Thursday, An Image or Two



President Obama greeted by the thingie in Texas


President Obama speaks with students Patrick Sandoval and Hannah Hutton about a robot as he tours a classroom with student technology projects at Manor New Technology High School



President Obama greets students before delivering remarks on jobs during a visit to Manor New Technology High School in Austin, Texas, May 9



Text of remarks here


President Obama meets local Austin residence at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q restaurant in Austin, Texas – from left to right: Caroline Sweet, Tyson Simmons, Joe Alonzo, and Agnes Wommack


President Barack Obama points to an image of the White House situation room where a weather map from Stormpulse is displayed during a tour of Capital Factory, a tech start-up incubator and co-working space in Austin, Texas, May 9

President Obama speaks with Capital Factory Founder Josh Baer and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park during a tour of Capital Factory




More in the morning!

168 Responses to “Thursday, An Image or Two”

  1. May 9, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    • May 9, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      You can already smell the toast burning at the NRO and AEI ….

      • May 9, 2013 at 9:57 pm

        Congrats, Bob, on number 1. Well deserved.

        This is too delicious a scenario.

        I hope this puts the dying GOP out to pasture, and the feckless MSM who support them out there too.

        I want a true progressive (Biden or O’Malley), not a recycled team from two decades ago.

        Of course, a qualified woman (Elizabeth Warren? Kristen Gillibrand? others?) would be welcome, but I have a soft spot for Joe Biden. He’s never wavered from his progressive roots.

        • May 9, 2013 at 10:10 pm

          Thank you, Arapaho πŸ™‚

          “I hope this puts the dying GOP out to pasture, and the feckless MSM who support them out there too.”

          Agree. We need a responsible opposition party for our experiment in democracy to be sustainable. The GOP has failed, totally, and must be replaced.

          I share your admiration for VP Biden. If he decides to run, it seems reasonable to expect that President Obama will have his back and all that will mean.

          In any event, my energies will be entirely focused on whichever candidate President Obama supports.

          #TrustBarack Because You Can

    • 5 MightyPamela
      May 9, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Bobfr, first, and mp next?

    • 7 hopefruit2
      May 9, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      Congrats Bob on #1 πŸ™‚

    • 11 Betsy
      May 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      Congrats on first!!!!

    • 12 99ts
      May 9, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      Funny how it is always the Democrats – those big spenders giving away the workers’ money – who end up with the surplus. The Republicans – they just print money for the rich – and war

  2. May 9, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day!!!

  3. May 9, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Note to Fred and GoBrooklyn, saw your comments in previous threads but did not have an opportunity to respond. Please know I’m keeping you both in my thoughts and wishing you the very best outcome.

  4. 23 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    These pictures are AWESOME…even the ones with Gov Ooops, but especially the ones with FLOTUS, Dr. Jill, and Prince Harry, and the ones with PBO meeting and interacting with the youth and the folks at the restaurant. Thanks Chips!

  5. 28 Jovie
    May 9, 2013 at 8:11 pm

  6. 30 Jovie
    May 9, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    It’s Obamas fault !

    • 31 jacquelineoboomer
      May 9, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      That’s scary. We should all keep the space station inhabitants in our thoughts!

  7. 32 anniebella
    May 9, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    I just love the few words FLOTUS said to her Mother.

  8. 33 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    RIDDLE: What has two legs, a lame cable TV show in the morning, trips over itself to report “bad news for Obama,” generally asks stupid or hostile questions at PBO’s pressers, and looks a lot like Chuck Todd?

  9. May 9, 2013 at 8:18 pm

  10. 46 utaustinliberal
    May 9, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Pres. Obama for the win with the Brotha Man/Homie handshake.

    Click on the link. Pres. Obama wins the week.

  11. 48 Jovie
    May 9, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    This sounds cool!

  12. May 9, 2013 at 8:23 pm

  13. 52 magapie
    May 9, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    IF ONLY I could have done a Star Trekkian mind replacement with one of those people at Stubb’s Bar-B-Que. NICE PEOPLE NO DOUBT!!! DESERVING!! But…………………well their minds would have just been in suspended animation and they would never have know a thing, so….

  14. 53 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    UT have you been to Stubb’s B-B-Q restaurant, or have you heard of it? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ If not, you have to make a trip there as soon as you get a chance. Just in honor of PBO’s visit.

  15. May 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm

  16. 61 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    • 62 theo67
      May 9, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      I watched both Rachel and Lawrence tonight. The part of Rachel’s show that was impactful was her interview with the father of one of the Newtown victims. It just broke my heart – even Rachel broke down at the end and was in tears, barely able to speak. What the GOP and weak Dems have done to these grieving families is not human.

  17. May 9, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    If there are points for coolness, and for really caring, and for paying attention, and for making an effort to connect, and the astounding ability to do so, this POTUS is surely off the top of the scale… And the FLOTUS, as well… I can’t imagine what it takes for them to keep doing this stuff, day after day, week after week, month after month. Truly awesome…

    And thanks to you Chips, and your cohorts, for continuing to let us see all of this!


  18. 68 prettyfoot58
    May 9, 2013 at 8:39 pm

  19. May 9, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Evening Chips, TOD’ers…..

  20. May 9, 2013 at 8:42 pm

  21. May 9, 2013 at 8:43 pm

  22. 101 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2013 at 8:46 pm

  23. May 9, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Everyone on the POTUS-VPOTUS team has such a jam-packed schedule, unless our lazy MSM, who pretty much watch TV and then write up what they see.

    Prince Harry is such a cutie, looked like he blushed the whole time he was on stage. Let’s get everyone out of harms way in Afghanistan as soon as possible.

    LOVE Joe and Jill.

    The PUMAs and other Hillary supporters forget this:
    VP Biden on POTUS Obama:
    “We have very different styles, but we are simpatico. At all the debates we had – trying to get the nomination in ’08 – we’re the only two who never disagreed on a single substantive issue. He has a great line. He said, “We’re the ultimate odd couple,” he says. “We make up for each other’s shortcomings.” He makes up for a hell of a lot more of mine than I do of his, but it’s worked.”

    And look at what a BIG heart POTUS has. I’m sure Hunter Biden is grateful for POTUS’ generosity.
    ” When you leave the Senate, they let you buy your Senate chair. I have two sons, and I didn’t know what to do. He said, “Look, give Beau your chair; I’ll give Hunter my chair.” So Hunter has President Obama’s chair from when he was a senator. That’s major league.”

    • 103 99ts
      May 9, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      That is such a delightful story – think Hunter might have the best of the arrangement – although a much newer chair πŸ™‚

    • 104 theo67
      May 10, 2013 at 12:21 am

      I absolutely love this. Both of these men are monumental and unique. We’re lucky to have them – and they really are an odd couple that works. Imagine if Pres Obama had picked Hillary, like so many were clamouring to happen. Have we heard a peep from VP Biden about 2016? Could we have expected the same from Hillary as VP? With Bill goading her on?

      Biden is a class act, and he respects President Obama – and vice versa.

      • May 10, 2013 at 8:11 pm

        I am already sick of 2016, and although I like HIllary, I almost feel it would be very hard to vote for her if she were the nominee because I am so tired of people blowing right past the historic presidency we are in the middle of to focus on her. And I feel that she should tell everyone to shut up for a while.

        • 106 theo67
          May 10, 2013 at 8:21 pm

          I agree that Hillary should tell people to calm down, but if she’s the nominee, then we have to work for her. She’ll be better than any Republican.

  24. 109 japa21
    May 9, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    I figure it is just a matter of time:

    Hope I didn’t give any ideas.

  25. 113 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    • 114 carolyn
      May 9, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      Chris Hayes does not know Congress. The President has real friends in Congress. They are adults and don’t talk about relationships and BFFs! I have heard in the past that Coburn and the President were good friends. They came in at the same time and hit it off personally. Coburn often speaks of how much he likes the President personally, just disagrees with him ideologically. (Coburn is one of my Senators and he speaks to this) From what I’ve noticed about the President, he makes friends and keeps them. Notice all the people from his early days in Chicago ,Harvard and other places. They are loyal to him, and he is loyal to them. Actually, I don’t think the President operates with hate. He knows that it only destroys the hater, not the hated.

  26. 116 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Benghaz, y’all. Benghazi….

  27. May 9, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Of all the people in TODville, I probably know/understand Obamacare/ACA the least.

    I think these two items are good news from the West:

    Please let me know if I’m wrong.

  28. May 9, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Don’t know if this has been posted today….flash keeps crashing, any suggestions for Chrome & WP?

  29. 127 dotster3
    May 9, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Knoller is having a good—–and mouth-watering day. Got to tweet about PBO’s bbq lunch and now Harry’s din menu. Knoller is a foodie. Or something.

    • 128 hopefruit2
      May 9, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Sorry for the duplicate Dotster..I’m just as amused as you are on Knoller’s food fetish. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  30. May 9, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Ok, it’s Miller Time! See everyone after dinner with a night owl chat.

  31. 130 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Mark Knoller is excited about what the Prince is having for dinner.

  32. 132 HZ
    May 9, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    I have not been on for a few days, but did I miss Fred also? I do not want to scare anyone in my TOD Family, but I was also thinking of Fred for the past day, and also last evening.

    So to my dear Fred, GoBrooklyn, Joan, and all those who are gently and silently pressing on, I am still meditating and praying very faithfully for all of you. You are my family, and I love you all so much.

    Be good to your spirits and have a dose of laughter throughout the day. Healing to the soul.HZ

  33. 133 Jovie
    May 9, 2013 at 9:07 pm

  34. May 9, 2013 at 9:11 pm

  35. May 9, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    ATTN: Pacific and Mountain West (North) — (MT, ID, OR, WA, WY)

    As a follow up to this LA Times story from last month:

    Good news:

    Plans shelved for coal export terminal in Oregon
    By Kim Murphy
    May 8, 2013, 3:53 p.m.

    “Company officials said the site at the Port Westward industrial park near Clatskanie [St. Helens] could not be configured optimally to handle export of up to 30 million tons of coal a year, most presumably destined for markets in Asia.” [snip]

    “Of six coal export terminals originally proposed in the Pacific Northwest, projects at Grays Harbor and St. Helens have been withdrawn, and a project at Coos Bay is shelved. Trains would originate in the Powder River Basin.” [snip]

    “Developers still are exploring or seeking permits for terminals in Boardman, Ore., Longview, Wash., and at Cherry Point near Bellingham, Wash.”

    • 136 mtmarilyn
      May 9, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      Thanks for this information. It has been a big fight here.

      Also to let you know if Schwietzer doesn’t run there are 3 great women who might run. I think I sent you an email.

  36. 137 Roberta in MN
    May 9, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks for posting the video of the First Ladies Tea party, it was fun to watch here with the kids and Harry 2. πŸ™‚

  37. 138 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Quote of the Day: Eric Cantor Says Obama Just Doesn’t Understand Him

    // From Eric Cantor, criticizing the fact that President Obama hasn’t done much to develop personal relationships with House leaders: The president could benefit himself and the country a lot by developing those relationships and understanding where conservatives are, instead of just thinking that he knows where we are.

    Um….and just what would Obama learn if he did this? I mean, don’t get me wrong. Schmoozing is part of the job, and Obama should probably do more of it, whether he likes it or not. But is Cantor seriously suggesting that his positions, and the positions of the tea-party wing of the party that he leads, are even slightly nebulous? That Obama might learn about some surprising new areas of compromise if he talked to Cantor more? Seriously? //


    • 139 carolyn
      May 9, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      Eric Cantor is the biggest whiner I think I’ve ever heard! I expect this from a 12 year old boy, but not from a “grown man. Cantor needs to grow up and take responsibility.

  38. May 9, 2013 at 9:32 pm

  39. May 9, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Uneducated whites are becoming a minority faster than they expected.

  40. 144 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    BWD has just posted a series of excellent charts chock full of info on the Affordable Care Act. If you can and have some time, please check her TL and RT/share this important info.

  41. 149 yardarm756
    May 9, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I hope it’s not too late for this fun stuff for “geezers”. πŸ˜€

    Subject: Hollywood Squares Game Show

    Remember When?

    These great questions and answers are from the days when ‘ Hollywood Squares’ game

    show responses were spontaneous, not scripted, as they are now. Peter Marshall

    was the host asking the questions, of course..

    Q. Paul, what is a good reason for pounding meat?

    A. Paul Lynde: Loneliness!
    (The audience laughed so long and so hard it took up almost 15 minutes of the

    Q.Do female frogs croak?

    A. Paul Lynde: If you hold their little heads underwater long enough.

    Q. If you’re going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should you be?

    A. Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it.

    Q. True or False, a pea can last as long as 5,000 years.

    A. George Gobel: Boy, it sure seems that way sometimes.

    Q. You’ve been having trouble going to sleep. Are you probably a man or a woman?

    A. Don Knotts: That’s what’s been keeping me awake.

    Q. According to Cosmopolitan, if you meet a stranger at a party and you think
    that he is attractive, is it okay to come out and ask him if he’s married?

    A. Rose Marie: No. Wait until morning.

    Q. Which of your five senses tends to diminish as you get older?

    A. Charley Weaver: My sense of decency.

    Q. In Hawaiian, does it take more than three words to say ‘I Love You’?

    A. Vincent Price: No, you can say it with a pineapple and a twenty.

    Q. What are ‘Do It,’ ‘I Can Help,’ and ‘I Can’t Get Enough’?

    A. George Gobel: I don’t know, but it’s coming from the next apartment.

    Q. As you grow older, do you tend to gesture more or less with your hands while talking?

    A. Rose Marie: You ask me one more growing old question Peter,
    and I’ll give you a gesture you’ll never forget.

    Q. Paul, why do Hell’s Angels wear leather?

    A. Paul Lynde: Because chiffon wrinkles too easily.

    Q. Charley, you’ve just decided to grow strawberries. Are you going to get any during the first

    A. Charley Weaver: Of course not, I’m too busy growing strawberries.

    Q. In bowling, what’s a perfect score?

    A. Rose Marie: Ralph, the pin boy.

    Q. It is considered in bad taste to discuss two subjects at nudist camps.
    One is politics, what is the other?

    A. Paul Lynde: Tape measures.

    Q. During a tornado, are you safer in the bedroom or in the closet?

    A. Rose Marie: Unfortunately Peter, I’m always safe in the bedroom.

    Q. Can boys join the Camp Fire Girls?

    A. Marty Allen: Only after lights out.

    Q. When you pat a dog on its head he will wag his tail. What will a goose do?

    A. Paul Lynde: Make him bark?

    Q. If you were pregnant for two years, what would you give birth to?

    A. Paul Lynde: Whatever it is, it would never be afraid of the dark.

    Q. According to Ann Landers, is there anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people?

    A. Charley Weaver: It got me out of the army.

    Q. It is the most abused and neglected part of your body, what is it?

    A. Paul Lynde: Mine may be abused, but it certainly isn’t neglected.

    Q. Back in the old days, when Great Grandpa put horseradish on his head,
    what was he trying to do?

    A. George Gobel: Get it in his mouth.

    Q. Who stays pregnant for a longer period of time, your wife or your elephant?

    A. Paul Lynde: Who told you about my elephant?

    Q. When a couple have a baby, who is responsible for its sex?

    A. Charley Weaver: I’ll lend him the car, the rest is up to him

    Q. Jackie Gleason recently revealed that he firmly believes in them and has actually seen them on at least two occasions.
    What are they?

    A. Charley Weaver: His feet.

    Q. According to Ann Landers, what are two things you should never do in bed?

    A. Paul Lynde: Point and laugh

  42. 156 anniebella
    May 9, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Is POTUS back home yet?

  43. May 9, 2013 at 9:48 pm


    #TrustBarack Because He Cares

  44. May 9, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    The GOP are twisting themselves into pretzels to do whatever they can to discredit President Obama while placating their corporate overlords and trying not to appear treasonous to American and global citizenry.

    It’s not working out very well for them:

  45. May 9, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Been waiting for this yummylicious round-up post all day. Thank you, thank you.

  46. May 9, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    • 165 zizi2
      May 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      Please forgive me.
      Finally the semester’s over, student work has been graded, annoying late assignment stragglers have been appropriately chastised, grade change forms turned in, and so now I can join the ranks of blog tyrants. I wrote a piece for when I promised lat month, but some breaking news (I forget which) made it moot. Writing something for Saturday.

  47. 167 vitaminlover
    May 9, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    President Obama understands him alright…he probably just cannot STAND him.

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