Chat Away

by Pete Souza

159 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 1 GGail
    March 2, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I c love

  2. 8 GGail
    March 2, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Icy love – get it? 🙂

  3. March 2, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Good afternoon folks

  4. March 2, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Here’s a would-be car thief getting smashed in the face with his own brick

  5. 19 Linda
    March 2, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    CNN sent Kate Bolduan to Israel . She just reported that people she spoke to may not even bother to watch Bibi tomorrow, which will air in prime time over there.

    They told her they already know what he will say.

  6. 20 57andfemale
    March 2, 2015 at 12:07 pm

  7. 21 57andfemale
    March 2, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Our awful IL Gov. Rauner’s budget cuts 40%!!!!! from Amtrak in IL. He’s already halted two huge highway projects.

    He says it’s justified to pay his bloated staff and advisors huge bucks because they’d make a lot in the private sector. He needs a stable of advisors – he is illiterate of state government.

    • 22 japa21
      March 2, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      He is a total jerk. His honeymoon period is already over, shortest in Illinois history.

      • 23 57andfemale
        March 2, 2015 at 2:55 pm

        It was over after his state of the state. What – did people think he wouldn’t be the sociopath that he is?

    • 24 GGail
      March 2, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      57, Chicago was once the leader…

      Chicago in 1950 was at the height of its power as the railroad center of the United States. Fully 37 long-distance railroad lines, operated by 21 independent railroad companies, fanned out from Chicago in all landward directions, connecting with all corners of the nation and the settled portions of Canada. This was the “pay-off” for the efforts of the city’s business leaders a century before to ensure that practically all trunk railroads passing through northeastern Illinois terminated in the city of Chicago. One local corporation, the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway, was later formed to create a huge belt line that circumnavigated the metropolitan area, handling traffic between locations on the periphery and diverting some through traffic around the congestion of the urban center.

      • 25 57andfemale
        March 2, 2015 at 2:58 pm

        I’m no fan of Rahm, but when they say how corrupt he is….. Seriously? We haven’t had a non-corrupt mayor in my 43 years living in the Chicago.

        And Rauner wants to tax the middle class and the poor, fight paying people a living wage, slash Medicaid, decimate mass transit. So that he can get richer. Because there is never enough money for these sociopaths.

  8. March 2, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Donna…what do you think about this

    • 27 donna dem 4 obama
      March 2, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      He has as good a chance as any since its a General Election year when this election will take place. He lost last November because my county and the adjoining county which happens to be where 75% of the voters live in MD simply didn’t bother to vote.

      p.s. I read that maybe Martin would run for the seat if he decides not to run for President. hmmmmm…….

  9. 31 yardarm756
    March 2, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Good day everyone…….(Ignore the cold)!

  10. 35 Linda
    March 2, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Buffett: Sen. Warren More Effective If She Was ‘Less Angry’

    Billionaire and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett argued Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) would be more effective in her fight to remove Wall Street influence from the halls of Congress if she wasn’t so angry.

    Buffet made the comments in an interview with Andrew Ross Sorkin on CNBC’s Squawk Box. Sorkin first asked Buffett what he thought of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) but Buffett declined to weigh in. Then Sorkin asked about Warren and her views of Wall Street. Warren’s signature issue is uprooting Wall Street influence from the halls of Congress. She’s at times even gone against her own party over Treasury Department appointments.

    “Well, I think she would be better if she was less angry and demonized less,” Buffet said. “I mean, I believe in hate the sin and love the sinner. And I also believe in praising by name, and criticizing by category. And I’m not sure I’ve totally convinced Warren that’s the way to go.”


    • 36 idon
      March 2, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      Yep this explains why SEn. Warren is not ready to be president.

      • March 2, 2015 at 1:41 pm

        I would not say it loud but secretly agree with you. You see, IMHO, PBO’s measured words, pragmatic strategic approach is the best, besides his coolness of course.

        There is no point at getting too high or too low in politics, if you want to play the game. With life full of surprises, there is no need to make enemies, not in little people’s corners (voters) nor in powerful ones (the megarich). And one always needs a friend, at least an ear in powerful corners. If not, how would you speak to big business to do the right thing? hire more? move their factories or plants back to the US? increase wages? collaborate on ACA? if you have all of them angry all the time?

        • 38 idon
          March 2, 2015 at 2:12 pm

          While it may not work for the WH, I think Sen. Warren’s style is great in the Senate. Being President of the United States is a high wire act very often without a net. No one, and I mean no one has ever performed on the high wire of politics as smartly as strategically or as gracefully as President Obama.

        • March 2, 2015 at 2:59 pm

          I love this and I do agree. Measured, even handed approaches work best with kids, hair on fire folks, the chicken littles of the world and ego maniac politicians.

      • March 2, 2015 at 1:52 pm

        I’m not totally convinced of Buffett’s assessment and I’m not even that big of an Elizabeth Warren fan.

    • March 2, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      I don’t listen to many of her speeches, but I do see her quoted and in pictures. I have no idea if she is really that angry, but that is certainly how she is portrayed by her supporters and that seems to be what they like about her. I think it does work better in the Senate than it would in the Oval Office, but even then it seems like constant anger can get tiring for everyone. Also it doesn’t give the appearance that she’s willing to listen to anyone.

    • March 2, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      Warren does connect with working class people who are angry about economic injustice and she brings the left wing of the party in. That’s effective as an activating voice. Does that make her an ideal pres. candidate? I don’t know.

      • 43 Obama Grandmama
        March 2, 2015 at 10:19 pm

        Maybe the word angry could be replaced with passionate. Even though I do not think she is ready for prime time I tink she would make an excellent Lion of the Senate like Ted Kennedy.

  11. 44 Nena20409
    March 2, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    WH Presser…….LIVE……already in progress.
    Josh “The Voice” Earnest
    Hello TOD.
    Congrats to Au ⭐ winners……starting with this thread and several Back.
    Looking great, Danny 😉

  12. March 2, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Morning all. My usual blog flogging:

  13. March 2, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    • March 2, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      For a group that hates government …this is their way of ensuring that the government does not work …that it is seen as incompetent…but we also have a MSM that fails to point our what Benen has pointed out…instead you have a WHPC that asks why doesn’t the President try to more chummy with the GOP…yeahhh….so the MSM is also complicit with not informing the American People about the Hostage Taking GOP…

  14. March 2, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Several times I have commented that hatred felt long and deeply enough no longer feels like hatred, but more like tradition, economics, religion, what have you. It is when those traditions are challenged, when the entitlement is threatened, when the masks of religion, economics, and so on are pulled away that hate transforms from its more seemingly sophisticated, “normal,” chronic state—where those exploited are looked down upon, or despised—to a more acute and obvious manifestation. Hate becomes more perceptible when it is no longer normalized.

    Another way to say all of this is that if the rhetoric of superiority works to maintain the entitlement, hatred and direct physical force remains underground. But when that rhetoric begins to fail, force and hatred waits in the wings, ready to explode.

    – Derrick Jensen from The Culture of Make Believe

    from http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2012/03/keeping-our-eyes-on-prize-as-hate.html

    despite the drama of the day…

    We Must Keep our Eyes on the Prize…..

    do as JackieG suggest…scope our your area of the world and organize..register…keep on moving on…

    also i think i saw a slogan that the President’s Presidential Library has adopted….

    8 years is only the Beginning….

    Let Us march on til Victory is Won!

    • 53 Don
      March 2, 2015 at 1:40 pm

      That explains a lot, I try to not let my hatred for the hate get the best of me because it only clouds my mind to what’s really important. I just don’t like the way this man is being treated, not after all that he has delivered. I will try to my best to keep focused on what President Obama is trying to do and not get side tracked.

      • 54 Will
        March 2, 2015 at 2:12 pm

        I hear you Don. But it’s hard to stay focused when you have all this manufactured BS/plots going on against President Obama.

        The rage inside of me reaches a step closer to justified insanity.

      • March 2, 2015 at 2:21 pm

        yes …just think how hard it must be on the President…i just hope that he feels our Love and Hope!

        • 56 idon
          March 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm

          Yes. This is what I think of everyday. How hard it must be for my beloved President and yet he is always the grown-up standing tall. I have the same level of hate. I tell you my hate is palpable. But I have to try hard to remember EVERY HOUR, it is my beloved President who has put his life on the line for me to make things better for me and every other human being on this planet. My love for President Obama is always always greater than my hate for those bent on destroying our governmemt because of our President’s daily expressions of love and compassion for all Americans in his talk (values) and in his walk (policies).

  15. March 2, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A Saudi Arabian diplomat returned to Riyadh on Monday after being released by kidnappers in Yemen where he spent three years as a hostage, the kingdom’s Interior Ministry said. Abdullah al-Khalidi was seized in March 2012 and later appeared as a hostage in videos released by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) calling on Riyadh to do more to free him.

    The Interior Ministry did not say in its brief statement carried by state media how al-Khalidi came to be released, except that it was a result of “intensive efforts” made by the kingdom’s intelligence agency. AQAP and its parent organization al Qaeda have sworn to bring down the Saudi state.


  16. March 2, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    The toddlers are pressing on, pushing on Israel’s defensive position. Siding with anything and anyone as long as it is against the WH.

  17. 59 Nena20409
    March 2, 2015 at 1:34 pm

  18. 61 Nena20409
    March 2, 2015 at 1:35 pm

  19. 63 FoxfireTX
    March 2, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Ya know, I am as sick of hearing about how great Israel is from Kerry, and others, as I am about Bibbi. I understand the Admin is taking the high road here, but frankly I am sick to death of Israel, period. We have propped that country up from the first minute of its existence, and the PM has the gall to come here and blast our President. I am so thankful that we finally have a President who is willing to put some distance between us, I only wish there was more. And again, I hope PBO make Netanyahu pay dearly for this stunt.

  20. 67 Nena20409
    March 2, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Perfect example of why Fox is in_deed destructive for political consumption in these USA.

    1.6B Muslims in the world……..
    The person who coined Ignorance is a Virtue obviously got it wrong.

      March 2, 2015 at 3:01 pm


  21. March 2, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    “The Iranian nuclear deal looks like a reasonable compromise”

    by Avner Cohen, professor of nonproliferation studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, is the author of “Israel and the Bomb.”

    “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on Tuesday is a loathsome political event that America can’t remember the likes of. It was born of a conspiracy of sin between House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican who despises his president, and an arrogant foreign leader who two weeks before an election is using Congress as a prop for his electoral needs.

    The two bridesmaids of this scandalous affair are using one another with boundless cynicism for their political needs while spewing filth on the rules of what is done and not done. This goes both for American politics and relations between allies.

    And the content is no less worrying than the form. It’s amazing to see how the entire Israeli public sphere, including Netanyahu’s rivals, has accepted as holy writ Netanyahu’s conviction that a nuclear agreement with Iran is “bad, very bad” — and all this even before the final text is ready. Is it really that bad? Is the agreement really as bad for Israel as Netanyahu portrays it? Is another kind of agreement at all possible?


    “Despite its flaws, the proposed agreement is far from bad for Israel — the only nuclear power in the Middle East — but it is very bad for Netanyahu. The agreement offers Israel almost a generation, or even more if it succeeds, in which Netanyahu won’t be able to sow fear about Iran as an existential danger. It would leave Netanyahu as a leader whose raison d’être has been taken away from him.”


    • 70 Nena20409
      March 2, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      Note the US Media insists on making this about Pres Obama/Netanyahu/Israel
      and Never about
      P5+1…..Germany, France, Russia, UK. China and USA

      That is a Dishonest and Yellow political sabotage willfully orchestrated by those hellbent on deceiving the US Citizenry.

    • March 2, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      An Israeli Insult
      Benjamin Netanyahu is risking U.S.-Israeli relations on partisan politics. It’s revolting and dangerous.
      By William Saletan

      “Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is coming to the United States. On Tuesday, he’ll address a joint session of Congress. Netanyahu wants to rally Americans against President Obama’s plan for a nuclear agreement with Iran. He’s coming here at the unilateral invitation of congressional Republicans, in defiance of warnings from the White House.

      Nothing like this has ever happened before. The opposition party is convening a special session of Congress so that a foreign leader, on the floor of our national legislature, can rebuke the foreign policy of our president.

      The breach is bad enough. But the story of how it happened, and the hostility and disrespect behind it, are worse. Israel negotiated the speaking engagement with aides to House Speaker John Boehner for at least 13 days without telling the White House. Not until the morning of Jan. 21—a day after the plan was sealed, and two hours before it was announced publicly—did Boehner inform the administration.


      That’s Netanyahu’s wager. He believes Obama’s policy is catastrophically wrong. To defeat it, he’s willing to ally the government of Israel with congressional leaders who are openly trying to humiliate the president and seize control of U.S. foreign policy. Netanyahu thinks he can get away with this because you love Israel, no matter how its prime minister behaves, more than you love the president of the United States. Is he right?”


  22. March 2, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    While Congress is consumed by Bibi and Iran,

  23. 75 Nena20409
    March 2, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Boehner is such a weak-cry-baby…..

      March 2, 2015 at 3:04 pm


      • 77 Nena20409
        March 2, 2015 at 5:05 pm

        Thanks goodness…..6′ under awaits him……Time is Not on his side…..New Heart, New Blood, Etc…….The man is in his 70s…when he goes, The US political discourse would greatly improve once more.

  24. 78 Nena20409
    March 2, 2015 at 1:49 pm

  25. March 2, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    • 80 Don
      March 2, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      This guy is deliciously stupid; he’s going to be done in by some outrageously expensive throw rug, much like Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. that was done in by equally expensive cashmere capes.

  26. 81 Nena20409
    March 2, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Then this happened…..

      March 2, 2015 at 3:05 pm


  27. March 2, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    So troubled souls out there…

  28. 85 Nena20409
    March 2, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Going Loco?

    Mr. Spock with his Brain capacity and Logic…….A Dem is More Logical 😉

  29. March 2, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Our spectacular Ambassador Power delivers ….

    Urge you to read every word of it.

  30. March 2, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    • 95 Don
      March 2, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Good luck Wisconsin, you voted this guy into office and then you failed to recall him and now he’s about to show you the baby.

      • 96 donna dem 4 obama
        March 2, 2015 at 2:58 pm

        Indeed he is Don. For the very reasons that you stated here is why the Koch Brothers think he can win in 2016. He will have the full weight of their money and political power behind him for this election. It will be very interesting to see him and Bush duke it out for the nomination.

    • March 2, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      Probably a lot of these people “work” in Minnesota where wages are better. I met this guy who lived in WI but worked in Minnesota and made good money. I sized him up as being a rethuglican because he said he likes living in WI but will probably move to MN when his kid begins school. This is what rethuglicans do, they muck-up their state then move to one that is run better by Democrats then vote “R” to muck up things there.

      • 98 Nena20409
        March 2, 2015 at 5:09 pm

        True some do.
        MN is 5M plus so is Wisconsin with 5M plus in population. MN has a few thousands more.

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  33. 101 Don
    March 2, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    In the final hours before Netanyahu is to give his speech to congress, President Obama is the only person in Washington not wanting to get dragged by Israel into a nuclear war with Iran.

  34. March 2, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    That was smart, wasn’t it?

  35. March 2, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    So true, whether you find a kabuki too long to watch…

  36. March 2, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    His petty vengeance against the President, AG Holder, or perhaps both…

  37. March 2, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Now, the minor clown car has started to fill up as well…

  38. March 2, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    I’ll give him life for this stunt. In this day and age, no foolish act like this one can be taken lightly.

    • 111 Nena20409
      March 2, 2015 at 5:13 pm

      In 2001 or 2001…..a 15yrs old stole a small plane and ran it in to a building in FL…..killing himself and injuring one or two.
      Then in TX, another guy did the same thing at a TX IRS building killing himself and another and injuring a handful…..in 2009, I think.

  39. March 2, 2015 at 2:33 pm

  40. March 2, 2015 at 2:34 pm

  41. March 2, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      March 2, 2015 at 2:56 pm


      • 118 0388jojothecat
        March 2, 2015 at 4:52 pm

        Sue this is another part of the Bible the GOP would rather NOT follow since it does not play into what they want. The GOP does not want to follow 99% of what Jesus Christ says about the poor, money, and treatment of each other. They only pick the parts of the Bible that they interpret that will hurt people.

  42. 119 jacquelineoboomer
    March 2, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Something that shall never entice
    Are wintry trees laden with ice
    Keep your lovely wintry scene
    I’ll hang on for leaves of green.

    The end.

    Hi, Chips and TODville!

  43. March 2, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    • 124 donna dem 4 obama
      March 2, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      I couldn’t be any more sick of these winter storms and I am not even in Boston or Chicago.

      I’ll remind those who complain when its hot in the summer of these days!!!

      • 125 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        March 2, 2015 at 2:59 pm


  44. March 2, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    That should be a slogan.

  45. March 2, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    I don’t know if GoB will bring this here but I wanted to be sure that we all keep her in our very best thoughts and prayers for healing:

  46. March 2, 2015 at 3:02 pm

  47. 138 Linda
    March 2, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I just got off the phone with Leader Pelosi’s office about Tulsi Gabbard. I also spoke to my Dem Reps office. Both suggested I send the video to Leader Pelosi…which I just did.

    Both office were not surprised about what she has been doing , she has made 8 appearances on cable news in the past three weeks, but did not know she has been meeting with Barrasso, Graham and Rick Santorum to plot a PR campaign against President Obama.

    Well… now they know and they have the video…..

  48. March 2, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    This will no doubt be very, very powerful:

  49. March 2, 2015 at 3:07 pm

  50. March 2, 2015 at 3:07 pm


    • March 2, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      …Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had already rejected the notion of a conference.

      Going to conference is debatable in the Senate, meaning the motion can be filibustered. Accordingly, the Senate is scheduled to hold what should be an ill-fated cloture vote Monday evening to limit debate on an agreement to go to conference with the House. If the Senate then returns the papers to the House, it could provide an opening for Democrats to test a seldom-invoked provision of the chamber’s rules.

      Clause four of House Rule XXII (not to be confused with the more-often cited Senate Rule XXII) provides: “When the stage of disagreement has been reached on a bill or resolution with House or Senate amendments, a motion to dispose of any amendment shall be privileged.”

      As the Congressional Research Service explains, “A chamber enters the stage of disagreement by formally agreeing to a motion or a unanimous consent request that it disagrees to the position of the other chamber, or that it insists on its own position.”

      In other words, any House lawmaker, arguing that a conference scenario is moot and won’t be resolved before the clock runs out on the current extension of DHS funding, could take to the floor and move that the House recedes from its previous position and concurs in the Senate amendment.

      Because such a motion is “privileged” that would then trigger a vote on sending the Senate-amended full year Homeland Security appropriations bill to Obama’s desk without any of those riders designed to block his executive actions on immigration.

    • 150 Linda
      March 2, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Little Luke Russert was just explaining it.

  51. March 2, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Her moral duty was to notify authority immediately.

  52. March 2, 2015 at 3:14 pm

  53. March 2, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Got me to laugh.

    • 154 Linda
      March 2, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      I did not know ” traditional marriage ” was ok with adultery ……geesh and now I am to old to take advantage ….damn.!

  54. 155 57andfemale
    March 2, 2015 at 3:17 pm

  55. March 2, 2015 at 3:18 pm

  56. March 2, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Could only be Tamir or Obama!

  57. March 2, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Congressman Sherman Condemns Vulgar New York Times Ad and Withdraws from Event
    Mar 2, 2015
    Press Release

    Washington, DC – Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) withdrew from Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s roundtable discussion event “The Meaning of Never Again: Preventing a Nuclear Iran,” following a distasteful advertisement placed in the New York Times showing National Security Advisor Susan Rice and a pile of skulls.

    The bottom of the advertisement invited the public to a “bipartisan” forum today in the Dirksen Senate Office Building which was to feature “a Noble Laureate, a Senator, and a Congressman [Sherman].”

    “Since 1998, I have taken advantage of every opportunity to urge the toughest sanctions on Iran, including nearly twenty presentations at AIPAC policy conferences,” said Congressman Sherman. “I cannot appear at a forum which was advertised using an unwarranted incendiary personal attack. I will be working with Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, and others, to create appropriate forums to focus on the danger posed by Iran.”

    “Nothing has done as much to unify the Jewish community, and nothing has done so much to bring the Jewish community in agreement with the Obama administration, as this ad,” said Congressman Sherman. “Everyone is unified in rejecting this abhorrent ad: J Street and AIPAC, the Obama Administration and Prime Minister Netanyahu, and the leading organizations in the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Jewish communities all agree — this ad is harmful distraction from efforts to combat Iran’s nuclear program.”

    “I have the utmost respect and admiration for Professor Wiesel, and his advocacy in remembering the Holocaust and supporting the state of Israel have been instrumental. Senator Cruz and I both share concerns about a nuclear Iran. I am saddened that this advertisement has preempted what could have been a productive conversation.”

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