Chat Away

President Obama talks on the telephone with President Francois Hollande of France to discuss the situation in Ukraine, in Key Largo, Florida, March 8 (Photo by Pete Souza)

105 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 1 sabreen60
    March 8, 2014 at 5:17 pm


  2. March 8, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    You may want to feature this …

    “”He made clear that continued military escalation and provocation in Crimea or elsewhere in Ukraine, along with steps to annex Crimea to Russia would close any available space for diplomacy, and he urged utmost restraint,” the official said.”


    That’s as clear as it gets.

    #TrustBarack … or ….

    • March 8, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      “The United States has moved to reassure its NATO allies, sending six more F-15 fighter jets this week to NATO’s policing mission over the Baltic states. The jets are on call to respond to any violations of Baltic airspace.”


    • 14 jackiegrumbacher
      March 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      Bob, if the available space for diplomacy closes, are we talking military intervention?

    • 18 idon
      March 8, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      All I can say is AWWWW SHIT! PBO is coming off that rope y’all. Can someone send McCain, Graham, and Sessions some ole Ali fight tapes?

  3. 19 jackiegrumbacher
    March 8, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    The situation in Ukraine is frightening and it seems the world is dealing with a madman who’s determined to do something very rash and very bloody. The economic noose has to tighten very, very quickly and that means that Germany has to participate. Thank God we have President Obama in the White House. I shudder to think what stupid cowboy trick a Republican would pull about now. On the other hand, maybe McConnell would be willing to take his gun and confront the Russian army all by himself. That would surely show what a man’ man he is.

    • 20 idon
      March 8, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Yes I agree Putin is mentally disturbed. However, putting the economic sanctions in place is complicated. They have to get buy in from a lot of companies on many levels. They will also be bumping heads with the KKKoch bros interests, China, and the Middle East. And I too am very very very glad it is President Obama at the helm.

  4. 21 a4alice
    March 8, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    There’s our President – calling leaders and doing what he can. He is tireless in his efforts. Hope all are well in TOD Ville! 🙂

  5. 22 carolynn
    March 8, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I know Germany’s radically important in this situation. How reliable is Merkel?

  6. 25 globalcitizenlinda
    March 8, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    It seems that with Ukraine, one shouldn’t “even take time to blink” – things change so fast!

    Still scratching my head about the reports of Russian troops placing land mines very close to the Crimea gas pipeline!!!!

    I am a little rusted on my combustion theories but logic would imply that no matter what angle you look at it, this is utter stupidity and outright recklessness !!

    Whether the cause of combustion is accidental or a deliberate explosion is set of, the damage resulting from this would be huge, or even catastrophic – what in the world is wrong with these people taking such actions;

    Then there are reports of this floating around – confirmation of accuracy is pending with time





  7. March 8, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Senate Aide: It’s ‘Impossible’ to Get Obama’s Black Nominees Past Senate Republicans

    A Senate source tells The Root that African Americans are held to a double standard in the Senate confirmation process.

    By: Keli Goff
    Posted: March 7 2014 10:09 AM

    On Wednesday the U.S. Senate voted 47-52 to reject President Barack Obama’s nomination of former NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund attorney Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division—with seven Democrats joining Republicans to prevent the president’s pick from moving forward.

    Obama called it a “travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks.”

    But a senior Democratic Senate staffer was more blunt, calling Adegbile’s treatment part of a “recurring pattern,” and telling The Root that it has become clear that black nominees are being held to a different standard than white nominees.

    “What I see here happening,” he said, “is that for African-American nominees, the bar has been raised to such a high level that it’s impossible for any African-American nominee to seemingly clear it with Republicans.” The staffer cited the extraordinarily contentious confirmation proceedings for former Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.), now in charge of the Federal Housing Finance Agency; Jeh Johnson as the new secretary of homeland security; and Robert Wilkins, confirmed as a justice on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, but said that Adegbile’s confirmation process stands out as potentially the most egregious case of racial bias.


  8. March 8, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    He’s wearing khakis! Bad optics! Putin’s probably wearing plate armour! Decline of the West! (Next 20Committee article.)

  9. March 8, 2014 at 5:48 pm

  10. 37 globalcitizenlinda
    March 8, 2014 at 5:51 pm

  11. 38 Nerdy Wonka
    March 8, 2014 at 6:15 pm

  12. 40 Nena20409
    March 8, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Watch the Media make a HUGE deal about Rand Paul winning the CPAC straw poll.

    How many Times over the years did Ron Paul Win and how many Times did Ron Paul win the GOP presidential nomination?

    Fact……those who pay and bring their supporters Win at CPAC. But the Corrupt media would ignore that as they collectively seek for their Next Chris Christie……..Fools Gold……or is it fools errand? I don’t know…..but whatever it is, Rand Paul is it.

    Rand Paul @ 31%

    Rafael Eduado Cruz @ 11%

    Dr. Carlson @ 9%

    Christie @ 8%

    Walker @ 7%

    Hmm? Rubio? Jindal? Ryan? Huckabee? Palin? Hmm?

    • 41 idon
      March 8, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      President Obama is wiiling to let them talk about anything other than what he is doing. And thank God the media thinks the CPACer straw poll is gold. Maybe they can make up a story with it.

    • 42 99ts
      March 8, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      The media reports on CPAC as if it were the government of the United States – check out TPM – the supposed left leaning web site. The last 8 posts are on CPAC. Given that the media also thinks Cheney is the goto man for foreign policy that is not surprising.

      The US media is lower on the scale of human stupidity than the GOP – and that is an almost impossible task.

      In your voting – Rubio 6, Jindal 2, Ryan 3, Huckabee 2 & Palin got 2 – the only woman to get more than 1 %

    • 43 anniebella
      March 8, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      What a darn joke this CPAC crap is.

  13. 47 globalcitizenlinda
    March 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm

  14. March 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Missus at work. Dog on the couch. I have vodka cocktails. Trouble’s a-brewin.

  15. 61 Nena20409
    March 8, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    So The Tortoise in KY would Not answer whether he is a “PROUD” owner of a firearm? Hmm? Yet he hoisted a barrel of Gun at CPAC for media coverage?


  16. March 8, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    “Match of the Day” on BBC 1 beats pretty much every other BPL review show.

  17. 64 Ladyhawke
    March 8, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama 13m


    Rand Paul is first choice for America’s far right at CPAC, the man who would abolish the NSA, CIA. DHS, and US treaties with NATO and Israel


  18. March 8, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Apparently, Sarah Barracuda just said that the only thing stopping a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke. Christ.

    • March 8, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Couldn’t bear to watch, but was reading some of the tweets. Impossible to tell the difference between parody and stuff she actually said.

    • 67 Nena20409
      March 8, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      So since CPAC used their Wicked gathering dehumanizing and savaging pres Obama…..

      Palin is calling Putin her Good guy?

      Hate is a n illness that saps every cell in the brain……especially to one who lacks Logical Thoughts.

      • 68 jacquelineoboomer
        March 8, 2014 at 7:32 pm

        She barely knows who Putin is, except thinking he flies over her house every day, probably … it’s just carnival barking, to put down the President and the scary government, which they think spies on ’em. Just a distraction. And, of course, the only reason she’s invited to these things is that she makes ludicrous hateful bigoted pathetic comments. We, of course, know that.

        Logical Thoughts at CPAC? Maybe next year.

  19. March 8, 2014 at 6:46 pm

  20. March 8, 2014 at 6:59 pm


    Ukraine crisis: US warns Russia not to annex Crimea

    The US has warned Russia that any moves to annex Crimea would close the door to diplomacy.

    US Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Crimea is part of Ukraine and Moscow should avoid military escalation.

    Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama has been discussing the deepening crisis with world leaders.

    It comes as warning shots were fired as a team of international observers was turned back from entering Crimea.


  21. March 8, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Don’t see J’OB on this thread, but wanted to let her know that I tried to reply to her tweet to Face The Nation, Bob Schieffer and Charlie Rose, but couldn’t include her due to space limitations. 😦

    Here’s her tweet:

    Here’s my response (you’ve seen the photo before, I posted it here a couple of times in another tweet — it aired on Hardball on Feb. 27):

  22. March 8, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    The pundits…on the many of the blogs…and on cable news…keep pounding at us…about how we are going to lose the Senate….day in and day out…trying to convince ..We the People….that we will lose the Senate…and that there will be gains in the House…

    the drumbeat gets louder every day…This is their attempt to demoralize and defeat us without one vote being cast…

    We can not allow that to happen…WE Must… not only keep the Senate but make gains in the House….

    When I listen to the horror show that the CPAC is…I know what would happen to…. We The People…if they were to gain control of the Senate….there will be attempts to make what is happening on the state level enshrine into law on Federal Level. attempts to gut Dodd Frank…repealing ObamaCare…voting rights …women’s rights…will be at risk…to name a few…

    Yes WE Must…as Bob says….

    we cannot be deterred…

    I remember how this same drum beat was heard in 2012….

    Fortunately we prevailed….and so we must prevail in 2014

  23. 80 africa
    March 8, 2014 at 7:03 pm

  24. 81 africa
    March 8, 2014 at 7:05 pm

  25. March 8, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I have no idea about what’s happening in the South China Sea (other than the world’s calvary… the US Navy… is on its way).

    DF and HF2 each posted a tweet from this guy last night. Have no idea who he is (am wary of people who grandiosity say they’re “everywhere”):

    Here’s what he has to say today:

  26. 83 africa
    March 8, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Just sayin’

  27. 84 africa
    March 8, 2014 at 7:18 pm

  28. March 8, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Birds eye view ….

  29. 86 hopefruit2
    March 8, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    • 87 jacquelineoboomer
      March 8, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      My friend just reminded me of this … also the original Carl Sagan “Cosmos” from 1980 will air on NatGeo before they show the new one.

  30. 88 globalcitizenlinda
    March 8, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    sometimes people in public life don’t know WHEN to shut up and let things go by without their official input – laugh if you must, agree in private but publicly let some memes go;

    case in point, why would a leader of an organization that wants to have huge influence in Europe and Asia feel compelled to make such comments as below – oh, I know, ODS of course;

    BTW, isn’t this the same ian bremmer who was part of shrub’s foreign policy team?



  31. 94 globalcitizenlinda
    March 8, 2014 at 7:44 pm

  32. 96 JER
    March 8, 2014 at 7:59 pm

  33. 97 susanne
    March 8, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    ‘ Italy’s culture minister has expressed outrage over an advertisement by a US weapons firm showing Michelangelo’s David holding a rifle.

    Dario Franceschini said the image was offensive and violated the law.

    A number of Italian media web sites carried the image of the advertisement showing David holding a bolt-action rifle.

    The advertisement, from Illinois-based ArmaLite, carries the line “a work of art” in promoting the $3,000 rifle.

    Mr Franceschini urged the company to withdraw the advertisement for the AR-50A1.

    He said in a tweet: “The image of David, armed, offends and infringes the law. We will take action against the American company so that it immediately withdraws its campaign.” ‘


    • 98 99ts
      March 8, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      I read that earlier susanne – the GOP supporters will steal anything – yet fight legal battles worldwide because “I own that”.

      The reputation of the US is going down worldwide because of the GOP – the US national media shows CPAC live – invites only GOPers to political talk shows – the view they give the world of the US is utterly disgusting.

    • 99 MightyPamela
      March 8, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      Un-effing-believable. So so stupid.

  34. 100 vcprezofan2
    March 8, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Answer quickly: who wants to be my under-13 son or daughter for this year’s Easter Egg Roll? Speak up so that I can apply for the tickers before they’re all gone.

    Don’t miss your chance to join the First Family for the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The big event is on Monday, April 21 and more than 30,000 people will join in on the fun. Guests will have a chance to participate in activities including games, stories, singing, dancing, and of course, the traditional egg roll – all on the White House South Lawn.

    This year’s theme “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” encourages children to lead healthy, active lives in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative. In addition to the fun and games, the day’s activities will help educate families on smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routines.

    Starting today, you can enter the lottery at http://www.recreation.gov for a chance to join in on the fun. The event is open to children ages 13 years and younger and their families. Be sure to enter the lottery before it closes on Monday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m. ET.


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