Chat Away


Sunny, the new Obama family pet, lies on the South Lawn of the White House, Aug. 19, 2013. Photo by Pete Souza

105 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    August 19, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    GA TOD

  2. August 19, 2015 at 12:13 pm

  3. August 19, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Good morning TOD!
    What a beautiful face!

  4. August 19, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Congrazt Donna!
    Mr. Bobfr, not bad for #2 spot either.
    See you guys later.

  5. 21 Nerdy Wonka
    August 19, 2015 at 12:18 pm

  6. 22 GGail
    August 19, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Beautiful Sunny 🙂

    Congrats Donna on First 🙂

    Congrats Bob on Furst 🙂

    Thanks NW for keep on keeping on!

  7. 24 Judith Fardig
    August 19, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Yay for Donna and Bobfr on opening the door to Nerdy’s new thread!

    In honor of my father’s passing 25 years ago today, I sent this tweet to Patty Murray who served with him in the Washington State legislature. They were good friends. He would have loved the age of Obama!

    • August 19, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    • 29 GGail
      August 19, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      Judith, this is a beautiful tribute to your father. Thank you so much for sharing this anniversary with us and I hope Patty Murray sees this.

    • 33 MightyPamela
      August 19, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    • August 19, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      Excellent, my father, who was a combat marine in the Pacific, decorated with silver star for bravery on Pelilu,would also have been solidly in favor of diplomacy over war. He died in my arms eleven years ago in April. I grew up without him as my parents were divorced and he and I were estranged due to his alcoholism and PTSD.In later years we became best friends with his healing from PTSD and alcoholism he became an alcohol counselor working in the VA helping other vets to heal also from alcoholism and PTSD. He had been a life long Republican, got out of his sick bed two weeks before his death to change his party registration because of GWB and GOP Iraq war.

      • August 19, 2015 at 2:25 pm

        Regardless of how you feel about Hillary, that e-mail issue is totally bogus. Colin Powell, GWB’s Sec. State, had private e-mail, deleted them all when he left. No body said anything about that.

      • 36 Judith Fardig
        August 19, 2015 at 3:14 pm

        Dear Bill R – what a potent personal story of redemption and reconciliation. Thanks for sharing your father’s journey with us.

        • August 19, 2015 at 3:40 pm

          Thanks, Judith. Indeed it is, to have borne witness to my father’s healing redemption. Much of our reconciliation and healing happened over the course of about 17 years, when we had decided to go on an annual retreat together at a Trappist monastery. Besides the quiet meditation time, we spent a lot of time just talking with each other, revealing our inner story. Among the things that stayed with me was this, after being wounded in the Okinawa campaign he was treated in a hospital on Guam and then transported on a hospital ship. They were in sight of the Golden Gate and he remembered promising silently that, having witnessed and participated in the worst violence that humans can inflict on each other, he wanted to become a kind person and dedicate his life to that endeavor. And so he did, become a very kind, gentle, and compassionate person.

  8. 38 Linda
    August 19, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    James Carville just made mincemeat out of Luke Russert and the entire media over the Clinton server issue.

  9. August 19, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Another YES:

    • 40 Judith Fardig
      August 19, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      Excellent news! Let’s hope Debbie Wasserman-Schultz follows suit.

      • 41 57andfemale
        August 19, 2015 at 2:50 pm

        No chance, I'[m afraid. You’d think she was a GOP mole the way she has not helped her POTUS or her party. She met with Bibi when he spoke to Congress, which was a major slap in the face to PBO.

        Still, I tweet her almost every day and remind her that I am an American Jew, and this deal is in everyone'[s best interest, unless you’re more loyal to your short term political gain.

    • 42 Vicki
      August 19, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Big one in that Tenn is Corkers state.

  10. August 19, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I’m not a fan of Shaun King … to say the least … but, I’m also not a fan of lies especially when they involve #WhiteSupremacy violence and hatred … so I’m posting this so each of you can read the FB account of an attack that happened to Shaun, while he was in backwater KY high school, 1995 ….

  11. August 19, 2015 at 12:45 pm

  12. 45 Judith Fardig
    August 19, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Repeating this one from last night:

  13. 50 Vicki
    August 19, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    PBO to Alaska and Louisianna next week, if I read it right. Hitting the air at high speed after a so far uninterrupted vacation.

  14. 55 JER
    August 19, 2015 at 1:38 pm

  15. 56 Nerdy Wonka
    August 19, 2015 at 1:42 pm

  16. 57 JER
    August 19, 2015 at 1:43 pm

  17. 59 GGail
    August 19, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    NW, here is another article to add to our ObamaCare success stories… 🙂

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) — A review of data on community health centers shows large increases in the number of people who have gained access to healthcare as a result of the Affordable Care Act, especially in underserved urban and rural areas of the United States.

    Researchers pin much of the credit to the expansion of Medicaid under the ACA, also referred to as ObamaCare, which has allowed people who cannot afford health insurance to have greater access to care. They note, though, that there has also been a large increase in the number people who have purchased private insurance through the ACA-mandated state exchanges.

    The ACA, passed by Congress in 2010, set basic requirements for insurance policies, created ways for consumers to compare and judge policies, and expanded methods to help people get insurance through subsidies and an expansion of the Medicaid program.


    • 60 Vicki
      August 19, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      NY Times editorial talking about expansion of these community health centers. I hope Nerdy saw that piece also. Just in case another Obamacare Post is being considered.

  18. August 19, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    BOOM! I never thought my Senator would favor the deal…this is a big get!

  19. 73 kid kanga
    August 19, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Thank so much for all the great info everyone posts here. I see SOOOooo much mis-information out there its crazy.

    Just saw on FB how the “EPA Dumped” that toxic mess into the river. of course thanks to TOD I had already been informed as to the issue the polluters took to making it a superfund clean up site that would have helped clear this mess. privitize the profit and socialize the costs, then blame the EPA for any issues. Of course they’d rather just get rid of the EPA all along which I think is the point of some of these posts I’ve been seeing.

    gonna be a bumpy ride into this election.

    • 74 GGail
      August 19, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      Hey kid kanga, I hope you took the explanation that you saw here on TOD and posted it on FB so others will know the truth too.

      • 75 kid kanga
        August 19, 2015 at 4:13 pm

        Sure did GG! If you gonna bring trash onto my FB its gonna get cleaned up. Thanks for keeping the light on here at TOD, its invaluable.

  20. August 19, 2015 at 2:48 pm


    GTG…have a wonderful day TOD fam!

  21. 89 Linda
    August 19, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Kasich: I’d Ban Teachers’ Lounges So They Couldn’t Complain

    Fascist !

    • 90 0388jojothecat
      August 19, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      That’s why people are getting out of the teaching profession. I heard today there is a huge shortage of teachers across the country and there are fewer and fewer people entering it as a profession in college. So if there are NO teachers to teach in 2ndary, middle, high schools, and colleges there will be other countries that even Americans will have to send their kids to for higher education.

    • August 19, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      This is the supposed “moderate” in the republican primaries. He’s a wolf in disguise. Republicans are a destructive force in America’s psyche. Whining all the time, peddling fear, cultivating all sorts of prejudices, making people hate and resent each other. They are extremely DIVISIVE.

  22. August 19, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    CNN, it talked about Menendez saying he would vote against the Iran Deal, but said nothing about Whitehouse and Reid saying they were supporting the Iran Deal. Maybe I just happen to miss them talking about them, but I didn’t miss them showing Menendez.

  23. August 19, 2015 at 3:59 pm

  24. 99 GGail
    August 19, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    meta, I hope your air quality is not too compromised by the fires up there. Stay safe.

    • August 19, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Thank you, GGail. The haze is starting to really get pretty noticeable. My friends who live up north say they wake up in the morning with scratchy throats.

  25. 101 GGail
    August 19, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Chips!!!! where are youuuuuuu?

    Manchester United F.C.
    4th in English Premier League
    Champions League
    Yesterday, 11:45 AM
    Old Trafford
    Man United 3 – 1 Final Club Brugge

  26. August 19, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Urge all of you to go to @pandagulu Twitter account and read all 13 segments …

  27. August 19, 2015 at 4:32 pm

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