“Five and a half more years, Five and a half more years” (Updated with transcript)

 Hi guys,

All kinds of stuff to read from last night’s string of fundraisers in L.A.

Transcript of PBO’s remarks at the Tavern Restaurant:

 

April 21, 2011
8:22 P.M. PDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Jeffrey.  Technically it’s actually five and a half more years.  (Laughter.)  Everybody have a seat, everybody have a seat.

I’m going to be very brief.  First of all, I just want to thank Jeffrey and Marilyn and all of you who were involved in helping put this together.  Jeffrey has been an extraordinary friend from the start, and a lot of you got involved at a time when the prospect of electing a Barack Hussein Obama to the Oval Office was slim.  (Laughter.)  None of you asked for my birth certificate.  (Laughter.)  It was a complete leap of faith.  (Laughter.) 

And so I don’t want to spend a lot of time giving a speech.  I want to just spend time with all of you at these tables.

A couple of people I just want to mention who are here.  The governor of the great state of California, Jerry Brown is in the house.  (Applause.)  And our ambassador to the Bahamas — (laughter) — Nicole Avant is in the house.  (Applause.)  It’s a nice gig, isn’t it?  (Laughter.) 

Anyway, as Jeffrey said, when we started this journey — and we actually started probably about four years ago — I think we understood that the country was at a crossroads and we were going to have to make some fundamental decisions so that we could make sure our kids, our grandkids, the next generation inherited the same kind of big-spirited America that we had inherited from our parents and our grandparents. 

We didn’t even know how steep the climb was going to be to get to where we needed to go, but we understood it was not going to be easy.  The campaign wasn’t easy.  There’s a lot of revisionist history going on now that, boy, his campaign was so smooth.  It didn’t feel that way at the time.  (Laughter.)  I mean, it was hard.  But we kept at it because we understood that a country that is generous and compassionate, that is looking after our children and making sure they’ve got a shot at the American Dream, that is making sure our seniors have dignity and security in their old age, that looks after families who’ve got a disabled child, that is investing in our infrastructure so that we can move products and services and people and information around rapidly, that is a benevolent influence around the world and is respected around the world — we understood that getting to where we needed to go wasn’t going to be easy, and it hasn’t been.

But we have made extraordinary progress over the last two and a half years.  We’ve pulled this economy out of a recession.  We’ve stabilized the financial system.  We’ve passed historic health care legislation to make sure 30 million people aren’t going to go without coverage.  (Applause.)  We have repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell.”  We have put two women on the Supreme Court, including the first Latina.  (Applause.)  We’ve passed equal pay for equal work. 

We can go down the list.  But we also know we’ve still got a lot more work to do.  We’ve just started, and we’ve got a lot more work to do.

And there have been times I’m sure during the past two and a half years where you’re reading the papers or you’re watching TV and you’re saying, oh, Obama — why is he compromising the Republicans?  Or, oh, why did health care take so long?  And I want a single-payer plan anyway.  (Laughter.)  And golly, if he was just as good a communicator as George Clooney — (laughter) — then I’m sure the American people would understand exactly what needs to be done.  (Laughter.)  Gosh.  (Laughter.) 

That’s understandable because there have been times where I’ve been frustrated.  But I don’t want you to lose sight of how much we’ve gotten done.  What we’ve done here has been historic, and we’re only a quarter of the way through.  And we’ve got a lot more work to do.  And these budget debates that we’re having now crystallize the debate that we’re going to be having in this country over the next 18 months about who we are, what we care about, what our values are, what our commitments are to each other. 

And I’m confident — because I travel around the country, and my poll numbers go up and down depending on the latest crisis, and right now gas prices are weighing heavily on people.  But when I talk to ordinary folks, they are not always paying attention.  If you ask them what the makeup of the budget is, they’ll say 25 percent of it goes to foreign aid.  If you ask them about Medicare, they’ll say, I love that program but I wish government wouldn’t get involved in it.  (Laughter.)  Just because they’re busy and they’re tired and they’re working hard.  They’re looking after their families, they’re looking after their kids.

Look, if I wasn’t professionally in this, I wouldn’t be following all these debates in Washington.  But when you talk to them about their values, what they care about, then they say of course we should make sure every child has a good education and gets opportunity, and absolutely we’ve got to make sure that our commitments to seniors are met, and of course we want a family whose child has a disability to make sure that child is getting everything possible to allow them to succeed.  And yes, internationally, we want to stand on the side of human rights and democracy.  And we understand the world is complicated.  But we have a vision about what America should be in the world and we want to live up to that.  And yes, government should live within its means, but we think we can live within its means and still ensure that we’re delivering for the next generation. 

I have faith in them.  And I have faith in you.  And so my closing comment, and then I’ll come around and talk to all of you, is just remember the campaign in 2008.  It wasn’t about big crowds and nice posters.  And it wasn’t even about me.  It was about commitments we made to each other as Americans, about who we are and what we care about.  And those commitments have not ended.  They didn’t end on Election Day.  They don’t end when I take office.  Those are commitments that we have to fight for and work for and be true to each and every day.  And that’s what this next 18 months are going to be about.

All right?  Thank you, guys.  Appreciate it.  (Applause.)

“We’ve just started, and we’ve got a lot more work to do”

Obama charms Tinseltown

Supporters Give Obama Event A Thumbs Up (with short clip)

Obama Talks Economy and Hope During Campaign Fundraiser

Obama acknowledges frustrations in front of Hollywood stars

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…Obama said there’s “a lot of revisionist history going on right now” about the ease of the 2008 campaign and nodded to Democratic worries about compromise deals he has struck with Republicans, according to a pool report.

 “We just started, and we’ve got a lot more work to do,” Obama said. “And there have been times I’m sure during the past two and a half years where you’re reading the papers or your watching TV and you’re saying, ‘Ah, Obama, you know, why’s he compromising with the Republicans?’ Or ‘Aw, why did health care take so long? and I want single payer plan anyway’ and ‘Golly, you know, if he was just as good a communicator as George Clooney, I’m sure the American people would understand exactly what needs to be done.'”

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Here’s our own (well, among others ;)) meta’ account of the event in San Francisco the other night (shamelessly stolen from OFA board):

OK OPeeps, last night I had another opportunity to hear President Obama speak and to once again shake his hand. It was a great event attended by true blue supporters – the hard-core go-to-the-mat we-got-your-back kind of people who believe in his integrity and his vision for our country. In other words, DEMOCRATS.The event started out in the early evening with long lines and security pass-throughs. I found my way through the auditorium and was excited to learn that I had a very good seat, just a few rows from the stage with a perfect line of sight.Nancy Smash Pelosi sat in the same seats as the rest of us and when she entered, people leapt to their feet and gave her a standing O. She shook hands and took photos for quite awhile. She is very kind and accommodating and she does not create any separation between her and the citizens of San Francisco. And despite the rough ride of the last couple of years, she loves our President. That much is clear. We love you, Nancy, and we will work hard for your return.

Another surprise was that the first speaker was David Plouffe!! One thing that shines through about him is that he is very, very SMART and he is truly not playing games. And he looks a lot younger and is very handsome in person. He’s amazing. He said a lot of things about the 2008 campaign and then said that this campaign will be different because we will have to work harder. Then, suddenly, he introduced the President. The place went wild. For several minutes. The President tried to interrupt but it was no use. He genuinely seems uncomfortable with a prolonged tribute and kept trying to get us to sit down but it took a couple of tries. Then he began…..

He started out his speech by remarking about the Facebook town hall and jokingly lamented that although he’s got over 19,000,000 friends, he’s 1/2 million behind Sponge Bob Square Pants, so he’s got some work to do. He paused a second to laugh about this. He really does have a great sense of humor.

His speech was very often greeted by standing ovations, so in this respect I think it was a bit unique. People here really trust him. At one point someone yelled out, “we have your back.” And so on. He spoke for nearly an hour about the deficit and about the need to continue to EXPAND the American dream and our values and equality (Vero, you would have loved it!) and he was very engaging and very, very real. You can’t help but see that in him. You look at him and you just know that you could talk to him for hours and no matter what, no matter your view, it would be a very satisfying conversation. He’s real.

One of the things he said that stuck with me was that no matter if your family arrived by Ellis Island, slave ships or the Rio Grande, we can all move forward by working together on a common purpose. That really struck a chord with me. That we have all come here by different routes and yet we all love our country and can all find a way to bring out the best in each other. President Obama is the quintessential optimist. He believes in all of us.

When he ended his speech, I got a space at the rope line. It was very easy to see him making his way across the semi-circle. I saw our dear buddy Pete Souza up close, who looked tired but laser focused on doing his job. He exudes a very driven and focused purpose. He is just relentless in his work, darting here and there to get the right angle.

And then came President Obama. When I see this man’s face I think of inordinate handsomeness and I think of nearly incomprehensible complexity. You just know that you are in the company not only of genius and compassion – the very best of human combinations – but also of humility. You can’t help but feel that he is at once one of us and yet so very, very extraordinary as to be one of the best Presidents in our living history. It’s his inarguable charm and intelligence and foresight and compassion and warmth and relatedness and the everyday sensibility and accessibility and GENIUS that hits you. He does not sweat the small stuff. When President Obama was standing in front of me, I gave him a very big smile and said “HI!” and shook his hand and he looked at me for a few moments with the most beautiful warm smile and a look of, “do I know you?” and then we hugged. Yes, WOWZERS, he is really the sweetest man, so very magnetic and he just emanates intelligence and kindness. And YES, he is incredibly HANDSOME. I’ve seen him 4 times now and he looked different to me this time – older, wiser, more open and more engaging in a different sort of way. He is a bit grayer and I really noticed his freckles this time. But it’s his smile that is absolutely worth a million bucks. He is one of a kind. As I walked home in the drizzle and fog, I again realized without hesitation that I will always fight for him, I will always be grateful for him and his family, for all their sacrifice and for their wisdom. Always

 

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West Wing Week:

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Please go check this piece by rootless. You’ll never hear about it on the so-called “progressives” blogs. Probably because most of them has no clue what being progressive means.

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88 thoughts on ““Five and a half more years, Five and a half more years” (Updated with transcript)

  1. Wow! Happy people everywhere! Look at the wonderful diversity in the crowd. This is what real America looks like!!! I just loved the pics, and the one of the two women hugging each other is especially touching! Our president is the best POTUS we’ve had in many years. I know this, because I’ve watched presidents in office since 1960.

  2. PBO’s Irish lovers painting the town red, literally

    The forthcoming visit to Ireland by American President Barack Obama has transformed the appearance of a small Irish village.

    Moneygall in County Offaly is awash with paint, as the rural village prepares to welcome the most powerful man in the world in May.

    President Obama’s great, great, great grandfather came from Moneygall and the president plans to set foot in his ancestral home during his two-day visit to Ireland.

    To ensure the presidential feet are made as comfortable as possible, the pavements are being dug up, re-laid and smoothed over. It is just one of many improvements being made.

    Houses on the main street are being cleaned with power-hoses. Gardens are being tidied, new flowers are being planted.

    The air in Moneygall is filled with the smell of paint. It seems like every spare brush in County Offaly is being used.

    Every house is being made to look its best, in preparation for the visit, which is likely to take place on Monday 23 May.

    The decision by one family to paint their house with the colours of the American flag has not gone down well with some of their neighbours.

    “It looks a bit tacky,” said one woman, as she watched the street turn red, white and blue.

    But, overall, the small rural community has pulled together.

    The parish rector, Canon Stephen Neill, said: “This has brought joy and excitement to the whole area. It’s something to celebrate in what have been very dark times in our country economically.”

    Moneygall has already received an economic boost – 3,500 litres of free paint from Dulux to help with the make-over.

    The village has no bank, no cash point, no coffee shop and a population of less than 300 people.

    However, it does have two pubs, including Ollie Hayes’s bar in the middle of the main street.

    The pub is full of Obama memorabilia, including a life-size bust which has pride of place on the bar. Now, the man himself is likely to call in next month.

    “It’s something I never dreamt would happen in a small village like this,” said Mr Hayes, as he served a group of American tourists.

    “We’re going to enjoy every minute of this.”

    Moneygall is in the heart of Ireland, about 90 minutes from Dublin, on the road to Limerick.

    On St Patrick’s Day in Washington, President Obama announced that not only would he be visiting Ireland in May but travelling to Moneygall to re-trace his Irish roots.

    One of the villagers, Henry Healy, is the eighth cousin of Obama.

    He said: “At first it felt almost surreal but now it’s becoming very real. He’s coming to Moneygall, he’s coming to my home town and I’m hopeful reality will really kick in if I’m privileged to meet the man and shake his hand.

    “You have to pinch yourself. I got a bit taken aback when I saw the CIA here two weeks ago.

    “I can only imagine what my reaction will be when the man himself actually lands here in the village.”

    A welcome song has been written already.

    The chorus goes: “O’Leary, O’Reilly, O’Hare and O’Hara, there’s no-one as Irish as Barack Obama. From the old Blarney stone, to the green hills of Tara, there’s no-one as Irish as Barack Obama.”

    In Ollie Hayes’s pub, there is a fictitious picture of Obama in Moneygall listening to traditional Irish music and holding a pint of the black stuff.

    Fiction is about to become reality. The only thing that can go wrong is if they run out of paint.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/uk-northern-ireland-13163943

  3. What a way to start a Friday morning. *Outstanding.* The pic with the person who wrote “I’m In” on his palms in ink=speaks for me. Wonderful storytelling, bwd and meta.

  4. I never cease to be moved by all those hands, of all different skin tones, reaching out for President Obama. He is Hope for so many.

  5. I loved that one too. I started crying again myself looking at the pictures. When I saw the two women with what looked like tears in their eyes I thought I guess I am not the only one to react this way. Then the picture of them hugging and laughing together made me feel just like I was there.

  6. Me too. But more than that. I can actually get news and information here that I don’t get from other places. It’s unfortunate, actually, but I’m happy we have people like BWD who are willing to step up and fill the void.

  7. What a wonderful way to start the day. Thank you BWD – and Meta’s account had me in tears. Have a Blessed, Good Friday all. We are indeed truly Blessed to have this man as our CIC!

  8. Plus all the other people who frequent this site and drop information nuggets you never see anywhere else. This site is like PBO.

    Pragmatic
    Beautiful
    Optimistic

  9. Woooo hoooo Awesome update. I just have time to read the surprisingly great Politico article about the event last night. I can’t believe Politico wrote such a positive article.

    I love this bit

    “The president, who fashions himself as a no-frills, no-drama guy, appeared most starstruck not at the sight of Steven Spielberg or GEORGE CLOONEY, but by the fact that he spoke on the Sony stage most recently used to film “Spider-Man 4.” ”

    Mr. Clooney was there..YEAH two of the most beautiful silver foxes in one room? My POTUS and Mr. Clooney. WOOOT! *faints*

  10. I love reading about the excitement going on in Moneygall. I actually have the Irishtimes bookmarked now to keep up on the goings on. I want to move to Moneygall where good people seem to be highly appreciated.:D😀

  11. Hollywood needs to open up their wallets to counter the big business third party donations come 2012. I know big money Dems like donating to charities when they have money to spare, but re-electing President Obama and Dem majorities in congress will do a helluva lot more good for America and the World in both the short and long term and is of utmost importance.

  12. Great Hearts think alike. I read Meta post on OFA and made a copy to post on here.
    It was 3 threads back when I read it but it really moved me and I left this comment.

    I must save this to reread when the times get raw over the next few months. I love it when he looked at you and said “do I know you”. I felt in my heart the connection between two souls that did know each other.
    Thank you so much for this post and for all the post that you make for us. You are truly a Warrior Princess, love you.

  13. I agree…BWD is a treasure as well as so many who come here to inform us because the republican MSM gets more money for entertainment than providing unbiased news.

  14. I love the pictures of the faces of these young adults and children who are our future. Their faces are so full of hope.

  15. Ignore the spoiled Hollywood brats Obama. Most of the intelligent ones know you need a halfway decent Congress to get anything of substance passed.

  16. I love that Japa21. You are one of the people here I admire! I learn so much from all of you!

    Pragmatic
    Beautiful
    Optimistic

  17. As always everyone this is a beautiful site and I love the pic of the hands “I’m In”. Good Friday everyone.

  18. Good morning wonderful family. Just looking at all those pictures, watching the videos brings tears to my eyes. This man is our President! I am so glad he is. Then reading the story about Moneygall. I am very emotional this morning.

    I am so thankful for this site and all the sites on the blogroll.

    This is where I get my strength. I know that the real people of this country is are smart and understand what is going on.

    I am Fired Up and Ready to Go.

  19. They did open they wallets, big time, in 2008. Without a doubt, they will do it again!

  20. BWD doesn’t need my praise. I am grateful for the work you do.

    It is hard for my PC but I patiently wait it out and enjoy every bit of your labor of LOVE.

    Thank you, Lady.

    Thank you.

    I have been looking for the whole text of the Nevada Town-hall. I have not been able to listen to it. I was not able to watch it when it went Live.

  21. I Agree!!! I start reading all the headlines, my blood pressure starts to rise, I feel frustrated with the media and then I come here and am reminded that I need to stay positive and strong! thanks🙂

  22. We all learn a lot from each other. I am going to be GN for a moment. We are trying to get together a special newsletter type of blog and welcome anyone who can make a ccontribution. Go to http://theprogressweekly.wordpress.com/ and make a comment if you have any suggestions.

  23. I’ll tell you, if I were in PBO’s shoes and went there to that type of greeting, I would be very tempted to stay and tell this country to deal with its own messes, I tried and you fought me.

  24. I am forever gratified by the diversity of the folks who come out to hear our president speak. They have happiness, hope and joy on their faces. Smiles of gratitude and determination in their eyes. No hatefulness and anger to be found.

    Barack Obama is a man for the ages. I am thankful that my children and I get to experience this awesome leader during our lifetime.

  25. Lurker here & 1st time poster..started reading political blogs back when MWO was golden..have stopped reading DK, TPM, Atrios, GG, Salon, etc. (I’m on oldie, but goodie)
    I miss SG and his insight about politics.
    Thanks BW for your blog..it refreshes my soul.
    Also, the wonderful posters & your blogroll which keeps me informed.
    Happy Easter & God bless.

  26. And I think you see that same diversity represented at this site. I think one of the strengths of this site is that diversity of background, race, religion (or not) and nationality. Tempered by a strong respect for eah other and our opinions. There have been serious discussions of some very sensitive issues here and I don’t remember any getting out of hand (except for one or two comments). That is one of the things that makes this place pretty unique.

  27. OMG BWD, those are some wonderful pictures. It is so therapeutic to see the tears of joy, eyes busting with excitement, and the trans-fixation that takes place when PBO is in the house.

    I was laughing so hard after reading the transcript from the fundraiser that took place Tavern Restaurant. My favorite part was when PBO said: “a lot of you got involved at a time when the prospect of electing a Barack Hussein Obama to the Oval Office was slim. None of you asked for my birth certificate. It was a complete leap of faith.” I was ROTFL

  28. Heh, I was hoping that he would emigrate to India in 2016 to deal with our corruptest pols. Think about it – from the world’s oldest democracy to the world’s biggest democracy.

  29. Yesterday I got to catch the President’s motorcade on his way to the Tavern! I was trying to get home from work, and I noticed that Santa Monica Blvd was blocked off by the police, so I pulled off to the side andparked to walk to the corner to see what was going on. I realized that the President must be coming through that route. So I waited with others behind the yellow police tape, and when the Presidential motorcade came by, it wa so exciting, but fast🙂

    It was such a cool experience to see the President’s motorcade, I got so caught up in the euphoria, after they unblocked the street, I went home and made a donation🙂

  30. Welcome Fun Lady

    I am a “newcomer” also, you will love this place. Friendly, warm, supportive, and the best source of news on the web.

    I hope we hear from you often.

  31. That is great. I know it is so exciting to see him even for afew seconds. I got to see him when he was here in Missoula in 2008. The first thing I thought was he is so skinny how is he going to have the strength to hold up the world. Since I have decided all his stength is in his heart. He has the biggest and strongest heart. I feel I was privileged to have seen and heard him in person.

    It is something you will always remember.\

  32. Own our overseasgranny has been giving us a first-person update of this delightful story. Thank you for such a wonderful link, amk!

  33. If he does go to some other place, I will follow. Any nation he leads is one lucky place. So Mumbai here I come.😀

  34. Good Morning All

    It is so exciting to see how well President Obama connects with folks. I am delighted to see him raising $$, making speeches, and going on the “offensive”.

    I will be slicing up the Facebook speech later today.

    The soundbytes of the day are
    Obama on the budget – a more balanced approach

    If you need an explanation of how to share this with others

    click on the You Tube icon in the lower right corner, you will be taken to the You Tube site where the video lives. Then either copy the URL (stuff near the top of the screen) or click the share button below the video. Then you can see the URL or click buttons for facbebook or twitter.

  35. Hey, ya’ll! I got to attend the fundraiser in L.A. at Sony Pictures and President Obama ROCKED THE HOUSE!!!! Everyone had the best time and he got us all FIRED UP AND READY TO CONTINUE!!!! I’m IN!!!! He was so strong, so articulate, so passionate, so FUNNY! The guy is just a super man. Period.

    I also noticed how the crowds he draws are totally diverse. Rich, middle class, poor, black, white, yellow, brown, young, middle aged, old. America. Looks nothing like the crowds that surround the opposition. Nothing at all.

    LONG LIVE BARACK OBAMA AND 5 1/2 MORE YEARS AS OUR PRESIDENT!!!!! OBAMA 2012!!!!

  36. It is indeed a delightful story. People outside the united states clamor after him. I have been an avid political observer since my student days in early eighties and have never seen such a news coverage like what PBO gets in India.

  37. Educational sound byte of the day

    Obama on Education: Hold schools accountable for every child; Black, White, Latino, Asian, Disabled, or English Language Learners

  38. I wish our country would celebrate this man the way Ireland is celebrating him. We’d all have a big smile on our faces all the time! Last night, at a fundraiser for him in L.A. over 2500 people were smiling ear to ear and hugging each other with joy over this guy. I’m so glad he’s campaigning again so Americans can see him in action!!!

  39. People outside the US are astound by the level of hate towards him in his own country. I travel a lot and wherever I go, people simply adore him. This is what pains me the most, that his own country refuse to fully embrace a once-in-50-years president.

  40. Good Morning BWD and all of the dear and wonderful people here. Thank you so much BWD for this site. I call it my haven of rest and peace. I enjoy the comments, the information, and respect in which all of you give to each other.
    I love the crowd and the diversity in the crowd. The ladies hugging and crying are worth to behold. That is what this President brings out in us. I also love the two little girls who are paying so much attention to what the President is saying. What a moment. I alot of people could take away something that is always so telling and beautiful in the children that are so attractive to this President. Thank you all for you love here. I enjoy this site so much. It fills my day with hope.

  41. Well, now.

    To the gentleman in the last photo: I’m In, too!

    To the little girls in the photos: Remember this … you are living history, and you will tell your own little girls about it some day.

    To meta – OMG. Lucky you (again)! I’m so happy for you.

    Thank you, BWD, for making the sun shine on a rainy day here in Central Illinois!

  42. BWD: Thank you, thank you this will make our weekend complete of happines. the pictures of the 2 little girls shows in their face that they will be taken care by this President, and yes he can.

    Happy Eastern everbody!!!!

  43. I am sure bwd that PBO haters are only a minority in US. It’s only unfortunate that these haters – from both left and right – are given a disproportionate facetime on teevee radio and papers that gives an image that many in US hate him. The frigging fourth estate is the fifth columnists here.

  44. Yes, BWD, it was a full house and the house was a SOUND STAGE, which is just gigantic. Over 2500 paying people were in attendance. Jamie Foxx was the MC and he was GREAT. The Foshay Childrens’ Choir (public school kids) performed, signing songs they wrote including I WANT TO SHINE LIKE BARACK OBAMA! Made me cry! Jason Mraz performed and he was fantastic. Said his mom was a lifelong Republican who voted for Obama, so don’t divide us into groups – we’re all Americans! Then, President Obama came to the podium and had us all cheering and clapping and agreeing and LAUGHING. His comic timing is PERFECT and he’s so adorable!!! He worked so hard all this week, campaigning and running the country against unbelievable odds. He just blows my mind. I can die happy now, having seen him in person twice in my lifetime.

    Love you, BWD, and all you do!

  45. Emiliana: please please stay calm those people they want us to be afrid and worried, do not pay attention to those crazy people
    peace.

  46. Yup; for all their faults, Hollywood really came through for us in 2008 not just with money, but with their art as well (remember all of those wonderful songs, psa’s from a huge variety of people from Paris Hilton to Will I Am to Sarah Silverman to Jay Z, etc.). They’re going to come through for us again and I personally couldn’t be more grateful for that.

  47. I just spent 1 hour 3 mins watching the Reno Nevada Town Hall with Pres Obama.

    I watched it over at C-SPAN.org.

    It was not there last night.

    I hope that BWD would up load that for all when she is able.

    It’s Good Friday for this Roman Catholic. Happy Easter to all.

  48. Yup; President Obama’s likeability rating is in the 80s. Yet people who call President Obama “coward” etc. are given vastly disproportionate media attention, even entire media channels. It’s unbelievable.

  49. Thanks for sharing this Lulu! It’s great to get first-hand personal info without the scripted filters of the media. I’m glad you had a terrific time, and clearly, you were not the only one🙂

  50. Exactly…And I also believe that the numerous “polls” showing him with middling numbers are manipulated and skewed at the behest of those who control the purse strings of the “fourth estate.”

  51. I was there last night too. It was great. One of the most special nights of my life. It was electric. Surprise that there were not more people.

    Interesting note, after the fundraiser, my friend and I were walking to our car and this young man who lives in Culver City was rushing from gate to gate to see the motorcade. I asked him why was he chasing the motorcade and he said it was “historic”.
    Unfortunately he missed it both times, but he walked with us and we chatted.

    It was intersting because he wanted to know how we found out about the event and how we got tickets. We said an e-mail. And his response was “I guess there is something to being involved.” And, we responded, “yeah you get to see the president when he comes to town.”

    All in all a wonderful night. We were close, but we could have got closer if we had got the more prices tickets. Next time I get the chance I’m going to splurge.

  52. Thanks BWD. I love that photo of the two women, it brought tears to my eyes. When I see the hopeful faces of all these people, I think we will be ok.

  53. blackwaterdog,thank you so much for all these transcripts. They’re a wonderful help in getting the full import of what he’s saying in them.

    I know it’s a big job, and still worry about all the time you put into this blog without any recompense except the gratitude of us all. Please, please let us know if you need donations. You’re worth a subscription, you know you are — you and Chipsticks both.

  54. I’m giving, bwd, believe me. We have an automatic payment to his campaign coming out of our bank account every month. Ditto quite a bit less, $40 a month, to MoveOn.org since 2006. a subscription to sanity and an investment in the future.

    But you’re different, yours would be a subscription to a worthwhile news outlet. Just like those we already subscribe to — the Nation, Progressive, Mother Jones, Liberal Opinion Week (some of it wild stuff, true) the New Yorker and several garden, ecological, and orchard publications — they’re our meat and drink, we’re retired university teachers and orchardists.

    But you and Chipsticks are different, you’re more than legitimate news outlets and deserve some kind of subscription help.

  55. I stumbled across this website when googling “Obama” + “adult in the room”. So glad I did. Thank you for your truthful and open presentation of the President. He really is the only adult in a room full of argumentative and contrary children! The people are really stupid if they don’t reelect him!

  56. Welcome and nice work with the Googling! Very clever. We do have some great fun here among adults. We are blessed.

  57. Thanks for sharing this link. As always your comments were brilliant. Slowly but surely we are beginning to find out that not everyone who claims to be a member of the President’s base is telling the truth.

  58. Thanks for sharing this article. The reidreport is really another excellent site.

  59. Another amazing day at this wonderful site! I really loved all the posts and the wonderful commentaries. This is a place I come to learn both from BWD’s posts and from the commentaries and from all the information shared by many who post comments. I am so delighted to see that it is growing and attracting more people.

    Thanks BWD for the wonderful work you do and thanks to all who make a point in sharing information. I wish everyone a wonderful Easter week-end.

  60. Thanks Anita – nice to hear about the kid scrambling to get a glimpse of the motorcade.

    I live in the Marina, and I got to see Marine One landing at LAX this morning, carrying the President, and then saw Air Force One take off and over the ocean – all from my balcony. I can understand the kids enthusiasm – one can’t help but get excited when the opportunity to see him (and realize that he’s actually real and not some fictional character) comes along.

  61. Oh my goodness, thank you for the shout out, BWD!! I’ve been busy the last couple of days and didn’t know you had my post up there!! So honored to be included. xoxo.

  62. Thanks Tien Le. I agree we are blessed and need to appreciate this man for his courage, perseverance and compassion. People accuse him of being cold and removed, the opposite is true. He really cares.

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