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On This Day: President Obama greets the family of Make-a-Wish child Diego Diaz, not pictured, before their visit to the Oval Office, June 23, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


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President Obama looks out a window in the Oval Office, June 23, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


First lady Michelle Obama does push ups with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South Africa, June 23, 2011

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Dr. Mamphela Ramphele at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, June 23, 2011 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

First Lady Michelle Obama, joined by Marian Robinson, Sasha Obama and Malia Obama, tours the District 6 Museum in Cape Town, South Africa, June 23, 2011 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, June 23, 2011. Joining the First Lady are, from left: the First Lady’s niece Leslie Robinson, Malia Obama, Marian Robinson, the First Lady’s nephew Avery Robinson, and Sasha Obama (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

First Lady Michelle Obama talks with young people at the U.S. Consulate meet and greet at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, June 23, 2011 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)


President Obama walks to lunch at Chipotle restaurant before he attends the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, D.C., June 23, 2014

Pete Souza: “This was a photograph that went viral when we posted it on Flickr. Lawrence Jackson captured a young boy face-planting himself onto the sofa in the Oval Office as the President greets his parents – a departing United States Secret Service agent and his wife.” June 23, 2014

130 Responses to “Chat On”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    June 23, 2015 at 11:47 am


  2. June 23, 2015 at 11:54 am

    • 14 sherijr
      June 23, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      oh that is a good commentary, Alycee, thanks for posting… and I hate HATE Gone with the Wind too… and the confederacy and all it’s sick little symbols.

    • 15 jackiegrumbacher
      June 23, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks for the link, jazziz. Wish every American would read this. ‘Gone with the Wind’ is a disgusting racist screed. There is nothing “romantic” about any of it–just a lot of selfish, thoughtless people with a glorified image of their own self importance.

  3. 16 No Child Left Behind
    June 23, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    President Barack Obama’s trade agenda scored a major victory today when the Senate voted to advance a bill to allow “fast-track” approval of large international trade bills.

    The outcome of this key procedural vote had been in doubt as a group of 14 pro-trade Democrats weighed whether to continue their support of the bill out of concern that a related workers’ assistance package might not pass both chambers.

    But after repeated assurances by GOP congressional leaders that the workers’ assistance measure will be adopted, 13 out of 14 backed the bill. The vote was 60 to 37, the minimum needed to pass.

    A final Senate vote on fast-track could come later today, and it will then head to the President’s desk for his signature.

    • 17 jackiegrumbacher
      June 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      If TPP survives a Senate vote and reaches the President’s desk, I am going to shove the results in the faces of all those local emoprogs who’ve been shouting at me for months. Fools don’t even know what’s in the trade deal, but they have been ready to call our President a traitor for negotiating it.

      • 18 0388jojothecat
        June 23, 2015 at 6:17 pm

        What am I missing….The deal voted on today allows the President to negotiate for the USA TPA (fast track) and without TAA the President can vote it down and there will be NO TPA is that correct?

  4. 19 No Child Left Behind
    June 23, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Good Morning TODville!

  5. 20 Nena20409
    June 23, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    So This happened today? Okay, then…..Moving on.

    Hello TOD. Congrats Amk, FURST is your earned Gold ⭐
    Now back to catching up.

  6. 31 GGail
    June 23, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Good morning Chipsticks, I see you are hopping right along today 🙂

  7. June 23, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    • 35 jackiegrumbacher
      June 23, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      House Dems had a chance to pass TAA and they threw away the opportunity in a fit of pique at the President. More fools they if they now have to struggle to get TAA back on the congressional agenda.

  8. June 23, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Ugh. Waiting for a performer to show up on your Summer Reading Program kickoff day is a librarian’s ultimate squeaky bum time.

  9. June 23, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    We need to get Amazon to join this movement.

  10. 44 donna dem 4 obama
    June 23, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Good Afternoon TOD

    Just a word

    President Obama often says and I notice that FLOTUS has echoed the sentiment in her speeches of late that only when there is an overwhelming public demand and outcry for chance will it force our legislators to act to move this country forward. We were all a witness to this very thing within the last week and saw the power of the people.

    As the public took interest to the fact that a horrid symbol of hate, the Confederate Flag, was still proudly being displayed on the Capitol grounds in SC the country was infuriated. It started as a hashtag and grew to a groundswell forcing the media to take notice. Most Republicans were basically spouting the it’s a symbol of pride and heritage meme. Once they realized that the people of that state and all over the country felt it needed to go then and only then were they all basically on-board to #TakeItDown.

    I am confident that the SC Legislators will change the laws and have that racist symbol removed. It’s just a shame that it took 9 lives to wake that state and the country up to the blatant reality of how the South is still clinging to and pining for the good ole days of yore.

    Taking a flag down doesn’t change the hearts and minds of a racist. It’s up to each of those individuals to look within their dark souls and find the light that is buried deep within them but for those of us who live under the tyranny of racism it’s one symbolic step for humanity.

    • June 23, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      but for those of us who live under the tyranny of racism it’s one symbolic step for humanity


      Amen…and each step helps to bend the arc towards justice…

    • 46 vcprezofan2
      June 23, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      Greetings, GDD!

      “President Obama often says and I notice that FLOTUS has echoed…..only when there is an overwhelming public demand and outcry for chance will it force our legislators to act to move this country forward”

      This is ONE area where I see the Obamas continuing to make a great impact after the 2016 elections, and why I’m not at all sad about their WH stint coming to an end! Somehow I see both/either lighting the fuse under a huge grassroots movement towards a more perfect US union. They have tremendous credibility, and an obvious sincerity that’s been on display for years – not simply during campaign time. In addition to all they have done for the nation to date, I feel (okay,…. am hoping) they will make the WH a prelude to a major education session on how democracy can work. As you noted, PBO often says #wethepeople need to get in on the action, and with him knowing different routes to a desired goal [example, working through mayors etc for wage increases], he will be the perfect, rational, and intelligent leader for this ‘new’ mission. Really, I can hardly wait!

  11. 47 Nena20409
    June 23, 2015 at 12:28 pm

  12. June 23, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Ladies and Gentlemen….an perfect example of obliviousness of his hate!

    I spent a day driving around South Carolina, stopping at any house that had a Confederate flag. http://wpo.st/pt-N0

    Lots of people are trying to put hate into it, but to me it’s a part of my heritage,” said Ron Campbell, 64, who has a Confederate flag planted in his front yard, right in front of a sign that says his home is “protected by loaded guns.”

    “It’s a big tradition,” he said moments later, and he said he wasn’t a hateful guy: He worked with blacks before retiring from a corrugated-box company, and he once had some drinks at a mostly black bar, and he had a couple of black friends back in Florida, “where people don’t hold as much of a grudge.”

    “The only thing that really gets me — black heritage is being pushed hard,” Campbell said. “On the TV news, always one black guy and one white guy. They have Black History Month. Hell, they’ve got it better than I do, a lot of the blacks. Most are smarter than me. I’m just a common guy.”

  13. 49 Nena20409
    June 23, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    • 50 amk for obama
      June 23, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      and as usual, dems missed the bus by pathetically trying to ‘distance themselves’ from the kenyan. now the thugs will take all the credit all the way up to 2016. just watch.

    • 51 vcprezofan2
      June 23, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      Sigh! How about “Senate Hands a Victory on Trade to the American People” or “Senate Does its Job by Voting Sensibly on Trade Pact”?

  14. 52 Nena20409
    June 23, 2015 at 12:31 pm

  15. 54 Nena20409
    June 23, 2015 at 12:31 pm

  16. June 23, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Congress is set to take up another set of votes on legislation to advance President Obama’s trade agenda, which — if five different roll calls go his way — could finally conclude by Friday with a major victory for the White House. It’s been a several-month saga for Obama, with his bid to first win fast-track authority so that he can then pass a massive 12-nation trade deal bobbing and weaving at various points, seemingly dead in the legislative waters, only to bounce back to keep advancing. Here’s a rundown of the key issues:

    So, how is this possible that the president still might win on trade?

    Rather than sulk, Obama and his top advisers spent the next few days figuring out how to get around the Democratic blockade. They knew they had a super-majority of senators supporting fast-track powers — 48 Republicans and 14 Democrats voted for the entire trade package in late May. And they knew a slim majority supported TPA in the House, where the main issue won on a narrow vote moments after Democrats delivered the blow on the worker program. Working the phones with Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the president agreed to a new plan that would peel off the fast-track powers for trade deals and move that as its own stand-alone bill…. whenTuesday’s roll call crests 60 votes, that sets up a final passage for trade authority on Wednesday and would send the legislation to Obama to be signed into law.

    Won’t House Democrats still block TAA just like two weeks ago?

    That’s hard to say, but White House officials and their pro-trade allies in the Capitol believe that this new plan will leave liberal opponents of Obama’s trade agenda with no choice but to approve the newly assembled combination. After initially citing many different reasons, most House Democrats eventually said their opposition to TAA’s worker funds was done solely to block fast-track. Now that the TPA bill will already be at the White House, the incentive to vote against a collection of three bills that most Democrats otherwise support might fade. Supporters of Obama’s trade agenda believe dozens of members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Steel Caucus will now support the plan, and other Democrats have privately suggested they might now vote for the package if it does nothing to stop the centerpiece of the original bundle — TPA — from getting signed into law. That vote could happen Friday in the House…continued”

  17. 57 donna dem 4 obama
    June 23, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    The O’Team is having a blast on twitter this morning:) 🙂 🙂

  18. June 23, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    “…In this we see the progression of what became known as the “Heritage Not Hate” argument. Bold defenses of slavery became passé. It just happened that those who praised the flag, also tended to praise the instruments of white supremacy popular in that day. And then there were times when the mask slipped. “Quit looking at the symbols,” South Carolina State Representative John Graham Altman said during a debate over the flag’s fate in 1997. “Get out and get a job. Quit shooting each other. Quit having illegitimate babies.” Nikki Haley deserves credit for calling for the removal of the Confederate flag. She deserves criticism for couching that removal as matter of manners. At the present moment the effort to remove the flag is being cast as matter of politesse, a matter over which reasonable people may disagree.

    The flag is a “painful symbol” concedes David French. Its removal might “offer relief to those genuinely hurt,” writes Ian Tuttle. “To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred,”tweeted Mitt Romney. The flag has been “misappropriated by hate groups,”claims South Carolina senator Tom Davis. This mythology of manners is adopted in lieu of the mythology of the Lost Cause. But it still has the great drawback of being rooted in a lie. The Confederate flag should not come down because it is offensive to African Americans. The Confederate flag should come down because it is embarrassing to all Americans. The embarrassment is not limited to the flag, itself. The fact that it still flies, that one must have a debate about in 2015, reflects an incredible ignorance. A century and a half after Lincoln was killed, after 750,000 of our ancestors died, Americans still aren’t quite sure why.”

  19. 80 EricFive
    June 23, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    If fast track authority passes today, which seems likely, then this display of disloyalty and disrespect by the Dems against PBO was merely a stunt to fleece donations from the rubes on the left. A chance for the unions to flex some verbal muscle. A way to put PBO “in his place” to the applause of all the dude bros. Nancy Pelosi made absolutely no sense when attempting to justify her actions. She at one point floated the idea of getting the UN involved. Anyone but PBO was the message I got. She sounded like she was bought and paid for (evidently by someone who doesn’t much like the President). I would really like to see the amount of money Dems raised off this stunt. But in the end what did all that money buy? All that got was a pyrrhic victory and an exceedingly fleeting one at that. A week of celebrating “winning” a battle, all the while losing the larger war. PBO will get fast track authority and Dems/unions are in a much worse position than if they never embarrassed THEMSELVES like this. They now have to trust the GOP to do the right thing and keep its promise to hold a vote for TAA. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Union fears of trade agreements and the mistrust the white “working class” Americans feel toward PBO was exploited by the democratic party establishment to make a buck. How pathetic.

    • June 23, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      And you can include HRC in that hideous stunt. All the points you raise are what really irk me about the Democratic Party right now. Beholden to lobbyists and an emo left wing who can’t even get up off their couches to vote.

      And so McConnell is going to attach TAA to the Africa trade bill to get it through. Who knows what Pelosi will do now but she’d better stop with her blockade against PBO. I may be reading too much into this but I didn’t feel the love coming from him to her at the Mayor’s conference.

      • 82 EricFive
        June 23, 2015 at 1:01 pm

        PBO is probably pissed Pelosi sold herself out in this manner. She and dem leadership had to know the GOP would split the bills (no doubt PBO warned them about this very scenario). HRC has zero political instincts (or integrity). Not smart to be on the losing side of a political argument (especially when you were for it before you were against it). You can see how she bows too readily to special interests’ pressure. PBO’s media team did excellent job exposing Hillary in the NYT article.

    • 86 jackiegrumbacher
      June 23, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Eric, I think the Dems were scared spitless by union threats to support Republicans if they didn’t toe the line on TPP. When Pelosi blocked the Dem vote on TAA, she got all sorts of public kudos by the unions and emos. Now they (the Dems) can all say they tried to stop the President, but it was the Republicans who outmaneuvered them. That way the union cash flow continues, the emo donations pour in and they go on as hapless as ever. This whole trade deal issue has been horrible for Dems at all levels. I have never had more disrespect for some of my local Dem colleagues than I do now. They showed their true disloyal, unthinking, hyper emotional colors on this issue and it was not pretty.

      • 87 nospin
        June 23, 2015 at 11:02 pm

        ” When Pelosi blocked the Dem vote on TAA, she got all sorts of public kudos by the unions and emos.” and in return she got her ass kicked publicly by everyday citizens and questions about her mental faculties. Her reputation took a beat down…she did not expect that to happen.

    • June 23, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Union fears of trade agreements and the mistrust the white “working class” Americans feel toward PBO was exploited by the democratic party establishment to make a buck. How pathetic.


  20. 89 Nena20409
    June 23, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    WH Presser LIVE, already in progress with Josh “The Voice” Earnest on Hune 23rd, 2015

  21. 91 GGail
    June 23, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    meta, did you received an email from Chips? Send me a text so I know you have the number. I look forward to being able to say Howdy to you next week! 🙂

  22. 97 donna dem 4 obama
    June 23, 2015 at 12:54 pm

  23. 98 Nena20409
    June 23, 2015 at 12:58 pm

  24. 99 amk for obama
    June 23, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    and the “working class americans” and the unions (and the pathetic dems) need not worry. the kenyan will still save their sorry lil asses by necktwisting mcturtle and co.

  25. 100 amk for obama
    June 23, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Confederate flag: Calls grow for symbol to be retired.

    A day after lawmakers in South Carolina called for the removal of the Confederate battle flag, pressure is mounting elsewhere in the US to retire symbols of Confederacy.

    Efforts are under way in at least three other states to remove state-sponsored Confederate tributes.


    And who set the ball rolling?

  26. June 23, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Hope LL sees this ….

    El Nino Gains Strength as Pacific Warms Just Like It’s 1997

    “The El Nino developing across the Pacific strengthened further, according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, which again highlighted patterns shown by the data that are similar to the record 1997-1998 event.

    “It is unusual to have such a broad extent of warmth across the tropical Pacific,” the Melbourne-based bureau said in its fortnightly update on Tuesday. “The last time this occurred was during the 1997–98 El Nino.””


    wishing everyone a good day …. bbl ….

  27. 103 donna dem 4 obama
    June 23, 2015 at 1:25 pm

  28. June 23, 2015 at 1:25 pm

  29. 105 Nena20409
    June 23, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Wal-Mart, Sears and now E-Bay

  30. 108 Nena20409
    June 23, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    This is the ONLY time that I would say……yes……Justice Thomas made this possible in Virginia.

  31. 109 Nena20409
    June 23, 2015 at 1:43 pm

  32. 110 jacquelineoboomer
    June 23, 2015 at 1:45 pm

  33. 111 jacquelineoboomer
    June 23, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    SC House advances measure to take down confederate flag, per MSNBC!

  34. June 23, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Just heard Bob Ney on Thom Hartman’s show few minutes ago……doing his daily rundown of news things from the Hill. Of course, one was about the trade bill that passed. Thom proceeded to say that he “strongly” feels (of course he would!!) that during the 60 days when people can learn what is in this bill, there will be enough of a backlash and uprising that “we” can defeat it once and for all. Gawd, what an idiot. Just fine for every other President for umteen years to negotiate and have a trade bill/policy–not so for this President. I detest these people. That.Is.All.

    • 113 jackiegrumbacher
      June 23, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      Tn, like you, it’s hard for me not to feel contempt for people who dismiss our President as not having the sense to do what’s right by US workers.

  35. 114 jacquelineoboomer
    June 23, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    I’m not that crazy about turning cynical, but I’m not that crazy.

  36. 119 jacquelineoboomer
    June 23, 2015 at 2:19 pm

  37. 120 jacquelineoboomer
    June 23, 2015 at 2:24 pm

  38. 124 hopefruit2
    June 23, 2015 at 2:29 pm

  39. 125 jacquelineoboomer
    June 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    I didn’t read the story, but I like the graphic.

  40. 126 jacquelineoboomer
    June 23, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Amazon caved to the voice of the people, per MSNBC!

  41. June 23, 2015 at 2:57 pm


  42. 129 otter44
    June 23, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Off topic…A first for me, just walked the dogs…..shared the sidewalk with a coyote….think it was displaced from Chambers Creek where they just finished the US OPEN. A little scary. the coyote was bigger than my 2 dogs put together. Finished our walk in one piece.

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