You’ve got a friend

President Barack Obama hugs Amy Simpson, principal of Plaza Towers Elementary School, outside what remains of the school following last week’s tornado in Moore, Okla., May 26 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama wipes away tears after speaking with Amy Simpson

115 Responses to “You’ve got a friend”

  1. 6 desertflower
    May 26, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Evening, maryl1:)

    • May 26, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      Evening, DF. Congrats on second! Being on vacation must have slowed you down! 😉 I am on the computer trying to work on report cards. But I think in a minute I’m going to get some ice cream and then relax with some knitting and some of The Closer on Hulu. It is a holiday weekend after all!

      • 8 desertflower
        May 26, 2013 at 8:19 pm

        Congrats on 1st!! You deserve a rest break, those report cards will be there later:)

        • May 26, 2013 at 8:21 pm

          Oh yes they will! I don’t know why I struggle with them – trying to say exactly the right thing in the right way. I don’t think anyone pays much attention!

          • 10 jacquelineoboomer
            May 26, 2013 at 8:25 pm

            Hi, mary – what grade do you teach?

            • May 26, 2013 at 8:27 pm

              I teach second 🙂 It’s a great grade – almost all the time!

              • 12 jacquelineoboomer
                May 26, 2013 at 8:31 pm

                I asked because as far as “who reads” the report cards goes, I still have mine and have shown the comments on it (and from other years) to my grandkids. And they laugh. So, keep on writing!

                • May 26, 2013 at 9:26 pm

                  That’s great! I know I still have mine too 🙂 Last card-marking I had about 5 kids absent on the Friday that the report cards went home. I put them in their mailboxes. Come Monday, I forgot that they were there-we only check the mailboxes on Friday, so it was probably not a good idea to put them there. Anyway, next Friday I saw them there. Not one of the parents called or asked why the cards had not come home.

              • 17 majiir
                May 26, 2013 at 8:58 pm

                Keep up the good work, Mary1. I taught high school social studies for 33 years, until 2009 when my daughter demanded I retire due to health issues. Teaching is a very rewarding job. I still miss the students, but I don’t miss the paperwork!!! Take a short break, you’ve earned it.

          • 19 desertflower
            May 26, 2013 at 8:31 pm

            I know:) It’s because those kiddos are so important that you have that angst….not the first teacher to have that problem 🙂

          • 21 kathryn kivett
            May 26, 2013 at 8:50 pm

            Oh, yes they do, Mary….My Grandson is in 4th grade and when he gets his report card his eyes get big, grins from ear to ear, and he is so proud when his teacher compliments him.

            • 22 jacquelineoboomer
              May 26, 2013 at 9:01 pm

              Here I go with the memories … when my son was promoted out of 4th grade, his teacher wrote on his report card what a “well-rounded boy” he was, and called me the day after to tell me she had “taught that whole class just for him … every time I looked up, he was intently looking at me, learning … like a little sponge.” He got all As in every subject, all year. She said she couldn’t say anything during the school year, because she didn’t want to play favorites. Sob. Sob. (So glad I can drop these old stories on all of you victims here, since he’s a little sick of hearing them … because he’s now a grandfather, himself. Hey, once the mother of a 4th-grade boy, always … ) Sob.

              Keep writing, mary.

            • May 26, 2013 at 9:27 pm

              That is so sweet!

  2. 24 Proud Former White House Intern
    May 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Wow that sight is breathe taking it really makes you think about just how blessed you really are!

  3. May 26, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    So happy that he was there to offer some comfort.

  4. 28 anniebella
    May 26, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    To think that was a school and it was wiped away in minutes time.

    • 29 anniebella
      May 26, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      They played that audio of the kids screaming and the teacher were trying to comfort them, telling them it’s going to be okay, I could not even finish listening to it, just imagine those kids.

  5. May 26, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    I went away for like 2 minutes and Chips hit us with another post, I can’t keep up and I love that picture

  6. May 26, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Evening all! I didn’t even know that VP Biden was visiting Trinidad today, and I can’t find a schedule, but the mighty Allyson sent me these two live streaming links – if anyone has a schedule, please post!



  7. May 26, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    • 42 jacquelineoboomer
      May 26, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      We’ve really got to GOTV in 2014, and put that smile back on Nancy Smash’s face! And the gavel in her hand.

      • 43 globalcitizenlinda
        May 26, 2013 at 8:33 pm

        you are very correct! when Speaker Pelosi had the gavel, PBO had a bill-signing ceremony almost every week.

        I hope that behind the scenes, there is a group of Dems who are working on legislation drafts that would immediately be finalized & submitted WHEN PBO gets the House back & keeps the Senate

        • 44 jacquelineoboomer
          May 26, 2013 at 8:38 pm

          Yes, I remember there were drafts ready to go after the 2008 election! We have got to get the House back and get more seats in the Senate. We cannot let Republicans totally destroy our country, as they are totally destroying their own party. I don’t care about their party much – I do care about getting things done for the common good, as President Obama does and as all people with brains do.

  8. May 26, 2013 at 8:31 pm

  9. 53 Jovie
    May 26, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I know what we should do? Nothing at all, let them all fall down.

    • 54 jacquelineoboomer
      May 26, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Mitt would say it’s “the cost of doing business.”

      • 55 majiir
        May 26, 2013 at 9:10 pm

        That’s why I’m so glad his butt isn’t sitting in the residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

        • 56 jacquelineoboomer
          May 26, 2013 at 9:12 pm

          Nobody wants his butt sitting anywhere! Maybe he’s left the country … who would notice.

    • May 26, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      American bridges fallin’ down….fallin’ down….American bridges fallin’ down…..Thank a Republican’t.

    • May 26, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Rachel was at her best on Friday.

      She opened the show with a 16 minute description of the bridges built during the 1950s that are now part of our interstate highway system.

      She even included a color (!) TV interview with President Eisenhower after he left office. He was asked what he regarded as his enduring contriubution to America, and his answer was:

      1) St. Lawrence seaway
      2) Alaska and Hawaii becoming states
      3) Interstate highway system

      Rachel described how he had to fight Congress to get funding for both the St. Lawrence seaway and the highway system. Left unsaid was if the Tea Partiers were around back then, neither of those important-to-commerce projects would have been approved… and where would we be now?

      You can skip to the 3-minute mark if you’re only interested in seeing President Eisenhower, but the entire segment is worth a watch.


      She referred to an AP article that said that in Washington state there are nearly 400 structurally deficit bridges, one-third of which are past their design life.

      The bridge that collapsed was “fracture critical” (constructed without redundant supporting elements, which means if part of the structure goes, the entire section gives way).

      So yeah, media, instead of “scandalabra,” how about mentioning that President Obama has been promoting an Infrastructure Bank for years, and even made a trip to Miami two months ago to stress the importance of repairing our infrastructure, most of which is more than 50 years old?

      • 59 anniebella
        May 26, 2013 at 9:48 pm

        Rachel is a pain in the butt alot of time, most of the time.

        • May 26, 2013 at 9:56 pm

          She’s very opinionated, but when she’s not joining the emoprog brigade, she can be informative.

          She was informative on Friday, and it’s important to know what a sorry state our infrastructure is in. Plus, all those accomplishments by President Eisenhower in 8 years. The GOP is blocking everything and getting paid to be on vacation or on junkets funded by lobbyists.

          That’s why we need to take back the House in 2014, so that we can actually move the country forward (instead of backwards).

      • 61 majiir
        May 26, 2013 at 9:59 pm

        President Eisenhower also oversaw the launching of our first satellite, Explorer I, in 1958. Oh, if only there were sane republican politicians today, the things we could do.

    • 62 globalcitizenlinda
      May 26, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      given the frequency of these events, sometimes I have to stop and ask : did this happen today? is this another bridge collapse of the prior one?

      disgusting neglect of infrastructure!

    • 63 yardarm756
      May 26, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      That would do it. Then the rwnj’s can find loads of “pork” for their buds in construction companies + throw in some kickbacks and all is well. Big Government he way they like it.

  10. May 26, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I’m not sure if I should share this – I just sneezed while eating a mini Snickers.

    Oh heavens.

    Okay, carry on, I’ll be fine.

    • 65 vcprezofan2
      May 26, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      Mini snickers. Cheesy puffs. I can’t remember what else, but I’m sure it was something not very healthy. TODobots, maybe we should start a fund raiser to send Lady Mayor Chips to culinary school or to provide her with her own personal chef.

      • May 26, 2013 at 10:41 pm

        Oi! LL has been promising to cook for me for, oh, years, but I’m still waiting ….. sigh.

        • 67 vcprezofan2
          May 26, 2013 at 11:13 pm

          Poisoning your system in the meantime. /frown/ Yo, LL! Yes, you! You have to save CC soon, before she loses her ability to taste/appreciate non-snickery, cheesy-puffery food. Y

  11. May 26, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    PBO’s Commencement at Morehouse last week is still resonating:

  12. May 26, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    It is very important to chastise the American media as being one of the most potent enablers of the climate change deniers. That CBS finally acted even slightly responsibly should gain them a bit of praise but in no way erases their complicity in the gigantic lies that corporate #NEWSTAINERS and politicians, funded by the Kochs, big oil, etc., have spewed at Americans for decades – decades during which we could have significantly reduced CO2 emissions.


  13. 70 Jovie
    May 26, 2013 at 9:33 pm

  14. 71 anniebella
    May 26, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I was watching the Heats-Pacers game and I think they showed Sarah Palin at the game. Yuke.

  15. May 26, 2013 at 9:39 pm

  16. May 26, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Yardarm posted this on the last thread. Just had to bring over.

    US Medical School Entrance Exam

    When I was young I wanted to go to medical school, but I didn’t pass the entrance exam.

    One of the questions was “Rearrange the letters P N E S I to spell out an important part of the human body that is more useful when erect.”

    Those who spelled SPINE became Doctors…
    The rest ended up in Congress.

  17. 76 anniebella
    May 26, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Did the Oklahoma Senators ride with POTUS to Oklahoma? I am pretty sure that crazy one didn’t, is his name Inhofe. Corburn is the other one, he was on some Sunday show attacking POTUS.

    • 77 globalcitizenlinda
      May 26, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      I don’t think the two senators even showed up for POTUS’ tour of the area. I think it was the governor, the congressman, the mayor of Moore and the local leadership and the FEMA team & first responders.

      • 78 carolyn
        May 26, 2013 at 10:01 pm

        The people I recognized were the governor, Congressman Cole (his district includes Moore) the mayor of Moore, the mayor of Oklahoma City…..no, neither Senator was there, but that’s not a surprise. They both are really despicable, for some similar reasons, and for different reasons. Congressman Cole is the fairest and most open in the entire Congressional delegation.
        Mary Fallin was my rep for two or four years….can’t remember which, because she never did one thing for our district. Before that she was lieutenant governor. She has only worked for the government, the very government she is always chastising. Frankly, she’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer, as they say. She is easily swayed and convinced by big money, which I understand is why she turned down the Medicaid expansion after first saying how wonderful it would be for Oklahoma. I try to ignore her, but this week I couldn’t. I’m sure others of you know how I feel. I know desertflower understands with Jan Brewer as governor.

        • 79 desertflower
          May 26, 2013 at 10:18 pm

          I understand alright! That said, even batshit crazy Jan Brewer is vetoing ALL LEGISLATION that comes to her desk until Medicaid expansion passes 🙂 Little Teabagger revolt goin’ on around here!

          By the way, I think that the people of OK ALL noticed that both Senators that represent that state WEREN’T THERE. Speaks volumes. The people will notice.

        • 80 99ts
          May 26, 2013 at 10:37 pm

          I agree with DF – this is a time when people notice who is helping – and who is hindering.

    • 81 anniebella
      May 26, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      I guess I just answer my question.

      • 82 anniebella
        May 26, 2013 at 9:53 pm

        I’m so glad they didn’t, as I said I don’t trust any of these Republicans, and I pray POTUS doesn’t either.

    • 83 majiir
      May 26, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      Coburn was too busy bashing the president on TV and I guess Inhofe feels he did his part by begging for money for the residents of Moore, OK, in the republicans’ weekly address. The people of OK should remember this, but to think about it, it probably doesn’t matter to them. They’ll excuse them for not showing up and reprimand anyone who mentions that they didn’t care enough to show up for their own constituents.

  18. May 26, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    I don’t think I’ll ever have the capacity to forgive Senator Reid for not radically reforming Senate rules earlier this year. Had he done so he could have put unrelenting pressure on Boehner and the House GOP domestic terrorists.


    • 87 majiir
      May 26, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      It stands to reason that if McConnell broke the “gentleman’s agreement” he made with Sen. Reid for the 112th Congress as soon as he could, that he’d break the one for the 113th. Honor and integrity mean nothing for most RW politicians. When McCain clashed with Cruz, Rand Paul, and other TP senators last week, he wasn’t only arguing for the formation of a conference committee to iron out budget differences, he was also warning them about what would happen if Sen. Reid pulls the nuclear trigger. If I were a Majority Leader with Sen. Reid’s experience in dealing with republicans, I would have had no regrets about changing the filibuster rule, and I would have kicked the behinds of the democrats who didn’t want to vote for it. There’s no excuse for democrats in the Senate allowing republicans to abuse the filibuster and prevent the Senate from getting anything done. I look at it like this–if any member of the Senate doesn’t want to do his/her job, he/she shouldn’t be a part of the Senate.

  19. May 26, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    For those who missed this on the previous thread, Bill Maher’s must-see NSFW “scandalabra” take-down.

    Comparing “scandalabra” to the real scandals (criminal acts and treason) of Nixon, Reagan and Bush is something every schoolchild and adult in America needs to know/be reminded of.

  20. May 26, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Also this, for those who missed it:

  21. 91 Dudette
    May 26, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Hi Everyone! Just wanted to thank you all for your well wishes and kind words for my folks today. Had to come online and tell you about the sweetest music I just heard: the sound of Mom & Dad on their 54th anniversary singing God Bless America from Dad’s hospital room as we watched Jessica Sanchez perform in the National Memorial Day Concert (on PBS).
    Yes indeed. It’s a very good day! 🙂

  22. 100 Jovie
    May 26, 2013 at 9:55 pm

  23. 101 jacquelineoboomer
    May 26, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    EJ Dionne is, at least, trying to get it … although his first paragraph is childish, at best, and lazy, for sure. I do like that he put in print: “This has the effect of tugging the political center, as perceived and presented by the media, to the right, further distorting how Obama is viewed.”

    Yes, “as perceived and presented by the media,” of which he is one, albeit smarter than some. I could pick apart some of what he wrote, but might as well appreciate the small stuff.


  24. 102 Jovie
    May 26, 2013 at 10:00 pm

  25. 104 globalcitizenlinda
    May 26, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Wondering if tomorrow, PBO will once again make one of those unannounced visits Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, where veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried.

    In the past grieving military families seemed ecstatic to see him.

    • 105 jacquelineoboomer
      May 26, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      Yes, and I’m imagining he’ll be participating in the ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown, although I haven’t seen a schedule, yet.

  26. 106 Jovie
    May 26, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Well, Rep Garamendi was on the Ed Show and said the People at the VA were Lethargic for not getting the backlog of benefits done.
    No they are not.
    It’s congress fault for not providing more funds to hire more people, and then switch to IT.
    I love how they pass the buck!

    • 107 majiir
      May 26, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      My youngest brother has been approved for disability benefits and has been waiting for more than a year, Jovie, but one thing I can say about him is that he expected to have to wait a while before his benefits kicked in. Tea Party republicans in the House don’t want to rectify the problems at the IRS, the Post Office, or the VA. All they want to do is complain and rile up RW voters with a bunch of lies.

      • 108 Jovie
        May 26, 2013 at 10:24 pm

        Their goal is to screw up government and then get people riled up, so they can cut it.
        What % is your Brother?
        He should get health benefits right away. Have him go to eligibility at local VA to get set up. 🙂

        • 109 majiir
          May 26, 2013 at 10:27 pm

          I’m not sure what his % is, but I speak with him often, even though he’s in Washington State and I’m in GA. I’ll pass on your advice. I’m sure he’ll be glad to get it. Thanks, Jovie.

  27. 110 jacquelineoboomer
    May 26, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Decided to look up some of the events in D.C., on Memorial Day:

    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
    Monday, May 27, 11 a.m. (ET)
    A wreath-laying ceremony and concert will be held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in honor of Memorial Day.

    Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    Monday, May 27, 1 p.m. (ET)
    Thousands of veterans and their families congregate at The Wall to remember and to honor the U.S. armed forces. The wreath-laying ceremony is open to the public.

    Women in Military Service for America Memorial
    Monday, May 27, 4 p.m. (ET)
    The Women In Military Service For America Memorial, located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, will hold a ceremony that includes formal military honors, a keynote address, wreath-layings and the Memorial’s signature event, the scattering of rose petals in tribute to departed comrades.

    More @ http://www.whkp.com/news/7243-memorial-day-2013.html

  28. 111 jacquelineoboomer
    May 26, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Presidential Proclamation — Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2013

    … In honor of all of our fallen service members, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 11, 1950, as amended (36 U.S.C. 116), has requested the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day [11:00 a.m., local time] when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. The Congress, by Public Law 106-579, has also designated 3:00 p.m. local time on that day as a time for all Americans to observe, in their own way, the National Moment of Remembrance …


  29. 115 Jovie
    May 26, 2013 at 10:59 pm

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