The Colosseum



President Obama, with Barbara Nazzaro, Technical Dir. and Architect of the Colosseum, tours the Colosseum in Rome


More in a while – chat on!

164 Responses to “The Colosseum”

  1. 7 Don
    March 27, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Done that!

    • March 27, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Don, did you visit with Tally?

      • 9 Don
        March 27, 2014 at 3:18 pm

        No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn. Just kidding, the only travel I’ve done is a couple of cruises to the Caribbean Islands.

        • 10 carolyn
          March 27, 2014 at 3:23 pm

          Been there…..loved it…..and if you visit only one place outside the U.S…….Rome is the place. It IS the Eternal City! When we visited the Colosseum we were the only two people there with our student friend. It was January, cold, rainy, but marvelous!!!
          As the Romans say about their city: Non basta una vida. “One life is not enough.”

          • 11 hopefruit2
            March 27, 2014 at 3:49 pm

            I visited the Colosseum and the Vatican (among other Roman sites) a few years ago with family as part of a leisure vacation/tour trip. Enjoyed it immensely at the time, but it’s all a blur right now. Have to go back soon!! 🙂

  2. 13 donna dem 4 obama
    March 27, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    • 14 Don
      March 27, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Donna I think it’s more than 6 million. When the total number comes in, these people that tried to stop the ACA will be called out to account for their actions.

      • 15 donna dem 4 obama
        March 27, 2014 at 3:29 pm

        Oh I’m sure that we will bust through this number like crazy over the next few days. The thing that brings me the most joy is that now no one can say that we only met our goal because of the extension. We met it with time to spare. Now on to the next marker.

  3. 16 vcprezofan2
    March 27, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Crawling in to join the ‘in’ kids! Hi Tally-o, nice to see you! Your fingers still operable?

  4. March 27, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    • 26 Cindy
      March 27, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Hi Meta……Happy Thursday to you!

      Thank you for getting the truth out, we the people, must do what the press refuses to do; report the truth and nothing but the truth.

      Eat your hearts out repukes, this is what success looks like without; manipulating numbers, offering alcohol to young people if they don’t sign up, and parading across the networks with lies and fear tactics.

      THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR YOUR EXTRAORDINARY VISION; for the country and for the world, we got your back sir!

      • March 27, 2014 at 3:34 pm

        Hello, Cindy. It’s a marvelous Thursday!

        • 28 Cindy
          March 27, 2014 at 3:48 pm

          Yes indeed! I felt it as soon as I started my day, and it was topped off with President Obama and Pope Francis meeting; flushed with emotions (joy and tears), as these two beautiful souls are working for decent humanity for all.

          Today is a GLORIOUS DAY!

          • 29 SUE DUVALL SMITH
            March 27, 2014 at 5:08 pm


    • 30 Jewelz
      March 27, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Great news about ACA meeting its targeted goals of 6million enrollments. It’s really pathetic to see some members of the msm try to spin this news as negative. Why does the US media hate the American people? Is more access to good quality healhcare not a good thing?

  5. 31 Linda
    March 27, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    American Media is Chronically Negative…….is that covered under Obamacare ?

  6. 32 anniebella
    March 27, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Can you believe that MSNBC was showing that bogus press conference of Chris Christie’s lawyers instead of showing POTUS and the Italy President news conference. CNN started off showing POTUS news conference, then they switch to Christie’s lawyers saying that they clear Christie of everything. This mess from Christie’s lawyers is a stinking pile of bull.

    • 33 donna dem 4 obama
      March 27, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      They are NOT a progressive/liberal cable station. They show what they think will generate ratings. So far it’s a big fat fail!!

    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      March 27, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      AB, I not only believe the fact that they ignored the president, I would be surprised if they covered him. After all, who wouldn’t want to hear about a corrupt governor and failed presidential candidate versus the President of the United States making an important statement in a foreign country.

  7. 35 donna dem 4 obama
    March 27, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    And there you have it!!!!

  8. March 27, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Good read:

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  11. 40 Don
    March 27, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I’m sure at some during the day President Obama must say to himself “these motherfuckers really don’t know who they dealing with.”

  12. March 27, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    After a few surgeries..and being immobile for a while…De-lurking to say how truly loved you all are….
    Much Love Todders

    • 64 Cindy
      March 27, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      Happy Thursday Chipsticks,

      Thank you for the beautiful pictures!

      I am not sure if you were able to get things fixed with WorldPress but the pictures are bigger and more alive. Is this what you were trying to do? If so, I (technologically challenged) can definitely see a difference. Something changed, they are even more gorgeous than before.

  13. March 27, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    They went there!!!

    2. Minor injuries can become a real headache

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    3. It’s good to have choices.

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    • 66 Linda
      March 27, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      Romney was already out of office when RomneyCare went in to effect….he gets zero credit for it’s success… Gov Patrick is the one who deserves the credit. He tweeked the law

      • 67 Nena20409
        March 27, 2014 at 4:50 pm

        It was Gov Patrick and the state house that got the law refined and made the experience much better for MA.

  14. March 27, 2014 at 3:47 pm

  15. 70 hopefruit2
    March 27, 2014 at 3:52 pm

  16. 74 Linda
    March 27, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    tee hee….just e-mailed this to Speaker Boehner

    • 75 Judith Fardig
      March 27, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      HA – that’s all Boehner and the rest of the GOP have. No vision or empathy for 99% of Americans.

    • 76 susanne
      March 27, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      wow. this one still brings tears to my eyes. the election was won–yes we did!!–but that was just the beginning. still pressing forward in ’14!

  17. 77 LDS
    March 27, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    The shit just got real!!

    I expect the next two years to be just as fantastic. They have and never will ever meet a President like this.
    He reminds me of Muhammed Ali: Bold. Charisma. Pleasing to the eyes.Telling you what to expect. When. How.
    Gets the job done with or without them.
    A beautiful wife and family, too.
    Hot damn!

    Thank you, Mr. President!

    • 78 Nena20409
      March 27, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Ali talked and then backed it up. Ali was In their faces, up front and explosive.

      This POTUS talks less and walks with Confidence……as he calmly gets THINGS done.

      Pres Obama as Ali…….where would the media and the TBGOPers be? Scared little things.

  18. 79 Judith Fardig
    March 27, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Joyous day!

    • 80 donna dem 4 obama
      March 27, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Thank you Judith for all the work I know you’ve done locally to get us to this milestone today!!

    • 87 Cindy
      March 27, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      The fruits of your labor is ASTOUNDING!

      Thank you Judith for your tireless work to make this happen.


      • 88 HZ
        March 27, 2014 at 4:43 pm

        I concur with Cindy. Thanks to Judith, Bill R., Tally, and All who gave counsel to so many on how to get signed up for ACA. Your time will sure be a constant fragrance of pure sweetness to so many families and individuals.

        A big thanks to Chips and her beautiful team who gave such inspiring words about the information within the ACA Bill for so many to read here on TOD.

        My heart is so full. Prayed for so many things of goodness to happen during our enrollment periods; and I still have prayers out there in our beautiful space that I know will be fulfilled for ACA. #TRUSTBARACK as Bobfr reminds us. Keep those two words in your space, TOD family. Also lift up our beautiful and hardworking, Chips daily for all that is done here for all of us and millions more all across this country and the world. {{{{{{{{{TY, my beautiful Chips}}}}}}}}}}HZ

      • 91 Judith Fardig
        March 27, 2014 at 4:48 pm

        Our President inspires people in so many ways! Thanks, Cindy and everyone at TOD

  19. 92 donna dem 4 obama
    March 27, 2014 at 3:58 pm

  20. 96 hopefruit2
    March 27, 2014 at 3:58 pm

  21. 97 hopefruit2
    March 27, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    • 98 jackiegrumbacher
      March 27, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Hf, imagine the numbers if the Republicans hadn’t worked overtime to undermine ACA or if SCOTUS hadn’t allowed states to opt out of Medicaid. This ACA growth is in the face of unimaginable obstacles and bad will on the part of the GOP.

  22. March 27, 2014 at 4:03 pm

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    • 101 GGail
      March 27, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      This makes me so happy and Proud to be an OFA Team member supporting the President all.the.way!!!


    • 104 vcprezofan2
      March 27, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      Personally, I find the ending of the summary in the tweet quite droll.

      ‘The experts predicted lots of people would sign up at the last minute. Looks like those experts were right.’

      Which experts? All I remember hearing from the ‘experts’ was doom and gloom. Plus it hardly needed expertise to realize that there would be lots of last minute action as the deadline approached. 🙄

      • March 27, 2014 at 5:31 pm

        I agree VC, but I think the ‘experts’ he was referring to are the talking heads (not an actual expert/researcher like him), and the news coverage in general. It was not a hardly needed realization from those of us at TOD!

        • 106 vcprezofan2
          March 27, 2014 at 5:34 pm

          ‘I think the ‘experts’ he was referring to are the talking heads’

          We agree, LPlains. Those were the exact ‘experts’ I had in mind when I commented.

          • March 27, 2014 at 5:40 pm

            on another note…….. how have you been? Have not chatted in some time. Missed you…..

            • 108 vcprezofan2
              March 27, 2014 at 5:47 pm

              Absolutely fine, (especially on days I don’t have to go to work). 😉

              At one point, I did wonder if you had moved to Siberia, but I got over it. (I peeked into your site the odd time.) Is your arm completely healed?

              • March 27, 2014 at 5:54 pm

                Yeah toward last month I got my cast off. Recently I have been trying to focus on the classes I’m taking…… hoping to take the summer off, and finish in the fall. Biology has not been kind, but that is kinda my fault……..I took the class that is once a week (5 hours)….. retainment & labs are a bitch 😦

                • 110 vcprezofan2
                  March 27, 2014 at 6:04 pm

                  5 hours of science in one session??!!!! Better you than me. Of course, if you hang in and do your part seriously, it should be over soon, and behind you. Best wishes, you courageous (or unthinking) soul.

                  • March 27, 2014 at 6:15 pm

                    *unthinking* is putting it lightly 🙂 BTW how is your project going? I know you are at the cusp of finalizing your endeavour, right? 😎

                    • 112 vcprezofan2
                      March 27, 2014 at 6:17 pm

                      ‘at the cusp…’ 🙂

                      You are so funny! I haven’t given it another thought since we discussed it last. Maybe after PBO’s term ends and I have more time on my hands. Maybe.

                    • March 27, 2014 at 6:36 pm

                      I was operating under that assumption! …….. just trying to get a little impetus under you….get that proverbial ball rolling. Seems like we have a *little* work left…..

  23. 114 Linda
    March 27, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    White House Delights In Taunting Republicans Who Mocked Early Obamacare Numbers

    But White House spokesman Jesse Lee might have set a new bar for the practice on Thursday, after the Obama administration announced that six million Americans signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

    Take a look at Lee’s Twitter feed and it becomes clear that the administration kept tabs on critics who seemed to revel in Obamacare’s low enrollment numbers back in the fall.


    • 115 Cindy
      March 27, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      Hi Linda,

      Happy Thursday to you! Thank you for sharing this, egg on face, I think.

      I hope and pray, that our Democratic Senators and Congress men and women, will step out and take ownership of this wonderful blessing that they can run on with pride.

      6 MILLION PEOPLE will have a better quality of life because of Obamacare; what is there to be ashamed of?

  24. 116 Cindy
    March 27, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you President Obama for taking the punches for Health Care!

    They tried to knock you down but you kept moving forward, your tenacity is why 6 MILLION PLUS, now have health care.

    It is not the critic who counts, nor the man
    who points out how the strong man stumbled, or
    where the doer of deeds could have done them

    The credit belongs to the man who is
    actually in the arena, whose face is marred by
    dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly;
    who errs and comes short again and again; who
    knows great enthusiasms, great devotions; who
    spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the
    best, knows in the end the triumph of high
    achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails,
    at least fails while daring greatly, so that his
    place shall never be with those timid souls who
    know neither victory nor defeat.

    – Theodore Roosevelt

    • 117 Jewelz
      March 27, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks for posting that quote Cindy. Inspiring and poignant words from President Teddy Roosevelt.

      • 118 Cindy
        March 27, 2014 at 4:29 pm

        Hi Jewelz,

        Happy Thursday to you!

        Thank you! It’s one of favorites; President Roosevelt, not knowing (at least I don’t think he knew), wrote this for President Obama.

        He knew that there would be some difficult days ahead. : )

  25. 119 LDS
    March 27, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    “Float like a butterfly. Sting like a bee.”
    -Muhammed Ali

  26. 120 HZ
    March 27, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Amen, Donna. I can remember how we stopped, listened, and go into action. This will be a great joyous time for so many besides those who worked so hard to help people get covered; one of our own, Tally, one of my beautiful neighbors. Thank you beautiful lady of so much love and brilliant thoughts.

    We Are Going To Keep His Back. I believe we will continue to explode their minds with these great numbers who are precious lives who now will have insurance. Beautiful Thursday in America. {{{{{{{{{{{{{ We love you, Mr. President}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

  27. 121 vcprezofan2
    March 27, 2014 at 4:13 pm

  28. 122 donna dem 4 obama
    March 27, 2014 at 4:15 pm

  29. 124 donna dem 4 obama
    March 27, 2014 at 4:18 pm

  30. 125 Linda
    March 27, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Found this at HuffPuff

    Larry K. (elfish)

    Political Pundit · 5,074 Fans

    The web site “ACA Signups” tracts the details of the ACA Enrollments.

    1. Their spreadsheet currently shows:

    Exchange Enrollments: 6,046,303
    Number who have paid: 5,438,973

    ***** Percentage who have paid: 89.9%*******

    Newly Insured through private plans: 623,895

    Grand Total Newly Insured: 6,667,198

    2. Current Enrollment rate: 101,000 per day average

    3. Projected March 31st Enrollments based on past enrollments and current enrollment rate:


    4. Accuracy of past projections:

    December: 98.24% Accurate
    January: 99.98% Accurate
    Febuary: 99.66% Accurate


    5. NEW Medicaid enrollees: 6,402,942

    6. Young adults on Parent’s plan: 3,100,000

    7. Current Total helped by Obamacare: 16,170,140


  31. 130 hopefruit2
    March 27, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    BOOM – any questions?

  32. 133 hopefruit2
    March 27, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    That’s why I’ve been paging Ezra…Klein..all day long.

  33. 137 Cindy
    March 27, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Okay TOD!!!!!

    I can’t hold my joy in, we have something to celebrate. I knew that today was different when I started. Something was in the air.

    Now……calling Dudette, Chipsticks, Nerdy Wonka, somebody.

    PLEASE…PRETTY PLEASE; give us the Happy Song by Pharrell Williams


  34. 140 No Child Left Behind
    March 27, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    From WP, Christie lawyer’s report: Governor ‘does not recall’ being told of lane closures.

    Christie suffers from Romneysia.

  35. March 27, 2014 at 4:44 pm

  36. 151 carolyn
    March 27, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    I LOVE that first picture of POTUS. He has the great Italian style going on, even his pose. He just looks so Italian and graceful. Big SMILE!

  37. 152 Cindy
    March 27, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Come along if you know what happiness is to you.

    Come on TOD…..WE’RE HAPPY, and no apologies!!!!

    Thank you lovelyplains…..I am dancing across my floor, I AM HAPPY!!!!!!!


  38. 154 donna dem 4 obama
    March 27, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I don’t care about cable (fake-news) but will someone watch CBS, ABC and NBC (the traditional network news stations) and let us know if they report on the ACA numbers tonight. Thanks!!

    • 155 hopefruit2
      March 27, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      I will try to watch ABC evening news. I have a feeling they will grudgingly report it, with all kinds of “caveats” and “questions remain” as they normally do whenever it’s time to report good PBO-related news.

  39. 157 hopefruit2
    March 27, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    No we will never forget…

    • 158 Vicki
      March 27, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Friend and foe alike were calling the ACA DOA., hopefruit.
      Today we can all come along because we know what happiness is to us….

      • 159 0388jojothecat
        March 27, 2014 at 5:21 pm

        Their savior back then, Howard Dean thought so too. Remember when he came out to “Kill the Bill” with the crazy teabaggers because there was NO public option. Thank God PBO did not listen to the “professional left”.

    • March 27, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      You are so right hopefruit. That’s when I left DKos. Markos is not a deep thinker or politically savvy in any way. Of course you didn’t even have to be any of that to know that ACA was an incredible bill of goodies. Oh and understanding that sadly the only way to get health care in the US you have to get the insurance companies to support it. He’s a purity troll on things and on many things that he doesn’t understand. I remember him coming up with all these nutty alternatives to TARP.

  40. 161 Vicki
    March 27, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    According to the ACAsignups, on the page for QPH private insurance sign ups—–it says that more than 20 states haven’t updated their numbers since March 11.

    So the 6 Million was achieved with only some of the states reporting.
    Not to mention the signups on insurance sites, as Bob and others have mentioned.

    The Obamacare enrollment numbers on April 15 will blow our socks off!!!!!

  41. 162 No Child Left Behind
    March 27, 2014 at 5:04 pm

  42. 164 Nena20409
    March 27, 2014 at 5:09 pm

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