The President speaks at a naturalization ceremony

President Obama hugs Army Sgt. Stephanie Van Ausdall after she had trouble leading the Pledge of Allegiance following a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members and civilians, July 4



109 Responses to “The President speaks at a naturalization ceremony”

  1. July 4, 2014 at 1:08 pm

  2. 13 amk for obama
    July 4, 2014 at 1:10 pm


  3. July 4, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Loving President Obama more than ever, and the Obama Diary, too! Happy Fourth to all! Xo

  4. 17 amk for obama
    July 4, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    many empty seats in the stadium.

  5. 18 amk for obama
    July 4, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    lime green shoes? really guys?

  6. 19 amk for obama
    July 4, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    aaand fedex wins in straight sets. watch out, joker.

  7. July 4, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    • July 4, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      “The Bush economic catastrophe continued to pummel the stock market as well as the greater economy for an extended period of time after its choreographers had left office.

      To that end, it may be better to compare Thursday’s highs to the recession’s lows. All indexes closed at their recessionary bottom on March 9, 2009 (DOW at 6507, NASDAQ at 1269 and S&P at 676). Since then, the DOW has nearly tripled its value, as has the S&P 500. The NASDAQ has gone up more than 3.5 fold.

      While there was passing mention of the DOW crossing the psychologically important 17,000 mark in the media, the coverage of its perspective and how it was made possible remained largely muted in the wasteland of TV/Cable news. But some print columnists are seeing a strong trend: Market Watch’s Paul Farrell predicts that The Great Obama Bull Market, as he calls it, is poised to last into the 2016 elections, or a total of over seven years, twice as long as the average bull market.

      The markets aren’t the only bullish place.”

      More at the link in Spandan’s tweet.

  8. 22 amk for obama
    July 4, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been criticised for saying that Australia was “unsettled” before the British arrived.

    He said on Thursday night that Australia owes its existence to the British, as it was previously “unsettled or scarcely settled”.

    He was answering a question on foreign investment at a Melbourne conference.

    An indigenous leader said the comments were offensive and his chief indigenous adviser called them “silly”.


    aussie dumbya.

    • July 4, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      What an utter dick. Poor 99ts is probably on her fifth bottle of brandy.

      • 25 amk for obama
        July 4, 2014 at 1:35 pm

        tequila would be more apt. poor soul.

      • 26 Nerdy Wonka
        July 4, 2014 at 1:57 pm

        Concur on the “utter dick.” It’s always so telling when some try to disparage the true founders of a nation just because their skin isn’t lily white.

        He and Australia would be nowhere without the aborigines.

        • July 4, 2014 at 2:01 pm

          It’s just incredible when people like this creature make statements like that, as if a nation’s ‘original’ people don’t count because they’re somehow subhuman. Jesus. I really get now why 99ts sounds so down so often about this creep.

      • July 4, 2014 at 2:07 pm

        CC – I just emailed you a great pic from Australia.com, wishing us a Happy 4th! Thought you might like to post it..

    • July 4, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      I am not Australian Aboriginal, but I find this stupid mindset offensive. Australian’s will soon be seeing the back of him, he has failed, is failing, and will fail as he tries to press on. Eff him.

  9. 30 amk for obama
    July 4, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    How India got the nurses back from Iraq.

    Forty-six Indian nurses initially stranded at a hospital in Tikrit and later moved to Mosul have been freed by the fighters of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The nurses have been moved to Erbil from where they’ll be flown into Kerala on a special aircraft arranged by the Indian government.


    • July 4, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Grateful that they will soon be home!

    • 34 vcprezofan2
      July 4, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Part of the successful strategy that I’m sure U.S. Congress couldn’t have managed >>

      “They never once let out the details of the negotiations; all they said was that the nurses were safe. There were no irresponsible statements, and once the negotiations went through, they were ready to bring the nurse back. B B Tyagi, India’s ambassador in Iraq, is a man of great repute. He has the right contacts and skills to oversee such an operation. He shared information with the government, and the government never allowed any sort of frenzy,” he says.

      Sahay adds that this should be a learning curve for the diaspora outside.”

  10. July 4, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    • 37 anniebella
      July 4, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      While I understand it, I’m so sorry POTUS won’t be able to teach Malia to drive.

      • 38 GGAIL
        July 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm

        I know what you mean annie. One
        of my fondest memory is of my father teaching me to drive.

      • July 4, 2014 at 1:55 pm

        I know, what fun they would have together!

        • July 4, 2014 at 2:02 pm

          On the other hand, I remember my dear Dad would press his right foot to the floor at times, looking somewhat peaked. And him a WWII Navy vet.. Hmm. I recognized the body language later when my daughter was learning to drive! Perhaps PBO could be spared the stress, as he does have a bit on his plate these days! Boner is no match for a teenager learning to drive!

  11. 43 amk for obama
    July 4, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    germans deserve to win today.

  12. July 4, 2014 at 1:35 pm

  13. 46 vcprezofan2
    July 4, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    /waving discretely/ I C U. Bfr!

    I also notice that a group of the ‘in-kids’ is on hand kibitzing in the village, and no one called me. Hmmmm. Disheartening when you realize where you are in the picture. Hmmmm.

  14. 53 amk for obama
    July 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    question to toddys. who is the dood to be most to be pitied today?

    right answer gets amk trademark joke.

  15. 87 amk for obama
    July 4, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    unlucky benzema.

  16. 88 amk for obama
    July 4, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    germans, it is.

  17. 92 sjterrid
    July 4, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Happy 4th of July, TOD.
    Happy 16th birthday to Malia.
    Now, to go back and read the R & S thread.

  18. 93 amk for obama
    July 4, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Police in Brazil say they have identified a Fifa official alleged to have been involved in the illegal sale of World Cup tickets.

    Earlier this week, police said they had arrested 11 people and broken up an international gang.

    The suspected touts are accused of illegally reselling tickets, including some originally allocated to players.

    Police say the gang earned as much as $90m (£52m) per tournament and could have operated at four World Cups.

    As part of the investigation, police said they had identified the first name of the alleged Fifa official from telephone calls.

    Fabio Barucke, the investigator in charge of the case, said the official had clearance to Fifa offices, stadiums and other administrative areas where he would have access to match tickets.


    ah, sepp’s world. corruption niravana.

  19. July 4, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    *yawn* Happy 4th everyone.

    The Queen concert was AWESOME. And they played this, so I was more than happy.

  20. July 4, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    • July 4, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      “Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council report: July 4

      2014/07/04 • Daily Updates

      at 12:00 JULY 4, 2014

      In compliance with a decree of the President of Ukraine to renew the active phase of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO), the personnel and units of the ATO forces began to actively disarm and destroy terrorist group in the operational zone. Ukraine’s Armed Forces engaged in heavy air and artillery bombardment on strongholds, checkpoints, arms caches and clusters of terrorists, National Security Council Secretary Andriy Parubiy reported today at the 12:00 briefing.

      The activity levels of militant bands have noticeably declined. The terrorists have suffered serious losses of life, now in the hundreds. In the last week, some terrorist equipment was also destroyed: 1 tank, 1 Zenit launcher, 5 armored KAMAZes with personnel. One KAMAZ was carrying weapons and ammo for militants was captured by the armed forces.

      Since the start of the ATO in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast, 17 population centers have been liberated and the Government of Ukraine now controls 23 counties out of 36. In Donetsk Oblast, more than two thirds are in government hands: 13 out of 18, while in Luhansk, more than half are: 10 out of 18. Where the government has recovered control, local governments, police and community services have resumed their work.

      During the last week since the ATO was resumed, 4 more settlements were liberated from the terrorists: Zakotne, Raihorodok, Reznikovka, and Raioleksandrivka.”

      More at the link in the tweet.

  21. July 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm

  22. 99 amk for obama
    July 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    joke as promised (I always keep my word).

    Did you hear that the Post Office just recalled their latest Stamps?

    They had pictures of lawyers on them and people couldn’t figure out which side to spit on.

    gunnite folks. (colombians better win while I snore)

  23. July 4, 2014 at 2:27 pm

  24. July 4, 2014 at 2:28 pm

  25. 107 africa
    July 4, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    This man is truly an idiot.

  26. July 4, 2014 at 2:42 pm

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