President Obama hugs a first responder after touring the mud slide damage in Oso, Washington



President Obama hugs Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., as he arrives at Paine Field Airport. Also greeting the president from left, Major General Bret Daugherty, The Adjutant General, Washington, Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Jon Lovick, Snohomish County Executive, Ray Stephanson, Mayor of Everett, and Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington


Marine One, carrying President Obama, takes an aerial tour of Oso


Schoolchildren watch President Obama’s motorcade travel past their bus on Washington Highway 530 near Oso



President Obama speaks to first responders after touring the mudslide damage in Oso

113 Responses to “Oso”

  1. April 22, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    He is such a generous, kind person, our President!!

  2. 7 vcprezofan2
    April 22, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Hi Bobfr!

  3. April 22, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    From bottom of previous thread – the video is very important so I wanted to be sure everyone who visits TOD tonight and early tomorrow see it ….

    “In a web chat hosted by the Atlantic Council today, Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, the head of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), claimed that there are as many as 100 Russian military intelligence or special forces officers operating in Ukraine at the moment.

    Nalyvaichenko said that separatist actions in Slavyansk were being lead by a group of 30 GRU officers, lead by Colonel Igor Stelkov, who the SBU claimed to have identified via phone recordings on April 14. Nalyvaichenko said today that the SBU is has arrested and is interrogating three GRU officers, currently being held in Kiev.

    Nalyvaichenko also mentioned that he was satisfied with the “intensive” and “well organised” intelligence cooperation with the United States. Other topics of discussion include the relationship between economic hardship and propaganda in the eastern regions, the difficulties Ukraine has had in responding to the Russian threat, and Ukraine’s hopes for help from international monitoring missions.”

    • April 22, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      As each day passes, I’m ever more impressed with those Ukrainians whom have risen to daunting challenge of preserving and expanding their democracy. Just amazing how insightful, empathetic, strategic and pragmatic they are.


      • April 22, 2014 at 9:40 pm

        Urge all of you to read the full text of “Mychailo Wynnyckyj: Thoughts from Kyiv – 22 April 2014”

        Here’s just a sample …

        “Since the official start of the “anti-terrorist operation” on April 14, the Turchynov/Yatseniuk government has faced extensive criticism for its apparent inaction in the face of armed bandits/separatists/hoodlums occupying government buildings in the eastern oblasts. Although much of this criticism may be warranted, personally, I have some sympathy for Ukraine’s post-revolutionary leaders. According to the values of the Maidan, and of the new Ukraine more generally, human life is an absolute. Active resistance to Russian aggression by government forces will inevitably involve loss of life – more specifically, dead and wounded Ukrainian citizens. One can argue that these citizens are misinformed and/or duped by Russian subversives, but nevertheless, they are human beings, and they are citizens of this country. Having witnessed the violence of the Maidan, if I were asked to order their shootings, I’m not sure I would be able to. One can argue that if a person chooses to pursue a country’s highest political office, that person should be prepared to potentially take responsibility for loss of life. But could an equally valid argument not be made that the differentia of Ukraine (and its strength in the face of aggression) is its refusal to resort to violence?”

        … and it resonates coherently with exactly what Valentyn Nalyvaichenko stated in the video, above.

        He also notes …

        “One shouldn’t blame international journalists for their superficial reporting, but given what is at stake (i.e. world peace), a more nuanced understanding of both realities on the ground, and more specifically of the disconnect between international diplomacy and local events, should become (in my opinion) a question of professional ethics for media professionals.”

        Obviously, he’s as unimpressed with #NEWSTAINERS as we are.

        Link to the full text: http://euromaidanpr.com/2014/04/23/mychailo-wynnyckyj-thoughts-from-kyiv-22-april-2014/

        Be prepared, if you read all of it, to feel really uncomfortable. 9 May, is not long away.


  4. 17 Nerdy Wonka
    April 22, 2014 at 9:21 pm

  5. 18 jackiegrumbacher
    April 22, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Bob, I can only imagine the rage the Ukrainians feel about these Russian provocateurs. I wonder if Putin expected that his terrorist operatives would be found out like this.

    • April 22, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      Hi Jackie, I think Tzar Vlad has severely underestimated Ukrainians.

      • April 22, 2014 at 9:57 pm

        Also, Jackie, I think Putin underestimated the power of The Internet.

        His ridiculous stunt, today, regarding Facebook and threats to take over Skype access in Russia are further indications that he has no idea how this will only show the rest of the world that he’s trying to out North Korea, North Korea.

        And, his biggest and most immediate downside is going to be how many folk living in the Russian Federation are going to be really PO’d.

        • 21 jackiegrumbacher
          April 22, 2014 at 10:19 pm

          Bob, for someone with his massive ego, Putin actually appears to be flailing. He doesn’t seem to realize that the Geneva agreement gave him a chance to save massive face and eventually restore his place in the world and get the Russian economy back on track. Now he’s shown the world that he can’t be trusted, his word is worthless and he’s a cruel (and not terribly smart) tyrant. Seems to me he’s falling deeper and deeper in a hole and there must be a lot of his supporters in Russia who are wondering if they want to sink into that hole with him.

          • April 22, 2014 at 10:54 pm

            “Now he’s shown the world that he can’t be trusted, his word is worthless and he’s a cruel (and not terribly smart) tyrant.”

            And, the world has recognized it and President Obama is acting accordingly – note US Army deployments to the Balkans as a for instance.

            Tzar Vlad is in way over his head – a common fate of megalomaniacs. The open issue is how many people will die before he’s received adequate therapy to ablate his disease.

    • April 22, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      Sorry to interrupt, but if today is your birthday, I wanted to say Happy Birthday! 🙂

  6. 24 desertflower
    April 22, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Evening family:) Oh look! Expanding Medicaid is even BETTER than first thought!!

    CBO Finds Health Reform’s Medicaid Expansion Is an Even Better Deal for States

    CBO now estimates that the federal government will, on average, pick up more than 95 percent of the total cost of the Medicaid expansion and other health reform-related costs in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) over the next ten years (2015-2024).
    States will spend only 1.6 percent more on Medicaid and CHIP due to health reform than they would have spent without health reform (see Figure 1). That’s about one-third less than CBO projected in February.[2] And the 1.6 percent figure is before counting the state savings that the Medicaid expansion will produce in state expenditures for services such as mental health and substance abuse treatment provided to the uninsured.

    Any Dem running in any RWNJ state should beat their opponents over the head with this until all they have left is a bloody stump. I’m serious as heart attack.

    • 25 carolyn
      April 22, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      And in spite of this good news, our STUPID governor and lege refuse to expand Medicaid, and do we need it! The stupid and mean really hurt.

      On a lighter note…..our PBO has on what I call his ‘disaster” shoes…..the ones he always wears to walk through rubble from storms, floods, explosions….etc.
      In my life, I have never seen people reach out to a President like they do this one. Grown men are not embarrassed to seek consolation and comfort from him…..amazing. He must have deep wells inside him to keep giving, and giving, and giving.

      • 26 desertflower
        April 22, 2014 at 9:35 pm

        Yes, well…the extra special stupid in OUR legislature weren’t quite done being Koch/ALEC whores….the ONE THING Jan Brewer did right in her time as gov…ONE THING, and expanding Medicaid was it…well, all the little shit for brains that didn’t like that she did this, took her to court and now the court will hear this. I have no idea if it will go anywhere, but the fact that it will cost taxpayer $$$ to do this and all the rest of the dog and pony show that goes along with this….I could literally pull my hair out. I’m so over stupid, nasty, selfish, vindictive people.Over them.

  7. 27 LISA
    April 22, 2014 at 9:30 pm


    • 28 carolyn
      April 22, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      What video is LISA talking about in all caps?

    • April 22, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      Woah, relax Lisa. My mistake – I didn’t listen to the video, just thought it was coverage of PBO’s arrival in Washington today.

      Next time just let me know, less of the hysterics, okay?

      • 30 LISA
        April 22, 2014 at 9:57 pm

        I’m sorry but when I started listening I was taken aback. That guy said some sick things. Again Sorry for the way I posted my comments. Thanks for all you do.

        • 31 desertflower
          April 22, 2014 at 10:22 pm

          Lots of us have done what you just did…I know I have had MY hair on fire for something I posted here more than once and just wanted Chips to see it in the maze of all these comments:) So I screamed…like you did, to get her attention. It’s just a little jarring, but I’m sure that Chips understands:) If she doesn’t, ask for the Dannysticks…he might cut you some slack:)

        • 32 GGAIL
          April 22, 2014 at 10:56 pm

          Thank you Lisa for coming back and apologizing. Chips has provided a wonderful haven here and is due much respect.

    • 33 GGAIL
      April 22, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      Lisa gurl you need to check yourself

    • 34 TrumpDog
      April 22, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      Wow. Thanks for the heads up Lisa.
      Glad I missed it though – Between the affirmative action ruling and seeing people justify iot on Twitter & then reading some guy using a Black man’s avatar to talk crap about Black people – I don’t think my nerves can take any more nonsense today

  8. 35 desertflower
    April 22, 2014 at 9:30 pm


    Nearly 7 in 10 Americans say health plans should cover birth control

    LOVE the posters in this story…check them out 🙂 And DUH!

  9. April 22, 2014 at 9:32 pm

  10. 38 vcprezofan2
    April 22, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    (probably a repeat here) AG Holder re expanding clemency criteria

  11. 39 MightyPamela
    April 22, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Heads up, everyone! You HAVE TO DO THIS!! http://1.USA.gov/PfjXln I just found it, but hurry – NASA is sponsoring a #GlobalSelfie Day for Earth Day and Climate Change… TOD must have good representation.. I have already posted my Selfie from the rooftop (where I did not see AF1, btw) Now – GO!!

  12. April 22, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Hi Chips, in the third photo you may also want to add that the person President Obama is hugging is Senator Murray 🙂

  13. 47 vcprezofan2
    April 22, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    So, what do you all know about EMILY’s List (- electing women to make progressive change)? I don’t know anything, but this looks worthy of a 2nd look. TOD Georgians, and others, what say you?

    ‘We read through hundreds of nominations from all around the country, narrowed them down to a short list of nominees, and counted thousands of your votes. And now I’m excited to announce the winner of this year’s Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award: Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams!

    The Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award honors a young woman serving in state or local office who shows the same passion and dedication to public service as this award’s namesake.

    Stacey, the 40-year-old Georgia House Minority Leader, is the first woman to lead either party in the General Assembly and the first African-American to lead the in state House. But she’s done more than make history — she’s made a real difference for Georgia women and families. And she’s earned a reputation as a force for good in the face of the GOP’s extreme agenda.

    It says a lot about the exciting state of women in politics that this decision was so tough.


    • 48 vcprezofan2
      April 22, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    • 49 vcprezofan2
      April 22, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      I read that over again just now, and it registered that they called a 40 year old woman ‘young’ [Rising Star Award honors a young woman]! Anyone wants to know my age from now on, I’m 40 – I was only sitting at 39 because I didn’t realize 40 was still considered young by the general populace. The things you learn when you choose to read! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  14. April 22, 2014 at 10:07 pm

  15. 57 Nerdy Wonka
    April 22, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    If you’re not watching Fargo on FX…then WHAAAAAAAAAT?!

    Get on that right quick.

    Ethan and Joel Coen who produced the movie are also producing the show and it’s nothing like the movie.

    Fantastic, disturbing, funny, weird, hilarious, weird, very weird, polite, funny, and grim.

    Fills up the True Detective void quite nicely.

  16. 58 vcprezofan2
    April 22, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I suspect I’m not too far away from turning in as my eyes are burning, so before I fade out here’s your good night treat from me… & the Dept. of Interior 😉

  17. April 22, 2014 at 10:21 pm

  18. April 22, 2014 at 10:25 pm

  19. 62 Dudette
    April 22, 2014 at 10:25 pm


  20. April 22, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Posting again for Joe Biden fans, ICYMI on previous post.

  21. 64 desertflower
    April 22, 2014 at 10:25 pm


  22. 65 amk for obama
    April 22, 2014 at 10:27 pm


  23. 71 desertflower
    April 22, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Deep love and respect for this man. More every day.

  24. April 22, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    For Carolyn and all of TODville, this is a must-see @Maddow segment last night.

    Ladyhawke posted a link in the Early Bird thread this morning, but I’m having problems getting the video to load on this computer (watched it on another computer) — there was a clever graphic that sliced off a section of a red-to-blue continuum in the shape of Oklahoma — meaning that Oklahoma out-does every other red state in just how crazy they are.

    She opened with a discussion of Clarence Aarons, who was convicted in 1992 of being involved in a cocaine deal and got 3 life sentences (more than the dealer or the seller — the prosecutor said he should be pardoned, but was overruled by the US Pardons attorney (appointed by GWBush) who will soon be replaced by Attorney General Holder.

  25. April 22, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    We Obots have an issue with Julia Ioffe — I remember being outraged at her, but now can’t remember why, LOL.


  26. April 22, 2014 at 10:36 pm

  27. 80 amk for obama
    April 22, 2014 at 10:39 pm

  28. April 22, 2014 at 10:46 pm

  29. April 22, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    A couple of Earth Day tweets.

    I remember the first Earth Day very well. One of my best friends and I spent the day at San Diego State (we were in High School) — I’m so glad it’s still around. The pollution (air in big cities, lakes in the Great Lakes and Northeast) was really out of control back then.

    Now that we’ve got a path forward from fossil fuels and nuclear, we’ve got the Kochs and their ilk clinging to keep polluting and ravaging our environment.

    In addition to applying the brakes on our awful SCOTUS, keeping the momentum going on applying the brakes to fossil fuel consumption is another reason Dems cannot afford to sit out this November’s election:

    The good news is that the cost of solar is plunging now that Barack Obama is President (posted over the weekend):

  30. 84 jacquelineoboomer
    April 22, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Looks like Pete Souza in that first photo, wearing his mud boots. Love that guy – what a trooper!

    • 85 MightyPamela
      April 22, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      I know! I found I was so excited to see Pete in the frame of another’s camera, watching him work is just so fantastic! I kept saying, “Pete!” “There’s Pete!”, all while knowing we would soon be seeing some fantastic pics from him!!

      • 86 jacquelineoboomer
        April 22, 2014 at 11:25 pm

        Our hero! He really has the eye, and is a master at his craft.

        Of course, ANY image of POTUS and FLOTUS, not to mention the VP and Jill, is a treasure.

    • 87 anniebella
      April 22, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      Donald Trump is one pitiful old ugly white man. Now it concerns him how President Obama walks down the stairs on AirForce1. He is just jealous cause he will never walk down those steps as a guess on AF1 or President.

      • 88 jacquelineoboomer
        April 22, 2014 at 11:27 pm

        Donald Trump stays up at night wishing he were other people, including President Obama. He’s rubbish and we shouldn’t worry ourselves about him.

        Begone, Trump! Go back to your tower and talk to yourself.

  31. 89 globalcitizenlinda
    April 22, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    When people say Kennedy is a moderate/swing justice on SCOTUS – just what are they talking about ???

    I am sorry but during those times when the very vulnerable have most needed his vote, more often than not, it has been cast in favor of the wealthy and in preservation of the status quo;

  32. April 22, 2014 at 11:04 pm
    • 92 0388jojothecat
      April 22, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      It shows that PBO is a man with a lot of energy, full of love for his fellow man, and loves what he does NO MATTER ALL THE CRAP THE GOP/KKK/HATER/TEABAGGERS throw at him….

  33. 93 jacquelineoboomer
    April 22, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    I’m no photo detective, but … something tells me that in the Air National Guard tweet above (also the first photo caption of the post), the “first responder” who is being hugged may actually be Jon Lovick, Snohomish County Executive. Mr. Lovick met the President at the Paine Field Airport with the other officials, and is shown in that photo, also standing near Senator Cantwell. Maybe he was a first responder, too, but thought I’d mention.

  34. 94 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2014 at 11:08 pm

  35. 95 Dudette
    April 22, 2014 at 11:08 pm

  36. April 22, 2014 at 11:09 pm

  37. 101 Dudette
    April 22, 2014 at 11:11 pm

  38. 102 MightyPamela
    April 22, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    So, out here the rain has moved in again. About an hour before PBO was due in, the clouds broke and the sun came through, air warmed up nicely. It stayed that way, with massive cloud formations all around, big bright open sky, but no sight of Mt. Rainier today; about an hour after AF1 departed, the sky was grey. Now wonderful rain tapping on the roof and walls, and windows. Yes, he brings magic with him, and it follows him wherever he goes. http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

    • 103 MightyPamela
      April 22, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      And I just saw a flock of crows departing for their night roost. At this hour.. Amazing.

      • 104 HZ
        April 23, 2014 at 1:39 am

        MightyPamela, you are a beautiful soul. Your words are a glowing light filled with much wisdom. Thank you dear beautiful spirit. HZ

  39. 105 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Yes, I believe Trump wants a date with PBO…

  40. 108 amk for obama
    April 22, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    • 109 MightyPamela
      April 22, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      Obama trumps Trump: because PRESIDENT Obama flew that Boeing 747 back to exactly where it was built!! He da’ Man!

  41. 111 globalcitizenlinda
    April 23, 2014 at 12:01 am

  42. 112 HZ
    April 23, 2014 at 2:05 am

    May a loving heart always show the kindness that it beats for all goodness within our space keep our candles brightly burning for the beautiful souls like those of President Barack Obama, VP,, Joe Biden and the elegant loving women that they have beside them, First Lady Michelle, and Dr. Jill Biden. TOD, we are so blessed to have this beautiful team.

    May God’s powerful hand keep them all safe and secure. May compassion, love, wisdom, and a peaceful heart keep them all strong and safe. Bless the work that VP Biden and his team will do this week, and bless the work that President Obama will also accomplish during his traveling.
    Spirit of truth walk beside them
    Spirit of love guide them
    Spirit of compassion speak to them
    And Spirit of wisdom work through them. Amen.HZ

    My lovely Chips and TOD family, do not worry about me, if you do not see me commenting daily; I will be fine. Some dreadful pain in the gut, but my spirit will not be broken. I love you all so dearly. And remember, we will be fine on this journey. Keep our POTUS and VPOTUS in your daily thoughts, prayers, and meditative quiet time. Just a beautiful word sent forth for their space will be just fine. Trust me. Good Nite everyone.HZ

  43. April 23, 2014 at 3:24 am

    Oh, HZ, God love you. After a really difficult night, you had me in tears at loving heart. Your spirit and message was exactly what I needed… but now to know you’re in dreadful pain? I don’t know how to be as lovely and giving as you, but please know my heart is full for you and I’m pleading that you take care of yourself as well as you do us. Please keep us informed, dear one.

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