The President and First Lady’s Day

President Obama shakes hands with military service members prior to a meeting with military senior leadership at the Pentagon on October 8



President Barack Obama meets with senior military leadership at the Pentagon in Arlington (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama participates in a conference call with state and local officials to discuss the Administration’s domestic preparedness response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, at the White House on October 8


Text of Remarks by the President in Conference Call here


Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, President Obama and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey sit in a meeting with Military Senior Leadership at the Pentagon on October 8, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. The President met with the military leaders for an update on the battle against ISIS.


Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and President Obama greet members of the military after attending meetings with military leadership at the Pentagon



First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a Fashion Education Workshop at the White House. The workshop was to connect students with leading fashion professionals to show what to take to succeed in the fashion industry


Text of remarks here


First Lady Michelle Obama hugs Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue magazine, after she was introduced by Wintour during a session of a Fashion Education Workshop


Fashion stylist Mary Alice Stephenson attends a session of a Fashion Education Workshop

First Lady Michelle Obama introduces Chelsea Chen, who won a design competition




Fashion designer Jason Wu applauds First Lady Michelle Obama as she hosts a luncheon and panel discussion


Fashion designer Phillip Lim takes a picture of First Lady Michelle Obama


Fashion designers Edward Wilkerson (L) and Thom Browne (R) applaud First Lady Michelle Obama


First Lady Michelle Obama hugs fashion designer Naeem Khan during a fashion construction workshop session at the first ever Fashion Education Workshop in the State Dining Room at the White House


First Lady Michelle Obama talks with young fashion design students

First Lady Michelle Obama visits the “Wearable Technology” workshop. Wearable technology is the integration of technology with fashion, like boots that charges cellphone, bras that detect cancer, compression shirts that monitor and record your heart rate, breathing rate and body temperature

101 Responses to “The President and First Lady’s Day”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    October 8, 2014 at 9:27 pm


  2. 22 amk for obama
    October 8, 2014 at 9:27 pm


  3. 26 smootchscotch
    October 8, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Hello all.

  4. 27 nospin
    October 8, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Hellooooo TOD

  5. 28 amk for obama
    October 8, 2014 at 9:31 pm

  6. 29 amk for obama
    October 8, 2014 at 9:35 pm

  7. 30 amk for obama
    October 8, 2014 at 9:35 pm

  8. October 8, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    GE TOD………..Wonderfull recap of the day NW!! ….Tally your boy is getting a nice sendoff 🙂

  9. October 8, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Ok, I’m fixing sidecars. Who’s having one?

  10. October 8, 2014 at 9:43 pm

  11. October 8, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Such B.S. ….my main man Phil Ivey beat the casinos at their own game…….now they don’t want to pay up

    LONDON — Ten-time World Series of Poker winner Phil Ivey has lost his case against a British casino he accused of improperly withholding his winnings.
    Britain’s High Court ruled Wednesday that Genting Casinos UK does not have to pay him the 7.7 million pounds ($12.4 million) he was seeking. The casino’s lawyers convinced the court that Ivey’s use of “edge sorting” tactics was not legitimate and that the casino did not have to pay. The casino said he essentially kept track of card values by watching for design imperfections on the backs of the cards. The 38-year-old Ivey said he was disappointed with the ruling….

    ….”I believe that what we did was a legitimate strategy — we did nothing more than exploit Crockfords’ failures to take proper steps to protect themselves against a player of my ability — clearly today, the judge did not agree.” Ivey claims he won the money during two days of playing baccarat at Crockfords, a Mayfair casino that is part of the Genting group, in August 2012….The ruling also could pose trouble for Ivey in his legal battle with the Borgata Casino in New Jersey. Borgata is suing Ivey for the $9.6 million he won using the same controversial edge-sorting technique while playing mini-baccarat in 2012….”

  12. 56 arapaho415
    October 8, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Last Tuesday I watched the livestream of Tim Gunn hosting a panel discussion of First Ladies — one of the panelists was representing the Smithsonian’s First Lady dress collection.

    When it came to @FLOTUS, Tim Gunn said something like “and now we’ve gotten to the *divine* Mrs. Obama, so it was obvious whose style he preferred, LOL.

    They took audience questions, and one questioner asked which First Lady style the panelists preferred — Tim Gunn and Tracy Reese said, “it’s obvious,” LOL.

    The women from the Smithsonian was the only person who didn’t select Michelle Obama (can’t remember who she selected, maybe Mrs. Coolidge).

    And everyone LOVED Tracy Reese’s 2012 DNC dress — she said she had sent the dress to the WH at their request, but didn’t know until she watched the convention that @FLOTUS had selected her (incredible) design.

  13. 59 hopefruit2
    October 8, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Traditional Media Spectacularly Misjudges Obama’s Political Strength

    // Since the beginning of the Obama presidency, American traditional media has tried to figure out the strengths and weaknesses of this president, using measuring sticks they had been honing since, oh, the mid 20th century. Using those lenses that haven’t been cleaned since the 70s, they have reached the almighty conclusion that Barack Obama has become a politically ineffectual – even toxic – black mark (pun intended) that even Democrats don’t want to get close to this election.

    And to be honest, there are a few foot-shooting Democrats making that case easier to make than it has to be. But the truth remains that the traditional media is badly misjudging this president’s political acumen and how he is asserting it, and this morning’s piece in the New York Times by Jonathan Martin is as good an example of the media’s sore need to catch up to today’s politics as any. For today’s discussion, I am going to ignore Martin’s gratuitous personal attack on the President as well as the fact that the President has recently been to many red states.

    …Where the traditional media is truly going with this is an attempt to set up a “heads I win, tails you lose” post-election punditry paradigm. If Democrats do well, they will say it happened because Democrats “distanced” themselves from the President. If Democrats do poorly, they’ll say Obama sank the party. Either way, Obama gets to be the pariah.

    What they don’t realize is that President Obama’s legacy – policy and political – far transcends 2014. The diverse coalition that devastated the Republican party twice is the template for any future Democratic success. The president’s ground operations have all but closed the door of the White House to present day Republicans – and if the media were being fair, that would in and of itself have been recognized as monumental.

    History will see Barack Obama as the most consequential president of the last 50 years, and nothing the media “analysts” can say will change that. //


    • 60 MadameSoph
      October 8, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks for highlighting this Hopefruit! Totally agree with Spandon’s last three paragraphs here (“where the traditional media….”).

      And our beautiful and awesome FLOTUS is out there working hard for Dems. It’s obvious how much people love her and want to hear and see her.

      • October 8, 2014 at 10:18 pm

        FLOTUS is also out there supporting her President, her husband. She reminds people what shape this country was in when POTUS walk into that oval office, then she reminds them how much we have improve. No things are the way we all would like, but they are a hell of alot better thanks to President Obama.

  14. 62 MadameSoph
    October 8, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Saw this today and laughed out loud:

  15. 63 arapaho415
    October 8, 2014 at 10:00 pm

  16. October 8, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Good Eeeeeeeving Family! 😀

  17. 78 jacquelineoboomer
    October 8, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    NW – Thank you for this post, darlin’! It’s so uplifting. Love it.

  18. 80 globalcitizenlinda
    October 8, 2014 at 10:18 pm

  19. October 8, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Any question why it was essential that SCOTUS stole the 2000 Election for GOP, beyond enabling vast profiteering by the #MIC, by #WallStreetCriminals, by tax evaders & ecological terrorists (aka #KochBro), the consolidation of SCOTUS as a tool of US kleptocrats is at the top of the list of correct answers.

    We may well not get a 2nd chance if we don’t decimate the GOP on 4 Nov.

    Yes We Can


  20. October 8, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    So, as a geeky aside: the last picture, where FLOTUS visits the wearable technology workshop, is a BFD. Personal med tech is the next wave of illness prevention. Imagine if you have in your home all the tech you need to detect diseases early? All of it included in your clothing, or available via apps on your smart(er) phone? If the technology is made cheaply enough and is available broadly enough, it could vastly decrease mortality from diseases which are killers today. And I’m not even touching on molecularly based treatments, which kill the disease without the side effects which today’s current treatments have. If we avoid blowing ourselves up, the future promises to be very bright indeed.

    • 85 carolyn
      October 8, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      My husband and I have been made acutely aware of side effects of cures the past two months. He was diagnosed with diverticulitis, and given two very strong antibiotics for it: cipro and flagyl. Well, they cured the disease all right, but in the process of killing the disease, killed the good bacteria, and the evil, bad bacteria had a field day in his intestines, and he got C. Diff. a terrible, and contagious infection. Fortunately for us, the doctor in the ER figured out what he had from our description, but also got the proper cultures taken, and got the diagnosis so he could start the treatment…..which, of course, was more antibiotics. Fortunately, not the same antibiotics. He is now on the road to recovery. The C, Diff is gone, but the recovery is slow……he is much better, and gaining strength and health every day, but it will be a slow climb we’ve been told. Anything in the intestines is slow healing.

      As we’ve noted, before his ailments have been heart related, so open heart surgery….six weeks later, playing handball! Two stints, a week later walking and driving….a pacemaker implanted, 24 hours later wow! There is no silver bullet to heal the intestines. We are thankful for Medicare and Tricare for life. The Vancomycin, for the C.Diff is a very expensive drug, not even all pharmacies can afford to carry it, but with our wonderful Tricare for life, it cost us $5.00! Every American should have this.

      So, LL, I am looking forward to the day when the treatments do not cause another disease!!!

  21. 87 jacquelineoboomer
    October 8, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    I was only inside the Pentagon once for all-day meetings, but it was like a small city in there! They have everything one would need to keep “the watch,” 24/7.

  22. 88 Dudette
    October 8, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    You should see this video (just shown on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show)

  23. 89 Dudette
    October 8, 2014 at 10:42 pm

  24. 90 jacquelineoboomer
    October 8, 2014 at 10:45 pm

  25. 92 Dudette
    October 8, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Dumb as rocks, mean as snakes.

  26. 94 MightyPamela
    October 8, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Oh, those Obamas, always doing cool stuff! ❤ ❤

    • 96 desertflower
      October 8, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      this will get you to the MUST SEE video that Dudette posted the story for…thought that the video would just post here…not so much:) Night all. Long day.

  27. 97 Dudette
    October 8, 2014 at 11:03 pm

  28. 98 vcprezofan2
    October 8, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Here’s a Peoples View post that I missed that covers exactly how I have been feeling about Allison Grimes, and I didn’t even know someone had written it down. Last time I saw one of her ads I remember thinking ‘For god’s sake, that’s so simplistic!’ IMO Grimes would do well to listen to what Mr. LaFauci says to her here.

    Dumbing Down of Prominent Senatorial Campaigns
    Trevor LaFauci September 30, 2014

    My message to three prominent Democrats running for Senate is simple:

    For the love of dog, please stop what you’re doing immediately.

    I’m serious. It’s gotten to the point now where you are embarrassing the party. I mean when Jon Stewart shows your campaigns ads and then states, “Uh, that was actually the Democratic candidate for Senate…” then you’ve gone too far. Stop trying to out Average Joe your Republican opponent and focus on substance. As Joe Biden said back in February, the American people agree with the Democratic Party on every major issue. Every. Major. One. It’s time to actually assume your voters are intelligent and engage them in meaningful conversation rather than pretending to be their BFF. There’s simply too much at stake not to do so.
    To Allison Lundergan Grimes:

    You started off so well and yet now I have no idea who you are or what you stand for. Your latest gun-toting ad made me vomit in my mouth. For the love of dog, stop what you’re doing and fire your campaign manager. Stop trying to be a new and improved Mitch McConnell. People hate Mitch McConnell. When you started off your campaign, you attacked him for being what’s wrong with Washington and yet now you seem to be trying to paint yourself as a Mitch Version 2.0. Stop trying to distance yourself of Barack Obama. Stop selling out to big coal. Stop threatening to turn back EPA regulations. Are you really a Democrat, or are you just a Republican lite?

    My point, Allison, is this. People are tired of Mitch McConnell and his policies. So, start talking about your policies! The fact that you have ignored the success of Kentucky’s state-based health care exchange that was set up by the ACA is a travesty. Your state’s uninsured rate fell by 40%! For the love of dog, use this in your campaign. …….


  29. 99 vcprezofan2
    October 8, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Sweet dreams, you all! I think I’d better get some shut eye tonight.

  30. 101 Dudette
    October 8, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Ha! I thought it was a joke…

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