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  1. August 25, 2014 at 1:42 am

    One fot he things I most appreciate about Obama is his sense of self-care. He works hard, but doesn’t try to do too much, neglecting his health in the process. He doesn’t neglect his family either, trying to look for the fleeting respect of Washington insiders. He has dinner with his family every night and exercises every morning. And he golfs so that he can have a quiet few minutes to think and relax.

    • 2 Mr. Anon
      August 25, 2014 at 1:52 am

      Yes; the MSM often forgets the raw psychological toll the job has on the President. Sometimes taking a break (or “vacation”) to play a round of golf is what you need in order to freshen your mind and be able to see through all the horrible things happening at home and the world, in order to make the best decision.

    • 3 99ts
      August 25, 2014 at 1:53 am

      Hi Carol – from my perspective PBO does way more than any other President of my lifetime. I won’t say he does “too much” but he does more than any other person in DC – without a doubt. His down time is minimal – he is up late most evenings studying events/issues – unless he is away from home and then he is often discussing other issues with his admin people/everyday Americans. Although he makes time for his family he is so often away from them – so it isn’t every night that he is home for dinner.

    • August 25, 2014 at 3:27 am

      Well said, Carol D! When I was growing up in the 50s and 60s, I was taught that a healthy mind requires a health body. I simply don’t understand why right wingers and MSM media pundits are so obsessed with President Obama taking a couple of hours to walk, golf, breeze fresh air and clear his mind to be able talkie the difficult decisions he faces every single day. I don’t know how these people go about making difficult decisions, but whenever I am faced with a tough decision (which by the way are not in any way comparable to what the President faces each and every day) I always take long walks to clear my mind. I wish I knew how to play golf. I am getting there in age, but I am seriously thinking about taking golf lessons.

      • 5 jackiegrumbacher
        August 25, 2014 at 7:01 am

        Nath, the people who criticize him hate him because of who he is and because he is infinitely smarter than they are. They know perfectly well that he needs downtime like every other human being, but they don’t want to give him an inch of humanity. If they acknowledged that he is a real human being with the same physical and emotional needs as other people then they would have to question the depth of their hatred and they can’t do that.

  2. 6 99ts
    August 25, 2014 at 1:42 am

    Well I’m awake – haven’t had time for my afternoon kip :)

    Thank you Ms Chips and LL and all the posters – I’m completely lost for words on Ferguson – but I have many about the problems with US police

    • 7 99ts
      August 25, 2014 at 1:49 am

      Lots of talk about Law & Order in the media – main thing that stops that happening is the police thinking they are an army in foreign territory. Over 50 police for a town of 20,000 is way beyond what should be needed. They have to be creating trouble to earn their pay. Other countries just don’t have that number of police. 2nd amendment could be an issue in that regard.

  3. 8 jacquelineoboomer
    August 25, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Love them! Thanks, Chips! Goodnight, TOD.

  4. August 25, 2014 at 1:58 am

    http://csis.org/event/csis-press-briefing-nato-summit-president-obamas-estonia-visit

    “The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will host a press briefing on the upcoming NATO summit in Wales and President Obama’s trip to Estonia.

    WHEN/WHERE:
    Wednesday, August 27th , 2014
    8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    First Floor Conference Room
    CSIS, 1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20036

    Is this an official event involving State Department staff, or just some think tank analyzing the matter?

    • August 25, 2014 at 2:06 am

      Also, for those interested, some information highlighting context regarding Estonia and its relations with the West:

      “Since regaining independence, Estonia has pursued a foreign policy of close cooperation with Western European nations.

      The two most important policy objectives in this regard have been accession into NATO and the European Union, achieved in March and May 2004 respectively. Estonia’s international realignment toward the West has been accompanied by a general deterioration in relations with Russia, most recently demonstrated by the controversy surrounding relocation of the Bronze Soldier WWII memorial in Tallinn.[1] Estonia has become an increasingly strong supporter of deepening European integration. The decision to participate in the preparation­ of a financial transaction tax in 2012 reflects this shift in Estonia’s EU policy.[2]

      An important element in Estonia’s post-independence reorientation has been closer ties with the Nordic countries, especially Finland and Sweden. Indeed, Estonians consider themselves a Nordic people due to being Finno-Ugric people like the Finns rather than Balts,[3][4] based on their historical ties with Denmark and particularly Finland and Sweden. In December 1999 Estonian foreign minister (and since 2006, president of Estonia) Toomas Hendrik Ilves delivered a speech entitled “Estonia as a Nordic Country” to the Swedish Institute for International Affairs.[5] In 2003, the foreign ministry also hosted an exhibit called “Estonia: Nordic with a Twist”.[6] And in 2005, Estonia joined the European Union’s Nordic Battle Group. It has also shown continued interest in becoming a full member in the Nordic Council.”

      (Courtesy of Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_relations_of_Estonia)

      “As we prepare for the opportunities and challenges that will arise in the coming years, we recognize that cooperation – with and among the Baltic states, with other regional partners such as the Nordics, and in transatlantic and international forums – will be crucial to our success. To this end, we have a shared interest in further developing cooperative, mutually respectful relations with all states in the region. We are stronger and our reach is greater when we work collaboratively and combine efforts in pursuit of our common goals.

      We recognize and reaffirm our commitment to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) negotiations as a generational opportunity to expand the strong cultural and economic ties between Europe and the United States. T-TIP will not only establish a high-standard, comprehensive agreement that will strengthen the global trading system, but it will also promote competitiveness and growth, adding to the millions of jobs – including Baltic and American jobs – that are already supported by trade and investment across the Atlantic. ”

      (Official US statement on Balkan relations from almost a year ago: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/30/joint-statement-united-states-america-republic-estonia-republic-latvia-a)

      “President Obama will visit the Republic of Estonia in early September to further enhance the strong relations between the two countries, and to affirm America’s commitment to our Baltic allies. In Tallinn, he will meet with President Ilves, as well as Prime Minister Roivas, to discuss bilateral ties, strategic and regional cooperation, and our shared commitment to the trans-Atlantic partnership. The President will also meet with the three Baltic presidents — President Ilves, President Berzins of Latvia, and President Grybauskaite of Lithuania — to discuss ongoing cooperation on regional security and policies that support economic growth, and to discuss collective defense. In light of recent developments in Ukraine, the United States has taken steps to reassure allies in Central and Eastern Europe, and this trip is a chance to reaffirm our ironclad commitment to Article V as the foundation of NATO. After visiting Estonia, President Obama will proceed to Wales to participate in the Summit meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.”

      (Whitehouse.gov: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/08/15/statement-nsc-spokesperson-caitlin-hayden-presidents-travel-estonia)

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  7. August 25, 2014 at 6:51 am

    GM Mr President/I hope that you enjoyed as much of your vacation as you could/…

  8. August 25, 2014 at 7:05 am

    GM TOD…..Happy Monday…I am so grateful that Barack Obama is in the White House…less than 2 1/2 yrs left…God help us and world…when he is no longer President….We must help to deliver a more receptive Congress….#VoteDemNovember2014

  9. August 25, 2014 at 7:07 am

    GM. Off to the Y and a quick stop at Trader Joe’s. Rant coming up with I return. bbl………………

  10. August 25, 2014 at 7:07 am

    “A haircut may seem like a small thing, and certainly the homeless need many other basics, first and foremost shelter. But as can be seen in some of Bustos’s images, it can transform the way homeless people are seen. And particularly if they’re looking to find employment, it can make a big difference. In San Francisco, where the city has set up day-long fairs that bring multiple services for the homeless to one easy-to-reach place, haircuts rank with IDs, dental care, and eyeglasses among the top needs of those who attend.”

  11. 17 jackiegrumbacher
    August 25, 2014 at 7:10 am

    On the one hand, I’m glad the president is home because it feels as if all is right with the world when he’s in the WH and I’ve missed Michelle. On the other hand, I’m sorry that his long looked for vacation is over. The first day back from vacation is always a strain and I’m sure Monday will be like that for him. So I’m sending all good and positive thoughts his way.

    • August 25, 2014 at 7:15 am

      GM Jackie….how are you….and your family…how did the Fair go…I hope it was a success…you are an inspiration…..

      • 19 jackiegrumbacher
        August 25, 2014 at 7:27 am

        Hi, Pf. I reported on the fair yesterday morning and then later in the day. It went fantastically well. The weather held off, the attendance was great, the food terrific and everyone had a good time. We had lots of positive interactions with people, registered voters, helped with immigration issues and cemented good will with the Latino community. Every one said they wanted to come to the next Fiesta because this was so much fun. I’ve learned that it’s important to celebrate people, rather than talk them to death with speeches, so we focused on the ways to link politics with fun. One thing we all learned is that our president is well and truly beloved by Latinos. I’m going to try to re-post a couple of photos. It’s the first time I successfully got a photo tweet to show.

  12. August 25, 2014 at 7:42 am

    “Forney woman, children accidentally pulled over at gunpoint by police”

    http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Forney-woman-children-accidentally-pulled-over-at-gunpoint-by-police-272391361.html

    FORNEY — A law-abiding mother – with four children under the age of ten in tow – was pulled over by Forney police at gunpoint and handcuffed in front of the kids two weeks ago… It was the moment that shook Kametra Barbour’s belief that bad things don’t happen to good people.

    It started with a 911 call and a very clear description of a vehicle speeding down the highway, the driver waving a gun out the window.

    911 Caller: “It is going to be a beige- or tan-colored Toyota occupied by four black males.”

    But the cars didn’t match.

    “I drive a Nissan Maxima that is burgundy red,” Barbour said.

    Was Barbour treated properly by the police?

    “For the nature of the call – that a weapon was involved – yes,” Detective Clay said.

    (Videos in three parts)

    • 25 vcprezofan2
      August 25, 2014 at 8:26 am

      This is the second report I’ve read in as many days where cops don’t seem to listen well or act wisely in the early stages after receiving a 911 call. I couldn’t stomach the video so early but I read the transcript, and of course was reminded of the LA male who was handcuffed, and dragged to jail for hours because he ‘fit the description’, even though he didn’t really! Nothing I’ve been seeing or reading about cops inspires confidence in me.

      • 26 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        August 25, 2014 at 8:50 am

        WE MUST BE CAREFUL NOT TO DAMAGE THE OVERALL PICTURE OF POLICE OFFICERS BECAUSE THERE ARE MANY WONDERFUL OFFICERS OUT THERE….THAT IS IMPORTANT!

  13. 27 Sue
    August 25, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    On a lighter note – Love Michele’s dress!


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