173 Responses to “A Stroll In Siena”

  1. 3 Nena20409
    May 24, 2017 at 9:06 pm

  2. 5 Nena20409
    May 24, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    • 6 CEB
      May 24, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      Sean should take what remains of his dignity and honor and gtfo of 45’s shit show before he it comes to the point that no one of any kind of decency will hire him. The first time the deplorable one demanded that he lie should have shown him all that he needed to know.

    • 7 arapaho415
      May 24, 2017 at 10:22 pm

      GE Nena.

      What a miserable excuse for a human being, just horrible to contemplate the fact that people *actually* voted for him — and the rest of us are having to live through this horror.

      Here’s one reply to @PeteSouza:

    • 8 57andfemale
      May 25, 2017 at 9:21 am

      The Trumps have jumped the shark from sociopath to psychopath. Not only does Dolt45 demand loyalty, but the test of it seems to be if people remain loyal after being abused and humiliated by Trump. The idea of decent treatment to generate loyalty is not only a foreign concept to him, but actually loathsome. Hideous excuse for a human being.

  3. 9 Nena20409
    May 24, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    I would NOT call for him to quit the race.
    I will call for Law abiding Montanans to reject Violence & Vote for Quist.

    • 10 jacquelineoboomer
      May 24, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    • 12 amk for obama
      May 24, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      shouldn’t the effing dccc be pushing this?

      • 13 Nena20409
        May 24, 2017 at 10:00 pm

        Yes, Indeed.

      • 14 mtmarilyn
        May 24, 2017 at 10:21 pm

        I have not been able to be totally involved in this election. I have done much on the sidelines. I like Quist and think he will be a good Representative, but he is also a Bernie guy. Bernie came here and held some rallies. I couldn’t go. I hope people who haven’t voted yet will see what kind of person Gianforte is and vote for Quist. We’ll see tomorrow.

        • 15 arapaho415
          May 24, 2017 at 10:31 pm

          GE MTM.

          I can’t wrap my head around what an awful Tea Party candidate Gianforte is — I understand that Montanans would prefer the government leave them alone, that the DC politicians and pundits are pinheads — but Gianforte is such a white supremacist creationist, you’d think independent Montanans would consider that one crazy person running DC is enough — that they’d use their votes as a counterweight to the jackbooted, autocratic, plutocrat occupying the Oval Office now.

          • 16 mtmarilyn
            May 24, 2017 at 10:40 pm

            You have to know there are so many racist here. Also I am told often how the liberals only give things away. , etc. I have to walk a very fine line here. Even last fall the people choose a democratic governor over Gianforte but they then voted for Trump and Zinke. I can talk here about it but at all the places I work I keep quiet so far. It’s very frustrating. Also many of the Dems here are very far left. Bernie people. Obama never did enough.

            • 17 arapaho415
              May 24, 2017 at 10:49 pm

              Very disappointed to hear about the racism in Montana — I’ve been there a few times, and never felt like someone really wanted to tell me to “go back to where you came from” (as a Japanese-American).

              I understand Montanan’s libertarian leanings — like I said, they just want the government not to intrude on their business — my father had a similar independent streak, and one of the primary factors of buying the house they did was that it was outside the city limits — country regulations being less strict/intrusive than city regs.

              And yeah, it’s tough to go along with the dudebros that think Bernie Sanders knows what he’s talking about (especially because he and Jill Stein were a big factor in FUBAR president’s electoral college win in November).

              • 18 mtmarilyn
                May 24, 2017 at 11:52 pm

                I will say most of the people here are good folk, but they think they want the government out of their lives. The people here are really very friendly and are diverse, but we have the extremes on both sides. I love it here this is my home, but I live in Missoula and we are pretty liberal here. Montana state do tend to be independent, we don’t seem to want one party to be in charge of everything.

                This situation with Gianforte I believe will test Montanas character. I have faith, but I am also unsure. We will see what tomorrow brings.

          • 19 Sandy1110
            May 25, 2017 at 6:00 am

            There’s a pattern that’s the elephant in the room, and the MSM will NOT help connect the dots: Republican, White Nationalist/White Supremacist affiliation or support, connected to Russia…

        • 20 arapaho415
          May 24, 2017 at 10:38 pm

          Here’s a couple of tweets tonight from Ben Jacobs’ newspaper:

          And Fox News… (this year’s screenwriter-in-the-sky is getting all the irony twists right [joke]):

    • May 25, 2017 at 7:39 am

      Right on. He needs to be soundly defeated

    • 22 57andfemale
      May 25, 2017 at 9:24 am

      I heard this morning that 70% of the vote is probably already cast. So the bastard should withdraw.

      But he’s a Republican. He will not. He is, I’m sure, proud of his heinous act.

  4. May 24, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    They just look so cool and relaxed.

  5. May 24, 2017 at 9:35 pm


    • 25 whenpamelawandered
      May 24, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      One only worries when one is pretty sure one is guilty, eh? If one knows oneself to be innocent, well then…

  6. 27 GGAIL
    May 24, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Okay I think it’s safe to say sexy Michelle 💕

    • 28 whenpamelawandered
      May 24, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      Sexy and fabulous!!

      • May 24, 2017 at 11:10 pm

        I’m amaze at some people are trying to attack Michelle Obama for wearing that top. As I said all I see is her shoulders, so what is the big deal? She is a private citizen on vacation, she is no longer First Lady and she has a right to wear what she likes.

        • 30 susanne
          May 25, 2017 at 12:42 am

          The people who are tut-tutting about this photo would be tut-tutting if she showed up in a dress covering her head to toe. They don’t like her, and they don’t like that she doesn’t give a damn if they like her. Somebody should tell them that pursing their lips in disapproval will result in an ugly anus-mouth in later years 🙂

      • 31 GGail
        May 24, 2017 at 11:16 pm

        Yes Indeed!

    • 33 susanne
      May 25, 2017 at 12:43 am

      She looks wonderful, happy, strong, and loved. This photo gives me hope for the future of the world. ❤

  7. 34 amk for obama
    May 24, 2017 at 9:43 pm

  8. 36 globalcitizenlinda
    May 24, 2017 at 9:43 pm

  9. 37 jacquelineoboomer
    May 24, 2017 at 9:47 pm


  10. 38 amk for obama
    May 24, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    wasn’t this pos touted as a ‘moderate’ rethug by the pos media?

  11. 39 globalcitizenlinda
    May 24, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    is it just me or does the republican scumbag and reporter-bodyslammer, greg gianforte, looks a little like wrestler and former governor Jesse “The Body” Ventura?

  12. May 24, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    An extraordinarily beautiful tribute:

  13. 42 Nerdy Wonka
    May 24, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    This is wild. The audio is chilling.



  14. 44 Nena20409
    May 24, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    • 45 jacquelineoboomer
      May 24, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      I remember the Kennedy years well … I’m thinking her father would be very, very proud of Caroline.

      Also a good time to recall what Caroline wrote about then-candidate Barack Obama …

      A President Like My Father
      JAN. 27, 2008

    • 46 CEB
      May 24, 2017 at 11:32 pm

      I feel like putting my arms around all of them, especially Caroline. I am only a few years older than she, but I well remember the days when we lost her father, her uncle and her brother. I think of her sometimes, knowing that even though she has so many cousins, she has no one of her nuclear birth family left and that that must be lonely at times. She and Edward have moved forward, doing the best that they can to help their children to form a connection with absent family.

    • 47 mtmarilyn
      May 25, 2017 at 1:04 am

      This is so beautiful. Brings back so many memories.

  15. 48 amk for obama
    May 24, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    I voted for Trump. Now he wants to cut the aid I need.


    Innate racism and bigotry made me do it.

  16. May 24, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    BEN JACOBS who was body-slammed today by MT candidate GIANFORTE– Had an article in the ‘Guardian’ on April 28 2017:
    “GOP Candidate Has Financial Ties To US-Sanctioned Russian Companies.”

    • May 24, 2017 at 10:36 pm

      Candidate Greg Gianforte owns shares in Russian index funds and holdings in Gazprom and Rosneft.
      Gianforte held on to Russian investments even after Putin invaded Ukraine and after Russia was known to have hacked the presidential election. Apparently Gianforte said nothing throughout his failed run for governor in 2016.

      • 51 arapaho415
        May 24, 2017 at 10:41 pm

        GE BRP.

        Just posted a tweet from the Guardian newspaper upthread with a link to this article (in response to MTM).

        I saw that article last month, but seemed unlikely that Gianforte was part of 3Kremlingate, so I pretty much ignored the info at the time. His views on white supremacy and creationism is far more worrying to me now (but heck, I’m probably wrong, his Russian ties may be far deeper than owning stock in Russian companies).

      • May 24, 2017 at 11:17 pm

        Hi Arapaho, so agree. Gianforte’s views would bring more Trump bigotry and obstruction to Congress.
        Also wondering if this is the tip of the iceberg for GOP elected officials regarding Rosneft and Gazprom investments.

  17. May 24, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    These creeps are completely out of control

  18. May 24, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    FOX NEWS TEAM witnessed and reported on Gianforte body slamming reporter:
    “…At that point, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, “I’m sick and tired of this!”

  19. 65 amk for obama
    May 24, 2017 at 11:36 pm

  20. 66 amk for obama
    May 25, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Cars.com, Casper, and several others on Wednesday pulled advertising from Sean Hannity’s Fox News program in light of his pushing a conspiracy theory about the homicide of a staffer for the Democratic National Committee.

    Hannity peddled a theory that Seth Rich’s killing was ordered by the Clintons in retaliation for leaking DNC emails to WikiLeaks. Police have said Rich’s death was the result of a robbery gone wrong.

    “Cars.com’s media buy strategies are designed to reach as many consumers as possible across a wide spectrum of media channels,” a spokesperson said in a statement to BuzzFeed News when asked about Hannity’s pushing the conspiracy theory.

    “The fact that we advertise on a particular program doesn’t mean that we agree or disagree, or support or oppose, the content. We don’t have the ability to influence content at the time we make our advertising purchase. In this case, we’ve been watching closely and have recently made the decision to pull our advertising from Hannity,” the company added.

    After learning its commercials ran on Hannity’s show, Crowne Plaza Hotels said it terminated its relationship with its third-party ad-buying agency.

    “We do not advertise on Fox News, Hannity or any political commentary show. We have a specific do not advertise list for this type of programming. Unfortunately, our expectation to adhere to this list was not met by a third-party agency. Since we learned of the airings, we addressed the issue immediately and terminated our relationship with the agency. We have no plans to advertise on Fox News for the foreseeable future,” the company explained.

    Ring, a video doorbell company, and Peloton, a cycling studio, announced that they had directed their media agencies to stop advertising on the show.

    Mattress companies Casper and Leesa Sleep also said on Wednesday that they had pulled its buys from the show. Casper said it was “reassigning the allocation.


    guess klannity’s days are numbered.

  21. 68 jacquelineoboomer
    May 25, 2017 at 12:18 am

  22. 71 mtmarilyn
    May 25, 2017 at 1:01 am

    They just announced Gianforte is being charged with assault. And the Missoula and Billings Gazette have withdrawn their endorsements. Tomorrow will be interesting.

  23. 74 arapaho415
    May 25, 2017 at 1:26 am



  24. 76 arapaho415
    May 25, 2017 at 1:31 am

    GE/GM TODville.

    Here’s a couple of tweets about Gianforte:

    Conservative pundit:

    PA-13 district (Congressman from Pennsylvania. Proudly representing Philadelphia and Montco.):

  25. 77 arapaho415
    May 25, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Signing off for the evening, here’s a couple of things to keep in mind for Thursday Montana election:

    1) Most of the ballots have already been cast:

    2) Here’s what’s trending in the state capital now:

  26. 78 susanne
    May 25, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Obamadons–are you watching PBO live at Brandenberg? Wonderful!!!! WaPo livestream on FB.

    • 79 99ts
      May 25, 2017 at 7:11 am

      gm susanne

      So I just saw some pictures of President Obama with a crowd of 250,000 in Berlin – just WOW WOW

      and then there was trump – with pictures of thousands of protesters in Brussels. So many comments saying this was a bigger crowd than his inauguration. 🙂

      Maybe, just maybe, this had to happen to bring the US and the world back to reality.

  27. 80 susanne
    May 25, 2017 at 5:39 am

    interesting that PBO is back in the presidential suit and tie, with requisite flag pin, for this event

  28. 83 susanne
    May 25, 2017 at 6:35 am

    GN TOD! Enjoy the morning with PBO and Angela– I’m going to bed now 🙂

  29. 84 JER
    May 25, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

    • 91 CEB
      May 25, 2017 at 8:30 am

      You can see so why Barack and Angela are so close ; they have a similar world view.

      • 92 99ts
        May 25, 2017 at 11:22 am

        And belong to very different parts of the political spectrum – so it is possible for bipartisan support of many issues when both are willing to join the discussions. The turtle did such harm to US politics it will take a generation to repair.

    • May 25, 2017 at 9:34 am

      AWESOME. Thanks so much, JER. PBO is like balm for the soul.

      I hope there will be video of the panel with young people. I’m sure that was equally enlightening.

  30. 95 JER
    May 25, 2017 at 8:17 am

  31. 96 JER
    May 25, 2017 at 8:26 am

    • 97 CEB
      May 25, 2017 at 9:52 am

      I love how just the mention of Michelle’s name got a loud cheer. PBO and MO are the gold standard for political couples and relationship goals.

  32. 98 CEB
    May 25, 2017 at 8:28 am

    PBO has lost weight since he last wore that suit.
    In other news I see that 45 has ruined the “special relationship” that we have had with the UK sin e WW2. Putin must be proud.

  33. 99 amk for obama
    May 25, 2017 at 8:41 am

    twitler with his usual handshake stupid idiocy with the french dude.

  34. 107 CEB
    May 25, 2017 at 8:47 am

    PBO is the only American president of my lifetime who has the moral stance to speak at this kind of event.

  35. 108 JER
    May 25, 2017 at 8:49 am

  36. 112 desertflower
    May 25, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Morning everyone. COME ON, MONTANA!!!!! 🙂

  37. 113 desertflower
    May 25, 2017 at 9:03 am

    PS. He uses the US Constitution for toilet paper. Moron. I hope his world comes crashing down around him. Hard.

  38. May 25, 2017 at 9:04 am

    MANY thanks to MTMarilyn for sharing her gorgeous bounty!! I am drooling!! I’ve bought one bouquet this season and now I’m not seeing them anymore so this is heaven.

  39. 125 desertflower
    May 25, 2017 at 9:06 am


  40. 126 desertflower
    May 25, 2017 at 9:09 am

    REALLY??? They’re interviewing the WRONG GUY!!!

  41. 128 desertflower
    May 25, 2017 at 9:11 am

  42. May 25, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I expect the NATO news should be quite something as it rolls out over the next few days…….

  43. 133 JER
    May 25, 2017 at 9:39 am

  44. 134 amk for obama
    May 25, 2017 at 9:49 am

  45. 135 JER
    May 25, 2017 at 9:56 am

    By Press TV on May 19, 2017

    America considering blocking Trump’s return after his current trip…if only…

    US President Donald Trump is a danger to the world who must be removed from the White House before things get even worse, German news magazine Der Spiegel has argued. …

    The Der Spiegel editorial called Trump a “miserable” person. “He fired the FBI director simply because he could. James Comey had gotten under his skin with his investigation into Trump’s confidants. Comey had also refused to swear loyalty and fealty to Trump and to abandon the investigation. He had to go.” …

    “He doesn’t read. He doesn’t bother to peruse important files and intelligence reports and knows little about the issues that he has identified as his priorities. His decisions are capricious and they are delivered in the form of tyrannical decrees,” it added.

    … Last month, a group of American psychiatrists warned that Trump has a “dangerous mental illness” and is unfit to lead the country.

    Over thirty mental health experts noted that Trump was “paranoid and delusional” and that they were responsible for warning Americans about the “dangers” Trump poses. …

    “We have an ethical responsibility to warn the public about Donald Trump’s dangerous mental illness,” they said.
    More here: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2017/05/19/trump-is-a-danger-to-the-world-der-spiegel/

  46. May 25, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Mayhew at BJ has done a further review of Trumpcare 2.0:


  47. May 25, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Seems like a good time for a reminder that, prior to the ACA, lack of insurance killed an est. 45,000 people a year. https://t.co/ZW1yRl3zEv

    — Jess (@soaringleap424) May 24, 2017

  48. May 25, 2017 at 10:00 am

    40 pro-Trumpcare Republicans revealed to own lots of healthcare stock https://t.co/TTp3BifUP2 pic.twitter.com/LrVWWvTXkS

    — deathandtaxes (@DeathAndTaxes) May 24, 2017

  49. May 25, 2017 at 10:02 am

    new Q national poll on whether Trump is honest: Republicans 79% yes, 16% no; Democrats 6% yes, 91% no; independents 34% yes, 59% no

  50. 142 JER
    May 25, 2017 at 10:03 am

  51. May 25, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Excellent shade by Merkel…tee hee hee

    BERLIN (AP) — Barack Obama received a rock-star welcome in Berlin as he appeared at a public debate Thursday with Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom he praised as one of his “favorite partners” during his presidency.

  52. May 25, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Five startling things Betsy DeVos just told Congress
    By Valerie Strauss
    May 24 at 4:34 PM

    Does this sound familiar? Betsy DeVos went to Capitol Hill to testify before U.S. lawmakers. She didn’t answer a lot of direct questions and engaged in some contentious debates with some members.

  53. May 25, 2017 at 10:22 am

    YUP ….

    …. they know they’re boy Trump is getting crushed …..

  54. May 25, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Senate learns consequences of passing House health bill
    Rachel Maddow reports on the CBO’s assessment of health care bill passed by House Republicans who voted without knowing the costs of the bill, but which now faces a more informed Senate vote.

  55. May 25, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Trump blurts classified submarine intel to Philippine president
    Rachel Maddow reports on the revelation that Donald Trump, while on the phone with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, revealed the classified location of U.S. submarines.

  56. May 25, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Senate Intel briefed on cyber firm with odd Trump-Russia ties
    Rachel Maddow reports on the Senate Intelligence Committee being briefed on Kaspersky Lab, a Russia-linked cyber firm that happens to have paid money to Mike Flynn and had an employee charged with treason in Russia.

  57. 152 jacquelineoboomer
    May 25, 2017 at 10:36 am

  58. May 25, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Trump loans, Russian money laundering eyed in Congressional query
    Greg Farrell, investigative reporter for Bloomberg News, talks with Rachel Maddow about how two seemingly disparate stories about Russian money laundering and Deutsche Bank loans to Donald Trump are being lumped together in a new Congressional query.

  59. May 25, 2017 at 10:38 am

    PS-Gianforte has Russian ties too…
    Uh huh
    Uh huh

    MT GOP candidate Gianforte allegedly ‘body slams’ reporter
    Rachel Maddow reports on the claim by Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs (and mounting evidence) that Republican special election congressional candidate Greg Gianforte “body slammed” Jacobs after being asked a question.

  60. 157 catrst
    May 25, 2017 at 10:39 am

    After reading this The Obama Diary post, and then watching the Obama/Merkel video that was so kindly posted one thing that brings tears to the edges of my eyes is the generous moderation and contributions that so many have made to keep the lights on in this sanctuary of Obama people. I cannot express in words my gratitude and sense of awe that we are still going. Thank you particularly, Nerdy, but everyone else as well. This is a place of hope and that will not be dimmed no matter the current challenges. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all.

  61. 161 desertflower
    May 25, 2017 at 10:50 am


    • 162 99ts
      May 25, 2017 at 11:15 am

      The women – young and old – smiling in this picture and supporting the horrors of trump is, in some ways worse than the T shirt. Then again, why are women supposed to be the upholders of a compassionate society?

  62. 163 desertflower
    May 25, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Off I go! Last day of work with the kids! I have to be honest. I’m done:) Have a good day everyone:)

  63. 164 carolyn
    May 25, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Looking at these pictures of President Obama and the crowds, and him with Angela Merkel…..I’m thinking, that though he may not be president of the United States, he IS leader of the free world. That position is due to his moral leadership, not elected position. djt will never have that honor and title, puny, pitiful little man that he is.

  64. 165 jacquelineoboomer
    May 25, 2017 at 11:10 am

    I certainly don’t intend to actually hear trump’s voice at this event, but the optics are funny, here and there (if that nutjob weren’t representing us, that is). When they all walked to the stage, looked as though Merkel and Macron placed themselves at the end of the line, the farthest point from where trump was walking, while he was looking bored, looking like he had to go potty, looking awkward and dumb.

    • 166 99ts
      May 25, 2017 at 11:17 am

      He always looks awful and dumb – smart people always find the farthermost point from where he is – as Comey learnt to his peril – the latter should have hid in the curtains.

      • May 25, 2017 at 11:28 am

        There are so many times when he’s just staring off into deep space, looking lost and confused. AND STUPID garbage coming out of his ugly mouth. UGH, I just can’t believe our great nation is in this horrific nightmare.

  65. May 25, 2017 at 11:29 am

    I just heard a few words and I had to stop the video. Trump is the most disgusting ugly mess. UGH UGH UGH

  66. 171 No Child Left Behind
    May 25, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Good Morning TODVille.
    Britain has suspended intelligence sharing on the Manchester bombing with the US after American officials leaked information to the media, an issue that British Prime Minister Theresa May will raise with US President Donald Trump later Thursday.

    US officials released the suspected bomber’s name and other details of the investigation into the deadly attack at the Manchester Arena Monday night, irking British investigators scrambling to keep details of the probe confidential.

    Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said that only intelligence relating to this particular probe had been suspended, adding that “we quite frankly can’t afford to risk it any more.”

    I wish Britain could suspend the WH, period.

  67. May 25, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Did Trump just shove another NATO leader to be in the front of the group?

  68. 173 57andfemale
    May 25, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I liked Sienna. Adored the medieval artwork. My one trip to Europe, and I ended up spending a lot of time in Italy because I fell in love with the art.

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