Smithsonian Institution


Established August 10, 1846


The Smithsonian Institution is an educational and research institute and associated museum complex, administered and funded by the government of the United States and by funds from its endowment, contributions, and profits from its retail operations, concessions, licensing activities and magazines. Most of its facilities are located in Washington, D.C., but its 19 museums, zoo, and nine research centers include sites in New York City, Virginia, Panama, and elsewhere (see below). It has over 136 million items in its collections, publishes two magazines named Smithsonian (monthly) and Air & Space (bimonthly),  and Smithsonian YouTube Videos and employs the Smithsonian Police to protect visitors, staff, and the property of the museums. The Institution’s current logo is a stylized sun.

Mission Statement

James Smithson’s Gift
“I then bequeath the whole of my property…to the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase & diffusion of knowledge…”

James Smithson (1765-1829)

Preparing the gowns for the First Ladies Exhibition (Michelle Obama inaugural gown donation)

Smithsonian Channel

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  1. WH

    Saturday Jul. 31, 2010
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    Pres Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  2. Welcome to From Smithson to Smithsonian: The Birth of an Institution, an online exhibition produced by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries with the collaboration of the Office of Smithsonian Institution Archives (including the Joseph Henry Papers) and the Architectural History and Historic Preservation Division.

    In 1829 English scientist James Smithson left his fortune to the people of the United States to found an institution for the “increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Smithson’s impetus in providing for a research and educational institution in a new country on another continent remains a mystery. His bequest sparked widespread debate over what such a national institution might be. Once established, the Smithsonian Institution became part of the process of developing the U.S. national identity. 150th Logo

    This exhibition highlights the life of James Smithson, the English scientist who bequeathed his fortune to the United States to establish an institution “for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” The exhibition tells of the retrieval of the bequest from Great Britain, and describes the controversy this bequest provoked in the United States, up until the 1846 founding of the Smithsonian Institution. It concludes by tracing the early years of the Institution as it grew and developed under the leadership of its first two Secretaries.

    The Smithsonian Institution is now the world’s largest museum complex, composed of a group of national museums and research centers housing the United States’ national collections in natural history, American history, air and space, the fine arts and the decorative arts, and several other fields ranging from postal history to cultural history. The Institution includes 16 museums, four research centers, the National Zoo, the Smithsonian Institution Libraries (a research library system), the Smithsonian magazine, the Smithsonian Institution Press, a Traveling Exhibition Service, an Office of Education, and a number of other offices and activities.

    • In 1826, James Smithson, a British scientist, drew up his last will and testament, naming his nephew as beneficiary. Smithson stipulated that, should the nephew die without heirs (as he would in 1835), the estate should go to the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.

      The motives behind Smithson’s bequest remain mysterious. He never traveled to the United States and seems to have had no correspondence with anyone here. Some have suggested that his bequest was motivated in part by revenge against the rigidities of British society, which had denied Smithson, who was illegitimate, the right to use his father’s name. Others have suggested it reflected his interest in the Enlightenment ideals of democracy and universal education.

      Smithson died in 1829, and six years later, President Andrew Jackson announced the bequest to Congress. On July 1, 1836, Congress accepted the legacy bequeathed to the nation and pledged the faith of the United States to the charitable trust. In September 1838, Smithson’s legacy, which amounted to more than 100,000 gold sovereigns, was delivered to the mint at Philadelphia. Recoined in U.S. currency, the gift amounted to more than $500,000.
      After eight years of sometimes heated debate, an Act of Congress signed by President James K. Polk on Aug. 10, 1846, established the Smithsonian Institution as a trust to be administered by a Board of Regents and a Secretary of the Smithsonian.

  3. Remarks by the First Lady at the Inaugural Gown Smithsonian Unveiling
    Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.


    MRS. OBAMA: Thank you, everyone. Thanks so much.

    Well, clearly, it’s a pleasure and an honor to be here with all of you today.

    Let me begin by thanking Secretary Clough for that generous introduction. I want to thank him and his wife Anne for their dedication to the mission of the Smithsonian.

    And I want to thank our hosts from the National Museum of American History -– Dr. Brent Glass and John Rogers. Thank you for making these museums such wonderful places for people of all ages to learn and to explore.

    And I have to also do my part in recognizing our very special guests, the students and the teachers from Huntington High School, who made the trip all the way from New York to be here. You all please stand so we can see you. (Applause.) Now, there’s a special reason why I invited these students here. They sent me this book of beautifully designed inaugural gowns of their own creations, and I had so much fun looking through all the designs. You all are obviously a very talented and beautiful and handsome group of people. And I am so pleased to be able to share this special day with you. You make us proud. And thank you for the gifts.

    And, finally, I also want to thank all the board members, the staff, the supporters of these museums, all of you, for the work that you do every day, and for being here and sharing this moment with me, as well.

    So, here we are. It’s the dress. (Laughter.) And I have to say, to be honest, I am very honored and very humbled, but I have to say that I’m also a little embarrassed by all the fuss being made over my dress. Like many of you, I’m not used to people wanting to put things I’ve worn on display. (Laughter.) So, all of this is a little odd, so forgive me.

    But, at the same time, I truly recognize the significance of this day. This gown –- and all of the items that we’ll see in this wonderful exhibit –- help us connect with a moment in history in a very real way.

    When we look at the gown that Jackie Kennedy wore 50 years ago, or the one that Mary Todd Lincoln wore more than a hundred years before that, it really takes us beyond the history books and the photographs, and it helps us understand that history is really made by real live people.

    For the entire article:

    • AssociatedPress | March 09, 2010

      Michelle Obama Donates Ball Gown to Smithsonian

      Michelle Obama says she’ll always cherish the moment she slipped into her inaugural ball gown, a one-shouldered, white chiffon design she wore for her first Cinderella-like spins on the dance floor as first lady.

    • MOWDCorrespondent, March 9, 2010 –

      MichelleObamaWatchcom at Smithsonian for Unveiling of Inaugural Gown

  4. Honoring the Designers of Today and Inspiring the Designers of the Future

    Posted by Bill Moggridge on July 22, 2010 at 02:33 PM EDT

    What a thrill it was to participate in the White House ceremony hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama yesterday as she celebrated the 2010 National Design Awards honorees. The First Lady serves as the honorary patron for this year’s National Design Awards and her commitment to arts and design based education made this a very special event. We are honored to once again receive the patronage of the First Lady, as her support does such a lot to advance awareness of the importance of design.

    The day began with a Teen Design Fair at the Smithsonian American Art Renwick Gallery, where DC high school students met one-on-one with leading designers in the fields of fashion, industrial design, architecture, multimedia and graphic design, including Jenna Lyons of J.Crew, Maira Kalman, Smart Design and Stephen Doyle. To close out the morning, an inspiring Q&A was held with Tim Gunn and Caroline Payson, Cooper-Hewitt’s Education Director, about the value of design education. Tim talked about how it took him time to find his design path and said that “there was no magic sauce to become a designer; it requires hard work and experience.”

    Following the Teen Design Fair, the award winners and finalists attended a special luncheon at the White House, hosted by the First Lady. It was a very festive event and the setting reinforced the tremendous amount of design talent that exists in this country. Mrs. Obama’s speech emphasized the importance of design and arts education, and celebrated the value of the work of the award winners. Wayne Clough, the Secretary of the Smithsonian, introduced the National Design Award program and thanked the sponsors, and I showed slides of the winners and their work, naming both finalists and winners, you can see them here. I was lucky enough to sit next to the First Lady for lunch, so we talked about expanding the opportunities for high-schoolers to study design and develop their creative talents. Tim Gunn was sitting on her other side, so he was able to tell her a lot about learning the art of fashion design.

    For the entire article:

  5., July 31, 2010:

    Al Gore cleared of assault allegations made by masseuse

    Former vice president Al Gore has been cleared of allegations that he groped and assaulted a masseuse in a Portland hotel room in 2006.

    After a four-week investigation that included interviews with Gore, the masseuse, her acquaintances and hotel staff, authorities said there was no basis for prosecution.

    Senior deputy district attorney Don Rees cited “contradictory evidence, conflicting witness statements, credibility issues, lack of forensic evidence and denials by Mr Gore”.

    Rees also said the masseuse and her attorneys were uncooperative, witnesses could not remember anything unusual, and that the masseuse failed a polygraph examination and would not say whether she was paid by a tabloid newspaper for her story.

    “Mr Gore unequivocally and emphatically denied this accusation when he first learnt of its existence three years ago,” spokeswoman Kalee Kreider said. “He respects and appreciates the thorough and professional work of the Portland authorities and is pleased that this matter has now been resolved.”

  6. whitehouse, July 30, 2010 –

    Fighting for American Auto Workers

    President Obama visits the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, MI to talk to workers about how investments in the auto industry are helping create and save American jobs.

  7. whitehouse, July 30, 2010 –

    An Auto Industry on the Move

    President Obama talks about the steps his Administration has taken to revive the American auto industry and invest in new technologies during a visit to the General Motors Hamtramck Auto Plant in Hamtramck, MI.

    • Our President is so adorable. My friend called me today and she was mad as a hornet. She said that Elisabeth Hasselbeck was on a show this morning saying how endearing the President was and then this afternoon on another show said that he was out of touch and cavalier. Unbelievable. I am so glad I miss all of this trash on television.

  8. NatlPortraitGallery, July 07, 2009 –

    Wendy Wick Reaves, curator at the National Portrait Gallery, discusses the portrait that came to symbolize the historic campaign of President-elect Barack Obama. The portrait is on display at the museum.

  9. SmithsonianVideos, September 30, 2009 –

    Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Opens Public Observatory

    In 1609, Galileo made the first recorded astronomical observations with a telescope. To mark the anniversary, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum opened a public observatory.

    The observatory, only steps from the National Mall, contains a 16-inch, 3,000-pound Boller and Chivens telescope, on loan from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, where it was previously used for research at Harvards Oak Ridge Observatory. Through the telescope, visitors will be able to view the sun (with a special filter), the moon and the brighter stars and planets, such as Venus, Jupiter and Saturn, during daylight hours.

    The Public Observatory, on the museums East Terrace, will be open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting.

  10. Smithsonian YouTube Channels:

    Smithsonian Videos:

    Smithsonian’s National Zoo:

    Smithsonian American Art Museum:

    Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum:

    National Portrait Gallery:

    Smithsonian, National Air and Space Museum:

    National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution:

    Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History:

    The National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian:

    NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory:

    Smithsonian Education:

    Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center:

    Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES):

    Smithsonian Folkways:

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  11. SmithsonianAmHistory, July 14, 2010 –

    Vince and Larry Crash the National Museum of American History

    Among the objects accepted into the National Museum of American History collections on July 14, 2010, are the original “Vince and Larry” crash-test dummy costumes that appeared in public-safety campaigns nationwide from 1985 through 1998. To mark the 25th anniversary of these award-winning public service announcements, Vince and Larry, played by the original actors Tony Reitano and Whitney Rydbeck, “crashed” into the ceremony.

  12. SmithsonianNZP, July 22, 2010 –

    Zoo Keepers Rock! National Zoo Keeper Week 2010

    Zoo keepers are some of the hardest working and coolest people around. Celebrate Zoo Keeper Week 2010 at the National Zoo, or at your local zoo!

    • Remarks of President Barack Obama

      Saturday, July 31, 2010
      Detroit, Michigan

      Hello everyone. I’m speaking to you from the GM auto plant here in Detroit, Michigan, where a hopeful story is unfolding in a place that’s been one of the hardest hit in America.

      In the twelve months before I took office, American auto companies lost hundreds of thousands of jobs. Sales plunged 40 percent. Liquidation was a very real possibility. Years of papering over tough problems and failing to adapt to changing times – combined with a vicious economic crisis – brought an industry that’s been the symbol of our manufacturing might for a century to the brink of collapse.

      We didn’t have many good options. On one hand, we could have continued the practice of handing out billions of taxpayer dollars to the auto industry with no real strings attached. On the other hand, we could have walked away and allowed two major auto companies to go out of business – which could have wiped out one million American jobs.

      I refused to let that happen. So we came up with a third way. We said to the auto companies – if you’re willing to make the hard decisions necessary to adapt and compete in the 21st century, we’ll make a one-time investment in your future.

      For the entire transcript:

  13. Kathleen posted on this last night just in case you missed it:
    ., July 31, 2010:

    Al Gore cleared of assault allegations made by masseuse

    Former vice president Al Gore has been cleared of allegations that he groped and assaulted a masseuse in a Portland hotel room in 2006.

    After a four-week investigation that included interviews with Gore, the masseuse, her acquaintances and hotel staff, authorities said there was no basis for prosecution.

    Senior deputy district attorney Don Rees cited “contradictory evidence, conflicting witness statements, credibility issues, lack of forensic evidence and denials by Mr Gore”.

    Rees also said the masseuse and her attorneys were uncooperative, witnesses could not remember anything unusual, and that the masseuse failed a polygraph examination and would not say whether she was paid by a tabloid newspaper for her story.

    “Mr Gore unequivocally and emphatically denied this accusation when he first learnt of its existence three years ago,” spokeswoman Kalee Kreider said. “He respects and appreciates the thorough and professional work of the Portland authorities and is pleased that this matter has now been resolved.”

  14. Ariz. governor considers changing immigration law


    PHOENIX – A federal appeals court has decided not to step into the controversy over Arizona’s tough immigration law until November, leaving state officials to consider other steps they might take in the meantime.

    Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the law and appealed a ruling blocking its most controversial sections, said Friday she would consider changes to “tweak” the law to respond to the parts U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton faulted.

    “Basically we believe (the law) is constitutional but she obviously pointed out faults that can possibly be fixed, and that’s what we would do,” Brewer told The Associated Press. She said she’s talking to legislative leaders about the possibility of a special session, but said no specific changes had been identified.

    In her temporary injunction Wednesday, Bolton delayed the most contentious provisions of the law, including a section that required officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws. Bolton indicated the federal government’s case has a good chance at succeeding in its argument that federal immigration law trumps state law.

    Brewer has said she’ll challenge the decision all the way to the Supreme Court.

    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in an order late Friday that it will hold a hearing on Brewer’s challenge in the first week of November. Briefs from the state are due Aug. 26.

    For the entire article:

    • I was so happy to hear this last night. Brewer and her righties saying their law was Constitutional and the right way to go — and now having to admit it is faulty. I hope this tanks her campaign and our AG Terry Goddard wins the Governor’s race.

  15. Obama decries GOP over small business lending bill

    7/31/10 AP

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Saturday that the GOP stance on a small business lending bill is proof the country “can’t afford the do-nothing policies and partisan maneuvering that will only take us backward.”

    Obama’s election-year desire for additional jobs measures suffered a new setback earlier this week when Senate Republicans blocked a proposal to create a $30 billion government fund to help open up lending for credit-starved small businesses.

    Obama accused the GOP of “holding America’s small businesses hostage to politics,” saying the bill has the support of business groups and contains “provision after provision” favored by both parties.

    “Understand, a majority of senators support the plan. It’s just that the Republican leaders in the Senate won’t even allow it to come up for a vote,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. “That isn’t right.”

    Obama made clear that it’s not only a policy disagreement, but a reason for voters to steer away from Republicans in November’s pivotal congressional elections, which will determine whether Democrats keep their majorities in the House and Senate.

    “When America is just starting to move forward again, we can’t afford the do-nothing policies and partisan maneuvering that will only take us backward,” he said.

    The proposed fund would be available to community banks with less than $10 billion in assets, to help them increase lending to small businesses. The bill would combine the fund with about $12 billion in tax breaks aimed at small businesses.

    For the entire article:

  16. Obama: Republicans holding small businesses “hostage”

    7/31/10 Ross Colvin – Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Saturday accused Republicans of holding American small businesses “hostage to politics” after Republican senators refused to back a $30 billion small-business lending package.

    Senate Republicans blocked the package on Thursday, dealing a fresh blow to Obama’s efforts to show Americans, in the midst of a tough election year, that his administration is focused on tackling stubbornly high unemployment.

    With opinion polls showing eroding support for Obama’s handling of the economy, Democrats fear voters will punish them for the 9.5 percent unemployment rate come November, when 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 37 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be in play in mid-term elections.

    “I’m calling on the Republican leaders in the Senate to stop holding America’s small businesses hostage to politics, and allow an up-or-down vote on this small business jobs bill,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address.

    “Understand, a majority of senators support the plan. It’s just that the Republican leaders in the Senate won’t even allow it to come up for a vote,” he said.

    Democratic leaders failed on Thursday to muster the 60 votes needed to advance the measure over Republican objections.

    Republicans are upset that Democrats shut them out during discussions to amend the package, which they say is another example of Obama’s overreach in government spending.

    Senate majority leader Harry Reid is hopeful that a deal can still be reached that would allow the Senate to act on the bill next week.

    But even if the Senate passes the bill, it would be too late to get it to Obama’s desk before mid-September.

    For the entire article:

  17. DEFCON: FBI rings organizers over Defcon contest
    Social engineering contest will target as many as 30 companies

    7/30/10 Robert McMillan –

    A Defcon contest that invites contestants to trick employees at U.S. corporations into revealing not-so-sensitive data has rattled some nerves.

    Contest organizers have been called by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and seen warnings issued by security groups and the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, (FS-ISAC) an industry group that provides information on security threats affecting the banking industry.

    “The stories that I’m getting are a lot of financial people were really concerned that we were going to be targeting personal information and stuff like that,” said Chris Hadnagy, the operations manager with Offensive Security, who is organizing the contest. These concerns are unfounded, he says.

    Over the next three days participants will try their best to unearth data from an undisclosed list of about 30 U.S. companies. The contest will take place in a room in the Riviera hotel in Las Vegas furnished with a soundproof booth and a speaker, so an audience can hear the contestants call companies and try to weasel out what data they can get from unwitting employees.

    This is social engineering: the art of tricking people into disclosing information and doing things that they shouldn’t.

    Conference organizers have to walk a fine line in running a contest that focuses on real-world targets. But after consulting with Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyers, they’ve come up with a set of contest rules and – more importantly – a do-not-do list.

    Contestants can’t ask for sensitive data or passwords. They can’t make their victims feel like they’re at risk. They can’t pretend to be law enforcement or generally do anything that feels wrong. “If something seems unethical – don’t do it. If you have questions, ask a judge,” the rules state.

    What participants can do is collect data on less sensitive subjects such as, “who does your dumpster removal; who takes care of your paper shredding,” Hadnagy said.

    For the entire article:

    • Federal agents are always aware of these events and take the advantage of recruiting people at these gatherings.

    • BTW did you ever wonder why some links start with “http” and others with “https”?

      Here is the explanation of the latter from Wikipedia:

      The main idea of HTTPS is to create a secure channel over an unsecure network. This ensures reasonable protection from eavesdroppers and man-in-the-middle attacks, provided that adequate cipher suites are used and that the server certificate is verified and trusted.

      The trust inherent in HTTPS is based on major certificate authorities which come pre-installed in browser software (this is equivalent to saying “I trust certificate authority (e.g. VeriSign/Microsoft/etc.) to tell me whom I should trust”). Therefore an HTTPS connection to a website can be trusted if and only if all of the following are true:

      1. The user trusts that their browser software correctly implements HTTPS with correctly pre-installed certificate authorities.
      2. The user trusts the certificate authority to vouch only for legitimate websites without misleading names.
      3. The website provides a valid certificate (an invalid certificate shows a warning in most browsers), which means it was signed by a trusted authority.
      4. The certificate correctly identifies the website (e.g. visiting https://example and receiving a certificate for “Example Inc.” and not anything else [see above]).
      5. Either the intervening hops on the Internet are trustworthy, or the user trusts the protocol’s encryption layer (TLS or SSL) is unbreakable by an eavesdropper.

      • Thanks for this explanation, CR! I notice when I log in that the link starts with HTTPS.

  18. Wall Street marks best month in a year in July

    7/30/10 Edward Krudy – Reuters

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks closed little changed on Friday, but Wall Street wrapped up its best month in a year after the earnings season rounded the final turn with a group of strong results that offset the impact of poor economic data.

    While the major indexes each posted 7 percent gains for the month, it came during low volume and followed a combined decline of nearly 14 percent for May and June.

    The conflict between strong earnings and lackluster economic news has held stocks in a tight range throughout July. Prior to Friday’s open, second-quarter GDP data disappointed investors, even though shares came back later in the session.

    A lack of clear direction has led to more technical trading, with the S&P 500 finding support around 1,100 while struggling to move above its 200-day moving average around 1,115. A sustained move above that level would be bullish for investors.

    “We have failed up here essentially about three times, so technically people are using that as something to lean on the short side,” said Nick Kalivas, vice president of financial research and senior equity index analyst at MF Global.

    Kalivas said global purchasing managers’ indexes at the start of next week will give investors a better idea about the direction of the economy and could be a catalyst for markets.

    “The market kind of stalled up the last couple of days. On the surface earnings numbers have been pretty strong, but underneath there was a loss of momentum,” he said.

    Speculators are net short the S&P 500, according to Commodity Futures Trading Commission data but trimmed their short portions from a week earlier.

    For July the Dow rose 7.1 percent, the S&P 500 gained 6.9 percent and the Nasdaq added 6.9 percent.

    For the entire article:

  19. Good Saturday Morning Everyone!

    It will be a busy morning for me today: morning walk, GOTV at the Morgan Hill Farmer’s Market and a friend’s retirement party.

    I HOPE that you have a good Saturday! 🙂

  20. Hi guys

    Help me out here: I need links to real awesome PBO videos, especially those created by just ordinary people.

    Thanks. Have a grat day.

    • Republicans for Obama

      Uploaded by RFOadmin on Oct 21, 2008
      Why Obama?

      When deciding which candidate is best to now lead our nation, we ask that you consider supporting Senator Barack Obama. The U.S. faces serious challenges that are not being addressed by our political leaders. Elected officials on both sides have found it easier to appease their parties fringes to win elections, and media companies choose to shock, amuse and divide us. In the meantime, the problems we face as a nation grow as they are passed on to future generations.

      We need a leader who can lay the foundations of another American Century—someone who can get past our partisan and ideological divisions, as we strengthen our standing in the world and tackle the challenges we face at home. We need a leader who understands our differences, but who also knows the importance of finding common ground. While we continue to debate and address many issues on which we all have strong opinions—abortion, gay rights, the relationship between church and state, to name a few—we need a leader who can command the support needed to break our governments paralysis and meet the growing challenges we face as a nation.

      Senator Obama is the one candidate who can unite the American majority that wants to move forward and improve the long-term economic well-being and independence of our nation.

    • wncforobama, October 21, 2007 –

      Oct. 19th, 2007
      Two Signs.
      Two Volunteers.
      Two Hours.
      One busy corner in downtown Asheville, NC.

      • I just went to a memorial service for a dear neighbor who was a devote Catholic. One of the speakers talked about what a active Obama supporter she was despite having so many health problems like Rheumatoid arthritis.

        • I am always so impressed by, and grateful to, people who get involved despite real physical hardship.

    • BubbesForObama, September 19, 2008 –

      In loving memory of Harriet 3/24/16 – 12/11/08.

      My name is Harriet and I’m a 92 year-old grandmother (and great grandmother) who strongly supports Senators Obama and Biden. I believe that they will work to bring our country together and unite it more closely with humanity as a whole–unlike their opponents who seem to be pushing the politics of blame, intolerance, and resentment. I lived through World War II and I saw what kind of chaos right-wing fanatacism led to in Europe and beyond during the 1930s and 1940s. I don’t want that kind of intolerance to take hold in our country. Obama and Biden will unite us rather than divide us, bring renewed confidence in our economy, and restore America’s good standing in the world.

    • TeamAlaska, October 28, 2008 –

      An idea to do something very creative in support of Barack Obama, but requiring serious coordination, could have ended in total chaos, but instead turned into an incredible convergence of hundreds of Alaskan women in Anchorage, Alaska. Check out the results of this surprise event that was held on Saturday, October 25 based on an idea that was thought of just 6 days earlier!

    • NYforObama, February 04, 2008 –

      New York Women for Obama Rally

      An authentic grassroots effort, uncoordinated by the campaign. We are women for Obama; joined by surrogates Samantha Power, Bronx City Council Member Helen Foster, and Broadway Star Kerry Butler!

    • 1laxer, February 26, 2008 –

      Many women from all parts of the US submitted photos over the course of a few days to be included in a film montage representing the panoply of faces, sizes, shapes, and colors working together in support of a common pursuit – effecting major change in Washington and electing Barack Obama President. Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead was gracious to allow us to use an edited version of his Dances With Wood song from the
      Global Drum Project with Zakir Hussain.

    • greena11, September 12, 2008 –

      MSU Students for Obama

      At a meeting of Michigan State University Dems and Students for Barack Obama, members discussed why they support the Democratic candidate.

    • choosetounite, August 17, 2008 –

      Choose To Unite – Barack Obama Music Video

      OUR NEW PRESIDENT!!! With God’s help, We Can… We Did… We Will!! Uplifting, celebratory Song and Music Video infused with energies from 150+ souls on fire for Obama in Santa Fe, New Mexico – a swing state that swung! Written, directed and produced by Susan Slotter, with Eric George (Arranger, Performer), Madi Sato (Female Vocals) and Grant Taylor (Videographer). Entire project executed on a pro bono basis – a true model of “By the People, For the People!”

      “Choose To Unite is not just a campaign song, but a song of universal support for the birth of our new world…”

  21. Happy Saturday CR, Blackwaterdog, Jackie and all friends!


    Our President is fighting for us and calling out GOP obstruction for what it is!

    "So to all the naysayers out there, I say this: Don’t ever bet against the American people. Because we don’t take the easy way out. That’s not how we deal with challenge. That’s not how we build this country into the greatest economic power the world has ever known. We did it by summoning the courage to persevere, and adapt, and push this country forward, inch by inch. That’s the spirit I see in this plant today, and as long as I have the privilege of being your President, I will keep fighting alongside you until we reach a better day."

  22. Also posted upthread under BWD’s request for great PBO videos:

    Choose To Unite – Barack Obama Music Video

  23. Good morning/afternoon everyone! HOPE you are having a great saturday.
    CR another great thread, so many videos I have never seen before. Thank you Kat, CR, BWD. This is a great collection, I might have to spend a couple of hours here. 🙂

    • Hi COS! Good things in this article. “[PBO] does it better than anyone else.” I’ll say!!

      Did you hear the good news about Al Gore? Cleared of those bogus assault charges!

      • Hey Kat. Yes< I heard the official good news about Al Gore. I had heard a couple of weeks ago that that the massage lady was given a lie detector test and failed. I am happy for Al Gore. The Repugs are in full mode now. I saw something where Maxine Waters is being investigated. Suddenly all of this stuff is making it's way to the of the news now. Did you see this little video someone posted on OFA? POTUS shares a little intimate moment.

  24., July 30, 2010 –

    Obama visit sets ratings record for ‘The View’

    by David Zurawik

    President Barack Obama’s visit to ABC’s “the View” set a new ratings record for the daytime show with an audience of 6.59 million viewers. The previous high was 6.17 million viewers on the morning after the 2008 presidential election that brought Obama into office.

    Here’s some of the release from ABC:

    • Thursday’s broadcast of “The View,” featuring President Barack Obama, qualified as the series’ most-watched broadcast ever in Total Viewers (6.59 million), exceeding its previous peak delivery achieved the day after the 2008 Presidential Election (6.17 million, 11/05/08).

    • Thursday’s “The View” also qualified as the series’ most-watched broadcast in 17 months among the Key Women Demos 18-34 (516,000/1.5 rating) and Women 18-49 (1.33 million/2.0 rating) – since 3/2/09….

  25. Happy Saturday O’Team…hubby is taking a nap so I get to blog but only if you all are very quiet. 🙂

  26. The proud parents at the rehearsal dinner last night. I am sure that Chelesa made a beautiful bride this evening:

    • Hi Donna! Are you having fun at the beach?

      We did a GOTV at our local farmer’s market and only one person needed to register; everybody else was already registered.

      • CR, would you say people are pretty motivated to vote in your neck of the woods?

        • People are not nearly as excited about voting as when Obama was running.

          In 2007 and 2008 I would have people come up to me when I wore an Obama shirt and ask “How can I help?” “Do you have a phone bank that I can join?”

        • Kat most people that we spoke to on our day of registration didn’t even realize that they needed to vote in local elections and the impact that it has on the President.

          This is something that I would really like to see our WH PR team work on. Impressing upon those first time 2008 voters that this years vote is essentially a vote for “Obama” because he needs Congress in order for him to do his job effectively.

      • The Beach is gorgeous. The weather is perfect. It rained a little on Thursday when we first arrived but nice and clear every since.

        Good food, good fun and good people. I couldn’t ask for more.

        CR congrats and thank you on the GOTV event. We ran into the same thing with our registration day as well it seems we must have gotten most everyone registered in 2008 because its slim pickens for this year. 🙂

        Did you all do pledge cards today?

        • Another team captain, Galen, was there an hour before we got to the event and he got four people to fill out pledge cards after he took a photo of them with the Obama cut-out. He is also doing phone banking on the weekends in our area to help us out. I will do GOTV but not phonebanking.

      • Hi Meta, the coconut and ginger with the mussels reeled me in and then I surrendered when I saw blue cheese and pears on the same plate.

        This Hudson Valley region is really beautiful, full of historic sites. Went to mamy of them when I was a kid.

  27., July 31, 2010:

    Obama administration: Enbridge knew of issues

    By Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Saturday it repeatedly warned Enbridge Energy Partners about safety issues along its Lakehead oil pipeline system that runs through Michigan, even calling company officials to Washington earlier this year for a meeting on what it deemed “a series of major failures.”

    Some of those concerns specifically involved Line 6B running from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario, a section of which apparently ruptured last week, sending hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River….

    In statements Saturday, the U.S. Department of Transportation, which oversees oil pipelines through its Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration or PHMSA, raised additional concerns about Enbridge’s record.

    A senior Transportation Department official said the administration “repeatedly warned Enbridge in no uncertain terms that it needed to get its act together with regard to the safety of its Lakehead pipeline system.” The official said PHMSA officials met with Enbridge’s a senior leadership in February to tell them to “overhaul their entire approach to safety.”….

  28. Obama says he’ll call GOP’s bluff on deficit talk

    7/31/10 AP

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has a warning for Republicans who denounce the federal deficit but reject proposals to cut it.

    Obama tells CBS, “I’m going to call them on their bluff.”

    The president promises to have “a bunch of ideas” for deficit reduction, but he didn’t specify them in the broadcast interview.

    Many analysts say both spending cuts and tax increases are needed to tame the soaring deficit.

    Republicans in Congress oppose almost any form of tax increases, as do some Democrats. Lawmakers in both parties call for spending cuts, but they often hedge when cuts are proposed to specific programs.

    Obama’s interview was taped Friday, and will air on CBS’s “Sunday Morning” and “The Early Show” on Monday.

  29. House Passes Biggest Overhaul of the Oil Industry in Decades

    July 30th, 2010 by Karina-

    In the wake of the BP disaster, Congress is acting on its commitment to protect America’s families and businesses, rebuild the Gulf Coast, hold BP and oil companies accountable, and work to ensure that a spill of this kind never happens again. Congress has also been investigating the causes of the explosion, including the adequacy of the companies’ safety and emergency response measures, and conducting oversight of the recovery efforts. Today the House passed critical legislation responding to the inadequacies Committees uncovered in their investigations that will protect families living and working in the Gulf Coast and our waters.

    The CLEAR Act passed by a vote of 209-193. The CLEAR Act:

    Contains strong new safety measures, including independent certification of critical equipment

    Holds BP and oil industry fully responsible for cleanup costs and recovery after spills – removing the $75 million cap on economic damages to be paid by Big Oil to families and small businesses

    Strengthens oversight of oil drilling by dismantling the current scandal ridden agency in charge

    Restores the Gulf Coast and protects local residents

    Provides long overdue taxpayer protections, making oil companies pay their fair share for drilling on public lands

    For the entire article:

  30. House Republicans Were For Conservation Fee Before They Were Against It

    July 30th, 2010 by Karina –

    In the wake of the BP disaster, House Democrats are acting on our commitment to protect America’s families and businesses, rebuild the Gulf Coast, hold BP and oil companies accountable, and work to ensure that a spill of this kind never happens again. Today, Congressional Republicans are at it again – siding with Big Oil against the interests of the American people.

    Republicans are currently speaking on the House floor in opposition to the CLEAR Act, legislation to effectively prevent and respond to oil spills and protect our coastal communities and waters, because the bill includes a $2 conservation fee for oil extracted from federal lands.

    But House Republicans voted for a $9 conservation fee in energy legislation sponsored by former Republican Congressman, now Governor, Bobby Jindal (R-LA) in 2006. In fact, in 2007, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), then-House Republican Study Committee Chairman, described the conservation fee included in HR 6 in 2007 as:

    similar to Republican-sponsored language that was included in the House-passed OCS drilling bill…

    The only difference between then and now is that the fee in this bill is smaller and Big Oil is richer.

    The fact is the conservation fee will have no impact on prices at the pump because oil prices are determined on the world market. Energy produced from federal lands and waters represents only 1/3 of total domestic energy production, and a sliver of total global energy production. The $2 per barrel fee will be paid for by Big Oil, not the American people. Because energy in federal areas belongs to all Americans, the resource conservation fee that will be assessed on federal oil and gas production will fund key conservation programs that will benefit all Americans.

    See the four bills the House has passed with similar conservation fees with Republican support since 2007:

    HR 6, 1/12/07»
    HR 2419, 7/27/07»
    HR 3221, 8/4/07»
    HR 6899, 9/16/08»

  31. From FDR to Obama: Presidents on Time

    February 12 through September 26, 2010

    Regardless of how newsworthy a person may be, there is no magic formula for getting one’s picture on the cover of Time magazine, with one exception: the president of the United States.

    Founded in 1923, Time has put on its cover all incumbent presidents from Warren Harding to Barack Obama, with the exception of Herbert Hoover. Beginning with Franklin Roosevelt, this exhibition will explore the modern presidency through the covers of America’s oldest and most recognized weekly news magazine.

    The show includes approximately 30 works of presidential cover art, representing a wide variety of mediums, from traditional oil paintings to a pop-art sculpture bust of Richard Nixon made from strips of newspaper headlines. James Barber, historian, is the exhibition curator.

    FDR to Obama

  32. WH

    Sunday August 1, 2010
    All Times Eastern

    Pres Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    8:00 AM
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    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
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    3:00 PM
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  33. Good Sunday Morning Everyone! Happy August!

    Just in case you were trying to login to
    earlier like I was…it was down. Probably to have upgrades on the system done (always a pain but essential).

    I HOPE that you have a good day!

  34. Good morning guys! I hope you’ve all had a laid back weekend!

    I decided to watch This Week to catch Christianne Amapour’s debut, since she had Pelosi and Gates. It was good. I also caught a little bit of the president on CBS This Morning. They teased us, though, since another big chunk of the interview will be aired Monday morning on their Early Show. Ugh! They’re slick to drag it out.

  35. Human Trafficking In The U.S.: One Woman’s Story

    7/31/10 by Sara Lerner – NPR

    This year, for the first time ever, the U.S. included itself in the State Department’s annual report on human trafficking. The report said the U.S. has a serious problem with human trafficking — a practice they call the equivalent of modern-day slavery, including commercial sex exploitation and forced labor — as a source country, and as a destination for victims.

    “We think of trafficking as this huge network of organized crime, which it can be, but it can also just be a couple that wanted a nanny but didn’t want to pay for it,” says Kathleen Morris, who heads the Washington state Anti-Trafficking Response Network.

    Human trafficking victims do more than just sex work. In fact, the majority work as forced laborers in all kinds of industries, from construction to agriculture or housekeeping.

    Seven years ago, Washington became the first state in the nation to make human trafficking a crime on the state level. Now 44 states have a similar law and — just in the past few years — there’s been a flurry of legislative activity all across the country to address the issue. Dozens of new laws increase criminal penalties for traffickers and require better help for victims of coercion and force.

    For the entire article and audio interview:

    • Good news that the U.S. is now facing the problem of human trafficking. Thanks to the Obama Administration!

      It was Governor Gary Locke, now our Commerce Secretary, who signed that human trafficking legislation here in Washington.

      Here’s a resource for those in need:

      Department of Health & Human Services:

      The Campaign to Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking

      …. HHS is the sole Federal agency authorized to certify adult foreign victims of human trafficking. Similarly, it is the sole Federal agency authorized to provide Eligibility Letters to minor foreign victims of human trafficking.…

      The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline for the human trafficking field in the United States and is reached by calling 1-888-3737-888 or emailing The NHTRC operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year….

  36. Black Techies Find Niche Online

    8/1/10 by NPR Staff

    In the online marketplace of information, there are some deep holes. Angela Benton is working to help fill one void with Black Web 2.0, a website designed for African-Americans engaged in technology and new media work.

    Benton, the founder and CEO of BlackWebMedia, launched the site in 2007. The magazine Fast Company included her on its list as one of the most influential women in technology for 2010. She is also one of this year’s recipients of the National Urban League’s Woman of Power award.

    While Black Web 2.0 has become something of a magnet for people who want to know how technology affects the black community, it also has general interest appeal. In addition to news, the site features stories on trends, gadgets and social networking and has tips for entrepreneurs.

    “Our target audience [is] African-Americans and really even multicultural individuals,” Benton tells NPR’s Liane Hansen. “A lot of different type of people come to the site…we welcome all people.”

    But Benton says race does play a role in how the site differs from mainstream tech blogs. She says Black Web 2.0 attempts to write stories that are “culturally native.”

    African-Americans “have a diverse, kind of rich kind of culture,” Benton says. “So we still try to write that way even though we’re writing about technology. And people think it’s boring and it’s geeky. Well, we don’t really try to write it that way.”

    Benton says she’s trying to model her company on what BET did for broadcast or Radio One did for radio.

    “We’re really trying to build that in the digital space,” she says. “We want to do things that allow us to branch out into other types of content — video, mobile applications and the like.”

    To hear the audio interview:

    • Thanks for this, CR! I’m no techie, but I find lots of interesting articles like the following on Black Web 2.0:

      The Power of the Sun: Earn a Ph.D in Solar Energy from University of Rochester

      by Amani

      The solar power industry took a huge step forward recently with the introduction of a Ph.D program in Solar Energy at the University of Rochester (UR). Armed with a $3.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, UR is launching the doctoral program this year with the aim of turning out people with advanced degrees in various disciplines, from engineering to economics, but with similar groundings in the science, business and public policy of solar energy. In the beginning, the program will enroll six students a year with the grant money going to the payment of tuition, stipends and lab equipment….

      • We have had quite a bit thank God. I hope we get more — without flooding. We do not seem to ever learn how to manage the flow. The poor little animals are dying out in this hot desert because there is no water and nothing green to eat.

          • My sentiments exactly. I have six cats and four dogs and donate to the ASPCA, Arizona Humane Society, Lucky Paws and Halo, two no kill shelters here. President Obama and animals are my two of my passions (other than my children and grandchildren.

              • I only have one from a shelter. I got a very old St. Bernard who was confiscated in California. The thought he may only live a few months. He is happy and a joy to take care of. We are four months and counting. The rest are rescued from places like a shopping basket at a grocery store, the desert or someone who knew of abuse.

  37. Tight Times Force Small Towns To Cut Police Services

    8/1/10 by Gail Banzet – NPR

    People who live in sparsely populated areas understand that a call to 911 doesn’t always mean a quick response. But no reply at all? The difficult economy has forced police departments in a growing number of small towns to close.

    “The economy here is so bad,” says Mylora Tuttle, the mayor of Depew, a community outside Tulsa, Okla. The town gave up its two police officers more than a year ago because of money. “It’s just, we have no possibility for generating income.”

    In Oklahoma, two-thirds of all law enforcement agencies have five or fewer officers. At least 10 police departments in the state have closed in the past year.

    Now the policing of Depew falls to the Creek County Sheriff’s Department. It’s a big county — about 950 square miles — but its population is small, just 70,000. Cpl. Allen Harwood patrols its open roads. Stray dogs, domestic disturbances, even the occasional murder — they’re all part of the cases he handles. He’s one of only a handful of deputies on duty at a time, and even in emergency situations, it can take a half-hour to respond to a call. Though his department is newly responsible for Depew’s safety, Harwood says no extra deputies have been added.

    “We try to patrol the area more; the problem is we’re short-handed ourselves,” he says. “When they don’t have a police department, it adds more to our patrol.”

    For the entire article and audio interview:

    • GOP says crime is a problem, need law enforcement boots on the ground. Stimulus helps keep police jobs. GOP fights stimulus and promises to prevent another. Police jobs are lost. GOP says crime is a problem…

  38. Repost from yesterday just in case you missed it:

    Obama says he’ll call GOP’s bluff on deficit talk

    7/31/10 AP

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has a warning for Republicans who denounce the federal deficit but reject proposals to cut it.

    Obama tells CBS, “I’m going to call them on their bluff.”

    The president promises to have “a bunch of ideas” for deficit reduction, but he didn’t specify them in the broadcast interview.

    Many analysts say both spending cuts and tax increases are needed to tame the soaring deficit.

    Republicans in Congress oppose almost any form of tax increases, as do some Democrats. Lawmakers in both parties call for spending cuts, but they often hedge when cuts are proposed to specific programs.

    Obama’s interview was taped Friday, and will air on CBS’s “Sunday Morning” and “The Early Show” on Monday.

  39. Twitter down for hours of ‘planned maintenance’

    8/1/10 AP

    NEW YORK – The microblogging site Twitter Inc. was out of commission for a couple of hours early Sunday for some of the roughly 100 million users around the world.

    Instead of the usual screen that allows people to send a tweet, the home page indicated the site was down for “planned maintenance” but was expected to be back in a few hours.

    It was accompanied by a cartoon.

    According to a status website run by the San Francisco-based company, Twitter’s hosting provider, NTT America, was to start the maintenance at 2 a.m. EDT Sunday and it was to last about five hours.

    Some tweets appeared to start moving again after about 90 minutes but some users were still unable to send messages hours later.

  40. I just saw this on OFA. Australian Helen was saying this morning that even the New York Times did not mention the menacing 300 wildfires that Canada is fighting. I posted a candle link and then Dan did a tribute to our Canadian friends.

  41. Good Sunday to my O family. Hope everyone is having a Blessed day.

    Someone posted a link to this video of Hasselback gushing over Obama after his visit to the view. You have to watch.

  42. According to a friend of mine, Hasselbeck went on another show that aired later in the day (do not know what show) and claimed that the President was cavalier and indifferent. Someone got to her.

    • I love how people try to rewrite their history as if the orginal video isn’t out there everywhere.

      Does this mean she won’t take her kids (who love PBO) to the White House?

    • Jackie I’m not surprised. She’s done that before with FLOTUS during the general elections. She was so gracious and kind to FLOTUS on The View and then she gave a speech at the RNC convention and said that FLOTUS had pre-screened questions for the ladies to ask and then Elizabeth ends by saying I wonder what she has to hide. Yeah don’t trust as fas as I can throw her.

  43. America’s Website Newly User-Friendly-

    August 1, 2010 – by NPR Staff

    The U.S. government’s website got a face lift in the beginning of July. Want to find out how to renew your passport? Apply for debt relief? Buy national park tickets AND find the closest alternative fuel station? It’s all there. Host Liane Hansen talks with David McClure of about the site’s new features.

    To hear the audio interview:

    ————- was featured as a thread theme on on 7/13/10

  44. Ariz. Churches Mobilize Against Immigration Law

    August 1, 2010 by Peter O’Dowd – NPR

    Arizona’s controversial immigration law went into effect this week, or at least parts of it. Despite significant support for the bill in the state, critics have been loud and organized. A big part of that opposition has come from the religious community. From member station KJZZ, Peter O’Dowd reports.

    To hear the audio interview:

  45. High-Tech ‘Band-Aids’ Call Doctors

    July 30, 2010 by Eric Whitney – CPR

    Band-Aids aren’t just for cuts anymore.

    There’s a new generation of wireless medical sensors mounted on an adhesive strip. The so-called smart Band-Aid can call a doctor and transmit all kinds of physiological information when it detects a problem.

    All this may eventually save lots of money, and lives. But the technology is so new that federal regulators are still figuring out exactly what kind of rules are necessary to keep the public safe.

    Even though the technology is cutting edge, it builds on more than a decade of refining the practice of “remote monitoring.” That’s when health care providers give patients simple-to-use home diagnostic equipment that connects to a network.

    A Tool For Adjusting Medications

    Natalie Cole of Golden, Colo., uses a smart blood pressure cuff. She just hooks the cuff up to her arm, hits the start button and it inflates, takes a reading, and then, through her home computer’s Internet connection, uploads the numbers to a secure website.

    Cole can quickly and easily share her blood pressure numbers with doctors and pharmacists. She says the system has already helped her physician adjust her medication.

    Stories like that have convinced Cole’s HMO, Kaiser Permanente in Colorado, that networking smart medical devices in the home can improve care and save money. The Department of Veterans Affairs has been saying that for years. A recent VA study of 17,000 patients found remote monitoring cut hospitalizations by 19 percent.

    For the entire article and the audio interview:

    • We are really on the threshold of big advances. I can imagine this kind of technology being useful in hospitals to augment the observations of nursing staff. (IMO nothing takes the place of dedicated, adequately-paid and non-overworked nurses.)

  46. Washington Monthly, August 1, 2010:

    A sudden change of heart on the American auto industry

    By Steve Benen

    As we’ve been talking about over the last couple of days, President Obama’s decision to rescue American auto manufacturers looks awfully good with the benefit of hindsight. Republicans were apoplectic at the time, but more than a year later, we now know the GOP was wrong and the Obama White House was right.

    The more amusing angle, however, is watching Republicans scramble to justify their enormous mistake. At a moment of crisis, and with the GOP’s credibility on the line, Republicans made the wrong call — but with a little revisionist history, they’re hoping you won’t notice….

    [Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)] hated the policy last year — it offended his notion of how the government should operate on a fundamental level — but now that it worked, and the evidence is clear that Obama was right, he wants the public to think the president succeeded thanks to the Republican “contributions” to the policy.

    This is not only a reminder of just how shameless this crowd really is, it’s a reminder how fortunate America was that Republicans weren’t calling the shots when the pressure was on.

  47. Washington Monthly, August 1, 2010:

    Quote of the day

    By Steve Benen

    One of the uglier strains of modern conservative thought is pervasive anti-intellectualism. As Faiz Shakir noted today, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) offered a rather classic example of “Fox News Sunday.”

    Host Chris Wallace noted that “a number of top economists” believe that the nation, right now, needs “more economic stimulus.” Boehner replied, “Well, I don’t need to see GDP numbers or to listen to economists; all I need to do is listen to the American people.”

    That’s actually kind of crazy — the “American people,” en masse, lack the qualifications and background needed to make sweeping decisions about complex economic policies. It’s why our system is built around the notion that voters will choose sensible representatives to do this work for us — evaluate a situation, consider the judgment of experts, and ideally reach a wise decision about the way forward.

    If Boehner were facing a serious ailment, would he say, “Well, I don’t need to see lab results or to listen to medical professionals; all I need to do is listen to the American people”?….

    • Thank you Kathleen! The article ends with:

      “If I thought Boehner was just playing for the cameras, throwing out garbage on Fox News, when in reality he actually takes reason, evidence, and arithmetic seriously, I wouldn’t be scared of his leadership role. But all available evidence suggests Boehner simply doesn’t know what he’s doing and he believes his own nonsense.

      As political hackery goes, it’s the worst possible combination of traits.”

  48. npr, February 17, 2010:

    Stimulus Snapshots: Education

    The YouthBuild program in Washington, D.C., gives young people the chance to earn a high school equivalency degree, or GED, while learning construction and life skills. The Recovery Act will support 70 students over three years.

    • Thank you Kathleen.

      Sometimes all someone needs is a little help, or to be told that they are worthy, or told/shown that someone cares.

      NPR is really good about doing follow up stories so I will be looking forward to hearing how everyone fared during the three years. The best of luck to these young adults.

      • Hi Sandy! We are one month early in all our seasonal effects, and have been since the spring. So it is now like September should be, with foggy mornings, the orb spiders coming out to spin their flat round webs, and flocks of little gray birds and chickadees in the hedge eating ocean spray seeds.

          • Oh, you should see the cobwebs early in the morning when sparkly drops of foggy dew are hung all over them!

            I like the chickadees especially because they are tiny and fearless and hop right to the ends of branches to scold me and our cat and the neighbor’s cat for standing there.

            • Humming birds to the same to us! There is a Wrentit that will sit on the fence and watch us; he wants to be first in line when we put out the plate of food for the birds.

  49. npr | February 17, 2010 –

    Stimulus Snapshots: Health Care

    The Belington Clinic in Belington, W.Va., sees over 6,000 patients a year in a town of about 1,600 people. With the passage of the stimulus bill, the clinic was awarded over $1 million.

  50. Washington Monthly, July 31, 2010:

    Don’t blame Boehner; he just works there

    By Steve Benen

    President Obama hosted a meeting at the White House with the leadership of both parties, from both chambers, and the discussion reportedly turned to Bush’s tax cuts. GOP leaders want all the cuts to remain in place, no matter how many billions of dollars it adds to the deficit. The president wants to keep the cuts for everyone except the very wealthy.

    By all accounts, the chat wasn’t especially constructive, but I was glad to see this exchange took place.

    “Mr. Obama, who did not join the Senate until 2005, reminded Mr. Boehner and the Senate Republican leader, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, that the tax cuts’ architects purposely left the deficit problem to a future administration, according to aides from both parties.

    ‘I wasn’t there,” Mr. Boehner quickly countered. ‘I didn’t structure that deal.’

    The room briefly went quiet as participants seemed to ponder that statement from a legislator first elected in 1990. ‘How long have you been here?’ a Democrat asked Mr. Boehner, and the others broke out in laughter.”

    Indeed, Boehner was, at the time, responsible at the committee level for helping shape the tax-cut package, and was on hand at the White House for the bill-signing ceremony..

    Obama is prepared to do part of what Republicans included in their own plan — letting tax rates for those making more than $250,000 return to the same levels that existed when the economy was strong, as was outlined in the Republican plan of the Bush era. Reminded of whose idea this was in the first place, Boehner, in effect, argued that he has nothing to do with the plan he voted for, and which was crafted by his own caucus….

    In the meantime, Boehner is also urging Republicans to stop referring to the Bush tax cuts as the Bush tax cuts. GOP members are supposed to fight for the failed former president’s tax policy, but avoid using the failed former president’s name….

    • The article ends with:

      “In the meantime, Boehner is also urging Republicans to stop referring to the Bush tax cuts as the Bush tax cuts. GOP members are supposed to fight for the failed former president’s tax policy, but avoid using the failed former president’s name.

      They really do think voters are fools.”

    • How did Boehner get the leadership role? He is dumb!!! I think he only speaks from Frank Luntz talking points. God forbid, if he ever had to speak using an original idea. obviously the tanning is doing something to his little brain.

  51. Bob Cesca wrote on July 30, 2010:

    Circulate This Graph Everywhere

    The Wall Street Journal compares the 2011 income tax burden with and without the Bush tax cuts.

    [graph illustration]

    It turns out that allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire will only hurt people earning more than $300,000 per year. And it appears as if keeping the Bush tax cuts in place would force people earning $60-150,000 to pay slightly more….

  52. Mortgage Relief Marketer Will Return $2.4 Million to Consumers to Settle FTC Charges


    A company that deceived consumers with promises it could save their homes from foreclosure will pay $2.4 million to victims as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The case is part of the agency’s continuing crackdown on scams that prey on financially distressed homeowners.

    According to the FTC’s complaint, Home Assure LLC conducted a nationwide marketing campaign designed to take advantage of struggling homeowners by offering so-called mortgage foreclosure rescue services. Home Assure typically charged consumers an up-front fee of $1,500 to $2,500. The company’s representatives falsely claimed that its special relationships with lenders would enable it to get favorable loan modifications or stop foreclosure, and that the company had helped thousands of consumers avoid foreclosure.

    One of the claims on its website was, “If we are unable to negotiate a plan with your lender that improves your situation or gives you a viable strategy to avoid foreclosure, we will refund 100% of your money. . . No questions asked!”

    According to the FTC, however, Home Assure did little or nothing to help consumers avoid foreclosure. In numerous instances the company refused to pay refunds, sometimes claiming that consumers did not meet the terms of the contract for a refund or that they had breached the contract by contacting their lender or filing for bankruptcy, and sometimes without giving a reason. (4/6/2009 release; 11/24/2009 release

    The settlement order imposes a $2.4 million judgment on Home Assure and bans the company from selling mortgage loan modification and foreclosure relief services. The order also permanently prohibits Home Assure from misrepresenting any good or service, disclosing or benefitting from customers’ personal information, and failing to dispose of customer information properly.

    For the entire article:

    • Obama Becomes First President to Attend WNBA Game

      By Milton Kent

      Security at Verizon Center was airtight in anticipation of the visit of President Obama at the Washington Mystics-Tulsa Shock game. It’s believed to be the first time a sitting president has attended a WNBA game in the league’s 14-year history.

      Joined by his younger daughter, Sasha, and flanked by team owner Ted Leonsis and team president Sheila Johnson, Obama made his entrance just before tipoff, and stood and cheered the two teams along with the crowd, which gave him a standing ovation as he entered the court.

      • Wow I love that our President gets out and about the city. He is truly a neighbor to the residents in DC. We don’t ever know where he is going to show up.

        I was catching up last night and read that he and the family went to the Spy Museum on Friday night and got caught smooching his wife on the way home.

        Way to go Prez!!!!!

        • What other President has ever actually LIVED in D.C. the way PBO does (within the security constraints imposed by his position, of course)? I so respect that. Also love the loving couple!

  53. Good Evening O’Team.

    We’re Baaack!!!

    I just checked my email and Jason (our OFA Field Director) informed me that we already have 180 people signed up for the President’s Birthday Party event to recruit volunteers.


  54. LA pushing to become nation’s mass transit leader

    7/31/10 DAISY NGUYEN, AP

    LOS ANGELES – The region famous for jilting the street car to take up a love affair with the automobile is trying to rekindle its long ago romance with commuter rail.

    If successful, the novel plan to borrow billions from the federal government, led by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, would result in the largest transit expansion project in the nation.

    Los Angeles County voters agreed two years ago to pay a half-cent sales tax over the next 30 years to extend train and rapid bus lines, projects that would routinely require federal assistance.

    But the mayor, who sits on a county transportation board, wants a loan instead of Washington handouts to get the projects built in a decade rather than 30 years. He contends it would save money in the long run, result in more construction jobs and less traffic and pollution.

    If the approach works, it could set a precedent for cities and states across the country considering major rail and road improvements.

    “We can’t wait because traffic is unbelievable and the environmental problem is too severe,” said Denny Zane, who is building a coalition of business, labor and environmental groups pushing for the plan. “The need for jobs and economic development is also very severe.”

    In the first half of the 20th century the Los Angeles region boasted an extensive system of streetcars and high-speed electric railways including the famed Red Cars. After World War II, Southern California began abandoning those systems in favor of personal automobiles and freeways, leaving mass transit to buses.

    Now, with gridlock commonplace, the focus is back on high-capacity transit systems — light rail, interurban heavy rail, dedicated busways — to catch up with the transportation demands of millions of people.

    But with federal and state transportation funds dwindling due to a reduction in gas tax revenue, experts say the time is right to test innovative ideas in transportation financing.

    “The national government should help cities that are helping themselves and take advantage of these bold plans to transform how these places operate and function,” said Robert Puentes, a fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program.

    Under the so-called 30/10 initiative, the sales tax would generate about $5.8 billion over the next 10 years to pay for a dozen projects.

    Local transportation officials said another $8.8 billion is needed to pay for the estimated $14.6 billion total cost. By using the future sales tax revenue as collateral for long-term bonds and a low-interest federal loan, the county Metropolitan Transportation Authority could put these projects on the fast track. The county would repay the federal loan over 20 years with proceeds from the sales tax.

    For the entire article:

    • losangelesmetro, July 26, 2010 –

      Metro Rail 20th Anniversary

      Metro officials gathered near a Blue Line station in downtown Los Angeles to commemorate the recent 20th anniversary of Metro Rail.

  55. Do you guys remember an Obama supporter named “Aunt Becky” who made virtual cookies for us?

    Well I am going to bake some cookies right now and everyone here can help themselves to some virtual Chocolate Chip w/ Walnuts Cookies or Oatmeal Cookies.
    Give a toast to Aunt Becky for keeping us fed spiritually and virtually!

    • Oh CR I remember her well. She would give out those cookies at just the right time. We would be generally having a pity party about something with the primary and she would come to the rescue to cheer us all up with her virtual cookies and those singing videos she would do.

      Good memories. 🙂

      Thanks and I’ll take a chocolate chip cookie please.

    • CR, great idea. I do remember Aunt Becky. She was so nice and uplifting. Hope she is doing well.

      I think you know what flavor cookie I will request.

  56. CBS News/ Sunday Morning, August 1, 2010:

    Obama: We Don’t Get Enough Credit for Success; Touts “Pretty Good Track Record” on Auto Industry, Banks and Healthcare, But Says Economy Still Isn’t “Where It Needs to Be”

    A year and a half into his presidency, Barack Obama is facing some tough challenges now at home and abroad. He talked about them the other day in an interview with Harry Smith of “The Early Show”:

    “Hello, Detroit!”

    On Friday President Obama was in the Motor City to toot his own horn, to tell the story that without his leadership things would be worse:

    “Today, for the first time since 2004, all three U.S. automakers are operating at a profit, the first time in six years,” he told cheering workers at a Chrysler assembly plant.

    “Today, U.S. automakers have added 55,000 jobs since last June, the strongest job growth in more than 10 years in the auto industry,” Mr. Obama said.

    “Do you feel sometimes like your administration is not given the credit it deserves?” asked Smith.

    “Yes,” Mr. Obama laughed. “But here’s the reason: We’ve gone through the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. No other depression comes close. When people have gone through that much trauma, people have every right to be scared, to be angry, to be frustrated. And I don’t expect the American people to be satisfied when we’re only half of the way back.”

    With approval ratings in the forties, an economy that is displaying a failure to thrive, and unemployment numbers that hardly budge, the president is back on the road – and back on the air, with humor, resuming his role as Explainer-in-Chief.

    “Here’s what happened: First of all, the recession was much worse than I think anybody anticipated,” the president told Smith. “This has been an extraordinary downturn. So that means that if you’re in a deeper hole, it’s gonna take longer to come back.

    “And if we can now say to ourselves, ‘Despite the traumas of the last two years, things are actually poised to rebound strong and we can get confidence back,’ I’m confident actually that we’re gonna grow faster.”….;cbsCarousel

    • And CBS is making us come back tomorrow morning for the remainder of the interview. they are stretching for more ratings. As a matter of fact, all of these shows are trying to up their ratings using our dear President.
      They love to throw his low disapproval numbers in there. I think those numbers are bogus. I don’t trust corporate media with any polls.

      • I’m with you, COS. If he’s so unpopular, how come his mere likeness is enough to sell tons of publications and attract big viewing audiences?

        • Exactly. And don’t forget, making right wing Hasselback gush to the nth degree. Kat, you can see how many crowds gather to just get a glimse of him no matter where he is, to prove that he is just as popular as ever. 🙂

  57. Just saw this — FOX NEWS MOVES TO FRONT ROW!

    The White House Correspondents Association voted unanimously Sunday afternoon to move Fox News to the front row of the White House briefing room.

    The seating change was prompted by the resignation of veteran UPI reporter Helen Thomas.

    According to Ed Henry, the senior White House correspondent for CNN and member of the WHCA board, the Associated Press will move to the front-row middle seat formerly occupied by Thomas.

    • This is a snub at the President because these WH correspondents do not like this President and his WH.

      Remember that article:

      “Obama and the media actually have a surprisingly hostile relationship — as contentious on a day-to-day basis as any between press and president in the past decade, reporters who cover the White House say.”

      “Reporters say the White House is thin-skinned, controlling, eager to go over their heads and stingy with even basic information.”

      I hate our media!!!

      • Tim Rutten wrote in the L.A. Times yesterday:

        “….In the midst of moral panic, inchoate indignation stands in for reason; accusation and denunciation supplant dialogue and argument; history and facts are rendered malleable, merely adjuncts of the moral entrepreneur’s — or should we say provocateur’s — rhetorical will. As we now also see, a self-interested mass media with an economic stake in the theatricality of raised and angry voices can transmit moral panic like a pathogen….”,0,3912589.column

    • Oh for crying out loud. Bleah. Our media is — I cannot use certain language out of respect for the standards CR maintains here. I will just make the sound of a cat coughing up a hairball. *gack*

      Although… This might help make it pretty obvious that the other “news” outlets are dancing to Fox’s tune.

      And keep on going over these people’s heads, Mr. President and White House, because they won’t report honestly on what we know you’re accomplishing for us! They are hostile to PBO, the truth and the mental health of our democracy.

  58. New York Daily News, August 1, 2010:

    U.S. military, Obama administration confident they’re wearing down Al Qaeda in Afghanistan

    By James Gordon Meek

    Kabul – The Obama administration is increasingly confident it’s breaking the spine of Al Qaeda and its threat to America – and the epicenter of that huge offensive is in this war-torn capital….

    “We are in Afghanistan for one express purpose – Al Qaeda and its threat to the United States,” Vice President Biden told NBC News last week. “I assure you, we are doing significant damage to Al Qaeda in Pakistan, as well as in Afghanistan.”

    U.S. and Pakistani officials told the Daily News Al Qaeda is on the ropes – but hardly down for the count.

    “They’ve been very badly damaged,” one Pakistani general said. “They have suffered a lot of casualties. They’re in a very bad situation between the Pakistani forces and the (CIA) drone strikes. It is a sure punch.”

    The North Waziristan tribal agency has long been thick with Al Qaeda goons. Many have left for Yemen and Somalia to avoid the torrent of CIA missile strikes.

    “There used to be a lot of (satellite phone) intercepts and now you hardly hear any” in Waziristan, the Pakistani officer said. “They’ve been on the run.”

    A U.S. counterterror official said rather than hide in caves, Al Qaeda operatives and leaders still live in safehouses in large towns where they’re “entrenched” – and where a dozen top leaders have been blown to bits. “We’ve built up a lot of knowledge about them, right down to individual neighborhoods, buildings and compounds,” the official said.

    “It disrupts them considerably,” Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander in Afghanistan, said in recent congressional testimony. “But it doesn’t put a stake through their heart.”

    Petraeus said denying Al Qaeda its Pakistani sanctuary is the key….

  59., August 1, 2010:

    BP prepares operation to seal Gulf of Mexico oil well

    The Macondo well has been temporarily sealed with a cap for two weeks BP could begin sealing its oil well in the Gulf of Mexico on Monday night, three months after its rupture led to the worst oil spill in US history.

    The US official overseeing the federal response said engineers were preparing to pump mud and cement into the well in a procedure known as a “static kill”.

    Mud and cement would then be pumped in from a relief well below five to seven days later, Admiral Thad Allen said.

    Only that “bottom kill” would fully seal it, he said.

    The well has been temporarily sealed for two weeks after spilling up to 60,000 barrels of oil a day into the sea since 20 April, when an explosion on a drilling rig off Louisiana killed 11 workers and triggered the leak….

  60. nbaus, August 01, 2010 –

    Tulsa Shock vs. Washington Mystics (and some nice glimpses of PBO and Sasha)

    President Barack Obama and daughter Sasha are in attendance to see the Mystics defeat the Shock, 87-62.

  61. US bailouts prevented 1930s-style Great Depression say economists

    New study by economists Mark Zandi and Alan Blinder says US economic stimulus averted a worse downturn

    7/28/10 Andrew Clark –

    To Washington conservatives they were egregious examples of “big government” overreach, but the White House’s economic stimulus and bailout policies have saved 8.5m jobs and averted a further slump of 6.5% in US economic output, according to a study by two influential economists.

    An in-depth modelling exercise by Moody’s chief economist, Mark Zandi, and a Princeton University expert, Alan Blinder, paints a bleak scenario of a 1930s-style Great Depression if the US government had enacted none of its $1.7tn (£1.3tn) programmes to avert a financial meltdown.

    Using historical statistical relationships and a focus on the government’s impact on narrowing credit spreads, the pair found that the downturn would have continued into 2011, with unemployment peaking at 16.5% rather than last year’s actual high of 10.1%.

    They believe US gross domestic product would have slumped by 7.4% in 2009 and by 3.7% in 2010, producing a “peak to trough” decline of 12%, rather than the anticipated 4%. Starved of demand, shops and employers would be cutting prices and wages.

    “With outright deflation in prices and wages in 2009 to 2011, this dark scenario constitutes a 1930s-like depression,” says the study, entitled How the great recession was brought to an end”.

    Thwarting stiff opposition from Republicans in Congress, the Obama administration introduced an economic stimulus package of more than $780bn last year, adding to giveaways of $170bn by the Bush administration in 2008 that included tax refunds to tens of millions of Americans. Adding in banking-bailout measures of $600bn and smaller programmes such as the “cash for clunkers” scheme and a rescue of insurer AIG, total commitments by the US government reach $1.7tn.

    Zandi and Blinder say that although economic activity and job creation remain extremely sluggish, the US economy has made “enormous progress” since its nadir last year: “Maybe the country and the world were just lucky. But we take another view: the great recession gave way to recovery as quickly as it did largely because of the unprecedented responses by monetary and fiscal policymakers.”

    The study’s authors are likely to have their findings hotly disputed by Republicans, who maintain that an unemployment rate stubbornly close to 10% means the government’s interventions were a failure, fuelling an out-of-control budget deficit.

    Speaking earlier in the week, the Republicans’ senate leader, Mitch McConnell, insisted stimulus efforts had “little or no results”, and that such intervention “simply didn’t work”.

    “Simply borrowing money from our grandchildren to send down to state governments is not going to jump start the economy,” McConnell told a newspaper in his home state of Kentucky. “The biggest way for the economy to recover is for the private sector to grow.”

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