happy new year tod world!

Where TOD’s 2011 visitors came from.

From ‘The Obama Diary Annual Report’ WordPress emailed me tonight …. jeez, they make the blog sound like Bain Capital 😕

In order of visitors: 1 USA, 2 Canada, 3 UK

And the most popular post: so, you love the first lady? hey, you’re not the only one….. (link)

Thank you everyone for your support, I’d still be talking to myself if it wasn’t for you (although, I do that quite a bit any way).


Wooooooooooot! What a way to end 2011 and start 2012 ….. you ridiculously good people pushed us past our $10,000 target.

Love ya!!!!!!

Happy New Year everyone, thank you for your company on this beautiful journey.

See you next year – ie tomorrow 😉

255 Responses to “happy new year tod world!”

  1. 3 GGail
    December 31, 2011 at 10:14 pm




    I’m on the West Coast (Los Angeles) so I’m still waiting, but I can celebrate with all other celebrations!!! WOOOOO HOOOOOOO!

    • December 31, 2011 at 10:17 pm


      • 5 GGail
        December 31, 2011 at 10:21 pm

        yea girl, we are the lucky ones…..we can celebrate several times zones before it becomes our turn! 😀

      • 8 jacquelineoboomer
        December 31, 2011 at 10:29 pm

        I’m in the Midwest, and I’ve had enough wine to know I may not be ringing in the New Year at midnight my time with y’all, so I’ll say it early: Happy 2012!

        • 9 ChristiMTL
          December 31, 2011 at 11:00 pm

          Oh lol Jacqueline….stay up please! I got home not too long ago and I had a glass of……I don’t know what the heck it is, cream of something, it’s 20% alcohol…left over from the 24th…….I bought this for company and wine and other liquors.

          I feel light headed already….after one little glass…..that’s promising….lol I’m not a drinker, my body has tolerance zero it seem.

          But it’s the holidays so it’s cool.

          Au revoir 2011……

          Happy New Year all you lovely people……and our amazing Chips…I wish you all the best for the new year!

    • 10 hopefruit2
      December 31, 2011 at 10:23 pm

      Happy New Year to GGail, Tally, all the TODers on the West Coast, East Cost, North, South, Midwest…and our international friends!!

      Congratulation Chipsticks, thank you for everything you’ve done, and Happy New Year to you!

      • 12 GGail
        December 31, 2011 at 10:37 pm

        Happy New Year to you too hf and also to job before she falls asleep zzzzzzzzzz

        • 13 HZ
          December 31, 2011 at 10:48 pm

          JB, we will drink enough wine to bring it on in on the West Coast for you. Happy New Year to all of the coasts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HZ

          We Love You, Chips and We Thank You For Our Haven(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Loving On Into 2012)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

          • 15 jacquelineoboomer
            December 31, 2011 at 11:37 pm

            HZ and everybody else who’s drinking in … I mean anticipating … the New Year: I’m still awake (early New Year’s phone call from son did it – love that “kid”), so maybe I’ll have another glass of the bubbly with you!

            • 16 HZ
              January 1, 2012 at 12:28 am

              Jacquelineoboomer, great. Happy New Year,2012 to you and your family. What a lovely son!!! My sibling and nieces are on another coast, so I just received my messages as well. I am between music, candles, and a little red wine. I always do my devotions and meditations in afternoon to help bring in the New Year.

              A lot to be grateful for within and to ask for grace to so many who are without so much tonight. We will work hard to help POB balance it out for so many who are hurting. We Can Do This, I Do Believe. Love you all so much,HZ

          • 17 GGail
            January 1, 2012 at 12:42 am

            HAPPY NEW YEAR HZ! LOVE YA!!

      • December 31, 2011 at 10:53 pm

        thx HF2 – happy new year to you too!

      • December 31, 2011 at 11:15 pm

        The night is still young here in Arizona. It is only 9:14! I have had some wine, but had pick up my brother from the airport this evening so didn’t have much.

    • December 31, 2011 at 11:18 pm

      Wow GGail. it is very early there. You are an hour earlier than Arizona. The night is very young for us and plenty of time to get ino some trouble with our troublemaker in chief HZ.

        • 23 HZ
          January 1, 2012 at 12:34 am

          Now, Now. I heard that. But I also love my new title. “Troublemaker-In-Chief” I am being good tonight. I had to make sure that my typing was proper before that message came through from my loving brother. Then the nieces were checking on the slur in speech. Just teasing on that one. I am only following the doctor’s orders on the red wine. Appointment next week. Trying to be nice.HZ

          • January 1, 2012 at 1:13 am


            RE-ELECT THE PRESIDENT IN 2012!!!!



    • 25 Betsy
      January 1, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Happy New Year GGail. I’m on the West coast too, just south of LA, but was not on TOD last night. Had company until about 9:30pm, then my hubby and I talked and watched TV until the ball dropped at midnight, then we went outside to see our neighbor’s fireworks, which were awesome, and then went to bed by 1am.

  2. 26 Uche
    December 31, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Good jobs Chips for reaching and surpassing your fund-raising goal….you’re the best!. Wishing you all that you deserve in the new year!. Thanks for all you do.

  3. 28 Ceb
    December 31, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Wow! Congrats Chips

    Happy New Year.

  4. December 31, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Chips get some sleep!!! It’s late there!

  5. 30 Uche
    December 31, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Chips is even known and viewed in Fiji – and Northern Mariana Islands…don’t ask me where that is!! Girl, you are IT! Congrats.

    • December 31, 2011 at 10:19 pm

      😆 I’m not too sure either Uche!!!

    • 35 Pamela
      December 31, 2011 at 11:02 pm

      Fiji is in the South Pacific, north and a little west of New Zealand….. South and East of the Solomon Islands. Much of WWII was fought in the vicinity, I’m told there are lots of wrecked ships to dive there, many marine reefs and ultra beautiful islands to explore.

    • December 31, 2011 at 11:12 pm

      There are 15 tropical North Mariana Islands , one of which is Saipan. There is a lot of corruption there. I learned from experience that it is one of the only places that you can send a Fed Ex to a post office box.

  6. December 31, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    On the most popular post: I just love seeing The Happy Couple

    • December 31, 2011 at 10:34 pm

      I know GB – I just looked back over it and felt all happy. The way they look at each other makes me smile because there’s so obviously so much love there and that is a beautiful thing. 🙂

      • 39 HZ
        December 31, 2011 at 10:52 pm

        Chips, can we have that song dedicated to our President and First Lady for tonight? I think Donna did it one night. “Something About Us”, Clay Aiken?

  7. December 31, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Happy New Year to all the TOD Family.

    And thank you Chips for providing this wonderful hangout and informative library of Obama goodies that we all devour daily. I pray your 2012 is prosperous, mentally, physically and spiritually.

  8. 41 africa
    December 31, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Way too impressive, TOD family.

    Congrats, Chips!!

  9. 42 FiredUpInCA
    December 31, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Woo-hoo and a Howard Dean Yeeeeeeeaaaaaah! Congratulations Chips on hitting and surpassing the goal! I cannot thank you enough for this space that you’ve cared for. In the last threat, Hopefruit linked to the December 2010 TOD. The growth in comments and de-lurkers from then until now is astounding. In 2012 it’s only going to get better and better! I’m fired up!

    • 43 hopefruit2
      December 31, 2011 at 10:41 pm

      It’s fascinating, isn’t it? That growth in just one year is very symbolic to me – and in a good way! 🙂

  10. December 31, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    0.3% from Jamaica? That’s where I’m from (but not living). Where are my people? Are you all lurking?

    Also, curious to hear from those from Seychelles. Very curious about that far far far away island. Its an island right?

  11. December 31, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    It’s still only 9:30 here in MN so not New Years yet but happy new year to the rest of you who have eased over into 2012!

  12. 47 jacquelineoboomer
    December 31, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Chips – Congrats on taking over Obama World! You are THE BEST!

  13. December 31, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Happy new year! Good riddance, 2011!


  14. 56 Marlz (@marjgra)
    December 31, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Wishing you and your family, a healthy, prosperous New Year!

    Congratulations chips. . . YOU have surpassed the 6.5M mark. . .
    Let’s do another 6.5 for our wonderful President and his family.


    Love you family. . . and good night!

  15. December 31, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Best of @OFA_IA Online: Your 1-stop source for all of the best from #TeamIowa as we prep for the #iacaucus! http://www.barackobama.com/news/entry/IA-best-of-iowa-online-caucus-prep-edition/

  16. 60 isonprize
    December 31, 2011 at 10:36 pm


    Wow, You’ve got the whole world in your hands!! (corny, I know, but it’s the first thing that I thought of!)

    • 61 HZ
      December 31, 2011 at 11:00 pm

      Isonprize, I think so, especially when our TOD Family has the “World’s Most Powerful Leader of the Free World,” Hecky, that is a powerful man to grab!!!! Hands on lightly., I mean our Beloved First Lady. We love you, Mr. President and we highly Respect you!!

      “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now, We Are On The Move”!!!!!!! I will lighten up on the red wine(for my heart) and chill a little.HZ

    • 62 hopefruit2
      December 31, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      I’m sure David Axelrod lurks here from time to time 🙂

      Not to mention certain other key persons who shall remain nameless for now.

  17. December 31, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Here’s a flashback to get everyone #FiredUp, @BarackObama’s 2008 Iowa Caucus Victory Speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqoFwZUp5vc #iacaucus

  18. 65 isonprize
    December 31, 2011 at 10:42 pm


    If I bought something from the Obama store, is that considered a “Donation” to the campaign? Or does only money give at the “donate” button (or Donna or TOD fundraisers) count as donations?

  19. 73 cindy sweatt
    December 31, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Happy new year!

  20. 74 PurpleShoesLA
    December 31, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    What a fantastic and magnificent chart!

    Raising my virtual champagne glass in toast to you Chips and my fellow global TOD peeps!!

    Wishing a safe, happy, healthy, prosperous 2012 to one and all at this lovely, lovely site.

    Thank you for the knowledge and the inspiration and the motivation.

    My New Year’s Eve Checklist

    Bubbly on ice? check
    Black eye peas simmering on the stove ? check
    The last 2011 OFA Donations done ? check
    Bedroom slippers off – Marching shoes on ? check
    Fired up and Ready to go ? check x 1,000,000,000!

    Yes we can, we must and we will! Obama/Biden 2012

    Peace and blessings y’all

    “Information + Motivation = TOD”

    • 75 GGail
      December 31, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      Well said purpleshoes! happy & healthy 2012 to you & yours too!
      My black eye peas are done and so is my chitterlings. I’ll cook my greens in the morning.

      • 76 PurpleShoesLA
        December 31, 2011 at 11:41 pm

        Same to you GGail! my greens are done… Doing the cornbread in the morning. Can’t wait to eat! 😆

      • December 31, 2011 at 11:50 pm

        My mother was from Indiana/Illinois and black eyed peas for New Years is a family tradition. No Chitlins, though. Cornbread, blackeyed peas and coleslaw.

        • 81 GGail
          January 1, 2012 at 1:04 am

          That combo works too!
          HAPPY NEW YEAR Jackie!
          I see we’re gonna have some good eating from Coast to Coast!

          • 82 HZ
            January 1, 2012 at 1:36 am

            Yes, indeed GGail. It all reminds me of the commericial of the tables with all of the beautiful foods and people from all over the world are gathered together. I love that kind of interaction. I believe that is what we have here within our TOD Family. I will think of each one here like that tomorrow, God’s grace permitting.HZ

  21. December 31, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    You know what Politico said a out the new poll?

    Good news for Mitt Romney.

    I am not kidding.

    • 87 HZ
      December 31, 2011 at 11:51 pm

      Thanks for bringing those to us, DF. Powerful moments. How much to be grateful for so many people. Elated that we have a great leader working on behalf of all people.

      I can’t help but think of the moves, the phone calls, the arrivals to give comfort, the many decisions he had to make during so many of these happenings. We are so blessed to have such a leader as our President of the United States of America., President Barack Obama. We are grateful indeed as we come to a close of this year, 2011.HZ

      • 88 desertflower
        December 31, 2011 at 11:54 pm

        You’re welcome, HZ. Pretty powerful stuff. I hope that you have a Happy New Year….can’t believe how quickly this year has gone by.

        • 89 HZ
          January 1, 2012 at 12:44 am

          Thanks Desertflower. You also have a great and Happy New Year. Still waiting here in Cali. But it is a joyful time to be able to still be alive and communicating back and forth with beautiful people here in our TOD Family.

          It is about 9:540 here. Lovely weather to bring in the New Year here as well.

          Desertflower, you are in my book, so thoughts and prayers will be sent out. Love you back also.HZ

  22. 90 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    December 31, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Never Forget:

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    NDAA was #VETOProof. Pres would have been accused by GOP of not supporting the troops as they crushed his veto. He prevailed. VOTE GOP OUT!


    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    America – help #PresObama protect our liberties from GOP tyranny – Here’s how http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_1936 #DemocraticLandslide2012


  23. 91 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 31, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    On my way to “Watch Night” Service. I’ll be praying we all have a Blessed and Happy New Year;

    Love, Peace & Joy! Alycée

  24. 96 ChristiMTL
    December 31, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    This map is fascinating, I can’t stop looking at it………..wow……it’s pretty amazing, so many countries…Chips you are a celebrity! lol

  25. 97 Proud Former White House Intern
    December 31, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    I am very proud of myself I kept my promise and donated all of my Christmas money to OFA
    Obama/Biden 2012.

  26. 105 eveingeorgia
    December 31, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Happy New Year again, TOD family!

    Just wanted to say to Yardarm: So glad you’re back. I love your posts and your insight.

    Desertflower, thanks foe keeping an eye out!

    • 106 desertflower
      December 31, 2011 at 11:51 pm

      Happy New Year, eveingeorgia 🙂 I promised I would keep a look out for yardarm…I found him:) I must have been away when all the misunderstanding happened. I hope that all is well now.

  27. December 31, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Does anyone remember this moment from the 1984 Summer Olympics?

  28. 110 eveingeorgia
    December 31, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    That’s, thanks FOR keeping an eye out 🙂

  29. 111 Proud Former White House Intern
    December 31, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Happy NYE everybody.

  30. December 31, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Waving from diagonally across the world of India. I wonder who else here is from here.

    Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year to You All.

  31. 130 desertflower
    December 31, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    For anyone that wants a good read on GG…GN posted this over at TPV. I would take the time to read it…what a charlatan he is!


  32. December 31, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Congrats on the data, Chips!!

    Still early here but Happy New Year to all.

  33. 132 Roberta in MN
    December 31, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    To Chips and all the TOD Family, Happy New Year and am looking forward to4 more years for 44. See you all in the morning.Chips you have one awesome blog here and congratulations on meeting your fund raising goals and all of the people who post here and the lurkers. I hope this makes sense, I have had a long day and ready to curl up with my puppy Megan.,
    Good Night all and again HAPPY NEW YEAR. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  34. December 31, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    😯 Where in the World is (rubs out Wally)…. inserts TOD 😯 lol Amazing stats you put up there about this site. Not being bias *cough* but I like the Oceania stats in the North & South Pacific region who have been visiting! 😳 Ni sa Bula Vinaka Fiji!! I’m going to be a little random right now… and save the image and use it as my laptop wallpaper LMAO! 😆

    TOD Family… Thanks for the love earlier to one of my other posts. Just after midnight last night, my son and I lay in bed with the News on mute showing the display of fireworks coming from Samoa & Australia… and we welcomed the New Year in by reading his President Obama book he loves so much that I mentioned days ago (it has all these cool FYI stuff for Kids in there about POTUS as a child, college years, his mom, dad, grandparents… right through to his inauguration and other bits and pieces… with all these colorful pics… kids would really enjoy this book!).

    After we read the book, I asked my son what was one thing he was grateful for as the 2012 New Year began… and he replied… ‘well its a tie between you and President Obama’………… 😆 I didn’t even want to ask him who he would choose out of the 2 if it came down to it 😕 lmaooo in my mind… I have the slight edge on the pick….. but….. only in my mind…. his answer may have differed lol

    • December 31, 2011 at 11:40 pm

      So sweet! You’ve got a real diplomat on your hands there. 🙂

    • 136 desertflower
      January 1, 2012 at 12:09 am

      adorable! But I HOPE he picked you!

      • January 1, 2012 at 1:33 am

        *hugs* He sure did pick me! After our reading session, I allowed him to celebrate the New Year with some home-made motherly bribery 😆 He ate Peanut Butter & Choc Chip cookies + Milk before heading to bed hehehe

        • 138 desertflower
          January 1, 2012 at 3:32 am

          Good for you! You sound like a GREAT MOM 🙂 Shower that son of yours with lots of love and hugs….they grow up too fast. I know, mine is 17 now…tall and handsome. I remember laying with him when he was young, and he’d tell me that he loved me so much. And I’d ask him if he’d still tell me that when he was a teenager. He’d always say, “Yes, Mom…even when I’m a teenager.” He kept that promise, and I’m so grateful that he did. Cherish this time!

  35. December 31, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    I’ve been trying to find a video set to a song from a gospel singer with a deep, husky voice – I think it was originally from just after the election. Someone posted it here a few weeks ago, and I absolutely loved it. I think the title was something like “I trust in him”, but I can’t for the life of me remember what song and who was the artist. Anyone remember from my vague hints?

    • 140 ChristiMTL
      December 31, 2011 at 11:49 pm

      James Fortune?

      Happy New Year to you theo67!

    • 142 DreamChaser57
      January 1, 2012 at 12:12 am

      Was it Marvin Sapp? I believe the song was “Never Would Have Made It”. The gospel singer is also a pastor in Michigan, he recently lost his beloved wife to cancer. I hope that’s it, Theo. Let me know. The montage was over ten minutes or so. Happy NYE 2012!

      • January 1, 2012 at 1:08 am

        That’s it!!!! Thank you – I absolutely loved this video, even though it’s a long one (sad story for him, but the montage of President Obama is so touching). Thank you so much – I never would have remembered that one. Aaaahhhh… 🙂

        Happy New Year!!

  36. December 31, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I gots to work tomorrow, so I”m off to bed b4 new year arrives. Happy New Year Everybody.

  37. 146 Dee
    December 31, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Happy New Year Everyone!!

  38. December 31, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Happy New Year my friends!! …thanks for this amazing website 🙂

  39. 148 sherijr
    December 31, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Happy New Year everyone around the World~ I knew we were a United People here at TOD- but this is all so amazing. You are a hero Chipsticks for putting this together and growing it so inclusively~ Well Done and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you for providing this happy healthy place for all of us. This too is something our President has given us.. people connecting for the purpose of telling the truth and marking history with the real facts.. standing up together for whats right and good. You are all so amazing~ and I wish each one of you an absolutely spectacular 2012.

  40. 149 P
    December 31, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    OMG Finally!!!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!!!! Waving red, white and black!!!!!! Let the party begin!!!!!
    It’s been a while since I’ve commented on TODVILLE…..so happy!
    It’s election year people so get your engines ready…..OBAMA2012!!!!! WOOT!!!!!

  41. 150 donna dem 4 obama
    December 31, 2011 at 11:55 pm


    President Obama Can Count on Me in 2012

    • 151 jacquelineoboomer
      December 31, 2011 at 11:56 pm

      And one quick extra Happy New Year to you, Donna!

    • 152 DreamChaser57
      January 1, 2012 at 12:19 am

      Beautiful and precious. I love the still of a woman warmly embracing PBO and everyone else is grabbing his head, shoulders – people just want to touch his magnetic energy and vibrant aura

    • 153 GGail
      January 1, 2012 at 12:33 am

      Thank you Donna!
      HAPPY NEW YEAR 2 U 2!

      • January 1, 2012 at 12:57 am

        Oh, Donna Dem. You got me crying like a baby now. What a powerful song to put with some powerful photos for a powerful President.

        Thank U, Donna!!!!! Music, words, and photos will do to me everytime. Thank you so much, Donna!! Love you, and Happy New Year!HZ

  42. 155 jacquelineoboomer
    December 31, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Five minutes away from New Year’s on the east coast … even though I’m in the midwest, I’m gonna at least make it to midnight somewhere!

    Happy New Year, everybody, and thank you, God, for giving us President Obama and Vice President Biden … whom we WILL get re-elected in 2012 by a landslide!


  43. 156 Cha
    January 1, 2012 at 12:00 am


    • 157 anniebella
      January 1, 2012 at 12:12 am

      Cha, 100% with you on that. Happy New Year!!!!

      • January 1, 2012 at 1:56 am

        Anniebella and Cha, yes we have his back. We will bring him a win with every fiber within our hearts and souls. I plan to work by little old, but fine self off for our President. We will do this together. We Have To!!!! HZ

  44. January 1, 2012 at 12:00 am

    And my two year old pug jenny sez a happy new year too.

  45. January 1, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. 165 Ceb
    January 1, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Happy 2012 everyone!

  47. 167 hopefruit2
    January 1, 2012 at 12:05 am

    The New Yorkers are even more excited this year.

  48. 168 Robert
    January 1, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Happy New Year to all the folks on this site. Hope you have a year ahead fill with blessings for you and your family.

  49. 170 hopefruit2
    January 1, 2012 at 12:06 am

  50. 171 elo4obama/biden
    January 1, 2012 at 12:07 am

    hny from atlanta tod family

  51. January 1, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Watched the countdown on ABC. (Ugh, I noticed a romney 2012 in Time Square)

    Happy New Year everyone! OBAMA/BIDEN2012

    • 173 hopefruit2
      January 1, 2012 at 12:14 am

      It goes without saying that most NYCers support President Obama so they don’t need to bring signs to make a political statement when they are celebrating their New Year. It’s a desperate Romney fan who would think of bringing a sign to an apolitical event.

    • 177 anniebella
      January 1, 2012 at 12:29 am

      Ann_T, I saw the romney 2012 sign, I imagine his Bain buddies or his Wall St. buddies put it there. That’s okay, he have that memory to console him when Barack Obama is re-elected.

  52. 178 desertflower
    January 1, 2012 at 12:11 am


  53. 179 LunarSea
    January 1, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Woo Hoo Happy New Year to the TOD family.

    2011 was the year Americans, actually the world, got to see first hand what the GOP has become. Only the extreme fringes want to see these people take control.

    2012 is the year the world says, collectively, ‘Hell no you don’t!’ to Teabaggers and Republicans alike.

    We got this!

    Buckle up, we may be in for a bumpy ride, but as the president says, ‘I’ve never been more confident that, as a country, we will get there.”

  54. 182 Pamela
    January 1, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Not sure why Seattle fireworks are going off at 9:00pm, but it makes me feel like a little snooze on the couch in front of the Christmas tree, still a long way to go out here, while those Aussies and Kiwis are wrapping up January first in a little while! See y’all tomorrow! Very glad it is 2012, very glad indeed! Blessings to all!

  55. January 1, 2012 at 12:15 am

    I just heard a bunch of pop, pop, pops as I was laying here in bed and flipping between Archer on FX and Jaws # 24567894 on Spike. I almost fell outta the bed I was so startled. I was like :’oh shit! WTF??!! Are those gun shots?! What? How is that possible? There’s more security here than at the airport!’ then I happened to glance at the time on my device and noticed it was after midnight. Yikes! That’s what happens when you stay home watching the Jaws marathon all day. 😮 anyway, HAPPY NEW YEAR, TOD!!!! 😆

    • 184 hopefruit2
      January 1, 2012 at 12:19 am

      LOL! Happy New Year lisa! I’ve also been watching the Twighlight Zone marathon on Sci-Fi all day and just took a break around 10:30PM to tune in to Dick Clark and the the ball drop.

    • January 1, 2012 at 2:20 am

      Happy New Year, Lisa!!! You got me listening to Whitney Houston,”The Bodyguard”, and dancing to “I’m Every Woman.” Everything is going to be just fine for us in 2012.!!!!!!! Thanks for all that you bring to us here at TOD, Lisa. I really do thank you for lifting my spirit and making me laugh when I want to sometimes just cry. Love you back also, Lisa. Happy New Year!!HZ

    • 186 GGail
      January 1, 2012 at 2:43 am

      HAPPY NEW YEAR lisa!

  56. 187 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    January 1, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Happy New Year!!!!

  57. 189 anniebella
    January 1, 2012 at 12:22 am


  58. January 1, 2012 at 12:26 am

    oh i’m so glad it’s new years somewhere here cuz i’m not going to be able to stay up to much lon-


    (hny! – thx chips!!! nite everybody)

  59. January 1, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Happy New Year to everyone here at TOD! It’s not quite 2012 in my neck of the woods (Alabama) but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep my eyelids open for another 32 more minutes. If not, let me just say a few things: First, congratutions Chipsticks on those amazing stats. You are unbelievable girl! Second, let me add that I’m so glad I was able to find a little extra cash today to donate to both Chips and DonnaDem4Obama’s fundraising pages to help push them over the top — at least until they raise their goals again. 🙂 Finally, I consider the people here at TOD to be my second family (all of you around the world). May each of you have a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year as we continue to work to hard to make 4 more to 44 a reality. Obama/Biden 2012!

  60. 195 DreamChaser57
    January 1, 2012 at 12:31 am

    What a dynamic, global, engaging community – glad to be a TOD’ville citizen. Many thanks, Chips! Best wishes for a grand and delightful year to everyone.

  61. January 1, 2012 at 12:38 am

    A new year joke stolen from BJ.

    Ole’s car was hit by a truck in an accident. In court, the trucking company’s lawyer was questioning Ole.

    ‘Didn’t you say, sir, at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine, ?’ asked the lawyer.

    Ole responded, ‘Vell, I’ll tell you vat happened. I had yust loaded my favorite mule, Bessie, into da…..’

    ‘I didn’t ask for any details’, the lawyer interrupted. ‘Just answer the question. Did you not say, at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine’?

    Ole said, ‘Vell, I had yust got Bessie into da trailer and I vas driving down da road… ..

    The lawyer interrupted again and said, ‘Judge, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the Highway Patrolman on the scene that he was just fine. Now several weeks after the accident he is trying to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question.’

    By this time, the Judge was fairly interested in Ole’s answer and said to the lawyer, ‘I’d like to hear what he has to say about his favorite mule, Bessie’.

    Ole thanked the Judge and proceeded. ‘Vell, as I vas saying, I had yust loaded Bessie, my favorite mule, into da trailer and vas driving her down da highvay ven dis huge semi-truck and trailer ran da stop sign and smacked my truck right in da side. I vas trown into one ditch and Bessie vas trown into da other. I vas hurting real bad and didn’t vant to move. However, I could hear Bessie moaning and groaning. I knew she was in terrible shape yust by her groans’. ‘Shortly after da accident da Highway Patrolman, he came to da scene.. He could hear Bessie moaning and groaning so he vent over to her’..

    ‘After he looked at her and saw her fatal condition he took out his gun and shot her right ‘tween da eyes.

    Den da Patrolman, he came across da road, gun still smoking, looked at me and said, ‘How are you feeling?’

    ‘Now vut da hell vould YOU say?

  62. 200 hopefruit2
    January 1, 2012 at 12:39 am

    I haven’t eaten, showered or brushed my teeth since last year. Do I need an intervention? Please advise.

  63. 202 Joy (Barbados)
    January 1, 2012 at 12:46 am

    A bit late but Happy New Year everyone. Glad to see Barbados represented. We strongly support your (our) President.

  64. January 1, 2012 at 12:48 am

    I have 13 more minutes to wait and the fire crackers are going wild here. …..So let me say Hello World!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE love you all. Come join us. It is wondeful that people from all over the world come to see Chips and TODville. No one can say that the world doesn’t love our President. Thank you.

  65. 204 desertflower
    January 1, 2012 at 12:49 am

    There’s some juicy ones in here! Mitt’s going to be sorry he ever opened his mouth!


  66. 205 donna dem 4 obama
    January 1, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Lawd Have Mercy!… Robin Thicke just sayin 😉

      • 207 desertflower
        January 1, 2012 at 1:01 am

        OMG! I’ve been living in a cave! I loved that song! He doesn’t look like his voice sounds, though….this was an awesome way to ring in the New Year! Thanks anotherslyfox 🙂 Let me get some wine and watch that again…..

      • 211 anniebella
        January 1, 2012 at 1:13 am

        I was so surprise to learn that Robin Thicke’s father is Allan Thicke who was on Growing Pains. I think I am right.

        • 212 desertflower
          January 1, 2012 at 1:32 am

          anniebella 🙂 I just figured that out, too! He looks like his dad 🙂

        • 213 donna dem 4 obama
          January 1, 2012 at 1:34 am

          Yep Allan Thicke is his father and Gloria Loring from the soap opera Days of Our Lives is his mother.

          • 214 desertflower
            January 1, 2012 at 2:15 am

            You are just a PLETHORA of information tonight! REALLY???? Good genes!

          • 215 CEB
            January 1, 2012 at 10:47 am

            The woman in the video is his wife and long time love, Paula Patton, who is ciurrently co-starring in the latest Mission Impossible that just came out. Check out his three previous albums; especially the first one that has ‘Lost without You’ that was a big hit several years ago.

        • January 1, 2012 at 1:52 am

          Just woke up from hearing all the fire crackers going off and decided to check back in at TOD’s place one last time tonite. You’re right Anniebella, Robin Thicke is Alan Thicke’s son.

          After discovering that hot video a week ago, it took me awhile to get used to the idea that someone who sings so soulful could be the son of the TV dad from Growning Pains. lol. But hey as DD4O said, “Lord Have Mercy.” 🙂 Also, I’m a little too old to be looking at these young folks video music, but I discovered another new and upcoming R&B sensation while watching Thicke’s “Love After War.” It’s a young guy named Luke James who takes you back to the days of Marvin Gaye. If “Love After War” helps wake you up for the New Year, then this one will definitely make you want to go to bed. 😉 It’s called “I Want You.”

          (I hope this video posts here)

          • 218 desertflower
            January 1, 2012 at 2:26 am

            That’s a good one, too 🙂 I’m expanding my musical horizons here…love that ! Thanks for the introduction, NCW

            • 219 CEB
              January 1, 2012 at 10:52 am

              Well, I’m not as hip as I thought I was because this is the first that i have heard of this young artist. Thanks much, will check him out on Itunes.

  67. January 1, 2012 at 12:57 am

    A prosperous and blessed New Year to Chips and the entire TOD family. You all were in my prayers as I embraced the new year with all its implications. Thank you for allowing us, the international PBO supporters, to be part of this inspiring experience.

    By the way Chips, my island, Montserrat, has been omitted from the ‘Where did they come from chart?” Can this be rectified?

  68. 222 Boazwife
    January 1, 2012 at 1:38 am

    I have to come out of lurking status to say: HAPPY NEW YEAR TOD FAMILY and Thank You Chips for ALL you do!!!

  69. 228 donna dem 4 obama
    January 1, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Wow Chips will need to raise that fundraising goal. With your help Chips and I together raised over $2,000.00 for the President’s re-election in the last two days of 2011.

    One heckuva job TOD Fam!!!

    Good Night Everyone

  70. 229 mtmarilyn
    January 1, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Happy New Year to all the TOD family from your Montana family. We are all going to do great things in 2012. Time for bed. See you in the morning.

    • January 1, 2012 at 2:42 am

      Happy New Year, MTmarilyn!!! You have a wonderful evening. We still have about 35 min. to go. I feel within my spirit that we are going to have a beautiful year in 2012. HZ

  71. 231 mphillip
    January 1, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Happy new year, tod!

    You’ve kept me sane in 2011!

    Thank you so much.

  72. 232 boxman15
    January 1, 2012 at 2:48 am

    HP commenters are freaking out right now after Arianna decided to change the headline on the front page from “Obama signs NDAA and issues signing statement” to “OBAMA SIGNS BILL ALLOWING FOR INDEFINITE DETENTION OF AMERICANS” It’s hilarious how few people actually read articles or bills and just read headlines.

    My opinion on NDAA:

    On the indefinite detention provision itself:

    It’s truly atrocious and a disgrace to the Constitution. Whether or not it applies to Americans, the fact that it’s even being talked about is bad enough. The language leaves WAY too much wiggle room for a future far-right administration to do something like round up Americans and put them away indefinitely with no trial. It’s encouraging the Obama administration will not use this provision, but it doesn’t change the law itself. The Obama administration and, more importantly, the American people need to make sure that this provision is not in the 2013 NDAA by pressuring Congress (both parties are equally to blame, so tell your socialist cousin and your Tea Party uncle to call and write nonstop).

    On President Obama signing it:

    He really had no choice here. Had Obama not signed it, our troops would not be paid or properly protected for the beginning of the year. This is the defense budget for the entire year. Had he done that, he would be absolutely pounded by the right for “not wanting to pay our troops”, and would leave the door wide open for a GOP White House in 2012, meaning a conservative Supreme Court that would uphold that provision in case they wanted to use it (It has way more than enough support to override a veto).

    It was smart to sign it and issue a signing statement. He’s a long-term thinker, and this gives us at least a year to try to get this provision out and prevent a wingnut from using/abusing it.

    Anyways, Happy New Year!

    • 233 desertflower
      January 1, 2012 at 3:08 am

      What a smart take on this whole thing! Funny, I never remember such a fuss over this before. Never in all my years. It always seems to be a catch 22, doesn’t it?

  73. 234 Canuck Joyce
    January 1, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Happy New Year!

    Bonne Année !

    Feliz año nuevo!

    ! سنة جديدة سعيدة

  74. 235 GGail
    January 1, 2012 at 3:06 am

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!! from Los Angeles, California
    May blessing rain down on Chipsticks and my TOD brothers and sisters everywhere in the WORLD and especially on our beloved President, his family and his Administration!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

  75. 236 OkeyO
    January 1, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Happy New year Chips an all the TOD family. WHOA Chips congratulations 5.4 million that’s more than the votes that most of the Congressmen/women and Senators that are holding this country hostage with them blocking everyhting the Presidnts wants to do to improve this country. Thank God is 2012 and we will surely vote them out of office. We will continue to PRESS ON Thanks agian Chips for this site that gives us the truth and love.

  76. January 1, 2012 at 3:09 am

    Happy New Year To My TOD Family and our First Family~~ It is official on the westcoast!!!! HZ

    “In the end, it’s not the years in your
    life that count.
    It’s the life in your years.”
    Abraham Lincoln

    • January 1, 2012 at 3:24 am

      Happy New Year, HZ, and everyone. This just feels like it’s going to be a fantastic year.

      • January 1, 2012 at 3:47 am

        Happy New Year, theo67!! Yes, I feel like it is going to be a ‘shout at times’ and a ‘gentle whisper at other times’, but with listening ears and sweet and passionate hearts and minds to do what will be right for and with our wonderful President and his Administration. It is going to be a “fantastic year” as you stated, theo67!!!!! HZ

  77. 240 auni
    January 1, 2012 at 3:13 am

    Happy New Year from the west coast to everyone. All good wishes to our President and his wonderful family!

  78. 241 desertflower
    January 1, 2012 at 3:16 am


    “Our goal was by the end of this year to be ready for whenever it ended,” he said. “We’re ready now.” Messina said

    Nor will Messina talk about the technological bells and whistles that have been undergoing testing in a few states and will soon be rolled out across the country. What he will say is: “We’ve always believed that 2011 was about building the strongest grass-roots campaign in modern history, and we’re on track to do that. . . . I believe we’re going to be better, faster and more focused on the ground.”

  79. January 1, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Happy New Year from Canada’s westcoast, Vancouver, BC

  80. 250 majii
    January 1, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Happy New Year, TODers! I’m still up here in GA. I dropped in earlier but didn’t post a comment, and I’m glad I did because it was a reminder to make a donation to PBO’s re-election campaign. I can always depend upon TOD to keep me informed on the latest political doings and to remind me to donate to PBO. Chips and TODers, you’re wonderful, fierce, excellent, intelligent, forward thinking people, and I love ya!!!!

  81. 251 Suzette
    January 1, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Happy New Year Chipsticks and The Obama Diary bloogers. I look forward to blogging, reading and viewing all stories for 2012. I wish you and your family nothing but the best for this year.

    From Suzette (0.3% Jamaican)

  82. 252 Titti
    January 1, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Wishing all TODers a healthy and prosperous 2012! What an eventful year 2011 was, looking forward to all the ‘surprises’ of 2012 – a leap year.

  83. 253 vitaminlover
    January 9, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Belated Happy New Year, my beloved TOD’ers!!

    • January 9, 2012 at 12:49 am

      vitaminlover, I’ve missed you! How are you doing? Hope all’s well?

      • 255 vitaminlover
        January 9, 2012 at 1:50 am

        Doing most excellently, Chips. Had to be out of town for a few days to get our youngest daughter settled in her new place. So trying to catch up with my most favorite blog. Hope that your New Year is fantastic all year long!

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