happy thanksgiving

Hope you and your loved ones have a perfect day tomorrow


President Barack Obama makes Thanksgiving Day phone calls to U.S. troops from the Oval Office, Nov. 24, 2011 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

267 Responses to “happy thanksgiving”

  1. 1 Rita
    November 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, dear Chip! Have a blessed day with your loved ones!!

  2. 2 COS
    November 23, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Happy, Happy Thanksgiving to my TOD friends. Rev. Al was really funny today. He gave out advice on how to handle family members at Thanksgiving who do not like PBO. 🙂 A special thanks to you Chips for this wonderful blog that keep us sane everyday. 🙂

  3. November 23, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving my American friends.

    We definitely have a lot to be thankful for. 🙂

    • 5 anniebella
      November 23, 2011 at 9:23 pm

      donna, I agree with you 100%. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

  4. November 23, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Hey Chip, I’m still reading you daily, but haven’t commented much lately. I hope you and the rest of TOD Family have a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. Thanks for all you do everyday. Take care. Carole

  5. 7 Ladyhawke
    November 23, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    To my dear Chips,

    Thank you for making our lives better with this warm, wonderful and special haven from a hostile world.

    Love you madly.


  6. 8 Proud of Obama
    November 23, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Heading to our President’s and my hometown Chicago for Thanksgiving with family. Hope everyone has an outstanding Thanksgiving.

  7. November 23, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    To Chips and the TOD family, all the way from sunny/rainy/Trinidad,have a Happy and ‘noshfilled’ Thanksgiving.
    Eat,drink and be merry and get ready to be back on track with the usual spunkiness on Friday’s comments! Cheers!

  8. 10 halo
    November 23, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Chipsticks! Thank you for all that you do for this community. Frankly, I don’t know how you’re going to keep doing this for another five years 😉

  9. 11 ML
    November 23, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Beautiful. To everyone here, especially Chipsticks, have a peaceful and blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends. This site is the highlight of my day. I am grateful for you being here to support our wonderful president and each other.

  10. November 23, 2011 at 9:10 pm


    • November 23, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      Happy Thanks Giving all. I want to share a great moment that happened for all of us today. I was in my store and a woman and I started talking. I asked her what she had planned to do for Thanksgiving. She was buying a few things and driving up the coast of Florida to see her brother. He is in the Air Force. She told me he was heading to Iraq at the end of the month. I told her I don’t know your politics but the President said he was bring the troops home by the end of the year. I asked why he was going to Iraq right now…she said “Oh, yes he is going to Iraq but also Kuwait and then Afghanistan”…I looked at her puzzled. She smiled and said, “HE IS GOING TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME!!!” His brigade is the one that brings equipment and troops OUT of war!!! He will be making several trips from Iraq to Kuwait and back…what shocked me was….HE IS GOING TO BE DOING THE SAME THING IN AFGHANISTAN SOON!!!

    • November 23, 2011 at 9:32 pm

      Ditto, Lynn. I can’t imagine getting through the day without this diary. Chips gives us a gift each day and I am very, very grateful for it. Happy Thanksgiving to all the sharp minds and caring hearts that make up this family. And thank you, Chips, for working miracles every day.

  11. 16 Hachikō
    November 23, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    It’s been a while since I’ve been here, because I’ve been without a computer for some time now. I just spent the last 2 hours catching up on several weeks’ worth of posts, and I am reminded why I love this site so much.

    I wish Chip and all the TOD members and their loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving. Treasure this time with your family and friends. In the end, the memories you’ve shared with them are all you have.

    Be blessed everyone.

    • November 23, 2011 at 11:38 pm

      Hi Hachiko. Welcome back. It’s such a coincident seeing a post from you tonight. Believe it or not, I was just thinking about you this morning. You may not know me. I used to be a lurker here on TOD, but now I’m a fullfledged member of the wonderful TOD Family. Aren’t you the person who relocated about a year or so ago from Florida to NY, I think? Way back in the day when I first came to TOD, I remember seeing a very long thread devoted to your adventures while traveling with your pet dog in a rented U-haul across the Southeast. I also recall how the then small family of TODders were so relieved that you had made it safely to your destination. I remember being so impressed that Chipsticks would devote a whole thread to your adventures, and everyone who commented seemed so caring. Seeing all of the love that was shown to you made me de-lurk and become an active member of TOD. 🙂 I haven’t seen many posts from you since your move, but I always had hoped that everything would be okay for you.

      Coincidently, I thought of you this morning was when I saw a tweet from someone asking whether or not the President had done the traditional turkey pardon yet. Someone replied to the tweeter’s request that a thread with pictures of the presidential pardon were posted over at theobamadiary.com. Even though the tweeter’s screen name was not “Hachiko “(it was “marabout”), for some reason I thought of you. And here you showed up at TOD tonight after being gone from awhile. Glad to see you’re back. 🙂

      • November 24, 2011 at 3:21 pm

        Hachiko, Welcome back. I too just thouht of you this week. I know how frustrating it is to be without a computer and wondered what was going on with the President and knew I could go to TOD and find out but didn’t have a screen to see. I hope that things are well with you and I also remember your trip and marabout in a past life on another site. I hope you are able to stay and things are fixed with the computer problem. Happy Thanksgiving to you dear Chips and all of you TODers. May you all be blessed in this coming year and have your walking boots on to help reelect our President for another term. God bless all.

      • 21 Hachikō
        November 26, 2011 at 9:04 pm

        Hi newcenturywoman! Yes, that is me. All of it! LOL. I go by marabout40 on twitter. I’ve been out of the loop on so much since my computer died (on my roommate’s right now).

        Thank you for thinking of me and the well wishes. 🙂

        Happy holidays!

  12. 22 halo
    November 23, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Anyone think PBO will be visitng Iraq any time soon for their last Thanksgiving? Or perhaps next month for their last Christmas?

  13. 23 MTmarilyn
    November 23, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I agree with everything everyone else is saying. I am so thankful for The Obama Dairy, Miss Chips!!!!! and the whole TOD family! You all are such an important part of my life. I am thankful for the Obama family and the Biden family. I am thankful for my health and for my wonderful husband of 40 years and my children. I have so much to be thankful for. I hope all of you have a beautiful and wonderful day tomorrow.

  14. 24 Betsy
    November 23, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I wish all of my fellow TOD’ers and especially you Chipsticks and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving, one of fun, fellowship and peace, remembering to be thankful for all that we have, most especially, for having such a great President and First Lady in President Obama and Michelle Obama, and VP Biden and his wife Dr. Biden.

  15. November 23, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Thanks to all the great and wonderful folks here at TOD – may everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving. There are so many many things to be thankful for. I count my blessings and you all are a part of those blessings. I feel very grateful that I have found a supportive and safe site to come to and get involved with supporting our President.

    {{chips}} A big thanks for all you do. You’re simply awesome.

    Thanks so much to EVERYONE once again.

    w00t! now I gotta go premake a bunch of stuff! Get ready yams! You’re about to get peeled! 🙂

  16. 26 desertflower
    November 23, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I echo the sentiments of all of you that call this place “home”. I have much to be thankful for, most especially Our First Family, The Second Family, and all of you here that make my days (and nights) so much fun….see, learning IS fun! Very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone….share love with your friends and family, and do some small act of kindness for others…everyday.

  17. 27 jacquelineoboomer
    November 23, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Beautiful choice of photos, Chips! I’m so thankful for President Obama. Hope he and his family – and everyone here – have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Here’s President Lincoln’s proclamation of thanksgiving from 1863:


    I’m also thankful for the Four Freedoms espoused by FDR in 1941 (not specifically linked to Thanksgiving, but what we hope for the world):

    “The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants—everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear—which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor—anywhere in the world.”

  18. 29 FiredUpInCA
    November 23, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to the sanest, smartest, funniest, committed people on the internet. Thank you posters, linkers and lurkers. Press on and pass the sweet potato pie.

  19. 30 JoJothecat
    November 23, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving my dear Chips and all the TOD family. I feel so blessed to have a place like this to support the best president in the 21st century and his wonderful family. I am thankful for you Chips and everyone that posts here, you are like family,may God Bless you all!

  20. 31 FiredUpInCA
    November 23, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    President Barack Obama no longer an underdog (but let’s still act like he is.) This is the second positive article today found at Yahoo! headlines. They must be celebrating Opposite Day over there. I honestly don’t know what’s going on:

    “Pretty much since the day he was elected president of the United States in November 2008, Barack Obama has been the favorite on prediction markets like Intrade and Betfair to win re-election for a second term, as most incumbents do. That changed in September and October, when the budget stalemate and grim economic news turned Obama, for the first time, into an underdog.

    But after bottoming out on October 8, when the prediction markets gave him a 48 percent chance of winning re-election, Obama has slowly and steadily climbed back to his August levels. His current odds, computed as an average of Intrade and Betfair, give him a 51.4 percent chance to win.

    Obama’s poll results and approval ratings are ticking up now, too. While it’s tempting to credit scandals (exhibit C and G) or infighting among Obama’s potential Republican rivals, or Republican stubbornness in the ongoing deficit reduction debate, the simplest explanation harkens back to the signature phrase of Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign, “It’s the economy, stupid.”

    Brighter economic news and the prospect of a decent holiday season have handicappers wagering that economic conditions, or at least momentum, will be sufficient next fall that many voters will consider themselves better off in 2012 than 2008, and pull the lever for Obama.


    • November 23, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      Good perspective Fired Up. Remember when Nate Silver put the president’s chances at 17 percent? I would so love to see him eating roast crow next Thanksgiving, rather than turkey. Okay, I’m going to try to follow our president’s model and wish even Nate a Happy Thanksgiving.

    • November 24, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      If willard tries that “It’s the economy, stupid”..which why not, he’ll try anything? I say the Obama Campaign fires back with “NO, it’s about The People vs Corporations.. and they’re not people, stupid.”

      Thanks for the article, FiredUP.

  21. November 23, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Chips and everyone here. The picture of Dr. MLK really makes my heart feel grateful and thankful. I am glad that we have this peaceful place to come and share positive insights while supporting our President. Have a blessed day. Thanks again, Chip for all the hard work that you do.

  22. November 23, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to the master of the best site on the Internet, and thus lovely family. Next year we’ll be celebrating the landslide. 🙂

    • 38 Betsy
      November 24, 2011 at 12:34 am

      Miss you BWD. Any idea of when you’ll be back on your blog? Hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving. It is thanks to you that I found not only TOAITR, but also this TOD family. You kept me sane after all the craziness, so I give you a special thanks this Thanksgiving eve.

    • 39 cuphalffull
      November 24, 2011 at 7:38 am

      I also found my way here from your site. Blessed Thanksgiving to you.

    • 40 Little Lulu
      November 24, 2011 at 11:49 am

      Happy Thanskgiving, bwd! We miss you! Can’t wait for your huge return in time for the general election. Hope you’re well and HAPPY! We love you!!!

    • 41 Tracy
      November 24, 2011 at 1:07 pm

      And Happy Thanksgiving to you, BWD, and many thanks for your fierce spirit and all that you do. Miss TOAITR but love your tweets! Together We Can.

    • November 24, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      I totally concur, BWD! Good to see you around this internet!

  23. 43 meabloom
    November 23, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving TOD Family. I am thankful for you all, especially you Chips.
    Hope you all have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving.
    Happy Thanksgiving to our First Family as well.


  24. November 23, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I am thankful for many things, including my TOD family. Thank you for being here in times when I needed to come here and just be here to read, dialogue and breathe.

    Thank you for the many, many kind words through my small successes and my sad times.

    You are some of the best people ever!!

    Chips, a special thanks to you for all that you do. You give us a place to laugh, vent, and share our thoughts. Thank you so much.

    Happy and safe Thanksgiving everyone!!

  25. November 23, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Happy Turkey Day everybody…Here’s a Pres. Obama flashback from 1995 😀

    • 48 bonkers
      November 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm

      What a great clip. I love hearing him talk about his mother in the present tense and not in the past. She did get to see him clearly heading on the path to greatness and must’ve thought all this was possible, which warms my heart.

      It’s an interesting piece of historical study now with what he’s become. Notice the point where she says, “community leader,” and the young future President corrects her and insists it’s understood that it’s community “organizer,” implying that it’s a very important point to understand that it’s not about one singular “leader.” (about 9:30 in) A very telling moment.

      I had been given this book by my better half after President Obama became an Illinois Senator in 2004 and was moved by it even then. How great to see him talking about it 10 years earlier and with the same intellectual power he shows today…and not a teleprompter in sight! I’m so thankful to be alive while this man and his family are in the White House.

    • November 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks Rock..what a great Thanksgiving Day Gift! I then looked up when Stanley Ann passed on and more of her life story in wiwipedia. She passed on Nov 7, 1995 and coincidently my mother passed on Nov 7, 1997.

      I like this quote on her life very much..

      “If you were concerned about something going wrong in the world, Stanley would know about it first. We were liberals before we knew what liberals were.” Another called her “the original feminist”.


  26. November 23, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Chipsticks and the entire TOD family.

    I also suggest that We all send a Thanksgiving greeting directly to President Obama and family at the White House contact page. here’s the link:

    I bet The First Family would be thrilled especially if we each include a small reference to this website in our message. Cheers everyone 😆

    • November 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm

      Did this today. It felt good to tell the president how much we love him.

    • 52 PurpleShoesLA
      November 23, 2011 at 10:58 pm

      Done! Here’s what I sent. Happy Turkey Day everyone!

      Ahem, *** MIC CHECK ***

      MC: MIC CHECK!
      People: “Mic check!”

      MC: Mr. President!
      People: “Mr. President!”

      MC: We the people!
      People: “We the People!”

      MC: “would like to wish”
      People: “would like to wish”

      MC: “You, the First Family, VP Biden, Dr. Jill Biden and the White House Staff and their families”
      People: “You, the first family, VP Biden, Dr. Jill Biden and the entire White House Staff and their families”

      MC: a Happy and Restful Thanksgiving!
      People: “a Happy and Restful Thanksgiving!”

      MC: and we’d like you to know
      People: “and we’d like to know”

      MC: “that we STILL have your back!”
      People: “that we STILL have your back!”

      MC: THANK YOU!
      People: “THANK YOU!”

      *** END MIC CHECK***

  27. 58 Robert
    November 23, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Over here in Barbados we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but I wish all the good and friendly American people on this wonderful site a truly peaceful and safe holiday with your families and love ones.

  28. November 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Happy pre Gobble Gobble Day, everyone.
    ps- Gone with the Wind on AMC!!!!!!! hehehehehhehehe!! Love that movie 🙂 🙂

  29. November 23, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    I am thankful for TOD, thank you CHIPS and everyone here

  30. 62 PurpleShoesLA
    November 23, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Wishing everyone here at TOD and your respective loved ones a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving! Despite all the daily strum and drang, we still do have much to be thankful for….this site being one them! 🙂 Specials thanks to you Chips for all that you do and I hope you have an especially PERFECT day tommorrow. You deserve it. 😀

    Gobble, gobble, y’all… I have to go make some Mac & Cheese now for Turkey Day, since according to Pat Robertson, Mac & Cheese, is a black thang, doncha’ know. 🙄 😆 😆 Can u say Looney Tunes? I knew that you could. 🙂

    • 63 desertflower
      November 23, 2011 at 10:17 pm

      🙂 mac and cheese…lord.I didn’t know that:) Have a Happy!

    • November 24, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      I was laughing because my sister told me she’s making Mac & Cheese in addition to everything else because that all her 4 year old granddaughter would eat given Turkey Day choices. Happy Thanksgiving, PurpleShoesLA.

  31. November 23, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVE TO YOU!♪♪ [Singing is so much easier when I’m on line. 😉 ]

    For those of you who are already en route to family and friends, I wish you journeying mercies and a time of warm fellowship when you arrive!
    Those of you who are going to be up late making final preparations, I hope you’ll enjoy this as much as you will enjoy the gathering tomorrow.
    For those who won’t be able to meet up with special someones, I hope you’ll still have a good meal and company on line. Some of us will still be here at TODville during the day.

    Although we had our Thanksgiving over a month ago it never hurts to express thankfulness, so here goes!

    I am thankful for President Barack Obama, FL Michelle Obama, FD’s Malia & Sacha Obama.
    I am thankful for Mrs. Robinson, whose care of the First Daughters lessens their parents’ stress.
    I am also thankful for Joe & Dr. Jill Biden and their children and their down to earth, caring lifestyles.
    I am thankful for the men and women of the Secret Service, who toil faithfully and quietly,
    And I am thankful for the members of the Obama-Biden Administration who

    I am thankful for The Obama Diary.
    I am thankful for the many committed ‘journalist-researchers’ in our village.
    I am thankful for the humour that frequently brings us back from the edge.
    I am thankful that we can sometimes disagree, without being disagreeable.
    I am so, so, so thankful for the PICTURES! Yeah, talented Chipsticks! 😛

    Most of all, I am thankful for Chips Chica’s dedication, without which, many of us would be lost in cyberspace!
    Merci Mille Fois, Mme. Chipsticks!

    *****************************************************HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE!*****************************************

  32. November 23, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING my TOD family!!!!

    Without you guys I’d be bald and angry.

    😀 😀 😀

  33. November 23, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Chips – just sent you a little video present – check your email.

  34. 69 desertflower
    November 23, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    You guys are the best! Really…we help each other, guide each other, support each other,laugh, cry, struggle….but we have this safe home. Love you, Chips. Truly. Madly.

    I think we all ought to start saving our $$$ to meet in Vegas after the President is re elected 🙂 It’ll be FINE…what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! We would kick Vegas’ ass….just thinking how much fun that would be……..

    • November 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      I am so down with a TOD Vegas Fest. 😀 😀 😀

    • 73 nathkatun7
      November 24, 2011 at 1:19 am

      That’s a wonderful idea! Haven’t been to Vegas for over fifteen years though I am about six hours away. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Desertflower! With the kind of passion that you and Aquagranny pack every day I am really hopeful that we can flip Arizona into a blue state for the President.

      • 74 desertflower
        November 24, 2011 at 9:28 am

        Let’s do this thing! I’ve never been, so it’ll all be a big surprise to me:) AG and I have been around the block a few times…. feisty women that we are…I would LOVE to see AZ blue…and I’ll work hard to make it happen! Glad you’re in! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family…all the best to you!

    • 75 Alycée (@jazziz2)
      November 24, 2011 at 10:48 am

      I’m in; haven’t been to Vegas since June 1982…

  35. 77 theo67
    November 23, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Thanks for everything you do, Chipsticks – you’re a Godsend.

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone – safe journey for all who are travelling. And for any fellow Canadians living in the US – enjoy your/our second Thanksgiving celebration of the year! Clearly, we’re doubly blessed…


  36. November 23, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here at The Obama Diary!!! My your day and your lives be filled with Thanksgiving!!!!!!!

  37. 81 auni
    November 23, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you Chips for all you do. I want to remember those who might be alone this Thanksgiving. I remember the years I was alone and made my day a blessing for myself by serving at a shelter–it made all the difference. I also am grateful for whatever gave me my attitude and belief system–God, my parents, my education–whatever. I am so grateful to have a heart that feels compassion for the less fortunate. It’s a blessing that serves me well. I don’t quite know how to explain it–maybe I’m just glad to not have a Republic heart! Hope someone understands what I mean. Happy Thanksgiving.

    • 82 desertflower
      November 23, 2011 at 11:13 pm

      So nicely said. Bet we ALL understand what you meant. Empathy and compassion for others is a prerequisite to being a decent human being. We got that. Happy Thanksgiving to you,auni…

    • 83 bonkers
      November 24, 2011 at 12:09 am

      COMPLETELY understand, auni. Great comment!

  38. 84 Lorraine
    November 23, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    I’m thanking that the Lord allowed then Senator Obama to become our 44th President of the Greatest Country in the world that God created. Isaiah 9:6.

  39. 85 Lorraine
    November 23, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Lawrence O’Donnell is on fire once again, calling out the lying liar WILLARD Mitt flippy floppy Romney.

    • 86 COS
      November 23, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      OMG, Lorraine we must have been writing at the same time. 🙂

      • 87 Lorraine
        November 23, 2011 at 11:06 pm

        I think so. 🙂 He was amazing!!! I was hoping he didn’t fainting because his face was getting beet red!

      • 88 L3
        November 24, 2011 at 8:12 am

        I saw that and it was great. Lawrence was BRUTAL. Hopefully other “journalists” will take note.

        Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Chips, I want you to know that I have made a list of great blogs to hand out to volunteers I’ve recruited through OFA Detroit. TOD, my favorite, is at the top of that list. I was inspired to do so by many volunteers who are very unhappy with the way PBO is covered. My suggestion to them is you do have other options. Your hard work makes it possible for those who love the President to see his work on our behalf covered with fairness and respect. Thank you for that.

        • November 24, 2011 at 1:32 pm

          L3 and TOD Family,
          Happy Thanksgiving to All! L3, you have perfectly expressed why I am proud to be a part of The Obama Diary Family. President Obama works hard everyday, and in everyway to make our lives better and fairer. It is painful to watch the MSM cover our wonderful President, his administration, and the First Family. They do not give him credit for single-handedly returning our nation to a respected government. Nor do they explain the extreme nature of the republican policies, and they do not explain the damage republicans are causing our nation. We must continue to have the President’s Back. He certainly has ours.

          Chips, Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you.

  40. 90 LadyTNT
    November 23, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving TOD Family!! I know I don’t comment much, but please believe I check in every day, all day(even when I’m at work)!! I appreciate all that you do Chips!! I don’t know where I would be without this site.My sister just said to me the other day, “what are you going to do when they’re out of the White House?” I said, “I don’t know.” I love it here, being able to check on a First Family that I genuinely love. I’ve never been the type of person to fawn over people I’ve never met,but I actually love them and you guys here make following them even more pleasurable. Thank you for making me more politically sound, although I try not to have political discussions because I am not reasonable when it comes to President Obama and his family. I take it personal when people say not so nice things about the President. I’m trying to work on that. Anyway, I said all that to say, THANK YOU President Obama and First Family, THANK YOU Chips, and THANK YOU TOD Family!!

    • 91 jacquelineoboomer
      November 24, 2011 at 12:27 am

      Well, LadyTNT, if you have “to work on that,” that means the rest of us do, too!

      Happy Thanksgiving!

  41. November 23, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Hi Chips and TOD Family may you all be Blessed with love and happiness Happy Thanksgiving.

  42. 93 COS
    November 23, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Lawrence O’Donnell sure smacked down Romney tonight. The end of his show is a must see. He repeatedly called Romney out in his rewrite for the liar that he is.

  43. November 23, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving All! We have much to be thankful for, including Chips, this Obama Diary Family, and of course, our Phenomenal First Family!

    Have some PIE (perhaps sweet potato, like PBO likes):

    • 99 isonprize
      November 23, 2011 at 11:49 pm

      I’m pretty sure that this was in Philadelphia when Pres. (then candidate) Obama stopped in 4 different neighborhoods of Philadelphia in one day!!! Yeah, baby! He had folks offering to bring pies on the campaign trail and to the White House for him!!! LOLOLOL

      Happy Thanksgiving to all the TOD family!! I hope that everyone travels safely, eats well, shares with those who may not be so fortunate and has a blast with family and friends!

    • 100 nospin
      November 24, 2011 at 10:46 am

      I loved this one. Poor then Senator Obama must have been starving. lolol

    • 101 EDP4BHO
      November 25, 2011 at 10:33 am

      I was there and it was funny. Looking at the You Tube sight on this video, it amazes me that the likes are about 1100, but the dislikes are over 680. Imagine that hateful people seek out these videos to disparage PBO, and really its because they cannot get with the fact that he was elected, handily, over McCain. It would be funny if it weren’t so pathetic. If all goes as seemingly predicted, they have a whole 4 more years to be miserable. I shall not gloat 😀

  44. November 23, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Just took a commercial break from my movie and caught Lawry taking it to the no good, good for nothing lame stream media. Called their rag tag asses out and used the carpet to roll up their nasty carcasses. That’s what I’m talking ’bout. Nasty ass media needs to be taken out with the trash. Back to Gone with the WInd, Scarlet just told Rhett that she didn’t want to sleep with him anymore. Rhett told her he’ll “seek comfort elsewhere” and slammed outta the room! That lying Scarlet, she knows she loves the way Rhett does his thaaang! Who’s she trying to fool? Everybody knows she ain’t no lil hot house flower. Rhett, honey, you let that lil girl alone and good ol’ Lisa will treat you right, baby! :mrgreen: 😉

    • 103 COS
      November 23, 2011 at 11:09 pm

      Lisa he sure took it to Romney and the media. I hope this lying thing stick to Romney just like the flip flopping badge. Rev. Al and Ed also talked about it again.

      • November 24, 2011 at 12:05 am


        10 stars to Rev Al, Ed, Melissa and Larry for connecting the dots….

        • 105 jacquelineoboomer
          November 24, 2011 at 12:24 am

          Yes, Bravo to MSNBC, tonight. Tomorrow? Who knows! But tonight they brought it home. (I wish Melissa were Rachel’s permanent replacement.)

  45. 106 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    November 23, 2011 at 11:09 pm


    Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
    It turns what we have into enough, and more.
    It turns denial into acceptance,
    chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
    It can turn a meal into a feast,
    a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
    Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
    and creates a vision for tomorrow.

    Melody Beattie,
    Quoted in “Simple Abundance”, by Sarah Ban Breathnach


  46. November 23, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Here’s the thing about Willard Mitt Romney running for President of the United States of America: He’s just not any good at it.

    • 109 L3
      November 24, 2011 at 8:19 am

      Amen. He’s perfect until he opens his mouth.You know how even when you’re in the opposing party you can still objectively notice the opponent’s strengths. In Romney, I don’t see any strengths at all. NONE.

    • 110 vitaminlover
      November 24, 2011 at 3:18 pm

      This is so true, Tien Le. He is a goofball and he doesn’t realize how goofy he is.

  47. November 23, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I wish everyone a happy thanksgiving surrounded by friends and family. My thanks to all of you who help to make this a place of love and support.

  48. 113 Lorraine
    November 23, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Ed is going after Willard now. He is calling him Willard Romney. LOL. He is going after him for how he treated Congressman Paul and that lying commercial.

  49. November 23, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Having watched this movie many times from the age of 12. It took me till age 17, freshman year of college one Sunday afternoon while cooking in the communal kitchen to get what the look on Scarlett’s face at 41 seconds meant 😀

  50. 122 Elly in MD
    November 23, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Very late to the conversation, just thought I’d mention a couple of things that have probably been said earlier today:
    1. I heard on NPR that Pres. Obama will be mentoring two young men from the charter school that used to be called Anacostia High School in DC – what a great example he is. When he was elected I started volunteering just once a month at a health center, to honor his spirit of giving, but recently I’ve been thinking about quitting, now I know I will keep doing it because if he can do it with his schedule, I sure can.
    2. Lots of news on the radio today about people traveling more this Thanksgiving weekend because they are feeling more confident about the economy. I’m sure the Republicans are wishing they would all stay home.

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone

    • November 24, 2011 at 12:13 am

      Those two blessed young men better get ready for all the work the President will be giving them. I can see him assigning them books to read, and papers to write, etc… As per Reggie Love he worked 18 hours a day just to keep up with all his tasks for the President..

  51. 124 CTGirl
    November 23, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  52. 125 nathkatun7
    November 23, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Dear Chipsicks,

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Family!. And, Happy Thanksgiving to all the wonderful people and their families who make up the TOD family. One of the things I am thankful of this year is having discovered this blog, which fosters a deep sense of community. I am grateful for finding this site where people can seriously discuss issues, but still find time to laugh and have fun. I am especially thankful that many people here who are passionately committed to supporting the President also take time to support one another during difficult times.

    Again, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

  53. November 24, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Many thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you all, especially you Chips. Coming here I always feel like there are some who “get it”.
    Much Luv to you all. You’re a bunch of good eggs!

  54. 127 ChristiMtl
    November 24, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Happy Thanksgiving neighbors!

    Even if us Canadians had our Thanksgiving weeks ago, I am grateful for Chips and her amazing blog, it is like a family here.

    Have a safe holiday!

  55. November 24, 2011 at 12:14 am

    I spoke earlier, but now I want to speak at the close of the evening for me to my gentle spirit, Chipsticks and my TOD Family.

    I want to say, “Thank you Chipsticks for following your heart to create this beautiful have for all of us. By your actions and courage you have given our family a ‘center table’ to gather around daily to refresh our minds and souls with goodness, kindness, and respectfulness.
    At this ‘center table’ we have learned to appreciate the beautiful gift that we were given in 2008, now our Beloved President, Barack Obama.

    At this ‘Center Table’ on the Eve of a most celebrated holiday in our free country, we can express our thanks with our hearts by giving words, love, and support to our beautiful Chipsticks and family for allowing us to share precious time, and a spirit filled with so much inspiration daily.

    At this ‘Center Table’, we will give thanks on this Eve of Thanksgiving for our haven of peace, a restul place, and an intellectual well of information.

    At this ‘Center Table’, we give thanks for the many days and nights of pure laughter that sustained so many of us all across this globe sharing the precious moments of pain, sorrows of our souls.

    At this ‘Center Table.’ we give thanks for each family who is represented here in our military who have given us the freedom to walk within our communities and country streets with freedoms tucked safely within our hearts.

    At this ‘Center Table’, we give thanks for our First Family and our VPOTUS and Dr. Jill Biden and the entire Administration for holding steady when our President need them to be there with him.

    At this ‘Center Table, we give thanks for all of the many blessings that we all will share with our family, friends, and even strangers for the very precious gift of life.

    At this ‘Center Table’, we give thanks for tomorrow’s wonderful feast, the sounds of little feet, the voices of weathered wisdom from our seniors, and the beauty of the courage and hope of our young people.

    At this ‘Center Table’, I will stop and rest and be still and search deep within the center of my soul that house all chambers of the sweet peace, gentle spirits whispering to me daily to hold on, and continue to keep the hope alive that makes our TOD Family thrive.

    At this ‘Center Table,’ I will focus on the Thanks and the Give of each of my family members here who sustain my soul with sweet morsels of wisdom, courage, power, love and hope.

    This will be my prayer of Thanksgiving for my heart to all of yours here who make my life a little lighter each and everyday.

    May your “Center Tables:” be filled with the bountifulness of the gracious Giver within your own hearts on this beautiful celebration of a family that will always be the fierce sweet love that will always have that sparkle. I love you all back so very much,HZ

  56. November 24, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Here is what I’m most grateful for this Thanksgiving: that I’m able to be grateful. Gratitude is one of the keys to living a happy life. I am so grateful for this community and our fearless, fierce site owner, Chipsticks. I wouldn’t be nearly as happy as I am if this special place didn’t exist. Thank you, Chips for putting up with so much hate so we don’t have to. This is an oasis for which I am deeply grateful every day. Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you who make this the best place on the Internet.

  57. 136 Puddin'
    November 24, 2011 at 12:20 am


  58. 137 FiredUpInCA
    November 24, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: GOP edition

  59. 142 louc1
    November 24, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Happy Thanksgiving TOD family!!! Please enjoy your day with whomever you choose to spend it with. I pray the 1st family will have a joyous day filled with love and fun with their family and friends. Extra special THANK YOU to Chipsticks for your love and dedication that you pour into this site everyday – You Are Loved!!!!

  60. November 24, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Happy Thanksgiving TOD family, I am so thankful for this site and all the beautiful pictures and amazing, factual and insightful articles that Chips provide. Enjoy this beautiful season and may God continue to bless and protect President Obama and his family!

  61. 144 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    November 24, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. A special BIG thankyou to Chipsticks for providing this place to gather and regroup.
    Hope everyone has a peaceful and happy day tomorrow.

  62. 145 Taz
    November 24, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Blessings to the President, First Family, and all of you.

  63. 146 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    November 24, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Chipsticks & the TOD family!

    Am particularly thankful to be a participant in this very special community that you have created and nurtured.



  64. November 24, 2011 at 5:01 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all there in the United States!!!

    (p.s. did anyone see the news of that rude anchor who flipped the bird after mentioning the Presidents name on Russian news today? http://htp.asylum.co.uk/2011/11/19/video-russian-tv-news-reporter-caught-swearing/ – the REN TV station have been trying to remove videos as copyright to stop it circling online)

  65. 148 criquet
    November 24, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to all. Thanks for all the camaraderie, passion and fight that inspires TOD family.
    I appreciate so much about this blog and those who post here. It is a daily lift and sanity saver.

    Hail to you Ms Chipsticks for your outstanding work and commitment.

    We ,like you, will be pressing on , I’m sure.

  66. November 24, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to the TOD family. Thank you Chips for creating and maintaining this wonderful oasis which refreshes us daily. Thank you to the support you share for the Greatest President , his family, this administration, and each other. May God Bless you all.

  67. 150 Titti
    November 24, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to all at TODville – hope you have a lovely and blessed one!!

  68. November 24, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Good Thanksgiving morning to all my family here. I am thankful for each of you. may you and you family have a blessed, peace-filled day!
    THANKS, Chips, for giving us this place.

  69. 152 donna dem 4 obama
    November 24, 2011 at 7:44 am


    Have a safe holiday.

    The family is all here and I’m beginning to hear them stir about upstairs so I wanted to stop in and give a shout out to our lovely Chips and Family here at TOD.

    Last year BWD inspired a video of Thanksgiving and I wanted to remind us all of that video today:

    I’m grateful to President Obama

    • November 24, 2011 at 11:49 am

      Here’s the updated post from last year by BWD (you can see all the comments by clicking on the pictures): http://blackwaterdog.wordpress.com/2010/12/25/im-greatful-2/

      We are a vibrant, diverse, committed, fierce community of Obamacrats, Obamabots, or more simply, supporters and fierce advocate of our President. Happy Thanksiving to all but special thanks, again (you can never say thank you enough), to our indefatigable, talented, marvelous Chips, who gives us food for thought, inspiration; makes us laugh, and inspires us to work for Obama/Biden 2012. And endless gratitude for keeping trolls and hate out. A rarity on the Internet.

  70. 154 StylishGurl
    November 24, 2011 at 7:51 am


  71. 155 Fred
    November 24, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Happy;Safe;Blessed Thanksgiving to Chip who holds this place down everyday.Thank you Chips so very much you are the soul of this site.Happy Thanksgiving to each and everyone of you from my family and I.A special Happy Thanksgiving to our HZ.May you feel better today and the coming days with your loved ones.
    I want to Thank God for all that I have and for my family especially.Say Thank you for POTUS;FLOTUS;the First Daughters;VP and 2nd Lady Biden;their children and grandchildren and each and every members of the Obama Administration and for the Soldiers keeping my family and I and our Country safe and for their families as well

  72. 156 ChristiMtl
    November 24, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends. Have a safe holiday and enjoy!

    For those who didn’t see Lawrence O’Donnel rewrite last night, here it is.

    I just watched it and it’s fantastic.

    He’s not afraid to call a liar a liar.


  73. November 24, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to all and a special thanks to Chipsticks for this wonderful place. I don’t comment often but I read everything . This is the best place for information. Thanks to all of you and enjoy the day.

  74. 159 dotster3
    November 24, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Heading to Indy for din and a couple of days with youngest daughter and son-in-law and others. Wanted to say Happy Stuffing Day (Sarah Palin ruined turkey for me forever) to all my fellow travelers here. Thankful for my family of course, altho hubby is annoying me right now asking what he should wear for din :), for the sanity-saving, clever and talented chipsticks! and for the intelligence, depth and character of our much loved president, who connects in every way each and every day.

  75. November 24, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Happy Thanksgiving, Chips and to all TOD family. I’m inspired by you everyday and give thanks for the many really good people here and out there doing good and great things every day.

    “You make me so very happy. I’m so glad you came into my life. “- Blood, Sweat and Tears.

  76. 161 Asher in Boston
    November 24, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to the TOD family and Chipsticks and this marvelous site . I am thankful for my family and the gift of life to be here today and for all the good things in my life. Then I am thankful for our wonderful President and his family and V.P. Biden, Dr. Jill and their families. To crown it all so thankful that this year I became a U.S. citizen and God knows how happy and eager I am to cast my ballot for the Obama/ Biden ticket. God is good.

    • November 24, 2011 at 9:31 am

      Asher!! Congratulations on your Citizenship.. oh my goodness, so very happy for you 🙂

    • 163 desertflower
      November 24, 2011 at 9:44 am

      OMG! Congratulations, Asher on becoming a citizen….welcome! Have a restful, enjoyable day with your family and friends.

    • 164 JoJothecat
      November 24, 2011 at 10:31 am

      Asher – Congratulations and Happy Thanksgiving, your TOD family is so proud of you!

      • 165 Asher in Boston
        November 24, 2011 at 12:31 pm

        Thanks, Sherijr, df and JoJo. I cant wait to vote for Potus, VPotus, and Elizabeth Warren, so that Scott Brown can go back to driving his crappy truck for a living back in wretham were he damn belongs and not occupying our late sen. Kennedy’s seat. Gosh, I almost pulled all my hair out when they called the election for him. I blame the Dems for not coming out to vote.

        • 166 africa
          November 24, 2011 at 1:09 pm

          Congrats Asher. I too got my citizenship in 2008. I voted for the first time ever in my life for POTUS! And I can’t wait to do it again.

          Happy Thanksgiving!!

        • 167 desertflower
          November 24, 2011 at 1:32 pm

          🙂 Senator Brown better not get too cozy.:) I love Elizabeth Warren…and so will the people of MA!

    • 168 Betsy
      November 24, 2011 at 11:38 am

      I know how you feel, I became a US citizen in 2009 and I, too, will cast my first vote in a presidential election and it will be my privilege and pleasure to vote for PBO and VPBiden in 2012!

  77. November 24, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Wishing all of you here a Happy and peaceful Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a good day and may I take this opportunity to thank chipsticks for this wonderful sanctuary. Just taken a break from preparing Thanksgiving dinner for 10! Usually we just do a family meal but my son was telling his friends about it so we invited them and their family too. Looking forward to a fun evening.

    God bless you all and enjoy your day.

    Love you all.

    • November 24, 2011 at 6:59 pm

      Happy thanksgiving to CHIPS anf TOD family for making this a hate free blog. Look even PBO is showing washington people that you are your neighbors keeper by sharing.

  78. 172 collegekay
    November 24, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Happy Thanksgiving all!

    A new PBO flashback video for your enjoyment.

      • 174 Tracy
        November 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm

        What a wonderful interview! Such consistency. It’s is striking how different the language of democrats is from that of GOP: we talk about fairness, justice, education for all, investment in our common future, virtues of diversity while they talk about the “Other”, fear, small government and no taxes, and of course, war. The contrast is stark whenever you look at those who attend debates, campaign stops for GOP (shades of white) and President Obama (rainbow). Out of many we are one, while we breathe, we hope. Yes we can!

  79. 175 nosppin
    November 24, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Happy Thanksgiving All. Thanks to Chips for all she has done to support our President. Blessings to everyone at TOD and your families.

  80. November 24, 2011 at 9:02 am

    ♥ ♥ ♥ Happy Thanksgiving Chips! Happy Thanksgiving TOD Family! ♥ ♥ ♥

    Barack Obama Quote O’ The Day

    So today, I’m thankful to serve as your President and Commander-and-Chief. I’m thankful that my daughters get to grow up in this great country of ours. And I’m thankful for the chance to do my part, as together, we make tomorrow better than today. Thanks, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    –From Thanksgiving Greeting, November 24, 2011

    Have a great day, everyone! 😛

  81. 178 nosppin
    November 24, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I like the clip where FLOTUS contacted the military spouse. It would have been great if we could have heard more from Jessica vs. FLOTUS to get a sense of her thoughts. It looked like the Jessica had something to say to FLOTUS but didn’t get a chance to express them.

    • 179 anniebella
      November 24, 2011 at 11:20 am

      I agree nospin, but Jessica said she is so please when folks just say Thank You. I just love the idea of FLOTUS calling military families and thanking them, like the President call the military soldiers and thank them. That is so wonderful. Looking at that video, it just put a smile on my face this morning. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. In case any veterans or military men or women or their families are reading this, let me say Thanks for what you do. God bless you all.

  82. November 24, 2011 at 9:07 am


  83. 181 nabsentia23
    November 24, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Happy Turkey day to all!

    And I want to thank Chipsticks for helping me maintain my political sanity.

  84. 182 24Sass
    November 24, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to all at TOD. And to my wonderful friend in Mass….miss you!
    May your thankfuls be many and your happiness overflow.

  85. November 24, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Wishing Chips and all TODers a Happy Thanksgiving!!

    Enjoy your day with family and friends, and don’t forget to save a piece of pie for POTUS, especially if it’s sweet potato pie.

    LUV and blessings to you all!

  86. 184 hopefruit2
    November 24, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to Chips and TOD family and community!

  87. 185 meta
    November 24, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I give thanks to Chips for this most beautiful space and to all who gather here to share their thoughts, great kindness, wisdom and camaraderie. I am so grateful to all of you for enriching my life, just as President Obama and The First Lady has enriched ours. My hope is that all enjoy their feast fully and we continue to share our love and support for The First Family and for one another.

    Love to all and Happy Thanksgiving!!

  88. November 24, 2011 at 9:48 am

    From OFA blog on Thanksgiving-

    From bringing our troops in Iraq home for the holidays to giving millions of Americans access to affordable health insurance, we can all be thankful for the progress we’ve made together over the last three years.

    As friends and families across the country come together this holiday weekend, we’re wondering: what are you most thankful for? Help celebrate Thanksgiving Day by letting us know.


    And I also say happy thanksgiving. The official Countdown clock gas started for the election season- 40 days to Iowa primary!

  89. November 24, 2011 at 10:01 am

    A Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving Day to this wonderful TOD family and especially to the one who has made it possible: Chipsticks!

  90. 188 symmetry11
    November 24, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Wishing all my dedicated friends here at TOD a very Happy Thanksgiving. Although I have never met you, I hold you close in my heart and appreciate the love that is shared here each and every day. Be safe, be happy and above all, be thankful. Peace and Love!

  91. 189 desertflower
    November 24, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Chips…I don’t know how to put this video up of the President’s Thanksgiving message….Benen had it, so here you go 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving.


  92. November 24, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Good Morning TOD peeps and a Beautiful Happy Thanksgiving to you all~

  93. 191 Lightfoot
    November 24, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Chipstick, my warmest wishes and appreciation to you for continually updating this website. It is an awesome, amazing, haven. I simply love
    checking in at least several times a day (or, there-about) to read, and especially to watch the video posts.
    And, to everyone else along with Chipstick; Happy Holidays 😀

  94. 192 ber6964
    November 24, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Good Morning and Happy Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

  95. November 24, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Thanksgiving ? What thanksgiving ? I know nothing, I know nothing.

    I’m a frakkin’ indian.

    Have a great TG weekend everyone. 😉 😉

  96. 196 carolyn
    November 24, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I’m late to the party, but my feelings are the same as have been expressed, deep heartfelt thanks for this sane spot in a crazy world. Also, thanks for our wonderful president and family who are such role models for all of us.
    My heart is full today with love and thanksgiving for thousands of blessings, too numerous to mention. Blessings to all of our service people, all of our families and those our families love, and all of you here.

  97. November 24, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Wali Mohammad, a Taliban leader, and four others were detained on Thursday while traveling from Pakistan to southern Afghanistan, according to Lt. Gregory P. Keeley from the NATO International Security Assistance Force. The five were carrying “a quantity of bomb making materials,” Keeley added, saying that security forces seized those materials in the Nahr-e Saraj district.

    Mohammed fled Afghanistan during a 2008 raid and was “closely connected” to Taliban leadership, Keeley said.

  98. November 24, 2011 at 11:13 am

    This guy is running third party-
    He flipped on the bush tax cuts, now he wants to end them.
    Expect to see him on morning Joe as a regular guest, every day for the next year! Lol!

    • November 24, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      I’d welcome it because I think he’d pull a lot more from the Republican side – he’s seen as Wall Street’s best friend. That was basically a fluff piece, and Bloomberg isn’t the giant the piece makes him out to be. He barely won re-election after changing the law in NY so he could run for a third term. Also he wouldn’t play well in Red State America. He’s another Giuliani -NYC Mayors get big heads to think they matter much more than they do. Giuliani also had a much bigger national political profile.

      I think Bloomberg’s focus will be back on his media interests where he might look to take on Fox, and offer up a middle of the road, non-hyper partisan type network that doesn’t scream and shout and doesn’t allow anybody on connected to a campaign or politician to come and do nothing but spew talking points.

    • November 24, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      Bloomberg isn’t running for President. He *may* take a run at Cuomo for NY Governor, but not president. He has too many thing that can be used against him in a national election, and he wants to finish turning NYC into a city for multimillionaires.

      * He used his Wall Street dollars to buy off the city council when he wanted to sidestep term limits. He spent more than 100 million on the election and only won by 5 percentage points. (Bill Thompson spent under 10 million on his campaign.)

      * He’s dumped some of NYC’s homeless population onto other cities via free one-way tickets.

      3 – He gave the NYC Taxi contract (and jobs) to a company building the cars in Mexico, instead of the company that wanted to build them in NYC.

      4 -He is deliberately planning gentrification to push middle-class and minority populations out of NYC and into the surrounding (unprepared) suburbs (more dumping) to make more room for the very wealthy.

      5 – He’s continuing the systematic destruction of the NYC Public school system. Cronyism, corruption, test fixing, student warehousing, cooking the books on the dropout rate…. and on, and on.

      If he wants to run for PBO’s office in an anti-Wall Street environment, it’s his money to burn.

    • November 24, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      bloomberg is a joke and New Yorkers can’t stand him because he change the rules to benefit himself. I did hear him yesterday on andrea mitchell show state he is not concerned who caused the melt down of the economy in 2008.. Well that is the sound bite that should be played over and over again because once again a 1 percenter trying to erase history.

    • November 24, 2011 at 4:12 pm

      Fookin’ Bloomberg..who does he think he’s fooling?

  99. 205 desertflower
    November 24, 2011 at 11:15 am

    My gift to all of you….did I say how much I miss this show?? Since I am not computer savvy…this is the West Wing Butterball Hotline clip….where DID smart TV programming go? I’m jonesing.


  100. 208 nospin
    November 24, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Mitt Romney tells CNN debate his real first name is Mitt – it’s really Willard

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/mitt-romney-tells-cnn-debate-real-mitt-willard-article-1.981497#ixzz1edoe78q9

    this stuff is too funny. You can’t make this up.

  101. November 24, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone on The Obama Diary. We do not celebrate Thanksgiving in Trinidad & Tobago but I am thankful for Pres Obama and family, Vice Pres Biden and family, The Obama Diary, my good health and strength and I look forward to supporting all of you in the year ahead. Enjoy.

    • November 24, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      Hi socasweet. Great to see another Trini on this most excellent blog.

      I too are thankful for President Obama and his family. May he continue to lead his country through these times.

  102. 213 Little Lulu
    November 24, 2011 at 11:41 am

    So grateful for you Chipsticks! This site brightens my every day and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. So, so, so grateful that Barack Obama is our president. This country is SO lucky he is so willing to work so hard every day for all of us, even the haters. He’s truly a great example for all humans on this planet. And that iconic photo at the top of this post just speaks to my soul. It makes me proud to be an American. Next year, I’m looking forward to being grateful for another four years of PBO. Love you all! HAPPY THANKSGIVING TOD FOLLOWERS!

  103. November 24, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Happy and peaceful thanksgiving wishes are sent to the entire TOD family and the people of the USA from Montserrat. May this your day brings the joy and peace that will sustain you until this time next year.

    Although we do not celebrate the day in Montserrat, it falls in the month that we hold our church harvest celebrations in which we too send up to the Almighty our heartfelt gratitude and thanks.

    This morning, I prayed a special thank you prayer for President Obama, his family, his administration and the US men annd women in uniform whose sacrifices secure not only the American people but people everywhere, even in a tiny island such as Montserrat. I aslo thanked our God for those people, especially TODers who are working diligently to ensure the president’s re-election. Then my spirit stirred within me and I found myself thanking Him for the land-slide victory in 2012 for President Obama because some chronic red states will turn blue and those that became blue in 2008 will become bluer. It’s as if the Master above was giving me the message to pass on.

    Stay strong and positive everyone; and every day for the next year, right up to election day, let us take a few minutes to thank God for the president’s victory at the polls. Thank Him as if it was already done. With our joint faith, we will destroy every evil plot that targets him and his family.

    A bessed Thanksgiving Day to all.

    Hi socasweet! I will be in Trinidad next week for the CXC meeting. I was there in September and enjoyed my stay. I’m looking forward to visiting again.

  104. November 24, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone – in case you missed them, I added a couple of videos and a Pete Souza photo to the post. HUGE thanks for all the kind greetings, really appreciate them. Will drop in again later to say hello 😉

    • November 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      WORKING THE PHONES: President Obama spent Thanksgiving morning calling two members of each branch of the military and thanking them for their service overseas, according to a pool report.

      The White House did not release the names of the 10 service members called.
      Later, the president will sit down to a Thanksgiving feast with unidentified “friends, family and staff,” the pool reports.

      On the menu: Turkey, ham, cornbread stuffing, oyster stuffing, greens, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and dinner rolls. An array of pies will be offered for dessert.

  105. November 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Good Morning TOD

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I am also grateful to Chips for all she does here and grateful to have the Obamas as our first family.

  106. November 24, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I just noticed something! When I looked at Malia patting the Turkey and smiling, she has braces.
    Good luck to Malia with her new braces.
    Anyways, time for some turkey and some arguing with my tea bagger family members!

    • 219 desertflower
      November 24, 2011 at 2:01 pm

      🙂 Remember…we make allowances for family:) Make them think….oh, to be a fly on the wall….

    • 220 globalcitizenlinda
      November 24, 2011 at 2:09 pm

      Malia has had the braces for more than a year now. her dad (PBO) commented about them many months ago that they make her look her young age and that he is happy with that

  107. November 24, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Have a happy glorious Thanksgiving dear Chips and TOD family

  108. 222 P
    November 24, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone :). I hope you all are giving thanks to the Most High God because without God’s blesssing there will be nothing to be thankful for….so thank you Lord, thank you Lord. Be Good, be happy…love you ALL!

  109. 223 defytheodds
    November 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and to our troops, veterans, and their families—and the First Family….

    And, Thank You Chips for this wonderful website.

  110. November 24, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Hi PrayerWarrior,

    Exactly what dates are you going to be in Trinidad. Maybe, if you can find the time, two foreign Obamabots can meet up and get to know each other. I am retired so I am available all the time. If so, how can we share contact information privately. i am a Prayer Warrior myself. I enjoyed your two posts that I have seen so far. Left you a message after the first one. Don’t know whether you saw it.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.


  111. November 24, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Hi Trini Donna,

    Was reading the thread from the bottom up so I only saw your message after replying to Prayer Warrior. What part of Trinidad are you from? I am from Santa Cruz. May be we can meet up also. Luckily we are not large like America, so a meet up can be easy. looking forward to hearing from you.

  112. 228 Wanda N VA 4 Obama
    November 24, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving TOD. Thank you Chips for this wonderful site which is so supportive of our lovely first family. Peace and love to everyone!!

  113. 229 Proud of Obama
    November 24, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    OMG! The VP’s office is now following me on Twitter. Guess I may have to watch what I tweet. Nah. 😀

    • 230 Fred
      November 24, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      POO Happy Thanksgiving to you from my family and I.I haven’t seen you in a while so GREAT to see you my friend 😀 It’s great they are following you so that we can relay rapid response stuff to the VP and POTUS in a no time.It’s win win if you ask me 😀

      • 231 Proud of Obama
        November 24, 2011 at 5:00 pm

        Hi Fred,
        Checking in after stuffing myself from early dinner. Good to see you, too. Hope you’ve had a great Thanksgiving. I’m honored to have VP Biden’s office following me. You’re right, it’s a win.

    • 232 Ladyhawke
      November 24, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      That’s awesome poo. I think of The Obama Diary as an extension of whitehouse.gov. whitehouse.gov is my homepage and The Obama Diary is the first blog I check each morning (followed by Steve Benen). Chips puts the msm to shame. The coverage of President Obama is just exemplary. I still can’t get over the coverage of the trip to Australia and Bali. Just amazing reporting. The msm coverage of the trip was pathetic. I wish everyone could see the West Wing Week about the trip. It’s exhausting to think of all of the work and planning that went into those hectic 9 days.

    • 233 desertflower
      November 24, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      Woot! Happy Thanksgiving, proud! That’s a BFD!

  114. 234 Jessica
    November 24, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I know I shouldn’t link to the Daily Fail but I must bring attention to the awesomeness that was Malia and Sasha’s shoes at the Turkey pardon. Seriously the deserve their own post. Scroll down to see the pic.


  115. 237 globalcitizenlinda
    November 24, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Ms Chips!!! Thanks a lot for all you do and wishing you the very best in what lies ahead.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all in TOD family!

    Great thanksgiving wishes to PBO and the First Family!!!

    The world is extremely lucky that PBO chose to serve at its leader during such a critical time – the right world leader for these times

  116. 238 desertflower
    November 24, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Just made some late breakfast for the guys in the family….and getting ready to tackle the stuffing. I love the aroma in the house at Thanksgiving!

    Hope Chips doesn’t mind, but I have this final request for help for the kidlets at the school I teach in. Some of you may already know (from a previous post) that our sound system in our elementary school is tragic. Those poor kids work SO hard to put on plays, and presentations, and all kinds of things throughout the year. I just watched the kindergartners put on a Thanksgiving celebration that was so adorable….
    But we can’t hear them, so one of the guys I work with, found out that Pepsi is awarding money to the top 15 vote getters…$10,000, that we would use for this brand spanking new sound system!

    There is no money to give, but I DID find out that you can TEXT your vote!!!!! Probably easier to do that, than to remember to vote online. So, I would like to ask this wonderful community to help us reach our goal. We would be deeply grateful.

    We are currently #22, as of this morning. We have about a week to move up 7 more spots. ALL the top 15 get this award.I have to tell you that the guy that is spearheading this effort, made a couple sandwich boards for us to wear before and after school…I will be a fool for these kids if they win, it’ll all be worth it to me:) Best kids in the world…

    Anyway, if you can text, and are willing to help out, just know that I have sent you many virtual hugs! I think that messaging rates apply…but I figure most people now have unlimited texting, so……

    You may vote only ONCE PER DAY. Text to 73774 Message code: 109320

    Many thanks. I promise to let you know what happens. Time is of the essence now….:)

  117. 239 Ladyhawke
    November 24, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    The Difference Between Democrats and Republicans


    • November 24, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      What a misleading video that is. I couldn’t even finish it. I’m really tired of people thinking this is all about the bank bailout. They paid the frickin’ money back! The bailout for AIG will eventually turn a profit. This is about taxes, not bailouts. This is about investing those tax dollars in America, not prosecuting illegal wars. If we had taken that 1.5 trillion dollars we spent on the Iraq war and invested it in schools and high speed rail and infrastructure and R&D over the past ten years, we wouldn’t be in the place we are now.

  118. November 24, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving TOD fam.

    Now all I need is someone to stand in the line at Best Buy starting at 10:00pm tonight so I can get my 42′ 1020cp, flat screen plasma TV for $200!!!!!

    Any takers…lol

    • November 24, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      omg that’s cheap! for that price you can buy one for the person who wen to stand in line for you 🙂

    • November 24, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      Occupy Best Buy – I bet you won’t be pepper sprayed either!

    • 245 desertflower
      November 24, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      I saw that. Our Samsung just bit the dust AFTER LESS THAN 2 YEARS….so I thought about going over and waiting for that…some places are showing the new Harry Potter while you wait 🙂

      I think the TV they advertise is a Sharp…DO NOT BUY A SAMSUNG>>>no matter how cheap it is!

      • November 24, 2011 at 2:57 pm

        I’m at work now, but I bought my paper this morning. When I get off, I’m gonna go home and start comparative shopping and I might just have to go and stand out at Best Buy for that damn tv. I got my IPad, I got my IPhone and I got a blanket, this may be the first time I ever do this, but I’m thinking really hard

        The other thing I might do, is if I can find a good size TV and still be able to get a good deal from the original price, then I could do that instead of throwing ‘bows at Best Buy and such…lol

    • 247 nospin
      November 24, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      can you get that sale online and have them deliver to your home?


  119. 248 maritza
    November 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Thanksgiving everyone!

  120. 249 maritza
    November 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Sorry I ate the word “Happy” b/c I am so hungry; I have not have a chance to eat b/c of all the cooking going on. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  121. November 24, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I know its a happy thread but I wanted to share this today because I might forget tomorrow. An organizer of Occupy DC wrote an article on Salon basically telling Van Jones to stay away from OWS. The writer cites Ralph Nader and also Glen Greenwald who told OWS to stay away from Unions. So OWS doesn’t want help from Van Jones or Unions because they fear being co-opted BUT grifters like Greenwald, Moore, West, Hamsher and the like can come along any time? Got it.


  122. November 24, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Did you guys see this – Gabby G. serving for Thanksgiving. I wouldn’t mind seeing some ‘fair and balanced’ reporting of the other side doing service of this nature.


  123. 258 lexusv
    November 24, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to the largest group of really smart and inspiring individuals I know of ;o) God has been so good to this Country in that we have so much to be thankful for, and this is the perfect day for me to thank all who post and share so much to my daily existence. Chipsticks you are the best ;o)

  124. November 24, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’ve already stuffed myself. I will hit the gym early tomorrow morning. (forget the stores LOL)

  125. November 24, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Hi socasweet, the CXC meeting will be held at the Hyatt Hotel in Port of Spain. We will arrive at the hotel around 8:00 pm on Wednesday, November 30. Leave a contact number with the receptionist for the delegate from Montserrat. When I arrive, I will ask for that message. Looking forward to touch base with you.

  126. November 24, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Hi Prayer Warrior,

    Will do. See you soon.


  127. 262 Mae who love our CIC
    November 24, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Hoping that the Obama Diary family is having a blessed Thanksgiving.

  128. 263 Antoinette
    November 24, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I am so proud of the strength of outreaching that President Obama, Michele, the lovely daughters and Michele’s mom Mrs. Robinson enthusiastically gives to our Troops and Familes, but also the example and encouragement they give to us all.
    Thank you all, we truly appreciate your genuine efforts!

  129. November 25, 2011 at 2:18 am

    Hello, everyone
    Chips, I was busy preparing the whole dinner(which I truly enjoy). Just to see the faces and everyone enjoying each other. It is late and I cannot sleep without thanking you once again for what a great job that you do here. I am grateful. Now, that the house is quiet. I come here to rejuvinate to get ready for the next task to help get our President re-elected.

    @Socsweet and Prayer Warrior, even though I am not from the Islands, I am a Prayer Warrior in NYC. Actually, in walking distance from Rev. Al’s headquarters. As the campaing gears up, with Ms. Chips’ consent, I have been feeling in my spirit that we must fast and pray constantly and persistently for our President and his family. Also, for the people around him and the U.S.

    I truly believe in the power of Prayer and the lies are coming vicious and vile much sooner than I imagine. As a first time, full time volunteer, it hurts my heart when people say things that are rude, racist and just plain mean about this caring, gentle soul. The ones who have the audacity to say that they are disappointed or the President has not “lived up to their expections” just really gets me motivated to get out and canvass, phone bank, donate, educate. Don’t stop fasting and praying regardless what it looks like, feels like, smells like……

  130. 265 Obaman
    November 25, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Most powerful man in the world! But dont have a laptop or workstation at his desk.!! 🙂 Go techie Mr President. Have a Mac machine on that Resolute Desk of yours.

  131. 266 Obaman
    November 25, 2011 at 3:34 am

    By the way, Happy Thanks Giving to all Americans celebrating it today. Best wishes. Hopefully next year, this time, we all will be thanking each other for putting president to a second term! Good luck to ourselves!

  132. 267 Ceb
    November 25, 2011 at 6:29 am

    PBO has the latest IPad and a computer in his work/personal office, which is not the Oval. He also managed to keep a Blackberry when those about him said that he would have to give it up. He is the techiest president anywhere.

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