‘welcome home’

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229 Responses to “‘welcome home’”

    December 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm


    • 5 vitaminlover
      December 27, 2011 at 5:56 pm

      Yes, indeed.

      • 6 HZ
        December 27, 2011 at 6:32 pm

        Yes, yes, indeed. I totally am so appreciated of all of the efforts that POB and VP Biden and staff who made this beautiful gift possible for our dedicated, brave and hardworking military men and women who fought the battle for all of us.

        This was a beautiful gift to see all of them come home and spend the holidays with their families. What a great blessing and gift from the wonderful CIC. (((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Welcome Home!!!!! Welcome Home!!!!!)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

        • 7 nathkatun7
          December 28, 2011 at 4:58 am

          I totally co-sign your statement, HZ! WELCOME HOME! Thank you President Obama, and VP Biden for showing that you care so much about these young people and their families. Thanks also for First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden for their relentless dedication to ensuring that our country will never forget people we send to fight and die on own behalf. I am glad we have a team in the WH that is more focused on taking care of the real needs of our troops and our veterans than on propaganda ribbons claiming to support the troops.

  2. 8 PoliticalJunkessa
    December 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    ♥ ♥ ♥ Aloha Chips! Aloha TOD Family! ♥ ♥ ♥

    Barack Obama Quote O’ The Day

    These are the things I want for you — 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. And I want every child to have the same chances to learn and dream and grow and thrive that you girls have. That’s why I’ve taken our family on this great adventure.

    I am so proud of both of you. I love you more than you can ever know. And I am grateful every day for your patience, poise, grace and humor as we prepare to start our new life together in the White House.

    Love, Dad

    –from “Letter to My Daughters,” Parade Magazine, January 18, 2009

    Have a great afternoon, everyone! 😛

  3. December 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    OFA :: Moving Forward, Looking Back

    “To me, approaching the end of the war means that my students aren’t going off to die in harm’s way. I’ve already lost two students in Iraq and had to comfort younger siblings after their deaths. I had former students who were deployed overseas with the Marines. I hope I will get to see them come home safe and sound to join their families.”


  4. 16 CEB
    December 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Ahhhw (with teras of joy)

    A president who keeps his promises; what a novelty.

  5. December 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks CHIPS This was a great video to start this chat with as a vet it is the greatest.Thanks a thousand times for all you do GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL YOUR LOVED ONES.

  6. December 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm


    • 19 anniebella
      December 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      What a video. it was so sweet, so special. I heard Michael talk about President Obama, and how we will have a decision to make and he hope it is base on common sense, well I can say Cindy Crawford and Matt Damon have no common sense. But I hope the rest of America will have it, and they will realize President Obama is the right choice, the only choice to make in 2012. Best wishes to Michael and his family. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

      • 20 itgurl_29
        December 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm

        Cindy Crawford’s lame. If they’re saying that endorsements of models suddenly matter, I’ll take PBO supporters like Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum over Cindy Crawford any day. At least they are relevant!

      • December 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm

        Any woman who votes for a Republican in the next election is emotionally bankrupt.

        • 26 donna dem 4 obama
          December 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm


          • 27 JoJothecat
            December 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm

            Cindy Crawford who had two children out-of-wed lock, I don’t know if she eventually married their father but she would be looked down upon if she were not Republican. It seems it’s ok when their supportors are not christian, chase, or of high moral standards. I really don’t care what a “celebrity” does or does not support however when the RW Media points to a Cindy Crawford or Matt Damon, who disrespects this president, I have NO respect for them nor will I support their products or films. When liberal celebrities who expressed their dislike of president Bush like Whoopi and the Dixie Chicks they got death threats and were black balled at the box office. These people need to make a living like the rest of us, so I admire the ones who will speak out with respect or dislike the issues. Unforturnately we have Fox Noise, CNN, and the RW Radio that will poison the minds of the masses to not buy liberal celebrity products or go to their movies. If you decide as an individual that’s one thing but as a mouth piece on the airwaves used in a way to punish people that in my opinion is wrong.

            • 28 dotster3
              December 27, 2011 at 6:32 pm

              Her 2 children are with her husband Randy Gerber, a restauranteur. I wouldn’t condemn her to burn at the stake yet. That Romney statement was in May. She may be back in the Obama fold by now, as are many other former disgruntled who have come to their senses. I know she and her husband are good friends with George Clooney, a big time Dem and Obama supporter who may have influenced her back into supporting Obama. I know she supports many great childrens’ charities and devotes time and money to many other worthy causes. I would just suggest caution with the criticisms—too much we don’t know for sure.
              And can’t mention Clooney without adding my adoration of him—-just saw his movie, The Descendants—–what a great movie—–so well acted by every single actor/actress in that movie—a real life story—–and I could look at Clooney from now until forever. What a beautiful person he is.

              • 29 JoJothecat
                December 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm

                Agreed Doster. I apologize for jumpting to conclusions without the full story. I later googled Cindy Crawford and showed she was married before her first child was born, it was not to condemn her but the GOP purity who condemns Democrats or Hollywood in general and not Republicans who find themselves in the same situations.

                • 30 EDP4BHO
                  December 27, 2011 at 7:19 pm

                  I’m butting in here, per usual. 😀 I don’t know a thing about Crawford’s political persuasions or preferences, but if she needs persuading, as was mentioned, she was wishy washy any way, so who gives a shit what got her goat? We need strong, resilient supporters in the face of all the vitriole, not wimpy, fly-by-nights. Bye Cindy ! And take Matt with you !

              • 31 hopefruit2
                December 27, 2011 at 6:53 pm

                She made the statement since May, so why is MSNBC in late December “breaking news” her 8-month old remarks?

                Tell MSNBC I said go to Hell!

    • December 27, 2011 at 6:58 pm

      A living testimony! Water works…..

    • 33 Dudette
      December 28, 2011 at 2:24 am

      As a long grown up Army brat, I have to say listening to that little girl talk about how she feared that dreaded phone call about her daddy while he was away at war, brought back the strongest memories for me. Having watched my Dad leave us for 4 deployments to Vietnam, I know exactly how she felt and I’m so happy to see that she got to experience the joy of seeing her Dad come home safely as I did, but as so many others did not.

      America is so blessed to have a President and Vice President who work to ensure that we as a country provide the strongest support for our veterans and military families deserve, and work most diligently bring the troops home as soon as possible. There is no greater gift. I hope the families of our servicemen and women in Afghanistan can look forward to similar homecomings soon too.

      Thank God for President Obama and Vice President Biden.

    December 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm


    • 35 anniebella
      December 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm

      SUE, It is not our responsibility to stay in Iraq and take care of the Iraqis. It is time for them to step up to the plate and take care of there country. I agree with you Sue, we never had no business in Iraq in the first place. I don’t think G.W. and Cheney have a conscience.

      • December 27, 2011 at 6:29 pm

        anniebella, I read the most interesting article a couple of weeks ago. It’s from 2008 about the PM of Iraq saying the country was ready for the United States withdrawal. Maliki is still the PM of Iraq. I like his confidence in himself and his people. That is a good sign that they will find their way.

        Maliki Votes for Obama

        (quote) In a stunning upset, Barack Obama this week won the Iraq primary. When Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki not once but several times expressed support for a U.S. troop withdrawal on a timetable that accorded roughly with Obama’s 16-month proposal, he did more than legitimize the plan. He relieved Obama of a major political liability by blunting the charge that, in order to appease the MoveOn left, Obama was willing to jeopardize the astonishing success of the surge and risk losing a war that is finally being won.
        Maliki’s endorsement left the McCain campaign and the Bush administration deeply discomfited. They underestimated Maliki’s sophistication and cunning.

        What is Maliki thinking? Clearly, he believes that the Iraq war is won…..(endquote)

        and today, Prime Minister Maliki and President Obama are still working together

        Obama, Maliki outline post-war cooperation between U.S. and Iraq


        (quote) Speaking at a midday news conference, Obama and Maliki pledged to work together to ensure Iraq’s political stability and strengthen its national defense, as Iran’s creeping influence in the region continues to worry U.S. policymakers.

        Obama said the postwar partnership will comprise programs to strengthen Iraq’s still-brittle democratic institutions, expand trade and commerce between the two countries, increase education exchanges and enhance Iraq’s security.

        That will include U.S.-funded military training programs similar to ones the United States carries out in other countries. On Monday, the Obama administration announced plans to sell an additional 18 F-16 jets to Iraq to patrol its vulnerable airspace, raising the total to be sold to 36 for about $5.3 billion. (endquote)

        The Iraqi people suffered so much under Saddam Hussein’s rule. Bless them in their journey for wholeness and well-being. They deserve it.

  8. 37 utaustinliberal
    December 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    A super duper early heads up TOD: Tonight is the Kennedy Center Honors on CBS at 9PM ET / 8PM CT. With the wonderful PBO and FL Michelle Obama and also the wonderful honorees Streep, Rollins, Cook, Diamond, and Ma. Should be fun! 🙂

    • 38 itgurl_29
      December 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm

      Oh, I almost forgot about that!! Thanks for the reminder! I love to watch this show just to see POTUS and FLOTUS singing along and dancing in their seats. So cute.

    • 39 AnitaW
      December 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm

      I finished watching Christmas in Washington just to make room on my DVR. I’m really looking forward to seeing this event. Last year’s event with Sir Paul was pretty awesome. It was funny watching the audience sing all those Beattles hits.

    • 40 hopefruit2
      December 27, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      Thanks utaustin for the heads up. Off to set my DVR!

  9. December 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Beautiful, touching video. I would love to see thousands and thousands of veterans echoing this soldier’s remarks about the president. The R’s have always prided themselves on support from the military, but they have always been all macho talk and no real compassion for the actual human beings that serve. Sneering Republicans thought Candidate Obama would not be up to the job of Commander in Chief, but he has exceeded everyone’s expectations and proved himself to be a true leader of men and women.

    • 42 Mel
      December 27, 2011 at 6:53 pm

      For the record so far I have not seen from the GOP candidates talking about the military
      peaple that are protecting us and about their familys, hiw to the GOP intend to help them.
      So is pure bullshit that the GOP only talk about the military when is convinient and do nothing
      for them sa far PBO has done for the military people more thant any other President.

    • December 28, 2011 at 8:39 am

      I wholeheartedly agree!

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
      PRESS ON!

  10. December 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Loved this video! I just got home, turned on the tv, it was on msnbc because I’d watched Martin’s show on friday and left town immediately after. No one was more surprised than I, when I turned on my set 10 minutes ago and saw Tweety with what looks like a new hair cut, same style but more groomed. I immediately turned to SpongeBob Squarepants. Yuck! Had no idea these goons were still working, thought their bodies would finally join their brains on that vacation they’ve been taking these last three years. Idjits! 🙄

  11. 45 donna dem 4 obama
    December 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Not that I need these silly polls to tell me this but….

    The most admired persons list is out.

    President Obama tops the list for men

    SOS Hillary Clinton tops the list for women.


  12. 62 defytheodds
    December 27, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Thanks Chips for the video.
    What a beautiful video with such a heart-felt family…
    Thank you Michael: a Dad, a Husband, and a Marine for your service…
    Welcome home & Happy Holidays to you and your family…
    And to all the men and women in the armed forces…

  13. December 27, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Looks like the President picked a liberal and a conservative, for the 2 FED positions.

    I guess that was the compromise?

    That is fine!

  14. 64 cuphalffull
    December 27, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Getting our men and women out of Iraq (honorably) is the best Christmas present, isn’t it.

    • 65 donna dem 4 obama
      December 27, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      I’ll give an Amen to that cuphalffull!

    • 66 Obama Grandmama
      December 27, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      My best Xmas gift was hearing that my Mom’s cancer is shrinking due to her Chemo drug working. Also my Brother having had his bladder cancer surgery get it all since it was found really early. Those were my gifts along with my youngest daughter now thinking of having her summer 2013 wedding on the Oregon Coast near me instead of in Turkey or Costa Rica.

      • 67 jacquelineoboomer
        December 28, 2011 at 12:50 am

        Wow, Obama Grandmama, what wonderful news, all around! Best wishes to you and all of your family members involved.

  15. December 27, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    In Iowa, Kevin gets explained to him the rules of the caucus, from an OFA staffer-


  16. December 27, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    The family of Phoebe Prince, the South Hadley teenager who took her own life after being relentlessly bullied, received $225,000 from the girl’s school district, according to a copy of the settlement.

    The settlement was made public today, four days after a Hampshire Superior Court judge ruled in favor of a Slate reporter who filed a lawsuit to force the town to release the records.

    Prince, a 15-year-old transfer student from Ireland, hanged herself in her family home in December 2009, and her death fueled a national call to stop bullying in schools.


    I hate bullying! It’s mean.

  17. 70 FiredUpInCA
    December 27, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Re: Cindy Crawford. I think there is some mass confusion going on. I can’t find any definitive proof that she endorsed Mitt Romney for President. In May she appeared at Romney fundraiser as a favor to his son according to her Facebook post in July:

    “I’m friends w/ one of Mitt Romney’s sons & did a favor for him—explaining software, not endorsing anyone. RIght now, I’m just supporting the president we have.”

    As the Herald points out:

    “Federal Election Commission records show that Crawford, married to businessman and former model Rande Gerber, donated US$4,600 ($4, 329) – the maximum amount permissible for a couple at that time – to Obama in August 2008.”

    As late as November she was still denying support for any candidate:

    “Crawford, who was spotted at a fundraiser for the ex-Massachusetts governor in May, continues to insist that she’s not endorsing Romney.
    Her publicist repeated the statement she gave to The Hill months ago, writing in an email, “Cindy is still not currently aligned with anyone politically at this time.”


    The leaping to conclusion seems to have begun with the Herald Sun (abetted by a tweet from the Romney campaign):

    “Cindy Crawford appears in a demonstration video at Romney call day to show people how to use ComMitt fundraising software,” Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom tweeted during Monday’s event.

    By showing support for Romney, Crawford appears to have switched her allegiance from the 2008 election when the supermodel supported the campaign of then-Senator Barack Obama.”


    Until I hear an unequivocal statement from Crawford or her publicist, saying “I endorse Mitt Romney for President,” I am going to believe she is still undecided.

    • 71 vero804
      December 27, 2011 at 6:58 pm

      Interesting…either way, though, who Cindy Crawford endorses means nada.

      • 72 MsKitty
        December 27, 2011 at 8:34 pm

        *Shrug* Can’t get worked up about what celebrity supports who at this point, doesn’t affect me. On the other hand if they go out of their way to talk trash (Matt Damon, say hello to my middle finger) then they deserve whatever scorn comes their way.

    • 73 hopefruit2
      December 27, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      It sounds to me like she’s on the fence and has some conflict of interest going on. Deep down she knows damn well that Barack Obama is truly the man for the job at this time, but she probably has some “obligation” to push Romney. Maybe (I’m just speculating) he helped her aspiring career many decades ago…maybe he funneled profits from Bain Capital to her bank account for some reason or the other…. who knows…who cares…We support our President and we will get him re-elected.

    • December 27, 2011 at 7:06 pm

      Not that this means anything, some of us follow PBHO’s critics/bashers…

      But, on Cindy Crawford’s Twitter Account (@cindycrawford), she follows @barackobama! 😉

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
      PRESS ON!

    • 76 Cha
      December 27, 2011 at 11:45 pm

      Wow! For some reason this bothered me all day! I couldn’t get over how dumb that would be for her to do that. So, maybe it’s not happening after all?

      Thanks, FiredUp! You’re a GEM. ;P

    • 77 TrumpDog
      December 28, 2011 at 8:28 am

      Seems like the Romney camp was using her. I don’t see anywhere that she endorsed Romney. In fact, she seemed to go out of her way to say she wasn’t.
      Until I see something different, I think this is much ado out of nothing.

  18. 78 Linda
    December 27, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Pie Face Alex Gagner is on Rev Al again…..

  19. December 27, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Gagner is on Rev Al 😮 can’t stand that wench 😈

  20. 81 dotster3
    December 27, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Things like this make my day—-just got a late xmas card from an old college friend, and she ended her written message with “GO OBAMA!!!!!” Anyone in the Denver area would recognize her husband’s name—50yrs. as popular rock DJ—–know he was big with Rock The Vote in 2008—-hope he is planning similar events this time too. By the number of her exclamation points, I’m thinking yes.

  21. 83 vero804
    December 27, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    HAHA…Alex Wagner just slipped and told on herself…she said “we were” when referring to how the Democrats were feeling about the president’s holding firm on the 2 month extension. I knew she was a Dem, but she just showed that her alliance is strong. LOL…maybe that’s why she comes up with such crappy “critiques” against the president. Overcompensating for the fact that she’s truly a Democrat and maybe even an Obamacrat???

  22. 87 vero804
    December 27, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Just read that Ben Nelson is retiring. I guess he’s not up for a tough re-election. Can’t say I’m sad to see him gone. it was a useless seat for us, although he helped push HCR over the line. Still, might as well lose him and let the Repubs have a seat they were bound to get at some point.

    • 89 isonprize
      December 27, 2011 at 7:16 pm

      Please, please, please, PLEASE, oh please, let Santorum be last in IOWA. plleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze?????

      • 90 desertflower
        December 27, 2011 at 7:19 pm

        I don’t think you’ll need to pray that hard 🙂 should be easy for him. I think it’s a done deal.

      • December 27, 2011 at 7:40 pm

        I don’t see how he could finish behind Huntsman in Iowa. But he can’t have much money, so unless he finishes top four he should get out. Bachmann should get out unless she finishes top four as well. Huntsman should be out if he can’t finish top four in NH.

        I expect Romney, Paul, Gingrich and Perry to make it through to Florida – the rest will be out because they won’t have the money to advertise in the expensive Florida media market.

    • 92 AnitaW
      December 27, 2011 at 7:21 pm

      I have mixed feeling about the possibility of him getting out. As long as he’s in the GOP crazies continue. More candidates, more debates. And as we know POTUS has won all of those without even being on the stage.

      And really, what’s the likelihood he comes in last? I mean is Hermain Cain still on the ballot? It’s probably a race to the bottom with him and Bachmann, right?

      • December 27, 2011 at 9:40 pm

        Yeah me,too, Anita. On the one hand I can’t stand the insufferable fool and would love to see him disappear off the political radar for good. On the other hand, his sheer over-the-top extremism helps shape the image of the Republican party as a certified lunatic society. But he probably won’t hit rock bottom in Iowa, so I guess we’ll be stuck with him for a while.

        • 94 AnitaW
          December 27, 2011 at 10:34 pm

          Exactly. It’s unfortunate, but most of these candidates would last long. Thereby denying most of the America public to get sick of them before they have to face POTUS.

  23. 95 hopefruit2
    December 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Mark Knoller keeps us abreast of the most important info on the President:

    • 96 anniebella
      December 27, 2011 at 7:50 pm

      Good for the President and his family, I hope they enjoy themselves. Do you think Bo went snorkeling too?

  24. 97 Claire
    December 27, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    That was such sweet video. I am so happy for every family who has welcomed home a service member this year.

  25. December 27, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Hah! The UAW just had a commercial on during the Little Caesar’s Bowl, where they thanked the Big 3 AND President Obama. But, you know, let the free market work and put everyone out on the street.

  26. December 27, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I wouldn’t usually put this up, but its just so tragic.

    And this is a “Serious candidate”? Don’t forget to look at the vote count on the Youtube page. BWAAAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAAH!!!!!

  27. December 27, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Well, I’m not even going to try to catch up after being without internet for 2 days because our foundling puppy chewed through all our data cables. Thank goodness for mobile data plans and 4g, otherwise I would have no idea what’d been going on. A belated Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanzaa, and may everyone have a safe and festive New Year.

    • 112 isonprize
      December 27, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      From one of the commenters, Obi-jonKenobi

      The real tragedy – and I don’t use the word lightly – is the utter incomprehensible failure of the press in America to focus on the real problem – the computerized voting and vote-counting technology that can easily be hacked and abused.


      Any computerized voting system can be hacked. I really wish they would go back to the mechanical machines. and provide a papertrail for each vote. SERIOUSLY!!!

      Oh, and by the way, Willard “Mittens” Romney is an idiot. For real.

    • 114 anniebella
      December 27, 2011 at 7:46 pm

      I listen to what the flip flopper liar Romney said about voter ID and what AG Holder did with South Carolina voter ID. This man have no back bone to stand up for anything. Little weasel spineless millionaire Mitt Romney.

    • 115 vero804
      December 27, 2011 at 7:47 pm

      I just hate Mitt Romney…more than Gingrich even. He’s such an asshole, no moral compass, and just plain arrogant and power hungry. Nothing about him makes me think he’s patriotic and in the political game for country. Not even remotely. This guy just wants to be “the man.” I don’t understand how anyone can truly support him. Nothing about him is inspiring or attractive. His personality is stale and he’s inauthentic. I know the president can beat him, but I’d like for him to lose now so he can finally accept the fact that this country is just not that into him, when it comes to him leading our nation.

      • December 27, 2011 at 7:57 pm

        Me too! And nobody attacks him on the republican side. Is that the establishments doing?

        • 117 hopefruit2
          December 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm

          I believe so. No one attacks him because he’s the establishment’s designated nominee and he’s such a flimsy fragile fuck.

          • 118 vero804
            December 27, 2011 at 8:15 pm

            I agree…they’re not touching him because they know he will break the minute he gets hit. That’s something I noticed in every debate…when things got a little hot, he would start stuttering, putting his arms out, and becoming oddly agitated. If I were on the Obama team, my #1 goal for the possible upcoming debates against him would be to dig at him over and over. He cannot play defense well at all. He will scream for help from the moderator (remember “Anderson!”) or he will give us another unforgettable line, like (“for pete’s sake, I’m running for office, we can’t have illegals working for us!!!”) All he was missing when he said that were some pearls to clutch.

        • 122 Cha
          December 28, 2011 at 12:00 am

          Huntsman’s has some stellar ads exposing Mitt’s flipflopping and Lying. In fact, Steve Benen said the Obama Campaign should take note. And, the O Campaign has had some great ones also exposing williard.

      • December 27, 2011 at 8:36 pm

        Let’s face it, they’re ALL colossal losers. As much as I’d like to see Gingrich gain ground, I know I could NEVER listen to him for more than a minute let alone 11 months. Just can’t do it. I don’t know, for some reason I think it won’t be so tough to take Romney down. He’s completely empty. We’ll see how this unfolds but it will be Romney and his sorry BS.

        • 125 vero804
          December 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm

          Yes…they’re all losers. I agree that it would be hard to listen to Gingrich, but at least he kind of owns his crappiness. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say that the media and others make him own it by mentioning it. Romney really thinks he’s the man, and few in the media focus on how much he lacks a core. It’s pretty astounding how weak and inauthentic he is. I mean, the purposeful out of place hairdo? And his tacky ties during debates? No one mentions that, but he almost always wears ugly “everyman” ties – ties that you wouldn’t see on a guy like him normally.

          How was your Christmas, meta?

          • December 27, 2011 at 9:00 pm

            I have to admit I haven’t been watching the debates. I’m just going to wait until they sort it all out. I can’t put up with the ninny idiots Gingrich, Paul, Bachmann, Perry, ETC. Their existence in this scenario is appalling.

            Christmas was very low key. Beautiful day, good food, mellow situation. I’ve been working a lot on my own project so I’m pretty absorbed in other stuff.

            Hope you enjoyed yourself and had some good time off. Does wonders!!

        • 127 jacquelineoboomer
          December 27, 2011 at 11:48 pm

          meta – I am so with you on not being able to listen to Gingrich much longer. Oh, I just cannot stand him. Make him go away, please?

          • 128 jacquelineoboomer
            December 27, 2011 at 11:50 pm

            Oh, and, meta – I agree Romney is an empty suit. When President Obama is debating him, Romney will end up crying like a baby. And then PBO will slam the podium and walk off, loosening his tie.

      • 129 Lorraine
        December 27, 2011 at 9:14 pm

        Romney is the worst of the worse. He is such a complete and total liar. I’m not going to use the word hate, but a strong, very strong dislike because he borders on evil.

      • 130 Cha
        December 27, 2011 at 11:56 pm

        Yeah, you’re not the only, Vero. If mitt were telling his vicious lies from the peanut gallery and no paid attention to him then it wouldn’t mean anything..but, as it is he will probably be the gopropaganda candidate and all the really big bucks will catapult and mainline those LIES into the suckers brain cells. So yeah, willard’s viciously insulting LYING Attacks on President Obama Piss me OFF BIG TIME.

  28. 131 LDS
    December 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Why is that troll mark knoller and others are allowed to bask in that beautiful Hawaii sun and settings while they have and still are perpetrating to be journalists? I would not feel this disdain, if they had done their jobs up to our President’s vacation, I would be happy for them. Instead, I personally hold them responsible for the basis reporting,lies and refusal to just repot the simple facts minus the bull—–I am sick of the drama reality show they spew out in working hard to keep the American people ignorant of these coward, greedy, evil repugs and their racist tea baggiers.

    In 2012 I am not making any more excuses for people who should no better and are not voting with common sense. This is not a game as our President boldly stated before leaving for a well deserved vacation. Because of President Obama patience and leveled head in seeing the big picture I am able to tolerate these fools who think that ron paul, newt gingrich,Michele batshti crazy and others should even be on stage in a debate. And they want to be president of the free world is a joke.

    All of the disrespect and abuse from some of these members of Congress and msm that our President has had to endure and the threats to his family is appalling. I attended a rally in NJ last month WomenFor Obama and one law that Congress tried to pass at the beginning of this Administration was to allow this President to pay for the plumbing while in the WH. It!s little things like this that gets to me and our wonderful, caregiving, President presses on for us.

    I just want us to stay focus, encouraging toward one another and support this “call” not just for POB,but for us as well. Ii have the mindset of my sheroes,Harriet Tubman and Sojoner Truth. If you arenotpartof the solution, you are part of the problem. Sit down or get out of the way. We have got a job to do! All of you who were on the ground inthe trenches and are still holding on strong, God bless you. Those who think this is going to be a walk in the park, do not get comfortable. The koch bros. and their money is evil. 2008 was great. 2012 is different. This is personal.

  29. 133 vero804
    December 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Oh no…Argentine president, Cristina Fernandez, has thyroid cancer. I always enjoyed seeing her look pretty and powerful at the various summits with the president and other leaders. The BBC article I just read this news from noted an odd coincidence that she is following a wave of Latin American leaders being diagnosed with cancer: Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Fernando Lugo of Paraguay, and Lula of Brazil.

  30. 137 desertflower
    December 27, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    This is totally O/T but my daughter showed me this video and I thought it was funny, in an odd sort of way….

  31. December 27, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Kennedy Center Honors begins at 9pm est – so basically right now!

  32. December 27, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    This is cool!

    @petermaercbs PETER MAER
    Wildlife experience for 1st Family. The Obamas released 4 18-month old green sea turtles at the Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Park on Oahu.

    @petermaercbs PETER MAER
    Turtles released by Obamas at Hawaii Park were born there–the only place in the US that raises green sea turtles in captivity.
    8 minutes ago

    @petermaercbs PETER MAER
    Park curator says green turtles released by 1st family have unique marks & microchips in their flippers so they can be id’d in the future.
    6 minutes ago Favorite Undo Retweet Reply

    • 141 Cha
      December 28, 2011 at 12:42 am

      Thanks, meta!~ The Obamas are always doing something really awesome! 180 Degrees from D.C. Those Green Sea Turtles are so beautiful when you see them in their natural habitat off Kaua’i’s Shoreline.

  33. December 27, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Watching The Kennedy Honors right nah — love Meryl! :mrgreen:

    • 146 vero804
      December 27, 2011 at 9:23 pm

      Yeah…this story is just too annoying for me to even deal with. Maybe I should find him another person who is a product of rape who isn’t so happy…will he change his mind then?

      This is hard core pandering now.

    • December 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm

      There isn’t a place in hell hot enough for Rick Perry and people who think like him. I have always believed that if men could get pregnant, there would be abortion clinics on every street corner. But no amount of suffering is too great for people like Perry if the impact is on women alone.

  34. 149 vero804
    December 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Rachel’s talking VA politics! Check it out….it’s crazy down here!

    • 153 desertflower
      December 27, 2011 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks for posting this, vc…I posted it over on TPV…..good stuff! Think the haters will apologize? Nah, I didn’t think so either 🙂

      • December 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm

        I never expect an apology from these guys and at this point I would doubt its sincerity if one was made. In truth this article reinforced, for me, the fact that Pres O chose intelligent people for his administration and then he is self-confident enough to really listen to, weigh the merits of their suggestions, and implement what’s in the best interest of the country. Even if that means abandoning a personal idea, if a better one is suggested. I don’t believe GOP candidates are good listeners – they can’t be to continue in the same lying vein since their ‘debates’ started Plus I see them all as quite ego-centric.

        • 155 isonprize
          December 28, 2011 at 2:00 am

          Even if Rethugs were good listeners, it wouldn’t matter.

          The difference, the HUMONGOUS, GINORMOUS, GIHUGIC, really really, REALLY big honkin’ difference is that President Obama gives a damn. He actually cares about the consequences of his decisions and the decisions of the people that work for him.

    • December 27, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      I won’t hold my breath waiting for the PL to apologize about Geithner or give him any credit for anything.

    • December 27, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      Nice story on Geithner. He also seems to have the long view.

    • 158 TrumpDog
      December 28, 2011 at 9:46 am

      Never understood the virulent hate of Geitner by the “progressive” lefties.

  35. December 27, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Miche on tv rocking out in her prescription glasses. She looks so cute!

  36. 162 Jenny
    December 27, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Consumers are feeling better about the economy, according to the monthly survey from the Conference Board that shows confidence levels near the post-recession peak.

    The Consumer Confidence index stood at 64.5 in December, up nearly 10 points from a revised 55.2 in November. That month was itself a 15-point gain from October’s 40.9, the lowest level since the recession.

    Although the index is still below the 90 level that economists consider the threshold for a stable economy, December’s rating that was released Tuesday was the highest since 66 in April.

    The highest the index has been since the recession ended was 72 in February.

    Analysts from Deutsche Bank said Tuesday that the cycle of “improving confidence, rising consumption, expanding output and additional income growth” may be in the works.


  37. 166 itgurl_29
    December 27, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    The Barbara Cook tribute was amazing! I love Audra McDonald’s voice!

  38. December 27, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Glenn Close killed it!!!!!!! She’s one SICK artist! She is fricking spectacular! I felt all the angst and pain in that song she was singing! She’s fricking epic! Fricking love her talent! She’s one seriously sick woman!

  39. 171 LDS
    December 27, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Hello, am I coming through? I have been trying to post all day. My son gave me iPad for Christmas because he loves me…………that’s all.
    Simply because he loves me and knows that we all who says that we supports the President have to be READY.WILLING.ABLE.
    So we must be ready to tweet, blog, e-mail, face book. Whatever it takes. THIS NOT A GAME! 2008 was great. 2012 is personal.

    My prayer is that everyone here shared and received love and positive feelings during this period POB is resting, relaxing and reviving.
    So that we will be on our post and on guard for all the negativity and lies that we will face. He already forewarned us that it would not be easy and that it would not happen overnight. As I listen to all of his consistent speeches, I have to realize not all are lives being changed, but minds and hearts are being transformed (mine included). And that is powerful!
    Press on TOD Family. Press on. We have got a job to do!

    When I encourage you, I am encouraged. And then I send an extra donation just because of the LOVE.

  40. 172 vero804
    December 27, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    That rendition of Sweet Caroline has got me cheesin. Fun.

    • December 27, 2011 at 10:34 pm

      Fricking loved that! So awesome. Got outta my bed once the baseball fans appeared. Turned my tv up to yell:”so good, so good!” got my fists pumping. Fricking awesom! What a workout!!!

  41. 174 dotster3
    December 27, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Very cool—-the Neil Diamond tribute—-and bringing on Caroline Kennedy at the end for Sweet Caroline—–about whom Diamond wrote the song. The whole place was into it, having a blast.

    • 175 jacquelineoboomer
      December 27, 2011 at 11:38 pm

      And when Caroline did the intro at the beginning, loved how she weaved “touching me, touching you” into her remarks, since the song was about her! Believe she didn’t find that out until her 50th birthday, when he performed it for her.

  42. December 27, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I am sure that you all received this very important email from our VP!

    Maritza —

    I know we’ve been asking a lot of you lately.

    We wouldn’t be doing that, especially this time of year, if this weren’t so important.

    Folks, this campaign has an important financial deadline coming up. It’s going to be the last one we’ll have before 2012. And what we’re able to raise before the 31st is going to have a big effect on what we’re able to do next year to re-elect this president.

    From the get go, we built this thing one person at a time, each pitching in what they’re able. Please step up and donate $25 today — or whatever you can. Every donation is going to count:


    We’ve come a heck of a long way since 2008, but we’ve still got a lot of work left to do if we want to see this country go where we all know it needs to.

    This last week before the deadline will make a big difference.

    Thanks so much,


    P.S. — Right now, any donation you make automatically enters you for a chance to sit down for dinner with Barack and Michelle. You shouldn’t pass that up.

  43. 177 sonjiaduncan
    December 27, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Sweet Caroline, one of my favorite. Love it.

  44. December 27, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Stephen on!! He’s hilarious!

  45. 179 dotster3
    December 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Colbert—–cracking everyone up—-he always pushes it—-he’s the best.

  46. 181 dotster3
    December 27, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Exactly—–“Maps have boundaries. Music has none.”

  47. 182 Dakota
    December 27, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    OMG! I just saw the tribute to Sonny Rollins!!! It was fabulous!!! Hubby is grinning from ear to ear! the First Couple (who look fabu as usual) were groovin’ as well as Yo Yo Ma.
    Can’t wait to see the rest of the tribute to Barbara Cook…I must have listened to the Music Man soundtrack a million times! She’s just amazing!

  48. 183 AnitaW
    December 27, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Loved the video above. And waiting for the Kennedy Center Honors to air on the West Coast. All the comments above make it seem like a great party.

  49. December 27, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Do we have any Connecticut TODers? Apparently they are having some weather problems.

    • 187 dotster3
      December 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm

      Oh no, not again—–daughter and family there——they just recently recovered from the last power outage following a freaky ice storm—without power for 2 weeks+.

    • 189 desertflower
      December 27, 2011 at 11:28 pm

      Yes we do! CTGirl, gc,….not to mention the friends and family transplants like me have. I’ll be emailing and phone calling tomorrow! Weird to see the meteorogist as Geoff Fox. I’ve been gone from CT for over 10 years…and he’s STILL there! hope everyone is ok, and power is restored soon. Must be freezing there!

    • 190 lovingandlaughing
      December 28, 2011 at 7:32 am

      I’m in CT. No power outage where I am…thank goodness!

  50. 192 dotster3
    December 27, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Obamas leaving sealife park—

  51. 201 carolyn
    December 27, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Just saw the Newt video. Every elementary school teacher I know would be too embarrassed to present that on a program! Who are those people!!!!!

  52. December 27, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Wonder if this is a real indication that a stronger Dem. might be able to win Nelson’s seat when he retires.


    • December 28, 2011 at 12:01 am

      Unless I am missing something, I think you might have confused Nevada with Nebraska as Nelson is retiring as Senator from Nebraska while Dems have a 50-50 chance in Nevada already as Shelly Berkley is facing off against Sen. Dean Heller (who was appointed to the seat when Sen. Ensign resigned). Our only very long shot chance in Nebraska now is that the GOP primary comes a complete mud slinging battle royale as all will see that winning the primary means they’re likely the next Senator with Nelson out of the way and the Dem bench very thin. The hopes being that Dems find a solid candidate who can appeal to enough folks while the eventual GOP primary winner is bloodied and went far, far right in order to secure the primary win.

      • December 28, 2011 at 12:29 am

        Yep, StR, no ‘might’ about it! I did confuse the two N’s (not the sharpest nail in the geographic pack) 😳 Just remembered the Nelson retirement comment from up-thread and added 1 +1 to get 4. Thanks for the clarification – you often do a good job with that which helps this political neophyte.

      • 205 jacquelineoboomer
        December 28, 2011 at 12:40 am

        SR – What do you think of Bob Kerrey as a potential candidate in Nebraska?

        • December 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm

          I’d rather have fresh blood running but Kerrey would probably be the best recruit given he’s have some name value even if he’s been out of office for 10 years – wouldn’t hurt that he supported Hillary Clinton in 2008 either. Nelson retired because he didn’t think he could win re-election, I’d guess it’s because of some of the tough votes he had to make during the Obama administration – that is something Kerrey wouldn’t have around his neck. Kerrey also wouldn’t have the Bush years around his neck either – meaning he could talk about politics of a bygone era when both sides worked together, not the hyper-partisanship we seen now – might be a message that could work in Ne, especially if the GOP primary is a hard fought race to the far right.

          All that being said, I don’t think Kerrey’s heart would be in it – running wasn’t on his radar, so I think he’d run a lazy campaign. We need some motivated go-getter type who will outwork everybody on the GOP side combined.

  53. 207 LOL
    December 27, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    What a tangled web they have weaved

    Iowa poll from PPP

    The last week and a half has brought little change in the standings for the Iowa Republican caucus: Ron Paul continues to lead Mitt Romney by a modest margin, 24-20. Newt Gingrich is in 3rd at 13% followed by Michele Bachmann at 11%, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum at 10%, Jon Huntsman at 4%, and Buddy Roemer at 2%.

  54. 208 jacquelineoboomer
    December 27, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    I’m still watching my recording of the Kennedy Center Honors. Oh, my. What total delights ran through it! Most of my favorite people in music and acting were there (it was all about me, the center of the universe!), not to mention our beautiful First Lady and devilishly handsome President. Oh, my.

  55. December 27, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday that his government would accept Taliban insurgents’ opening a representative office in the Gulf state of Qatar for the purpose of holding peace talks, although Saudi Arabia or Turkey would be preferable venues.

    If the United States insists that the insurgents establish a liaison office in Qatar, “we are agreed,” Karzai said in a presidential statement.

    Earlier this month, Kabul recalled its ambassador to Qatar for consultations over reports that the Taliban was planning to open an office in the tiny, gas-rich Arab state.


  56. 211 desertflower
    December 27, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    How about this for sad

    shannynmoore Shannyn Moore
    RT @JohnFugelsang: Senator Ben Nelson, who kept you safe from Gov’t Health Care ,will retire & receive Gov’t Health Care, paid for by you.
    7 hours ago

  57. 213 Bill R.
    December 27, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Thank you for this story of a Vet and his family. Really brings tears to my eyes. I’m glad so many families are having their father or mother home now.

  58. December 28, 2011 at 12:39 am


    By JONATHAN MARTIN | 12/27/11 7:15 PM EST
    Threats to disrupt the Iowa Republican caucuses next week have prompted state GOP officials to move the vote tabulation to an “undisclosed location,” POLITICO has learned. 

    The state party has not yet told the campaigns exactly where the returns will be added up, only that it will be off-site from the Iowa GOP’s Des Moines headquarters.  The 2008 caucus results were tabulated at the state party offices, which sit just a few blocks from the state capitol.

    Activist groups including the Occupy movement have indicated that they’ll attempt to interrupt rallies in the closing days before next Tuesday’s caucuses.

    The AP reported today that Occupy is making plans to even attend some caucuses and vote “no preference,” but not disturb the voting process.


    Would the undisclosed location be mitt romneys headquarters?

  59. December 28, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Time to give my very tired eyes a rest. G’night TOD’ville! Sweet Dreams!

  60. 216 Cha
    December 28, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Thank you so very very much, Chips, for that Vid from Sgt Michael Anderson and his beautiful family telling us how important it is that Pres Obama kept his Promise. It was Priceless!~

  61. 217 Dudette
    December 28, 2011 at 1:39 am

    LOL! Forgive me if some has covered this already….

    Lawrence O’Donnell after running the CNN story of Newt saying he wouldn’t vote for Ron Paul he’s the nominee: “When you’re too weird for Newt Gingrich, you are WICKED weird.”

    Ha ha! Ain’t that the truth?

  62. 218 Dudette
    December 28, 2011 at 2:32 am

    PBO, the girls, Marty Nesbit and friends at Sea Life Park in Waimanalo, Hawaii

  63. 219 Dudette
    December 28, 2011 at 2:36 am

    One more from the Sea Life Park

    I like Sasha’s cool John Lennon shirt.

  64. 223 lovingandlaughing
    December 28, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Chips, You are not the last person to see that Newt song you posted above. I have not seen it yet, I am honestly rather frightened to watch it.

  65. December 28, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Harassing the President–

    HONOLULU — President Obama ducked a question on whether Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh should be granted a visa to enter the United States for medical treatment.

    “OK, guys, good to see you. Hope you’re having fun,” Obama told reporters and photographers waiting for him at Sea Life Park, where he, his daughters and some friends spent about an hour Tuesday afternoon.

    Observing the media crowd, a child traveling with the president’s group was heard saying: “It’s the paparazzi.”

    –Jennifer Epstein

  66. December 28, 2011 at 8:03 am

    You know, the biggest poison pill in the NDAA was not the indefinite detention part- it was the Iranian sanctions.
    I wonder why Republicans put that in there? Well, Iran is threatening ti close the Gulf, which would make gas prices skyrocket past 5 bucks a gallon, dooming any recovery.

    Poison pill- indeed!!!

  67. December 28, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Did Ed rendell just say that mitt Romney is competent, but the President is a good guy but isn’t competent?

    Is Eddie rendell going to be alright? What a sellout!

  68. 229 Mae who love our CIC
    December 28, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Jovie, Ed Rendell is so disgusting. He is no sell out. He were never in for President Obama. Even as a supporter of President Obama if there are differences with him, you don’t go into his opponent’s lion den and try to opine negative comments against him. Every day he is on the tv selling his soul for the almighty dollar, lying his guts out. It is so freaking sickening. When I see him, I know he will disappoint.

    MSNBC uses him and he is to stupid to see that he is not relevant a dirty low down bastid.

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