President Barack Obama jokingly puts his toe on the scale as Trip Director Marvin Nicholson, unaware to the President’s action, weighs himself as the presidential entourage passed through the volleyball locker room at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, Aug. 9, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Morning everyone 😉

Apart from the weekly address, I didn’t get a chance to update the blog yesterday, was out and about for most of the day – and, needless to say, I missed you all!

Will catch up with emails and comments asap, have a super Sunday!

66 Responses to “morning”

  1. 1 lookingglassjourney
    March 27, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I think he’s just making sure the scale works. Love my President. G’morning.

  2. 2 obamalia
    March 27, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Good morning! What a great way to start the day with this funny foto! I still chuckle even tho I’ve seen this foto a gazillion time. So handsome, brilliant, calm, funny – *sigh* Thanks Chip for all you do.

    Here’s a quote from Inside Obama’s Brain I’d like to share:
    From Loretta Augustine-Herron , one of Obama’s closest friends from his organizing days in the mid-1980’s:
    “He was always such a good person, caring, really did care about people. I understood how hard he worked, and that a lot of that work was done for us. And we weren’t paying him very much . . . That’s once in a lifetime thing, that somebody comes into your life and actually cares about how it turns out.” p.215
    He is our once in a lifetime President that other nations can only dream of.

  3. 3 fig8jam
    March 27, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Great pic

    i love his sense of wry humor…and i love how he is consistently photographed laughing with his girls

  4. 4 fig8jam
    March 27, 2011 at 9:55 am

    why do i keep getting duplicate comment when it is not a duplicate

    Great pic

    i love his sense of wry humor…and i love how he is consistently photographed laughing with his girls

  5. 5 Fred
    March 27, 2011 at 10:20 am

    good Sunday morning Chip;Lookingglass;Obamalia;fig 😀

    Bolton has the audacity to say that the President is “not qualified to be President” 🙄

    Chris Wallace was bitching that “the Obama White House sent SOS and the SOD Clinton and Gates on ABC;NBC and CBS but not Fox despite Fox having the most viewers combined” 😆

    Wallace needs to understand that having the “most viewers” doesn’t mean having the better quality news 🙄 not that the others are better but they are sure as hell are better

    • 6 EDP4BHO
      March 27, 2011 at 10:33 am

      All, poor whittle Chris. Feeling left out, huh? And Bolton, what exactly did he do anyway? I barely remember, really. Those people are pure D evil. Listening to my gospel this morning and the host prayed for our strength in the face of wickedness, and perseverance through the storms. I thought so much of President Obama, and believe me, she had him in mind as she prayed. There are many, many principled people who are praying for him, each and everyday. He has the protection of the angels through all of this, so we, his supporters, must be ever vigilant in holding him up. But let’s not ever fail to fire back at the evil through whatever means we have, so as not to allow the lies to retain the foothold on the present discourse. Amen?

      • 7 Sue in Minnesota
        March 27, 2011 at 11:07 am

        Amen to your thoughts and sage advice. We all can and must do our part.

        I’ld like to coin the term “pure D evil”, with your permission, it’s artfully percise.

      • 8 EDP4BHO
        March 27, 2011 at 11:42 am

        Don’t quite understand your meaning, but your sentiment seems sincere, so I accept your caring 😀

        • 9 EDP4BHO
          March 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm

          Not a question. Did not understand what you meant by your statement “Be careful where you steer this thing.” Care to elaborate?

          • March 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm

            Hey, what’s going on here you two?!

            Lookingglassjourney, I don’t mean to butt in – well, I do – but I have no clue what you meant when you said “Be careful where you steer this thing” to EDP4BHO and I don’t understand your follow-up ‘explanation’.

            Come on, let’s be civil people.

            And let’s leave statements like “Don’t be messing with my country” to the other ‘side’ – it’s that kind of uber nationalism that has the planet ****ed up!


            • March 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm

              I have no clue where all this aggression is coming from all of a sudden, it’s bizarre! Your response to EDP4BHO’s comment was uncalled for, how on earth could you interpret “All, poor whittle Chris (Wallace)” as an attack on America?!

              And seriously, do you truly believe America is alone on earth as a nation that represents “freedom”?!

              Lookingglassjourney, has a Teabagger hijacked your account?!

              • March 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm

                Hi people, just to explain (in case you can make no sense of this thread!), I’ve decided to remove lookingglassjourney’s comments directed towards EDP4BHO because they were, frankly, bizarre. I want this place to remain a bit of relief for people tired of all the attacks on most other sites, so I won’t have that kind of stuff here. Lookingglassjourney is welcome to come back if the attacks stop! Thanks.

                • 13 majii
                  March 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm

                  Thanks, Chipsticks.

                  I was trying to figure out what was going on because I’ve never seen it happen here before, and it was very troubling.

                  • March 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm

                    Hi Majii, I should have ended it much earlier, sorry about that. I have absolutely no idea what it was all about, the poster seemed perfectly reasonable before today! Any way, they’re gone, there’ll be no repeat.

                    • 15 hopefruit2
                      March 27, 2011 at 7:03 pm

                      Hey Chipsticks, just FYI- this poster made some similar bizarre comments yesterday (Saturday) morning on BWD’s site, literally accusing her of deliberately scrubbing his/her posts and “jacking up” his/her posts. We had the same reaction as you did. We did not understand what it was about, and BWD got a similar angry and paranoid sounding response from this poster as you did when she told him/her that she didn’t understand where the poster was coming from. BWD eventually deleted the whole chain of conversation involving that poster. Either this poster has some illness that we are not aware of, or their account has been hijacked as you stated.

                    • March 27, 2011 at 7:27 pm

                      Thanks so much Hopefruit2, I was tipped off earlier about the same thing happening at BWD’s site – I missed it all yesterday because I was out for the day, otherwise I would have been prepared for it! It just made no sense to me, this poster had never acted like that before. I suspect an account hijacking alright, I really hope it’s not that they aren’t well. Thanks again.

            • 17 EDP4BHO
              March 27, 2011 at 11:39 pm

              I left for the day only to come and find that person’s responses wiped away. Whew, I guess I missed something. I checked him/her out on BWD from the weekend, and noticed the aggression towards at least one commenter there. Chipsticks, I wasn’t going to go postal on the person, as I thought about it, just try to reason if at all possible. Well, you saved me the trouble, so thanks, buddy, and a good nite to you as well, and to all of you lovely people 😀

          • 18 LunarSea
            March 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm

            Hmmm, Off meds today?

      • 19 HZ
        March 27, 2011 at 11:42 am

        Good Morning EDP4BHO: Thank you for the comments and to remind us all that it is so important to pray for our President. I do that morning and night. We know he does appreciate our prayers. I so like your comment,”pure D evil.” Thanks for that. I will remember your phrase in my devotional times. So on target with that phrase. Thank you for your prayers for POTUS. You have a blesssed day also.

      • March 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm

        Well said and amen to that. Our church has changed our lithurty to specifically include President Barack Obama instead of “our leaders,” which makes me so very happy.

    • March 27, 2011 at 10:44 am

      Why don’t they do what they normally do and just make stuff up?

    • 22 Kelly
      March 27, 2011 at 11:23 am

      I donn’t know who boltn or chris wallace is but they both sound pressed as usual. Nothing knew….NEXT. 😀

    • 23 majii
      March 27, 2011 at 11:31 am

      Wallace and Fox should be ashamed of themselves after being caught lying about journalists being used as “human shields” earlier this week. If Fox wants to get the heaviest of the heavy hitters, it has to stop being an extension of the GOP. It’s this simple. IMO, this is the biggest rebuke the Obama Administration could give to Fox, and it is well deserved.

      Backdoor Bolton needs to keep his mouth shut. GWB had to recess appoint him because the Senate would have never confirmed him. Plus, he’s a liar. He’s pizzzed because when he was Amb. to the U.N. and GWB wanted to invade Iraq, he smeared the UN. because it wouldn’t automatically rubber stamp the invasion of Iraq. He’s also a jealous and a petty man. PBO did something that he knows GWB could never have accomplished: he got multilateral cooperation to conduct operations in Libya, and he didn’t pizzz off the other Islamic nations in the ME (not counting Iran here.)

      • 24 EDP4BHO
        March 27, 2011 at 11:39 am

        Thanks Majii. Also seems Saudi Arabia is “pizzed”, as you say….LOL. They had it good with GWB and his daddy. Not so liking PBO as he calls them out on their deceit.

    • 25 Suzanne
      March 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      Fred, there are as many or more people recognizing the positives about the president. I don’t pay attention to the nay sayers — they want attention and giving it to them just makes more noise that pulls people down. This president will be remembered for generations. The naysayers could be gone tomorrow and no one would notice. They’re just not worth the time.

  6. 26 Asher in Boston
    March 27, 2011 at 10:21 am

    It always is funny whenever I look at it. Poor, Marvin went awaay contemplating how hard he has to workout to lose those few pounds gained. LOL.

  7. 28 Asher in Boston
    March 27, 2011 at 10:22 am

    And, Good morming, TOD family!

  8. 29 Twinx
    March 27, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Hahaha! I love that picture.

    There’s a poll that needs responding to here http://shouldtrumprun.com/

    Have a lovely day, everyone.

  9. 30 EDP4BHO
    March 27, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Good morning Chipsticks. I noticed you gone yesterday and thought, “I think she does deserve a day or two to herself, after all the work she does facing the evil out there, and relaying the positivity we so yearn for”. So, thank you for doing what I haven’t (yet) the stomach to do. I appreciate you immensely. Your efforts and my morning coffee and prayer get me off to a productive day. Again, thank you!

  10. 31 Suzette
    March 27, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Good morning Chipsticks and fellow bloggers.

    This is definately one of my favourite pictures and it stills makes me smile when I see it.

  11. 32 dregsmith
    March 27, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Happy Sunday Morning. I am new to this site. I think it is great. This song is for President Obama to all the haters. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZnc9YOS9Lw

    • 33 majii
      March 27, 2011 at 11:34 am

      Welcome, ds!

      I’m glad you’re here. We’re a crazy lot at times. It is our search for the truth about PBO’s policies and our support for him that binds us together.

    • 34 Fred
      March 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm

      like Majii said I welcome you on this site as well 😀

    • 35 Asher in Boston
      March 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      Welcome, dregsmith. You will for sure love it here. We all love and supprt our President and we will always fire back whenever lies are told about PBO and his adminstration. Can I say we “are Obama Stalkers, too”? LoL. In a good way I mean. And what a befitting inspirational song you dedicated to Potus! The haters sure are liars, they conspire to bring him down day and night, but God is great and he is/will always be with our President. God favors PBO, all the time.

    • 36 Hachikō
      March 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm

      Welcome, dregsmith! You won’t regret coming here, I promise. This is more than just a bunch of strangers with their zeal for the President in common. It’s a real community of honest, kind, caring, supportive, and thoughtful people. A better group of people you’d be hard pressed to find. Enjoy!

  12. 37 EDP4BHO
    March 27, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I just LOVE the guy in that picture, called President 😀

  13. 38 Me4obama
    March 27, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Hey my O family, chipsticks u really deserve some R&R u work so hard for us and for that we appreciate u whole heartedly. Hey Fred which Bolton are u referring too? Michael Bolton?

  14. 40 Kelly
    March 27, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Hey CS we miss you too. You work so hard keeping us updated, your rnr is well deserved. Have a good day and enjoy your irl time. POTUS is not doing anything public til tomorrow anyways. ❤

  15. 41 HZ
    March 27, 2011 at 11:52 am

    A beautiful Sunday morning to all of you here today. A huge thank you to Chipsticks. Thanks for this wonderful site, and I am always filled with happiness when I see that photo also. I love it when we see our President joking and laughing with his staff. He is such a joy to watch in his presidency. May his day go well and may God’s grace be upon him as he prepares to speak to the nation Monday night. Let us all be in a prayerful state or whatever your spirit being might be in your home. Sometimes I find myself just lighting a candle and putting on a nice recording and just be quiet in my thoughts and end with a prayer for POTUS and his Administration. God bless you all.

    • 42 Fred
      March 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm

      God bless you as well HZ;your family;the President;Vice President;every single individual working in the Obama Administration and their families and those on this site

      Amen my friend

  16. 43 Obaman
    March 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    We miss you too chip! I cant live without the daily doss of Mr. President! 🙂 Wish you all a good Sunday

  17. 44 EDP4BHO
    March 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I had started posting something I received from a church along the route PBO traveled in Philly last November during the mid-terms. A beautiful chart stating a mission statement in prayer for the President, giving scriptures for a week. I thought these fitting before PBO’s address to the nation tomorrow:

    In this time during the administration of President Barack H. Obama, We pray that:

    His faith and trust in God, through Jesus Christ, be strengthened to be an example to the world. Proverbs 3:5, Hebrews 11

    No weapon forged against him will prevail, and he will refute every tongue that accused him. This is the heritage and vindi-cation from me declares the Lord. Isaiah 54:17

    Injustice and scorn against him will be revealed and appropriately shamed and destroyed. Proverbs 21:11, 20:26, 19:25

    Please join me and that church in prayer for President Obama, as he faces many foes and wickedness. If you are not Christian, please pray in your own manner for same. Much respect and thanks.

    • 45 Suzanne
      March 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      EDP, there is a very positive, loving prayer line that I call when I feel I need help. They hold the caller in prayer for 30 days. One time I was worried about the President and called. The woman spoke the most beautiful prayer from her heart — it was almost a song and was so lovely I cried. She said many people call their prayer line about him and they had no idea that millions of loving prayers go out for him. Whenever I felt concerned about him after that I would think of her prayer and how so many people were joining together to send him Well-Being and love. President Obama sends out love, compassion and strength in everything he does. That’s where I want my heart and thoughts to be, too.

      I join with you EDP, recognizing the Love that protects and guides President Obama and us. Thank you for sharing this.

  18. 46 Me4obama
    March 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks Fred. I didn’t know that Bolton clown still existed. What a waste of airtime putting him on Tv. I love my president, he too deserves some R&R like chipsticks. They’re 2 of the most hardworking people.

  19. 47 EDP4BHO
    March 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm


    Oops. Bad typing. Meant vindication.

  20. 48 dregsmith
    March 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks all for the welcome. It is nice to know there is a positive site that supports our hardworking President.

  21. 49 Hachikō
    March 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Bonjour! Hope everyone’s doing splendidly.

  22. 51 m
    March 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    we missed you too chipsticks!

  23. 52 anniebella
    March 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    To be honest who really cares what that John Bolton guy have to say. I remember who he worked for. And this country was curse for eight years with his boss. And we’re still suffering from the effects of those eight years. Now as for Chris Wallace, like someone said why don’t they make up something, you know LIE, FOX is good, no FOX is great at that. I missed you too CP. And the picture brought a smile to my face, loved it!

  24. 53 anniebella
    March 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I’m sorry is it CP or CS. Anyway welcome back. Chipsticks

  25. 54 Suzanne
    March 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Very thoughtful letter by Juan Cole about Libya: An Open Letter to the Left


    It’s a very thoughtful read and he discusses the issues thoroughly. I highly recommend it, but I’ll just pick out some points to illustrate:

    “Some have charged that the Libya action has a Neoconservative political odor. But the Neoconservatives hate the United Nations and wanted to destroy it. They went to war on Iraq despite the lack of UNSC authorization, in a way that clearly contravened the UN Charter. Their spokesman and briefly the ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, actually at one point denied that the United Nations even existed. The Neoconservatives loved deploying American muscle unilaterally, and rubbing it in everyone’s face. Those who would not go along were subjected to petty harassment. France, then deputy secretary of defense Paul Wolfowitz pledged, would be “punished” for declining to fall on Iraq at Washington’s whim. The Libya action, in contrast, observes all the norms of international law and multilateral consultation that the Neoconservatives despise. There is no pettiness. Germany is not ‘punished’ for not going along. Moreover, the Neoconservatives wanted to exercise primarily Anglo-American military might in the service of harming the public sector and enforced ‘shock therapy’ privatization so as to open the conquered country to Western corporate penetration. All this social engineering required boots on the ground, a land invasion and occupation. Mere limited aerial bombardment cannot effect the sort of extreme-capitalist revolution they seek. Libya 2011 is not like Iraq 2003 in any way.”

    “The intervention in Libya was done in a legal way. It was provoked by a vote of the Arab League, including the newly liberated Egyptian and Tunisian governments. It was urged by a United Nations Security Council resolution, the gold standard for military intervention. (Contrary to what some alleged, the abstentions of Russia and China do not deprive the resolution of legitimacy or the force of law; only a veto could have done that. You can be arrested today on a law passed in the US Congress on which some members abstained from voting.)”

    He argues the points from the left and ends with

    “I would like to urge the Left to learn to chew gum and walk at the same time. It is possible to reason our way through, on a case-by-case basis, to an ethical progressive position that supports the ordinary folk in their travails in places like Libya. If we just don’t care if the people of Benghazi are subjected to murder and repression on a vast scale, we aren’t people of the Left. We should avoid making ‘foreign intervention’ an absolute taboo the way the Right makes abortion an absolute taboo if doing so makes us heartless (inflexible a priori positions often lead to heartlessness). It is now easy to forget that Winston Churchill held absolutely odious positions from a Left point of view and was an insufferable colonialist who opposed letting India go in 1947. His writings are full of racial stereotypes that are deeply offensive when read today. Some of his interventions were nevertheless noble and were almost universally supported by the Left of his day. The UN allies now rolling back Qaddafi are doing a good thing, whatever you think of some of their individual leaders.”

  26. 57 LunarSea
    March 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Greetings all, I have been visiting this site for so long I don’t remember when I started but am a serial lurker. Whenever I think I have something I want to add, someone beats me to it and I sigh in relief because that means I don’t have to ‘come out’. But I just figured it is about time that I brought you greetings from the Great White North. No, no not that one! The other great white north, Maine, where we are suffering under one of those bullying, lying, unethical new republican’t governors. (That’s the nicest way I can describe him.)

    Maine is a very liberal state that lost it’s democratic hold with about 38% of the vote going to this rethug clown, er, person. This past election there was a lot of enthusiasm and a huge early voting by mail push. We were killing them with votes cast. However, it was a scene straight out of Mass. with an uninspiring, unmotivated dem candidate. We worked so hard to secure the early vote, but in the final stretch Mitchell had alienated most of the remaining democrats and independants. See http://www.mainesmajority.org for where things stand now. There is a big sorrow that we went with party lines instead of best suited because the independent candidate was better suited and probably would’ve won if we hadn’t pushed the early vote.

    The take away is there is more than one way to loose the election!

    /rant -My apologies

    Anyhoo just wanted to add my thanks and appreciation for this site and all the information I get here and at the other pragmatii sites. I did an early exodus from all the frustraii sites shortly after the election. The first to go was Huff N Puff. Happened after one of their earlier anti-Obama tirades when I said something defending him and my post went into moderation never to see the light of day. Then I used the back door by way of twitter and eventually that got blocked. he he he. I don’t miss any of those sites and try to never click links to them so I do appreciate when people fill me in on what I, ahem, ‘missed’.

    I spend a lot of time spreading the information I get from here, BWD, OFA, Eclectablog, et al around the country to friends and family and want to say that most either know what ‘they’re’ doing to our president or don’t listen to MSM and continue to be amazed by this greatest of leaders. So there’s still hope.

    I don’t know when I’ll get up the gumption to post again, but just wanted you to know that there are is a silent majority that ‘gets it’ with this president and the powers that oppose him at all costs and to the detriment of the country.

    Finally, I really, really enjoyed our trip to latin America. Thanks for taking me on that journey.

    Enjoy your day. The force is with him :;-):

    • 58 majii
      March 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm

      I’m glad you decided to drop us a comment, LunarSea. Love your name! Please continue to drop a comment every now and again.

    • 59 lisa
      March 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      Huff N Puff, absolutely awesome. Perfect way to describe them!

    • 60 Sue in Minnesota
      March 27, 2011 at 6:56 pm

      So awesome to hear from you, and thanks for working behind the scenes to get the truth out. We have so much to be grateful for, and worth fighting for in our President and FLOTUS. Informed and united we will prevail.

  27. 61 kasai
    March 27, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    We Missed you Chip..so glad you back:-)

    I found this letter from the petition i was reading…in a public comments….It was profound and made me smile towards the end:-)

    I really don’t understand some of the people who criticize President Obama and the coalition. These so-called critics sit in their air-conditioned offices and give us some very stupid advice. The fact remains that my country was and is facing genocide from the Kaddafi regime. This is not an academic exercise or philosophical debate. People in Libya are facing life and death issues. A week ago, this brutal killer Kaddafi was marching towards my city Benghazi with tanks, heavy artillery, missile launchers, and airplanes. This bloodthirsty butcher would have massacred half the people of Benghazi had the coalition forces not intervened! What other choices do we have? Are we just going to let him kill us in order to satisfy the selfish desires of some idiots who live far away? Those critics need to wake up from their fancies and live in the real world!

    We thank President Obama and the coalition very much for their courageous stand towards our oppressed people. We will never forget their efforts. I recommend we hold massive demonstrations in the liberated areas in Libya carrying the pictures of Mr. Obama and American flags! This is in, my opinion, would show our appreciation, in real terms, to America and its allies. We may want to name a street in Benghazi after President Obama!

    • March 27, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      Hiya Kasai, that letter is absolutely beautiful and really takes us to what this is all about: the saving of innocent lives. The Professional Left should hand their heads in shame.

  28. 63 kasai
    March 27, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I hope and wish that this country recognize what a gift they have in this wonderful human being, I pray to see it in my lifetime.

    May God continue to bless him and his wonderful family.

  29. 64 barb
    March 27, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Chipsticks. just want to reaffirm to you that we adore you and what you do for us with this site. Thank you for deleting
    the rebel rousers. It is so nice to have a place to settle with like minded people.

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