Chat away

President Barack Obama talks with Felicia Escobar, Senior Policy Director for Immigration, left, and Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council, at the end of a meeting with advisors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Jan. 10, 2013. Pictured in the background are: Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Nancy-Ann DeParle; Acting Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Jeffrey Zients; National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling; Rob Nabors, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs; and Rob Nabors, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

173 Responses to “Chat away”

  1. 1 carolmaewy
    January 10, 2013 at 9:15 pm


  2. 9 Betsy
    January 10, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Hi again.

  3. 10 carolmaewy
    January 10, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I haven’t finished the last one! I’m busy checking out tweets. You have bitten me with the competition bug! 🐝

  4. 13 symmetry11
    January 10, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    I thought that there weren’t any wimmin.

    • 14 carla4obama
      January 10, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      I count 4…and 2 of them are looking right at our Prez.

    • 15 Eleroy
      January 10, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      That there is even a need to disprove the false assertions pictorially makes me so angry!!!

      • 16 carolmaewy
        January 10, 2013 at 9:51 pm

        Me too. We know the truth. They should be talking about Paul Ryan and his staff and interview him about his stupid personhood amendment. He is not a serious guy.

      • January 10, 2013 at 10:28 pm

        There is no need to disprove these assertions. They are laughable. Refuting them only gives them more oxygen. NO one is going to be convinced that PBO does not have a diverse group.

      • 18 nathkatun7
        January 11, 2013 at 1:15 am

        Eleroy, I am with you 100%! President Obama does not have to prove to these vultures in the U.S. media that he is committed to diversity. His record in promoting and practicing diversity is self-evident! Surely, if the media were not out to falsify and distort the President’s record they would be familiar with these facts:

        1. President Obama appointed, in succession, two women (one Latino/Hispanic and one Jewish) to the U.S. Supreme Court.
        2. President Obama appointed the first African American in U.S. history as the U.S. Attorney General
        3. President Obama appointed five women to his cabinet, including the coveted cabinet position of Sec. of State
        4. President Obama appointed an African American as the U. N. Ambassador and elevated her position to a cabinet rank
        5. President Obama appointed a woman as head of the EPA
        6. President appointed a woman as head of SBA
        7. President obama appointed a record number of women, people of color and gay people to Federal judgeships

        As David Letterman asked, what else do we want from this man (our President)? Why won’t the media and some self-serving politicians give him some space so that he may implement his policies?

        May be I am alone, but I did not vote for President Obama expecting him to magically solve, overnight, all the problems that his 43 predecessors could not solve.

        I am angry at our unethical media, which thrives on sensationalism. I am angry at the crazy and hypocritical Republicans who, when we had Republican presidents, championed the notion that a president has a right to pick members of his cabinet (so long as they were qualified and had no ethical issues) that he thinks would do the job. I am angry at the privileged, so called progressives, who have been as relentless as the tea baggers, in attacking everything President Obama does while erroneously claiming to be his base. But, I am now even more angry at some self-serving Democratic members of Congress, like Charles Rangel, who are now backstabbing the President. Surely, as member of Congress, and a well seasoned politician, Charles Rangel knows the President’s record on diversity. Rangel also knows the complexity of what it takes, when you are the first African American President to govern a diverse country, where 47% of the people think that you should not be President primarily because of the color of your skin. So, why is Rangel acting like a jilted lover based on a manipulated picture?

        As my grandmother used to say, “talk is Cheap!” I challenge all the bashers of President Obama to produce documented evidence of past U.S. presidents who had a more diverse administration than that of President Obama. For the media to fixate on one distorted photo, probably pushed by a reporter with an agenda intent on denigrating President Obama, as the yardstick to assess President Obama’s entire record on diversity is both absurd and unethical.

  5. 19 amk for obama
    January 10, 2013 at 9:19 pm

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  7. 22 GGail
    January 10, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Chipsticks, I know I’m late to the party, but I’m sooooooo excited that you/we/us/me are a part of the Obama Ireland Ancestral Home!!!!!!!! I’m so proud of you/me/us 😀 !!!!!!!!

    • January 10, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      You’re the sweeeeeetest GGail, thank you, a happy day for us all!!!:-)

      • 24 GGail
        January 10, 2013 at 9:43 pm

        Think and let this sink in Chipsticks……No Other Blog in the whole wide World has a place in the Obama Ireland Ancestral Home. What a honor. Thank you for letting us be a part of your journey. Well done Chipsticks, well done!

        • 25 vcprezofan2
          January 10, 2013 at 9:53 pm

          GGail Dear, who is your agent? I notice that you are having a direct conversation with the now famous Chipsticks, while I was brushed aside like fluff. Your agent must be quite good. Congrats on your place in the OIAH!

  8. 26 anniebella
    January 10, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Have that piece of crap Ezra Klein, his wife, and the stupid ass MSM seen this picture? Oh I forgot in making up their controversy story how POTUS hate women, that other picture with all the white guys fit there story more.

    • January 10, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      If anybody watches Morning Joe still/ever, guess who Joe tee-ed up as a guest tomorrow. That would be Annie Lowery, who started this whole B.S. trying to save you the time if you were so inclined.

      • 28 dotster3
        January 10, 2013 at 9:46 pm

        Why am I not shocked? Any time anyone says anything anti-Obama, they’re invited on the teevee within seconds—-or the next day. Guess the Ezra wifey wanted some exposure, enhance her career. It’s tiresome and disgusting.

        • 29 vcprezofan2
          January 10, 2013 at 9:54 pm

          Dotster, it IS tiresome and disgustingly predictable!

        • 30 nathkatun7
          January 11, 2013 at 1:21 am

          I may be wrong, but as long as we watch them, and make it possible for them to garner advertising dollars from our viewership, I doubt that they will ever change from spreading Propaganda.

      • 31 anniebella
        January 10, 2013 at 9:47 pm

        Well I don’t watch Morning Joke, haven’t for years. And what do I think of Ezra Klein’s wife being up there, well I say as far as I am concern Annie Lowery and her piece of crap husband can go jump off the nearest mountain top. Okay I don’t want them to jump off some mountain top, but I am just fed up with this B.S. made up controversy.

      • 32 theo67
        January 10, 2013 at 9:49 pm

        They’ll take any publicity, even if it’s craven.

      • 33 carolmaewy
        January 10, 2013 at 9:57 pm

        I just posted to their FB page. Told them to report news and to quit talking to other reporters about the news. They aren’t there to make news. They should be reporting on the bill Paul Ryan introduced for personhood and interview him. Also got in my dig about Mark Halperin. In case you didn’t know, he called our president a dick on live TV. Got suspended for a whole week. I post about that every time I see him on MSNBC. GRRRR.

  9. 36 amk for obama
    January 10, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    As Republicans in the Congress struggle to find a strategy for forcing big spending cuts on President Barack Obama, some conservative voices are warning against taking the country to the brink of a debt default as the strategy for winning the budget wars.

    “We would encourage the administration and the Congress of the United States, first and foremost, don’t default. That’s a bad idea,” said U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Bruce Josten on Thursday.

    An historic U.S. government default could send global financial markets reeling as the world’s biggest economy would not be able to borrow money needed to operate its federal government or pay certain creditors – many of them in Beijing and Tokyo.


    Earlier this week, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a conservative firebrand who unsuccessfully ran in 2012 for the Republican presidential nomination, issued his own warning of peril for fellow Republicans.

    Engaging in a debt limit fight, he told MSNBC, was “frankly, a dead loser.” In the end, he predicted, Republicans would face so much pressure that “they’ll cave.”

    That was followed by an op-ed column in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal in which conservative Republican operative Karl Rove warned his party that it likely will have to “support a debt increase all Republicans wish” was not necessary and that Republicans should not hold out for the “perfect.”

    The Republican goal of winning structural changes to entitlement programs, Rove also said, may be beyond reach for now. “That’s the cost of losing the 2012 election,” he wrote.


    They got nothing.

  10. 37 vitaminlover
    January 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    The woman standing up looks like she is trying to make a point to our President and assessing his body language he ain’t worried. he seems open and listening.

  11. 43 utaustinliberal
    January 10, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    GASP! Womenz. I see WOMENZ IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!! At Senior policy levels too. You mean Pres. Obama isn’t afraid of hiring of women? ERMAGHERD.

  12. 49 Bill R.
    January 10, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    • 50 anniebella
      January 10, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      Bill R. I got so piss with her ranting and raving about the drone program. Honestly I need a break from her and Ed for awhile.

      • 51 Bill R.
        January 10, 2013 at 9:56 pm

        A huge majority of the American people support the drone program and understand that it saves American lives, and means we don’t have to send soldiers in to take those creeps out.

        • 52 anniebella
          January 10, 2013 at 9:59 pm

          Except Rachel and her holier than thou lefties.

          • 53 anniebella
            January 10, 2013 at 10:01 pm

            You can tell she doesn’t think America should be using the drones.

            • 54 theo67
              January 10, 2013 at 10:10 pm

              Except she wants to have her cake and to eat it too. The choice is troops on the ground or drones. If the wars had never started in the first place, then there wouldn’t need to be a choice. But the decision was made to go to war, and the media allowed Afghanistan to sit by the wayside while an ill-gotten adventure was had in Iraq. They didn’t report about it, they didn’t ask questions about the mission. And then they allowed Bush to spend his last years basically ignoring the troops, except for photo-op time at Thanksgiving, and they gave him kudos for his undercover flying missions to deliver turkey.

              Well, nearly 13 years later, this President is trying to clean up a God-awful mess. The war really only started when he laid down the mission, and so much damage had already been done. I heard Rachel the other night lamenting why the troops didn’t leave after Bin Ladin was killed – as though she didn’t see first hand what a mission it is over there to fight for peace, and even to withdraw from war in Iraq when war isn’t even raging. She presents a skewed report of the war, and she’s not doing anyone – especially the troops – any favors with her biased and falsely naive reporting. She should know better. She’s been there. She’s had access to the President and Vice President. She’s got access to Richard Engel, who is usually on the ground. And then she wants to do these bogus reports that mislead the public about the efforts going on there and the effort it will take to withdraw – and she implies that the President is enjoying being a war President.

              She would serve the public better to report on the ugly details of war, but to also report on the efforts being made to develop the country and economy, so that terrorism cannot fester there. Has she ever spoken of the pomegranate industry that the State Department is trying to grow, and the markets they’re opening up to create new industries? Has she ever spoken about how they are using technology to give the rural farmers access to global markets to sell their products, and teaching them how to produce by-products from their pomegranates? It’s all out there – she just needs to open her eyes and look.

            • 55 isonprize
              January 10, 2013 at 10:17 pm

              I agree with you Aninie. And The67 makes a great point.

              You can’t have drones AND no troops on the ground. Drones keep AMERICAN SOLDIERS FROM GETTING KILLED! The best answer is no war at all, but in the interim, drones are the only option that doesn’t involve American men and women dying. It’s pretty simple.

          • 56 vitaminlover
            January 10, 2013 at 10:03 pm

            She seems to be grasping at straws. Not everyone want to play her dumb game.

        • 58 amk for obama
          January 10, 2013 at 10:28 pm

          Today’s news: Militants bomb 81 pakistanis to death.


        • 59 majiir
          January 11, 2013 at 12:39 am

          I expect RM to have Glenn Greenwald appear on her show pretty soon to further bash PBO for using drones instead of choosing to put more of our troops six feet under. They can all STFU as far as I’m concerned. If Pakistan would do something serious about the Taliban, there would be no need for drone attacks in their country, but no, they’d rather negotiate with them and turn the entire region of Waziristan over to them so they can commit acts of terrorism in Afghanistan and cross the border into Pakistan unimpeded. A pox on RM’s house and the houses of all of the rest of the whiners who can sit safely on the sidelines and criticize while having no responsibility for fighting terrorism. I’ve studied/watched politics closely now for over 40 years, and I’ve noticed that some on the left always take the lead in weakening our politicians, especially our presidents. It’s as if they don’t know how to win and act like winners.

          • 60 nathkatun7
            January 11, 2013 at 1:43 am

            Well said, majiir! If Rachel Maddow thinks he know how to battle Al-Qaieda an other jihadists intent on attacking Americans then she should spell it out! I just can’t express how sick and tired I am of these privileged leftists who probably discuss their utopian theories while sipping expensive wines and other cocktails. Unlike Rachel, whose only concerns are how well she looks and how smart she comes across, President Obama is responsible for keeping the entire United States safe.

            If I were the President of the U.S. and was given a choice between sending troops in battle or trying to decimate people before the trial, I would pick the latter!


  13. January 10, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Extension of the President Obama connection to Hollywood from former staffers. 1600 Penn is coming on tonight, on NBC. Produced by former PBO speechwriter Jon Lovett. Ran across the transcript from the pitch he gave the NBC executive in 2011. Response when Jon told him-

    Maybe. But I haven’t told you which president I worked for.

    EXECUTIVE:Oh? Which one?

    LOVETT:Barack Obama.

    A pregnant pause.

    EXECUTIVE:You know, kid, when I went to that Malibu fundraiser and said I wanted some access in return for my $38,500 check, I was thinking a tee time at Andrews Air Force Base, not some little punk staffer dropping by my office in search of an escape hatch.


    • 62 theo67
      January 10, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      I am a bit wary about someone with so much inside knowledge about the Obama family doing a sitcom about the White House while the Obama’s are still in residence. Why couldn’t he wait until they left office? People will think that the stories are somehow related to the real life family? And the fact that the family appear sitcom-y, and will be made fun of… I just don’t like it. I’m going to watch it tonight and if it ridicules the Obama family in any way, I’ll start a twitter campaign tomorrow.

      • January 10, 2013 at 10:23 pm

        He is a loyalist. Its has nothing to literally do with the Obama’s. It’s his pent up frustration on how they were treated and he takes it out on the press mostly. Show is based around a college dropout kid who has to move back in with his dad and new step-mom, who happens to be the POTUS.

    • January 10, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      I like Jon Lovett but the previews of this show I’ve seen so far are not that good. I hope I’m wrong.

    • 73 COS
      January 10, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      I saw the pilot episode of 1600 last week and at first, I did not think I would be able to watch because it started off being super over the top silly, but it calmed down a bit. My vote is still out on this one.

  14. 74 amk for obama
    January 10, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    • 75 Bill R.
      January 10, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      That’s my Senator. I hope he is bending the ear of his colleagues about the obstruction to come if they don’t act.

  15. 76 utaustinliberal
    January 10, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    OMG………It’s time for Scandal.

    • 77 theo67
      January 10, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      I forgot Scandal was coming on tonight! Yeah! But – we still have three hours to wait on the West Coast. Guess it’s time to stay away from twitter spoilers…

  16. 78 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    January 10, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    That’s a lovely video on the last thread of President Obama’s ancestral home. There are so many good things in the world. It’s such a shame we have to deal with gun nuts and right wingers. I’m sure the vast majority of people are nice like Henry Healy. I get so fed up of the squeaky wheels sometimes, always spilling their hatred everywhere.

  17. 79 anniebella
    January 10, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    So that piece of crap Ezra Klein is on Lawrence O’Donnell, I’m not watching Lawrence tonight.

    • 80 COS
      January 10, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      Anniebella, Ezra is actually talking sensible tonight. He really gave Biden kudos. 🙂

      • 81 anniebella
        January 10, 2013 at 11:00 pm

        Fine give Biden kudos, but I’ve had enough of the likes of Klein and those two bit PL pundits like him. To “H” with Ezra Klein.

      • 83 hopefruit2
        January 11, 2013 at 12:22 am

        What Ezra Klein is saying about Biden is nothing new. We’ve known this about VP Joe for FOUR damn years now. PBO didn’t pick Biden as his running mate because Biden is an idiot. Klein should have realized this since 2008 so I’m not even sure what his sudden “discovery” about Biden is really about. Usually when MSM give PBO cabinet members kudos – it’s usually meant as a subtle put down of PBO himself.

    • 84 theo67
      January 10, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      Ezra and his wife are the ones who propagated this diversity nonsense. It’s fine if people want to fight to have more women in positions of power, and especially in such a forward-thinking and historic Administration. But the way they have gone about it is really off-putting. They’ve implied that President Obama is anti-women and a chauvinist. That is so far from the truth, and clearly only suited to furthering a dark agenda. It’s a very low standard. They should be ashamed. Especially given the President’s actual record on diversity.

  18. January 10, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    • 86 HZ
      January 10, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      Chips, thanks so much for the great news about cousin Henry and the opening of President Obama’s Ancestral Home. That is so refreshing to see. Counsin Henry’s beautiful excitement is very uplifting. It is so nice to see those who have such a sincere and respectful spirit about our president.

      Thank you Chips for all of the love and reminders though the posts that you put up for TOD and the world to enjoy. All of the beautiful work that you do gives my heart joy. Supporting President Obama is an honor.HZ

    • 87 No Child Left Behind
      January 10, 2013 at 11:33 pm


      You made me laugh! But with Michele Bachman in the pack, nothing is impossible.

  19. 89 dotster3
    January 10, 2013 at 10:24 pm

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  21. January 10, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Chips, I know it has been awhile since you last accepted a request for fund-raising that wasn’t directly related to re-electing the President. I’m wondering if you’d consider putting up this request, however: http://americansforresponsiblesolutions.org/ They are trying to raise money so they can counter the NRA lobby. They have a goal of $20 million. I hope they far surpass it. I’ve read at least one other blogger who will keep the link to this site permanently on the sidebar. Perhaps other bloggers here who have an audience would consider doing so as well.

  22. January 10, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Needs to be repeated … a bunch ….

  23. January 10, 2013 at 10:30 pm

  24. 98 amk for obama
    January 10, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    from gopolitico

    President Obama on Thursday signed a bill granting him — along with George W. Bush and future ex-presidents — lifetime Secret Service protection, reversing a 1990s law that limited post-presidency security.

    The Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012 restores lifetime protection for presidents and spouses who served after Jan. 1, 1997, and gives the children of former presidents protection until age 16.

    The existing law, passed by Congress in 1994, ended protection for former presidents a decade after leaving office. But members of Congress and law enforcement officials had since come to see lifetime protection as more necessary as global threats have grown.


    I am happy & relieved. There are too many home grown terrorists let alone the global ones.

    • January 10, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      In case anyone wonders why this is mandatory, especially for PBO ….

    • 102 99ts
      January 10, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      Not sure about “global” threats amk – I would think PBO has many many more threats at home than he would ever see overseas – but I gather the GOP introduced this bill to save GWB – who cannot go too far outside the US for fear of being arrested. I can never stop being incensed at what GWB and Tony Blair did to world peace. No wonder the world loves PBO.

      • 103 No Child Left Behind
        January 10, 2013 at 11:31 pm

        Well said, 99ts. As offended as I was when shoes were thrown at GWB overseas, I had to admit it was a collective reflection on how the former president was detested, to use a mild word. And Tony Blair didn’t do himself any favor by sticking to him like crazy glue. But what should either one care? President Obama is there to clean the mess. But they must be in disbelief how (most of) the world admires this President.

        May God bless and protect our President.

        • 104 99ts
          January 11, 2013 at 12:01 am

          Shoes thrown overseas – really nothing compared to what gets thrown at PBO at home – so maybe it was good that Bush had to accept reality. The mess Bush left behind probably deserves a pair of shoes.

    • 105 Jessica
      January 11, 2013 at 9:42 am

      THANK GOD THANK GOD THANK GOD!! I genuinely worried about this. It made my head hurt that Bill Clinton was going to get SS till the day he dies but PBO wouldn’t when he would be a much bigger target. I feel so much better.

  25. 106 RosesforObama
    January 10, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Chipsticks congratulation – You must be in Nirvana. One reason more to visit Ireland.

  26. 107 lisalovesobama
    January 10, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Scandal!! Gaaaaaaaah!

  27. 111 amk for obama
    January 10, 2013 at 11:03 pm

  28. 114 yardarm756
    January 10, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Think about it.

    • 115 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 10, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      Never liked the lyrics to that one; could never figure out whether it was about shooting up with drugs or a murder/suicide pact. However, to that song is KICK-ASS!

    • 117 diane
      January 11, 2013 at 8:09 am

      Yardarm, Thank you! This is one of my all time favorite albums. Them Changes–has a killer version of Allman Bros. Dreams on it. You rock!

  29. 118 Esi
    January 10, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    This is not related to this particular post – I just checked in to catch up on the news and saw the Ireland video and this is the scripture that came to mind paraphrased of course since I can’t remember the exact chapter and verse: Is there any among you that is skillful/ diligent with his work? He shall stand before kings and not before ordinary men.
    Congratulations Chips! There are many more acknowledgments on their way to you, the best always finds its way to light and it is never out of style.

    • 119 theo67
      January 10, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      Proverbs 22:29. You’re absolutely right!

      • 120 Esi
        January 10, 2013 at 11:36 pm

        Thanks so much Theo for finding it! 🙂

        • 121 theo67
          January 10, 2013 at 11:36 pm

          Google is my friend… 🙂

          • 122 Esi
            January 10, 2013 at 11:43 pm

            My kids tell me if I can google I can find anything, working on it :). I still go to the library to look up reviews on stuff in the consumer report before I make big purchases :(. However, if you ever decide to go to Africa, say Mali, Ghana, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire etc, let me know and I will be your guide, that I know well.

            • 123 theo67
              January 10, 2013 at 11:47 pm

              I’ve been further south in Zimbabwe and South Africa – born in Zambia. Never made it up North. I’ll definitely let you know if I ever decide to get to Ghana – seems beautiful there!

  30. 127 utaustinliberal
    January 10, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Scandal was fanfuckingtastic tonight. Damn……Shonda Rhimes is a BEAST!

  31. 130 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 10, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Channel surfing, stumbled on Colbert — he’s skewering the “women” meme! Thanks, Steven…

  32. 132 utaustinliberal
    January 10, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Stephen Colbert is bloody awesome. He opens up the show mocking the media for their manufactured “Pres. Obama has a women problem” BS.

    Then he says: “Hey, WHERE THE WHITE WOMEN AT?!?! 😆

  33. 134 mtmarilyn
    January 10, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Hey Chips and TOD family, this has been the day. We have been out being a tourist all day and ended up at the Korbel Winery. Wanted to taste some Champanges. We got to buy 2 bottles of the Champange that they have just sent to the White House for the Inaguration. The White House called them and requested it. I will be toasting the President with the same Champange he will be drinking. I am so excited. I can’t be there but I feel I will be sharing with all there. This is so cool.

    • 135 theo67
      January 11, 2013 at 12:05 am

      What an absolute treat! I feel like I’ve been on the wine tour with you – and what a wonderful treat this stop seems to have been. I’m drinking a little sparkling wine tonight, myself, so cheers to you! *clink*

      How many more days are you travelling through the district?

      • 136 mtmarilyn
        January 11, 2013 at 12:49 am

        We leave Saturday. A great thing about being here is seeing all the Obama signs. This is CA.

        • 137 theo67
          January 11, 2013 at 12:53 am

          And more specifically, it’s Northern California! Enjoy the rest of your visit. You’ll be spoiled rotten by the time you leave! 🙂

  34. 138 utaustinliberal
    January 10, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    It’s a damn shame it takes a comedian to do the job of the media.

    • 139 theo67
      January 11, 2013 at 12:07 am

      I much prefer Colbert to Jon Stewart – but it really is a shame that the comedians are bringing people back down to earth, while the traditional media is spinning fantastic stories.

      • 140 nathkatun7
        January 11, 2013 at 2:17 am

        Theo, as far as I am concerned, the national media has embraced the tabloid model of reporting news. That pic in the NYT might as well have been from the National Enquirer! The whole purpose of that pic was to distort and sensationalize the story. After all, how many of us idiot Americans remember that President Obama put two women on the Supreme Court (a record) or had five women in his cabinet (another record)? All we are programed to remember is our revulsion at seeing all those white males surrounding him along with one woman whose legs we can barely see. Translation: President Obama HATES WOMEN! Period! Oh, I forgot, Scarborough goes even farther, President Obama lied when he campaigned that he was for women equality! His evidence: The NYT picture manipulated by the wife of the progressive whiz kid, Ezra Klien!

        • 141 theo67
          January 11, 2013 at 12:27 pm

          What made me even more furious than the infantile media and their GOP cohorts – who actually hate women and are passing bills that are actually harmful to women – are the Democrats that ran to the TV screens to bash the President. They know better. It’s so offensive.

  35. 143 lmrj
    January 11, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Delurking. It’s been a while, so HELLOOOOOO TODville!
    {{{{{{{{{{ CHIPS }}}}}}}}}}. I MUST thank you for posting PBO’s Ireland trip once more. I have always loved the video you created from that trip! For some reason it REALLY hits home. So many people with him Ireland, but it was SUCH a PERSONAL trip! HENRY HEALY ROCKS! Thank you for your creations… TOD & every video you have created for POTUS, VPOTUS, FLOTUS & SLOTUS. So AWESOME! Don’t know how I’d survivie without TOD. Don’t post much but I lurk every day. THANK YOU AGAIN!

  36. January 11, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Yes We Can

  37. January 11, 2013 at 1:44 am

    BTW Chips – in the cool picture of PBO’s advisers, you have Mr Nabors listed twice – the young lady to the left of Mr Nabors is ?

    Thank you again for the lovely video of PBO’s visit to Ireland and so pleased they featured it in his ancestral home!!

    • January 11, 2013 at 2:11 am

      Hey Bob4r, I think that is an error on Whitehouse.GOV, whoever posted “photo of the day” screwed up the caption. Pretty sure thats Cathryn Ruemmler WH Counsel. They are probably talking about what they can do w/o congress on immigration. Educated guess, who knows?

  38. 148 taiping1
    January 11, 2013 at 3:14 am

    From Rock’s tweet. Why Hagel matters: no more misguided war in
    Middle East. He meant what he said to bin Ladin’s dismay and ended Iraq, ending Iran. He means what he says. We still love him as much as that crowd. The media like Lowrie, Kleine and WHPC can’t comprehend the passion inspired by the President and keep coming up with stupid memes such as too aloof, not enough women yet in the Michael Lewis Berkrley Library interview he noted that one of his characteristics as a leader is that his staff all love him, that hr creates a safe spAce for the person

    • 149 Bill R.
      January 11, 2013 at 3:27 am

      As an observer it appears to me that the choice for Hagel is a choice to recognize the end of the Cold War and the end of Bush’s wars. It means a leaner, meaner military with fewer expensive but unnecessary toys to wage large land wars of occupation, and the downsizing of overseas bases, especially in Europe. Europe doesn’t need to be defended from the Soviet Union any more. We don’ t need to be building and maintaining tanks any more, or stationing large armies abroad. It’s a 21st century world and the military strategy must adapt to it. Hagel recognizes that and the American people support it.

  39. 150 susanne
    January 11, 2013 at 4:30 am

    aloha and good evening to the tod night shift~

    here’s a way off-topic vid, that is so beautiful and wondrous, i just have to share:

  40. 152 amk for obama
    January 11, 2013 at 5:16 am

    • 153 amk for obama
      January 11, 2013 at 5:17 am

      Astronomers have discovered the largest known structure in the universe, a clump of active galactic cores that stretches 4 billion light-years from end to end.

      The structure is a large quasar group (LQG), a collection of extremely luminous galactic nuclei powered by supermassive central black holes. This particular group is so large that it challenges modern cosmological theory, researchers said.

      “While it is difficult to fathom the scale of this LQG, we can say quite definitely it is the largest structure ever seen in the entire universe,” lead author Roger Clowes, of the University of Central Lancashire in England, said in a statement. “This is hugely exciting, not least because it runs counter to our current understanding of the scale of the universe.”

  41. 156 amk for obama
    January 11, 2013 at 5:49 am

  42. 164 amk for obama
    January 11, 2013 at 5:50 am

  43. 165 amk for obama
    January 11, 2013 at 7:40 am

    A staffer for Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) unsuccessful presidential campaign says she has shorted him and other staffers on debts owed from the Iowa caucuses a year ago.

    Dr. Peter Waldron said he believes the payment may have been withheld because the staffers cooperated with a law enforcement investigation of the campaign.

    Waldron, a consultant in charge of outreach to Christian voters for the Bachmann for President campaign, said the campaign has refused to pay him and several other staffers for more than a year. The cumulative sum is small, about $5,000, Waldron said.

    “I haven’t any idea, and I say that with great candor and humility, as to why Michele chooses not to pay a handful of staff,” said Waldron in an interview.

    He suspects the payment has become embroiled in a lawsuit and criminal investigation into allegations that Bachmann’s Iowa campaign chairman stole a valuable voter list.

    Waldron said he and several staffers on the campaign payroll were led to believe they would receive a full month’s pay for helping to clean up and shut down Bachmann’s Iowa campaign office after last year’s Jan. 3 caucuses.

    “The staff submitted invoices with an expectation that they would be provided with an entire month’s retainer and there was every reason to believe that each of the employees in Iowa would be paid,” he said.


    deadbeat as well as a criminal

    • 166 Bill
      January 11, 2013 at 7:55 am

      Her being reappointed to the House Intelligence Committee by Republican leadership is all that needs to be said about today’s GOP.

  44. 167 amk for obama
    January 11, 2013 at 8:03 am

    For BobFr

  45. 168 amk for obama
    January 11, 2013 at 8:04 am

  46. January 11, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Good Friday morning, TODsters.

    President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai will hold a press conference at 1:15pm ET at the White House. This takes place after a round of meetings and lunch. VP Joe will also attend the meeting and lunch.

  47. 172 desertflower
    January 11, 2013 at 8:32 am


    Maybe the Republicans will attempt to decapitate the federal government by leaving it without major Cabinet officials. In the end, they’ll fail—and thanks to the drafters of the Constitution, at least the deranged GOP House has no say in the confirmation process. But what’s happening is more proof that what we have in Washington is not a functioning Congress, but a one-ring circus on the far right.

    And watch the freak show when the president proposes comprehensive immigration reform and moves forward on gun control. Already, Iowa Rep. Steve King has introduced a bill—which happens to be unconstitutional—that would deny citizenship to immigrant children born in this country. The only part of the Constitution that King and too many like him in the House seem to revere is the Second Amendment—in absolute and absolutely distorted terms. A week ago, I argued that it would be a mistake to bet against Biden’s chances of achieving progress on guns. After listening to the GOP stooges for the NRA—think of Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert, who said that a “hammer” could be “an assault weapon”—I’m ready to bet that not much gun legislation of any kind can get past Boehner’s brigades.

    When the vice president said that Obama might act by executive order, the Drudge Report went into a frenzy, complete with pictures of Hitler and Stalin, apparently since taken down. The episode not only reveals the limitless shamelessness of Drudge, but the ugliness that pervades the opposition to Obama. And if you want to see it get even worse, just wait until the president selects someone to fill the next Supreme Court vacancy.

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