winds of change …. blowing wild and free


All (well, almost all) official White House photographs …. Singer: Adele …. Song: Make you feel my love

230 Responses to “winds of change …. blowing wild and free”

  1. 1 PamfromCalif
    February 2, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Thank you for all the great work Chips.

  2. 6 halo
    February 2, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Chips, do you know where one can go to find the Ellen interview?

    • 7 anniebella
      February 2, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      halo, I just type in First Lady Obama appears on Ellen Degneres Show. I found the push up challenge, and I found were FLOTUS comes out dancing, then they talk about POTUS dancing, Ellen ask if the kids can dance? Ellen says she loves POTUS but he is not as good of a dancer as FLOTUS is, then FLOTUS says but he can sing. Do you think Chipsticks can find it? I’m so sorry you miss FLOTUS on Ellen show. She was great as usual.

  3. 13 Dudette
    February 2, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Hey there!!

  4. 14 PurpleShoesLA
    February 2, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Lump in my throat, tearing up. I’m in awe. Breathtakingly beautiful. Thanks Chips. I’m going to download everything by Adele right now! Be back. 🙂

  5. 18 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 2, 2012 at 11:06 pm


  6. February 2, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Good night Chips and thanks for all you do ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ !

  7. 20 Proud of Obama
    February 2, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Sooooooooo beautiful, Chips.

  8. 21 Pamela
    February 2, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    So, here we are! Top 10!

  9. 23 Dudette
    February 2, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Oh my goodness, that was beautiful!

  10. 24 eveingeorgia
    February 2, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Heart just melted watching the video and listening to that extraordinary voice!Thanks, Chips.

  11. 25 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm


  12. 27 vero804
    February 2, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    I can’t believe how upset I’ve been over the who defunding of Planned Parenthood by the Susan G. Komen foundation. It is so disheartening to see how far the right wing permeates into various parts of our society. I always assumed the pink ribbon people were a-political…strictly focused on breast cancer issues. This move, upon the addition of that Palin-loving failed gubernatorial candidate from GA, is so nakedly political…it stinks. Gotta add Planned Parenthood to the list of people/organizations to help in any way I can.

    • 28 isonprize
      February 2, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      vero804, THAT’S WHAT’S UP!!! We have to support Planned Parenthood. They help so many women who can not afford basic gynecological care. AND they do breast cancer screenings!

    • February 2, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      I was really shocked to find out tonight that Komen is also defunding embryonic stem cell research at a number of large universities like Johns Hopkins. I noticed they have not defunded Penn State who is under investigation. I guess the investigation closed or Komen lied. You are so correct about the RW permeating everything…universities, state legislators, governors, etc. etc. We have been asleep. We did not recognize the threat. We are going to have to do more than re-elect PBO!

      • 30 Dudette
        February 2, 2012 at 11:37 pm

        This needs to get blasted all over the media. Hypocritical bastards!

      • 31 vero804
        February 2, 2012 at 11:45 pm

        Yes…one thing that the past 3 years have shown is that even though the president hasn’t been perfect, he is not “the problem” with Washington. The problem is that the right wing has tentacles all over the place and they can shape things toward the right in a way no single man could ever defeat or counterbalance.

        • February 3, 2012 at 12:47 am

          No one is perfect. There is no script to life. It’s a work in progress and Our President is doing better than any that I can think of in my lifetime.

          • February 3, 2012 at 1:01 am

            Yes – I think it would be near impossible to find a President who has been “perfect” or even near perfect. I would challenge anyone to try. This President has been simply amazing. His work ethic is superior to most. His efforts have been beyond anything anyone else would have imagined or dared, and the results speak for themselves, for those willing to look. His attitude, demeanor, respect for others – unmatched. His “mistakes” – totally debatable, and since he actually ran for, and won, the presidency – he gets to decide.

            I totally agree that the right wing is the problem – that statements stands alone.

            • 34 JoJothecat
              February 3, 2012 at 10:34 am

              theo67, everything you said is so true and all I have to add is in addition to the “RW being the problem” so is the money that corrupts our democracy…we need to get them both out and it won’t happen in one, two, or three years…it took 40yrs for the rw to permeate every facet of our society and not for our good, so it will take that long or longer…long after PBO’s 2nd term. Once PBO is re-elected and we have Dem controlled house and senate, we need to work hard for the next mid-term and next election of a good Dem president. We must stay active and focused.

        • 35 L3
          February 3, 2012 at 9:30 am

          Is anyone perfect?

    • 37 ChristiMTL
      February 2, 2012 at 11:43 pm

      Meet the woman who got Komen to defund Planned Parenthood

      …attention has focused on its Vice President for Policy, Karen Handel. She joined the group last January after a failed run for governor in Georgia, where she had advocated defunding Planned Parenthood.

      But there’s another woman who deserves equal credit: Americans United for Life President Charmaine Yoest. It’s her group that issued a report last fall, “The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood,” that led to a probe by the Energy and Commerce Committee.

      Yoest has run Americans United for Life for three years. She came to the group from former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign…


  13. 40 Pamela
    February 2, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Night Chips, you are the BEST!

  14. 41 utaustinliberal
    February 2, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Chipsticks, now I know why you’ve been M.I.A for a while. This is one of the most beautiful videos you’ve ever created. My goodness….I’m all choked up here…crying like a freaking baby. You chose the best song, the best artist, and the best collage of pictures that show why this First Couple is beyond special. It is incredibly poignant, moving, and just grabs a chokehold of one’s heart. I sincerely hope you put this in daily rotation.

    Bless your heart Chips. You, my friend have a beautiful soul.

    • 42 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      February 2, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      So true, ut, so true ………

      • 43 Pamela
        February 2, 2012 at 11:30 pm

        I suspect this is ” the artwork” our Chipsticks was alluding to on the morning thread, with which we are rewarded for so mercilessly teasing her! I feel faint…..

    • 44 nathkatun7
      February 2, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      Thank you UT for saying so well everything I wanted to say to Chipsticks. Chipstick is indeed “a beautiful soul.” She has also managed to attract some of the most humane and caring people to this incredible site. I feel so blessed to have found this place.

    • February 2, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      Chips Chica, I totally concur with Utalib! Awesome! 😆 😆 😆 A truly, truly lovely way to close the day at TOD’ville!

      May your beautiful spirit continue to shine through your blog tonight AND up through November 6, 2012 as we all stand WITH YOU, President & Mrs. Obama, their Admin, & their families. If one voice…….oops!..one blog queen can change a room ……..

      {{Chips Chica}} VC

  15. February 2, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Beautiful. Thanks so much. Tears in my eyes, but a smile on my face! Love all around. Just made my donation to Planned Parenthood; as I did, I thought, Michelle Obama would like this … then I came here and saw this video. Think I will log off my laptop now because there would not be a better way to end the evening.

  16. 47 Robert
    February 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    That is a great video Chipsticks and that is by far my favourite Adele song. I have played that song so often Adele’s lawyer wrote me complaining I was making her hoarse.

  17. 53 desertflower
    February 2, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Beautiful, Chips. Just beautiful. I smiled all the way through. I love the way they love each other.

  18. 54 vitaminlover
    February 2, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Our Beloved First Couple. Enduring love.

  19. 55 Michele
    February 2, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Good evening All, I made my donation to Planned Parenthood of $50.00 and I used the billionaire dumb ass Bloomberg to match my gift…. P.S. go to PP website and get that match ya”ll…….

    • February 2, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      Don’t forget that if your company also matches donations, you can make your donation go three times as far – with your company and Bloomberg.

  20. 57 isonprize
    February 2, 2012 at 11:24 pm


    (Yes, I am screaming. They are worth screaming about. Is it possible to scream with joy??! 😆 😆 )

  21. 59 jacquelineoboomer
    February 2, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Chips – Wow. Just a magnificent video, and a great way to close out the evening, more or less.

    Hard to pick, but my two favorite photos are the one of the President and First Lady as they walk “alone” toward Marine One in casual clothes (like any other couple – ha!), and the other where he has given her his jacket and is leaning toward her and everybody else standing around them are trying to divert their eyes!

    In addition to the fact that we can tell the love you have for them through your video and everything else you do, isn’t it OBVIOUS how much the photographers love taking these images of such great people?

  22. February 2, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Chips, did you edit this video???? That’s the BEST!!!! Our president has it bad for this First Lady and who can blame him? He is head over heels in love with her. No wonder he just brushes off the hate. He’s got this amazing wife and two daughters and Bo to go home to every night.

    • 65 Pamela
      February 2, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      Yes she did, little lulu, it is brand, shiny new! Beyond art, it is immortality. Watch it climb the charts!

    • 66 Beauzeaux
      February 3, 2012 at 1:29 am

      YES yes yes. There’s love in the movies and TV and then there’s real love.

      Every picture of him looking at her just glows with love. I’m so envious.

  23. 67 anniebella
    February 2, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Chipsticks, thank you for that video. I love it, and the song is real nice too.

  24. 68 GGail
    February 2, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Lovely Chipsticks
    Thanks for sharing your feelings with us because you know that’s how we feel.
    Good night TOD family and beloved Chipsticks

  25. 69 Cathy from MN
    February 2, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    My Mom was just commenting today how wonderful it is and how much it shows that the President and First Lady care so deeply for each other. Your wonderful slideshow does such a great job of showing their true love and admiration for each other


  26. 70 Pamela
    February 2, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Okay, after numerous views, I am cracking up over the video INSIDE the video, at the basketball game, where PBO has that shit-eatin’ grin on his face and hugs FLOTUS on slow mo…. The expression on her face, CLASSIC! And she told Babawawa that he was not allowed to tease her…. All I can say is thank heaven they have each other, and thank heaven we have them, and thank heaven we have CHIPSTICKS, to show us how it’s done! (having said goodnight, I will now say goodnight!) love you all!

  27. 72 carolyn
    February 2, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Just made my first ever donation to Planned Parenthood, but it won’t be my last. Also, had to write a paragraph on Facebook about what Planned Parenthood does in answer to a young woman who was glad the Komen foundation withdrew funds. I’m afraid many young women…20’s…don’t understand the difficult obstacles women have had to overcome to get access to health care. They need to be educated. I’m old enough to remember the basementn coathanger abortions poor girls had to get. We do NOT want those days to come back.

    • February 3, 2012 at 7:11 am

      I remember them too, Carolyn and I’m afraid too many states are all too anxious to have them come back. There is so much hatred of women among right wingers, it’s truly disheartening.

      • 74 desertflower
        February 3, 2012 at 8:12 am

        I remember. Sadly. Young women (and men) today have NO IDEA what “used to be”…they have always taken this for granted and have no idea that women died…alone and in back alleys. At their own hand, or at the hand of a backroom “doctor”…… Wealthy women fly off for a “spa” day…poor and middle class women get butchered. Just another way to discriminate. More have’s and have not’s.
        Don’t get me started first thing in the morning…this issue is a passion for me…..too early to make me get worked up 🙂

        I agree with both of you. NOT going back there!

  28. 75 Dakota
    February 2, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    I just love this family! So much obvious love…we are blessed to have them.

  29. 76 yardarm756
    February 2, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Lights out…….In all berthing compartments……Taps..

  30. 77 nathkatun7
    February 2, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Chipsticks, all I wanted to say is thank you! The video is simply exquisite. You have such an eye for beauty! I am so grateful for all you do every single day to highlight the specialness of the President and the First Lady. As so many people have commented your work is truly a testament to your “beautiful soul.” You are a very special person who inspires many of us.

  31. February 3, 2012 at 12:03 am

  32. February 3, 2012 at 12:03 am

    That was so full of love, my cup runs over. Thank you, I am so glad I checked in.

  33. February 3, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Chips! Watching this new video made me homesick so I went into the vault and started digging through the home videos. I started with ‘Hey!’ then made my way to India. Next stop south America and maybe a little rumble in the Midwest! 🙂

  34. 83 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    February 3, 2012 at 12:05 am

    This video is a masterpiece. This is my favorite Adele song and I just love Adele. My husband likes her too so her music is often playing in our home. The perfect choice for a video of Barack and Michelle Obama. I just love the slow motion part where he whispers some sweet nothing in her ear at the game, then laughs and puts his arm around her and kisses her so sweetly. I was actually grinning from ear to ear watching that. I’m now all warm and fuzzy.
    Thank you 🙂

  35. 84 gn
    February 3, 2012 at 12:14 am

    This is slightly old news, but I’m still verklempt re: Caroline Kennedy’s email about President Obama’s reelection (how I wsih former NY governor David Paterson was a person of simple common sense; if he had even a *lick* of sense, we could have had this terrific woman as a US Senator now)


    Four years ago today, I joined my Uncle Teddy and thousands of excited students at American University to endorse Barack Obama as the next president of the United States.

    Barack Obama had stirred something in young people and the young at heart. I saw the passion in my own teenage children, and I heard it from a different generation of people who said they felt like they did when my father ran for president.

    We felt strongly that we needed to elect a president who urged us to believe in ourselves, who could tie that belief to our highest ideals, and who understood that together we can do great things.

    Four years later, as I think about what first inspired me to support Barack Obama, I’m proud we have a president who has fought hard for the values Teddy held dear, and stood up on issues that matter.

    Will you join me by saying what first inspired you to stand with Barack Obama?

    Teddy understood that the challenges of health care aren’t political — they are personal. That’s why he fought for 40 years to make health care a right and not a privilege for American families.

    How proud he would have been to see his candidate sign the Affordable Care Act into law as president, giving all Americans the security of knowing that their health care will be there when they need it most.

    In his speech four years ago today, Teddy reminded us all of that bright light of hope and possibility that shines even in the darkest hours. He knew that with Barack Obama as president, America would shine again. I don’t think he would be surprised to know that four years later, this president would have ended the war in Iraq, repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and guaranteed women the right to equal pay for equal work.

    The 2012 election will be harder than the last. As you think about what role you can play this time, I want you to remember that when Teddy joined this campaign, it wasn’t just Barack Obama who drew him in.

    It was you.

    The possibility of a campaign run by ordinary people determined to change our country for the better and willing to work as hard as necessary inspired him then, and it’s what inspires me today.

    Thanks for all you do.

    I’ll see you out there,


    P.S. — If you’d like to take some time to watch that speech, it’s here.


  36. February 3, 2012 at 12:21 am

    (Reuters) – The United States indicted Wegelin, the oldest Swiss private bank, on charges that it enabled wealthy Americans to evade taxes on at least $1.2 billion hidden in offshore bank accounts, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

    The announcement, by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, represents the first time an overseas bank has been indicted by the United States for enabling tax fraud by U.S. taxpayers.

    The indictment said the U.S. government had seized more than $16 million from Wegelin’s correspondent bank, the Swiss giant UBS AG, in Stamford, Connecticut, via a separate civil forfeiture complaint. Because Wegelin has no branches outside Switzerland, it used correspondent banking services, a standard industry practice, to handle money for U.S.-based clients.


  37. 94 jacquelineoboomer
    February 3, 2012 at 12:28 am

    After that video, don’t want to ruin the mood, but here’s a good NYT editorial on the Komen “betrayal”:


  38. February 3, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I don’t know if this was posted earlier today, but I just found it. Great video of President Obama’s accomplishments (just a few). For some reason, it broke my heart that so many refuse to see what this man and his Administration have done in the face of the most obtuse obstruction – worth watching and sharing.


  39. February 3, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Simply beautiful Chips!!! Thank you!!¬

    Semper Fi!!!

  40. 99 mtmarilyn
    February 3, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Oh Chips, I have had a very long day and week. I come here to get an update before I go to bed and you have me in emotional tears. Barack and Michelle have such a beautiful love it makes my tears flow a.d my heart sing. Thank you.

  41. 100 LadyTNT
    February 3, 2012 at 12:40 am

    LOVED IT!!! You’re the best Chips!!!

  42. February 3, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Helloooooooo everyone, thanks a million for all the kind words about the video, completely thrilled you liked it – and the beyond-glorious voice of Adele.

    But, in case you think I devoted all my, um, creative talents to video editing today (by the way, http://www.youtube.com/user/PBO2012 has become TOD’s second YouTube channel, ever since AOL started trying to close down the first :???:) … I also produced yet another arty masterpiece: please enjoy….

    I dedicate this to ChristiMTL, who was particularly keen today to see my latest work.

  43. February 3, 2012 at 12:49 am

    President Barack Obama will renew a request for $5 billion in his 2013 budget to encourage local law enforcement agencies and fire departments to hire military veterans who have served since the Sept. 11 attacks.
    The president will make the announcement today during a visit to a fire station in Arlington, Virginia, that was among the first to respond to the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon.
    “The generation that volunteered after Sept. 11, 2011, has been called ‘the next greatest generation;’ our country owes them a debt of gratitude,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki said on a conference call yesterday previewing the announcement. “We must ensure that veterans who come home from Afghanistan and Iraq get the opportunities they deserve.”


  44. 112 4morefor44
    February 3, 2012 at 12:51 am

    I think I’ve now watched this more than the al green impression “let’s stay together” video. It’s so brilliant on so many levels. Thank you!!!

  45. 113 hopefruit2
    February 3, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Beautiful song and video. Very touching. Can’t find enough words…

    THANK YOU CHIPS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. February 3, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Great vid chips. I hereby recant everything I said about you. 😉

    (Stick figgers ? really ?)

    /ducks and runs

  47. 115 LDS
    February 3, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Hello Chips and everyone,
    Wow! What a wonderful way to say good night.
    @Pamela, that bb game in slow motion just kept me smiling as well. FLOTUS facial expression was just so cute. You could see that he was teasing her and she was holding on. He was definitely having fun. And sealed it with a kiss……how cute.

    Thank you, Chips for all you do. I love the art work.

  48. 116 taiping1
    February 3, 2012 at 1:45 am

    https://twitter.com/eliz4senate/status/16531642841996083. Great video of Elizabeth contrasting a society where we work together and unions lead to a strong meddle class vs the YOYOECONOMICS (you’re on your own). She, as our President also does, speaks for us.

  49. February 3, 2012 at 1:46 am

    Dems raised more in 2011

    It wasn’t supposed to be like this.

    When Republicans took over the House in a stunning 2010 landslide, it seemed a given that money would rain down on the newly ascendant party.

    But Democrats dominated the cash dash in 2011, with the party’s campaign arm consistently outpacing its GOP counterpart. And during last year’s fourth quarter, more than a dozen upstart Democratic candidates outraised the incumbent Republicans they’re hoping to unseat — an early indication that momentum is shifting in the challengers’ direction.

    Republicans aren’t panicking yet. Independent analysts estimate that if the election were held today, Democrats would be far short of winning the 25 seats they need to retake the House. And, Republicans point out, it’s not as if the National Republican Congressional Committee had a bad fundraising year — they raised $54.5 million compared with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s $61.4 million. Democrats simply did better.

    But as the 2012 playing field solidifies, House GOP officials say fundraising is emerging as a serious concern. House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP party leaders are expected to address fundraising when Republicans gather for a closed-door conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club on Wednesday.


  50. February 3, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Love it Chips! Great vid.

  51. February 3, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Chips thank you for the wonderful video, the President and First Lady are so awesome and genuine in their love for each other. It was a joy to watch.

  52. February 3, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Chips that was absolutely beautiful.

  53. 122 susanne
    February 3, 2012 at 3:53 am

    chips, you always bring the inspiring images, videos, and words of truth–this site uplifts and supports and joins so many people in the pbo ohana. thanks so much!
    and good night, all!

  54. 123 Ann_T
    February 3, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Sigh…that was a beautiful slide show and set to Adele. (Adele is amazing!) I saw other videos as I was scrolling down. But wanted to make a comment about the video before I fell asleep again. 🙂

  55. February 3, 2012 at 6:02 am

    I loved the video Chipsticks! The way POTUS looks at FLOTUS… oh myyyyyyyyy… *heart melts* Its beautiful unconditional Love right there!! You did a great job with the photos and the music being pieced together *fist bump* 😆 I wish they had a smiley pic for that on wordpress

    Anyway, back to work I goooooo

  56. February 3, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Aaah, Chips does it again. Moving and beautiful. Didn’t get to see this last night. It however, gives my Friday a lift. Thanks again, for ALL that you do.

    Happy Friday, everyone!!

  57. 126 DreamChaser57
    February 3, 2012 at 6:23 am

    I felt this deep in the depths of my spirit……tears flowed
    Adele is such a tremendous talent, she stands out all the more amongst a sea of synthesized trash.
    Words simply cannot express how fond I am of PBO and FLOTUS – their public displays of affection are so tasteful, genuine, and spontaneous

  58. 127 LunarSea
    February 3, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Morning all. Doing my usual morning dash out the door, but had to stop and say ‘IT’S FRIDAY!!!!’ Hope you all have a good one.

    PS wonder how many people at the prayer breakfast did an ‘It gets better’ anti bullying video. I know of three, POTUS, VPOTUS & Nancy Smash. Any others? LOL @ CINO (Christian in Name Only)

    PSS Van Gogh has nothing on this ChipsChica

    PSSS Happy Birthdays to all I missed & good luck to all the job hunters.


  59. 128 Mary Gray
    February 3, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Woke to the best video ever. Thank you so much.

  60. February 3, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Love, love, love the video. What a wonderful way to start the day.

    Can anyone explain to me, with the miserable Republican field of candidates for President, why people will not look to our President to vote for? I hear so many complaining about Romney, or Santorum, or Gingrich. I do not understand.

      February 3, 2012 at 8:00 am


    • 131 anniebella
      February 3, 2012 at 8:08 am

      Jackie 4 Obama, let me put my two cent in here, the reason alot of them will not vote for President Obama no matter how much they complain about that sorry GOP field, is because President Obama is B-L-A-C-K !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  61. February 3, 2012 at 7:41 am

    I just checked the totals for our President’s Two-Term Fund and the amount is is $1,581,484. I so hope they hit the $2M today!


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  65. February 3, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Oh brother! Roseann Barr is running for Green Party presidential nomination.

    LOL! LMAO! LOL!!!

  66. February 3, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Netenyahu is banging that war drum…
    Most Israelis are being fear mongered by this freak Netenyahu, instead of waiting for the sanctions to take place- Netenyahu wants War.

    Great! Not!!!

    • 143 anniebella
      February 3, 2012 at 8:21 am

      Jovie I’ve been hearing this all morning, since last night really. I hope this is not true. I pray this is not true. It could be a ugly mess for lots of people.

      February 3, 2012 at 8:30 am


  67. 146 Mae who love our CIC
    February 3, 2012 at 8:23 am

    It is no secret, you have amazing talents. I know that it is a labor of love. You make it seems so effortless. Thanks for all of your loving deeds.

  68. 147 halo
    February 3, 2012 at 8:28 am



  69. February 3, 2012 at 8:31 am

    8.3% big beat on jobs number , 243k jobs created!!!

  70. 156 halo
    February 3, 2012 at 8:31 am

    8.3% YALL


  71. 157 halo
    February 3, 2012 at 8:32 am

    243K YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  72. 164 donna dem 4 obama
    February 3, 2012 at 8:32 am

    8.3% Unemployment

    243,000 jobs ADDED

  73. February 3, 2012 at 8:33 am

    A *very* strong jobs report just posted: 250k jobs added; characterized as “blockbuster numbers” on Morning Joe.

  74. 170 utaustinliberal
    February 3, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Wooohoooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Unemployment rate drops to 8.3%. 243,000 jobs added. Manufacturing is up 50,000 jobs. November & December numbers revised up! Unemployment rate falls for the fifth straight month.

  75. 173 collegekay
    February 3, 2012 at 8:37 am

    8.3%???? FUCK YESS!!!

  76. February 3, 2012 at 8:40 am

    On January 20, 2009 the unemployment rate was 8.3.
    We are now at that rate!
    Morning in America.
    This is what happened to Reagan, nobody expected tge economy to do better, and then pop!

    • February 3, 2012 at 8:41 am

      This is what Gallup said. Gallup said that the unemployment rate is 8.3%. Is Romney’s having a spaz attack right now or what?

    • 176 collegekay
      February 3, 2012 at 8:42 am


    • 177 donna dem 4 obama
      February 3, 2012 at 8:45 am

      Our media sucks because everyone knows that when you have a economic downturn that unemployement is always a lagging indicator. The media never talked about that. Instead they would just repeat the Republican talking points that the Presidents policies failed.

      Well poo on them. I pray it continues to go down and Romney will be spinning in the wind trying to figure out how to convince the Country he should be President.

      PBO is going to wipe the floor with that bozo.

      On that note I am off to work.

      Have a great Productive Day TOD!

    • 178 hopefruit2
      February 3, 2012 at 8:55 am

  77. 179 ChristiMTL
    February 3, 2012 at 8:40 am

    GOP meltdown coming up!! Are they going to change their narrative now?…..Nah not a chance lol

  78. 182 Cheryllou
    February 3, 2012 at 8:41 am

    8.3% YES YES YES!!!! Thank you President Obamaaaaaaa!!! YES WE CAN, YES WE CAN! FUCK THE NAYSAYERS

  79. 184 collegekay
    February 3, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Chips wake uppp! LOL this is such awesome news!! I’m gonna have a fucking fantastic day haha

  80. 185 halo
    February 3, 2012 at 8:43 am


    • 186 donna dem 4 obama
      February 3, 2012 at 8:47 am

      My prediction is that GOP Governors will lay off even more public workers to try to depress the recovery.

      • 187 isonprize
        February 3, 2012 at 9:04 am

        DonnaDem. you know what? That’s a damn shame, but it’s probably true. Look to states with Republican governors. And who works in the public sector? Black folk. DAMN.

  81. February 3, 2012 at 8:45 am


    Let’s go, OTeam!!!!

  82. 190 desertflower
    February 3, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Let’s see. He doesn’t care about poor people. He endorsed the Ryan Plan. And he’s got his so FU! What a guy.


    When the Romney campaign disclosed in December that the couple’s five sons had a $100 million trust fund, I suspected that, in setting up the fund, the Romneys used a tax strategy that allows some very rich people to avoid paying gift taxes. But it was impossible to know if this was the case without seeing their tax returns going back years.

    So when Mitt Romney released the family’s 2010 tax return last week, I went looking. I found a hint on pages 132 and 134 of the return. It showed that the value of property placed that year into another family trust, the Ann D. Romney Blind Trust, was, for tax purposes, zero. The Ann Romney trust is not the same trust as the one that holds the Romney sons’ $100 million, but I wondered if the Romneys used the same approach in prior years when it came to valuing property placed into the sons’ trust.

    Reuters emailed the Romney campaign spokeswoman to ask how much the Romneys paid in gift taxes on assets put into the sons’ trust over the last 17 years. The spokeswoman, citing Brad Malt, the Romney family tax lawyer, answered: none.

  83. 191 halo
    February 3, 2012 at 8:47 am

    OK Just for a reality check! David Leonhardt who has been really balanced on the economy tweets: Fall in unemploy rate overstates strength of report. But still a v strong report. More new jobs than thought, and wages up.
    7 minutes ago

    • 192 donna dem 4 obama
      February 3, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Slow and steady is what the Obama Administration wanted and that’s how this recovery has been so his caution is okay with me but the impact on the American publics psyche will be very positive. If the country starts to feel that things are improving they will spend and invest and more importantly they will want to stay with the policies that are bringing about that success.

  84. February 3, 2012 at 8:47 am

    They are saying the Republucans will not approve the payroll taxcut.
    That is now dead.

    • 194 halo
      February 3, 2012 at 8:49 am


        • 196 utaustinliberal
          February 3, 2012 at 8:59 am

          With the way the economy is steadily improving, if the GOP doesn’t approve the pay roll tax cut, in an election year, they are effectively signing the seal on their own unemployment and handing the House of Reps on a platter to the Democrats. In other words, let them be stuck on stupid and pay the consequences.

          • 197 hopefruit2
            February 3, 2012 at 9:07 am

            Exactly. The days of game-playing are OVER. This nonsense may have worked in 2010, but it will FAIL in 2012.

        • 198 anniebella
          February 3, 2012 at 9:18 am

          Jovie, if it is true that the Republicans won’t pass another extension of the payroll tax cut, well how does the White House, the Senate, and the House all being run by Democrats sound? Playing politics with this will just be driving another nail in their coffin.

      • 199 symmetry11
        February 3, 2012 at 8:54 am

        Lawmaker Impasse May Provoke Another Short-Term Payroll Tax Cut Extension – http://bloom.bg/xBXUEW

    • 200 cookemom
      February 3, 2012 at 8:52 am

      “They” always are saying something. What do ‘they’ know and when did ‘they’ know it?

  85. 201 cookemom
    February 3, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Woo Hoo! job numbers for January in. 243,000 new jobs…over 100K than expected. Unemployment drops to 8.3, which exceeds expectation that it would stay at 8.5 Adjustments for December seasonal layoffs show no impact on the January numbers. Manufacturing is strong. These numbers are best since Feb 2009.

  86. February 3, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Here is that two term fund clock-


    We are now less than 400k to our goal of 2 million.

  87. 204 utaustinliberal
    February 3, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Wow could CNBC and MSNBC have more of a sad that the unemployment rate went down to 8.3% and 243K jobs added. Jeez! Shill for the GOP much? Honestly, the punditry and their GOP counterparts can suck it! This is amazing news and it definitely puts another plus in PBO’s corner.

    • February 3, 2012 at 9:06 am

      The negative tweets from the MSM started immediately. Turns my stomach how infiltrated everything is by the RWNJs. PROPAGANDA everywhere.

    • 206 halo
      February 3, 2012 at 9:10 am


    • 207 hopefruit2
      February 3, 2012 at 9:19 am

      Yes I notice that Mark Knoller has been trying his best to dampen the good news with all kinds of tweets about Veteran unemployment, Black unemployment, teenage unemployment, etc….

      • 208 anniebella
        February 3, 2012 at 9:36 am

        The media want a close election, they were hoping for bad news. It’s good ratings for them, plus they don’t like our POTUS. I say to hell with them, Knoller, Todd, Tapper, A.Cooper, all of them.

  88. February 3, 2012 at 9:12 am

    President Obama and FLOTUS will host a State Dinner next month for British Prime Minister Cameron during his Official Visit March 13-14.

  89. 210 halo
    February 3, 2012 at 9:13 am


  90. 211 desertflower
    February 3, 2012 at 9:13 am

    F them. We can ALL be happy for these job numbers….the people on the STREET will be happy for these job numbers…..nobody listens to their whining anyway (but us)….we’re moving in the right direction, and that’s all that matters! Let them whine some more. It just shows the nation where their alliances are. Who in their right mind bitches about great job numbers?? They take stupid to a new level. I’m going to have a great day today thinking about this!!! Happy Friday…thank you Obama Administration!!!!

  91. 212 lovingandlaughing
    February 3, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I am feeling somewhat better this morning and was so delighted to watch this beautiful video above of our first couple. thank you so much chips. that song was the perfect match for the images. those unemployment numbers are sounding better and better! yee-haw!
    Obama/Biden 2012 and beyond! 😉

  92. 214 utaustinliberal
    February 3, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Hahahahahahaha. It’s hilarious watching Chuck Todd flail and writhe in anger and negativity. He can’t accept the fact that there is no bad news when one looks at individual sectors of the economy in the jobs numbers. Healthcare added 31K jobs, manufacturing added 50K jobs, construction added 21K jobs, professional/business services added 70K jobs. He was questioning Mark Zandy over and over again. Is this bad? Is there any bad news in there to report? Are you sure you’re correct when you say if the jobs numbers keeps improving or stays steady that PBO will be elected? Are you sure there’s not going to be nay bad news next month. Zandy kept repeating…no, no, no ,no. No bad news period. If the economy keeps improving/stays steady PBO will be re-elected. Chuck Todd haz a sad today! 😆

    • 215 57andFemale
      February 3, 2012 at 9:26 am

      His bias is truly disturbing. You can see him struggle to not acknowledge anything positive about this President, and gleefully make shit up if he has to to discredit him.

  93. February 3, 2012 at 9:16 am


  94. 217 desertflower
    February 3, 2012 at 9:16 am

    From Greg Sargent:

    Next up on jobs: Obama today will unveil $1 billion in funding for a new Veterans Jobs Corps, but perhaps this bit is more interesting: “Obama is also expected to announce that the budget to be released this month includes $5 billion in funding proposed in the American Jobs Act to spur police and firefighter hiring in 2012.”

    This, of course, was voted down by Republicans in Congress last time around.

  95. 218 halo
    February 3, 2012 at 9:17 am


    • 219 anniebella
      February 3, 2012 at 9:21 am

      halo, when I first heard this, I said the same thing you said.

    • 220 Linda
      February 3, 2012 at 9:33 am

      I always wonder the same.

      Remember the ” hikers” in Iraq that wandered in to Iran ? My conspiracy theory son always thinks they are really government agents.

  96. February 3, 2012 at 9:27 am

  97. 224 anniebella
    February 3, 2012 at 9:30 am

    If the Republicans were working with President Obama I do believe our economy could be in much better shape. Many more people could be working, but it speaks volume as to what kind of people these Republicans are, when they were, are willing to let people suffer just for political reasons. Their agenda have been to stop Obama, they don’t care who suffers. And that is what is so sick about them. If the situation were revised I do believe Obama would work with them for the good of the American people who need help. He would put the welfare of this country and it’s people first.

  98. 225 halo
    February 3, 2012 at 9:32 am


  99. 226 dotster3
    February 3, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Matt Lauer will have a live interview with President Obama during the Super Bowl pregame show.

  100. February 3, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Wow!!! what a wonderful tribute to our First Family…Love..Love all around

    Thank you so much Chips:-)

  101. 229 Obama Grandmama
    February 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Your video brought tears to my eyes and pride for being an Obama supporter to me. Thanks, Chips.

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