the longest day

Night everyone – thank you all for your kind words, and for being so civil on a difficult day. You’re seriously good people.


A woman hugs President Barack Obama as he greets guests following a ceremony commemorating the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks against the United States, at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

59 Responses to “the longest day”

  1. September 11, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Thank you, Chipstick. Sweet Dreams.

  2. 2 JoJothecat
    September 11, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Thank you Chipstick for a wonderful day of rememberance. God Bless our President, first lady, and all the TOD family!

  3. 3 jacquelineoboomer
    September 11, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    As are you, Chips! Thanks for everything. This saved all of us, big time, from having to find this stuff via the jackals.

  4. 4 Doris
    September 11, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you Ms. Chipsticks. Have a restful night.

  5. September 11, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    We all started this day praying that our president and his beautiful wife would be safe. And, now, as I hope they’re back in the White House and calling it a night, we can offer a lot of silent gratitude for keeping them safe and many thanks to Chipsticks for allowing us to spend the whole day’s journey with them. I really feel that I, too, have been to New York, Shanksville, the Pentagon , the National Cathedral and the Kennedy Center. What a day! Good night to all.

    • 6 jacquelineoboomer
      September 11, 2011 at 11:16 pm

      Beautifully put, Jackie. Yes, I’m hoping the President and First Lady are safely home, and possibly sleeping like babies at this hour!

      Maybe we should all go to whitehouse.gov and send them a note of thanks.

    • 7 anniebella
      September 12, 2011 at 6:04 am

      Jackie Grumbacher, I couldn’t have said it better. We are blessed to have our President and First Lady.

  6. 8 maritza
    September 11, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I had to capture it all VIA Chipsticks/whithehouse.gove/live today and what a day it was!

    Thank you Ms. Chipsticks!

  7. 9 Mary Gray
    September 11, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Thank you so much fr your work today. I too followed along today and also feel like I “was there”. Chipsticks you do make a difference.

  8. September 11, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    How can we thank you Chips? You have been amazing with your coverage all day. This place is so special — thank you for creating and cultivating it.

    I am so grateful that today’s events went off without any major hitches. Grateful that Barack and Michelle Obama are in the White House. Grateful that they were warmly received today and that they made it back home safely.n Grateful that bin Laden is dead and not able to enjoy the 10th anniversary of his handiwork. Grateful for the American Spirit that, although battered and bruised, seemed to be alive today.

    Nothing to do except keep moving forward. Onward and upward.

  9. 12 taiping1
    September 11, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Thank you Ms. Chipsticks for your tireless energy, dedication, and passion in creating such a wonderful community and for bringing together words and images from today. What makes me such a committed supporter of our president and first lady is their grace, compassion, and embodiment of the American dream. He also finds a way to express what is best in us and to give voice to the promise of our ideals. So thank you, thank you, thank you!

  10. September 11, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Off-topic: There is a week long boycott of DailyKos going on, called by a member of Black Kos (Robinswing of SistahSpeak) protesting the disproportionate “purging” by kos of African-American posters over there. Kos is just ridiculous and the site is being run over by firebaggers, passive aggressive idiots, and paid trolls but he’s too dumb and lacking in self-awareness to do anything about it.

    I recommended this site to folks looking for an alternative, so be ready in case we get a few new visitors 😆

    Good night, TOD Family! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    • 14 sjterrid
      September 11, 2011 at 11:39 pm

      One of the people that was banned is now posting on The Peoples View, he has a diary up now. I saw a lot of familiar names posting there today. Someone commented that Robinswing was banned after she posted about the boycott.

      Good night Chips and TOD family, and thank you for making this site such a great place to come to everyday.

    • 15 JoJothecat
      September 12, 2011 at 12:02 am

      Yep saw that and I won’t be going back…ever.

    • 16 therehastobeaway
      September 12, 2011 at 1:30 am

      Glad to have discovered this site via your comment. I’m one of the boycotters and may never return there. Sad situation overall but happy for this serendipitous find! 🙂

    • 17 MoObama
      September 12, 2011 at 8:19 am

      So what is a progressive, a tea-bag leftist? I never saw anything progressive from that bunch.

  11. 18 vitaminlover
    September 11, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Let’s all rest well and look forward to a bright future for us all.

  12. 19 HZ
    September 11, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I am grateful to Chipsticks and all of our TOD Family here. Chips gave us so much all throughout this day, and that means that Chips has to also be trying to process all of this as well. So get some rest and sleep, Chips. To the rest of my TOD Family members, take the time also to process all of this today as you find in your own quiet way to do so. We give thanks for President Obama, our beautiful First Lady, and Vice President and Jill Biden for all of their love as well. May we take from these ceremonies today, a heart to love deeper and fuller. May our pain be turned into more courage, patience, and prayers to be the best that we can be in this nation and in this world. May we carry the words of, “Thank you for your help.” I am grateful for each of your hugs that come my way. I send back to each of you loving hugs filled with loving energies from within my heart. I love you all very much,HZ

  13. 20 m
    September 11, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Chips, you are such a treasure. How can we ever put into words a THANK YOU that is enormous enough to express all of the love and appreciation we have for you? You are such an unsung hero. You are always so humble but i do hope you know how the TOD blog followers think of you like a MEGA ROCK STAR! Your gift to our country is SO great. Much love and admiration to you!

  14. 21 a4alice
    September 11, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Thanks Chips. I had to go into work today and didn’t get home till late this evening so I missed the whole day but was able to catch up here. You’ve done so much thanks for all your hard work. Much appreciated. It’s a strange feeling. It’s been 10 years yet in some ways it really doesn’t seem that long ago at all. I still get very emotional when hearing someone talk about what happened or see footage of what happened that day.

    Goodnight everyone. sleep well.

  15. 22 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    September 11, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Chips your WORK is unmatched. I have been to other Progressive sites since BWD went on haitus and nothing matches your fierce dedication, thorough coverage, and balanced reporting of all things Barack Hussein Obama. What would I and we do without you. Get some rest my dear and thanks for all you do. I pray that if you need help with maintaining the site that you seek qualified person/persons to work with you so you don’t suffer BURN OUT. I know this must be a LOT of work. Goodnight and KEEP HOPE ALIVE!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

  16. September 11, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I thought 20/20 had a very special program tonight with many moving segments. Diane Sawyer brought together all those babies who were born after 9/11, their fathers lost in the tragedy—-now 10 yrs. old, cute interviews with them and their moms, all looking so much like the dads they never got to know. They brought together those from famous photos of the day, rescuers who had come to the aid of those harmed, and interviewed spouses of those lost who never thought they would find love again, and did. It was just an inspiring program, the resilience of the human spirit, the basic goodness in people.

    • 24 jacquelineoboomer
      September 11, 2011 at 11:18 pm

      I only saw the part of 20/20 where the 9/11 spouses had found new love in their lives, and that was extremely well done.

  17. 25 jacquelineoboomer
    September 11, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    I happened to watch the news this hour on the local (Central Illinois) CBS channel … there was coverage of the ceremonies at all three 9/11 sites today. The only politicians mentioned who were in attendance were: President Obama and Vice President Biden. And they showed the President as he participated in the wreath laying ceremonies at Shanksville and The Pentagon, before they covered local ceremonies.

    No mention of … er … the 2001 politicians. That’s all I’ll say about that.

  18. 31 chiara
    September 11, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    That picture of the First Lady with her hand on the back of the President who has his hand on the back of a man in the crowd……..sort of says it all…….she is his rock and he is ours.

    • September 11, 2011 at 11:40 pm

      I noticed that photo too—-and look at Barack and Michelle’s hands—-they look so similar and similarly placed—-meaningful photo. And I loved how President Obama was really clutching that sweet little girl’s hand who was looking up at him so happily. He’s just the best president ever.

      • 33 chiara
        September 12, 2011 at 1:20 am

        He really is, and I can’t sing enough praise for what an truly transformational First Lady Michelle Obama has been and will be. They are both wonderful.

    • 34 Sue in Minnesota
      September 12, 2011 at 12:53 am

      They both have such beautiful hands. And with those hands they serve so many. We are graced by their love and commitment to America.

  19. 36 utaustinliberal
    September 11, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Thank you Chipsticks for your coverage of today’s events. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster and it’s been so heartbreaking watching family members grieve once again for their loved ones. I thank you for not making today about politics or partisanship; tomorrow is time enough for that. I thank you for your phenomenal video and photographic coverage. It has been poignant, stellar, heartbreaking, and yet respectful. I thank you for this haven that you’ve created; because on a day like this it was sorely needed. Finally, I thank you for your unvarnished coverage of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama; the comfort they provided to people today will not be forgotten. Goodnight friend, get some rest and I’ll see you bright and early tomorrow.

  20. 38 carolyn
    September 11, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Saying prayers of thanksgiving for their safety today, and that no threats materialized. President Obama worked very hard today to roll back the fear that has been ginned up for so long. His courage and compassion are a beacon for all of us.
    Yes, that picture of the First Lady and the President and the an is a wonderful chain of strength and grace.

  21. 39 hopefruit2
    September 11, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Thanks Chips for such a comprehensive and poignant pictorial coverage of 911 commemoration with our First Couple and the gatherings of people who were affected by the tragedy. Your coverage on this site was far superior to any of the cable news’ reports. Have a wonderful evening and I look forward to seeing our President on the road with his jobs plan as the bill goes to congress for passage this week.

  22. 40 Gc
    September 11, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    YOU are a seriously good blog owner.

    With love and respect, g

  23. 41 meabloom
    September 12, 2011 at 12:01 am

    After a very long day I am so happy to be here with you all. Thank you soooooo much Chips for all the updates. Where would I be without you??
    I am so thankful that the President and First Lady got through today safely. God must have heard my prayers. They are simply beautiful inside and out.
    God bless you all.


  24. 42 anniebella
    September 12, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Let me join the gang and say thank you to you Chipsticks. Even though it was remembering a sad event, it was so wonderful to see the President and First Lady, being our comforters in chief. I just love seeing them interact with people, and I love the special moments we see between them. We are bless to have them as our President and First Lady.

  25. 44 Sue in Minnesota
    September 12, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Namaste to each and everyone who gather here.

  26. 46 CEB
    September 12, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Just wanted to join in conveying my thanks to Chips for the best coverage, from site to site, of this day. You always give us your best.
    I am so thankful that everyone was safe, especially POTUS and FLOTUS.
    Good night everyone.

  27. 47 desertflower
    September 12, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Thank you for your hard work today and everyday.I didn’t comment much today, but I was here. Remembering this day in my own quiet way. Honored and proud to have such a tremendous President and First Lady.

  28. September 12, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Thanks, Chips; I also spent time remembering the Canadians who lost their lives, plus, the Canadian firefighters & the dogs who went to help.
    Felt the genuine comfort of PBO & FLOTUS.

  29. 49 zizi
    September 12, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Thanks Chips for doing a yeo-person’s job. Kudos

  30. September 12, 2011 at 1:11 am

    I can’t thank you enough Chip Gal. I know I would love our President and First Lady even without you, but you let us actually see them. We see their heart and their love. I appreciate being in company with others who realize how blessed we are to have this couple. Goodnight from the West Coast.

  31. September 12, 2011 at 2:02 am

    nite from west coast Canada

  32. 52 Debz
    September 12, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Thank you chips for your tireless work, especially today. You provided us a place to see everything our President and First Lady did today. And it was a very long day!

  33. 53 lmrj
    September 12, 2011 at 2:20 am

    THANK YOU… THANK YOU… THANK YOU CHIPS!!! As the saying goes, “One picture is worth a thousand words.” Well, you have given us TODers Wikipedia volumes today! If not for your TOD site today and C-SPAN for the concert this evening, I would have been totally out of luck, because I REFUSE to participate in the frustration of watching the MSM/FOXlite lack of coverage. I did watch my local news this evening and they did a fair job of unbiased coverage.

    Slightly OT: I’ve also noticed that on most occasions when photos are taken of POTUS and FLOTUS, whether they’re traveling somewhere or greeting the throngs of people scrambling to see them, everywhere they go, they do so hand-in-hand. I see it as a metaphor for how they proceed in life; HAND-IN-HAND, joined together as unified and strong partners in life. Prevalent in most photos. PBO has called MO his rock and the love of his life. Admirably, it shows. Peter Souza is a genius! He’s great at capturing the honesty of their relationship.

    OT: I wish Hillary would shut Bill down and tell him that his time has passed.

  34. 54 lmrj
    September 12, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Over 4,000,000 HITS!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS CHIPS!!!

  35. September 12, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I just read the hill website and Pete Sessions and Marsha Blackburn said they don’t want to give the President any wins and they got him on the ropes! And that he will be the one to blame for the Economy not them!
    Well, their it is in a nutshell for you all!

  36. 56 tnmtngirl
    September 12, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Well, just added another phone call today–Ms. Blackburn’s office. She’s not my representative, but is from TN. I’ve called her office before so will add that to my list. There are couple other TN reps who were interviewed regarding the AJA–typical ‘talking points’ and lies so they were already on my list. Senator Alexander, too. He said the same thing he did on local TV last week “This president has made the economy worse.” I called his office and gave them four questions I wanted factual data from. ***All will prove he is wrong. Of course, I haven’t gotten a return call and won’t. Soooo, I’ll be calling his office again today with a follow-up.

    • September 12, 2011 at 8:24 am

      The hill poll says the same thing, that swing voters say the President made the economy worse!
      Luckily, we all know the GOP will not pass the jobs bill, but it allows him to campaign on it with a powerful message and using WH funds while doing it!
      Also, the same poll blames the GOP more than the president for the economy, which the GOP ignores!

  37. September 12, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Oops….forgot to sign in. Bet my comment won’t post. Sorry! Was about calling Ms. Blackburn’s office and Senator Alexander today………

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