Team Obama-Biden: A Partnership For The Ages

@WhiteHouse: @POTUS and the @VP watch as the Senate takes the next step toward passing the most progressive trade deal ever.

152 Responses to “Team Obama-Biden: A Partnership For The Ages”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    June 23, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    FURST. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    ha, lp.

  2. 5 amk for obama
    June 23, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Did the final tpa vote happen yet?

    • June 23, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      Congrats amk ๐Ÿ™‚

      As to your ? …

      “The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

      Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.2146, Trade Promotion Authority, post-cloture. Unless an agreement is reached, the vote on adoption of the motion to concur would occur at approximately 5:30pm. Upon disposition of TPA, there would be an immediate cloture vote on the motion to concur in the House amendment to H.R.1295, with an amendment (Preferences and Trade Adjustment Assistance).”


    • June 23, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      The house bill that they will vote on tomorrow is Paul Ryan Africa trade bill that passed with 400 votes. senate amending TAA to that and then sending back to house. Final house vote will be Friday. Regardless, PBO could sign TPA tomorrow if he wanted and dare pelosi & co. To not vote for TAA.

      • 14 amk for obama
        June 23, 2015 at 9:41 pm

        senate amending TAA to that and then sending back to house.


        The dems could have done this weeks ago without kicking themselves in their collective asses.

        • June 23, 2015 at 9:52 pm

          Problem was to get it out of the GOP house rules com. they set it up as must pass for both TPA & TAA to become law…..at the time GOP didn’t have votes and needed D’s. Then Nancy went batshit and pulled that vote against TAA crap.

      • June 23, 2015 at 10:08 pm

        He certainly could do that, LP, but I think he and Speaker Pelosi might be co-conspirators in forcing not only a winning TAA vote, but also a winning vote on the DRIVE act – http://www.noodls.com/view/344D09BB0C97C7978A0E9D1FBD1B2EAB731BFE00?5516xxx1435082555

        I thought it really curious – and perhaps a bit too obvious – that when PBO suffered his zillionth ‘katrina moment’ last week on the failed House trade legislation vote, one of the first ‘undisclosed source’ messages was that Speaker Pelosi was going to use House Dem votes to leverage a ‘comprehensive highway infrastructure bill.’ Not even 7 days later, Vitter, Boxer, Carper, Inhofe introduce the DRIVE act in the Senate.

        That’s why, btw, why I was reticent on chastising Speaker Pelosi. She has been a stalwart supporter of PBO and what appeared to be a betrayal was just too divergent to be believable. (Won’t have long to wait to know.)

        Everyone is aware that without Dem votes the trade legislation that President Obama would be willing to sign will not get to his desk.

        Reality is that GOP are now caught in the worst possible conundrum – their corporate overlords want this trade deal to pass, they need legislation that PBO is willing to sign because no way do they have sufficient votes to override a veto, States and corporations are demanding we fix our infrastructure, and States and corporations know that comprehensive infrastructure appropriations will create 1M plus jobs which will mean more tax revenue and more sales.

        Once again, President Obama has designed the conundrum algorithm, perfectly. And, if the outcome is as designed he will also have resolved yet another of President Clinton’s FAILS, i.e., NAFTA.


        • June 23, 2015 at 10:24 pm

          You may be right on Pelosi & PBO (it was also rather convenient that they were both at the Conf of Mayors & then in the private confines of Tom Steyer’s home for a fundraiser later that evening) last Friday, but the reason I have been harsher on Min. Leader Pelosi is the WH leaked that last Tues before the vote they were under the impression she was on board only to change her mind the day of and then asked for the Highway bill to be amended to a future TPA vote which is why I think she simply got outplayed by the chess master after the initial go round failed…. I think I just have a bad taste in my mouth on how this all played out publicly regardless of the end result.

          • June 23, 2015 at 10:33 pm

            Understood, LP.

            I’ll wait to see who attends the signing ceremonies – for Trade and for ‘Highway Infrastructure’ – and how big their smiles and hugs with PBO are ๐Ÿ™‚

            Like I said, the apparent change in position and then the ‘comprehensive highway legislation’ caveat to get D votes seemed just a bit too obvious to me that PBO and Madame Speaker were playing the GOP for the fools they long ago proved they are.

            What I know for certain is that PBO BBQ’d the ‘lame duck’ months ago and GOP better hope he’s not developing a taste for BBQ’d elephant ๐Ÿ˜€

        • 22 MightyPamela
          June 23, 2015 at 11:42 pm

          This. ^5 Nancy Smash is a force for good. While it made no sense at all for her to stand against PBO, she can take the heat of doing something the MSM will distort and wreak havoc with. I agree, bobfr, intuitively it seemed a bit too ‘out there’, and I felt it best to wait, watch, and #TrustBarack, as we have always done.

        • June 24, 2015 at 6:08 am

          There you have it….Bob is…breaking it down….Right ON1

  3. 26 amk for obama
    June 23, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    so true.

  4. 27 Smoothscotch
    June 23, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Good one. Lol

  5. 30 Smoothscotch
    June 23, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    How are u amok, I’ve been peaking lately. Think the vote is yes.

  6. 31 Smoothscotch
    June 23, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    2 left thumbs, meant amk

  7. 34 idon
    June 23, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    LOL! I love my POTUS and VPOTUS. You can tell they love each other and love working together. I have never this before and I’m headed toward 65. If you are as old as me or older you know what I’m talking about.

  8. 35 nospin
    June 23, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    I just logged into TOD for the first time today and saw this pic. My first thought was…oh, how I love those two men.

  9. 40 GGail
    June 23, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    I entered my name for the trip to Hawaii ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. 50 Nerdy Wonka
    June 23, 2015 at 9:12 pm

  11. June 23, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Gorgeous moment of two good souls good men great leaders. Thankful for you NWonka!

    • June 23, 2015 at 9:21 pm

      I’ve read some comments about the trade deal on curious threads on FB.. 99% are what you would expect: disappointed in
      PO, dory voted for, a sellout, blah, blah, blah! They are going to look like fools!

      • 56 jackiegrumbacher
        June 23, 2015 at 9:36 pm

        TN, I’m so sick of this kind of reaction to TPP. It’s based on ignorance and fear and a mistrust of our President that I deeply resent. There is no talking to people who have their minds closed. I’ve tried and failed and no longer care enough to keep at it. They are not only going to look like fools, they are fools.

  12. June 23, 2015 at 9:16 pm

  13. June 23, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Great stuff begins in garages as all of you know!!

    Easily the best interview of President Obama since 20Jan09.

    #TrustBarack …. to make it real!!!!!!!!!!

    • 59 99ts
      June 23, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      “Great stuff begins in garages as all of you know”

      After 30 years just found that there really is room in the garage for a car. The benefits of downsizing ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 61 MightyPamela
        June 23, 2015 at 11:49 pm

        Ha!! Yes, indeed!! 99ts, all day I have been trying to imagine temps in your area making a duvet a desirable commodity!! But I have one memory of having lived up in Cairns for a short while, then traveling to the Proserpine region with my tent and backpack, and having to go around the campsite in the middle of the night, begging for an extra blanket!! I had left my down sleeping bag in Sydney, was so sure I wouldn’t need it in NQ!! Some memories make us smile into our old age!! And yes, I did find a compassionate couple with a campervan, they smiled and said, “oh, you must be from Up North”! I returned their wonderful wool blanket in the morning, with gratitude!!

        • 62 99ts
          June 23, 2015 at 11:58 pm

          Gets down to about 8C at night – and to me that is cold. When I first moved here from “down south” I thought it was hot! One gets used to a climate.

          On the downsizing – house contract is now unconditional & we have signed a lease to rent until the unit is ready. This has some minor disadvantages to the downsizing – we seem to already be accumulating more stuff – given we have space to put it for the next few months.

          • 63 MightyPamela
            June 24, 2015 at 12:50 am

            Sounds good tho, and the exercise of downsizing has been great practice for letting go and doing with less. It will be much easier once you are in the new place, and I just know you will both enjoy the simplicity of having less ‘stuff’. Goodness knows why we think we need so much!! Very pleased for the positive outcome, 99ts, I have watched the progress with interest and compassion! At least you have had some reasonable time, that was a blessing! I must try to rest, it has been a weird day around here! Goodnight! {{{{{ 99ts }}}}}

            • 64 99ts
              June 24, 2015 at 1:24 am

              Sleep well MightyP – I have learned that what all the real estate advisers say is true – no clutter sells – neutral colors sell and the streetscape is very important. My family has always thought less “stuff” is good. Mr 99 on the other hand – he is in anguish. I think my major role was getting him to “let go”

              Dream sweet dreams and forget the weird. Hugs and blessings.

            • June 24, 2015 at 6:19 am

              Sounds good tho, and the exercise of downsizing has been great practice for letting go and doing with less…


              Down sizing was difficult…moved from my house to an apartment and recently moved to a smaller apartment…had to let go of many things…that i held close…but once i did let go i was able to see new possibilities..still miss some of my old stuff…but i am looking forward to making new memories..

    • 66 hopefruit2
      June 23, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      I’m so glad that Marc Maron got such a huge and overwhelmingly positive response for hosting our President on his podcast interview. And it was such a fantastic interview! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. June 23, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    I can only imagine the hug that followed after the 60th vote was counted. What a tremendous save, thanks to both of them.

  15. 74 99ts
    June 23, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Completely off topic – just read this in my news

    How does NY justify the actions of some of their police/prosecutors?? – not only are they paid a salary but the people pay for their crimes

    “New York authorities have agreed to pay $US6.25 million in compensation to an innocent man who spent nearly 25 years languishing in prison for a murder he did not commit.”

    The man was 1600km away from where the murder was committed – and a jury found him guilty. I hazard a guess as to the color of his skin (not mention in the article I read). Racism in action.

  16. 75 vcprezofan2
    June 23, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    An Opportunity to Fight Poverty and Stand Up for Workers Through Trade

    For decades, weโ€™ve fought to secure a series of trade programs that have delivered results at home and around the globe. This week, Congress will consider whether or not to continue these programs that help bring people out of poverty, create new opportunities for developing countries to grow, and help retrain American workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

    The Trade Preferences Extension Act, which the Administration has worked on closely with Congress, will not only expand and improve Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), which helps laid-off U.S. workers get back on their feet, but will also extend programs that help support jobs and economic growth in developing countries. These programs include the African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA), Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), and Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement (HOPE) Act.

    Combined, these improved trade programs present a unique opportunity to both support American workers and help create jobs in the developing world.

    Here is a look at key provisions of the Trade Preferences Extension Act that Congress is considering this week:



    • June 24, 2015 at 7:03 am

      Wow….did not know about all these programs. Helping to give opportunity in foreign lands can stop extremism from taking root. Important. Our media should be touting this.

      • 77 vcprezofan2
        June 24, 2015 at 7:25 am

        ‘Our media should be touting’

        Morning, Pf58, you optimist, you!
        In truth I’ve only read the top two, before deciding to pass it on. Hoping those here with wider U. S. audiences will pass it along though.

  17. 78 globalcitizenlinda
    June 23, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    as I am listening to the BBC, I can hear that there is a breathless coverage that WikiLeaks has a “shocking” release claiming that US spied on the French president;

    I sense that the majority of people in this country have moved on – shrugging off all such reports.

    I doubt that there is any country in the world that does not try to spy on other countries – that is if they have the means to do so;

    • 79 laraofzhivago
      June 23, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      What that news reminds me is that a traitor is still at large. But we should brace for all the fake outrage from France and other people over this “latest” news. But no one gets upset when it is revealed that those same countries have attempted to spy on the US.

      Hopefully, President Francois Hollande will rise to the occasion and brush up what should be no news at all.

    • June 23, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      Spying is like fences (as in, ‘strong fences make good neighbors’), imo, gcLinda.

    • 81 99ts
      June 23, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      The German outrage lasted until the next meeting between PBO and Angela Merkel – the attempt by Snowden and those he calls his friends to do this during the Presidency of Barack Obama was a massive fail and continues to be so.

  18. June 23, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    ZERO surprise ….

    The cops killed him. Period.

  19. June 23, 2015 at 10:16 pm

  20. 85 arapaho415
    June 23, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    GE TODville.

    This picture reminds me of PBO and @VP “BFD” Biden at the ACA announcement — which seems appropriate since PBO’s WTF podcast was released online yesterday, LOL.

    For those wondering what happened to former WH Chef (from 1994-2005) whose body was discovered this weekend — sadly he drowned. Apparently there were thunderstorms a few days after he set off on his hike — not sure what happened between Jun 13-16. Walter Schieb apparently moved to Taos three months ago. RIP ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    OMI = NM Office of the Medical Investigator

  21. June 23, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Evening folks.

    • June 23, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      Great song ๐Ÿ™‚ ….I like him as a new judge on “So you think you can dance” but he almost gets nullified by having to hear Paula Abdul yapping during tryouts ๐Ÿ˜†

  22. June 23, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    I was watching Rachel Maddow tonight and she had Myrlie Evers on her show and they were talking about what happen in Charleston. Myrlie Evers were talking about how she was mad with the Wall St. Journal, she said that paper call Dylann Roof Mister nine or ten times. I can see were she was coming from, that racists piece of crap doesn’t deserve to be call Mister, he doesn’t deserve the respect. The Wall St. Journal like alot of media doesn’t even give President Obama the respect owe him as President, alot of time all you hear is Obama, Obama. Not President Obama. But they are only to happy to call a killer Mister Dylann Roof.

  23. June 23, 2015 at 10:25 pm

  24. 91 amk for obama
    June 23, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    off to apartment hunting for daughter unit. and I have only 8 hours to do it. wish me luck.

    • June 23, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      Well definitely–GOOD LUCK !!!!!!!!!!

    • June 23, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      Good luck! I’m caught up for a minute, OMG! ๐Ÿ™€

    • 94 MightyPamela
      June 23, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      _/I\_ You might need a few of these!! Miracles DO happen! They do! โค

      • 95 amk for obama
        June 24, 2015 at 1:32 am

        IT DID. FOUND IT. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

        5 min walking from her college. Nice and quiet area. Fully furnished 2 bedroom. Car park spot. Airy and lighty.

        Rent is a bit steep, but heh, when you gotta pay, you gotta pay.

        Melikey. Waiting for daughter unit’s approval in another 5 hours. #fingerscrossed.

        • 96 susanne
          June 24, 2015 at 2:04 am

          that was fast! hope she likes it ๐Ÿ™‚

        • 98 vcprezofan2
          June 24, 2015 at 8:27 am

          ‘car park spot’
          ๐Ÿ˜ฏ You *did* get her a car! O, you are such a ……daddy! Am quite pleased with you. Of course, since the apt is so close to college, she’ll only need the car on trips home. BTW, does this mean she didn’t leave the country to study abroad? You haven’t updated us in a while.

  25. 101 yardarm756
    June 23, 2015 at 10:45 pm


    An air traffic control tower suddenly lost communication with a small twin engine aircraft. A moment later the tower land line rang and was answered by one of the employees.

    The passenger riding with the pilot who lost communications was on a cellular phone and yelled “Mayday, mayday!! The pilot had an instant and fatal heart attack. I grabbed his cell phone out of his pocket and he had told me before we took off he had the tower on his speed dial memory. I am flying upside down at 18,000 feet and traveling at 180 mph. Mayday, mayday!!”

    The employee in the tower had put him on speaker phone immediately. “Calm down, we acknowledge you and weโ€™ll guide you down after a few questions. The first thing is not to panic, remain calm!!”.

    He began his series of questions:

    Tower: “How do you know you are traveling at 18,000 feet??”

    Aircraft: “I can see that it reads 18,000 feet on the Altimeter dial in front of me.”

    Tower: “Okay, thatโ€™s good, remain calm. How do you know youโ€™re traveling at 180 mph?”

    Aircraft: “I can see that it reads 180 mph on the Airspeed dial in front of me.”

    Tower: Okay, this is great so far, but itโ€™s heavily overcast, so how do you know you’re flying upside down?”

    Aircraftโ€ โ€œThe shit in my pants is running out of my shirt collar

  26. 104 MightyPamela
    June 23, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    A bit of history: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/sep/25/usa.secondworldwar

    I left this on an earlier thread when the discussion about jebush was underway, and feel perhaps a little more scrutiny could be offered, to really make the bugger squirm. He has no business pretending he can be president. #wevehadenoughbushes #eversotiredofhillary #ridin’withbiden

    • 105 jacquelineoboomer
      June 23, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      The only part that popped out at me was #ridin’withbiden !!! โค

    • 106 idon
      June 23, 2015 at 11:50 pm

      I’ve read similar articles. Not only did the Bush machine help build the NAZI empire but after wwII they also imported Nazis right here to the goood ole USA.

  27. June 23, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Dear god!!!! Ted Turner has to be wondering what would have been if he didn’t do that stupid merger with Time Warner..

    Like I said last night….when Don Lemon enters my TL it may be time to call it a twitter night. Will see how long my sabbatical lasts!

  28. 111 MightyPamela
    June 23, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    I haven’t had time to watch this, but it popped up when I posted the above link to FB. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1Qt6a-vaNM

  29. June 23, 2015 at 11:33 pm

  30. June 23, 2015 at 11:34 pm

  31. 120 nospin
    June 23, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Why do I feel that all this hatred should be placed at the feet of John McCain because although he did not initiate racism, bringing Sarah Palin to the forefront seemed to unleash beast?

    • 121 99ts
      June 23, 2015 at 11:43 pm

      Truth nospin – she told people it was OK to hate the black man because – witch doctor, muslim, different, not one of us. McCain realised it was all she had – an ability to generate hate and keep the poor white vote republican – otherwise dumb as a post, as well displayed before the campaign banned all interviews.

      Gabby Giffords and her friends/voters are the first that come to my mind when anyone mentions Palin. She is still grifting off those who share her views – 7 years later.

    • 122 idon
      June 24, 2015 at 12:02 am

      yes I watched Game Change the next night after the Charleston massacre and I thought John MCain did this to us.

  32. 123 carolyn
    June 23, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    I really love those two men in the top picture….and I love it that they love each other……..I also love Denis McDonough on the right, because he is the absolute loyalist to PBO and a totally trusted adviser.

    Truly, they are a team for the ages.

  33. 125 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 24, 2015 at 12:44 am

    Just back from lovely day out w/Mom and two Aunts; while away huge storm — seems power has been out since around 5:00 pm. HEAR IT MIGHT NOT BE BACK UNTIL THURSDAY! No open hotel rooms in a 50 mile radius!

    Meanwhile, in car charging phone and O2 condenser. Thank God for WAWA! Was able to plug in there to do a nebulizer treatment.

    1st world problems…

  34. 127 MightyPamela
    June 24, 2015 at 12:53 am

    Nite TOD, everyone try to rest. Big hugs all around.

  35. 128 jacquelineoboomer
    June 24, 2015 at 1:01 am

    The stupid. It makes the mind bleed.

    • 129 susanne
      June 24, 2015 at 1:11 am

      blatant idiocy. first all the congressional republicans meet on the day after pbo’s election and design a manifesto to block and disrupt his every move. then they work with their publicity people to make sure their derision and racist rejection of him as the country’s leader is constantly in the public’s consciousness. and finally, just to top it off, they condemn him for not inviting them to his parties and golf matches. everything to underscore their ‘superiority’.

      • 130 jacquelineoboomer
        June 24, 2015 at 1:20 am

        All that and more. But what could be just another disgusting episode in our history … turns out to have been the “time of Obama” in our history books. As long as those schoolbooks aren’t written in Texas, of course.

    • June 24, 2015 at 4:36 am

      Who is this josh barro?

  36. 132 susanne
    June 24, 2015 at 1:02 am

    enjoying a little smile at the headlines on ‘the hill’ right now: ‘obama poised for huge win on trade’, ‘ senate advances fast-track trade bill for obama’ , with a truly good photo of pbo at the top.

  37. 133 jacquelineoboomer
    June 24, 2015 at 1:36 am

    Not hard to pick which face to spit into, when the choice was between these two Republican women.

    • 134 jacquelineoboomer
      June 24, 2015 at 1:40 am

      Hope I don’t regret this.

      • June 24, 2015 at 1:50 am

        It was exactly the correct response, Jacqueline. And, I know President Obama would be very proud of you for doing it.

        good night TOD ……..

      • 137 susanne
        June 24, 2015 at 1:52 am

        someone commented on pierce today that her giving cover to the rethug presidential candidates, by turning the nation’s attention to the flag and away from the actual racism and guns, is in exchange for her selection as the rethug vice-presidential candidate. sarcastic, but not still sounds pretty likely.

    • 138 amk for obama
      June 24, 2015 at 1:40 am

      booby effing jindal. you have been warned. wingnutz will nevah accept your phony whiteyness.

      • 139 Sandy1110
        June 24, 2015 at 2:22 am

        The RWers of color are OK as long as they play their part and don’t upset the white wingnuts. After that, buh-bye.

        • 140 amk for obama
          June 24, 2015 at 2:28 am

          yup, they are curry leaves. good for aroma and taste, but not eaten, just dumped into garbage.

  38. 141 amk for obama
    June 24, 2015 at 1:44 am

    will the latinos ever learn?

    • 142 susanne
      June 24, 2015 at 1:58 am

      but but but…. what about the latino candidate himself? jeb!? or the latino-ish guy, cruz? or the semi-latino rubio? aren’t they all courting the latino voter? oh oh, wait… not till they’ve got the racist white voter in the bag.

      • 143 amk for obama
        June 24, 2015 at 2:05 am

        If the decent and sensible whites (quite a majority of them are there despite the media pretensions and asskissing to racists and their enablers) along with latinos, blacks, asians and other non-privileged turn out, the thugs will be out of power everywhere for decades.

  39. 144 jacquelineoboomer
    June 24, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Tattoos! Who would have thought of that? They can all go around with tattoos so we’ll recognize ’em.

  40. 149 No Child Left Behind
    June 24, 2015 at 6:30 am

  41. 151 No Child Left Behind
    June 24, 2015 at 6:44 am

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