The Barack Obama Show Hits Dallas

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Photo by Sara Kerens
The president at Love Field Airport Tuesday
Our Sara Kerens was on the Love Field tarmac when President Obama arrived yesterday; revisit that moment via this slide show. Then hop on over to the White House website, where all three of the president's Tuesday speeches are preserved -- not only his Eastfield College American Jobs Act remarks, where he referred to Kim Russell, a government teacher at Lincoln High School laid off in May after federal stimulus money ran out, but also his two Democratic National Committee fund-raising speeches at the Sheraton, where the president was joined by Emmitt Smith, Ron Kirk and Mayor Mike.

The early show ran longer than his follow-up remarks. Read 'em now, argue later. For grins, though, let's look at the locally flavored intros to both. Because it's always great to be here in Your City's Name Here. From the 12:28 address:
First of all, I just want to say thank you to Emmitt Smith, who the first time we had a big rally here in Dallas -- some of you may remember, it was a big auditorium --- and he had just won Dancing with the Stars -- (laughter) -- and he gets up there and he starts preaching. And the crowd is roaring, and he is -- and I'm thinking, is there something this guy cannot do? (Laughter.) But he was a great friend then, at a time when the campaign was still very much in doubt. He is a great friend now, and obviously one of not only the greatest athletes of all time but also just a great citizen to Dallas. So give Emmitt Smith a big round of applause. (Applause.) We are grateful to him.

It is great to be here. We made sure to schedule this game before the Rangers game. (Laughter.) I will try to wrap up before the first pitch. In addition, Emmitt, I want to thank you for sending me Ron Kirk. You guys trained him well, because he is doing a great job -- (applause) -- on behalf of all the American people, making sure that we've got free trade and fair trade. And he could not be a better negotiator and a better advocate.

I want to acknowledge your outstanding new mayor here in Dallas. Mike Rawlings is here. Give him a big round of applause. (Applause.) I did not say anything about the Cowboys when we landed. (Laughter.)
Remember, there's a two-drink minimum. Now, to the 1:08 show:
A lot of folks in this room I know. A lot of you have been there for me in the past. Some of you supported me when I was running for the United States Senate. Downstairs, I was telling the story about Ron Kirk and I -- and I think you were with us, Lisa, right? Flying down from Dallas to Houston, and it was about 100 degrees, and Ron had a thick wool suit. (Laughter.) And we got out on that tarmac, and he was -- (laughter) -- dripping from head to toe. And I think on that same trip we went to Austin, and we were in somebody's back yard, and it wasn't that big a yard, and there were about 400 people; they had expected 50. (Laughter.) And they had to put the sprinklers on to make sure that people didn't pass out. (Laughter.)
And always tip your waitstaff.

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james
james

while folks were generally supposed to form a line to go into the obama show...many were blatantly cutting in line in front of others. the two dirtbag cops(1state and 1campus) charged with maintaining order made no effort to prevent this, intead standing and shouting at the crowd over all to "get back! get back!", shouting at the people as if they were dogs. then they look for chickenshit excuses to turn folks away. my friend WITH A FUCKING TICKET TO SEE THE SHOW was told as the last excuse that 'the fire marshall said no more people" . did that mean they oversold the tickets sort of like at the superbowl? these two cops need to answer for their piss-poor performance on the job. they work for us. i'll try to get their names to post later.

james
james

people had tickets to see the president at eastfield college. some people took off work to go.  a person i know who teaches at eastfield was treated like shit by two dirtbags working security. in particular, a state cop and a campus cop. these two  cops enjoyed running this EASTFIELD TEACHER thru hoops like a circus dog-where's your employee badge...where's this...where's that...get rid of that purse...go back to your car again for this...and ultimately denied this person entry to the 'obama show' that she had tickets to see and had taken off work to see. you two stinking dirtbag cops should be ashamed of yourselves. you should both expect to hear from internal affairs.

Annie Williams
Annie Williams

I realize he inherited a big pile of poo when he took office, and I also realize the GOP is playing kindergarten games in refusing to back anything he does out of spite, even if it's something that would be genuinely good for the American people.  But I'm still disappointed in what seems to be his continual inability to make bold choices -- to just go for it. In 2008 I voted for him because I believed he would bring great changes. He has brought some good things, but overall it seems like he doesn't have focus and is constantly caving to something -- I get the feeling it's fear of losing votes if he makes those bold choices, which is puzzling to me, since promise of great changes got him elected. He will still have my vote in 2012 (unless the GOP comes up with some miracle moderate candidate), but in 2012 I think, sadly, it will be a vote for the lesser of two evils, rather than a strong belief in his ability to bring about change. My only hope is that once he's re-elected and that is no longer an issue, that he will start bringing about all those bold changes he talked about prior to the 2008 election.

Alfredo
Alfredo

The laid off government teacher is a good example of one of the problems with the stimulus money ran out,  When the money's gone then local government has to continue to fund the job and the DISD for whatever reason decided to let this teacher go. 

I know the response Texas doesn't spend enough on education, but the DISD is bottomless money hole

Bob
Bob

I am sure President Obama (I always call the President by his title and his name out of respect for the Office), is a good man.  He is simply mis-guided about what makes the USA the USA and not Europe.  Its a philosophical difference between Freedom and Free Enterprise Capitalism, and what The President believes in.  He was indoctrinated by the liberal schools he went to, the books he read, and the advisors he surrounds himself with.  I think it is great that a Black man was elected President of the USA, I just wish it had been J.C. Watts or Herman Cain!!

Mike3647
Mike3647

I assume Schutze was there crying like a teenage girl at a Bieber concert?

Sloppy Joe
Sloppy Joe

If Barack Obama had any stones at all, he would have used his time in Dallas to call for the arrest and prosecution of Joe Tone, a known seditious and fractious individual.

Gary
Gary

Where was John Wiley Price and Royce West?

MattL1
MattL1

Seems like he had a good time in our fair city.  Hope he didn't find traffic to be too bad.

james
james

officer hererra of the state police was the worst most hateful loudmouth.

Gabe
Gabe

The gym where he spoke generally could hold 1500 people for a normal event (so I'm told). But with all the extra security, stages, video equipment, aides, ect., it is very possible that they had to guess how many people they'd be able to fit and the number came out lower than expectations. 

I have also heard that several people who had tickets were turned away because last-minute celebrities turned up and got in. From what my friends who were there have said, it was quite packed.

Bill Holston
Bill Holston

well said Annie. I favor a constitutional amendment that changes all terms to one term of 6 years. The politicians can concentrate on governing for once, and not getting re-elected. I love our country, but our political system is broken. 

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

Annie, I can't disagree with anything you wrote.  I too am disappointed in how President Obama has approached his time in office, although I think our current situation has much more to do with blind partisanship by both parties rather than ineffectiveness.  That said, though, I agree that there is absolutely no one on the GOP side who I would even consider voting for, except possibly Huntsman.  Every single candidate has entirely too much baggage, and I don't think any of them should be trusted with political power. 

Coleman
Coleman

I really do not understand the right-wing fascination with Herman Cain.

M Streeter
M Streeter

J. C. Watts?  Oh, Good Lord.  His father was a preacher who said, "Any black man voting for a Republican is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders."  If only J. C. had listened to his daddy.

Mopickens
Mopickens

yea, well, he's eliminated any possibility of another black man in the white house for at least 9 or 10 decades

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Are you related to, financially supported by, or really are Richie Whitt? Because otherwise you're just a fool without a good reason for your vitriol. Spill why it chaps your ass so badly or STFU.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Well Mo, now that you've looked in the bowl to see your work, go ahead and flush.

NewsDog
NewsDog

There was one accident on Stemmons that slowed him down coming back from Eastfield. But you normally don't hit too many delays when you have half of the motorcycle cops in town riding escort and blocking traffic for you and the DPD hleicopter, Air One, is up giving realtime updates. And your flight normally isn't too late when all air traffic for miles around is suspended.

james
james

there is no excuse for officer hererra's incompetence and rude behavior. even grade school teachers know how to tell people to form a line.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Translation:  Coleman is unable to listen to an intelligent person and give that person credit for their thoughts and ideas.

This is exactly what is wrong with politics these days.  Everybody seems to think that people with different views are trying their hardest to ruin the world.

Are you that small-minded that you can't grasp the concept of "different points of view based on different experiences"?  Really?

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

The funny thing is that when JC Watts left Congress he pretty much said the same thing.  He alluded to the fact that he was a high-level token.

Pat Boyack
Pat Boyack

It took a Black man 213 decades to become President. 

TimCov
TimCov

And, I believe you are wrong. I would love to see Herman Cain get the Republican nod, and I would vote for him. However, if Perry, Bachman or Palin get the nomination, I might just vote for Obama to keep them out of the Oval office.

WLC TEX
WLC TEX

Which means it IS all about race. Not about accomplishments, not about what a person has in their heart.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

I think that a previous screen name from Sloppy Joe got his IP blocked because of totally out of line comments he was making on Sportatorium threads...

MattL1
MattL1

I was joking, but thanks for taking the time.

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

Honestly, I don't see anything unique, new or creative in Herman Cain's ideas.  I think he is a man with a lot of money who appeals to a niche in the electorate.

Coleman
Coleman

Herman Cain doesn't really strike me as an intelligent person, when his opinion on issues is boils down to  "What would George Bush do?" Although, I suppose in that sense I DO understand the right-wing fascination with wanting to keep doing the same shit no matter how hard it's fucked us as a country. Wow, thanks PlanoDave!

Gabe
Gabe

Ah yes, I remember from school hearing about the very first US presidential election, held shortly before the birth of Julius Caesar. 

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

You forgot to use the "sarcasm font" Matt...

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