The President’s Day


President Barack Obama speaks at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., about the fight against Ebola. The president is highlighting advances in research for an Ebola vaccine and pushing Congress to approve his request for $6.2 billion to confront the disease abroad and to secure against its spread in the United States






 President Barack Obama tours the Vaccine Research Center with Dr. Nancy Sullivan, U.S. Secretary of HHS Sylvia Burwell, and Dr. Anthony Fauci to talk about Ebola, during a visit to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland












118 Responses to “The President’s Day”

  1. 1 nathkatun7
    December 2, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Good evening NW! Another fabulous post. We have an amazing President.

    • 2 MightyPamela
      December 2, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      Nath! ⭐

    • 6 sherijr
      December 2, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      Yes we do nath ~ completely amazing.. congrats on first and my thanks also, Ms. Nerdy for keeping us so well informed 🙂

    • 8 arapaho415
      December 2, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      Congrats, Nath, well deserved #1.

      Think this is the first time for a year or more that we’ve been on TOD at the same time.

      Did the San Diego area get rain today?

      I’m 5 miles south of the Ronald Reagan library, and it’s rained during all of the daylight hours (not raining now).

      Great soaking rain, only rained hard for a few minutes around noon. Since it’s early in our rainy season, hope this picks up after the holidays in January — can’t wait for our parched brown hillsides to become green again.

      • 9 nathkatun7
        December 2, 2014 at 8:21 pm

        Thanks f\Arapaho. Yes we got plenty of rain and it’s still raining. But I am now off to work until 10PM our time, 1PM Eastern time. Blessings to all Toders. from my fellow SCalif. Dive carefully and stay safe.

    • 10 Nerdy Wonka
      December 2, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Thanks, Nath.

      Aaaaaand…yes, we do.

    • 11 jacquelineoboomer
      December 2, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Evenin’, nath. Congrats on 1st. And thanks for this important post, NW!

    • December 2, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Indeed Nath. We LOVE OUR PRESIDENT! Congrats on #1 🙂

      Thanks Nerdy for highlighting our President’s visit to NIH and his remarks on Ebola progress and funding for research and vaccines. Considering how much media attention Ebola got in the weeks and days leading up to the midterms, I’m just *shocked* at how little media coverage this got today…

    • December 2, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Yes we do, nath! Congrats!!

      NW, so appreciate each of your “President’s Day” posts. Thank you!

  2. December 2, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Thanks a traaaaaaaaazillion Nerdy!!!

  3. 20 JER
    December 2, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Pres Obama has a closed-door meeting tomorow with Turtle.

  4. December 2, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Listening to POTUS talking about the science, only POTUS can make it look like he knows what he is talking about when he has no idea what he is talking about.

  5. 35 jacquelineoboomer
    December 2, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    • 36 amk for obama
      December 2, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      But it’s true. ‘voters’ rewarded the traitorous thugs handsomely.

      • December 2, 2014 at 10:14 pm

        Well if there is another Government shutdown, just remember all those who couldn’t bother to go vote Nov. 4th. Kept your darn mouth shut.

      • 38 jacquelineoboomer
        December 2, 2014 at 10:22 pm

        If some of us Democrats had let a little thing like that stop us, we’d have given up when Reagan was elected. Not gonna happen.

        It’s a pendulum which WILL swing back. The wait is what makes it so hard, but the knowledge that we’ve seen this before is what lets us see that distant light at the end of the tunnel.

        • 39 amk for obama
          December 2, 2014 at 10:26 pm

          ironic that from raygun to dumbya to corrupt mcturtle, boner & co, the right wing has gotten worse, while the left has progressed from carter to clinton to PBO.

  6. 41 arapaho415
    December 2, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Posted these earlier today, but as usual, at the tailend of a thread:

    And Colbert never fails to crack me up (start giggling when I think of his getting on a dime-store horse ride impersonating Palin/teabaggers):

  7. 44 yardarm756
    December 2, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Lost in the Fifties-for the “geezers” among us.
    Almost brought tears with all the memories.


    • 45 Vicki
      December 2, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      Oh, Yardarm what a treat!!! Loved it. Thank you. The toys got me. Especially the jacks and old-fashioned roller skates. Add a jump rope and you have my childhood activites with my friends.

    • December 2, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      Nice share. If not for the first couple shots, I might have been duped into thinking these were the good old days for me. But, I take a bit of it and enjoy my share of childhood. Thanks !!

    • 48 jackiegrumbacher
      December 2, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      Geez, Yardarm, you really got me chocked up with all the memories–I remember every single one of these things. Thank you.

    • 51 arapaho415
      December 2, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      ‘Twas but a wee lass during the 1950s, but many of these references endured during the first part of the 1960s too, so definitely recognized most of them.

      I’ve been to NYC only twice, the first time in 1969 with my mother, who was eager to show me the automats (her most vivid recollection of NYC in the 1940s I think) which never made it to San Diego.

      And Hollywood’s Golden Age — (my fav was Audrey Hepburn) — always admired the shorter stars like Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor.

      I remember very well that my next door neighbor boy and I would be glued to the Superman TV show after school (must have been reruns because the George Reeve died in 1959, when I started 1st grade) — and then jump on the bed in an attempt to fly, which I’m sure didn’t please my Mom much.

      Thanks for the memories, yardarm.

  8. December 2, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Great collection of photos, NW. Love it when PBO gets to tour facilities and learn about their work.

  9. December 2, 2014 at 9:07 pm


    I’ve supported them from the beginning and through the horror caused by #60Minutes hack attack on the Founder of CAI. The Institute has persisted and is doing wonderful work.

  10. 58 jacquelineoboomer
    December 2, 2014 at 9:09 pm

  11. 59 vcprezofan2
    December 2, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    We are a nation of immigrants.

    For more than 200 years, that heritage has given America a big advantage over other countries. It has kept us young, dynamic, and entrepreneurial. But today, our immigration system is broken.

    When I took office, I committed to fixing our broken immigration system. I began by doing what I could to secure our borders. Today, we have more agents and technology deployed to secure our southern border than at any time in our history. Over the past six years, illegal border crossings have been cut by more than half. Although this summer, there was a brief spike in unaccompanied children being apprehended at our border, the number of such children is now actually lower than it’s been in nearly two years. Overall, the number of people trying to cross our border illegally is at its lowest level since the 1970s.

  12. 60 vcprezofan2
    December 2, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    ‘President Obama has said that he’s not interested in leading a national conversation on race. He’s busy having a different kind of conversation that’s going right over the heads of most pundits who are whining about leadership. ‘


    • December 2, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      I had meditated on Chris Rock’s comments for several hours before I wrote the letter to President Obama linked in the tweet, below.

      I agree that President Obama should not lead a ‘national conversation on race,’ because I do not think that Any black or brown person should lead that conversation.

      That conversation needs to be led by white folk and participated in by white folk because until white folk face the truth and reconcile THEIR racism, the problem will persist.

      My hope is that President Obama will challenge white Americans to take up the cause of #TruthAndReconciliation, and then just keep trucking with all he’s doing. He might give a Tim Wise, or a Nicholas Kristof, or Tom Hanks, or …. a call and encourage them to step forward and lead, but the malignancy of American Racism is for White Americans to admit and comprehensively vanquish.


  13. 82 jacquelineoboomer
    December 2, 2014 at 9:24 pm

  14. 83 vcprezofan2
    December 2, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    ‘The other day I suggested that one of the people we need to be listening to about this is Bryan Stevenson. He brings it all together for me when he says that these kinds of policies are the result of “a political vision that is fueled by fear and sustained by anger.” In the end, he sounds an awful lot like President Obama when he says that we have to find a “voice of hopefulness to turn these things around.” ‘

    Go read the post in its entirety if you haven’t already.


    • 84 vcprezofan2
      December 2, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      Frankly, I’m amazed that a week ago I’d never heard of Bryan Stevenson, and now I see him each time I turn. That’s good, as he has a strong and always timely message. It feels really good to see another leader who is not focused on himself gaining traction!

    • December 2, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      He is an inspiration, VC, for sure. I’ve listened to several of his presentations. However, as noted above, he and Rev Dr Barber and other fantastic POC should be and are sources of inspiration. It’s for us white folk to do the heavy lifting of #TruthAndReconciliation because WE are the problem and have been for hundreds of years.

      As a side note, 13+ Centuries of ‘institutional’ enslavement of Africans is a stain on Islam’s legacy and is only now being challenged, largely thanks to Twitter & YouTube! What was particularly perverse about those centuries of enslaving Africans is that their Muslim slave traders castrated the males to ensure no propagation from one generation of slaves to the next.

      Us humans have a lot of evolving to do before we emerge as an empathetic, truly civilized species.

  15. December 2, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Ok all, off to have some leftover turkey fricassee made by Mother of LL, black beans and rice, and some wine given to me by a grateful patron. See everyone on the flip.

  16. December 2, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Some new polls on the CLOWN CAR circus that is coming to a town near you in 2016.

    Mitt Rmoney beats all with 20% (there must be 20% of the population that are multi-millionaires)
    Dr. Ben Carson, the famous neurologist, who is also famous for saying palinesque things (and a great hater of POTUS) pulls 10%.
    Chris Christie is far down below with just 6%, followed by Rand Paul who made it just in time before they reach 100%.

    On the Dem side, like it or not, our presumptive front-runner that has yet to disclose her intentions, recorded 68%. But so did she in 2008.

    Whatever the CLOWN CAR circus is bringing to us, I am voting for a Democratic candidate, because on the other side, they are all scary and crazy.

  17. December 2, 2014 at 10:29 pm

  18. 107 jacquelineoboomer
    December 2, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    I still have a cousin and his family in this small town and spent many a summer vacation there at my aunt’s house when I was young. There’s no escaping racial profiling, no matter your small-town address.

  19. December 2, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed for someone fresh and uplifting with ideas to continue to move this nation ahead on the Crats side to enter the ring….forward we must go…not backwards…NO RERUNS PLEASE!!!!

    • December 2, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      That ‘new car smell’ that President Obama has not been the least be restrained in indicating is what is needed, Lynn, will emerge. We won’t be electing a Clinton in 2016 or any other flavor of Republican.

  20. 111 CEB
    December 2, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    So proud of our Scientist-in- Chief who believes in facts and reason; who knows that great break-throughs that benefit us all take time, dedication and funding. He is steady as a rock; through all the yelling and hyped-up media driven hysteria (which is all over now that the elections are done) he has been getting things done. We lost so much ground in scientific research and discovery because of the anti-intellectual Dubya years. In this areas, as in so many others, PBO is cleaning up the mess and putting us on the road forward for the betterment of our country and the world. I am so thankful that he came our way.
    I also just got the chance to see the video that shows how the 3D bust of PBO was made; that is so cool on so many levels.

  21. 112 jacquelineoboomer
    December 2, 2014 at 10:37 pm

  22. 113 amk for obama
    December 2, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Iran has made air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq in recent days, though not in co-ordination with the US, the Pentagon says.


  23. December 2, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    As it should be ….

  24. December 2, 2014 at 10:53 pm

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