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Chat Away

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arriving at JFK International Airport today

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If you missed the President’s roundtable today, you can see it here

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Chat away!


140 Responses to “Chat Away”


  1. 9 utaustinliberal
    September 23, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I adore their interaction.

  2. September 23, 2013 at 5:46 pm

  3. 18 GGail
    September 23, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Chipsticks – you sure are swift today ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the President’s Round Table cuz I missed some because of working.

  4. 19 Nena20409
    September 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Congrats Layla on your Gold Medal.

  5. September 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Anyone who thought the president looked exhausted yesterday needs to look at this photo. I think FLOTUS saw how down he was at the Navy Yard memorial and did everything she could to lighten his cares. Whenever he is with her for any extended time, he seems years younger and more relaxed–an effect I have never seen with any other president. So not only do I honor our First Lady for all she does in her own right, I admire and love her for keeping our wonderful president grounded and happy. The president and First Lady epitomize what a good marriage is all about–mutually supporting each other, helping one another in good times and bad. Quietly and without ever making a big deal about it, our First Couple are showing the world what true love is all about.

    • September 23, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      “Quietly and without ever making a big deal about it, our First Couple are showing the world what true love is all about.”

      They sure are, Jackie. And, your comment is lovely!!!

      • 24 carolyn
        September 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm

        Absolutely Jackie. She was supporting him with all of her love and energy yesterday, and today, they are looking relaxed and happy…and rested. I was hoping this was the kind of picture we’d see today, especially after yesterday.
        In all my years of president watching, I have not seen another couple so in sync who are obviously so delighted to be in each other’s company. In fact, so often, the presidential couples have been almost the opposite, sadly.

  6. 25 57andfemale
    September 23, 2013 at 5:52 pm

  7. September 23, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Congrats on 1st Layla!!!

    Today’s letter to President Obama:

    23 Sept 2013

    Dear Mr President,
    Firstly, I am so grateful for the quality of your leadership and the expanse of your empathy.
    Am writing you again on the topic of 300+ Million guns in private ownership in America. ย It is my recommendation that that be viewed through two lenses – market & ‘well regulated.โ€™
    The market part is simple – it represents an enormous opportunity for the insurance industry. The ‘well regulated’ part is what converts that potential opportunity into reality.
    Those who know the history of the 2nd Amendment know that Madison’s primary concern was assuaging the slave owners by enabling them to maintain their State-regulated slave patrols (euphemistically referred to as ‘militia’ in the 2nd Amendment). ย It had nothing to do with national defense, i.e., defense against foreign invasion.
    Pragmatists know that we are not going to repeal the 2nd Amendment anytime soon. Given that reality, let’s make that ‘well regulated’ relevant to the current, grotesque situation. ย One corporate force that can go head to head with the weapons manufacturers and their NRA puppets is the insurance industry. ย 
    I suggest you gather the CEOs of all the major insurance carriers and develop a plan whereby they fund a massive lobbying and public relations campaign that demands legislation that would make it mandatory for any person who owns a gun to have liability insurance. ย And, as with automobiles, a policy rider would be required for every gun a person owned. ย As with automobile insurance, premiums would be adjusted for age of the person owning or using the gun, i.e., if a minor is given a gun or enabled to use a gun, the parent would be required to disclose that fact and the premium rate would be adjusted accordingly.
    The collateral consequences of such a law would entail training, certification and periodic recertification just as is the case for driver’s licenses. Inherent to the certification process is de facto robust background checks. ย And, obviously, possession of a gun without proof of liability insurance coverage would carry severe penalties, not the least of which would be confiscation of the gun and ammunition.
    The key is incentive and the big incentive is opening a 300+ million market to an industry that is always eager to find a way to expand profits. ย Turn on the lobbying force of the insurance industry Mr. President and you’ll see some change our Nation’s totally unacceptable gun violence.
    Thank you,
    Bob
    Yes We Can

    Yes We Can

    • 28 Layla
      September 23, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      TY Bob! Outstanding post as always!!!

    • 29 Judith Fardig
      September 23, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      Co-sign! I hope we can persuade folks with this strategy.

    • 30 a4alice
      September 23, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      holy mackerel Bob this is great idea! So tweeting it!

    • 31 GGail
      September 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Bob, I like your thinking here

    • September 23, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      Thank you Layla, Judith, Alice & Gail. I’m just going to keep at it!! Hopefully, the idea will catch on ๐Ÿ™‚

      #FORWARD

    • 33 a4alice
      September 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      alright Bob ! I sent your letter to my senators and told them about your great idea and asked if they could help President Obama. So here’s what I wrote.

      Hi Senator Klobuchar (and then Franken) how are you today?
      I was online today and read this simple and workable solution to gun control. So look I didn’t write it but I hope you will take time to read it. It’s a great idea, and this is a huge problem. His name is Bob and he’s a gentleman that I know from a blog and from his many tweets. Here’s his twitter handle in case you want to follow him. @Our4thEstate – well worth it! So here’s his idea this is a letter he wrote today to the President:

      (Then your letter)

      Isn’t this a great idea? I know, right? So Bob is sending this to the President. Maybe you guys can canoodle on this and make it happen. Just trying to promote a worthy idea. Thanks, as always for your time!

      Maybe other’s could send your letter to their senators and congress critters. This is a great idea!

      • September 23, 2013 at 6:55 pm

        Dear Alice, Can’t tell you how grateful I am that you did this!!!

        I hope folk do the same, or copy and paste portions of it and send it to their Congressional representatives as well as to their State Govs, Reps, AGs, & Mayors.

        We need to leverage the size of the market because that is the most pragmatic way to build a coalition with the financial and political clout it will take to get the legislation passed and enforced. If even a few States took this action, the benefits to society and the cash flow to the insurance industry would likely accelerate National adoption.

        Yes We Can

      • 35 GGail
        September 23, 2013 at 7:03 pm

        a4alice – that was soooooo sweet of you! I hope someone takes time to read what you sent. It takes one to reach one.

    • 37 yardarm756
      September 23, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      OH HELL YEAH!

    • September 23, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      Great letter Bobfr. How did you get a pic of your letter to use on twitter?

    • 43 MightyPamela
      September 23, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Well, bobfr, PBO will be sending out his scouts before long, to see about recruiting you to his advisory board. Hope your curent situation all allow for a few years hiatus while you and Mrs. Bobfr re-locate to DC! I’m serious.

    • 45 globalcitizenlinda
      September 23, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Thank your very much for this!

      As usual this is very nicely argued and it also rightly spells out the policy to pursue and the same enforcement mechanism.

      I wish I had money, I would start sponsoring this legislation in as many states as I can.

      wonder if you can send this letter to as many of the gun-violence regulation advocacy groups as possible.

      thanks once again for your diligence and focus.

    • 48 Nena20409
      September 23, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      The forever thoughtful, smart and active Bobfr. Great Job.

      Thank you, Doc.

  8. 49 jacquelineoboomer
    September 23, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Mrs. Obama’s windblown hair reminded me of this, which I dedicate to both of them!

  9. 51 MightyPamela
    September 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Sheesh. So here you are!! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    • September 23, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      Were you doing a VC again, Mighty P??

      • 53 MightyPamela
        September 23, 2013 at 7:20 pm

        101MightyPamela
        September 23, 2013 at 6:04 pm
        Okay, so am I the last slow coach to find the breathtakingly gorgeous Michelle Obama, First Lady, featured in a Special Collectorโ€™s edition of Us magazine? Coz I donโ€™t care if I am last, I bought one this morning while I was shopping, and cried all the way through reading it this afternoon! How very well done, pictures make one for the guys to add to their bookshelves!!

        Reply
        Oh, nah, it felt more like same old MightyP! Please note time stamp on above reply ~ NSA got everything and nuttin’ on ol’ MP! ๐Ÿ˜†

  10. September 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    • 55 GGail
      September 23, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      With COBRA costs so out of touch with unemployment payments, it is such a relief to know that one has OPTIONS about whether to stay at a horrible job or not.
      While I’m not thinking about leaving (too close to retiring), it gives me peace of mind knowing that if I were to lose this job, I would be able to afford health insurance.

      • 56 MightyPamela
        September 23, 2013 at 7:36 pm

        Yes, indeed, GGail – when I left my last ‘job’ and became formally self-employed soon after, my health insurance stayed with the job, and I have been without since January 2007. Very hard to afford insurance when building a new business and wondering how to keep it all afloat! Am so looking forward to Obamacare, and after 20+ years in Canada, NZ and Australia, it has been a real wild ride since I returned to the US!

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  13. September 23, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    The U.S. government and Switzerland have reached an agreement that could expose Americans who have used Swiss banks to avoid paying taxes.

  14. 69 desertflower
    September 23, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Hi! I’m back from the periodontist and the surgery is FINALLY over!!! Yeah, me:) Sucking down a pineapple smoothie, because all I can eat the next 2 days is liquid ( wonder if they considered that I love my gin and tonics?) My mouth looks like a hot mess, but I hope this is it for now. Was so anxious about this yesterday, it was all I could think of. So glad it’s over. Did I mention how much I hate novacaine?

    Anyway, I see that the amazing Jim Wright stopped by to say thank you for sending his post all over the Twitterverse…he’s such a great writer. Love to read his stuff. No mincing words whenever he’s writing! Love it.

    Bobfr…excellent letter to the President regarding guns and liability. How long have we talked about that common sense requirement here? Let’s get some muscle behind that and get this done! I agree with PBO….we should be obsessing over this. Damn right!

    jackiegrumbacher….your words were heartfelt, simple and pure. Simply perfect!

    • September 23, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Woooooooooot, you’re fixed DF!!!!! Pour yourself a G&T, you’ve earned one (and a second), thrilled it’s all over!

      • 71 desertflower
        September 23, 2013 at 6:38 pm

        Thank you, Chipster:) Trust me, no one is as thrilled as I am…my dentist even hugged me when it was over:) It’s only 3:37 here…too early for a G/T yet…still sucking this pineapple thing down….but I will. I promise. Thank you all for thinking of me today…you know, it meant the world….Hugs to all! I’m happy now!!

        • September 23, 2013 at 6:45 pm

          “still sucking this pineapple thing down”

          ๐Ÿ˜†

          Are you woozy after your op? Just wondering if that combined with a couple of G&Ts later, will have you posting comments like:

          “uegug38gdp ‘ h394y[ sp2]uc howe hoihwe hic”

          • 73 desertflower
            September 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm

            I WISH I was woozy! That would mean that I got the good stuff and not the stupid novacaine! Just for reference, I could very easily type like that on an ordinary day:) I told you, you were “Chops” for a long time! I never took typing in high school…my reason? Because I wasn’t going to be a secretary…I was going to college! What a dumb ass I was:)

    • 75 GGail
      September 23, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      df, I’m so glad to hear you upbeat after the procedure ๐Ÿ™‚

    • September 23, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      So glad you’re home and the surgery is completed. Wishing you a speedy recovery (and several G&Ts)!!!

      Thank you df for your support of this common sense approach. I’m convinced the insurance sharks could really be the muscle the President needs. Huge market and their margins would be substantial and the societal benefits can readily be seen in the comparison to auto insurance – just imagine if having auto insurance was not mandatory.

      Yes We Can

      • 78 desertflower
        September 23, 2013 at 7:02 pm

        Thank you, kind sir:) Common sense and $$$ involved in the sale of insurance? WTH WOULDN’T they get behind that???? The rest of us would ALL be safer. Win, win!!

        • September 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm

          Agree with you. Wonder if it would be worthwhile for Chips to post the letter as a ‘word’ … maybe others would be encouraged to copy, paste all or part and send to their Reps and others – similar to what Alice did (see above)?

    • 82 theo67
      September 23, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      So glad you’ve come out on the other side of your surgery ok! Well done – enjoy the smoothie. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 84 Vicki
      September 23, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      df I’m sure the periodontist told you but just in case—-not only liquid but cold food for 2 to 3 days is a good idea

      • 85 desertflower
        September 23, 2013 at 7:04 pm

        I need ice cream to go with my gin and tonic now:) Thanks for that, VIcki! Are you a periodontist? I swear, in my next life…that’s what I’m gonna be!

    • 86 dotster3
      September 23, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      Glad your dental nightmare is over. I am the biggest baby in the world when it comes to dental procedures—–I could hardly stand to read about your ordeal. A root canal guy told me if I ever needed another one to not call him. I’ve been “fired” by 3 other dentists for being “problematic”. I had to have that twilight sleep thingy to get a tooth pulled—-it was the only way that was going to happen—but I was dreading that also—-so much that I didn’t sleep for days prior. I can’t stand the whole thing—as you said—lying back with your mouth open—-gagging and choking—-even when I’m getting my teeth cleaned. Ewwww—-I can’t even bear typing about it. Not proud of this—-but I hate “dentys” —mr. dotster’s cute word trying to make me think they’re sweet and nice, when they’re not! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Anyhoo—-it’s five o’clock somewhere. (I used to hide an airline wine bottle in car to have that to look forward to after some nightmare procedure, like root canal)

      • 87 desertflower
        September 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm

        Poor sweet ,dotster. Actually…..you sound worse than me:) I have a high tolerance for pain, but keeping my mouth wide open, when you can’t even FEEL your mouth? Not for me. No talking? Not for me. Mouth dry as the Sahara? Not for me. I don’t even want to tell you about the disgusting smell…that I can taste. Think burning skin. Why do you think that pineapple thingy tastes so damn good! Maybe I’ll just forget the “tonic” part of the G&T….mouthwash. Honestly. It wasn’t painful, just mighty uncomfortable…and lasted nearly 3 hours….and about 12 shots of novacaine. I’m so over it, and glad that I’m back here with all of you!

      • 90 yardarm756
        September 23, 2013 at 7:46 pm

        And I bet a grizzley bear would be afraid of getting in a phone booth with you, eh! ๐Ÿ˜†

    • 93 MightyPamela
      September 23, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      You are a rock, DF, you’ll be feeling pretty good in no time. That anxiety stuff is a real exhaustion!

    • 96 a4alice
      September 23, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      oh I’m late to this party but wanted to put in a word for you DF – glad it’s over! And you know, after a hard day, it’s gotta be 5 o’clock somewhere in the world! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • September 23, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      So glad you got through it, Df. Every day from now on your mouth will feel better and better. The worst is behind you now.

  15. 98 desertflower
    September 23, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Just got a notice in the mail today from my school district for all employees regarding ACA and the exchanges:) That mean that THOUSANDS of us got that same letter in the mail:) And so on and so on…..

  16. 101 anniebella
    September 23, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I love the pictures of POTUS and FLOTUS, love it, love it.

    • 102 MightyPamela
      September 23, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Anniebella, have you seen the Us magazine I was speaking of earlier? A collectible FLOTUS mag, no ads, no slop, all beautiful photos and very much a perfect reflection of her wonderful amazing self!

  17. September 23, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Just watched the meeting of the Civil Society…many of the leaders want to shake PBOs hand and engage in small talk….

  18. September 23, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Took Joy Reid’s tweet and added a visual (with a little eye candy to boot):

    Bring ON 2014…

  19. September 23, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    • 110 cookemom
      September 23, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      ha, ha. On Sunday David Gregory corrected the WSJ panelist on Meet the Press and told her she should refer to it as shutting down the government and not a CR. Then he turns to the camera and says something like, ‘let me just clarify for the viewers’…..

      No way that happens without this petition smacking NBC right upside the head.

    • 111 a4alice
      September 23, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      excellent!

    • 112 99ts
      September 23, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      Chuck is getting no breathing space in this matter, which is a delight – so now I wonder why doesn’t this happen to FoxNews folks – cause no-one listens to them perhaps?

  20. 114 dotster3
    September 23, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Huh—-a little belated justice. Bank of Amer. ordered to pay $2.2 million to black job seekers

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-bank-of-america-discrimination-20130923,0,6599601.story

  21. 116 dotster3
    September 23, 2013 at 7:48 pm

  22. 117 desertflower
    September 23, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Some fineness on the cover of October’s Esquire issue…..on sale now……

    http://www.esquire.com/features/october-2013

  23. September 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm

  24. 126 yardarm756
    September 23, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Just jokes today.

    – Four Retirees Visit A Bar –

    Four old retired men are walking down a street in Yuma , Arizona . They turn a corner and see a sign that says, “Old Timers Bar – ALL drinks 10 cents.”

    They look at each other and then go in, thinking this is too good to be true.

    The old bartender says in a voice that carries across the room, “Come on in and let me pour one for you!

    What’ll it be, gentlemen?”

    There’s a fully stocked bar, so each of the men orders a martini.

    In no time the bartender serves up four iced martinis shaken, not stirred and says, “That’s 10 cents each, please.”

    The four guys stare at the bartender for a moment, then at each other. They can’t believe their good luck. They pay the 40 cents, finish their martinis, and order another round.

    Again, four excellent martinis are produced, with the bartender again saying,”That’s 40 cents, please.”

    They pay the 40 cents, but their curiosity gets the better of them. They’ve each had two martinis and haven’t even spent a dollar yet.

    Finally one of them says, “How can you afford to serve martinis as good as these for a dime apiece?”

    “I’m a retired tailor from Phoenix ,” the bartender says, “and I always wanted to own a bar. Last year I hit the Lottery Jackpot for $125 million and decided to open this place. Every drink costs a dime. Wine, liquor, beer it’s all the same.”

    “Wow! That’s some story!” one of the men says.

    As the four of them sip at their martinis, they can’t help noticing seven other people at the end of the bar who don’t have any drinks in front of them and haven’t ordered anything the whole time they’ve been there.

    Nodding at the seven at the end of the bar, one of the men asks the Bartender, “What’s with them?”

    The bartender says, “They’re retired people from Florida . They’re waiting for Happy Hour when drinks are half-price, plus they all have coupons…”

    • 127 99ts
      September 23, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      ๐Ÿ™‚ My folks when in their 70s went on a road trip for a few months. They were in what we call the “outback” and discovered that all the motels offered a discount for anyone booking in after 4pm. My mum said it was a delight to book in at 3pm & get the best room & top service in each place.

    • September 23, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      I agree with PBO with working with the system we currently have by using the insurance companies and fixing the areas that are broken like, kicking people off when they felt like it, doing away with pre-existing conditions, spending the majority of the premiums on healthcare and refunding any portion that is not spent on at least 80%, no deductibles on wellness, making the cost of women’s healthcare the same as men, letting kids stay on parents insurance until 26yrs old, getting rid of the donut hole on senior drug costs, etc. I believe that many people will start their own businesses now that healthcare through exchanges will be affordable. People will no longer have to stay on jobs just to bet the company medical benefits and because of a pre-existing condition. I think this is a win win situation for Americans and I am so glad it was PBO that got it passed and he did not listen to the naysayers in his party and in this administration.

  25. 130 japa21
    September 23, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Very serious question:

    Well, maybe not that serious.

  26. 133 Nena20409
    September 23, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    DF…..So glad to see that your surgery went well. In a blink of hours, the 2 weeks will fade and you will be back to 101%. Be well.

  27. September 23, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    New post in a few mins!

  28. 135 jacquelineoboomer
    September 23, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Wonder why some people “annoy” us more than others? Ha!

    • 136 No Child Left Behind
      September 23, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      I hope he read your tweet twice. A moron, that is what Harwood is.

      • 137 jacquelineoboomer
        September 23, 2013 at 9:29 pm

        I don’t think anything any of us mere mortals would write or say to him would make a difference. He’s a pompous bloviator, who’s kind of just calling it in these days, while the world goes around him. From my POV!

        But wouldn’t it be nice if he’d just go away?

    • 138 nathkatun7
      September 23, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      You go JOB! Excellent, spot-on, tweet response. This John Harwood is a total idiot! The fool still thinks it was Putin who made Syria agree to surrender their chemical weapons and not President Obama’s credible threat to make sure that they did. John Harwood is a perfect example of how people who are obsessively and severely afflicted with Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS) behave. I suppose the people he is trying to impress with that tweet are his fellow so called journalists. People like Chuck Todd, Ed. Henry, Jake Tapper, Ezra Klein, Chris Hayes and others, who always find a way to bash President Obama.

  29. 140 0388jojothecat
    September 23, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I am watching LO and he said that the House and Senate do not have to get Obamacare. I thought the law said that the Federal Government employees would be included in the Exchanges? Am I wrong?


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