homeward bound

President Obama and his family walk to board Air Force One in Massachusetts, August 26



President Obama and his family arrive at Andrews Air Force Base

Back at the White House.

101 Responses to “homeward bound”

  1. August 26, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    the family looks well rested and happy. So glad PBO and Miche got a bit of a respite.

  2. 2 donna dem 4 obama
    August 26, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I just love our First Family

    The look so rested and rejuvenated.

    Welcome Home President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Malia, Sasha and Bo.

  3. August 26, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Is somebody having a growth spurt? Malia looks taller than mom in that pic.

    • 4 proudmemberofglobalzero
      August 26, 2011 at 10:14 pm

      She sure is…so is Shasha. She is almost as tall as mom. I remember when dad picked her up and she wrapped her little legs around his waste. We have to work to keep them in school in DC. I want Malia to graduate from Good Friends.

  4. 5 jacquelineoboomer
    August 26, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I cherish them.

  5. 10 Dave
    August 26, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    The President: Strong, steadfast, intelligent, caring, cool, calm and collected leadership.

    Corporate America is sitting on an unprecedented MOUNTAIN of cash but they aren’t hiring because …..they….are…….uuuuh….SCARED of (tell me again?)……”UNCERTAINTY”?

    They are SO FRIGHTENED the tax structure or regulation might be adjusted they REFUSE to forge bravely forward with ambitious business growth? So, all ready to go! Ideas, innovation, capital, THEIR DREAMS…… But too darn scared of UNCERTAINTY?



    SINCE WHEN?????

    • 11 jacquelineoboomer
      August 26, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      Top Ten Things That Are Unfathomable

      1. The answer to your question.

    • 12 GGail
      August 26, 2011 at 10:34 pm

      That’s why we need to reveal these companies and put them on blast. They need to hear from us (we the people). They need to see their names on twitter, in blogs, in newspapers, on FB. Let them know they can’t hide behind the money.

  6. 13 nospin
    August 26, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I hoped they wouldn’t land in DC until 12:01 a.m.

  7. August 26, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I know it’s alittle silly, but I feel like they are part of my family.

    • 19 desertflower
      August 26, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      Not silly at all:) We are all part of an American family, and I can’t think of a better representation than this First Family. Stunning.

    • 21 Me4obama
      August 26, 2011 at 10:41 pm

      I feel the same way. But don’t tell that to my real family they think I need to check into a rehab to treat my PBO obsession “illness”.

      • August 26, 2011 at 11:02 pm

        Me4obama, I won’t say a word to your real family.

        • 23 Me4obama
          August 26, 2011 at 11:06 pm

          Please feel free to tell them to STFU. I already told them NO! NO! NO! To rehab. Though I hate when they call it an ILLNESS.

      • 24 jacquelineoboomer
        August 26, 2011 at 11:36 pm

        Me4obama – When I tell my 42-year-old son (a grown man, but an only child) – who kids me constantly about my PBO obsession – that I think of Barack as my second son, he says, “You like him better.”

        They’re so cute at that age. 🙂

      • 26 LAPalm
        August 27, 2011 at 12:45 am

        Ah me4obama..I get the same thing from my family, co-workers..everbody so just know we will all be in Rehab together and believe me its a lot of us…lol

        • 27 Puddin"
          August 27, 2011 at 1:14 am

          …yes, there are a lot of us! My friends tease me too…but what can I say, I love this man and his family and I stick up for them as if they are my real kinfolks.

      • 28 sam uk obama supporter
        August 27, 2011 at 4:18 am

        Me4obama I have the same ‘problem’ according to my real family (not hubby and son though thank God!)

      • 29 Obama Grandmama
        August 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm

        When you say you feel like they are part of your real family it reminds me of when my youngest engaged adult daughter just came to visit last month with her fiance. She saw a framed photo of our first family in the livingroom (the photo OFA members got as a Happy New Years) and she was jealous as no family photos were in the livingroom. The real family photos were in the kitchen, my bedroom and even the bathroom. So to humor her I took it out of the livingroom and put it in the eating area with the other family photos switching it back after they left. LOL That shows they have a special place in my home.

    • 30 Doris
      August 26, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      What you guys said. Love them dearly.

    • 31 Hachikō
      August 26, 2011 at 11:44 pm

      It’s not silly at all. I feel the same. When you come to my home, there are tons of photos of the First Family intermingled with those of my own family.

      I’m proud of them. As Jacqueline upthread put it: “I cherish them.”

  8. August 26, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Sorry they cut their vacation short, but I am relieved they are home.

  9. 39 Pamela
    August 26, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    So much for that vacation, I pray they will mannage another, a REAL one, soon. Still, they all look lovely, tanned, rested, and mad about each other! They do us proud! Good luck to all of you out East, hope Irene goes easy on you all. I grew up in Maryland, and DC, have memories of some incredible storms. We used to all huddle together and pray.

  10. 43 Doris
    August 26, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Great pics Chips. Thanks.

  11. 44 utaustinliberal
    August 26, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Awwwww… the pictures are so sweet; they melt my heart. I love that they all caught some sun. They look well rested and are all glowing. I love how despite everything going on around them, President Obama and Malia are oblivious and are in their own private daddy-daughter world. The pictures are great. Thanks Chipsticks.

  12. 45 Doris
    August 26, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    An OFAer has reported that Air Force One has landed at Andrews Air Force Base. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.

    Hope I don’t get a double post, lol.

  13. 46 proudmemberofglobalzero
    August 26, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    They just landed at Andrews AFB…was on MSNBC

    • 47 nospin
      August 26, 2011 at 11:04 pm

      Well it is about 31 minutes from Andrews to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue so I hope there is some delays that prevents him from getting into DC until after midnight. Traffic. . . something

      • August 26, 2011 at 11:09 pm

        You’re cracking me up here nospin 😆

        • 49 nospin
          August 26, 2011 at 11:32 pm

          Chips – I am filled with righteous anger. Folks are hanging out in DC at the clubs and restaurants. My kids are hanging at the bowling alley with friends.

          I am not going to the grocery store until the morning because there is plenty of time before the hurricane hits. To begrudge this man a few more precious hours with family over petty made up drama . . . I don’t know how he does it. PO is a better man than most. He is long suffering with the patience of Job. I couldn’t do it.

          The hurricane is not expected to hit until tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. That is tomorrow evening. This is so wrong. When Congress went home on recess for the month, he stayed behind and worked. He went on a working vacation and had to deal with the situation in Libya. And all they required was the tools to and the chance to fight to make their own destinies.

          And here at home, all we are facing is a hurricane. The man made sure all efforts were coordinated and everyone was prepared even before he went on vacation. He touched base with State and Local officials and he himself spoke to the people on what they should do and updated them on resources available to make sure we are prepared. And still we begrudged him a few precious hours for what exactly?

          I don’t get it. When have we ever held any President to this standard? I know that this is a result of the talking heads and a few folks who are more concerned with imagery vs. understanding the value of work life balance. So I know it is petty but PO arriving in the District after midnight to me would represent him giving the middle finger to all this nonsense.

          • 50 jacquelineoboomer
            August 26, 2011 at 11:43 pm

            nospin – Not petty at all. You are spot on, with your righteous indignation. You are as good a spokesperson for President Obama as any on his team at the White House. If he weren’t “on vacation,” I’m sure he’d be here right now, thanking you for having his back.

          • August 26, 2011 at 11:48 pm

            Hi nospin, it kills me that they came back early, part of me wanted PO to announce – with middle finger raised – that he had decided to stay in Martha’s Vineyard for another week.

            But I do understand why he decided to come back, even if his location makes absolutely no material difference to the situation.

            I just think (bitter) memories are still so fresh about GWB’s ‘f**k you’ to the nation at times of crisis, when he carried on partying and choking on pretzels and falling off bikes. PO being back in DC is, I think, more symbolic than anything else, his presence there is reassuring, he’s the man in charge – even if he’d have been quite obviously in charge if he’d stayed in Martha’s Vineyard.

            But you’re 100% right, NO President has ever been held to this standard. It all makes my stomach churn, but just makes me crave his re-election even more. Because in his second term he’ll be much freer to tell the MSM, teabaggers and firebaggers to go **** themselves (only he’ll use slightly more diplomatic language, I suspect).

            • 52 HZ
              August 27, 2011 at 12:18 am

              Thanks Chips. This is why this family here is so special. You. We can discuss our feelings like nospin and all of us, for that matter with openess. I feel that you hit the nail on the head in your entire comment. I totally concur with you about how your stomach churns. You well know of all people that my is churning overtime because of the illness and the ugly treatment toward this President. But I cry, pray, and yell in my home (not always such gentle words, but it hurts like hell so much. You hit the key though in your last paragraph. He knows we have his back, and we must always. But this gives me also the fight to do all that I can to get him into his second term. He deserves that second term, and I do believe that a mighty grace will be favored to him to shine with a light that will blind these evil and hateful people. I really do believe it.HZ

            • 53 nospin
              August 27, 2011 at 12:34 am

              “I just think (bitter) memories are still so fresh about GWB’s ‘f**k you’ to the nation at times of crisis, when he carried on partying and choking on pretzels and falling off bikes.”

              I think we forget why folks were pissed at GWB. No one cared where Bush was during the time period that the hurricane occurred. There was absolutely nothing he could do about the storm so that was never the issue. The problem is what GWB did or should I say did not do AFTER the devastation especially in the poorer communities. The thing is there was a delayed response to responding to the tragedy and officials lost control over the whole situation. You had police officers defecting and some that remained were killing innocent people. You had bodies floating in the water, folks still trapped on roofs and in their homes, no food or water.

              Had state officials and other relevant members of the administration actually done their jobs (Bush was forewarned that the leeves could overflow and the disaster in New Orleans was preventable since it was caused by levees poorly designed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers) it would have been fine. Bush was warned that the leeves wouldn’t hold and he stayed on vacation a full day AFTER the cities devastation and the people were still without help. The local officials were begging for support in the msm with no response. So mismanagement and lack of preparation in the relief effort especially on the Federal level is the reason why GWB got slammed.

              What can I say. . . . it is difficult to watch.

              Senator Phil Gramm was right when he said we are a nation of whiners. Just frustrating. I am interested to see what happens after 2016.

              • 54 mb32
                August 27, 2011 at 8:37 am

                So true, its what GWB and Brownie didn’t do after the hurricane. That’s why when Mark Knoller was tweeting about the similarity of PBO’s actions to Bush prior to the hurricanes, I snarkily reminded him about the inexperience and incompetence of the FEMA director Bush appointed…if Knoller wanted to make comparisons, he should have compared that…

            • August 27, 2011 at 12:37 am

              People can’t shoot at you if you take their bullets!

            • 56 dotster
              August 27, 2011 at 1:06 am

              Yes, Chips, to every word.

            • 57 nospin
              August 27, 2011 at 1:08 am

              “Because in his second term he’ll be much freer to tell the MSM, teabaggers and firebaggers to go **** themselves (only he’ll use slightly more diplomatic language, I suspect).”

              well we know that will never happen. His mother and grand parents did too good a job.

              Thanks for allowing me to vent. Good night.

              • August 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm

                ‘well we know that will never happen’ **

                Nospin, I think I understand your frustrations with all those who are always so ready and overly willing to tell the President when to breathe, and how, and why, AND, after you wished for it, a small part of me was also hoping he would get in after midnight.

                **Re your response to the hope that the President tells them where to go in term 2, I confess I already see him doing that in the current term in his own very diplomatic way, and I for one LOVE it! He tells them all the time by the things he accomplishes so calmly, in spite of the obstacles they throw up. He tells them so when he makes decisions that they decry that then produce totally unexpected results (in their limited vision). A perfect example of him telling them so in his own inimitable way, IMO, was when he told Paul Ryan so about his budget plan TO HIS FACE and before the nation. The more I think about it, I think this President is already telling the MSM, firebaggers, teabaggers, etc. etc. what to do with themselves by his very MO (of brushing them off his shoulders) and proceeding calmly about the business of governing. IMO his method might not give some of his supporters the immediate gratification the actual words would, but it sure does rile up his opponents something fierce as they stumble around trying to make up the next hurdle over which they hope the President will fall. [By the way, we should also consider that the President’s way produces more lasting/meaningful impact – ex. OBL/ DADT – than the finger sign would 😉 .]

                Nospin, I know I rambled on in this comment when all I really was trying to say was ,’Chin up! We’ll get there in 2012; we have the BEST leader!’ OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!

          • 59 EDP4BHO
            August 27, 2011 at 12:09 am

            nospin, do you think he came back for reasons you reference, like optics? If so, I’m with you in that he could have stayed till Saturday. I am really hoping he did not listen to anyone or anything other than weather and flight officials who thought it safer to have flown tonight.

            • 60 jacquelineoboomer
              August 27, 2011 at 12:16 am

              Hey, guys, look at it this way. The President only gave up 43 minutes of his Friday night, to get home before his planned return date of Saturday.

              We can’t really see his middle finger, but I’m sure he was sending some signal to the haters before he turned in for the night.

              As am I.

              • 61 Puddin"
                August 27, 2011 at 3:11 am

                Did you (anyone) happen to watch Rachel tonight? I haven’t watched her since the NY same sex bill passed…but I tried tonight after rave reviews she got for the tea party segment. I tuned in when she was talking with Gov Bev Perdue…she told the GOVERNOR she was going to ask her about the relationship with the federal government (FEMA) and she wanted her to give a “very very very candid answer”…what was that about, did she think the GOVERNOR was going to lie (because she is a dem)? That was so unnecessary. See, this is why I stopped watching Rachel!!!!

                • August 27, 2011 at 8:28 am

                  Governor Perdue is my Governor, she is a very good Governor. I gain a lot of respect for her when the house Republicans tried to push through that voter ID bill and she veto it. And she also gets along with our President. When the President comes to N.C. she is right there at the airport to welcome him. She has never run away from him like some other Democrats have.

                  • 63 Puddin"
                    August 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm

                    I guess that why Rachel felt the need to tell Governor to be “very, very, very candid”…in other words she was telling the Governor, “I know you like/support PBO, you will even lie for him, but please be “very, very, candid”. I think it was very disrespectful!

            • 64 HZ
              August 27, 2011 at 12:26 am

              EDP4BHO, I believe in my heart the President made the decision based on the facts, thinking of his crew and their families, staff and their families as well. Remember, POB is always thinking of others. I deeply feel that in his heart, he always think of others , and how they will be affected. The MSM is going to always say shit about him no matter what. They choose not to think like us or the President. They do not even know Decency if it was standing right next to them. But we know a decent man who is our President. I think common sense tells us our TOD family that it all was considered in his final decision.HZ

              • 65 EDP4BHO
                August 27, 2011 at 1:05 am

                You’re so right. Saying good nite and if you are an East Coaster, please take all measures to stay safe, and we’ll be yappin it up on Sunday. 😀

            • 66 nospin
              August 27, 2011 at 12:47 am

              I think the President did all the hard work and could have returned early tomorrow. I hesitate at using the term optics but would lean more towards misguided pressure. I get it. . . I don’t have to like it but I get it.

              As I said, PO is a better person than I could ever be.

          • 68 LAPalm
            August 27, 2011 at 1:03 am

            Nospin..please dont forget the earthquake too…just amazing how Mr President holds it all together..The Lord truly knew in raising up Barack Obama for such a time as this was well planned this is just my opinion but I truly believe that nobody but him could stand under such trying times and not crack.

            Please Lord put a hedge of protection all around him in Jesus name

            • 69 EDP4BHO
              August 27, 2011 at 1:11 am

              “Please Lord put a hedge of protection all around him in Jesus name”

              In Jesus’ name, amen. Onward to victory. A coworker of mine caught another signifying about him having felt the quake in MV, saying “Well, I bet he felt that” in a mocking, snide manner. I told my friend coworker, PBO said he never even felt the tremor. Nasty people abound, and all for naught. Our Prez is cool as a cuke and he does indeed have a mandate. This I too believe. Good nite all and everyone on the East stay safe and sound.

            • 72 HZ
              August 27, 2011 at 1:37 am

              I always ask for that hedge of protection to be placed around him also LAPalm. We have to trust and ask for that each day for him and those leaders who are doing the right and good things for our country.HZ

          • 73 Puddin"
            August 27, 2011 at 1:42 am

            nospin, I am with you all the way on this one…it angers me too that everyone hold this man to a higher standard than the other president. As Michelle once said, “they keep moving the bar”. As an AA, I am angered more so by the CBC…how dare they!!!!!

          • 75 nathkatun7
            August 27, 2011 at 4:19 am

            Bless you nospin for speaking TRUTH!

          • August 27, 2011 at 8:58 am

            nospin, I agree with everything you said.

  14. August 26, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    I hope they have arrived home with a sense of having had a vacation but are happy to inhabit their own beds. Love them and only hope that we are spared another crisis in the days ahead. We already know this will seriously affect the economy. I just hope we don’t have a terrible death toll and extensive damage. My heart aches for President Obama and the enormous weight he carries every day.

  15. 79 Me4obama
    August 26, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Now I can sleep. Welcome home first family.

  16. August 26, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    They look gorgeous — rested, sunkissed, and warm.

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  17. August 26, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    They’re showing the arrival at the WH on MSNBC. They’re safely home 🙂 .

  18. 82 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    August 26, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    They look relaxed and happy. God bless them always.

  19. August 26, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    White House Press Corps tweet:
    BACK TO WORK – RT @jbendery The Obamas are back in DC. Landed on WH lawn at 11:17pm, says pool report.

    • August 27, 2011 at 8:19 am

      There ought to be no doubt who’s to blame for the gridlock in D,C. John Boehner, Eric Cantor, the House Tea Republicans, Mitch McConnell and the Republican Senators. All of them are to blame, because to them it is about defeating President Obama, they don’t give a darn about the poor and middle class.

  20. 86 HZ
    August 26, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Meta, and all of my family here, I carry your thoughts about his courage. Trust me there has never been a standard for ANY other President of the United States in my lifetime. NEVER. However, I am so grateful that he is being lifted up everyday with precious prayers by so many people. This is what keeps me going for them. My faith, the faith of all of you no matter what that spiritual core is for each of us., We carry with us, for them the “beautiful woven basket made of a beautiful faabric of all cultures in our country. Within that beautiful basket are the fruits of our spirits”: love, peace, courage, diligence in our focus, compassion for others, calmness in spirit, fight for what is good, and joy of knowing that God has given us a beautiful gift in this dear man , President Barack Obama. We give thanks and ask for mercies to be upon all during this hurricane. We humbly pray. HZ

    • 87 HZ
      August 26, 2011 at 11:59 pm

      meant to say: a standard like this.HZ

    • 88 bonkers
      August 27, 2011 at 12:26 am

      HZ: I’m not a religious person, but I like it when you and others here leave comments like that. Thanks.

      • 89 a4alice
        August 27, 2011 at 12:52 am

        It’s very calming thx

        • 90 HZ
          August 27, 2011 at 1:27 am

          A4Alice, we have a sweet and calm spirit about our TOD family here, and you are so right, it is very calming. Thanks to you as well. HZ

      • 91 HZ
        August 27, 2011 at 1:24 am

        Bonkers, you have a beautiful spirit within you, and that will take you to that core of the love that gives you a reason to feel the love that we see that our President has for all of us. So thanks for your comment. Bonkers, I have cried most of the day with tears of anguish in my heart for people who I have never met, but I know in my core, I love them. We all carry around with us seeds to plant for a harvest of beautiful fruit, or rotten and tainted ugly fruit. I think is is more difficult for us to do our planting when the evil and mean spirited planters are knocking, and running all through our gardens. That is when it really hurts, but I keep crying, and believing that I will get through it with my little faith in something that is so beautiful and good that will hopefully help others. If I can leave those seeds on this earth in my life, then the tears shed have been worth it. I always remember it takes some watering for the growth. . HZ

  21. 92 jacquelineoboomer
    August 27, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Did a quick flip of cable news channels, and who do I see but CNN’s old ambulance chaser and Gloria Vanderbilt’s son Anderson Cooper, who claims he’s “standing at the southernmost tip of the island of Manhattan.” Yeah, we see you, Anderson. You’re so brave, there’s got to be a Pulitzer in it for you one of these days.

    That guy just frosts me, with his self-directed puffery. Does he not realize how ridiculous he is?

    End of personal rant.

    • 93 HZ
      August 27, 2011 at 1:05 am

      Hi JB, it is okay for your personal rant. I just hope that you are safe where you are. We will just keep good thoughts, steady prayers in our hearts for all who are in harms way of this hurricane. There are so many other ways Mr. Cooper could be useful especially in his position. I hope and pray he will realize that it is not always about the camera shot for many of us. Sleep well and be as safe as you can. HZ

    • 94 Puddin"
      August 27, 2011 at 1:46 am

      I guess getting beat up a few months back wasn’t enough for him…he must really want that Pulitzer really bad. Poor thang!

    • 95 Fred
      August 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      Sara Sidner from CNN covering Libya has more cojones in her than the Silver Fox 🙄

    • 97 HZ
      August 27, 2011 at 1:08 am

      Hi Desertflower. Thanks for the article. I did go over and read it, and I must say it is something to really think about and follow. Thanks for the post. Hope you are well also. HZ

  22. 98 prettyfoot58
    August 27, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    yes they are!!,,,,hahahahaha

  23. 99 Ann_T
    August 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    PBO is an outstanding leader. I just saw him at a FEMA briefing. He is making sure that everything that needs to be done, is getting done. Sounds like they are proactively reaching out to the states impacted by Irene. I’m in Maryland. Our worst time is probably about 4 hours away. Not 100% sure. I’m staying on top of the news. Hope everyone is safe.

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