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The President’s Day

Children wave at President Barack Obama’s motorcade as he visits Phoenix on Jan. 8

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People wait in line to get into Central High School in Phoenix to see President Obama speak

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President Barack Obama speaks about housing and home ownership and announces a cut in mortgage insurance premiums on Federal Housing Administration loans, at Central High School in Phoenix

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President Obama, joined by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro speaks outside a home in a housing development in Phoenix

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President Obama, joined by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, left, and Chicanos Por La Causa’s Edmundo Hidalgo, right, and David Adame, speaks outside a home in a housing development in Phoenix

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U.S. President Barack Obama greets a woman and child during a visit to a Phoenix neighborhood

A woman is surprised when she runs into President Barack Obama in her neighborhood

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@dougmillsnyt: President Obama board Air Force One in AZ, for his trip back the Washington.

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President Barack Obama signs a condolences book during a visit to the French Embassy

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President Obama stands with France’s Ambassador to the United States Gerard Araud as he pays his respects over the attack at the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, during a visit to the French Embassy in Washington

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137 Responses to “The President’s Day”


  1. January 8, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    โค WOW! NW! Rocking!

  2. 2 amk for obama
    January 8, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    nice going, bt. you just trampled all over vc’s bt debut.

    • 3 vcprezofan2
      January 8, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      No trampling. All’s good. I wasn’t sure if they were both caught in traffic and couldn’t make it back.

      • 4 MightyPamela
        January 8, 2015 at 9:54 pm

        My iphone felt like it was in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Interstate at 75mph!! I was busting it to get all those threads open, and even found myself on first (somehow).. giddy. Yes. Giddy.

        • 5 vcprezofan2
          January 8, 2015 at 9:59 pm

          Good stepping, MP! ๐Ÿ˜€ I can never access the village properly on my phone – I can maybe read, but can’t manoeuvre enough to answer as well, so I gave up on trying. You’re a star!

          • 6 MightyPamela
            January 8, 2015 at 10:18 pm

            Well, it was so very weird, as I had so low a signal, I walked down the hall to strengthen it and BeHold!! Your post opened, I was boggled, typed in a note, and heard my email chime. Popped over there, and NW had posted as well, within 5 minutes, so I was even more boggled!! And for me, this is the new/old iPhone4 my daughter gave me, which still kind of kicks my booty, if you know what I mean. !

            • 7 vcprezofan2
              January 8, 2015 at 10:21 pm

              Nice system you have going there with your daughter – you get the new old phone while she moves up to the new-er. It used to bug me when offspring was younger that they’d bring out a new gaming system each year when the previous one was perfectly fine! Money grab for sure – luckily he was not a fussy child.

    • 15 GGail
      January 8, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      Please don’t post it tonight, I want to be awake to see its debut

    • January 8, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      Not Nerdy’s fault Flower, mine ๐Ÿ™‚

    • January 8, 2015 at 9:26 pm

      When do we have the pleasure of seeing VC’s debut … maybe tomorrow morning … or ??

  3. 26 GGail
    January 8, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Guess I wasn’t meant to be First

  4. 27 vcprezofan2
    January 8, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    There you are! I love the nice, clear pics, NerdyW.

  5. January 8, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Magnifico, Nerdy, what an amazing day – thank you Legend!!

  6. January 8, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Congrats on 1st MP!!

    NW – FANTASTIC PHOTOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and more!!!!!!!!!! Thank you

  7. January 8, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    A slew of updates, via RTs, at the sidebar, but wanted to share ….

  8. January 8, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    To Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Bravo to NOLA on being the first city to end veterans homelessness. A great job.

  9. 43 vcprezofan2
    January 8, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    I’ve now looked through all the pictures very carefully, yet was unable to locate Desertf.

  10. 47 GGail
    January 8, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Sadly, I’m discovering that post with a lot of pictures or tweets have a really really hard time loading on my phone. I saw the Leave a Comment, but, couldn’t leave a comment because the pics were still loading ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Shorties are my best chance via my phone. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 48 MightyPamela
      January 8, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      GGail, it is because I was up here in Seattle, driving my iPhone across TOD TWO POSTS AT ONE TIME!! Never happened before, and couldn’t even find VC’s debut post when I finally got my feet back on the carpet! Sorry, stuff happens.

  11. January 8, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Couple of items regarding President Obama’s always inspiring and very pragmatic speeches – yesterday’s and today’s:

    1. Do be sure not to miss his right hand as he mentions #OBAMACARE during his FordMoCo speech ๐Ÿ˜‰
    2. You’ll notice that he mentioned a very specific person, yesterday and today, and told their story – will not surprise me a tad if those two (and, likely, whomever he highlights during his Edu speech tomorrow) are sitting near First Lady Obama during #SOTU ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yes We Can

  12. January 8, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    NerdyW, even though I may have seen many or most of the events of the day, there’s always so much more that you bring here that I missed. Thank you for the stellar work you do each and every day. You are truly and greatly appreciated.

  13. 57 amk for obama
    January 8, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    so, df got hitched yet?

  14. 60 jacquelineoboomer
    January 8, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    One beautiful post, NW! Good evening, all!

  15. 65 Nerdy Wonka
    January 8, 2015 at 9:37 pm

  16. 68 Nerdy Wonka
    January 8, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    • 69 MightyPamela
      January 8, 2015 at 10:26 pm

      And that even funnier moment when you are seen all across the InterWebz looking like a real mom, with a two year old… trying not to faint!! Umm,

  17. 70 amk for obama
    January 8, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    US will close 15 military bases across Europe, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel confirms, to save the Pentagon $500m (ยฃ300m) a year.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-30731926

    cue rethugs’ and msm’s spluttering.

  18. January 8, 2015 at 10:00 pm

  19. 73 vcprezofan2
    January 8, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Check out the colours here!

    • 74 arapaho415
      January 8, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      The best sunsets I’ve seen in the lower 48 have been in Arizona/New Mexico (haven’t spent much time in Utah, though).

      360 degree sunsets are not uncommon, and there’s usually clouds to for amazing colors to reflect off of (unlike SoCal, which gets very few clouds).

      Best plane trip I took was from Denver to LAX at sunset during the summer, when you can set your watch by the thunderstorms that roll in about 4 pm. It was sunset the entire trip, all the clouds pink and purple with flashes of lightning. Just gorgeous the whole way, until we passed the SoCal desert — no clouds at all over LA.

      • 75 vcprezofan2
        January 8, 2015 at 10:29 pm

        You CA people are odd – one told me recently she loves to fly, highlighting takeoff and landing, by far the queasiest part. Now you are in ecstasy about ‘purple flashes of lightning’ from thunderstorms WHILE IN THE AIR! Very odd, if you ask me. Me, I like the colours from the safety of the ground, thank you very much.

        • 76 jacquelineoboomer
          January 8, 2015 at 10:31 pm

          I’m not a CA person, but I love takeoffs, too!

        • 80 arapaho415
          January 8, 2015 at 10:36 pm

          “You CA people are odd”…

          LOL, you got that right!

          I personally hate to fly; have been on more plane trips than I care to remember, but miraculously have never had a bad experience on any flight.

          I was quite trepidatious about taking off in the lightning/thunderstorm, but once you’re up in the air, you’re committed to that space until you reach your destination.

          The 2-hour sunset was an amazing experience, though.

          • 81 vcprezofan2
            January 8, 2015 at 10:41 pm

            ‘once youโ€™re up in the air, youโ€™re committed to that space until you reach your destination.’

            So smart, non-CA haters of plane travel, like me, fasten their eyes in a very good, very well written book and try to transport themselves into ‘another world’ until the plane wheels touch ground again.

      • 82 0388jojothecat
        January 8, 2015 at 10:42 pm

        I had no idea Denver Colorado had such crazy weather. I was in CO in early October and one minute it was warm and sunny the next minutes in was windy, stormy, thunder and lightening. All flights were canceled and the day Denver International was so crazy. I must admit we don’t have a lot of clouds unless there is chance of rain. That’s why I love the fall and winter because we get so many clouds and beautiful sunsets.

  20. January 8, 2015 at 10:05 pm

  21. January 8, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Thanks Nerdy for this EXCELLENT summary of our President’s amazing day! Chuck full of important announcements aimed at bringing opportunity to the people…PBO won the day and he also won Twitter with his top trending announcement on community college education. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. January 8, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    AWesomeness….i am running out superlative adjectives to describe your posts……

    Thank You for all you do….

  23. 89 yardarm756
    January 8, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    PBO:A paragon of class, style and civility……..Watch and learn young’ns.

  24. January 8, 2015 at 10:19 pm

  25. 91 desertflower
    January 8, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    Ok people! I am FINALLY here! Eating dinner, but I have to get this started as promised:) Today was surreal. Everything went like clockwork, so smooth and organized, just like this man runs govt. Smooth and organized. I woke at 4:30 this morning…cat napped all last night because I couldn’t turn off my excitement and was so afraid I’d miss the alarm, I suppose. Dropped my son at work at 7am, stopped for gas, which, by the way, I paid $ 1.69/gal for!! Made my way to the freeway and down to the parking lot at a large church that we were about to park our cars and be shuttled to the venue.

    Everyone, and I mean everyone, from the security in the parking lot, to the bus drivers, were thrilled and honored to be doing what they did today because the President was here. I spoke to everyone ( that’s what I do!) and they all were just filled with pride. Nice to see when all you normally hear from AZ is nuts and crazies. These were good people…regular folks, just thrilled that the President took time to come to our town.

    When I got on the bus that would shuttle us to the high school, everyone was in such a good mood! Wonder why:) Lines were outrageously long, but moved very quickly and orderly….they broke the line into 2 as we got closer to the school….gold tickets in one line, red and green in another. My ticket was green. I have no idea what that meant, nor did I really care….I was going to see this man speak come hell or high water! Well, as hundreds of people are standing in line, my green ticket allowed me to just keep walking past all those other people that were standing in line! Everytime I came to another group of volunteers, I’d show them my ticket and they kept moving me along, all the way up to security…it was like the airport with the xray machines and body wands….Secret Service was there, Phx. police, canines, it was crazy…but boy, did I feel SAFE!

    Naturally, I met people in line that I sat close to…one of them met up with a friend that actually got the ticket for her and she went to sit with him…It was at this time that I saw an older woman sitting on the bleachers beside me that was struggling to be comfortable on those bleachers with no back. I asked her if she wanted to sit in the chair beside me..oh, yes! She was a wonderful woman…here from Georgia to visit her daughter and granddaughter….she was 85 years old and was in rehab after breaking her leg in a fall. She was good company and I helped her stand to see the President, as she was fragile on her legs. Her family was happy that I was there helping her be safe as she stood and moved her so she could view the President that she probably wasn’t sure she’s see in her lifetime. As I tended to mom, they took the pictures that they PROMISED me they would email to me!!

    Their phones took MUCH better pictures than mine did…we even took a pic with all of us together, so if it comes out…well…we’ll see:)

    Everyone was so excited. I had no idea of the time…I just wanted to sit and soak in all the sounds and sights and smells…just thinking like maybe if I was still and took it all in, that I would be able to recall this experience up when I needed to smile and remember…It was an intimate feel. Right there in a regular basketball court. The bleachers were filled on my side, but not on the other and have have no idea why. There were over 200 people that had tickets, but didn’t get in…I felt so badly for them. Have no idea why that was….bleachers were free. Maybe fire code or something because there was some SRO.

    We seemed to wait a long time. People were all very patient and just chatting and taking it in. The high school kids there were wonderful..they should be so proud. The people in this room, looked like America looks. Every kind of different person imaginable and it was great to see the diversity that was represented in just that gym.

    You all saw the video of this event by now….the man that came out first was amazing! The mayor of Phoenix is a great man and an excellent mayor. A Democrat, by the way. By the time Julian Castro came out, you could tell that people were anxious to see the President….and almost seemed a little disappointed that they had to listen to someone other than PBO:)

    When they put the Presidential Seal on the podium…omg. Closer.and closer to HIM!

    I was about 40 or 50 ft away from his podium and had a perfect view right through the crowd of heads in front of me. I didn’t see him come out, but I knew when he did by the way the crowd reacted around me. IT WAS ELECTRIC! ๐Ÿ™‚ That is really when I thought of all of you…those that have seen him before and those that I wish could feel this feeling….it was surreal. I remembered meta’s words telling me that I would be amazed, be surprised by how thin he was, and look at his strong, beautiful hands….

    I tried to take pictures, and I haven’t looked, but I really suck at taking pics…I was watching him and making sure that my new friend sitting beside me, was alright…

    He talked about things I was familiar with, things that helped me and my family keep our home and roots down and stability in a terrifying time for us. I was able to take advantage of money from the Hardest Hit Fund and save my home. This meant the world to me…and it all happened for my family, and so many others, because this man cared enough to find a way to help every day Americans that were struggling through no fault of their own. I wished I could have wrapped my arms around him and told him personally how this helped my family. He will never know how grateful so many of us are. I owe so much to him, and it was an honor and a privilege to be in that room with him today. Kind of a closure to that terrifying part of my life.

    I’m going to post this first part before I do something stupid and lose it all…Part Two coming up! Yes…there’s more!!

  26. 109 desertflower
    January 8, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    I JUST WROTE A BOOK ON MY DAY TODAY! WHERE IS IT????? OMG this is the second time I have written reams and not had it post! AAAHHHHH!!!! Nerdy or Chips…can you find it??

  27. 110 desertflower
    January 8, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    I’m in moderation. Maybe that’s where my dissertation about my day is!!

  28. 111 yardarm756
    January 8, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    OT but on the money.

  29. 115 amk for obama
    January 8, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    df’s posts are in mod and spam bins.

  30. 118 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 8, 2015 at 10:30 pm

  31. 119 desertflower
    January 8, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    free me!!!!

    • January 8, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      You are freed!!! Just reading your report now, it’s toooooo awesome for words!!!

      • 121 desertflower
        January 8, 2015 at 10:38 pm

        Thanks…will write more now:)

      • 122 desertflower
        January 8, 2015 at 10:50 pm

        I’ll tell you what. I must have done something REALLY BAD to piss off the Word Press gods tonight! My Part Two just went somewhere….it’s really annoying to write from your heart all the details and emotions only to have it sucked into a WP vortex some where!

        • 123 vcprezofan2
          January 8, 2015 at 11:10 pm

          Drat! Tell you what, Df, if it’s not there and you choose to write it again, type it in word first and save it BEFORE copying and pasting it here. That way if it’s ‘lost’ you don’t have to try and recapture the mood; you just have to copy and try pasting again.

        • 124 PoliticalJunkessa
          January 8, 2015 at 11:13 pm

          I second VC’s suggestion. I typed up my long posts in the past in MS Word first before submitting here, both because I wanted to save for myself and also because I didn’t want it to disappear in the internet ether.

    • 125 jacquelineoboomer
      January 8, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      You made it!

  32. January 8, 2015 at 10:38 pm

  33. 127 arapaho415
    January 8, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Yay, DF is here!

    FYI, MSM is catching up on the Colorado Springs NAACP bomb (no doubt shamed by social media).

    See @nytimes home page now.

  34. 128 yardarm756
    January 8, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    A gospel legend is gone….RIP my brother.

  35. January 8, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Good Evening TODVille,

    I’ve just settled in my hotel room, enjoying the 74 degrees of the mercury, while outside the censor stops at only 20. Brrrrrr…

    I hope that I am not offending anyone by stating how much I applaud both NYT and MSNBC for their decision NOT to show the cartoons that gave the French extremist wackos the pretext to shoot many journalists and random people. While I profoundly support free speech, I do find a fine line between my freedom to express what I want and a lack of sensibility toward saying something that may offend others just for the sake of exercising my freedom of speech.

    And, I would not definitely expose myself to being victimized by mocking people’s religion, god, or customs. Some people are just too crazy and, like time bombs, wait for a catalyst to kill.

    That being said, no one should feel obliged to take another person’s life because what s/he says/writes upsets one’s beliefs or god. The thing with those Muslim wackos is that they are so conditioned that they no longer have brains and will kill at the will of clever monsters that manipulate them on account of religion or religious beliefs. If I know that, what would I let myself be a target of these fools, these assassins? One should not play with deranged people, and those Muslim fanatics are just that: DERANGED. I so hope they catch these two assassins and the killer of the Martinique policewoman (this morning) very soon. Justice must be done.

    That’s my take on the publication of “gratuitous insults” to quote MSNBC.

  36. 132 desertflower
    January 8, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    If it’s ok with everyone…I’m going to try and post Part Two, tomorrow. Been up since ?? 4 am… and had a little excitement today:) tutored for 2 hours tonight…came home and cooked dinner and now it’s time that I go to bed so I can actually go to work tomorrow….maybe if Chips or Nerdy or whomever wants to…you can put all of it together once it’s all complete. I feel a little “punchy” now from being awake so long….thank you family for being there and thinking of me all day. It was a marvelous and incredible day that I’ll never forget. I can die happy…but I can live each day doing the right thing and making this place a better place for all of us. Love you. I’ll finish the saga tomorrow…including my interview with the ASU newspaper:)

    • January 8, 2015 at 11:09 pm

      Oooooh….I haven’t read part 1 yet, so I will do that in a minute! But just wanted to say thanks df for taking the time to give us all these wonderful updates df on your extraordinarily BUSY day. Sleep well, and looking forward for your part 2 tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

    • January 8, 2015 at 11:10 pm

      Will post it all tomorrow DF, the first half is a jooooooy!!! Sleep well pal, so so so happy your day was wonderful!!

    • 135 vcprezofan2
      January 8, 2015 at 11:17 pm

      Thank you, Df. When you do finish up tomorrow, I suggest you type your recount out first as a word document (instead of typing it directly here), then copy and paste it in. That way if you techie tool quits on you, or your report flies off into wherever land, you don’t need to do it over from scratch.

      Good night. Rest well, while having sweet dreams!

    • January 8, 2015 at 11:30 pm

      Thank you and go get some rest!!


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