President Speaks to the U.S. Conference of Mayors

5:15 EDT: President Obama Speaks at the Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, San Francisco

129 Responses to “President Speaks to the U.S. Conference of Mayors”

  1. 1 jacquelineoboomer
    June 19, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Thans, Chips.

  2. June 19, 2015 at 5:08 pm

  3. June 19, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    From last thread!

    PBO is heading directly to the 83rd annual U.S. Conference of Mayors at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. The conference focus is the economy but I’m guessing PBO will bring up TPP and probably gun sense legislation.

    Then he’s doing a fundraiser with Nancy Pelosi at the home of Tom Steyer, who has very deep pockets and is hugely passionate about the environment.

    PBO will also do a high-dollar roundtable with 30 people at the home of venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar, a venture capitalist with investments in Uber, Munchery, Airbnb, Shyp, MachineZone, Warby Parker, Beepi, Hyperloop, Cue, PillPack,Stance.

    POTUS will spend the night in San Francisco before departing for at about 9:40am tomorrow morning. I don’t know where he’s staying but it’s likely going to be The Fairmont in Nob Hill, which is where he stayed last time he was here. Very nice weather here today, although pretty windy.

    • 15 arapaho415
      June 19, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      GA Meta.

      Here’s the pool report for @Schultz44’s press gaggle aboard AF1, LAX to SFO:

      Topics for the mayor’s conference:
      “POTUS remarks to mayors: will be on efforts to help the middle class “despite inaction in Congress” … mentioned minimum wage, expanding paid leave, climate change, MBK initiatives. Noted cities who have embraced Obama agenda items, instituting paid sick leave and investing in early childhood education.”

    • 18 jacquelineoboomer
      June 19, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks for the ground report, meta!

  4. 19 donna dem 4 obama
    June 19, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    I need a break…gonna take my “pseudo-grandson” (my other sons girlfriends 10 yr old) to see the new Jurassic Park movie in 3D this evening and eat popcorn.

    Later Everyone!

  5. June 19, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Damn, he disappoints me more and more every day:

    Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley Just Flopped Badly on Racism and the Charleston Shooting


    • 24 pickle48
      June 19, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      I know the feeling, Chips…..

      • June 19, 2015 at 6:05 pm

        You know Pickles, I’m beginning to accept that PBO is the only politician who will never disappoint us 🙂

        • 26 jacquelineoboomer
          June 19, 2015 at 6:08 pm

          The word “never” is key. I have never been disappointed by him. Proud to admit I’m an Obamabot, too!

        • 29 99ts
          June 19, 2015 at 7:55 pm

          And I was so just thinking that when I read on the last thread “PBO says the confederate flag belongs in a museum”. This man ALWAYS has the right words – he didn’t want to burn it, destroy it or tear it down – he would put it in a museum – it is part of history.

          Will never understand why the US people didn’t use these last 6 years to soar to the most unbelievable heights – but allowed themselves to be taken down by racist b.s. from the poorest white farmer to the leaders in congress. President Obama has achieved so much – despite the congress – I do cry at what might have been.

    • 30 57andfemale
      June 19, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      Don’t ya love these roaring progressives who are ready to bash PBO for not being perfect, and then they stumble as they court the racist white vote? Easy to criticize, a whole lot harder to do the real job.

      More and more disappointed in O’Malley every day.

      • June 19, 2015 at 6:03 pm

        He’s just a huge disappointment, 57. I don’t blame anyone for not being able to answer the question ‘how do we fix racism’, but as Tommy said in the piece, it seems like he hadn’t even given the subject some thought. He’s been such a let-down.

        • 32 57andfemale
          June 19, 2015 at 6:52 pm

          He should have been more ready. I love these roaring critics who can’t take the heat. Hey, I only wish I could feel confident in someone other than Hillary, but with all their nitpicking at PBO, they sure have no idea of what it’s like out there. And they’re not black!

          • June 19, 2015 at 7:16 pm

            I’m no Hillary fan, but after some of Sanders and O’Malley’s recent utterings, I’m beginning to think she’s the least worst of the contenders.

    • 34 idon
      June 19, 2015 at 6:19 pm

      No worries. O’Malley will never be P or VP.

  6. 38 desertflower
    June 19, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    PBO NOW!

  7. 39 arapaho415
    June 19, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    I recall speculation that MSM would hire more African American reporters after PBO was elected in 2008.

    Don’t think that happened (do recall that Joe Williams was fired from GOPolitico for stating the bleeding obvious — that R-money only feels comfortable around people like himself), but it appears that more AAs are now part of the WHPC.

    Finally some recognition that the President has been talking about race in America for his entire Presidential term.

    This article is about a Discovery documentary airing this Sunday, Father’s Day:

  8. 40 jacquelineoboomer
    June 19, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Has anyone mentioned yet:

    The suit! The tie!

    • 41 jacquelineoboomer
      June 19, 2015 at 5:54 pm

      Oh, and, yes, that was shallow and I admit it! But I will also add, separate from that, the President’s remarks are anything but shallow. He’s talking with the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting attendees in a tone of collegiality, he’s complimenting them, challenging them, giving them “options.”

      What a President!

    • June 19, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      He’s just Mr. GQ, always impeccable but lately he seems extra-extra dapper. His carriage and confidence only add to that.

  9. June 19, 2015 at 5:48 pm

  10. June 19, 2015 at 5:54 pm

  11. June 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I can’t breathe …. I just can’t.

  12. 49 jacquelineoboomer
    June 19, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    There’s something so soothing about President Obama’s voice. I hear it and a sort of calm comes over me. The ills of the world around us haven’t gone away, our personal fears and struggles haven’t, either, but we have a leader we can trust and I plan to take advantage of that trust by calming myself down a bit, every time I’m privileged to listen to him chat with us.

    How lucky are we!

  13. June 19, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Wow, what a fantastic speech. He’s really not going to stop punching these topics, speaking his mind on everything he believes is important and in the best interest of our country. It’s a MUST SEE. BRAVO.

    • June 19, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      And I REALLY REALLY loved when he pounded home the issue of TPP with Nancy Pelosi sitting just a few feet away from him. And the audience gave him applause on this. Heh.

  14. June 19, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    • 55 Nena20409
      June 19, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      He has already now had an interview with Fox…….that says it all.

      • June 19, 2015 at 7:13 pm

        OMG, thanks Nena, this guy is something else.

        • 57 jacquelineoboomer
          June 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm

          If he thinks – and says in court – that murderers should be forgiven, why is he acting as an “impartial” judge? Mind boggling.

          • 58 0388jojothecat
            June 19, 2015 at 8:12 pm

            Someone on another site said the murderer might walk…..maybe for SC but not Federal, I hope.

          • June 19, 2015 at 9:34 pm

            Exactly, Jacqueline O! This judge needs to recuse himself. As far as I am concerned, he sympathizes with white families that breed white supremacist terrorists. Can you imagine a judge, presiding over a trial of muslim terrorists, asking for “forgiveness” for the terrorists and their parents?

            • 61 jacquelineoboomer
              June 19, 2015 at 11:37 pm

              Agree. I think I may have heard – a bit of good news – that this was just an interim magistrate who would handle today’s courtroom antics, and then would not be a part of future prosecution. Fingers crossed, because he – as you said – needs to recuse himself otherwise AND apologize for being a (fill in the blank). And then resign from whatever bench he thinks he sits on.

      • 62 0388jojothecat
        June 19, 2015 at 7:51 pm

        I wonder how “forgiving” he is when a young AA or Hispanic comes before him? I have a good guess it ain’t very and he blames the parents.

    • 64 susanne
      June 19, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      sickening. as if nobody in that family ever spoke a racist word, ever noticed the boy’s interest in racist ideas, ever shared a racist joke. that family, and the community that accepts racist behaviors, is complicit. they are not ‘victims’– they are accessories, co-conspirators, and should be pariahs.

      • June 19, 2015 at 7:25 pm

        Just staggering Susanne – and what got me even more when I saw the video was his tone, it was like he was lecturing the victims’ families in court, telling them Roof’s family’s pain was as great as theirs.

    • 66 amk for obama
      June 19, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      are southerners this sick? it’s not 50’s, you punk.

  15. 67 sabreen60
    June 19, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    How many ways do I love President Obama? Let me count the ways 🙂

  16. June 19, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    “Q. So the motorcade pulled up in front of your house earlier today and he came into the garage?

    A. Dude. Yes. It was no simple process. Secret Service checked the parameters. Yesterday, they put a tent up that ran the length of my driveway, all the way behind my house to the garage. Today they came and put a tent over where the car was going to pull in. There were like 40 Secret Service people here. There were snipers on my neighbor’s roof. A sniper on my garage roof. They had L.A.P.D. all around the perimeter of the house. They have a protocol that occurs. And it was occurring in my house. Now everyone in the world knows where I live, O.K. And apparently the streets were lined with people for the motorcade. I was focusing on just dealing with the situation at hand and trying to have a personal conversation with the president in the midst of this…..

    Q.What did you talk about with him?

    A. We talked about racism. We talked about gun violence. We talked about the Affordable Care Act. His disappointments. The obstacles of his presidency. His family, a little bit. How he goes on, day to day, with the same determination and optimism that he’s had throughout his presidency. The disappointments of the left and the right. His successes.

    Q. People’s disappointments over what he didn’t accomplish? Or his own disappointments over what he didn’t do?

    A. I didn’t get a sense that he experiences disappointment in that way. I got a sense that he’s a guy that realizes that growth and progress in a democracy are slow. He looks at the big picture. Specifically, he knows that there’s always going to be those voices. Why didn’t you do this faster? How come you didn’t do that? Why are you doing that? That’s the nature of it. He just keeps moving though because of his commitment and his vision that he made this country a better place, incrementally….continued”

  17. 73 Dudette
    June 19, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    OT: A tiny moment of shallow respite…
    (Check out #5 and #23 😘)

  18. 79 Nena20409
    June 19, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Earlier today, I had posted Perry’s comments that showed him with some better sense than Jebbie…….
    Well, Perry didn’t take long to stick his head inside his arse.

  19. 81 Dudette
    June 19, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    • 82 susanne
      June 19, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      sorry, but this man is not lacking adequate intelligence to distinguish between a planned terrorist attack and an ‘accident’. he is making a calculated political statement, designed to reassure voters who aren’t bothered by what happened in charleston. making light of his use of the word ‘accident’ feeds the belief that it’s no big deal, and placates those voters. i know we’re weary of outrage, but it’s the necessary response.

    • June 19, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      So, an adult white male going into a church to willfully murder nine people is regarded by this idiot governor as an “accident”?

  20. 84 Nena20409
    June 19, 2015 at 6:49 pm

  21. 85 Nena20409
    June 19, 2015 at 7:02 pm

  22. 86 Nena20409
    June 19, 2015 at 7:04 pm

  23. 94 jacquelineoboomer
    June 19, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    • 95 jacquelineoboomer
      June 19, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      • 96 0388jojothecat
        June 19, 2015 at 8:10 pm

        Then why is the Confederate Flag flying in your state buildings and your roads, buildings and highways named after Confederate Generals?

  24. 97 arapaho415
    June 19, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    GA TODville.

    Is our President too cool or what?

    I watched his jaunty engagement with the mayors after his speech, and no. one. on. earth. is as cool as he is.


    You just know his coolness and swagger gets the MSM even hotter under the collar.

    To add to LP’s post on @marcmarron interview (photos from outside the event are posted on the previous thread):

    “Mr. Maron had been surprised enough that Obama wanted to come on the show. But when the White House told him the interview would be held in his garage—where he typically interviews subjects—his response was quick: ‘I said: That’s crazy.’

    Some immediate concerns came to mind. ‘Oh my god, I hope the bathroom’s clean,’ he said in Thursday’s podcast, as he announced his upcoming interview. ‘I should probably clean my house a little. Prep the cats somehow.’”


    snip /

    “Preparations complete, the interview began. Maron described the president as ‘very at ease … almost to the point where I’m like: Is he really this at ease?’ He asked Obama whether he was nervous. The president’s response: ‘Of course not.’”

    snip /

    Their conversation covered a host of topics, Maron said, including Wednesday’s shootings in Charleston, S.C., race, family, and Obama’s goals for the rest of his presidency. The interview at times was ‘very candid’ and ‘a little wonky,’ he said. Audio clips are expected to be released later Friday, and the interview will air on the podcast at 3 a.m. ET on Monday.”

    • June 19, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      Ridiculously cool. PBO paved the way for all these amazing new approaches to communication. Those who try to follow for 2016 are just copycats!

  25. June 19, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Another great WWW with bees and lots of BABIES!! Also note the little love he showed to one of his mentees as he fixes his tie……

  26. 101 jacquelineoboomer
    June 19, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    ICYMI … better to fly a flag of love than a (confederate) flag of hate any day.

  27. 104 desertflower
    June 19, 2015 at 7:59 pm

  28. 105 desertflower
    June 19, 2015 at 7:59 pm

  29. 106 desertflower
    June 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm

  30. 107 hopefruit2
    June 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Tim Wise needs to take a long walk off a short pier.

    That is all.

  31. 114 desertflower
    June 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm

  32. 115 hopefruit2
    June 19, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Sorry but I can’t take this guy seriously. A few years back I used to respect him, but no longer. Calling POTUS “chickenshit?” Really?

    • June 19, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      “not fit to lead” was the piece that got me. Give me a break, white typewriter guy.

    • 117 desertflower
      June 19, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      I know right…he’s really taken a slide.

    • 118 jacquelineoboomer
      June 19, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      Tim Dumb calls himself an “anti-racism educator and activist.” (Gee, the President, born yesterday, would have no insight on any of that.) Now he’s an expert on terrorism. (Gee, somebody should alert President Obama that terrorists abound.) This guy’s so full of himself, I guess that means everybody else is either a racist or “chickenshit” – including the President – and only he gets it. That’s funny, I don’t remember the President ever condoning racism or terrorism. I do know the President is trying to lead, constrained only by the facts that he cannot do the work of the U.S. Attorney General or state prosecutors ahead or outside of the legal process, and he cannot be seen as name-calling.

      This guy doesn’t even understand what President Obama has had to put up with, much less have enough depth to criticize him.

  33. 119 Judith Fardig
    June 19, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Wishing you all a restorative weekend. The “Unity in the Community” prayer vigil organized by the Bethel AME Church in Portland with the Albina Ministerial Alliance last night was moving and healing. I am in awe of their capacity to forgive and to encourage love to conquer hate.

  34. June 19, 2015 at 8:27 pm

  35. June 19, 2015 at 8:32 pm

  36. 125 jacquelineoboomer
    June 19, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Once more, I dedicate this to President Obama! He owns and lives every word.


    If — by Rudyard Kipling

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

    If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

  37. 126 globalcitizenlinda
    June 19, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    some people can’t realize that each time, their criticisms serve only to divert the national conversation from gun violence, hate, racism to unfair crap about PBO and thereby helps bigots and media to sweep critical issues under the rug

Comments are currently closed.







Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.



RSS Obama White House.gov

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS WH Tumblr

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Steve Benen

  • President Biden set for Wednesday meeting with Vladimir Putin
  • Biden has to engage and contain Putin at the same time, says former ambassador
  • Should President Biden be meeting with Putin at all?
  • Leon Panetta: We are in a new chapter of the Cold War
  • Russia is not America's economic rival: Steve Rattner



Blog Stats

  • 43,026,692 hits

%d bloggers like this: