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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia (partially seen at left) and Sasha attend church services at Zion Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

As part of the service on this holiday weekend, Deacon Hendri Williams read from “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Thanks Kasai

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Thank you jacquelineoboomer, love the cover.

Although it’s kind of amusing that Ron Paul-promoting Andrew Sullivan would call the President’s critics dumb. 🙄

Chat away


199 Responses to “sunday service”


  1. 1 Pamela
    January 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Sunday, prayer and meditation..

  2. January 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Wow. You can definitely spot at least one of their security detail.

  3. 12 Renegade522/AuntSis
    January 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I like that hair style for Miche. Its pretty.

    • 13 HZ
      January 15, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      Praise, prayer, songs, thanksgiving, and meditation go throughout all the world. Be of comfort wherever you are and choose to take on faith in your life.

      So good to see POB and First Family enjoying their Sun. Service. We love you, Mr. President and First Lady. Have a wonderful day.HZ

  4. 28 Linda
    January 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich suggested at a Fox News forum hosted by Mike Huckabee in South Carolina on Saturday that it would be a good idea to fire federal employees for being too liberal. Federal law, on the other hand, says Gingrich’s plan would be illegal.

    “I think an intelligent conservative wants the right federal employees delivering the right services in a highly efficient way and then wants to get rid of those folks who are in fact wasteful, or those folks who are ideologically so far to the left, or those people who want to frankly dictate to the rest of us,” Gingrich said in response to a question from a federal employee at the forum (emphasis ours).

    This sounds like it would come uncomfortably close to being in conflict with a Federal law making it illegal to take any personnel action against an employee “based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicapping condition, marital status, or political affiliation.” Accusations that political affiliation was taken into account would be investigated by the Office of Special Counsel (except in certain government agencies).

    That said, a putative Gingrich administration would be following in the footsteps of George W. Bush’s. A report by the Justice Department’s internal investigators found that Bush administration officials discriminated against liberal employees in the Civil Rights Division and hired lawyers based on their conservative ideology.

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/gingrich-suggests-illegally-firing-federal-employees-over-liberal-views.php

    This is the same man who would have judges arrested if he disagreed with their rulings.

    • January 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      So much for “freedom”.

    • January 15, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Gingrich says without irony that he doesn’t want liberal federal workers dictating to the rest of us, he wants right wing conservative federal workers dictating to the rest of us. I wonder if he even hears himself.

    • 31 DreamChaser57
      January 15, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      This is NOT a game. These people are dangerous, the whole slate of Republican presidential candidates. I truly do hope people have the intestinal fortitude and the intellectual prowess to ignore the pundits (West, Smiley, PL, PUMAs, MSM) and realize everything is at stake. These candidates will say and do anything to ingratiate themselves to the teabaggers, it blows the mind. This is vile and disgusting. What’s most troubling is that the Unites States has traditionally stood for the rule of law and civil liberties, these soulless drones are ready to do irreparable and inconceivable damage to our international standing, to the “full faith and credit” of this country, to the rule of law that compromises the civil liberties of future generations to appease the derelicts of our society. People who embrace hatred and where that like a badge of honor? There are no words…………………………………………………

  5. 32 jacquelineoboomer
    January 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Have y’all seen this lovely Newsweek cover?

    http://images.politico.com/global/2012/01/newsweek.html

  6. 44 jacquelineoboomer
    January 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Love the intro of this tweet:

  7. 47 lovingandlaughing
    January 15, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    i often think my role on this site is that of cheerleader. i am ok with that and i hope you all enjoy it too, but sometimes i have to laugh at myself. i don’t necessarily bring the meat and potatoes to the site, but i love to cheer everyone on and give praise! 😉

    • January 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      what? I think that is really important. Of course I say that because I don’t bring a lot of news here either. I tweet stuff ppl put here and say – rah! go team! We’re good at it L&L! 🙂 (grabs pom poms) T. O. D. – TOD – TOD w00t! 😀

      • 49 lovingandlaughing
        January 15, 2012 at 3:18 pm

        thanks alice! 😉 wait, there i go cheerleading again! oh i can’t stop, so i’ll just press on with it spreading the love!

    • 50 Cha
      January 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      Sweet of you to write this, lovingandlaughing!~ The very thing I was discussing with a cyber sistah of mine in Mass, who is a huge “fano’tod”, also, who doesn’t really post much but wants to commend everyone for all the heavy lifting they do!

      • 51 fanoTOD
        January 16, 2012 at 3:22 am

        thank you so much for putting such great words to it, “wants to commend everyone for all the heavy lifting they do!” that is exactly it!!
        your admiring cyber sistah, hugefano’Cha!!

    • January 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      L&L, everyone on this site is the cheering section for PBO and our beautiful FLOTUS. This is a site built on love and because we love each other and have faith in our president, we naturally support ant cheer each other on. Sometimes we run across good information or share an experience or express an opinion, but, basically, we’re family here and we want each other to succeed. Chips keeps the environment hate free so the love can grow.

    • 54 nathkatun7
      January 15, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      You are not alone! I am also the biggest cheerleader on this site. I never bring any news here, mainly because I am technologically challenged. But I love this site so much that I am always bragging about with friends and family.

    • 55 fanoTOD
      January 16, 2012 at 3:18 am

      lovingandlaughing, just hours ago i was laughing thinking how i’ve gone from President Obama cheerleader to The Obama Diary cheerleader!! i’m with you, out here giving praise and deep gratitude, and posting it when i can! as my cherished cyber sistah in the islands, Cha – of whom i am also a “huge fan”! – posted in reply to your saying that, if i can not “bring the meat and potatoes to the site,” i must at least “commend everyone for all the heavy lifting they do!”
      i am in awe of Chipsticks and this magnificent commuinity she has welcomed here!!

  8. January 15, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    The best movie telling the life of MLK is on BET right now! Paul Winfield did the damn thing. I’ve always wondered why no one has ever tried to make a theatrical film about MLK kinda like they did for Malcolm X

  9. 57 lola
    January 15, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    PIcture of michelle obama with mariah carey, nick cannon and Morroco(one of the mariah and nick’s twins)
    http://hellyeahmariahcarey.tumblr.com/post/15894305592/bet-honors-backstages-with-the-first-lady

    • January 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      Oh wow!! That’s so awesome! Okay, am I losing it or is Michelle Obama looking younger, slimmer and more beautiful?

      • January 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm

        Nope – you’re not losing it. It’s all true.

      • 60 HZ
        January 15, 2012 at 3:47 pm

        Hi Lisa, that is why I love you so much. You make us laugh and you make us think, and you make us dig for the truth and love this beautiful space that Chips has created.

        I just say,, our FLOTUS is just beautiful in all ways. POB has a very lovely gift in his hands, heart, and mind. Intelligent, loving, caring, body to make you want to holler and beauty that makes us all very grateful to enjoy and respect. Love our First Lady.HZ

    • 63 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      WHAT A SWEET PICTURE…I HOPE NICK IS DOING OKAY NOW…OUR FIRST LADY LOOKS BEAUTIFUL AS ALWAYS!

      • 64 HZ
        January 15, 2012 at 4:18 pm

        Yes, I do also Sue. Thanks for reminding us of Nick. Keep him in our thoughts, prayers, and meditation. They have been supporters of goodness to people and to our POTUS and FLOTUS. We thank them and pray for the best for Nick and his lovely family.

    • 65 JoJothecat
      January 16, 2012 at 9:58 am

      Glad to see nick cannon doing better after kidney problems.

  10. 66 lola
    January 15, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    • 67 anniebella
      January 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      A nice picture of FLOTUS, Mariah, and Nick. FLOTUS holding one of Mariah and Nick’s twin. A lovely picture. I think we can tell Mariah supports the Obamas.

  11. 68 carolyn
    January 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    LOVE those two pictures…..the Obamas singing in church, and the Newsweek cover! AMAZING! Thank you.
    Great timing for that Newsweek article this week…..!!!!

    • 69 HZ
      January 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Yes, Carolyn, the beautiful ‘goodness of the angels surrounding our POTUS is always on time. We take this day with joyfulness for great things to come his way for the good of the people he is constantly working hard for in this country. We send out our love, prayers, meditation, and peace toward his path. Be blessed, Mr. President.HZ

      • January 15, 2012 at 4:58 pm

        HZ, you bring on the love. You’re the best!!

        • 71 HZ
          January 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm

          Jackie G., you do the very same for me and this family. It is so wonderful to be drawn to a group of loving people here who all were brought together by such a beautiful President. Then to have a beautiful spirit that is within Chips to create the space for all of us to show our love and support for him is such an honor and a blessing. I am so grateful for each of you.HZ

  12. January 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    For the State of the Union address I think it would garner both Dem and the all important Independent voter support if he spoke only of:
    1. Top 10 accomplishments in first 3 years (hard to limit to 10)
    2 Plan for Insourcing American Jobs
    3. Plant to remove all ground troops from Afghanistan by Dec 31, 2012
    4. Plan approved by banks to not foreclose on unemployed to help restore housing market

    He can pretty much accomplish 2, 3 and 4 without the Do Nothing Congress.

    • 73 desertflower
      January 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Good start…agreed…and I would like to see him talk about Citizen’s United and how that ruling takes our individual voices away. CORP. ARE NOT PEOPLE!

      • January 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm

        Yes, he should emphasize it again and see if Alito can behave this time.

        • 75 desertflower
          January 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm

          Alito probably won’t even show up…what do you bet? If any of them behaved, they would never have had this horrid ruling.

      • January 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm

        I agree completely. He needs to take the opening salvo before these SuperPACs start airing their garbage non-stop for the next 9 months. I’d like to see at least five minutes spent on this – point out that Iowa, NH, SC and Florida citizens will already have seen it with their own eyes – SuperPAC’s running endless attack ads funded in total secrecy by millionaire and billionaires who unlike when donating to a campign have no limit/cap and can remain secret to nobody will know who is bankrolling attack ads against them.

        Now of course Pres. Obama has a couple SuperPAC’s – so he’d have to say as much, saying that in not doing so would be fighting with one hand tied behind his back but how he’d like to see legislation and would be happy to sign legislation that would undo the CU rulling fallout, but in the very least voters should know who are bankrolling these ads and Congress should move to make it law that these SuperPAC’s need to release the names.

        Make the huge case against the secrecy and how to donate to candidates they have to be public and capped for a reason – so voters know who the candidates is getting money from.

    • January 15, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      typo s/b “Plan” not “Plant” to remove all ground troops. However, if anyone knows of such plant…:)

    • 78 hopefruit2
      January 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      That’s a great list. I’m looking forward to my President’s SOTU address in a couple weeks. However, plan on having to put up with the MSM and their nonstop drivel about what he should and shouldn’t say at the address, followed by their panel of judges immediately after the speech. My President will say what he needs to say and do it just fine, thanks.

      Does anyone know who is the GOP’s sacrificial lamb to give the rebuttal this year?

      • January 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm

        Better to watch the SOTU on whitehouse.gov – you won’t get any nonsense from the pundits there. Who needs them to tell us what we’re about to hear, then tell us what we heard – we’ve all got the ability to do that ourselves. Plus, there will be lots of live tweeting and I’m sure people will be here on this site talking about it. You’ll probably learn more by ignoring the MSM, anyway.

        • 80 taiping1
          January 15, 2012 at 3:50 pm

          If you watch on white house website live. They also include charts that illustrate main points of the speech

        • 81 HZ
          January 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm

          I with you theo67. I do not like them trying to tell me what he is going to say etc. I try to go to C-SPAN and then break away before the noise starts. We always have a great time here. Thinking great thoughts for whatever he chooses bring to us. He is brilliant enough to do just that. Thinking positive and realistic about it all.HZ

        • January 15, 2012 at 5:01 pm

          Never watch the pundits. C-Span does a pretty good job of showing the opening to closing without comment. I shut it off as soon as the president finishes. Still get choppy picture from Whitehouse.gov.

        • 83 DreamChaser57
          January 15, 2012 at 8:53 pm

          Thanks so much for that suggestion. I will do exactly that. When I think of the drudgery that is MSM commentary, it makes me just want to pass. Also, the camera shots seem to highlight the sensational.

          Another point, with the general election debates they really should have charts to support or refute assertions. I hate it when Republicans widely attribute spending to Democrats, when in actuality Bush added so much more to the deficit. Facts are at all of our fingertips, presidential candidates should not be able to say asinine things.

      • 84 desertflower
        January 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm

        Doesn’t really matter who their sacrificial lamb is…any one of them would spout the same robotic,RW talking points. I say Shari Lewis’ Lambchop would be funny….

    • January 15, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      i WOULD LIKE HIM TO TALK ABOUT WHY GUANTANOMO (SP)…HAS NOT CLOSED….AND THE NDDA

    • January 15, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      #3? I don’t want him promising that or any other deadline than 2014 unless the talks with the taliban go extremely well.

  13. 92 auni
    January 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Michelle is just plain beautiful! I got a forwarded email from a relative who hates our president. Was some stupid thing about a Diamond Rio song being shut down by Congress and the President. I shot a message back that I looked it up and it was a hoax. Got a note back asking why I always look things up if it’s not 100% positive about President Obama. Stupid fool! If there is anything the far right can’t stand–it’s facts.

    • 93 desertflower
      January 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      If they liked facts, they wouldn’t “think” the way they do! Good for you 🙂

    • January 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      It always astounds me that the right always want to be able to spread lies, and really resent being challenged. If it’s not true, then why would anyone let a lie stand?

    • 95 Linda
      January 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      I laughed out loud.

      “Got a note back asking why I always look things up if it’s not 100% positive about President Obama.”

    • 96 anniebella
      January 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      The far right don’t used their brains, if they did they would check things out themselves before they spread it. But they spread it and don’t give a dam if it is true or not. And once you give them the facts they refuse to accept it, that is how racists hate works.

    • January 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      good for you auni for taking the time to look it up and then sending your relative the truth. even if they get refuse to believe it – you put it out there and that’s what is important. #PRESSON

    • January 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      auni, you won’t change people like that because their minds are closed. Move on to people who are still open to the truth.

  14. January 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I know people don’t like to link to Daily Kos for good reason, and I don’t go there myself. But this article appeared on my Facebook feed today and I thought it was so well written and so clearly argued that it is worth the link. It talks about Romney comparing President Obama’s rescue of the auto industry (dealerships closed, workers laid off) to what he did at Bain. Romney basically says they were doing the same thing. This article completely takes that apart and demonstrates how thinking that shows Romney is incapable of understanding the function of a government. I am trying to stockpile articles and information to refute what I might here during the campaign and I think this will definitely be useful. Here’s a clip:

    “When Romney described President Obama’s rescue of the American auto industry, he said that President Obama did it to “save the business.” That perspective shows an absolute lack of understanding of the motivations a president must have when making decisions on whether to intervene. President Obama did not do it to save a business; he did it to save an economy. ”

    The whole article is well worth reading and can be found here: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/01/15/1054584/-Romney-versus-Obama:-A-tale-of-two%C2%A0capitalists#comments

  15. January 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Also I was very moved and excited by this story of a school teacher finding a lost recording of a speech Dr. King gave at a Cleveland, Ohio high school. She and a student found and rescued the tape as it was about to be thrown out. Here is the article with a recording of the speech. The sound quality is amazing – just like he’s in the room with you.

    http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2012/01/martin_luther_king_jrs_speech.html

  16. January 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    The president played basketball Sunday afternoon with daughters Sasha and Malia and their friends, according to White House pool reports.

    The group played on a court at FBI headquarters.

    No word yet on who won.

  17. 114 defytheodds
    January 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    • January 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      So is his friend Eric cantor, who he speaks to more than this President!

      • 116 defytheodds
        January 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm

        Of course the GOP is a part of it–the plan started to unfold in public when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was here.

        Also
        A senior Israeli official voiced disappointment in the Obama administration on Sunday, saying “election-year considerations” lay behind its caution over tough Iran sanctions sought by U.S. legislators.

        Watch the video.

        • January 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm

          that was interesting. although i’m sure they already know this , i tweeted it anyway to axe, pbo and attackwatch. just so they have the info. it is interesting that the reporter who was conducting the interview asked why we haven’t seen this in the msm

    • 118 halo
      January 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      BIBI HATES OBAMA. ITS NO WONDER WHY HE AND CANTOR AND STRATEGIZING TO MAKE OIL PRICES SHOOT UP.

      • 119 hopefruit2
        January 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm

        It’s all based on JEALOUSY. And when Bibi was running, he told his campaign aides that he wanted an “Obama-style” election and basically copied Obama’s campaign website. If he so loves and admires his Repub friends, why didn’t he want a “McCain-style” or “Bush-style” election?!?!?

      • 120 desertflower
        January 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm

        Bibi = Cheney to me. I see them both in the same way.

      • January 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm

        Why isn’t conspiring with a foreign power to undermine the president and the US economy treason? A Democrat doing this to a Republican president would be pilloried and disgraced.

    • 123 Ladyhawke
      January 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Max Blumenthal is just amazing. He goes where others will not go. Below are two of my favorite videos of Max. Both are of Max being interviewed on Morning Joe. Max goes toe to toe with Joe and it is fascinating to watch. He calls out the radical Republicans and basically says they refuse to let President Obama govern. Joe shows how difficult it is for the GOP to handle the truth. In the second clip, after Max rebuts just about every argument that Joe Scarborough makes, Mike Brzezinski (who is quiet as a mouse throughout most of the interview) ends the segment by saying “I think we’ll leave it there”.

      1) Debating Joe Scarborough on Republican Radicalism (9/22/09)

      http://maxblumenthal.com/2009/09/debating-joe-scarborough-on-republican-radicalism/

      2) Temperature’s Rising And It’s Not Surprising (10/07/09)

      http://maxblumenthal.com/2009/10/temperature-rising-and-its-not-surprising/

  18. January 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    On MTP, Harry really stuck up for this President and all but one policy.
    He said, he wants to pass the SOPA bill, after the WH promised a veto.
    That bill should be shelved, otherwise, Harry was great against Gregory!

  19. January 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    The Obamas by Jodi Kantor is now #56 in the top 100

    from :List Price: $29.99 is now marked down to Price: $16.74

    You Save: $13.25 (44%)

    LOL

    • 131 hopefruit2
      January 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      Also, Kantor is ~9K+ Twitter followers while FLOTUS is at ~318K+ (in less than 5 days)

      LOL

    • 132 jacquelineoboomer
      January 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      Wonderful. That should teach her. Didn’t somebody say she was in the top 10 at first? I’m thinking #56 is good but #86 would be better.

    • 133 anniebella
      January 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      kasai, i look forward to the day when Kantor piece of trash is 200 on the list of 100, and it’s been mark down to $1.00. Jodi Kantor would learn to leave our wonderful First Lady alone..

      • January 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm

        Me too Anniebella…To think that a publisher would advance her 1million..without facts, will teach them..the difference between
        Fiction vs Non Fiction….

        The joke is on them..They underestimated the power of the people that love our Beautiful First Lady !!

        I say: Power to the People 🙂

    • January 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Best news, ever. Do. Not. Mess. With. Michelle. Obama………. Her mob squad will take you down.

      • January 15, 2012 at 4:48 pm

        There is a power in the practice of living a good and decent life around others, for others, and about others. When you a have a precious opportunity to speak the truth with responsibility about a person’s life, you must do just that in order to really enjoy that true and most precious power. We all can choose to take the higher calling in our careers to be honest, just, fair, factual with care, and most of all ,respectful of the other person’s life and space.

        When you step into, a sea of garbage daily in your life, and choose to spew out garbage, that is sad. Those who do this do not realize that they began to look like it, you smell like it, feast on it, and their gift back to the goodness in the world, can see it, smell it, and even taste it. That is a sorry way to contribute to the goodness in this world.

        We have so many young people who are ready to take the stage of great journalism and do it justice. So let us make room for them by encouraging them to write an honest, and beautiful feast of books for our appetites of goodness to enjoy. We want ‘plates of wellness’ within our literary diets and minds. So bye, bye, Ms. whatever. We have better things to read, purchase, and enjoy during this beautiful time in our history. We are Pressing On With #44, President Barack Obama and Joseph Biden. 2012 here we are and we are going to win.HZ

        • 138 hopefruit2
          January 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm

          WOW HZ…you said what I’m thinking but could never articulate as eloquently. Brava, HZ. Press ON with #44!

    • 139 Pinkbunny
      January 15, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      I gave my opinion and 1 star rating on Amazon!!

      I hope her book becomes a failure and end up being written off!

    • 140 susanne
      January 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      no, i save 100% because that’s one book i’ll never buy!

  20. January 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    President Obama and his family are worshipping at the 147-year-old Zion Baptist Church in Northwest D.C. on Sunday morning, keeping up a tradition of going to church the day before the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday.

    While the Obamas have gone to church a few times a year since they moved into the White House, the King holiday has been an occasion for them to get reacquainted with the African American church tradition, complete with spirited choirs and gospel preaching.

    http://mobile.washingtonpost.com/rss.jsp?rssid=599&item=http%3a%2f%2fwww.washingtonpost.com%2fFragment%2fSysConfig%2fWebPortal%2ftwpweb%2ffeeds%2fBlogsMobileIndividual%2fmobile-blogs.jpp%3fid%3d1000.3.1635667339%26uuid%3d7e9fa42a-3f23-11e1-804a-d8db7cc3d3b2&cid=961405

    • January 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      That’s a bit of a silly article – didn’t we hear that the Obama family go to church when they’re up in Camp David, and that different spiritual leaders come to the White House? Why do they always have to imply that the Obama family doesn’t go to church? And what does going to church have to do with anyone except the individual, anyway? The Obama family are far more spiritual and Christ-like than a whole lot of these “so-called” Christians parading themselves on TV and in the GOP campaign. What do they mean by “get reacquainted with the African American church tradition”? I’m sorry, but this kind of innuendo just drives me crazy.

      • January 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm

        The GOP are Pharises!

      • 144 isonprize
        January 15, 2012 at 4:44 pm

        theo67. I caught that ‘reacquainted” BS. As we say around the way, they are throwin’ shade.

        First of all, there isn’t just one “African American church tradition” What does that even mean. I know black Baptists, Catholics, Episcopalians, Seventh Day Adventist, COGIC, What!?! . WHICH “African American church tradition” is the author talking about.

        2nd point. No one was has ever been to church, any church, needs to be “REACQUAINTED” with church tradition. The author acts like the Obamas are a bunch of unchurched heathens who have never seen the inside of a sanctuary.

        More of the same BS from back in ’08. Just trying to be slick, Washington Post <<<<============ WE SEE YOU!!!

      • January 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm

        Now theo, why do we keep asking ourselves the question ‘why’ where these folksies are concerned,pray tell?. Well,because they do what they do ….and will continue to. Our response is to either tackle them head on, or ignore them until they slink away into oblivion.

  21. 148 Linda
    January 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Rick Santorum appeared on FOX News Sunday, where he talked about his plan to triple the tax credit for children (from today’s $1000 per child deduction.)

    The former Pennsylvania senator talked about the “demographic winter” that is happening in Europe because of tax codes that are worse than ours in terms of promoting large families.

    “Children are the greatest resource we have,” he said. “They’re the natural resource that creates wealth in this country.”

    Santorum defended himself against charges of social engineering and called criticism of his tax plan “outrageous.”

    “This is not social engineering,” he said. “What’s social engineering is the policies of the last 30 years that have robbed the family of the support that they used to have in the tax code.”

    On Saturday at a campaign stop in Charleston, Santorum also talked about his own children and how they have shaped his anti-abortion views. He told the crowd that his disabled daughter Bella, 3, made him realize that God looks upon him as “disabled.”

    “The gift that Bella gave me was the gift of looking at this disabled child who in the world’s view will never be able to do anything for me other than love me,” he said, according to MSNBC. “She is just a font of love as far as I’ m concerned. And she made me understand that that’s how the Father looks at me, disabled. Unable to do anything for him except love him. And he loves me unconditionally.”

    • January 15, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      What’s more frightening and a threat to the “[creation of] wealth in this country” is his statement that having a goal of giving every child the opportunity to go to college is somehow arrogant or elitist. That’s ridiculous.

      • 150 isonprize
        January 15, 2012 at 4:55 pm

        What’s more frightening and a threat to the “[creation of] wealth in this country” is his statement that having a goal of giving every child the opportunity to go to college is somehow arrogant or elitist. That’s ridiculous. racist. There, I fixed it for you.

        Especially since Santorum has described Pres. Obama as arrogant and elitist, that statement is code for those poor, black and brown kids don’t deserve to go to college. He’s not crazy about the poor white ones attending either….

    • January 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      God does indeed love Rick Santorum, but I don’t. I’m glad his child has brought him love, but he’s a hypocrite and a liar and a terrible candidate for public office and I, for one, find him insufferable. In 2006, my husband was determined to work hard to get Bob Casey elected so that we would never have to hear about Santorum’s presidential ambitions again. That he has resurfaced again, like Marley’s ghost, has been very depressing.

  22. 153 collegekay
    January 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    My Ravens are off to face the Patriots next week. Wow. Lol! Good afternoon everyone.

  23. January 15, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    OK, something I have to get used to: puppy farts. Ugh. Cats don’t fart.

  24. January 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Love the picture of Grandma “Toot” surrounded by her family, ☺

    • January 15, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      I love that photo as well Margie James. It is so beautiful to know that POB had the wonderful and private moments with his loving grandmother just before the historic moment. What a conversation they both must have had(if Toot was still able to speak) during his last visit with her.

      Moments of thankfulness to her for All that she and Gramps did for him.

      Moments of so much love between the two of them for all of his life as a baby and now the father of his own two lovely daughters, and her great-grand children.

      Moments of proudness to see her grandson about to become the 44th President of the United States of America.

      Moments of peace to know that all of her love, hardwork, hugs, laughs, smiles, and hopes of goodness in her grandson came true for her to see.

      What Moments of Family and the Dearest Gifts in His Life and Hers. Moments that we now can help carry on for “Toots.”HZ

  25. 173 carolyn
    January 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Not surprised about Kantor’s book sinking….sees to me last week I said she would be a nine-day wonder….and that’s about it!

    • 174 Linda
      January 15, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      The same happen to that Ron Suskind and his fiction book about the President.

      Maybe she will join him in the bargain bin.

  26. 175 carolyn
    January 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    LL, some breeds are flatulent, some are not at all. We have two….a Brittany Spaniel and a poodle….they never fart. In fact, of all the dogs we’ve had, only two had that problem….a beagle and a part pit bull. The pit bull stayed outside, and the beagle was so destructive we had to give him to someone who lived in the mountains. Since then we’ve had two schnoodles (schnauzer/poodle combos) one Spitz, a keeshond, a cockapoo, and now our two girls. They are all totally fart-free. Also, you might want to check the kind of food he’s eating. Some is more prone to causing problems than others.

  27. January 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Lambeau Field temperature: 30 degrees F. Wind chill factor? 19. Gevalt.

  28. 183 desertflower
    January 15, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    MUST READ> http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/race-in-america-2012-6638829

    Race has popped up in the campaign this year. Newt Gingrich tripped over it while talking about food stamps and let’s not even deal with the preposterous lie that Rick Santorum told about how he really said “blah people.” Both of them were talking in gussied-up code, and they professed to be mystified as to how anyone could possibly think such a thing. And, of course, race has been a central theme (never a subtext; don’t even try to make that case) in the irrational hatred directed at the current occupant of the White House. And it’s not possible to read Lyndon’s great speech — in which he called out “every device of which human ingenuity is capable, has been used to deny this right” — and not think of all the smart little clerks all over the country with their smart little voter-ID laws who are so damned mystified as to why people are so upset.

  29. January 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Linsey Graham said that if Robney wins, that the GOP should pack it up and just give it to Robney.
    Wow! That is quite a statement!

  30. January 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    THIS!!!

  31. January 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Ok, this is going to be a defensive game with lots of field goals.

  32. January 15, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Lol! Arlen Specter endorsed Santorum.
    Lol!

    • 192 hopefruit2
      January 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Right. knowing FULLY WELL that Santorum will not be the GOP nominee. So he will have an excuse to simply switch his vote easily to Romney (who he WANTS to endorse in the first place). Whatever, Senile Specter, whatever.

    • 193 Linda
      January 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      He is a Republican again ? lol..

    • January 15, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      And this is the man Ed Rendell tried to push on PA as a “Dem” Senator–please. I remember Specter came to our little county meeting and told us all that he was always a Democrat in his heart. Sorry, but I found it hard not to puke at the hypocrisy. Arlen is actually very short in stature and up close has such papery skin that he looks as if you could blow him away. He retired just in time and if he had any grace at all he would sit on his porch and keep his mouth shut.

  33. January 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    You have got to admire the first lady for being able to sleep on her hair and still have it look good the next day. Mine would be up in a ponytail. I am working tomorrow but will keep the holiday first and foremost in my thoughts.

    • 197 anniebella
      January 15, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      FLOTUS does look good.

    • 198 jacquelineoboomer
      January 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      That’s what I was wondering, because she wore that hairstyle last evening. But wouldn’t she have someone at her side every day to do her hair? Sure looks like it’s freshly done, every day!

  34. 199 Laura
    January 16, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Well you must not have read much Andrew Sullivan if you think that it’s strange. He’s actually been hugely supportive of Obama and pretty consistent on that matter, Ron Paul notwithstanding.


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