141 Responses to “Chat Away”


  1. May 1, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    I love Tom Hanks and he loves our (forever!) president! Good evening, Nerdy and thanks for this bit of lightness!

    • 2 Judith Fardig
      May 1, 2017 at 11:02 pm

      Congratulations, Maryl1

    • 3 catrst
      May 2, 2017 at 9:08 am

      I was thinking in reading your comment how much it means to know someone loves our President Obama. When I know that to be the case my heart opens up to a perfect stranger in a way that I find to be incredible. Its a kind of club of the heart that we belong to that means more than just about anything when gaging how we feel toward another, how much trust we bestow, etc. I guess I don’t need perfect, I don’t need much but I do need to know how someone sincerely feels about President Obama. If they throw him under the bus or use him as a foil in some way then my trust takes a hit, a big hit. Another thing about President Obama and Michelle, with the pull they have on our hearts they could raise up or diminish others, like Trump does, at a whim just because they have that kind of influence, but true to their character the Obamas never do that. They believe in respecting, empowering, and including and that means making up our own minds. God bless them. However, lots of people seem to misunderstand, it doesn’t work both ways. If someone decides to make hay by betraying the trust of the Obamas, mistreating them in plain view, then I say please proceed because you are making your own bed with people like me. Its because the Obamas don’t ever misuse their influence that I can be sure that mistreatment of them is never going to be okay with me. Never.

      • 5 Betsy
        May 2, 2017 at 9:59 am

        I agree with you. It hurts me to see people like Elizabeth Warren treat President Obama with such disrespect because of all that he did for her. Her lack of loyalty makes me feel that I can’t support her anymore, just like Bernie Sanders lost my respect, Alison Grimes, Van Jones, etc. whereas any of PBO’s former team NEVER diss him (Josh Earnest, Jon Favreau & Dan Pheiffer, Jon Lovett, etc. even Howard Dean treats him always with respect). Hillary also, once she worked with him, has never dissed him. It has become a standard on which I do judge others which may seem unfair, but I don’t care. The Obamas are worthy of my trust and have never let me down.

      • 7 CEB
        May 2, 2017 at 10:17 am

        I feel the same; you have expressed the sentiment perfectly.

      • May 2, 2017 at 6:25 pm

        “The Obamas never misuse their influence.” I think of Trump walking into the Whites House and both Obamas waited for Melania and walked with her, they’re hands on her back. President Obama may have talked sternly to his critics and the people who thwarted him, but he didn’t diminish then as humans, and he didn’t flatter and fawn. This is what had opponent on the right and left can’t understand. He is who he is, always guided by his North Star. Like you I tend to respond to people based on how they respond to the Obamas.

  2. 9 Nerdy Wonka
    May 1, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    HELL YEA!

  3. 13 Nerdy Wonka
    May 1, 2017 at 9:46 pm

  4. 14 JER
    May 1, 2017 at 10:05 pm


    Six years ago tonight. Sunday, May 1, 2011. This was the 841st frame I made that day. I had taken the “Situation Room photo” some seven hours earlier. It was now after 11:00p.m. The President was making some final edits to his remarks to tell the nation that Osama bin Laden had been killed. As news began to leak on television, I changed my point of focus when I saw a video of bin Laden on the TV in the Outer Oval Office.
    petesouza

    • 15 CEB
      May 1, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      PBO’s Saturday that day: 1. play golf while mulling final decision; 2. Give the kill order; 3. Wipe the dining room floor with Donny boy at the WHCD. Fast forward to 2017; Donny whines that PBO is not taking his calls as he stews in ignorance and unhappiness in an office that he did not really want in a vain effort to get back at PBO. PBO: still winning.

      • 16 catrst
        May 2, 2017 at 9:15 am

        It should not be true, what you wrote about Trump, but it is. Its so surreal that such a mature, competent person could be followed by such a messed up one that is obsessed with his predecessor. In some strange and round about, arch of the moral universe kind of way, President Obama’s quite fair teasing of Donald Trump has led to this moment and may in the end lead to the demise of many of the dirty tricks and cheating of the GOP that the President had to face during his administration.

  5. 17 whenpamelawandered
    May 1, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    ❤️🙏🏻🌏🙏🏻❤️ Please let this be all over when we wake up tomorrow. Goodnight {{{ TOD }}}

  6. May 1, 2017 at 10:59 pm

  7. 25 jacquelineoboomer
    May 1, 2017 at 11:56 pm

  8. 26 jacquelineoboomer
    May 2, 2017 at 12:14 am

    • 27 arapaho415
      May 2, 2017 at 1:01 am

      GM JO’B.

      We know that DJT is motivated by his seething humiliation at the WHCD six years ago — he is incapable of letting that go.

      This is as good a reason as any I’ve seen for DJT embrace of the Philippine murderer Duterte:

      • 28 jacquelineoboomer
        May 2, 2017 at 11:27 am

        GM Arapaho! Yes, this is no doubt the reason – in this case, and many cases. Awful, isn’t it?

  9. 29 arapaho415
    May 2, 2017 at 1:07 am

    GE/GM TODville night owls.

    @truefactsstated (Twitter bio: Claude Taylor, served on Clinton WH staff) believes that our next president will be Orrin Hatch (which means he thinks we’ll be saying adios to both Pence and Ryan):

    • 30 idon
      May 2, 2017 at 3:19 am

      I think what Taylor is saying is that the FBI storm that’s coming will be enormous. All those above the Senate Pro Tem will likely be indicted. And I think will be gone too.

      • 31 arapaho415
        May 2, 2017 at 8:35 am

        GM idon.

        Thank you for responding.

        MSM continues to prop up DJT and make excuses for everything he does to dismantle democracy with plutocratic oligarchic thugocracy.

        MSM bends over backwards to say “nothing to see here, move along…” and defiantly declines to offer pushback to the loudest GOP liar who can get MSM attention.

        MSM fails to see what you pointed out here on Mar 25:
        https://theobamadiary.com/2017/03/25/obamacare-lives/#comment-1647274

        “We now have Russian assets, agents, and spies in control of two branches of the federal government. the Executive and Legislative branches. This means when the FBI’s counterintelligence division executes their many many many warrants, most of Trump’s team if not all of them will be removed along with a significant number of GOP House members and US senators. It may also mean the arrests of some individuals in state government at the executive level. ”

        Are we taking bets on whether MSM will wake up once the indictments come in?

    • 32 whenpamelawandered
      May 2, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      This is why the election itself must be nullified. The planet cannot survive this hapless order of succession, each worst than the last

  10. 35 Allison
    May 2, 2017 at 7:54 am

    • May 2, 2017 at 8:41 am

      I don’t watch JKL on a regular basis, but I just happened to tune in last night when he was about halfway through his monologue. Maybe this will help the undecideds — and maybe even some of the “yes-votes” — decide to do the right thing and vote no on AHCA.

        • 38 CEB
          May 2, 2017 at 9:33 am

          I cried through the whole video. Bless him for also thinking of others after going through such a harrowing experience himself. Healthcare is life or death, it is as simple as that. That these nasty, greedy, hateful Republicans and insurance companies are willing to let so many of us suffer and die needlessly is the greatest sin.

          • 39 idon
            May 2, 2017 at 3:24 pm

            Me too. I couldn’t stop crying. It was a beautiful thing. And he paid homage to all the hospital staff who helped save his baby’s life. I got the biggest smile through my tears when I saw the baby with his post op surgery smile. Best baby smile evar. This video gives me hope for humanity.

      • 40 GGAIL
        May 2, 2017 at 9:08 am

        So sad that it takes a personal situation to make influential people to seriously speak out against injustice.

      • May 2, 2017 at 10:19 am

        Oh, wow, I’m in tears. What a horrible situation and I’m so glad they made it through. And I’m very glad Kimmel made the point about healthcare.

  11. 44 arapaho415
    May 2, 2017 at 8:44 am

    GM TODville:

    Not a fan of Mark Cuban (don’t trust him), but he highlights what can only be bigotry on the part of the pearl clutchers.

    And as I’ve said here earlier, I think PBO’s engagement fee is a flat $400K (previous annual salary), take it or leave it…

  12. 45 desertflower
    May 2, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Morning everyone….I feel something may happen sooner rather than later……I have no reason other than I just “feel” it…..Here’s to Hope!

  13. May 2, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Colbert on a roll last night…direct 45 attack(s).

  14. 47 JER
    May 2, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Good Morning.

  15. 48 57andfemale
    May 2, 2017 at 9:29 am

  16. May 2, 2017 at 9:45 am

  17. 50 JER
    May 2, 2017 at 9:46 am

    45: US ‘NEEDS A GOOD’ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN ‘TO FIX MESS’ — http://nbcchi.com/lJq6ae5

  18. May 2, 2017 at 9:47 am

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 5/1/17
    Poor hires may explain poor performance of Trump administration
    Rachel Maddow looks at how Donald Trump’s weak vetting and handing out government positions as political favors puts his administration at a disadvantage for performing government functions.

  19. May 2, 2017 at 9:47 am

  20. May 2, 2017 at 10:00 am

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 5/1/17
    Trump administration weak on basic competence
    Rachel Maddow points out how Donald Trump has hired people who are ill-suited for the roles in which they’re meant to serve, like contraception skeptic Teresa Manning in charge of contraception programs, or anti-abortion activist Charmaine Yoest bringing alternative facts to HHS.

  21. 59 desertflower
    May 2, 2017 at 10:01 am

    CALL AGAIN!

  22. 60 desertflower
    May 2, 2017 at 10:02 am

  23. May 2, 2017 at 10:03 am

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 5/1/17
    Trump compromises US human rights leadership by praising despots
    Senator Chris Murphy talks with Rachel Maddow about how Donald Trump’s repeated praise for despots and dictators degrades the high global moral standing of the United States and gives license to other leaders who are inclined to abuse their power.

  24. 62 desertflower
    May 2, 2017 at 10:04 am

  25. May 2, 2017 at 10:04 am

    “As @dankildee told us, it’s callers from red areas who killed #Trumpcare the first time.”

    Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 https://t.co/X8Fwpff89p

    — Dan Kildee (@dankildee) May 2, 2017

  26. May 2, 2017 at 10:06 am

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 5/1/17
    Trump EPA denies Americans access to decades of climate data
    Gina McCarthy, former EPA administrator, reacts to the EPA under Donald Trump removing the climate change section from its web site, and talks about the value of environmental protections to “normal human beings.”

  27. May 2, 2017 at 10:12 am

    From BJ:

    Which one of these undecideds will cast the vote that takes away insurance from Jimmy Kimmel’s baby and thousands of others?

    AK-1 Don Young
    CA-21 David Valadao
    CA-49 Darrell Issa
    CO-6 Mike Coffman
    FL-18 Brian Mast
    FL-25 Mario Diaz-Balart
    FL-26 Carlos Curbelo
    IL-16 Adam Kinzinger
    IN-5 Susan W. Brooks
    KS-3 Kevin Yoder
    ME-2 Bruce Poliquin
    MI-3 Justin Amash
    MI-6 Fred Upton
    MN-3 Erik Paulsen
    NJ-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen
    NY-19 John J. Faso
    NY-21 Elise Stefanik
    OH-10 Michael R. Turner
    PA-4 Scott Perry
    VA-1 Rob Wittman
    WV-1 David B. McKinley

    If you live in any districts where one of these potential mass murderers lives, give them a call. (via TPM)

  28. May 2, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Good morning, TODville.

  29. 68 desertflower
    May 2, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Called my idiot Republican FREEDUMB Caucus member to tell him NOT to vote yes on this deathcare bill….and that if he DID vote yes, I will make it my highest priority to make sure that he gets voted out of office.

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  31. May 2, 2017 at 10:54 am

  32. May 2, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Finished the first episode of Dear White People on Netflix. There was a scene of a meeting of all the differing Black factions on campus. Had me HOLLERING in it’s accuracy. I know everyone of those Black folks. Hilarious!
    Can’t wait to continue watching it.

  33. May 2, 2017 at 11:13 am

  34. May 2, 2017 at 11:20 am

    HUH?

    From the CBS transcript

    JOHN DICKERSON: George W. Bush said the reason the Oval Office is round is there are no corners you can hide in.
    PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, there’s truth to that. There is truth to that. There are certainly no corners. And you look, there’s a certain openness. But there’s nobody out there. You know, there is an openness, but I’ve never seen anybody out there actually, as you could imagine.
    JOHN DICKERSON: But he– what he meant was it’s– all comes —
    PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Sure. Sure.
    JOHN DICKERSON: –back to you.

    • 77 jacquelineoboomer
      May 2, 2017 at 11:29 am

      Hopefully, this can be used “at the trial.”

      I don’t know if John Dickerson was a drinking man before he started that interview, but …

    • 79 whenpamelawandered
      May 2, 2017 at 11:35 am

      One would think, in simply realistic terms, how these journos were privileged to interview President Obama, and actually learn something, (despite being stupid and sh*tty to him afterwards), now to sit facing a total lunatic whining and barely stringing words together to convey ANYTHING lucid, I’d imagine they must come away stunned and terrified. It would be even more beneficial to the planet if they were honest and principled enough to spell it out loud and clear, so even the dumbest among us would have to listen.

  35. May 2, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    OMG, this is INSANE

  36. May 2, 2017 at 12:12 pm

  37. 84 Allison
    May 2, 2017 at 12:12 pm

  38. May 2, 2017 at 12:24 pm

  39. 87 57andfemale
    May 2, 2017 at 12:33 pm

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    • May 2, 2017 at 12:46 pm

  41. May 2, 2017 at 12:48 pm

  42. 94 jacquelineoboomer
    May 2, 2017 at 1:04 pm

  43. May 2, 2017 at 1:18 pm

  44. 96 Dudette
    May 2, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Not supposed to be on social media (bad, bad girl 😠)… but HAD to sneak in and share this bit of perfection!!!

    ❤️❤️❤️ to you all! 💋💋💋

  45. 124 Allison
    May 2, 2017 at 1:35 pm

  46. 130 donna dem 4 obama
    May 2, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I have never been a Hillary cheerleader but hearing her speak so intelligently about foreign policy at this women’s conference right now makes me even more frustrated that people in this country opted for that idiot (#45). What a complete waste of power these next 4 years will be. Sigh!!

  47. May 2, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    I still can’t believe this happened, that we’re here, with an insane lunatic and his insufferable family in the WH.

    • 132 cos
      May 2, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      listening to Clinton and the breadth of her intelligence compared to the idiot in the WH was a breath of fresh air.

  48. 133 jacquelineoboomer
    May 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    I don’t feel like joking about it much, but this makes him look like the idiot he is, so it’s good.

  49. May 2, 2017 at 2:12 pm

  50. 135 Bill R.
    May 2, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    The JImmy Kimmel tape made me cry. I’ve been there with a child facing death, just one year old facing Acute Myelocytic Leukema. Unfortunately we lost him, but we could have been financially devastated and lost our home had we not had insurance coverage.

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