“refuse to back down … keep pushing, keep fighting”

Apollo Theatre, New York, January 19



Al Green arrives back at the White House:



Night everyone, that was a very lovely day 😉

176 Responses to ““refuse to back down … keep pushing, keep fighting””

  1. 2 Judith Fardig
    January 20, 2012 at 1:40 am


  2. 9 PurpleShoesLA
    January 20, 2012 at 1:44 am

    First sitting president at the Apollo, how frackin cool is that!

  3. January 20, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Repost from last thread

    Ok.I just walked into the workers’ room inside a Kenyan power station where we are working. Found an old calendar called “THE OBAMA YEAR Mr President”. Completely took me by surprise. Posted the pics below.

    The workers were happy to know that I am on obamabot. 🙂

    Asked me whether he will win again and i said, ‘You betcha’.

    Apparently it was a special calendar made by a local newspaper and it starts from November 2008 and goes up to Nov 2009.

    Wonder what was so fricking special about Nov 2008. 🙂

    The Kenya PBO pics

    • 13 pinkbunny
      January 20, 2012 at 2:07 am

      That is so cool! Thanks for sharing that little tidbit with us!

      did they say anything about the crazy GOP candidates? do they have any view or perspective on what’s happening this election year?

      • January 20, 2012 at 2:13 am

        No thankfully they are not exposed to the fucking US fifth columnist msm. They don’t know about the crazy coots from the racist party.

        They asked how much money he raised this time. :). When I told them 200 mil so far, they were happy.

        Of course, they knew about birtherism, which apparently made it to their news here. Were laughing their asses of on that nonsense.

        Then everyone had to get back to work. I will try to catch them when they are free.

        In my 51 years, I have never seen calendar start from Nov. 🙂

    • 15 PurpleShoesLA
      January 20, 2012 at 2:08 am

      I can’t quite figure it out either. What was so special about November 2008? 😆

    • 20 desertflower
      January 20, 2012 at 8:36 am

      Thanks for sharing that, amk. Special month is right:)

  4. 21 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 20, 2012 at 1:50 am
  5. 22 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 20, 2012 at 1:51 am


    Yes We Can … DO More Together! – We Must!

    • 23 PurpleShoesLA
      January 20, 2012 at 2:05 am

      Love it Bobfr. Still shaking my head at all the ignorant, ignorant vitriol spewed at the Dixie Chicks during the Shrub reign. It was unconscionable, and, now in hindsight, a scary preview of all the ratcheted up ignorant vitriol on steroids PBO and those of us in this country fighting to be on the right side of history are now subjected to on a daily basis. Press On!

      • 24 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        January 20, 2012 at 2:12 am

        You are right on target, PSLA. That’s exactly why I’m making the recommendation to juxtapose that song, their experiences because they spoke truth to the horrible, illegal war that Bush/Cheney inflicted on both the citizens of Iraq and America, with what our dear President has had to endure since Jan 2009.

        Thus, I’ve also posted a tweet to David Axelrod and Jim Messina:

        Without doubt, those wondering whether President Obama can bring the heat, he brought it at the Apollo and, as noted, it’s just January. Can you imagine his acceptance speech at the Dem Convention!!!!!


      • 25 Dudette
        January 20, 2012 at 8:03 am

        I’m with you PSLA. Now that’s what I’d call “despicable.” I went out and bought a couple of their CDs just as a way of supporting them in some small way and I’m not even much of a country music fan.

        By the way, their music is hellagood and I took great pleasure in watching them win so many Grammys for this song and the Taking the Long Way Home album. Fantastic artists!

        • 26 PurpleShoesLA
          January 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm

          Yes I did the same thing Dudette! I’m not much of fan of country music either but they are very talented. I was impressed with their music and when they won all those Grammys, it was like karmic retribution opened up a can of whupa##! Not only did I buy a couple of their CDs in support but also the documentary they did called Shut Up and Sing which was chilling. It was an eerie preview to what we are up against now with PBO’s re-election. And like PBO said last night, we have to refuse to give up, keep pushing, keep fighting, inch by inch to drag ALL of this country forward.

  6. 27 yardarm756
    January 20, 2012 at 1:52 am

    The best is yet to come.

  7. January 20, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Regarding the Al Green singing, here is a comment from the ABL blog:
    “Oh my. I think I just ovulated. Wait, is that possible? I don’t care!”

    Ladies…we are generating a lot of heat and energy!!!

  8. 31 jeff
    January 20, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Wow still never fails to bring tears to my eyes. Obama 2012!

  9. 32 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 20, 2012 at 2:21 am


  10. 34 SueBee
    January 20, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Was the singing edited out of this clip?

  11. 35 cuphalffull
    January 20, 2012 at 2:32 am

    I needed to hear this part of the President’s address more than I can say. As always thank you for the motivating and invigorating website.

  12. January 20, 2012 at 2:46 am

    There are a couple of updates to the post, gotta go sleep, see you tomorrow everyone, thank you SO much for your company 😉

  13. 37 PurpleShoesLA
    January 20, 2012 at 3:05 am

    Thanks for staying up a bit with us night owls Chips. Today’s diaries were exceptionally good. I haven’t laughed this hard and this long in a very long time.

  14. January 20, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Never miss a day at TOD. Just finished my day by reading every comment. Love and appreciate all of you.

  15. January 20, 2012 at 3:52 am

    Me, too, CanadaB! I’ve so enjoyed this wonderful night listening to our soul-singing President and reading the delightful conversationalists here as I fall over into my laptop. Goodnight, dear Chips, and everyone for engendering such positive vibrations.

  16. January 20, 2012 at 6:14 am

    I think what we’re seeing in the President’s fundraising speeches is a preview of parts of his stump speech for the campaign. And damn, it’s going to be a good one. When the President says he knows change is possible “because he’s lived it”, it’s one of the most powerful and authentic statements any President has ever made. Love it.

    (and it turns out he can carry a tune. who knew?)

  17. 42 Michele
    January 20, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Good morning all and Chips, I watched the entire Apollo theatre speech of President Obama’s and it was amazing….. Chips please post the entire speech if at all possible.. As God as my witness, President Obama never called any of those so called candidates out of their name or bashed the media and it still was a passionate and factual wonderful speech… President Obama is the true measure of a man and a leader.

  18. January 20, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Ok this singing thang has gone viral. FoxandFriends actually showed PBO singing in the first 5 min of their show this mornin. Gretchen Carlson is an Obamabot. LOL

  19. January 20, 2012 at 7:00 am

    ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece and its private bondholders drew closer on Friday to a bond swap deal that would prevent the country from sinking into a chaotic default and ease the euro zone’s debilitating debt crisis.

    Cash-strapped Greece is fast running out of time as it pushes to wrap up an agreement by Monday paving the way for a fresh injection of aid before 14.5 billion euros ($18.5 billion)of bond repayments fall due in March.

    Bankers and government officials close to the talks say an agreement to cut Greece’s debt is in sight and that the two sides may be able to present a joint proposal at a meeting of euro zone finance ministers on Monday.


  20. January 20, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Burma’s president sketched a vision of gradual progress toward democracy for his isolated and authoritarian nation in his first extensive interview with a U.S. journalist, saying that the military will retain a strong role in government even as it welcomes opposition figures into parliament.

    “My message is that we are on the right track to democracy,” President Thein Sein said. “Because we are on the right track, we can only move forward, and we don’t have any intention to draw back.”

    The exclusive interview with Thein Sein — conducted Tuesday at his ornate presidential office in Naypyidaw by Lally Weymouth, senior associate editor for The Washington Post — offered a rare glimpse of Burma’s reclusive leadership and the soft-spoken, bespectacled former general at its head.


  21. January 20, 2012 at 7:48 am

    How can anyone look at our beautiful president and hear him and then look at the hateful bozos on the Republican stage and hear them and say, “I choose the bozo” ? How filled with ugly do you have to be to willfully choose hate over love? It can’t be about ideology because none of the R candidates speak in coherent thoughts and offer no ideas that haven’t been tried and failed a thousand times over in this nation’s history. It can’t be about “passion” for a specific candidate because these guys couldn’t scare up a whiff of charisma between them. It’s all about ignorance, deep-seated, irrational anger, and a need to destroy anyone who isn’t like themselves. For the sake of our national soul, as well as the future of our children, we have to make sure the people of love vastly outnumber the people of hate. This isn’t just another presidential campaign, this is an epic battle.

    • 54 Bill
      January 20, 2012 at 8:06 am

      Jackie, well said. The sad reality is that at least 40% of voters are on the side of hate and ignorance.

    • 55 desertflower
      January 20, 2012 at 8:46 am

      You’ve done it again, Jackie! Perfect.

      • January 20, 2012 at 10:41 am

        It just goes to show you, that there’s more BAD people In the world, than there are GOOD people, unfortunately 😦

        But I also want to say that PBO has a BIG heart, he ‘s a people’s person, he likes to have fun, along with securing and taking care of the business of America, which Is just soooooo much to take care of. I say God bless you real good, President Obama, there are some of us, that not only LOVE you, but we adore you, and Is oh sooooooooooo very proud to have you as our Commander In Chief. You are the kind of LEADER, that doesn’t put yourself above the people, but realizing, that WE ALL are GOD’s People, Including the SANE and INSANE, the GOOD and the EVIL. Thank you President Obama, Thank you, we genuinely LOVE you 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • 57 edp4bho
      January 20, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Fist Bump !!

    • 58 Pamela
      January 20, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Our Jackie, her expressions are so fine, so succinct and clarifying! Thank you, Jackie! Great to start the morning with your excellent thought process to absorb!

  22. 59 hopefruit2
    January 20, 2012 at 7:57 am

    It’s the morning after and Al Green is STILL trending on Twitter! 🙂

  23. 65 a4alice
    January 20, 2012 at 8:00 am

    holy buckets you guys are fast I’ve been so busy I haven’t been on to post since yesterday (which as we all know on TOD is eons) Will try to catch up and get back.

  24. 66 Dudette
    January 20, 2012 at 8:06 am

    I’d like to point out that exactly nine months from last night is my birthday. Can we predict a little bump in the population by that time?

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  26. 68 vitaminlover
    January 20, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Father, I am so very thankful for President Obama and Vice-President Biden. I thank you for continually guiding, guarding and protecting them in every way. Thank you, Lord, for keeping them and their families safe from all hurt, harm and danger. In Jesus Name. Amen.

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  28. 73 Renee / Aunt Sis
    January 20, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I can’t believe that I stayed up late last night and waited for the president’s speech in Harlem. Boy, what a treat for me. O. M. Fing. G.
    Let me just say, that was the best sleep of my life!
    Press on.
    Off to sit on the naughty mat with the rest 🙂
    Have a great OBOT day!!!!

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  32. January 20, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Colbert is on morning Joe. This guy is a Ham! Lol!

  33. 87 halo
    January 20, 2012 at 8:26 am


    Chips, the TODAY show had Al Green on in the morning!

    • 88 hopefruit2
      January 20, 2012 at 8:28 am

      That video is EVERYWHERE! Our President sings, America’s heart is warmed 🙂

      January 20, 2012 at 9:01 am


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  36. 97 hopefruit2
    January 20, 2012 at 8:46 am


    Now “Let’s stay together” is trending on Twitter!

    Of course “Al Green” has been for quite a while now 🙂

  37. 98 hopefruit2
    January 20, 2012 at 8:47 am


  38. 104 dotster3
    January 20, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I think we can all relate:

  39. 105 prettyfoot58
    January 20, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Gooooooooood Morning…..Chipsssssss….and TOD Fam…

    yesterday was an Awesome Day…

    today will be even better…

    Presssssssssss ON!!

  40. January 20, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Nice! Real nice! 😆 😆 I go to sleep with thoughts of a voice singing ‘I-i-i-i’m, soo in love with you..’ and sign in this morning to see the face that goes with the voice all ready to greet me! Reeeal-l-ly nice, Chips Chica! THANKS!

    Now to go back up to listen and read / though I’m almost **afraid** to go see what my irrepressible TOD sisters have been saying this morning/. 😉

    It is a Good Friday Morning TODville, following a really, really good Thursday! 😆 😆 Have a Great Day!!!

  41. January 20, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I took a peek at Steve B. before signing in here and he started the morning with Willard’s seeming unprepared response about his finances –

    “In other words, Romney wants to hide information from the public to prevent people from learning the truth and criticizing him. He said the exact same thing in December when asked why he purged his gubernatorial administration’s email records in advance of his presidential campaign — Romney admitted the move was intended to hide official correspondence from the public and keep potentially-embarrassing information from “opposition research” teams.
    This is ridiculous on its face. A candidate who preaches transparency shouldn’t be able to keep records secret just because people might be mean to him. Scrutiny and criticism is supposed to be part of the process, making Romney’s answer rather pathetic.”


  42. 108 isonprize
    January 20, 2012 at 8:56 am

    a comment from little green footballs:

    On the other hand, the current GOP crop is now desperately trying to figure out what they’re going to do for the talent portion of the show.

    Just imagine the swimsuit competition!! Ayeee!!! My Eyes!!!

  43. 111 joyce
    January 20, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Even here in Nashville Tn on the local news at 5 30 this morning they showed our President singing and the anchor man said that it sure did take guts for him to do that. I’m loving it.

  44. 112 hopefruit2
    January 20, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Folks are running to Youtube to the Al Green video and commenting that “Obama brought them there!” Just as we predicted would happen.

    The first thing as you see when you click on Youtube is TheObamaDiary’s clip of PBO singing last night – already over 100K views!

  45. 119 hopefruit2
    January 20, 2012 at 9:02 am

    • 120 isonprize
      January 20, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Men KNOW when another man has game. Of course, Pres. Obama is happily married, but ya gotta know he HAD to be slayin’ em back in the day. And that “I’m sooo in love with you” was just proof of how smooth and confident he was and still is..

      I mean, think about it. He did that, sang the intro to “Let’s say together” a signature song of Al Green, WITH AL GREEN IN THE HOUSE!!!! Cajones, anyone?

      • 122 edp4bho
        January 20, 2012 at 10:02 am

        Agreed, but this also proves the staying power of Al Green himself, and that song in particular. I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t know that song, and it plays well today, after all these years. Thanks to Mr. Prez, Rev. Al Green is re-discovered. Two of my all-time favorite men.

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  47. January 20, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Paging SR. Warren rakes in over one mil in 24 hrs. Come back you, drama queen. 🙂

  48. 127 donna dem 4 obama
    January 20, 2012 at 9:17 am

    “Let’s Stay Together” is a great Campaign Theme for 2012

  49. January 20, 2012 at 9:19 am

    there were a few people on twitter saying they didn’t know president Obama could actually sing. I told them I knew it and attached a video from the campaign trail 🙂

  50. 136 collegekay
    January 20, 2012 at 9:23 am

    PBO sure knows how to woo the ladies. *sigh* now we’re going to want him to sing at every fundraiser 😀

  51. 139 desertflower
    January 20, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Walker’s still at it. I hope they recall his sorry ass, and the people of WI get someone that actually CARES about THEM!


    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) turned down on Thursday a $37 million grant that would have helped to provide health care services for tens of thousands of Wisconsinites, saying he would rather deny his citizens treatment if it means he is resisting the “encroachment of ObamaCare.”

    The money would have been used in Wisconsin to implement health care exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, meant to pool insurance resources to drive the cost of policies down for individual citizens and people with pre-existing conditions.

  52. 144 Linda
    January 20, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Romney: I Won’t Release My Tax Returns Because ‘I Don’t Want To Give The Democrats A Nice Little Present’ | GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney endured a hail of boos during the CNN debate last night when he refused to commit to releasing his 2011 tax returns. This morning on Fox and Friends, host Gretchen Carlson asked Romney whether he’d be willing to “make news” and agree to release his returns before April. An obstinate Romney repeated that he will only release his returns once on April 15th. “The reason is very simple,” he said. “I want to beat Barack Obama. I don’t want to give the Democrats a nice little present of having multiple releases.

    • January 20, 2012 at 11:12 am

      I don’t get this. What does Willard really mean? Is he saying that once he releases it on April 15th ‘the Democrats’ can’t do anything with it before November?

  53. 147 donna dem 4 obama
    January 20, 2012 at 9:52 am

    WTH 😆

    Gingrich Cancels Event In South Carolina
    The Gingrich campaign has canceled Newt’s appearance at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference due to “low attendance” at event.


    • January 20, 2012 at 11:19 am

      I don’t think these guys really understand that each vote counts (look at the baiting comments they make). What a reason to offer! If I were one of his supporters planning to attend I would be insulted that he didn’t think MY presence was important enough to merit his keeping his word, and not only wouldn’t I vote for him, I would be sure to tell friends why. Okay, okay that’s easy to say ’cause i wouldn’t vote for him if you paid me. 😉

  54. 151 donna dem 4 obama
    January 20, 2012 at 9:55 am

  55. 152 carolyn
    January 20, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Has anyone heard about a “documentary” Fox is doing Sunday night? A friend emailed us without a source, (she is an Obama supporter) very worried…..the write up says it will show all his Rev. Wright connections, communist, etc. connections…..and will bring down Obama.” I don’t know how to research this, but people on this blog are great researchers. I know it will be all lies, but I hope Axelrod and Co. are up on this….??

    • 153 hopefruit2
      January 20, 2012 at 10:02 am

      Um…tell your friend that any time folks have to resort to Rev Wright – it means they’ve already lost. Period. Tell her that Ron Paul’s racist Newsletter are FAR WORSE than any connection – real or imagined that PBO could have with Rev Wright.

    • 154 hopefruit2
      January 20, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Also, carolyn, tell your friend that email is a HOAX. This email has about FOX NEWS airing a “revealing documentary” has been circulating since 2009! Tell your friend she needs to be a bit more discerning about the types of emails she receives and their sources.

      Here’s more information about this email:


    • 155 Bill
      January 20, 2012 at 10:12 am

      I know nothing about the documentary, but going after Rev. Wright at this point will have little meaning except to the true haters. It is old news and has been resolved. Rev. Wright served in the Marines and the Navy and is hardly a communist.

      • January 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm

        I recall reading on Media Matters last week that, in an interview, Hannity told Romney to bring up the issue of Rev.Wright again. If it didn’t work in 2008, why would Hannity think it would work in 2012? Strange, sounds like panic and desperation to me.

    • 157 Linda
      January 20, 2012 at 10:16 am

      It is probably just another hit piece from ” Great American Sean Hannity “

    • 158 MsKitty
      January 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      In other words, Fox is reaching into the 2008 “greatest hits” bin. And we know how well it worked then. If this is the best they can do than I like our chances (that we still need to work our butts off goes without saying).

  56. January 20, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Reveille, reveille! Heave around and trice-up all bunks. The smoking lamp is lit. Prepare for morning quarters.
    Hot damn. I get up early, feeling good, turn on the tv and bam Chuck Todd. This is gonna be a rotten day. At least it started that way with butthole Todd. I’ll be alright after my coffee. Peace out!

  57. January 20, 2012 at 10:09 am

    $@#%& – what a fucked up connection I have. Can’t see vids, pics….

  58. 161 carolyn
    January 20, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Thank you! I had a feeling it was, and I will write her!!! I knew I could count on this place!

  59. 162 itgurl_29
    January 20, 2012 at 10:22 am

    “Al Green” and “Let’s Stay Together” are both STILL trending this morning!

    • 163 utaustinliberal
      January 20, 2012 at 11:03 am

      I know right? It’s so much fun. When you go to Youtube, Chipsticks video of PBO singing is the first recommended video. GMA, CBS This Morning, Today Show, Morning Joe, CNN, Fox News, and a host of local stations all over the country have been repeatedly airing the video. Grown men and women on the news have been giggling and going gaga over PBO’s voice. Journalists have been tweeting about how awesome PBO’s voice is. Jim Messina has been recommending the video to all his twitter followers. President Obama. Al Green, and Let’s Stay Together have been trending worldwide since last night. It’s the power of Obama. Woooot! Wooot!

  60. 165 Betsy
    January 20, 2012 at 10:26 am

    It’s 7:24am here in CA and Al Green, Let’s stay together, and President Obama are still trending on Twitter… I love it! Everyone seems to love that singing and it has totally upstaged the debate last night. I am so glad because the GOP has been getting ALL the attention, it’s time PBO got a little love…awesome.


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  63. 168 donna dem 4 obama
    January 20, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Chips Chips where art thou?

    It’s Friday and Friday’s Good

    • 169 MamaD
      January 20, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Prez can play some basketball! How do I love him, oh let me count the ways! Thx for posting!

      January 20, 2012 at 10:44 am


  64. 172 MamaD
    January 20, 2012 at 10:35 am

    He is my dream President….for all he stands for and all he is doing, but also just who he is….his elegance, his intelligence, his easy way, the way he dances with Michelle….and now, to hear his smooth singing voice? Four more years please.

  65. 173 itgurl_29
    January 20, 2012 at 10:44 am

    When POTUS goes to New Orleans for a rally, he needs to call up Southern University and have them back him up. Then he can really sing his big heart out!

      January 20, 2012 at 10:48 am


  66. 175 donna dem 4 obama
    January 20, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Chips and all forgive me for posting this link from the site not to be mentioned but Lordy Miss Glory Brooklynbadboy took #OWS to the woodshed in this diary. Its a must read.


  67. 176 itgurl_29
    January 20, 2012 at 11:00 am

    “President Obama” also trending now along with “Al Green” and “Let’s Stay Together”! Awesome!

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