Chat Away


“For the President, this was one of the most poignant moments of the his first term. He was visiting wounded warriors in the intensive care unit at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. He had just presented a Purple Heart to Sgt. Chase Haag, who had been injured by an IED just hours before. Sgt. Haag was covered with a blanket and it was difficult to see how badly he was injured. He was also seemingly unconscious, or perhaps just asleep. The President whispered in his ear so not to wake him. Just then, there was a rustling under the blanket and Sgt. Haag, eyes still closed, reached his hand out to shake hands with the President. ‘I’ll never forget that moment,’ someone else in the room later told me.”
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


First Lady Michelle Obama and students from around the country participate in the White House Kitchen Garden spring planting on the South Lawn of the White House, April 4, 2013. Mrs. Obama was joined by students from Benjamin David Gullett Elementary School in Bradenton, Fla., Arthur D. Healey School in Somerville, Mass., Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Technology Academy in Knox County, Tenn., the Milton Elementary School in Milton, Vt., and Harriet Tubman and Bancroft Elementary Schools in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)


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136 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 1 japa21
    June 3, 2013 at 3:04 pm

  2. 7 utaustinliberal
    June 3, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks Linda!

  3. 9 57andfemale
    June 3, 2013 at 3:08 pm

  4. 10 Judith Fardig
    June 3, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I have almost completely stopped watching news on TV and rely on TOD to point me to the important stuff. FORWARD!

    • 12 pickle48
      June 3, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      You’re not the only one. My husband had MSNBC on earlier, but Chris Hayes is more than I can take. He started out with, well, I’m not sure…. but it sounded like a harangue against PBO for going after people who leak government secrets. I can’t stand his smugness.

  5. 13 utaustinliberal
    June 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    RWNJ’s freak out in 3….2….1

    • 14 57andfemale
      June 3, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Hilarious. The bride is beautiful, the dress divine. Cindy McCain’s dress – she got a jar-ful of buttons at a yard sale?

      • 15 dotster3
        June 3, 2013 at 5:04 pm

        I love the wedding dress. And once again—-McCain always separates himself from his wife—–there’s the 3 of them together on the left—-and McCain sorta off by himself somewhat on the right.

      • June 3, 2013 at 6:04 pm

        Oh-kay. That dress looks like it’s made up of the coins paid to Charon, the ferryman of Hades, to get deceased souls across the River Styx!

    • 20 Nena20409
      June 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      John Boehner, his 35 yrs old daughter married a Jamaican in April or early May. Now John McCain’s son is now married to a lovely lady. Haters must hate, their illness. That is ll they have. In the meantime, the world and US in particular, Moves FORWARD! It is about Love. When Love is in the air, beautiful things happen.

      • 21 Judith Fardig
        June 3, 2013 at 6:09 pm

        When Rs like McCain and Boehner have cute little biracial grandkids, maybe they will open their hearts and minds a little! It would be the height of irony for both of them to have a baby Barack grandson!

    • 22 anniebella
      June 3, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      I have always heard that these racists haters don’t like race mixing,but they can handle a black woman/white man better than a white woman/ black man. It’s the black man thing.

    • 23 Bill R.
      June 3, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      Interesting. Glad to see diversity, especially in John McCain’s family. I remember that he lost the SC primary in part because of robocalls Karl Rove put out asserting that McCain’s dark skinned adopted daughter was secretly his out of wedlock, or some such nonsense.

  6. 24 utaustinliberal
    June 3, 2013 at 3:17 pm

  7. 28 hopefruit2
    June 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    • 29 Nena20409
      June 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      GA HF2….ACA Could be…. 😉 sure sounds Great to me. Go, go, ACA, aka, ObamaCares ❗

  8. 30 Jovie
    June 3, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    House panel seeks to boost Pentagon war spending by $5B
    Jeremy Herb
    06/03/13 02:11 PM ET
    The House Armed Services panel’s Defense authorization bill would hike Pentagon spending by $5 billion.…

    Increase spending? From the House? On Wars? Seriously?

    • 31 MightyPamela
      June 3, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Who remembers that poster from the Vietnam era: “War is Good Business, Invest Your Son”. ?

  9. 32 Jovie
    June 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    • 33 Bill
      June 3, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Meanwhile he has free time on MSNBC. Tweety has said he voted for him in the past.

    • 34 Nena20409
      June 3, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Hmm? Whatismichaelsteeletalkingabout?

      4 yrs as a Lt. gov. Ran for an open senate seat. Failed for reelection as a Lt. gov and failed running for the open senate seat.

      I suppose, what a Fool Believes?

    • 35 nathkatun7
      June 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Michael Steele wants to be humiliated. According to my niece in Maryland, Republicans in that state are an endangered specie.

    • 36 Don
      June 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      Obviously Michael Steele didn’t get the hint when the GOP threw him out on his ass after he raised large sums of money and delivered congressional seats during the 2010 midterms to the Repukes. And now he wants to run for governor of the crab state so he can cut taxes for the wealthy in hopes that shit will magically get better.

    • 37 nospin
      June 3, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      will never happen

  10. June 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Thank yooooooooooooooou UT, you’re fantabulous!!!

    Will have a This & That next

  11. 40 Jovie
    June 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    The Interior Department will release details for the first federal offshore wind lease sale Tuesday, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced in a Monday media call.
    Jewell said the lease sale would be for a plot off the Atlantic coast, and said it could serve as a litmus test of industry demand for offshore wind.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/303105-interior-to-announce-plans-for-first-us-offshore-wind-lease-sale#ixzz2VBQEty7i

  12. 41 Nena20409
    June 3, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Happy Monday Afternoon TODers, I hope all is well with You all.

    I am still trying to catch up from Last night.

    Here’s a Jay Carney’s WH Presser today 6-03-13 😉


  13. 42 57andfemale
    June 3, 2013 at 3:35 pm

  14. 43 hopefruit2
    June 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    • 44 Nena20409
      June 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Holy freaking smokes. This guy was unhinged…..and there were idijts defending his actions?

    • 45 utaustinliberal
      June 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      Jeeeeeezus! What the hell?

    • 46 Don
      June 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      But no, motherfuckers were praising this dipshit along with Julian Assange, who Michael Moore offered to pay his bail when the motherfucker got arrested for rape. You can’t make this shit up.

      • 47 hopefruit2
        June 3, 2013 at 3:57 pm

        Indeed Don. I can’t help but notice that currently there is not a single Old Orange diary on Manning, at least not on the rec list anyway.. Hmm…Utter silence on that issue…

    • 48 nathkatun7
      June 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Wow! If that’s not treason then I don’t know what the word treason means any more.

      • June 3, 2013 at 5:26 pm

        WOW….I heard some media creep on Bill Press this morning defending Manning and that it is the right of the “free press” to break laws because without them the people would not know what’s going on and what illegal things their government is doing. I wanted to tell that idjit that the media no longer does anything for “we the people” it just “we the corporate profits”. He also said that the government never tells the media WHO was killed or murdered for leaks. I can not believe the gall of these people.

      • 50 yardarm756
        June 3, 2013 at 5:34 pm

        Providing aid and comfort to the enemy. They should fry his ass. He put everyone on that list at risk including their families. One man with a gun (which are easy to get), could take a copy of that list and go around this country doing a hit and run. Sheesh. I shudder to think about it.

    • 51 jackiegrumbacher
      June 3, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      HF, I would like every emo who pronounced Manning a hero to have this information shoved down their throats. They supported this traitor and gave not one thought for the lives he endangered. They’re unhinged, pure and simple.

      • 52 hopefruit2
        June 3, 2013 at 5:34 pm

        I think Manning was just another weapon in their never-ending desire to stick it to President Obama. The emoLeft is just as deranged as the lunatic right where this President is concerned.

  15. 54 hopefruit2
    June 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

  16. 55 utaustinliberal
    June 3, 2013 at 3:54 pm

  17. 57 utaustinliberal
    June 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    This is what a traitor looks like.

  18. June 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    • 59 Nena20409
      June 3, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      Misguided? Please ask him who died an make him King to judge who are termed misguided or not. Did he go to a special school or was he born with their skill? Weasels like MHastings make me absolutely sick to my stomach.

      • 60 anniebella
        June 3, 2013 at 4:54 pm

        These fools like Michael Hasting need to get over it, AG Holder ain’t going any where, so they need to let it go.

    • 61 nathkatun7
      June 3, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      WTF is Michael Hastings? What the title of the book he is pimping? What exactly has AG Holder done wrong that has incensed him to tweet this nonsense?

  19. 62 utaustinliberal
    June 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    • 63 jackiegrumbacher
      June 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      This is a very big deal, as you know UT. But because it’s good news, we won’t hear about it on tv because IRSBenghaziDOJ.

      • 64 57andfemale
        June 3, 2013 at 5:05 pm

        here is the RWNJ argument I’ve heard against this (I think it was McCain but I honestly don’t remember who): “But that’s on PRIVATE property, not on PUBLIC property and we must open up public lands because……..” I don’t know why, frankly. Except they are completely deranged.

  20. 65 utaustinliberal
    June 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm


  21. 66 Ladyhawke
    June 3, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Domestic Violence Shelters Warn That Sequestration Has Put Women’s Lives On The Line


    • 67 jackiegrumbacher
      June 3, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      LH, I’m willing to bet that not one Republican Congressperson or senator cares what happens to women. I don’t expect it, but it would be nice if a least a few prominent Dems made noise about this.

  22. June 3, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Come on, own up, who broke the Twitter machine?

  23. June 3, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    This is the guy they want to nominate for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Morrow presented a log from Manning’s personal computer dated May 11, 2010, showing that he downloaded a database with the personal information of every service member in Iraq—more than 74,000 in total. Morrow said that the government will show that by downloading this information, and turning it over for public release, Manning was providing foreign intelligence services with an effective phone book. He also cited communication found during the raid that killed bin Laden, in which the al-Qaida leader asked for this database.

    Story here: http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/06/03/bradley-manning-trial-day-one-humanist-or-craving-notoriety/

    • 77 57andfemale
      June 3, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      “The judge in this case, Colonel Denise Lind, has said in pretrial hearings that the government must prove that Manning intended to cause harm when he leaked the documents.” [from link above]

      Leave it to the military to find the one military judge who has found a standard that makes it harder to convict Manning. Pretty much, according to this ‘intention to cause harm’ standard, if Manning says his heart is pure, the prosecution needs to prove otherwise. Not just that he was stupid, naive, or anything – that’s not good enough. All of a sudden, under the Obama administration, they have found a bleeding heart liberal military judge.

  24. 78 anniebella
    June 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    How much of our tax dollars is it costing to keep Gitmo open?.

  25. 79 carolyn
    June 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    A couple of thoughts about Issa and his phony investigation. I have a gut feeling that he will be totally discredited by Labor Day. He’s digging and digging and getting nothing. I think Plouffe’s tweet is the tip of the spear…..more will follow. Carney’s reaction to Issa’s calling him a “paid liar” in today’s press conference, a gentle laugh, really places Issa exactly where he belongs. People like issa cannot tolerate being laughed at, and that’s what needs to happen. Show him up for the hollow man and total criminal and fraud he is.

  26. 86 57andfemale
    June 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Is it Friday yet?

  27. 87 57andfemale
    June 3, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Oh Holy Shit – the Mitt Romney plan for our government:


    • 88 99ts
      June 3, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      Interesting how he was going to “balance the budget” with the 20% tax cut for all. The GOP have NO idea about budgets – they really thought repealing the ACA would give them billions – when in fact the opposite would happen. Also – how was he going to pay the military?

      The dream world of Mitt Romney and the GOP – ably supported by the media (R,USA)

  28. 89 utaustinliberal
    June 3, 2013 at 5:39 pm

  29. June 3, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    damn this is sad news, but there is so hope.

    Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) Announces She Has Lung Cancer

    Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) announced in a statement Monday that she has a treatable form of lung cancer…

  30. 94 hopefruit2
    June 3, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I notice that Glen Greenwald has not tweeted anything since his tweet about Manning and US Justice system at 7:05AM today. I wonder what’s holding him back…I guess he must be really struggling to come up with a nice explanation for why Big Bad Obama/Holder made poor Manning release sensitive info to Al Qaeda…

  31. 95 57andfemale
    June 3, 2013 at 5:49 pm

  32. 96 Ladyhawke
    June 3, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Oliver Willis ‏@owillis 8m


    ny times: “Republicans deny being slow to confirm the president’s nominees.” IF ONLY THERE WERE SOME WAY TO OBJECTIVELY VERIFY THIS!!!!!


  33. 97 57andfemale
    June 3, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    All I know is – I was trying to retweet an Obama Diary tweet and the twitter machine broke again.

    I was a congressional investigation!

    • 98 57andfemale
      June 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      Jees. I really wish it was Friday: “I WANT a congressional investigation”.

    • 99 hopefruit2
      June 3, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      Hmmm..that’s interesting. I was also in the process of attempting to retweet an Obama Diary tweet about Bradley Manning when the Twitter broke.

  34. 100 vcprezofan2
    June 3, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Please help to retweet. A Sandy Hook family asking that pictures etc of the victims’ horrific deaths not be made public. (Read the article)

  35. 101 hopefruit2
    June 3, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    These so-called journalists unwhittingly reveal a whole lot about themselves when we challenge them…stuff that they otherwise would prefer to remain hidden.

    • 102 hopefruit2
      June 3, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      I meant *unwittingly*

    • 103 Bill
      June 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      Hastings is a favorite of Current teevee, Chris Hayes, and Steve Kornacki.

      • 104 hopefruit2
        June 3, 2013 at 6:09 pm

        Not at all surprising. I’m really curious to see how Hayes and Maddow deal with the latest revelations about Manning. Something tells me that not one word will be uttered. Greenwald has not tweeted (or retweeted) anything since those findings were made public. And Hastings has a book he desperately wants sold, so if he can appeal to the lowest common denominator for $$$ – so be it.

    • June 3, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      Hopefruit, it cracked me up that he said the “official” account – like this is WH.gov 😆

  36. 110 Ladyhawke
    June 3, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    It Might Finally Be Time for the ‘Nuclear Option’ in the Senate

    Abolishing filibusters for judicial nominees could be dangerous, but Republican obstructionists have left few alternatives.



    I remain deeply uneasy about a nuclear option, even as I condemn the unprecedented obstructionist tactics employed in the Senate (which were also condemned last week by Bob Dole and lamented by John McCain) and call for deeper reforms, especially on nominations, in Senate rules. The fallout from such a move is unknown but would be substantial and deleterious. It would be far better to return to regular order, and to the use of filibusters as rare events, not routine ones. But if senators who know better — like Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, Susan Collins, Lindsey Graham, and Saxby Chambliss — jump when McConnell tells them and continue to obstruct nominations, they should expect to reap the whirlwind. And they, and their colleagues, will be the ones responsible for the damage done.



  37. 111 Bill
    June 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Tweety and the other MSNBC types are pushing Jonathan Alter’s book which bashes the WH organization and management skills. The book does not have enough hate for the baggers, and it is too much the same old, same old from the chattering class for PBO supporters. I would be surprised to see it do well.

    • 112 Vicki
      June 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      So J. Alter bashes the WH skills. And then what? We won’t re-elect POTUS for a third time?
      Jon Alter and his Bloomberg pals and Huff Poop soul brothers—Howard Fineman Sam Stein all irrelevant and I think pretty stupid.

  38. 113 vitaminlover
    June 3, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    OK now these here repubs seem to think that since they can’t get to our beloved President they will alternate this with Attorney General Holder stacks. These folks are p-i-t-I-f-u-l!!

    • 114 Layla
      June 3, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      The will have the same result as normal people are seeing through this; now that the real great info about the Attorney General is coming out their pursuits will be in vain. Remember the AG is a brilliant man and planner, he will strike right at the right time.

  39. 115 Ladyhawke
    June 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm




    1) Obama’s DC court plans and the GOP’s response.


    2) The GOP problems with Obama’s court plans


    3) Harry Reid and the Nuclear Option


  40. 116 Jovie
    June 3, 2013 at 6:22 pm

  41. 118 hopefruit2
    June 3, 2013 at 6:35 pm

  42. 119 hopefruit2
    June 3, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    • 122 Ladyhawke
      June 3, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      Sequestration continues to do real harm to real people

      By Steve Benen (May 29, 2013)


      There’s an unfortunate correlation between the political world’s focus on sequestration cuts and the scope of the damage done by the cuts themselves — the more the sequester hurts people, the less attention it receives. The political world’s interest in sequestration was great in February and March, when the effects of the policy were minimal, but that interest faded when the damage started kicking in.

      Adding insult to injury, the political world took notice of the policy again briefly in April, but only because people with political capital — air travelers — started feeling the pinch. In a matter of days, Congress provided a fix, and the sequester was quickly forgotten all over again.



  43. 123 vcprezofan2
    June 3, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Goodness Chips Chica, you have competition! Check out the instagram. Is Chips’ monopoly in this area now being threatened. /mystery music/

    • June 3, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      VC! That’s outrageous, that’s a complete copy of my, um, drawing style!!

      • 125 vcprezofan2
        June 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm

        I figured you’d want to know ………….. so that you can take ‘cease and desist’ steps. Although, in fairness, Ellen has improved a bit on your technique (notice the hair and the eyebrows). Nevertheless, *I* did recognize your ‘hand’ so all is not lost. Just saying.

  44. June 3, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I’m 86.23% done with This & That – honest-ish.

  45. June 3, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Still mad at Robert Gibbs, da douche, but I appreciate this from today. Still, I prefer Plouffe’s twitter blast to Issa more.

    Robert Gibbs: Darrell Issa Made Himself ‘the Biggest Joke in All of Washington’

    “Darrell Issa should call Jay Carney and apologize this morning,” Gibbs told MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Monday. “He’s laying out the charge and then saying it might be true. And then he’s saying, ‘As the investigator, I know where I want to get, now I’m just getting around to proving it.'”

    “I mean, it’s a stunning thing. It’s why five people in this town take Darrell Issa seriously. And it’s the surest bet that the Republicans are very much on the verge of overplaying their hand publicly and that the American people will lose interest in their side of this,” he added. “To throw around the words liar and perjury as easily as he did is shameful. And if he’s got information that these people lied, he should put it out there today.”

    Co-host Mika Brzezinski pointed out that “Darrell Issa just kind of took it down to a level that makes us all just want to walk away and ignore it.”

    “It shows how unserious he is about investigating anything,” Gibbs agreed. “The notion that he’s in charge of — quote — Government Oversight might now be the biggest joke in all of Washington.”

    • 129 99ts
      June 3, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      Gibbs has NOT excelled since joining MSNBC – this is the best he has done but this should NOT be part of the discussion “And if he’s got information that these people lied, he should put it out there today.”

      Just gives Issa some legitimacy that he does not have. There is no proof/information – NONE.

  46. 130 desertflower
    June 3, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/05/20/33-quotes/ Quotes about Republicans…just notice who said them and just how long the stupid/selfish has been going on….

    “Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home–but not for housing. They are strong for labor–but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights. They favor minimum wage–the smaller the minimum wage the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all–but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine–for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing–but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing–so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.”
    ~Harry S. Truman

    “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.”
    ~John Kenneth Galbraith

  47. June 3, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Ok, I really can’t take breaks from the intertubes. When did Frank Lautenberg die?!

  48. 134 Ladyhawke
    June 3, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    The Real Deal ‏@qmastertoo 50m


    @JeffersonObama @RealTrumanDem the way MSNBC is carrying on, u’d think O attacked Iraq, outed a CIA agent and ignored a hurricane


    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin

    • 135 anniebella
      June 3, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      MSNBC, don’t get it, that is why their ratings sucks. People have no respect for the network.

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