Techshop Pittsburgh Welcomes President Obama


President Barack Obama smiles as he is shown wooden art made using a laser etcher by James Gyre during his tour of TechShop, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. President Obama traveled to Pittsburgh and visited TechShop, a fabrication and prototyping studio open to the public via paid memberships, to deliver remarks on the economy




President Barack Obama makes remarks after touring Bakery Square’s TechShop, a membership-based manufacturing workshop in Pittsburgh, that’s a model for the kind of sharing of resources he wants to see more of. The president announced a plan to open the doors of more than 700 federal labs across the country to give innovators access to more than $5 billion in equipment, research and resources to develop new technologies. Additionally, he outlined a $150 million investment in research to support the Materials Genome Investment, a public-private endeavor that aims to reduce the time it takes to develop new materials that can be used in advanced manufacturing





President Barack Obama is shown an example of a 3-D printer by Andy Leer


President Barack Obama speaks about the capture of Libyan militant suspected of killing Americans in Benghazi



James O’Toole: President Obama Speaks In Pittsburgh About Technology

On a stop at Bakery Square’s TechShop in Larimer this afternoon, President Barack Obama announced a plan to give fledgling businesses expanded access to high-tech resources whether from the government or through wider sharing of private and university-based data and facilities. Administration officials said the access to expensive equipment and facilities is designed to lower the barriers to innovation. The president announced the initiative after a tour of TechShop, a membership-based manufacturing workshop that’s a model for the kind of sharing of resources he wants to promote. Coming the day after Mr. Obama announced an executive order to ban discrimination against members of the LGBT community in federal contracting, the innovation order was one more example of the administration’s efforts to pursue policy initiatives that don’t depend on action by Congress.

During his visit, the president also described new manufacturing investment commitments from 90 mayors cross the country, as well as a plan to provide private-sector innovators with access to expensive federal equipment such as wind tunnels at NASA and supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The plan would provide access to more than $5 billion worth of research, prototyping and testing equipment at more than 700 federal facilities. The president’s plan aims to give innovators – dubbed “makers” by the White House — access to equipment that no individual or small business could afford on its own, said Jeff Zients, director of the National Economic Council. “[We are] talking about using spare capacity when it’s available to give access to local makers and entrepreneurs,” he said. Mr. Zients said the president’s plan does not require legislative approval and has no cost to the federal government.

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President Barack Obama points to a replica of the Presidential seal that Terry Sandin made during a tour of TechShop


President Barack Obama takes a drink as he listens to a question






President Barack Obama tours TechShop Pittsburgh with Matt Verlinich, General Manager of TechShop Pittsburgh






President Barack Obama shakes hands with workers


President Barack Obama holds up a wooden snowflake made on a laser etcher


President Barack Obama responds to questions from workers




142 Responses to “Techshop Pittsburgh Welcomes President Obama”

  1. June 17, 2014 at 5:42 pm

  2. 8 Nerdy Wonka
    June 17, 2014 at 5:43 pm

  3. June 17, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks a gaaaaaazillllllllion Nerdy!!!

  4. 20 hopefruit2
    June 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Thanks NW for this excellent, captioned photo diary of our President’s visit to Pittsburgh 🙂

  5. 22 Nerdy Wonka
    June 17, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Side Note: When the White House uploads the video, I’ll include it in the post.

    So everyone can watch the Q&A session. It was informative.

  6. 25 donna dem 4 obama
    June 17, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Thank you NW for this excellent recap of today’s activities!

    • 26 Nerdy Wonka
      June 17, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Thanks, Donna. Fantastic tweet!

    • 27 0388jojothecat
      June 17, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      That is sooooooo funny….while Knoller is counting the number of times PBO plays golf, the president is kicking ass, asking questions and taking GOP prisoners….

  7. June 17, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Attention book nerds!

    Nerdy posted a while back about Oyster, a “Netflix of books”. Which was all fine and well, but you could only use it on an iPad.

    Now it’s out for Android! I might take a gander and see what they have.

  8. June 17, 2014 at 6:06 pm

  9. June 17, 2014 at 6:08 pm

  10. 43 hopefruit2
    June 17, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Captured Alleged Benghazi Ringleader Was Reportedly Responding To The Anti-Islam Video

    // An alleged ringleader of the September 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, who is now in U.S. custody, reportedly told other Libyans during the attack that he was responding to an anti-Islam video that had been published on YouTube, demolishing a prominent right-wing media attack.

    Conservatives in the media have fixated on Obama administration statements shortly after the attacks suggesting that the video had been a motive for the attackers. Conservatives have alleged that these statements were part of a deliberate effort to deceive the American people about the cause of the terror attacks in order to bolster President Obama’s re-election campaign.

    Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured Sunday by U.S. military and law enforcement in response to an indictment for murder in connection with his role as a suspected ringleader of the Benghazi attacks. Abu Khattala told Libyans the night of the attack “that he was moved to attack the diplomatic mission to take revenge for an insult to Islam in an American-made online video,” according to The New York Times. //


  11. 45 Nena20409
    June 17, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Good Evening TODmates 🙂

    Au ⭐ for Doc Bobfr. Congrats ❗

  12. 46 pkayden
    June 17, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    This post by Nerdy Wonka is why I love TOD. We don’t see these pictures anywhere else. Nice to see that President Obama is always doing good and not staying in the negative media bubble that surrounds D.C.

  13. 47 Dudette
    June 17, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    😀 :-D. 😀

  14. 48 Roberta in MN
    June 17, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Just finished watching the video of today on C-Span. It was very informative and to the point of what our President is really trying to do for America. Thanks for posting all the pictures NW. It didn’t show any of his time looking at things the people at TEch were doing/

  15. 49 Nena20409
    June 17, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Turkey is Now Okay with Kurdistan…..separate from Iraq? Wow……Now that I didn’t see it coming today. So VP Biden might have gotten it exactly right……

    Iraq will be 1/3 Kurdistan. I/3 Sunni and 1/3 Shia? Wow…..perhaps, there will finally be peace after GW Bush’s mess?

  16. 50 Nena20409
    June 17, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Beautiful Post on POTUS’ PA Visit NW. I have finally finish reading the post. Thanks a Bunch.

  17. 51 Cindy
    June 17, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Good evening TOD!

    Calling for one of our TOD’s Tech savvy family members.

    Can someone please put up the video of Rashema Melson; Rev. Al’s show. This young lady graduated with honors, from homelessness to valedictorian. Beautiful segment.

    I am sending the information to some of my students who complains about studying and working hard; “with a roof over their heads” and their own bedrooms.

    She is an inspiration to all. I am technologically challenged : (

    It’s one of those feel good stories that makes you smile. PLEASE…..PLEASE : )

  18. 54 Nena20409
    June 17, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Per Mediaite.com…….Glenn Beck is now doing a 180 on Iraq? He is now saying that Liberals were right on Iraq? Right? Where has the fool been in 11 yrs? He can go directly to Blazes……his Network is called The Blaze.

    • 55 0388jojothecat
      June 17, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Until he gets hate mail from his followers…..my brother listens to him and probably blogs on the blaze website. My brother is one of those Christian right wingers who is always putting down Democrats and PBO.

  19. 56 Dudette
    June 17, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    • 57 jacquelineoboomer
      June 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      Oh I laughed at your fully descriptive “apologies” list, Dudette. Too funny! And good evening to you.

  20. 58 Nena20409
    June 17, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Starbucks CEO……says that ACA……ObamaCare is a Net plus for business.

  21. June 17, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    GE TOD: Great post NW…….congrats on 1rst, Bob!

    Interesting…..part of a precondition by President Obama before even thinking about helping in Iraq:

    (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki broadcast a joint appeal for national unity on Tuesday with bitter Sunni critics of his Shi’ite-led government – a move that may help him win U.S. help against rampant Islamists threatening Baghdad. Just hours after Maliki’s Shi’ite allies had angrily vowed to boycott any cooperation with the biggest Sunni party and his government had accused Sunni neighbor Saudi Arabia of backing “genocide”, the premier’s visibly uncomfortable televised appearance may reflect U.S. impatience with its Baghdad protege.

    In a rerun of previous failed efforts at bridging sectarian and ethnic divisions, Shi’ite, Sunni and Kurdish leaders met behind closed doors and then stood frostily before cameras as Maliki’s Shi’ite predecessor Ibrahim al-Jaafari read a statement denouncing “terrorist powers” and supporting Iraqi sovereignty.

    U.S. President Barack Obama is considering military options to push back al Qaeda splinter group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has swept the Sunni north of the country over the past week as the Shi’ite-led army has crumbled. But in return Washington want Maliki to do more to address the widespread sense of political exclusion among minority Sunnis which ISIL has exploited to win support among tribal leaders and former followers of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein……………

  22. June 17, 2014 at 7:07 pm

  23. June 17, 2014 at 7:10 pm


    • 75 Layla
      June 17, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      ………………………………………………………………………………………(those were all the swear words I know which of course I could not post here)

      • 76 Cindy
        June 17, 2014 at 7:33 pm

        Keep it up Hillary, you are sure to find out that President Barack H. Obama, isn’t your “boy” and he doesn’t owe you and Billary a damn thing.

        Keep it up and see how far it takes you.

      • 77 kasai
        June 17, 2014 at 7:44 pm

        • 78 0388jojothecat
          June 17, 2014 at 7:55 pm

          Bill & Hill are gonna wonder where are the AA support has gone if she keeps this up. What is her motivation in dissing PBO? Who does she want the racist white dems and pumas?

          • 79 kasai
            June 17, 2014 at 8:02 pm

            I am sick of her…If she has nothing good to say about PBO. she needs to keep her mouth shut. Period

          • 80 kasai
            June 17, 2014 at 8:05 pm

            Disappointed at her action…If shehas nothing good to say she needs to shut up.

          • 81 sjterrid
            June 17, 2014 at 8:51 pm

            Jojocat, yes she wants the white racists, pumas, and corrupt of all shades. She will lose a whole lot of white people, too. I already told some people in my local OFA, that I know support Hillary, that I will not work for her in the primary

        • 82 HZ
          June 17, 2014 at 8:27 pm

          Hillary should very cautiously stick to her book; and pass on the comments about PBO. She does not realize the lessons she should have learned from her campaign with then Sen. Barack Obama; and it seems as though she is slipping on recognizing that he is Still the President of the United States of America. Then she should also realize that everyone in President Barack Obama’s Camp still do not have an appetite for her style of serving up a breakfast, a brunch/lunch or dinner/supper.

          She has a very dear friend in PBO, but he is not a foolish man. He knows both sides of the coin and he will be the first to be able to describe both sides for Anyone just as fast as he slapped the hell out of that fly buzzing around his head while he was doing that interview in the WH with reporter, John Harwood.

          HRC needs what PBO has: US., the hard working loyal people who know what we want and what we need. I do not dislike HRC, but I do not like people trying to come off as sly with their remarks. We need HRC and the entire party to think about 2014 and its long term consequences ; and we can and will work as hard as we did for PBO, if the candidate deserves our hard work. Plain and simple from this little senior. My opinion.HZ

          • 83 kasai
            June 17, 2014 at 8:32 pm

            Thank you HZ..always admired your words of wisdom…forgive me for being a bit harsh…I guess I was a bit disappointed about her tepid response..PBO always find great things to say about her…I guess I was expecting the same…
            Much Love

            • 84 HZ
              June 17, 2014 at 10:01 pm

              Kasai, your disappointed feelings by me are well taken. I have been in the same position when listening to some of our former Sec. of State. For one who represented this administration to almost every corner of the world, surely there should be No tepid responses. My personal opinion about those who are asked a question about this president. He should at least be given the same respect and loyalty that he gives to them. I find otherwise, it a little more like trying to please the disrespectful MSM people the upper hand. And that is what angers me mostly. If HRC cannot stand up to a media who has never been respectful to her or her husband should be the last person to give a tepid answer to any MSM person concerning this president. HZ

          • 85 Obama Grandmama
            June 17, 2014 at 11:44 pm

            Maybe if she keeps downgrading PBO’s accomplishments he will not feel compromised in endorsing Joe Biden for POTUS.

    • June 17, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      It is 2008 all over again…one would never know that she served as President Obama’s SOS for 4 yrs….I sincerely hope that these Dems who want to run for President are waiting till after the mid-term elections to declare their intent to run…

    • 90 99ts
      June 17, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      She won’t win a primary if this is how she supports PBO – not to mention this is no way to act as a Presidential Candidate. She is miffed because PBO did what she could not – health care for all.

    • 93 sherijr
      June 17, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      damn, she really doesn’t want our votes, apparently.

      • 94 carolyn
        June 17, 2014 at 8:04 pm

        That answer from HRC “All presidents do their best,” is really stupid on her part. She never thinks ahead. If she happened to be elected president, someone might ask about what kind of president she is, and give that same answer. She just does not think long term at all. Always in for the immediate little dig.

        Does she not also realize that the answer describes her husband?

        I firmly believe she will deal herself out of the top spot in the Democratic party hopefuls by comments of this kind.

        • 95 sherijr
          June 17, 2014 at 9:33 pm

          and really, does she think Bush did his best? This is the kind of response meant to garner votes from the right imo.

    • 96 vcprezofan2
      June 17, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    • 97 nospin
      June 17, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      I have no idea why anyone would consider supporting Hillary Clinton. I will never forgive her for opening the gate to the hatred against the President based on the color of his skin. This woman took no steps to rectify that and has been invisible on all the big hot button issues where the President is fighting to provide equality for all families.

      She will never get my vote. She brings nothing to the table that would benefit anyone who is forward thinking. She stands for nothing and is a compulsive liar. #nomoreclintons.

  24. June 17, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    • 99 Nena20409
      June 17, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      WTG Senator Reid!

    • 102 Obama Grandmama
      June 18, 2014 at 12:14 am

      Someone in my regular Wednesday Art Guild asked me how I felt about the WA Redskins needing to change their name? He said he knows Indians with no problem with the name. I said since knowing of my Native American heritage (I am an enrolled tribal member living on reservation land) I have become aware of cultural insensitivities and think the name should be changed. He then said there are schools with the name Knights. I said that is a job description not a Race or Cultural description and that comparing a Race of people with animal mascots is demeaning. He changed the subject when he saw I did not agree with him.
      Afterwards, I wish I had addressed the part about some had no problem with it. Sometimes I wish I would have a quick reply that would put these type of comments in perspective. I do know that many say insensitive things with others in their presence. I did not know of my heritage until late in my life so do not take racist comments with a grain of salt. Once as a potential school board liaison attending a school board meeting with the tribal liaison I saw her totally become invisible when a member made a joke if “they” do not give us the money (the school board submitted a request for help from the tribe) we should lock them out of our school picnic. The other members laughed. I THOUGHT two tribal members are sitting right here at your table. Hello! How do you think that will help you get funding? I only wish I had said it instead of thought it. However, I was only there as a visitor with the liaison so was not in the position to speak up and was just there to observe. I spoke to her afterwards and she said she had to fight the big battles not the brush fires. To me this speaks to those that accept the slights. There are such large issues to deal with that sometimes the small ones seem unimportant.

      • June 18, 2014 at 3:53 pm

        Thank you for sharing you heartfelt experiences & insight, ObamaGrandmama. I wish I could express my feelings as eloquently as you did here. You brought a perspective I probably wouldn’t have considered looking from “30,000 feet” w/o you bringing it to my attention. Thanks again….

  25. 104 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 17, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Ok, so I was back on the previous thread, just chatting away…

  26. 106 Dudette
    June 17, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    A little something from the “No-Shit-Sherlock” file:

  27. 110 Nena20409
    June 17, 2014 at 7:21 pm


    An explosion has ripped through a venue in the town of Damaturu in northeast Nigeria where fans had gathered to watch a World Cup football match, police have confirmed.

    There was no immediate word on casualties from Tuesday night’s blast at the Crossfire venue in the Nayi-Nawa area of the town, however Al Jazeera has received reports that many people have been killed.

    “Agencies are reporting several pickup trucks (containing casualties) have arrived at a hospital at Damaturu,” Al Jazeera’s Yvonne Ndege said.

  28. 113 Dudette
    June 17, 2014 at 7:22 pm

  29. June 17, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    At 8:05 EDT the President delivers remarks at the DNC LGBT Gala, Gotham Hall, New York – still not sure if we’ll be able to see it, but I’m keeping an eye on the CBS feed. If they have it, I’ll post a heads up!

    • 122 vcprezofan2
      June 17, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Check out the last line of the first section of the message I got when I tried to watch Colbert. Yes, I can’t normally watch the Colbert or Stewart segments shared here (though I usually try just in case) but that last line was never part of the get-lost message before.
      Someone with a sense of humour now has that job it seems. 🙂



      BTW, I can watch either of them if I’m willing to go to the Comedy Network but I don’t usually bother.

  30. 123 Bill R.
    June 17, 2014 at 7:41 pm

  31. June 17, 2014 at 7:42 pm

  32. 125 yardarm756
    June 17, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Michelle Bernard is a grade A turd!

    • 126 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      June 17, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      She’s looking to break into the HRC inner circle…

      • 127 Smoothscotch
        June 17, 2014 at 8:22 pm

        Yep. Mrs Rodman Clinton s/j judged on her merits, judgement, how she would answer that 3:00 am call, temperament, as part of the overall package. NOT because she’s a woman and would be 1st. You’re just going to have Bill II. I am sure there are other qualified people who could be a better less polarizing choice. She is probably banking on PBO coalition to be in her corner, IF she runs.

        • 128 nospin
          June 17, 2014 at 8:28 pm

          ” She is probably banking on PBO coalition to be in her corner, IF she runs.”

          not gonna happen #nomoreclintons

    • 129 Cindy
      June 17, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      That’s too nice for her yardarm756……

    • 130 jacquelineoboomer
      June 17, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      And then some!

  33. 131 Nena20409
    June 17, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    I heard or read somewhere today that Hard Choices was NOT selling well for a Book with loads of Hoopla and Loads of Media Coverage.

    I could not find where I had gotten the information so I GOOGLED.

    Well, BuzzFeed is reporting that the sales are Not Brisk.

    I just wish that many here and many of Dems are Not spending a lot of their time on this…….It is a Distraction. The media is reading Tweets and they are using the discussion on Twitter as more reason to keep covering Mrs Hillary Clinton.


    Barnes & Noble, the country’s largest retail bookseller, has sold just over 24,000 copies of the book since its release on June 10. Hard Choices debuted at No. 1 on the bookseller’s hardcover best-seller list, which includes fiction and nonfiction.


    Mrs Clinton was reported to have paid $14M for this book. No way 24K sold since Jan 10, 2014 is a great sign of BRISK demand. So Folks……Just FOCUS on 2014……..That is the ONLY game in Town.

    • 132 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      June 17, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      I picked her last one up at Dollar Tree. If I get Hard Choices, it will be from Dollar Tree…

    • 135 nospin
      June 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      “I just wish that many here and many of Dems are Not spending a lot of their time on this…….It is a Distraction.”

      worth repeating #nomoreclintons

    • 136 vcprezofan2
      June 17, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      I forgot that it was only released at the beginning of this month – I saw it offered at 40% discount sometime last week which means it was discounted before even a week! O dear! Wonder if she was counting on its success to significantly boost the finances for her media created campaign run?

  34. 137 JER
    June 17, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    LIVE NOW: President Obama in New York – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  35. 139 hopefruit2
    June 17, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    PBO’s Bengahzi capture barely made Twitter trend. but I see that HillaryFoxNews is the # 1 trend. Anyone try to convince me that Twitter Trends aren’t manipulated behind the scenes.

    • 140 nospin
      June 17, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      they are being manipulated.


    • 141 Obama Grandmama
      June 18, 2014 at 12:24 am

      In watching excerpts of the Fox book tour interview Hillary announced the Benghazi terrorist being caught almost sounding like she was responsible for it.

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