82 Responses to “West Wing Week”


  1. 1 MightyPamela
    April 23, 2016 at 12:39 pm

  2. April 23, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    3rd! We are the champions!

  3. April 23, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    • April 23, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      I don’t know how many times I’ve watched that Hall of Fame performance. His talent just fascinates me.

      If anyone still wants to watch other Prince performances, I found a site that has full concerts posted…

      http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/CgGkq4LPfFI/

      This link is “Prince – Live In Japan 1990, Tokyo Dome “.

      But there are others including, “Prince-Live@Staples Center LA Musicology Tour”, “Prince – Live at the Aladdin Las Vegas 2003”, “Prince Full Performance Le Live du Grand Journal”, Prince – 1985 – and the Revolution Live Syracuse NY

  4. 14 JER
    April 23, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    • 15 Don
      April 23, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      As if President Obama wants to spend a leisurely afternoon playing golf and looking at your puss for eighteen holes.

    • 16 CEB
      April 23, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Here is the reason for all of the animosity that the WHPC has toward PBO: they all want to be part of the cool kid’s group, but because he has no use for them outside of the job (and really, why should he?) they do everything they can to bring him down. They are achingly jealous (they are still put out that none of them were invited to Michelle’s 50th birthday dance party and to the private Prince concert) and they really want to be an insider; one who PBO trusts and goes to for council; the one he taps for exclusives. Well, they can drown in their disappointment he and Michelle know them for the vipers they are and treat them accordingly. They know that Bo and MO are the real deal, but they blew any chance of getting close to them with the way that they have treated them and their administration. These so-called reporters know that they are on the wrong side of history and that they have blown their chance to be a real meaningful part of this transformative presidency. They are all cowards who did their masters’ bidding and they are left defeated and marginalized.

  5. April 23, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Good Afternoon, Nerdy…TOD Family!

  6. April 23, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    This fella nails it!

    1) BACK OF THE QUEUE, BACK OF THE NET

    The second he said it, you could feel the air in the room change. Barack Obama’s warning that Brexit would mean “the UK is going to be in the back of the queue” of America’s trade priorities was as brutal as it was effective. And the sharp intake of breath from the gathered press pack, greeted by the knowingly satisfied smiles of Downing Street aides, was proof that the President had delivered and delivered in spades. Of course, we had all expected yet another chapter in the Obameron bromance. But with the stakes so high for the Prime Minister – he furrowed his brow, he swallowed hard, as he hung on every word of the President’s answers – Obama clearly felt he had to flash some steel as well as his 100-watt smile. It felt like a targeted drone strike on the Brexiteers’ weakest argument: that somehow Britain can quit a huge trading bloc and expect to have the same clout when it comes to buying and selling stuff to other countries…..

    2) BOJO, YOU’RE BUSTED

    …But in fact Bojo boobed big time with his Sun column today. His piece was meant to be a doughty riposte to Obama’s paean to the EU. But what caught the ear of many was a loud dog whistle about the President being “part Kenyan’”and his “ancestral dislike of the British empire”. Boris even suggested this lay behind the removal of a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office when Obama took office in 2009.
    Now, there’s long been confusion about the on-loan Churchill bust. Yes it was taken out and returned to the British embassy, but Obama already had another one outside his private office. When asked about the Boris attack, the President smiled a big smile before baring his teeth. “I love the guy [Churchill, of course, not Boris Johnson]….There are only so many tables where you can put busts otherwise it starts to looks a little cluttered.” And then came the kicker, where he really managed to make Boris look very small indeed. As the first African American president, he’d decided that a bust of Martin Luther King would be more “appropriate”, to remind him “of all the hard work of a lot of people who somehow allow me to have the privilege of holding this office”.

    3) VELVET GLOVE LOVE

    …The delivery was all Obama’s, that uniquely laid back style of his, sounding for all the world like a university lecturer shooting the breeze. But he’s a uni lecturer who drives around in an armour-plated limo called The Beast. His language was all the more menacing because it was so polite, not least as he had to pretend that he was not trying to skew our referendum. “I’m not coming here to fix any votes…I’m offering my opinions…. In democracies everyone should want more information not less…That’s not a threat…that should enhance the debate.” The fine line between interfering and influencing was never finer. Even his ‘back of the queue’ line came prefaced with rope-a-dope soothing lines. “Maybe some point down the line” we will get a US-UK trade deal, but “that’s not going to happen sometime soon”. He wasn’t technically threatening anybody. But neither was the Godfather threatening anybody when he made them ‘an offer you can’t refuse’. And the low-key undertone was particularly notable as he closed his Boris/Churchill remarks “That’s just on Winston Churchill. I think people should know that, know my thinking there.”

    4) LOVE, ACTUALLY, REALLY

    ….Their scripted speeches went beyond the usual diplomatic bromides that are always rolled out when leaders visit each other. Cameron talked about ‘Barack and me’, and “my friend Barack” for good measure, stressing “he’s a man with a very good heart”. Obama, slightly taller, was always the more senior of the two. Just as he often pats the PM on the back, he gallantly even corrected Cameron’s account of their previous table tennis match, saying they were on the same side when beaten by some school pupils. “I can’t remember whether they were eight or 10, but they were decidedly shorter than we were, and they whooped us.” The President also laid on the charm, not just to ‘David’ but to the Queen and Great Britain itself. His line that The Queen was “a real jewel to the world and not just to the United Kingdom” sounded impromptu, but it worked. It also takes a special light touch to move effortlessly from praising the Enigma codebreaking machine on display in the Foreign Office to citing John Donne’s ‘no man is an island’ poem. Obama didn’t make just a meal of it, he made a SuperSize Meal of it…..At one point I showed a senior No10 aide a tweet which read “This is the best day of Cameron’s life so far. Sorry Sam, but you can see it in his face.” The aide couldn’t help but laugh.

    5) NOT TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL

    From the moment Obama arrived at the press conference in the Foreign Office’s grand Locarno Room, he looked the cooler of the pair, one hand in his pocket and the other one flicking a fictional cigarette at Brexiteers (both Cameron and the President are reformed smokers). It’s that cool that is part of Obama’s appeal to the ordinary floating voter who were being targeted by No.10 today in the referendum. Near the end of the press conference, the President even had a question about the death of Prince. He revealed that he and the US Ambassador (who loves his music and has a turntable and lots of vinyl) played “Purple Rain” and “Delirious” “just to get warmed up before we left the house for important bilateral meetings like this”…continued”

    • 21 COS
      April 23, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Really enjoyed reading this!!

      • April 23, 2016 at 1:51 pm

        Me too, COS! Was scrounging through all the British publications/broadcasts last night to see what kind of coverage Day 1 was getting and ran across this gem. I couldn’t ever imagine something like this being published/reported here in the States….

    • 23 CEB
      April 23, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      This reporter sees and beautifully explains what we all know: PBO is cool-hand Luke, Michael Corleone, and Shaft. He walks and talks softly and carries a big stick that he wields with skill and precision. He is the professor, but he is also the trash talking, in the pit, mixed-martial arts fighter, who “flashes steel” with remarks that are as “targeted as a drone attack.” PBO is straight-up gangsta’ when he is in protect and defend mode. Really, it is so funny that a kind, empathetic, logical man who is also a skilled “baby whisperer” can kick serious ass. He is a “gladiator in a suit.”

    • April 23, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you so much LP for sharing this article! The world, not just us Obamabots, is going to miss our “Cool” and very smart President!

  7. 25 Nerdy Wonka
    April 23, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    WHOA! People looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove the Obamas.

    • April 23, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      They love you too, NW 🙂 Way to hold the fort down….the desi BTs have been trying to give you mini-breaks, but your coverage has been Top Notch 😎

  8. April 23, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    PBO at the Globe Theatre on 400th anniversary of Shakespear’s death

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    • 30 CEB
      April 23, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      It was an American actor (Sam Wannamaker) who spearheaded the rebuild of the Globe Theatre. Visiting and watching a performance there is on my bucket list.

      • 31 carolyn
        April 23, 2016 at 2:46 pm

        I hope you make it. I took a group of college students to England in 2005, and we attended The Globe on a cold, rainy, May night. It was a great experience. We sat outside, with a wooden awning type cover over us, and felt like we were back in the 1600s.

        I’m thrilled that our President appreciates Shakespeare, and understands what he is to the English language! He always makes us proud, wherever he is!

    • 32 Roberta in MN
      April 23, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      Looks like his 2 amigos are with him. Ernest and Rhodes. LOL

  9. 33 GGail
    April 23, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!!!! Manchester United 2, Everton 1
    YAY!!!!!!!!
    I sure hope Chipsticks was able to catch the match. Her latest love, Martial scored the tie breaker ❤

  10. April 23, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I am so looking forward to FLOTUS speech today at Jackson St. University.

  11. April 23, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    • 36 jacquelineoboomer
      April 23, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      Fabulous tweets! Especially love the first image – our first President posed above our current and 44th President!

  12. 37 jacquelineoboomer
    April 23, 2016 at 3:23 pm

  13. 38 JER
    April 23, 2016 at 3:36 pm

  14. April 23, 2016 at 3:38 pm

  15. 41 JER
    April 23, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    LIVE NOW: Awaiting the arrival of FLOTUS at Jackson State University.
    http://livestream.com/jacksonstateu/events/5198274

  16. 42 JER
    April 23, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    • April 23, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      FLOTUS just walk out to a wonderful welcome. They love the First Lady. Me too.

    • 44 GGail
      April 23, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      JER, thank you so much for providing this video of JSU graduation! FLOTUS knocked it out of the stadium – wooooweeeee!
      And her Secret Service Agent is a JSU alumn – how awesome is that 🙂

  17. 45 hopefruit2
    April 23, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    The only reason we bragged about PBO’s rally sizes was because he had that ability to transform those rally attendees to actual votes when it mattered. Bernie Sanders has not shown that ability – we just saw what happened in NY, when his campaign bragged about his crowd sizes in the very areas that HRC trounced him by double digits….

  18. April 23, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Laaaaaaawd, queue the yt tears! This graduation speech is brought to you by First Lady Michelle “NF2G” Obama!

  19. April 23, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Excellence is the most powerful answer you can give to the doubters and the haters –

    FLOTUS today at JSU.

  20. April 23, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Ladies and Gentlemen, our First Lady speech was FANTASTIC. She did not let us down. All I can say is Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. April 23, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Like that Prince used his clout to help others!

    “…I got drafted into the big leagues under the Prince Rodger Nelson affirmative action plan!”

    • 57 MadameSoph
      April 23, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      What a complex person he was. He did so much good and was a bad-ass in so many ways on behalf of others. At the same time, he held some views that were intolerant and sometimes downright crazy. He reminds me in many ways of Howard Hughes. Brilliant, demanding (often unreasonably so), compassionate, generous (often anonymously), super-smart, at times out of touch with reality, an incredibly prolific creator and talented in multiple ways.

      I expect there will be an epic biographic film one day of his life, showing both his brilliance and his madness, similar to Scorsese’s The Aviator.

  22. 58 JER
    April 23, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    President Obama waits backstage before his town hall at Lindley Hall today. (Tea in hand.)

    A post shared by Pete Souza (archived) (@petesouza44) on

  23. April 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    I have got to hear FLOTUS speech again.

  24. April 23, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    How a Local Radio Station Became the World’s Prince Memorial

    The late music legend loved Minny radio’s ‘The Current,’ tweeting along to their Prince blocks and donating. Station head Jim McGuinn remembers Minneapolis’s favorite son.

    “If this is true, what are we gonna do?”

    That was Jim McGuinn, the programming director at Minneapolis’ The Current, speaking to his staff, rifling through internet rumors Prince had died shortly before noon on Thursday. He and some coworkers had already started feeding information to the on-air DJ, Jade, as the reports started trickling in.

    If the rumors were true, they’d have to have a plan. Prince was, after all, Minnesota’s prodigal son and a good friend of the radio station. He used to sign off on Prince-themed programming blocks and send ideas and albums he liked to its brass.

    Everyone would turn to them.

    …………………….

    At 12:09 p.m., The Current played Prince’s “The Beautiful Ones,” and haven’t played a song by anybody else since.

    And everyone did turn to them. It wasn’t just Minneapolis, either: it was anybody on the internet who wanted to listen to Prince right away.

    Since Prince was notoriously protective of his music rights on the internet, if people wanted to memorialize Prince by playing “Purple Rain,” like old times, they had to turn on the radio.

    He’s not on YouTube. He’s not on Spotify. The Current’s website became a de facto vigil for Prince fans anywhere on the web.

    “It was so hard on one hand because we’re all fans, and almost everybody on our staff at some point had some amazing experience going to a show at Paisley Park,” said McGuinn. “But it’s our job to be there for our audience.”

  25. 64 Roberta in MN
    April 23, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    FLOTUS was awesome, just finished watching it. This has been a full weekend. POTUS town Hall was out of this world and his Press Briefing with the numbskulls was just fantastic. Thanks Nerdy, Jer, AMK for the updates.

  26. April 23, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Friendly reminder (we all know NW is going to go bananas)

    OK, enjoy your evening folks…..going out to eat & then the club

  27. 66 JER
    April 23, 2016 at 7:44 pm


    President Barack Obama (L) walks with British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) off the 3rd green at The Grove Golf Course in Hertfordshire, April 23, 2016.

  28. April 23, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    ….bye

    • 70 MadameSoph
      April 23, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      LP, left you a comment on the previous thread re that Kevin Smith YouTube you posted. That was fascinating.

      I think more and more stories will be shared and probably all that music and those videos in the “vault” will be released one day.

      Prince will continue to entertain and surprise the world long after his death.

    • 71 hopefruit2
      April 23, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      That’s interesting. I saw a tweet that they (Maria) retweeted on their TL saying that they were not happy with PBO’s answers on the issue. I mean, what exactly did they expect him to say…the townhall was not specifically geared to issues related to non-binary identification, plus they’re neither a US citizen nor a current resident. So he had to keep his answers broad, yet supportive, without getting in too deeply in any policy specifics.

      • April 23, 2016 at 9:09 pm

        I completely agree with you, HF. I think Maria is overwhelmed. Seems like she went from unsatisfied (that video was directly leaving the town hall) to now being appreciative to the worldwide audience she has garnered for her cause….all because President Obama called on her to ask a question (I don’t know if you saw the town hall, but she was yelling a question out of turn and President Obama was kind enough to go back to her, let her address her question/concerns with a microphone, and thoughtfully answer her) ….this on top of the fact that she hadn’t even told her parents yet. That is a whole lot to take in and process.

        OK, I’m so late…..time to go get my drink on!!!!

      • 74 Don
        April 23, 2016 at 9:15 pm

        I saw the Town hall and I’ve never heard the term “non-binary identification” before.

      • 75 MadameSoph
        April 23, 2016 at 9:21 pm

        Just went over to her TL and listened to her criticism of PBO (apologies if I’m not using this person’s preferred pronoun). That pissed me off. Maria sounded like so many US “disappointeds” who expect PBO to wave a magic wand over there issue specifically and be their “protestor in chief”. I wish this person luck and hope they get support from F&F and are able to be a positive advocate for others, but as to her criticism of PBO, I’m so done with this sh*t.

        • 76 MadameSoph
          April 23, 2016 at 9:30 pm

          Just read LP’s response to HF. That makes sense. Perhaps they were speaking defensively because they were feeling defensive after coming out in front of the world. That must be unimaginably nerve wracking and scary. I’ll give them a pass for now 🙂

  29. 77 hopefruit2
    April 23, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Just an FYI – The one time I will watch SNL…

    • 78 MadameSoph
      April 23, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      I’ll make sure to DVR. Thanks Hopefruit!

      Was just telling LP on the previous thread how surprised I am learning about his political and social views and what a conspiracy theorist he was. He was such a philanthropist and did so much good and, at the same time, held a lot of views that Michele Bachmann would agree with. As they say, ‘more will be revealed…’ 🙂

  30. April 23, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Just finish listening to FLOTUS speech at JSU again. Wow!!!!!!!!! What a First Lady.

  31. April 23, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    This is the woman who asked the President about trans gender issues…

  32. April 23, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    REMINDER:

    SNL IS DOING A PRINCE TRIBUTE TONIGHT.


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