President Obama Celebrates Student Filmmakers And Speaks On Ukraine


President Barack Obama is introduced by Shelly Ortiz from Phoenix, Ariz., at the first ever White House Student Film Festival. The event showcased the power of technology learning and the Obama’s administration commitment to bringing classrooms into the 21st century.







President Barack Obama speaks about Ukraine in the James Brady Press Briefing Room. The statement comes as his administration is expressing growing concern over Russian intentions in Ukraine. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a blunt warning Friday to Moscow against military moves in the country’s southern Crimea region that could further inflame tensions.





100 Responses to “President Obama Celebrates Student Filmmakers And Speaks On Ukraine”

  1. 1 desertflower
    February 28, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    NW is on fire tonight!

  2. 8 HZ
    February 28, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Hi, my TOD family. Love this man, our brilliant POTUS! HZ

  3. February 28, 2014 at 10:23 pm


  4. 21 Nerdy Wonka
    February 28, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    President Barack Obama: Winning the day.

  5. February 28, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Then there’s this …

  6. 27 Judith Fardig
    February 28, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    What a day! Thanks again to all for your posts. You amaze me!

    • 28 Nerdy Wonka
      February 28, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Thank you so much, Judith.

      You amaze me with your tireless and wonderful work with OFA. Thank you for keeping on the fight for progress.

      • 29 Judith Fardig
        March 1, 2014 at 1:22 am

        Chips and NW and all, I have spent quite a bit of time updating a file of Twitter handles for the current Congress. Would it be useful to you for me to email it to one of you?

  7. February 28, 2014 at 10:31 pm

  8. 35 amk for obama
    February 28, 2014 at 10:33 pm

  9. February 28, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    BIG DEAL…….. not only will extra funding be used to fully implement Dodd-Frank, but it will also be able to go after Big Oil for price fixing!

  10. February 28, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Crimean Tatar Leader …

    … ain’t happy with Vlad and his gang …

  11. 39 amk for obama
    February 28, 2014 at 10:39 pm

  12. 44 desertflower
    February 28, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    And then there is this news nugget that probably never made the news…

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/02/28/tempe-az-pro-gay-ordinance/ 🙂 🙂 Trust me, like the article said, the crazies in the AZ legislature are WAY out of line with most of the people in AZ…..out of touch and out of their minds….

  13. February 28, 2014 at 10:44 pm


  14. 49 desertflower
    February 28, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    beauty rest time…see you all in the am..

  15. 50 amk for obama
    February 28, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Russian MPs have proposed new laws that would make it easier for Russia to incorporate parts of Ukraine, and allow Russian citizenship to be fast-tracked.

    Pro-Kremlin party A Just Russia put forward both bills, and linked them directly to the situation in Ukraine.

    Separatist and pro-Russian feelings are strong in Ukraine’s Crimea region, which is now the focus of the crisis.

    Russian MPs say a referendum or a plea from a territory’s leaders would be enough to trigger the new provisions.

    There are already many Russian citizens in Crimea.

    In Sevastopol, base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, a majority hold Russian passports.

    Under Russia’s existing law, a neighbouring state would have to sign a treaty with Russia to allow part of its territory to become a new “subject” of the Russian Federation.

    But Mikhail Yemelyanov, deputy leader of A Just Russia, said the law had been drafted for peaceful times, and did not go far enough for situations where a state was falling apart.


    This will not end well.

  16. February 28, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Really, if you aren’t reading @WillMcAvoyACN’s TL, you should. Giving a master class on the quagmire that is Ukraine/Russia.

  17. 57 amk for obama
    February 28, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Elderly and disabled passengers could lose vital bus services because of cuts in government funding, councils in England have warned.

    The Local Government Association (LGA) says support for the concessionary fares scheme has been reduced by over a third since 2010.

    Under the scheme, councils have to provide free off-peak travel for those aged over 62 or disabled.

    The government said it provides funding to meet subsidised travel.

    Local authorities say the funding from central government for concessionary fares has been cut by £261m since the coalition came to power.


    But didn’t the coalition of elderly vote in these cons?

    • 58 99ts
      February 28, 2014 at 11:56 pm

      The year I spent in the UK I was often the only fare paying passenger on my bus. At that time the age was 60 – so someone upped it a couple of years. It was an amazing program & in London, at least, very well patronized.

      And yes – so many of these travelers vote for right wing politicians – but given what Tony Blair achieved – lots of folks became somewhat anti labor. I give him equal share with GWB for the Iraq war – at least GW was a right wing not over bright politician – Blair should never have supported those lies.

  18. February 28, 2014 at 10:56 pm

  19. 60 mtmarilyn
    February 28, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    All 3 people recovered from the avalanche here in Missoula are alive. This is all that is known at this time. They are checking all the hills around Missoula for any other potential avalanches. This is quite the occurance for us. Never in the history of this city has there been any avalanches.

    I love the looks our President gives. He doesn’t suffer fools. Why do folks think they can out smart this President.

    • 61 Cindy
      February 28, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      Thank you mtmarilyn for the update….

      Good News!

      This weather is serious, and those who don’t believe in climate change better get serious; sooner, rather than later.

  20. 62 globalcitizenlinda
    February 28, 2014 at 10:58 pm

  21. 63 globalcitizenlinda
    February 28, 2014 at 11:00 pm

  22. 67 globalcitizenlinda
    February 28, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    I am thinking very evil thoughts about putin and the arrogance of his supporters in and outside of Russia;

    the actions of Russia have led to too much spilling of blood in Syria, Ukraine, …. as they hamper the actions of the other nations focused on ending the death of civilians;

    now would be a great time for the democracy movement in Russia to take to the streets in the numbers equal to or greater than what we saw a few months ago.

    may be with his own people protesting him, putin and his henchmen can leave Ukraine alone to sort out its own challenging economic and political problems so that they can create a more sustainable and equitable economy for the diverse Ukrainian population;

    • February 28, 2014 at 11:17 pm

      Without doubt Linda, one action that would be of considerable benefit would be for Russians to challenge Putin. No doubt, many would suffer, but, as with Ukraine, the people who need to ‘rise up’ and be the force for change that Russia so desperately needs to be anything other than a nuclear plutocratic state, are Russians.

      • 69 globalcitizenlinda
        March 1, 2014 at 12:38 am

        I don’t know how one can motivate the citizens of Russia to stand up now and “pull a Euromaidan” on putin;

        if we are guided by putin’s actions in Chechnya & the break-away republics and how he has turned on his domestic opposition, a lot of democracy activist would face great physical harm if they came out now

        • March 1, 2014 at 2:09 am

          They’re going to suffer a great deal of pain no matter when they start the process of refusing one incarnation after another of ‘tzars,’ Linda. Or they’ll continue suffering a great deal of pain for not doing so. It’s a horrendous, deeply sad reality in the history of ‘humanity.’

          #FORWARD Together

  23. February 28, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Apologies everyone. Just did a Storify on Will McAvoy’s Ukraine tweets and tried to export it to WordPress. Of course, it didn’t work. Am going to do it the hard way.

  24. 75 MightyPamela
    February 28, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    LL? What happened?

  25. February 28, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    bbl … time to prepare some dinner … and be thankful that Barack Obama is President ….

  26. 80 hopefruit2
    February 28, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    PBO’s “What the heck are you talking about” epic moment — many YouTube videos/GIFS are going to be made from this 🙂 🙂

  27. February 28, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    So, Storify is interesting, but really I’d just use it to pull interesting tweets into a post for here or TPV.

  28. 82 globalcitizenlinda
    March 1, 2014 at 12:05 am

  29. March 1, 2014 at 12:25 am

    If this helps to win 2014…I’m all in!

      • March 1, 2014 at 2:25 am


        YES WE MUST

        • 86 nathkatun7
          March 1, 2014 at 5:03 am

          Well Bob, It appears your relentless tweets, imploring the Clintons to be involved and accountable, are having a positive effect. Now lets see if Bill and Hillary will follow through by focusing on the 2014 Congressional election, which is absolutely critical for the survival of this country. As you have repeatedly stressed, both in your commentaries and tweets, the most crucial election facing this country is the 2014 election. This is a do or die election. It all boils down to this: either President Obama will have a rational congress that cooperates with him to move this country, on so many issues, forward; or the President will have to deal with with a much worse obstructionist Congress that will stymie every effort he makes on advancing the interests and needs of this country. I was so elated to hear VP Biden in Arizona stress the crucial importance of the 2014 election.

          • March 1, 2014 at 8:51 am

            hello Nath…

            I think when VP Biden makes it known that he is interested in running in 2016…yet his focus is on 2014…remarking how pivotal that it is retake the House and strengthen our hand in the Senate…it make all who are interested in running.. to make similar statements…or it will make them look self-serving…..

            good move …from our VP…

          • March 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm

            “As you have repeatedly stressed, both in your commentaries and tweets, the most crucial election facing this country is the 2014 election. This is a do or die election.”

            Thank you for your comment, nath. You could not be more correct in your assessment.

            We all must continue to press the Clintons and others to focus on 2014 like they’ve never focused on any election – even their own.

            YES WE MUST

    • 90 jacquelineoboomer
      March 1, 2014 at 12:34 am

      I’m even in, if it helps. And – as we used to say when I was a teenager 150 years ago, “It’ll keep him off the streets.”

  30. 91 99ts
    March 1, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Many would have had ancestors who fought and/or died in one of the many Crimea disasters – my family included.

    “Perhaps its bloodiest chapter came between 1853 and 1856 during the Crimean War.
    An estimated 750,000 people died as Russia fought the Ottoman Empire in a conflict that also involved France, Britain and Sardinia.
    The war gave us two cultural tropes: Florence Nightingale ushering sick soldiers to safety and the Charge of the Light Brigade that ended in disaster for British troops cut down in one of military history’s greatest blunders.

    The poem “Charge of the Light Brigade” by Tennyson immortalized the episode this way: “Theirs not to reason why; theirs but to do and die.””


    I am very grateful that President Obama won the 2012 election.

  31. 93 globalcitizenlinda
    March 1, 2014 at 1:07 am

    PBO is an extremely patient human being – dealing with a constant stream arrogant fools at home and abroad ( we see you putin)

  32. 94 globalcitizenlinda
    March 1, 2014 at 1:18 am

    • 95 99ts
      March 1, 2014 at 5:03 am

      “pro-gun, pro-life, and was endorsed by the NRA” – how does he stay a democrat?

      • 96 nathkatun7
        March 1, 2014 at 5:18 am

        I am not that much impressed with him either, 99ts! On the other hand, if he can win, which is highly unlikely, and make it possible for Democrats to retain the majority in the U.S. Senate, this would be a very, very, good thing. We must do everything in our power to prevent these insane right wing Republicans from controlling both houses of Congress.

        • 97 99ts
          March 1, 2014 at 7:54 am

          Sad truth – but how sad that someone has to be pro guns and anti-woman (pro-life is SUCH a lie as they state it) to have any chance of being elected.

  33. March 1, 2014 at 2:13 am

    22 Maps That Explain The Centuries-Long Conflict In Ukraine


  34. March 1, 2014 at 2:15 am

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