87 Responses to “thank you west wing week ;-)”

  1. 1 gc
    June 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Can this man BE more charming??

    Dear Mr President,
    I’m sure you know this, but you family is making all Americans proud on their trip.

    Grateful Citizen

    • 2 COS
      June 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      Chipsticks where do you find these treasures? I love these. 🙂

      • June 22, 2011 at 2:52 pm

        I know — gems.

        Folks, the more Jon Huntsman speaks, the more you see what we call a “tren-ghen” (two-faced), where I come from. Remember the statement he made about PBO being “remarkable?” Now, Mr. double-speak says he made that statement about himself. It was remarkable for him, as a Republican to have accepted the job from a Democratic president.



        • June 22, 2011 at 2:56 pm

          lol ! too funny africatimes… the repubs just have to lie.. I think they’re programmed at birth. Funny thing is, I’m pretty sure that Huntsman wrote: you are a REMARKABLE LEADER.. and it was written to the President.. just laughable the BS they are willing to spew to win at all costs. NO INTEGRITY, NO HONOR.

          • 5 theo67
            June 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm

            I felt sick after reading that little article. Jon Huntsman is a pathetic little man. What world leader would ever trust him when he does something like this. I don’t know any person who would publicly trash his former boss, especially after that boss trusted him with the most important relationship in the world right now. What a pathetic little man. There’s something very sad in what Huntsman is doing. Is power so important that it makes one sell their soul?

            • June 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm

              Yes, they will sell their souls- it is common for these people. Huntsman has lost right out of the gate, no matter what he’s willing to say or do and no matter how much the media tries to package and market him. He’s slime.

              • 7 utaustinliberal
                June 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm

                Sherijr you are right. He is slime. I saw him this morning on GMA and when George Stephanopoulis confronted him about his endorsement of the Paul Ryan “Kill Medicare” bill he at first said he supported the bill, but when George hit him hard saying; oh you support a bill that basically ends Medicare as we know it, that ends healthcare as we know it, that takes away from senior citizens the guarantee that after a lifetime of work and paying into the system they then get denied healthcare that’s rightfully theirs? – he began backing away from his support. He began stumbling ….. uhm uhm uhm….. well the ryan plan doesn’t really kill medicare… uhm.. uhm… long pause….. he ended up looking like an idiot who couldn’t defend what he endorsed. And the rightwingers think this is their White Knight? and their version of President Obama?….. In one word Jon Huntsman is PATHETIC.

            • 9 COS
              June 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm

              This letter clearly says “you are a remarkable leader”. He even underlined “remarkable”.

              Click to access Huntsman1.pdf

        • 10 gc
          June 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm

          He actually calls to mind The Quitter (you heard, I’m sure) Pretty on the outside, dust motes on the inside.

        • 12 GOVCHRIS1988
          June 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm

          Right. You write a letter to the President of the United States saying that YOU are a remarkable leader………


          Take a look at the letter, than lets see who said what.

          • 13 theo67
            June 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm

            I think he thinks he wrote it in invisible ink. Either that, or he’s bought into the Republican belief that they can create their own reality. These people sicken me.

            • June 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm

              What’s so scary is that they do it with such ease. And what these pundits may be quick to accept as political gamesmanship, I see as a person with flawed character. And it is always these wealth boys, the ones who had everything given to them on a silver platter. If you an lie about the little things, what then will you not lie for?

              There is a moral compass lacking somewhere. Go figure.

              • 15 Sue in Minnesota
                June 22, 2011 at 5:01 pm

                It is mind bending to me how they so easily and fluidly are both duplicitious and shameless. I should just accept that it, but I never fail to be gobsmacked by the things Republicans are willing to say and do, as means to their ends.

          • 16 Anonymous
            June 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm

            That’s alright. Just this letter alone has already bitten him in the butt. Also, note the photo next to it. He looks a bit disinterested to me. Like, “okay I’ll take this job, but I am vieing for yours, Mr. President. After all I am more entitled because I am a white male.” Apparently, he never thought that letter would be used against him. Huntsman, not so bright. He is but one example of white male privilege rearing its ugly head since we voted a black man into the white house. I do not recall ever there being so many people running for president before now. Everyone now thinks that “if Barack Obama can be president, then I can too”, as if we have somehow lowered the standards. This is edp4bho, still not succeeding with wordpress here at work.

        • 17 Debz
          June 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm

          If he had any class he would admit he wrote the letter and meant what he said. That would go a lot further in drawing in moderate republicans and indies. He is as bad as Romney with health care. They prove themselves to be unprincipled.

          • 18 theo67
            June 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm

            So true – what they say today means something different tomorrow. I don’t know how anyone can trust someone like that.

  2. June 22, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    He’s so dang good natured, when does he not see the lighter side, when is he not all in for enjoying the moment and spreading the good cheer and the positive that life has to offer us? He is stable and brilliantly smart and dead serious about the serious things.. and yet he brings this added ingredient(s) of the pleasure of life and the beauty of interacting with his humanity always intact. He really is the very best of us. Wonderful videos Chips, thank you as always my dear 🙂

    • June 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm

      I know sherijr. This is one of the many things that makes him so real. There are no pretenses. I was just sitting here thinking about how so many of these GOP candidates twist themselves into a pretzel changing their positions. In his case, he has been scary consistent. It is simply amazing.

      It is like what your parents tell you about telling the truth when you are growing up. If you tell one lie, you have to tell another to fix the other and on and on. I tell this to my 14-year-old all the time.

      Perhaps these people know it too, but winning at all costs means ditching whatever principles they have.

      Go figure.

      • 21 utaustinliberal
        June 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm

        Oh Africa you are spot on. I concur on everything you wrote. When I watch old videos of President Obama when he was younger, when he was a state senator and then a US senator, I’m constantly amazed at how consistent he has always been. This is a person whose principles are firmly rooted and will never be shaken. That’s why I get on my knees and thank God soooooo much for blessing us with a LEADER like Barack Obama; and why I am reassurred that we have the right man at the helm and he will surely win another term.

  3. 22 collegekay
    June 22, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I always look forward to West Wing Week just for the ending. There’s always a funny moment.

  4. 23 Brian
    June 22, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    It’s funny that I first saw the top video on your new YouTube channel before I saw it posted here. I just wanted to say that the channel is (like this website) is fast becoming one of my go-to feel-good sites. I still get this goofy involuntary smile when I watch the crying baby video. Thanks!

    Where do you find the energy to do all the things you do? You are absolutely amazing!

    • 24 AJ
      June 22, 2011 at 4:29 pm

      Pssst….I have a theory that Chipsticks is actually several different people. TThat’s the only reasonable explanation I can think of!! But no matter how many of her there are, they’re all fabulous, right?

      • 25 utaustinliberal
        June 22, 2011 at 4:50 pm

        Hahaha AJ. I have a theory that Chips is part of the X-Men with mutant powers. Hers is unending streams of energy, powers of finding unending supplies of news articles, videos, op-eds, pictures and many more. I also think she is part of the Harry Potter set at Hogwarts. She’s kinda like Hermoine Granger who in the third installment of the book and movie franchise The Prizoner of Azkaban wanted to take two classes that were scheduled in the same time period so she got an amulet that allowed to be in two places at once. I believe Chipsticks is now in possession of said amulet. I also believe she must have the powers of Gandalf the Great from The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings franchise where she is all knowing and all seeing and has weird mystical powers that allow her to source information far and wide and keep a 24/7 protection on this haven so that “the precioussssss” (in this case the TOD website and it’s members) never falls into the wrong hands or becomes infiltrated by the Orks (or teabaggers and professional lefties in this realm)

        You can see I’ve given this a lot of thought; gosh I’m such a geek. 🙂

        • 26 Sue in Minnesota
          June 22, 2011 at 5:05 pm

          She is remarkable, and I never forget that she packs a rocket launcher in her handbag! She’s a force of nature.

      • 27 utaustinliberal
        June 22, 2011 at 5:08 pm

        Hahaha AJ you’re funny, but I think you’re on to something. I too have a theory that Chipsticks is part of the X-Men with mutant powers of endless streams of energy, powers of fact finding through news articles, news clips, videos, op-eds and more. I also think she is part of the Harry Potter set in that like Hermoine Granger in the third book/movie The Prisoner of Azkaban who wanted to take two classes that were scheduled in the same time period but couldn’t, got an amulet from Dumbledore that allowed her to be in two places at once and to turn the clock back so she could get more stuff done in the day. I believe Chipsticks is now in possession of said amulet. I also believe Chipsticks is actually Gandalf the Great from The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings franchise who gets information from far and wide and provides 24/7 protection of “the preciousssss” (in this case TOD website and its members) so that it will not fall into the wrong hands or become infiltrated by the Orks in hobbit land (or in the human realm the teabaggers and professional lefties)

        You can see I’ve given this quite some thought; gosh I’m such a GEEK. 🙂

  5. 29 Anonymous
    June 22, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I know we keep saying this but I’ll say it again anyway, the President is so good with kids of all ages, they know he’s genuine and at ease in their company. Love the videos with kids they always brighten my day, thanks!

  6. 30 carolyn
    June 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Chipsticks…remember that great cartoon of Romney with the mouths down both sides of his face? Wouldn’t that work for Huntsman?????

  7. June 22, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Whoa!!! The president issued an executive order for the dream act:


    Msm really misses it. No word if rep guttierez is going on tv to thank the president!!!

    • 32 gc
      June 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      Oh my, I had no idea. Thanks, Jovie. What a POTUS!

      • 33 utaustinliberal
        June 22, 2011 at 3:50 pm

        Wow. Quite wonderful. I like that he issued a prosecutorial discretion that says that immigration officials and police can’t deport illegals if they’re enrolled in an education program, pregnant and nursing or have served in the US Military. Now I hope the Senate takes on the full bill and finds a way to make the DREAM ACT the law of the land. Shame on the msm for ignoring this piece of legislative history.

        Thanks Jovie.

      • June 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm

        Nobody did! This is a right wing newspaper with right wing bias. No liberal remarks on this! Crickets!

        Chalk up another promise kept!

    • June 22, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      How in heaven’s name is this not in the news? Folks — twitterers, e-mailers, facebookers, it’s time we get this out there. Maybe for some of us that are savvy techies, we should start doing little YouTube videos about the president’s policcies and make them go viral, using our facebooks, tweets, e-mails, whatever it takes.

      We have to find a way to go around the media. Look at how Chips’ Youtube video of PBO took the Internet by storm. We can do it, y’all.

    • 48 Fred
      June 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      I tried emailing Gutierez but since I live on the North Side;my email wasn’t received 🙄

      you better believe I am going to call his office right away

    • 49 Fred
      June 22, 2011 at 4:41 pm

      They blocked my email because I don’t live in his district 🙄

      I called his Chicago office (773-342-0774) and told the lady who answered the phone about the Executive Order last Friday;she did not know about it.I asked her if Gutierez knew himself and she said she didn’t know.I told her that his ignorance on this issue probably explained his yapping on the President some more this past few days 🙄 😆

      I was quickly transferred to the Washington office 😆
      I asked that lady if Gutierez was getting paid to bash the President (sorry couldn’t resist :lol:) and she said no ; I then asked her if she was aware of the E O on the Dream Act and she said no too :roll:. I asked why Gutierez was singling out the President alone when Congress was in charge of writing the Immigration Bill;not the President and she said she didn’t know what to answer. I politely told her that I didn’t expect an answer from her ; told her that the President had kept yet another promise;and said thank you and hung up

      • June 22, 2011 at 5:03 pm

        Nice job Fred! I called his office too! Lol!

      • 51 Sue in Minnesota
        June 22, 2011 at 5:09 pm

        Standing ovation!

        Seems his staff is clueless which I suspect reflects more on him then them.

      • 52 theo67
        June 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm

        Excellent!!!!!! Gutierrez has been most offensive. He should have been the first one out the gate screaming about this news. It’s a disgrace that his office staff don’t even know about it, since he’s been chaining himself to the White House and calling the President all sorts of awful names over this most important issue…

      • 53 StR
        June 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm

        Does Rep Gutierrez only fundraise from in his district? Does he only grandstand in his district? Seems pretty shady that he wants to be a national voice but only takes feedback from his district.

    • June 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm

      I think there is something fishy going on. I don’t see anything about it on Think Progress or Talking Points Memo and I don’t see it listed on whitehouse.gov in the Executive Orders section:


    • 55 Betsy
      June 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      It doesn’t come up when I click on it. I’ll try to do a search. I think that’s amazing.

    • 56 Anonymous
      June 22, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      Here is another link to an article in the Huston Chronicle on what has taken place, apparently it is a memo instructing immigration officials to use prosecutorial discretion


  8. 58 dotster
    June 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    President Obama to announce tonight that he will host a summit next spring in Chgo of world leaders who will assess the situation in Afghanistan.

  9. 59 halo
    June 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    More on Afghanistan folks. POTUS keeping his word.


    “Mr. Obama’s decision is a victory for Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who has long argued for curtailing the American military engagement in Afghanistan. But it is a setback for his top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David H. Petraeus, who helped write the Army’s field book on counterinsurgency policy, and who is returning to Washington to head the Central Intelligence Agency.

    Two administration officials said General Petraeus did not endorse the decision, though both Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who is retiring, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reluctantly accepted it. General Petraeus had recommended limiting initial withdrawals and leaving in place as many combat forces for as long as possible, to hold on to fragile gains made in recent combat.”

    • 60 halo
      June 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm

      “President Obama plans to announce Wednesday evening that he will order the withdrawal of 10,000 American troops from Afghanistan this year, and another 20,000 troops, the remainder of the 2009 “surge,” by the end of next summer, according to administration officials and diplomats briefed on the decision.”

      30k out not by end of next year, but the end of next summer!!

        June 22, 2011 at 4:13 pm


    • 63 theo67
      June 22, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      Maybe this is why the President is moving Petraeus out of the military and into the CIA – make him see that Intelligence trumps military invasion. After all, that’s how they got OBL, right?

      • 64 utaustinliberal
        June 22, 2011 at 4:25 pm

        Excellent point Theo.

      • 65 StR
        June 22, 2011 at 4:26 pm

        Probably to keep him from being somebodies VP candidate this year. No GOP Primary candidate has any real foreign policy/security credentials and President Obama faced FP questions until he tabbed Biden, and even then he still faced them.

    • 67 Debz
      June 22, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      Why did the times have to bring up his re-election campaign? Pulling out troops beginning in July is what he said he would do. It has nothing to do with getting elected or with the repug candidates.

      • 68 Sue in Minnesota
        June 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm

        That’s something to push back against, I’ll contact them, maybe more here will do the same.

  10. 69 mtmarilyn
    June 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Chipsticks you are amazing! You are a gift and we are really appreciative!!!! I feel so fortunate to have been there at the right time to BWD and find you. This is the greatest community, the people here are all so great. We are all working to reelect this wonderful man. Thanks to you Chips and to everyone here.

    June 22, 2011 at 4:11 pm


  12. June 22, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    The new 2012 campaign store is up and running. I got a email today to donate to get a shirt, which I did. Also ordered a yard sign. Fired up! Yay!


    • June 22, 2011 at 5:08 pm


      Seems like this girl got her doctorate in quitting from the Quitting University of Wasilla. I hear she graduated magna suma cum laude on the undergraduate level and received tons of other honors while pursuing her masters. She is the best quitter I’ve ever heard of in these parts.

      Go figure.

      • 74 utaustinliberal
        June 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm

        Gosh. She lacks such discipline and focus. The people of Sudan are most likely breathing a sigh of relief. They have more important issues to deal with than to entertain a blowhard (Franklin Graham), a quitter (Sarah Palin) and a “journalistic” hack (Greta van Susteren from faux noise). In the article it stated that Graham had invited her to go to Sudan with him several years ago when she was governor and she ducked out of it after agreeing to go due to “a special legislative session” that kept her in Juneau. Guess we know where her priorities lie; making money hand over fist by appealling to the hate in people on the extreme right.

    • 75 StR
      June 22, 2011 at 5:11 pm

      I think she has made the decision she is not running. Good riddance.

    • 76 Sue in Minnesota
      June 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      Thank God…the people of Sudan and the suffering they endure should not be subject to the exploitations of a callous, heartless, soulless opportunistic phony-ass pretend Christian. She is despicable.

    • June 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      A lot of fighting going on in Sudan. The north wants there oil fields. Of course they do!

    • 78 theo67
      June 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm

      She probably figured out where it is on the map, and realized it’s not in the Caribbean.

  13. June 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Senators boxer, menendez too! Is any democrat going to stick up for the president? Ever?

    • 80 utaustinliberal
      June 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      Hey Jovie I have to correct you here. I’m watching Hardball also and Senator Barbra Boxer (D) California came to the President’s defense. She said everyone should stop speculating about his speech before he gives it. She also said that personally she would like 30,000 troops out at the end of the year, but she is not going to dictate to the President what his decision should be. She said the President has accomplished a lot in Afghanistan with the 30,000 troop surge and he should be commended and defended from those who say he is a warmonger. She praised him for ending combat missions in Iraq and bringing the combat troops home ahead of schedule in 2010. She called the repub presidential candidates like Romney and Huntsman who are trying to go to the “left” of PBO by calling for total hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan, fake. She also commended him (PBO) for using intelligence not just military force in killing OBL. She thanked him for a lot. So I’m gonna have to disagree with you here Jovie. Maybe Menendez didn’t vigorously defend the President, but Boxer sure did.

  14. June 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Chris Matthews attitude towards this president, I mean his tone, is the same as it was for bush.
    All the blame and hatred directed at this president, is unreal!

    • 82 Fred
      June 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm

      it shouldn’t come as a surprise Jovie

      • 83 utaustinliberal
        June 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm

        Jovie, once again I’m going to have to disagree with you. I watched Hardball today and Chris did not show hatred towards the POTUS. I don’t always agree with Chris Matthews but he simply asked questions about what our mission in Afghanistan is and if nation building was the right way to go for a nation where the Russians went to war with and came out having a Vietnam moment. Chris was also concerned that with Huntsman trying to go to the “left” of the President by calling for impulsive withdrawal of all troops that people might be fooled by Huntsman and not understand that PBO receives daily national security breifings that no one else is privvy to and so no one knows the true nitty gritty of the President’s plan.

  15. 85 halo
    June 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Who is this joker Matthew Hoh on Hardball righ tnow?

  16. 86 carolyn
    June 22, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    A lot of Chris Matthews’ questions are meant to engage and stir up controversy. This is what he calls playing hardball. I heard him at the end of the show talking with David Corn of Mother Jones. They talked about how hard it is to deal with an inherited war, and this Afghanistan was definitely an inherited war. They in essence said that cleaning up someone else’s mess is never easy. They are glad he’s pulling troops out, and know it cannot be done precipitately or impulsively, as some now want it done. I read about the work closing up and getting out of Iraq. It is hard work and a long process. It has taken a year so far. You don’t just put troops on planes and evacuate. It must be done in an orderly fashion.

  17. 87 HZ
    June 22, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    There are things that so remind me of a point that i read in an excellent book about President Obama that sums it up again for me when I heard Rachel tonight on Lawrence: ” another of the so underappreciated dimensions of President Obama’s intellectual formation.” Clearly, Rachel is showing it more and more among others.

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