Chat Away


Pete Souza: President Obama greets Harry Belafonte during a dropby in the Oval Office today. The legendary singer, actor and activist is in town for the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

132 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 1 GGail
    September 29, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    YAY baby 🙂

  2. September 29, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Trump is a creepy pervert.

  3. 8 Ladyhawke
    September 29, 2016 at 3:32 pm

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  7. September 29, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    This all started with Masters Champ Danny Willett’s brother’s blog post that can be summed up with this quote “P.J. Willett endeared himself to a global Twitter audience during Danny’s Masters triumph in April with a series of excitable posts, but his latest offering will not be so well-received.
    Whether intended as tongue-in-cheek or not, his remarks were deeply offensive.“Europe needs to silence the pudgy, basement-dwelling irritants, stuffed on cookie dough and pissy beer, pausing between mouthfuls of hotdog so they can scream ‘Baba booey’ until their jelly faces turn red”…..

    • September 29, 2016 at 4:08 pm

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      Watch a Ryder Cup heckler pull off the most legendary move of all time http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/09/ryder-cup-heckler-fan-video-rory-mcilroy-henrik-stenson-made-putt-100 “CHASKA, Minn. — This might actually be the best thing ever. During a practice round on Thursday at the Ryder Cup, Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson were practicing a 12 foot putt that they just couldn’t make. Six times each they missed, according to the PGA Tour’s Ben Everill, at which point fan David Johnson of North Dakota shouted to the players that even he could make that putt. Stenson pulled him onto the green and handed him a putter, while Justin Rose plopped down a crisp $100. If he could make the putt on his first try, he could keep it. What happened? David Johnson from North Dakota MADE THE PUTT RIGHT IN THEIR FACES.”

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  8. September 29, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    back to work …


  9. 16 Ladyhawke
    September 29, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Trump campaign defends its rejection of substance, policy details


    It’s a valuable insight, if for no other reason because Clovis’ comments make clear that Team Trump is deliberately avoiding a substantive campaign debate over the issues. For the Republican candidate and his team, it’s a feature, not a bug.
    It’s a problem exacerbated in Trump’s case because he’s never held elected office; he has no background in public service; and he’s never demonstrated any real interest in government or public policy. What we’re left with is an odd set of circumstances in which voters are apparently supposed to support the least-experienced, least-prepared presidential candidate of the modern era first, and then he’ll let the public know how he intends to govern.

  10. 17 Ladyhawke
    September 29, 2016 at 4:08 pm

  11. 18 desertflower
    September 29, 2016 at 4:24 pm

  12. September 29, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    • 23 Wilson Michael
      September 29, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      I find this incredible. The house and senate republican leaders (along with the spineless democrats who voted for both the bill and the veto over-ride), who having succeeded in overriding the president’s veto, immediately have second thoughts about the “unintended consequences” and then blame the president for not explaining these ‘unintended consequences” clearly to the lawmakers. How terrible are they? These people should lose their seats for gross ignorance and dereliction of their duties. Sheeesh!!!!!

      • September 29, 2016 at 8:33 pm

        Half the time — if that often — they don’t read the bills they’re voting on; rely on to give them the highlights and what the aide considers to be “pertinent”. Rushed or not, most probably wouldn’t have read it, and if asked, couldn’t have said what was in it.

        Obviously, their concerns aren’t so great that they stay in session to do something about it.

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  15. September 29, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    These people are very very sick, and so is Trump for encouraging it.

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  17. September 29, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Lovelyplains, If you are still around, want to say I’ve missed you. Good to see your earlier post. 😊☺️ Gotta add GBO! 🏈🍊😉. Happy to see Auburn doing fairly well too. Have a good season.

  18. 36 vcprezofan2
    September 29, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Congress Does Something Stupid, Blames Obama
    by Nancy LeTourneau – September 29, 2016 4:31 PM

    This is one of those days when I really wish the American people payed attention to Congress.

    Last May, the Senate passed a bill that would allow the families of victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia. The House passed it on September 9th. We all know that everyone in this country wants to do anything they can to support these families. But all along, President Obama has said why this bill wasn’t a good idea and has been clear that he would veto it.

    On the day the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act passed the House, here is how Haroun Demirjian described the President’s concerns:

    “But bill supporters are bracing for a veto fight with the White House, which argues the bill could harm the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia and establish a legal precedent that jeopardizes American officials overseas.”

    …………………………. //


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  20. 38 JER
    September 29, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    NOW: Hillary Clinton Speaks To Reporters On Her Plane http://www.cbsnews.com/live via @CBSNLive

  21. 39 JER
    September 29, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    What an incredible honor to meet President Obama. Simone presented him with a surfboard—a gift from all the @TeamUSA athletes.
    Pete Souza

  22. 46 globalcitizenlinda
    September 29, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    the 9/11 bill showed the cowardice and stupidity of the current legislature;

    I suspect that some of the people who will be charged under this bill will be cheney, GWB, CIA officers who participated in the rendition program.

    given how much schumer was one of those pushing it, he once again reinforces the impression a number of us have that he should not be designated to lead the senate Dems … because at times, his focus on a single justification makes him overlook the long-term large strategic picture.

    • 47 globalcitizenlinda
      September 29, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      while the people who lied us into Iraq need to answer for their actions, I think the bill opens up a whole can of worms for members of the military and intelligence community;

      I can see that others charged could be members of Special Operations and other undercover operators, who are sent by the US to grab terrorists from their hiding places;

      … then some of them try to cover their stupidity and cowardice by writing a letter to accompany the bill they know should not have been supported … eventually, they will shamelessly blame PBO for it

    • 48 99ts
      September 29, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      Any democrat who voted against PBO is not fit for office – the end

      • September 29, 2016 at 7:13 pm

        “Dem leaders defend overriding 9/11 bill veto”



        Reps. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) both said a path to justice for the 9/11 families outweighs the foreign policy concerns of President Obama, who has warned that the law — by stripping decades-old sovereign immunity protections — will open a Pandora’s box of retaliation against U.S. citizens, diplomats, military personnel and companies.

        “I go way back with these families,” Pelosi told reporters Thursday in the Capitol. “As I weighed the equities — I appreciate the concerns, which I think are very legitimate that the president put forward — I thought these families should have their day in court.”

        Hoyer delivered a similar message. He said there was “great appreciation for the president’s concerns,” but it wasn’t enough to trump the “extraordinary sympathy” for the 9/11 families.

        “There was an extraordinary sympathy for the people who lost loved ones, devastated by the attack, and they feel very strongly that in a nation of laws and in an international community of laws, that if there was culpability by some, they want them held accountable,” Hoyer said during a media roundtable in his Capitol office.

        The comments arrive as GOP leaders eye “fixes” to the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) amid mounting concerns that Obama’s warnings might ring true.

        The legislation flew through both chambers this month with unanimous support — votes designed to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks — and lawmakers rallied again on Wednesday to override Obama’s veto and launch the bill into law.

        But just a day later, there were some second thoughts.

        House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday that “there may be some work to be done to protect our service members overseas from any kind of legal ensnarements … [or] retribution.”

        And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) delivered a similar message, saying “it’s worth further discussions” to ensure the law doesn’t have unintended consequences that threaten U.S. interests.

        • 50 99ts
          September 29, 2016 at 11:14 pm

          The legislature should be supporting these families and providing funds for any care required. They should not be passing laws to get them to sue foreign governments. This will backfire against the US in ways they have NO idea about. I expect the stupid from the GOP but just sad that the dems do not have the courage to support their President. Absolute rubbish – the complete electoral system is wrong when members fear one item will cause them grief.

          • September 30, 2016 at 9:02 am

            They got caught up in the emotional aspect and ignored the common sense, practical side. You can’t tell me that they did not think about the unintended consequences prior to voting because that letter came out almost immediately after the vote. A case of playing both sides of the fence.

            • 52 99ts
              September 30, 2016 at 9:05 am

              I think too many just don’t read the legislation any more – so little debate – no need to understand.

              • September 30, 2016 at 9:11 am

                Yeah, I said the same thing about that. If you ask them, few probably have no clue what’s included in not just that, but ANY, legislation that comes to the floor.

  23. 54 Ladyhawke
    September 29, 2016 at 5:29 pm

  24. 55 JER
    September 29, 2016 at 5:39 pm


  25. September 29, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    ‘Well, my reaction to that is just what my reaction has been kind of every time Trump has gone after my mom or my family, which is that it’s a distraction from his inability to talk about what’s actually at stake in this election and to offer concrete, comprehensive proposals about the economy, or our public school system, or debt-free college, or keeping our country safe and Americans safe here at home and around the world.

    ‘And candidly, I don’t remember a time in my life when my parents and my family weren’t being attacked, and so it just sort of seems to be in that tradition, unfortunately. And what I find most troubling by far are Trump’s — and we talked about this when you interviewed me the night before the Iowa caucus — are Trump’s continued, relentless attacks on whole swaths of our country and even our global community: women, Muslims, Americans with disabilities, a Gold Star family. I mean, that, to me, is far more troubling than whatever his most recent screed against my mom or my family [is].’

    • 58 99ts
      September 29, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      I don’t remember a time in my life when my parents and my family weren’t being attacked,

      Shows what working non stop to support your country can do. This is an extremely sad reflection on what hate does to some people. No young woman should ever have to see these false and virilent attacks on her family

      • September 30, 2016 at 9:09 am

        It wasn’t just attacks on her parents. I remember how the media attacked Chelsea as a young child/teen. Overall, she survived it and is a strong woman as a result.

        I’m sure seeing how Chelsea Clinton was attacked went a long way in what the Obamas allowed with regard to access to Malia and Sasha; what was considered fair game and what was considered off limits.

  26. 60 globalcitizenlinda
    September 29, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    well, that didn’t take long … legislature trying to transfer their stupidity and cowardice by blaming PBO for the 9/11 bill they just unanimously passed;

    heavens, I really hate stupidity combined with cowardice!

    • 61 CEB
      September 29, 2016 at 6:05 pm

      Every time that I think that this congress cannot be more stupid or craven (and it really is both sides in this mess) they prove me wrong. I am especially disgusted by the democrats for signing this because not only did they show a lack of faith in the party’s leader (still, after eight years), but they signed onto something without really understanding all of the ramifications. For 8 years they refused to take a page out the president’s playbook about how to get around the republicans to get things done. They sat and whined,did little or nothing to support PBO or to speak out in any sustained way, or to develop strategies to get others involved in the fight against republican obstruction. Most have been suspicious and jealous, wanting to take credit for what PBO has accomplished without doing much of anything to help. The president warned congress about this bill, explained his position, and vetoed it. Now, after they all voted to over-ride the veto, they got what they wanted, realized they have F**ked up again, and now not only want to blame PBO, but want him to rescue them from their own actions. It has been 8 years and PBO is still the only adult in the room.

    • September 29, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      The President warned them of long-term/unintended consequences. PBO should have known that if he said *don’t* do it, that would be motivation for GOP *to* do it.

      Are they so caught up in Trump’s rhetoric that they think the U.S. is immune from retaliation in kind? Those that wrote the letter expressing concerns…why did they vote to override the veto?

    • 63 Wilson Michael
      September 29, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      As I wrote up thread, it is absolutely flabbergasting, to blame PBO for this fiasco, for not sufficiently articulating these “unintended adverse consequences” to congress. The lawmakers were supposed to provide the intellect and leadership to pass well thought out laws. Sheesh. Also it is disgusting that most democrats were spineless in not supporting the president. The presidents explanations were well laid out. Incredible.

  27. 64 CEB
    September 29, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Chelsea is brushing it off her shoulders and keeping the focus where it really belongs.

    • 65 CEB
      September 29, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      This 2nd comment is for the post by swbluega.

      • September 29, 2016 at 6:17 pm

        🙂 That happens to me a lot, too…replies to comments ending up in unintended places.

        Chelsea is very level-headed and even-tempered. It’s fortunate that through the years she’s grown a thick skin and can deal with the attacks in a more mature manner than others involved in campaign season.

  28. September 29, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Has the statute of limitations run out so that he won’t be or can’t be prosecuted for this?

  29. 68 CEB
    September 29, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    My posts are all over the place! sorry if there is confusion; one comments is about the 9/11 bill and the other is about Chelsea’s response re:DT.

  30. September 29, 2016 at 6:18 pm

  31. 70 arapaho415
    September 29, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    GA/GE TODville.

    Ladyhawke and SWblueGA posted tweets with this video upthread, but ICYMI, an AMAZING 2:41 minute video, with stellar performances from PBO, FLOTUS (wow!) and our Joey @VP:

    Hope this YouTube video appears here:

  32. 76 arapaho415
    September 29, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Looks like the #SquadGoals youtube worked. 🙂

    For JoJo’s BD… think this may have been posted here already, but what cracked me up was that Jessica Yellin said “Hey, Jon Lovett’s looking at cat videos” during @jonfavs/@tvietor08’s post-debate facebook livestream this week.

    So @jonlovett RT’d it…

    Happy BD, jojo!

  33. September 29, 2016 at 6:38 pm

  34. 78 Ladyhawke
    September 29, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    As Bobfr would say – TRUST BARACK.

    “I think what we’ve seen in the United States Congress is a pretty classic case of rapid onset buyer’s remorse,” Earnest said. “It’s hard to take at face value the suggestion that somehow they were unaware of the consequences of their vote. But even if they were, what’s true in elementary school is true in the United States Congress, ignorance is not an excuse, particularly when it comes to our national security and the safety and security of our diplomats and our service members.”

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    • 85 purpleshoesla
      September 29, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      INORITE!!! EFFING POS could have conducted an animal sacrifice on the debate stage and they’d still be claiming he won Monday Night. The persistent delusional alternate universe these folks are trying to sustain with the help of the MEE-DE-YA is beyond absurd.

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  40. 88 Roberta in MN
    September 29, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Happy Birthday JoJocat. Hope you had a wonderful day and another year to come. Be happy, healthy and peaceful. (((hugs))). I don’t know how to send you a cake, but it is in my mind to send it over the airwaves. 🙂

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  42. September 29, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Still peeling onions…

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  44. 93 JER
    September 29, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    President Obama attempts his best split with the gold medal 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Team as the First Lady watches prior to an event to welcome the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams at the White House. Pete Souza

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  47. 98 JER
    September 29, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    GOP lawmakers concerned veto override to let 9/11 victims’ families sue Saudi Arabia could have ‘unintended ramifications’

    …Obama, as well as a number of foreign policy experts, had long warned that the bill could undermine sovereign immunity and backfire by making it legal for foreign governments or individuals in foreign countries to sue U.S. government or military officials for damages for injuries or deaths caused by U.S. military actions. They also said it would put a huge strain on America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, a key Middle Eastern ally, and could harm the Saudis cooperation with the U.S. in fighting terrorism. … http://nydn.us/2dyjUC9

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  51. 105 criquet
    September 29, 2016 at 8:38 pm


    Telling excerpt from this piece:

    ” It’s not as if the Senate, which voted 97-1 to approve the override, was unaware of these concerns. Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said he had “tremendous concerns” about the law, while Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein confessed that the law is “the wrong thing to do.” Both of these senators, to repeat, voted in support of the legislation. All elected officials have made votes they regret, but rarely do they express their regrets on the same day as the vote.”

  52. 106 Ladyhawke
    September 29, 2016 at 8:40 pm

  53. 107 Ladyhawke
    September 29, 2016 at 8:49 pm

  54. 111 Ladyhawke
    September 29, 2016 at 8:51 pm

  55. 113 amk for obama
    September 29, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    24 hours ago – we beat the kenyan, we beat the kenyan, we beat the kenyan. yay.

    24 hours later – my ass, my ass, my ass.

    Karma – This country deserves the orange faced orangutan.

    • 114 vcprezofan2
      September 29, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      Were you one of those who thought laws ought to be *discussed and debated* by legislators BEFORE being voted on? I honestly don’t see what these people do to merit the salary they collect, other than going on vacation of course.

      • 115 amk for obama
        September 29, 2016 at 10:09 pm

        A country that deserves its nixons, rayguns, shrubs and the racist, sexist carnival barkers.

        • 116 vcprezofan2
          September 29, 2016 at 10:18 pm

          Were it not for the millions of sane, hardworking US citizens, some of whom I’ve met right here in TODland, I’d agree with you about the ‘deserves’ piece.

          • 117 amk for obama
            September 29, 2016 at 10:37 pm

            Move over. I am sending the kenyan and his family to the canoooks country.

            • 118 vcprezofan2
              September 29, 2016 at 11:12 pm

              Anytime, baby, they’re always welcome! I’d best go have a nap now so I’ll be refreshed and ready for their arrival.

              Nighty-night, Bro. A.

              • 119 amk for obama
                September 29, 2016 at 11:20 pm

                No, you can’t make them drink tamarind tea.

                • 120 vcprezofan2
                  September 30, 2016 at 9:14 am

                  You don’t get them, do you? 🙄 Didn’t you see that Bourdain season opener and my guy’s willingness to try ‘local’ foods when in Rome? Wake up!
                  psst! He’ll likely *love* my golden milk, and *he* might be the one to introduce me to tamarind tea. 😛

                  • 121 amk for obama
                    September 30, 2016 at 10:06 am

                    Feed him good old canoook food.

                    • 122 vcprezofan2
                      September 30, 2016 at 10:07 am

                      Funny you assume *I* know anything about ‘good old canook food’. Haven’t you noticed over the years that I’m not a foodie?

                    • 123 amk for obama
                      September 30, 2016 at 10:14 am

                      and yet here you are experimenting with all kindsa exotic weird indian meals/drinks.

                    • 124 vcprezofan2
                      September 30, 2016 at 10:19 am

                      That’s just it, I am more likely to try *natural* foods when I read about their health benefits. Don’t laugh, but I kinda sorta feel if people somewhere have used them for centuries/decades there must be *some* merit to them. It’s partly a consequence of having grown up with my grandmother…..I think. 🙂

                    • 125 amk for obama
                      September 30, 2016 at 10:27 am

                      warning – don’t get too much into the ‘weeds’.

                    • 126 vcprezofan2
                      September 30, 2016 at 10:29 am

                      *chuckle-chuckle* lol
                      No worries about *that* aspect of it – don’t smoke and hate needles 😀 😀

  56. 127 Nena20409
    September 29, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Good Evening TOD.
    Congrats, GGail for your Au ⭐

  57. 128 Nena20409
    September 29, 2016 at 9:33 pm

  58. 130 Nena20409
    September 29, 2016 at 9:34 pm

  59. 132 Nena20409
    September 29, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    WH Presser full Video today.

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