A Date Night Standing Ovation


Emily Heil: The Obamas’ Date Night Ends At Masseria With A Standing Ovation From Diners

Hey, isn’t that … President Barack and Michelle Obama, on what looked like a date-night dinner on Saturday at Italian hotspot Masseria? A fellow diner tells us that most of the patrons tried to be cool and not ogle at the former first couple, who we’re told left their menu in the chef’s hands and dined on “a lot of pasta,” as well as a dry-aged steak with a red wine sauce, plus a bottle of vino.

The meal ended with something sweeter than dessert, though: When the Obamas stood to leave, a hush fell over the dining room before diners broke into applause and gave the couple a standing ovation. Chef Nicholas Steffanelli says the restaurant doesn’t usually talk about its guests, but called the moment “really special.”

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188 Responses to “A Date Night Standing Ovation”

  1. 2 amk for both obamas
    May 20, 2017 at 9:44 am


  2. 5 GGAIL
    May 20, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Good West Coast morning NW & TOD family.
    Thanks NW for the pleasant visual & read to start the day 💕

    Congrats Don on First 🎉

  3. 6 whenpamelawandered
    May 20, 2017 at 9:57 am

    “President Barack and Michelle Obama” ~ thank you, NW, for starting this day with the tender tears brought forth picturing the respect for these two incredible people, so well-deserved.

  4. May 20, 2017 at 9:57 am

    So Trump had something to say about Michelle Obama not covering her head when she went to Saudi Arabia with President Obama, what does the lying hypocrite and those right wing racists supporters of his have to say about Melania not wearing anything on her head?

  5. 11 desertflower
    May 20, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Morning!! Congrats, Don! I just get so tickled when I read stories like this….the WORLD loves them and that makes me so happy!

  6. 12 desertflower
    May 20, 2017 at 10:22 am

  7. 13 desertflower
    May 20, 2017 at 10:24 am

  8. May 20, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Is this guy that naive?

  9. 22 yardarm756
    May 20, 2017 at 10:48 am

    And a Good Morning early birds…congrats Don.

  10. 23 99ts
    May 20, 2017 at 10:50 am

    That is a lovely story about PBO and the real FLOTUS

    “And our tipster, who was already trying to impress his date by picking the trendy Italian restaurant, says the very Washington moment helped his game even more: “I think she’s happy to go out with me again.”

    Another twist on the “Thanks, Obama!” meme?”

  11. May 20, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Rest in Peace, Trayvon.

  12. May 20, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Oh look at the wide belt Melania Trump is wearing? Thanks Michelle Obama.

  13. 28 amk
    May 20, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said his re-election shows voters reject extremism and want more links with the outside world.

    After avoiding a run-off with a 57% outright victory over his main rival, Mr Rouhani said he respected the opponents’ right to criticise him.

    Mr Rouhani, 68, supports the landmark deal to curb Iran’s nuclear programme.

    The decisive victory gives him a strong mandate to seek reforms and revive the country’s ailing economy, analysts say.

    “The Iranian nation has chosen the path of interaction with the world, a path which is distant from extremism and violence,” Mr Rouhani said in first speech after the victory, broadcast on state television.

    “The election is now over. I am the president of the nation and need assistance from every single Iranian, even those who oppose me and my policies.”

    Mr Rouhani also thanked former reformist President Mohammad Khatami, apparently defying a media ban on citing the ex-leader’s name.


    • May 20, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      France…Germany and now Iran….Trump’s election seems to have ushered a wave of sanity that eluded the voters in America…i am glad to see that …i hope that it continues

  14. May 20, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Saturday morning. Congrats Don, on being first this morning.

    Nerdy, thanks so much for helping Ms. Chips and for the sacrifices you’re making for us TOD’ers. 💫🙏👌👊❤

    To all, I hope that when you see someone surprisingly-joyfully-tearful, you’re able to shed a tear; when you see someone crying laughing, you’re able to cry with laughter; and when you see someone scream with happiness, you’re able to gush-forth a scream with happiness today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    I am thankful to God that I lived to witness one of the greatest President of The United States of America in President Barack Hussein Obama ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  15. 31 globalcitizenlinda
    May 20, 2017 at 12:09 pm

  16. 41 jacquelineoboomer
    May 20, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    What an uplifting thread. Thanks, Nerdy Adorable!

  17. May 20, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    DPRK doesn’t play!

    • 43 CEB
      May 20, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      He actually curtsied at the end. Check out the video on Twitter.

    • 44 99ts
      May 20, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      Oh my heavens – he will no doubt wear that there gold chain forever – gues these folks really want lots of US equipment or whatever

      • May 21, 2017 at 10:05 am

        He won’t be able to keep it, which will probably infuriate him. 😀

        • 46 99ts
          May 21, 2017 at 10:30 am

          He doesn’t follow the rules Mary – they are only for the unimportant people. He will have no idea that such a law/rule exists and will attempt to ignore it if anyone dares to tell him.

          • May 21, 2017 at 4:40 pm

            I’m sure that’s true, 99ts. If I were a meaner person, I’d be pretty amused thinking about the people whose job it would be to take it away from him! Of course, I’m not that mean ! 😉

  18. May 20, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    More should be made of Trump’s choice for his first trip.

  19. 51 Nena20409
    May 20, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Rainy, Cold & Dull in my Neck of the woods.
    Congrats, Don on your Au ⭐
    ❤ TOD ❤ , Rocks!

    • 52 pkayden
      May 21, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Beautiful couple! Classy, dignified, well-spoken, inspirational and gorgeous. Can’t get enough of my First Couple!

  20. 53 JER
    May 20, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    President Obama in Tuscany.

  21. May 20, 2017 at 1:07 pm

  22. 60 amk for obama
    May 20, 2017 at 1:11 pm


  23. 67 Nena20409
    May 20, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    • 68 amk for obama
      May 20, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      If you are a repub even now, you too own this pos fraudster. The rethugs are always outraged when their party hurts them personally and not so much when they harm others. Fuck comey and his dad. They both deserved what they got.

    • 69 pkayden
      May 21, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Wonder who Daddy Comey voted for last November though. His son helped to get Trump elected.

  24. 70 amk for obama
    May 20, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    dumb ass. this is what maga looks like, you moron.

  25. 76 whenpamelawandered
    May 20, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Yikes! Sun -> ♊️ In exactly 3 hours! (That was a near miss for W/MPW!)

  26. 77 jacquelineoboomer
    May 20, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Ha. Something made me do a little research when Malcolm Nance said the Pope will give trump “a talking to,” when they meet at the Vatican. Yep, Malcolm went to an all-boys Catholic high school, in Philly. I’m sure he had a couple of “talking to” moments, himself, when he was young!

  27. 78 Grab a Mop Grace
    May 20, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    How embarrassing…the side chick of a serial adulterer (pretty sure there’s a mention of that in the 10 Commandments) is our nominated representative to the Vatican. Oh, and she is 23 years younger than her husband (something like the guy who nominated her) but apparently that only matters when the genders are reversed.

  28. May 20, 2017 at 2:55 pm

  29. May 20, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    • 88 pkayden
      May 21, 2017 at 11:01 am

      Is Louise Mensch a trustworthy source of information? I’ve seen a lot of criticism of her claims by people on the left. Makes me wonder. Why would Republicans who dominate the Judiciary Committee consider Articles of Impeachment against their President? Doesn’t ring true.

  30. May 20, 2017 at 3:02 pm

  31. 91 JER
    May 20, 2017 at 3:35 pm

  32. 92 JER
    May 20, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Spouses Obama in Montalcino: golf for Barack, ice cream and shopping for Michelle. 2 videos of POTUS and FLOTUS.

    • 93 MadameSoph
      May 21, 2017 at 5:05 am

      Just read the article JER, and it’s wonderful! I will try to do a translation and post it Sun or Mon. TODers would love this!

  33. 94 JER
    May 20, 2017 at 3:59 pm

  34. May 20, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    I think I saw Sharon Holder Eric holder’s wife walking with Michelle and her friends.

  35. May 20, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Gorgeous place!!

  36. May 20, 2017 at 4:16 pm

  37. May 20, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    What a glorious villa!!

    • 108 carolyn
      May 20, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      I see President Obama has the same gold chain that djt thinks is so special…..not the first US president to receive it!

    • 109 whenpamelawandered
      May 20, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Haha, the comments to Pete’s twitter shade are so funny! 😃

  38. 110 Nerdy Wonka
    May 20, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Be very careful of the theories peddled by Louise Mensch and her cohorts. I know of her work pre-Trump and I don’t trust her today, tomorrow, forever.

    • 111 sherijr
      May 20, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      yep Nerdy, I take her stuff w/ a huge grain of salt.

    • May 20, 2017 at 6:20 pm

      Hi meta, I’m far from a fan of Louise Mensch but I pay very close attention to what she posts. For instance, well before WaPo began indicating just how compromised Ryan is, she had received and reported it.

      And, folk who attack her often find themselves wishing they didn’t ….

      • 113 Betsy
        May 21, 2017 at 12:19 am

        Oh but there is. I looked it up. The Marshal is responsible for carrying out the Court’s wishes, so Ms. Mensch could be right on this one.

  39. May 20, 2017 at 5:49 pm


  40. May 20, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    • 116 idon
      May 20, 2017 at 10:24 pm

      Think about that for a minute. The firing occurred on May 9th and Rosenstein had the Special Counsel on it on May 10th.

      • 117 57andfemale
        May 21, 2017 at 10:26 am

        There was criticism of Rosenstein that he didn’t appoint a special counsel immediately. Frankly, I was one of those people. Glad to be wrong.

  41. May 20, 2017 at 6:14 pm

  42. May 20, 2017 at 6:26 pm

  43. May 20, 2017 at 6:28 pm

  44. 122 desertflower
    May 20, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Focus here.

  45. May 20, 2017 at 7:27 pm

  46. May 20, 2017 at 7:29 pm

  47. May 20, 2017 at 7:29 pm

  48. 130 desertflower
    May 20, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Congratulations! ( I think he looks a little like dad)

  49. May 20, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Take care, everyone ….

  50. 135 magapie
    May 20, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Just saw a vid of prez clownstick trying to groove n bop to some frickin’ Saudi sword dance music. “Douchebag, your table is ready. Douchebag Party?”

    • 136 carolyn
      May 20, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      Saw that picture on Facebook along with some other old white men trying to dance. They looked absolutely ridiculous!

  51. May 20, 2017 at 7:39 pm

  52. 138 almablanca
    May 20, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    They will always be loved. Looking forward to their trip to Montreal. Thanks for posting Nerdy. Had a wonderful 5 days in NOLA. Headed home tomorrow. The folks down here have been great! Amazing city for any NOLA TODders.

  53. 139 amk for obama
    May 20, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    royale or not, kidz will be kidz.

  54. May 20, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    This is encouraging news about @Lawrence. Once again people power rules. The nerve of MSNBC to think
    they can shove all these ex-Fox stooges like Greta V. on us and we are just going to sit and meekly accept it.
    Continue calling and e-mailing my friends, to get them to renew Lawrence’s contract.

  55. May 20, 2017 at 10:58 pm

  56. 148 JER
    May 20, 2017 at 11:13 pm

  57. 149 amk for obama
    May 20, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    School food campaigner Jamie Oliver has labelled Theresa May’s plan to axe free school meals for infants “a disgrace”.

    The TV chef, who led a successful campaign to improve the quality of school food, said the move “put future generations at risk”.

    He said: “It’s a fact. Children perform better after eating a decent lunch.”

    The Conservatives want to axe the free meals plan for to save money to plug gaps in England’s school finances.

    The party hopes to save £650m by ending the right to a free meal for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, but has pledged to offer all children a free breakfast.


    as long as sheeple vote against their own interests, they will suffer and make others suffer too.

  58. May 20, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    • 151 nathkatun7
      May 21, 2017 at 12:21 am

      Somebody please tell Nina Turner, the loser, to go back to Ohio and stop disrupting, and trying disorganize, California Democrats. I think Bernie Sanders’ supporters don’t want to talk about Russia because Sanders’ campaign may have benefitted from the Russian interference in the 2016 election. Exactly how do you deal with “income inequality” and “racial justice” with the Russian stooge in the WH aiding and abetting the regressive right wing agenda? I am sorry, but I am sick of the useless, “holier than thou purity progressives,” who talk a big game without taking into consideration that the vast majority of Americans don’t subscribe to the “holier than thou, purity progressive agenda.”

      • 152 CEB
        May 21, 2017 at 10:55 am

        All of this! I can also tell you that most Black people will tell her to sit down and be quiet. The younger ones would say, ” put up or shut up.” We know a pawn and a token when we see one. She is also the type to look down on her community for voting Dem. We are well aware that we are closing the lesser of two evils when it comes to our issues. However, we have survived and progressed because most of use to not believe in throwing the baby out with the bath water. This Missy needs an older black woman to make her step back.

  59. May 20, 2017 at 11:45 pm

  60. May 21, 2017 at 12:02 am

    • 156 99ts
      May 21, 2017 at 12:33 am

      Returned to visit with his lawyer? Told Trump he couldn’t keep the gold chain and medal? His name was just too hard for Trump to pronounce so he fired him? Wants to get on the good side of Pence?

  61. 157 nathkatun7
    May 21, 2017 at 1:32 am

    There is also the possibility that Trump found out he is WH leaker and fired him.

  62. May 21, 2017 at 8:45 am

  63. May 21, 2017 at 8:48 am

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  65. May 21, 2017 at 8:54 am

  66. May 21, 2017 at 8:58 am

    • May 21, 2017 at 8:59 am

      • May 21, 2017 at 11:55 am

        Joy is on point here….

        The Southern Strategy has become part and parcel of the fabric of America. Racism must be faced head on with Truth and Reconciliation…will it ever happen….i hate to say NO….but it is hard not to…

        but we have children….we cannot afford to give into despair and hopelessness..

  67. May 21, 2017 at 9:07 am

  68. May 21, 2017 at 9:11 am

  69. May 21, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Melania: Deep Thoughts

  70. 177 JER
    May 21, 2017 at 9:19 am

  71. 179 globalcitizenlinda
    May 21, 2017 at 9:56 am

    good morning everyone!

    have a great day

  72. 180 desertflower
    May 21, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Morning everyone:)

  73. 181 desertflower
    May 21, 2017 at 10:17 am

    More of these!

  74. 182 desertflower
    May 21, 2017 at 10:20 am

    He will be welcomed with open arms

  75. 184 desertflower
    May 21, 2017 at 10:37 am


    • May 21, 2017 at 11:08 am

      That seems to be a SOP for the GOP. I’ve noticed that even when campaigning, they spend little time talking about their platform. Instead, most of their campaign ads have the purpose of negatively attacking their [Democratic] opponent. The GA06 ads for Karen Handel are primarily attacks on Ossoff. Ossoff, instead is talking about issues.

      More times than not, the things they accuse their opponent of doing is something they themselves are doing or have done. Projecting is a common strategy, as if to say, “If I accuse my opponent of doing this, no one will pay attention to the fact that I’m doing it [too].”

  76. 186 amk for obama
    May 21, 2017 at 10:46 am

  77. 188 amk for obama
    May 21, 2017 at 10:49 am

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