the kennedy honorees

L-R: Broadway actress Barbara Cook, singer and songwriter Neil Diamond, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, jazz musician Sonny Rollins and actress Meryl Streep

The Kennedy Center Honors reception at the White House, December 4

312 Responses to “the kennedy honorees”

  1. December 4, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Did i make the “a” list?

  2. December 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Is this gonna be shown any where else?

  3. 25 GGail
    December 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Hiya Chipsticks!

    Thanks for this heads up! I had forgotten this was airing today!

    You’re the BEST!

    • December 4, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      You’re welcome GGail πŸ˜‰

      • December 4, 2011 at 5:29 pm

        Chips, Dr. Donald Berwick was on Up with Chris Hayes and he was wonderful.. He was passionate about how ACA is so importand and also how a person with all his talents and money also had to fight his insurance company to get a test for his daughter. So the irony is this brilliant and compassionate doctor had to fight, imagine all the rest of us who get denied via the gatekeepers. This is why this legislation and building to it is so important to us all.

  4. 28 Janelle
    December 4, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I see Rahm is there. He just stood up in the back.

  5. 29 utaustinliberal
    December 4, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks for the heads up Chips. This should be fun. πŸ˜€

  6. 30 halo
    December 4, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I love these! Last year’s with Paul McCartney (or was that the year before) was amazing.

  7. 31 halo
    December 4, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I sthat David Axelrod int he front there?

  8. 32 vero804
    December 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    If it is true that Bishop Eddie Long’s wife has filed for divorce after his settlement with some boys he was alleged to have had sexual relations with, then I applaud her. It’s been dismaying to see all of these women lately “standing by their men” after sex scandals have surfaced – Sandusky and Cain’s wives come to mind. I am all for forgiveness, but I think we as women have go to stop excusing certain misconduct of men, particularly sexual misconduct.

    • 33 anniebella
      December 4, 2011 at 5:16 pm

      I heard on CNN that Mrs. Long did file for divorce, but she must have change her mind.

      • 34 Dudette
        December 4, 2011 at 5:50 pm

        The divorce is back on again. She withdrew the withdrawal apparently…


        • December 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm

          I just heard on CNN that the “church” issued a statement in Mrs. Long’s name saying she had changed her mind about the divorce. Her attorney strongly disavowed the statement.

          Long was at the pulpit today saying he was going to take a little time off to work with his family. Cheers went up in the church. Wow…how do folks stand behind extremely bad behavior. 😦 He broke all kinds of vows. I’m glad she’s getting away from that man. Maybe Mrs. Cain and Mrs. Sandusky will come to their senses.

      • 38 dotster3
        December 4, 2011 at 5:53 pm

        She filed for divorce, then withdrew, then said she is going through with it. I should think so. She said it took her a year of praying to come to that decision. I wouldn’t have thought it would have taken that long after the ugly facts became known. This was another classic sex abuse case, as we’ve seen at Penn State, where he groomed the boys with gifts and trips, represented himself as a father figure and then began sexually abusing them. Why do people still attend his church? That’s a mind-boggler for me.

  9. 40 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks Chips! BTW, saw several questions on the last thread regarding the Honors; here is site — http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/specialevents/honors/

    The awards were actually presented last night at the Sec State’s dinner.

  10. December 4, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    SO excited to see this event. THANK, Chipsssssss.

  11. 42 Roberta in MN
    December 4, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Is there a problem with the stream from the White House site?

  12. 46 utaustinliberal
    December 4, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I spy Speaker Pelosi.

  13. 49 GGail
    December 4, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I still see a lot of empty seats….this may take a little while longer for audio to begin.

  14. 50 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 4, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    What I wouldn’t give to be back on active duty, stationed in DC, and assigned add’l duty as a WH social aide!

  15. 51 utaustinliberal
    December 4, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    We’re a’ go on WH stream. πŸ˜€

  16. 52 LOL
    December 4, 2011 at 5:27 pm


  17. December 4, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I used to have such a crush on Neil Diamond back in the day. He was good looking.

  18. 56 itgurl_29
    December 4, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    FLOTUS is STUNNING in that blue gown! I can’t wait to see the front!

  19. December 4, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Oh Michelle looks marvelous. You, too, Mr. President. Swooooon.

    • 59 Chi
      December 4, 2011 at 7:49 pm

      She is absolutely stunning…

      What a lady…

      She inspires. It takes a lot of discipline and effort to stay looking this gloriously fit…

      • December 4, 2011 at 7:54 pm

        Chi, I haven’t said hellooooooo in ages – how are you doing?

        • 61 Chi
          December 4, 2011 at 10:27 pm

          Dear Chip…

          I’m well, thank you so much for asking…

          Thank you again and again for your hard work…you are amazing…

          Just left you an apology at your confessional picture post…

          Sorry if I sometimes opt not to play blind kumbayah and end up posting some not so warm and fuzzy responses to some comments…

          My tongue is so sore from biting it so often…

          Don’t ever forget how incredible you are…

          We need your sane and calm to balance out the fury folks like me embody…

  20. 62 GGail
    December 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    The dress! I want to see the dress!!!!!

  21. 63 jacquelineoboomer
    December 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Have I mentioned lately how much I love and admire and respect President Obama? And Mrs. Obama?

  22. 64 Fred
    December 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Michelle you the shit (with all due respect 😳 ) you look SPECTACULAR 😯 😯 πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  23. December 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    You know the Repubs would like to kill the arts. Ugh.

  24. 70 meabloom
    December 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I am loving that royal blue on FLOTUS. She looks fab as usual.


    • 71 karen503
      December 5, 2011 at 12:23 am

      The dress was gorgeous, and she looked gorgeous in it.

      I was tickled to see FLOTUS wearing flats under that beautiful sweep of the dress….

  25. December 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    What an exciting time to be an American!!

    • 73 anniebella
      December 4, 2011 at 5:36 pm

      Since you guys are talking so much about how lovely FLOTUS dress is, I am waiting with eager to see FLOTUS dress.

    • 75 dotster3
      December 4, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      Isn’t he great? He never ceases to amaze me. Every kind of event, every different kind of presentation, he is so charming, so special and spectacular. He is one of a kind. There will never be another to even come close.

      • 77 Chi
        December 4, 2011 at 8:02 pm

        There will never be another indeed…

        He is an extraordinary human being…

        An infinitely better and bigger person than most…

        Not chip on the shoulder or need to prove anything to anyone…

        Not a hint of envy…nor does he begrudge anyone good fortune…

        Gracious, magnanimous, brilliant, evolved and all around amazing…

  26. 78 halo
    December 4, 2011 at 5:37 pm


  27. 79 Marlz (@marjgra)
    December 4, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Mohamed Ali rushed to hospital unconscious. . .

  28. 88 meabloom
    December 4, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    LOL. PBO is cutting up.

  29. 89 GGail
    December 4, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    POTUS is full of fun today!!!!

  30. 91 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 4, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Sonny Rollions is one of my favorite sax players. Saw him at the 2008 Newport Jazz Festival, he shuffled out onto the stage, looked like he could barely stand; then he lifted the sax to his lips and the years melted away with each note played. I’ve seen him numerous times since I was a kid and I think the 2008 Newport performance was his finest.

  31. December 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Send Yo-yo to congress!!! hahahahahahaha!!! PBO wants some tips on how to be more likable!!! hahahhhahahahahahaha!! πŸ˜†

  32. December 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Too funny. Obama about Yo Yo Mah: “He’s performed on “Sesame Street”. I’ve thought about asking him to go to Congress.”

  33. 96 Fred
    December 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Potus you’re gonna be in trouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuble with flotus over Meryl πŸ˜‰

  34. 97 halo
    December 4, 2011 at 5:45 pm


    • 98 geegee
      December 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      I love me some Meryl Streep. Just saw her in Bridges of Madison County with Clint Eastwood. She is such a consumate and accomplished actress; I can see why she’s won multiple Oscars.

  35. 99 meabloom
    December 4, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    You don’t need tips on being likable PBO. Everybody here on TOD LOVES you.

  36. December 4, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    PBO has a crush on Meryl!!!!!!!

  37. 108 GGail
    December 4, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Aaaaaaah, a simple, yet beautiful dress!

    Thank you again Chipsticks!

    You keep us in the know πŸ™‚

  38. 109 itgurl_29
    December 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Meryl will be very flattered that POTUS had a crush on her! She’s said that she just loves him. Great video!

  39. December 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    SUPERB!! Thank goodness for a resurgence of the arts in the White House!!

    • 119 utaustinliberal
      December 4, 2011 at 5:56 pm

      I’m extraordinarily happy about that. The arts are so important in every arena. They lift. They comfort. They heal. They touch lives.

      • December 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm

        They take us to so many new places. I’m a big advocate for film, art, music, literature. It’s made my life so much richer. THANK YOU, POTUS and FLOTUS for all you do.

      • 121 dotster3
        December 4, 2011 at 6:05 pm

        Our lives would certainly be bleak without the arts. They enrich our lives, bring us together, make us whole and full.

      • 122 nathkatun7
        December 5, 2011 at 12:06 am

        “The arts are so important in every arena. They lift. They comfort. They heal. They touch lives.”

        Thank you UT for this wonderful, and wise, observation! You are truly such an amazing young person! It’s unimaginable to think how life would be without the arts!

  40. 123 Debz
    December 4, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    POTUS is funny and I can’t wait to see Michelle’s dress, couldn’t see enough of it, but she looks great.

  41. 124 desertflower
    December 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Now I have to watch “French Lieutenants Woman” again πŸ™‚ That’s from WAYYYYYYYYYYY back!

  42. 126 vero804
    December 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    That was a lot of fun. POTUS is so funny sometimes. He loves these types of events, one can tell.

  43. December 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    That was niiice! How many times have i kicked back and listened to Sonny and some of the other jazz giants. Whew!

    • 130 nathkatun7
      December 5, 2011 at 12:25 am

      Sonny Rollins is one of my favorite Jazz musicians and I was so elated to see him recognized. I still have his original LP’s. Unfortunately, my turn table is out of commission. With all the technological changes that made LP’s obsolete, I am not even sure where I can take my turn table to be repaired.

  44. 131 Frenchie08
    December 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    You Guys are the best!! Everytime there is a live stream, I rush to TOD. I love hearing the commentary! It is sooooooo much more fun than just watching. In fact I never do because sometimes I am just too nerveous. I always wait to hear what you have to say, then I watch the rerun. Well I have to stop commenting now so I can enjoy more of you!

  45. 133 Ceb
    December 4, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I missed it!

    Hope Chips will have a clip later.

    • December 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      It’s on its way Ceb! I’ll replace my video with the White House version as soon as it’s up, hopefully it’ll be better quality than mine 😳 20 minutes max, hang on in there!

      • 135 Dudette
        December 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm

        Thanks for the heads up Chips. So glad I got to see the stream! That was just adorable. POTUS was terrific and FLOTUS was stunning!

        Now I’m off to go watch Christmas movies with my sister and nephew. My heart is singing! Good night everyone!

      • 136 vitaminlover
        December 4, 2011 at 7:15 pm

        Chips, honestly, you are SO on your game. You are really on point with the updates and videos. Kudos and please keep it up.

        • 137 Lois P.
          December 4, 2011 at 9:31 pm

          Totally agree Chips you are the best…get all my from your
          blog….Please keep up the Good work…many blessings!

      • 138 CEB
        December 4, 2011 at 7:21 pm

        Thanks so much. What would I do without you (perish the thought).

  46. 139 utaustinliberal
    December 4, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Yo Yo Ma is just the best. He’s such a sweetheart. Always smiling and everytime he’s interviewed, he always has a nice word to say about everyone. He’s also hilariously funny. When he was on Colbert Report he made everyone crack up; especially Stephen who couldn’t believe that Yo Yo had such a wonderful wit. Plus he’s a beast on the cello. A truly gifted artist.

  47. 140 utaustinliberal
    December 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Holy shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!!!!!!! The movie Old School is on TBS right now. With uber PBO supporter Will Ferrell.

    The scene where he’s drunk as a skunk and running naked in the streets is hilarious. πŸ˜†

  48. December 4, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    PBO is always the most handsome and Michelle is always the most beautiful woman in the room.

  49. December 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Some of you folks may have seen a show about homeless families on 60 minutes last Sunday. One family was memorable becasue fo the strength and maturity of the teens. Well here is a wonderful followup story on the family.

    Homeless teens on “60 Minutes” get free college


    • December 4, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      I saw this on CBS on Thursday or Friday – such good news. I wish all kids sleeping in cars or motels could have such good fortune, instead of being told by a Presidential candidate that they should look forward to cleaning toilets. Great news for this family, though.

  50. 144 meabloom
    December 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    OMG!!!! Michelle’s gown is BEAUTIFUL!!! I want it, I want it, I want it.

    • 147 vero804
      December 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm

      I’m speechless. Might be her best gown ever. I’ve said it before, so I’ll eat my words, but this is a bad (in a good way) dress. Dayum.

      • 148 meabloom
        December 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm

        YES!! That’s a bad dress. I don’t know about the best but it is BAD. Those earrings are very pretty as well.

    • December 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      OMG…BEAUTIFUL!!! πŸ™‚

    • December 4, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      Seriously! This woman is too damn hot and PBO knows it too. look at his face, look at his body language. watch him strut in with the hottest chic on his arm!

    • 153 dotster3
      December 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm

      Now THAT is a handsome couple. Michelle looks beautiful in that dress. I love her in solid deep colors, classic and elegant. And of course the best part is they are both beautiful inside as well. I will never understand how everyone cannot see how very fortunate we are to have these two in the WH, setting such a fine example in every measurable way.

    • 154 GGail
      December 4, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      That dress is beautiful on a beautiful woman! MY, MY, MY!!!!!!

  51. December 4, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    WOW!! WHAT A DRESS!! Stunning, stunning, stunning!!

    • 156 Debz
      December 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm

      OMG That dress is unbelievably gorgeous!!!!

    • 157 vero804
      December 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      I’m not sure there are words that can describe this dress and how she looks in it…stunning is a good start. She’s lost weight too, it’s very obvious in this dress. She looks amazing.

    • 159 vero804
      December 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      I’m not done…

      Plus, the president looks handsome and relaxed. And you got to love the Christmas trees in the background, providing a little more glamor and joy to this picture. I’m just in love with this picture of them, especially Mrs. Obama.

    • December 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm

      Seriously, that dress could stop a clock. And PBO? OMG, beyond words. Together, they really defy description. THEY ARE AT THEIR PRIME – class, dignity and humility. INCREDIBLE. WOW!!

  52. December 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    OMG who designed the dress? It was made for her. Just breathtaking gorgeous! POTUS looks happy and like he doesn’t have a care in the world. The guy knows how to live and be “in the moment” more than anyone I know.

    • 165 Debz
      December 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      He sure does live in the moment. As long as he has his family, he is happy. I don’t think he takes things personally, he is so comfortable in who he is.

  53. 166 carolyn
    December 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Wow! Wow! Wow! What else is there to say!!!!! Spectacular, both of them.

    • 167 Janelle
      December 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm

      Just GORGEOUS!!!! Both of them….and FLOTUS evening wear is spot on breathtaking everytime!!! She is fire I’m telling you. Everytime I see her I walk taller and feel so good inside.

  54. December 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    did anyone else here hear the audience when PBO and Miche were introduced? I could swear I heard an audible gasp from everyone once they saw Miche………. unless I was hallucinating, being fanciful or projecting.

    • 176 meabloom
      December 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm

      Lisa I thought I heard something as well. I knew exactly when the audience had them in sight even when we didn’t. Heck, I probably would have gasped and grinned like a Cheshire cat.

    • December 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm

      No, no, no – the crowd GASPED as soon as they walked in. It was palpable!! It’s like, WHOA – are these people for real??!!

      • 178 utaustinliberal
        December 4, 2011 at 7:41 pm

        I heard them gasp also. Now I know why! Wow. Just wow. There are no words to describe how breathtakingly gorgeous she looks in that dress. PBO looks dynamite too!

    • 179 anniebella
      December 5, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      lisa, I am with you. When they saw how beautiful FLOTUS look, they thought they they were seeing an angel in blue.I am sure POTUS is smiling inside and out saying, Dam I told you’ll my wife was fine.

  55. 180 LadyTNT
    December 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this dress. I have too many adjectives swimming around in my head, so I won’t even bother, LOL!! This is definitely going in my top 5 of her evening gowns. The President and First Lady are so BEAUTIFUL, inside and out. I just love ’em!!!!!

  56. 183 anniebella
    December 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Our First Couple looks G-R-E-A-T. And FLOTUS, well what can I say? WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. 188 desertflower
    December 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    So beautiful.What beauty and honor and grace they bring to the White House. They represent the US so well.I am more than proud. Too bad that the wingnuts with the faux patriotism would have a tantrum if PBO didn’t where that flag pin on his lapel.Patriotism comes from your actions and deeds…not what you wear on your clothes, or the bumper sticker you plaster on your car.
    That pin shouldn’t have to be there…on a tux? REALLY?

  58. 189 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    December 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    😯 😯 😯 This couple is UNBELIEVABLE. Absolutely remarkable how they seem to get more GORGEOUS as they age. Who would not want another 4 years of this magnificence? BREATHTAKING!!!

  59. December 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Hey, Chips, the caption under the first picture (the close up) should read: “And this is how you keep a good man on lockdown.”

  60. December 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Barbara Cook blows a kiss to President Barack Obama

  61. 199 FTL
    December 4, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I am thinking OMG she looks fabulous!!!!!! I am also thinking now she is what 47? 48? and I am 36. I really need to get it together. This gives me motivation to keep working on it.

  62. 215 meabloom
    December 4, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I’m leaving! I kept staring and drooling over that gown and our beautiful first couple. I blame you Chips! YOU!! If you didn’t always keep us up to date with all of PBO’s doing and the first family I wouldn’t be addicted like this. I am going to need rehab or something after 2016. I’m sending you the bill. I just wanted you to know ahead of time. Love ya!

  63. 217 Fred
    December 4, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    ATTENTION TOD family πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    CBS will broadcast the program on Dec. 27th, 9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT.


  64. 220 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    December 4, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    America – BEWARE the #SAMERS – thepeoplesview.net/2011/12/watch-… – they brought you Bush in 2000 & urged you to stay home in 2010. Disastrous Results.



  65. 226 Fred
    December 4, 2011 at 7:13 pm


    • 227 Fred
      December 4, 2011 at 7:13 pm


  66. 228 CEB
    December 4, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Just logged back on; Wow! the first couple is gorgeous. They look like super-stars (more than those who are often called so) especially in the first photo. They are glowing. Thanks for the photos, Chips.

    PS I changed to my laptop because the site is doing funky things on my Ipod, when I click the comments bar at the top. Did anyone else have a problem?

  67. 229 CEB
    December 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I meant my Ipad tablet.

  68. December 4, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Ok, that blue on FLOTUS is beautiful!!

  69. 236 Fred
    December 4, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    good night TOD family.THANK YOU Chip and my TOD family.May God watch over our country and may He watch over potus and flotus and may they have a safe and great night

  70. 239 desertflower
    December 4, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    They are my vision of Camelot.

  71. 241 vitaminlover
    December 4, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Our First Couple is the X Factor, the IT Factor, the WOW Factor and any other Factor that I have missed all rolled into one special couple.

  72. 242 dotster3
    December 4, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Looks like 60 Minutes is going after U.S. Justice Dept. for not going after CEOs, CFOs for mortgage fraud, namely Countrywide in this report. Also Wall St. banks. Now I know Il. prosecutors have been very active in pursuing mortgage fraud here as my husband had to testify in one case as one of his clients was a victim. It was one in a whole series of mortgage fraud cases in Illinois. This seems to be all about Sarbanes-Oxley violations with the big boys. Now they’re moving on to Citigroup. Steve Kroft keeps asking, “Why do you think nothing’s been done?”

    • December 4, 2011 at 7:33 pm

      Steve Croft is doing a great interview. I’m not sure why the Justice Dept hasn’t done something on this based upon the evidence presented in particular Citi.

        • 245 desertflower
          December 4, 2011 at 8:22 pm

          You got that right.should put the entire lot of them in those private prisons they’re putting up all over the place.

      • 246 vero804
        December 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm

        I agree…I thought Croft handled the interview and the entire segment very well. It seems that the issue is fraud to the INVESTORS not necessarily fraud to the people who bought the bunk mortgages. Not sure if I understood that correctly, but if that’s the case, then I see why it’s hard for the Justice Dept. I think there is ample evidence that these mortgage companies engaged in fraudulent behavior to sell the loans to people, but not sure what there is ample evidence that they fraudulently led investors to believe things were a certain way that wasn’t true.

        • December 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm

          The financial certification that the Citi CEO Pandit signed after he received a written statement of “inadequate controls” from his regulator, the OCC, would be clear misrepresentation to the investors. The Justice Dept should go after that and any one else who was involved in falsifying financial statements.

    • 251 vero804
      December 4, 2011 at 7:35 pm

      Personally, I think this is a good thing. I think the Justice Dept. needs to have the chance to explain themselves since it does SEEM like something should be done by the Justice Dept. They get a chance to explain that they are looking into the situation and that they are looking for all proof out there that can allow them to bring forth a WINNABLE case.

      • 252 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        December 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm

        Be careful what you pray/wish for. PBO needs big time doners like any other major politician. Some of those banks could be secret doners to his campaign, the DEMS, or Progressive PACS. The Justice Depatment better start investigating GOP doners. The MSM is desperate for some more THEATRE and DRAMA. Cain’s day in the sun is fading. Time for some more politcal caos and unfortunately the DRAMA starved public will eat it up. πŸ˜•

    • 255 dotster3
      December 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      Steve Kroft is now asking if anyone from the WH asked the Justice Dept. to go easy on Wall St. banks. Ugh. The U.S. Justice representative assured that the Justice Dept. is completely independent of the WH. He said they’re working hard, that sometimes it takes a long time—years?—to bring these cases, and he wrapped it up with, “Stay tuned.” Don’t like what Kroft was trying to insinuate. This report is going to stir up some trouble.

      • 256 vero804
        December 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm

        I think it’s a fair question, though. Whether we want to acknowledge it or not, there is a political side to the WH that keeps their eyes on re-election. We all know that big business and Wall Street are undermining this administration. Is it so crazy to wonder if the WH and the rest of the administration is reluctant to go after the big financial folks out of a concern that they will go further in undermining the administration and the economy?

        Perhaps there is something to be said for a 2nd term, when the president and his team will have the reelection monkey off their back, so they will be able to go hard after the major financial players….

        • December 4, 2011 at 7:46 pm

          I’d really like to know the specific charges to be brought since W Bush made everything they did fairly legal.

          • 258 vero804
            December 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm

            There’s a law that ironically Bush signed after Enron, which makes it a crime to commit fraud against investors. Sarbanes-Oxley. So, there’s some laws out there. Based on what the Justice Department person said during the interview tonight, they are trying and are focused on bringing forth cases that can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. This is the criminal burden of proof – much lower than a civil standard of preponderance of the evidence. It’s tough.

        • 261 vero804
          December 4, 2011 at 7:52 pm

          I hope so too. Newt and Romney on their own stand no chance, so you are right that the 3rd party attacks will be fierce.

        • December 4, 2011 at 7:57 pm

          I agree. A fair question. It does take years for these things but it is frustrating that there are THOUSANDS of smaller white collar crimes being prosecuted every day and the big guys have escaped to date. With a concentrated effort the Justice Dept would be able to successfully prosecute the bank guys who were at the top in 2007.

          You can check out this blog to see the extent of mortgage fraud prosecution that’s going on right now and see that most of the fraud occurred in 2003-2008. The link shows what they’ve prosecuted in the past 3 days:

    • 264 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      December 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      πŸ™„ Of course they will attach the Obama administration to to all of this. More election year drama. They are trying desperately to find something on PBO that is sinister and corrupt to BLOW up the election. SIGH!!!

    • 265 Ladyhawke
      December 4, 2011 at 7:59 pm


      What Steve Kroft is asking is why is it taking President Obama so long to prosecute the banks and CEO’S responsible for the financial meltdown created during the Bush administration. The Peoplesview answered the question about why President Obama just can’t frog march all of the CEO’s to jail. Bottom line, what was happening during the Bush administration amounted to LEGALIZED GAMBLING. Steve Kroft and many others criticizing President Obama seem to think he has some magic wand that he is not using effectively.

      Just imagine if Steve Kroft had spent this amount of time investigating the Bush administration and asking them the tough questions about no regulations and no oversight. Better yet, I would love to see Steve Kroft devote an hour of 60 Minutes explaining to the American people that after the financial meltdown, the Republican Party is actively blocking the implementation of DODD-FRANK. That’s right, the financial reform legislation that passed because of President Obama and the Democrats. I guess this just does not fit the negative narrative that Steve Kroft wanted to present tonight.

      Why won’t he perpwalk them!!!


      • December 4, 2011 at 8:19 pm

        imho, Steve Croft and most of CBS does a fairly good job of asking important questions in their 60 minutes stories. And the question, “why none of the top guys at all these banks —that lost BILLIONS –have not yet been prosecuted 3 years later?” is a critical question for all Americans. CBS was asking good questions about WMD and other Bush fiascos too during the Bush administration, albeit late (like this question coming up 3 years later). Under regulations in 2003-2008 some of it was legalized gambling such as the crazy terms of the underwriting standards that were accepted by the investors. But falsifying a financial report to an investor is a crime – was a crime even back then. No doubt the Repugs trying to block Dodd Frank (most of it has already been implemented by now anyway) is a question but for sure would be less important than the question related to the crimes that cost the taxpayers and caused the housing crisis completely crippling the world economy. I think the Justice Dept can/should prosecute some of these guys soon.

      • December 4, 2011 at 9:11 pm

        I lost all my support for kroft after the rude interview he did with POTUS, soft balled questions to norquest when POTUS had been nice enough to give him access to his family during POTUS run for the presidency. So no cred in my opinion.

        • 268 Chi
          December 4, 2011 at 9:26 pm

          You and me both Zulu…

          And this idea that Steve Kroft is being and asking ‘reasonable’ questions is bullocks…

          Steve Kroft will be just as quick to jump on the bandwagon bashing President Obama about antagonizing the bank executives who can make or break the economy…the ‘job creators’…

          Steve Kroft ought to go back to the basics and begin to ask the very simple questions of the GOP obstructionists in government and business…why are you determined to destroy our country and democracy…

          Until Steve Kroft and the rest of the so-called ‘credible’ media ask and demand questions to this most glaring and singularly important question, I find them no more useful, well-meaning or credible than Herman Cain as a candidate for president of the U.S…

      • December 4, 2011 at 9:32 pm

        Did any of them quote the specific charges they think should have already been filed, and the evidence that would be used to try these cases? I’m sure there is work going on to bring these people to justice, if possible – since the President has often talked about this being a nation of laws. However, he’s also mentioned that a lot of what these bankers did was legal under the laws at the time, and that a lot of that was addressed under Dodd-Frank, even though several of the control measures were stripped out during the process. If Steve Kroft can’t list the broken laws that are going unpunished, then I find it hard to stomach him asking why it’s taking so long to prosecute, while I haven’t heard him asking Bachmann and the rest of the GOP why they’re so intent on repealing Dodd-Frank or de-funding implementation of those regulations or confirming the President’s nominee to be Director of the CFPA. i.e. Go after the stuff we can actually do something about.

  73. December 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    What an exceptionally gorgeous couple! And what a wonderful website! Thank you Chipsticks for sharing these two precious leaders with their supporters, especially those of us outside the USA.

    I was in Trinidad for the past four days and was unable to do my daily lurking. I was also unable to communicate with socasweet. I hope she is doing well.

    But, I was thrilled to discover that the top educators from the sixteen Caribbean countries represented at the symposium were all President Obama’s supporters. These were deans of universities, principals of high schools and top government officials. There were constant references to President Obama’s speeches. It reminded me of Sir Paul McCartney’s assuring words to PBO that there were billions of people around the world who have his back.

    • 271 Chi
      December 4, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      Thank you for sharing that PWFObama and glad you had a safe trip…

      Your first post a while back was one of the loveliest and most reassuring I’ve read in a long time…

      We all continue to keep this magnificent President and his family in our prayers…

  74. 272 Pamela
    December 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Wow! How lovely they are, our President and First Lady! Wow!

  75. 278 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    December 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm


  76. December 4, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    When I look at Michelle Obama’s evening gowns and her wardrobe overall, I think, “Jackie who?” No one and I mean no other FLOTUS can touch Michelle when it comes to fashion. There are other areas where Michelle excels and they are no less important but her clothes? – Can’t touch this!

    • December 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      AGREED. Jackie was a First Lady who brought both simplicity of style and haute couture to the White House. Mrs. O brings something very different. She has a lot of personality in her fashion choices and is not a slave to any one designer. Very eclectic, very unique style. Always beautiful and at ease with her choices. Simply beautiful.

      • December 4, 2011 at 8:03 pm

        I love that FLOTUS is not the stepford wife who only stands behind POTUS dressed in a
        Chanel suit and pearls. I have nothing against Chanel suits and pearls, but she is so diverse in what she wears. πŸ™‚

        • December 4, 2011 at 8:06 pm

          Since Tweerty is so obssessed with JFK, I wonder if he was therer? I am sure he will be at the other honors event.

          • 283 Obama Grandmama
            December 4, 2011 at 8:51 pm

            I just watched the JFK young years last night online streaming on Netflix. When watching it I noticed how much of a womanizer he was in college and later. I think about the secret meetings with women we did not know about and think of PBO and his faithfulness to his wife. I then think of Chris Matthews excusing it away as being romantic and wonder about his definition of romantic. I think of PBO as being romantic in that he loves his wife and is faithful to her.

      • 284 anniebella
        December 5, 2011 at 10:14 pm

        No disrespect to any other First Lady, but I chose Michelle Obama. I think the world of her. She is the only First Lady that I have follow like this. I want to know where she will be speaking, will we be able to hear it. I just love her realness. If that is a world .

  77. 285 globalcitizenlinda
    December 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Do you think that some of the celebrities feel a kind of wee-bit jealousy WHEN they are totally overshadowed by the glamor of the First couple????

  78. December 4, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    OMG!!! Our First Lady looks especially gorgeous. What a dress!! And what a beautiful, happy couple. God bless their sweet hearts. @>—-

  79. December 4, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Jon Huntsman failed to qualify to take part in the Dec. 10th Iowa debate – to qualify he needed to poll at or above 5% in one national poll or at or above 5% in a Des Moines Register poll between Oct 1st and Dec 5th and he failed to do either. He’s selling it as he’s choosing not to take part, choosing to hold a townhall in NH instead, but if that is the case he’ll have to choose to skip the Fox Iowa debate a mere five days later on the 15th or explain why he snubbed Des Moines and ABC but not Ames and Fox five days later.

    With Cain out and Huntsman not qualifying this isn’t good news for Newt Gingrich as all others taking part will be after him. Romney, Santorum, Perry, Bachmann, Paul all benefit most from taking Gingrich down. Huntsman OTOH benefits from a strong Gingrich, as it makes Romney look less than a shoo-in, and Mitt’s inability to close has folks giving Huntsman a look. If Newt fades, Mitt is the inevitable candidate again and Huntsman doesn’t have a chance. With Cain, he and Newt seemed to be friendly with each other, so Cain in the very least would have ate up debate time when he got his share of questions.

  80. 291 globalcitizenlinda
    December 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Chips, time for you to go to your “storage” place and warm up the naughty mat!!! it may soon have some occupant who are now patiently looking up the book of manners that their Mamas gave them!!!!

    • December 4, 2011 at 7:54 pm

      Just got a new supply Linda – just in time!

      • 293 globalcitizenlinda
        December 4, 2011 at 8:55 pm

        thanks Chips. I am reserving one for myself because I may need to go to confession very soon due to my naughty trend of thoughts!

          • 295 Chi
            December 4, 2011 at 9:40 pm

            This is funny Chip…

            This Catholic knows recognizes the confessional too well…

            Lately I’ve been needing it more than ever to help squelch the anger I feel these days at the madness and those who try to justify it all away…

            Forgive me if it sometimes spills over here…I just don’t know how to ignore falsehoods no matter how sneakily packaged or turn a blind eye to saboteurs masquerading as well-meaning participants…

            • December 4, 2011 at 9:52 pm

              Ah Chi, never ever apologize for sharing your thoughts, I appreciate every ounce of your passion. It’s probably just as well that I’m an extremely lapsed Catholic, otherwise I’d spend half my life in the confessional …. you are completely placid and rational, I’m a volcano on the verge of erupting most of the time.

              I know that 99% of the people here are the very, very best, but – like OWS – I’m keeping an eye on the 1%. I promise you, I won’t let them drag us down πŸ˜‰

  81. 297 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    December 4, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Chips thanks for the videos. I was so worried that I missed this important event. What a couple we have in the white house! PBO cracked me up with his speech. Michelle is so stunning I have no words to express how I feel. Sigh

  82. December 4, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Found this—

    As most of the political world’s attention is captured by the circus of the Republican presidential primary, Barack Obama’s campaign has been assiduously reactivating the formidable infrastructure that helped drive him to victory four years ago.

    Obama and the Democratic Party have been pouring organizing resources into battleground states such as Nevada, recruiting volunteers, building social networks, holding outreach events and registering voters.

    That same machine will be used to identify and turn out supporters next November.

    And the bad news for Republicans, who have largely skipped Nevada in their primary contest, is Obama doesn’t have much work to do to rejuvenate an organization he has been maintaining since he won the state by 12 points four years ago.

    β€œThe organizing efforts actually have been pretty good and pretty consistent for a couple of years in Nevada,” said Chip Evans, former chairman of the Washoe County Democratic Party, a key swing county in Nevada. β€œTo some extent, they’ve expanded the Democratic base of activists beyond the typical folks we’ve usually seen.”


    And thanks for the wonderful pictures chips–

  83. December 4, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    A little OT, but I saw an article referencing PBO’s visit to KS on Tuesdayon the previous hread but it did not have a video. Here’s a video and local report on the visit.


  84. December 4, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    White House officials say they will pressure Republican lawmakers from seven states ahead of this week’s expected Senate vote on the confirmation of Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

    In a conference call with reporters, aides said the White House will use briefings and interviews with local journalists and statements from local elected officials to try persuading GOP senators to back Cordray in a vote they said could occur Thursday. The seven states – Alaska, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Nevada, Tennessee and Utah – all have Republican senators that the White House is hoping to win over.


  85. December 4, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Hi PrayerWarrior,

    Tried my utmost to contact you. Called the hotel Wednesday night to leave my contact information but they said they could not accept the message without my knowing your name. Then I contacted a friend in the Ministry of Education who said that she would check for your name on their list. Unfortunately, she said that there were four women from Montserrat and she could not give me all the names for me to try to find you. She said that if there was only one female representative she would have given me the name. Finally I tried on Saturday. Happened to know the young lady at the hotel front desk – a friend of one of my sons. I actually gave her my blog name to try to catch you if she happened to do your checkout. However I never got a call from her. Hope we get another chance to meet.

  86. December 4, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Our First Couple looks STUNNING πŸ™‚

  87. 307 Elle
    December 4, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Where are the pix of POTUS and FLOTUS with the honorees?

  88. 308 QuietObserver
    December 4, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    The photo of them coming down the hall amongst the multiple Christmas trees is just such a joyous pic. They’re both beautiful- more than just made up Hollywood glamor or ‘rehearsed political couples poses’. These are two genuinely beautiful people.

    • 309 QuietObserver
      December 4, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      ^^^I’m talking specifically about the pic where FLOTUS shoe is showing and the chandelier is directly above the couple.

  89. December 4, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I just got home.. and what do you know but I’ve missed all the live stuff.. thank heaven for you Chips & your videos.. and OMG that DRESS is sooo beautiful.. our First Lady must have every designer in the universe clamoring to ‘dress’ her.. she is unquestionably the most stunning first lady ever. I love this color on her.. it is very difficult anymore to choose a ‘favorite’ First Lady dress… they’re all so amazing on her.

  90. 311 Firefly
    December 5, 2011 at 8:40 am


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