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The President’s Day

President Barack Obama and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, get up from their seats following their meeting, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama meets with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in the Oval Office of the White House. President Obama said the United States is working closely with NATO in the fight against ISIL

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Text of President Obama and Secretary General Stoltenberg’s remarks

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Vice President Joe Biden listens to remarks to the media during a meeting between President Barack Obama and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Vice President Joe Biden listens to remarks to the media during a meeting between President Barack Obama and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

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U.S. President Barack Obama meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington May 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Bilateral meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of United States of America.


124 Responses to “The President’s Day”


  1. 1 GGail
    May 26, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Helloooooooo NW

  2. 6 GGail
    May 26, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    OMG, POTUS’ face tells a thousand ranges of emotion in these pictures

    Thanks NW 🙂

  3. 9 Nena20409
    May 26, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Au and Ag ⭐ ⭐ to GGail.
    Congrats.
    These pictorials are superb, NW.

  4. May 26, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    This is such a huge human tragedy and yet we continue to have deniers of climate change.

  5. 13 Nena20409
    May 26, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    The cost in Lives lost and Treasure destroyed would be Huge. The Weather Channel is predicting more rains to come for the next several days.

  6. May 26, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Thank you soooooooooooooo much Nerdy!!

  7. 16 hopefruit2
    May 26, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    …And in today’s weird news from around the world…

    ROTFLMAO! 🙂

  8. 22 jacquelineoboomer
    May 26, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Thanks so much for this post, NW!

    The image of Joe’s looking pensive reminds me to ask if anyone’s heard about how his son Beau is doing, after being hospitalized? Missed that.

  9. May 26, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    I forgot about this!!

    • May 26, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      Ha, I did too Meta!! 😆

    • 33 Vicki
      May 26, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      Bernie hasn’t supported PBO and for me that is a deal-breaker.

      But, that said, I will offer a few words in Bernie’s defense;

      First is that despite the braindead pudidiots and their clueless nonsense, Bernie is not running because of his impact on Hillary. He is running for himself against all the oligarchs—Dem and Repub. Not to “push HRC to the left” but to push her OUT of the picture.

      Second, the venue he chose today was a waterfront he rescued from a derelict state when he was Mayor of Burlington. The setting was a statement of his effective governing.
      I saw sailboats behind him today and most of them were very modest—no yachts when I was watching. His campaign song at closing was “This Land Is Your Land.”

      He will get no independent coverage at all. The entire frame will be Bernie as a good/bad thing for HRC. Surely he understands this.

  10. 36 JER
    May 26, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    LIVE NOW: Severe weather west of Oklahoma City – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  11. 37 globalcitizenlinda
    May 26, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    dark clouds;

    huge storm has started and rain will continue until Friday;

    bracing my self for the worst since I live near a river

  12. May 26, 2015 at 7:50 pm

  13. 48 JER
    May 26, 2015 at 8:05 pm

  14. 50 carolyn
    May 26, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Well, tonight’s another night when the only TV we watch is our local weather. There are big rainstorms coming from the west, straight at us. The storm is due in our suburb at about 8:25…..an hour and a half or so from now. So…..we sit here, watching the TV with the sound low, because the graphics tell us all we need to know. I’ll keep all of you posted……it’s been an interesting spring, the exact opposite of last year’s totally dry one.

  15. May 26, 2015 at 8:34 pm

  16. May 26, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Posted this last night with some additional comments. It’s something I’ve been urging for a very long time. Perhaps, with the stark contrast of severe drought in CA and vast flooding in TX and elsewhere, someone will recognize that the combination of job creation, water management national infrastructure (leveraging solar to power the requisite electricity for filtering and other tasks) would be a a really wise investment.

    • 56 jackiegrumbacher
      May 26, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      Bob, this is a brilliant idea, but I do despair of this country having the political will to accomplish something of this magnitude. Political parties and states would have to put aside their petty differences and make intelligent choices about the use of resources. To date, we haven’t even been able to fix our roads, highways, bridges and electrical grids, not to mention our rail system. Our president has the vision to recognize the need for such a massive effort, but few others do.

      • May 26, 2015 at 9:43 pm

        Understand your frustration, JackieG.

        I think the vast majority of Americans get the fact that we built a transcontinental railroad during a Civil War and an amazing Interstate System as we emerged from a second World War and we invented the Internet and ….

        We can do anything we want to do as long as we get folk to get off their butts and VOTE for folk who want to get stuff done – other than enable a the #KLEPTOCRATS to garner even more wealth.

        While Senator Sanders is not near the top of my list of those that I think can lead in dismantling American KLEPTOCRACY and doing the necessary tasks to prepare our brothers and sisters – education, jobs, 21st Century infrastructure & NO DUMB WARS – he is going to have a major impact on the conversation.

        #FORWARD Together

  17. May 26, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    GE TOD!

    “Sonny Liston landed on canvas below Muhammad Ali’s feet on May 25, 1965, and Neil Leifer snapped a photo:

    Afterward, several events unspooled: The photo languished unlauded—before it was (much later) recognized as one of the greatest sports photos of all time; Ali became the most hated figure in American sports—before he was (much later) named “The Sportsman of the Century”; and Liston was subjected to intense scrutiny—before (not much later) he fizzled into a mostly forgotten footnote. Like many sports fans, I’d glimpsed this picture for years—in random Ali articles, atop “best of” lists, even on T-shirts—but it wasn’t until doing my own research, excavating layers, that I discovered its most astounding attribute: Everything you’d initially imagine about the image is wrong. But first, just look at that photo! It instantly hits your eyes haloed in a corona of potency—structured so soundly as to seem staged, this forceful frieze of physical dominance. The Victor yells, the Loser displays himself vanquished, and the Watchers are all caught in that moment. The kinetic poetry of moving bodies, momentarily frozen, such is the stuff of the best sports photos—this has that….

    …Neil Leifer must have been crestfallen. He snapped the shot of the bout—knew it—but could only watch while other photos filled the prominent pages of Sports Illustrated, his own work failing to make the cover. Leifer must have been crestfallen because he’d taken an artistic risk that night in May. Specifically, he went out and loaded Kodak’s latest Ektachrome film into his Rolleiflex medium format—which is an overly technical way of saying that Leifer was shooting in color. Leifer was known for excessive preparations, but however early he’d arrived to the fight, he didn’t have his pick of seats. Herb Scharfman, a senior photographer at Sports Illustrated had the first pick and wanted the spot by the judges’ table—it made for easier midnight maneuvering. Leifer, the 22-year-old striver at Sports Illustrated, chose the opposite side. To capture the color, Leifer had rigged special flash units over the ring, but this led to another, bigger challenge: Leifer had one shot. The other photographers brandished the equivalent of semi-automatics while he held a sniper rifle. Leifer’s strobes needed time to recharge, which meant he couldn’t click and click. Whenever a fighter fell, the other photographers could quick-twitch their shutters, but Leifer had to pick one moment, artistically aping the sniper’s motto: one shot, one kill…continued”

  18. May 26, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    If he can get enough coin to truck around America for the next several months, forget Hillary – the GOP is going to have a really big problem on their hands, because ….

    …. nails it.

    The vast majority of Americans know that the past 30 years of accelerating economic inequality, and the avarice that drives, it are socially, morally, economically wrong and a grave threat to our actual security.

    Will be interesting to see what Gov O’Malley tries to bring to the conversation, but I’m afraid his Baltimore PD issues are going to haunt him.

    We do know that Senator Sanders has never run a ‘dirty’ campaign and he has no intention of starting one now. That is something Hillary, Martin, and, especially the GOP, better heed.

    We all know what my preferences are so I’ll just leave that unsaid and wait and watch.

    But, I will tell you that if it comes to Senator Sanders vs Sen Clinton, Bernie’s got my vote 🙂

  19. 79 amk for obama
    May 26, 2015 at 9:14 pm

  20. 80 99ts
    May 26, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Sending so many many wishes to Nerdy and other TODers affected by the floods. Hoping you are staying safe and warm. Having been through a flood or two recovery sometimes seems like a long slow process – but it happens – when the waters recede it will have started. Thinking of you all at this time.

    • 81 vcprezofan2
      May 26, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      Hel-lo TS! I thought maybe you were on vacation since I hadn’t run into you for a while. This flooding has really been scary and most of us have only been watching from afar. I certainly hope that, even with the threat of further rain/storm, they have seen the worst of it!

      • 82 99ts
        May 27, 2015 at 2:02 am

        Vacation! I wish 🙂 Some family saddness and so much busy downsizing & getting house ready to sell. I lurk when I can.

        The worst for many comes after the waters recede vc – the smell and the mud and seeing so much of one’s life destroyed – tis friends and neighbors and family that hold it all together and provide the strength to clean up and keep on keepin’ on. I so feel for anyone in these situations.

        • 83 vcprezofan2
          May 27, 2015 at 12:14 pm

          I suspect you are sleeping right now, TS, so I’ll just leave you a hug here {TS} and talk with you later.

  21. 84 Anna
    May 26, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Out of lurking to say stay safe Linda and Carolyn, and all others in dangers path.
    Listened to Bernie’s speech, someone to challenge all other candidates, don’t always agree with Bernie but like that he is going to give it a try.
    Read interesting information about Peabody Coal and the amount of water they use per day, per year……..1.3 billion gallons. Time to put them on water restrictions. Big thanks to all who contribute to the real news here at TOD.

  22. May 26, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    I guess she just can’t help herself.

    • 86 vcprezofan2
      May 26, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      They are all mostly in politics for the money, Meta. There are very few there because they are interested in making the lives of the average citizen better. I’ve concluded that for the lot of them Congress is just a big networking club for their future. It’s the main reason IMO that they don’t ‘get’ President Obama.

      http://theobamadiary.com/2015/05/26/happy-with-obamacare-millions-respond-with-a-yes/#comment-1331118

      • May 26, 2015 at 10:03 pm

        Yes, exactly. It’s very apparent PBO detests the game. But so many others – that’s all it is for them, one big lucrative gravy train. They’re all a bunch of disgusting back scratchers.

        • 88 vcprezofan2
          May 26, 2015 at 10:08 pm

          The suggestion made in the link I shared has a lot of merit. Two years is simply not long enough to ban ex-WDC pols from joining lobbying entities. I remember Eric Cantor also landed quickly and lucratively into a similar scenario. They are way too cushioned from the life of average Joes/Janes!

  23. 91 carolyn
    May 26, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks to all of you for your concern and interest…..the big thunderstorm heading toward us has disintegrated. No tornadoes in the state right now, some rain, but not like last weekend.

    • May 26, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      That’s great news. I hope you have some relief from all this worry.

    • 93 vcprezofan2
      May 26, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      Thank the Lord!

      Continued Blessings to you, your hubby, and our neighbours!

    • 94 jackiegrumbacher
      May 26, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      Carolyn, so glad the big danger has passed. Hope you can relax a little now.

    • 95 sjterrid
      May 27, 2015 at 12:21 am

      I’m glad that the danger of the tornado passed, Carolyn. Please stay safe.

      My continued prayers for the people in Texas and Oklahoma affected by this terrible weather and flooding.

  24. 96 vcprezofan2
    May 26, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    The Phone Part of a “Pen and Phone” Strategy

    We all saw how President Obama came out swinging after the midterm elections with his “pen and phone strategy.” Most of the things that drew headlines were items that depended on the “pen” (executive orders) side of things. And as Coral Davenport reported, we’re about to see another one of those because the President plans to sign on to new EPA rules that will strengthen the federal role in clean water regulation.

    But as Gregory Korte reports, a quieter use of the “phone” part of that strategy has been underway as well.

    “President Obama has quietly racked up a series of legislative victories during the past few months as lawmakers have enthusiastically embraced his calls for a higher minimum wage, paid sick leave and universal pre-kindergarten.

    Instead of Capitol Hill, those victories happened in city halls, state houses and county buildings far from Washington. ………….”

    ……………………………………………………………..//

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.ca/2015/05/the-phone-part-of-pen-and-phone-strategy.html?spref=tw

  25. May 26, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    WHOA

  26. May 26, 2015 at 10:25 pm

  27. May 26, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    • 102 forus50
      May 26, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      Imho, CNN has been absolutely awful in its entire history. Before the panel of Beltway Teabaggers they have on now, they had former military generals being paid by defense contractors to shill for wars. As you recall, CNN became well known in the first Gulf War for their coverage which was the first “shock and awe” glorifying the whole military build-up and gloating over the hundreds if not thousands of poor Iraqi conscripts mowed down by the US tanks.

      While not an outright propaganda machine like FOX, CNN disguises its propaganda for glorifying war as “news”. That and their near breathless excitement of wall to wall coverage of death and destruction in wars and natural and man-made disasters is disgusting to me.

  28. 104 vcprezofan2
    May 26, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    😀 😀

  29. May 26, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    So Raven Symone will be joining the View. As far as I am concern the View no longer exist. Why would they hire her of all people? I remember what she said concerning our FLOTUS.

  30. May 26, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    • May 27, 2015 at 2:41 am

      You know what’s so ironic about these anti-imigrant factions? They don’t realize that a great many of their European (white) ancestors were “illegal” immigrants. Surely, the English settlers of Jamestown (1607), and those who arrived on the Mayflower (1620), were not issued Green Cards by the indigenous people (Native American/?indians) of this land.

  31. May 26, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    The Cavs have made it to the NBA finals, now they sit and wait for the Warriors. Looking forward to Lebron and Curry. Starting June 4th. The French Open have started,have Serena Williams played yet?

  32. 112 vcprezofan2
    May 26, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Good Night/Morning, TODobots!

    Holding you in my thoughts for a good and restful night, Texans & Oklahomans.

    • May 27, 2015 at 12:19 am

      I see where POTUS have talked to that Governor of Texas. I do not want to act like those people in Texas, and I know not all are wackos. But I am sorry about the flooding and lost of lives. I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers too. Texas and Oklahoma.

      • May 27, 2015 at 6:25 am

        I just think about how Governor Abbott could have acted like someone with some sense, when all that stupid talk of the President invading Texas started, the Governor could have told the people that was alot of nonsense, but instead he piled on the B.S., him and Ted Cruz. Now are they going to turn down money from the Government who want to invade their state?

        • 115 vcprezofan2
          May 27, 2015 at 12:13 pm

          ‘Are they going to turn down…’ Not likely. They are dumb and manipulative but surely not dumb enough to refuse help they know they cannot provide on their own.

  33. May 27, 2015 at 1:27 am

    A simple fact ….

    good night TOD

  34. May 27, 2015 at 1:28 am

    Didn’t see that coming!

  35. May 27, 2015 at 2:19 am

    Cool pic ….

    now, good night TOD ….


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