Chat On

On This Day – Pete Souza: “The President and Bo, the Obama family dog, ride in the presidential motorcade en route to PetSmart in Alexandria, Va. The President bought Bo some Christmas gifts at the pet store then walked nearby to Best Buy to purchase gifts for his daughters.” Dec. 21, 2011

127 Responses to “Chat On”

  1. December 21, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Good Afternoon, Chipsticks…TOD Family.

  2. December 21, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Chips! Trust me to post a big, long, thing on the last post seconds before you opened this one! I hope the holiday season chez Chips and Dannystix will be fabulous, merry, peaceful, and healthy. Well, maybe not healthy if it interferes with the other three. On my second day of Christmas vacation I am sitting here in my pj’s, counting the lovely days that I will not have to put on make up, get dressed up, get dressed, for that matter. This is why I can never retire.

    • 6 jacquelineoboomer
      December 21, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Au contraire. Retirement is never having enough time to do nothing. And loving it.

      • December 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm

        Seriously, I am so in love with doing nothing right now, that I can’t even envision that!

        • 8 jacquelineoboomer
          December 21, 2015 at 2:06 pm

          Worked for 34 years in offices and 8 or 9 years freelancing at home, so, even if somebody would make me the Goddess of Retirementland, it couldn’t be any better than it is already!

          • December 21, 2015 at 2:07 pm

            I’m glad to hear it, jb! I may have to retire sooner than I’d planned so I’ll hope for just such an experience. 🙂

            • 10 jacquelineoboomer
              December 21, 2015 at 2:18 pm

              I retired early at 52, picked up my retirement allotment, shopped for two years (Ha!), then freelanced, until I picked up Social Security. Never regretted my decision for one minute.

              • 11 Don
                December 21, 2015 at 3:04 pm

                I have mandatory retirement at 57, but I can go out at 53 which I might just do.

              • 13 jackiegrumbacher
                December 21, 2015 at 3:55 pm

                JO’B, retirement has been the best time of my life. Retired at 57 and never looked back. I love the fact that I’m not driven by someone else’s rules, expectations and schedules. I do what I want to do when I want to do it. Had to move to a low-priced area to make this all happen.

                • 14 jacquelineoboomer
                  December 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm

                  Oh, I feel ya, jackieG. I like to say I’m finally “thinking my own thoughts, instead of somebody else’s thoughts.” Ha! And I look so much better out from under those fluorescent lights, even if it’s only in my own mind.

                  Seriously, I am also not the type that has to join every club, have every day “scheduled,” fighting boredom, sorry I retired, etc. How can anybody feel that way and try to say they still have an imagination? (I consider myself lucky to feel that way, of course, and sounds like you’re at the same point!)

                  • 15 jackiegrumbacher
                    December 21, 2015 at 4:29 pm

                    JO’B, I think the key to successful retirement is being able to enjoy your own company, live in the moment so that you can take each day for what it is, and give yourself affirmation when you need it. I can’t think of a single day when I’ve been bored because life is so damned interesting, even when you don’t get a paycheck for living it. So, yes, you and I have a lot of things in common, from the same name to a love of licorice and a knack for retirement.

      • 18 MightyPamela
        December 21, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    • 19 GGail
      December 21, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      maryl1, maybe you could share the title of the book… 🙂

      • December 21, 2015 at 2:05 pm

        Sorry! I thought I did!! It’s called “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism” by Edward Baptist. The title sounds a bit academic, but believe me, it is engrossing. In fact, I am listening to it through Audible but I mostly get to listen to it while driving back and forth to work. I’ve actually purchased the hardcover so I can reread it and really concentrate on it. I bought it for my principal and my son and daughter for Christmas.

    • 23 MightyPamela
      December 21, 2015 at 5:41 pm


  3. 24 desertflower
    December 21, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Where’s the snow?

  4. December 21, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Hello swbluega, congratulations on FIRST!!! Hello, Chipsticks! Thankful for you and all the TOD family, every day all day all night. I have been lurking most of the fall, working lots and distracted, but I have zoomed by as often as possible, counting on this precious community to see me through. Thankful for another year in which the greatest President in the history of the universe has done the big job in the best possible way with the greatest goodness, wisdom, courage, brilliance, and kindness, and his magnificent FLOTUS and daughters right along with him. I love coming here to stay clear on what matters and what is real and good in the world. Thank you thank you thank you, and all the holiday joy to everyone who gathers here. Aloha to our First Family out in the warm Hawaiian sun!

  5. 32 jacquelineoboomer
    December 21, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I believe for the first time in 112 years.

  6. 41 No Child Left Behind
    December 21, 2015 at 1:53 pm

  7. 42 desertflower
    December 21, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    “Santa Claus wants some lovin” ” 🙂 🙂

    • 43 Don
      December 21, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      Oh, its Bill Murray, I’ve tried my best to enjoy his brand of humor. But………

    • 44 jacquelineoboomer
      December 21, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      That’s great! Jury’s still out, but “singing” might be the ONLY thing George Clooney might not be too good at, eh? I’ll have to listen to it, again. 🙂

    • December 21, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Well I liked it and am looking forward to watching the show in full. Not watching Bill Murray for his singing nor George Clooney. Clooney is a tease. Thanks for posting DesertFlower.

  8. 46 No Child Left Behind
    December 21, 2015 at 2:17 pm

  9. 47 No Child Left Behind
    December 21, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Quoting the Great Orange Man before he quit Congress. Hell no!

  10. 50 Vicki
    December 21, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    It’s not only DWS and the DNC hiding the Democratic debates and the Democratic candidates.
    MSNBC ignored the debate.
    An advertised Special Hardball with Chris Matthews was yanked from the schedule and MSNBC had Lockup on instead.

    In contrast—The GOP debate had several days of breathless on site reporting before the Debate. Roving reporters during the debate and live interviews in the Spin Room for hours after the debate. Every TV Radio print and social media that you can think of showed up.

    Chris Matthews apparently used the time he saved by ignoring the Democrats on Saturday to produce a Special Hardball on—you guessed it—Donald Trump.

    The transformation is complete. From The Place For (rigged) Politics to
    The Place For Propaganda.

  11. December 21, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    This Governor is a hot mess.

    Governor’s role in hotel disturbance draws national attention

    y Uriel J. Garcia and Milan Simonich The New Mexican | 84 comments

    Gov. Susana Martinez, newly elected chairwoman of the Republican Governors Association and recently touted as a possible contender for vice president, found herself attracting a different sort of national attention Friday after the release of a recording in which she told law enforcement dispatchers that police should not investigate disturbance complaints against her group at a Santa Fe hotel.Martinez’s recorded dealings with police, dispatchers and hotel employees made her a wide target for criticism Friday. Her detractors and political enemies accused her of trying to bully other government employees to thwart an investigation.

    The confrontation began about 1:30 a.m. Sunday following the governor’s holiday staff party in a hotel ballroom when an employee of the hotel called police to report troublesome guests “partying” in a room and to ask that police escort them off the property.

    “They’ve been warned already and they’re still not quieting down. They were told to leave and we were told to call you guys,” the employee said. A dispatcher asked if the guests had weapons. “I just know that they were throwing bottles off the balcony, I believe, earlier,” the employee replied.


  12. December 21, 2015 at 2:41 pm


  13. 55 Nena20409
    December 21, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    GA TODable TODville Community.
    Monday, manic as usual, partly cloudy and Mild……in MN 😉
    Congrats to all the Gold, Silver and Bronze ⭐ winners, starting with this post and 2/3 posts back.

  14. 56 Nena20409
    December 21, 2015 at 2:44 pm

  15. 58 Nena20409
    December 21, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    • 59 jackiegrumbacher
      December 21, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      Interesting, Nena. This is the only political e-mail I’ve gotten in a long time that I’ve actually stopped to read, save and consider contributing. There is no one like our President. He knows how to speak to our hearts and our minds.

  16. December 21, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Ridiculous that he had to make this sign

  17. 61 Nena20409
    December 21, 2015 at 2:52 pm

  18. December 21, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    said it from the beginning – a result of GOP Plotting.


    Flint toxic water tragedy points directly to Michigan Gov. Snyder

    Rachel Maddow reports on the poisoning of Flint, Michigan residents when their water supply was switched, and shows explicitly how responsibility for the tragedy falls to Governor Rick Snyder and his radical, anti-democratic policies.


  19. 63 GGail
    December 21, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Poor Steve…unless…it was done on purpose…no, it couldn’t have been done on purpose. And what – Steve was so upset, that he couldn’t spell Colombia or Philippines correctly?

    (a comment)
    “Whatever publicity this thing generated must have worked; I had no idea the Miss Universe pageant still existed, much less that it was on last night – who knew? And a major network still carries it live? Amazing! Curious as to whether or not it was on purpose, as people may watch in the future just in case there’s another similar controversy. If it was a genuine mistake, it was absolutely hilarious. And Steve Harvey? Perhaps he was doing a preemptive strike against whatever SNL’s Kenan Thompson might make of this situation, or maybe he just needs his reading glasses, like John Travolta (and some spelling lessons as well).”

  20. 66 JER
    December 21, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    LIVE NOW: Orlando Sea World-Passengers Stuck On Ride – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  21. 67 Nena20409
    December 21, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    I don’t know how this thought of mine will go here. I am letting it all hang out. Pardon me.
    The USA Gov’t are the Originator and Creator of the Internet.
    This invention was for Our Gov’t and that is why it is extremely confusing to me when when people Scream 1st Amendment Issues especially where Terrorism…Domestic or Oversea…….I cringe.
    This isn’t the Telephone. It was a Bell invention, privately done.
    If you see something, say something mantra is fine……..when one could read what others are posting. Mailing individual letters are time consuming. That is why using the Internet since Snowden’s treasonous action is now the preferred Terror Communication Planning Method.

  22. 68 Gazelle
    December 21, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    If you’re in NYC, at the Met:

    This exhibition presents one hundred years of portrait photography in West Africa through nearly eighty photographs taken between the 1870s and the 1970s. These works, many of which are being shown for the first time, are drawn from the Metropolitan Museum’s Visual Resource Archives in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, with additions from the Department of Photographs.


    • 69 jackiegrumbacher
      December 21, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      Gazelle, these are stunning photos. Wish I was visiting or living in NYC, but I’m glad to get a glimpse of them here.

  23. 70 Linda
    December 21, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Tough going if you’re a fact checker this year, but luckily there’s one shining beacon of falsehoods so big and so bright as to stand out from the rest. Bonus points because this one has not just one or two outright lies, but out of 77 statements checked, 76 of them were found to be mostly false to false to pants on fire lies.

    You know who it is. It’s Republican presidential candidate front-runner Donald Trump.

    Yes, PolitiFact has chosen the “many campaign misstatements” of Donald Trump as the Lie of the Year because they could not settle on which of his lies was the biggest. “To the candidate who says he’s all about winning, PolitiFact designates the many campaign misstatements of Donald Trump as our 2015 Lie of the Year.”

    Merry Christmas, Mr. Trump.


      December 21, 2015 at 3:38 pm


      • December 21, 2015 at 5:02 pm

        I refuse to believe that society want Donald Trump for President. There is a part of society, a racists crazy part.

        • 73 SUEDUVALL SMITH
          December 21, 2015 at 6:48 pm


        • 74 99ts
          December 21, 2015 at 8:53 pm

          I’m with you Bella – a country that elected Barack Obama – twice – is not going to elect Donald Trump for anything other than trash provider.

  24. 75 Nena20409
    December 21, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      December 21, 2015 at 3:44 pm


    • 77 Don
      December 21, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      You’ve got to be kidding me, Barrack, you had me at the first time I donated to your campaign in 08.

    • 78 kid kanga
      December 21, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      Can’t wait! This one might actually break the internetz.

    • 79 GGail
      December 21, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      Thanks Nena!

      The full episode with Obama will be posted online Dec. 30.

      “It was out-of-body for me,” Seinfeld says by phone afterward. “I’m not a guy who likes honor. In fact, I hate any kind of honoring. That I get to be a comedian — that’s the honor. But this was an honor: that [Obama] was okay with me, that he trusted me to do some comedy with him in the real White House.”

    • 81 idon
      December 21, 2015 at 4:37 pm

      That one moment at the end with Jerry S calling the WH switchboard and asking for the President and PBO answering speaking was hilarious. Total win.

    • 82 Vicki
      December 21, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      This is going to be EPIC! Another terrific move by our Flawless President.
      I think the coming year is going to have many highly entertaining interludes as President Obama reaches his people, unfiltered by the ugly media.

  25. 84 Nena20409
    December 21, 2015 at 3:52 pm


  26. 88 Gazelle
    December 21, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Don’t know if this silliness (fun) will post. For some reason, these ladies had me cracking up. I could even see some gifs out of these between Chips & AMK, + other TODers!


  27. 89 No Child Left Behind
    December 21, 2015 at 4:05 pm
  28. 90 Gazelle
    December 21, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    One day soon the bigots will be a tiny squeak in the universe.


    • 91 jackiegrumbacher
      December 21, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      You are so right, Gazelle. I hope that when my little granddaughter and Chelsea’s children are grown, they can look back and wonder what was wrong with us all to tolerate so much hatred. In the NPR interview, PBO said he sees so much acceptance of diversity from his daughters and their friends that it makes him optimistic about the future. We have to hold on to that.

      • 92 Gazelle
        December 21, 2015 at 4:40 pm

        Indeed, JG! My son & his friends have a whole difference worldview. This goes for all my young relatives too! Thanks Be! 🙂

        December 21, 2015 at 6:54 pm


    • 94 GGail
      December 21, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      True dat Gazelle. The breed is kicking and screaming on its way to hell.

  29. December 21, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    • 96 Nena20409
      December 21, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      Why is it possible for Decades?
      The GOPers are Never shy of their motives, goals and intentions. They were not happy with the US News Media. So they started with the Charge of The Liberal Media. They lost elections for 40 years, so they started the Southern Strategy. They built the infrastructure. They continued with persistence, Never accepting any settled Tradition, Law or Cultural Advancement. They originate the debates to their Own talking points. Their dastardly bad ideas become mainstreamed, while Dems, Progressives, Liberal, etc are negotiating away their core principles. Today, they have Trump publicly using Racist, Bigoted and Divisive terms to gain political popularity.
      They break every rule. Shut down the Fed Gov’t 2X in the 1990s, 4X since since 2009, they have shut the Fed Down, caused a Credit Down Grade, Deny many the right to Vote, etc……..then win elections in 2010 and 2014 with the help of the US Mass Media carrying their propaganda while Dumbing Down the Citizenry.
      In USA, GOPers continue to get what they want.
      When will Dems wake up? It takes Two to tango!

  30. 97 vcprezofan2
    December 21, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Sharing…… just because ❤ ❤

  31. December 21, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Share one of FLOTUS and Sasha too. Bo and Sunny too. 🙂

  32. 110 MightyPamela
    December 21, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Not sure whether to barf or scream: just had an email from hillz get through my spam filter, inviting me to dinner!! ME?? Oh, I feel so special. except, I am the one who gets to pick up the tab, (billz and tehdonal are coming too), for the 1%’ers. Uh, ‘scuse me, my calendar is full, and the floor needs sweeping.. so busy, so busy. Eff.

    • December 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      I got one too; must have gained access to an old DNC list as I’ve NEVER been to her site. I did, however, enter the contest; I’m willing to listen to her spiel and also give her some food or thought. Needless to say, I entered WITHOUT contributing, so I’m sure I’ll never be selected…

  33. 112 donna dem 4 obama
    December 21, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Good Afternoon TOD

    Charles is soooo on point here:

    • 113 Vicki
      December 21, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      much, much worse
      ditching the Democratic debate
      instead offering an Hour with Trump

      • 114 donna dem 4 obama
        December 21, 2015 at 6:04 pm

        I read about that today. I warned not long after PBO was elected that cable media had turned into entertainment to the highest degree and that journalism was dead. It has all come to fruition. I wish I could predict the lottery numbers as well as I did this. 🙂

    • December 22, 2015 at 3:35 am

      I believe it was the writer, Gore Vidal, who said that USA stood for the United States of Amnesia. Any one who claims that we are living in the most scary times in history, but especially with regard to the West Asia (the Middle East), is suffering from historical amnesia. Apparently they’ve forgotten all the turmoil of the 1960s-1990s in the region. They’ve forgotten the war between Iraq and Iran, which killed millions of people. They’ve forgotten the Israeli and Syrian invasion of Lebanon and the consequent brutal Civil /Religious war in Lebanon that lasted more than a decade. They’ve forgotten the genocide of Palestinian refugees by the Israeli backed Christian militias in Lebanon. They’ve forgotten all the kidnappings and hijacking of Airlines.

      And it was not just West Asia. Southeast Asia was in turmoil: the Vietnam War, Pol Pot massive genocide in Cambodia and the genocides in Indonesia and Burma. Then there were wars in Africa: Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia/Eritrea and the horrific genocide in Rwanda.

      The Americas were not immune from turmoil. An American President was assassinated. His brother, a former Attorney General of the United States, who was running for President, met a similar fate. Civil Rights Leaders, including the advocate of non-violence, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., were assassinated. Black churches in the South were routinely bombed or set on fire. In places like Oxford, Mississippi, and Little Rock, Arkansas, White supremacists unleashed violent rebellions to maintain racial segregation, prompting Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy to use federal troops to put down the rebellions. Cities with large black populations, in response to centuries of continued oppression, erupted in massive rebellions, which President Johnson to mobilize National Guards to quell the rebellions. And then, of course, were the horrific violence and constant coups in Central and South America in countries like El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Argentina, Columbia, Brazil, Chile, etc. that resulted in millions of people being killed/disappeared.

      Clearly then, people who claim that the world today is in more turmoil than ever before are either propagandists or they are afflicted with historical amnesia/ignorance of history.

  34. 117 desertflower
    December 21, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    🙂 🙂

  35. 122 desertflower
    December 21, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES. In the state of Arizona, if you have an “R” behind your name, you are considered worthy of election…doesn’t matter if YOU ARE A DUMB SHIT CRAZY PERSON!!! I need to get the hell outta here….


  36. 124 JER
    December 21, 2015 at 6:17 pm

  37. 125 desertflower
    December 21, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Good Read….I have also thought about RW badmouthing and wanting to “defund” the UN…the fact that this President wants to strengthen ties with the world nations…is a difference in our world view from Republicans, that needs to be told…


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