The limousine carrying President Obama and his family drives by the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin where he will deliver a speech tomorrow (9:0 AM ET)



President Obama and the First Lady chat with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle after arriving at Tegel airport in Berlin



Thank you LovelyPlains for the extra and highly gorgeous pics.

200 Responses to “Willkommen!”

  1. 7 nospin
    June 18, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    wait top 5?

  2. 8 hopefruit2
    June 18, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Well congratulations to both Layla and zizi on #1! 🙂

    Just look at how he looks at her (pics 9 & 10)…Le sigh…. (Audrey & Eleroy, if you’re lurking, I’m only making a gentle observation).

  3. 12 vitaminlover
    June 18, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    First Lady O was delighted with the flowers!

  4. 15 hopefruit2
    June 18, 2013 at 5:33 pm

  5. 19 debz
    June 18, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful photos! Especially like the one in the car.

  6. 20 CEB
    June 18, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    We are here!
    What a beautiful family.

  7. 21 Vicki
    June 18, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    AJ just confirmed that attendance tomorrow at the Brandenberg Gate will have be limited to 4,000, just as Layla or another TOD person informed us yesterday.
    I am disappointed because I love huge enthusiatic crowds. Smaller enthusiastic crowds are good too.

    Can anyone here tell me what the red circle lapel pins are that so many political people are wearing?
    I thought they were Fix The Debt but let’s hope not because Debbie WassermanShultz had one on.

    • 22 Layla
      June 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      LBGT month, maybe…

    • 24 anniebella
      June 18, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      Don’t let Chuckie Todd know that only 4000 will be there. I can see Chuckie headline ” Obama only draw 4000 in Berlin after drawing 100,000 the first time”.

      • 25 hopefruit2
        June 18, 2013 at 6:07 pm

        That’s not a problem – we know the reason for the smaller crowds and can push back easily on the US media’s garbage. I guarantee you that NOTHING – not even Chuckie’s BS reporting will be able to detract from the enthusiastic reception that he WILL receive tomorrow.

      • 26 Nena20409
        June 18, 2013 at 8:26 pm

        200K plus was the crowd size 😉 but who is counting 😎
        Link to report then…..July 24th, 2008

        Public image of Barack Obama – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
        Although Obama is a Christian, some July 2008 polls showed that some ….. Obama speaking before a crowd of about 200,000 at the Berlin Victory Column in Germany on July 24, 2008. … The margin in favor of Senator Obama ranged from 9% in India to 82% in ….. “Barack Obama Golf Trips ALREADY Outnumber Bush’s”.

        • June 18, 2013 at 8:28 pm

          “Barack Obama Golf Trips ALREADY Outnumber Bush’s”


          What’s that about Nena???

          • 28 Nena20409
            June 18, 2013 at 8:52 pm

            I dragged and copied. I over did it…….my mistake. It was to have stopped at July 24. 2008.

            It was from Wikipedia………Now, below is what I had wanted and how it should have appeared.

            Public image of Barack Obama – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
            ….. Obama speaking before a crowd of about 200,000 at the Berlin Victory Column in Germany on July 24, 2008. …

    • 30 hopefruit2
      June 18, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      He’s now the President (as opposed to when he was just a candidate) – which means that security HAS to be much tighter – hence the smaller number and limits for crowd sizes.

      • 31 MightyPamela
        June 18, 2013 at 6:35 pm

        This. (It’s just too obvious for us ObamaSupporters!!!! Heck, we are so smart, ain’t we, y’all?) 😉

  8. 32 carolyn
    June 18, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Berlin has long been a favorite site for novels, especially spy novels set in the 30s, 40s and 50s. I have read a fair number of them. Some day I hope to get to Berlin.

    Some of you are even old enough to remember The Winds of War by Herman Wouk, the book then the TV miniseries. Parts of that book took place in Berlin, as parts did all over the world.

    An unusual book about Berlin is “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin” by Erik Larson. This is not a novel, but reads like one. It is the story of the American Ambassador to Germany in the mid 1930s, and his family, including a beautiful, impetuous daughter. Yes, this is not fiction, but a true story.

    A good series of spy thrillers is by David Downing, each novel named for a station on the Berlin public transportation station. Silesian Station, Potsdam Station, Zoo Station for a few. These are atmospheric and tense, and also informative.

    For some engrossing summer reading, I highly recommend these.

    • June 18, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      I do remember The Winds of War. I read it and the sequel. I really enjoyed it – after a while it was amazing how Pug Henry or one of his offspring just happened to be at every important event in the first half of the 20th century. 😉 I enjoyed the mini-series too. “In the Garden of Beasts” is on my kindle to read. The others sound really good too.

  9. 34 Ladyhawke
    June 18, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    The White House ‏@whitehouse 36m


    FACT: 21 of the 23 executive actions President Obama laid out in January to help reduce gun violence are completed or near completion.

    Retweeted by Matt Murphy


  10. June 18, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    GE Chips (thanks for the shout out) TOD… Congrats on first Layla….hot streak!

  11. 37 anniebella
    June 18, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I like all the pictures, but picture #4 is one of a proud Mom and Dad and I really like that.

  12. 38 kathryn kivett
    June 18, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Hi Everyone….am just covered up with obligations but have been skimming and of course loving all the pictures of PBO and family’s trip…thank you so much for keeping everyone up to date b/c obviously we wouldn’t see it anywhere else……I’m with everyone else….if any other President traveled out of the country, it was all over the place with all details and video footage…..I’m trying to figure out the motive of MSM….I mean, I can just about bet that hardly any of them would support a Teabagger….and I know some of you will slam me for this but I don’t think, for the most part it’s racial b/c if you remember in the beginning the majority of the media was supportive of PBO……I think, that it’s b/c their huge egos have been slapped b/c PBO didn’t play their “good ole boy” game and kiss their asses…..he went to work and then went home to his family and did not participate in their DC cocktail circuit……so they despise him for basically turning his nose up to their BS………………………….and now that I have got that off my chest one more thing…..I AM SICK AND TIRED OF HAVING HILLARY CLINTON PUSHED DOWN MY THROAT….her supporters are choking me and making me not like her at all…………….Bye…back to the real world of being overworked, overwhelmed, and over scheduled……….thanks for all the fabulous work you all do keeping us informed.

    • 39 Layla
      June 18, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      Kathryn, I think PBO’s comments about the press at the WHCD did it for them!!!! Their egos could not take it!

  13. June 18, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    OMG, those last two photos…..can’t breathe…..

  14. June 18, 2013 at 6:01 pm

  15. 60 jacquelineoboomer
    June 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm

  16. 61 MightyPamela
    June 18, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Oh. My. Word! Elegant, gracious, simply a delightful family. I couldn’t be more proud if I was related to them! Sighing here…. I love them so.

    • 62 MightyPamela
      June 18, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      Meant to say how I enjoy seeing the DC plates in Berlin! Mind boggling how they transport The Beast, mind boggling!!

  17. 63 vitaminlover
    June 18, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Rev Al is jacking Issa up! Loving this!

  18. 64 jacquelineoboomer
    June 18, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    This from a guy who was supposed to save us all from the scary NSA? Sounds like a little high school twerp.

  19. 70 Jovie
    June 18, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    • 71 Layla
      June 18, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      Signers of U.S. Currency

      From 1928 to the present day, forty-six different individuals have signed U.S. currency for the Treasury: twenty-eight Secretaries of the Treasury, eighteen Treasurers of the United States, and one Register of the Treasury. The table below lists all these signers of small-size currency, in alphabetical order, and presents a specimen of each signature.

      For information on which series, denominations, and types of currency carry each of these signatures, see the chronology of small-size notes. Also available is a complete listing of all Treasury signatures since the introduction of U.S. paper currency in 1861, as well as separate chronological lists of Registers of the Treasury, Treasurers of the United States, and Secretaries of the Treasury (though I still don’t have illustrations of most of the pre-1928 signatures), and a list of the Federal Reserve Bank officials whose signatures appear on the small-size Federal Reserve Bank Notes of Series 1929.


      Name, Position, Term

      Robert Bernard Anderson
      Secretary, 7/29/1957 – 1/20/1961
      James Addison Baker
      Secretary, 2/4/1985 – 8/17/1988
      Romana Acosta Bañuelos
      Treasurer, 12/17/1971 – 2/14/1974
      Joseph Walker Barr
      Secretary, 12/21/1968 – 1/20/1969
      Lloyd Bentsen
      Secretary, 1/20/1993 – 12/22/1994
      Werner Michael Blumenthal
      Secretary, 1/23/1977 – 8/4/1979
      Nicholas Frederick Brady
      Secretary, 9/15/1988 – 1/17/1993
      Angela Marie Buchanan
      Treasurer, 3/17/1981 – 7/5/1983
      Anna Escobedo Cabral
      Treasurer, 12/13/2004 – 1/20/2009
      Georgia Neese Clark
      Treasurer, 6/21/1949 – 1/27/1953
      John Bowden Connally
      Secretary, 2/11/1971 – 6/12/1972
      Clarence Douglas Dillon
      Secretary, 1/21/1961 – 4/1/1965
      Dorothy Andrews Elston
      Treasurer, 5/8/1969 – 9/17/1970
      Henry Hamill Fowler
      Secretary, 4/1/1965 – 12/20/1968
      Timothy Franz Geithner
      Secretary, 1/26/2009 – 1/25/2013
      Kathryn O’Hay Granahan
      Treasurer, 1/3/1963 – 11/22/1966
      George Magoffin Humphrey
      Secretary, 1/21/1953 – 7/29/1957
      Edward Everett Jones
      Register, 1/22/1929 – 5/31/1933
      William Alexander Julian
      Treasurer, 6/1/1933 – 5/29/1949
      Dorothy Andrews Kabis
      Treasurer, 9/17/1970 – 7/3/1971
      David Matthew Kennedy
      Secretary, 1/22/1969 – 2/10/1971
      Jacob Joseph Lew
      Secretary, 2/28/2013 – present
      Rosario Marin
      Treasurer, 8/16/2001 – 6/30/2003
      Andrew William Mellon
      Secretary, 3/4/1921 – 2/12/1932
      George William Miller
      Secretary, 8/7/1979 – 1/20/1981
      Ogden Livingston Mills
      Secretary, 2/13/1932 – 3/4/1933
      Henry Morgenthau
      Secretary, 1/1/1934 – 7/22/1945
      Azie Taylor Morton
      Treasurer, 9/12/1977 – 1/20/1981
      Francine Irving Neff
      Treasurer, 6/21/1974 – 1/19/1977
      Paul Henry O’Neill
      Secretary, 1/20/2001 – 12/31/2002
      Katherine Davalos Ortega
      Treasurer, 9/22/1983 – 7/1/1989
      Henry Merritt Paulson
      Secretary, 7/10/2006 – 1/20/2009
      Ivy Baker Priest
      Treasurer, 1/28/1953 – 1/29/1961
      Donald Thomas Regan
      Secretary, 1/22/1981 – 2/1/1985
      Rosa Gumataotao Rios
      Treasurer, 8/6/2009 – present
      Robert Edward Rubin
      Secretary, 1/11/1995 – 7/2/1999
      George Pratt Shultz
      Secretary, 7/12/1972 – 5/8/1974
      William Edward Simon
      Secretary, 5/8/1974 – 1/20/1977
      Elizabeth Rudel Smith
      Treasurer, 1/30/1961 – 4/13/1962
      John William Snow
      Secretary, 2/3/2003 – 6/29/2006
      John Wesley Snyder
      Secretary, 7/25/1946 – 1/20/1953
      Lawrence Henry Summers
      Secretary, 7/2/1999 – 1/20/2001
      Harold Theodore Tate
      Treasurer, 5/31/1928 – 1/17/1929
      Catalina Vasquez Villalpando
      Treasurer, 11/20/1989 – 1/20/1993
      Frederick Moore Vinson
      Secretary, 7/23/1945 – 7/23/1946
      Mary Ellen Withrow
      Treasurer, 3/1/1994 – 1/20/2001
      William Hartman Woodin
      Secretary, 3/5/1933 – 12/31/1933
      Walter Orr Woods
      Treasurer, 1/18/1929 – 5/31/1933

      • 72 Layla
        June 18, 2013 at 6:27 pm

        Chips please oh please delete my post, the link was suppose to appear,,,sorry,,going to the mat for 2 reasons now!

  20. June 18, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Evening Guys. So I finally got all the ingredients to make my fav Indian dish I sampled in India 2 years ago. It’s called Butter Chicken. I had mostly all the ingredients yesterday, but I was missing just one.

    So anyway, the first pic is the recipe picture for Butter Chicken and the second pic is my Butter Chicken fresh in the Wok, with no presentation or garnish yet.

    Yes, it does taste better than it looks…lol.

  21. June 18, 2013 at 6:22 pm

  22. 79 arapaho415
    June 18, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Chris Hayes must think his audience is comprised of a bunch of idiots.

    According to Wikipedia, Keith Alexander will retire next year. J. Edgar Hoover was at the FBI when it was founded in 1935, and was head of that domestic surveillance agency until his death in 1972.

    Apparently Hayes doesn’t know the difference between the FBI and CIA.

  23. 84 Jovie
    June 18, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    The Associated Press ✔ @AP
    BREAKING: CBO: Senate immigration bill cuts deficits by $197B over 10 years, $700B in next 10.


  24. 85 Byo
    June 18, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Berlin beautiful city, one of the few worth a visit in Europe. And the beer is out of this world. The next best beer is in Brussels. Carolyn, I would encourage you to visit.

    • 86 Obama Grandmama
      June 18, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      As I look at these wonderful pictures of Berlin I remember my visits to the city. Exploring was fun. This very day I have two daughters in Germany. The youngest is visiting her sister who lives in Munich currently. They are spending 3 weeks together before my youngest gets married this summer.

  25. 87 arapaho415
    June 18, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    This is the most bizarre thing I’ve seen from an unverified, but legit-looking Twitter account:

    This, after the real NSA scandal was exposed today (via Keith Alexander’s Congressional testimony today aka the modern J. Edgar Hoover, according to Chris Hayes).

    What does TODville think?

    Sounds like Keith Alexander will be out before his planned 2014 retirement.

    • 88 Jovie
      June 18, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    • June 18, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Or it means that someone with high clearance supplied Snowden with the info….hard to believe that NSA security is that lax that Snowden was able to acquire this info without help from the inside……there still is a missing piece to this story..

  26. June 18, 2013 at 6:53 pm

  27. June 18, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Chips help me, how do I add gifs to my WordPress blog post?

  28. 97 hopefruit2
    June 18, 2013 at 6:58 pm


    May he RIP.

    • 98 COS
      June 18, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      Was Hastings the young guy who wrote about Afghanistan?

      • 99 hopefruit2
        June 18, 2013 at 7:05 pm

        Yes, and he was also virulently antiObama. Here’s one of his tweets (which a bunch of us TODers had responded to).

        • 100 COS
          June 18, 2013 at 7:20 pm

          Oh my. Now I remember. He was Rachel’s good friend. I remember when she use to have him on her radio show.

      • 101 arapaho415
        June 18, 2013 at 7:14 pm

        Yes, he single-handedly brought down the General McChrystal.

        During this whole GG/Prism debacle his tweets really sounded like he was going off the deep end.

        Buzzfeed’s statement refers to a car accident in Los Angeles, but not hearing anything from local news. Will see if I can find more (am not a very adept internet sleuth though).

    • 103 arapaho415
      June 18, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      Total *speculation* on my part, but here’s the LATimes report on a one-car accident that killed the unidentified driver this morning.

      The car was beyond *totaled* and if it was Hastings in the car, it’s pretty likely a suicide.

      I used to live one block over from this accident site (on Las Palmas), and this is a completely straight stretch of road. It’s not like “Dead-Man’s Curve” on Sunset Blvd. in Bel Air.

      Again, total speculation on my part, no basis in fact. But his final tweets were pretty much unhinged.

      Man dies in fiery Hancock Park crash

      • 104 Layla
        June 18, 2013 at 7:37 pm

        Michael Hastings Dead: BuzzFeed Reporter Dies In Car Crash At Age 33

        Posted: 06/18/2013 7:11 pm EDT | Updated: 06/18/2013 7:23 pm EDT

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        Journalist Michael Hastings died in a car crash in Los Angeles early Tuesday at the age of 33, according to a statement from his employer, BuzzFeed.

        Hastings, who was also a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, is perhaps best known for his candid Rolling Stone interview with General Stanley McChrystal, then the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, that eventually led to McChrystal being relieved of his command.

        Hastings joined BuzzFeed in April 2012 to cover the presidential election

    • June 18, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      Oh my God. He was viciously anti-PBO, but no matter, may he rest in peace. Really horrible news.

  29. June 18, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    If Snowden got the NSA info during training, It confirms the notion that he and GG connived BEFORE we went to work for NSA. it means he STOLE the information because he and his cohorts had planned that all along. He expressly went to work at NSA in order to STEAL information to harm the ‘republic

    • 107 Jovie
      June 18, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      And GG is a accomplice!

    • June 18, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      I’d also like to understand why top secret dox needing the highest security clearance there is are used for training purposes. Doesn’t make any sense.

    • 109 desertflower
      June 18, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      EGG.ZAC.LY! Someone’s in a world of shit….a FEW someone’s are in a world of shit!

      • 110 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        June 18, 2013 at 7:45 pm

        Yes they are, df, and as you know some of us have been urging a bit of dot connecting since GG & Poitras, so addled by their megalomania, openly provided the chronology of when Snowden 1st contacted them ….

        Have no doubt the DOJ has done way more than connect those particular dots.

        What they probably also now know is who hired him at #BAH, who recommended him for the job, etc.


        • 111 desertflower
          June 18, 2013 at 7:54 pm

          🙂 Twitter WARRIOR!!! I think it’s only a matter of time before the “T’s” are crossed and the “I’s” are dotted….

        • 113 Layla
          June 18, 2013 at 8:04 pm

          Yes Bob, Holder and PBO will come out with a big Boom very soon! You can almost see it on PBO’s face..

        • 114 a4alice
          June 18, 2013 at 8:27 pm

          holy buckets bob. I was watching my twitter feed go by yesterday and saw one with a petition to sign for Snowden – the petitioner felt he was a “hero” for being a “whistleblower”…. And it really seems to me that he’s not a hero at all but if it checks out like I think it’s going to he will have divulged top secret stuff. that’s treason. unless i’m seriously missing something here, Snowden sounds like a traitor to me. Am I wrong? I’m seriously asking in case there is something I’m not getting.

          • 115 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
            June 18, 2013 at 11:21 pm

            At a minimum Alice, he’s a traitor. Depending on what happens based on what he has divulged to the Chinese, as well as what he has compromised, he could be something much worse, i.e., if people die.

            • 116 a4alice
              June 18, 2013 at 11:42 pm

              thanks bob. i see these things go by, petitions and such and my gut reaction is there is something really fishy about this guy. the whole thing just stinks.

        • 117 0388jojothecat
          June 18, 2013 at 8:42 pm

          How the hell didn’t Booz Allen loose his ability to have access to National Security contracts. The whistle blower, Thomas Drake, who blew the whistle on the security waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer money had a business called Trail Blazer that produced zero intelligence and took in over 7 Billion dollars. He went through the right channels – Congress, DOJ, and the inspector general and he was prosecuted. This started under the Bush administration. The person who blew the whistle on Abu Grab is in prison as we speak. There is a serious problem with our Government that allows certain people to get away with crimes while only the whistle blowers get prosecuted. This is about these business getting huge lucrative government contracts and they pay off our Congress and Senators.

        • 118 jackiegrumbacher
          June 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm

          Bob, I absolutely agree that all the dots have already been connected by the DOJ. They know who hired him, who collaborated with him, who paid him and when he’s going to be returned to the US. He’s going to end up knowing a lot about US Justice.

          • 119 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
            June 18, 2013 at 11:22 pm

            “He’s going to end up knowing a lot about US Justice.”

            That’s exactly correct, Jackie.

      • 120 Dudette
        June 18, 2013 at 7:54 pm

        Oooooh, can’t wait for the perp walks!!!!

  30. 121 ouapiti
    June 18, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Thanks for the fabulous photos and updates! Love keeping up with our First Family on their overseas trips via TOD. The absolute best! And, oh yes, those last two photos… 🙂

  31. 122 Jovie
    June 18, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Scott rebounding: Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s numbers are on the mend, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll that shows him with a 43 percent approval rating. But Scott trails potential foe Charlie Crist (D) by 10 points.
    How can Scott have a 43% approval rating? That’s impossible!!!

  32. 123 desertflower
    June 18, 2013 at 7:08 pm


    Obama considers sweeping climate plan
    The initiative would probably include limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, an idea that could prompt a battle in the courts and Congress.

    The Obama administration is considering a sweeping initiative to address climate change, including the first-ever limits on carbon dioxide from power plants, the country’s biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions, according to people familiar with the discussions.

    The White House has yet to settle on specific measures, but “we’re hearing that existing power plants are definitely in the mix,” said a person with knowledge of the deliberations, who, like others, asked not to be identified to talk about White House discussions. An announcement could come by mid-July.

  33. 127 Jovie
    June 18, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Black state senator explains switch to GOP: Arguing that Democrats use social programs like welfare and food stamps to monopolize the black vote, Louisiana state Sen. Elbert Guillory, who is African American, explained his switch to the GOP in a video.



  34. June 18, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    *Awesome* photos. I checked: last two photos by Timur Emek/Getty Images. There’s a third one with FLOTUS waving.

  35. June 18, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    I know it’s a sad fact in too many children’s life now-a-days, but still am I the only one who felt a bit sad about these statistics when I heard about this? Still, good on Sesame Street I say.

    New Muppet on Sesame Street Has Dad Behind Bars

    • 142 Dudette
      June 18, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      Heard that one the radio the other day. So sad that demographics warrant it. But I agree, good on Sesame Street for recognizing and serving children in this situation.

      • 143 0388jojothecat
        June 18, 2013 at 8:29 pm

        When states are more and more using private prisons who are in it for the profit and needs prisoners I would not be surprised if this doubles in 2022 with 1000 per 100K and they are mostly minorities for low level crimes.


  36. 144 utaustinliberal
    June 18, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Joy Reid for the motherfucking WIN!

  37. June 18, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Hiya Friends! What a terrific post! Last two pictures in the series left me breathless and moist! 😀 😀 😀

  38. 159 Dudette
    June 18, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    This should be plastered all over creation!


  39. 160 Obama Grandmama
    June 18, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    My little ten year old granddaughter called me as soon as she got home from her last day of school today. She was so excited cuz she got a gold certificate of achievement from President Obama. She did not get a silver one for effort she told me she got a gold one for academic achievement. Boy was she proud! For some reason I did not know this was happening. She passes into middle school next year so it will be a change in her present academic setting. It reminds me of when Prez JFK had the physical fitness program in the schools and how proud I felt to get the presidential certificate. Way to go PBO!

  40. 165 amk for obama
    June 18, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Jail reckless bankers, UK report urges.

    Senior bankers guilty of reckless misconduct should be jailed, a long-awaited report on banking commissioned by the government has recommended.

    The Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards was set up by Chancellor George Osborne last year after a number of scandals involving the industry.

    The cross-party group’s fifth report attacked the lack of accountability of bankers and also said some bonuses should be withheld for up to 10 years.

    The Treasury has welcomed the report.


    The report advocated:

    senior bankers should be assigned clear personal responsibilities, with the legal onus on them to show they have done all that is reasonably required

    recklessly disregarding these responsibilities should be made a criminal offence – including a possible prison sentence

    senior bankers – and anyone in a position to cause the bank serious harm, such as top traders – should adhere to a new set of banking standards set by regulators

    pay for bankers should be deferred for up to 10 years, with the ultimate payout linked to the long-term performance of the bank and of the employee’s particular business area

    deferred pay and pension rights should also be cancellable if a banker misbehaves, or – in the case of senior managers – if the bank has to be bailed out

    banks should be legally required to put financial safety ahead of shareholder interests


  41. 168 anniebella
    June 18, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    You know when listening to the people of Ireland who met Malia and Sasha, not one gave those girls a bad name. But all GMA want to do was talk about how bored the girls seem.

  42. 169 Jovie
    June 18, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    This Patriots player may be in trouble

  43. June 18, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    So who was it that was claiming ‘victory’ because The Obama’s trip to Africa was cancelled because it cost too much? So look who’s going instead…(a friend who used to be a dear friend (politics is making that hard) posted this)

    “President Obama and his family are preparing for a trip to a place that might not be as hot as Washington is for him these days. He’s heading to sub-Saharan Africa. It’s a combination state visit and sight-seeing trip to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. The security is a massive undertaking. The Washington Post obtained an internal planning document showing that it will require hundreds of Secret Service agents, a Navy ship with fully-staffed hospital standing by at all times, 24-hour fly-overs by fighter jets to protect his air space, and 56 vehicles flown in by military cargo planes, including 14 limousines and three trucks loaded with sheets of bulletproof glass to cover the windows of the first family’s hotels. Estimated cost: between 60 and 100 million dollars. That’s actually in line with previous tours of Africa taken by Clinton and Bush. The big difference is that while they were gone, the White House wasn’t shut down because we didn’t even have the money to keep the building tours open. ”

    Mind you, it’s okay to spend that money to protect the non-blah guy because the White House doesn’t have to “close”.

  44. 178 Dudette
    June 18, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    • 179 Nena20409
      June 18, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      The harm they have caused and inflicted on USA, had they been a foreign entity, The US would have been in the Right to declare a war.

  45. 180 amk for obama
    June 18, 2013 at 8:44 pm

  46. 181 amk for obama
    June 18, 2013 at 8:47 pm

  47. 189 Dudette
    June 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm

  48. 190 Dudette
    June 18, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Go Ed Markey!!

  49. 191 Dudette
    June 18, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    For tonight’s Moment of Trek 😎

  50. 192 Dudette
    June 18, 2013 at 8:55 pm

  51. June 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    New post in a minute or 26

    • 195 Dudette
      June 18, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      Look at you adding precision to your “ish”! Why you’re a geeky nerdy wonder! My hat’s off to ya! 🙂

  52. 196 Dudette
    June 18, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Did I say that I love this woman! 😀

  53. 197 Dudette
    June 18, 2013 at 9:14 pm

  54. 198 Dudette
    June 18, 2013 at 9:25 pm

  55. 199 Dudette
    June 18, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    LOL!!! Almost ruined keyboard! Water shot out of mouth!!!
    Somebody named “Tax That Ass” just retweeted me! LOVE THAT NAME!!! 😀

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