“When Women Succeed, America Succeeds”





President Barack Obama speaks during his visit to Valencia College in Orlando, Florida



President Barack Obama talks to Valencia College student Carolyn Verno after she introduced him







President Barack Obama is greeted upon his arrival at the Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida



President Barack Obama announces new U.S. sanctions on the Russian economy following Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula






113 Responses to ““When Women Succeed, America Succeeds””

  1. 1 amk for obama
    March 20, 2014 at 9:42 pm


  2. 3 Nerdy Wonka
    March 20, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Wooot! Wooot!

    Male Caucasian patient had recurring pain for 10 years but as a junk yard operator, insurance was out of his reach, too expensive, didn’t offer comprehensive coverage, so he just coped with the pain for 10 years!!!!

    The doctors then asked him why he came in now at this time and he said, because of ObamaCare. He said, finally he could get comprehensive and affordable coverage because of ObamaCare.

    About time too, because his twin is growing inside him. An absorbed twin.

  3. 4 amk for obama
    March 20, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    This is his 2nd visit to florida in as many weeks, isn’t it? What gives? targeting the that thief of a govnor?

  4. 7 amk for obama
    March 20, 2014 at 9:44 pm

  5. March 20, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    “Here’s a fun George Washington fact your teachers likely skipped: According to historians at Mount Vernon, the first American president oversaw the production of 11,000 gallons of rye whiskey at his home distillery each year, which he bottled and sold. Even lesser-known is his affection for peach brandy. The same site produced about 60 gallons a year, which Washington mostly poured for guests at the Alexandria estate. Now, for the first time in more than two centuries, you can sip a similar sweet spirit.

    The George Washington Distillery, a reconstructed version of the circa-1797 original, announced it has produced 400 bottles of a similar brandy using 18th-century techniques. The project began in 2010 when staff from several distilleries, including Virginia producers Catoctin Creek Distilling Company and A. Smith Bowman Distillery, gathered to advise on the project. The brandy was then double-distilled in copper pot stills powered by wood fires, and aged for more than two years in toasted oak barrels. History buffs can get a taste come April 1, when purchase vouchers will be distributed starting at 8 AM at Mount Vernon’s Gristmill Shop (actual sales start at 10). The 375-milliliter bottles cost $150 and are limited to one per customer.”

  6. 9 JER
    March 20, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    LIVE NOW | President Obama’s Departure From MIA: http://miami.cbslocal.com/live-video/

    • 10 MightyPamela
      March 20, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      Thanks JER. I have never watched this until tonight, it was riveting. I still feel mesmerized, actually! Thank you again, now I know to be on the lookout! 😉

  7. March 20, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks a gazillion Nerdy!

    I’ve had an unconstructive day – dropped my laptop on the floor …. it doesn’t work any more 😦

  8. March 20, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Well done amk!!!

    Great selection of photos, NW. Thank you.

    If you have a moment, please do thank EU Commission President Barroso – Friday’s agreement between the EU and Ukraine is no small matter.


  9. 28 hopefruit2
    March 20, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Our friend James can plan on waiting a long, long time…

    • 29 COS
      March 20, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      I guess Rand Paul think that he can win the youth vote by running around the country talking about the NSA. I hope these young folks look beyond his NSA speeches and look at his record of support for young people in congress.

      • 30 hopefruit2
        March 20, 2014 at 11:17 pm

        Honestly, I don’t think most young people care about NSA as much as these Libertarians think. Young people are all over Twitter, FB, and other social media sites revealing damn near every living minute of their waking lives. They own smart phones, and are downloading apps by the minute – apps that track their data and location at any given minute.

        So I wish Rand Paul the best of luck – because he’s not going to get far with this NSA crap.

  10. 34 amk for obama
    March 20, 2014 at 10:11 pm

  11. 35 amk for obama
    March 20, 2014 at 10:15 pm

  12. 36 hopefruit2
    March 20, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Brave puppy! I would not be so calm standing there…

  13. 37 jacquelineoboomer
    March 20, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    • 38 anniebella
      March 20, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      jacquelineoboomer, That fact does not concern the Republicans, they love to send them to war, but don’t give a dam about them when they come home all messed up mentally and physically, needing the help and support of the country they fought for.

      • 39 jacquelineoboomer
        March 20, 2014 at 10:46 pm

        So true, anniebella. I’ve never seen anything like the callousness of this current crop of Republicans, in my life. Except for other times we’ve seen it!

  14. 41 yardarm756
    March 20, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Ain’t love grand. 😆

    LOVE……has no boundaries.

    An elderly couple had just learned how to send text messages on their cell
    phones. The wife was a romantic type and the husband was more of a
    no-nonsense guy.

    One afternoon the wife went out to meet a friend for coffee. She decided
    to… send her husband a romantic text message and she wrote:

    “If you are sleeping, send me your dreams. If you are laughing, send me
    your smile. If you are eating, send me a bite. If you are drinking, send me
    a sip. If you are crying, send me your tears. I love you.”

    The husband texted back to her:

    “I’m on the toilet. Please advise.”

  15. 43 jacquelineoboomer
    March 20, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I must confess I didn’t read the linked article … I just cracked up at the picture!

  16. March 20, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    President Obama is killing it……….. out of 11 million + brackets he’s picked 11/12 correctly…… 99.6%

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  17. 50 jacquelineoboomer
    March 20, 2014 at 10:49 pm

  18. 59 CEB
    March 20, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Scandal is f**ked up! So bad and so good.

  19. 60 yardarm756
    March 20, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    This, youngsters, was real dancing.

  20. 67 Nerdy Wonka
    March 20, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Tonight’s episode of Scandal will tear your heart out and rip you to pieces.

    There is not enough wine in the world to drown your sorrows.

    Shonda Rhimes knows her stuff. She can wring anger, sadness, rage, fury, confusion, love, joy, ecstasy, all in the space of an hour. A fantastic show. Fantastic actors. Fantastic acting.

    • 68 hopefruit2
      March 20, 2014 at 11:29 pm

      I will binge watch the seasons one day when I’m on vacation later this year. I simply have not been watching – but I’m obviously missing something good.

  21. 69 Nerdy Wonka
    March 20, 2014 at 11:21 pm


    Joe Morton is showing everyone what an acting dynamo he is.

  22. 71 hopefruit2
    March 20, 2014 at 11:22 pm

  23. 72 globalcitizenlinda
    March 20, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Just spent the last 2 hours (yes I was rewinding some parts) listening to Mr. Jon Favreau speech and Q & A;

    session was very thoughtful, respectful and informative – very talented gentleman who clearly loves PBO (even now referring to PBO as “my boss”);

    I was just concerned about the part of the speech where he says he drove through the toll the 2004 election because he was too broke;

    In a few years if he decides to run for public office, I don’t want the right wingers to bring this up like they did with young PBO’s meals in Indonesia and all his elementary school stuff;

    so I decided to send Mr Favs a quick reminder to “clear this up” – hope he doesn’t mind some ribbing from a supporter;

  24. 73 Nerdy Wonka
    March 20, 2014 at 11:23 pm


  25. 77 hopefruit2
    March 20, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Time for the naughty mat….

  26. 78 hopefruit2
    March 20, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Laura Rozen wants to let us know on Twitter that she doesn’t care for #Scandal. Tell Laura if she’s not trolling the President, she’s trolling someone else. That’s all she’s been doing all damn day, all week long. Today she tried to get attention by tweeting in “poetry.”… //SMDH

  27. 81 dotster3
    March 20, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Interesting tidbit —–the first Obama fundraiser in Miami tonight was at the home of Gloria Estefan’s niece and her husband, both registered Republicans. huh. 2nd fundraiser was at the home of Alonzo Mourning, likely not a registered Republican. (PBO said he always admired his “warrior heart”)

  28. 82 hopefruit2
    March 20, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Green shirt (with pink flowers) and laptop computer – are these my failings? Okay, very well then.

  29. 84 MightyPamela
    March 20, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Slipping away here, goodnight TOD. Thank you. Has AF1 landed safely? http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  30. 85 dotster3
    March 20, 2014 at 11:54 pm

  31. 90 jacquelineoboomer
    March 21, 2014 at 12:03 am

    • March 21, 2014 at 12:33 am

      and cory booker inserts himself back into the dialogue after a long boycott of all things Obama, to tell us he was a strapping athlete back in the day…

      • 92 jacquelineoboomer
        March 21, 2014 at 1:33 am

        Felt the same way, but thought I’d post the tweet without comment! I haven’t quite figured out where he’ll end up, but I was at least glad for the first (get covered) part!

  32. 93 JER
    March 21, 2014 at 12:03 am

    LIVE NOW: Air Force One arrives at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  33. March 21, 2014 at 12:46 am

    FLOTUS, Mrs. Robinson, Malia, Sasha, and Peng Liyuan this morning in Beijing

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    • 97 CEB
      March 21, 2014 at 12:57 am

      Thanks for the photos. I love traveling with the Obama ladies.

      • March 21, 2014 at 1:06 am

        Sure thing, CEB. This is all I can find on Chinese social media, so some are not as high quality as I would like….. it will be easier to get glossy pics in the morning/afternoon.

    • 99 Grab a Mop Grace
      March 21, 2014 at 8:00 am

      Conservative freak out this morning about FLOTUS not taking press with her to China, and not doing it right…wah, wah, wah…
      Whatever she would have done would facilitate a freak out, so I’m glad that she’s doing it her way.
      Lovely to see FLOTUS, especially with kids.

      • 100 anniebella
        March 21, 2014 at 9:21 am

        Right wing haters was already criticizing the trip to China. What’s new? Regardless what the Obamas do they will fine some way to criticize it because they hate this black family in their White House.

  34. March 21, 2014 at 12:58 am

    This pic is viral on Weibo right now…..from when FLOTUS visited the Chinese satellite school in D.C. last week. Look at the two boys in the corner 🙂

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    • 102 jacquelineoboomer
      March 21, 2014 at 1:36 am

      That’s almost as cute as the photo where the little boy in the back row was kissing the little girl!

  35. March 21, 2014 at 1:22 am

    How bad am I?

  36. March 21, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Saw this tweet from Jon Favreau:

    First for paragraphs from the linked article:

    “Is kindness the missing piece of your brand—the ingredient that can allow your organization to stand out in an age in which consumers long to be treated as more than a nuisance?

    Lloyd H. Dean, president and CEO of Dignity Health, one of the nation’s five largest healthcare providers, tells a story about a member of Dignity’s housekeeping staff, who in the course of cleaning a breast-cancer patient’s room took the time to listen and share her own personal experiences and encouragement. Later, the patient wrote to say, “The clinical care was excellent … but it was the housekeeper who saved my life. She gave me hope.”

    Dean draws a conclusion: “Compassion and kindness aren’t expensive,” he says. “But the yield is priceless.”

    A few weeks ago, Dean shared the stage with the Dalai Lama at Santa Clara University, where they led a session on the advantages that come from a compassionate business model. The event represented an important bridge between entrepreneurship and ethics, co-sponsored by Santa Clara’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, named after Apple co-founder Mike Markkula, and the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.”

    More at the link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/robasghar/2014/03/19/the-power-of-compassion-to-drive-your-bottom-line/

    I had listened to his University College, Dublin presentation and Q&A and had been thinking about his aspirations and his deep awareness of the devastation that cynicism infuses into society during the past few hours. Then I saw the above referenced tweet and article.

    Upon further reflection, it seemed only natural to suggest to him that he consider a script that incorporated the essence of all that First Lady Obama and Neil Dyson strive to have humanity understand. The power of tightly coupling science and compassion is enormous and entirely under utilized. So ….

    Yes We Can

    good night

    • March 21, 2014 at 2:28 am

      Before departing, had to edit one sentence …

      ‘I had listened to his University College, Dublin presentation and Q&A and had been thinking about, during the past few hours, his aspirations and his deep awareness of the devastation that cynicism infuses into society.’

      definitely need some rest ….

  37. March 21, 2014 at 2:36 am

    One more item before departing ….

    “The parallels to Ukraine’s past are obvious. What is less obvious is the opportunity that the newly enacted values and enunciated paradigms may provide for Ukraine’s future development. For most Western European countries, where a purely individualist paradigm became popularized during the Enlightenment, and where a hierarchical system of social organization had existed for centuries, industrialization and modernization (including the establishment of liberal democracy in the political sphere, and a stable stratification system in the economic sphere) developed as natural processes. In Ukraine, industrialization was imposed by Stalin by force, and most Ukrainian analysts have traditionally seen the resulting modernity as somehow “incomplete” or “skewed”. This may have been true for the past 2 decades (or more), but the Maidan may have given us a new perspective. Perhaps the “beacon on the hilltop” of the future will be in Kyiv – a place that offers the world a new civilizational principle of “spravedlyvist” (natural justice) and “hidnist” (individually realized / collectively recognized – dignity). Or maybe I’m being too optimistic…”

    Well worth reading and pondering ….

    now, I must stop for a few hours ….

  38. 112 globalcitizenlinda
    March 21, 2014 at 7:06 am

    so @AP BREAKING: Putin says Russia will not retaliate further to US sanctions.

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