Chat Away

Sasha Obama holds a campaign sign during her father’s 2004 bid for the U.S. Senate

111 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. June 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Not even through the last post yet!

  2. June 16, 2013 at 12:50 pm


  3. 4 GGail
    June 16, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    My how time flies – look at that cute face!

  4. 5 GGail
    June 16, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Good West Coast Father’s Day morning Chipsticks & TOD family

  5. June 16, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    What’s up everyone?

  6. June 16, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Look at that cutie pie!!!!!!!!! Sasha is adorable in that photo

  7. 10 donna dem 4 obama
    June 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm

  8. 13 vcprezofan2
    June 16, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Love those Sasha cheeks and that serious, focused look!

    I love the way Sasha looks at the (media) world in a lot of her pics, particularly her later pics. They give me scope to ascribe all kinds of silent comments towards the media. me = :devil:

  9. 14 africa
    June 16, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    The making of a president. Again, Happy Fathers Day, President Obama.

  10. June 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Happy Fathers Day all TOD fathers. This pic reminds me of my dad.

    • 16 CEB
      June 16, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      This reminds me of the story PBO told about doing Malia’s hair for a dance recital and Malia saying to a woman who offered to do her hair, “Yes, please; this is a disaster.” It is a brave dad who will try to do his little girl’s hair.

  11. 17 utaustinliberal
    June 16, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Awww….perfect picture Chiparoo.

    Another awww worthy moment.

  12. 18 WilTal
    June 16, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Sasha is such a cutie pie.

  13. 20 africa
    June 16, 2013 at 1:27 pm

  14. June 16, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    It’s politico, but it’s good pics, most of course you have here Chips, but just in case peeps wanted a link outside of TOD. As usual with Politico comments should be ignored.

    POTUS With His Daughters

  15. 29 utaustinliberal
    June 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    This parody account is hilarious.

  16. 31 JER
    June 16, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    We can’t forget Barack and the Bun on this Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers.

  17. 33 sabreen60
    June 16, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I know this is really, really old. I was probably about 5 years old, but I remember this playing on the radio and my father weeping because his father had just died.

    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      June 16, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Oh, Sabreen, this is from the way back machine. I was about ten years old when this song came out, but I remember it so well–especially since it was three of us girls and Mom after my father died. In those days, I could not hear this song on the radio without crying.

  18. 35 desertflower
    June 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    There is not a day that goes by that I don’t read Smartypants…and this is why.


    • 36 carolyn
      June 16, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks for this link. It is informative. I also re-read the page 6 of the Vanity Fair article. One thing I appreciated about the info, is that the president does not watch cable tv…..so all the time these people think they are giving HIM advice…..it’s falling on deaf ears. He makes his decisions with input, and lots of it, but he does not dance to any one’s tune. Maureen Dowd, certainly has no influence…….contrary to her inflated ego.
      I think these two articles help explain why he remains such an enigma to the bloviators. They will never understand him, therefore they will not accept him. He operates totally opposite of them. He’d rather read a book than go to a cocktail party…..imagine!!! After reading the summaries of a couple of his days, I thought how could he even have time for that social circuit…..he’s working, or spending time with his family, or resting in his own productive way. Air Force One seems to be an escape hatch for him, and give him some down time.

  19. June 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Happy Old Man’s Day, TODers!

    Today is the first day since Tuesday that I haven’t woken up in pain. Yay me! So it’s a day of doing laundry and making ribs. Catch everyone off an on throughout the day.

  20. June 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Afternoon and Happy Father’s Day to all to whom it applies, including some Mom’s. 🙂

    I have shared a number of stories about our church. Well, today I am super, duper proud to be a part of this community of faith. At the campus we attend, we had a baptism this morning. Baptized a two month old baby boy—-so sweet and cute……..THEN, baptized 5 children from toddler to junior high age……white, AA and bi-racial. The parents: TWO DADS!!!!! How awesome is that on Father’s Day. The congregation stood and applauded and applauded and applauded!!!!!!!

    We truly try to live everyday by our missions statement: LOVING PEOPLE into a relationship with Jesus Christ to change the world. That means ALL people, of course. As PO has said so many times: It shouldn’t matter where you are from, what your name is, what the color of your skin is, how much education you have or who you love, every person deserves the same opportunities to be happy, successful, achieve his/her dreams, etc.

    • 41 sjterrid
      June 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      So happy you are able to attend a church and be a part of a community that is open to all.

    • 43 pkayden
      June 16, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Hear hear! PO’s statement should be America’s motto.

    • 44 jackiegrumbacher
      June 16, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      Wonderful story, tnmt. Wouldn’t it be great if that love and acceptance were to spread to all churches and all red states.

        • 46 HZ
          June 16, 2013 at 6:26 pm

          (((((((( Thank you and your church for showing the beautiful love of how being free to worship and love in a nation where this loving freedom is not just being preached without being lived daily. Through this journey of our choice of worship. and the freedom to worship and believe as one chooses., helps us to live side by side with a’ beautiful elegance’ in our actions of living out our faith daily. That is the loving actions of Matt. 25, in my thought space. Love you, tnmtngirl for sharing this. )))))))) HZ

  21. June 16, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    A really honest and thought-provoking article. Nothing new for folks here, but written in a heartfelt way, with clarity. I thought you might like to spread this one around.

  22. 51 GGail
    June 16, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I am perplexed by how the media can direct our attention to the next “shiny object”, i.e., Bill Clinton or Dowd, when President Obama clearly stated weeks ago that chemical weapons would be a deal breaker. smh

  23. 52 arapaho415
    June 16, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Thank you, UTA for your present to our Dad-in-Chief in the previous post. Many good things to savorr.

    Happy Father’s Day to all in TODville, most of whom are off celebrating, but sneak a peak at my offering when Dad catches a nap on the couch.

  24. 53 desertflower
    June 16, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    check this conversation out about NSA….sometimes people can’t handle the truth:) Johnson has been as relentless on this as Cesca


  25. 54 desertflower
    June 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    We will NOT forget…

  26. 55 desertflower
    June 16, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    For all the father’s out there…from kids like me that love them:)

  27. 56 mtmarilyn
    June 16, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Happy Father’s Day to all the TOD fathers of all kinds and specially Dad in chief!

    UT, what a fantastic R & S.

    Off for more Fathers Day celebration.

  28. 57 africa
    June 16, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    • 58 anniebella
      June 16, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      I think Hillary need to reel Bill own in, because if there is anyone who can stop me from voting for Hillary in 2016 if she runs, it’s Bill.

      • 59 57andfemale
        June 16, 2013 at 5:48 pm

        I think she’s completelg in on this

        • 60 anniebella
          June 16, 2013 at 9:02 pm

          You do. Well let me tell Bill and Hillary something, we blacks will not stand for anyone who disrespect POTUS or FLOTUS. I think they Bill and Hillary better watch their steps.

          • 61 57andfemale
            June 17, 2013 at 9:06 am

            In many ways, they are delusional. They think winning a primary in a red state means that red state will actually vote for them over a Republican. Hillary may win a WV or KY primary against PBO with their barely racist campaign but they ain’t winning WV or KY unless they really are completely delusional and think it’s 25 years ago.

            Let me say, as a white, Jewish Northern girl one of the things that took Hillary out of the running for me entirely was their racist campaign against PBO. He was my choice anyway in 2008, and I thought the Clintons would have the grace to clear the field for new people and not create a dynasty. (Ah, the days when I still thought there was an ounce of class in the Clintons).

            I remember a Republican strategist saying early on in 2008 that they didn’t know how to run against PBO. I will never, ever forget the Clintons for opening the door to the massive disrespect and belittling of PBO – they were the ones who made the PBO Derangement Syndrome possible. They should hang their heads in shame instead of parading Hillary for a Presidential run.

            That being said, anniebella, if she’s the nominee (and I think she will be) we CANNOT allow a Republican to undo all the good that PBO has put in motion. We not only need to hold our noses and vote for Hillary, we need to get others to vote for her as well. PBO’s legacy is at stake and the entire future of our country.

            But I ain’t gonna like doing it.

    • 62 arapaho415
      June 16, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      I’m stunned that @zbig posted this tweet, after he absolutely TRASHED our President last week on Morning Joe. (Don’t remember which day, will not post here because it was enough to make me yell at the television.)

      Hope he continues in this vein rather than attacking our President while so much is happening at ONCE:

      . China — foreign espionage — check
      . Mid-East — Egypt vs. Syria, Turkey repressing freedom, Iran elections, etc.
      . No Korea — Peace talks (?)
      . Now UK embroiled in espionage by U.S. traitor Snowden

      President Obama does not need Carter’s NSA chief nipping at his heels as well.

  29. 63 itgurl_29
    June 16, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    OMG, that face! Awww, toddler Sasha!

  30. 64 africa
    June 16, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    • 65 desertflower
      June 16, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      africa, are you watching the back and forth about this here? https://twitter.com/Green_Footballs Everyone should!

      • 66 africa
        June 16, 2013 at 3:34 pm

        DF, thanks for the heads up. Boy Josh Marshall, Charles Johnson and Bob Cesca are not letting them get off the hook. And darn rightly so.

        • 67 desertflower
          June 16, 2013 at 3:42 pm

          Very welcome. I was watching this into the night last night and continued to watch this today. Thing of beauty, right here. Some people just don’t want to hear the truth. It’s amazing…in a bad way

        • 68 57andfemale
          June 16, 2013 at 6:26 pm

          Who is Charles Johnson? I saw several commenters at Orange satan that they were going to switch because LGF was becoming the reality-based community to replace the loony left that has infected dkos.

      • 69 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        June 16, 2013 at 3:38 pm

        Watching Josh’s evolution has been quite interesting 🙂

  31. 74 utaustinliberal
    June 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    LBJ was quite a character. 😆

  32. June 16, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    this is a good post about GG from smartypants:

    Is it possible to talk about the inequities in our justice system without mentioning race?
    I guess it is if you’re two white guys.

    I post this for two reasons. The first is that it is one of the most blatant examples of white privilege I’ve ever seen. Even a blue dog like former Senator Jim Webb made the racial inequities of our current criminal justice system the center piece of his attempts at reform. And if you’re going to talk about our history, how about discussing the decades when – for all practical purposes – there actually was no justice system for African American…lynching via mob violence was adequate.

    My second reason is that this is the backdrop from which many of us are viewing Glenn Greenwald’s reporting these days. Its not just that he’s blind to his own white privilege, he regularly ignores whole parts of a story in order to bend it to the agenda he wants to promote. Some of us have been watching him do that for years now. Little by little others are beginning to catch on.


  33. 78 vitaminlover
    June 16, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Sasha is beautiful! She loves her Da-Da!

  34. 80 Jovie
    June 16, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    This Snowden cat is trying to bring down NATO now.
    Some civil rights leader. These Libertarians hate America!

    • 81 Nena20409
      June 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Now this idiot is grasping at straws. Pardon me, but Nations spy at one another. So now Edward Snowden wants to snowplow the G8 and inject himself in the middle? The guy has lost his marbles. Karma would soon find him and deliver Karma’s befitting justice.

      • 82 desertflower
        June 16, 2013 at 4:41 pm

        🙂 Countries are spying on each other. OMG. Who knew??? Master of the Obvious. Find him. Throw his ass in jail, let him ponder freedom.

        • 83 jackiegrumbacher
          June 16, 2013 at 4:47 pm

          Honestly, DF, I hope Snowden keeps talking, making a fool of himself and undermining what shred of credibility he has left. In the end, he’ll have alienated so many countries, nobody will have him. If China thinks they’re themselves immune from this guy’s looniness, they had better think again. He needs to be sent back to the US, tried and put in jail. Oh, and nobody would mind if the key got lost.

          • 84 africa
            June 16, 2013 at 5:09 pm

            Hope, I think, China knows exactly. If he can do this to his own country, they’d say, what’s stopping him from knifing us. The child is playing a game in big people world. He’ll find out soon enough. And like you, I want him to keep talking. Remember how Greenwald told us more was coming? Look like Snowden is stomping the middle man. Don’t need you now buddy, I’ve got the floor now.

            And the plot thickens.

        • 86 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
          June 16, 2013 at 6:05 pm


    • 88 arapaho415
      June 16, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      And the bobbies seem like such decent chaps, and would seem to overshadow the NSA disclosures.

      Seems like #Snowden’s options for asylum are narrowing.

  35. 89 Nena20409
    June 16, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    That picture of 3/4 yrs old Natasha looks like her dad’s 1st grade picture……the photograph has been posted here a number of times.

  36. 90 Nena20409
    June 16, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    To All Dads…….James Brown Style 😉

    Happy Father’s Day with Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag 🙄 😯 😆 😉

  37. 91 Nena20409
    June 16, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    James Brown 😉 Super Dad 😎

  38. 93 arapaho415
    June 16, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Let’s see if GOP can remember the “country first” pledge and not attack our President when he is on foreign soil this week.

    • 94 Nena20409
      June 16, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      That is what Change Looks Like……Thank you for this News. Thank You, Mr. President.

    • 95 jacquelineoboomer
      June 16, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      *closure envoy*

      Sounds great, Mr. President!

      • 96 HZ
        June 16, 2013 at 6:43 pm

        Everytime, jacquelineoboomer. We did good when we elected and re-elected this brilliant gift to our people of the United States of America. Trust me, we did not make a mistake. We just need to continue to work hard with him each day doing our best to make a great change in this world under his leadership and his Presidency. We will not regret it, trust my words.

        We have your back, Mr. President. Never leave your core, and we know that you are not listening to the ‘corrupters’ who are trying their darkness to get into our ‘ goodness of space.’ These ‘corrupters cannot fit into that wonderful ‘goodness of space.’ Shall we move on? I think so. Moving FORWARD with our brilliant President. Hello. HZ

      • June 16, 2013 at 7:09 pm

        This makes me absolutely happy and GRATEFUL. Sheer brilliance and determination.

  39. 100 Nena20409
    June 16, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    James Brown 😎 Papa Don’t Take No Mess
    Funkadelic 😉

  40. 101 Nena20409
    June 16, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    All Our Dads are The Champion…..Giving it Up, Freddie Mercury and Queen 😎

  41. 102 arapaho415
    June 16, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Can’t get away from teh media stupid.

    Didn’t click on the article, but the Economist’s tweet speaks for itself.

  42. 104 JER
    June 16, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    PHOTO: President Barack Obama and his family, including mother-in-law Marian Robinson, wife Michelle Obama and daughter Malia, depart after watching his daughter Sasha perform in a dance recital … http://news.yahoo.com/lightbox/obama-family-depart-watching-daughter-sasha-perform-dance-photo-211357426.html

    • 105 Debra
      June 16, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      What a nice looking family. Haters are so jealous. (Clinton, Gore, Maureen Dowd to name a few)

    • 106 globalcitizenlinda
      June 16, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      Great photo! thanks for the link.

      Is the lady walking behind POTUS and Malia the First Kids’ God Parent?

      • 107 JER
        June 16, 2013 at 6:25 pm

        I think that is Mama Kaye.

        • 108 HZ
          June 16, 2013 at 6:57 pm

          JER, thanks for your alerts. I always enjoy seeing POB arriving and landing. It brings tears of joy to my eyes every time. Wonderful to behold. Yes, that is our First Daughters God Parent. What a joy for her to see her god daughters grow up also in the WH along with our beautiful and lovingly proud First Grandmother, Mrs. Robinson. What moments for all of them to enjoy this beautiful journey.

          I recall hearing Mrs. Robinson saying that she has never see a person work so hard as her beloved son-in- law, our President of these United States. And we do believe her every word on that statement. It shows daily. HZ

    • June 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Wow, POTUS looks terrific in his grey shirt. Ahem!

  43. 110 globalcitizenlinda
    June 16, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    for a moment I had forgotten that the First Family leaves today for Ireland

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