Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Obama 's Fort Myers Town Hall Meeting is being Re-Aired on CSPAN....right now...


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Obama comforting the Homeless woman Henrietta Hughes after she explained how hard it has been living in her car for over a year , with her son... Truly a moment of Compassion... 4PM UPDATE on Henrietta Hughes situation down below, and also linked to the title.
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The Moment with Henrietta Hughes ...

Obama is really nailing WHY we are in trouble and why we need this package....and the crowd is definitely with him....I watched it live earlier- DO Watch the Q&A part....amazing..How Obama talks with The People, but also the stories that are told....Turn it on...He kicks ass..

During this Town Hall, do watch when the Stimulus Passing the Senate is announced....the Crowd is on their feet. People all kept getting up and saying that" we have not seen ANY leadership in 8 years"...

Do watch the part where Henrietta Hughes who is homeless speaks about living in her car and how Obama goes right over to speak with her and comfort her...THAT is true Leadership....Empathy and Compassion.....In Action.

Here is the link at Huffpost for the video of Obama reassuring the Homeless woman, Henrietta Hughes....
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About the Stimulus Passing Senate:::

Los Angeles Times | February 10, 2009 | 9:46 a.m. PT

Senate passes $838-billion economic recovery plan

President Barack Obama's economic recovery plan has passed the Senate and is on its way to difficult House-Senate negotiations.

Just three Republicans helped pass the plan on a 61-37 vote and they're already signaling they'll play hardball to preserve more than $108 billion in spending cuts made last week in Senate deal making. Obama wants to restore cuts in funds for school construction jobs and help for cash-starved states.
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Meanwhile about Fort Myers, their unemployment is at 10 %, and the Foreclosure problem is extensive in Florida. Crist is one of the Governors who supports the Package....a Repug, maybe he should talk to some of his Repug friends.
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Meanwhile during the Meeting, GM announced 10,000 to be cut, and employees salaries to be cut.
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Footnote:::
So I was watching MSNBC and Andrea Mitchell was blathering on how Obama really needs to "sell" this plan in Florida- how he is In McCain's Land- "where McCain won by 11 Points"...I have NO idea WHERE she buys her facts- BUT the fact is that Obama WON Florida 51% to McShame 48%......and yeah, I am sending her a letter....LOL..
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Was looking for the Meeting on youtube...found this video of People Waiting to See Obama down in Fort Myers,pretty big crowd showed up.....more than the 600 tickets...were offered as of 9 am Monday...hundreds lined up yesterday morning.

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4PM Update on Henrietta Hughes:::
Henrietta Hughes was offered a home by Chene Thompson, wife of State Representative Nick Thompson, who heard the homeless woman’s pleas for help to President Obama before a local and national crowd.The house is in LaBelle, the first home Scere Thompson bought after law school. She told Hughes, “Just give me the opportunity to help you.”

Hughes broke down in front of thousands when she told the president that she and her son have been homeless for more than a year. They are living in a pickup truck.

Obama hugged her after she asked her question and said his staff would help. A staffer later gave her a card to the head of the housing authority and she was told he would help her.

Hughes said she wanted to talk to the president to tell him about their problems.
“That was my desire,” the 61-year-old woman said as she cried. “I said I just pray to the Lord.”
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Julio was on Countdown last night...he has been offered with an Internship...and was inspired by asking Obama a question about his future, Huffpost has update.....

17 comments:

Annette said...

That poor lady who said she was living in her car.. I cried my eyes out.. bless her heart...

enigma4ever said...

Annette::
me 2...damn....I have been hoping for people that are struggling to show up at these events...( I met homeless people in Obama events here....but that one finally got called on...)

to be honest most of us are all one paycheck away from living in our cars....I know I am...

Sewmouse said...

I think the 11% McCain thing has to do with that specific area of Florida - not the entire state. Like Obama LOST in my precinct in Illinois - because it is in the most Repugnican county in the state - but he took the rest of the state by a landslide.

Annette said...

Yes, that's what it was..that county in Florida was LEE Co.. remember the sheriff at the Palin Rally that introduced her..and talked about Barack Hussien Obama and got into trouble for it?? That's where he was.. very redneck very racist county...believe it or not...it was surprizing that he got that warm a welcome there.

Of course the area he was in in Indiana was the same way...it was a RED area...they chose them just for that reason. That's the reason for the Hannity question...lol But he is still received well and is very popular even in these areas.

And yes... I am only a paycheck away from my car... I get my disability on the 3rd and that's the 1st thing I do is pay my rent.. if I am not there at shortly after 8 my landlord is knoching on my door by 10...lol even though he knows I get paid on the 3rd and can't pay it any sooner.

Dr. Know said...

LeHigh Acres (Ft. Meyers), FL is caving as is much of Miami under the foreclosure debacle. Many twenty percent completed yet abandoned "$500,000" developments in my area as well - some selling for half original asking price. Lots of For Sale signs on pre-existing housing too.

...watching MSNBC and Andrea Mitchell was blathering...

And since when did facts stand in the way of television news? ;-)

enigma4ever said...

3:20PM Update:::
Dow down 404...ouch....7864...meanwhile Headline News is running the Caylee Memorial Service- WTF???? I wonder if the Banking Hearings are related to the Market dives...Geither has been very grim...he said that Some Banks are lending...REALLY ?????that is BS...there are NO loans available here- and THREE other Major Big Banks ready to go down...


oh DrKnow...how you make me laugh..yeah- silly me-expecting "facts" to fall out of Andrea...oye...

and yeah- Porter Goss Territory....Lee County ( I know it well, I used to spend my summers on Sanibel....) and yeah...the heart of Foreclosure Land...actually I think it is now like a flu epidemic...there are NO counties that are immune...none...

Annette:::
ahhh,...I think many of us pay our rent in a Creative pay schedule...my landlord understands too...but sadly I don't know how much longer he will be my landlord...It sounds like you too creatively pinch pennies.... and yes, I am glad that Obama is going to the RED areas- because it also makes the Repugs Look Foolish, out of touch...( which btw- they ARE....) I am glad that Obama's messege is reaching out to so many....Repug folks are sinking in the real world too- not just dems....

Sewmouse::::
thanks for correcting me- or what I misunderstood from Andrea- actually I think she mis-stated ...but to be honest....I was confused....thanks...it was good to see him embraced- and his messege in such a red county....

Lady Rose said...

President Obama showed true leadership and compassion today - I'm even more proud that he is our president then I was before! :)

enigma4ever said...

me 2 lady...me 2...

Lady Rose said...

Someone offered the woman a place to live

http://www.news-press.com/article/20090210/OBAMA/90210038/1075

(be warned: the comments with that article are just awful - so many selfish people)

D.K. Raed said...

Obama not only kissed Ms Hughes, his voice choked up as he was responding to her. Real emotion ... not those phony crocodile bush tears and not just mouthing the feeling-your-pain words. That poor woman, first she got passed over for her "question" but Obama remembered her and came back. This was a symbolic moment that the media should be seizing on because it represents how the people are suffering. Instead, most of the follow-up coverage I've seen is the final guy, Julio, who had fantastic energy & really connected with the crowd, in a cheerleader sort of way. Also, the networks are dragging out Mitchell and Inhofe and Coburn to explain their twisted version of the "facts" of what will "cure" our economy (hint: more tax cuts! who would've guessed?).

And yes, the two counties Obama chose to do his town halls were both big McCain voters, so they were absolutely perfect places to speak truth to the people who now "get" what a croc they've been sold by heartless repub have-mores.

Annette said...

Yeah, Tweetie needs to have some of the stupid republicans on and show it to them... get their reactions instead of showing it to Eugene Robinson and Smerconish... geeze..where are the idiots now. Did you notice the woman in white standing just to Pres. Obama's left when he was approaching Henrietta?? She was nearly as overcome as Henrietta was..and mouthed I love you Barack.
And that young guy...he was so excited he couldn't contain himself.. Julio was his name.
Why can't these stupid idiots see this... I just can't believe it.

Hairball said...

I've got a little extra money this month that I'm donating to Second Harvest. The food banks are really struggling right now to keep up with demand.

trish in SW FL said...

I was in line yesterday at the Harborside, trying to get tickets. No such luck--seems that most of the 1500 tickets were given to local pols and assorted muckity-mucks.

Yes--Lee County is full of Repugs--I do believe it's getting better now, than it was before.

I cried too, for poor Henrietta. I'm hoping she does get the help she so desparately needs. If not for sharing expenses with 2 of my kids, I might be living in my truck right now, but if I can manage it somehow, I plan to help in some small way.

The News-Press: reading comments there is almost as bad as listening to Rush or Sean---I can only stomach that for a few minutes, then I have to get away from the hate and venom!

I am so thankful for President Obama, and the hope for better days to come, for all of us!

enigma4ever said...

Hairball::
thanks for being a good soul and giving when you can...it warms my heart to know there are people like you out there...

Annette:::
yeah- Tweeties continues to be a douche...he drives me crazy....WHY can't he just Report what is said - or show the film....the video spoke volumes...it was so moving - REAL.....and yeah, Julio was amazing...so excited- we should be grateful to have young people excited after 8 years of Bush....and Obama spoke to him about HIM...what does he want to be ? that talk will keep that young man fueled for years....

Now about the woman behind Henrietta- funny 6-6 thought she said Please help...I thought she said Thank you...my neighbor said she said God Bless you....but the thing is he connected...

after 8 years of being treated like Trash people are Connected again..and connecting and reaching out to each other.....empathy and compassion are returning....and it is NOT due to Bush or the Repugs.....

DK::::
Julio....ahh, after 4.5 years of McDonalds this fella deserves an award....and he was happy to see Obama...it was an unscripted moment...this is what the campaign was full of- and the MSM NEVER got it....yeah tax cuts...well Tax cuts are not going to help Henrietta living in her car or Julio working at McDonalds...anyways- I hope he does more of these events...then maybe the Repugs and the Dumass MSM will get it...

enigma4ever said...

trish:::
I am sorry you did not get to see him live...but glad you too watched the townhall....

it was heartbreaking...Henrietta and Julio both tugged at my heart....

I posted the update about Henrietta so folks would not have to read the comments there...( it was horrible...hannitypeople...)

take care...and remember we all have each other..we are a community...

libhom said...

Personally, I think it would be more compassionate for Obama to propose federal programs and ARM legislation to reduce homelessness. Gestures and symbolism leave me cold these days.

enigma4ever said...

Libhom:::
the MSM and the repugs have not been talking about what is going on in America...at all...they interiew the pissy rethugs...but I am glad that Obama took a road trip that shows what is going on- I hope he takes more...

I spend alot of time studying homelessness and also watching that the Govt never acknowledges or talks to homeless, or those facing it....it is ignored...for me- him walking over and offering her comfort...it meant alot to me....( as a mom that has slept in her car before with her son...yes, that "gesture" did indeed mean alot...but that is me).
Compassion is about gestures....touching someone, making eye contact, listening, and caring.....and sadly many don't believe that there is any left here....
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there is actually funding in the Stimulus to help states that are struggling with Homeless needs- sheltering and also expansion of school lunch and after school programs, and also soup kitchen funds and medical clinic funds.....also extension of umemployment benis will help people....pay bills and get on their feet ( if the stimulus goes through the way it was first written , atleast 19 states would be aided...)

The ARM issue needs to be worked on, but there are many housing issues that are crippling this country....especially the number or renters that have lost housing in this mess, because the banks are kicking people out....The Mortgage mess and Bank mess needs to be addressed - and I will be honest I have not seen near enough addressing those issues... ( banks should be allowing folks to stay,esp if they are renting- the banks are being greedy- when they should accept rent- instead of merely flooding the market with empty houses).