A Presidential Birthday Weekend


President Barack Obama boards Marine One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. President Obama will spend the rest of the weekend in Camp David with the First Family




130 Responses to “A Presidential Birthday Weekend”

  1. 14 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Indeed. #44Turns54

    That’s OUR President!

    Thanks Nerdy for taking care of TOD this weekend while Chips is on break!

  2. 17 GGail
    August 1, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    You’re doing an amazing job NW 😊

  3. 20 Nerdy Wonka
    August 1, 2015 at 8:30 pm

  4. August 1, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Congrats Gail 🙂

    NW, you are such a champ!!!! Thank you!!

  5. 31 MightyPamela
    August 1, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Um. Really. Nice. Photographs. A-hem.

  6. 33 Judith Fardig
    August 1, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks for the coverage of all things Obama, NW! That selfie picture of the Obama siblings melts my heart. My husband’s birthday is today, so we have been out sampling Portland’s food offerings. He’s such a good sport that 4 years ago, he let me ditch him on his birthday to attend the 50th birthday bash for President Obama in Chicago. Good times!

  7. August 1, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    I hope his birthday is filled with the joy, love and support of his family and friends.

  8. 45 sjterrid
    August 1, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Thanks, NW, for all he great posts while Chips is on a well-deserved vacation. I hope you get to go on one soon after she comes back!.

    Thanks to you AMK, too. I hope you had a safe trip.

  9. 49 desertflower
    August 1, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Opps! http://www.nationalmemo.com/trump-documentary-the-donald-suppressed-free-at-last/

    A documentary that Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner, killed 25 years ago with threats of litigation is now available for all to view on the Internet.

    Trump: What’s The Deal? paints a powerful and disturbing picture of a financial Dorian Gray whose public image bears little resemblance to his conduct away from the cameras, including hiring actors for $50 each to applaud at his campaign announcement.

    In public, Trump presents himself as a businessman so skilled his deals are an art form. The 80-minute documentary peels back this façade. Hidden from public view, the documentary shows Trump manipulating politicians and the criminal justice system, pocketing millions in taxpayer welfare, not paying people he hired, doing some of his biggest deals with mobsters, retaining a cocaine dealer as his helicopter pilot, and evidently benefiting from having his sister working in the Justice Department before winning appointment as a federal judge. Former advisors and employees describe furious tirades that no one, not even his family, could escape.

    Much more>>>>>

  10. August 1, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    the casting of this show is off the hook…

    I might have to give it a chance.


    MAY 21, 2015 1:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg

    ‘American Crime Story: People vs. O.J.’ Reveals First Cast Photos

    FX’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson may not premiere until 2016, but production is already underway on the series.

    Here, The Hollywood Reporter unveils a first look at the stars of the anthology based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book, The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson. The drama will be told through the perspective of the lawyers involved in the case and will explore the behind-the-scenes dealings on both sides of the court.

    Cuba Gooding Jr. stars as O.J. Simpson; John Travolta is set as Robert Shapiro; David Schwimmer will playRobert Kardashian; Courtney B. Vance is Johnnie Cochran; Sarah Paulson is Marcia Clark and Billy Magnussen will portray Kato Kaelin. Check out first-look photos of the primary cast below


  11. 54 jacquelineoboomer
    August 1, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Happy upcoming birthday, Mr. President! So glad you’ll have a little rest and relaxation and guacamole! (I just guessed at the guacamole, of course.)

  12. August 1, 2015 at 9:33 pm

  13. August 1, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Happy Birthday Mr President -We Love you here at TOD and We Will ALWAYS…alwayssssssssss have your back…

    here is an oldie but goodie from BWD

  14. 84 jacquelineoboomer
    August 1, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    I’m just seeing this … what a great question!

  15. August 1, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Simply ….


  16. August 1, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Does anyone know when the first GOP debate will be?

  17. August 1, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Robert Costa ‏@costareports Jul 30
    Walker lands JOE RICKETTS, billionaire conservative whose family owns the Cubs. $5m super PAC haul: http://wpo.st/jlyS0

  18. August 1, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    • 102 vcprezofan2
      August 1, 2015 at 11:29 pm

      I don’t know, Alycee. Reports of wrongdoing surface fairly often, yet Republicans never seem to be halted by them in any way (off the top of my head I think Christie, Walker, Perry…). They just go merrily along above the fray, plotting how to destroy the nation.

      • 103 99ts
        August 2, 2015 at 1:00 am

        And imagine what they would do with the Presidency – what they did to their state – they can do to the country. It is frightening to watch.

    • 104 Nena20409
      August 2, 2015 at 10:48 am

      My Goodness, in this Toon, Walker looks like Nixon.
      That is scary.

  19. August 1, 2015 at 11:21 pm

  20. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    August 2, 2015 at 12:01 am

    The man never stops!!!

  21. 110 99ts
    August 2, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Why am I not surprised


    And the union is fighting to get the killer his job back. This is how the GOP wins the war against unions. Sigh.

  22. 111 jacquelineoboomer
    August 2, 2015 at 12:24 am

  23. 112 amk for obama
    August 2, 2015 at 12:26 am

    karibu. jambo. sawa sawa. asante.

  24. 122 99ts
    August 2, 2015 at 12:49 am

    THe speaker of our parliament – who is supposed to be independent & does not have the political power of the US speaker is under attack/investigation for her “expenses” claims. She has quietly cancelled a trip to NY for a world conference of speakers. Hopefully because she won’t have the position for much longer. They LIVE of the public purse, never pay for anything that can be paid for by the people of Australia.

    I like the heading on the SMH report. If you can’t read it, the 2nd one is more polite.


  25. 123 FoxfireTX
    August 2, 2015 at 1:15 am

    This is an incredible article re: Scott Walker. While we all know how he is in the process of destroying my beloved Wisconsin, his history is nothing short of chilling. And by many he is viewed as “moderate”.

    “If our reforms can work in a blue state like Wisconsin, they can work anywhere in America.” But which reforms? The changes that Walker trumpets on the campaign trail—assaults on public employees, public education, public services, and unions; the rejection of federal mandates; and the remaking of economic-development programs and tax schemes to distribute wealth upward—haven’t worked any better than the failed austerity schemes in Europe. Wisconsin trails far behind neighboring states like Minnesota and the rest of the nation when it comes to job creation and economic vitality. However, the “reforms” that matter most to Walker—those that enhance his personal power and electability—have been successful enough to make him a serious contender for the Republican nomination.

    The way to understand this governor begins with the recognition that, while he has always embraced Republicanism and conservatism, his primary focus is Walkerism—the advancement of Scott Walker. Don’t look for, say, a libertarian streak in this guy, or the old right’s dubiousness about military adventurism. Walker talks a good anti-government game, but he’s been on the government payroll for 22 of his 47 years. Downsizing government isn’t really his thing; rather, he has a penchant for using it to reward friends, punish enemies, and, above all, promote his political career. In this, suggests former White House counsel and Watergate conspirator John Dean, Walker is “a double high authoritarian governor, a conservative without conscience.” That makes the boyishly affable Walker less comparable to the Republican president he claims to revere, Ronald Reagan, and much more comparable to a Republican president he never mentions. In fact, Dean began arguing several years ago, Walker is “more Nixonian than even Richard Nixon himself (the authoritarian leader with whom I was, and am, so very familiar).”

    “Walker’s amorality is conspicuous,” John Dean says. “It is found in his history of ethics violations and the record of his lying. He’s slick: fast-talking, confident, and dishonest.”

    The key word here is “confident.” Walker understands the media and modern campaigning better than most reporters and strategists, and far better than most candidates. With his base ensconced firmly in its right-wing communications silos, and with limitless campaign money to address wavering swing voters, Walker has weathered every political storm in Wisconsin.

    Scott Walker has spent a lifetime preparing for this presidential campaign, and everything about his record says that he will do whatever it takes to win. If he were to secure the nomination and win the presidency—and arrive in Washington with a GOP-controlled Congress—he would no longer be restructuring the politics of a medium-size state to his advantage; he would be restructuring the federal government and the nation’s future. The prospect excites Limbaugh, just as it terrifies the Wisconsinites who have battled Walker the longest and hardest. If this man is elected president, we will be done with elections as we know them. We will enter a new age of winner-take-all politics, where ruthlessly ambitious tacticians assemble billionaire donors, cultivate an echo-chamber media, shove aside idealists, reimagine parties as reflections of themselves, and remake government as a vessel to be filled by the highest bidder. Perhaps we’ve already passed the tipping point, and Scott Walker’s candidacy simply confirms the crisis he exemplifies. Or perhaps it’s the fight against Walkerism that will finally awaken us.

  26. August 2, 2015 at 1:29 am

    Rousey in 34 seconds…..GOAT

  27. August 2, 2015 at 1:48 am

    August 2, 2015 at 6:11 am


  29. 130 Nena20409
    August 2, 2015 at 10:52 am

    These Photos are fantastic.
    Happy Birthday Pres Obama……..on Aug 4th, 2015.

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