President Obama speaks at memorial service for West, TX victims

3:15 PM EDT: President Obama Speaks at the Baylor University Memorial Service for the victims of the West, TX plant explosion

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160 Responses to “President Obama speaks at memorial service for West, TX victims”

  1. 1 Allison
    April 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks, Chips.

  2. 2 utaustinliberal
    April 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Truly is the presidents club.

  3. 17 Allison
    April 25, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    It will be a somber service.

  4. 18 utaustinliberal
    April 25, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    C-SPAN already has live coverage. (scroll down)


  5. 19 utaustinliberal
    April 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm

  6. 20 utaustinliberal
    April 25, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Here’s a local link to watch the memorial service. Live feed has already begun.


  7. 22 donna dem 4 obama
    April 25, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Happy Birthday Yardarm!!!

    • 23 theo67
      April 25, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Happy Birthday, indeed, Yardarm! Hope you’re doing something special today.

      • 24 yardarm756
        April 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm

        Sure am not until this weekend. It was enough to wake up. Know what I mean? 😀

        • 25 theo67
          April 25, 2013 at 3:44 pm

          I know exactly what you mean! It’s my birthday on Tuesday, so I’ll drink a toast to both of us this weekend, too. 🙂

          • 26 yardarm756
            April 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm

            HERE! HERE!

          • 27 Dakota
            April 25, 2013 at 3:51 pm

            Wow! All these fabulous Taureans! My birthday is on the 15th, so we can all toast each other for a few weekends to come!

            • 28 theo67
              April 25, 2013 at 3:53 pm

              Just the way I like it! Surrounded by the best people!! I’ll lift a glass for you, too, Dakota – happy pre-birthday! 🙂

              • 29 Dakota
                April 25, 2013 at 3:58 pm

                Thanks theo!

              • 30 MightyPamela
                April 25, 2013 at 8:03 pm

                Does having a Taurus ascendant count as honorary? ( fingers crossed – hold the rhum)

                • 31 theo67
                  April 26, 2013 at 12:10 am

                  Mmmhh – this is a tough one. Taurus certification is very strict, being such a rare being that is always right, often misunderstood as being “stubborn”, and endowed with a beautiful voice. Since your online voice is often found making profound statements, I think you would qualify as an honorary Taurus, given your illustrious ascendant. Congratulations! 🙂

            • 32 57andfemale
              April 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm

              My birthday is May 7th. A whole bunch of Taureans here!

              Might as well start celebrating now and through the month of May.

              All yardarm’s fault – talking about rum and birthdays………

      • 36 daisydem
        April 25, 2013 at 4:32 pm

        Happy Birthday Yardarm!

    • 37 yardarm756
      April 25, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Thanks donna.

  8. 38 japa21
    April 25, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I know he won’t do it here, because it would be inappropriate, but I hope he follows this up with a major talk about the need for not only regulation but sufficient funding for inspections and enforcement.

    • 39 theo67
      April 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      I’ve been somewhat surprised to hear the feedback from the Texas folks saying they believe this was just an accident, and they don’t want to assign blame. Can this be true? Is it just the media trying to provide cover for the state’s lackluster enforcement of regulations and the many violations and negligence that ultimately cost so many lives? The plant housed much more explosives than they were allowed, they had no sprinklers installed, they were in a residential and school district. The fire fighters were mostly volunteers – who probably had no insurance. The whole thing is bad. I just can’t believe that the citizens there are willing to give the plant owners and their governor a pass on their roles in this major disaster.

      • 40 yardarm756
        April 25, 2013 at 3:44 pm

        The Texas education system is one of a kind is my answer to your query.

        • 41 theo67
          April 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm

          It’s pretty scary! And sad.

          • 42 yardarm756
            April 25, 2013 at 3:53 pm

            That it is. The tribe is huddled in their cave mourning their lost to the neighborhood dinosaurs.

          • 43 jacquelineoboomer
            April 25, 2013 at 3:53 pm

            Sadder yet is that I think the textbooks for most of the country still come via the Texas school board geniuses.

            • 44 theo67
              April 25, 2013 at 3:55 pm

              Future generations are going to have it very hard on the world stage. They won’t recognize facts when they see them, won’t realize the world is more than 4000 years old, will be entitled and bitter when they realize they voted to abolish a minimum wage and now have bosses who make 10 figure salaries and were all born overseas because there were no educated people to run companies in country…

      • 45 57andfemale
        April 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm

        I saw a few people interviewed in Arkansas with the oil spill. they didn’t know a pipeline was going through their homes. It wasn’t clear they knew what a pipeline was.

        So, ‘accidents’ that decimate entire towns are fine, as long as they get a low-paying job. But they’re gonna vote to protect themselves from the ‘death tax’ which will take away their TV’s with rabbit ears, and vote in favor of all the guns they want so they can take over the government.

        And do exactly what? When a progressive, decent government would have protected lives and property and supplied them with a middle class wage.


    • April 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      OT — sorry for my long silence, though I’ve been reading when I can. Broke my hip in three places in mid December. two rods in my hip.

      Love to you all especially the blessed Chipsticks.

      Joan Shaw

      • 47 theo67
        April 25, 2013 at 3:31 pm

        Hi Joan! So great to see you again, but sorry to hear about your broken hip – how terrible (and painful)! Rest up, and I wish you a speedy recovery.

      • 48 japa21
        April 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm

        Glad to see you back. Take good care of yourself.

        • 49 joanshaw
          April 25, 2013 at 4:01 pm

          Thanks Theo and Japa — what an occasion to make my first comment in four months, the opening of the Bush library!! I’ve been wondering what is going in there, in any residential library, in fact. And if it’s just official papers how much of it will be open to public scrutiny

          • 50 theo67
            April 25, 2013 at 4:12 pm

            Apparently, the blow horn from Ground Zero will be on featured display in the library. The hubris seems appropriate…

      • 51 donna dem 4 obama
        April 25, 2013 at 3:36 pm

        Joan! We’ve been worried about you!
        So glad to see you here. I pray that you are recovering well. Take Care!

        Now if only we can find Dudette?????

      • 52 yardarm756
        April 25, 2013 at 3:50 pm

        Sorry to hear that joan. Ya gotta quit running away from them young dudes. All they want is a “little conversation”. 😀

      • 53 jacquelineoboomer
        April 25, 2013 at 3:51 pm

        I hope you see improvement every day, Joan! Glad you let us know.

      • 54 Dakota
        April 25, 2013 at 3:53 pm

        Best wishes Joan. Take good care.

      • 57 Sam UK Obama Supporter
        April 25, 2013 at 4:07 pm

        Joan it is lovely to see you. I hope your hip mends quickly and that you are soon restored to full health. My mom had her hip operated on last Feb and is a different person since it mended and she is in her mid to late 80’s. I understand how painful it must be for you. Sending healing thoughts your way.

        I have been quiet here for a while and hadn’t realized that you were not here but I am so glad to see you again.

        God bless you.

      • 58 57andfemale
        April 25, 2013 at 4:12 pm

        Oh, joan — how horrible. Be well.

        • 59 HZ
          April 25, 2013 at 5:48 pm

          Joan so sorry to hear this. {{{{{{{{{{{ Lots of loving healing thoughts coming into your space.}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

      • 60 MightyPamela
        April 25, 2013 at 8:06 pm

        Oh Joan! My word…. Thoughts, prayers and candles for you.

      • April 25, 2013 at 9:08 pm

        Oh Joan, I’ve only just seen your comment, you have NOOOOO idea how wonderful it is to hear from you, we were so worried about you. I knew you’d had an accident a few months ago, but didn’t know it was that serious – what a complete horror. I hope your recovery is going well and getting your strength back. Again, just a joy to hear from you, endless love to you!

      • 62 Betsy
        April 25, 2013 at 10:07 pm

        So glad to see you are back. May you continue to heal perfectly.

  9. 63 Linda
    April 25, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision that found the president’s recess appointments to a labor agency unconstitutional.

    The government argues that the decision undermines a key presidential power that has been used for more than a century to appoint hundreds of government officials while the Senate is out of town.

    A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in January that President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill three vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board. Since then, Republicans have claimed the board lacks any legitimacy to act.

    The case is unlikely to be argued before the Supreme Court begins its new term in October.

    Good News…

    Let’s see if the Court thinks that gaveling in and out in under one minute is really a session or just am abuse of the rules.

  10. 65 jacquelineoboomer
    April 25, 2013 at 3:19 pm

  11. 66 anniebella
    April 25, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    FLOTUS and POTUS just show up.

  12. 68 jacquelineoboomer
    April 25, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Barbara Bush in interview today, about future White Houses: “We’ve had enough Bushes.”

  13. 76 4morefor44
    April 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    weird looking at the photo of all the living presidents together: 3 democrats. the only 2 republicans are father/son and have the exact same name. the “silent majority” is clearly liberals, and why getting people to vote is the key for us to getting the House in 2014!!!

    • 77 4morefor44
      April 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      and of course “dim son” wasn’t even actually elected the first time by the will of the people! the corrupted republican supreme court justices put him in place against the people’s will.

  14. 78 forus50
    April 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Is this memorial just for the first responders? Seems like it.

  15. 79 anniebella
    April 25, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    When Gov. Perry thanked POTUS and FLOTUS for coming the crowd could have applauded. Most of the folks there probably voted for Mitt Romney. I guess I shouldn’t be thinking like that at this time.

    • 80 theo67
      April 25, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      Anniebella – I had the exact same thought. I don’t think I can watch the President’s speech, because I don’t want to see him disrespected.

      • 81 forus50
        April 25, 2013 at 4:01 pm

        They clapped when they walked in. All 3 speakers so far have acknowledged them and I think it wouldn’t be appropriate to clap every time they are mentioned.

        • 82 theo67
          April 25, 2013 at 4:06 pm

          They clapped when they’d been on the stage for several seconds, and while the speakers have acknowledged their presence, the audience has not.

  16. 83 Lovepolitics2008
    April 25, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Is this memorial solely for the firefighters who died ? There were other victims, and nobody is speaking about them.. ????

  17. 88 dotster3
    April 25, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Don’t mean anything nasty—–just noting— that this has a bit of a look of another world to me.

    • 89 joanshaw
      April 25, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      My thought exactly.

      • 90 forus50
        April 25, 2013 at 4:14 pm

        That’s a tactful way to put it. POTUS has to gracefully participate in some things I’m sure he never imagined. He’s now listening to some weird deer story.

      • 95 carolyn
        April 25, 2013 at 4:15 pm

        If you were to visit that place West, Texas, you would see it is another world. And not only that town, but all of west Texas. The people just don’t think like other people do. The South is a whole other country.
        People talk about Southern food, and there is a reason the obesity rates are high in the South. A number of years ago, my sister and I drove around east Texas so she could do some geneaological work. The second day we ate lunch at a town called Sulphur Springs. We found a good country cafe with the menu posted on a board on the wall. She read it, and came to the vegetables: “okra, corn, beans, macaroni and cheese….” She started….”Macaroni and cheese is a vegetable?” “Yes, I answered, in the South it is.” I had lived in Oklahoma long enough to have accepted that.
        But, when mac and cheese is considered a vegetable, you can understand the obesity problem.
        So…….in answer to your observation, it is another world. Not one you’ll want to visit.

        • 96 sherijr
          April 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm

          I have visited Sulphur Springs Texas.. about 40 years ago… imo a terrible place, with terrible people- mind you it was 40 years ago.

  18. April 25, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Ok all, I need some advice.

    I’m rethinking my personal blog, and coming out of the closet with my real name, posting it on other blogs, so forth and so on. Any thoughts?

    Of course, I ask this as I’m about to go off to lunch, so I won’t be able to respond for an hour. But you folks have good heads on your shoulders, so I want to pick your brains.

    • 98 joanshaw
      April 25, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      Stay Liberal Librarian — my snap opinion.

      • 99 joanshaw
        April 25, 2013 at 4:23 pm

        Also it would be safer. However Chipsticks would be the authority on this, she’s been through the mill and then some.

    • 100 utaustinliberal
      April 25, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      Don’t do it. You have your family and your job to think about.

      • 101 jacquelineoboomer
        April 25, 2013 at 4:24 pm

        That’s a very good point, including the “job” part. I know teachers who’ve been called into the principal’s office for posting something on social media reported to them (there sometimes is a disgruntled co-worker who suffers from envy), that only very lightly could have affected their roles. Probably the same for librarians and others who represent a larger public entity, no matter how distant the job is from the blog or even its content.

    • April 25, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      One thing, LL about posting under another name is that your employer and RL associates aren’t associated with your opinions. I would think hard about that if your job is sensitive in that way. Of course, you are a librarian, so freedom of opinion is held especially well in your profession. If you can feel pretty reassured that you will retire from the position you are now, go for it. On the other hand, Liberal Librarian is easy to spell and probably a bit more interesting than a lot of names out there.

      • 103 99ts
        April 25, 2013 at 8:45 pm

        Sarah Palin attacked the freedom of librarian’s opinions – and tried to remove their choices from the library shelves

    • 104 99ts
      April 25, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Too many kooks on the intertubes – especially the right wing supporters. Stay as LL – says everything that the intertubes needs to know.

    • 105 globalcitizenlinda
      April 25, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      I would stay writing under my Liberal Librarian identify until I have retired and secured my pension. after that, you can then tell the world WHO you really are.

      One thing you can think of doing is to trademark Liberal Librarian so that this too belong to you and you can use it for opinion pieces

  19. 106 Linda
    April 25, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) has introduced legislation to try to save the US Postal Service from its incipient bankruptcy, and he is asking for the public to help him pass it.

    DeFazio’s bill would repeal the needless requirement — one no other business or entity must face — that the Postal Service pre-fund 75 years’ worth of employee health benefits. That requirement has hugely contributed to the USPS defaulting for the first and then second time in its history last year. Analysis from 2012 estimated that the USPS would have a $1.5 billion surplus without the benefit requirement.

    But DeFazio recognizes that facts alone will not influence his colleagues to take up and pass the legislation, so he has also turned to the White House’s petition platform, We The People, to petition President Obama to take a stand against the health benefit requirement.



  20. 116 japa21
    April 25, 2013 at 4:15 pm

  21. 117 Nena20409
    April 25, 2013 at 4:22 pm


    Cry Me a Freaking River……the little liar, Frank Luntz is.

    Low and behold, Jan 20, 2009…..Luntz, Newt Gingrich, Paul Ryan, Tom Coburn, McCarthy, Jim Demint, etc staged a Coup de’tat to undermine a new president while USA was in dire economic crisis. Until Luntz come clean……I am NOT interested in his bat poop Malarky.

  22. 118 anniebella
    April 25, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Is this the Ken Starr? The one who wasted our tax dollars with that White water investigation.

    • 120 theo67
      April 25, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      You know that the Republicans spent 10 times as much investigating Bill Clinton’s dalliances than they spent investigating 9/11?

      • 121 99ts
        April 25, 2013 at 8:49 pm

        They have probably spent more time on Benghazi than they did on 9/11. On the international scene – ALL of Bill Clinton’s 2nd term was related to the impeachment attempt. Heard nothing else about him. This is the only way GOP Presidents get elected (or appointed when the vote is in doubt). They are trying to do the same thing to PBO

    • 123 Linda
      April 25, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      He is the President of Baylor.

      • April 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm

        He was a prof at Pepperdine for a while. One of the numerous reasons I was glad I never chose that school.

        • April 25, 2013 at 6:05 pm

          I went to Pepperdine for my MBA. I was upset when I heard he was associated with the institution, and doubly upset when the Chick-Fil-A CEO spoke at our commencement ceremony. I try not to think about it.

  23. 126 57andfemale
    April 25, 2013 at 4:23 pm

  24. 127 anniebella
    April 25, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I see FLOTUS with something white in her hand, I think it is a handkerchief, because some of the stories told about the one who died are sad stories.

  25. 131 Nena20409
    April 25, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    96th B-Day had she lived.

    Ella Fitzgerald

    Dancing Cheek to Cheek.

  26. 132 Lovepolitics2008
    April 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    God, this memorial is almost unbearable to watch. Those poor families….

  27. 133 sherijr
    April 25, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Just tuning in – have I missed POTUS’ speech?

  28. 137 sherijr
    April 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    no sheri you haven’t he is speaking now


  29. 138 carolyn
    April 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    It is a good thing the President pushed his departure later than originally planned. I doubt he has time to talk with people personally after this service. I saw a bit of the streaming…..a young mother on video talking about her son…..if this is a typical southern memorial/funeral, it will be LONG, it will be rambling, it will be super sentimental.
    I bet the President will cut his remarks short for the sake of the audience. Southerners love funerals….that sounds mean, but it’s not. I know people who read obituaries and go to funerals just in case nobody else shows up. Everyone counts the number present at a funeral. “That was a good crowd.” Too bad not more people came.” “She would have liked the crowd.”….these are common remarks.
    When you grow up in the north and east like I did, this is a real shocker to the system. Everyone now also has a musically dubbed video of some sort depicting the person’s life.
    This has been a super tiring day for POTUS and FLOTUS. I sure hope they had a good time at the private gathering last night and raised lots of money. They have great self discipline to sit through these two events.

  30. 140 utaustinliberal
    April 25, 2013 at 5:02 pm

  31. 141 sherijr
    April 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    POTUS can go anywhere and feel the people.. he just has that biggest of hearts and the intellect to express it. He has the gift of helping us to care about others.. beyond our space/ family/ borders. He is not only so gifted but a gift to humanity, imo.

  32. 145 utaustinliberal
    April 25, 2013 at 5:15 pm

  33. 146 57andfemale
    April 25, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I honestly can’t believe this guy ever got elected to anything: ” Mark Sanford publishes phone numbers of people who responded to his invitation to call his cell”

  34. April 25, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Thanks for your advice, everyone. I think I’ll stay Lib Lib for now, and keep plugging away at the book(s). Eventually I’ll have to come out, but probably now is not the time.

  35. 149 anniebella
    April 25, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    That is Elvis singing that song. I like the song.

  36. 150 linda perry
    April 25, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Good job Mr. President.

  37. 151 utaustinliberal
    April 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm

  38. 152 anniebella
    April 25, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    What is going on now?

  39. 153 kathryn kivett
    April 25, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    What happened…where did it go?….Can’t find anywhere….

  40. 154 kathryn kivett
    April 25, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    This is making me nervous

    • 155 sherijr
      April 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      its still on at the whitehouse.gov site.. but its silent.

      • 156 anniebella
        April 25, 2013 at 5:54 pm

        We lost the connection or something.

        • 157 sherijr
          April 25, 2013 at 5:56 pm

          oops… I just realized I was sitting here watching a stuck picture lol.. seriously I’ve had it on for 10 minutes, thinking they were all just doing moment of silence thing. Turns out its over apparently.

  41. 159 Linda
    April 25, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Fox News ignored economic history to forward the absurd claim that former President George W. Bush exercised “fiscal discipline.”

    On the April 25 edition of Fox & Friends, former Bush White House Chief of Staff Andy Card claimed that President Bush “probably has the best track record of any modern president in terms of fiscal discipline,” a statement that went unchallenged by the Fox & Friends co-hosts:

    Andy Card the ” Ear Whisperer “

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