Posts Tagged ‘Rita


Hidden Heroes



Former First Lady Michelle Obama became teary as she accepted the Tom Hanks Caregiver Champion award for service to military caregivers on Thursday night at the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s Hidden Heroes gala.

Opening up during a speech at the Washington, D.C. event, the former first lady said she first became aware of the difficulties for spouses, parents, and children of wounded and ill vets while on the campaign trail when her husband was first running for president.

“You all changed me forever,” she said. “You have changed the way I see service, you’ve changed the way I see war, you’ve changed the way I see this entire country. Whether we simply talk about the values we like to pride ourselves on, values like duty and honor and patriotism, or if we actually live them out.”

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The President’s Day

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors reception in the East Room of the White House



Filmmaker George Lucas, left, smiles as President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about him at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Washington. The 2015 Kennedy Center Honors Honorees are singer-songwriter Carole King, filmmaker George Lucas, actress and singer Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa, and actress Cicely Tyson. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at the Kennedy Center Honors Reception at the White House in Washington December 6, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas


Actress and Broadway star Cicely Tyson, conductor Seiji Ozawa, actress and singer Rita Moreno, filmmaker George Lucas, singer-songwriter Carole King


President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama receive a standing ovation at the Kennedy Center Honors



President Barack Obama addresses the country from the Oval Office. He spoke on the terrorism threat to the United States and the recent attack in San Bernardino, California






Fabulous response from Ian. For context, click and view the embedded tweet











Rise and Shine



Michael Cohen (NY Daily News): Romney’s reprehensible reaction to the violence in Libya and Egypt ….. A couple of days ago, I wrote here at the Rumble that Mitt Romney was one of the worst national politicians I’d ever seen.

I spoke too soon; it’s even worse than I thought. His reaction to the violence in Egypt and Libya over a film mocking the religious beliefs of Muslims is truly one of the most brain-dead political acts that I’ve ever witnessed – and it speaks volumes about his personal character and fitness for the nation’s highest office.

…. what does it say about a candidate who would issue a statement based on incomplete information and then double down on it even after it’s been disproven? What does it say about a candidate who actually accuses the President of openly siding with those who would harm U.S. diplomats? What does it say about a candidate who would, in a moment of grief over the death of U.S. personnel serving overseas, take the opportunity to cravenly engage in a dishonest political attack?

What it says to me is that this is a man who simply is not up to the awesome responsibilities of being President of the United States.

Full article here

(There are dozens and dozens of articles like this out there today – literally)



USA Today: President Obama continued to criticize Mitt Romney for what he called an inappropriate and premature response to protests in Egypt and Libya.

“This wasn’t the time for politics,” Obama said in an interview with Telemundo, the Spanish language television network. “I have observed that there’s a tendency to shoot before you aim.”

“As President, Obama added, “my obligation is to focus on security for our people, making sure that we gather all the facts, making sure that we’re advancing American interests and not having ideological arguments on a day when we’re mourning.”

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Gail Collins (NYT): Mitt’s Major Meltdown ….. Mitt Romney broke our deal.

Perhaps he didn’t know he’d made it, although, really, I thought it was pretty clear.

He could do anything he wanted during this campaign as long as he sent out signals that once he got in the White House he was not likely to be truly crazy.

…. It didn’t seem to be a lot to ask, but when the crisis in the Middle East flared up, Romney turned out to have no restraining inner core. All the uneasy feelings you got when he went to London and dissed the Olympic organizers can now come into full bloom. Feel free to worry about anything. That he’d declare war on Malta….

……We’re stuck with the task of evaluating Mitt Romney, who went for a cheap attack at a time when any calm, mature adult would have waited and opted for at least a brief show of national unity.

…. Two months to go and we’re rethinking our presumption that the Republican primary voters picked the most stable option.

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Erik Wemple (Washington Post): Fact-checkers say no to Romney ‘apology’ claims

…. Need yet more evidence that fact-checkers conduct their business in a silo separated from impact on politicians? Try the Romney apology-tour fact-check, Chapter Umpteen.

The fact-checkers seemed a bit fatigued by Mitt Romney’s latest round of allegations that the Obama administration goes around apologizing for America…..

…. A Romney pollster said a while back that the campaign won’t be “dictated by fact-checkers.” Now we have a clean shot at fact-checking that claim. If it’s true, expect to hear more “apology”-oriented attacks on the Obama administration in the home stretch of this election.

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NYT: … For the first time in three years, the share of Americans without health insurance declined, with the number of uninsured dropping by 1.3 million people from 2010 to 2011.

A major factor was an influx of newly insured young adults, many of whom benefitted from a provision in the 2010 health-care law requiring insurers to let parents keep adult children on their plans up to age 26.

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by Rita

Attended an event in San Francisco yesterday where Valerie Jarrett was the speaker. It was held at the Laborer’s Local 261 center, a beautiful location. The event was a Victory Fund celebration organized by the Americans with Disability (Bay Area, I presume?), who have raised $180K for President Obama’s campaign. It was a very cordial, well-attended event. But Valerie was a revelation. I know that she’s referred to as the President’s right hand, that she has his ear, and his back :), but she is also a wonderful person in her own right. A Stanford educated lawyer (yay, Bay Area!), she has worked tirelessly for people with disabilities. Her first internship was in Chicago, advocating for children with disabilities.

Valerie is a dynamic speaker! She recounted how she met the President and First Lady 21 years back, when she was trying to recruit both of them to Mayor Daly’s campaign. She said that she was struck, even then with the inherent decency in both of them. She spoke forcefully in support of the Affordable Care Act and how events in the President’s own life, his mother’s suffering from cancer and her insurance woes, and his younger daughter Sasha’s grave illness as a child, made this piece of legislation so very important.

She recounted how the President said that when Sasha was so sick, he couldn’t breathe, like the world was closing in on him, but the fact the they had good health insurance was such a blessing. He thinks about parents who do not have that luxury and how important it is to stop the ACA from being repealed (won’t happen, PBO will be re-elected!!!). She also said that making sure the ADA is strengthened and followed is very important to the President. He believes firmly in the principle that everyone, including those with disabilities, want to achieve their maximum potential. And something I didn’t know, that he had promised to hire 100K people with disabilities into his administration in 5 years, and that they were well on the way to completing that goal.

All in all, a wonderful evening. And, did I say there was food… and wine? 🙂

And, if you’re ever in the 16th and Mission are a of San Francisco, take a walk around. So many wonderful murals!

Thanks a million Rita, what a gorgeous report!



12:0: VP Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event in Eau Claire, Wis.

1:10: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Lions Park in Golden, Colo.

2:0 First lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Carpenter Theater, Richmond, Va.

2:50: President Obama departs Colorado en route Washington, D.C.

5:0: First lady Michelle Obama speaks with grassroots supporters in Fredericksburg, Va.

7:05: President Obama arrives at the White House

8:15 (?? listed as 7:30 by CNN): VP Biden delivers remarks at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 35th Anniversary Awards Gala

CNN have all these speeches listed for live streaming coverage




President Obama greets people after arriving at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado, Sept 12


Morning everyone 😉


night everyone

President Barack Obama walks from the stage after speaking at the Adrienne Arsht Center, June 13



Tuesday – All times Eastern

9:30 President Obama departs Miami

11:45 Arrives in San Juan, Puerto Rico

11:55 Delivers remarks on his arrival

12:55 Visits La Fortaleza

2:55 Interviewed with El Nuevo Día and Univision of Puerto Rico

3:50 Attends a DNC event

4:40 Departs Puerto Rico

8:05 Arrives at Andrews




did you hear a click?

Okay, this doesn’t have a whole lot to do with President Obama (unless Romney has hired Rita and Frank to make his attack ads) …. but it cracked me up:

CBS: There’s no denying that the Internet age and massive increase in our use of technologies can create something of a gap between generations. This video definitely exemplifies that as a cute, elderly couple attempt to take a birthday photo on their computer.  Watch and see how they do.

“Did you hear a click?” Adorable!

The YouTube video was posted by “espo633” who writes about the hilarious couple:

“Rita and Frank try to take a still photo to email to friends for Frank’s 84th Birthday on their new Mac”

Well, a happy belated 84th birthday to you, Frank! You and your wife may not have been successful in taking that photo, but are on your way to becoming viral video stars with this adorable clip.


ice cold water please!

See from 12.20 in the video

President Barack Obama presents the 2009 National Medal of Arts to actress Rita Moreno in the East Room of the White House in Washington, February 25, 2010.







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