President Obama waves as he boards Air Force One prior to his departure at Fiumicino airport near Rome en route Saudi Arabia, March 28
MoooOOOooorning Early Birds – Happy Friday!
Are the Obama ladies home as yet?
Sending warm and prayerful wishes with PBO as he continues his whirlwind tour, reassuring the world.
I BEGAN MY MORNING PRAYING FOR THIS VISIT TODAY…MAY GOD DEEPLY BLESS AND PROTECT PBO AND ENTOURAGE AS THEY COMPLETE THIS JOURNEY. MY HEART IS WITH THEM.
Morning Chips-y Whispy! What’s cooking today?
Gooooooooooooood day VWolfC!
btw, did u see my email?
From last night? Yea. I answered you in the village that I did. At least, I think I did. ;)
You gonna make me go through thousands of comments to find the reply???
Exercise? :) :) Plus, what makes you think I remember what it was?
Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
I see you Mr. President :-)
Morning Chips, Danny, VC on 1st grand prize and all TOD persons. Love the pic on POTUS.
Good Friday Chipsticks, VC (Congrats on 1st), GGail…TODers!!!!
I so enjoyed the pictures and videos from PBO’s visit with the Pope on yesterday! :-D
Everyone have a wonderful day.
Good Friday SW!
Hel-lo, SW! Have a great Friday! I’m determined to enjoy this last day off work that I awarded myself. ;)
Good morning Chipsticks and Danny!!!
Congrats on 1st vcprezofan2!!
Good morning GGail!
Wishing TOD Family a BEAUTIFUL and AWESOME DAY!!!
Morning, Cindy. TY.
ps: I give you permission to call me ‘VC’ (you can even add a title as I’m a year older this week than I was last) since my full name is quite a mouthful. :grin:
Enjoy your day off VC!!!!
Good morning Chips and TOD. Loved all the pictures of the President and the Pope., but will not rest easy until he returns safe and sound.
Notice media outlets are all (hurriedly) mentioning the ACA 6 million mark this a.m., but ALL are adding these exact words, as if their scripts were all sent out by one writer: “but the number is well short of the original goal of 7 million”. So predictable.
I have (sorta) feared for a long time that eventually one big corporation would own everything ——but I think we’re already at the point where one creepy person somewhere dictates the content of all our news programs—–noticing the identical reporting more and more every day.
I have noticed that also…..and have quickly flipped to the 3 cable channels and have seen them spewing the same nonsense word for word exactly…..
corporate media. fuckyoubillclinton.
Happy Friday dotster3!
President Obama did not set a goal of 7 million, at least I don’t remember that he did. They don’t have anything to talk about so they invent negativity against President Obama.
This is all about the 2014 election, and they are trying their best to stir up negative reporting against the President to persuade the voters to not come out for the Dems.
Yahoo is featuring a story; Why Latinos remain weary of Obamacare.
The 7 million came from the CBO…..the 6 million also came from the CBO as an adjustment due to the troubled website rollout.
So…it was never the ” administration’s ” goal and the media knows that.
First, It’s not 31st yet.
Second, charles gaba projects 6.5 million by the deadline.
Third, the final official numbers will be released by only 2nd week of april.
Exactly – and the same media declared GWB’s Medicare part D a resounding success when they hit 70% of their target enrollment in 1 year. The ACA has hit 86% of target enrollment in less than 6 months.
…and the 6 million is WELL above the what the media and ACA opponents had expected — and hoped for — after the initial website “glitches” as well as all the sabotage attempted by the red state governors/insurance commissioners/legislature. Their frustration is showing because reality does not match their script.
Happy Friday Linda!!!
That’s what I thought Linda, and they continue to say; he set a goal of 7 million. The media has been paid for and they are not going to give President Obama credit for anything good. This is going to carry on until December 31st 2016 and beyond.
What if he does reach 7 million by Mar 31st?
Happy Friday hopefruit2!
If we reach 7 million by March 31st, the media is going to say; Obamacare is not working because President Obama under estimated the numbers.
In this country, with this media, our President will never win in their eyes.
I also heard that the administration did not set some goal of 7 million. This is what I heard from one media person, Obamacare reaches 6 million as the law becomes more unpopular.
It’s not March 31st yet, so the caveat about the original goal is not even appropriate.
Must have got an updated script; the BUT I heard today was in regards to not enough young signed up.
Also the release of the Obama Care polling numbers, which are not very positive. I knew they would find a way to throw shade.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Public support for President Barack Obama’s health care law is languishing at its lowest level since passage of the landmark legislation four years ago, according to a new poll.
The Associated Press-GfK survey finds that 26 percent of Americans support the Affordable Care Act. Yet even fewer — 13 percent — think it will be completely repealed. A narrow majority expects the law to be further implemented with minor changes, or as passed.
Hmm….interesting since the AP/Gfk polling in 2012 was ranked the least accurate of 28 polling companies.
( TPM did not mention they came in last . )
That seems to contradict the kaiser poll that said that support is increasing, and people are growing tired of this ACA negativity talk. The media is full of it.
egg.sack.lee. Kaiser is the gold standard here since it is their bread & butter business. Unlike the clueless/slanted pollsters.
Not just the Kaiser poll – pretty much every poll in the last month has indicated that support for the law is increasing. But as I predicted last night, the ACA milestone news will result in the release of many fake-ass polls with (likely) fudged figures.
I'm betting that right now the GOP/polling outfits are coming up with some "poll" that will show that support for ACA has dwindled since 6M— (@aspirational12) March 28, 2014
Sadly, some of the negativity is the result of insurance companies making the ACA the scapegoat of its profit making decisions that may result in some perceived inconveniences people may be experiencing.
ROTFLMAO! WOW…Just yesterday, I predicted a FAKE POLL would be released in light of the new ACA milestone news. Here it is:
The media and pollsters are becoming a bit too predictable with their fake polls. Linda if you believe this crap, I’ve got a nice bridge under the George Washington Bridge to sell you!!!
You were right hopefuirt2.
I took notice when the President met the Pope, the media had to keep bringing up the President low approval numbers as if the President was just meeting the Pope hoping his approval would rise being in the Pope present. If that’s the case then why don’t the media go meet the Pope, because we never see any polls saying what the people think of the media, but I’m willing to bet they don’t think very much of the media.
Let’s see a Todd/Murdoch ( NBC/WJS) poll about trust in the media.
The Media have realized that the ACA numbers no longer support their views.
Goalposts now are not how many Americans signed up and are covered but 1) Is it Really helping people?????
2) Aren’t costs going to go up up and up?????
3) We won’t know if it is Really working for months, no matter what!!!!!
And so on.
The DoD calls this type of journalism PSYOPS. Y’all this is not real. Who the hell doesn’t want health insurance?
When did we decide that judgement of success should be based on Americans thinking based on their knowledge from propaganda fed to them by our media?
GM bt & todddys
Happy Friday amk for obama!!!!
Thank you for the Friday morning smile : )
Morning all. I know our president is supposed to spend the night in Saudi Arabia, but I hope he gets an early start home on Saturday and gets to spend at least some of the weekend with his family. He’s got an Asian trip coming up soon, so there will be no rest for the weary. This is an inhuman pace and I don’t know how many anyone can keep this going.
Good morning jackiegrumbacher…
Happy Friday to you!!!
I agree with you. When I complain to myself about having to do something that I know I need to do, I think about President Obama, and then I get it done. I fly to California and I am always trying to recover for at least 2 weeks from jet lag. He is amazing.
ME TOOOOOOOOOOO…AND I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THE REPUGNANT ONES TRYING TO TRASH PBO’S PAPAL VISIT. IT WAS SO PRECIOUS…AND THEY ARE SO ENVIOUS!
Good Mo’nin’ TOD!
Good morning Dudette!
Happy Friday to you!!!!
Thank you for the reminders…….
Hiya! My pleasure! :-)
Wind Farms Flourish Across The U.S. As Interest In Renewables Skyrockets huff.to/1g1N1T4— Nancy Rosario (@HawaiiNan) March 28, 2014
Obamacare Smashes Goal Of 6 Million Signups Days Ahead of Deadline politicususa.com/2014/03/27/oba… #ACA #tcot #mob #gun #tgdn http://t.co/f7aq77q15p— R Joseph (@rjoseph7777) March 28, 2014
SHOW these fine numbers to the #Obamacare #ACA cynics in your life, then politely ask, "Any Questions?" :o) http://t.co/fXCIdHPMBo— zizi2 (@zizii2) March 28, 2014
#tbt to before #ACA when women were charged more than men for coverage. Now that’s illegal. This is why #ACAworks: http://t.co/w4yYkGJ5yu— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) March 27, 2014
Good Morning Chips and TOD.
PHOTO: @ScottPelley interviews President Obama in Rome, ahead on @CBSThisMorning. #newsisback http://t.co/vTZjnciX4r— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 28, 2014
#ACAworks. #Obamacare reports 6 million sign ups. 15 million impact. What was the republican plan? #uniteblue #tcot http://t.co/8weJ2WQNai— Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) March 28, 2014
That is genius! Moooooorning Dudette!
I thought so too! Morning, dahlin’! :-D
Pres Obama at arrival ceremony at Quirinale Palace in Rome yesterday http://t.co/Zaqw9sXJIf— (@petesouza) March 28, 2014
I wonder if there’s any video footage of that ceremony.
President Obama reflects on his first meeting with Pope Francis
‘THE LEAST OF THESE’ INDEED….PBO AND THE POPE SHARE A COMMON THREAD!
Hope & Pope. http://t.co/erETHleZiP— (@amk4obama) March 28, 2014
This may be one of my most favored Presidential pictures captions and tweets ever. That happy smiling tall man with his head thrown back in delight is working hard to make the world a better place for all of us.
I am feeling increasingly sorry for the bigots and doomsters who are not enjoying this extraordinary time in American history.
Having learned to be thankful for small favors, was pleased to see this headline, that ‘public increasingly warming to health care plan’—–saying even tho numbers are still lopsided, approvals have improved. Those previously without insurance gave highest approvals—-duh. The 2 troubling results from cited poll—–that 70% of Repubs are enthusiastic about voting in midterm compared to 58% of Dems who said the same—–and that half of the U.S. public STILL does not know what is included in the ACA. Even tho they approve of the separate provisions, most only know about the mandate, the focus of rt. wing criticism.
Spoken just like the gop shill he is. I hope karma puts its foot deep in Todd’s ass. He is the gop’s Baghdad Bob.
Your #2 troubling result remind me of how the Repubs were more enthusiastic to vote then the Dems in 2012, we heard that same story over and over in 2012. And the people who say they don’t know what is included in the law reminds me of the people who says that they have not made up their mind who they are voting for, and it’s one day away from voting. If you don’t know what is in the ACA, then take the time to fine out.
Chucky Todd was one of the main one pushing that lack of enthusiasm on the Democrats side in 2012, I remember when he went to a event POTUS was having and because there were afew empty seats at that event, that is all Chucky Todd talked about. Not one word about how Romney were only getting about 100 or more at his campaign events. I am puzzle at why MSNBC and NBC think so much of Chucky Todd.
President Obama: We need “Russia to move back those troops”
Thank you so much for the clips, JER.
Mom when are coming home? http://t.co/WCpKW6I45s— Rob Smith (@1937sportsedan) March 28, 2014
O my goodness……..
This is the sweetest picture. How precious is this…..I want this little fellow : )
"@NewDay @Morning_Joe 2 POLLS tell 2 diff stories on #Obama POLL NUMBERS? huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/12/oba…. crazylary51” rel=”nofollow”>http://t.co/aBQ0hn1Lhi"@crazylary51— vlh (@coton_luver) March 28, 2014
Be a hero today. #quotes http://t.co/T0lKaereXG— KC Harry (@kchrissyharry) March 28, 2014
If men could get pregnant…………..#HobbyLobby #SCOTUS http://t.co/M80vMdtUMj— Nancy Mitchell (@NancyWonderful) March 28, 2014
With all 6 crew now on #ISS, learn about the exciting mission ahead for Expedition 39: go.nasa.gov/1jc2XYj http://t.co/6hbAyMlFT4— (@NASA) March 28, 2014
It’s good when local and national government reflect the people who put them in office. Now could we demand the same standard for the local and national media to reflect the people who view them and give them ratings? Thanks.
Oh I meant to post this with my comment:
Bill de Blasio's Government Looks More Like New York City Than Bloomberg's feedly.com/e/JGrSsczT via @feedly— Morphus Bfly (@morphusbfly) March 28, 2014
Sorry for talking past you.
Yes, Mayor de Blasio’s government is a giant leap up from Bloomberg. The media are tearing him apart relentlessly day after day. POTUS bashing redux.
Hahahaha Good One, hopefruit. Media is by, for, and about the people who own them. We are little more than their prey.
Good Morning TOD
@NoShock last I checked, today is not March 31st, nor yesterday. Tad arbitrary— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) March 28, 2014
@chucktodd Arbitrary? So are you saying that because it's not the 31st this news of meeting a major goal B4 the deadline is not newsworthy?— Donna NoShock (@NoShock) March 28, 2014
Get ‘em Donna! :-D
@NoShock @chucktodd – chucky boy is upset that despite his peddling the @gop lies 24×7, #ObamaCare beat the crap out of him and @gop.— (@amk4obama) March 28, 2014
Happy Friday Donna and Amk!
Big OL THANK YOU for Donna NoShock and amk4obama for challenging these pundits and calling out their lies.
Keep setting the record straight because the media will not do it.
If this number was 1 million, they would be “ALL” on it; like the vultures scavenging on carcasses of dead animals.
You guys are terrific!
Exactly Donna! For most of last October, November and December, they were busy and breathlessly declaring ACA a failure right out of the gate and WELL BEFORE any deadlines. But Chuckles can’t find the time to report this simple and very noteworthy milestone?
Please tweet that hf! It’s perfect!
Right on hopefruit2, just what I was thinking.
When the disaster rollout in October happen, Chucky Todd didn’t say one word about this was just the beginning, they have time to get the glitches fix, and people have till March 31st to sign up. All Chucky “GOP” Todd was preaching was doom and gloom for Obamacare. Now Chucky can’t say a word about any good news concerning the ACA Obamacare.
BREAKING @chucktodd @NoShock: We know you don't get it, but it not being Mar 31 would be what made it BREAKING NEWS!— Vick C. (@sonamie) March 28, 2014
Oh, look, @NoShock – at least @chucktodd used that big word "Tad" today! That's a tad more than we got out of him yesterday on the ACA.— (@JOBoomr) March 28, 2014
The First Day of Spring – 26 photos from around the northern hemisphere – theatln.tc/1jhwtKg http://t.co/b0qa7ALkrG— In Focus (@in_focus) March 21, 2014
In the ‘who cares?’ category, I see that Christie will hold a press conf. this afternoon. To say that he agrees with his lawyer’s “investigation” that he, Christie, is totally totally innocent?
What a joke! How he thinks no one sees through that farce is beyond me!
My TV was on ABC (Scandal) when I turned it on at 7:00. The report that was done about Christie made it perfectly clear that the “investigation” was done by his friends. Must say I was shocked, very shocked at how clear that was made. It was even a tad bit mocking, I thought. :)
No one here cares about Christie press conference.
#ACA, #ObamaCare Is Available By Phone 24/7 1-800-318-2596 TTY: 1-855-889-4325 #OFA #CTL #P2B #Young 20vote14® #UniteBlue #P2 #TCOT #1U #UB— M. Naz (@Mozi_N) March 28, 2014
Looks like the president is staying overnight in Saudi Arabia so that he can greet and thank US Embassy staff there. SA is 7 hours ahead of DC. and it’s a six hour flight. So you could leave Saudi Arabia early Saturday afternoon and get to DC by early morning, always supposing you could keep your head from spinning around. Hope an early start is in the plan. Couldn’t find take off time on the WH site.
Obama: Putin is "entirely misreading" the West (VIDEO): bit.ly/Qn3U5T http://t.co/9puY37jcjL— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) March 28, 2014
And he’s right. Putin probably has been reading/watching way too much US media idiotic tweets or “reports” and Libertarian blogs, so like Romney and Palin, he developed a false sense of security about his “strength” vis-a-vis PBO.
Any news from CarolMae yet? Also, too, yardarm?
CarolMae checked in yesterday after her surgery and said that the surgery went well but she’s going to need a period of no reading/posting, etc as her eye heals and her sight is restored. I’ll try to find the link for you. Mr Yardarm responded to one of my posts yesterday – can’t remember exactly which one.
Thx hf. Glad that surgery went well for her. ya was going only for a cataract check-up. Hope that turned out well too.
Oh good. Glad they’re both over the hump. Thanks hf!
Thanks for this news. I’ve been so concerned about her.
My best friend went through similar surgery and the recovery is long and weird: you have to stay in one position for weeks. My friend had to be prone, on her right side, for at least three weeks. And yes, you can’t ‘use’ your eyes much until it’s healed. At least her husband was facebook-literate and we had a stream of news about her progress.
Sending healing and positive energy to our dear Carol Mae.
She checked in yesterday after the surgery. Here it is: http://theobamadiary.com/2014/03/27/chat-away-348/
along with 6 million exchange signups, let's not forget all the people who could have coverage but don't b/c their gov rejected Medicaid— Seth D. Michaels (@sethdmichaels) March 28, 2014
tr-opicalserene: ☀️ active tropical blog ☀️ … tmblr.co/ZaMCiv1AqwRfg http://t.co/uxbFkLp4Mb— The Cult Cat (@Elverojaguar) March 28, 2014
Wow! Dudette, this looks creepy : (
Does this thing exist somewhere? The owl looks real……..
I just thought it was a cool work of art, but it turns out it’s from Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Ok, thank you. I must tell you, initially, I thought this was a joke. I actually thought that one of the repukes picture was hidden in this. So I was studying it very closely. I truly thought I saw John “cry baby” Boner……LOL
I was looking hard Dudette.
More here: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/attractions/animal-kingdom/tree-of-life/
When You Don't Vote In The Mid-Terms….#uniteblue #tlot #p2 #gop #congress http://t.co/zqiytlnKoK— Sly Dude (@SlyDude3677) March 28, 2014
You like polls? How about this poll? Now we just have to get those butts in the booths come November!
Young Americans' Affinity for Democratic Party Has Grown… on.gallup.com/1g6Y8Kl #Democrats http://t.co/Bx0kqbU2u7— (@GallupNews) March 28, 2014
@NoShock @chucktodd – Also, chucky boy doesn't have the balls to tell the fact how the @gop governors sabotaged #ObamaCare signups.— (@amk4obama) March 28, 2014
Watched the two segments of the President’s interview with Scott Pelley, and one comment is that we here on TOD are correct about Vlad: he wants the old Soviet Union back, and wants to control that part of the world again. The President is so thoughtful in his questions, and Pelley actually asked good questions that gave the President room to explain.
One thing I can say for Pelley, he had the respect to go where the President is, and get an interview with him, not sit here and carp. Brian Williams AND Diane Sawyer should have done the same. I am so totally disgusted with BriWi, I can hardly stand it. Diane was never a strong news person, so I don’t expect much from her.
In 2012 it was David Muir of ABC who went to London and got that great interview with Mittens in which he said all those terrible things about London and the Olympics.
Diane needs to know that no one west of Jersey is interested in Chris Chrispy. To spend al that time on him, is poor use of air time.
The internet: Where someone mocking a racist gets more push-back than the racist they were mocking.— Will McAvoy (@WillMcAvoyACN) March 28, 2014
People who don't realize The Colbert Report is satire want it cancelled over Asian joke: bit.ly/1my3LJK http://t.co/X4wavbG0Ys— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) March 28, 2014
This #CancelColbert thing serious? Can people really not understand parody/satire when race is involved? How 'bout this? #CancelStupidity.— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) March 28, 2014
@NotSoSilentMajo, but the butt of Colbert's satire, in this case, is Dan Snyder!!!— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) March 28, 2014
@NotSoSilentMajo, what Colbert "slammed" is race ignorance! But humor is like music: tricky if it has to be explained why it works.— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) March 28, 2014
Can't wait for Stephen Colbert to satirize the puritanical, fake morally outraged numnuts calling for #CancelColbert.— Barracks O'Bama (@P0TUS) March 28, 2014
Former Russia finance minister predicts costs of over $150 bn for Crimea takeover via @Interpreter_Mag: goo.gl/UsjtMV— David Frum (@davidfrum) March 28, 2014
For that money, he could have very well bought it off from ukraiane.
“For that money, he could have very well bought it off from ukraiane.” – True dat! :-)
Isn’t that’s why Russia gave it away in the first place…..it cost too much to maintain. I wonder how much money Russia will gain from having Crimea?
I understand people who are outraged at Colbert, and I understand people who aren't outraged. I'm sure this stance will outrage some folks.— (@HumanityCritic) March 28, 2014
How many press conferences doe Christie need to give? And I’m sure all the networks will give him full coverage.
A desperate Mitch McConnell announced to the media that he will only talk about Obamacare. Problem is that the #ACA is working well in KY.— Emotional_me (@Emotional_me23) March 28, 2014
President due in Riyadh in about 90 minutes; normally blistering Saudi weather is moderate today: just 83 degrees— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) March 28, 2014
Even the weather cooperates for President Barack Obama!
http://t.co/mxfOHZTRwy— chuck jenkins (@19charles41) March 28, 2014
If we #CancelColbert for fake racism do we get to cancel Limbaugh and Hannity for real racism?— Steve Dowdy (@Steverocks35) March 28, 2014
Food for Thought….
There are so many gifted and talented TOD members here.
Is there any way you guys can create a poll on the media, and turn this President Obama bashing back on them?
I would like to see what would happen on Twitter if “we the people” rated their sorry ____.
Just fed up……
Worth repeating for @chucktodd – SIX+ MILLION BEFORE March 31st! Très, très cool! 😊 😊 REAL NEWS too! http://t.co/fXWPMCpcNH— Vick C. (@sonamie) March 28, 2014
President Obama has landed in Riyadh he's heading straight to King Abdullah's desert retreat just outside the city for meetings over dinner— Emily Wither (@ewither) March 28, 2014
The #ACA – delivering peace of mind to American families – @Politico ofa.bo/sQC— OFA MO (@OFA_MO) March 28, 2014
Today,March 28 & March 31 more #UnitedNations sessions on #Ukraine.Follow us for more details interfax.com.ua/news/political… http://t.co/uh1kLJGqo5— Euromaidan PR (@EuromaidanPR) March 28, 2014
Combat climate change – turn off the lights for #EarthHour on Saturday at 8.30pm! j.mp/1eOY2aG #Climate2014 http://t.co/athYeAeVAX— United Nations (@UN) March 28, 2014
Brings a tear to my eye to see our President having a private tour of the Coliseum and meeting with the Pope. I wish his mother and grandmother had lived to see all he is doing…..they raised a good man and my thought of seeing him with the Pope was, “two good men working on behalf of the poor and for those without a voice.”
Me too, Alisa.
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