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Tue Jan 17, 2017, 12:06 AM

Obamas donate White House playground

Source: MSN/USA Today

WASHINGTON — With just four days left living at the White House, President Obama donated their daughters' south lawn playground to a Washington homeless shelter as part of a Martin Luther King Day service project Monday.

"Malia and Sasha's Castle," as the wooden play set was known, is now at the Jobs Have Priority shelter, a 28-apartment complex in southeastern Washington.

The Obamas even showed up to demonstrate how to use the equipment. The president pushed two girls in the swing, while Mrs. Obama showed a younger boy how to use the rope swing.

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President and Mrs. Obama also spent about half an hour helping to paint a King-themed mural at the center, which primarily serves young African-American mothers with two to three young children, many with a mental, developmental or physical disability.

Read more: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/obamas-donate-white-house-playground/ar-AAlVDEu?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=iehp



Of course, according to Republicans, President Obama should be out 24/7 trying to convince everyone to forgive Trump's many insults in the interest of unity.

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Reply Obamas donate White House playground (Original post)
TomCADem Jan 2017 OP
TreasonousBastard Jan 2017 #1
KittyWampus Jan 2017 #8
No Vested Interest Jan 2017 #10
InAbLuEsTaTe Jan 2017 #26
Bayard Jan 2017 #23
nini Jan 2017 #47
Liberalagogo Jan 2017 #27
George II Jan 2017 #2
dembotoz Jan 2017 #19
rug Jan 2017 #3
LeftInTX Jan 2017 #4
forgotmylogin Jan 2017 #6
philosslayer Jan 2017 #28
rug Jan 2017 #29
philosslayer Jan 2017 #31
hibbing Jan 2017 #5
calimary Jan 2017 #7
sheshe2 Jan 2017 #35
calimary Jan 2017 #41
sheshe2 Jan 2017 #42
mnhtnbb Jan 2017 #45
Lithos Jan 2017 #51
mnhtnbb Jan 2017 #13
milestogo Jan 2017 #14
LisaM Jan 2017 #37
kskiska Jan 2017 #38
milestogo Jan 2017 #40
Silver Gaia Jan 2017 #16
hibbing Jan 2017 #17
Sorceress Jan 2017 #18
sheshe2 Jan 2017 #43
Crash2Parties Jan 2017 #48
Cha Jan 2017 #9
sheshe2 Jan 2017 #36
xor Jan 2017 #11
BumRushDaShow Jan 2017 #12
Grammy23 Jan 2017 #32
BumRushDaShow Jan 2017 #34
sheshe2 Jan 2017 #44
Crash2Parties Jan 2017 #49
sinkingfeeling Jan 2017 #15
maxrandb Jan 2017 #20
harun Jan 2017 #21
Crash2Parties Jan 2017 #50
IronLionZion Jan 2017 #22
Bayard Jan 2017 #24
IronLionZion Jan 2017 #25
kskiska Jan 2017 #39
GoCubsGo Jan 2017 #30
Warpy Jan 2017 #33
Scurrilous Jan 2017 #46
DFW Jan 2017 #52

Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 12:09 AM

1. Saw that on the local news-- I can see not agreeing with some of his actions and postions, but...

he is one of the most gracious Presidents in my memory.

Has anyone ever seen Trump crack a smile?

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 02:19 AM

8. Good question. Has anyone?

 

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 03:00 AM

10. Trump never laughs.

Has anyone ever heard a spontaneous laugh out of that man?

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Response to No Vested Interest (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 12:53 PM

26. Thought the same thing... the creep is soulless.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 12:11 PM

23. His hair would break

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Response to Bayard (Reply #23)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 11:18 PM

47. LOL

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 01:15 PM

27. When he

 

stepped on and squashed a puppy AND a kitten?

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 12:17 AM

2. The man just never ceases to impress us. I'd vote for him 20 times more if I could.

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Response to George II (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 10:18 AM

19. Problem is the gop has convinced folks that u probably already did

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 12:22 AM

3. That had to be one of the hardest things they've had to do.

 

Not the most important but the hardest.

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Response to rug (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 01:00 AM

4. I know....

It was Sasha and Malia's
It was offered to Trump and he rejected it.

However, I'm glad that it is going to a group who will appreciate it.

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Response to rug (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 02:02 AM

6. Knowing them, it wasn't.

Their girls aren't going to use it and have bright futures. The equipment will be loved and enjoyed by many more children.

Also, Trump won't be able to smuggle in hookers to pee on it.

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Response to rug (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 02:48 PM

28. Not really

 

Once kids outgrow playground equipment... its easy to get rid of it. Been there, done that.

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Response to philosslayer (Reply #28)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 05:20 PM

29. I still have my kids' first diaper in my sock drawer.

 

The oldest is 25, the youngest 15.

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Response to rug (Reply #29)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 05:25 PM

31. I wouldn't open that sock drawer.

 

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 01:54 AM

5. What about the White House garden?

You just know the dipstick is going to have the plowed over and replaced with god knows what.


Peace

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Response to hibbing (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 02:09 AM

7. Whatever it is, it's bound to have a stripper pole in it.

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Response to calimary (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 07:43 PM

35. You cracked me up with that one!

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #35)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 09:55 PM

41. I envision such a pole being custom fitted to the First Floozy.

So she'll think it's just for her, while he expects to sneak other pole-dancers when he's sure she isn't looking.

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Response to calimary (Reply #41)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 10:00 PM

42. First Floozy!



They installing a pee pee pool as well? Mellow yellow~

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #42)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 10:15 PM

45. Maybe that's really why he wants to move the press: the WH pool built by FDR

is under the current press briefing room. There was a program about it not long ago--can't remember where I saw it--but Nixon is the one who moved the press
to the current location built over the old pool.


http://www.whitehousemuseum.org/west-wing/press-briefing-room.htm

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #42)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 11:26 PM

51. Trump will feel right at home

This is his kind of trickle down economics...

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Response to hibbing (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 06:26 AM

13. It will be preserved into the future by a $2.5 million donation to the National Park Foundation

WASHINGTON – The White House Kitchen Garden will be maintained and preserved into the future, thanks to a $2.5 million donation from the Burpee Foundation and the W. Atlee Burpee Company to the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. The donation, part of the National Park Foundation’s $350 million Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, was announced today during an event with First Lady Michelle Obama at President’s Park (White House).

https://www.nationalparks.org/about/pressroom/press-releases/25-million-donation-preserves-white-house-kitchen-garden


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Over the summer, Michelle Obama commissioned a team of faculty members and students from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture to design a communal table and gathering space for the White House Kitchen Garden.

With the Obamas’ time in the White House drawing to a close, the announcement came recently that the White House Kitchen Garden will become a permanent part of the South Lawn, thanks in part to a $2.5 million donation from The Burpee Foundation. The first lady introduced the kitchen garden in 2009 as part of her “Let’s Move!” initiative, which fights childhood obesity and promotes healthy lifestyles.

The University of Virginia team, led by landscape architecture professor Elizabeth K. Meyer, was tasked with creating garden spaces and structures that encouraged community, as guests visiting the garden range from schoolchildren to dignitaries.

“The first lady was interested in the garden not just as a place to produce food, but as a social space where children and adults can gather to learn something about the relationships between gardening, food and their own health and well-being,” Meyer told UVAToday.


http://www.totallandscapecare.com/landscaping/white-house-kitchen-garden-made-permanent/

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 08:23 AM

14. I can't imagine any Trump ever setting foot in a garden space.

They don't have pets and they probably don't have plants either.

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Response to milestogo (Reply #14)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 09:16 PM

37. Speaking of that, I wish the pet thing would have come up during election season.

One of the pet stores (I think PetCo, might have been PetSmart) put out a piece detailing each candidate's policy on animals. I forwarded it along on Facebook and got zero traction with it, but Hillary had by far the best position, a whole section of her website devoted to it, not to mention that she has pets.

I understand that people have allergies, or live where they can't have pets, or that they can't afford them, but in one sense, it's a measure of a person to gauge how they think animals should be treated. In fact, a few people from my high school, who I know voted for Trump, are huge animal lovers, one of them even devotes hours a week to a shelter. I know this is the kind of information that might have swayed them, but like every positive thing about Hillary, it seemed to be kept carefully out of sight.

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Response to milestogo (Reply #14)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 09:16 PM

38. I doubt the Trumps will set foot on Camp David

Can you picture it? The Trump family in a rustic setting wearing camp attire and riding horses western style? I'm sure the SS would prefer they did, since it's probably the most secure setting they could imagine.

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Response to kskiska (Reply #38)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 09:26 PM

40. Wherever they go there has to be a "glam room" for Melania

so she can spend 1.5 hours putting her face on.

Maybe Cheeto should spend some more time putting his face on, come to think of it.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 08:44 AM

16. Awesome! Thank you so much for this!

I've been worried about Michelle's garden. As a fellow gardener who cherishes all things green and growing, it means a lot to me.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 09:32 AM

17. Great

Thanks for this information, I'm glad it will be maintained.


Peace

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 10:03 AM

18. Thank you for posting this! This is fantastic news!

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 10:01 PM

43. K&R your post.

Awesome

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 11:21 PM

48. That'll be the first national park the GOP sells off

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 02:48 AM

9. "The Obamas even showed up to demonstrate how to use the equipment. The president pushed two girls

in the swing, while Mrs. Obama showed a younger boy how to use the rope swing."

Of course they did!


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Response to Cha (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 07:47 PM

36. Love them, Cha.

Ha. Michelle probably shinnied up that rope in 2 seconds.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 03:24 AM

11. Glad it's going to a place where it will be appreciated. The comments on that article though.

I swear these people will shit on anything. Instead of just saying "wow, that's a positive thing", they are instead saying it was paid for by taxpayers and demanding proof that the Obama's paid for it.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 06:10 AM

12. Here's the video at the OP's link

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 06:43 PM

32. That brought tears to my eyes! They are such good people!

Loved the reaction of the child who grabbed President Obama to return the hug he gave her. I will miss the Obamas so much because they are so genuine, so real! I just cannot imagine tRump ever acting like that. Not in a million years.

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Response to Grammy23 (Reply #32)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 06:59 PM

34. Oh I know



The little ones love the swings and love being pushed and he has that perfected! I am glad that this facility got such a beautiful and functional present that the children will enjoy for years to come.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 10:05 PM

44. Thank you for that BRDS

Tear and a smile.

Goddess, his hair is almost 100% white now. I swear it was not a month or so ago.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #44)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 11:22 PM

49. It's hard to believe it's been 8 years. They all looked so young at the 1st inauguration.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 08:28 AM

15. Wonderful family values on display.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 10:19 AM

20. But then what is Trumpy Man-Baby going to play on

Sad!

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Response to maxrandb (Reply #20)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 10:38 AM

21. He's just going to sit in the corner and rage tweet.

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Response to maxrandb (Reply #20)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 11:23 PM

50. Trump hates chain swings; small hands.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 12:10 PM

22. Trump doesn't want little Barron to play outside?

Or rather Melania and Barron will just stay up in their ivory trump tower while NYC continues to pay $1 million each day for their security.

I miss the Obamas already.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #22)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 12:18 PM

24. Ya know, I haven't figured that out yet

How do you spend $1M a day on security? Do they have the whole place surrounded by an army?


Barack is MY president. The Obama's have been such good family role models, and just very decent people. Especially compared to what is invading the White House.

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Response to Bayard (Reply #24)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 12:26 PM

25. Traffic on roads, sea, and air have to be managed

http://www.amny.com/news/politics/trump-tower-security-street-closures-cost-to-nyc-taxpayers-and-more-to-know-1.12685401

Street closures to restrict foot traffic while still allowing people to access homes and businesses requires a lot of security officers to screen people.

Congested urban areas are expensive and difficult, and far removed from the areas where people voted for Trump.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #22)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 09:19 PM

39. Barron has a whole floor to himself

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with white walls that he's encouraged to draw on. He prefers all white bed linens and decor. His mother would slather him with her unsold caviar-based moisturizing cream after his bath and he absolutely loved it. As his mother said, he's not a sweatsuit kid, and prefers wearing a suit and tie. Little Lord Fauntleroy?

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 05:25 PM

30. Seems like just yesterday that they installed that thing.

These past 8 years sure flew by.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 06:45 PM

33. Good because Trump would just delegate someone to take a dump in it

while he clapped his little hands together in glee, then burn it all down to make room for a new putting green.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 10:34 PM

46. K & R

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 11:52 AM

52. The ultimate contrast

Obama departs with a flurry of activity of doing things FOR people.

Trump comes in with a flurry of activity of taking things FROM people or doing things TO people.

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