Building a 21st Century Infrastructure

@petesouza: President Obama looks out at the new Tappan Zee Bridge under construction in Tarrytown, NY


Text of the President’s remarks here









150 Responses to “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure”

  1. 1 a4alice
    May 14, 2014 at 7:27 pm


  2. 9 vcprezofan2
    May 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Chips, were you planning to build the infrastructure without me? Tut. Tut> Tut.

    Well done, a4A! 🙂

  3. May 14, 2014 at 7:31 pm


  4. 12 Nerdy Wonka
    May 14, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Oooo…great recap of the day, Chiparoooo.

    The pictures are wonderful and the views are just mesmerizing.

  5. 14 Nerdy Wonka
    May 14, 2014 at 7:37 pm

  6. 18 Dakota
    May 14, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    While I’m happy about Dean Baquet’s new position at the NYT, I’m also curious about how much he’ll be paid.

  7. May 14, 2014 at 7:49 pm

  8. 22 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Josh Lederman seems very content covering PBO on this trip 🙂 And I think he’s been doing a fine job all afternoon and evening – no snide remarks; no underhanded jabs at the President ala Markknoller…

    • 28 Nerdy Wonka
      May 14, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      For all that some WHPC complain, they’re getting it world’s better under President Obama than GWB. They spend their summers in Martha’s Vineyard and winters in Hawaii. Plus, wonderful international trips.

      The domestic time they had with GWB was that ranch he bought in Crawford, TX so he could fool himself into thinking he was an actual cowboy. Hawaii or that? Yeah, I know which spot I’d choose.

    • May 14, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      He’s not food obsessed Hopefruit, at all…..

      • 30 hopefruit2
        May 14, 2014 at 8:14 pm

        Indeed chips. And if you notice, unlike Lederman, Knoller almost NEVER tweets about the perks afforded the WHPC who cover the President or VP – instead he’s always framing it as though PBO or VP are the ones selfishly wasting taxpayer money on frivolous stuff, holding up traffic, or causing the WHPC a lot of hassle. Nerdy Wonka also mentioned the trips to Hawaii or Martha’s Vineyard or abroad, and yet the WHPC are always complaining on Twitter that they’re tired, jet-lagged, or whatever crap they can report to incite their fellow ‘bagger followers.

      • 33 anniebella
        May 14, 2014 at 9:13 pm

        I hope VP Biden got enough for Mark Knoller.

      • 34 jacquelineoboomer
        May 14, 2014 at 11:13 pm

        I’d kill for a cannoli from an Italian-American bakery right now. Kill!

  9. May 14, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Did anyone watch Frontline’s “United States of Secrets” last night? OMG, what a clown show. Making Snowden look like a hero? Giving GG the spotlight? UGH.

  10. 38 Ladyhawke
    May 14, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Imani ABL @AngryBlackLady · 23m

    D’oh! RT @aterkel: Here’s a NYT editorial from April criticizing the White House for its gender pay gap http://nyti.ms/1jIZ12q

    • May 14, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      NerdyW posted this on the last thread, which is definitely a BAM! towards Ezra Klein and his toxic wife Annie Lowrey (of the NYT, who constantly harps on the Obama Adm on gender-equality for the IMPORTANT stuff [yeah, right, about PBO’s golf partners — exactly ZERO previous Presidents were questioned about who their golfing buddies were, why would PBO be different? (snark)].

      @davidfolkenflik says that Dean Baquet was top editor at the LATimes (which I recall as well) — not sure how “top editor” differs from NYT Executive Editor, but it’s clear that Mr. Baquet has been the top editor at another newspaper in this country.

      The media loves reporting on the media, so will have a field day with today’s events, which were handled very poorly by Arthur Sulzberger.

      The bottom line is that the NYT are a bunch of hypocrites (or at least the people who draw up editor’s contracts are) and this is not the first time Dean Baquet has been the top editor of a major US newspaper.

  11. 40 amk for obama
    May 14, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    The dems could have done better by framing the crumbling infrastructure as a national security issue.

    • 41 99ts
      May 14, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      Wouldn’t matter how they framed it – the GOP would say NO. PBO should have said “we don’t need no damned infrastructure” – then watch McCain scream for infrastructure on the Sunday shows.

      • 42 amk for obama
        May 14, 2014 at 9:31 pm

        This is about appealing to the voters, not the gnoppers. And it happens to be true unlike the fake national security issues that rethugs spin all the time.

        • 43 57andfemale
          May 14, 2014 at 10:27 pm

          Pbo has said it a few times and some general said it today.

          Dems miss obvious frames: ACA is a job creator with healthy Americans the product. should have been saying that for four years. but nooooo…..

  12. May 14, 2014 at 8:56 pm

  13. 49 amk for obama
    May 14, 2014 at 9:16 pm

  14. 56 sherijr
    May 14, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Remember this morning, I think it was Hopefruit who posted this tweet from Jonathon Alter- well I asked him a question about it and he responded.. thought you all would like to see this:

    Jonathan Alter

    The reason HRC is highly likely to run is that she wants to live to see the first woman prez and knows she’s the best shot for that. – 14 May


    @jonathanalter wait, is that something she told you.. or are you giving your opinion? – 14 May

    Jonathan Alter
    @sherijr it’s my analysis based on covering her for years. Not a recent interview.

    The reason I asked this of him, is that- though I am not a fan of Hillary Clinton’s – I am definitely not a believer in our media’s ‘facts’… they just say stuff and to often we believe them if they’re commenting on someone we don’t trust, respect or like… I am of the belief that this media we have now, will and do lie about everyone.. either by fabrication or by omission. In this case Jonathon Alter basically pulled his ‘tweet’ out of his imaginary ass.

    • 57 sherijr
      May 14, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      My response to his response just now was: Thank you for responding Jonathan, though I think it would be better to actually ask this question of Hillary and hear what she has to say.

    • 58 99ts
      May 14, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      Interesting – thanks sherijr

      “not a recent interview” – is this to make folks think there was a “past interview” where this was discussed? They still want their fans to think they are “in the know”

      • 59 sherijr
        May 14, 2014 at 9:30 pm

        well he actually discounts his “recent interview” comment by stating that it’s his analysis. So which is it Jonathan?

        I trust nothing they say, anymore.

      • 60 sherijr
        May 14, 2014 at 9:31 pm

        and cute how he avoids the word that I used “opinion” by stating “analysis” instead. As if that makes it okay that he basically put words in Hillary’s mouth.

        • 61 amk for obama
          May 14, 2014 at 9:38 pm

          Good for ya for calling him out. I read his tweet which hf posted and straight away knew he was pulling this out of his ass.

          • 62 sherijr
            May 14, 2014 at 9:41 pm

            this is why I don’t follow any media at all- I’d be tweeting them all day long 🙂 🙂 One thing about Alter, he does respond… years back during the ’08 campaign he was on tv (back when I watched tv) and he defended Michelle Obama’s speech- about being “proud”.. I emailed him that I appreciated what he said.. and he responded back very kindly. However, it is really intolerable of any media to just make these sort of statements as if they’ve got some inside track to a person’s thoughts.

          • 63 sherijr
            May 14, 2014 at 9:43 pm

            and thanks for the retweet amk! 🙂

        • 64 99ts
          May 14, 2014 at 9:44 pm

          Too true – they all describe their opinion as analysis – except maybe Rachel

          • 65 sherijr
            May 14, 2014 at 9:47 pm

            seriously what if we all framed things this way… well my analysis is… (insert hogwash here)…

    • May 14, 2014 at 10:47 pm


      National MSM political reporting staff are apparently paid for their speculation, not to uncover and report facts.

      They are pretty much worthless.

      Political reporters for local newspapers do actual reporting. Unfortunately, these reporters are often the first that newspapers lay off. San Francisco has no reporters in Sacramento to follow what’s going on there. And California is something like the 9th largest economy, but the heart of Silicon Valley can’t afford a reporter to cover what’s happening politically to our state.

  15. 67 No Child Left Behind
    May 14, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Good Evening TODVille,

    I had a follow up visit today (6 months post bone marrow transplant) and am proud to report that the doctor was ecstatic. So was I. I made so much progress that she lifted the no-travel ban. She was surprised that I could lay down and get up ALL BY MYSELF like the big girl I am. I am grateful to God and to all friends here and elsewhere that said a little prayer on my behalf. It’s only with God’s help that I can be here today, having resumed work for 3 months now, and back to driving.

    On a different note, I don’t know if it is politically correct to speak of Rachel Maddow. But I admire her research and the fact that she speaks of things that I would never know nor learn from anyone else. Tonight is a follow up of Teabaggers trying to extort money from their republican brethren to stay off primary ballots. This is scandalous. Yet again, I should not be surprised because the GOTP these days will stoop to any level to win an election.

    Now onto my favorite topic. Governor Chris Christie, the one and only. The savior of the GOP who was going to walk from NJ to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave to save the United States. Yes, that Chris Christie, the head of Bridgegate, the bully who uses all at his disposal to get rid of rivals. He can keep pretending that he is a candidate for 2016. He will only land on Ed Schultz’s Pretenders’ List.

    • 68 sherijr
      May 14, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Standing O and Huge Congratulations to your good health report NCLB ~ continued strength and positive news wished upon you.

    • 71 a4alice
      May 14, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      glad your health is improving! great news !

    • 72 99ts
      May 14, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      NCLB – what fabulous news from your doctor, you must be thrilled beyond what words can convey – I had a good report from my melanoma doctor yesterday & it so helped me recover my spirits from the disaster of our current government – good health news is the best news.

      Rachel – I mentioned her above – the only media person I have seen who uses research rather than wild guesses when reporting on any political issues.

      • 73 MightyPamela
        May 14, 2014 at 10:03 pm

        Good on ya’, 99ts! (in my best effort at ‘Strine).. 😉

        • 74 99ts
          May 14, 2014 at 10:08 pm

          “good on ya” – used in an ad for a bread company – I hate that advertising steals our language cause that’s what immediately came to mind from your post


          • 75 MightyPamela
            May 14, 2014 at 10:12 pm

            Back when I lived DownUnda, 99ts, one of the most popular adverts was “Feed The Man Meat”! I’m sure you’ll remember that! To this day, much as I love Aussie-isms, that slogan was just too odd!

            • 76 99ts
              May 14, 2014 at 10:16 pm

              The beef industry – didn’t like that people started eating green. It’s like “real men don’t eat quiche” which used to be popular.

              It’s taking a long time to “humanize” Oz men – fortunately the only ones left beating the superiority of muscle over brain have little of the latter.

              • 77 MightyPamela
                May 14, 2014 at 10:46 pm

                I do remember that, and then later, over here, Real Men Eat Quiche caught on and was very popular. I am a little too aware of Aussie men and their a-hem, characteristics (my daughter’s father, eg), but am hearing of a disturbing level of domestic violence, brutal in many cases, which I was not aware was a factor in life back then. But maybe it’s getting exposure now?

                • 78 99ts
                  May 14, 2014 at 10:53 pm

                  It was always there Pamela – “domestics” were never investigated or prosecuted in my youth. Most violent crimes are still between people known to each other – and there still isn’t enough prosecution until someone dies.

    • May 14, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      Great news for you, NCLB!! Wonderful that you are able to resume your regular activities. Take good care.

    • May 14, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      Wonderful report on your health nclb. So happy for you! Keep making good progress.

      Regarding Rachel: As I was listening to her opening segment with all the news reports from years ago and all the news clips and detail about explosions, etc., I thought about the hugely extensive research—WOW! If only other media folks would do even half of what she and her staff do–what a difference it would make!

    • 82 MightyPamela
      May 14, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      {{{{{ ❤ NCLB ❤ }}}}} Beyond delighted to hear this excellent report! You are an inspiration!

    • 83 jackiegrumbacher
      May 14, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      Fantastic news about your recovery, NCLB. You fought hard against a devastating problem and won. Congratulations!!

    • 84 desertflower
      May 14, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      So thrilled for you and this great report!! Keep staying positive and continued good health:)

    • May 14, 2014 at 10:41 pm


      How wonderful for you that your doctor was ecstatic.

      And so were you, and so is the TOD family.

      So glad that your treatment worked and you’re fully on the road to recovery.

      I’ve haven’t watched much recently, but I think Rachel has toned down her emoprog attacks from the likes of Jeremy Scahill (who is also part of that $250 million package that @Pierre handed over to GG), which most in TODville clicked off.

      Those reports were infuriating. But I’ve seen others here agree (e.g., 99ts) that Rachel is the only true investigative journalist on national TV on a daily basis.

    • 86 57andfemale
      May 14, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      Such wonderful news, nclb!

    • May 14, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      Fantastic news about your health, NCLB!!!!! Very pleased for you!!!!!

    • 88 jacquelineoboomer
      May 14, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      Excellent, excellent news, NCLB! So happy for you! (And nothing like a positive attitude, as well as that gratitude to God, I’m convinced.)

    • 89 daisydem
      May 14, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      God Bless you No Child. Hugs to you and positive thoughts about your continued recovery and well being. And thank you for your persistence on Christie … I just wonder if he will be held accountable. This seems to have been put on a back burner and I, for one, thinks it should be front page. Take care of you.

      • 90 HZ
        May 15, 2014 at 1:58 am

        NCLB, my gratefulness for your medical report. What a beautiful blessing. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ God’s grace be with you continually.}}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

    • May 15, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Absolutely WONDERFUL news No Child, thrilled for you!!!

  16. May 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    I haven’t been online much the last few days, so I don’t know how TOD reacted to the gag-worthy news that the movie rights to GG’s book has been picked up by producers known for James Bond flicks.

    Makes me sick. GG makes me sick. First he gets $250 million for basically doing nothing but promote his gag-worthy book, and now this.

    However, after a year, it seems some DC beltway types are finally acknowledging GG’s egomania:

    And this from GG cheerleader, staunch libertarian; he’s still a GG cheerleader, so don’t bother clicking on the link — but maybe GG will start calling Jack Shafer “odious.”

  17. 105 amk for obama
    May 14, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Extracting water for human activities is increasing the number of small earthquakes being triggered in California.

    A new study suggests that the heavy use of ground water for pumping and irrigation is causing mountains to lift and valleys to subside.

    The scientists say this depletion of the water is increasing seismic activity along the San Andreas fault.

    They worry that over time this will hasten the occurrence of large quakes.


    Solution? Drink wine. (uugghh)

    • May 14, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      Great, just what Cali needs is a major earthquake on the San Andreas fault with wild fires burning west of that fault.

      This article appears to be talking about Central California, which is not a major population center (although Fresno is a pretty busy town).

      We’ve been saying all winter that climate change is here now. In mid-May we’ve had two heat waves and the conditions of the vegetation is not Spring-like, but rather reminds me of the desert live oak forests in New Mexico — leaves covered with dust because it’s been so long since it last rained — here leaves are covered in dust kicked up by the unrelenting Santa Ana winds.

  18. 107 99ts
    May 14, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    “a significant number of journalists who worked for her – even some in editing ranks – found her brusque to point of rudeness”

    I see the above as one reason why ms Abramson was fired from the NYT – yet this is a MAJOR reason why folks rant about how wonderful is Chris Christie – he is brusque and rude!

    White Male privilege – always

    http://www.businessinsider.com.au/nyt-jill-abramson-pay-2014-5 (tweets at end)

    • May 14, 2014 at 10:35 pm

  19. 109 amk for obama
    May 14, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Game of Thrones author George RR Martin has explained why he does all his writing on an obsolete disk operating system (DOS) computer – because it does not correct his spelling.

    He said he did not want a modern PC that amended his writing as he typed.

    The writer of the books on which the TV series is based first revealed he used the archaic system in 2011.

    Speaking on US chat show Conan on Tuesday, he said he kept a second computer for browsing the internet.

    He said he never feared a virus infecting his computer and deleting his work because he had a “secret weapon”.

    Martin added: “I actually like it, it does what I want a word-processing programme to do and it doesn’t do anything else. I don’t want any help, you know?


    Hey genius, you can turn-off spell-check, if you want. #maroons

  20. May 14, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Some of the most destructive fires in Los Angeles county were set by arsonists.

    Speculation in San Diego county now:

  21. 111 amk for obama
    May 14, 2014 at 10:19 pm

  22. 112 amk for obama
    May 14, 2014 at 10:24 pm


  23. 113 99ts
    May 14, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    They truly want to take over the world & our govt of stupid will probably let them


  24. 114 amk for obama
    May 14, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Ha, ha, ha.

    No more vaios for you, you sony buying losers.


    /sd a toshiba/dell/samsung(twice)/hp proud buyer.

  25. May 14, 2014 at 10:50 pm

  26. May 14, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Thank you, President Obama:

  27. 130 GGAIL
    May 14, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Tonight at 8pm it’s 87 F degrees. Argh!!

  28. 131 99ts
    May 14, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Guess many of you saw this yesterday – but is there any length to which Christie won’t go for money

    “New scandal snags Christie, Mass. GOP hopeful
    Pando Daily’s David Sirota talks with Rachel Maddow about a donation from a Massachusetts GOP gubernatorial candidate to Chris Christie’s state party, and an investment made by NJ in that person’s business interests – an apparent violation.”

    Christie admin investing NJ retirement fund money into a supporters fund – against NJ law

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/watch/new-scandal-snags-christie-mass-gop-hopeful-256248899584 (video)


    • May 14, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      He’s a criminal, to his core, 99. Period.

    • 134 jacquelineoboomer
      May 14, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      Proceed, Governor!

      • 135 99ts
        May 14, 2014 at 11:34 pm

        So corrupt JoB – yet they still vote for him and his ilk – I am partly and will be fully dependent on my govt invested retirement funds – and I am 100% confident of the ability of those who oversee said investment (to the extend that they can control it) I cannot imagine having my future decided by those who would donate funds to a RW politician. I am scared this may spread to my country – as much other GOP “enlightenment” has already arrived here.

  29. 137 amk for obama
    May 14, 2014 at 11:23 pm

  30. 139 amk for obama
    May 14, 2014 at 11:31 pm

  31. 141 amk for obama
    May 14, 2014 at 11:31 pm

  32. 142 amk for obama
    May 14, 2014 at 11:36 pm

  33. 145 99ts
    May 14, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    I’m catching up on the Rachel I missed this week – I do love when she attacks “the beltway press”

  34. 147 99ts
    May 15, 2014 at 12:01 am

    And will Chris Hayes EVER learn to talk without the “fast and furious” and will he ever let his guests speak without yelling over them – worst decision ever by msnbc

  35. 148 jacquelineoboomer
    May 15, 2014 at 12:11 am

    A friend was just telling me about this … I’m kind of into Latin! #GoddessOfTheDyingArtForms

    Somewhat of a challenge, since many modern-day words don’t quite translate! Love how they’re considering making Pope Francis tweets in Latin fit the vernacular of people like “Plautus or Terentius, the two great Latin comedians,” for the benefit of Latin scholars, etc. (which would not be me, for sure). Latin tweets, if interested: @Pontifex_ln

    NPR: Monsignor Brings Pope’s Tweets To The World, In Latin


  36. 149 HZ
    May 15, 2014 at 12:20 am

    May the grace that rests upon President Barack H. Obama’s life tonight give him an even greater gift of measured grace to give a restfulness of peace, truth, and compassion to those families, friends, and our nation as he performs his duties as our President and CIC during the ceremonies tomorrow. May wisdom and grace be your guiding light, Mr. President. May you and our First Lady give strength to each other during these times.

    Blessings to this TOD family. Thank you, Chips for this beautiful and serious space and your unwavering support and respect to President Barack H. Obama.. You are a true and brilliant vessel of goodness to all of us. I love you. I appreciate you for being in my life daily. HZ.

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