A Sunday Stroll

President Obama and daughter Sasha take a walk at Great Falls Park, June 29 2014, in McLean Virginia

116 Responses to “A Sunday Stroll”

  1. 8 hopefruit2
    June 29, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Lovely pic 🙂 Congrats Tnmtngirl on #1

  2. 10 hopefruit2
    June 29, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Something tells me that not-so-little-anymore Sasha will be off to camp soon and PBO is trying to spend as much time as possible before the summer empty nest syndrome kicks in! 🙂 :

  3. 11 hopefruit2
    June 29, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Does anyone know when the US is scheduled to play and who they are playing? Thanks.

    • June 29, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      Tuesday, USA v Belgium, 4:0 EDT 🙂

      • 13 hopefruit2
        June 29, 2014 at 6:11 pm

        THANKS Chips!!!

        And what if they win? Greatest.July.4th.Evah.

        • June 29, 2014 at 6:16 pm

          🙂 If they win, they’d play the winners of Argentina ( 😯 ) and Switzerland next Saturday.

          • 15 hopefruit2
            June 29, 2014 at 6:27 pm


            • June 29, 2014 at 6:37 pm

              Boring soccer/football stuff: Belgium have one of the most gifted teams at the World Cup, to the point where many tipped them as the ‘dark horses’, the outside bet to win the competition. They have a pretty darn dazzling generation of terrific players, but they’re largely inexperienced at World Cup level. They won all three of their group games, without really hitting great form, so it’s impossible to predict what they’ll do next. The USA team is nowhere near as talented individually, and few of the players compete in the world’s top leagues, unlike the Belgians, but collectively they have been excellent, and it’s that team spirit that they need to overcome Belgium. I have absolutely NO clue how this game will go, but Belgium are definitely favorites.

  4. 21 hopefruit2
    June 29, 2014 at 6:12 pm

  5. 22 JER
    June 29, 2014 at 6:16 pm

  6. June 29, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    In his memo to his Republican colleagues, he talks about the (mostly white Republican) crowds that he visits when he travels around America, and says: “Everywhere I go in America outside of Washington DC, I’m asked: when will the House stand up on behalf of the people to stop the encroachment of executive power under President Obama? We elected a president, Americans note; we didn’t elect a monarch or king.”

    He could just as easily have said, “This guy has really gotten way too uppity!”

    This is not the kind of language John Boehner would be using if Barack Obama was white.

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  9. 31 Proud Former White House Intern
    June 29, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Awesome Sunday beautiful photo!

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  12. June 29, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    When I read about these kind of things happening..I never think about my home state…guess I better think again..

  13. June 29, 2014 at 6:46 pm



    will try to check in later, if not then late tomorrow …. take care TOD!

    • 36 carolyn
      June 29, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks Bob. My favorite speech, my favorite location for our President. At this time MSNBC followed him completely and tirelessly. If people had LISTENED to this speech, they would not be surprised by anything he has done or is doing. He has always been open and aboveboard and wise. He really totally rest foreign relations for the entire world in this speech. The MSM and GOP choose not to pay attention and are always surprised and taken aback because they are STUPID!!!

    • 37 Vicki
      June 29, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      So true, Bob.
      Derbingle had it right on an earlier thread—-the suit against PBO is a huge error. If Boehner had waited to do this after the mid-terms, ok, maybe it would pay off for him.
      This way, all I see is our Democratic party rushing to the polls in November. Who knows? Maybe Boehner will be relieved to hand the gavel to Nancy?

    • June 29, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      Agree completely with your comments, Vicki & Carolyn!! Thank you.


      • 39 Vicki
        June 29, 2014 at 8:01 pm

        Bob, if memory is serving me right, PBO was the first or at least, the only recent President to be honored by England in this way. GWB addressing both houses of Parliament? The mind reels.

    • 41 nathkatun7
      June 29, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      Thank you so much Bob for sharing this “masterful speech” by President Obama. The American people have really been cheated by the Media (or what you appropriately call “newstainers,”) who refuse to broadcast President Obama’s important speeches. The reception of the speech by members of the British Parliament, along with the warmth and respect shown the President, was absolutely amazing.

      • June 29, 2014 at 8:08 pm

        “The reception of the speech by members of the British Parliament, along with the warmth and respect shown the President, was absolutely amazing.”

        So true, nath!!!

        I’ve got to pull myself away from TOD and get back to work but wanted to respond to you and our other friends who’ve kindly commented.

        • 43 nathkatun7
          June 29, 2014 at 9:25 pm

          You are a gem for many of us at TOD! Despite your busy schedule you always find time to keep us informed about important world invents and to send out those amazing tweets. I also wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your reports on Ukraine. Any way, Doc, Happy Sunday and good luck on your work.

  14. 44 dotster3
    June 29, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    See Tuesday’s U.S. World Cup viewing party in Chgo will be at Soldier Field, home of the Bears of Chgo Bears football fame. Merchandise and food and your choice of beverages will be available this time, no “early hour” excuse, game at 3:00. Seating capacity is 61,000 but field will also be available for your viewing pleasure. Party time! (but I always think—-wouldn’t real fans want to watch on their teevees at home where they wouldn’t miss any bit of action?) (that’s how I felt anyway back in the olden days when the Bears were winning and playing in the Super Bowl—-1985 I believe it was, I know it was——always turned down viewing party invitations etc. because I couldn’t miss one second with someone rudely talking during the game—–I would have to say “Shhhhhhhhhh!” the whole time and people would think I was unfriendly and unfun and wouldn’t understand)

    • 45 Judith Fardig
      June 29, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      Someone should do a mass voter registration at this and other public World Cup-watching parties Tuesday!

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  16. 47 vcprezofan2
    June 29, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    A nice relaxing picture of two of my favourite people; but I ask you – Would it have taken much for them to have asked me to walk along with them considering how much time I spend sitting and watching them live? Geeesh!

      June 29, 2014 at 7:32 pm


    • 49 hopefruit2
      June 29, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      PBO said that he did send you a txt message but never heard back from you. Perhaps your phone just didn’t pick up his message. Check with your service provider. 🙂 🙂

      • 50 vcprezofan2
        June 29, 2014 at 8:17 pm

        A text! Drat! Then it is totally my fault, Hf. 😦 I’ve been known to not pick up texts until days after they were sent. See, I only turn on my cell when *I* wish to make a call or text; once that interaction is done, I turn it off again till the next time. The very few friends who have my cell number complain from time to time, but my theory is that I refuse to be controlled by my phone. Looks like I may have to revise my thinking on this if PBO is going to be spontaneous.
        BTW, how did he get my number? Hmmmmm.

        • 51 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          June 29, 2014 at 8:43 pm


          • 52 vcprezofan2
            June 29, 2014 at 8:52 pm


            Mine gets used more frequently – maybe once a week. 😉

          • 53 0388jojothecat
            June 29, 2014 at 8:57 pm


  17. June 29, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    I thought this was a country song when I first heard it. But, I loved it.

  18. June 29, 2014 at 7:58 pm


    Was notified via DM that this was going to be underway at 5p PT. Don’t have time to participate but wanted to give all of you a heads up.

  19. 62 Nerdy Wonka
    June 29, 2014 at 8:04 pm



    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!

  20. 63 jacquelineoboomer
    June 29, 2014 at 8:06 pm

  21. 64 Nena20409
    June 29, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Good Evening TOD.

    Congrats to all the GOLD winners starting from this thread and 5/6 back.

    Hated the final score for Mexico and Netherlands. I was pulling for Mexico and the penalty kick at the 91″+ was Not fair.

    I was pulling for CRC. They won, but good gracious…..they deserve to win with ONE man down.

    Loved the #SoSueMe. Brilliantly done.

  22. 65 Nena20409
    June 29, 2014 at 8:15 pm


    A Marine who was declared a deserter nearly 10 years ago after disappearing in Iraq and then returning to the U.S. claiming he had been kidnapped, only to disappear again, is back in U.S. custody, officials said Sunday.

    Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, 34, turned himself in and was being flown Sunday from an undisclosed location in the Middle East to Norfolk, Va. He is to be moved Monday to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, according to a spokesman, Capt. Eric Flanagan.

    Maj. Gen. Raymond Fox, commander of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Lejeune, will determine whether to court martial Hassoun.

    In a written statement from its headquarters at the Pentagon, the Marine Corps said the Naval Criminal Investigative Service “worked with” Hassoun to turn himself in and return to the U.S. to face charges.


    Another thing GW Bush and Crew left for Pres Obama to Clean Up.
    Watch for Fox and their Haters to start demanding how to handle this Cpl.

  23. 67 Nerdy Wonka
    June 29, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Hahahahahahahahaha…….welcome back to hosting, Chris Rock.

  24. 69 Nena20409
    June 29, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    25,980,914 hits

    Shockey Dockey 😉 the Hits Keep Coming……

    By evening 6-30-14……There will be a Celebration for 26M Hits and Counting! ❤ it!

  25. 70 Nena20409
    June 29, 2014 at 8:22 pm
    • 71 anniebella
      June 29, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      Unless I paid no attention before, Congress used to want to get things done. This Boehner Congress only job is to stop Obama. They don’t give a dam who suffer in the mean time.

  26. 72 Nena20409
    June 29, 2014 at 8:23 pm

  27. 74 Linda
    June 29, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Q&A is about the Koch Brothers tonight, all four of them It is on right now

  28. 75 Nena20409
    June 29, 2014 at 8:24 pm
  29. 78 Nena20409
    June 29, 2014 at 8:28 pm
  30. 79 Nena20409
    June 29, 2014 at 8:31 pm
    • 80 anniebella
      June 29, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      Hello Left Out Loud, I said the same thing. If America is tired of the right wing racism, if they are tired of the do nothing Congress, I mean what can the Republicans brag on what they have done for the people of this country? Sure their red neck racists base will love the fact that they have opposed the black President. But once you get pass that, what have they done in governing?

  31. 81 anniebella
    June 29, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    I am glad to see POTUS and Sasha out taking a walk. It’s kind of bad that even things like this have to be done with the press.

    • 82 jacquelineoboomer
      June 29, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      The best part is that the President and his daughter are so “real,” they probably felt they had a serene walk among the flora and fauna, with no one watching.

  32. 83 jacquelineoboomer
    June 29, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I know I’m fooled somewhat by hanging around TOD and like-minded people on Twitter, but, I tell ya, I feel a landslide coming on for Dems, this November! With me?

    • 84 hopefruit2
      June 29, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      I’m with you.

    • 86 0388jojothecat
      June 29, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      It’s too early for me to feel that way but I AM ALL IN FOR PBO THIS NOV. I will be making calls to GOTV.

      • 87 jacquelineoboomer
        June 29, 2014 at 8:55 pm

        THANK YOU for all you do and will do to GOTV!

      • 88 Judith Fardig
        June 29, 2014 at 9:29 pm

        Thank you, jojo. I am even willing to canvass door-to-door for Democrats. Apparently there is a new app for that which makes it very effective to reach who you need to in a very efficient way.

        • 89 0388jojothecat
          June 29, 2014 at 9:39 pm

          That’s what I did in 2008 to get PBO elected the first time. I also did the same thing in for 2010, 2012. Since electing PBO I now see this is what we have to do to keep the good for nothing Rethugs from control of our states and federal government. I will be working to keep good Dems in office or finding new ones.

    • 90 nathkatun7
      June 29, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      I am feeling the same way, JOB! It’s time to prove the beltway pundits wrong.

  33. 92 Nena20409
    June 29, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    • 93 jacquelineoboomer
      June 29, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      While that’s totally true, when Bill makes that kind of a comment it can be used by RWNJs like he’s just covering up for Hillary because of her … impending … decision. He should really be staying out of Dodge, in my opinion, but he’s too narcissistic to do so.

      • 94 vcprezofan2
        June 29, 2014 at 9:30 pm

        Frankly, isn’t he a bit late with this question? [I didn’t follow the link, so maybe it’s just a report of an earlier statement.]

  34. 96 jacquelineoboomer
    June 29, 2014 at 8:40 pm

  35. 97 Bill R.
    June 29, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Chips, perhaps I missed it, but do you have a projection on the likely winner of the World Cup? I was pretty impressed with Colombia yesterday. Do you think they have a shot to go all the way?

    • June 29, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      Bill, advance warning on my tipping ability: I thought Chile would beat Brazil, Uruguay would beat Colombia, Mexico would beat Holland and Greece would beat Costa Rica.

      -> 0 out of 4.


      So, I have bad news for France, Germany, Argentina and Belgium – I’m tipping them to beat, respectively, Nigeria, Algeria, Switzerland and the USA.

      That would leave us with these quarter-finals:

      Brazil v Colombia
      Netherlands v Costa Rica
      Belgium v Argentina
      France v Germany

      I’d go for Brazil, Netherlands, Argentina and Germany for the semi-finals.

      And, gulp, Argentina to win the World Cup.

      So, you can be absolutely certain: they won’t 🙂

      • 99 nathkatun7
        June 29, 2014 at 10:58 pm

        Don’t feel bad. Of the four teams I picked to win this round, only one of them, Brazil, came through. And Brazil’s win was not that impressive. Mexico’s loss was a heart breaker for me. I live 15 minutes from Mexico. So next to the U.S., Mexico is my 2nd home team. As much as I love my dedicated U.S. team, I think they have an uphill battle. Belgium has a very talented team. I will obviously be rooting for the upset. Unlike you, I am not brave enough at this point to pick the world cup winner, but I am really impressed by both Colombia and Belgium. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them is able to defeat the traditional power houses (Brazil, Argentina, Germany, France) and win the world cup.

      • 100 Bill R.
        June 29, 2014 at 11:27 pm

        Thanks for the expert prediction. I’m not especially rooting for anyone, except the US but I fully expect them to be gone after Tues. based on their play to date.

  36. June 29, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    From the @NYTimes article:
    The question is whether Mr. Biden’s once-controversial views will make him a more persuasive messenger this time. “If he says to them, ‘you’re heading toward partition,’ I think they’re going to take him very seriously,” said Kenneth M. Pollack, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

  37. June 29, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Hiya everyone, just to let you know, Carol Mae is fine, had a few ups and downs health wise lately, but she’s battling on. Wonderful to hear!

  38. 116 vcprezofan2
    June 29, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Recently a couple of you asked how CarolMae was doing. Here is a part of her response…

    “My eye healed great with full vision. I will see the surgeon one last time for the right eye surgery on 7/11. My problem now might be Vertigo from laying in bed so much while my eye was healing. My head is swirling and I’m dizzy even laying down. .. The dizziness is keeping me off the iPad and computers ….

    My goal is to be back in full swing by August 1. Please tell TOD folks ‘Hi’ from me. How is DannyStix?”

    [I did tell her that Danny was disrespectful to me today, but forgot to tell her I’ll be keeping a side eye on him going forward. 😉 ]

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