he came (back from ohio) bearing gifts!

President Barack Obama looks over gardening gloves for first lady Michelle Obama during an unannounced visit to Fred’s Pro Hardware in Toledo, Ohio

…. with a group who were at the White House for an earlier event with the first lady in the garden



First lady Michelle Obama tends the White House garden with a group of children as part of the “Let’s Move!” campaign

77 Responses to “he came (back from ohio) bearing gifts!”

  1. 1 Proud of Obama
    June 3, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Hey, Chips, I posted some info on a new poll out of Iowa in the last thread. You might want to give it it’s own post because it is such good news. Which we need today. Thanks, girlfriend.

  2. 3 MeaBloom
    June 3, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Aww,, That was so cute and thoughtful. He brought back gardening gloves. I love this couple.


    • 4 africa
      June 3, 2011 at 6:47 pm

      Very nice. This is a power couple out to do nothing but good for this country. And try hard as the naysayers may, good will topple evil.

      And folks, remember the post from yesterday about the conversation PBO had with some congressional leaders about the fact that they can get out there and say stuff and it would be as scrutinized as it would be if he were to and have the whole world hanging on to his every word — well, Democrats, I hope are taking that seriously.

      From TPM, this little gem:

      Democrats Break Down Impact Of GOP Medicare Plan District By District

      โ€œHouse Democrats have broken down the massive changes to Medicare and Medicaid proposed by the House GOP into a convenient take home size.

      Democratic Reps. Henry Waxman (CA) and Frank Pallone (NJ), voters can now see what Democrats say is the direct impact of the Republican plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system on every congressional district in the country.

      Waxman and Pallone have set up an interactive map that allows viewers to pop open a report on the impact of the Medicare change on the population in their community.โ€


      I read over at BWD that Speaker Pelosi will be on Face the Nation on Sunday. Way to go.

      • 5 Fred
        June 3, 2011 at 6:53 pm

        Speaker Pelosi in FTN? is McCain not available to see his Country Club buddy Bob Schieffer? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ˜ก ๐Ÿ˜†

        Go Nancy set their lying arses straight! ๐Ÿ˜€

        • 6 zizi
          June 3, 2011 at 8:18 pm

          Ever since McCain blasted the torture apologists on the senate floor, viz. the intelligence leading to bin Laden.s discovery, McCain has been blacked from the teevee circuit. Looks like the powers that be were not happy with how he countered the buh torture apologists.

      • 7 utaustinliberal
        June 3, 2011 at 7:09 pm

        Great It’s time they get people out on those sunday morning talk shows. And finally, they’re taking what PBO said to heart and showing some initiative. A lot of Americans only have short attention spans so the interactive map is a great idea. It delivers the info about mediscare in concise words that really pound into everyones mind how BAD, DANGEROUS and downright SCARY Ryan’s plan is.

        I love the pictures above of POTUS and FLOTUS. Gosh they’re so in love with each other and are lock step in their movements. It’s cute that he bought her a pair of gardening gloves. I adore how he has eyes only for her and she for him. Yep there’s definitely hope for all of us.

      • 8 Hachikล
        June 3, 2011 at 8:01 pm

        And they’re trying to get this ad: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/06/pccc-ad-on-medicare-not-getting-pulled-despite-nrcc-complaints.php?ref=fpa pulled. TV station said, “Heck no!” Good for them.

      • 10 Suzanne
        June 3, 2011 at 8:24 pm

        Africa, that breakdown of Medicare by district is EXCELLENT. Very detailed. I’m in IN-05 so when my district comes up the loss is attached to my GOP Rep “Taliban” Dan Burton. I love it!!!!!

        This map is easy to use and very professional — complicated information is clear and understandable. They have been working on this for awhile. I just love Nancy Pelosi and I’m so glad she will be on Face the Nation. She’s always a lady and she also takes no prisoners. Very knowledgeable and able to express it so that everyone can understand. That’s excellent news.

        • 11 geegee
          June 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm

          That’s why I don’t panic at the noise coming from the repugs/media/pundits. I always have faith that PBO and his people are busy working behind the scenes. And remember, you never let the left (righties) hand know what the the righteous hand is doing-until it’s a done deal, lol!!!!

    • 12 Hachikล
      June 3, 2011 at 7:19 pm

      I hope he made sure they’re extra small. FLOTUS has the slenderest most graceful hands. ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. 15 Jessica
    June 3, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    The Kitchen Garden sure has grown into a thing of beauty. I remember when they first planted it. It was so much smaller and now look at it. The next president better not dare touch the garden, it would be a travesty.

    • 16 anniebella
      June 3, 2011 at 11:25 pm

      Don’t worry Jessica, Barack Obama will not bother with that garden, Michelle won’t let him.

  4. 17 Fred
    June 3, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    was hoping he’d give her a little kiss ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 18 theo67
      June 3, 2011 at 6:58 pm


      It was cute, even without the kiss.

      • 19 Fred
        June 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm

        of course it was ๐Ÿ˜€

        these 2 bring a ๐Ÿ˜€ on my face Theo ๐Ÿ˜€

        • 20 hopefruit2
          June 3, 2011 at 7:19 pm

          I think he has some good things planned for wifey on this beautiful Friday eve.

          • 21 utaustinliberal
            June 3, 2011 at 7:31 pm

            I love that he bought her the gloves b/c he remembered that she had a gardening event today. That’s real sweet ๐Ÿ˜€ It shows that he pays attention to his spouse’s interests.

        • 22 Luci1119
          June 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm

          Yeahhhhhhhh ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ hehehe

    • 23 P
      June 3, 2011 at 7:07 pm

      I think Michelle gets shy when it comes to kissing in public remember inauguration night when the crowd was chanting ‘beso!’ and she began saying no with a shy look on her face but I am sure it happened in private ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • 24 isonprize
        June 3, 2011 at 8:13 pm

        And good for her. I’m sure they need to have some things that us and the rest of the world don’t know about!! LOLOLOL And it’s obvious to me and probably, the rest of us, that there is no problem, NO PROBLEM WHATSOEVER, in the lovin’ department for these two… LOLOLOL ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 25 anniebella
      June 3, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      Oh I’m sure he will give her a big kiss upstairs, or she will plant one on him. One way or another there will be a kiss, we just won’t see it.

  5. 26 dotster
    June 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    He chose the green ones. Great. I was hoping he’d go in that direction, and not the pink. ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved Michelle’s reaction. You brought me something? And it’s gardening gloves?! You put some thought into it! What a nice husband!
    What a cute couple!

    • 27 MeaBloom
      June 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm

      Her reaction was cute too. He didn’t bring back just one pair but TWO. Too cute is what they are.


      • 28 Luci1119
        June 3, 2011 at 8:23 pm

        What I thought was funny, He gave her the gloves and they weren’t In a bag. Did anyone notice that? So cute the two of them. I loved her expression ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 29 P
    June 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww and awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww how sweet! *love*. ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. 30 Dakota
    June 3, 2011 at 7:04 pm


    They’re so adorably adorable!!!

  8. 31 mtmarilyn
    June 3, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Oh I love those pictures and the video of the First Lady and the planting. She will get good use out of those gloves.

  9. 32 MeaBloom
    June 3, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    You know what else I thought was cute?? In the video of the First Lady gardening, the two kids she worked with pulled up rhubarb and started fanning the First Lady with it. It was too cute. They are really wonderful with kids.


  10. 33 Walking on Sunshine
    June 3, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    They are so sweet. Look how happy she is! I love my garden too so I completely relate. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 34 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 3, 2011 at 7:16 pm


    I like the bolder ties he’s been wearing lately. He had a great wide-striped one on the other day. It works.

    Looking good, First Couple! ๐Ÿ˜›

  12. 37 Claire
    June 3, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Now you know, it’s just too sweet that he got her the gardening gloves. I adore this man!

  13. June 3, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    The pictures of them together and being happy drives the GREED OVER PEOPLE PARTY crazy. They are the one’s selling “FAMILY VALUES” and when they see true Family Values in action it drives them up the wall. See The President knows what truly keeps his Heart warm in trouble times. Just look at the Big Smile on his face and you almost see the sparkle in his eyes. The pictures show the Ladies in his live mean the world to him.

  14. 39 hopefruit2
    June 3, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I just love my President and First Lady! Thanks everyone for voting for/supporting this man so that I/we can be sitting here on this lovely Friday evening, savoring the joy of having a competent caring President at a time when our country most needs it!!

  15. 40 Proud of Obama
    June 3, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Tried to post this, but it didn’t show up so forgive me if it posts twice. It’s an interview with President Obama in the latest AARP magazine.


  16. 41 EDP4BHO
    June 3, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Now that’s a first…. a president bearing green gardening gloves for his lady. You can not beat that. I always appreciate the little things in life. It takes special effort to remember your loved ones hobbies, tastes, and favorites. That is a very romantic man. I want one of him ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 42 P
      June 3, 2011 at 7:35 pm

      Me too my boyfriend better step his game up!!!! The busiest man in the world can stop off by a store and purchase something for his wife that will make her happy…c’mon men who make excuses step yall game up because every woman out there now wants an Obama…my girlfriends and I don’t say ‘I want a man anymore’ we say ‘we want a Obama’ ๐Ÿ˜†

  17. 46 Eleroy
    June 3, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I adore our President and First Lady!!!

  18. 47 louc1
    June 3, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I bet she was as happy as a kid when someone brings them something back from a trip – the look on her face says it all – she knows she’s got a good man and she loves him to pieces. I bet she knew how much he needed her today – and her presence alone probably made the not so good news of the day a little easier to bare. I love how these two love one another!!! Can’t wait for the movie – cause their love story is something else!

    • 48 geegee
      June 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm

      I remember during the primaries (or maybe it was the general), FL was being interviewed. One of her responses was: “Barack is a good man”. I was so impressed with that declaration by her.

  19. 49 meta
    June 3, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    These two are seriously the CUTEST. Sweetness all around.

    LOVE the garden, hearing about the garden, watching the garden grow and the harvest. Fabulous energy at the White House.

  20. 50 Mae who love our CIC
    June 3, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I love you POTUS and FLOTUS. You all give us hope and you’re another example of what love between two looks like.

  21. 51 Doris
    June 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Great stuff Chips. Thanks so much!

  22. 52 CEB
    June 3, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Close-up picture #7 is priceless. So beautiful and so in to each other. Remember, Michelle has been working on him for more than 20 years. While she believed that he was was cute, useful, and committed, he had a few rough spots that needed to be smoothed out. Mature love, that is aware of all of the faults, but is steady nonetheless, is true love. I like how she was there to welcome Marine 1 and how his face lit up. I have never seen a couple who lives such a public life so obviously in love with each other. It some how makes me feel even more secure in their leadership. Ron and Nancy had that exclusive, self-absorbed love that even kept their children at a distance. The Obama’s have a much more healthy relationship that expands to include others.

  23. 55 CEB
    June 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Correcttion: “Obamas”

  24. 56 Kasai
    June 3, 2011 at 8:07 pm



  25. 66 Suzanne
    June 3, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I just love the look on his face as he’s running off the steps, “Hi honey. I’m home!” And her delight is priceless for his gift. As busy as he is on these trips, it is amazing that he could have the time to stop off at a hardware store. I just love those two!!!

  26. June 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    This man is just too cute for words:

  27. 70 HZ
    June 3, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Yes, thanks so much Chipsticks. You are so good to us.

  28. 71 m
    June 3, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Oh this garden glove post just takes the cake! LOVE everything about it: that PBO bought them in a small business on his trip, the thoughtfulness of that act for the small business and for Michelle and her surprised and elated and touched reaction to the very ordinary and useful and simple gift of gardening gloves!

  29. 72 m
    June 3, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Isn’t it sweet that she met him as he stepped off the helicopter too?

    • 73 anniebella
      June 3, 2011 at 11:56 pm

      Just look at the smile on both of their faces. You know that yu have something special when it doesn’t have to be a half million dollars worth of gifts from Tiffiny to say I Love You. I’m sure it just made his day to see her standing there.

  30. June 4, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Good morning, Kasai and Donna can ya’ll create a video of all the Rethugs talking about jobs, jobs, jobs in 2010. Also, include the comment from CSPAN of Rep. steven king calling labor a commodity just like corn, oil, beans and gold. This comment I heard on Rhandi Rhodes show 6-3-11 which she captured from CSPAN.. Since the Democrats loss the House I really can’t tolerate viewing CSPAN.

    Can you also include speaker bronze boy’s comment about if public employees lose their jobs so be it. I know I’m asking you guys to elevate your blood pressure and to swim with sharks but your video making has been on point and it would be interesting to see what you design.

  31. 75 Kasai
    June 4, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I am no video expert, but sometimes I find a fitting video to relay the message

    Yes Boehner WHERE ARE THE JOBS???

    Republicans blasted President for lack of jobs, yet he’s the only one working so hard to find a way to make that happens, he hold, meetings with ceo, fat cats corporations that are holding the middle class hostage, by refusing to hire so that this president looks bad, that’s the gratitude he gets for bailing them out.

    An now these Idiots, want to make believe that this is all the President’s fault, while they campaigned on “JOBS” and “JOBS”
    instead they flipped the script, on cutting the Unions, attacks on Planned Parenthood, De-funding NPR, Eliminating Medicare…and so on. Shame on the fools that voted for these idiots, hope you enjoying the ride to no where, or be clever enough to vote “D” next time……..just saying ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. 77 Kasai
    June 4, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Oh yea!!! Spread this video, the republicans need a wake up call, in case they still sleeping.

    It should start our campaign slogan…make it viral, because the only thing that stand against our President is the negative unemployment numbers….But this video will tell a different story for anyone that has an ounce of brains, that republican are compromising the lives the American people and holding them hostage to advance their own political agenda.

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