child’s play

First Lady Michelle Obama greets children during her visit to the Naval Air Station Oceana Summer Camp in Virginia Beach, Va., July 21. Mrs. Obama toured the camp and later welcomed local military families to a special screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, as part of the Joining Forces Movie Series. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

56 Responses to “child’s play”

  1. 1 Tally
    July 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm


    Look at the little blonde girl behind Michelle – “MY FLOTUS!!”

    😀 😀 😀

  2. 3 CTGirl
    July 21, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    They are so good with kids! This s indeed a beautiful pic.

  3. 4 Tally
    July 21, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    And the little ginger boy who’s waving at the camera!

    And the cutie lounging in Michelle’s lap!


    Makes me want to go play with a bunch of kids in a pile of those little balls…… (which of course they didn’t HAVE when I was a kid!)


    • 5 Doris
      July 21, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      You can see on their faces that they are trying to figure out how to touch her. She’s awesome.

  4. 6 Anonymous
    July 21, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Beautiful, I wonder if those babies know who she is….they sure seem like they do. I Love Michelle!!!!

  5. 7 EDP4BHO
    July 21, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Those children are smothering our First Lady….LOL. Look at all their darling little snaggle-toothed faces. Gotta love em, and Michelle too, of course 😀

  6. 8 Charmed
    July 21, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I forgot to add my name….I Love Michelle and this is a beautiful picture.

  7. 9 utaustinliberal
    July 21, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I loooooooooooooooooooooooooove this picture. She is so warm and a real people person. Children recognize honest, truthful, and genuine people and our FLOTUS is top notch. Yay! they’re going to see HP2 :Deathly Hallows. Freaking movie was EPIC. The whole franchise; books and movies were BRILLIANT. GENIUS. MIND-BLOWING. OUT OF THIS WORLD. FANTASTIC. EXCITING. THRILLING. MIND-BENDING. FASCINATING. OMG!!!! SCREAM WORTHY. GREAT. ROLLERCOASTER RIDE. MAGNIFICENT…..JUST MAGNIFICENT.

  8. 13 Doris
    July 21, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Simply beautiful in every way.

  9. 14 EDP4BHO
    July 21, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Chips, we need a video of this if you can find one, if you aren’t too busy having fun…. 😀 Really, hope you are enjoying yourself and getting a much needed breather from your toil on this blog. We’ve been keeping it up well, haven’t we?

  10. 16 Eleroy
    July 21, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I love, love, love this woman!!!
    Mrs Obama RULES!!! amazing woman, wife, mother, daughter, First Lady!!!

  11. July 21, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    😛 😛 😛

    I love the possessive little blond girl with her hands around FLOTUS’ neck. Toooooooooooo cuuuuuuuuuuuute! AWWWW!

    And PBO isn’t there to show her up this time 😆 !

  12. July 21, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    *broken record*

    Don’t forget to get your Better Homes and Gardens issue with MO on the front 🙂 !

  13. 19 meta
    July 21, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Oh, stop! I’m getting a toothache! Really, how sweet is that photo? She’s totally in her element.

  14. July 21, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I can’t say just how much I enjoy seeing pics of Michelle and PBO with children of all ages. It’is so obvious how much the Obama family like to be around children and how much children like and trust them. We see this every where they go. Michelle and Barack are two of the best, most amazing people we have ever had in our White House.

  15. 21 meta
    July 21, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Harry Reid is topped out:

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday afternoon announced that the Senate would vote Friday on the House-passed Cut, Cap and Balance legislation that Republicans have tried to tie to a debt ceiling increase.
    The Nevada Democrat will attempt to use a procedural motion, known as tabling, to deep-six the bill’s chances of coming before the chamber. The motion to table requires 51 votes to pass, and the 53-member Democratic caucus could kill the CCB bill if it sticks together. Cut, Cap and Balance is overwhelmingly supported by Republicans, who control the House, but it has minimal support among Democrats. President Barack Obama has vowed to veto the bill even it were able to clear the Democratic Senate. That disagreement has left the legislation as an unlikely vehicle to solve the partisan impasse on the debt ceiling issue.
    “I think this piece of legislation is about as weak and senseless as anything that has ever come on this Senate floor, and I’m not going to waste the Senate’s time day after day on this piece of legislation, which I think is anathema to what our country is all about,” Reid said in remarks on the Senate floor. “Everyone understand, we’re going to have a vote tomorrow. I’m not going to wait until Saturday. We’re going to have a vote tomorrow. I feel confident that this legislation will be disposed of one way or the other. The American people should understand that this is a bad piece of legislation, perhaps some of the worst legislation in the history of this country.”


  16. 22 CEB
    July 21, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Beautiful as always. Even though they do not really understand who she is, they know what she is; loving, warm, and funny.

  17. July 21, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I just had to add, can anyone here remember or even imagine any former First Lady sitting in the very midst of a pile of kiddos like this and being touched and loved on? I sure can’t! Every day, in every way, I admire Michelle Obama more and more.

    • July 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm

      I agree with every word you said aquagranny911.

      • 25 HZ
        July 21, 2011 at 11:28 pm

        I also concur with both of you. She gives out so much love, and the children know what it is they are receiving. This is one photo that I wish each one of those little ones could take home with them, but what they are experiencing in that photo will touch their precious little hearts forever. God bless our FLOTUS. I love her so much.

  18. 26 Me4obama
    July 21, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Chipsticks when you get a chance will you please delete the video of Cornel West and Tavis Smiley that I posted on the “close?” thread? I do not want to upset my fellow TODers by the vile they spewed on Piers Morgan tonight and the fact that they refused to answer if they will vote for the reelection of PBO.

    I wonder why they are popping up now to do interviews? Is it because PBO met today with NAACP Ben jealous or is it that Rev Al has a TV show.

    • July 21, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      Those two – ought to be ashamed.. I know they’re not, but I expect the day will come when they wish they’d been bigger. Envy is an ugly thing to see.

    • 28 meta
      July 21, 2011 at 10:23 pm

      I smell a book tour.

      • 29 isonprize
        July 21, 2011 at 11:39 pm

        Haven’t you heard? They are going on a “poverty tour” Woooo Hoooo. Seriously. I couldn’t make this stuff up. I’m on Travesty’s email list, just so I can “keep an eye on him”

    • 30 hopefruit2
      July 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm

      Me4obama, I was about to ask what was the point of this video – because there is nothing new or worthwhile about the garbage spewed by these two weasels.!

      • 31 Me4obama
        July 21, 2011 at 10:41 pm

        Right hopefruit, there is no reason why we need to spread hate directed at my President. I do apologize to anyone who might watch it and get upset thats why I asked chipsticks to delete it. Peace and love.

        • 32 hopefruit2
          July 21, 2011 at 11:15 pm

          No worries, Me4obama…Hope you have a peaceful restful night, and stay cool wherever you are!!

    • July 21, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      Hiya M4O, I haven’t been able to drop in too often tonight so I only got your message now – sorry! I’m always torn about posting this stuff, on the one hand we need to hear what these frauds are saying so we can fight back with the truth, on the other we could do without hearing this crap! On balance I think it’s okay to leave the video here, anyone who wants to click ‘play’ to hear these two ….. I’ll be polite …. people can do so; anyone who wants to be spared their self-promoting idiocy can ignore it. Your heart is always in the right place M4O, I know you posted it to let people know the latest crap these guys are spreading. Maybe that’s not a bad thing?

  19. July 21, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Whats not to love here? FLOTUS and a room full of adorableness 🙂 Thanks for this~

  20. 37 MeaBloom
    July 21, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Aww,, Look at ’em! They are all over her. So Lovable. The little one with her hands on her shoulders and they one almost in her lap are too precious.


  21. July 21, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Like all of you I just love this picture of the First Lady with those kids. I love seeing her and POTUS with kids.

    • July 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm

      With all the crap which have been going on today with this debt deal or no debt deal, I needed a picture like this to put a smile on my face. Thank you.

  22. 40 hopefruit2
    July 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    That’s our First lady 🙂 First mom. Those kids sense a good nurturing individual – even though they don’t really know who she is.

  23. 41 hopefruit2
    July 21, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Another heartwarming story

    12-year-old boy designs dress for first lady Michelle Obama


    • July 21, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      OMG!!! I love this story hopefruit! It’s so inspiring! How do we get this air time? Can we send this to Mrs. O? It combines two things she knows about and understands: bullying and its effects and fashion. This kid has got to meet Miche. I’m gonna send the link to her. Maybe he staffers will see it and let her know about it. *cross fingers*

      • 43 hopefruit2
        July 21, 2011 at 11:01 pm

        Thanks lisa ..I agree with you that this story is really inspiring and relevant on so many levels – It would mean a lot to Grant to have Michelle wear his design or at least meet him in person. Not to mention more national attention on bullying… I think you should definitely send her the link!

    • July 21, 2011 at 11:12 pm

      This was great about that 12 year old designer. I hope he gets the chance to meet FLOTUS.

      • 45 HZ
        July 21, 2011 at 11:42 pm

        I just love this story about 12 year old Grant, the young designer. I hope that our First Lady will see and hear this story. What a joy. I have all of the candles lit tonight. So much joy coming from these children. See how our President and First Lady bring so much goodness to our nation. That is why I love Chipsticks efforts to keep this beautiful place beautiful. I am crying now,Doris. Thanks Chips for your loving care to us. We are so blessed. Tears of pure joy. I love my family here.

  24. 46 askew
    July 21, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    I just love Michelle’s fashion sense. Seriously, if I was 6 inches taller and ++ pounds lighter, I’d dress like her all the time.

    I’ve been away from my computer for awhile and twitter is going crazy as is the blogosphere. Can someone just let me know if a deal was officially announced yet or not on the debt ceiling? I don’t want to wade through the rumors unless I have to.

    OT – I am thrilled that Sec of Def and Joint Chiefs will be certifying DADT repeal tomorrow. We are due for some great news and this is it. http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2011/07/21/275937/breaking-secretary-of-defense-joint-chiefs-to-certify-dont-ask-dont-tell-repeal-tomorrow/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=pulsenews

  25. July 21, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    I love, love, lurve this picture!!! I love the little blonde girl whose arm is just thrown around Miche’s neck, like: “yah, I know her, we’re cool like that.” 😉 What a cutie pie 🙂

  26. 52 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    July 22, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Ohhh! I wish I were not so late to the party. This is an adorable picture. I feel like Michelle has not been as visible lately with all the debt ceiling stuff going on and I have missed her. She looks so lovable and loving in the middle of all those kids. They instinctively know they can trust her. It’s just heartwarming to see the way they respond. God bless them all

  27. 53 jeri Gloss
    July 22, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Like moths to the flame, look how these children clamor to be close, to touch our First Lady. And she, of grace and beauty, so poised to draw them close….amazing and uplifting photo:)

  28. 54 Perry
    July 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Rock on First Lady…spread the love!

  29. 55 Anonymous
    July 24, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    The Girl directly behind the first lady is my daughter, Alyssa

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