Heads Up: President Obama in Jacksonville

2:35 EDT: President Obama Speaks at the Jacksonville Port Authority

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104 Responses to “Heads Up: President Obama in Jacksonville”

  1. 5 vcprezofan2
    July 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    😆 😆

  2. 6 Judith Fardig
    July 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    We never get tired of hearing our President speak!

  3. 7 MightyPamela
    July 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm


    • 8 vcprezofan2
      July 25, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Well, lookee who’s here! Good afternoon to you, Ms MP! It’s a pleasure to run into you on your way in. Are you dropping off a message or are you here to visit a while?

      • 9 MightyPamela
        July 25, 2013 at 2:37 pm

        oh, just thought I would make second place a little more interesting!! Cannot stay, altho I long to, but will feel lucky if I do not run out of data completely this billing cycle!! Hugs to everyone!! Byeeeeeee….. 😆

  4. 11 hopefruit2
    July 25, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Will CSPAN be carrying the speech?

  5. July 25, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    • 13 vcprezofan2
      July 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      Nancy Smash is currently on C-Span answering questions. Some idiot is just asking about Weiner.

      • 14 vcprezofan2
        July 25, 2013 at 2:23 pm

        Another morAn journalist starts his question with ‘Republicans have been saying ….” 🙄

      • 15 vcprezofan2
        July 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm

        Listening to Mme Pelosi with one ear, I suddenly think, ‘How come no one’s ever mentioned Nancy Smash as a potential presidential candidate?’ Sure she is a senior, but so is that other woman they are always mentioning. I love the way she calmly informs the press corps intellectuals. Oh she’s done, and Boehner stepped in. I’ve muted C-Span till my guy comes on.

        • 16 japa21
          July 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm

          I don’t think she has any desire to be President. I think regaining Speaker of the House is exactly what she wants.

          • 17 vcprezofan2
            July 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm

            She definitely did, does, and will do, an excellent job in the House, Japa. Hopefully she’ll get back the gavel in 2014. I only linked her to the presidency because listening to her class-ily answering the idiotic questions and joking naturally while pointing out how ridiculous some of them were being, it seemed that she could do that job too.

  6. 18 hopefruit2
    July 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Jeff Zelany finally issues a clarification – after much pressuring from the O’bot Twitter Brigade.

    • 19 GGail
      July 25, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      O’bots are not to be toyed with!!!!

    • 20 japa21
      July 25, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      • 21 hopefruit2
        July 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm

        You are right japa. The fact that none of these so-called “journalists” bothered to even check the original source (I found the original PBS interview in 5 secs via Google), but simply re-tweeted, or re-reported from The Hill, or Politico, or whatever RW rag they read first, is highly disturbing.

    • 22 4morefor44
      July 25, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      still a false statement by reid anyway since she would not do better than bill, not to mention hillary cannot win a national election, so will never be president in the first place. her running would be an absolute disaster for democrats and thus america as a whole, and that’s why “the news” has been promoting her since the day after president obama was re-elected…literally. the owners of “the news” know hillary running would bring us a republican president, so long as another obama type figure doesn’t decide to run too, such as senator elizabeth warren.

      • 23 japa21
        July 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm

        Actually, I disagree with you on one point. She could, and probably would, win a national election, and probably pretty handily, specially considering the current crop of GOPers. I agree she wouldn’t have done better than Bill at that time. If she followed PBO in office, she probably could do better than Bill (though not PBO). I think a lot of stuff that has been stalled the last few years would get through because I think not only would she win, but would have long enough coattails to make sure Congress was fully Democratic in makeup.

        All that being said, I am not sure she really wants to run. Even if she does, depeneding on who is running against her in the primaries, I will probably not vote for her then, although I would fully support her in the general. Also, unless the Dem candidate is a complete loser, I think he or she would still beat their GOP opponent and have the same opportunities she would have.

        • 24 hopefruit2
          July 25, 2013 at 2:55 pm

          Also, I think Reid was joking when he made that comment. Kind of like when the football coach yesterday told PBO that FLOTUS is REALLY whom they wanted to see…

          • 25 anniebella
            July 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm

            Coach Pitino didn’t say that FLOTUS was who they wanted to see, the coach was saying that the team would have loved to have seen FLOTUS along with seeing POTUS. I don’t know what Harry Reid was thinking or saying.

      • 26 Nena20409
        July 25, 2013 at 3:16 pm

        🙄 Monika Lewinski just turned 40 this week. Hillary Clinton would not have been sticking a Cigars or having a Blue Dress stain moment with Lewinski. 😉

        There would never have been an impeachment. GW Bush would not have gotten the Rehnquist Court on Dec 9, 2000 to have stopped the FL vote Counts.

    • 27 anniebella
      July 25, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      Several stories flat out lied, because they wanted to make President Obama look bad.

    • 29 nathkatun7
      July 25, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      He should have issued an apology for spreading lies.

  7. July 25, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Ooooh just great, I have a monster thunderstorm overhead, lights flickering, bet all power will disappear just as PBO says “helloooooo Jacksonville: 😦

  8. 35 desertflower
    July 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm


    U.S. prosecutors have charged five foreign nationals with payment card theft resulting in more than $300 million in losses for companies in the U.S. and in Europe in what they described as the country’s largest hacking fraud case in history.

    “They involve dozens or even hundreds of people huddled over computer terminals all over the world in a common purpose of stealing of disseminating credit card numbers,” said Rasch, who was not involved in bringing the case.

    The indictment named four men residing in Russia and one man in Ukraine.


  9. 36 hopefruit2
    July 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    CNN is still spreading lies – even AFTER the update was issued….

    • 37 Nena20409
      July 25, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      CNN……a once great pioneer in the Cable news is today, a sad pathetic joke.

    • 38 nathkatun7
      July 25, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Personally., I think the mainstream media are deliberately spreading this lie! This is aimed at causing dissensions in the Democratic party. They media know that most people will believe the headline lies because very few people ever pay attention to mild corrections of false stories that appear on the back pages and never as breaking news headlines.

  10. 39 desertflower
    July 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm


  11. 40 sherijr
    July 25, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    whoa is that Mitt Romney over POTUS’ right shoulder 😉 ?

  12. 41 utaustinliberal
    July 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Whoa….then why the hell didn’t she fight back and make her voice heard? An innocent child was murdered and she allowed his murderer to walk free.

    • 42 hopefruit2
      July 25, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      She could have hung the jury, but I suspect she was afraid to the the only voice of dissent, afraid of retaliation, afraid of RW ire and retribution. Fear is never a good excuse, but it’s a very common one.

    • 46 Nena20409
      July 25, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      Group mob…..the woman juror #37 said they waited another 30 mins. I don’t believe that this juror was aware that she could have stood her grounds for a hung jury. The Prosecutor didn’t do a good job explaining their case as it pertained to rendering guilty verdict.

      • 47 utaustinliberal
        July 25, 2013 at 3:25 pm

        Then she could have asked a question. That’s not an excuse. When the jury didn’t understand something about the case, they asked the judge a question and the judge clarified for them. She had the chance to do that. A child was murdered. You do not use confusion as an excuse.

        • 48 Nena20409
          July 25, 2013 at 3:35 pm

          I agree…..but that is Not what happened where a mob mentality was occurring……in this case. 5 to one…..with the #37, a Lawyer’s wife telling them…my version…..and no doubt asserting that she understands the law. They were sequestered for 3-4 weeks. Not an excuse. She allowed her guts, convictions to be rolled over.

          This is why……the prosecution’s inability to explain their understanding of the instructions as the Defense masterfully did was a failure. The prosecutor didn’t even do a final rebuttal which they had a right to do.

  13. 49 hopefruit2
    July 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Hmmm…assuming she actually said this, let’s see what she says on her interview with Robin Roberts tomorrow.

  14. 52 utaustinliberal
    July 25, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    No. No you are fucking not. Your child was not murdered.

    • 53 Bill R.
      July 25, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Obviously feeling guilty because she didn’t have the courage to stand for what’s right.

      • 54 japa21
        July 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm

        I am not going to condemn her like so many people are doing. None of us were in the jury room, none of us know what was going through her head. It is obvious she regets not “standing her ground” but she was not the only one. Remember 2 jurors originally voted for manslaughter , the more easily defensible charge, and they buckled under as well.

        It is always easy to say what we would have done in certain circumstances, but the reality is, until we have been in that situation, we really don’t know what we would do.

        • 55 utaustinliberal
          July 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm

          I am going to condemn her. She and Juror B37 are out there trying to elicit sympathy for themselves as though they are the victims. They are not. The victim is Trayvon Benjamin Martin; a child who was murdered for the crime of being black. She’s out there pretending she knows what it’s like to be in Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton’s shoes. She does not. She has no earthly idea what it feels like to watch your son go to the store for iced tea and skittles and then the next time you see him, is under a white sheet, on a cold slab of metal with a bullet hole in his chest.

          She knew Zimmerman was guilty of murder. Okay…maybe she felt 2nd degree was too harsh; why not fight for manslaughter? She and Juror B37 are trying to absolve themselves from any responsibility and that’s disgusting.

          An innocent child is dead and you look his parents in the face and say oh yes, I knew he was guilty of murder but I let him walk away. Oh please pity me. Oh please shed tears for me. This was a serious trial. A child is dead and she wants sympathy? She could have spared Trayvon Martin’s parents the pain and just shut her mouth up instead of running to a TV camera.

          What she is; is a coward.

          • 56 amk for obama
            July 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm


          • 57 CEB
            July 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm

            I agree totally.

          • 58 japa21
            July 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm

            Just so it is understood, I am not condoning what she did. She was involved in letting Zimmerman go free. I also think she is going to be living with this for the rest of her life. I don’t think she is looking for sympathy. Perhaps understanding and forgiveness, which is not the same thing as sympathy. B37 was definitely looking for sympathy and deserved none. She I will condemn as it is obvious that she decided w/o hearing any evidence that the guilty party was Trayvon.

          • 59 nathkatun7
            July 25, 2013 at 8:21 pm

            UT, I agree with you 100%! What infuriated me the most is her statement: “I’m hurting as much as Trayvon Martin’s mother….” after she voted “not guilty” for Trayvon’s murderer! Sorry, she will get ZERO sympathy from me.

        • 60 hopefruit2
          July 25, 2013 at 3:26 pm

          I’m somewhat conflicted, but I definitely see the point you are making here japa.

          On one hand, I know the psychological realities of being the sole voice of dissent in a room filled with dominant voices, plus she was the only minority in that room (my gut tells me that this set up was intentional). But on the other hand, giving in to fear when you feel you are right about something does not usually end well for anyone. Her conscience was bound to come back and eat her from within. And a murderer is walking free…. Lose-lose…

        • 62 vcprezofan2
          July 25, 2013 at 3:33 pm

          ‘It is always easy to say what we would have done in certain circumstances, but the reality is, until we have been in that situation, we really don’t know what we would do..’

          An important fact, Japa.

          • 63 nathkatun7
            July 25, 2013 at 8:28 pm

            This not the issue, in my humble opinion! The issue is trying to have it both ways, or as my grandmother used to say “speaking from both sides of your mouth.”

  15. 64 utaustinliberal
    July 25, 2013 at 3:05 pm

  16. 65 GGail
    July 25, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    POTUS is perspiring

  17. 69 japa21
    July 25, 2013 at 3:08 pm

  18. 70 desertflower
    July 25, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Threatening to shut down the govt because you don’t want to pay the bills we’ve already run up….that’s just being a deadbeat! YES!!

  19. 71 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Darn, late to the speech; however, when I clicked on and saw the dude in blue shirt over PBO’s right shoulder, I did a double take and said “what the F* is Mitt doing there!?!” Thank goodness it was only his look alike cousin… 🙄

  20. 73 cookemom
    July 25, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Prayers for the victims and families of the high speed rail accident in NW Galencia, Spain. This is the same train that #2 took on 7/16 to return home. Many of the people she knew take that train frequently, especially for holiday or travel to nearby vacation spots. Very unfortunate and tragic.

  21. 76 Jovie
    July 25, 2013 at 3:13 pm

  22. 77 CEB
    July 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Jacksonville’s humidity was giving our president fits. We have had rain for the past 3 weeks that have caused 85% humidity and above; PBO was wiping his face throughout the speech. Local stations covered the entire visit.

  23. July 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm

  24. July 25, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    …….The youth in the truck was named Emmett Till, and he would not be seen alive again.

    The next month, the 18-year-old Mr. Reed, after braving intimidation from one of the suspects and walking through the thicket of Klansmen massed outside the courthouse, testified in open court to what he had seen and heard.

    The son of a family of black sharecroppers, Mr. Reed was spirited out of Mississippi immediately after the trial. He changed his name to Willie Louis and lived discreetly in Chicago, where he worked as a hospital orderly.

    Mr. Louis, one of the last living witnesses for the prosecution in the Till case, died on July 18 in Oak Lawn, Ill., a Chicago suburb. He was 76.

  25. 81 amk for obama
    July 25, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    With all this jurors spilling beans, is it possible to declare a mistrial ?

    • 82 hopefruit2
      July 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Hmmm…I was about to ask something similar.

    • 83 Nena20409
      July 25, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      No. Never. Once a verdict is declared No matter how ill, wicked or wrong…….and a Not Guilty is pronounced……the person goes Free, period. Never to be tried again, even with a juror misconduct. Fo in Our system, it is said always: It is better to allow a guilty Man to go free than to Convict an innocent Man……that was the Core principle of our Judicial System.

    • 84 vcprezofan2
      July 25, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      I’ve been wondering if they are allowed to do this. Obviously they are because they ARE doing it, yet it seems so ‘wrong’ somehow. Tell-all has become so immediate these days, I’m often left bewildered. What is the purpose of both of these jurors seeking the limelight so soon after the trial?

      • 85 hopefruit2
        July 25, 2013 at 3:59 pm

        Their motivations are very different. B37 was all about book deals, praising Zimmerman, etc, but B39 has a conscience problem that she wants relieved.

        Mark my word, B39 has just begun a long (maybe not so long) and torturous path to suicide. B37 is biding her time, until the case “dies down” so she can continue with her book deals, etc.

        • 86 vcprezofan2
          July 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm

          Sigh. You may be right, but it reduces the process to tackiness – can’t think of a better word right now- I think. Have to say that while I agree with you about B39, i hope you are wrong about B37 and suicide.

    • 87 nathkatun7
      July 25, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      Nope! Too late after the “NOT GUILTY” verdict was delivered by the jury and officially entered in the Court records.

  26. 88 Jovie
    July 25, 2013 at 3:32 pm

  27. 89 Linda
    July 25, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    North Carolina has tabled the vote on the voting law they were trying to pass.


  28. July 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Yesterday, Roy Blunt said the Senate GOP won’t take the economy hostage to undo Obamacare. Today it’s Tom Cole, deputy majority whip in the House.

    • 92 Linda
      July 25, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Richard Burr: Mike Lee Government Shutdown Threat ‘Dumbest Idea I’ve Ever Heard Of’

      • July 25, 2013 at 3:45 pm

        I had a feeling when McCain said last week it wasn’t going to happen that he had talked to his colleagues about this. Last time was bad enough but crashing the economy with the midterms around the corner is idiotic. Republicans revolting against Republicans. I love it.

    • 94 ericfive
      July 25, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      Thanks for posting this LL. This is what me and Hopefruit2 have been saying (ie that the GOP is just talking tough to appease their base). Government shutdown would be political suicide for the GOP. Same with the debt ceiling (because it would end the cheap money that Wall Street needs). There is no need for us to react like “scared rabbits” everytime the GOP starts talking crazy. Once again, I think that the GOP internal pollsters are telling them that the Tea Party is driving the GOP over a cliff.

  29. 96 desertflower
    July 25, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Seriously screwed up


    As I am sure you’ve heard, we are going to have Voter ID in Texas. It’s a bad idea from bad men with a bad machine set on bad overdrive running on bad gas with bad breath.

    B.A.D. And UnAmerican.

    Ector County is out in West Texas in the Midland / Odessa area. There are some tough folks out there. Most of them survive on grit alone because water is in short supply and there ain’t no food.

    So, when they get mad, they get mad.

    The Ector County Elections Office will soon get panic buttons designed to protect the employees in the office.

    Ector County Elections Administrator Mitzi Scheible said a contract approved by commissioners on July 8 with Tyco Integrated Security would install panic buttons and an alarm system for the elections warehouse. The alarm system, Scheible said, was for residents who get too upset when they can’t vote in an election. The camera system was used as a way to better monitor their equipment.

    Next up, pitchforks and fire! Yes, TX Republicans…YOU BUILT THAT!

  30. 98 Jovie
    July 25, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    CBO: Sequester cuts would cost up to 1.6M jobs through 2014
    Erik Wasson
    07/25/13 02:00 PM ET
    Democrats plan to make the report the centerpiece of an August push to reverse the annual spending cuts.…

    Wow! And they want another one?

  31. 100 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 25, 2013 at 4:04 pm

  32. July 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm

  33. 102 hopefruit2
    July 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Regarding the Zimmerman trial,

    I would not put jurors B37 and B39 in the same category. Yes it is true that their actions both resulted in a killer walking free, but I think their motivations are very different. B37 was on CNN being “right and might” praising Zimmerman, making book deals, etc. B39 gave in to her fears and her conscience is now repaying her.

    Juror 39B is not the MAIN problem here in my opinion, she’s just a symptom of a much larger and disturbing pattern of justice in this country – This entire case was a sham from the beginning – starting with the SANFORD PD, right down to the jury selection process. And therefore I fault the system, including the prosecution and others who allowed this woman to be placed in a psychology unsafe position by being the lone minority in a racially charged case.

  34. 104 Jovie
    July 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm

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