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The President’s Day

President Barack Obama speaks following his tour of the Saft America factory in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The plant opened in 2011 with help from federal money from economic stimulus package Obama pushed through Congress in 2009. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

President Barack Obama speaks at the Saft America factory in Jacksonville, Florida. The plant opened in 2011 with help from federal money from the economic stimulus package President Obama fought for in 2009

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U.S. President Barack Obama tours Saft America Advanced Batteries Plant in Jacksonville, Florida February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

President Barack Obama takes the stage as he is introduced at by Jamie Vazquez, right, at Saft America factory in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The plant opened in 2011 with help from federal money from economic stimulus package Obama pushed through Congress in 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama speaks at Saft America factory in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The plant opened in 2011 with help from federal money from economic stimulus package Obama pushed through Congress in 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama stops to look over a battery array during his tour of Saft America factory in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The plant opened in 2011 with help from federal money from economic stimulus package Obama pushed through Congress in 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama tours Saft America Advanced Batteries

President Barack Obama speaks after his tour of the Saft America factory in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The plant opened in 2011 with help from federal money from economic stimulus package Obama pushed through Congress in 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama talks with employee Jim Mastronardi as they watch a robotic demonstration during a tour at Saft America factory in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The plant opened in 2011 with help from federal money from economic stimulus package Obama pushed through Congress in 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama greets employees during his tour of Saft America factory in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. Walking with Obama are Thomas Alcide, right, Saft America President and Chris Kaniut, behind Obama, Saft America General Manager. The plant opened in 2011 with help from federal money from economic stimulus package Obama pushed through Congress in 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama greets the crowd after speaking following his tour of the Saft America factory in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The plant opened in 2011 with help from federal money from economic stimulus package Obama pushed through Congress in 2009. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

President Barack Obama greets supporters on the tarmac after arriving on Air Force One at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, to visit Saft America factory, which opened in 2011 with help from federal money from economic stimulus package he pushed through Congress in 2009. (AP Photo/Rick Wilson)

President Barack Obama waves to supporters on the tarmac after arriving on Air Force One at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, to visit Saft America factory, which opened in 2011 with help from federal money from economic stimulus package he pushed through Congress in 2009. (AP Photo/Rick Wilson)

President Barack Obama stops to wave before he enters Air Force One before departing Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Wilson)


130 Responses to “The President’s Day”


  1. February 26, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Love the pics. Was out all afternoon so missed it all. 😦 btw, I did see the tweet about an ambulance being sent to WH. Anymore news on that?

  2. February 26, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    “Tuition to U.S. universities has surged 500 percent since 1985 and continues to rise. But German universities offer free education to everyone — including Americans. The number of American students enrolled in German universities has risen steadily in recent years. Currently, an estimated 10,000 U.S. citizens are studying at German colleges — nearly all of them for free, according to NBC News. German universities in most federal states have traditionally been free for German citizens as well as many foreigners, including many American, Chinese and British students. One reason German taxpayers foot the bill is to help attract more skilled workers to the country. In recent years, German companies have been unable to fill thousands of jobs because of a lack of qualified applicants. Although Germany has one of the world’s most generous welfare systems, its resources are increasingly strained as more workers retire. The central European economic powerhouse also has one of the world’s lowest fertility rates — making the problem even worse…..

    ….Back in 2012, Lars Funk, a representative for the Association of German Engineers (VDI), explained that “the current labor shortage in Germany could inflict lasting damage.” According to Funk, foreign students could help fill that gap. Since then, the problem has increased. To attract talent from abroad, many Germany universities have started to offer courses on an undergraduate as well as postgraduate level in English. According to a data analysis by the website studyportals.eu — which collects information on available college courses all over the world — there are at least about 900 entirely English-language courses in Germany. The subjects include social sciences, politics and engineering — a particular strength of the country’s education system. Getting into those courses is easier than one might assume: In some cases, a potential student doesn’t even have to submit a formal application. There are other countries that offer even more such courses, including the Netherlands, as well as English-speaking Ireland and the United Kingdom. However, Germany is the only country without any tuition fees….continued”

    • 3 0388jojothecat
      February 26, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      I told my evangelical brother this because his daughter is in high school and he’s worried about sending her to college. When I told them he could send her to Germany he snapped “Who’s paying for it”? I told him that Germany citizens are paying for it! They don’t mind paying for college as long as there are jobs and these graduates will most likely STAY because they are not loaded down with debt. If Americans made college free to American students and charged high amounts to wealthy foreign students who come here anyway, then we would have a well educated workforce and people like Apple, Google, and Microsoft wouldn’t have to hire foreigners in America. We
      are so cheap of a country, always wanting someone else to pay or complain about the price of something.

    • 4 Obama Grandmama
      February 26, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      One of my daughters (I have two grown daughters and two grown sons) is living and working in Germany. After going through college, law school and graduate school in the US totally on academic scholarships she got her dream top law firm job in DC. The problem was even after three years there she had no time. She would call me on the West Coast going home from work in a taxi at 1am her time.
      She found a program offering young professionals a year+ in Germany to learn the language, work in the government sector a few months then the private sector a few months too. She ended up in Munich loving it there especially the work hours and six weeks vacation every year. It took her a solid year to get through the red tape to snag a top notch job there even though the company wanted her. She took a nanny job and ski instructor job as well as studying German the year she waited to get hired. She has gotten a couple promotions in the four years she has been there now.
      I see her more now that she gets all those vacations than I did when she was in DC with no time. She is about to marry a very sweet German guy. They made sure to get a three bedroom apartment telling me there will be a bedroom I can stay in when I visit them. I told them if Donald Trump wins the Presidency I may move in with them! LOL

      • February 26, 2016 at 11:17 pm

        Wow! Thanks for sharing your personal experience….If I could start from scratch this is definitely a route I would seriously consider (which prompted my interest in the article to begin with) …..unfortunately I’m stuck with a UG Business Degree from Auburn, a bunch of student loan debt that led me down to several job opportunities, none of which were personally satisfying or had the job security I needed to settle down permanently. No I’m kind of starting from scratch tying to get accepted into an Imaging Science program (they only take 15 folks every two years)….if that doesn’t work out I’ll probably go back into a sales job. Time will tell 😕

  3. February 26, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    “For months, Germans have been engaged in a heated debate about how to assimilate an unprecedented wave of more than a million refugees, but Firas Alshater just wants them to lighten up. The Syrian asylum seeker has become Germany’s latest social media sensation by launching a web series presenting life in his newly adopted country from his own, very funny, point of view. Hundreds of thousands Internet users have seen Firas Alshater’s short clip, in which he pokes fun of German quirks like a perceived tendency for needing a long time to warm up to new people and circumstances. It shows Alshater standing in Berlin’s central Alexanderplatz, blindfolded and with his arms wide open. A sign next to him reads “I’m a Syrian refugee. I trust you. Do you trust me? Give me a hug!” But while the fluffy-bearded 26-year-old looks more teddy bearish than terrorist, at first nobody takes him up on the offer. Only after a woman finally breaks the ice do other passers-by follow suit, one man even leaping into Alshater’s arms. The video then shows the Syrian comically running away from hordes of hug-obsessed Germans. “I learned that Germans need some time, but then nothing can stop them. Therefore, I think that integration will work out,” Alshater said, summing up his experiment into the camera….

    ….Alshater, who came to Germany two and a half years ago after being imprisoned and tortured as an opponent of the Assad regime, uploaded the clip last Friday. When he returned to his job at a film production company on Monday, several journalists were already waiting for him. His phone hasn’t stopped ringing since and his inbox is overflowing. Everyone in Germany, it seems, wants to get to know the guy dubbed the country’s “first refugee YouTuber.” “I never thought this would happen. I uploaded the video for no particular reason and never expected to become famous,” Alshater said in a recent phone conversation. He thinks the success of his video can partly be explained by the fact that many Germans are fed up with the gravity of the integration debate, especially since the mass assaults on women in the West German city of Cologne on New Year’s Eve by gangs of men, some of whom are believed to have been asylum seekers….continued”

  4. 7 Dudette
    February 26, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    I’ve been checking all damn day so I can set my DVR and, nope, still not on the schedule. Grrrr!

  5. 14 donna dem 4 obama
    February 26, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    This is your sure way to get a spot on cable TV. Has he been living in a cave the last 7 years?

  6. 29 yardarm756
    February 26, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Agree or disagree?

  7. February 26, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Makes my blood boil 😦 damn inbreds from T-town….

  8. 39 yardarm756
    February 26, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    More wisdom.

  9. February 26, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Good evening Nerdy, Chips & TOD!! Thanks Nerdy for this wonderful summary of our President’s day! 🙂 🙂

  10. 47 globalcitizenlinda
    February 26, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    remember those videos/photos of supporters of mitt (mr 47%) when they learned they had lost the 2012 election?

    I will just sit here and await the 2016 update when the pompous bigots are defeated … waiting, waiting, waiting

  11. February 26, 2016 at 7:38 pm

  12. February 26, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    “In other words, as Majority Leader, McConnell is in the position of having to draw a line in the sand about conservative influence on the Supreme Court. To do so, the only play he has is the one that puts winning the Senate again in jeopardy. As the President might say, “Please proceed, Majority Leader.”

  13. 51 Dudette
    February 26, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Amen to this, Allen!

    • 52 Dudette
      February 26, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      • February 26, 2016 at 8:17 pm

        I am amazed at people like Steve Perry. Rev Al would speak different. I guess Perry figures no one wants him on tv unless he trashes President Obama.President Obama is the President of all Americans, not just black Americans.

        • 54 0388jojothecat
          February 26, 2016 at 8:53 pm

          Dr. Steve Perry you’ve gotten your doctorate thanks to LBJ, MLK, and a host of others who made the possibility of you to become a doctor and talk shit when we get an AA President who’s supposed to wipe out racism in less than 8yrs. Never mind AA’s are still fighting the battle to VOTE!

    • February 26, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      Go ahead and tell it, Allan Brauer! Thanks Dudette for sharing these tweets. As Marcus Garvey said: sometimes our people, probably filled with envy and selfishness, can be our own greatest enemy.

    • 57 MadameSoph
      February 26, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      Just had to pop in to applaud, high five, THIS and THANK YOU! to Allan Brauer’s tweet response to this fool. Love all of you guys schooling the man with facts, but this exquisite take down is my absolute favorite.

  14. February 26, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    OK, so I don’t watch cable TV or any of the punditry. But just reading the web, it seems like Trump’s every move is covered. Do they do the same for Dems?

    • 59 Ladyhawke
      February 26, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      Your comment reminded me of this …….

    • 64 donna dem 4 obama
      February 26, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      I don’t watch either but I listen sometimes in my car on Sirius Radio. Apparently people were complaining about the constant coverage of Trump so they started showing Hillary and Bernie but not with the same fever that they show Trump. Today I had to go to the DC Tax office for some Co. business and I was there waiting for my number to be called for about 45 minutes. During that time CNN continually covered the Christie endorsement non stop. It became nauseating after a few minutes. They just kept bringing on pundit after pundit. It’s as if they are obsessed with covering this man and it will only get worse if he wins the nomination.

  15. 66 CEB
    February 26, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Under the where have you been category, UCLA did a recent study that shows Films that have a more diverse cast make more money. IN fact if the cast is 50/50 non-white to white the money made increases. These easily garnered facts just underline how egregious is #Oscarssowhite. We know that social progress is only made in this country when it is shown that money can be made. FOX tv learned this lesson early after holding focus groups a few years ago and now, many of their popular shows are very diverse, like Sleepy Hollow, Rosewood, and of course the almost all Black Empire. Few of today’s young people are interested in anything that does not reflect the kinds of people that make up their families and friends. Many older people, especially those who are very engaged in the world, feel the same. It is so funny when I hear my friends or family members who are not A-A complain that an event or some other occasion is too white.
    CBS (the one that Jay Leno referred to as the Caucasian Broadcasting Station) and NBC need to get their act together; ABC is improving, but they still have a way to go to have programs that reflect the multi-cultural world that the US has always been.
    I will not be watching the Oscars because it is a boring show that most times honors films that I have never seen and do not intend to see. The few times that I have watched the show it was only the segments that featured musical performances. I do not think boycotting is the best answer for those who are in the industry. They should shw up with their beautiful black and brown faces, beautifully dressed, heads held high and making their opinions known as they are interviewed on the red carpet. You cannot win the game if you get off the field.

  16. 67 Dudette
    February 26, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    • February 26, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      Well, it’s a hell of a lot more than he’s gotten from any other president. And not likely to see again for quite some time. Jerk.

  17. 69 Dudette
    February 26, 2016 at 7:57 pm

  18. 70 Dudette
    February 26, 2016 at 7:59 pm

  19. February 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    BOOM

  20. 74 Dudette
    February 26, 2016 at 8:01 pm

  21. 76 No Child Left Behind
    February 26, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    I know what’s happened to the Republican Party. Someone did voodoo against the GOP candidates.

  22. 77 CEB
    February 26, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Academics like this Dr. Steve Perry are really pissed because PBO ignores them. He knows a shyster and a pretender when he sees one and he does not have time for their egos and laziness. Throughout our history as a people in this country, we have had these collaborators who allow themselves to be used as weapons against other A-A people because they think that they will be rewarded in some way. Without fail, when they are no longer useful, they are betrayed and many of them cannot go home again to the communities that they were used against. J C Watts, Michael Steel, Dr. Carson, that Velma woman who was so disappointed in PBO (where is she now?) and so many others. IMO, MHP left before she was fired. I do not watch msnbc, but from the comments I have read here about her and her show over the years, she allowed herself to be used for quite sometime. Her situation is an old familiar story.

  23. 81 Ladyhawke
    February 26, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Trump is the GOP’s Frankenstein monster. Now he’s strong enough to destroy the party.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-is-the-gops-frankenstein-monster-now-hes-strong-enough-to-destroy-the-party/2016/02/25/3e443f28-dbc1-11e5-925f-1d10062cc82d_story.html

    We are supposed to believe that Trump’s legion of “angry” people are angry about wage stagnation. No, they are angry about all the things Republicans have told them to be angry about these past 7½ years, and it has been Trump’s good fortune to be the guy to sweep them up and become their standard-bearer. He is the Napoleon who has harvested the fruit of the revolution.
    .
    .
    So what to do now? The Republicans’ creation will soon be let loose on the land, leaving to others the job the party failed to carry out. For this former Republican, and perhaps for others, the only choice will be to vote for Hillary Clinton. The party cannot be saved, but the country still can be.

  24. 82 yardarm756
    February 26, 2016 at 8:18 pm

  25. February 26, 2016 at 8:22 pm

  26. February 26, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    One of PBO’s finest moments.

  27. February 26, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much, Nerdy!!!

  28. 94 yardarm756
    February 26, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Spelman College-1887

  29. 95 GGail
    February 26, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    So, I’m making my OFA calls for Linda of WIW (whatisworking) and I’m getting some encouraging feedback.
    I just finished with this one guy, sounded younger than 40, and definitely sounded Caucasian (yes, I can recognize) :-), anyway, while he will not be able to attend the Event on March 3rd, he said, “you’re preaching to the choir”, I can’t take off to go to the event, but I will be able to call Flake and McCain, thanks for letting me know”.
    Those kinds of calls really encourage me. 😀

  30. 107 JER
    February 26, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    LIVE NOW: Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton (D) Campaigns with Husband, Former Pres. Bill Clinton in Columbia, SC – http://abcnews.go.com/Live?stream=2

  31. 108 amk for obama
    February 26, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    a bully, a racist walk into a bar with a racist bully.

  32. 109 globalcitizenlinda
    February 26, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    • 110 globalcitizenlinda
      February 26, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      @1UglyEngineer pompous ppl like @DrStevePerry are always looking for their 30 pieces of silver with this garbage; few more months 2 cash in

    • 112 cd4biden
      February 26, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      Ok, so don’t hate me for saying this, but I think it is great what Dr Steve Perry tweeted. Look at all the great responses from everyone on all the wonderful things our dear PBO has done for Black people and others in this country. And then think of who might be Dr Perry’s followers or who is receiving retweets of these Tweets. All of those people are getting educated as to the truth of what PBO has been doing for the past 7 years, even if the MSM refuses to cover it. I call if free advertising. And I am sending positive vibes to Dr Perry to tweet another inane comment so we can provide even more education on the fabulousness of our president to even more people. Whatever and however to get the truth out to the masses.

      And a very Happy Birthday to GGail!

  33. 113 Dudette
    February 26, 2016 at 8:34 pm

  34. 116 JER
    February 26, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    LIVE NOW: Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders (D) Campaigns in Columbia, SC – http://abcnews.go.com/Live

  35. 117 yardarm756
    February 26, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    1909-AKA/APA

  36. 123 globalcitizenlinda
    February 26, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    • 124 GGail
      February 26, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      You guys are giving this bad speller to much attention. This is what he thinks of people who are responding…
      “Academics” run their mouths or waist their lives in @twitter rants, like many of you are doing. I run schools that @TheDemocrats fight.

      Check out his twitter site. And then find something constructive to do with your mind. He’s not worth it.

  37. February 26, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Flashback

  38. 126 globalcitizenlinda
    February 26, 2016 at 8:56 pm

  39. February 26, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Oh great – the Irish election was today and it looks like there’ll be no decisive result – which could mean another election in no time at all. 🙄 Ireland’s turning in to Italy.

    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/election-2016-six-takeaways-from-the-exit-poll-1.2550500


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