Chat Away


President Barack Obama gets a hug from Johnsenia Brooks after a group photo with American Legion Girls Nation delegates in the East Room of the White House, July 30, 2015. Photo by Pete Souza

116 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    July 31, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    FURST. 😎

  2. 3 donna dem 4 obama
    July 31, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    • 4 Judith Fardig
      July 31, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks, Donna! Sent out an urgent email to the 300 vols on my list serve with phone numbers of our Congressional delegation. Asked them to support both Iran Deal and EPA Clean Power Plan with a single call to the local offices.

    • 6 idon
      July 31, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      Sent emails in support of Iran DEal to Sen Boxer, Sen Feinstein, and Rep Mike Thompson. Calling them now.

  3. July 31, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    What’s PBO wearing around his neck?!

  4. 10 desertflower
    July 31, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Morning everyone! Happy Friday…congrats to you, amk:) You really ARE furst today!

    Nerdy…if you will please post this. Muy importante


  5. July 31, 2015 at 12:08 pm

  6. 15 donna dem 4 obama
    July 31, 2015 at 12:21 pm

  7. 17 donna dem 4 obama
    July 31, 2015 at 12:23 pm

  8. 18 Nerdy Wonka
    July 31, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Awwwww….. 44 turns 54. So sweet. 🙂

    • 19 amk for obama
      July 31, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      44 turns 54. nice turn of phrase.

    • 21 hopefruit2
      July 31, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      I had to burst out of lurking just to say that I love this! I love the slogan, I love this tweet (and accompanying pic). I just love that our President is having a birthday soon 🙂

  9. 22 57andfemale
    July 31, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    So O.T.: the dangers of connecting on FB with high school friends. Pictures from our high school production of The Music Man. I played the mayor’s wife (character roles were always my thing). Oh. My. God.

  10. 26 donna dem 4 obama
    July 31, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    • 27 Nena20409
      July 31, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      Karma delivering common sense.
      Now, if only those registered as Dems would 1st vote out the GOPers controlling the State and then, start making FL a saner State?

  11. 28 57andfemale
    July 31, 2015 at 12:30 pm

  12. 29 amk for obama
    July 31, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    well, I gotta do this in the morn. gunnite folks.

  13. July 31, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    This is the GOP’s favorite lie:

  14. July 31, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Coming up in just a few minutes:

  15. 34 donna dem 4 obama
    July 31, 2015 at 12:49 pm

  16. 36 Nena20409
    July 31, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Congrats Amk on your Au ⭐
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners 4 posts back.
    Awesome posts, NW and Lovely Toons, Amk.
    TOD Twitter Brigades, YOU guys ROCK!
    Hello TOD. Happy Friday 😉 TGIF 🙂
    July 31st, 2015………Sunny, Blue Sky and with a touch of a slight, but lovely Breeze 😎
    WH presser LIVE -ish at 1:00 PM EDT

  17. 40 Nerdy Wonka
    July 31, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha….these Bernie people crack me up.

    The weakness!

    He can’t even handle 1/4th of what President Obama has dealt with and continues to deal with.

    Read the embedded tweets and have yourself a jolly good Friday laugh.

    • 41 donna dem 4 obama
      July 31, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      I washed my hands of the whole bunch last week when they were retweeting this garbage

      I shut them down with my response:

      If HRC is paying me I didn’t get the check!!!!

      • 42 COS
        July 31, 2015 at 1:24 pm

        Donna, Reich must have had his head hidden in his a$$ to make a stupid statement like this. What was he thinking to make such a statement. Has his senility kicked in?

      • 43 Jeff
        July 31, 2015 at 1:24 pm

        Bernies crowds haven’t come close to approaching PBO’s and everyone knows it. Also Obama’s is way more diverse.

        • 44 COS
          July 31, 2015 at 1:38 pm

          Totally agree with you Jeff about the diversity in PBO crowds. If Sanders’ crowds were diverse, he would probably be polling a lot better.

          • 45 hopefruit2
            July 31, 2015 at 2:15 pm

            Totally agree with you cos and Jeff. Bernie Sanders’ crowds are actually more like Sarah Palin’s crowds. Filled with a bunch of angry (mostly white) people – who are motivated for all the WRONG reasons. These “crowds,” fueled largely by anger & hate, a sense of entitlement, impatience and exclusivity, are UNSUSTAINABLE in the long run – as we saw with Ms. Palin’s.

            Contrast that with PBO’s crowds which are organically developed, nurtured and sustained by commonsense values, tolerance, patience and inclusion, positive inspiration, a sense of unity with others (regardless of race, color or creed), and hope for a better world for ALL, not just some, with a willingness to WORK to achieve what has been envisioned.

            Mark my word: Sanders is going to crash and burn – well before Summer ‘2016, (if it’s not clear that he has lost the nomination), he will be announcing his decision to drop out of the race by then.

            • July 31, 2015 at 6:37 pm

              HF what you have said is so important…Sander’s Crowd…mirrors the GOP’s crowd….rather deep when you think about…but not totally unsurprising…because the PL and RW are 2 sides of the same coin….

  18. July 31, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Important stuff ….

  19. 49 Nena20409
    July 31, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    The Secretary Moniz is at the WH Presser LIVE

    Lets see how many STUPID questions the WHPC would come up with 🙂

    • 50 desertflower
      July 31, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Let’s start with the idiot that asked him about counting votes in congress….smdh

      • 51 Nena20409
        July 31, 2015 at 1:29 pm

        Many questions on what Israel thinks…..
        They have forgotten which country is giving $3B plus yearly and also which nation has been supportive at the UN year after year.

  20. July 31, 2015 at 1:12 pm


    Happening now …

    And …

    #TrustBarack …. or get out of the way, baby ….

  21. July 31, 2015 at 1:13 pm

  22. July 31, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    😀 😀 😀 😀

  23. 56 Nena20409
    July 31, 2015 at 1:21 pm

  24. July 31, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    BRAVO President Obama 🙂

  25. 58 Jeff
    July 31, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Zimbabwe is going to seek to extradite Palmer. The man who killed Cecil the lion. Hope we don’t fight to keep him here and let them have this vile and despicable person. (Sorry if I misspelled Zimbabwe)

    • 59 Nena20409
      July 31, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      Since Mugabe is the head of the Zimbabwean nation……with it’s notorious Human Rights record, even though this Minnesotan Dentist has committed such wicked act, USA, will Never extradite him.
      Unfortunately, this wicked MN Doctor isn’t making his case any simpler for the US Gov’t with his Flight…..going under-ground.

      • 60 Jeff
        July 31, 2015 at 3:46 pm

        seeing as we’ve executed innocent people under bad science, I don’t really see how we can criticize any countries human rights record.

  26. July 31, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    The most important paragraph in an important piece of analysis of a ME-NWFZ ….

    “t is possible that the US was able to live with the distinction between substantive and procedural—especially when the secretary general would have found it difficult to convene the conference on his own initiative without US approval—but not with a deadline that was as close as March 2016. This was especially true given the political context in Washington, notably President’s Obama’s battle with Republicans in Congress and AIPAC’s efforts to torpedo the nuclear agreement with Iran. The proximity of the dates between the proposed NWFZ conference and the early stages of implementation of a likely Iran nuclear deal apparently influenced the administration’s calculations. But the context can of course change, particularly if an Iranian deal is in fact consummated and successfully implemented.”

    Remember, this meeting happened in May. We now have a P5+1 Deal with Iran. Any celebrating Bibi and his #NEOCONSTER colleagues did, they now know they have dark days ahead for their treasured nukes as the #IranDeal becomes implemented and continuously verified by the IAEA.

  27. 62 Nena20409
    July 31, 2015 at 1:45 pm

  28. 63 Nena20409
    July 31, 2015 at 1:46 pm

  29. 64 Nena20409
    July 31, 2015 at 1:47 pm

  30. 65 Nena20409
    July 31, 2015 at 1:48 pm

  31. 66 Nena20409
    July 31, 2015 at 1:49 pm

  32. 67 Vicki
    July 31, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Hello TOD.

    Just a few words on 2 topics. When I spoke to Chuck Schumer’s office—after an endless hold—I gave my name and zipcode and said that the Senator’s constituents, like me, live in Tribeca and Bay Ridge not Herzylia and I’d like the Senator to back Our President ASAP.
    (Bay Ridge is on the Atlantic coast in Brooklyn and Herzylia is a coastal town north of Tel Aviv.)
    I followed a similar script with Sen. Gillibrand (Rhinebeck and Manhasset, not Ariel.)
    And Jerry Nadler—Tribeca, not Jerusalem.

    If you are not following deray mckesson’s tweets, please do. He is a young man of notable intelligence and integrity. He also displays an OPEN and inquiring mind.

    On Israel today: As ye sow so shall ye reap. 6 people stabbed in a gay pride march.
    A Palestinian baby burned to death in the West Bank. Hate begets more hate and death.
    1.8 million people remain incarcerated in Gaza. It snowed in Gaza this past winter and none of the homes destroyed last summer have been rebuilt.
    Israel Is The Danger.
    Israel has the bombs we need to be concerned about.

    As Bob has been saying.

    Javad Zarif is asking for Israel to sign the Non-Proliferation treaty and, by the way, everybody else, except North Korea for one has signed it. Iran has.

    AIPAC is a Hate group. A Bully who postures as a victim. Tony Soprano as an organization or a country, not a Mafia guy.


    • July 31, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      Good observations, Vicki, and excellent efforts with your ‘representatives’!

      BTW, India and Pakistan are nuclear weapon states who have also not signed the NPT. South Sudan is also not a signatory, though as far as anyone knows, they don’t have a nuke (thankfully!!).


  33. 70 Nena20409
    July 31, 2015 at 1:55 pm


  34. July 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Josh is pushing back forcefully against Jonathan Karl’s BS about Planned Parenthood.

  35. 83 Nena20409
    July 31, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    My WH Connection went away…..
    Here’s another……it is intermittent…..but it is working, thus far…..

  36. 84 Linda
    July 31, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Indiana Clears Planned Parenthood Of Wrongdoing In Investigation Sparked By Deceptively-Edited Videos


    • 85 desertflower
      July 31, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      And this: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/pelosi-has-remind-gop-about-its-own-record

      up until about a week ago, Republicans were on record supporting the very fetal-tissue research they’re now outraged by. It’s a detail House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reminded GOP leaders about yesterday.
      “When [legislation] was passed enabling research to go forward, I remind that Mitch McConnell voted for that,” she said at a news briefing Thursday in response to several questions about Planned Parenthood’s undercover video controversy. […]

      Pelosi refers to legislation passed in 1993 that allowed federal funding to be used for medical research involving fetal tissue, under certain conditions.
      The law prevents abortion providers from turning a profit, but it also permits providers to make tissues available for scientific research.

      And for Republicans exploiting deceptively edited videos, this poses a real problem. For one thing, there’s no evidence of Planned Parenthood ever profiting from fetal-tissue research. For another, there’s also no evidence of the healthcare group making tissues available to anyone but medical researchers.

      And finally, plenty of prominent GOP leaders actually voted for the bill that made this possible. The Huffington Post’s Laura Bassett had a great report on this earlier in the week:
      Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) fast-tracked a bill to defund Planned Parenthood on Friday because of an undercover video of a Planned Parenthood doctor discussing the donation of fetal tissue after abortions. But McConnell was one of many Republicans who voted to lift a ban on fetal tissue donations after abortions in 1993 – the very move that legalized Planned Parenthood’s actions.

      Yes. I really do hate them and I hate the politics they bring in to every damn issue. Effing hy

  37. 88 hopefruit2
    July 31, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Whoops – I just posted a comment above and it seemed to have disappeared! Nerdy is a comment of mine stuck in pending? 🙂 If not, I’ll repost it later this afternoon or tonight.

  38. 91 Nena20409
    July 31, 2015 at 2:20 pm


  39. 93 Nerdy Wonka
    July 31, 2015 at 2:21 pm

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  41. 99 Nerdy Wonka
    July 31, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Thanks so much, DF.

    Very eye opening.

  42. 103 GGail
    July 31, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I’m making my calls and it’s going Great! the people answering the local district office phones have been pleasant, I am stating that I live in LA County, they ask for my zip and then I asked that they pass my request on to my Congressperson. So far, they have said they would and for me to have a nice day and thanks for calling.

    Easy peasy people, just pick up the phone and make your request 🙂

  43. 106 FoxfireTX
    July 31, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Every time I listen to Secretary Moniz I am more impressed with him. He is a wonderful spokesperson for this deal. And it is difficult to argue with someone you know is brilliant:-)

  44. 107 FoxfireTX
    July 31, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    The odds that Israel will ever sign the NPT are slim to none in my view. They will continue to hoard their stash of weapons for that day that Bibi is sure is coming. I really think his hysterics are rooted in two issues.

    First, he has built his entire career as a politician screaming about Iran. This goes back more than 30 years, and what else does he have? Israel has not prospered under his administration but apparently the Israelis believe he keeps them safe, the only reason for his reelection,.

    Second, if Iran is no longer a threat, he won’t have much of anything to divert the world’s attention from the plight of the Palestinians. Iran has served a very specific purpose for him and his illegal settlement activities. Once that is gone, the push will come and in fact already is coming from Europe since the signing of the Iran deal. He has no excuse but continues to authorize new settlements.

    What is incredibly sad is that Bibi has done more to turn the world away from Israel than anything anyone else could possibly have done. They will end up isolated. And the Iran deal will even stand between him and HRC assuming she wins. Personally, I am very happy that PBO has put some distance between the US and Israel. The way the Rs let Bibi lead them around by the nose is nauseating.

    • 108 vcprezofan2
      July 31, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      ‘What is incredibly sad is that Bibi has done more to turn the world away from Israel than anything anyone else could possibly have done.’

      I agree, FfTx. He has certainly done so in my case! Sadder still is that the people of Israel allowed him to, even when his intent was blatant as in last election.

  45. 109 vcprezofan2
    July 31, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Hi, my eyes (all 5 sets ) are on you!

  46. 110 Vicki
    July 31, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    The current Senate count for the Iran Deal is 28 Senators have said they are in favor of it. 6 more are needed to withstand a challenge and uphold The President’s veto.
    Nothing is guaranteed but that number, 6, with so many Dems in “undecided” group seems pretty strong to me.

    Of course, Much better would be a 60 vote YES so that no Presidential veto and subsequent upholding is needed.

    Either way. The World and PBO will win this one. AIPAC can prolong their eventual defeat but not avoid it.

    • 111 GGail
      July 31, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      Vicki, the staff at my Congress people’s offices seemed to vary from surprised to pleased by my call. No one wanted to tell me which way the congress person was going to vote, but that didn’t matter to me, I nicely informed them that I was calling to let Congressperson know that as a California voter, I am requesting that they support the President’s Iran Deal and that I will be watching how they vote.

      Overall, I had some very pleasant conversations – especially when I called my local Rep. Judy Chu’s office. Through my boss, I know her and her husband so we had a nice chat.

      Back to work I go. Count down to the weekend!!!

      • 112 Vicki
        July 31, 2015 at 5:05 pm

        Good work, GGail.
        I want the Senators to not only say Yes but a big resounding Yes to this historic achievement for PBO and the World.

  47. July 31, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Another RW dimwit thinking he can get in the way of women:

  48. 116 Roberta in MN
    July 31, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    My Daughter-in-law posted some crap on the PP stuff and I went right back at it with the truth of the shit that is going on. I will post turtles stuff too. Gawd I hate these people. I very rarely say I hate anything, but Mitch and kind are just assholes. 🙂 Going to DQ. Need some comfort food. BBL

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