DC to NC

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport


Text of the President’s remarks here



When you get water on your lens, just call your pics ‘arty’ 😎


President Obama visits Mooresville Middle School


(a) This video is spookily similar to most of my filming

(b) I love the way it cuts before the big moment – the guy must have fainted

President Obama speaks to a gymnasium packed with 500-600 7th and 8th grade Mooresville Middle School students prior to his main speech at the school


Mooresville Middle School in North Carolina



I’m hopelessly behind on most of the news, it was one of those (yucky) days, but will catch up for tomorrow’s R&S – and it sounds like there’s a serious amount of catching up to do….

Monster massive hugs to UT and LL for their wonderful posts today, where would we be without ya? You’re the best.

Chat away!

187 Responses to “DC to NC”

  1. June 6, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I need a scotch, neat. Who’s with me?

  2. June 6, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    GE Chips, TOD….thanks for the round-up!

  3. 27 africa
    June 6, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Sanity, yes.

  4. 28 Ladyhawke
    June 6, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Joy Reid ‏@TheReidReport 2h


    BTW if you don’t like the NSA phone sweep, thank the congress. They reacted to Bush’s warrantless program by codifying it into law.

    Retweeted by Matt Murphy


    • 29 africa
      June 6, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      Joan Walsh did not like that. She tweeted her back, saying I love you, but this is very disturbing. Good ole Joan.

  5. 30 Ladyhawke
    June 6, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Matt Murphy ‏@MattMurph24 3m


    Now Scahill gives a shout out to Glenn Greenwald. All In needs to be ALL OVER!


  6. 31 JER
    June 6, 2013 at 9:04 pm

  7. June 6, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    President Barack Obama is absolutely the most charismatic man you will ever, ever meet.

    • 33 COS
      June 6, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      This!!!! The photo with the wet lens look like a crash. Kinda scary. 😄

      • June 6, 2013 at 9:11 pm

        Yeah, that’s a very weird one.

        PBO just landed in the Bay Area and he was so sweet with the folks who gathered to say hello at the fence, greeting the little babies and kids as well. He just lives the right life.

      • 35 MightyPamela
        June 6, 2013 at 10:33 pm

        I thought it was fantastic, like an impressionist painting … All the way down the scroll, I kept saying oh my goodness, and oh f***, and holy sh**… until I cried at the love and excitement in the faces of those beautiful children, and realized feel exactly the same!!! How I would so love to meet him.

    • 36 nathkatun7
      June 7, 2013 at 12:44 am

      Meta, I agree with you 1000%! He is also the most unflappable President in my lifetime. He simply refuses to let petty people, who hate him so much, derail him from focusing on the big picture.

    • 37 HZ
      June 7, 2013 at 2:11 am

      Yes, he is meta. Ever. HZ

  8. 38 yardarm756
    June 6, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    The MSM is going “bat crap” crazy.

    • 39 Bill
      June 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      That is my take.

    • June 6, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      They love this crap. It like bloodsucking to vampires.

    • 45 nathkatun7
      June 7, 2013 at 12:54 am

      The MSM have decided to use every means necessary, including lies and exaggerations, to try to bring down President Obama. What the MSM fail to understand is that they no longer have a total monopoly on shaping public opinion. Yes I still read some newspapers, but, since March 2009, I have not watched TV network news or the 24-7 cable tabloid hypes.

      • 46 yardarm756
        June 7, 2013 at 1:04 am

        Good for you. Wish I could say that. However, I enjoy throwing things at the tv. 🙂

        • 47 nathkatun7
          June 7, 2013 at 2:07 am

          I don’t blame you yardarm! For me, I had to try to manage my high blood Pressure. Consequently, I decided that I would never allow leftists imbeciles and right wing propagandists, masquerading as journalists, drive me so crazy that I may end up having a stroke.

  9. June 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Been busy, don’t know if anybody posted this…….great primer

  10. 51 Allison
    June 6, 2013 at 9:08 pm

  11. June 6, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Good Evening Chipsticks, TODers…Everyone!

    Chipsticks, Thank you for the pictures and video from the NC event. I’m sure it was a pleasure for the President to get away from the ongoing silly season of DC politics. Interacting with young people seems to relax him.

  12. 54 desertflower
    June 6, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Off to get something for dinner…Trader Joe’s is callin’ my name! Anyone want some Cheezy puffs???

    • 55 MightyPamela
      June 6, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      Ooh, ooh, I’m probably way late, but have you tried the mushroom and black truffle flatbread??? Oh my oh my, goes so nicely with an Aussie Shiraz! Cheesies first of course!

      • June 6, 2013 at 11:39 pm

        Is Yellowtail Shiraz your choice? It is mine. It is Aussie … And tastes like black cherries. I love it. Of courses Yellowtail Chardonnay is mt everyday wine. It has no aftertaste; it is medium bodied and I love it!

  13. 57 carolyn
    June 6, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Something really stinks about this “scoop” of GG’s…..the timing, the means of publicizing, all of it. On the previous thread someone mentioned Susan Rice’s being named National Security Adviser yesterday as perhaps the prompter for this, and that makes sense to me. Someone is or someones are scared of Susan Rice. She knows where the bodies are buried…..she knows secrets. Behind that beautiful smile, are many, many secrets, and some people are scared to death. Once again, our “press corps” are gullible.
    Always glad to see the President in California, amid congenial people.

    • June 6, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Yesterday, he was panhandling asking his readers for cash. This is all orchestrated to give him relevance, and to get MSNBC eyeballs after sinking ratings. The professional left is seeking it’s pound of flesh in a media frenzy-scape

    • June 6, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      “Gullible” is another word for “lazy.”

      I so hope this is a sting operation. Will be patient. (I commented at end of previous thread that the two papers who simultaneously “scooped” this PRISM story were linked by Assange’s Wikileaks.)

    • June 6, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      It has been Greenwald’s intent to paint Obama as worse than or equal to Bush. And it’s his fantasy that if he can take this mainstream then the whole world will see what he sees.

      It won’t work. Civil Libertarians and other single issue voters won’t accept reality that vast majority of us just don’t care.

      This too shall pass.

      • 61 arkluvspbo
        June 6, 2013 at 10:24 pm

        Hello gobrooklyn, hope you are doing well! I’m arkluvspbo, and my name says it all :). Love this website.

      • 62 nathkatun7
        June 7, 2013 at 1:04 am

        Gobrooklyn, It wonderful to hear you voice, still filled with a great deal of wisdom, despite going through painful and challenging experience. I am glad you feeling much better each day. Your courage is very inspiring.

  14. June 6, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I don’t have much more to add…..but these two tweets seem relevant to the coverage/hypocrisy

  15. 70 Jovie
    June 6, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    If you are a Federal employee, your pay has been cut, you have been furloughed, and you are under the microscope for any wrong doings.
    I would say the Republicans are winning the battle of small government.
    So, when the next sequester comes along, nobody will care about cutting government, and when the next debt ceiling comes along, nobody will care that the congress defaulted for less government.
    At least, that’s the theory.
    Both right and left wing news MSM are going for the kill…
    It’s troubling to see this happen and not be able to stop it! 😦

    • June 6, 2013 at 9:22 pm


      is that the only conclusion you can come up with…..

      I would rather have the spirit of GB….no matter the circumstances…I will keep n fighting…I will not give up….cause as PBO has said….WE ARE THE CHANGE WE SEEK!

  16. June 6, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Puhleeeeez. Is there nothing else? I’ll give up my diet to have a double with LL.

  17. 73 yardarm756
    June 6, 2013 at 9:16 pm

  18. June 6, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    I guess no more umbrella-gate?

    • 80 Layla
      June 6, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      too bad zizi, I loved umbrella gate!

    • 81 carolyn
      June 6, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      Yup…..Willy Shakespeare has several phrases for this……..”something rotten in the state of Denmark”…….(GGland) “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing” As someone earlier said “Much ado about nothing.”
      This is just all too coincidental with Susan Rice’s appointment…….I repeat myself…..she KNOWS too much someone doesn’t want made public.

  19. 82 hopefruit2
    June 6, 2013 at 9:17 pm

  20. 83 forus50
    June 6, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    I’m going to join LL & the other boozers here and have a Ketel One diet tonic on the rocks w/ extra fresh squeezed lime. 🙂 A lovely drink to sip while watching Kaner try and score a goal tonight and to watch O’s team take down another faux scandal. Cheers to us!!!!

    And then if the media isn’t too busy panting over creepy Greenwald…

    • 84 forus50
      June 6, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      Gah! I posted the wrong tweet. This is the right one.

  21. June 6, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    The Economist reminds us why our President is in southern California, and the NYT offers some vintage desert pics:

  22. 95 Jovie
    June 6, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    House Intel chairman: NSA phone monitoring thwarted terror attack
    Brendan Sasso
    06/06/13 03:55 PM ET
    Chairman Rogers and ranking member Ruppersberger said the surveillance “led to the successful detection and disruption” of a terrorist plot.…

  23. June 6, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Sorry if this has already been posted. I love Deval Patrick.

    I got drunk after marathon manhunt: Mass. governor

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Gov. Deval Patrick went to his rural home the day after the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect was captured and got “quite drunk” alone in a restaurant, he said during a candid conversation at a Boston area marketing firm.


    Maggie Merelle, co-owner of the restaurant Rouge in West Stockbridge, said Patrick had a “glass of chardonnay or two” with dinner but she doesn’t remember him being drunk.

    “He wasn’t tipsy. I never would have known,” Merelle said.
    She said hosting the governor made her feel “like an old Jewish mother feeding him. We just wanted to nourish him.”


    President Barack Obama called Patrick on April 19 and advised him that he couldn’t keep the region in lockdown indefinitely, the governor said. He said he would have ended the “shelter in place” order once the door-to-door search in Watertown was completed had Tsarnaev not been captured.

    • June 6, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      link? I’d luv to read full story

    • 99 theo67
      June 6, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      I love that he’s showing he is human. That whole scene was a nightmare. I also love that the lady who took care of him said they “just wanted to nourish him”. Lovely!

      • 100 HZ
        June 7, 2013 at 2:28 am

        I read the article before I came here tonight and I also loved the statement that was quoted in the article that the lady spoke so lovely about Gov. Patrick. I am sure Gov. Deval Patrick had a huge load lifted from his space for his entire state. Sometime food, drink, quietness, a good book, your spiritual foundation and beautiful family and friends can give much peace in times like those. Gov. Patrick had the entire world on his shoulders, but I am so grateful that he and POB are very dear and close friends and brilliant men as well.

        We thank that beautiful and dear lady for being there and taking her job so seriously as well as looking out for her governor after all of them had been through so much. God sends angels and places where angels just are there to help us replenish our spirits after going through so much. HZ

  24. 101 amk for obama
    June 6, 2013 at 9:26 pm

  25. June 6, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    • 106 Vicki
      June 6, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Funny and probably accurate, Chips. Is there any other explanation for the barrage of coverage of Glen G and Jeremy S in the last few days?
      As far as I can tell there is no actual news in the nonsense being highlighted today.

      • 107 Bill
        June 6, 2013 at 10:02 pm

        Jeremy Scahill’s movie about drones is being released tomorrow. The emoprogs are beside themselves about it.

    • 108 theo67
      June 6, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      Greenwald looks slimy.

  26. June 6, 2013 at 9:33 pm

  27. 110 Ladyhawke
    June 6, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Michael Hargrove ‏@MichaelHargrov1 35m


    What I find troubling is the fact we ask President to protect us and then proceed to tie his hands, then complain when attacked.

    Retweeted by Matt Murphy


  28. 111 yardarm756
    June 6, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    What we now have is a situation where somebody took a dump in the pool and now the turds are floating. The MSM have discovered this “new” floating mess and cried ‘Look, look ‘ somebody crapped in the pool…….However, the animals that left it are long since gone…….Too bad a lot of “pool” cleaners are gonna use this to justify their existence to keep from getting a pink slip and buy more time to write yet another book.

  29. 112 HZ
    June 6, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I am joining LL and all of my TOD family with a small salad and a nice very cold Samuel Smith Organic Strawberry Ale for the tummy while watching the games. I love both teams, so I will yell for both for the moment. I do not like beer At All!!! However, after doing some research, I found one that is smooth going down, so I will stick with it. My doctor is pleased with my finding.

    So we will relax and not allow the ‘chatters’ to get into our space. Relax and enjoy the evening. We are going to be fine as long as we stay together with our President.

    Speaking of POB, we are going to take very good care of him while he is out on the west coast. Right Meta? Loving it just knowing that he is out here with us as well.

    (((((((((( Enjoy your evening, my dear Chips. Lots of loving hugs to you.))))))))))))) Thank you all for loving me. I appreciate my TOD Family.HZ

    • 113 carolyn
      June 6, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      Always feel comfortable when he’s in California! I know he will be well taken care of!!!

      • 114 nathkatun7
        June 7, 2013 at 1:37 am

        Yes Indeed Carolyn. California is Obama country. I know Darrell Issa is from California, but he is an endangered specie! Here in San Diego County we have 5 Congressional Districts. For a very, very long time 3 of the Districts voted for Republicans and 2 for Democrats. Last election, in 2012, One of the Republican districts went Democratic. so now we have 3 Democrats and 2 Republicans. If Democrats recruit a good candidate, and are willing to spend some money, there is a good chance we can topple Darrell Issa. in 2012, he had the slimmest margin of victory compared to all his previous races.

        • 115 HZ
          June 7, 2013 at 2:34 am

          Nath, I am praying for that. I really am. I do not mean in a mean spirit, but in a hopeful and ‘goodness in my heart’ that Rep. Issa will not be able to continue to cause pain to people and their families and friends with his power and money. It is a simple prayer, but I am putting a lot of trust as I speak the words of my prayer. I have to have faith that he will be removed and not be able to hurt not one more soul.HZ

  30. June 6, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    I wasn’t going to say anything more tonight about Greenwald and these half-baked NSA “scoops,” but MSM, including Greenwald’s boss are clueless as to what’s under his mask.

  31. June 6, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    it’s my birthday tomorrow & two presidents are in my neighborhood. 😀

  32. 151 Layla
    June 6, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    It would be nice if one day soon 3D printers could print drinks.

  33. 153 Ladyhawke
    June 6, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Steve ‏@koolking83 12h


    So-Pres Obama is supposed to keep us safe from terrorists–just not through the use of troops/surveillance/drones/intelligence/diplomacy


  34. June 6, 2013 at 9:50 pm

  35. June 6, 2013 at 9:51 pm

  36. June 6, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    • 165 theo67
      June 6, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      NPR had a very nice story about the place that the Presidents will be staying at this weekend. The original owners were high-falootin’ California/Hollywood movers and shakers, and hosted all sorts of celebrities and Presidents. This is the first time the complex will host a President since the original owners died – and they had hoped that the place would continue to be used as a summit for important events like this. The wife, in the original owner couple, used to go to great lengths to make her guests feel comfortable, including putting yellow jelly-beans in the yellow room, and pink ones in the pink room. It was actually quite a sweet story – seems like they’re excited about hosting the Presidents this weekend.

  37. 166 Ladyhawke
    June 6, 2013 at 10:03 pm


    Senator Franken Calls for FISA Court Opinions to be Made Public When Possible

    By Sarah Jones


    This is how you actually try to change things. Senator Al Franken isn’t grandstanding for the press and pretending he never knew about the Patriot Act and wasn’t briefed on just how the government was using the Patriot Act. Instead, he used this opportunity wisely to call for greater transparency, within reason and with respect to national security issues.



    • 167 forus50
      June 7, 2013 at 9:00 am

      Exactly right Ladyhawke. Sen. Franken knows how to legislate; unlike Sanders and others who just spout off on tv.

  38. June 6, 2013 at 10:13 pm

  39. 169 yardarm756
    June 6, 2013 at 10:15 pm

  40. 174 desertflower
    June 6, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    And Tien Le’s perfect response…which is basically what I said on the last thread

    Tien LeJune 6, 2013 at 9:17 PM
    I recall previous summers when important issues took a back seat to silly season sensationalism. Ratings go down during the summer–they just do. Most people, and by that I mean real people who are busy living their lives, don’t give a rip about any of this. They want good weather, backyard barbecues, vacations, graduations, new babies, weddings. There just isn’t any significant room left to care about the NSA. They don’t care about the IRS, Benghazi, leaks, Syria, immigration reform. They care about how to pay their bills and what to do with their kids now that they’re out of school. They’re more worried about the weeds in their yard than infrastructure.

    Two weeks from now only the most paranoid noise-makers will still be beating the NSA drum. Everyone else will be onto the next tropical storm and flooding and tornadoes and mass shooting.

  41. 176 hopefruit2
    June 6, 2013 at 10:30 pm

  42. June 6, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I just checked the weather in Palm Springs, CA and it’s over 100 degrees during the day and in the mid 70’s at night. PBO went from rain in N.C to sunshine in SoCal.

  43. 179 Jovie
    June 6, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Finally, some knowledge!

  44. 180 yardarm756
    June 6, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    My final contribution for today.

  45. 184 nathkatun7
    June 7, 2013 at 1:57 am

    My contribution for today: I am absolutely convinced that when the history of the Obama presidency is written, Glenn Greenwald will end up being just another footnote.

    • 185 HZ
      June 7, 2013 at 2:47 am

      Well stated indeed, nath. These foolish people do not realize that POB is a good and decent President who would hurt any of us in this nation. He wants the very’ goodness of heart ‘for his country.

      I am so grateful that he is such a wonderful writer, and I have prayed in hope and faith that I will so be alive and well to read his books after 2017. That is a constant asking in my prayers and meditations. What a joy that will be to my life and all of our beautiful TOD family.HZ

  46. 186 HZ
    June 7, 2013 at 2:49 am

    I have not seen Dudette. I pray that all is well with her daughter. (((((((((( Loving prayers to you, Dudette.)))))))))))HZ

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