Desert Flower’s Day

by Desert Flower

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! 🙂 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!!


Morning everyone… Part Two 🙂

Good Friday morning everyone. Finally feel fairly rested and back to my own reality:) To continue with the rest of desertflower’s excellent Presidential Adventure!

I think I left off talking about how honored and touched I was to be there when he spoke about something I knew about because it touched my family so deeply. This Hardest Hit Fund money allowed us to keep our home as my husband was underemployed at the time after losing a couple of different jobs. What worked just fine when he was employed, wasn’t fine when he had a smaller paycheck. Needless to say, it was a godsend that I will be forever grateful for. We are in our same home and thankfully, been able to make our payments each month. We also benefited from HAMP even BEFORE the Hardest Hit Fund became available…so that was a godsend as well. I think that maybe I was meant to be there to hear him speak…it really did seem to me like a bookend on an awful chapter, a terrifying chapter, in my life. In the end, I guess a sense of peacefulness washed over me and I felt empowered again to move on stronger than before, with a new sense of purpose. I felt liberated from that piece of my life, and hopeful for others that want to claim that piece of the middle class and beyond, by becoming homeowners. Your own private space to call your own and the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with it.

I sat with my new friends after he had left the gym and all the “beaming with pride” folks made their way out of the gym. Rather like waiting on an airplane when you’re stuck in the back…no sense getting up and moving because you’re not “going” anywhere. We watched the people file out and talked among ourselves. The daughter of the woman thanked me profusely for caring for her frail mom and being attentive to her…making sure that she could share in the joy of being able to actually see the President, not just hear him. I could tell that this meant the world to her, being here listening to this brilliant AA President. She was an AA woman herself, living in the south and 85 years old. She had history. I could tell as I watched over her that this moment was nearly spiritual for her. I was comforted by that and held on to her arm, I thought at the time to balance her…but now, maybe it was a little of both.

I gave her my email and hope that she’ll send me her photos of the President. If I get them, I will pass them along to all of you.

I said my goodbyes and made my way out, all the excited people long gone now. I walked out into the warm air and just smiled. I raised my arms to the sky and smiled and thanked the powers that be for this opportunity. The warm air felt like a blanket, the bird’s seemed to sing sweeter, the smiles were still on lips, the mood changed from excited to serene.

I was walking to where the bus’ were parked to take me back to my car in the church lot, a little smile and a spring in my step, and a woman walked toward me with a smile and a clipboard. She came up and asked if I had just come from the gym and had seen the President. Could I beam any more? Of course I saw the President and it was amazing!

She told me that she was a student at ASU and worked for one of their student papers or online news…I can’t remember exactly what she said. Once again, I got to tell why being able to see him speak about housing and his plans to help others was so important to me…I explained how is policies had an actually effect on my family. It was a sign to me that I was meant to be there to tell my story.

This was my day with the President. One I will cherish until my time here is up. If you’re reading this, know that we have to care about each and every person that we meet each day. That when we do for others and care about what happens to them, we help ourselves, too. Do right by everyone and don’t get cynical and hard..there is joy in the world and we have to live life to our best potential, each and every day….just like he does. I don’t believe that I’m the same person I was when I went in that gym, I’m better and stronger and move with a renewed sense of purpose and urgency. So much to be done for many. Yes…I actually DID get all this from that 15 minutes with President Obama yesterday! He changed a room. Now it’s my turn, our turn, to go out and change the world. One person at a time.

171 Responses to “Desert Flower’s Day”

  1. 5 Nena20409
    January 9, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Brilliant. Chips, the Pictures add another awesomeness. Beautiful. Wonderful.
    Thanks you.
    Au ⭐ and Ag ⭐ for NBLB.

  2. January 9, 2015 at 11:18 am

    This is an absolute joy, DF, endless endless endless thanks for writing it up for us!!

  3. 7 Nena20409
    January 9, 2015 at 11:19 am

    This before I depart 😉

  4. January 9, 2015 at 11:20 am

    The Charlie Hebdo killers are dead, according to AFP

    • 9 jacquelineoboomer
      January 9, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Think they grabbed a hostage or maybe more than one? Hope they’re okay.

      • January 9, 2015 at 11:24 am

        Such chaotic reporting Jacqueline, they said earlier two people had been killed in the Paris store, then said they hadn’t 🙄 Why can’t flippin’ news companies get their stories right before reporting, the rush to be first is a joke.

        • 11 amk for obama
          January 9, 2015 at 11:32 am

          yup, no one is sure but they all speculate ‘boldly’. Let’s wait for the actual police to speak.

          • January 9, 2015 at 11:35 am

            It’s beginning to remind me of the fella who calls at the door sometimes looking for help. The first time his wife had just died, he said; the second time she was seriously ill. 😕

        • 13 jacquelineoboomer
          January 9, 2015 at 12:43 pm

          Part of the “terror” is caused by the “early” faulty reporting, too. A damn shame.

  5. 14 jacquelineoboomer
    January 9, 2015 at 11:22 am

    desertflower – Your “name” fits you so well. Your beautiful heart and mind came through clearly in your story. As we’ve always said, President Obama attracts the best people to work for him and with him – you are one of them. So glad you had this opportunity!

    • January 9, 2015 at 11:27 am

      Seconding jaquelineoboomer here: df IS a beautiful flower! Blooming in the desert, and making TOD a sweeter, kinder, more interesting and connected place. Love seeing your story all woven into one, with PIX — even better reading it all in one big warm cozy quilt. Lucky us.

      • 16 jacquelineoboomer
        January 9, 2015 at 12:44 pm

        And I forgot to thank the weaver Chips, whom I believe found the lovely photos! Loved it all – and well said, Nancie!

    • 17 Betsy
      January 9, 2015 at 11:43 pm

      This^^^^, what jacqueline said.

  6. January 9, 2015 at 11:29 am

  7. January 9, 2015 at 11:29 am

    What a joyous and inspiring post! 🙂 🙂 Thanks df for sharing your highly anticipated experience of seeing and hearing our PBO in-person, and thanks Chips for posting! 🙂 The last paragraph is just a thing of beauty…can’t find enough words…

  8. 23 JER
    January 9, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Desert Flower, this is such a wonderful report. Enjoy the memories.

  9. January 9, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Things are in a blur, but I’m seeing reports that hostages outside Paris have been freed and SOME hostages in Paris have also been freed….

  10. 25 yardarm756
    January 9, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Good morning everyone……..Great testimony df. I’m happy for you but jealous as hell. 🙂

  11. January 9, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Let’s hope this is true….

  12. 27 JER
    January 9, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Gaywell Ferguson, standing along Hardin Valley Road, holds a sign supporting the president’s vetoes.

  13. January 9, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Tony Blinken has moved over to the State Dept.

    • 30 HZ
      January 9, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Thank all the ‘goodness’ out there in our space for Mr. Blinken taking this official position. Keep moving with our great President.HZ

  14. 31 arapaho415
    January 9, 2015 at 11:35 am


    Ditto what yardham said.

    Posted this on the early bird thread, repeating myself so you’ll have responses to your fantastic, inspirational day in one place. 🙂

    * * * * * * * * * * *

    Wonderful, beautiful report of what it truly means to be part of the Obama coalition.

    We Obots love the Obamas and Bidens for so many reasons, but first and foremost is their fundamental goodness. They are politicians, but are not driven by politics — they are driven by their genuine goal of improving every single life, starting with their fellow Americans. They are empathetic to the core, the most fundamentally important human emotion.

    Thank you DF, for this Hall of Fame-worthy description of Phoenix on January 8, 2015.

  15. January 9, 2015 at 11:37 am

  16. 36 57andfemale
    January 9, 2015 at 11:38 am

    We were all “Desert Flower” yesterday. Thanks for sharing!

  17. January 9, 2015 at 11:40 am

  18. January 9, 2015 at 11:40 am

    In other news… hilarious.

  19. 44 betseyc
    January 9, 2015 at 11:40 am

    DF, this is such a beautiful recounting of your day, and what it meant to you. I love the image of you and your new 85-year-old friend holding on to one another, each moved in her own way by being part of this history. Your feeling so expanded by being there is a great tribute to both you and PBO.

  20. 46 yardarm756
    January 9, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Found this shot in my downloaded stuff. PBO receives a hedge of protection from the brothers in Chicago before the first election.
    One of the men in this photo was my Best-Man at my wedding…..He is no longer with us…..Memories!

    • January 9, 2015 at 11:49 am

      “One of the men in this photo was my Best-Man at my wedding”

      Oh Shipmate, that is just amazing, may your best man rest in peace.

    • January 9, 2015 at 11:49 am

      This is good stuff Yardarm! 🙂 May your friend RIP.

    • 50 Judith Fardig
      January 9, 2015 at 11:50 am

      Thanks for sharing that beautiful photo, Yardarm! It never fails to move me.

    • January 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      WOW, yardarm. Thanks for sharing. My your very best man RIP.

    • 53 MightyPamela
      January 9, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      YA – your best man and best friend may no longer be with us on this side of the veil, but I am pretty sure in my heart he is working harder than ever on our behalf and helping our president all the time! That is what I believe. ❤

    • 57 0388jojothecat
      January 9, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      TY yardarm the picture of solid men of God laying their hands on soon to be PBO is my favorite. May your friend rest in peace and I like to believe he is PBO’s guardian angel in heaven.

    • 60 GGail
      January 9, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      Yardarm, your Best-Man is now one of PBO’s best Angels – still protecting you and the President.

      • 61 yardarm756
        January 9, 2015 at 1:12 pm

        I believe it.

        • 62 HZ
          January 9, 2015 at 1:30 pm

          I do also, yardarm. Thanks yardarm for sharing this most precious photo. Have seen a few of the likes of wonderful angels l surrounding and touching the very life in the man who is and always will be one to live from his spiritual core of goodness.

          It is such a blessing to always know that we are aware of the many with us and those who have passed on into another spiritual gathering that collectively move in a manner that is so needed with grace and faithfulness of presence through their sweet spirits to keep our president’s back.

          {{{{{{{{{{ Loving hugs to you yardarm in remembrance of your wonderful friend.}}}}}}}}}}HZ

    • January 9, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      This is the picture I’ve used as my avatar since joining WP/TOD. For me, the strong emotion and prayers for strength, wisdom, and protection are projected from this picture.

  21. 64 arapaho415
    January 9, 2015 at 11:43 am

    This 4 1/2 video is well worth watching, and will hopefully dispel the notion that Tennessee GOP are in lockstep with the clown car tearing the GOP apart at the seams.

    Two pundits, one a Dem lawyer, then other a GOP PR person, both agree that TN GOP are moderates, and they are both rightfully proud that GOP officials are traveling with President Obama on AF1 today (Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker and Jimmy Duncan, described as a “pragmatic hard rightist.”

    Warms my heart that Tennessee is leading the way for President Obama’s strategy of cornering the GOP into opposing common-sense solutions to “wage stagnation.”

    • January 9, 2015 at 11:51 am

      Oh Gawd! I am beyond pissed right now. Every local station is breathlessly with national network coverage on the hostage situation. Why am I not surprised?????????

    • 66 amk for obama
      January 9, 2015 at 11:57 am

      tn gopers are moderate? weren’t they the ones who posted disgusting messages about PBO in 2008 & 12?

  22. 70 carolyn
    January 9, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Oh DF!!! What a story. I just read the entire story out loud to my husband, and cried as I read it. Beautifully written, heartfelt, and so moving! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  23. January 9, 2015 at 11:45 am

  24. 82 57andfemale
    January 9, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Norman Goldman made an excellent point on his radio show yesterday: The extremists who kill because their religion has been “offended”. Do people realize what is taught about Jews in the extremist schools? That Jews kill Muslim babies and drink their blood, and other such insane nonsense. So they get to lie and be offensive, but they get to kill others who do not conform to their insanity?

  25. January 9, 2015 at 11:47 am

    • January 9, 2015 at 11:51 am

      You can see the pride on his face. And it’s more than well-earned. He gets to reap the rewards of his efforts, determination, persistence, and supremely diligent work in the last 6 years…

    • 87 MightyPamela
      January 9, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      Uh, there he goes again. IMHO, this man is currently the most valuable human being on Earth. He matters to everything, because everything matters to him. Blessings, Mr. President, and our gratitude. ❤ 🐻 ❤

  26. 88 Judith Fardig
    January 9, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Desertflower, thank you so much for your meticulous and heartfelt post. I think you should send it in letter form to the White House. President Obama does get thousands of pieces of mail a day, but this one might just stand out enough to the volunteers who screen all that mail that it would go higher up. We are so proud of you and moved by your personal story. Keep changing your world, lady! What a ripple effect for good we will all have when we do this in support of our President!

    • 89 miss pat
      January 9, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      Good morning folks. I also think she should send this on to the White House. I am sure it will reach the President because it’s so well written and profound. The President needs to know that he is beloved and appreciated. Thanks for writing such a good account of the day. I took naps, woke up, checked many times during the night and finally Chips placed both reports together for our enjoyment. Thanks Chips and thanks to the writer.

  27. January 9, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Nice that VP Biden will be joining our President on this trip 🙂

  28. 92 JER
    January 9, 2015 at 11:51 am

  29. 93 JER
    January 9, 2015 at 11:52 am

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  31. 99 JER
    January 9, 2015 at 11:56 am

  32. January 9, 2015 at 11:58 am

    They’re now reporting that four hostages held in Paris store have been killed – if you can believe it.

  33. 104 JER
    January 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm

  34. 105 MightyPamela
    January 9, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Here we are: Cool morning fog, a bit chilly. Pot of hot ginger/pear tea, and plenty to read! May God Bless our POTUS and VPOTUS as they do the work of the changing ages. We live in a tremendous time ~ powerful, exciting, a little frightening in some ways, but vital to our progress forward as a planet of interconnected species.

  35. 106 yardarm756
    January 9, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    While we wait for The President’s address……a look back.


    2006 Howard Stern The shock jock moves his show to Sirius Satellite Radio under a five-year, $500-million agreement.

    2003 Iraq War White House spokesman Ari Fleischer on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction: “We know for a fact that there are weapons there.”

    1951 First X-rated film Life After Tomorrow opens in London.

    1949 The new 7-inch 33 1/3 rpm micro-groove record format is announced by Columbia.

    1861 Civil War Mississippi becomes the 2nd state to secede from the Union.

    1811 First women’s golf tournament held in Scotland.

    1793 First manned free-balloon flight in North America French balloonist Jean Pierre Blanchard flies a hydrogen balloon to a height of 5,800 feet, traveling 15 miles in his 46-minute flight. The event was watched by Pres. George Washington.

    1788 Connecticut becomes the 5th state.

    1719 France declares war against Spain

    1522 First Dutch Pope Adrian Dedel is elected assuming the name Adrian VI.


    1951 Crystal Gayle (Brenda Gayle Webb), American Grammy-winning singer, sister of Loretta Lynn. Music: Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue (1977, Grammy), and Talking In Your Sleep (1978, #1).

    1948 Bill Cowsill American singer, member of the singing family The Cowsills (They were the basis for TV’s The Partridge Family). Music: The Rain The Park And Other Things (1967, #2).

    1941 Joan Baez American singer, social activist. Music: The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down (1972).

    1940 Jimmy Boyd American singer. Music: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (1952, #1).

    1935 Dick Enberg American sportscaster, game show host. TV: Sports Challenge (host) and the cartoon series Where’s Huddles? (voice of the sports announcer).

    1935 Bob Denver d. 2005 American actor. TV: The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (beatnik Maynard G. Krebs) and Gilligan’s Island (Willy Gilligan).

    1934 Bart Starr American Hall of Fame football player. He was the winning quarterback for the first two Super Bowls (1967-68, Green Bay Packers). He was the MVP for the first two Super Bowls.

    1915 Fernando Lamas d. 1982 Argentine actor, the Latin Lover of U.S. films during the 1950s.

    1914 Gypsy Rose Lee d. 1970 (Rose Louise Hovick), American actress, “The Queen of Burlesque,” and the best-known stripper of the 1930s.

    1913 Richard Milhous Nixon d. 1994 37th U.S. President (1969-74) and 36th U.S. Vice-President (1953-61).

    1908 Simone de Beauvoir d. 1986 French author, feminist. Her book The Second Sex (1949) pioneered post-World War II feminism. She and her lover Jean-Paul Sartre are credited with creating “existentialism.”

    1901 Chic Young d. 1973 (Murat Bernard Young), American cartoonist, creator of Blondie (1930).

    1859 Carrie Lane Chapman Catt d. 1947 American women’s rights leader, founder of the National League of Women Voters (1919). Her efforts contributed greatly to the passing of the 19th Amendment.


    1997 Jesse White b. 1917 American actor. TV: The lonely Maytag repairman (1967-88).

    1995 Peter Cook b. 1937 English actor, comedian. He is often credited with founding contemporary British satire.

    1987 Arthur Lake b. 1905 (Arthur Silverlake), American actor. He played Dagwood Bumstead on radio, TV, and the movies.

    1982 Paul Lynde b. 1926 American comedian, Uncle Arthur of Bewitched and a regular on Hollywood Squares.

    1938 Johnny Gruelle b. 1880 (John Barton), American children’s author, creator of Raggedy Ann (1917) and Raggedy Andy (1922).

    1930 Edward William Bok b. 1863 American Pulitzer-winning author. Books: The Americanization of Edward Bok (1920, Pulitzer). Editor: The Ladies’ Home Journal (1889-1919).

    1895 Aaron Lufkin Dennison b. 1812 father of American watchmaking. He designed the world’s first factory-made watches.

    1324 Marco Polo b. 1254 Italian traveler. While imprisoned in 1299, he wrote the famous account of his Asian travels.

  36. January 9, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Desertflower, This my dear is a wonderful and powerful summary of your day with our great President.
    Thank you, Thank you for putting into words some of his great accomplishments from which you and millions
    of others have benefited …..and which the MSM ignores. Your words are like music to my ears knowing
    that so many people love this man, not just us Obots.

    May you continue to be blessed for 2015 and the years to come. I think we are all in for some mighty fine
    treats as we watch PBO perform in his ‘fourth qtr’ for the next two years. (((HUGS))).

  37. 109 arapaho415
    January 9, 2015 at 12:07 pm

  38. 111 JER
    January 9, 2015 at 12:11 pm

  39. 114 MightyPamela
    January 9, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Now you’ve done it {{{{{DF}}}}} Waterworks over here, tears of joy and wonder falling into my teacup!! Thank you, thank you. Bless you, dear. ❤

  40. 115 Dudette
    January 9, 2015 at 12:19 pm

  41. 118 sabreen60
    January 9, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Just wonderful, df. I am so happy you had the experience of being in that room, on that day, with THIS President. Your joy is my joy!

  42. 119 Allison
    January 9, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    This is the only tweet from Mark re: jobs report.

  43. 122 Vicki
    January 9, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Today CSPIN 3 is carrying POTUS. I wonder if they got complaints for yesterday’s pass.

    Maggie Haberman, coming to the NY Times from Politico, is bad news. Before Poitico she worked for Rupert Murdoch and Michael Bloomberg.
    Her dad, Clyde Haberman was demoted a few years ago by the Times. He is a thoughtful liberal dem.

    Paul Krugman stands pretty much alone now, with the occasional company of Charles Blow.

    Asking again:
    Will someone with the skill please link Krugman’s column? Title is “Voodoo Time Machine?”

  44. 126 yardarm756
    January 9, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Am I the only one but does that French terrorist Cherif look like Jake Tapper or what?

  45. 130 vcprezofan2
    January 9, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    “It was a sign to me that I was meant to be there to tell my story.

    This was my day with the President. …. I don’t believe that I’m the same person I was when I went in that gym, I’m better and stronger and move with a renewed sense of purpose and urgency.”

    Thanks so much for sharing from your heart, Desertf, and for taking us along with you! I am happy that you got this unforgettable experience of our President. #FORWARD

    I do believe BHO came into our world to make a huge difference, and he has been doing so heart by heart, life by life.

  46. January 9, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    This may have been posted on an earlier thread, but I don’t recall seeing it, so I’m re-posting here! Thank you meta. Your tweet speaks for me. 🙂

    • 138 GGail
      January 9, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      This is one of my FAVORITE photos of PBO & VP Biden. Unspoken communication between the two.

    • January 9, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks, hf! Interesting that I’m getting replies from people saying how much they love that photo. I do think it speaks to the wonderful trust and partnership between these two remarkable men.

  47. 140 Dudette
    January 9, 2015 at 12:37 pm

  48. January 9, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Krugman’s article is really good. DF’s recounting of her experience yesterday was so vivid that I felt like I wa there. It was simply moving.

  49. 142 Allison
    January 9, 2015 at 12:43 pm

  50. January 9, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Good morning guys.

    So, ICYMI, Lawrence ODonnells segment last night on Selma was really great. He really brought great focus and got to the point the people like me and I think, the director are coming from in regards to the “historical integrity” critique.

    I going to 2 movies this wknd…Taken and Selma. Taken because I plan to drag my nephew to Selma and I figured I’d give him something he wants to see just for sitting in show with me.

    @AVAETC: Dear @Lawrence: Your commentary about art, truth and history in SELMA took my breath away. Extraordinary. Bravo, sir. http://t.co/KoBtUZd8pQ

    • 146 HZ
      January 9, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      It was one of those moments by Lawrence O’Donnell that moved the hearts back to a moment in history that will be forever with all of us.HZ

  51. 147 57andfemale
    January 9, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Oh my God:

    • 148 carolyn
      January 9, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      I read this to my husband, and he said “They’re after the EPA. They want to destroy it.” Yes…..in a nutshell, that’s what the troglodytes in Congress want!

  52. 149 arapaho415
    January 9, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Makes me smile…

  53. January 9, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you Chips for featuring df’s most excellent recounting of not only her time with the President but the special, personal context that infused the story with poignancy. Thank you df for sharing the experiences with all of us!!!

  54. January 9, 2015 at 12:51 pm

  55. 152 arapaho415
    January 9, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    livefeed — coverage inside @ps auditorium has begun. National Anthem just concluded…

  56. 153 57andfemale
    January 9, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Wow. The Nebraska Supreme Court that struck down the lower court ruling banning Keystone: the decision actually was a MAJORITY of judges in favor of upholding the lower court ruling; but Nebraska requires a super-majority of judges to overturn a law. There were four judges who voted to uphold the lower court ruling, but they needed five to overturn the law allowing the pipeline.


  57. 156 Dudette
    January 9, 2015 at 12:56 pm

  58. 163 arapaho415
    January 9, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    It’s so annoying that so much is happened ALL AT THE SAME TIME now…

  59. January 9, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Desert Flower….i hope that you see this…

    i read a while back that one the participants of Camp Obama were taught the importance and the POWER of story telling…and at every speech that the President speaks at he relays a story….

    i think your story has much POWER and Spirit in it….it has moved us all ….please send your story to the President….perhaps hwewill tell your story one day…and if not…it will let him know that his voice is being heard

    One Voice can Change a Room….

  60. 167 Sheinfrance
    January 9, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your inspirational day with us. What a man!

  61. 168 HZ
    January 9, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Desertflower, I so appreciate your beautiful memories of such a wonderful moment in history along side of your President and all of the lovely people there in that auditorium yesterday. I hope that you will share it with President Obama, if you so choose. He loves to hear stories like yours and knowing that you were able to be in that audience.

    You gave me such loving pride to hear you speak of your experience so beautifully, especially sharing with the young lady sitting next to you from GA. Beautiful. You are such a lovely angel, just as I have always felt in my spirit on our TOD space with you. {{{{{{{Love you beautiful DF.}}}}}HZ

  62. 169 sjterrid
    January 9, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Desert flower, thank you so much for sharing your experience of meeting the President yesterday. You made the encounter so real to me that I felt I was there. It was so great of you to look after the 85 year old mother. Your story exemplifies why I believe so strongly in the President and OFA. Their motto has always been Respect, Empower, Include, and now Action. We learn about each other by sharing our stories.

    I agree with the others here, you should definitely send this well written letter to the President and the White House.

  63. 171 MadameSoph
    January 9, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    I’m a bit late here, Desert Flower, but I want to thank you for this beautiful summation!
    You made my day! Thank you for taking the time to share this experience with us in such wonderfully descriptive detail!
    I felt like I was there myself (sigh… I wish!)

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