Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao arrive for a State Dinner honoring German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House
yardarm756: “Oh LORD, Mitch “The Turtle” McConnell just walked in the dinner with an Oriental lady. Is that legal in Kentucky?”
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and his wife Carole Geithner
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi with her husband Paul
Singer James Taylor with his wife Caroline
U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Martin Dempsey and his wife Deanie Dempsey
Chief Justice John Roberts with his wife Jane
Austan Goolsbee, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, and his wife Robin
Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her husband Steven Schultz
ABC News host Diane Sawyer
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks with US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao
Why would that nice woman marry a gay man?
He’s more than just a gay man. He’s a gay Congressman. The congress part is the most important.
Mitch McConnell must have a HUGE HEART…that explains it….
Or she could be here on a work visa.
No yardarm, she’s a citizen. She has worked as a high ranking gov’t official.
I’m kind of offended by this statement and the one Chips posted. I know it’s snark but it comes off as too mean-spirited and a bit racist. The fact that Mrs. Chao was Bush’s Labor Secretary is enough to condemn her. Making fun of her race/ethnicity, even in jest, just comes off as racist and odd on this blog. JMHO.
You get that I didn’t quite focus on the ‘Oriental Lady’ part more the ‘turtle’😆😆 because he do look like one!! On the other hand the work visa in this comment which I am now seeing is kinda not cool!
clap clap clap clap. I agree with Jojo. Not what I would have expected from my beloved TBD fam.
JoJo, Yardarm wasn’t being racist, he was having a go AT the racism of the GOP and a state like Kentucky (which, after all, elected Rand Paul) – that’s what his comment was about, a jokey reference to how Kentucky right-wingers would take to McConnell having a wife of Asian heritage.
Well, humans marrying turtles should damn well be illegal. Somebody stop her!
LOL – Turtle in Tux looks only slightly better than usual.
Ah but, Mitch is a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, so it’s all good😕
The “mutant” part is correct.
Can you remove Mitch? I mean he is the first thing I see as I come on to the site, and I don’t want to see his ugly darn face. I mean no harm, but I don’t like him.
Turkey and Mrs Turkey(Chao) and Roberts🙄😡
😆😆😆 whoever yardarm is you are so mean and funny😆😆 . I think it’s ridiculous that all these websites advertised that they were showing the dinner live and then didn’t, they got me all worked up for nothing😦 I wanna see my pookie and MiMi!!!!!!!!!😦
Oooooo Cspan is showing it now!!!!
Dear P, i try not to be mean. i’m kinda responding to external stimuli. As for who i am, …Am just a retire geezer who has turned into a political junkie that got fed up with the heifer dust on HuffPo. i stumbled across this site and love to stay if ya’ll don’t run me off. i promise to be as good as Chi-town resident can be. PBO is my guy as is Wright and Pflegger. ’nuff said?
Oh no I am enjoying your meanness please stay mean because you have me😆 here!!! Sorry that you took it in the wrong way it was meant to be sarcastic.
Pookie = PBO?
I thought I told yall that he belongs to me.😀
P & collegekay’s ode to PBO:
“My boy Lollipop”
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr stop it!!!!!!!!!!!! He’s mine!!!!!! Tasting????? You mad gurlllllll!!!!! But my POOKIE is definitely a lollipop😉 *giggles*
yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…..clap clap clap
Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, that was great
By the way Rod Stewart is playing the harmonica in this lollipop tune…somewhere around the 1:00 mark
P & collegekay’s Ode to PBO is in the big leagues now.
Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaa… I like
????? There are only two women who are called ‘his rock’ by yes PBO aka my Pookie Bear and they are Michelle #1 Chic and P #2 chic(means wifey in the next life) All I have to say is beat me to it Collegekay because that negro is MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And he’s a keeper so you better start looking somewhere else…hey try mitch!?! hahahahahahahahaha…..I am joking!!😆
LOL @ hopefruit2
And P, you better start looking back at Newt and his mankini. I know you love it!😆
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I must admit that want has me😆. Seems like he is on your mind because I completely forgot about the mankini till now😆; yeah that’s how your brain functions when you got a man like Barack Obama; he has you hooked…….reminiscing on my Pookie on the beach topless YUM!!😉
errrr typo *that one*
And that shirtless photo was in 2008. He’s probably got an 8-pack by now. -sigh-
Lawdddd PBO 8-pack Jesus. There is a pic with him and his two daughters on the beach wayyyyy back; Sasha was a baby….Yummy!!😉 His arms were so defined, legs all sexified……lawd Jesus forgive me!!!! I know Michelle is a happy sister yall see her..she’s glowing!
You mean this photo?
So adorable. Sasha was a fat baby. I Love fat babies😆
😀 Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!! Oh lawd now my thoughts are back :D! Yes Sasha was a cute lil jub jub. I like fat babies too I would of pulled on her cheeks all day; too cute and Malia like a lil darling
On a ‘serious’ note though can you all imagine PBO in a mankini……………….oh lawd the day that happen JESUS!!!!!! Wooooh hotness😉
P, you are so crazy. You’re going to get us all in trouble. After seeing that pic from Brazil, oh yeah, I can imagine it.
See you made me go there.
😆 I have been told that many times but yeah that Brazil pic is kinda what initiated the PBO, in mankini thought😆 (see don’t blame me, blame the pic) Promise to have cleaner thoughts tomorrow😉
what pic from Brazil
search “brazil” in the search box then click on the post that says “city of god.” The pic is in there.😛
Whoa…Okay only pure thoughts now…like..
Nuns picking flowers in a meadow….deer drinking water from a deep blue pond…..babies cooing at their teddybears……
😆 too funny!!!
As per Wikipedia on Turtle Mitch:
/// His first wife was Sherrill Redmon, later divorced, they have three daughters, Elly, Claire, and Porter. His second wife, whom he married in 1993, is Elaine Chao, the former Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush (the first Asian American woman to serve in the Cabinet). Senator McConnell’s personal fortune is estimated at $32,756,000 in 2009, having increased by $800,002 since the previous year, and ranking as the 12th wealthiest member of the U.S. Senate. ///
Elaine Chao has always struck me as a twit. Now I have absolutely incontrovertible proof.
First wife came to her senses. Two bad it took three daughters.
Ooooppps! My bad. i apologize Mitch. Things must have changed quite a bit in KY since i was there last. (i still don’t like you).
Our Nancy-soon-to-again-be-Majority-Leader-Pelosi looks fabulous!
Yes she does!! She NEVER looks bad!
She does indeed, Junkessa!
2012 she will be Speaker of the House again. Then President Obama will have someone to work with him for the middle class and poor.
Yes—always. Her hubby, Paul, is said to be the one with the fashion interest and picks out all her clothes. He loves her in Armani, and all her clothes are just the best, in such good taste and fit her like a glove.
I want t hose pearls she’s always styling in. She must have a hundred different strands.
She is a sharp dresser. Always classy. Not as daring as Mrs. O, but sharp nonetheless. That is a BAD white suit. How old is Nancy Pelosi? It doesn’t really matter though. She looks great!
Didn’t she just turn 70 last year? She looks fantastic – at any age!
Oooooo La La…..Our First Lady and the President……Look SPECTACULAR!!!!!!
And Nancy Pelosi looks just beautiful…..love her dress and accessories
Nancy looks fab. And there are not enough words to describe how beautiful the First Lady is. Regarding the turtle, I don’t want to offend anyone, but I find it amazing that someone so hateful and bigoted would be married to an Asian woman. What’s wrong with her to marry such a bigoted man?
Clarence Thomas is married to a Teabagger. Same principle I would imagine….
Well Uncle Clarence hates his own damn self — who better for him to marry than a teabagger?
Not sure..but why is singer James Taylor at a state dinner. Love the guy, don’t get me wrong!
HE’S PART OF THE EVENINGS ENTERTAINMENT.(excuse the caps. i’m only workin’ w/one arm).
I believe he’s scheduled to perform. He has performed at the WH before and was honored among the Presidential arts award recipients this year.
He’s also a huge supporter of PBO.
Imagine being there?
Btw: politico jealous headline- obamas not so diplomatic personal touch!
With a picture of him and Angela.
Just unreal, the amount of jealousy this guy receives!
Those republican shills are such racists and just a joke. What the hell does that even mean?
Really, it just eats them up that PBO is really admired and respected by everyone who works with him.
Ot: over 60 bombs dropped on Libya today included qaddafis compound!.
YIKES. They are weakening him steadily. Interesting.
No worries says Quaddafi. President Barack will still be his son.
LOL @ Hopefruit…..too funny
I read somewhere today that Quaddafi will not be taken alive…He said “He’s not going anywhere” LOL he must not heard of the Seals6
I know, right? Angela calls him “Barack.” Enough said. And I found it so amusing that in the story they kept talking about Bush’s friendship with Blair, which he inherited from Clinton. And they talk about how casual Bush was. That’s because he was a damn doofus who had no manners or upbringing. He did not know how to act in formal settings. I believe he didn’t have many state dinners and I believe that’s why. And why wasn’t Bush invited to bunk at Buckingham Palace and address Parliament? Because he was too dumb and inarticulate.
Sometimes it might be a good idea to just ignore some of that junk. Refuse to give it any attention. It deserves none.
WTF? Article references PBO as not being a ‘connector in chief’. Huh???
Do THEY even know what the hell they’re talking about? Doubt it. Just another way to project their jealousy and envy over PBO’s effortless appeal.
I only read half of the article and then stopped. Politico had a similarly stupid article last night stating that the President and Chancellor had an awkward relationship, and didn’t get along. Well, a picture says a thousand words, and I saw all I needed to see today during all the ceremonies. Once again, Politico gets it completely wrong. Their agenda is very obvious.
Also, while George W might have been like a “puppy dog”, but he accomplished nothing positive for the people of this country. I’d rather have a leader who gets results, rather than a silly puppy dog leader who does a lot of damage.
Mitch McConnell’s youngest supporter –
That’s right StR. And you can tell that news reporter felt nauseated by the youngster’s remark….Mitch McConnell clearly dominated her thoughts at that point.
Okay – does anyone know a cheap way of replacing an irreparably damaged computer monitor (sprayed with cranberry juice)?
Oh dear…that’s a toughie. Was the pic of Mankini Newt that made you spill cranberry juice on your monitor?!?
LOL @ Chip…isn’t cranberry an antioxidant??
I’m not really sure what it is, but it said on the label that I’d have the body and fitness of a world class athlete after three slugs. I’m still waiting😦
After 3 slugs…………..I want some…..:-)
Honestly Kasai, even after three slugs you don’t want to look like me. I’m thinking of suing the cranberry people.
I have a new comment box that’s sort of acting up. Does anybody else? Chips, did you do an upgrade to WP?
Hiya Meta, I only noticed that tonight! It’s a WordPress update – whether it’s good or bad I can’t take the credit/blame😆
Oh, I will never hold you responsible for a software update, believe me! I just wanted to verify because I’m having other software issues at the same time. LOLz.
U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Martin Dempsey …is decorated from head to toe…:-)
Sheesh..he couldn’t wait to get all decked out. Must not have slept a wink last night.
A couple of comments — First, I predict an uptick in visits to the tanning salons these next five years among Americans, given the beauty of our president and first lady. Second, The First Lady’s gown is absolutely lovely, but looks like a bear to keep from tripping over, especially given that marvelous train.
If I were to be so honored as to be part of a State Dinner at the White House, not that I ever would be in my lifetime, I’d have a panic attack before I could actually take my seat.
Like Army General Demsey, you would not have slept a wink the night before!!!
Ah Joan, as usual you never fail to make me chuckle heartily!
If that was me in that dress ….. well, by the time Angela Merkel arrived the fire service would be working on disentangling my heels from the end bits (fashion term??) of my dress, and my ankles would be hovering in the air as the President tried to ensure there was some dignity about the ceremony. This might be one of the reasons Barack Obama never married me.
LOL!!!! Only one of the reasons Chipsticks? ROFL! The visual has prepared me to not sit next to you at a formal dinner!
It’s the only reason GGail, if I had mastered the art of walking gracefully in a dress that was a foot too long for me, I have absolutely no doubt I would now be the First Lady Chipsticks of the United States of America.
U R 2 Funny!!!
Dear Chips, it seems as though some of my comments have rubbed some folks that wrong way. It seems that i’m a bit of a racist by saying a few things about the “Turtles” wife. i assure you i’m not and have no desire to compromise the integrity of this wonderful site. With that in mind i think i’ll stand down for a while. For there are some here who are extremely intense and don’t respond well to sarcasm.
How could anyone take your comment as racist? If anything, it’s an indictment on the mentality of people in Kentucky.
You were hilarious. I really like your sense of humor. I was so pleasantly surprised when I read tour comment because it was EXACTLY what I was thinking.😀
Yardarm, PLEASE don’t leave, your comment was absolutely NOT racist, I wouldn’t have made a post out of it if it was. I can’t believe that anyone took it that way, it was a completely hilarious barb at GOP right-wingers and THEIR racism, it was NOT directed at McConnell’s wife. I love having you here Yardarm, you’re smart and you’re funny and you make us all think! If you go away I’ll hunt you down and drag you back😉 Love ya.
“Our Nancy-soon-to-again-be-Majority-Leader-Pelosi looks fabulous”—PoliticalJunknessa.. are you talking about 2012? I wish it were sooner. She really has excellent task in clothes and very expernsive ones I might add. Love her. When she was speaker and Obama gave his SOTU address, she was like a bouncing ball……up and down…….up and down…..clapping as he spoke..
Not really ” task in clothes” although it would be a task for me to choose the perfect outfit for a State Dinner
2012 is right around the corner — love Nancy!
Mitch McConnell’s least favorite Democratic Senator – Sen. Manchin.
Why? I would think the opposite is true. Isn’t Manchin a DINO?
Just continuing the McConnell = turtle theme. Having a fellow Senator named “Man Chin” must seem like a cruel joke to McConnell at times.
You’re making my side hurt, StR! Too funny.
StR you’re too funny! ROFLMAO!!!
Can’t stand Diane Sawyer. She was on O’Reilly last week bowing and scrapping and promising ABC was going to be fair and unbiased in their presidential election coverage. In other words, ABC is going to do the bidding of the republicans. Which we’ve already started to see with the ABC poll today and them teaming up with Breitbart against Weiner.
Scum, scum, scum.
I wish I could throw a dart at her pinched face in the photo.
Exhibit A: Charle Gibson. I’ll never forget that horrible debate where he thought it was of utmost importance to GRILL PBO about not wearing a flag pin.
Diane Sawyer might be a Republican hack but I believe that Charlie was a PBO supporter. At first I wasn’t sure, but during the inauguration, it seemed that way. And then when Charlie was leaving ABC, he saved PBO’s comment on him for last. That told me that he respected whatever this President had to say about him and ended his segment with the President’s remarks.
I think the corporations sway their employees to do their bidding…it’s unfortunate but peple need to earn a decent living and the corporations are greedy and pressure their employees to gin up fauxtroversy in order to get paid. Of course, some of the employees are in fact Repblican hacks and they don’t need any pressuring.
The only thing I remember quite fondly about old Charlie was his interview with the quitter governor. Remember he asked her if she agreed with the Bush doctrine. She had no idea what it was. Charlie looked over his glasses at her like a stern teacher in disbelief. And she says, “In what respect, Charlie.”
That started the quitter’s downfall. America saw just how stupid she is.
Yup..and the RW blogs were on fire afterwards, saying that Charlie was unfair and biased against their grifter.
Lost in their perpetual state of victimhood. Queen Esther has never admitted a mistake or accepted responsiblitiy for her missteps…she just attempts to rewrite the rules and the facts., or both, whichever serves her purpose. And her cult members follow their leader.
For the life of me I can’t imagine any woman wanting to be with Mr. McConnell…..money just isn’t enough! He joins Newt in the men that should come with hazardous warning labels category.
Yes, I used to be a huge fan of Diane Sawyer, but as soon as she got her show, she lost all credibility and moral standards.
Diane Sawyer is a right winger!!! A Nixon girl!!! Catch her unawares and when she thinks the camera’s off and boy do you ever see the other face of this evil bi*c^!!!
How can Hillary be so chummy with that hateful man, the turtle? And his wife looks like she doesn’t like Hillary much. So stay home already. Oh, and the Orange man declined to come to the dinner, the fourth time he’s done this. What a jerk. He probably doesn’t know which fork to use either.
I think he probably had a fundraiser back at the Club House.
Orange man is at home drinking and crying at the same. God knows what is driving him to tears on this warm Tuesday eve.
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Chipsticks: Sorry Jessica, way too insensitive and inappropriate – please don’t repeat, thanks
LMAO… Y’all are killing me with the “Turtle” Joke.
I gotta say seeing his wife was a surprise, and it humanizes him.
She was Labor Secretary under Bush – that’s some straight “1984” Ministry of Truth level shi…stuff.
OMG….. That is like “Government Incest” LOL @ Ministry of Truth.
I don’t know why my comment didn’t display right, but I was saying that I remember Charlie Gibson’s performance at that debate, and recall that Stephanopoulus (sp) wasn’t much better. They seemed to be competing to see who could act the most obnoxious.
I’m surprised that Senator Reid wasn’t at the dinner.
I dont wanna be mean, but Justice Roberts’s wife’s dress looks like it didnt make it on the set of “27 dresses” very bridemaid’ish for my test.
test = taste
Yes. styishgurl, the dress seems to clash. I mean really clash.
For some reason my screen is not working properly. I can’t see what I’m posting. But I wanted to say that theSecretary of Labor Elaine Chao was one of the worst Secretary’s in the Department’s history. She only got the job because she was McConnell’s wife. The Department was run almost completely by the White House. She didn’t do ANYTHING, but challenge unions, including the employee union at Labor. She was disastrous for the American working people
Ot: over 80 bombs dropped on Libya today included qaddafis compound!. Updated from the ny times.
That is unbelievable.
Something is going on in tripoli!
Why the phuck is John tester sticking up for big banks?:
He’s got a tough election fight, but a winnable one, and his holding his seat could be the difference between keeping the majority or losing it.
Chipsticks…I think the gremlins are back. Since this new fancy Leave a Reply came up, I only have “Contact the Media as a sub heading under the TOD banner. What’s up?
Hey Peeps. Was on vacation for a bit so haven’t been on to comment in a while, but have sneeked a peek every chance I could. Now I’m back and glad to see all the wonderful pageantry of the ‘Official State Visit’. And I agree with all the comments about the best speaker the House has ever seen. Nancy is one fabulous, phenomenal woman and I’m gonna work like crazy to get the gavel back in her hands!
I remember donating to her 70th birthday roses delivery. What started as a small gesture turned into an amazing display of warmth and well wishes from around the country. And being the gracious lady that she is, she had most of them delivered to Walter Reed Hospital.
I was so very excited for her all week as the number of roses ordered grew and on the day they were delivered, I was almost in a panic that she would leave the chambers before they were delivered. But everything went smoothly and I was so happy.
here are pictures: http://tinyurl.com/6glgq8h
and here’s the diary that started it all: http://tinyurl.com/6fdjcwd
But back to the State Visit, thanks again Chipsticks for all your efforts at ‘taking us there’.
That was such a lovely gesture – I never heard about this last year. Thanks for sharing.
I must say that you all have me laughing my head off tonight. I love it because I was thinking the same thing aa so many of you stated. I am so tired, but I just laid here and screamed. Thanks, Chipsticks for another beautiful display of beautiful pictures. You all make this such a wonderful place to come to and just relax, share, and laugh with pure joy. Thank you all. I love and respect you for keeping this a great site, Chipsticks.
Among other things, PBO met with the leadership of Bahrain today:
And made a statement in support of an end to emergency law there!
This guy just doesn’t stop working. He works inside of his working. Where the h e double hockey sticks did he find the time in between all the pageantry of the State Visit? I’m hoping good things come of this.
And none of it gets reported!
You can read what the EPA has done today or any day:::
This agency is busy!
I know that Debbie Wasserman Schultz and AZ Senator Gillford (spelling?) are good buddies, but have you noticed that their husbands look a lot alike also. Gillford’s husband is already a twin, but could it be Debbie’s husband is the triplet that was separated at birth?
Just wondering aloud….
Lunar, I liked Debbie’s husband immediately as I saw him.
Just a reminder that you can order your free ‘yes we can’ in hebrew poster from jStreet here until the clock strikes midnight. (not sure about the last part lol)
Ok maybe this is slightly mean, but what the heck is Chief Robert’s wife wearing? It looks like it would have been better as along straight dress. she looks a little anachronistic in that dress. I just have this temptation to say, “The 80’s prom night called, they want their dress back”. But I shouldn’t say such a mean thing. see this is the difference between a democatic votervs republican teabagger. We feel remorse.
Haha. I think maybe she’s trying to be recapture her youth. She probably is trying to remind her hubby of that young gal he married decades ago. Let’s hope the magic is still there after decades of boredom and ZERO creativity. Chief Roberts will not be going the Weiner route – not tonight any way.
Lots more very interesting photos from tonight’s dinner here:
Beautiful, thanks Meta. Do they have portable air conditioners for these events? It’s hot here in D.C. LOL
� Tonya Lewis Lee says. At the same time, there’s also a bit of wariness among the wealthiest ones, an uncertainty whether Obama will affirm them. �Obama is more a man of the people,� says a Vineyarder who’s part of black high society. �He doesn’t seem to identify with affluent black people. His wife definitely doesn’t; she is basically a ghetto girl. That’s what she says�I’m just being sociological. She grew up in the same place Jennifer Hudson did. She hasn’t reached out to the social community of Washington, and people are waiting to see what they’ll do about that.�-
I read this in article and it made me love the Obamas even more if that is possible.
These society types in Washington are the very elites that they accuse the Obamas of being. My simple question is – why do these Washington characters get into politics, where you’re supposed to want to work for the very people that they seem to despise?
I feel like ESP. The black dc elitist group don’t like the obamas too much. I love the fact they went around the whole establishment to win. I love the way they are and what they deem is important. They know they are the highest society but that doesn’t matter much to them. I really really like them and I am pretty sure the black elitist can’t get over the fact they have achieved this without them
This just made me love the Obama’s more. They are people that keep it real and don’t put up a front like those bougie mother&*$&$#%’s
Why do these “elite” need to be reaffirmed…….needy babies, they are so full of themselves how is there even room for what anyone else thinks or cares about them. The y covet the love and admiration that the Obama’s have earned, but most probably for ego satiation and opportunistic advantage. President Obama does not disparage wealth, he just adheres to the creed that to whom much is given much is expected., and that people not wealth should be priority number one.
Sound like the phony elites that are probably deep in debt to keep up appearances of wealth. They’re the most plastic, phony, boring people you’ll ever meet so it’s no wonder that the Obama’s want nothing to do with them.
Wow Nancy Pelosi looked so pretty in that suit…thats one sharp dressing Lady
actually all of them looked real nice..hope they had fun
So many LOL moments in this thread. yardarm756 don’t worry you fit right in and don’t you dare go anywhere!
I am a BIG fan of this site. I visit it at least once a day to get the accurate news about our President and First Lady. Though I visit often, I almost never comment (I prefer to observe), but I have to say I admire Ms. Chao for her strength and fortitude to be married to Senator McConnell. I may seem shallow, but can you imagine having to turn over in the bed each morning and face THAT?
Thank you tnwoman, thrilled to have you here!
She got good training on ignoring obviously disgusting things when she worked for the Bush Administration.
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