Hello, Camp David!


President Barack Obama walks towards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House prior to his departure to Camp David


Barack Obama, Luca Martinez

President Barack Obama greets Luca Martinez, 4, with a fist-bump

U.S. President Barack Obama greets Luca Martinez, 4, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington before his departure to Camp David

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Obama Departs the White House En Route To Camp David

110 Responses to “Hello, Camp David!”

  1. 1 globalcitizenlinda
    May 2, 2015 at 5:06 pm


  2. 6 GGail
    May 2, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    POTUS is looking pretty happy πŸ™‚

  3. 8 idon
    May 2, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Oh my beautiful pictures. PBO is so awesome. but what’s really awesome is that a four year old understood is that a balled fist is not an inivitation to a fight but a friendly warm greeting between us humans of all ages.

  4. 9 GGail
    May 2, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Thanks NW for the pics of PBO πŸ™‚

  5. May 2, 2015 at 5:15 pm

  6. 13 globalcitizenlinda
    May 2, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Oops, hell

  7. May 2, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Would you rather be at the Kentucky Derby

    ..or in Vegas at the Pac-man/Mayweather fight

    • 15 Nerdy Wonka
      May 2, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      At this point in time, hands down the Mayweather v Pacquiao fight.

      What channel is the fight being aired and is it still at 11PM ET?

    • 27 jacquelineoboomer
      May 2, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      My sisters and I always watch the Kentucky Derby, because My Old Kentucky Home (the opening music and state song) was one of our mother’s favorites – I can still see her in my heart, enjoying it in her rocking chair!

      That was my Kentucky Derby sports analysis for today. πŸ™‚


      I looked up the lyrics – the song was composed in 1852 and the lyrics rewritten in 1986, because, of course, the “nostalgia” wasn’t so nostalgic for many Kentucky citizens:
      “My Old Kentucky Home” became the official state song of Kentucky on March 19, 1928, by an act of the Kentucky legislature. In 1986, Japanese students visiting the Kentucky General Assembly sang the song as a gesture of respect, but Carl Hines (D-Louisville), the only black state representative at the time, was quoted as saying that the lyrics “convey connotations of racial discrimination that are not acceptable.” Within days, Hines sponsored House Resolution 159, which revised the lyrics to amend the word “darkies” to “people” at all official state functions involving the performance of the song … Foster’s composition is the official song of the Kentucky Derby.

      Good thing one rep came along more than 130 years later, to amend the lyrics. Unreal.


  8. 32 Nerdy Wonka
    May 2, 2015 at 5:23 pm

  9. 33 globalcitizenlinda
    May 2, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    NW, thanks for the PBO photos. Just timely for my soul

  10. May 2, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Congrats gclinda πŸ™‚

    Delightful set of photos, NW. Thank you!!

    Hope all of you who haven’t already, read spandan’s latest #TPP essay …


    bbl …..

    • 36 Nerdy Wonka
      May 2, 2015 at 6:15 pm


    • May 2, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      I have posted and reposted Spandan’s excellent articles and it makes not a blind bit of difference to the people who have made up their minds like concrete. The next time I see one of those articles about how conservatives and liberals think differently, I’m going to laugh myself sick, and then smack something. Or some one. However, I’m glad to add this article to my armoury of facts-that-can-be-ignored. Grrrrr!

      • May 2, 2015 at 11:52 pm

        “I have posted and reposted Spandan’s excellent articles and it makes not a blind bit of difference to the people who have made up their minds like concrete.”

        You know what Mary, I’ve encountered the same response including, sadly, my nephew who is a law professor and a strong supporter of Elizabeth Warren. He keeps insisting that TPP has been negotiated in secret by corporations.

    May 2, 2015 at 5:32 pm


  12. 40 jacquelineoboomer
    May 2, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    So, that’s where he was goin’ on that helicopter! Have a good one, Mr. President!

    Just saw this gentleman – an FM-radio host from Baltimore – on CNN and he seems to really know what’s up in the community, and is glad to speak up: ‏@marcsteiner

    I like to hear what the locals are reporting, too – the ones who know the city.

  13. 41 jacquelineoboomer
    May 2, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    CNN interviewed Robert Valentine of Baltimore, a 72-year-old Vietnam Veteran, who says he’s bringing some of his buddy vets back later … and was one of the elders standing in the streets Monday night and beyond, telling some of the youthful protesters to stop getting off track in the peaceful protest. The host asked how will it be different in future than in the past. He said, “I’ll be in the streets. I’ll be walking.” Obviously, he said more – he has a real proven message for Baltimore’s youth (as in: “Learn more, be more”) – but he’s IN.

    If I can find a clip, I’ll bring it here.

    • 42 jacquelineoboomer
      May 2, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      Mr. Valentine was a lot calmer today, with a calm message – seems like he realized he has to pace himself because it’s gonna be a long haul – but basically the same as he started out on the streets of Baltimore on Monday:

      • 43 GGail
        May 2, 2015 at 5:57 pm

        Thanks J’OB. Good for Mr. Valentine for taking this stance. I hope the community appreciates what he is trying to do and heed his advice.

        • 44 jacquelineoboomer
          May 2, 2015 at 5:59 pm

          Yes. He also mentioned something that the young people need to look up the history of protests in Baltimore, etc., and “go to the library, look it up on the computer,” – learn more. One thing he knows: this is a major teachable moment. Not just for the youth of Baltimore, whom he’s concerned with most, but for our entire country aka America’s “ship of fools.”

        • 45 jacquelineoboomer
          May 2, 2015 at 6:01 pm

          I added the “ship of fools” part – don’t want to look like I was quoting him.

    May 2, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    ENJOY EVERY MOMENT MY ENERGIZER PRESIDENT………………:))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))…BLESSINGS EVERYONE!

  15. 48 GGail
    May 2, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Here’s Kate’s 3 week old baby Kipenzi as she is introduced to the public at the Dallas Zoo. There are some beautiful pictures here. She has grown so tall already.

  16. May 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks a trazillion Nerdy, PBO is looking rather excellent. As for football – the topic is now banned at TOD.

    • 50 jacquelineoboomer
      May 2, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      As you wish, cupcake.

      • May 2, 2015 at 6:03 pm

        πŸ™‚ I have a sinking feeling Nerdy, LL and unohoo will ignore this new ban.

        Helloooooooo Jacqueline!!

        • 52 GGail
          May 2, 2015 at 6:08 pm

          So I am excused from watching anymore?

          • May 2, 2015 at 6:13 pm

            Yes you are, GGail – and I am joining you. From now on, I’m spending my weekends reading books, that way they won’t be RUINED.

            • 54 GGail
              May 2, 2015 at 6:27 pm


            • 55 vcprezofan2
              May 2, 2015 at 8:50 pm

              Do you ever read Maeve Binchy? I ‘rediscovered’ her lately and have been collecting and reading her book – have read over 15 of them in the last two months. Keeps me out of trouble (and offline).

              • May 2, 2015 at 8:55 pm

                I haven’t for years VC, but always adored her, she was the sweetest, loveliest, kindest, funniest woman. And an absolute liberal – which made the fact that her brother was/is one of Ireland’s most batshit crazy conservatives a hoot. How does one family produce two kids like that? πŸ™‚

                Have you ever heard her tell this story, it’s hilarious:

                • 57 vcprezofan2
                  May 2, 2015 at 9:11 pm

                  Thank you, you dahhling! I had never heard her before.

                  Like you I hadn’t read her in years but I tend to keep all the books that I read and liked, so not too long ago when I was feeling restless I pulled a handful from the shelf and reread them. Since then I’ve acquired quite a few more and have been keeping myself entertained. It’s been great fun!

                • 58 a4alice
                  May 3, 2015 at 8:43 am

                  omg i’m dyin. I gotta read this lady’s writing. thanks you two! πŸ™‚

        • 60 jacquelineoboomer
          May 2, 2015 at 6:16 pm

          Yes, good luck with that. Hello, Chips!

    • 61 Nerdy Wonka
      May 2, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      Hmmm…..would it be because Man United is hilariously CRAP?

  17. 63 Nena20409
    May 2, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Hello TOD.
    I hope this posts.
    Chrome problem for nearly 24 hrs. My really 1st Chrome problem trying to login at TOD.

  18. 64 Nena20409
    May 2, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Hail Mary, full of Grace, it worked.
    I used Bing as my Browser.
    I also will try to Login using FoxFire sometime too.
    Brilliant Post NW. Thank you.
    My Congratulations to the Au ⭐ winners, starting with this post and 4 posts back.
    Hello TOD.

    • 65 jacquelineoboomer
      May 2, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      Hello, Nena. Glad it worked!

    • May 2, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      Sorry you were having trouble commenting Nena, it’s a pain in the ass!

      • 68 Nena20409
        May 2, 2015 at 6:28 pm

        Hello, Hello, Hello, Lady Chips πŸ™‚
        You don’t know how irate I was for the last 24 hours. TOD is my Drug, my Web Salvation and my Pacifier…… πŸ˜‰
        One of my Siblings suggested I dump Chrome and try another Browser. I finally did for my addiction at TOD must be fixed πŸ™‚

        • May 2, 2015 at 6:52 pm

          πŸ™‚ It just seems every browser has issues at some time or another with WordPress, I just use Firefox but that can be glitchy too.

  19. 70 Nena20409
    May 2, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Now, I am trying FoxFire.
    I hope it works.

  20. May 2, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    For all fans of ‘Coming to America’ with Eddie Murphy & Arsenio Hall:

  21. 74 MightyPamela
    May 2, 2015 at 6:40 pm

  22. 76 Nena20409
    May 2, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Trying to post a Tweet.

  23. 77 jacquelineoboomer
    May 2, 2015 at 6:53 pm

  24. 78 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 2, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Why does anyone need 59 guns???

  25. 79 Nena20409
    May 2, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    American Pharaoh wins at the Kentucky Derby.

  26. 80 arapaho415
    May 2, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    GE TODville.

    Agree with GCL that PBO looks so happy, he’s walking on air!

    Mentioned earlier that IIRC, this is the first time during PBO’s Presidency that no (perceived) crisis is looming on the horizon to interrupt the First Family’s enjoyment of this perk of being POTUS. Hope they truly relax, have fun and enjoy the bounty of Spring in the Maryland mountains. πŸ™‚

    From the pool report:
    “POTUS left the White House from the Diplomatic entrance, first walking toward the helicopter but deβ€Žtouring upon sight of Luca Martinez, age 4, son of AP photographer Pablo Martinez Monsivais, who was sitting among the press corps.

    POTUS came over to young Luca, sporting safety glasses and superhero sleeves, and put out his fist. Luca complied with the fist bump, and POTUS blew it up, as the kids say.

    Luca later nodded in agreement that this was a cool experience.”

  27. May 2, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    From 2012 http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/5467-gays-slam-homophobic-pacquiao

    “Training in Los Angeles for his upcoming fight against Timothy Bradley, Pacquiao was scheduled to sit down for an interview Wednesday with “Extra” host Mario Lopez at the Grove, LA’s legendary shopping mall where celebrities and tourists mingle in overpriced shops, restaurants and movie theaters. But that interview won’t take place now, at least not at the outdoor mall. LA Weekly’s Simone Wilson reports Pacquiao has been outlawed by the commercial center for his over-the-top anti-gay statements this week. While quoting Bible verses, the boxing star didn’t just say he was against the homosexual lifestyle, Pacquiao stunningly divulged gay men should be “put to death” for their sexual crimes.”

  28. 83 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 2, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    • 84 99ts
      May 2, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      A report trying to show that the police are doing everything to find out the truth – hahahaha – I’ll stay with Ms Mosby’s investigation. This one will simply be used for the defense of the six.

  29. May 2, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ …this is better than the world cup predicting octopus

  30. 91 vcprezofan2
    May 2, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    I’m baaaack! πŸ˜€

    *ahem* Dearest Chips and NerdyW! *ahem -ahem* *cough-cough* swallow*

    Would you **consider** substituting the picture from the top, or from the bottom, of THIS post as our new masthead picture? Pres O’s head is in the right direction looking at me … each of us, and he’s sooo happy and cool . Plus I…. er…. I mean…we all ❀ ❀ ❀ his more mature look. What say you?


    Take your pick.

  31. May 2, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Have had a bunch of folks asking questions about the Mayweather issue. Here’s what happened: After asking tough questions of Floyd Mayweather on my program, I was not offered press credentials to cover tonight’s fight. In an email dated April 23, I was told I would only be credentialed for the run-up events through the week, but in bold, italic letters the email stated “you do not have any access Saturday to any services or events.” A CNN producer revisited the issue with the Mayweather camp on April 29, confirming to Mayweather’s publicist that I would be in Las Vegas, and the publicist replied that I would still be denied a fight night credential. I was told the same thing when I arrived at the credential office in person on May 1, by two separate officials, in front of several other people. It doesn’t surprise me that now, after facing significant backlash, the Mayweather camp has reversed its position. But despite this, and other outside parties generously offering me their seats, I will not attend the fight. I will also not let fear of retaliation prevent me from asking the tough questions the public deserves answers to in the future.

  32. 101 vcprezofan2
    May 2, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Worrisome question(directed primarily to anyone with concrete knowledge in this area) – Isn’t giving brandy to a child to help him/her sleep unsafe?

    • 102 99ts
      May 2, 2015 at 8:38 pm

      In older times it used to be gin – hence why it is called “mother’s milk”. I have no medical clue vc but would refrain from giving any alcohol to a child – I might add that some of the solutions to babes with reflux when my babe was young were little more than sleeping syrup (most no longer available)

      • 103 vcprezofan2
        May 2, 2015 at 8:43 pm

        It’s not me, TS. Just discovered today that a relative gives her daughter brandy to help her fall asleep, and was so shocked that I didn’t know what to say. As far as I know this child doesn’t have reflux or anything of this nature – she simply is awake a lot at nights.

        • May 2, 2015 at 8:44 pm

          I give Danny a bottle of brandy every night and he sleeps like a baby 😎

        • 106 99ts
          May 2, 2015 at 10:32 pm

          Sorry – I reread and realised you wanted an informed reply – which mine was not. I would be shocked as well – but I can almost understand if someone is at the end of their tether and hasn’t had a good night’s sleep for a long time. Relatives of mine went through all sorts of trials with suggestions from doctors, relatives, “sleeping groups”, nurses etc etc all giving ideas and 2 years on still have a babe that doesn’t sleep. My suggestion was ear plugs.

          • 107 vcprezofan2
            May 2, 2015 at 10:59 pm

            No need to be sorry – you gave me an answer instead of leaving me hanging. πŸ˜‰ TY

  33. May 2, 2015 at 8:34 pm

  34. 109 MightyPamela
    May 2, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    I am seeing what you’ve done. I like it. A lot!! ❀

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