President Obama hugs Amazon employee Lydia Flanders who introduced the president before he makes a speech about the economy and jobs at an Amazon.com Fulfillment Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Text of the President’s remarks here

Back with a ‘This and That’ in a bit

146 Responses to “Chattanooga”

  1. 1 vitaminlover
    July 30, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    my President is on the move!

  2. 4 JER
    July 30, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Hello Everybody. Hello Chips.

    • July 30, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Helloooooooo JER, helloooooooo everyone: woooooooot: my internet thingie appears to be finally working …. although, I shouldn’t tempt fate 😕

  3. 7 vcprezofan2
    July 30, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Oops! Missed the turn.

    • 8 vcprezofan2
      July 30, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      Great title, Chips! ‘Chattanooga’ as a title sure fits in as a followup to ‘Chat away’. Hmmmm, ‘anooga’ would definitely be an adverb in that context, but I wonder what meanings I could ascribe to it..

  4. July 30, 2013 at 6:53 pm

  5. 11 GGail
    July 30, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Chipsticks – a gazillion thanks for posting the event. I can watch it when I get home this evening.

    Happy to see you stopped loafing around and finally paid us some attention! 😀

    • July 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      😆 And my plan was so perfect, GGail – travel Sunday, arrive Sunday night, have internet set up Monday afternoon, and woooosh. But no, nothing worked until today, and then it only half flippin’ worked. If it wasn’t for the mighty UT, the blog would have faded away the last couple of days!

      • 13 vcprezofan2
        July 30, 2013 at 7:07 pm

        Utal to the rescue! TODvillage life is worry-free when you have a reliable Utal. 😀

        A ‘1’, a ‘2’, a ‘1-2-3’ … Utal! Utal! Utal! Rah! Rah! Rah!

        • 14 utaustinliberal
          July 30, 2013 at 7:53 pm

          Hahahahahahahaha. Thanks VC!

        • 16 nathkatun7
          July 30, 2013 at 8:55 pm

          And that is the absolute TRUTH, VC! The proof of a great leader is demonstrated by caliber of the people he/she selects to work with. There is absolutely no doubt about Chipsticks’ brilliant leadership for having chosen, the equally brilliant, Utaustinliberal as her co-blog pilot! The “mighty UT,” as Chips calls her, has done a magnificent Job filling in for Chips. TOD never missed a beat during Chips’ temporary absence. At the same time, I am so happy to see Chips back.

      • 17 GGail
        July 30, 2013 at 7:20 pm

        And we are still here because she did

  6. July 30, 2013 at 6:59 pm


    The Republican leadership problem

    President Obama’s strategy was to hold on to reasonableness and sanity (ie, “the only adult in the room”) – even as many progressives encouraged him to wage partisan warfare. Its important to ask ourselves whether we’d be seeing this kind of chaos from Republicans if the President had taken their advice. I think not. Conciliatory rhetoric as a ruthless strategy worked to get us to this point. And now its time to develop a common sense caucus with the various factions it produced. But recognizing that requires that we notice the long game.

    • 19 nathkatun7
      July 30, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      Thank you so much, Prettyfoot, for sharing this piece by Smartypants. I think she is one of the most astute observer of President Obama.

      • 20 jackiegrumbacher
        July 30, 2013 at 9:34 pm

        I agree with you, nath, Smartypants is one of the smartest minds on the web and, like the president, she sees the long game.

  7. 21 mtmarilyn
    July 30, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I missed the speech so thank you to UT for the great tweets and to Chips for the video.

    My friend who is retired from Homeland Security has a group of friends his sends emails to of important information he has found. Just now he sent this article I think is very interesting from Salon. http://www.salon.com/2013/07/27/big_finance_is_sucking_the_life_out_of_our_economy_partner/

    It says what we all have been saying. Wall Street is only interested in making money off of money. They don’t care about innovation. They are strangling us.

    • July 30, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      This is one of the reasons I am so disgusted by our MSM.

      They dismiss President Obama’s “talking points” as if what he’s saying is on par with Steve “Cantaloupe Calves” King, Rand “My state gets 150% back from the dollars it pays to Washington” Paul, Huma “I’m married to an idiot” Abedin.

      I saw a very brief segment this morning on Morning Joe just before 6 am Pacific time. Tried to find it on its website, but to no avail.

      Don’t know who was speaking (two young white men) but they were talking about how JP Morgan (I think, might have been Citi) have admitted that they were PRICE-FIXING the electricity market.

      They have to pay a paltry fine, which does NOTHING to stop these jackasses from making more money out of CHEATING.

      And these are the same people who want to deny food stamps to the hungry poor in favor of farm subsidies to millionaires.

  8. 23 vcprezofan2
    July 30, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Dr. Jill writing about her day in Singapore on July 26th
    I visited the Children’s Library to read Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey with about 30 local school children. The story of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their eight ducklings is one of my favorite children’s stories. As an English teacher, I love nothing more than helping kids appreciate reading. I especially relish any opportunity I have to spend time with young children who are just discovering how exciting and eye opening reading can be. Each child was so attentive and interested which reaffirms the importance that Singapore, like the United States, places on early education.


  9. 24 hopefruit2
    July 30, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Ques: How does Jovie feel about Issa?

    Ans: https://twitter.com/Jovie141/status/362349572556726272

    LOL! I feel the same way as Jovie does about Issa. I’m guessing we all do.

  10. 28 anniebella
    July 30, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Mrs. Flanders who introduce the President, said she has a daughter name Malia and her daughter wanted her to tell the President that her name was Malia like his daughter.

  11. 29 Jovie
    July 30, 2013 at 7:20 pm


    • 30 0388jojothecat
      July 30, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      That’s all they know how to do….name something after Ronnie Raygun. Call it RR Increased Taxes Southern Coast Line.

  12. July 30, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Any Physician Assistants or PA students out there reading this? IF so, reply to this comment. I have some questions!

  13. 34 desertflower
    July 30, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Good read…common sense


    The “Sequester” in particular is damaging the country. The Sequester is that DC “debt-ceiling” deal that got the Republicans to back off their threat to force the government to default on its obligations, thereby ruining our credit rating and risking the takedown of the world’s economy. The Sequester cuts $1.2 trillion more (on top of trillions already cut through other deals) from the economy over the next decade. It cuts Meals on Wheels, cancer clinics, medical research, housing assistance and all kinds of other important things We the People do to make our lives better.

    (Note that cutting things like Meals on Wheels actually increases costs by forcing elderly people into nursing homes, hospitals, etc…)

    Catch that last little sentence?….something I hadn’t thought of:)

  14. 35 anniebella
    July 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    My question about Issa and others like Steve King, that Gohmert guy from Texas, Michele Bachman, that Virginia Fox nut from North Carolina, and others, my question is how the hell did these folks get elected to Congress?

  15. July 30, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I am sick of Bradley Manning. I am sick of E. Snowden. I am sick of people spitting Fox lies at me after I’ve debunking them time and again. I am sick of people who are so paranoid about our government spying on them that they post their paranoid anti-government message all over Facebook. I am sick of my Facebook friend, a supporter of PBO who is now mad at him because he is creating jobs in traditionally male fields. What?? I know she has been out of work for a long time and is having a hard time finding work because her allergies prevent her from working in many offices. Therefore I am not going to argue with her about this. But seriously. He’s creating jobs anywhere he can find them and now he’s not creating the right Kinds of jobs. Well, he tried to create jobs for teachers, and ACA will probably create jobs for nurses, so if you want to label every job male or female there are some female ones. Basically I’m sick of so many people nitpicking PBO because he hasn’t done Every. Damn. Thing. Anyway, having gotten that off my chest, I present you with a very amusing little video:

    • 38 desertflower
      July 30, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      Bitchers gonna bitch.

    • 41 GGail
      July 30, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      thanks – I’ll smile all the way home 🙂

    • July 30, 2013 at 7:47 pm


      I got an email from a good friend of mine all freaked out about NSA spying. OMG, just stop with the PL BS. It’s not rocket science. Think, people! PBO is not reading your stupid email!

      I mean, seriously, my spam box is full of viagra crap. I’m a woman, why am I getting spam for Viagra? I feel like I want to see a viagra commercial that speaks the truth, like:

      Hey gun owners! Decrease your chances of shrinkage by purchasing a semi-automatic TODAY!!


    • July 30, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      Maryl, if you are still talking to her you might mention that Amazon will be hiring 5,000 new workers. During POTUS’ speech today he was talking about some innovations for workers at Amazon that made it a good place to work.

      • July 30, 2013 at 8:16 pm

        Thanks, TME. I will pass that information along. I wonder if any of the jobs can be done online from home? I feel very bad for her so I hope this will help.

    • 51 vcprezofan2
      July 30, 2013 at 8:10 pm


      • July 30, 2013 at 8:18 pm

        Thanks, VC! Those virtual hugs work wonders. I am actually in a pretty good mood since summer school is going rather well. They are a bunch of loony children though. One of the 4th graders told their teacher that leader dogs help blind people by reading the labels on cans in the grocery store so they don’t get baking soda for breakfast. 😛 I think I should just stay off facebook.

        • 53 vcprezofan2
          July 30, 2013 at 8:25 pm

          Well with a 4th grade wiseacre like that one, you really do not need facebook! I sure hope s/he* was being ‘funny’ 😀

          * It was a ‘he’ wasn’t it?

          • July 30, 2013 at 8:35 pm

            Yep, a young man. And he was dead serious!

            • 55 vcprezofan2
              July 30, 2013 at 8:48 pm

              O dear! I was thinking he was maybe the ‘class clown’. 😀 I truly can’t even see where’s he’s coming from. You know, sometimes kids say weird things but they actually make sense when you know their frame of reference? Well, I wish him well.

              • July 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm

                the teacher tried, she really did, to find out what he thought he meant. But apparently he really thought that those “seeing eye” dogs could read. That’s when he came up with the “baking soda for breakfast” thing. Really sweet kid , though. Teaching is not as easy as it looks, but it does provide a few unexpected laughs along the way.

    • 57 dotster3
      July 30, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      I’m sick of all the same things you’re sick of. Sick mates! Also enjoyed cute vid.

    • July 30, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      omg that’s hilarious. 😀

  16. 62 desertflower
    July 30, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Wonder if this guy is really this STUPID???!!!


    Of course, as a member of Congress, Ted Cruz knows all about long weekends, doesn’t he?

    via RollCall

    “There are some Democrats, some in the media, even some Republicans, who portray a shutdown as … a horrible calamity. I think the term ‘shutdown’ is a misnomer. It’s actually a partial, temporary shutdown. We have seen them before.

    “The world didn’t end. Planes didn’t fall out of the sky, Social Security checks didn’t stop, military paychecks didn’t stop, we didn’t default on our national debt,” Cruz said. “What happened was non-essential government services were temporarily suspended while the CR expired.

    “That happens every single week on the weekend. Saturdays and Sundays we see temporary, partial government shutdowns, and the world doesn’t end,” Cruz said.

    Um. No.

    • July 30, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      I don’t think you have to wonder anymore.

    • 67 anniebella
      July 30, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      Add Ted Cruz to that list where I asked how the hell did a dam jackass like him get elected.

    • July 30, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      I don’t have a link at hand, but the business community is already steamed at the GOP for even talking about it. They will pressure them and explain the stupidity and cost of it. I have GOP rep and Senator. I love calling them about this kind of nonsense.

    • 70 africa
      July 30, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      Eeek. He is dumb. That’s all.

    • 71 vcprezofan2
      July 30, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      Forgive me for saying this – but comments like these from your ‘learned’ politicians make me wonder about the authenticity, or validity, of those law degrees so many of them purportedly have. I used to equate a law degree (and a university degree) with intelligence in days gone by … at least until I came face to face with lawyers like Bachmann (and college graduates like the Alaska Barbie).

    • 72 nathkatun7
      July 30, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      “Wonder if this guy is really this STUPID???!!!”

      DF, I honestly think he is that stupid! The sad thing is that our tax dollars are paying for his stupidity!

    • July 30, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      It means a workday off with NO pay. Lots of people need ALL their pay. Do you suppose since the GOP legislators keep taking all those days off instead of being in session they just think it is the same for everyone? Seems to me they need all those days off to be with NO pay too so they may start to “get” it!

  17. 74 hopefruit2
    July 30, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    So will Chris Hayes treat viewers to another nightly bore-fest tribute to Bradley Manning – this time comparing him to Mandela? Not that I will be watching anyway.

  18. July 30, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I got an e-mail (before unsubscribing) from Daily Kos saying I should sign a petition telling the President not to make a deal with Republicans about cutting Medicare. What the hell is this all about?! It worries me that they’re giving people the idea that he would do this! Not everyone is informed like us! Anyone see this?

    • 77 desertflower
      July 30, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      Drives clicks to their site….follow the $$$ They didn’t DEMAND that “Obama” not make a deal?! That’s what they usually do. Haven’t been there in years…nor HP….Salon is on the way out….

    • July 30, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      Oh yes, I got it as well. It’s infuriating and I have several friends who eat it up. No matter that they are always doing this: saying he said things he didn’t really say, getting people all stirred up over made-up nonsense. I just keep saying “I’ll wait to hear what the President says”.

    • 80 africa
      July 30, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      The more I read Groundswell, David Corn’s story, the more I know that, while there are some on this and other so-called lefty blogs who are Democrats, I believe that it is completely infiltrated by posers.


      • July 30, 2013 at 8:18 pm

        africa, I think there are a lot of Libertarians, too. A couple of years ago Rand Paul and Ralph Nader were on some tv show and were talking about a coalition. I think the evolution of the far right will be a coalition with the far left and a lot of those types are at DKos. I think you are right and there are right-wing posers, too.

    • 82 nospin
      July 30, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      hey Sherry – that meme is same ‘ol isht just a different day. That talking point is recycled at least once every six months.

    • July 30, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      I didn’t read it, not on their email list, but I’ve seen them do this type of thing before. They gin up hysteria to draw the Glenn Greenwald, Cenk Ungar types to the site. There were some really good people there at one time. It’s really a shame.

      Just remember that we are powerful in standing with the President to create the world we believe in. OFA is powerful. Think of all the President has accomplished and all along the way were people saying he wouldn’t be able to do it. He keeps his eye on his vision of what he wants to create and that’s so powerful.

    • 84 jackiegrumbacher
      July 30, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Sherry, this is the second time I’ve unsubscribed to Daily Kos messages and they keep mysteriously reappearing. I never read them, but just hit delete. Any message that starts with “tell the president…” is an automatic delete. I wish the unsubscribe button had given me a chance to tell them why. I actually feel as if my e-mail has been sullied if I get a DK message. The are a cesspool of anti PBO hatred.

  19. 85 desertflower
    July 30, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Reason why R’s can’t shut down govt to defund Obamacare…as shown to Tom Coburn


  20. 86 Linda
    July 30, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Bill Clinton made a video for Allison Lundergran-Grimes… Mitch is toast !

  21. 93 utaustinliberal
    July 30, 2013 at 7:59 pm

  22. 95 desertflower
    July 30, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I’m not going to say a thing. Nothing.

  23. July 30, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Afternoon / Evening Obots!

    Got your DM, Chips. All is well now. I hate WP.

    To all the blog tyrants: I have a night owl chat ready to go for later this evening.

  24. 97 desertflower
    July 30, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Just so you know the “plan” they have for TP ideas… Schweikert is my TP rep. Useless as tits on a boar

    Jacqueline F. Bodnar ‏@JackieBodnar 8 Jul
    Blue shirts, Gadsden ideas 😉 MT @kristinaribali: @JackieBodnar Shhh, it’s how we infiltrate the other side 🙂 @RepDavid @mkibbe @SenMikeLee
    Retweeted by Rep David Schweikert

  25. 99 Jovie
    July 30, 2013 at 8:27 pm

  26. July 30, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    News Channel 9 in Chattanooga had excellent live feed coverage and positive, factual commentary afterwards. They did a really nice interview with the CEO of the Chamber of Commerce and he was VERY happy about the President’s visit. I was hoping to find something about that, will keep looking. There were a lot of local officials there. Their mayor is a Democrat and very happy about the visit. He told the President how the stimulus had helped and POTUS asked him about the city.

    Mayor Andy Berke Reflects On POTUS Visit

    “I told him about our vibrant downtown. I told him the investment that had been made through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act had allowed us to get the gigabyte per second technology here. We talked about Race to the Top and education reform. He was really familiar with what was going on in Tennessee,” says Mayor Berke.

    As it turns out, President Obama was interested in Chattanooga’s affairs too.

    “He was very down to earth. He asked a lot of questions about Chattanooga. He wanted to know more about what’s going on here. He wanted to understand what was going on on the ground,” says Berke.

    • 101 Jovie
      July 30, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      He did a local interview too!

    • 102 hopefruit2
      July 30, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      That’s very nice. Thanks MagicalEarth for sharing!! 🙂

    • 103 dotster3
      July 30, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      I see the mayor was once a student of Obama’s at U. of Chgo. law school. Interesting.

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks, MagicalEarth!

      I really enjoyed a couple of the videos that you recommended earlier today (interviews with Amazon employees, including Lydia, the woman who introduced the President on stage).

      Their videos are some kind Flash wizardry that don’t have unique URLs, so it’s impossible to share here (when you’re as non technical as me).

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Favorite part of interview was:
      “I told him the investment that had been made through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act had allowed us to get the gigabyte per second technology here.”

      The “stimulus” that RWNJs love to bash.

  27. 106 hopefruit2
    July 30, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    NYC’s in an “Obama” state of mind!

  28. 108 japa21
    July 30, 2013 at 8:39 pm

  29. 109 desertflower
    July 30, 2013 at 8:41 pm
  30. 110 desertflower
    July 30, 2013 at 8:43 pm
  31. July 30, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    daily kos site traffic:


    Note they have a 55.40% bounce rate, which is the percentage of people who access the site but leave without visiting any other page.

    • 121 hopefruit2
      July 30, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      LOL! If all you see on that stupid WRECK list is Manning, Snowden, Manning, Assange, Greenwald, Snowden, Assange, you will leave ASAP! 🙂 🙂

      • July 30, 2013 at 8:52 pm

        I haven’t been to dk for about 6 years. Don’t miss any piece of it.

        • 123 hopefruit2
          July 30, 2013 at 9:00 pm

          And I don’t blame you one bit.

        • July 30, 2013 at 9:33 pm

          Was a regular visitor to dKos before the 2008 election.

          Loved “poblano” (Nate Silver, as he later told us) and it cracked me up that when Senator Obama spoke the chat threads would fill up immediately. One I remember seeing was filled up between the time Sen. Obama was announced and when he got to the microphone.

          I remember one post by “poblano” when he almost caught a glimpse of Senator Obama (at a Mexican restaurant, I think). It didn’t happen, but he was so excited by the possibility.

        • 125 nathkatun7
          July 30, 2013 at 9:59 pm

          I quit visiting DK, HuffPost, and TPM, 4’1/2 years ago. I just could not put up with the ODS by many people on those blogs.

  32. July 30, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    This article describes the tax deal POTUS is talking about, cutting corporate tax rates and closing loopholes, putting the money into training, job creation. Also gives GOP positions. It;s News Channel 5 in Nashville so it’s giving POTUS credit for his proposals.

    They are not talking about the recent G-20 summit where all the member countries want to stop the tax evasion by multinational corp like Apple.

    President Obama Makes Economic Speech In Chattanooga

    …The U.S. has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world, but many businesses avoid the full cost by taking advantage of deductions, credits and exemptions that Obama wants to eliminate.

    Obama wants to do away with corporate tax benefits like oil and natural gas industry subsidies, special breaks for the purchase of private jets and certain corporate tax shelters. He also wants to impose a minimum tax on foreign earnings, a move opposed by multinational corporations and perhaps the most contentious provision in the president’s plan….

  33. 127 hopefruit2
    July 30, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Okay then.

    • 128 jacquelineoboomer
      July 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      He’s always about a million steps ahead, isn’t he? In a twisted way, I love this.

      • 129 vcprezofan2
        July 30, 2013 at 9:50 pm

        I like it in the same ‘twisted way’, I think. These two are likely to stick their heads in anyway meeting with the ‘rebels’, so take away their braggadocio by throwing them a bone to pump up their sense of foreign policy importance.

        • 130 jacquelineoboomer
          July 30, 2013 at 11:10 pm

          Obviously, I could not have said that better, VC! And yet it’s exactly what I meant, so I’ll share the credit!

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      Very interesting.

      The GOP is splintering before our very eyes, and this “acquiescence” to the “illegitimate” President is sure to fracture the party even more.

      Reposting because it’s just too good:

    • 132 Allison
      July 30, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      Can they please say, President Obama. It just pisses me off. So tired of their disrespect.

  34. July 30, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Will Japanese cherry blossoms be in POTUS and FLOTUS future next Spring?

  35. July 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    They just say speech today, but it’s Chattanooga

    Obama Calls Out Republicans For Wasting Time On Keystone: ‘That’s Not A Jobs Plan’

    …While Republicans have advocated for Keystone by insisting that it will create jobs, Obama slammed that assertion Tuesday, pointing to the Cornell University estimate that Keystone would only create 50 permanent jobs…

    An estimate done by Obama’s own State Department pegs the the total number of permanent jobs created by Keystone even lower — at a mere 35. But that’s not the only reason not to build it; were the pipeline completed, it would emit levels of CO2 equivalent to that of 51 coal-fired power plants….

  36. 136 desertflower
    July 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    {{{{Smartypants}}}} Besides Chips and the blog tyrants here (and the posters!!) the Only Other Adult In The Room.


  37. July 30, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    hey i saw this go by from Linda at what is working:

  38. July 30, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Love Steve Benen

    Obama makes his case for the middle class

    ….This was a very forward-thinking speech. While Republican leaders regularly present a vision of a different kind of America — one without a safety net, without access to affordable health care, without retirement security, without education, without environmental protections, without the right to organize or bargain collectively, but plenty of Ayn Rand-approved “freedom” — this was the president’s opportunity to sketch out a more progressive alternative….

    ….And what Obama thinks should be next is a center-left approach, built on the belief that lasting prosperity comes from an economy that rejects a top-down model in which we help the rich and wait for wealth to someday trickle down, but focuses instead on a “middle-out” model that emphasizes the middle class. (The president used the phrase “middle class” 25 times in this speech.)

    If the president’s detractors have anything even remotely as compelling, I’m eager to see it.

  39. 142 anniebella
    July 30, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Did you guys get a Happy Birthday card from the DNC for President Obama’s birthday August 4th?

  40. July 30, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Video and text of Kerry’s remarks today on the peace process:


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