Chat Away

Leaving the very White House this morning

 ….. with Col. William M. Knight, commander of the 11th Wing, at Andrews

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130 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 1 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    No way!

  2. 4 Allison
    March 5, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Hello All

  3. 6 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Just my luck! Now I’ve gotta go! Love you Family! 😀

  4. 7 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 12:36 pm

  5. 8 Nerdy Wonka
    March 5, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Sen. Harry Reid was forced to switch to no (he was the eighth vote) so that the nomination could be reconsidered.

  6. March 5, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Second to last picture….I bet he´s laughing because he just heard the nominations for this year´s Nobel Peace Price…

  7. 17 Nerdy Wonka
    March 5, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    THIS. Not only that, it’s constitutionally mandated. The guy who planned and executed the Boston Marathon bombing, gets a lawyer. If John Roberts can become Chief Justice then why can’t Debo Adegbile lead the Civil Rights Division? This hate that conservatives have for the NAACP is disgusting. The Democrats who voted ‘NO’ are cowards. When the GOP comes at you with flimsy crap, you fight back. You don’t bare your belly and become a doormat. I share Sen. Reid’s disgust.

  8. 18 Allison
    March 5, 2014 at 12:43 pm

  9. March 5, 2014 at 12:46 pm

  10. March 5, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Howdy all you O’s!! What a great getting up day on Planet TOD!!

    So off I go to shovel AGAIN!!!! Earlier, I grabbed for the shovel and it growled at me! Hopefully its calmed down a bit by now, though I certainly understand why even the shovels are in rebellion.

    All I can say is, it had better be a long, hot summer, or else!

  11. 28 Nerdy Wonka
    March 5, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I’m pissed at Democrats but this is bullshit. At least he got some push back.

    Note: Summers was never officially nominated.

    • 29 Linda
      March 5, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      WH lobbying shop aside, 99% of time WH asks Dems to jump, they ultimately respond w: “How high?”


      Sorta, Kinda like all you NBC pundits ….they say jump….you all say how high !

  12. March 5, 2014 at 12:53 pm

  13. 45 Nerdy Wonka
    March 5, 2014 at 12:55 pm

  14. 51 Allison
    March 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    When will it end? Enough of the Bushes

    • 52 derbingleguy
      March 5, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      I don’t mind him running for public office and winning. Congratulations. I just don’t want it to go any further.

  15. 53 Ladyhawke
    March 5, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Creamer: GOP’s Obamacare-Bashing Soon to Backfire, with No ‘Plan B’


    Nearly 6 in 10 uninsured people have been able to find coverage for less than $100 per month — often with government subsidies that make health insurance affordable

    Most important, there are more and more examples every day of people whose lives have literally been saved by the Affordable Care Act — people who couldn’t afford check ups who have found they needed life saving procedures after they got ACA coverage; people who couldn’t afford life saving therapies without going bankrupt or would simply would have died without their new health care coverage.

    The problem for the GOP is that all the memories of the malfunctioning website and GOP scare tactics are beginning to fade from memory. Turns out there weren’t any “death panels” — and most of the people whose coverage didn’t meet the new standards of the ACA could get better coverage at lower prices.



  16. 54 Nerdy Wonka
    March 5, 2014 at 1:03 pm

  17. 56 Linda
    March 5, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Following a House Oversight Committee hearing Wednesday in which a star witness again invoked her Fifth Amendment rights, and the Democratic ranking member denounced a “one-sided investigation,” committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) told reporters that his long-running investigation into the IRS may have hit a “dead end.”


  18. 57 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 1:11 pm

  19. 58 Linda
    March 5, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    AZ Lawmaker Comes Out As Gay, Says Anti-Gay Bill Was ‘Game-Changer’


  20. 59 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 1:13 pm

  21. 61 Allison
    March 5, 2014 at 1:13 pm

  22. 62 57andfemale
    March 5, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I am always surprised that they can still shock me:

    • 63 Nena20409
      March 5, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      And what did the CNN host do? Just sit there and allow such idiocy to be uttered without a strong push-back?

    • 65 Linda
      March 5, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      I saw that this morning and e-mailed her asking why she did not ask him how the Keystone pipeline would help make America energy independent.

    • 66 jackiegrumbacher
      March 5, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      57, I wonder what Angela Merkel would have said if she had talked to Paul Ryan on the phone. “Not connected to reality” would have been an understatement. Ryan’s ego has now gotten so big, he’s floating in space in his own bubble, like Sandra Bullock in “Gravity.”

      • 67 57andfemale
        March 5, 2014 at 2:13 pm

        Because the bubble they have created is made from millions of Americans that the GOP has kept stupid and deranged since the 80’s. They can only function like this because millions of Americans believe their Orwellian vision and the U.S. media has been all but dissolved.

  23. 68 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 1:14 pm

  24. 69 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    • 70 hopefruit2
      March 5, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      Apparently it’s a new restaurant – so they definitely could benefit from the publicity 🙂

  25. 71 Nena20409
    March 5, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Darrell Issa should be retired this Nov, if ONLY those in his district would Oblige……kindly.

    This is indeed unAmerican. Rep Cummings is duly elected and in Congress just like the Felon, Rep Issa.

    • 72 Linda
      March 5, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Is that what they call ” storming out ” ?

    • 73 sherijr
      March 5, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      I applaud Rep Cummings, I’d a slapped that damn Issa upside his right-wing crazy head. How dare he cut another Rep’s mic, my gawd he really is an s.o.b.

      • 74 Nena20409
        March 5, 2014 at 1:42 pm

        Both are paid by the Tax payers, yet the conduct by Issa……this is NOT the 1st time he has done this….cutting off the mic when an elected official is talking.

        Those who tweet should ask Bill Maher why he has exempted Issa from one of those his show would try to Flip?

        • 75 sherijr
          March 5, 2014 at 1:46 pm

          I wonder if Cummings has recourse.. if Issa can be reprimanded.. or something, he shouldn’t be allowed to walk away from this clean.

          • 76 Nena20409
            March 5, 2014 at 2:01 pm

            I am sure that Rep Cummings does…….there are House Rules. Unfortunately, the Majority……in this case, the GOP leadership can run the House as they please. They know darn well that the media We have today will Never accurately report that this Issa Behavior is not the norm. They will refuse to provide and contrast this to historical modern behaviors and they will just be flip about it as He/She said and move on.

            In the olden days, fights and gun fights….well threats of gun fights were recorded. But Dems controlled the House for 40 yrs plus and No such mic cutting ever was recorded to have taken place.

            • 77 sherijr
              March 5, 2014 at 2:04 pm

              wow thank you for that history Nena. I am just so sick of the gop & how they always fail to be fair.

  26. 78 Nena20409
    March 5, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Congrats Dudette on your GOLD ❗

    Hey GB…… 🙂 ♥ ♥ ♥

    {{{37 yrs old with lung issues}}} My prayers go to the family as well.

    Midwesterners, Easterners and so many down South hang in there. Hopefully, this miserable winter will soon Go Away.

    Thanks to all TOD bts for the information. Job well done 😉

    Hello TODable TOD Community ❗

  27. 79 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Ronan Farrow is an idiot, and no wonder his ratings are in the sewer…

    • 80 Linda
      March 5, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      That slot should go to Ari Melber…..

    • 81 Nena20409
      March 5, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      High IQ, well educated, but nonetheless, lacks commonsense? You bet for Life experiences are nothing but skewed for Theories are Not living in another’s shoes.

      MSNBC’s Phil Griffin lusted after Book smart over substance. It will Never work out as the poor bloke is just not adaptable to Living Daily Life….as is.

      • 82 hopefruit2
        March 5, 2014 at 1:46 pm

        I’m not so sure about IQ part. More like privileged and over-educated; beneficiary of nepotism and legacy preferential hires.

        A person with high IQ who has been so privileged in life would be creating stuff that benefits humanity and transforms society for the better, not regurgitating garbage talking points on cable TV from corrupt corporate interests.

        • 83 Vicki
          March 5, 2014 at 2:21 pm

          “regurgitating garbage points on cable tv from corrupt corporate interests”…Writing here by HF and by so many at TOD is superb. hat tip, hopefruit.

      • 84 hopefruit2
        March 5, 2014 at 1:48 pm

        With very few exceptions (e.g., Rev Al, Joy Ann), the common theme to Griffin’s hires is not IQ, but financial/economic privilege combined with an absence of real-world experiences.

    • 85 Vicki
      March 5, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      This is one of those times when I am sorry to be right. I said when Ronan’s show was announced that it was an attempt to dilute the news even further—-infotainment, gossip….
      The fact that he was a lawyer at 11 or so didn’t impress me then. Anti-Obama crap. False equivalency.
      Yikes, he is worse than I expected. CANCEL.

      • 86 donna dem 4 obama
        March 5, 2014 at 2:01 pm

        Ronan’s show will go on just like Chris Hayes has even though Chris’ ratings suck for the 8:00 hour. Phil Griffin doesn’t like to admit that he is wrong so I expect Peyton Place’s son (you had to be alive during the 60’s to understand 🙂 ) to be hosting his show on MSNBC for the foreseeable future.

        • 87 Vicki
          March 5, 2014 at 2:10 pm

          I loved Mia in Peyton Place, Donna.
          And you are probably right about Ronan staying on the air.

  28. 88 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 1:26 pm

  29. 89 sherijr
    March 5, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Welp, it seems my family intends to add to the ‘girl population’ 🙂 My eldest son & wife are having a baby girl in June.. and my nephew and his wife are having identical twin girls in July .. both my sister and I had all boys. With these 3 new babies, we’ll have a combined 6 girl grandbabies and 2 boy grandsons 🙂

    • 90 hopefruit2
      March 5, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Sweet – lots of sugar n spice to go ’round! 🙂 Congrats on your upcoming new additions to your family!

      • 91 sherijr
        March 5, 2014 at 1:33 pm

        thank you hf.. very excited. My mother has been making quilts and baby blankets for weeks now 🙂 🙂

    • March 5, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Congratulations! Hopefully it won’t be too hot in June!

    • 96 Nena20409
      March 5, 2014 at 1:39 pm


    • 98 jackiegrumbacher
      March 5, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      Sherijr, what a great event to look forward to. Hope all newborns are strong and healthy. You will have an exciting summer.

      • 99 sherijr
        March 5, 2014 at 2:08 pm

        thanks Jackie, I know it’s gonna be wild around here 🙂 I lovvve babies, and grandchildren 🙂

    • 100 MightyPamela
      March 5, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Nice to balance the family lines! Little girls are so much fun!

      • 101 sherijr
        March 5, 2014 at 2:10 pm

        I agree, my two little granddaughter’s are so sweet and beautiful.. and they remind me of when I was a little girl.. especially the one that is horse-crazy 🙂 I’m really excited about my nephew’s twins, they are the first in our immediate family.

    • 102 0388jojothecat
      March 5, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      It always balances out doesn’t it. If you and sis had all boys GOD has to give you girls :). My mom had 3 boys and me (girl) and her sis had all boys. My brothers each had girls and my aunt had all granddaughters and one grandson.

      • 103 sherijr
        March 5, 2014 at 6:27 pm

        I know, it’s so interesting. My mom & I were discussing just that- she had 3 brothers, 1 sister and ended up having all girls – my sister and I.

  30. 104 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    LIVE: Sec. of State John Kerry in Kiev expected momentarily – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  31. 105 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 1:37 pm

  32. March 5, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Essential reading – for everyone:

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014
    The First Victim

    It is often said, “In war, the first victim is truth.” It applies just as much today and perhaps even more so given the many means technology now provides us to seek and find information. The information is then problematic because it is increasingly difficult to sort truth from lies, distortion from disinformation, half-truths from wholly fabricated falsehoods.

  33. 109 Linda
    March 5, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Chief Justice John Roberts “devoted 25 pro bono hours” to representing a mass murderer recently executed in Florida.

    Mark Pryor voted Yes on Roberts.

    • 110 Allison
      March 5, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Black people are always subjected to a higher standard. Pitiful..

      • 111 Nena20409
        March 5, 2014 at 2:17 pm

        In this case…..Not really. Since Judge Bork(sp) in the 1980s……the GOP has escalated the procedures.

        Justice Marshall was an advocate and he was OK’d by the senate in the late 1960s when LBJ nominated him. It is that Dems never go as far as the GOP would. And in this case, since Jan 20th 2009…..it looks like the Senate needs to re-evaluate what it means to just advise and consent…….truly means.

  34. March 5, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    • 113 hopefruit2
      March 5, 2014 at 1:51 pm


    • 114 jacquelineoboomer
      March 5, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      From the original article:

      Reflecting on his own colossal popularity, the pope criticized “ideological interpretations, a certain mythology of Pope Francis. When it is said, for instance, that he leaves the Vatican at night to go feed the tramps on Via Ottaviano. That never even occurred to me.”

      “To portray the pope as a kind of superman, a type of star, strikes me as offensive,” he said. “The pope is a man who laughs, weeps, sleeps soundly and has friends like everybody else. A normal person.”

      He acknowledged that he has continued his longtime practice of phoning people who write to him with their problems, including an 80-year old widow who lost her son, whom he calls once a month.


  35. 115 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    • 116 sherijr
      March 5, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      I don’t understand what that means hf ?

    • March 5, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      by the NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Press Conference held following the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council at NATO HQ, Brussels

      Good evening.

      The situation in Ukraine presents serious implications for the security and stability of the Euro-Atlantic area.

      And Russia continues to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and its own international commitments.

      So NATO decided today to take a number of immediate steps.

      We have suspended the planning for our first NATO-Russia joint mission. The maritime escort for the U.S. ship Cape Ray, which will neutralise Syria’s chemical weapons. Let me stress, this will not affect the destruction of chemical weapons, but Russia will not be involved in the escort of the US vessel.

      We have also decided that no staff-level civilian or military meetings with Russia will take place for now.

      We have put the entire range of NATO-Russia cooperation under review. NATO Foreign Ministers will take decisions on this in early April.

      These steps send a clear message: Russia’s actions have consequences.

      At the same time, we do want to keep the door open for political dialogue. So we are ready to maintain meetings of ambassadors in the NATO-Russia Council, as we have done today.

      I have just chaired a frank and important meeting of the NATO-Russia Council to discuss the situation in Ukraine.

      The NATO-Russia Council is a forum for discussions on all issues. Where we agree, and where we disagree.

      As Chairman of the NATO-Russia Council, it is my duty to uphold the principles on which our relationship is founded.

      Those fundamental principles are now at stake. Our joint pledge to observe in good faith our obligations under international law. And our commitment to refrain from the threat or use of force against each other, or any other state.

      So I asked the Russian Ambassador to convey NATO’s firm message to Moscow.

      At the same time we have decided to intensify our partnership with Ukraine, and strengthen our cooperation to support democratic reforms.

      We will step up our engagement with the Ukrainian civilian and military leadership.

      We will strengthen our efforts to build the capacity of the Ukrainian military, including with more joint training and exercises.

      And we will do more to include Ukraine in our multinational projects to develop capabilities.

      This will complement the international efforts to support the people of Ukraine as they shape their future. And tomorrow, I will meet the Prime Minister of Ukraine to make clear NATO’s support.


      Let’s see how the ‘markets’ respond to this very clear language and actions

  36. 120 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 1:55 pm

  37. 121 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 2:00 pm

  38. 122 57andfemale
    March 5, 2014 at 2:02 pm

  39. 123 donna dem 4 obama
    March 5, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    PBO is not happy!!!

    • March 5, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      And then we had Coons talking out of turn yesterday on the situation in Ukraine. UGH.

    • 125 99ts
      March 5, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      So dem senators can be racist to win votes – just like republicans. One MAJOR MAJOR achievement of PBO has been to scuttle the idea that the US has become a post racial society. His election has brought them out of the woodwork into the open. They are disgusting.

      Seems it is career ending if anyone dares to support a black man accused of murder in a court of law.

  40. March 5, 2014 at 2:07 pm

  41. 127 dotster3
    March 5, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Not a Grayson fan, but vid appears to back up his side of the confrontation, looks like his wife, who filed for divorce a couple of months ago, was doing all the shoving. Their 18 yr. old daughter also backed him up, saying her mom became irate and was the aggressor. Sounds like nasty divorce stuff, where a lot of outrageous charges and counter-charges often are made.


  42. March 5, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    What a COWARD!

    • 129 99ts
      March 5, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Hi meta – exactly – when did LE ever support anyone who was fighting for civil rights. Racism on every side – sadly.

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