President Obama Makes a Statement, Vilonia, Arkansas

President Obama greets residents during a visit to the tornado devastated town of Vilonia, Arkansas (Pete Souza)


3:30 EDT: President Obama Makes a Statement, Vilonia, Arkansas

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117 Responses to “President Obama Makes a Statement, Vilonia, Arkansas”

  1. May 7, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Go City! (maybe. I’m torn.)

  2. 20 JER
    May 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm

  3. 21 Linda
    May 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin prosecutors have appealed a federal judge’s decision to halt the investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign and conservative groups that supported him.

    U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday blocking the probe into whether Walker’s campaign illegally coordinated with those groups about the spending. Randa also ordered prosecutors to destroy all their evidence.

    Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to stay the injunction on Wednesday.

    Chisholm argued that the order to destroy evidence conflicts is premature and Randa ignored a request for a hearing.


    Destroy the evidence ? Our Judges have lost their minds…..


  4. 24 Nerdy Wonka
    May 7, 2014 at 3:38 pm

  5. 25 GGail
    May 7, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I like how PBO allows his people to dress for the ocassion. It’s hot and windy out there and everyone needs to be comfortable to be alert.

    • 26 vcprezofan2
      May 7, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      Our president is in every respect a very practical man.

      • 27 GGail
        May 7, 2014 at 4:14 pm

        So true.
        And the temps they will be traveling in today vary widely. It’s 87 F in Vilonia and will only be in the 60s F when he arrives here in CA today. We are quite cool and tonight will be even cooler.

  6. 28 57andfemale
    May 7, 2014 at 3:46 pm

  7. 40 vcprezofan2
    May 7, 2014 at 3:54 pm

  8. May 7, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    GA TOD:

    In the week since announcing it was banning Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, with the hopes of getting approval from the league’s owners to force him to sell the team, little has been known of the NBA’s exact legal strategy.

    While the league’s constitution, publicly revealed for the first time by the league last Tuesday, made it clear that grounds exist to remove an owner if that owner “fail(s) or refuse(s) to fulfill its contractual obligations to the Association,” it remained unclear what contracts Sterling might have violated when he made his racist statements in a private conversation with his mistress V. Stiviano that was later published by TMZ.

    But sources with knowledge of the league’s strategy say there are, in fact, actual contracts that it will maintain Sterling violated should he choose to fight the league’s desire to force him to sell the team if the league can get the required 75 percent of owners to agree to make the move.

    One of those documents, which Sterling signed when he first bought the Clippers in 1981, and signed various amended versions since, states that an owner will not take any position or action that will materially and adversely affect a team or the league. Owners also sign morals clauses, which state that they will be upheld to the highest standard of ethical and moral behavior. When morals clauses are enacted and result in termination of agreements, including endorsement deals, the courts are often charged with interpreting who was right, but sources with knowledge of the NBA’s legal strategy believe that they have enough to force Sterling to sell…….”

  9. 47 JER
    May 7, 2014 at 4:09 pm

  10. May 7, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    This goes into detail how full of B.S. the WHPC is: via https://twitter.com/CassSunstein former Obama admin official, and Samantha Power’s hubby:

    • 49 Linda
      May 7, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      I saw Cass interviewed on c-span Q&A about a month ago and he was outstanding……..

      • May 8, 2014 at 12:54 am

        Agree, Linda. He served President Obama well. I think when Amb. Power got the promotion he decided to go into the private sector to help raise the toddlers…..with her travel schedule et al…..

    • 51 99ts
      May 7, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      the comments!!!!!!! – screaming that the Press is left wing – in the pocket of the President – doesn’t ask about Benghazi!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Folks are surely paid to troll the intertubes and post the stupid.

  11. 52 JER
    May 7, 2014 at 4:17 pm

  12. May 7, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Posted this late last night in conjunction with the big climate change report release….NYC is taking a novel approach to addressing the issue:

    “As sea levels rise along the New York City waterfront, “100-year” storm surges may eventually happen as often as every three years, with more chances of Sandy-like damage if the city doesn’t rebuild its borders. One redesign under consideration now: Big U, a 10-mile long shield of parks and community spaces that would help protect Manhattan neighborhoods from flooding.

    The design is focused as much on the everyday needs of local neighborhoods as on flood protection–an approach that’s very different than how infrastructure has been built in the past. In New Orleans after Katrina, floodwalls were made to meet engineering criteria, not social needs. And New York has its own long past of large-scale projects that focused more on efficiency than people.

    “In the history of New York with the legacy of Robert Moses, most of the infrastructure–whether that’s highways or parks–have generally been imposed without a lot of regard for existing community fabric,” says Jeremy Siegel, who led the Big U project. “If you’re going to be investing so much money into an infrastructure for resiliency–that’s going to be sitting along one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world–there’s a huge opportunity there to also improve civic infrastructure, so it can protect the city, but also become a platform for civic life,” he adds……”

  13. 54 NurseShar
    May 7, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    I love how he does selfies. That’s now the ultimate prize!

  14. May 7, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Here’s the results of GOTV in South Africa:

  15. May 7, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    ICYMI, from Monday-Tuesday overnight thread.

    Alerted to the humane and expert response by Oregon’s (it-goes-without-saying) Dem @GovKitz:

    • 57 Judith Fardig
      May 7, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks you for telling the increasingly right-wing Oregonian newspaper we think well of Governor Kitzhaber.

  16. 58 57andfemale
    May 7, 2014 at 4:40 pm

  17. 59 Paulita
    May 7, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    De-lurking to wish 57 & LDS happy birthday!! Too much family drama going on to comment much right now, but TOD is one place I come to help me stay centered. Thanks to everyone who contributes here, whether blog tyrants or just commentators. ❤

  18. 66 JER
    May 7, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    President Barack Obama is set to deliver remarks and receive an honor presented by Steven Spielberg at a USC Shoah Foundation event, the organization said …

    “President Obama’s commitment to democracy and human rights has long been felt,” said Spielberg in a statement announcing the news. “As a constitutional scholar and as president, his interest in expanding justice and opportunity for all is remarkably evident.”


  19. 67 57andfemale
    May 7, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    • May 7, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      The Founding Fathers were wealthy slave owners…can never really get over that part….reminds me a speech that Justice Marshall gave commemorating the 200th birthday of the Constitution…

      “The men who gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 could not have envisioned these changes. They could not have imagined, nor would they have accepted, that the document they were drafting would one day be construed by a Supreme Court to which had been appointed a woman and the descendent of an African slave. We the People” no longer enslave, but the credit does not belong to the Framers. It belongs to those who refused to acquiesce in outdated notions of “liberty,” “justice,” and “equality,” and who strived to better them.”


      • 69 57andfemale
        May 8, 2014 at 8:28 am

        It was, and still is, the schism between the North and South: the allowing for slavery and the odious 3/5th was a ‘compromise’ or the Southern states would not have become part of the Union. Many of the Founding Fathers did not want slavery.

        And here we are in 2014 – virtually fighting the same battles.

  20. 70 57andfemale
    May 7, 2014 at 4:47 pm

  21. May 7, 2014 at 4:47 pm

  22. 72 Linda
    May 7, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Almost every one of the 230-plus House Republicans is clamoring to be among the seven members placed on the Benghazi select committee.

    Multiple Hill reporters tweeted that 206 congressional GOPers had requested a seat on the committee. House leadership aides said Tuesday that the committee would have seven Republicans and five Democrats.

    • 73 Judith Fardig
      May 7, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      I hope the Dems boycott this travesty of “justice” and the MSM calls it out for what it is – a purely partisan desperation move prior to the Midterms/

      • 74 GGail
        May 7, 2014 at 5:03 pm

        Judith, the Dems need to be present and then the Dems need to tell the MSM what a travesty this witchhunt is. We already know we can’t rely on MSM to speak up for us – we must do it ourselves and LOUDLY!

        • 75 COS
          May 7, 2014 at 5:19 pm

          I saw Rep. Jim Clyburn this morning on Bill Press pushing his new book, and he was all for boycotting this witch hunt. Dems need to stick together on this.

        • 77 57andfemale
          May 7, 2014 at 5:27 pm

          I think we have to participate or all the one-sided news will become ‘truth’ and we’ll be doing nothing but shouting into the wind on the Capitol steps.

  23. 78 57andfemale
    May 7, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    So Howard Dean penned an op-ed at Roll Call with Guiliani, blasting PBO and essentially signing on to RW talking points about Iran.

    He sold his soul by bashing one of the best cost controls in ACA – that’s when ‘Deaniac’ at TPV changed his name.

    What a first class jackass Howard Dean has turned out to be.

  24. May 7, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    • 93 GGail
      May 7, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      So very true

    • 94 anniebella
      May 7, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      I am glad to see that not all the people from the red states are crazy racists idiots. I’m sure if you were to read some comments there will be those who can’t put aside their hate for this President even in times like this.

  25. May 7, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I just can’t get over the neck of this fraud, now an ACA cheerleader after campaigning for the bill to be ‘killed’

  26. May 7, 2014 at 5:18 pm

  27. 105 Dakota
    May 7, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Happy Birthday 57 and LDS!

  28. 111 anniebella
    May 7, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Is there any information concerning the man who was following the Obama girls motorcade? Why was he following them? I did see CNN talking about this earlier today.

  29. May 7, 2014 at 5:26 pm

  30. 113 anniebella
    May 7, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    It sure is FLOTUS. #Bring Back Our Girls. What is so shameful is the leader of Nigeria let things get this far. He should have ask for help along time ago to get rid of those terrorists. I know POTUS would have done what ever he could to help, before something like this happen.

  31. May 7, 2014 at 5:36 pm

  32. May 7, 2014 at 5:41 pm

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