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The President (And Desert Flower) in Phoenix

12:45 EST: The President delivers remarks on Housing and the Middle Class,ย Central High School, Phoenix, Arizona


136 Responses to “The President (And Desert Flower) in Phoenix”


  1. 1 sabreen60
    January 8, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Can’t wait!

  2. 6 GGail
    January 8, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Chips, df is gonna frame these Posts for eternity ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 9 JER
    January 8, 2015 at 12:33 pm

  4. 10 vcprezofan2
    January 8, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Yea, Welcome, PBO! Desertflower and Jaskie4O are extremely happy that you dropped by!

    • 11 vcprezofan2
      January 8, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      You guys know how PBO usually includes a personal story about someone in the audience? Wouldn’t it be a hoot if he chooses to highlight Desertf’s (housing) story, and then does his usual ‘Where is Desertf? I believe she’s here today. ….There she is!’ That would be awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

      • January 8, 2015 at 12:42 pm

        It would be awesome VC, but I just don’t want to see DF being stretchered out of the place having fainted ๐Ÿ™‚

        • 13 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          January 8, 2015 at 12:44 pm

          LOLLLLLLLLLLLL…YOU GUYS ARE MAKING ME LAUGH!..YOU GO DESERTFLOWER!!!!!

        • 14 vcprezofan2
          January 8, 2015 at 12:44 pm

          No, no, CC. She’d wait to faint until after! Given that this is an experience she’s been hoping to ‘experience’ for years now, she would not dare faint while it’s happening! You hear me, Df?!! ๐Ÿ˜€

          • 15 GGail
            January 8, 2015 at 12:50 pm

            If she doesn’t faint during this ocurrance, then she will be seen with water flowing out of her eyes, nose and mouth and will be mortified that she didn’t just fall out with faint

            • 16 vcprezofan2
              January 8, 2015 at 12:53 pm

              Not our Df; she is made of sterner stuff when the lights are on (or she brought lots of kleenex with her). Or maybe, she’s like me – would rather laugh a bit (ie. chuckle) than have watery eyes in public. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • 17 Judith Fardig
        January 8, 2015 at 1:28 pm

        That would totally make her year!

        • 18 vcprezofan2
          January 8, 2015 at 1:29 pm

          He chose Lorraine. Good story, but not Desertf, because Lorraine is retired. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m still looking for Df though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 20 vcprezofan2
      January 8, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      Thanks for that, NerdyW. I got quite a bit of the excitement in the atmosphere, even with lots of buffering problems. (buffering probs = one of the rare times I wish I lived ‘closer to the action’)

    • 21 GGail
      January 8, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      NW, thanks!

  5. January 8, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    I hope they figure this out:

    • 23 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 8, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      YES…THEY NEED TO FIGURE THIS OUT…THIS IS NOT GOOD!…:(

      • 24 idon
        January 8, 2015 at 2:13 pm

        Yep. Malia is very private so she must be horrified. I can’t even imagine Mama and Papa Bear’s reactions.

    • January 8, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      meta, is the FBI looking into how Malia selfie ended up on instagram?

    • 27 yardarm756
      January 8, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      This kinda stuff will happen when your phone is somehow attached to the “cloud”. People use it to store their vids and pics in case the ones in the phone get erased.

    • 28 vcprezofan2
      January 8, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      According to the article it’s Fox News that’s claiming the WH is looking into the selfie … so I’ll wait for further developments.

      // …………………….

      Now, Fox News is reporting that the White House is looking into how the selfie ended up on the internet in the first place, and while the world is still not 100 percent sure if the image is even real, Michelle Obama has strict social media rules for her daughters so this selfie making its way around rap blogs is something she’s probably not too happy with.
      ………………… //

  6. 31 Judith Fardig
    January 8, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    What anticipation! Can imagine what DF is feeling. Congratulations to Sabreen on topping the replies.

  7. 32 HZ
    January 8, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Hello to my Chips, Danny O’ and my TOD family. So wonderful to try to catch up and be here today. I have on one of my trays in my sitting area of the bedroom a personal note that was done by a wonderful artist in Pasadena that reads: ” Life is a gift each day to open up with as much grace as you can with the help of mercy.” I surely cherish that personal note during these wonderful golden days..

    Df, enjoy our wonderful President today. He keeps doing his wonderful work, no matter what comes his way. May the grace of goodness and strength of the loving thoughts, prayers, and words of encouragement be with him from our TOD family.

    Chips, hope my Danny is doing well in all of the weather changes. You can send him out here on the west coast and stay with me for a little vacation in the sun with a small blanket or throw for him to keep the slight chill off. I would love to have the visit. Granny can dream, right.
    POB always tells us to “Dream Big.” Just listening to our great President of the United States of America.

    I hope Fred, Cookmom, Alycee, and all of our TOD family members are doing great. I love you all so dearly. HZ

    • 33 GGail
      January 8, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      HZ, it’s good to “see” you today. You take care of yourself {{{{{HZ}}}}}

    • January 8, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      {{{{{{{{HZ}}}}}}} I love you too much to send you Danny for a vacation, I want your home to remain upright!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 36 HZ
        January 8, 2015 at 1:59 pm

        I know my dear Chips, but he would love these sunny days and lots playtime fun. I think we both could manage the uprightness of the house because he is such a gentleman. {{{{{{{{{{{{{ Danny, granny will always love you.}}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

      • 37 57andfemale
        January 8, 2015 at 2:18 pm

        The funniest Pearl story: she figured out how to get out of her sweater during the night, even with the straps around her back legs. Of course I put the sweater back on her as she ventured out into the Arctic this morning. When she came back in, she was trying to remember how she got out of the sweater: she rolled around, stretching her back leg behind her, trying to roll the strap off the leg. She wasn’t having much success, but she was sticking with it as I left for work.

        Mr. 57 just called me: she was teasing Kasper, and then lifted the leg with the strap to try to get him to grab the strap in his mouth. He finally did it, she wiggled her leg out of the strap, and the sweater was off in a few seconds.

        That’s my girl!

    • 39 vcprezofan2
      January 8, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      Hello there, {{{HZ}}}! Wishing you a blessed and happy 2015!

      • 40 HZ
        January 8, 2015 at 2:02 pm

        {{{{{{{{{{{{{ TY, vc. }}}}}}}}}}}} I am fine. May your 2015 be a glorious and full of fun and joy throughout. You give me so much joy just reading your comments with so many wonderful topics to share. Thanks for all that you bring daily to the family,Vc. Love you back as well.HZ

  8. 41 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 8, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    THIS IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITING…IS DESERTFLOWER STILL STANDING UP??????

  9. 42 Vicki
    January 8, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    No countrywide television coverage of The President of The United States delivering a planned and publicized speech.

    Don’t tell me that we have a free press.
    That is as much a myth here as it is in any acknowledged fascist country. By fascist I mean Corporations own the media and substantial portions of the government.

  10. 44 Linda
    January 8, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Joe Manchin makes me sick

    The Republican Plan To Force The Approval Of Keystone XL Is On The Verge Of Collapse

    http://www.politicususa.com/2015/01/08/republican-plan-force-approval-keystone-xl-verge-collapse.html

  11. 45 Vicki
    January 8, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    CSPAN3 is re-running a discussion of US military bases abroad. The person talking is addressing a room with about 1/2 dozen audience members. So far the audience is not snoring audibly.

    THIS is instead of covering POTUS speaking LIVE to a crowded enthusiatic gymnasium. (Not to mention desertflower in attendance.)

  12. 50 JER
    January 8, 2015 at 12:58 pm

  13. 51 MadameSoph
    January 8, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Popped in just before work and saw that Desert Flower is in attendance for a PBO speech! Sooooo jealous but also soooo happy for her and can’t wait to hear all the details and (maybe?) get a glimpse of her there. Love to all!

  14. 52 Linda
    January 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) โ€” Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin was elected to a third two-year term by state lawmakers on Thursday, in an election prompted by his failure to win a majority of the popular vote in November.

    Shumlin defeated Republican Scott Milne by a vote of 110-to-69 in a joint session of the Vermont Legislature, an outcome that was expected given the strong majorities in both the House and Senate held by Shumlin’s fellow Democrats.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/peter-shumlin-elected-vermont-governor

  15. January 8, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I just say our Mayor and his wife Nicole. She used to work at my firm.

  16. 56 GGail
    January 8, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    I’m ready to push my boss out of the office!

  17. 59 GGail
    January 8, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I’m sitting here grinning from ear to ear

  18. January 8, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I’M CRAZY GIDDY FOR DF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. January 8, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Handsome POTUS is HANDSOME

  20. 65 GGail
    January 8, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    He is so cute and funny!

  21. January 8, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    POTUS, you might be right about those crazy ass Republicans wishing you were in space, but for two years not just one. But you are in the right space, we elected you too, the White House.

  22. 68 Nerdy Wonka
    January 8, 2015 at 1:20 pm

  23. 71 Don
    January 8, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    So the Republicans are scrambling to come up with the 67 votes that are needed to override a possible veto of the Keystone pipeline. Once again the Republicans have won the battle but lost the war. Yes they have both houses of government but unfortunately they have shit to show for it. It isnโ€™t going to get any easier going forward. If the Republicans want anything from President Obama they are going to have to come with their hats in their hands begging.

    p.s. on a side note, I love the fact that President Obama is doing a preemptive strike on his own State of the Union speech. I like the way he sits back and spring his traps at the right time. You are witnessing a master politician at work.

  24. 75 GGail
    January 8, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    He has me sitting here with tears in my eyes.

  25. 76 GGail
    January 8, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Uh Oh, he spanked the podium – just for DF ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  26. January 8, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Oh, darn, they shut down the feed!

    Here’s hoping df gets at least a hand shake!

    • 78 Vicki
      January 8, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      In reference to your previous observation regarding PBO’s appearance, meta, Yes POTUS is very handsome and I think Julian Castro is darling. A very appealing face and manner. Do you agree?

      • January 8, 2015 at 1:39 pm

        Yes, he’s a great politician as well. I’ve had my eye on his progress for a long time.

        I’ve also read that HRC is courting him for something or other. I’m sure she’s checking off the boxes.

        • 80 Don
          January 8, 2015 at 1:41 pm

          I just hope Mr. Castro is very careful if he’s going to have anything to do with the Clitons.

          • January 8, 2015 at 1:46 pm

            That’s exactly my sentiment, Don. I’m hoping he’s smart enough to see through their game.

            • 82 HZ
              January 8, 2015 at 2:31 pm

              I hope that Sec. Julian Castro will be cautious in his steps and make sure that his mentors are those of pure goodness of heart, mind, and action. He and his brother have a great future of service in this country. We shall always keep a good word of goodness going forth to their space.

              Meta, I hope that we will be able to work with all our might for the Senate seat of our Senator, Barbara Boxer. She has stated that she will not run again in 2016. We have a lot to do from now until Jan.2017. Lord, give us wisdom and collective strength. HZ

              • January 8, 2015 at 3:25 pm

                Greetings, my dear HZ! A very happy and healthy New Year to you.

                YES, indeed, we will work hard to hold BBoxer’s seat, no doubt about that. She made too many gains to see them go by the wayside. I’m anxious to see who thinks they’re worthy of her seat. Stay tuned!

                • 84 Judith Fardig
                  January 8, 2015 at 4:29 pm

                  Dear Californians – who do you see as the strongest front-runner for Boxer’s seat? I had no idea she was 74. She sure doesn’t look it!

  27. 85 Vicki
    January 8, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Terrific speech once again.
    Not only “America is Coming back”
    but—-also—
    “Everything the GOP told you is Wrong.” LOVE IT!!!!

  28. 87 GGail
    January 8, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    He turned around and acknowledged the bleacher crowd! He is so wonderful !

  29. 88 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 8, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    I WATCHED ABC 15….IT WAS SO GOOD TO SEE HIM IN ARIZONA…NICE AND WARM…………………AS ALWAYS…WE ARE SO BLESSED TO HAVE THIS PRESIDENT…I LOVE HIM TO PIECES….AM OFF TO SCRUB THE BATHROOM FLOOR…I WAITED AWHILE FOR THE SCRUBBING FAIRY…BUT NOONE SHOWED UP…SO MR. CLEAN AND I ARE GOING FOR A SLIDE WITH THE MOP!…ENJOY THE SUNSHINE DEAR EQUALIZER PRESIDENT!!!!!…YOU MAKE MY DAY!

    • 89 GGail
      January 8, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      Slip slide away Sue ๐Ÿ˜€

      • 90 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        January 8, 2015 at 3:00 pm

        VERY FUNNY GGAIL…IT WAS LOTS OF FUN…BUT NOT SOMETHING I WANT TO DO EVERYDAY…ESPECIALLY THE TOILET BOWL TANGO…BTW…DID YOU SEE THE RECENT STORY ABOUT THE WOMAN WHO WAS PLUNGING HERS AND A 5 1/2 FOOT SNAKE CAME UP…NOW I KNOW WHERE THE TIDY BOWL MAN WENT…MYSTERY SOLVED!

  30. 91 Nerdy Wonka
    January 8, 2015 at 1:42 pm

  31. 93 JER
    January 8, 2015 at 1:46 pm

  32. 96 JER
    January 8, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    LIVE NOW: Awaiting President Obama’s departure from Phoenix – http://www.azcentral.com/videos/news/local/phoenix/2015/01/08/1881222/

  33. January 8, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Good lord, I registered on WP 4 years ago.

    Morning all.

  34. 99 JER
    January 8, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Here you are, GGail…

  35. 105 Linda
    January 8, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Mark Kelly is going back to DC on AF1. I just saw him boarding at the back end

  36. January 8, 2015 at 1:59 pm

  37. 108 JER
    January 8, 2015 at 2:04 pm

  38. 112 vcprezofan2
    January 8, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. โ€“ As part of President Obamaโ€™s commitment to empowering American Indian and Alaska Native tribal nations and strengthening their economies, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Indian Affairs Director Michael Black today joined Seminole Tribal Chairman James E. Billie to formally approve tribal leasing regulations that will help spur investment and commercial development on the Seminole Tribeโ€™s reservations.

    Upon approval of the tribal regulations by the Department of the Interior, tribes may approve land leases without Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) approval, fostering tribal self-governance in the approval of leases for homes and small businesses in Indian Country.

    โ€œThe Seminole Tribe of Florida will now decide for itself how it wants to do business on its lands โ€“ from making it easier for families to buy and build houses to opening businesses in the communities where they have lived for generations,โ€ said Secretary Jewell, who also serves as chair of the White House Council on Native American Affairs. โ€œTodayโ€™s agreement will encourage economic development and help create jobs while strengthening tribal sovereignty and self-determination by putting these decisions back in the hands of the tribe.โ€
    ………………………… //

  39. 113 vcprezofan2
    January 8, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Interesting idea?

    • 114 GGail
      January 8, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      Yes it is vc and we here in California are also looking into providing the native animals a way around us invaders.

      • 115 vcprezofan2
        January 8, 2015 at 2:25 pm

        I can actually imagine the way around us – tho, I confess I would initially be hesitant to drive under bridges with animals crossing overhead. I mean, what if one decided s/he wanted to get a closer look at me? ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • 116 MightyPamela
          January 8, 2015 at 5:48 pm

          Pretty sure wild animals would rather not see any of us. ๐Ÿป

        • 118 mtmarilyn
          January 8, 2015 at 6:45 pm

          We have several here in MT and they work wonderful. I love driving under them knowing the animals can cross safely. I have cameras on one and it shows just how much the animals use them. I am so glad they have started putting these up. They are saving both human and animal lives.

          • 119 vcprezofan2
            January 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm

            Cool to hear they actually work for the animals, MtM. A few commenters on the article were raising doubts that the animals would use them as they are so exposed.

    • 120 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 8, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      PERFECT I LOVE THIS…ALTHOUGH I IMAGINE THERE WILL BE FOUL RESPONSES FROM THOSE IN TAXIDERMY…CUTTING BACK ON THEIR FOWL INTAKE!….AND THAT OH SO ENJOYABLE ROADKILL BREAKFAST…I HAVE TO SHUT-UP NOW!

    • 121 jackiegrumbacher
      January 8, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      What a great, humane idea.

  40. 123 vcprezofan2
    January 8, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Hey Alma-Bee, I only now discovered this – of course, since you aren’t going deep-sea diving, etc I’m not too concerned you’ll try to bring back any protected corals or shells. Phew!

  41. January 8, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    • 125 HZ
      January 8, 2015 at 2:43 pm

      Bobfr, we love our AG Holder and hope for the best to come out of this meeting for all of us. AG Holder is so dear to me, and I know that he will be a great resource. POB has some of the most brilliant, compassionate, and professional people working in his Administration, and we thank him so much.

      A blessed New Year to you, Bobfr. I had not been able to greet you. I am reading a great book and I thought of you as I am finishing it. “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.” Atul Gawande. POTUS picked this one as one of his seasonal reading stash.. Great choice and very informative. Hope you will be able to read it, if you haven’t already. HZ

  42. January 8, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I just got back to my car and can not get this smile off my face:) it has to sink in… I promise that after I get some food and get home, that I will share this amazing day. Might I just say that supporters of PBO are the nicest people with kind hearts. bbl

  43. 133 Linda
    January 8, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Joy Reid just announced that ” Robert Muller ” has cleared the NFL saying there is NO evidence that they had seen the elevator video.

    I think I will wait for Admiral ” Mullen’s ” official report.

  44. January 8, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Chat on! Dyyyyying to hear DF’s report, see you all later!

    http://theobamadiary.com/2015/01/08/chat-away-489/

  45. 136 Linda
    January 8, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    PolitiFact Busts Mitch McConnell For Trying to Steal President Obamaโ€™s Economic Record

    http://www.politicususa.com/2015/01/08/false-mitch-mcconnell-claims-economy-improved-expectation-gop-congress.html

    They rated it ” False ” when it really should be “Pants on Fire “, IMO


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