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President Barack Obama Oval Office listens to Valerie Jarrett during a meeting with senior staff in the Oval Office August 13, 2009. From left; White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Jarrett, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and Assistant to the President Mona Sutphen. Seated at far right is Alyssa Mastromonaco, Director of Scheduling. (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 Oval Office listens to Valerie Jarrett during a meeting with senior staff in the Oval Office on Aug. 13, 2009. From left; White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Jarrett, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Assistant to the President Mona Sutphen. Seated at far right is Alyssa Mastromonaco, Director of Scheduling. Photo by Pete Souza


135 Responses to “Chat Away”


  1. 1 Allison
    August 13, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Hello Everyone!!

  2. 2 Allison
    August 13, 2015 at 12:07 pm

  3. 3 Allison
    August 13, 2015 at 12:08 pm

  4. August 13, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    UGH

    • 5 Don
      August 13, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      Whatever, Alcee.

    • 6 57andfemale
      August 13, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      Anyone know if he was on the list of supporters that Pelosi is relying on?

    • 8 57andfemale
      August 13, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      So Hastings does not understand that all bomb-making chances are PERMANENT? Can he effing read?!?!?! Or is Fox and Schumer feeding him lies so he doesn’t have to think for himself?

      Does he know that Iran is moving pro-West and jettisoning this deal will do harm to those efforts?

      I’m furious.

    • 9 Linda
      August 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      A corrupt creep…

    • 11 GGail
      August 13, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Alcee, you are not needed in regards to the IranDeal, please proceed with your life.

    • 12 Nena20409
      August 13, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      I don’t know his District…….well. Perhaps, those TODers in FL could help Us out with his bio.
      I do remember that he was a Judge…..a Federal Judge, I believe and he was Impeached by Congress and had to Vacate his Judgeship. Then he ran for Congress and won.
      He had made a number of fiery speeches in the House of Rep…..especially, during the ACA passage. I do believe that the AIPAC money machine has paid and purchased his No Vote in advance.

    • August 13, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      Alcee L. Hastings, the way I see it if you vote against, then you are voting for war. I don’t give a dam about your op-ed.

  5. August 13, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Congrats on 1st Allison πŸ˜‰

    bbl ….

  6. August 13, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Happy 23rd (or is it 24th) Birthday Chips. Hope you have a super day!

  7. August 13, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    PBO’s summer vacation reading list:

    All That Is, by James Salter
    All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
    The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert
    The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri
    Between The World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    Washington: A Life, by Ron Chernow

    • 20 MightyPamela
      August 13, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Bet PBO comes back roaring after reading The Sixth Extinction, which is well under way, and we are it! He may have zero tolerance for bigoil and fossil fuel production afterwards, world economy or no world economy. Also et this reading list shoots to the top of the best seller charts!

  8. 21 donna dem 4 obama
    August 13, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Happy Birthday Chips. I hope you are having a fantabulous time on your vacation.

    • 22 MadameSoph
      August 13, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      Happy Belated Birthday to you Donna Dem! I was lurking on threads to late to comment that day. Thank you for all you do to inform and inspire! Your info and push on the Schumer boycott has been a wonderful asset. I’ve been too busy to comment much, but trust me, I have been passing the info to F&F and heard back from many that they called/wrote their Reps and Senators on both the deal and not supporting Schumer as Senate leader.

  9. 25 Linda
    August 13, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    F You Hastings….

    Republicans Routed As House Democrats Set To Give Obama Total Victory On Iran Deal

    President Obama has a liberal firewall in the House of Representatives as Nancy Pelosi has kept her Democrats together, and they are ready to deliver total victory for the president on the Iran deal.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2015/08/13/republicans-routed-house-democrats-set-give-obama-total-victory-iran-deal.html

  10. 26 Vicki
    August 13, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Thank you to Bill and Bob for their helpful info on the Iran deal vote on the previous thread.

    Re; Cong. Hastings. Who joins Steve Israel, Nita Lowey, Eliot Engel and another handful, at least, of confused and unreliable (D.)
    Nancy Pelosi will hold together more than the minimum we need so if various greedy or grandstanding dopes want to get a little press which reflects much more badly on theselves than it does on the President or his Administration, Oh well…..

  11. 27 donna dem 4 obama
    August 13, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    TOD, I took a test a few weeks ago and got the results yesterday which were inconclusive so I have to have an additional test done on Sept 2nd. I’d very much appreciate your prayers for a good result this time around. 😯

  12. 40 misspat
    August 13, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Happy Birthday Chips. May all your wishes come true!
    Good morning folks. Did you see an article about Carson’s plan to tax us according to our sins? Yes, the man said that. I wonder how he plans to do it. One thing I know he better not charge me more for my sin than someone who did the same thing. He also wants a billionaire with ten billion to pay one billion in taxes. Good luck with that. But seriously is something wrong with this man?

    • 41 0388jojothecat
      August 13, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      Carson is running 2nd to The Donald on IA. Either people are just lying to pollsters or the GOP are just nuts.

    • 42 nospin
      August 13, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      “Carson’s plan to tax us according to our sins?”

      pretty funny if it wasn’t so sad. He was my son’s neurosurgeon and I had a lot of respect for the man. smdh!!! couldn’t believe it when he started spewing bullshit.

  13. 43 Vicki
    August 13, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Out-of-Control

    Adding to full page newspaper slurs
    Vicious Loud TV ads
    Nasty robocalls on my landline
    Absurd false, and already negated polling

    Today the NY Post (Murdoch) is backing Times Square billboards—fear hate racism Welcome to NYC, world travelers.

    Don’t be fooled. New Yorkers overwhelmingly want the Deal approved and more of us than Murdoch, Bloomberg, Zuckerman, Dershowitz, Boteach and Schumer want you to believe—-LOVE OUR POTUS.

  14. 44 Nena20409
    August 13, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Hello TOD on a TBT.
    Waving from MN. Partly Cloudy, Thunder Storms, intermittently………Hot and Humid…….So is Aug 13th, 2015 in my neck of the woods πŸ˜‰
    Au ⭐ winners, Allison. Congratulations.
    Congrats to the Au ⭐ winners 2-3 posts back.

  15. 45 donna dem 4 obama
    August 13, 2015 at 1:34 pm

  16. 46 Nena20409
    August 13, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    • 47 Linda
      August 13, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      She has been married 3 times…..I guess her ” deeply held Christian beliefs ” don’t include being divorced and remarried.

      Hypocrite !

  17. 48 Linda
    August 13, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Jeb! just said that the FBI ” TOOK ” the Clinton server, when in fact her attorney turned it in.

  18. 50 Nena20409
    August 13, 2015 at 1:35 pm

  19. 54 MadameSoph
    August 13, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Just want to thank Nerdy for all of her hard work while Chips is away and throughout the year! It is in large part because of TOD that I am able to be well-informed on how brilliant and effective PBO and his administration have been.

    I just need to briefly vent about a conversation I had yesterday, not unlike many others I have had during PBO’s presidency. I was visiting a friend yesterday and was chatting with her and her husband. I don’t remember how we got on the subject, but I was talking about our electorate not being engaged enough in the process and I echoed PBO’s words that “too often we disenfranchise ourselves” Well….. this guy starts by saying (I kid you not), “Well, I’m kind of disenfranchised with Obama.” (no, he wasn’t speaking of his voting rights, he meant “disappointed”). Then he proceeded to go through a vague laundry list of far-left wish list items of his that hadn’t been met. He said, “He’s been bad on food – he appointed that Monsanto guy to the food thing.” When I asked what “food thing” he was speaking of, he couldn’t remember. Then he complained that PBO hadn’t gotten a better healthcare deal, you know, the usual far-left unicorn of the perfect, completely government-run system. I told him, “you have great insurance,” (he works in the film industry and is unionized) “After paying thousands of dollars a year and not being able to go to the doctor, I know have wonderful insurance, thanks to PBO and Nancy Pelosi.” He argued that I would have had a better deal if PBO had “not caved to the insurance industry” I looked at him incredulously and asked, “Do you know how hard it was to get what we got?” He ended the conversation by asking me, “What do you think of [you guessed it] drones?” Sigh.

    I’m so tired of ignorance and disengagement that’s still full of opinions. This is from the left, right and center. The sad truth is, those of us at TOD, who pay attention to what is ACTUALLY happening with policy, are in the minority.

    Again, thank you Nerdy, thank you Chips, thank you to all of my fellow TODers who share, inform and pay attention. I think I would lose my mind if not for you all.

    • 55 MadameSoph
      August 13, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      P.S. He thinks HRC is unelectable and doesn’t know who Bernie Sanders is. He’s another Gen Xer, like me. To me, this guy is representative of a lot of the electorate. Told him if VP Biden runs I’d be donating the same day. He seemed surprised – said something about gaffes. He hadn’t even considered him as an option. His thoughts on HRC and Sanders make me think even more that VP Biden is definitely our best choice/chance for 2016.

      • August 13, 2015 at 2:07 pm

        I. am. so. fed. up. with the narrative of “Joe Biden the gaffe machine”. I don’t know about his chances at getting the nomination, but I would love Joe to run anyway, if only to silence the critics, and demonstrate how COMPETENT he is , and how shallow the media has been towards him, creating this cartoonish version of him that bares little resemblance to reality.

      • 57 0388jojothecat
        August 13, 2015 at 2:23 pm

        When he said he didn’t know who Bernie Sanders was, he just proved your point about ignorant electorate…end of discussion. All he had were LW talking points. Plus he needs to understand definitions of words he uses.

    • 58 Nerdy Wonka
      August 13, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks, MadameSoph and thanks for speaking up on behalf of our wonderful President Barack Obama.

  20. 59 Nena20409
    August 13, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    • August 13, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      Some of those people who is supporting Trump is so stupid as to believe that Trump can get ISIS oil, make Mexico pay for that wall, and he is going to send 11 million illegals out of the country and then let them come in legal. Stupid racists people.

  21. 61 Dudette
    August 13, 2015 at 1:53 pm

  22. 63 GGail
    August 13, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    32,000,856 hits

    When did the odometer turn? 😯

    Happy 32 million hits TOD family πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ ❀

  23. August 13, 2015 at 2:01 pm

  24. 75 Dudette
    August 13, 2015 at 2:02 pm

  25. 85 Dudette
    August 13, 2015 at 2:09 pm

  26. August 13, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    So I just saw this video of Howard Dean being asked if VP Joe should run. He said no, Joe is too old. WTF? He went on to say that even though Bernie is old he’s captured the youth in a way that Joe couldn’t.

    We know that Dean has already endorsed HRC. He must see VP Joe as credible threat. Hey Howard, YES WE CAN.

    • 104 Dudette
      August 13, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Wait ’til Joe gets in the race. Howard Dean will eat those words.

    • 107 GGail
      August 13, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      YES! I smell fear

    • August 13, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      What I think is that Howard Dean doesn’t seem bothered by the age of Bernie Sanders because he knows Mr. Sanders is not in the race to win the nomination and is not in the least interested in becoming the President of the United States. Bernie Sanders entered the race convinced HRC would get the nomination. He won’t tell his supporters, but Senator Sanders just wants to make a statement, and push Hillary to the left.

      On the opposite, Howard Dean knows that if Joe Biden enters the race, it’s because he really wants the job.

      Hence Dean’s remarks about age.

      I would love for Joe Biden to run. We have to acknowledge though that the “age” factor would be used against him.
      If he was ten years younger, he would be unbeatable in my opinion. He still could win because of his competence and character, no question about it. It would just be a little harder.

  27. 110 Dudette
    August 13, 2015 at 2:12 pm

  28. August 13, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Congrats on the 32+ Million visits Chips – great way to celebrate your 23rd birthday πŸ™‚

  29. 114 JER
    August 13, 2015 at 2:15 pm

  30. August 13, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Making even more history … that’s our Obama Team!!!

  31. August 13, 2015 at 2:18 pm

  32. August 13, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Don’t allow anyone away with the bulls*^t that Bibi has the backing of his core IDF leadership re: his attempt to scuttle the #IranDeal …

  33. August 13, 2015 at 2:30 pm

  34. August 13, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    ###

    The biggest factor for Biden as he explores a potential campaign appears to be his late son, Beau, who reportedly urged his father to run while he was dying of brain cancer earlier this year. His death left the Biden family in visible turmoil, and it’s unclear whether the vice president is emotionally ready to enter the rigors of the campaign trail.

    “Biden is not calling people asking ‘if’ he should run, but saying, ‘I am thinking about it but I’m also thinking about Beau,’ according to a source close to Biden,” NBC reported.

    “I think he is doing the analysis and homework,” the source who spoke to Biden told NBC. “I can’t emphasize this enough: He is distraught over Beau’s passing and working through the grief.”

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/joe-biden-considering-running-for-president-2015-8#ixzz3iim7vo2u

  35. 124 Judith Fardig
    August 13, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Bye, all. Off to Seattle for along weekend. Keep on partying for Chips’ birthday!

  36. 127 arapaho415
    August 13, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    GA TODville.

    Here’s PBO’s summer book list.

    He’s no doubt toting at least one with him to the beach today. πŸ™‚

    “From a White House official, we have the president’s summer reading list:

    All That Is, James Salter
    All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri Between The World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
    Washington: A Life, Ron Chernow

    At the moment we don’t know if he’s reading actual books or using a digital device, but a source with a good memory recalls that POTUS actually bought the Lahiri hardcover book during a pooled event when it first came out a while back.”

  37. 128 Dudette
    August 13, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    More Awesomeness from The Obama Administration!

  38. 132 Nena20409
    August 13, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Dead since Aug 3rd, 1923…..yet he is still making History from the grave.
    I am hearing that song by the Supremes/Diana Ross
    Love Child.

  39. August 13, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Happy Birthday, ChipsπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰
    Thank you for this mental sanctuary. Couldn’t remain sane without it.❀️


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