Picture of the day
August 19th, 2011
05:20 PM ET

Picture of the day

How many SUVs does it take to go shopping?  Looks like a lot.  This is President Obama's motorcade leaving the Blue Heron Farm on Martha's Vineyard Friday as he heads into town to shop for vacation reading material.  The Washington Post reports he picked up Emma Donoghue’s “Room” and Daniel Woodrell’s “The Bayou Trilogy.”

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  1. Jay in NC

    Someone, please give this man a Kindle.

    August 19, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
    • IMHO44

      Jay in NC... you made my day!

      August 19, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
      • Lola

        I agree...omg

        August 20, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • jean2009

      I love my Kindle....my husband loves his Kindle.Yes, he needs a Kindle.

      August 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  2. trish

    Our country is in horrible financial shape yet he can go on vacations with how many handlers?????Who is paying for this vacation? Oh wait, I'm a taxpayer, I'm paying for yet another one of his vacations.

    August 19, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
    • jean2009

      The taxpayers will pay for security and protections via the Secret Service (which they would do regardless of where he is, and as they have done for every previous President), but the vacation property rental, the food will be paid by the President.

      August 20, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  3. Phedra

    Geez – no wonder I'm having trouble filling my own gas tank, it's all going into Obama's parade!! Does he really need all those vehicles just to go shopping?? He could have shopped on the internet and saved us all a whole lot of money!! Buy at Amazon.com, free shipping of over $25 and you can get it the next day.

    August 20, 2011 at 4:29 am |
    • jean2009

      Highest national average price for gas $4.11 June 2008.

      August 20, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
  4. Betty

    The money our Government wastes in one day would feed most of the starving in the United States. The money they spend on other countries, would house and feed all the homeless and hungry in the United States!!! When are we going to make our GOVERNMENT responsible for US and not US responsible for our GOVERNMENT?

    August 20, 2011 at 7:09 am |
    • jean2009

      @Betty and the $950Million Bush spent giving Iraqi's free for life universal health care....along with what was spent on the Iraq war it would have given every American universal "socialist" health care for life.

      Read Article 31 of the Iraqi Constitution....Bush Administration gave universal health care to Iraq, but not to you.

      August 20, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Yes Jean, they do have Universal Health Care. The question is how is it funded. Single payer, Public, Compulsory insurance, Private insurance. Iraq is a rich nation with a poor population. Oil money can go a long way to paying for social services.

        Why are you mad at president Bush? Sounds like you two agree on this issue.

        August 20, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ jay Universal single payer cradle to grave health care ......funded by US taxpayers for $950 Million.

        Article 31 of the Iraqi Constitution, drafted by your right-wing
        Bushies in 2005 and ratified by the Iraqi people, includes state-guaranteed (single payer) health care for life for every Iraqi citizen.
        We have (thus far) sacrificed more blood to wrest Iraq from tyranny than we lost on 9/11. In addition, according to the Congressional Research Service, as of May 15, 2009 (Report 7-5700/RL33110) we have spent and/or authorized $864 Billion in military operations on Operation Enduring Freedom, which includes Iraq and Afghanistan. The overwhelming majority of those funds have been for the war in Iraq. Additional secret funding has been authorized for intelligence and special operations.

        The total is more than (or, in the worst case, equal to) the funding required to guarantee minimally decent health care here.


        In case you needed another example of why the GOP and tea party are hypocrites:

        Wednesday, March 03, 2004 – Page updated at 12:00 A.M.

        Iraq Notebook
        Universal care is right for Iraq, Thompson says

        WASHINGTON — Fresh from a two-day weekend visit to Iraq, the Bush administration’s top health-care official defended the $950 million that will be spent to help Iraq establish universal health care.

        Single payer and American taxpayer funded. All you need to do is type: Health Care for Iraq but not for you.
        into your Google search and you will hit a mother lode of 232,000,000 sites. And you can read Article 31 of the Iraqi Constitution.

        The CIA World Factbook says how appalling the quality of U.S. healthcare is. Our infant mortality rate is around 6.3 deaths per 1000 live births, while the U.K. has a number of around 4.9 deaths per 1000 live births. Regarding life expectancy, Japan, Canada, France, Sweden, Italy, Germany, the U.K., Puerto Rico, and Denmark have a higher life expectancy than the U.S., with all of those countries having a universal healthcare system. In addition, according to the same World Factbook, Iraq has a better death rate for 2009, with a rate of 5.03 compared to 8.38 from the U.S. In other words, the country at “war” with us is quite literally living better. The reason is because the universal health coverage is provided by United States war funding. In laymen’s terms, we’ve provided universal healthcare… but just not for us.


        August 20, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
      • jean2009

        Answer this question....why all the "socialist" comments by the teabagger Rethuglikkklan morons....whenever Americans say we need universal heath care, or for that matter any type of heatlh care system which is better than the current failed system of health care many people deal with?

        So if it's such a 'boogeyman', why are we providing Iraqi's and Afghani's with universal healthcare coverage paid with U.S. tax dollars and denying it to our own citizens?

        I can tell you why....war profiteers and hypocrites wanting to ease their own conscience....all the while bleeding this country dry.

        August 20, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  5. Republicans elect and attract the not so smart


    You probably weren't coherent when the Cowboy, (Bush whacked) was running the country in the ground. Funny how you all of a sudden wake up and blame Obama for problems made over the past decade.

    Remember hearing Cheney say, "deficits don't matter" ? Did you believe him then? Or are do you believe it now? Either way, Obama is only trying to fix it.

    If you teaparty types, Rush Limberger followers, fox news drones, would wake up to where the problems started, we might be able to fix them as a country.

    Obama 2012

    August 20, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  6. beezer

    Didnt Obama say something about we all have to save Gas?

    August 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
    • frank jones

      do as I say, not as i do

      August 20, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
      • Shraddha

        I have just returned from Ireland to hear this very sad news.Eileen was a truly mlrvelaous lady. She had such spirit and vigour and was a committed and loyal member of the Institute. I feel privileged to have served with her on the CIoJ Orphan Fund and to have enjoyed her lively company at any number of conferences most recently, of course, in Gibraltar. She will be much missed. In our thoughts and in our prayers.

        August 1, 2012 at 2:13 am |
  7. beezer

    I guess the "Obamamus prime" bus wouldn't fit down the small road lol

    August 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
    • frank jones

      LOL, good one

      August 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
      • jean2009

        For all the moronic comments posted by beezer and frank jones

        Obama-Biden 20112

        August 20, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  8. beezer

    somewhere on earth, all gore is saying "what the ......."

    August 20, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
  9. beezer

    They coulda at least painted a white #3 on the one in front

    August 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • frank jones


      August 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
      • Sudarshan

        Even when it has a velvet crvoeing on it Obama's boot is still on our thoats.Who remembers the dire warnings from Govs Jindal, Palin and Perry about not accepting Obama's stimulus money as a way to help states out of budget problems in 2009?Sure, govs took the money, almost all of them.But what has been the INTENDED CONSEQUENCE of doing that?More state reliance on federal dole.Much more.And now the federal government isn't being generous to some states, only to others.Let's look at Minnesota ..Minnesota shutdown seen to be lengthy, costly saga_____________________________Instead of addressing head-on Minnesota's longstanding structural deficit problem, they kicked the can down the road by utilizing one-time money and accounting shifts financial Band-Aids.The biggest Band-Aid of all?The federal stimulus funds that propped up state and local governments last biennium$2.3 billion of ARRA funding included in the Minnesota 2010-11 state budget was not intended as an ongoing program or obligation. Still, some Minnesotans may recall that a number of observers nevertheless warned of the perils of dealing with the deficit the DC way. These one-time federal stimulus funds may have helped lawmakers avoid some very painful cuts, but essentially only delayed these difficult decisions, explained Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, at the time. If we want to help turn this economic relief provided by the ARRA into long-term economic recovery and job growth, lawmakers need to focus on responsibly balancing the state's budget shortfall. Not only is Minnesota failing to reign in spending like the vast majority of other states, but we're also laying groundwork for future budget cycles to be equally dysfunctional.The state fiscal aid from the stimulus turned out to be more than just backfilling deficits to keep the lights on.In some cases it was creating new positions that were supposed to be temporary. As the federal financial support goes away, the state is left to pick up the tab for employees who are not necessarily getting laid off.Minnesota taxpayers are being jobbed by the perpetuation of supposedly temporary state jobs created under ARRA included in the current 2012-13 budget.An example, one of the smallest state agencies, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC), received $883,000 in ARRA funding to hire three temporary electricity specialists. They came on board to manage increased regulatory activity associated with the uptick in green energy projects and requirements.As expected, the federal dollars will run out on Dec. 31, 2011.But at least two of the PUC's temporary, stimulus-funded employees would be among eight new positions on the agency payroll under Gov. Dayton's budget proposal for a $1.5 million increase in the PUC budget. (That's a 14 percent increase.)Then there's the Minnesota Food Assistance Program (MFAP). After stimulus funding ended in 2010, the Legislature boosted the budget an additional $150,000 to continue providing the same level of service in 2011, a permanent expansion of MFAP from $407,000 to $741,000.Minnesotans will continue to pay a considerable price for the one-time federal stimulus subsidies.While it's impossible to assign an exact figure, it's probably safe to say that the funds necessary to fill the gaps created by the temporary stimulus spending would likely cover the current differential between the governor's and Legislature's budget proposals.Reply

        July 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • Russell Brown

      hateful men how said for you
      your tone has a identity that
      the new american does not support
      but at lease all of american knows your
      father in the name of Jesus pour your love on Beezer and frank
      bless them and love them in the name of JESUS
      AND bless all the saints that have move away from your word
      take hate from all of us pour your power of love and kindness on mankind
      in JESUS name.

      August 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
      • Russell Brown


        August 21, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
      • Russell Brown


        August 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
      • Norene

        Dang it, Bob, you (mm-m) keep (mrm-mh) doing this to (mrmrhm)mrrmrr-rr- RACISTS!!!!Bwahahahahahaahahahhahahaha!Don't they know there are black people sufnfrieg in the big NO? Or do they figure it's tit-for-tat for totally ignoring Kentucky?Oh wait, didn't I hear His Holiness made a special trip north today? What? He went to Canada? And he still couldn't book Kentucky in, even as a coffee break? Oh wait, I forgot. There are 58 states in the US of O.At least he's not taking as long as (ahem) Chimpy took .(sarc).

        August 2, 2012 at 2:47 am |
  10. beezer

    Obama is in the 2nd car back, look at the wheels they are DUBS YO

    August 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Russell Brown

      frank and Beezer
      I was a very angry man I hurt many people with my words and action
      as sorry as I am now for what did in the past
      I am hated by manyin the faimily of faith
      even my own, family hates me
      growing up life was hard because you guys always hated the blacks
      different groups use different methods
      of hate against the blacks
      now china follow your method and they hate all americans white black red brown
      some said more things draw us togeather than divide us
      my wife had cancer I Had 10 brain surgery my life was a mess
      we have to give up our home so much has happen
      when I came toJesus some in the faith would no let me in
      everything evil I did or said I got it back

      August 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        I Promise if I ever got to speak to men
        I would pled with them to turn to JESUS
        I am writing a book call MR stupid it tells
        of many men and their excuses to hate and be evil
        we are hoping for a tv show to show men the mirror looking back at them
        when you guys get a chance seek G-D and pray
        may he remove hate and bitterness from us all.

        August 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
      • Russell Brown


        August 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        i was

        August 21, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  11. beezer

    lead by example?

    August 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  12. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I hear you Russell Brown. I am of the same faith and mind that you are. I appreciate, enjoy and hear you speaking the word only, in season and out of season. Keep the faith my brother! Thank God for your posts! They serve as a reminder to us who do claim to be CHRISTIANS, to remember that they hated HIM first.

    August 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
    • Nompilo

      Obama ignores the curtos as much as possible (remember his oil drilling moratorium).Obama ignores and sidesteps Congress whenever he wants to.Now Obama has gone beyond all of that.Elizabeth Warren is creating her own bureaucratic monster despite the fact that she has NO POSITION in the government!Obama wants her as head of a Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.But why wait until she is?Entirely free of interference from Congress Ms. Warren has built the CFPB largely to her specifications.She has hired hundreds of people and rented two big buildings in DC. by the Dodd-Frank financial regulation reform legislation.Liberals have been drooling to get this bureau up and running because at bottom, it gives the government unprecedented control of the nation's consumer lending institutions.It will almost certainly tighten credit for consumers because it criminalizes financial transactions where the consumer is either too stupid to understand the terms of the financial product they are buying, or too lazy to read the fine print. America invented giving the middle class credit.Participation in the markets by ordinary people was undreamed of 50 years ago.This has come to pass because of the creativity of the financial industry whose drive for larger profits allowed the middle class to buy homes, finance vacations, and save for retirement through participation in mutual funds and other long term investments.Elizabeth Warren is out to destroy this system.Her minions will scrutinze transactions that end up with the consumer losing money and rather than forcing the consumer to take responsibility for their own stupidity or carelessness, blame will fall on financial institutions whose only crime was believing their client understood the terms of a loan or credit card. It will make credit for young people especially a very hard thing to get.This will slow new home buying and drive the value of existing homes down even further.Reply

      July 30, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
  13. Ehab

    As to why 2.8 million U.S. jobs have been moved oveesras since 2000, and another 1 million are projected to go by 2014, the answer is simple: American workers cannot compete with dirt-cheap labor working in settings largely free of basic health, safety, and environmental regulations.Greg, one problem with your assertion; If what you claim is true, then the exodus would have started long before it did, and be much worse than it is now. What has really changed, within the economic dynamics of the world, to cause such an exodus of jobs? The corporate tax rate has stayed relatively high compared to other industrialized nations, and many times higher than those nations just climbing into that category. And when it hasn't increased, or it has dropped, the top-line income for the top tax bracket hasn't changed. Since 1993, the top tax rate of 35% has stayed at a level of $18.33 Million, meaning that more and more companies, as they gain net income, fall within the top tax bracket, and I don't think I need to tell you that $18 Million in 1993 is NOT the same as it is now, in 2011. In order to compete, economically, companies send portions of their jobs oveesras, by contracting out to foreign companies to do the work that used to be done in-house. Is it about profits? Damn right it is, because for many companies, if they didn't reduce their overhead somehow, they would go right out of business. Profit is not a four-letter word. It is simply a difference between the gross and net incomes, yet liberals bandy it about as if anyone in business seeking a profit, is evil and greedy. Yet, without a profit, a business can not stay afloat for very long, meaning jobs won't stay around either.Reply

    August 1, 2012 at 3:12 am |