Chat Away


President Barack Obama answers reporters’ questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House


117 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 1 hopefruit2
    August 9, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    1st ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      August 9, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      That you, Hf? You left me behind? ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

      • 3 hopefruit2
        August 9, 2013 at 4:24 pm

        I was waiting for you, called on you, paged you, but no response ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

        Alas, I had to leave….couldn’t wait one second longer…my time had come…(sobbing hysterically) Alas!

        • 4 vcprezofan2
          August 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm

          O, alright, since you made an effort! The mechanic called to say I could come and pick up my car (in the next 1/2 hour) AND I don’t have to pay for the new battery he has installed since the other was still under warranty, so I’m in a forgiving mood. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for going to the trouble of paging me – didn’t want to put the mech. on hold.

          • 5 hopefruit2
            August 9, 2013 at 4:33 pm

            What a refreshingly pleasant experience with a car mechanic! ๐Ÿ™‚ All the best with the new battery.

            • 6 vcprezofan2
              August 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm

              Fingers crossed on this end – my reliable wheels have been acting up far too frequently of late. Of course, she IS 8 years old, so I shouldn’t be surprised, and in fact I’m very grateful that she generally chooses to pout or strive for attention BEFORE I hit the highway, going or coming. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 7 Dudette
      August 9, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      Woot! Go hopefruit!! Happy First!!

  2. 9 hopefruit2
    August 9, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    My President looked extremely hawt during that presser.

    • August 9, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Well considering he’s wearing my tie yeah I guess so. I was wondering why he kept asking me to loan it to him.

    • August 9, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      YAY! HF2, congrats!

      For those who missed this presser, it was the best show in town.

      My gosh, the President was completely on his game (think the 2nd “Please proceed, Gov” debate).

      I expected him to brush his shoulder as he left the stage, LOL.

      Sorry about the typo in this tweet, but Zeke’s question infuriated me.

      • 12 hopefruit2
        August 9, 2013 at 4:21 pm

        You handled that frat boy comment exceptionally well arap. RT’d. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 13 jacquelineoboomer
        August 9, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      • 14 vcprezofan2
        August 9, 2013 at 4:36 pm

        I don’t think we can deny the fact that these media jokers see this whole thing as some sort of a game, or that they think they are his equals. They truly have no understanding of their role vis-a-vis eliciting relevant info that would result in an informed nation.

        • August 9, 2013 at 4:53 pm

          Exactly, VC!

          We’ve gotten used to the media joining RWNJs in questioning this President’s legitimacy from a (mostly male) White Privilege vantage point, but he’s frigging complaining about comprehensive, thoughtful (well, aside from the GOP jabs) answers to questions that affect Americans.

          The MSM wants American citizens to be the equivalent of “barefoot and pregnant.” Give us GWB’s sound bite non-answers and we can leave for the Hamptons 30 minutes early!

        • 16 Nena20409
          August 9, 2013 at 5:38 pm

          They think they are on Equal or a higher footing or they will not be so disrespectful, insulting and a total arse.

        • 17 nathkatun7
          August 9, 2013 at 8:37 pm

          Very well said VC! They think a Presidential press conference is all about them while pretending to be “reporters.”

    • 18 Dudette
      August 9, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      He’s a hawt-hawtie heading out for some hawtness on the Vineyard.

  3. 19 hopefruit2
    August 9, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Yes, we Can! Have a wonderful vacation with your lovely family, Mr. President.

  4. 22 hopefruit2
    August 9, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I guess folks are still riveted and stunned by what they just saw – need time to process all that stuff. Thoughts need to be collected before posting on the new thread!!!

    • August 9, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      Agree, HF2, I think our President stunned the hapless WHPC, which to their credit did pursue more than one (Snowdenwald) angle.

      But POTUS is just so smooth and LIKABLE with his answers, The lazy WHPC is proving that their employees really have no use for them. I wonder if the media execs will wake up to this fact?

      WHPC is scared to death that American voters will see what the President’s answers are to these questions, not as “headlined” by the RW media.

  5. 24 dotster3
    August 9, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Joan Walsh needs to fall into a pie—–one that stings eyes and goes up her nose

    • 25 hopefruit2
      August 9, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      Joan Walsh needs to bite a huge chunk of HOT red pepper, thinking it was a slice of tomato.

    • 26 Puddin'
      August 9, 2013 at 4:23 pm


    • 27 Dudette
      August 9, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      Okay, what’d I miss?

      • 28 dotster3
        August 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm

        She was finding all kinds of fault with PBO’s words—–wasn’t satisfied—–blah blah blah blah blah

        • 29 Puddin'
          August 9, 2013 at 6:06 pm

          In response to Professor Peterson’s comment about the lack of attention and outrage regarding surveillance, racial profiling and stop and frisk of black, brown and poor people, she said there has been outrage…and that we can be concerned about both. She lie…about the outrage being the same.

  6. 30 utaustinliberal
    August 9, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Pres. Obama really really really enjoyed this press conference. He’s always on his A+ game and there was full network and cable coverage. Tweets for those who missed it.

  7. 31 utaustinliberal
    August 9, 2013 at 4:23 pm

  8. 32 forus50
    August 9, 2013 at 4:24 pm

  9. 33 utaustinliberal
    August 9, 2013 at 4:24 pm

  10. 34 Linda
    August 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Joan Walsh needs to shut the hell up. She is a whiner and hire Greenwald to write for salon.

  11. 42 utaustinliberal
    August 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm

  12. 43 utaustinliberal
    August 9, 2013 at 4:27 pm

  13. 44 forus50
    August 9, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    • 45 jacquelineoboomer
      August 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      I almost licked my own chops on that tweet. Beautiful!!!!!!

      • 46 forus50
        August 9, 2013 at 5:49 pm

        ๐Ÿ™‚ gracias. POTUS was just awesome today. I knew he would be when he so comfortably handled all these same questions on Leno.

        • 47 jacquelineoboomer
          August 9, 2013 at 6:19 pm

          He was better than his usual awesomeness! I think inside he must laugh at them, not because he ever seems to judge others (as the lesser beings they truly are), but because they just seem to open their mouths and turn into fools right before his laughing eyes.

    • 48 theo67
      August 9, 2013 at 6:16 pm


  14. 49 utaustinliberal
    August 9, 2013 at 4:29 pm

  15. August 9, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Go Mr. President ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. 54 yardarm756
    August 9, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Pressers is a misnomer. Replace one “e” with an “i”.

  17. 55 utaustinliberal
    August 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm

  18. 56 utaustinliberal
    August 9, 2013 at 4:32 pm

  19. August 9, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    POTUS is BAWSE!!

  20. 61 utaustinliberal
    August 9, 2013 at 4:33 pm

  21. 62 utaustinliberal
    August 9, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    • 63 CEB
      August 9, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks for the tweets, UT. These pressers with the lazy, ignorant, and disrepectful whpc piss me off so much that I can seldom watch them live.

  22. August 9, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Just saw the back end of the POTUS presser, but I can tell from the mostly stunning calm that POTUS was once again on his A game

  23. 65 hopefruit2
    August 9, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Thanks so much UT for the info-packed tweets ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. 66 utaustinliberal
    August 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm

  25. August 9, 2013 at 4:44 pm

  26. 69 hopefruit2
    August 9, 2013 at 4:45 pm

  27. 70 cookemom
    August 9, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    CSPAN rerunning presser. Good thing too, since I missed it.

  28. August 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm

  29. 72 elo4obama/biden
    August 9, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I’ll be interested in hearing more about the technological fixes that might prevent the snooping. Any ideas on that.

    • 73 nathkatun7
      August 9, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Personally I’ve yet to see any evidence where innocent individuals were subjected to “snooping.” You want to know what “snooping” was check out what happened during the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s! During those times people were targeted because of their political beliefs. With all this hair on fire about NSA, I’ve seen zero evidence that that has happened.

  30. August 9, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    POTUS mentioned this in his presser:

  31. 75 donna dem 4 obama
    August 9, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    UT you are amazing. Thank you so much for the recap on the press conference.

    Just had one of our Executive VP’s come by my office and ask me if I plan to go to the 50th anniversary commemoration of the march on Washington on the 28th. I said, “of course” (I’m also going to the NAACP/NAN march on the 24th). I’m taking the day off from work to attend on the 28th since PBO will be speaking. He said he had family coming to town and some friends that will be meeting him here at the job and wanted us all to walk over to the Mall together. His invitation certainly warmed my heart. That old saying, you can’t tell a book by its cover” certainly applies here. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ Good for him!!!!

    • 76 hopefruit2
      August 9, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      WOW – this is such a heartwarming report, donna. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 77 Dudette
      August 9, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Seriously, I ALMOST feel like I heard the whole thing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 78 Dudette
      August 9, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      So neat that you’re going to be at the march Donna AND that your VP not only acknowledges it as important, but he’s going to.
      I tell ya — that “Hopey-Changey Thing ” really IS working!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 79 theo67
      August 9, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      Such a wonderful story! I had someone stop by my office during the health care debate a couple of years ago, and he said he’d read my letter to the editor of our local paper, and he wanted to let me know he was really impressed I had done that. We ended up having a long chat – I never would have dreamed that he was interested of as informed as he was. You never know who’s paying attention.

  32. August 9, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    This story won’t be that shocking to people of color. We already know that the skin we are in trumps anything else for some people. At this some shit! They refused to let Oprah see this $40,000 purse because they looked at her and told her it was “too expensive” for her…!

    First off, let’s ignore for a bit the whole $40,000 purse bit (cause damn WTF is that purse made of gold!!!). Instead, somebody tell me, cause I ain’t never worked in retail, but what exactly does someone look like who CAN afford expensive things?? SMDH!


    • 81 Sandy1110
      August 9, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      It reminds me of an old “joke”: What do you call a black millionaire physicist?

      A: “A n—-r”

      It boggles the mind that people don’t think twice about making these stupid assumptions. You’d think in retail, they’d attempt to train staff so as not to lose a potential sale: You NEVER know who you’re talking to. And unless you know what’s in their wallet, you should wait and see what they actually DO buy.

    • 82 dotster3
      August 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      Store denied the details—-said they would always want to sell a $40000 purse—–said perhaps when saleslady asked if she wanted to see purse in different styles Oprah thought she was being denied—–but this is perhaps that store is e_barrassed——Swiss sent regrets to Oprah

      • 83 CEB
        August 9, 2013 at 5:40 pm

        Of course they denied it. Interesting that they said anything sense Oprah refused to name the store. It always amazes me that people who make much less than many of the customers who patronize their stores, restaurants, hotels, etc. have the nerve to try to decide who belongs and who does not.

      • August 9, 2013 at 5:45 pm

        Sorry, but that explanation is bull-pucky. I beleive Oprah. The store is trying to save face. They didn’t know who Oprah was and thought she was some random. I doubt Oprah was going to this store in sweats and a looking like a schub.

        Also, this has happened to Oprah before at that Hermes store in Paris. That store also tried to save face.

    • August 9, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Didn’t the same thing happen to her in a Hermes shop a few years ago?

      • August 9, 2013 at 5:50 pm

        It was Hermes in Paris. They wouldn’t let Oprah in the store. I believe you have to be buzzed into the store, and they would not let Oprah in cause she didn’t have an “appointment” or something like that

  33. August 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm

  34. August 9, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    You know, I’m beginning to think that an Ivy League education dulls the critical thinking skills.

    Ezra Klein apparently doesn’t see any conflict between seeking “asylum” in country that kills its journalists and those who leak without becoming fugitives.

    • August 9, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    • August 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    • 95 anniebella
      August 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      Tweet and tell Ezra Klein if Snowden is a hero then why don’t he come home and fight like a true hero would. Snpwden is no hero, he broke the law. POTUS said that he had sign an executive order were people who have concern about that NSA program could have made their concern known without breaking the law.

      • 96 anniebella
        August 9, 2013 at 5:53 pm

        But Snowden decided to break the law, then ran like the hill like the traitor punk that he is. How in the world could Snowden want to remain in a country were gays and lesbians are being treated so badly, were they are being attack and threaten just for being gay.If Snowden had stole government information from Russia and released it, we could just imagine what Putin and the KGB would do to him.

    • 97 Puddin'
      August 9, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      An education – common sense = educated fool!

    • 98 hopefruit2
      August 9, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      I don’t think it’s the “Ivy league education” that’s the problem per se. As we know both POTUS and FLOTUS (and many others) have been Ivy League educated and they are as sharp as tacks. It’s the rapid and unmerited professional advancement combined with little to no accountability for one’s product that dulls critical thinking skills.

  35. 99 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm

  36. August 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    This is cool!

  37. 107 forus50
    August 9, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Thanks UT for the post and all your detailed live tweeting! You’re the BEST!!!!

  38. August 9, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Steve Benen
    Obama outlines surveillance reforms at press conference

    Benen recommended this one
    Letting in light on the secret intelligence court

    ….Given the history of abuse by governments, itโ€™s right to ask questions about surveillance,โ€ Obama said at a press conference Friday afternoon. โ€œItโ€™s not enough for me as president to have confidence in these programs, the American people need to have confidence in them as well.โ€

    At the heart of Obamaโ€™s plan is what he described as โ€œappropriateโ€ reforms to section 215 of the Patriot Act. He said he would support the addition of a public advocate who would argue against the governmentโ€™s surveillance requests made to the secret foreign intelligence surveillance court….

    WH released this white paper during the press conference

  39. 109 donna dem 4 obama
    August 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Please retweet Kat’s response to that idiot Ezra Klein’s insisting that Snowden is a hero. ๐Ÿ™„

    • 110 donna dem 4 obama
      August 9, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      Here is Ezra’s original comment. Ugh!!!!

    • 111 donna dem 4 obama
      August 9, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      Okay I missed that you all already had this conversation up thread ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  40. 112 anniebella
    August 9, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Is there anyone beside me who can’t Joan Walsh?

  41. 114 Ladyhawke
    August 9, 2013 at 6:08 pm



    Q It is that time of the year again, presidential vacations. And that means the other party is saying the incumbent party is taking too much time off. The Republicans are saying President Obama spends too much, is too extravagant on his vacations, that he is spending too much time while other problems are going on. What do you say to that kind of criticism?

    MR. CARNEY: I would just check what they said six years ago.


    As UT would say, Jay Carney for the freaking WIN.

  42. August 9, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Steve Benen
    Some of the people can be fooled some of the time

    ….When the stories first broke, Americans were told, “OMG! Look over here!” And when details emerged showing the stories weren’t quite so scandalous after all, Americans weren’t told much of anything, leaving the public with the impression that those “scandals” were real.

    I still think this matters, for all of the reasons we talked about last week: misguided coverage of phony controversies led the public to believe President Obama and his administration were responsible for serious misdeeds. The taint of “scandal” remains, for no reason other than the political world told the public about allegations, but decided the evidence to the contrary wasn’t important.

    The result is polling data pointing to a predictable public reaction: Americans taking stories seriously that were discredited months ago.

  43. 116 Dudette
    August 9, 2013 at 6:12 pm

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