Friday won’t be the first time an Obama holds an event at a Walmart store. Last year, Michelle Obama took her “Let’s Move” message to a Walmart produce section in Springfield, Mo., where she “disgusted” some citizens who consider Walmart “the single biggest thing wrong with America.”

The president himself is feeling some heat for his planned stop at a California Walmart to speak about energy efficiency. United Food & Commercial Workers Union president Joe Hansen is urging President Obama to speak with Walmart workers about their struggles.

In a statement, Hansen said that on Friday, “President Obama will stand side by side with a company known for low wages, few benefits, unreliable hours, discrimination against women, violating workers’ rights, and yes, environmental degradation.”

Protesters are getting a head start on their signs.

  • Maxx

    When you are union lemmings finally going to come to grips with reality?

    Like minorities, you were used like a winter jacket. Only when needed (election season). Other than that, you’re “old news.”

    Welcome to Obama’s World. There’s Barry…and then there’s everyone else.

    • Republicanvet

      The membership got fleeced by their leaders, who donated the proceeds to Democrats.

      Same with Keystone. Many unions want it, yet Preezy ShamWow listens to Steyer instead.

    • Informed&Concerned

      Unions are not happy with Michigan’s Rep (running for Senate) Gary Peter’s either – after NO on keystone.
      Hopefully, individual members will express disappointment at polls.

  • JeffWRidge

    Just imagine if Obama were to actually show support for an American company instead of just giving one of his endless speeches at one? The lefties would be beside themselves with rage.

    Incidentally, I wonder just how many Wal-Mart employees support the protests of their employer? I’m willing to bet that most of them are too happy to have any sort of work in this economy to protest.

    • Republicanvet

      Many are happy. Grateful to have a job that doesn’t involve grease pits and flipping burgers and they get good pay with their job.

      • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

        Yep. Which is why they keep voting to not unionize.

        • RblDiver

          Empowering employees with a way to address every person above them in the chain, whoda thunk it? (Even though I didn’t like my manager that much when I worked at Sams, I appreciated that there was a policy where if I wanted to complain I could proceed up the chain of command, not “talk to your union rep and hope/pray they do something”).

        • bungopony

          Well,the pay ain’t great,but I’ve worked for unions,too.

    • Maryland_Malcontent

      Didn’t he give support to GM and Solyndra (et al)?

      • JeffWRidge

        I’m not sure that throwing taxpayer money at them qualifies as supporting them. More like corporate welfare.

      • Suzyqpie

        “True engines of economic grow will always be companies like Solyndra,” quote Pres 0bama.

        • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

          I wonder what they did with the money Obama poured into them.

          • Suzyqpie

            George Kaiser, 0bama bundler and board of directors of Solyndra member, created a holding company from the remnants of Solyndra in order to write off the tax-loss carry-forwards borne from the Solyndra bankruptcy. So the taxpayers got hosed twice on Solyndra. Pluperfect example of crony capitalism.

          • bungopony

            A f*ckin’ mondo crack party!?

    • bungopony

      I work at WalMart.I do not need some pious little snot presuming to speak for me-fuck off,Hansen!

      • annoyinglittletwerp

        I work at Walmart too. DITTO!

  • WhoDat

    Buy local.

    • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

      Cool. There’s a local Walmart right in town.
      BTW-Sam Walton started the company and built it up into the success it is now by owning the channels of distribution and closely monitoring the profitability of each product and giving the boot to that which doesn’t sell well enough. You see, back when he started out, any person could decide to build a company from the ground up and be successful without the government breathing down their neck. If Walmart disappeared, how many tens of thousands would be unemployed? Of course that would probably be a good thing in Obamaland-more people fully dependent on the government.

      • WhoDat

        It’s about Walmart being good stewards of their communities.

        They should, if they aren’t already, buy the most local products to sell in their stores.

        • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

          By employing lots of local people and providing merch at prices us ‘po folk can afford.

          • WhoDat

            With a majority of it made in China.

          • IBXNJ

            Walmart does not manufacture ANYTHING they are a retailer. Most of those products that are made in the PRC are made by major brands. Walmart recently started a new promotion where Walmart will spend $250 BILLION on product made in the US

          • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

            Because it’s cheaper (as sad as that is, but that’s another topic altogether). Walmart provides goods cheaper which is why they’re so successful. If we are to blame anyone for purchasing the cheapest goods available, it’s the consumer.

          • drw

            Cheaper is OK as long as you realize the whole cost. For example, thirty some-odd years ago I needed a circular saw. I bought one from a chain, it was cheap and made in China. Three months later, I needed to buy a circular saw. I bought one a bit more expensive, from a chain, it was made in China. Nine months later I needed to buy a circular saw, I bought one from a hardware store, it cost about what I had paid for the two previous saws, It was made in the USA, I used it again yesterday.

          • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

            Yep. You get what you pay for.

          • CVN65

            Yeah, there are some things that you just need to pay for. Tools are things that you keep and use forever. There’s lots of stuff that doesn’t last and it is that sort of thing I purchase at WM.

          • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

            Instead of holding that against Walmart, why not hold it against politicians who tax businesses so excessively that they fire their workers and take their business overseas and import their products to the US?

            Oh right, because that would involved criticizing Messiah.

          • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

            Seriously, where do you get products everyone needs like soaps, cleaners, paper products, etc.?
            Clothes you can get at Goodwill or garage sales. You can get produce at the farmers’ markets in season and for a premium price. Everything else is mostly confined to big chain stores. For the most part, “locally owned” = higher prices for a reason. I think they called it “economies of scale” when I took econ classes,.
            Where I live, there is a grocery chain that is run by local people and claims to be employee owned. They generally have the best prices and biggest selection outside of Walmart.

          • CVN65

            And a big “Thank You” to unions for making American products unaffordable to sell in mass quantities. They almost killed the automobile industry but haven’t managed to quite finish off that goose yet.

        • Maryland_Malcontent

          What if I want Chinese fish or South American oranges?

          Why should Walmart be forced to subsidize the local businesses? Can local businesses keep up with the demand? Walmart has product standards and those would be hard to keep up when each Walmart is getting products from different suppliers.

          • WhoDat

            Of course, there are exceptions.

            I just believe supporting local owners before padding the pockets of multi-billionaires.

          • journogal

            Who gives back in so many ways. Are you familiar with their charities, the incredible art museum, Crystal Bridges in Bentonville or what they’ve done positive in Bentonville and Arkansas itself? Do you know what a Wal-Mart can add to a small community? Or do you just hate multibillionaires, who worked for their money and support Democrats?
            EDIT: I can add what you told me when I tried to point out how businesses could not afford “greening” in the climate change thread, isn’t this all Econ 101? Can everyone compete?

          • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

            Why is being a millionaire or billionaire a bad thing?

          • journogal

            Since millionaire or billionaire Democrats/liberals have gone around saying so. Well, it’s bad to be a millionaire or billionaire Republican, but rich Democrats (Hollywood, Buffet, etc.,) are accepted.

          • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

            I believe in feeding my own family the cheapest way possible, despite costs of everything skyrocketing due to our current energy policy consisting of:

            Windmills
            Solar Panels
            Campaign paybacks
            Stopping drill leases on public lands
            Denying permits for pipeline construction
            Raising taxes

            Gasoline has been almost double the price it was in Jan 09, with no hope of coming down. That affects every product that moves in the country.

          • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

            Customers want to save money. If a local hardware store sells a certain tool for $200 while Walmart sells it for less, people will go to Walmart.

            Hate Walmart all you want, but in case you haven’t noticed, the economy sucks and people are trying to pinch pennies.

            And you support billionaires, like Soros and Steyer.

          • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

            Are you willing to pay the premium?
            Are there locally owned stores where you can get your basic life needs? Big chain stores are the only places I know of to get the basic household stuff. I suppose I could get some kind of herbal alternative to shampoo at the hipster apothecary down in the “cool” neighborhood for $20 a bottle instead of the $1.98 I pay for shampoo at Walmart…

        • journogal

          Are you not aware how much they give back to the community with both monetary and in-kind donations?
          What is wrong with choices? Shop at Wal-Mart or not, it’s a personal decision to make. Liberals are working hard to make this country where only a few corporations exist. Regulations and taxes are soon to choke off small to medium sized business; and for larger businesses, if you don’t think a certain way or act a certain way, they are going to do their best in beating you down.
          It’s a choice. Shop there or not, work there or not, but don’t take it away just because a handful of people don’t like it.

        • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

          A lot of their produce is local.

        • rosetta_stoned

          It’s about Walmart being good stewards of their communities.

          Wrong. Wal*Mart exists to make a profit. Not to give back. Not to be a good steward of the community. Not to do any of the other gobbeldygook you leftists demand of private businesses and corporations.

          They exist to make a profit. Period.

      • Maryland_Malcontent

        My town has 2 super walmarts within a 10 minute drive of each other and is building a normal walmart within spitting distance of those 2 (and across the street from a k-mart, which I expect isn’t long for this world). It is madness.

        I wish that golden era of business were still alive and well. Unfortunately, linking this back to walmart, obama voters and walmart shoppers seem to have a lot of overlap. Either that or some punk slaps obama 2012 stickers onto the majority of cars that I see at the stores.

        • mrspinky85

          Where do you live? I know in East Baltimore their are two Walmarts close to each other and a Kmart in between.

          • journogal

            I live in northeast Georgia, my county that I reside in is next to the county that is home to University of Georgia. Within less than a mile, sorting of making a triangle, is Kroger grocery store, Trader’s Joe and Super Wal-Mart.

          • mrspinky85

            I live in SE GA now. Only big store in our town I’d Wal-Mart.

          • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

            How in the world does a Kmapart survive between 2 Walmarts? I worked my way through college at Kmart & went through their management program (a bigger joke than you can imagine). Kmart is the Obama administration of retail. You’re never quite sure if they’re really evil or really inept.

          • Maryland_Malcontent

            The K-Mart that stands across from the in-progress Walmart has been the only K-Mart in the area to survive. It reinvented itself and while it doesn’t thrive it does a bit more than merely survive.

            Though once Walmart opens up shop I’m sure there’ll be yet another area K-Mart building vacant. That could be an issue as the site of the Walmart was formerly an Ames (a store that was kinda like K-Mart) and the Ames stood there abandoned for over a decade, with at least one ahole killing himself trying to loot the copper wire out of the place during that time, before it was finally torn down (due to government…guess walmart had the bribe money). Who knows how long that K-Mart could stand vacant?

          • Maryland_Malcontent

            I’m south of B’More, down in the Annapolis/B’more suburbs.

        • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

          I go to Walmart for the life basics (shampoo, contact solution, etc.) because they’re cheap. Target is more aesthetically pleasing, but I can count on paying a couple of bucks more for what I need from there. I’m living on very little at the moment and frequent Goodwill, Aldi and the dollar store, so I guess I’m rubbing elbows with the EBT crowd. I do fight the urge to deface cars with Obama stickers on them. Yup, he’s been great to you, hasn’t he?

          • Maryland_Malcontent

            I’m not really against Walmart. Getting to them is just a colossal hassle for me.

            Does Aldi’s do EBT? I’ve never been to mine as, looking at the ads, I’m often better off going to other stores, but family members have and they use only cash there. That led me to believe that Aldi’s was a cash-only enterprise…

      • CVN65

        Think of all the free time and family time they’d have when unencumbered with the task of earning a living. If you think about it, it’s really a crime that WallyWorld stays open and consumes the lives of all of those good people. They’d be far happier on govt assistance giving their all to their kids and hobbies.

        • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

          But where would they hang out all day? I wonder if it dawns on any of the idle, government supported people who go to Walmart that the people waiting on them are at least as poor as they are, and there’s usually a help-wanted sign up. I’ve wondered if the government unemployed look at the people behind the Walmart counter as being kind of stupid when you can make the same pay for not working.

    • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      I swear, that whole “buy local” thing is just one of THE most absurd BS ‘feel good and pointless” endeavors ever.

      There are still people employed by chains, whether grocery stores or restaurants. “Buy local” wants to screw local employees who couldn’t get hired at a mom & pop establishment.

      But on the other hand, in general, liberals think “Buy American” is a laughable joke, though it makes FAR more sense than “buy local”.

      So freakin’ silly. Delusional as well. Probably should get a ribbon to wear for the “buy local” movement. Ribbons are so useful for empty self-congratulations.

      • Notorious M.E.G.

        The ribbon makes me think of Seinfeld 😉
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSnB9XCMRaI

      • WhoDat

        The large chains will always have customers and will be in business. I just believe we should support local owners first.

        • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          As will local businesses if they compete. There is nothing inherently better about local businesses. Businesses evolve or die.

          Unless you’re still getting ice blocks and coal delivered to your home. By horse drawn carriage.

          • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

            We have two Super Walmarts and a Sam’s Club. I wish I took some before and after pictures, because once they opened up, other businesses flocked to that area. That includes specialty stores such as furniture, communications, bakeries and hardware. Walmart brings in people, and it doesn’t sell everything. It’s a myth that Walmart kills small business (there are always exceptions, but as a rule, it’s a myth). If the business in question is savvy enough, they can succeed with Walmart nearby. They just have to be creative.

          • drw

            Local businesses often can’t compete. Thus the demise of most local businesses. The issue is economy of scale. A nail manufacturer, for example, can afford to sell their product at much lower prices (per piece) to someone willing to buy a full day’s production than they can to 50 or so independents who wouldn’t be able to resell that volume in 20 years. The smaller vendor, in order to get the volume discount, would need to store the excess inventory (storage space isn’t free) and also pay inventory taxes on the unsold merchandise annually (increasing the per piece cost). National chains employ locals and some of their profits are returned to the local economy but, small business owners live locally and all of their profits are returned to the local economy. Add to that they have a greater stake in the welfare of the community and are less likely to abandon it if profits shrink for a time. Personally, I don’t mind spending a few extra cents for a pound of nails if it means “my friend Joe” can continue to support his family and stay in the community he grew up in or chose as his own.

          • GaryTheBrave

            The economy of scale issue is resolved for many businesses by becoming members of a large co-op. Many local grocery stores align themselves with companies like Associated Grocers because AG buys by the truckload and passes on the savings to their members.

            There are many other companies that are set up the same way. NAPA, Ace Hardware, Sysco are all companies that serve auto shops, hardware stores, and restaurants respectively. The local business keeps their identity but get somewhat of a discount because their order is combined with other orders.

          • drw

            And that’s a good thing, I agree and understand. My post was intended as a reply to “As will local businesses if they compete.” One problem is that not all local businesses have that option. Another is that if you’re already at Wal-Mart for socks, why not save the extra stop and just go-ahead and get the Chinese nails.

        • journogal

          I think people should have a choice. Choices are good. I love Target, but also frequent local shops as well. Choices. Making one’s on decision. Shop there or don’t shop there, but don’t take away places people do shop, so you can prove a point.
          By the way, in smaller towns, there aren’t many local businesses and Wal-Marts are much needed and welcomed.

        • Russ

          Around here, most of the locally owned businesses are antique stores, and boutiques that mostly sell goods imported from third world countries. Other than that, there are a few contractors and non-chain restaurants. I’ll shop where I can find what I need for a fair price, but won’t go to a fast food place, just because it’s a locally owned franchise. Why? Because I won’t eat fast food unless it’s the only thing available at an interstate rest area halfway across the country.

        • DwellsInFire

          I just bought a Mohu Leaf TV antenna at Walmart so I could cancel my cable TV. Turns out that antenna is made right hear in Raleigh NC just a few miles away. So I unknowingly supported a local business by shopping at Walmart. I also bought a really nice Tramontina pan there, then looked to see where it was made, and it too was made in the US (I think Texas). Maybe not local to me, but local to Texans. So shopping at Walmart does support some local businesses, and it’s not all Chinese made junk.

          • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

            I’m actually surprised how much is made in USA.

          • drw

            That’s the saddest post on the thread.

          • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

            I know, right?

        • Jay Stevens

          Walmart once was just a local business, along with Apple and Microsoft.

        • JR48

          First you have to have local owners in order to do that. Take a coast to coast drive and then ask yourself what you can find that is local in the middle of a corn field.

        • journogal

          You realize that some of the produce in Wal-Mart is from local and regional farmers? I know of a farmer whose tomatoes have passed Wal-Mart’s standards, and now Wal-Mart’s within a 80 mile (may be a little more) radius of their farm carries their tomatoes.
          When it’s peach season, Wal-Marts here carry Georgia peaches.

        • LegalizeShemp

          The locals prices are higher, people shop low price.

        • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

          Local businesses that charge more in a bad economy.

          And many local businesses aren’t equal opportunity, because in my town, they only work their relatives and friends. Only large chains like Walmart and McDonalds and places like that will hire outside their families and friends.

        • Tom Winegar

          I agree, I take my grand daughter to McDonalds and KFC but also to the family owned burger and chicken stops just to make sure they remain viable.

      • drw

        Yeah because those “local” business owners are only out to get deeper into your pocket. I mean the nerve of some people, trying to make a living in their own community. Sheesh, you’d think they’d know better. There’s obviously no point in trying to make it on your own, variety is sooo yesterday and carrying product that isn’t produced the cheapest way possible, even though it works better and lasts longer, so what? If I can’t buy a gallon of milk, that spent 3 days in the back of a semi, without having to walk at least 200 yards and stand in line for 20 minutes well, its just not worth buying.

      • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

        It’s the shortsightedness of all the “feel-good” ideas that are pushed on us. The left particularly doesn’t think far enough to take side-effects into account.
        As you said, buy locally punishes local people who work for big companies. Just one in a long list of short-sighted pushes.
        “Health insurance for all the uninsured!” Side-effect: prices went up for everyone else, existing policies regulated out of existence and you can’t just pay out of pocket without paying the government a fine.
        “Save the environment! Buy green stuff!” Side-effect: prices go up, existing companies are put out of business, paving the way for companies Obama owes favors to.

    • LegalizeShemp

      And pay much higher prices.

    • drw

      Something we agree on.

  • http://www.jabootu.com/acolytes/bnotes/ Apostic

    Wonder what would happen if the greeter tried to get him to leave. (“Hi, and you’re not welcome to Walmart.”) I’m thinking sales up about thirteen percent.

    • tops116 ✓Quipper

      “I’m sorry, sir. It’s the new store policy. We reserve the right to refuse people who gave themselves exemptions to Obamacare.”

      • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

        Enemies of success and capitalism are not permitted.

  • Maryland_Malcontent

    Why is Walmart letting this happen?

    Even democrat politicians are distancing themselves from obama so why is Walmart letting him in?

    • Republicanvet

      For the same reason other businesses do anything with him. They either want help, or hope they won’t be further targeted.

      Given his history, they should know better.

    • Stupid Republic
      • Maryland_Malcontent

        Ugh. I had forgotten how much $ Walmart rakes in from food stamps. Thx for the link. Everyone knows to avoid Walmart around the first and 15th of every month. A normal walmart is being built a few miles from my house (within a 10 minute drive of two SUPER walmarts) and I dread what it will bring.

        Around these parts, everyone is on the government dole: either they live on EBT directly (which is why even roadside vegetable stands boast that they accept it), they get government subsidies because they’re refugees or they work for Big Government in DC.

        (and if they’re a private business their clientele consists of people who get their money from the feds so it doesn’t count)

        • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

          I hardly see roadside vegetable stands anymore. I figured the feds shut them down.

          • Maryland_Malcontent

            There are a fair number of “bona fide” roadside stands that are people selling veggies, fruit and, since this is MD, crabs from their cars on the side of the road.

            The one that I’ve seen that accepts EBT is a semi-permanent wooden structure on a farm (a farm that is slowly selling out to the mcmansions and the crony capitalists who build them here). The stand is right up along a public road that bisects the farm.

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    “some citizens who consider Walmart “the single biggest thing wrong with America.””

    If you put it like that, then it’s the perfect place for Obama to give a speech.

  • mrspinky85

    The workers hate Wal-Mart so much that they still work there.

  • Jeffrey Rogers

    If a person does not like their job they are free to quit and find a better one.

  • ToyZebra

    Right now Wal Mart might be the only thing keeping the economy going.

  • http://www.davidsmusings.com/ David

    It’s a shame that the Unions, minority voting blocs are just now realizing they have been nothing more than useful idiots. The Narcissist in Chief is happy within himself now. “Mission accomplished”

  • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

    Yeah Unions he doesn’t need your campaign money or support or votes anymore see he’s done running for public office. Now he’s moving on to the people who can donate to his presidential library fund. But hey thanks for playing.

  • Danny Wheeler

    Walter: Welcome to Wal-Mart! Get your s**t and get out! Have a nice day!

  • Hank_Scorpio

    “I have no marketable skills, other than being able to lift boxes. I totally deserve $25 an hour because Walmart makes a profit.”
    Liberal logic….

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Union Solidarity Int @USILive – has 4,770 followers and those marching orders got 2 retweets..lol

  • LegalizeShemp

    Political prostitutes go where the money and opportunity is, regardless of what they said or did last year or week.

  • QueenB

    Question for the Walmart haters: When are you going to start a company so you can hire the thousands of people who would no longer have jobs if you got what you wanted and Walmart went away?

    • journogal

      Don’t you know the government will supply everything?

      • QueenB

        Oh yes, I forgot. My bad. :-(

      • mrspinky85

        I hope you not talking about AAFES.

    • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

      Libs want Walmart run out of business, but are too moronic to realize that stores going out of business means people losing jobs.

      Although, libs love the idea of jobs being killed.

  • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

    The workers who are unhappy with their jobs can just quit. No one is forcing them to work at Walmart. They can quit their job and then walk up to Obama with their hand out and demand freebies.

  • annoyinglittletwerp

    Speaking as someone who was forced to joined the UFCW in order to work in groceries in Illinois…and who now has been happily employed by a Texas Walmart for a few years….HEHEHEHEHEHEHEH!

  • Love of Country

    Mike Rowe was beaten up recently for narrating a video – where is the matched outrage from the usual left – not just the union…..