afternoon all

President Obama arrives for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit leaders plenary session in Kapolei, Hawaii on Sunday, Nov. 13





Today: The President delivers opening comments at the APEC Summit and attends sessions through the day; holds a press conference to wrap up the summit. In the evening meets with the Mexican President and the Canadian Prime Minister at the North American Leaders Summit. The First Lady hosts a luncheon with APEC leaders’ spouses at Kualoa Ranch.

Tomorrow: The President holds a fundraiser in the morning. That will be his only event for the day before he leaves on Tuesday morning for Canberra, Australia.

91 Responses to “afternoon all”

  1. 1 SueBee
    November 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    My President is gorgeous!

  2. 6 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 13, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Wow, Good afternoon TOD family. Still doing “Life 101;” need to catch up!

  3. November 13, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    ♥ ♥ ♥ Good Day Chips! Good Day TOD Family! ♥ ♥ ♥

    Barack Obama Quote O’ The Day

    I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last sixteen years, the rock of our family and the love of my life, our nation’s next First Lady, Michelle Obama.

    Have a great evening, everyone! 😛

  4. 16 Jazzjazzy
    November 13, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    i would luv 2 catch up w/ all of yhu TODers on twitter so follow meh @jazzjazzygirl nd i cant wait 2 follow yhu back

  5. 24 JER
    November 13, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Comfortable in any climate: First Lady Michelle shines at economic summit in Hawaii

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2060968/Economic-summit-Hawaii-First-Lady-Michelle-Obama-comfortable-climate.html#ixzz1dccP0frD

    ‘The First Lady comes first… when she doesn’t need him, I get second dibs’: Meet Oprah’s make-up artist (when he’s not working on Michelle):


    • 25 SueBee
      November 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      The comments after the articles..people are so EVIL

      • November 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm

        I saw those..ha! I wanted to register to comment myself. They say everything about what kind of idiots they are and absolutely nothing about Michelle Obama who is grace and beauty herself, inside and out.

        Poor little jealous catty pos.

      • 27 Marlz (@marjgra)
        November 13, 2011 at 4:52 pm

        SueBee, I read the comment also. . . they were horrible!

      • 28 Fred
        November 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm

        NEVER make the same mistake again Sue or you’ll want to go on a shooting spree.NEVER read comments on any site unless it’s this site.It will drive you bananas

      • November 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm

        SueBee – Their hearts are small and they feed on hate. Ignore them. There have always been people like that in the world. I don’t even pity them anymore.

      • 32 anniebella
        November 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm

        Evil, jealous, racists, stupid, whatever you want to call them. They can’t deal with a intelligent beautiful black woman.

      • November 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm

        Hey everyone, I wouldn’t worry about comments in the Daily Mail, the site is infested with Britain’s equivalent of Teabaggers – nasty, vicious, racist scum. The paper is a right wing rag.

        • November 13, 2011 at 7:48 pm

          They did a nice aritcle on Michelle though, surprisingly. The cockroaches who infested that piece were all from the good ol’ USA. Dumb bishes as PragmaticObots would say.

          • November 13, 2011 at 7:56 pm

            That’s true Cha, the tone of the article amazed me, they usually print pure poison about the Obamas – they even report National Enquirer anti-Obama bile as serious news!

    • 36 dotster3
      November 13, 2011 at 4:36 pm

      I’m afraid the make-up artist story will give the haters ammunition.

      • 37 Me4obama
        November 13, 2011 at 5:08 pm

        Let the Haters hate.

      • 38 anniebella
        November 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm

        dotster3, ammunition for what. you know these sorry ass people don’t need ammunition, they will make things up. How many times have they said Michelle said this or said that or she did this or that. So really I say to hell with them. They don’t like Michelle or Barack regardless. But we do. We love them.

    • November 13, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      Thank you for that, JER! I really liked how the dailymailuk put that together about our First Lady Michelle~

    • 40 Me4obama
      November 13, 2011 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks JER I tweeted those nice reads.

    • 41 Linda
      November 13, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      Wow….what miserable people in the comments…

      • 42 HZ
        November 13, 2011 at 7:18 pm

        Thanks for sharing the beautiful story. I am so happy that he continued to keep a beautiful dose of love, and hope within that lead him to two more beautiful women, Our Beautiful First Lady and Oprah. And look at that beautiful mother that he can make up anytime he so desires.

        Opera is one of my loves, so my heart is at peace to know that he can still use the lovely and profound gift of making beauty beautiful music with his eyes, hands, and mind. His voice will sing through the loves of the colors on his palette that performs his own Opera :” “Lovely Faces Presented Around To The World.” Sing your opera for the world to see. May the very best be yours always Mr. Derrick!!!!HZ

  6. 43 theo67
    November 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    This picture took my breath away.

  7. November 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Good Afternoon TODers

    That picture is to die for. Be still my heart.

    Here is a story about a great idea from Oregon

    Self starters: Going from unemployed to entrepreneur

  8. November 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Another clever way to generate power

    Geomembrane Technology Creates Solar-Powered Landfills

  9. November 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I discovered this company that is manufacturing in the US. Let’s all go bowling :->

    Ebonite – Making Bowling Balls and Pins in the USA

  10. November 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    That’s our GEN#44……Love this story:-)

    Fewer than 2 percent of the 47,000 members of the United States Chess Federation are masters — and just 13 of them are under the age of 14.


  11. November 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Do you all see how he’s looking right at me in that first pic?

  12. 61 Ladyhawke
    November 13, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    That’s our guy with that captivating smile. No wonder the world leaders are always smiling in his presence. He is absolutely charming.

    • 62 luci1119
      November 13, 2011 at 5:10 pm

      This Couple, our First Family, brings out the best In you, that Is, If you are a sane and have good mental Health 🙂

  13. 63 collegekay
    November 13, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Look at his cute self. He’s looking at me. Ladies back off.

    • 64 anniebella
      November 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      Okay ladies, Herman Cain the real black man will look at everyone of you ladies and won’t bother him one bit that he’s married. Smile now.

    November 13, 2011 at 4:48 pm


  15. 66 creolechild
    November 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Here’s a good article that’s crammed with facts about the GOP’s misguided strategy.~

    ‘Cut Budgets to Kill Jobs’ — And 4 More GOP Schemes to Rig the 2012 Elections


    h/t Stacie B.

  16. November 13, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, accused Rick Perry and the rest of the Republican presidential field of pandering to their party’s extremists and demonstrating “little serious thought” about what they would do if elected.

    O’Malley, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, was asked about Perry’s assertion during a GOP debate on Saturday night that he would zero out foreign aid and have all countries, including Israel, make the case going forward for what they need.

    Host Bob Schieffer said that assertion by Perry, the Texas governor, had caused quite a stir on Twitter and other social media.


  17. 77 creolechild
    November 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Thursday, October 20, 2011
    Dictator Removal Scorecard

    Dictator Cost to US of Removal (in billions)


    Saddam Hussein $799
    Taliban 466


    Ben Ali <1
    Hosni Mubarak 2
    Muammar Qaddafi 1

    Read more: http://www.hopeandchange.net/2011/10/dictator-removal-scorecard.html

    h/t Joseph C. Markowitz

  18. 78 utaustinliberal
    November 13, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Hey guys. Check out the crowd for Elizabeth Warren’s volunteer meeting. 1000 people showed up. 1000! Holy smokes. Methinks Scott Brown might be toast. 😉

  19. 79 creolechild
    November 13, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Here’s an article that describes various aspects of Medgar Evers’ life, and includes a photo of Saturday’s ceremony in honor of him.

    Back in the early 1990s, when he was governor of Mississippi, Ray Mabus made Myrlie Evers a promise that she doubted he would ever keep:
    “I will do something at some point to see to it that Medgar Evers is remembered for the man he was,” Mabus told the widow of the World War II veteran and slain civil-rights leader.

    Myrlie Evers said this week: “I thought he was just saying something to be nice. But he made good on his word.”

    The promise was fulfilled Saturday when Myrlie Evers smashed a bottle of champagne against the hull of the 689-foot USNS Medgar Evers, christening a $500 million dry cargo ship at General Dynamics NASSCO on San Diego Bay. Mabus named the ship not long after he became secretary of the Navy.



    • November 13, 2011 at 7:27 pm

      I remember Mabus supporting PBO way early in the days of his campaign to become President. He’s an incredibly decent man who has been loyal and has served our country well. RIP, Medgar Evers.

  20. 81 Ladyhawke
    November 13, 2011 at 5:43 pm


    Voters Have Two Choices: Dems or Disaster. Stop Helping Disaster Win!


    If you call yourself a progressive, and you don’t stand 100% behind this president and the Democratic Party at this time in our history, then you’re either a right wing plant who’s lying about being a progressive, or you don’t really know what the word “progressive” means. I’ll give you a hint; the root word is “progress.”
    Voters have two choices every November, between competence and disaster. When you trash “the Democrats” mercilessly, the Republicans gain. And if you don’t think we lose when Republicans gain, then you haven’t been paying attention.



  21. 83 a4alice
    November 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Have been trying to keep my eye on this development in Wisconsin regarding Walker’s recall and some GOP scheme to destroy signatures:


    it is also updated at the end.

  22. 84 carolyn
    November 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    I’ve learned not to read comments too, on many sites. I am convinced that there is a pod of right wing trolls who patrol all articles about POTUS and FLOTUS and make comments. I think perhaps 50 of them have different sign-in names to make other readers think there is a huge number. Most people are too busy with their lives to be involved and comment on articles such as these. This is where I comment, because this is where people are sane and sensible. The rest of the time I’m too busy with teaching to get involved with those articles. I believe thousands of others are the same. Therefore, I don’t worry about stupid commenters. They don’t represent the majority.

  23. 85 creolechild
    November 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Although this article is dated November 3, 2011, I suspect that we’ll be seeing memes similar to the one that was insinuated by AP–designed to give the impression that the POTUS ‘should be worried’ about a challenge from the likes of Mo, Larry, or Oops because he is losing donors! Fortunately, the author and Adam Bonica, a Stanford University political scientist and expert on political donations to campaigns, were on point and debunked this nonsense.~

    AP Suggests Obama has a Donor Problem — What does the Empirical Evidence Have to Say?


    Q (me): Is it correct to conclude, as the AP report noted, that “larger donations are the strongest signs of enthusiasm“?

    A (Bonica): I don’t think this is really the case. Large contributions signal more about how much time and effort Obama is putting into big-ticket fundraising events. If someone can afford to drop thousands of dollars per plate at one of these events, I presume they would wait until Obama visits their area before writing a check. If they give the maximum amount over the internet, they are technically barred from giving again at the fundraising event. Small donors and midsized donors are arguably a better indicator of enthusiasm, and Obama appears to have done quite well in this respect.

    Q: Should Obama be worried that, as the AP noted, “Records also show a handful of Obama contributors from 2008 donated to Romney this time; none appeared to give to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, another leading GOP candidate.”

    A: I’ve run the numbers on where Obama ‘08 donors are giving in 2012. I included the cross-tabs below—the columns are donors to a candidates ‘08 campaign and the rows are the totals/percentages given to 2012 presidential candidates. I count 793 donors that gave to Obama in ‘08 and Romney in ‘12, which represents 2.3 percent of donors who both gave to Obama’s ‘08 campaign and gave to any of the 2012 presidential candidates. But when I perform the same calculations for donors to Romney’s ‘08 campaign, I find that 2.2 percent of his donors gave to Obama this time around. Yet the article didn’t bother to interview any former Romney donors who switched sides. My numbers cover the entire ‘08 campaign, not just April to September 2007, but they suggest that the Obama campaign has fared well in retaining it’s donor base.



    h/t Joshua Tucker

  24. 87 h
    November 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    It is me, Chipsticks. Do not understand what is happening. HZ

  25. 89 h
    November 13, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks, Chipticks.HZ

  26. 90 nathkatun7
    November 14, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Thank you Chipsticks for creating this wonderful site. The President’s interview with the Boeing executive was truly amazing. The President’s grasp of all the serious issues raised was totally breathtaking. It is really a shame that the mainstream media will never allow Americans to see this interview because it contradicts their negative appraisal of the President. I am sure I’ve said this before, but I will say it gain, I am absolutely convinced that President Obama is one of the most wonderful Presidents in my lifetime. Like any one interested in history, I have read about past great Presidents like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and the great libel icon FDR. But, since I never directly experienced the presidency of these iconic great presidents, may view of them is simply based on what I read about their records. I have, however, experienced and studied presidents since JFK. And, based on my experience and knowledge, President Obama, in terms of both intellect and temperament, is one of the best, IF NOT THE BEST, presidents in my life time. I challenge any one to offer concrete proof that proves me wrong in my assessment.

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