The Wall

Stern: Artist Yadegar Asisi was pleased with the visit of the President’s family to see his panorama at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin.

“That was quite an honor,” said Asisi whose artwork conveys an impression of the wall.

While the elder daughter Malia had asked many questions, Sasha had long been quiet and thoughtful. “Then she said: ‘It is very sad’ – from the heart.”


Read more about Asisi’s work here

151 Responses to “The Wall”

  1. 1 Allison
    June 20, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Thanks, Chips!

  2. 29 Allison
    June 20, 2013 at 10:12 am

  3. 30 Ladyhawke
    June 20, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Love you madly Chips. You make my life better.

  4. 33 hopefruit2
    June 20, 2013 at 10:15 am

    This is a very powerful image, Chips. It’s interesting that the girls were so thoughtful and engaged during this visit, yet ABC’s GMA shamefully put out a disgusting drivel-filled article on how “bored” they were comparing them with the Griswold kids on National Lampoon’s Vacation.

    • June 20, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Exactly HF.

      While the elder daughter Malia had asked many questions, Sasha had long been quiet and thoughtful. “Then she said: ‘It is very sad’ – from the heart.”

  5. 35 Jessica
    June 20, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Awww Sasha is such a little sweetie. Little sisters unite! I totally relate to being the younger sister and being quiet and just taking it all in. She’s lucky though that she has such an affectionate family and they place a heavy emphasis on both girls equally.

    • 36 anniebella
      June 20, 2013 at 10:38 am

      It show me that Barack and Michelle Obama is doing a great job raising these girls. Along with Grandma’s help. During this trip they were on the center stage and yes people talked about their fashion, but I listen to the people talk about how the girls behave, and what they seem to be like, and not a bad word about them. They didn’t come across as some spoil, stuck up little rich girls, who thought they were better than everyone else, who Daddy is the President of the United States. That’ s thanks to their parents.

      • June 20, 2013 at 12:51 pm

        I’m sure there were times when the girls were bored. They’re KIDS. But they’ve been raised to be respectful and polite. Surviving boredom is great preparation for life. (As my mother said to me and as I can imagine FLOTUS saying to them.) You don’t get through life without being bored sometimes.

  6. 39 hopefruit2
    June 20, 2013 at 10:19 am

    • 40 Layla
      June 20, 2013 at 10:30 am

      High court strikes down anti-prostitution pledge

      stumbleupon: High court strikes down anti-prostitution pledge digg: US Works With Sudan Government Suspected Of Aiding Genocide reddit: High court strikes down anti-prostitution pledge del.icio.us: High court strikes down anti-prostitution pledge

      June 20, 2013 10:24 AM EST | AP


      WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has struck down a federal law forcing private health organizations to denounce prostitution as a condition to get AIDS funding.

      The justices said Thursday the law’s anti-prostitution pledge improperly restricts First Amendment rights.

      Four organizations that work in Africa, Asia and South America challenged the 2003 law. They say their work has nothing to do with prostitution.

      The Obama administration argued it is reasonable for the government to give money only to groups that oppose prostitution and sex trafficking because they contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS. The high court’s vote was 6-2.

  7. 41 amk for obama
    June 20, 2013 at 10:25 am

  8. 49 yardarm756
    June 20, 2013 at 10:33 am

    If you are over 45 yrs. old, you SHOULD take this Alzheimer’s Test.

    How fast can you guess these words and fill-in the blanks?

    1. _ _NDOM

    2. F_ _K

    3. P_N_S

    4. PU_S_

    5. S_X

    6. BOO_S


    1. RANDOM

    2. FORK

    3. PANTS

    4. PULSE

    5. SIX

    6. BOOKS

    You got all 6 wrong….didn’t you? — You do NOT have Alzheimer’s.

    But you are a Pervert.

  9. 97 Vicki
    June 20, 2013 at 10:43 am

    “Hijack” is the right word for the allout effort to divert the nation’s attention away from the current President of the US and towards the out-of-office, not too mention out-of-their-minds, Clintons.

    Have they learned nothing?
    John Lewis was an early “supporter” of Hillary, remember? If you do remember, think how quickly that support evaporated when a superior candidate emerged.

    So it will be this time. If the Obama Coalition finds a candidate it prefers it will make life very difficult for the aging, classless duo.

    • 98 57andfemale
      June 20, 2013 at 10:51 am

      what I find uber-annoying is the mindset that Hillary is a shoe-in and dare anyone to question that she would be a superior President to PBO. The hubris is disgusting.

      Do these supporters know anything about the Clinton presidency? Do they have any information whatsoever (other than a pro woman’s rights speech from decades ago) that Hillary wouldn’t have done even more surveillance, used more drones or even worse – gotten us into more conflicts and wars because she’d have to prove she didn’t need a p_n_s to be tough?

      You don’t like PBO’s trade policy? Wait until Hillary gets her hands on it. You don’t like privatization? Clinton and Gore put it on steroids.

      How is Hillary going to fix the economic mess when it was her husband’s collusion with Phil Gramm that led to this disaster?

      I want to be glad to support our next Presidential candidate. I don’t want to feel this way. I will, of course, vote for Hillary if I have to but I’d like to do so willingly. This thinly veiled orchestration of a drumbeat for Hillary that gets its fuel from anti-Obama rhetoric, is making it very hard for me to even think she remotely deserves the job.

      • 99 yardarm756
        June 20, 2013 at 11:10 am

        Well said 57.

      • 100 Bill
        June 20, 2013 at 11:25 am

        The Clinton backers never acknowledge she would not have anywhere near her current popularity without PBO appointing her SOS.

        • 101 57andfemale
          June 20, 2013 at 11:28 am

          A job where I’ve yet to see where she was in any way distinguished.

          I expect to hear rumblings that she would have been Great, just GREAT I tell you, if that nasty, woman-hating PBO hadn’t reined her in.

          My head will explode, even though I fully expect it to happen.

      • June 20, 2013 at 11:29 am

        They tried this inevitable stuff before. How’d that turn out? I won’t judge decisions she may or may not make in the future on what her husband did decades before. That’s not even in the ballpark.

        • 103 57andfemale
          June 20, 2013 at 11:32 am

          I want her questioned about the Gramm bill. I want her opinion on the Telecom Bill and NAFTA (she did get questioned on that in 2008, at least). I want to know what kind of President she will be.

          She’s already made it clear she’s more of a hawk than a careful thinker about foreign policy. I want to know what she thinks of privatization. I want her scrutinized at least half as much as PBO has had to endure.

          • June 20, 2013 at 11:55 am

            Agreed. Question her. What’s going to be her policy towards China or her position on the trade deficit or immigration? How does she feel about Taft-Hartley? No matter the topic let’s give her a thorough going over so we can know where she stands. But I’m doing that for any candidate running for President. Nobody can or should get a free pass. But hold her responsible for the decisions her husband made when he was President and then use that to determine what she’s going to do in an election three and a half years from now? No thanks.

            • 105 57andfemale
              June 20, 2013 at 11:59 am

              EVERY candidate. Absolutely, derbingle. But I’m afraid as long as she’s the Democratic anti-Obama candidate she will get precious little scrutiny from anyone. And I have mixed feelings about a contentious primary season, but I’d love to see her stand up to that scrutiny. I’m already exhausted.

              • June 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm

                Can I join you on the beach? I am sick of hearing about 2016. If someone emerges strong against her in the primaries (if she even runs) then I have no problem with that candidate taking it too her. I don’t care what the media pretends this is not her coronation. I said before I like the Clintons but I would love lightning to strike twice and somebody else to once and for all end all hopes of their return to the White House.

                • 107 57andfemale
                  June 20, 2013 at 12:47 pm

                  I’m totally with you.

                  Except one thing. She’s running. The shit we’re hearing lately is orchestrated very carefully by the Clintons, even her staying above the fray while the message is getting out from the minions, and Bill.

                  I would hope decency would trump her ego and ambition – we’ve had enough dynasties, thank you. As a woman a few years younger than Hillary, this shit it hard at our age. But I don’t expect that kind of decency. I fully expect her to run. The signals are there.

      • 108 vcprezofan2
        June 20, 2013 at 12:27 pm

        Your last sentence says it for me, 57F. I like your wording. Personally, I don’t think Hillary deserves the job at all, and their orchestration in 2013 really irritates.

      • 109 Puddin'
        June 20, 2013 at 4:46 pm

        I feel you,57female…I didn’t like nor support Hillary in 2008 (I am an Obama supporter since 2004!) and if folk on the left continue this madness, I am afraid I might not be able to hold my nose and vote for her in 2016.

        • 110 57andfemale
          June 20, 2013 at 4:59 pm

          Before the primaries, I had actually accepted Hillary’s inevitability, although it rankled me at the time. Enough dynasties, and why did she feel entitled anyway? I’m from Chicago. I have always liked Obama, but I figured he had time.

          Then Hillary, so nakedly shocked that she lost the first primary, turned on him with the racist, insulting bullshit. I was shocked – Democrats simply didn’t treat each other that way in national politics. I remember her sneering speech about him right after the IA loss, and the crocodile tears that won her NH. Within a few days, I was 110% onboard with PBO and fighting the Clintons.

          I never understood what made her qualified to be President anyway, except her sense of entitlement. The one thing Repubs were right about: the Clintons really are low rent sleaze balls. I think we’re stuck with her though. I’ll vote for her – we have to defeat these RWNJ’s. But I don’t think she’ll be a great President. She’s not a great person in any way.

          • 111 Puddin'
            June 20, 2013 at 5:34 pm

            Although, I knew I was for Obama from the get-go, the “sense of entitlement” and “racist, insulting bullshit” pissed me of to the nth degree, but that day she referenced Bobby Kennedy’s assignation and then gave one of those “if I offended anyone” apology, I was completely done and have been ever since.

            • 112 Puddin'
              June 20, 2013 at 5:37 pm

              …that’s assassination, not assignation….ooops

            • 113 57andfemale
              June 20, 2013 at 5:45 pm

              Is Obama an American citizen? “As far as I know.”

              That is a small, petty, vindictive mind. I don’t need that under a Democratic veneer. the notion that Hillary would have sent the banksters to jail is laughable on its face or done anything else remotely progressive. But I’ll still vote for her if I have to. Frankly, let her supporters drum up votes the way PBO had to.

              Oh, and in case anyone has forgotten, next to the black guy there is no one hated more by the RWNJ’s than the Clintons. Do we really want to see a parade of every woman Bill Clinton has shaken hands with, as a scandal?

  10. 114 MightyPamela
    June 20, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Good morning, a quick check-in while delightful house guests are sleeping in: Summer Solstice in ON! The sun enters Cancer tomorrow morning at 1:04am EDT, which is 10:04pm PDT tonight. A powerful time of year, summer is nigh! Full moon occurring on Sunday 6/23/13, the opposition takes place at 7:32am, with the moon 2 degrees 10 minutes in Capricorn.

  11. 120 anniebella
    June 20, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Ari Melber, I think he is another Chris Hayes wanna be. I have listen to him a couple of times about their hero Snowden and I have decided to stop listening to his crap. Alex Wagner too.

  12. June 20, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Okay, I’ve seen it all now: Fluffy Cows

  13. 131 japa21
    June 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

  14. 132 Nena20409
    June 20, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Deal struck on Security in the Senate in the CIR Bill? I am holding my breath. Vote on the Bill already…..slow walk is what the Grassley’s of the senate are looking for. Enough with the endless negotiations.

  15. 134 hopefruit2
    June 20, 2013 at 11:13 am

  16. 142 Ladyhawke
    June 20, 2013 at 11:26 am

    BOB CESCA PODCAST: The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show 6/19/13


    The NSA Eavesdropping Story Week 2; The CNET Meltdown; Snowden’s G20 Surveillance Leak; Irresponsible Journalism; All the President’s Men; Link Bait; The FBI Uses Surveillance; Masturbating Fetus Drones; The Growing Division on the Left; and much more.



  17. 143 Nena20409
    June 20, 2013 at 11:26 am

    In a report Thursday on NPR about how Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) father shaped his vision on immigration, his father, Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, an immigrant from Cuba, said that while he “came to this country legally,” he basically bribed an official to get to the United States.

    Now how would Cruz suggest his father be punished? Hmm?


    • 144 Layla
      June 20, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Now how would Cruz suggest his father be punished? Hmm? Well a State dinner of course!

    • 146 57andfemale
      June 20, 2013 at 11:35 am

      As a white Jewish girl, I make this statement humbly: Cuban Americans do not get to speak for the Latino immigrant experience. They have had special exceptions for the last half century.

  18. 147 yardarm756
    June 20, 2013 at 11:33 am

  19. 150 desertflower
    June 20, 2013 at 11:42 am


    – 87% of Americans don’t agree on much, but they support the pathway to citizenship — got me thinking about the larger dynamic of Congress ignoring public opinion.

    During the fight over reducing gun violence, more than 90% of Americans supported expanding background checks on firearm purchases, and wanted Congress to support a bipartisan plan to do just that. Republicans killed it anyway.

    During the budget fight, most Americans supported a balanced deficit-reduction plan that included tax increases on the wealthy, but Republicans didn’t care. When President Obama unveiled the American Jobs Act, most Americans backed its provisions, but Republicans didn’t care. Americans like the idea of the Buffett Rule, ending tax subsidies to oil companies, and leaving Medicare intact, but for congressional Republicans, it just doesn’t much matter.

    As for why Republicans ignore the polls with impunity, there are competing schools of thought, but I’m inclined to believe it has a lot to do with the way in which the literal electoral lines are drawn — GOP lawmakers are confident that attitudes in their red states and districts don’t reflect national trends, so they couldn’t care less what Americans in generally believe, so long as the folks who turn out for them on Election Day think the way they do.

  20. 151 Jovie
    June 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Apparently, Big Ben feels 7.6% UE rate is fine so he’s pairing back stimulus and the economy explodes downward

    Brilliant Ben, brilliant

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