The President Likes Superheroes!




SF Gate: Thousands Of Volunteers To Welcome Batkid To S.F.

Five-year-old Miles already has experience fighting villains – he’s been facing off with acute lymphoblastic leukemia since he was 20 months old. With his cancer in remission and his last bout of chemotherapy finished in June, his biggest wish was to continue living his life heroically. “He wanted to be Batman,” said Patricia Wilson, the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Bay Area executive director. We can do that, Wilson thought, and she began putting the call out to volunteers to help turn San Francisco into Gotham City for a day for the boy from Tulelake (Siskiyou County).

It might as well have been a worldwide Bat-Signal. Word of the foundation’s efforts spread quickly on social media, and soon what started as a small effort to make a 5-year-old boy a hero for the day turned into a citywide extravaganza, with support and volunteers coming in from all over. On Friday, by Make-A-Wish’s count, thousands of volunteers will cheer on “Batkid” as he defeats the Riddler and the Penguin at locations around San Francisco. The mayor will present Miles with a key to the city. Police Chief Greg Suhr will step in as Commissioner Gordon to alert Miles when his heroics are needed.

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101 Responses to “The President Likes Superheroes!”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    November 15, 2013 at 7:14 pm


    • 2 jacquelineoboomer
      November 15, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      More good news!

      • 3 vcprezofan2
        November 15, 2013 at 7:21 pm

        Yea! We voted for the smart leader! 😀 So while the detractors blubber around, his Admin continues with the business of governing and trying to make ‘real stuff’ happen.

        We are …

        • 4 jacquelineoboomer
          November 15, 2013 at 7:23 pm


        • 5 a4alice
          November 15, 2013 at 7:29 pm

          abso-frickin-lootly 😀

          • 6 vcprezofan2
            November 15, 2013 at 7:33 pm

            Makes me smile daily, while they froth at the mouth. I do wonder though how come their constant anger and vitriol haven’t made any of them sick enough to have to take time off.

        • 8 jackiegrumbacher
          November 15, 2013 at 9:19 pm

          VC, exactly. The president has done what he had to do. He’s got experts on the website who are improving it by leaps and bounds every day. He provided a “fix” for junk insurance lovers and he’s moving on. Meanwhile he’s got a whole portfolio of important things that are getting done every day. Now Harry Reid just has to fix the filibuster so the president’s appointments can go through. And WE have to give him a Democratic congress in 2014, not only to help him and all of us move forward, but to deliver a great big spit in the eye to the media and the Koch owned GOP minions in Congress.

        • 9 nathkatun7
          November 15, 2013 at 9:20 pm

          Yes indeed, VC!

  2. 10 vcprezofan2
    November 15, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    The president likes peace too. 😀 I’m seeing some ‘nice’ tweets re the ME that are certainly hope are true.

  3. 11 vcprezofan2
    November 15, 2013 at 7:17 pm

  4. 15 vcprezofan2
    November 15, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Where is everyone?

  5. 25 jacquelineoboomer
    November 15, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Saved from extinction at the bottom of the last thread!

  6. November 15, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Appeared in the last two Batman movies


    • 29 anniebella
      November 15, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      Hello Batkid, Come to D.C. and get rid of those evil racists Tea Republicans, and the sorry ass media, and the cowardly Democrats. Please.

  7. November 15, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    The P5+1 talks with Iran in Geneva late last week produced a lot of drama – foreign ministers unexpectedly clearing their schedules and flying in, reports of disunity among the P5+1 partners, post-midnight negotiating sessions, media speculation about a breakdown, and finger-pointing about whom to blame. One might have thought the negotiations on the Iran nuclear issue had hit a brick wall and were at the point of collapse.

    The reality is more tame. Although expectations had been raised for an announcement of a deal before the end of the week, the difficulties of managing a highly complex negotiation involving several independent and strong-willed countries in a compressed period of time became apparent. So, while making very impressive progress in just a few days, the talks could not quite come to closure. There will be another opportunity to do so in a week’s time.

    A former senior Obama Administration official told the House Foreign Affairs Committee today that the deal proposed to Iran by the P5+1 countries in Geneva last weekend would “double Iran’s breakout time.”

  8. 31 desertflower
    November 15, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Canada is “too dangerous” for DICK. Poor little heartless shithead might’ve gotten arrested there and sent to The Hague or something! I hate that man with the heat of a million suns…

    Hi, vc!!! I’m waving…can you see me??

  9. November 15, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    What’s up people?!

    It doesn’t feel like Friday. Just me?

  10. 36 desertflower
    November 15, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    An entire city can make a wish come true for a youngster..they can all work together to make this happen….you know why? Because they WANTED IT TO WORK FOR THIS CHILD. They WANTED to grant his wish! Congressman could learn a thing or fifty from this.

  11. November 15, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    UT,Chips……mind getting my comment out of moderation. TY!

    …..“There is a tendency when these kind of things happen to blame the correspondent whose voice and face was on the story, but whatever happened and however it happened, people in the corporate hierarchy of CBS News and leaders of the news division share at least as much of whatever blame there is to be as the correspondent, but they try to make it appear their fingerprints aren’t on it,” Rather said.

    ….”I just know this, that No. One, I’m always pulling for CBS News, and I hope they’ll be transparent, look into this and tell what they know and try to move on from it. No. Two, there is a difference between this and the trouble I got into at CBS News,” Rather said. “We got into trouble, that is I and the other reporters, because we reported a true story…the difficulty with this Benghazi story, that they now acknowledge, the story was not true and they stood by it for a long time.”

    • November 15, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      “On closer inspection, the claim that President Obama lied in saying that people could keep their insurance looks like another Fox News special. In the only way that the pledge could be interpreted as being meaningful, the pledge is true. The ACA does not eliminate plans that were in existence at the time the bill was approved.

      If we want to play Fox News, President Obama also promised people they could keep their doctor. Since 2010 tens of thousands of doctors have retired or even died. Guess the pledge that people could keep their doctor was yet another lie from the Obama administration.”

      Would be really swell if lots of TODers expressed gratitude to Dean Baker.

      Yes We Can

  12. November 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    That top photo is a block away from where I live!! Such a sweet young kid who played out his fantasy wish to perfection. The whole city came together for the SF Make a Wish Foundation – City Hall, Police and Fire Dept, local news networks, the SF Chronicle, the Cable Car system, the Giants organization and lots and lots of local shops and 12,000 volunteers, lots of other stuff too numerous to mention. Such a great feeling of love and friendship and camaraderie for this little boy and his family. As POTUS always says:


  13. 50 Judith Fardig
    November 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Doubt if the Oregonian will print my letter to the editor, but we should all give it a try with our local paper. Here’s my attempt at rational discourse:

    Letters to the editor, The Oregonian

    R.E. front-page article, Obama bends on health cancellations 11/15/13

    If you received a cancellation letter from you insurance company, don’t try to hang on to your sub-standard policy without calling Cover Oregon first at 1-855-268-3767 to find out if you could get a better deal. Individuals making up to $45,960 and families of 4 up to $92,400 may be eligible for federal subsidies which you won’t get if you keep you old policy.

    The Affordable Care Act grandfathered all the individual policies that were in place at the time the law was enacted, hence President Obama’s statement that you could keep your plan if you liked it. There were limits on the amount of increase in premiums or deductibles to keep this grandfathered status. The plans being cancelled because they don’t meet the minimal standards were introduced by private insurers after passage of the ACA, knowing they wouldn’t be in compliance by 1/1/14. The insurers should have disclosed this when they issued the policy. Now they are trying to blame their lack of transparency on the President.

  14. 55 hopefruit2
    November 15, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    A whole city coming together to make a little boy’s wish come true. And the country rallies behind them. I have faith in humanity. 🙂 🙂

    • 56 PamfromCalif
      November 15, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      San Francisco Values & Make-A-Wish helped Miles aka Batkid reach his dream. Wonderful day for the whole SF Bay Area.

  15. 57 sherijr
    November 15, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    San Francisco has always been my favorite city ~ I’m so proud & happy for both the city & for little Miles. What a beautiful, inspiring thing to do for this little guy.

  16. November 15, 2013 at 7:51 pm

  17. November 15, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    BREAKING NEWS: The missus is now a gainfully employed person!!! She’s working hospice, which she’s always wanted to do. Her first shift is Sunday from 12 – 8am. Our wonderpup Stewie is going to have to get used to Mom leaving for work at all sorts of odd hours.

    I am now going to plop on the bed and zone out to sports. We’ve been out and about all day.

  18. November 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    PROGRESS. Jeff Zients is doing a masterful job.

    Administration: HealthCare.gov Really Is Getting Better

    The Obama administration has said that HealthCare.gov will be “working smoothly for the vast majority of users” by the end of November. They’ve brought in Jeff Zients, a former corporate executive, to save the ailing website from its disastrous launch. So how are they doing?

    They’re making serious progress, Zients said on a Friday conference call with reporters.

    The administration is judging its improvement by two metrics, Zients said: the website’s response times and its error rates. In other words, how long it takes a page to load for users and how often users encounter a crash or error page.

    In both areas, Zients reported, HealthCare.gov is improving exponentially.


  19. November 15, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Eric Holder says he won’t prosecute Glenn Greenwald (unless he crosses the line of course). I’m sure Greenwald is quite disappointed. Possible prosecution by US Gov is part of his schtick.

    • November 15, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      GG is still whining about being a victim.

      Just cannot understand how any billionaire could be duped by this person who has nothing but contempt for the US and her President.

      “That this question is even on people’s minds is a rather grim reflection of the Obama administration’s record on press freedoms,” he said in an e-mail. “It is a positive step that the Attorney General expressly recognizes that journalism is not and should not be a crime in the United States, but given this administration’s poor record on press freedoms, I’ll consult with my counsel on whether one can or should rely on such caveat-riddled oral assertions about the government’s intentions.”

  20. November 15, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Lara Rozen has it covered …

    And, Senator Kirk’s ‘fund raising’ stunt is something for all of us to deride ….

  21. 76 amk for obama
    November 15, 2013 at 8:47 pm

  22. November 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    David Ignatius (a MSM echo-chamber favorite) hasn’t gotten the message that his job is to bash this President nonstop.

    Just appalling how lockstep the MSM is against this President and how widely hyperbolic they are. Desertflower posted this link to the number of Obama’s Katrinas the MSM has uncovered.

  23. 80 yardarm756
    November 15, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Obvious to the most casual observers.

  24. November 15, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    More from @LRozen timeline re: Iran.

    Did Feinstein back down from her ACA stance after our President’s statement yesterday?

  25. November 15, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    You guys are the greatest! I love visiting here. 🙂 There are SO many good tweets, articles and thoughts out there. A very strong feeling of being together with President Obama, ObamaCare and all the good things he and we all wish for each other. Just saw this one tweet of many

  26. 85 yardarm756
    November 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm

  27. November 15, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    A belated gazillllllllllion thanks UT, loooooooove this post!!!

  28. 92 amk for obama
    November 15, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    • 93 a4alice
      November 15, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      how true 😉

    • 94 vcprezofan2
      November 15, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      Hey, I resent that, Amk! I always mean my compliments. Remember when I told you your eyes were like diamonds? Well, they were sparkling at the thought of squeezing out some $$$$$ from me for some measly service or other.

  29. 96 LDS
    November 15, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Excellent post!
    I keep coming back to read the tweets. So amazing to see and feel love in one place at one time.
    We truly deserve this President and we all love him for the hard, dedicated, caring work he is doing.
    #We Are NOT going back! We will move FORWARD!
    Thank you, Ms. Chips, UT and everyone here for just being here.

  30. 99 desertflower
    November 15, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I think I need my beauty rest…. must be the time changing around me…I swear I could get in bed at 6pm and be fine with that….sad:) See you all in the morning….bright and early!

  31. November 15, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    “Longtime Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin has conceded his seat to challenger Kshama Sawant. …. Sawant, who will be the first socialist on the council in recent memory, was carrying only 46.1 percent of the vote on election night, but has steadily gained ground since.

    Today she won 56.3 percent of 3,548 votes counted in the race.”


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