97 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 1 carolmaewy
    January 18, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Hello from doc office!

  2. January 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I don’t know who’s luckiest: Him, for having Michelle; her, for having Barack; or us, for having both of them!

    • 8 jacquelineoboomer
      January 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      That’s a toss-up, for sure. I say we all win!

    • 9 ouapiti
      January 18, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      You said it! The good news is, everyone wins!

    • 10 0388jojothecat
      January 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      As an american who had to suffer through eight years of the Bush Admin…..I feel I am lucky to have them both in the WH….PBO keeping us safe and having someone with intelligence running this country and that HE has FLOTUS to help keep him sane and grounded; and that we have a loving caring woman first lady.

      • 11 HZ
        January 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm

        Hi Jojo, thanks for the beautiful truth. We all need to carry this within our spirits as we move into this second term with POB. ((((((( Thanks our beautiful one)))))))HZ

  3. 12 proudmemberofglobalzero
    January 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Just one question, I have been steering clear of TV Pundits….does anyone on any station have anything supportive about the President that is fixing the last TWO administrations messes? Are we Americans that dumb to not know what this man has done for our Country?

    • January 18, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Hi there. I couldn’t attend because I just relocated to Atlanta. I am thinking of watching it on Headline News. Or perhaps PBS.

    • 14 carolmaewy
      January 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      No, just dumb pundits. Had a min wait at most and Fox sounded like hyenas. Don’t know what they said. I got in and out in less than 30 min. They wanted no part of my disease!

    • 15 0388jojothecat
      January 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      RANDI RHOADS ON iHEART RADIO KTLA 1150. She’s on from Noon to 3 PM Pacific Time. Television…..NO. Current had Stefanie Miller on but that is probably going away because Al Gore sold out.

  4. 16 debz
    January 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    We do have a fabulous 1st couple!!!

    Serious question, why is Chris Christie the only politician who has spoken out publicly against the NRA’s ad with the President’s children?? Where are all of the dems in Congress who never miss an opportunity to get in front of a camera to undermine the President?

    • January 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      They are looking over their shoulder and fiercely protecting their A+++++ NRA rating. Worthless critters. They are the reason PBO called off the power of OFA after 2008 election cuz they complained. But now we are wiser. Organizing for Action will put fire under them like they’ve never seen. We the people WILL defend Pres Obama. We have his back.

      • 18 debz
        January 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm

        The msm fails to mention that the dems didn’t want “all those people” calling their offices and bothering them. I’m glad OFA will be lighting them up.

      • January 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm

        Well said! Did not know that about OFA first time around. Shame on them. Indeed we do, with gratitude for all he’s done, will do, and all he means to this country.

    • 20 carolmaewy
      January 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      If we love bomb Christie, will his party hate him?

  5. 22 hopefruit2
    January 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    As I walk away, Chips quietly posts a new thread, thus depriving me of my first place. Tsk, tsk, tsk 😦

  6. January 18, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Such a Beoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooootifuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuul First Couple 😆 😆 😆 😆

    • 24 Chi
      January 19, 2013 at 1:34 am

      They absolutely are…

      Not only inspiring, but completely swoon worthy…

      I love them so much as a couple – so powerful, so compelling, so magical…

  7. 25 cookemom
    January 18, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Andrea Mitchell is doing snippets from her coverage and flashbacks of past inaugurals and events surrounding them. I was first struck by her brunette helmet hair of the 80’s. Trust me, she needed to go blonde. She also showed interviewing then 1st term Senator Obama on Bush’s pick for Secty of Defense who said then, a president should be able to choose who he wants to fill his cabinet position. She also interviewed W’s speech writer, who was very sympathetic to PBO’s trying to work in a hostile climate of ‘pubs.

    What also stuck with me was that for the second time in as many days, Ms Mitchell mentioned the documentary that aired last week about the meeting the Repub leaders held on the night of PBO’s inauguration. She acted as if she’d never heard of the meeting or who was in attendance. Both times she asked the guest did they know about it, and how was PBO suppose to govern after that. She asked could anyone blame him for bypassing them. Now, here’s where I go, ‘WHAT!!!!!’ I know about that meeting way over here in Cookemomdom, and she’s sitting in the center of the media news, and she doesn’t know this. Maybe when you get to the level of on-air punditry, you really don’t have to know about anything that’s going on around you. You just show up for work, talk about what the producer says is the topic of the day, and let your guest just say whatever they want unchallenged. How can you challenge them if you don’t even know what they’re talking about? I may be wrong, but she seemed genuinely surprised.

    • 26 jackiegrumbacher
      January 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      Well Cookemon, three possibilities: 1) She’s lying, actually knew about the conspiracy and is artfully pretending innocence; 2) She deliberate sticks her head in a deep hole that only contains GOP talking points and so never knows anything the GOP doesn’t tell her; or 3) People on TOD are smarter and better informed than anyone in the beltway media as well as half the US population. They’re all appealing, but I do like #3.

      • 27 hopefruit2
        January 18, 2013 at 2:04 pm

        I wager all of the above is true. Andrea Mitchell is a liar who is also bought and paid for by the corporate GOP hacks to spew their talking points, and ALL TODers are smarter and better informed than her/Media.

      • 28 cookemom
        January 18, 2013 at 2:11 pm

        Well, #3 is a definite and a given. I think it’s because once she moved up to a big title, do nothing position, she doesn’t feel the need to actually know anything. It’s like she shows up to work and is given a script to act out for an hour, then it’s off for high tea and spa treatments. I really think she may feel like she’s done her time with the grunge work of investigating, and is OK with being spoon fed.

        That’s why as head of MSNBC’s Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, she followed $arah Pay’em on her book tour. I wrote her an email asking her what does that assignment have to do with foreign affairs, was it because $arah could see Russia from her house? I didn’t get a response, but within a few days she said that she was returning to the foreign affairs desk at MSNBC. I probably wasn’t, but I’m taking credit for her coming to her senses. I may send her another email asking her if there’s anything else I can enlighten her on.

        • 29 Bill
          January 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm

          My favorite part of that interview was the Tundra Twit jumping from one boat to another doing absolutely nothing, and Mrs Greenspan marveling at her multiple abilities.

    • 30 veryslowwriter
      January 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      I suspect she was genuinely surprised. She’s not an investigative reporter so she doesn’t investigate. Sadly, investigative reporters are very thin on the groiund these days. I blame Obama.

    • 32 carla4obama
      January 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Our Bobfr has been relentless in informing the media about that meeting on the night of our Presidents inauguration. We all knew…why did the media not?

    • 33 Nena20409
      January 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Rev Al Knew about had Newt Gingrich on in June of 2012 and asked him about it on MSNBC. Chuck Tood knew about and has had Mann and Ornstein on his show. It is not new. She is pretending. Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein are Brookings and AEI think tank fellows. They were stable on Sunday Shows and since they wrote their book in early 2012…..The Cablers, and Sunday Shows have banned them. These 98% Journos who are not minorities covering pres Obama have been complicit in the corrosion of our body politic. And the media looking the other way and using the right wing talking points for every question asked a Dem is part of the continued problems.

      David Gregory knows about. Scarborough knows about it. These are some of the people Andrea work with.

      • 34 cookemom
        January 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm

        I don’t think she does anything but the hour at the desk in front of the camera. I don’t think she has a clue, nor cares what’s going on around her. I think she lives in a bubble of her own choosing and is oblivious to stuff she doesn’t want to know about. At least maybe, oblivious to what it may mean at a deeper level.

      • 35 0388jojothecat
        January 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm

        She’s live Bill O the clown on The View pretending he didn’t know of ANYONE on his nutwork that said Hillary was faking being sick although he watches all the shows on his nutwork.

    • 36 Bill
      January 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      I also noticed her surprise at the Republican meeting. Her primary interest seems to be cultivating and maintaining her contacts with little interest in policy or actual politics. Her interview with Gov. Bob “Vaginal Probe” McDonnell (R-VA) was pathetic. McConnell signed a bill lifting a limit of one gun purchase per month to an unlimited number. No question about that. Virginia gun shows are notorious for being the source of illegal guns transported to eastern cities. McConnell said he did not believe a lack of background checks was a problem, and she had no follow up about the reputation of Virginia gun shows. “We have to leave it there”, was her response.

      • 37 cookemom
        January 18, 2013 at 2:32 pm

        Yes, she is the ‘we have to leave it there’ queen. No matter the subject matter, she’s either expressing shock or indifference, nothing in between. It’s so apparent that she is just filling in an otherwise empty hour of her day, she might as well just look down at her watch, gather her things, and say, ‘well alrighty then, I’m outta here, see yous guys tomorrow’.

  8. January 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm

  9. 39 xtine
    January 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    [Pop-Rock group .Fun on Kid Inaugural Ball]:

    “It’s been amazing year, and 2013 is kicking off with us doing the inauguration … it’s just an incredible thing,” said lead singer Nate Ruess. “I think the three of us care so much about Obama and so to be invited, I can’t even deal.”


    [Balls Galore (wink-wink) & Parties! This City is Hopping!]:

    There may still be surprises in store, but plenty of performances are assured. Keys, Paisley, Chris Cornell, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson and Anthony will perform at the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball on Monday.

    Will.i.am, who debuted the song “New Day” at 2009′s inauguration, will be at a number of events, including OurTime.org’s “General Now Party” on Saturday, which also includes John Legend, Jessica Alba, Common and Flo Rida. Eva Longoria will host the “In Performance at the Kennedy Center” event, which celebrates Latino arts and culture, and will feature Antonio Banderas and Rosario Dawson. And 25-year-old pop party girl Ke$ha will perform a charity concert Monday.

    The Creative Coalition will host parties Sunday and Monday that is expected to include Eric Stonestreet, Connie Britton, Taraji P. Henson, Melissa Leo and David Arquette, among others.

    Like will.i.am, soul crooner Legend will attend multiple events, including Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball II with 2 Chainz, Brandy and Pharrell. BET also has a ball that comedian-actor Wayne Brady will host; performers include Bell Biv Devoe, Doug E. Fresh, MC Lyte and Jermaine Dupri. And Pharrell will host an event late Monday that supports education.


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  11. January 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    • 46 utaustinliberal
      January 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      The history that’s being made this time around is so breathtakingly amazing. It’s going to be an emotional but happy weekend for sure.

  12. 47 xtine
    January 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    [Hoo-boy! Wonder why I’m not surprised?!]:

    Ex-New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin charged with bribery, fraud:

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was indicted Friday on 21 corruption charges including wire fraud, bribery and money laundering.

    The charges come from a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen.

    The counts against Nagin include wire fraud, bribery, money laundering, filing false tax returns and conspiracy. […..]


  13. 48 hopefruit2
    January 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm

  14. January 18, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    • 51 debz
      January 18, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      Go Stef!!!!

    • 52 Cman
      January 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      HA! I love HER!

    • 53 Chi
      January 19, 2013 at 1:30 am

      The clearest, most striking and most pertinent response to this ridiculous and bogus meme…

      They’re there to work for him, not socialize with him…

      I wish the other anonymous White House ‘sources’ ‘upset’ with the President, will get with the program or better still, leave…

      The President and First Lady, and the American people can no longer afford these whiny, self-absorbed, self-serving ‘anonymous’ leaky mouths who seem to have forgotten that they’re there to work for the President, not party with him…

      Time to get rid of the peacocks, whiners and jerks – especially those of the the leaky mouth, ‘anonymous sources’ variety…

      Lose lips sink ships…

  15. 54 mtmarilyn
    January 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Good morning Chips and TOD family. Can we buy the Washingtonian somewhere. I have to have a copy of it. I love FLOTUS’s new look and PBO’s official picture.

    I just finished watching last night The Last Word. I hope Chips features his Rewrite in one of the posts. I really feel we need to go after all the NRA board members, they all have blood on their hands. I havI e always admired Tom Selleck, but he has lost it all now.

    I also wanted to tell everyone that our friends that we visited, he is retired from the govenment and still does work for them in his field. He has put me on his email list and I am getting very interested news. Haven’t had time to really sort thru it all but I will start sharing it after I get unpacked. I hope while I am watching the TV I can read thru it all and share it. His specialty is preparing for all kinds of terrorism and disasters here in the US.

    Finally I am at home all day and can finish unpacking and do some laundry. It’s amazing how your house gets to be a mess when you unpack from a trip.

    Have a great day everyone.

    • 55 utaustinliberal
      January 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Lawrence’s NRA and Tom Selleck ‘Rewrite’ was fantastic. People like Tom Selleck and others who are board members, spokespeople, and public faces of the NRA should be shamed everyday for their part in producing, marketing, and lobbying for lax gun regulations and peddling weapons of murder. They have all been strangely silent since the tragedy in Newtown occurred. After hearing Noah Posner’s mother describe how the Bushmaster AR 15 blew off the lower half of her son’s face and blew off chunks of his body, anyone who still sits on the board of the NRA, promotes their agenda, and collects funds from them lacks humanity.

  16. 58 xtine
    January 18, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    [From Greg Sargent. Hmmmm…]:

    Big news. Eric Cantor has just made it official: The GOP leadership is prepared to agree to a three month debt ceiling hike. This is a major de-escalation of the crazy and effectively means Republicans have all but taken the threat of default off the table completely.


    The GOP will now stage the battle to get the spending cuts it wants around the threat of a government shutdown. Remember, GOP aides have explicitly conceded that instigating a confrontation will be necessary in order to placate House conservatives and Tea Partyers who wanted to flirt with default in order to get their way, but will ultimately be forced to accept the fact that this just ain’t gonna happen.


    And make no mistake: Just because the GOP blinked in the debt ceiling fight doesn’t mean the battle over the government shutdown will be easy. As Steve Benen notes, the possibility of a shutdown — and the coming expiration of the sequester — are real threats that pack a real punch.

    But the GOP leadership has signaled that for all practical purposes, it is ready to remove the threat of default from the discussions. That’s very good news for the country. Coming after the GOP cave on the fiscal cliff, that means the score right now is: GOP hostage taking, zero; refusing to buckle to GOP hostage taking, two.


    • January 18, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      The thing is, the GOP really has no leverage in the govt shutdown either. Either they agree to Obama’s plans, or the defense industry gets savaged. And a debt ceiling hike for 3 months? Oh no no no. Their masters won’t like that either.

      • 60 xtine
        January 18, 2013 at 3:54 pm

        Hello! BAM & LOL! Found this in comments at link below.

        Office of the Press Secretary
        __________________________________ _____
        January 18, 2013
        Statement by the Press Secretary

        The President has made clear that Congress has only two options: pay the bills they have racked up, or fail to do so and put our nation into default. We are encouraged that there are signs that Congressional Republicans may back off their insistence on holding our economy hostage to extract drastic cuts in Medicare, education and programs middle class families depend on. Congress must pay its bills and pass a clean debt limit increase without further delay. And as he has said, the President remains committed to further reducing the deficit in a balanced way.


    • 61 cookemom
      January 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      See, what they fail to realize, PBO is not going to debate the debt ceiling now or in three months. So it’s up to them, they can delay for three months, or for eternity, it’s up to them. PBO has said they must do their job. That job is to pass legislation to pay their authorized spending bills or default. Cantor and the rest of the numbnuts think by pushing this off so it lines up with the sequester issue, it will make PBO falter. Heeelllllloooo teabuttbaggers, read your own tea leaves, it ain’t gonna happen.

      I really, really object to the tin foil brigade as the Tea Party. There are only two parties represented in Congress, Republicans and Democrats. To give them a formal name legitimizes a crazy faction of the Republican party and let’s the establishment wing of the party to pretend that the teabutts aren’t really in their party. They are self-named teabaggers and should be referred to as such.

    • 62 xtine
      January 18, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      [From Bob Cesca]:

      […..] I can’t discern what their endgame is because from my perspective this is a clear signal that they aren’t willing to actually default on our national debt.

      Several weeks ago skeptical parties on the left were criticizing the president for supposedly giving up his leverage to win the battle over taxes while ignoring the debt ceiling, but it seems clear now that all he really had to do was go on national TV and explain to the American public — and some sitting congresscritters — what the debt ceiling really is. And this line from Eric Cantor that we “must pay our bills” is the giveaway. […..]


  17. January 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm

  18. January 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Greetings Obots!

    A little blog pimping before I dig into the goodies:

  19. 71 dotster3
    January 18, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Thought this was pretty hilarious—-Jimmy Kimmel’s Lie Witness News goes on the street to ask the public how they liked the inauguration YESTERDAY. They had opinions! They even liked it when Obama threw teddy bears into the crowd!

    • 72 utaustinliberal
      January 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Things like this simultaneously make me laugh and make me concerned that this public is the same one that goes into the voting booth time after time to cast their ballot. It doesn’t take a lot to pay the bare minimum of attention to the bloody news. If one can’t be bothered to watch national news, then watch local news.

  20. 73 dotster3
    January 18, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Stephen Colbert’s sister to run for open S.C. U.S. House seat, will likely face Mark Sanford

    • 74 debz
      January 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      If Stephen is out there campaigning for her she could actually win. He could probably get the college voters to show up. The more dem votes, the better.

    • 75 Bill
      January 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Mark “Appalachian Trail” Sanford is running for the Republican nomination for the same seat.

    • 76 xtine
      January 18, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      I didn’t realize Stephen has had such tragedy in his life: “Her father and two of her brothers were killed in a plane crash when she was 19.”

      • 77 dotster3
        January 18, 2013 at 3:09 pm

        Yes, Stephen said that traumatizing event led to his no fears adult approach to life. I think he meant that after that, nothing else seemed frightening. And I think there were 11 kids in the family, leaving his mom alone to parent and provide, often talks about her piling and stacking them all in the station wagon for outings.

      • 78 nabsentia23
        January 18, 2013 at 5:09 pm

        It was even more devastating for Stephen because he was 11 when they died. These two brothers were the closest to Stephen in age and once they died, there was a seven year gap between him and the second youngest surviving sibling. And his other siblings were already out of the house. Stephen spent a lot time alone with his mother as she raised him.

  21. January 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm

  22. 80 hopefruit2
    January 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    What not to watch – especially the weekend before the Inauguration.

  23. 83 xtine
    January 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    [I find it fascinating how everything around POTUS/FLOTUS seems to interconnect.]:

    If there is a dinner party, the chef who is lucky enough to get the Obama visit could soon be working for the Administration: That’s the case for the five chefs and chef/restaurant owners who have hosted the First Couple on Mrs. Obama’s special day. All have participated in Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, or been named as members of the State Department’s American Chef Corps–or both. And one of the chefs helped the President raise millions for his reelection campaign. Clearly, Mrs. Obama’s dinners were memorable.

    Or she’s used her birthday to woo culinary foot soldiers, because the First Couple has visited plenty of restaurants separately and together, and not everyone winds up on the White House shortlist. […..]

    List of chefs who’re part of Admin. here: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2013/01/for-first-lady-michelle-obamas-birthday.html#more

  24. 84 lockewasright
    January 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is among the most wise and effective articulators and teachers from whom humanity has ever had the honor and opportunity to learn. Certainly, his approach to confrontation is superior to the one being pushed by Wayne LePierre.

  25. 85 xtine
    January 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    AMK, if you’re still around, Balloon Juice is back. It was a domain registration issue.

  26. 86 xtine
    January 18, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    [DonnaDem & TODers, I think we started something! Over at Balloon Juice]:

    A DC area reader wants to do a Balloon Juice inauguration meet-up. Maybe in the city but maybe in Northern VA since the city will be such a zoo.

    Anyone interested?


  27. 87 desertflower
    January 18, 2013 at 3:01 pm


    Pic Of The Moment: GOP Congressional Retreat Conference Agenda

  28. 89 hopefruit2
    January 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Rehearsals for Inauguration 2013!

  29. January 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Good afternoon, TODville.

    Was I ever surprised to see someone I haven’t thought about in 30 years on the front page of the local paper this morning under this headline:
    Inauguration Anticipation
    Constituents pack for second inauguration

    Turns out that the blonde on the front page was my then-boyfriend’s boss. Now she’s a die-hard PBO fan and is going to the Inauguration and the balls!

    Really hate that the online article isn’t the same as the print version, though (really dampens enthusiasm).

    Front page:


  30. 91 hopefruit2
    January 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    More dress rehearsals. LOL @ the stand-ins. 🙂

  31. January 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm

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