The President’s Day

@petesouza: President Obama greets an enthusiastic customer at Canter’s delicatessen in LA today

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President Obama is introduced by Katrice Mubiru at Los Angeles Trade Technical College

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People cheer and wave as President Obama leaves Canter’s Deli after a surprise appearance to meet with people who wrote him letters

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@petesouza: President Obama acknowledges the crowd after speaking at LA Trade-Technical College

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President Obama leaves Los Angeles en route to Washington

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See the full interview here

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Nerdy’s post from earlier today:

Income Inequality Is A Problem And President Obama Is Tackling It

Obama GOP

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Zachary A. Goldfarb: Don’t Think Obama Has Reduced Inequality? These Numbers Prove That He Has.

Today, the average after-tax income of a member of the top 1 percent of earners is $1.12 million. The average after-tax income of someone in the bottom 20 percent is $13,300. That means the average person at the top takes home 84 times the income that the average person in the bottom takes home. Now, consider what it would be like if none of President Obama’s tax policy changes had happened: not the upper-income tax hikes negotiated at the beginning of last year, not the upper-income tax increases imposed by the Affordable Care Act, not the low-income tax credits enacted in the 2009 stimulus and later renewed.

In this alternative universe, the average member of the top 1 percent would take home $1.2 million, or 6.5 percent more in income, according to a new analysis. The average member of the bottom 20 percent would bring home $13,100, or 1.2 percent less in income. As a result, the average member of the 1 percent would take home 91 times what the average person in the bottom would bring home. If you’ve wondered whether Obama has made any headway at reducing income inequality, here’s evidence that he has. Based on tax policy alone, he has slightly increased the income of the poor and more significantly reduced the income of the rich.

More here

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120 Responses to “The President’s Day”

  1. July 24, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

    If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with triumph and disaster
    And treat those two imposters just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breath a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch;
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And — which is more — you’ll be FURST!!!!!

  2. 13 Vicki
    July 24, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Checking in to get the latest news.

  3. 14 Vicki
    July 24, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Which I did—plus something from rudyard Kipling more or less.

    • July 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      🙂 Evening Vicki!!

      • 16 Vicki
        July 24, 2014 at 9:45 pm

        Good evening, Chips.
        Another astonishing day. Is it me or is history unfolding at a breathtaking pace? Here, in US because of the President and the ACA and despite the total obstruction of the GOP/MSM.
        And around the troubled universe.

        • July 24, 2014 at 10:02 pm

          “Another astonishing day. Is it me or is history unfolding at a breathtaking pace?”

          The pace is breathtaking, Vicki, and we are all very much participants, real-time.

          Evolution or extinction – the choice is yours, humanity, and one of the most important factors in the outcome happens on 4 Nov 2014.


          Yes WE MUST

  4. July 24, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Congrats Chips, beautiful poem……nice way to keep the minions from accusing you of cheating :mrgreen:

    Here is the full video from Canter’s Deli……it is in list form from youtube….so I don’t know how long it will stay….couldn’t find the &….to cut off.

  5. 27 nospin
    July 24, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Congrats Chips Chica!

  6. 28 hopefruit2
    July 24, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Indeed…this is LA..the people are used to seeing high profile celebrities here, there and everywhere…yet look at the reaction to our President. LOL! But Schmuck Todd tells us that he’s unpopular… yeah…

    • 29 Vicki
      July 24, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      There is not now and has not been as high a high profile as our President. Won’t be another any time soon, either.
      Just for fun,
      Try to imagine any of the current hopefuls from either party singing a few lines of an Al Green song.

      • 30 hopefruit2
        July 24, 2014 at 10:06 pm

        ROTFLMAO…Vicki you just gave me my laugh-of-the-Month…

        No no no no…I simply can’t imagine what you’re asking me to imagine… LOL 🙂 🙂

        • 31 Vicki
          July 24, 2014 at 10:10 pm

          I’m glad you’re laughing HF. Laughing is highly recommended, as Nerdy and Chips remind us nightly.

    • July 24, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      Well, ol’ C Todd/Fraud would know a thing or two about being unpopular, wouldn’t he now??? Lol! I cannot choose, just too much goodness, but I have a feeling, on first run through, that the photo with the elderly gentleman will be a forever winner in MP’s camera roll!! How delighted is he, and he ain’t faking it!! Love it! Love PBO!!

  7. 34 otter 44
    July 24, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    I know this is only a kernel of good news in a sea of tragedy but hope this brightens the spirit a little. The Puyallup Tribal Council has cancelled Ted Nugents’ 2 night engagement at the Emerald Queen Casino.(Tacoma, Washington). They have received complaints about his racist comments and hateful behavior.

  8. 42 hopefruit2
    July 24, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    LOL! AP politics (with over 20K followers) tweeted this one hr ago and only 1 retweet and 1 fave so far….and I KNOW that one of the two does NOT support the GOP….

  9. 50 JER
    July 24, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    • 51 Vicki
      July 24, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Apologies in advance for shallow comments but I Love everything about this photo–especially FLOTUS’ manicure, bracelets and rings. The First Lady looking great.

      • July 24, 2014 at 10:29 pm

        I was thinking exactly the same thing, Vicki! FLOTUS looks relaxed and gorgeous. Her jewelry is fantastic. I loved the photo.

      • July 24, 2014 at 10:39 pm

        She is stunning. Really stunning.

      • July 24, 2014 at 10:53 pm

        Vicki, I don’t think it’s shallow at all,to express loving admiration for a generous and kind-hearted woman, who happens to be First Lady, and thank God she is!! She brings a whole new meaning to ‘style’! There are none like her, for sure! 😉

        • 55 HZ
          July 24, 2014 at 11:51 pm

          Hi MightyPamela. You are so right. “She brings a whole new meaning to ‘style’! There are none like her, for sure!”

          I am so elated that the young people will have a great memory to carry with them for ages about this intelligent, elegant, active, and great First Lady. It is a joy to have been a part of making this a fact by all of our participation during both elections. A joy, indeed.HZ

    • 56 MadameSoph
      July 25, 2014 at 2:13 am

      This photo is a perfect illustration of how our FLOTUS is one of us, truly of the people and for the people, like her husband, PBO. I can’t think of another President and First Lady that have been so real, and kept it so real as even as they both do extraordinary things.

  10. 57 JER
    July 24, 2014 at 10:07 pm

  11. July 24, 2014 at 10:08 pm


    From 20 years ago (which means the hipsters this article talks about are now middle-aged).

  12. 73 JER
    July 24, 2014 at 10:09 pm

  13. July 24, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    OK ladies……I am in the same boat as this dude…….somebody will have to explain the craze to me one day, but his breakdown is hilarious!

  14. 82 JER
    July 24, 2014 at 10:17 pm

  15. July 24, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Here’s my sense of humor for you.

    For some reason, the caption to the video in the twitter link cracked me up:

    This video from the University of Alaska Fairbanks includes footage of wood frogs thawing after a long cold winter. (Thawing footage starts at 3:10).

  16. 85 JER
    July 24, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    LIVE NOW: President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews, Maryland – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  17. 86 Jeff
    July 24, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    The protests are getting out of control it looks like and I shudder at the carnage being taking place. I’m just beyond horrified.

  18. July 24, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    I may need one these…….reliving my youth as ‘Splinter’ on Nintendo………I’m sure Dudette will appreciate?


    • 88 hopefruit2
      July 24, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      LP – Why aren’t you in San Diego? LOL! You, Dudette and Jovie should go next year. I heard that tickets sell out 2 hrs after they’re released so you have to be VERY aggressive. 🙂 🙂

  19. July 24, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    I’m exhausted….can’t form/type/spell coherent sentences (this one took 5 minutes) GN TOD…..exit stage left:

  20. July 24, 2014 at 10:31 pm

  21. 93 amk for obama
    July 24, 2014 at 10:34 pm

  22. 113 amk for obama
    July 24, 2014 at 10:46 pm

  23. July 24, 2014 at 10:47 pm

  24. 116 Ladyhawke
    July 24, 2014 at 11:00 pm



    Rachel Maddow reports on Democrats forcing Republicans on the record in an embarrassing way through a series of proposed amendments to the Republican lawsuit against President Obama.


    Democrats embarrass GOP with lawsuit amendments: http://on.msnbc.com/1pfSdKM

  25. 120 Sue
    July 25, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Probably will never meet PBO but I have been to Canter’s Deli numerous time. One of my favs in LA!

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