The Good Good Times

Pete Souza: First time meeting Angela Merkel in 2009

Pete Souza: By request: President Obama with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G20 Summit in 2011.

116 Responses to “The Good Good Times”

  1. 1 cos
    March 17, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks NW.

  2. 5 Nerdy Wonka
    March 17, 2017 at 5:09 pm

  3. 6 JER
    March 17, 2017 at 5:10 pm

  4. 8 sabreen60
    March 17, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks Nerdy. I really needed this shining light – as always.

  5. 9 donna dem 4 obama
    March 17, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Remember that grave look she had after that Comey briefing. Now this:

  6. 13 desertflower
    March 17, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    NO. We don’t. He is unfit and so are those that he surrounds himself with. They want his approval more than they want to do the right thing for the American people. They ALL need to go! New Elections! These people are all tainted and they all lie, either outright or by omission.

  7. March 17, 2017 at 5:53 pm

  8. March 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    • 16 desertflower
      March 17, 2017 at 6:06 pm


    • 17 sherijr
      March 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      I knew we’d be on the hit list- VA.

    • 18 arapaho415
      March 17, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      Good StPatrick’s Day to you, SWBG.

      Only plutocrats and Russian agents get to meet the [well-heeled, no doubt by soaking the non-rich] paying guests and spies at MAL:

      • March 17, 2017 at 7:33 pm

        Good St Patrick’s Day to you too, arapaho415.

        It just boggles the mind how 45 holds meetings while excluding the key people — people he selected BTW — that should be there. Is there a need to hold this particular meeting at Mar-a-Lago when the everyone who needs to attend are already in DC?

        He must need to add to his coffers again.

        • 20 Obama Grandmama
          March 17, 2017 at 11:33 pm

          DJT probably just made up the meeting on the spot. After all that would mean more rooms filled equaling more money in his pocket.

    • 21 Gazelle
      March 17, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      Welfare Queens, the whole gang.

  9. March 17, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    “American Muslims Are Canceling Spring Break Trips To Avoid Being Hassled At The Airport”

    Even as federal judges block President Donald Trump’s latest executive order, a parallel travel ban is still in effect. This one is self-imposed and even broader than the president’s, eroding the freedom of movement for citizens and non-citizens alike as Muslims decide it’s safer to cancel trips than to risk being held at the border or forced to answer invasive questions before they can go home.

    Muslims who are sitting out foreign travel for now say the court rulings against the executive orders, however heartening, are only temporary and so far haven’t guaranteed smooth passage for all Muslims, whether or not the travelers have roots in the six countries named in Trump’s order.

    The fears might sound overblown except that nearly every week, a nightmare airport story involving a US citizen who’s perceived to be Muslim is splashed across social media.

  10. 23 desertflower
    March 17, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Excellent, but sad read. The last paragraph will grab you by the throat. (NO SKIPPING TO THAT!!)


  11. 25 desertflower
    March 17, 2017 at 6:31 pm


    A Reuters review found that at least 63 individuals with Russian passports or addresses have bought at least $98.4 million worth of property in seven Trump-branded luxury towers in southern Florida.

  12. 26 desertflower
    March 17, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    • 28 Gazelle
      March 17, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      I felt for that guy! Bwa Ha! How many times have you seen people throw a wad of spit or trash on the sidewalks & jiffy on along! Arses.

  13. 29 arapaho415
    March 17, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    GA/GE TODville.

    Used to LOVE St. Patrick’s day at the WH (or elsewhere) the past 8 years — nothing can beat Joe Biden putting his Irish on, and PBO too. 😀

    But can’t stand to see or hear the FUBAR president.

    Meta was on a roll earlier today… she’s probably out downing a pint or two now. 😉

  14. 33 desertflower
    March 17, 2017 at 7:25 pm

  15. March 17, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    • March 17, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Is Ivanka a member of his cabinet? It seem she is.

    • 37 desertflower
      March 17, 2017 at 7:43 pm


    • March 17, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      Looks like Angela Merkel is wondering the same thing.

    • 39 arapaho415
      March 17, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      Hi again, SWBG.

      Drives me nuts how MSM (@cbsradionews does, don’t know how other broadcast media present their DJT stories) but they act as if the daily drama, constant “just making stuff up” or “just tweeting what DJT saw on Fox News Channel in his regal robe” lies are just part of being president. This is NOT normal, DJT is incompetent, functionally illiterate, corrupt, and illegal.

      Aside from DJT himself and president Bannon, his family is the absolute WORST.

      From @nycjim’s Twitter timeline, LOL:

      • March 17, 2017 at 8:35 pm

        arapaho415, it’s down right dangerous. The German press is calling him on his lies. He is putting us in a situation where our allies don’t know whether to trust what he says, much less us.

        MAGA has nothing to do with the safety and well-being of this country. When you think about the preamble to the Constitution, especially the part that says, “…form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare…” 45 and the GOP have violated every one of these edicts.

        As far as “…securing the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…” it’s obvious that they have a very narrow view of what posterity is. Instead of looking at it as ALL future generations, they look at it as only *their* descendants.

        • 41 Obama Grandmama
          March 17, 2017 at 11:49 pm

          When I was in Germany in December and January visiting my daughter and attending her wedding the many cab drivers I ran into thought all Americans voted for Trump and were crazy. We are being judged harshly because of Trump. What hurts is that PBO had worked so hard to elevate our reputation in the World and I saw it worked during my travels. Now in no time at all it is gone.

          • March 18, 2017 at 9:05 am

            Amazing and disconcerting how much damage he’s done in so little time. Then again, the damage probably started when he was campaigning and was cemented once he was elected and sworn in.

  16. March 17, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    I can not believe that Trump. He is an disgrace.

  17. March 17, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    I guess that means free college isn’t a possibility either.

  18. March 17, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Donald Trump promised during the campaign to implement a “secret plan” to defeat ISIS, including a pledge to “bomb the hell out of” the terror group in Iraq and Syria.

    Now, the Pentagon has given him a secret plan, but it turns out to be a little more than an “intensification” of the same slow and steady approach that Trump derided under the Obama administration…

    The plan calls for continued bombing; beefing up support and assistance to local forces to retake its Iraqi stronghold Mosul and ultimately the ISIS capital of Raqqa in Syria; drying up ISIS’s sources of income; and stabilizing the areas retaken from ISIS…

  19. March 17, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Just like he went from not taking a salary to donating his salary to just donating at the end of the year…

  20. March 17, 2017 at 7:47 pm

  21. 50 desertflower
    March 17, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    We all HAVE to do this together!

  22. 51 desertflower
    March 17, 2017 at 7:55 pm

  23. March 17, 2017 at 7:57 pm

  24. March 17, 2017 at 8:05 pm

  25. 56 desertflower
    March 17, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Money over people. Profits over people. Even employer based healthcare is in jeopardy


  26. 57 desertflower
    March 17, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Lawmakers that want to privatize PUBLIC lands. VOTE THEM OUT


    • 58 desertflower
      March 17, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      These 15 Public Lands Enemies are:

      1. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)

      2. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah, 1st District)

      3. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)

      4. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz., 4th District)

      5. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)

      6. Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah, 2nd District)

      7. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska, At Large)

      8. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)

      9. Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho, 1st District)

      10. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah, 3rd District)

      11. Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev., 2nd District)

      12. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)

      13. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M., 2nd District)

      14. Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif., 4th District)

      15. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.)

      In bending to private industry interest, these lawmakers actively spurn the majority of American voters, including in their states, who polls have shown want to see public hands left in public lands and preserved for future generations.

      With the West already losing to development one football field’s worth of natural areas every two and a half minutes, these shared lands are more important than ever. At the start of the 115th Congress, we want to bring attention to these Public Lands Enemies and their plans to seize and privatize public lands. Everyone who cares about our national forests, wildlife refuges, deserts, national parks, national monuments, wild rivers, wilderness and areas of historic, scientific and cultural significance needs to be watching these elected officials vigilantly and opposing their actions every step of the way.

  27. March 17, 2017 at 8:31 pm

  28. March 17, 2017 at 8:36 pm

  29. March 17, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Chancellor Merkel…looked at Trump like he was not quite right…Priceless

    • 65 0388jojothecat
      March 17, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      Thank you Gazelle this full size post cancels out the one above. Plus I love seeing this loving AA father teaching his daughter how precious they are in this world.

      • 66 Gazelle
        March 17, 2017 at 9:54 pm

        JoJo, this made me smile. Didn’t mean it to post so large, but maybe the powers that be decided it should be large to cancel the noxious one in above this post? 🙂

      • March 18, 2017 at 12:36 pm

        For the record …i posted the post because of Chancellor Merkle’s response says that she knows the deal with Trump…

    • March 18, 2017 at 9:15 am

      I love this, Gazelle. I like where they say, “I’m not better than anyone, and no one is better than me.” He is instilling in her a positive, inner strength that will be hard for anyone to dismantle; especially when he reinforces it every day.

  30. 69 arapaho415
    March 17, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    One more reminder of PBO’s rapport with the defender of democracy of the free world (one of my all-time fav photos):

    My tweet sent in response to this:

  31. March 17, 2017 at 9:15 pm


  32. March 17, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    This is an outstanding tool!! Please share with everyone on social media!!

  33. 75 JER
    March 17, 2017 at 9:42 pm

  34. 76 almablanca
    March 17, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    What a difference! Good Evening TOD folks!

  35. 80 sjterrid
    March 17, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Happy St. Patricks Day, TOD.

    Thinking about and missing Chips and Danny. Hope they are well.

  36. 84 desertflower
    March 17, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Thread. On RM tonight

  37. March 17, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Hello good people of TOD! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend 😎

    BTW, does anyone know the lowdown on President Obama supposedly being in Tahiti for the next month? Story says he is already in French Polynesia….you think he is starting to write his book? http://www.tntv.pf/Venue-d-Obama-quel-impact-pour-la-destination-polynesienne_a17679.html

    • 87 desertflower
      March 17, 2017 at 11:36 pm

      OMG! You must have ESPN, LP! Was thinking of you today and thinking that we haven’t seen you around for awhile:) That seems to be the way it looks…in the S. Pacific, clearing his mind, writing his best seller:) I know I’ll buy multi copies! How’s things with you?

      • March 18, 2017 at 12:34 am

        Things are going well, DF! How have you been? I’ve been busy with courses the last 6 months or so….and finally got a breather with Spring break this week. I try dropping in as often as I can…but usually don’t have time to chat.

        • 89 desertflower
          March 18, 2017 at 8:35 am

          I’m ok:) Just say this…was headed off to bed last night when I saw your post. Study hard! Do well in school. That ALWAYS comes first:) Be well, LP

    • March 18, 2017 at 8:19 am

      GREAT to see you, LP!! Hope your studies are going well.

      YES, PBO is most likely getting started on his book. Being alone on a beautiful island is probably a great step in that direction!!

  38. 91 desertflower
    March 17, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Your tax $$$!!!

    • March 18, 2017 at 9:27 am

      A helicopter landing pad that he will continue to have use of even when he’s out of office in the next 6 months (yeah, yeah…wishful thinking). That would be considered a permanent improvement to a fixed asset; correct? The expense should be coming out of his pocket.

  39. 93 jacquelineoboomer
    March 17, 2017 at 11:50 pm

  40. 94 jacquelineoboomer
    March 17, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    • 95 Gazelle
      March 18, 2017 at 12:11 am

      Effing un-serious effers! Eff! Pardon me for my language, just at loss for words. Wot?!

      • 96 jacquelineoboomer
        March 18, 2017 at 12:31 am

        Your language works fine for me – I’ve pretty much had it, too. Not sure how many more antics of these effers we’ll be subjected to, but hopefully the Trump impeachment will be SOON.

  41. 97 Gazelle
    March 18, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Cleansing my being of all these effers, need to shake a leg, a hip, here & there: 🙂

  42. 103 jacquelineoboomer
    March 18, 2017 at 12:47 am

  43. 106 ydavis00
    March 18, 2017 at 3:33 am

  44. 107 Niliathiel
    March 18, 2017 at 3:48 am

    It becomes painfully obvious there that Trump doesn´t understand Merkel and how she works.
    She´s never easy to smile, but she won´t be judgemental either. She will collect information and wait a long time (too long for some Germans´ taste) until she utters her opinion on something.

    And now I see two things: both PBO and Trump make her break with her habits but in very different ways: PBO always got her to smile and Trump made her throw some major shade at that presser which is just as unusual as her being all smiles around someone.
    Trump trying to get a laugh out of her with that wiretap remark? Buddy, that´s the ONE thing she has ever been seriously cross with PBO about and here she stands next to you probably remembering how much nicer these visits to DC used to be. You really think you´re going to get a smile for that? Nope.

    In other words: Trump is just another alpha male underestimating her. She knows how to handle his kind.

    • March 18, 2017 at 9:42 am

      He feels threatened by her. And “alpha males” like him — who are more show than substance — will exhibit the rude, offensive behavior as a way to make themselves *appear* tough while trying to weaken the other person’s [woman’s] self-esteem and significance.

      Men like PBO do not have such insecurities, and is therefore, able to be himself without trying to diminish the self-worth of *anyone* ; especially women.

  45. 110 desertflower
    March 18, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Morning everyone. Freudian slip? You decide

  46. 111 desertflower
    March 18, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Honest to god. I’m about done with all of them. I’m done!

  47. 112 desertflower
    March 18, 2017 at 9:25 am

    “Germany owes…”??? What, asshole? He is an embarrassment to this country. Good luck with that! Maybe they “owe” like Mexico is gonna pay for that stupid wall …like THAT kind of “owe”. Moron.

  48. 114 desertflower
    March 18, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Ah, yes! So much greatness….

  49. 116 desertflower
    March 18, 2017 at 10:04 am

    A running tally…all splayed out….


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