@dougmillsnyt: President Obama shakes hands with guest during a Cinco de Mayo reception at the White House
A real fluke!
You’ve arrived, eh? Welcome, at last! Did you see the techie bird tapping its feet at you that I was imagining?
Beautify, that’s our guy flashing that million dollar smile.
oops s/b ‘Beautiful’
I kinda’ like beautify, Ladyhawke :-)
President Obama is handsome from every angle! VC – congrats again!
Indeed – this is a gorgeous portrait!! :)
Hi there, Judith! I wasn’t paying attention so I thought I was still alone.
Good evening Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats vc on #1! Looks like I missed all this good O’fun all day! :) Glad to finally settle in and relax on TOD!
Congrats on 1st VC!!!
From the bottom of the previous page ….
“Putin’s people pulled this “rather unfortunate” report from the President’s Human Rights Council website, but council member Svetlana Gannushkina talked about this subject on Kanal 24 (as reproduced on Ukrainian television), declaring that the Crimean vote “discredited Russia more than could be dreamed up by a foreign agent.””
@VP @AmbassadorRice @JohnKerry @GeoffPyatt @AmbassadorPower @PressSec @vj44 Only 15% voted for Crimea Annexation forbes.com/sites/paulrode… FAIL— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) May 05, 2014
This is important and must be made widely known because it’s the same type of stunt he’s trying to organize throughout Eastern/Southern Ukraine.
Bob this is important and should be on every international news station and newspaper front page. Everything about Putin is a fraud and every word is a lie. The people of Ukraine were railroaded into an untenable situation against their will and almost no one in the world knew it at the time. Vlad is not only a petty dictator, he’s a hamfisted one who hasn’t even the intelligence to know that outrages like this can’t be hidden for long in today’s world. I hope he ends up as an international laughing stock.
Tell Mark Knoller to either get his facts straight as a professional journalist or NOT refer to schoolgirls as “women.” That’s offensive.
@markknoller They are not women. They are girls.— (@aspirational12) May 05, 2014
What is the leader of that country doing to fine the girls? Is he doing anything?
Boko Haram gunmen raze town on Cameroon border u.afp.com/QYk— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) May 05, 2014
damned if I wasn’t back there talking to myself again! Hate when I do that.
VC, you’ve signed in as Desertflower :roll:
Funny woman:) vc isn’t the ONLY slowpoke crazy person here, ya know!
To be sure, we are everywhere!
Yes…we are!! :)
:shock: I beg your pardon! I iz neitha slowpoak nor crazi!!
Sssshhh. :roll: Can you ever keep a secret?
You were not alone, DF, I was there listening!!
Oh good. Company! Glad you were with me….in case I walked into walls and mumbled….
This. And it’s only May! <3
Paying homage to fashion icons of the 70s. Fashion blogs are calling her the best of the night so far.
She and her team get it.
Lupita Nyong'o has stolen the show in Prada at the #MetGala2014: aol.it/1nfrSh0 #Metball2014 http://t.co/KtnkKJYuse— (@StyleList) May 06, 2014
She can do no wrong—@Lupita_Nyongo in @Prada. #MetGala http://t.co/9nJy0Af3Ij— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) May 05, 2014
h/t to meta for posting this VERY IMPORTANT tweet in the previous thread ….
Obama’s former faith advisor @joshuadubois has a short, smart piece on what the pres is doing to #BringBackOurGirls joshuadubois.com/commentary/a-q…— Brian Ries (@moneyries) May 05, 2014
Well, he winds up saying that he doesn’t really know, but I do like that he talks about what he feels in his gut must be going on.
You’re welcome. Most importantly for me, meta, is that he makes it clear that the President and his team do lots of stuff that would be severely undermined if they talk about it.
Yes, and, as you say, I do always trust him to the right thing..
As @PressSec said today, the US is outraged by abduction of girls by Boko Haram and will continue to assist Nigeria in its CT efforts— Ben Rhodes (@rhodes44) May 05, 2014
Eric Holder also made a statement today about making the FBI available to help.
I missed that (was in and out today), but I liked the tone of the post you shared, because I read it as ‘You guys need to trust the President. I assure you, from working within his admin, he’s worthy of trust.’
Kidnapping of kids by #BokoHaram an unconscionable crime. US will support #Nigeria to #BringBackOurGirls & hold perpetrators accountable.— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) May 05, 2014
What night did we hit the 25 million mark?? Was it last Thursday or Friday? Holy crapsticks…since then we already had over 62,000 hits? That’s amazing. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G !!
Lupita maravilhosa meu deus #Metball2014 http://t.co/4nJyHBWxwT— Honey B (@mariasilviaabbu) May 06, 2014
Woooowwww! All she does is win!
Strike A Pose, lady.
You look Marvelous!
I mean, look at the photogs! Her life is like a movie, only better :-)
Y’know, the dethroning of Hillary Clinton cannot happen soon enough for me. I’ve been wrong on plenty of things in my life, but one thing I know for dang sure is that there is NO WAY she can win a national election. This rothschild bs is just another indication of her lack of ever having a real clue, and it’s not gonna stop with this. I knew it in 2008 as soon as PBO entered the race, when the ‘polls’ had her initially ahead by some ridiculous %, and I know it now (and, honestly, I really don’t say that about a lot of things!). Is anyone else’s gut as sure about this?
My gut, and my Intuition. And my Heart.
yes, definitely those, too, MP!
My only comment on this topic …
Dear @HillaryClinton why are you enabling a hateful bigot to distract anyone from #DEMSDominate2014? youtube.com/watch?feature=… cc @NancyPelosi— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) May 06, 2014
… this dangerous distraction from the ONLY issue that matters for the sustainability of the United States of America – MASSIVE Voter turnout and defeat of the GOP (at all levels) on 4 Nov 2014.
.@Our4thEstate @NancyPelosi: Decisions like this make me question @HillaryClinton as presidential material. She often misses t/ big picture— Vick C. (@sonamie) May 06, 2014
PBO: “it’s not about me.” HRC: “it’s all about me.” Some things cannot be changed.
Exactly! My hope is that having lived in an Obama presidency, more and more voters will see this very real contrast as soon as she starts to puff up herself for 2016. I’m still hoping it’s all media/GOP hype though.
First on CNN: Keystone bill likely to fail in Senate. cnn.it/1mwgdef— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) May 06, 2014
Well, yes. This was the plan, just to give Landrieu et al cover going in the midterms.
The Queen has arrived. @Beyonce #MetGala #Metball2014 vogue.cm/1neZPOW http://t.co/saJCKHVoY8— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) May 06, 2014
Wow, I almost didn’t recognize her. She looks so great with dark hair. BRAVA!
Excuse me but that sure isn’t Aretha Franklin. Who is it? Is that Beyonce? I wish she didn’t feel like she has to expose herself all the time. Pull her top together.
Okay it’s Beyonce, I didn’t know who the hell she was with that dark hair. By the way Bill O’Reilly seem to have a problem with Beyonce.
This is the Met Ball. This is a fashion gala. Beyoncé is not exposing herself. Her look is one of the tamest looks of the night and very fashionable.
Well I think she is exposing herself.
To each his own. I guess if you see Rihanna’s braless look tonight, you’ll be dialing 911.
Ok, guys, in case you missed it…
‘SNL’ Hilariously Shows What Happens If You Mess With Beyonce
seriously, a must-see!
So this is where this Beygency I’ve been hearing about comes from. Hahahahaaha. Good one. Her uber fans are called “The Beyhive.” They are craaaaaaaazy.
Fun video. Thanks.
GOP panics, therefore ——–> BENGHAZI!1!1!1! http://t.co/85tyq4PXar— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) May 06, 2014
… And @S_C_ of course. #MetGala #Metball2014 vogue.cm/1neZPOW http://t.co/O9UAzwYc0Y— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) May 06, 2014
Twirling skirts at the White House:
Happy Cinco de Mayo! The President is looking forward to tonight’s reception at the @WhiteHouse to celebrate. http://t.co/b9GHSEY0Ln— La Casa Blanca (@lacasablanca) May 05, 2014
There’s an interesting article in the Moscow Times by Alexander Golts, deputy editor of the online newspaper Yezhednevny Zhurnal.
Golts says that the motivation behind the Russian special forces action in eastern and southern Ukraine is to cause chaos so that the May 25 Presidential election can be declared invalid.
From the article (skip to the last line if you’re pressed for time):
“The Kremlin’s strategic plan became clear over the May holidays. It intends to destabilize the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine with an insurgency. The resulting chaos and de facto civil war will enable Moscow to proclaim Ukraine’s May 25 presidential election as illegitimate and Putin will send a clear message to any former Soviet republic that it should not even consider establishing closer ties with Europe.
At the same time, however, NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow said last week that the alliance had no other choice under the present circumstances but to view Russia as a potential adversary. Meanwhile, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has urged Western nations to boost military spending. Although it will not happen overnight, the remilitarization of Europe and the U.S. will happen relatively quickly. Once it does, Russia will become locked into another arms race with the West. And as everyone knows, the last one ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union.”
Why Putin will win in #Ukraine….and massively hurt Russia in the process. themoscowtimes.com/article/499534…— John Schindler (@20committee) May 05, 2014
The article highlights that since WWII, public appetite for the death of civilians is the reason behind failures by skilled military such as US involvement in Somalia (1993), Iraq and Afghanistan.
“In most cases, though, the fear of killing civilians dissuades leaders from carrying out such operations. That was the case with the U.S. Army in Somalia in 1993, and again 10 years later in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has nothing to do with the skill of the troops involved. Ever since World War II, the public’s values have changed regarding the acceptable number of casualties in any military conflict.’
Have a lot of respect for John, but he’s only half-correct. Putin is destroying Russia, of that there’s no doubt. However, he will not prevail in Ukraine – Ukrainians won’t allow that to happen.
To be clear – John is only half-correct by forwarding that Moscow Times article. Same applies to the author.
I read that Bobfr and immediately thought … he will not win in Ukraine. Not in this day and age with all the available technology. Putin cannot “spin” this and I am with you that the Ukrainians will not allow it to happen. They create their own destiny.
This article is behind a paywall, but you can Google/Bing “Russia Cracks Down on Profanity in the Arts.”
Ahhh, freedom, as defined by Snowdenwald.
Russian law doesn't spell out what constitutes "foul language," but sets fines for its use in works of art online.wsj.com/news/articles/…— Emily Parker (@emilydparker) May 05, 2014
Wow, Arapaho, Russia seems to be slithering back into another time, narrowing and coarsening its culture in the process. This is how a country debases art and becomes a place of mediocrity.
The dress in motion.
Lupita Nyong'o twirls and flashes a smile #Metball2014 http://t.co/gUOswqHb7b— Karεn Ciѵil (@KarenCivil) May 06, 2014
The thing about Lupita that I really love is that she always enjoys herself no matter where she is. And that’s a sign that she has acquired a tremendous confidence, a realization that this is her moment, rightfully.
You nailed it. That’s also why everyone seems to love her and has such nice things to say about her. She isn’t taking the moment for granted or the doors its opened up for her. She is soaking everything in and looking fabulous while doing it.
Nerdy, the number of people in the world who could pull off wearing and looking fabulous is this dress is miniscule. She is one in several million.
Hmmmmm….. not good. We all remember Lynn Forrester’s offensive insults toward POTUS. Poking PBO’s base in the eye already, Hillary?
So Hillary, ex of WalMart's board, is holding a fundraiser with Bigot de Rothschild: slate.com/blogs/the_slat… #WeCanDoBetter— Barracks O'Bama (@P0TUS) May 06, 2014
Seem to me Hillary isn’t being to smart. I hope VP Biden do run in 2016.
I didn’t remember those comments by deRothschild, but this short article offers a succinct reminder.
What an awful person.
And you know, we’ll be hearing/seeing gossip about the “Clinton baby bump” until the infant is born.
I’m ignoring Hillary.
If Joe Biden doesn’t run (and Carolyn makes good points about age), I’d like to see a Martin O’Malley-Deval Patrick ticket. What the Dems could use are unapologetic progressives, not the mealy-mouthed triangulation and last century’s ideas and cronies that HRC offers. If Deval Patrick were running for President, expect the RWNJ machine go into overdrive because they couldn’t handle seeing two Black Presidents in a row.
Apparently the fundraiser is not for Hillary.
‘Hillary Clinton will be the star attraction at a May 15 fundraiser for her daughter’s mother-in-law, Marjorie Margolies, who is running for a Pennsylvania congressional seat, POLITICO has learned.’
Well, that’s what they say, but all the publicity will be for Hillary, as planned. My opinion.
I hadn’t even realized that her daughter had married into a ‘political’ family. They sure work hard to try and keep ‘the crown’ accessible within only a very small group!
Makes me ill, thinking about any of them. Truly.
I get U. The lengths they have gone through to discredit PBO have been quite eye-opening.
Didn’t give it much thought at the time, after HRC was selected for SoS (which was another class act by PBO), but guess I never really felt she’d try for the White House again. We’ll see if she does, but I cannot believe their lust for power and self-aggrandizement. Both of ‘em.
I’m in wait-and-see mode too, because I still am thinking she and Bill may show less selfishness and more class. Frankly though I won’t be surprised if they don’t.
To my mind, if the Clintons go after 2016 it will be a sure indication that they do not care about the country’s future at all, whatever they may say to the contrary. IMO, you have only to look at/listen to them in action to realize that they do not represent the FUTURE. They say NOTHING that reveals a world class 21st century VISION for the country. Frankly, I believe their comments, actions and choice of political ‘friends’ say their effectiveness has long passed its ‘use before’ date. There is no point Dems supporting them out of nostalgia. Plus, and I don’t mean to be cruel here, Bill looks ‘tired’.
Here’s a couple of articles that you might be interested in.
From Apr 30 about the gift of Ann Dunham’s papers given to President Obama in the Philippines (posted late yesterday in one of the last threads of a very busy 24 hour period):
“She was a figure in her own right, respected by the people who worked with her,” said Robert M. Orr, the U.S. ambassador to the Asian Development Bank, who asked the ADB staff to search the microfiche archives for traces of Dunham’s work. “These records show that so clearly.”
The article also says that the Tagalog and Bahasa Malaysia words that PBO speaks are delivered with an Indonesian accent (fascinating):
[Ann] "Dunham was the 'key ingredient' of a women’s project that was going well"… latimes.com/world/worldnow…
latimes.com/world/worldnow…— Arapaho415 (@arapaho415) May 05, 2014
From Friday, the day that Angela Merkel was in DC. Back when we had an MSM instead of a GOP/Koch propaganda machine, some sage network radio or television anchor would have called McCain out on his treacherous behavior. However, crickets from our MSM/Koch.
Outrage in Berlin over 'vicious' McCain attack on Merkel over Ukraine @AFP @SenJohnMcCain u.afp.com/Qwt— Deborah Cole (@doberah) May 02, 2014
Janelle Monae = YES! YES! YES!
Yes @JanelleMonae yes! #Metball2014 http://t.co/V10iJpi62E— Karεn Ciѵil (@KarenCivil) May 06, 2014
I have a BIG PROBLEM WITH THIS!!
George P. Bush — a son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, nephew of former President George W. Bush and grandson of former President George H.W. Bush — is expected to handily win his race for Texas land commissioner in November after easily shaking off a primary opponent in March.
If he does, he will be responsible for managing the state’s vast public lands and extracting royalty fees from the oil and gas companies that drill on them.
A distinguishing feature of George P. Bush’s quest for public office: a campaign war chest totaling $2.2 million — a significant portion of that money furnished by the same industry he will go on to regulate if he wins.
A glance at the names populating his campaign’s list of top-level donors reveals a who’s who of the state’s wealthiest oil and gas executives.
Anne Marion, heiress to the fortune of Fort Worth–based Burnett Oil Co., gave $50,000, according to reports filed with the Texas Ethics Commission and compiled by The Texas Tribune. Jan Rees Jones, wife of Trevor Jones, president and CEO of Dallas-based Chief Oil & Gas provided another $50,000. James Henry, a longtime veteran of the oil industry and chair of Henry Resources LLC, another oil and gas exploration firm, lent $40,000 to the effort. Syed Javaid Anwar, president of Midland Energy, kicked in $40,000.
In all, Al Jazeera tabulated that individuals tied to energy companies contributed at least $450,000 to Bush’s first political effort.
UGH. Just like all the other ones.
George P. Bush quest for public office: campaign funds of $2.2M furnished by same industry he'll regulate if he wins. america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/…— meta (@metaquest) May 06, 2014
“We’ve had enough Bushes.” – Barbara Bush
I try to ignore GOP desperate pleas for attention (Benghazi, anyone?) but this tweeter has an excellent point about how the GOP extremism has coarsened our society.
Here’s the video (which was discussed on earlier threads today):
The most deranged ad you're ever likely to see, from @joniernst
youtube.com/watch?v=I3mG9f…— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) May 05, 2014
The most deranged ad you're ever likely to see, from @joniernst
youtube.com/watch?v=I3mG9f…— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) May 05, 2014
Here’s the comment:
@arapaho415 this ad is scheduled to start airing tomorrow. Pointing a gun directly at viewers (which may incld children) sinks to new low— Foxy Roxy (@RStasch) May 06, 2014
Anyone remember this game from 2008?? LOL…
#Metball2014 Rihanna front & back http://t.co/epeyhhGbBR— ⚡️HalleCh3☈☈Y⚡️ (@ScorpioBella) May 06, 2014
OMG, NPH! Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka at the #MetBall2014… http://t.co/wDiPopm0wk— E! Online (@eonline) May 06, 2014
@SJP never let's me down. ❤️❤️❤️ I love her! #oscardelarenta #Metball2014 #MetGala2014 http://t.co/s2rZuNCyKx— Yammiin.com (@Neidra) May 06, 2014
Zac Posen #Metball2014 #MetGala http://t.co/R7C0ASZIKG— Dannie (@BaddieDan) May 06, 2014
"@eonline: Zoe Saldana brings the drama to the #MetBall2014 red carpet! eonli.ne/1mwp6Vi http://t.co/XmejD2CTpJ" ame este traje 😍— Nataly Ortega ♥ (@Naty01) May 06, 2014
Emma Stone Andrew Garfield #MetGala aol.it/1njZ3gY #Metball2014 #Spiderman http://t.co/vZbT8izC7t #fblogger #fashion #moda— Andrea Leitón (@Andrea_Leiton_) May 06, 2014
Ooooo…look. Someone else’s boobs are out.
#Metball2014 @ALTUZARRASTUDIO http://t.co/XJr0NwNsbF— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) May 06, 2014
What is the MetBall
answered my own question….
It’s a fashion gala put on by the Metropolitan Museum of Art where every year, they honor a designer and have a costume theme for attendees.
Earlier today, First Lady Michelle Obama was at the The Met to honor Anna Wintour and open the Anna Wintour Costume Center.
thanks NW…I must say I am learning about so many things at TOD…hahaha@ myself…
will FLOTUS be attending the ball?
You’re welcome. Oh no, she won’t. Can you imagine the rightwing freakout? LOL.
#Malala stands in solidarity with Nigerians & people around the world calling for action to #BringBackOurGirls http://t.co/aFf4TzApd1— Pretty Foot (@PrettyFootWoman) May 06, 2014
CNN just did a story about the missing girls and that crazy radical group which kidnap the girls. They played a video of one of the member of that group talking about they were going to sell the girls. Also this journalists talked about how sorry the response of the leader of Nigeria has been.
Anniebella…I am not sure if the Nigerian Government is unwilling or unable to make the rescue….
We need to talk about Kate Upton's #MetBall2014 look. http://t.co/OjQFI0VeZ4— E! Online (@eonline) May 06, 2014
Disney chic? Katie Holmes definitely stole Belle's style at the #MetBall2014: eonli.ne/1q8Aatc http://t.co/CHzoUSCtu2— E! Online (@eonline) May 06, 2014
Katie Holmes should have done better. Looks frumpy to me…
The fact that the cartoon looks better than her is so wrong. LOL.
True! No effort on the hair either…should have stayed home in her jammies….
So right, NW! The cartoon does indeed look better. Katie’s entire presentation is frumpy and sloppy, from hair to dress.
Tomorrow is primary day in Ohio…EVERYONE HERE FROM OHIO SHOULD VOTE:) Good luck Dems…especially thinking of Nina Turner tonight!
I will say a special prayer for Nina – she is GREAT.
Yes, Buckeyes in the booth tomorrow & Sen. Nina Turner is admired and supported by many Dems
Bryan Cranston aka Walter White aka Heisenberg!
#MetBall2014: see all the red carpet couples! eonli.ne/1q8w7gA http://t.co/hIsJmeNGlE— E! Online (@eonline) May 06, 2014
Johnny Depp & Amber Heard arrive at the #MetBall2014! More #MetGala couples: eonli.ne/1mwBZhW http://t.co/DfIyS8TfDX— E! Online (@eonline) May 06, 2014
Good news from PA re Obamacare. I didn’t think this state would do well due to the opposition from Corbett and the virtual shutout of news from the media, but it looks as if the navigators persevered and triumphed.
#MetBall2014 royalty: David & Victoria Beckham! More red carpet arrivals: eonli.ne/1mwp6Vi http://t.co/2toQfVn36Y— E! Online (@eonline) May 05, 2014
Karolina Kurkova stuns on the red carpet at the #MetBall2014! http://t.co/p8hOixLj1c— E! Online (@eonline) May 05, 2014
#MetBall2014 beauty: @EmmyRossum on the red carpet! See all the arrivals: eonli.ne/1njlC5B http://t.co/8zOrINIIS4— E! Online (@eonline) May 05, 2014
Karolina Kurkova’s dress = work of art.
Same thought ran through my mind followed by, OMG…how is she going to seat down and how did they ship that creation?
"Charlize Theron is a vision in Dior at the #MetGala2014: aol.it/1nfvhwf #Metball2014 http://t.co/bZwXflBKGO” she slays man😩😍— jess kazelis (@jesskazelis) May 06, 2014
"@eonline: Maggie Q is beyond stunning at the #MetBall2014!: eonli.ne/1sdMKov http://t.co/IxKoisa93G" 4seats for this one— Abenaa (@_Abenaa_) May 06, 2014
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