Chat Away

President Barack Obama presents a birthday cake to Military Aide Major Barrett Bernard aboard Air Force One during the flight from Seattle, Wash., to Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 17, 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 surprises Military Aide Major Barrett Bernard with a birthday cake aboard Air Force One during the flight from Seattle, Wash., to Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 17, 2010. Photo by Pete Souza

111 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 1 57andfemale
    August 17, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Helloooooo, TOD

  2. August 17, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    This is AWESOMENESS right here:

  3. 9 donna dem 4 obama
    August 17, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Good Afternoon TOD. Thank you NW you legend you!

    We had better fix this animus that’s growing with social active Dems.

    “Appearing with Chuck Todd on Meet The Press, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) corrected the host when he quoted from article in Buzzfeed saying the Vermont senator had apologized to Black Lives Matter, telling Todd the apology came from a staffer and that it “was sent out without my knowledge.”

    As I just stated on Facebook, I’m sensing a real racial divide that’s starting to manifest itself within the Democratic Party. Progressives/Liberal/Dems may want to tread lightly. I’d hate to see us blow up this Presidential election because people are so passionate about their candidate (s) that they lose sight of the real racial injustice that is taking place in this country. President Obama has been heckled, protested and shouted down more times than I care to count and although I didn’t like it when it happened to him I was sympathetic to the message that the protester was trying to convey. Just something to think about as we make our decision about who we want to lead this Party to victory in 2016.


    • August 17, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      I’m not so sure Donna. Sanders and his supporters really represent a small percentage so I don’t really see the racial divide being much of a problem. The overwhelming majority of Dems love PBO and are going to work like crazy to make sure a Dem wins in 2016. Sanders by that time will be a distant memory imo.

      • 11 EricFive
        August 17, 2015 at 1:49 pm

        It is a divide that Sanders and his supporters are intentionally creating. They think that if the Democratic party abandons civil rights issues it will be able to attract the working class whites who left the party in protest of the civil rights victories of the 1960’s. This is why Sanders cannot be seen to be apologizing to the BLM movement because that would piss off the white voters he covets. I don’t think very many of the Sanders supporters voted for PBO (or anyone else). These appear to be folks who became politically aware during the Age of Obama, but never embraced his presidency. In Sanders they have a candidate they can embrace, so long as he sticks to THEIR issues.

      • August 17, 2015 at 4:01 pm

        First, (and leaving aside the fact that he feels the need not to apologize to Black Lives Matter), if his staffers are going around saying things he doesn’t want them to say, he’d better get that fixed before the campaign goes much further. The staffer probably wanted to mitigate the damage done by Sander’s immediate response to the disruption. Also maybe that staffer will be a little disenchanted with Sanders after this.
        Second, I’ve finally identified what Sanders, and to an eve greater extent his followers, remind me of: the Occupy movement. There’s the same grandiose, sweeping ideas, the same disdain for who have any other issues besides their own, disdain for any form of compromise, and a lack of political intelligence on how to successfully move the agenda forward, even if it is one step at a time.
        I agree with Eric that he is trying to win back voters that left us in the 60s because those are the people he knows and the issues he knows- basically it seems he wants the labor movement first half of the 20th century.

  4. 15 Judith Fardig
    August 17, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Donna, I share your concerns and hope that in honor of President Obama and to continue his legacy, we will come together to support the Democratic nominee for President and do more than just vote. I can’t imagine feeling as passionate about any other candidate as I did about Barack Obama, but the bottom line is holding the White House and changing the Supreme Court. Re-taking Congress would require a huge wave of voters from the big tent of Democrats as well as independents. Let the GOP lose by in-fighting. We can’t afford to do that because people’s lives are at stake.

    • August 17, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      You said it well, Judith.

    • 18 Roberta in MN
      August 17, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      I go along with that Judith. This the funny season right now. I think after schools are in and the State Fairs are done and the primaries start it will be a whole new ball game. Bernie’s people are wondering why there are no Dem’s endorsing him. I told them, he is not in the Democratic Party, he is an Independent Socialist and in the Socialist party. Why Wasserman Schultz even puts him in with the Dems is a head shaker for me. I keep repeating Sanders is a Socialist not a registered Dem. in reply to anyone on Twitter that makes it sound like he is part of our party.

  5. 20 jacquelineoboomer
    August 17, 2015 at 12:54 pm

  6. 25 JER
    August 17, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    • 26 kid kanga
      August 17, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      I hate golf, but if I got to golf with the prez it would be my new favorite thing to do!

      • 27 Roberta in MN
        August 17, 2015 at 1:40 pm

        I watched a good game yesterday PGA in WI.The winner was an Austrialian, Jason Day, final score -20. Beat a few records and Jason Speith is number #1 in the PGA tour now taking over from Tiger. Excellent golf. I love to watch, I don’t play.

        August 17, 2015 at 1:44 pm


        August 17, 2015 at 1:47 pm


      • August 17, 2015 at 4:52 pm

        I don’t like golf either, but two sports POTUS and I have in common is I like football and basketball, baseball is okay. That’s NFL football. I used to love the Chicago Bulls, that was doing Michael Jordon time i Chicago. POTUS like the Bears and I”m a Cowboys fan. But I would like to see Tiger Woods win another tournament or two before he retire.

        • August 17, 2015 at 4:56 pm

          Now that might get me to watch golf if Woods was about to win. But I’m glad POTUS enjoy playing golf, if it helps him relax and clear his mind.

  7. 32 57andfemale
    August 17, 2015 at 1:47 pm

  8. 33 Nena20409
    August 17, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Monday…..Sunny. Cooler. Nicer. 🙂
    Wonderful R&S, NW. Thank you.
    Congrats to the Au ⭐ winners, starting with this post and 2 posts back.

    • 34 EricFive
      August 17, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      Fugelsang has a gift for pointing out the insanity and hypocrisy of the GOP in a funny but dead on manner. I admire his ability to cut through the bullshyte.

  9. 35 Nena20409
    August 17, 2015 at 2:09 pm

  10. 36 Nena20409
    August 17, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    One of the Trumpaloozza is intriguing to me……this KOCHroach puppet is now attacking Sen McConnell.

    I am ‘hopelessly’ giddy and hopefully wishing for a a repeat of Dem chaos in 1968, 1972, 1980 bickering to visit the GOPers in 2016.

  11. 40 Nena20409
    August 17, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Tracy Morgan, Good Luck and WTG.

  12. 42 57andfemale
    August 17, 2015 at 2:56 pm

  13. 44 desertflower
    August 17, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Can someone post this? Nutballs.


  14. 45 donna dem 4 obama
    August 17, 2015 at 4:22 pm

  15. August 17, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    WOW, livin’ in the city!!

  16. August 17, 2015 at 4:30 pm

  17. 63 Nena20409
    August 17, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    This woman goes after Pres Obama, the Clintons, but she is defending Trump, yet again?
    I say, too much Botox?

    • August 17, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      I’m sure this witch Dowd defended Trump when he was talking about POTUS not being born in this country, and when Trump was talking about Mexicans being rapists and killers.

  18. 65 Vicki
    August 17, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    In other Not happening news—-
    Since Sherrod Brown announced his Yes vote on Friday night, it is all too quiet on the vote for the Iran Deal. Dems must be getting little thrills from thinking they are screwing PBO and his supporters. I am distressed but I bet PBO is entirely unruffled. I’d also bet that POTUS knows exactly how this story will end.

    • 66 Judith Fardig
      August 17, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      We need to move Merkley, Murray, Cantwell, and Coons before I will feel relaxed about the Iran Deal vote.

      This weekend, Mighty Pamela and I were able to meet up in Seattle and share affection for all things Obama!

  19. 81 Nena20409
    August 17, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Hey Haters, the woman is dead.
    We are all taught to RESPECT the dead. Sheesh.

    • 82 EricFive
      August 17, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      These devils are transparent in the targets they choose. Roots struck a blow against the myth of white innocence that is essential to the maintenance of the doctrine of white supremacy. It is viewed as outrageous to tell the truth about chattel slavery in this country. BTW these devils don’t respect Black folks’ lives, so no surprise they don’t respect our dead.

  20. 83 Nena20409
    August 17, 2015 at 4:56 pm

  21. 85 MIghtyPamela
    August 17, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Y’all are so many days ahead of MP, but have you seen this: Holy you-know-what!!

  22. 86 Nena20409
    August 17, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Knock on Wood!

  23. August 17, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    So sad…..this photo was just a month ago…..

    • 88 Judith Fardig
      August 17, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      So glad she and POTUS got to meet before she passed. What a way to end such a long and amazing life!

      • 89 hopefruit2
        August 17, 2015 at 5:14 pm

        That’s probably why the meeting with him was arranged at that time – they (and her) probably knew the end was near. A long and amazing life indeed. May she RIP.

      • 90 MIghtyPamela
        August 17, 2015 at 5:18 pm

        Cannot imagine a more brilliant experience to close the book with! Bless her, Bless PBO. _/|\_

    • 91 Nena20409
      August 17, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Soldier on for an everlasting Peace.

  24. 92 jacquelineoboomer
    August 17, 2015 at 5:16 pm

  25. 93 57andfemale
    August 17, 2015 at 5:17 pm

  26. 94 Linda
    August 17, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    hmmmm so far about 300 of Hillary’s email may need to be marked classified now ?

    What about the 22 million that disappeared under Bush.? What about their private e-mail account ?

    Bush White House email controversy


    American media….your bias agenda is glaring.

  27. August 17, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    The people who are running to Donald Trump is doing so because they are angry, they are angry because for the last six and a half years the United States of America have had a black man as President. Am I saying Trump supporters are racists? Yes I am. How the hell are you going to support someone who is talking about building a fence on the border and making Mexico pay for it? Kicking over 11 million people out of this country. You are not guided by common sense, you are guided by your racism.

  28. 97 Linda
    August 17, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Mark Halperin is saying Scott Walker had a pretty good day at the fair.

    I guess getting booed and heckled is ” pretty good ” in his mind.

  29. August 17, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Because I’ve been having a fruitless discussion with someone in another forum, I’m going to post this here. The discussion was about the ‘rudeness’ of the BLM protesters toward B.Sanders. They were ‘rude’, ‘insensitive’, ‘hurting their own cause’. They noted how much more polite Dr King and his supporters had been; they had been involved in ‘direct action’, not ‘protests’. And by direct action they meant, for instance, Rosa Parks claiming her right to retain her bus seat which had been denied to her. Or the Greensboro sit-in where young people claimed their right to sit at a public lunch counter through the direct action of sitting there, a right that had been denied to them. White privilege at its finest. Another participant did ask what the ‘direct action’ would be when denied the right to live by a police bullet, refuse to die? Another brought up the March on Washington, which was certainly a ‘protest’. My goal in engaging in this was as always, not aimed at the pig-headed person who staked out the original position, but to get out some facts that other following might see and consider. I found this interesting article which speaks directly to the argument about politeness. It has the video and the transcript of Dr. King being interviewed about the tactics of the sit-ins.

    The first question MLK was asked on Meet the Press: ‘Aren’t the sit-ins hurting the negro cause?'”

  30. August 17, 2015 at 5:38 pm

  31. 105 Nena20409
    August 17, 2015 at 5:49 pm

  32. 107 Nena20409
    August 17, 2015 at 5:51 pm

  33. 110 otter44
    August 17, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    link to Library of Congress comments on Julian Bond. http://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2015/08/a-founder-and-a-firebrand/?loclr=ealocb

    RIP Mr. Bond, a man for all seasons, brilliant, beautiful and devoted to civil rights for everyone. Thank you.

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