UConn in the House!

Text of the President’s remarks here


Oooooops: University of Connecticut star basketball player Stefanie Dolson slips off the podium riser


147 Responses to “UConn in the House!”

  1. 1 nospin
    June 9, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    hi all

  2. 7 nospin
    June 9, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I did it. Yea Me!!!!!

  3. 12 MightyPamela
    June 9, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Bless her heart, she towers over PBO! That must have been quite a moment for them all! WTG, nospin!

  4. 13 lockewasright
    June 9, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    What did the grape say when it got squashed?

    Nothing, it just let out a little wine.

  5. 17 hopefruit2
    June 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm

  6. June 9, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Hiya all you O’s!!!! It was an especially great getting up day in TODdytown for me today. Did my early morning bd run along the trail with my furry friends (only 30 secs off my personal best time of 2 years ago, got work to do). Then Zumba’d my way home from the gym. Now I’m off to treat my summer visiting grandson to a pajama ride for ice cream.

    btw, how bout our guy in the WH, doing it for our students. Unlike his loooney predecessor who said, “What a terrible thing to have lost one’s mind”, PBO knows the correct phrase, ‘a mind is a terrible thing to waste’ and then just gets it done.

  7. June 9, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    TOD rocks!!!

    Chips, thanks to you and everyone working with you..

  8. 50 Dudette
    June 9, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Emergency Cuteness Pill

  9. June 9, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    • 52 desertflower
      June 9, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      Is she the most adorable precious ever! Hope she has a wonderful day tomorrow…filled with love, laughter and joy. I remember when my daughter was that age…I wanted to trade her in for a new model. She got past the tough part and turned out pretty good:)

    • 53 desertflower
      June 9, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      Chips…we really need a cake for cookemom. Are you up for baking?? 🙂

    • 73 Dudette
      June 9, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      Woowee my sister and I both were a handful at that age. Not that Sasha will be the smart-assed, sneaky little terror that I was. 🙂

      PBO and FLOTUS will nonetheless need plenty of hugs for a while – virtual and physical.

    • June 9, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      President and Mrs. Obama has raised a phenomenal young ladies. Ms. Sasha is growing up behind the scenes in the protective care of her mother, grandmother and very busy but engaged father. She is also growing up before our eyes as on of the first daughal ters. Tomorrow I know will be a special day for Sasha on her day and for her family that she is no longer just a little girl but a blossoming woman. Happy Birthday Sasha!

      My thoughts also go to my niece who will also turn 13yrs old in November and to little Christina Green who did not make it to 13 because of that fateful day in January 2011 when she went to meet her congress woman Gabby Giffords whose birthday was yesterday. I will never forget that beautiful child who was born on 9/11….a forever angel.

  10. 76 desertflower
    June 9, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    John McCain is either a lying SOB, or he’s senile. Or both.


    Dear Sen. McCain: No, the Taliban Prisoners didn’t Carry out 9/11; but you Supported Muslim Radicals

    • 77 MightyPamela
      June 9, 2014 at 8:24 pm


    • 80 0388jojothecat
      June 9, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      The Taliban offered to turn OBL over to the USA after 9/11 but of course that did not play into the Bush Admin plans to invade Iraq to kill Sadam and get Iraqi oil.

    • 81 jackiegrumbacher
      June 9, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      This is a damning indictment by Juan Cole, Df. We need more people like this calling McCain out on his hypocrisy. He goes about lying about the president while he drags his own ugly, dictator-loving baggage behind him and not one person in the media has the brains or guts to call him on it.

  11. June 9, 2014 at 8:19 pm

  12. 88 donna dem 4 obama
    June 9, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Starting tomorrow and for the next 2 weeks I’ll be volunteering to help GOTV for our Lt. Governor (Anthony G. Brown) who is running for Governor this year. Early voting starts on Thursday for our Primary so my time here will be limited until after the primary. Governor O’Malley is term limited so after he leaves office early next year he will have plenty of time to hone his skills for his Presidential run in 2016.


  13. June 9, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    GE TOD!

    Finally 🙂

    I did this 4 months ago w/ AT&T U-Verse….it works….got my bill lowered $1308 for the year!

    ….Pretend you’re canceling your service: You might be tempted to just be honest and ask for a discount. But that probably won’t work. Cable networks are extremely expensive to build. But once the equipment is in the ground, the cost of providing service to one customer is very low. Almost all of your monthly cable bill goes straight to your cable company’s bottom line.

    That means that your cable company is going to be willing to give you a hefty discount to keep your subscription — but only if they actually think you’re going to cancel otherwise. If they think you’re just bluffing, then they have no reason to offer you a discount.

    “It pays to play hardball,” says a customer service representative who worked at an Oregon call center from 2002 to 2009. “Threatening to cancel will get you further than outright asking for a discount.” So just say “I’d like to cancel my service please.” You’ll almost certainly be transferred to a “retention specialist” whose job it is to change your mind…..

  14. June 9, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Apparently, this is real.

    • 96 MightyPamela
      June 9, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Heaven help us if we do not help ourselves to stop the madness.

    • June 9, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    • 98 desertflower
      June 9, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      It IS real! I read about this “wonderful invention” the other day. Thought to myself, gee…this is stupid! Just someone’s idea to profit off the blood and fear of others…they talked about how these were cheaper than building a bunker for them to escape to. WTF. WTFF. I have an idea. Rather than do stupid things like this, why don’t we just get to the gd crux of the matter and pass some common sense legislation! There’s an idea who’s time is WAY THE HELL OVERDUE! Cowards. The Dem in VA. that took a bribe is no different than what any of these congressional cowards do with the NRA, Heritage, Gun Owners of America…etc. They take $$$ for votes and pretend they care. VOTE THESE PEOPLE OUT!!! Done with my rant. For now. Can’t wait to read your piece on this, LL.

    • June 9, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      I’m trying to imagine how these children feel having to undergo this “practice” of trying not to get shot while they attend school.

    • June 9, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      BTW, LL, a shooter wouldn’t have to bother removing those stupid ‘shields’ if they are firing an assault weapon of any kind. I’ll just leave it at that.

      Except for this ….

      • June 9, 2014 at 9:06 pm

        #EnforceWellRegulated …. why is that such a difficult caveat of the 2nd Amendment for everyone to grasp and act upon?

        As all of you know, one of my preferred approaches to doing so is tried-and-true ‘market’ pressure – Liability Insurance requirements for every gun & ammo manufacturer, seller and user.

        Other approaches could include actually requiring folk owning a weapon with more than six shot capacity to join a State-run militia, i.e., the National Guard and have access to their weapons of war only during training and deployment.


        • 103 nospin
          June 9, 2014 at 11:04 pm

          ” Liability Insurance requirements for every gun & ammo manufacturer, seller and user.”

          I have been saying the same thing for years Bobfr. It makes sense.

      • June 9, 2014 at 9:09 pm

        Yeah, the old cop killer bullets are probably better than ever at what they do. . . 😥

        • June 9, 2014 at 9:14 pm

          I’m intentionally not bringing very specific technical information about ammo, Carol, because I try to avoid (or, at least, alert as with my links to Peter Clifford’s reports on Syria) posting what would be truly horrific facts. So, let’s just leave it at the fact that Lanza would have laughed out loud if he’d confronted children under those mats … before he slaughtered them.

    • 107 vcprezofan2
      June 9, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      smh – Just recently I skipped over an ad for ‘stylish’ bulletproof clothing apparently geared to celebrities etc, and I remember thinking in passing that they’d be marketing it to the general public soon. I was leaning a bit to the snarky side; I never thought ‘soon’ would be this soon and geared towards kids!!! In fact at the time I was thinking more along the line of opportunistic. I don’t really know what to say about this. I cannot imagine what a regular practice like this one would do to the psyche of kids, or the ideas it could put in some young disgruntled kid’s mind!

      • June 9, 2014 at 9:27 pm

        It’s all bad and all MAD, VC. It’s a path to having the most heavily armed civilian population on the planet become Somalia on steroids.

        • 109 vcprezofan2
          June 9, 2014 at 9:32 pm

          Well, Bobfr, when Sandy Hook didn’t stop them I virtually threw my hands in the air. I still haven’t gotten over the fact that those little children being massacred IN A PLACE WHERE THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE was not enough to shock U.S. legislators into action!

          • June 9, 2014 at 9:42 pm

            Am right there next to you, VC. I thought that Sandy Hook would be a transformational moment. Instead, more than 35,000 Americans have been killed by People With Guns in the ~ 18 months since that horrific slaughter of innocents.

            We need to cancel the currencies of Hate & Greed in America. Only then can we escaoe the accelerating spiral into ever more destructive domestic terrorism.

    • 111 jackiegrumbacher
      June 9, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      Yep, this is just about as effective as ducking under your desk to avoid the impact of an atomic bomb. Meantime, every one of those kids is terrified.

  15. June 9, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    • June 9, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    • 114 jackiegrumbacher
      June 9, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      My God, LL, George Will has gotten even loonier and nastier than he was, which is saying a lot.

    • 115 nathkatun7
      June 10, 2014 at 4:57 am

      These GOP right wingers are despicable! I’ve never been a fun of the pretentious George Will, but what he wrote clearly demonstrates that he is another creepy right wing misogynist who does not care about the well being of women.

  16. June 9, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Ahhh….the glory days. One of my favorite pics during the Auburn visit was Robert Gibbs’s son (Grandparents were Auburn professors) getting in the team pic. 😎

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Some of the expressions are priceless….

  17. June 9, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Charlie Rose has finally posted the FULL video of interview with Jay Carney: http://www.charlierose.com/watch/60402451

    Definitely worth a look, especially toward the end when Jay talks about the President’s response to Sandy Hook and other inside information.

  18. 119 Vicki
    June 9, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Today we were all disturbed by the VA (D) Senator stepping aside so that Medicaid expansion could be stopped by the GOP.
    I was shocked, too.
    But I shouldn’t have been. In New York, the last two state senate races were WON by democrats who then stepped aside to give the GOP the senate gavel.
    We like to say: Elections have consequences.
    We say: When democrats vote we win.

    GOP says; We are going to lose many many many elections.
    So, we will find ways to win anyway by subverting the democratic process itself.

    Sunlight on this giant problem would be the best way i can think of to solve it.

    (In NY the group of four state senators that switched to GOP in the prior election—-3 out of the 4 of them are in jail for $$$ crimes.
    This cycle has 5 “breakaway” dems. So far none in prison.)

    Switching parties is nothing new. But switching parties to hand states over to the highest bidder seems like a terrible threat to our country.

  19. 126 Ladyhawke
    June 9, 2014 at 8:40 pm


    Good news must not go uncontested

    By Steve Benen


    But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) made some comments the other day that suggest something more fundamental – and less nuanced – about the strategy.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham says President Barack Obama “thought everybody would be cheering” the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. … “He wanted last week to be a great week.”

    And so Graham and his allies pushed back, ensuring that it wasn’t. Graham had related concerns – did you know Graham thinks “radical Islam is a threat to our way of life”? – but the result was something almost unimaginable: a major political party convinced much of the country that the release of an American prisoner of war was something other than good news.



    • 127 99ts
      June 9, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      It is really nothing to do with Sgt Bergdahl & some Senators are so seriously brainless they say it out loud. It was all about hating on ANYTHING that President Obama does.

      I cannot even imagine what this lot will do next – is there anything lower than calling for a POW to be executed – because black President?

  20. 129 donna dem 4 obama
    June 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Well I guess this is the silver-lining.

    Last updated: 5 June 2014
    The Blue Ridge Christian Academy has since closed due to a lack of funding.

    Read more at http://www.snopes.com/photos/signs/sciencetest.asp#oYmEswQVuMdefSdO.99

  21. June 9, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Have you discussed the NRA’s stupid theory about how a “Good Guy With A Gun” could have stopped LV shooter?

    • 132 99ts
      June 9, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      The NRA has been insane for years CarolMae – but people still give their support – because guns and black people

      • June 9, 2014 at 9:36 pm

        But they’re killing Everybody & Anybody!

        • 134 99ts
          June 9, 2014 at 9:38 pm

          They have many supporters who turn that killing against the President – because it wouldn’t happen except – black President

          Collateral damage are those who are killed – serve them right for living under a black President

          • June 9, 2014 at 9:40 pm

            Doesn’t make sense to me or my hubby who owns guns. Guess I own the too. I know the combination but I would shot myself first just trying to shoot it.

  22. 136 Bill R.
    June 9, 2014 at 9:20 pm

  23. 137 hopefruit2
    June 9, 2014 at 9:30 pm

  24. 142 desertflower
    June 9, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    You know what I wish? I wish that we could all just start/have a running list of everything that the RWNJ’s think is ok now…sort of have everything all laid out and pass it around the intertubes and Twitterverse for massive, thought provoking dissemination. Would be best if we have these things laid out with citations, because Lord knows, someone out there in RWNJ world might just be thinking that enough is enough and not mind looking at some facts for a change!

    Who wants to start? We can keep adding on….every day will bring a brand new thing to ignore, disregard, become the new normal…etc

  25. June 9, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Don’t worry if your dogs eat the banana peels. There is no evidence shows the banana peels are bad for dogs’ health. Researchers in Taiwan discovered banana peel extract can ease depression, maybe banana peels would improve the mood of your dogs.

    Bananas are just treats,don’t expect your dogs absorb nutrients from them.

  26. 145 Jovie
    June 10, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Sixteen more years to go, and congress has killed this too? Shame! I would have loved to had seen it! 😦

    • 146 Obama Grandmama
      June 10, 2014 at 12:59 am

      Balancing! They had an article about how Obama met his four major promises so one they are trying to find something he has not met to discredit PBO. Maybe they heard from their corporate GOP owners.

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