Chat Away

President Obama greets children on the South Lawn of the White House after returning from the Jersey Shore, May 28. The children had earlier helped harvest vegetables in the First Lady’s White House garden. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)


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  1. May 29, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    • 17 utaustinliberal
      May 29, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Hahahahahahahaha…..his “transition team.” I remember he even had a website for it. Before it was conveniently locked after it leaked.

      Delusions of grandeur had nothing on Mitt and Ann Romney.

  2. May 29, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Just to let everyone know what’s going on in LL-land:

    Morning Obots!

    I feel SCADS better today. Amazing what an afternoon and evening of rest will do for you.

    I had a brilliant idea on the way to work for my missus, on how she can both work and go to school for her RN so that the loans will be lessened: work home healthcare! She could set her own hours and work as much as she wanted to. Then that would be some part time income while she did school. Nice to see that my very expensive education comes in handy sometimes.

    GB, if you’re reading, hang in there. It will all work out for the good.

    • 19 Layla
      May 29, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Great plan LL. I have been a home care nurse for many many years and thoroughly enjoy it. It is true you can set your own hours and days of availability. It will help her also knowledge wise when she enters school. Just a great profession, helping people is very rewarding!

    • 21 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      May 29, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      D-i-L #2 is doing just that; school during the day, HHC on the weekends. It has worked out very well for her.

    • 22 MightyPamela
      May 29, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Indeed, as a private duty home health worker, not an RN, when I am fit and able to work. I am self-employed, and do very well. I did work with an agency for 2 years, while I built my own client base. I would not care to do agency work again.

  3. 23 Linda
    May 29, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    WASHINGTON — Independent Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY’-fee) is joining the Democratic Party ahead of his bid for a second term.

    The former Republican U.S. senator left the GOP in 2007 and was elected as the nation’s only independent governor in 2010.

    Two Democratic sources say Chafee plans to change his party registration to join the party.

    Chafee has been saying for months that he was thinking about the switch, noting that he shares many positions with Democrats and that joining the party will help with fundraising.

    He is a supporter of President Barack Obama and spoke at last year’s Democratic National Convention.


    • 24 desertflower
      May 29, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      He has always been a very liberal Republican….turned indie……his party left HIM a long time ago.

  4. 25 utaustinliberal
    May 29, 2013 at 1:05 pm

  5. 27 yardarm756
    May 29, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Mrs Greenspan started her show with………’lipstick on the collar’. Imagine that!

  6. 43 utaustinliberal
    May 29, 2013 at 1:07 pm

  7. 44 utaustinliberal
    May 29, 2013 at 1:08 pm

  8. 49 Ladyhawke
    May 29, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Press Secretary Jay Carney is at the podium……..

  9. 50 cookemom
    May 29, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Well happy day all you O’s!!!!! What another great getting up day again in TODville wouldn’t you say???

    I can’t stay long cause I gotta go get all gussied up for PBO’s visit home. Just in case Marine One flies over my house again, I want to make sure that I’m presentable while I wave frantically from my deck. The last time, I swear he had the pilot give me a rotor dip.

    Also too, I have to go find a different shade of lipstick. I have to find a color that stands out more than what he’s already had on his collar. Ahhhh, so much to do, so little time…….

    ttyl O folks!!!

  10. 53 yardarm756
    May 29, 2013 at 1:28 pm


    One evening a husband, thinking he was being funny, said to his wife, ‘Perhaps we should start washing your clothes in ‘Slim Fast’.

    Maybe it would take a few inches off of your butt!’

    His wife was not amused, and decided that she simply couldn’t let such a comment go unrewarded.

    The next morning the husband took a pair of underwear out of his drawer.

    ‘What the heck is this?’ he said to himself as a little ‘dust’ cloud appeared when he shook them out.

    ‘Cathy’, he hollered into the bathroom, ‘Why did you put talcum powder in my underwear?’

    She replied with a snicker. ‘It’s not talcum powder; it’s Miracle Grow!’

    guys just never learn, do not piss off the woman.

  11. May 29, 2013 at 1:49 pm

  12. May 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Warning: Ireland are playing England soon in soccer/football. If it doesn’t go well, the grumpiness level when I return will make Amk look like Mr Happy.

  13. 59 yardarm756
    May 29, 2013 at 1:55 pm


    ‘Dale Duck’

    Marriage changes passion.
    Suddenly you’re in bed with a relative.
    I saw a woman wearing a sweat shirt with ‘Guess’ on it.
    So I said ‘Implants?’
    She hit me.

    How come we choose from just two people to run for president and over fifty for Miss America?

    Now that food has replaced sex in my life,
    I can’t even get into my own pants.

    I signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose fitting clothing. If I HAD any loose fitting clothing, I wouldn’t have signed up in the first place!

    When I was young we used to go ‘skinny dipping,’ now I just ‘chunky dunk.’

    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if whenever we messed up our life we could simply press ‘Ctrl Alt Delete’ and start all over? AMEN, AMEN !!

    Why is it that our children can’t read a Bible in school, but they can in prison?

    Wouldn’t you know it….
    Brain cells come and brain cells go,
    but FAT cells live forever.

    Why do I have to swear on the Bible in court when the Ten Commandments cannot be displayed outside?

    Bumper sticker of the year:
    ‘If you can read this, thank a teacher -and, since it’s in English, thank a soldier’

    And remember: life is like a roll of toilet paper.
    The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

  14. May 29, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Wow, @chrislhayes‘ ratings are in the sewage treatment plant. See, @msnbc, the emoprog never pays.— Scott Finley (@TheScottFinley) May 29, 2013

    • 61 COS
      May 29, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      Does anyone know whether Ed Schultz had a choice of reducing his hours on MSNBC or did they force him to do only 2 shows on the weekend?

      • May 29, 2013 at 2:23 pm

        There are conflicting reports around Ed, there was one story that said he volunteer to move to the weekends so that he would be able to spend more time with his wife. On the other hand there were reports that suggested that he was forced out to make room for Hayes at the 8pm slot

      • 63 Bill
        May 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm

        I do not believe it was ever made public.

        • 64 COS
          May 29, 2013 at 2:47 pm

          Thx. I was just curious. I never watched Hayes, and was wondering why they thought that people needed a daily dose of him.

      • 65 anniebella
        May 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm

        I think they got rid of Ed, if given a choice, I think Ed would have remain on week days. Of course I could be wrong, but I don’t think so.

    • 66 Linda
      May 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Chris Hayes is horrible……

  15. 71 jacquelineoboomer
    May 29, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    RWNJs, in a nutshell:

  16. 80 HZ
    May 29, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Good Day, Chips and my TOD family. Lots of thanks to Chips and all of my gifted TOD brilliant contributors. I enjoy this beautiful haven so much.
    What a joy to wake up and to know that we have a brilliant POTUS in the Oval Office. (And we helped to that).

    (((((((((((( Prayers and candles lit for our GoBrooklyn))))))))))))).

    Take your smiles and place them in someone’s space today.

    Be kind to your spirit; eat something delicious; pray for our men and women in Afghanstan.

    Say a prayer or ‘words of wisdom and favor to be granted to our wonderful President throughout this day.

    Say a prayer for our children who will be looking for their meals from someone today.

    Say a prayer for our President to be strong in all things that he has to deal with today. Just make sure to say a word, a phrase, a few words of goodness spoken from your heart to the space around you for POB and his Administration.

    Have a lovely day, my TOD Family. (((Lots of Hugs to all of my TOD Family.)))HZ

  17. 81 yardarm756
    May 29, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    (Hope I don’t get in trouble for this one.)


    There were 3 good arguments that
    Jesus was Black:
    1. He called everyone brother
    2. He liked Gospel
    3. He didn’t get a fair trial

    But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus wasJewish:
    1. He went into His Father’s business
    2. He lived at home until he was 33
    3. He was sure his Mother was a virgin – and his Mother was sure He was God

    But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus wasItalian:
    1. He talked with His hands
    2. He had wine with His meals
    3. He used olive oil

    But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was aCalifornian:
    1. He never cut His hair
    2. He walked around barefoot all the time
    3. He started a new religion

    But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was an American Indian:
    1. He was at peace with nature
    2. He ate a lot of fish
    3. He talked about the Great Spirit

    But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus wasIrish:
    1. He never got married
    2. He was always telling stories
    3. He loved green pastures

    But the most compelling evidence of all –
    3 proofs that Jesus was a Woman:
    1. He fed a crowd at a moment’s notice when there was virtually no food
    2. He kept trying to get a message across to a bunch of men who just didn’t get it
    3. And even when He was dead, He had to get up because there was still work to do

    Can I get an AMEN!!

  18. 88 Nena20409
    May 29, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Jay “Clark Kent” Carney 5-29-13 WH Press Briefings:


  19. 89 susanne
    May 29, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    another excellent reason to cut meat from your diet:

    ‘ Smithfield Foods, whose signature hams helped make it the world’s largest pork producer, is being taken over by a Chinese firm in a deal that might raise sensitive issues about Chinese involvement in the U.S. food supply.

    The $4.7 billion acquisition by Shuanghui International represents not only the biggest such takeover of an American company by a Chinese firm, but the first of a major U.S. consumer brand. ‘


    • 90 anniebella
      May 29, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      I heard that on the news, and wasn’t to fond of it when I heard it. Couldn’t someone from the U.S. brought the company?

      • 91 Bill
        May 29, 2013 at 3:37 pm

        Annieballa, in the 1980’s the Japanese bought Rockefeller Center and Pebble Beach Golf Course at the top of the then real estate market. After the market crashed Americans repurchased the properties at lower prices. The owners cannot take the assets to their home country and jobs are not lost overseas. This type of investment works out in our international investment world. It is positive they are investing their money here.

      • 92 Bill
        May 29, 2013 at 3:52 pm

        Anniebella, if I remember correctly the current majority owner of Smithfield Foods is Joe Luter, a Koch Brothers type, who now lives in Manhatten. He is from either NC or Virginia, but he is not your typical pig farmer.

  20. May 29, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Dear GoBrooklyn…May you feel the healing energy of the Divine all around you today as you have your surgery.
    Don’t give up. It’s always darkest before the dawn. Much Love and Blessings. Thinking of you.

  21. 94 Linda
    May 29, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A former Nevada powerbroker has been convicted of making illegal campaign contributions to Sen. Harry Reid.

    A federal jury reached its verdict Wednesday in the case against real estate developer and once powerful lobbyist Harvey Whittemore.

    The federal jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts on charges of making excessive campaign contributions, making contributions in the name of another and causing a false statement to be made to the Federal Election Commission.

    The jury was deadlocked on a fourth charge of making a false statement to the FBI.

    Prosecutors say Whittemore gave money to family members and employees in 2007 to make contributions he had promised to Reid while concealing himself as the true source to skirt campaign finance laws.

    Reid has not been accused of any wrongdoing and did not testify during the trial.

    I would bet this happens thousands of times a year.

  22. 96 57andfemale
    May 29, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    “Libertarian” Koch brothers take tens of millions in subsidies. File this under Your Tax Dollars at Work:
    Flagship Koch Industries has taken over $16.5 million in subsidies from 11 different awards, none of which are sales tax breaks (which generally are not subsidies).
    Subsidiary Georgia Pacific has received 72 subsidies worth over $43.9 million (none of these were sales tax breaks).

    At a minimum, the brothers’ total subsidies came in at $73.1 million

  23. 97 Ladyhawke
    May 29, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Joy Reid ‏@TheReidReport 36m


    @TheRevAl asks a great question: did Bill Clinton supporters, black and white, hold him to the same standard they do Obama?


    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin

    • 98 COS
      May 29, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      This is a great question. If PBO had signed the bill with DADT attached, deregulated the banks and other stuff from the Clinton administration, the Clinton supporters would never let up. A prime example is all of the whining when PBO did not issue an executive order to repeal DADT. PBO and FLOTUS are definitely held to different standards. I am so happy that they just let all of the crap roll of their backs and keep pushing forward.

      • 99 nathkatun7
        May 29, 2013 at 3:49 pm

        Totally agree with you, COS!

      • 100 57andfemale
        May 29, 2013 at 3:51 pm

        This infuriates me. Barely a peep when Clinton’s deal-with-the-devil Phil Gramm led to the economic collapse; the telecom bill that allowed Murdoch to buy our media, and opened the door for the Koch Bros. to do the same; destruction of welfare in the name of ‘reform’. Rallying to his defense when he and he alone showed stunning lack of judgment, knowing the Repubs were out to get him, thereby ushering in W.

        But PBO does everything right that is within his power and they bitch. I will never forgive Jonathan Capehart bitching that DADT wasn’t good enough or soon enough. And the damage they did concerning ACA, when apparently it was okay for Bill Clinton’s bank deregulation bill to tank the economy and not okay that PBO was unable to give them free health care in some utopian left wing fantasy.

        This myth that Hillary is going to be some progressive lion is annoying as hell. The Clintons are only progressive on the campaign trail and yet live very comfortably in right-of-center world when it comes to governing.


        • 101 Lovepolitics2008
          May 29, 2013 at 4:12 pm

          Hillary could do good things in the presidency and I would hope for her election if she was the nominee in 2016, but yeah, the Clintons are more cosy with the corporate establishment. And Hillary has always been less confrontational with the military-industrial complex. She’s more hawkish than the president.

          Barack Obama is the more liberal president America has seen in a long long time. He’s just patient, and understands that an incremental approach with RESULTS is better than liberal rhetoric WITHOUT results.

          • 102 57andfemale
            May 29, 2013 at 4:33 pm

            I will support her without question if she is the nominee. I will do a great deal to elect her. I am in this for the long haul and I will fight like hell to elect more and better Democrats every chance I get.

            I will not love Hillary the way I love PBO. I was appalled at her campaign in 2008. But I don’t need to fall in love in order to work as hard as I can to return my country to its reverence for law and its progressive ideals. Don’t need to be in love – just need to be engaged and vote and get others to vote. In this – and only this – I am like a Republican.

        • May 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm

          I think I was the only one that was livid with the Clintons worshipping that is going on. Chris Matthews is one of the greatest offenders in this regard the constant comparison between President Obama and Bill Clinton drives me damn crazy. Take for example the speech the President made about national security recently Matthews had to went into it was clintoneques mumbo jumbo after as if the President is not able to think for himself or articulate his point of views his own way. President Obama has done so much since he has taken office but these so call liberals would want those who didn’t know better to believe differently. Screw them

          • 104 57andfemale
            May 29, 2013 at 4:38 pm

            You are not alone. That being said, I’ll help Hillary get elected if she’s the nominee because I will never ever be complacent about elections in this country ever again. We are in dangerous times and must do the best we can to keep Democrats in power. I don’t need to be in love, I just need to keep the wolf at bay.

            I would like to see the Clintons show some grace and become the elder statesmen that they can be. These dynasties are unseemly. But after 2008, I expect no grace and there is no way Hillary could resist the temptation of the flood of worship she is enjoying. There is no way Hillary won’t run, and frankly I’d like to see a rather calm primary season so we can beat whatever nut job they put up against our nominee.

    • 105 nathkatun7
      May 29, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      LH, great question from the Rev. Al! Thanks to Joy Reid and Jeff Gauvin for tweeting it.

  24. 106 Ladyhawke
    May 29, 2013 at 3:32 pm


    Fear leads to McConnell’s mendacity

    By Steve Benen


    Jamelle Bouie caught the deception:

    The ad ends with a quote from Obama, where he seems to admit to punishing opponents of his administration: “We’re going to punish our enemies, and we’re going to reward our friends.” But this is an out-of-context quote, pulled from a comment made more than two years ago in an interview with Univision radio. “If Latinos sit out the election instead of, ‘we’re going to punish our enemies and we’re going to reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us’ — if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s going to be harder,” Obama said in that interview. McConnell’s use of the quote is the dishonest capstone to an intensely dishonest piece of political rhetoric.

    Two things to keep in mind here. The first is that McConnell’s dishonesty is simply breathtaking. Obama was paraphrasing the strategic thinking of Latino voters, not saying that he, himself, intends to punish his enemies and reward his friends.

    The second is that there’s a remarkable pattern of these out-of-context attacks:



  25. 109 Linda
    May 29, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I laughed out loud at this.

    NEW YORK — Associated Press president and chief executive Gary Pruitt told staff at a Wednesday town hall meeting that the phone records obtained by the government included “thousands and thousands” of calls in and out of the news organization, according to a staffer who attended.

    The AP revealed on May 13 that the Justice Department had seized records for 20 separate phone lines over a two-month period as part of a leak investigation, but has not mentioned how many calls may have been affected.

    Pruitt said Wednesday that the Obama administration acted as “judge, jury and executioner” in secretly obtaining the news organization’s records, a criticism he also leveled in a recent appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

    During the town hall, Pruitt reiterated that the AP did not report on a CIA-thwarted terrorist plot in May 2012 out of national security concerns until sources indicated the Obama administration was going to announce it publicly.


    Also… apparently Eric Holder is meeting with some of these News people ” off the record “… I hope he lets them have it !

    Do they serious think he would let them get away with leaking National Security Information ? I hope we find out who it is that leaked to AP.

  26. 110 Ladyhawke
    May 29, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Already, the Most Unproductive Congress Ever

    By Anne Kim


    At the end of 2012, the 112th Congress went down in history as the most unproductive ever. During 2011-2012, Congress passed a mere 283 laws – fewer than a third of the more than 900 laws passed by the “do-nothing Congress” derided by President Harry S Truman in 1948.

    The current Congress, however, is already on track to shatter the dubious record set by its predecessor.
    In the meantime, the lack of legislative progress hasn’t stymied legislative activity. Lawmakers in the current Congress have already introduced 3,093 bills, while members of the last Congress sponsored 10,437 pieces of legislation. Many members now also engage in a 24/7 sideshow of hearings, town halls, tweets and gigs on Fox and MSNBC.

    But for all this sound and fury, Congress, increasingly, is signifying nothing.



  27. May 29, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Wishing Gobrooklyn all the best, with maximum recovery and healing as she heads into her surgery this evening.

    • 112 nathkatun7
      May 29, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      HF, I join you in sending best wishes to Gobrooklyn! I hope her second surgery is successful and wish her a quick recovery. You are in our thought GB!

  28. 113 anniebella
    May 29, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I was so glad the kids got the chance to see POTUS and shake his hand. The kids seem to have a wonderful day with FLOTUS in the garden, and eating pizza, and seeing POTUS. A day they will never forget. With all the B.S. from the Republicans and media, it’s nice to see these events like this from the Obamas, special moments.

  29. 114 Jovie
    May 29, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    McConell has Dan Pfeiffer in a new ad, when he said on a Sunday show, that the law is irrelevant!
    I saw that one coming!

  30. 116 Jovie
    May 29, 2013 at 5:41 pm

  31. 117 Jovie
    May 29, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    This AA girl on tv right now is a Cornel West desciple!
    You just hear her speak, sounds just like him!

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