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The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama signs the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act while flanked by First Lady Michelle Obama, Clay Hunt’s family and friends, and members of Congress. Clay Hunt, a U.S. Marine veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, battled with post-traumatic stress disorder and took his own life at the age of 28.

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President Obama presents the First Lady with a Valentine’s Day card on the State Floor of the White House before he departed on a five-day trip to California

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President Barack Obama hugs Susan Selke, mother of Clay Hunt

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U.S. President Barack Obama thanks former U.S. Marine Jake Wood for his introductory remarks at a signing ceremony for the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act into law at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama thanks former U.S. Marine Jake Wood for his introductory remarks at a signing ceremony for the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks before signing the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act into law at the White House in Washington

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Obama and the first lady depart after a signing ceremony for the the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act into law at the White House in Washington

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President Barack Obama walks toward Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House. President Obama is departing on a four-day trip to California, which will include a summit on cyber security

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103 Responses to “The President’s Day”


  1. February 12, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Was glad there were many photos taken where McCain’s face did not show in it.

    • 6 99ts
      February 12, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      I had to go back to find him – mostly I saw POTUS and FLOTUS ๐Ÿ™‚ When I rule the world (to plagiarize the BT) John McCain can wait out the back.

  2. 7 GGail
    February 12, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Is PBO really on his way to Cali???

    Thank you for all you do NW

  3. 11 forus50
    February 12, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    I still can’t believe that pos Coburn held up the Suicide Prevention Act since December 12th.

  4. February 12, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    I guess Lemon reporting from his Buzzfeedmobile?!?!

  5. February 12, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    • 18 99ts
      February 12, 2015 at 11:35 pm

      As I mentioned below – no-one needs the oil – so massive disruption & untold damage for 35 jobs – that be the GOP “jobs bill”

  6. 19 amk for obama
    February 12, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    I am sure ashton carter got a great ‘bipartisanship’ vote since he was banging the ukraine war drums. Whatever happened to AG Lynch nomination?

    • 20 Nena20409
      February 12, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      The GOPers in the Senate held up her nomination. They Confirmed the DoJ Sec who was nominated a full month after Mrs Lynch was nominated for the AG post.
      The Senate GOPers might take up her nomination in March.
      Once again, the GOPers showing their bigotry, preference and total disrespect for a person of color in the Era of Pres Barack Obama.

      • 21 arapaho415
        February 12, 2015 at 11:37 pm

        GOP and MSM and Comcast and Koch are all one and the same.

        Bloodthirsty greedy bastards without an ounce of empathy.

        “Days after it was revealed that Comcast changed one customer’s first name to ‘Asshole,’ the company pulled a similar stunt again, changing 63-year-old Mary Bauer’s name to ‘SuperBitch.'”

  7. 22 4morefor44
    February 12, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    just seeing that james comey speech and you all weren’t kidding about how good it is. thing i never get though is when someone so smart and well-meaning as he seems to be, can still be republican after these last few decades. james comey donated to mccain/palin and rmoney/ryan over obama/biden. i know people here talk of family and friends that are republican still, and i have some too, but i honestly have to question the mental faculties of someone who thinks it’s a good idea to put sarah palin one heartbeat away from the presidency over barack obama, and mittens rmoney too.

    i get family and tradition and all that being hard to change, but if these last 12-13 years, let alone since reagan, aren’t enough to make you switch, you really have some mental problems. seriously.

  8. 23 Nena20409
    February 12, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Excellent Illustration of Today’s event at the WH…….Pres Obama…..by NW ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Awesome!

    GGail has the Golden โญ Yes!

  9. 25 Nena20409
    February 12, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Found the full tape speech given today by the FBI Director.
    Actually, that is the main reason I popped in this late at night.
    Getting ready to call it a Night.
    ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚ Tomorrow is Friday The 13th ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    G’Nite TOD ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. February 12, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Lovely round-up of a beautiful and productive day for the president.

  11. February 12, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Lawrence O’Donnell just show POTUS BuzzFeed video.

  12. February 12, 2015 at 10:40 pm

  13. 31 amk for obama
    February 12, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    After a hue and cry from the Indian community, Madison (Alabama) police chief Larry Muncey announced that officer Eric Parker, who brutalised 57-year-old Sureshbhai Patel on February 6, has been arrested and charged with third degree assault.

    โ€œOfficer was wrong, I apologize,โ€ he said at a press conference, February 12.

    Chief Muncey said the FBI is conducting a parallel inquiry to ascertain if there were any federal violations.

    Parker was also fired from his job for his use of force against a man who committed no crime, did not speak English and could not understand the police commands.

    http://www.rediff.com/news/report/us-cop-who-left-aged-indian-paralysed-sacked-arrested/20150213.htm

  14. 38 Nerdy Wonka
    February 12, 2015 at 10:56 pm

  15. 39 99ts
    February 12, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Small piece on our financial news on the oil price and US reserves. 2014 reserves massive cf average of past 20 years & so far this year are going up further. The pipeline that will not be built has no facts to support it. Congress really are legislating for the past.

  16. February 12, 2015 at 11:37 pm

  17. 41 amk for obama
    February 12, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    African penguin Pat celebrated her 37th birthday by tucking into a flower-shaped sprat cake and a blue gelatine cake filled with even more sprats.

    Pat, who lives on the English coast, is the envy of many — bird and human — as she shares her own private beach with attentive toy boy Eddie.

    She was born in Paignton Zoo in 1978 and is thought to be the second-oldest penguin in Europe.

    The great-grandmother moved to Living Coasts in Torquay where she spends her days chilling with Eddie, who was hatched at the zoo in 2001,.

    wimminz/smh

  18. 45 GGail
    February 12, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Ten minutes to Scandal!!!

  19. February 12, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Good late evening TOD!

    The British papers are eating up President Obama’s Buzzfeed foray ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

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  20. 51 arapaho415
    February 12, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Since DF took a nap this afternoon, hoping she’s still hanging out here.

    DF posted a link to this article on the last thread:
    http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/8/9/5983959/the-most-liberal-and-conservative-big-cities-in-america-in-one-chart

    I have to say that I hate charts — one more reason for me to bash the smarmy @EzraKlein (and his snooty wife) and Vox.

    It’s so easy to skew the axes of charts so that an insignificant change looms like OMG!

    I didn’t click on The Economist article this chart was based on, but they also included a map with the most conservative vs. liberal cities in each state. Hume CA is the most conservative — it has a population of… wait for it, 402 people — a drop in the bucket in a state with nearly 40 million residents.

    And San Diego designated as one of the most liberal cities? Not on planet Earth. It’s more liberal now than when I grew up there but that provincial city can in no way be described as liberal — so much Navy and Marine veterans, so much greedy wealth. Consider that the city itself is surrounded by congressional representation to the north by Darrell Issa and to the East by Duncan Hunter Jr.

    • 52 desertflower
      February 13, 2015 at 12:12 am

      I’m here:) It was more mean for “entertainment value” than anything of real value….the fact that PHX was left of center cracked me up…Maybe in someone’s dreams, or if its true, then those people need to be the one’s voting, not the crazy, scared old people! (Sorry to all the old people that aren’t nuts. Really. I know there are many of you out there…but you know what I’m talking about, too!)
      As far as San Diego’s concerned, I lived in Coronado. Nothing about San Diego is liberal, unless it’s changed for the better from the many years ago I lived there:) Beautiful city…but definitely not a liberal one.

      • 53 desertflower
        February 13, 2015 at 12:12 am

        meant. Honestly…

      • 54 arapaho415
        February 13, 2015 at 12:22 am

        Yep, agree completely.

        Could not wait to leave San Diego — and in my opinion, their traffic now is horrendous. I know that LA traffic is a nightmare — I try to travel through it during off-peak times, or avoid the freeways.

        I felt like I was living in the scenario that Arlo Guthrie painted in Alice’s Restaurant in my daily life — my student teachers were ex-military, as were most of my friends’ parents. And this during the height of the Vietnam War, so yeah, San Diego was not my cup of tea at all.

  21. 55 desertflower
    February 13, 2015 at 12:01 am

    The REAL takers.

    http://thinkbynumbers.org/government-spending/corporate-welfare/corporate-welfare-statistics-vs-social-welfare-statistics/

    About $59 billion is spent on traditional social welfare programs. $92 billion is spent on corporate subsidies. So, the government spent 50% more on corporate welfare than it did on food stamps and housing assistance in 2006.

    • 57 99ts
      February 13, 2015 at 1:40 am

      He might be amazed to find out what is his shareholders view on this. I am a shareholder & I want the companies I have an interest in to treat their employees well. A company performs best when the employees, the executives and the shareholders share in the growth and the rewards.

  22. 58 desertflower
    February 13, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Night all.

  23. 59 jacquelineoboomer
    February 13, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Good late evenin’, TOD. “CanadaBarb4Obama” got through her surgery okay today, and called me tonight with the update. Thanks again to everyone for their good wishes, on her behalf!

  24. 62 arapaho415
    February 13, 2015 at 12:23 am

  25. 63 arapaho415
    February 13, 2015 at 12:27 am

    My contribution to the journalists in the news this week — no comment about emoprog hipster @carr2n, may he rest in peace.

    • 64 amk for obama
      February 13, 2015 at 12:49 am

      Those of us from outside the biggest bubble called murka could see clearly the lies and obfuscations of dumbya/darth criminal regime.

      • 65 jacquelineoboomer
        February 13, 2015 at 1:44 am

        Dare I say that everybody closer to that bubble who’s on this blog (and, obviously, beyond this blog, with a “D” after their name, and a brain in their head) saw every painful part of it, too. Never thought I’d get through those 8 bloody years! It was a total embarrassment, as well, before the rest of the globe. So, yeah, two terms, Obama!!!! Wish we had two more to give, although I don’t think even President Obama would take us up on it.

        Goodnight, amk, and TODville!

    • 66 theo67
      February 13, 2015 at 12:58 am

      And why is the President getting pulled into this story?

      • 67 arapaho415
        February 13, 2015 at 2:39 am

        You’ll need to ask Brian Williams, he’s the one who did so.

        The article reports on other questionable statements that BriWi has made over the years, beyond the one he issued his mea culpa on last week.

  26. 68 jacquelineoboomer
    February 13, 2015 at 12:47 am

  27. 73 jacquelineoboomer
    February 13, 2015 at 12:56 am

  28. February 13, 2015 at 1:02 am

    “Now is the time for Ukrainian society and the political establishment to demonstrate its maturity and unity in the will to save the country and win the insanely difficult contest. Because now the enemy will do anything and everything to politically destabilize Ukraine and to establish a process of decentralization. It is in Putin’s interest to bring Ukraine to her knees and to declare Ukraine a loser country unable to negotiate or govern. This is the primary goal of the Kremlin and the separatists. And they will work hard at exaggerating the hysteria within Ukraine that Ukraine has sold out and was thrown to the wolves.

    What should we do? We should do what the Georgians did in 2008. All the political parties in Georgia, be they parliamentary parties or extra-parliamentary parties gave President Saakashvili their full support and vowed to refrain from criticism and any kind of actions that might undermine the country’s statehood in a time of war. It was only because the Georgians took those steps that the conflict lasted all of five days and economic recovery progressed astoundingly fast. The enemy had miscalculated and instead of exploiting a hoped for discord the Georgians became more united than they had ever been before. Criticism and analysis will have its place later after the danger has passed.

    I hope we can demonstrate that we are a wise people, that awe are a strong-willed and strong-spirited people. I, too, am dissatisfied with many issues, I do not believe Russia will fulfill its obligations and I can argue and criticize many points. But I will refrain. Right now we need to act differently.”

  29. 78 Dudette
    February 13, 2015 at 1:39 am

    Greetings to anyone who’s still up! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Just popped in to share a few tweets about my splendid evening enjoying the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre show tonight. I’m still tingling with excitement!

  30. 82 Dudette
    February 13, 2015 at 1:40 am

    Wish I had thought to sneak a photo at the end like this lady! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. 83 Dudette
    February 13, 2015 at 1:42 am

    • 84 Dudette
      February 13, 2015 at 2:18 am

      http://www.alvinailey.org/odetta

      “Odetta Holmes โ€“ one of the most influential singers of the 20th century โ€“ is rediscovered as renowned Ailey dancer Matthew Rushing marries soul-stirring movement to songs by the artist anointed โ€œthe queen of American folk musicโ€ by Martin Luther King, Jr.

      Rushingโ€™s world premiere for Ailey pays tribute to Holmes’s life as a singer, songwriter, actress, and civil rights activist. With a musical repertoire encompassing American folk music, blues, jazz, and spirituals, Odetta influenced many key figures of the 1960s folk-revival scene including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, and Janis Joplin. Her song “Take This Hammer” was included on TIME magazine’s list of the All-Time 100 Songs. When President Clinton honored Odetta at the White House with the National Medal of Arts and Humanities, he remarked, โ€œOdetta reminds us all that songs have the power to change the heart and change the world.โ€

      With projections by artist Stephen Alcorn, ODETTA is Matthew Rushing’s third ballet created for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater following Acceptance In Surrender (2005), a collaboration with Hope Boykin and Abdur Rahim-Jackson, and Uptown (2010), a celebration of the Harlem Renaissance.”

      —————–
      Article contains Spotify links to the songs too.

  32. 85 Dudette
    February 13, 2015 at 1:44 am

    ODETTA was truly gorgeous!

  33. 87 Dudette
    February 13, 2015 at 1:48 am

    Atlanta Royalty was in the house! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. 88 Dudette
    February 13, 2015 at 1:52 am

    The show was separated into 3 acts:

    1 – Bad Blood
    2 – ODETTA (the new centerpiece)
    3 – Revelations (the masterpiece)

  35. 89 Dudette
    February 13, 2015 at 1:53 am

  36. 90 Dudette
    February 13, 2015 at 2:06 am

    Might try strutting into work like this on Monday, if I can muster the strength! ๐Ÿ˜€

  37. 91 Dudette
    February 13, 2015 at 2:14 am

  38. 93 Dudette
    February 13, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Finally taking a long weekend to go have some fun w/ the buds. Will be a road trip down to Hilton Head tomorrow/today. How clever of us to go on “the coldest (freaking) weekend in SC so far this winter”! Oh well! The party must go on! See ya soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. February 13, 2015 at 2:42 am

    Thank you, Ms. Dudette,
    Enjoy your long weekend.
    Good night, 99ts.

  40. 99 99ts
    February 13, 2015 at 3:00 am

    Message for the early early birds – we have a new state govt – only took 2 weeks! and the Electoral office crying about how hard they had to work – they are very well paid – I’m not joining the weeping

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-13/all-seats-declared-in-queensland-election-labor-ahead/6090428

    So Labor one by an inch – but good as a mile. Our new Premier is abt 45, daughter of a WWII refugee who arrived with his parents after the war. He was also in parliament – so somewhat a family dynasty. From a working class area. Do hope she does well

    “Queensland election 2015: Annastacia Palaszczuk invited to form government, interim ministry to be sworn in Saturday”

  41. 101 amk for obama
    February 13, 2015 at 3:56 am

    Congrats. Hope they are stable enough to last the term.

    Icing is pauline hanson losing. I remember that racist crazy coot from the late nineties.

    • 102 99ts
      February 13, 2015 at 5:01 am

      You describe her well – cannot believe so many would vote for her! Yikes. And they refused her a recount. We have government funding for our elections. Pauline lives on the proceeds. She stands in all elections – multiple states & always gets enough votes to get funding.

      Meanwhile – Abbott is surely an insecure wimp. He fired the govt whip because he didn’t stop the back benchers from calling for a vote against him (Abbott). He will not lead this government to the next election – unless he calls a double dissolution in the next month or so.


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