The President’s Day

President Barack Obama speaks at the Global Health Security Agenda Summit in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. The president said that in an interconnected world, outbreaks of deadly viruses like Ebola have the potential to affect every nation.





Text of the President’s remarks here



President Barack Obama shakes hands with Ebola survivor Dr. Melvin Korkor of Liberia at the Global Health Security Agenda Summit at the White House






On This Day: After the first of three presidential debates at the University of Mississippi, 2008

On This Day: President Obama & the First Lady Michelle at the Congressional Black Caucus Awards Dinner, 2009.

86 Responses to “The President’s Day”

  1. 11 amk for obama
    September 26, 2014 at 6:42 pm


  2. September 26, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Our First Couple! We luv ’em!

  3. 19 Judith Fardig
    September 26, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Congrats, SWBLUEGA, on your first and to AMK on your furst! The Obamas really deserve a relaxing weekend after what they have accomplished this week!

  4. September 26, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Nerdy? You might be a Chelsea Girl, but I still love ya. Thank you, Legend!

    • 22 Nerdy Wonka
      September 26, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      That’s the same thing I say about you everyday even as you root for the WRONG team. LOL.

      Thanks, Chips. You’re the BEST.

  5. September 26, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    The most interesting things happen to librarians.

  6. September 26, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Seeing the First Couple together always brings a smile.

  7. 26 amk for obama
    September 26, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    loser von goal: man u players are too stoopid.


  8. 37 amk for obama
    September 26, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution in Geneva condemning a group of American hedge funds that took Argentina to court.

    The investors are demanding payments worth more than $1.3bn (£766m) dollars on government bonds they hold.

    The Argentine government has accused the hedge funds, which it refers to as vulture funds, of being greedy and damaging its economy.

    “The vulture funds will not stop unless we stop them ourselves,” Foreign Minister Hector Timerman told the council before the vote.

    “The billions that these vulture funds grab in countries in the south lead to school closures, hospitals without medicines, political instability, insecurity and violence,” he said.

    The resolution was tabled by Argentina along with Russia, Brazil, Venezuela and Algeria.

    It was approved by 33 votes to five, with nine countries abstaining.

    The United States, Britain, Germany, Japan and the Czech Republic voted against.


  9. September 26, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Our President will be talking at the CBC tomorrow. I will be tuning in if I can 🙂

  10. September 26, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Wow, what a strange day. This just happened.

  11. 43 arapaho415
    September 26, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    @latimes has some good information today.

    This is a BFD, that is getting little media attention:

    Hilariously enough, after I tweeted this, @StonefireGrill followed me:

    From the article:
    “California [is] home to 81,000 farms and ranches, but there remain areas of the state where getting fresh fruits and vegetables is difficult.

    ‘Farmers are at work in every county of this state, yet nearly 1 million of our residents live in areas known as food deserts,’ [CA Assemblyman John] Perez said during the address. ‘People who live in food deserts — mostly in cities, but in rural communities, too — have no ready access to fresh and affordable produce.’”

    snip /

    “The governor also signed a measure making it easier for people who live in condominiums and apartments to grow their own fruits and vegetables.”

    The biggest champion of getting fresh food to underserved communities has been @FLOTUS.

    I hope @mcottle is eating crow right now.

  12. 44 arapaho415
    September 26, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    And this…

    LA’s Union Station is awesome, and so centrally located — near Dodger Stadium, Chinatown, Little Tokyo and Downtown.

    Replacing the parking lot and getting good public transportation to those attractions will do A LOT to revitalize Cesar Chavez Boulevard (what Sunset Boulevard — which is globally known — turns into at Union Station, where it become the center of East LA life).

    So glad that the interior space of Union Station will be preserved with this proposed renovation.

    Glad to see that Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” lament is being reversed soon in LA, “they paved paradise, put up a parking lot…”

  13. 45 desertflower
    September 26, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Just got back from the grocery…a woman stopped to talk as I was putting food in my car…she noticed the scrub top I was wearing from a Boston hospital where my husband did some work (its purple, so she noticed). Looks like it might rain here and I mentioned that CA could use some of our rain, that the crops that everyone depends on are starved for water and there are people that have no water to drink. She didn’t realize the drought was so bad there. We live in our own little,sometimes selfish, bubbles…don’t we?

  14. 47 amk for obama
    September 26, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Why did the blonde put lipstick on her forehead?

    She was trying to make up her mind.

  15. 50 jacquelineoboomer
    September 26, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    In the good old days, she’d be stoned to death. By other women.

    (Sorry but couldn’t help myself.)

  16. 51 FoxfireTX
    September 26, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Ya know, this whole Ferguson scene is just so bad, I am starting to wonder how much of it is deliberate by those in power. It is hard to imagine that you could have such incompetence and sheer stupidity at every single level. At some point, you have to begin to believe it is deliberate. I mean REALLY?????? It take the DOJ to tell the Police Chief not to let the officers wear the Darren Wilson bracelets while on duty? Simply unbelievable And this idea that nothing can be done is just flat out wrong. There certainly is probable cause for an arrest which is all that is needed. What do you bet that this whole grand jury process would be over and done with in rapid fire order if Darren Wilson was sitting in jail without bail. My heart aches for the people of Ferguson.

    • September 26, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Could not agree with you more …

      • 53 FoxfireTX
        September 26, 2014 at 8:09 pm

        I do believe it is deliberate at this point, Bob, but for the life of me I can’t figure out what any of them will gain by this. Darren Wilson is done there, whatever the outcome, and it doesn’t make sense that they’re all putting their futures on the line for him. I simply don’t believe that. And at this point, they have to realize it is not going to end or go away. The longer this goes on, the more imprinted it will be in everyone’s mind and the more likely they will be all be voted out of office down the road. So just what is it they are hoping to gain? I’m usually pretty good at puzzles but this one has me totally stumped.

        • September 26, 2014 at 8:45 pm

          My simple answer, Foxfire – Mississippi’s State Flag.

          Those folk in Ferguson wearing DW arm bands are Confederates to their core. They’d all own, beat, rape, & hang slaves if they could. That’s what they are screaming, by their actions.

          We just don’t want to hear it; we just can’t believe that in 21st Century America anyone would behave that way.

          Fact is, the 3rd Reconstruction is just beginning, and for it to succeed everyone committed to it must realize that it will take at least one or two more generations.

          • 55 99ts
            September 26, 2014 at 8:57 pm

            I’m still having trouble believing how the racism came out from under with the election of PBO. Living so many thousands of miles away – I believed that racism in the US was done – that a country we admired had turned itself around …. and then I found I was dreaming a fool’s dream.

            From the moment Mike Brown died, every action of the town, the police and the county has been directed at creating havoc and inciting violence. If I hadn’t watched it, read about it & listened to TOD – I would never have believed it.

            • September 26, 2014 at 10:49 pm

              99, I could take you to places throughout America where you would think you had time traveled to 1850 in terms of the peoples’ attitudes about persons of color – some of those places are the backyards of the quite wealthy in the suburbs of Atlanta, St. Louis, Fort Worth, etc.

        • 57 FoxfireTX
          September 26, 2014 at 9:20 pm

          I do get the racism now, after living through the 2008 election in TX, but it just doesn’t make sense to me in Ferguson, or maybe it does. The hatred is so intense that nothing else matters. It was so shocking and so draining to me in the 2008 election, I don’t think I’ve ever really recovered. I had to stay upbeat for all the volunteers during the campaign so just tamped the emotions down, but come election night I couldn’t do it anymore. After checking my last polling place at 8:00, I refused all invitations and came home to be alone. I started crying when they announced his victory and couldn’t stop for three days. Given what I had witnessed in TX I was so fearful that the rest of the country wouldn’t come through. And I guess you’re both right, it will take a couple of more generations.

          I have to admit, I am very concerned about the generation coming up behind us. I marched for the first time against Viet Nam when I was 17. I watch my daughter, nieces, and nephews and they so take for granted everything that was fought for and gained. They are starting to wake up with the attacks on women’s rights, but are only slowly starting to understand that if you don’t keep fighting someone will take those freedoms they take for granted away. So perhaps we needed PBO to make the young ones understand they have to keep going. There simply has been far too much apathy in the last 25 years.

          • September 26, 2014 at 10:47 pm

            Ferguson is deep in the zone of racism. Had it not been for mobile phones, Twitter, YouTube, etc., Mike Brown could have been left in the street for days and the world would never have heard about it. And, the white folk in Ferguson would have carried on as if that was just the way a black boy should be treated.

            As I’ve listened to President Obama (and, well before he became President), he is always crystal clear of the necessity of young folk to engage, to never take for granted, and to realize the struggle for human rights and justice is an absolutely never ending process. My sense is that he will continue building community among young folk for the remainder of his life – the world will certainly be a better place than otherwise, if he does.

  17. 59 Ladyhawke
    September 26, 2014 at 7:38 pm


    And so, President Obama was right the other day when he said that we’re at a crossroads between fear and hope. The challenges that face the globe will continue and the changing demographics of America will not be altered. Those are simply the facts we have to deal with. It is on each of us to decide whether we respond out of fear or join the President in saying…

    For America, the choice is clear. We choose hope over fear. We see the future not as something out of our control, but as something we can shape for the better through concerted and collective effort. We reject fatalism or cynicism when it comes to human affairs; we choose to work for the world as it should be, as our children deserve it to be.


  18. 60 amk for obama
    September 26, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    What two things you can never eat for breakfast?


  19. 69 JER
    September 26, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    … Candidates under consideration [for AG] include:

    — Solicitor General Don Verrilli
    — Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York
    — Jenny Durkan, who recently announced she’s stepping down as U.S. attorney in Washington state
    — Labor Secretary Tom Perez
    — former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
    — Tony West, who recently resigned as the No. 3 at the Justice Department
    — and Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. …


  20. 70 Dakota
    September 26, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    We went to a matinee today. Woah!!! Saw “The Equalizer” with Denzel! Even though the movie was violent, the kind I don’t normally like watching, but I liked this one. And of course, Mr. Washington is always worth the price of admission.

  21. September 26, 2014 at 8:11 pm

  22. 74 0388jojothecat
    September 26, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Sorta off topic: Why are so many so-called liberals saying that “we” America has bombed another country and are at “war” against another country? ISIL/Daesh is not a county, they are a terrorist group that is invading countries like Iraq, turkey, and Syria is allowing them to setup haven there just like Afghanistan did for Al Queda. PBO is not doing anything different than what Clinton or Reagan did in attacking Al Queda and he is not doing what Bush did with nation building in Iraq. Iraq, Turkey, and even Syria is allowing the bombing to take these terrorists out but all you hear on teevee is we are “at war” with a country….no country is being named. This is so dishonest especially from the so-called left.

    • September 26, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      Simple answer, jojo – they hate President Obama and they are stupid.

      • September 26, 2014 at 10:08 pm

        I don’t think they hate the President. They are idealists, and ideologues.

        People like them are necessary in a society to remind us of our purest ideals. HOWEVER, governing has to be done in real life, in a complex world. Where you have to decide between values and ideals that come in CONFLICT with each other. What those emos are constantly doing is truncating reality; they are unable to deal with a situation AS A WHOLE. They’re good at saying how a particular decision doesn’t conform to the ideal, but they NEVER, or so rarely, consider how the ALTERNATIVE has bad consequences too. How the alternative creates BAD STUFF too.

        They hate relativism. They hate CHOOSING between the values you’re able to uphold and the ones you are forced to sacrifice (in part).

        I have no doubt that President Obama would have preferred a responsible debate in Congress. And constitutionally, there’s an argument to be made that he should get the approval of Congress for operations that carry such important consequences. However, faced with a Congress that is full of cowards who don’t want to take a difficult vote, a Congress that is basically a political clown show thanks to republicans, the President is forced to act by himself. Because rapid action is necessary. Because he wants to avoid showing the world the spectacle of a country that has a dysfunctional legislative branch. Because he wants to preserve the ability of the USA to exert leadership, conduct diplomacy and build alliances.

        Folks, the president needs our prayers, each and every day.

  23. 79 amk for obama
    September 26, 2014 at 8:19 pm

  24. 80 desertflower
    September 26, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    All hands on deck! How ANYONE can help Dems and never have to leave home to help out:)


  25. September 26, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    All my life, a spoon of sugar cured hiccups – but not tonight.

    Come on TODers, hic, help, hic, me, hic, out, hic, here.

    • 82 desertflower
      September 26, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      Failsafe:) Take a sip of water, hold it in your mouth and bend all the way over …do this all in slow motion….swallow the water while your head is down between your legs and then come back up VERY SLOWLY. Repeat the process if you need to. Works like a champ. As amk would say, you owe me a gazillion dollars!

      • 83 canadabarb4obama
        September 26, 2014 at 10:46 pm

        On the off chance this does not work, go outside, walk around the house 3 times, keeping your eyes peeled for the pink elephant.

  26. 84 FoxfireTX
    September 26, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    It’s been a long time since I’ve studied history in any detail. I just finished the 5th segment on the Roosevelt’s and am amazed by the parallels to PBO’s presidency. It’s all there, the vitriol, the partisanship, and even the determination to keep immigrants out of the country notwithstanding Hitler’s campaign to exterminate the Jews. And the same issues with WWII that we’re seeing now with the ME. While I believe that everything is exacerbated by the fact that PBO is black, it also makes me wonder if it takes a generation for a country to recover from a severe economic depression/recession. I suspect that once that feeling of any type of financial security is gone, it is almost impossible to recover it. In any event, it is astounding to compare the similarities in these two presidencies. BUT it may explain the reason that PBO handles it all so well. He is a great student of history and most likely was well aware of the reactions in the 30’s and 40’s. Not terribly different from what he’s seen the last six years.

    • 85 carolyn
      September 26, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Foxfire, you expressed exactly my thoughts when I watched that segment. It sounded just like today. And yes, the moneyed class and bankers hated FDR as much as they hate PBO. He was a “traitor to his class.”

      Their attitudes on the subjects you expressed sounded so familiar. The entire series is wonderful. I learned so much. One thing I learned was that the UN was FDR’s idea…..he was thinking long term, just like PBO. He had that idea at the beginning of the war. And yes, I suspect PBO is well aware, student of history that he is, of all that FDR went through.

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