Chat Away

President Obama waves to the First lady Michelle Obama and her guests on the Truman Balcony as he returns to the White House from Costa Rica on May 4



9:45: President Obama departs the White House

11:15: Arrives Columbus, Ohio

12:35: Delivers the commencement speech at The Ohio State University

3:25: Arrives the White House


184 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 9 Nena20409
    May 4, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Congrats CarolMaeWY on being Number One ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 10 Nena20409
    May 4, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    The POTUS has landed…..Back In USA ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    Welcome Back, Mr. President โ—

    • May 4, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      He looks so sweet waving to his family!!

    • 12 theo67
      May 4, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      I’m glad he’s home early enough to rest up tonight and enjoy his Saturday evening – especially since he has to work tomorrow, too. He’s a hard-working man.

      • May 4, 2013 at 8:24 pm

        You know Theo, if I could get near his schedulers I’d kick their collective asses – he has to leave the WH at 9:45 AM for Ohio tomorrow, he needs a rest after that trip!!!

        • 14 theo67
          May 4, 2013 at 8:25 pm

          They think he’s a machine.

        • 16 nathkatun7
          May 5, 2013 at 2:44 am

          Chipsticks, these are the hours that CBS reporter Mark Knoller, a.k.a. President Obama’s golf statistician, never reports to the American people. O.K. may be it is because I am much older, but there is absolutely no way I would be functioning normally under President’s Schedule this week.

    • 17 prettyfoot58
      May 4, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      I am sooooooooooo Glad that PBO is home….I always worry…

      • 18 jacquelineoboomer
        May 4, 2013 at 10:05 pm

        I think we all do, prettyfoot. Welcome home, Mr. President! Glad your trip was successful (as usual)!

  3. 19 vcprezofan2
    May 4, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    PBO’s back, is he? Good!

  4. May 4, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Congrats B-day girl Carol! Is it me, or has this Saturday been busier than most? Maybe it’s b/c I was M.I.A. for a few weeks…regardless I am happy to see so many visiting the village this weekend!

  5. May 4, 2013 at 8:19 pm

  6. May 4, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    • 26 Nena20409
      May 4, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      Great, Finally. Now if they can also fund a Network that Reports Factually based News and they can use it as a right off…….AJE will try, but more is needed to Right Back the Lazy, Lame News media.

  7. May 4, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    • 29 anniebella
      May 4, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      POTUS is back home I see. That’s good. I see he is waving to FLOTUS and her guests on the Truman Balcony. How nice.

  8. May 4, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    OMG, this brave young man….

    • 31 Nena20409
      May 4, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      That brought tears to my eyes. Hardly 3 weeks ago, this guy was changed for the rest of his life by murderous terrorists.

      • May 4, 2013 at 8:48 pm

        He has such a long road ahead of him but he seems to have the right spirit. May he forever be favorably blessed.

      • 33 hopefruit2
        May 4, 2013 at 8:52 pm

        Yes Nena – it is a very bittersweet photo. My heart goes out to this young man and his family.

    • 34 anniebella
      May 4, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      You are so right, that bravo young man. So much more braver than those cowards who did this to him and all the others. Bless Mr. Bauman.

      • May 4, 2013 at 8:49 pm

        We can only hope that he makes a good recovery and goes on to lead a very fruitful life, despite his suffering at the hands of hatred.

    • May 4, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      SO Awesome! For those that don’t know his story……he saved countless lives, immediately after waking up from surgery

    • 37 HZ
      May 4, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      This is the spirit that keeps me going to help POB. These precious and beautiful loved ones of our dear country have to change their lives for the rest of their lives because of the spirits that are vile and evil that have attacked them and us as a nation. But we keep them close to our hearts and pray for their recovery, healing, and strength. This beautiful act that was done for this beautiful young man is exactly what our beautiful president wants us to remember to do. These who have been wounded and who have left us, young and old stay on POB’s mind constantly. So, let us keep him and them close to our heart by doing those things that will give hope, courage, and goodness to all of us.

      Because I love children and teachers so much, and because they have been my life for all these years; I chose to donate first to the BostonOneFund and then I adopted little Martin Richards family as my family. I found online just what I wanted to remember little Martin two weeks ago. The items arrived. Today, I wore the bracelets, necklace, and my cap out while getting some items at Trader Joe’s. The young lady who helped me pack my car noticed my necklace, hat, and bracelets and asked me where I got them. I then shared with her where and why. Then I asked her if she would support the president and all of us in helping POB and VPBiden get the Gun Safety Bill done(shared with her what she might do) and the Immigration Bill as well.

      She was teary eyed and hugged me. Then she said that she would share with her family and friends to do something like that to remind her and them to say a prayer and ask for healing for the Boston families and the gun violence that has caused so much hurt to so many families. See, we can just do whatever we can think of to help move the agenda forward with POB and VPBiden. (((((((Just Be A Witness for Goodness and Comfort)))))))HZ

      That is why I do what I can do to help in anyway to move our beautiful President forward with his agenda. His plate is still full, but believe me; his heart and soul is also full of ‘goodness of spirit’. a brilliant mind, and a core that cannot be torn apart from its decency.

      Let us always keep our president in our minds, our hearts, and in our prayers and meditations. This gives him inner strength to know that we are doing this as well. He thrives on our prayers, good thoughts along with our good deeds, and we must always remember that.

      I know someone who is close to POB, and believe me, our POTUS is strong. He will need us above all as he completes this journey in his second term. He loves the connection that he has with those of us who have his back and are working alongside him in trying to get things done.

      (((((((((( Thank you for All that you do for all of us and the world, Mr. President.)))))))))HZ
      And (((((((((Thank you my dear beautiful Chips for this beautiful haven.)))))))))))))HZ

      • 38 jackiegrumbacher
        May 4, 2013 at 9:11 pm

        HZ, you are a beautiful soul and you are so right about PBO needing all of us to help him. Together we are a powerful force.

      • 39 jacquelineoboomer
        May 4, 2013 at 10:09 pm

        Thank you for everything YOU are doing, HZ! Have a good evening.

      • 40 nathkatun7
        May 5, 2013 at 2:53 am

        Absolutely marvelous commentary, HZ! Thank you for imploring us to have the President’s back both in our actions and in our thoughts/prayers. As Dr. King used to say, “we’ve come this far to turn back!” We must blow a trumpet of “No Retreat” in support of our President.

  9. 41 Jovie
    May 4, 2013 at 8:37 pm

  10. May 4, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Some very important reads….grab some coffee and take a gander, if you have the time.

  11. May 4, 2013 at 8:42 pm

  12. May 4, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Our PB is having quite the birthday!!

    • 45 theo67
      May 4, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Another member of the Taurus club!

    • May 4, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      Happy B-Day Pink Bunny what a beautiful cake…….I hope you have one just as delicious and if not well enjoy being with family and friends, thanks for inviting your online family to celebrate one more year and many more.

      • May 4, 2013 at 9:29 pm

        CarolMaeWY mentioned on a earlier thread that today’s her birthday too! Wished her a happy BD earlier.

        Saw your question yesterday to LibLib about the Malibu fires in the late 1970s.

        I worked in Pt. Dume from 1978-1982, and during that time there were several devastating fires. On the windiest day of the year in Oct 1978, we saw a tiny wisp of smoke about noon from the vicinity of the Ventura Fwy/Kanan. By 4 pm, the fire had roared to Broadbeach, completely gutting the homes there. A few years later (1981?) another fire destroyed most of the mobile homes in Paradise Cove.

        So it’s been over 30 years for the chapparal to grow back in that area, which makes the fire danger even worst. But the very worst is that windy days bring out the crazy arsonists. Almost all these fires were deliberately set off by some arsonist a few feet away from the Ventura freeway.

        That’s the long answer that I remember those fires.

      • 53 HZ
        May 4, 2013 at 10:19 pm

        JoJo, how are you doing? I have thought of you because of the fires. I pray that you are fine. I also hope that Tally is fine as well.(((((((( Lots of good praying for all of us on the westcoast.HZ))))))))

    • 54 jackiegrumbacher
      May 4, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      Happy Birthday, PB. Hope it’s been a great day.

    • 55 globalcitizenlinda
      May 4, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      happy birthday! wishing you the best in what lies ahead

    • 56 prettyfoot58
      May 4, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      Happyyyyyyyyyyy Birthday….PB

      • 57 HZ
        May 4, 2013 at 10:16 pm

        Happy Birthday PB. I hope that your day was lovely and filled with a lot of fun things for you. Enjoy the evening of your special day.HZ

    • May 4, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      Happy Birthday. We share the day!

    • 61 nathkatun7
      May 5, 2013 at 2:59 am

      Happy Birthday PB! I hope you had a wonderful day.

  13. 62 isonprize
    May 4, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    I LOVE IT when my President steps off Marine One, safe & sound, back home with all of his girls – Michelle, Malia, Sasha and of course, Mrs. Robinson.

    On a sadder note, here’s a toon, it may be a repeat, but I think it bears repeating…

    Speaking at the NRA convention. Not Speaking.

  14. 64 globalcitizenlinda
    May 4, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    the photo of PBO at FLOTUS and guests reminds of the day that the First Daughters and BO waited for PBO to return. the rotors of Marine One messed up their hair

  15. 66 globalcitizenlinda
    May 4, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    are there any other reports (other than Syrian State TV) confirming what is happening in Damascus?

  16. 69 Jovie
    May 4, 2013 at 8:53 pm

  17. May 4, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    I see some west coasters on this thread so am repeating something I posted on Thursday (hope that Susanne in Hawaii checks in too). This should be interest to anyone living in Alaska, Hawai, and the west of Canada and the U.S.

    The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will convene international experts at a public colloquium to explore the impact of Fukushima on the ocean and human health. The panel will be held on May 9, 2013, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. EDT and simulcast on the Web (http://www.whoi.edu/fukushima). Online viewers are encouraged to participate and send questions for the panel discussion via Twitter. The event hashtag is #WHOIfukushima. Questions during the discussion can also be sent via email to cmer@whoi.edu.


    I see very little coverage of the impact to the oceans of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and hope that the media will report on what goes on Thursday. Meanwhile, if you have any questions, you can send via Twitter or email.

  18. May 4, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Damn straight …

    • May 4, 2013 at 9:08 pm


      Bombing was ุงุณุฑุงุฆูŠู„ุฉ aircraft within the area of โ€‹โ€‹Syria, and used the weapons as I know the U.S. arsenal JDAM-type cruise missiles and Hellfire missiles in addition to the three giant explosions likely it with non-conventional weapons.
      Number of explosions generally exceeded 40 between the medium and large and three giant explosions caused ground tremor think more than 4 on the Richter scale.
      Multiplied sites are the following:
      – 105 Republican Guard Brigade completely erased
      – Brigade 104 ุงู†ุญู…ู‰ completely
      – Brigade rockets Bakacin the
      – Ammunition depots Bakacin
      – Building scientific research in Jmraiya of
      – Near the site of the coefficient of Defense Balhamh
      – The band’s fourth site near the suburb of Kudsia
      – Armory for the fourth band suburb Kudsia
      – Between the site and expressed the hill likely Llano site strategic missiles (Scud)
      – News unconfirmed reports of mortar within the housing of the Republican Guard Civil Bakdsaa
      – News unconfirmed reports of mortar rounds inside residential areas Bakdsaa the

      Killed at least two thousand Task fourth and military elite forces in addition to a number of elements Lat Party who are in military units

      Continue until the moment of the explosions within the stores of weapons and ammunition, as well as to hear the voices of anti-aircraft all the previously mentioned areas and sounds unknown source shells

      Caution: residents of areas surrounding the sites mentioned, please stay away from windows and balconies for fear of raids and fear of new mortar local result of combustion stores of arms”

    • 85 globalcitizenlinda
      May 4, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      additional reports about the explosion in Syria in mountain.

      tomorrow McCain is booked for fox news sunday for what he tweets to be : developments in Syria

      this is a complex world.

      • 86 theo67
        May 4, 2013 at 9:16 pm

        It’s embarrassing that anyone still listens to McCain about anything.

        • 87 jackiegrumbacher
          May 4, 2013 at 9:19 pm

          Yes it is, Theo. The administration is filled with knowledgeable people, yet Fox must turn to the bigoted one who has an axe to grind against the president and has no direct knowledge of anything. Embarrassing and sad.

          • 88 hopefruit2
            May 4, 2013 at 9:25 pm

            It’s not just Fox. All the major networks including NBC, CNN, ABC…it seems as though when McCain lost the election in 2008, the cable networks decided to console him by promising him face time on one or more of networks every Sunday that he is available. It’s just sickening…

            • 89 africa
              May 4, 2013 at 9:29 pm

              He should be laughed off the stage. He’s been wrong every time, yet he is their go to guy. Despicable. I have no respect for the man.

  19. 90 prettyfoot58
    May 4, 2013 at 9:18 pm

  20. May 4, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Pardon my French, but fuck me running backwards. What the hell is Israel doing? I really doubt that the Syrian rebels want Israel’s “help”. I’m willing to be proven wrong, but I think I’m not.

    • 92 99ts
      May 4, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      I have no idea – but to hazard a guess – trying to force US into another war – and no doubt the GOP will join them in that endeavor

      • May 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm

        thank you, but no thanks. If Israel wants to throw away the lives of its sons and daughters, it’s free to do so. We’ve had enough.

      • 94 africa
        May 4, 2013 at 9:31 pm

        I hope they are ready to fight. The American people are tired of wars.

      • May 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm

        You can be assured, we aren’t putting any ‘boots on the ground’ unless Israel or Turkey are invaded – and the likelihood of either of those events happening is vanishingly small. This is at an entirely different level now …

    • 96 theo67
      May 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      I think they’re working with the warmongers in the GOP – trying to force President Obama’s hand. They’ve entered into a war without an exit strategy – because they think it’s just that simple. This is what happens with people who can’t learn from their past mistakes – because they think they haven’t made any.

    • May 4, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      Note my comment above, LL.

      This is all about Israel – Iran. That is really the only lens to use to focus on what happened tonight – something that was going to happen, inevitably, as Iran has been packing Syria, and moving to pack Lebanon (Hezbollah) with an arsenal that could rain a very large number of surface-to-surface missiles on Israel. BTW, that’s just my impression from all I have been reading these past ~ 15 months.

      • May 4, 2013 at 9:35 pm

        I figured it was about Iran.

        Just to refresh everyone, Assad and the ruling elite are from the Alawite branch of Islam, which is a Shi’ite offshoot. So they have confessional allegiance to Iran and Hezbollah. That’s why Nasrallah came out full bore for Assad earlier this week.

        It’s too small a patch of land with too many tinderboxes for the world to sleep easily.

        • May 4, 2013 at 9:39 pm

          Yes, and through that lens one understands why Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, etc., are particularly interested in seeing Iran, Assad/Alawite/Hezbollah get crushed.

          • May 4, 2013 at 9:40 pm

            I can understand that. But why don’t THEY put their own boots on the ground? What use are all the weapons we sell them?

            • May 4, 2013 at 10:16 pm

              As you know, LL, most of the arms sales the US makes to SA, Qatar, etc., are done for revenue and to ensure Iran never gives a thought to attacking them. They’re not going to engage their armies and they know – Libya as a prime example – that PBO is not going to do the dumb shit GWB did.

              We all know this comes down to Iran v Israel. Hamas, Hezbollah, etc., are neutered the moment Iran stops supplying them. The Palestinians actually have some hope, if Iran is neutered. The key has been to have Iran be its own agent of destruction. What it has been doing in Syria the past ~ 18 months is certainly accelerating that agency.

              Israel dealt them a big blow tonight. We soon will know if Iran is ready to go full blown stupid.

          • 105 jacquelineoboomer
            May 4, 2013 at 10:20 pm

            Bob – Can’t thank you enough for all of the insight and levelheadedness you bring to us, always, on topics such as this. I learn a great deal from your direct, well-thought-out, reasoned manner of presenting information. And I mean that.

  21. May 4, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Stewie my wonderpup probably thinks that his middle name is “What are you doing” and last name is “Go to your mom”.

  22. May 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm

  23. May 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm

  24. May 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    ATTN: WEST COAST CANADA, U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii)
    Trying this again, since I see a lot of west coasters on this thread.

    Thursday, May 9
    Woods Hole Institute, Massachusetts

    The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will convene international experts at a public colloquium to explore the impact of Fukushima on the ocean and human health. The panel will be held on May 9, 2013, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. EDT and simulcast on the Web (http://www.whoi.edu/fukushima). Online viewers are encouraged to participate and send questions for the panel discussion via Twitter. The event hashtag is #WHOIfukushima. Questions during the discussion can also be sent via email to cmer@whoi.edu.

    They are accepting questions via Twitter and email and will be viewable online (ends at 6:30 pm Pacific).

    Hopefully the media will report on this discussion since the environmental impact of the Fukushima nuclear disaster has barely been covered by the MSM after the initial tsunami coverage.

  25. 121 globalcitizenlinda
    May 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    its just after 4.30 am in Damascus and by all accounts, there military activities are severe.

    Huge explosions in Mount Qassioun area in the outskirts of Damascus.

    if claims are true that arms shipment was coming from Iran, will Iran get involved ?

  26. May 4, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Ok, I think shit is going to get very hairy for the next couple of weeks. So, I’m making gimlets with real limes for the TOD family. Gather ’round the bar.

  27. May 4, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Waiting to see if this will be confirmed by the White House ….

  28. 139 hopefruit2
    May 4, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Ahh…Gregory couldn’t wait – it’s all about Obama…

  29. May 4, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Ok, in a break from looming war news, another signpost in the missus’ recovery to health.

    We have a very narrow driveway, and she always parked her car towards the street so that she could fit to get in.

    Well, when it was street cleaning day on Thursday, I moved her car all the way up so I could be off the street. It’s been there ever since.

    She came to my work today. Which means… SHE CAN FIT IN HER CAR IF IT’S ALL THE WAY UP THE DRIVEWAY!

    So flipping proud of her.

  30. May 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Undoubtedly …

    … the Iranian mullahs got way more than a tweet, tonight …

  31. May 4, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Wow, uk ok how’s about I bought the new Samsung Galaxy 4, not realizing it was released like 8 DAYS AGO!!! I didn’t even realize it until I just tried to get a otter case for the new phone at best buy. They don’t even have many case choices yet…lol. My cuz says I always be getting the newest & latest…this time I didn’t even do it on purpose…lol

  32. May 4, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    • May 4, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      This one’s funny …

      BTW, he tweets from HOMS, Syria …

    • 161 desertflower
      May 4, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      Been here just reading about all this that you’ve posted…trying to wrap my head around this. But this IS a good question! What if they DO cheer the destruction of a madman’s weapons that were used against them? How does this play for Syria/Israeli relations with the Syrian people that have been murdered under Assad’s regime? Will Israel’s actions be welcomed? How does this change, for better or worse, the alliances and alliegences in the ME? Oh, lord….I need a drink.

  33. 162 Jovie
    May 4, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Israel can take both Syria and Iran, from what I know , we have sold them most of our Advanced Weaponry.

  34. May 4, 2013 at 10:04 pm

  35. May 4, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Another thought behind the strategy of Israel’s attack: If Israel can degrade Assad’s forces sufficiently so that the SNC can oust him, then the more pro-Western elements will take power in Damascus, before AQ has a chance to plant roots.

  36. 170 globalcitizenlinda
    May 4, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    I don’t drink but I may just start now – for the first time in my life!

    I am tense and really scared (I can take a nod from anyone who thinks that I am a crybaby because right now I am)

  37. May 4, 2013 at 10:23 pm

  38. May 4, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Blog Tyrants………I have a post ready. Unless somebody wants to post something else? Let me know soon about to watch the Mayweather fight!

  39. 184 anniebella
    May 4, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Hay the Chicago Bulls just defeated the Brooklyn Nets. So the Bulls will go against the Miami Heats starting Monday night. That will be tough for the Bulls, they have to get some of their guys healthy to maybe have a chance. I wonder if POTUS caught any of the game?

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