Chat away

From left, Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, President Obama, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen and Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah join hands for a group photo at the 4th ASEAN-US meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov. 19


Chat away while I go eat. Bob? I’m leaving you in charge – try and get everyone to refocus, thanks. (Good luck with that).

210 Responses to “Chat away”

  1. 1 Proud Former White House Intern
    November 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm


  2. 7 Don
    November 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Congrats PFWHI!

  3. 10 lamh35
    November 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Today is my last day of peace before heading out to NOLA to spend time with my LOUD ASS FAMILY for Thanksgiving.

    I should pack for my trip to NOLA, but I can’t stop looking at this pic of Idris Elba… pic.twitter.com/36qOL6RY.

    The voice in my head keeps telling me, “Get Up, LAMH and get your azz to packing…but…well did you look at the picture…lol

    ok, ok, I’m packing now.

    If I don’t post again these next few days, Hope everyone has a good holiday week, whatever that entails.

  4. 22 hopefruit2
    November 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    This picture reminds me of a childhood game we used to play called “thread your needle!”

  5. 23 Lorraine
    November 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    President Obama is so handsome. He has the best smile since President Kennedy’s. lol.

  6. 25 Beverly
    November 19, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Chips, Jeez, I’m single, alone in a new country and cold, have mercy on a girl!

    The other day when I learned that Scout T. lurked in TOD I wondered if others from PBO’s administration do as well, and I’m all red at what they may be thinking at seeing the Shirt and Feet threads.

    Congrats on first and second, Proud and Don.

    • 26 dudette9t9
      November 19, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      Bev, it’s okay. They’re all human and, if they work for PBO, they gotta have a sense of humor!
      We Dems find the joy where ever we can and share it with the world!

      • 27 Beverly
        November 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm

        And the world is VERY happy that you share with us! πŸ™‚

        (Also you have the most awesome taste in music and your Avatar is Uhura and I think you are all that ~blushes~)

        • 28 dudette9t9
          November 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm

          Well, thanks Friend! (now I’m blushing) πŸ™‚

        • 29 nathkatun7
          November 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm

          Beverly, I co-sign your statement about Dudette9t9’s “awesome taste in music.” She radiates so much joy and love and laughter.

          • 30 dudette9t9
            November 19, 2012 at 3:11 pm

            Oh stop it, you guys! You’re very sweet! I thank you both for your very kind words. Really! Love ya! Now cut it out! πŸ™‚

            • 31 nathkatun7
              November 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm

              “Now cut it out! ” No way! You bring so much joy to this site and the least we could do is acknowledge you. I already told you that if I were still young I would love to party with you because you seem to be full of life.

              • 32 dudette9t9
                November 19, 2012 at 3:27 pm

                Thanks nath! Hey, you’re never too old to party as long as the music moves ya (even a little)! πŸ˜‰

    • 33 theo67
      November 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      For all we know, they could be quietly sitting on naughty mats themselves (men and women, alike). I know I would if I was exposed to President Obama in person every day. Too much goodness there!

  7. November 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Chips, I’ve done many difficulty things during my life but ‘being in charge’ of this group is beyond ‘Mission Impossible’ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    BBL – several hours of meetings ahead


    • November 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm


    • 41 vcprezofan2
      November 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      ‘several hours of meetings ahead’

      Bobfr = chicken! But a smart one. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

      • 42 nathkatun7
        November 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm

        VC, Bobfr is smart to leave people here alone to go wild and enjoy themselves as they see fit. I view today as an extension of our TOD family celebration for re-electing this great man. Given the amount of work, energy, and love, that all the ladies at TOD put in to re-elect the president, I see no harm done if they spend a day fawning about their president they love so much.

        Speaking as a man, I have to admit that the President, who is absolutely in top physical form, looked very good in that “SHIRT.” Looking back, I wish I could have been able to wear a shirt like that when I was 51 and look as good in it as he does. Sadly, then and now, my bulging stomach which started creeping in on me after I turned 45, would have made that fabulous shirt look bad.

        Although they didn’t want to appear obvious, I think all the fawning ladies here are more impressed with the man wearing the shirt than they are about the shirt itself. I also think those opting for the naughty mat are giving FLOTUS a major complement. After all, she is the one who picked him long before he was introduced to the world. And, once again speaking as a man, I am envious that the President picked such a gorgeous lady who also happens to be extremely smart, compassionate, and a people person.

        It’s a gorgeous day here in San Diego. It felt good to come here and see people going “good crazy” about the President’s sexy look in “THE SHIRT.” This sure beats all the gloom and doom that sometimes accompanied all the negative polls and negative stories from the media during the long presidential campaign.

        • 43 vcprezofan2
          November 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm

          Nath, I’m in agreement with all you’ve said. I have no problems with my family having fun, or with Bobfr’s ‘decision’ πŸ˜‰ even though in the past they have sometimes made be blush. The truth is, I know their heart for PBO and I really like to tease them. My feeling is if we can’t let our hair down together from time to time without going off the rails, how strong is our bond?

    • November 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      Did he say SEVERAL HOURS??!! Who brought the cheese puffs?

  8. November 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  9. 58 LDS
    November 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Thailand’s Prime Minister is really gorgeous. Australia’s Prmie Minister needs to slow her roll. ( I said the same thing when he visited Australia)
    “Somebody get Michele.” lol…

    The shirt, well, he wears it well. Miche would compliment it so much if she was standing next to him.
    He is handsome on the outside but when he is with Michele, he glows from the inside.The energy between the two of them is magnetic. They are always touching each other as if they cannot help themselves. I love when she hugged him on stage from behind on the night of the election.

    When I look at the photos of them hugging, it warms my heart. To be able to share love like that is truly heaven on earth.

  10. 72 Smoothscotch
    November 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Just checking in at lunch time, why is Australian PM back nest to PBO again? Miiiicccccchhhheeellllle, best be checking THAT ONE.

    • 73 nathkatun7
      November 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      The Australian PM is not doing anything different from what most of the ladies here would do if they were in the presence of the President. She simply displays her admiration and respect for him. I wish you guys would give her a break.

    • 78 xtine
      November 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      Because he smells so good! My computer told me so! πŸ™‚

  11. November 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Maybe this is why the DOW is way up today?

  12. November 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Ok, I just had a squee moment. A young boy came in with his dad. The boy had a school project where he had to ask community members what they did for the community. So he chose to ask a librarian! So cute. At the end he said he wanted my job.

    • 81 theo67
      November 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      Excellent – we need more librarians! And people who like to read and research!!

    • 82 dudette9t9
      November 19, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      Awesome! That young man is the future! You have done us all a great service LL!

    • 83 vcprezofan2
      November 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      Okay, what does this ‘squee’ really mean, and don’t tell me look it up like my old latin teacher** used to. Dudette is always using it and I’m always left to draw my own conclusions.

      ** Old latin teacher in didactic (and irritating) tone “Look it up! Look it up! Write it down! Reading maketh a full man, writing an exact man.” πŸ™„ πŸ™„

      • November 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm

        verb: To squeal with glee; from a combination of the two words; the sound of an excited fangirl

        noun: A feeling of excitement and happiness, such that one feels like squeeing

        • 85 vcprezofan2
          November 19, 2012 at 3:51 pm

          Thank you….I think. πŸ˜† I know that languages live, grow and sometimes die, but (hand over heart) it pains my heart to see/hear what’s being done to my mother tongue. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

    • November 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      because….. it’s AWESOME. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    • November 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Hey LL – when’s that SoCali Obama Victory BBQ? πŸ˜‰

    • 90 nospin
      November 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm


    • 91 nathkatun7
      November 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      I know the first thing right wingers try to do in their so called austerity budgets is cut money for public institutions, and in particular public libraries. They don’t realize that libraries are the life-blood of civilization. Many poor people, and even middle class people, can’t afford to buy books and especially reference books. They can’t afford to make regular subscription to newspapers, magazines, journals, etc. Without the public libraries, they are doomed to remain ignorant.

  13. 92 bluemoon
    November 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    From CNBC: Twinkies Saved! Hostess, Bakers Union Agree to Mediation, Avoiding Shutdown (Story developing)

  14. 97 Don
    November 19, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    He once made a mistake just to see how it would feel, rabbits use his foot for good luck, he’s the most interesting man in the world……Barack Obama.

    • 98 dudette9t9
      November 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      LOL!! Might as well break this one oldie, but goodie out…

      • 99 dudette9t9
        November 19, 2012 at 3:23 pm

        • November 19, 2012 at 3:34 pm

          haaaaaaa – LOVE THIS!!! It reminds me of #MikeMageeFacts – seriously – twitter search it. That’s the superhawt Galaxy midfielder who looks like Bradley Cooper’s little brother, who jumped into the goalkeeper position back in 2011, when our main goalie broke his arm, then 2nd goalie got red carded out of the game 20min later, and having never played in goal before – had a SHUT OUT. Thus a LEGEND was born:

          or here is a compilation of hilarity.

        • 102 joyfulmeme
          November 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm

          Oh my gawd. I love, love this. Never saw it before. This in addition to the shirt is a lot to behold today. Someone mentioned above that the shirt wasn’t that great. True. The shirt isn’t. But it is rare that we see PBO in anything other than blue or gray suits or kaki pants. Something different that fits so well is a treat for me. I’ll loving the vitual.

      • 103 vcprezofan2
        November 19, 2012 at 3:27 pm

        Dudette, isn’t it a bit too early in the day for this? Aren’t you still at work? Just asking. πŸ˜†

      • 106 susanne
        November 19, 2012 at 3:34 pm

        darn you dudette! i’m supposed to be cleaning the house, getting ready for thanksgiving, but no. gotta sit here watching this video! maybe just once more…

          • 108 carolyn
            November 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm

            I too am supposed to be cleaning for all the company Thursday, but just had to watch that delicious slideshow of swagger!
            This may seem like a small thing, but I have truly appreciated that President Obama learned how to salute correctly right from the start. He holds his hand at the correct angle and snaps it smartly.
            Clinton always looked half-apologetic, I really don’t like to do this, and kind of rounded his hand, and half shrugged. GWB looked awkward doing it, like he did at everything. He was a little boy pretending the whole time.
            As the daughter, wife and other of three vets, this meant a lot to me. Just one more thing that he understands and does well.

      • 109 nathkatun7
        November 19, 2012 at 4:32 pm

        O.K. after viewing this, Dudette, I think it’s time for us men to confess that our President is what’s happening! I am sure I am not wrong when I say that many women wish they could have him and many men wish they could be like him.

    • 110 theo67
      November 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      I love this!

    • 111 jacquelineoboomer
      November 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Please, Don, don’t bring up the “foot” again. Can’t take it. Ha ha! πŸ™‚

  15. 112 anniebella
    November 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I remember Senator Harry Reid sending that old fool John McCain a letter telling him there will not be any special investigation.

  16. 115 Don
    November 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    He was chosen to be the 7th wonder of the world; but he declined, Dear Abby gets advice from him, he’s the most interesting man in the world.……..Barack Obama.

  17. 119 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 3:32 pm

  18. 120 theo67
    November 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    So, in addition to making history on this trip, and inspiring the world, the President is also monitoring the situation in Gaza AND he’s going to meet separately (mediate?) with Japan and China – who are currently in dispute over a set of islands? I don’t know how he does it!

    • 121 nospin
      November 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      that is the truth and nothing but the truth theo67. President Obama is an amazing man.

      • 122 theo67
        November 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm

        And I also love how he’s able to compartmentalize. His mind must be in so many places, but yet he still manages to be in the moment. I think all of the Asian hosts feel like he’s with them, appreciating their culture and valuing their time – even though there are so many HUGE problems sitting on his place – fiscal drama, faux Benghazi-gate, Gaza, Japan-China, and then the general business of running the country (ending war in Afghanistan, dealing with daily economic and national security reports, supporting cabinet members, etc).

  19. 124 anniebella
    November 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    So what’s going on Chipsticks I can’t say how I feel? Are you cutting me off, because I disagree with you all.

    • November 19, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      We were having some fun Anniebella, you didn’t seem to understand that.

      • November 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm

        I for one, appreciate the brevity, you know?!! We all rocked it hard in our own way to reelect PBO and now we’re coming up on some serious downtime. It’s nice to know that we can have fun with each other as well as go into battle.

        • November 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm

          + 1,000,000,000,000,000,000! πŸ™‚ Couldn’t agree more StayingSteady, we all need some light relief now and then, it’s been a tough road!

          • 128 nathkatun7
            November 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm

            Chips, I totally agree with both you and StayingSteady. What is life without moments of fun and laughter. I wish Anniebella would relax and enjoy the humor. Just because I fawn over Michelle Obama’s looks and intellect doesn’t mean that I am disrespecting the President. On the contrary, I am giving the President a complement for having chosen a gorgeous lady who is also very smart. I bet you Michelle Obama, who has a great sense of humor, and is very secure, would love all the ladies here fawning over her hubby. She would probably post a comment saying: “Sorry TOD ladies, BO is mine. You’ll can’t have him!”

            The beauty of this place is that so many people who post here are serious people and passionate supporters of the President; but they are also fun loving people with a great sense of humor. As I said in a comment on a previous thread, I really enjoyed “THE SHIRT” craze today. I saw it as a continuation of our celebration for having re-elected our great President.

          • 129 joanshaw
            November 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm

            Anniebella, at 82 on my last birthday, I could appreciate the cut of The Shirt but still be calm, cool, and collected about President Obama INSIDE it, because I’m long past it. *It* being the operative word (so to speak). But it’s fun to read about all the paroxysms it’s causing. StayingSteady, I think you meant that you appreciated “the levity” because nothing could describe the comments after The Shirt went up as brief.

            • November 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm

              Oh NO!! You’re so right! LOL Thanks for the correction. I get that one and complement/compliment mixed up too. Smiles, hugs and love ya for loving pointing me in the right direction. Okay…back to the party!!!

  20. 131 xtine
    November 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    [OT on Live Shirt, etc. πŸ™‚ ]:

    As most of you know, George P Bush (Son of a Jeb) is running for office in Texas. Although he refuses to say what office, his Dad is asking people to give him money to run for Land Commissioner.

    What does a Land Commissioner do, you ask?

    β€œThe Texas General Land Office serves the schoolchildren, veterans, and all people of Texas by preserving their history, protecting their environment, expanding economic opportunity, and maximizing state revenue through innovative administration and prudent stewardship of state lands and resources.”

    George P is a real estate developer. Fox, meet hen house.

    He has a website, and typical of the Bushes, it looks real pretty but contains very little.

    His campaign treasure is Kit Moncrief, the socialite wife of a Fort Worth oilman, who was also a bundler for Mitt Romney.

    So a Bush real estate developer wants to guard Texas land with support from a 1%er.

    What could possible be wrong with that?


    • 132 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      November 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      The comments are hilarious! One of my favs:

      “zyxomma says:
      November 19, 2012 at 11:01 am
      Not to mention that he looks totally, Michele-one-L CRAZY. Look at those eyes!”

      “Michele-one-L CRAZY” LOL πŸ™‚

      • 133 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        November 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm

        Seriously though, is this country crazy enough to put another Bush in office for anything???? Jeb is the repug front-runner for 2016; any other rethug name mentioned is jut smoke and mirrors — the big boys want Jeb.

      • 136 xtine
        November 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm

        His picture in that post sure is scary! LOL! Nope, can’t see him being voted in for national office any time soon!

    • 137 PoliticalJunkessa
      November 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Will we never be rid of these meddlesome Bushes?!?! Damn! πŸ™„

    • November 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      Me things Jeb Jr. needs a Democratic challenger.

  21. 139 Don
    November 19, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Eclipses want to see him, the waters do recede, he’s the most interesting man in the world……Barack Obama

  22. 146 hopefruit2
    November 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm

  23. 147 Don
    November 19, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Inspiration once asked him to be their keynote speaker; he’s the most interesting man in the world.

  24. 152 hopefruit2
    November 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    The markets are so thrilled with our President’s awesome shirt that they shot up today.

  25. 154 xtine
    November 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) β€” Aretha Franklin says β€œit was fabulous” to have first lady Michelle Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder attend her show in Washington, D.C.

    The Queen of Soul sang for Mrs. Obama and Holder β€” as well as for about 3,000 fans at DAR Constitution Hall on Saturday night. Afterward, Franklin said it was great to see her VIP guests relax and β€œshake their hips a little,” especially after a tough reelection campaign.

    Franklin has performed for Mrs. Obama before β€” at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Franklin told The Associated Press she doesn’t think there will be an encore in 2013, though if invited she β€œwould certainly come and would love to sing.”

    Franklin also paid tribute to the late Whitney Houston, singing β€œI Will Always Love You.”

  26. 157 FoxfireTX
    November 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Was away for most of the morning so missed the fun on the shirt thread but this group was hysterical! Nice to come back to some good laughs.

    Also ran through today’s “Now with Alex” which I record. Very interesting discussion on PBO in Burma with Nick Kristol about the trip. Alex is very thrilled because her mom is a Burmese refugee! It’s always interesting when these personal implications for PBO’s actions surface. It’s easy to forget what a dramatic impact his actions have on so many people around the world. He’s taking a lot of criticism for not being in the forefront of the Gaza negotiations but I think it is smart for two reasons. First, we do not have much credibility when Israel is involved because of our close ties. It is time that Israel learns the world is changing and it should learn to get along with its neighbors. Second, I am one American who is tired of our involvement in trying to resolve every violent uprising. The US clearly is engaged behind the scenes and I’d like to see us stay unless it is absolutely necessary, i.e., Iran. I’ll take smart over bellicose any day.

  27. 159 theo67
    November 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    This was a touching picture – President Obama and Sec. Clinton going up the steps to Air Force One.

  28. November 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    those people who yell and scream that obama cave on the tax deal, looking very silly now. obama have a better hand now then 2years ago.
    he won the election on raising the tax on the 1 percent plus he have the republican on the run.

    • 171 theo67
      November 19, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      Ali Velshi kept going on about this yesterday without giving the context that the so-called “caving” was in exchange for unemployment insurance and food stamp extensions for millions of people who would have gone into the holidays without enough money to buy food or put a roof over their heads because of the recession caused by GOP greed and other foolish people. He didn’t just decide to give the rich two more years of free money – the GOP were willing to punish millions in order to get those tax cuts for the rich, and the President decided he couldn’t play with people’s lives over the holidays, in order to sock it to the GOP and their rich masters. Does anyone remember the speech he gave about those who prefer to sit on their sanctimonious high horses, rather than dealing with reality?


  29. 173 Anna
    November 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Okay TOD family, I have a question. When I see or read about Our President, an international man of change, respect, hope, equality for all, looked to by so many other countries, nations as a man of intellect and wisdom beyond his years, I continue to get teary eyed, do I have to live with teary eyes for four more years?

    • 174 carolyn
      November 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Probably so, Anna, but those are good tears! We are all so thrilled that he is our President and leader of the world…..we cried for other reasons from 2000-2008, so this is good! I understand what you mean. I can remember every president since Harry Truman, and have never been so affected emotionally by any other one. He has within him a power none of the others had, and I include JFK, who was president during my youth, for a short time.
      No other U.S. president has captured the world’s love and heart either like this one. I believe that when people around the world look at him, they see possibilities…..born poor with no one to pull him into the inner circle, a mixed race person who endured persecution as a child, and now, but incredibly bright and intuitive and disciplined. He truly personifies the world’s dreams.

      • 175 jackiegrumbacher
        November 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm

        Carolyn, I so agree. I, too, remember every president since Truman and agree that PBO is unique. JFK had a lot of charisma, but I never all out loved any president as I do Barack Obama. He truly touches my heart.

  30. 176 Lana
    November 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I’ve been coming here to look (and to keep sane) for months, but I have promised myself I will lurk no longer. Thanks for all the wonderful photos and comments on your website. This is dedication indeed and I absolutely love coming here. Thanks, too, for keeping the “no drama” rules in place during those crazy days surrounding the election. I probably won’t comment often, but I do read and appreciate daily. Thanks to everyone who “lives” here for giving me a home for my deep and loving gratitude for President Obama and everything he is and does.

  31. 183 xtine
    November 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

    LAS VEGAS (AP) β€” A Las Vegas Strip restaurant bearing the initials of celebrity financier Donald Trump was briefly shut down after health inspectors found violations including month-old caviar and expired yogurt. […]

    While ready-to-eat food can be stored for up to seven days, inspectors at DJT reported finding the old caviar and yogurt, duck that dated back to June, veal stock and tomato sauce that was almost two weeks old, and expired peanut dressing and black bean chili.

    Inspectors found no measures to destroy parasites in undercooked halibut and salmon, and noted that raw tuna was being improperly thawed. Icicles were found in a faulty freezer.

  32. November 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Ron Paul: if People can’t secede they are not Free!

    Freedom again!

    Oh, for the love of Pete!

    • 187 susanne
      November 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      dear ron paul
      your beloved myth gave you the answer: self-deport.
      bye now,

    • 188 0388jojothecat
      November 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Exactly, “people (and that includes corporations)” CAN secede…it’s called denoucing your citizenship and leaving the country and go where whoever the hell wants you….buh bye.

  33. November 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Why are we not talking about the shirt? I can’t leave you people for a minute. Man.

  34. 191 xtine
    November 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    [Oh my!]:

    Hostess executives agreed to mediation only after the Department of Justice thwarted their request to pay additional bonuses this afternoon.

    (Reuters) – Hostess Brands Inc, the maker of the iconic Twinkies snack cake, will square off in a bankruptcy court on Monday against an agent of the U.S. Justice Department, who says the wind-down plan is too generous to management.

    The U.S. Trustee, an agent of the U.S. Department of Justice who oversees bankruptcy cases, said in court documents it is opposed to the wind-down plan because Hostess plans improper bonuses to company insiders.

    The 82-year-old Hostess wants permission to pay senior management a bonus of up to 75 percent of their annual pay so they will stay on and help wind-down the business.


  35. 192 donna dem 4 obama
    November 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    President Obama was moved by the crowds that greeted him in Myanmar, Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, said during a press gaggle aboard Air Force One Monday. “The President was very moved by the outpouring of people lining the streets,” Rhodes said.

    Rhodes continued: “And then I’d say, look, in each meeting, the leaders could not have been more positive and gracious. And President Thein Sein went out of his way; multiple times in the meeting he used the President’s campaign slogan. You heard him do it in his public comments, but he did — multiple times in the bilat he said, ‘I want to do what you’ve been talking about, I want to move forward’… So I think he was struck by the welcome he received from the people. He had a very positive meeting with the president in terms of the warmth with which he was received.”


    • November 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks for this information, Donna. I can’t imagine any U.S. president going to Asia and achieving what PBO has achieved. He is truly a president that other world leaders respect. He’s the real deal. When these leaders meet him, they know he really cares about them and their citizens. I think this is one of the main reasons the republicans hate him so. He can make genuine connections to others– no matter where they live. I remember seeing how uncomfortable GWB was when he went to other countries, and all I see from PBO when he visits any foreign nation is warmness, openness, and respect.

      • November 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm

        POTUS has been preparing for this for a long time. I can only imagine there was a ton of behind-the-scenes building of relationships over a long period of time by his very capable staff on all levels to prepare for this wonderful reception. Everyone knows he is a visionary and they are open to his guidance. It’s a dream come true for all involved.

    • 195 PoliticalJunkessa
      November 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Very nice sentiments. I’m so happy PBO is being received so warmly and graciously. Thanks, Donna!

    • 196 theo67
      November 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Wow – this is really wonderful. I’m often touched when I hear that people can see the President waving from his car. Despite all the hoopla, he still connects with people at a very direct level. And I love hearing that he really does appreciate the outpouring of emotion and support – that he’s not so deep inside the bubble and he does get to see it and feel it. Those crowds were simply amazing – I was quite surprised that the reception was so enormous – during a work day! It must have been something to see the thousands lined up along the road, and see the wonderful, welcoming signs. And I’m glad his people told everybody that he saw them.

  36. November 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Brief break – looks like everyone (almost) is having a much deserved fantastically fun time … ROCK ON!!!! The TOD crew certainly earned it on 6 Nov 2012!!!!

    And, I’d never lie to you folk – am truly stuck in meetings for at least another two hours that simply cannot have me cracking up with laughter!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    • 198 nathkatun7
      November 19, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Bobfr, It’s a good thing you are in a meeting and had no time to police this site. I think TOD members need a day like this to shower their love on their President who, to be honest, has looked marvelous throughout his SEA trip. It was their love that made them work so hard, for so long, to get him elected for a second term. Any one who is uncomfortable with the purely innocent, and quite humorous I must say, fawning about President Obama needs to relax. I am sure both POTUS and FLOTUS would get a kick-out of TOD’s naughty mat.

      • November 19, 2012 at 7:03 pm

        ” I am sure both POTUS and FLOTUS would get a kick-out of TOD’s naughty mat.”

        Have no doubt about it, nath, and I truly hope someone on their staff shared it with them. Great fun!!!! All earned!!!!


  37. November 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    The President looked really , really good in the shirt. He seemed so at ease and so confident. I guess it’s nice to get away from the crazy repubs. Anyway It’s wonderful to see folks in other countries showing our President so much love. Better than having folks burning our flag and throwing shows at the President.

  38. 202 susanne
    November 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    ‘ Running for office has often been compared to walking a tight rope without a net or hosting live television. If you are good, it shines through. If you aren’t, it, well, shines through.’

    wapo gives an award for the worst political candidate of the year. who would you choose?


    • November 19, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Although the WP chose Rick Perry, Romney would have been my choice because of the outrageous lies he told, his secretiveness, and his feeling that he deserved to be POTUS because of his wealth.

    • 204 0388jojothecat
      November 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      The only thing I agree with Barbara Bush on was they are ALL losers. Not a decent one in the whole bunch. There was no one worth STEALING the election for…that’s how awful they were.

  39. 206 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm

  40. November 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    The last hour of catching up from this morning is like running through a hot house. No man, president or not has a right to look that good in a ‘shirt’! The last fit and good-looking president with the megawatt smile, couldn’t hold a candle to PBO. I’ve seen both of them.

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