Chat Away

Delray Beach, Florida, October 2012 – Photo by Scout Tufankjian

Slate: Did you know when you shot it that you’d captured the kissing kids?

Scout Tufankjian: Not until afterward. I showed Valerie Jarrett, and she made me show the president. Everyone on the campaign was like, “That’s hilarious, he’s going for it!” “Kid’s got game!”


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108 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. November 23, 2013 at 3:38 pm

  2. November 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Just popping in now and then during the weekend. Right now watching the test match between France and South Africa. Springboks are grinding down the woeful Cocks.

  3. 20 vcprezofan2
    November 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Hi Chips Chica! What’s cooking for late lunch – and no, I don’t want any of Danny’s meal?

  4. 25 vcprezofan2
    November 23, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    It’s funny, but every time that picture appears my eyes go straight for the top. I rarely remember to see what PBO is doing. The little guy definitely trumped the Pres in this one.

  5. November 23, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      • 28 vcprezofan2
        November 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm

        I got half-way through that article and stopped – I don’t see why Israel should get the chance to influence the negotiations directly by being in direct contact with some of the negotiators. I frankly think Bibi is too ‘hot-headed’ to have been granted such a privilege.

        • November 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm

          It’s an inevitability that the Israelis would be deeply involved, but as noted by several folk, they would have been much more likely to have their concerns addressed (as is now happening – and the concerns are reasonable) had they not conducted an international propaganda campaign of lies and distortions over the past months.

          Understand your frustration, VC. Bibi is someone I simply despise.

  6. 31 Judith Fardig
    November 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    One of my favorite pix! Congrats, Bobfr on #1.

  7. 32 hopefruit2
    November 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm

  8. 33 dotster3
    November 23, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I wondered about this also……

  9. 37 hopefruit2
    November 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm

  10. 40 Don
    November 23, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate) you’re going to The Obama Diary’s official “Foreign Correspondent.”

  11. 44 forus50
    November 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    OMG, this is the best.

  12. 48 a4alice
    November 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    hey I just saw this go by bob rt’d it. exciting news

  13. November 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm

  14. November 23, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    P5+1 back in room together and, for a bit of humor ….

    …. same match you’re watching, LL 🙂

  15. 54 Jovie
    November 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I am not saying it won’t get done. but I think Bibi has the French in his pocket.
    And the ayatollah ain’t giving up his nuclear facility altogether.

  16. November 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm

  17. 60 forus50
    November 23, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Hey Chips check this out. 🙂

  18. 64 carolyn
    November 23, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Totally ot the nuclear talks, single payer and rugby…..MANY THANKS to all of you for birthday wishes, and especially to Chips for the President delivering my cake! WOW!
    Yes, our family birthday lunch was wonderful…..delicious food and delightful company. I am so thankful to have another birthday…..I have now outlived both my parents and three of my grandparents. A wonderful day of thanksgiving, and I was even born on Thanksgiving.
    Proud of Vermont…..two of my grandparents were Vermonters, and my husband’s parents were Vermonters. If those independent people will go for single payer…..everyone should. Like LL said…..the Canadian system started in one province.
    Now, my husband and I are home…he’s “watching” football….(think I’ve heard a few snores) and I’m on my favorite couch with my laptop. Peaceful day. Very thankful.
    Anticipating good news from Geneva.

  19. 69 forus50
    November 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    • 70 Nena20409
      November 23, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      What’s 2% left amongst friends?

      Didn’t Crusty Orange Crush, DC Towncrier John Boehner said in Aug 2011 that getting 98% of his delusional hostage Dect Ceiling taking was the happiest thing ever?

      So with P5+1, what’s 2%?

      I wish them the best. The world is breathlessly waiting for a Peaceful resolution.

  20. 71 forus50
    November 23, 2013 at 4:56 pm

  21. November 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm

  22. November 23, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    bbl …. take care friends …


  23. 74 desertflower
    November 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Trita Parsi ‏@tparsi 2m
    Iranian diplomat tells Iranian journalist to stay in hotel lobby in case announcement is made tonight #IranTalks #iranelection @lrozen
    Retweeted by Laura Rozen
    Reply Retweet Favorite More Expand

  24. 76 desertflower
    November 23, 2013 at 5:03 pm
  25. November 23, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Another example of a life or death issue that Gov Corbett could address by expanding Medicaid in PA…reason 455 why he has to go…

  26. 81 vcprezofan2
    November 23, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    • 82 vcprezofan2
      November 23, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      A senior Israeli source said Saturday that a deal between world powers and Iran on the country’s controversial nuclear program will be signed within days.

      Get The Times of Israel’s Daily Edition by email
      and never miss our top stories Free Sign up!

      The source, who according to Army Radio, has taken part in ongoing talks between Israeli officials and the respective delegations of the P5+1 world powers currently in Geneva, said that the terms of the deal have been finalized and only the fine print of the agreement remains to be worked out.

      Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz reportedly spoke with officials from the international delegations and urged them to make clear that the deal would not release Tehran of its obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Army Radio reported. Steinitz also sought reassurances that construction of the plutonium reactor in Arak would be stopped.

      Earlier Saturday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi expressed doubt that a deal could be reached by the end of the day.

      “Intense and difficult negotiations are under way and it is not clear whether we [will] reach an agreement tonight,” Fars news agency quoted Araghchi as saying, as translated by AFP. “The dispute is over the wording,” he added, without indicating whether talks would continue on Sunday.

      “We have now entered a very difficult stage,” Iranian Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted by AFP Saturday as telling Iranian state media.

      This is from the link above.

  27. 83 forus50
    November 23, 2013 at 5:15 pm

  28. 84 vcprezofan2
    November 23, 2013 at 5:22 pm

  29. November 23, 2013 at 5:32 pm


  30. November 23, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Here is some perspective on the global nuclear weapon threat:

    Left unmentioned by all (except for BobFr) is Israel.

    Also, will repeat myelf — if you have some time, highly recommend Rick Steves tour of Iran from 2009.

    via @FORUS50

    This film crew traveled to several cities in this Alaska-sized (!) country (Alaska is enormous).

    Should be required viewing for all Americans, but especially students.

    • November 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Ha, Arapaho415, I was just about to leap in and ask ‘where is Israel on that list?????’ – but you asked the question yourself!

    • 88 vcprezofan2
      November 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you for bringing it to my attention earlier, Arapaho. I actually watched it all, in stages. and found it quite informative. Quite a contrast to the last time I saw the Iranians ‘en masse’, which was during that green rebellion thingy. Very helpful to get some balance.

    • 92 carolyn
      November 23, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      I remember seeing this Rick Steves special four years ago. It is great. I learned so much, and it made me want to visit Iran. There are sights there I’d love to visit, for one, the royal palace at Susa, where Queen Esther of biblical fame lived. Our friends I mentioned yesterday, who own the wonderful restaurant here in OKC, are from Shiraz.
      Did anyone else read “Reading Lolita in Tehran”…..I forget the author’s name, but she got here Ph.D.at Univ of Okla, and spoke at Okla City University about two years ago. That book also whetted my appetite for travel to Iran. I hope this situation can be resolved, and Iran can be opened to western travelers.
      Ever the optimist…..I’ve seen the glass half full as long as I can remember.

      • 93 forus50
        November 23, 2013 at 6:20 pm

        me too carolyn. I am so anxious for relations to be normalized and it would be sooo great for both countries in every respect; culturally, economically and of course politically. I don’t know that much about Iran other than what i have learned by having a hairdresser from there (who is hilarious btw). I understand that most of the Persians (Iranians) who are in the US live in and around LA.

    • 94 pickle48
      November 23, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      I’ve watched that show several times. My husband and I are traveling to Iran with MIR next November (Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Iran). MIR has been taking US groups to Iran for a couple decades. They take two small groups on the trip we’re taking twice a year, once in April and once in November. We’ve wanted to take this trip for many years and finally will be able to as I’m retiring May 18th. I will need to wear a scarf and clothing to my wrists and ankles and, as shown in the video, I am not to touch an Iranian man. It is so exciting that we have a possibility of renewed relations.

      I also want to go back to Washington, D.C. while PBO is still president – and tour the White House!!

  31. November 23, 2013 at 5:59 pm

  32. 96 forus50
    November 23, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    So it’s reassuring that all sides are saying that they are 98% there but the remaining 2% is huge. (Which imo is rather odd phrasing as then it would be more than 2% but whatever!) In any event, who gets 98% done with anything and doesn’t finish it? I’ve read some tweets in the past few hours (one from an Iranian newspaper bureau chief in Tehran) that if it’s not done tonight then it won’t happen. What!?!?! That doesn’t make sense. You don’t talk for DECADES and then finally have a MAJOR breakthrough to all but a couple of very important sticking points and you give up? I doubt that’s in the plans for either the heads of Iran, US and EU.

    There is no imminent war so this self-imposed deadline is exactly that. And I do agree with Arapahoe’s comments above that there are other countries that are getting much more favorable treatment from the US on nuclear weapons — for no reason. Most likely because they did not have the hostage situation decades ago.

  33. November 23, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    😀 😀

    • 98 globalcitizenlinda
      November 23, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      I like the “black-out” of the content of the deal – will help negotiators to do their job without being undermined

  34. 99 vcprezofan2
    November 23, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    It is with GREAT sadness that I admit it has been snowing for about an hour now, and this one does not look like it’s going to leave my driveway without help from a shovel and some back breaking nudges. Sigh!

    Meta, this is the time I could really use that CA deal we discussed earlier. You sure you wouldn’t like a switch of venue – you know, a change of pace so that a dear virtual friend can see the Pres and bask in his warmth without a snow cocoon, while you enjoy the pure white beauty of a heavy snowfall?

  35. 100 vcprezofan2
    November 23, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    This made me laugh too – nice try, Ms Rozen!

  36. 101 globalcitizenlinda
    November 23, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    remember a few days ago when led by fouriner (sp?) beltway press was complaining the PBO and his team were not giving them access to PBO?

    remember Mr. Pete Souza’s photo of the press doing exactly what they claimed PBO’s does not let them do?

    well, it seems that that the cry-babies in the media are now complaining about this photo as WH getting back at them.

    Heavens, with all the stuff PBO has to do, he now has to hold the hands of the beltway media as they throw a fit!!!!

    here is the fit/tantrum

    White House Pic of the Day of Media Enrages Media

    By Nikki Schwab

    Friday’s White House “Photo of the Day” seems fairly innocuous at first glance. President Obama, in the Oval Office, is surrounded by eight photojournalists as he signs a bill into law.

    [REPORT: ’Climate of Fear’ for Press Under Obama ]

    But that particular photo comes courtesy of the White House just one day after 38 news organizations and journalistic institutions, en masse, penned a letter of protest to Press Secretary Jay Carney, asking that the Obama administration stop simply sending out their own photos and allow more access to photographers and videographers.

    Some journalists interpreted Friday’s photo as the White House attempting to sweep the issue under the rug, while others figured it a subliminal “screw you.”

    “I think given the fact that this picture of them taking pictures was now pushed out, I almost wonder if this wasn’t just a set up?” said Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, who worked on a draft of the letter. “See, we give everybody access, what’s the problem?” he said the White House was trying to say.

    for full article here is the link


  37. 104 hopefruit2
    November 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm

  38. 105 desertflower
    November 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Trita Parsi ‏@tparsi 4m
    If they weren’t thinking they could get a deal tonight, they would have broken talks hours ago. They are exhausted… #IranTalks @lrozen
    Reply Retweet Favorite More Expand

    goes to your comment, forus50….

  39. 106 forus50
    November 23, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    This is the Iranian deputy foreign minister Abbass Araqchi speaking about reality. 🙂

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