Heart Mended

@WhiteHouse: Rebecca’s heart can officially mend when President Obama visits South Dakota tomorrow

155 Responses to “Heart Mended”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    May 7, 2015 at 8:26 pm


  2. May 7, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    MF…At least it is a fellow desi!

  3. 8 JER
    May 7, 2015 at 8:28 pm

  4. 10 almablanca
    May 7, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Evening all.

    • 11 vcprezofan2
      May 7, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      Well hello there, Alma-b! Where have you been hiding?

      • 12 almablanca
        May 7, 2015 at 9:08 pm

        WordPress sometimes sucks. Think I have been in moderation off and on for a month. I also took a quick trip to Albany to visit with a friend. How are ya vc? Still trying to read 6 days worth of TOD. If you miss one day it’s too much.

        • 13 vcprezofan2
          May 7, 2015 at 9:30 pm

          Nice to hear you had a(nother) break! I am doing well, Alma-b, annoying others every chance I see! 😀 😉

  5. May 7, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    that is a sweet letter

  6. May 7, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Often we think Spring is the season of abundance, but that’s really not true. While there’s certainly some produce that tastes its best during in spring, summer produces the more abundant yields. While the month of May is still early for some fruits and veggies, it certainly kicks off the season.“In the produce business, we all kind of wish every month was like May. It’s a time of intense change, and it marks the official start of the summer tree fruit season,” says James Parker, the associate coordinator for Whole Foods Market’s global perishables buying office. “We also see a tremendous increase in local and regional production throughout the U.S. Because it’s domestic season, the product doesn’t have to travel as far.” That means that not only will produce in the grocery store be better quality, but it will likely be a good price too.

    Parker says that in May, produce quality is still “contingent on the whims of Mother Nature.” But we will start seeing lots of fruits and vegetables that were in poor supply in the Spring and Winter months. Here are five foods to add to your shopping list this month….continued”

    • 25 arapaho415
      May 8, 2015 at 12:22 am

      Grew up in the San Diego area and we grew all of our own fruits and vegetables. Even with global warming, this article is misleading regarding corn and apricots, IMHO.

      Corn needs hot weather, but it takes awhile for the plants to reach maturity. Unless it’s grown in the desert, corn will be the best in summer; it’s also best when cooked and eaten immediately after picking — so unless you live near a desert, best bet is to pick up at roadside stands/farmer’s markets in the summer.

      Except for Central CA valley and deserts, apricots ripen in June/July.

      Don’t know about blueberries and cherries since they require freezing temps, but sounds about right — unless you live in the Portland area — had a fortunate business trip there in August, which was sublime — bought as many blueberries as I could carry on a flight at a roadside stand and they were heavenly, and lasted a long time after I returned home. 🙂 🙂 🙂 (love blueberries!)

      And the cherries in Washington state are great too (during the summer).

      The article appears to be right about avocados. Local ag site says Haas avocados are in season beginning in April.

      • May 8, 2015 at 3:03 pm

        Thanks for the infor, Arapaho! I feel like a I just read a dissertation 🙂 and feel dumb for posting the tweet now 😦 … I blame Time magazine and the destruction of the MSM media 😀

        • 27 arapaho415
          May 8, 2015 at 5:16 pm

          You’ll never be dumb, LP!

          If I needed a radiologist, you’d be my first choice!!!

          Just personal experience, things could have changed since I was a kid — but heed my advice on corn, when you’ve got a craving this summer — have to admit it was very hard for me to adjust to supermarket fruits/vegetables when I left home.

          Except for nectarines (which we didn’t raise) still don’t buy stone (pit) fruit from supermarkets (IMO, flavorless, not worth the effort or money — can’t tell you how yummy the peaches and apricots were when I was a kid — and there’s no comparison to fresh-picked corn to those sold in markets — actually prefer canned/frozen corn to “fresh” supermarket corn).

    • 28 57andfemale
      May 8, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Sorry, as a Midwest girl, corn season is July/August. The local farmer’s markets travel reasonable distances and you have a bounty of locally grown corn. It’s the best.

  7. May 7, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    This may be the craziest thing I’ve seen in a while…..and I want to do it!!

    “As far as extreme sports go, base jumping is probably one of the most dangerous but also one of the most awesome. Over the course of a few days, members teamed up for a campaign of base jumps and “dream jumps” from Dubai’s Princess Tower. Standing at 101 stories, or roughly 1,358 feet high, the structure was an amazing starting point for the 558 jumps over the course of the several days of extreme sport. The results, perhaps unsurprisingly, were extreme and amazing….

    …The brave (or crazy, depending on your point of view) jumpers performed a variety of stunts off the ledge, from backflips and handstands to zip-lining and group jumps. Though base jumping has been called the “world’s most dangerous sport,” the group took extra effort to ensure everyone’s safety, and the event went off without a hitch. Earlier in the year, the skies of Dubai were recorded through the eyes of an eagle diving from the Burj Khalifa, which, at 2,722 feet, is the tallest building in the world. That event was coordinated to raise awareness for threatened wildlife like endangered birds of prey and produced its own stunning results…continued”

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

      • 36 GGail
        May 7, 2015 at 10:13 pm

        The President is speaking now! on this live stream link that JER provided!

        • 37 Judith Fardig
          May 8, 2015 at 1:04 am

          My husband and I and three OFA buddies were there in the front row!!! Got my Barack hug on the rope line. Remind me how to post photos, and I’ll have to do it tomorrow. Getting up at 5 to go hear President Obama at Nike.

    • May 7, 2015 at 8:58 pm

      You are GREATLY appreciated!!

      Honestly, I never tire of seeing President Obama land and deplane Air Force 1:
      His elegance as he greets the welcoming party.
      His sweet acknowledgement of the crowds who have gathered to greet him.
      The care of his Secret Service detail.
      And then his crawl into The Beast as he speeds away to his next destination.

      I really cherish these moments of contact in his remarkable presidency!!

      Thank you, JER.

    • 42 susanne
      May 7, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      this is a great link! love all the tweets and photos. there’s a great cartoon in there, but i don’t know how to bring it back. mr president how was your time in portland? it was chill…. 🙂

  8. 43 amk for obama
    May 7, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    gud gawd. beebs has gone full teann. now they have some lady standing on UK map made of tiles to show the results.

  9. May 7, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    ICYMI…a nice story out of Afghanistan:

    “In 2007, Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan with skateboards in tow. Seeing the curious faces of Afghan kids—many of whom, particularly the girls, were not allowed to ride bicycles—and their excitement to learn how to skate gave Percovich the idea to start Skateistan, an NGO initiative in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa that uses “skateboarding as a tool for empowering youth, to create new opportunities and the potential for change.” Skateistan, which has established itself as Afghanistan’s first skateboarding school, has gained attention over the years, most notably for its ever-growing body of female students.

    U.K. photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson visited Skateistan in Kabul in 2012 and took a series of powerful photos of the young women who have found a new kind of freedom through skateboarding. Fulford-Dobson’s photographs are currently on display at the Saatchi Gallery in London, and she had this to say about the exhibition and her experience working with Skateistan..continued”

  10. 45 sherijr
    May 7, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Oh that letter is so smart and too adorable 🙂 This is why kids- of all ages- are the very best of us.

  11. May 7, 2015 at 8:51 pm

  12. 48 GGail
    May 7, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    How sweet. Bet she gets to meet PBO.

  13. May 7, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    we will see how the vote comes out


    Mike Madigan schedules vote on right-to-work, urges Rauner to give details

    Posted: 05/07/2015, 03:28pm | Natasha Korecki

    For months, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has toured the state trying to sell his “Turnaround Agenda,” largely centered on a push for right-to-work zones in Illinois.

    Now Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan is essentially telling Rauner to put up or shut up on the anti-union plan.

    Madigan, D-Chicago, announced Thursday that he scheduled a vote for May 14 on whether Illinois should adopt right-to-work laws and invited the Republican governor to provide specific language for his legislation.

    It was the second shot across the bow from Madigan this week, targeted at neutralizing issues Rauner has pushed lawmakers to approve as part of budget negotiations.

    One Republican accused Madigan of trying to cause “chaos” by singling out the issue.

    In a statement released on Thursday, Madigan’s office said it urged the governor to “file formal legislative language for his measure,” then needled Rauner for beginning to talk about right-to-work “100 days ago” but offering up no specifics to lawmakers.

    As part of his tour, Rauner has urged local municipalities to adopt right-to-work laws for their own communities, which take aim at the power of unions. In those zones, workers can opt against joining unions or paying union dues as a condition of employment.

    During his $60 million election for governor, Rauner repeatedly decried Illinois unions as corrupt and castigated lawmakers as contributing to the state’s economic “death spiral.” Rauner urged for local adoption of right to work in the face of the improbability of it passing statewide.

    Putting the explosive issue to a vote creates a dicey political choice for Republican lawmakers who want to support their governor — particularly those who have union-heavy constituencies.


    Madigan used a similar tactic by calling Rauner’s proposed $2 billion in human services budget cuts for a vote this week. With House Republicans saying they were caught off guard, they voted “present” and Democrats voted “no.” The ultimate tally for Rauner’s budget cut proposal: zero “yes” votes.


  14. May 7, 2015 at 8:59 pm

  15. May 7, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    I WISH I COULD RT THIS A 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 TIMES

  16. May 7, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    This is super cool:

    • 53 susanne
      May 7, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      a nice way to visualize the president’s travels.

    • 54 GGail
      May 7, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      I can imagine that Pete and his team had a hard time deciding which pics to choose, but I’m happy with each one and grateful for the effort to put this together.

  17. May 7, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    And more AWESOME:

  18. May 7, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Welcome to Oregon, President Obama! We love you!

  19. 58 amk for obama
    May 7, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    all the ‘opinion polls’ before the election saying it’s going to be neck and neck have been proved to be wrong. yet again.

  20. 59 JER
    May 7, 2015 at 9:21 pm

  21. 60 JER
    May 7, 2015 at 9:23 pm

  22. 61 amk for obama
    May 7, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    • 62 Vicki
      May 7, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      AMK I am watching the results, too.
      Stunning. Breathtaking. ALL the polls were wrong.
      Ultra-progressive Scottish candidates winning with huge margins.

      This is how We could win in 2016 also.
      If we wake up from the nonsense put out by DINOS and media.
      And run actual Progressives defined by what they have done, not the talking point of the moment.

      • 63 amk for obama
        May 7, 2015 at 9:41 pm

        In this case, methinks it’s nationalism, rather than progressiveness, that won

      • 64 Nerdy Wonka
        May 7, 2015 at 9:45 pm

        I don’t believe it’s progressivism that won. More like nationalism and stoking of anti-immigrant hate.

        Looks like the Tories will win and the middle and working class in the UK will continue to suffer.

        • 65 Vicki
          May 7, 2015 at 9:54 pm

          I don’t think that you are wrong that nationalism won.
          But pride and interest drive turnout and success begets success. This is the start of a tragectory that will inexorably lead to more votes for the things Progressives want.

    • 66 Vicki
      May 7, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      Did you listen to her victory speech? Music to my ears.

  23. 67 forus50
    May 7, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Sorry, I’m very confused with results in England. Who is winning/won and is that good or bad?

    • 68 Vicki
      May 7, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      David Cameron is winning. Not good.
      Scottish National Party has wiped out all Labour and Liberal Democrats in Scotland.

      Labour and Liberal Democrats crashed in England also. Real Conservatives don’t want Conservative Light.

      As Chips said earlier, with or without Scotland, Miliband was doomed . He did it to himself.
      As did Nick Clegg for the Liberal Democrats.

      With social media it seems to me lying and pretense are exposed. Phonies lose.
      Miliband stood with Cameron on Scottish Independence. End of story. Phony.

    • 72 globalcitizenlinda
      May 7, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      Some days voters can break the hearts of political junkies. Why would you vote for the politicians who have every intention of destroying what safety net you and your offspring need to survive?

      • 73 arapaho415
        May 8, 2015 at 12:05 am


        Here’s an article you can relate to:

        My response to tweeter:

  24. 74 Nerdy Wonka
    May 7, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Ouch, Labour. Ouch.

  25. 75 globalcitizenlinda
    May 7, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Healing thoughts to Rebecca’s heart! Here’s hoping she can hold on until tomorrow. What a kind child!

  26. 77 Vicki
    May 7, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Turnout in Scotland is gigantic. Give folks something they can believe in and watch what happens. Obamaesque

  27. 78 amk for obama
    May 7, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    more cuts to nhs, more cuts to pensions, more cuts to benefits. yay, we want them / signed limeys

  28. May 7, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Ok, more tips on clearing cookies so you can keep reading: Make sure to do it BEFORE you hit your limit.

  29. May 7, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    We’re having a downpour at my house! RAIN!!!

  30. May 7, 2015 at 9:58 pm

  31. 93 globalcitizenlinda
    May 7, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    I got the feeling from her posts here that Ms. Judith Farding will be meeting POTUS during his OR. I hope i didn’t read too much from her hints.

    • 94 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      May 7, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      didn’t refresh before posting. See below… 😉

    • 95 Judith Fardig
      May 8, 2015 at 1:17 am

      YES!! I will send a ton of pictures to Chips’ gmail address and she can pick a few. It was incredible!! You were there with me, TOD friends, and yes, I got my PBO hug and a big thanks for helping pass background checks! Getting up at o’ dark 30 to attend the next event at Nike. He loves you back!

  32. 96 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 7, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    BTW, Judith has posted “waiting” pics on facebook. She has a FRONT ROW SEAT! I’m thrilled for her! She and her team are awe inspiring!

  33. 100 pickle48
    May 7, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    I was quite displeased with the negative article in USA Today regarding PBO’s visit to South Dakota….

  34. May 7, 2015 at 10:08 pm

  35. 104 amk for obama
    May 7, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    My prediction – cons will win a governing majority. labour is bleeding even their safe seats to cons.

  36. 105 GGail
    May 7, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    You guys are missing seeing and hearing PBO speak – RIGHT NOW on the link that JER provided

  37. 106 JER
    May 7, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    WATCH LIVE: President Barack Obama speaking at the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland. http://www.kgw.com/videos/news/local/2015/04/02/70826364/

  38. May 7, 2015 at 10:28 pm

  39. 118 globalcitizenlinda
    May 7, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Whinners constantly claim they need better policies then squander their chance to reflect this through their power of the vote at the ballot box

  40. May 7, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Though my only experiences of any of this are comments and tweets from TODers, I imagine this is good news ….

  41. 122 JER
    May 7, 2015 at 11:01 pm

  42. 123 Betsy
    May 7, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Still waiting for rain here near San Pedro, CA 😦

  43. 124 amk for obama
    May 7, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    boris johnson retains his seat.

  44. May 7, 2015 at 11:52 pm

  45. May 7, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    • 128 99ts
      May 8, 2015 at 12:15 am

      Went close – but no – although the commentators are talking about the Danish background of the Orkney & Shetland Isles excusing them for voting for a Lib Dem

  46. May 7, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Good account to follow for minute-to-minute updates:

    GN folks!

  47. May 8, 2015 at 12:03 am


  48. 131 jacquelineoboomer
    May 8, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Here’s a guy who cuts to the heart of the matter.

  49. 132 jacquelineoboomer
    May 8, 2015 at 12:24 am

    This pretty much matches what some have thought about HRC and the DNC.

    • 133 Vicki
      May 8, 2015 at 7:19 am

      Yes, obvious.
      Debate is unpaid for media exposure and lesser known candidates benefit more.

  50. 134 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 8, 2015 at 12:50 am


  51. 135 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 8, 2015 at 12:51 am

    Ok, who screwed up the timeline?????

    • 136 jacquelineoboomer
      May 8, 2015 at 1:10 am

      We don’t ever really know, Alycee ~ we just blame Bobfr and call it a night, usually. 🙂

      • 137 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        May 8, 2015 at 1:21 am

        I knew that. I was just being polite… LOL!

        • 138 jacquelineoboomer
          May 8, 2015 at 1:33 am

          Very polite! You’re a role model. 🙂 Plus, I just like waiting to see if Bob catches me writing that. But it’ll have to be tomorrow, since I’m outta here! Goodnight.

  52. May 8, 2015 at 12:53 am

    As much as I really do not like Hillary I cannot bare to think what would happen to the eight years of progress we have under PBO if a Repub won the presidency. I will vote Dem no matter whom it is due to the Supreme Court appointments and keeping ACA and PBO’s other achievements.

    • 140 jacquelineoboomer
      May 8, 2015 at 1:08 am

      I think we all will be voting Dem, OG!

      • 141 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        May 8, 2015 at 1:24 am

        In ’16, if the Devil is the Dem nominee, she has my vote. At least I’d know for sure what I’m getting…

        • 142 jacquelineoboomer
          May 8, 2015 at 1:31 am

          With you on that, but not looking forward to it. Eek.

          • May 8, 2015 at 7:11 am

            My concern is the voter turnout. Can the Hillary Clinton match PBOs, if not, she may not win

            • 144 Vicki
              May 8, 2015 at 7:18 am

              The answer is No, she cannot possibly match PBO, and no she will not win.

              In the UK this morning after the Anti-SNP rhetoric, Labour critics are saying that you have to give people something to vote for. RIGHT.

              SCOTUS matters in the US, but the candidate that stands for something—by stands I mean long held views supported by evidence and voting record, not slogans, that candidate gets the population out of their homes and to the polls.

              • May 8, 2015 at 7:25 am

                The president was able to beat voter suppression and the big money with voter registration and voter turnout. He empowered us, we are the change we seek

            • 146 jacquelineoboomer
              May 8, 2015 at 11:40 am

              Not sure anybody could match PBOs, but we have to push for that! Our country cannot allow Rs in the WH for at least another 30 years! Not to mention the fact we need to take back Congress.

              • May 8, 2015 at 12:48 pm

                The DNC…has learned nothing …they still cannot embrace the President and what he has been able to accomplish…despite the impossible odds….if he were a white man…both Cinton and O’Malley would be falling all over themselves to touch his coat…just imagine if they were able to use the forces of OFA to continue to move the country forward…the DNC should have a standing committee on voter registration…i never hear them talking about this or the ongoing voter suppression…but they will rely on the “Blk” vote to put them over the top…argggg….i will vote because i must…but what the DNC needs a grass roots GOTV effort…based on continuing the promise of the President!

                • 148 jacquelineoboomer
                  May 8, 2015 at 1:03 pm

                  The DNC is dead to me. And others. But I realize it’s still up to us, to make them see the light!

  53. 149 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 8, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Haven’t read this yet, so didn’t tweet; however, in skimming, was surprised to learn that Deval Patrick is now with Bain Capital. Guess I missed the announcement. I had so hoped he would lead the DNC for the ’16 election cycle…


    off to read

  54. 150 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 8, 2015 at 1:43 am

  55. 151 amk for obama
    May 8, 2015 at 2:24 am

    you thought there are only two UK parties … ok three …. ok four ….. ok five parties? think again.

    Scottish National Party
    Liberal Democrat
    Democratic Unionist Party
    Sinn Fein
    Plaid Cymru
    Social Democratic & Labour Party
    Ulster Unionist Party
    Green Party
    Alliance Party
    National Health Action
    Traditional Unionist Voice
    Yorkshire First
    Respect Party
    Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol
    English Democrats
    Socialist Labour Party
    Christian Peoples Alliance
    Workers Party
    Monster Raving Loony Party
    Christian Party
    British National Party
    Others o_O o_O o_O

  56. 152 Vicki
    May 8, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Ed Miliband has resigned. Labors GOP Lite
    Nick Clegg has resigned. David Camerons Liberal Democrat ally in the last administration. RW appeaser.
    Nigel Farage has resigned. RW anti-immigrant racist.

    David Cameron the Tory Conservative won more seats that he needed to form a government. Not like Bibi at all. A clear and resounding win for the Conservative Party in England.
    538 couldn’t have been more wrong.

  57. 153 Vicki
    May 8, 2015 at 7:55 am

    The NY Times print edition which I just collectedd from my doorstep declares the Cameron will need a coalition to govern.
    Wrong. Tories won outright—326 seats with 7 left to count.

    RW anti-immigrant Party won 1 seat . Liberal Democrats 8 seats
    Labour 230 seats.

    SNP 56 out of 59 seats in Scotland.

    Even if Ed Miliband won all of Scotland he still did not come close to a majority. It is impossible to pass this off to SNP. Ed earned his loss and he has recognized that and stepped down.
    Wouldn’t it be nice if McCain behaved like Miliband?

  58. 154 Don
    May 8, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Where’s everybody?!?!

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