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The President’s Day Three In Laos

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President Barack Obama holds a press conference

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President Barack Obama speaks during the ASEAN Summit

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President Barack Obama holds a meeting with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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President Barack Obama chats with Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

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President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One for Washington, D.C.

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110 Responses to “The President’s Day Three In Laos”


  1. 1 amk for obama
    September 8, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    A librarian has left $4m (£3m) in his will to the US university where he worked for five decades.

    Robert Morin, who died in 2015 at the age of 77, left the sum to the University of New Hampshire (UNH) where he had a job as a cataloguer.

    Friends said they were unaware he had amassed a multi-million-dollar fortune from shrewd investments, until he bequeathed it to the university.

    This week, UNH officials announced the donation after it had cleared Probate Court.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37310066

  2. September 8, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Awesomeness, NW. Thank you a million times over. {{{{{{{{{{Chips}}}}}}}}}

  3. 6 Nerdy Wonka
    September 8, 2016 at 9:41 pm

  4. 7 Ladyhawke
    September 8, 2016 at 9:43 pm

  5. September 8, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Beautiful farewell. Loved how he spoke of feeling at home in Asia, with memories of all his travels as President, and of his childhood years in Indonesia, his family connections — what a person of grace, generosity, integrity and humanity. Safe travels Mr. President. I am so glad he made this journey, and I am worn out by/ his schedule. He spoke so many times, went to so many meetings and events and sipped coconut juice and toured temples and walked the quiet lanes and worked with his leader colleagues on world business. Dang! He better be resting up on Air Force One. Thank you Secret Service, pilots, service people, Pete Souza, all the ones who love him get and take care of him daily. We are so blessed. A magnificent log of these journeys, 20,000 miles, you saw us through every mile Nerdy/ Wonka. Thank you.

  6. 11 amk for obama
    September 8, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Is this his last presidential foreign visit?

  7. 12 jackiegrumbacher
    September 8, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Nerdy, you have provided absolutely fantastic coverage of the President’s trip—second to no other media source in the country. Thanks to you, we’ve all virtually traveled with our President, experienced his interactions, and listened to his speeches and press conferences. Seeing what our magnificent President has done in the last nine days has given us all a sense of peace that as long as PBO is in charge, all is right with the country and the world. His greatness also provides the incentive we need to do everything it takes to preserve his legacy after January 20. He’s worked so hard for us and given so much, we can’t let him down now when he needs us.

  8. 16 Nerdy Wonka
    September 8, 2016 at 9:52 pm

  9. 17 amk for obama
    September 8, 2016 at 10:05 pm

  10. 18 amk for obama
    September 8, 2016 at 10:06 pm

  11. 19 amk for obama
    September 8, 2016 at 10:07 pm

  12. 20 amk for obama
    September 8, 2016 at 10:09 pm

  13. 21 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    one of these days, breaking news headlines could be that :

    dear leader’s (lil’ kim’s) team of nuclear experts have just blown up a part of N. Korea in their quest to show the world how advanced & tough they are.

    one hopes they know just how dangerous those weapons are.

  14. September 8, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    I am thinking about our beloved, honored, and cherished Ms.Chipsticks tonight, as this dazzling, precious journey by our President comes to a triumphant close. Sending Chips gratitude for this irreplaceable treasured place to gather, listen, learn, commune, laugh, grumble, weep, and celebrate and more, in the community house that Chips built. May she feel our love and gratitude, and find comfort as she grieves the profound loss. We are here in the village because Chips made the place for us. Never needed it more. Grateful to everyone here, especially those who have given time and energy to it, in words, actions, or just quiet connection. We are so lucky to be here. Thank you Chips!

    • 24 whenpamelawandered
      September 8, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      ❤️

    • 25 sjterrid
      September 8, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      Beautiful, Nancie! I agree with you so much on what this place means to us, and how we are so grateful for Chips, Nerdy, and all of this community.

    • 26 Grab a Mop Grace
      September 8, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      Thank you Nancie. Perfectly stated.
      We miss and love you Chips!

    • 27 Betsy
      September 9, 2016 at 12:06 am

      I agree Nancie, however, I find while I’m so grateful for everyone, especially Nerdy Wonka, I do miss Chips a lot. I hope she comes back soon. I am worrying about her. I’m glad she has Danny.

    • 28 susanne
      September 9, 2016 at 12:58 am

      Thank you for saying just what’s on my mind, Nancie. Our Ms. Chips is always in our thoughts and hearts, and always with profound gratitude for the community she has created here. Sending aloha every day!

    • 29 GGAIL
      September 9, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Yes Nancie, we are grateful to & love Chips and miss her so very much ❤️

  15. 30 amk for obama
    September 8, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    nah, comey is busy with e-mailz!!!!

    • 31 susanne
      September 9, 2016 at 1:00 am

      This needs to snowball all the way to November.

      • September 9, 2016 at 9:11 am

        That’s true, Susanne. Trump has bragged numerous times about paying off/bribing a lot of people and even indicated that it may be for *future* demands.

        There may be a lot of people who wish he hadn’t run for office, because although DT might escape with a figurative slap on the wrist, those he dealt with may experience harsher consequences.

  16. 33 amk for obama
    September 8, 2016 at 10:20 pm

  17. 34 amk for obama
    September 8, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    After months of laboring in obscurity and waiting on paychecks that did not arrive, most of Donald Trump’s Washington policy shop quit, with some telling the Washington Post they decided to jump ship after realizing the GOP nominee wasn’t interested in immersive debate prep.

    Some staffers said the last straw came following two marathon sessions in early August to plan how to prepare Trump for the upcoming presidential debates, but the campaign abruptly shifted strategies. One former staffer told the paper, “The New York office realized that their candidate would not be receptive to that level of intense preparation.”

    The campaign’s interest in policy details quickly waned when Trump secured the party’s nomination after staffers had anticipated a long primary brawl to continue to the summer convention.

    //

    Ex-staffers also said the policy shop’s leaders, Sen. Jeff Sessions’ (R-AL) chief of staff Rick Dearborn and John Mashburn, former chief of staff for Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), promised they would be paid for their efforts, but the promise was never put in writing. Another former adviser said Corey Lewandowski, the former campaign manager turned CNN contributor, also promised compensation.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/donald-trump-dc-policy-shop-collapse

    dumbasses.

  18. September 8, 2016 at 10:36 pm

  19. September 8, 2016 at 10:48 pm

  20. 37 JER
    September 8, 2016 at 11:42 pm

  21. 39 JER
    September 9, 2016 at 12:00 am

  22. 40 JER
    September 9, 2016 at 12:04 am

  23. 41 JER
    September 9, 2016 at 12:16 am

  24. 42 Gazelle
    September 9, 2016 at 12:21 am

    POTUS! What a Mighty Good Man!

    On that note, let’s indulge in some sheer silliness to take away the day’s ick of tDumpness:

  25. 43 JER
    September 9, 2016 at 12:43 am

  26. 47 99ts
    September 9, 2016 at 2:13 am

    How does Michele Obama manage to look younger as the years pass. What a wonderful couple in the white house.

  27. 51 Ladyhawke
    September 9, 2016 at 6:12 am

    • 52 Ladyhawke
      September 9, 2016 at 7:16 am

      Behind the scenes, NBC execs concede Matt Lauer forum performance was “disaster”

      http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/08/media/nbc-news-forum-trump-clinton-postmortem/

      • 53 hopefruit2
        September 9, 2016 at 9:06 am

        Sorry, but I’m not falling for this charade from NBC. They KNEW exactly what they wanted to happen, and Matt Lauer’s performance was signed,sealed and approved by every NBC executive producer of the forum. This after-the-fact PR stunt is just what they’re putting out to make themselves appear reasonable now that the public is complaining. But deep down, they are happy with what Lauer did, and we likely won’t see any negative consequences for him.

    • September 9, 2016 at 8:06 am

      They *were* used. I think it was just subterfuge to put HRC on the hot seat about her emails.

      When i listened to the aftershow (Rachel Maddow), it appeared that there were very few questions that were asked that was of interest to the veterans. Did they even get input from the veterans about the questions that should have been asked? The veterans that asked the questions were reading them…as if they were given a script to make sure they got the desired end result.

      • 56 Ladyhawke
        September 9, 2016 at 8:39 am

        Rachel Maddow and MSNBC breathlessly promoted this Commander-In-Chief Forum for weeks. It was breaking news. Both candidates on the same stage for the first time, blah, blah blah. Apparently, Paul Rieckhoff (IAVA) and his group were concerned that throughout the campaign there had not been enough discussion of vets and military issues. I was expecting in-depth questions specifically related to the VA and the military in general. I was shocked when Matt Lauer spent over 10 minutes grilling Hillary about the emails (and in an accusatory tone no less). It was as if she was on trial. It was infuriating. Rachel’s go to person to complain about veterans issues is Paul Rieckhoff. I still wonder how much input he had in the forum. I’m glad to see the some veterans speaking about about their disappointment.

        • 57 Don
          September 9, 2016 at 8:49 am

          The one thing I notice about Paul Rieckhoff is that loves playing the “both sides” game. He knows goddamn well that the Republicans haven’t done a goddamn thing for veterans when it comes to homelessness, healthcare and jobs.

          • September 9, 2016 at 9:05 am

            I felt the same, Don. Is it a crime to acknowledge what Democrats have done or are trying to do when you can’t say the same about Republicans? Is it just easier to act as if neither are doing anything?

          • 59 Ladyhawke
            September 9, 2016 at 9:10 am

            Exactly. I don’t remember him making any positive comments about the Obama administration accomplishments. POTUS can never do enough. If he ever gets close to saying anything positive there is always a BUT and some implication that (fill in the blank issue) is a problem with BOTH SIDES.

          • 60 amk for obama
            September 9, 2016 at 9:14 am

            ff, mcangry tried to cut the vet benefits while the first and second families worked their bones off for these ingrate mofos.

        • September 9, 2016 at 8:56 am

          I expected more. I definitely expected more than 1 hour…30 minutes for each candidate.

          When you have something to say — as HRC did — it’s hard to condense it still effectively express what you want to say; especially with someone yelling at you to hurry up.

    • September 9, 2016 at 8:19 am

      It seemed that Matt Lauer was waiting for a trigger word — *judgment* — to start lobbing email questions. Hillary didn’t use that word in her description of a CIC, but Lauer used her description to insert the “trigger” so that he could attack.

  28. 63 globalcitizenlinda
    September 9, 2016 at 6:51 am

    good morning everyone!

    have a fantastic day.

  29. September 9, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Good morning Linda, pf58, TOD!!

    #ALL50

    • 66 globalcitizenlinda
      September 9, 2016 at 9:15 am

      good morning Sir

    • 67 CEB
      September 9, 2016 at 10:05 am

      Look at the diversity in the people surrounding HRC (but WTH is the guy thinking as he is squashing the A-A lady’s head in his attempt to take a photo? He needs to pull it in a bit); young, not-so-young, Black, White, Asian, and Latino all smiling and getting as close to her as they can. Her rallies, as PBO’s did, look like the real America. You have all you really need to know about this so-called election when you contrast this photo with any one from the DT lying and hate fests.

      Good morning, TOD.

  30. September 9, 2016 at 8:08 am

  31. 69 globalcitizenlinda
    September 9, 2016 at 8:09 am

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  34. September 9, 2016 at 8:20 am

    #ALL50

  35. September 9, 2016 at 8:23 am

  36. 78 Ladyhawke
    September 9, 2016 at 8:45 am

  37. September 9, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Good morning, TODville. POTUS safely home.

  38. September 9, 2016 at 8:52 am

  39. 84 hopefruit2
    September 9, 2016 at 8:58 am

    How nice of the media folk to feign surprise and disapproval after they knowingly stood by and/or actively participated while this was all in the making….

  40. 86 desertflower
    September 9, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Good morning:) It’s Friday and it came just in time! If you have read this or its been posted here already, you should read it again and send it around. Call that ignorant, arrogant liar what he is. Playtime is over, MSM. You made this monster, time to tell the truth about him.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/09/08/it-s-time-for-the-media-to-step-up-and-call-out-donald-trump-s-many-lies.html

  41. 87 desertflower
    September 9, 2016 at 9:15 am

  42. September 9, 2016 at 9:17 am

    The media has planted the “Clinton corrupt/Clinton disliked” seed(s) for so long that many are willing to assume that she is guilty, even when there is proof otherwise.

  43. 90 GGAIL
    September 9, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Good West Coast morning TOD family. Happy Friday everyone 🎉🎉
    NW, thank you 😘

  44. 91 hopefruit2
    September 9, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I’m having some controversial thoughts about women’s tennis but I’ll keep them to myself for now….

  45. 95 JER
    September 9, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

    FACEBOOK CO-FOUNDER PLEDGING $20 MILLION TO HELP DEFEAT TRUMP:

    A billionaire Facebook co-founder says he is giving $20 million to help defeat Donald Trump, calling the Republican presidential candidate divisive and dangerous and his appeals to Americans who feel left behind “quite possibly a deliberate con.”

    By contrast, Dustin Moskovitz says Democrats and their nominee, Hillary Clinton, are “running on a vision of optimism, pragmatism, inclusiveness and mutual benefit.” … Read more here: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/facebook-founder-pledging-20-million-defeat-trump-41970329

  46. 97 JER
    September 9, 2016 at 9:28 am

  47. 98 desertflower
    September 9, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Especially for Texans that want to vote…. (Bonus* She has such a great turn of a phrase:) KNOW THE RULES! CUZ YOUR STATE SURE WON’T HELP YOU!

    http://juanitajean.com/son-of-a-motherless-goat-2/

    I am ready to put something on Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that even Ajax won’t take off.

    The courts have said that a voter in Texas should not have to have two IDs, a set of fingerprints, and their mother to swear to their birth in order to vote. And they also said that Texas has to inform and educate voters of the “relaxed ID laws.”

    Holy crap. Look at this.

    The federal government is accusing Texas of circulating “inaccurate or misleading information” to poll workers and would-be voters about relaxed identification requirements for the November elections.

    Oh wait, Texas would try to mislead voters? Would a one legged duck swim in a circle? Would a 50 pound sack of flour make a big biscuit?

    Oh hell, yeah.

  48. September 9, 2016 at 9:38 am

    When it’s all about you and you can’t see the potential fallout from your actions…

    In the past, Trump has threatened to cancel the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), claiming it was bad policy that hurt the U.S. manufacturing industry. If Trump were to do this, however, Piter’s bill would trigger a review and possible cancelation of all of the bilateral agreements between Mexico and the U.S.

    The bill Piter is proposing would specifically cancel the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican-American War and ceded Texas and California as well as parts of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming to the U.S. if Trump cancels NAFTA.

    “The goal is to foresee and prevent any negative effects on Mexico if Trump becomes president of the United States,” he said.

    If enacted, the bill would also ban public funds from being used by the finance ministry if it is “against the country’s interest.”…would also prevent the country from paying for Trump’s border wall that he vehemently demands the country supply.

    • 100 jackiegrumbacher
      September 9, 2016 at 9:47 am

      Oh I think Spain should threaten to take back Florida and France can reclaim Louisiana. Then Britain can lay claim to the original 13 colonies. Trump could spur a whole international revolt and have everyone going nuts.

  49. 102 kid kanga
    September 9, 2016 at 9:43 am

    bwaha! lets hope this actually happens!

    http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-dfl-asks-state-supreme-court-to-order-trump-pence-removed-from-ballot/392834361/

    DFL asks Minn. Supreme Court to order Trump, Pence off ballot

    The party’s petition asks that the secretary of state be forced to remove Trump and Pence from the ballot, saying the process that put them on it broke the law.

  50. September 9, 2016 at 9:55 am

  51. 105 desertflower
    September 9, 2016 at 9:56 am

  52. 106 Ladyhawke
    September 9, 2016 at 9:59 am

    A righteous tweet storm at this TL (just a sampling)

  53. September 9, 2016 at 10:00 am

  54. September 9, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Flawwwwwwwwwwwless

  55. 110 globalcitizenlinda
    September 9, 2016 at 10:13 am

    59 more days


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