10
Jan
14

Listening

President Obama listens as he has lunch with five young people at The Coupe restaurant in the Columbia Heights section of Washington, Friday, Jan. 10. The five are spearheading creative outreach efforts to connect with and help enroll young consumers through the Marketplaces or are interested in getting more involved with these efforts. Seated at the table with Obama are, from left, Anne Johnson, Andres Cruz, Obama, Jasmine Hicks, Tommy McFly and David Dimock:

****

****

****

****

****

Chat away!


127 Responses to “Listening”


    • January 10, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      You’re soooo funny, Ms Chips!

      Had just posted this on the bottom of the previous thread …

      Without any doubt I hope the Feds are providing protective services particularly to Ms Kelly. Per Rachel Maddow’s investigative journalism, Ms Kelly simply could not have acted alone and the fact that the response to her email was effectively, ‘ok we’re on it’ means that the scheme had obviously been discussed prior to the morning of 13 August.

      bbl … Cheers!!

    • 5 Cindy
      January 10, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Chipsticks no fair! : O

      I waited and waited and waited, I was suppose to be first.

      I really was going to be first-you are hiding the secret to 1st.
      no fair – I don’t want to play anymore : (

      Well, I will accept some flowers, a cold coke, and a good book to read. Maybe I will forgive you then : )

  1. 6 Don
    January 10, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Perfect timing Chips, you have predicted your own post.

  2. 8 utaustinliberal
    January 10, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    My sentiments exactly.

  3. 10 forus50
    January 10, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    LOL, this reporter’s TL on Twitter is hilarious. He’s not a WH reporter and was already at the restaurant not connected to the POTUS visit.

    https://twitter.com/johngramlich

  4. 12 utaustinliberal
    January 10, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Video of Pres. Obama at The Coupe DC.

  5. 13 Don
    January 10, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    ……..ok the guy has some nice looking lips, there!

  6. 17 Judith Fardig
    January 10, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    I’m delighted President Obama is listening to young people. They are key to the success of the ACA. Can anyone explain why the wingnuts went off on the so-called pajama boy ad?

  7. 18 utaustinliberal
    January 10, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    :lol: This reporter’s timeline is cracking me up.

  8. 20 LDS
    January 10, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    When I see our President holds a baby as tenderly as he does and they respond back I wished he and the First Lady would have just one more.
    It is evident he loves them and they take to him as well.
    The girls would be excellent babysitters and what a fuss they would make over him/her.
    Anything is possible…..probable, hmmmmm.

  9. 22 utaustinliberal
    January 10, 2014 at 2:59 pm

  10. 23 utaustinliberal
    January 10, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    :lol: President Obama has jokes.

  11. 24 utaustinliberal
    January 10, 2014 at 3:02 pm

  12. 25 itgurl_29
    January 10, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    That face was made to be put on Mt. Rushmore and money. Perfection.

  13. 26 jacquelineoboomer
    January 10, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Relating to that tweet, who wouldn’t “fiddle with the President’s face”? I ask ya.

  14. 27 jacquelineoboomer
    January 10, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Instead of 900 pages of background documentation on #BridgeGate, it appears 2,040 pages were distributed.

    In other news, it’s raining here in Central Illinois. Begone, snow!

    • 28 donna dem 4 obama
      January 10, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      Hi JOB. We had freezing rain this morning. It is only January 10, 2014 and I am completely 100% sick of winter. Bring on May flowers.

    • 30 57andfemale
      January 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      It’s going to be just warm enough to melt enough to coat the streets, then freeze overnight. Enough to create ice dams and make roads impassable. Instead of snowy ruts, we’ll have icy ruts. Remind me why I love Chicago…….

      • 31 jacquelineoboomer
        January 10, 2014 at 3:30 pm

        The architecture? Ha. We’ll have to all hang in there!

        • 32 57andfemale
          January 10, 2014 at 3:35 pm

          This was a whole lot easier 30 years ago, when I lived through it.

          • 33 jacquelineoboomer
            January 10, 2014 at 3:37 pm

            I get that, being from NJ. The only thing that works for me now is that I’m retired and don’t have to fight through the ice and snow to be at my desk and alert at 0745 every morning, thinking somebody else’s thoughts!

            • 34 57andfemale
              January 10, 2014 at 3:47 pm

              My life has gone in the opposite direction. Mr. 57 and I have always been self-employed but I could always work from home, on my own schedule. Mr. 57’s answer to providing for my old age was to find me a full-time job! It’s still consulting/self-employment but the maniac I work for wants me to do it in the office. So here I am, fighting ice and snow that I dread driving in when I should be able to relax, at my age.

              • 35 japa21
                January 10, 2014 at 4:02 pm

                Don’t worry, by Sunday we will be listening to find out which roads we can drive on that aren’t flooded.

                • 36 57andfemale
                  January 10, 2014 at 4:07 pm

                  Yup. We’re going to need to do more diverting/shoveling to make sure the basement doesn’t flood than we did for all the snow. Of course, our illustrious Mayor has all but completely abandoned any neighborhood west of the Gold Coast. I might as well be in the Rockies, trying to get to through the side streets.

              • 37 jacquelineoboomer
                January 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm

                After I retired, I secured freelance writing work for my former employer AT HOME for 8+ years. (Was taking c/o my sweet homebound mother for 5 of the years, so they agreed I never had to go into the office. Never.) How lucky was that!

                • 38 57andfemale
                  January 10, 2014 at 4:10 pm

                  Alleviates a ton of work-related stress, that’s for sure. I really shouldn’t complain – I worked at my own schedule for many, many years. Of course, Hubby is supposed to put in half the hours on this consulting job, but for some reason I put in 90% of the hours. Hmmmm………

                  • 39 GGail
                    January 10, 2014 at 4:22 pm

                    I sure wish you guys could ship some of that snow/water to us here in Southern California. January & February are supposed to be our raining season and we’ve had nothing (80 degrees F today) and nothing on the horizon.

                    • 40 57andfemale
                      January 10, 2014 at 4:45 pm

                      As much as I’m complaining, we’ve had some scary years without much snow or cold. Lake Michigan evaporates too fast. We need this snow and rain. It just makes life so miserable. And Chicago is doing a terrible job of snow removal.

    • 41 57andfemale
      January 10, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      We have a ‘wintry mix’ here in Wilmette where I work. Joy. That will add another hour to my commute home.

    • 44 Don
      January 10, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      The more pages the better, more sauce for the goose.

    • 45 57andfemale
      January 10, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      I hope the U.S. Attorney is more in the Ken Starr/Patrick Fitzgerald mode and doesn’t do what Dem’s always do – bend over backwards to be ‘fair’. Starr had a Republican agenda. Patrick Fitzgerald showed his true Republican agenda during the Valerie Plame ‘investigation’ – inviting Karl Rove back to change his testimony every time he was caught in a lie, which was often.

      I don’t want the U.S. Attorney to do anything illegal or untoward, but I also don’t want that thug to skate because Dem’s always want to be ‘fair’.

  15. 46 LDS
    January 10, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I hope it includes the redacted memos.
    Please let this be the start of something good and goodbye!
    Back to my “Happy Dance”

    Ms. Dudette, where are you?

  16. 47 GGail
    January 10, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    O.M.G.!!!!
    Chipsticks, these photos are the BEST!!!!

    They go well with my lunch :D

  17. 50 Don
    January 10, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Let them release a million pages, I guarantee you Christie’s down fall is on one of those pages.

  18. 51 jacquelineoboomer
    January 10, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    This animation on Christie’s “diabolical creativity” is in joke form from The New Yorker, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/shouts/2014/01/chris-christies-control-room.html?utm_source=www&utm_medium=tw&utm_campaign=20140110&mobify=0

  19. 52 cookemom
    January 10, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Gulp!! That is all.

  20. 53 57andfemale
    January 10, 2014 at 3:32 pm

  21. 54 jziglar
    January 10, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    It’s clear that Woodward twisted many things Gates said in his book in order to make the President and his administration look bad. He really wasn’t negative towards the president and the one quote that doesn’t get a lot of attention is his criticism of the W Bush administration and it’s focus on the Iraq war. He blamed them for the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan by placing so much focus on Iraq.

    • 55 57andfemale
      January 10, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Quelle surprise. Because Woodward hasn’t ever done this before, right? And yet the lemmings followed……..

  22. 56 Don
    January 10, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Christie thought he was being smart by doing an almost two hour press conference. Someone should have told him that you don’t do a deposition unless you are ordered to do one.

  23. 60 jacquelineoboomer
    January 10, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Something pleasant, to add to this pleasant post:

    • 61 susanne
      January 10, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      ‘our counterparts’– cuts them right down to size.

      • 62 jacquelineoboomer
        January 10, 2014 at 4:15 pm

        Yeehaw!

        Is your weather beautiful today, susanne? Share a little sunshine!

        • 63 susanne
          January 10, 2014 at 4:19 pm

          it is indeed beautiful! we had almost an inch of rain overnight, nice and steady drumming on the tin roof. this morning, lovely sunshine and some puffy white clouds drifting across the bright blue sky. the garden is fresh and vibrantly green, with tiny birds and big butterflies visiting the flowers. the light breeze carries the fragrance of gardenia and magnolia and stephanotis.

          there, does that do it for ya? :)

          • 64 jacquelineoboomer
            January 10, 2014 at 4:21 pm

            Ahhhh. Will also share this with my friend who spent part of her childhood in Hawaii when her dad was in the Coast Guard … although she still lives in Florida, so it won’t have the same glorious impact.

            Thanks, darlin’!

            • 65 susanne
              January 10, 2014 at 4:24 pm

              my dad was in the marine corps, so i got my first taste of hawaii as a kid–knew i had to come back some day!

              • 66 jacquelineoboomer
                January 10, 2014 at 4:24 pm

                My friend’s considering it herself! She’s been back on vacations, and keeps thinking about it.

                • 67 susanne
                  January 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm

                  my husband is from florida, and though it certainly has its beauties, there is no place like hawaii! i hope all the tod family can have a hawaii vacation during the president’s term–share the aloha!

          • 69 vcprezofan2
            January 10, 2014 at 5:07 pm

            Susanne, I don’t think you needed to give so much detail! Talk about give an inch, they take a mile! Geez louise! ;)

  24. 70 No Child Left Behind
    January 10, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Congrats Chips on your first! How hard you worked for that to happen?

  25. 71 Don
    January 10, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    How does Sen. Corey Booker, his office isn’t even furnished yet, comes fresh out the box talking about going to war with Iran? Hell, he could have come out proposing legalizing weed, but no, he comes out the box with both guns blazing, whereas Sen. Barack Obama comes out talking about securing all the loose nuclear weapons all over the world. New Jersey, y’all fucked up across the board.

    • 72 LDS
      January 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      It is something about Corey Booker that does not sit well with me. He tries too hard to be nice.
      It will all surface.

      • 73 Linda
        January 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm

        I agree……

        He is a phoney…….

      • 74 jacquelineoboomer
        January 10, 2014 at 4:12 pm

        I think the jury’s still out on Cory Booker. He seems to be looking more for adulation or love or something for himself, whatever way the wind blows, than to govern or legislate. But I really don’t have enough specifics to even have written that – just a hunch.

        • 75 GGail
          January 10, 2014 at 4:27 pm

          Corey’s immaturity shows more than his intelligence. It’s gonna take a HUGH mis-step for him to rein him his “big puppy antics”

      • 76 vcprezofan2
        January 10, 2014 at 5:10 pm

        x 2

        To me (on the rare occasions we meet ;) ) he often sounds ‘artificial’.

    • 77 jackiegrumbacher
      January 10, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      Don–All of us have to call our senators today or First thing Monday morning. We have to tell them we know what’s going on and what a vote against the president will mean. We especially have to tell the Dem senators that we will not be interested in any fundraising appeals or re-election efforts if they vote to continue the Iran sanctions. They are now claiming they have a veto proof majority. Well they can take it and shove it because I’m spitting mad at all of them. Just told Bob Casey’s office that they were leading us into war and I consider it a kick in the face from him to the American people. We can’t let them think they can get away with this without dire consequences.

    • 79 jziglar
      January 10, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      Tell me about it. I’m not surprised because Booker is not a Barack Obama, Deval Patrick type.

    • 80 57andfemale
      January 10, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Follow the money: Booker, in the Clinton mold, talks a good progressive game but is a true corporatist. How much did he rake in from defense contractors?

  26. 82 Ladyhawke
    January 10, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    LOLGOP ‏@LOLGOP 51s

    ————————————

    REMINDER: The right is now attacking Obama for tying to get people health insurance, help the unemployed and

    avoid a war in the Middle East.

    ————————————————————–

  27. 83 vcprezofan2
    January 10, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Well, I’m home now, and I’m definitely listening (and looking at CC who seems to have traded her sneaky shades for the googly-eyed shocked look)! :roll:

  28. 84 Ladyhawke
    January 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    That first photo of President Obama is exquisite. He is giving the person speaking his undivided attention. The sincerity, caring and warmth on his face is breathtaking. It’s a fabulous photo that captures President Obama perfectly. Actually, it is really kinda hypnotic.

  29. January 10, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    *emerging from my foxhole*

    I have to tell you, this book “Zealot” is a page turner. I’m almost done with it and I began it yesterday. Can’t recommend it highly enough.

    BTW, did I mention that I get paid to read? Yeah, you’re welcome.

    *diving back into my tablet*

    • 87 japa21
      January 10, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      Can I get that gig?

    • 88 susanne
      January 10, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      me too–it’s called ‘social security’ :)

    • 89 57andfemale
      January 10, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      I have it sitting next to the sofa (in my stack of books). So it’s good?

    • 92 vcprezofan2
      January 10, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      Now, that’s the kind of job I wouldn’t mind getting, particularly if I were allowed to read from home, and especially if I didn’t have to do story time!

      • January 10, 2014 at 5:23 pm

        I began my library career 5 (almost 6) years ago as a government documents librarian. My system decided to pull out of the government documents system save for one library, and mine wasn’t it. There was no slot for me at my original library, so I was going to have to be reassigned. You could’ve pushed me over with a feather when I was told I was going to be a children’s librarian. I never took any children’s classes in school, and had made it pretty clear that it wasn’t what I wanted to do.

        But now I just love my job. And Storytime is my favorite part of it. Having this kids in the palm of your hand and exposing them to storytelling and singing and art is a complete rush.

        • 94 vcprezofan2
          January 10, 2014 at 5:34 pm

          Sounds good, Lib_L – ‘someone’ knew where you were meant to be!
          Me, I like little kids better the further away from my legs they are. I have memories of reading to a group of tykes once where one felt this overriding need to stroke my leg, no matter how often I gently removed her hand while trying to keep the story going. :roll:

      • 95 57andfemale
        January 10, 2014 at 5:26 pm

        I do research for a living and I read all day. The only problem: I no longer read for pleasure like I used to. Although the research I do is interesting, I miss reading for the sheer joy of it. I just need a break at the end of the day, when my ‘break’ used to be reading!

  30. 97 donna dem 4 obama
    January 10, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Just the beginning of the drip, drip, drip. I hope they nail Christie’s butt on this scandal.

  31. 98 MightyPamela
    January 10, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Oh, dear me.

  32. 99 jacquelineoboomer
    January 10, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Oh my goodness. Smirking Glenn Greenwald will be on Ari Melber’s show on MSNBC next.

    Click.

    • 100 anniebella
      January 10, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      I was watching them talk about NJ Governor. But when I heard Greenwald was coming up, I turn the channel fast as I could.

  33. 101 donna dem 4 obama
    January 10, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Nailed It!!

  34. 102 Allison
    January 10, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    She was excellent in 12 Years a Slave

  35. 103 jacquelineoboomer
    January 10, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Even the restaurant’s been tweeting out photos!

  36. 104 Ladyhawke
    January 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    How not to respond to scandal

    By Steve Benen

    ——————————————–

    Many Republicans and Christie admirers aren’t sure how best to respond, but they’ve taken a long look at the available evidence, and have decided to ask the question that matters most to them: “Isn’t President Obama awful?”
    .
    .
    It took about four months for Christie to publicly acknowledge that his administration was responsible for serious wrongdoing in the bridge fiasco. In contrast, after the IRS story broke on the afternoon of Friday, May 10, 2013, President Obama addressed the controversy in a press conference on May 13, then again in remarks on May 15 in which he announced the ouster of the IRS commissioner, and then again in another press conference on May 16. When Giuliani says, “We have a president who runs away from press conferences,” he has absolutely no idea what he’s talking about.

    —————————–

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/how-not-respond-scandal

  37. 106 donna dem 4 obama
    January 10, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    If anyone has the time they could use the help.

  38. 108 utaustinliberal
    January 10, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Awwww…..so wonderful to see and hear.

  39. 109 utaustinliberal
    January 10, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Business is booming.

    https://twitter.com/itsbiggbeats/status/421712316573286400

  40. 111 donna dem 4 obama
    January 10, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    You all have got to read some of those emails and text messages that TPM asked us to help them review. It’s like watching an HBO series. You all should dive in. :shock:

  41. 112 anniebella
    January 10, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Who are what is the Daily Caller? They had some headline which said Michelle Obama Let’s Move fails miserably.

  42. 117 JER
    January 10, 2014 at 5:04 pm

  43. 118 Nena20409
    January 10, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    1-10-14 WH presser as conducted by the Hon Jay “Clark Kent” Carney. He is still sporting his facial hair.

  44. January 10, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    First Look: How Colorism Affects People Around the World
    Tune in Friday, January 10, at 9/8c. on OWN

  45. 120 Nena20409
    January 10, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Any New Jerseyans or is it New Jerseyites know what the RULES are constitutionally for recalling a Gov?

  46. 123 Nena20409
    January 10, 2014 at 5:16 pm
  47. 124 Nena20409
    January 10, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    TRMS won the Demo ratings last night.

    Folks will watch good Journalism. She lost the total numbers to Fox. But the Younger Demos are what brings in ads $$.

    http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/

  48. 126 Nena20409
    January 10, 2014 at 5:42 pm
  49. January 10, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    LL, Do you have an MLIS/MLS? I’m contemplating going back to school for this and wondered if you had advice re: Library field. In other words, should I take seriously Forbes’ warning?


Comments are currently closed.

@BarackObama

@WhiteHouse

@FLOTUS

@blog44

@PeteSouza

Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.

@TheObamaDiary

@NerdyWonka

@Lib_Librarian

@Our4thEstate

@DaRiverZkind

@zizii2

RSS OFA

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Steve Benen

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

Categories

Archives

Blog Stats

  • 28,727,091 hits

WH Flickr

P121714PS-0068

P121714PS-0299

P121714LJ-0556

P121714LJ-0491

P121714LJ-0460

P121714LJ-0412

P121714LJ-0392

P121714LJ-0386

P121714LJ-0367

P121714LJ-0320

More Photos

%d bloggers like this: