Chat Away

President Obama disembarks from Air Force One at LAX Thursday (Photo by Pete Souza)



 10:45 AM: The President departs Los Angeles

11:40 AM: Arrives in Palm Springs, California

141 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 1 Allison
    February 12, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Hello, I’m first!!!

    • 2 MightyPamela
      February 12, 2016 at 10:38 am

    • 3 No Child Left Behind
      February 12, 2016 at 10:45 am

      You are, Allison. And Happy Friday to you!

      Good Morning TODVille!

      Sending thanks to NW for this beautiful picture. It leaves me with a sense of hope for much better things to come.

      • 4 No Child Left Behind
        February 12, 2016 at 11:01 am

        Sorry, NW, but I have to take my thanks back. Now, I am sending them to Chipsticks, the rightful beneficiary of such honors.

  2. 5 JER
    February 12, 2016 at 10:43 am

  3. 7 amk for obama
    February 12, 2016 at 10:47 am

  4. 9 amk for obama
    February 12, 2016 at 10:54 am

    just about the only good thing about donald dreck run. constant humiliation of dumbya 3.

  5. 13 Linda
    February 12, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Cliven Bundy Requests Court-Appointed Attorney At First Court Appearance


    Grifters gotta grift.

  6. 17 jacquelineoboomer
    February 12, 2016 at 11:05 am

    “The union of these states is perpetual.” — A. Lincoln

    Unless our union get in the hands of RWNJs! And then we are doomed.

    Happy Birthday, Honest Abe, from the Land of Lincoln – and good morning, Chips and TODville!

  7. February 12, 2016 at 11:12 am


    • 19 Linda
      February 12, 2016 at 11:25 am

      Shocking ! NOT !

      Both Hillary Clinton and Debbie WS take money from the Private Prison Industry…..

    • 20 No Child Left Behind
      February 12, 2016 at 11:42 am

      As long as Citizens United exists, the plain field must be leveled. If Sanders and his followers want to carry him to the tune of $1.5b, that’s their choice. Whether if from small donors (with month and endless recurrences) or from SuperPacs or the monster-Billionaires or Millionaires, money in American politics is just too much.

      But with the GOP GazilionPacs waiting in the wings to take down any barrier between them and the WH, what’s a Democrat to do? Having no funds while campaigning in this current climate will be political suicide. POTUS was the first candidate who spent $1b or something shy of $1b without a SuperPac. Democrats can’t take a chance of risking losing because they didn’t have the funds to blast the airwaves and Cyberspace with their ads.

      • February 12, 2016 at 12:44 pm

        I hope they use those funds to build a ground game….turnout will be critical

      • 22 pkayden
        February 12, 2016 at 2:26 pm

        I agree with you. Republicans are going to go for the jugular when it comes to spending billions of dollars to support their candidate. We will have to do the same until Citizens United is overturned. We have to be sensible about politics, which is cut throat and brutal.

        If rolling back the restrictions helps the Democratic candidate, I’m all for it. When Citizens United is overturned, we won’t need worry about bottomless pits of money corrupting the electoral process but we’re not there yet.

  8. February 12, 2016 at 11:31 am

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  10. 25 JER
    February 12, 2016 at 11:35 am

  11. February 12, 2016 at 11:35 am

  12. February 12, 2016 at 11:38 am

    In Munich …

  13. 29 amk for obama
    February 12, 2016 at 11:40 am

    are we is he there yet?

  14. February 12, 2016 at 11:46 am

      February 12, 2016 at 12:07 pm


  15. February 12, 2016 at 11:47 am

  16. February 12, 2016 at 11:48 am

    LOVE this thought

  17. February 12, 2016 at 11:50 am

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  19. February 12, 2016 at 11:53 am

    bbl …

  20. February 12, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Got that part of the equation, correctly …..

    Now, if he’s fellow Sunnis/Salafis would stop enabling DAESH real progress could be achieved much sooner ….

  21. 41 JER
    February 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    The presidential expert got to meet a President for the first time, and asked him some very important questions.

    • 42 catrst
      February 12, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      I have watched this five times in a row. Cuteness just got redefined. This is so wonderful. Can you tell I loved it? Thanks.

    • 43 purpleshoesla
      February 12, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Ellen: “Tell me something about Roosevelt?”
      Macey: “Um, which one?” 😆 😆 😆 You go girl!

      Too adorable for for words. Love the expression on her face when she comes out and get a big hug from our illustrious Prez.

      Thank you for posting and giving us a giggle on Friday. 😆

    • February 12, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      The expression on her face when she saw President Obama was priceless. As a teacher of small children, I was impressed with his answers to her. For instance when she asked about aliens I loved, “Well, what do you think?” Perfect! He is so genuinely interested in children’s thoughts and he speaks on their level without speaking down to them. (I think he tried this with the GOP but he ended up having to speak down to them!)

  22. 45 No Child Left Behind
    February 12, 2016 at 12:07 pm

  23. 46 canadabarb4obama
    February 12, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Today, for me personally, is a day of Gratitude and Celebration.
    It has been one year since the successful surgery to remove a massive 20lb ovarian tumor; ultimately deemed benign.

    All praise and glory to God, The Great Architect of the Universe.
    Gratitude for the love and support of my husband Arne, son Thomas, and Melissa. Thomas and Aaron, your daily prayer meant the world to me.

    Gratitude forever:
    For the special friendships of Sue, Zita, Tim, Randy, Elfi, and Jacqueline O , pre and post surgery for helping me survive the fear of the unknown.

    To Dr. Jay Van Denheuval and your sound and logical medical and alternative advice and guidance.

    For the skilled hands of the surgeon and his team at VGH, plus the gazillion students; think they were all cheering me on!

    For the prayers, well wishes. healing energy, and love of the many friends around the world, from Jackie O in Peoria (St. Jude rocks), prayer lists everywhere, Yvonne (Live, Laugh, Love made me smile), fellow bloggers on TOD (felt your virtual love surround me every step of the way), Wednesday night ANAVETS holdem crew, Jennifer and Staff at NSP, and Elaine, David, and Aaron along with the 40 Buddhist monks in Laos, for your healing chant and prayer for the surgeon and surgery.

    For the magnificent quality “life supporting/enhancing” herbal products and essential oils from Nature’s Sunshine; pre and post surgery.

    Blessings to all.

  24. 71 JER
    February 12, 2016 at 12:28 pm

  25. February 12, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    A very moving moment for Ellen:

  26. 75 yardarm756
    February 12, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    G’day TODbots….a bit OT but I’ll be putting up these old ‘black-n-whites’ for the remainder of the month.

    Celebrities at MLKjr.’s funeral. Which ones can you id?

  27. February 12, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    FLOTUS and her crew get silly!!

  28. 104 No Child Left Behind
    February 12, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Sanders, unfiltered.

    • 105 COS
      February 12, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      Free speech TV is Bernie Sanders’ Fox news.

      • 106 pkayden
        February 12, 2016 at 2:39 pm

        Stephanie Miller is not for Sanders at the primaries stage although she’s said repeatedly that she will support whoever wins the Democratic nomination.

    • 107 catrst
      February 12, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      Wow. Just wow. Well that’s clear as a bell. I believe the ‘disappointeds’ have been talking to themselves for the last seven years and reinforcing their prejudices. If any progress was made they simply dismissed it no matter how hard it was to achieve. They refused to signify the hard work of OFA volunteers and staff between elections and sat out at key times when voting was crucial. Of course they accept no responsibility for the consequences of their friendly fire or their ‘bystander’ behavior. Just as the Right listened to an echo chamber and worked their way into a separate reality from the rest of us, so did the ‘disappointeds’.

      Thing is people who are targeted for bullying (now I know the President would never suggest bullying toward him was occurring but we all saw it as abuse) feel even less forgiving of the bystanders than the perpetrators, Yep and we all identify with the President on this. That’s why I think the ‘disappointeds’ have no clue the deep well they are throwing themselves into by claiming their disappointment so openly. Every person who cared about what was happening to the President over these years will be identifying the ‘disappointeds’ now as bystanders to the lies and obstruction. They might find themselves even more persona non grata than the Right, the perpetrators of the bigotry,

  29. 108 JER
    February 12, 2016 at 1:11 pm

  30. 110 cd4biden
    February 12, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    OMG!! A**hole author Bill Press is coming to my community in April to promote his book “Buyer’s Remorse”. Not an event at the local bookstore, but one held at our community center, and it is listed in their quarterly brochure of events!! You may not think that’s a big deal, but I live in a rural, liberal community of around 1,000 people, a place where Republicans hide their political affiliation. I can’t even imagine what a horrible evening it will be. I’m not sure I can attend as I will be so irate at the lies and omissions he will be telling. Of course the Berniebots in our area will be thrilled!! Yuck!

    • 111 arapaho415
      February 12, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      GM/GA cd4b.

      Sorry to hear that Bill Press’ book tour snares your community.

      In a nutshell, explanation of how clueless #FeelTheBerns are:

      On a lighter note (tweeted by @joshledermanap as “correction of the day”):

  31. 114 yardarm756
    February 12, 2016 at 1:39 pm


    • 115 CEB
      February 12, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      I took my mother on a first class cross-country rail road trip in 2010. Of all the things that we saw and did (layovers in D.C and Chicago, two weeks with relatives in Seattle and Vancouver), the thing that stuck out the most for her was how well we were treated. She well remembers the days that when her older brother worked as a cook for the rail road company, on the southern part of the tracks, no matter how much money one would have had, if one was Black, you were not allowed in the dining car, the restrooms, or the second and first class areas. At one point in our journey there had been a mix-up in our reservation for a first class cabin. When the situation was straightened out and a cabin was available, the steward escorted us off the train and the conductor backed up the entire train so that we were only a step away from the entrance to our cabin and were escorted there by the steward. I did not think anything of it at the time, but my mother later told me how much that meant to her and what a huge difference this was in how A-A citizens were treated just a few decades ago. Yes, we are literally still fighting for lives in this country, but there has been progress.

  32. 117 JER
    February 12, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    • 118 CEB
      February 12, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      From the back of the bus to Marine One and Air Force one in one generation. Every now and then it just hits me and I almost loose my breath when I think that people of all ethnicities came out and stood in long lines twice to elect this man to be president and leader of the free world. As Michelle said, “He has never disappointed me.” What my mother and others of her generation say is: “he has never shamed me ” (this is a big thing with Southern A-A women of her generation; the worst thing for a child do to is to embarrass his/her elders.

      • 119 pkayden
        February 12, 2016 at 2:46 pm

        Beautifully said! That’s why I seethe whenever I hear people trying to downplay the importance of President Obama’s two elections. This is a country where Black people couldn’t vote 50 years ago. We must never forget where we have come from as Black people in this country (and I say this as someone who was not born here).

        President Obama’s election is a testament to what we can do if we join together and press towards the goal of making this country more just and inclusive.

      • February 12, 2016 at 5:16 pm

        What my mother and others of her generation say is: “he has never shamed me ” (this is a big thing with Southern A-A women of her generation; the worst thing for a child do to is to embarrass his/her elders.

        Because POTUS and FLOTUS knew what it meant to be ‘ THE FIRST’.

  33. 121 jacquelineoboomer
    February 12, 2016 at 1:45 pm

  34. 122 JER
    February 12, 2016 at 2:04 pm

  35. 123 amk for obama
    February 12, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Obama discussed the economy he inherited after the first-term senator was elected to the White House in 2008, citing the fact that the U.S. was on the verge of a depression after the financial crisis. He said his administration had to make tough decisions to save the auto industry and help businesses and the housing market recover.

    As president, “you’re having to make big bets with incomplete information,” Obama said. “You’re not sure that everything’s gonna work. And I think that part of what’s happened in this Instagram-Twitter culture is that we expect quick answers without sacrifice, without having to make choices, and politicians play into that.”

    “But the truth of the matter is, you know, the world is a big, complicated place,” he continued. “The good news is is that we’re generally going in the right direction, and my hope is that we’ll continue to do so.”

    Obama also said he’s surprised by how much inaccurate information there is online and in news reports, noting that it’s hard to dispel misinformation.

    “Since I came into office, we reduced the deficit by two-thirds. But if you ask the average person, they’re sure that spending has shot up, and the reason is because there are a bunch of folks who say that we’re wildly overspending, even though we aren’t,” he said. “And that’s just one small example, but it happens all the time, and that’s something that we have to fix, partly by people paying more attention to what’s going on every single day, and it’s hard.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/obama-on-ellen-degeneres-219195#ixzz3zyyOPT6p

  36. 124 57andfemale
    February 12, 2016 at 2:13 pm

  37. 125 JER
    February 12, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    The President arrives Palm Springs. Click here ► ► http://www.kmir.com/category/280665/live-streaming-video

  38. February 12, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Love this story of success. Any Jamaican TODers?

  39. 131 No Child Left Behind
    February 12, 2016 at 2:36 pm

  40. 132 No Child Left Behind
    February 12, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Well, well, Purist Alan Grayson caught with his hands in the cookie jar…. by none other than Sen Harry Reid?

  41. 133 57andfemale
    February 12, 2016 at 2:44 pm

  42. 136 57andfemale
    February 12, 2016 at 2:52 pm

  43. 137 jacquelineoboomer
    February 12, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Best quote I’ve heard today ~ from Alana Simmons, the young granddaughter of one of the victims of the Charleston shooting, as she tries to decide which Democratic candidate for whom to vote:

    “Bernie Sanders wants to try to create what we want; Hillary Clinton wants to improve what we already have.”

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the sticking point, the two candidates’ other loyalties and personality traits (some good, some not so good) aside.


    • February 12, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      Electability, and loyalty to Obama legacy. Big differences there.

    • February 12, 2016 at 5:41 pm

      I think improving what you have will get you closer to what you want than you’d get trying to create it from scratch.

      • 140 Obama Grandmama
        February 13, 2016 at 12:21 am

        Starting from scratch may be impossible today especially with the conditions present in this political climate. The problem is Bernie most likely does not get it and his passion is igniting false hope in his followers.

        • February 13, 2016 at 8:39 am

          Exactly, OG. Where we are today didn’t happen overnight. It is complex because it evolved and is built on layers and layers of changes, some of which were not so straightforward.

          As for Bernie, I have no doubt that he gets it. I wonder if he initially got into the race not expecting to get as far as he’s gotten, but giving himself a platform to raise his issues. His passion and his what I call “bell ringers” — Wall Street, *FREE* Education, Single Payer, etc. — are attracting supporters, and yes, igniting false hope.

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