The President’s Town Hall

2:35 EDT: Participates in a town hall about working families issues; ImaginOn, Charlotte, North Carolina



3:30 EDT: First Lady Michelle Obama and Children from Across the Country Plant the Seventh Annual White House Kitchen Garden

105 Responses to “The President’s Town Hall”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    April 15, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    I’m ready.

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      April 15, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Are you ready to listen?

    • April 15, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Heeeeeeeeey baby! 😎

      • 4 vcprezofan2
        April 15, 2015 at 2:16 pm

        Heeeeeeeeeey Momma! Spring cleaning progressing well? I’m heavily invested in its success, you know!

        • April 15, 2015 at 2:22 pm

          Well………….. today I was in a supervisor role (hush) as 18,953 workmen came through the door – I probably should have staggered the arrivals. 😕 Plenty of progress, but perhaps not as much as I expected after three days of torture. Planned on a lie-in tomorrow, just got text message saying new microwave oven (to assist my culinary adventures) will be arriving at 8.0 AM.

          • 6 vcprezofan2
            April 15, 2015 at 2:27 pm

            Hush! It’s almost done – think of the end result. 😀 The good thing about scheduling delivery etc early is that your chance of them being on time is infinitely better than the alternative. I hate when they do the ‘between 9 and 12’ or ‘between 12 and 5’ arrival time, because invariably you end up wasting quite a bit of that time waiting!

      • 14 Betsy
        April 16, 2015 at 1:41 am

        Chips, Miss Pat was commenting on another thread that she hadn’t seen HZ in awhile. Come to think of it neither have I; have you had word from her? I hope she is ok.

  2. 15 vcprezofan2
    April 15, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    • 16 GGail
      April 15, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      That is so true!

      Congrats vc on First 🙂

      • 17 vcprezofan2
        April 15, 2015 at 2:51 pm

        Hello west coaster!

        • 18 GGail
          April 15, 2015 at 3:30 pm

          Hi there (I’m stumped as to how I should identify you) 😀

          • 19 vcprezofan2
            April 15, 2015 at 3:32 pm

            😯 You don’t recognize me? I’m the quiet one.

            • 20 GGail
              April 15, 2015 at 3:41 pm

              Oh YEAH, now I remember! 😀
              Hi sweetie, how’s life today? Did that cold/sore throat leave you?

              • 21 vcprezofan2
                April 15, 2015 at 3:50 pm

                Life’s good, thank you for asking. 🙂 The cold is 85% gone, so I’m feeling much better in that regard. What’s up in your corner?

                • 22 GGail
                  April 15, 2015 at 3:53 pm

                  Not much, beautiful weather, having dinner after work with jojo. Life’s good with people like you & jojo around 🙂

                  • 23 vcprezofan2
                    April 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm

                    Ty and please say ‘hi’ to Jojo for me. Any rain recently?

                    • 24 GGail
                      April 15, 2015 at 4:18 pm

                      Will do and sadly, no rain, although, funny you should mention rain…our sprinklers come on around 11pm, and it was forecast that the mountain area’s might, might get some rain, so last night, in that twillight phase of slumber, I thought I heard the sprinklers come on, then I was awakened by what I thought was rain falling from up above, but when I finally stepped outside on my way to my car, the grass looked wet, but the sidewalks didn’t show any signs of being wet.

                      So, since I was not consciously awake…was it the sprinklers….or…did it rain last night? 😀 😀

  3. 26 vcprezofan2
    April 15, 2015 at 2:20 pm

  4. 27 forus50
    April 15, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Whoopsy daisy!!

    • 28 vcprezofan2
      April 15, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      Hope it has nothing to do with his health, and everything to do with just a slip up. Poor soul is likely very embarrassed.

      • 29 Nena20409
        April 15, 2015 at 2:42 pm

        No not his health. There is some kind of a Metallic Plate underneath his shoes. These people usually wear spic and span polished shoes. Who knows, a little bit of oil, liquid, or what have you…… 😉 ….might have caused his slippage 🙂

        I feel for the poor guy. Now his ‘fall’ is a World Wide Web sensation. 15 mins of instant Fame ❓

      • 31 jacquelineoboomer
        April 15, 2015 at 2:50 pm

        In our country, the Republicans would be blaming Emperor Obama.

    • 33 GGail
      April 15, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      OMG, he maintained his professional demeanor through it all. Bless his heart 🙂
      Don’t tell him I laughed 😀

  5. 34 Nena20409
    April 15, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Another Gorgeous Sunny, breezy day in MN 🙂
    Congrats VC on your Double Au ⭐ ⭐
    Prayers to GoBrooklyn.
    So a man-made look alike Mini-Helicopter landed at the Capitol in DC. Another reason to continue to loathe these civilian flying Drones.
    One of these days, some evil person will us this nefariously.
    R&S was awesome today.

  6. 36 Nena20409
    April 15, 2015 at 2:43 pm

  7. April 15, 2015 at 2:52 pm


    • April 15, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      That article is from 7/1/2014?

      • April 15, 2015 at 3:51 pm

        You are right. Sorry about that. I didn’t check the date.

        • 41 vcprezofan2
          April 15, 2015 at 4:07 pm

          Sometimes it’s the last thing you think of when you read a tweet because you expect that the original sharer already checked. Most of the time I check the date of the tweet and forget to check the date of the article, though I’m a bit more aware these days than I was at the start.

          • April 15, 2015 at 4:21 pm

            Yeah, that’s true. And for me, the gist of the article fits for today as much as it did back then. Unfortunately for all of us.

  8. 43 jacquelineoboomer
    April 15, 2015 at 3:01 pm

  9. 44 Linda
    April 15, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Man in Wheelchair Stripped of Transit Pass for Not Proving Disability

  10. 45 Nena20409
    April 15, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    • 46 Nena20409
      April 15, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      US Capitol Police: Bomb squad clears helicopter; it is being moved to a secure location: http://abcn.ws/1FU4yfA

    • 47 Nena20409
      April 15, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      • April 15, 2015 at 4:03 pm

        is there a spy in the SS….why do these breaches of security keep happening…

        • April 15, 2015 at 4:07 pm

          shouldn’t that aircraft have shown up on someone’s screen….are any of these folks prosecuted?…

          • 50 forus50
            April 15, 2015 at 5:23 pm

            WASHINGTON – A man who flew across the National Mall and landed a gyrocopter on the front lawn of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday was not detected by the federal authorities charged with enforcing the secure airspace over the District.

            “Normally we usually catch these things in the air,” says Mike Kucharek, spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which is part of a network of federal agencies that together monitor and take action against airborne security threats.

            But something happened in this case to allow the small aircraft to land undetected.

            “It could be the time of flight or the composite material the aircraft is made of – we’re not going to speculate,” says Kucharek.

            Also a Tampa Bay TImes reporter knew about it a year ago but did not notify the police until it was in air.

            • 51 vcprezofan2
              April 15, 2015 at 6:59 pm

              “It was an act, basically, of civil disobedience. He wanted to let people know about what campaign finance laws, or lack thereof, are doing to this country.”

              Please connect the dots for me, ForUS, or someone. How does/did this action draw attention to campaign finance laws?

          • 52 vcprezofan2
            April 15, 2015 at 7:54 pm

            April 15, 2015, 02:36 pm
            Gyrocopter pilot feared being shot down
            By Vicki Needham and David McCabe

            The pilot who flew a gyrocopter into restricted airspace and landed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol is Doug Hughes, a postal worker from Florida who wants to make a statement about campaign finance reform.

            Hughes, 61, had warned on Wednesday that he would fly his small gyrocopter to the Capitol to deliver letters in person to lawmakers to demand that they take up campaign finance reform.


            Officials on Capitol Hill also said police were expecting him, but had thought he would land on the east side of the Capitol.

            Hughes told the Times that he had been questioned for about 45 minutes by the Secret Service. He had made no secret of his effort.

            “I’m demanding reform and declaring a voter’s rebellion in a manner consistent with Jefferson’s description of rights in the Declaration of Independence,” he wrote in his letters, according to the Times. “As a member of Congress, you have three options. 1. You may pretend corruption does not exist. 2. You may pretend to oppose corruption while you sabotage reform. 3. You may actively participate in real reform.”


            • April 16, 2015 at 5:38 am

              thanks VC….although i understand the sentiment of the man,,,but the SS cannot just allow folks to fly into the airspace of the WH…what if he was on a kamakazi mission and the plane blows up when it lands….i am beginning to believe that that something sinister is going on at the SS

  11. 54 Nena20409
    April 15, 2015 at 3:27 pm

  12. 55 Nena20409
    April 15, 2015 at 3:32 pm

  13. April 15, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    I’m trying to watch POTUS and FLOTUS, I’m going back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.

  14. 58 Nena20409
    April 15, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    That was fast.
    They have just increased the REWARD $$$$ not too long ago.

  15. 59 forus50
    April 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Chips, Katie and her baby are outside enjoying the sunshine right now.

    • April 15, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      Are you sure Forus? Dallas Zoo are saying it won’t be til next week

      • 61 forus50
        April 15, 2015 at 4:40 pm

        yes, I think in the tweet they are just saying that there are no cameras outside. I was watching the livestream and the birthing “pen” and both were gone and all the discussion was about them being outside and not being able to see them.

        • 62 GGail
          April 15, 2015 at 5:02 pm

          It’s 2pm Dallas time and I’m looking at Katie inside the portion that they place her & the baby when they’re cleaning the birthing area. Maybe they have the ability to go inside as well as outside during the day. That would be nice, but I don’t have time to watch for very long now, will check back this evening.

  16. 65 Anjo
    April 15, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Pausing from my birthday celebrations to send GoB all of my birthday blessings that they bring healing relief and comfort, you are constantly in my prayers

  17. 72 Nerdy Wonka
    April 15, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    • 73 No Child Left Behind
      April 15, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      Thank you for the recap, NW. I missed the town hall! Thanks for you, now I have the gist.

  18. 74 forus50
    April 15, 2015 at 5:13 pm

  19. 75 Vicki
    April 15, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    If anybody is wondering about HRC and her stance re: Obamacare here are 2 clues—–

    On Chris Hayes this week Chris asked a Hillary supporter about the candidates thoughts and intent regarding the ACA. The spokewoman, with that plastered on huge smile we get from RW women, ignored the question entirely and did an extended riff on “The Democrat Party” filled with talking points about the greatness of Lady Walmart.
    Chris and Sam Seder’s faces were something to behold. Shocked. Both to hear a supposed Dem spokesperson saying Democrat Party and then refusing to discuss the ACA. Chris looked shocked but Sam seemed ready to cry. Chris recovered first and got this hideous woman off the screen.

    Second clue is that on the day recently when the excellent ACA sign-up numbers were announced HRC was on TV with a GOP guy presenting a bill to extend S-Chip. Not a peep about good news for the ACA. Trying to step on PBO’s and Obamacare’s success. Again

    If I understand the implications here, it is 100% certain that the WH does, too. I think HRC would be wise to expect a blowback that will knock her off her feet.

    • 76 Vicki
      April 15, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      Clarification. What Chris Hayes asked, specifically, was “Today the numbers on uncovered adults came out and as a result of Obamacare the number dropped from over 18% to 11%. What will the HRC campaign say about this?”
      Then this woman launched into anti-Obama “democrat party” having nothing to do with healthcare.

      It doesn’t matter how much HRC apes Elizabeth Warren’s populist points, the truth comes out when the topic is specific.

      The strategy appears to be stating the obvious in platitudes and avoiding anything that pertains to actual people. Or that acknowledges the current administration.

      • April 15, 2015 at 6:16 pm


        had to post this…because the only reason not to tout the President’s accomplishment is because of racism and courting that white racist vote. Running from PBO and his accomplishments worked so well in 2010 and 2014…

        • 78 Vicki
          April 15, 2015 at 6:22 pm

          Sadly, I agree. Racism, hating the black President and trying once again to beat him. Which they Never will do.

      • April 15, 2015 at 7:06 pm

        All I’m seeing is baskets full of low-hanging fruit.

        • 80 Vicki
          April 15, 2015 at 7:32 pm

          What do you mean, meta?

          • April 15, 2015 at 7:34 pm

            No risks from HRC, just statements of support of what should be Democratic Party “givens.”

            • 82 Vicki
              April 15, 2015 at 7:39 pm

              Exactly. No risks.
              And talking about income inequality after 9 years on the Walmart Board. Who could possibly believe her.

              Donna is right. Martin, let’s go.
              How long is Lady Walmart to be given an platform, stage, free of any other Democrats? Although i do see there could be a strategy in leaving her out there.

              Sooner or later the white privileged entitlement she truly is will be plain for all to see.

  20. 83 Vicki
    April 15, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Behind me I hear the useless DWS telling Ed about HRC’s commitment to marriage equality.

    • 84 Vicki
      April 15, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      DWS bravely stepping up with an opinion on an issue even Rush Limbaugh says has been settled. Silent on battles we need to fight and win. Useless defined.

  21. April 15, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    No matter how many times I hear PBO speak and reiterate his goals and values, I feel like I am hearing it for the first time. No matter how many times he says the same words they still resonate with his sincerity and honesty. Amazing man!

  22. 89 forus50
    April 15, 2015 at 6:37 pm

  23. 90 vcprezofan2
    April 15, 2015 at 7:08 pm

  24. April 15, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    The Pontiff turns up the heat:

  25. 94 vcprezofan2
    April 15, 2015 at 7:11 pm

  26. 95 vcprezofan2
    April 15, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    U.S. Navy Officer Pleads Guilty to Selling Classified Ship Schedules as Part of Expanding Navy Bribery Probe

    // ……………………………….

    “Another Navy officer has now pleaded guilty and admitted to taking bribes to reveal classified military information to a major supplier,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell. “It is both troubling and disappointing how many Navy officers we have exposed as willingly falling prey to GDMA’s corruption, and our investigation remains active and ongoing. Those who serve in our nation’s military must uphold the public’s trust or pay the consequences for their crimes.”

    “The receipt of envelopes of cash and lavish hotel stays by our public officials at whatever level erodes the public’s trust in our institutions and our government,” said U.S. Attorney Duffy. “Today’s guilty plea reflects the next step in our ongoing effort to regain that public trust.”

    Todd Dale Malaki, 44, of San Diego, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mitchell D. Dembin of the Southern District of California to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 6, 2015.
    ………………………… //


  27. 99 vcprezofan2
    April 15, 2015 at 7:20 pm

  28. 100 vcprezofan2
    April 15, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Want a weekend activity?

  29. 101 vcprezofan2
    April 15, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Next week Wednesday is Earth Day. Want to plan an activity together?

  30. 102 desertflower
    April 15, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    I thought there would be birthday cakes, so I peeked in and…….WHERE’S THE CAKES???? 🙂

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