Raise The Wage


President Barack Obama speaks about raising the minimum wage during a visit to a Costco store in Lanham, Maryland, the morning after his State of the Union




President Barack Obama shakes hands with Costco employees



Senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, left, and deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors walk through the aisles at a Costco store



President Barack Obama outlines his newly unveiled plans to boost wages for some workers and help Americans save for retirement no action from Congress necessary









President Barack Obama makes a funny face as he speaks to Costco employees




President Barack Obama walks between Emile Ray Quevedo and Ricky Banner, Assistant General Manager, as he tours Costco Wholesale in Woodmore Towne Centre in Lanham, Maryland



President Barack Obama greets an employee in the bakery at a Costco store in Lanham, Md.




117 Responses to “Raise The Wage”

  1. 1 JER
    January 29, 2014 at 12:42 pm

  2. 3 jacquelineoboomer
    January 29, 2014 at 12:42 pm


  3. 4 JER
    January 29, 2014 at 12:43 pm

  4. 6 Linda
    January 29, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I need some Costco Lemon Cranberry Cream Filled Muffins Mr. President…..

    I see you in that aisle….yum

  5. 9 Linda
    January 29, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Good Grief ….now they are reporting on the # of words the President said on a subject compared to last year.


    This year 69 words

    Last year 451 words.

    I wish these people would get a real job

    Now he is asking Antoinette Tuff if ” that was enough “

    • 10 MightyPamela
      January 29, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      Maybe they should go to minimum wage for these yakkers – the money they make is just too easy. They have no clue what reality is.

    • 11 vcprezofan2
      January 29, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Their approach makes some kind of sense when you consider that media types are apparently paid by the number of words *they* utter, whether the words are substantive or not.

  6. 12 GGail
    January 29, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    My heart beats faster when I looking at pictures of President Obama. Then my face gets this silly smile that won’t fade and THEN my eyes get misty.

    Thank Goodness for Obamacare 😆

    • 13 hopefruit2
      January 29, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      My heart rate was off the charts last night right before he appeared at the SOTU. I’m thinking I might not have been the only one in that position! 🙂 🙂

  7. 15 jacquelineoboomer
    January 29, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Looks like a happy group:

  8. 21 MightyPamela
    January 29, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Not too impressed with Charlie Pierce insisting on describing PBO’s SOTU as ‘his best Clintonian speech yet’! Hello, Charlie?? WTF? Have not finished the two earlier threads, so am pretty sure I’m not alone on this one.

    • 22 vcprezofan2
      January 29, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      MP, I’ve more or less accepted that every media article that acknowledges the President’s accomplishments or prowess MUST have a stinger embedded somewhere. It’s for this very reason that I rarely tweet or repost a link without reading it in its entirety. Then I decide if I can live with attaching my twitter name to article despite the particular stinger or not. Some stingers make me so ‘mad’ I don’t bother tweeting even though other parts of the article.may be really solid.

    • 23 jacquelineoboomer
      January 29, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      Those of us who saw it know better. Other than what I see referenced here or on twitter, which is interesting, I limit myself to what I personally gleaned from the SOTU and not what these interpreters think I saw. Arghh.

    • January 29, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      I’m seeing that sentiment a lot. Really frosts me.

      • 25 hopefruit2
        January 29, 2014 at 2:06 pm

        It’s a slick way of not giving PBO credit while claiming to “like” his speech just to get folks off your back. I think vc is right on the money when she says to make sure to read an entire article before posting a link which seems to be praising PBO. Because there’s almost always a back-handed compliment somewhere. The damning with faint praise is usually worse than an overt criticism.

  9. 26 JER
    January 29, 2014 at 12:52 pm

  10. 28 donna dem 4 obama
    January 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I Love It!!!

  11. 35 donna dem 4 obama
    January 29, 2014 at 12:56 pm

  12. January 29, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Gorgeous photos Nerdy, thanks a gazillion!!!

  13. 39 vcprezofan2
    January 29, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Hi, NerdyW! 😆 😆

  14. 40 JER
    January 29, 2014 at 1:05 pm

  15. 41 Vicki
    January 29, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Nerdy Wonka and TOD Frank Bruni has excellent piece up on NY Times site about SOTU.

  16. 42 JER
    January 29, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    LIVE NOW: President Obama in West Mifflin, PA. (Senator Casey is speaking now) – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  17. 43 GGail
    January 29, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I love watching VP Joe. He is so animated and engaging. Great personality to follow-up what President Obama lays out.

  18. 44 Jovie
    January 29, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    This is a very hollow attempt and gives Snowden more credence.
    It’s frivolous!

    • 45 Linda
      January 29, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      Some stupid Republican at today’s hearing probably asked him ” If you could talk to Snowden right now, what would you say to him “.

    • 46 hopefruit2
      January 29, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      Nothing gives Snowden credence short of PBO and/or Holder coming out and saying that Snowden is actually a decoy working for the Obama administration. And if that were to ever happen – watch the Snowden supporters turn against him faster than you could say “oh.”

    • 47 Bill R.
      January 29, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      I disagree. The EMOs and this guy plead for a pass, yet he is still out there leaking National Security info to the enemies of the U.S. Clapper is pointing out the absurdity of clemency for someone who continues to commit crimes.

    • 48 99ts
      January 29, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      I would think it’s way to late to even think about it – Snowden wouldn’t even know who now has copies of everything he stole.

  19. 50 57andfemale
    January 29, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I know we’re pissed at Fugelsang, but this is good:

    • 51 99ts
      January 29, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      And her salary is paid by the big government she so thinks should not exist. They would never have their indulgent life style without the government they rant against.

  20. 52 Nerdy Wonka
    January 29, 2014 at 1:46 pm


  21. January 29, 2014 at 1:53 pm

  22. 54 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 29, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Good afternoon, TOD. Woke up to Mrs. Greenspan jaw jacking about PBO… Looks like I’m awake in time to catch PBO in Pittsburgh!

  23. 55 HZ
    January 29, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Good Morning my Chips and my TOD family. {{{{{{{{{{{{ Lots of loving hugs to handsome Danny O}}}}}}}}}}}}. Still so grateful and elated for President Barack Obama being our President.

    {{{{{{{{{{{ Loving prayers and thoughts going out for tnmtngirl today}}}}}}}}}}}}}.

    {{{{{{{{{{{ Healing comfort and loving prayers for GoBrooklyn}}}}}}}}}}}}}}.

    Thank you Nerdy W., and Chips and the beautiful group of all of the brilliant TOD contributors. What a blessing to be a part of this beautiful family. POB is so grateful for all of our support and work to help in moving FORWARD with him with opportunities and freedoms for all in our nation.

    Prayers for our fellow citizens in Atlanta. {{{{{{{{{{{{{ Graces for safety and Protection}}}}}}}}}}}}}.HZ

  24. 56 sherijr
    January 29, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    what a wonderful introduction that was for POTUS.

  25. 57 Allison
    January 29, 2014 at 2:14 pm

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  27. 60 jacquelineoboomer
    January 29, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Love the coverage from the local reporters:

  28. 61 jacquelineoboomer
    January 29, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Yes, the “little desk” is so that Pres. Obama can sign a presidential memorandum to direct Treasury Secretary Lew to create a new way for “everyday Americans” to start their own MyRA.

  29. 63 57andfemale
    January 29, 2014 at 2:25 pm

  30. 65 symmetry11
    January 29, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Here is an update from TMT’s(Lala) Facebook page regarding today’s surgery……”She is out of surgery. Doc indicated all went well and all looks good. Now in recovery for a couple of hours then up to her room for a couple of days. She will be on a pain drip until tomorrow morning. Dad will get to see her once she’s moved to her room. “

  31. 72 jacquelineoboomer
    January 29, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Has this been posted?

    Treasury to pick manager for Obama myRA retirement program


  32. 77 carolyn
    January 29, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Just a personal note on this glorious day for all who love President Obama……January 29 is always a special day in our home, because it was on January 29, 1966 that my husband I met on a blind date in Pasadena, CA. That’s forty-eight years ago! We were married five months later and we always celebrate January 29 too. Completely changed our two lives, and many other lives affected by ours.
    We have experienced everything in the wedding vows except “richer”…..better, worse, sickness, health, a little richer now, and poorer. I am so thankful for his support and love these past forty-eight years.

    We watched the president together yesterday, and marveled at him, his calm, his humor, his absolutely right on the money for the average American…..whom he understands and cares about. We’re both so glad we lived long enough to experience this. And, every time my husband sees him on TV, he says: “We saw him.”

    • 78 57andfemale
      January 29, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Happy ‘anniversary’ to carolyn and Mr. carolyn!

      January 29th was my mother’s birthday (104 years ago!). It’s also the day we adopted Kasper, our trouble-making bichon/maltese mix, four years ago. My husband’s mother’s maiden name was Kasper, we adopted him on my mother’s birthday, so he’s “Kasper with a K” to honor both of our mothers. January 29 is a special day for me as well.

      However, I and Mr. 57 have you beat: we met on the 4th of July, 1980. Also a set-up by mutual friends. We were married 6 weeks to the day we met! And here we are, almost 34 years later……

      Have a wonderful day, celebrating the great fortune that brought you two together……..

    • January 29, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      Congratulations Carolyn on 48yrs and many more together.

    • January 29, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Congratulations, Carolyn, on what sounds like an amazing 48 years with your husband. Sounds lovely!

    • 81 susanne
      January 29, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      thanks for sharing your story, carolyn. so much cynicism out there about long, loving relationships, it’s important for young folks to have the hopeful reminder that love can indeed last, and grow.

    • January 29, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Congratulations, Carolyn!!! Wishing you and your husband many more wonderful years together.

    • 83 whatisworking
      January 29, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      What a heart warming story. congratulations, may you have 48 more years together.

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  35. 86 Bill R.
    January 29, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Congratulations on this important anniversary, Carolyn. I met my wife on a Greyhound Bus in Sept. 1969. It took us four years to make it official, when we got married in 1973, also in Sept. We celebrated our 40th anniversary on Sept. 5.

    • 87 theo67
      January 29, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      Congratulations to you and your wife on a great 40 year accomplishment, Bill!

      • 88 carolyn
        January 29, 2014 at 5:36 pm

        Congratulations Bill on thirty years……I love the meeting on a Greyhound bus! That sounds like a good premise for the Playhouse 90 I used to love………The best is yet to come, I promise.

  36. 89 Bill R.
    January 29, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Yup this “distant” President who loves people and they love him.

  37. 90 57andfemale
    January 29, 2014 at 2:44 pm

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  39. 93 MightyPamela
    January 29, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    We haz raining. It iz bee-yoo-te-full!! 😉

  40. 94 LDS
    January 29, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Hello TOD village!
    Still savoring last night after watching the SOTU speech twice. I called the WH to and let comments how pleased I am of our President. I had to wait for an operator, so I took that to mean others are calling in also. Needless to say, I did not mind the wait. And to top it off today PBO is speaking at my favorite place to shop. Cosco is the best! I am a much happier person when I know that I am going there, while I am there and when I leave. I will ask my elderly neighbors if they need anything just to go. You can say that I am fool for Cosco. And to know that they value their employers is an added plus. Trader Joe’s is another favorite of mine. I stay far away from Wal-mart and Whole Foods.

    I am feeling so positive today about everything and everyone.
    Never ever watched SOTU speeches until PBO. Never found a reason to do so.
    I shared with the WH operator that there should be a Bill passed for PBO to remain president four more years.
    She laughed……..

  41. January 29, 2014 at 3:31 pm

  42. 100 Anna
    January 29, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I do not remember a President, I am 68 years old, going out and interacting with the people of this country, listening to them, talking WITH, not at them, as President Barack Obama. He truly is a President who wants government to work for the people, not a government that wants the people to work for it.

    • 101 carolyn
      January 29, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      You’re right Anna…….I’m 74, and there has not been a president who has gone to the people like our PBO. That is because, he is truly one of us. He knows and lived the struggles we have. Some others did, I know, but he has felt free to let us know and share with us, and therefore, we feel free to share with him. I so wish his mother could be here with him!

  43. 102 donna dem 4 obama
    January 29, 2014 at 3:41 pm

  44. 106 desertflower
    January 29, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Been lurking. Home sick today with some school crud that’s going around. I’ve been so lucky all year, it was bound to happen sooner or later.

    Good read today from TPV: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2014/01/why-republicans-are-freaking-out-at.html

    There is a very good reason why Republicans “mainstream” and otherwise are having a heart attack over this: with this attitude, the president has captured the rightful outrage the American people have against Congress. And because Congressional obstructionism is seen (correctly) as largely a Republican fault, it would spell trouble for them if the president is able to capitalize on that anger. Republicans are now painted into a dangerous corner with no good choices: they could (a) cooperate on sensible things with the president and be skinned alive by their base, (b) do nothing and prove the president right as he ramps up an election-year agenda of taking and publicizing his executive actions in contrast with Congress and explain to the American people why their lives can’t be even better, or (c) do nothing and sue the administration to try to stop the executive actions.

    Doing (c) may be the most disastrous of all the options above for the Republicans (which probably means that’s what they are going to do). It will allow the president and the Democrats to cast Republicans as super-obstructionists who not only will not help but will try to stop someone who is trying to help. And as with most challenges to executive power, in the absence of being able to pass a law clearly forbidding a given executive action, the challenges will also fail in court.

    Carolyn…Happy Anniversary to you and the Mr:) And to you, sweet GB….hugs and hope and patience and Positive Mental Attitude. One day at a time.

    • 107 desertflower
      January 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      So sorry!!! How could I have forgotten tnmtngirl’s surgery? I’m so happy to hear all went well and she is on to recovery:) My head feels detached from my body. I’m sure that’s the reason for my forgetfulness.

  45. January 29, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Ben Rhodes just finished his #blockofcheeseday duty. He got some good questions and I recommend his TL:


  46. 111 JER
    January 29, 2014 at 4:14 pm

  47. 115 JER
    January 29, 2014 at 4:30 pm


    Looks like we must send out a new batch of subpoenas, this time over fresh and powerful evidence that the governor personally misused Hurricane Sandy funds to win an endorsement from a Democrat.

    This sounds like Hoboken in reverse. While Mayor Dawn Zimmer accuses the administration of withholding Hurricane Sandy aid for political reasons in her city, the evidence in Belleville indicates that the governor provided extra aid for a mayor who was willing to dance. … http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2014/01/christie_awards_political_ally.html

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