 2013 at 11:40 pm

                  I think we all know that carolmaewy, but I speak to what I know as a black American.

                  • 123 carolmaewy
                    February 16, 2013 at 12:24 am

                    :sorry, didn’t mean that you weren’t aware. Guess I think MHP wasn’t aware. And how Smiley, etc. weren’t giving him credit for reaching out more to blacks.

          • 124 hopefruit2
            February 15, 2013 at 8:55 pm

            If MHP is honest about what is going on in these communities, she would know exactly what PBO means – and not misinterpret his words in that way. But she is intellectually dishonest and very patronizing when she pretends that acknowledgement of absentee fathers as problematic for these communities is the same thing as blaming single mothers for gun violence.

        • 125 nathkatun7
          February 15, 2013 at 10:49 pm

          “How on earth could she disagree with any of this – and twist and misrepresent it??”

          Exactly my sentiments, Chipsticks! It is as if these pundits think we are all stupid and we need them to interpret for us what the President actually said despite the fact that that we listened to, and read, what he actually said. MHP not only “twisted and misrepresented” what the President said, but she also insulted the intelligence of many of us who listened, or read, carefully what the President actually said.

      • 126 JER
        February 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    • 128 Jovie
      February 15, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      Sounds just like, you know, Cornell West, who talked trash about her. πŸ™‚

    • 129 cman
      February 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Indeed. Does she know that would mean “his” mom is also responsible for gun violence? Do people think before they speak (or tweet)? There are meta analysis studies out there that show that kids from two parent home have a stability edge that those from one parent home may not have.


      It is not every kid, but in the aggregate this is true. While single mom, do fine most of the time, it is still the case that struggling alone to provide they will face hardships that a 2 parent home may not see. If a parent of a single parent home loses a job or gets sick there is a direct, immediate and significant financial stress put on the home. A two parent home might not experience those effects depending on what job the spouse has.

      Can we not let, emotion rule reason? Jeez.

      • February 15, 2013 at 8:16 pm

        Couldn’t agree more with you, Cman. It’s just beyond me how anyone could argue that is not a good thing for a child to grow up in a stable, two-parent family – and how saying that somehow implies that single moms are failures. They are, as PBO said, heroic.

        • 131 nathkatun7
          February 15, 2013 at 11:12 pm

          Well said, Chips! The President even went beyond the importance of two parents to emphasize the importance of community. I distinctly remember how Hillary Clinton’s book, “It takes a Village,” about raising children, was the rave of feminists of all colors. I also distinctly remember Black folks being enthusiastic about Louis Farrakhan’s “Million Man March” which called on Black men to atone for their irresponsibility of not providing for their families. At no time did the President blame what he called “heroic single mothers” for gun violence. What was so disappointing for me is that MHP is a professor who knows fully that the issue of gun violence stems from a variety of causes, many of which the President addressed in today’s Chicago speech, and has addressed in other speeches.

      • 132 vcprezofan2
        February 15, 2013 at 8:24 pm

        Cman, I am of the opinion that pundits throw these inflammatory comments/summaries/whatever out there to stir up the ‘masses’ and draw more attention to themselves. After MHP engaged in this ‘dialogue’ I noticed a tweet stating that she was on RevAl and her position/comments seemed different again. Sometimes I wonder if it’s all game playing to them.

        • 133 carolmaewy
          February 15, 2013 at 10:40 pm

          I think it is vc. I’m beginning to think it is. 😦

        • 134 nathkatun7
          February 15, 2013 at 11:15 pm

          “Sometimes I wonder if it’s all game playing to them.”

          VC, I think you are onto something here. Because no honest person could have listened to the President today and then concluded that the President was blaming gun violence on single mothers.

    • 135 anniebella
      February 15, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      It;s not that you don’t mess with our President, anyone can disagree with our President, but you don’t lie about what he said. And POTUS did not put down single Mothers or try to say that single Mothers were responsible for gun violence. What’s up with MHP? Is she going through something. I said this last week and I will keep saying it, MSNBC need to get some darn sense and hire Joy Reid. Replace MHP with Ms. Reid..

    • 138 Pamela
      February 15, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      Dear Melissa, I once thought you were very bright, when you occasionally appeared on Bill Moyers. Now, I reckon you would do well to, how shall I say, Put a Sock in It?! Yes, please.

    • 139 Gazelle
      February 15, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      She’s just plain projecting, & she knows better. That’s all.

  15. 140 Gazelle
    February 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Wow! That photo w/ AF1 & tower is amazing! Luv!

  16. 162 Lynn
    February 15, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    JFK, MLK, RFK were the beginning.

  17. February 15, 2013 at 8:24 pm

  18. February 15, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Loved the speech. Favorite part was when he told those boys that he was no different from them when he was younger. He just had a safety net, a more forgiving environment than they did. It’s sooo true. You have states that actually try to help kids and then you have states who think locking kids up is the answer.

    • 165 jackiegrumbacher
      February 15, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      GB, I’ll bet part of the difference is that prisons weren’t privitized in PBO’s youth. Now that organizations that run prisons make money on volume, the incentive is to keep stuffing them with as many prisoners as possible, rather than working on alternatives to incarceration.

    • 166 nathkatun7
      February 15, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      GB, I also loved and appreciated that part. The President was speaking for many of us men who, without our families and/or ” a more forgiving environment” might have ended up in trouble.

  19. February 15, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Lovely to see PBO at home, relaxed, and happy.

  20. 168 JER
    February 15, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    | Live | President Obama arrives in Florida: http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  21. 170 Gazelle
    February 15, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    It’s TGIF & I’m adding words to the Dick-tionary:

    McQuackery. A condition most prevelant in those who lost the 2008 Presidential election & forthwith frequent MTP stage, host is a carrier.

  22. 176 amk for obama
    February 15, 2013 at 8:56 pm

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  24. 183 Jovie
    February 15, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Fox news again-


  25. 190 amk for obama
    February 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm

  26. 191 amk for obama
    February 15, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    • 193 nathkatun7
      February 15, 2013 at 11:42 pm

      Really smart and responsible kids for unplugging the t.v. But throwing out the wine was not right. Even Jesus served wine to his disciples at the Last Super. Wine is sacred and should never be associated with “a vegetative state.” I can absolutely attest to the fact that the mind is extremely alert after a glass or two of good CA red wine.

  27. 194 hopefruit2
    February 15, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Where is our President in this matter?

  28. February 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    • 198 Jovie
      February 15, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      But, Russian Radar would have picked it up?

    • 200 vcprezofan2
      February 15, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      “Since Vladimir Putin reclaimed the Russian presidency, U.S. officials said the number of such flights in the vicinity of the Aleutian Islands and Alaska have increased, but encounters with U.S. aircraft have remained β€œgenerally very professional.”

      ‘flights ….in the vicinity of …Alaska…have increased – Hmmm. Was Putin a friend of the Alaska Barbie? Is that why he’s trying to make her relevant again?


  29. February 15, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Thanks Jovie!

  30. 207 Lynn
    February 15, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Ms. Chips…………you are the best,

  31. 209 Jovie
    February 15, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    If only Ezra Klein would piss off!

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