The President’s Day In Baton Rouge


President Barack Obama chats with 6 year old Jacolson Kelley as he toured a flood affected area in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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President Barack Obama and Governor John Bel Edwards tour Castle Place, a flood-damaged area of Baton Rouge

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President Barack Obama records a birthday greeting for the daughter of a flood-affected homeowner

109 Responses to “The President’s Day In Baton Rouge”

  1. August 23, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    This man amazes me every single day – his kindness, thoughtfulness, respect for others — need I go on.

  2. 2 Judith Fardig
    August 23, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    What an exemplary President we have! Congrats, Jackie!

  3. 3 ouapiti
    August 23, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Donald Trump zooms in for a staged (and meaningless) photo op. Our President comforts, connects and inspires. Thank you, POTUS.

  4. 4 Nerdy Wonka
    August 23, 2016 at 8:34 pm

  5. 5 Nerdy Wonka
    August 23, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    This is truly messed up. Right from the start, something has always stunk about Wikileaks and this grants more credence to that theory.

  6. 8 FoxfireTX
    August 23, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Nerdy, thank you for these gorgeous photos of PBO’s visit to Baton Rouge. He lifts people up simply by his presence.

    But I am reposting this from the last thread. I am so furious with the media over the Clinton Foundation coverage. What is wrong with these jackals?

    The idea that it is TRUMP screaming pay to play and the media buys it is nothing short of insane. Apparently, they have forgotten his two payoffs to the AGs of TX and FL IN EXCHANGE for their not pursuing lawsuits against Trump University. THAT is the definition of pay to play. So where is the coverage of that? Along with his Bank of China loans, loans and dealings with Russian oligarchs, etc etc. They do not have ONE instance of anything being done for the supposed access provided by the Clinton foundation. And it is big on every single media outlet. Absolutely disgusting.

  7. August 23, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Awesome Nerdy! You always come through with the best photos and a positive spin on the work of the wonderful first couple.

  8. August 23, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Bringing this over. Was at end of last thread.

    CEB, Regarding your comment about the media and specifically L. Holt. Same thing with Judy Woudruff on PBS. She ALWAYS works in a negative in her comment, report or a question to someone she is interviewing. Repeat: ALWAYS. They are all the same–agenda to show PO in a negative light or question or criticize. And as we all know, they are desperate for a horse race between Hillary and Trump and will do whatever they have to do to make that happen or appear as such. I don’t hate people, but I sure come close to hating the media.

    • 14 CEB
      August 23, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      I stopped watching the so-called evening news years ago except to check-in to see how they report the lead-in story if it is about PBO, or to check in later in the broadcast to catch human interest stories like the Olympics or something weather related. So tired of the lies and the slanted right, so-called reporting. There is nothing liberal about the msm though conservatives have been putting that lie out for decades. PBO and his scandal-free effective administration (and his great wife) are the best things that our democracy has had during my lifetime. These news agencies could have had a front row seat to history in the making that will have positive effects on this country and much of the world for generations to come, but they chose instead to go for the quick dollar. They have shamed themselves and have damaged their profession so much that they are going the way of the dinosaur. Thank God for the many different ways to connect with people that the White House has employed to get around the useless msm.

  9. 15 GGAIL
    August 23, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    NW, thanks for the visual of PBO doing presidential business.
    It’s so refreshing to see him rise above the pettiness and just take care of business. I’m also glad that Hillary is not reacting with hair on fire because of the constant irritants.

    I take my cue from both. Keeping my eye on the prize 😎

    • 16 jackiegrumbacher
      August 23, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      Good for you, GGail, that’s exactly what we need to do–work hard and keeping moving forward. PBO and Hillary are not only seasoned politicians, they are both statesmen. They know what’s important and will not let the stupid idiots in the media nor the bullies in the Trump camp ruffle them.

    • 17 cd4biden
      August 23, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      I agree, Gail. I printed out a comment from a few threads back about the young man working on the 08 campaign and how he just kept his head down and kept on working. I keep it on my bathroom mirror so I remember each day. Course sometimes I end up going off on a tangent, but generally, like you say, I keep my eye on the prize. Hope you are well and the smoke in the area is easing now that the fire is contained.

      • 18 catrst
        August 24, 2016 at 8:45 am

        I read that comment and it was so important. I also needed your comment today because I feel so violated, personally, by the GOP. I have always felt disgusted by their treatment of the President but have done what he encouraged, respect, empower, include. This time though I am feeling a lot more revolted than anything I have ever felt before. Maybe that means its coming to a head, people aren’t hiding their dysfunction as much but whatever it is I feel hurt and offended pretty much most of the time now. Thanks for reminding me of all those ideas we have repeated over so many years, like don’t boo, vote. Take all of that disgust and turn it into positive action in any way that presents itself.

    • August 24, 2016 at 7:01 am

      “Keeping my eyes on the Prize”.Amen

  10. August 23, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    South Carolina:

    Hillary and Trump are TIED.

    Latest poll

    • 21 jackiegrumbacher
      August 23, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      Even people in South Carolina don’t have a death wish, which is pretty much what you have to have to vote for Trump.

    • 23 99ts
      August 23, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      Young man who spoke with Rachel came across very well. Hope they get some major support from Sec Clinton & the democrats.

  11. 24 cd4biden
    August 23, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    From the Bill Moyers website, an article about DT and how he compares to Joseph Campbell’s take on a real hero’s journey. Interesting read.


  12. 25 99ts
    August 23, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Just watched Rachel describing VP Biden’s speech in Latvia – cleanup in aisle 5

    • 26 99ts
      August 23, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      So much for the RW media crying about “leaving it at the border”. Trump is causing maximum grief to US relationships with other countries. Having to send VP Biden to clean up the mess was yet another job for PBO

    • 27 arapaho415
      August 23, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      GM 99ts.

      Posted earlier today, @VP is cleaning up after #HeWhoShallNotBeNamed:

      • 28 99ts
        August 23, 2016 at 11:09 pm

        I saw it, thanks arapaho – but I did enjoy Rachel’s description – other media types were tut tutting

      • 29 catrst
        August 24, 2016 at 8:52 am

        One positive thought just occurred to me. Hypernationalism, isolationism, bigoted populism, eliminationist political groups are seen in every country. They ebb and flow. Look at Canada. Those types lost their hold on the country and we see instant positive corrections. Perhaps this Trumpism playing out in our country right now will educate many people watching in the world that they cannot allow this know nothing populism to take complete hold of thier political systems whether it be from the left or the right. Maybe by dealing with this within our democratic system we will give courage and direction to countries that encounter the rise of this fear and power over based thinking.

  13. 30 Ladyhawke
    August 23, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Trump “Left Nothing But Ruins Everywhere He’s Gone”

    Published on Aug 23, 2016

    Paul Friel’s dad was “living the American Dream.” His family cabinet-making business had grown, and Donald Trump hired it to make all the cabinetry in his new Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. But after the job was done, Trump refused to pay the full amount of what was owed. Friel’s father filed a lawsuit, but his lawyer advised him the legal fees would outweigh the cost of the cabinet work. Friel decided to cut his losses and drop the suit — but Trump blacklisted Friel’s company anyway. Friel eventually had to lay off many of his workers, who had become his family. “Donald Trump thinks he can make America great again, but he’s left nothing but ruins everywhere he’s gone,” Paul says.

  14. August 23, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    There is reason for black women to fear traffic stops
    Abuse of power by police can affect any black driver who gets stopped

    August 23, 2016


    But street stops represent only 1 percent of police contact. Most involuntary police contact comes through traffic stops. In 2011, the most recent year for which federal data was available, more than 21 million drivers were stopped by police.

    More black drivers than white or Hispanic drivers were pulled over, but white drivers were less likely to be searched or get a ticket. Perhaps not surprisingly, white drivers are also more likely to report that the officer behaved properly.

  15. 34 99ts
    August 23, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Good to see that Bernie’s new group has the same staffing problems as Trump

  16. 35 No Child Left Behind
    August 23, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    I guess the Bernie of Bust has impacted Bernieland.

    First of all, why is Bernie launching anything before November 8 when we have an election to win??? Wasn’t he suppose to campaign for HRC and bring the entire Beniepool over? I know that most have crossed the pond but some hardcores are still preaching a different gospel out there.
    Speaking of gospel, where is Nina Turner? Has she left the country?

    • 36 arapaho415
      August 23, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      GE NCLB.

      I think it was on this morning’s Early Bird thread that someone (sorry, don’t remember who, and I need to catch the last daylight here for my garden) posted tweet from @algiordano which explains what is going on (don’t look to MSM, they’re worthless).

      Check out his Twitter timeline for more…

      • 37 No Child Left Behind
        August 23, 2016 at 10:36 pm

        Thanks Arapaho. It all makes sense. Why did the Senator from Vermont not follow through with his promise, then? This is mismanagement from his part, particular at the eve of launching the Great Revolution.

    • 38 jacquelineoboomer
      August 23, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      I saw tonight that the Our Revolution group was supposed to band together, across the country, to raise funds for the down-ticket Democrats. Don’t know much other than that.

      Haven’t seen Nina in a week or so – hopefully, she’s taking a rest and re-grouping. She’s somebody we need on the Democratic team.

      • 39 globalcitizenlinda
        August 23, 2016 at 11:19 pm

        we may consider some qualifier:

        if she is still that obnoxious, she can stay quiet for the rest of this election.

        we have too much at stake and don’t need her routinely childish, self-aggrandizing drama

        • 40 jacquelineoboomer
          August 24, 2016 at 1:02 am

          She seemed like she was a bit better last time I saw her on TV, so I had a little hope (after she’d turned down Jill Stein’s offer to be her VP running mate). Otherwise, I agree.

      • 41 cd4biden
        August 24, 2016 at 1:57 am

        I’m sensing a grift a la Sarah Palin, who also formed a PAC to help down ticket candidates.. Seems she never gave more than $5-10k/year total to candidates. Rest of the money went to fund her family and friends who were all “on staff” and to fly the family to Arizona for the winter, run around in that bus for a few months collecting more donations to the PAC, etc.

    • 43 Ahero62
      August 23, 2016 at 11:44 pm

      Exactly my question NCLB! Why would Bernie launch anything now before November 8? Bernie is just like the rest of them, tasted power and now is drunk with it and wants more! And his wife has gotten used to the limelight and free high flying life style from the young people’s donations.

  17. 44 No Child Left Behind
    August 23, 2016 at 9:51 pm

  18. 45 jacquelineoboomer
    August 23, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Good evening, folks. How lucky are we to have President Obama and Vice President Biden still driving the O’train!

  19. 46 amk for obama
    August 23, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    So, has donnie dick imploded yet/

  20. 47 amk for obama
    August 23, 2016 at 10:01 pm

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  22. 49 amk for obama
    August 23, 2016 at 10:08 pm

  23. 51 desertflower
    August 23, 2016 at 10:12 pm

  24. 52 arapaho415
    August 23, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    For laughs, at the con-man’s karma:

    Posted this earlier…

    And Charles Blow says it best (@existentialfish’s tweet posted here by someone else here in TODville this morning):

  25. 53 Ladyhawke
    August 23, 2016 at 10:23 pm

  26. 54 Ladyhawke
    August 23, 2016 at 10:34 pm

  27. 55 jacquelineoboomer
    August 23, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Hell no. David Vitter’s campaign tried to add me to its list. Good thing I was awake – Ha!

    • 56 globalcitizenlinda
      August 23, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      that is one of the reasons I did not re-tweet the tweets I saw that included his email (and that of his fellow gop senator) – yes even if those messages included photos and support for PBO and the LA governor

      • 57 99ts
        August 23, 2016 at 11:23 pm

        How times have changed – didn’t Vitter attack Christie for cavorting with the enemy. Now they have Trump as their leader they are so happy to support the President – thinking it will help them get elected.

  28. August 23, 2016 at 11:08 pm

  29. 59 arapaho415
    August 23, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    GE TODville.

    Know that few will see this, but have to get this off of my chest.

    DJT’s slogan, Make America Great Again, is of course offensive to those who look to the future and know that what DJT supporters want is to live where white people make all the rules.

    But I have to say that I am appalled at how Americans behave in public now. I prefer civility and decency, but I see more evidence of jackass behavior being acceptable in public.

    Not gonna post here, but check out @jenniferjjacobs’ twitter timeline for her reporting on DJT in Austin tonight. Absolutely appalling behavior.

    Compare to the era that DJT supporters want to take us back to:

    I know this a white family, but back then, people actually cared about their appearance — this family’s clothing reminded me of this iconic (in a shameful way) photo:

    The behavior in 1957 is echoed now in 2016, but more in a more vulgar and crude way, and people do seem to try and outdo themselves as to who can look as much like a slob as possible.

    end of rant.

  30. 63 arapaho415
    August 23, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    HRC’s Utah field office opened today.

    (posted yesterday):

  31. 64 arapaho415
    August 23, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Scary earthquake news from Italy 😦 :

  32. August 24, 2016 at 12:04 am

  33. 66 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2016 at 12:17 am

    Media to blame PBO for earthquake in Italy in 3…2…1…

  34. 67 JER
    August 24, 2016 at 12:18 am

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  36. 69 globalcitizenlinda
    August 24, 2016 at 12:32 am

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  38. 71 jacquelineoboomer
    August 24, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Goodnight, TODville – and all the ships at sea!

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  42. 77 desertflower
    August 24, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Morning everyone. Happy Wednesday:)

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  46. 84 vcprezofan2
    August 24, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Sharing blessings to everyone visiting or hanging out on TOD this Wednesday! 🙂 🙂

  47. August 24, 2016 at 9:14 am

    US women’s gymnastics team flips over Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’

    NEW YORK (AP) — How do you follow winning Olympic gold at the Rio Olympics? How about a chance to see “Hamilton” on Broadway?

    The Tony Award-winning smash musical on Tuesday night welcomed the U.S. women’s gymnastics team — Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian and Laurie Hernandez — who gave the show a standing ovation and greeted the cast onstage afterward at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

    The gymnasts, dressed in skirts and rompers, sat together in Row G to take in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop-flavored biography about the first U.S. treasury secretary, a night that had athletic gold meeting theatrical gold.

    “I thought you were amazing,” Raisman told Tony Award-nominee Brandon Victor Dixon, who just happened to be making his debut appearance replacing Tony Award-winner Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr.

    “Gymnastics is my favorite Olympic sport, hands-down. Since the days of Kim Zmeskal, I’ve been about the U.S. gymnastics team. So, I love these ladies. I’m so proud of them. I worship them. I think they’re amazing and I got so hyped when I heard they were in the audience tonight,” Dixon said.

  48. 89 desertflower
    August 24, 2016 at 9:14 am

  49. 90 Linda
    August 24, 2016 at 9:17 am

    This is from the hostile Stephanie Rule bio in wiki.

    Prior to joining Bloomberg, Ruhle spent 14 years working in the finance industry. While in college, she spent a summer interning for Merrill Lynch.[24] In 1997, she joined Credit Suisse where she spent six years working in hedge fund sales. During her time at Credit Suisse First Boston, she served as a vice president and became the highest producing credit derivatives salesperson in the United States.[3][25] In 2003, Ruhle joined Deutsche Bank as a credit salesperson covering hedge funds.[26] She ended her eight-year career there as a managing director in Global Markets Senior Relationship Management

    I knew there was something that just rubbed me the wrong way.

  50. 91 vcprezofan2
    August 24, 2016 at 9:17 am

    DANNYO, I suspect your mommy will be showering you with lots of love…and presents…. and hugs … and presents on you today, as per her normal. Wishing you a love-filled day! 🙂

    • 92 desertflower
      August 24, 2016 at 9:28 am

      REALLY??!!! vc, you are AMAZING to remember this:) Happy Birthday, Danny:)

      • 93 vcprezofan2
        August 24, 2016 at 9:31 am

        Morning, D-flower. 🙂 I don’t know why, but some things just stick in my wayward, and unpredictable, brain.

        Have a good day at work! 😀

    • 94 cd4biden
      August 24, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Wow! Happy Birthday DannyO. I know your Momma will give you a great day today with lots of hugs and treats and a great run through the the fields. Maybe you have many more birthdays with our beloved Chips.

  51. August 24, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Can the Democrats Win the House?
    A Clinton win doesn’t guarantee realignment, but it could be a first step.

    by Martin Longman
    August 23, 2016 11:58 AM

    Nate Cohn:

    Mrs. Clinton is up by around seven percentage points in polling averages. But historically, a seven-point victory for the president’s party in the national popular vote is not the way to start a wave election. Richard Nixon’s huge victory in 1972 didn’t give Republicans the House. Neither Ronald Reagan nor George H.W. Bush took the House in 1984 or 1988. Bill Clinton didn’t retake the House in 1996.

    The president’s party had down-ballot success in those elections, but gains were generally modest.

    A Hillary Clinton landslide, though, might be likelier to result in a big shift in the House than in the past. That’s because the relationship between presidential and down-ballot vote choice has tightened. In 2012, President Obama’s share of the vote tracked very closely with the result of contested House races, albeit with Democratic and Republican incumbents tending to do a bit better. This is a long-term trend.

    This is only a very small piece of the puzzle, but it’s an important one. There is less ticket-splitting than there used to be, so where a presidential candidate wins, members of their own party tend to win, too. More so than in the past, anyway.

  52. August 24, 2016 at 9:22 am

    How the AP Spun the Story About the Clinton Foundation
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    August 24, 2016 9:19 AM

    The Associated Press has just shown us why it is important to be vigilant in how we consume the news as it is reported. They took some interesting information they gathered and spun it into something it wasn’t…scandalous. Here is their lead-in introduction:

    More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money – either personally or through companies or groups – to the Clinton Foundation. It’s an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.

  53. August 24, 2016 at 9:23 am

    A Shift in Battlegrounds
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    August 19, 2016 9:00 AM


    Here is where it gets interesting. If you include the non-battleground blue states that Democrats have historically won with wins in that first four (where Clinton has big leads), she’s already at 272 electoral votes. Did you see what we did there? Clinton could lose Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and Nevada and still win. That is how overwhelming the Democratic majority is in the electoral college right now. The much-ballyhooed battlegrounds are gravy and – at least in the era of Trump – Democrats are starting to play on Republican turf (Georgia and Arizona). Beyond that, states like Texas and South Carolina are trending towards being battlegrounds.

    Certainly some of this is related to a distaste for Donald Trump. But it is also the beginning of a big shift in how demographics will change the electoral map. The new battlegrounds are states where we also see significant increases in the number of people of color. Trump’s insistence on a strategy of ramping up the white vote combined with Clinton’s excellent work with people of color is accelerating a shift in battlegrounds that was already underway.

  54. 100 vcprezofan2
    August 24, 2016 at 9:23 am

    This pic made me think of Meta – because I know she can see it ‘from home’. 😀
    Have an enjoyable Wednesday, Meta!

    • 101 99ts
      August 24, 2016 at 9:31 am

      Was our favorite place in the US so many years ago vc. Saw the fog many times

      • 102 vcprezofan2
        August 24, 2016 at 9:35 am

        Greetings, TS. I’ve only seen pictures myself. Then again I wouldn’t have wanted to get too close as I have no actual affinity for bridges, or large expanses of water. /whispering softly – I can say that now because I don’t think Amk is near to call me a coward./

        • 103 99ts
          August 24, 2016 at 9:42 am

          90% of Australians live near the coast – and we have a warm climat – you learn to swim real early in life.

          I love water – living near it (but not too near due to floods, climate change) is a delight. Growing up I could look out the bedroom window & see the Pacific Ocean.

          • 104 vcprezofan2
            August 24, 2016 at 9:46 am

            😀 I love water too – as long as I am not expected to cross over (in any way) large ‘portions’ of it. Not to mention that in my climate when you live too close to lots of water you have to contend with ‘lake effect’ snow.

            • 105 99ts
              August 24, 2016 at 10:01 am

              We don’t do snow and ice – not ever, not at all. In the world with Ms Chips in charge, I would be in trouble

              • 106 vcprezofan2
                August 24, 2016 at 8:25 pm

                You and I will talk Leader Chips into a compromise – not too hot, not too snowy/icy. 🙂

                • 107 99ts
                  August 25, 2016 at 12:56 am

                  Nope – she told me it was going to be cold and colder – the lady does not understand compromise (mmmm – thats a gop meme) 🙂

    • August 24, 2016 at 10:36 am

      Ooooh, thank you, dear! We’ve been having lots of gorgeous fog lately. Keeps things very cool. I’ll be headed that way this morning to get a good dose of the mountains, bay, bridge, sky. Super healing.

      Have a great day, vc!

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