26 Responses to “down memory lane…..”

  1. 1 obamalia
    January 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I love walking down memory lane and watching videos like this. He has always been consistent with his message and it helps that he has a soothing voice and projects both a tough and caring persona. Thanks so much Chipstick.

    • January 29, 2011 at 1:41 pm

      Hey Obamalia, that’s exactly what struck me watching this interview, just how consistent his message has been over the years – a rarity for a politician. He’s been calling on both sides to work together for the good of the country and set aside their politicking for as long as he’s been around, which makes me laugh at the Professional Lefties who assumed he’d be, well, a Professional ‘NO COMPROMISE!’ Leftie. Maybe they should have read his books and listened to him, instead of making assumptions about his beliefs. 😉 Hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

      • 3 obamalia
        January 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm

        hi chipstick: i just love your site. so informative and such a safe haven from all the toxic comments. are you on facebook?

        • January 29, 2011 at 2:12 pm

          Thanks so much Obamalia, really thrilled you enjoy the site – and thank you for your support. I’m a dinosaur, I’m not on Facebook at all! I signed up once, but then was completely freaked by the site’s ability to dip in to my email contacts and attempt to link me up with people I knew. So I decided to leave! I must be getting old 😐

          • 5 VC prezOfan2
            January 29, 2011 at 3:21 pm

            Cool, I’m in good company! I am not, and never have been, on Facebook. You’re looking at the grandma dinosaur. It’s enough that I stumbled into the internet blogging world, and for that I have to thank Candidate Obama. In the spring of 2008 I got so fed up with CNN and all those other biased commentators prophesying doom at every turn, that I found my way to OFA, and by trial and error following some of their links stumbled into some ‘liberal’ sites. The rest is history! Of course, you Chipsticks are not really a ‘true’ dinosaur because you are doing good ‘stuff’ with the pictures and videos you share. True dinosaurs like me can’t even get their new laptops to work with the internet. Good thing my old computer, set up by a friend, functions like a star. It’s old and slow and has yet to see Windows 7, but hey, it works!

            • January 29, 2011 at 3:41 pm

              Grandma dinosaurs of the world unite!!! 😆 You cracked me up VC, but honestly, I used to think I was a tech genius, but now I have to ask the kiddies in my extended family how to do complicated things like turn the TV off – there are WAAAAAAAAAY too many buttons on things these days 😳

          • 7 obamalia
            January 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm

            I used to hang out on facebook reading trivial. Now this is my new hang-out place thanks to you. My FB friends (some of them GOPs – yuck!) are wondering where I am! ha-ha!!! One of the links that I still like to follow on FB is “i love it when i wake up in the morning and barack obama is president.” That’s exactly how I feel.

            re: having this site on FB would make you crazy deleting toxic comments. so you’re smart not to go there.

  2. 8 Fred
    January 29, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    thank you so much for this Chip because I’ve never seen it before 😮 😀

    Mr Obama has always talked about working with the other party 🙂

  3. 9 Sonjia Duncan
    January 29, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Chipsticks you are so right. I was first introduced to him when he gave the keynote during the democratic convention in 2004. I heard of him before when he ran and lost the election for state senator for Chicago. I only remembered him because of his name. His book was so well written, his story was so unique that I became a fan. He has been open about his agenda and has worked for each and everything he laid out in his books.

    • January 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      I’m exactly the same, Sonjia. 2004: “WhooooOOOOOOooooooah, who IS this guy?!?!” 😆

      And when I read ‘Dreams From My Father’, that was it, I was hooked. And what I loved most about him then is exactly what I love most about him now: how he has absolutely no interest in being an ideologue, he just wants to get things done and change people’s live for the better – and if that means bipartisanship and compromise, so be it. The idealogues, of course, never change anything because they never get anything done, but they sure feel smug about their worthless purity. 🙄

      • 11 obamalia
        January 29, 2011 at 4:58 pm

        Hi Chipsticks – Just realized I’ve been misspelling your name in the previous comments. ooops!!!

        I like how you said “he just wants to get things done and change people’s live for the better.” So true! He doesn’t even care about getting credit for it as long as it gets done. He doesn’t have the bloated egos of most of our politicians.

  4. 12 VC prezOfan2
    January 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Howdy everyone! Chipsticks, my dear, I do believe you are onto something! I have been thoroughly enjoying those ‘year ago’, ‘two years ago’ etc videos that you have been sharing, and this morning’s title suddenly struck me as a terrific name for a feature on your blog. How about a REGULAR ‘down memory lane’ feature – not necessarily tied to the date, as this one apparently wasn’t. I feel sure that such a feature would be well received here. What do you think? You are already doing it anyway, this would just make them more regular – maybe 😉

    • January 29, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      Ah VC, that’s a wonderful idea! Every now and then I post these old interviews, but they’re all over the place on the blog and impossible to find (is it just me or is the WordPress search box useless?!).

      Okay, what I’m going to do is create a ‘Down Memory Lane’ category and put all the old clips in there so they’re easy to look up – and I’ll dig through the archives to find more. Give me a day or two and it will all be sorted.

      Thanks VC, you’re a star 😉

      • 14 VC prezOfan2
        January 29, 2011 at 10:30 pm

        Aw shucks, not me. **head lowered and blushing furiously**

        Take all the time you need to dig through the archives – there’s no rush!(This starts on Monday? Right? Yipee! Morning or afternoon? 😉 Just kidding. Anytime you are ready.) Really you are OUR star, and we are ever so appreciative of you! To daily lower the blood pressure of a group of Obama-criticism-scarred supporters is no small feat; then, to lift up their spirits and even make them laugh…. no words to thank you! Hopefully the joy we get from gathering here transmits itself to you, so that you won’t ever feel weary or frustrated in this role.

  5. 15 EDP4BHO
    January 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    This was a great interview. Has anyone noticed anything different about the president from that time? Nope, me neither…LOL!
    He is the epitome of consistency and directness. Also, love how the interviewer suggested he was looked at as a presidential candidate for 2012 or 2016. As Chris Matthews says….HA!. No wonder heads were spinning in 2007. This fine, articulate, approachable young upstart staking his right to run, and winning. I pray often that he remains who he is, compromise for the sake of good, but never compromise his principles.

  6. January 29, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    2012 or 2016…Yea, right! 😉

    I love these old clips, it’s just amazing to see how this man is exactly the same guy he’s always been. He didn’t change even a bit, it’s some of the people who voted for him and didn’t know who they were voting for.

    Thanks, Chip.

    • January 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      Hiya BWD, yeah, “2012 or 2016” made me 😆

      It’s funny, when I look at these old interviews I’m struggling to see where the President promised the left he’d make Karl Marx look like Jim DeMint once he made it to the White House. Maybe I’m missing something?


  7. 21 hopefruit2
    January 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    My President looked barely a day over 21 in that clip! But he’s exactly the same in what he says, how he thinks, etc…

    January 29, 2011 at 4:28 pm


  9. 24 africa
    January 29, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Still the same. He’s never changed. This man is the model of consistency, something rarely seen in politics in this country. What I think people should be doing is taking a few lessons from him, instead of looking for things he never promised them.

    He inspires me. Truly inspiring and refreshing!!Thanks for these great blasts from the not so long in the past.

  10. 25 obamalia
    January 30, 2011 at 12:13 am

    From the book The Promise: President Obama, Year One by Jonathan Alter –

    p.137 Washington was stunned when the details of Obama’s first budget came out. It marked a sharp shift in priorities across the board. (footnote: Over the course of the year the administration was surprisingly successful in imposing budget cuts that eluded Bush). Congressional aides, sounding as if a bomb had hit the Hill, asked one another in amazement: Can you believe it? The guy is trying to do what he said he would do? This counted as heresy in a capital conditioned to believe that campaign promises are “inoperative” the day after the election.

    • 26 VC prezOfan2
      January 30, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      Obamalia, this sounds like it might be a good read overall, is it? Would you recommend it? I’ve been collection magazine articles on the president and would love to expand into novels, but hesitate because there is so much criticism/vitriol written about him. I remember rushing to buy the Liza Mundy book ‘Michelle’ and being angry at the writer’s tone in several sections. I already have all the President’s books and was waiting for him to publish his take on the presidency (in 2016 – if I’m around. However, I would read others who write about him IF they have the right frame of mind – i.e. if they recognize what he is doing for the country and the world. Does this Alter guy, or does he just have one favourable passage? Thanks in advance for your opinion.

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