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The President’s Day

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Arriving in Roseburg, Oregon

President Obama is greeted by Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy

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President Obama signs some remembrances after greeting families of the victims in the mass school shooting in Roseburg, Oregon (Photo by Pete Souza)
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Roseburg Mayor Larry Rich and Oregon Governor Kate Brown listen while President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press after meeting with the families of the Umpqua College shooting victims in Roseburg, Oregon

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President Barack Obama greets a small group of people on his arrival Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at King County Airport in Seattle. Obama was in town to attend a pair of fundraisers, following a stop Roseburg, Ore., where he visited families of victims of the shooting rampage there last week. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

President Barack Obama and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee embrace during Obama's arrival at King County International Airport in Seattle, Wash., Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Obama is scheduled to attend a democratic fundraiser event with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. He's is also attending fundraisers in San Francisco and Los Angeles as part of a four-day West Coast tour. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee embrace

President Barack Obama carries a child as he greets people on the tarmac upon his arrival at King County International Airport in Seattle, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Obama is scheduled to attend a democratic fundraiser event with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. He's is also attending fundraisers in San Francisco and Los Angeles as part of a four-day West Coast tour. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama carries a child as he greets people on the tarmac upon his arrival at King County International Airport in Seattle. President Obama is scheduled to attend a democratic fundraiser event with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. He’s is also attending fundraisers in San Francisco and Los Angeles as part of a four-day West Coast tour

President Obama meets baby Stella Hakam during his arrival at King County International Airport/Boeing Field in Seattle

President Barack Obama greets guests on the tarmac following his arrival at King County International Airport in Seattle, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Obama is scheduled to attend a democratic fundraiser event with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. He's is also attending fundraisers in San Francisco and Los Angeles as part of a four-day West Coast tour. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama waves after greeting a few supporters on his arrival Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at King County Airport in Seattle. Obama was in town to attend a pair of fundraisers, following a stop Roseburg, Ore., where he visited families of victims of the shooting rampage there last week. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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President Obama with Sen. Patty Murray during a Democratic fundraiser in Seattle

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Leaving Seattle for San Francisco


56 Responses to “The President’s Day”


  1. 1 amk for obama
    October 9, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    FURST. 😎

  2. October 9, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    So POTUS lands in SF in about 45 minutes and then he goes off and does another fundraiser tonight. Long day for him.
    This man never stops!

  3. 12 FoxfireTX
    October 9, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you Nerdy for this beautiful recap of his day. Listening to him in Seattle is the salve my soul needed after all the garbage from the Rs this week. His optimism is incredible given what he deals with on a daily basis.

  4. October 9, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    A preview of that punk Steve Kroft’s 60 Minutes interview with PBO:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/60-minutes-interview-president-obama/

    • October 9, 2015 at 11:23 pm

      I saw this clip this morning and again tonight. Kroft is extremely disrespectful. Nothing new–interrupts, talks over, flat out says Putin is a strong leader and PO is not. It is sickening and those of you that tweet–get ready to hit those keys and do it hard.

    • 16 vcprezofan2
      October 9, 2015 at 11:27 pm

      :/ – Ye, he sure was punk-ish in that clip. I wish they’d ask their question and then listen to PBO’s answers. It’s annoying that they never push back or interrupt the idiots yet they interrupt with Pres O. Grrrrr!

    • 17 GGail
      October 9, 2015 at 11:35 pm

      Poor Steve, he gets no respect or fear from that man we call PBO.
      President Obama all but smirks at Steve as he swats Steve’s statements into the dirt 🙂

      I’m looking forward to PBO schooling Steve – “bring it on'”!

    • 19 idon
      October 9, 2015 at 11:37 pm

      very few rewteets. I won’t be watching

    • October 10, 2015 at 12:24 am

      Jesus h. Christ! What is it with our moribund media and their love for dick-waving. We are sorely going to miss PBO’s steady hand in 2017, as none of the candidates in either party will be able to resist media calls for empty misguided dick-waving. Sheesh, even usually reasonable Steve Clemons was saying same today about Putin “strength”

    • 21 Anna
      October 10, 2015 at 2:00 am

      Watched the clip, that’s it, don’t need to listen to a disrespectful, obviously angry person, who is not even listening to the President,pretending to interview the President. Class A Jerk.

  5. 22 jacquelineoboomer
    October 9, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    I love the look on baby Stella’s face!

  6. 23 JER
    October 9, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    • 24 jacquelineoboomer
      October 9, 2015 at 11:59 pm

      I’m thinking the President enjoys his trips to the San Francisco area … gets to be with lots of strong Democrats, in a beautiful place!

  7. 27 GGail
    October 9, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Thanks NW – these people look happy to see PBO ❤

  8. 29 GGail
    October 9, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    It’s 8:54 pm and 90 degrees F outside here in Monrovia. I try to wait till the temps drop to 80 so I can turn my AC off, but I’m turning it off now and hope I will be able to sleep tonight with just the fans working. 😦

    • 30 jacquelineoboomer
      October 10, 2015 at 12:01 am

      It’s in the mid-50s here in the midwest tonight, and will be in the 40s overnight. I still use my a/c during the day, off and on! I’m pretending it’s still summer. 🙂

      • 31 GGail
        October 10, 2015 at 12:31 am

        Come visit me J’OB, it’s STILL summer here😳

        • 32 jacquelineoboomer
          October 10, 2015 at 12:37 am

          I moved from Florida to the midwest, after being there 17 years. Funny how fast you can forget the “95 degrees from April to November and I can’t take much more of this humidity” part, after a few chilly nights!

    • 33 HZ
      October 10, 2015 at 12:12 am

      Same here, GGail. Keep as comfortable as you can tonight. I just went down to adjust my AC. I need to sleep went it on all night because of my health. Hope all is well with you. Love you much. HZ

    • 35 arapaho415
      October 10, 2015 at 3:44 am

      GM GGail.

      This weather is unbelievable, and I am profoundly praying for everyone in canyon/hillside areas — know from experience that intense devil winds (Santa Anas) bring out crazy arsonists. IIRC all devastating Malibu fires in the last 40 years or so were set by an arsonist in various places south of the Ventura freeway (usually just south of Kanan) and explode into fast-moving wildfires that are stopped only when they reach the Pacific Ocean.

      Was enjoying cooling breezes during the late evening, then whammo — the wind picked up and instead of a cool welcome breeze became downright HOT.

      78F at 12:30 am, which is not just unseasonable, but another one of those 100-year-occurrences, which seem to happen every other year now.

      Today, just before noon:

  9. 36 jacquelineoboomer
    October 10, 2015 at 12:27 am

    The hard-core Hillary supporters against the hard-core Bernie supporters on twitter are getting nasty!

    Maybe one of these fine days, our dear Vice President will sweep in, while they’re infighting, and run for President! Hope so.

    • 37 arapaho415
      October 10, 2015 at 4:20 am

      GM JO’B (hope your WP notifications is turned on).

      Am hopelessly behind at TOD, so don’t know if this was discussed 2 weeks ago when Al tweeted:

      You need to establish a userID and password to read Al’s blogposts (which of course is frustrating to someone like me who has a problem remembering passwords), but IMO worth it.

      I know Chips would like us to post only a word or two from articles, but since this can only be read by “members only” I hope she will forgive me for this comment. (Besides, it’s just you and me, right? LOL)

      “POTUS to Convene the Community Organizers – in November!

      Organizing for Action – the political arm of President Obama – has called for its community organizers to converge on Washington DC for a ‘back to basics’ organizing training and summit. The exact date hasn’t been revealed, but the President will be there and his organization has announced this free contest by which anyone can enter for a chance to meet him.

      Now, remember the calendar I’ve been sketching out for y’all regarding the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. An October 13 debate that will likely take place still in the shadow of Vice President Joe Biden contemplating whether to run or not. ‘Presence through absence’ 101. Two weeks later, candidate Clinton has to appear before Congress in hearings that if she doesn’t ace them, both in reality and in media perception, she will be perceived as further wounded. Then on November 6, the South Carolina debate, moderated by US Rep Jim Clyburn, and an opportunity for Biden, should he run, to appear on the stage and get to work.

      Suddenly, the president is calling his organization home. The exact date might even be during that debate. Maybe they’ll watch it all together: thousands of organizers from every state in the nation: your longtime Obama foot soldiers (and, by definition, the vast majority ‘not Hillary people’). Or maybe it happens before or after that debate.

      But it seems to me that the timing of this is not accidental. Somebody wants to have all his people in one place for a reason. Somebody wants them to hone their organizing skills with’back to basics’ training.

      Wonder why. Hmmmmmm. What possible project might be upcoming around that time that everybody can jump into together, feet first?

      What could it possibly be?”

      😉

      • October 10, 2015 at 9:48 am

        I doubt that this is related to the VP. President Obama has this vision of a national movement for change that could even embrace republicans and independents. A movement centered on policy instead of politics. Of course both often collide. But not always. Think about background checks, or closing tax loopholes for corporations and wealthy individuals. OFA could work on those and bring in people of all parties, because those policies are supported by a big majority of americans, despite the fact that they don’t get anywhere in Congress…

      • 39 sjterrid
        October 10, 2015 at 3:32 pm

        I actually signed up to go to this training on Nov. 9th. I received a confirmation email. They said to make travel arrangements, but information would be forthcoming. I even brought my Amtrak Ticket.

      • 40 jacquelineoboomer
        October 10, 2015 at 7:50 pm

        Wow! Thanks for sharing that!

    • October 10, 2015 at 9:40 am

      Those nasty supporter of both sides will be every bit as nasty again a candidate Biden. You can bet on it.

  10. 43 jacquelineoboomer
    October 10, 2015 at 12:34 am

    • October 10, 2015 at 2:17 am

      Thanks JO’B for sharing this. The Dalai Lama beautifully expressed everything I Feel about President Obama. All I can do is keep repeating myself by saying that President Obama is the best president in my lifetime.

    • 46 arapaho415
      October 10, 2015 at 4:04 am

      Second nathkatun7, but sadly it’s not just fake Christians and Taliban which possess unreasonable, personal venom against this incredible person. Just on this (unread?) thread, take a look at Steve Kroft (and virtually everyone in MSM) and ExxonMobil (downthread).

      (Reasonable) boomers know that PBO is the anti-Nixon, a President I spent my college years loathing.

      Lead story on CBS radio news on Friday (Oct 9) night was about the Roseburg protesters. One woman interviewed said that guns should be available to the mentally ill — she said the 2nd amendment said that Americans’ right to guns “shall not be infringed.”

      JHC, this is the mindset of 2nd amendment fanatics.

    • October 10, 2015 at 9:42 am

      Wow… First time I see that quote. Thank you Jacquie !

  11. 49 jacquelineoboomer
    October 10, 2015 at 12:44 am

    Goodnight, TODville! Enjoy the weekend.

  12. October 10, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Needed a good eyeball wash…

  13. 51 arapaho415
    October 10, 2015 at 3:49 am

    Speaking of climate change upthread, documentation of how the almighty dollar rules everything in corporate America, despite the Hell on Earth created by corporate decisions/actions.

    Not a whiff of a moral compass.

    “For years, Exxon publicly questioned research on climate change. At the same time, its own scientists were concluding that warming was likely to impact its own infrastructure and assets.”

  14. 52 susanne holland
    October 10, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Cracks me up

  15. 53 susanne holland
    October 10, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Such a prophetic and powerful speech, Rep Pete Stark, Oct 10, 2002, in opposition to the war against Iraq.

    ‘ Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this resolution.
    I am deeply troubled that lives may be lost without a meaningful attempt to bring Iraq into compliance with UN resolutions through careful and cautious diplomacy.

    The bottom line is I don’t trust this President and his advisors.

    Make no mistake, we are voting on a resolution that grants total authority to the President who wants to invade a sovereign nation without any specific act of provocation. This would authorize the United States to act as the aggressor for the first time in our history.

    It sets a precedent for our nation – or any nation – to exercise brute force anywhere in the world without regard to international law or international consensus.

    Congress must not walk in lockstep behind a President who has been so callous to proceed without reservation, as if war was of no real consequence.

    You know, three years ago in December, Molly Ivins, an observer of Texas politics, wrote: “For an upper-class white boy, Bush comes on way too hard. At a guess, to make up for being an upper-class white boy.”

    “Somebody,” she said, “should be worrying about how all this could affect his handling of future encounters with some Saddam Hussein.” How prophetic, Ms. Ivins.

    Let us not forget that our President – our Commander in Chief – has no experience with, or knowledge of, war. In fact, he admits that he was at best ambivalent about the Vietnam War. He skirted his own military service and then failed to serve out his time in the National Guard. And, he reported years later that at the height of that conflict in 1968 he didn’t notice “any heavy stuff going on.”
    So we have a President who thinks foreign territory is the opponent’s dugout and Kashmir is a sweater.

    What is most unconscionable is that there is not a shred of evidence to justify the certain loss of life. Do the generalized threats and half-truths of this Administration give any one of us in Congress the confidence to tell a mother or father or family that the loss of their child or loved one was in the name of a just cause?

    Is the President’s need for revenge for the threat once posed to his father enough to justify the death of any American?

    I submit the answer to these questions is no.

    Aside from the wisdom of going to war as Bush wants, I am troubled by who pays for his capricious adventure into world domination.

    The Administration admits to a cost of around $200 billion!

    Now, wealthy individuals won’t pay. They’ve got big tax cuts already.

    Corporations won’t pay. They’ll cook the books and move overseas and then send their contributions to the Republicans.

    Rich kids won’t pay. Their daddies will get them deferments as Big George did for George W.

    Well then, who will pay?

    School kids will pay. There’ll be no money to keep them from being left behind – way behind.
    Seniors will pay. They’ll pay big time as the Republicans privatize Social Security and rob the Trust Fund to pay for the capricious war.

    Medicare will be curtailed and drugs will be more unaffordable. And there won’t be any money for a drug benefit because Bush will spend it all on the war.

    Working folks will pay through loss of job security and bargaining rights.

    Our grandchildren will pay through the degradation of our air and water quality.

    And the entire nation will pay as Bush continues to destroy civil rights, women’s rights and religious freedom in a rush to phony patriotism and to courting the messianic Pharisees of the religious right.

    The questions before the members of this House and to all Americans are immense, but there are clear answers. America is not currently confronted by a genuine, proven, imminent threat from Iraq. The call for war is wrong.

    And what greatly saddens me at this point in our history is my fear that this entire spectacle has not been planned for the well being of the world, but for the short-term political interest of our President.

    Now, I am also greatly disturbed that many Democratic leaders have also put political calculation ahead of the President’s accountability to truth and reason by supporting this resolution.

    But, I conclude that the only answer is to vote no on the resolution before us.


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