136 Responses to “Biking In Tuscany”


  1. May 27, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Hello everyone. This man is like the Everready Bunny. Love him.

  2. 3 amk for obama
    May 27, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    LOL. bike vs dope mobile (h/t MP).

  3. 5 amk for obama
    May 27, 2017 at 5:09 pm

  4. 7 amk for obama
    May 27, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Michael Hayden, the former director of the NSA and the CIA, told CNN on Saturday that the reported content of Jared Kushner’s conversations with Russia’s ambassador in December may have motivated former national security adviser Susan Rice to request his name to be unmasked in intelligence reports.

    Most of the controversy surrounding Rice’s reported attempts to “unmask” Trump officials has centered on former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s communications with Russian officials.

    But Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a top White House adviser, floated the possibility of setting up a secure line of communication between the Trump transition team and Russia when he met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak late last year, The Washington Post reported Friday.

    Those talks would take place in Russian diplomatic facilities in the US, the Post said, creating a secure line that would essentially conceal the administration’s interactions with Russian officials from US government scrutiny.

    http://www.businessinsider.in/Former-CIA-Director-Now-we-know-why-Trump-officials-talking-to-the-Russians-may-have-been-unmasked/articleshow/58875496.cms

    So, Susan Rice did the right patriotic thing, while the rethugs were engaged in / abetting treason.

    • May 27, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      These people have no “policy” other than using the entire country as a bargaining chip to enrich themselves. But we all know that… We’ve gone from “E pluribus unum” to “Omnem pecuniam” in a blisteringly short time.

    • 9 Nena20409
      May 27, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Holy Smokes!
      Thanks for this, Amk.
      What a Read!

  5. 10 amk for obama
    May 27, 2017 at 5:13 pm

  6. 11 amk for obama
    May 27, 2017 at 5:15 pm

  7. May 27, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Love this dude… Who are the other two? Anybody know? But… NO HELMETS! Those are little twisty roads over there – in any case, anyone on a bike is safer wearing a helmet. (This in no way reduces my admiration and affection, however…)

  8. 16 CEB
    May 27, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Kite surfing, swimming, biking and playing golf in between civil engagements and receiving awards for all that he has given the world. Add to this wining and dining his first and only wife and working with former and present world leaders, Barack has redefined the life of a former u s president.

    • May 27, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      Yes he has and,in my opinion, he redefined the Presidency by putting the people first.

    • 18 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      May 27, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      HE’S A HAPPY MAN AND STILL PRESIDENT IN MY BOOK!..GOING TO BE A DEAD WEEKEND HERE..ROOMIE NOT FEELING WELL. I KNOW THAT SOMETIME THIS WEEKEND I HAVE TO GO AND FIND MY PET GOOSE ‘NORMAN’..SINCE I MOVED I KNOW HE MISSES ME…HIS STEADY BREAD DIET AND HIS CHEETOS!..I WILL FIGURE OUT A WAY TO GET HIM IN MY CAR AND TRANSPORT HIM OVER HERE!…IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH TO ENTERTAIN ME!….BBL….FRESH AIR!

    • 19 susanne
      May 27, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      He lifts my heart each day– and though I know the Obamas treasure their private lives, the times they emerge into public view are powerful reminders of the dignity, integrity, intelligence, wit, and robust good health of these dear friends to humanity. Thanks to the TOD family here, as always, for being a big part of that daily heart-lift ❤

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  11. 23 JER
    May 27, 2017 at 5:39 pm

  12. May 27, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    IMAGINE THIS: Trump also takes down the most toxic television imaginable with him!!!!

  13. May 27, 2017 at 6:07 pm

  14. 27 whenpamelawandered
    May 27, 2017 at 6:15 pm
  15. May 27, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    No matter where he travels, my POTUS always stops to take in the view.

  16. May 27, 2017 at 6:18 pm

  17. 30 whenpamelawandered
    May 27, 2017 at 6:21 pm
  18. May 27, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    • 32 0388jojothecat
      May 27, 2017 at 11:06 pm

      A F-ing Amen is right. Who knows what the Russians knows about the inner workings of the WH by now.

  19. 33 desertflower
    May 27, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Excuse me??

    • 34 whenpamelawandered
      May 27, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      Since we have no president, maybe the Europeans will leave out mention of the SCROTUS who currently is selling off the US to Russia. Of course, the European is generally more refined than to stoop to such a demeaning level of discourtesy. So very tired of this

  20. 35 MadameSoph
    May 27, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    OMG! TODers, I just had an encounter with a Trump true believer and I’m in shock. She is a client of mine who has never brought up politics at all before, so I didn’t either. All of the sudden this morning, she says how the atmosphere and culture has gotten so violent and disrespectful and then she says, “I noticed it has gotten worse since Donald Trump became president so I think it has a lot to do with that” I’m thinking I’m about to agree with her and then she starts in on how she doesn’t understand all the animosity and disrespect he gets because Trump is just trying to do good for the country and how he’s “brought God back to the White House”. She continues in this running stream of consciousness about how she used to be Catholic, but now she’s a born again Christian and she’s all about Jesus and she thinks Trump is persecuted in the same way Jesus was persecuted 🙀😱🙀

    It was so completely batshit crazy that I could barely respond, and all this while I am giving her a massage therapy session, so slapping her would have been unethical, albeit satisfying. She started the conversation talking about how she is concerned about circus elephants and tigers how cruelly they are treated. All I could think about was that photo of DT jr. holding that elephant tail in his hand and I thought, WTF? I mentioned that the Clinton Foundation is working hard for elephant preservation and she countered with “Well, I don’t like how she gave $$ to Saudi Arabia with the way they treat women.” I didn’t let her what-about-ism the subject away though and she finally admitted that, no, elephants don’t mean that much to her after all. I asked her how she felt about the arms deal DT just made with Saudi Arabia and she said, “Well, I’m sure there’s more to that than we know, so he had good reason.” !!?!

    So, after all her Trump is Jesus BS I tried to ask her what is it about her Christian faith that resonates most with her, wondering how in the world the pussy grabbing, thrice married, non church going I-am-my-billionaire-friends-keeper guy qualified as Christian. She told me that God chose DT because, even though he isn’t perfect, he is strong (unlike PBO, who she thinks no one around the world respected, like they do DT!!) and that she is sure he has come to Jesus, even though he’s never said so, and it’s none of our business what he says to God privately.

    She went on and on about how all the people he has appointed are Christians and I’m thinking to myself, Bannon? Jared Kushner? Sessions? Is that budget and travel ban what Jesus would do??? All this plus she LOVES his stance on immigration because, even though she is Mexican, she’s “not lazy”!! Trust me, this woman is not one of those light skinned pretending not to be Indian Mexicans, she looks indigenous and has an accent! Trump’s fans in ICE would detain her in two seconds as she yelled, “But I voted for him! I’m an American! I’m one of you!” On top of all that, she works for the Dept of Water and Power, so she basically has a government job! Oh, and then she adds out of the blue, that it is predicted in the Bible that Russia should lead the world, but the world is actually run by 5 families anyway.

    Sorry for the rant, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. She was so illogical and a true believer that I knew there was no trying to talk to her at all. I felt like I needed an exorcism after listening to her. She’s like someone who refuses to leave a burning building or sinking ship, so I’m just gonna let her go over the cliff on her Trump train. Also, I have decided to donate all of the tips she gives me to the Obama Foundation, Onward Together or Swing Left.

    • 36 GGail
      May 27, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      MSoph, you need a boatload of chocolate after enduring that and not chocking the life out of her. Good you got it out here on TOD where we can give you a GIANT {{{{{HUG}}}}}

      • 37 MadameSoph
        May 27, 2017 at 7:22 pm

        Oh, GGail, I needed a big hug, thank you! I went to Trader Joe’s on the way home and bought one of the dark chocolate bars with coconut caramel 😉🍫

      • 39 desertflower
        May 27, 2017 at 8:05 pm

        Chocolate??? I’m thinking a pitcher of margaritas…all for herself! Blinded…there is no cure…except when she gets hurt from her savior’s cruel antics. Maybe. Sorry you had to endure that, MadameSoph…nice that you have decided to donate those tips to the Obama Foundation or other worthy causes….this is good:) Remember, there are more of US than them. We will prevail in the end.

        • 40 MadameSoph
          May 27, 2017 at 8:56 pm

          😘Thanks for the virtual pitcher of margaritas DF! I don’t drink, so that is the perfect kind of margarita for me. As far as real cocktails are concerned, I would be happy to know that you enjoyed one of everything on my behalf 🍸🍹🥃🥂🍺🍶💊!

          I will survive by keeping myself stocked up on chocolate bars, chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream. Oooh that just gave me an idea for a fundraising item: chocolate bars labeled “Resistance Chocolate – for those in need of quick comfort – in case of emergency, open wrapper.” 🍫 The profits could go to to worthy coalition-friendly causes.

      • 42 0388jojothecat
        May 27, 2017 at 11:11 pm

        Oh my God MSoph, did you ask her what Bible she is reading? Ask her what church does DT belong too? Tell hers she really needs to read up on Jesus Christ because the Jesus Christ in the Bible talks about helping the poor and how money does not get you into heaven. She needs to tell you with a straight face if DT talks like Jesus and if she says yes, then you know you are talking to a crazy person and just say you will pray for her. There is no talking to people who make up shit in their heads.

        • 43 MadameSoph
          May 28, 2017 at 3:31 am

          All of what you said went through my head, Jojo! I just gave a summary here; there was more. So, yes, I did reach that conclusion that “There is no talking to people who make up shit in their heads,” as you so perfectly put it 😸

    • 44 CEB
      May 27, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      This woman is the typical Trumpster. It is hard for us to believe that millions suffer these same delusions, but they do and they showed up to vote. It is best that we know exactly what we are dealing with so that we can out register, out-vote, out run and get more of our people elected to make sure that people like this are not making the decisions. They will go to their graves believing things like this so we can forget trying to argue or reason with them. We outnumber them, but we have to get all of our asses to the polls and make sure that reasonable, enlightened, competent people are put in office. The millions like her is one of the main reasons that the GOP congress has not moved to ouster 45.

      • 45 MadameSoph
        May 27, 2017 at 7:25 pm

        You called it CEB! That’s exactly right! I’m not going to waste time trying to convert the willfully ignorant. Gotta out-organize them, out energize them!

      • May 28, 2017 at 7:39 am

        And this is why the democrat party shouldn’t run down a rabbit hole following Bernie Sanders in the hopes of winning these people over because it won’t happen.

    • May 27, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Man, that is a suffering of another kind. I can’t imagine thinking Trump was somehow Godly? Give me a break. He’s SCUM. What is wrong with these people, projecting some kind of holiness onto these monsters? UGH. Let them all melt down.

    • May 27, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Onward Together…

    • 54 Nena20409
      May 27, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for Us.
      This woman is dastardly Crazy.
      Certifiable.
      I am so sorry that You had to put up with that.
      I never could. I would have said to her that Politics is Not for the poorly educated.

      • 55 MadameSoph
        May 27, 2017 at 7:49 pm

        Inorite?

        And, to top it all off, at the end she says, “Oh, I feel so much better after talking with you… I mean, I don’t know what your politics are..”

        I responded, “Well, I can tell you that I have a strong faith in God and that I believe we are all cells in the body of God, even those of us who don’t realize it because of fear, greed, resentment and judgement of one another. I pray every day that myself and my fellow human beings will recognize the face of God when we look in the mirror and when we look at each other, and that we will recognize our own face in the face of our neighbors – that we will find God in unexpected people, places and things.”

        She didn’t say much in response, so I’m 99.9% sure she didn’t get it.

    • 57 mtmarilyn
      May 27, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      I am sending you the biggest hug ever. We do need to hold a special cleaning for you. Thank goodness for TOD. Sending you love.

      • 58 MadameSoph
        May 27, 2017 at 9:03 pm

        Oh, thank you so much MtMarilyn! I’ll take it! I was thinking about your comments on your neighbors in Montana and how there were Repubs as well as Bernie bros, because she said her family members were all trying to decide between Trump and Bernie during the election and she did her best to talk them into Trump. I’m gonna read that Peoples View article that Sheila linked to below.

    • 59 WhenPamelaWandered
      May 27, 2017 at 10:50 pm

      {{{ MadameSoph }}}

  21. May 27, 2017 at 7:24 pm

  22. May 27, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    from the essay:
    So while Bernie Sanders continues to die on a hill of ideological purity, future Democratic candidates should be wise to reject his endorsement. As much as groups like the Justice Democrats would like to believe they have a pulse on the progressive movement, the fact is that Bernie Sanders’ brand of economic populism simply doesn’t do it for the majority of the Democratic base. And it is this base, formed by an all-encompassing Obama coalition, that is the future of the Democratic Party. Progressivism will not come to Montana overnight, no matter how many speeches Bernie Sanders makes in Billings. But where progressivism can and will thrive is in areas where progressive candidates realize that not all of society’s problems can and should be viewed solely through an economic lens. It is those candidates who raise numerous issues related to intersectionality of race, gender, religion, and sexuality that will truly be able to connect with the coalition that got Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton the most votes in our nation’s history. Connect with them, and you become a serious candidate for any office to which you might aspire.

    *****************

    AMEN to the 3rd Power…

  23. May 27, 2017 at 7:40 pm

  24. 64 Nena20409
    May 27, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    GE TODable TODbots.
    Congrats, Jackie Bell on your Au ⭐
    Thanks for a Great Pictorial Post, NW.

  25. 65 CEB
    May 27, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    It seems that Hannity is on the way out because money talks. He, more than any of that motley crew, was the most vomit- inducing one. I have only seen him a few times when you’re some place where all of the TVs are turned on Fox and you cannot get out. He is vile, nasty, and an all-around piss-poor person with no redeeming qualities who was drunk on his inflated sense of power. I was in the emergency room of a local hospital in January and I was trying to find some place that was out of view and hearing of this scum and the fool (#45) that he was trying to interview. My blood pressure sky-rocketed and I was sickened. I noticed another woman who was also trying to find somewhere to go beyond the onslaught of his hateful voice we looked at each other in sad recognition of the spite, hate, and ignorance. I was just about to find someone to complain (there was no way to change the channels or to cut the televisions off) when they called me back for treatment. What kind of person can sit day in and day out listening to the ravings of this man? I really hope that he is fired and never allowed near any form of broadcast again. However, I know he will wind up working for 45 in the end.

  26. 66 Nena20409
    May 27, 2017 at 7:43 pm

  27. 67 Nena20409
    May 27, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    • 68 whenpamelawandered
      May 27, 2017 at 8:55 pm

      ❤️👏🏼👊🏼🎶🙌🏼

    • 70 0388jojothecat
      May 27, 2017 at 11:20 pm

      Soo Proud. I am a many generation American descendent of slaves, took advantage of affirmative action programs in the 70’s to be the first generation to graduate from college….I know the feeling. It just something you have to do when the opportunity is there. It is harder for folks because so many programs are not “easy” like it was for me. The rich made sure to destroy affirmative action eventhough poor whites and white women were the biggest benefactors too. Today the greedy banks make sure you are still in poverty even with a college degree.

  28. 71 Nena20409
    May 27, 2017 at 7:54 pm

  29. 73 Nena20409
    May 27, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Lying dastard Trumpism schemes. They leaked this story. Hit the effing Road, Jack!

    • 74 whenpamelawandered
      May 27, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      Might be in jail, unless they defect to Russian the dead of night

    • 75 whenpamelawandered
      May 27, 2017 at 11:05 pm

      This has been irking me as I finish up my chores. Does he think all he has to do is slip away, out of sight, out of mind, and there will be no consequences for the appalling chaos, for the treason, manipulating his devious methods for more and more money right under our noses, and not have to pay a very high price? I think not, mr empty soulless imitation human. May you die in prison and rot in hell afterwards. You and your shoddy wife, and her two-bit imitation so-called ‘father’. Shame, shame, shame on all of you.

    • May 28, 2017 at 11:09 am

      I wouldn’t worry about it so much. The companies will stay on course-they anticipate that the standards would go back in a subsequent administration, so they will stick to the current standard. And other nations will continue the course they are already on. And the Third World sees the new ways of generating energy as a cheap way of getting electric power for themselves. And China is tired of choking on its smog. And the standards would take four years to undo anyway, and I doubt Cheeto lives that long.

  30. 78 Nena20409
    May 27, 2017 at 8:15 pm

  31. 79 desertflower
    May 27, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Sorry. 🙂

  32. 80 JER
    May 27, 2017 at 8:31 pm

  33. 82 GGAIL
    May 27, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Just watching the national news. Why o Why is it so hard for white police to call this Portland guy a terrorist???

  34. 87 jacquelineoboomer
    May 27, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    What a total national embarrassment he is.

    • 88 desertflower
      May 27, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      Just another cop out, j’ob…he doesn’t want to have to work at ANYTHING. EVER.

      • 89 jacquelineoboomer
        May 28, 2017 at 8:38 am

        S.A.E.F.A.H.B. (he’s a sorry ass excuse for a human being, in case you didn’t get that!)

  35. 90 desertflower
    May 27, 2017 at 9:29 pm

  36. 91 desertflower
    May 27, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Please God.

    • 92 whenpamelawandered
      May 27, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      Invalidate the election.

      • 93 whenpamelawandered
        May 27, 2017 at 10:00 pm

        And consequently, there was no inauguration, no #45, his name and ugly face will not even be recorded in our history. Fraud is fraud, not to be rewarded in any way, shape or form. Let that be his ‘legacy’, a lesson to all cheaters and crooks going forward.

  37. 94 99ts
    May 27, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I was replying to df on a dead thread, so thought I would post here – about the so called president & Russia

    I think he wants Russia to take over Europe – because – they didn’t want his golf courses – the man is THAT into revenge. He has found a position that he didn’t think he would get – and just WOW – he can “sock it to” all of those losers.

    Everything he does is designed to hurt anyone who hasn’t agreed with him, bowed down to him & generally treated him like a Roman God. He is that petty and disgusting

    • 95 desertflower
      May 27, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      Ah…I see. MORE VINDICTIVENESS! He will not be able to have this wet dream of his come to fruition.

  38. 98 desertflower
    May 27, 2017 at 9:43 pm

  39. 99 desertflower
    May 27, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    🙂 🙂

  40. May 27, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Hey TODers, my local PBS station is re-airing Hamilton’s America about Lin-Manuel’s creation tonight. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend you check to see if it’s playing in your area. It’s really terrific. And there’s a cameo of President Obama!!

  41. May 27, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Our Pete

    By request: leaders walking at the G8 Summit in 2010.

    A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

    • 109 amk for obama
      May 27, 2017 at 11:52 pm

      only two in that group are still known and active.

      • 110 susanne
        May 28, 2017 at 2:08 am

        I was just thinking how these photos demonstrate the flow of leadership, and the continuation of alliance despite these changes. Because it’s the countries that are allied; the leaders are brief stewards of that. Which is why DT and his oaths of personal loyalty have no place in this picture.

  42. 111 Bill R.
    May 27, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Great to see Pres Obama bicycling in the land of my ancestors. My maternal grandparents come from Tuscany. The Tuscan hill country with vineyards and villages is wondrous to behold. My grandfather comes from such a village, Collodi, called the “paese di Pinocchio” in Italy, the village of Pinocchio, because the author of the story, Carlo da Collodi, was a local man, a cook’s helper for the local Count. My granfather was born in the family house, built in the year 1500.

    • 112 0388jojothecat
      May 27, 2017 at 11:29 pm

      Wow Bill R. That is so cool. I image you been there many times to your ancestral home?

      • 113 Bill R.
        May 28, 2017 at 12:21 am

        Yes indeed. I have stayed in the family home, walked in the countryside and through the vineyards. My great aunt was still living when I visited. I have cousins there. My grandmother lives in the village of Treschietto, high in the mountains near the Tuscan border with Liguria, near the marble mines of Massa Carrara, and not far from the Italian riviera.

    • May 28, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Oh, Bill R., that is just wonderful. There is something truly magical about that region, one of my very favorites. I imagine PBO and FLOTUS and friends just loved it. Thanks for sharing your story!!

  43. 116 amk for obama
    May 28, 2017 at 12:04 am

    I am in qatar airport lounge. Some numbnut (or funny guy) somewhere near has his mobile data enabled hotspot enabled. his network ssid ? trump wall2. I am going with numbnut since why would you spend a ton on international roaming when there is a free wifi right there.

  44. May 28, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Goodnight TOD …

  45. 120 JER
    May 28, 2017 at 2:14 am

  46. 122 Jey
    May 28, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Morning TODers.

    It’s heartening to read all the news about Putin’s Puppet … his friends and family … everything incriminating about them is like manna from heaven ☺😂.

    I await for the day they declare the 2016 presidential election null and void. And reverse every picks (looking at you Gorsuch) and EOs.

    It’s the right thing to do America.
    Be a PATRIOT.
    COUNTRY over Party!

    Take it easy everyone … hugs!

  47. 123 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 28, 2017 at 8:46 am

    HAPPY SUNDAY TOD……..PRAISE THE LORD FOR ALL THAT HE DOES DESPITE THE UNGODLY AND UNGRATEFUL….PRAISE BE TO THE KING ON THIS BEAUTIFUL SUN FILLED DAY!. HIS JUSTICE PREVAILS……..

  48. 124 JER
    May 28, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

  49. May 28, 2017 at 9:49 am

  50. 127 desertflower
    May 28, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Would NOT surprise…..

  51. 128 desertflower
    May 28, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Thread

  52. 129 desertflower
    May 28, 2017 at 10:13 am

    We need to all call/write/email our senators this week. URGENT!

  53. 130 desertflower
    May 28, 2017 at 10:16 am

    How about they don’t touch a DAMN THING! Everything they touch turns to shit. Hands off everything!

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