into the great wide open

Hachikō and Tucker have arrived in Maine…. and Tucker looks right at home.

Wishing them both nothing but happiness and brighter, better days ahead.

Thank you again to all of you who helped make it possible for them to have this fresh start. You know who you are – you’re amazing.

243 Responses to “into the great wide open”

  1. 1 proudofobama
    April 18, 2012 at 9:27 pm


  2. 10 itgurl_29
    April 18, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Now this is a blessing! Look at Tucker in the water!

  3. 11 Diane
    April 18, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Congratulations Proud on being first! I cannot believe this photo. This looks so much like the pond in my back yard and Tucker looks like my dog Roxie who also loves the water. Wow

  4. 13 collegekay
    April 18, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Awww Tucker!!! He’s so adorable

  5. April 18, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I am so happy you and Tucker, Hachikō . . . I do not say much here anymore, but have been secretly praying for you and a great outcome to your journey.

  6. April 18, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    What an idiot! As ususal Mittens keep following the President and had bus driving around in circles whre our Pres. was today. As Rachel Maddow just said . . . “Doing donuts in the parking” LOL

  7. 16 hopefruit2
    April 18, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    This is wonderful news Hachiko. I see that Tucker is enjoying his new residence to the maximum! Beats the noisy crowded atmosphere of NYC any day!

    • 17 Hachikō
      April 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Indeed! He absolutely loves it here. He’s happy, so I’m happy. And LunarSea has made him feel right at home. He’s the man of the house already. LOL.

      • 18 hopefruit2
        April 18, 2012 at 9:40 pm

        We are all so grateful for what Chips & LunarSea have done. There are no words!

        It just occurred to me – is Maine that warm this early – or is Tucker so happy he doesn’t mind the cooler water?!? 🙂

        • 19 Hachikō
          April 18, 2012 at 9:42 pm

          No, it’s not warm at all here. Tomorrow, it’s going to be high of around 40! But, we had just come back from a 3.5 mile hike/walk and he was hot. He waded right in and started drinking the water. 🙂

        • 21 0388jojothecat
          April 19, 2012 at 12:04 am

          I agree hopefruit2, this place is so amazing that we have such a caring community here and of course our awesome Chipsticks who runs the place. Hachiko I am so happy for you and Tucker, he looks right at home. Good luck in your new start in Maine, looking forward to hearing about your progress in your new adopted home.

      • 22 taiping1
        April 18, 2012 at 9:47 pm

        So happy for you both! With time you will both heal from the stresses of the last year. Blessings to LunarSea.

      • April 18, 2012 at 9:47 pm

        My black lab goes swimming all the time! They love the water, and when I was in Maryland, she loved the Snow!
        Anyways, good luck, way up there in Maine!

      • 24 57andFemale
        April 18, 2012 at 10:52 pm

        So glad to see yuou reunited. If there’s anything you need….

        To the TOD family who helped – what a group you are.

  8. 25 Hachikō
    April 18, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    You posted it! Thank you, Chip! And, yes, thank you to all the wonderful TOD angels. LunarSea and I were just talking about the amazing community you’ve built here, Chip. This place is a magnet for the best of us and brings out the best in us.

    A big thank you from me and Tucker to all of you who made our transition possible. Blessings to you all! 🙂

    • 26 jackiegrumbacher
      April 18, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      Blessings to you, Hachiko, and to Lunar Sea. You made it out of the dark night and now I truly believe a good day is beginning with you.

    • 27 theo67
      April 18, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      Things are looking brighter already! Glad Tucker is out in the open air, and you’re together. Happy “ending”,although, it’s more like a happy beginning. And, God bless LunarSea.

    • 28 44obamagirl
      April 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Hachiko I am so pleased and happy for you, this is indeed a beautiful caring community. God bless you all.

  9. 29 utaustinliberal
    April 18, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Awesome news. Thanks for the picture you sent to me on twitter Hachiko. It was nice to see you and Tuck in smile mode. 🙂

  10. 31 desertflower
    April 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    OMG. Tucker looks like he is happy as a clam:) I am so happy that they have both reached LunarSea’s place and are moving on. Makes me so happy!!

    • 32 desertflower
      April 18, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      A special thank you to LunarSea for such a generous and selfless offer to one of our own. We certainly have quite the community here. I am grateful everyday for all of us.

  11. 33 desertflower
    April 18, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Come on MSM! Do you jobs and report THIS all over the place! Get judgement there, Mitt!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  12. 34 anniebella
    April 18, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Oh Wow!!! Tucker looks like he is enjoying himself. I’m so happy to see this.

  13. April 18, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    President Barack Obama, at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., for a fundraiser on Wednesday, took time out to sit in the historic bus where civil rights hero Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back where African Americans had been segregated.

    “I just sat in there for a moment and pondered the courage and tenacity that is part of our very recent history but is also part of that long line of folks who sometimes are nameless, oftentimes didn’t make the history books, but who constantly insisted on their dignity, their share of the American dream.”

    • 36 jacquelineoboomer
      April 18, 2012 at 10:17 pm


    • 37 theo67
      April 18, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      I really hope there’s a picture of that historic moment. Reminds me of that quote from Khari Mosely, “Rosa sat so Martin could walk; Martin walked so Obama could run; Obama is running so our children can fly!”. There are a ton of paintings showing either Rosa Parks in a bus on one side and President Obama in the Beast on the other, with that poem. Profound. President Obama sitting in that bus just illustrates so profoundly that things have come a long way, despite the regressives that want to deny it.

    • 39 globalcitizenlinda
      April 19, 2012 at 12:38 am


      thanks a lot for this extra information! what a historical moment! we are living in pleasant times indeed

  14. 59 PoliticalJunkessa
    April 18, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Beautiful pics from Maine. Tucker looks like he’s in his element. 🙂

  15. 60 hopefruit2
    April 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm

  16. 64 ladyvader
    April 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    First of many good things to come to you Hachiko, you deserve it.

  17. 65 lamh35
    April 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Evening TOD. I’ve come off my exile a few times today, but only when I just gotta post something before it kills me…lol

    I happened to be watching the Madonna interview on Rock Center, , but now they are talking about Ussain Bolt and the Olympics and I realizing that I kinda can’t wait for the Olympics.

    I’m thinking this year, I’m going to go all in. First FLOTUS will be leading the American delegation, it’s in London, so I hope to see an Idris Elba sighting or too, but it’s the few times I can watch track and field and gymnastics and swimming meets without surfing the dial to find a good meet.

    100 days until Olympics…kinda can’t wait.

    • 66 theo67
      April 18, 2012 at 11:53 pm

      You crack me up! Every time I’ve checked in today, you’ve been coming off exile. It’s addictive – no point trying to fight it… 🙂

  18. 67 hopefruit2
    April 18, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    What is Lawrence up to now? First I guessed PBO. Then I guessed Willard. I don’t know! I’m curious 🙂

  19. 77 a4alice
    April 18, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Aww that makes my day – happy dog happy dog so glad that Hachiko and Tucker are safe and in a place of peace. thanks to LunerSea and all the people here at TOD and Chipstah. It’s a wonderful thing.

  20. April 18, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    This pic almost brought me to tears. Bless you Huchiko, and bless sweet Tucker.

  21. 81 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    April 18, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    That’s wonderful Hachiko. I’m so glad things are looking up. Tucker is handsome guy. 🙂

  22. April 18, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    (President Obama speaks at the Henry Ford Museum Wednesday | Reuters)

    President Barack Obama, at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., for a fundraiser on Wednesday, took time out to sit in the historic bus where civil rights hero Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back where African Americans had been segregated.

    He shared his thoughts afterward at a $10,000-per-head reception at a private home.

    “I just sat in there for a moment and pondered the courage and tenacity that is part of our very recent history but is also part of that long line of folks who sometimes are nameless, oftentimes didn’t make the history books, but who constantly insisted on their dignity, their share of the American dream.” 

  23. April 18, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    President Barack Obama touted his decision to rescue the American automobile industry at a pair of fundraisers Wednesday in Michigan.

    At a $250-per-person event at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn and again at a $10,000-per-head reception at a private home in Bingham Farms, the president hailed the bailout and tried to draw sharp contrasts with Republicans.

    Every GOP candidate opposed the bailout in 2009, with frontrunner Mitt Romney even penning a now-famous op-ed urging the federal government to “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.”

    “Change is the decision we made to rescue the auto industry from collapse,” Obama said at the museum, according to a pool report. “…Between 2000 and 2008 we tried what they’re selling, it didn’t work.”

  24. 85 amk for obama
    April 18, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Best wishes on your job hunt, Hachiko.

    That dog ain’t a duck, is he now ? 🙂

    • 86 canadabarb4obama
      April 18, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Yes, Hachiko, things seem to be on the upswing. Bet it won’t be long til the very important piece of the puzzle, a great job, falls into place! Onward to a better place in life!

  25. 87 hopefruit2
    April 18, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Will Coward Fineman try to talk rubbish about PBO?

  26. 95 Pamela
    April 18, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Splish, splash, Tucker’s taking a bath! VaHoo for Hachiko and for friar Tuck, how lovely to hike for hours, and to be present in the emerging spring! Holy days, with a new moon on Saturday, so good timing to rev up a new beginning! Be at peace. We are here for you, for LunarSea and for Tucker! 🙂

    • 96 HZ
      April 18, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      Hachiko, ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( So Happy For Your New Blessings with Beautiful Tucker)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) My heart is full with tears of sweet joy and happiness for you. I knew it would happen with a lovely outcome. HZ

    • 98 Hachikō
      April 19, 2012 at 9:52 am

      Yes, a new beginning. I’m going to try to make the very best of it. 🙂

  27. April 18, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Obama campaign ‘honored’ to have green groups’ endorsement
    By Ben Geman – 04/18/12 11:40 AM ET

    The manager of President Obama’s reelection campaign welcomed endorsements from several big environmental groups on Wednesday.

    “We’re honored to have the support of the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, and Clean Water Action and Environment America, and we look forward to working with them throughout the campaign,” campaign manager Jim Messina said in a statement.

    The groups are strongly supporting Obama despite some divisions between environmentalists and the White House.

    Messina used the occasion to tout Obama’s environmental record in a way that emphasized the economy, which is shaping up as the top issue in the 2012 campaign.

    “President Obama is fighting for an economy that’s built to last, and that’s why he’s investing in clean energy and responsibly developing our natural resources in a way that creates good jobs here in America, protects the environment, and reduces our dependence on foreign oil,”

  28. 100 sherijr
    April 18, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    what a beautiful sight~ lovely post Chips, and as I told Marabout/Hachiko – seeing these pictures made my heart sing today.. its just wonderful and proof positive that we, the united we, can make real positive change happen together.

  29. 101 professorx10
    April 18, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    (((HUGGS))) Hachikō and Tucker, I am so glad you all made it. Stay strong.

  30. 103 hopefruit2
    April 18, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I want my President to have a nice week off in August before he starts the homestretch of his campaign. We want him well rested for the DNC convention AND election night 🙂

  31. 106 lisalovesobama
    April 18, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    So Gov Vaginal Probe is spending money on tv ads for Willard’s open slot for the VP position. Hahahahahahahahahahhahhahahahahahahaha! Please, please, please???

    • 107 jackiegrumbacher
      April 18, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      Yes, indeed. That would pretty much guarantee Virginia for Obama! These people have no idea how revolting they are.

  32. 108 Tally
    April 18, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    OK – I am so fail…. I’m posting on the last thread because…… I have no idea.

  33. 109 a4alice
    April 18, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Me tired. everyone have a good ni-


  34. 110 Tally
    April 18, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Annnnd – one more…. because I can.

    Ok – just because I feel in need of some Naughty Mat time, and there are no new updates from hot man in NZ….

    How about some Michael Fassbender…. who is almost as hot –


  35. April 18, 2012 at 10:28 pm

  36. 118 amk for obama
    April 18, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Eat your hearts out, you losers. Ha, ha.,ha.

  37. 126 lisalovesobama
    April 18, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    So apparently rightwingers want Mrs. Sidepiece aka the Fake Mrs. Bush aka Condoleezza Rice on the Willbot’s ticket as VP……… Hm. I wonder why? Rightwingers are so blatantly, disgustingly transparent. 🙄

    • 127 hopefruit2
      April 18, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      HAHAHA! Like voters are so stupid. Fake Mrs Bush needs to go sit down.

    • 128 Tally
      April 18, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      You mean ShoeGirl™? Please.

    • 134 EDP4BHO
      April 18, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      LOD seemed to be charmed by the idea !! They’re all in this shit together, just for the thrill of the hype. I’d better turn this tube off before I bomb it. Nite all 😀

    • 135 57andFemale
      April 18, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      Ya know, I can see them seriously considering her. He needs someone know knows the difference between Afghanistan and a crocheted sofa throw because Willard certainly doesn’t. She’s AA, female. All the symbols they need. A nice big imsge of Bush/Cheney. Bring it on.

  38. 136 hopefruit2
    April 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    My President is home safe and sound 🙂 Have a wonderful evening and get some sleep Mr. President.

  39. April 18, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    This was tonight!

  40. 139 criquet
    April 18, 2012 at 10:44 pm

  41. 142 auni
    April 18, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    I always attribute stupid remarks about the President not being an American etc. to folks who one could maybe call trailer trash. I just watched short interviews on Huffpo of women going into Ann R’s. birthday bash at the Trump Tower. Beautiful clothes hair etc, but you can’t cover up stupid. Rich wives from Texas, Florida and dumber then pond scum. One talked about how the President isn’t a Christian, at least not her kind of Christian. Damn straight Lady–he isn’t your kind of Christian, and neither am I. Your kind of Christian is racist, selfish, and just plain mean.

    • 143 anniebella
      April 18, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      auni, I would love to tell that woman who said President Obama isn’t her type of christian, that I have a feeling that Jesus Christ would tell her that she is not his type of christian.

    • 144 Cha
      April 19, 2012 at 2:40 am

      And, then there’s the trashiest of all..Trump Tower Trash.

  42. 145 carolyn
    April 18, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    The wonderful picture of Tucker in the water shows the power of a determined group of people. This wonderful group of people banded together to help make that happen…..just ordinary people who CARED! As the president always says, “YES, WE CAN! YES WE DID!”
    We need to remember this for the entire election season.

    • 146 Cha
      April 19, 2012 at 2:42 am

      I know, carolyn..speaking of GOOD OMENS!! Happy Wilderness to ya, Hachiko, Tucker, & LunarSea!

    • 147 Hachikō
      April 19, 2012 at 9:47 am

      I could not have done it without you and all the wonderful people here, Carolyn. It’s a tribute to Chip and this amazing community of good people whom she has brought together.

  43. 148 gcwp1
    April 18, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you so much for the update on Hachiko. I’ll email her tonight. You made my night!!!

  44. 150 Tally
    April 18, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    How cute is TUCKER????? Just sayin!

  45. 153 amk for obama
    April 18, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Fucking fourth estate.

    • 154 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      April 18, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      Hi amk — now remember, I’m “Our4thEstate” for a reason 😉


      • 155 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        April 18, 2012 at 11:38 pm

        That which should be the 4th Estate is totally corrupt, as you know amk. And, the point of “Our4thEstate” is to drive the message that ALL of us must become that Fourth Estate and we truly can because we have powerful tools of connectedness. It is time for us to usurp, completely, broadcast corporate media & print corporate media, and become a billions-strong social network of information sharers and participants in controlling our own destiny.

        We have the tools. We ARE the POWER.

        Let’s Get This Done!


        • 156 amk for obama
          April 18, 2012 at 11:48 pm

          Indeed Bob. The media thugs must not be allowed dumb down amurika any more with their lies, distortions, shilling for right wing

          • 157 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
            April 19, 2012 at 12:54 am

            Correct. Let’s be sure they never prevail, amk. We DO have the POWER to crush their LIES.


  46. 158 amk for obama
    April 18, 2012 at 11:00 pm

  47. 161 hopefruit2
    April 18, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Tomorrow I will look out my window to see if I can find Yardam’s boat.

  48. April 18, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Lawrence’s Last Word is Must See TeeVee! All the clips of Willard’s Wild and Crazy “Funniness”. It’s a Beauty! and So Pitiful as to make you cry! Willard is as funny as a rock. Same personality too.

  49. 164 amk for obama
    April 18, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    See shrub’s 23% still lives on.

  50. 169 Dudette
    April 18, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Love, love, love that picture of Tucker paddling away. I’m so glad he and his Mom made it up to Maine. I’m in awe of the wonderful people on this site who helped make that happen. My eyes are leaky again tonight — can’t figure out why.

    By the way, Maine must be THE place to go these days. A couple of colleagues at work decided to jump out of the rat race and just loaded up their family for a move there this month. Best kept secret?

  51. 170 amk for obama
    April 18, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Love it. GOBOTS.

  52. 175 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    April 18, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Could not be more delighted for you, Hachiko & Tucker!!!!!!

    And, dearest Chips, thank you for the exceptional community you have created – one that proves itself everyday to be the embodiement of the finest of our humanity.

    On a slightly different note …


  53. 176 lisalovesobama
    April 18, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Okay, so apparently I missed the whole blow-up/twitter war about PBO having eaten dog products, whatever, as a child. So tonight as I was waiting thru a commercial break for Chelsea Lately, so I flipped to TBS and Conan mentioned that the latest thing the GOP is after PBO for is the fact that as a child in Indonesia, he ate dog meat. The audiences’ response was silence but he added something else to that comment and they laughed. I laughed inappropriately at the audience’s silence because it’s such a gross(sorry for not being PC) idea (i wuv doggies!!!) and it makes me squeamish and I absolutely love PBO — but eeeeeeew!! I mean it’s actually hilarious in a gross kind of way and I almost felt sorry for the audience but their response (or lack thereof) was too funny. Then I went and looked up articles on the whole eating dog thing and laughed some more. It doesn’t seem to be getting any traction because 1) it’s a cultural thing and 2) he was between 6 and 10 when it happened and 3) PBO is too likable for this bs.

    I’m sorry, but I find the whole thing funny. I looked up the quote from the book and apparently, his friend Lolo introduced him to these delicacies as adventurous boys are apt to do. Lolo introduced him to snake meat which PBO described as tougher than dog meat and Lolo even introduced him to roasted grasshoppers. Lolo believed that you could either gain the strength or features(not direct quote) of whatever animal you ate and had promised PBO that one day he would eat tiger’s meat……… I’m sorry, I don’t know what the Willard and his campaign was trying to do( yes I do) but this story seems more ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ than ‘Evil Black Muslim Eats Your Pet—-Watchout Bo.’

    • April 18, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      Weigle says the GOP is using this, to prove that the Media did not vet the President properly in 08! Like, they are saying, what else is out there?
      Good grief!

    • 178 itgurl_29
      April 18, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      Lolo was actually his stepdad, but yeah, it’s not gaining traction. People are smart enough to know that people around the world eat things that we may not and visa versa. Plus he was a little boy eating what was given to him. In that same chapter, he also writes about his pet orangutan, which was common in Indonesia. Kids in his neighborhood didn’t have dogs growing up, that had orangutans! Yeah, I think by now people get that he grew up partially in an foreign country. That’s only scary to wingnuts, not normal well adjusted folks.

      • 179 lisalovesobama
        April 19, 2012 at 12:14 am

        thanks for the bit about Lolo.

      • 180 Michele
        April 19, 2012 at 12:46 am

        And the website Dogs Against Romney are not alarmed because Barack was a child but Mitt strapping a dog to the roof of his car was a 36 year old man……..Also, they found that muslims in Indonesia don’t eat dog meat as per Wikepedia… Ha..Ha…the Romney train is a failure…

    • 181 COS
      April 19, 2012 at 12:13 am

      PBO was a boy in Indonesia. Willard and Ann are grown a$$ parents who straped the dog on top of the car. Ann had the nerve to laugh about it in the interview with Sawyer. They are despicable and grasping for straws.

    • 182 0388jojothecat
      April 19, 2012 at 12:13 am

      Willard has a problems with a host of segments in this country and one of many are pet owners. They are grasping at straws and it won’t work. I can’t wait until someone tells Myth Robme to his face, you are a pathelogical liar!

    • 183 anniebella
      April 19, 2012 at 5:41 am

      lisa,I heard that lady from CNN, Jenny Most I think that is her name. She did a story about this. But here is the big difference, Barack Obama was a 8 or 9 year old child, a child who was living in a country with his Mother and his stepfather were some people eat things like that, Mitt Romney was a 36 grown rusty man living in the U.S. were no dam sensible grown man put there dog on top of a car for a 12 hour ride. So Romney supports this B.S. of yours won’t work.

      • 184 anniebella
        April 19, 2012 at 5:49 am

        Romney supporters will compare what a little child did in indonesia, to what a grown man did in the United States. It shows how desperate Romney supporters are. Prove Barack Obama ate dog meat when he was 36 years old and then we will talk, till then Romney supporters go take a long ride on top of your car.

  54. April 18, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Several NATO allies promised Wednesday to underwrite Afghanistan’s armed forces after foreign troops depart, as the United States and other nations plan to pull away from the front lines in Afghanistan next year.

    U.S. officials were at pains to show that the pressure to close down an unpopular war will not leave Afghanistan’s fragile government and unsteady military in the lurch.

    “There is no change whatsoever in the timeline,” NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen insisted.

    The messages aimed at different audiences are both challenged by current events in Afghanistan, where insurgents staged an impressive, coordinated attack last weekend that struck at the heart of the U.S.-backed government and international enclave in Kabul. Meanwhile, Taliban leaders are boycotting peace talks the U.S. sees as the key to a safe exit.

    U.S. and NATO claims of progress in Afghanistan were overshadowed by publication Wednesday of gruesome photos that purport to show U.S. troops posing with the dismembered corpses of Afghan militants.


  55. 186 joybarbados
    April 19, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Hi amk, cannot see your pic as I do not have a twitter account.

    • 187 amk for obama
      April 19, 2012 at 12:36 am

      Hi joy. You don’t need a twitter a/c to see the pic here. If you can see chips’ pics here, you should be able to see mine too.

  56. 188 desertflower
    April 19, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Call to action! Ohiodems.org sign the petition that once again attacks women’s healthcare choices and PP. Sign and pass. Thanks

  57. April 19, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Rachel finally has another target in Gay marriage. Willard!
    Now, maybe she will get up off the President!

    • 190 theo67
      April 19, 2012 at 2:27 am

      I thought the same thing, Jovie. I also thought, (uncharitably), maybe she’s secretly hoping Mitt becomes pro-gay, so she can support him against President Obama without any guilt. The fact that she never apologized for that unnecessary comment about the President will always be a sore point with me, even though I am back to watching her every now and then (given the media desert).

  58. April 19, 2012 at 12:10 am

    {{{{{{{{{{{{{Hachikō and Tucker}}}}}}}}}}}}}} He looks in his element. I’m so happy for you both. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥LunarSea♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  59. 192 LunarSea
    April 19, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Evening all – Getting ready to turn in and had to stop by and say hey, since I noticed it’s been a while.

    It is so wonderful having Hachiko & Tucker here. TOD peeps are just the best. And Tucker is so cute and laid back. I especially like the way he thinks about barking for a minute or two before deciding to go full throttle.

    Since my roommate and I both lost our dogs to old age about 1 yr ago the house has been strangely silent of barking sounds and Tucker is just what was needed. So thanks for having such a great dog, Hachiko!

    I’m totally enjoying having Hachiko and Tucker here, altho I’ve spent most of my time at work. She appears to be weathering the culture shock just fine. She says she doesn’t even notice the spring peepers (little frogs in the pond) chirpping away in the background so much any more. LOL -Way to go Hachiko!

    I’m having a hard time staying caught up on the boards. So much good info. I love coming here for my nightly updates and the best pics of the best PBO in my lifetime. Keep the info and the laughs coming.

    {{{{Michelle style hugs all around}}}}

    • April 19, 2012 at 12:51 am

      Sweet. Lots of blessings to you all.

    • 194 amk for obama
      April 19, 2012 at 12:53 am

      We should all ‘chip’ in and get you a halo. 🙂

    • 195 0388jojothecat
      April 19, 2012 at 2:16 am

      (((Hugs)) LunaSea, you and all the TOD’ers is the reason I still have faith in humanity. There are so many really really really good hearted people in the world and when I see the MSM giving so much airtime to evil people like Ted Nugget, I think of this place and our President and I feel there is hope for us. God Bless you and good nite all.

  60. 196 isonprize
    April 19, 2012 at 12:16 am

    I’ve away from the interwebbies all day. Scrolling thru TOD gave me the urge to state the screamingly obvious.


    SMARTER THAN MOST EVERYONE AROUND HIM (except Michelle 😀 ) check!







    YES WE CAN!!!

    Sorry for shouting, but I had to let it out!! 😆 😆

  61. 197 goldendreamer
    April 19, 2012 at 12:21 am

    YAY!!! ((((Hachiko and Tucker))))

  62. 198 Liberal Librarian
    April 19, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Ok all, going to bed. It’s been a great day. And yay for Hachiko and Tucker. It looks like Tucker is having the time of his life.

    Before I go, this one is for Chips to get her over her Champions League disappointment.

  63. 199 desertflower
    April 19, 2012 at 1:00 am

    A hoodie that we can all get behind. Well, most of us can….


  64. April 19, 2012 at 4:44 am

    It’s 4:30 am and this has been a long night with babes flying out all over. Very happy to read about marabout and tucker. Wish them every happiness in their new home and blessing to lunar sea for making it happen a long with the great people of this site. When I tell friends about TOD they can’t believe that strangers can really be so kind to one another. If we look for the best, quite often we find it. The gang here from Chips all the way along are the best!

  65. April 19, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I really don’t know how I’m going to make it until election day. I just want it to be November. The wait is so…tough. My nails aren’t going to make it. I just want to reelect him, taunt all my Republican friends and move on to relaxing a bit. I swear, the last thing I think of before bed is this election and the first thing I think of when I get up is this election.

    The other night, I actually dreamed it was election day. I was at a friend’s apartment, in the bathroom, going pee! and thinking to myself, “hm, the polls should be closing in an hour or so back east, that means Drudge must published exit poll numbers….” I dreamed Drudge because I remember, around 3:00 my time four years ago, checking Drudge and seeing their banner that, based on exit polls, Obama was winning big (+15 in PA, up in OH). That night was stress defined and I know this go around will be just as stressful. It was just funny dreaming about the election – well, at least waiting for the results. I awoke before I saw who won – or was leading in the exit polls. 😦

  66. April 19, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Tavis and Cornell on again! These guys are on more than anybody! For what purpose??? They have not eroded the support of the Presidents base and independents ignore them.
    Who are they talking to?

    • 208 anniebella
      April 19, 2012 at 7:21 am

      Jovie, who and what is on? These two men are a disgrace to their race. They are a sell out. If you felt what was coming from them was real, then we could agree to disagree, but I sense two men who is fill will alot of B.S. and they feel ignored, so they want some attention and this is how they get that attention, get on tv and trash talk President Obama.

    • 210 MsKitty (@michelec64)
      April 19, 2012 at 11:10 am

      They have a new book they’re shilling. PBO bashing is a lucrative business.

  67. 211 professorx10
    April 19, 2012 at 6:24 am

    For any one who wants to see the entire video of Pres Obama in Michigan last night here it is.
    Fantastic it is over 29 minuets and he was on fiya!

  68. April 19, 2012 at 6:33 am

    The President has a 46-42 lead over Robney in new Quinnipiac poll, which is center right poll-


    • April 19, 2012 at 6:39 am

      This poll says Robney is better on Immigration than the President! Immigration???

      • 214 Bill
        April 19, 2012 at 6:48 am

        I have not seen the poll but many want a hard core immigration policy. Maybe it should not be a surprise.

        • 215 hopefruit2
          April 19, 2012 at 7:30 am

          And Romney would provide that? Oh please.

          • April 19, 2012 at 7:32 am

            Unless, this tells you that Robney will find it more difficult to go to the left on immigration.
            You follow?

          • 217 Bill
            April 19, 2012 at 7:39 am

            I did not say he would provide it. I have no idea what Willard would provide. He does have that perception which he promoted in the primaries. Oh, please.

            • 218 hopefruit2
              April 19, 2012 at 7:53 am

              It is a surprise to me because during a recent Telemundo interview the President explicitly said that he was wholly in favor of immigration reform but his obstacle was the GOP in congress. He challenged the interviewer (who I believe is an activist in the Latino community) that as an activist he should be educating his community about the true obstacles to getting immigration reform so that they can be empowered to go out there, make their demands heard by congress and push the legislators to do the right thing.

              I know exactly where PBO is coming from. Many of these so-called activists have been just sitting back and blaming PBO – expecting him to do all the heavy lifting – even things that THEY should be doing, while not lifting to finger to call out the GOP in congress. Then they turn around and lament that he promised this and that and they haven’t seen it. This is unfair and it’s intellectually dishonest on their part.

              • 219 Bill
                April 19, 2012 at 8:10 am

                I think the point is that the majority of low information Americans want a “tough” immigration policy, whatever that is, and perceive Romney “tougher” than the Muslim Kenyan socialist. The low information voter has no interest in true immigration reform, they want “toughness”.This is why the poll does not surprise me. “Immigration activists” are not controlling the immigration agenda. Low information voters are controlling the agenda.

                • 220 hopefruit2
                  April 19, 2012 at 8:19 am

                  Sorry but I don’t buy it. What has Romney done to create the perception that he’s “tough” on immigration policy? And vice versa what had PBO done to create the impression that he’s weak? Especially when the same “Muslim Kenyan” is being perceived as tough and aggressive when it comes to spending, taking away gun rights, raising taxes, etc.

                  These immigration activists can play a huge roll in educating the said “low information” voters.

                  • 221 Bill
                    April 19, 2012 at 8:39 am

                    You must not have watched the Republican debates nor have you talked with an anti-immigrant biggot. Willard destroyed Rick Perry for suggesting undocumented children should receive in-state tuition. The crowd loved it. You can press your point but the poll shows your argument might not be valid.

                    Unfortunately few people in our country are capable of changing their minds about anything. Thus we have a 45%-45% split in our electorate.

                    • 222 hopefruit2
                      April 19, 2012 at 8:46 am

                      You’re talking about a Republican debate – not the country. Romney got applauded MANY times in those debates because it was set up that way. So you can’t use that as a point of comparison.

                      Furthermore, when Obama leads Romney by 50+ points among Latino voters, it’s hard to believe a right-leaning poll that suddenly has him trailing Romney on issues of immigration policy.

                      What I suspect is that as of late, the pollsters have been instructed to carefully skew their sample towards white conservative males..as the crosstabs have been showing for several recent polls.

    • 223 LOL
      April 19, 2012 at 6:42 am

      Don’t be fooled Jovie, in Feb Poll the Prez was up 46-44, so Romney went down two points. And I’m sure the press will report this little nugget 😕

      • 224 LOL
        April 19, 2012 at 6:46 am

        Along with that the Prez’s approval was 45-49 in Feb now 47-48.

        • April 19, 2012 at 7:04 am

          And he is liked by 81% of the People! I am sorry, but if people are on the fence, you ate going with the guy you like more. This will get the President votes, no matter how the right tries to spin it!

  69. 226 Bill
    April 19, 2012 at 6:38 am

    “Dogs Against Romney” has 50,000 followers on Facebook.

  70. April 19, 2012 at 7:13 am

    It’s not often that you hear national elected officials and media pundits rooting against a growing American industry — especially when it’s reducing U.S. dependence on imported oil. It’s also unusual for them to argue against job creation, global competitiveness, even against innovation.

    Strangely, that’s what’s happening to the U.S. electric vehicle industry.


    • 228 jackiegrumbacher
      April 19, 2012 at 7:40 am

      Of course, it’s not unusual for Republicans who could care less about jobs, global competitiveness and innovation. All they care about is power and rewarding their big oil corporate buddies. We have come to the point where we actually have one party actively working AGAINST the country.

  71. April 19, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Hopefruit? Where you at, Girl? I miss you!

  72. 233 hopefruit2
    April 19, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Here’s what “Dogs Against Romney” has to say concering the GOP nontroversy about PBO eating dog as a little boy in Indonesia.

    • 234 collegekay
      April 19, 2012 at 7:46 am

      the whole thing is ridiculous. the romney campaign is desperate

      • April 19, 2012 at 7:53 am

        The GOP is using this as proof Obama was not vetted properly!
        That is what they are saying!

        • 236 hopefruit2
          April 19, 2012 at 7:56 am

          Slight correction: “..GOP is unsuccessfully trying to use this as “proof” Obama was not…”

        • 237 anniebella
          April 19, 2012 at 8:10 am

          It was in the book written by Senator Obama, and plenty of people read his books, maybe just maybe it was no big deal because first of all they knew Barack Obama was not in Kansas eating dog meat. He was in a country were some people if I’m not mistaken, do eat that. Second of all this was a child who’s parents probably gave him that. A child. Now think about this, Mitt Romney lived in a country were no one with any dam sense place their dog on top of a car for a 12 hour drive. This act was done by a 36 year old adult. So the vetted B.S. is thrown out the window also. When you are desperate you will try anything. Welcome to the Romney camp and his supporters.

    • 238 anniebella
      April 19, 2012 at 7:59 am

      hopefruit2, collegekay, you can not compare what a 8 or 9 year old kid did, to what a 36 year old grown man did. It just shows how desperate the Romney supporters are.

      • 239 hopefruit2
        April 19, 2012 at 8:05 am

        That’s what we’ve been saying since this whole thing started! And that’s what Dogs Against Romney is saying here. That the GOP is so desperate that they are digging up irrelevancies about PBO to cover up Romney’s disgusting behavior.

  73. 240 trinisamba
    April 19, 2012 at 8:05 am

    The U.S.A has for centuries been looked at as the powerhouse of countries. As a non American (this view is shared by many of us) I (we) have seen that status tumble over the Bush1/Clinton (to a lesser extent) / Bush 2 era. Especially during the Bush 2 period the world became an ugly place quite rapidly. Just prior to 2008 many countries and their peoples were starting to pull away from having to deal with U.S.A. because of what it represented to the rest of the world. It was no longer viewed as a powerhouse (positive) but a Bullyhouse (new word). americas status spiralled downward rapidly. To many countries saw themselves being manipulated into debt, drugs and wars that for the most were totally unnecessary. I could go on and on.
    Fastforward to pre-election then election night ……………..the world looked on …..to what was, for most of us change………not only for America but for the rest of us. Barack Obama was that hope. The entire world revelled in his victory. We saw his charisma, his honesty, his sincerity. He provided most Americans and the world population with hope. A hope that the world could be a better place for all of us because like it or not what goes on internally in America affects the rest of us.
    He was and still is seen by people who have a brain, who are not racist and who are forward thinking, as the only person who can bring America back to its standing on the worls stage. He brought back the true meaning if diplomacy to the world. countries that were ready to fast pace awat from America were prepared to give another chance and listen ONE MORE TIME.
    Then cam the Newts and the Mitts who have no clue as to what real people want, need or have to say and feel that they can put themselves in his shoes, in his class and in his stature.
    BEWARE, the world continues to watch. Things can no longer be hidden. Thanks to technology and the instant world taht we have become. If I sneeze in the west someone or more knows about it instantly in the east. If the likes of the Republicans feel that we outside of America have no say (maybe not in the elections) but what goes on afterward. The rest of the world made a fast pace forward while America stood still and rested on its laurels thinking that they were at the pinnacle and that no one else could get there. Think again.
    We are waiting and watching and after November’s elections’ results are out the world will either stay its course and continue the dialogue of respect that has been proferred since 2008 or the rest of the world will turn its back if these nitwits get into power. LORD HELP US!
    Never again in our lifetime will the world see a leader who commands such respect, who has such brain power, skill, charisma, who is so caring to all…..who is so genuine. I could go on and on. Not ever will we see a union like Barack Obama and his Michelle………….true love at its best. Never again will we see a family unit so genuinely loving and cohesive.
    We need the likes of him for four more years (wish we could have more)
    I have ranted enough but Mitts and the like are just so annoying they make me feel vomitous. I just had to say my piece this morning.
    Have a great day Chips and all TODers wherever you are in this world. May it continue to provide us with all that we need in natural and personal ways!

    • 241 edp4bho
      April 19, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Thank you so much for your love and support. I wish we could keep him for eternity myself. He’s the real deal !

  74. 242 L3
    April 19, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I find it deliciously ironic that Williard’s son revealed this story as a way to show what a take charge, problem solver, man of action his dad is; but, instead it has revealed a cruel cluelessness about how one treats the family pet. It also further confirms how tone-deaf and weird these people are that they not only thought it was fine to do it in the first place but continue to lie on poor Seamus (R.I.P.) saying he liked it when all evidence points to the contrary. If this family was anywhere close to normal they all would have been sworn to secrecy and that story would never have seen the light of day. They all lack any self-awareness and have no idea how they are coming across to the American people they expect to vote for Williard. It’s stunning.

    You have a son welcoming and announcing to the world that his dad has been endorsed by a psychopath, another son, or perhaps it was the same one, who thinks it’s okay to compare the release of his fathers taxes with the release of PBO’s birth certificate, a mother who is as cruel as her husband in regards to Seamus (usually women are thought to be more caring and compassionate). This woman allowed her children to witness this animal abuse, which may be why her son didn’t think about what a terrible insight he was revealing about his father’s character. Ann, in that debacle of an interview, also thought it was perfectly fine to suggest it’s “our turn” to live in the White House. No need for that little thing called an election and no regard for whether the voters agree that it’s their turn. She seems to have disappeared from the campaign trail after that ridiculousness. Even though it was a weak performance by Sawyer, it revealed their hubris, cruelty and breathtaking sense of entitlement and we should be grateful for that. And then you have Williard once again saying something stupid in Pittsburgh, insulting the cookies that were provided for his talk with the voters there. How do you as a guest insult the city’s premiere bakery by saying with a look of disgust on your face, “I don’t know about these cookies. They don’t look like you baked them. They look like they’re from 7/11 bakery or somewhere.” Hey idiot, 7/11 is not a bakery.

    These people need to return to 1% land because they have no idea who the 99% are, how they live or what they need in a president.

  75. April 20, 2012 at 7:30 am

    OT. Just trying to change my user name back. Sorry to but in.

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