165 Responses to “Heads up: Official greeting of G8 leaders”

  1. 1 Julie
    May 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm


  2. 7 vcprezofan2
    May 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    too late.

  3. 9 Pamela
    May 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Not here

  4. May 18, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    OK, TOD family, anyone financially literate. When they say that JP Morgan “lost” billions here’s what I want to know. Into whose pockets did that money find its way. It isn’t truly lost – it got paid for something to someone…who benefited? Has anyone seen this covered? THX!

    • 15 theo67
      May 18, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      This is a good question. I heard a snippet of Mitt complaining yesterday that the taxpayers didn’t lose anything. But you’re absolutely right. This money is guaranteed by the Federal govt, isn’t it? Those people who hedged won on the losses of someone else. It would be interesting to see who the winners were, and if they were Americans or foreign entities.

      • May 18, 2012 at 7:46 pm

        Right, what exactly did JPMorgan buy to “hedge” their loan portfolio? $3 billion is a lot of money to put out into the global economy. Where did it end up?

        • 17 theo67
          May 18, 2012 at 7:50 pm

          Maybe Mark Knoller will tell us, since he’s fond of counting things.

        • 18 theo67
          May 18, 2012 at 7:50 pm

          I’ll send him a tweet.

          • May 18, 2012 at 7:53 pm

            Why am I laughing out loud? I’ve been looking for the email of a journalist who has covered the loss to pose the question, but haven’t found anyone so far. I’ll try looking for their Twitter accounts, too.

          • 20 theo67
            May 18, 2012 at 8:24 pm
        • 21 0388jojothecat
          May 18, 2012 at 7:56 pm

          These direvatives is just pure and simple gambling. They were probably betting against or for something that did not happen and therefore lost billions. If they are saying $2 – 3 Billion it’s probably a lot more than that. We won’t know exactly for a few months but it will come out either in the hears or when they can cover their bet.

          • May 18, 2012 at 7:58 pm

            THX 0388jojothecat
            Because the money went somewhere and I think it would be telling to know where it went. Just tweeted this: @NelsonSchwartz Can you discover where the $3 billion was invested. The money flowed from JP Morgan to whom/what? It isn’t really lost.

          • 23 desertflower
            May 18, 2012 at 8:09 pm

            I just read that Tim Johnson, who called the hearings on the Senate Banking committee….guess who’s his largest contributor??? WIld guess! JPMorgan Chase.

        • May 18, 2012 at 7:59 pm

          They bet on insurance on Securities.
          The bet went sour…
          They bet like this all the time, they lost up to 5 billion but made 100 billion.
          So, they are still way ahead on derivatives.

    • 26 desertflower
      May 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      I thought the investors lost their money…I could be wrong, so many twists, turns and spin. theo has a good point though…the FDIC insures the losses…that would be the taxpayers? I’ll see what I can find….

      • May 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm

        Right, the bank invested (paid money to) some entities that received the money. The $3 billion isn’t lost, it just isn’t working for JP Morgan any more….but it is available to someone/some entities… U.S., foreign, corporations where it is getting concentrated at the top. It would be so interesting to know. (I say with slight sarcasm)

        • 28 desertflower
          May 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm

          I think the entire revealing point of this entire debacle,is that the banks feel,like they can play by different rules. These derivatives are the very exotic investment vehicle that nearly bought the world economy to it’s knees not too many years ago! Did we “forget already”???? The fact that Dimon approved these himself, just goes to show that they need regulations more than ever, and they have absolutely NO QUALMS with tanking the economy again….they make the rules, or at least only follow the ones THEY like! The arrogance is stunning.

          • 29 theo67
            May 18, 2012 at 8:26 pm

            The other sad fact is that Dimon stands by this gambling and sees nothing wrong with flushing the $3B out of his bank’s coffers. And that the guy challenging President Obama for the presidency says “this is how America works”. Very scary.

  5. 33 hopefruit2
    May 18, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Where is my President?!?!?

  6. 34 amk for obama
    May 18, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Is wordpress acting weirdo again?

    • 35 vcprezofan2
      May 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      Yep! It made me so mad just now, telling me I had to sign in again, etc. at just the wrong moment!

    • 36 jacquelineoboomer
      May 18, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      I think WordPress takes turns, messing with our minds. I was its target for a while, now it may be others. Sorry if it’s you!

      • 37 vcprezofan2
        May 18, 2012 at 8:11 pm

        JO’B, in my case wouldn’t mind so much if WP would only time its attack on me for those many other moments when I’m not racing to the front of the line!!! 😡

  7. May 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Now, if Merkel would stop being such a Tea Bagget and stop being so damn stubborn about Greece…

  8. 41 Dudette
    May 18, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    While we wait, here’s the official Welcome to Chicago, NATO (video – 9 mins 40 secs)

  9. 42 Dudette
    May 18, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    There he is!!

  10. 45 sherijr
    May 18, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Okay well that was quick~

  11. May 18, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Camp David looks so beautiful and peaceful. Lovely.

  12. 47 Dudette
    May 18, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Welp, that was it. Short and sweet. Shake hands (or kiss), smile for the cameras and walk inside.

  13. 48 japa21
    May 18, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    7,142 to go

  14. 49 Jessica
    May 18, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    These events are a lot more interesting with Michelle present. I love how she interacts with people.

  15. 56 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 18, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Obviously the agenda of the #GOPlutocracy is not jobs, growth, ROI, national security, human rights, and most certainly it’s not about the “Promise of America” ….


  16. 57 Dudette
    May 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    More Beckham/Olympic yumminess!!

  17. 58 Betsy
    May 18, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I just got back from Philadelphia, where I watched my second child graduate with a BFA in Musical Theater! It was a wonderful graduation ceremony and the commencement speaker was Neil Gaiman (author of the Coraline books, and others). He was fantastic. I am so tired, but am feeling out of it because I have missed the news of the past 3 days. What did I miss folks? Can anyone tell me in a nutshell?

    • 59 hopefruit2
      May 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      1. More foolishness in the media – stemming from FAILED attempts by Romney camp to resuscitate the Rev Wright story.
      2. Our illustrious President hard at work on behalf of the american people.

    • 60 desertflower
      May 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      Tally’s birthday was yesterday, amk wants gin in the morning…and Chips says he’s a feisty today, thanked the veterans here, PBO is smart and fabulous, the banks think they don’t have to play by the rules (yet again) and Arizona has a full blown case of batshit crazy! Did I miss anything?

      • 61 Dudette
        May 18, 2012 at 8:21 pm

        Nailed it!

      • 62 vcprezofan2
        May 18, 2012 at 8:30 pm

        Oh, also Prettyfoot has a birthday tomorrow, Yardarm has gone on a 2-4 day safari, and BWD’s “The Only Adult in the Room’ blog is up and running as an information site. See the link over on the right, near the top.

        And Congrats Mother of the BFA, and the B of FA herself! 😆

      • 63 Betsy
        May 18, 2012 at 8:47 pm

        Happy Belated birthday Tally. Hope it was a wonderful day, and hope you have a great year in which we will celebrate with much champagne the re-election of President Barack Obama!

      • 64 amk for obama
        May 18, 2012 at 10:27 pm

        Heh !!!! There are certain privileges of living in a me, first timezone.

    • 65 Dudette
      May 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      In a nutshell:

      Osama Bin Laden is Dead
      GM is Alive
      Mitt Romney is a souless wanker
      Barack Obama continues to prove he’s the only man for the job

      Okay, my work here is done. See you all later! 🙂


    • 66 Dudette
      May 18, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Congrats on getting the baby through college. Quite an achievement for you and the kid. Well done!!

    • 67 theo67
      May 18, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      Congratulations on your daughter’s graduation, Betsy!

      • 68 Betsy
        May 18, 2012 at 8:43 pm

        Thanks to all of you for your most excellent and funny updates, and your congrats. Yes, we really are happy 2nd child is through, and now one left to go who is going to school in ARIZONA. I must tell you, on the day PBO endorsed gay marriage, she texted me that she wanted to vote because PBO is the “only candidate who has a real plan for the future and has a real concern for the American people”! We are going to register her to vote this summer so she can vote absentee in California. So glad!

        • 69 vcprezofan2
          May 18, 2012 at 8:58 pm

          Just curious, Betsy, are all your young’uns female?

          • 70 Betsy
            May 18, 2012 at 9:01 pm

            No. My #1 is a son, #2&3 are girls. I just wanted boys, but I discovered having 2 girls is a LOT of fun. All three of them are strong, opinionated, principled, intelligent young people: 24, 22, & almost 20. I feel old 😀

            • 71 vcprezofan2
              May 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm

              Lucky you! 😆 Me, I dreamed of girls with beautiful names to match and ended up with one boy (who happens to be currently pursuing a BFA ) ‘I feel old’ is a favourite line of mine that happens to be true in my case! 😉

              • 72 Betsy
                May 18, 2012 at 9:57 pm

                a BFA in what?? My son got a BA in Theater Arts from a liberal arts college and is pursuing a career in directing live theater. He’s doing pretty well for his age. It’s fun watching him grow as an artist.

                • 73 vcprezofan2
                  May 19, 2012 at 8:04 am

                  A BFA in music composition, if you can believe it! I can’t. Not having an ounce of music ability and being a very practical person, it makes no (economic) sense to me. However, I’ve tried really hard to keep that opinion to myself, only sharing it with adults. Never let it be said I rained on his parade. His goal has always been, even in junior school, to become a ‘well-known’ composer, note he’s never said ‘famous’, just well-known. 😉

                  • 74 Betsy
                    May 19, 2012 at 10:38 am

                    I understand what you mean as my husband and I have no theater in our background, yet here we have 2 theater kids, not one but 2!! One in directing, one in musical theater. Sigh. We also have not rained on their parade.

            • 75 nathkatun7
              May 19, 2012 at 1:31 am

              Congratulations Betsy on your daughter’s graduation.

              • 76 Betsy
                May 19, 2012 at 10:36 am

                Thank you nathkatun7. It was a real feeling of joy and accomplishment on her part, and for my husband and I, it felt like a launching and a letting go.

        • 77 desertflower
          May 18, 2012 at 9:39 pm

          where is she going to school? U of A? ASU? NAU? Make sure she gets her fellow students on the bandwagon:)

    • 79 jackiegrumbacher
      May 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Betsy, congratulations. Nothing beats that feeling of pride when your child graduates from college. Time to celebrate and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

  18. May 18, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Via twitter:

    Chelsea and Bayern Munich play Sat 4 euro championship. At Camp David, arrangements being made 4 Merkel & Cameron to watch amid G8 summit.

  19. May 18, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Were those the fave brown pants again? I think they got another wearing. President Obama is priceless in all ways. I like the look of Camp David. Reminds me of my old girl scout camp at Clear Lake, Iowa. It was named Camp Gaywood back in the day when gay just meant jolly, later changed to Camp Happywood, or something. likely under pressure.
    Why is msnbc resurrecting Armstrong Williams on every program? ( he just now said that Romney is such a gentleman) And I wish that msnbc would not continue to play into the Rev. Wright story—–now they have Williams and Dyson on to prolong the story, giving it undue attention, just as the Romney forces would have hoped. Drop it.

    • 83 Dudette
      May 18, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      Somebody should tweet the hosts to cut that crap. They’re doing the work of the Ricketts Kkklan without them even having to pay for the ad time.

    • 84 anniebella
      May 18, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      I never could stand that Armstrong guy, I don’t know where Ed dug him up from.

      • 85 Don
        May 18, 2012 at 10:12 pm

        His name is Armstrong Williams and his claim to fame is that as a radio talk show host he was paid by the Bush administration to carry their water.

    • 86 theo67
      May 18, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      Rev Wright is probably getting more play by MSNBC and so-called Democrats than you’d probably find on Fox “News”.

      • 87 COS
        May 18, 2012 at 9:05 pm

        I agree theo67. This Rickett’s proposal is accomplishing just what they wanted. They are playing right into the right wing hands. I am turning this s*** off and start watching tv next week when hopefully this is gone.

  20. 89 desertflower
    May 18, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    They love war. As long as someone else’s kids go to die. Yes, I really feel that way.


    • 90 theo67
      May 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      The evidence backs up your claim. Look at how they were all draft dodgers, and then couldn’t be bothered to fight to fully arm the troops who were in harm’s way.

      • 91 desertflower
        May 18, 2012 at 9:09 pm

        They not only didn’t want to arm them, but they don’t want to care for them when they come home, they didn’t want to buy body armor, they only invoke veterans when they want people to think they give a shit….and they don’t. They have been thrown under the bus countless times. But hey, they’re the patriotic Americans, right?

    • May 18, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      df, I hope you get an opportunity to vote for President Obama in Arizona. See your SoS is threatening to keep him off the ballot. Batshit crazy indeed.

    • 102 nathkatun7
      May 19, 2012 at 2:46 am

      So, who is going to pay for the war with Iran? How money spent on invading other country that have done nothing against the United States does not count for people who are so alarmed about the defats and debt? How come Republicans never talk about a trillion dollars spent on the Iraq war? Are Iraqis more important than the ordinary Americans, including those who rely on food stamps and unemployment composition during one of the severest economic crisis since the Great Depression? Mitt Romney paid less than 15% income tax in 2010. Cam Mitt specifically point to the jobs he created in 2010 as a result of him paying less than 15% of his income? Obviously, the so called mainstream media would never ask such questions. The so called media would rather focus on trivia instead of asking real questions to theTea bag Republicans who control the House of Representatives.

  21. May 18, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Hi Everyone:
    Just catching up from about two days ago.
    Thank you Chips for keeping us up to date with all events PBO and thanks to the TOD family for all updates and articles which we would not normally get or hear from the MSM.

    Happy belated birthday to Tally . . . and LL, following you on Twitter!

  22. May 18, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    By ROBIN BRAVENDER | 5/18/12 8:19 PM

    Obama ended April with combined cash stockpiles of $144.3 million from his campaign, the Democratic National Committee and their joint fundraising operation, according to campaign finance reports released Friday. That’s more than twice the $61.4 million Romney and the RNC reported having in the bank at the end of last month.

    More that twice as much as Romney/RNC.

  23. 105 Dudette
    May 18, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Coming up on 10 MILLION HITS in just a few minutes!!!

    OMG, Chips!! 😯

    • 106 vcprezofan2
      May 18, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      You chilling the champagne (is champagne even served chilled, or it is at room temperature). Dudette? Alcohol and I just don’t mesh so I’m never sure what is what. I know with so many of you party animals around, the music will be taken care of. .I’ll go gather the party hats.

      Woot! Woot! 10 million coming right up!

      Yaaaaay, Chips Chica! 😆 😆 😆

      • 107 desertflower
        May 18, 2012 at 8:58 pm

        I have 2 bottles of champagne in the fridge:) You can bet we’ll have PLENTY of good party tunes though…you don’t need to drink to have a good time:) Chilled:)

        • 108 Dudette
          May 18, 2012 at 9:07 pm

          How about a little something to get the smooth groove going while we wait for the numbers to tick by?

          Mint Condition — Ten Million Strong?
          (sorry, audio only — can’t find video)


          • 109 vcprezofan2
            May 18, 2012 at 9:20 pm

            Dudette, I seem to remember you playing an integral part in TOD’s last all-night musicfest, you party animal, you! I also remember each time I awakened during the night you or Df, or Ison – whom I haven’t seen for a couple of days now, and a couple others were dancing the night away. [I suspect Ison is out doing some boots on the ground work.]

            • 110 Dudette
              May 18, 2012 at 9:28 pm

              Who me? Couldn’tna been me. I’m a meek, demure homebody. No party animal here — just a humble little lady who likes a sip of tea every now and then.


              • 111 vcprezofan2
                May 18, 2012 at 9:30 pm

                Sure. I believe you. Must have been your twin, or your cousin who looks, and dances, so much like you.. 😉

                • 112 Dudette
                  May 18, 2012 at 9:34 pm

                  Yeh, I have some cousins who might be referred to as “bad girls”

                  Oh wait a minute, I think someone wrote a song about them:

            • 113 desertflower
              May 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm

              :)True! All true….. I admit to the party animal…we had so much fun that night:) Ran poor yardarm off because he said we were all hens or something:)

              • 114 vcprezofan2
                May 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm

                He was right, but the TOD air was filled with camaraderie and lots of magic. The memory of it makes me smile. G’Night, Df.

  24. 115 lisalovesobama
    May 18, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    missed it.

  25. 121 Dudette
    May 18, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Joplin Missouri – One Year Later
    PBO will be giving the Joplin High School Graduation Commencement Address next Monday.

    Here’s a slideshow of pictures of Joplin one year after the devastating tornado from Reuters

  26. 122 Dudette
    May 18, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    10 MILLION HITS – just like 10 million fireflies LIGHTING UP NIGHT… ENLIGHTENING THE WORLD!



  27. 123 Melanie
    May 18, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    W. returning to the White House. Wonder if PBO is gonna refer to him as the predecessor like Romney does LOL.

    • 124 Dudette
      May 18, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      “returning to the White House” — pfft. RW Bagger wishful thinking.

      He and Laura are going for their official portrait hanging ceremony. Big frakkin’ deal!

  28. 126 vcprezofan2
    May 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Good Night & sweet dreams, TODville! Try not to drink too much as your designated driver is now unavailable. I’m falling asleep here so I’ll catch up tomorrow. VC

    btw. A special ‘Good Night’ to HZ, a4Alice & Isonprize whom I personally haven’t seen in days.

  29. 130 desertflower
    May 18, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    It’s Friday….and I love this. Love him:) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYQfWJNWe3I

    • 131 desertflower
      May 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      darn…no embed? I don’t even have my gin and tonic yet! It’s Stevie Wonder “As” Love It!!!

      • 132 desertflower
        May 18, 2012 at 9:53 pm

        Happy Birthday, Stevie Wonder!!!!!!!!!!!! May 13th…belated birthday to an American Icon

      • 133 Dudette
        May 18, 2012 at 10:02 pm

        I got you, Sis!

        [The trick is to click the Share button under the video on YouTube and copy the URL from the little box that opens up when you click the button]

        • 134 desertflower
          May 18, 2012 at 10:12 pm

          Thank you! Normally, I just cut and paste …took me forever how to even figure THAT out…I could never embed…then I got freakishly lucky…not like I knew what I was doing, it just always worked:)

  30. 135 Dudette
    May 18, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Oh, let’s get this party started, so we’ll be rockin’ it good when the big number rolls over. 🙂
    This one goes out to Mama Chips, who’s bustin’ into NEW TERRITORY tonight. Git it, Girl!!

    I gotta go get something to eat before I faint. Will check in on the party in a bit.

    • 136 desertflower
      May 18, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      Right here with you! I may have to step out for a little bit….store run…but I WILL be back:) mange!

  31. 137 vitaminlover
    May 18, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Congratulations on the 10 millionth hit, Chips!

  32. 141 desertflower
    May 18, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    I love Sting, too:) Awesome pair!

  33. 144 Dudette
    May 18, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    One for the road… this goes out to all the haters and trolls who try to come on here and throw shade on our President!

    Mama Chips sends her regards suckas!!!! You CANNOT defeat us…

    • 145 desertflower
      May 18, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      🙂 Look at you! You know, this one’s going to put the last one to shame…we will crush them! The people will speak again, in case they didn’t hear us the FIRST TIME!

  34. May 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    It’s amazing that their is Zero news being leaked, from this meeting.
    I keep waiting for some News, preferably hood news. LOL!

  35. 149 GGail
    May 18, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    O.M.G., I’m getting so excited about the odometer turning 10 MILLION tonight for sure. I know I won’t be awake to see it……so here’s my two cents.

    CONGRATULATIONS Chipsticks! It couldn’t happen to a better blogger – bar NONE. I know, because I’ve checked out others and found them WANTING. I’ve even seen some blogs who copy new TOD threads, minutes after Chipsticks puts it up. So Chipsticks you stand proudly head and shoulders above the rest.

    Well done Chipsticks, Well done. You are loved and respected by us here at TOD. 🙂 I personally would be lost and ignorant without YOU.

    • 150 desertflower
      May 18, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      This! We love our Chips and TOD! Hardest working, most informative blog…bar none!

      • 151 Ladyhawke
        May 18, 2012 at 10:13 pm

        The Ten Million Click Woman. That’s our Chips. This is so exciting. Sounds like there will be lots of champagne flowing tonight. Maybe there will be mimosas for breakfast. Yummy…

  36. 153 desertflower
    May 18, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    We ALL have work to do!

  37. 155 Dudette
    May 18, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Carlos — kick it, babeeee!!

  38. 156 Pamela
    May 18, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Less than 5,000 hits to go! Will it be tonight or tomorrow? My cheesy puffs are actually quite delicious! Matched with wasabi nori from Trader Joe’s, salad, and I’m feasting! No wine though.

  39. 159 Dudette
    May 18, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Blow your horns, fellas! Oh yeh!!

  40. May 18, 2012 at 10:15 pm

  41. 162 Don
    May 18, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Maybe if anyone from the Republican Party had any sense at all President Obama would have been more than happy to invite them up to Camp David to sit at the table with the grownups.

  42. May 18, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Hi I have been reading this blog over a year and I have never commented. This is my first post, Hi Everyone….

    • May 18, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      Welcome in from lurkerdom. Grab a seat and enjoy our “fine” company. There are some unruly folks here whose names I’ll not mention, but on the balance we are very nice people. Cheers!! 😆 😆

    • 165 theo67
      May 19, 2012 at 12:55 am

      Welcome Missevie! Glad you emerged from the shadows. 🙂

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