October 22, 2017

Tuesday Evening Thread: President Obama Reunites With Earl Smith


President Obama reunited with veteran who inspired him
By Karen Tumulty, Updated: Tuesday, January 22, 5:56 PM

Five years ago, there had been a chance encounter in an Austin elevator between a Vietnam veteran and a future commander in chief. For the rest of the campaign, the candidate would carry the military patch that the stranger gave him that day.

On Tuesday, Earl Smith met Barack Obama again — this time, in the Oval Office.

The 68-year-old former infantryman gave the president a salute, and Obama returned it.

Over the years, the gift of that military patch had taken on an almost mythic significance among the Obama inner circle.

Obama carried it among about a dozen similar tokens that people had pressed upon him during the 2008 campaign, and he told aides that it was a reminder of why he had run for president in the first place.

His top adviser Valerie Jarrett would frequently mention it in commencement addresses as a symbol of the hopes that ordinary Americans have in their president.

But they were never aware of the man’s name — much less the story of resilience that was woven into his military patch — until The Washington Post uncovered it.

Smith, who is director of security at the Hyatt Regency in the Texas capital, was also astonished to learn of the impression he had made on Obama.

Once the Obama team learned his identity, Smith was invited to attend the president’s swearing-in Monday. He was featured in an Inauguration Day segment on the “Today” show.

And on the day after that, he was invited to meet Obama again.

Jarrett and Eric Whitaker, Obama friends who had also been aboard the elevator that day, joined them in the Oval Office.

“They talked about their meeting, and the president said to Earl how much it had meant to him at the time, and how he enjoyed reading [The Washington Post] story about Earl,” Jarrett said. “He said to Earl, ‘I learned more about you, and my respect for you grew.’ ”


  • George Stephanopoulos mistakes Bill Russell for Morgan Freeman at Obama’s inauguration http://thegrio.com/2013/01/21/george-stephanopoulos-mistakes-bill-russell-for-morgan-freeman-at-obamas-inauguration/

    • AxelFoley

      LOL, what a dumbass. Bill Russell don’t look anything like Morgan Freeman.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Remember, class.
      To the MSM we all look alike…and we all play basketball.

      • Aquagranny911

        I can sort of understand this because all white goatfiggers look alike to me & I have a hard time even remembering their names!

        • Alma98


    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – — – – -Wha’? – — – -geesh!! – – –

      — –TELL ‘EM – – –“YOUNG ONE.” – Goes BOTH WAYS!! – – – –LOL – – – – – –

  • Miranda

    This story is so beautiful!!

    • AxelFoley


  • GreenLadyHere

    Good Evenin’ Sepia/POU FAM♥ – -***BIG HUG*** :>)

    – – – -Soooo touchin’ – –:>) – – — ->“Senator Obama, I have something I want to give you,” the man said. “I’ve carried this military patch with me every day for 40 years, and I want you to carry it, and it will keep you safe in your journey.” Obama tried to refuse, but the older man persisted.

    Big endeavors can find their meaning in small moments. – – -***tears*** – – – -BEYOND PROFOUND –:>) – —

    It as as ifff HE KNEW — -that –THEN SEN. OBAMA was — -DESTINED 4 – –GREATNESS. ;>) —

    – — -WONDERFUL – – – -REUNION. :>) – -THANK U 4 THIS – -Sepia. :>)

  • Alma98

    I’m glad he got to meet the president in person, what a lovely story.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY Alma98 — – -***BIG HUG** :>) — -***fist bump*** :>) —


      Good 2 C U ALma. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – -HE’s OFF HIS MEDS – –AGAIN!! – –geesh! – — –

    —–Ted Nugent calls for revolt against ‘evil, dangerous’ Obama – —

    – – -BUT – — -THE MEDS couldn’t help THIS LEVEL of EVIL/VILE –HATERATION!! – — —

    – – —C’MON – —KARMA!! – —

    • AxelFoley

      Bring it the fuck on, Ted. Just make sure your pedophile ass is on the front line.

      Bring. It. Bitch.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY AxelFoley. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        — -***fist bump*** – — — WHA-chu –SAID!! :>) – -BRANG IT!!

        — Good 2 C U AxelFoley. :>) —

  • rikyrah

    eclecticbrotha @eclecticbrotha
    Imagine you’re Joe Biden, its 2008 and a skinny black guy with a funny name said “I’m gonna make history and I want you to ride shotgun.”
    1:36 AM – 23 Jan 13

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – —LOL – – — -KNEW IT!! – – –Da STOOPID – –nra(CISTS) – —called 4 –MORE GUNS!! – -DANG!! — –

    – — –Texas Republicans Call For More Guns In Schools Following Shooting At Lone Star College – —

    – —-On Tuesday afternoon, the nation experienced its 49th school shooting since the Columbine massacre in 1999, when an altercation between two individuals set off at least five gunshots at Lone Star College in north Houston, Texas, injuring both parties and a nearby janitor caught in the crossfire. The college and the surrounding schools went into lockdown as police secured the area, chasing one of the suspects involved in the incident into a wooded area behind the school. Both men suffered gun shot wounds and are now in custody.

    Texas is one of 49 states with a concealed carry law, permitting licensed individuals to carry firearms within the state, and lawmakers have introduced legislation that would allow college students and staff with concealed weapon permits to carry firearms on school grounds. Firearms are currently prohibited at Lone Star.

    Now, top Republican lawmakers — including Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Tim Poe — are using Tuesday’s incident to call for more weapons on campus. KTRK’s Ted Oberg has the report:

    — – –COMMENT: — rmurray·
    Calling for more death. What anti-American ghouls.

  • TresL

    A few years back I was a frequent visitor to the Mrs. O site and just as I was growing tired of the incessant nitpicking of Mrs Obama’s wardrobe choices, a commenter there mentioned that TOD had a lot more pictures and that was how I found The Obama Diary. Having forgotten that bit of history, I visited Mrs. O yesterday only to be reminded why I stopped visiting and reading the comments years ago. I would love to get a look at some of the people who think they know so much more about fashion than Mrs. Obama. For the most most part the comments were positive but unfortunately interspersed with a few petty, jealous mean-spirited know-it-alls. To paraphrase the FLOTUS: commenting on blogs doesn’t change who you are; it reveals who you are.

    • crazycanuck

      This reminds me about how I felt about Michelle Obama Watch. At the beginning it was a really great site, but they allowed to many disgusting post to stay. Got sick of that. I wonder if they are still around. I’ll google.

      • Michelle Obama Watch was started by the blogger at What About Our Daughters, who constantly ripped apart PBO and FLOTUS during the primary and general election.

        • crazycanuck

          Really? Interesting. The site is still there, but a pale version of what it use to be.

          • Camille

            All crappy sites that pretend to be supportive of the Obamas but do more harm than good in their nonsensical attempt to reap ad dollars from clicks, by allowing so-called “dissenting” voices that are actually vicious trolls looking to malign the First Lady and her family, must be allowed to die a natural death or quickly helped along to that preferred destination by strangling them.

          • conlakappa

            Mrs. T had to have made serious coin on her unauthorized book about the First Lady’s fashion. She used to hold contests to get access to designer items and arranged discounts. Then, as you say, it sure seem to be about the ad dollars and yet another venue making money off the First Couple.

        • Miranda

          That blogger has serious issues. She really needs to see a good therapist.

          • crazycanuck

            This is so interesting. I never knew about What about our Daughters, but I never understood why she let some of that vile stuff stay on MOW

          • TyrenM

            I get why you left JJP. I remember some of your battles with the Caribbean lady who would only let women comment on her blog.
            I like most of Gina’s pro-girl posts. Most. Why do you say she needs therapy?

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY TresL. – –***BIG HUG*** :>) —

      —- ***fist bump***– — –THIS: – –>To paraphrase the FLOTUS: commenting on blogs doesn’t change who you are; it reveals who you are.

      GUESS they TOLD ON THEMSELVES!! – – HAH!! —

      THANKS 4 da 411. :>) —

      Good 2 C U TresL. – -:>) – —

    • conlakappa

      Me too. My visits got fewer as more and more lying asses would come and spout off (“I hear the President and his advisors are worried about the money she is spending on clothes”) and then Mrs. T. moderated out a comment I attempted to post about de la Renta’s snippy comments about the First Lady, which took me back to my sense about Daily Kos: any site that doesn’t fully allow my voice, I don’t need to be there.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – — CATCHIN’ UP – — – –MISSED THIS; :>) – —

    — – –President Obama Attends Inaugural Prayer Service – – – -[Saaaaang CHOIR. :>)]

    – — Washington, DC
    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

    President Obama and Vice President Biden attended an interfaith prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral, Tuesday, as part of the Inauguration festivities.

    The President and Vice President publicly took the oath of office Monday at the Capitol, after holding private ceremonies on Sunday. The Constitution mandates that the President be sworn in at noon on January 20, but tradition dictates that the public ceremony is not held on Sundays.

    The Very Rev. Gary Hall, Dean of Washington National Cathedral, led the ceremony, and religious leaders from several Christian denominations, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism participated in the services.

    — – –***tears** annnd ***smiles*** – – –DIVERSITY is a –STANDARD with MR. PRESIDENT! – —


  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – — – -Annnnnd – — -we NEEDTA KNOW THIS —–‘CAUSE??

    Clinton Pays Off Remaining 2008 Campaign Debt

    — — –More than four years after Hillary Clinton lost the Democratic nomination for president, her 2008 presidential campaign is finally debt-free, Politico reports.

    CNN: “A federal law known as the Hatch Act prohibited Clinton and other federal government employees from personally soliciting or accepting political contributions. The law does allow others to raise funds on Clinton’s behalf, without her direct involvement. Former President Bill Clinton periodically sent out fundraising appeals to his wife’s campaign email list to help retire her debt.”

    – — -Soooooo – – —“WHYCOME” this sounds like —a look 2 –2016?? —-LOL –

    • AxelFoley


      • GreenLadyHere

        AxelFoley – – –I KNOW HUH?? – –:>)

        BETCHA – – – -it’s – -ICY in the HALLOWED HALLS of the White House —when VP Biden annnd SOS hillary meet. :>) –Brrrrr. . . . :>)

        YET — – I still feel that her “medical fragility” – – – -will NOT pass MUSTER. — – Watchin’ – —

  • rikyrah

    thank you for this article.

  • Miranda

    Katy Perry ‏@katyperry
    Just left the White House. All other parties from here on out will be judged unless they take place at the White House.

  • rikyrah

    Rebranded Obama campaign group causes frustration for DNC

    By Cameron Joseph – 01/22/13 07:59 PM ET

    Several members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) expressed fear Tuesday that the new outside group Organizing for Action — a retooled version of President Obama’s campaign machine — could hurt the national party’s fundraising and drain its resources.

    “I don’t know how splitting things apart is conducive to progress. When you start looking at competitive interests that are trying to move in the same direction, why wouldn’t you all be on the same page?” Krystal Thrailkill, a DNC committee member from Arkansas, told The Hill at the committee’s annual winter meeting.

    DNC members said they were caught off guard when the leaders of the president’s reelection team announced Obama for America was morphing into Organizing for Action (OFA), a nonprofit group that can take unlimited “soft money” donations.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/278703-rebranded-obama-campaign-causes-frustration-for-dnc#ixzz2IlL4f9HL
    Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook

    • Aquagranny911

      Suck it DNC! We so could have used your help in AZ for some of our Dem candidates & you & your $$$ were conspicuous by your absence! I won’t give DNC a peso. Any spare $$ I have will go direct to Dem candidates.

      • conlakappa

        They need to hear that on the regular. Sending out solicitations from 1990s-era figures never worked for me and the DNC never seemed to get that.

    • goldenstar

      These DNC committee members need to eat a slice of humble pie. They need to learn from OFA: how to engage voters and how to organize voters. They also need to learn the motto: Respect, Include, Empower. They see OFA for its fundraising power and for nothing else. This is what has ailed these Dems for DECADES.

      1. They refuse to respect voters such as the African American communities that have faithfully voted for Democrats for a very very long time.
      2. They have no clue nor interest in organizing citizens and voters for political battles that are life-threatening.
      3. They refuse to inform and educate folks about our political battles, and
      4. They do not consult folks about these and other important issues.

      State Rep. Mike Madigan is the Speaker of the House and Democrat Party Chairman. He has controlled the voter database for decades and many candidates never got access to the database. Madigan and his minions would keep candidates in the dark based on their whims and fancies.

      Barack Obama ran in elections as a Democrat in Illinois as a State Senator, US Senator, and Presidential candidate. Funny thing happened: once he began his Presidential campaign, he. built. an. organization. and. database. Then, in his re-election campaign, he. built. an. even. better. organization. and database.

      Barack Obama is well aware of these kinds of clods and their thinking. What he’s trying to do is to bring deep technology, highly skilled organizing, and fair and just practices to Democratic organizations.

      He owes them nothing.

      • Aquagranny911

        In 2007, when PBO was just beginning to run, Sis & I knew we were going to work for him. We visited our local National Democratic HQ & it was a pure joke. When “Organizing For Obama” was formed we got on board & never looked back.

      • conlakappa


    • crazycanuck

      I find the line ‘why wouldn’t you all be on the same page’ extremely funny.

      • nellcote

        That one stuck out for me too.

    • Camille

      LOL. They still really don’t get it do they?!

      • conlakappa

        Nope, and never will.

  • Miranda

    Groupon suspends gun-related deals from their site – pissy gun shop owner wants a boycott (good luck with that nut)http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/01/20/gun-shop-groupon-boycott-michael-cargill/

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia — -[Apologies ifff a dup] – -GOOD NEWS – – – -Woo! Hoo! :>) – –

    – —Debbie Wasserman Schultz Elected To Second Term Atop DNC – -[The congresswoman from Florida will serve as chair for at least two more years. ] – —

    – – –Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was elected to a second term atop the Democratic National Committee on Tuesday — but there wasn’t much competition.

    Indeed, after Democrats celebrated the Florida congresswoman with a highlight reel set to U2’s “Beautiful Day,” a chorus of voices shouted out support for Wasserman Schultz to reprise her leadership role, one in which she appears to have retained the confidence of the president despite some clashes with his campaign staff last year.

    “All opposed?” Donna Brazile, one of the vice chairs on the committee, said, holding a hand to her ear to take in the silence in the hotel ballroom. “Good.”
    — – -SNIP – – —
    —- —THIS – – ->In her victory speech, Wasserman Schultz indicated that path would adhere closely to the one outlined by President Barack Obama during his inaugural address Monday.

    “The president has laid out a vision,” she said. “We must give him the tools to succeed.”
    THERE IS MORE. — -Woo! Hoo! – – – –

    – – –BIG TIME – –CONGRATULATIONS! — -Woo! Hoo! —

    • TyrenM

      I’m down with DCDebbie!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY TyrenM. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – -***BIG TIME —fist bump*** :>) –Luvin’ her SUPPORT of OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT. :>) – —

        Lookin’ FORWARD – – -> 2 her – ASSISTANCE/LEADERSHIP. :>) —

        Good 2 C U –TyrenM. :>) – –

    • nellcote

      First order of business. Meet with OFA to see how they can co-ordinate efforts.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY nellcote. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – –

        – –**fist bump*** :>) — Annnd somehow –I believe that she would say – – —DONE! :>) — –

        Good 2 C U nellcote. :>) – –

  • goldenstar

    NRA LaPierre is speaking right now.

    • Aquagranny911

      …..to his own ass? Just asking…..

      • crazycanuck


      • goldenstar

        No, he was speaking @ NRA Dinner. Lawrence O’Donnell covered it a bit and had some interesting comments from panel including Frank Smyth, who covered NRA for Mother Jones. He warned that these folks are DANGEROUS, neo-Nazi material.

        • Aquagranny911

          Sorry for my smart mouth. Like whistling past a grave yard & I agree they are dangerous.

  • crazycanuck

    I really like reading Milt Shook timeline, but sometimes I really want to hug him lol. I feel like he’s talking to his hand.

  • Aquagranny911

    More thoughts from yesterday…we noticed this young woman sitting behind the Obama family during the parade. Sis asked: “Who is that sour faced blondie sitting behind the girls?” Then we realized the woman was Secret Service.

    Later when the girls were clowning we saw the woman try really hard not to grin. It must be difficult for the Secret Service to keep such serious faces all the time.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – — -WHAT a GR8 – -SURPRISE —Woo! Hoo! – – —

    – – — January 2013: Photo of the Day

    – — President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet visitors during an inaugural open house in the Blue Room of the White House, Jan. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    — – -THEY♥ R soooo KIND —2 da PEOPLE!! :>) – -WE SOOO LOVE THEM. :>) – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – -UH! OH! – – –REV AL is POINTIN’ HIS FANGER!! – –LOL – —

    – – —MSNBC Team Rips Republican Senator’s Immigration Reform Logic — –

    – —- Al Sharpton: “To tell people that, ‘You have the right to be my maid,’ is not exactly a liberation struggle.” – –BWAHAHA!!! Seeeeee. .

    HE — AIN’T RIGHT!! — LOL – — –LUVIN’ HIM!! :>) – – –

    • Aquagranny911

      I so ♥ Rev Al!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Aquagranny – — -***fist bump*** :>) – — –

        Between him annnnd Sista-NINA – – —LOL – —

        – — –RARE HUMOR!! – –WITH WISDOM!! :>) – – —

        • TyrenM

          Where is Virginia’s Nina? They in need.

          • GreenLadyHere

            loL Acrually — -TyrenM –All STATES can USE HER. LOL – —

            She is some KINDA FIERCE :>) – — –

  • Alma98

    This is your chance to shine Sloane don’t choke. If you can beat Serena you can make it to the final.

    • TheShyLurker

      I hope she can do it. Azarenka is more beatable for her than Sharapova.

      I’m feeling more bad for Serena than elated for Sloane. Injuries suck. 🙁

      • crazycanuck

        Serena lost? Dam she’ll be on a mission next time they meet. Sorry to hear they lost the doubles also.

        • Alma98

          She’s hurt again.

      • Alma98

        It was more Serena being hurt than Sloane beating her. Serena also lost her composure and couldn’t get it together.

        • TheShyLurker


          Even if she did beat Sloane, I don’t think she would have beaten Azarenka with a bum ankle and back.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY TheShyLurker. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – —

        —-**fist bump*** – — – —MIXED BAG –HUH? :>) – —

        -PRAYIN’ 4 Ms.Serena annnd Ms.Venus – – -whose disorder has flared up – -recently. AMEN.

        – -Sooo Good 2 C U. :>) – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – — -FIRST: – – -Sooo SORRY 4 the SOURCE – –

    NOW – – –Roe v. Wade anniversary sparks dueling protests

    — –Republican states legislatures have been restricting abortion access despite a recent poll indicating broad public support for the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion: Roe v. Wade.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – -FROM MR. PRESIDENT: – –:>) –

    – – –Statement by the President on Roe v. Wade Anniversary– —

    — – —On the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we reaffirm its historic commitment to protect the health and reproductive freedom of women across this country and stand by its guiding principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters, and women should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and their health care. Today and every day, my Administration continues our efforts to reduce unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and minimize the need for abortion. On this anniversary, we recommit ourselves to supporting women and families in the choices they make and redouble our efforts to promote safe and healthy communities. – – –

    THANK U 4 your LEADERSHIP —in stemmin’ the TIDE of the – -“WAR on WOMEN.” :>) – —

  • TheShyLurker

    Wayne LaPierre is ready God.

  • GreenLadyHere

    – – – –Dear POU FAM♥. G’NIGHT. :>) – – -WISHIN’ U – – -BLESSED SWEET DREAMS. ♥ – ♥ -:>) – – – –

    – – -UNTIL THE MORNING LIGHT. ♥:>) – —

  • Camille

    Not that it matters any longer, but I stumbled across this. I know I blasted Matt Damon with his ridiculous gushing and “respect” for Clint Eastwood while having zero qualms about blasting the president.

    Little did I know that Denzel Washington, yes that guy, had pretty much the same gushing response about Eastwood. Said he had the “utmost respect” for Eastwood, and called him his “hero”. You can’t make this shit up.

    Worse still, Denzel Washington was asked in September after the conventions, who he was voting for and he said he didn’t know yet that he was an “independent” and said that he “isn’t committing to either side”.

    “I listen to both sides of the argument and try to make an assessment,” he said.”

    Who knew that Denzel Washington was this shallow and cowardly.

    He calls Clint Eastwood his “hero” and declares his “utmost respect” but can’t muster even the slightest support for the much maligned president he supported in 2008??!!!

    Wow! Wow! Wow!

    At least Matt Damon with all his crap still understood what was at stake and what the republicans and Mitt Romney stood for and had in store for the American people – and publicly said that he was voting for President Obama even though he was dissatisfied with a lot of things. He understood what was at stake.

    Shame on Denzel Washington. Seriously.


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