128 Responses to “Visiting The National Art Gallery”

  1. 1 joyfulmeme
    March 6, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    So happy to see them both..

  2. 2 57andfemale
    March 6, 2017 at 3:55 pm


    • 3 Judith Fardig
      March 6, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      Tied with joyfulmeme – congratulations to both of you! The Obamas are eye candy and a solace in troubled times.

  3. 4 joyfulmeme
    March 6, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    So happy to see them both. Lovely!

  4. March 6, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Thank you Nerdy; we need all the ‘Obama’ we can get now.

  5. March 6, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    As my friend just said, “I don’t know why I keep picking my jaw up off the floor. I might as well just leave it there.


    • 13 pkayden
      March 6, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      It still wrongly focuses on countries from which no terrorists have come when it comes to attacks against America.

  6. 14 Nerdy Wonka
    March 6, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    • March 6, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      My President and First Lady looks like they are having s nice time. It is so nice to see them. I know it was time for them to leave the White House, but I sure do miss them being in the White House. Love this POTUS and FLOTUS.

  7. 16 No Child Left Behind
    March 6, 2017 at 4:25 pm

  8. 17 mtmarilyn
    March 6, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    I hope all of you are following our friends at Crooked Media. There podcasts, Pod Save the World and Pod Save America are helping me to stay sane.

    Their new on With Friends Like These hosted by Ana Marie Cox is very good for those of us who have friends we like but don’t agree with. I encourage everyone to give it a listen. I listen on Spotify app on my phone.

    • 18 arapaho415
      March 6, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      GA MTM.

      Haven’t tried to listen to these podcasts since they launched Pod Save America — tweets seem to link to iTunes, and I have only a laptop computer and no iTunes account, so not sure I can listen (no smart phone, tablet or other mobile device).

      It’s also really hard for me to carve out enough time to listen to podcasts — I guess it’s convenient if you can listen on a mobile device or in your car, but for me it means devoting an hour (or however long it is) to do nothing but listen, and for me, there’s just not enough hours in the day. 😦

      Plus we lose an hour’s sleep this weekend too…

      • 19 mtmarilyn
        March 6, 2017 at 5:28 pm

        I understand. I listen while I’m driving, washing dishes etc. They are the only podcasts I listen too. I only come to TOD and tweet. I have quit listening to any news on TV or radio.

  9. March 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm

  10. 21 Allison
    March 6, 2017 at 5:07 pm

  11. 23 arapaho415
    March 6, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    GA TODville.

    Folks here mention and link to @LouiseMensch re: #SiberianCandidate DJT, and I’ve mentioned that I’m wary of her — she’s an avowed libertarian conservative who is also #NeverTrump and #NeverSnowden, so she has that in her favor.

    Caveat about her potential underlying motivations…

    I do enjoy @BruceBartlett’s tweets, love that he refers to the #TangerineGlo sitting in the Oval Office as president #FUBAR.

    • March 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Whatever her motives Arapaho, she is out to get Trump and others ….

    • 28 pkayden
      March 6, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      He’s not presidential so of course he forgot that he’s president. He’s not fit to be president.

      • 29 0388jojothecat
        March 7, 2017 at 11:44 am

        He thinks he is still a private citizen sitting in the oval office that all he has to do is sign EO’s and do whatever the GOP tells him to sign, worry about how big his crowd size was and that he has to out-do and in-do everything Obama….which is a big FAIL!

        It looks like No Korea is going to bomb Japan and he’s not doing a damn thing.

    • 30 57andfemale
      March 6, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      I didn’t know her back story, but she’s considered one of the best in uncovering the Russia/Trump connection. I never would have thought she was conservative from the tweets and reporting that I’ve read.

      Let’s be clear: It’s not “new” that some Trump people were being investigated with ties to Russia and yes, possible collusion. It’s been in the news for months. Let’s not confuse the work done by the Obama administration to uncover hacking into our elections and the issue of cyber-security and Trump’s claims that Obama ordered it personally to hurt the man-child.

    • 31 57andfemale
      March 6, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      Well, she is conservative, now that I’ve read the article posted above.

      However, it will take sane Republicans to bring Trump down and hopefully reveal the truth. I will be less trusting, but I’ll still follow her.

      • 32 arapaho415
        March 6, 2017 at 6:22 pm

        GA 57F.

        Absolutely, read her tweets — she’s tenacious and won’t let this drop (especially if she gets a fair dose of self-promotion along the way, LOL).

        The Bannon presidency needs all hands on deck to confront, resist, and most importantly halt in its tracks.

        It’s truly frightening how far Bannon has gotten to establish state media with jackbooted thugs as state enforcers.

        Update on DJT and Tillerson (expect Tillerson to be DJT’s conduit for establishing control of state run media:

        Bannon will remain behind-the-scenes, wiping his fingerprints off as he goes…

      • March 6, 2017 at 6:25 pm

        As noted before in previous comments, the fact that she & Schindler are not in anyway aligned with President Obama’s vision, policy and decisions is helpful in the effort to remove Trump and others.

  12. 34 arapaho415
    March 6, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    More on President Bannon dismantling the State Department and using its powers to control media, both at home and abroad:

    For background on Bannon scheming to control US media, see this article from Dec 2016:

    From the Dec article:

    “The move — pushed by House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce as a way to streamline the agency — concentrates control into a powerful CEO who is appointed by the president.

    That change, combined with a 2013 legislative revision that allows the network to legally reach a U.S. audience, which was once banned, could pave the way for Trump-approved content created by the U.S. diplomacy arm, if he chooses to exploit the opportunity. ”

    snip /

    “The legislation also gives the president the power to appoint an advisory board — which will consist of five members, including the secretary of state…”

  13. 35 Allison
    March 6, 2017 at 5:58 pm

  14. 38 JER
    March 6, 2017 at 5:59 pm

  15. 41 JER
    March 6, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    • 42 pkayden
      March 6, 2017 at 6:09 pm

      LOL! This is the time for cussing, Samuel. Go ahead and let Carson know about his silly self.

  16. March 6, 2017 at 6:06 pm

  17. 44 CEB
    March 6, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    There must be someway other than waiting for the next election or for congress to get the balls to file articles of impeachment against this horror show. They are tearing down things that even their hapless, vengeful voters want. How did we allow a handful of people to bring such harm and even more potential harm to billions?

  18. March 6, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    How low have the Republican Party have sunk, that they would accept something like Trump and Bannon.

  19. 48 JER
    March 6, 2017 at 6:37 pm

  20. March 6, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I’m with Alice.

  21. 51 desertflower
    March 6, 2017 at 7:03 pm

  22. 52 desertflower
    March 6, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    A national disgrace. Him, this, all of it.

  23. 54 desertflower
    March 6, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Oh Jesus

  24. 56 ydavis00
    March 6, 2017 at 7:08 pm

  25. 57 JER
    March 6, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    • 59 arapaho415
      March 6, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      I have to admit that I’m confused as to what’s going on w/ ACA now.

      From what I gather, the House released their version tonight at 6 pm EST.

      But for ACA repeal to actually become effective, the Senate would have to approve, or a compromise measure would need to be passed by both the House and Senate, right?

      So why are we even discussing now? It’s a sincere question, I’m honestly confused.

      IIRC, the House passed hundreds of bills during PBO’s Administration, and the Senate voted on a just a handful (until November of last year, I think the Senate took up House bills only when it was critical to keep the government running…).

      Tweet that sums up MoJo’s article:

      More on Senate…

  26. 60 desertflower
    March 6, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    ANY DAMN QUESTIONS?? I actually hate these people

    • 61 desertflower
      March 6, 2017 at 7:19 pm

      • 62 arapaho415
        March 6, 2017 at 7:28 pm

        GA DF.

        ACA is, and has been, too complicated for my brain to wrap around — I’m always in a fog when people talk about ACA (except for PBO, when he held townhalls to discuss the problems and solutions for improving ACA — for me, his discussions made SO MUCH SENSE, yet broadcast MSM failed to mention what he had to say [and now I heard about every frigging tweet DJT sends on the radio].

        I don’t understand this at all, think it’s referring to the same thing as @TopherSpiro’s tweet:

  27. 63 desertflower
    March 6, 2017 at 7:20 pm

  28. 64 desertflower
    March 6, 2017 at 7:22 pm

  29. 65 arapaho415
    March 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    As if the news about ACA repeal wasn’t bad enough today, here’s more about reprehensible Betsy Devos’ department:

  30. 66 desertflower
    March 6, 2017 at 8:09 pm

  31. 67 desertflower
    March 6, 2017 at 8:11 pm

  32. 68 desertflower
    March 6, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    • 69 jacquelineoboomer
      March 6, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      How does that even comply with their own House rules? Or is everything a free-for-all?

      And why (as we all know, but apparently it escapes them out of greed and hatred for the American people, at large) would any legislator want to put up a bill that hasn’t been scored?

  33. 70 jacquelineoboomer
    March 6, 2017 at 8:43 pm

  34. 71 JER
    March 6, 2017 at 8:47 pm

  35. 73 JER
    March 6, 2017 at 9:59 pm

  36. 74 JER
    March 6, 2017 at 10:01 pm

  37. 75 Nena20409
    March 6, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    • 76 jacquelineoboomer
      March 6, 2017 at 10:30 pm

      So glad James Clapper is now “former DNI.” He’s disgusted and willing to talk about what he knows, as appropriate. And against Trump (always appropriate!).

  38. 77 almablanca
    March 6, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Staying calm when all about you are crazy. Oh for the Obama days. Evening TOD folks

  39. 78 Nena20409
    March 6, 2017 at 10:32 pm

  40. 79 susanne
    March 6, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you, Nerdy, for this photo of our dear first couple. I love seeing them smiling, doing unpressured stuff, and dressing as the hip young people they are. I know everyone who comes here got a lift from that posting! Mahalo nui loa ❤

  41. 80 arapaho415
    March 6, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Let’s hope this action doesn’t inspire something similar by president Bannon:

  42. 81 arapaho415
    March 6, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Catching up on @joshtpm’s Twitter timeline now.

    McCain’s former campaign manager:

    And what’s up with DHS Secretary Kelly? Terrifying to think that someone who mouths DJT team’s talking points is in charge of “homeland” (aka Deutschland?) security. Does anyone know his background? Just how much of a jackbooted thug is he?

    Just sent this reply to Betsy (waving “hi”):


  43. 84 arapaho415
    March 6, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    I think this tweet answers my question about the urgency of the House GOP ACA repeal bill…

    • March 7, 2017 at 7:29 am

      Good Morning, arapaho415

      After Boehner’s “Hell no you can’t” regarding the meetings, writing, revisions, etc. that went into the development of ACA, the GOP has come along and done worse in their repeal and replace.

    • 86 0388jojothecat
      March 7, 2017 at 11:39 am

      Yesterday morning NPR reporter tried to sell the BS that the DEMs kept the GOP in the dark until PBO signed it…..I could have screamed!

  44. 87 jacquelineoboomer
    March 6, 2017 at 11:47 pm

  45. March 6, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Many of us knew this day would come if the likes of Trump were elected.

    In time we will know of the “Good Americans” prevailed because NO ONE is going to come to rescue America the way America and the Allies did to eliminate Hitler and all his filth.

    Goodnight TOD ….

  46. 92 jacquelineoboomer
    March 6, 2017 at 11:54 pm

  47. 93 globalcitizenlinda
    March 6, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    ‘follow the money” is always a good place to start in one is to understand somethings that appear both complicated and perplexing;

    yep, if people are determined to thoroughly expose the homegrown demagogue then this common advice will play a significant part

  48. 94 Jey
    March 7, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Ppl who voted for PP … or didn’t vote(voluntarily) because of purity poutiness or voted 3rd party should be thanked for giving the world, Putin’s Puppet.
    I know I know … HRC was such a monster.

    It galls me to see what is going on in the US.
    And what kind of ppl still support PP? They are so out of touch with humanity.

    To those fighting … THANK YOU for resisting.

  49. 95 desertflower
    March 7, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Morning everyone. Maybe the CEO’s of the healthcare companies can talk some sense to them….


    Of CEOs responding to the survey, 77.9% oppose repealing the ACA, even with the promise of a replacement plan and a transition period. And 79.2% favor keeping the law’s expansion of Medicaid coverage to low-income adults, which would be eliminated or phased out in most Republican proposals.

  50. 96 desertflower
    March 7, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Took ’em long enough.

    • 97 sherijr
      March 7, 2017 at 7:11 am

      I have a problem with this, and I realize it’s “my” problem… but here’s the thing, all these “conservative” pundits/journalists who pushed Trump on the American public morning noon and night- are now being hailed as sensible/ smart/ heroic because they’re seeing the light (doubtful). They are seeing zero consequences or repercussions.

      • 98 desertflower
        March 7, 2017 at 7:27 am

        Morning, sherijr…No:) I never gave any praise for her or hailed her as sensible/smart/heroic. They were all part of the problem to begin with. But, at least, for this moment anyway, she had the light bulb go off and she seems to see this fraud for what he really is. A fraud. We need all the fighters we can get against this crook. Big tent and all. I’ll take them from wherever but I sure never “forgave” any of them….Same with Comey. I know Bobfr thinks he’s going to swoop in and save us because he’s really one of the “good guys”…maybe he is. My beef with him is that we didn’t even need to BE HERE at this moment with this moron, if it weren’t for his bullshit in the first place. But, I will wait and see…I will be pleased to see him swoop in, but I don’t forgive him for foisting this POS on us in the first place….Kinda where I am with all these guys:)

        • 99 sherijr
          March 7, 2017 at 7:29 am

          thanks df, you have the right attitude and the right perspective too.

          • 100 desertflower
            March 7, 2017 at 8:01 am

            🙂 Well..sometimes I do…I’m just like everyone else here. Scared, uncertain and out of my comfort zone. All of it is wrong to me. Everything. I’ll reach for whatever I can, whenever I can. All I know is, we have to speak up, speak out, push back and take over the message again. Before it’s too late.

  51. 105 desertflower
    March 7, 2017 at 7:13 am

  52. 106 desertflower
    March 7, 2017 at 7:20 am

    It goes without saying that Donald Trump is the least qualified individual, temperamentally or intellectually, ever installed in the White House. As he veers from wild accusations against President Obama to snide remarks about Arnold Schwarzenegger, he’s doing a very good imitation of someone experiencing a personal breakdown — even though he has yet to confront a crisis not of his own making. Thanks, Comey.

    But the broader Republican quagmire — the party’s failure so far to make significant progress toward any of its policy promises — isn’t just about Mr. Trump’s inadequacies. The whole party, it turns out, has been faking it for years. Its leaders’ rhetoric was empty; they have no idea how to turn their slogans into actual legislation, because they’ve never bothered to understand how anything important works.


  53. 107 desertflower
    March 7, 2017 at 7:31 am

  54. 108 desertflower
    March 7, 2017 at 7:35 am

  55. 109 desertflower
    March 7, 2017 at 7:37 am

  56. 110 JER
    March 7, 2017 at 7:50 am

  57. 111 CEB
    March 7, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Awesomely Luvvie’s rant on Ben Carson on his slaves are immigrants shameless stupidity is a thing of beauty that sums up what most A-A folks and a home with an ounce of cents thought. ” Not all skinfolk are kinfolk,” a quote from author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston that is included in the righteous rant is a recognition that A-A folks come to early. The oldest folks call someone like Ben (he does not get an honorific from me) an educated fool.

  58. 114 desertflower
    March 7, 2017 at 8:17 am


    Republicans have complained that the deductibles under the ACA were too high, but their new plan will push them higher. Republicans have said “Obamacare” doesn’t cover enough people, but their plan will likely take coverage from millions of Americans.

    I say “likely” because we don’t yet have firm data from the Congressional Budget Office. Indeed, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his team have launched their bill in a strikingly half-assed way: Republicans, by their own admission, have no idea how much their bill will cost, no idea how many it will cover, no idea what impact the plan will have on the deficit, and no idea how to pay for the policies once they scrap existing ACA taxes.

    In a Q&A published last night, House Republican leaders ask and answer a series of common questions. At one point, the document asks, “How are you paying for this plan? How much is it going to cost taxpayers?” In response, GOP officials quite literally wrote, “We are still discussing details.”

    By any fair measure, this is a pitiful plan completed in a cringe-worthy way. Among stakeholders, the “American Health Care Act,” as Republicans are calling their plan, will have few, if any, champions, and its provisions contradict practically every promise Donald Trump made to the nation about how the system will look as a result of Republican policymaking.

    This may help explain why the White House statement in response to the bill’s unveiling was, to be charitable, lukewarm, and included no endorsement.

    There’s no shortage of moving parts to this, and I’m obviously just scratching the surface, but the process is set to move forward very quickly. Republican leaders want the first committee vote on this reform plan to be held tomorrow.

    Buckle up.

  59. 115 desertflower
    March 7, 2017 at 8:20 am

    They actually DO make me want to punch something

    • 116 desertflower
      March 7, 2017 at 8:31 am

      Evil. condescending little shit.

      • 117 99ts
        March 7, 2017 at 8:46 am

        So you can trade an iphone for 1 month of healthcare. They know not what they say. Maybe Trump can choose health care over his tweet phone cause he sure needs some mental health care

        • 118 desertflower
          March 7, 2017 at 8:49 am

          Morning, 99ts. I have a better idea. Maybe they can all go fuck themselves. They get THEIR healthcare paid for with OUR tax $$…yet they talk this smack? Karma will not be kind.

          • 119 99ts
            March 7, 2017 at 5:37 pm

            belated gm df ( morning time here). I just got another head shock when I heard his “tweets” are impacting the stock market again. I think I have lost my ability to be surprised by anything he does.

  60. 120 desertflower
    March 7, 2017 at 8:22 am


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    March 7, 2017 at 9:21 am

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    March 7, 2017 at 9:24 am

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    March 7, 2017 at 9:40 am

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