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Chat away

First Lady Michelle Obama is picked up by U.S. Olympic wrestler Elena Pirozhkova during a greet with Team USA Olympic athletes competing in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, at the U.S. Olympic Training Facility at the University of East London July 27. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

….. with Joshua Wilkins-Waldron during a “Let’s Move! London” event at Winfield House in London, July 27 (Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

First Lady Michelle Obama greets former Olympic swimmer Summer Sanders, right, and her children, Skye and Robert, following a “Let’s Move! London” event at Winfield House in London (Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

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President Barack Obama talks with Grant Colfax, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, in the Red Room before the White House International AIDS Conference reception, July 26, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


173 Responses to “Chat away”


  1. 1 Proud Former White House Intern
    July 27, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Love the pics!

  2. 2 ourmanflint
    July 27, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    hi

  3. July 27, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Great day for humanity as the British prove how much they care for one another and for everyone else.

  4. 7 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    July 27, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Hope the President gets to watch some Olympics!!!!

  5. 8 dotster3
    July 27, 2012 at 10:15 pm
  6. 12 a4alice
    July 27, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    oh that’s a much better picture – they’re both laughing – FLOTUS is such a great sport! :-)

    • 13 ChristiMTL
      July 27, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      A TODer posted a link from the Daily Mail in the other thread….loved the pictures of FLOTUS….hated the comments! I didn’t know there was so many RW trolls over there….disgusting……

      • July 27, 2012 at 10:24 pm

        It’s rule number one in my life ChristiMTL, never read comments on the Daily Mail site! It’s jammed with racist fuckwits, which is the general profile of Daily Mail readers.

        • 15 ChristiMTL
          July 27, 2012 at 10:29 pm

          Thanks for the info Chips! It completely spoiled my joy after looking at these nice pictures of FLOTUS….nasty stuff….

          • July 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm

            I follow the great Stephen Fry’s advice for many sites (present company excluded, of course.)

            “I don’t know about you but whenever I read a blog I do not let my eye drop below half the screen in case I accidentally hit the bit where the comments reside. Of all the stinking, sliding, scuttling, weird, entomological creatures that inhabit the floor of the internet those comments on blogs are the most unbearable, almost beyond imagining”

          • 17 Walking_on_ Sunshine
            July 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm

            These shits are everywhere. They think they are the majority but they are not. There will always be evil. We rise above.

  7. 19 sly
    July 27, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    I love my FLOTUS

  8. July 27, 2012 at 10:20 pm
    • July 27, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Singing like a Bird!

    • 22 anniebella
      July 27, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Oh no jovie141, that can’t be true. They wouldn’t do something like that, never!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 23 anniebella
        July 27, 2012 at 10:25 pm

        All kidding aside, that has been the Republicans plan along. To steal this election by any means necessary. We can’t let it happen.

    • 24 ChristiMTL
      July 27, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Isn’t it the guy who started that whole indoctrination BS? ….

      • 25 TrumpDog
        July 27, 2012 at 10:48 pm

        Yep. One and the same.
        I really hate people who are fine and go along with shit until they fall out with someone. Then they run and tell you all the bad stuff so-and-so said about you. To me, if you weren’t challenging it then, why should I trust you now.

        The guy confirms what many of us believe but it’s too little, too late and his motives are suspect. He comes off as a scorned lover.

  9. July 27, 2012 at 10:21 pm
  10. 28 hopefruit2
    July 27, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    May I slip in that our Prez looks a bit hawt in that pic? He’s very serious and concentrating deeply, yet that pic is hmmm.

  11. 31 dotster3
    July 27, 2012 at 10:24 pm
  12. 32 vitaminlover
    July 27, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Just a thought but Willard is now either in Israel or headed there to probably insult them too. Can’t help but think that his behind may have been politely escorted OUT of England by a few er ahem..officials.

  13. 33 hopefruit2
    July 27, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Well, Little Nate finally admits something that needed to be acknowledged. Earlier today he was hedging and saying how Willard might have been low-balled in the polls.

  14. July 27, 2012 at 10:26 pm
  15. 37 Ladyhawke
    July 27, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Obama Was Right: The Government Invented the Internet

    Don’t believe the outrageous conservative claim that every tech innovation came from private enterprise.

    ——————————————-

    This doesn’t mean that the government deserves all credit for creating your phone. But it does mean that President Obama was right—in tech, no one does anything on his own. Useful products are usually the result of years of research by smart people at various instituitions: government labs, university labs, and corporate R&D campuses. The history of the Internet, like much of everything else that makes our world so magical, proves that in the tech industry, it takes a village.
    .
    .
    In other words, creating something as grand and untested as the Internet was something that a private company simply couldn’t do. The project was too big, and the payoff too uncertain. That’s true of most technologies in their infancy. The Army created ENIAC, the world’s first general-purpose computer—and only after the military proved the basic idea was sound did IBM jump into the business. Apple began working on a multitouch interface in the 2000s, but that was only after decades of research at other labs, including by many researchers funded by the government. The American military developed and launched the network of satellites that form the Global Positioning System—and only then could tech companies come along to make spectacular use of that system.

    ———————————————–

    http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2012/07/who_invented_the_internet_the_outrageous_conservative_claim_that_every_tech_innovation_came_from_private_enterprise_.2.html

    • July 27, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      The Internet was created by the DOD. ICBM commanders needed a way to talk to each other, so in the late 70s, early 80s, they developed a way to talk to each other, in the event of nuclear war!
      True story!

    • 39 Smoothscotch
      July 27, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      Old adage with a twist to the conservatives and others; if you don’ t know something, don’ say nutting’ at all.

  16. July 27, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Our FLOTUS has repaired our image in London after Mitt trashed it yesterday.

  17. July 27, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Another Activist Judge?

  18. 44 anniebella
    July 27, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    This was FLOTUS first Olympics, and it look like she had a great time. I know one thing, she made this American very proud.

    • 45 hopefruit2
      July 27, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      I’m looking forward to seeing her AGAIN leading the US delegation of athletes in the 2016 games in Rio. Hopefully, PBO will be able to accompany her since he won’t be campaigning.

    • 47 ChristiMTL
      July 27, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      She’s glowing, healthy, beautiful inside and out…..

  19. 49 Pamela
    July 27, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Howdy, y’all! Sitting with the Opening Ceremony just beginning, and chatting with Chips and TOD! :)

  20. 51 dotster3
    July 27, 2012 at 10:37 pm
  21. 52 Smoothscotch
    July 27, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Wow, that last thread was loooonnnngggg. Kept getting stuck. Good stuff.

  22. 53 ChristiMTL
    July 27, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I love the opening ceremonies….I notice that the RWNJ are bashing the ceremonies big time….they’re still upset at the British Press for exposing their pathetic candidate who represent them so well.

    • 54 anniebella
      July 28, 2012 at 4:38 am

      It really shouldn’t surprise you what those RWNJ does. Once again it just shows what their lying candidate is all about. It’s not the British press fault because Mitt Romney is a lying pathetic candidate.

  23. 55 Smoothscotch
    July 27, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Wow, Aussies team is big.

  24. 56 Ladyhawke
    July 27, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Everything You Wanted to Know About the Romneys’ Olympic Horse But Were Afraid to Ask

    Rafalca, the equestrian Olympian, explained.

    ————————————–

    Okay, but seriously: a rich people thing, right?

    Current TV crunched the numbers to see how Rafalca’s day-to-day expenses compared to those of the average American family. The results, in graphic form:

    RAFALCA vs THE AMERICAN FAMILY: WHO SPENDS MORE?

    —————————————————–

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/07/ann-romney-olympic-horse-rafalca-explained

  25. 60 ChristiMTL
    July 27, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I think it was on Chris Matthews that I saw that Romney’s campaign were at it again, completely taking one of POTUS’ comment out of context for an attack ad…how many times it happened now?

    This is the most dishonest campaign ever….they’re not even embarrassed about it.

    If I recall, one of his surrogate was actually laughing about it when they were called out after the first ad. The girl with too many teeth. I forget her name.

    I read a comment on kos about their latest deceptive ad that I thought was a good comparaison

    ”He said much of same things in that speech. Despite being despicable and dishonest, Mitt’s ads are like hostage notes where words are clipped from a magazine and glued onto a piece of paper. That the media is too lazy to call him dishonest and a liar is just as despicable as Mitt’s splice and dice ads.”

    • 61 ChristiMTL
      July 27, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      I thought the way the British press handled all this would have had some impact on corporate media in the States, Shame them or something….it was the opposite!

    • 62 hopefruit2
      July 27, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      Mark Knoller spent a good 30-60 minutes on Twitter today going back and forth about the bust of Churchill in the WH and whether Dan Pfeiffer said on his blog what the WH did or didn’t do with the bust, etc. etc, That’s the kind of nonsense that occupies the MSM right now. Not the real issues surrounding the candidacy of an unfit presidential candidate and potential US president from 2012-2016.

      • July 27, 2012 at 11:04 pm

        Now he us quoting some digitally economist who thinks we are at a huge risk of another recession.
        Poppy cock.
        The companies are just waiting for their taxcuts, in order to hire! I know what’s going on!

      • 64 ChristiMTL
        July 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm

        I saw that Hope! I couldn’t believe it, he had a total meltdown….I was thinking of something today….why do you think he never block people on Twitter? compare to Jack Tapper lets say….

        It’s not that he doesn’t get a ton of angry tweets everyday!…..it’s like he wants to provoke reactions, anger……he’s nasty!

    • July 27, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      They are trying to make his speeches his weak spot, by slicing and dicing and then releasing an ad.
      This will go on right up til election day! Also, I know timing is everything, but Axelrod will be releasing His Op research around, during and after convention. I know they got shit on Robney.

      • 66 ChristiMTL
        July 27, 2012 at 11:14 pm

        Whatever the President says in his speeches is the truth, he speak from his heart, he is an honest man…what they do is disgusting. It’s a disgrace that they get away with it.

        • 67 ChristiMTL
          July 27, 2012 at 11:23 pm

          Why can’t Priorities USA do the same just once, do an ad with clips here and there of Romney and completely distort what he said?? If they would do it just once, the Romney camp and corporate media would be outraged and than they would be exposed for their hypocrisy and double standard….at this point it’s so ridiculous, why not turn it around and do the same….I think it would be a good idea.

  26. July 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Syrian army supply crisis has regime on brink of collapse, say defectors
    General who swapped sides says regime can last ‘two months at most’ as troop morale sinks and petrol trucks are ambushed
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/27/syrian-army-brink-of-collapse

  27. July 27, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    He is so Facetious!

  28. 72 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    July 27, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    The local guy who is the commentator of the Olympic Athlete Ceremonies on local NBC news here in Minnesota is making political comments about every nation that enters. I’m getting tired of it. It’s not really biased. It’s just annoying.

  29. 73 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    July 27, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Yeah!!!! I just saw Michelle!!!!

    • 74 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 27, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      God damn! Now I just saw Romney! Yuck! Although, I do enjoy a good dialogue with his horse on twitter.

      • 75 anniebella
        July 27, 2012 at 11:17 pm

        You too walking on Sunshine, I was doing alright till they felt the need to show on Mitt and Queen Ann. I wonder did Mitt wave the flag for all the countries he has money tuck away in?.

  30. July 27, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Against my better judgment, I’m live blogging the Opening Ceremony. Join me if you dare.

  31. 89 Smoothscotch
    July 27, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Hope those of you who watched or are watching the opening ceremonies enjoy it.

    Have an excellent night.

  32. July 27, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    The Queen is a good sport!!

  33. 91 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    July 27, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    The Queen looks like my mom. God bless her heart. :)

  34. July 27, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    I cheated and watched the opening ceremonies earlier, but the lighting of the flame was so beautiful it made me cry. It was seriously awesome and just gorgeous. Such a fantastic moment.

  35. 93 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    July 27, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Oh! Mohammad Ali. God bless. My dad loved him. Forgive me for posting all these comments about the Olympics after most of you have already seen it. I just find it very uplifting. Well. Look at this. Beckham.

    • July 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm

      What time zone are you in?

      We’re just in the British Lit portion on the west coast.

      • 95 Walking_on_ Sunshine
        July 27, 2012 at 11:51 pm

        I’m watching this in Minnesota. Central time zone. It’s taped. I avoided any coverage all day because I wanted to watch it live and I can’t watch this stuff at work. So I’m watching on the local TV.

        Paul is singing “Hey Jude” which I like. Because its about taking lemons and making lemonade. To me it’s the ultimate hopeful song. It’s about moving FORWARD!

  36. 96 utaustinliberal
    July 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Team USA had better win multiple golds to offset the epic foolishness of Meredith Viera, Matt Lauer, and Bob Costas’s telecast.

    Their dialogue is incredibly dumb. And then it culminated in Costas sucking up to Romney. Ugh.

    • July 27, 2012 at 11:43 pm

      OH, for crying out loud, are you kidding me? Thanks for the warning. I don’t need to see that crap.

    • 98 ChristiMTL
      July 27, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      huh? what did he say?

    • 99 anniebella
      July 27, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      When I saw Mitt and Queen Ann, I turn the channel.

    • July 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

      NBC has just ruined coverage of the games. If they’re not gauging people just to watch events, they have to have the talking heads they employ giving dumbass commentary.

      • 101 ChristiMTL
        July 28, 2012 at 12:05 am

        I changed network really fast and watched it on CTV Canada….the commentators hardly said anything, it’s called respect! They commented only when it was necessary…….it’s not a time to yap yap yap and act stupid.

        • July 28, 2012 at 12:21 am

          When I went to school in WAY upstate NY, I was fortunate to get CBC and CTV on my cable system. I liked seeing the world from a different perspective, so I was fortunate to be able to see “The National” and “CTV News.” And I loved CBC;s Olympic coverage: Live, no tape delay, all about the athletes, so the announcer knew that they weren’t the show. I miss having those networks.

        • July 28, 2012 at 12:34 am

          Exactly! I realize NBC has to justify their way too generous paychecks, but the commentary ruins the experience for a lot of viewers. I wish we had something comparable to CTV here, but no. :(

          • 104 Zekke LyDonna
            July 28, 2012 at 3:55 am

            I just finished watching. I agree on the commentary. Very annoying. I was fantasizing about a remote that could filter out the commentators.

            The High Tech seat lighting was wonderful. The Doves were mesmerizing. The Whole lighting ceremony was quite beautiful, starting with the speedboat down the Thames. Honestly, those were some of the best, most elegant fireworks I have EVER seen, all throughout the opening ceremonies. The Bond thing was cute. But the High Tech Flame, my God, that was awesome. Really, really, moving and beautiful.

  37. 105 utaustinliberal
    July 27, 2012 at 11:44 pm
  38. July 27, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    I only saw a third of it, so I’ll catch the rest tomorrow. The commentary is just background noise to me. It’s much more fun to provide your own.

  39. 114 anniebella
    July 28, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Well good night all. Be Blessed.

  40. July 28, 2012 at 12:45 am
  41. July 28, 2012 at 12:50 am

    OMG, just saw the OFA ad, “I believe” with PBO on TV. Never see them in CA. Wish they would play the one where he’s talking straight to the camera, which I think is much better.

    • 119 ChristiMTL
      July 28, 2012 at 1:17 am

      I was so happy to see positive ads in Canada….FIRMS and another one, I saw FIRMS for about a week and that was it but I saw it often.

      Now I feel like I’m in a swing state in Canada…that’s all I see, nasty negative ads from the Romney camp…actually not from the campaign but from SuperPacs….one after the other.

      Always with the scary voice……it’s all lies…………I can imagine how nasty it is in swing states!

  42. July 28, 2012 at 1:12 am
  43. 122 yardarm756
    July 28, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Pitiful. Everything was cool except for the “Talking head” banter. Gotta see what I can do to get around the b.s.

  44. July 28, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Heh.

    • 124 ChristiMTL
      July 28, 2012 at 1:28 am

      So what did they expect? the guy had been running for President for 7 years…..he only won one election and it was after the Olympic Games of SLC….now we know that records were destroyed, who know what the heck he did but I’m sure it was bad….you don’t destroy records if you have nothing to hide…what a crook.

  45. 125 Dudette
    July 28, 2012 at 1:36 am

    No clue why the heck I’m still up. Guess I’m still excited after watching the ceremony. Jaw-dropping cauldron lighting. Wow, that was exhilarting!!

    Well done London!!

    • 126 anniebella
      July 28, 2012 at 1:45 am

      So know it all Mitt said they couldn’t handle things. I know it was the first day, but it was a good opening ceremony.

      • 127 Dudette
        July 28, 2012 at 1:55 am

        Know-nothing Mitt is a complete emabarrassment to this country. Let’s hope he doesn’t set off a war in Poland or Israel.

        • 128 desertflower
          July 28, 2012 at 2:03 am

          Seriously. I expect an international incident, truth be told.

          • 129 Dudette
            July 28, 2012 at 3:31 am

            Yep, it’s about to bubble up shortly…

            http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2012/07/watch_this_space.php?ref=fpblg

            As Mitt Romney wraps up his ill-fated trip to London and prepares to move on to Israel, there’s something subtle worth noting.

            The Romney campaign had at time of writing on Friday sent out two separate e-mail press releases chiding the Obama administration for its “refusal to say whether Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.”

            One quoted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and another, former Minnesota Senator and Romney surrogate Norm Coleman.

            Now it’s worth noting this was long the easy rhetoric of some of the less serious contenders throughout the GOP primary. But coming from Romney, the party’s nominee-to-be, it would signal something far more significant.

            I suppose it’s possible the Romney campaign is so unaware of the realities of the Middle East peace process, however moribund it may be, that they’re unconcerned with just how inflammatory an American president’s expression of support for an undivided Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would be to the Arab world. But even with the stumbles Mitt Romney has made this week on the international stage, that seems unlikely.

            So, accepting that Romney is aware of the significance, it seems likely he’s prepared to signal a very real, very controversial departure from decades of U.S. peacemaking policy, and put the weight of his potential presidency behind a declaration that he believes Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. That would be a very big deal.

            • 130 Zekke LyDonna
              July 28, 2012 at 4:01 am

              This concerned me also. The Jerusalem question is one of the most potentially explosive. I won’t say, ‘I can’t believe he would call the question, because he is so unaware. He also seems to lack a diplomatic gene. I don’t think it actually matters to our Mitt, unless it keeps him from his goal. I despise him.

  46. July 28, 2012 at 2:06 am

    I;ve been getting this stupid error message on the Twitter a lot lately, even though it’s not true. Anyone else? Maybe I haven’t fully recovered from my May brain surgery yet. ;)

    “Whoops! You already said that… please post a new tweet. Learn more here”

  47. 133 desertflower
    July 28, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Yes…I’m still here:) Got the bright idea to make my voter registration sign in Spanish…had to use the online translator thingy…very cool. Hope that it’s not a cruel joke that they translated “something special” just for me…My very own “Saturday Surprise!” and people don’t look at the sign and think. ” LOSER!” Who translated THAT piece of crap….that’s terrible Spanish! I hope we get TONS of people turning out for our day of action…almost 5000 people in AZ have signed up. Going to be a great day!

  48. 134 Dudette
    July 28, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Olympic legend Carl Lewis on Mitt Romney: ‘Some Americans shouldn’t leave the country’
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/07/27/olympic-legend-carl-lewis-on-mitt-romney-some-americans-shouldnt-leave-the-country/

    Mitt Romney has been rebuked by the US Olympic legend Carl Lewis after the presumptive Republican presidential nominee questioned whether London was fully prepared for the Olympic Games.

    As Romney was mocked on US television and by the London mayor, Boris Johnson, in front of a crowd of 60,000 people, Lewis called on him to return home.

    “Seriously, some Americans just shouldn’t leave the country,” the nine-times Olympic gold medal winner told the Independent.

    Asked whether London was ready to stage the Games, Lewis said: “Of course London is ready.”

  49. 135 Dudette
    July 28, 2012 at 3:02 am

    Jay Smooth figures out how Mitt Romney’s mind works

    Hip-hop DJ Jay Smooth thinks he finally understands what makes Mitt Romney tick.

    “Diplomacy usually requires having conversations with human beings, which is not Mitt Romney’s strong suit,” Smooth explains. “Up until now, the campaign has been trying to help Romney avoid human contact … but since human interaction is pretty much unavoidable on a goodwill tour, the Romney campaign has tried to cushion the blow by starting him off in the easiest place possible, sending him to England, our good buddies in England. What could possibly go wrong in England?”

    Of course, a lot has gone wrong for Romney in England, but Smooth has figured out why. “I feel like I’ve been underestimating Mitt Romney,” he says, “’cause up until now, I thought Romney wasn’t capable of having any real opinions or ever talking frankly about what he really believes. But I’m realizing now that Mitt Romney is capable of speaking frankly about what he believes — but he can only do it when it’s the worst possible time.”

    “Whenever he’s in a social situation when you’re supposed to keep your opinions to yourself, that is the one moment when Mitt Romney always has to share what’s in his heart. When he goes to meet local citizens and they give him a nice plate of cookies, that is the time he just can’t resist telling them that those cookies don’t look home-made and he thinks they came from 7-11. And when Brian Williams asks him a softball question about the London Olympics that’s supposed to be an easy setup for a compliment, that’s when Mitt Romney can’t resist showing off that he’s Mr. Olympics and being all critical and using words like ‘disconcerting.’”

    “If you’re looking for someone who can go out on that world stage and just be awkward as hell,” concludes Smooth, “I think we have learned this week that Mitt Romney is your man. If you are an American who wants to restore our rightful place as laughingstock of the world, now is the time to get behind Mitt Romney.”

    http://player.vimeo.com/video/46509672

  50. 136 4morefor44
    July 28, 2012 at 3:09 am

    just saw bob costas when they showed mittbot at the olympics saying something to the effect of, “regardless of political affiliation, you have to admit rmoney helped save the olympics in 2002.” i’m getting so tired of this!! what exactly did mittbot do to “save the olympics” outside of getting over $1 billion in taxpayer dollars?!? this guy is such a buffoon, i don’t believe for a second he really did anything at all himself to help that situation, and instead just has spent years making up a false narrative. and by the way, did they show michelle obama at all? i didn’t see her although i was away from time to time, but if they showed mittbot (with costas tongue-wash to boot!) and no michelle, well that would be the clearest example of racism i’ve ever seen directly from a broadcast tv network.

  51. 137 Dudette
    July 28, 2012 at 3:10 am

    David Beckham gets up close and personal with very important fan
    It’s not unusual to hug your team mate when they’ve done particularly well on the pitch.
    Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/olympics/906561-david-beckham-gets-up-close-and-personal-with-very-important-fan#ixzz21tn1hBnP

    But Michelle Obama became the envy of women around the world when she got a big cuddle from David Beckham – for impressing him with her football skills.

    America’s first lady joined more than 1,000 children for a sporting carnival at the US ambassador’s London residence on Friday.

    She vented some anger on the tennis courts and joined a tug-of-war as part of the event to mark the start of the Olympics.

    Mrs Obama, who is leading the US delegation, told her young audience to be inspired by the Games.

    She added: ‘Being an Olympian is not just about winning a gold or setting a record. It’s about pushing yourself, believing in yourself and refusing to give up.’

    The 48-year-old hugged and high-fived her footballer friend after giving her rousing speech.

    Beckham who was born in east London, played a key role in bringing the Olympics to the capital. The 37-year-old LA Galaxy star said he felt ‘very proud’ to see the Games on his home turf.

    Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/olympics/906561-david-beckham-gets-up-close-and-personal-with-very-important-fan#ixzz21tnD7rHY

    • 138 nospin
      July 28, 2012 at 10:59 am

      I think it was the opposite. FLOTUS gave him her usual hug in the same way she hugs to everyone. Beckham seemed to get lost in it. lolol He was loving it and I don’t blame him. Whether you are young or old, a man, woman or child everyone who gets a hug from FLOTUS can’t help but to get wrapped up in who she is.

      Love her.

  52. 140 desertflower
    July 28, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Beautiful. Just beautiful.

  53. 144 Dudette
    July 28, 2012 at 3:15 am

    Coldplay to headline Paralympic Games closing ceremony
    Coldplay are set to perform at the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games in September – with lead singer Chris Martin saying it is an ‘honour’ to be involved.
    Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/olympics/899692-coldplay-to-headline-paralympic-games-closing-ceremony#ixzz21to2g5wh

    TThe band’s appearance at the closing ceremony in London on September 9 was announced as part of the 100-day countdown to the start of the Games.

    And it will follow a number of huge gigs they are playing this summer, which include gigs at Manchester’s City of Manchester Stadium on June 10 and London’s Emirates Stadium on June 1, 2, and 4.

    Paralympic closing ceremonies artistic director Kim Gavin said: ‘The closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games is essentially a celebration of the achievements of amazing athletic endeavour of Paralympians from around the world over the previous 11 days.

    ‘What better way to demonstrate our respect and commitment to these athletes than by celebrating with Britain’s most internationally renowned band?’

  54. July 28, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Jennifer Granholm had some interesting guests tonight. One speculated about Adelson joining Romney in Israel for a fund-raiser (Adelson IS joiing him). The guest said Adelson is paying for specific ads to be shown in states where a Jewish population could impact the vote. One such ad was shown with a Jewish voter who was excited to vote for PBO in 2008 but is now disgusted because of Obama’s disrespect for Netanyahu and Israel. Adelson is willing to put tens of millions into such ads.

    Also, TPM has some interesting speculation based on what they’ve been hearing. They speculate that Romney might advocate Israel be considered the one capital of Israel — for Israel only. Not a shared capital, not a two-states solution. But a hard-core stand on Jerusalem which also would NOT advocate the two-state solution and boundaries presidents in recent decades have advocated. If he does this, it is suggested, it would/could throw diplomacy concerning Israel and Palestine into a maelstrom.

    What will Romney do? Go for the hard-core, far-right suggestions? Remember the foreign policy advisers he has, most Bush-CHENEY acolates, are NOT moderates.

  55. 147 Dudette
    July 28, 2012 at 3:21 am

    In case you didn’t know… the British right-wing has some racist sacks of shit too!
    ————————–
    Conservative MP calls Olympics ceremony ‘multi-cultural crap’
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/07/27/conservative-mp-calls-olympics-ceremony-multi-cultural-crap/

    David Cameron will face pressure to remove the Tory whip from the Conservative MP Aidan Burley after he tweeted that the Olympics opening ceremony was “multi-cultural crap”. Burley, who was sacked as a ministerial aide last year after he took part in a Nazi-themed stag party in the French Alps, described Danny Boyle’s work as “the most leftie opening ceremony I have ever seen”.

    Downing Street sources moved quickly to distance themselves from Burley’s tweets. “Clearly we don’t agree,” one source said. The row erupted just after 10pm when Burley tweeted twice within a few minutes as the Olympic athletes started to enter the stadium after Boyle’s staging.

    In his first tweet Burley wrote: “The most leftie opening ceremony I have ever seen – more than Beijing, the capital of a communist state! Welfare tribute next?” A minute later Burley tweeted: “Thank God the athletes have arrived! Now we can move on from leftie multi-cultural crap. Bring back red arrows, Shakespeare and the Stones!”

    The tweets will be toxic for the prime minister who has been praised for his handling of the preparations of the Olympics. Burley’s outburst will fuel suspicions that some members of the Conservative party have unreconstructed views which fail to recognise the pivotal contribution to society made by black and minority ethnic Britons. Boyle illustrated this with a section devoted to MV Empire Windrush, the ship which brought many passengers from Jamaica to start a new life in Britain.

    John Woodcock, the shadow transport minister, highlighted the incredulity which greeted Burley’s tweets. “don’t think @aidanburley would say something so appalling after having to apologise for the Nazi stuff.” Burley’s remarks sparked a Twitter storm. The footballer Stan Collymore tweeted: “I’ll happily stand against you at the next election. You have no clue about our town or its people. Game on.”

    Tory loyalists distanced themselves from Burley. Charlie Elphicke, the Tory MP for Dover who is a Cameron loyalist, distanced the party from Burley. He tweeted: “An amazing #london2012 opening ceremony. Brilliant @DannyBoyleFilm celebration of our nation. Tonight we are #OneBritain.” Louise Mensch, the Tory MP, also tweeted: “Have said for a long time that the Olympics are going to be pure awesomeness. Well done Danny Boyle #TeamGB #London2012.”

    Gavin Barwell tweeted: “With respect, us Londoners are rather proud of the diversity of our city #nothingleftwingaboutit.” [more in the article]

  56. 149 Dudette
    July 28, 2012 at 4:12 am

    Tweet from FLOTUS during the ceremony:

    “At Opening Ceremonies of Olympics…have never seen anything like this..it is truly an amazing moment…the stadium is pounding!!!!! -mo”

  57. 151 Dudette
    July 28, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Meet The Olympic Athletes Without A Country

    Who are the four athletes who are competing not on behalf of a country, but under the Olympic flag?
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/jpmoore/meet-the-olympic-athletes-without-a-country

    ————-
    I hope the all do well and have a great Games experience!

  58. 153 desertflower
    July 28, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Night all…Day of Action tomorrow and I’m still here at 1:17am…wth! See you all in the morning…the “later” morning:)

  59. 154 Dudette
    July 28, 2012 at 4:52 am

    NBC Cut The Moving Memorial Tribute From The Opening Ceremony Broadcast

    The moving tribute to the victims of the 7/7 London bombings featured a haunting performance by singer Emeli Sande. It was one of the most powerful moments of the evening, but it never aired in the US. Watch it now. (Edit: There are some reports that it was more generally a tribute to those who had passed away before the Olympics could begin. Regardless it was cut out of the US broadcast.) posted about 4 hours ago

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/jpmoore/nbc-cut-the-tribute-to-the-victims-of-terrorism-fr

  60. July 28, 2012 at 6:42 am

    This Alex Twit is something else! Building up Robney, tearing down the President and the Economy sucks, unless we all get our taxcuts!
    What a bunch of Patty Hearst crap. A lot of MSNBainC Pundits come from Roves School of Behavioral modification!
    They also keep building up Robney Debate prowess. Me thinks, the debates is such a huge opportunity for the President to get his message out, afterall, they are the ones that lie every other word.

    • 156 Bill
      July 28, 2012 at 7:02 am

      Alex Twit is being sued by a former best friend for not paying back a loan, using the money to send her son to school in Scotland, trips to Europe, and an expensive sports car.

      • July 28, 2012 at 7:04 am

        So, She is unethical? You don’t say?

      • July 28, 2012 at 7:11 am

        Also, Bill- remember I said the Debates are an excellent opportunity for the President to tell the American People just what is going on, and everything he has done.
        The Pundits are missing it, because they are complicit with all the lies from the other side.
        If the Election comes down to the debates, like the Pundits keep saying- me thinks the President will set the record straight in front of a vast audience. And also, he is much more likable than that Freak on the other side!
        So, Debates are a welcome sight, fir the President!
        Secondly, these Pundits on MSNBainC keep saying the President will use His convention to get his base excited, because parts of His Base are not enthused.
        That is Bullshit. I poll Democrats on the Phone evergreen, and I am engaged with OFA everyday, their is no lack of enthusiasm. That is a MYTH!

        • July 28, 2012 at 7:53 am

          I agree Jovie. Yesterday, Charles Blow tweeted some crap from Gallup with one of their polls showing Dems having lower enthusiasm than Repubs and saying that DEMS should be outraged. Gallup?!?!?!? I told Mr. Blow, first of all Gallup needs to be taken with the appropriate amount of salt. Secondly, DEMS should not and are not getting “outraged” – instead they are busy organizing,volunteering, recruiting and don’t have time to answer stupid polls.

          Right now GOP enthusiasm is in the gutter and the media knows it but they claim the opposite of the truth to help Romney. Willard has to bus people into his speeches to make 200, whereas our President easily makes 4-5K and tickets are sold out with LONG LINES.

    • 160 Lorraine
      July 28, 2012 at 7:27 am

      We all are getting a tax cut. The first $250,000 gets a tax cut. I wish the campaign would explain in it those terms. James CRville can be a pill sometimes but that man has a brilliant mind.

      • July 28, 2012 at 7:33 am

        The Debates is crucial to get our message out, lots of lies out there. Truth is on our side!

      • 163 hopefruit2
        July 28, 2012 at 7:55 am

        Lorraine, the President & Campaign HAVE explained it in those terms. The media allows dishonest GOP and questionable “Democrats” like Ed Rendell to obscure the President’s message on purpose.

  61. July 28, 2012 at 7:02 am

    The Bravo Channel, MSNBainC and NBainC has the Olympics on, right now!

  62. July 28, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Ummm, Hello Michigan! Are you in There? Hello!

  63. July 28, 2012 at 7:24 am

    US Women just won a Swim Heat!

  64. July 28, 2012 at 7:26 am

    On Bravo we have US Tennis Singles. MCHALE is Her name!

  65. July 28, 2012 at 7:30 am

    And MSNBainC has Soccer. Aren’t You Watching?

  66. July 28, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Now, Mens Cycling on NBainC! I want to know how The Cam follows these Guys? A Drone? LOL!

  67. July 28, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Btw- that NBC poll that chuck Todd dissed himself! He is being Coy! He showed everybody that the democratic Party ID was a little higher this month.
    Expect next months poll to show the opposite, and He can use that as an excuse.


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