The President at the Cybersecurity & Consumer Protection summit

2:20 EST: The President delivers remarks at the Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, Stanford University


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3:20 EST: The President participates in a roundtable with business leaders, Stanford University

120 Responses to “The President at the Cybersecurity & Consumer Protection summit”

    • February 13, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      Yes, YOU!!!! Afternoon Vicki!!!

    • 3 Vicki
      February 13, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      Only fair. Last on previous thread. First on this one.

      A belated response to West Wing Week. I agree with Chips and Meta that VPBiden is being featured more and in a very positive manner.

      The asinine and inaccurate RW crap about “gaffes” made by VPOTUS will be buried by truth if/when he announces his candidacy.

  1. 4 globalcitizenlinda
    February 13, 2015 at 2:02 pm


  2. 6 JER
    February 13, 2015 at 2:07 pm

  3. 7 vcprezofan2
    February 13, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Chips, are we credentialed guests? Will we be able to get into the luncheon?

    [CC, I was looking for a picture of supplication re credentials for our TOD reporters, but instead found this that made me think of you and the boss. 😀

  4. February 13, 2015 at 2:14 pm

  5. February 13, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    This was from last year – but it will be applicable tomorrow 🙂

      February 13, 2015 at 3:06 pm


      • February 13, 2015 at 3:24 pm

        Wishing you a safe & enjoyable trip Sue. We will miss you and please tell us all about it when you return!

      • 16 jackiegrumbacher
        February 13, 2015 at 3:31 pm

        Sue, that’s wonderful news! I hope you enjoy every minute in the warm sun. Keep well and safe. We’ll miss you, too.

          February 13, 2015 at 7:40 pm


  6. 18 JER
    February 13, 2015 at 2:25 pm

  7. February 13, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    • 20 jacquelineoboomer
      February 13, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      I wanted to sob when I read that! Precious young lives, lost.

    • 21 jackiegrumbacher
      February 13, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      I’m very glad the FBI is looking into this hate crime. These three young people were deliberately targeted and we all know that. Yusor’s statement about America is so hopeful and positive, I wish it had been true for all of them. Truly heartbreaking that those who saw the best in the US, experienced the worst.

  8. 22 Nerdy Wonka
    February 13, 2015 at 2:26 pm

  9. February 13, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    PBO being introduced now

  10. February 13, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    I would love to see the clip of the student shouting “YES WE CAN!” and PBO responding in kind! 🙂 🙂

  11. February 13, 2015 at 2:40 pm

  12. February 13, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Stanford would be a great college for Malia. She visit Stanford last year.

  13. February 13, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    CNN is talking about in Iraq ISIS making advances to some fort were U.S. soldiers are at? You know that is a big story to them cause they want to see U.S. soldiers get caught in some battle with ISIS.

    • February 13, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Exactly. They want US soldiers in it and they want it to go badly so they can blame the President

    • 32 Linda
      February 13, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Yes, and every time they do that…the guest shoots that down …..

    • 34 EricFive
      February 13, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      Is CNN putting pressure on GOP Congress to pass PBO’s war powers request? That was a rhetorical question, as I know they wouldn’t dare point fingers at the GOP’s inability to govern. I am just pointing out how the propaganda never puts any responsability on the GOP. Don’t understand how Americans can watch “news” that roots for the death of U.S. soldiers and failure for the country, just because the favored presidential candidate of the owner class did not win. If, God forbid, the GOP wins the presidency in 2016 there will be little difference between the American media and that of Putin’s Russian. Fascism here we come!!!

  14. 35 Linda
    February 13, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Hmmm Do I understand your coverage of the Cybersecurity Summit properly ?

    This President is holding a summit on Global cybersercurity and YOU are reporting on Billionaire CEO’S not being there and at the same time are showing the President in the background with the sound off instead of broadcasting what he is saying ?

    oh…so the CEO’s are pouting because they have to give the government information. Yet….you NEVER cover that these same Billionaires are getting richer and richer by SELLING ALL YOUR DATA to outside sources ?

    Did I get that right CNN ?

  15. 38 Linda
    February 13, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    President Obama Has Used His Executive Powers To Break The Republican Party

    According to The Hill, Republican infighting is growing over the House-passed bill that would fund Homeland Security while overturning President Obama’s immigration executive actions, “GOP infighting between the House and Senate is growing as Republicans work to prevent a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department at the end of the month. House conservatives on Thursday pointedly criticized Senate Republicans for saying a House-approved bill funding the agency and reversing President Obama’s executive actions on immigration was dead in the Senate.”

    In the first six weeks that Republicans have had control of Congress, they have passed one bill that became a law. The rest of their time has been split between passing dead on arrival legislation (attacks on Obamacare and authorizing Keystone XL) and fighting with each other over President Obama’s executive actions.

    The president successfully derailed the Republican agenda through a series of targeted executive actions on issues that divide the GOP. Obama has successfully fractured and broken the Republican majority by exploiting divides within their party. The White House had planned this strategy for months before the 2014 election. Republicans never saw it coming.


    Is it wrong that I’m smiling ?

    • 39 Don
      February 13, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      Of course not, Linda, this is right up President Obama’s alley. President Obama is calculating and ruthless, and now he is serving his dish up cold.

      • 40 Vicki
        February 13, 2015 at 3:24 pm

        Linda, Don, bella, derBingle. All going according to plan, isn’t it?
        PBO attempts to engage Congress in what he is doing with ISIL, the Congress wants nothing to do with it.

        I agree with the view that they want a big war that profits their paymasters, that will go badly, which they can then blame on The President.
        It is not going to go well for the dumbells. Even at this late date , 6 years in,, the disloyal opposition in both parties have no idea with whom they are dealing.

        • 41 jackiegrumbacher
          February 13, 2015 at 3:52 pm

          Vicki, the very fact that they consistently underestimate PBO, gives him an unparalleled advantage because they never see it coming. They see him through their own distorted lenses and dimwitted mentalities and have the gall to think they can psych out a president who is infinitely smarter than they are. They dismiss him as “professor” smart, living in a rarefied world that doesn’t relate to hard political realities. But he understands the realities better than they do and knows how to fight with weapons they haven’t got the brains to understand. They’re like lumbering Neanderthals trying to outsmart Homo Sapiens.

          • 42 Vicki
            February 13, 2015 at 5:13 pm

            We are on the same page, jackieg

          • 43 Sandy1110
            February 13, 2015 at 6:26 pm

            Add to that the fact that some of them are trying to do the bidding of their most hateful constituents and do their best to oppose him at every turn, and now that the GOP holds House and Senate majorities, there’s no one else to blame for obstructing a President whose positions are seen as correct by a majority of Americans.

            They’ll wish they hadn’t won the midterms.

    • 44 Nena20409
      February 13, 2015 at 4:48 pm


  16. 45 idon
    February 13, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Loved President Obama opening speech for the event. he laid out the history specifically as it relates to Standofrd’s contribution and others. then he laid out the issues and a framework to begin the work. safety security connection collaboration community and it will take us all of us to move forward. loved it!

  17. 48 Nerdy Wonka
    February 13, 2015 at 3:22 pm

  18. 52 JER
    February 13, 2015 at 3:28 pm

  19. 54 Linda
    February 13, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Democrat Kitzhaber Resigns As Oregon Governor Amid Ethics Scandal

    Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) announced Friday that he would resign from office amid an ethics scandal that has plagued him and his fiance.

    His resignation will take effect next Wednesday, Feb. 18. Secretary of State Kate Brown will succeed him.

    Kitzhaber and his fiance Cylvia Hayes face allegations that aides to the governor helped find Hayes employment at public policy organizations in Oregon, sometimes paying six figures, while she was still informally advising the governor.

    “It is not in my nature to walk away from a job I have undertaken – it is to stand and fight for the cause,” he said in a statement. “For that reason I apologize to all those people who gave of their faith, time, energy and resources to elect me to a fourth term last year and who have supported me over the past three decades.”

    “It is deeply troubling to me to realize that we have come to a place in the history of this great state of ours where a person can be charged, tried, convicted and sentenced by the media with no due process and no independent verification of the allegations involved,” Kitzhaber continued. “But even more troubling – and on a very personal level as someone who has given 35 years of public service to Oregon – is that so many of my former allies in common cause have been willing to simply accept this judgment at its face value.”


    • February 13, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      This is sad. Unfortunately Gov. Kitz did not set boundaries with his fiancé allowing her to have inappropriate business dealings that had the appearance, if not the fact, of impropriety in his governance.

    • 62 Don
      February 13, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Dude you’re a Governor, I’m sure you’re making more than the minimum wage in that state. I’m sure your wife can squeak by with making five figures instead of six. Why can’t you do like most Republican Governors and have the Koch brothers funnel in some money through some cool sounding PAC.

      • February 13, 2015 at 4:11 pm

        You are totally misrepresenting this situation. This woman is not his wife, she is a fiancé’ and has no legal relationship with him. It is disrespectful and sexist to frame this a matter of her “hotness” or not. Her income is not his income. And Dem governors are not in large part like GOP governors in how they get their election funding. This is a sad and tragic situation in our state, and your disrespectful comments are inappropriate and not appreciated.

    • 67 Nena20409
      February 13, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      I can’t remember a GOPer Governor ever stepping down from office in modern times due to scandals.
      Palin left to make herself a Millionaire.
      McGrevey from NJ……in the early 2000s.
      Spitzer from NY in 2007/2008
      With all his issues, Mark Sanford of SC never left. Luv Go…….now a Rep from SC.
      Now Gov K from OR.
      Stop being Wusses Dems.

  20. 68 jacquelineoboomer
    February 13, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Best tweet for February (this is from last week), bar none, mostly because who tweeted it!

  21. February 13, 2015 at 3:50 pm

  22. 74 JER
    February 13, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    President Obama Speaks At Summit On Cybersecurity And Consumer Protection At Stanford University
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  23. 77 vcprezofan2
    February 13, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    The GBBC – Great Backyard Bird Count – Honestly, who’s going to go outside to try and count bird species? Pas moi!

      • 79 vcprezofan2
        February 13, 2015 at 4:12 pm

        Are you one of those likely to be taking backyard bird pictures, Meta? All I see in my backyard are the footprints from the winter squirrels who seem to take a daily walk to and from the fence and through into the neighbour’s yard.

  24. February 13, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    OK, so I just did some reconnaissance and it looks like POTUS is having dinner just 6 blocks from my apartment building!! The police and dog sniffers were just arriving and the local police are starting show up. I asked one of them how close they’re going to let people get and he said he didn’t know. The third photo is the view POTUS will have just a few feet away from the house. This is SO COOL!!

    • February 13, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      I took those with my iPhone so they’re not the greatest!

    • February 13, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      Meta this is fantabulous! How are you going to sleep tonight?!?!? I love the pics you took – they are just fine! Please keep us posted as to the goings on….

      • February 13, 2015 at 4:27 pm

        I just hope my timing is right to catch the motorcade!

        • February 13, 2015 at 4:28 pm

          It’s just hilarious that we were talking earlier about hyperventilating on seeing PBO’s motorcade …. and it might pass your front door today!!!! This is a hoot, Meta!!

          • February 13, 2015 at 4:39 pm

            I know, right???!!!! I think I’ve figured out his route. He’ll helicopter into Chrissy Field by the GG Bridge. They’ve closed part of Bay St., which leads to the home where he’ll dine. Then I’ll think they’ll turn up Hyde St because they’ve posted notices that the Cable Car will be shut down starting at 1:30 for the POTUS. The home is just right off Hyde. The dinner is supposed to be at 4:40pm so I think I’m going to walk down there about 4:15 or so and see what’s going on. If I see his motorcade, I know my heart will be racing!

            • 94 GGail
              February 13, 2015 at 4:43 pm

              When I was part of the OFA group to wave as he went to George Clooney’s home, we were there for two hours waiting for him and then he drove by in 60 seconds. But what a time those 60 seconds were 😀

              Remember – I told y’all he let the window down to wave at me because I had on my t-shirt of him getting out of the beast with his ray bans on. Remember?

              Damn meta – you’ve got me excited – simply because the man is in the same State that I happen to be in!!

              • February 13, 2015 at 4:49 pm

                WOW, gf, that is some memory!!

                • 96 GGail
                  February 13, 2015 at 4:52 pm

                  I remember “ALL things Obama” 🙂

                  • 97 HZ
                    February 13, 2015 at 10:18 pm

                    In deed, GGail and meta. Our gorgeous President will have great eating weather, university visitation weather, and do not forget that come down a little south and catch the delicious sunny golfing weather. Just soaking it all in during his visit. We are so blessed to have him in our areas. I do hope that he plays some great golf while here. We love you, Mr. President.HZ

    • 98 nospin
      February 13, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      sooo you just told everybody where you lived. hahahahahahahahaha meta

    • 102 GGail
      February 13, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      Meta – you did real good! I’m excited for you!!!

    • 105 forus50
      February 13, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      Maybe he will stop by meta’s house for an after-dinner coffee and PIE!!!!

  25. February 13, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks Obama! 🙂

    • 108 purpleshoesla
      February 13, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      Yep. I am just getting ready to “strongly edit” my Romney supporting Boss’ draft of his market commentary that is full of implied doom and gloom about “market disruptions”… This is his 5th crack at it as I’ve rejected his last 4 attempts. I’m such a stinker 🙂

  26. 113 Nena20409
    February 13, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Friday the 13th 2015…….the first in 2015!
    Au ⭐ for Vicki, Yes!
    Now back to read the posts……I have been slow visiting TOD today…….but no worries, Chips, Nerdy Wonka and Co will keep me informed on all things Newsy and all Things great to know about POTUS 😉
    Last, I was wondering, does anyone know who Michael Kay is? He is a smart Brit, Tall, hairy on the face 😦 , hot looking, 20 yrs service in the Military in UK, Iraq and Afghan Vet, Married, retired now and is now working for MSNBC as an Intel/Military analyst/Contributor……….Is he by any chance related to one Katy Kay, a BBC America….Presenter in DC?
    Here’s a tweet from him…..Google didn’t say his sibling connections.

  27. 115 No Child Left Behind
    February 13, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Worth repeating.

  28. February 13, 2015 at 4:56 pm

  29. 117 vcprezofan2
    February 13, 2015 at 4:59 pm

  30. 119 Nena20409
    February 13, 2015 at 5:07 pm

  31. February 13, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    It’s a conventional war and it ain’t stopping ….

    “While the Minsk negotiations went on, Russian-terrorist units in Donbas did not cease their attempts to advance in the area of Debaltseve. We note a sharp increase in the numbers of regular Russian army units in this area (personnel from different military units of the Russian Armed Forces, combined into tactical groups). Ukrainian artillery delivered multiple fire strikes on the terrorists’ battle lines. However, the enemy continues the offensive, despite incurring heavy losses near Lohvynove and Nyzhnje Lozove over the last 24 hours (a total of 8 armored vehicles and 10 motor vehicles).

    Units of local ‘LNR’ [Luhansk People’s Republic] insurgents, which had been pulled back from the Debaltseve area deeper into terrorist-controlled territory, are flat out refusing to continue fighting alongside Russian regular troops (the latter use local terrorists in the most dangerous areas).”

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