Paddle … well, chat … away

(Edgartown, Mass., August 2010 – Pete Souza)

100 Responses to “Paddle … well, chat … away”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    November 24, 2012 at 10:41 pm


  2. 16 jey
    November 24, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    no …? is it possible …?

  3. November 24, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    • 27 nathkatun7
      November 24, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      Mitt Romney has five states that he now and then calls home: California, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, and Utah. Of these five states, he only won one: Utah. To be fair, he actually won it big with 72% of the vote. Nevertheless, the only one state, Massachusetts, where he ever held public office (Governor) he lost it badly receiving only 38% of the vote. That’s the same percentage of votes (38%) that he received in California where, I understand, he planned to establish his “Western White House” to emulate Ronald Reagan.

      • November 25, 2012 at 12:50 am

        I read back in the Spring, nath, that Romney had decided not to campaign in MA. I suspect he knew he didn’t stand a chance of winning the state even though he headquartered his campaign in Boston. I would have thought that those financing, running, and supporting his campaign would have taken a few minutes to wonder why every poll showed him losing MA by such a wide margin and wondered why that was the case. He and his campaign surrogates were pushing the meme that he had been a “very successful” governor in MA, but the people who lived there at the time obviously don’t agree, and they showed it by giving him only 38% of their votes.

        • 29 nathkatun7
          November 25, 2012 at 1:22 am

          Well said, Majii! The people of Massachusetts, where he was supposedly a successful governor only gave him 38% of their votes. I don’t know if this is true as I haven’t looked at the raw data, but my cousin in Boston told me that Mitt Romney even lost his precinct in MA. Mitt is really lucky that President Obama’s campaign did not aggressively use Romney’s unpopularity with Massachusetts voters, the only state that had experience with Romney as a leader in government, to expose his shortcomings as a leader

  4. November 24, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Congrats all. You guys are quick.

  5. 31 susanne
    November 24, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    sorry all you footballers–that man may be a beautiful human being, and a beautiful athlete, but he ain’t pretty. and our flotus is beautiful inside and outside!

  6. 38 dotster3
    November 24, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Snarky just had me busting out with gales of laughter—-asking if anyone knows how to open a tuna can when the ring thing has snapped off. Hahahahahahahahaha.

  7. 45 amk for obama
    November 24, 2012 at 10:53 pm


    head scratchier.

  8. November 24, 2012 at 10:53 pm

  9. November 24, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Gotta go sleep, thanks for the laughs you bunch of wacky people, see ya in the morning.

  10. November 24, 2012 at 11:08 pm

  11. November 24, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Jesus, shoq and Cole are Twitter-fighting.

  12. November 24, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Hey folks, can we not say “Mitt Romney” here ever again???!!!? Just “willard” or “robme” or “mittens” or …………….

    Ok, I’m probably being juvenile. I just hate to see that sickening, worthless asshole getting acknowledgement. An entitled, privileged, bullying, pandering, lying vulture, inner-circle member of a disturbing cult whose life’s work has been to the detriment to our society continuing to get attention.

    • 68 magapie
      November 24, 2012 at 11:39 pm

      Oh crap I WENT OFF AGAIN. Deep breath. Go to bed. LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!

    • November 24, 2012 at 11:39 pm

      I hear what you’re saying but in some ways I think willard or mittens sounds cute. I just put the word loser in front of whatever other name seems best suited for the occasion.

    • 70 99ts
      November 25, 2012 at 12:11 am

      The Vulture Capitalist is probably a good option – other names I would delight in would upset my mother’s memory – in that she never did use such language.

  13. November 24, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    my life will be miserable if Notre Dame wins the BCS in January

  14. November 24, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    almost as bad is Duke is about to beat Louisville and I hate no in NCAA BB more than Duke

  15. 74 a4alice
    November 24, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    bedtime TOD sleep well. πŸ™‚


  16. 76 prettyfoot58
    November 25, 2012 at 12:05 am

    The Definition of Progressive Is Only Narrow to the Narrow Minded…

    The root word of “progressive” is “progress.” Being “right” on a particular issue doesn’t make anyone “progressive.” And frankly, I’m tired of certain “progressives” redefining the word to meet their selfish needs. I don’t need Cornel West to tell me who’s a progressive and who isn’t. And I’m getting sick of people who think many of us are not “progressive” enough because we’re willing to compromise a bit on issues in order to make progress. Obamacare is an awesome law. It’s not perfect, but it’s a step in the right direction. In other words, it makes “progress” on an issue in which “progress” was needed.


  17. 80 prettyfoot58
    November 25, 2012 at 12:11 am

    A Progressive Mission Statement – Positive Values Everyone Can Agree

    Progressive politics should be goal-oriented, not just a policy wish list. What follows is a list of generalized goals that most voters could go along with, and which would manage solve most of our greatest societal problems. As progressives, our goals should be easy to understand and follow, if we expect a majority to follow our lead. And if our goal isn’t a majority in a democracy, then what are we doing here, really?


  18. November 25, 2012 at 12:19 am

    All right all, off to the Land of Nod. See y’all on the flip side.

  19. 83 amk for obama
    November 25, 2012 at 12:21 am

    A very good read.

  20. 87 utaustinliberal
    November 25, 2012 at 3:17 am

  21. 88 susanne
    November 25, 2012 at 4:34 am

    this is horrible and terribly sad. workers are humans, with rights and needs and lives to be respected. i hope the rethugs recognize this as the logical conclusion of their policies.

    ‘ Working conditions at Bangladeshi factories are notoriously poor, with little enforcement of health and safety laws and overcrowding and locked fire doors common, but the cause of this fire was not immediately known. ‘


  22. 89 squarepeg
    November 25, 2012 at 5:36 am

  23. 90 amk for obama
    November 25, 2012 at 7:22 am

    • 91 dotster3
      November 25, 2012 at 8:24 am

      I know why, but I don’t want to sound snobby. One reason, tho, is those areas are more likely to be populated with transplants.

  24. 92 amk for obama
    November 25, 2012 at 7:37 am

  25. 93 amk for obama
    November 25, 2012 at 8:29 am

  26. 94 dotster3
    November 25, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Haha—–Romney spent double what Obama spent on TV ads in last 5 weeks in Iowa—–and lost state by 6 points. I think the added incentive for the Romney campaign there was because Iowa held special significance for Obama—–“where it all began and where it finished”.


  27. November 25, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I don’t like this Katrina van den heuvel. She always takes shots at this president and finds faults.
    Now she is saying we should not stick up for Israel.
    Look, I hate netenyahu too, he is a war longer and the president and him do not get along.
    This little conflict in the muddle east did not start during the presidents first term. It’s been going on for thousands of years and is very complicated.
    These bloviators on tv think they have all the answers, and then they go hone feeling good because they put in their 2 cents.
    But, in this particular instance where their is rockets raining down on neighborhoods, I think Israel has a right 2 defend itself from Hamas and this president averted a major war.
    And the tv personalities have a problem giving this president any credit.
    It’s disgusting!!!
    End of rant!

  28. 98 No Child Left Behind
    November 25, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Good Morning TOD Family,

    I was reading the last post and got caught by the Peggy Noonan article predicting a sweet Romney victory. I couldn’t help but sned her an e-mail which I appended below.


    Dear Miss Noonan,

    A friend has just shared your November 5th article, linked above, about your vision and hope for the outcome of the November 6, 2012 elections.

    I missed your article because as with many I was a displaced person from the Rockaways. While I was determined to vote on November 6, reading pundits’ commentaries or predictions was not on my list the 4th or 5th of November. I was too concerned about the turnout of people directly affected by Hurricane Sandy.

    Meanwhile you were sitting high somewhere and dreaming about a Romney win based on the level of enthusiasm seen (finally) at his rallies in the days leading up to November 6. Wow!

    How do you feel when all your senses were so wrong? How do you cope with the wake up call of the results that landed on your laps the night Romney bowed out? Did you write another article to confess how bad your predictions were? how off your analysis was? How does one feel when one’s insight is so off?

    You don’t have to answer. But I’ll share something with you. I am enjoying every minute of the FOUR MORE YEARS we Obama voters and supporters got. And I’ll be praying for him to right the wrong in this country because so many people have hopes for better days ahead.

    Perhaps, you should too.


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