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President Barack Obama greets members of the U.S. Coast Guard after making a statement at the U.S. Coast Guard Panama City District Office, Panama City, Fla, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama (hand, at right) greets members of the U.S. Coast Guard after making a statement at the U.S. Coast Guard Panama City District Office, Panama City, Fla, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus hold a roundtable discussion with business owners and officials at the United States Coast Guard district office in Panama City, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus hold a roundtable discussion with business owners and officials at the United States Coast Guard district office in Panama City, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010. Photo by Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama has a beer with patrons at the Pump Haus Pub and Grill in Waterloo, Iowa, Aug. 14, 2012. Photo by Pete Souza


102 Responses to “Chat Away”


  1. 10 donna dem 4 obama
    August 14, 2015 at 11:32 am

  2. 11 donna dem 4 obama
    August 14, 2015 at 11:33 am

  3. 15 Dudette
    August 14, 2015 at 11:37 am

  4. 16 donna dem 4 obama
    August 14, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I will NEVER let us on this man!

  5. August 14, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    the President is so very cool!

  6. 31 Nena20409
    August 14, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    TGIF
    Hello TOD ๐Ÿ™‚
    Sunny. Hot. Humid. Blue Sky, though ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Fantastic R&S, NW. Brava!
    I have missed the ceremony in Cuba with the reopening and the Flag raising of US Flag as SoS Kerry leads the Historic Event. Thanks to TOD, I am covered. Unbeatable.
    Congrats to Roberta from MN on her Au โญ win on the R&S post and Congrats to Don on his Au โญ win on this Post.
    The Tweet caught my eye……I โค it ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 35 Nena20409
    August 14, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Worth a Read by Josh Marshall.

    • 36 jackiegrumbacher
      August 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      I don’t always agree with Josh Marshall, Nena, but he’s absolutely right on the mark this time. Schumer surrendered his common sense and integrity on this one so as not to rock the boat with his backers. He needs to pay a stiff price for this act of moral cowardice.

    • August 14, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      “Take all this together and I think it is possible that Schumer believes this to be a free vote for him personally – that he can vote in opposition, either knowing that it will pass (sustain a presidential veto) or at least that he wonโ€™t be blamed for it going down.”

      That’s my take. This is classic Schumer like exhibit b: his Obamacare blatherings. All very convenient after he voted for it. Bet you that doesn’t stop him from showing up early to take credit for a new healthcare facility in his neck of the woods.

      He’s a smoothie I’ll give him that. I wasn’t surprised when Senate Democrats rallied around him a few days ago. Schumer is well connected and knows how to (or so he thinks) cover all the bases.

      • 38 Nena20409
        August 14, 2015 at 12:36 pm

        I get that and to a large extent, I agree with your analysis. The only thing that Sen Schumer is and has forgotten, in the Age/Era of Pres Obama…….many of Us on the left are tired of his political back-stabbing.

        • August 14, 2015 at 12:51 pm

          You’re right about that but I just don’t know how we can get it to cost him. From what I know he’s pretty much entrenched as New York’s Senator. Dems have already signaled (although it’s still early) their not going to abandon him for Minority Leader. How do you reach a guy like this?

          • 40 Nena20409
            August 14, 2015 at 1:14 pm

            Since 58% plus in NT support the #IranDeal…….as the NY press continues to highlight this…..and hopefully, a challenger emerges to go against Schumer…….then a de Blasio grassroots candidate can defeat Schumer no matter the size and pocket of the money backers.

            • August 14, 2015 at 1:32 pm

              I don’t think half of that 58% would be willing to get rid of Schumer on one issue. Granted it’s an important one but my guess is if he’s bringing home the pork which he’s very good at then saying no on the Iran Deal won’t really hurt him. Everybody and their uncle in New York knows Schumer has always been Israel’s and specifically Bibi’s errand boy. That hasn’t stopped them from giving him three terms so so his decision was probably less a surprise to them than it was to the rest of us.

              But he might have to lose to get the message. Sometimes a good scare can do a world of good ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • August 14, 2015 at 12:55 pm

        His vote is to please his backers and his friends. And his senate colleagues are not outraged at all. They themselves often put politics before policy. He’s “one of them”; they have plenty of sympathy for someone who votes with his self-interest in mind.

        Tells you a lot about Washington culture, doesn’t it ?

      • August 14, 2015 at 7:59 pm

        Derbingle2, he is not smooth at all. He thinks his shit doesn’t stink. He is running out of victim cards. I have no more of PBO fucks to give for these coward Dems. They really think after PBO era we will automatically vote for them.
        I am NOT donating a dime to DNC until and unless VP Biden runs.

  8. 45 Nena20409
    August 14, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Another worthy read by Fareed Zakaria

  9. 48 Nena20409
    August 14, 2015 at 12:13 pm

  10. 49 Nena20409
    August 14, 2015 at 12:20 pm

  11. 50 Nena20409
    August 14, 2015 at 12:25 pm

  12. August 14, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    • 52 Roberta in MN
      August 14, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      What a tool. Sen. Amy Klobuchar was there also. No comment from her or did they not ask her to make one. Andrea shows her colors RED. I replied to her post with the same comment.

  13. 53 donna dem 4 obama
    August 14, 2015 at 12:27 pm

  14. 54 Allison
    August 14, 2015 at 12:31 pm

  15. 56 Nena20409
    August 14, 2015 at 12:31 pm

  16. 57 Allison
    August 14, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    • 58 Nena20409
      August 14, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      Though I have not seen all the pictures posted today……however, the pics posted by the News Media seen to have Afro-Cubans wearing the American Flag……..hmm?
      “Thanks Obama” ๐Ÿ˜‰ Or, ‘am I being too selective in my observations?
      Oh what a Day, 8-14-15 is a Glorious Historical Mark. #44 turned 54 y.o. and restored US/Cuba relations after 54 yrs. Happy Belated Birthday, Mr. President!

    • 59 hopefruit2
      August 14, 2015 at 1:40 pm

      No – you’re not being selective. That is a deliberate AND racist effort by the American News Media.

  17. 60 Dudette
    August 14, 2015 at 12:38 pm

  18. 61 JER
    August 14, 2015 at 12:39 pm

  19. 62 57andfemale
    August 14, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Effing liars:

  20. 63 JER
    August 14, 2015 at 12:42 pm


    vineyardgazette.com/

  21. August 14, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Just finished watching the ceremony for the re-opening of our embassy in Cuba and I am so filled with gratitude, pride and amazement. What manner of man is this POTUS Barack Hissein Obama with whom God has so richly blessed the world? So many who were once considered to be enemies, Hanoi, the former USSR, and now Cuba, all the boogeyman men of my growing up years, have been vanquished by principle diplomacy and the understanding that the world is too small, that we are too inter-connected and inter-dependent to continue years of fruitless animosity. Our president is a great statesman and a man for the ages. We are so blessed and my heart is overflowing.
    I am also currently grooving to PBO’s summer playlist. This man is everything!

    • August 14, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      Next to PBO, I love and admire SOS John Kerry. His smarts, strength, integrity, unselfishness and loyalty are unlike anything that I have seen in any cabinet member, senator, or politician on any other level. How can a man in his 70’s (a handsome silver fox with a full head of hair, yum!) with an injury keep this insane pace? He is everywhere helping to make the world safer. “Well done, good and faithful servant.”. I hope that’ve an get home to rest and relaxation with family and friends soon.

      • August 14, 2015 at 1:15 pm

        Having a hard time typing on this IPad. Should be: I hope that he can get home to rest and relaxation with his family and friends.

        Off to continue rocking out to PBO’s very eclectic playlist.

    • August 14, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      Should, of course, be “Hussein.”

  22. 68 Nena20409
    August 14, 2015 at 12:54 pm

  23. 71 57andfemale
    August 14, 2015 at 12:58 pm

  24. 72 Allison
    August 14, 2015 at 1:02 pm

  25. August 14, 2015 at 1:11 pm

  26. 75 Nena20409
    August 14, 2015 at 1:26 pm

  27. 76 JER
    August 14, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    LIVE NOW: Sec. Kerry & Cuban Foreign Minister Rodriguez News Conference – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  28. 77 Nena20409
    August 14, 2015 at 1:29 pm

  29. 78 donna dem 4 obama
    August 14, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    • August 14, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      Senator Schumer puts politics first. Plain and simple. His comment on ObamaCare didn’t take into account AT ALL the fact that the law has saved lives and has helped millions of people. No. Schumer was whining that it made things more difficult POLITICALLY.

      He is rich and navigates in a world of power and money. He is out of touch with the daily lives of ordinary americans. Ohโ€ฆ he will promote good policies and will be on the right side of things many times. But ONLY IF IT IS EASY POLITICALLY.

      Frankly, he’s not the only one. The Clintons come to mind. After their defeat on “Hillarycare” they became much, too much timid and averted to risk.

      • 81 57andfemale
        August 14, 2015 at 3:08 pm

        Statements and positions by him and other Dems are the reason ACA was “difficult” politically! If they had been the wholehearted supporters that PBO had a right to expect, perception would have been very different. And there wouldn’t have been the 2010 and 2014 bloodbaths. So the political calculation was actually dead wrong.

  30. 82 Vicki
    August 14, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Confederate flag comes down in South Carolina.
    American flag goes up in Havana.
    Good trend going on here.

    And for an extra smidgen of interesting goodness, somebody on Laura Rozen’s twitter feed mentioned that repair work was going on in Tehran at what used to be the American Embassy.

    A President announcing his playlist???? What kind of President is this??? Oh, just the coolest handsomest smartest most effective President anyplace and anywhere.

  31. 84 JER
    August 14, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    President Obama is golfing with @NBA champ/MVP Steph Curry: http://capecodtimes.com/article/20150814/NEWS/150819619

  32. 90 GGail
    August 14, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    NW, that first picture is simply awesome.

  33. 91 Allison
    August 14, 2015 at 3:01 pm

  34. 92 Nena20409
    August 14, 2015 at 3:12 pm

  35. August 14, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Congrats on 1st Don ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you NW for continuing to nurture the TOD community with all your goodness and intellect!!!

    Regarding Schumer …

  36. 97 57andfemale
    August 14, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Been coming into work earlier than usual, so I listen to Bill Press in the a.m. Not one of my favorites, but at least a progressive view. The other day he had a reporter on who has been covering the Sanders campaign. She affirmed what I suspected: that bombastic, angry persona? Yeah, that’s him. All the time. She said to be charitable she would call it “grouchy”.

    Gee. How inspiring.

  37. 98 Nena20409
    August 14, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Willard Mitterrand Romney is crying as he watches on the side lines seeing Trump Rise and John Ellis Bush Stormed………Karma is indeed delivering Summer Time Justice ๐Ÿ˜‰

  38. 99 Nena20409
    August 14, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Beyond Insanity.
    Seriously?


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