121 Responses to “The President’s Weekly Address”

  1. 1 Anjo
    June 20, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Good morning all have a pleasant day

  2. 3 amk for obama
    June 20, 2015 at 7:50 am

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  3. June 20, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Good morning all. NO, not ‘furst’, buster. 🙂

  4. 23 jackiegrumbacher
    June 20, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Good morning. For some reason this weeks seems to have been endless, like three in one. I’m glad for a time to take a deep breath and celebrate all dads. Hope the First Family can be back together again on Sunday.

  5. 24 jackiegrumbacher
    June 20, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Why oh why does WP require me to sign in every single morning. This never happened before. Are they falling apart?

  6. 27 Anjo
    June 20, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Don’t know if I said this here before but growing up in the Caribbean during the Watts riots I thought the blacks and the whites were two families fighting. When BBC news said one day that over 250 were injured I thought ‘no family is that big’ so I asked my Mom ‘who are the blacks and whites?’ She tried explaining our differences during which our neighbour who was white passed by. She promptly said, pointing to the street ‘see he is white’ “no”, I responded he is Mr Liddie he is not white, the explanation continued and only ended when I asked my Mom’ “If God can make trees, flowers, stones, clouds and animals different why can’t he make people different too???” She responded he is God that’s why he did, its just some men who refuse to accept our differences. To arrest this problem men and women of honesty will have to speak out and take action. Until white Americans let their fellow white brothers, sisters and institutions know that its no longer business as usual nothing will change..we need a white Martin Luther King who will stand up and say enough is enough we cannot treat our fellow citizens and fellow humans this way..who will be so brave? Who will be so honest. White America this is your problem to fix before it is too late. Thanks for the space to share.

  7. 30 vcprezofan2
    June 20, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Happy Saturday, TODobots!

    • 31 a4alice
      June 20, 2015 at 8:55 am

      hey VC how are you this morning?

      • 32 vcprezofan2
        June 20, 2015 at 8:59 am

        Hello, a4A! I’m sleep-deprived and way too busy for so early in the morning, but otherwise I’m hanging in.

        How are you and the chicklets I met previously (now adults)?

        • 33 a4alice
          June 20, 2015 at 9:01 am

          very well! everything’s growing and God’s watering so I don’t have to #NICE 😀

          • 34 vcprezofan2
            June 20, 2015 at 9:15 am

            I love the ‘God’s watering’ part over here too, a4A,though I have to admit sometimes this spring s/he has gone a wee bit overboard.

  8. 35 Anjo
    June 20, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Morning Furst, Chips and all TODers have a wonderful day..time go get ready to run some errands back later, hope it rains where its needed and is sunny where its needed. Pray for rain although a friend told me they no longer pray for rain as the last time they did they almost drowned..still pray for rain its needed badly

  9. 36 amk for obama
    June 20, 2015 at 8:27 am

  10. June 20, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODers.

    President Obama’s view this morning. A bit foggy on my end of town but not so where he is staying. I have to catch a train in a couple of hours and the bus to the station goes right by his hotel. I’ll send him our love!

    • 39 vcprezofan2
      June 20, 2015 at 10:33 am

      Morning, Meta! If your bus hasn’t passed PBO’s hotel yet and if he’s still there, along with our love please ask him when he’ll be coming my (VC’s) way again. Thank you, and have yourself a great Saturday – on or off the train!

  11. June 20, 2015 at 9:02 am

    FLOTUS and the girls in Venice.

    • 41 Dudette
      June 20, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Bucket List site for me. Wish I was there with them. For now, the vicarious peek will have to do. Thanks for posting! 🙂

    • June 20, 2015 at 10:07 am

      I’m so glad FLOTUS, Malia,Sasha are able to have some down time to sight see. In England and Italy they have been great ambassadors for this country.Yes meta thanks for posting this, you guys once again have done a great job. I enjoy keeping up with FLOTUS, her Mom, and her daughters trip to England and Italy.

    • 44 99ts
      June 20, 2015 at 10:11 am

      And I thought it was all gondoliers – my romantic history is flawed.

      • 45 Obama Grandmama
        June 20, 2015 at 11:56 am

        The gondolas are mainly in the narrow canals between the buildings. The open waterway surrounding the city has lots of kinds of boats as pictured.

  12. 46 amk for obama
    June 20, 2015 at 9:08 am

    bbc’s UK reporters did a nice job on flotus’s visit to UK. The students were ecstatic to meet her.

    • June 20, 2015 at 11:46 am

      almost a total news black out here in the Philly area….it depresses me how many of the folks that i come in contact with…who do not have a clue…i try to update…but some are just not interested

  13. 48 a4alice
    June 20, 2015 at 9:14 am

    off to do some tasks and errands – everyone have a great day BBL

    June 20, 2015 at 9:15 am


  15. 50 Dudette
    June 20, 2015 at 9:26 am

  16. June 20, 2015 at 9:40 am
    • 55 Linda
      June 20, 2015 at 9:55 am

      I am glad to see this.

    • 57 amk for obama
      June 20, 2015 at 9:58 am

      good, take the fight to the cowardly mofos.

    • 58 Dudette
      June 20, 2015 at 10:01 am

      On the “pride of southern heritage” argument for that rag…

    • 59 vcprezofan2
      June 20, 2015 at 11:11 am

      Would have been more meaningful and more inclusive for *me* if tweeter had said “American citizens burned” instead of “they”. For me the ‘they’ along with picture of the burners suggest something ‘negative’, something ‘thuggish’.

      • 60 amk for obama
        June 20, 2015 at 11:19 am

        If you look at the pics, it’s not ‘them’. We talk about whites coming forward and I am glad they are since majority of them aren’t racists.

        • 61 vcprezofan2
          June 20, 2015 at 11:29 am

          Are there other pics? In this one I see poc doing the flag holding and burning and a mix of onlookers. At a glance (and with no history) tweeter doesn’t seem to be taking sides and ‘they’ could be read as ‘the thugs’ IMO.

          • 63 amk for obama
            June 20, 2015 at 11:38 am

            Of course, burning the Confederate flag would be disrespectful. That is exactly the point.

            There is no need to respect a symbol that is as evil and vicious to African-Americans as the Nazi swastika flag is to Jews. In fact, it is important to actively disrespect the banner that represents a pure form of human evil.

            Exactly. This may ‘hurt the racists’ sentiments’ but they have hurt more than others’ sentiments, they have murdered them. Fuck’em.

    • 64 MightyPamela
      June 20, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      Seattle ROCKS!! ❤ We have also been kayaking and protesting against S-Hell-NO, taking that blasted oil drilling rig to the Arctic, so they can drill, spill and destroy the last of our clean frontier, killing the marine life as they destroy the marine environment. Somehow Interior has approved the lease to drill, which I am utterly wretched and heartbroken over.

  17. 66 GGail
    June 20, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  18. 67 arapaho415
    June 20, 2015 at 9:59 am

    GM TODville.

    Agree with JackieG that the past couple of weeks have been shocking and draining.

    We were shocked and we mourned and grieved with the Biden and Obama families for the loss of their stellar son, Beau, rest in peace.

    And this week, to have lost leaders of the Charleston community in such a shocking, pre-planned, racist, terrorist manner drained our souls.

    As an aside, I read David Remnick’s New Yorker article which placed blame for the Charleston Massacre on the legacy of white supremacy.

    But I can’t recommend it — as others have noted, one of his paragraphs begins “Obama is a flawed president…”, which was totally uncalled for. It added nothing to the premise of the article, was just an attack out of blue with no justification.

    Mother Jones is right — turn off cable and turn to local newspaper sites (which hopefully aren’t behind paywalls):

    • 68 MightyPamela
      June 20, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      Thank you, Arapaho. After reading your insight, I have to wonder if such an out of context and inappropriate statement was made on the demand of the paper, which is likely, but begs the question: how do these intelligent, well-spoken people look themselves in the eye, as they collect their paycheck? The 5 words in question take too much of the integrity regarding the issues completely away from an otherwise important and informative piece of writing. I thought the (New Yorker) was less RW than other publications. But he also writes opinion for the NYT, and others. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/06/books/06book.html

  19. 69 hopefruit2
    June 20, 2015 at 10:01 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, even amk, lurkers, and congrats Anjo on #1 🙂

    Have a peaceful Saturday everyone!

  20. 70 0388jojothecat
    June 20, 2015 at 10:02 am

    I was flipping channels and unfortunately landed on CNN and this woman talking head was talking to two men from SC about the confederate flag..one white and one AA. I think the AA was a Pastor and Representative and the other was an Actor. The Actor talked about it was their history blah blah and how some people have used it for hate (funny that’s what American Muslim say about the Quran but that don’t stop Fox and other haters to paint all Muslims with a broad brush) while the Pastor/Rep was not very articulate, talked in audibly, and personally attacked the Actor. There are so many good arguments that can be used I am wondering if the Pastor/Rep was reluctant to talk on camera or unprepared. There was no need for personal attacks on such an important topic. The Actor kept saying the American flag was flown under slavery, the North had slaves, blah blah blah. It just the North stopped slavery that’s why so many AA’s were escaping and going North, the Actor’s arguments made no sense. I bet he is one of those people who believes the Civil War was not about slavery like so many whites in the south believe. They have rewritten history that none of the rest knows is not true.

  21. 71 Dudette
    June 20, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Video in this article: Reverend Senator Pinckney speaking in the SC Senate about the murder of Walter Scott

  22. 77 Dudette
    June 20, 2015 at 10:08 am

  23. 78 arapaho415
    June 20, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Happy Father’s Day to TODville’s dads, wives, sons and daughters.

    From “More” magazine edited by @FLOTUS:
    “People often ask me whether being President has made it more difficult to spend time with Michelle and our girls. But the surprising truth is that being in the White House has made our family life more ‘normal’ than it’s ever been,” Obama wrote, noting he and his wife work to make “blocks of family time that are sacrosanct.”

  24. June 20, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Good Saturday, Chipsticks…TOD Family

  25. 80 globalcitizenlinda
    June 20, 2015 at 10:14 am

    found this to be a good read from Slate;

    it is the slate’s report with Mr. Marc Maron;

    It explores how PBO interview with Mr. Marc Maron happened and what this former political commentator and comedian did before, during and after the interview;

    he includes some thoughts on his impression of PBO;



    I used to listen to Mr. Maron when he was still doing political commentary on his talk show with his buddy

    • 81 Linda
      June 20, 2015 at 10:31 am

      Why must the word ” grill ” constantly be used ? Grrrr…….

      grilling is for bbq’s

    • 82 GGail
      June 20, 2015 at 11:40 am

      GCL, thanks so much for posting this – Marc gave truthful answers to all of the questions – and some were slanted to negative, but Marc wouldn’t take the bait…

      I’ve heard you say that you try to go into every interview and figure out “Who is this guy?” So what’s the big takeaway here? Who is this guy?

      I think this guy is very intense, earnest, focused. He’s very passionate about making peoples lives’ better and making the country better. And the way he negotiates that and keeps going at it every day with seemingly no bitterness or sense of disappointment or anger that he would allow anyone to see. He struck me as a very responsible man. He walks the walk.

      • 83 Obama Grandmama
        June 20, 2015 at 12:09 pm

        That last sentence “He walks the walk.” Is why I originally supported Barack, the candidate and is why I have continued to support my President Obama.

      • 84 globalcitizenlinda
        June 20, 2015 at 3:19 pm

        that section also struck me as very honest assessment;

        yes, Marc didn’t take the bait thrown his way by the slate interviwer

  26. 85 arapaho415
    June 20, 2015 at 10:17 am


  27. 86 arapaho415
    June 20, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I know it’s a RWNJ tabloid, but it does carry wire stories (with photographs, which wire services don’t always include):

    Here’s the Reuters article if you prefer not to click on Mail Online:

  28. 88 Dudette
    June 20, 2015 at 10:31 am

  29. 89 Dudette
    June 20, 2015 at 10:32 am

  30. 91 Dudette
    June 20, 2015 at 10:39 am

  31. 96 Dudette
    June 20, 2015 at 10:46 am

    • 97 Dudette
      June 20, 2015 at 11:00 am

      Sometimes all you need is the right image to bring you peace, if only for a moment.

    • 98 Dudette
      June 20, 2015 at 11:03 am

      • 99 vcprezofan2
        June 20, 2015 at 12:05 pm

        So, Dudette, I saw this and thought it was a bit of history about this black dude I didn’t know and I began to listen. [ Now you may remember I’m a word person who doesn’t listen to preludes (because I don’t like instrumental music) so of course I skipped ahead to hear what was being said. I skipped again…and again…before getting wise (I’m tired, okay?)….sigh! ] In a gripe-y mood I complained about preludes, musical intros, whatever to offspring who is nearby. His response, after looking over my shoulder?

        ‘Tell Dudette I approve!’ 🙄 So, D-ette, offspring approves of your choice. 😀

    • 103 jacquelineoboomer
      June 20, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      That is BEAUTIFUL.

  32. 104 Dudette
    June 20, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Of course the sick bastards from the Westboro “Church” are planning to protest at the Charleston funerals.

  33. 107 amk for obama
    June 20, 2015 at 11:40 am

    great comment from bj poster beltane

    Southern Heritage: If it didn’t exist, no one would have felt the need to invent it. It’s positive contribution to humanity is nil. The Confederates didn’t even build the autobahn. If killing and enslaving other people is all they’ve got, they’ve got nothing.


    • 108 desertflower
      June 20, 2015 at 11:49 am

      As i read the other day somewhere, it’s not the south’s “heritage”…it’s their SHAME.

      • 109 MightyPamela
        June 20, 2015 at 12:54 pm

        A-men. How many centuries will pass by before they wake up to the reality that is called Life on Earth. We are all here together, tho with the Holocene Extinction riding fast upon our heels, we may not be here long. We pray our last connection to this beautiful gem of a planet is not standing on an immense pile of rubbish (shit) we ourselves have created. Gaia will need a couple million years to cover up the trash and degradation, once she is free of us. Good riddance.

  34. 110 Dudette
    June 20, 2015 at 11:44 am

  35. 112 JER
    June 20, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Palm Springs forecast for POTUS’ visit in Palm Springs, Ca.

  36. 113 Dudette
    June 20, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer. I highly recommend this movie if you haven’t seen it.

  37. 115 JER
    June 20, 2015 at 11:59 am

  38. 117 Obama Grandmama
    June 20, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    I sometimes feel like I am a lone battler where I live. I am Irish American/Native American. I am on the rolls of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in Oregon. I only became aware of my Native heritage after my tribe was restored to tribal status. They were dissolved from my age of seven to age thirty-eight. Upon CTGR being restored I was living and teaching elementary school in Juneau, AK much to distant to participate in tribal activities. My students enjoyed my classroom poster proclaiming my tribal identity and my AK Native students beamed and opened up to me upon knowing this. It was not until I retired that I moved to the reservation. At that point I used my twenty-two years of teaching in public schools to give back to my tribe by serving on the tribal education committee for six years.

    • 118 Dudette
      June 20, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Teaching future generations is the most noble of professions. You honor your ancestors when you tell their story. Thank you for sharing yours. Thank you for serving your community and the country at large.

      {{{{{{{{{{ Obama Grandmama }}}}}}}}}}

    • 119 Obama Grandmama
      June 20, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      Now to the battle. I am in a rural setting with lots of conservative tea party like thinkers outside of the tribe. I meet weekly in an art group and have spoken out numerous times in defense of our President and my tribe. I have even walked out with explanation of why on one occasion when some would not stop disparaging PBO. That made an impact as when the person guilty of driving me out told the next person arriving of the incident expecting support got a reply of “regardless of your political leaning the President should be respected” she called me up to apologize and has toned down her criticisms. I have even heard others speak up to correct bigoted remarks since then. I knew we were about evenly split politically, but felt I was the only one defending PBO. Since my walkout that day others are now speaking up. One person can make a ripple effect. I deal with lots of tribal issue misrepresentations in this White group too. I look as White as they do so they forget my heritage when they speak. I admit that before I embraced my tribal identity I never experienced this bigotry firsthand. Not just White’s, but everyone needs to speak up.

      • 120 Dudette
        June 20, 2015 at 2:01 pm

        Bravo! Things change for the better when good people step up and speak out!

      • 121 globalcitizenlinda
        June 20, 2015 at 3:27 pm

        your voice is making a huge difference. thanks a lot.

        speaking out as you do is very brave – not many do it. you are doing your part

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