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President Barack Obama holds Chaplain (Captain) Emil Kapaun’s Easter stole in the Oval Office during a greet with Kapaun’s family in the Oval Office, April 11, 2013. The President and First Lady Michelle Obama met with members of Chaplain Kapaun’s family before awarding him the Medal of Honor posthumously during a ceremony in the East Room. Photo by Pete Souza

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Sherman and Tammie Gillums look at their pictures with First Lady Michelle Obama as Mrs. Obama continues to greets guests at the Joining Forces Community Challenge event on the South Lawn of the White House, April 11, 2012. Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

President Barack Obama listens during a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel at Blair House in Washington, D.C., before a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India, April, 11, 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 listens during a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel at Blair House in Washington, D.C., before a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India, April, 11, 2010. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama meets with Director of Speechwriting Jon Favreau on the Colonnade outside the Oval Office, April 11, 2011. (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 meets with Director of Speechwriting Jon Favreau on the Colonnade outside the Oval Office, April 11, 2011. Photo by Pete Souza)


120 Responses to “Chat Away”


  1. 7 desertflower
    April 11, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Thanks a bunch, Nerdy!

  2. 8 amk for obama
    April 11, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Hi. Bye.

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  3. 14 desertflower
    April 11, 2016 at 11:56 am

    This was NOT a mistake…this was by design. WTF does that guy have a job? He is the very same nativist bigot behind SB1070…

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/kansas-spanish-voter-guides-errors

  4. 23 Nena20409
    April 11, 2016 at 12:18 pm

  5. 25 jacquelineoboomer
    April 11, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Only 19 years after women got the vote (not to mention 1939 was the year my own mother graduated from high school – just thought I’d kick that in!):

  6. 26 jacquelineoboomer
    April 11, 2016 at 12:27 pm

  7. 28 desertflower
    April 11, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Nap time…bbl

  8. 34 Nena20409
    April 11, 2016 at 12:44 pm


    4-11-16
    WH Presser to Start LIVE, shortly by Josh “The Voice” Earnest.

    • 35 Roberta in MN
      April 11, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      Excellent Presser today. Love us some “The Voice” I wonder what he is going to do after the WH gig is done? Any rumors?

  9. 36 Nena20409
    April 11, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    • 37 Don
      April 11, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Trump is like a boss that comes to work with his child’s candy that he has to sell for a school fundraiser. Since he’s the boss you feel obligated to buy the candy. I bet everyone in Trump’s world follows him on twitter, even if they don’t want to.

  10. 39 JER
    April 11, 2016 at 1:01 pm

  11. April 11, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Joe doesn’t play!

  12. 43 Nena20409
    April 11, 2016 at 1:20 pm

  13. April 11, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Don’t look now, but over the last six months the narrative in the jobs market has changed for the better — for Obama and for ordinary Americans. Encouraged by improving employment prospects, more than two million people have flooded into the work force since September, the biggest six-month gain in records going back to 1990, using data adjusted for changes in population estimates.

    “As the economy continues to grow and good jobs growth continues, you’ll see workers being drawn back in” to the labor force, [Mary] Daly [a senior vice president and job-market expert at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco] said. “That could persist all the way through the end of this year and into early next year.”

  14. April 11, 2016 at 1:25 pm

  15. 57 Nena20409
    April 11, 2016 at 1:27 pm

  16. April 11, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    • 59 MightyPamela
      April 11, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Essential Oils that Repel Bugs

      The following essential oils are great for repelling bugs. Some smell better than others, as any of you who used a Citronella product are probably aware. I find citronella most unpleasant, but there are other oils that can be combined with it to make it more tolerable. Below are a list of oils you can combine in different ways to create your ideal natural insect repellant.

      Lemongrass – This oil has a lovely, citrus scent and repels fleas, ticks, and lice. It is often used in soaps and perfumes for its appealing fragrance.
      Orange Oil – This oil is a natural deterrent to fleas and ticks. It has a wonderful, but not very strong or long-lasting scent. It is a nice compliment however to many of the other oils listed and can be used in many other household products and natural cleaners as well.
      Eucalyptus – This is strong smelling oil that you may be familiar with if you’ve ever sucked on a menthol cough drop or rubbed a product like “Vick’s” on your chest. Eucalyptus is not only an effective insect repellant, it actually can be used to treat minor skin irritations like bug bites when mixed with a proper carrier oil. (Never apply any essential oil directly to the skin)
      Lavender – This pleasant smelling essential oil is used in many products because it induces relaxation and is calming to mind and body alike. It is also a natural insect repellant and good for the treatment of a variety of skin conditions, from mild irritation due to bug bites, to severe skin conditions like eczema and even sunburn.
      Clove – Clove is more known for its culinary uses; however it makes a good natural mosquito repellant and has a strong, spicy scent that many find appealing. It can be mixed with citronella and will tend to overpower it (thankfully 😉 ) Clove oil can be irritating and should never be taken internally as it can cause stomach upset. Only use clove on the skin if you know your pet – or child for that matter – won’t get it in their mouths. Clove should be used very sparingly on the skin as it is a known irritant for those with allergies and sensitivities.
      Cinnamon – Cinnamon is a natural repellent and is especially useful against ants and mosquitoes. Many people love the smell of cinnamon in the kitchen. Cinnamon oil can be irritating to the skin in large amounts so, like cloves, be sure that you use it sparingly if you have sensitive skin or use it in a spray that you plan to use around your picnic area and not directly on your body.
      Citronella – Many are already aware of the benefits of citronella candles and products for keeping pests at bay. Citronella is very effective, but its smell is quite distinct and many people find it to be unpleasant. Blending Citronella with other oils can help mask the pungent aroma of citronella alone.
      Tea Tree Oil – This is a very handy oil to have around in general for its wide range of uses and it makes a wonderful natural antiseptic. Tea Tree oil naturally repels a wide variety of insects from mosquitoes to chiggers, mites, fleas, and spiders. Tea tree oil is a great disinfectant and a great addition to a first aid kit as well. It is excellent (diluted) for disinfecting minor cuts, scrapes, stings, and bites.

  17. 63 Nena20409
    April 11, 2016 at 1:51 pm

  18. April 11, 2016 at 1:57 pm

  19. April 11, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    GA, TOD!

  20. April 11, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    LOVE Dr. Moniz!

  21. April 11, 2016 at 2:05 pm

  22. 70 Nena20409
    April 11, 2016 at 2:07 pm

  23. 71 Nena20409
    April 11, 2016 at 2:09 pm

  24. 72 Nena20409
    April 11, 2016 at 2:11 pm

  25. 73 Nena20409
    April 11, 2016 at 2:13 pm

  26. 75 donna dem 4 obama
    April 11, 2016 at 2:20 pm

  27. 76 donna dem 4 obama
    April 11, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    • 77 Don
      April 11, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      This fucking guy is insane, this motherfucker is going to make people vote for him or else he’s going to punch them in the mouth.

    • April 11, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      Isn’t the threshold based on pledged and super delegates? If just based on pledged delegates, threshold would be lower; correct?

    • April 11, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      Sanders….throwing a tantrum….threatening us with.school yard bullying tactics

    • 80 jackiegrumbacher
      April 11, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      Donna, where Sanders thinks he gets the authority to dictate the terms of the nomination is beyond me. He’s not a Democrat and has no control over the nomination process, nor the convention itself for that matter. He can stamp his feet, turn red and contest all he likes, but he won’t have enough delegates for anyone to pay attention to him.

      • 81 No Child Left Behind
        April 11, 2016 at 4:07 pm

        I can’t wait for a win in both NY and PA to send this senile man where he belongs, in his home in Vermont.

    • April 11, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      So the Sanders campaign is arrogant enough to insist on re-writing the rules of the Democratic Party just because Sanders may not be the nominee? WTF do they think they are? I think it’s time for the real Democrats to stand up to these bullies and say NO to their BS! When the non-Democrat Sanders decided to run as a Democrat he should have known that he is obligated to abide by the rules of the Democratic Party in choosing their Presidential nominee! I blame the DNC for not insisting that non-Democrats Sanders pledge to abide by the rules of the Democratic Party before he was allowed/accepted to run as a Democrat.

  28. 84 JER
    April 11, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    LIVE NOW: Hillary Clinton Takes Part in Conversation on Gun Violence in Port Washington, NY – http://abcnews.go.com/Live?stream=2

  29. April 11, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    • 86 jackiegrumbacher
      April 11, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      SW, HRC has such an impressive, indepth understanding of issues, it is just astonishing. Nobody will be as ready on day one as she is.

      • April 11, 2016 at 4:32 pm

        Yes she does, JackieG. Just wish others would look past their biases and emotions to see that she is the one who is ready for the job.

      • April 11, 2016 at 7:58 pm

        I confess I was not very supportive of HRC because I thought she was trying to run against, or distance herself from, President Obama. So far, she has been running a positive campaign. She has also impressed me with her breadth and command of policy issues, both foreign and domestic.

  30. 89 No Child Left Behind
    April 11, 2016 at 2:50 pm

  31. 90 JER
    April 11, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    LIVE NOW: Bernie Sanders Holds Campaign Rally in Albany, NY – http://abcnews.go.com/Live?stream=4

  32. April 11, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    ?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

  33. 92 Dudette
    April 11, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    I ❤️ My President!

  34. April 11, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Wonder if Malia will be there?!

  35. April 11, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Hope you are all having a fine Monday!

    back to work ………

    • April 11, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      Bob, I hope you had a good day at work. Ezra Klein is clueless if he doesn’t get the irony of the so called Democrats who are supporting Sanders because they “think Obama is too liberal.” There is nothing interesting about the idiocy of Sanders supporters “who think Obama is too liberal.”

  36. April 11, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Reminder: Tonight is the premiere

  37. 98 desertflower
    April 11, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Human Rights.

  38. 100 desertflower
    April 11, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    American people need to know who these lawmakers are…National parks are for EVERYONE!!

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/04/11/3768146/anti-parks-caucus/

    The CAP analysis indicates that the far right flank of the Republican party has been a driving force behind the emergence of the caucus. While Tea Party affiliation only comprises 12 percent of Congress as a whole, it makes up 45 percent of the anti-parks caucus. Furthermore, every member of the anti-parks caucus can be described in at least one of the following ways: is member of the Tea Party; was challenged by a Tea Party candidate in a recent primary; or represents a district that is less competitive than average.
    Members of the caucus have made statements supporting the underlying values fueling extremist attacks on public lands. In 2014, for instance, Sen. Cruz said, “We should be reducing the amount of federal land that the BLM controls and the amount of land that the federal government owns.” Nine of the 20 anti-parks caucus members have introduced legislation to undermine the Antiquities Act of 1906, a law eight Republican presidents and eight Democratic presidents have used to designate national monuments. Other attempts to roll back protections on lands set aside for all to enjoy flies in the face of traditionally bipartisan conservation efforts dating back to 1872 when Congress created Yellowstone National Park.
    Meanwhile, the National Park Service is poised to kick off National Park Week (April 16 to 24) as part of this year’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the agency’s creation. Three out every four registered voters believe that the United States benefits from the National Park system a “fair amount” or a “great deal,” according to polling conducted by Hart Research Associates in January 2016. Furthermore, 83 percent of Americans say they would have a “favorable” reaction to their representative in Congress taking “a strong stand in support of policies to protect and strengthen national parks.”

    Such partisan politics ring true with the 20-member anti-parks caucus which includes Reps. Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), and Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ted Cruz (R-TX).

    Ted Cruz,Ted Cruz…where have I seen that name before????

      • 102 desertflower
        April 11, 2016 at 3:51 pm

        Congressional supporting cast
        While these 20 members of the anti-parks caucus are the clear leaders of the anti-parks movement, there are several other federal lawmakers who have played supporting roles in the deterioration of the bipartisan history of public lands legislation. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI), Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), and Rep. Mike Enzi (R-WY), among others, have acted as supporting cast to the congressional anti-parks caucus.

        Can someone please make a Tweet for that American Progress link? 83% of Americans would be mad at their reps if they knew that they were trying to snatch public lands from the people and privatize them….all of this bs goes under the radar….

  39. April 11, 2016 at 4:09 pm

  40. 106 No Child Left Behind
    April 11, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Good grief! Where were these people before??? They must Berniebros.

    • 107 57andfemale
      April 11, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Oh, this is what Thom Hart\mann was waxing poetic over today. Too bad they won’t protest to get the SCOTUS nominee a hearing and a vote.

      Only Bernie gets to change rules when they don’t suit him. But his ads in IL were all about making banks “play by the rules”.

      I’m starting to loathe him.

  41. 110 vcprezofan2
    April 11, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Not too long ago someone shared a video of this judge speaking passionately to the young people in her court. Here she is being surprised that the vid went viral.

    http://www.usatoday.com/media/cinematic/video/82868148/

  42. 111 No Child Left Behind
    April 11, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Yeap. Lying Ryan preparing to be the anointed GOP nominee.

    • 112 Dudette
      April 11, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      But he DOES NOT want to be the Republican nominee for President. Just so we’re clear.

    • April 11, 2016 at 6:14 pm

      Ryan keeps publicly saying he’s not interested in running for POTUS. I remember he said he wasn’t interested in being Speaker of the House, but we see how much he meant that. What about all the family time he demanded before he agreed to be Speaker? How much does he think he would have if he were 1) nominated and 2) (God forbid) elected POTUS?

    • 114 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      April 11, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!

    • 115 99ts
      April 11, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      Ryan seems to spend his life at “secret meetings”. Maybe he should concentrate on doing some work IN congress rather than outside. Seems he is another person who wants to “change the rules”. THe guy has hopes waaaay beyond reality.

  43. 116 No Child Left Behind
    April 11, 2016 at 4:50 pm

  44. 117 No Child Left Behind
    April 11, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Another obnoxious leftist… of the type that dreams of revolutions!

    • April 11, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      Cent Uygur, now a “holier than thou purity progressive,” was a staunch supporter of Ronald Reagan. He has never explained how he transitioned from being a right winger to being a “holier than thou purity progressive.”

  45. 120 No Child Left Behind
    April 11, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Oh, oh! I don’t care what the little bird is singing, but no one will find me near any station where no-aspiring-FLOTUS will be. Same goes for her husband.


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