Chat Away


President Barack Obama greets Linda and Russ Dickson, a Texas couple who wrote a letter to the President about the Affordable Care Act, at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, April 10, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza


President Barack Obama autographs a sign while greeting neighbors and supporters before an event in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., April 10, 2012. Photo by Pete Souza

125 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 5 GGail
    April 10, 2016 at 11:43 am

    I hope Chips is able to follow the match. It’s pretty promising – so far ๐Ÿ™‚
    GO ManU!

  2. 6 donna dem 4 obama
    April 10, 2016 at 11:47 am

    I Love This Man….

    Obama tells Fox News: ‘Republicans have their own TV station’

  3. 20 vcprezofan2
    April 10, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Morning east & west coasters; greetings to others around the world!

    Thanks ever so much, NerdyW for being on the job (earlier than normal for you ๐Ÿ™‚ ) today!

    Miss Chips and Mama Chips, you can be sure both of you, and your other family members, are consciously in our thoughts throughout each day for healing inside and out.

    For those interested in what @Interior’s footprints looked like last week ………

    • 21 GGail
      April 10, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      Mooooooorning VC ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 22 vcprezofan2
        April 10, 2016 at 1:44 pm

        Hi! Apologies for the delay – I had a visitor (as well as a young guest) and had to sign off to interact with both. Hopefully I’m now good for another bit of ‘free’ time since visitor has left and guest is painting her nails. :/

        Did your team win?

  4. 23 GGail
    April 10, 2016 at 11:55 am

    How awesome is this?
    The bus essentially works as a large mobile hot spot, thanks to Coachella Valley school district superintendent Darryl Adams.

    He’s a former rock musician, who believes technology is the key to a quality education. Under his direction, Coachella became the first school district in the country to put iPads in the hands of every student — Pre-K to 12th grade.

    But that’s when Adams uncovered a new problem: most of his students, like Anisa, don’t have Internet at home.

    “I would be here sometimes on Friday night and drive by school and there would be parents with kids in the car sitting there doing their homework.”

    More than 95 percent of the students there live below the poverty line. Many just can’t afford Internet access at home.

    High school senior Michelle Penital said she would go to Starbucks when she needed Internet access. “I would do my homework with my friends.”

    • 24 GGail
      April 10, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      I hope you all will read the rest of this story to hear what steps the District Superintendent did next…

    • 27 Don
      April 10, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      โ€œI would be here sometimes on Friday night and drive by school and there would be parents with kids in the car sitting there doing their homework.โ€

      Internet access will always be an issue, I wish there was a way to provide free access from coast to coast. It seems as though that the digital divide isn’t subsiding any time soon.

      • 28 GGail
        April 10, 2016 at 12:14 pm

        His solution was admirable. That’s what all school districts should be doing for the success of the students that are in their charge.

    • 29 vcprezofan2
      April 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      I liked this – a man of purpose and action. That’s such a proactive idea too; I see school buses parked overnight in local parking lots all the time and this seems a great way to make them useful during these off-hours.

  5. 30 jacquelineoboomer
    April 10, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    From supporters on both sides … I can’t wait for this to be settled!

  6. 34 jacquelineoboomer
    April 10, 2016 at 12:06 pm

  7. 40 GGail
    April 10, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    It’s half-time and ManU has managed to stay even. Whew!

  8. 43 desertflower
    April 10, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Full interview in all its glory:)

    • 44 arapaho415
      April 10, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Glorious AM to you, DF!

      In such a good mood, because our April weather has been stellar, absolutely pitch-perfect for gardening putters like myself. (Oregon weather Friday and Saturday, cool, sunny but with high clouds today — such a change from two months ago [February was a scorcher, felt like Summer had already arrived ๐Ÿ˜ฆ , last April was too]) am in garden-putterer heaven today.)

      Thanks a zillion for posting! (Will watch later, as John Wayne said in a movie “we’re burning daylight, boys.”)

      This from USA Today reporter (MSM commentary!?!):

      • April 10, 2016 at 2:24 pm

        Glad to know there is spring somewhere. Here in Michigan we’ve been in the 30’s with rain/sleet/snow all week. I’m used to snow in April, not surprised at snow in May, but usually that’s a little cold snap with some heavy wet snow that doesn’t really stay, or an ice storm-also gone quickly, although damaging. This is at least to weeks of low temps – sometimes overnight in the teens and I’m a little bit daunted! After this I think we’re supposed to shoot right up to hot weather :P. So appreciate spring for me please!

        • 46 arapaho415
          April 10, 2016 at 3:27 pm

          GA maryl1.

          Am absolutely grateful for the gift of Spring, and am so glad we are blessed with a beautiful one this year (honestly had my doubts when temps hovered around the 100F mark most of February) — and weather.com extended forecast has high temps in 60s-70s range with nighttime lows in the 50s, the absolute best weather for my plants ๐Ÿ™‚ .

          Want to ask you and DF a serious question (will catch DF later if she doesn’t see this) because you are both public school teachers.

          John Kerry is in Hiroshima now, for the G7 Foreign Ministers meeting, which starts this evening US time (Monday in Japan).

          I am curious how public schools now treat the US A-bomb of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end WWII.

          Grew up in Navy town (San Diego), father was Navy vet in the Pacific area during WWII, so was taught that the sacrifice of so many lives in two bombings was how WWII needed to end — otherwise, even more horrific casualties on both sides.

          My sentiments are torn — Japan has been a model of reform as far as atoning for their reviled aggression during the first half of the 20th century, and I think this is due to the stunning end of WWII for them. I doubt if our relations with Japan as our staunchest ally would be the case now if we hadn’t dropped the A-bomb.

          But growing up as a Japanese-American I was appalled by this action.

          Of all the Presidents the US has had since the end of WWII my view is that PBO is the best and most correct President to address the US-Japan history in light of the 1945 A-bomb detonations.


          • 47 arapaho415
            April 10, 2016 at 3:34 pm

            This is a long article that is worthy of contemplating whether PBO should visit Hiroshima while at the G7 in Japan later this month:

            (Interesting that the Chicago Tribune ran a Washington Post story on this — I wonder if it’s because its written by a Japanese-American whose father served in WWII EU arena?)

            I think PBO will go to Hiroshima and make everyone feel better and prouder, both Americans and Japanese (except for RWNJ bigots, who would criticize PBO if he cured cancer [which @VP is doing everything in his power to do]).

            From the article:
            “Local officials in Hiroshima said that most Japanese would be satisfied if the president were to express empathy and renew his call for disarmament. A former mayor once termed his constituents the ‘Obamajority’ to signal their enthusiasm for the president’s nonproliferation agenda.”

            Thanks for listening, look forward to your response.

            • 48 arapaho415
              April 10, 2016 at 3:36 pm

              Sorry to posted the same tweet twice. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

              Meant to post @PeterBakerNYT, a GWB water-carrier who is on the wrong side of history and who thankfully is now stationed in Israel. I think this is the same article that the Chicago Tribune published, didn’t click on the link.

            • 50 SUEDUVALLSMITH
              April 10, 2016 at 8:20 pm


          • April 10, 2016 at 3:42 pm

            I wish I could help, arapaho, but I teach second grade. I think desertflower teaches older students. I’ll see what I can find out about our middle school/high school curriculum. When I was in junior high, 48 years ago, we did read and discuss John Hersey’s book ‘Hiroshima’ in social studies. It left a permanent mark on me. I think we have to teach both sides of our history honestly if we want our country to be better and do better.

    • April 10, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      THANK YOU desertflower, I didn’t have to watch Fox

      April 10, 2016 at 8:13 pm


  9. 54 hopefruit2
    April 10, 2016 at 12:35 pm


  10. April 10, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Sending good vibes to Chips and her mom.

    • 58 0388jojothecat
      April 10, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      ^5. Chips hope your mother is healing and resting well. I am sure she is glad to have you by her side while she goes through therapy and recover from her injury.

  11. 59 JER
    April 10, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    …To date, Clinton has 1,287 delegates based on primaries and caucuses to Bernie Sanders’ 1,037. When including superdelegates โ€” those are party officials who can back any candidate โ€” Clinton has 1,756, or 74 percent of the number needed to clinch the nomination. Sanders has 1,068. … http://www.sfgate.com/news/

  12. 61 JER
    April 10, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Returning to Washington on April 9, 2016.

  13. 64 JER
    April 10, 2016 at 1:23 pm

  14. 67 arapaho415
    April 10, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    GM TODville.

    If you can get past the GOPolitico framing of this article (Sunday, a day of forgiveness, or at least ignoring “both sides do it” mindset), there’s a good foundation for GOTV in remaining primaries and in Nov.

    From the article:

    PBO is “also a competitive politician whoโ€™s just loving seeing his opponents come apart.”

    Snip /

    โ€œ’If there is one thing the success of Cruz and Trump has shown,’ Pfeiffer added, ‘it is that there are bigger forces driving the Republican Party’s behavior than too few golf outings and cocktail parties.’โ€

    Final quote from the article:
    “Democrats are eager for him to campaign like this. Theyโ€™re trying to get their base to care about down-ballot races, and nothing gets them going like stories of Republican obstruction and getting in the way of a president who, as no one in the West Wing can go more than 10 minutes without pointing out, remains the most popular Democrat (and the most popular politician in either party).”

  15. 68 desertflower
    April 10, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Any questions?


    Real Incremental Progress Is Happening in Blue States

  16. 69 JER
    April 10, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    LIVE NOW: Clinton Campaign Event in Baltimore, MD – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

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  19. 73 JER
    April 10, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    LIVE NOW: Bernie Sanders Speaks at Campaign Event – http://abcnews.go.com/Live

  20. 74 Dudette
    April 10, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Today is National Siblings Day!

    Here’s our First Family of Siblings

    Malia and Sasha

    Michelle and Craig

    Barack and Maya

    Barack and Auma

    Barack and Mark

    Barack and Malik

    Barack’s Brother George

    Barack’s Late Brother David

    Can’t find identifiable pictures of brothers Bernard and Abo, but I suspect they may be the two guys in the back row, right of this photo

  21. April 10, 2016 at 2:45 pm

  22. 81 Dudette
    April 10, 2016 at 2:56 pm

  23. 82 Dudette
    April 10, 2016 at 2:57 pm

  24. 83 Dudette
    April 10, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    • April 10, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      Dudette, we should also ask these Bernie idiots where 7 of Barnie Sanders’ wins came from? They’ve come from very loyal Republican states of Nebraska, Alaska, Idaho, Utah, Kansas, Okalhoma and Wyoming. Does Bernie seriously think that he stands a chance of winning any of these very loyal Republican states in the general election? Of the Blue States that Sanders has won (New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Minnesota, Washington, Wisconsin, Michigan, Hawaii) does Bernie Sanders seriously believe that Hillary Clinton is going to lose all of them to either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz?

  25. 86 Dudette
    April 10, 2016 at 3:02 pm

  26. 87 Dudette
    April 10, 2016 at 3:03 pm

  27. 88 Dudette
    April 10, 2016 at 3:04 pm

  28. 93 Dudette
    April 10, 2016 at 3:05 pm

  29. 94 vcprezofan2
    April 10, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Forgive me, I wanted to do this survey here just to see if I’m as different ๐Ÿ˜‰ as I sometimes feel. I neither felt chills nor shed tears – am I weird? Help me decide.

    • 95 COS
      April 10, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      Unfortunately it is not about history; it is about getting the appropriate number of delegates and catching up to HRC to win the nomination.

      • 96 vcprezofan2
        April 10, 2016 at 3:18 pm

        Yea, yea, COS, but were you moved to tears or feel any chills? ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

        • 97 COS
          April 10, 2016 at 3:38 pm


          • 98 vcprezofan2
            April 10, 2016 at 3:45 pm

            Phew! A relief for me, tho I do wonder what’s *wrong* with us? ๐Ÿ˜‰

            Honestly, some of these Bernie zealots really are full of themselves, to think that his shouting style can actually evoke touching emotions!

            • 99 COS
              April 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm

              It totally turns me off VC. I did not like Sanders before he start running for President. Nothing he does will bring me to tears or excite me.

    • 101 Roberta in MN
      April 10, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      And didn’t feel the Bern either. The voice made me wince.

      • 102 vcprezofan2
        April 10, 2016 at 5:13 pm

        I know, eh? Definitely doesn’t know how to modulate his voice now and then for effect. Once this is over someone ought to tell him that shouting isn’t always impactful. At least not in the way *he* figured.

    • April 10, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      Sorry, Canada4Bernie! This ad was not particularly “brilliant” and nor did it give me “chills.”

      • 104 vcprezofan2
        April 10, 2016 at 6:37 pm

        ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Hello there, Nathk.

        I wonder who Canada4Bernie is and what Bernie has done to captivate him/her? Also, would s/he want Bernie as her/his PM? smh at the blindness of some people

      • April 10, 2016 at 7:09 pm

        I find a lot of folks here are feeling the Bern. Not sure why. I think its like a virus. It spreads without rhyme or reason. You get a fever, lie down for a few days then recover slowly but the virus never leaves your body.

    • 106 Obama Grandmama
      April 11, 2016 at 12:20 am

      As much as I am not excited by Bernie, I must say that he has tapped into the same rallying inspiration and enthusiasm that Barack Obama did in 2008. That ad was great for pulling support. I do not understand how he could pull in a similar number of people as Obama did. Obama was inspirational, but he had intelligence and a proven ability to pull both sides together through listening and compromise. Most people did not check on BHO’s background before committing to supporting him just like most people have not checked on Bernie’s background and just go by what he says. When checking on Bernie’s background it becomes evident that he did not form any coalitions in the Congress nor is he great at compromise.

      • 107 vcprezofan2
        April 11, 2016 at 9:14 am

        Morning, OG, and a happy Monday to you!

        I have to say I cannot agree with this comparison between Pres O and Barnie in more than one aspect. The primary one is that IMO Bernie and ‘rallying *inspiration*’ are not at all synonymous. Sure Bernie has a lot of noisy, rude, pushy people badgering others in his name (if twitter is a good barometer), but to compare that to what PBO accomplished elevates Bernie’s 2-point rhetoric far beyond a realm that I think it deserves on its own merit. IMO he simply gave an ‘organized’ forum for so-called progressives who had already been enthusiastically looking for a way to discount Clinton, and in some cases Pres O himself. There is nothing about Bernie’s campaign/person/dialogue that IMO gives off a glimmer of ‘inspiration’ in the true sense of the word. I venture to say that his followers grabbed onto him as their perceived one chance to satisfy their search for Wall Street revenge, and in so doing grafted a ‘rallying inspiration’ onto his gruff, insensitive persona. Bernie, I believe, is charm-less and those rooting for him are mostly disaffected unicorn seekers attracted by the fact he sings their 2-note song. If he were so inspirational they wouldn’t be trying to blackmail or bludgeon others into voting for him.

  30. 108 Dudette
    April 10, 2016 at 3:07 pm

  31. 109 Dudette
    April 10, 2016 at 3:09 pm

  32. 111 Dudette
    April 10, 2016 at 3:11 pm

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  34. 113 Dudette
    April 10, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    • 114 catrst
      April 10, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      Wonder if they will use the term “Hastert Rule” going forward. Its good to know that truth will out. it takes time but it will.

  35. April 10, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    but Kasich is the ‘ reasonable one’, so I’ve been told.

    h/t Zandar

    Tens of thousands of Ohioans could lose Medicaid coverage under fee proposal

    By Catherine Candisky

    The Columbus Dispatch โ€ข Thursday April 7, 2016 11:48 AM

    Gov. John Kasich’s administration projects tens of thousands of poor Ohioans will lose Medicaid coverage while taxpayers save nearly $1 billion under a plan to charge new fees for the government health coverage and impose penalties on those who miss payments.

    The proposal, subject to federal approval, would require those being treated for breast and cervical cancer, teens coming out of foster care and other working-age, nondisabled adults on Medicaid to make monthly payments into a health-savings account to help cover their expenses beginning Jan. 1, 2018.


    State officials project about 15 percent of Medicaid enrollees will lose benefits if the plan is enacted. They would either be disenrolled for failing to make payments or choose not to sign up to avoid the cost.

    Zandar’s take on it:

    The problem of course is that Ohio has a much larger population than Indiana, so we’re talking about hundreds of thousands losing their Medicaid for not being able to come up with the $99 per year.

    When that happens, it’ll be the fault of those lazy people for not paying into the system…as system many of them already pay into thanks to sales taxes, payroll taxes, and state income taxes.

    But of course kicking half a million plus off Medicaid is the entire point. Kasich’s plan is to do that all over the country and make it tens of millions instead.

    • 116 catrst
      April 10, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      Kasich is just a regressive as Trump or Cruz and also Paul Ryan in case he makes a play for the office.

  36. April 10, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    where are all the 2 piece and a biscuit Preacher Mofos that were shuffling for Bruce Rauner?

    Where are they now?


    Chicago State, a Lifeline for Poor Blacks, Is Under Threat Itself

    APRIL 9, 2016

    CHICAGO โ€” The lack of a state budget in Illinois has been dismissed by many here as politics as usual, another protracted ego contest between the Republican governor and the Democrats who rule the Legislature.

    It does not feel that way at Chicago State University, a 150-year-old, predominantly African-American school on the cityโ€™s far South Side.

    Since last July, when the fiscal year began, the university has received zero dollars from the state, though it relies on Illinois for 30 percent of its $105 million budget. If no one swoops in with a rescue plan, the school could shut down, stranding students mid-degree, eliminating hundreds of jobs and shuttering a path forward for a poor and underserved community.

    In February, the school declared a financial emergency. Officials canceled spring break and moved commencement up to April 28, rushing to finish the semester before funding goes dry. Last month, members of the faculty and staff were notified that the school was making contingency plans to collect their keys. Reserve funds to pay employees will run out after April 30.

    โ€œPeople are losing their minds,โ€ said Barbara Ameyedowo, 28, a math major who is expecting to graduate in December. โ€œStudents are leaving. Iโ€™m hopeful that it will be resolved, but Iโ€™m so sad. Chicago State is all this part of the South Side has left.โ€โ€™

    Governors and legislatures around the country have made deep cuts to state universities in recent years, leaving the smallest and least prestigious schools financially stressed, as tuition is hardly adequate to sustain many institutions. In Illinois, the absence of a budget means there has been no state financing, straining state universities and prompting some to furlough and lay off employees.

    • 118 Dudette
      April 10, 2016 at 6:14 pm

      This makes me so sad. A dear friend of mine worked for CSU for 20 yrs. He retired a couple yrs ago. Ugh! Really disgusting how people fell for that jerk Rauner.

  37. April 10, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Dirty tricks afoot:

  38. 120 JER
    April 10, 2016 at 4:17 pm

  39. April 10, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Rick Scott is a POS

    Original video:

  40. April 10, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    While PBO may be contemplating visiting Hiroshima, on a lighter note… this is amazing ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    “Tokyo (AFP) – A region of Japan looking to use “ninja” warriors to boost tourism has made an American man the first foreigner to draw a salary for joining the ranks of the stealth assassins. Aichi prefecture in central Japan had been seeking six full-time ninja — the covert martial arts masters and agents of sabotage who prowled the shadows in feudal times — and in a job posting last month said candidates of any nationality were welcome. Of the 235 applicants eager to don the black costume of the deadly denizens of the night, an astonishing 85 percent were foreigners, and 29-year-old Chris O’Neill impressed so much during auditions that officials created an extra spot just for him. The Tokyo-based American “will be Japan’s first salaried, full-time ninja paid by a local municipality,”…continued”

  41. 124 JER
    April 10, 2016 at 4:36 pm

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