A Real President Comes To Visit



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  1. 4 Judith Fardig
    September 9, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    WOW – how fantastic for those kids. Hope he and Michelle keep doing this.

  2. 6 Nerdy Wonka
    September 9, 2017 at 12:57 pm

  3. 7 Anjo
    September 9, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Hi All, waiting for Jose who seems to have gotten the message GET LOST YOU ARE NOT WANTED. Irma is a bad bad b**ch lots of families homeless and jobless today, just waiting for Jose to get lost to send off boat loads of water, food, clothes and generators, Lord protect friends and family fleeing Tampa for Georgia to escape Irma the Menace

  4. September 9, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    • 9 Anna
      September 9, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      I stand strong with you Bobfr. There is nothing, Trump and Republicans, that you can do destroy President Obama’s legacy. One of the greates highlights of my life, living during the Obama Presidency.

      • 10 Obama Grandmama
        September 9, 2017 at 5:26 pm

        I feel like I am lucky to have been alive during PBO’s time in office. He had all the right characteristics needed to be a great president and gave us his all.

    • September 9, 2017 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you Anna & OG. Couldn’t agree more with your respective statements.

      • 12 carolyn
        September 9, 2017 at 10:19 pm

        Add me to the list that President Obama is the best of my lifetime,77 years, and I am an old white woman. I know quality when I see it, and PBO is quality.
        This visit to McKinley Tech warmed my heart. I have friends who attended that school back in the 50s. At that time the school had a pipe organ in the auditorium and one of them took lessons at school! He later became church organist. Public schools were respected and supported then, as they should be now. Facilities should be available for EVERYONE, not just those whose parents can afford it.

  5. September 9, 2017 at 2:31 pm

  6. 14 JER
    September 9, 2017 at 3:05 pm

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    #Repost @readingthepictures ・・・ We are looking forward to next week's special edition of the Reading the Pictures Salon at the fabulous Photoville festival in New York. (See link in our bio.) It features our publisher, Michael Shaw, in conversation with former White House photographer, Pete Souza, at St. Anne's Warehouse. Pete and Michael will focus on 8-10 of Pete’s photographs and discuss how each of them captured a particular aspect of the Obama presidency. True to our mission, Michael and Pete will talk about framing, composition, the meaning of elements, and also Pete’s artful role as photo editor.⠀ ⠀ One thing that will surely come up is how the public, as well as the political sphere, makes judgments about personality and character. It goes without saying that many of Pete's photos of Obama were and remain highly personal, and sometimes, quite vulnerable. Certainly, it took a great deal of confidence to publish those kinds of pictures in the face of not just antipathy from the right, but also so much conventionality in our culture around behavior.⠀ ⠀ Take some of the images Pete made of Obama in those early budget meetings. Inheriting a country in financial meltdown, we saw images of a new, young president forced to immediately handle this desperate crisis. But how are we to understand photos like the one above Pete took in the Roosevelt Room in January 2009? Many on the right saw it as Obama unable to deal. They actually used these photos in attack ads. Even observers without an agenda were thrown. A post on a photo blog that December, reviewing the White House “year in photography,” captioned this photo: "How Obama lost his mojo." Our society has a lot of unspoken norms about strength and vulnerability in men and in leaders. Certainly, the two parties do. With Obama inheriting a country in free fall, it's interesting how some people could appreciate the intention of the photos — of Obama digging deep, reflecting on high, or taking the weight of the crisis on his shoulders — where others just saw weakness.⠀ ⠀ @petesouza @photovillenyc #Obama #presidency #photojournalism #interpretation #bodylanguage #personality #character #whitehouse

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    • 15 CEB
      September 9, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      This is one of the typical Obama poses when he is gathering his thoughts; there is nothing fearful or uncertain about his expression, indeed it is just the opposite. So thankful that my president stood up to the haters by not focusing on them but on all of us and how to help as many as possible, even those who wanted to bring h I’m down. Now less than a year after his successful tenure and the disgrace that came after him, more and more a realizing, often with their lives at stake, that they tried to destroy a good, hardworking and honest man who only wanted to help them. Too little, too late and now all of us are paying for the racism, greed, intolerance and ignorance that 62 million of us took to the polls. Hopefully many will learn from the painful lessons that we are forced to learn and deal with every damn day since 1/20/2017.

      • 16 arapaho415
        September 9, 2017 at 9:17 pm

        GE CEB.

        Agree with you and Meta 100%. Somehow “thoughtful” photographs of our #LastLegitimatePresident stir up “controversy” and RWNJ attacks, yet FUBAR *always* looks lost, looks like he desperately wants to find the remote control so that he can flip on Fox News.

        IIRC you’re in the Jacksonville area, about as far from harm’s way in Florida as you can be. News about #HurricaneIrma is simply unfathomable, can’t comprehend the terror and desperation that is affecting the entire state of ((( Florida ))) this weekend.

        Stay safe, warm and cozy. Heartfelt healing energy to all those in Florida now.

    • September 9, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      I view this photo as PBO collecting his energy, looking skyward to focus his thought and emotions. He always faced the truth before him, day by day. He was and is an INSPIRATION. He led with grace and dignity.

  7. 19 JER
    September 9, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    • 20 CEB
      September 9, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Miami has been working on this for a few years; called in experts from the Netherlands to help with how to design and build structures that will help us to manage the floods. De-regulation of Obama’s policies and a climate-denying governor is making the work needlessly more difficult.

  8. 23 arapaho415
    September 9, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    GA TODville.

    More on Irma, from a California perspective (LOVE how this country pulls together during crisis, as someone once said, ““The pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue states…”

    This person’s Twitter profile says he’s from Anna Maria Florida, which looks to be EXTREMELY vulnerable to Irma (on a peninsula across from St. Petersburg) and he has 29 followers (he follows 27 people). This tweet has nearly 900 RT’s and 2,000 likes:

    As a reminder (typo in tweet 2/2 — should read @lafd, not @lapd):

    OTOH… not good news at all:

  9. September 9, 2017 at 4:28 pm

  10. 26 Bill R.
    September 9, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Anyone watching the women’s tennis finals in the US Open? Fantastic performance. Sloan Stephens is remarkable.

  11. September 9, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    • 28 pkayden
      September 10, 2017 at 8:16 am

      Our side really needs to push back on this because it is going to be a problem for any future women President candidates who run for our ticket in the future.

  12. 29 Bill R.
    September 9, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    A day to rejoice. Two young African American women are winner and finalist of the U.S. Open Championship.

  13. 30 Bill R.
    September 9, 2017 at 5:53 pm

  14. September 9, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    2 hours ago … far from the worst to come ….

  15. 36 No Child Left Behind
    September 9, 2017 at 7:34 pm

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  17. 38 No Child Left Behind
    September 9, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    • 39 pkayden
      September 10, 2017 at 7:59 am

      No, it doesn’t remind me of Senator Sanders. Not at all. I wouldn’t compare anyone to a possum except the wig on Trump’s head.

  18. September 9, 2017 at 7:53 pm

  19. September 9, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Beauty Break. After a brutal week of heat wave, SO SO SO happy for the return of fog to my city.

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    Straight down market.

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  20. 43 Nena20409
    September 9, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    GE, TODbots.
    Congrats, Don on your Au ⭐ Furst 😉
    Watched the Tennis Match btw Sloane & Madison. 24yo & 22yo respectively. Two women with Grace. I must confess that I was not aware of Madison until a few days ago. I was deliberately Not paying attention, hoping that my indifference will be great (in my mind) for Rafael Nadal. The match this evening, I had no favorite. It was great on my Nerves.
    ❤ TOD. Thanks, NW.
    Floridians please be Safe.

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  22. 45 No Child Left Behind
    September 9, 2017 at 8:08 pm

  23. 47 No Child Left Behind
    September 9, 2017 at 8:11 pm

  24. September 9, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    someone is a bit peeved!

  25. 50 No Child Left Behind
    September 9, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Oh, oh. It’s getting more interesting by the day.

  26. 51 No Child Left Behind
    September 9, 2017 at 8:23 pm

  27. September 9, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Tampa has not been directly hit by a hurricane in 90 years.
    They are just going off of ‘plans’ for preparation.
    Lord, have mercy.

  28. September 9, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Florida Light and Power believes 3.4 million will be without power.

    3.4 MILLION?

  29. 54 Nena20409
    September 9, 2017 at 8:44 pm

  30. 55 FoxfireTX
    September 9, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    For everyone in the path of Irma, stay safe and dry! Sure hope that somehow this is not as bad as projected. And just perhaps after these terrible storms the GOP will stop denying climate change. Love how they watch science when it comes to hurricane path projection but don’t trust those same scientists on climate change.

    On another note, will we EVER be rid of Bernie? I just cannot tolerate much more of this. I never was a fan and by the end of the primaries I could not stomach him. Just wish he would disappear back into the recesses of the senate where he spent most of career.

  31. September 9, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Holding TODers and all those with family and friends in the path of Irma and those recovering in Texas in our thoughts. I hope everyone can stay safe and sound. Please check in when you can.

  32. 57 Nena20409
    September 9, 2017 at 8:55 pm

  33. 60 Dudette
    September 9, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Please read and share this Storify.*
    You won’t be sorry!

    *Turns out at the suggestion of so many Tweeps, he’s gonna turn this into a children’s book. At least one teacher offered to help him create a curriculum that can be taught in school. People are amazing! I love it!

    • 61 pkayden
      September 10, 2017 at 8:29 am

      Point 37 is especially important. Call out your bigoted relatives. I do so with my homophobic relatives. It’s important to let them know that they don’t speak for you and that their opinions are hateful and harmful. Good on Mr. Jackson for creating this educational storytime.

  34. 62 FoxfireTX
    September 9, 2017 at 9:02 pm


  35. September 9, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    This is not in any way a rhetorical question. It is already past time to begin preparing for the next Ice Age. It’s going to happen. Period.

  36. 64 hopefruit2
    September 9, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Good evening Nerdy & TOD!

    Wishing everyone who lives on the Floridian peninsular or has relatives/friends in that region all the best for safety and the “best” outcome under prevailing circumstances.

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  40. 74 JER
    September 9, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    • September 10, 2017 at 8:26 am


      “The $3.8 million the DNC raised in July — the most recent month for which FEC reports are available — was its worst month since January 2009, the month Obama took office. The DNC ended July with $6.8 million cash on hand and $3.4 million in debt.

      The Republican National Committee, meanwhile, raised $7.8 million in July. It has $47.1 million cash on hand and no debt.”


      • 76 pkayden
        September 10, 2017 at 8:35 am

        Dang it! That’s horrible. What is happening to the DNC. Trump is doing horribly in the polls so there is no excuse for this.

        • September 10, 2017 at 9:21 am

          The only thing I can guess is that Sanders is depressing donations to the DNC with his “Unity” committee member who do nothing but bash Dems all day every day. I hope that means that people are giving to candidates instead but this DNC vs RNC tally is abysmal and frightening.

  41. 78 amk for obama
    September 9, 2017 at 10:39 pm

  42. 80 amk for obama
    September 9, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    fucking nyt elected the pos, now they are propping up the pos.

  43. 81 amk for obama
    September 9, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    3rd rate hacks posing as reporters everywhere

  44. 82 arapaho415
    September 9, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    GE TODville.

    More on Irma, and in terms I can understand…

    This is why the entire state of Florida is at risk … we are witnessing a disaster of epic proportions unfold before our eyes. 😦
    “The Euro model shows a track up the west side of Florida and this puts the entire state either in the eye wall or on the dirty and windy side of the storm. The winds are already gusting to 60+ in the Keys and over 55 near Miami. This is not good since the eye is still well over 100 miles away. Irma has a large and powerful wind field.”

    • 83 arapaho415
      September 9, 2017 at 11:12 pm

      Just found out that the old-fashioned radio alerts are still in use. Was listening to the 8pm PDT news, when the broadcast was interrupted with a local weather alert — in all my decades in SoCal, don’t recall hearing one before, but I may have forgotten… this was for severe thunderstorms/hail that may damage rooftops and cause zero visibility for driving in the Antelope Valley (Lancaster, Palmdale, Lake Elizabeth, etc.).

      Also, forgot to mention that during the last active hurricane season (2004-05) I spent quite a bit of time in Florida, and the people there told me that many people from the northeast move to the east coast of Florida, whereas the west coast of Florida attracts people from the Midwest.

      So this terrible storm may affect families in those non-southern states that voted for FUBAR last year.

  45. 84 amk for obama
    September 9, 2017 at 10:58 pm

  46. 85 amk for obama
    September 9, 2017 at 11:14 pm


  47. September 10, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Goodnight TOD ….

  48. September 10, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Cuban doctors sent to Carib in wake of Irma: “More than 750 health workers have arrived in Antigua, Barbuda, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Saint Lucia, the Bahamas, Dominica and Haiti.” (Independent U.K.)
    …..no response from family in FL. How about you J’O and desertflower?….

    • September 10, 2017 at 7:14 am

      In contact. In concrete building built to withstand 140 mph. They still have power and actually slept. Can hear wind but not feel it.
      Eye passing through Key West about now. Much love and protection to all families down there.

      • September 10, 2017 at 8:07 am

        Building must have own generator as power flickers and returns. What’s possible with climate change building planning. My, my.

      • 91 Don
        September 10, 2017 at 9:08 am

        Born and raised in Miami, most of the buildings and homes if not all are made of concrete. The main thing is when the power goes out those buildings turn into ovens. When I lived in South Florida we never evacuated, we just got our bottled and other supplies and rode the hurricane out. That’s the mentality of the 305.

        • September 10, 2017 at 2:42 pm

          Always, always appreciate your responses Don. So thank you. This building is only 3 years old. The phase between the old buildings and these included scam cheapo concretized structures that blew away with all the others. This new one has climate change features.

  49. 93 99ts
    September 10, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Thinking of you all – stay safe through the storm.

  50. 94 FoxfireTX
    September 10, 2017 at 9:12 am


    • September 10, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Love this man. I wonder if he writes his own speeches or who his speech writer is because he gives the most incredible speeches, in the same class as PBO.

      • 96 FoxfireTX
        September 10, 2017 at 10:41 am

        Agree meta! The only pol out there at the moment (in addition to PBO of course!) that is worth listening to in terms of speeches.

        • September 10, 2017 at 10:49 am

          He’s just simply so honest and direct and full of heart and soul, a real natural. His voice resonates with assurance and conviction. I wish I could see him in person.

          I remember the first time I saw PBO speak. It was a relatively small rally early in his 2008 campaign. I could immediately see and feel why people were drawn to him. He EXUDES magnetism. He walked up to us afterward and I shook his hand and you could just sense the depth of magnificence in him. I wonder if Joe has a similar charisma. In any case, I do love listening to his speeches.

          • 98 FoxfireTX
            September 10, 2017 at 1:20 pm

            I’ll have to start watching to see where he might show up. You were lucky to get to see to see PBO in a small setting. By the time I got to see him here, it was a huge rally. But as we know, that magnetism comes through no matter the setting. BUT I did get to see Michelle in person in a small setting. She was coming to Dallas for a taping for one of her causes, and they added on a fundraiser at the last minute. My sister and I went, and it wasn’t more than a couple of hundred of people. She too exudes that charisma. The one thing that surprised me was she seemed smaller in person, still strong, but not that incredible strength that comes through on the screen.

  51. September 10, 2017 at 9:24 am

    GM TODers,
    Thanks to all concerned about us Floridians. Over here in Pensacola. As far as I know, we are not to be severely impacted. They say just some wind and rain. I pray that others in direct harm’s way are safe.

    Been having some health issues lately and so this makes it just a little more nerve wracking.

    take care all.

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  54. 109 Dudette
    September 10, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Good Morning Family, I’m thinking of everyone and their loved ones caught in the path the storms. Please be safe out there. Listen to local news for tips on how to be safe and how to get help.

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  57. 113 Dudette
    September 10, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Here I am grinning from ear to ear, mumbling to myself, thinking it’s gonna be a good day! First thing I see when I open up The Twittah is a note saying a journalist whose name rhymes with Schmoledad O’Tyan is following me (*after a couple seconds of side-eye, checks to see if it’s really her — OMG, it IS! 😳 Sits up straight in bed! Rubs my eyes!)!!! Okay, okay, I’m good. Let me get up and DO something! 😆

    [But, I ain’t one to brag tho. 😜]

  58. 118 Dudette
    September 10, 2017 at 10:02 am

  59. 119 Dudette
    September 10, 2017 at 10:03 am

  60. 120 Dudette
    September 10, 2017 at 10:04 am

  61. 122 Dudette
    September 10, 2017 at 10:05 am

  62. 123 Gazelle
    September 10, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Wishing all our TODers safety w/ Irma. And, of course, all in it’s path. Hoping Africa, CEB, Jovie are safe. Pardon if I missed any of our TOD community who are in path. Xoxo❤

    • 124 arapaho415
      September 10, 2017 at 10:31 am

      GM Gazelle.

      Has Africa posted here recently (as usual, behind here)? I thought the Florida panhandle would be OK, but @NWSTallahassee tweeted this: 😦

      But from what I’ve seen on Twitter, no place in Florida will be spared from dangerous winds and torrential rain 😦 😦 😦 (IIRC Jovie’s in the Orlando area (?) and CEB is further north, but can’t remember whether she’s in the Jacksonville area or further west).

      Warm, dry, safety to all in Florida.

  63. 128 Dudette
    September 10, 2017 at 10:20 am

    In my case, it was a sister. 😂🤣😆

  64. 131 Dudette
    September 10, 2017 at 10:34 am


  65. 132 desertflower
    September 10, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Morning everyone:) Called my parents and texted my sister…so far, everyone is fine. That said, it really hasn’t gotten to them yet…tomorrow morning will be the better tell. Everyone stay safe.

  66. 137 desertflower
    September 10, 2017 at 10:41 am

    He lives in Miami.

  67. 138 FoxfireTX
    September 10, 2017 at 10:45 am

    🙂 So true!

  68. 140 Gazelle
    September 10, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Must be my ignorance, but why are cranes up in Miami, why not move them? One just went down in Miami. Could it be more about cost of moving them, not that they can sustain winds of 100mph?

  69. September 10, 2017 at 10:58 am

    GOOD GRIEF, they are destroying every last vestige of fair elections.

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  71. 150 JER
    September 10, 2017 at 12:10 pm

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