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The President And First Lady’s Day

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President Barack Obama speaks to Nike Employees and other Oregonians at Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. The President spoke about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pacts which include the U.S. in a trade agreement with 11 other nations

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U.S. President Barack Obama greets employees as he arrives to deliver remarks on trade at Nike's corporate headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon May 8, 2015. Sports shoe maker Nike Inc put its weight behind Obama's push for a trade deal with Asian countries on Friday with a promise to create up to 10,000 U.S.-based manufacturing jobs if the pact is approved.    REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to deliver remarks on trade at Nike's corporate headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon May 8, 2015. Sports shoe maker Nike Inc put its weight behind Obama's push for a trade deal with Asian countries on Friday with a promise to create up to 10,000 U.S.-based manufacturing jobs if the pact is approved.     REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

U.S. President Barack Obama high-fives employees after his remarks on trade at Nike corporate headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon May 8, 2015. Obama on Friday pressed fellow Democrats to support his push for a trade deal with Asian countries, promoting the benefits he sees as attainable in a visit to sneaker maker Nike Inc, which promised the pact would help it create up to 10,000 U.S. jobs. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama takes off his coat after his remarks on trade at Nike corporate headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon May 8, 2015. Obama on Friday pressed fellow Democrats to support his push for a trade deal with Asian countries, promoting the benefits he sees as attainable in a visit to sneaker maker Nike Inc, which promised the pact would help it create up to 10,000 U.S. jobs. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama high-fives a boy in the audience after his remarks on trade at Nike corporate headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon May 8, 2015. Obama on Friday pressed fellow Democrats to support his push for a trade deal with Asian countries, promoting the benefits he sees as attainable in a visit to sneaker maker Nike Inc, which promised the pact would help it create up to 10,000 U.S. jobs. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama high-fives a little boy after his remarks on trade at Nike corporate headquarters

U.S. President Barack Obama bids farewell to employees after his remarks on trade at Nike corporate headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon May 8, 2015. Obama on Friday pressed fellow Democrats to support his push for a trade deal with Asian countries, promoting the benefits he sees as attainable in a visit to sneaker maker Nike Inc, which promised the pact would help it create up to 10,000 U.S. jobs. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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First lady Michelle Obama, right, joined by Jill Biden speaks to an audience of mothers and children during their annual Mother’s Day Tea to honor military-connected mothers at the White House in Washington, Friday, May 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

First Lady Michelle Obama, joined by Dr. Jill Biden speaks to an audience of mothers and children during their annual Mother’s Day Tea to honor military-connected mothers at the White House

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First lady Michelle Obama poses for a selfie with Hannah Bajakian during the annual Mother’s Day Tea to honor military-connected mothers at the White House in Washington, Friday, May 8, 2015. Hannah's father, Todd Bajakian, leads the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Drum, N.Y. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

First lady Michelle Obama reacts as a little girl gives her a gift during the annual Mother’s Day Tea to honor military-connected mothers at the White House in Washington, Friday, May 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

First Lady Michelle Obama reacts as a little girl gives her a gift

Ben Folds smiles to the audience as he performs during first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden's annual Mother’s Day Tea to honor military-connected mothers at the White House in Washington, Friday, May 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Ben Folds smiles to the audience as he performs

First lady Michelle Obama speaks to an audience of mothers and children during the  annual Mother’s Day Tea to honor military-connected mothers at the White House in Washington, Friday, May 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden visit with children as they make gifts for their mothers during their annual Mother’s Day Tea to honor military-connected mothers at the White House in Washington, Friday, May 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

First lady Michelle Obama visits with young ladies during the annual Mother’s Day Tea to honor military-connected mothers at the White House in Washington, Friday, May 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Pete Souza: Backstage in Watertown, South Dakota.

President Barack Obama walks down the steps during his arrival on Air Force One at Watertown Regional Airport Friday, May 8, 2015 in Watertown, S.D. Obama traveled to South Dakota to deliver the commencement address at Lake Area Technical Institute, where he will promote his proposal to offer two years of free community college to qualified students. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) is greeted by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard (2nd L) and his wife Linda Daugaard (L) as he arrives aboard Air Force One at Watertown Regional Airport in Watertown, South Dakota May 8, 2015. Obama's touchdown in South Dakota marks his first visit to the state as sitting president, and he has now visited all 50 U.S. states during his time in office. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama is greeted by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and his wife Linda Daugaard as he arrives aboard Air Force One at Watertown Regional Airport in Watertown, South Dakota

President Barack Obama smiles on stage as he waits to deliver the commencement address at Lake Area Technical Institute, Friday, May 8, 2015 in Watertown, S.D. Obama visited South Dakota to promote his proposal to offer two years for free community college to qualified students. (AP Photo/{Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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U.S. President Barack Obama applauds graduates during his commencement address to the graduating class at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, South Dakota May 8, 2015. Also pictured are South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard (L) and Lake Area Technical Institute President Mike Cartney (2nd R). REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama applauds graduates during his commencement address to the graduating class at Lake Area Technical Institute

President Barack Obama, talks with Mike Cartney, left, president of Lake Area Technical Institute before delivering the commencement address at Lake Area Technical Institute, Friday, May 8, 2015 in Watertown, S.D. Obama visited South Dakota to promote his proposal to offer two years for free community college to qualified students. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

People line the motorcade route as U.S. President Barack Obama arrives for a commencement address in Watertown, South Dakota May 8, 2015. Obama's touchdown in South Dakota marks his first visit to the state as sitting president, and he has now visited all 50 U.S. states during his time in office. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

People line the motorcade route as President Barack Obama arrives for a commencement address in Watertown

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U.S. President Barack Obama receives a quilt from graduates after his commencement address to the graduating class at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, South Dakota May 8, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama is presented with a handmade quilt as a gift from members of the class of 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama receives a school jacket from graduates after his commencement address to the graduating class at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, South Dakota May 8, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama holds up a school jacket that was gift for him from the Class of 2015

President Barack Obama delivers the commencement address at Lake Area Technical Institute, Friday, May 8, 2015 in Watertown, S.D. Obama visited South Dakota to promote his proposal to offer two years for free community college to qualified students. (AP Photo/{photo})

Graduates listen as U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a commencement address to the graduating class at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, South Dakota May 8, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Graduates listen as President Barack Obama delivers a commencement address

U.S. President Barack Obama departs after his commencement address to the graduating class at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, South Dakota May 8, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama waves after delivering the commencement address at Lake Area Technical Institute, Friday, May 8, 2015 in Watertown, S.D. Obama visited South Dakota to promote his proposal to offer two years for free community college to qualified students. (AP Photo/{photo})

President Barack Obama greets people before leaving the Watertown Regional Airport, Friday, May 8, 2015, in Watertown, South Dakota, where he gave a commencement address at a community college. The president has now visited all 50 states. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

President Barack Obama greets people before leaving the Watertown Regional Airport


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


  1. May 8, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Good Evening, TODers!!!

  2. 4 0388jojothecat
    May 8, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Congrats swbluega on furst!

  3. May 8, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Exquisite! Thanks you gigantically, Legend!!!!

    • 7 Nerdy Wonka
      May 8, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      Thanks, Chiparoounited.

      Happy to help! 🙂

    • May 8, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      Hijacking this, because Oh My Lord. Just finished watching the Premier League Preview, and John Carter (NOT John Carter of Mars), coach of Newcastle, said, with a straight face, that he’s the “best coach in the Premier League”. Denial is, as always, not just a river in Egypt.

  4. May 8, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Congratssssssssssss……swbluega

  5. 11 JER
    May 8, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    LIVE NOW: President Obama returns to Washington, D.C. – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

    • 12 GGail
      May 8, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks JER. One of the rare times I was able to see him land on AF1 and go take off on Marine One at night.

  6. May 8, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    ohhhhhhhhhh myyyyy goooooooodness…NW…once again proving to the world why Ms Chipsss calls you The Legendddddddddd…..what an awesomeeeeeee selection of pics…i love it!!!!

  7. 15 FoxfireTX
    May 8, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Good evening TOD! This president in SD was simply the best without the usual MSM garbage. Here’s a little video of PBO meeting and greeting the girl who wrote him the letter about his failure to visit. In addition to a hug and photos, looks like she got a little treat from PBO as well. I do not envy anyone who has to follow him in office. He is such a caring person, an impossible act to follow.

    http://www.ksfy.com/home/headlines/White-House-tweets-letter-from-11-year-old-South-Dakota-girl-303049831.html

    • 16 susanne
      May 8, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      thanks for this– really puts you there!

    • 17 jackiegrumbacher
      May 8, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      What a wonderful moment between our President and the little girl who wrote to him. And the local media were genuine and real about how much this would mean in that young girl’s life.

    • May 8, 2015 at 11:02 pm

      That was so nice of our POTUS, that little girl will never forget that.

      • May 8, 2015 at 11:08 pm

        Yes I know this POTUS and this FLOTUS will be a hard act to follow. And I can’t even let myself think about the time when they will no longer be in that White House. But I must admit I fine myself counting the months, the time.

    • 20 jacquelineoboomer
      May 8, 2015 at 11:39 pm

      Thank you so much! I was just coming here to check if he met Rebecca!

  8. 21 Nerdy Wonka
    May 8, 2015 at 10:01 pm

  9. May 8, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Wait up for the slow coach MP!

  10. 23 amk for obama
    May 8, 2015 at 10:10 pm

  11. 29 jackiegrumbacher
    May 8, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Nerdy, this is a stunning collection of photos that made my day. It’s wonderful and refreshing to see our president so loved and appreciated by people and the media who aren’t jaded by cynicism. Thank you for bringing it all here.

  12. May 8, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    I’ve always like that Ben Folds fella. Saw him at the Bowl last summer. Crackerjack composer as well as performer.

  13. 35 GGail
    May 8, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    NW, thanks for the pictures and videos of the President & First Lady’s Day!

  14. May 8, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Wow! Wonder did POTUS watch the Cavs-Bulls game tonight. Derrick Rose just hit a jumper with the time running out to give the Bulls the win. A really good game, Bulls lead 2 games to 1.

  15. 48 GGail
    May 8, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    My heart goes out to the Father, two sons and one of the son’s girlfriend who’s single engine plane crashed on I-85 in Atlanta today. They were on the way to the third sons graduation. May they rest in peace and may God bring some comfort to the son who just lost his family to this tragedy. The plane burst into flames on the highway and there were no survivors.

  16. May 8, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    • 51 susanne
      May 8, 2015 at 11:09 pm

      i was over at charles pierce’s blog, reading his grumblings, and those of his regular commenters–usually savvy, if snarky, folks. i asked the same question (rhetorically): did they even listen to his speech? do they read what he has presented? pierce says it’s time for the president to ‘give some fks again’. really???

      • May 8, 2015 at 11:14 pm

        Good grief. I hate how misinformed the general populace is. But for people who write and hang out on blogs and know how to Google? Unforgivable.

      • 53 amk for obama
        May 8, 2015 at 11:29 pm

        every white feller with a blog is an instant expert on trade treaties, dontchaknow. reading up on the actual treaty? don’t ya know I got a whiny blog piece to write every 8 hours?

      • May 9, 2015 at 1:23 am

        They can’t hear him; they’re too busy listening to their own sonorous voices rolling around in their heads.

  17. May 8, 2015 at 10:59 pm

  18. 58 sjterrid
    May 8, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Thanks for all the picks and videos from today, NerdyW. I loved the Mother’s day Tea for military families hosted by Michelle & Jill.

  19. 60 amk for obama
    May 8, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    via bj

    • May 9, 2015 at 12:54 am

      That, amk, was hilarious.

      • 62 jacquelineoboomer
        May 9, 2015 at 2:17 am

        Loved it.

        Every time a RWNJ uses the “Don’t tread on me” flag inappropriately on twitter (like in an anti-Obamacare rant), we could post this with the comment, “Well, then, don’t s–t on me!”

  20. May 8, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Great round-up, NW! ….nice to be able to catch up after watching game 3 🙂

  21. May 8, 2015 at 11:12 pm
  22. May 8, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    “It’s something not many people can say — that they’ve hugged the President, let alone met the President. But one lucky 11-year-old girl from Vermillion, Rebecca Kelley, can say she’s done both. And it all started with a letter to President Obama. Rebecca wrote the president saying she’s absolutely heart-broken he had not been to South Dakota yet. Little did she know, that letter would end up in President Obama’s hands. He invited Rebecca to Watertown to meet him. “There’s really no words to describe the feeling,” said Rebecca.A moment Rebecca says she’ll always remember.

    “And then he gave me some presidential kisses and this little coin and then I gave him this — a full heart saying thanks for coming. Then he signed it and gave it back to me. And that’s the story,” said Rebecca. A little girl with a big heart and a dream that became reality — meeting the President of the United States. “I’ll probably eat the chocolates and then keep this and the wrappers. That’s what I’ll do,” said Rebecca.”

  23. May 8, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    “…It was the greatest experience of my life outside of the birth of my children and marrying my wife,” said Watertown native Jim Madison. “I think this is the greatest thing that’s happened in Watertown, certainly in the 30 years we’ve been there, but probably quite far back in history.” The President finally stepped foot in South Dakota, the last stop on his journey to visit all 50 states. The people of Watertown couldn’t be more honored the President chose their town to make his historic stop in. “Its one of the biggest things to happen since Watertown became a town,” said Jason Gabbert, who came from Minnesota..continued”

  24. 72 jacquelineoboomer
    May 8, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    #BestforLast = Brilliant!

  25. 73 jacquelineoboomer
    May 8, 2015 at 11:59 pm

  26. May 9, 2015 at 12:10 am

  27. 83 99ts
    May 9, 2015 at 3:58 am

    Great pics NW – many thanks

    I am sure the White House must check out TOD – month or so ago I remember someone commenting that we hadn’t seen Flotus & Jill Biden out together for a while – and guess what – last couple of weeks – there they are 🙂 🙂

    • 84 susanne
      May 9, 2015 at 5:32 am

      hmmmm…. well, in case you’re right…… ahem….
      gosh, tod folk, i don’t think we’ve seen the president actually comment here on tod have we? certainly seems like it would be a good time for pbo to just drop in a say a few words, maybe take a selfie with chips… just sayin’ 🙂 🙂

    • 87 Nerdy Wonka
      May 9, 2015 at 6:44 am

      🙂

  28. 89 Nena20409
    May 9, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I was so tired last night and missed this Brilliant post by NW 🙂
    Wow…..Lordy, Lordy, Holy Smokes…….Nerdy Wonka.
    Obrigada. Brava. 🍸 Thank you.
    Now, I go back up to read the comments.
    These Pictorials are to Live For 😉


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