President Obama Holds a Press Conference

10:0 AM EDT: President Obama Holds a Press Conference, Krün, Germany

91 Responses to “President Obama Holds a Press Conference”

  1. 1 desertflower
    June 8, 2015 at 9:49 am


    • June 8, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Moooooooooooooooorning DF!!!!!!

      • 3 desertflower
        June 8, 2015 at 9:53 am

        Morning to you. Chips:) How’s that snake you bought for Danny holding up? He’s so handsome:) (Danny, not the snake)

      • 4 Betsy
        June 8, 2015 at 10:10 am

        Good Morning Chips.! I wanted to ask if you got my email I sent last week, just checking?

    • 5 Don
      June 8, 2015 at 10:07 am

      Good Moring TOD, and congrats to you desertflower on your achievement.

    • 6 Betsy
      June 8, 2015 at 10:18 am

      Congrats on first DF! Are you enjoying your summer vacation? I just started my first week off, than I begin teaching US History to juniors at a summer high school program next Monday. It’s a beautiful morning here in Southern California.

      • 7 desertflower
        June 8, 2015 at 11:00 am

        🙂 I am! Thanks, Betsy! Hope that you enjoy your vacation, as well….I’m still tutoring, you’re teaching summer school…but it’s just the right amount of busy for me:) Enjoy!!

  2. 10 57andfemale
    June 8, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Helloooooo, TOD!

  3. June 8, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Good morning TOD folks!

  4. June 8, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  5. 13 desertflower
    June 8, 2015 at 9:58 am

    As someone earlier mentioned…we passed 31,000,000 and we didn’t celebrate the occasion! Congratulations to all who make TOD the special place it is!! To our BT’s and regulars, infrequent posters and lurkers…you ALL make this place something special:) FORWARD!!

  6. 16 0388jojothecat
    June 8, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Good Morning TOD family, Chips and Danny. Congrats on being furst desertflower.

    I hope everyone have a wonderful Monday and rest of the week. I wonder how fast this week will? Is it me or are the days zooming by?

  7. 18 JER
    June 8, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD. PBO just arrived carrying his cup.

    LIVE NOW: G7 Summit News Conference – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  8. June 8, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Barack Obama poised to hike wages for millions

    The Labor Department could propose a rule that would raise the current overtime threshold — $23,660 – to as much as $52,000.

    By Marianne LeVine

    6/8/15 5:04 AM EDT

    Updated 6/8/15 6:30 AM EDT

    The Obama administration is on the verge of possibly doubling the salary levels that would require employers to pay overtime in the most ambitious government intervention on wages in a decade. And it doesn’t need Congress’s permission.

    As early as this week, the Labor Department could propose a rule that would raise the current overtime threshold — $23,660 – to as much as $52,000, extending time and a half overtime pay to millions of American workers. The rule has already come under fire from business and Republican opponents who say it will kill jobs and force employers to cut hours for salaried employees.

    “The minimum wage they can’t do,” said Bill Samuel, director of legislative affairs for the AFL-CIO. “This is probably the most significant step they can take to raise wages for millions of workers.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/barack-obama-overtime-salary-levels-white-house-118688.html#ixzz3cTm2m1DM

    • 20 Linda
      June 8, 2015 at 10:14 am

      The rule has already come under fire from business and Republican opponents who say it will kill jobs and force employers to cut hours for salaried employees.

      ” cut hours for salaried employees ? ” Huh ?

      I was a salaried employee…. It did not matter if I worked 30, 40 or even 50 hours…. I was paid the same not matter how many hrs I worked. That is what ” salary ” means…..( at least that is what it meant where I worked )

    • June 8, 2015 at 11:27 am

      So the unions are happy about this, huh? I wonder if they will stop screaming about TPP and actually listen to what the president has to say about that. Most labor friendly president in decades and they are stabbing him in the back. In the meantime he just keeps trying to do good things for working people.

    June 8, 2015 at 10:07 am


  10. 24 Linda
    June 8, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Dear PBO please DO NOT call on Carol Jansing……

    She is trying to gin up trouble.

  11. 25 amk for obama
    June 8, 2015 at 10:24 am

    our ut was furst before the effing msm picks it up.


  12. June 8, 2015 at 10:25 am

  13. 29 amk for obama
    June 8, 2015 at 10:28 am

    our pm’s foot in the mouth disease. seems to have caught from his rwnj party minions.


  14. 30 donna dem 4 obama
    June 8, 2015 at 10:30 am

    GM TOD and Ms. Chips. Thank you to all the BT’s for the coverage of the President’s trip to Germany. A special shout out and Thank You to Niliathiel for interpreting the press and helping us to understand some to the German traditions.

    On Saturday I was so emotionally drained from the Beau Biden’s funeral that I shutdown the computer and spent time working on projects at the house. After church and preparing Sunday dinner I signed onto Facebook yesterday evening only to be greeted by this horrific story out of TX. The reactions I’ve read to those videos has been interesting to say the least. The reality is that people of color are automatically viewed as criminal and unruly and not just by whites but far too many people of color (for my comfort) see us this way as well. I honestly believe that there needs to be PSA’s (public service announcements) in each state that informs the public of their rights and as to how to interact with the police and what a police officer can and cannot do if you are stopped or detained.

    There has been so much press of late about police brutality and use of deadly force that we are now faced with a crisis situation where the police is viewed as the enemy and we fear for our lives when we encounter them. How this police responded to young teenagers in bathing suits was deplorable. None of this was necessary. Every single cop in America needs to go through situational training. I am now inclined to believe that our police forces lost there way a long time ago. It’s only now that it’s being captured on camera that we can truly understand the full scope of the institutional mistreatment when you have more melanin in your skin.

    This tweet sums up where America stands when it comes to how we see “our” kids being treated. Through the eyes of the beholder.

    • 31 amk for obama
      June 8, 2015 at 10:34 am

      boom. excellent tweet.

    • 32 arapaho415
      June 8, 2015 at 10:54 am

      GM DonnaD.

      So much injustice is being uncovered and is happening before our eyes.

      Kalief Browder’s injustice and suffering is unbelievable, but MSM is focused today on NY state’s escaped convicts.

      • 33 donna dem 4 obama
        June 8, 2015 at 11:03 am

        I read his story last night and it brought me to tears. This young man was subjected to unbelievable abuse. Yes, he was murdered by the “system” just as sure as if they put that cord around his neck.

    June 8, 2015 at 10:45 am


  16. June 8, 2015 at 10:46 am

    POTUS is obviously having tremendous frustration about Obamacare and SCOTUS.

  17. 36 MightyPamela
    June 8, 2015 at 10:51 am

    • 38 desertflower
      June 8, 2015 at 10:57 am

      The same PM Abadi the MSM say PBO shunned? They’re having a PRIVATE MEETING? I don’t think that the MSM understand what “shunned” means!

  18. 41 desertflower
    June 8, 2015 at 10:54 am


    IMO…if SCOTUS does anything at all with Obamacare, it should just say to fix those 4 words so it is crystal clear to bomb throwers.

  19. 42 Nerdy Wonka
    June 8, 2015 at 11:00 am

    The memes have begun. LOL.

  20. 43 desertflower
    June 8, 2015 at 11:02 am

    “I caught a fish thiiiiiiiiiis big!”

  21. 44 Nerdy Wonka
    June 8, 2015 at 11:04 am

  22. June 8, 2015 at 11:19 am

    These jackals are despicable.

    • 47 jacquelineoboomer
      June 8, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      The minute I heard that’s all the jackals got out of the press conference, I switched to HGTV ! The President will keep telling the truth, however, and our country and the world is better for it … so I’m good.

      • 48 Obama Grandmama
        June 8, 2015 at 7:23 pm

        I used to hate when the press corp used GOP talking points in a gotcha way when asking PBO questions, but now I see it is actually a good thing. Those points are constantly drummed into non thinking Fox News and Limbaugh listeners. Others that do think will hear PBO’s intelligent answers and figure out the talking points are wrong. If only intelligent questions are asked those talking points may stick more easily. I am not saying I want all dumb questions, just there is value in PBO being asked what the public is hearing.

  23. 50 JER
    June 8, 2015 at 11:22 am

  24. 51 jacquelineoboomer
    June 8, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Since I HATE “The Sound of Music,” THIS sang to me!

    “stop it”
    “merkel for the sake of fuck”
    “someone get me a drone”

    LMAO! Mornin’.

  25. June 8, 2015 at 11:25 am

    This is the unarmed man who ran and was chased after a traffic stop for a broken tail light, then killed.

  26. 64 JER
    June 8, 2015 at 11:41 am

    The President Departs Germany. Click here ► ► http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  27. June 8, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I don’t have any words.
    Only one question.

    would three BLACK 20somethings been awarded a MILITARY CONTRACT?


    How These Stoner Kids Landed a $300 Million Pentagon Arms Contract

    “Arms and the Dudes” exposes the sordid underbelly of the military’s weapons trade.
    Mon Jun. 8, 2015 6:00 AM EDT

    In early 2007, three stoner twentysomethings won a Defense Department contract to supply the Afghan military with $300 million worth of ammunition. “The dudes,” as they came to be known—a ninth-grade dropout, a masseur, and a low-level pot dealer, all with little or no experience but plenty of nerve—had begun bidding on Pentagon arms contracts and winning out over massive international conglomerates. The Afghan contract wasn’t their first, but it was by far their largest. They would have to source thousands of tons of mortar rounds, grenades, rockets, and 100 million rounds of AK-47 ammunition and deliver all of it to Kabul at a particularly fraught time for the Afghan war effort.

    To fill the order, though, the dudes secretly repackaged millions of rounds of decades-old, surplus Chinese ammo—illegal under the contract terms—before shipping them to Afghanistan. It was all going fine until they got caught by Pentagon investigators and wound up with their mugshots spread across the front page of the New York Times.

    Their story is detailed in Guy Lawson’s new book, Arms and the Dudes, a wildly entertaining saga with dual narratives. The first involves blackmail, criminals, hustlers, corrupt government officials, and three kids in way over their heads. The other, and for Lawson more important, side of the story, concerns how the Pentagon came to use private contractors like the dudes as proxies—and eventual fall guys—to secure weapons from gray market arms dealers, the only people who could supply what it needed.


    • 68 0388jojothecat
      June 8, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      I remember hearing these guys. I heard they had received almost all the $300 million before being found out.

  28. 69 Nena20409
    June 8, 2015 at 12:17 pm

  29. 70 yardarm756
    June 8, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      June 8, 2015 at 12:37 pm


      • 72 57andfemale
        June 8, 2015 at 12:49 pm

        When the opposition party NEVER speaks up for the office of POTUS, much less the man, they are giving permission for the country to go to its lowest, basest denominator and air the blackness of these souls. It’s the GOP. At any time, they could have shown respect and expected respect. Instead, they opened the floodgates to the Palinization of government. Good job.

          June 8, 2015 at 4:42 pm


  30. June 8, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    A MOST beautiful letter:

  31. 78 Nena20409
    June 8, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Hello Beautiful TODable TOD Community.
    Chips……Thank you. The Danny picture a post or two back is GREAT! Hello GQ Danny……how is your Snake Music Toy? Is the Music still humming and is the Toy still enjoyable 😉 ❓
    Excellent Post by NW on what happened in TX. Seriously, some of these cops are totally wicked.
    Congrats to all the Au ⭐ winners starting with this post and 3/4 posts back.
    So Novak D. lost in 4 sets to a Stan Wawrinka? Holy smokes.
    Cavs won by 2 in CA last night. Wow.
    POTUS had his Presser……. 🙂 Sweet! Thanks to NW, I was informed on all that mattered as ONLY her informative summation Tweets can 😉 Obrigada.
    Back to continued catching up…….
    Congratulations, Lady Chips on hitting 31, 000, 000 !
    31,031,100 hits

  32. 79 Nena20409
    June 8, 2015 at 1:01 pm

  33. 80 Nena20409
    June 8, 2015 at 1:03 pm

  34. 81 Nena20409
    June 8, 2015 at 1:07 pm

  35. June 8, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    😆 😆

    U.S.A. plays 99ts Aussie team at 7 P.M. EST on Fox Sports 1

  36. June 8, 2015 at 1:15 pm


    That’ll be stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

  37. June 8, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    I again had another dream where I had moved back to NYC. I again was sad. And again, when I woke up, I went “whew, still in L.A.”

  38. June 8, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Wow, Justice Thomas partially sided with the Administration in the passport case.

  39. 90 kid kanga
    June 8, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    podium slap at the end! love it.

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