Chat Away

@petesouza: Pres Obama, with CoS Denis McDonough’s daughter, walks a birthday cake to Denis’ office in the West Wing

131 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. December 2, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    TOD I finally made it home after one of the greatest weekends in my short life….Here’s a recap of how my weekend went. I’m still in a daze 48 hrs. later!

    That’s what happens when your mascot represents the GOP……

  2. 25 japa21
    December 2, 2013 at 8:55 pm

  3. December 2, 2013 at 8:59 pm

  4. 27 africa
    December 2, 2013 at 8:59 pm

  5. 28 forus50
    December 2, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    lol this ain’t right. Waaaaaagggghhhhhhh

  6. 30 desertflower
    December 2, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    More terrifying stunts these assholes are playing. OMG. This is NOT ok!!!


  7. 31 Nena20409
    December 2, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    These People are wicked in every way imaginable.

    IN CA, GOP created Fake websites to deny Citizens Health insurance? I hope that AG and the laws in CA can prosecute these wicked fools.


    California Republicans are desperate and shameless. In the past two weeks, GOP Assembly members have sent mailings out on what appears to be the state’s dime to their constituents about health insurance. Only, they don’t direct those people to CoveredCA.com to sign up. Instead, they send them to their own astroturf version at the URL CoveringHealthCareCA.com.

    On their version, there are links to negative articles and twisted messages intended to sour people on signing up for health insurance before they ever land at the official health exchange site.

    For seniors, this message:

    Seniors on Medicare may not see changes immediately to their benefits or coverage. Down the line, however, the erosion and accessibility of care may become a problem.

    To pay for other components of the Affordable Care Act such as expanding Medicaid and creating state health exchanges, Medicare providers will see rate cuts nearing $200 billion over the next decade. These cuts could potentially result in the exodus of doctors from the Medicare system and force Medicare recipients to find new providers, possibly facing longer wait times for care as that pool of doctors shrinks.

  8. December 2, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Ehud Olmert: Netanyahu tried to interfere in U.S. elections. Former prime minister criticizes his successor’s public wrangle with Obama over Iran, claims Netanyahu tried to drive a wedge between Congress and U.S. president.

    Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s aggressive quarrel with the Obama administration over the agreement with Iran signed in Geneva endangers Israel, and panned Netanyahu for “losing his head.” Olmert accused the prime minister of “declaring war on the United States” and of attempting to incite the Congress against U.S. President Barack Obama.

    Olmert spoke Sunday at a closed panel discussion on “the strategic implications of the interim agreement between the P5 + 1 and Iran,” held at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University. Olmert said both his government and that of his predecessor Ariel Sharon wished to avoid public confrontation with the American administration over Iran. “At no stage did we want to do battle with Israel’s number one ally and to incite the Congress against the president,” he said. Olmert called Netanyahu’s acts and statements unprecedented. “The danger and the potential damage from it are incomparably larger” than the value of the public debate with the United States, he said.

  9. December 2, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    “EVERYONE knows what must be done about climate change, but no one is doing anything about it. More than two decades of speeches and summitry have failed to thin out emissions of greenhouse gases. In fact, emissions are accelerating: a quarter of all the carbon dioxide ever pumped into the air by humans was put there in the decade between 2000 and 2010. It will hang around for centuries, meaning that the future is sure to be hotter, even if all greenhouse-gas emissions cease overnight. The official ambition of limiting the global temperature rise to 2Β°C looks increasingly like a bad joke.

    Officially, the plan is still to fix the problem by cutting emissions at their source; cleaning up the factories, cars, ships and homes whose engines and heating systems pump greenhouse gases into the air. But what if there were another way? In 2006, depressed by the lack of progress on emissions, Paul Crutzen, an atmospheric researcher, broke a long-standing taboo among climate scientists by publicly pointing out that if humans have the power to heat the planet, then they also have the power to cool it down again. While environmentalists wring their hands about the effects of industrial civilisation, a number of β€œgeo-engineers” are advocating seizing control of the climate, tinkering with Earth’s atmosphere or its surface in an attempt to slow the planet’s heating.

    It sounds like some impossible technocratic fever-dream from the 1950s. But two books argue that it is not”……continued

  10. December 2, 2013 at 9:17 pm

  11. 35 Nena20409
    December 2, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Wow….DR Rachel Maddow is now counting out Bills needed to pass the Lower chamber and Nothing…..soon to become the Least Congress in US history.

    1948 was the Do Nothing Congress….TBGOPers). In 2014, It would be the Year We The People Vote these people out……They are destroying these USA.

  12. 41 Dudette
    December 2, 2013 at 9:23 pm

  13. 48 Dudette
    December 2, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Shame his face is obstructed, but kinda cool that there is an actual photo of him.

  14. 52 Dudette
    December 2, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    • 53 Nena20409
      December 2, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      Farm Bill. Water Bill. Jobs Bill. Comprehensive Immigration Bill. Transportation Bill. Budget. Etc, etc, etc.

  15. 54 Dudette
    December 2, 2013 at 9:26 pm

  16. 55 Dudette
    December 2, 2013 at 9:27 pm


  17. 56 Dudette
    December 2, 2013 at 9:28 pm

  18. December 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Hello to everyone! I had a thought. I wonder if people who were eligible for Medicaid who got sick or the families of people who died in GOP states that refused Medicaid could sue the GOP governors/legislators/state. I wish they could. I’m going to see if I can find out. I’m looking for good news and finding it. Great news about Healthcare.gov. POTUS is getting support for the Iran Agreement, too.

  19. 58 Dudette
    December 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    A furry face-plant! πŸ™‚

  20. 59 Dudette
    December 2, 2013 at 9:30 pm

  21. December 2, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    “MOSCOW β€” In Russian, envy comes in two colors: black and white. The former is mean and resentful: β€œIt should be me, not you.” The latter is aspirational: β€œI want to be you.” β€œBlack envy” affirms a despondent world view; β€œwhite envy” affords a hopeful one.

    For a week and a half, many Russians have had a clear case of white envy watching the protests in neighboring Ukraine. After President Viktor F. Yanukovich backed out of signing a political and trade agreement with the European Union, protests broke out in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities.

    Many competing and contradictory political forces are involved, but the way it looks from Moscow the front line is drawn clearly: Ukraine has to choose between an increasingly reactionary Russia and Western Europe. Russia is using every kind of pressure β€” from threatening economic sanctions to declaring tens of thousands of Ukrainians persona non grata β€” all in order to drag Ukraine back into the Middle Ages with it. Western Europe, which has many demands of its own, promises a future of openness and progress.

    Yanukovich, who has strong ties to the Kremlin, tried to have it both ways for a while, but he made his choice when it very nearly came time to sign the European treaty. Maybe he was afraid of ending up on Russia’s bad side, but maybe he was afraid of having to release his political rival Yulia V. Tymoshenko from jail in compliance with European demands. Whatever the motive, the decision sent Ukrainians into the streets, first by the thousands, then by the tens of thousands and later by the hundreds of thousands.”

    Strongly suggest all of you read the entire article – link in the tweet.

    #FORWARD Together

  22. December 2, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    This Administration is Kicking Ass…can’t wait on the “Slow Coach”

    Twenty years ago, President Clinton signed the Brady Bill into law.

    That law said that if you want to purchase a firearm from a federally licensed dealer in this country, you have to get a background check first. It was a historic piece of legislation — one that’s kept 1.5 million of the wrong people from getting their hands on a firearm in the last 14 years.

    But in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown — a year ago this month — we know we’ve got to keep working to build on that progress.

    And so even after a minority of Senators blocked commonsense legislation to reduce gun violence this spring, we’re pushing forward.

    President Obama laid out 23 executive actions to make sure the Administration took essential and rapid steps to save lives while respecting our Second Amendment rights. And since January, we’ve completed or made significant progress on all of them.

    President Obama is keeping his word to make sure our families and communities are safe. See the progress we’ve made.
    Those 23 executive actions are keeping guns out of dangerous hands. They’re providing support for communities to hire school resource officers. And they’re reducing the stigma around mental illness.

    Now, it’s not enough to take these steps on our own — we still need Congress to pass comprehensive legislation to reduce gun violence. We need expanded background checks, and we need to create serious penalties for gun trafficking. There is no question that these kinds of measures would protect our kids and keep our communities safer.

    No parent should ever face the horror of the scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Or a movie theater in Aurora. Or a temple in Oak Creek. Or the campus at Virginia Tech.

    We’ve seen too much gun violence as a country. And if there’s even one thing we can do to save a life, it is our most sacred duty to try.
    That’s where I stand. And you have my word that the President and I are doing everything we can to make sure no parent loses their child to gun violence.
    Take a look at the progress we’ve made:


    Thank you,

  23. December 2, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Rubber Chicken update: Danny has now removed one of its feet, so that’s that, he is no longer the proud owner of a rubber chicken for fear he’ll choke on a removed part of its anatomy. The relationship lasted 10ish hours, the lengthiest of Danny’s life so far πŸ˜•

  24. 82 desertflower
    December 2, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Decapitated, disemboweled AND ate his foot off to boot! Danny likes (hates??) chickens:) Maybe you should try one of those Kong thingies with the treat inside:) If he rips that apart…you’re in biiiiiiiggggg trouble!!

  25. 84 Nena20409
    December 2, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    NAACP is now going to TARGET the Art Pope businesses in NC.

    That is now being organized to highlight the wrong Influence Art Pope has had in NC with his money since 2010.


  26. December 2, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    A couple of posts that might be of interest to BobFR (of course, anyone else who has an opinion, please jump in!):

    Ukraine President:

    US Print media (tweet from CEO of The Atlantic Council);

    Twitter vs. Terrorists:

    • December 2, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      TY, Arapaho. Many have speculated that Yanukovich might never return. Without doubt, it’s going to be very interesting to watch what happens upon his departure from Kiev (in the next several hours).

      We all know the US media have, once again, be totally deficient in covering an exceptionally important series of events in the Ukraine and are barely catching up.

      Twitter had to make adjustments – in practice!!!! – and it appears they get it. We’ll see for how long.


  27. 92 desertflower
    December 2, 2013 at 9:51 pm


    ” ‘I’ve not seen anything like this before,’ said Norm Ornstein, a congressional scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. ‘It is just such an interesting phenomenon — call it anthropological or sociological or pathological. An obsessive hatred with all things Obamacare that has infected everybody on the Republican side. They can’t say anything positive about any element of a law that is based on their own fundamental ideas. It means that when anybody says something that could in any way be construed as positive regarding Obamacare it becomes fodder for attacks. … Conservatives are eating their own.’

    • 93 99ts
      December 2, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      I wonder if they would have done similar if Clinton has passed health care. That administration folded against the opposition – they had no idea when they started this as to the length and depth of PBO’s resolve to pass health care. It is the loss of face they are protesting – despite every legal/illegal attempt they have not been able to stop the progress.

      Resorting to what was mentioned above in California is the last resort of an old world King about to be beheaded.

  28. December 2, 2013 at 9:58 pm

  29. 96 Dudette
    December 2, 2013 at 10:13 pm

  30. 97 Dudette
    December 2, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Yes, there’s an actual Twitter account devoted to highlighting stuff that looks like it has a face
    I lubs the interwebz! πŸ˜€

  31. December 2, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    H/T to Dudette & Marilyn …

    Yes We Can

  32. 100 Dudette
    December 2, 2013 at 10:23 pm

  33. 101 daisydem
    December 2, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    I am not an inbred.

  34. 104 Dudette
    December 2, 2013 at 10:31 pm

  35. 105 Dudette
    December 2, 2013 at 10:32 pm

  36. December 2, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Ukrainians know how to protest in style.

    Regardless of how you feel about Buzzfeed, you couldn’t go wrong by viewing this article. Buzzfeed’s photos always get to the heart(strings) of the matter. (BobFR posted on earlier thread, but other photos are great too.)

    From yesterday:

    More style (from @JeffersonObama’s twitter timeline):

  37. 114 Dudette
    December 2, 2013 at 10:46 pm

  38. December 2, 2013 at 10:48 pm

  39. 116 amk for obama
    December 2, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    LOL. So true.

  40. 117 amk for obama
    December 2, 2013 at 11:02 pm

  41. December 2, 2013 at 11:02 pm

  42. 120 JER
    December 2, 2013 at 11:05 pm

  43. 122 carolyn
    December 2, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Thinking about the Republican strategy…..they are playing what psychologists say is America’s favorite game: being passive aggressive, yes, the ugly, hard-to-deal-with passive aggressive. Canceling sessions, sitting down, not answering doors, not putting up votes…..this method of attack is hard to parry. Think of the passive aggressive person in your place of work…..they’re everywhere. We deal with them by staying away from them, and often just give in to them to get them out of our way, but they don’t change and letting them get their way doesn’t improve them. This is their method of warfare, and this is what I see the Republicans employing.
    Voting for repeal hasn’t worked, putting forth stupid bills for votes hasn’t worked…..so, they’ll just sit on everything and let things go to pot. A passive aggressive person cannot be shamed into behaving or acting. They love it that they control others by just doing nothing and being mean while doing so.

    • December 2, 2013 at 11:15 pm

      My approach to passive aggressive individuals is persistently to challenge them to action – in full view of as large an audience as possible. That happens to be just what President Obama has been doing since 20 Jan 2009.

      You have to be unrelenting in doing so because the objective is NOT about changing them – it’s about having as many other persons as possible realize exactly what the problem is – people so self-absorbed, so selfish, so avaricious and weak that they’d allow any evil to happen to others to preserve their insulation from reality and responsibility.

      Give them no quarter, no peace, no forgiveness, no escape.

      • 124 carolyn
        December 2, 2013 at 11:31 pm

        You’ve got it nailed, Bob, and yes, the President has been challenging them….eventually they will be pulled into the light and people will actually see what they are doing. Your description of them “self-absorbed, selfish, avaricious and weak” is absolutely right…..and they will NOT take any responsibility….it’s always “YOUR” fault. They are despicable. Eventually they will be called out and shown to be what they are. (ever the optimist)

  44. 125 Dudette
    December 2, 2013 at 11:26 pm

  45. 127 amk for obama
    December 2, 2013 at 11:29 pm

  46. 128 jacquelineoboomer
    December 2, 2013 at 11:47 pm

  47. 130 Dudette
    December 2, 2013 at 11:51 pm

  48. 131 jacquelineoboomer
    December 2, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Am I going to hell if I tell ya this made me fall off my chair, laughin’? #CatholicGuiltLivesForever

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