a good hair day

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and President Barack Obama laugh as they brush their hair during a group photo during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Kapolei, Hawaii

107 Responses to “a good hair day”

  1. 1 GGail
    November 13, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    POTUS has such a comfortable sense of humor!

  2. 2 COS
    November 13, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    PBO seem like he is so much fun. He is always the life of any group. He has so much energy. I can’ t imagine these leaders ever wantng to meet with anyone else but him. 🙂

  3. November 13, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    As usual, he brings out the smiles. Wish I was there………..

  4. 5 GGail
    November 13, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    OMGoodness – I’m first!!!!!!

  5. 6 desertflower
    November 13, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    They all look relaxed and happy!

    I’ll carry this over from the last thread…do you Tweeters want to have at it?


    • 7 Me4obama
      November 13, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      Thank you df, but I cant even spell RNC chair’s name right, so I will pass. He is a nobody thats why I refuse to learn how to spell his name.

    • 9 GOVCHRIS1988
      November 13, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      I’ll throw this over here from the other thread too.

      Well, this is exactly why the RNC voted for him. They didn’t want a guy to tell the truth, they wanted someone who would push an agenda. They certainly got him in this trollish asshole.

    • 10 a4alice
      November 13, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      I looked for his twit account. I don’t think he has one. But i did tweet the story

  6. 12 theo67
    November 13, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Great video – lots of my favourite pictures.

  7. 13 h
    November 13, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    DF, meds are kicking in, so I do not know where I may go from here.Love you all.HZ

  8. 22 ruemara
    November 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    OK, I’ll just say it. We are going to miss having this wonderful pair as the First Couple. I’m not that old, but I don’t recall such effortless grace, such warmth of personality–while being such merciless eye candy. Add in the competence and whoever the Democrats find for 2016, they have a huge set of shoes to fill. Who’s for seeing the first POTUS to be appointed as Chief Justice? I’m trying to help him see where he can retire to.

    • 23 globalcitizenlinda
      November 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      After his second term, can you please lend PBO to our Mother Continent so that he can be first President of a United States of Africa?

      My people could really use his kindness, hardwork ethic, honensty and intelligence and besides most of the population already adores and respect him. I promise a huge majority of people on the African continent would listen to what PBO has to say and do it with sincere heart and trust in his judgement. We would never disrespect PBO so please give him to us when he is done here

      • 24 desertflower
        November 13, 2011 at 9:16 pm

        Bless your heart 🙂 He truly is a global gift, isn’t he?

      • 26 hopefruit2
        November 13, 2011 at 9:28 pm

        I think some other countries are also lined up – Canada, for one 🙂

      • November 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm

        Linda we need him here too!!! I think he is the most incredible President ever, a kind, honest and strong leader who is loved the whole world over, London went crazy for him back in May when he was here. I have never felt so at ease in our capital as I did when he was here. Everyone was happy and smiling, I have never known such friendliness and ‘oneness’ before here. Oh to have him as our leader (sigh). Seriously though he really is a huge asset to the USA. I can remember when President Bush was President and there was so much anti-American sentiment here and how it almost changed overnight when President Obama took office.

    • 28 FiredUpInCA
      November 13, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      “…merciless eye candy” What an exquisite phrase ruemara.

      I am with you. I am going to miss the First Couple immensely. There has not been and there does not appear to be anyone on the political horizon with the unique combination of gifts that these two have in abundance.

      Emotional intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, global inspiration, keeping the common touch, great beauty within and without, statesmanship, eloquence, humor and the ability to put everyone in the world at ease are traits share by the President and Mrs. Obama.

      They are a hard act to follow because they aren’t an act. They are genuinely exceptional.

      Still, I look forward to the swearing in of Elizabeth Warren as the 45th President of the United States. It’s not really on the country’s national radar yet but her viral speech about the obligations of the 1 percenters who have benefited from the taxes of the 99 percenters, was a resonant moment similar to then-Senator Obama’s 2004 keynote.

      The subsequent response has been overwhelming volunteer support for her that I believe will only keep growing. When she’s elected Senator she’ll have a greater platform than she would as an appointee and she will transition from being an enemy to a colleague. What she will learn there, will equip her to become President is next. Honestly at the moment she is the only one on the scene that comes mariginally close to being as inspirational as the President.

      • November 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm

        Great post. I truly believe that Elizabeth Warren is exceptional and has the skills to be our first female President. Dems have a deep bench.

      • 30 theo67
        November 13, 2011 at 9:36 pm

        For Elizabeth Warren to become an effective President, the country would need to share a common vision of shared effort, shared sacrifice, shared reward. I think President Obama will take the country a long way to that point by the time he’s done with his second term. Just look at the focus that the Obama Administration has done for the military and veterans. If the country can get over their mass hypnosis from the GOP,and start to realize that the GOP has been peddling a barrel of lies, and the Democratic party can learn to support their President, then that will smooth the way to a more effective President in 2016 – be it Elizabeth Warren or Gov. O’Malley or VP Biden or some unknown.

    • November 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      He would be too young and too restless to sit on the Supreme Court (<—— hehe, Young and Restless, lol). But I agree it has to be something HUGE. Maybe he'll be First Husband after Michelle runs for President, or First Father (Malia or Sasha, lol).

      The world is his stage, that's for sure.

  9. 33 jacquelineoboomer
    November 13, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Some of the photos in the previous thread of Mrs. Obama with the spouses look like Gauguin paintings – only BETTER.

    P.S. Mr. President – Your hair looks fine to me!

    • 34 HZ
      November 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm

      Yes, JLB,, love that French look about them also. I read somewhere that FLOTUS like a little of the impressionistic look in her artpieces.HZ

  10. 36 FiredUpInCA
    November 13, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I had to rub my eyes several times and make sure that my computer screen was clean of debris as I processed the shock of this Associated Press report featured on Yahoo! headlines:

    “WASHINGTON (AP) — Herman Cain contradicted himself on torture, Mitt Romney offered a prescription for challenging China that didn’t add up and Newt Gingrich seemed to forget about crucial help by Pakistani intelligence in running down terrorists.

    Factual missteps in the latest Republican presidential debate suggested that on some the knottiest foreign policy and national security issues of the time, contenders were out of their comfort zone. Several raised the prospect of an eventual war with Iran that the U.S., by any current measure, is ill-prepared to start.”

    Yahoo! never misses and opportunity carry water for the GOP via AP and concern troll about the President. So this was a surprise to me. I am considering printing this rare moment of truth from AP, so I can put it in a time capsule. I remain in contented shock with this report.

  11. 48 carolyn
    November 13, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    “…..such effortless grace, such warmth of personality….” yes… ruemara what you said! I can remember back to HST, and you are certainly righ!

  12. November 13, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Why is he so awesome? I find it very rude.

    Thanks again, Chip. I owe you some serious update. Will mail you this week.

  13. 54 Me4obama
    November 13, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    PBO doesn’t do cheesy. I thought they will wear Hawaiian shirts but he decided to do suits. Good for him. I still have memories of Bush in those foreign shirts and he looked awful. Everone looks comfortable in their suits even Hu Jantao is smiling for once.

  14. November 13, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Is it just me, or does Julia Gillard look like a mermaid in the third pic? 😕

    • 58 hopefruit2
      November 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm

      Yes she does and she’s thinking: “Someone please pinch my mermaid self..I now have the full attention of none other than he himself!”

      • 60 HZ
        November 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm

        I was thinking the same thing hopefruit2 and amk for obama. I was about to put in a call to our FLOTUS to call Ms. Gillard to tell her to cool it. Let our POTUS be himself. Step back Ms. Prime Minister, PLEASE. HZ

    • 61 globalcitizenlinda
      November 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      you should see some of the articles the Australian media is putting out about how their PM is eagerly awaiting PBO’s kiss on the cheek so that she can claim she has his stamp of approval

    • 65 Ceb
      November 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      I see what you mean. Her legs do look fused in that photo. What I noticed most, however, is that she looks like she is on vacation, rather than attending an important meeting representing her country as head of state.

      • November 13, 2011 at 9:21 pm


        I really like her, she’s seems to have a great personality and a dry wit that completely cracks the President up. I saw a short interview with her earlier today where she talked about her warm relationship with BHO, she pointed out that 1961 was a very good year – she was born a month after the President!

        • 67 HZ
          November 13, 2011 at 9:27 pm

          Yes, I am with you on the Prime Minister. I liked her when she was with Oprah. Also when she came to the WH, she seem to have a beautiful and relaxed spirit around POB. They like just hit it off from the start. I think that is why she is so giddy in HI. Love her, just having some fun with her.

          Thanks you my beloved Chipsticks for All of this beautiful you have given to us!!!!!! You are the best. I love you back so very much.HZ

        • November 13, 2011 at 9:32 pm

          Where did you find the videos chips?

  15. November 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    our First Couple rocks.

    thanks so much Chipsticks – you have been a trooper

  16. November 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    While watching t.v. over the past few days, I have noticed a distinct, larger emphasis on honoring and thanking our veterans. And it’s gone farther than the usual “lets thank our veterans.” From USAA to the Postal Service, to Golden Corral, I saw actual profiles of veterans, what they have done, etc. I was pleasantly surprised to see an ad today from Chase Bank talking specifically about hiring veterans and how they possess great traits and skills that would benefit any organization. Almost parroting what this Administration has been pushing. I don’t know if any of you have noticed it, but it truly seemed to reach a different level this year.

    • 73 hopefruit2
      November 13, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      Yes, I’ve noticed that too. It’s no coincidence. Another example of “leading from behind.”

    • November 13, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      Yes P/J I noticed that companies and TV ads with Vets are playing more often…I believe the effort of Flotus and Dr.Biden is having an effect more than ever.

      • 76 HZ
        November 13, 2011 at 9:32 pm

        Hopefruit2, Kasai, and PJ, I have noticed that as well. Remember POB said just the other day that many businesses have already made a commitment to hire veterans, and that so many have met with FLOTUS, POTUS, and Dr. Biden to come on board with him on this. So we are seeing them get to work and make it happen. This is great news.

        When I see something on WH.gov. and serve.gov. and am going to spread it as well. HZ

      • November 13, 2011 at 10:19 pm

        Yes, what you all have recognized is definately real. There has been a lot of veteran recognition across the country. I was a part of veteran day celebrations Friday. More than usual. Most of the resteraunts, retail stores, and financial institutions are recognizing vets with discounts and employment opportunities. This administration is just super. Military personnel and vets should overwhelming vote for PBO in 2012. You would think. Obama/Biden 2012.

  17. November 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    POB is showing all his swag in Picture 2 :>)

  18. November 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    lol @ Chips…..

    PBO checking his hair…is tooooooooooo cute 🙂 no words…just love love him

    • November 13, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      You know Kasai, I think there are more than a few folk here who would have been happy to do that job for him. Not me, of course – I’m waaaaay too serious for that class of silliness 😕

      • 83 hopefruit2
        November 13, 2011 at 9:20 pm

        Chips..no matter how you try to pretend otherwise, I sense a vacancy on that naughty mat for you… 🙂 🙂 🙂

        • November 13, 2011 at 9:25 pm

          Hopefruit, I hope you’re not suggesting I swoon in a lustful kind of way when I see photos of the President stroking his hair? 😯

          • 85 hopefruit2
            November 13, 2011 at 9:30 pm

            You have an uncanny mind-reading ability Chips. Go straight to the naughty mat! 🙂 🙂

          • November 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm

            And I read this…

            ‘I’m waaaaay too serious for that class of silliness’

            and was just about to commend you for keeping your resolution of good behaviour made recently. Sigh! As Yardarm implied not too long ago we need some female hormone inhibiters around here. 😉

      • 87 globalcitizenlinda
        November 13, 2011 at 9:27 pm

        ya right Ms Chips – no sillines from you (quiet snifle in my starched white handkerchief) !!!

        and who do you is the head of the temporary residents of the TOD naughty mat??

      • 88 desertflower
        November 13, 2011 at 9:29 pm

        I have no shame…I’ll check his hair! Mine looks about like his, so we can compare 🙂

      • November 13, 2011 at 9:40 pm

        lol…I probably forget how to hold a comb…let alone do the job….hehehehe:-)

        I bet he has really soft hair…Please forgive me Michelle:-)

  19. 91 a4alice
    November 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Hey guys So here was my day at the OFA office this morning/afternoon: We did a lot of moving around of furniture, getting things ready for phone banking and data entry stuff. Making a project area, conference area etc. It was fun! I know I’m preaching to the choir but I bet if you are wondering what there is to do besides phone banking and canvassing there could be oodles of other stuff to do right at the office. Especially early – the OFA office people could probably use the help.

    So you guys, who are we tweeting, emailing this week? Hey Linda who are we barraging?

    On another note, Chips or anybody – anyone seen Sue from MN?

  20. November 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    PBO snookered the MSM. All they wanted was the picture of everybody in Hawaiian shirts so that Drudge and Fox could blast on their front pages. Brilliant move as usual by the Obama people.

  21. November 13, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    HZ if you are still awake I hope you read this post before you hit the sack. 😉 Thankyou for the beautiful comments in the rise and shine thread. You are an inspiration and very spiratual person. We are so fortunate to have you in the family. I pray that all of us TODers can meet up for the Democratic National Convention in Sept. 2012 and the inauguration in January of 2013. LOVE YOU ALL! lets make it happen. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!! Obama/Biden 2012.

    • 97 hopefruit2
      November 13, 2011 at 9:25 pm

      Agreed 100%. Thanks HZ and have a peaceful, restful night. Hoping to see you back here tomorrow with your excellent comments 🙂

    • 98 HZ
      November 13, 2011 at 9:51 pm

      Hi, my Keith. Thanks for you kind words. I also meant mine to be gentle and kind. I do not want you to get ill. I know you have to take care of yourself as well, so that is what I was thinking when I read your comments and when I wrote my reply. I love you and I want you to relax and know that we will get through all of this.

      We are on the right side of history, and we are going to continue to be right here for each other no matter what they throw at us. When we can stand together, they can’t break our chain of courage, truth, love, and hard work. We have the best leader to show us how to do it, and we are ready to take the post that fits each one of us. We all have a beautiful gift, so let pray hard, lift each other up just like you all lift me up so much. I love you all Keith , and our beautiful Chipsticks , all of you keep me beaming with hope. I love be here and helping wherever I can. Always remember that. But please get some rest, drink a hot cup of tea, coffee, and take good care, and not to worry. Okay. I love you, and I thank you.HZ

  22. 99 Taz
    November 13, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I always love seeing pics of PBO interacting with foreign leaders. Everyone seems to like him and of course FLOTUS too.

  23. 103 Summerlista
    November 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    President and Mrs. O puts everyone at ease. They are a great couple and a great representation of America. Are the guys waving in that picture to mimic that picture Pres.O took with other leaders where his wave blocked someones face? LOL!

  24. 104 anniebella
    November 13, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Tim Mathieson is Prime Minister of Australia Julie Gillard’s boyfriend. That’s the man showing FLOTUS his cowboy boots.

  25. 105 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    November 13, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    The President knows how to make people feel good. Everyone looks relaxed and happy. Praying good things come out of this meeting. It was a brilliant idea to do this in Hawaii.

    • 106 conlakappa
      November 14, 2011 at 10:53 am

      Brilliant? It’s not without precedent. U.S. meetings about the Pacific with Pacific leaders are held in Hawai’i. Close to everyone without traveling forever and a day. A happy coincidence that the President is from there so it’s like welcoming folks to his hometown.

  26. 107 carolyn
    November 13, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    There’s something about the air in Hawaii…..people just feel happier there! I noticed it each time I got off the plane to visit…..the air is soft, fragrant, and relaxing. You can hardly help but smile! Even old Jake Tapper has a semi-smile on his face tonight.

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