Chat Away


President Barack Obama visits the Dubliner, an Irish pub in Washington, D.C., with his Irish cousin, Henry Healy, center, and Ollie Hayes, a pub owner in Moneygall, Ireland, right, on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


138 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. September 18, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    MY PRESIDENT LOVES YUMMY BEER LIKE ME!!!! (but not as often I bet!)

  2. 5 Dudette
    September 18, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Weeeeeee! It’s me!

  3. 12 Dudette
    September 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Alas, I must away. Would like to actually not be in the office til midnight tonight. Will try to come back later, if I’m not unconscious!

  4. September 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Thank you UT! Was honored to be followed by Ollie’s Bar today 😆


  5. 21 Nena20409
    September 18, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    three peat. Wow…….that is great.

    Congratulations ❗ ❗ ❗

  6. September 18, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    • 23 anniebella
      September 18, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      So if I stood before Chck Todd and lie my butt off, it’s not his job to report if I was telling the truth. If he was any kind of journalists it would concern him if someone was lying to him. Because a real journalists would want the people to get the truth, for Chuck to say something like this speaks volume as to what kind of person and journalists he is. It doesn’t concern him when Republicans lies to his face, because he is a lying Republican.

    • September 18, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      I directed Chuck Todd via Tweet to this web site. Maybe he never took a journalism course.


      A Statement of Purpose

      After extended examination by journalists themselves of the character of journalism at the end of the twentieth century, we offer this common understanding of what defines our work. The central purpose of journalism is to provide citizens with accurate and reliable information they need to function in a free society.

      This encompasses myriad roles–helping define community, creating common language and common knowledge, identifying a community’s goals, heroes and villains, and pushing people beyond complacency. This purpose also involves other requirements, such as being entertaining, serving as watchdog and offering voice to the voiceless.

      Over time journalists have developed nine core principles to meet the task. They comprise what might be described as the theory of journalism:

      1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth

      2. Its first loyalty is to citizens

      3. Its essence is a discipline of verification

      4. Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover

      5. It must serve as an independent monitor of power

      6. It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise

      7. It must strive to make the significant interesting and relevant

      8. It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional

      9. Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience

    • 26 99ts
      September 18, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      Took awhile – but the truth tends to percolate to the top – wonder why he even bothers to get up every morning.

    • 27 nathkatun7
      September 19, 2013 at 2:18 am

      Chuck Todd is a liar and a hypocrite! He says that it’s not his job to correct the lies of Republicans, yet he constantly bashes President Obama and challenges everything the President says or does. I suppose he sees his job as exclusively that of bashing President Obama, sometimes very pointedly and disrespectfully, and even challenging the President’s integrity. And the moron has the audacity to claim that he is impartial! Chuck Todd is truly disgusting!

      Bravo for all of you twitters who pushed hard against him.

      • 28 anniebella
        September 19, 2013 at 3:57 am

        Chuck Todd sounds like John Boehner, when Boehner said that it’s not his job to tell his racists Republicans to lay off the birther b.s. Todd is saying that the truth doesn’t matter to him.

  7. 29 carolyn
    September 18, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Arapaho…..I saw your tweets and responded. We are going to see some wonderful events unfold internationally because of President Obama and his philosophy and methods…..yes indeedy!

  8. September 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    GE Chips, TOD…… Congrats of first Magpie 🙂 Happy b-day Dudette! ………and Chips, I have found something that may come close to your love of cheesy-puffs……

  9. September 18, 2013 at 9:28 pm

  10. 46 Ladyhawke
    September 18, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    zizi2 ‏@zizii2 21h


    In 2008 @cnn @cbs @abc @nbc @msnbc @pbs @fox badgered @NancyPelosi to act fast on bank bailout to save America. Now media mute on Boehner


    • 47 vcprezofan2
      September 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      Zizi, are you sounding the call for us to draw some concentrated attention to MSM lack of attention to Boehner and his idjiits? This is the 2nd tweet I’ve noticed from you along these lines. Maybe the ‘media team’ here can make that their focus tomorrow and Friday?

      • 48 nathkatun7
        September 19, 2013 at 2:33 am

        VC, that really should be and must be our focus from now on. What the teabag led Republican party is planning to do is to purposely destroy the economy in order to prevent over 30 million people from getting insurance because they want to deny President Obama a legacy. This absolute insanity.

        • 49 vcprezofan2
          September 19, 2013 at 11:14 am

          GM, Nathk. Sure hope the twitter brigade picks this up as a worthy goal to focus on in the midst of everything else they are doing.

    • 50 99ts
      September 18, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      And somewhere out there I still hear talk about the “left wing media” – in who’s world is the US media LW?

  11. September 18, 2013 at 9:31 pm

  12. September 18, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    What’s puzzling about this latest bout of Obama-phobia is that recent developments in Syria have generally been positive from the standpoint of U.S. interests.

    Obama has accomplished goals that most Americans endorse, given the unpalatable menu of choices. Polls suggest that the public overwhelmingly backs the course Obama has chosen. A Post-ABC News survey asked Americans if they endorsed the U.S.-Russian plan to dismantle Syrian chemical weapons as an alternative to missile strikes; 79 percent were supportive…..

    The mystery is why this outcome in Syria is derided by so many analysts in Washington. Partly, it must be the John McCain factor. The Arizona senator is in danger of becoming a kind of Republican version of Jesse Jackson, who shows up at every international crisis with his own plan for a solution, sometimes through personal mediation (as with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt), other times demanding military intervention (as in Syria). Because McCain is a distinguished figure, he commands respect even when his proposals have no political support at home.

    Not so Obama. He can propose what the country wants, succeed at it and still get hammered as a failure.

  13. September 18, 2013 at 9:41 pm

  14. September 18, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    • 55 japa21
      September 18, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      Notice that the two they are most aware of is the “mandate”, which is one virtually in name only, for both individuals and employers. So, if they were asked to define the mandate and the penalties, I bet they couldn’t. Nor could they explain why the mandate is necessary, as without it, the other things drop by the wayside.

  15. September 18, 2013 at 9:43 pm


  16. 58 japa21
    September 18, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    The developments in Iran are extremely interesting, I have written a couple times about it, but there is little doubt the Iranian power structure has finally come to believe that PBO does not practice Cowboy Diplomacy, but is also serious when he speaks of potential consequences. They know that, unlike with his predecessor, if they reach out he won’t stab them in the back. It is also important to remember that they, aside from Russia, are Syria’s biggest ally and are not happy with Syria and can actually help us in that area.

  17. September 18, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Current assessment of #PBO’s 2nd term …

    #NEWSTAINERS and their #KOCH paymasters are failing and flailing and EVERYONE is watching.


    • 60 jacquelineoboomer
      September 18, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      And you know what trapped rats do. So let’s stay vigilant for more “scandals,” leader Bob!

      • September 18, 2013 at 10:34 pm

        Always vigilant, Jacqueline – as is, apparently, much of the twitterverse given how it has sliced and diced chuckles toad today 🙂

      • 63 Lovepolitics2008
        September 18, 2013 at 11:33 pm

        Yep. I have to say I’m concerned about all that NSA stuff. GG is planning other “disclosures”. No question he has distorted many facts, but part of me is not totally confident that the NSA has been honest with the President. I can’t help wondering if they keep some things from him…

  18. 64 Dakota
    September 18, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    OMG!!!!! I just finished making dinner, logged on and saw my story posted in the last thread!!! I can’t believe it!!!! That was so sweet of you Miss Chips! I am always in awe of the wonderful writers and the great intellect here. I would have never thought that anything I wrote would be part of a heading on the Obama Diary. I keep saying to hubby that I can’t believe it…do you know how many people read TOD???? LOL! I was happy to share that story with everyone. I truly love our President and am constantly filled up by his kindness and caring.

    Thank you EVERYONE for your kind words. I love you all.

  19. September 18, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Worth revisiting this based on developing news of the past few days….. The man who will lead the Nuclear non-proliferation talks

    • 77 Nena20409
      September 18, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      This is getting better LP with each information posted by you. Thank you very much.

    • September 18, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      Worth repeating from the previous thread for youngun’s out there.

      Where we are with Iran has taken nearly 35 years to get to. DC echo-chamber don’t realize what a HUGE deal this is because most of them weren’t born or were wee lads and lasses during the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979. They don’t remember how relentless that story was, that it was on the news like the Vietnam war was a decade earlier — every night for over 400 days. America had its 2nd gasoline shortage, with gas stations rationing and lines of an hour or more to get gas.

      Most MSM don’t remember, so they don’t understand what a HUGE deal this is for the world, and could probably only have been started because we are fortunate enough to have such a considerate, wise and strategic leader. Can you imagine how Hillary and her PUMAs would be acting right about now?

      Clearly, the win-win Presidential diplomacy is upending the Beltway echo-chamber “zero-sum game” philosophy (you can only win when the other person loses):

      “(Reuters) – President Barack Obama has told Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani in an exchange of letters that the United States is ready to resolve its nuclear dispute with Iran in a way that allows Tehran to show it is not trying to build weapons, the White House said on Wednesday.”


      Tea-baggers are still complaining that our President has time for Iran but not Boehner (in the WSJ article that LP linked to). LOL.

  20. 82 japa21
    September 18, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Okay, can’t totally leave Chuckles alone, but promise this will my last…until the next one.

  21. 83 0388jojothecat
    September 18, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I realized when PBO got rid of the “Osama Bin Laden” boogy man that the Bush/Cheney Administration and McCain depended on to terrorize the American people as a constant threat, that THIS President is going to get rid of as many boogymen so that IF the American people get lazy, stupid, don’t vote, and the NEXT GOP president won’t have ANY enemies because PBO is going to make them friends or they will be GONE.

    • 84 carolyn
      September 18, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      As we all know, this kind of thing does not come about carelessly or without thought or planning. I firmly believe PBO has been thinking about these possibilities at least since he was an Illinois State Senator. He knows how to deal with people from these parts of the world. He has lived in other parts of the world. Arapaho and I have been having a dialogue about PBO’s methods…..where he looks for a win/win solution, instead of the usual American view of win/lose…….This is how he operated with Assad…..even in this situation Assad was allowed to keep his “dignity”, so he will work better with us.
      PBO has tried this with Boehner, et al, but they won’t even behave in an adult manner. Now Boehner is going to be totally humiliated, and PBO could have prevented that, but B wouldn’t co-operate.
      PBO is really shifting the old paradigm, and the others may catch on in a few years……..

    • 85 theo67
      September 18, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      Nice theory – I can’t imagine that every boogyman can be eliminated, but he’s sure giving it a try!

    • 86 MightyPamela
      September 18, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      GOP is just mad because the whole world loves Barack Obama, and there’s not a damn thing they can do about it.

  22. 88 vcprezofan2
    September 18, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Do you think the photographer tampered with this shot?

  23. 102 vcprezofan2
    September 18, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Chips, Hopefruit, Mighty Pamela, and a few other cat lovers will like this, I think.

    • September 18, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      Speaking of cats, Grumpy Cat has just been signed as spokescat for Purina.

      I’m looking at my animals thinking: “You bastards better start bringing in some money.”

    • 105 0388jojothecat
      September 18, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      I am an animal lover but I have three cats. I adopted two kittens born to a feral mother early this year. They are so cute, adorable, and a lot of fun to watch. My older cat was adopted 14 yrs ago and she is my lovely senior kitty. I can see my newbies doing this to get on the counter. They have the ability to jump up on the counters but not the maturity yet. I don’t look forward to that day.

    • 107 99ts
      September 18, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      If you want to call the likes of Chuck Todd sorcery – then it is sorcery – those who would blame the President for the sins of the GOP depend on the Chucks of the world to spread their lies.

  24. September 18, 2013 at 10:18 pm

  25. 109 MightyPamela
    September 18, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    😆 😆 Boy oh boy, I wasn’t even in the same ballpark as you guys, never mind how many threads back – and I thought my brain was still functioning!! 😆 😳 151MightyPamela
    September 18, 2013 at 10:12 pm
    Coming in to say Hey Y’all, and to thank everyone for the generosity of spirit and prayer work to help me through this day. I may or may not catch up with you tonight, as you’re moving at least Warp 9 or 10, and I am worn out! Will post a few lines tomorrow, but no real breakthrough, just telling MP to keep at the exercise, grunt through the pain and maybe it will all come right. Maybe, one day! Sheesh. I admit to feeling like a big wimp sometimes, but we all have our karmic cross to bear. Will follow along whiile my eyes are open, blessing all around! {{{TOD}}}


  26. September 18, 2013 at 10:22 pm

  27. 118 japa21
    September 18, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    With this I bid Chuckles good night:

  28. September 18, 2013 at 10:29 pm


  29. September 18, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Ok all, calling it an early night. Off to watch some educational tv and read. Rest well.

  30. 123 jacquelineoboomer
    September 18, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Everybody’s going after that faux journodog:

    • September 18, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      Jacqueline, everyone reading TOD, this is one of the comments to the C&L post:

      ” Michael Eggleston

      I plan on posting this on every thread I can tonight.

      None of this means jackshit should the Republican maniacs in the House of Representatives go through with their plan to shut down the Federal Government over Obamacare. This is pure, nasty politics, and these perpetrators better brace themselves for the backlash should Social Security benefits, Veterans Benefits, Railroad Retirement and other Benefits are not paid out to the millions who depend on this income to survive and pay their bills.

      Should they shut down the government and cause me to be denied the money I need to exist, I plan on going to Washington with my protest sign and march up the steps of the United States Capitol, along with a Grey Army of my fellow retirees and Veteransand demand to know why Congress can be so unfeeling and callous to the people who put them in office. I’m finally angry enough that I don’t care if I get thrown in jail, I will have my say.”

      The #GOP & the #NEWSTAINERS and other enablers who they think are distracting Americans from the reality of the domestic terrorism they are perpetrating, better get a clue, fast.

      • 125 jacquelineoboomer
        September 18, 2013 at 11:05 pm

        There are a gazillion federal retirees, as well – I’m one of ’em – who will NOT FORGET any government shutdown. I was still working in the ’90s when that Republican shutdown occurred. At that point, I had in 25 years of federal service, and never had been unemployed. The shutdown lasted long enough for government travel to be affected – a big group of us were representing our command at our annual conference aka trade show (with players from around the globe) and we all had to fly across country early to return to work the next morning, turn in our I.D. badges like common criminals (our common-access cards to get us in the building no longer worked), and then report to the local unemployment office. There were so many federal workers in our city that the state unemployment head opened up UIC operations off site, just to accommodate us. I have never seen more p-o’d people at a “work function” in my life. We eventually got paid, but it was a military organization and the amount of resources wasted – and workload lost – on behalf of OUR MILITARY was inestimable. And I’m still p-o’d about it. I almost want to say, “Please proceed, Republicans in Congress,” but I wouldn’t wish that hurtful experience on anyone.

      • 126 theo67
        September 18, 2013 at 11:18 pm

        This is a promising sign about the state of the electorate engagement.

  31. 127 0388jojothecat
    September 18, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Whenever I hear the bat shit crazy talk about how PBO and Mrs. Obama don’t like “white” people I think of all the countries that LOVE and RESPECT them, I think about cousin Henry who loves his new found relatives and it probably would not matter to them if Barack Obama were not President, he would still love him. I see a man (PBO) has respect for and loves all people and they BOTH were taught to judge people by their character not by color thanks to MLK Jr. My brother is supposed to be a Christian but does not like PBO and if we ever discuss politics I will tell him to just sleep in on Sundays because anyone who listens to Glenn Beck and his hatred for a man he does not know should not call himself a Christian. ALL this so-called Christian GOP’ers who would rather see people suffer than to be able to go see a doctor are heartless soulless people who don’t care about anyone they don’t personally know. I just don’t understand how you can LOVE the United States of American but only the individuals they know personally. I am so glad that Chuck Tood has been called out for what the media is all about….FOR THEMSELVES. They push the message to the masses that brings them the most money for them…fake controversy, war, and anything anti-Obama.

  32. 128 vcprezofan2
    September 18, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Folks, I’m moseying on out of here. Wherever you are, have a good night or early morning

    Here’s one for Chuckie Todd – “If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay up on the porch.”~ Anonymous

    • 129 theo67
      September 18, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      Good night, VC. Good luck with the mechanic!

      • 130 vcprezofan2
        September 19, 2013 at 11:09 am

        TY, Theo. I’m waiting for the phone call to tell me to ‘come on in’ and pick her up. 😕

        • 131 theo67
          September 19, 2013 at 1:26 pm

          You’ll be several hundred dollars lighter, but hopefully, much safer in your car!

          • 132 vcprezofan2
            September 19, 2013 at 2:14 pm

            Theo, it’s the ‘much safer in your car’ part that always keep me standing when the bill slaps me in the face! 😀 She is getting on in years and she *has* been a good girl, so part of me is just relieved that when she acts up it’s usually when we are at home. This just means I’m going to be tied more securely to home for the next while. 😛

  33. 135 jacquelineoboomer
    September 18, 2013 at 11:30 pm

  34. 136 LDS
    September 18, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Wow! What a day!
    I am just in awe of the whole thing. So much happening so fast, it is impossible to stay calm. I and my last nerve are all over the place!

    I love life(good& bad). I love TOD(everyone here pros&cons). I love our President and his family.
    The haters who will never understand we are and will move forward with or without them as Our President has forewarned them.
    The Chuck Todds and CT look a likes are all being exposed for who they really are.(the tweets were relentless) that’s a good thing.
    No feeling sorry for that fool.
    Mr. Wendell Pierce is the bomb!
    And to top it off, Iran’s leader and Our e lustrous President are communicating…….

    Only one last thing to say:
    This party has started and will probably go on forever. You deserve this day. We are better because you are here.
    Thank you for the musical experience you keep flowing here.
    The nights when sleep does not come easily, you know exactly what song to drop.
    Whether you drop-it-like-it’s -hot! Or soothing smooth……”it’s like gravy.”
    ( I overheard some young folks say that today. I did not have a clue what it means.)
    I called my son. He said, Mom, it’s all good.
    Love you, HAAPY BIRTHDAY!

    • 137 Dudette
      September 19, 2013 at 1:16 am

      Tears are streaming down my face. Your fault LDS! 🙂


      • 138 nathkatun7
        September 19, 2013 at 3:05 am

        Wow, Dudette, today is your birthday (I am on California time) no one told me about it! Wishing you a very Happy belated Birthday! You mean so much to me with all the love, joy, energy, zest for life, and positiveness you share with all of us at TOD.

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