Coming Up: President Obama visits Oklahoma

President Obama leaves the White House for a trip to the tornado devastated town of Moore, Okla., May 26


All times EST:

12:50: President Obama arrives in Oklahoma

1:45: Views areas and visits families impacted by the tornadoes and thanks first responders (White House live)

2:15: Makes a statement

4:50: Departs Oklahoma

Live streaming from KFOR & News9KOCO Oklahoma will also show the 2:15 statement

Also try CBS and CNN


President Obama walks with Col. Greg Urtso to board Air Force One, May 26

144 Responses to “Coming Up: President Obama visits Oklahoma”

  1. May 26, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Morning all. I never tire of watching our President traveling around our country spreading hope and love.

  2. 11 Jovie
    May 26, 2013 at 11:51 am

    The Senators each play the part. One says, we are outraged about IRS and want a special counsel oh and that’s the only one that matters.
    Then, the next one gets in tv and says the only one that matters is the DOJ probe and he wants a special counsel.
    Next one gets on tv and says, I want a special counsel for Benghazi and this is the only one that matter.
    And all media follows suit, says the exact same thing over and over and over.
    The media is in bed with the GOP!

    • May 26, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      So funny you should say that, Jovie. I just posted a story saying exactly that. It’s a shame! We know Benghazi was a fluke and when I read the IRS investigative report, I could only ask…why is this being called a Tea Party scandal? Journalism no longer report the news, they create it.

  3. May 26, 2013 at 11:58 am

    There’s live streaming from the airport in Oklahoma here:


    Not sure yet if other channels will have it.

    • May 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      That soldier looks very bored and lonely! And he could probably do without them filming him all the time!

    • 15 vcprezofan2
      May 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      Didn’t know this – read it on that site?

      KFOR live stream viewers: KFOR is now complying with the FCC-mandated requirement to caption IP-based internet video streams. This requirement, with a compliance deadline of March 30, 2013, means that we must caption all live video programming.

      At this time, captions are not available to be turned off, unlike your television where that capability exists. We are looking at ways to make captioning selectable. Expect that functionality in the near future. Thank you!

  4. 20 MightyPamela
    May 26, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    So, I found you! 😉

    • 21 jacquelineoboomer
      May 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      No, we found you! 🙂

      • 22 MightyPamela
        May 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm

        You did? I wonder how….

        • 23 jacquelineoboomer
          May 26, 2013 at 12:20 pm

          We’re all walkin’ the Obama trail. We can see you!

          • 24 MightyPamela
            May 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm

            You know, I’m thinking this support we are all giving him, right now, as we watch and send our best to him, is how PBO keeps going, day after day. Well, from us and from his beloved family. I’m sure he knows.

            • 25 jacquelineoboomer
              May 26, 2013 at 12:52 pm

              Yes, I’m sure he knows, too.

              Here he is landing aboard Tinker AFB!

              • 26 HZ
                May 26, 2013 at 1:29 pm

                MightyPamela and jacquelineoboomer, trust me, he knows and he is so grateful. My Sources( which HFineman is not match) are in places where they see, hear, and know of his beautiful and humble spirit of loving appreciation.

                Like jacquelineoboomer stated, because we are walking the path with him, he sees us and we see him, and most of all he feels our sweet ‘goodness of human presence’. This helps POB able to move in this beautiful manner in times like these. He will be fine, and he wants us to be with him and also be with each other. That is how we all bring healing to the table for our nation. HZ

                Beautiful people of OK, and especially Moore, receive the beautiful sweet fragrance of the comforting balm of goodness from your President today. Unclench your fists, if there maybe still some closed, and receive your blessings. They are right there in front of each of you to help you get through this.

                We love you and we pray for a beautiful day for you, even though you all maybe feeling much pain. We are One, and we will all stand together. ((((((Lots of love, and please allow wounded hearts to receive it today and going forward.)))))))))HZ

  5. 27 vcprezofan2
    May 26, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I wonder if PBO would like some company? Hmmmm. Maybe I should tell him I can sit quietly when I have to.

  6. 40 africa
    May 26, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    President Obama never rests. He is always doing the people business. From trying to make sure we get proper health care, to consoling us when tragedy strikes. He is an amazing man. Thankful to be alive in the age of Obama.

  7. 42 proudofobama
    May 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Good Sunday morning, Chips and TOD family. Oooo la la does our President look good today (as usual). Did you folks see Asean Johnson from Chicago talking about Rahm and the school closings? OMG, he was little Barack, ears and all. Just a brilliant child and his mother was brilliant, too.

    • 43 proudofobama
      May 26, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      Oh, he was on Melissa Harris Perry’s show, which I don’t normally watch but tuned in because Twitter was blowing up with praise for the young man. He was awesome.

    • 47 relellit
      May 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Good Morning TODville & chips. We had a surprise bar-b-que and Birthday Party for one of my girlfriends which keep us up all night long. I turned on the TV when I finally laid my head on the pillow this AM. I had the TV on ( it was watching me). I heard 9 yr old Asean Johnson voice talking about how once he becomes Mayor of Chicago he would get rid of Wal-mart because they don’t give back to the community and keep Walgreen’s since they give back . Immediately, I woke and re-winded that segment. I was so proud of him.

      It’s funny Rahm can find the money for Daley Park, bike lanes, allowances of tax breaks for the mercantile exchange millionaires and billionaires, music, and a gym for Depaul basketball court in the loop. What Rahm Emmanuel needs to tell his millionaire and billionaire friends is to do their part . That would be the “UNCOMPLICATED” decision instead of talking about “TOUGH DECISIONS” that excludes an education for black and brown kids. So glad 9 yr old Asean’s cause got much needed attention today!!!

  8. 49 Ladyhawke
    May 26, 2013 at 12:26 pm


    The long game on post-partisanship

    By Smartypants


    You handily won re-election and gained seats in both the House and Senate. The Republicans tried a “rebranding” that failed completely and then started to fabricate scandals that went nowhere. Nothing seemed to be working for them and the harder they spun, the farther they fell in the eyes of the American people.

    A few members of the opposition saw where all of this was headed and started to get worried. And so you launched a “charm offensive” (that’s what the media called it anyways) to try to develop a common sense caucus. Pretty soon your former opponent for the presidency was calling out the lunatics on the Senate floor and agreeing with you on some major policy initiatives. And the 1996 GOP presidential candidate said that the Republican Party “ought to put a sign on the national committee doors that says ‘closed for repairs’ until New Year’s Day next year — and spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas.” Ouch!


    Read more here …..


  9. 51 amk for obama
    May 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I have the egg.sact same suit and pant.

    Dood, start your own style. Don’t be a copycat.

    • May 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      “By law, Obama has to nominate two Republicans to the CPSC [U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that pays $155,000 per year].”

      Buerkle is a “foaming-at-the-mouth full-on teatard who beat Dan Maffei in a squeaker for NY-25 in 2010.”

      “If she takes this nomination, the next time she runs for Congress she’s going to have to explain how starving the beast is consistent with a $155K suckle at the government sugar teat. That’s how you solve a problem like Ann Marie.”

      Love these chess moves (like nominating Hillary for Secretary of State), but are ignored by our lazy media.

  10. 74 amk for obama
    May 26, 2013 at 12:28 pm

  11. May 26, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Hi TOD’ers, Good Morning/ afternoon

  12. 77 JER
    May 26, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Live streaming – Awaiting President Obama’s arrival: http://www.news9.com/Global/category.asp?C=202212&BannerId=1009

  13. May 26, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I don’t often link to this site but this is an excellent article and deserves to be read far and wide.


    “Now, instead of the $7 million in renovations and upgrades, the cost to replace the collapsed bridge will run $15 million and take up to a year. The collapse will cost an estimated $47 million in reduced productivity and trade. With the current average tax revenue from this total for trade and productivity in dealing with trade to Canada to be around 22%, the result is that this bridge collapse will cost the federal government $10 million in revenue for the period of repair, which when added to the $15 million pricetag means that we are looking at a total impact of $25 million. All in order to save $7 million”

    “The Republicans are no fiscal conservatives. They are no budget hawks. They do not understand that the government is not a business, and never can be. They operate on fundamentally different principles. A business is designed to maximize return to its investors, be they shareholders or the proprietor. A government is the opposite of this, and is designed to maximize productivity of its citizens. There are no “shareholders” to return profit to, so cutting in order to maximize profits is pointless, and only generates a drag on the economy. They simply do not understand economics, and that infrastructure investments are the key to growth.”

    • May 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      That’s a brilliant blog Mary, it’s in the blogroll.

      • May 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm

        I like this writer, but sometimes I find that various writers on the site are a little in advance of the facts, or stretch things to far, or are outraged about things that are not really outrageous. I’ve been burned a couple of times so now I check carefully before I post any of their stuff. But there are a couple of writer, Downes is one, who are just great.

  14. May 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I’m watching the live streaming. Anxious to see who will greet the President.

  15. May 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    The anchors and reporter on KFOR is pointing out that the Governor and the Senators were absent when the President first came to Oklahoma but they are there now. Hypocrites all of them

  16. 87 vcprezofan2
    May 26, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Some of the announcers’ comments are quite ‘sensible’.

    Announcer remarked 242 disaster declarations by this President so far! Well in excess of the previous president.

    “It’s like your parent tucking you in bed at night. It just makes you feel better.” One victim’s response when asked by announcer of what import is President’s visit.

    • 88 vcprezofan2
      May 26, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      This is one of those times I wish I had UT’s fast fingers. Some of the media comments are really good. I’m at the link CC gave earlier.

  17. May 26, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Wow, does Booman nail it in this one! And read the comments – they are great and on point. I especially liked this one:

    “Re: He Dislikes You Right Back (none / 1)
    Thoughtful post, BooMan. I believe, though, that you put too much thought into it, when you were so close to nailing it in your second sentence. There is one adjective that summarizes the list of, “aloof, arrogant, detached, above-it-all, distant, [and] dismissive,” and that is, “uppity.”
    The media thinks our first black president doesn’t show enough humility. Bush never showed an ounce of humility in his life, but he passes the test because the test never applied to him. He’s a political heir in a long line of them. He’s allowed to be arrogant, detached and dismissive because he’s one of our betters. Obama is uppity. He doesn’t know his place. He should be kissing their asses.

    I guess I recognize the old dogwhistle keywords immediately, living as I do in a former Confederate state. It’s jarring to read Dowd, etc., working in that vein, but it’s also unmistakable. They don’t know how to respect the office when a black man occupies it. It’s the usual racist fuming.”


  18. 92 Nena20409
    May 26, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    GM Afternoon TODers.

    I know that Those in Moore, OK are going through such a tough time.

    I am hoping that with Pres Obama coming to help comfort and a little bit tries to ease their main….that this song from the Movie Oklahoma is okay to post. Please continue to stay strong. Continue to Heal. Lots of Love, Prayers and Hugs to the people of OK.

  19. May 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    There is our President so handsome. I just love him, I would slap that damn Governor lady but hey that’s just me but I don’t want those hypocrites near him

  20. 95 jacquelineoboomer
    May 26, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Good commentary from local reporters at the KFOR link. Glad the Governor was there to greet the President, when he arrived on AF1. The reporters said she’s been in the Oval Office for a meeting with him as chair of governors’ assn., and that “today’s a day to put politics aside.” I sneeked a peek at the KFOR Twitter feed in the sidebar, and saw three positive comments in a row – so stopped looking! I’ll imagine they are ALL positive, from this point on!

    • 96 jacquelineoboomer
      May 26, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Okay, that’s it! Peeked at another nice Twitter post:

      I voted for our president as well.glad he is visiting the families and first responders of the Moore tornado.God bless our president

  21. 97 vcprezofan2
    May 26, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    It’s somewhat annoying that the media has been so corrupted that they have made the issue of belonging to different parties a ‘necessary’ repetitive talking point even in the midst of tragedy. Over and over again! 😦

    • 98 proudofobama
      May 26, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      It was also annoying how they kept trying to inject Bush into the story bringing up his going to NY with that damn bull horn after 9-11. As if that horrid man Bush could bring comfort to anybody. Like we can forget Katrina.

      • 99 vcprezofan2
        May 26, 2013 at 1:17 pm

        That’s it, P of O. They have trained themselves to the point where they cannot seem to address an issue without, IMO, simplistic comparisons. They would do well to focus on the issue at hand, report what is happening, and in cases like these allow the viewer to make their own comparisons.

        • 100 jacquelineoboomer
          May 26, 2013 at 1:23 pm

          Sometimes I think it’s a case of President Obama’s being so amazing and astounding, they can’t figure it out, so they must look to some lower-level comparison to work it out for themselves. In their pea-sized brains. You know how you might see or hear something and think, “What does this remind me of?” Well, they have no idea what he’s talking about half the time, he’s on such a whole different plane, a different altitude of spirit and intelligence, they try to bring him back down to their levels. I’m not saying it’s right or in any way pleasurable to watch, and half the damn time it’s subliminal or overt racism, but I do try to figure them out, and will continue to try!

          • 101 vcprezofan2
            May 26, 2013 at 1:43 pm

            THIS is my assessment too, JO’B and there are times I pity them – the times when I think that some of them indeed ‘try to bring him back down to their levels’ to get a better handle on him because that’s all they do understand. It’s like rating a 21 century piece of communicative technology using the same criteria and vocabulary used to rate the tin cans + cord telephone and not even being aware that’s what you are doing. Sometimes I don’t think it’s really racism at all, just them trying to get a handle on someone who is far, far out of their known experience – white or colured. We can only use the words we know, after all, and IMO, from what I’ve seen many of them seem unwilling to seek to expand their ‘vocabulary’. It’s been over 4 years after all!

  22. 102 cookemom
    May 26, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Does anyone else get anxious when PBO runs down the steps of AF1? He refuses to walk or hold onto the railing. He just bounds up and down those steps fleet of foot. I watch with bated breath hoping he makes it down without a slip.

    • 103 desertflower
      May 26, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      OH YES! Been mentioned here on more than one occasion:) All the Mom’s in us, I guess

    • 108 MightyPamela
      May 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Never, never, never. If he wasn’t totally confident, he wouldn’t do it. Ain’t no way a man like him is going to fall, hurt himself and have it all on a thousand cameras to be broadcast all over the world. No way. (I do get why it makes some people nervous tho….)

  23. 109 Nena20409
    May 26, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Finally, a player stood and in a brilliant way confronted a racist fan, in Australia.

  24. 111 amk for obama
    May 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm

  25. 113 cookemom
    May 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Vc there is absolutely no fun in sitting quietly. Whenever the opportunity present itself, make some noise woman. Especially if PBO is within earshot.

    • 114 vcprezofan2
      May 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      Afternoon Cookem, my dear!
      Consider this – my theory is, if that was the price to pay to be allowed to accompany Mr. Pres. I ‘d gladly pay it. In making the offer I was thinking of the greater fun in being able to look at him at closer range, hear and appreciate his voice up close, share in that compassionate aura that emanates from him in times like these, AND (get this) being able to laud it over TOD village later by sharing the details in periodic snippets. Much more fun than Cookemom and Hopefruit being sent imaginary winks and tweets and mental messages, and no sacrifice at all, because I’d probably be mute as a direct response to being in his immediate presence anyway.

      • 115 cookemom
        May 26, 2013 at 1:36 pm

        Sorry, no way my body’s reflex response system is sophisticated enough, nor controllable enough to harness all that energy that would be building up in me internally. Chances are, I’d do a spontaneous combustion before I’d even get close enough to make so much as a peep anyway.

        • 116 vcprezofan2
          May 26, 2013 at 1:48 pm

          Not sure in my case it would be sophistication,…more like dogged determination. 😀 I tend to internalize deep emotion, at least in the moment.

          • 117 MightyPamela
            May 26, 2013 at 2:21 pm

            Me would be more like frozen or suspended in some portal of disbelief, and not moving a muscle or a twitch in case I was dreaming!

  26. 118 proudofobama
    May 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    That witch, Gov. Fallin, gets to ride in the car with our President. Aaargh!

    • May 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Feel the same way I don’t want them in the same vicinity as him but I understand that it is apart of the job but man… “witch” indeed

    • 120 jacquelineoboomer
      May 26, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      Don’t forget the turnaround that warlock Gov. Christie had, after spending some time with our President! Obama magic dust gets all over their creepy heads, and they talk nice for a while!

    • 121 anniebella
      May 26, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      proudofobama, What is dangerous about these Republicans is all the while they are laughing in your face, they are planning to stab you in the back. I don’t trust Republicans,

    • 124 desertflower
      May 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      omg. This is merely the THIRD time this has been posted on this thread. Ok. Sufficiently embarrassed now…

      • May 26, 2013 at 1:16 pm

        It can never be posted enough DF!

        • 126 desertflower
          May 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm

          You saved me from certain shame. Thanks:) By the way, my feet are now divine! She had to chisel half of them off to get to the good part, but they look MAAAAARVELOUS!

          • May 26, 2013 at 1:22 pm

            Photographic evidence needed! 🙂

          • May 26, 2013 at 1:25 pm

            Come on, come on – photos please!!!!

          • 129 cookemom
            May 26, 2013 at 1:26 pm

            Ha, ha ha!!!! I was thinking about about a pedicure, then had to check my bank account to see if I’d have enough to pay them the extra work required to handle these monstrosities. Not to mention the lost of business, as surely they’ll have to close the place down for major clean up from all the dust and after-chisel debris, I’ll be leaving in their wake.

            • May 26, 2013 at 1:35 pm

              cookemom – same price all time! 🙂 All women who visit nail salons will get a kick out of this. The Vietnam accent is perfect.

              • 133 vcprezofan2
                May 26, 2013 at 2:03 pm

                My nail salon staff are not from Vietnam (Phillipines, I think) but I certainly felt quite at home watching that. Encouraging to my ego to know I’m not the only one who asks for repeats, sometimes more than once. I actually hate when I’m the only one there because I do not like personal chit-chat with people I don’t really know. I could never be a bartender (apart from the fact I don’t drink and couldn’t identify one drink from the other).

  27. May 26, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Hello everyone … don’t know why but when I look at this picture ….

    … the 1st words that came to mind are “clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right ….” 🙂


  28. May 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Hi Everyone! Wanted to pop in to say a quick hello. Missed you guys yesterday as we had a bit of a health scare with my Dad. Mom had an ambulance rush him to the ER yesterday after he experienced shortness of breath and had so little energy he could barely sit up. Thankfully he’s stabilized. So far we know he’s suffering from extreme low white blood count and a pretty several urinary infection. They’re still evaluating tests results and it’s likely he’ll spend at least one more night in hospital.

    I came home for a little break and a change of clothes before returning. Today is Mom & Dad’s 54th wedding anniversary. Not quite the romantic day they had in mind, but we’re blessed that they’re both together. My family feels blessed that would had emergency responders we could count on for help; a high quality hospital nearby; competent, dedicated healthcare professionals taking care of Dad and the rest of the family, as well as countless more “conveniences” that we in this country often take for granted until their absence is made plain. We are immensely grateful today and every day.

    As the nation commemorates the solemn occasion of Memorial Day and the President’s visit to Moore, Oklahoma, I wish all of you peace and love.

    • 140 utaustinliberal
      May 26, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      Glad everything’s ok. Sending you all good thoughts.

    • May 26, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      Dudette, hope everything goes well with your father and that he is able to go home soon.

      Congratulations to your parents for 54 YEARS together as husband and wife. What a blessing! It shows the commitment that we should all aspire to.

    • 142 jackiegrumbacher
      May 26, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      Dudette, sorry about the health scare and hope your Dad gets better soon. Urinary tract infections are no joke and can be quite painful. Glad he’s getting good treatment.

  29. 143 Dudette
    May 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm

  30. May 26, 2013 at 2:09 pm

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