President for All

@dougmillsnyt: President Obama tours the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma

103 Responses to “President for All”

  1. July 16, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    POTUS just arrived on Marine One, about to depart Oklahoma.


  2. July 16, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    he is safely back on AF1

  3. July 16, 2015 at 2:29 pm

  4. 8 Allison
    July 16, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    • 9 desertflower
      July 16, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      What do you want to bet that this is some crazy person’s reaction to Jade Helm…IMO

  5. 10 carolyn
    July 16, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    I just watched the local NBC coverage of Air Force One leaving. Very positive about the visit. Talked about three initiatives he proposed while here, called them historic…..His visiting the state will make a positive difference to some people. They will see him as not the caricature of Republicans, and this was not a disaster, nor an unpopular visit like the one about the pipeline. The Choctaw nation is very pro Obama, and from what I’ve read locally, the inmates were stunned and grateful that a sitting president would visit a federal prison. The articles and commentators said you could tell he was very moved. This visit is giving some wrongfully incarcerated prisoners hope for the first time. He actually went into the prison and examined a cell and talked to prisoners. As someone said, he went “into the belly.”
    One of the local announcers quoted his most famous statement from the tornado visit: “We have your back.” and the reporter said, indeed he did have our back with all the help we got. So very positive here…….security around the prison was huge, as it should be, but I am proud of our state today. We did well with the help of the Feds.
    I hope that this visit propels changes in the system. We have a friend who was wrongfully convicted, and is in a state prison for life. He should not be. I know the DOJ does not have jurisdiction over state prisons, but what starts with the feds will eventually make it to the states.

    • 11 jackiegrumbacher
      July 16, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Thank you for this perspective, Carolyn. It’s something I would not know or see living here in PA.

    • 12 Judith Fardig
      July 16, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      Glad to hear a local perspective, Carolyn. NPR had a short segment on a prisoner whose sentence was commuted by President Obama who said he wished he could be back there just for this visit to hug President Obama and thank him for giving him the chance to prove he’s worthy of freedom.

    • 13 sjterrid
      July 16, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Carolyn, I’m coming late to TOD. I read your earlier comment that your husband will come home from the rehab facility and he will have hospice care there. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. 14 carolyn
    July 16, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    I think perhaps President Obama’s name should be Daniel: he’s always going into the lion’s den and coming out alive.

  7. July 16, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Congrats on 1st df 🙂

    “President for All” … IN_DEED, Chips!!

    Also …

  8. July 16, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Love this.

  9. July 16, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Thousands and thousands and thousands of people incarcerated for life without possibility of parole for non-violent drug offenses.
    A national shame.

  10. 20 JER
    July 16, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    • July 16, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      Wow, thanks. I especially love this:

      “Among those who say they would be likely to vote for Biden if he runs, 68% are currently Clinton backers, 18% are currently supporting another candidate and 14% are undecided.”

      • 22 COS
        July 16, 2015 at 3:18 pm

        VP Biden would be the perfect person to be the next President. He will continue what PBO has started. He is trustworthy. Bernie Sanders does not know squat about foreign policy. VP Biden is the total package.

      • 23 MightyPamela
        July 16, 2015 at 3:38 pm

        100% are TODObots!! ‘ridin’withbiden’ The 2016 election would be pretty much a wrap, IMHO! As in – it’s over for anyone but VPB!

    • 24 desertflower
      July 16, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      🙂 🙂 HELL YEAH! I love my VP!!

    • 25 GGail
      July 16, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      I received an email today from Draft Joe Biden 2016 with these statistics. Let’s Goooooo Joe!

  11. July 16, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Oh, no.

  12. July 16, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    • 28 No Child Left Behind
      July 16, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      This image is powerful. POTUS humbly listening to four prisoners during their incarceration.

    • 29 GGail
      July 16, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      I don’t have any family or friends incarcerated, but still this effort from my President still moves the hell out of me. I can’t wait to see and hear it.

  13. 30 vcprezofan2
    July 16, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    How a Group of Female Inmates Won the Right to Live with Their Children
    June 25, 2015
    by Lauren Lee White

    // …………………………..

    Dotson is the sole correctional counselor assigned to oversee inmates at Prototypes, the only Community Prisoner Mother Program (CPMP) left in California. To get one of the 24 beds here, inmates must pass a comprehensive screening process, which takes into account the nature of their crime, their history of violence or lack thereof, and their mental, physical, and dental health. Hopeful applicants have been known to have all of their teeth pulled in an effort to meet dental health requirements—that’s how badly prisoners covet these spots, which give them one of the rarest opportunities in the American incarceration system: the chance to be with their young children while they serve their time.

    In much of the US, the notion that incarcerated mothers can be with their kids full-time sounds radical, but in other countries it’s a given. A 2014 report from the Library of Congress surveyed 97 countries that allow young children to remain with their mothers, even if it means postponing the mother’s sentence, including Kazakhstan, Colombia, and Iraq. Germany has granted female prisoners work-release assignments for “mothering,” which lets women leave prison in the morning, tend to their children all day, and return to the prison at night. Germany, along with Mexico, Greece, and several other countries, make provisions for children to stay with their mothers on the inside well past the newborn nursery stage. Some states do too, whether through programs like California’s CPMP, prison nursery programs in ten states, or alternative custody programs, which allow mothers to live with their children in a low-security residential setting. The US is one of four countries to allow the separation of newborn babies from their incarcerated mothers, usually within 24 or 48 hours of birth. The others are the Bahamas, Liberia, and Suriname.

    In the past few decades, issues involving motherhood behind bars have become increasingly urgent: The number of women in prison rose 646 percent between 1980 and 2010, and seven out of ten of those women are mothers. According to a 2010 Pew survey, there were 120,000 mothers behind bars nationwide, and 2.7 million children with an incarcerated parent.

    The toll on these children is obvious; it’s also quantifiable. The University of California-Irvine’s Kristin Turney published findings in 2014 that children with an incarcerated parent experienced depression at rates more than three times higher than children without an incarcerated parent, as well as significantly higher rates of anxiety, attention deficit disorder, behavior problems, speech problems, asthma, obesity, epilepsy, and other conditions. ……………………….
    ……………………….. //


  14. 32 vcprezofan2
    July 16, 2015 at 3:35 pm

  15. 33 vcprezofan2
    July 16, 2015 at 3:37 pm

  16. July 16, 2015 at 3:44 pm

  17. 37 tnmtngirl
    July 16, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    According to my FB newsfeed, CBS as identified shooter as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. Get ready for ISIS plant……..sigh.. 😦

    • 38 jacquelineoboomer
      July 16, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      MSNBC is saying he was a naturalized citizen from the Middle East. Funny how they know that already.

      1. Blame ISIS, as you said
      2. Still don’t jail Bush and Cheney, et al.
      3. Still don’t get rid of the guns in this country; let’s just worry about “the illegals from Mexico,” per Trump

  18. 39 FoxfireTX
    July 16, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Every day I think I cannot despise these Republicans and then they go at it again, and I do. Today it is the timing of the vote on the UN sanctions relief. Corker and Cruz expect PBO to delay it until the review period has run. What fools they are. They had NO right to demand review of this agreement to begin with, and PBO has been subjected to their shit for months. NOW they expect him to delay the UN vote? Of course, this IS the reason PBO ultimately was willing to sign their ridiculous agreement in the first place, it has no impact on the UN sanctions, only on the separate US sanctions, and their egos of course. BUT Cruz is threatening to place a hold on all State nominees if PBO refuses to delay the vote. He will not, the P5+1 always expected it to go to the UN quickly. But once again I despise them more today than I did yesterday. Sigh.

  19. 41 Allison
    July 16, 2015 at 3:50 pm

  20. July 16, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    No, thanks.

  21. 58 jacquelineoboomer
    July 16, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    So, a pundit on cable “news” discusses putting military recruiting centers in strip malls (such as the one in TN where today’s killings happened) as making them “sitting targets,” since none of the military are armed. Says the recruiting centers should be on protected bases or areas.

    No mention that perhaps GUNS should not be allowed into the hands of anybody but law-abiding citizens. No mention of background checks or making guns less accessible.

    Oh, no, everybody else should move to get out of the shooter’s way. Maybe we should all get bullet-proof vests (not just bullet-proof backpacks for kids). Let’s make recruiting stations less accessible. But not the GUNS.

    Why we can’t have nice things in this country. And may the latest gun victims rest in peace, added to the count in the history books of our gun-toting society.

    • 59 EricFive
      July 16, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Just think of how quickly that pundit had to come up with that stupid shit, and pay a commensurate amount of attention to it. Blame always goes on the victims (i.e., the victims are ALWAYS at fault for not being armed, remember after school shootings the argument is always made that the teachers/students should have been armed). Guns and violence is the answer to guns and violence. A country filled with heavily armed, hateful, paranoid people seems to be the NRA’s dream.

      • 60 jacquelineoboomer
        July 16, 2015 at 4:17 pm

        Truth. I wonder when the rest of us can all go live on Pluto or somewhere in Canada (not that we’d let any Plutonians or Canadians in our country, of course)? I’d really like to separate myself and my family from them and their shit.

        • 61 EricFive
          July 16, 2015 at 4:34 pm

          It’s like folks ruled by their lizard brain are battling folks who have evolved beyond tribalism (i.e., the instinct to view anybody from a different tribe as the ENEMY). The problem is the that more “evolved” people are often passive, while the lizard brain folks are not. Violence, anger and fear is the only language the lizard brain comprehends. For example GWB’s foreign policy was pure lizard brain. As is Putin’s..

          • 62 jacquelineoboomer
            July 16, 2015 at 4:42 pm

            I have a friend who was an old anthropology major, and she dwells on similar thoughts and shares them with me all the time, and, thusly, I am now a believer! You are so right – it’s all about the TRIBES who look different and are coming over the ridge to use our fire and steal our tools. Not to mention the womenfolk. And it doesn’t look as though it will ever disappear, unless the lizard brains stop breeding. Give us strength.

  22. July 16, 2015 at 3:59 pm

  23. July 16, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Great interview

  24. July 16, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Important updates about Ukraine in the sidebar ….

  25. July 16, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    ‘The joint press conference held by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond at the opening of their meeting in Jerusalem on Thursday afternoon turned into a confrontation in front of the cameras regarding the nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers. While Netanyahu attacked the powers and asserted that they made a bad deal with Iran, Hammond countered that Britain is not naive regarding Iran but believes that the deal attained the most important goal of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Hammond arrived at the meeting with Netanyahu a day after sharply criticizing the Israeli prime minister in parliament.

    “The question you have to ask yourself is what kind of a deal would have been welcomed in Tel Aviv. The answer of course is that Israel doesn’t want any deal with Iran,” Hammond said at the House of Commons on Wednesday. “Israel wants a permanent state of standoff, and I don’t believe that’s in the interests of the region. I don’t believe it’s in our interest,” Hammond said…continued’

    • 77 EricFive
      July 16, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      Way to go Mr. Hammond. Calling Netanyahu out for being in favor of chaos in the region. He does want a permanent state of standoff. He is able to maintain power by terrifying his citizens and fleece America/Germany for military hardware by pointing to the threat of a nuclear Iran. Peace in the middle east is not in Israel’s interest. It’s voters have repeatedly made this fact clear. The Saudis are similarly in favor of chaos in the region. PBO is doing this country a huge favor by making the “pivot” away from the middle east.

  26. July 16, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Now, it seems as if the TN shooter was Arab, maybe Muslim.

    Let’s get the glasses on and see how differently he’s treated from Roof in the MSM.

    I’m just sayin’.

  27. July 16, 2015 at 4:17 pm

  28. July 16, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      July 16, 2015 at 5:49 pm


  29. July 16, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    ‘…In the liberal stronghold, the response from passersby when they realized Bush was infiltrating their Democratic redoubt was mixed. One woman laughed heartily before flashing a “rock-on” hand sign, after briefly being accosted by the cameras in another case of mistaken identity. Another passerby, when informed that the press was waiting for Bush, stuck out her tongue and sneered before driving away. A few more drivers honked and yelled….’

    Well hot damn….. even if it is only one day of saying things we already know

    • 85 CEB
      July 16, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      Charisma is only the cherry on top, ass hole. Underneath the eloquence is a wide ranging intellect, empathy, vision, honesty, and a determination to use the office for the betterment of individual citizens, the country as a whole and the wider world. PBO is a hard-working man whose long-held values guide everything that he does to improve the lives of everyday people here and world-wide. Jeb, McCain, and others of their ilk, including the msm, still want to attribute PBO’s success to surface charm that can be easily dismissed. Well, we and the world knows that he is a statesman in the best sense of what that means. I lived under Jeb’s regime and I cannot stand anything about him.

    • 86 Sandy1110
      July 16, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      I’m guessing he didn’t mean it in a complimentary way – probably a sneaky way to say he wishes he could use “fancy words” like the slick car salesman.


    • July 16, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      What Jeb is disappointed that he speaks like his big brother.

  30. 89 Ladyhawke
    July 16, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Wendy Sherman briefed State Department reporters today. She is terrific.



    John Kirby briefed reporters and responded to questions on a variety of international issues



    WARNING: Mrs. Greenspan is in attendance.

  31. July 16, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    You snooze, you lose.

    • 91 FoxfireTX
      July 16, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      Yup, see my post above:-) Once again PBO runs circles around them. BUT Cruz is threatening to place a hold on all State Dept nominees unless PBO delays the UN vote, which he will not do.

      • July 16, 2015 at 4:42 pm

        At this point, PBO will just do recess appointments that will last until the end of the 114th Congress.

        • 93 FoxfireTX
          July 16, 2015 at 4:47 pm

          Ummm, don’t think so. Recall how they managed to ensure he could not do that by not technically going into recess. If I remember correctly this was upheld by the courts, effectively doing away with recess appointments.

          • July 16, 2015 at 5:14 pm

            “The Supreme Court agreed with the result but rejected the rationale relied upon by the appellate court. Rather, it held that a recess of three days was too short a time to bring the recess within the scope of the Recess Appointments Clause. It also disagreed with the conclusions of the appellate court, holding that the President does have the authority to make appointments in both intra- and inter-session recesses, but that the time period in question in this case did not constitute either of those.”


            Narrow ruling regarding the 3 NLRB appointments. Other cases are working their way through the system. The Constitution has not been Amended.

            So, if President Obama wants to push their buttons, and he has very little reason not to, he still can unless the Senate legitimately (not by faking it) stays in session continuously from now until 20 Jan 2017.

            They have to pass a budget, they can’t afford a shut-down between now and the election, they don’t have the vote (or the guts) to override his veto on Iran, big biz won’t allow them to scuttle TPP (and they don’t have the votes to override a veto, anyway), so they have very little leverage at this point.

            And, when that pack of clown candidates start slinging mud at each other in a couple of months the American people will expand PBO’s status in the polls.

            Will be interesting to watch what PBO does if folk try to impede the operations of his Administration.

      • July 16, 2015 at 4:56 pm

        So so so desperate.

  32. July 16, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    The world ain’t gonna wait …. Iran is just way too ripe for all kinds of commerce, cultural interactions, tourism, etc.

  33. 99 JER
    July 16, 2015 at 4:43 pm

  34. 101 FoxfireTX
    July 16, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    The one unhappy consequence of this deal with Iran is that US businesses are the only ones going to be left out in the cold for all the pent up demand in Iran. Other than some specified things like airplanes, it is my understanding that US businesses will not be allowed to do business in Iran because of remaining US sanctions. So while the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany already are on their way to Iran to establish relations, our businesses will not be allowed to do so. Nice going Congress!

    • 102 99ts
      July 16, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      After 6 years of cutting of nose to spite face – these fools don’t seem able to stop. Still trying to make PBO a 1 term President.

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