Coming Up

 2:30 EDT: The President and First Lady arrive New York City


3:25: The President delivers remarks on infrastructure, Tarrytown, NY


5:0: The President Attends a DNC fundraiser, InterContinental Hotel, New York City


122 Responses to “Coming Up”

  1. May 14, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    After noon everyone

  2. 4 HZ
    May 14, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Beautiful Day to my Chips and TOD family. I love our president and First Lady. May this continue to be a beautiful day for them.HZ

    • 5 Cindy
      May 14, 2014 at 2:48 pm


      Your energy is positively contagious; sweet, calm and electrifying, soothing the spirit for blessings to come in.

      What awesome work you covered for the animals. It’s not what we say but what we do is what matters. Being involved in the community is the way to bring about change. The elders use to say; if you see a problem, and you choose to do nothing, don’t talk about it because you are a part of the problem when you sit down and do nothing but complain.

      Glad to know that “the blood pressure” was not doing a “happy dance.” : )

      May you be blessed indeed, and your good works rewarded with the overflow of abundance in every area of your life. As your cup runs over (blessings), and the negatives become your footstool, celebrate each victory because you deserve every ounce of goodness.


      • 6 HZ
        May 14, 2014 at 3:06 pm

        Cindy, your words of from a kind and beautiful space. Thank you. I was always taught by my dear mother and grandparents to always move in the flow of God’s daily light of gratefulness for your life each morning of my life. And they always said, “If you find yourself above the green grass, start moving with a purpose of helping within your space. ”

        Above all, I try to keep my needle of gratefulness at the top of my focal point daily, and I do see opportunities to put some goodness into my space in order to also share my blessings with others.

        Cindy, thanks for your wise words and may our TOD family continue to support, respect, and love our president and his entire team today. One day at a time. Give goodness forth for wisdom, protection, and grace to be graciously granted to President Obama and his entire Cabinet. Our prayers, meditations, and as Bobfr reminds us, #TrustBarack move forth with the power of God to bless our CIC and our men and women who are serving us and have continued to serve this nation.

        Pray for all who are within and at Camp Pendleton at this time. The winds are very rough where I live and in many surrounding areas, so please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you all. HZ

        • 7 Cindy
          May 14, 2014 at 3:48 pm

          Yes, I will include it in my prayers. I believe in being grateful and thankful for all things, even when it is not looking good. I, like you, love our First Family and I pray for them daily, and I pray for those who are working with President Obama. No matter what journey we are on, we are blessed. I am thankful every day that the good Lord has His reasons for waking me up and starting me on my way each day.

          Everyday we don’t read our name in the obituary column, we have something to be grateful for and dance about : )

          God is good all the time and all the time He is GOOD!

          Warmest Blessings {{{{{HZ}}}}}

  3. 8 daisydem
    May 14, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I know I say it each time, but I love NYC so much and it just makes me happy when POTUS and FLOTUS go there. I hope that between the political and social duties they are going for, that they can take some time for a nice dinner in one of New York’s restaurants or some romantic room service and a little sightseeing or shopping. They probably won’t have time, but I would like to think of them “out on the town” in my town.

    • 9 HZ
      May 14, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Daisydem, those are such lovely thoughts to put forth into the President and First Lady’s space of goodness. You are so special for taking the time to think of such beautiful thoughts for them. HZ

      • 10 daisydem
        May 14, 2014 at 2:29 pm

        Thank you HZ. What a compliment coming from one who hear on TOD always expresses positivity and goodness!

  4. 12 GGail
    May 14, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    On my way to lunch. Hopefully will be able to follow you guys.

    • 13 jacquelineoboomer
      May 14, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Good luck with following. I’m so far behind today, that I’d just like to wish everybody a Happy New Year! 🙂

  5. 14 Cindy
    May 14, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Good AWESOME afternoon Chipsticks and Danny!


    CONGRATS on 1st vetivera24! wtg

  6. 15 JER
    May 14, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    • 16 HZ
      May 14, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Thank you, JER}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} You always bring joy to my heart when you keep us up to date on our POTUS and FLOTUS arrivals and departures. TY, TY, JER. Very grateful.HZ

    • 18 anniebella
      May 14, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      Grandma will be there with the girls as POTUS and FLOTUS spend the night. When FLOTUS talk of how important her Mom is, she is not kidding. FLOTUS couldn’t go on trips like this without knowing her girls would be look after.

  7. 19 rikyrah
    May 14, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    De Blasio’s Role Among Republicans: Nemesis

    “These folks can still party like it’s 1999,” said Peter Ragone, a senior adviser to Mr. de Blasio. “The 21st century called and asked if they want to join us and help everyday Americans get ahead.”
    MAY 14, 2014

    Jeb Bush, a possible Republican presidential candidate, offered to help run a campaign to oust the new mayor in 2017. Bill O’Reilly, the Fox News titan, said he wanted “to beat him up.”

    And at a black-tie dinner a few nights ago, a billionaire donor to the Republican Party warned that under his stewardship, New York City risked becoming the “New Havana.”

    National Republicans, alarmed by the rising influence of activist liberals in government and eager to paint the Democratic Party as captive to its left wing, seem to have settled on an unlikely new nemesis: Bill de Blasio.

    It is a startling turn for a municipal leader who was virtually unknown, even within New York, just a year ago, but now finds himself on the same conservative dartboard as far better established figures, like Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and the occupant of the Oval Office.



  8. May 14, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Hey, it’s 90 degrees in L.A. In May. Which is totally not normal. But don’t you think this is due to climate change. No sirree bob. I stand with Marco.

    • 26 anniebella
      May 14, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      LL, it is 90 here in NC, it has been that the last couple of days

      • 27 0388jojothecat
        May 14, 2014 at 3:15 pm

        It’s been in the mid 90’s this week and today it will be 100 degrees in SoCal….May 14, 2014 with fire warnings and we are in a drought.

        • 28 nathkatun7
          May 14, 2014 at 4:29 pm

          We are suffering here in San Diego! Fires are raging already and it’s just May! Usually we see these temps. in August and Sept. May and June are usually our coolest months. I am afraid we may be in for a long and devastating fire season.

  9. 29 japa21
    May 14, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Mrs GGAil, just want you to know that that tweet that AMK posted on the last thread which he claimed referred to Idaho was actually the cover of the Iowa guide book.

  10. May 14, 2014 at 2:52 pm

  11. 33 Gazelle
    May 14, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Shonda Rhimes Will Own ABC on Thursday Nights

    If you needed any more evidence of Shonda Rhimes’ power in the entertainment industry, just turn on your television on Thursdays this fall, where she’ll own a three-hour block of shows on ABC. Here’s more:

    After three stellar seasons at 10 p.m., Scandal is moving to an hour earlier in an effort to launch the new Rhimes drama How to Get Away With Murder [starring Viola Davis]. That means that veteran Grey’s Anatomy, still one of ABC’s most dependable series after 10 seasons, is moving to the troubled 8 p.m. slot. […..]


      • 35 Nerdy Wonka
        May 14, 2014 at 3:06 pm

        I am super duper excited for Shonda Rhimes ‘How To Get Away With Murder.’ Viola Davis?!?! Sign me up. She’s had me from that powerful two minutes or so scene in Doubt that was so mind blowing powerful and garnered her an Oscar nomination.

        ABC is realizing that the Shonda Rhimes formula works and that diversity that reflects the true America of 2014 works.

        As they say, “if you build it, they will come.”

        Congratulations to Shonda Rhimes. She’s got me on Thursday nights.

      • 36 Dakota
        May 14, 2014 at 3:08 pm

        I can’t wait for this show! I love me some Viola Davis! Shonda Rhimes owns Thursday nights on ABC! LOL!

      • May 14, 2014 at 3:11 pm

        I am gonna watch this……my new addiction on teevee.

      • 38 GGail
        May 14, 2014 at 3:36 pm

        Just what I need – another smart series by that crazy-scary-smart Mz Shonda!!!

        • 39 Dudette
          May 14, 2014 at 6:01 pm

          I know, right?

          I don’t usually go for these shows centered around solving/prosecuting murders, but
          Viola Davis as a law professor, attorney?!!

  12. 40 JER
    May 14, 2014 at 2:59 pm

  13. 42 JER
    May 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm

  14. May 14, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Heads up, 20 minutes to the President’s speech

  15. 44 JER
    May 14, 2014 at 3:07 pm

  16. 45 JER
    May 14, 2014 at 3:08 pm

  17. May 14, 2014 at 3:09 pm

  18. 47 JER
    May 14, 2014 at 3:10 pm

  19. 56 JER
    May 14, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    LIVESTREAM UP: Awaiting the President’s remarks on infrastructure, Tarrytown, NY – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  20. 57 Dakota
    May 14, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Good Afternoon TOD Family!

    My birthday is tomorrow, but I’m starting today…hubby is taking me to a French restaurant (I never heard of it before, but it don’t matter). He picked it himself without asking me…this is a big deal in my house. Tomorrow drinks and dinner at a Brazilian steakhouse and Saturday night out with the girls! FUN!!! And I’m expecting a deliciously prepared (and I do mean deliciously prepared) cake by our darling Chips. Didn’t know I was so bossy didja?

    • 58 Dakota
      May 14, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Oh and our anniversary is Sunday…34 years! I’m gonna need a week to recuperate!

      • 59 jackiegrumbacher
        May 14, 2014 at 4:32 pm

        Dakota, Happy Birthday eve. Have a great, great time at the French restaurant and all your festivities.

    • 60 57andfemale
      May 14, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      I thought it was LAST week! Chips, I’m too old to get ANYTHING right. I thought you said ‘tomorrow’ when you probably said ‘next week’. Fire me, please.

      If I knew how to digitally bake, I’d do my best.

      Sounds like you have your festivities planned and it sounds delicious! Happy Birthday!

      • 61 Dakota
        May 14, 2014 at 3:53 pm

        You know 57, it’s the weirdest thing…they got it wrong on Facebook too! People were wishing me Happy Birthday last week… people who should know better! LOL! It was meant to be it guess!

        • 62 57andfemale
          May 14, 2014 at 3:56 pm

          I could have sworn you said your birthday was the day after mine, but you must have said ‘next week’. Is there crossover on FB with TOD? If there was, it was my fault because I announced your birthday to the whole TOD world – a week early.

          • 63 Dakota
            May 14, 2014 at 7:21 pm

            I’m weeping 57! No crossover and it’s OK, really! Once I sent my cousin a birthday card a month before her birthday and I was a LOT younger than we are now!

    • 66 hopefruit2
      May 14, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      Happy Birthday in advance Dakota! Enjoy your 3-day splurge – it’s the best way to celebrate! And I’m more than certain that Chips already has your birthday cake all planned out. 🙂 🙂

    • 68 GGail
      May 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      No wonder you didn’t appear when I said for you to show yourself last week for b’day greetings Dakota!

      We need to fire the TOD gossip columnist!

    • 70 Dudette
      May 14, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      Now that’s how you celebrate!
      Way to go Dakota! Have a Happy Birthday!

    • 72 99ts
      May 14, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      It’s already tomorrow in my world – so enjoy your week of celebrations

    • 73 sjterrid
      May 15, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Dakota, happy birthday and anniversary. I hope you enjoy your weekend celebrating both.

  21. May 14, 2014 at 3:27 pm

  22. 75 Vicki
    May 14, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    LO Josh barro on MSNBC just promised a “taste” of the event with POTUS.
    Click tv-off. I don’t want just a taste. I want to see the whole thing.
    Good thing we have TOD and WH website.

    • 76 hopefruit2
      May 14, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Click tv-off is the right decision! Tell MSNBC they can keep their “taste” which is nothing more than a 5-second live clip, followed by a segment-long panel distorting what he said and bashing him for what he didn’t say or do.

      Meanwhile we will keep our President and watch his entire speech live, online.

  23. 77 57andfemale
    May 14, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Effing Idiot John McCain would have had the world in flames if, God forbid, they had elected him and Barbie of the Tundra. I’m beginning to think he really believes she would have been just fine. What a ruse he pulled on the American people his entire career.

    This is how the man who wanted to be Leader of the Free World looks at sovereign nations:

    “If they knew where they were, I certainly would send in U.S. troops to rescue them, in a New York minute I would, without permission of the host country,” McCain told The Daily Beast on Tuesday. “I wouldn’t be waiting for some kind of permission from some guy named Goodluck Jonathan,” he added, referring to the president of Nigeria.”

    Diplomacy really never occurs to him. Just bomb. Anybody.

    He was a nutcase in ‘moderate’ clothing. What a bastard.

    • 78 desertflower
      May 14, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      Condescending, old, neocon fuckwad. I detest that man. Sorry for the overly salty language. It’s the truth.

      • 79 57andfemale
        May 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm

        My sentiments (and language) exactly.

        He really means it: bombing is his answer to everything. You would send troops into Nigeria and eff the Nigerian government?

        It was a cold chill that went over my heart when I realized he really does believe Sarah Palin could have been President.

        And an even colder chill goes through me when I read that there is a 23% enthusiasm gap with Dem’s. How effing bad does it have to get before Dems will bother to vote?

        • 80 desertflower
          May 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm

          Aside from being an intellectual lightweight, the moral character of someone who would put the country and THE ENTIRE WORLD at risk with the Tundra Twit as VP….sorry. Even if she WASN’T his choice, he never fought against her as far as I could see. He took what the powers that pulled his strings told him to do…I have zero respect for that POS. as far as the war hero stuff goes, honestly…so many more men than him went through the same horrors….where’s THEIR special respect? He makes me so angry….and he’s MY Senator! All I’ve gotten from him is rudeness from his staff and a form letter for an email. He has no idea that I’M his boss.

          • 81 57andfemale
            May 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm

            he scammed his ‘war hero’ stuff his entire career. He was a menace even then – didn’t he crash some plane? Mr. 57 knows all of those details.

            I will say again – the reason for the tea party b.s. falls on John McCain alone. By saying any idiot with ideology was better than educated, sensible, experienced elected officials – every idiot ran for office and won. The party was changed dramatically, and it was because John McCain said the country could be run by a hateful idiot.

            I believe there are little blips in history that change everything: McCain choosing Sarah Palin was one of those.

        • 84 99ts
          May 14, 2014 at 8:51 pm

          Sarah Palin is the start of it – the number of the people being elected to congress that are ignorant buffoons is frightening to see – there is little doubt PBO is the reason we are not currently in WWIII in Europe.

          I rarely mention Hitler – but he did get to power by legal means (with a few scare tactics thrown in). The massive support of the loons for the 2nd amendment, the likes of Christie scaring the opposition to vote for him added to the openly draconian views of the GOP looks very similar from my distance.

          • 85 57andfemale
            May 15, 2014 at 11:00 am

            It is terrifying. We have been close to this kind of idiocy before, but always had enough moderates in both parties to avoid disaster. This is the first time I know of that there is such extremism in the halls of power and in complete control of a political party. Terrifying.

            • 86 99ts
              May 15, 2014 at 11:19 am

              And the hard right (perhaps not with so much stupid) is a world wide trend. On can only pray that folks stop thinking this is the society they want to live in – before it all implodes upon them. I think PBO will have an impact long after 2017 – the world is so lucky to have him – as they were to have Mandela – I have trouble thinking of another who has lived in my lifetime who is comparable.
              Enjoy your day 57&F

              • 87 57andfemale
                May 15, 2014 at 11:34 am

                It requires constant vigilance. There is no rest. I remember thinking 7, 8 years ago that I assumed my battles were over: I fought for civil rights, women’s rights, LGBT rights, the end of the Vietnam War. But here I am – looking at more draconian laws and whole new level of stupid than I ever dreamed was possible.

                I hate to sound selfish, but I’m 64 and my husband is 74. We never dreamed we have to fight for health care, Medicare or Social Security at our time in life. There doesn’t appear to be a reasonable counterbalance to any of it. We would have it here if Democrats voted – but how bad does it have to get to motivate them to vote if they aren’t ‘in love’ with their candidate? I can’t fathom it.

                You have a nice evening, 99ts.

                • 88 99ts
                  May 15, 2014 at 11:42 am

                  We do seem to have to reinvent the wheel over and over – our current government is trying to undo our health care system – it certainly needs some fixing – but mainly on the supply side – this lot are trying to cur demand via co-pays for the poor (many doctors already charge co-pays to those who can afford same).

                  I’m retired, Mr 99 will be the same in 6 months and suddenly our costs are going to be somewhat higher than we thought – it does grate – but in my world the young are suffering from this lot much more than I will – and most of them voted for the others (can’t blame GOTV – everyone votes here).

                  It’s nearly 2am – way past my bedtime! g’nite

    • 90 GGail
      May 14, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      I’m sorry he was a POW, but that does not totally excuse his warped rationale and lack of diplomacy.

      • 91 57andfemale
        May 14, 2014 at 4:09 pm

        He pissed off Merkel when she was in D.C. by badmouthing her while on American soil. The world would be ashes if we’d been dumb enough to elect him.

        And yet I worry every day about the dangerous, dumb people that get elected to office in this country just because Democrats don’t realize that (1) they should be afraid, very afraid; and (2) it’s okay to vote your ‘fear’. Not everyone needs to be a movie version of Bobby Kennedy and Jesus and the Dalai Lama all in one.

    • 95 57andfemale
      May 14, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Sorry for the dKos link, but here is proof that McCain only wants to hurt this President and this country. The title should be enough to avoid the link:


      • 96 99ts
        May 14, 2014 at 8:55 pm

        If PBO is for it – the GOP – all of them and any of them – are against it. They care not for their country – they only care for wealth and power over others – maybe it is the latter that McCain learned while a POW.

    • 97 sherijr
      May 14, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      wow… “jfrom some guy named Goodluck Jonathon”. Good grief he just can’t help being a prick, can he? What an awful man.. and that so many people in this country voted for him, is the scariest of all.

  24. 98 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    PBO is speaking now!!

  25. 100 Gazelle
    May 14, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    [WTH! Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-MI). Was he having difficulty getting 1000 signatures? Really?]:

    “Conyers’ re-election had been a foregone conclusion — as it has been for decades — until recent weeks, when the 25-term incumbent’s position on the ballot became imperiled. Two individuals collecting signatures for Conyers’ ballot-qualifying petition were found to not be registered voters and thereby the signatures were ruled invalid. As a result, Conyers did not meet the 1,000-signature threshold to appear on the Aug. 5 primary ballot.”

  26. 102 Ladyhawke
    May 14, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    PBO: Rebuilding America should not be a partisan issue.

    • 103 anniebella
      May 14, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      It shouldn’t be because Republicans use the bridges and highways too. But todays Republicans have lost all common sense. Seeing that black man in the WH have driven them crazy.

  27. 104 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Preach meta, preach. That’s the whole damn truth!

  28. 105 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Did my President have a cough?

  29. 109 Vicki
    May 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    A strong outing for PBO.
    And credit where credit is due to Andrew Cuomo.
    Gov. Cuomo doesn’t top my favorite list these days but he got this bridge going and I further believe if not for Chrispy Creme who comandeered the remaining money After 80 million had been spent on both sides of the Hudson River for a badly needed tunnel—Well, maybe someday we will hear that entire story.

    • 110 99ts
      May 14, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Other than Cristie trying to balance his budget – is there any more to the story. Like Bridgegate, someone gave Christie the idea that stopping the tunnel would give him some cash so his friends would not need to pay any taxes.

  30. 111 Vicki
    May 14, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    This media blackout of The Presidency of Barack Obama is a crying shame.
    So-called news stations have degenerated entirely into malicious gossip stations.
    Yes, I am angry and probably exagerating.

    • 112 hopefruit2
      May 14, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      You are not exaggerating. And yes, we are all angry with you about the abysmal state of our media. This is shameful and should have never been allowed to happen.

  31. May 14, 2014 at 4:27 pm

  32. 119 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I didn’t get that from my WH.gov live feed, did anyone else hear it? 🙂

  33. 121 HZ
    May 14, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    “We don’t need a Can’t Do spirit; we need a Can Do spirit.” President Barack Obama. HZ

  34. 122 jackiegrumbacher
    May 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I loved the president’s speech–especially calling out Republicans on their partisan ignorance—and I loved the view of my favorite river. But this is my hometown and I would have loved a little view of Tarrytown itself. It was fun to grow up with tales if Ichabod Crane, the headless horseman and Rip Van Winkle. We had all the advantages of a small town, but were only 30 minutes from NYC.

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