‘night everyone


President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in the Oval Office, Jan. 12, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)






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See you tomorrow 😉

280 Responses to “‘night everyone”

  1. 4 Pinkbunny
    January 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Good night all!! Loved the segment with FLOTUS 🙂

  2. January 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Has anyone managed a screengrab of the pictures. I would love to have the one after the Christmas party. They are keeping the best ones form themselves. I just knew it, darnit 🙂

  3. 6 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    @MittRomney – No, this election is not about ‘the soul of America’ it’s about protecting Americans from your soulless greed. #LandslideObama


  4. January 12, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Wow, that President’s walk is just too sexy. Hope everyone had a good day and will have a good night.

  5. 11 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 12, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    @MittRomney You want to find your soul? Watch this – http://t.co/IslY3mfF – And, spend the remainder of your life helping those you harmed.

    Yes We Can … Do More Together – We Must!

  6. 12 halo
    January 12, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    No doubt that phone call to Israel was about the assassination of the Iranian scientist.

  7. 16 Pamela
    January 12, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    207,331. Isn’t this shattering some kind of record, do you think it will make front page news?

  8. 19 carolyn
    January 12, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I think the coining of the word “insourcing” is brilliant! Says all that needs to be said in one word….great!

  9. 23 rikyrah
    January 12, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Good night, Chips 🙂

  10. January 12, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    G’nite all. All this snow depresses me. I’m striking me colors. Cya tomorrow, GOD willing.

    • 25 hopefruit2
      January 12, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      Night yardarm. Have a good night’s sleep and be warm and snug inside while it the snow carries on outside! ’til tomorrow.

    • 27 jacquelineoboomer
      January 12, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      After living in Florida for 17 years and then moving to the Midwest, I thought snow would depress me, too. But – since I’m retired – not having to clear off the car in the morning and drive to work at oh-dark-thirty doesn’t depress me at all! It’s quite lovely, staring out at it.

      Goodnight, yardarm!

  11. 28 anniebella
    January 12, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    With all the stress our President deal with everyday, and the hard work he has to do, FLOTUS relaxes him, look at that picture and see how she has him laughing, she makes him smile, I just love POTUS and FLOTUS.

    • 29 jacquelineoboomer
      January 12, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      They’ve been working on that relationship for 20+ years. It’s amazing to watch (even if we’re just peeking from the outside).

  12. 30 Lorraine
    January 12, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    As an advit sports fan, I loved this West Wing Week.

  13. 31 Marlz (@marjgra)
    January 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    MO on Twitter: 208,469!!!

  14. 35 Michele
    January 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Please check out the dogs against Mitt web site which was featured on Rachel Maddow this evening…


    Please tweet out the website since I don’t tweet….

    • 36 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 12, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Happy to oblige, Michele.

      Our4thEstate Bobfr
      @MittRomney Every dog in America knows you’ve lost your soul & your humanity. And, they’re letting everyone know – dogsagainstromney.com


    • 37 anniebella
      January 12, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      I saw Rachel talking about Mitt’s dog. What kind of man is going to put a dog on top of a car like that? I’ve seen dogs riding on back of trucks, but never have I seen anyone with them on top of a truck. And the dog seem to have gotten sick. I couldn’t believe this, what kind of man would do that to a dog?

      • 38 L3
        January 12, 2012 at 11:07 pm

        A man who has no heart. He treated that dog terribly just as he treated those workers. He is a narcissistic sociopath.

  15. January 12, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Always makes me nervous to hear he’s talking with Netanyahu. The tensions in the region are ever mounting.

    Wish I could tour the White House.

      January 12, 2012 at 9:50 pm


      • January 12, 2012 at 10:08 pm

        Ha! Thanks, Sue. Hope all is well!

      • 42 jacquelineoboomer
        January 12, 2012 at 10:56 pm

        Piers went after her? And here I was asking others to boycott his interview. Do I feel guilty? No.

      • 44 Cha
        January 12, 2012 at 10:57 pm

        Wow! I would love to hear more about how Piers Morgan tore Kantor’s form of crap apart! Thanks, Sue~

      • January 13, 2012 at 8:19 am

        piers doesn’t like Barack, but he’s always liked Miche. Anytime he asks celebs about Barack, he’ll add on, “and what about Mrs. Obama? Regardless of what you think of President Obama and his policies, Mrs.Obama has been a wonderful/great/ nice adjective first lady, hardly ever putting a foot wrong.”

  16. January 12, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Just got back from two days helping MIL scope out a retirement home–what a job!. Returned to find super photos of PBO and lots of reports of Mitt getting hit from all sides. Couldn’t be a better gift to come back to. Loved the thoughts about MIL–so important in a time when the R candidates and governors are pulling out all the racist innuendos and tactics in the book.

  17. January 12, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Whoa..too tired. Loved the thoughts about MLK…

  18. January 12, 2012 at 9:50 pm

  19. 54 DreamChaser57
    January 12, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Um, yeah now PM Netanyahu wants to speak with PBO. Yet, a few months ago he decided to address Congress during a time when PBO was not in the country. I am tired of this crap. Only when it’s advantageous to him and his interests do you want to afford PBO the respect he so rightfully deserves.

      January 12, 2012 at 9:52 pm


  20. 56 nospin
    January 12, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Hey Chips – would you consider adding VP Biden’s “cup of joe” to your page under PO’s pic?

    VP Biden is a BFD!

  21. 59 Lightfoot
    January 12, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Ha ha ha!!!! Lol! Imagine my surprise to see an Obama poster with Newt Grinch’s picture on it with the words: “Thanks Newt.” (And yeah, I meant to say Grinch’s). Man, that is too STINKING funny!!!! Why do you guys like to tickle me so much? 😀

      January 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm


  22. January 12, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Lawry disappoints me. He has Lying Joe S. on his show. Yuck, yuck, yuck, yuck!!!! He’s saying that Newt’s attack on Willard has coalesced support from all repugs against the evil trio: Newt, Perry and Palin.

    • 63 Ladyhawke
      January 12, 2012 at 10:15 pm



      I’ll repeat again what Randi Rhodes has been saying so succinctly this week. It was all about draining the wealth and creating debt. What Bain was doing to companies, the Bush administration was doing to the country. The parallel is absolutely chilling when you think of it that way. Who got all the money and who was left holding the bag??

      • 64 desertflower
        January 13, 2012 at 8:28 am

        I would love to here more about this, Ladyhawke. It’s chiiling to me that this was done. People need to connect these dots ASAP…..I don’t know if anyone remembers this…but I called the Republicans the “take Apart” party…they want to tear down and take apart everything that this country was built on..dismantling the very fabric of the country for their own personal gain. Didn’t used to be that way, but this strain or incarnation of Republicans is toxic to the country. Please find this post and expound. I think everyone needs to put 2 and 2 together.

  23. January 12, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Didn’t know Lawry was a socialist……..that’s what Lying Joe just said. Lying Joe seems vociferous in his dedication to Willard 🙄 …… asswipe.

  24. January 12, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Oh!!! Lying Joe criticizing Willard’s handling of the Bain issue!!! quelle surprise!! 😯

  25. 70 Marlz (@marjgra)
    January 12, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    OMG. . .
    I just posted 208,469 at 9:38PM no at 10:12PM her followers are up to 212,214!!
    GO MO!!!

  26. 73 Betsy
    January 12, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    I am feeling so ANGRY right now. I have a “friend” on FB who wrote something like “Too bad Michelle, it’s part of the job”, and then another friend wrote “I so love the fact that they say she ranted about being labeled an Angry Black Woman.” and she’s Jewish. I just don’t get my jewish friend, what happened to her? I’m so angry I could spit, but I have to work with these people, so I can’t remove them from my friends. It just amazes me that they can make fun of Michelle Obama who is doing so much for others. I am the ANGRY WHITE LADY!

    • 74 halo
      January 12, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      These attacks on Michelle are so ludicrous. She was put in a no-win situation and people are taking advantage of it. Her spokespeople should just tell her not to use phrases like “ABL” The front page of the NYPost had a pictuore of Michelle and thse words plastered in big letters.

      • 75 hopefruit2
        January 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm

        “Angry Black Lady” is a well-known stereotype applied to Black women of all ages and backgrounds. It’s not Michelle Obama’s job to pretend it doesn’t exist when in fact that’s exactly the stereotype that Jodi Kantor had in mind when she wrote the book and decided to use very carefully selected words in portraying our First Lady’s tenure in the WH. I’m glad that FLOTUS used those exact words because it needed to be said. And yes, she DID win, because the majority of PEOPLE are with her – not the foolish media who are part of the problem and who were also banking on profiting off this book in the same way they did in 2008 with RW attacks on FLOTUS. I notice that Kantor posted only two tweets today, compared to yesterday and the day before when she was all arrogant and excited. She clearly got the message.

        • 76 halo
          January 12, 2012 at 10:43 pm

          I disagree. I seriously think people here underestimate how little ordinary people pay attention to politics and just see headlines. When people go to work waiting at the train station or passing a newsstand and see an unflattering photo of FLOTUS and her quoted as “I’m not an angry black woman,” it’s just a losing battle bc you’re on the defensive. MSM is not on our side! They’re jus tin it for money and conflict. Just don’t give them the ammunition. It took hella long to overcome the “first time proud” quote. FLOTUS is beloved. Don’t put kinks in her armor.

          BTW Stephanie Cutter is TOUGH AS HELL! Wha ta GREAT SURROGATE! Hope we see much much more of her smashing ROBney.

          • 77 hopefruit2
            January 12, 2012 at 10:56 pm

            halo…more people than you realize are quite familiar with the “angry Black woman” stereotype, and they are VERY aware that racist portrayals of our FLOTUS and POTUS have been part and parcel of the GOP’s playbook (aided and abetted by the media), so Michelle telling it like it is is not going to alienate anyone (who was not already alienated) at this point. People have been thru this BS with PBO’s birth certificate and they are SICK of it.

            FLOTUS is not Naomi Campbell or Serena Williams. She is Michelle Obama – and she’s not a frivolous individual who throws empty words around. So when she says something – people take it seriously. Jodi Kantor was the one who miscalculated by portraying the First Lady based on a racist stereotype. And who cares about the NY Post – they are KNOWN for pushing racist images of our President – wasn’t it the same rag that portrayed POTUS as a Chimpanzee being shot by police during the Health Care debate?

            • 78 L3
              January 12, 2012 at 11:58 pm

              What I find really odd is when a black person is labeled an angry black woman(or man), it implies either they have no reason to be legitimately angry, if indeed they are or that they should somehow feel ashamed or defensive about feeling angry. Shaming someone into denying that anger is a way of absolving this country and its racist past, present and likely future of any complicity or blame for black anger. I mean hey, America has been so kind and generous to black people since our forced arrival in the bottom of slave ships. What could we possibly have to be angry about? Slavery? The 3/5ths Compromise? Jim Crow? Last hired, first fired? Institutionalized racism? Police brutality? Voter disenfranchisement? The breathtaking racism and disrespect directed at our first black President and his family?

              I guess we just don’t know how good we have it here. Oh well.

            • January 13, 2012 at 7:33 am

              Hope, you sure are right about the Post. It is and always has been a right wing rag in a liberal city. When I was growing up in the New York area, I learned as a very small child to discard anything on the front of the Post. It was always fun to compare the Post covers to the ones on the liberal New York Daily News–two views of the same universe.

      • 80 Jessica
        January 12, 2012 at 10:31 pm

        I have no problem with her using the phrase, I’ve been saying it for years and it is a haunting stereotype for us black women. The media is constantly painting her that way just like they paint PBO as “weak.” It’s not true and its salacious and it’s gets very tiring very quickly. I feel her totally. I want Michelle to be Michelle.

      • 81 anniebella
        January 12, 2012 at 10:37 pm

        halo, why shouldn’t Michelle use the words “angry black woman”.Michelle was telling the truth, they have been trying to portray her as a angry black woman, every since Barack announce he was running for President. To hell with the New York Post, we know who own that rag, the same rich bastard who own that trash Fox. I think Michelle stood up for herself wonderful in that interview with Gayle King. I was dam proud of her.

        • 82 halo
          January 12, 2012 at 10:52 pm

          Becuase it’s just a losing battle. You have to pick your fights and where to take your stand. People don’t want to hear FLOTUS sound aggrieved. She’s First Lady of the United States!

          • 83 hopefruit2
            January 12, 2012 at 11:05 pm

            No, it’s not a losing battle. And she didn’t pick a fight. She simple called something as it is. Kantor was the one who tried to pick a fight by being provocative…playing on racist stereotypes in an attempt to garner ratings for her book. Michelle Obama actually said what many people were already thinking..and the book came out right after a slew of attacks on the FLOTUS by the RW..nasy disrespectful comments about her body, her appearance, her initiatives, etc. Kantor has clearly felt the heat and has backed down considerably in the last 12 hours. She has even tried to walk back some of the words she used with an “I could have been clearer” comment to a reporter. Meanwhile FLOTUS continues to gain Twitter followers at an astounding pace!

            One more thing I wanted to add: I wouldn’t be surprised if Kantor is rooting for a Republican for President in 2012. The first image in her Twitter picture gallery is one of Mitt Romney and his wife, and she posts a complimentary caption below the picture – nothing snide, snarky or stereotypical.

          • January 12, 2012 at 11:17 pm

            halo, I think you’re perpetuating the abl myth about MO. She knows “She’s First Lady of the United States!”. Stop freaking out.

            • 85 Chi
              January 13, 2012 at 7:37 am

              Halo is not freaking out…

              Just being an ****…

              A perpetual ****…

              There I said it;

              Chips please now feel free to delete this…

              But I just had to finally say what I know a lot of people here wish they could have ages ago…

              I’m so bloody tired and sick to my stomach of this Halo person…

              Passive aggressive looking to depress, frustrate and cause people to flee this place that was meant to be a positive, uplifting refuge from the insanity…

              I’ve had it with the endless phony freak outs over every bloody thing…

              The negative dissection of every tiny inconsequential word, thought or deed of the President’s and his wife and the consequent warnings and directives targeting two perfectly smart, disciplined and capable adults…

              My God, it’s become too tedious even trying to ignore it…

              • 86 halo
                January 13, 2012 at 8:51 am

                Too bad you can’t handle reality or a discussion with people with different opinions. I guess in your world, everyone has to agree with everything you say and be like “OH THAT’S SO WONDERFUL!.”

                Here’s the deal: You can ignore the fact that PBO and FLOTUS have a white working class and independent voter problem, which they do, or you can look at it and say how can they minimize those losses. PBO was dealt a historic loss in the midterms, one that we’ve never seen before, because he lost those votes plus senior citizens by HUGE margins. Dems usually lose whtite working class but not by margins like last November. That’s just a fact. Using terms like “ABL” just don’t help, especially if you’re First Lady of the United States and have everything in the world. If you’re going to talk about it form a defensive position, use a different phrase. There’s a reason PBO RARELY talks about race head on. He knows that in politics in thi day in age it’s a losing battle and things get lost in translation. In fact, he avoided it like the plague during 08 until his hand was forced by Rev. Wright.

              • 87 halo
                January 13, 2012 at 8:57 am

                No you’re right. FLOTUS should just keep saying how she feels and put no thought into how she phrases things. Maybe you should advise her to keep saying “For the first time in my adult life, I’m so proud of my country.” That’ll be a winner. Or POTUS shoudl just keep saying people in rural areas are “bitter” and upset about their economic status so they “cling to their guns and religion.” Why do you think they stopped saying things like that? Because even if they felt it was true, it was phrased TERRIBLY.

                Come one. Get Real. No one’s saying dont’ fight back against attacks. But there are better ways to fight back than just saying how you feel.

                • January 13, 2012 at 9:03 am

                  Chi and Halo, argue away, but no personal attacks, okay?

                  • 89 Chi
                    January 13, 2012 at 11:22 am

                    That’s ok dear Chips…

                    Pretty much said all I’ve been wanting to for a while now in the earlier post…

                    I have no use or patience and refuse to engage or encourage anyone so obvious in their mission to deflate, discourage and demoralize…

                    Schooling Mrs Obama on her choice of words while reminding us of the President & First Lady’s ‘white working class problem’ …and done as an anonymous poster on a random website no less… is meant to serve what purpose exactly…

                    A few might find this curious obsession replete with perpetual nit-picking, freak-outs and doom intriguing, and some might even wish to engage with what I’ve concluded is a farce…

                    No matter how often the occasional compliment is thrown out to throw off…

                    I choose to call it what it obviously is…

                    A transparent effort that serves and does absolutely no good, but only continues to wear on most and very successfully depletes enthusiasm and slowly poisons the spirit…

                    It only seeks to demoralize…

                    But then again I suspect that that is precisely the mission…

                    • 90 halo
                      January 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm

                      Chi, you just proved my point. You’re choosing to ignore that they do have a problem with that demo, in EVERY SINGLE POLL.

                      Good talk.

                  • 91 halo
                    January 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

                    I’m on my best behavior 😉

          • January 12, 2012 at 11:37 pm

            I disagree. Why should she and we keep tip toeing around the issue of race. The Repubs surely don’t tip toe around it. “Blah” people; food stamp President; let those kids be janitors. I don’t understand how you know what “people” want the FLOTUS to sound like. Maybe there are people who like the fact that she calls it like it is. I sure do.

          • January 13, 2012 at 1:47 am

            When the Obama family doesn’t fight back or address these attacks, people start complaining and calling for them to get angry, to fight, to do something. Then, when they do something, people start complaining that they addressed the attacks, fought back, did something. They can’t win. So they should just do what they do.

            • 95 Sue in Minnesota
              January 13, 2012 at 5:09 am

              Something I wandered into on the internet recently reminded me immediately of our remarkable POTUS and FLOTUS, in particular their grace and exceptional ability to carry themselves with integrity and dignity through the mine field that is our political landscape.

              A view on Buddhism. A wonderful parable from Buddist traditions called “A Bag of Nails”, reflecting lessons on anger. Two quotes resonated deeply for me. “When reason ends, anger begins. Therefore, anger is a sign of weakness” – The Dalai Lama. Also, “Some people feel patience is showing weakness or pessimism. But, actually, patience shows the strength and clairty of mind, which are based on wisdom and compassion. Without proper wisdom and compassion, one cannot practice patience.” – Khenpo Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche.
              Both Barack and Michelle came immediately to mind. We are blessed by their strength, their grace and their example, day in and out.


            • 98 halo
              January 13, 2012 at 8:52 am

              You can fight back without falling into the trap of being tagged as “ABL.” There are smarter ways to win.

      • January 12, 2012 at 10:51 pm

        There are times when Americans need to suck it up and face reality. They are often way too coddled and have deluded themselves into thinking that these racial tensions don’t exist.

        • 100 halo
          January 12, 2012 at 11:07 pm

          Sorry. It doesn’t work like that in politics. Exhibit A: Henry Louis Gates and PBO. He todl the truth there and was killed on it for weeks. White working class was already suspicious of PBO for “bitter” and that just made it worse. PBO got to where he is because he instinctively understood those hot points and was able to balance them in tone and not make himself sound aggrieved. I just don’t think repeating “ABL” is a smart strategy at all. Like I said, you have to pick your battles.

          • 101 hopefruit2
            January 12, 2012 at 11:26 pm

            Well it is working – apparently. Because it’s Kantor who is looking foolish now – not FLOTUS. The Gates situation was different – Although Gates was a well-respected person in his academic field, relative to FLOTUS he was not particularly well known, or well-liked. PBO had only been in office for a few months when that incident happened. Michelle has been FLOTUS for over 3 years and has gotten so much more exposure and interactions with all kinds of people both domestically and abroad. Michelle OBama has NEVER played the race card despite all kinds of nasty stuff about her floating around. I think Kantor grossly underestimated how well-liked, respected and admired Michelle is and thought she was dealing with someone like Naomi Campbell or Diana Ross!!

            Kantor’s motives are increasingly suspect based on several different factors. I’m sure for instance, people have noticed that she’s not a supporter of the President and First Lady. All you need do is go to her Twitter page and see her picture gallery. Not a single picture of anything remotely close to the First couple or the WH, or the Obama administration. Yet she has a pic of Romney and his wife. She supposedly had a FB session today or yesterday. Up until 8Pm this evening I hadn’t seen a single tweet about how it went. Obviously, it probably wasn’t the grand success she expected.

            • 102 jacquelineoboomer
              January 13, 2012 at 12:20 am

              One good thing about all the “press” Jodi Kantor is getting is that I believe Obama supporters who are paying attention have been pre-warned that she’s not all that pro-Obama. If there weren’t all this talk about the excerpts in question, some supporters may have seen a book called “The Obamas” and bought it right away, thinking it would be another lovely telling of their beautiful story!

              Not sure what I just typed made any sense, because my brain has used up its capacity for one night. See y’all back here tomorrow!

              P.S. For all of those living in a nice warm climate, just thought I’d mention the temperature tonight in my part of Illinois is 13 degrees. Until this last year, I lived in Florida for 17 years, so this feels like friggin’ Alaska to me!

              • 103 hopefruit2
                January 13, 2012 at 8:09 am

                Hmmm…jacqueline you are one brave soul…moving from Florida to Illinois? Usually it’s the other way around! Keep warm 🙂

          • January 13, 2012 at 1:10 am

            Strategy? Michelle Obama is not running for office. She was answering a question honestly. Like I said, sometimes people need to hear the truth.

          • 105 anniebella
            January 13, 2012 at 7:02 am

            halo, We can agree to disagree. I find not fault in what the First Lady said.

            • January 13, 2012 at 7:43 am

              My take is that anything a black person says or does is imaged stereotypically as angry. However, when it is done by a white person it is ‘no biggie’, or some excuse is found for it. Therefore, it is always imperative that black folks address whatever fast and furious,bringing it out in the open. Good for the First Lady that she spoke about it . Why in heavens name should she avoid it ? it is real and current…..plus she straightened them out beautifully. Press on smartly.Next,moving along.

        • 107 hopefruit2
          January 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm

          I agree. Sarah Palin cried “sexism!” at every goddamned opportunity and no one told her she was fighting a losing battle.

    • 108 hopefruit2
      January 12, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Not to worry Betsy. They’ll come around. I always say that time is the best teacher. Their present cavalier attitude towards the First Lady being disrespected will one day come back to their attention – as a teachable moment.

    • 109 vero804
      January 12, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      Yeah, it sucks when FB friends turn out to be right-wingers.

      The bottom line is that Mrs. O was correct in her assessment that some white folks have been trying to paint her as an angry black woman. However, it was too much for folks to hear – to much truth. And we know most Americans can’t handle the truth. There will be some blowback for the comment, I suspect, but it’ll be ok. I am very happy that Mrs. O told it like it is. There is a concerted effort to paint her as mean, aggressive, and at one point anti-American. She’s been fighting back amazingly and I do not blame her for calling it out the way she did with Gayle.

      • 110 anniebella
        January 12, 2012 at 10:55 pm

        vero804, I agree. Bravo to our wonderful First Lady.

        • 111 anniebella
          January 12, 2012 at 10:57 pm

          I haven’t seen any blow back, only from those who have been trying to paint her as a angry black woman. And who gives a freaking frat about them?

          • 112 anniebella
            January 13, 2012 at 6:57 am

            I don’t think it was to much for people to hear, it was the truth. The First Lady didn’t sit there making up anything, she didn’t feel sorry for herself, she just spoke the truth. And when she said not everyone is going to like you, that wisdom came from her Mother she said. So bravo to what the First Lady said. Those who support her and like her were proud, I know I was and if folks can’t handle the truth then so be it.

    • 113 Jessica
      January 12, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      It is puzzling Betsy, seeing as Jewish woman are routinely stereotyped similarly in the way of black women (is that grammatically correct?) but whatevs. Also being labeled angry is not apart of being the FLOTUS. No FLOTUS has been targeted and demeaned like she has (Hillary and Eleanor a distant 2nd and 3rd).

    • 114 anniebella
      January 12, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      Betsy, let me tell you this, any friend of mines knows how far to go with me when they are talking about POTUS and FLOTUS. You see I let them know how I feel about Michelle and you are not going to be sitting in my face trashing her. What you say behide my back I can’t control, but anything won’t be said in my face without me standing up for Michelle. Betsy are they really your friends or just someone you work with, co workers.

      • 115 Chi
        January 13, 2012 at 7:53 am

        No ‘friend’ of mine would dare…

        I severed all those ‘friendships’ ages ago and haven’t looked back once…

        It was very eye-opening and incredibly revealing…

        There can be absolutely no excuse or feigning ignorance or deliberate blindness to what has been blatantly playing out before our very eyes…

        So much so that even people in far away lands see and hear it all clearly…

    • January 12, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      You have to work with them, but they have to work with you and I don’t think it’s out of place for you to tell them they have offended you with their comments about a woman you admire and love. People have to know that their words have consequences, even on FB. You don’t have to express anger, just disappointment and then a few words about why you love our FLOTUS. Sometimes people start on the nasty stuff on the assumption that others will agree with them and they are on safe ground. It stops them cold if you push back just a little because it undermines their assumptions. Petty people like this could not themselves ever rise to the level of our FLOTUS and they know it. They’re small people who can’t wrap their minds around someone else’s greatness so they try to bring that person down.

      • 117 jacquelineoboomer
        January 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm

        My son’s girlfriend “pre-briefed” her entire family before they met me that I’m a HUGE Barack Obama supporter. I didn’t ask why she felt she had to do that, but I’ve noticed no one is mentioning our President at all to me! I have no problem shutting them down, if they do, but it’s different with co-workers. I used to work for military officers. We NEVER discussed our individual political preferences, because – at that time – I assumed they were all Republicans! I give them credit … they never discussed anything political, either – maybe I “appeared to be” the liberal that I am, even then!

        • January 12, 2012 at 11:46 pm

          I never discussed politics with my co-workers. If fact, I found that you have to be careful what you say to your co-workers that is not job related. Things have a way of getting back to folks you never intended.

          • 119 anniebella
            January 13, 2012 at 6:43 am

            But Besty said these were her friends. I agree with the co-workers, because in most cases you are not real friends. But still they will only be able to go so far without them knowing where I stand, friend or co-worker.

    • 120 itgurl_29
      January 12, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      Sorry to tell you this, but your friends are racist. To mock what black women go through in this country is downright hateful. I’d dump them.

      • 121 Betsy
        January 13, 2012 at 12:23 am

        I’m afraid I may have to. I just feel badly that they don’t even get it and that they’re being funny while being racist.

        • 122 anniebella
          January 13, 2012 at 6:47 am

          Betsy, just ask them one question, if they think it would be funny if some black people were making fun of what Jewish women and people have suffer through over the years?

  27. January 12, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    via gopolitico

    Facebook/POLITICO poll: Nikki Haley endorsement won’t boost Mitt

  28. 128 Marlz (@marjgra)
    January 12, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    213,051 (MO)

  29. 130 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 12, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    @TheRevAl Soulless @MittRomney has been exposed. Be it a dog or thousands of humans, his inhumanity, boundless; his greed, inextinguishable.


  30. 133 halo
    January 12, 2012 at 10:29 pm


    • 134 Ladyhawke
      January 12, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      The interview that Lawrence did with Felix Salmon of Reuters was devastating. It was very informative. I can’t wait to watch it again. It seemed like Lawrence was rushing. Anyway, his description about how a company like Bain operates was very revealing. After listening to his description, the “I like to fire people” comment just makes sense. And the “envy” and “quiet rooms” comments are just plain laughable.

  31. 136 halo
    January 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm


    • January 12, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      Man, they are really going after Robney, nonstop.
      Then, I just saw Robney ad on NBC!. He feels he needs to spend ad money on NBC??
      Really? Something must be wrong, Robney to be spending ad money on NBC?. Puzzling!

  32. January 12, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Friday Jan. 13, 2012
    Michelle Obama this morning joins the cast of Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” at a special screening of “iMeet The First Lady” in Alexandria, Va.
    10:45 AM
    Obama meets with Secretary of Treasury Geithner.
    1:45 PM
    Obama attends a campaign event at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington.
    3:45 PM
    Obama meets with Secretary of State Clinton.
    5:30 PM
    Obama and Michelle Obama host the Tuskegee Airmen, along with cast and crew members of the movie “Red Tails,” for a screening at the White House.

  33. 139 Lorraine
    January 12, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Chris Hayes can get on my nerves. He said that the Bain issue might not be an issue in the Fall, and then he said it might be an issue. He can’t make up his mind. If Willard Romney continues to say he created 100,000 jobs, yes it will still be an issue.

    • 140 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 12, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      As the MSM has the attention span of a flea, it is OUR job to ensure that the issue remains front and center.

    • January 12, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      typical emoprog. Don’t know their ass from a whole in the ground.

    • January 12, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      If Romney is running on his business cred as reason he should be President, than Bain has to be an issue in the Fall. If he decides to run on his Gov record than Bain might be less of an issue, but I doubt it.

      • January 12, 2012 at 11:27 pm

        PBO has set the 2012 election about values and about fairness and economic opportunities and equality. It’s a populous message, one that a large percentage of Americans agree with. The choice is gonna be between an average America kid who worked hard, could have become wealthier quicker had he taken top notch jobs on Wall Street, but instead, worked as a community organizer to help disadvantaged people; A man who is still championing the middle class and the poor. Compare that with a rich kid who was born with a silver spoon stuck up his ass. A heartless money grubbing tool, who doesn’t care who he hurts and destroys in his mindless pursuit of the all mighty dollar. That’s a stark contrast right there. Bain isn’t going anywhere because it’s the central tenet of his ‘Why Mitt?’ campaign. Without Bain, he’s just another dumb repug asshole who thinks that by the right of his very existence, he should be president of these United States.

  34. January 12, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Stephanie Cutter = beautiful!

    That is all!

  35. January 12, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Space treaty?

    A senior State Department official said Thursday that the United States will not sign onto a European code of conduct treaty laying out rules in outer space.

    Ellen Tauscher, the State Department’s undersecretary for arms control and international security, said the rules the EU has currently proposed were “too restrictive” for the United States to agree to.

    “We’ve made very definitive that we were not going to go along with the European code of conduct. What we haven’t announced is what we’re going to do. We will be doing that soon,” Tauscher said a breakfast roundtable with reporters.


  36. January 12, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Saw a link to this on twitter. This site says these are the Top 20 Progressives keeping the cause alive. Take a look and ponder this list folks and you’ll see why the left is where it is. Also someone on twitter pointed out that there are 22 people on the list not 20. HA LOL.

    The LIST

    Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert
    Van Jones
    Paul Krugman
    David Graeber
    Elizabeth Warren
    Rachel Maddow
    Matt Damon
    Congressman Keith Ellison
    Sonia Sotomayor
    Noam Chomsky
    Katrina vanden Heuvel
    Markos Moulitsas
    Cornel West and Tavis Smiley
    Cecile Richards
    Danny Glover
    Angela Davis
    Glenn Greenwald
    Tim Robbins
    Michael Moore
    Bernie Sanders


    • January 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert

    • 156 Pamela
      January 12, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      Elizabeth Warren? Sonja Sotomayor? Wtf? Is that nearly correct, or am I missing something?

    • 158 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 12, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      Our4thEstate Bobfr
      We know Rick Perry can’t remember 3 things. Evidently, #NewStatesman can’t count – http://t.co/yXufSPHG – Hint: it’s 22 REGRESSIVES, not 20.


    • 159 hopefruit2
      January 12, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      If by “cause” they mean – making money off attacking President Obama while doing absolutely NOTHING to solve real problems in this country, then I would agree that they are keeping the “cause” alive.

      • 160 Chi
        January 13, 2012 at 8:07 am


        Anyone can draw up a list…

        We could just as well put ours together to counter that rather amusing list…

    • 161 Cha
      January 12, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      I see lying pieces of crap on that list like greenwad, matt damon, & michael moore ..and I see those who support President Obama like Elizabeth Warren and Sonia Sotomayor. That list makes no sense.

      • 162 hopefruit2
        January 12, 2012 at 11:37 pm

        This list is highly suspect. More than 50% of the people are avid and frequently hostile critics of our President. Whoever made that list clearly did so with an agenda.

        • 163 Michele
          January 12, 2012 at 11:42 pm

          Gobrooklyn, you should check the source behind the link……because it does make sense….

        • January 13, 2012 at 1:18 am

          I don’t think they had an agenda, I just think they have no idea what they are talking about. I would agree if the list was Top 20 Barack Obama supporters but its the Top 20 Progressives.

          • 169 hopefruit2
            January 13, 2012 at 8:37 am

            So why are the FIRST THREE paragraphs right under the list about President Obama primarily? How he has disappointed, how his policies aren’t bold enough, how he was “panicked” at being labeled a Socialist by the RW? The first sentence of the article is about PBO!

  37. 170 anniebella
    January 12, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Good night everyone.

  38. January 12, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    One last thought before I call it a night: did anyone else notice in the last few seconds of “West Wing Week” how PBO held the umbrella for the two ladies with whom he was walking? What a freakin’ gentleman! Not that I would expect anything less from him; it’s just refreshing to see in this day and age. More men should take note…

  39. 175 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Wonder how many will take Buffet up on his challenge????

    Warren Buffett throws down financial challenge to GOP

    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has a challenge for congressional Republicans: For every dollar one donates to Uncle Sam to help pay down the debt, he will match it. Buffett will even triple every donation sent it by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

    Buffett issued the challenge in an interview with Time magazine in response to the fact that Republicans won’t raise taxes for billionaires — but they’ve said they’d be happy to accept Buffett’s donations.

    more —> http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57357816-503544/warren-buffett-throws-down-financial-challenge-to-gop/?tag=contentMain;contentAux

  40. 182 Cha
    January 12, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Thank you, Chips, for the link to say Happy Birthday to First Lady Michelle Obama!

  41. January 12, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Good Nite Chips and TOD Family. Have a restful evening. See you all tomorrow. Thanks again for all that you do for all of us, Chips.HZ

  42. January 12, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Gross!!! Stewart on Colbert Report. Yuck! :sneer:

  43. January 12, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Colbert will for an exploratory committee to run for the president of the united states of south carolina.

  44. 187 Pamela
    January 12, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Bon nuit, tout le monde! That’s it for me… We might get some snow in Seattle this weekend, I truly hope not. We have so many hills, some are quite steep, snow is not our favorite thing. Love it in the mountains tho, where it looks beautiful, where it belongs!

  45. January 12, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Remember SOS visited Myanmar recently, and the hope was that if the country started to show greater awareness of human rights they might be welcomed back into the world fold? Things seem to be moving in the right direction:

  46. 192 SueBee
    January 12, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    I just love the Obamas..

  47. January 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) – A second drone strike in two days killed five militants in North Waziristan in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border on Thursday, intelligence officials said, further marking the resumption of the U.S. campaign paused for almost two months.

    The suspected U.S. drone fired two missiles at two cars in the Dogga area of North Waziristan tribal region, killing five.

    “The missiles hit two cars that were heading towards the border. Several foreigners were in the cars, but we have no information on their nationalities yet,” an intelligence source told Reuters. The source said there might be more casualties.


    • January 13, 2012 at 12:05 am

      Listen, I want to tell you guys something-
      The Pakistan border patrol(frontier police) are only interested at keeping US Special ops out of Pakistan.
      They care not for allowing the Taliban, back and forth!

      That is all!

  48. January 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    66% of Americans polled said they have a problem with wealth inequality. According to Romney we who question wealth inequality are guilty of the deadly sin “envy”. He thinks we all want to be him.

    • 202 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      January 13, 2012 at 12:06 am

      And he’s guilty of the deadly sin “greed”. He doesn’t give a rip about the “little people.”

  49. 203 jacquelineoboomer
    January 13, 2012 at 12:00 am

    221,993 Twitter followers for @MichelleObama – as of midnight on the east coast!

  50. 205 halo
    January 13, 2012 at 12:04 am

    How is McCain doing on Letterman?

  51. January 13, 2012 at 12:06 am

    OMG!! Mike Allen of Politico is such an idiot! What a HUGE dork!! He whispers to Colbert that Willard has “a lot of vices!” Colbert responds by whispering back:” he has vices?! What?” Mike goes:” well he may seem clean cut and everything….” Stephen interrupts and says: “what?! He’s a dirty whore?!!” mike goes:” no! He eats a lot of pizza!! And KFC, but he pels the skin off first!!” you all should have seen Colberts’s face!! Mike Allen was so giddy. What a dweeb! Colbert said that Willard sure sounds like an exciting guy!— or something like that. Hope tomorrow morning when Mike wakes up and sees his ugly face in the mirror, he gets very, very embarrassed. Ass 🙄

    • January 13, 2012 at 1:23 am

      Ooooh Willard you bad bad boy.

      seriously, why buy KFC and peel the skin off? don’t they have baked chicken or why not just stay home and have baked chicken? geesh.

    • 208 xtine
      January 13, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Oh, that’s just too funny! He went to the “Quiet Room” and peeled the skin off the chicken that his chef cooked, then put it in a KFC box, and walked it to Mike, loudly stating, “Let’s chow down on this skinless KFC, just like those fired people! That’s what they do, don’t they, Mike?” Ahem! Alas, not a morsel was left for Mike to bring to Colbert, just empty air whispers. Such as skinless KFC! Wot!

  52. 215 eveingeorgia
    January 13, 2012 at 1:17 am


    I hope you see this. It must be very difficult for you. i am African-American, and I was in seminary when PBO was elected. Fortunately, I was at home that day and not on campus. The school which was 99% white did not take too well that our president had been elected. I was told that chapel the day after was like a wake. Those whites ( there were a few ) who did vote for the president did not dare to say it. The AA’s just rejoiced in whispers. It was very sad. We were all there preparing to be ministers!
    Don’t make your life more miserable. Do what gives you peace. The work place is the worse place to talk politics, so don’t.

  53. 219 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 13, 2012 at 1:45 am

    To all TODers, ponder this simple fact:

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    @MittRomney – when you’re being called out by Sarah Palin & 99% of Americans agree with her, you’re heartless, soulless self has hit bottom.

    Yes We Can … Do More Together! – We Must! #LandslideOBAMA2012

  54. January 13, 2012 at 2:44 am

    231 K.

  55. 226 LDS
    January 13, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Hey Nate,
    Nice pic……real caring man and happy loved dog INSIDE the car!

  56. 227 martha
    January 13, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Canadian here! I want to sign Michelle Obama’s birthday card, but it refuses my postal code. 😦 I want to donate, but apparently Canadians can’t donate. 😦 Anybody know why? Anybody have any work arounds?

    • January 13, 2012 at 3:06 am

      Non US citizens can’t donate. Also, that b’day card needs an US postal code.

    • 229 Chi
      January 13, 2012 at 9:10 am

      Martha, you can still leave Mrs Obama a birthday greeting at White House.com…

      I’m sure she’ll appreciate it very much…

      Unfortunately, you have to be a citizen to donate money to the campaign..

      But you can absolutely help in other ways like call any friends and family you have here in the States and get them to support and vote for our beloved President…

      And just keep being a great part of this family…

  57. 232 DreamChaser57
    January 13, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Just left this post on Mrs.O-org about the site opting to endorse, promote, showcase – whatever word you want to use the Kantor book. The comment is awaiting moderation. Whose to say if it will be published, but I do not care. We need to start to push back on these things, especially where people represent themselves to be friends of the First Couple, have general good will towards them, or at worse are profitting from how wildly popular, loved, and respected they are. The site claimed they are not endorsing the book – talthough they referred to it as a “must read”. -whatever


    This blog was a reprieve for me. Fashion is a light, airy, fanciful, whimsical topic.
    We all have weightier issues to confront and wrestle with once we step away from our computers. After all, this is an election year – in the coming months we will mercilessly be inundated with sensationalistic drivel, divisive rhetoric, and more 30 second ads then we can bear. There will be few safe havens that are above the fray. With Mrs. T opting to showcase Kantor’s book, the timing of which indicates that it is highly political, this blog is no longer a reprieve and above the fray.
    Mrs.O-org has historically been about Mrs. Obama’s style and fashion choices and how those choices are a reflection of who FLOTUS is at her core, confident, polished, self-assured, and warm. To step beyond this blog’s traditional content to embrace Kantor’s work is problematic. What’s more troublesome, disturbing, and even insulting is to endorse something like this book and not to see why it’s a problem. Mrs. O is quite articulate. She does not need anyone co-opting her voice for profit. Kantor cannot speak for Mrs. O.
    I will not be visiting this site for quite some time, possibly never again. I wanted to offer this community and its principal author the courtesy of explaining why. I like to support FLOTUS in word and deed.
    Best of everything to you all in 2012.

  58. January 13, 2012 at 3:44 am

    I loved Jackie O’s flipfloppery on the lovely scene of snowfall in Peoria; already had enough as it began feeling like it was Alaska!!! lololol

  59. 238 amk for obama
    January 13, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Today’s toons

  60. 239 amk for obama
    January 13, 2012 at 5:27 am

    two more

  61. 240 anniebella
    January 13, 2012 at 5:51 am

    I didn’t watch Piers Morgan, no need to feel guilty if you wanted to watch it, you watch it. But I’m glad he went after that witch, because she deserve it. There were no need to go after our First Lady like she did. Morgan knows all about that kind of journalism, because he use to run one of those rags in London owe by that Murdoch rat, who did the same thing Kantor did, make up stories, or take something which wasn’t that big of a deal, and through her imagination turn it into World war 3.

  62. 242 Bill
    January 13, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Morning Joe is going apoplectic defending Bain Capital against Newt, Perry, and the half term governor. Ed Rendell for some reason is agreeing with Joe. Joe has no idea what he is talking about and is making a fool out of himself. He says he knows private equity people and they are not like Newt says they are. Newt is right on this one. Willard may win SC and the nomination, but Bain Capital by itself will prevent him from ever being president.

  63. January 13, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Morning Chips & TODville! It’s Friday! 😆
    Got an early call to go work, so it’s another day of not knowing WHAT you are all up to. 😦

    Be good. Be calm. Be patient… and enjoy the day! See you all later! VC

  64. 253 FiredUpInCA
    January 13, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Morning TOD crew:

    “President Barack Obama will ask Congress on Friday for greater power to shrink the federal government, and his first idea is merging six sprawling trade and commerce agencies whose overlapping programs can be baffling to businesses, a senior administration official told The Associated Press….

    To voters sick of dysfunction, Obama wants to show some action on making Washington work better. Politically, his plan would allow him to do so by putting the onus on Congress and in particular his Republican critics in the House and Senate, to show why they would be against the pursuit of a leaner government.”


  65. January 13, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Omg.. I cant stop laughing at how 282 people voted for POTUS in a Republican N.H primary 😆 I didn’t know this had happened… still 😆 over it!

  66. January 13, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Early voting starts Monday in Florida, the President is running unopposed, so he is not on the ballot!
    That is all!

  67. 259 hopefruit2
    January 13, 2012 at 8:06 am

    FLOTUS is now at 241K+ !

  68. 260 Linda
    January 13, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Wisconsin Recall update.

    GAB staff expect to receive 1.5 million signatures next Tuesday, including signatures for the Gov, Lt Gov & 4 senators.

  69. 265 Linda
    January 13, 2012 at 8:09 am

    The Health Care Law was a BFD (just ask your local Tea Party if you don’t think so). When the Department of Justice changed its stance a year ago from defending the Defense of Marriage Act to claiming that it was unconstitutional — that was a pretty BFD too.

    Now the DoJ has taken another BFD position. In a brief supporting the right of a citizen to video the police performing their public duties, Department of Justice lawyers wrote:

    The right to record police officers while performing duties in a public place as well as the right to be protected from the warrantless seizure and destruction of those recordings, are not only required by the Constitution… They are consistent with our fundamental notions of liberty, promote the accountability of our governmental officers, and instill public confidence in the police officers who serve us daily.

  70. January 13, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Michelle Obama this morning joins the cast of Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” at a special screening of “iMeet The First Lady” in Alexandria, Va.
    10:00 AM
    Press Secretary Carney will hold an off-camera gaggle in the Brady Press Briefing Room
    10:45 AM
    Obama meets with Secretary of Treasury Geithner.
    11:20 AM
    Obama delivers remarks on government reform
    1:45 PM
    Obama attends a campaign event at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington.
    3:45 PM
    Obama meets with Secretary of State Clinton.
    5:30 PM
    Obama and Michelle Obama host the Tuskegee Airmen, along with cast and crew members of the movie “Red Tails,” for a screening at the White House.

  71. January 13, 2012 at 8:13 am

    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Vice President Joe Biden is coming to the Philadelphia area tomorrow morning to speak to high school students in Bucks County about the cost of college and what the Obama Administration is doing to make it more affordable.

    Biden and Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller will speak to students Friday morning at Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown. Even though students have finals next week, class schedules are being adjusted to give students a chance to take part in what could be a chance of a lifetime.

    CB West Principal Kevin Munnelly says the Vice President’s message will likely resonate with many of the students.

  72. January 13, 2012 at 8:32 am

    FORT BLISS, Tex. — The Obama administration has decided to remove two of the four U.S. Army brigades remaining in Europe as part of a broader effort to cut $487 billion from the Pentagon’s budget over the next decade, said senior U.S. officials.

    The reductions in Army forces, which have not been formally announced, are likely to concern European officials, who worry that the smaller American presence reflects a waning of interest in the decades-long U.S.-NATO partnership in Europe.

    Top Pentagon officials have sought to allay the concerns by telling their NATO allies in private meetings that the United States will continue to rotate Army units through Europe on training missions to augment the presence of the remaining two brigades.

  73. 280 Linda
    January 13, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Well…it is official….

    PBO is a complete failure because he did not raise as much money as Bush by this time in his re-election campaign.

    Maybe he should re-instate that silly Terror Alert color coding system to try and scare money out of people.

    This according to HuffFluff.

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