Sam Kass

First Lady Michelle Obama in the White House garden during the fall harvest, October 5. The First Lady invited students from local area Elementary Schools to help.

92 Responses to “harvest”

  1. October 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I really love seeing our First Lady with the children of DC Public schools. This is the first administration that I can remember that really interacted with the people of the District.

  2. 2 PoliticalJunkessa
    October 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Maybe she’ll wear her green gardening gloves 😉 .

  3. 6 ber6964
    October 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I love how comfortable the kids are with the First Lady!!!

  4. 9 Doris
    October 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Can someone tweet Martin Bashir and let him know there are demonstrations in D.C. Thanks FiredUpinCA. thanks.

    • 10 dotster3
      October 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm

      I think he has been great lately, exposing truths. I’m not sure what to think about these demonstrations yet either. I see now that the Repubs are trying to say that it is proof of Obama’s failed leadership—-look at all these unhappy people. And I think Michael Smerconish made a good point that many looking on at home, so far at least, may not be able to identify with what they’re seeing there, even if their sentiments are the same. Of course the media always plucks out the fringiest looking people to showcase and the goofiest behavior—-the whole zombie thing was weird and a turn off. I’m not sure which way this is going to go yet. Agree with what utaustinliberal wrote earlier. Don’t know if it’s going to end up being helpful or hurtful. I saw one interview today with one of the original organizers who seemed to be hinting at a 3rd party movement. So—–I don’t think people know exactly what to make of it yet.

  5. 11 LOL
    October 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm


    Nicolle Wallace: Mentally Ill Character Is Based On Palin

    In her new novel, “It’s Classified,” former McCain campaign adviser Nicolle Wallace freely admits that she based her protagonist, a mentally unfit vice president, on former GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin.

    In an interview with Time, Wallace states: “She was often withdrawn, uncommunicative and incapable of performing even the most basic tasks required of her job as McCain’s running mate.”

    Wallace goes on to say that there were discussions about whether, if McCain were to win the election, “it would be appropriate for her to be sworn in.”

    • 12 JoJothecat
      October 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      WOW….that is scary. These people deliberately put this woman on the ticket and did not have the guts to say she is unfit to be 2nd in command. I would have quit and encouraged others to do the same. This is not Wal Mart or some other job that does not affect billions of lives. Palin’s incompetence would be affected worldwide not just in america. Holy crap.

      • October 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm

        Hey, I’m not so sure I’d want Sarah Palin in charge of Wal Mart. either.

      • 19 meabloom
        October 5, 2011 at 3:47 pm

        That’s CRAZY and SCARY. It only shows that they don’t have the best interest of the American People in mind. Thank God for Biden!

        • 20 theo67
          October 5, 2011 at 6:00 pm

          Bingo – didn’t they have a duty to the country to remove her from the ticket before she had a chance to win? They probably would have been respected if they’d admitted to the mistake and picked someone else – they still would have lost, but at least they wouldn’t look like selfish traitors to their country, too.

      • 21 Me4obama
        October 5, 2011 at 4:05 pm

        Damn it 😯 Reading this make me MORE furious. What a broken record quitter in chief is!!!

    • 22 Linda
      October 5, 2011 at 4:35 pm

      Yes…but didn’t Wallace make the character a Democrat in her book ? I think I heard her say that .

    • 23 dotster3
      October 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm

      I wonder if that was put out there to kibosh the new rumblings I’ve seen about the opportunity for Palin to jump in, that she may provide the excitement that the Repub candidates lack, especially after their momentous, huge disappointment with Christie’s decision.

    • 24 Uche
      October 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm

      This says a lot more about McCain than it does about Palin.

      • 25 theo67
        October 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm

        This is true – and it says a lot about the character of all those who were around McCain.I don’t know how they can call themselves “patriots”. And it also tells you how far these Republicans are willing to go to win. It makes the whole furor over flagpins seem even more monumentally hypocritical.

  6. 26 Doris
    October 5, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Forgive me Chips for posting this one, but this just makes me mad. thanks. Anyone with any of these banks, please consider dropping them. I just dropped BOA since being with them and its affiliates back in the 80’s. These are horrible, horrible people. Le’s all help to bring them down. BOA is beginning to suffer from folks leaving.

    JPMorgan, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Accused Of Overcharging Military Veterans


  7. 29 meabloom
    October 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Very cool to watch. I loved how FLOTUS interacted with the kids. She got out there bare handed and help pull peppers and potatoes. The kids loved her as well. She talked about what they were doing and why. They also talked about ants and worms and that they come from the ground. LOL. One little girl even told her a pepper joke. Really Cute.


  8. 30 JoJothecat
    October 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I am trying to convince my Mom (senior citizen) to switch banks. Citibank said they are charging her $10 a month. I want to get her with my CU but she is so stuborn and distrustful.

    • 31 jacquelineoboomer
      October 5, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      Most senior citizens have some kind of direct deposit and sometimes feel it’s a pain changing all that, which is why they often need to be gently encouraged until they see that it’s worth it. Not me (also a senior citizen), of course: I LOVE CHANGE. 🙂

  9. 33 anniebella
    October 5, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    So proud to have her as my First Lady.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm


  11. 35 JoJothecat
    October 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    It’s raining cats and dogs in So. Cal but it looks like a beautiful fall day in D.C.

  12. October 5, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Chips, thanks for this, thanks for keeping this site a positive place

  13. 38 Fred
    October 5, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    oh for cripes sake the kids were tying the shoes of our FLOTUS.that wouldn’t surprise me if I see on the “news” later today that the FLOTUS was practicing “child labor” 🙄

  14. October 5, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Apologies if this has already been posted. Mrs. O’s very beautiful, sweet and grateful words to the Secret Service agency this morning:


  15. 49 Me4obama
    October 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Oh My!! I just finished watching FLOTUS and MY Eye Candy Sam Kass. That my friend is what I call a PERFECT DAY.

    • October 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm

      This is my favorite thing to watch at the White House. It reminds me of my childhood. There is nothing like fresh veggies. 🙂

      • 51 jacquelineoboomer
        October 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm

        Hi, COS! I’m not interested in domestic challenges like gardening, but my Mother loved fresh veggies from her own! Once, I did bring her a huge bag of “Jersey tomatoes” (a gift from a friend at work) and she smiled and said, “Never come home empty handed!” She’d also spend half of her grocery shopping time (while I was waiting) in the produce section, but even that is a fond memory now!

    • October 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      Sam Kass is a total gift. Whew!!

  16. October 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    WHOA. DO NOT go to the WHtweetup #askmichelle hashtag. It’s full of truly ugly filth. Republicans are disgusting people. Just horrible stuff.

    • 58 anniebella
      October 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm

      meta, this world is fill with good and bad folks. These people are racists, they are not nice people, and mostly they have nothing in their lives, sitting on the computer attacking this kind hearted, lovely black woman makes them happy. How sad and how racists. But to hell with them. I’m proud of Mrs. Obama.

  17. 59 HZ
    October 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Those who are showing their ugly sides as human beings are just plain mean spirited people. Evilness is all over the place, but we will move in love, and forgiveness as much as humanly possible. It is so difficult at times, but goodness always prevails over evil. We may not see it fast enough, but it will come. We are Pressing On.HZ

  18. 60 Me4obama
    October 5, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Someone call 911 for me. Pic No. 5.

    • October 5, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      M4O and UT – share this:

      Cough, bonus pics:

      • October 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm

        OMG, I’m laughing so hard I have tears streaming down my face!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 64 utaustinliberal
        October 5, 2011 at 5:31 pm

        omg! omg! omg! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That picture of him in the sweater and jeans. *FAINTS DEAD AWAY* We need a Sam Kass thread. How do the women at the whitehouse get anything done? As they say………… Sam Kass can get it…. ALL OF IT! 😉

      • 69 dotster3
        October 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm

        Yikes. Yowza. Nice uh…. garden? 🙂

      • 72 Me4obama
        October 5, 2011 at 6:44 pm

        Omg I have been fixing Diner while on LIFE Support from passing out from Pic number 5 NOT knowing that more Eye candy is awaiting for me. I swear I have to say I need a really cold shower. Omgggggggggggggggggggggggggg.
        Chipsticks I didn’t know you had this pictures. Sweeeeeeeeeeettttttttt. Lawd forgive me becoz am about to commit a sin. Woooooooooooweyyyyyyyy. Please stop me. Breath, Breath, Breath. Calm down, calm down. Take a deep breath. Sigh.

      • 73 Me4obama
        October 5, 2011 at 7:07 pm

        How can a human being be this HOTTTTT, My Sammy, I am devoting the remaider of this day to just sit here and look at you, you, and only you. My Sammy, please be careful with some ladies on this blog, UT and Meta don’t know u like I do, we have been through so much together, now it’s time for you to say it loud and clear to UT that am the ONLY one in your life. I promise if you put a ring on my finger I will wake up every morning and clean those dimples with Chrystal and put caviar in those dimples and spoon feed you like a baby.

        • October 5, 2011 at 7:16 pm

          His real “motivation” for learning to cook was with an eye toward “a future wife and kids,” he told Flavor. But, alas.

          “Now you have to find me someone,” Kass told the Flavor mag reporter, adding, “And that’s on the record.”


          Just sayin’.

          • 76 Me4obama
            October 5, 2011 at 7:32 pm

            Chipsticks, please am already half dead, “a future wife and kids” that’s me. He said it on the record, we are exactly the same age, i think I will have to lock him up in the closet so NO one will steal him away from me. Ok I need time to myself to just keep starring at you MY Sammy.

  19. 77 utaustinliberal
    October 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I loooooooooooooooooooove her Argyle sweater; very on trend fashion wise. So wonderful how she continuously promotes healthy and nutritious eating and it’s having huge positive effects and results all over the country.

    And Sam Kass……………………. HUBBA HUBBA Come to Mama. Zing! BadaBoom! Sssssssssssssssssmoking HOT! Owwwwwwww!!!

  20. 82 Fred
    October 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    gosh the things you find online 😉

    Herman Cain

    September 22, 2008
    Wall Street and the Disastrous Main Street Ripple Effect That Could Have Been

    The nation’s financial system has a severe migraine headache. We can take our $700 billion in aspirin now, or wait for a $700 trillion surgery if the economy tanks.

    The first option might prevent an economic recession. The second option would put us in a depression due to the ripple effect of doing nothing.

    There is plenty of blame to go around for the crisis on Wall Street, starting with the CEOs and directors of the wounded businesses, followed by failed congressional oversight that they have and did not use properly.

    Admittedly, these Wall Street bailouts and “special loan arrangements” by the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve seem inappropriate and excessive to the typical citizen, but if the Bush Administration had done nothing, Mike and Mary Mainstreet would have been outraged once the ripple effect knocked on their door.

    Last week Russia suspended trading on all of its stock exchanges for several days. If Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch and AIG were all allowed to spiral into their own self-inflicted demise, trading on the U.S. stock exchanges could have been suspended.

    Here is one man’s ripple effect scenario if stocks stop trading:

    Banks would freeze their lending operations until they could figure out the shock waves through the economy of a frozen stock market.

    Fortune 500 companies would not be able to refinance their scheduled “balloon” loans for some of their debt and seasonal cash-flow needs.

    New business investment would stop, and large existing projects would stop when businesses could not draw down on their lines of credit.

    An already depressed housing and construction segment of our economy would become even more depressed.

    Businesses large and small would begin to lay off workers, which would cause unemployment to go up significantly, and consumer spending to go down significantly.

    Since business investment and consumer spending drives a combined 85 percent of the economy, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would tank. The only unknown is how deep.

    The mainstream media has done a good job of scaring the public about how serious our economic situation is, and a poor job of reporting the possible ripple effects if nothing is done.

    Some people do not believe that such a scenario could happen. Yes it could. Ask Russia. Or study the history of how a series of bad decisions and indecisions led to the Great Depression of 1929. That time was no economic migraine headache with unemployment nearly 25 percent and the stock market losing over 80 percent of its market value.

    President Bush and his administration will not get any credit from the mainstream media or the Democrats for their efforts to avoid a do-nothing scenario. But at this point in his administration, I don’t think President Bush cares who gets the credit. That attitude is good for America.

    Let’s hope at this point the do-nothing, blame-game, lowest-rated Democratic-led Congress in history stays out of the way to give the billions in aspirin a chance to work.

    At least a do-something president with the right attitude gives us a chance to avoid the worse case scenario.


  21. 83 Fred
    October 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Herman Cain
    October 20, 2008

    Far from Nationalization, Purchase of Bank Stocks Is a Win-Win for Taxpayers

    Earth to taxpayers! Owning stocks in banks is not nationalization of the banking industry. It’s trying to solve a problem.

    The unprecedented financial crisis has caused the Treasury of the United States to take unprecedented measures to help solve the problem of frozen credit and cash flow for U.S. businesses.

    Most of us had dreams of what we wanted to be when we grew up as children. Some of us wanted to grow up and become a fireman, a policeman, a doctor, a nurse, a lawyer, a teacher, an actor, an engineer, a writer, a dancer, a chef or any number of other professions.

    But some of us wanted to own a bank because that’s where the money is!

    Wake up people! Owning a part of the major banks in America is not a bad thing. We could make a profit while solving a problem.

    But the mainstream media and the free market purists want you to believe that this is the end of capitalism as we know it. It is not for several reasons that they have conveniently not explained.

    First, instead of buying toxic mortgage-related assets of banks as originally proposed, the Treasury has changed tactics and will buy equity positions called preferred stocks, which gives us as taxpayers an ownership stake in their success for a limited period of time.

    Preferred stock means we get paid a dividend before any other stockholders get paid a dividend when they make a profit. You got a problem with that?

    Second, the purchase agreement between the Treasury and the participating banks has an incentive for the banks to re-purchase the stock back from the Treasury within five years.

    If the banks do not re-purchase the stock in five years then we get a bigger dividend until they do re-purchase the stock. That’s a good deal!

    The free market purists’ objection to this is that it smacks at government control of the banking industry, which is called nationalization. They are correct. It smacks, but it is not nationalization because that would require the government to own at least 51 percent of the entity for an indefinite period of time.

    The ownership by the taxpayers is going to be relatively small and nowhere near the amount needed to be called nationalization. So what’s the problem?

    The problem is economic illiteracy and media incompetence. Some people want to continue to fan the flames of anger and outrage over how we got into this mess in the first place. Anger and outrage will not solve the problem.

    Unprecedented problems require unprecedented solutions. The actions by the Treasury are a win-win for the taxpayer. But the mainstream media does not get brownie points for reporting win-win solutions for the taxpayers. Their focus is doom and gloom.

    These actions by the Treasury, the Federal Reserve Bank and the actions by the Federal Depositors Insurance Corporation (FDIC) are all intended to help solve an unprecedented financial crisis. Unlike steps taken prior to and during the Great Depression, these actions have a high probability of success.

    In order for these collective actions to work, the media needs to calm its crisis rhetoric, and Congress needs to just shut up with its political rhetoric.

    Now don’t tell Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, but if this works, and I believe it will, the Bush Administration will have gotten this one right.

    As we say in the South, y’all hush!


    • October 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm

      “if this works, and I believe it will, the Bush Administration will have gotten this one right”

      Oh ………………… dear.

      Brilliant find Fred!

    • 87 theo67
      October 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      This man is not serious or professional. Heaven help the world if he makes it to the White House.

    • 88 JoJothecat
      October 5, 2011 at 7:11 pm


      In late 2008 when the banks started to collapse, I was listening to Thom Hartmann and he had an economist on every week predicting a “great depression”. Thom was saying as he always does, “what the president should do”. One of the things Thom and this economist was suggesting was for the President to “take over the banks” to get them stabalized. He went on and on how Russia did it, West Germany did it after wwII, and how it saved those countries. Thom has been prediciting a major crash since April 2008 and each time the stock market drops and unemployment goes up he predicts mayham. Anyway, I was wondering if you ever heard that. I am glad the President did not take over the banks as know-it-all Hartmann suggested.

  22. 90 a4alice
    October 5, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Fun pics. Like the Kass photo on top with the knife. You girls are a stitch! :-0

  23. 91 anniebella
    October 5, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I’m sure POTUS looks at that third picture of FLOTUS and says that’s my baby, don’t she look good?

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