He Never Rests

President Obama walks alongside US Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham after disembarking from Air Force One upon arrival at Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, in Afghanistan, May 25, 2014, on a surprise trip to visit US troops



Live: President Obama speaks to U.S. troops in Afghanistan

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86 Responses to “He Never Rests”

  1. 1 Nerdy Wonka
    May 25, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    President Barack Obama arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday for a previously undisclosed meeting with soldiers stationed there. NBC News reported Obama’s arrival at noon eastern.

    Reuters reports that President Obama will speak to the troops, receive a military briefing, and visit wounded soldiers at Bagram Air Force Base. Obama left for Afghanistan from Andrews Air Force Base on Saturday night.

    Country music star Brad Paisley is with the President, and will be performing for the troops.


    • 2 Cindy
      May 25, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      Good afternoon Nerdy Wonka!
      Happy BEAUTIFUL Sunday to you.

      Congrats on 1st!

      Thank you for the news! This is incredible, President Obama is on the move like no other because he cares sooooooo much for others.

      This is just BEAUTIFUL……I love President Obama and his Administration, the man has a heart of GOLD.

      We are indeed Blessed to have this President, 1st Family and Administration for times such as these.

      Thank you President Barack H. Obama…..WE LOVE YOU!!!

    • May 25, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      OMGosh, the soldiers from America’s heartland could not ask for a better entertainer than Brad Paisley to mark Memorial Day 2014. It’s something that they will tell their grandchildren.

      As a country music fan myself, hats off to Brad Paisley, who was a source of controversy for his accidental racist song.

      I say give the guy a break, his intent was not malicious, he composed the song from his own POV.

      That’s why courses on white privilege should be required from elementary school forward. Both whites and people of color would see and interact differently with each other after hearing diverse POVs.

  2. 4 JER
    May 25, 2014 at 12:22 pm

  3. 6 JER
    May 25, 2014 at 12:24 pm

  4. 7 Nena20409
    May 25, 2014 at 12:25 pm


    Also traveling with the president are NSA Susan Rice, advisers John Podesta — whose son is currently serving in Afghanistan, Dan Pfeiffer, Ben Rhodes, and country music star Brad Paisley, who will perform for troops during the visit.

  5. May 25, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    I leave TOD for a moment to get a coffee refill, and there’s a new thread (having missed the previous R&S new thread) and our BELOVED President is in Afghanistan.

    I think I’m about to cry.

    For all those we’ve lost in senseless wars — as someone from the Vietnam War era — to how PBO does what’s right, without fail.

    Not what’s politically expedient — everything he does is from the perspective of how he can make life better for all Americans, including the 1% (more on this later, after I’ve had a chance to compose myself).

    • May 25, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Inorite?!! He always amazes.

    • 10 Cindy
      May 25, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      Understood Arapaho415…..

      Sentiments are shared.

      God Bless America……..

    • 11 Vicki
      May 25, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      OMG President Obama gets more amazing every day. Just when you think there is no higher place PBO finds one.
      The troops in Afghanistan are in for such a treat!! This is how you say “The USA thanks you for your service.” OMG

    • 12 yardarm756
      May 25, 2014 at 1:04 pm


    • 13 jacquelineoboomer
      May 25, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      OMG – I’m near tears myself, having just seen this. God bless our President, our troops, our fallen, and those who light a candle every night for them in their hearts.

  6. May 25, 2014 at 12:27 pm

  7. 15 JER
    May 25, 2014 at 12:27 pm

  8. 16 Nena20409
    May 25, 2014 at 12:28 pm

  9. May 25, 2014 at 12:29 pm

  10. 18 Don
    May 25, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    This whole thing reminds me of the night when Seal Team Six double-tapped bin laden in the middle of the night. President Obama is in Afghanistan “puttin’ in work.”

  11. 26 Cindy
    May 25, 2014 at 12:30 pm



  12. 29 jody delwiche
    May 25, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    We have the most incredible President who stops at nothing-NOTHING-to promote and resonate his message that we can do this if we WANT to make America better. Now just getting the right to open their eyes wide shut would be a huge step for mankind!

  13. 30 JER
    May 25, 2014 at 12:36 pm

  14. 31 hopefruit2
    May 25, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    WOW…PBO played golf yesterday and is in Afghanistan today and will be back for Memorial Day events tomorrow. I don’t know how the next President will match the stamina that this man has…I hope we elect someone who is FIT for the job, and not just an emotional choice…

    • May 25, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      He has the energy of a super human. There will never be anyone like him. He has changed the presidency FOREVER.

      • 33 jacquelineoboomer
        May 25, 2014 at 1:20 pm

        Because he’s either a super human with super powers or – as I believe – has a supernatural hand on his shoulder, because he’s trying to do the right thing each and every day, for his fellow man and woman and child.

    • 36 Cindy
      May 25, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      Happy Sunday hopefruit2!

      Wishing you a BEAUTIFUL DAY!

      There is no other who can match him; he is incredible, and I don’t know how he does it physically.

      Spiritually, I believe that he is so emotionally invested in this country, and in “every” human being, that it is God who gives him spiritual strength to run this grueling race.

      President Obama loves this country and the people, and he is determine to leave us in a better place. His heart and soul is in this job and that is why he will go down in history as the GREATEST PRESIDENT ever lived.

      Polls will not dictate or measure how he will be judged.

      The work that he is doing today will be the cornerstone for the future and generations to come. Our children, children, and their children will know who President Barack H. Obama is and was, and I still believe that his best is yet to come.

    • 37 Don
      May 25, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      I see what you did there, hp2.

      • 38 Vicki
        May 25, 2014 at 12:58 pm

        We are all so excited.
        yes PBO is the best President ever.
        And yes we are a pretty grateful bunch here at TOD.

  15. 39 Nena20409
    May 25, 2014 at 12:38 pm


    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, AFGHANISTAN — President Obama secretly slipped into Afghanistan under the cover of darkness Sunday for a weekend visit with U.S. troops serving in the closing months of America’s longest war.

    Air Force One landed at Bagram Air Field, the main U.S. base in Afghanistan, after an overnight flight from Washington. Obama was scheduled to spend just a few hours on the base and had no plans to travel to Kabul, the capital, to meet with Hamid Karzai, the mercurial president who has had a tumultuous relationship with the White House.

  16. May 25, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Just turned on the radio, which reports that damn emoprogs are marching today to DEMAND that President Obama bring the troops home from Afghanistan.

    Emoprogs have egg on their face, and deserve worse.

    Give our President a chance, let him BE the President, and not your lackey.

    PBO is meeting with that corrupt villain Karsai now. What more do you want him to do? Assassinate Karsai, which previous Presidents might have done?

    Sorry for the lackey imagery, but please, people, PBO is the most ENGAGED President in American history, and the most committed to saving and protecting all American lives (who have not proven themselves to be actual traitor terrorists).

  17. 41 Nena20409
    May 25, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Talkers will talk, distort, lie, cheat and propagandize.

    Pres Barack Hussein Obama……..Does, through and by his Actions.

    • 42 isonprize
      May 25, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      Nena, absolutely. PBO PUTS THE WORK IN!! While others are whining and complaining, he is busy getting it done.

    • 43 Cindy
      May 25, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      How can anyone forget; he attended the dinner on Saturday night, laughed and shamed the ugly “crazy hair” Donald Trump.

      Sunday morning, he played golf and enjoyed the game.

      But something strange happened while others were still trying to tell President Obama how to be President.
      Sunday night when most were in bed…..President reported, Osama is dead.

      President Obama walks quietly, and while the right wings and every other wing are flapping about, he gets the job done with or without them.

  18. 45 a4alice
    May 25, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I was going to to say at the last thread that I love the science fair they have at the white house. Always so interesting to see what the kids come up with. And then suddenly – surprise road trip! 😀

    Isn’t PBO great? He just keeps going no matter what.

  19. 46 Nena20409
    May 25, 2014 at 12:42 pm


    On Friday, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) criticized veterans organizations for prizing political leverage with Veterans Affairs Secretary General Eric Shinseki over veterans’ health access. Less than twenty-four hours later, the Veterans of Foreign Wars fired back at the senator, calling his criticism a “monumental cheap shot.”

    “Last week’s hearing made it clear to me that the staff has ignored the constant VA problems expressed by their members and is more interested in their own livelihoods and Washington connections than they are to the needs of their own members,” Burr alleged of various veterans organizations, with the exclusion of the American Legion, which has called for Shinseki to step aside. “I fear that change within the VA will not be possible unless and until these organizations also reconsider their role as well as the nature of their relationship with VA.”

  20. 47 GGAIL
    May 25, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    What a great surprise for those troops. Bravo Mr. President.

    It was so nice to see jove post again! We miss you jovie!!!

  21. 48 dotster3
    May 25, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Sorry, but more shootings—-4 shot, 3 fatally, at an oceanfront motel on Myrtle Beach, S.C.——some kind of dispute was settled with fatal gunshots because everyone has a gun. Have gun, will shoot.

    • 49 africa
      May 25, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      Oh, wow. When will it stop. NRA and Congress, wow.

    • May 25, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      Oh my God, not more of this insanity.

    • 51 Nena20409
      May 25, 2014 at 12:53 pm


      Another state with almost guns everywhere. Shame on Us.

      Not until those of Us in super majority who wish to have the right to Not To Be Shot are out on the streets demanding Change will anything change with NRA or the Craven Politicians that stand idly by while thousands get gunned down yearly.

    • 52 Cindy
      May 25, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      We are living in the days of the Wild, Wild West.

      At any given second we can be taken from our love ones because people are determined to prove that guns are the answers.

      This is just sickening and Congress is too coward to even attempt to solve this craziness.

      ***Love now; live now, laugh now, hug now, smile now, sing now, give now, comfort now, “LIVE”…….. because sadly, tomorrow could be too late.

      • 53 Nena20409
        May 25, 2014 at 1:04 pm

        Wild Wild West has Gun laws and many towns had ordinances that mandated that Guns be left outside….before entering the towns.

        • 54 Cindy
          May 25, 2014 at 1:38 pm

          Hi Nens20429,

          Then we are living in days that are worst than the Wild Wild West, just sickening.

    • 55 Desertflower
      May 25, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      The lie they want everyone to believe is that there will be LESS violence and everyone will behave themselves because we’re all armed to the teeth. Awful

    • 56 Cindy
      May 25, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      I can honestly say; I really, really thought that Congress would be moved after the slaughter of “babies” and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary. My heart ached for their lives, never having a chance to grow up, and the brave teachers who gave their lives to try and save their precious ones.

      I really believed that their hearts would be moved in a profound way that they would do the right thing for these families, and all who have lost their love ones through senseless violence of guns.

      In my heart I believed that human compassion would dominate; human side would prevail.

      Instead, we have a bunch of A_ _ Holes; belligerent, cynical; devils, evil, fear mongering, greedy, heartless, hate filled, idiots, jackasses,

      kindless, lazy, lying, malicious, non-productive, over privileged, power hungry, quacks, race bating, spineless, spiteful, tormentors,

      unsympathetic, vultures, women hating, worthless, yellow bellies masquerading as Congressmen.

      These COWARDS refuse to do what is right because they hate President Obama so badly, that they can’t even produce an ounce of compassion for others, and for this GREAT COUNTRY.

      I despise these individuals who doesn’t give a damn about another human life. These cowards would let their own mothers die if it meant that they will have power and control.

      I “pray” that the people will rise up and VOTE their heartless a__ __es out for the good of this country.

      This is what we will continue to see and hear about as long as COWARDS are allowed to masquerade as Congress; repukes and Dems who are afraid of doing what is right, because it is right, to do the right thing.

  22. 58 africa
    May 25, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Happy Sunday TODers.

    Darn, I am totally out of the loop today. Been working all morning. Just stopped to check out TOD and find out that PBO is Afghanistan. Wow. PBO is constantly on the move.


  23. 59 JER
    May 25, 2014 at 12:46 pm

  24. 63 Nerdy Wonka
    May 25, 2014 at 12:54 pm

  25. 64 JER
    May 25, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    LIVE VIDEO SOON : President Obama speaks to U.S. troops in Afghanistan – http://www.nbcnews.com/watch/live-video/watch-live-obama-visits-troops-in-afghanistan-220385347844

  26. May 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm
  27. 68 Nerdy Wonka
    May 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Media’s always looking for excuses so they can package and peddle nonsense to viewers. He gave you the reason but nooooo…there must be some hidden meaning.

  28. May 25, 2014 at 1:01 pm

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  29. 70 JER
    May 25, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    LIVE NOW: Brad Paisley permorming – http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  30. 76 Nerdy Wonka
    May 25, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    White House feed is live and Brad Paisely is performing.

  31. 77 CEB
    May 25, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I love President Barack Hussein Obama; that is all and everything.

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  33. 80 Nena20409
    May 25, 2014 at 1:10 pm


    The recession finally appears to be in the rear-view mirror for Americans planning to travel more this summer, and many will even indulge in upgrades, according to several new industry reports.

    A post-recession high of 36.1 million people are expected to travel during Memorial Day weekend, the traditional kickoff to the summer travel season, AAA Travel said Friday. That’s a 1.5 percent increase from 2013.

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  35. 82 yardarm756
    May 25, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    All gave some…….

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  38. May 25, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    This is getting busy, we need a new post for the President’s remarks:


  39. 86 HZ
    May 25, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    He is always on his job doing what he loves, Serving with grace his people of this nation. I love our President of the United States, Barack H. Obama. May blessings following President Barack H. Obama and his words be uplifting to our men and women who are serving us there. I just hope and pray that their hearts will be so full and that they will enjoy their CIC so much during this visit.

    Thank you, Mr. President. We love you so much. You are the Best of the Best. HZ

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