leaving hawaii

First Lady Michelle Obama is hugged by Admiral Robert Willard, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, before boarding Air Force One at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu

183 Responses to “leaving hawaii”

  1. 1 isonprize
    January 2, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    My president!!!

    • January 2, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      Supersonic fast!!!!!!! 😆

      • 5 Dudette
        January 2, 2012 at 10:50 pm

        Almost. I’ll take 2nd. 🙂

      • 10 isonprize
        January 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm

        Chica, I hope that you had a restful couple of days off. You are just the best. (I know, I know, you blush when I say that, but you really are a PHENOMENAL blog host!!)

        • January 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm

          Hiya Isonprize, my days off were way too restful, I was technically back-to-work today but I missed five of my boss’s phone calls this morning because I was still sleeping. I told him Santa had given my a crappy new malfunctioning phone, so that was the problem, but I sensed he didn’t believe me. 😯 But I’m way more than fired up, and beyond ready to go – for Obama/Biden 2012, not my boss. And yes, you made me blush, you naughty creature – love ya!!!

    • 12 isonprize
      January 2, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      Hey Dudette. I’m just giddy with energy for 2012. The Rethugs have gone totally batsh#$%$ crazy. It’s actually embarrassing for us as a country. We’ve got to get a Democratic majority in the House, keep the Senate (and of course, re-elect Pres. Obama) so that PBO can finish all of what he started!!

      • 13 Dudette
        January 2, 2012 at 10:54 pm

        Me too! I’m also taking Tien’s excellent advice to heart, so I can keep my blood pressure in check. 🙂

        • January 2, 2012 at 11:05 pm

          Thank you, Dudette!

          • 15 isonprize
            January 2, 2012 at 11:07 pm

            We must keep our eyes on the prize and never, ever let up for a moment. We can’t afford to.

            You rang? LOL Tien, this was GREAT. Inspiring, factual and practical. I LOVE IT!!

            Obama/Biden 2012

          • 16 desertflower
            January 2, 2012 at 11:32 pm

            Yes. Thank you, Tien! I will remember to breathe 🙂

          • January 2, 2012 at 11:52 pm

            Hi Tien,

            Love it, I’m breathin’…


            And, yes…………… 🙂

            YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST! (Bobfr @our4thestate) 😉
            YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!
            FIRED UP & READY TO GO!
            PRESS ON!

            • January 3, 2012 at 12:31 am

              I love this video and the song.

            • 19 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
              January 3, 2012 at 1:45 am

              Happy New Year snoopy4eva2!!!

              Yes WE Must!

              And, just to be clear what the stakes are:

              Our4thEstate Bobfr
              America – Yes 2012 is about ‘black’ & ‘women’ – Re-electing a black President who is the sole barricade between rights of women & GOPTaliban

              Every woman, every girl in America must awaken to the reality that “GOPTaliban” is not a slogan, a ‘hashtag,’ a chickenlittle scare tactic – IT IS REALITY if we allow the current GOP access to the White House, to a majority in the Senate or House, and to any State House in the Republic.

              We must achieve a landslide victory that not only sets the record in American elections, WE MUST ACHIEVE a landslide victory that protects and nurtures every female in America. If we do that on 6 Nov 2012 then we have advanced the American Dream at home AND we can extend our that DREAM and commitment to enabling the self-determination of every woman on the planet.

              That is what is at stake.

              It is not an accident that a President nurtured by a single, highly independent and brilliant mother, who then realized and maximized the gift of his maternal grandmother could then grow, daily, because of the relationship he has with his wife and his daughters, now emerges as the beacon of hope and inspiration of all women and girls who, globally, are struggling to overcome the tyranny of male suppression.

              Just to be clear, these are statements of a 64 year old white guy, who has a clue.

              it’s not just advancing the American Promise that is at stake on 6 Nov 2012, it’s the blossoming of the greatest opportunity for human rights yet to happen to our species.

              Make it happen.

              Yes We Can … DO More Together — We Must!

        • January 3, 2012 at 12:21 am

          This is the most important thing I’ve read this week. Thanks Tien Le – I kept seeing the link and not pausing to read it. Glad I finally slowed down and read the article – brilliant and cogent.

        • 22 DreamChaser57
          January 3, 2012 at 3:26 am

          Incredibly well-reasoned. Loved Salt Peanuts as well!

        • January 3, 2012 at 7:33 am

          Tien’s article is exactly what the doctor ordered. It’s perfect. I’m trying to get it circulated to as many local Democrats as possible.

        • 24 HZ
          January 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm

          Thanks Dudette. Chips, I noticed in reading this link provided by Dudette that TOD was mentioned twice!!!!! Great!!!! Sending to my friends as well.

          Again, thanks for sharing Dudette. I need to keep my blood pressure and other things in check as well.

          Doing better and I know that we will all help each other make it through this wonderful journey. Have a wonderful day.

  2. 25 isonprize
    January 2, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    will be back in DC ready for 2012, baby!!! WWWWOOOOOOOTTTT

  3. 26 isonprize
    January 2, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    I’m just having too much fun, being the only one here! We have to get FIRED UP and READY TO GO for 2012. My thing is voter registration. If we can win Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, we will bring PENNSYLVANIA. Of that I am certain!!

    • 27 Dudette
      January 2, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      I here with ya, Boo!

    • January 3, 2012 at 7:37 am

      Isonprize, I agree completely. Philadelphia has to come out swinging, but so does Pittsburgh and other cities. We’ll have our work cut out for us, but we’ll do it. PA has a very unpopular R governor and people are feeling the effects of so-called Republican governance. We’ll overcome the voter suppression tactics since PA has always had to deal with terrible election laws anyway. People are angry at the way the R legislature has jammed things down their throats and with Casey running as senator, we have a lot of good things to go with.

  4. 29 Dudette
    January 2, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Chips – girl you are on it, doggone it! 🙂

  5. January 2, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Aloha, Obamas!!!! Will be good to have you back and better than ever on the mainland. Fired up and ready to go!

  6. 32 Oxfarm
    January 2, 2012 at 10:49 pm


    OK, on a more serious note, hope the rest was very good. Aloha.

  7. 43 dotster3
    January 2, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    How sweet! Mike Allen gives Politico t shirts to Romney, his fave candidate, and family.https://twitter.com/#!/BuzzFeedBen/status/154029062497636352/photo/1/large

    • January 2, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      But there are still some folks who say GOPolitico is liberal. They don’t even try and hide it anymore.

    • January 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      For most of the Republic’s history, the press was anything but “objective”. Newspapers hewed closely to party politics, and made no apologies for doing so. The days of the objective press obtained during the mid to late 20th century. What we’re seeing with the advent of the internet is a return to the status quo that reigned before the 1930s. I’m not sure if that’s bad or good. It is what it is. What infuriates me is when the press maintains the pretence of objectivity and neutrality as a mask for pushing rightwing memes. If you have a rightwing view, be honest about it, and then I can judge and decide whether to listen to you. Don’t try to bamboozle me by claiming an objectivity you do not possess; it insults my intelligence, and nothing peeves me more than that. So, Mike Allen, give your tshirts to the Romney clan; just don’t expect me to believe that you are anything but a partisan writer.

  8. 50 Ladyhawke
    January 2, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Congressman Barney Frank on LOD proposes a slogan for the 2012 campaign that is hilarious. He said President Obama and the Democrats could just say…..


    • 51 anniebella
      January 2, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      I love that. We’re not Perfect, but the GOP is NUTS.

      • 52 Ladyhawke
        January 2, 2012 at 11:02 pm

        Gotta love Barney, he has a way with words. Too funny. The last thing he said that really got my attention was this (he was essentially speaking to the American voter) – he said ……..


    • 55 itgurl_29
      January 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      Don’t like it and don’t find it funny. This President has done some amazing things. It’s this defeatist attitude that democrats need to shake. President Obama has done to much for a democratic congressman to even say something like that.

      • 56 jacquelineoboomer
        January 3, 2012 at 12:35 am

        It’s okay. Barney speaks for himself and Congress. President Obama speaks for his accomplishments and he’s got us! I agree about not taking the defeatist attitude, but – luckily – no one in PBO’s campaign will be anything but 100% positive – again, including us!

      • January 3, 2012 at 12:39 am

        I agree with you. President Obama’s record, and the Dems who helped him legislatively, has been amazing – and record breaking. Some have even risked their lives to cast votes for the middle class. It’s not just a case of one side being better than the alternative – it’s a case of one side making history with legislation that will benefit the middle class, and the country as a whole, for generations to come – and the other side obstructing every step of the way. When I think of the disaster that this country (and the world) was headed into in 2008, I shudder every time. There were going to be people standing in bread lines, 25% unemployment, hopelessness and despair. Instead, restaurants are full, the auto industry is breaking records, the stock market is breaking records, most people had a lovely Christmas break. And the middle class has universal health care, manufacturing still exists, education is getting some reform, energy and EPA initiatives are unbelievably effective, the future looks bright and people have hope. This President is going to go down as having performed exceedingly well, and that’s no small feat, especially when one considers the dark forces aligned against him – and those cannot be underestimated. President Obama is simply amazing.

    • 59 Dudette
      January 2, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      That is great! I do love Barney Frank!

    • 60 ChristiMTL
      January 2, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      lol I laughed when he said that….so true!!!

    • 61 desertflower
      January 2, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      I’m going to miss Barney. That was funny! AND TRUE!

  9. 62 Dudette
    January 2, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Way, way OT, but wow! Just heard on the KHLN stream that Aretha Franklin got engaged over the holidays. This will be her third marriage. Go ‘head, Ms. Thang! Congrats to the happy couple!

    Here’s an article:

  10. 70 Dudette
    January 2, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Just caught the tail end of a clip on LOD’s show with Hunstman dissing Iowa. He looked dead in the camera and said: “Well they pick corn in Iowa, but they pick Presidents here in New Hampshire.”

    Ouch, that’s cold — but true. 🙂

  11. January 2, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Just to show that ABL is letting today’s ugliness slide off her back:

  12. January 2, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    7:15 AM
    Obama and the first family arrive at Andrews Air Force Base.
    7:30 AM
    Obama and the first family arrive at the White House.
    11:30 AM
    Obama and Biden receive the presidential daily briefing.
    12:00 PM
    Obama meets with senior advisers.
    12:30 PM
    Obama and Biden meet for lunch.
    Carney briefs the press.
    4:30 PM
    Obama and Biden meet with Secretary of Defense Panetta.

  13. January 2, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Anyone here have Comcast in Florida? I just got home and MSNBC is not playing on my Teevee….this has happened once before. I don’t watch much but I love Lawrence and the others in the evening have been good the last week…except Chris Matthews today.. he lied and said HCR covers abortions.

  14. 80 jacquelineoboomer
    January 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Safe journey to the Obama family – and welcome into 2012, along with the people who admire you so much!

  15. January 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    And more:

  16. 86 Dudette
    January 2, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Okay, I’m gonna sign off and get to bed so I can start off the first work day of the year having had a decent night’s sleep. Sweet Dreams Family!

  17. 88 Pamela
    January 2, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    They look SOOOO good, rested, relaxed ; knowing they have a lot of hard work ahead, I wish for them they could have stayed longer, but these people are realistic, and dedicated. We will help them get the job DONE!

  18. 89 Ladyhawke
    January 2, 2012 at 11:27 pm


    “We’re going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs.”


    Republican Job Creation

    Shortly after gaining the House of Representatives in 2010 the new Speaker of the House, John Boehner, made the welcome claim that the primary goal of the Republican Party was to increase employment. His exact words were:

    “We’re going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs.”

    The following, therefore, is a chronological list of legislative activities by the GOP beginning 2-10-2011. I’m sorry to report that none, so far, have resulted in a single new job being created in America.



  19. January 2, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    So the Republican National Convention will be held during the week of August 27th and our (Democratic) convention will be held the week of September 3. I am glad that our convention will follow the repug,s so that PBO and our speakers can response to the nonsense that will come out of that convention.

    • January 2, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      Elizabeth Warren should be the keynote speaker this year for us. I bet she will be. It would be huge exposure for her, her message is the Dem’s message for 2012 and beating Brown could be the difference between keeping and losing the Senate.

      • 93 Lovepolitics2008
        January 2, 2012 at 11:48 pm

        I’m in total agreement. Furthermore, Elizabeth Warren could ( will !) be a great asset in the national campaign. If she builds a strong lead against Brown in Mass, she could afford to campaign once or twice a week in other states and could be of great help.

      • January 2, 2012 at 11:50 pm

        I think Governor O’Malley is looking for that spot.

        • January 2, 2012 at 11:55 pm

          I forgot about Gov. O’Malley. He is great.

        • 96 jacquelineoboomer
          January 3, 2012 at 12:30 am

          Gov. O’Malley is like a perfect little wrapped present. He just gets me!

        • January 3, 2012 at 12:44 am

          I love Gov O’Malley, and I hope he gets the Dem nomination in 2016, if VP Biden decides not to run. Elizabeth Warren is an unproven entity at this point – I have high hopes for her, but wouldn’t start putting her name in for Presidential tickets at this point, until the country becomes more progressive. Otherwise, she’ll get the same treatment from the PL.

        • January 3, 2012 at 12:47 am

          I don’t think Pres Obama will look to play favorites in the 2016 field with the spot. For that reason my second choice (actually first but I don’t know if she’d be up for it or if it would seem exploitative) would be Gabby Giffords and my third would be Julian Castro – mayor of San Antonio.

          I guess a lot would depend on how the Mass race is looking. Is it a dog fight that could go either way, or is Warren hurting for money? Or is she running away with it? Winning back Massachusetts means we’d have a four seat loss buffer in the Senate. With NH, Dakota, Montana, Mo and Va all lost or very tight for us we’ll need all the buffers we can get.

          • January 3, 2012 at 1:25 am

            Its not playing favorites but O’Malley has been a very good Democrat, team player and a very vocal unflinching supporter of the president. He’s earned it and I wouldn’t be mad if he got it over EW or anyone else.

      • January 2, 2012 at 11:50 pm

        I would absolutely love it if EW would be the keynote speaker. It will set the tone even more for our campaign for the middle class.

    • January 3, 2012 at 7:49 am

      Yes, it’s always better to have the last word.

  20. January 2, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Hope the entire family is well-rested. The coming months are going to be ugly.

  21. January 2, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    TODville HAVE YOU GOT THE SPIRIT? G’night. I’m striking me colors ’til sunrise.

  22. January 2, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    A boy can dream…

  23. 115 Cha
    January 2, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Mahalos, Chips, for that awesome vid of the Obamas leaving Oa’hu!! They’re going just as I’m arriving on the Island tomorrow morning. Darn, I missed being on the same Island as they are by ONE DAY!

    I just read The People Mag interview with the Obamas today and it’s Excellent! A smaller pic of them on the front and many more great pics inside. “First Couple Exclusive Interview”..WOOHOO! Smilin’ Great for Democracy~

  24. 117 desertflower
    January 2, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    want to relax? This photo is amazing! Picture yourself there….floating…..


    • 121 jacquelineoboomer
      January 3, 2012 at 12:23 am

      I moved to Illinois, Land of Lincoln, about a year ago. I’m staring up at a Lincoln image, framed on my wall, from the mid-1800s. Also have a quote of his on my wall, “The union of these states is perpetual.” When I think of that era, then think of the 1920s and the 1960s, then think of the poetry of Inauguration Day 2009, and I realize we are now in 2012 and we are still talking about voting rights abuses that affect women and minorities, I’m so damn mad I could spit.

      Must we keep reliving all this vile stuff? Our country could prosper again, we could join hands as equal human beings across America, and we could be moving ahead with pride and hope, if these small-minded bigots would just get a life and grow a brain.

      • 122 desertflower
        January 3, 2012 at 1:53 am

        Fear keeps them from moving forward….that someone would get “more than they have” We need to free ourselves from all that would hold us back from EVERYONE being able to reach their full potential…no matter what they look like, where they come from, who they worship, or not…otherwise, none of us will know the greatness we can achieve.I hear you. Loud and clear.

      • January 3, 2012 at 2:11 am

        Oh, Jackie, how beautifully stated. I concur with all you said.

  25. January 2, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    wow I could barely keep up with everything going on on twitter and here. but i better turn in. sweet dreams TOD. here we go.

  26. 125 dotster3
    January 2, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    I don’t get it—–Nightline showing all these young Paul supporters, one girl saying that her generation may be the first to not do as well as their parents and that Paul is the only one who understands and represents their interests. What??? Have they not done their homework about him? Don’t they care about all that is known about him, all the hate he signed off on, all his crazy, dangerous ideas?= Do they know anything about the person they’re supporting? I lose patience with lazy, clueless voters.

    • January 3, 2012 at 12:07 am

      “one girl saying that her generation may be the first to not do as well as their parents and that Paul is the only one who understands and represents their interests”


      Ron Paul will make sure that “MAY” becomes a definite yes.

    • January 3, 2012 at 12:11 am

      Paul is also against Goverment student loan programs, he said that the free market can take of it.

      The way he puts it, it’s the federal goverment student lending program that’s the cause for the increase in college tuition.

      This man is selling bullshit to the clueless.

    • 128 hopefruit2
      January 3, 2012 at 12:27 am

      Sorry but I’m not buying whatever Nightline is trying to peddle. I don’t care how many brainwashed or paid “young Paul supporters” they bring on to support their narrative. Paul isn’t going anywhere. This guy is 76 years old. He’s been in congress forever. If his ideas and policies were so great then why hasn’t he been president? The majority of “young” people aren’t that stupid.

    • 129 anniebella
      January 3, 2012 at 4:55 am

      dotster3, I don’t get it either. I keep going back to this Kelly Clarkson, so she support Ron Paul because he is for less government, but it’s okay if he is a racists, he hate gays, he’s against civil rights, etc., etc. Who cares just long as we have smaller government and legalize drugs, that makes Paul just great.

      • 130 hopefruit2
        January 3, 2012 at 8:07 am

        I read a couple of Clarkson’s tweets about her support for Ron Paul – and they were a bunch of RW media talking points about small government and letting people decide strung together. She clearly is ignorant of who Ron Paul really is, and that characterizes a lot of Paul’s supporters. Ignorant of their history; ignorant of what Mr. Paul really stands for, and ignorance of the constitution and basic civics.

    • January 3, 2012 at 5:23 am

      Their are a lot of young supporters of Ron Paul, basically they only hear that he wants to legalize pot and get out of Afghanistan.
      And he gets real good press on tge Jon Stewart show, who has basically endorsed him!

      • 132 hopefruit2
        January 3, 2012 at 8:08 am

        And that’s the bigger problem. The media pundits (who know better) refuse to honestly acknowledge who the man is, because their views probably approximate his.

  27. January 3, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Hiya everyone, photos updated in post, gotta go sleep, see you tomorrow 😉

  28. 142 desertflower
    January 3, 2012 at 12:18 am

    This is pretty funny….how many followers does PBO have ????


  29. January 3, 2012 at 12:22 am

    EXCELLENT ARTICLE from Kevin Drum. Thoroughly shames any liberal supporting or fluffing Ron Paul and debunks the myth that Ron Paul’s anti-war anti-drug war stance would challenge Pres.Obama or change the conversation to these issues. Please read when you get a chance.

    Crackpots Do Not Make Good Messengers http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/01/crackpots-messengers

  30. January 3, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Since Old Mitt likes to copy the president’s winning ways, I wonder when will he and his wife start mimicking the hand holding that is common with the Obama’s.

    I bet sometimes during Romney’s campaign you will start to see he and his wife take on this act during public apperances.

    I swear this man has not one original bone in his robotic body.

    • 145 jacquelineoboomer
      January 3, 2012 at 12:46 am

      Funny, but – to me – his wife always looks “trapped,” when they appear together. It’s the look in her eyes. When he talks, she looks at him without breaking a smile, kind of like she’s wondering what he will say next.

      Seriously, when you think of his little immature “Mitt Fits” – temper tantrums – I wonder what he’s like as a husband and father? Does he rule the roost? Have fits when they question him? And at least one son – Matt the birther – seems as immature as the father, so that apple didn’t fall far.

      Yuck, I don’t even want to think about it anymore. Just glad I’m not married to him or associated with him, in any way.

      • 146 hopefruit2
        January 3, 2012 at 12:52 am

        You are right jacqueline. Poor Mrs. Willard! If I had to deal with a phony fake-ass plastic Ken-doll day-in, day-out, I would feel trapped too.

      • January 3, 2012 at 1:02 am

        I’ve noticed the same. She always seems a little stunned – or anxious. I noticed the last few days that they were sitting all cozy in some booth, and I figured they would soon be holding hands. Apparently, she is the one who told him he needed to “save the country” and run for President. Someone sent me some Mormon conspiracy theory stuff this weekend to read on twitter – scary. Not sure I’m buying it, but I have to say, Romney is very despicable – even without the conspiracies.

    • January 3, 2012 at 1:27 am

      LOL..they’ll probably try to kiss and bump their noses instead. awwkwwwarrrddd!!

  31. 151 desertflower
    January 3, 2012 at 12:55 am

    A MUST, MUST,MUST,MUST, MUST READ…from Tien! Excellent…a print out, must save, dog eared, go to! Thank, Tien!!!!


  32. January 3, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Spread this around. Tonight tomorrow whenever forever. This is great and long overdue.

  33. January 3, 2012 at 5:12 am

    CLIVE, Iowa – Occupy Wall Street protestors interrupted Mitt Romney’s speech in a suburban Des Moines warehouse Monday night, breaking in with their rallying cry of “mic check” and yelling up at the candidate.

    Romney paused, seemingly thrown off-balance, and the crowd began chanting “Mitt, Mitt,” loudly to drown out the protestors.

    The protests quieted down for a moment. Romney thanked his supporters and then tried to return to his speech. “Let’s talk about the Constitution again,” he began.


    This should be their target! But…

  34. January 3, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Mark Halperin and Jon Heilman make me sick!

  35. January 3, 2012 at 6:07 am

    Santorum will win tonite, Ron Paul second and Romney third.

  36. January 3, 2012 at 6:14 am

    These young people that show up at Ron pauls events, most are from out of state.
    How can they afford coming to Iowa, without a job? These kids are well to do!
    Just saying!

  37. January 3, 2012 at 6:21 am

    Bachman says she would put out ICBM nuclear missiles on alert, concerning Iran! And, she wants a blockade of the Hormuz strait.

    Just let that fester for a while!

    January 3, 2012 at 6:24 am


  39. January 3, 2012 at 6:46 am

    New says he is taking down mitt in NH, to get him ready for SC.
    This should be good…

  40. January 3, 2012 at 7:16 am

    The daily devotional that was in my inbox this morning. I think many Christians should be reading it!

    “January 3

    Genesis 4

    The first murder: Cain kills his brother Abel, and is condemned to wander the earth.


    “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain asks. God’s answer is unequivocal: Yes. God intended for His people to be social beings – to love, care for, and protect each other. The mark of any society is how well it cares for those who cannot care for themselves. Elevated societies do well with this; debased societies do not. The mark of a selfish society is that it cares well for those it likes and does not care well for those it does not like. This kind of thinking leads to brutality. The Christian is called to have the mind of Christ in this matter. We are to do good to all people, regardless of race, gender, or social position. Indeed, we are our brother’s keeper.”

    • 171 Lorraine
      January 3, 2012 at 8:25 am

      Bless you Mary for this daily devotion.

    • January 3, 2012 at 8:51 am

      Thank you, Mary Jones. Being your brother’s or sister’s keeper is a tenet of all great religions and it is what Barack Obama has been saying since his earliest days as a candidate. Despite all the accusations of Godlessness that Republicans have heaped on Democrats over the years, the Democratic Party beliefs are actually closer to this basic religious tenet. In fact, I first heard the Democratic Party described this way years and years ago in a Democratic state committee seminar. When I see the hatred exude from candidates like Romney, Paul, Santorum, Perry, Bachmann and Gingrich, I immediately wonder how they can reconcile their professions of religion with their hatred, contempt of others and love of violence. If you don’t start from a premise of loving your neighbor, you have no place to go but down. You aren’t religious because you mouth the right words, you’re truly “religious” if you have a spirit filled with love. I defy any one to look into the faces of the R candidates in Iowa and see a spirit filled with love. Hatred to spare, but no love.

      • 173 anniebella
        January 3, 2012 at 8:58 am

        Thank you Mary Jones and Jackie for you said. It is ashame the disdain the Republicans seem to have for people without money.

        • 174 anniebella
          January 3, 2012 at 9:06 am

          Kelly Clarkson said she support Ron Paul because he wants to reduce government, one of the reason I support Barack Obama because he wants to see all Americans, regardless of what color, what sex, what background you come from to have a shot a this American dream. He believes in reaching back to help those, the way others reach back to help him.

  41. January 3, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Any idea what time we would know the results of ratfu..ry today ?

  42. 176 halo
    January 3, 2012 at 7:21 am


  43. 179 Linda
    January 3, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Oh Geesh…..here comes the ” Limousine Liberal ” Tom Brokow.

    • 180 Bill
      January 3, 2012 at 8:12 am

      He has nothing to offer. Morning Joe agrees with whatever he says, and a minute later no one can remember what was just said.

  44. 181 ChristiMTL
    January 3, 2012 at 8:14 am

    • 182 hopefruit2
      January 3, 2012 at 8:15 am

      Already being evasive Mitt?

      Oh boy..no wonder our President is looking forward to this election.

      • 183 anniebella
        January 3, 2012 at 8:50 am

        Mitt can get away with that now, but not when if he is the GOP candidate. The Obama campaign won’t allow him too.

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