The NATO summit, day 2

President Obama talks with members of this staff before taking his seat for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) meeting on Afghanistan at the NATO Summit in Chicago

…. with British PM David Cameron

…. with Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt

55 Responses to “The NATO summit, day 2”

  1. 1 Allison
    May 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm


  2. 4 SueBee
    May 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm


  3. 5 symmetry11
    May 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Good afternoon Chips & TOD fam.

  4. May 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I lost my runner …oh she is back??? ^:-/

  5. 10 amk for obama
    May 21, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    With that note, gunnite folks. Wifey unit throwing visual darts at me.

  6. 13 mtmarilyn
    May 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Good morning Chips and TOD family! So love those pictures of the President laughing. His smile brightens my whole day. Can’t wait to hear his commencement speech tonight!

    • 14 theo67
      May 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      I know – I find myself smiling at my computer monitor… He seems to really love this stuff! Which is good, because he’s going to be doing it for another four years.

  7. 15 ctgirl7
    May 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Look at the way HRC is looking at POTUS :-).

  8. 22 jacquelineoboomer
    May 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    It’s just a shame that President Obama couldn’t have enjoyed a little camaraderie at the NATO summit, when he was being such a fine host. He just sat in the corner looking sad. It was a shame the others didn’t want to chat him up or get their photos taken with him. Lonely guy.

    • May 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      Don’t you just hate the way he brings such darkness to the room? How he’s never the center of attention, always biting his nails and looking awkward? If he only had just a snippet of charisma……He should work on that awful smile, too.

      • 24 hopefruit2
        May 21, 2012 at 12:57 pm

        He could learn a lesson or two from Willard- the master of charm, charisma, etc..

        • 25 theo67
          May 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm

          Maybe Mitt can teach him about hair gel, too. And as for style – send President Obama a picture of Mitt in those jeans, to show him how a “real man” should wear his mom-jeans. Sheesh!

      • 26 ChristiMTL
        May 21, 2012 at 12:58 pm

        No kidding

        So somber, it’s depressing to look at…..he doesn’t look presidential at all….yea don’t get me started on that awful smile…lol

    • 27 Ladyhawke
      May 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      I hear ya JO and meta. President Obama really needs to work on his interpersonal skills. After all, when you are the leader of the free world it’s important that world leaders like you. /snark/

  9. May 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Those world leaders must be so funny!—–encouraging!—-President Obama looks like he’s having a blast! I bet someone showed them Snark Knoller’s tweets re. Mitt with his new dog Spot, errrrr, Jo.

  10. 29 Debz
    May 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    My POTUS looks hawt!!!!!!!!!!

  11. 31 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Fascinating chirpstory from David Waldman (@KagroX) and lots of interesting and thought provoking tweets. He’s all over Romney & Bain today.



  12. 32 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Daily Reminder ….

    Boring, perhaps, but oh so true ….



  13. 33 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    The Truly Most Interesting Man in the World.

  14. 36 smoothscotch
    May 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Gawd, he always looks hot. I keep looking to see if there’s more like him close to me, so far no luck, dammit!

  15. 38 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 21, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Just love the way SoS Clinton looks at President Obama in so many photos – the one above being illustrative of just how much she admires and enjoys being with him.


  16. May 21, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Why oh why did I look at Yahoo news. I know better! I am going to breathe now.

    • 40 Dudette
      May 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      Horrors! I learned my lesson long ago — don’t even click the link and try to just read the article. The stench from the comments will seep up the page and take your breath away. You just gotta go cold turkey and get your news elsewhere.

  17. May 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    He is so handsome and so very popular among world leaders. Why don’t Americans see that? Makes me crazy!!

    • May 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Who drives me crazy are the Americans who do not get that he is fighting for them. Instead, they hang on to pettiness and small-mindedness. I do not get it. My friend says, “that’s because you do not get hate.”

      • 43 smoothscotch
        May 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm

        That’s so true. I always wonder if the haters of PBO were very sick and he offered them assistance if they would turn it down based on their principles.

        Now, here’s my pettiness, I would think about stepping over them, that’s why I’m not in public office. I find a lot of people too sanctimonious for me.

    • 44 theo67
      May 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Many of them simply don’t want to.

    • 48 anniebella
      May 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Jackie, because to alot of Republicans it’s not about how handsome he is, it’s about the color of his skin.

      • 49 anniebella
        May 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

        There are many reasons why I support President Obama, and how handsome he is is not at the top of my list.

  18. May 21, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Andrea Mitchell and Chuck Todd——what a dynamic duo!—–gag! First Andrea starts her show by showing Obama throwing the football at Soldier Field and says President Obama tries a “hail Mary”—-what?—-but is the Obama team guilty of being too rough on Bain??? And now Todd and Mitchell, that comedy duo, are talking about how the protests have really ruined this NATO summit for Obama and Chgo—–what???—–all news reports say the exact opposite, saying all went off with minimum confrontation or number of disturbances. Now Andrea is saying what a disaster that there was no agreement with Pakistan—-or something—-always looking for some darkness to report while ignoring all the positive. Todd did report that Obama people not at all pleased with Cory Booker’s “deep thoughts” he shared yesterday, and that Booker had a little help with his decision to “explain” what he meant. Now she’s asking Axelrod about the Booker fiasco and what he considered nauseating. Axelrod said Booker heard from a lot of people for his major f-up. Axelrod saying he loves Booker, if he’s ever in a burning bldg. he would want him near, but in this case he is “just wrong”. Andrea refuses to give up and asks if these attacks on Bain are “fair”.
    That’s all I can take. Oh, and Axe said Chgo did great with the security for NATO protests. It’s like someone has to walk right behind Andrea correcting everything she says.

  19. 52 relellit
    May 21, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Good afternoon

    I see Andrea Mitchell is doing a good job asking all the questions the GOP tea sucking backers e-mailed her.

    Grill her real good Axe; she knows better


    You asked, do we know each other, because that is my nickname for Christie, “Krispy Kreme”?

    I think so. Don’t you remember the time we called him Governor Soprano? 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

  20. 53 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 1:28 pm

  21. 54 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm


    So we are supposed to ignore Romney’s job performance as governor. And not mention the fact that RomneyCare was the template for ObamaCare. All that leaves is Bain and the 2004 Winter Olympics. Now there’s a hefty resume for the Oval Office. Romney seems to forget he is running against a sitting president, not a first term U.S. senator. The lack of experience meme just won’t work this time.

    ‘Is that a record to be proud of?’

    By Steve Benen


    The larger point, of course, is that we’re looking at a campaign dynamic without a modern precedent, especially for a governor running for the White House. In 2000, George W. Bush said, “Look at what I did in Texas.” In 1992, Bill Clinton said, “Look at what I did in Arkansas.” In 1980, Ronald Reagan said, “Look at what I did in California.”

    And in 2012, Mitt Romney is saying, “Look at what I did at Bain Capital.”

    You know there’s a problem for Romney when his own top surrogates struggle to defend his record in Massachusetts — his only experience in government — during a Fox News interview.

    Indeed, let’s also not forget that Jon Huntsman, who’s endorsed Romney, said through his campaign last summer, “The reality is Mitt Romney’s record on job creation was abysmal by every standard.”



  22. May 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Questions at the Press Conference-

    Do you talk to Rev Wright anymore?

    How is Jodi Kantor doing these Days?

    Do you agree with Cory Bookers assessment of Bain, the first one?

    What is your Handicap?

    Do you agree with the House passed measure, approving of the Future War with Iran? If not, why not?

    Are you going to the Senate Hearing of the Secret Service Prostitute investigation? If not, why not?

    Why dont you personally love COAL?


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