A Picture Or Two


Visitors on the 2009 Fall Garden Tour pass by the Oval Office as President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Oct. 17, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



President Barack Obama meets with, from left, U.S. Trade Representatvie Ron Kirk, former President George H. W. Bush, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, prior to the Points of Light forum at Texas A&M University, in College Station, Texas, Oct. 16, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



President Barack Obama meets with former President George H. W. Bush and Defense Secretary Robert Gates prior to the Points of Light forum at Texas A&M University, in College Station, Texas, Oct. 16, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



President Barack Obama walks with Chief of Staff Jack Lew on the Kingsmill Resort grounds during a break from debate prep in Williamsburg, Va., Oct. 14, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



President Barack Obama is interviewed by Jon Stewart during a taping of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” at the Comedy Central Studios in New York, N.Y., Oct. 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



President Barack Obama greets a child on the Kingsmill Resort grounds during a break from debate prep in Williamsburg, Va., Oct. 14, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


109 Responses to “A Picture Or Two”

  1. October 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Great pics, UT!!!

  2. 4 Ceb
    October 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Good afternoon.

  3. 5 Judith Fardig
    October 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Hey you winners, Bobfr and Ceb! The news is definitely improving!

  4. October 20, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Judith, Ceb, hf!!


  5. 7 Nena20409
    October 20, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Hey, hey, Congratulations to 2, yes….Two Gold medalists 😉

    Doc Bobfr and Ceb 🙂

    TOD! TOD! TOD! Hooray!

  6. 9 Nena20409
    October 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    The Leaping 😉 Flying Red Hair Youngster. I love that Picture.

    Today is Oct 20. 2013.

    POTUS was sworn in on Jan 20 and 21 of 2013.
    4.9yrs now as POTUS 🙂

  7. October 20, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    • 12 yardarm756
      October 20, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      Some more of the ‘both sides’ bs………What’s he want? A peace prize! Give him a box of Cracker Jacks. 😦

    • 13 jziglar
      October 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      The republican party is the one that has become less diverse. The party doesn’t have any moderates or liberal republicans like it did in the past. The democratic party on the other hand still has moderates and conservative democrats.

    • October 20, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      I didn’t think it was possible to loather upChuck more.

      My response is pretty lame, really wanted to say that Koch brothers promote a plutocracy at the expense of those most in need a

      Hate HuffPo, and admit I didn’t click on the article, but this is the kind of thing I was getting at.

      Methinks upChuck has bought into the myth that emoprogs are part of the left. Emoprogs enjoy the sound of their own voices making demands of the “uppity” President. They are anarchists as much as the libertarians they revere. But they’re not part of the Obama coalition that will do the work needed to win 2014, forward in 2016.

  8. October 20, 2013 at 2:28 pm

  9. October 20, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    DF posted this link without comment on R&S (she’s no doubt out the door now, tutoring her hundreds of math students).

    This is a national survery conducted by Democracy Corps and Women’s Voices Women’s Vote Action Fund, so it doesn’t highlight that endangered segment of the national population, white males (although you’d never know they are endangered judging by the national media).

    And to underscore the women in power theme:

    More on financial fraud later.

  10. October 20, 2013 at 2:34 pm

  11. 19 0388jojothecat
    October 20, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Good Sunday Morning and Congratulations on the newest member of the TOD family….DannyBoy! I just love the pictures of little Danny chasing leaves and playing with the “toy” bed his mama-Chips gave him to play with…hahahaha….he probably thought it was an oversized slipper. I loved all the puppy poems and rules….so cute. Although I am a cat-owning-TOD’er I love ALL animals. Cats are so independent and I think I am too lazy to own a dog. I will probably adopt an older dog or rescue one when I retire and have more time…if my cats allow it. 🙂

  12. October 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Unfortunately, M Hiltzik, business blogger at LATimes, linked to bad URL in this tweet.

    But I think he corrected it here:
    “But the most significant thing about JPMorgan’s deal with the Department of Justice may be what it doesn’t do. It doesn’t resolve the ongoing federal criminal investigations of the bank’s conduct in the residential mortgage securities business during the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis. That investigation is being handled by federal prosecutors in Sacramento.”

    • October 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      Really liked BobFR’s comment last night re: JPMorgan fraud and women in power (see above re: US and Israel central bank chairwomen):

      “It’s up to us, theo. If, for instance, our next President is Elizabeth Warren, we’d move way forward on these issues, rather than in reverse.

      Young leaders like the Castro twins of Texas, Wendy Davis, AG Grimes of Kentucky …… a very long list … are not owned and are on the move.

      The more women we get into the Senate & House the better.

      We make the Country what we want it to be. That is the lesson plan President Obama has been teaching since his community organizing efforts.

      If we match the zeal of the #teabaggers but remain focused on bending the arc of justice in a more inclusive, equitable and empowering direction we can achieve anything.

      Yes We Can”

  13. October 20, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    TODville, just a heads up about a new WP glitch. Maybe it’s just happening to me but I thought I’d let everyone know.

    It all started happening a couple of days ago. Whenever I RT a tweet from this page, instead of opening up the link and letting me hit the RT button myself, it now automatically opens the link AND RTs the tweet in one nanosecond.

    At the same time I noticed this, I also noticed that it automatically FOLLOWS those I’m RTing from this page. This happened to me with about 10 follows I didn’t actually follow myself, with a couple I definitely do not want to follow.

    SO, be careful when you RT from this page and check to see if it does the same thing to you. In a couple of instances,

  14. 32 africa
    October 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    What a bunch of malarkey. This excerpt from Peter Baker book is full of hash, if you ask me.


  15. 34 pickle48
    October 20, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I’ve just spent two hours getting my digital subscription (of my regular subscription) of Smithsonian Magazine to work!! I’m a prof – but my degrees don’t help me here. So if anyone gives me any crap about signing up for Obamacare…….. *-@*!!

  16. October 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm


  17. October 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Know absolutely nothing about Whitey Bulger or The Sopranos (except that there was a entire mythology surrounding Whitey in the northeast, and that The Sopranos was not on basic cable), but for mafia aficionados:

  18. 43 africa
    October 20, 2013 at 3:51 pm

  19. 63 africa
    October 20, 2013 at 3:53 pm

  20. 65 vcprezofan2
    October 20, 2013 at 3:57 pm


  21. October 20, 2013 at 3:58 pm


    Work begins on California bullet train, locals angry

    FRESNO — Trucks loaded with tomatoes, milk and almonds clog the two main highways that bisect California’s farm heartland, carrying goods to millions along the Pacific Coast and beyond. This dusty stretch of land is the starting point for one of the nation’s most expensive public infrastructure projects: a $68 billion high-speed rail system that would span the state, linking the people of America’s salad bowl to more jobs, opportunity and buyers.

    Five years ago, California voters overwhelmingly approved the idea of bringing a bullet train to the nation’s most populous state. It would be America’s first high-speed rail system, sold to the public as a way to improve access to good-paying jobs, cut pollution from smog-filled roadways and reduce time wasted sitting in traffic while providing an alternative to high fuel prices.

    Now, engineering work has finally begun on the first 30-mile segment of track here in Fresno, a city of a half-million people with soaring unemployment and a withering downtown core littered with abandoned factories and shuttered stores.


  22. 67 dotster3
    October 20, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    “Appeals to rational thought, facts or evidence gain no traction in brains conditioned to think that reality itself is a threat.”

    “Send the bill to the evangelicals. Without their fiction the tea party would not have found so many dupes. It takes a lifetime of bible studies to destroy a human brain as completely as is necessary to make an otherwise intelligent person trust a flake as obviously perverse as Ted Cruz.”

  23. October 20, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Hadn’t seen this one before ….

    …. really like it 🙂

  24. 72 hopefruit2
    October 20, 2013 at 4:13 pm

  25. October 20, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Please RT!!

  26. October 20, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    In contrast to the flimsy failure Wikileaks film, 12 Years a Slave has done very well in limited release.

  27. 77 africa
    October 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm

  28. 78 africa
    October 20, 2013 at 4:31 pm

  29. 79 africa
    October 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm

  30. 80 carolyn
    October 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I think several others have asked this question…..but how do I get to read Steve Benen’s excellent posts? When I go to Steve Benen on the Blog Roll, which I’ve done for months, an MSNBC site comes up with no info or postings on it, then when I go to that top heading, I just get MSNBC programs with links to videos. I want what Steve Benen writes……please someone tell me how!!!!!

    • October 20, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Carolyn, they’ve made a mess of the site. If you go to this link you will find his blog posts but they are not current:
      Same for this site:
      Hopefully they’ll fix it soon.
      All rather Ironic given Chuckie Todd’s and other MSNBC NEWSTAINERS bashing Healthcare.gov glitches.

      • 82 carolyn
        October 20, 2013 at 5:07 pm

        Thanks! But, as we know, irony completely escapes the Chuckie and other newstainers!

        • 83 vcprezofan2
          October 20, 2013 at 5:43 pm

          It looks like they are revamping/have revamped the site. The look is quite new to me. Maybe msnbc are having the dreaded ‘glitches’? 😉

      • October 20, 2013 at 6:53 pm

        Phil Griffin and the head honchos are so proud of their new revamped site. I think it looks like a big mess, like a kindergarten effort.

    • October 20, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      I’ve been able to get to it from http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show .

      There doesn’t appear to be a direct link to Steve Benen’s posts, if you scroll down on this page you will see his posts (along with others).

      • 86 carolyn
        October 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm

        Thanks swblue…..I used this link and could navigate it to get to Steve’s posts. The other links lead to that awful MSNBC site which is totally bizarro. Is this remake Richard Wolffe’s baby? If so, he’d better not open his mouth about any other web site. This is terrible. I have college freshmen who can design better than that!!!

        • October 21, 2013 at 6:17 am

          You’re Welcome Carolyn.

          I agree that this new site is not as easy to navigate as the previous site. I hope they’re not calling this an UPGRADE!!!

    • 88 57andfemale
      October 20, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      I think if you google the maddow blog site comes up. That’s the current site but it’s still a mess.

      So while nbc is savaging ACA website, they cannot get a few simple links to work.

      For WEEKS.

      • October 20, 2013 at 6:17 pm

        MSNBC.com did relaunch as a separate site from nbc.com on Tuesday, I think.

        Saw positive comments about it via Twitter and on TOD, but I don’t like it.

        I was hoping they would keep the previous format with the shows listed across the top; when you clicked on @Maddow and Hardball, you got a reverse choronological listing of her video segments. So, if you’re looking for something that happened last Tuesday, you could easily find that show. The other shows didn’t have that feature (at least the ones that I checked on), so it was sometimes more difficult to find an @Lawrence segment.

        Don’t like the MSNBC site at all. I know Richard Wolffe is a fav here, but not sure what he’s been busy doing these last many months.

        • 90 99ts
          October 20, 2013 at 6:25 pm

          I don’t like how they’ve structured the videos – and they take twice as long to load for me than they ever did before – I’ve about given up on them until they sort it out – and Chuckie dares to complain about the health care site.

    • 91 Sue in Seattle
      October 20, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      Hi Carolyn,

      From maddowblog, if you click on his name on one of his posts, once you are at his page, scroll down a bit to activity – there’s an option for Posts. If you click on that, I hope that’s what you’re looking for. Here you go, if you want to bookmark it for easy access:


  31. October 20, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Booman has had some great posts about the GOP falling apart. This one today is interesting.

    The lobbying industry, which has been laying in near-dormancy ever since sequestration kicked in, is getting ready to fight for money in the upcoming budget negotiations. Ironically, this means that Washington DC is kind of, sort of, working again. It also means that the Republicans are in for a world of pain. Because they refuse to lift spending above sequestration levels or tolerate any new revenue, that means that they are going to piss off every single lobbying organization in the country…..

    …. don’t see how the Republicans can oppose immigration reform and stand by and allow the kind of cuts to defense, agriculture, entitlements, and transportation that they are contemplating and retain the loyalty of the armed services, the farmers, the elderly, and the Chamber of Commerce. I don’t know how the voters will react, but the lobbyists will turn to the Democrats….

  32. October 20, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    • 94 Ladyhawke
      October 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      The hearings on the ACA Health Insurance Marketplace rollout should be fascinating. The Republican Party has voted over 42 times to repeal Obamacare, they think it is destroying the country, and they purposely shutdown the government because their demands to defund the ACA failed. And now they are very concerned about the glitches in the rollout. Time to make the popcorn.

  33. 96 globalcitizenlinda
    October 20, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    wondering which photographer got the honors to document Mr. Pete Souza’s wedding Ms. Patti Lease – probably someone from his team of White House photographers.

    I do not know if it is appropriate to send him a congratulations message using his official WH account – I just did it

  34. October 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    UT would you mind posting my ACA thread when this one gets busy? I’m assuming Chips is pre-occupied 🙂 TY!

    • 101 utaustinliberal
      October 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      You’re telling people to skip the subsidy eligibility. That sounds like very weird advice. If they skip it, how will they know what subsidies they are eligible for so that their health plan option is accurate. I don’t want to post blurry advice for TODers and lurkers and have them sign up for ACA in a way that is disadvantageous to them.

      So, can you please explain that section of your post?

      • October 20, 2013 at 7:03 pm

        NP, not trying to imply that….. was just suggesting that was an option on online enrolling to get to the premium quotes faster. You can always update you info once creating an account. My situation was I have until Nov.6 to determine whether to keep my current coverage.

      • October 20, 2013 at 7:16 pm

        OK, clarified that. Add anything to it if you like, or remove my recounting if you think it still does not suffice. TY

  35. 104 Anjo
    October 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Why is everyone all of a sudden having glitches, sign on, twitter, computer etc problems??? Is it a coincidence or are the kochstainers and their ilk trying to mess with healthcare.gov, tod twitter followers and other Obama supporters. In the world of right wing weird nothing is too farfetched. Someone needs to look into this.

    • 105 globalcitizenlinda
      October 20, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      wondered whether hackers paid by the rightwing hate machine were not playing a part in undermining the websites

  36. 106 Nena20409
    October 20, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    US Women Soccer team beat Australia 4-1.

    AP said.

  37. 107 Nena20409
    October 20, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    This is Okay with me and it brings a warm smile to my face 😉

  38. 108 Nena20409
    October 20, 2013 at 7:18 pm


    One of the advantages in being out of the country during the government shutdown—until this week I’d been riding out the fiasco working in Asia—is not being exposed to the petty, day-to-day indignities it spawns.

    There’s no finding out what new outrage the three Chrises (Cillizza, Hayes, Matthews) have dug up. No trawling the Foxbaugh universe to see if there’s any reasonable discourse coming out of Camp Sabotage.

    On the other hand, with distance comes clarity, and viewing America’s political decay through the lens of the international world comes with its own problems—not least of which is that it brings the depressing truth about this country’s social and political dysfunction into frightening focus.

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