359 Responses to “tod paces up and down …. no hurry donna :-)”

  1. 29 nintendowii10
    December 15, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Allen West: β€˜If Joseph Goebbels Was Around, He’d Be Very Proud Of The Democrat Party’


  2. 49 vitaminlover
    December 15, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Waiting patiently…….

  3. December 15, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    This wil help:

  4. 71 collegekay
    December 15, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    HELL FUCKING YESS DONNA!!!!! I hope you told him that we LOVEEEEEE him! //groupie moment activated

  5. December 15, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I do feel the love. Heh……

  6. December 15, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    My knuckles are over-clenched in expectation. Can’t take a bathroom break lest I miss something……Butterflies in tummy, anyone?

  7. December 15, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Buoyant economic data boosts U.S. stocks
    By Agence France-Presse
    Thursday, December 15, 2011

    Positive data on the US jobs market, industrial activity and trade gave a boost to US stocks Thursday, but eurozone clouds continued to hover over the markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 45.33 points (0.38 percent) to finish at 11,868.81. The broader S&P 500 rose 3.93 points (0.32 percent) to 1,215.75, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite edged up 1.70 points (0.07 percent) to 2,541.01.

    Sentiment got a bump from the report that new jobless claims hit a three-year low last week, suggesting layoffs are slowing down and US businesses are feeling more confident. New data also showed that the deficit of the US current account, a broad measure of trade, fell to its lowest level in almost two years, and there were buoyant readings on the pace of manufacturing in the Philadelphia and New York regions.



    • December 15, 2011 at 8:07 pm

      Exports from LA port are way up. With emphasis on increasing exports, Made in USA, makes OWS protests to shut down ports very suspicious. Anticapitalist anarchists who will hurt the people they’re supposedly fighting for.

      • December 15, 2011 at 8:19 pm

        I wish the OWS people got the clue that capitalism, in its broad sense, isn’t going anywhere. It just, once more, has to be saved from its own excesses. They just thought that 2008 would lead to a wholesale overturning of the system. That wasn’t going to happen; we’re going to have years ahead of slow reform.

  8. December 15, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I was wondering when this would happen. I assumed she would have been filmed receiving it and thus it would have been scheduled.

    About the contest Donna won, I was surprised some frontpager at DKoch wouldn’t have won the contest just so they could criticize the President on the phone call.

  9. 91 HZ
    December 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Oh, my goodness!!!! This is great. I just woke up from my nap and all of this great news. Waiting as well. HZ

  10. 92 Wanda N VA 4 Obama
    December 15, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Hello TOD! I’m waiting with everyone else for Donna Dem”s report.

  11. December 15, 2011 at 8:01 pm


    {{{{pacing: do I have any champagne??}}}}}

  12. 94 rosebutterfly
    December 15, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    I had to de-lurk when I read Donna’s comment. I am glued to my laptop LOL. Chipsticks I think PBO is definitely a TOD’s lurker. In PBO’s words: “I am just saying” so beware of the naughty comments LOL

  13. December 15, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Nancy Smash is OOOOOOONNNNNNNN!!!!!!! She looks fantabulous!!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  14. December 15, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Meanwhile Bow-tied asshat tucker Carlson has the shriveled gonads to accuse President Obama of “praising the Troops to much” . http://mediamatters.org/blog/201112150013

    Seriously, when will the mental health provisions of the ACA kick in? And dare I say we need to revive sanatoriums from the 1920s? these people are threats to human society

    • December 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm

      Man, bring in the carriers. These folks are sick, all twisted in knots.

    • December 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      i just had a flash of fantasy. Picture it, 2 big, buff Marines holding Fuck—er— Tucker upside down( head first) over a toilet, ready to flush down the human excrement.

    • 110 dotster3
      December 15, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      I know why—-Repubs are fearful they are losing their iron grip on the military. (votes) They see those cheering troops for President Obama. They see all the good work Michelle and Jill have done with military families. That’s another thing I love about President Obama and his administration. They have not surrendered any quarter. They have dared to tread where previous Dem presidents/administrations have not.

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      Tucker is so far in over his head he hasn’t seen daylight in years. If he thinks it’s a winning idea to alienate the US fighting forces that risk and give their lives for their country then he needs to crawl back in his cave. Tucker himself never took off his bowtie long enough to get his hands dirty in his life and the biggest risk he takes is when he shaves.

  15. 113 collegekay
    December 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Does anyone have the People Magazine interview w/ PBO & Miche? I saw it on the stands in the grocery store tonight but I couldn’t afford to buy it. (6$ freaking dollars for a magazine jeez).

  16. December 15, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Ed started with the “caving in” bull$#^& πŸ™„ useless guttersnipe πŸ™„

    • December 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm

      Did you expect anything different? Then again, how many people actually watch Ed?

      • December 15, 2011 at 8:12 pm

        Nancy holding her own though. Can’t fricking stand that dumbass freak Ed, though. Tonight’s probably the only time he’ll have high ratings and that’s because of Mz Nancy from Cali
        ps—- Donna, you’re killing me, I just started pulling out my hair waiting! πŸ˜€

        • December 15, 2011 at 8:34 pm


          • December 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm

            Good on her! I swear to goodness, I’m sick and fucking tired of “liberals” eating each other because they got 95% of what they wanted but then throw a hissy fit for that other 5%. The great middle of the populace agrees with us on policy, but then see how we tear each other apart and want nothing to do with us. You want progress? Then celebrate progress! Don’t piss and moan because you didn’t get every single little think dear to your heart. Christ.

            • December 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm

              I was screaming at my radio tonight on the way home because Ian Masters was being a lazy pearl clutcher. I was screaming, “It’s ONLY TWO FUCKING PAGES. HOW HARD IS IT TO READ IT YOURSELF!!! STOP LYING!!!”

              • December 15, 2011 at 9:08 pm

                I’m glad I’m not the only one who spends the drive home in LA traffic screaming at the radio because of some fresh, new Obama-bashing nonsense.

              • December 15, 2011 at 9:14 pm

                Ian Masters has a daily show now? I used to listen to him on KPFK on Sundays. I hardly listen to L.A. radio while driving; I either have my mp3 player going, or I’m streaming the various BBC radio stations through my Bluetooth.

              • 123 nathkatun7
                December 16, 2011 at 12:20 am

                In order to avoid raising my blood pressure, I completely gave up listening to talk radio. My radio is permanently tuned to Jazz.

      • 124 nospin
        December 15, 2011 at 8:58 pm

        “not I”, said the cat

    • 125 collegekay
      December 15, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      Didn’t Ed used to be a Republican? And he voted for Bush right? Yeah, his opinions are null and void.

  17. December 15, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    We have to prepare monster hugs for Donna, how on earth did she even remember to mention the TOD gang at a moment like that? Crikey, I wouldn’t have remembered my name. πŸ˜•

    • December 15, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      Chips, I wouldn’t be surprised if it were PBO who brought up TOD, not Donna.

      • December 15, 2011 at 8:15 pm

        Ha LL, that would be wacky! I’d guess, though, that Donna Dem was just kind and thoughtful enough to mention you all because you did do much to help her win the prize. Seriously, how on earth did she remember at a time like that?!

    • 130 dotster3
      December 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm

      Me either. Not hardly the same thing, but Oprah called me one Saturday night when we had friends over before we were all going out for din. I was so taken off guard. I mean I was never expecting to hear, “This is Oprah”. I think I became immediately dumb as a door knob, tried to sound normal and have a little fun conversation, but everyone was listening because they heard me say, “OPRAH??? Is this really OPRAH?” It was all awkward and uncomfortable. And then they all made fun of me later because I said, “Oh sorry, I have to go. We have a reservation.” They said I blew it. I could have been her new best friend, move over Gayle, there’s a new girl in town. I could have my own show now, hanging out and vacationing with Oprah. But no, I said I had to go because I had a dumb din reservation. So anyhoo, I can just imagine what I’d be like if I heard, “Hi, this is President Obama.” I would be so like that Chips flat on his back guy.

      • December 15, 2011 at 8:25 pm

        Oh wow Dotster, that’s the cutest story ever!! Why did she call you?

        • 132 dotster3
          December 15, 2011 at 8:43 pm

          I had sent an email to her show. It’s hard to remember all the details. This was during the W years and the run-up to the Iraq War. I think I was criticizing some pro-war guest who was not being truthful about the reasons for war. I think I was making suggestions about other guests I would like to see who would be able to shed a more honest light on what was going on. I do remember she said she was sitting home in her pjs, reading her emails, and it was her chef’s night off, that she was going to make pasta for she and Steadman for din in a little bit. I don’t remember much else about the phone conversation, too much in a dither. I do not think I was overly impressive. πŸ™‚ But I did get a call a few months later to ask me to come to her show when Bill O’Reilly was going to be there hawking some dumb book of his. They asked me to commit to standing and asking a question. I was way too nervous to do that on national TV, and I didn’t want to have to drum up the courage for a show with dumb BillO, so I declined. And that was the end of my Oprah BFF saga.

          • December 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm

            Ah Dotster, great story, she was obviously hugely impressed by your email to call you like that. And much as I’d love to mash O’Reilly on national TV – or anywhere – I’d be just like you: there seriously is not enough money in this world to ever entice me on to TV! Thanks Dotster, your description of your reaction to the call completely cracked me up!

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      Ms. Chips., I find that amazing that she even remembered and able to put that all together speaking with him….awwwww (thoughts)

    • 135 desertflower
      December 15, 2011 at 9:32 pm

      Seriously! That would be AFTER you peeled me off the floor!

  18. 137 bonkers
    December 15, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Oh man. Gotta come out of my commenting exile for this! Can’t wait to hear about the call, and congrats Donna!

  19. 144 Ceb
    December 15, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Waiting with bated breath and a tingle in my leg for Donna’s report. This is HUGE! Go Chips, TOD family and Donna. OMG!

  20. December 15, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    This is probably the President and Vice President discussing the naughty mat today:

    President Barack Obama talks with Vice President Joe Biden in the Vice President’s West Wing Office at the White House, Dec. 15, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    • December 15, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      {{{{{{sides aching, ouch}}}}}}

    • December 15, 2011 at 8:17 pm

      Joe: “Barack! Lord love you! I’ll tell you what, those women over at TOD are downright salacious Obamaphiles! They are dangerous! My goodness! Do you know it’s so bad, the moderator has to put them on time out on the ‘naughty mat’ to cool ’em down? and even that doesn’t work!!!” {{{shakes his head in disbelief}}}
      For shame, women!!! Look how y’all are distressing Joe. 😐

    • 150 GGail
      December 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      HAHAHAHAHAH, you’re killing me Chipsticks!!!!

  21. December 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    HA! HA! HA! Heehee.

    Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots and one of the most prominent spokesmen for the grassroots movement, was arrested at LaGuardia Airport on Thursday after trying to check in a handgun on his flight.

    According to the Queens District Attorney’s office, Meckler arrived at the airport with the gun, a Glock 27, and ammunition locked in a safe and presented it to the flight attendant at the Delta counter. He allegedly told authorities that he needed the gun for protection after receiving threats, but did not have a New York State license to carry the weapon. He’s being charged with second degree possession of an illegal weapon, a charge that carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.

    Story here: Tea Party Leader Mark Meckler Arrested With Handgun At Airport.

    • 153 majii
      December 15, 2011 at 8:56 pm

      Meckler is a prime example of a TPer who thinks he doesn’t have to follow the rules. I would have thought that being a lawyer, he’d look up the gun laws in states he’d be traveling to/through. I guess he thought the new NRA law the GOP wants to push through Congress which would allow gun owners the right to carry guns to/from all 50 states had already been passed! I am soooo glad he was arrested in NY where there are stricter gun laws, and I love the fact that he could receive 15 years in prison for violating NY’s gun control law. I live in GA, and I’m sick, sick, sick, of these so-called Christian gun worshipers.

      • December 15, 2011 at 9:49 pm

        Agree, Majii, it’s the height of either arrogance or stupidity not to check the gun laws, as if the Delta people would bow down before him because of his so-called political clout. He won’t get 15 years, but I hope he gets a very good scare and has to do community service among people the Tea Parties love to dismiss.

      • 155 Dudette
        December 15, 2011 at 11:43 pm

        I second that majii

  22. December 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Oh what the holy hell?



    sandusky attorney says he showered with teens because some need to be taught “how to put soap on their bodies”

  23. December 15, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Donna’s success speaks to the power of community here.Thanks Chips. Thanks Donna. And let’s all keep trucking to reelect the best president ever!

  24. 163 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    December 15, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    This is so exciting! Donna, Donna hurry up!

  25. December 15, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I am so excited to hear from Donna.

  26. December 15, 2011 at 8:20 pm


    boy I hope he is reading us!!

  27. December 15, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Donna……….. we are missing you. This one is dedicate to our girl, the lovely donna, video queen and resident Obamaphile:

  28. 177 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 15, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Okay Donna; you said 45 minutes — it has now been 66 minutes. You’re killing us here….

  29. 182 halo
    December 15, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Good evening, Mr. President! Thank you for all your hard work. Don’t let the haters ever get you down. You’re doing great and hope you keep pressing on for the sake of Progress!

  30. December 15, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Dec 15 (Reuters) – A deal has been reached among congressional negotiators to fund U.S. government agencies through Sept. 30, 2012, Democratic Senator Daniel Inouye said on Thursday.

    Meanwhile, negotiators on a payroll tax cut and jobless benefit extension bill are still trying to reach a deal on a year-long measure. But as a fallback, they also are considering a two-month extension, according to a Senate Democratic aide.

    “I hope we don’t get there. But if we do, what the two-month extension accomplishes is – make sure that people continue to get the payroll tax holiday, also unemployment benefits and also that doctors will be able to continue their work on Medicare patients,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters.

    • 184 Vero804
      December 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      2 months lets them all go home for the holiday. Whack.

      Someone just said to me…if the Repubs are going to do this and Dems are going I “fight” then we have to accept the fact that someone is going to get hurt.

      • 185 Britt
        December 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm

        Democrats aren’t really fighting, they are just saying they are fighting.

        • 186 L3
          December 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm

          What do you think they should be doing? What would you do if you were Reid?

          • December 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm

            Shut down the govt. Cause the market to crash. Let taxes go up on 160 million people. But, you know, it’ll be a glorious battle, even if there’s a lot of collateral damage. Forward! March!

            • 188 L3
              December 15, 2011 at 9:04 pm

              Thanx LL. For the last 2 days Britt and Jovie have been making snide remarks about how PBO, Reid and the Dems are handling this latest skirmish with those Republican bastards and for the last 2 days I’ve asked them both what would they do in the same situation? What are their ideas? All I get from them is crickets. I’m really curious about why they won’t reveal their easy solutions to these great problems. I’m sure PBO and Reid would appreciate the help.

              • December 15, 2011 at 9:31 pm

                Well Britt, one thing we DO know is that President Obama and Joe are fighting for us. They are Democrates for sure. Thank you.HZ

          • 190 Chi
            December 16, 2011 at 4:24 am

            Never mind ‘Britt’, L3, she just throws her little bombs and leaves…

        • 191 anniebella
          December 15, 2011 at 11:02 pm

          It’s so easy for people to stand on the outside and complain. Either you have confidence in this President or you don’t. I do. I believe he is trying to do the right thing for the people.For this country. He cares about the people. He don’t want to see anyone suffer. I voted for President Obama because I believe he would fight for us, he does care about the middle class and poor, not that he hate the rich, but he want to see all have chance at the American dream. When the economy is in the shape it is in, when so many people are struggling, what is the President to do?

        • 193 nathkatun7
          December 16, 2011 at 12:45 am

          When are you running for Congress to show us exactly how you will really fight insane Republicans bent on hurting people because they want to defeat the President? Besides, how do you know Democrats are not fighting? Have you been participating in their meetings? Or is this something you heard from the purity, holier than thou, progressives?

          • 194 Chi
            December 16, 2011 at 4:27 am

            Thanks Nath…

            This ‘Britt’ person has been dropping these ridiculous comments for that past several posts and yet refuses to say how she would do better…

      • 195 hopefruit2
        December 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm

        The 2-month deal is the “last resort” measure, but it appears that Democrats are trying to negotiate a year-long measure.

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      I think the Republicans are going to regret having this come up right before the elections – it’s going to bring to light their obstruction, right when they’re trying their hardest to hoodwink the public. And the President is unlikely to make a deal on extending the Bush tax cuts right before the election. I think this is a dumb move for the GOP. But, that’s par for the course.

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:58 pm

      By funding until September 30, the R’s are setting themselves up for another government shutdown threat just before the next election and you can bet it will be tied like an anchor around their necks by the president’s campaign.

    • 198 Lovepolitics2008
      December 15, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      Septembre 2012? Ouch, just in the middle of the campaign.

  31. December 15, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I sometimes wonder, when I see Pete Souza’s tremendous photos of POTUS and Mrs. O, what is going through their heads. They are ensconced in this tremendous house full of the objects of history and I’m sure can’t help but breathe in all that knowing from time to time. Do Sasha and Malia understand who their father and mother are, what they’ve become? I just can’t believe we are so blessed by history in this moment.

  32. 200 donna dem 4 obama
    December 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Ha Chips!!!

    So today I decided to take a half day off from work to finish my Christmas shopping. My cousin who is a shopaholic told me about a newer Mall near Baltimore that had a specialty store that I needed to make a purchase from. So I leave work and swing by and pick her up and we head out to the Mall. Otherwise I would have been in the comfortable setting of my office when my phone rang at 5:04 EST. I almost didn’t answer because I wasn’t familiar with the number but thought it was one of my sons calling from work since it was a DC exchange. Now I was at the cash register when my phone rang and I answered it intending to tell whichever son this was that I would call them right back because I was at the checkout in the Mall. So I answer and a male voice asks if this is Donna S…….. and I respond hesitantly yes. He immediately says the most magical words that I have heard in my life. He says; hold for President Obama and within a second I hear. Hello Donna! Congratulations you were the winner of the grassroots fundraising challenge!!!

    Now I drop the bags I had in my hand and said OMG its President Obama. My cousin looks at me as if I have lost my mind and the cashier’s face is scrunched up looking at me as if to say, what happened? I whisper to my cousin that it’s the real President Obama on my phone. The cashier goes crazy and all the cashiers rush over and my cousin is telling me that it can’t be. So I asked him to tell her it’s really him. Once she hears his voice she drops her bags and screams OMG it’s the President. I’m laughing hysterically at this point. Y’all had to be there to see that scene in that store.

    I get the phone back from my cousin and he says; now you tell Jackie (my cousin) she can’t be hijacking your phone call. He said you know Donna I get this all the time. People never believe its me calling. I just don’t understand it. His sense of humor is off the chart. πŸ™‚

    He thanks me for winning the grassroots challenge. He says he is grateful for all the work being done on his behalf. I thank him. I tell him how much I admire and appreciate all that he is doing for our country and that there are so many of us that β€œhas his back”. Then I told him about The Obama Diary and this wonderful space that our Chips has provided us to support him on a daily basis. I asked him to stop by someday. He said to tell you all that he is grateful for the support and that he loves you back and then he wished us all a Merry Christmas. I in turn wished him and his Family a Merry Christmas from both the OFA and TOD bloggers and then he was gone.

    So I didn’t get a chance to ask a question. It just all happened so fast and without warning but somehow I feel totally satisfied. It was a magnificent Christmas present.

    Thank you TOD for helping to make this possible!!!

    • 201 halo
      December 15, 2011 at 8:36 pm


    • 202 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      December 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      You are wonderful!!!

      Thank you.

      #YesWeCanDOMoreTogether – We Must!

    • December 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      OMGGGGGG!!!!!!!! Awesome, Donna. Awesome!!!!

    • 204 hopefruit2
      December 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      This is FANTASTIC Donna – what a wonderful experience!!!! You will not sleep tonight, for sure πŸ™‚

      Thanks for sharing with us.

    • December 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm


      Oh blimey, you had me laughing and weeping the whole way through your completely wonderful report! I’m picturing you at the cash register when you heard “hold for President Obama”…… once again:

      And your cousin and the cashiers……. it’s just the funniest, sweetest thing I’ve ever read.

      And he sounds such a dote, as we expected.

      Aw Donna, I am SO completely thrilled for you, and SO grateful for this completely charming account of what happened.

      You know, I think I need a lie down now!

      You’re a GEM!!!!!!!!!!!

    • December 15, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      I am so happy for you Donna…you deserve it! Love Chips and all the OBD family too.

    • 215 ashleek
      December 15, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      Congratulations I am so happy for you.

    • December 15, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      Donna, what a treasure!!!! I’m so thrilled for you and for the acknowledgement he gave for your fundraising. CONGRATS.

    • 217 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      December 15, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      Donna, Thank you for sharing your Christmas gift with us! Your narrative is so descriptive that I feel like I was there. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • 218 collegekay
      December 15, 2011 at 8:44 pm

      That’s so awesome Donna!

    • December 15, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      Congrats Donna! This is one phone call that I’m sure you will never forget, and go over each second of it in your mind a thousand times.

    • 220 CTGirl
      December 15, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      I am so proud of you! Thank you for letting him know that we have his back and for letting him know about our wonderful Chips!

    • 221 L3
      December 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm

      Congrats Donna! Great Story.

    • December 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm

      Now the only thing that would be better would be if one of us won the Dinner with Barack and Michelle contest.

    • December 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm


    • 226 jacquelineoboomer
      December 15, 2011 at 8:48 pm

      Donna – First of all, it couldn’t have happened to a sweeter, more generous person than you.

      Second, MY heart is beating just hearing about your call.

      Third, now I feel like crying … to be a part of this in a virtual way is wonderful, but to know YOU spoke to him is magical. And are you still walking on air????

      • 227 donna dem 4 obama
        December 15, 2011 at 8:59 pm

        JOB Its ridiculous!!
        My poor cousin didn’t know about the challenge I had won so she just couldn’t comprehend why President Obama would be calling me and when I finally explained to her why I received the phone call she told me she needed to go sit down because her legs felt wobbly. So we went and found a seat and just sat there in the middle of the Mall watching people walk by with a big ole smile on our faces. It’ll be a looooonnng time before my feet touch the ground.

        His voice is so genuine and friendly.

        • 228 GGail
          December 15, 2011 at 9:12 pm

          AAAAHHHHHHHH Donna, I’m soooooo happy for you!

        • 229 jacquelineoboomer
          December 15, 2011 at 9:18 pm

          Oh, my. Still can’t believe (a) he’s real; (b) you heard his real voice speaking with you and you alone on your cell!!!!!

          You’d better check on your cousin, later. πŸ™‚

        • 230 isonprize
          December 15, 2011 at 9:48 pm

          Donna, DONNA, DONNA!!! I am so happy for you! HAPPY DANCE, HAPPY DANCE.

          Just keep running it over and over and over in your mind…It’s fabulous!! You SPOKE TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!! On your phone!! Isn’t that just the absolute best!!??!!

          WOOOT WOOOT!!!

        • 231 LunarSea
          December 16, 2011 at 12:56 am

          That is so uber kewl and probably the best Christmas present since the operation for Tiny Tim. What a great memory to have. Thanks so much for sharing.

          And Congrats!

        • 232 sonjiaduncan
          December 16, 2011 at 1:37 am

          Oh Donna, now you can check that off your bucket list. I am late to the blog but I feel like I am right there with you. Go girl luv it.

    • December 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm

      Wow now I can breathe. All my extremities were clenched in breath held just waiting for your report. great experience you had and thanks for letting him know about us here on TOD. πŸ˜†

    • 234 taiping1
      December 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm

      Thanks for the report and for your dedication, enthusiasm, and support. You are absolutely right: we have his back!

    • December 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      “he says; now you tell Jackie (my cousin) she can’t be hijacking your phone call”.

      The man is a natural wit.

      Congrats donna.

    • December 15, 2011 at 8:53 pm

      Fantabolous!! This way to freaking exciting. You go Donna!!!

    • 237 GGail
      December 15, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      Donna – it’s a wonderful story!!! My heart is beating so fast while reading this. I am over the moon for you and I share in your joy!!!!

    • 238 majii
      December 15, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      Awesome, Donna! You go girl!!! You caused a disruption of an entire store! Yay, Donna!!

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      Donna that’s great! How funny to have your call happen that way I can just picture it – I bet it was even better than it would have been anywhere else – everyone around you got to be in on the excitement!! What a thrill it must have been for them too!! Congratulations you sure deserved it for all of your hard work!!
      yay! w00t!!!

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      wow. I’m so happy for you and for TOD. It’s great you got to tell him that there’s “many of us that has his back”. Just awsome! I know he appreciates to hear it.

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      That is Awesome. Hello Mr. President – if you are reading this site.

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:06 pm

      WOW !!! I just said on here yesterday that I just want one hug from the President. NOW, I just want ONE “hello” from him. I am thrilled for you. I can only imagine how surprised you must have felt. I so happy you spoke to President Obama. You deserve it !!!

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      OMG!!!! Thank you for sharing. I don’t know how you managed to even get a legible sentence out!!!! How totally AWESOME!!! I know you are sooooo syked!!!! Wow, congratulations awesome honor!!!!

    • 244 Vero804
      December 15, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      Oy. Great story. I feel like i was with u!! Congrats again Donna!

    • 245 sherijr
      December 15, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      Oh Donna, how exciting for you, absolutely the best Christmas gift ever..
      Congratulations & how wonderful that you mentioned TOD.. just WOW πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:13 pm


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    • 247 dotster3
      December 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      How fun, Donna! Did you talk about your din? You won a din, right? And thanks for remembering to mention us. I wouldn’t have remembered to mention anything.

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      I feel like I was there, and my cheeks hurt from smiling and laughing! Congratulations, Donna – so well deserved. So, he’s really real… πŸ™‚

    • 249 JojoRaze
      December 15, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      Congratulations Donna!!! You totally deserve it! You worked so hard to raise money for the campaign and with all the support from everyone here, it was well-earned. I’m #deceased at the cashiers and your cousin making a fuss when you got that phone call. It sounds like something out of a movie.

    • 250 meabloom
      December 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      WOW Donna! That sounds soooOOOooo AMAZING! I believe you handled yourself pretty well considering I would have passed out and never heard a word he was saying. Thanks for sharing your experience. You so deserved it.


    • December 15, 2011 at 9:29 pm


      Donna dem that was soooooooooooo awesome!

      I just read your post and you just made my day.

      So happy for you and glad that you mentioned Chips and the Obama Diary.

      God Bless you, you wonderful blessed lady.

      You do us all proud. πŸ™‚

      • December 15, 2011 at 9:53 pm

        Donna Dem, I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Happy for you!!!!!!!! This is just awesome and just wonderful. I am crying because you work so hard and your work brought such a beautiful and sweet timely call. What a gift to you and all those whose hearts you touched for our beautiful 44th President, Barack Obama.

        I am going to have a glass of wine to celebrate for you and for our loving Chips and our TOD Family!!!!! This is great. Thanks for sharing with us. The wait was so worth it.

        Love you so very much for all that you did to bring us to this night. We are going to bring another call, dinner, and whatever it takes to keep POB in that Oval Office!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Hugs to you Donna and our Chips)))))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm

      Congratulations!!! How fantastic! Kind of crazy huh, watching him announce the end of the Iraq war yesterday and then calling you on your cell today. Too cool!

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:39 pm



      /happy dance

    • 255 desertflower
      December 15, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      That’s amazing! We’re all so proud of you πŸ™‚ You deserved to get that call….we’ll all live vicariously through you! What a memory you have to keep forever.

    • 256 MJ
      December 15, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      OMG Donna!!!! I’m de-lurking just to let you know that you owe me a new keyboard over the story about you, Jackie and the cashiers in Baltimore doing the happy dance while you were on the call. I actually let out a squeal when I read about it while in public, sitting at a Starbucks.

      Anyway, that’s the “bestest” Christmas story ever. Thank you and Chips and the rest of the TOD crew ever so much for sharing.


    • December 15, 2011 at 9:58 pm

      Oh, Donna, It is so wonderful to know that I had one little bit part in that call!!!! It’s going to be many days before you stop walking on those clouds!!!!!! This is so exciting!!!!

    • 258 vitaminlover
      December 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      Just WOW, Donna. That is fantastic!!!

    • December 15, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      Donna, I’m surprised you’re coherent enough to write this, or, to drive home safely. You were amazing to have the presence of mind to mention TOD–I think I would have drawn a complete blank about everything, including my name. I’ll bet the cashiers in the store thought you were a VIP after that call and couldn’t wait to tell their families about you.

    • 260 Pamela
      December 15, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      Oh, Donna Dem, how very very lovely, you surely are the right person to have handled this honor so well! (some of us might have weed ourselves a little bit!) (no names now……..) Well done, well done!

    • 261 Hachikō
      December 15, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      That is fantastic, Donna! Wow. Thank you for sharing that with us. Your account was so vivid, I could just imagine the event as it took place.

      Congratulations and Merry Christmas!

    • 262 rikyrah
      December 15, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      thank you for sharing this donna…and CONGRATS πŸ™‚

    • 263 defytheodds
      December 15, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      Congratulations Donna!

    • 264 anniebella
      December 15, 2011 at 11:10 pm

      Donna Dem 4 obama, what an experience. I’m so happy for you. And your cousin too. Bless you.

    • December 15, 2011 at 11:30 pm

      Oh, Donna I am so so so happy for you. This is so richly deserved. Thanks to everyone here who made it possible for Donna to have this fantastic experience. Thanks for sharing it with all of us. And yes we do “has his back”! All day, every day. What an experience to share for the rest of your life. You spoke with the President. Wow.

    • 266 JoJothecat
      December 15, 2011 at 11:34 pm

      O M G! I am so proud and happy for you DD4O. I can imagine how excited and happy it was to hear PBO voice and have a bit of time with him. You probably would have been able to enjoy him all by yourself if you had not gone shopping but just think, everyone at that store was able to experience a rare opportunity to see the President connect with a fellow citizen. It showed a lot of people PBO is the president of the THE PEOPLE. Congratulation I am so proud to have helped you reach your goal and to be a part of a terrific group…OBAMA/BIDEN 2012 – PRESSING ON!

    • December 15, 2011 at 11:45 pm

      Oh, Donna, I an so very happy for you! I can hardly type for the tears of joy in my eyes. I watched your passion day after day raising money for our amazing President. I know the glow of his voice will live forever in your memories. Relax and enjoy! You earned it. Take care.

      • December 16, 2011 at 12:20 am


        Thanks so much for sharing this with us, mentioning the blog, and just being you here in this wonderful online place Chips created. What a great way to end the day. We will all be walking on air for the next few days. This is so well deserved, We are so proud of you.

    • 269 nathkatun7
      December 16, 2011 at 12:54 am

      Well to go Donna! With all the hard work you put in you deserved this Christmas present. Thanks for being such a marvelous ambassador for the TOD community.

      • 270 Chi
        December 16, 2011 at 4:37 am

        Donna is so deserving indeed Nath…

        Congratulations Donna, what a wonderful moment and thank you so much for making us all a part of it…

    • 271 lovingandlaughing
      December 16, 2011 at 7:34 am

      OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have tears in my eyes! Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the story so much Donna! Thank you for your fundraising efforts. you surely deserved such a special call for PBO and thanks for giving TOD a plug!

    • 272 Mae who love our CIC
      December 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      Oh Donna I am so happy for you. What an experience of a life time. Congratulations to you.

    • 273 Claire
      December 16, 2011 at 7:12 pm

      Wow, thank you for sharing Donna Dem!! You must feel very blessed. I know I feel blessed just reading your message. I am so very happy for you. You deserve it for all of your hard work and for just being you!

  33. 274 relellit
    December 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Good evening TODville
    Poor Ed Schultz he gets so confused. Even after Nancy Peloise explained this is not a cave in. He does not get it about the tax cuts. He is so apt to criticize the President.

    • 275 hopefruit2
      December 15, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      Some of our friends on Twitter are not liking Nancy’s responses at all. They think she’s covering up for weak Democrats.

      • December 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm

        Yep, I said same on Twitter. She’s covering up.

      • 277 jacquelineoboomer
        December 15, 2011 at 8:53 pm

        That’s bull. I heard her, and I’m in with everything she said. She also referred a couple of times to the President’s Kansas speech, where he talked about what is best for ALL AMERICANS not because of which political party they are in …

        and as she mentioned all of us would be proud to see how President Obama acts in real life (I think Donna Dem would agree – love it!), Nancy said: “He is, in a values-based way, for middle-income families – every step of the way.”

        Good enough for me, and the naysayers on Twitter and at other places online or on the teevee can KMA.

        • 278 jacquelineoboomer
          December 15, 2011 at 8:55 pm

          By the way, I’m not calling out anyone here who thinks there are weak Democrats – that is always a topic worth discussing. I’m calling out people everywhere who never give a break to President Obama or Speaker-for-Life Pelosi.

        • 279 nospin
          December 15, 2011 at 9:20 pm

          “the naysayers on Twitter and at other places online or on the teevee can KMA.”


      • December 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm

        Geez, do we want Dems to stick together or not? People should understand by now that Pelosi is a team player. She doesn’t go on TV and drag Democrats through the mud like some others.

        • 281 mb32
          December 15, 2011 at 9:34 pm

          I loved the fact that when Ed tried to say PBO was a poor negotiator she pushed back and said that she’s sat at the table with him; she really praised PBO. That’s what I love about her, even when she hasn’t agreed with PBO, you never heard her be anything but loyal. The rest of the Dems could learn a thing a two from her. People used to say that she and PBO had a strained relationship but I think its one of the strongest relationships that PBO has with anyone on the Hill.

          • December 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm

            Leader Nancy did not allow Ed to push her around or POB. She was precise, very polite, and on targe with her comments. She does not have to bow to anyone, and she sure as heck did not bow to Ed or anyone else tonight. Ed tried to take here in another direction, but she stayed focus and she spoke with convictions and with a core of truth for what she stands for.

            Ed was out of his league tonight. I am proud of Leader Pelosi and love her for standing firm for President Obama all the way. HZ

    • 283 majii
      December 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm

      Well, relellit, there are always some people who would rather walk away with nothing just so they can say that they stood by their principles. These types of people lack empathy for the dire situations millions of Americans are having to deal with, and imo, they are in the same category as many on the Right.

      • 284 Pamela
        December 15, 2011 at 10:22 pm

        Right, majii, and these same should NOT be up there representing us! They should get the heck out of politics (except it is so lucrative, yes?)

      • 285 nathkatun7
        December 16, 2011 at 1:15 am

        I think many of them are plainly selfish. People like Ed Shultz, Michael Moore, Arianna Huffy, and Brazilian Greenwald belong to the 1%. They are willing to stand on principle because they lead lives of luxury. I am sure Glenn Greenwald is heading to Brazil during winter. Unlike the unemployed people he doesn’t worry about how to pay for his mortgage/rent, or pay for his food and home heating oil.

        The President and Speaker Pelosi have to worry about millions of people who are about to loose their unemployment insurance.The President and Speaker Pelosi worry about middle income earners who may loose the tax cuts at the time when they are struggling to stay above water. You are absolutely right, majii. These holier than thou progressives “are in the same category as many on the right.” To them, the immediate needs of the people are not that important. What matters to them is stupid ideological purity that rejects all compromises. Something that has never happened in over two hundred and twenty four years of American history, beginning with the drafting of the U.S. Constitution which was so full of all sorts of compromises that took centuries to rectify.

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:10 pm

      See, that’s why I am so glad that I hadn’t forgiven any of those loons. Other than specific videos posted here, I do not watch anyone except Rev. Al!

    • 287 Vero804
      December 15, 2011 at 9:14 pm

      It’s a cover up. I can appreciate what she did. Shes a team player. I think that if they do this 2 month stuff I believe they just want to go home for the holiday. This is a joke. I just assume they do nothing and argue that nothing is getting done because of the Repubs.

      • 288 elo4obama/biden
        December 15, 2011 at 9:27 pm

        I read somewhere HERE that they are still working on a 1 year extension, but will take a 2 month one if need be. I’d take that as a sign of a work in progress cause at this point the repubs have HAD to come out FOR the extension, the discussion would all be in the pay for and that fight would be kept alive. I’m thinking the longer it’s alive the worse for them. Americans of all stripes are for millionaires paying more.

        Then again I think if we have to we keep the fight for higher revenue from the wealthy alive for another fight. even if next year. Busch tax cuts expire, and we’re going to have to redo the tax tiers and close loopholes and that maybe numero uno for 2013. Before then is to bring down the deficit.. The argument has been made and WON that republicans only care about the rich, and are protecting their tax cuts come hell or high water.

        CONGRATULATIONS DONNA! I felt as though I was there. What a nice story for the shopgirls to tell tonight too.:smile:

      • December 15, 2011 at 9:31 pm

        But what happens to the real people who are surviving only on their unemployment insurance, or who won’t be able to afford both a $1000 tax increase and their rent or food for their kids. It means more to me that Dems are willing to be called “weak” and help people, than that they fight for the “win” at the expense of the American people. I blame the GOP and their greed and love of money – I don’t blame Democrats for fulfilling the requirements of their jobs and serving the people. That’s what they’re supposed to do. The GOP are the ones who are failing here – like Elizabeth Warren said, “I save my rocks for the Republicans”.

        • 291 isonprize
          December 15, 2011 at 9:51 pm

          The GOP are the ones who are failing here – like Elizabeth Warren said, β€œI save my rocks for the Republicans”.

          THIS, indeed!!

        • December 15, 2011 at 10:19 pm

          Theo, you are right on the money. People who feel free to tell the Dems what they ought to do, are not the ones who are living on UI nor are they the ones who would be crushed by having to pay a tax increase next year. It’s so easy to ask the other guy to pay so that the self-righteous can make a big fuss about standing on principles, especially when they don’t have to do the standing themselves.

        • 294 nathkatun7
          December 16, 2011 at 1:33 am

          Exactly my sentiments, Theo! I am just so tired of people who think that Democrats alone can force their will on these INSANE right wing teabag Republicans. If it means a two months extension to prevent unemployed people from loosing unemployment insurance, and to prevent struggling people from seeing their taxes go up, then It’s worthy it. May be all of the people who are bad mouthing Democrats would mobilize to put pressure on Republicans to abandon their insanity. Otherwise, just blaming Democrats shows a failure to recognize the real elephant in the room that is determined to harm people in order to defeat President Obama.

      • December 15, 2011 at 9:52 pm

        I’d rather compassion aka “weakness” over fruitless arguing aka callousness, any day. That’s my line in the sand. I’d rather live to fight another day than to die foolishly and fruitlessly when it is not warranted. 160 million people are more important than the Dem image right now. If people can’t see that, then they are on the wrong side of this fight.

  34. December 15, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Congrats to Donna, looking forward to hearing her report! : ))

  35. 298 ashleek
    December 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Kudos Donna Dem I can’t wait. I am making a pledge to donate all my Christmas money to the campaign. FOUR MORE YEARS!!

  36. December 15, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    WOW! Fantastic Donna, so happy for you! You deserved every minute of that phone call, thanks for sharing this with us!

  37. 300 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    December 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    I would have given anything to see the scene in that store. Congratulations Donna and thank you for sharing your story and for everything that you do! Whoop! Whoop! πŸ™‚

  38. December 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I’m in tears. Donna I felt I was right there with you. CONGRATS!

  39. 303 maritza
    December 15, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Congratulations Donna AND family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. December 15, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    (Reuters) – As the war in Iraq draws to a close, U.S. President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has quietly enlisted an army of veterans to urge other military men and women to vote for him in November.

    The Obama campaign has built a network of more than 700 supportive veterans to promote the president in key states such as Virginia and North Carolina, where 13 percent and 11 percent of residents are veterans, respectively.

    These states are among a dozen divided battleground states that could hold the keys to victory in the 2012 election.

    The move is a sign that the Obama campaign will aggressively tout the commander-in-chief’s record as a military leader while it tries to assure Americans that the president can lift the struggling U.S. economy.

    Veterans to tout Obama’s record as military leader.

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      I heard a preview of that on the national conference call with OFA HQ in Chicago and it was very, very powerful.

      You are going to see a state-of-the-art campaign rolling out for PBO, I can tell you that.

  41. 306 donna dem 4 obama
    December 15, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks everyone. It was an amazing experience. He is just such an easy person to talk too. He was upbeat and funny. I wish you all could have been on that phone call with me.

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      “I wish you all could have been on that phone call with me.”

      It’s a completely lovely thought, but can you imagine us bunch on that call with you? πŸ˜†

      • December 15, 2011 at 9:13 pm

        LOL, sounds devilishy wicked but lots of fun!

      • 309 donna dem 4 obama
        December 15, 2011 at 9:14 pm

        Lawd Have Mercy Chips!

        Half of them would have fainted (cause I almost did when I heard him say my name), a quarter of them would have froze and the rest would have all been talking at the same time. πŸ™‚

        • December 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm

          Exactly!!! πŸ˜† I hope you can sleep tonight! Thanks again Donna, your report was sublime!

        • 311 Obama Grandmama
          December 15, 2011 at 9:38 pm

          Congrats, Donna! It would have made much more than my day! How exciting!

        • 312 isonprize
          December 15, 2011 at 9:55 pm

          Donna, YAY DONNA, Donna, I am so happy for you. I have read your story 4 times already!! I just love it. Now you know how I felt when my son and I got to shake his hand! Floating on air doesn’t even begin to describe the feelings and emotions. And even with that, don’t you feel like he and Michelle could just come over and sit down to dinner and a cup of tea? They are so normal, so down to earth, SO REAL!!!

          Wheeeew. I AM SO INCREDIBLY HAPPY FOR YOU!!!! Happy Dance, Happy Dance, HAPPY DANCE!!!! πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    • 313 Janelle
      December 15, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      Donna, I’m soooooooo happy for you!!!! You so deserve that call!!

    • 314 jacquelineoboomer
      December 15, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      Donna, I can assure you, we were all there with you in our hearts. Lucky you!!!!!

    • 315 nospin
      December 15, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      congratulations Donna dem – you deserved it.

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      Congrats again, Donna so proud and happy for you! πŸ™‚

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      Donna, I think what everyone who’s ever had any close contact with POTUS says is that he is a very, very sweet person who has a lot of concern for what is really happening with everyday people. He has a way of listening and talking that is so accessible. He just lights up every situation and I’m so glad you really had a chance to connect with him. I’m sure you’ll be thinking about this encounter for a very long time!!

    • December 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      *throws confetti*


      See, people — we MUST enjoy every day of this presidency in every single way, big and small! Don’t let anyone steal our joy!

      πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜›


    • 319 EDP4BHO
      December 15, 2011 at 10:14 pm

      I’m late to the party again. Donna, I am just floored you had that experience. Something that will never ever get old for you. You will be re-living that moment for as long as you walk this earth. Wow !

    • 320 Mary Gray
      December 15, 2011 at 10:26 pm

      Donna, congradulations and well deserved for your hard work. Don’t know why, but I teared reading your report.

      • 321 Dakota
        December 15, 2011 at 10:59 pm

        My ass was at the mall also so I just found out the news!!! AWESOME DONNA!!! FREAKING AWESOME!!! So well deserved!!! Thank you for letting the President know how much we love him and that we have his back no matter what. Tell me…is his voice still resonating in your head? LOL!!! No Christmas present will ever top this! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    • December 15, 2011 at 11:49 pm

      DD4O, Thanks so much for sharing this experience with us, from the very beginning! I am particularly happy to hear that you ‘connected’ quite easily with our President without the need of an interpreter. πŸ˜‰ What an awesome, and unforgettable experience! DD, even though you were the front person you somehow managed to make many of us here feel an integral part of this entire experience – part of a wonderful team, and it felt.. .feels really good. Thanks.

      **Sigh of happiness** Now Chips Chica, can I borrow your fainting picture?

  42. December 15, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    New post here for Freak Show watchers – and non-Freak-Show watchers πŸ˜‰


  43. December 15, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Congrat s Donna. Thanks for mentioning Chips and TOD.

  44. 325 Wanda N VA 4 Obama
    December 15, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Congrats Donna! I’m so happy for you!!!

  45. 326 Obama Grandmama
    December 15, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    I am excited to hear from Donna too, but instead of reading through the entire blog I went right to the bottom to write this email. I am so happy as I just came from an appointment with my Mom’s Oncologist. She has 4th stage lung cancer but has an EGFR mutation and is taking a drug called Tarceva that is supposed to shrink the cancer. The people that see her call it chemo treatment. My brother and I have been dealing with side effects and trying to get her medications balanced. Well, today’s report was good as the test she had last week showed the cancer is shrinking! Happy Days! This is the best Xmas gift ever. I am also dealing with financial paperwork and since the ACA when I dealt with some paperwork 3 years ago when she broke her ankle I can see a real difference in the ease of coordination between Medicare and the supplementary insurance. Glad to see a difference!

  46. 337 PamfromCalif
    December 15, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Congrats Donna!

  47. 338 CEB
    December 15, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Congrats Donna and thanks so much for your lively and funny report. I almost feel that I was there with you, screaming OMG and jumping up and down. So happy for you.

  48. 339 smoothscotch
    December 15, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Congrats Donna, and that was a great report of your call. ROFL imagining the scene at the store.

  49. 340 carolyn
    December 15, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Congratulations Donna! And thanks to the wonderfulness of cell phones, you have that call forever! I would play it again and again, and make a permanent CD of it.

  50. December 15, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Hey Donna, congratulations! I’m so proud of you–just as everyone else here on TOD is proud of you. You deserve all the kudos in the world for your galant presidential fundraising efforts. I’m sure PBO appreciates your efforts as you’ve indicated. I’m glad that he responded to you in the way that he did–that is, in a down-to-earth natural fashion. I had a dream about meeting PBO personally a few months ago (nothing naughty πŸ™‚ ) and in my dream, he seemed to be just the way you described him.

    Thanks for thinking of us little people here in TODville. I guess it’s good to know people in high places. πŸ˜‰ I hope you’ve inspired PBO to check us out. We’re glad you told him we have his back.

  51. December 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Donna Dem you Rock!!!!! I am so happy for you and feel like I was right there with you – laughing, crying, and OMGing!!!
    This is a moment to cherish for a lifetime and I know it will not be something you ever forget!

  52. 343 terim
    December 15, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Donna, I am so happy for you. I feel like I was right there with you in the mall! Just amazing!!!!

  53. 344 isonprize
    December 15, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Not sure who was looking for the People Magazine interview, but here is a link to the article… Enjoy!!


  54. December 15, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Aw, just saw this headline at Time and got all excited, thought they were talking about Donna’s chat:


  55. 346 Lovepolitics2008
    December 15, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I’m really happy for you Donna, and for your cousin Jackie lol !

    What a beautiful, so well deserved Christmas gift you received today !

  56. December 15, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Oh dear, I’m going to have to de-lurk too! Been lurking so long, I’m ashamed of myself (hanging my head in shame). But I’m so excited about Donna getting that call!

  57. 350 auni
    December 15, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    So happy about Donna’s phone call, and so very happy about obama grandmama’s mothers report–it’s a blessed day

  58. December 15, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Congratulations Donna. I would have hang up on him thinking someone was punking me. However, you had the fortitude to trust that it was really him. Thanks for telling him about all of us who have his back and will work hard to get himre-elected,

  59. December 15, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Congratulations Donna!

    Your writing skills are impeccable. I felt as though I was there standing with you and cuz in the mall. I am glad you made it safely home. You deserved all of that and more. Good things come to those who wait…..but it is what you do while waiting that is so important. You continue to work had for the reelection of this great President because he is working hard for us. Enjoy and savor this moment!

  60. 353 Dudette
    December 16, 2011 at 12:30 am

    I’m late to the party… again! But couldn’t be more thrilled for you Donna!! Your beautiful, hilarious story brought tears to my ears and warmed my heart. You deserved that special gift from our President for the hard work you’re doing on behalf of all us. We need him and we need you too! Thank you and Press On, My Sister! Hi-fives and big bear hugs to you!

  61. 354 Barb
    December 16, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Donna, that is so fantastic and you truly deserved to hear from President Obama. I have read and reread your post 4 times and I could see it happening just like I was there. That is funny. Donna. President says to Donna………… now you don’t want to be letting Connie take all your time up with your call. How cool is that? So glad she got to share that with you. I can see the packages falling out of your hands and the cashiers running over and jumping up and down. IT’s crazy wonderful. I can see you two sitting there with the big smiles on your faces. I am so happy for you and thankful that we got to share your experience vicarously. What a day. What a way to just happen to take this afternoon off. Congrats Chips, Donna introduced you to THE PRESIDENT. WTG Donna………TOD is on the map!!!!!. What a wonderful experience for all of us to have you share this with us. Oh, I already said that once or twice already. I will go to sleep smilling. Wait till you go to work tomorrow and share your story.

  62. 355 Judith Fardig
    December 16, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Donna and Chips – you have given us all such a vicarious thrill! This site is such a wonderful haven from the fear and anger poisoning the airwaves. Thanks for sharing. What a Christmas gift!!

  63. 356 sjterrid
    December 16, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Congratulations Donna. I’m so happy for you. Thank you for sharing your phone call from the President with us. I would have been speechless.

  64. December 16, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Congrats again, Donna! You’re now a part of HISTORY–and by virtue of your connection to TOD, we all are–a part of President Barack Hussein Obama’s legacy. πŸ™‚

  65. December 17, 2011 at 6:41 am


    Wow. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I can’t stop smiling for you.

  66. 359 Titti
    December 17, 2011 at 8:50 am

    OMG, congrats Donna – what great pressie! I’m buzzed and I didn’t even speak to him.

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