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  1. 3 jackiegrumbacher
    May 30, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Totally love the photo. Bo seems to be deciding whether he likes all the attention going to the newcomer.

  2. 5 taiping1
    May 30, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Congrats on first, Don. Any photo with the Obamas and Bo and Sunny is a great photo! The only friends you have in Washington are your dogs!

  3. 6 Nena20409
    May 30, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Glorious Afternoon from the 15,000 Lakes State 🙂 It is Gorgeous in MN, Simply Perfection……Weather-wise 😉
    Hello TOD 🙂
    Wow……Don has the 1st Gold ⭐ also, so does Lady Proprietor, herself, Chipsticks has the Golden ⭐ Always 😎
    Now back to catching up.

  4. 7 Nena20409
    May 30, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Lovely 1st Family:
    Pres Obama 🙂
    Mrs Obama 🙂
    Bo Obama 😉
    Sunny Obama 😉
    ❤ ❤ ❤

  5. May 30, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Wittosky Timeless Greeen Jasmine.

  6. 9 vcprezofan2
    May 30, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    /muttering to self – Wonder if congratulating Don will trigger one of his modesty speeches? Won’t risk it./

    • 10 Don
      May 30, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      Sometimes I yearn to taste the trappings of the ordinary, to roll around in mediocrity. To breathe in the aroma that emanates from being in second or third place. I would like to experience these things, not to ridicule, but to know that these places actually exist.

  7. May 30, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    I’m at work. I’m watching #FACupFinal. I love my job.

  8. 14 No Child Left Behind
    May 30, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Peeping to say Good Afternoon TODVille.

    I don’t want to offend the gods!

  9. May 30, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Bo always looks eternally bemused with Sunny.

  10. May 30, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Congrats Don!! 🙂

    President Poroshenko pokes Vlad in the eye ….

  11. 25 JER
    May 30, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    President Obama is golfing at TPC Potomac.

  12. May 30, 2015 at 12:43 pm

  13. 28 Judith Fardig
    May 30, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Yay Don!

  14. 29 Nena20409
    May 30, 2015 at 12:56 pm

  15. 30 Nena20409
    May 30, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    • 31 GGail
      May 30, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      I’m sorry I missed BB’s funeral. I hope it will be posted somewhere for later viewing.

  16. May 30, 2015 at 1:09 pm


    Hastert Passed Law That Led to His Indictment http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/28/dennis-hastert-patriot-act_n_7465780.html

    “On Oct. 24, 2001, then-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) shepherded the Patriot Act through the House of Representatives… Little did Hastert know at the time that the law he helped pass would give federal law enforcement the tools to indict him on charges of violating banking-related reporting requirements more than a decade later.”

    • May 30, 2015 at 1:17 pm

  17. May 30, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    I love our first family. They not only make me happy but I just enjoy seeing the way they live their lives with grace and love and humor. Every day they are in the White House is a great day.

  18. May 30, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    😀 😀 😀

    Level Of Name Recognition: Slightly above yours
    Campaign Slogan: “A vote for me is a vote for Martin O’Malley”
    Age: Able to portray anything from youthful idealist to time-tested political veteran
    Religion: Catholic, but not the Rick Santorum kind
    Goal: To defeat Bernie Sanders
    Plan For Middle Class: Put pictures of them on his website
    Children: Stage Center Left and Stage Center Right
    Campaign Strategy: Data-based approach to never getting within 25 points of lead
    Handshake Style: Firm double pump with slide release
    Views On Capital Punishment: Polling well but worth keeping eye on
    Sometimes Puts On A Pantsuit And Makeup And Pretends He’s Hillary Clinton: Who’s to say?

    • 36 Don
      May 30, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Campaign Strategy: Data-based approach to never getting within 25 points of lead.

      I love it!

    • 38 vcprezofan2
      May 30, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      Thinking as I read this, ‘I don’t know….I don’t think I want to collude with the media making fun of our candidates – we have so few. I vote to let them falter on their own without media clowns working subtly and not so subtly to push them out of the way.’

      • 39 jacquelineoboomer
        May 30, 2015 at 3:37 pm

        In the case of the second tweet, it was The Onion, so they do it for all and I’m good with that part!

        • 40 vcprezofan2
          May 30, 2015 at 3:43 pm

          Yea, I knew it was the onion going in, JO’B. Truth is, it was okay when I started to read, but by the time I got to about the half-way point I started feeling a bit resentful (and I’m no longer a MO’M fan), thinking if we ridicule everyone mercilessly as soon as they get out of the gate aren’t we joining in the unchallenged coronation of HRC?

          • 41 jacquelineoboomer
            May 30, 2015 at 3:48 pm

            I definitely agree you have a point, overall. And I’ll come out swinging if my boy Joe gets slammed! But I’m thinking VP Cool will laugh it off. 🙂

            How are you otherwise today? We’ve got cloudy and rain so …

            • 42 vcprezofan2
              May 30, 2015 at 3:51 pm

              Extremely overcast, rain on and off, and I’m told we’re under a thunderstorm ‘watch’. So far I’ve lost internet connection once, so am crossing my fingers for the rest of the afternoon/evening. Since I have no plans to go anywhere I really am not minding the rain – just wishing it doesn’t get any more intense.

              • 43 jacquelineoboomer
                May 30, 2015 at 4:15 pm

                Good luck with your weather. Hope you don’t lose your Internet connection again! Yuck!

                • 44 vcprezofan2
                  May 30, 2015 at 4:18 pm

                  Thanks, J-O! 😀 With you and I hoping in unison, the weather gods or the internet connection gods ought to take heed.

      • May 30, 2015 at 4:10 pm

        “The Onion” is a pure satire site, VC 🙂 furthest thing from ‘media’…closest comparison would be the Borowitz report 😀

        McCain Urges Military Strikes Against FIFA http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/mccain-urges-military-strikes-against-fifa

        • 46 vcprezofan2
          May 30, 2015 at 4:16 pm

          I know. I know, LPlains. I know that for both of these sites. I was simply sharing how I felt despite *know*ing this. It was my moment of righteousness, I guess – a moment when I, out of the blue I admit, considered that I don’t want to be party to ridiculing ALL aspects of each potential Dem candidate when not too long ago I was begging for a few to step forward.

    • 49 MightyPamela
      May 30, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      Spiro T – who of us in Maryland was not beyond mortified at this jackass?? But, I have a Spiro T. Agnew watch: the hands are clad in Mickey Mouse gloves, and race around the face of the watch backwards when you wind it up, runs for about 15 seconds, then stops cold! It has no numerals, only his ugly mug on it. Probably worth a fortune, I should offer it online to the highest bidder. Starting at US$10K. Any takers here? AMK??

  19. May 30, 2015 at 1:18 pm

  20. May 30, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Watching Serena’s match…during commercials I’m watching WCW Softball and Men’s Baseball regionals…

  21. 55 JER
    May 30, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Good Afternoon everybody.

  22. 56 desertflower
    May 30, 2015 at 1:46 pm

  23. May 30, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    The Justice Department’s proposal “would be great, a lot of it is stuff we’ve had to fight election by election, county by county to get in the past,” said Greg Lembrich, a legal adviser to Four Directions, a nonprofit civil rights group that has filed numerous voting rights lawsuits in those states over the last decade. He called the prospect of Congress taking up the DOJ’s legislation “a dream come true for voting rights advocates.”

  24. May 30, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    • May 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      Although this is who America is….This is not what we want America can be…but America has always been the land of high ideals with major contradictions….but despite it all we still strive to move FOWARD and as the President says form a More Perfect Union..

  25. 61 Nena20409
    May 30, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    93 yrs ago today.

  26. May 30, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    OMG! This is hilarious 😀

  27. May 30, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    My missus this morning: Don’t go into work.

    Me: I can’t leave Chuck alone. I may have no library to return to Monday.

  28. 65 yardarm756
    May 30, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    You’ve never seen a clock like this one……….


  29. May 30, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Serena just took the second set.

  30. May 30, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    this went through an entire food chain of executives and nobody said..



    The Hunger Games: New CBS reality show exploits poor families by making them grovel for $101,000
    30 MAY 2015 AT 09:59 ET

    As if to prove there are new depths to be plumbed in the world of reality television (because who knew?), CBS just debuted The Briefcase, a show which takes poverty porn, class anxiety, emotional manipulation and exploitation and packages them all neatly into a pretty despicable hour of primetime television. Kicking off each episode with the question, “What would you do with $101,000?” the show then deep-dives into a competition that asks two unwitting, financially strapped families to choose between two no-win options: being financially solvent yet appearing heartless and greedy, or drowning in debt yet having audiences recognize them as selfless and giving.

    It’s hard to imagine a network executive didn’t get the idea for this show from the “Button, Button” episode of the Twilight Zone. The Briefcase focuses on two “middle-class” families—a questionable but highly American take on the phrase, since both are debt saddled, with one primary breadwinner, and essentially living on the edge of financial ruin. Both are told they’ll be participating in a documentary about money. Instead, a producer from the show unexpectedly comes to their house with a suitcase full of cold, hard cash: $101,000 to be exact. That could be a life-changing – and in the case of families so near the financial cliff, nearly life-saving – sum of money. But this being reality TV, instead of just giving them the cash, there’s a major catch.

    Both families are informed that somewhere out there, there’s another family “who’s also in need,” and are given a choice: “You can keep all of the money, you can keep some of the money, or you can give it all away.” Neither family knows that the other family also has a suitcase full of cash and is debating how much, if any, they’ll share. And since both families were originally told they were merely going to be the subjects of a documentary, neither of them really signed up for this exercise in televised torture.

    What follows, predictably, is a gut-wrenching look at the two families being guilted this way and that over whether to choose charity or financial survival. In the first episode, the Bergins of North Carolina, a family of five—mom, Kim; dad, Drew; and three teenage daughters—are trying to make do on Kim’s salary of $15.50 an hour, since Drew’s ice cream truck business is failing. And in New Hampshire, the Bronsons—featuring dad Dave, an Iraq war vet who lost his leg in combat—are scraping by on the earnings of mom Cara, who works the night shift as a nurse and is pregnant with their second child.


  31. May 30, 2015 at 2:29 pm


    You better believe you open your mouth to apologize real quick if you slammed the door…..


    every morning, Mama would stroll by as you come out of the bathroom, because you can’t dress in your room anymore BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO DOOR.

    ‘ I bet you wish you could take that slam back, don’t ya?”

    and don’t even THINK about asking when the door would return.

  32. 69 hopefruit2
    May 30, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    PHUCK Daily News! Where are their feel-good stories about the TV shows that Travon Martin, Tamir Rice, or Mike Brown enjoyed watching?

    • 70 desertflower
      May 30, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      Holmes was just a “normal guy that snapped” I guess that’s what they’re saying? Making excuses for these mass murders….

  33. 71 No Child Left Behind
    May 30, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Finally figured it out. #RandPaul #Poochie #Posers pic.twitter.com/VvEcinjGAf— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) May 30, 2015

    • 73 jacquelineoboomer
      May 30, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      We’ll see if one day’s change in mood has any staying power with her. I’m not buying it yet.

    • 74 vcprezofan2
      May 30, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      If she has, it’s because she’s gotten some feedback from those Obots she’s encountered in her last couple of ’round tables’. Like JO’B I’m not buying anything …yet. I want to see its staying power too.

  34. May 30, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    I guess the moral of this story is that it’s hard out there for a Libertarian Ho


    … While his rivals cultivate wealthy backers who will pump millions of dollars into their candidacies, Paul has struggled to find a similar lifeline. It’s led to considerable frustration in his campaign, which, amid rising concerns that it will not be able to compete financially, finds itself leaning heavily on the network of small donors who powered his father’s insurgent White House bids.

    It hasn’t been for lack of trying. In recent months, Paul has sought to woo a string of powerful Republican megadonors — from Silicon Valley executives to a Kentucky coal mogul to the billionaire Koch brothers — who, it was believed, would be philosophically aligned with his free-market views. In each case, he met disappointment.

    At the top of the list was Peter Thiel, the eccentric Northern California venture capitalist who funneled $2.6 million to Ron Paul’s presidential campaign. But Thiel is being far less generous this time around, leaving Paul’s crestfallen advisers with the distinct impression that he won’t give them a dime. They’ve been left guessing as to why. One speculated that Thiel, who didn’t respond to requests for comment, was unhappy with the rollout of Paul’s policy platform. Another surmised he was skeptical of Paul’s 2016 prospects or that he’d become tired of political giving and would sit out 2016 entirely.

    There was Sean Parker, the flashy Napster co-founder who was portrayed by Justin Timberlake in the hit 2010 movie “The Social Network.” But Parker, who has known Paul for several years and has met with him to discuss 2016, isn’t expected to endorse Paul — or any Republican candidate, for that matter. Those familiar with Parker’s thinking say he’s most likely to provide financial support to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

    There was Larry Ellison, the former Oracle CEO known for his penchant for megayachts. In October, Ellison hosted a Silicon Valley fundraiser for Senate Republicans that Paul attended — an event that led to speculation that Ellison, whose net worth is said to hover around $54 billion, would get behind the Kentucky Republican. But he’s instead thrown his support to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and will host a fundraiser for him on June 9.

    “It was love at first sight,” one person close to Ellison said of his feelings toward Rubio.

    Not even two months into his presidential campaign, Paul is scrambling to compete with opponents who have established fundraising vehicles underwritten by well-heeled contributors. Jeb Bush has tapped his family’s formidable network of donors, a wide-ranging list of names that includes real estate developer Mel Sembler and Anheuser-Busch distributor John Nau, to fund a super PAC that’s expected to raise an historic $100 million by the end of this month. Rubio has won the backing of Norman Braman, a Miami auto dealer who’s expected to pour anywhere from $10 million to $25 million into his bid. Ted Cruz is expected to receive around $30 million of support from Robert Mercer, a New York hedge fund manager.

    Even Rick Santorum, who barely registers in polls, is expected to have a deep-pocketed benefactor: Foster Friess, a businessman who helped keep Santorum’s 2012 presidential bid alive, has said he will donate again…


  35. May 30, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Serena proving why she is the best….down a break and a set forces a third….down a break in 3rd (1-2) now up 5-2…smh

  36. 84 jacquelineoboomer
    May 30, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Powerful images here, if y’all haven’t seen them.

  37. 85 vcprezofan2
    May 30, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Well, after losing internet connection, here I am again. We are under a thunderstorm watch, and it’s rained off and on today but so far we’ve had only one internet interruption. Hopefully that’ll be it.

  38. May 30, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    ….but despite it all we still strive to move FOWARD and as the President says form a More Perfect Union..

  39. May 30, 2015 at 3:36 pm

  40. May 30, 2015 at 4:04 pm

  41. 91 globalcitizenlinda
    May 30, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    i feel as though campaigning has started very early that many candidates will burn out soon; #StaminaWillBeCrucial

  42. 103 jacquelineoboomer
    May 30, 2015 at 4:31 pm

  43. May 30, 2015 at 4:35 pm

  44. May 30, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Women’s team USA about to kickoff against S.Korea (airing on ESPN news until the Bama/Oregon WCWS game is over on ESPN) Final game before World Cup in Canada starts in a week.

  45. 112 jacquelineoboomer
    May 30, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Love it!

  46. 113 JER
    May 30, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    President Obama is on his way back to the White House.

  47. May 30, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    hello DonnaDem….if you attended O’Malley’s presidential announcement rally today…i would like to hear your thoughts about it.

  48. 115 Nena20409
    May 30, 2015 at 4:57 pm

  49. 116 hopefruit2
    May 30, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Early HEADS UP:

    Summer Olympics 2016 is scheduled for Aug 5-21. During that two-week period I will be riveted to my screen. Thus I may not be posting on TOD, Twitter, or elsewhere as frequently as I normally do. I plan on taking those two weeks off from work, and have informed my close family members accordingly. Over the next several months, I will be informing extended family, friends, acquaintances and coworkers of this development which will transpire in the coming year during the said month.

    • 117 vcprezofan2
      May 30, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      Geez, Hopef, this has taken planning ahead to new heights! I can’t promise you that I’ll remember this. 😀 😀

  50. 120 Nena20409
    May 30, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Just Thrilling 😎 Awesome.

  51. 121 Nena20409
    May 30, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Prayers for the little girl.

  52. 122 jacquelineoboomer
    May 30, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Lis Smith thinks the O’Malley announcement was “the funnest.”

    Okay then.

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