Chat Away

President Barack Obama greets people at Nancy's restaurant in Oak Bluffs, Mass., Aug. 21, 2011. (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 greets people at Nancy’s restaurant in Oak Bluffs, Mass., Aug. 21, 2011. Photo by Pete Souza

130 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 1 GGail
    August 21, 2015 at 5:10 pm


  2. 2 GGail
    August 21, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Great view of PBO. Thanks NW 🙂

  3. 3 GGail
    August 21, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Will someone please alert VC that I’m over here 😀 😀

  4. 7 Nerdy Wonka
    August 21, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    You know what, Chips? You can go !!!&****%%%&&**** yourself for that insulting and vomit inducing “gift” you “bought” for me. It is currently being burned to ashes by the fires of hell. 😀

    • 8 GGail
      August 21, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Lawdy NW, you do need a vacation, just not for too long – okay? 🙂
      Save that fury for your game on Sunday

  5. 9 JER
    August 21, 2015 at 5:14 pm

  6. 10 jackiegrumbacher
    August 21, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Hi all. Tomorrow is our Fiesta Latina and I am now an officially crazed person, obsessing over details and fearing I’ve forgotten something. ‘To do’ lists are posted everywhere and they never seem to get shorter. The good news is the weather forecast is good and lots of people seem excited about attending. Wish you could all be there to taste the food varieties we’ve got–Mexican, Puerto Rican , Dominican, plus a pig roast and good old American hot dogs. Everyone will be dancing to a Latin beat.

    • 11 GGail
      August 21, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      JackieG, I wish you nothing but blue skies and good fun tomorrow. Get a couple of those salsa moves down too 🙂

    • 12 vcprezofan2
      August 21, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      JG, I’m sure you, hubby, fellow committee members and organizers have outdone yourselves! Wishing you all a wonderful and extremely enjoyable Fiesta Latina day! 😉 Two more sleeps and it’ll be over….until next time.

    • 13 sjterrid
      August 21, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      Thank you so much for all the work you have been doing for your Fiesta Latina, JackieG. Sounds like it’s going to be great. I hope you can take it easy after this and that your health is improving. I’ll continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    • August 21, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      I just can’t tell you how proud I am of you and this event you’ve put together. It grew out of a simple idea of building an inclusive community and now look at how it’s grown!! I really wish I could be there not only to help but to join in all the fun. You’re simply amazing jackieg, and I thank you for all you’ve done for the Latino community.

    • 18 otter44
      August 21, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      JackieG hope the festival is a huge success.Praying for good test results.

  7. August 21, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Congrats on 1st Gail 🙂

    I’ll post a second ‘WELCOME HOME {{{{{Chips}}}}’ and an expression of total gratitude to NW for all you’ve done to keep TOD humming along during Chips much deserved holiday!!!

    Also, this ….

    Rarely, as in almost never, have I recommended that our TOD community spend nearly an hour watching (or reading) anything. However, after considerable thought how to give all of you a little glimpse into what not only motivates me, but is core to my ‘day job,’ I’ve decided to share a particular video that will provide you that context ….

    Each of you experience everyday, thanks in no small part to Chips and NW, the value of the ‘social commons’m – so that part of Jeremy’s message will be ‘innate’ to you.

    Just how essential the ‘social commons’ is to the narrative of a ‘collaborative commons’ leveraging an ‘internet of things,’ as well as an ‘energy internet’ and the now globally pervasive ‘information internet’ should be readily obvious as you listen to a presentation he gave at Google last year.

    The 3rd Industrial Revolution is a pragmatic process that we either do everything we possibly can to achieve, or we can kiss our species (and countless others) good bye.

    Nothing about what you are going to hear in the video or what, way more importantly, is being done by Jeremy and thousands of others is ‘nirvana’ or ‘utopian’ oriented.

    It’s hard, cold, fact based efforts to revert climate change and develop an equitable collaborative economy.

    We actually have the technology, the tools. Do we have the will is the open question.

    I’m hopeful – mainly because of the millennials, and what we’ve been witnessing in communities throughout Germany, India, Sub Saharan Africa, and South America.

    For sure, we already have plenty of evidence why we better do our ‘day jobs’ really, really well!! That is particularly the case for us ‘old folk’ because it is our responsibility to do everything we can, every minute of every day, not to bequeath catastrophe to those under 20, and all the generations that could well be born into a cauldron of water scarcity, famine and intractable war in a nuclear armed planet.

    #FORWARD Together

    bbl in a few hours ….

  8. 25 jackiegrumbacher
    August 21, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Ahh, Chips, glad to see you’re easing back from your vacation. Danny’s going to have a hard time adjusting to his old routine after his high old time at the beach. Take it slow. Re-entry after vacation is always painful.

  9. 33 vcprezofan2
    August 21, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    😎 ‘toon

  10. 37 Nena20409
    August 21, 2015 at 5:48 pm

  11. August 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Increading the margin in the House of Rep.:

  12. 41 Nena20409
    August 21, 2015 at 6:02 pm

  13. 49 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    WELCOME BACK Chips and Danny!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    {{{{{{{CHIPS & Danny}}}}}}}}}

    Nerdy has been doing such a terrific job – I don’t have to tell you….

    Congrats GGail on #1!

  14. August 21, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    CHIPPPSSSSSS! Welcome back from a well deserved vacation 😎

    Thanks for sharing pics/video of Danny & his new friends allowing you to relax 😀

  15. August 21, 2015 at 6:15 pm

  16. August 21, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Still no decision, but some planning is definitely being discussed and mapped out.

    • August 21, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      Really! Maybe I’ll run down and see my Auntie; she lives a stone’s throw away from the VP… Will the TOD family raise my bail if the recon mission fails???

      BTW, WELCOME HOME, Chips!

    • 63 vcprezofan2
      August 21, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      Give him a quick call, Alycee.

    • 64 Vicki
      August 21, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      Very encouraging.
      Think about this:
      Bernie has virtually no Democratic endorsements.
      Hillary has the same ones she had a year or more ago—Claire McCaskill, Jennifer Granholm, etc.

      Who has Bill de Blasio endorsed?
      Who has Harry Reid endorsed?

      As far as I know Kanye and Kim are taking selfies with HRC. Otherwise, where are the Legions that turned out for Senator Obama?

      My point is that plenty of people in public life and privately are waiting and hoping and, possibly hedging their bets.
      If VP Biden enters the race it will be very eye-opening for the nay-sayers.

      • August 21, 2015 at 6:40 pm

        There are plenty of naysayers but you’re right. There are legions who love him and are willing to work hard for him. I’m IN, uphill battle or not. He’s a winner.

      • 66 hopefruit2
        August 21, 2015 at 6:48 pm

        Vicki your post makes a whole lot of sense. I was reading donna’s earlier post and I agree that HRC just seems too disorganized and unfocused to sustain any kind of effective campaign to the WH. At this point it’s VP Biden or BUST.

    • 67 vcprezofan2
      August 21, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      Crossing fingers and toes that VP Joe *does* wade in because now that MSM is starting to highlight his decision making, should he decided not to participate I’m sure they’d be happy to spread the myth that HRC is too *strong*.

  17. 68 vcprezofan2
    August 21, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    BTW, Gx2, deliver your own message! Nobody would have taken your place….I think…. if you had come back yourself to say the gate was open. Geesh! Fast stepping on your part though. 😀

  18. August 21, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    California TOD….this is a whip count you might want to start pressing locally:

    • 73 vcprezofan2
      August 21, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      Good way to be practical, LPlains. RitaC mentioned this in the previous thread AND provided the twitter handles for some of the laggards.

      TOD Family, there are a number of Democrats in CA who are still undecided about supporting the Iran Nuclear Deal. Need your help in pushing them for support. I just tweeted to all of them. Here’s a sample that you can use, or create your own…

      Here are the twitter handles of all the undecided Reps:


      Thanks for your help!!

      • 74 GGail
        August 21, 2015 at 6:55 pm

        Tweeting is not restricted to just CA folks – you all can participate.
        Thank you, thank you very much 🙂

      • August 21, 2015 at 6:58 pm

        “good way to be practical” ….about the highest form of a compliment I will ever get from VC…..consider the weekend off to a good start 😀

      • August 21, 2015 at 6:59 pm

        Thank you very much.

      • 78 cd4biden
        August 21, 2015 at 11:43 pm

        Welcome back Chips and Danny. I hope you had a wonderful and restful time.

        As I said in the last thread, Rep Huffman has been working hard to free Jason Rezaian, WaPo Journalist in prison in Iran, and whose family are constituents of Rep Huffman. The court decision is to be handed down any day now, and I’m sure once it is that Rep Huffman will start focusing on the Iran deal.

    • August 21, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      This headline is wrong. Pelosi already has well over the 146 needed.

  19. August 21, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Ms. Chips!!!!!!
    Welcome home.
    The pics of Danny are just great photography!
    You are a woman of many talents.
    Nerdy has been exceptionally fantastic.
    She kept me up lurking so late I could never Rise&Shine.
    I am so informed I talk to the plants now because everyone is tired of hearing me talk politics.
    Déjà vue 2008.

    FAST FOWARD: Shouldn’t we start planning TOD Gala when POB leaves that cesspool of haters in D.C.
    I think D.C. would be a great place to meet if nothing else but to let the world know how much we appreciate this man who included us all with hope and change. And to let him know that we are grateful, we will always have his back as he passes the baton to Biden.
    I am trying to get to a WH tour before they leave.

    • August 21, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      “She kept me up lurking so late I could never Rise&Shine.” 😆

      Thank you LDS, thrilled to be back at TOD, missed you all, and will NEVER find the words to thank Nerdy enough!!

      • 83 amk for obama
        August 21, 2015 at 9:00 pm

        well, well, well…. look who decided to fiiiinally show up !!!! #romanholidayingmillionairess

  20. August 21, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    ^with his vision and ours of hope and change^

  21. August 21, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    • 86 Vicki
      August 21, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      Looking good, isn’t it?

    • 89 vcprezofan2
      August 21, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      • 90 sjterrid
        August 21, 2015 at 10:24 pm

        Unfortunately, my congressman, Donald Norcross, seems to be committed to Bibi!

        • 91 vcprezofan2
          August 21, 2015 at 10:27 pm

          If he doesn’t change his mind in time, I hope you’ll remember this during the next election and direct him to Bibi when he solicits your vote.

          • 92 sjterrid
            August 21, 2015 at 10:37 pm

            No, I don’t think he’s going to change his mind. I got a response from him today after I told him I was disappointed in him voting no and why. When he brought up listening to Bibi talk to Congress, I was so angry I didn’t bother reading anymore, but no he will not be getting amy more money from me.

            However, it does look like Nancy will have the votes in congress anyway.

            • 93 vcprezofan2
              August 21, 2015 at 11:00 pm

              Terri, I said this earlier and I really do believe it – the reaction of Congress members to this deal really shows who they are. Are they people (representatives/leaders) who can evaluate the pros and cons of an issue and come to a rational conclusion based on the facts and the best interests of the country as a whole, or are they people who can be easily bought. To me this is fairly straightforward, and it’s been underlined by the fact the Obama Admin has made every effort to be accessible and have their experts, as well as outside experts, be available to respond to their ‘concerns’. There should be nothing partisan about this particular issue. I am embarrassed for any senator/representative who pretends that s/he has read the deal in its entirety, listened to the experts and then chooses to say ‘no’ for any of the lame reasons they give. To me it simply shows s/he is not as smart as s/he thinks.

              • 94 sjterrid
                August 21, 2015 at 11:11 pm

                What’s sad and sickening about this is I expected all the republicans to be against this, but when I see democrats say that there’s a better deal that can get negotiated and we can’t trust Iran despite the safeguards in the agreement. it makes no sense. Especially after all we have learned about the disaster in Iraq.

                • 95 vcprezofan2
                  August 21, 2015 at 11:19 pm

                  You are right it makes no sense, so my only explanation is to accept that they are either poor reasoners, or they lack character (i.e. have been bought by AIPAC).

  22. August 21, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    BTW, I’ve noticed that Mother Jones is putting out hit piece after hit piece on VP Biden. I don’t get it.

  23. 100 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Hurricane Danny…

  24. 101 JER
    August 21, 2015 at 6:59 pm

  25. 102 JER
    August 21, 2015 at 7:03 pm

  26. 103 JER
    August 21, 2015 at 7:05 pm

  27. August 21, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    ICYMI: a long interview with Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative.


  28. August 21, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Parents’ Ceremony Serves Up Elements of ‘Morehouse Gospel’

    ATLANTA — For the previous 364 days, the carved wooden chest rested unobtrusively atop a bookshelf in a dean’s office here at Morehouse College. Then, on a recent Wednesday afternoon, the dean, Dr. Lawrence E. Carter Sr., reclaimed the vessel for its annual duty as the repository of Morehouse’s hope and history.

    The coffer is formally known as the Thurman Chest, so named because one of Morehouse’s most illustrious graduates, the African-American theologian and civil rights advocate Howard Thurman, bought it in India in 1936. He had journeyed there to learn the concepts of nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience directly from Gandhi.

    In 1981, after Dr. Thurman’s death and cremation, his widow, Sue, placed his ashes in the chest. When she died in 1996, both their remains were interred in a monument outside the campus chapel here.

    The chest, with its evocative image of boatmen navigating between two shores, then took on another purpose, as the centerpiece of Morehouse’s Parents’ Parting Ceremony. By the time evening descended on Aug. 12, the chest had been opened and placed at the entrance to the chapel as the parents of Morehouse’s 679 freshmen entered to take their seats.

    Fathers, mothers and couples paused at the chest and dropped in a card or two, on which they had penned their hopes for their sons at this all-male school. Greg Olaniran wrote that his son, Christian, should not be afraid to be himself. Yolanda Coronel wished that her son, Sebastian, would fulfill his dreams.

    Aline Williams and her husband, Dereck Caldwell, had not expected to be there. They had an evening flight back to Chicago. Or they did until Morehouse’s provost learned they would have to miss the parting ritual, and paid to book them a flight the next morning.

    So there they stood on the chapel plaza — Mr. Caldwell, a manager for a payroll company, and Ms. Williams, a caterer — writing out their visions for their son Konnor. To feel a sense of brotherhood. To have a spirit of service. To become a whole person. Then, the couple moved toward their seats as three African drummers led the freshmen in white shirts and crimson ties past the Thurman crypt.

    In the annals of African-American history, and specifically of historically black colleges and universities, there is indeed a proper noun known as the Morehouse Man. These men have included not only Dr. Thurman and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but also Julian Bond, who died on Aug. 15; the director Spike Lee; the civil rights lawyer James Madison Nabrit Jr.; and innumerable politicians, scholars, scientists, ministers and executives.


  29. August 21, 2015 at 7:31 pm

  30. August 21, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Rank amateurs…

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  33. August 21, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Welcome Back Chips!!

  34. August 21, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Hay remember all the talk about Trump having to move his event a bigger place because they were expecting 40,000 people. Well TeaNN said there is about 10, 000 there. Maybe Trump will bus in afew more. Bernie Sanders have been drawing more then 10,000. TeaNN and MSNBC will be showing Trump’s speech live, now tell me once again that this sorry ass media isn’t to blame for Donald Trump also..

  35. August 21, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Welcome Back Chips!!!

  36. 119 jacquelineoboomer
    August 21, 2015 at 8:31 pm

  37. 120 jacquelineoboomer
    August 21, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Ha. Barack Obama crowd shots still coming out!

  38. 121 jacquelineoboomer
    August 21, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    CNN just lost their video signal of Trump’s debacle.

    And I laugh.

  39. August 21, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Welcome Back Chips & Danny!!!

  40. 124 jacquelineoboomer
    August 21, 2015 at 8:40 pm

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  43. 128 vcprezofan2
    August 21, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Sharing this Benen post because of the cool ranger video segment at the end.

    // ………………………………………………….

    And let me tell you… even Ranger graduation is cool. Some highlights below (spoiler alert: it includes a commando crawl… across a tightwire!):


  44. August 22, 2015 at 12:59 am

    Welcome back, Chips and Danny. Nerdy W. kept the space beautiful.

    JackieG., thanks for all the great work that you do. Have a wonderful time and get some rest for Monday. Prayers for you from me. Love you much.

    Lots of hugs and thoughts for our Yardarm also. Hope all is going well for him. Hurry back Yardarm, miss you a lot.HZ

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