Chat Away


Huuuuuuuuge thanks to both LL and Zizi for their wonderful posts today, both of which got an amazing response on the Twitter machine. Add this one to your collection of today’s must-reads, in case you missed it:



He’s good, this Obama fella, he’s good.

Now, chat away.


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127 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 1 vitaminlover
    September 14, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Wonder if his hair is soft?

  2. 12 Anna
    September 14, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Chips and your contributors, Many Thanks for Wonderful Reading today

  3. 13 Proud Former White House Intern
    September 14, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I love these photographs.

  4. September 14, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Once again, allowing ample time for VC to get through the door first …. but apparently VL zipped past her ๐Ÿ™‚

    These people need to be derided, mercilessly ….


  5. September 14, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    So glad they’re getting credit on twitter. They richly deserve it.

  6. 18 forus50
    September 14, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    You said it Chipsticks. Heโ€™s good, this Obama fella, heโ€™s good.

  7. September 14, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks Mistress chips for giving us this “quiet room” to play in ๐Ÿ˜€

    • September 14, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      The pleasure is all mine Zizi, that was a masterful post, like LL’s, truly honored to have ‘you people’ – to quote the Romney woman – post here! Thank you again.

  8. September 14, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Zizi, thank you for your masterful essay on the previous thread.

    I’m still studying it and am so appreciative of the depth of your knowledge and the wonderful way you presented this complex situation.

    I know so little about the Middle East, didn’t realize that Syria had a Prime Minister as well as a President.

  9. September 14, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    GE all…
    Great post – both to Zizi and LL for the wonderful posts.

    Someone stated that the media was quiet…think about it….whenever the President “wins” the MSM is always quiet! Why, because they are preparing their talking points or better yet, tweaking it and then all will come with the same wording like “lucky!” There will be one or two words that they will be floating…mark my words.

    Chips I always like when you write “Heโ€™s good, this Obama fella, heโ€™s good.” Makes me so proud to be here during his presidency.

    • September 14, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      AMK is right that the MSM will end up in the history books with egg on their faces.

      One of Stephanopoulos’ tweets about the obstruction that PBO has faced was posted on a previous thread.

      I wonder if he can take off his PUMA hat when he interviews our President tomorrow?

      Will check with TOD for updates, don’t plan on watching real-time (which is actually 3 hours after everyone on the East Coast).

  10. September 14, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Meant to post this earlier, for those in the Philly area.

  11. 27 forus50
    September 14, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    • September 14, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      This is a ridiculous effort on MHP’s part.

      Events are still unfolding, so anything she has to say, either pro- or con- is pure speculation at this point. And not very interesting speculation at that. So glad that Zizi gave us real info in the prior post.

      • 29 forus50
        September 14, 2013 at 9:34 pm

        She’s a waste of space. Pretty smart but the first time I saw her as a guest (either on Keith Olbermann or Maddow) I thought she didn’t have any common sense and that seems to be holding true. As is pretty much every one of them. I so long for just news. Period. Without the person reading it throwing in their commentary. But it DOES NOT EXIST anywhere on television anymore.

        • September 14, 2013 at 9:39 pm

          “But it DOES NOT EXIST anywhere on television anymore.”

          One of the 3 reasons we stopped watching broadcast and cable now approaching 2 decades ago. We will occasionally watch recorded segments, but that’s it. To get access to ‘news’ one needs to rely on the internet and the wealth of primary observers recording events as they unfold – vetted by how reliable they have been over time.

          • 31 forus50
            September 14, 2013 at 9:48 pm

            Yes. It’s really shocking isn’t it. The framers of the Constitution/First Amendment would be horrified to see what “freedom of the press” has morphed into these days. I wonder if we didn’t have the internet if we would have the power and will to demand just news on tv; instead of 100% punditry.

    • 33 99ts
      September 14, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      “Both Sides”? Facts have 1 side – opinions have 2 sides and one of them is wrong

  12. September 14, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    • September 14, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      Ah, isn’t life funny? From 52 seconds….

      • September 14, 2013 at 9:37 pm

        Oh, WOW. I love this! TY, Chips!

      • 37 forus50
        September 14, 2013 at 9:38 pm

        Thanks for the nugget Chipsticks! A lot packed into a few minutes! I’ll never forget riding the El that year and wondering who was this person with the name like Osama with his Senate candidacy placards posted all over the brownstones alongside the track.

      • 38 utaustinliberal
        September 14, 2013 at 10:13 pm

        I remember this. State Senator Obama works hards, Presidential Candidate Kerry notices, asks him to give the keynote address and history is made.

        Now, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are a formidable team on the domestic and world stage.

        • 39 HZ
          September 14, 2013 at 10:59 pm

          It is pure sweetness to behold, right UT. “are a formidable team on the domestic and world stage.” Beauty to behold, and to think we all had something to do with it all as well. Thanks for your comments, UT as always. HZ

      • 40 Vicki
        September 14, 2013 at 11:06 pm

        Oh this was wonderful!!! Thanks. “is there a little too much swagger?” the narrator asks. NO

  13. 41 GGAIL
    September 14, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Today has been a wealth of good writing and tweets.

  14. September 14, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Watching the first Star Trek movie from 2009 with my sister and she actually asked me “so what is Star Trek about”… SMDH…the youth today.

  15. 48 globalcitizenlinda
    September 14, 2013 at 9:31 pm

  16. September 14, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Just amazing. Bye, bye Melissa.

  17. 54 globalcitizenlinda
    September 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    it is sad when we feel that some people need to be reminded that PBO is NOT the enemy!

    When I think of PBO’s dedication to moving this country and world forward, I imagine that the push for socio-economic justice is like running a relay race – not a sprint.

    in this relay for equity & progress, PBO is the person anchoring the socio-economic justice relay. There are many people who are playing vital roles in the relay as PBO navigates the challenges along the race track.

    It is therefore only prudent that members who are on his team don’t trip up the anchor.

    rather, we each need to do our part in ensuring that he completes the relay in a timely fashion and on the winning pedestal.

  18. 55 japa21
    September 14, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    This is kind of related to something I wrote on Zizi’s magnificent post.

  19. 56 Claire
    September 14, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    I feel like the media is quietly planning some awful disaster. It’s as if the media doesn’t exist today. Weird.

    • 57 globalcitizenlinda
      September 14, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      yes it is uncharacteristically quiet.

      I suspect that many are tearing their prior talking points & are waiting for a new batch from Koch brothers & gop that they can spew them tomorrow and next week

  20. 58 japa21
    September 14, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    And something that just occurred to me.

  21. September 14, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    The United States and Russia have reached a deal on a framework for removing all of Syriaโ€™s chemical weapons by mid-2014, Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced in Geneva Saturday.

    Under the framework agreed after three days of negotiations in Geneva, Syria would declare all of its chemical weapons sites within seven days, allow inspectors on the ground and access to any site by November, and the removal of the weapons from Syria for destruction by mid-2014. (Full framework text, released by the State Department, below the jump).

    โ€œThe world will now expect the Assad regime to live up to its public commitment,โ€ Kerry told a packed news conference in the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva Saturday, the Associated Press reports. โ€œThere can be no games, no room for avoidance, or anything less than full compliance by the Assad regime.โ€

    โ€œWe have committed to a standard that says, verify and verify,โ€ Kerry said

    The diplomatic breakthrough in Geneva today is simply stunning. The โ€œframework agreement for elimination of Syrian chemical weaponsโ€ reached by Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov delivers, in writing at least, just about everything President Barack Obama demanded when he threatened to attack the Assad regime earlier this month.

  22. September 14, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Following up on President Obamaโ€™s pledge in June to address climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency plans next week to propose the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from newly built power plants.

  23. 61 taiping1
    September 14, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    When you think of all our recent presidents only President Obama is a truly integrated totally admirable leader and person. Ike in private had affair and apparently quite cutting and cold (see recent book on Ike and Dick); JFK a philanderer on multiple drugs, dawdling on civil rights; Nixon paranoid crook (Vietnam); LBJ accomplished but Vietnam and weird in private; Clinton a philanderer also, killed a mentally retarded prisoner to divert attention from affairs during primary, also all his deregulation of banks; Bush already covered by LL. PBO is the American Dream in person, no skeletons in his closet. Best piece on him was the Michael Lewis article. Totally consistent in values and his North Star since the ’90s.

  24. 62 magapie
    September 14, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Needless to say Mr. John McCain and Mrs. Lindsey Graham-McCain are inserting corn cobs into each others…..you know….as fast as they can. POOR THINGS! Such PATR-IDIOTS. Plus the corn cobs ‘n’ such…Sad.

  25. 64 forus50
    September 14, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I hope MHP discusses how awful it would be if POTUS has also brought about diplomatic progress with Iran too.

    The final piece of a diplomatic process in Syria involves Iran. This column has argued, as far back as April, that a shared red line on chemical weapons might be bridge between the US and Iran on Syria. There have been several accounts of messages between the US and Iran about Syria, as Ali Hashem has reported for Al-Monitor.

    On Sept. 9, Obama seemed to give a nod to Iran when he said in an interview with Fox News, โ€œEven Assad’s allies recognize that โ€ฆ he crossed the line in using chemical weapons. Iran itself was subjected to chemical weapons use by Saddam Hussein. Their populations remember what terrible weapons these are.โ€

    Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is expected to meet with EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton in New York on Sept. 23, as reported by Laura Rozen, in order to get the P5+1 talks back on track. Barbara Slavin writes this week that former State Department official Robert Einhorn, who was a member of the US team at the P5+1 negotiations, advocates direct talks between the US and Iran to break the deadlock in the P5+1 talks.


  26. 65 vcprezofan2
    September 14, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    This is for Dudette, who always says that PBO’s voice is something she just LURVES to listen to! {Yo D-ette, where are you?’}
    BTW, you others can listen in too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. September 14, 2013 at 10:15 pm

  28. 81 anniebella
    September 14, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I love seeing the early pictures of Malia and Sasha.

  29. September 14, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    It’ll sink in, more and more, day after day ….



    Yes We Can

  30. September 14, 2013 at 10:34 pm

  31. September 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Anyone preparing for Mayweather vs. Alvarez…..? I have a bad feeling $ Mayweather is about to get a beat down. First loss of his career. Did you know 12,000 people showed up just for the weigh in!!!!! BBL if Mayweather wins……. if not, Tiger shot a (66) -9 for the tourney, and is 4 shots back of Jim Furyk……until then ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. 85 vcprezofan2
    September 14, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    I am so pleased and proud of our president, and the team he has put in place, that I’m looking for short (Memory Lane) video clips with him that make me smile. No matter WHAT *they* say, ‘He’s a human being, guys. He’s a human being’ – a very smart human being and IMO it’s their loss if they can’t see and accept this.

  33. September 14, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    • 90 COS
      September 14, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      Enjoyed watching this video. He has not changed. I love his consistency.

      • September 14, 2013 at 11:00 pm

        Totally agree, COS. He is who he has been since his days at Columbia, community organizer in Chicago, Harvard Law ….. and that is what drives those who hate him because they cannot get past the reality that he is a fine person who happens to have dark skin.

        But, as I noted in a tweet yesterday, the Founding Fathers’ words would remain words until the day came when Americans would be forced to pass the test of whether they honored those words or not.

        Exam Day happened most profoundly in American history on 4 Nov 2008. We now know how many Americans failed the exam. More importantly for the Union, for the USA, we know the majority of Americans have passed with flying colors.

        Yes WE Can

  34. 92 hopefruit2
    September 14, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Awww…now Katrina wants us all to “join the caravan of love” after she spent the last week arrogantly attacking our President, implicitly calling him a liar, warmonger, etc….

    • September 14, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      BWwwwahahahaaaaaa! Did Katrin Vanderpile get her feefees hurt?

      • 94 hopefruit2
        September 14, 2013 at 11:00 pm

        Folks like her LOVE to dish, but can’t take…She wasn’t willing to give our President the benefit of the doubt simply because she ‘disagreed’ with his approach. She wasn’t willing to engage in a humanistic exchange of views…instead she got right down to attacking him personally, invoking falsehoods about his record, and portraying him as a liar who should not be believed.

        Now it turns out that HE had the right approach all along, and she was wrong, so she wants group hugs from everyone…

        Katrina, it’s time to put on your big-girl panties and put the diapers away. You are an adult and you should know that what goes around comes around. If you want to preach humanity and civility, start with the woman in mirror.

        • September 14, 2013 at 11:05 pm

          I cannot stand her and I don’t even watch any of those shows. I blocked her a couple of months ago because she tweets pure entitled nonsense.

          I don’t believe she owns any big girl panties. She’s just in the business of whining from her snooty white privilege, a lot like MoDowd.

          • 96 hopefruit2
            September 14, 2013 at 11:26 pm

            I agree meta. Oh…she’s getting it on Twitter. Apart from the GOP and folks in MSM with agendas, ordinary people don’t take kindly to gratuitous bashing of our President, and I hope she’s realizing this if she didn’t before.

    • September 14, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      I wonder if she is related to MHP? HA!!!!

    • September 14, 2013 at 11:03 pm

  35. 102 hopefruit2
    September 14, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    I have to agree – this Syria case was particularly eye-opening for me.

  36. September 14, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    A silly tweet:

  37. September 14, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Fact ….

  38. 106 vcprezofan2
    September 14, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    A younger, less grey Senator Obama on the Today Show, eloquent as always

    • 107 vcprezofan2
      September 14, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      This is a happy note on which to try and fall asleep. Toodle-di-doo all you addicts!

    • September 14, 2013 at 11:21 pm

      Can you believe that some folks considered President Obama the anti-Christ??!?!!?!? Nut-balls…nut -balls as far as the eye can see!!

      • 112 LDS
        September 14, 2013 at 11:43 pm

        What is your point here?
        First the “soft hair” and now the “anit-Christ”.
        We are so past this…….aren’t you?

        • September 14, 2013 at 11:50 pm

          Huh? What are you talking about. I just said some folks believe that. If you looked at my past post you would see that I fully support President Obama. Do I know you personally? Have I said something to make you respond toe in such a vicious manner? Can I not just post an observance without judgment? What in the wide world of sports is your problem? Whatever it is should not involve me.

          Take care and truly GOD BLESS and I mean it.

          • 114 LDS
            September 15, 2013 at 12:10 am

            Vicious tone was not my intent. I am sorry if it came off like that.

            What other people believe, I am learning to brush off especially if it’s negative.
            While lurking when I can, I am still catching up from a week or two gone by and I may have missed your previous posts.
            I am so glad that you are a supporter of our President.

            I am over tired and over protective of this wonderful man and his team.
            It grieves me all the hard work that he does and racism still plays a major role in preventing us in this country from moving and progressing FOWARD.
            Please accept my apology.
            God bless you as well.

            • September 15, 2013 at 12:19 am

              As a black person I know what it is like to be pre-judged. But that is when they see me, in person. I really don’t worry about our President. I put him in the hands of GOD. That is the only way I know not to worry about him and his family. As a Christian, of course, I forgive you. Believe me, you are not the first person to judge me for whatever reason and, unfortunately, I know that you won’t be he last.

              Take care and be safe.

  39. 116 vcprezofan2
    September 14, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Back again – remember this?

  40. 117 globalcitizenlinda
    September 14, 2013 at 11:28 pm

  41. 121 africa
    September 14, 2013 at 11:45 pm

  42. 122 MightyPamela
    September 14, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Thank you, Chipsticks, LL, Zizi, and all TOD family for a most stimulating and inspiring day! Yes, We Did! And we knew exactly what we were doing and why!! Not only, I suspect if there was any way to measure us, we would comprise that 5% of the world’s population referred to in Jim Stewart’s blog piece. Brilliant. We are stepping into A New World, we are wide awake, and we walk beside our leader. He knows who we are. On that thought, I bid you all sweet dreams!

  43. 123 LDS
    September 14, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Hey Africa. We don’t ever forget the peddling and the humiliation.
    They keep doing it and PBO smacks them down just like he did that fly.
    They never learn.
    The sad part is they don’t even have the balls to admit when they are wrong.
    Tonight, somewhere, somebody is conjuring up another scheme, scandal and got ‘cha moment.
    Our PBO is busying running the country. Enjoying his family. I am so glad that he is The President of the United States of America.
    He knows how to play some chess!

  44. 124 jacquelineoboomer
    September 15, 2013 at 12:01 am

    A little music, if anyone’s so inclined!

  45. 125 carolyn
    September 15, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Thinking about PBO and SOS Kerry, I have an idea that it’s not an accident that these two people who are so astute in foreign policy, each lived part of their youth in countries other than the US. Those experiences became integral to their lives, and they are able to use those experiences now, for the benefit of the world.

  46. 127 LDS
    September 15, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Carolyn, I feel you.
    But what strikes me is the video of PBO introducing SOS Kerry in the video posted above as the next President of the U.S.
    Look at the shift!
    Certainly know accident at all….it all worked out for the good.
    All Is Well.

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