Enthusiasm Gap:

President Obama at the University of Buffalo today (Photo by Pete Souza)


Magnolia’s Deli and Cafe in Rochester, New York


Next up:

5:55 ET: President Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School, Syracuse


More pics later, chat on!

122 Responses to “Enthusiasm Gap:”

  1. 1 Vicki
    August 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    repeat from last thread: So glad to see Governor Andrew Cuomo on tarmac with POTUS. NYC hater Press had been saying Cuomo wasn’t a part of NY State tour.
    Wrong Again, haters.

  2. 4 vitaminlover
    August 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I am enthused with President Obama in case no one knows.

  3. August 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm

  4. August 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    LOVE these photos!! He’s got a GREAT message that will resonate with middle class families and he’s having a great time.

  5. 18 GGail
    August 22, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Chipsticks, I love your tweet about the lady in the red skirt at the Magnolia Deli. Hahahaha!

  6. 23 57andfemale
    August 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    • 24 jackiegrumbacher
      August 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      Geez, did they really need a poll for this, 57. Shutting down the government is a BFD–a disaster for every single American. There are very few areas of our lives that aren’t touched by the Federal government. And they are thinking of doing this in the fall in hurricane season and with the holidays on the horizon. I swear the Republicans in Congress are stark, raving mad.

    • 25 hopefruit2
      August 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      People are sick and tired of GOP’s shenanigans. MSM, please take note.

    • August 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      There’s a part of me that wants them to go ahead with this so they can go right off a cliff but I wouldn’t want innocent people to suffer because of their stupidity.

    • 29 pkayden
      August 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      That’s why Repubs have decided to breach the debt limit instead of shutting down the government. Still an idiotic move.

      • 30 57andfemale
        August 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm

        Stark, raving, effing mad. All of them. I blame John McCain, who told this country that a stupid, science-hating, ignorant dingbat could be a heartbeat away from the Presidency. That’s what ushered in this madness. If he had any shame, he’d slink away to the desert and live the rest of his life under a rock.

        • 31 canadabarb4obama
          August 22, 2013 at 5:05 pm

          57, you hit the nail on the head; that’s when all of this ugly bigotted hatred started!

          • 32 57andfemale
            August 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm

            McCain gave permission for this stuff to become mainstream. They would have thought this ugly crap, but there was still a line of decency that wasn’t to be crossed. Sure, there had been some maniacs in Congress, but they were considered fringe. It was McCain’s choice of Palin that unleashed these floodgates. Being ignorant became a badge of honor; being from the ‘outside’ was better than understanding basic economics on the debt ceiling, etc. We’ve always had some loons, but we never gave them the keys to the car. John McCain told the country that Sarah Palin was qualified to be President – that meant every ignorant yahoo had a right to run the government.

            Eff him.

            • 33 dotster3
              August 22, 2013 at 5:40 pm

              Agreed—–McCain’s choice of Palin unleashed the dirtiest of dogs. The haters came flooding out from under their rocks —–“she’s just like us!” I also believe without that demented VP selection the bigots would have remained tucked away and out of sight.

              • 34 57andfemale
                August 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm

                I’ve believed that from Day One. We would not have had the tea party take over our political system. And a good deal of the rhetoric would have stayed under the sheet – pun intended. It was only through McCain’s elevation of that idiot that we are now in this mess.

                • 35 zekke Lydonna
                  August 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm

                  My God. I could not agree more. But… But… But…karma’s a bitch And that bitch’s name is Sarah Palin.

  7. 36 GGail
    August 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    That crowd looks like the size normally in attendance for a NCAA Final Four game!

  8. 39 hopefruit2
    August 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    • 40 GGail
      August 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      I went to my mani-pedi appointment yesterday after work. While there, my manicurist & I were talking about how my daughter will be completing her residency in time to be a benefit to the Obamacare coverage. Nancy, my manicurist asked when would that be and I said Obamacare goes into effect, 1/1/14, but that people can sign up beginning Oct. 1st of this year. Nancy became so excited, she started talking to the other manicurist in Vietnamese and all I could understand was the word “Obamacare”! She asked me how to sign up and I told her that I would help her. She said she doesn’t have health insurance and would bring her son’s laptop for my next appointment in two weeks so I can put the link on the computer and show her and the other manicurists how to put in their info into our “Covered California” Health Insurance Exchange.

      Just imagine what one conversation, one encounter can accomplish. Think of all of the other Vietnamese people, especially manicurist that will know how to sign up for coverage by October 1, 2013.

      • August 22, 2013 at 3:45 pm

        I love this story. It’s so wonderful to see that people are grateful for this coverage. Covered California is doing a great job.

      • 47 pkayden
        August 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm

        Good for you, GGail for getting the word out.

        • 48 GGail
          August 22, 2013 at 4:26 pm

          Thank pk.
          This is one of those segments of our society that does not read or listen to a lot of information in English and unless we help spread the word this way, we will be doing a disservice to our President and all that he did to provide us with affordable healthcare.

          Just think of all of the Asian business’ that we patronize daily, weekly. We need to be looking at them and having conversations. I know I’m not the only person here at TOD who gets a manicure/pedicure every two weeks???!!! 😀

      • August 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm

        GG, that is absolutely wonderful. I am talking to as many people as I can, especially when I go to my favorite “hole-in-the-wall” to play darts. I’ve talk to the owner about me doing a quick presentation on Obamacare on Thursdays and Saturdays afternoon. Keep up the good work.

  9. 52 hopefruit2
    August 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    • 53 jackiegrumbacher
      August 22, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      I am so glad Dan Pheiffer said this. We ARE NOT negotiating over the debt limit. They are talking to themselves and holding themselves hostage. If the GOP thinks they will get PBO to blink on this they need to think again. They can’t play this game if the other side won’t budge. The president only has to go on national tv and tell the American people what the Republicans plan to do and outline the consequences as exactly as possible. The Republicans are so intent on denying your health care that that are willing to make you suffer further by delaying your social security checks, veteran’s pay, Medicare reimbursements and risking your airport and highway safety, to mention just a tiny portion of the consequences. If people don’t want to suffer these consequences they can call their Congressman or, better yet, vote them out in 2014.

    • 54 GGail
      August 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      President Obama’s got GREAT people! You tell ’em Dan!!

    • 55 Nena20409
      August 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      😎 Way to Go.

      I hope they keep repeating it.

      POTUS will be interviewed by Chris Cuomo on 8-23-13……on the New Day…..on CNN

    • 56 pkayden
      August 22, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      President Obama and the Dems need to get out first on this outrage. Get on television now and let the American people know what the Repubs plan to do to damage this country. Put the blame squarely where it belongs and don’t let the MSM twist this to blame the Dems in any way or form.

  10. 57 Nena20409
    August 22, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Good and Great Afternoon to my Fellow TODvillive Township.

    Wow…..so much information today. I have finally got up 😉

    Thank you all ❗

  11. 58 hopefruit2
    August 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    LMAO! More infighting and chaos that’s being buried in the media….

    HEADLINE: Rasmussen Reports Announces a Change in Management

    // For Immediate Release

    Asbury Park, NJ, August 22, 2013 — The Rasmussen Reports, LLC Board of Directors today confirmed that founder Scott Rasmussen left the company last month. In part, the move reflects disagreements over company business strategies. Mike Boniello, the company’s chief operating officer, will assume a broader leadership role until a replacement for Mr. Rasmussen is named.

    The Company emphasized that Mr. Rasmussen’s legacy remains intact. His polling methodologies and protocols, widely acknowledged as among the most accurate and reliable in the industry, continue to guide and inform the company’s public opinion survey techniques. In addition, the editorial culture of excellence that he built is still very much in place. //


    The 2nd paragraph contradicts the first, but okay….LMAO!!!

  12. 69 Don
    August 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Shorter Rasmussen: people weren’t buying our shit anymore, so we had to let the old man go.

    • 70 MightyPamela
      August 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      Will I reap bad karma if I mentioned I hope his golden parachute has a hole in it?? Yes, I know I will.. Sheesh MP, get offline, light another candle and go make some lunch! Bye y’all! Big big hugs all around! 😳

      • 71 jacquelineoboomer
        August 22, 2013 at 4:40 pm

        It’s okay, MP, I was recently gonna hit Chris Hayes in the face with a brick, until VC stopped me. 🙂

  13. 72 MightyPamela
    August 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I had an email from GoFundMe reporting in the past 2 days, $98K plus a bit has been raised in support of the Christopher Lane Memorial Fund. Christopher is the young Aussie student who was shot and killed by the bored American teenagers earlier this week. This is a dynamic message and indicator of how upset people are with our out-of-control-guns-for-everyone mentality.

  14. 74 JER
    August 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    President Obama made a stop in Seneca Falls on Thursday during his bus tour of Upstate New York. … The visit was not part of the announced schedule for Obama’s Upstate New York tour. … Many consider Seneca Falls the birthplace of the women’s rights movement.

    • 75 Vicki
      August 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      JER, that’s a feel-good tweet. POTUS cited Seneca Falls at his Inauguration this year which was touching then and going there today is just lovely.

    • 76 utaustinliberal
      August 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      That’s awesome. Thanks for posting.

    • 77 GGail
      August 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks JER. He presented the Woman’s League with a signed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
      He is so thoughtful.

      • 78 jacquelineoboomer
        August 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm

        How WONDERFUL. Not part of the announced schedule, maybe, but certainly well planned and executed!

  15. 79 Nena20409
    August 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Dancing In The Streets 8-24-64 Martha and the Vandellas 😉 for Dudette
    http://www.youtube.com/watch ?feature=player_detailpage&v=CdvITn5cAVc#t=12

    I inserted a (space) after watch……

  16. 88 MightyPamela
    August 22, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Roll On, Mr. President!! 😆

  17. August 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm

  18. 91 jacquelineoboomer
    August 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    How can people take photos of the President without their hands shaking? HOW?????

  19. 100 yardarm756
    August 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm

  20. August 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    TOD Music fans!!

  21. 112 hopefruit2
    August 22, 2013 at 5:08 pm

  22. 113 hopefruit2
    August 22, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    All these “anonymous” movements are nothing but a bunch of wikileaks Libertarian front groups.

    • 115 jackiegrumbacher
      August 22, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Lamh, they think they can scare the president into doing what they want. They don’t know, nor never have known, who they’re dealing with.

    • 116 Layla
      August 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      Hole of the ass!!!!

    • 117 canadabarb4obama
      August 22, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      I decided to look at the comments section of this article. The first few were great; hope this sentiment lasts and encourages the pro Dem vote next year!

  23. 118 hopefruit2
    August 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    What is wikileaks’ fascination with fear-mongering among these privileged young white males? Has anyone seen Wikileaks or any of their “anonymous” branches put on ANY ‘concerned’ tweet in defense of Trayvon Martin?

    • 119 Linda
      August 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      Hastings was on drugs…..the coroner reported it yesterday…..he had meth and weed in his system. His family confirmed that he had been using again after 14 years on the wagon.

  24. 120 57andfemale
    August 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm

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