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President Obama Hosts the White House Astronomy Night

7:35 EDT: President Obama Hosts the White House Astronomy Night


164 Responses to “President Obama Hosts the White House Astronomy Night”


  1. 1 99ts
    October 19, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    a commet – what’s happening in Canada?

  2. 5 hopefruit2
    October 19, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Good evening Chips & TOD! 🙂 Happy Monday to all. What a perfect night to watch the stars!

  3. 20 hopefruit2
    October 19, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I’ve said this before. Mother Nature is an O’bot. Notice how she’s on her best behavior this evening for the star-watching event at the WH…

  4. 22 MadameSoph
    October 19, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Perfect for a new thread! Thanks Chips!

  5. 23 hopefruit2
    October 19, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Our President is SPEAKING NOW! : )

  6. 24 Dudette
    October 19, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Yay! It has begun! 😀

  7. 25 Dudette
    October 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm

  8. 28 Dudette
    October 19, 2015 at 7:34 pm

  9. 29 hopefruit2
    October 19, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    So Bill Nye is in the house, but what’s the deal with Neil deGrasse Tyson?!?!? I don’t see him present nor have I seen anything from his Twitter page on this event.

  10. October 19, 2015 at 7:40 pm

  11. 42 Nerdy Wonka
    October 19, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    • 43 99ts
      October 19, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      So many thanks NW

      “It’s so incredibly AWESOME to have a president who is genuinely excited and loves science. ”

      And it’s been a long time coming – truly truly disgusting that the media would prefer to talk to Donald Trump about insulting a Bush than to laud the wonderful intelligence and achievements of their President.

    • 44 nathkatun7
      October 20, 2015 at 1:32 am

      Thank you so much, Nerdy Wonka, for effectively communicating President Obama’s vision and plans for the future.

  12. 46 Dudette
    October 19, 2015 at 7:48 pm

  13. 47 mtmarilyn
    October 19, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    This last weekend we went camping and the stars were brilliant. It was so wonderful having a glowing firelight and laying back on our lawn chairs watching the stars. This is why I love the fall in Montana. It stays to light in the evenings in the summer to enjoy the stars but the fall is magnificent. And very few campers. Sure will enjoy this night at the White House.

  14. October 19, 2015 at 7:52 pm

  15. 49 Dudette
    October 19, 2015 at 7:53 pm

  16. October 19, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Of the first five declared seats, the LIberals have won all five in Canada.

  17. 58 CEB
    October 19, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Our PBO is a true Renaissance man; from his love of and interest in science and literature, to singing blues, jazz, and soul to his baby (MO), to talking trash on the basketball court, to staring down foreign leaders and kicking political ass, to being a baby and kid magnet, to being a loving husband and father who is very present, we have never seen his like in public office before and probably never will again. How lucky and blessed we are to be present and aware to share in these historic times.

    • 59 CEB
      October 19, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      And added to all of this, he has been successfully presidenting while Black for 7 years

    • October 19, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      EVERY word of this!! I also view him as a Renaissance man. I think about his vast abilities and his temperament, his capacity for love and compassion – it’s just beyond comprehension sometimes. He’s a thinker, a dreamer, a doer.

    • 62 Betsy
      October 19, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      AND his incredible knowledge of history. As a history teacher myself, this is something that I absolutely love about PBO. He puts everything into the context of history. Incredible.

    • 63 nathkatun7
      October 20, 2015 at 3:44 am

      This a thousand times!

  18. 73 hopefruit2
    October 19, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    VP Biden must be really on the brink of announcing or something – I mean, HRC is hugging PBO as tightly as ever!

    • 74 jacquelineoboomer
      October 19, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      That’s kind of a hoot.

    • 75 Dudette
      October 19, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      LOL! Yep! 🙂

    • 77 nathkatun7
      October 20, 2015 at 4:25 am

      Just a gentle reminder to HRC and her loyalists: the first, and most important call made by Sen. Obama, the 2008 Democratic nominee for president, was to his other rival, Sen. Joe Biden. Candidate Obama asked Sen. Joe Boden to be his partner in running the country. It’s absolutely indisputable that Joe Biden earned the trust and respect of President Obama. Consequently, he has been the most engaged, and the most consequential U.S. Vice-President in history. President Obama has stated publically how much he values BP Biden’s wisdom and experience, both in Domestic and foreign affairs. For many of us who support VP Biden, we value his honesty, his compassion for ordinary people, and, most importantly, his genuine love for all humanity, which is deeply rooted in his love of family.

      • 78 hopefruit2
        October 20, 2015 at 8:53 am

        Excellent reminder nath! I hadn’t even thought about it – but this is a great point. PBO chose Biden to be his running mate – ran and won with Biden on his ticket, and he did so TWICE. And we the people love, admire and respect our VP, more so than any other in recent history.

  19. October 19, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    maybe this has been talked about around here, i don’t know, but i haven’t seen it myself…with joe biden his time on this decision, it shortens the amount of time his supporters would have to spend campaigning for him. with these campaigns now getting ridiculously long, i’m thinking this is a good thing, where his troops can be fresher than the others and not suffer as much burn-out. this was an issue for obama supporters in 2008 i remember, where a lot of people had to pull back for a while to recharge before hitting the streets hard again in the last few months of the campaign. just a thought…pacing is everything!

  20. 83 Dudette
    October 19, 2015 at 8:09 pm

  21. October 19, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Ok ok, sure, astronomy is cool and all, BUT: NEW STAR WARS TRAILER COMING OUT ON MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!

  22. 86 Dudette
    October 19, 2015 at 8:10 pm

  23. October 19, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Liberals have won nine seats, and are leading in 21 others. Conservatives have won no seats yet, leading in one riding.

  24. October 19, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    GE TOD! ….I would get a kick out of this 😎

  25. October 19, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    But be­cause so many can­did­ates are running competitively with those voters—in­clud­ing Car­son, Fior­ina, Ru­bio, some­times Bush, Kasich, Christie, and Trump him­self—they face the com­mon risk in the race’s early stages that they will splinter the white-col­lar vote so much that they can’t over­come Trump’s blue-col­lar sup­port. If that pat­tern al­lowed Trump to win not only Iowa, which has fre­quently favored con­ser­vat­ives, but es­tab­lish­ment-friendly early states such as New Hamp­shire and South Car­o­lina, a more cent­rist op­pon­ent may find it dif­fi­cult to re­verse his mo­mentum.

  26. 91 Dudette
    October 19, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    For Dr. Bob! 😀

  27. October 19, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Time for the MNF game but here is a nice link to follow the Canadian elections:

    I don’t know if the Atlantic is a bellwether but PM Harper is in huge trouble if it is…so far 23 elected 8 leading from the Liberal party out of 32!

  28. October 19, 2015 at 8:30 pm

  29. October 19, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Loving this President! He inspires!

    Wish there wasn’t so much light polution where I live. I fondly remember the most beautiful night skies I ever experience — the Central Training Area (CTA) in Okinawa. I spent three weeks looking at a night sky blacker than a well seasoned cast iron; the stars looked like fine diamonds on that background. I close my eyes and remember with a smile…

  30. October 19, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    21 Liberals elected, leading in 11 ridings. No Conservatives elected, none leading.

  31. 105 Dudette
    October 19, 2015 at 8:37 pm

  32. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    October 19, 2015 at 8:38 pm

  33. 107 JER
    October 19, 2015 at 8:40 pm

  34. October 19, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Daniel Kaszor 2 minutes ago

    If the Tories lose 18 seats, they lose their majority. They’ve lost 13 so far in just Atlantic Canada and Newfoundland-Labrador at current projections.

  35. 111 jacquelineoboomer
    October 19, 2015 at 8:43 pm

  36. 112 Dudette
    October 19, 2015 at 8:44 pm

  37. October 19, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    I’ll give her one thing, she has been, for decades, remarkably consistent in her ability to annoy me ….

    #LetsRollJoe

  38. 121 Dudette
    October 19, 2015 at 8:45 pm

  39. 125 Dudette
    October 19, 2015 at 8:46 pm

  40. October 19, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    I think we’re seeing a wave in the Frozen North.

  41. October 19, 2015 at 8:53 pm

  42. 131 Dudette
    October 19, 2015 at 8:54 pm

  43. October 19, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    They Just Freak Out…cause that is what they do…:O

  44. 133 GGail
    October 19, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Astronut Mae Jamison is being interviewed now at the Whitehouse

  45. October 19, 2015 at 8:58 pm

  46. 138 globalcitizenlinda
    October 19, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Canadian election night – based on some feed back, this is going to be brutal for some politicians => bloodbath in the works ?

  47. 140 Dudette
    October 19, 2015 at 9:01 pm

  48. October 19, 2015 at 9:04 pm

  49. October 19, 2015 at 9:07 pm

  50. 151 Dudette
    October 19, 2015 at 9:07 pm

  51. October 19, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    still nothing from Neil deGrasse Tyson about #astronomynight. really hope he’s traveling and offline, otherwise this would be ridiculous for him to say nothing about this night at the white house.

  52. 156 Dudette
    October 19, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Astronaut Sunita Williams being interviewed now! Yay!

  53. 157 Dudette
    October 19, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Come on… anyone got it yet? Anyone… anyone? Bueller? 😀

  54. October 19, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    That jab came on top of the ongoing furor over a secret letter that 13 conservative cardinals sent to Francis just after this synod began earlier this month in which they blasted the process and argued that it was rigged to favor reforms that would lead the Catholic Church down the road to heresy and ruin.

    One of their chief complaints was the composition of the 10-member committee drafting the final report; that committee, which the conservatives said was too progressive, includes Wuerl, who was personally named by Francis.

  55. 163 desertflower
    October 19, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    O/T for the thread, but save this for later:)

    View at Medium.com

    Don’t Outsource Your Thinking
    One of the most useful lessons I learned from working at Facebook had nothing to do with technology: Doubt the media. Always doubt the media. Many journalists are superb, but certain reporters would publish plainly inaccurate information about our products on a regular basis. And if they got our tech wrong, what were they getting wrong in that science story? That war piece?
    Today this healthy skepticism led me to start pulling on a thread…

    Evening everyone…so much to catch up on, though I do love that my President loves science:)

  56. 164 Dudette
    October 19, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Now MythBusters guys are doing a Q&A session! 😀


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