Chat Away

President Obama waves as he departs the White House – he is traveling to Idaho today to promote some of the themes he presented in last night’s State of the Union speech.

78 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. January 21, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Afternoon folks. PBO looks official today, dark suit and al .

  2. 11 JER
    January 21, 2015 at 11:59 am

  3. 12 Judith Fardig
    January 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Congratulations, No Child! I hope the Secret Service is in top form today protecting our President. I was scared to even drive through Idaho with my car emblazoned with Obama and OFA bumper stickers. Boise is a nice college town, but much of Idaho is survivalist/gun wacko heaven.

  4. 13 JER
    January 21, 2015 at 12:01 pm

  5. 14 japa21
    January 21, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    As I mentioned at the bottom of the last thread, I didn’t get to watch the SOTU. My wife had surgery yesterday, and by the time we got home and got her settled in, it was over. Did catch a little of Ernst’s reply. What amazed me was how she was promoting policies that the GOP has voted against, like better help for veterans and closing tax loopholes which mostly favor the rich and corporations. Sounds like Dem policies to me. Then she went into the standard repeal Obamacare and Keystone, at which my wife grabbed the remote, switched channels and said “Shut up, bitch.”

    Catching up several places. Heard one GOP consultant say that PBO was disrespectful which we all know translates to uppity.

    • January 21, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Hope all will be well for your wife, John. She certainly characterized JE correctly!!

      The level of freakout by GOP & their #NEWSTAINER minions amplifies the fact that President Obama scored major, direct hits – and had a lot of fun doing so 🙂

    • 16 Dudette
      January 21, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      Gotcha covered right here!

      Hope Missus Japa’s recovery goes by smoothly and quickly!

    • 17 57andfemale
      January 21, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Sending healing and positive energy to you and Mrs. japa.

    • 18 jackiegrumbacher
      January 21, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Hope your wife recovers quickly, Japa. I sure love her spirit. I wonder if the GOP consultant thought it was disrespectful for the GOP to meet on the first day of our President’s inauguration in 2009 and plan his downfall. Then to publicly vilify, misrepresent and undermine every one of his initiatives. As you sow, GOP, so shall you read. Our president is class personified; the GOP is not.

  6. 19 Dudette
    January 21, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    OFA email from PBO today entitled “Last Night”

    “… the Vice President is getting on the phone for an off-the-record conversation with OFA supporters at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time today to talk more about our plans for the year ahead. You won’t want to miss what Joe has to say.”


    • 20 Dudette
      January 21, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      Rest of the letter (because of the tweet posted downthread). 🙂

      “Last night, I ​spoke​ directly with the American people about what I believe we can get done together this year.

      My priorities are strengthening the middle class and ensuring our economy is rebounding for the whole country, not just the powerful few. I laid out a vision of middle-class economics, to help build on the progress of the past six years and make sure American families can get ahead in the 21st century. That means fighting to expand paid sick leave, helping any student willing to work hard get an affordable education, and cutting taxes for middle-class families ​by eliminating wasteful tax loopholes.

      The new Congress has been on the job for two weeks, and they’ve given us a good look at where they want to take the country, too — they’ve moved quickly to try to roll back our progress on everything from immigration to health care.

      I believe Americans are tired of the political back and forth. People want to see an agenda that moves us​ all forward.

      If that’s something you agree with, OFA is asking you to do your part today. It’s never been more important to take a stand.

      This morning, I begin the fourth quarter of my presidency. ​As long as there’s time on the clock, I’ll be doing everything I can.

      I hope you will, too:


      Thank you,

      Barack Obama”

  7. 21 Dudette
    January 21, 2015 at 12:21 pm

  8. 22 Dudette
    January 21, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    • 23 japa21
      January 21, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Again reading here and elsewhere, one thing that was constant is that the response in the country was pretty positive to most of his proposals but the GOP in Congress scowled through the whole thing.

      PBO is pretty smart (understatement) and he knows most of what he talked about won’t happen with this congress. A lot of this is, in my opinion, a set-up for next year’s SOTU. I can see it now.

      “Last year I stood year and proposed X, Y and Z. And it was pretty obvious that most Americans, including most Republicans in the country, agreed with those proposals. I stand before you tonight to state that X, Y and Z have not happened, despite Americans wanting them to. There is only one reason why. The Republicans in Congress don’t give a sh*t what Americans want. So this November, remember that if you want to see those things accomplished, you better vote Dem.”

    • January 21, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      montag, That is the reason why people should have gotten out to vote Nov. 4th.

  9. 27 Dudette
    January 21, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    LOL! In case, you’re wondering, this is not at all what the letter actually said, it IS hilarious! 😀

  10. January 21, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    • 29 nospin
      January 21, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      say it again Bobfr.

    • 31 Vicki
      January 21, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Exactly, Bob. Just what I’ve been telling them when they call or write.
      I add that I will be supporting candidates of my choice directly. Not a penny for the MIA organizations. Whose campaigns-in-waiting will be waiting without me.

    • 33 jackiegrumbacher
      January 21, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      Amen!! I’d like to have a banner at the top of my e-mail page with that statement. I will support the FEW individual candidates who embraced, PBO including our newly elected PA governor, Tom Wolf. In his inaugural statement he said that no one in his administration would take one single dime from a lobbyist and if discovered to do so, would be dismissed. Faced with the same right wing legislature that PBO has to deal with, Wolf is going to use as many executive actions as he can to get the job done and first and foremost that means no more pussyfooting with the fracking industry.

  11. 34 Dudette
    January 21, 2015 at 12:30 pm

  12. 35 Dudette
    January 21, 2015 at 12:33 pm

  13. 36 Dudette
    January 21, 2015 at 12:34 pm

  14. 37 Dudette
    January 21, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Release: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
    Democratic Party of Georgia Chair Issues Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

    Dublin, GA – Today, Democratic Party of Georgia Chair DuBose Porter issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s State of the Union Address.

    “Tonight’s address served as an excellent reminder as to why President Obama was twice chosen by the American people to lead this great country. From day one, his administration has put forth policies that grow the middle class, shrink deficits, fight poverty, and expand opportunity for all Americans. And in his own words, ‘the verdict is clear.’ These policies have worked.

    “The GOP has been rooting for President Obama’s failure ever since he took office. And Republicans have been dead-wrong about this administration from the get go. We were told that if President Obama were reelected, unemployment would skyrocket. Yet, the national unemployment rate is at its lowest in six years. We were told the economy would worsen, yet 2014 was the best year for job growth since 1999 and the country has added 11.2 million jobs over the last 58 straight months. We were told we would see gas priced at $6.60 per gallon, yet the average price today is $2.14.

    “While Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed budget robs 11,500 Georgia school workers of much needed health insurance, President Obama has expanded access to health care to millions of Americans and has now called for an extension of sick leave and family leave for families, reducing the hardship that can be caused by a sick child or a newborn.

    “For our state’s sake, I pray that Nathan Deal and Georgia’s Republican leaders were listening to America’s President. Georgia Democrats support the President’s accomplishments and agenda. Middle class economics work, expanding opportunity works, and we are all better off when everyone has a fair shot.”

    • 38 Linda
      January 21, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      What happened to the news that Deal would be indicted by mid January ?

    • 39 jackiegrumbacher
      January 21, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      Beautiful statement by this state chair. He has shown the way for other Democratic state chairs to follow. I want to see 50 such statements in the next few days.

  15. 40 nospin
    January 21, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    If you have not yet had the opportunity to watch Joni Ernst’s response to the SOTU …do yourself a favor and watch. This is SNL material. It is hysterical.

    My personal favorite is when she said when she got on the school bus she wasn’t embarrassed because her mother made her wear wear bread bags on her feet to cover her one good pair of shoes because on the school bus there were rows and rows of young Iowans with bread bags slipped over their feet.

    hahahahaahahahahahahahaha….oh the visual. whooo chile.. anyhoo here is the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-cl=84359240&v=a95tTVhDyRA&x-yt-ts=1421782837#t=131

    • January 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm


      I am going to watch it because you suggested it. But since last night I’ve been saying that I would wait for the replay on SNL, knowing with facts that is what happens to GOP giving a SOTU rebuttal. And with the kind of head this woman has, I simply can imagine the SNL creativity she brings. And she could play a Caroll Burnett skit too, without any make up.

      • 42 nospin
        January 21, 2015 at 2:38 pm

        well NCLB you were right. hahahaahaha I was dying. And then Twitter had the nerve to trend #breadbags

  16. 43 Dudette
    January 21, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Heh heh! Cool Joe Mean Muggin’! 😀

  17. 44 Dudette
    January 21, 2015 at 12:42 pm

  18. 45 Dudette
    January 21, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Catch ya later! 😀

  19. 46 Dudette
    January 21, 2015 at 12:45 pm

  20. 49 dakota
    January 21, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Good Morning TOD Family!

    Still grinning about last night’s SOTU, especially the “Burn Heard ‘Round the World! Let’s keep our President in prayer and in the light as he travels the country. We are blessed to be alive during his presidency.

  21. January 21, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    it was when President Obama recalled his speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention that I recognized the transformation that has happened in him over the last few months. He’s finally able to let go of an incredibly difficult crisis that was not of his making and get on with the work he felt passionate enough about that he was able to take on the risk of running for president against all odds…and won…twice 🙂

    He’s only got two years left to go. But I predict that over that time we’ll see the president Barack Obama dreamed of being. So hang on for a VERY interesting fourth quarter!

  22. January 21, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    “…. this is good news people ….” – PBO #SOTU2015

  23. 52 nospin
    January 21, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    These tweets on bread bags are hysterical.
    checking out the hashtag is pretty funny too #breadbags

  24. January 21, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    GOP invites Bibi to address Congress, bypasses POTUS. Battle lines are drawn for 2012. GOP is the party of war with Iran, Dems are party of peace and prosperity.

    • 54 Vicki
      January 21, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      In line with your view, Bill, do you agree that President Obama asking the Congress to vote on Military Force Authorization is a Brilliant move?

      The GOP wants us to be in wars that make their donors even richer and then when it goes to hell as wars seem to do, blame it on Obama’s War.

      PBO too smart to let that happen.
      If GOP wants a bigger spending military they are going to have to Own it.

  25. January 21, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Too many pundits (and Americans in general) assume there are only two options: agree or demonize your opponent. That’s the kind of politics we’ve been living with for far too long. It’s what President Obama calls our “empathy deficit.” He is saying that we can disagree strongly with each other AND still address the heart of the matter

  26. 56 JER
    January 21, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    FLOTUS is speaking now.

  27. 58 JER
    January 21, 2015 at 1:09 pm

  28. 59 JER
    January 21, 2015 at 1:12 pm

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  30. January 21, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    We need worldwide free schooling!

  31. 62 JER
    January 21, 2015 at 1:26 pm

  32. 63 JER
    January 21, 2015 at 1:34 pm


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  35. 69 Linda
    January 21, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    RNC Chair Falls Apart and Blames Obama When Busted On Immigration SOTU Response Hypocrisy

    ah…ah….ah…..Obama’s fault.

    • 70 57andfemale
      January 21, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      You mean the RNC response that started, “I’m not here to talk about Obama but about the GOP Wish List from Hell”?

      Okay, I paraphrased a little.

  36. 71 JER
    January 21, 2015 at 2:11 pm

  37. 72 Don
    January 21, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    From this moment on I’m going to work “I know, because I won both of them” into every conversation I will ever have.

  38. 74 JER
    January 21, 2015 at 2:14 pm


  39. 75 Nerdy Wonka
    January 21, 2015 at 2:22 pm

  40. 78 Dudette
    January 21, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Please read Selma Director, Ava DuVernay’s beautiful account of the film’s screening at the White House last Friday night.

    “President Obama’s introduction of SELMA in the presidential screening room, the quality time he and the First Lady took with us before and after, the stories he shared with my editor and cinematographer, the praise she gave our dear cast, the handshake he gave my father, the hug she gave my mother, the laughter, the smiles, the extra time they gave us all long, long, long beyond when we were scheduled to go, the warmth, the respect, it was just beyond exquisite. “I’m proud of you,” she said to me. “We’re proud of you,” he added. I’m proud too — of them, of us, of the film, of this moment in my life.”

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