A Remarkable Day

“The cameras may leave. The spotlight may shift. But we will be with you every step of the way until Joplin is restored. We’re not going anywhere. That is not just my promise; that’s America’s promise.”

Barack Obama, Joplin, Mo., May 29, 2011

There are lots of great pictures of Barack Obama’s inspirational visit to Joplin on Sunday, but I just want to post one that I think captures much about Mr. Obama and the residents hit hardest by the tornado. Former or current Joplinites know what I mean:

Okay. Maybe two photos:

 [Top: AP; Bottom: White House]

27 Comments

  1. I’m proud to have supported Obama. Being in Joplin was absolutely the RIGHT THING to do.

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  2. ansonburlingame

     /  May 30, 2011

    To all,

    For whatever reason I continue to have difficulty getting to the Globe blogs. I had to back door it through word press to make this comment.

    First I was there during the Memorial Service, about 10 feet away from the podiumn. A guest column expressing my views of the service will be in Tuesday’s Globe. I have high praise for all, particularly the two protestant ministers and the local catholic priest that set the tone for the service. Both the Governor and Presidentsspoke in the same terms and all deserve high praise. No one should politize that event.

    I also have just posted a rather long blog at http://ansonburlingame.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/perspective-pr…n-and-prudence providing my views of where we are today, why we are “there” and what we need to do in the future.

    At least for now consider that blog as my comment to the liberal calls for spending without prudence and priorities in our current turmoil.

    Anson

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    • Anson,

      Let me see. You say,”No one should politize [sic] that event,” then go on to say you have written a blog that we should consider as your “comment to the liberal calls for spending without prudence and priorities in our current turmoil.”

      So, it’s okay to politicize now, I suppose. Good. but I’m not sure I’ll take your advice. It just depends.

      And by the way, I don’t know one single liberal who says we should spend money imprudently or without any priorities. It’s just the opposite. You have been reading too much of that other blogger’s stuff; you know, the one who said I was a traitor.

      Duane

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    • Anson, if you meant for that to not be taken as an insult, and you seemed respectful, you sure picked a poor choice of comment threads to bring up fiscal policy!

      BTW, I can think of many areas that need spending cuts. Disaster relief is not at the top of the list.

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    • good grief

       /  May 31, 2011

      Anson,
      Again, you’ve got to be kidding. You don’t like Barack Obama. But you and many other Anti-Obama opportunists didn’t mind stealing seats from those who lost their homes and loved ones in the recent disaster. Since this event had such limited seating, I was under the impression it was to serve as a memorial honoring those who recently experienced profound loss, not a social gathering for Joplin’s elite, or inept community bloggers. And then you have the nerve to say the event shouldn’t be politicized, but that you were sitting, “10 feet from the podium.” Well, good for you. I’m sure Joplin is anxiously awaiting your “views of the service.” Good grief.

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  3. Duane, have you been hearing anything about a mob assaulting the Westboro bunch? Possibly one incident at “The Flying J’?
    Just curious.

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    • Everything I’ve heard is that they didn’t show up at all. I passed a motorcycle group, rather large, that I assume was here to drown them out. The only incident I know of is some kind of crazy preacher from Arkansas, apparently unrelated to the Westboro bunch, had to be escorted out of town for his own safety. He was taken to the county line and the next county’s sheriff’s department took him to the next one and so on. Or something like that.

      Other than that, there were, of course, a few ‘Nobama” signs among the hundreds of signs, but nothing out of the ordinary. At least that I have heard.

      Duane

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  4. I believe that incident is true. There is a mention of an incident from an ABC affiliate in Springfield.
    There’s a bunch more out there too, some of it from Facebook pages/groups, claiming they didn’t show up possibly because of another incident.

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  5. ansonburlingame

     /  May 31, 2011

    Wow,

    So as a conservative having the opportunity to attend a presidential appearance in Joplin I am somehow not respectful of those that lost it all? Are you kidding me?

    I sat right next to someone that had lost their father. How about Senator McCaskill in attendance? Should she have given up her seat or a host of other Democratic supporters.

    The Governor passed out VIP passes to loyal Democrats. A family member in Springfield is one of them, a big time Democrat behind the scenes. He and his wife could not attend and he gave me and Janet his tickets. And now I am demeaned for attending the service. Again, are you kidding me.

    Now read Tuesdays Globe editorial and tell me that it trashes or criticizes the President in any way. Then go read Monday’s Washington Post article implying that many conservatives “stayed away” from the President’s appearance.

    Every “piece” (now four editorials) that I have written and have been published in the Globe have been stricly focused on praise for Joplin and those from outside supportin Joplin.

    But No, this blog in particular has focused on the politics of recovery, demeaning conservatives for just about anything said or written. Just go back and reread the shock and ridicule written in comments herein when I do respond politically to inane (to me) political comments from Duane and his “ilk”, my word not the “other blogger” that you all disdain to even read!!

    I also note not a single one of you liberals herein choose to comment on my linked blog providing my political views to a degree on recovery. Bottom line in my view VALUES count and values of the highest order are all over Joplin this past week. THAT as the governor said is the foundation to rebuild.

    Now go whine about lack of resources or some government mistep or comment from conservatives about NOT using deficit spending from China to rebuild.

    I would challenge each and every one of you to look at the specifics of recovery needs from a financial perspective and tell me there is NOT some way to reallocate “pork” in our FY 2011 federal budget to fund infrastructre recovery by government.

    But no, you want to generalize over $ Billions, call for an unending open federal wallet and demean anyone that suggests such funds should be used with the correct Perspective, Priority and Prudence.

    It is one thing to argue in the abstract about federal programs, taxes and spending. But now it is “us” not “them”.

    And for you short fused liberals that turn every conservative view into a personal attack (“shows what kind of man you are”, etc) I say……!

    And as always, any of you liberals that want to take “it” to a soap box in Spiva Park for a more public debate, just let me know when.

    Bottom line, I am very proud of Joplin, each and every one of our public leaders, our federally elected public leaders from both parties so far, our state public leaders from both parties and the list goes on. I thought the President as well was on the mark in his speech, tone and demeanor.

    Now if you “guys” want to wail over the sadness and losses, go ahead, whine all you like. For me I am trying, except in these comments here, to focus on the positive and a pragmatic and doable path forward.

    Build on values, emphasize the positives, at least for now, stop thinking of poor Joplin as a Hiroshima, and move forward, TOGETHER. But whine and criticize, only in this blog and related comments. And I again ask, how many of you liberal commenters have an unused spare bed for those that have lost it all??

    Anson

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    • Anson,

      I hesitate to even dignify some of the comments you wrote here, but I will say for the gazillionth time:

      There is EXACTLY ZERO liberals that I know who hold the views about government help that you claim they hold. And I have read nothing that resembles “whining” from any liberal, although I can point you to some of your comments and some from the “other blogger” that, shall we say, haven’t exactly been positive, despite your claims.

      Finally, you wrote,

      But No, this blog in particular has focused on the politics of recovery, demeaning conservatives for just about anything said or written.

      Please point out one—and I mean one—sentence in which I have “demeaned” any conservative for “just about anything said or written.” I have actually praised Roy Blunt and Jo Ann Emerson, who, the last time I checked, claim to be conservatives.

      The only criticism I have had is of Eric Cantor and his “ilk” (you guys need to get a thesaurus) for his first politicizing federal aid to Joplin, and for Billy Long not addressing Cantor’s comments. That’s it.

      Either you have been infected by whatever nastiness is infecting that “other blogger,” or you are hallucinating about something I have written. Either way, you are completely wrong and you are making a false charge, a charge you cannot substantiate. If you think you can, have at it.

      But I have no illusions that any of this will get through. You only seem to hear what you want to hear and understand what you want to understand, facts be damned.

      Duane

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  6. ansonburlingame

     /  May 31, 2011

    Duane,

    “The only criticism I have had is of Eric Cantor and his “ilk” (you guys need to get a thesaurus) for his first politicizing federal aid to Joplin, and for Billy Long not addressing Cantor’s comments. That’s it.”

    You provided the answer that I would have provided had you not done so. Right out of the gate you blogged about OB and then laid into Cantor. Fine, go ahead and politicize recovery with such blogs. But don’t expect me to turn a deaf ear.

    Now go read rebuttals herein challenging “the kind of man that I am”. Go read your own responses to me accusing me of all sorts of “stuff” including some blind adherence to all things conservative and with no compassion for those in need.

    You chose to always write a political blog in repentance of anything conservative you have done in the past. Go ahead. But again, when you ridicule the “right” as it applies to Joplin recovery, again, you will hear from me to counter and disparage such criticism.

    I still challenge you to point out ANY error in judgment by ANY city, state or federal agency or individual, including OB. And your liberal praise for Blunt was because he called for an open wallet to the tune of $3 Billion which right now we do not need or could even use effectively, yet. Blunt himself was pure politics in such a call and HE did not even show up for the Memorial Service that I could see while McCaskill, hated by many in Joplin, was right there.

    Actually, I can point out one error, the slow publication of the dead and missing. It was and is driving Carol crazy. And do you know who “took over” that job of identification and publication? According to Carol it was the FEDERAL team doing the forensics. Care to take a shot at them or do you believe they properly withheld public annoucement of the dead and missing. Either the State or Federal agencies controlled that issue (I’m not sure which) But it was NOT local leaders for damn sure and some folks around here are upset with the delay.

    And I am astounded and insulted by your supporters that demean my attendance at the Memorial Service, even the normally sane Juan. Had I NOT been there, the Tuesday Globe editorial would not have been written in the manner that is was as well. And I defy you to find fault with that editorial or the “Standing Tall” from last Tuesday as well.

    And all I have heard publicly from you is a comparison to Hiroshima and Morgan’s call to not be held hostage. Just who in the hell is holding us hostage right now by withholding anything really needed. And if we are Hiroshima, where is the radiation?

    I do NOT want to see Joplin sounding like New Orleans after Katrina and thank God, “we” are not so sounding, except…….

    Anson

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    • Anson,

      Again you have made a false charge. You said I have challenged “the kind of man” you are and said I expressed an opinion that you have “no compassion for those in need.” I most certainly have not. You have me confused with someone else. Because of time constraints, I haven’t read all the comments on this blog that were not directed to me, but if you have a problem with someone who commented to you, then take it up with them.

      If you wouldn’t correct a commenter on your site, who is also a blogger for the Globe, who suggested I was a traitor to my country, I don’t know why in hell you expect me to monitor every single comment about you on this blog.

      Finally, if you can’t understand the “Hiroshima” metaphor in the context of that piece, then God knows I can’t educate you here.

      Duane

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  7. ansonburlingame

     /  May 31, 2011

    Ok, Hiroshima,

    160,000 died. An entire city was destroyed. All was done by man not nature.

    142 so far have died in Joplin. 30% of a small city was destroyed but 70% of “us” are fine. Nature, not man, did it to us.

    Now show me ANY comparison between Joplin and Hiroshima that is reasonable. To me it is exaggeration and hyperbole. And beneath such a sad and overblown description, I sense a call for help, rather that a call for resilience.

    As for my blog, had anyone called you a traitor therein, I would have been all over them. I would have defended you to the hilt, despite our disagreements politically.

    You have some real “nuts” in comments to your blog and I keep coming back to face them without fear or regret. But in the final analysis, it is YOUR blog, and unless you disparae the “nuts’ along with detractors, then you are ultimately responsible, as I am for my own blog.

    And when you do not call out the “nuts” and remain silent, then you must either be lazy or agree with them to fight some of your own battles for you. That is not the Duane that I know, usually.

    Just watch out who mignt be carrying your “water” on your behalf.

    Finally, go read “good grief” comments to me. And yet you tell me “I hesitate to even dignify some of the comments you wrote here,”

    Do you “dignify” his/hers by your silence?

    Anson

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    • good grief

       /  May 31, 2011

      Anson, I stand by my comments.

      I’m repulsed by your unapologetic attendance of that ceremony. But I’m more repulsed by your self-congratulatory praise for doing so and writing a piece about it when you say, “Had I NOT been there, the Tuesday Globe editorial would not have been written in the manner that is was as well.”

      It’s also worth mentioning that your frequent and shameless plugs and links to your own blog on here are, at best, perplexing, when your own blog has lately been bitter and at times angry in tone and lately insulting to the writer on whose blog you’re trying to link. Anyone who regularly reads the Globe community blogs knows that you and Caldwell love patting each other on the back, which is fine. You’re all grown men, writing about politics, but it’s no secret that the tone of your writing is… inconsistent. Frankly, I don’t know why Graham continues to dignify any of your responses. Clearly, he is more patient and optimistic than I would be.

      That said, I NEVER said that anything you wrote shows “what kind of man you are.” I NEVER said that. I did, however, after directly quoting what I believe was an extremely disturbing part of your commentary, your very own words, I said, “Good grief, Anson. This reveals a lot about you.”

      And it does, Anson. Writing can reveal a lot about a person. What your statements reveal to me, I did not say. Obviously, you made your own inferences, with which you are uncomfortable.

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  8. The Obama visit was all about honoring those who lost their lives and livelihood.
    If this gets him some votes, so what. It was the right thing to do.
    End of story, ’nuff said.

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  9. ansonburlingame

     /  June 1, 2011

    Good Grief,

    OK, I now reply directly to you, whomever you are hiding behind your anonimity. If you are local and want to argue, call me, I am in the phone book. But if you want to stay anonymous and just take your personal shots, then fine as well. And if you are from out of town, then come to Joplin and see for youirself about which I write.

    If you have any kind of brain at all, you can see that my whole theme of comments have been emphasizing VALUES to seed our emergency response and recovery. NO LIBERAL likes to talk about values of the “common man”. All they try to do is put down the “values” of conservative politicians, in many cases using hyperbole and personal ridicule. You do a great job at that tactic and I for one dispise it, whether directed at me personally or any political figure.

    And I am glad you stand behind your previous comments. Shows what you are made of as well. To criticize me for attending a Memorial Service in honor of my own town is so far off the charts I cannot believe it. As for the editorial, challenge it, not me, if you like.

    If someone else could have written a different one or better one, our local editor would have used it for sure. But instead she thought it was on the mark and used it. And believe you me she is a far better person than you and your anonimity suggest you might be.

    Now moving to politics, please show your real colors. Do you believe Joplin recovery should be funded with deficit dollars, ultimately? Simple question. Now answer it with a straight yes or no if you have the guts then explain your answer all you like.

    That is what this whole argument is all about right now.

    Anson

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  10. good grief

     /  June 1, 2011

    Anson,
    I wish your praise for the resilient, compassionate, and hard-working people of Joplin would stop there, instead of frequently accompanying a backhanded insult to people who were victims of other disasters elsewhere, like New Orleans. This romanticized notion that people in the Midwest have some sort of monopoly on these values is absurd.

    You say that, “NO LIBERAL likes to talk about values of the “common man”. All they try to do is put down the “values” of conservative politicians, in many cases using hyperbole and personal ridicule.”

    Pride in your community is one thing, but these statements are not only silly, they are divisive, just as much and maybe even more so as any partisan politics could be. Human beings are human beings, and caring for your fellow man is not exclusive to one political party or to a specific region.

    As for the invitation to look you up to call and argue with you, no thanks. Despite having a blog titled, “I’m not sure. Are you?” it seems impossible to reason with you. You remind me a little of a character in Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles who had “in his raw youth made up his mind once for all the deeper questions of existence, and admitted no further reasoning on them thenceforward.”

    As for your question about my opinion regarding funding for Joplin, I don’t think now, when the city has been hit so hard, is an appropriate time to suddenly quibble over money matters for the sake of politics, or because Anson Burlingame thinks that some people were motivated by greed and didn’t make the “right” choices before the storm.

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  11. ansonburlingame

     /  June 2, 2011

    Good Grief,

    You only reinforce my convictions that you are hiding behind anonymity and are reluctant to engage verbally or really in writing with someone that disagrees with you. For sure Duane does not stoop to such levels and that is one reason I keep coming back here.

    I also note that like most liberals you refused to take a stand one way or the other on deficit spending, in this case as it relates to Joplin. There is always a “Need” to defer such discussion, even if the continued deficit spending, out of control deficit spending moves our country even closer to a disaster like none we have ever encountered before.

    Now welcome to “my” ignore list. That means I just don’t read what you write or comment thereto, unless you have the “guts” to post a comment on my own blog. Then you can really stand by for some arguments. I don’t exclude anyone from that blog, but……

    I remain convinced that reasonable poltical debate serves a purpose. It is obviously impossible for you and me to conduct such a debate.

    Anson

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    • good grief

       /  June 2, 2011

      Anson,
      For once, we agree. It is impossible to debate with someone who responds to critics with such thoughtful comments as, “If you have any kind of brain at all…” Or to say that the local editor is “a far better person than you.”

      That’s fine. It doesn’t matter if you like or respect me. And merely knowing my name wouldn’t tell you a thing about me. I’ll let my comments speak for themselves, as yours do.

      Twist my words all you want, I wasn’t simply critical of your attending a memorial service in honor of Joplin. It’s that under the circumstances, with such limited seating, and given your previous opinions of Obama, I am critical of you capitalizing on what you called the “opportunity to attend a presidential appearance” when your seat could have gone to someone who lost his home or family. And that is to say nothing of what I think about your boasting about what a good job you believe you did covering the event or the implication that people who politically disagree with you aren’t doing their part to help, when you write things like, “And I again ask, how many of you liberal commenters have an unused spare bed for those that have lost it all??” According to several comments you’ve made, you’re clearly proud of how much you’ve done to help the community in the aftermath of the storm, but unlike you, everyone isn’t interested in publicizing their contributions.

      Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.—Matthew 6:1

      Anson, the fact that I don’t feel compelled to comment on your blog is probably the same reason that few people comment on it: because it’s uninteresting, not to mention poorly edited.

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      • Rawhead

         /  June 2, 2011

        Heh, Anson has been reading too much Geoff Caldwell lately… I think it’s beginning to rub off.

        “And merely knowing my name wouldn’t tell you a thing about me. I’ll let my comments speak for themselves, as yours do.”

        I’ve been saying this all along. Anson seems to put too much stock in knowing someone’s identity. Perhaps it’s just another way to discount opinions he disagrees with. *shrug*

        I’m not going to criticize Anson for attending the memorial service though. He has been relatively respectful of Obama as President. Odds are most of the people who lost homes weren’t too crazy about Obama either.

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  12. Sounds to me like Anson should stay away if he’s not wanted here.
    He has his own megaphone and can use it to “ditto” what Faux News says.

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  13. ansonburlingame

     /  June 3, 2011

    Sekanbloger,

    Nope, I will never shy away from political controversy now in my later years. I did not so engage when I was professionally active because I did not have the time or even the interest. But now I do have the opportunity and thus come back “here” all the time to counter the views of many “here”.

    It is nothing more than an exercise in free speech, like it or not.

    As for comparing my writings and views to others, particularly the “hard right” I disagree and offer my blog in total as an example. But that is for the reader to decide for sure, so I offer no rebuttal on specifics.

    Laugh all you like but I consider myself a conservative independent, NOT a Republican all the way in all matters. And there are numerous examples in my writing that reflect such views. But again, feel free to decide for yourself.

    But until the day that Duane “banns” me from his blog and deletes my comments thereto, suck it up and put up with what I say herein or simply ignore me as I now do with two “lame brains” that frequent these pages from time to time, but ONLY two, so far.

    Anson

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  14. 10-4 Anson.
    I respect you, even if we have different views, as well as writing styles and interests.
    I’m not a “lame-brain” by any means, and it doesn’t upset me at all when you imply such things. I don’t have the need to prove otherwise.
    Don’t expect me to go away either, but I won’t (and haven’t) characterized you in a bad light, or insulted you.
    If it gets tiresome, we all have the option to just scroll-over anything.
    Carry on…..and on,

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  15. ansonburlingame

     /  June 4, 2011

    Sek,

    If you pay attention to the tone in the comments in this blog you will know full well whom I consider a “lame brain”. It is not people that disagree with me it is the manner in which they do so using personal vindictiveness that is off the charts. Only two in now almost three years have achieved such heights in ridicule that I now simply ignore them and choose not to argue with them.

    Some of my “supporters’ think I am crazy to continue to engage herein. I don’t. Others think that I overstate my case(s) herein. They may be right. But….

    Anson

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  16. Anso, 10-4 again. I’m new enough here that I don’t know all the commentators here.

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