4:30: President Obama and President Hollande tour Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia
5:15: President Obama and President Hollande deliver remarks
Links?? Try CBS?
Seeing is believing!
At your service, Madame Chipsticks!!
Cheesy Puffs and a glass of white wine, please – and be quick about it.
UhOh! Cheesy puffs can do, in a Royal Doulton dish.. But the Chenin Blanc just went out the door with my dear friend – it’s her birthday, what better gift?? how’s about some sparkling apple cider for your cheesychipstickspuffylunch??
Ooooooooh, go on then!
Growing up in Maryland was cool because our school field tips were often to the memorials and the museums, we were lucky kids!
C’est vraiment toi en haut? Très bien fait, Madame MP!
Oui, chere VC! C’est moi, vraiment, et ma petite chaton!!
Well, ‘Bonjour’ to both of you!
There you are!
Yes, you! Good to see ya.
JO’B, love you! My dear friend I haven’t seen in a few years for various reasons, came by today, it’s her birthday, and to see the apartment for the first time! Trying to take a selfie of us, we ended up collapsing in tears and yowling with laughter!! So fun! We didn’t really get a good photo, but ended up with one acceptable one, after 35 tries!!
Perfect! Nothing like laughter, and “one acceptable” photo!
Happy Monday MightyPamela!
Congrats on 1st…..wtg!
Totally walked into it, Cindy, no clue! Checking my email for the first time since dawn, and our Lady Chipsticks presented a new thread, what was I to do?
ahhhhhhh……..good things come to those who seek, and sometimes to those who are not looking. : )
Beautiful thought, Cindy!
President Obama: "So, how are things in the Hollande home, Francois?"
Pres Hollande: "Don't ask, s'il vous plaît." http://t.co/BHR3wH1vy0— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) February 10, 2014
@FLOTUS Thank you for your kind words, humbled by your support.— Michael Sam (@MikeSamFootball) February 10, 2014
Hope he lands in a good supportive place.
I liked what the Chgo Bears GM had to say about Michael Sam—–that he has “tremendous respect” for him and his courage, that he will be evaluated on his football skills—-period, just like any other prospective player.
Ah, love that Dotster, perfect response, it really does feel like change is in the air. Or progress, at least.
At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political ideas.- Aldous Huxley
That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history. — Aldous Huxley
The U.S. Treasury Department announced Monday that it was making some revisions to Obamacare’s employer mandate, delaying the mandate penalty for another year for some smaller employers and phasing in requirements for bigger ones.
The Obama administration had already delayed the mandate, which applies to businesses with more than 50 employees, from 2014 to 2015, but provided few specifics about how the mandate would be applied in future years. The new rules announced Monday delivered more details.
Larger employers, those with more than 100 employees, must cover 70 percent of their employees in 2015 to avoid a penalty. The requirement jumps to 95 percent in 2016.
For employers with 51 to 99 employees, they will report to the Treasury Department in 2015 on the health coverage they offer to employees, but they won’t be subjected to penalties until 2016.
The department reiterated that businesses with fewer than 50 employees, which are not subject to the mandate, make up 96 percent of U.S. businesses. Those with 51 to 99 employees account for 2 percent. Those with more than 100 make up the other 2 percent.
CNN just twisted themselves in to knots trying to explain this….then just said……” This just proves there are problems with the law ” ( Brianna Keiler )
Good Afternoon TOD. Very busy day today at work.
Did You Know?
That Earvin “Magic” Johnson, entrepreneur and HIV awareness activist who was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History and enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 was a young civil rights leader who was the President of the NAACP Youth Council when he attended High School in Lansing, Michigan?
Thanks Donna, I have always like Magic. I remember him in College then he played for my Lakers.
Okay, make way, I got a response from Mark Knoller. LMFAO.
My original response:
@markknoller Thx. But we could have Googled that. Aren't you supposed to report on THE PRESIDENT?— (@JOBoomr) February 10, 2014
@markknoller Yes, we know he's on the plane. We are so proud of him, we'd like more information! Thanks for responding, sugar, in any event.— (@JOBoomr) February 10, 2014
Figured I’d give him a little sugar, since the dear bean counter responded to me. Too funny.
I’d much rather communicate with his twin SnarkKnoller!
Snark seems to have gone in to hibernation
Too bad. He/she still has a following.
Just a guess, eh? Ha!
Yea, I miss her/him too, JO’B. I asked once but I don’t think (s)he could decide on a sex. Maybe one day (s)he’ll find her way back.
Happy Monday jacquelineoboomer!!!!!
This was just too funny. Needless to say, you made me laugh out loud : )
Hi, there, Cindy!!!!!!!!!!!!! We must keep laughing at these clowns, eh?
You Betcha!!!! : )
LOL! Somehow I knew he would respond…
He never has before! And I’ve given it my best!
He has responded to my tweets a few times – but then again, I’m ALWAYS on his case….
Good for you! I was, for a couple-week period quite a while back … I was going for the jugular because he’s such an easy target, and started to actually feel guilty about it. Ha!
Been trying to give him a break, ever since. Sometimes I fall off the wagon!
Never feel guilty – he is paid a large amount of money to count golf games and make inane comments about airplanes. The media is obsessed with following the President – yet they will not report on what he does – only what they think about him – which they have told us 4 million times and counting. I love that they “sit at the back of the plane” – but it would be better if they were bussed.
Oh god, JO’B, don’t call him lovey names, you KNOW he’s going to get the wrong idea totally!
I did think of that, but not until after I tweeted back. Ha ha. I’d better watch out … especially since I once saw him walk into one of the WHPCA dinners with his date, the umbrella.
See? My point exactly!!
Oh, I got your point! #Scary
I like that you called him sugar, likely made his day—–as I suspect there aren’t dozens of other gals telling him he’s so sweet. And —-maybe a little positivity will sweeten his tweets.
Yes, it can’t hurt!
@ericwolfson @Maggyw519 @TheObamaDiary BARACK NO NUKES FH2012 LOOSER666 WHO HUMAN SHIELD MY 18.990 EUROS EMPEACH OFFER MY DIME MY CHURCH— DIARRA (@Nimrod38) February 10, 2014
WTH is this????
I’m just as puzzled as you are…WTF?!?!?
EMPEACH OFFER MY DIME MY CHURCH!!
His/her timeline is filled with garbage tweets…here are just a couple examples for instance…
@ArabicObama HAPPY MERRY CHRISTMAS NEW YEAR 2014 GREAT DRAGOON CHINA BARACK OBAMA 2014 ALLELUIA AMEN Thanks !!! GBYOURICHLY YOIDO CHURCH— DIARRA (@Nimrod38) February 09, 2014
@1stLadyObama GBYOURICHLY GANGNAM GENTLEMAN KOREA MICHELLE OBAMA PMA NONSENSE BIBLICLY GEN 19 GOSPEL NEW TESTAMENT OF THE LORD JESUS-CHRIST— DIARRA (@Nimrod38) February 06, 2014
GBYOURICHLY YOIDO CHURCH.
I think I’ll make that my new motto in life.
lol.. er LOL !!
All I could say Donna was:
Hard to argue with that. @Nimrod38 @ericwolfson @Maggyw519— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) February 10, 2014
Invokes the comment “don’t talk to an egg”
Is that from Diarra or (verbal) diarhea?
Ok, I may need to duck, but I enjoy the twits of tidbittery that Knoeller tweets out on PBO. He gives us a little insight of the day to day goings on with the WH. No other correspondent tells us what’s for lunch, who was at tee time, PBO sightings, etc. I think he can come of crass. That’s because he’s like the stand-up comic who think he’s funny, not realizing it’s all in the timing, more than the telling of the joke itself.
If he were to stop, how would we ever know when there’s snow on the South Lawn or flowers blooming in the Rose Garden?
No need to duck! I don’t mind all of Knoller’s random tweets, but sometimes I get the distinct impression that he tweets to get certain factions riled up against PBO, and to solicit (covertly) nasty responses from them.
I don’t get that he tries to rile the folks who are already riled at the mention of PBO, no matter what. I can’t hold him responsible for inciting folks who are already crazy. I look at it as getting a peek into PBO’s day that I would otherwise not have. We certainly won’t hear anything like that in the MSM.
I don’t give the messenger/pundit any consideration beyond what I personally take from their musings. I also don’t care about those folks who may use what a pundit says as something to get nuts over. Remember, Bush left with a 20% approval rating. These are the 20% who would take a tweet by Knoeller as something sinister, and who are spouting stupid stuff about PBO on the innerwebz.
I just think the man loves food.
He was probably a cookbook editor or food critic in his early days, reporting on what Julia Charles was up to. I also think he thinks he’s witty. Either way I don’t know who else is bringing us any insight to the human, normal, everyday, unofficial stuff PBO, FLOTUS, the girls, and the dogs are up to.
I agree – he has hundreds who hang off every negative comment he makes about the President – and that is most of what he says. I don’t see his tweets as informative – they are there to stir – rather like Sarah Palin’s speeches – Knoller’s followers get upset about the privilege that EVERY President has always enjoyed going to this particular President.
yet folks can’t wait to post every tweet he puts out right here on the blog site that’s all about the good of PBO. So, ‘scuse me if I hang onto his tweets about the informal stuff my Pres is up to. Where else would I hear about it? When is the last time any MSM tweeted or reported on how PBO spends an ordinary, normal part of his time in the White House?
Who cares what Palin followers think? Nothing anyone could say would make a difference to them. I don’t see negative in telling me what PBO had for lunch, or that he and FLOTUS are out on a date. We give the looneys too much credit and exposure to think we shouldn’t appreciate and welcome hearing about PBO just because they may continue in their hate of him.
Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.- Leo Buscaglia http://t.co/cxGxO886EA— Nelson (@Yardarm756DD) February 10, 2014
That’s just beautiful Shipmate.
Hey, YA, there was a time when I used to enjoy listening to Leo! I still remember his little story of not being able to leave the dinner table until he (and siblings?) shared something they had learned that day. And his story of the Special Ed teacher who didn’t believe the designation he had of being ‘slow’ and who encouraged him. Man, that seems like a long time ago! Now you’ve stirred up my memory I’ll have to try and remember where I stored his two books that I had bought.
I had one of his books at one point, too. Wasn’t he big on encouraging HUGS?
Yep! I think that was one way his Spec Ed teacher reached him, if I remember correctly. She would envelop him in a hug.
His-story? Are you sure it’s not her-story, or my-story?
(Yea, yea, I’m being silly. What else is new?)
I don’t think I care to comment on that. Thank you very much.
I like. Illinois is partnering with The Onion to get more young people to sign up for Obamacare. The first banners which will appear on The Onion’s website are a haha. Spoiler alert—–you need to Get Covered so you don’t have to sell your action figures to pay your medical bills.
That’s fantastic Dotster, love it!!
Charlie Crist is speaking well of President Obama on the Ed show; supporting Obamacare and supporting the President. This is how the Dems should speak of our President and Obamacare.
Thank you soon to be Governor, Charlie Crist
This!!! I saw that.
I saw him, too, and really enjoyed his remarks. He should continue to be one of the President’s best supporters as a returning Florida governor!
He needs to be out there on the road with President Obama about the ACA. He spoke the truth and he spoke with passion; a winning combination every time.
I saw him on The Real Time with Bill Maher. He was good there. He didn’t hold back.
I thought the same thing, Cindy. Crist is firm and clear about our President. 1/2 asleep dems, wake up!
He also spoke well of the President and the dems on MJ a few days ago – Joe got him off the show asap.
Just saw on FB that our local NBC station posted hour ago that Iran had test-fired two missiles including one long-range ballistic. I read the comments. Ad you would expect, number of negative ones about PO…God help us with this President, etc.
Any of you know anything?
I say EMPEACH!
GBYOURICHLY GANGNAM GENTLEMAN!!!!
Chips you have me seriously cracking up here….ROTFL..
NONSENSE BIBLICLY GEN 19!!!!!!!
STOP IT they think I have lost my mind.. I am laughing so loud here at work.
GBYOURICHLY YOIDO GREAT DRAGOON BARACK OBAMA 2014!!!!!
Obama has dragoons? I thought he spoke out against musketry in a modern military.
GBYOURICHLY dragoons too LL, like I didn’t know that before today.
Okay I’m going home because I am absolutely no good now.
Have a GBYOURICHLY safe trip Donna, see you YOIDO later.
You guys are killing me here at work!!
I will forward your urgent message to 1stLadyObama and ArabicObama.
I am soooooo tempted to follow this person, these are the GREATEST YOIDO tweets, like, ever!
@MALIAOBAMA123 BARACK LISTEN HANDIDRAGOON TAKE AIR FORCE ONE WITH JOE STRAIGHT SEOUL YOIDO CHURCH NOW POLITELY FOR SURE Thanks !!! MALIA— DIARRA (@Nimrod38) February 07, 2014
Tomorrow's front page:
thetim.es http://t.co/qVaKCSAEn6— The Times of London (@thetimes) February 10, 2014
Gee, who predicted that London was at risk of flooding with climate change? Oh, yeah, scientists.
Parts of England Underwater After Thames Burst Banks on.mash.to/1lplTTf @mashable photo gallery http://t.co/DhgQsnUi67— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) February 10, 2014
Looks like a miserable winter for most of England.
Hard to believe that the “future” climate scientists have been warning anyone who would listen is no longer in the future, it’s here now.
This should motivate Dems on how urgent it is to regain control of both houses of Congress.
Climate change will not wait for us, so Americans must take action now.
I saw a tweet that linked to an article behind a Fortune paywall that said the Koch brothers’ father made his fortune with Stalin (have no info on this).
The Kochs, who “made” their money the old-fashioned way, they inherited it… must be stopped! (description stolen from @Maddow).
Obama breaking protocol to grab a peak at @UVA with Holllande and @TJMonticello exec. http://t.co/P1fTdu6wQx— J. Reynolds Hutchins (@Reynolds_CDP) February 10, 2014
Breaking protocol? Help, I don’t get that!
EMPEACH! GBYOURICHLY YOIDO CHURCH!
I don’t get “peak” either.
I didn’t spot that!!
Not to mention how he spelled Hollllllllande. Of course, he may have just meant the schedule protocol, but this gave me a chance to give out more sugar today.
@Reynolds_CDP It's peek, unless it sits on top of a mountain. Oh, and, the President sets his own protocol, sugar. @UVA @TJMonticello— (@JOBoomr) February 10, 2014
You are on firrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre Jacqueline
Good lord, don’t extinguish me, then!
“Peak-Bagging” – mountaineers lingo for making as many summit ascents in as short a time frame as possible!
Does this help?
President Obama breaks from the schedule and walked across the lawn to get a look at UVa's Rotunda. #ObamaInCville— WCAV CBS19 (@CBS19) February 10, 2014
Ah, that explains it, thanks JER!
Yes, thank you JER, it does. I guess this tweet is in English and the other was in Rightwinglish (as per JO’B).
Bienvenue a les Etas-Unis, M. le President. J’espere que vous avez des temps ideaux dans notre pays.
And I wrote that sans Google Translate. Which means it’s most likely rubbish.
……… just kidding.
Welcome to the US Mr. President. I hope you have time for the idiots in our country.
Actually, yes, Etats-Unis. I really need to bone up on my Frenchiness.
I hope he has a very good trip here in the US as well.
I was in my car at lunch and on my Sirrus radio I had CNN on and this was Wolf Blitzer’s report about the French President.
Stay tuned we’ll be right back to talk about how the seating arrangement at the big State Dinner tomorrow night will have to be re-arranged because the French President is flying solo this trip.
This ladies and gentlemen is what we have as news in America. smh
I was scanning my channels the other night (last night? Saturday night?) and I alighted upon CNN. It was a four hour block of lifestyle programming. I just shook my damned head.
#RaiseTheWage http://t.co/KEB5rbMKq6— Donna NoShock (@NoShock) February 10, 2014
RT @Reynolds_CDP 3s The presidential pair enter @TJMonticello's main hall to adress the press. http://t.co/wlsMGDGMPR— WCAV CBS19 (@CBS19) February 10, 2014
President’s breaking from “protocol,” again. He was supposed to “address” the press. Oh, well. At least he didn’t “undress” the press. Must be something in the air in Virginia.
So, Hillary is giving the Luskin Lecture for Thought Leadership at my alma mater, UCLA. Excuse me, I must run and get tickets.
Oh nozz Katrina vandenHeuvel followed me on twitter. It won’t be long. She’ll block me once she see’s that I won’t tolerate her emoprogishness.
LOLGOP @LOLGOP 23m
GOP: Obama is lawless!
Now let’s get back to the serious business of threatening full faith & credit of the United States. #tcot #Obamacare
This is for The TODable Considerate, Activist, All Good, Doc, Bobfr. HP has this for the GM Lady Glass Ceiling Breaker.
DETROIT, Feb 10 (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s Mary Barra, the auto industry’s first female chief executive officer, will be paid $14.4 million in cash and stock this year, 60 percent more than her predecessor, the automaker disclosed on Monday.
GM had previously said Barra, 52, would receive up to $4.4 million in cash and stock compensation this year, but that amount did not include what she would receive under the company’s long-term compensation plan, which totals $10 million.
The long-term portion is subject to shareholder approval at the company’s annual meeting in June. GM said Barra’s total is an increase of 60 percent over her predecessor, Dan Akerson, who stepped down last month.
I have no doubt that YOUR Tweets helped make this right. A Tip of The Hat to You, Doc
The Congressional Budget Office issued its official rebuttal Monday to the Republican talking point that Obamacare would cost 2.5 million American jobs.
In a new FAQ explainer of last week’s budget report, CBO director Doug Elmendorf, answering if 2.5 million people will lose their jobs by 2024 because of the health care reform law, said: “No, we would not describe our estimates in that way.”
CBO: Guys, We Didn't Say Obamacare Would Cost 2.5 Million Jobs talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/cbo-obamaca…— Donna NoShock (@NoShock) February 10, 2014
Waiting for the GOP media to report on it
Okay, I am quite literally in tears now:
@TheObamaDiary wtf was that??— Frigging old pervert (@petranilla14) February 10, 2014
We are gradually creating a shiny new language tonight
New post! http://theobamadiary.com/2014/02/10/in-honor-of-m-hollande-because-you-knew-id-post-this/
@HenryGraff reports @BarackObama motorcade now leaving @TJMonticello— (@NBC29) February 10, 2014
We’ve got some real fun in the GOP race for Gov. in Illinois. The multi-multi millionaire venture capitalist frontrunner Bruce Rauner, who is trying to buy the office, running hourly ads for months now, was going around the state blabbing about wanting to LOWER the minimum wage, which was quite remarkable in its insensitivity, given that he reported an income of $53 million, that’s $204,000 a day. When there was a huge backlash, he said he never said that but of course it was on tape at multiple appearances. Now today we have a top deputy to the state treasurer, who is a runner up to the front runner, filing a lawsuit claiming that the candidate, Dan Rutherford, sexually harassed him and forced him to do political work on state time. The “sexual harassment” part is quite graphic in some of its assertions. And there’s charges that Rauner is behind these charges etc. etc. etc. GOP are a mess in Illinois, as usual.
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