Lots more photos here – but there are no captions, so I don’t know who most of these people are
Nice very very nice
Three winners with the same time!
Thanks Chips. GM
I’d like to see PBO grow in his facial hair. I bet he’d look really good. Random but I always see his mustache/goatee stubble in close up photos
No, I don’t think it would suit him.
Have you seen this pic? He looks good w/ it to me.
collegekay, it is a nice looking picture of POTUS. The girls are right cute.
Sasha is one of the cutest babies I’ve ever seen. Look at that little profile and all that chubbiness!
Agree—no facial hair.
Maybe in 2017, but not yet. He looks handsome no matter what.. I kinda like that soft dark around his face where the hairs grow, it fascinates me deeply… Uh oh, did I just write that and post it?
Naughty mat’s out so early in the morning? That’s gotta be a record!
Good Morning Chips and TOD family. I will go immediately and help Chips get the Naughty Mats out. This is going to be such a beautiful day to chill out. It is hot on the West Coast and only early am., so I am going to relax and so I can get ready to make calls to Iowa for my commitment for today. Keep me in your prayers. Heat/Heart. Love you all very much.HZ
Hey HZ – nice to see you. Enjoy the sun for those of us locked in conference rooms!
Ok. Serious question. Does Tapper’s wife NOT have a bra? All that money for not doing his job and his wife can’t find a bra? Sorry….catty, I know…but for crying out loud, she’s meeting the President!
Agree with you DF. That’s what caught my eye first.
Thanks, Jackie…I’m NOT as crazy as I thought! Poor taste, is all…ok at the MTV music awards…NOT to meet the President!
Just to pile on, Jake looks like he’s been hitting the doughnut circuit.
Pile on all you want, on that dork.
Is that the one in the pink dress, flopping around?
I liked her dress. Maybe she has a new kind of bra that you can’t see.
Yup, it’s called the invisible bra.
Okay, the lady in read was loving that hug too much, then the next guy down was acting like Amk would if he got to hug Flotus (ha!). Seriously, everyone on the global stage understands how great our POTUS/FLOTUS are.
Who is that guy ? Grrrr.
I didn’t see your comment before I posted mine down thread. Said the same thing. who is she?
Lady in red was swooning, but can anyone blame her?
Thank Chips. What a beautiful couple!!
Cool pics, even Faux guy Ed Henry ’cause I just can’t be mad at his wife and kids!
Ed Henry has abeautiful family. Too bad he is such an schmuck.
My sentiments, exactly.
Our FLOTUS is just so beautiful! The guy next to her is not bad
5th photo down, notice how the guy’s hand is way around FLOTUS’ waist?! LOL!
Is all well with you?
My eye went right there. I thought to myself, guy you are a little too cozy with our FLOTUS.
Lovely pics. Beautiful First Couple!
Wow! What a beautiful First Couple. No wonder the RWNJ’s go crazy. They have nothing even close to this. We are blessed!
Egad. What are these tools doing at the dinner ?
√ RT @StopRush In key demo, Rush's ratings down 27% in NYC, 31% in Houston, 40% Seattle, 35% Jacksonville. Plus show already losing millions— (@DittoWatch) May 21, 2012
BREAKING: @rushlimbaugh's ratings and #Facebook stock price in a race to the bottom! j.mp/KFBOgs #stopRush #p2— Shoq Value (@Shoq) May 21, 2012
Wow, if he’s losing Texans, that’s pretty bad.
It’s all over but the cryin’!
not until he is breitbarted by god. add murdock and darth to that list. The 3 most ebil men in the world.
*In hushed tone*: “Here, here”.
Don’t forget to set your DVR’s folks. Two important PBO-related events tonight
1. PBS’ In-Performance at Whitehouse from 9:00-10:00PM ET
2. PBO gives commencement address at Joplin High School – livestreamed from WHitehouse.gov at 9:15PM ET.
Excellent – thanks!
The @MittRomney Campaign's 10 Least Favorite Tweets – wp.me/p1asum-u1 @barackobama @mmfa @thinkprogress @dailykos— Defeat GOP 2012 (@Defeat_GOP_2012) May 21, 2012
Romney Economics: This is what he'll do to the 99%. Share it! wp.me/p1cRdS-2tb— BWD (@theonlyadult) May 21, 2012
Morning everybody, hope you all had a great weekend.
BTW who’s the woman in the red dress getting all cozy for her picture with PBO, she looks like she’s in hog heaven. And the picture with the guy in the middle of PBO and Mrs O, my goodness with his arm wrapped almost all around Mrs O waist. People sure like to get “up close and personal”
Yeah, Yeah, I’m just jealous.
‘Adults’ don’t hold the nation hostage
By Steve Benen
I thought of this yesterday when McConnell told CBS’s Bob Schieffer, referencing House Speaker John Boehner, “The Speaker and I have been the adults in the room.”
Ah yes, thank goodness for the adults. McConnell and Boehner (1) backed the Bush/Cheney agenda that added $5 trillion to the debt; (2) decided they no longer liked raising the debt ceiling; (3) held the nation hostage, threatening to hurt the country on purpose unless they got their way; and (4) rejected a White House offer to reduce the debt by $4 trillion.
Nothing says “grown-up behavior” like the antics of an elementary schoolyard bully.
Nice try, McFlaccid.
McConnell is a liar, surprise, surprise, surprise.
Everybody knows that it’s President Obama who is the only adult in the room. So now McConnell wants to try and copy that too. What a joke? It’s infuriating to me that the Republican Party is being treated like they are a credible opposition party on these Sunday shows. The proper response from Bob Schieffer to this nonsense from McConnell should have been to laugh out loud in his face. What a joke?
Wait a minute, what is that lady in red doing with POTUS? Haha!
@SnarkKnoller @Jeanabella ummmm, snark is a…a…ummm…."astute" commenter! (psst…he's on our side!)— Pragmatic Obots (@PragmaticObot) May 21, 2012
Now, that’s funny.
Some folks don’t have the midichlorians for snark.
Oh, look, LL’s word-of-the-day arrived. Maybe everybody else knew it already? Anyway, I ran over to the reference desk and found this definition: “Word imagined by George Lucas to totally f-up the mysticism surrounding the force in Star Wars.”
Yeah, pretty much. LOL.
LOL! Fox News is saying that Solyndra is Robneys answer to the Bain attacks.
Is that all they got? I expected more out of Rove!
High expectations from a low achiever, we shall celebrate soon! Rove, ugh, I can barely stand to type his name, will be in the crying pit along with the rest of the losers who think they are adults because they inhabit grown up bodies. I taught pre-schoolers who had more moral sense.
Solyndra – funding request started under Bush’s Administration. At a strong disadvantage to China because China reinforcing it’s solar industry with steep incentives and undercutting prices of competitors. Private businesses in US taking advantage of China’s deeply lower prices and buying Chinese goods instead of supporting their own American made products (a condition the GOP like to refer to as “the free market” and not “picking winners and losers”). Obama Administration responds with charges against China of dumping their solar products in US and a proposal to enact steep tariffs – retroactively. Plus, Mitt himself has said that some businesses succeed and others don’t – “that’s how America works”.
Let Mitt try and use Solyndra. He’ll walk into a trap of his own making.
Beautiful photos of our pres and first lady! That one head shot of PBO! Whoa! Exquisite!
The meida snakes all like to get their groupie on when they get close to the Obamas, then turn around and do hatchet jobs on them when their back on the corporate masters’ beat. shame on them.
Hi everyone. Hope you’re all getting a good start on the week. Me I’m counting the hours to my B’day on Thursday. I get to be FLOTUS age. Born the same year. Where did all the time go between blissful childhood and now? ugh What do y’all suggest I do to mark that day besides amk telling me to load up on the liquor ?
Hey, you can never go wrong with G&T with ice & lemon wedge. Nevah.
Advanced b’day wishes. Will Fedex two bottles of bombay sapphire. You have to get the tonic yourself.
Aah amk I knew you would come long with “unhelpful” advice, but I love you anyway (platonic, I mean. I don’t want your wife tearing my eyes out). Yep I will toast myself for having come along this far. Dear hubby is out saving the world and can’t make it back in-country b/4 my special day.
He says we should plan a gettaway for June to celebrate both my day & our wedding anniversary. I chuckled cuz I already know that the entire trip will be filled with argument after argument. But it’s all good. That’s the whole point of a 24 yr marriage; you learn to righteously turn every molehill into a Mount Everest, and insist on your version of the mountain. Ha!
Thanks y’all for the recommendations on what to do. I’ll be HAPPY no matter what happens. Cheers in advance!
I hope you have a fantastic day this Thursday – plus in June. How about a spa day, brunch, shopping! Just pamper yourself silly!
Don’t go get all liquored up (listening to amk) because you’ll forget everything you did that day and you want it to be memorable.
Do whatever makes you happy. That’s why we say “Happy” Birthday on the anniversary of our birth. I hope whatever you do you do it with gusto and enjoy!
Yeah, when the package is this pretty, who wants to know what’s inside ?
(Guess where I stole that line from).
I’m dying to know????
joey tribbiani (from friends) on the rejection of his advice – how much time should a gal give a guy, who just broke up with his GF, before she makes a move on him.
His advice? Half an hour.
Ha! I should have known,
I know heh. But I have a soft spot for amk. I especially luv his dry wit. It’s finely honed and sharp as a tack. He can be a pain ….though, especially in his ill-advised war on Wimmin. There I draw the line….:lol:
He is our in-house sweetie pie but I will deny every saying it
While we're building the largest grassroots campaign in history, WSJ notes today we're spending less on operating costs than Bush-Cheney 04— Jim Messina (@Messina2012) May 21, 2012
That’s astonishing! Way to go Team Obama!
Can’t believe how much this well-oiled machine is so well-oiled.
I think the manufacture the special lubricant in-house using a secret formula. It’s been rumored to have an extra-terrestrial provenance. hmmmm… I tells ya, there are secreeeeeeeeeeeets ;lol:
Is Congress getting dumber, or just more plainspoken?
The sophistication of federal lawmakers’ speech patterns is on the decline, with members of Congress now talking, on average, at the level of high school sophomores. According to a new report by the Sunlight Foundation, Congress has fallen by almost a full grade-level since 2005.
The members speaking at the lowest grade levels tend to be freshmen Republicans.
As NPR noted on Monday, “Of the 10 members speaking at the lowest grade level, all but two are freshmen, and every one is a Republican.” That measurement is for all speeches since 1996.
“Particularly among the newest members of Congress, as you move out from the center and toward either end of the political spectrum, the grade level goes down, and that pattern is particularly pronounced on the right,” said Lee Drutman, a political scientist at Sunlight.
“Rarely is the question asked, is our children learning? George W. Bush
those new teabagger Repubs—–dumb as rocks. See: Joe Walsh.
I couldn’t get past the “Is Congress getting dumber” part, without stopping to shake my head. Yep.
Bankruptcy report on Romney's Ampad: Creditors repaid $.002 for every dollar owed— Jim Messina (@Messina2012) May 21, 2012
I love it that the campaign is telling the msm hacks to GFT.
Facebook stock is plummeting….
UPDATE 3: As of 10:30 a.m. ET, Facebook shares were trading at $33.99.
UPDATE 2: Facebook stock continued to drop after markets opened this morning. By 9:45, shares were trading at $33.50.
UPDATE 1: As of 9:21 a.m., Facebook shares were trading at $36.50, down 4.53% in pre-market.
PREVIOUSLY: Facebook shares dropped more than 3.2 percent to $37.02 (as of 8:11 a.m) in pre-market action on Monday, according to a Bloomberg report.
Umm. Who is the dude with his arm around Michelle’s waist. And who da hell said he could do that?
egg.sack.lee. Let’s break his arms.
But amk, Diane (upthread) said that the fella acts like YOU would…
I am special.
You can say that again.
We know that!
yes you are!
Why, thank you ladies….
Wait a minute, you’re not setting me up, are you ? 8O
You are in rare form today. You have me cracking up and I’m suppose to be working. Stop It!
Cman, I was thinking the same thing, and I also was wondering who is the woman in red so close to POTUS.?
How dare you try to ask Mitt Romney questions he doesn't have lies for yet? #nopressconferencessinceMarch— (@LOLGOP) May 21, 2012
"Any way you look at it, coal mining employment is at a two-decade high." wvgazette.com/News/201205170…— Lis Smith (@Lis_Smith) May 21, 2012
Because, the Republicans think that West Virginia is the whole Country. Get it?
The story of how Romney & his partners drove a paper co into bankruptcy, cost 1500 jobs, & walked away w millions:
romneyeconomics.com/ampad/— Lis Smith (@Lis_Smith) May 21, 2012
Lis Smith needs to get on tv. She is good!
A little more detail on Nick Hanauer’s excellent take on income inequality in the U.S. and the politics behind trying to keep his ideas quiet:
MAINSTREAM MEDIA CAN’T ADMIT THE “BOTH SIDES DO IT” MEME IS HOGWASH
If a provocative thesis falls in a forest…
Political scientists Tom Mann and Norm Ornstein — celebrated and respected figures of the Washington establishment — recently argued in an impressive op-ed, “Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.” It seemed like the kind of piece that would spur some debate within the political establishment. That hasn’t quite happened.
So, what’s the problem? Why are Mann and Ornstein missing from the major Sunday shows? Where’s the debate? There are competing explanations for this, though I continue to think much of this is the result of “rules” that dominate much of the establishment’s discourse.
As we discussed a month ago, when it comes to the establishment discussing what ails the American system, the rules dictate that “both sides” are always to blame for everything in all instances. Even if reality clearly shows one party more responsible than the other, no one’s allowed to say so — to assign responsibility to those who deserve it is to be biased and irresponsible.
And these two violated the rules.
Worse, they chastised those who wrote the rules:
I don’t watch Rachel regularly anymore. Has she invited Mann and Ornstein on her show ??
Ahhhh….we finally get to see the full length view of Michelle’s dress. SMASHING! It’s amazing how she consistently outshines everybody at these events — celebrities, models, starlets, she outdoes them all. Go FLOTUS! Love her.
The woman was born for formal wear. Impeccable.
Indeed, meta. Her beige NATO outfit yesterday simply blew me away.
That beige suit was perfection and she. wore. the. hell. out. of. it.
Willard and the media were so hoping to make Ms. Ann into their very on “Michelle.” Alas, their efforts failed. So sad…so sad…
ROMNEY COMES ACROSS AS COMPLETELY CLUELESS ON ECONOMIC POLICY
Dimon’s Déjà Vu Debacle
By PAUL KRUGMAN
The point is that it’s not O.K. for banks to take the kinds of risks that are acceptable for individuals, because when banks take on too much risk they put the whole economy in jeopardy — unless they can count on being bailed out. And the prospect of such bailouts, of course, only strengthens the case that banks shouldn’t be allowed to run wild, since they are in effect gambling with taxpayers’ money.
Incidentally, how is it possible that Mr. Romney doesn’t understand all of this? His whole candidacy is based on the claim that his experience at extracting money from troubled businesses means that he’ll know how to run the economy — yet whenever he talks about economic policy, he comes across as completely clueless.
Okay…I’m happy I wasn’t drinking coffee or grape juice – otherwise my newly cleaned carpet would have been a MESS after seeing this tweet from Snark
HF2 you still should have posted a warning. I am ROFL
Here's another nice one: Gov Romney's dog Jo welcomes him home from campaign trail. twitpic.com/9np83k— Snark Knoller (@SnarkKnoller) May 21, 2012
1. The extra white spots on “Jo.”
2. Willard’s extra-tan hands
Wow! Facebook's stock is dropping faster than Bristol's panties on a first date. Thank you, I'll be here all week.— Chico Delainky (@ChicoDelainky) May 21, 2012
You got any rw twitter pals ? You should RT it to them.
No, no RW twitter pals. They wouldn’t be pals for long.
Come on, fair and balanced and all that shite.
She said she was drunk. Doubt if they came off. Just slide them to the side and you good to go.
I see University of Notre Dame is trying to sue the President over the BC rules. Hmm good luck! This is why I continue to root against them during sporting events, no matter who they are playing.
LOL, a woman that hates Notre Dame football, I’m in love.
Gooood and great getting up morning all you O’s!!!!! What a great new day for us TODsters! Welcome CJ from someone who delurked, not that very long ago. Once you get started, it’s hard to stop. So we have a woman swooning all over PBO and some dude grabbing FLMO (isn’t that a music group?) as if he owns her in the pics for this thread. Hands Off you two!
On the political front, the last day of the NATO gathering here in Chi-town and all is well. Now we’ll get our streets and transportation opened back up for normal everyday life. PBO and FLMO were great host and hostess. I hope they got a chance to peek in on their homestead or at least walk through it or whatever they’d do when traipsing through one’s home alone.
GM Cookemon and Happy Monday!
Yes, “whatever they’d do.”
Good morning, cookemom!
yep, I’m thinking there’s probably a few pieces of furniture that hold sentimental value, or are in need of closer inspection for,…..uh…sturdiness.
Yep, and perhaps a magic carpet under the few pieces … so … perhaps … they don’t move across the floor when the … uh … sturdiness is tested, and everything goes flying.
Make me gag. Thomas Roberts of MSNBC just interviewed that great sage Jodi Kantor of the NYT, re-emerging with a story about Willard and his religion. Now she purports to know what he prays about, from her “sources” or just her own guesstimates, who knows. Please keep her out of the public eye, people, and let her take Willard with her. Double gag.
Did she mention that he has admitted to personally re-baptizing people of different faiths after their deaths ?
No, of course not. She didn’t mention the victims of the Holocaust who were baptized, either, both before and after his church promised not to continue that practice.
Obama spox Ben LaBolt says on conf call that Romney's Bain record "will certainly be part of the discussion moving forward."— Felicia Sonmez (@feliciasonmez) May 21, 2012
Excellent. suck on that cory and msm. Better get a boat load of ‘nausea’ curatives. I suggest crates of rotten eggs to suck on.
I hope people send dramamine to his office.
Cory Booker just showed himself off to be not ready for the big leagues. Ginger works for some peeps who are nauseaous.
Good morning everyone. I go away for a coupla days and all sorts of stuff went on. Admiral Chips, I see you’ve kept things afloat on these rough seas, even got a coupla newbies. I won’t be active ’til I read all the threads I’ve missed. Hopefully I’ll be done by 6 bells.
Welcome back shipmate – we missed you the last couple days for sure.
Ship ahoy!!!! Good morning Yardarm, you’re reporting a little bit late for duty, it has to be said.
Aye. Sorry about that. There is a bit o’ stress and heavy drama about the home front going on at the moment. It might require my absences again in a few minutes.
Hope the storm front clears soon, sailor.
Ahoy Sailor! Welcome Home! Look what happened man… you went away for a bit and the sails blew off the masts.
Don’t blame me! I’m no politician.
Americans shouldn't be angry with Congress — they got exactly the system of government they asked for bit.ly/K4dhiu— Foreign Policy (@FP_Magazine) May 21, 2012
This chart shows the gap between the percentage that is satisfied and the percentage that is not. When the chart heads north of the zero line, most people are satisfied. When it heads south, most aren’t. And it’s fallen off a cliff.
In fact, the numbers have been sliding southward for a decade. There have been some brief upticks — the post-9/11 launch of the war on terror, the 2003 Iraq invasion, Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration — but the trend is clear. And there’s no simple, short-term explanation.
Why? Because over the past few decades, Americans eagerly supported a series of decisions aimed at rolling back government’s influence in daily life. They were popular at the time. But now the country is paying a heavy price.
Call it a hangover from America’s neoliberal binge of the late 20th century, a massive political project aimed at limiting government’s role in everyday life. Americans wanted “a minimum of government authority,” Ronald Reagan said while campaigning for the presidential nomination in 1976. “Very simply, they want to be left alone.” And that was exactly the program enacted over the next quarter-century: Marginal tax rates were reduced, especially for the wealthy; social programs were restricted; controls on commerce and finance were removed. By the time 2000 rolled around, Reagan was remembered as one of the greatest presidents in modern history.
A great read.
This is a very salient statement. I was thinking the same about the California situation. Heavily in deficit, but nobody wants to raise taxes. Plus, nobody wants to cancel public programs. So the deficit gets worse. The problems don’t get solved because of the crazy system of government. College keeps getting more and more unaffordable. Infrastructure continue to crumble and endanger people’s lives. And the people keep complaining about the very situation they keep voting to sustain.
Ed Henry has a huge jug head. Look at how much bigger his noggin is compared to the other three adults. Just gigantic!
Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), the Democratic nominee in the Indiana Senate race, is standing by his vote for health care reform in 2010 — and actively firing back at its detractors, the Times of Northwest Indiana reports:
“First, they ought to talk to Mitt Romney because he basically laid out so many of the premises in it,” Donnelly said. “If they want an argument, they ought to start with him.”
Donnelly also spoke at about the law’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions, such as his own daughter Molly, who has rheumatoid arthritis: “My daughter and millions of other Americans who may have diabetes or a heart condition or cancer can get health coverage for the first time because of the health care bill.”
I just want to shout out to Yardarm, Joan, ObamaGrandma, Fred, Hachiko, Quiet Observer, Joyce’s grandmama, and Desertflower. Always lifting my family up with good thoughts and meditations in prayer time. (((((((((( Love you )))))))))) HZ
YAY for Joe Donnelly Living in Reality and not some Orwellian upsidedown world of the teabaggers’ making.
RT @BarackObama: Everything you need to know about voting, in one place. Share widely: OFA.BO/kUH7wy— Pnthrgrlgail (@Mama4Obama1) May 21, 2012
Liberal love for Right Wing Cory Booker. A must-read piece.
I love the 1st picture, squee face…maybe because I do that all the time in pictures.
DSK is going down!!!!
What a difference 6 years makes. This
A difference the Grand Canyon couldn’t hold.
New post everyone:
You are right Ed Henry does have a big head.
His kids are cute, thanks to the wife.
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