more souza/appleton genius

President Obama holds a baby as he arrives for lunch at the Old Market Deli in Cannon Falls, Minn., during a three-day bus tour in the Midwest, Aug. 15 (Pete Souza)

President Obama greets children from the Valleyland Kids summer program outside a school in Chatfield, Minn., Aug. 15. (Pete Souza)

President Obama greets people outside the Old Market Deli in Cannon Falls, Minn. Aug. 15 (Samantha Appleton)

President Obama waves to people along a road in Harmony, Minn., Aug. 15 (Pete Souza)

President Obama greets people at Nancy’s restaurant in Oak Bluffs, Mass., Aug. 21 (Pete Souza)

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56 Responses to “more souza/appleton genius”

  1. September 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    these are beautiful Ms. Chips. thank you 🙂

  2. 4 hopefruit2
    September 9, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Very nice! Granny is hugging our President for dear life 🙂 Thanks Chips!

    • September 9, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      Yes she is…

      And, PBHO *IS* lovin’ it! 😉

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!

    • 6 Obama Grandmama
      September 9, 2011 at 8:51 pm

      Boy would I love to be able to hug him too! I thought my chance would have been in ’09 at an Inaugural Ball my daughter got us a ticket to as I went to DC with two tickets for the Inauguration. She got me a ticket for the Ball for my Xmas present. BUT…. that was one of the balls he did not attend. I had my photo taken next to a lifesize poster instead. 😦

  3. 8 Me4obama
    September 9, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Yes Pete Can. I sent him thank you tweets this afternoon. He works very hard for us.

  4. 9 utaustinliberal
    September 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Wow. Just wow. These pictures are breathtakingly gorgeous because Souza and Appleton capture the humanity in people. It’s not just pretty fluff pictures; each frame tells a story.

  5. 11 collegekay
    September 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    OMG the one with the little baby. How adorable!!

  6. 13 Doris
    September 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Chris and Rev. Al did a good job today for the President. Feels good. Waiting to see what Lawrence has to say. Fired up and ready to go!!! Yes, yes, yes.

    • 14 jacquelineoboomer
      September 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      So, it’s “safe” to watch Chris? One never knows where that wild-eyed man is going.

      • 15 Doris
        September 9, 2011 at 7:49 pm

        Yes, lol, I think so. Deep down I love Chris. He seems to be out of his “I’m in love with Michelle Bachman” mode. I don’t know what gets him all hyped up and political. It seems like his pragmatic side has returned. I think he sees what a mess the Republicans made of the debt ceiling talks etc., and is fed up like the rest of us the the T- party antics. He also knows that they are pure obstructionists and that’s not what we need right now. So I’m back.

        • 16 jacquelineoboomer
          September 9, 2011 at 7:54 pm

          Deep down, I’ve always loved Chris, too. But when he bashes the President, he frosts me so much I could throw something at him! Hope he has had a change of heart, and is “back on board.” 🙂

  7. September 9, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Has any other president had so many young children just “lov” on him? They see his beauty only the way children can… with no politics or hate.
    You know guys…sometimes I can’t believe how fortunate we are to have this man and his beautiful family in the White House.

    • 19 chiara
      September 9, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      I truly love how open he is to people’s affection. Not only does he let kids hang on him he seems to enjoy it and enjoys engaging them in a genuine way, not as a “politician” but just naturally as a dad. He holds people’s hands, gives them a warm embrace when they are upset, high fives them when they are excited…….obviously I could go on and on but the point is I have never in my lifetime seen a president who was this open to receiving and giving affection, it’s absolutely wonderful and makes me so proud of what a fine human being he is.

      • September 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm

        His mom and his grandparents would be so proud of him. The president epitomises christianity: thoughtul, kind, trustworthy, respectful of others who don’t agree with him, attentive to the needs of his family and staff, humble, faithful to his vows and the duties of his office, ethical,polite to all the haters and honest with the people of these United States.

  8. 22 P
    September 9, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Daddy Obama….always make me 🙂

  9. September 9, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Please forgive me. I have been gone all day today, but I just saw this on twitter in this video where Maddow calls PBO a boy king? What’s that all about. She started out the segment looking like she was showing what he promised to.



    • 24 Doris
      September 9, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      I did watch Rachel last night and thought she was pretty good. I stopped watching her a while ago, but I thought she referred to his youthful look vs now as she noted at the beginning. She probably could have left that out, but I didn’t find the comment racist, but just probably in poor taste. I wasn’t offended though. Really, I gave MSNBC kudos for last night except for ED. He’s got a burr someplace.

      • September 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm

        Thanks Doris. Appreciate it. Because it looked to me from the clip she was showing what he promised to do, then she came up with the boy king bit.

        I am just so tired of the disrespect PBO receives so I guess my meter was up a bit.

  10. September 9, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    That photo of President Obama as the Pied Piper of Kids lets me know that the future is bright.

    • 27 LunarSea
      September 9, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      That is exactly what I thought when I saw that picture with him walking with all the kids, e.g. He’s the pied piper president.

  11. 28 jacquelineoboomer
    September 9, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Just watching replay of Rev. Al’s show, where it was announced that the NBC News Twitter account was hacked — “reports of an attempted attack at Ground Zero were FALSE.” Does anyone have any info on this? I’ll start looking around.

  12. September 9, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I just love the photos, especially the Valleyland Kids with the young boy hugging his waist. Everyone wants to hug him and touch him. I can never see too many pictures of him with people as he visits. Everyone is so open in their feelings.

    I ran across a darling picture of the President holding a very happy young boy. It’s a great picture.


    Thanks for sharing the love, Chipsticks.

    • 31 Doris
      September 9, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      That’s one of my favorites. That little man was in heaven. 😀

    • 32 P
      September 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm

      This man just does something to kids. It’s amazing the way they love him. Thanks for sharing Suzanne 🙂

      • 33 Obama Grandmama
        September 9, 2011 at 9:01 pm

        Kids? He does something to old ladies too. When I attended a rally in ’08 I found my normally reserved self standing in the bleachers doing a huge princess wave, screaming, and yelling as he entered onto the stage. What’s with that? It just happened automatically. Lots of people find themselves uncontrollably drawn to him. I dare say many find themselves hating on him for no apparent reason too. I just keep praying for his safety and that we can have him in office a second term. I felt good in that I made calls to my three legislators home offices and DC offices and emailed them at both places to Pass the American Jobs Bill!

        • 34 P
          September 9, 2011 at 10:33 pm

          “Kids? He does something to old ladies too.” hahahaha you’re right Obama Grandmama and young ladies and old men and little babies and cute dogs and sweet puppies and………

  13. September 9, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    These pictures are amazingly beautiful. New have we had a President who is so lovable and touchable. That picture of the Children is very moving. I wonder what he was saying?

  14. 37 lamh34
    September 9, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    OT, but 31 million people watched Obama’s Job Speech last night!

    Having the speech before the game was a good idea, and I contend that more people watched it because of the “speech-timing” kerfluffle. If Boehner was trying to “trick” POTUS by having the speech the same day as NFL kick-off, it certainly backfired.


  15. 38 carolyn
    September 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    The picture of the president with the little boy in the striped shirt, brought tears of joy to my eyes. Such trust! His daddy looks mighty proud and happy too!

  16. 39 lamh34
    September 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    here’e the write up from reuters:

    Obama’s Thursday night address to a joint session of Congress drew a bigger audience than both his March speech on U.S. military involvement in Libya (25.6 million) and his August 2010 speech declaring the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq (29.2 million)

    Nielsen ratings data showed that 31.4 million viewers watched Obama’s address on jobs, which was carried live across 11 TV networks.

    The TV audience, however, fell well short of the more than 56 million who watched the president announce the killing of Osama bin Laden in May.

    Shortly after Obama closed his remarks, 27.2 million people watched the professional football’s NFL kick off its season. Nielsen said the season opener between the Saints and the Packers on NBC was the second most-watched NFL regular season primetime game on any one network in 15 years.


    More people watched the speech than the actual NFL kickoff game by about 4 million

    • 40 LunarSea
      September 9, 2011 at 10:49 pm

      And since it was the second most watched NFL blah blah game, you have to figure that a lot of those viewers were hold overs from the speech. No? But then again really good teams. Not meaning to diminish their own draw potential but it’s a possibility

  17. 41 carolyn
    September 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    lamh, I totally agree with you, and have said so to some other people and on another thread. Great minds…..! Boehner will never be able to get ahead of our President!

  18. 42 Doris
    September 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Chips, it never fails, you always know how to bring us back to a happy place after we have had a long tough week supporting and loving this President. We appreciate you so much for this warm and cozy place. Where’s HZ, she always says it better than me. Thanks. 😀

    • September 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      Ah Doris, thank you so much, but it’s never hard to find good news and beautiful images – mine is an easy job 😉

      • 44 Doris
        September 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm

        You make it look easy, but we know it’s a lot of work running a blog with this many folks and it seems like you’re getting more and more baby chicks all the time, lol. And you know how baby chicks are, we’re all over the place, but we run to Mama Chips when the foxes come. We run here under your wings, lol. We thank you much.

    • 45 HZ
      September 10, 2011 at 2:23 am

      My Sweet Doris, you can say it so beautifully all the time. And I pray and thank almighty for our beautiful Chips each and everyday I am alive here. We love her so very much, and we totally appreicate how she knows how and when to come in and clam us with such lovely photos, words, and encouragement to stay focus on our mission here. I love you very much , my lovely Doris for your passion and wisdom within our Tod family.HZ

  19. September 9, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Wow! Now, the FBI is searching the solar company that went bankrupt, after the DOE gave them 535 million! They think that they cooked the books and deceived the DOE!

  20. September 9, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Our most beloved President ever. As much as they try to tag Clinton the “People’s President” and every revered name under the sun in an attempt to make our guy seem aloof or out of touch, one can’t help but notice the very natural way people of ALL ages and races just gravitate to him! You have to be blind or ignorant/bitter not to admit that. Nothing staged, nothing forced. No pretense. Just Obama being Obama. It’s a beautiful thing to see!

    • September 9, 2011 at 8:42 pm

      “Our most beloved President ever. …”

      Yes he is!

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
      YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!

    • 51 EDP4BHO
      September 9, 2011 at 8:49 pm

      Yes, PBO is the REAL People’s President, and ” President of the World “. Hear that Chris Matthews?

    • 52 chiara
      September 9, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      Couldn’t agree more! I think because he is cool under pressure because he is thoughtful and calm the mindless media has labeled it “aloof” which really couldn’t be farther from the truth. But then often times our media isn’t really looking for the truth.

  21. 53 obamamama1
    September 9, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    [first time comment posting] I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your blog. It is my talisman, my touchstone, my zen, I check it out every day, throughout the day, these photos lift me. I am so enamored with this president and his family, the example they set, and above all, the inspiration! I’ve read Mr. Obama’s books, I’ve followed his rise in politics, I cannot think of anyone better to be running things right now, and last night’s speech knocked me OUT! Several of us watched it at work and at the end, there was applause heard throughout the office! (I know, I know, we weren’t working). I look forward to the way he gets the American Jobs Act done because as we know, he has an uncanny ability to produce sunshine out of clouds. That smile does it for me! I honestly can’t see HOW the Republicans can get the narrative back, the reviews are in, the play has had its debut, and now WE THE PEOPLE will decide and help him get it done. A thrilling time we’re living in and I’m proud to be a part of it. Thank you again, and I hope to post more often (busy working, and grateful for that!)…

    • 54 utaustinliberal
      September 9, 2011 at 10:59 pm

      Hello obamamama1 Welcome to the family officially! Thanks for your kind words and I hope you leave more comments in the future. 🙂

      • 55 obamamama1
        September 10, 2011 at 12:00 am

        Thank you so much for your welcome, We are in the midst of an amazing time. I enjoyed watching the 2008 debates with a friend who watched NO TV NO NEWS (which I don’t either, preferring to pick and choose with NYT on Sunday), and we watched the debates together. When something came up (e.g., “Senator Obama doesn’t understand…”), I’d offer anxiety, she’d say, “Don’t worry, he’s going to win, we are in a transformative period…”) She turned it off the MOMENT the speech ended. No pundits. I had never experienced that. “I don’t need those people to tell me how I feel about what he said,” she said. Can you imagine? I found it so noble (and *searched like crazy* when I got home, hahaha)…

  22. 56 HZ
    September 10, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Welcome obamamama1. Elated to have you here and I hope that you will find this to be a very special home to enjoy such a beautiful family who feel as deeply as you do about our President. Keep coming back, please. Feel at home with all of the intellect, compassion, caring hearts, and total respect for our President and each other. We also love our Chipsticks who gives us so much daily to enjoy and engage in conversations that explore the goodness in each of us as we converse and share the facts. Welcome.HZ

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