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Michelle Obama urges Pleasanton Council to listen to Obama's speech tonight

First Lady says president's talk will be about 'challenges you face'

Although the Pleasanton City Council has a regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. tonight, President Obama's wife wants its members to be sure to tune in to her husband's 6 p.m. "State of the Union" address first.

In an email to council members and city staff, First Lady Michelle Obama, with a subject line titled "The most important story," urged them to watch the address. She included a video, "The Road to the State of the Union," in which the president talks about national priorities that he will discuss tonight.

"Tomorrow night, Barack will deliver his sixth State of the Union address," Mrs. Obama wrote in an email sent yesterday. "That means tonight, he'll be sitting down at his desk, reviewing each and every word to make sure his speech tells the most important story: yours."

She continued:

"For Barack, that is what this address is about. Not politics or partisanship, but the lives you lead, the challenges you face, and the future you hope to build for yourself and for your children. Every day, he reads those stories in the letters folks send to him from across the country.

"Barack sat down to talk about what makes the address so personal for him, and what will make 2015 special.

"Make sure you watch the video -- then join me and millions of other Americans on Tuesday in watching the State of the Union.

"I have the honor of watching Tuesday's speech with a few of the inspiring Americans who shared their story with Barack this year. So go to WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU, watch the president reflect on this year's address, then tune in tomorrow at 9 p.m ET. Thanks,

"First Lady Michelle Obama"

This email was sent to citycouncil@ci.pleasanton.ca.us/

So if the City Council meeting is a bit late getting started tonight, Plesanton constituents now know why.

Comments

15 people like this
Posted by Whata Crock
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 20, 2015 at 8:22 am

If the City Council actually delays the Council meeting for Obama's speech, that would be the height of irresponsibility. State of the Union speeches are purely political theater with little to nothing to due with actually governing the country, and especially nothing to do with managing the City of Pleasanton. Obama has been devoting all of his attention recently, other than vacationing and playing golf, to this State of the Union address - while devoting little attention to pressing needs of governing the country.

This will be a true test to see whether the focus of the City Council is governing Pleasanton or being lock-step left-wing loons.

PW, please report whether the Council actually delays the meeting for Obama's political theater.


9 people like this
Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 20, 2015 at 8:46 am

At work I've sat through many meetings where nothing said applied to me or my department and did nothing but waste time.
I think the same will be true for our city council if they stop what they are doing to listen in on Obama's speech.
The difference is that at work I get paid to attend the meeting, whether or not it's meaningful.


10 people like this
Posted by happycamper
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jan 20, 2015 at 8:55 am

I don't see anything wrong with delaying the meeting. Respect the leader of our country, regardless if you believe in his agenda. I am more concerned about other issues than the council listening to the State of the Union. If the council does not care to listen to our President, than they are definitely not going to care to listen to the concerns of our community.


13 people like this
Posted by Hoops
a resident of Rosepointe
on Jan 20, 2015 at 9:07 am

Why should citizens listen to a man who has demonstrated little competence and integrity since his election. Is there any reason to believe his message this time will be any better?


10 people like this
Posted by Educated
a resident of Foothill High School
on Jan 20, 2015 at 9:09 am

To Pleasanton City Council:

Do you have a DVR? Use it. If not, watch the replay that the cable news shows ALWAYS have.


10 people like this
Posted by George Withers
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Jan 20, 2015 at 9:12 am

The Council could record it, and then watch it, when they have nothing better to do.


7 people like this
Posted by Fed Up Military Mom
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 20, 2015 at 9:26 am

"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'" - President Ronald Reagan.
"The Constitution is NOT an instrument for the government to restrain its People. It is an instrument for the People to restrain the government." -
Patrick Henry.
This government and its puppet golfer in chief with an anti-American invective rap sheet longer than my child's military accommodations is a traitorous lying race-baiting instigator of our once great nation's demise.
Are you Charlie, PW?, and print my comment?


14 people like this
Posted by Mary
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 20, 2015 at 9:40 am

Seriously? This was news worthy? How many cities received this letter? Business should carry on. SOU is purely political. There is no new information given. Our city council needs to concentrate how this town is going to manage all of the cars on the roads when people move in to all these apartments being built! Traffic flow is bad now!


8 people like this
Posted by Charlie Brown
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 20, 2015 at 10:15 am

Michelle says it's not about politics. To be kind, this is unadulterated bovine scatology, everything Obama does is first viewed by him through a political prism before he does it, he is political to the core.


3 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 20, 2015 at 10:18 am

To "Fed Up Military Mom",

There isn't any evidence that Patrick Henry said that. Unfortunately, misquotes like this abound on the internet.


7 people like this
Posted by Formerly Dan from BC
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 20, 2015 at 10:22 am

Formerly Dan from BC is a registered user.

So the city council receives a spam email from the first ladies office (did it really come from her office?) asking that local business be put on hold so that Obama can be heard? And PW reports this as if no other city got the same spam email?

Goodness...


4 people like this
Posted by to BobB
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 20, 2015 at 10:37 am

Typical Swalwell-dodging reply. I stand by the quotes. Here's another one:
"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." - President Ronald Reagan.
It doesn't matter if you think Patrick Henry quoted this or not.
What DOES matter is that our once great nation and our military serving and retired men and women of our United States Armed Forces and the morals, values, virtues, traditions and Constitution of the People, By the People and For the People are second to this administration's corruption, lies, deceit, traitorous acts, corroboration with enemies and illegal aliens.


5 people like this
Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 20, 2015 at 10:41 am

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
Thomas Jefferson

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."
Winston Churchill


3 people like this
Posted by Respect goes both ways
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jan 20, 2015 at 11:51 am

Happycamper wrote:

"Respect the leader of our country, regardless if you believe in his agenda."

I will when he starts showing respect for all Americans, including the half of the population who disagrees with his policies.


5 people like this
Posted by Slow news day
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jan 20, 2015 at 11:55 am

Gotta be a slow news day when a spam email gets on the home page.


3 people like this
Posted by Anon. Pleas. Resident
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Exactly "Slow News Day." Trashy tactic to create something out of nothing. Jeb has been losing it for a while, but this is downright unethical. Awful, Pleasanton Weekly. Your advertisers on your case to produce more clicks or something?


4 people like this
Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 20, 2015 at 12:50 pm

I for one will not watch. I tuned out some time ago to his empty words. He is the most divisive figure in american history and a shame because we all hoped for him to succeed but only empty rhetoric. The even sadder part is that his antics are killing Hilliary's chances. Be glad when he is gone. Worst President ever.


5 people like this
Posted by A Neighbor
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 20, 2015 at 1:21 pm

To all the haters on this thread (Whata Crock, Hoops, Fed Up Military Mom, etc), do us all a favor and watch the speech before lashing out with your anger and disgust. Your close mindedness is childish and un-American. Having an informed opinion based on the content of the speech will give you some credibility where spewing preconceived opinions and bias does not.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 20, 2015 at 1:47 pm

"It doesn't matter if you think Patrick Henry quoted this or not."

Then why bother to claim that he said it.

"Typical Swalwell-dodging reply."

What makes you think that I have any affection for Eric Swalwell?

Why not try to get stuff right? Everyone makes mistakes. To say "I stand by the quotes" without a shred of evidence is absurd. We aren't all entitled to our own set of facts.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 20, 2015 at 2:00 pm

To "Citizen",

That is another false attribution. As you probably know, there is no record of Jefferson ever saying that. Why make up quotes? Is this some form of faith-based history?

Web Link

"This exact quotation has not been found in any of the writings of Thomas Jefferson. It bears a very vague resemblance to Jefferson's comment in a prospectus for his translation of Destutt de Tracy's Treatise on Political Economy: "To take from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, —the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry, & the fruits acquired by it."


3 people like this
Posted by Haters?
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jan 20, 2015 at 2:25 pm

Someone wrote: "Your close mindedness is childish and un-American."

Sounds like someone "lashing out" with name-calling. Who is the hater?


1 person likes this
Posted by American
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 20, 2015 at 11:47 pm

.....said another way, (government) 'taking from those willing to work and give to those who do not' pretty much describes socialism. And, sadly that was pretty much the theme of tonight's speech.
The email HAS to be a fake, or we are characters in a very tragic nightmare.


2 people like this
Posted by Bart Snopes
a resident of another community
on Jan 21, 2015 at 6:12 am

The Best thing that can be said about all those miss-attributed cut-and-pasted quotes is that they are spelled correctly. That they are attempts to dignify unrelated nonsense and substitute for actual thought -- not so good.

The Prez tonight is the guy I thought I was electing, twice. Good for him. Now, let's hope he continues to do what he can without Congress, and figures out a few good horse trades when he does have to deal with them -- whoever they become. That's a many-headed monster across the aisle now. Maybe Senator Joni Ernst can get in there and wield some hog shears?


2 people like this
Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jan 21, 2015 at 8:04 am

Wow, a lot of anger and spurious quotations by our conservative colleagues. Can't properly quote Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, or Winston Churchill but have to fabricate quotes for each and every one of them. Reminds me of the recent fabrications about the existence of Muslim "No-Go Zones" which Fox News recently made and then had to retract with four apologies. Wonder if our conservative commentators here will be issuing retractions and making apologies for all their misquotes? I'm going to guess not.


3 people like this
Posted by Me
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 21, 2015 at 9:32 am

All American's should listen to all presidents' state of the union addresses. It will allow for more intelligent dissent by opposing sides. Some of the remarks left or right against our nations leaders have always been from the ignorant as can be evidenced by many o the post on this board. We have become a nation of simpletons, naysayers and haters. It is the same slippery slope that creates the likes of extremist like ISIS or the Taliban.


6 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 21, 2015 at 9:45 am

Michael Austin is a registered user.

If commenters were required to identify them selves with their names, and not permitted to TROLL, there would be non of this.


1 person likes this
Posted by Formerly Dan from BC
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 21, 2015 at 10:36 am

Formerly Dan from BC is a registered user.

So what do you have against freedom of expression Michael Austin? <--- not an unrelated question to your continued screed regarding anonymity.

When a very prolific businessman gets fired for the mere act of donating money to a proposition which was passed by the majority of citizens, then we see the end results of complying with your complaint on anonymity.

Again: HE GOT FIRED FOR DONATING TO A PROPOSITION.

To me, your constant complaint on anonymity is directly related to freedom of expression; you'd like that right further limited, we get it!

Sincerely.


5 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 21, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

If your thing is freedom of expression!
Why are you taking issue with my comment?


1 person likes this
Posted by Formerly Dan from BC
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 21, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Formerly Dan from BC is a registered user.

Michael,

Okay I get it. You can't (or won't) explain or defend your position.

You made the comment and when challenged, you resort to sarcasm, or worse, being deliberately obtuse.

Please...continue...

Sincerely.



5 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 21, 2015 at 3:25 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

Well, I have explained and defended my position on this forum on several occasions. You must have missed those topics.
But, I recall your comments on one or more of them.
I posted a topic on TROLLS and explained that "anyone that posts anonymously is a TROLL, there is no other way to slice it". and defended it.
Anyone posting anonymously is not prepared and does not have the courage to take responsibility for what they post.
The person you mentioned regarding the proposition, obviously accepted responsibility for his post.


1 person likes this
Posted by Formerly Dan from BC
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 21, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Formerly Dan from BC is a registered user.

So again, Michael, you feel that someone who uses an anonymous username has no freedom of expression, right?

Let me throw a softball pitch to you: Do you believe the artists massacred at Charlie Hebdo were (even partially) responsible for their deaths?

If not, then what is the difference in stating something anonymously?

And you misread what I wrote. He didn't "post" anything. He "donated".

I won't hold my breath waiting for a direct answer.

Sincerely.

DAN (my real name!)


5 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 21, 2015 at 5:38 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

Problem here, this discussion on posting anonymously is off topic here.
Dan, if you like, I will post a new topic in a day or so on posting anonymously, as in troll activity. Maybe I will dredge up an older topic post, and add on to it for you. I will entertain your point, with counter point short of being ridiculous.


1 person likes this
Posted by Formerly Dan from BC
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 21, 2015 at 9:57 pm

Formerly Dan from BC is a registered user.

I really don't care Michael. Since you have refused to answer any direct questions I don't anticipate you doing so on any other thread.

Save your effort.

Sincerely.


3 people like this
Posted by posterboy
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jan 23, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Dan will state his fervent belief that the sky is yellow, and proudly consider his point taken when you don't join the issue. It is wearisome.


3 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 23, 2015 at 5:16 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

Formerly Dan from BC argument all along has been posting anonymously is necessary because of repercussions. He sites a case where a person was terminated for his or her activity. As it turns out the person never posted a comment. That person made a donation.

That in it self describes Formerly Dan from BC as a confused individual, somewhat misguided in what he is determined to proclaim as fact.


Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

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