This and That

President Obama arrives for a meeting with House Democrats at the Capitol Visitor Center, July 31







President Obama walks to a meeting with House Democrats on Capitol Hill, July 31



President Obama is escorted by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Assistant Democratic Party Leader Rep. James Clyburn and Vice Chairman of the Democratic Caucus Rep. Joseph Crowley at the US Capitol after concluding talks with House Democrats


USA Today: … President Obama will appear on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday as part of a western swing next week, officials said.

…. In its announcement, the Tonight Show said Obama plans “to discuss his second term concentrating on his jobs initiatives and the economy.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president’s trip will also include a housing speech in the Phoenix, Ariz., area, and a talk with troops at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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August 4



Amazon: President Barack Obama: The Kindle Singles Interview

In this Kindle Singles Interview, President Barack Obama decried the “change in culture” that has changed our view of the American Dream. “There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous,” the President said. “Kids weren’t monitoring everyday what Kim Kardashian was wearing, or where Kanye West was going on vacation, and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success.” He addressed the jobs issue from a personal perspective, reflecting on how his own life might have been different had he not experienced success in politics. “I could picture myself being a good teacher,” the President mused.

In the interview, which took place on July 30, 2013, at an Amazon facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Obama discussed the increasing need for government programs that can actually make a difference. Sticking close to his standard message, he spoke frankly about the increasing polarization of American politics since the Great Recession and Republican Party intransigence over his agenda. On a personal note, he reflected that he and First Lady Michelle Obama are constantly reminding their daughters of the “slightly unreal environment that they’re in,” as children of privilege in a world constrained by unemployment and recession.

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President Obama hosts the 2013 NCAA champion University of Connecticut Huskies Women’s basketball players in the East Room of the White House



Steve Benen: What a governing allergy looks like

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington are getting ready for a four-week break, followed by a September in which House Republicans have only scheduled nine days of work for the entire month, and they’re leaving quite a to-do list behind. Four of the 12 appropriations bills that have to pass before the end of the fiscal year are being ignored; the farm bill is stuck; immigration reform is demanding attention; and a debt-ceiling crisis looms.

There is, in other words, real work that needs to get done, and in theory, members of Congress would be scrambling right now to get as much finished as possible.

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116 Responses to “This and That”

  1. 7 vitaminlover
    July 31, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Congratulations, LL. Next to the Obamas and the Bidens, Mrs Pelosi is a most stylish woman. NEVER looks bad!

  2. 8 vcprezofan2
    July 31, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Hi, you all! Everything seems to be in slo-mo today.

    • July 31, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      Everything’s been in slo mo the past few days. Dog days of summer and all.

      • 10 vcprezofan2
        July 31, 2013 at 5:39 pm

        Hi-ya, LL. You mean, WordP gets to be affected by the dog days of summer? Now you tell me! Had I known this previously I wouldn’t have been so frantic. 😉 I thought something was wrong with my connection. Phew!

  3. 11 desertflower
    July 31, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    He’s coming to PHX and I have to go back to work next week!! WTH!

    • 12 desertflower
      July 31, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Coming here Tues…don’t know where or what time

    • 13 vcprezofan2
      July 31, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      It’s nice I don’t even have to ask who is ‘he’? 😀

      • 14 desertflower
        July 31, 2013 at 5:51 pm

        🙂 Right you are! You know who HE is!!

        • 15 vcprezofan2
          July 31, 2013 at 5:59 pm

          You could always take the kids on a ‘field trip’ to see him.- there’s time to compose a letter for parents to sign, rent a bus and collect payment, etc. I’m sure you’d have no problem designing a follow-up classroom activity. 😉

          • 16 desertflower
            July 31, 2013 at 6:18 pm

            Actually, I won’t be with the kids that day, I have an inservice to go to…. I’m so sad 😦

            • 17 vcprezofan2
              July 31, 2013 at 6:21 pm

              Cheer up, Chips and the gang will take pictures and make a video, saving all for you to see later. 😉

              • 18 desertflower
                July 31, 2013 at 6:40 pm

                TY, vc….I feel a little better:) Love to see him JUST ONCE, in person. Once. Bucket list

                • 19 vcprezofan2
                  July 31, 2013 at 7:48 pm

                  Df, on occasion I do think I’d like to see him in person, but on other occasions seeing him like I do here and FEELING how he interacts with people seems like I AM seeing him in person. I mean, he seems so real here in the village, but I do understand what you mean. You never know, your chance may come when you least expect it.

  4. 20 vcprezofan2
    July 31, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    ‘Are some republicans treating you like a lame duck already?’ – was the question I heard on the video clip. I wish someONE would call these idiots out when they are being unnecessarily rude. Then again, no, because that would then become the focus of the reporting. 🙄

    • 21 anniebella
      July 31, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      vc, I heard that stupid question ask. That fool knows that these crazy ass Republicans have been treating this President like a lame duck President starting January 2009. To them he was never legit.

      • 22 vcprezofan2
        July 31, 2013 at 6:15 pm

        Annieb, I wondered BRIEFLY who was the ill-mannered, classless, conflict-fostering, ignorant roach who would ask such a question, then I forgot him.

        • 23 anniebella
          July 31, 2013 at 6:21 pm

          Is there any wonder why POTUS doesn’t want to waste his time with these media jackasses?

          • 24 vcprezofan2
            July 31, 2013 at 6:25 pm

            There is ‘wonder’ on their part, none on ours! Dense, disrespectful jerks! [There! I feel cleansed.]

  5. 25 daisydem
    July 31, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    The expression on my President’s face in that first picture is “what do you mean daisydem could not make it to the meeting?”

  6. 35 utaustinliberal
    July 31, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Looooove the pictures with the UConn Huskies. Fun event.

    • 36 anniebella
      July 31, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      I think most of the so call basketball know it all thought the Baylor women team would win the women championship.

      • 37 anniebella
        July 31, 2013 at 6:16 pm

        I wonder if Sasha is going to continue to play basketball. Maybe one day she will be playing college basketball.And we see the ex-President and First Lady at her game.

        • 38 hopefruit2
          July 31, 2013 at 6:33 pm

          Hmmm…if that happens there will be a tremendous SURGE in the interest in women’s basketball, nationally, internationally, in the media, etc….

  7. July 31, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Love that PBO swagger…

    • 40 HZ
      July 31, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Oh, our President is on today. Lawdy please have mercy. Let’s get the birthday party on. Right prettyfoot? Our POTUS is showing up and
      showing out. PBO has a swagger like no other president has or ever will have. PBO’s is an elegant swagger. Lord, please have mercy on the seniors in this family. Of course we are foxy seniors. POTUS would love hanging out with the TOD Seniors. Love my Mr. President.HZ

  8. 41 dotster3
    July 31, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Great write-up in Hartford Courant about re. UConn team visit to WH, plus more photos!


      • 43 dotster3
        July 31, 2013 at 6:06 pm

        Oh, t’was nothing. How is your vacay in the cow pasture? 🙂 I stepped in a cow pie once—–we thought we found this great secret secluded place in the Iowa countryside to have one last par-tay before heading back to college one year. And then—–whoops—–and ugh. Didn’t know cows hung out there during the day, a bovine party spot. Put a bit of a damper on my night—–but provided hilarious laughter for everyone else.

    • 44 arkluvspbo
      July 31, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      I’m sure it was all in fun, and the President was light-hearted about it, but those girls giving him rabbit ears just screams disrespect. It’s not funny and it’s not cute.
      Sorry…just had to vent. Very turned off by that.

  9. July 31, 2013 at 5:47 pm

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  11. July 31, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Important dates to keep on your calendar:

    Aug 17: my vacation starts
    Aug 18: Chelsea plays its first game of the season

    Yes, it’s that important.

    Oh, and in spouse news, she’s down about 135 lbs from her highest weight. Today she’s wearing a size which she hasn’t worn in years. Yay!!!

  12. July 31, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    • July 31, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      Man, this whole thing is so out of control.

      • 64 anniebella
        July 31, 2013 at 6:13 pm

        meta,What ashame. I am not a fan of New York Mayor Bloomberg at all. A rich white man who see all black been alike. Black and criminals.

      • July 31, 2013 at 6:13 pm

        They knew who he was…they felt empowered by their white priviledge…

        • July 31, 2013 at 6:52 pm

          I know absolutely nothing about what happened, but from the posts here, my thought was “The NYPD rank-and-file don’t know who their chief is?”

          That makes no sense at all, and your thoughts make more sense.

          • July 31, 2013 at 7:01 pm

            My father, who was the head of the financial department of the Amsterdam city police, cycled to work every day.

            One day he ran a red light in frustration of the short stick cyclists got every time on the “light’s cycle”.

            He was apprehended and paid the fine – he didn’t want to play out his position to forgo the monetary fix.

            Needless to say – none of the officers “on the ground” recognized him. Amsterdam at that time had 3500 uniformed personel.

            • July 31, 2013 at 7:03 pm

              he had ID….they chose not to believe the ID

            • July 31, 2013 at 7:19 pm

              No disrespect toward your father, but the head of Finance is not the same as Police Chief.

              Every officer would have seen a photo of his chief (if the precinct captains were doing their job).

              Sounds like the NYPD needs some of the same type of federal oversight the LAPD was under after the Rodney King beating 20+ years ago.

              The LAPD was under a “consent decree” that was only recently limited. (Not sure of the particulars involved in this, but the LAPD were under federal scrutiny for 20 years.)

      • 71 hopefruit2
        July 31, 2013 at 6:44 pm

        Doesn’t that completely and unequivocally invalidate Don Lemon’s recent comments about saggy pants and hoodies? Heck I’m sure the Good Chief wasn’t in baggy pants and hoodies…he was wearing a POLICE BADGE for Pete’s sake!! Oops..he was wearing black skin too. But I’m sure Don Lemon doesn’t think the black skin issue matters….

      • 72 canadabarb4obama
        July 31, 2013 at 6:54 pm

        Just checked article. Seems it was from May/2008.

      • 75 yardarm756
        July 31, 2013 at 6:56 pm

        We all look alike donycha know?

        • 76 vcprezofan2
          July 31, 2013 at 8:18 pm

          Hi YA, are you back, well-rested, from your vacay, or only peeking in? Hope you had/are having a good time.

    • July 31, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    • 78 nospin
      July 31, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      If this is true, it is funny as hell and just may be what was needed to reach the tipping point.

  13. July 31, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    PBO’s snap and head roll GIF:


  14. 81 desertflower
    July 31, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    What if they threw a party and no one came??

    Mother Russia has great freedoms, Snowjob! Enjoy!

  15. 82 dotster3
    July 31, 2013 at 6:30 pm

  16. 83 dotster3
    July 31, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Did Heidi ever make it back to D.C. for the vote (ATF)? I don’t understand why she wasn’t there. Isn’t that her job—-to be there for votes? It just seems like dereliction of duty to me to hold up a vote, waiting for her to meander back to D.C. from N.D.

    • July 31, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      hi dotster. I was wondering the same thing but saw on Politico that she was home and was planning on being in DC on Wed but took ill.

      • 85 dotster3
        July 31, 2013 at 7:26 pm

        Sorry to hear that, if true. Wonder why she wasn’t in D.C. in the first place. They have 5 weeks to be home starting Aug. .

  17. July 31, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Hello out there. I finally got some wifii juice up here in the North woods. I see I’ve missed about 62 or so posts which tells me you lot have been busy. I won’t be able to really catch up until Saturday. These “Cheeseheads” don’t have a clue about what’s going on in the world. Most of the cable stations are about hunting, guns, fishing and ‘faux’ news. I finally was able to finagle MSNBC. (I hope this gts out)

  18. July 31, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Hi all! I’m spreading the word at my gym about Obamacare and its amazing to me how much people believe the worst! My 70 year old friend was telling me today how all her doctors are scaring her to death telling her Obamacare is going to be terrible and telling her she can’t get a pap smear anymore (she has ovarian cancer in her family). This is from doctors! So she was very anxious, understandably. So I told her about how medicare covers physicals and mamograms, and pap smears, etc. She has medicare and a supplement, so I told her about the marketplace and how she might get a better deal than the supplemental insurance she has. I sent her an e-mail with Medicare.gov and Healthcare.gov, along with a great video on women’s preventative services covered by medicare. Than a young man at the gym who works 2 part time jobs with no benefits didn’t know he could get covered in the exchange, plus maybe get help with subsidies. He voted for Obama, but didn’t know. It astonishes me that doctors would scaring my friend with lies about the ACA. I remember running into situations like this when calling for the President’s campaign last year, telling young people how much help they could get with college, and that the banks weren’t in the student loan loop anymore. We can do so much important work in our communities!

    • 105 anniebella
      July 31, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      I shouldn’t be, but I am surprise about doctors doing something like that. Makes me wonder what kind of doctors are they.

    • July 31, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      Yep the doctors ARE engaging in professional sabotage. It’s pathetic

    • 108 vcprezofan2
      July 31, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      ‘We can do so much important work in our communities!’

      Hi Sherry. This is one reason I’m a big believer in word of mouth. I loved the fact that you pointed your friend to healthcare.gov and medicare.gov, and I hope you will follow-up with her to make sure she is not overwhelmed by all the info. This site also have bits and pieces of information… http://www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform Yes we are moving #FORWARD.

      • August 1, 2013 at 12:18 am

        Thanks VC. That kind of mis-information makes me crazy!!!!!!! She was actually scared about the whole thing. I’m constantly telling people what the real policies are. A lot of young people have no clue about student loans also, as I mentioned. I called my friend after the gym and told her about the websites and found a short 1 minute video from someone who works for medicare about medicare and the women’s preventative care that’s available. It was a great video. She had a chart saying all the things covered. Very easy to understand. Also, at the end of the video, they had a phone number to call medicare. Great video!

  19. July 31, 2013 at 7:13 pm

  20. July 31, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    OK, Senate has invoked cloture and they are now voting on confirmation……

  21. July 31, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    53 – 42 CONFIRMED!!!!

    • 113 jacquelineoboomer
      August 1, 2013 at 1:51 am

      He was confirmed????!!!!! I missed this earlier, and I’m so glad to hear it. But if I were B. Todd Jones, I’d resign tomorrow just for spite. No, really, I would! And I’d tell the Republicans to put their confirmation “where the sun don’t shine.”

  22. July 31, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Senate will take up Samantha Power confirmation tomorrow morning.

  23. 116 Anjo
    July 31, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Hey All, pleasant summer days to all; delurking when I can, how is GB haven’t seen her lately, any updates? Hope Chips is having a wonderful vacation, AMK are you there??? Happy Birthday to President Barack Obama, lots of celebrations my way as my brother is the 2nd and my sister is the 10th, party on the 11th extra bubbly for all TODers on the table…remember to attend all of the rep meetings we need them to know how folks really feel about their obstruction..FORWARD

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