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The President’s Day

President Barack Obama walks through an honor cordon as he arrives for Commencement Exercises of the US Coast Guard Academy (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama gives the keynote address at commencement exercises at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. President Obama used the occasion to speak about the dangers of global warming to both America and international security

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President Barack Obama and Ensign Mary Hazen strike a pose after she received her diploma at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation

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President Barack Obama and Ensign Robert H McConnell strike the Charlie’s Angels pose

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Coast Guard commissions sit upon a table as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the 134th Commencement Exercises of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut May 20, 2015.   REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with guests on the tarmac upon his arrival on Air Force One at Groton-New London Airport

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84 Responses to “The President’s Day”


  1. 1 Allison
    May 20, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Great pics! Thanks, NW!!

  2. May 20, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Fantabulous, thanks a gazillllllllllllllllion Nerdyaroo!!

  3. 9 JER
    May 20, 2015 at 5:11 pm

  4. May 20, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    So, La Warren is now complaining that the fines handed out today to the banks weren’t big enough. She really is headed down the rabbit hole.

    • May 20, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      She is on my last nerve.

      • 14 Linda
        May 20, 2015 at 5:44 pm

        Ask here exactly which law has been broken that any of them can be charged with ? Eric Holder said there are none….

        Maybe she should author one that would make what they did criminal and get that passed instead of whining non-stop….

        Geesh …..she has admitted that she has not even bothered to have a conversation with PBO about trade. She is just noise now.

        • 15 vcprezofan2
          May 20, 2015 at 6:11 pm

          • May 20, 2015 at 6:18 pm

            We’ve all missed the concrete steps EW has taken because she’s too busy getting in front of a microphone.

            • 17 vcprezofan2
              May 20, 2015 at 6:21 pm

              Did she take, has she taken any, Meta? I mean, what has she done after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? I readily admit that I haven’t been on my toes re developments of late.

          • May 21, 2015 at 12:18 am

            Great tweet, Vick C! Like you, I want to see a law that the “holier than thou,” Queen Elizabeth Warren, has sponsored, and passed, that holds Wall Street accountable. If She thinks she can do better than President Obama in holding WS accountable, what is stopping her from running for President and winning so that she can show us how to hold WS accountable. As my grandmother (may she RIP) was fond of saying: “Talk is Cheap.” Instead of wasting time loudly attacking the President, why isn’t SENATOR Warren busy guiding Congress to enact a law that punishes Wall Street?

            I repeat: If the “great progressive liberal Senator,” Elizabeth Warren, thinks she can do a better job as President than President Obama why isn’t she running for President?

  5. 23 jackiegrumbacher
    May 20, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    I have the feeling EW is going to talk herself into oblivion. She will become like the crazy aunt who can’t stop kvetching about everything that doesn’t meet her satisfaction. Eventually people will tune her out–especially when she’s outlived her usefulness as a tool against the President–and she’ll just become background noise to whatever is going on.

    • May 20, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      Dems will probably pull the yank on St. Elizabeth when she starts harshing on St. Hillary.

      • 25 Vicki
        May 20, 2015 at 5:48 pm

        Yup. But as long as her target is President Obama, ok, well then, no problem

      • 29 jacquelineoboomer
        May 20, 2015 at 6:39 pm

        Oh god that “St.” part was funny! I’ll be back later, but you’re sending me off with a laugh about these fools!

      • May 20, 2015 at 7:02 pm

        I understand that Warren publicly asked Hillary for her position on TPP. Why is she trying to put Hillary on the spot? Her tactics seem to be those of a Republican trying to cause division among Democrats. I’m not a fan of Hillary, but what Warren is doing is counter productive to the Democratic Party.

    • 31 Vicki
      May 20, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      EW was tiresome before the TPP.
      Now she is a nagging scold. As you said Jackie, on her way to oblivion.

      I freely admit that I can’t stand anyone who attacks PBO . But to attack POTUS while you yourself are both fact-free and pissed off, OMG

  6. May 20, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    • 33 99ts
      May 20, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      The media, the police and the politicians are generating this hate – nothing they like better than the poor and misguided fighting to determine who is the most disadvantaged in society.

  7. 34 MightyPamela
    May 20, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Our CIC. (like you, Chipsticks!)

  8. 35 Linda
    May 20, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Baltimore prosecutors say Freddie Gray’s arrest was illegal before police officers found a knife on him, challenging claims by the officers’ lawyers that the arrest was proper because it was illegal for Mr. Gray to possess the knife.

    The statements in court papers mark the first time prosecutors have elaborated on their view of Mr. Gray’s arrest since Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced charges against six officers in Mr. Gray’s death on May 1.

    A charging document filed May 1 “makes clear that Mr. Gray was arrested well before the arresting officers knew he possessed a knife,” Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow wrote in court papers filed Monday, suggesting the legality of the knife isn’t key.

    “Mr. Gray was handcuffed at his surrendering location, moved a few feet away, and placed in a prone position with his arms handcuffed behind his back, all before the arresting officers found the knife,” Mr. Schatzow wrote.

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/baltimore-prosecutors-say-freddie-gray-arrest-was-illegal-before-finding-knife-1432076045

  9. May 20, 2015 at 6:04 pm

  10. 37 vcprezofan2
    May 20, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Fine job, NerdyW! TY 😀

  11. 39 Nena20409
    May 20, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    A+
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    This is Fantastic post, NW. Great Job! Thanks.
    Congrats Allison on your Solid Au ⭐

  12. 42 Nena20409
    May 20, 2015 at 6:12 pm

  13. 44 Nena20409
    May 20, 2015 at 6:13 pm

  14. May 20, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    OK, so now Harry Reid has also lost his sh%t and claiming TPP is “insanity.”

    Bye, Felicia.

    • 48 0388jojothecat
      May 20, 2015 at 10:43 pm

      The DEMS must really need Labor Union money…….and votes.

      • 49 theo67
        May 21, 2015 at 1:10 am

        The sad thing is that it’s these very unions that stand to lose when the US argues it’s own way out of the global market. We can’t fight globalization. So, why not participate in the rule-making while we still can? The US has 300 million people. The rest of the world has 6.7 billion – many of whom are becoming serious consumers. As the President said just six short years ago, “the ground has shifted beneath [our] feet” – and we’ve got the likes of Elizabeth Warren demanding we just ignore it.

  15. May 20, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Wow.

    State Dept: US Prepared To Take In Refugees Stranded For Weeks At Sea

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is willing to take in Rohingya refugees as part of international efforts to cope with Southeast Asia’s stranded boat people, the State Department said Wednesday.

    Spokeswoman Marie Harf said that the U.S. is prepared to take a leading role in any multicountry effort, organized by the United Nations refugee agency, to resettle the most vulnerable refugees.

    In the past three weeks, more than 3,000 people — Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar and Bangladeshis trying to escape poverty — have landed in overcrowded boats on the shores of various Southeast Asian countries. Aid groups say thousands more are stranded at sea after human smugglers abandoned their boats because of a crackdown by authorities.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/world-news/migrant-boat-people-stranded-sea-us

    • 51 theo67
      May 21, 2015 at 1:56 am

      I’m so glad to hear this. When I saw the images on BBC of the ship with 400 migrants – including babies, small children, women and men – my heart broke. When the ship went missing after last being witnessed being towed to sea by the Thai military – it brought me to tears. Those human beings were desperate for a small measure of humanity, and they were receiving none. They had gone days/weeks/months without proper food and water – and had been abandoned by the smugglers three months ago. I was so relieved to see that the ship was found by fishermen, and they were brought to shore. When you see the conditions they were living in, and you know there are many more out there who are either abandoned or dying or already gone – it fills you with despair. I’m so glad people are finally doing something. This whole situation is horrendous.

  16. May 20, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    But Gupta absolutely GOES THERE when she addresses the question of how we got here.
    Mistrust can’t be explained away as the kneejerk reaction of the ill-informed or the hyperbolic. It’s in part the product of historical awareness about the role that police have played in enforcing and perpetuating slavery, the Black Codes, lynchings and Jim Crow segregation. As FBI Director James Comey noted, “At many points in American history, law enforcement enforced the status quo, a status quo that was often brutally unfair to disfavored groups.”

    • 53 vcprezofan2
      May 20, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      😉 Good thing I checked – you’ve already posted the link I was heading in to share. I’ll add another short quote because I like the sound of this acting director.

      //…………………………………
      But pay attention to that word “technically.” Because the “acting” director is a woman named Vanita Gupta.

      Prior to working at the Department of Justice, Gupta worked for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and then for the ACLU’s Center for Justice. Of particular note is that in her very first case at the NAACP she successfully led the effort to overturn the wrongful drug convictions of 38 defendants in Tulia, Texas (you’ll see her at 0:35 in this trailer for a documentary about what happened).
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    • 55 vcprezofan2
      May 20, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      BTW, Pf, close your eyes and listen …. /sheepishly/ I got sidetracked yesterday.

  17. May 20, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    I just got followed by Ian Buchanan – Duke Lavery on General Hospital. 😎

    • 58 elo4obama/biden
      May 20, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      Cool! It’s been many many years since I watched GH, but I remember the name. I will have to google to see if the face is who I’m thinking of.

  18. May 20, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    smh

  19. May 20, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    they do not want to answer the question about how this obviously unqualified man became a police officer. answering that question will lead to all sorts of people losing their jobs. so, they slander and defame a 12 year old boy. I know it seems as if I am obsessed by this point, but I can’t leave it. I think it’s the whole key. Any other city would have already cut the check to make it go away….that they continue down this road reinforces my belief about this man’s Human Resources record.

    ……………………………………….

    handtomouth
    @handtomouth1
    Cleveland police charged 12-year-old Tamir Rice with ‘aggravated menacing’ and ‘inducing panic’ http://www.dailykos.com/story/… … via @dailykos

  20. May 20, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Obama’s championing of MBK, a public-private endeavor he established in 2014, got the attention of documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter. “Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper,” which will air at 7 p.m. on the Discovery Channel and simulcast OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network on Father’s Day, looks at the lives of young men and boys of color in four MBK-principled programs around the country. It will premiere at the Newseum as part of the documentary film festival of the American Film Institute on June 18. But what will give the one-hour documentary added power is the participation of the president himself. Obama granted Porter an interview during his visit to Camden, N.J., on Monday.

  21. May 20, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    ohhh myyyy

  22. 68 forus50
    May 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Omg, I was earlier writing about my Irish mother’s cooking with German recipes (as we lived in Minnesota). It brought back some memories of listening to one of her favorite albums with her – Joe Dowell “Wooden Heart”. Such a cool song.

    And then I made the mistake of reading the few YouTube comments. Seriously, people. Why take the time to write something that insane? OMG, lol.

    freddie fred 6 months ago
    He mentions a shaky leggy mouse. Down right weird and creepy. Elvis recorded this song but I won’t criticize his version because he is the Elvis…
    Reply ·

    MizzKittyBichon 1 month ago
    +freddie fred He says “Städtele hinaus,” not “shaky leggy mouse. The song is based on an old German folk song and therefore uses some of the original German lyrics.
    Reply · 1

  23. May 20, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Media Alert:

    Don’t forget the Season Finale of Black-ish tonight!!

    ………………………………

    Watch ‘black-ish’ Season Finale Sneak Peek – Will Be Set During the Harlem Renaissance

    Photo of Tambay A. Obenson
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act
    May 18, 2015 at 12:21PM

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/watch-black-ish-season-finale-sneak-peek-will-be-set-during-the-harlem-renaissance-20150518

  24. 72 forus50
    May 20, 2015 at 8:22 pm

  25. May 20, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Tom and Lorenzo’s final Mad Men recap:

    ………………..

    MAD STYLE: PERSON TO PERSON

    Posted on May 20, 2015

    For this, our final Mad Style entry, we’re about to get high-falutin’ on your asses. But come on, you would expect no less from us, right? Give us one last chance to utilize all that crap Tom learned in film school.

    The central question surrounding the ending of the story of Don Draper is what happened to him after his moment of enlightenment on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Did he go on to write the most famous and arguably most influential advertisement of all time? And if he did, what does that mean, both for him and for the world he inhabits? Or did someone else write that ad and its inclusion at the end of the story indicates that the monolithic entity known as the advertising industry will always and forever package people’s fears, hopes and experiences into catchy moments to sell products; like some sort of eternal zeitgeist engine? The answers come down to whether you think Mad Men is a Freudian reality or a Jungian one.

    Oh, yeah. We said it. PRETENTIOUS FILM SCHOOL SPEAK AHEAD. Brace yourself.

    http://tomandlorenzo.com/2015/05/mad-style-person-to-person/

  26. May 20, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    I’ve just returned from a 12-day trip to Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Washington, D.C. My husband and I had been to Washington, D.C. a few years ago. We hadn’t realized at the time we needed advance tickets to see the White House. I BADLY wanted to see the White House while PBO was still in office. It wouldn’t be the same if we went another time. So, my husband indulged me. Actually, he wanted to see the White House as well and is also a PBO supporter, but we “compromised” in that I got to see some of my favorite choices among places we hadn’t visited: the MLK, Jr. Monument and the National Museum of American Indians and he got to see one of his favorite choices: the Udvar-Hazy Center (National Air and Space Museum near Dulles Airport).

    We have PBO and Michelle’s signatures at the bottom of our “ticket” letter! Electronic, of course, but I’m keeping it!!

    The first agent to check our identification looked at our driver’s licenses and said, “Oh, Cadott! Halfway between the Equator and the North Pole.” (That is our actual address, six miles out of a town of 2,000 in rural Wisconsin. Being “halfway” is our local claim-to-fame. Well, that and Country Fest and Rock Fest… One known for beer, bratwurst, and cheese curds and the other for marijuana.) I asked, “How did you know that?” He replied, “I had my picture taken at the sign.” That’s the big sign in town that shows exactly where the 45th parallel is. We were gobsmacked! Well, it turns out he had the duty of checking out the area before VP Biden appeared at UW-Eau Claire (where I am retired from teaching) in the 2012 campaign. I have a granddaughter at the university and she attended the event with me. I’d also attended a PBO rally in February 2008 when it was thirteen degrees below zero when I got in line!

    So, not only was it a very special occasion to tour the White House, but the first agent we met had been to our small little nearby town and had his picture taken there!

  27. 79 forus50
    May 20, 2015 at 9:12 pm

  28. May 20, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    This is horrendous. Gov. Brown has declared a state of emergency for Santa Barbara coastline.


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