96 Responses to “President Obama and President Hollande Visit Monticello”

  1. 9 amk for obama
    February 10, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Ha, ha. ha

  2. February 10, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    You beat me, Chips! I was rushing to do a Frenchy night owl music chat because I didn’t see anything in the queue. But, it’ll be just as good tomorrow night.

  3. February 10, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    And, tonight’s menu:

    Slow cooked Cuban pork
    Steamed white rice
    Cuban black beans

    You’re welcome

  4. 40 carolyn
    February 10, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    This is really shallow, but Pres. Hollande could really use PBO’s tailor………

    • 41 amk for obama
      February 10, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      yup. he dresses like spongebob.

      • 42 carolyn
        February 10, 2014 at 11:21 pm

        I know he has access to wonderful tailors…….the French Gendarmes and the Italian Carabanieri are the BEST DRESSED and best looking police forces anywhere. I think they choose for height, build, looks, and then fit them up in magnificent uniforms. We looked in vain for a donut-eating overweight policeman in either country. They were a treat for feminine eyes.
        Another woman and I even had our picture taken with the Italians…..they smiled and looked gorgeous. I think they are very used to American women wanting their pictures taken with them.

  5. February 10, 2014 at 11:09 pm

  6. 45 amk for obama
    February 10, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    fly kill count today – 7. mosquitoes – 0. They gals really like me. Image and video hosting by TinyPic

  7. February 10, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Bob Costas haiku.

  8. 48 vcprezofan2
    February 10, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    G’Night, all!

  9. 59 amk for obama
    February 10, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Ok. gotta run. (before vc comes back).

  10. February 10, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    All right all, settling in for the night. See everyone on the flip.

  11. 61 jacquelineoboomer
    February 10, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    No matter how well intended, hearing so many people use the word “courage” relating to the fact Michael Sam came out as a gay man just makes my skin boil. We shouldn’t need courage for any of this in 2014.

  12. 63 amk for obama
    February 10, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    • 64 99ts
      February 11, 2014 at 12:26 am

      And I still wonder how much the Insurance pays – compared to how much the dr/hospital puts on the bill.

      • 65 jacquelineoboomer
        February 11, 2014 at 12:44 am

        I had a hospital bill for a five-week stay a few years back for $200,000 (no surgery; just tests and brain scans up the wazoo – not literally – and IVs). My (federal retiree group plan) insurance paid all but $200 – which might have been a deductible / I forget. Of course, a gazillion other bills arrived after that, from every medical person who breathed the same air I did during the time I was in the hospital, and I owed a relatively small chunk of most! This was before I was eligible for Medicare, too. My mother (with private insurance and Medicare) was in the hospital once for a week or two, and her hospital bill was fully covered. Depends on what kind of insurance you have, obviously.


        • 66 amk for obama
          February 11, 2014 at 1:22 am

          For 200 K, they should make a brand new you.

          • 67 jacquelineoboomer
            February 11, 2014 at 1:42 am

            They kinda did. 🙂 I went in with lesions – from a rare, aggressive infection – on several organs, including two on my brain, totally out of it. One of them was near where the spinal fluid is kept and, if it had burst, I wouldn’t be writing this right now! Had a team of five specialists, including a neurosurgeon, and it took them a while to reach consensus on what I had, it was so rare. They cured me STRICTLY with antibiotics – no biopsies; no surgery. When I left the hospital, I had to continue to take 3,000 mg a day for six months, and continue with regular brain scans as an out-patient. When the neurosurgeon finally told me the lesions were “resolved,” I told him, “I like you, doctor, really I do. I’ve told all my friends about you. And now I never want to see your face again.” He got it!

            Off I go to try to talk myself into going to sleep, again!

        • 68 99ts
          February 11, 2014 at 1:38 am

          I’m sure the bills are covered – but do you know exactly what the insurance pays – I have heard stories of $200,000 bills being settled by insurance companies for 25% of that.

          In my world – basic bed in a private hospital is billed at $500-600 per day. I believe there is also a government subsidy (no-one ever seems to tell us) that makes it up to $1000 per day – so your 4 weeks would be about $30,000. I am sure our nursing staff is probably paid more than the US Staff so I will never understand how a hospital can charge $50,000 per week – nowhere else in the world. These are the areas where the govt should be looking to save the countries millions – if not billions.

          It would be really good if all these costs/payments were detailed – I find getting the facts from our govt and my health insurance very difficult.

          • 69 jacquelineoboomer
            February 11, 2014 at 1:51 am

            I got fully detailed bills a mile high, showing exactly what was covered and how much was paid (more information than you’d ever want to know about anything ever, following that experience). There’s an acceptable/approved charge for everything outlined, and sometimes there’s an overage which the patient pays, if it fits certain criteria. (None of this I’m writing is in correct health care insurance jargon, I’m sure.) Depends on the type insurance you select and are willing to pay for – there are a gazillion choices and several levels of coverage.

            I know all the care I received saved my life, so I was one happy discharged patient.


  13. 74 yardarm756
    February 10, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    The source for pearls of wisdom…..NOT!

  14. 75 yardarm756
    February 11, 2014 at 12:29 am

    The pedigree is the story.

  15. 78 jacquelineoboomer
    February 11, 2014 at 12:36 am

  16. 79 jacquelineoboomer
    February 11, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Kid story to finish my night off with, and I’ll add something for all you fine TODers (you’re welcome, in advance). Before going to sleep earlier, my 3-y/o great grandson wanted to watch Mickey Mouse. I told him I used to watch Mickey when I was little. He smiled. (Probably thought to himself, “She once was little?”) He said, “Who turned on the TV for you?” And I told him my Mommy had. He said, “I want to go to her house and see her turn on the TV.” I had to explain that she was in heaven, but that she would have loved him if she knew him! I damn near cried, mostly because I’m so lucky to now be our family’s matriarch (oh, look, a title!) with her own Mickey Mouse story.

    Here’s what I’ll share. This song apparently appears on all the current episodes of Mickey Mouse’s clubhouse. Fair warning – if you hear it, it’ll be in your head forever (it’s in my head as I write this – eek!). Special note to VC, for the morning: good cycling song, y’all!

    • 80 99ts
      February 11, 2014 at 1:51 am

      memories – we were at Disneyworld for the 50th birthday party for Mickey mouse and watched the Main street electrical parade – I was not a child but was utterly entranced. The music was magic.

      We were then in a 1 hour traffic jam (at 2am) trying to get to our hotel – 5 miles away

  17. 81 amk for obama
    February 11, 2014 at 1:20 am

  18. 82 globalcitizenlinda
    February 11, 2014 at 5:40 am

  19. 83 globalcitizenlinda
    February 11, 2014 at 6:46 am

    so Washington Post is reporting that PBO is launching an initiative targeting minority men – this is a great thing and could be reported as such;

    but read through the first statement/paragraph and the Washington Post can’t help but twist the reporting of this by stating that PBO is launching initiative because he has been criticized!!!

    really? given all we know about the history of the First Couple, where they have been since they were younger, and WHY they went into politics, couldn’t they just balance this out as a possible reason for the initiative;

    hope others can help Wash Post to correct this better than I can;

    it seems PBO-negativity is always the motive;

    bias seems automatic with the beltway;

    they do this so often that they seem to not even notice when this bias happens;

    okay enough about my rant

    • 84 99ts
      February 11, 2014 at 6:54 am

      Rant on Linda – they ALL do it ALL the time. Everyone except the President does all the right things as far as the US media is concerned.

      • 85 globalcitizenlinda
        February 11, 2014 at 7:12 am

        it just gets tiring!

        everyone in the beltway bubble appears to be a PBO-psychologist and of course, it is the negative slant and always double-guessing PBO’s sincerity;

        and after pushing negative stories about PBO’s sincerity & character, they will promptly do a “poll about PBO’s trustworthiness” and then push the negative results they find

        • 86 99ts
          February 11, 2014 at 7:17 am

          I’m always amazed that the President keeps on keeping on. He seems to have reservoirs of strength rarely seen in mere mortals

  20. 87 globalcitizenlinda
    February 11, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Wonder if The Pope will be criticized by all those who criticized PBO, during the 2008 campaign, for using the word “Cling” in this tweet;

    my attention to “the word” was drawn to it by this tweet:

  21. 88 globalcitizenlinda
    February 11, 2014 at 6:58 am

    I think after the Olympics, putin is going to help his Ukraine puppet to crack down really hard so as to put down the protests;

    already this is not a good sign that the western news outlets are being marginalized;

  22. 89 globalcitizenlinda
    February 11, 2014 at 7:01 am

  23. 90 99ts
    February 11, 2014 at 7:07 am

    We all be laughing at Joe Scarborough when Chris Christie resigns and/or is charged.

    • 91 99ts
      February 11, 2014 at 7:09 am

      And Mark Halperin

      • 92 Cindy
        February 11, 2014 at 7:15 am

        Good morning 99ts,
        Happy Tuesday!!!

        The jokester is nothing more than a joke. He claims to have “all” of the answers. I am just sitting here listening to his guidelines for the crispy cream to be successful. I hope he runs for President (the jokester) so that his own can eat him up and spit him out.

  24. 93 Cindy
    February 11, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Good morning globalcitizenlinda,

    Happy Tuesday!!!!

    Wow! Thank you for the information, I had never heard of Ali doing this.

  25. 95 desertflower
    February 11, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Good morning all…I must say, TOD was in rare form last night:) Funny stuff….we have such a good sense of humor here:)

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