The President And First Lady’s Day


President Barack Obama meets with (L-R) Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Guinean President Alpha Conde and makes a statement on their progress in the fight against the Ebola virus and their efforts to create long-term economic recovery for the West African countries








President Obama walks across the South Lawn before departing the White House aboard Marine One in Washington, DC. to Charlotte, North Carolina


Pete Souza: Rainy day. President Obama arrives in Charlotte, N.C.


Pete Souza: President Obama waits backstage before being introduced at town hall in Charlotte.


Obama participates in a town hall meeting about working families issues at the ImaginOn educational center in Charlotte, North Carolina

President Obama holds a town hall meeting with BlogHer and SheKnows about working families issues at the ImaginOn educational center in Charlotte, North Carolina



Pete Souza: President Obama signing photos backstage at Imaginon in Charlotte after today’s town hall.


Obama says hello to a baby as he greets military families in a cargo bay after arriving aboard Air Force One at Charlotte Air National Guard Base in Charlotte, North Carolina

President Obama says hello to a baby as he greets military families in a cargo bay, due to a steady rain outside, after arriving aboard Air Force One at Charlotte Air National Guard Base

President Obama speaks with BlogHer co-founder and SheKnows COO Lisa Stone during a town hall meeting at Imaginon


Obama greets attendees after a town hall meeting about working families issues at the ImaginOn educational center in Charlotte, North Carolina

President Obama greets attendees after a town hall meeting


First Lady Michelle Obama runs up to greet local students before planting vegetables in the White House kitchen garden. This is the seventh year in a row the First Lady has planted a vegetable garden on the South Lawn to initiate a national conversation around healthy eating.





114 Responses to “The President And First Lady’s Day”

  1. 1 desertflower
    April 15, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Love them!

  2. 16 TrumpDog
    April 15, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    I see all the pictures of our president and the First Lady and I get sad because it is a reminder they won’t be in the White House in a couple of years.
    I know they need a break but I feel so comforted knowing Obama is the president and Michelle is the First Lady. Such grace and class, intellegence, humility. I am SO proud of them.

  3. 24 Nerdy Wonka
    April 15, 2015 at 8:02 pm


    President Obama is too cool for words. There truly will never be another like him.

    • 25 Vicki
      April 15, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      Nerdy, I was just about to thank you for that amazing picture and here you are—highlighting it.
      Thank you. Admiring PBO will never get old.

    • 27 hopefruit2
      April 15, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      I know that Mr. Yardarm is on vacay – but he may need to shorten his stay up north to come back here to help with the naughty mats….

    • 28 forus50
      April 15, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      Woah, incredible photo. That’s got to be in the top 10 of the Barack Obama “Debonair” album set along with the one in the rain and getting out of the car putting shades on. I think we should request Chips to create different album categories right?

      I saw on Twitter some guy talking about “nobody wears a suit like Obama”. True, true. Even the very physically fit athletes don’t wear a suit as well; perhaps because they are too muscular in the neck and shoulders.

      • 29 TrumpDog
        April 15, 2015 at 9:04 pm

        “….and getting out of the car putting shades on. ”

        I bought that EBONY magazine with that picture on the cover. It’s probably my favorite picture of him.

      • 30 Betsy
        April 16, 2015 at 1:21 am

        Nothing will beat that one of him in the rain. It is simply incredibly awesome (and hot).

    • 31 FoxfireTX
      April 15, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      Aaaahhhhhh……..LOL! Thank you. I swear he will be eye candy for women until forever.

    • 33 TrumpDog
      April 15, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      I thought the recent one with him petting Bo with one hand and the other holding his jacket on his shoulder looked like a good magazine pic as well.

      Such a handsome man.

  4. April 15, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    GE Chips, TOD! Congrats, DF!

    “Rabie Dardouna says he did not know what the door mural thought to have been painted by the British street artist was worth and claims the buyer tricked him. A man in Gaza says he has been duped into selling a Banksy artwork worth thousands that was painted on the door of his war-damaged house for just $175 (£118). The mural of Niobe, a mourning Greek goddess – entitled Bomb Damage – had been painted on a metal door which was all that remained of the home of Rabie Dardouna, 33, after it was hit by Israeli munitions in LAST year’s Gaza war. Now the artwork – one of four painted by the British street artist after he REPORTEDLY found his way into Gaza earlier this year – has been removed after Belal Khaled, a local artist, persuaded Dardouna to sell it to him….

    …Speaking to the Guardian on Wednesday, the father of seven, who WORKS for the Palestinian Authority, explained that he had originally not paid much attention to the painting that had appeared on the door and frame. He said: “When I first noticed the painting, some neighbours told me that someone had come early in the morning with some other people and painted it. I didn’t pay that much attention to it, although people would come and photograph it. “Then someone called Belal Khaled called me on the phone. He said ‘we’ve painted seven paintings on seven doors and I bought all the doors except for yours and I paid 500 shekels for each’. At first I refused to sell it as I thought the door was worth more as it is heavy metal and I asked for 1,000 shekels. Finally we AGREED on 700 shekels [about $175]. “Then he came and cut the door and took it. “I didn’t know how valuable the door was. I sold it for the value of the metal, not the painting. Then people told me it was a famous international artist and is priceless. I want the door to be SET as it was while I rebuild my house. I feel now I was tricked as he told me that he is buying the door not the painting. I was duped.”

    • April 15, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      I think this tricksy thief should be made to give back all the Banksy doors/art, for no refund. Inexcusable and unforgivably cruel after all the misery and suffering the people in Gaza have endured. Some people are just real slime balls, aren’t they?

  5. April 15, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Gawd, I just want to SCREAM sometimes

    • 38 purpleshoesla
      April 15, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      WORD! My president put on yet another “Master Clinic” today at that Town Hall meeting. When he said that the beneficiaries of these tax cuts were going to approx 6,000 wealthiest families to the total tune of $270 Billion, I thought I heard some gasps from the audience like they didn’t realize 1) that was how much the total tax cut was and 2) how $270 Billion could be spent in a better fashion like expanding early education for cripes sake; paying for 2 years of free community college for a whole lotta people. Hullo ???? wake up and smell the gott damn coffee people! (Not anyone here at TOD of course :smile:). If he went around the country and did one of these town halls once a week for the rest of his Presidency, we’d have a helluva lot more informed electorate come 2016.

      • 39 theo67
        April 15, 2015 at 11:20 pm

        I hope they remember these facts when they’re sitting at home, refusing to vote, saying both parties are the same and insisting that Democrats should be working harder to compromise with Republicans. Compromising with a bad idea just gets you some of that bad idea…

  6. 40 arapaho415
    April 15, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    GE TODville.

    Heard on the radio that today is #JackieRobinsonJacketGiveAwayDay (#JackieJacket, LOL) and that traffic was expected to be especially thorny around Dodger Stadium this afternoon, earlier than usual.

    Love that @dodgers changed their twitter avatar:

    • April 15, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    • 42 vcprezofan2
      April 15, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      Happy Birthday to you, Arapaho! What time are we going for your birthday dinner -(you can wear that fancy dress we talked about last time there was a party)?

      • 43 arapaho415
        April 15, 2015 at 11:53 pm

        You’re too funny.

        Sounds like the birthday bash you attended would have been the perfect place for *my* dress. 😉

        Thanks for the BD wishes. Feel better knowing that it’s also the anniversary of JackieRobinson putting on an LA Dodgers uniform for the first time.

        What a thrill for him and all of Brooklyn.

        I’ve only been to NYC twice, and the last time was 6 months after 9/11. I really wanted to see where Ebbets Field had been, but I was by myself on the subway and being a suburban girl my entire life, didn’t occur to me that there might be taxis at the subway stations (are there?). I had no idea where it had been, but a cabbie might have known. Instead took the deserted subway to the end of the line, Coney Island, which was closed for the winter (this was early March, temp was 28F). Since I’m from SoCal, had no idea that venues closed for the winter. 😦

        I had taken a taxi from my Long Island hotel to the LIE light rail, and recall that the cabbie was incredulous that I was going to Brooklyn — he was like, why the Hell do you want to go *there*, LOL.

    • 44 sjterrid
      April 15, 2015 at 11:52 pm

      Arapaho, Happy Birthday!

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  9. 53 Nerdy Wonka
    April 15, 2015 at 8:28 pm

  10. April 15, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    I thought this was an interesting layout of the effect some of Clinton’s supporters are having and also why a primary would be a good thing.

    “All you Hillary fans who think you’re doing her some kind of favor by pummeling every Democrat and liberal/progressive who isn’t a fan need to think again. You’re pissing people off.

    Not everyone believes she’s the only candidate who can beat the nutty GOP field in 2016. Not everyone thinks that a discourse of ideas among liberals is a bad idea. And it’s especially maddening to be piled upon when there are legitimate concerns about where Hillary stands.”


    • 55 vcprezofan2
      April 15, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      From the same article…

      …………………………………… But U.S. News makes a point that possibly no one else has yet:

      “If Clinton folds under political attack or has an unexpected health emergency, absent a bigger and better field, Democrats might as well hand Republicans the White House with a bow on top.”

      As the magazine puts it, why is there no Plan B? Being so gung-ho about one candidate that other voices are actively squelched could well mean the left will be shut out in 2016. Contingency plans, people!

      As valid as that point is, it’s not what’s pissing off many on the left. There are two issues: some of Hillary’s positions have been anathema to liberals, plus, other candidates do exist, if there weren’t such an effort to smother the life out of them.

      The issues can’t be ignored. They’re going to come up and they should come up because ignoring reality is a good way to sink a campaign. If Hillary can’t deal with criticism from the left, how the hell is she going to fare under criticism from the right? And if she can’t convince a huge faction of her own party that she’s the best candidate, how is she going to convince the country as a whole?

      More importantly, some of where she stands threatens the kind of future that liberals/progressives want for this country. Here are some of the most problematic issues: ……………………………..

      ………………………………… //

    • 56 vcprezofan2
      April 15, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      A worthy discussion … and a bit of optimism re other candidates >> “There will be a full slate of Democratic contenders…”

      // ………………………………
      I have to admit that I am a little worried about much of what I hear and read coming from liberals about Hillary Clinton, especially since she announced yesterday.

      Now, let me start by saying that I won’t be supporting her in the primaries. I’m already supporting someone else. And yes, there will be a full slate of Democratic candidates by the middle of next month. There will be people to support other than Hillary Clinton, and that’s a good thing.

      What is not a good thing is this notion that many liberals seem to have, that the only way someone can win is by trashing the leading candidate in the primaries. Sorry, but that’s how the right wing thinks; it’s the reason they’ve been trashing Obama for eight years now. In reality, if the only way your candidate can win is by tearing down Hillary Clinton, you’re supporting a pretty bad candidate.

      It is so incredibly important to not trash any Democratic candidates, ………………………… //


      • 57 nospin
        April 15, 2015 at 10:15 pm

        ” this notion that many liberals seem to have, the only way someone can win is by trashing the leading candidate in the primaries.”

        Hogwash. At this time, no one has announced except HRC. So the nobody is trashing her to allow another candidate to win. She is just a crappy candidate who stands for nothing, has no policies and will never be POTUS.

        #nomoreClintons #none

        • 58 vcprezofan2
          April 15, 2015 at 10:20 pm

          I’m taking note of his advice that it’s important to not ‘trash’ any Dem candidate. He doesn’t say not to question their policies.

          • April 16, 2015 at 7:16 am

            This. I will do my best to not trash anyone, esp when they dis the president. I admit I do take it personal. But as you say I will stay focused on the issues.

      • 60 nospin
        April 15, 2015 at 10:17 pm

        oh and she only announced yesterday? Good gosh! Feels like forever. I am already fatigued by all the drama.

        • 61 vcprezofan2
          April 15, 2015 at 10:22 pm

          This was written the day after she announced. 😀 But yes, it does feel like forever …….. since she resigned from SoS in fact!

  11. 62 forus50
    April 15, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Dumb and Dumber, truly.

    • April 15, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      Those are GWB’s numbers. Jeb is stuck with them.

      • 64 forus50
        April 15, 2015 at 9:41 pm

        Yup, nobody’s forgotten (other than the GOP leadership) how horrendously awful GWB was. That 8 years was the longest 8 years most of us have lived through; either due to loss of savings or job or house or just total anger over the Iraq invasion lie and senseless loss of life of thousands of soldiers and civilians.

        • 65 jacquelineoboomer
          April 15, 2015 at 10:16 pm

          It was truly a horrible period! You are right – some of the longest 8 years many of us have lived through, and we don’t want to ever be subject to that again.

    • 66 purpleshoesla
      April 15, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      Color me shocked…… NOT!

    • April 15, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      America won’t want to elect a third Bush.

      As for Hillary Clinton, unfortunately for her I suspect that her numbers will continue to drop.

      The fact that both a Bush and a Clinton are running will make people EVEN MORE hungry for new faces. Jeb Bush makes things more difficult for Hillary and vice versa. The specter of a Bush/Clinton match will NOT make people happy. Voters want fresh faces.

      Not fair for Hillary, but this is reality.

      The minute Governor O’Malley announces, and Jim Webb, things will get interesting. And if Joe Biden decides to jump in the race, watch out !!

      The media will tire very rapidly of Hillary’s “inevitability” and will give exposure to the new candidates.

      A great help for Hillary though is the fact that she has the WHOLE establishment of the democratic party behind her. And lots, lots of money from the corporate friends she and Bill have cultivated for years in their long quest for a return to the White House. She’s very well positioned to win the democratic nomination.

      Hillarly is not a bad person and would be a competent president. I just think she plays politics the old way, and she and her husband always put politics before policy.

      She doesn’t have political courage, she doesn’t take risks. However, I admire her PERSONAL courage and her toughness; she has endured years and years of vicious attacks from the right and it has not destroyed her. She is a very very strong person. That would help her in the job.

      • 68 theo67
        April 16, 2015 at 12:05 am

        Good post. I agree with you that Hillary’s personal courage is admirable. Her policies and instincts are a whole other matter.

  12. April 15, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    What a great collection of photos. There is no doubt this is one hard working couple. Thanks Nerdy!

  13. 71 Roberta in MN
    April 15, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Happy Birthday Arapaho & Anjo. Hope you had a great day. It’s been a busy day and I am just now trying to get caught up. May have to finish tomorrow. I amstillnot at 100% so am really tired. To bed early. Have a good evening everyone. Lights out for me. LOL

    • 72 vcprezofan2
      April 15, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      Rest well, Roberta! A good night’s sleep will make a difference tomorrow.

    • 73 jackiegrumbacher
      April 15, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      Roberta, take care of yourself. Everything that didn’t get done today will be there tomorrow and you’ll be better rested.

  14. April 15, 2015 at 9:45 pm

  15. 75 jackiegrumbacher
    April 15, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Evening all. I am happy to say that my new floors are in and I have just this moment unpacked my last box, although there’s endless fussing and rearranging to be done. The floors look new, shiny and wonderful, but I’ve missed everything today, include Anjo and Arapaho’s birthday. Hope everyone had a productive day.

  16. 81 forus50
    April 15, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    This story just gets worse about this Tulsa “pay to play” police deputy Bates who shot #EricHarris in the back as he was on the ground. The sheriff’s deputy that certified Bates has moved on to work for the Secret Service.

  17. 83 Dudette
    April 15, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Hi Everyone! So glad I can always count of TOD to catch up on the day’s happenings! Wonderful roundup, Nerdy! Thank you soooo much!

  18. 87 Dudette
    April 15, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Happy Birthday to Anjo and Arapaho! 😀

  19. April 15, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    But Jarvis says she thinks that she and the first lady will stay close, even when she is not physically present. On her last trip on Air Force One, Jarvis accompanied the Obamas to the civil rights anniversary commemorations in Selma, Ala., last month. It was another special moment for a young black woman traveling with the first black first lady, and Jarvis felt nostalgic.

    “It was so powerful. It felt like [both] the message of 2008 and how far we’ve come as a people,” she said.

    And when the president’s plane landed back at Joint Base Andrews, the first lady invited Jarvis to exit at the front of the plane with the family. “As we walked down the steps, FLOTUS was holding my hand,” Jarvis said softly.

    • April 15, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      I just love this story. I have been thinking about it for hours. Such depth and beauty in a human relationship. Both women so blessed. ❤

      • 90 misspat
        April 16, 2015 at 12:02 am

        Mighty Pamela; have you seen HZ around here? I am worried about her. I will try to go find her e-mail from years ago. If you talk to her let her know we miss her.

        • 91 Betsy
          April 16, 2015 at 1:37 am

          You are right, haven’t seen her around for at least a week or more but then I’m not on all the time either. Do let us know if you find out anything.

  20. 92 nospin
    April 15, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Happy Birthday Anjo and Arapaho

    A smile for both of you

    • 93 Dudette
      April 15, 2015 at 11:34 pm

      😀 😀 Outstanding! 😀 😀

      LOL! Love that! Little poodle checking things out “What the…?”:-D

  21. 95 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Happy Birthday to Arapaho & Anjo! 🙂

  22. 96 vcprezofan2
    April 15, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Night-night, Everybody!

  23. 97 Dudette
    April 16, 2015 at 12:34 am

    I’m so tickled I must share this!

    After the White House Gospel Performance I sent this tweet to LeVar Burton. I thought I caught a couple of glimpses of him in the audience.

    Well he didn’t actually reply to my tweet, but he did follow me. And then he followed Rihannon Giddens, Lyle Lovett and April Kimble! 😀

    April tweeted this! So I have my answer! 🙂

  24. 98 Dudette
    April 16, 2015 at 12:46 am

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    April 16, 2015 at 12:48 am


  26. 101 Dudette
    April 16, 2015 at 12:57 am

  27. 103 Dudette
    April 16, 2015 at 12:58 am

  28. 105 Dudette
    April 16, 2015 at 2:27 am

  29. 106 Dudette
    April 16, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Good Night! 🙂

  30. April 16, 2015 at 7:42 am

    • April 16, 2015 at 7:43 am

      Even in just these 3 short paragraphs, PBO writes so beautifully and lyrically. I cannot wait to read his memoirs.

      • April 16, 2015 at 9:21 am

        Joe Klein wrote the commentary on the President….i did not like the first half…. he mentions how the dems ran from the president to their demise…and calculated that was because the President and his policies are Kryptonite…..then he goes on to talk about the successes of the same policies and their impact….something is not connecting here…to me this is what makes this assessment dishonest…….

        • April 16, 2015 at 9:29 am

          Most of the Time 100 stuff is pure dreck. Klein’s piece is more MSM low-info gloss.

          • April 16, 2015 at 9:49 am

            i agree….Meta….i hope that the Hillary Clinton campaign does not repeat the mistakes that the DNC made in 2010 and 2014…of running from the President and his accomplishments…i have read that they plan to some how straddle the fence…the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign have their own version of ODS….

      • April 16, 2015 at 9:25 am

        also in the realm of artist…i would have put Lupita Nyong’o…how far reaching and influential she has been in challenging the standards of beauty in a world that cherishes blond and fair…

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