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Do Like The President And First Lady; Chat….Chat….Chat….

65 Responses to “Chat Away….”

  1. 1 JER
    March 31, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Hello everybody.

  2. 6 pugeretto
    March 31, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Great job UT & TODs – Happy Easter !

  3. 8 hopefruit2
    March 31, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Ut -you’re holding down the fort quite nicely on this lovely Easter eve.

    Many thanks! 🙂

  4. 9 JER
    March 31, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    You are doing great work UT.

  5. 11 utaustinliberal
    March 31, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Congratulations JER and Pugeretto! You both tied for first place. Hopefruit, you get an honorable mention because you were so close.

    p.s. Thanks JER, Pugeretto, and Hopefruit for the kind words. 😀

    • March 31, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      Great day for family photos. Thanks ut. 😀

    • 13 pugeretto
      March 31, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      Thanks! Love all the photos all over the place. Full time job to follow all the photos, besides all other news. I really love seeing how the girls have grown – just takes a few years & what a difference. One special family.

  6. 14 pugeretto
    March 31, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    My iPhone has someone’s tweet stuck in it, & I can’t use mobile twitter….have to get the phone checked out tomorrow. I think this is great everyone doing blog with Chips. Never skips a beat!

  7. 17 vitaminlover
    March 31, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Yes I do like the President and First Lady. I like their groove.

  8. 18 forus50
    March 31, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks UT! Although I wouldn’t call that flirting going on as chatting. 🙂

  9. March 31, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Have been working my way through the Jon Favreau forum at the Kennedy School which Nerdy Wonka tweeted about. Definitely worth the time!! Happy beautiful Easter.

  10. 20 majiir
    March 31, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    It’s wonderful seeing our president and FL still as much in love today as they were on the day they got married. They remind me of my dearly departed parents who were married for 52 years when my mom passed in 1999. When we were growing up, the one thing we kids could always look forward to was seeing my dad and mom kiss each other every day. PBO made an excellent choice when he met, dated, and married Michelle Robinson, and as he has said, he’s a lucky man.

  11. 22 jacquelineoboomer
    March 31, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Oops – Didn’t realize there was a new post, so will bring this over here.

    This is cool. Y’all may have seen Richard Blanco, President Obama’s choice as his 2013 Inaugural Poet, on CBS Sunday Morning today. He sent this out, via e-mail tonight, with a poem from one of his books of poetry. He’s still very humble and very much in awe that he was chosen but isn’t quite sure why – he said he likes to think President Obama and Mrs. Obama “were talking” and chose him!


  12. 25 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 31, 2013 at 10:09 pm

  13. 26 isonprize
    March 31, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    I look forward to waking up with President Obama as my president!!

  14. 28 cookemom
    March 31, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Depending on where you live, there’s only a few hours left to vote for my #2 kid Kelauni Cook to win her dream job as a travel correspondent. The contest closes at midnight tonight. She’s doing her best to prove her mom wrong, when I really, really, really, tried to do everything I could to convince her to go into medicine. After all, she’d already aced her way through college all four years with a major in Biology, minor Chemistry.

    Imagine my disbelief when she announced, she just didn’t have any passion for science, only aptitude. There went my personal free healthcare. Which, for her, wasn’t enough to pursue it. Soo, she’s decided that becoming a videographer while documenting her various travel experiences. She does intend to continue her education and go for a PHD in Cultural Anthropology. That is, as soon as she settles down somewhere.

    So thanks to all of you who helped her out. Thanks to Chips for allowing me to post such a personal requests on her site. Here’s my last time posting the link and once again, thanks for voting for my bag lady extraordinaire: http://www.mydestination.com/users/kelauni/bbb#tab

    • March 31, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      Wish I could have voted more than once 🙂 and do hope she wins!!!!

      • 30 cookemom
        March 31, 2013 at 10:48 pm

        Thanks so much Bobfr. I really appreciate your support. I believe you may have been able to vote more than once, but there’s nowhere in the rules on the site that gives any info on that. Regardless, I’ve been voting at least daily. I figured the only thing I had to lose was a few pixels.

        • 31 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          March 31, 2013 at 10:53 pm

          Oh, you were supposed to vote only once per day? I’ve been doing FB, Twitter & g+ daily…

          • 32 cookemom
            March 31, 2013 at 11:02 pm

            I dont know Alycee, I’ve been voting at least daily from several computers. They were so vague about the voting requirements. I tweeted, fb’d, stumbled, pinned it, all along. Fingers crossed she gets top 10 and gets a chance to woo them during the week long interview process in the UK, where they’ll pick the winner.

    • 33 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      March 31, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      Done. So hope she wins, I’m looking forward to traveling with her!

    • 34 desertflower
      March 31, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      I wish that I could have done this for her, cookemom. As I told you earlier, I don’t do FB, Twitter, or any of the other means of voting. I feel bad 😦 She is an extraordinary woman, no matter what happens. You must be more than proud of all she’s already done with her life. I hope that she wins this and lives her passion. She has a great mama:)

      • 35 cookemom
        March 31, 2013 at 10:59 pm

        awww, shucks……thanks df. I appreciate the kind words, which are always better than anything else you could have done. I don’t know why they restricted the contest to social media outlets. Yes, we’re very proud and I do secretly rather she pursue her passion, than to settle for trappings.

        • 36 99ts
          March 31, 2013 at 11:28 pm

          I’m a df type cookemom – wish they had other sort of voting – but wishing your daughter all and more for the comp.

          • 37 cookemom
            April 1, 2013 at 12:23 am

            thanks 99s, as I said to df, the kind words mean so much, and I thank you for yours.

            • 38 99ts
              April 1, 2013 at 1:54 am

              Your cheery words and optimism always make the world look better cookemom – no doubt your daughter has the same ideas

    • March 31, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      Facebooked, stumbled, g+’ed, pinned, everything except tweeted because my account was hacked and shut down and I haven’t sorted it out yet.

      • 40 cookemom
        April 1, 2013 at 12:22 am

        thanks so much maryl1 much appreciated. be careful of the Tweetsneakpeeps. I hope you get that sorted soon.

        • April 1, 2013 at 1:01 am

          It is a proud thing to see our children make decisions about their lives and then work hard to accomplish their goals, even though they may not be the ones we had thought of for them.

    • April 1, 2013 at 12:10 am

      My vote’s in! 🙂 Best of luck to #2

  15. 44 Nena20409
    March 31, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Another beautiful, nicely well executed post. Thank you Ut.

  16. 45 anniebella
    March 31, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Looking forward to the Easter Egg Roll tomorrow. Oh how I wish I could be there.

    • 46 hopefruit2
      March 31, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      Yup. But thank goodness for TOD and whitehouse.gov! Otherwise we could only experience the event by being subject to the nasty,petty, snarky, juvenile reporting of the overpaid, underworked pundiots who call themselves journalists.

  17. 48 cookemom
    March 31, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    I just watched one of my favorite TV shows, The Good Wife and as the show ended, this song played in the background. Awesome sauce:

  18. 50 desertflower
    March 31, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    http://www.wkrg.com/story/21840025/breaking-news-toddler-killed-in-shooting-in-prichard Another 4 year old. Lost to guns. Easily available and not locked away. How is this responsible ownership of a lethal weapon? More heartache. How many have to die, when is enough, enough?

  19. 51 desertflower
    March 31, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Can someone keep this for safe keeping??

    • 52 99ts
      March 31, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      How to ruin a neighborhood & who knows what else when the oil is in the drains – in one easy lesson – no doubt they’ll have the lawyers working overtime – not to mention the sad “apology” – “sorry for the inconvenience”!!


    • 53 isonprize
      April 1, 2013 at 12:52 am

      WOW!!! They will NEVER be able to sell those houses. I know I wouldn’t buy it. And dude thinks his house is okay because he lives across the street?? I don’t think so…. Wow…

  20. 54 dotster3
    March 31, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Tragic—–what adult was irresponsible with this gun and ultimately responsible for this horrific death?

    • 55 99ts
      March 31, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      Don’t know about the adult – I would blame the gun – when will people admit that guns kill – so an adult will go to jail – doesn’t bring back the babe – doesn’t stop anyone owning a gun. There will always be irresponsible gun ownership – directly in proportion to the number of guns. Get rid of the guns – the number of “irresponsible” owners will fall.

      Every time I hear more about it – I just can’t imagine having to live in an environment where owning guns is the normal course of events.

    • 58 anniebella
      April 1, 2013 at 12:10 am

      How sad. How sad.

  21. 60 amk for obama
    April 1, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Private newspapers are published in Burma for the first time in almost 50 years, as the latest in a series of democratic reforms comes into effect.


  22. 61 amk for obama
    April 1, 2013 at 12:07 am

  23. 62 jacquelineoboomer
    April 1, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Here’s a guy who’s got the right idea!

  24. 64 susanne
    April 1, 2013 at 1:19 am

    aloha chips and ohana!

    i’ve become a lurker of late, and miss conversing with you all. thanks to all who make the time every day to contribute here!

    i just have to pop in to say: please everyone, go outside and play! i want the president to play more golf, the first lady to dance around the garden, the first girls to do handstands and cartwheels, and everybody, everybody to just get out of town for a bit. spring is here (or on its way) and we human animals need to feel the earth beneath our feet, the sky above our heads, and the green things growin’ all around all around.

    yes, i said ‘need’:


    besides, mom told us it was good for us, and that should be enough 🙂

  25. 65 amk for obama
    April 1, 2013 at 2:46 am


    Indian supreme court denies novartis patent right.

    ndia’s Supreme Court has rejected a plea by Novartis to patent an updated version of its cancer drug, Glivec.

    The Swiss drugmaker had been denied a patent by Indian authorities on the grounds that the new version was only slightly different from the old.

    There were concerns that a patent could threaten access to cheap generic versions of drugs in poorer countries.

    Glivec, which is used to treat chronic myeloid leukaemia and other cancers, costs about $2,600 (£1,710) a month.

    The generic equivalent is currently available in India for just $175.

    Anand Grover, a lawyer representing Cancer Patients Aid Association, said he was “ecstatic with the ruling”.

    “This will go a long way in providing affordable medicine for the poor,” he said.

    Novartis applied for a patent in 2006 for its new version of the drug, arguing that it was easier to absorb and therefore qualified for a fresh patent.

    However, the Indian patent authority rejected the application based on a law aimed at preventing companies from getting fresh patents by making only minor changes to existing drugs, a practice known as “evergreening”.

    Officials also turned down a subsequent appeal by the company three years later.

    On Monday, India’s Supreme court rejected the firm’s appeal to get patent protection for the drug.


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