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Lunch Time!

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President Barack Obama attends a private luncheon with Vice President Joseph Biden in President Obama’s private dining room in the West Wing of the White House

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121 Responses to “Lunch Time!”


  1. January 8, 2014 at 6:07 pm

  2. 5 ber6964
    January 8, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Yep……Hello hope everyone is staying warm.

  3. 7 utaustinliberal
    January 8, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Chris Christie was leading Buono by 30 or so points. Bridgegate did not need to happen. This is horrific and if the family of the woman finds out, an apology might be the least of Chris Christie and his staff’s concerns. This could lead to state and federal investigations.

  4. 10 yardarm756
    January 8, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    I hope the press is happy now they got their pictures. :-(

  5. 20 gn
    January 8, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Their bromance just tickles me to no end. Two wonderful men. Thx for these pics.

  6. 21 carolyn
    January 8, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Wow…….I love those two men, but I don’t see anything unusual or shocking in those shots taken by the MSM!!!!! Two men…one at each end of the table with a white placemat, a napkin, a glass of water, silverware, a salt and pepper shaker at each place and a bouquet in the middle of the table. Groundbreaking stuff LOL

    • 22 jacquelineoboomer
      January 8, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      And the best part is that these “unstaged” photos (following some of the dorky media’s complaints that they’re inaccessible and all the photos of them are staged) look more staged than Pete Souza’s. His are candid.

      And I laugh with you at this groundbreaking collage.

      • 23 99ts
        January 8, 2014 at 7:31 pm

        I love the way PBO approaches the press
        – He reminds them that he lunches with the VP every week – that they work closely together
        – The water in the wine class is a never ending reminder that working lunches are not spent over 3 bottles of A+ wine in a DC restaurant
        – He rubs their egos by letting them take pictures that they would prefer NOT to show to their readers/watchers

        They underestimate this guy so often my mind boggles at the stupid of the WHPC

        And Pete takes MUCH better photos – they can’t even think outside of the box in selecting a focus point.

        • 24 jacquelineoboomer
          January 8, 2014 at 8:01 pm

          Also, I remembered earlier that the President said one of his New Year’s resolutions was to be nicer to the press or something. So letting the jackals in there with their dumbass cameras fulfills his … er … goals. He can always point to this type of throwaway invite and laugh.

          And that makes me laugh!

        • 25 carolyn
          January 8, 2014 at 8:05 pm

          FOUR shots of a long table with a man at each end…….creative? NO! Two shots of BP Biden. Think of the creativity we would have seen from Pete! In four shots, there is NO focus point…..

          Yes, these look staged and static. Contrast these with the masterpiece in b/w Pete did of PBO alone in his office…..one person…..not static. It tells a story.

    • 26 Lovepolitics2008
      January 8, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      What I see is very amateurish photos. Bad light, weird angles, etc.

  7. January 8, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Congrats on 1st ber!

    Thanks for the fine pics, UT!!!!

  8. 28 Vicki
    January 8, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    There is another horrifying aspect to Bridgegate on which the details—-if it is true—–haven’t come out yet.
    A missing child search that the traffic jam prevented.

    I see Lawsuits.

  9. January 8, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Well, the Gates book has been blown out of the water by Bully Christie having a dime dropped on him. Funny how it seems that the Universe always takes care of Barack Hussein Obama.

    • January 8, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      I love how that always seems to happen. Karma – works both ways!

    • January 8, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      Yep. Christie’s run for president should now be dead on arrival. Feel sorry for all those Democrats who voted for him. I always knew he was a bully.

      • 34 99ts
        January 8, 2014 at 7:26 pm

        I cannot feel sorry for a democrat who votes R – their brain was seeing what Christie wanted it to see. I would like to see an analysis of how Christie spent the money the state received for the storm recovery – how many people in the state shared those funds – how many are still waiting waiting.

  10. January 8, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    • 36 Lovepolitics2008
      January 8, 2014 at 11:56 pm

      Delays in emergency responses is a big big story. An old woman died.

      If Christie asked his staff to fall on the sword for him, I’m not sure it will stay that way if there is a criminal investigation… I mean… the staff may be willing to take a political hit, but accept responsibility when a woman died is another story…

      Yes, I admit I have a prejudice against Christie and I doubt that he didn’t know anything. I doubt it very much. Sam Stein says that Barack Obama doesn’t know many things that his team is doing, but this is a very weak try for false equivalency. Anyway, Christie at a minimum participated in the cover up, with this ridiculous story about the traffic study!

  11. January 8, 2014 at 6:37 pm

  12. 44 donna dem 4 obama
    January 8, 2014 at 6:37 pm

  13. 46 anniebella
    January 8, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Did Pete take these pictures?

    • 47 anniebella
      January 8, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      They don’t look like his pictures.

      • 48 Layla
        January 8, 2014 at 6:49 pm

        I think the press took them

        • 49 TrumpDog
          January 8, 2014 at 7:50 pm

          Ew. No wonder they look so…bleh.

          • 50 carolyn
            January 8, 2014 at 8:09 pm

            Bleh is right……four, count’em, four pictures of two men sitting at a long table with dining chairs in the foreground, and their places mirror images of each other…..no story told, no focus, as I said above: contrast it with Pete’s b/w picture two days ago of PBO in his office…..dynamic, focused, storytelling.

  14. January 8, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    A little levity.

  15. January 8, 2014 at 6:46 pm

  16. January 8, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I am a Senior citizen of this District of Columbia residing here since 1941; witness to every President and every Congress since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Never have I seen, or dreamed of, such a disrespectful and venomous congress as the one we suffer. Never have I seen such a group of alleged ‘american leaders’ so hell-bent on destroying our Country (for the purpose of destroying the Legacy of our President) What on earth do they think History will record of their purposeful hatred and deliberate neglect of the working poor and nearly middle class? I am amazed at the actions of those who obviously come to congress to become rich and receive all the benefits that being such a member affords them. I feel such pain for those in our citizenry who obviously have no idea the real benefits that this “do-nothing” team of elected men, and yes, a few women, enjoy now – and still after serving just one term. I am long retired and still volunteering in the school system , along with other seniors, to share the joy of reading with our young children. It is imperative that they learn early to read and to comprehend what a democracy really should mean to its citizens. So many in this congress have forgotten who elected them and their needs. What on earth are they thinking of allowing the ‘unemployment insurance benefits’ languish as if they were unnecessary sable coats. These are earned benefits focused on assisting the survival of a person, and/or their Family until a replacement job is obtained! How dare they cut into benefits for any part of our Military servants?? What goes through the mind of a congressperson who wants to cut ‘food stamps?’. I have raised five children here in this expensive city; worked two jobs for 27 years before retiring from federal government, driving a taxi-cab, and various other menial jobs. Yet, I have never been on public assistance or applied for any such benefits – yet I am appalled that these semi-educated idiots seem to want to punish the poorest of the poor. They have no concern for those they see still sleeping on the streets (mostly mentally impoverished or otherwise unable to care for themselves). On a lighter note; I am thankful for people like you that use this medium to expose some of the hateful things that congress really does, and doesn’t do for those that elect them. I am thrilled to see our wonderful President and his supportive, strong Vice-President sitting across the table from one another – possibly relaxing for a moment between putting out fires!! I am uncertain about the empty plates – perhaps that is symbolic of the state of some family’s situation at lunch today…. Thanks for allowing me to vent this evening. I will now turn my heat up to 68; yes I keep it off when I am at school during the day since my ‘fixed income’ is so low that I must often choose between a monthly hair-do, a manicure, or cable t.v. A $25.000.00 pension sounds great but it doesn’t go very far here in the nations’ capitol. I can’t have lunch on either end of Pennsylvania Ave. but I am thankful that I have lived to see the brilliant Obama Team elected and I applaud the plans they have tried to layout for the idiots to slam-down. When the Bridges and roads in Ohio, West Virginia, and the mid-west continue to crumble; I hope this congress will be remembered for their short-sighted ‘budget planning’. Keep up the good work and Hat’s off to our President and our Vice-President; there is a special throne reserved for them in the real WHITE House not made with Hands.

    • 62 mtmarilyn
      January 8, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Oh my Yvonne, we need you to comment more here. Your voice is needed. We need everyone to speak out. This has gone on too long.

    • 63 jackiegrumbacher
      January 8, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Yvonne, this is beautifully stated and it has the makings of a powerful letter to the editor. You are doing great work in helping children to read so they can understand what’s happening around them. Bravo to you for your life’s work, your support of the president and your courage in raising five children and making ends meet throughout your busy life. Please comment often.

  17. January 8, 2014 at 6:51 pm

  18. 76 hopefruit2
    January 8, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    1st.

  19. 79 anniebella
    January 8, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I really think Bob Gates is a creep for attacking POTUS and VP Biden like he did.

  20. 81 dotster3
    January 8, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Can’t let this day go by without saying Happy Birthday Elvis, my first musical love. I think my first 45 was Heartbreak Hotel which I played over and over and over, millions of times, drove my dad nuts, he said “Turn down that racket!”
    Here’s Elvis being adorable—early years—-singing Heartbreak Hotel in a casual, small club setting.

    • 82 jacquelineoboomer
      January 8, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      When Elvis first was on Ed Sullivan’s TV show, my mother was sitting on the floor with my sisters and me, watching him with us! Decades later, I took her to see him in Philly at one of his last concerts. Good times!

  21. 83 hopefruit2
    January 8, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Whenever the media hypes up a Republican – that person inevitably implodes for some reason or the other.

    Please proceed media, with your hyping up of Republicans…

    • 84 pkayden
      January 8, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Yep. This is a precursor to the clown car brigade we can expect from the Republicans in 2016. Get out your popcorn.

    • 85 99ts
      January 8, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      That is so true hf – maybe it relates to people then taking notice of said Republican and discovering all is not so bright and cheery with said persons beliefs and actions.

  22. January 8, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Because love knows no bounds.

  23. 88 desertflower
    January 8, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-08/congress-makes-nasa-finish-useless-350-million-structure.html

    NASA will complete a $350 million structure to test rocket engines at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi early this year. Then, it plans to mothball the 300-foot-high, steel-frame tower for the foreseeable future.

    The reason: Congress ordered the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to finish building the facility even though the agency doesn’t need it.

    The tower was designed to test a GenCorp Inc. (GY) engine for a rocket program canceled in 2010. Its funding survived thanks to Mississippi Republican senators led by Roger Wicker, who crafted a provision requiring the agency to complete the work.

    The test stand is an example of how U.S. lawmakers thwart efforts to cut costs and eliminate government waste, even as they criticize agencies for failing to do so. Attempts to close military bases, mail-processing plants and other NASA facilities also have been fought by congressional members whose districts benefit from the operations.

    These millions of dollars wasted…no problem! Need to feed hungry people? We need offsets for that! SMH

  24. 89 jacquelineoboomer
    January 8, 2014 at 7:23 pm

  25. 90 hopefruit2
    January 8, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Tweety has tingled-out!

  26. 94 globalcitizenlinda
    January 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I loved this collage

  27. 95 hopefruit2
    January 8, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    If VP Biden decides to run, he has my vote. This man is a most staunch PBO cabinet member, and always has this President’s back, and I have no doubt that he will continue PBO’s policies in good faith

  28. January 8, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    just say’n :)

  29. 99 japa21
    January 8, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Unfortunately, Christie will probably escape unscathed by this bridge fiasco. Now, if he were a Democrat, this story would be the talk of the world for several months. Not a Blago fan, but what he went to jail for (rightfully in my opinion) pales in comparison to this. But Christie will get away with pinning this on a subordinate. GOP is allowed to do that (see Plame), Dems aren’t, even when there is no there there.

    • January 8, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      I would agree with you save for one thing: This happened in NJ/NY. That media will latch onto any big story, whatever the party of the principals.

      • 101 japa21
        January 8, 2014 at 7:48 pm

        But will it play in the fly over states? Did see one tweet which referenced a huff post article which I haven’t read yet, but I think it was along the lines of, what if a terrorist attack had happened at that time? That would have played all over the country. As it is, I think a lot of people around the country see this as more or less politics as usual for NJ.

        • January 8, 2014 at 7:50 pm

          I think this will be a drip-drip story, as more revelations come out. And if it’s shown that in fact the lane closures cost that lady her life, this story isn’t going away.

        • January 8, 2014 at 7:51 pm

          And Christie’s rivals won’t let this go. It’s more the fact that Paul, Palin, et al will keep this alive, than our feckless press.

          • 104 jacquelineoboomer
            January 8, 2014 at 7:55 pm

            And, although God forbid we have to see them ever again, Newt and Mitt would bring it up at a later point over and over, with drool coming out of their mouths. Neither has an affiliation with any other RWNJ.

          • 105 Lovepolitics2008
            January 9, 2014 at 12:06 am

            And the allies of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Those allies are numerous and powerful.

        • 106 japa21
          January 8, 2014 at 7:52 pm

          Then again, if somebody did a good parody of Becket, with Christie pondering out loud in front of his aides “If only someone could punish this upstart Dem mayor”. His denials ring as true as Henry II’s.

      • 107 JER
        January 8, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      • January 8, 2014 at 7:59 pm

        LibLib, maybe you can help me out here.

        If this happened in Los Angeles, there would be riots in the streets.

        Folks in LA take their traffic very seriously.

        FWIW, the worst traffic I was ever in was in DC, August 1998 during the aftermath of a hurricane. The hurricane didn’t make it as far north as DC, but the streets were flooded, and Constitution Avenue, a main drag, was closed.

        It took us 3 hours to go 5 miles (from Georgetown to Capitol Hill).

        Total gridlock. In CA it’s illegal to enter an intersection if you know you will block traffic by doing so. Not so in DC. Also, in those 3 hours, I saw a total of ZERO traffic control officers.

        If this were LA, the mayor would have been impeached/recalled/whatever shortly thereafter.

        A few traffic officers would have made a world of difference. This was in the afternoon, and it was summer, so darkness was not a factor.

        End of rant.

    • 110 99ts
      January 8, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      The time of the Blago sentence is (to me) the unbelievable part of that whole scene. This was a vindictive political action and Christie is attempting to throw his supporters to the sharks. If they decide not to go quietly – Christie may not be the escape artist he thinks he is.

    • January 8, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      A number of reasons, japa, why I don’t think Christie will escape this. 1. the scale of the coverup is enormous and documented; 2. more importantly, at least one person died; 3. it’s an interstate commerce issue and Gov Cuomo has been vigorous in laying the blame on Christie and we can expect DoJ investigation; 4. Folk like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, etc., … will use it against him, viciously; 4. we are likely to see numerous civil suits – from corporations and individuals – claiming harm from the excessive transportation delays; 5. at least one senior NJ Senator has already opened the ‘criminal prosecution’ window and, when push comes to shove, folk that Christie already has or will throw under the bus, will sing to save their respective hides.

      That’s my short list for the moment :)l

      bbl … several more hours of meetings today …..

      • 112 japa21
        January 8, 2014 at 7:59 pm

        Okay, I am convinced. Just too used to seeing GOPers skate w/o consequences. The GOP primary season for 2016 should be interesting. Almost all the candidates have major mud to throw at each other, there is no way an escape unscathed.

  30. 113 Ladyhawke
    January 8, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Kurt Eichenwald ‏@kurteichenwald 41m

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    It’s bizarre that so many conservatives- who hate Christie so much that they didnt even invite him to CPAC – are

    now rushing to his defense.

    —————————————————

  31. 115 globalcitizenlinda
    January 8, 2014 at 7:56 pm

  32. 116 dotster3
    January 8, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    A leading Repub candidate in the Illinois governor primary race, Bruce Rauner, a multi multi millionaire equity fund investor, whatever that is, proposed LOWERING the minimum wage today to $7.20/hr., wants to help those minimum wage workers, hahaha by lowering their income. Typical Repub. He is self-funding his own campaign to the tune of over a million dollars so far, ads are running hourly, daily–already– here in Illinois. He may be a tad out of touch, has a stable of houses which would put John McCain and Mitt Romney to shame—–multi million dollar abodes in Chicago, Fl. keys, Montana, Wyoming, (those last 2 big acreages selected for ‘good hunting’—lots of photos of him holding up dead ducks and other formerly alive species), New York City, ultra-wealthy north shore suburb of Chgo. And tries to present himself as just a hard-scrapple guy who grew up middle class—–he grew up in a wealthy suburb and his dad was VP at Motorola. He is my most hated kind of candidate—–just a bored ultra millionaire trying to buy a political office. Please Illinois.

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-11-25/news/ct-met-bruce-rauner-homes-20131125_1_bruce-rauner-illinois-governor-mitt-romney

  33. 117 hopefruit2
    January 8, 2014 at 7:59 pm

  34. 121 amk for obama
    January 8, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    eat that, pathetic msm


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