07
Oct
11

bears in da house

…. President Obama is presented with a jersey by 1985 Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka as Defensive Co-Ordinator Buddy Ryan watches on

Jim McMahon

President Obama holds a headband given to him by quarterback Jim McMahon

President Barack Obama looks at a headband presented by former quarterback Jim McMahon, in sunglasses, as he greets members of the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House

ABC: In a trip over 20 years in the making, the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears finally visited the White House Friday to meet with the president.

… While Super Bowl champions are traditionally honored at the White House, the celebration for the Bears was scrapped when the space shuttle Challenger exploded two days after their January 1986 Super Bowl victory. But President Obama, who is a big fan of his hometown team, is giving them a second chance.


51 Responses to “bears in da house”


  1. 1 Debz
    October 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Am i the only person who isn’t getting sound at the WH? It happened to me yesterday too for the press conf.

  2. October 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Da Bears. Oh how i wish they would return to that form.

  3. 3 Fred
    October 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    thanks a bunch Chip 🙂

    aww those Bears.They were soo good back in the days 😀 now we’re stuck with Lovie and Jay “bad knee”Cutler 🙄

  4. 4 jacquelineoboomer
    October 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    So nice to see our President! The face and sound of sanity in our world, no matter the topic or venue.

    Unfortunately, I saw a little bit of Romney and Perry on CNN earlier. Two despicable characters.

    I never thought it was possible for anybody to sound dumber than Bush or Palin, but Perry sure does. By the way, Perry, “IS-ruhl” is not a country.

  5. 5 COS
    October 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Speaking of ESPN, FLOTUS gets a shoutout.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/click/

    • 6 QuietObserver
      October 7, 2011 at 3:19 pm

      To be honest, I think that despite all the angry feedback I’m sure they got from the public, ESPN’s decision to drop HWJr was ultimately based on their knowledge that PBO is a self-admitted ESPN superfan. Why risk alienating the most powerful Sports Center watcher in the world?

  6. October 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Fri Oct 07, 2011 at 11:30 AM PDT.

    Charlie Cook: The Republican nomination is Rick Perry’s to lose
    by Jed Lewison

    Charlie Cook isn’t guaranteeing that Rick Perry will win the GOP nomination, but he makes the case that it’s Perry’s to lose:


    Perry has shown a proclivity to step on his own body parts and will undoubtedly do so again. The question is whether he learns from his mistakes. If he does, he will be the GOP nominee and stands a fair chance of beating President Obama, given the horrific economy and the public’s loss of confidence in the president. If he doesn’t and isn’t more careful about what he says and how he says it, Perry will either lose the nomination, or he will win it and then lose a general election that’s there for the taking. Simple as that.

    That’s basically my take, too, though I suspect Cook’s definition of “fair chance” and mine are a bit different (I’d say Perry is at least a 2:1 dog to win the general, and probably worse). Cook’s basic rationale:


    Clearly, most Republican voters would much prefer a very, very, very conservative nominee to the more buttoned-down Romney. […] It’s unclear whether they want, or will end up supporting, Perry—but, obviously, they want a Perry-like conservative.

    The question, Cook says, is whether Perry can convince them he’s capable of being a national candidate—not just a regional Southern candidate from Texas.

    Based on Perry’s swift collapse over the past few weeks and the conventional wisdom emanating from most pundits, it’s tempting to say that the question’s already been answered, but Romney’s weakness means that Perry or another Republican currently running will get another shot at rising to to the top. Perry is in the best position to do that, not just because of his fundraising ability but also because he’s been a fairly successful politician his entire adult life. You don’t serve as governor of Texas for ten years and counting without having some political skill, and given the shallowness of Romney’s support, he still has every opportunity to clinch the GOP nomination.

    .

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/07/1023874/-Charlie-Cook:-The-Republican-nomination-is-Rick-Perrys-to-lose?via=blog_1

    • 10 jacquelineoboomer
      October 7, 2011 at 3:18 pm

      Never liked Charlie Cook, that big bulbous fool. He’ll be all over Hardball with this stupidity. I won’t be watching.

    • 12 criquet
      October 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      The public’s loss of confidence in the President? Really??

      • 13 criquet
        October 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm

        Sorry, meant to post:

        The public’s loss of confidence in the President? Really?? Compared to whom?
        Not these Republican clowns.
        Where does Chalie Cook live and who is he polling?

      • 15 COS
        October 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm

        I am truly sick of this public loss of confidence in PBO meme. My question is what is the alternative with what Romney, Perry or any Republican is offering in spite of the economy? I hope folks aren’t crazy enough to think that any republican will improve the economy; even Romney.

        • 16 hopefruit2
          October 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm

          Exactly, and this “loss of confidence in PBO” It is a FALSE meme – not even their slanted polls bear this out. The most recent polling on the economy showed President Obama being the most trusted on his overall plan to reduce unemployment – despite his supposedly low numbers. The majority of voters and that includes a plurality of Independents approve of the President’s plan. And that is particularly true of those who have been paying attention and keeping informed. When Americans pay attention and keep informed and don’t simply swallow what the biased media feeds them – the GOP loses because they don’t have credible ideas and sound policies.

          http://www.gallup.com/poll/149447/americans-favor-obama-jobs-plan.aspx

          Can Mr. Cook tell us in three sentences what are Mr. Perry’s plans for fixing the economy and reducing unemployment, and how it is BETTER to President Obama’s plan? Furthermore, can Mr. Cook point us to the data showing that Americans would favor Mr. Perry’s ideas for the economy over President Obama’s? I’m confident that the answer to both of my questions is NO.

        • October 7, 2011 at 9:21 pm

          I’m sick of it, too. I heard Colbert say it and practically every so-called progressive pundit. Milbane said it’s good that the President said he’s an underdog because he IS. The media, once again, is attempting to influence the public. They were successful in 2010 with the likes of Ed Schultz telling people not to vote and the others saying that Democrats were not enthusiastic and wouldn’t turn out. It was a self defeating prophecy. We have enough to worry about with voter suppression and the tampering of Diebold machines without the added doom and gloom of the so-called progressives. One thing that really turned me off was listening to Laura Flanders tell Ed Schultz about all the people at OccupyWallStreet who were no fans of the President. She even gave an example of some idiot who said he won’t vote for the President because he didn’t put his marching shoes on and march in Wisconsin and he’s not out there with OccupyWallStreet. I hear a lot of Obama bashing coming from some of these people and it’s interesting how the media always seems to find them and put them in front of a camera.

      • 18 anniebella
        October 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm

        So the public has loss confidence in President Obama. And have the public gain confidence in the T-Republicans.

    • October 7, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      I REALLY hate seeing DKos crap posted here.

  7. October 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Compare this video with the one from Cantor

    Trumka on the Wall Street movement

    • 22 hopefruit2
      October 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      I saw that Jay Carney called out Cantor by using Chipstick’s strategy of highlighting Cantor’s hypocrisy with regard to the Tea Party and his comments back in 2009.

    • 23 Bobfr
      October 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm

      Our4thEstate Bobfr
      Thank you @RichardTrumka for this fine video! youtube.com/watch?v=soV79c… Big contrast to hypocrite #CantorFAIL. #PRESSON #YesWeCanDOMoreTogether

      Thank you WiW, once again!!

    • October 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      This video reminded me of a radio comment I heard while traveling today. Four radio types were discussing OWS and one said that it made sense to her that their message was not currently unified, (other than their frustration), because 99% of the country would not (could not?) be partisan. She felt that it was natural to have different issues, though they were all frustrated with the lack of progress of the middle class. Once they are out there they can dialogue. Reading this over it sounds somewhat confusing, but listening to her in the car earlier today her approach actually made sense to me, and I thought of our discussion here and the uncertainty re OWS’s objective.

  8. 25 Fred
    October 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    the stream is not working 😦

  9. 26 GGail
    October 7, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I see Dick Durbin & Jesse Jackson,Jr. in the crowd

  10. 27 MTmarilyn
    October 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I so love watching those guys. They were my and my husbands favorite team. My husband said there were a couple of players who wouldn’t come because they hate the President so much. It is their lose.

    • 28 jacquelineoboomer
      October 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      Yes, those who declined because of the President weren’t still “good sports,” I guess.

      • October 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm

        Dan Hampton and “Fridge” Perry both defensive linemen. Hampton’s nose was out of joint for whatever and Perry has some health problems related to his weight. Those are the only two i know about although there may be more.

    • 31 anniebella
      October 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm

      To hell with the haters, I’m sure no one misses those Tea Republicans Chicago Bears.

    • 32 Bill
      October 7, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      Every President Obama hater I have talked with has no concept of policy. They speak of him with a smirk on their face as though they are holding back a nasty comment. Hank Williams Jr. is a perfect example of a President Obama hater, but yet he doesn’t bother to hold back. There is no pont in talking to them.

  11. 33 Debz
    October 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    At least my sound came back !! Those are my BEARS!! 🙂

  12. 34 dotster3
    October 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    That was so fun. The only thing missing was the Super Bowl Shuffle——they should have played it. But I loved everything Obama said about the Bears. It was so true. The city went wild. Every house and every car and every business were flying Bears flags. All the downtown skyscrapers were lit in Bears colors, decorated for the Bears, all the museums and storefronts. Everyone loved this team. President Obama was right that not only were they dominant, they had so much fun playing, and so did everyone else watching. We had a door size poster on our front door and my kids still can sing and dance the Super Bowl Shuffle. There were some great characters on that team, and a lot of character. It was the best. Thank you to President Obama for giving that team their long overdue recognition.

  13. 35 jacquelineoboomer
    October 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Media Matters has a “15 Years & Smears with Fox News” posted:

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/201110070012

  14. 37 utaustinliberal
    October 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Awesome event to watch. Da Bears!!!! That name tickles me pink. Love ’em.

  15. 38 dotster3
    October 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks for posting all the photos, chips. I’m forwarding to all my family, Bears fans all. And I’m busy studying the photo, recognize a lot, but my how they’ve grown. The punky QB is still punky tho, couldn’t miss him.

  16. 39 Bobfr
    October 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    Those deserving to be unemployed, soon == @SpeakerBoehner, @EricCantor, #GOPFAILHouseAndSenateCaucus. #OWS if you accept this mission ….

    #PRESSON

  17. 40 JoJothecat
    October 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Didn’t Mike Ditka threaten to run for President during 2008 or 2010?

  18. October 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    ok, I know we’re done with the Steve Jobs “tributes”, but I just saw this video from “The Colbert Report” and I had to share it with those of ya’ll who may have not seen it.

    Stephen Colbert Pays Tribute To Steve Jobs (VIDEO)

    I know people love Jon Stewart, but for my money, Colbert is way better…the student has beaten the teacher I guess.

    • 43 JoJothecat
      October 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm

      That was very touching. I don’t like soppy tributes when humor and funny rememberances still express how you feel. Thanks lamh31.

    • 44 utaustinliberal
      October 7, 2011 at 7:06 pm

      The tribute that Stephen Colbert paid to Steve Jobs was so touching in its humor and sincererity. And yes lamh31 you are right; “The Student Has Beaten The Teacher.”

    • 45 jacquelineoboomer
      October 7, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      Thanks, lamh31 – I no longer “love” Jon Stewart, so appreciate seeing this!

  19. October 7, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Hi everybody. Chipsticks I saw this on http://www.barackobama.com

    We’re asking folks across the country to design a poster (or five) showing why we support President Obama’s plan to create jobs, and why we’re working to re-elect him to continue fighting for jobs in his second term.

    Three winners will receive a framed print of the poster signed by President Obama, and a limited edition of their poster will be sold in the campaign store.

    Your poster can address the broader themes of the President’s plan or pinpoint a specific aspect—like supporting small businesses, or rebuilding roads and bridges for the 21st century.

    We’ll pick the 12 best submissions (based on adherence to the theme, appropriateness of tone, and artistic merit) we receive by the deadline of November 4th, 2011, then put the finalists to a vote.

    So get moving—make art, make progress.

    Visit Art Works for more information on how to enter the contest and vote for your favorite designs.

    Here’s the link:http://www.barackobama.com/news/calling-all-artists

    Unfortunately internationals can’t take part. bummer. 😦

  20. October 7, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Hi TODers – did you all have a good day? Anything new and exciting today? Apart from looking at the title and pictures above I have no idea what you all have been doing, and I’m not looking forward to catching up. A glance down the side says Chips has been working hard as usual, so I’m hoping that the comments on each entry were not too many or too long. 😉 SO, deep breath… and off I go!

  21. 48 dotster3
    October 8, 2011 at 12:21 am

    For any Bears fans—–here is a follow up. From all accounts and local reports and tweets, this Bears team had a great day, everyone praised their experience, President Obama and the White House staff.
    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=8232

  22. October 8, 2011 at 12:29 am

    I was living in Chicago in the 80s and this Bears team was my team. They were not only great athletes, but like our President, they were so cool. Had so much personality. That was the greatest season ever.

  23. October 8, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Here’s a link to a video of the original Super Bowl shuffle. It’s grainy but still so much fun.

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=765019771919333912

  24. 51 Sankofa
    October 8, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I don’t mean any disrespect to anyone but when we are in a Bear’s post, can we stay on topic. I clicked on this post, excited to read that others ‘love” da bears like I do and included are links to more negativity about President Obama and the comments follow suit and we get off topic. I don’t comment often but I read and appreciate Chips hard work and the time she takes to put these posts together and I think we should respect that. We can get negativity from EVERY where, any day, all day but this site is where I come to “heal, renew, recharge and reinvigorate” myself to continue this fight we are in against powers we have never dealt with on this level before. Maybe, it’s just me but I don’t want to follow any link to anything about anybody saying any negative thing about our president, I just don’t……maybe it’s just me but I dislike having to skip down threw comments to get back on subject…maybe I’m just getting old and tired of the nastiness and don’t want it brought into our “home” here at TOD…..sigh……yeah, maybe I’m just sleepy and cranky…….


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