On This Day

President Barack Obama puts his toe on the scale as Trip Director Marvin Nicholson tries to weigh himself during a hold in the volleyball locker room at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, Aug. 9, 2010.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama jokingly puts his toe on the scale as Trip Director Marvin Nicholson, unaware to the President’s action, weighs himself as the presidential entourage passed through the volleyball locker room at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, Aug. 9, 2010. Pete Souza

70 Responses to “On This Day”

  1. 11 vcprezofan2
    August 9, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Hey, TS, where are you? Still haven’t gotten through?

    • 12 99ts
      August 10, 2015 at 2:47 am

      Had to go out for lunch – what a life 🙂

      • 13 vcprezofan2
        August 10, 2015 at 10:23 am

        A well-fed life! 😀 😀 Good Tuesday morning to you (though you are probably/hopefully asleep even as I type)!

        • 14 99ts
          August 10, 2015 at 10:51 am

          Scanning the intertubes as you type & remembering that when I was a child there was virtually nowhere to eat outside of home. (Fish & chip shop had takeaway food & I think there was a bakery that made meat pies!). My mother used to cook 3 meals every day. When my folks retired they used to have dinner out 4 nights a week & my mother used to complain that she still had to cook the other 3.
          I follow in her retirement footsteps. 🙂

          • 15 vcprezofan2
            August 10, 2015 at 11:10 am

            A real night owl, and I bet the internet makes that so much easier! 😀 It makes it easier for me, once an in-bed-by 9:30pm, don’t-call-my-house-after 9pm type. No way am I going to cook every day, but no way am I going out to eat every day, or even regularly, either! Just too much effort to get ready, drive to wherever AND drive back! 😦 It is nice you have footsteps to walk in though! 🙂

  2. 16 vcprezofan2
    August 9, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Way to go, Bfr! I was watching the Ferguson vid in the last post so lost track of time. Apparently 99ts, saw the new post but couldn’t – still can’t – access it. I am anticipating the day when WordPress becomes perfect, and stops messing up people’s attempt at entry!

  3. August 9, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Good evening TOD folks! PBO has such a great sense of humour.

  4. August 9, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Watching a bit of the lifestream in Portland. Bernie’s constant lip-licking makes him look like a thirsty ancient Rubio.

    • 21 Vicki
      August 9, 2015 at 11:22 pm

      I see that the arena is full 19,000 people unless they put seats on the basketball court in which case there are 20,000,and there is a huge crowd outside.
      Bernie sounds like my elderly uncles from Brooklyn 50 years ago would have sounded reading a speech of PBO’s. Much of the Bernie’s content is POTUS’, not new or controversial.
      Except for the nonsense about TPP.

      between the DLC and Bernie—the (D) party needs a rescue and soon.

      • 22 Judith Fardig
        August 9, 2015 at 11:47 pm

        Yes, Vicki! He acts like President Obama didn’t accomplish all his goals because he didn’t try hard enough. Bernie should have made an explicit call to action to all those young people he’s courting to vote for an all-Democraticled WH and Congress so they can get things done.

        • 23 Judith Fardig
          August 9, 2015 at 11:48 pm

          Get even more done. President Obama has an unmatched record of accomplishment despite GOP obstruction as we all know, but Bernie acts like he can do it all single-handedly.

          • 24 99ts
            August 10, 2015 at 2:49 am

            Just so sad that the dems couldn’t get it together to support him & keep the majority in congress. He pulled the house once & the senate twice with not much help from those who should have been his major support.

      • 25 COS
        August 9, 2015 at 11:49 pm

        I truly do not understand why all of these folks are flocking to Bernie Sanders. I sure thought that O’Malley would have caught on by now. I sure hope Sanders does not win the nomination. I cannot see him winning a general election.

    • 26 jacquelineoboomer
      August 9, 2015 at 11:47 pm

      Just the laugh I needed at this point about ol’ Bernie! Thank you, Judith! My grandmother would probably come up with some old “wives’ tale” about the lip-licking … like a sign he’s lived through too many droughts or some ol’ thing like that. 🙂

      • 27 Judith Fardig
        August 9, 2015 at 11:50 pm

        Optics people really need to address that. It was extremely unappealing!

        • August 10, 2015 at 12:37 am

          Judith, I’m concerned about Ron Wyden. I think he’s getting ready to sell out the President and the cause of peace. I read a piece on the OPB site with some brief interview with him.http://www.opb.org/news/article/why-sen-wydens-iranian-decision-matters/ He’s waffling and searching for justifications to shoot down the deal. False reasons I might add, based on what I know the Congress in the end really wouldn’t be able to deny Iran sanctions relief, in fact they can’t legally cancel the agreement at all. But they can still try to sabotage its implementation. People in Oregon need to really work on Wyden and get the democratic party to wake up. He is facing re-election this year and he needs to feel the heat, NOW.

          • August 10, 2015 at 2:00 am

            Bill R, I share your worries about Wyden and have called his office and written on his Senate email site as well as tweeting to him several times. Oregonians are very anti-war, and we need to remind him he represents us, not NYC where his wife runs her bookstore.

        • 31 jacquelineoboomer
          August 10, 2015 at 8:32 am

          And then some!

      • 32 COS
        August 9, 2015 at 11:52 pm

        Yes that “lip-licking” is very disconcerting Jacqueline. I cannot stand to watch him and just cannot see him occupying the White House as President. VP Biden s very energetic for his age.

  5. 33 Nerdy Wonka
    August 9, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Ooooooooookay. Well, that was a trash ending to a trash season two of True Detective.

    • 34 Vicki
      August 9, 2015 at 11:16 pm

      A fitting ending for a story of greed and corruption. The Worst Guy won.
      I was glad to see that the 2 women and Ray’s baby were safe. And we were left with a hope the sordid story would get to the newspapers.

  6. 35 tnmtngirl
    August 9, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Good evening, Busy day and busier evening/night. We hosted our Life Group(small group) of church friends. We “do life” together and meet couple times each month. Tonight we hosted; hence my busy day and evening.

    Laid down to rest for a bit this afternoon and read the lead story in our editorial page: The tide os history flows left……..from slavery to healthy care, liberals triumph. It is filled with facts, but also pure common sense. It ends with JFK’s quote “If by ‘liberal’ they mean……….then I’m proud to say that I’m a liberal.”

    Last paragraph: Amid all the chaos and confusion of daily life, through a thousand contradictory barrages, the struggle for a safer, fairer, more secure, more humane world never ceases. Thank heaven for progressive victories that keep on prevailing. DEFINITELY worth the read. Encouraging and it’s close to what we’ve heard PO say hundreds of times: Change is slow, but it does come.


  7. August 9, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    A white young man was kill by a cop, and the family is asking were is the outrage?

  8. 39 FoxfireTX
    August 9, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Good evening TOD! One of the best–and most articulate–articles I’ve seen on the consequences of overriding PBO’s veto is of all places up on Politico. Amazing…

    “Opponents cannot escape through a trapped door marked “later.” There is no later, this is the end of the line. Rejection fundamentally shifts the balance of power on Iran from the president to the Congress in a way that makes a future agreement virtually impossible to achieve. Voting no deprives this president, or a future president, of bargaining power over the Iranians. It isolates us in the world. And it allows Iran to move further toward a nuclear weapon, presenting the United States and Israel with terrible choices.

    The reason goes to heart of the matter before the Congress. The disapproval resolution that it will consider by September 17 will strip the president of the authority to waive or suspend any congressional sanctions against Iran, including those that were waived as part of the interim agreement that essentially froze Iran’s nuclear program during the negotiations. Thereafter, it will take some affirmative act of the Congress to give the president authority once again to lift sanctions. Of course, it was the prospect of such sanctions relief that brought Iran to the negotiating table and that was our bargaining leverage to secure concessions from Iran.

    Consider the consequences of this outcome.

    First, the president would lose the bargaining leverage he has to get a better deal from Iran. He can no longer promise to lift sanctions, which is what brought them to the negotiating table; the best he can give is a promissory note go back to Congress and seek a super-majority for sanctions relief—this time requiring 60 votes in the Senate. The Iranians will understand that is meaningless.

    Second, the existing sanctions regime will quickly erode, if not unravel, and it is hard to imagine any other country joining us in new sanctions. We need to remember that the United States has no “skin in the game” on sanctions; we haven’t traded with Iran in decades.

    Senators and congressmen are taking this vote very seriously. But as they do so, they need to recognize that no means no—not no for now, but no for exerting some control over Iran’s nuclear program.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/08/rejecting-iran-deal-would-isolate-us-121189_Page2.html#ixzz3iNfWPyhj

    And I would, this shift in the balance of power–created by this ridiculous legislation–will make it impossible for this or any other president to negotiate any deal in the future. This is what the Rs and the traitorous Dems that supported this legislation have wrought.

  9. 40 vcprezofan2
    August 9, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Well, NerdyW, thank you for a full day’s posting!
    Thanks too to all of today’s participants. I’s off to bed now – G’Night, everybody!

  10. August 10, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Like I kept saying …Bernie is the Ron Paul of the left…thats it, thats all…I couldn’t understand why all those young folks where packing in Paul’s rallies either…Bernie always has an angry look and deameanor…not inspirational at all!!!

  11. August 10, 2015 at 12:14 am

    I cosign all of these #TrueDetective

  12. August 10, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Because Bernie sounds angry he appeals to the anger these people have. He makes the promise that he is singlehandedly going to take down the Koch Bros and put an end to oligarchy. Lots of fantasy talk.

  13. August 10, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Seriously, what I get from Bernie is a total absence of warmth and empathy, just straight self righteous anger and ideology. Leaves me cold. He lacks the defining quality of heartfulness that our President has.

  14. 64 99ts
    August 10, 2015 at 2:59 am

    And this is what I come home to


    deray mckesson retweeted
    Michael Skolnik ‏@MichaelSkolnik 2h2 hours ago

    On 1 year anniversary of Mike Brown’s death, another young black man is shot by the cops in Ferguson. Status unknown.

  15. 65 globalcitizenlinda
    August 10, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Good Morning Everyone!

    Have a great day

  16. 66 No Child Left Behind
    August 10, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I love my DONALD. He needs to be the nominee so that a Democrat can be president. What a man! What a mouth!


      August 10, 2015 at 7:59 am


    August 10, 2015 at 8:03 am


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