Keep Chatting


This was the moment.


This is her. Congratulations!



Americans want ObamaCare. Ooops…sorry hack-pundits.


Congratulations, New Jersey!


92 Responses to “Keep Chatting”

  1. October 21, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Thank you for the tweets, UT!!!! And for including one of mine 🙂

  2. October 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm

  3. 20 GGail
    October 21, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Glad to hear that the girl behind POTUS is okay.

  4. 21 vcprezofan2
    October 21, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    ~~ 😕 ~~

  5. October 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Excellent tweets – thanks UT. Congrats Bob on #1 🙂

    Is it me or are the WP and Twitter websites slow?

  6. October 21, 2013 at 2:36 pm


    • October 21, 2013 at 2:52 pm


      Since you’re a self-professed geek, think you’ll enjoy this.

      One Presidents Day Feb weekend visited Bad Water in Death Valley CA, the lowest point in the continental US.

      Was wearing a windbreaker and it was raining — at least it was on my windbreaker. It was so dry that the raindrops evaporated before they hit my legs or my boot-tops. Needless to say, the ground did not benefit from the rain, since the precipitation evaporated before it could reach the ground.

      A perfect weekend to visit. The Panamint Mountains to the west were covered in snow, the cloud formations were amazing and temperature meant shorts were perfect attire.

      When I got back to the LA area, found it had rained in biblical proportions that weekend.

      For those of you planning a trip to Las Vegas, recommend mid-February, and if you can, swing by Death Valley.

    • October 21, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Wow! This is amazing, dudette. Since I walk every day, walking in the rain happens frequently. Would love, love, love this.

  7. 28 Dudette
    October 21, 2013 at 2:38 pm

  8. 32 hopefruit2
    October 21, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    • October 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      Wow, what a colossal and stupid generalization. Healthcare in this country is complicated. People are going to need explaining for a long time until everybody gets signed up and understands what they signed up for.

      When Bill Clinton explains everybody is thrilled to call him the Explainer in Chief.

    • 34 Nena20409
      October 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      Coming from a man with severe limitations? Yep. Spouting and regurgitating DC/NY pundits talking points.

      Chris Lizza or whatever his name is needs to Use His Brains and THINK beyond just posting Tweets parroting malarkey.

    • October 21, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      Seems to me just like students not understanding the material presented with teachers needing to take ownership and reteach, the MSM should take ownership in misleading, confusing, and not reporting about ACA correctly.

    • October 21, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      JHC, according to MSM, this President can do nothing right.

      I left a comment on R&S on this, which isn’t worth repeating, but how idiotic are these cretins?

      This has also been posted, but the @chucktodd could be replaced with “all DC echo-chamber MSM.”

      And the MSM is so cluelessly unselfaware, they don’t realize this is directed at them.

    • October 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      Is it so much “explaining” as it is “correcting” all the MSM- reinforced- misinformation the GOP is allowed to put out?

    • 38 anniebella
      October 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Not to the Fix, last time I check President Obama has great health insurance. It ain’t about President Obama, it’s about the millions of Americans out there with no health insurance and this President want to help them. Mr. Fix, the Republicans don’t give a dam about those people. President Obama is doing his best because he care, the fix ain’t doing a thing, and he don’t care..

    • October 21, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      The President already won. ACA is the law. Anything else is irrelevant.

  9. 41 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Highlighting the POSITIVE stories that just don’t seem to catch the eye of the #Newstainers


    • 42 vcprezofan2
      October 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      Alycee, I wish you wouldn’t share these long, interesting links, thereby forcing me to want to read them all! This is going to take a while, but having read the first three, I’m compelled to continue. Maybe I’ll save the whole thing for when I have a free moment. Yes, I think I will as, not being a speed reader, I’m falling behind here.

  10. 43 Sue in Seattle
    October 21, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I think it’s important to note that 26 of the states using healthcare.gov to implement the healthcare program are not expanding Medicaid, and many of those states are also not offering information to help their citizens sign up; hence, those signing up for healthcare in those states may be slower to do so. I think for those people, the phone number will be the most helpful tool, as well as neighbors, churches, community centers, and foot soldiers.

    Ten of the states using healthcare.gov are expanding Medicaid, and some are in partnership with healthcare.gov to perhaps implement their own sites soon.

    The states most likely to enroll healthy citizens are the 15 (plus D.C.) who have implemented their own sites, all of which have expanded Medicaid.

    While it is important that we strive for all citizens to be covered, I anticipate that the highest (and healthiest) enrollments will come from the state sites.
    So when pundits spout statistics that half of the enrollees are coming from state-run sites, the logical answer, to my mind, is . . . duh. What school of media broadcasting did you attend? Koch U?

    For these reasons, I don’t see the healthcare.gov glitches as problematic as others might.

    • October 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      Sue, the negative commentary has no basis in reality and even those who spout this nonsense know it. The ACA was designed to have Medicaid expansion in all states, until the SCOTUS stuck it’s heavy handed foot in it and made the expansions voluntary. In a state like PA, where is is NO state help with the ACA, applications will be slower because it will be all based on word of mouth. The states that participated fully will soar ahead and their citizens will be healthier and live longer. The other states will be years behind the curve, unless they wake up and start electing Dem governors and legislatures. We will truly end up with two Americas in the meantime–the healthy and the sick.

  11. 46 hopefruit2
    October 21, 2013 at 2:47 pm

  12. 48 yardarm756
    October 21, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    • 49 Nena20409
      October 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      DIStraction 101.

      If TBGOPers screams……The Media will Follow as loudly as possible and carry their propaganda, talking points and help further their agenda. It never fails. It has been going on since 2002…..right after Fox started beaten CNN in the Cable ratings.

  13. 50 japa21
    October 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm

  14. 54 Linda
    October 21, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    MSNBC has not taken a breath since 5 AM in their complaining about a website.

  15. October 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm

  16. 57 Nena20409
    October 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Pardon Me…..So KS Chiefs are the Lone unbeaten Team in the NFL?

    Wow…..who would have thunk it. Wow.

    KS is about 2.8M in population with loads of RWNJs running the state.

    • October 21, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      Exemptions to Individual Mandate Penalty:

      • Cannot afford coverage (defined as those who would pay more than 8 percent of their household income for the lowest cost bronze plan available to them through the Marketplace)
      • Are not a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, or a resident alien lawfully present in the U.S.
      • Had a gap in coverage for less than 3 consecutive months during the year
      • Won’t file a tax return because your income is below the tax filing threshold (In 2013, the tax filing threshold is $10,000 for individuals and $20,000 for a couple)
      • Are unable to qualify for Medicaid because your state has chosen not to expand the program
      • Participate in a health care sharing ministry or are a member of a recognized religious sect with objections to health insurance
      • Are a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe
      • Are incarcerated

      Others who do not qualify through these categories but have experienced a hardship that makes it difficult to purchase insurance may apply through the health insurance marketplace for an exemption to the individual responsibility requirement.

  17. 60 Linda
    October 21, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Kristal Ball thinks Kathleen Sebelius needs to resign….??????

    • 61 COS
      October 21, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      She actually said that? Wow, the Emos are just as bad, if not worse than the republicans. I have never cared that much for Ball. It is something about her that rubs me wrong way.

    • October 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Given the complexity of the ACA, as well as the fact that many states — primarily run by Republican governors, state legislators, and insurance commissioners — gave little cooperation to the process and even did what they could to deter the process, I’d say Kathleen Sebelius did a commendable job.

      Even more, if I recall, the President has said that she is doing a good job.

      It’s easy to criticize when you are not doing the work.

      • 64 vcprezofan2
        October 21, 2013 at 3:55 pm

        I must have missed it when they did – how many of these pundits have asked for Boehner’s and Cruz’ and Ryan’s, etc. etc. resignations? Sebelius has at least made an honest attempt to do *her* job! Honestly, these ‘experts’ push me to the brink of want to swear at them. Sigh. Back to reading about the 50 smartest teenagers.

      • 65 Obama Grandmama
        October 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm

        When we were all working hard to get ACA passed I emailed Kathleen Sebelious with a question someone asked me that I did not know the answer to and no one here knew the answer either (cannot even remember the question now). I received an answer to my email from KS herself with a follow up from someone in her department. At the time I was very impressed with the timeliness of her response.

    • 66 anniebella
      October 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      How about Krystal Ball resign?

  18. 67 4morefor44
    October 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    interesting to see paid propagandists such as chuck todd and chris cilliza talk about 3 years and having to still explain things about ACA and yadda yadda…the more they get called out by the new media, meaning us, they more they double down on their nonsense. they just keep digging, although they’re just doing what the bosses want, so they’ll keep getting promoted, so they probably don’t really care what “we, the people” think.

    experiment: ask people to say why republicans decided to invade iraq and afghanistan, thereby killing 5K US troops, 100s of thousands of innocents in those countries and costing trillions of taxpayer money. 10 years later, why can’t anyone give a clear answer for this? republicans have had about 4-5 different official reasons over the years, yet they still have to “explain” the invasions and they do so in a very convoluted way. notice how chuck todd and friends have never taken the tone that is their default with president obama and EVERYTHING he does, yet never apply that to bush and cheney and any other neocon republican?

    • 68 theo67
      October 21, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      The Chuck Todd’s of the world think it’s worth noting that the President is explaining ACA, but don’t think it’s worth noting the 42 (& counting) failed votes to repeal the same law from the do-nothing GOP? Their agenda is clear.

  19. 70 japa21
    October 21, 2013 at 3:11 pm

  20. 72 japa21
    October 21, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    • 73 Nena20409
      October 21, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      John Dickerson of CBS…..the former substance abuse recovering addict and a guy who through nepotism obtained his job…..His late Mother, reporter Nancy……..called the roll out of ACA website “Death Spiral” just wicked characterization.

  21. October 21, 2013 at 3:23 pm

  22. October 21, 2013 at 3:24 pm


    Lastly, there is an argument that Obamacare disproportionately helps older people because healthy young people who pay slightly higher premiums subsidize them. Irrespective of the fact that this is how health insurance has always worked, boycotting a system because a segment of the population other than yourself will also be better off under a policy is in no way a credible reason to invalidate it. But even more importantly, you won’t be young and healthy forever. Health circumstances can change at a moment’s notice, and your age circumstance definitely will. You may or may not get sicker. But you will definitely get older. Do not be so myopic to think otherwise.

  23. 78 Jovie
    October 21, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    RNC goes hunting for ‘terrible’ ObamaCare enrollment numbers
    Mario Trujillo
    10/21/13 09:02 AM ET
    The Freedom of Information request seeks statistics on successful signups through the government’s online healthcare exchanges…
    The Hill/

    Here is the catalyst for msnbc freak out over Website.
    The RNC !
    Any questions?

    • 79 Linda
      October 21, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      They have said all along the numbers will be reported on November 15th……..yet they keep beating the drum for the numbers.

  24. October 21, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    After Gov. Christie’s walk-down of appealing the Gay Marriage ruling in NJ, here is another look at the internal politics of other states.

  25. 82 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    An afternoon musical interlude…

    RARE OLDIES SOUNDIES WITH THE INTERNATIONAL SWEETHEARTS OF RHYTHM ! The International Sweethearts of Rhythm was the first integrated all women’s band in the United States. During the 1940s the band featured some of the best female musicians of the day. They played swing and jazz on a national circuit that included the Apollo Theater in New York City, the Regal Theater in Chicago, and the Howard Theater in Washington, DC . After a performance in Chicago in 1943, the Chicago Defender announced the band was, “One of the hottest stage shows that ever raised the roof of the theater! More recently, they have been labeled “the most prominent and probably best female aggregation of the Big Band era .
    You can watch all my rare oldies soundies & vidéos on : http://www.myspace.com/swingcocktail ! Many thanks , NICKY

  26. 83 4morefor44
    October 21, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    never ceases to amaze me how much sway “the news” has over the public discourse. last week, republican made-up crisis of shutdown (of course never explained properly by “the news”). this week, all anyone talks about is a new web site roll-out having glitches. what’ll be be next week? republicans just make up whatever they like, and “news” people such as chuck todd repeat it like trained seals clapping and yelping.

  27. 85 Nena20409
    October 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Finally……AP has fired those two.

    NEW YORK -– The Associated Press has fired a reporter and editor over an erroneous Oct. 9 report that Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe lied to an investigator in a federal fraud case, according to sources familiar with the matter.

  28. 86 Linda
    October 21, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    NEW YORK -– The Associated Press has fired a reporter and editor over an erroneous Oct. 9 report that Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe lied to an investigator in a federal fraud case, according to sources familiar with the matter.

    The AP retracted the article in question roughly an hour and a half after publication, and last week, suspended its author, veteran political reporter Bob Lewis.

    According to sources, Lewis has since been fired. He could not be reached for comment.

    The AP has also fired Dena Potter, a Richmond-based news editor for Virginia and West Virginia.

    When reached by phone, Potter instructed this reporter to call Paul Colford, the AP’s Director of Media Relations. Colford declined to comment on personnel matters.

    Another editor is expected to be reprimanded over the incident, according to sources.

    Given Lewis’ stature in Richmond politics, the erroneous report and subsequent retraction “sent shock waves throughout the political press corps,” Politico reported.

    On Oct. 11, a Virginia NBC affiliate examined the error and reported that McAuliffe is referenced on two pages of the federal indictment as T.M. However, the T.M. the indictment references as having lied to an investigator is not McAuliffe, but a different person with the same initials.

    The AP’s decision to fire the journalists over the error is more severe than the organization’s response to several past high-profile flubs.

  29. 87 hopefruit2
    October 21, 2013 at 3:51 pm

  30. 89 cookemom
    October 21, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    MSNBC guest Matt Segal, co-founder of ‘Our Time’ is on The Cycle speaking on ACA and how millennials see it very well. He shrugs off the tech issues, saying his own site have problems at times. Also, something like 18%-21% of millennials either work on computers for their jobs or have built their own systems. Also said this hoopla about young folks not signing up is bunk. He says 95% want to sign up, only 5% say they don’t want it. Also said young people need to learn how it will effect them and wants politicians to message better, not denigrate it. Encouraging words, imo.

  31. October 21, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Hello Everyone…My name is edie anderson…I frequent “The Obama Diary” everyday several times a day, and I thank you for all the wonderful post and photos… I use them for my pages. I want to share a video and song that I wrote about our wonderful 1st Lady Michelle Obama. I have placed it on you tube and I hope you all will give it a LIKE…I hope one day she sees it. Please don’t laugh at my singing, I’m sensitive LOL …I hope to find a real singer for it as time goes by…thank you all very much here’s the ling to “First Lady Michelle”…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiSptfjOkrw

  32. October 21, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Please remember that the timing of all the constant negative drum beating against Obamacare is designed to erase the GOP failure on the shutdown/debt ceiling debacle just before the 2013 elections. It’s intended to raise doubts about the President and his party just when the final GOTV efforts are in place in Virginia and NJ and thousands of critical local elections are at stake. There is great risk in these off year elections for Republicans. If they start to show weakness now at the local level, the momentum could escalate into 2014. In their view if they distract people, especially the activist Dems, they will divert attention away from all the work that needs to be done for the election. All the tv minions who report relentlessly on the Obamacare website flaws are being coordinated by the GOP and their deep-pocket backers and will see a nice pay day if they succeed. There’s also a payoff in here for the Ezra Kleins of the pundit world and you can take that to the bank. So take it all for what it is–a distraction maneuver–and go out and volunteer for as many local candidates you can or sign up to do call ins to NJ or VA. We have until March 2014 to sign people up for coverage on the exchanges and by then these naysayers will sound like cracked and cranky old 33s on your grandmother’s record player.

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