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Rise and Shine

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All times Eastern:

10:15 AM: The President delivers remarks at the Anthropology Museum, Mexico City (White House live)

10:30: VP Biden and Sec of State Kerry deliver remarks at the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) Memorial Plaque Ceremony at the State Department (White House live)

12:25: President Obama meets with Mexican entrepreneurs

1:25: Departs Mexico City

4:0: Arrives San Jose, Costa Rica

4:35: Meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel

5:40: The President and President Chinchilla hold a bilateral meeting

6:30: The President and President Chinchilla hold a cultural event with Costa Rican youth

7:15: Press conference

7:30: VP Biden speaks at the South Carolina Democratic Party’s 2013 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner (C-Span)

7:35: President Obama participates in a photo with Central American Integration System leaders

9:0: Central American Integration System leaders meet for a working dinner

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Bloomberg: Employment picked up more than forecast in April and the jobless rate unexpectedly declined to a four-year low of 7.5 percent, showing the early stages of government budget cuts failed to destabilize the U.S. labor market.

Payrolls expanded by 165,000 workers last month following a revised 138,000 increase in March that was larger than first estimated, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 90 economists surveyed by Bloomberg projected a 140,000 gain. Revisions to the prior two months’ reports added a total of 114,000 jobs to the employment count in February and March.

More here

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Steve Benen: After the discouraging jobs report a month ago, many were eager to see the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning to see whether the jobs market would bounce back or continue to deteriorate.

For now, it looks like the former. The U.S. economy added 165,000 jobs in April, more than expected, and overall unemployment rate dropped to 7.5%, its lowest point in four-and-a-half years. As is usually the case, there was a gap between the two major sectors – America’s private sector added 176,000 jobs last month, while spending cuts caused the public sector lose 11,000 jobs.

…. February was revised up from 268,000 jobs to 332,000, making it the single best month for job creation since 2005 (excluding temporary Census hiring). March was also revised up, from 88,000 to 138,000. In other words, as of this morning’s report, the previous two months added an additional 114,000 jobs we didn’t previously know about.

More here

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President Obama and President Peña Nieto of Mexico share a toast prior to a working dinner at Los Pinos, Mexico City, May 2 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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TPM: Feeling strongly enough about the issue, President Barack Obama on Thurday interjected to a question on gun control originally directed at Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Obama reaffirmed that he intends to keep lobbying Congress to expand background checks on firearm purchases, despite the recent failure of legislation that would have done so in the Senate.

“This was just the first round,” Obama told reporters following a bilateral summit in Mexico City. “I believe we’ll eventually get that done. We’ll keep on trying.”

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Jonathan Capehart: …. In his 2012 book “The New New Deal,” Michael Grunwald writes that Vice President Biden told him that during the transition, “seven different Republican Senators” told him that “McConnell had demanded unified resistance.” Biden said, “The way it was characterized to me was: ‘For the next two years, we can’t let you succeed in anything. That’s our ticket to coming back.’ ”

That was after Obama and Biden were elected in 2008 but before they were inaugurated in 2009. Grunwald’s revelation was on top of what we learned in Robert Drapers’s 2012 book “Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives.” During a four-hour dinner the night before Obama’s first swearing-in, the Republican leadership met to plot their multi-year recalcitrance.

So, if folks are going to talk about Obama’s “inability to lead” they need to be fully mindful of just how responsible the Republican Party is for it.

More here

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The Irish Times: Plans are being made for an overnight visit to the Republic by US first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, next month around the time President Barack Obama attends the G8 summit of world leaders in Northern Ireland.

Mr Obama will be participating in the high-level summit at Lough Erne Resort in Co Fermanagh on June 17th and 18th. He told Taoiseach Enda Kenny during their St Patrick’s Day meeting in Washington that he was unlikely to visit the Republic on the trip due to other commitments, Mr Kenny said.

A visit by Mrs Obama and her daughters, which would mark a first visit to Ireland for the girls, is being organised, though the trip has yet to be officially confirmed. A spokeswoman for the first lady’s office had no comment to make.

More here

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CNN: Rep. Ed Markey, who became the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts earlier this week, will get a boost later this month from first lady Michelle Obama, who will travel to the state for a fundraising event.

The event on May 29, reported first by the Boston Globe and confirmed to CNN by a Democratic official, will mark Michelle Obama’s first solo fundraising event since last year’s presidential election.

More here

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NYT: Overcoming years of resistance, Rhode Island on Thursday became the 10th state in the country and the last in New England to approve same-sex marriage.

The measure passed a final vote in the legislature in the afternoon. Just before 7 p.m., Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an independent who had long advocated for its passage, signed it into law in a jubilant ceremony on the steps of the Statehouse in Providence, where hundreds of people, including many state and local officials, joined the celebration.

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MooooOOOOoooooorning!


171 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 amk for obama
    May 3, 2013 at 9:13 am

    GM folks. GM Chips.

  2. 4 Allison
    May 3, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Good Morning Chips & TOD!!

  3. 6 Betsy
    May 3, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Hey Chips. GM

  4. May 3, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Good morning! Wow, lots to read later — thank you! — but off to work now. Hope everyone has a wonderful Friday.

  5. 9 amk for obama
    May 3, 2013 at 9:18 am

  6. 10 utaustinliberal
    May 3, 2013 at 9:19 am

  7. 11 utaustinliberal
    May 3, 2013 at 9:20 am

  8. 13 japa21
    May 3, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Morning all. Congrats AMK. Leaning on the door again I see.
    The job news has some good and bad to it.
    The good is obvious, increased growth, reduction in UE rate. What could possibly be bad, other then the loss of jobs in the public sector?

    My concern is that the GOP will use this to work to keep the sequester going. We will once again har all about how PBO said that the economy was going to collapse and see it hasn’t.

    The reality that the growth may well have been higher without the sequester and that it will take a few months to see the whole impact will be overlooked, specially by the media.

    Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t hoping for a bad jobs report. Just be prepared for what I am confident we are going to hear.

    • 14 japa21
      May 3, 2013 at 9:23 am

      • 15 hopefruit2
        May 3, 2013 at 9:26 am

        Thanks japa – was just about to post your tweet. Yet it’s important to be mindful of how the MSM & GOP will try to spin this. So we need to be vigilant as usual. But I’m going to enjoy the good economic news for today. We will push back on MSM/GOP as necessary 🙂 🙂

    • May 3, 2013 at 9:28 am

      You could be right but that sequester squeeze is going to hit home in red districts more and more particularly the defense cuts. The GOP claimed victory but more than a few of them squawked only a week or two after the sequester went thru. They have got a tiger by the tail and something tells me sooner or later a lot of them, given the warring factions in the House, will want to let go.

      • 17 hopefruit2
        May 3, 2013 at 9:49 am

        It will hit defense the hardest but also going to hit government agencies like the NIH which funds grants in top research universities. These tend to be in Blue or purple states.

        • 18 japa21
          May 3, 2013 at 9:56 am

          And of course, the problem with this is that as research slows down, development of new drugs slows down, and other very important things. This is something that nobody actually can see happening but it will make a big difference down the road.

          • May 3, 2013 at 10:57 am

            Thank you.Both of you are exactly right about the effect it will have across the board. I just think eventually a handful of Republicans will decide enough is enough.

  9. 20 utaustinliberal
    May 3, 2013 at 9:21 am

  10. May 3, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Good Morning Chips and all my fellow TOD’ers.

  11. 23 jessica
    May 3, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Michelle did promise to take the girls to Money gall. Good for them.

    • 24 anniebella
      May 3, 2013 at 11:43 am

      I hope FLOTUS and the girls go and have a wonderful time. I think the people over there will enjoy seeing the girls and they will be treated like royalty.

  12. 25 GGAIL
    May 3, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks! Fridays Good and I’m off Jury Duty!!!

  13. 27 hopefruit2
    May 3, 2013 at 9:27 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congratulations to amk & Allison for first place tie! Happy Friday 🙂

  14. 28 hopefruit2
    May 3, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Mark Knoller is awfully quiet – hasn’t posted since last night. Betcha if the economic news were bad he would be out there excitedly tweeting about those terrible numbers. He must be parsing through the figures to see whether he can glean any info that could be possibly spun as “bad news for Obama,” while waiting for the RNC memo on how to proceed of course.

    • 29 miss pat
      May 3, 2013 at 10:06 am

      He is too busy stuffing his face with all the goodies he can find in Mexico. I know he will soon be posting his numbers. Count Knoller will be back, he is just busy eating. The doughnut man is going to need a whole plane to come back on.

  15. May 3, 2013 at 9:33 am

    GOOOOD Friday mooorrninnnggg,ChipStar and TODers!

    Sounds like POTUS is having another very successful trip to explore and expand our relations for the greater good. Really looking forward to his address coming up. The Anthropology Museum in Mexico City is an amazing place and he will enjoy what he’ll be able to take in very much.

    FORWARD.

    • 32 COS
      May 3, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Good Friday morning Meta, Chips and friends. Really, really nice roundup. Nice to wake up to all of the good news.

      • May 3, 2013 at 9:39 am

        Hello, COS!! Yes, we are making so much progress but you’d never know it from listening to the whiny press corps.

  16. May 3, 2013 at 9:40 am

    According to my R husband, Bush saved our economy after 9/11. Said 9/11 was an attack on our economy and ppl have no idea how close we were to complete disaster. Didnt think to ask him at the time: Guess it was okay for Bush to do the tax cuts and also the stimulus packages he did to save the economy but not okay for PO to do the stimulus to save the economy. All ideology and hypocrisy all the time.

    • 35 desertflower
      May 3, 2013 at 9:52 am

      Morning Tnmtgirl….. 🙂 Gee whiz….if he “saved” our economy after 9/11 then how did he do that doubling the national debt? How did those Bush tax cuts, TWICE!, get paid for? What about those 2 wars that were OFF THE BOOKS, ( in other words, deceiving Americans) saving our economy? How did he “save” the economy when more than 700,000 people/month were losing their jobs? How did he NOT know about the housing collapse that was about to happen? Why did he think it was ok for corporations to ship massive amounts of jobs overseas and get paid to do it?

      If this is your husband’s version of “saving”…GIRL! I hope you handle the family finances!! 🙂

      • May 3, 2013 at 10:14 am

        I asked him those questions and typical R, he deflected/changed the subject. As I said, hypocrisy and ideology and the always rule:IOKIYAR!

        • May 3, 2013 at 10:24 am

          I EXPLAINED the win-win of an infrastructure bill: our roads, bridges, etc. get rebuilt, people are working and have money to create DEMAND which creates more jobs, our treasury isn’t paying out U employment, food stamps and ppl have self-respect. he kept asking “Where do we get the money to do this”? I stressed long-term thinking instead of narrow-minded and short term. Forgot to use the Reagan andCheney quote of “deficits don’t matter.”

          • May 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm

            There is another reason why the government (or anyone who still has money) should do this in a recession: You pay a very competitive price for your investment, but many companies are competing to get the job.

  17. 39 japa21
    May 3, 2013 at 9:41 am

  18. May 3, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Hiya people, just updated the post with another couple of things, and added a couple of VP Biden events to the schedule

  19. May 3, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  20. May 3, 2013 at 9:44 am

  21. 44 japa21
    May 3, 2013 at 9:46 am

    This little tweet doesn’t really hit the point I am trying to make, but within the character limit, I couldn’t find another way to say it. The point is that the GOP always talks about how much better it would be if the government was run like a business (ignoring that part that many aspects of government cannot make a profit if it tried). They also decry the fact that we run a deficit or go into debt. Yet business do both all the time.

  22. 45 amk for obama
    May 3, 2013 at 9:49 am

    oh, oh, obama seems to have pissed off the bj’ers again today with com sec appt.

    • May 3, 2013 at 9:50 am

      Amk, are they ever not pissed off??

      • 47 japa21
        May 3, 2013 at 10:00 am

        Actually, there are only a few that are really bad. Prtizker does have a poor record in terms of labior rights, etc. But she is a top notch businesswoman who knows commerce. Sometimes, the purists think that someone with no experience if a field should be given leadership of the department that oversees that area. simply because their ideology fits. If I remember correctly, that was pretty much Bush’s philosophy and we know how well that worked.

        • May 3, 2013 at 10:08 am

          Ah true, it worked a treat in the Bush admin. Just a little tired of the meltdowns when anyone with business experience is appointed to a position by PBO, it’s getting tired now.

  23. 49 hopefruit2
    May 3, 2013 at 9:50 am

  24. May 3, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Heads up:

    10:15 AM EDT President Obama delivers remarks in Mexico City

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    • 52 hopefruit2
      May 3, 2013 at 9:56 am

      Will the MSM black him out? I know they must be pizzzzed about the good economic news.

      • May 3, 2013 at 9:59 am

        I’d guess they’re unplugging their cameras as we speak Hopefruit, a depressing day for them with the encouraging economic news.

      • May 3, 2013 at 10:03 am

        Someone commented up thread on a tweet or a comment that the media will dig up bad news somewhere in the world and blame President Obama for being away and not solving or should have prevented the problem. We can’t have good news for too long with the corporate media and pundits.

  25. May 3, 2013 at 9:57 am

    So I was sitting here having a cup of coffee and a slice of pina colada poundcake with pineapple glaze (it’s still warm) 🙂 and reading all the articles and comments and I was thinking…pundits and talk shows could really have responsible dialogue and commentary if they first came to The Obama Diary. I’m just always amazed at the accumulation of such informative articles and the friendly, intelligent comments. You all make my day!

    • 59 desertflower
      May 3, 2013 at 10:00 am

      We do good, don’t we? 🙂 I think we should have our own nightly version of the news…. “America, Wake the F Up!” One another note, how about the recipe for that poundcake I shouldn’t be thinking about at 7am! 🙂

      • May 3, 2013 at 10:10 am

        desert, you know what you do… put in some of this and a little of that…wonder what will happen if I put in a little of this pina colada smoothie? I’ll never remember what I did and I could kick myself because it is simply divine.

        By the way, that news show would be an instant hit!

        • 61 desertflower
          May 3, 2013 at 10:17 am

          If I mix “this and that”….= danger in the kitchen. I’ll have to use the Google and see if anyone else has done the dirty work already:) If it ever “comes to you” just put it up here…I can’t be the ONLY one that thought that sounded delish!

  26. 62 hopefruit2
    May 3, 2013 at 9:59 am

  27. 63 japa21
    May 3, 2013 at 10:03 am

  28. 64 japa21
    May 3, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Asshole.

    • May 3, 2013 at 10:12 am

    • May 3, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Well, that’s a first…he didn’t take the podium to speak about how pathetic the job report is. What’s up?

    • May 3, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Maybe if you would actually try to pass something instead of having symbolic votes on ridiculous stuff that’s dead on arrival in the Senate then taking a two week vacation every two weeks.

      Boehner really thinks people are stupid.

      • 71 jacquelineoboomer
        May 3, 2013 at 11:14 am

        Yeah. “They hate us because they think we think they’re stupid. And we hate them because they’re stupid.”

        Of course, we don’t have to waste our time hating them. We’ve got better things to do, and things to celebrate. They’re just losers, and Boehner’s one of the biggest.

    • 72 anniebella
      May 3, 2013 at 11:33 am

      And John Boehner policies is doing what? Please somebody answer that for me. What have he done since being speaker? Where are the jobs, jobs, jobs he promised if he became speaker of the House? I think I will send him a email and ask that very question.

  29. 73 Don
    May 3, 2013 at 10:11 am

    It’s as if the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote cartoon has come to life with the Republican’s comical pursuit of trying to catch President Obama in some sort of trap, be it Fast and Furious, Benghazi, or the economy, and with each successful maneuver by President Obama the Republicans get more and more belligerent. What you are now witnessing is the complete unraveling of a political party; revel in it, few people in their life time are fortunate enough to witness historical events.

    • May 3, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Hey Don, remember that show called “Queen for a Day”? Can you imagine what you would do if you were “President for a Day”? I think about it and crack up, but by the end of my fantasy I’m sad because I’m in jail. 🙂

      • 75 0388jojothecat
        May 3, 2013 at 10:27 am

        I had a supervisor whose mother was on the show and she won queen for a day. I use to watch that show when I came home from kindergarden. Who would know that almost thirty years later I would meet one of the winners.

  30. 77 hopefruit2
    May 3, 2013 at 10:12 am

    You know this bullshit really bothers me. If people like Maureen Dowd and Peggy Noonan can use media outlets like the NYT and WSJ to directly attack the President with personal (and false) diatribes, why can’t people like Ezra Klein use their platforms to inform with the TRUTH about what the GOP is doing, instead of covering for them with vague terms like “congress” and making a point with weak clauses what he tweeted below?!?!?

  31. 79 hopefruit2
    May 3, 2013 at 10:14 am

    But, but but…DRONEZ!

  32. 82 japa21
    May 3, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Pierce hits another home run (par for the course (sorry for the mixed metaphors))

  33. 83 Don
    May 3, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Maureen Dowd and Peggy Noonan are taking all their frustrations out on President Obama simply because they were dismissed by past administrations. Dowd’s problem is that she wants President Obama’s attention, if she didn’t she wouldn’t go around taking about his manhood, is short Dowd has the hots for President Obama. Mind you, none of my assertions are backed by empirical evidence, but they are backed by my gut.

    • May 3, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Don you aren’t the only one who feels that way. She’s so way over the top with it that you can’t help but think maybe she’d would love to be where Michelle is.

  34. 86 amk for obama
    May 3, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Internet giant Google has changed the tagline on the homepage of its Palestinian edition from “Palestinian Territories” to “Palestine”.

    The change, introduced on 1 May, means google.ps now displays “Palestine” in Arabic and English under Google’s logo.

    In a statement given to the BBC on Friday, Google spokesman Nathan Tyler said: “We’re changing the name ‘Palestinian Territories’ to ‘Palestine’ across our products. We consult a number of sources and authorities when naming countries.

    “In this case, we are following the lead of the UN, Icann [the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers], ISO [International Organisation for Standardisation] and other international organisations.”

    The Palestinian Authority (PA) welcomed Google’s decision.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22395494

    So will the wingnutz stop using google while searching for porn ?

  35. 89 0388jojothecat
    May 3, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I would love to have President Obama have a live WHPC and sprinkle throughout the room high school and college journalism students and call on them throughout the press conference to show the these so-called journalist that what they are doing is NOT journalism and DOES NOTHING to inform the public. Maybe this will embarrass them to do their stink jobs that they get paid so well to do. It is really disgusting that to be a WHP correspondence is to be ALL ABOUT YOU…..

  36. 90 utaustinliberal
    May 3, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Socialism under Pres. Obama is awesome. Rick Santelli is crying into his cereal.

  37. May 3, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I’m leery of Howard Dean.

  38. 98 Don
    May 3, 2013 at 10:43 am

    DOW up over 15 fucking thousand.

  39. 102 Ladyhawke
    May 3, 2013 at 10:45 am

    What would the economy and the job numbers look like without the obstruction of the Republican Party and the stupid sequester?

  40. 103 jacquelineoboomer
    May 3, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Jon Favreau takes down MoDo? Oh, Chips, I cannot wait to read that! Thanks! What a fine start to a fine Obama day. And the woman stock market watch reporter on HLN/CNN is still gushing positively about the new unemployment rate and what’s happening in the stock market. She’s apparently taking heat for it on Twitter. Go, girl!

  41. 108 MightyPamela
    May 3, 2013 at 10:47 am

    G’day y’all! Have checked in, thank you for the news. Have the best day, see y’all later! {{{{Chipsticks}}}}. {{{{{PBO}}}}} {{{{TOD}}}}
    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  42. 109 hopefruit2
    May 3, 2013 at 10:49 am

  43. 118 Don
    May 3, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I’m thinking about trademarking “For the first time ever.”

  44. 120 Ladyhawke
    May 3, 2013 at 10:53 am

    President Obama continues to make his critics look petty and small.

    • 121 jacquelineoboomer
      May 3, 2013 at 11:08 am

      Strictly by handing them all a mirror. And all the other good stuff he says and does, which he means with his whole heart!

  45. 122 utaustinliberal
    May 3, 2013 at 10:53 am

  46. 123 jacquelineoboomer
    May 3, 2013 at 10:56 am

    You are the dream, Mexico! Viva Obama!

  47. 124 hopefruit2
    May 3, 2013 at 10:58 am

  48. May 3, 2013 at 11:01 am

  49. 130 Nena20409
    May 3, 2013 at 11:03 am

    GM all.

    When The righties whine and the media is out there with their endless gibberish, I laugh at them for they have Nothing else to offer.

  50. 131 jacquelineoboomer
    May 3, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Jon Favreau for King! Bravo, Jon, for continuing to support President Obama with your fine words. I’m almost in tears!

  51. 132 JER
    May 3, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Streaming Now – Vice President Biden Speaks at Foreign Service Association Plaque Dedication Ceremony – http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/vice-president-biden-speaks-foreign-service-association-plaque-dedication-ceremony

  52. May 3, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Morning everyone. Great roundup. Look forward to pics of PBO on the road. It boggles the mind to imagine what PBO could have accomplished with cooperation rather than obstruction. Look what he has done in spite of it. Wow!

  53. May 3, 2013 at 11:08 am

    You know how the media decided to stop using the term “illegal immigrant”? Don’t you get the impression they also agreed not to refer to the President by his title, but instead refer to him as Mr. Obama? Is it me?

    • 136 Don
      May 3, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Nope, it’s not you, I’ve noticed it also, they have so much disdain for President Obama.

    • 137 amk for obama
      May 3, 2013 at 11:16 am

      small people, small minds.

    • 138 jacquelineoboomer
      May 3, 2013 at 11:31 am

      In some cases, “Mr.” Obama (or – shudders – Mr. Bush or any of the others) is appropriate to use, as is using just his surname “Obama” after first reference (fully spelling out President Barack Obama) in all writings guided by the Associated Press Stylebook (which the media follow). This has always been the case under the AP Stylebook, not just since 2009.

      The only reason any of this is constantly noticed by us since President Obama took office is that we all have a vested self interest in how he is treated because he is one of us, our family member, no matter what family we come from. And because he is so disdainfully treated in all ways by those in our country who hate him because of who he is and what he stands for, are jealous of him because he’s always 10 steps ahead and has an actual thinking brain, or – as in the case of Maureen Dowd and the like – can’t figure out a way to get his attention. He’s just not into you, MoDo and the others. And neither are we.

      • 139 japa21
        May 3, 2013 at 12:30 pm

        Good point. Sometimes we are hyper sensitive to the way we perceive PBO as being treated. In some case, like this one, it is normal and has been also used for his predecessors. Of course, in most cases, are reactions are fully justified.

        • 140 jacquelineoboomer
          May 3, 2013 at 12:50 pm

          Yes. Truth be told, pretty much I’m feelin’ in all cases, our reactions are fully justified, no matter what I wrote, although we have plenty of targets other than names they call our President. And we must keep on it; I’m not discouraging that, in any way.

          I know also that we aren’t reacting to just how he is being addressed at any given point, of course, but more how he is so very disrespected, in general, every damn day of the week (for the varying reasons that are so damn obvious).

          • May 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm

            Thanks Jacguelineoboomer! I thought I remembered references to Mr. Bush, but wasn’t sure.

            • 142 jacquelineoboomer
              May 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm

              Well, that’s understandable because I’m sure we’re all trying to maybe forget any references to Bush, yes? (Eek.)

    • 143 99ts
      May 3, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      NYT started it during the 2012 election – it was “unfair” to Mr Romney that the reporting should identify the President by his title. So no wonder the news is going broke when this is what they spend their time working on.

  54. 144 hopefruit2
    May 3, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Gorg 🙂

  55. 146 Nena20409
    May 3, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Answer to haters…..Five years old, but it is still applicable.

    Dust off dirt………The shoulders have it.

    Yeah 😉

  56. 148 overseasgranny
    May 3, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Ireland will come unglued to realize that the President and FLOTUS loved Ireland enough to want to bring the children here to see Moneygall and some of the country themselves. I am thrilled.

    • 149 jacquelineoboomer
      May 3, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Wonderful!

    • May 3, 2013 at 11:51 am

      They really do love Ireland. I think they were clearly overwhelmed and joyous at the reception they received on their last trip. As they should be because the Irish showed them so much love and appreciation!! And POTUS must be dying to show his daughters all about his (and their) ancestry.

  57. 151 amk for obama
    May 3, 2013 at 11:18 am

    A plane powered only by the Sun has set off from San Francisco on the first leg of a bid to cross the US with no fuel.

    The Solar Impulse craft will stop in Phoenix, Dallas, St Louis, Washington DC and New York in the coming weeks.

    The team’s plane has the same wingspan as an Airbus A340 but weighs only as much as an average car.

    It has already made a day-and-night flight lasting more than 26 hours, and the team aims to eventually circumnavigate the globe in 2015.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22369680

  58. May 3, 2013 at 11:21 am

    You all know this, some more than well ever know, but the RWNJ including MO Boonan are dehumanizing the President.

    • 153 yardarm756
      May 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks for this vid CarolMae.
      Unfortunately this information won’t be in any single book or part of history classes in public education. Especially in the South and more specifically in Texas.

      • May 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm

        Thanks. I wasn’t sure if I should post it, but it didn’t seem to sugarcoat anything. Thanks for the input. I think we should tweet it it to all MSM on twitter. What do you think. They are all trying to dehumanized PBO, to justify their reporting.

  59. 156 japa21
    May 3, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Let’s keep pounding this message

  60. 157 Don
    May 3, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, President Obama is a different type of cat. Bill and Hillary need politics; they need it as almost as much as they need air. The Republicans want President Obama to need politics as much as they do; they want him to do almost anything just to get his agenda done. They aren’t really happy at obstructing President Obama, they are unhappy because he is losing interest in them, and that is the “aloofness” that they are talking about.

  61. May 3, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I never think we can say
    these words enough to
    the ones we love even in
    the short moments you
    are apart during a day with
    my daughters I find it makes
    them feel special and important.

    Wendell A. Brown,
    May 3, 2013,
    Google Image Credit,

  62. May 3, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Off to appointments. . .

  63. May 3, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Don’t forget, tomorrow is Cuatro de Mayo! That means Cake for all!

  64. 166 JER
    May 3, 2013 at 12:30 pm

  65. 167 Obama Grandmama
    May 3, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Woke up this morning to the good economic news broadcast by NPR. They qualified it with the sequester would start affecting the numbers bringing them down this summer. Lately I have felt that NPR seems right of center rather than the old time center giving each side of issues. I was glad to hear their article on ACA requirements kicking in this fall with the GOP counting on this required phase giving them the same outcome it did in the 2010 election. They also mentioned a glitch in the written in part of Congress and staff needing to apply for the same insurance benefits as everyone else. Apparently there was an oversight when written and the government would not pick up that same portion they currently do which would affect the low pay workers and set off protests. The GOP is counting on the outrage and there are behind the scene efforts to try to change this. I was very involved with getting ACA in and hated hearing the Republican plans. Apparently there are pro ACA National plans to explain what is involved in the fall. However there are plans by the GOP much like 2009/2010 to squash healthcare. Somehow I know we need to get involved again in figuring out how to support the healthcare fight.

  66. 168 bjw2
    May 3, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Today this site is like a smorgesborg with all my favorite dishes. Great articles!

  67. 170 overseasgranny
    May 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Michelle was all over the evening Irish news about the potential trip. The excitement is already high and soon will go to fever pitch. I love watching this.


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