merry christmas everyone

President Barack Obama makes phone calls to 10 American servicemembers stationed around the world from his vacation rental home in Kailua, Hawaii, Dec. 24, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama walks with first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha into a Christmas morning church service at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii, December 25


Hope you’re having a perfect day 😉

107 Responses to “merry christmas everyone”

  1. 1 rikyrah
    December 25, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Merry Christmas, Chipsticks 🙂

    • December 25, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      Merry Christmas rikyrah, Merry Christmas everyone!

      • 3 jacquelineoboomer
        December 25, 2011 at 7:12 pm

        Merry Christmas, Chips! Thanks for keeping TOD updated today … was fun to check in every now and then and see “new stuff”!

      • 4 Roberta in MN
        December 25, 2011 at 7:33 pm

        Merry Christmas Chips, I give thanks for this site and the family of friends here everyday.
        Wishing all the TOD Family a wonderful holiday season. And thank you for keeping us happily sane 🙂 🙂

      • 5 Sankofa
        December 25, 2011 at 9:04 pm

        Very merry holiday season Chipsticks. You are so appreciated and you are my “present” every day, thank you!

  2. 6 rikyrah
    December 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    oh, how lovely our First Family is looking today 🙂

  3. 8 GGail
    December 25, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Merry Christmas Chipsticks!

    Malia looks so much like her mother with her hair like that!

  4. December 25, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    They are truly a handsome family.
    Enjoy your holiday Mr. President. You damn well earned it.

  5. 10 carolyn
    December 25, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Hurrah! He looks so relaxed and happy today! He and the family look so glad to be together in friendly, loving Hawaii. I know everyone on this site has been sending them a lot of love!

  6. 11 Tracy
    December 25, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Love my First Family! Merry Christmas to All and especially to Chipsticks for her awesomeness. I just got news from my stepson who is living in London that he got baby booties under the Christmas tree: his fiance is pregnant! At 44 he has been longing for a child. So happy days! My stepdaughter is also in London with 2 children; the new baby will bring grandchildren to 6 (2 in CA)! So a truly exceptional Christmas.

  7. 22 hopefruit2
    December 25, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Merry Christmas Chipsticks and TOD family! Our President looks very happy to be in Hawaii with his family – good for him.

  8. December 25, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Wow! Thank g-d the President has SS to protect his family especially his daughters. Malia is going to be a heart breaker.

    On another note, I hope everyone is having a wonderful day with family and friends. As you know I am in an interfaith marriage. My Catholic husband gave me the best gift for the Hanukkah. I live in the radio desert in South Florida. My family chipped in (children included) and bought me a SiriusXM radio with subscription. I am so glad I now have voice of reason here. I will now have progressive radio AND Slow Blues in C anytime I want to listen to it.

    Well, I am off to feed my family. Merry Christmas to my TOD family!!

    Shalom, (Peace)

    • December 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      Important accessories, especially with the coming nonsense in 2012. Good thinking family, you’ve got there! Enjoy the evening. I’m off to start cooking, too!

    • 25 vero804
      December 25, 2011 at 8:02 pm

      My advice…stay away from Alex Bennett in the morning on America Left radio. He is putrid. Bill Press wasn’t the best, but he used to be on at the 7am-9am time-slot (maybe earlier), and then a few months ago Alex Bennett replaced him, and even took an hour away from Stephanie Miller, who used to come on at 9 (now she starts at 10). I don’t know who he knows in the upper echelons of Sirius XM, but he has prime radio time for folks going to work, and he sucks. He’s not even an emoprog…I suspect he’s a libertarian. He claims he hates Repubs, but he doesn’t hit them half as hard as he does Democrats and especially the president. I seriously can’t stand him.

      Try Joe Madison on 128 the Power. He’s kind of rude to his callers, but a better discussion for the most part.

    December 25, 2011 at 6:41 pm


  10. 27 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    December 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Excellent post by Eclectablog at TPV:

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    “No, @SpeakerBoehner, it’s NOT “hard to do the right thing”” http://t.co/b2pH9fb7 @SpeakerBoehner, what is clearly hard is your being honest

    His suggestion of a 30 sec video is likely to find many of you talented folk ready to make it happen 🙂

    Merry Christmas!

    #YesWeCanDoMoreTogether – We Must!

  11. 28 anniebella
    December 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Just coming home from having dinner with my family, had a lovely time, did my best not to eat to much. So nice to see the First Family, they look lovely as always.

  12. December 25, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Merry Christmas everyone! Thank God for this loving, supportive family here and for Chipsticks who makes it all happen.

  13. 30 Cathy from MN
    December 25, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Wonderful to see the first family relaxing together. Malia and Sasha look so cute (guess they are probably getting to the ages where they don’t like cute anymore, but…). What great dresses and what a loving family!
    Thank you for bringing these pics to us!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 32 anniebella
      December 25, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      Is their a picture of the Palin family going to church today. You know the idiot ex- Alaska Governor who was so upset about the Obama Christmas card with Bo the dog on the cover.

      • December 25, 2011 at 7:44 pm

        Forget hr family, where is the tundra twit today ?

        • 34 Kat 4 Obama
          December 25, 2011 at 7:59 pm

          Hi amk, I should have said in reply to your kind question on the Pete Souza post (very tired here from too much cooking) that I greatly appreciated the support of the “faithful few” who showed up to read my diaries at the orange place and were not discouraged by the troll nonsense.

  14. 36 GGail
    December 25, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    To Tracy and to Sue – what wonderful gifts you both have received this holiday season!

    Also wonderful news from Amelia (3Chics) – she has a brand new baby boy grandson!

    I’m happy because I HAVE ENOUGH

    Good family, good friends, good TOD family, and good food 😀

  15. 40 Robert
    December 25, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Hello to all you great folks on this site. I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas. Greetings from an avid Obama supporter here in Barbados.

  16. 42 cathy2va
    December 25, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Merry Christmas to Chips and the TOD family. I give thanks to this wonderful site and the wonderful people here. Fired up and ready to go for an awesome year 2012!

  17. 43 Cha
    December 25, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Merry Christmas, Chips, & The Obama Diary Family~ That was really a beautiful Thank You you gave to everyone on your site, Chips. I’m so thankful you all are here!

    Speaking of which…Doesn’t the Obama Family look extra fine in all their Hawai’ian Sunday Best going to Services at The Marine Corp Base at Kaneohe Bay! And, President Obama calling 10 Services Members Stationed Around The World! Priceless!~

    Best Christmas EVER!

  18. 44 HZ
    December 25, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Chips, thanks for this. Now go and enjoy your lovely family and friends and relax. You deserve it so much. We love you so much, Chips. Thanks for these photos. The girls look so lovely. I love the lovely white dress on Malia. So gracefully worn, and daddy’s hand around his first lovely baby girl makes the statement, oh, boys, do not dare put your hands around this lovely waist. You see? Okay, you got that? Love it. We have such a lovely and thoughtful First Family. I love my President and First Lady.

    Chips, go and relax with a cup of tea and enjoy family there. We promise to be very nice tonight. I promise. Love you so very much.HZ

  19. 45 vero804
    December 25, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    There probably isn’t anything that annoys me more than “some” suggesting that the president’s more aggressive tone, specifically related to jobs and income inequality, is as a consequence of OWS. That drives a sista crazy. The man has been talking about fairness in taxation and the like since he started running, and AJA was proposed before OWS started their occupations…remember the Joint Session address to Congress???? Ugh…just had to vent that out.

    • 46 anniebella
      December 25, 2011 at 8:32 pm

      vero804, I agree with what you said concerning OWS.

    • 47 maritza
      December 25, 2011 at 8:32 pm

      vero804, some people have selective hearing and there is no cure for that.

    • December 25, 2011 at 8:32 pm

      Me too, and I have noticed. Reverend Al days that all the time. He must have a reason, but I hate hearing it!

    • 49 hopefruit2
      December 25, 2011 at 8:34 pm

      I agree. And it’s a disingenuous tactic of not giving the President credit for initiating any activity without suggesting that he’s being pushed by the “left.”

      • 50 vero804
        December 25, 2011 at 8:43 pm

        It’s also a way for OWS supporters to elevate their “movement” and give it more juice…by saying they’re so important they’re even influencing the president. In reality – I don’t think the WH is doing more than just keeping an eye on them. They’re not parroting their talking points or positions, that’s for sure.

      • December 25, 2011 at 8:45 pm

        And half the time the Left, is really the libertarian far right.

      • 52 africa
        December 25, 2011 at 8:53 pm

        Brings to mind DADT. Never mind that he had to make sure Military, others were on board. Some claimed they made him do it. Just yesterday I heard same nonsense on Up with Chris. To his credit he disagreed with his guests. I still tweeted him and told him his guests were spewing bunk and I did not have enough space to educate them.

    • 53 africa
      December 25, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      I agree with you. Just like one day I looked up and Markos on twitter was crediting OWS for making Congress agree to take up the tax debate. Nevermind PBO had told GOP if they didn’t step up, he was going to take it to the American people, which he did.

      Just plain nutty.

      • December 25, 2011 at 8:48 pm

        It’s how the libertarians get attention, they take credit for doing something they had nothing to do with.
        Unfortunately, they are inbeded in our MSM liberal beltway types.
        So, they have power.

      • 55 vero804
        December 25, 2011 at 8:51 pm

        That website is totally in the tank for OWS…it’s craziness. I don’t read them often, but when I do, it’s like all OWS, all the time.

        • 56 africa
          December 25, 2011 at 9:04 pm

          I am so proud of myself. Before BWD and finding TOD, even though I’d grown disgusted with that place, I could not tear myself away from there. Not anymore.

          • 57 vero804
            December 25, 2011 at 9:13 pm

            Yeah, I was pretty addicted to the website too. But it has truly been changing and becoming more and more hostile to the Democratic Party, not to mention the president. Plus, it’s just way too cliquey for my tastes…if you’re not part of the in crowd of usual suspects, you cannot get heard.

    • December 25, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      May be it’s not true, but I found this toon funny.

    • 61 Jenny
      December 25, 2011 at 11:28 pm

      His “American Jobs” speech to a joint session of Congress was on September 8th. OWS started 9 days later on Sept 17th and the protest didn’t get any news coverage until the end of the September.

    • 62 nathkatun7
      December 26, 2011 at 1:32 am

      Bravo, Vero804 for SPEAKING TRUTH! I totally share your sentiments. I wish some one with technical know how would piece together, a video, of the Presidents speeches about jobs and taxation fairness that go as far back as 2009; but especially his speeches in all of 2010 and 2011, way before the staging of OWS!

  20. 63 Cha
    December 25, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I just came across this when I was looking up Malia’s age..I knew Sasha is Ten~

    “Before his inauguration, President Obama published an open letter to his daughters in Parade magazine, describing what he wants for them and every child in America: “to grow up in a world with no limits on your dreams and no achievements beyond your reach, and to grow into compassionate, committed women who will help build that world.”


  21. December 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Forgot to sign in, Chips. Sorry. Had to shutdown and forgot I needed to sign in after doing that.

  22. 65 Pamela
    December 25, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    And to ALL a good night! Thank you for a wonderful Christmas weekend! Bless you!

  23. 72 vero804
    December 25, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    So, being the dork that I can be, I bought Just Dance 3 for Wii, since the president picked it up too at his Best Buy shopping trip. Well, it was quite a work out. I’m in pretty good shape, but man, it kicked my booty to be dancing around like that. Didn’t help that I had quite a few mimosas beforehand.

    • 75 vero804
      December 25, 2011 at 9:08 pm

      I think she was just trying to refute the idea that unemployment has been skyrocketing since the president took office.

  24. December 25, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    SIOUX CITY, IOWA — The alarms are sounding in Iowa.

    Conservatives and Republican elites in the state are divided over who to support for the GOP nomination, but they almost uniformly express concern over the prospect that Ron Paul and his army of activist supporters may capture the state’s 2012 nominating contest — an outcome many fear would do irreparable harm to the future role of the first-in-the-nation caucuses.

    In spin rooms, bar rooms and online forums, the what-to-do-about-Paul conversation has become pervasive as polls show him at or near the top here just weeks before the Jan. 3 vote.

    Paul poses an existential threat to the state’s cherished kick-off status, say these Republicans, because he has little chance to win the GOP nomination and would offer the best evidence yet that the caucuses reward candidates who are unrepresentative of the broader party.


    • 78 vero804
      December 25, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      The Republican Party is a mess right now. They are only “for” beating and disrespecting this president. Their ideas – whether the Reagan faction or the Bush II faction have proven to be failures. They got nothin’ but hate and negativity right now. No surprise that they don’t know what they want in their candidates or in the process they have to select them.

  25. 80 maritza
    December 25, 2011 at 9:11 pm


    Sorry, I am trying to see if I can post direct links from tweeter.

  26. December 25, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Merry Christmas Ms Chips, and thanks for all you do! Wishing everyone in our TOD family a beautiful holiday season.

  27. December 25, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Lol! Looks like Morning Joe is taking another day off Monday, instead, we all get treated to msnbc award winning-caught on camera.
    Oh boy, oh boy!

  28. 84 vero804
    December 25, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    While I’m not happy about this 2 month payroll tax and unemployment benefit band-aid, the House Republicans really did hurt themselves. I’ve got some middle-of-the-road family members who have voted Repub before, namely one of my brothers. It was interesting hearing him, in particular, got off on the Repubs for the nonsense they just did with the extension. This was a total unforced error and I think solidified the idea that they are 100% reckless and completely filled with Obama Derangement Syndrome.

  29. 87 Proud Former White House Intern
    December 25, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Such a beautiful family glad they got to go to church.

  30. 88 sjterrid
    December 25, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Thank you chips for creating this wonderful site that I come to every day, and makes me realize that we are indeed part of a global community
    that really does care about others, and see what a great job the President and his administration are trying to do to make the world a better place for all people.

  31. 89 vitaminlover
    December 25, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    President Obama looks so happy to be with his wife and girls. I am loving Malia’s dress. For a minute I thought that it was Mrs. Obama. Pretty weather out there in Hawaii.

  32. December 25, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Merry Christmas Everyone

    Special hugs to Chips for keeping the blog fires burning at the holidays.

    A day of hooky from the blog.

    We are all knitting and crocheting our fingers to the bone. My daughters are both learning how to crochet and knit and it is fun doing a craft together.

    Here are a few encouraging stories

    Secret Mission Accomplished :: Surprising Family for Christmas


  33. December 25, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Heartwarming story

    For couple with Parkinson’s disease, dance class lifts spirits and may offer more


  34. December 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Backers of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) are urging the White House to use whatever means necessary to get a director in place, and argue that “extreme” Republican opposition has made such moves not only acceptable, but necessary.

    A filibuster-proof bloc of GOP senators promised before a director was even nominated they would block any selection unless changes were made to the new agency’s structure. And they followed through with that promise earlier this month, halting the president’s nominee, Richard Cordray.

    With Cordray’s pick stalled, rumblings of a recess appointment are picking up steam as a way to circumvent the Senate and get Cordray in place. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sought to derail that train of thought on the Senate’s final day of work, blocking a number of other nominees until the White House assured him it would “respect practice and precedent on recess appointments.”


    So, January 3rd then. I can wait! Watch them all freak out and of course the far left will not have the Presidents back.

  35. December 25, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Jose Feliciano – Feliz Navidad:

  36. December 25, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Yesterday, cristie was at the Jets game, today Bloomberg was at the Knicks game.
    Both got on tv.

    Uh huh, uh huh!

  37. December 26, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Last one is a tear jerker

    Balloons to Santa found in time to grant Auburn girl’s wish


    Back to knitting, then my husbands pie – with get this pie crust that uses vodka. Ever since he retired he watches cooking shows and then makes the recipes. Flakiest crust ever. Vodka – who knew?

  38. December 26, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Good post Christmas morning family. Hope everyone had a great one.

    I got up shortly after 6:00…..turned on small TV in my kitchen/casual dining area. It was still on MSNBC from couple days ago and MTP was replaying. Immediately heard some woman (????–no idea who is was) predict that the AFA will be overturned by 5-4 vote. Obviously, this is the planned meme between now and decision time. They have to repeat it over and over………..SICK, EVIL, MEAN people. btw, I very quickly changed to a local station–no desire to hear any more GOP shills.

  39. 107 Pamela
    December 26, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Happy Boxing Day! Back to work today, proud to keep the economy flourishing! Will try to peek in at random moments…. Have a great day!

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