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Chicago Tribune: During a trip to her hometown today, first lady Michelle Obama applauded the work of a South Loop non-profit group that is helping high school students get job experience and advice about attending college.

Obama joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his wife, Amy Rule, for a visit this morning to Urban Alliance Chicago, the career training program.

…  “To you all students, for having the courage to step outside your comfort zone and do something that was probably initially pretty scary,” Obama told about 50 teens gathered to see her. “I know that feeling. I was you guys. I say that all the time. Living on the South Side, looking at these buildings, wondering what goes on in those offices.”

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… with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago First Lady Amy Rule


First Lady Michelle Obama speaks in a video broadcast at The 2013 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 17

116 Responses to “Back Home”

  1. 6 vitaminlover
    July 18, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    congratulations, layla. Miiiiiichelllle, my Belle… these are words that go togeeeether well. myyyy Michelle!

  2. July 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Oh, dear.

  3. July 18, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Let’s get going!!

  4. July 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm

  5. 18 Dudette
    July 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Another amazing cut from Quincy Jones’ The Dude Album
    Patti Austin – Betcha Wouldn’t Hurt Me

  6. July 18, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    The Republican Party really is a colossal mess.

    • 20 COS
      July 18, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      All of these crappy folks like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and the other dregs think that running for and being president is easy because PBO makes it look so easy. PBO has set a high bar and no one will ever be able to fill his shoes.

      • July 18, 2013 at 6:25 pm

        COS, you hit the nail on the head. People who have no breadth of vision, no knowledge of the complexities of the world, both globally and region by region, who have no clue about how to cultivate and nurture the economy, no notion of the promise and peril of technology in all its various application, no sense of what ordinary Americans experience every day and what service really means – they are a MESS.

      • 23 hopefruit2
        July 18, 2013 at 6:40 pm

        I agree with you 100% COS. And it’s not just Paul and Cruz who think that running for & being Prez is easy. I think some on the left think that way as well.

    • 24 anniebella
      July 18, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      meta, what a joke, Peter King. Ha! Ha! Ha!

  7. July 18, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Trayvon Martin’s parents and their attorney are on Rev Al’s Politics Nation right now. Not sure if I can watch it without being mad, sad or pissed

    • 26 vitaminlover
      July 18, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      Do not have the heart to watch. Spirit crushing.

      • July 18, 2013 at 6:46 pm

        I honestly wasn’t planning on watching it LIVE either, but my friends and I figures we had to. People need to see the dignity and poise and civility Trayvon’s mom and dad carry as opposed to the evil of the Zimmerman KKKlan

        • 28 vitaminlover
          July 18, 2013 at 6:49 pm

          When I even hear Zithead’s name I automatically go into tune out mode.

          • 29 kathryn kivett
            July 18, 2013 at 7:39 pm

            then you need to watch the Martins…will be on ac360 at 8…..if you want to know what a Christian looks like, look into Trayvon Martin’s Mothers eyes….That woman has more grace in her little finger than all 6 of the jurors put together.”I do not want to diminish my blessings by having hate in my heart.” ….If the world could just live by those words…

            • 30 vitaminlover
              July 18, 2013 at 9:16 pm

              I totally know that they are awesome people I just cannot bear to see their pain. It just hurts my heart that they are so hurt.

    • 31 Lynn
      July 18, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Waiting for 0388 to talk me down. Where you, cat?

      • 32 0388jojothecat
        July 18, 2013 at 8:24 pm

        Hey kiddo! I am here. You can do it….look at TM’s mom she is an example of a strong Black woman to be proud of….like I am proud of you.

  8. 33 Dudette
    July 18, 2013 at 6:06 pm

  9. 34 Dudette
    July 18, 2013 at 6:08 pm

  10. 35 utaustinliberal
    July 18, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    FLOTUS was at the ESPYS!!! Must find video.

  11. 41 Dudette
    July 18, 2013 at 6:16 pm

  12. 43 Layla
    July 18, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Love this song by Moby!

  13. 44 anniebella
    July 18, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Are you guys watching Rev. Al. Trayvon’ parents is up there for the hour.

    • 45 hopefruit2
      July 18, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      They’re also going to be on Anderson Cooper (CNN) tonight at 8PM ET.

      • 46 anniebella
        July 18, 2013 at 7:20 pm

        Okay thanks, I might just watch them.

        • 47 anniebella
          July 18, 2013 at 7:38 pm

          I just sent Anderson Cooper a email. Because that juror B-37 really rub me the wrong. I have a feeling that woman’s mind were made up before she got on the jury. She believe Zimmerman was innocent, and it wouldn’t have made any difference what the D.A. said. B-37 had her mind made up, her Gerogie was innocent.

  14. 51 hopefruit2
    July 18, 2013 at 6:37 pm

  15. 52 Dudette
    July 18, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I’m speechless

  16. 53 donna dem 4 obama
    July 18, 2013 at 6:43 pm

  17. 54 hopefruit2
    July 18, 2013 at 6:44 pm

  18. 55 Dudette
    July 18, 2013 at 6:44 pm

  19. July 18, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    I think a couple people in the previous thread had asked about costs of repealing ACA/Health Care Reform.

    I did a little research, and found this:

    House of Representatives going on their 38th attempt! In addition the SENATE has had attempts to repeal Health care too!



    What could we have done with $100 Million? How many schools could we have funded? Lunch programs for kids?

    I seriously hope the GOP burn in hell for this.

    • 59 desertflower
      July 18, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      PB…that was me and Layla 🙂 I have this info, but I wanted to know about not only these repeals wasting the taxpayers $$…but also the costs of the bogus investigations ( I’m looking at you, ISSA!) votes ti defund PP, and all the other BS they’ve wasted taxpayer dollars and time on…I would include in that figure the taxpayer costs of their salaries while they carried on this charade and tried to pawn it off as work! I’m pissed! Thanks for this though…keep digging”)

    • 60 Lynn
      July 18, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      All those
      conservatives could have created JOBS@!!!

  20. 61 Dudette
    July 18, 2013 at 6:48 pm

  21. 62 Dudette
    July 18, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Anybody going?

  22. 68 dotster3
    July 18, 2013 at 6:51 pm


  23. July 18, 2013 at 7:09 pm

  24. July 18, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    And he shall never forget:

  25. July 18, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Ok. I watched Trayvon Martin’s parents on Rev Al’s show just now. Final comment on this for now. Did you watch the interview on Rev Al w/Trayvon’s parents? if not you should. look at their strength and use it.

    • 79 hopefruit2
      July 18, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      I didn’t see Rev Al’s show, but I might watch them tonight on AC360 at 8PM. I hope Cooper treats them respectfully.

      • 80 anniebella
        July 18, 2013 at 7:42 pm

        I didn’t watch A.Cooper when he talk to B-37 juror, he treated her with respect, so he will do the same with Trayvon’s parents.

      • July 18, 2013 at 7:42 pm

        was just coming to post this: Trayvon Martin’s family will be on AC360 at 7pm tonight. Let’s see how Anderson Cooper treats the family. Better be as respectful to them as he was to that bigotted, racist juror!

  26. July 18, 2013 at 7:19 pm


  27. 86 desertflower
    July 18, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Google Hangout tomorrow:)


    Join us this Friday, July 19th at 12:00 pm EDT for a “We the Geeks” Google+ Hangout on “The Stuff Superheroes Are Made Of” – where we’ll be talking about some of the most exciting new developments in materials science and how they can change our world for the better.

    You’ll meet American scientists and innovators working on materials and technologies with amazing capabilities—seemingly ripped straight from the pages of a comic book or film script—including invisibility cloaks, impenetrable liquid armor, self-healing, touch-sensitive synthetic skin, and more. You’ll also hear how the Obama Administration’s Materials Genome Initiative – which just celebrated its second birthday – is helping to enable and accelerate these breakthroughs with the goal of making them happen faster and cheaper than ever before.

  28. 87 desertflower
    July 18, 2013 at 7:24 pm


    Dear Friend,

    In June 2011, gun lobby extremists pushed to enact an outrageous law in Florida that could strip doctors of their medical licenses if they give patients accurate, potentially life-saving information about the risks of guns. So the Brady Center took action.

    We sued on behalf of Florida doctors to end this ridiculous gag rule. Last year, we won and the law was struck down in federal district court. But Governor Rick Scott and his gun lobby allies appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals — the highest level below the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Today in Miami, we’ll face down the gun lobby extremists once again before three appeals judges. The stakes could not be higher.

    Unless we win today in Miami, Florida doctors won’t be allowed to advise patients and their families about the inherent risks of guns. If you want to keep gun lobby extremists out of your doctor’s office, then please stand with the Brady Center’s Legal Action Project.

  29. 88 dotster3
    July 18, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Just heard that 95% of the h.s. kids who have participated in Urban Alliance in Chicago are heading to college. This is the program run by Mayor Emanuel’s wife Amy and got the spotlight today thanks to Michelle Obama’s appearance and promotion. I agree with the First Lady. These kind of programs are needed everywhere. They combat urban violence and put these kids on a path to success.


  30. July 18, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    desertflower I’ve been stuck in meetings at work so just now read the last post. Thank you SO MUCH for the awesome research you did to find out if all doctors will accept all insurance companies. It looks like the answer is no but there is a lot of good info you obtained in addition to that. Thank you!!!!!

    Here’s the link to desertflower’s comment in case you guys missed it from the last post.

    • 90 desertflower
      July 18, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      Not a problem:) Happy to be able to do it…and figured I’d get the answer right from the horse’s mouth so no one can “spin it”….

  31. 91 Dudette
    July 18, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Guys, you really must see this video tribute to Robin Roberts
    She’s such a beautiful & strong woman — inside & out.


    [I’m still looking for video of FLOTUS’ message to her at the ESPYs]

  32. 98 desertflower
    July 18, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    We can add this to the list of wasteful RWNJ expenses!


    Originally, the funding for this legal defense was capped at $500,000. The House GOP paid former Solicitor General and conservative Supreme Court rockstar Paul Clement to defend DOMA.

    That cap has been repeatedly raised as the costs of defending the 1996 law have continued to spiral upwards. By October 2012, the GOP defense had burned through almost the entire new cap of $1.5 million.

    Then, as of January, House Republicans authorized up to $3 million in government spending for Clement to defend the law.

    All told, the House legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act cost six times as much as the House GOP leadership originally anticipated.

  33. 99 dotster3
    July 18, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Daughter of Sandy Hook principal kisses her mother’s tombstone on her wedding day

  34. July 18, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Wonderful article about VP Joe Biden, his life, his politics, how he’s worked with President Obama and how he thinks. it’s a tribute really because, yes, Joe really is that good.

    Have You Heard the One About President Joe Biden?


    “And I said, ‘Why do you want me to be vice president?’ ” he told me, explaining that he never wanted the VP job, really he didn’t, but Obama convinced him. “He said, ‘Help me govern. Joe, you do Iraq. Defense, State—talk to Joe, get it done. Recovery Act, almost a trillion dollars, do it, Joe!’….

    Co-captains, that’s how he described his working relationship with Obama…..

    “Biden didn’t have any interest in that. That was not the model he wanted. He put his political capital on helping Obama succeed. He wanted projects. Beginning, middle, and end projects.”

    The deal has worked for Biden, and the deal has also worked for Obama. They round each other out. Biden can say malarkey. Biden can hug, literally, Republicans. “Joe Biden doesn’t have a mean bone in his body,” says John McCain. “He’s unique from the day he was elected before he was 30 years old. He’s unique in that he’s had some role in every major national-security crisis that his nation has faced in the last thirty-five years. I don’t know anyone like him in the U.S. Senate. Look at the number of times he’s been able to conclude agreements. I would say he’s been the most impactful vice president that I’ve known—certainly in modern times.”

    [Chips, I haven’t been able to log in using WordPress, lost my info in computer change. I’m tryng my Twitter account now to see if that works.]

  35. 101 Dudette
    July 18, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Not from the ESPYs but quite delightful…

    Serena Teams up with 1st Lady Michelle Obama for the Let’s Move-2013 Campaign . They got Nike to pledge $50 million dollars for this fabulous Campaign, that helps youth stay active. Thumbs up for 1st Lady Michelle Obama, Serena &Nike for using their platforms to help others. Please Thumbs up this video.. Thanks.

  36. 102 desertflower
    July 18, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    In the toilet…every last one.


    And this for the whole sorted mess: http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/07/18/erick-ericksons-endorsement-of-instant-milliona/194954

    Erick Erickson’s Endorsement Of “Instant Millionaires” Plan Is Lifted From Old Ann Coulter Emails

  37. 103 Layla
    July 18, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130718/us-gang-rape-austin/?utm_hp_ref=homepage&ir=homepageAUSTIN, Texas —
    As many as 10 men allegedly took turns sexually assaulting a 13-year-old runaway Texas girl in an apartment where some cheered and filmed the attacks with their cellphone cameras, according to court records released Thursday.
    Authorities have charged two men in the alleged June 29 attacks, which began after the girl ran away from an Austin group home for children and got into a car with three unknown men, according to an arrest affidavit.
    Juan Lozano Ortega, 25, and Edgar Gerardo Guzman Perez, 26, were charged Wednesday with aggravated sexual assault of a felony. They were being held Thursday in the Travis County Jail on $30,000 bond each. Court and jail records did not indicate whether the men had attorneys.
    Austin police did not immediately return a phone message Thursday about the investigation or other possible suspects.
    “All of the other males took turns having sex with victim against her will, which lasted through the early morning hours,” the affidavit states.

    • 104 desertflower
      July 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      LIVID! Hope the poor thing isn’t pregnant from here attackers, because….LIFE! OMG I could spit!

  38. 105 hopefruit2
    July 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm

  39. 108 Dudette
    July 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Robin’s speech at the ESPYs:

  40. 113 hopefruit2
    July 18, 2013 at 7:50 pm

  41. 116 Jovie
    July 18, 2013 at 9:13 pm

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