Presidential Jam Session


Pete Souza: This story is better than the photo. Back in 2011, the President invited Bono and Alicia Keys to lunch in his private dining room adjacent to the Oval Office. Bono asks where he should sit. Potus says sit wherever there’s a chair. Bono sees a guitar case in the corner, a campaign memento from Rock The Vote event. Bono quickly tunes the guitar and starts playing/singing Norwegian Wood by the Beatles. Why? Because the second verse goes like this: “She asked me to stay And she told me to sit anywhere So I looked around And I noticed there wasn’t a chair” In the midst of this, the President looks back at me and says, “How cool is this?”

145 Responses to “Presidential Jam Session”

  1. 1 Jey
    January 13, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Good evening TOD’ers.

    Paul Ryan says “…ACA is collapsing even as we speak”… my thoughts were that it was collapsing on his head!

  2. 3 WhenPamelaWandered
    January 13, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    How’s this?? ❤

  3. January 13, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    LOVE this. Looks like POTUS has a handful of carrots!!

    Thanks for keeping us all together during this very sad time, NW. We have so many great memories.

  4. January 13, 2017 at 8:39 pm

  5. 6 Obama Grandmama
    January 13, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    My most fervent prayer is that somehow we have a miracle and ACA is saved. I would love to see Trump gone, but with the GOP in charge of everything I think that is a far fetched idea. Ok saving ACA may be far fetched too. If we can take over the Senate in two years it might be more likely. Gotta get rid of gerrymandering, but that might not happen unless we have more Dem state governments which would draw up the lines. Otherwise the GOP keeps the House.

  6. January 13, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    CNN will be showing the Legacy of First Lady Michelle Obama in about ten minutes.

    • 8 FoxfireTX
      January 13, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      It’s re-airing later as well, I have it scheduled to record then, didn’t catch this. Also, a reminder that PBO’s interview with Lester Holt on the way to Chicago this week airs at 10 est on NBC tonight.

  7. 9 jacquelineoboomer
    January 13, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Meta – I was looking around to see if Joint Base Andrews has a link up yet for the farewell ceremony for President Obama, on Jan. 20. Not yet, but came across this sweet story – his trip to Chicago on Jan. 10.

    • January 13, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      Oh, good thinking. And thanks for this………so cool. {{{{sniffles}}}}

    • 11 jacquelineoboomer
      January 13, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      This story mentions the departure ceremony, but also calls him “former U.S. president,” so now I want to cry.

      “One hundred and thirty four Airmen assigned to the 744th CS are preparing equipment such as land mobile radios, cyber domain desk, and a mobile command post ready for Media Day, inaugural parade, and former U.S. president departure ceremony.”


      • January 13, 2017 at 9:07 pm

        I just read it and I feel so bereft. I know it’s time but I cannot face what’s to come.

        • 13 jacquelineoboomer
          January 13, 2017 at 9:19 pm

          I’m trying to get myself ready. Probably, instead, we should just remind ourselves that this is a beginning – not just an ending – because we get to see what Barack H. Obama, J.D., Citizen, is going to do next! ❤

          • January 13, 2017 at 9:21 pm

            YES, I agree. It comes in waves. One minute I feel that way. And then another minute I feel panic.

            • 15 jacquelineoboomer
              January 13, 2017 at 9:42 pm

              Oh, I know, sweet friend. I have conversations with myself (Ha!) in my head all the time … thinking of how the President and First Lady got through all 8 years without ever “going low,” how they could hold up their heads despite the odds, how they “kept going” (as my mother used to say). I guess we all have that in us, too, following their fine example. But it ain’t easy.

  8. January 13, 2017 at 9:12 pm


  9. 20 jacquelineoboomer
    January 13, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Getting nostalgic. Here are two of the President’s final Proclamations … both timely.

    Presidential Proclamation — Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2017

    “Only by drawing on the lessons of our past can we ensure the flame of justice continues to shine. By standing up for what we know to be right and speaking uncomfortable truths, we can align our reality closer with the ideal enshrined in our founding documents that all people are created equal. In remembering Dr. King, we also remember that change has always relied on the willingness of our people to keep marching forward. If we do, there is no mountaintop or promised land we cannot reach.”



    Presidential Proclamation — Religious Freedom Day, 2017

    “If we are to defend religious freedom, we must remember that when any religious group is targeted, we all have a responsibility to speak up. At times when some try to divide us along religious lines, it is imperative that we recall the common humanity we share — and reject a politics that seeks to manipulate, prejudice, or bias, and that targets people because of religion. Part of being American means guarding against bigotry and speaking out on behalf of others, no matter their background or belief — whether they are wearing a hijab or a baseball cap, a yarmulke or a cowboy hat.”


  10. 21 isonprize
    January 13, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Hey TODers, Hi Nerdy Wonka! Can you or any other TOD administrator reach Chipstick (my Chica) for me? I’m hoping that she can resend the picture and video of my son when he met Pres Obama back on November 8, 2011. I am still searching. I seem to have misplaced it, and I am trying VERY hard not to be heartbroken…

    • 22 vcprezofan2
      January 13, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      Hi Ison. Have you checked the TOD archives (on the right) to see if maybe it’s there?

      • 23 vcprezofan2
        January 13, 2017 at 9:40 pm

        The picture seems to be still available,

        but the video has apparently been removed ‘due to copyright infringement’.

  11. 24 Bill R.
    January 13, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    • 25 GGail
      January 13, 2017 at 10:02 pm

      Sixty-three percent of Tennessee voted for Trump. I bet she did too.

    • 26 amk for obama
      January 13, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      the next logical question.

      who did she vote for?

      • January 13, 2017 at 10:43 pm

        Betting every penny I have she voted for Trump. Remember, I live here. Grew up in ‘rural Tennessee.’ My brother still lives on our home farm…..voted for Trump, of course. Sigh………….

        amk, SO good to see you here. I have a computer question: On my iPad–I finally loaded the new ios about 3 weeks ago. Since that time, when I try to type in a comment on TOD, it is so weird. It’s like its taking dictation (but it’s not turned on). If I need to correct something and backspace, suddenly it automatically backspaces/wipes out EVERYTHING in had typed. Can you help? Please….pretty please. 🙂

        • 28 amk for obama
          January 14, 2017 at 9:18 am

          hi mtngal. not too familiar with apple os. did you turn off the spell check? if you hold down backspace, windows os will also delete the entire post. may be your backspace key is stuck?

        • 29 0388jojothecat
          January 14, 2017 at 2:34 pm

          I remember seeing a man who just got insurance for the first time under Ocare saying he was voting for Trump eventhough since he got Ocare his medical condition improved. He just hoped that DT would not get rid of it…….well now he can die with many others who DID vote against DT. January 19th will be a day of prayer for me that we are in a world of hurt if this man and his VP becomes President. It really doesn’t matter because even if they impeach him or he steps down the GOP controls all 4 levels of the US Government. The voters F’d the country because they hated HRC more than they loved this country.

    • 30 nospin
      January 16, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      …. if I can’t say anything nice, I will say nothing at all.

  12. January 13, 2017 at 9:34 pm

  13. January 13, 2017 at 9:47 pm


    This is a political podcast for people not yet ready to give up or go insane hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor.

  14. 41 jacquelineoboomer
    January 13, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    A request for TODville, from our dear O’friend CanadaBarb … she has just let me know that her dear husband has been determined to have significant medical issues, with a very sad prognosis, and Barb would very much appreciate your kind thoughts and prayers for him and for his release from pain. And I would ask for prayers for Barb and her son, as the family goes through this together. Thanks so much.

  15. 57 jacquelineoboomer
    January 13, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    • 58 CEB
      January 14, 2017 at 8:46 am

      I recorded this but did not want to watch it until I could read a review here (doing the same with the 60 Minutes interview) because I am not going to watch another gutless, dishonest, bought and paid for quack try to bring my president down. Is this worth watching?

  16. 60 jacquelineoboomer
    January 13, 2017 at 11:06 pm

  17. 65 FoxfireTX
    January 13, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Finally got around to visiting the Indivisble Guide website, and like how they are organizing. Groups can register, and even here in TX there is a group to lobby my specific GOP rep that is meeting tomorrow. I will be there! Check it out!


    • 66 jacquelineoboomer
      January 13, 2017 at 11:42 pm

      So glad you’re involved in that – if anything comes of it that you’d like to share, we’d be “all ears.”

  18. 67 jacquelineoboomer
    January 13, 2017 at 11:11 pm

  19. 68 jacquelineoboomer
    January 13, 2017 at 11:47 pm

  20. 69 jacquelineoboomer
    January 13, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    • 70 CEB
      January 14, 2017 at 8:40 am

      The description that shows at the DVR set begins with “failures” then “triumphs.” Looks like everyone wants to take a final hit at PBO before he leaves. The interviews are in two parts; one just before the election and one after.

      • 71 jacquelineoboomer
        January 14, 2017 at 9:55 am

        Yes, we will watch everything (or not) “with caution.” Not going to give ’em ratings or clicks if they turn on PBO.

  21. January 14, 2017 at 12:38 am

    I just read this piece and I’m starting to feel like if they can verify the details of this account, Trump’s days are numbered.

  22. January 14, 2017 at 12:52 am

    goodnight TOD …. and remember “No one survives #NuclearWinter” …. ~ 6.5 days and counting ……….

  23. 76 FoxfireTX
    January 14, 2017 at 2:24 am

    Just finished watching the Dateline NBC interview with PBO. It was pretty interesting and much more enjoyable than most. First time I’ve seen Lester Holt relate to President Obama as a fellow black man from Chicago. If you didn’t see it, it is worth checking out on their website.

    Good night and sleep well fellow peeps. It is a very scary time, but I do not believe DT and the GOP are going to survive this. This week was a turning point.

  24. January 14, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Thanks Nerdy for leading off with that Jam Session cool story by Pete Souza. I hope Chips notice that President Obama has Cheetos in his hand in the picture.

  25. January 14, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Good morning, TOD peeps. I am slowly “getting there.” Last trip to dr. (Thursday) — 2 inhalers (emergency and regular), tessalon perles and cough syrup. Cough is slowly going away and I have a bit more energy each day. It’s a process.

    We saw Hidden Figures yesterday. Fantastic movie. Those who haven’t seen it, hurry. 🙂

  26. 84 desertflower
    January 14, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Morning everyone…

  27. 92 desertflower
    January 14, 2017 at 8:36 am

    h/t BJ. Never happen

    • 93 CEB
      January 14, 2017 at 9:01 am

      He is going to try to fill them with a lot of shit and garbage. I hope that this cartoonist has a national platform because I really want the Deplorable One to see it. The artiststic communities are organizing against him and for the positive ideals that make up a democracy and human decency. They are planning to be relentless gadflies and if their efforts are joined by political action ( we must get people to run for every office), we can limit the fallout and even end this travesty sooner than later.

    • January 14, 2017 at 9:09 am

  28. 95 Don
    January 14, 2017 at 8:48 am

    I really don’t like talking about or questioning a person’s religion, but I work with a couple of guys that say that they are Christian. But for some reason they seem to hate Obamacare, now Obamacare is basically a way for the government to help those that can’t afford health insurance to obtain health insurance. But my question is how can you claim to be a Christian yet hate a program that is designed to help those that need help? My coworkers and I work for the government so basically our insurance is basically paid for, though we do pay a small premium which is almost embarrassing if you knew how much. Last year I paid a little over $300.00 a month for a health insurance plan for my family and I, and I’m talking about full coverage from soup to nuts. I’m not talking about a Cadillac Plan; I’m talking about a fucking Mercedes Benz Plan. This year my premium went up $10.00, $10.00 fucking dollars and these assholes that I work with complain about Obamacare. I just don’t understand, the government pays for our insurance and funds our retirement and we’re going to complain because the government is trying to help the less fortunate? I hope when these fuckers die and meet their god that they have a good excuse for not giving a fuck about poor people. Pardon my manners, good morning everyone.

    • January 14, 2017 at 9:04 am

      You know I guess Christianity is just for white people. They just can’t accept that President Obama has a heart of gold and compassion deeper that the wide blue sea. That his heart has always been in selfless public service for the greater good.

      Don, the other thing that gets me and that people are willfully and completely ignorant about is the fact that Obamacare is not just about subsidies. Repeal of the ACA means all the protections PBO put in place – no pre-ex conditions, no stop loss, keeping children covered by parents until age 26, lower drug costs and no donut hole for seniors, free basic exams, no gender discrimination, mental health coverage, 80/20 medical loss ratio so insurance companies spend our money on CARE, etc, etc etc – are going to affect EVERYBODY.

      • 97 Don
        January 14, 2017 at 9:11 am

        Meta you are so right, if effects everything. I’m at a lost for words, I mean if you’re against Obamacare I don’t know how you sleep at night assuming you have an empathy gene.

    • 98 desertflower
      January 14, 2017 at 9:15 am

      Morning, Don:) They don’t want someone they feel is “less worthy’ of help…getting help….They are conditioned to think this way by the very people that are REALLY picking their pockets clean and making their lives more difficult. We know this.

      May I share MY adventure from last night? Went to Happy Hour with some girl friends and basically had a normal time, until the older gentleman that had his eye on my statuesque girlfriend came over to try to hit on her….he ended up sitting with our group, even when the said girlfriend’s BOYFRIEND came over and just moved himself to sit by me….Anyway, I guess I should say that I was in the far north reaches of Snotsdale….chock full of expensive, gated communities and exclusive golf courses ( which we were sitting on). We were having what seemed to be a normal conversation, when out of the blue his guy announces that he’s going to the Inauguration next week. O.M.G. I never shut my mouth, and this time was no exception. The look on everyone’s face when I informed them that the con man pussygrabber wasn’t and will never be my president was somewhere between dismay and surprise. The old guy tried to tell me that he would be the president for everyone and I just laughed at him….we were cordial, but in the end, I had to leave because I was going to get into a fullblown argument with a stranger that was in deep denial….might I also add that a woman and her guy friend also joined us by this time and my own friends had left me there with the denial twins….

      The crux of what I understood them both to say is that it was HILLARY that had a huge conflict of interest, not dt….and evidently, the retired man couldn’t find the time to piece together the dots on dt’s relationship to Putin and Russia because he was AMAZED by my take on the situation!

      The guy “hated” the campaign he ran ( but voted for him anyway) and the young woman sitting on the couch with us joined in the conversation and agreed that dt was a nasty piece of work, but she was a Republican, so, you know….party over country and own interests…and BENGAAAAAAAZI!!!! I wanted to choke her. I asked her if she realized that she had been manipulated over Bengazi and if she understood that SOS Clinton had asked for $$$ for embassy security but was refused by RW congress….didn’t matter. THEY ARE CRAZY. FACTS DON’T MATTER OR FACTOR INTO DECISION MAKING PROCESS.

      I had to leave at that point or I was going to kill 2 complete strangers. We have a long way to go….and I feel your pain, Don:)

      • 99 Don
        January 14, 2017 at 9:23 am

        Ugh, it’s so hard to stay sane in the face of insanity.

      • 101 0388jojothecat
        January 14, 2017 at 2:45 pm

        DF I stopped talking to people like this because IT JUST DOESN’T MATTER! They live in their bubble of ignorance so they can deny ever voting for DT just like they deny voting for GWB. When the problem hits them at home and they or a friend can’t get help from the government they are the first to complain.

      • 102 Obama Grandmama
        January 14, 2017 at 3:58 pm

        I remember the saying of not talking about religion or politics. To me that was a justification for being dumb about what was important. I leave people to their religion, but am growing to hate people that make political decisions based on bad info, selfishness, or stubborn ways in choosing not to search out real facts. I am surrounded by people like whom you mentioned due to living in a rural area. That is why this blog calls to me.

    • January 14, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Don I understand were you are coming from. I agree with everything you said, I do not understand it at all. What is wrong with helping those who are without insurance get it? I was so glad to see that man who told Paul Ryan that he was like all the other Republicans, he hated Obamacare, till at the age of 49 he got cancer and was given six months to live.If it wasn’t for Obamacare he would be dead, and right in Ryan’s face he Thank President Obama. But we know Ryan and his fellow Republicans don’t care. Do these so call christians get mad when they see the Health Insurance CEOs salaries? It’s like how can you claim to be a christian, but vote for a liar, a racists, sexists, someone with no character.

      • 104 Betsy
        January 14, 2017 at 11:46 am

        It’s not about healthcare, it’s about President Obama. They hate him and want to destroy his legacy.

      • 105 0388jojothecat
        January 14, 2017 at 2:48 pm

        Don I know someone just like this. He was fired but thank GOD was able to get Ocare and had the nerve to complain it was not “great”. I told him that if Ocare had not existed he would not be able to get ANY insurance based on his pre-existing condition. He has serious medical issues. I told him he would go bankrupt or have to sell his paid off house for medical care because that is what people did before Ocare. He of course changed the subject on the issue to complain about something else.

  29. 106 Don
    January 14, 2017 at 9:05 am

    We will happily take back Kanye West if you take Steve Harvey off our hands.

  30. 112 Don
    January 14, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Sometimes I envy my friends that aren’t into politics, but then to be unaware of what is going on around you is something that I can’t ignore.

  31. January 14, 2017 at 9:36 am

  32. 115 desertflower
    January 14, 2017 at 9:42 am

  33. 118 desertflower
    January 14, 2017 at 9:46 am

    This thing is unfit.


    Early Saturday morning, President-elect Donald Trump attacked the Georgia congressman and famed civil rights hero John Lewis for being “all talk, no action” and presiding over a “crime infested” district that’s “falling apart.”
    The thinly veiled racial smear — essentially suggesting Lewis is a slumlord — came on the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as the nation prepares to honor the civil rights leader with whom Lewis worked closely in the 1960s to advocate for racial and economic justice.

    Trump’s assertion that Lewis is presiding over a failing and crime-ridden district is not true. The predominantly black district represented by Lewis includes very nice parts of Atlanta and its suburbs that can hardly be described as in “horrible shape.” Since 2009, crime has fallen by 30 percent in his district.

  34. 123 FoxfireTX
    January 14, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Good morning TOD! Nerdy, hope your weekend is good, and thank you for all you do for all of us here.

    Apparently, Sunday night is going to be President Obama appreciation night:-) Was scrolling through setting my dvr last night and looks like three programs will be airing:

    60 Minutes Interview with Steve Kroft
    History Channel 2 hour special on his legacy
    NatGeo another 2 hour special

    And those were just the ones I ran across, may be more

    And in the meantime, we have DT going after John Lewis on MLK weekend. He is done, it may take awhile but I do not believe he can survive the revelations that are now coming out, and he makes it worse for himself daily. I only pray he takes the entire Republican party down with him. The “lipstick on a pig” mantra keeps running through my head. He may get the title and trappings for awhile starting Friday but he will remain a pig.

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  36. January 14, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Many Demonstrations taking place this weekend..

  37. 126 Don
    January 14, 2017 at 10:09 am

    History is full of instances where the oppressed cares more about the oppressor than the oppressor cares about the oppressed. Steve Harvey is just the latest example, and I am sick and tired of black folk continuing to genuflect and prostrate in the lobby of Trump Tower. John Lewis himself, an icon in the civil rights movement has said he isn’t going to the inauguration and these hat in hand negroes continue to run their asses down to Trump tower begging for an audience with Trump. I try my best to keep a civil tone, I really do, but when I see black people begging for someone like Trump to like them it pisses me off to no end, it makes my blood boil.

  38. January 14, 2017 at 10:10 am

    the manure is spread around…

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  40. 134 globalcitizenlinda
    January 14, 2017 at 10:15 am

    good morning everyone! have a fantastic day

  41. January 14, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Morning everyone.

    Thanks Nerdy!!


    Dudette, I am thinking about you sis. Much, much love. (((((((((Hugs))))))))))

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  44. 139 JER
    January 14, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Hello everybody.

    President Obama delivered his final weekly address thanking the American people for making him a better President and a better man.

  45. 140 globalcitizenlinda
    January 14, 2017 at 10:54 am

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  48. 144 globalcitizenlinda
    January 14, 2017 at 11:30 am

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