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@petesouza: POTUS today at Costco in Lanham, Md.

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  1. 1 amk for obama
    January 29, 2014 at 9:21 pm


  2. 6 amk for obama
    January 29, 2014 at 9:21 pm

  3. 7 amk for obama
    January 29, 2014 at 9:22 pm

  4. 8 vcprezofan2
    January 29, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Ever feel like you don’t know what to say?

  5. 13 amk for obama
    January 29, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    No wonder the punk was being the bully. The net is closing in on him.

  6. 15 forus50
    January 29, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    What is wrong with being kind and thoughtful? These people who are so lucky to be given the space to write (lucky because the majority of them are barely average writers) all are so bitter and cynical. Please let her know your thoughts if you find her tweets insulting.

    • 16 99ts
      January 29, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      Poor people aren’t entitled to retirement savings – doncha know – they need to die before retirement via no healthcare and no UI payments.

      • 17 forus50
        January 29, 2014 at 9:34 pm

        oh yeah. “We’ll toss you the scraps from the table, if there’s any left.”

        • 18 99ts
          January 29, 2014 at 10:07 pm

          Just to mention – in my world almost all employees receive – in addition to their salary/wage – 9% of that salary from their employer into retirement savings. The employee can choose the fund manager/s and the type of investment (bank interest, bonds, shares or any combination of investment types). Initial problems with smaller amounts being eaten by fees have been resolved and everyone has access to funds that are interested in the investors’ returns – not the fund managers bonuses.

          It started at 3% – now 9% – going to 12%. Folks can also add their own money to their retirement accounts

    • 21 Lovepolitics2008
      January 29, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      It’s “cool” in DC to be cynical. Ezra and his wife have been contaminated. Oh, … those cocktail parties…

  7. 22 a4alice
    January 29, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    just took some time to go back and read GB’s update. and NCLB. LL if you are around thanks for that eloquent post.

    • 24 jacquelineoboomer
      January 29, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      Good Lord. How horrific.

      • 25 yardarm756
        January 29, 2014 at 10:53 pm

        It will be interesting to see where the investigation goes.

        • 26 jacquelineoboomer
          January 29, 2014 at 11:04 pm

          Yes, it will. This is huge relating first to that sweet baby and the students who beat her and what else has been going on in that school, and then to many other layers of supposed “protection” for students in schools.

          “Letters to the parents” should bring outrage and a demand for answers by every one of them. I have a good-natured 10-y/o granddaughter who was somewhat bullied in school last year (a different school than the one she attends now, but no matter) – do we have to send parents to school each day with their kids?

          • 27 yardarm756
            January 30, 2014 at 12:04 am

            Yes. I’m in favor of getting after the bullies parents too.

            • 28 jacquelineoboomer
              January 30, 2014 at 12:13 am

              Used to threaten jail time for parents if their kids were “just” truant. Now, the parents of the bullies fight back, I guess, and nothing changes.

              Of course, I’m more referring to middle or high school issues of the past, not seven-year-old victims of today. Victims are getting younger and younger. God bless them all.

              • 29 yardarm756
                January 30, 2014 at 12:21 am

                Don’t get me started. I’m all for corporal punishment.

                • 30 jacquelineoboomer
                  January 30, 2014 at 12:34 am

                  Think you’ve mentioned that!

                  • 31 yardarm756
                    January 30, 2014 at 12:39 am

                    It would good yo put it on the parents too. “Time-outs” don’t work either.

                    • 32 jacquelineoboomer
                      January 30, 2014 at 12:53 am

                      People thought our generation was the start of the “permissive” society, but it’s much worse now. At least when we grew up, you didn’t dare get in trouble in school or you’d “get it” a million times worse at home. Plus, you didn’t want to see “that look” in your parents’ eyes. Not that kids didn’t get in trouble, but there was still that deterrent. Now? Not so much. We just have to ask a teacher to know that.

                    • 33 yardarm756
                      January 30, 2014 at 12:55 am

                      For sure!

                    • 34 jacquelineoboomer
                      January 30, 2014 at 12:57 am

                      And now Dudette has posted a song, to take our minds off that for a bit!

    • 35 Lovepolitics2008
      January 29, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      Kids beating another kid. That’s ugly. But something is troubling… 5 teachers, 75 kids. It’s a ratio of one teacher for 15 kids. Pretty reasonable. What happened ?

    • 38 amk for obama
      January 29, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      “I would suggest Alison attack Mitch for wanting to take health coverage away when he is boasting about having gotten health care to one guy,” Yarmuth said. (Alison Lundergan Grimes has been cautious on the ACA, standing up for its expansion of coverage but generally avoiding the topic.)

      Yeah, if alison is still “cautious” on aca, she’ll lose.

  8. 39 dotster3
    January 29, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I just saw the earlier post about the unbelievably horrific news that the W.V. may be forever polluted, unusable forever. Just before that I read that there is now a report that formaldehyde is in their water supply, people would inhale this carcinogen while they showered etc. And I agree this should be front page news everywhere—-an entire state has likely lost their access to a safe water supply——forever.


    • 40 forus50
      January 29, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      I wonder why the EPA and other federal agencies aren’t all over this and including POTUS himself? This is as much a disaster as the drought in California. Plus it now is going into other rivers and streams. It’s really dangerous. This not only needs major attention but money to get it fixed, people need to be fined if not arrested.

      • 41 99ts
        January 29, 2014 at 10:09 pm

        Because those with power in WV do NOT want the people to know what has been done by those wonderful “job creators”.

    • January 29, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Stunningly awful, dotster.

      Thanks for posting the LATimes article, will go read now.

      The red and blue divide between humans and Mother Nature cannot continue. I was a fan of Gov Jerry Brown in the 1970s, when he referred to “spaceship Earth,” meaning finite resources hurtling through space.

  9. 43 forus50
    January 29, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    • 44 jacquelineoboomer
      January 29, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      Love it.

      Magnet on my refrigerator (I’m not really this lazy): “Anything worth doing is worth hiring someone else to do.”

  10. 45 amk for obama
    January 29, 2014 at 9:51 pm

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  12. 47 amk for obama
    January 29, 2014 at 9:56 pm

  13. 48 Nerdy Wonka
    January 29, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    😆 Pete Souza retweeted this.

  14. January 29, 2014 at 10:04 pm


    Each day, the wonder of TOD never fails to impress me. Will forever be grateful to Chips for all she had to do and withstand to nurture the TOD community, including enabling NW, LL, zizii, amk, LP and others to share their passion, brilliance and boundless love of America and our President Obama. But, what impresses me most is that the empathy Chips infused into TOD has been amplified many fold by all those who care so deeply about each member of the TOD community.


  15. 67 Obama Grandmama
    January 29, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    I rewatched the SOTU so have watched it both on C-Span and MSNBC. The camera angles were different in each. After initially watching C-Span and watching it again on the other channel I noticed facial expressions of the people in the audience. When PBO was shaking hands after the speech and having spoke of not signing any further sanctions on Iran I noticed most people were stretching to be able to shake his hand, not Corey Booker. CB just raised his eyebrows and stood there making no attempt to shake hands.

    • 68 forus50
      January 29, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      Something is up with Booker. No reason as a very junior senator he had to be so vocal on a foreign policy issue against his Party leader. AND you can hear crickets chirping he’s so quiet about the Christie allegations. Makes a person wonder…

      • 69 COS
        January 29, 2014 at 11:58 pm

        So far Cory has been a disappointment just like The “dream” guy who use to work for PBO, and now work for cnn. I can’t think of his name right now.

      • 70 jacquelineoboomer
        January 30, 2014 at 12:05 am

        Didn’t Menendez vote the same way on that issue, as the senior senator from NJ? Maybe he “invited” Booker, as the junior senator, to join him, and it was too tantalizing not to follow? That’s the only thing I can think of, without any other facts.

      • 73 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        January 30, 2014 at 1:23 am

        Reason? (1) Cory is out for Cory (2) He is following the dictates of his buyers — $$$$$

        • January 30, 2014 at 6:23 am

          Exactly….Alycee. He is only out for himself and is awfully quiet regarding this Christie stuff (quite ironic for a nauseating, serial media whore). I’m convinced that this is the one time that he doesn’t want folks to look too closely – cause something’s there. They were beyond bi-partisan chummy.

          Also, Obama grandmama I noticed his body language toward the President as well. It annoyed me, particularly bc Imo Booker wants to pass for President Obama the sequel (i.e. tries to swagger jacks his speeches). Ain’t gonna happen. He lacks substance, character, and all things that makes PBO great. Fortunately, most Americans spent time focusing on the real Cory who mattered that evening.

  16. January 29, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    • 76 jacquelineoboomer
      January 29, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      Even I knew that (sorry, but I did). My friend is not a librarian but is a science geek, and she’s on the fainting couch about it. Plus we both really like Neil – he passes on his enthusiasm to young people, which is fabulous!

    • 77 Dudette
      January 30, 2014 at 1:50 am

      [Gasp!] Sacrilege! I’m almost ashamed, man!

  17. January 29, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I like this news.

    Pre-registering for voting is a good idea where parents themselves don’t vote, and allows teachers who provide structure in their classrooms to offer encouragement to teens to be a good citizen.

  18. January 29, 2014 at 10:25 pm

  19. January 29, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Self-indulgently posting this again, because…


    The only GOP congressman to vie for a Senate seat last year who won was Jeff Flake.

    All other GOP reps LOST, most by wide margins.

    So please, MSM/Koch echo-chamber pundits and “reporters” who prattle on about GOP reps becoming Senators this year, please keep this in mind and don’t insult your audience’s intelligence.

    Reminder: MSM/Koch worst nightmare is for both houses of Congress to be in Dem control on Nov 5. #ForewarnedIsForearmed.

  20. 82 amk for obama
    January 29, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Question to gobrooklyn and nclb – Are you covered under #ObamaCare?

    • 83 99ts
      January 29, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      I think gobrooklyn told us some time ago that she qualified for medicaid? (I am still confused as to the health care names in the US) before the ACA started. She did discuss it when she went to Florida – being concerned as to whether she would qualify in that there state.

    • 85 No Child Left Behind
      January 29, 2014 at 11:47 pm


      I’ve coverage through my employers. I would have signed for Obamacare otherwise. My daughter who is turning 26 in June will sign up for Obamacare once she cannot stay under my insurance. My son who began working for the first time this past May is still covered by me. But I encourage everyone I know who needs coverage to sign up.

  21. 88 amk for obama
    January 29, 2014 at 10:46 pm

  22. 90 hopefruit2
    January 29, 2014 at 10:52 pm

  23. 91 jacquelineoboomer
    January 29, 2014 at 11:26 pm

  24. 92 hopefruit2
    January 29, 2014 at 11:30 pm

  25. 93 otter44
    January 29, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Dear GB
    I am sending you healing thoughts and hope for your treatment to be successful. You are larger and more powerful than the cancer you fight.You have many people supporting you allow their strength to lift your spirits. Take care of yourself. Virtual Hugs.

  26. January 29, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Dear GoB,

    I am praying for you, and for your mother. Words are not enough, but know that you have carved a place in my heart. I pray fort our healing, for peace of mind, for comfort.

  27. 95 jacquelineoboomer
    January 29, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    • 96 COS
      January 29, 2014 at 11:55 pm

      Birmingham is the same Jacqueline. They have one major freeway (280). My sister use to live there.

      • 97 jacquelineoboomer
        January 30, 2014 at 12:01 am

        Wow. Last time I drove the interstate through Atlanta – on a fine summer day – was the last time I drove the interstate through Atlanta. I was totally used to driving cross country without fear, but the godawful traffic was the worst I’d seen anywhere, including Philly – which can get pretty intense, since people drive 20 miles above the speed limit in some areas! Can’t believe what it would be like around Atlanta in the last few days, with the snow and ice and road crews unprepared.

        • 98 COS
          January 30, 2014 at 12:08 am

          It is definitely bad, on regular days.

        • 99 majiir
          January 30, 2014 at 3:41 am

          The problem here in GA is that the republicans in the state legislature don’t want to invest in infrastructure improvements, and every time a chance is offered via SPLOST to increase taxes to fund it, it is voted down. IIRC, the last time people in ATL had a chance to vote for a slight tax increase to fix the region’s transportation problems was last year. The GOPTPers went hard against it. They ran ads on TV and in newspapers and flooded the major newspapers with calls to vote against it, and most did. The same thing happened in Macon where I live. We need a new courthouse. It needs to be moved from downtown because parking is a major problem. You can go there to serve jury duty and go back to your car and find a ticket on it, a ticket the city officials will not pay for. The SPLOST was not approved by many because it would mean a tax increase of one penny. The vote split along racial lines, with POC approving the increase, and whites voting against it. It’s a shame that people want something for nothing and then complain that problems aren’t fixed. The same GOPTPers who vote GOPTPer pols into Congress and our state legislature are among the first to make the claim that lawmakers can’t be trusted to use the money for infrastructure improvements. This makes no sense to me. If they feel this way about those whom they voted into office, why do they keep voting for pols them when they don’t trust them? It’s nuts.

  28. 100 jacquelineoboomer
    January 29, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    • 101 COS
      January 30, 2014 at 12:11 am

      It was nice to see the pushback on this from MSNBC. I am also happy that all of the MSNBC punditry are keeping the Christie story alive.

      • 102 jacquelineoboomer
        January 30, 2014 at 12:14 am

        I am, as well. Can’t wait for February – coming up quick – and the deadline for his cronies to respond to the subpoenas!

        • 103 COS
          January 30, 2014 at 12:19 am

          I wish that I could review those documents and find the smoking gun. Reviewing documents use to be part of my job before I retired. It is amazing what can be found in documents when they are produced in bulk. 🙂

  29. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    January 30, 2014 at 12:41 am

  30. January 30, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Evening Friends! What a day! I spent most of the day and this evening bonding with the apple of my eye, my sweet nephew, who hadn’t seen me for what feels like eons. We had a snow-day blast baking cookies, making tacos, playing video games and watching Star Trek episodes! [Squeeee!] That child wore me out! But in the best way possible. I’m almost happy he gets another snow day tomorrow, ‘cuz I think he’s pretty tuckered out too.

    Anyway, I thought I’d pop in for a second to say goodnight and take a quick gander at today’s happenings on the blog. I’m devastated to hear of the health struggles that GoBrooklyn and NCLB are going through. My eyes fell on LL’s moving post from earlier tonight and welled up with tears. I just sat down and had a good cry, nodding my head in total agreement about what a special community this blog is for all of us.

    Thank you for writing that beautiful post LL. Your words laid out just how vital our TOD home is for all of us. [Endless thanks to the nurturing hand our beloved Chips.] The outpouring of love from everyone here has meant so much to me, as I’m sure it does for GoBrooklyn, NCLB and all of our TODers who are in the middle of life struggles.

    GoBrooklyn and NCLB, along with the rest of the TOD family, I’m adding my most fervent prayers for your strength, both physically and spiritually. If I could be with you, I’d envelop you in a big bear hug and curse the damned disease with you, as we scarfed down gallons of black walnut ice cream drenched in chocolate sauce. Since I can’t do that right now, I’m sending you rays of love across the miles and playing some music that hopefully will lift you up if only for moment. Remember that you are loved and that we are here when you need a soft place to land.

    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ GoBrooklyn and NCLB }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

  31. 115 amk for obama
    January 30, 2014 at 1:14 am

  32. 116 jacquelineoboomer
    January 30, 2014 at 1:18 am


  33. 118 jacquelineoboomer
    January 30, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Goodnight, all. Sweet dreams!

  34. 122 amk for obama
    January 30, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Officially known as “intergovernmental affairs,” the operation was a key element of the permanent campaign that allowed Mr. Christie to win twice in a largely Democratic state. It was led by Bill Stepien, his two-time campaign manager and deputy chief of staff, and then by Bridget Anne Kelly, who succeeded him in his role in the governor’s office.

    They were part of what one high-ranking Republican called “the crew” around Mr. Christie: friends who strategized at Mr. Christie’s kitchen table in Mendham and socialized with him in the governor’s box at MetLife Stadium.

    Now this operation is at the heart of the growing scandal over the closing of lanes at the George Washington Bridge in an act of political retribution against the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J.

    Mr. Christie has said that he had not been aware of his office’s involvement in the maneuver, and nothing has directly tied to him to it. But a close look at his operation and how intimately he was involved in it, described in interviews with dozens of people — Republican and Democrat, including current and former Christie administration officials, elected leaders and legislative aides — gives credence to the puzzlement expressed by some Republicans and many Democrats in the state, who question how a detail-obsessed governor could have been unaware of the closings or the effort over months to cover up the political motive.

  35. 124 jacquelineoboomer
    January 30, 2014 at 1:39 am

    ICYMI. And goodnight, again! (This time I mean it!)

  36. 127 Dudette
    January 30, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Love you Family! Good Night Everybody!

  37. 131 susanne
    January 30, 2014 at 3:57 am

    ‘ A film is set to hit theaters featuring the story of Anita Hill, the woman who accused then Supreme Court judge nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.

    Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, the film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to sold out screenings.

    The trailer opens with the question, “Who here knows about Anita Hill?” The woman asking the question to a room full of young black girls is met with blank stares. However, on March 21st when the documentary hits theaters, more people will definitely know Ms. Hill’s story. ‘


    • 132 99ts
      January 30, 2014 at 5:36 am

      Politicians looking after their own – they would attack any woman any place, that she was a black woman no doubt added to their anger – I am so pleased this film has been made. Clarence Thomas is an utter disgrace to the Supreme Court.

  38. 133 amk for obama
    January 30, 2014 at 4:55 am

  39. 134 99ts
    January 30, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Dear Mr. President: Our Baby Is Due in Three Weeks and Our Drinking Water Is Toxic

    They ALL write to the President. Why don’t they write to the governor of WV – why do they think the President can solve every problem in the USA – yet they vote against him – all the time – the GOP will not let him solve any issues. West Virginia’s own senators are slashing funds for regulatory agencies – voting against regular safety checks.

    “Dear Mr President” – and if it is not fixed – let’s blame the President.

    The media should be non-stop all over this – they should be asking every politician in West Virginia what happened, how will it be fixed, who will pay the cost – both politically and financially. If the Feds are needed to assist – the WV Governor, Senators and Reps should be at the White House begging for the help they have tried so hard to keep away from their state.

    • 135 amk for obama
      January 30, 2014 at 6:11 am

      Oddly enough, their senators and govnor are all dems. They only voted against the dem prez ‘cos he is black and vote for their life destroying “industries” perpetually. I really can’t blame their pols for just pandering to their wishes.

      • 136 99ts
        January 30, 2014 at 6:17 am

        I know they are dems – makes no difference – they are the ones that need to fix the problems that years/centuries of neglect have created for their state – they should be screaming at their own politicians – not the President.

        • 137 amk for obama
          January 30, 2014 at 6:20 am

          But it is soooo much easier shouting at the prez. They got what they voted for. Fuck’em.

          • January 30, 2014 at 10:15 am

            they got what they voted for….


            a coworker of mine made comments that that PBO made promises about helping working people but nothing ever happens….i asked him if he knew that Congress legislates not PBO…i asked him if he knew who his Fed Reps were…he said NO…i just shook my head….

            so now he does….

  40. 139 amk for obama
    January 30, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Another american icon, after IBM, now chinese get to own.

    Google announces the surprise sale of its Motorola Mobility unit, which it bought in 2012, to Chinese computer maker Lenovo for $2.91bn. .


  41. 140 amk for obama
    January 30, 2014 at 6:16 am

  42. 141 99ts
    January 30, 2014 at 6:22 am

    So MJ is now thinking Gov Christie knew all about the shutdown – gosh – he will be able to say – I told you so – I didn’t accept his lies – hahahaha – what a fraud.

  43. 142 99ts
    January 30, 2014 at 6:25 am

    I’m having a bad hair day – I got to stop going other places on the intertubes – I get into crazy arguments with RW bigots – just as well I don’t have any guns – I might have shot out the computer screen.

  44. 143 amk for obama
    January 30, 2014 at 6:27 am

  45. 144 amk for obama
    January 30, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Chris Christie’s popularity has been badly dented and Republican preferences for president look like a six-car pileup in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. In the Democratic lane, Hillary Clinton is well-positioned for 2016 – but has seen her own popularity pull back.

    Just 35 percent of Americans see Christie favorably overall, dropping from 52 percent in a Gallup poll in June, while his unfavorable score has doubled to 40 percent. He’s gone from a 32-point net positive rating last summer to a 5-point net negative now – never a comfortable place for a public figure. And he’s notably weak among strong conservatives, a core Republican group.

    There’s room for Christie to rebuild; 25 percent of Americans have yet to form an opinion of him. But nearly half the public, 46 percent, sees the political payback controversy that’s engulfed him as a sign of broader problems with his leadership; 43 percent call it an isolated incident.

  46. 145 amk for obama
    January 30, 2014 at 6:51 am

  47. 146 amk for obama
    January 30, 2014 at 6:58 am

    • 147 99ts
      January 30, 2014 at 7:02 am

      You have all the good news this am amk – giving bt lots of R&S items – that poll on Gov Christie must be why MJ decided he was on the wrong side of history

    • 148 99ts
      January 30, 2014 at 7:03 am

      If you can find it – there is a NYT item on overweight in children leading to adult obesity – MJ mentioned it – but of course forgot that Michelle Obama has been working on this issue for the past 4 years

  48. 149 amk for obama
    January 30, 2014 at 7:21 am

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