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President Obama At MacDill Air Force Base

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 President Barack Obama speaks at US Central Command (CentCom) at MacDill Air Force Base

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President Barack Obama sits next to Commander of Central Command Gen. Lloyd Austin III during in a briefing from top military leaders while at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida

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President Barack Obama participates in a briefing from top military leaders while visiting U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base. From L-R are: United States Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco, National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Obama, Commander of Central Command Gen. Lloyd Austin III and U.S. Special Operations Commander Joseph Votel.

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President Barack Obama greets members of the military upon his arrival at MacDill Air Force Base

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President Barack Obama greets Gen. Lloyd Austin, commander of U.S. Central Command, as he arrives at MacDill Air Force Base

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President Barack Obama touches the spiked hair style of a child while visiting the Clarence Tinker elementary school children while at MacDill Air Force Base

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132 Responses to “President Obama At MacDill Air Force Base”


  1. 5 Nena20409
    September 17, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Awesome Photographs NW.

    ❤ it!

  2. 7 Nena20409
    September 17, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Bringing over from the last thread.

    Congrats NCLB on your Gold. 🙂

  3. 10 Nena20409
    September 17, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    And until We The People Take it seriously…….Guns, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse…..etc nothing changes.

  4. 12 Nena20409
    September 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Where is the arrest?

  5. 17 Linda
    September 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson testified Tuesday to the St. Louis County grand jury that is investigating whether he should be charged in the shooting death of Michael Brown, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

    Wilson testified for nearly four hours, according to the newspaper, which cited “a source with knowledge of the investigation.”

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/darren-wilson-testifies-ferguson-grand-jury-michael-brown-shooting

  6. 19 Nena20409
    September 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    WTG Sam Wong. Dr Wong did his thing and has done it since without fuss.

    • 20 Allison
      September 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Dr. Wang does not have time for Nate’s BS!!

      • 21 catrst
        September 17, 2014 at 3:45 pm

        Yes, and I have concluded that Nate Silver has a vested interest in depressing Democratic turnout and changing the outcome of elections. Dr. Wang does not in my opinion. Libertarians like Silver and Rand Paul are not trustworthy people in my estimation.

  7. 22 GGail
    September 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    NW, thank you for this post with all of these wonderful, wonderful pictures!!!
    p.s. – General Austin is a good-looking fella 😉

  8. September 17, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    You’re a legend Mrs Costa, absolutely beautiful photos and a completely lovely post – thank you soooooo much.

  9. September 17, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Does my heart good to see an African American in charge at CentCom.

  10. September 17, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Trendy NYC Hotel Confuses 3 Black Women Out for Drinks at the Bar for Prostitutes

    By Eileen Shim 3 hours ago

    …AlterNet recently reported about three black women — one lawyer and two educators — who went out for drinks at the Standard Hotel in New York City a few weeks ago. After a man approached the women and offered to buy them drinks, a security guard reportedly accused them of being prostitutes and asked them to stop soliciting. According to AlterNet:

    “After the security guard ushers the brotha away, he comes over to me and my friends and says, ‘Come on, ladies. You can buy a drink but you can’t be soliciting,'” Washington told AlterNet in an interview. “We were like, ‘soliciting?’ He said, ‘Don’t act stupid with me, ladies. You know what you’re doing. Stop soliciting in here.’ We were like, ‘Soliciting what?'”

    Shocked, she asked the security guard if he was accusing them of prostitution. “Don’t act stupid with me, you know what you were doing,” Washington recalls the guard saying.

    “Dude, I’m a lawyer and these women are educators,” she said in reply. “Why the hell would I be in here soliciting prostitution?” Washington said he answered, “I don’t know but that’s what you’re doing.”

    http://mic.com/articles/99062/three-black-professionals-accused-of-being-prostitutes-by-new-york-hotel?utm_source=policymicTWTR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social

  11. 28 JER
    September 17, 2014 at 1:45 pm

  12. 29 Nerdy Wonka
    September 17, 2014 at 1:45 pm

  13. 33 Melanie
    September 17, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    TOD favorite Chris Cillizza says Dems now have 51% chance of holding on to the Senate. Anybody believe him?
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/09/16/democrats-now-have-a-51-percent-chance-of-holding-the-senate/?tid=pm_pop

    • September 17, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      When GOP shill Chris Cillizza says anything about the Dems/PBO – the reality is almost always much better that what he says. So in that case, if he says that D’s have a 51% chance, it means that their chances are much higher – more like the 90% that Sam Wang predicts…

    • 35 Nena20409
      September 17, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      Note just 10 days or so ago…..this Lizard was saying that the GOP had 95% chances of holding the Senate.

      Would Lizard care to explain his 44% swing? Well it will be 44% + 5% = 49% swing?

    • September 17, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      I’ll go with Sam Wang’s 70%, much better record than the lizard.

      • September 17, 2014 at 4:16 pm

        I thought Wang’s most recent was at 90% – but if not, I stand corrected! I’ll take the 70%. Sure beats the 35-40% that Little Nate has been peddling all year…

  14. 38 JER
    September 17, 2014 at 1:53 pm

  15. 39 japa21
    September 17, 2014 at 1:59 pm

  16. 43 Nena20409
    September 17, 2014 at 2:09 pm

  17. 48 Nena20409
    September 17, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    On this Day in 1787……Constitution Day…….formerly known as Citizen Day………How many school curriculum now teaches Civics today?

    Happy Constitution Day, America!

  18. 51 japa21
    September 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm

  19. 53 jackiegrumbacher
    September 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    This is an interesting set of 26 predictions in 1901 by Ladies Home Journal about what things would be like in 2001. Some are absurd, but others are amazingly accurate.

    http://mentalfloss.com/article/58851/fact-check-26-ladies-home-journal-predictions-2001-1901

  20. 54 arapaho415
    September 17, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    So glad I was able to view this live, including the introduction and reception afterwards.

    I wish the majority of non-RWNJ Americans (i.e., exclude those 24% of Americans who believe the sun revolves around the earth) could see this speech.

    The President’s prime time address last week had such a somber and serious tone, very Presidential.

    But most busy Americans have little knowledge of the geography and the various ethnic, religious and national interests of the Middle East, which is complex even for Foreign Policy experts who are paid to know such things.

    Since it’s such a complex and enigmatic problem, I think most Americans react with their gut when it comes to the horror of the recent murders of Westerners by ISIS. They know it isn’t right, and they want revenge.

    If such Americans could see the President’s speech today, they would be struck by his reception at the speech, accompanied by the soaring patriotic songs. And how he touched on the human aspect of the military throughout the speech.

    After viewing this speech, this thought might occur to them:
    When was the last time an American President was greeted in such an enthusiastic manner when he was essentially deploying some of them on life-threatening missions (to West Africa and Iraq)?

  21. 55 Nena20409
    September 17, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Wisc has had issues now……Wow…..a card carrying Racist……but he felt okay to pen his views publicly……Well, public enough for others to catch him right-handed.

    Now he QUITS? Please don’t……Run Bigot, run.

  22. 57 sjterrid
    September 17, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks, Nerdy!

    Good afternoon, TOD! Now I have to go back to read the R & S thread

  23. 59 dotster3
    September 17, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    There’s President Obama being unpopular again! Ha! In the spiked hair photo little girl in white blouse looks so tickled to have the President of the United States in her classroom.

  24. 60 jacquelineoboomer
    September 17, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Good afternoon, TODville!

    You can sure tell Gen. Austin is not fakin’ the smile on his face! Nor are the troops, on theirs. Love it.

  25. 61 JER
    September 17, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    LIVE NOW: Awaiting FLOTUS’ arrival at Memphis – http://www.localmemphis.com/livestream24

  26. 62 carolyn
    September 17, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I just now was able to watch his speech. Masterful, and CLEAR!!! What do people not understand about no combat troops in Iraq???!!!

    When he finished, my first thought was: “I cannot imagine anyone else as president!” In big contrast to 2000-2008, when my constant thought was: “I cannot believe this man is President of the United States!”

  27. 64 japa21
    September 17, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    • 65 dotster3
      September 17, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      There is no liberal bias but the campaign to convince America of that non-existent fact was highly successful. It became an accepted reality. Being “liberal” became a bad thing, something shameful, when its very definition is the opposite—–generous, tolerant, big-hearted, charitable etc. This should never have been allowed to happen—–there should have been a strong push back—–to correct the misleading, false accusations.

  28. 66 japa21
    September 17, 2014 at 2:46 pm

  29. 67 Nena20409
    September 17, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    ODS

  30. 69 Nena20409
    September 17, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Agree with BMaher on this one……

    • 70 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      September 17, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      I TOTALLY AGREE WITH MAHER ON THIS ONE…THE AMERICAN MEDIA IS SHAMEFUL…AND THESE ARE THE TIMES WHEN ‘FREEDOM OF SPEECH’ TRULY DISGUSTS ME…ALL THEY ARE DOING IS RECRUITING FOR AND ADVERTISING ISIS! SHAMEFUL AND MORE THAN DISGUSTING!

  31. 71 JER
    September 17, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    • 72 dotster3
      September 17, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      Awwww—–I love that interaction.

    • 73 Nena20409
      September 17, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks for posting this.

      I absolutely ❤ these type of Pictures……President Obama……Hates people we are told by those who Loath him and those who distort and hide their own racial animus against president Obama.

      What a Moment!

      No Narcissist would allow his presidential Hair to be Touched…….Not ever haters.

      President Obama is a Gem. No wonder Children of all ages ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ President Obama.

  32. 74 JER
    September 17, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    LIVE NOW: Secretary Kerry on ISIS Strategy – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  33. September 17, 2014 at 2:59 pm

  34. 76 Nena20409
    September 17, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Take that Gates……and Co.

  35. 77 Nena20409
    September 17, 2014 at 3:10 pm

  36. September 17, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Worth reading …

    • September 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      “Mohammad Javad Zarif: Yes, there is every reason not to have a nuclear bomb. If you look at Iran’s security environment, in the immediate neighborhood—by the immediate neighborhood I mean the Persian Gulf—we are already, because of the size, geography, resources, human resources, military ability…we are the strongest. By far. Most stable country in the region. So we need to go out of our way to convince our neighbors that we don’t have anything against them. We are engaged in confidence-building measures with them. So, not only do we not need a bomb for our immediate neighborhood, a bomb, or even a perception that we have a bomb, will further deteriorate our position, because immediately, our neighbors will seek security assurances from outside. So what we consider to be a conventional superiority that Iran certainly has in the region, if we try for strategic superiority, we will even lose our conventional superiority.

      In the larger security environment of Iran—that is, against the threat by Israel or the United States—Iran cannot imagine to engage in any type of deterrence, either directly or even through proxy, with these external threats, or extra-regional threats, through a nuclear device, because we cannot compete in that area.

      Again, a nuclear bomb will deteriorate our security. And at the end of the day, let me just make one point, that nuclear weapons have not created security for anybody. Just look at what happened to Israel.”

  37. 80 Nena20409
    September 17, 2014 at 3:11 pm

  38. 81 vcprezofan2
    September 17, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Some good stepping here, Ms NCLB! Way to go!

  39. 84 Nena20409
    September 17, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Now…..here’s a great pic from the Count…..Von…..Knoller

  40. 85 JER
    September 17, 2014 at 3:20 pm

  41. 86 dotster3
    September 17, 2014 at 3:20 pm

  42. September 17, 2014 at 3:33 pm

  43. September 17, 2014 at 3:38 pm

  44. September 17, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    So very important that that reads “Iraqi forces” (not US!!) ……

  45. 90 Linda
    September 17, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Anyone watching John Kerry slap the Republicans around ?

  46. 91 dotster3
    September 17, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Corker is really being disrespectful, belligerent, angry and hateful in his questioning of Kerry. Really ugly. Even it’s because of the cameras, there’s no excuse for that kind of behavior by a U.S. senator.

  47. 97 Nena20409
    September 17, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    WTG SoS Kerry.

  48. September 17, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    • 99 Nena20409
      September 17, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      So President of these USA is in favor of a United Kingdom…… 😉
      Okay then……May Scots have their wish……

  49. 100 Nena20409
    September 17, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Full Confession…..I don’t know who Viggo Mortenson is….but he said it so well.

  50. 107 JER
    September 17, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    • 108 Nena20409
      September 17, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      What about the OPTICS? Nonsense 😉

      Lets see a Journo, Pol, Pundit who would have done what this particular President did…….

      This after letting a small child to touch and feel the texture of his hair. No Body like pres Barack Obama…….None!

    • 109 vcprezofan2
      September 17, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      So Knoller lets ‘whole world’ know that Mrs. O sometimes travels in ‘unmarked aircraft’ – then they wonder why they cannot be trusted with ALL the info! They never seem to know when to keep their mouths shut and what to reveal. Have I ever told you how much I hate the US media? The fact is I never realized that I did until the Obama family came on the stage and I have had lots of opportunity to see their pettiness, venom and ignorance.

  51. 110 JER
    September 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    • 111 Nena20409
      September 17, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      President Obama ❤ ❤ ❤ his wife……my goodness……president of the USA…..making a Hello call in between stops, CENTCOM speech and his busy schedule to let his wife know and to show his wife……how much he appreciates her.

      Wow…..that is unbeatable.

  52. 112 57andfemale
    September 17, 2014 at 4:10 pm

  53. 115 anniebella
    September 17, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Plane maintenance delay First Lady visit to St. Jude.

  54. 116 Nena20409
    September 17, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    • 117 Nena20409
      September 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      One Time…..in many weeks that I have enjoyed posting Count Von’s Tweets 😉

  55. 118 dotster3
    September 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm

  56. 119 JER
    September 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm

  57. 121 Nena20409
    September 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm

  58. 122 Nena20409
    September 17, 2014 at 4:20 pm

  59. September 17, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    “GOOD NEWS IS NO NEWS”

  60. 125 Nena20409
    September 17, 2014 at 4:23 pm

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  62. 127 Nena20409
    September 17, 2014 at 4:28 pm

  63. 128 Nena20409
    September 17, 2014 at 4:31 pm

  64. 130 Gazelle
    September 17, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    [Bobfr, not sure if this was posted in earlier threads or this one, but thought you’d find it interesting. Methinks there’s overreach here by Vlad.]:

    MOSCOW (AP) – The arrest of a Russian telecoms and oil tycoon has sent shock waves through the country’s business community, with some fearing a return to the dark days of a decade ago, when the Kremlin asserted its power by imprisoning the country’s then-richest man and expropriating his companies.

    The criminal case against 65-year-old Vladimir Yevtushenkov marks the first attack on a billionaire businessman since the arrest in 2003 of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former head of Yukos, which was the country’s largest oil company at the time. He spent the next decade in prison on tax evasion and misappropriation charges and saw his company taken over by the state and sold in pieces.

    The prosecution of Khodorkovsky had sent a clear message to Russian oligarchs: stay out of politics and your property will be safe. Russia’s rich have followed that rule for nearly a decade, and now fret the unspoken promise may be void.

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    More here: http://money.msn.com/business-news/article.aspx?feed=AP&date=20140917&id=17939109

  65. September 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    And another one….


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