Chat Away

Leaving Andrews for Florida (Sue will be relieved to know he’s not wearing a tie – she was worried about the Gators πŸ™‚ )

137 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 5 misspat
    April 22, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Where is everybody?

  2. April 22, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Congrats MP πŸ™‚

    Good morning TOD

    Important News

    Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Conclusion of Operation Decisive Storm

    The United States welcomes the decision by the Government of Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners to conclude Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen. With this announcement, we look forward to a shift from military operations to the rapid, unconditional resumption of all-party negotiations that allow Yemen to resume an inclusive political transition process as envisioned in the GCC Initiative, the National Dialogue outcomes, and relevant UN Security Council resolutions. We also welcome the United Nations continuing to play a vital role in facilitating the political talks and look forward to the United Nations announcing a location for the talks in the very near future.

    We strongly urge all Yemeni parties, in particular the Houthis and their supporters, to take this opportunity to return to these negotiations as part of the political dialogue. Having bravely and resolutely sought a democratic political transition, the Yemeni people deserve the opportunity to hold a peaceful debate about their new constitution, to participate in a credible and safe constitutional referendum, and to vote in free and fair national elections.

    We commend the commitment of King Salman of Saudi Arabia to provide $274 million in emergency humanitarian relief to Yemen. We also strongly support the commitment of the Government of Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners to facilitate the provision of humanitarian and medical aid to those displaced and injured by the fighting. We look forward to this transition from Operation Decisive Storm significantly increasing the opportunities for international and Yemeni humanitarian organizations to access and deliver assistance to the Yemeni people.

    The United States reiterates the obligation of all nations to abide by the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 2216 that prohibit the supply of arms or other related materiel to key Houthi leaders, as well as former president Ali Abdallah Saleh, his son, and those acting at their direction. The United States will continue to support efforts to build international cooperation to seek to prevent violations of this resolution, including through enhanced maritime monitoring and inspection by international partners.

    At the same time, we will continue to closely monitor terrorist threats posed by al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula and to take action as necessary to disrupt continuing, imminent threats to the United States and our citizens. AQAP and other terrorists have sought to benefit from the deterioration of the political and security situation in Yemen, and we strongly believe it is in the interests of the Yemeni people to unite to confront the shared terrorist threat to their country.

    bbl …

  3. April 22, 2015 at 11:44 am

  4. April 22, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Why have the President remarks been cancel? Do anyone know?

  5. April 22, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Congrats MPamela! If you have the periscope app you can watch Live Interviews with Dept. of Interior. So interesting. They’re at the Everglades now.

  6. 15 GGail
    April 22, 2015 at 11:56 am

    So according to the Google Earth Day Quiz, this is what I am..
    “You’re a woolly mammoth! So unique, you’re technically extinct, but on the bright side scientists hope to be able to clone you some day!”
    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    Take the quiz!

  7. 32 vcprezofan2
    April 22, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Screeeeech! /gasp..made…it….before ..gasp….noon?

    Morning, TODobots! Hope your Earth Day is giving you lots of room to breathe!

  8. April 22, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I always enjoy FLOTUS taking questions from the kids, seem like every kid wanted a hug. I’m so sorry she didn’t have the time.

  9. 43 GGail
    April 22, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    That’s cute that Sue would be concerned about PBO and his necktie πŸ˜€

  10. 44 lockewasright
    April 22, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I have 4 shifts over the next 4 days and then my sabbatical begins. Must.not.assualt.coworkers…

  11. 53 JER
    April 22, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    • 54 vcprezofan2
      April 22, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Though I liked this cartoon I didn’t retweet because I wondered why AstronomyGal is asking @JohnKerry, or PBO, to talk to Scott. Isn’t John, or PBO, busy enough? In a very real sense Scott is more answerable to Florida voters than to either of these men. πŸ™„

      [ πŸ˜€ I think this is one reason why I can’t build up my twitter peeps – I take umbrage at little things like this and then am not comfortable retweeting them – don’t want to perpetuate the subtle message. ]

    • 55 jacquelineoboomer
      April 22, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      Oh I’m so sure Rick Scott had it on his calendar to meet President Obama at the airport today … or maybe not, because it would have been the first time ol’ ugly-to-the-bone Rick was in the presence of GREATNESS, and he probably would have fainted and slipped and fell and been eaten by a hungry alligator.

      Good times.

  12. April 22, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Asking for a friend (OK, Mr. Muscatinegal): Do all of the GOP candidates get Secret Service protection? Is it only after they “declare” or are officially nominated? Another GOP waste of taxpayer money… 😦

    • 58 0388jojothecat
      April 22, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      I think they get ss protection if they start getting death threats. I believe then senator Obama received it during the primary due to death threats.

    • 59 arapaho415
      April 22, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      GM Muscatinegal,

      I don’t know if the rules have changed since 2007, but when then-Senator Obama got USSS protection, it made the news b/c candidates don’t qualify for protection until they secure their party’s nomination (I think that’s when protection begins). Unfortunately, then-Senator Obama received USSS protection because of the numerous threats against him and his family. 😦

      HRC had a detail b/c of her former-FLOTUS status — I think President’s families are protected for 10 years after leaving office.

      • 60 Linda
        April 22, 2015 at 12:36 pm

        Another Bill Clinton mess up.

        He changed it to 10 years and 6 months for VP

        PBO changed it back to lifetime for Presidents and their families.

      • 61 Nena20409
        April 22, 2015 at 1:09 pm

        Yes……it was so. During Clinton, Congress changed the SS protection rules……it was to start with the next POTUS. After 9-11 and after Pres Obama was elected, sworn in, sometime in the 1st term, Congress changed back the rules to life time protection by the SS for POTUS and his Wife for life time.
        GW Bush was restored……WHY?………Terrorism.

  13. 62 JER
    April 22, 2015 at 12:14 pm

  14. April 22, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    πŸ˜† …although he plays for our arch rival the Texans

    The ‘Honey Badger’ reminded us of an important “on this day” ….I will never forgive the W, Rove & Rummy for trying to cover this up.

    • 64 arapaho415
      April 22, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      GM LP,

      Such a sad anniversary — those GWB/Cheney/Rumsfeld years were such a nightmare — could not believe that we went to war in Iraq (!) while not providing the “shock and awe” at Tora-Bora.

      Rest in peace, Pat Tillman. 😦

      • April 22, 2015 at 12:44 pm

        GM, Arapaho! Yeah, everyone in the media conviently forgets we moved ~70% of our assests from Afghanistan to fight GWB’s payback for daddy. God knows where we would be if we would have originally stayed and finished off the actual threat to the U.S. at the time.

        • 66 arapaho415
          April 22, 2015 at 1:29 pm


          As usual, a step or two behind everyone else here at TOD, but wanted to thank you for posting those clips from Oberlin and King College Prep on yesterday’s overnight thread.

          Looked up King College Prep on Wikipedia, and sadly it says “Hadiya Pendleton was a 15-year-old majorette in King’s marching band who was fatally shot in the back in Chicago on January 29, 2013, about a week after performing at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.”

          Didn’t connect the dots before reading Wikipedia — @FLOTUS commencement address might be a bit poignant for this school, but glad to see them once again in the spotlight, for all the right reasons now.

    • 68 GGail
      April 22, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      Full disclosure – I had to look up this Caroline Woz person 😯

    • 69 Nena20409
      April 22, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      May he continues to RIP

  15. 70 JER
    April 22, 2015 at 12:26 pm

  16. 75 JER
    April 22, 2015 at 12:27 pm

  17. 88 vcprezofan2
    April 22, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Don’t look now, but it’s hailing outside my window! 😯 The balls are very tiny but, really Mr/Ms Weather God, April is almost over!!!!

    • 89 GGail
      April 22, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      Sending it FedEx out here to us – STAT!

      • 90 vcprezofan2
        April 22, 2015 at 1:58 pm

        I wish I could have. It didn’t last long but I was offended by the very idea of it!

        • 91 GGail
          April 22, 2015 at 2:16 pm

          VC, I can see you stomping your foot to make it go away πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

          • 92 vcprezofan2
            April 22, 2015 at 2:20 pm

            Ah no – that would require more energy than I care to expend. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ And, I spoke too soon earlier. We’ve had a couple of heavier downfalls since but they are sporadic – make a lot of noise, cover the portion of the roof and grass I can see, then disappear. Repeat a few minutes later. πŸ™„

  18. 93 57andfemale
    April 22, 2015 at 12:56 pm

  19. 100 JER
    April 22, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    • 101 GGail
      April 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      Uh Oh, I see another umbrella issue about to arise…

    • 102 MightyPamela
      April 22, 2015 at 1:40 pm

      Secretary Jewell is from Seattle, a little Florida rain would seem like a pleasant shower, with all your clothes on! Clothes are easy to change, or else they just dry in place!

  20. 103 JER
    April 22, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    The President arrives MIA. Click here β–Ί β–Ί http://cbs12.com/news/features/live-events/popOut.shtml

  21. April 22, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    • 109 Nena20409
      April 22, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      That is the ONLY way…..if effective…..to start the move to get back state house and Congressional Seats OH, MI, PA, WI, NV, NC…….these states where Dem Registration outnumber GOPers.
      TX, FL, KY, WVa, AK and VA are states where Dems should win always just with strong Dem Organization. GA and MS where if Dems were to invest every two years, winning the hearts and minds would benefit the Nation greatly. Showing up matters, Dems.

  22. 113 Dakota
    April 22, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Good Southwest Morning TOD Family and a Happy Earth Day to one and all!

    The NAACP adopted a median here and today some of us will go to do maintenance. Not much to do, but will plant some colorful, drought resistant flowers.

    Advice Needed: I have to attend a birthday party on Saturday so I’ll be Tvo’ing the Correspondent’s Dinner. Which would y’all recommend is best for the coverage? I usually watch Cspan, but I also will switch around. Thanks!

    • 114 GGail
      April 22, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      Hiya Dakota, I’m glad I don’t have to make that choice, cuz I would skip the b’day party or take my laptop with me to the party. But don’t let my bad decision making choices influence you in any way πŸ™‚

      • 115 Dakota
        April 22, 2015 at 1:54 pm

        Hey Gail! I WISH I could get out of this, but there’s just no way I can. It’s a birthday party for our great friend from Cameroon and while there may be some discussion of African politics and a slim chance the correspondent’s dinner will be on, it will be mostly eating, drinking and dancing. Love African parties, but hate this conflict. Now, what station would you recommend? LOL!

  23. 120 57andfemale
    April 22, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    So the contractors of various types including the new furnace who have been in my house off and on since February are apparently now completely done. The picky jerk appraiser from HUD said it looked like a new house, and apologized for putting us through so much work (ya think? Mr. 57 is 75 years old for God’s sake! Why do you think we want a reverse mortgage?!?) We should be closing within the week. Wish us well, TOD family. We’ve been through hell.

    And Mr. 57 comes up with the bright idea that now would be a good time to replace our water pipes. Which means moving everything yet again in the basement and tearing down the ceiling that we just repaired, patched and painted.

    a……. NO…………

  24. 123 57andfemale
    April 22, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Wow. Keep talking, Jeb.

  25. 124 MightyPamela
    April 22, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Bah. Couldn’t open without joining Mashable. HOWEVER: http://worldhistoryproject.org/quizzes/earth_day
    MP happens to be An Antiquarian. Fantastic job. Close to perfect. That performance was one for the history books. I thought I stank 18/25, but they are impressed, so, maybe I know a bit about the Earth.

  26. 125 Nena20409
    April 22, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Congrats to all the Au ⭐ winners, starting with this Thread and 4 back.
    Sunny. A tad Chilly. Beautiful in MN.

  27. April 22, 2015 at 1:39 pm

  28. 127 Nena20409
    April 22, 2015 at 1:39 pm


    The WH magic under Pres Obama πŸ˜‰

  29. 128 Nena20409
    April 22, 2015 at 1:40 pm

  30. 129 Nena20409
    April 22, 2015 at 1:41 pm

  31. 130 Nena20409
    April 22, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    The Right want Olbermann gone……they want a Pound of Flesh for the Hideous Rush….fired from ESPN many years ago.

  32. 131 jacquelineoboomer
    April 22, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Happy Earth Day, Mother Earth! We promise to do better!

  33. 132 Nena20409
    April 22, 2015 at 1:47 pm

  34. 133 Vicki
    April 22, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Maybe I am clairvoyant. Carol Rosenberg now reporting that a Pentagon official says that as many as 10 Guantanamo detainees will be gone by June. I guessed this may be in the works on Early Bird Chat.
    I was thinking 20-40, but 10 is good, too.

  35. 135 JER
    April 22, 2015 at 1:55 pm

  36. 136 Nena20409
    April 22, 2015 at 1:57 pm

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