178 Responses to “Presidential Perks”

  1. June 23, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Lots to catch up with today. Wow!

  2. 5 Proud Former White House Intern
    June 23, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Perks indeed

  3. June 23, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    GE TOD!

    The final stockpile of Syria’s chemical weapons has been shipped out of the country, according to the OPCW, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Ahmet Uzumcu, the chief of the international watchdog organization, said the weapons were loaded Monday aboard the Danish ship Ark Futura and departed the Syrian port of Latakia.

    “A major landmark has been reached today,” Uzumcu said, qualifying that that meant all “declared” weapons were out of the country.
    “We cannot say for sure it has no more chemical weapons,” Uzumcu said. “All we can do is work on the basis of verifying a country’s declarations of what they have. I would not make any speculation to possible remaining assets, substances, chemical weapons. … ” .continued

    Statement by Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General OPCW

    Just under 9 months ago in October, I addressed you members of the press – in this same place, here in The Hague – to announce the deployment of the first OPCW inspectors to Syria to begin an historic and unprecedented mission. The mission was to destroy the chemical weapons programme of the Syrian Arab Republic.

    A major landmark in this mission has been reached today. The last of the remaining chemicals identified for removal from Syria were loaded this afternoon aboard the Danish ship Ark Futura. The ship made its last call at the port of Latakia in what has been a long and patient campaign in support of this international endeavour. Removing the stockpile of precursor and other chemicals has been a fundamental condition in the programme to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons programme.

    The next stage in this mission is the completion of the maritime operations to deliver the chemicals for destruction at the assigned facility on board the U.S. vessel Cape Ray and at commercial facilities in Finland, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The mission to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons programme has been a major undertaking marked by an extraordinary international cooperation…continued

  4. 8 GGail
    June 23, 2014 at 8:23 pm


  5. 27 sherijr
    June 23, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Oh that is adorable – POTUS video… love it… so appreciate the dad in him. PLUS- that suit 🙂 🙂 er yum ~

  6. June 23, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    O/T, but interesting story:

    Tupac Shakur was still in his mother’s womb when she served as her own lawyer against charges that she and a dozen fellow Black Panthers had conspired to conduct a series of bombings in New York. And as she did so, nobody admired Afeni Shakur more than the supremely insightful and devoutly decent newspaper columnist Murray Kempton. “No man who saw Afeni Shakur in those days could fail to be half in love with her,” Kempton later wrote…..

    …“The jauntiness of his bearing was a portent of the long watches of the nights ahead when laughter stops and weeping fills all that’s left; and the last thought was a prayer that the tears ahead will wash him back to the better self that has until now fought the worse one and lost,” Kempton wrote. Tupac did indeed find prison so harrowing that he soon reconsidered his gangsta ways. “In here, I don’t even remember my lyrics,” Shakur was quoted saying. “If thug life is real, then let somebody else represent it, because I’m tired of it.”

    Kempton had proven so right in so many ways that he should not have been surprised when Afeni asked him to begin visiting her son in prison and assume a role that struck him as dauntingly improbable. “A father figure,” Kempton told me.

    Kempton was, after all, a white Episcopalian of tweedy appearance and intellectual bearing who pedaled about the city on a three-speed bicycle, puffing on a pipe and listening to classical music on his Walkman. “It is scarcely fair of us the aged to judge rap when we have but listened and lost interest too soon to hear it out,” Kempton wrote about hip-hop. “But a fleeting impression suggests that rap has a tendency rather to numb as, for all I know, narcotics might.” Yet, Kempton had clearly discerned the core of Afini’s struggle to save her child from being born in prison when she was 25. There seemed a good chance Kempton could help Tupac through his own struggles now that he found himself in prison at the age of 25….

  7. June 23, 2014 at 8:43 pm

  8. 36 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 23, 2014 at 8:46 pm

  9. June 23, 2014 at 9:00 pm
  10. 46 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 23, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    RWNJ are losing their damn minds!

    • 47 hopefruit2
      June 23, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      I’m heartened to see that the sane community members prevailed and shut them down.

    • 49 jackiegrumbacher
      June 23, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      Alycee, I can’t even imagine what it would be like to have a Klan HQ in your neighborhood. These people do not belong in civilization. They need to live on some remote desert where they can howl their hatred at the moon and not disturb decent people with their poison.

    • June 24, 2014 at 6:43 am

      Thank you for posting this……the news here in Philly did not report this on their news programs….

  11. 51 Ladyhawke
    June 23, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    A Victory in the Battle Against Mass Destruction

    by Joseph Cirincione and Geoffrey Wilson


    In Washington, where attacks get more attention than praise, where defeats generate more comment than victories, were the media thrives on controversy not consensus, it will be easy to note this good news from Syria and quickly move on.

    But the significance of this achievement cannot be overstated. Syria had enough chemical agents to kill every man, woman and child in the Middle East. The destruction of these hideous weapons, so quickly and during a war where inspectors came under fire, is nothing short of remarkable.
    The destruction of Syria’s operational chemical arsenal has made all inhabitants of the Middle East safer, including some of our closest allies. It has helped prove that even in the direst of circumstances it is possible to negotiate the elimination of some of the deadliest weapons ever invented.

    We should pause for a moment and savor this victory.



  12. 52 anniebella
    June 23, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    I take this personally because I’m the husband of a brilliant woman who struggled to balance work and raising our girls.- President Obama…… Mr. President she has done a fantastic job.

  13. June 23, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    CSPAN link to the Robbin Roberts interview of First Lady Obama http://www.c-span.org/video/?320109-3/michelle-obama-working-families


  14. 58 hopefruit2
    June 23, 2014 at 9:14 pm

  15. 66 hopefruit2
    June 23, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    ROTFL – I can’t help but laugh at this profound analysis of PBO’s lunch at Chipotle today. I mean is the media THAT idle?


  16. 68 globalcitizenlinda
    June 23, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    the results are often tragic or very consequential for the person who accidentally discharges their gun and hurts themselves ;

    but each time I read such accounts and someone explains that a certain individual ” Accidentally Second-Amended themselves” ……. I have to stop and ponder the consequences of such unrestricted gun rights advocacy

    • 69 nospin
      June 23, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      “someone explains that a certain individual ” Accidentally Second-Amended themselves”

      am I wrong for laughing hysterically at that phrase?

      • 70 globalcitizenlinda
        June 23, 2014 at 10:13 pm

        It is hard not to laugh

      • June 23, 2014 at 10:22 pm


        I tried not to laugh when I read the story. But there were so many laughable parts. First and foremost, the expression “accidentally second-amended oneself”. Then, what the heck to carry a loaded weapon near one’s private parts? I don’t want to add that he deserved it. That will be sub-human like the RWN. I prefer to laugh.

  17. 74 rikyrah
    June 23, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Larry O is back

  18. June 23, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Lawrence O’Donnell is worth watching tonight. Moving story.

    • June 23, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      yes very moving story…brought tears….but then his show starts….with Steve Smith and Rand Paul….i had to change the channel…why not lead by talking about the Moral Monday Marchers sit in…or the Supreme Court’s decision re: the EPA

    • 79 anniebella
      June 23, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      Glad to see Lawrence O’Donnell back.

  19. June 23, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Indisputable FACT ….


  20. 88 jacquelineoboomer
    June 23, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Nothing against dogs, of course. My great grandma just came out!

  21. 92 Linda
    June 23, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Darryl Issa has called an IRS hearing tonight…it is still going on.

    • 93 jacquelineoboomer
      June 23, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      Thanks for the warning. Maybe I’ll wash my hair.

    • 94 0388jojothecat
      June 24, 2014 at 12:41 am

      I watched some of it and got disgusted. They are yelling and asking the IRS commissioner why he did not know about something that happened 2yrs before he had the job.

  22. 95 globalcitizenlinda
    June 23, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    I don’t know what can be done to replicate NC’s Moral Monday rallies to other states

  23. June 23, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Excellent question ….

  24. June 23, 2014 at 10:49 pm

  25. 103 Jovie
    June 23, 2014 at 10:54 pm

  26. 106 vcprezofan2
    June 23, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    The latest Louie Ludwig political ad

  27. 109 lockewasright
    June 23, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Low Country Boil for dinner tonight. Wow, did that ever hit the spot!

    • 110 CEB
      June 23, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      I had to Goggle it and found that it is something that I often eat, but my family and friends here in NE Fla. have never called it that. Wish I had some now.

      • 111 CEB
        June 23, 2014 at 11:42 pm

        We mostly add in blue crabs.

        • 112 lockewasright
          June 23, 2014 at 11:47 pm

          I was looking for crab to add to it today. I was unimpressed with the selection at the local grocery store. I’ve heard the dish called Frogmore Stew before.

          • 113 CEB
            June 23, 2014 at 11:51 pm

            The crabs in my area have been small as well. Hope they look better for the 4th; we always have a big crab boil to go along with the barbeque spareribs.

            • 114 lockewasright
              June 24, 2014 at 12:09 am

              That sounds like my kind of celebration! I hickory smoke ribs in a maple rub once or twice a month.

    • 115 Desertflower
      June 23, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      How was the movie yesterday ??

      • 116 lockewasright
        June 24, 2014 at 12:06 am

        Good! We’ve seen two movies this weekend. There was How to Train Your Dragon 2 yesterday and there was Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs this morning. The kids got a package offer at school from the local theatre. You get 10 movies, none of which are new releases, and discounted kiddie sized popcorn and soda trays. The packages are $5 each! We got 4 of them, so the four of us are seeing ten movies for a total of $20! This week it was Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Both movies were well done and entertaining. On the way out of How to Train Your Dragon, my son held the door for a little girl and wound up stuck holding it for the rest of the theatre. When he got done, his little sister gave him a big hug and told him she’s proud that her brother is a kind person. They’ll be 8 and 9 next month. It was cute.

        • 117 0388jojothecat
          June 24, 2014 at 12:33 am

          You and your wife are raising wonderful, thoughtful, kind people. I will never forget the video you posted at the orange place one Sunday. You had just adopted a kitten and your daughter was petting kitty a little rough ( the kids were 4 & 5) and your son took his sister hand (that she was petting the kittie with) and kissed it. He was so gentle and kind. Some kids might have fought or yelled at each other. You have taught them to be kind I am sure not only by words but in how you treat your wife and others.

          • 118 lockewasright
            June 24, 2014 at 1:07 am

            Thanks for the kind words. I remember that video. I love when the moments happen that show us what we’re doing is working. The kids squabble a bit. Todd has a serious rotten streak that he may or may not have learned from his paternal example in life. He picks at Lila and she snaps quickly, but that’s how siblings work. They love each other though.

  28. 119 forus50
    June 23, 2014 at 11:44 pm

  29. 121 amk for obama
    June 23, 2014 at 11:45 pm

  30. 122 amk for obama
    June 23, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Heh, I am just the messenger.

  31. 129 amk for obama
    June 23, 2014 at 11:52 pm

  32. 131 hopefruit2
    June 23, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    I see that “President Obama Breaks Chipotle Etiquette” is trending on Twitter, but we couldn’t get the Family Summit to trend… Hmmm…who is really manipulating these Twitter trends?

  33. 132 amk for obama
    June 23, 2014 at 11:54 pm

  34. 133 hopefruit2
    June 23, 2014 at 11:58 pm

  35. 137 Jovie
    June 24, 2014 at 12:46 am

  36. 141 Jovie
    June 24, 2014 at 12:54 am

  37. 142 amk for obama
    June 24, 2014 at 1:30 am

  38. 143 jacquelineoboomer
    June 24, 2014 at 1:37 am

    You think you have problems.

  39. 149 Jovie
    June 24, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Do you know where Ebril is?

  40. 152 Jovie
    June 24, 2014 at 5:02 am

  41. 154 Jovie
    June 24, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Every time I turn on the news, some government agency is under severe attack…
    Now, they’re back in the IRS again.
    So, I changed the channel.
    That said, if government agencies know that the GOP is coming after them in order to embarrass this president, you would think they would have all their Ducks in order.

  42. 156 Jovie
    June 24, 2014 at 6:27 am

    This is bad. It has a mortality rate of 9 out of ten people.
    The city afflicted is near an international airport. 😦

  43. 157 globalcitizenlinda
    June 24, 2014 at 6:40 am

  44. June 24, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Good Morning TODVille!

    A beautiful day for me. I am getting ready to go vote then to work.

  45. 160 donna dem 4 obama
    June 24, 2014 at 6:43 am

    That clip is vintage President Obama. He has the keenest sense of humor. FLOTUS often talks about how funny he is to be around. I know this sounds kind of stalkish but I’d love to just follow them around for a couple of days and watch them interact as just plain ole human beings. I bet our President is a hoot!!!

    • 161 hopefruit2
      June 24, 2014 at 7:47 am

      I think everyone (including those who claim to hate him) would love to follow our President around for a day or more – he’s just THAT interesting! 🙂 🙂

  46. 169 donna dem 4 obama
    June 24, 2014 at 7:03 am

  47. 170 donna dem 4 obama
    June 24, 2014 at 7:22 am

  48. 177 hopefruit2
    June 24, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Tell me, how are you going to conduct a poll and you can’t even give me the basic demo breakdown of the sample on which the said poll is based. Why should I trust that your “numbers” are representative of the US population? As I said yesterday, this is a SHIT poll!

  49. 178 donna dem 4 obama
    June 24, 2014 at 8:44 am

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