Chat Away

On This Day: President Barack Obama plays with Leo Chaudhary, son of White House Videographer Arun Chaudhary, right, and Chaudhary’s wife, Laura Moser, prior to a Seder with friends and staff in the State Dining Room of the White House, April 18, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

128 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 1 COS
    April 18, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Hey Chips. Hope your mom is feeling better today.

  2. 3 MightyPamela
    April 18, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    • 4 Roberta in MN
      April 18, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Congrats on 1st MP & COS. Is everyone having a good day? I think I am. Just trying to catch up on my reading. Chips I love the pictures of the POTUS with little ones. I kind of miss not having a small child around (kinda) LOL.

  3. 5 Judith Fardig
    April 18, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Congrats to Cos and MP for getting here first. Maybe I missed it before on TOD, but OFA just announced that Director Sara El-Amine is leaving to take the helm at Change.org’s new Global Foundation and will be replaced by Obama veteran, Katie Hogan. Change must be embraced, and new blood is a good thing. Eager to hear more about this.

  4. 6 No Child Left Behind
    April 18, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    I can’t wait for those Democratic primaries to be over! I can’t feel The-Bern but am very much annoyed by it.

  5. 7 No Child Left Behind
    April 18, 2016 at 2:42 pm


    To your Mother,

  6. 8 No Child Left Behind
    April 18, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    I prefer actual votes vs. polls. I hope lazy NY Democrats will show up and vote tomorrow.

    • 9 57andfemale
      April 18, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      The closed primary makes polls more predictable, but this is a weird year. I won’t relax until I see the votes.

  7. 10 No Child Left Behind
    April 18, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Preach, please, preach.

  8. April 18, 2016 at 3:04 pm

  9. April 18, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Published on Apr 12, 2016

    The groundbreaking hip-hop musical “Hamilton,” telling the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton, is the hottest ticket on Broadway. Since previews began in July, the show has sold more than $61 million in tickets. Now, fans can get a backstage look at the musical in a new book, “Hamilton: The Revolution.” Show creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda and cultural critic Jeremy McCarter, who co-wrote the book, join “CBS This Morning” to discuss the process of creating the musical.

  10. 19 sherijr
    April 18, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    That photo of POTUS & Leo, above, is extra specially sweet, I think, as that is the little guy who kissed POTUS outside that one day… I don’t recall the day or circumstances… but he gave President Obama such a loving kiss. Anyway, hello TOD 🙂 So glad that your mom is recuperating, Chips- Hugs from me 🙂 to you both. My company will be gone in a few days… and I will glad to have my space back 😉

  11. April 18, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    a Times investigation has found that a majority of its members have registered with the party in error. Nearly three in four people did not realize they had joined the party, a survey of registered AIP voters conducted for The Times found.

    That mistake could prevent people from casting votes in the June 7 presidential primary, California’s most competitive in decades.

    Voters from all walks of life were confused by the use of the word “independent” in the party’s name, according to The Times analysis.

    While California’s top-two primary system allows people to vote for any candidate, regardless of party, presidential primaries have different rules.

    Republicans have a closed primary this year. Democrats will allow voters registered as having “no party preference” — the state’s formal term for an unaffiliated, independent voter — to cast a ballot. But a voter registered with the American Independent Party will only be allowed to vote for presidential candidates on the AIP ballot.

      • 22 jacquelineoboomer
        April 18, 2016 at 4:26 pm

        My first thought – Ha! No pity outta me.

        • April 18, 2016 at 4:32 pm

          yanno…Jackie…i am so fed up….Ari Berman is saying that it is voter disenfranchisement to have close primaries….i think that he of all folks should know the difference….

          I believe that only party members should be able to vote in a party primary…

          • 24 jacquelineoboomer
            April 18, 2016 at 4:36 pm

            Love how everybody is also trying to push for rewriting the “rules” mid-election cycle. How about fixing the REAL voter suppression issues around the country, not just getting all worked up because people don’t want to get dirt on their “independent” hands by being associated with a particular party (expletives deleted – Ha!).

          • 26 Dudette
            April 18, 2016 at 8:14 pm

            They act like the primary campaigns just started and somebody changed the registration deadlines last week.

    • April 18, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      Serves them right. If they can’t be bothered to check it out past the name, well that’s on them.

  12. 28 sherijr
    April 18, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Oh and it is beautiful here today 🙂 🙂 Sunshine & heat, some of my favorite stuff!

  13. 29 GGail
    April 18, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    This is a TOD Trip to DC public service announcement: Everyone who’s planning with us, be sure that you have the latest email that Alycee put together. Its subject is: “Please us this updated email list”. If you find that you don’t have it, please let us know so we can add you to this list so you can stay up-to-date.

    We only have 50 something days to go and I don’t want anyone at the docks when we’re getting on planes and trains:-)

  14. April 18, 2016 at 3:30 pm

  15. 34 Dudette
    April 18, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Yay! Hamilton won a Pulitzer!

  16. 36 Dudette
    April 18, 2016 at 3:41 pm


  17. 37 Neena20409
    April 18, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    COS & MightyPamela Congrats on Your Twin Golden ⭐ ⭐
    Thanks for the new post, NW.

  18. 38 Neena20409
    April 18, 2016 at 3:42 pm

  19. April 18, 2016 at 3:44 pm

  20. 41 Ladyhawke
    April 18, 2016 at 3:50 pm


    That led me to more research. I concluded that the fact that Sanders only got three bills through Congress (two of which were for naming post offices) wasn’t the only meaningful measure, so I looked at the legislation he introduced during his senate career. It turns out that, every year, year after year, he introduced the same legislation to make a point, and no one else ever seems to have signed on to it. To me, this looked like showmanship rather than governance — an exercise designed to highlight his own support for a very progressive agenda. The hard work is to draft a bill that your co-legislators can get behind, in the political climate that exists and in the place where you work. I concluded that Sanders was less interested in actually accomplishing anything than he was in staging protests where he could claim some kind of moral high ground, not interested in getting in the weeds and doing anything to actually achieve his goals within the Congress he worked in. This research put Sanders’ supposedly pristine progressive agenda in perspective: it is very easy to maintain that agenda if you never make the hard choices necessary to get things done. Classic protester — yet handily collecting his $200,000 pay check and his lifetime of benefits while doing little to enact actual progressive policies to improve people’s lives.

    • 42 Judith Fardig
      April 18, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      Alperstein’s piece is long but worth your time. I share her reasons for being a Hillary voter with the additional impetus of being disgusted with Bernie and surrogates for dissing President Obama and OFA whenever they can. They are deluding a whole bunch of naive voters with magical thinking and ginning up hate for Hillary who has taken on the mantle of carrying forth President Obama’s legacy into the next 4 years.

    • April 18, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      Thanks, Ladyhawke for sharing this must read piece! It needs to be shared widely! I am hoping that NY, PA, CT and MD would go a long way in saving the Democratic Party from the Bernie Sanders’ nightmare! I’ve said this before, but I will say it again: it seems to me that Bernie Sanders and his rabid supporters, like Susan Serandon, are intent on destroying the Democratic Party.

  21. 45 Dudette
    April 18, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Wooot! #ThanksObama

  22. 47 Neena20409
    April 18, 2016 at 3:52 pm

  23. 49 Neena20409
    April 18, 2016 at 4:04 pm

  24. 50 Neena20409
    April 18, 2016 at 4:10 pm

  25. 51 Dudette
    April 18, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Oh noooooo!

    • 52 jackiegrumbacher
      April 18, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      What a horrific tragedy for the boy and his family. Ambassador Powers must also be devastated by this. What a terrible thing to happened.

    • 55 Dudette
      April 18, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      Here’s a little more on the story. Soooo sad! His family must be out of their minds sick with grief!

      • 56 No Child Left Behind
        April 18, 2016 at 4:43 pm

        Hello Dudette,

        Very sad story. When I read it awhile ago, I was devastated. My prayers for the little boy’s family, for the driver, and for Ambassador Power and her entourage.

        By the way, I still haven’t figured out how to “like” a comment. Thanks for all your “likes”.

        • 57 Dudette
          April 18, 2016 at 5:30 pm

          Hi NCLB! As far as I know, you can only Like a comment from the downloaded WordPress app. I use when I’m on my phone. The website doesn’t have the Like feature.

          • April 18, 2016 at 9:06 pm

            I can do likes from the reader…only problem is that as comments are added, I sometimes can’t get to an earlier comment.

            • 59 Dudette
              April 18, 2016 at 9:27 pm

              You have to refresh to see newer comments. The only way I’ve seen how to refresh is come out of the Comments page and go back to the blog Home page. From there, take your thumb or finger and drag/swipe it vertically from top to bottom of the page. You’ll see a little spinning gadget at the top of the page during refresh. When it’s done, you’ll see the comment count below the latest post has increased. That’s how you know newer comments have been to your view in the reader. Then go back into the post and read comments as usual.

              Someone else might know a better way, but that’s how it seems to work on my iPhone.

    • 63 MightyPamela
      April 18, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      Oh no, no. This is almost impossible to believe.

  26. 64 Neena20409
    April 18, 2016 at 4:33 pm

  27. 66 Neena20409
    April 18, 2016 at 4:41 pm

  28. 67 jacquelineoboomer
    April 18, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Idiotic RWNJ front runner news.

  29. 68 Neena20409
    April 18, 2016 at 4:44 pm

  30. 76 Neena20409
    April 18, 2016 at 4:55 pm

  31. 78 No Child Left Behind
    April 18, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    No. I can’t join Chris Matthews tomorrow on the Bridge because if Bernie and his revolutionaries win, I may be tempted to jump off said bridge.

  32. 79 jacquelineoboomer
    April 18, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    One reporter’s take (parts of it are humourous; although he could be lyin’):

    Trust in media is a matter of ‘factpinion’


  33. 81 Neena20409
    April 18, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    April 18, 2016 at 5:14 pm


  35. 84 Neena20409
    April 18, 2016 at 5:19 pm

  36. April 18, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    I’ve noticed of late that Bernie’s campaign seems to be more about complaining about the rules/process and personal attacks on HRC, and less about the issues and realistic resolutions…I’m not the only one

  37. 89 donna dem 4 obama
    April 18, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    This was the “democratic whore” guy. My Oh My!!

    • 90 Dudette
      April 18, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      No tears for him whatsoever.

    • 91 99ts
      April 18, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      I guess he didn’t read the Courage campaign website

      “Courage Campaign is not bound by election cycles or confined to issue areas. Courage Campaign does not endorse candidates. “

  38. April 18, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Something else for Sanders campaign to complain about? Those who tweet…if you want to help @stylistkavin reach goal…

  39. 93 Neena20409
    April 18, 2016 at 5:42 pm

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  41. 97 Neena20409
    April 18, 2016 at 5:44 pm

  42. 98 Nerdy Wonka
    April 18, 2016 at 6:56 pm

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  45. 112 JER
    April 18, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    SOON: Bernie Sanders Holds Campaign Rally in Long Island City, NY – http://abcnews.go.com/Live?stream=1

  46. 113 JER
    April 18, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    LIVE NOW: Hill and Bill Attend Irish Americans for Hillary Event – http://abcnews.go.com/Live?stream=2

    • April 18, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      Love our FLOTUS, looking forward to her speech at JSU Saturday.

    • 116 99ts
      April 18, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      “JSU officials are planning for a crowd of 55,000”

      That is a crowd! I remember my parents complaining that all grad ceremonies are boring – so after my first I didn’t go to any more. Now – if FLOTUS had been the speaker things would have been different 🙂

  47. 118 Dudette
    April 18, 2016 at 8:20 pm

  48. 124 MightyPamela
    April 18, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Sun enters Taurus tomorrow, 19 April 2016: 11:30a EDT, 8:30a PDT. Full Moon Thursday/Friday 21/22 April 2016: 2 Scorpio 31. 10:24p PDT (Thurs) 1:24a EDT (Fri)
    Also, Her Majesty Queen Eliizabeth II celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday 21 April 2016! Best wishes to HRH!

  49. 125 Dudette
    April 18, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    • 126 99ts
      April 18, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      I don’t know the outcome of the Pearl Harbor investigation (I’m assuming it related to “how did we let this happen”) but most of the others ended up with nothing being done – except for Watergate.

      Does the US have the equivalent of our “Royal Commissions” where (in most cases) non political investigations of certain events are funded by the administration/government.

  50. 127 Dudette
    April 18, 2016 at 8:51 pm

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