Welcome to Kansas City, Mr President

President Obama greets people upon arrival at Kansas City International Airport


@petesouza: Pres Obama talking to a youngster outside Arthur Bryant’s BBQ tonight in KC

111 Responses to “Welcome to Kansas City, Mr President”

  1. July 29, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    • 4 desertflower
      July 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      I especially like this comment from this piece:

      JOELEEH NYC 13 hours ago
      Being of Eastern European Jewish background, I feel as Mr Cohen does. The vile nature of Hamas cannot justify callous disregard of the lives of civilians held under siege and terrorized by shelling for which there is no Iron Dome. Israel had its role in empowering Hamas. Israel occupies no moral high ground with its treatment of Palestinian rights. The crimes of the opposition do not justify your own by simply saying “those people are worse”. Franz Fanon wrote that it is humanly normal and to be expected for a people to hate its oppressor. Truer words have never been expressed. Like it or not, Israel has oppressed, and as Americans we should understand that we enable this oppression, with our huge military aid, so don’t tell me we have no right to criticize. The rest of the world thinks, rightly, that it is done in our name too.

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    • 6 Judith Fardig
      July 29, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Again, Bobfr on the leader board!

    • 7 Vicki
      July 29, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      Congraatulations on first, Bob and thank you for this link. Mr. Cohen’s voice is refreshing.

  2. July 29, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Still got U.S. World Cup fever:

    For you non carnivores like me……I’m moving to San Francisco ASAP!!!

    San Francisco-based grilled cheese restaurant the Melt claims to have a new solution for an age-old problem: catered food that is soggy, cold or stale. In fact, the fast-casual chain employed NASA engineers to tackle the problem. The result? The Melt’s Smart Box, which is an attempt to keep food — specifically The Melt’s menu of grilled cheeses, soups and salads — fresh upon delivery.

    The company has been developing the Smart Box since last October. At the time, the chain wanted to expand its catering program. Before the box was developed, the Melt served off site clients with a fleet of renovated school buses, which dished up food at parties and events. The company wanted to build a program that would allow the restaurant to serve pre-prepared sandwiches, but couldn’t find a transportation method that would maintain the same quality of food as The Melt has in its store, said Kerri Martin, vice president of marketing. “A ‘melt,’ (sandwich) without assistance, lasts about six to seven minutes of optimal quality,” Martin said of the grilled cheeses. “When you look at catering, you have to allow for at least 30 minutes by the time it gets out of kitchen and to the client, so that was the challenge at hand.”

    With the help of an internal team of engineers, and consultants with roots in NASA, the Melt developed the Smart Box, with a system of heating pads, insulation and fans to provide the balance of air circulation, humidity and heat necessary for keeping its meals hot and crispy. The box also has internal censors to maintain that balance, depending what kind of food is inside. Melts with tomato or spinach, for example, might need a different level of humidity than other sandwiches…..continued

  3. July 29, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Tonight’s dinner menu brought to you by Mother of LL:

    Lomo de puerco, seasoned as only she can
    Arroz con frijoles negros; you haven’t had Cuban black beans until you’ve had my mother’s.

  4. July 29, 2014 at 9:49 pm

  5. 23 amk for obama
    July 29, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    sooo, obamacare repealed yet?

  6. 29 desertflower
    July 29, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Bringing over:)

    There are not enough adjectives to describe how incredible this woman is.


    • July 29, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      So very true, df!!! Like I’ve said more than once, I’d willingly vote to amend the US Constitution so she could run for President!!

      • 31 desertflower
        July 29, 2014 at 10:04 pm

        If only:)

      • July 30, 2014 at 5:14 am

        Bob, I would gladly join you in voting “to amend the US Constitution! President Obama is so good at picking the company he hangs out with. Ambassador Power is, without a doubt, one of the most powerful and articulate UN ambassadors in my lifetime. I just love the way way she fearlessly exposes Russian BS on Ukraine.

    • July 29, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      And so she concluded with her unshakable core belief, which amounts to an article of faith. “For me, it’s not an option to despair.

      Samantha Power, Ambassador

  7. July 29, 2014 at 9:53 pm

  8. July 29, 2014 at 9:55 pm

  9. 49 JER
    July 29, 2014 at 9:56 pm

  10. July 29, 2014 at 9:58 pm

  11. July 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    What a wonderful pic. Kudos to the photographer!

  12. July 29, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    So Gen. McRaven is leaving in August it appears……UT, do you have any more info on this?

  13. 55 JER
    July 29, 2014 at 10:02 pm

  14. 56 globalcitizenlinda
    July 29, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    The Ebola infections reported in West Africa appear to be doing more and more damage and extending to greater geographical areas;

    I don’t know what people are going to do – in the face of the Ebola that is killing many, affecting medical personnel, fueling panic as rumors and conspiracy theories abound and in the face of a constrained and under-developed medical infrastructure;


    so many things to be concerned about around the world!

  15. 57 Nena20409
    July 29, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Gold again for Doc, Bobfr ⭐

  16. July 29, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    The raiders in San Antonio? Really?

  17. July 29, 2014 at 10:07 pm

  18. 61 Nena20409
    July 29, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Here’s Josh “The Voice” Earnest at the WH on 7-29-14.
    Great pictures of POTUS at the BBQ in MO

    G’Nite TOD 😉

  19. 62 amk for obama
    July 29, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband walking around with a fly swatter.

    “What are you doing?”

    “Hunting flies”

    “Oh, killed any?”

    “Yep, three males, two females”

    “How can you tell?”

    “Three were on a beer can, two were on the phone”


  20. 64 globalcitizenlinda
    July 29, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    So it is really true that Admiral William McRaven, Head of Special Operations and organizer of Bin Laden Termination is retiring to become next Chancellor of UT University System;

    I thought he would continue being part of the leadership of the US Military;

    • July 29, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      Appears so, Global: From the link I provided above… side note/ I meant Admiral not Gen. in my original post:

      President Barack Obama nominated McRaven for his appointment to the rank of four-star admiral in 2011, and soon after he was named commander of the United States Special Operations Command. As the leader of U.S. Special Ops, McRaven oversees a 67,000-person, $10 billion operation and plays one of the nation’s premier roles in keeping the country safe. Author of “Spec Ops: Case Studies in Special Operations Warfare: Theory and Practice,” considered a fundamental text on special operations strategy, McRaven also served as commander of Special Operations Command Europe and was tapped to be the first director of the NATO Special Operation Forces Coordination Centre.

      Perhaps best known for planning and orchestrating the operation that led to the death of Osama Bin Laden and playing a supporting role in the capture of Saddam Hussein in 2003, McRaven has been called bold, innovative, visionary and courageous by national leaders and his military peers. His military career has spanned the globe. He has served as a trusted White House advisor and has spent countless hours delivering Congressional testimony, assisting lawmakers in understanding critical policy issues……

      …“We were aware that getting Adm. McRaven to consider the UT System position might have presented a challenge, given high demand nationally for his leadership,” Foster said. “We were honored that he chose the UT System as the most important place where he could continue to serve his nation upon his pending retirement from a most distinguished military career.”…

      *** I would be honored to have the opportunity to serve The University of Texas System and the people of Texas,” McRaven said. “My wife Georgeann and I are excited about returning home to our family and friends. I thank the Regents for their trust and confidence in my leadership and I look forward to this extraordinary responsibility with enthusiasm and gratitude.****

  21. July 29, 2014 at 10:14 pm

  22. 67 hopefruit2
    July 29, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I’m not sure what their snarky point is – really…Obviously some people don’t like the fact that pics are being circulated of regular people enjoying PBO’s local visits – and that they TRULY like him.

  23. July 29, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Boehner has really bit off more than he can chew.

    Sure, he doesn’t care about polling showing most Americans against the lawsuit and definitely against impeachment.

    But he should care about all the money Dems are raking in waving the bloody flag of lawsuit and possible impeachment. Grassroots Democrats are voting with their wallets, and will vote at the ballot box in November. All Boehner has done is rile them up, which is a major mistake. And the lawsuit is weak sauce for the diehards who wag the GOP dog now.

    This will be fun.

  24. July 29, 2014 at 10:20 pm

  25. 82 globalcitizenlinda
    July 29, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    the place PBO had dinner tonight is once again looking like one ordinary people frequent for a great meal and great company

    • 83 arapaho415
      July 29, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      I’ve read about Arthur Bryant’s BBQ — supposed to be one of the great BBQ restaurants in America.

      So glad that PBO can get out and enjoy himself (despite the dire situations in Ukraine and the Middle East) and not have BOTH Dems and GOP nipping at his heels — which would have happened in 2012.

      Now it’s just business as usual, with the MSM/Koch and GOP criticizing his every move.

      Remember when TODville was wondering why few EU leaders had public comments about Flight #MH17 (aside from genuine horror)? I mentioned then that they were waiting for the person that the MSM erroneously claims “leads from behind.”

      Don’t hold your breath for MSM to ever mention this fact.

      That will be up to historians because MSM’s greatest nightmare is for #LandslideDems2014 and to see a permanent Dem Executive branch.

  26. July 29, 2014 at 10:23 pm

  27. 89 Layla
    July 29, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Jealousy!!!!!! They haz a sad!

  28. 90 JER
    July 29, 2014 at 10:25 pm

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  31. July 29, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    This could work …

    • July 29, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      They (Israel) want to disarm GAZA…while still occupying Gaza…there is no mention of restitution for the destruction of the infrastructure including hospitals and schools and the killing of the Palestinian people…

      Israel says that it want s to be protected from Hamas…who will protect the Palestinian people from Israel…as the bombing continues…it seems no one is

      • 95 nospin
        July 30, 2014 at 8:14 am

        “Israel says that it want s to be protected from Hamas…who will protect the Palestinian people from Israel”

        that is the question that should be posted on every thread regarding Gaza.

  32. 96 JER
    July 29, 2014 at 10:37 pm

  33. July 29, 2014 at 10:39 pm

  34. 104 desertflower
    July 29, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    OH CHIPS!! Begging you to include this in R/S!! This is an AWESOME answer to the crazy gun nuts!


  35. 108 hopefruit2
    July 29, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    ROTFL…Unless he’s calling it in for someone – LMAO!

  36. 110 JER
    July 29, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    President Obama spends the night in downtown Kansas City

  37. 111 MightyPamela
    July 29, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Gearing up and trial run for our first building Fire Drill, Thursday. Am training kitty into a new, soft-sided carrier for the stairway descent. She did quite well, first time, yelled a bit tho! Happy to come home and get out of new, soft-sided carrier, to be sure! 🙂

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