Happy Mother’s Weekend, Flotus!

I know, Mother’s Day isn’t until tomorrow, but amk refused to wait and demanded some FLOTUS-ness today – no patience, that man.

Happy Mother’s Day to all TOD mothers – and their mothers!


Monday: The President will travel to New York City to deliver the commencement address at Barnard College. While in New York City, the President will also tape an appearance on “The View.” The President will then attend campaign events before returning to Washington, DC, in the evening.

Tuesday: PBO will deliver remarks at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service, an annual ceremony honoring law enforcement who were killed in the line of duty in the previous year. Also on Tuesday, the President will welcome Major League Soccer champions, the LA Galaxy (Be Warned: Tally’s gonna pass out – literally), to the White House to honor their 2011 season and their MLS Cup victory. In the evening, the President and the First Lady will host a dinner for the Combatant Commanders and spouses at the White House. The Vice President will also attend.

Wednesday: PBO will deliver remarks in the Washington, DC area, where he will continue to call on Congress to act on a “To Do List” that will create jobs and help restore middle class security. Also on Wednesday, the President will award Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. The First Lady will also attend.

Thursday: PBO will attend meetings at the White House.

Friday: PBO will deliver the opening keynote to the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. Later on Friday, the President will travel to Camp David for the G-8 Summit, which will address a broad range of economic, political and security issues. The President will remain overnight at Camp David.

Saturday: PBO will remain at Camp David for the G-8 Summit. Later on Saturday, the President will travel to Chicago where he will welcome NATO allies and partners to his hometown for the NATO Summit on May 20-21. The First Lady will travel to Chicago with the President.

208 Responses to “Happy Mother’s Weekend, Flotus!”

  1. 1 Proud Former White House Intern
    May 12, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Happy Mothers Day FLOTUS

  2. May 12, 2012 at 6:19 pm


  3. 10 Me4obama
    May 12, 2012 at 6:20 pm


  4. May 12, 2012 at 6:20 pm


  5. 12 GGail
    May 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Helloooooooo Chipsticks 🙂

  6. 13 utaustinliberal
    May 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to FLOTUS & all including the one who brung me! 😀

  7. 14 vcprezofan2
    May 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Really like the FLOTUS tribute, CC, and the fact that Sasha & Malia got a part in it.

    ps. Chica, I can’t find my award for yesterday’s ‘Good Friday’ first. You didn’t give it to someone else , did you? 😉

  8. 17 Beaglemom
    May 12, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    That was lovely. Michelle Obama is a superb First Lady and First Mom!

  9. 18 mtmarilyn
    May 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Glad you are doing this! I don’t think I will be on this site until tomorrow night and I want to wish all the mother’s here “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!” You don’t have to be a mother to be a mother. There are lots of women I know who have never had children, born or adopted, of their own who have mothered many! This is to all mother’s!!!!!!

    Also Happy Birthday to Meta! Have a very special Day!!!

    And to the 2 very special mother’s in the White House Thank You for being such wonderful role models!

    Now off to work on my lilacs. They are almost to bloom. I have 10 different kind and colors. I love lilacs.

    • 19 desertflower
      May 12, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      So right! I can smell those lilacs:) I love them, and haven’t seen one in years…..

    • 20 jacquelineoboomer
      May 13, 2012 at 12:52 am

      I love lilacs, as well, and had to move from Florida to Illinois to see them again!

      Thanks for this lovely post, Chips, and Happy Mother’s Day to all, and Happy Birthday (early) to Meta!

  10. 21 ctgirl7
    May 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to FLOTUS and all the TOD moms!

  11. 22 amk for obama
    May 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the Ladies.

    It’s 4 am here and I am off to fly to a place 1500 kms away.

  12. 23 utaustinliberal
    May 12, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    This is insane. David Gregory is supposed to be non-partisan and he’s headlining a GOP event with Karl Rove? Olbermann was suspended for giving donations to political groups and politicians yet Gregory is allowed to do this? Gregory works for NBC and NBC News which is the network side of things and they are supposed to be non-partisan. It’s bloody unethical.


    • 24 hopefruit2
      May 12, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      This is all over Twitter and people are OUTRAGED, and rightfully so!

    • 28 anniebella
      May 12, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      I will send NBC and Meet the Press a email also, because there is nothing fair and balance about David Gregory. He is a mouth piece for the Republican Party.

    • 29 globalcitizenlinda
      May 12, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      do not be surprised if david gregory ends up at fox. remember when he was a White House correspondent for NBC/MSNBC and he used to ask very rude questions to President Obama.

      no wonder Meet The Press always has that mccain on – like he won something

    • 30 goldendreamer
      May 12, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Why aren’t we taking to the streets our frustration over the media’s incompetence? Shouldn’t we do a sit-in at Fox News HQ or something?

  13. 31 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 12, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the special TOD moms and to our exceptional First Lady!

    And, let’s do something for all moms starting tomorrow …


    • May 12, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Tweet and email Mr Griffin, NBC President. He is the one to talk to!
      This biased reporting has to stop!

      • 33 Elaine
        May 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm

        I don’t know what Ed Schultz is considered, but you guys remember when he headlined the democratic retreat a couple months ago. We know what david gregory is so just don’t watch him.

        • 34 globalcitizenlinda
          May 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm

          Ed Scultz’s EDShow is an opinion show and no one lies about its bias. MTP is supposed to be a neutral show like the news programm

          • 35 sabreen60
            May 12, 2012 at 10:42 pm

            Therein lies the problem. The media has the public so screwed up that many don’t know the difference between a “news” show and an “opinion” show. Meet the Press USE TO BE a “news” program when Tim Russert was alive and was host. Everybody knows how bias MTP is now. In fact all the Sunday political shows have vastly fewer Democrats than Republicans every week. But this should not be a surprise. Corporations OWN TV stations. Corporations are largely the political arm of Republicans.

        • 36 utaustinliberal
          May 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm

          Ed Schultz does an opinion show. That’s highly different from doing a news program on a major news network. Gregory is considered a new journalist who works for NBC not MSNBC. He is supposed to be objective. He cannot be out there raising funds for a GOP group that runs nasty ads for the GOP and raised funds and actively fought against healthcare reform. That is 100% unethical. We all know Ed leans left. MTP is supposed to be neutral and non-partisan.

          • 37 prettyfoot58
            May 12, 2012 at 11:32 pm

            Is there any program that is non-partisan….but the good news is that his cover is blown……

            • 38 prettyfoot58
              May 12, 2012 at 11:36 pm

              but this raises an even deeper question/….where are the jounalists…..we have asked this so many times…esp when we watch the white house press….

              everyone is more interested in parlaying an opionion…pushing an agenda then objective reporting….in fact it is all opinion and entertainment….

        • 39 nathkatun7
          May 13, 2012 at 1:22 am

          Ed’s show, like Morning Joe, etc is a political opinion show. MTP is supposed to be a neutral News show.

    • 41 hopefruit2
      May 12, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      This would have been an otherwise great gallery weren’t it for the fact that WaPo decided to include one of PBO’s ex-girlfriends from college. Not only does she NOT belong in this group of “Barack Obama’s Women” but it’s disrespectful to his wife and daughters, who are also included in the gallery. Secondly, I don’t think that Desiree Rogers belongs in the group either. Why not Kathleen Sebellius or Hillary Clinton? Rogers is included because she was associated with a “scandal” early on in his Presidency and got fired.

      Furthermore, I believe that if the story of the story with this ex hadn’t come out, WaPo would not have had the gallery in the first place – not now anyway. Afterall, it’s Mother’s Day, and a tribute to his mother or perhaps the First Lady and/or mother-in-law is much more fitting than a selection of women, some of whom are clearly out of place.

      • May 12, 2012 at 8:08 pm

        I actually liked it. I see it as a slide show of women who shaped who he is today as a man and as a president. I personally don’t have anything against the ex girlfriend or Desiree Rogers. Nothing they did or said will hurt his election or change the positive views Americans have of him.

        • 43 hopefruit2
          May 12, 2012 at 8:31 pm

          Initially I thought the same as you did. But I noticed that his mom-in-law and grandma were both absent, and that was a dead giveaway that this wasn’t what the WaPo purported it to be. I find it difficult to justify why Desiree Rogers and college ex-girlfriend and not his mom-in-law (who lives with him and helps to raise his daughters), or his own grandmother Toot (who raised him in part) who from everything I’ve read about them suggests they’ve played key roles in shaping the kind of person that he is, are not included in this gallery.

          Also, why not Hillary Clinton – someone who he ran against in his first presidential campaign – and without question must have gotten a lot of political experience from dealing with her, and whom he selected to be in a top cabinet position?

          I believe WaPo’s intent was to be cleverly disrespectful by including a few women they BELIEVE to be associated with some form of potential embarrassment where PBO and his wife
          are concerned, while seemingly making it about some innocuous value about women voters.

          So I’m just questioning WaPo’s choices, but have nothing personal against Ms. Rogers or Ms. Cooke – I don’t even know them!

          • May 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm

            That’s fine but I still think people are taking this slide way too seriously.

            • 45 hopefruit2
              May 12, 2012 at 8:46 pm

              Actually we’re not. WaPo wants people to think it’s a serious or sincere effort, but it’s not.

              • 46 a night owl
                May 12, 2012 at 9:57 pm

                I agree with you hopefruit, I had the same reaction. I went into it thinking it was going to be a “feel good” piece, but as I read the captions, I began to sense a bit of an agenda. It relies heavily on “insights” from David Maraniss, who has a gossipy book about former girlfriends coming out that he wants to sell. Then it quotes the insufferable Jodi Kantor, who has the gall to think she knows what is in the First Lady’s heart and mind. And the kicker for me was the caption for the Anita Dunn photo–complete with the (hack job) quote about how the White House was a hostile workplace! They later say that she disavowed the quote, but why bring up the completely debunked quote in the first place?

          • 47 globalcitizenlinda
            May 12, 2012 at 8:40 pm

            ms cooke??? well that made me laugh because your head is definitely working fast.

            it just occured to me that since the WAPO is the place that broke the story about mitt the entitled lying bully and his assults in high school, they now feel that they have to do that false equivalence and trash PBO and his youth.

            Could you please contact WAPO with your thoughts and complaints about their blantant omission? you are making a very valid point about the people omitted versus those included.

            • 48 hopefruit2
              May 12, 2012 at 8:59 pm

              LOL! Thanks globalcitizenlinda. Since WaPo tweeted the gallery, I tweeted them back about the glaring omission in response. I’m sure my name is on Karl Rove’s list of “Twitter and Internet O’Bots that the Media should be wary of.”

          • 49 isonprize
            May 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm

            I think his mother in law, Marian Robinson, his Tut – Madelyn Dunham, and Hilary Clinton would have been stellar additions to that list. I have to admit, I sense a bit of “shade” being thrown including Desiree Rogers and the ex-girlfriend. But you know, that’s what shade is, facts mixed with just enough innuendo to tweak a subtle negative thought.

  14. 50 collegekay
    May 12, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    FL Miche is an amazing person and a great mother. Happy Mothers Day to her.

  15. May 12, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    President Barack Obama is ahead of presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney among Michigan voters in the race for president, a new poll shows, and is leading in part because of strong support among women.

    Obama was leading 45.1 percent to 39.5 percent in the Glengariff Group Inc. poll, with 15.4 percent undecided; the margin of error is 4 percentage points.

    Obama enjoys far stronger support among women, leading Romney 47.3 percent to 35 percent, while nearly tied with Romney among men, 43.8 to 43.1 percent. The results pose a potential “gender gap” problem for Romney, pollster Richard Czuba said Friday. The Republican needs to be wary of that margin, he added.

    “Barack Obama, if he wins, will win it on the women’s vote,” Czuba said. “I think, for the Romney campaign, that is the issue now, making headway with the gender gap.”


    • 52 jackiegrumbacher
      May 12, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      For Willard to make headway with the gender gap he would have to: 1) change his personality from the inside out; 2) erase every rotten misogynist thing he’s said and had recorded on Youtube since he started campaigning in 2007; 3) reject everything he ever learned over a lifetime of seeing women as helpmates, rather than fully independent and strong human beings; 4) start publicly advocating for pro choice, the widespread availability of free contraceptives, the American Health Act, equal pay for equal work and improved educational opportunities for women, for starters; and 5) reject the tea party, evangelicals and all rwnjs. IOW, it ain’t gonna happen. Even if he tried every trick in the book to pull it off, he would still act and talk like the phony he is. And our mamas didn’t raise any stupid daughters.

  16. 53 carolyn
    May 12, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I LOVE that picture of POTUS and Mrs. Robinson…..if anything speaks of the love between them, that is it.

  17. 54 prettyfoot58
    May 12, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Happppppppy MOtherssssssssss Day…TOD….


  18. 56 anniebella
    May 12, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to the best First Lady in my lifetime…..Mrs. Michelle Obama

    • 57 anniebella
      May 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      I respect and admire FLOTUS so much, she is a wonderful role model for women all over the world.

  19. 58 carolyn
    May 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    The Washington Post lead said that the question pundits now have, is not why is Romney so disliked by women, but what makes women like Obama so much? Those idiots will scratch their heads forever.
    I’ll tell them. President Obama RESPECTS us. He knows the struggles of a single mother and a hardworking grandmother who didn’t get the promotions she deserved. His respect is deep and we know it.
    On the other hand, WE GET him. We understand his goals and where he wants to take the country. His vision coincides with ours….a more compassionate, open country where everyone gets a fair shake. We understand that, because it is just recently that we have been able to get an almost fair shake. We understand minorities, because we were a big one politically. We see that life must be co-operative, not constantly competitive. We do not like bullies. Many of us have been bullied, and we’ve seen our children bullied…..I have,and mine were not even minority children in their schools.
    Mitt does not respect women. John McCain does not respect women. GWB does not respect women. They may say so, but as my mother said: “What you do speaks so loudly, I can’t hear a word you say!”
    President Obama has a compassionate heart and a brilliant mind. We are SO fortuante!

    • 59 anniebella
      May 12, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      President Obama also have a loving, strong, intelligent, woman by his side, his wife Michelle Obama, which I’m sure is a voice for us women.

      • 60 anniebella
        May 12, 2012 at 7:43 pm

        Mrs. Obama represent the 99% of us, much more than that 1% Ann Romney.

      • 61 desertflower
        May 12, 2012 at 7:50 pm

        Yes, and he isn’t threatened by strong women…he embraces them and learns from them. The others? Not so much…we are people that need to be “tethered and put in our place”. That’s the difference.

      • 62 carolyn
        May 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm

        Yes, definitely. I firmly believe you can tell the caliber of a man by the kind of woman he marries. PBO married a strong, independent, intelligent, beautiful woman who knows herself and her standards. This shows me what kind of man he is as well as anything!

    • 63 hopefruit2
      May 12, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Washington Post just wants an excuse to focus on Barack Obama’s college ex-girlfriend under the guise of a seemingly innocent question. They don’t want to focus on Romney whose strange history and secretiveness warrants twice as much scrutiny as PBO.

      But they want to focus on PBO and have put out a gallery of “Barack Obama’s Women” with his college ex-girlfriend amidst supremely important female figures like his mother and FLOTUS. His mother-in-law is NOT included in this gallery (ask yourself why would Desiree Rogers and a college fling be included in such a gallery but not PBO’s mother in law who has lived with the family for the last 3.5 years and helped to take care of his children?!?!?)

      I’m so sick of this media and their constant hidden agendas when it comes to this President.

    • 66 betseyc
      May 12, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      Amen, Carolyn! At first I was going to suggest that you send this to Wapo, and it may still be a good idea. But on second thought(s) I figured this writer must be clueless to ask this question, and there’s probably little hope. And then figured, let them wonder. If this is the best they can do, let them get all the way to election day asking stupid questions. Let the juggernaut work under the radar.

    • 67 jackiegrumbacher
      May 12, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      How dumb does the Wapo have to be to ask that question? Romney acts and speaks like an arrogant prig who panders to nutjobs whose agenda includes putting women in their place and controlling them, There has not been one anti-woman piece of legislation from right wing states that Willard hasn’t supported. His personality is nothing short of repellent. PBO is a caring, charismatic man who has worked tirelessly to ensure that women are treated fairly from fair pay to affordable health care to a full and final say in family planning. He has filled his cabinet with strong and intelligent woman and sent two brilliant women to the Supreme Court. He’s warm, personable and has the sort of personality that draws people to him. Wow, it’s really a head scratcher, wapo. Maybe you can put your most serious thinkers to the task of figuring this one out.

    • 68 a night owl
      May 12, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      The self-styled “Masters of the Universe” are feeling insecure.

    • 69 vitaminlover
      May 13, 2012 at 12:08 am

      Spot on!

  20. 70 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Good evening TOD fam. Just in from a NTL meeting so I need to catch up. Here is pic of some of our grou

  21. 74 Tally
    May 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    This is why I celebrate Mother’s Day:

  22. 79 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Keeping #BullMitt in the loop … it’s only fair 😉


  23. May 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Jill Biden jumped into an Iowa congressional race on Saturday, telling a crowd at a private fundraiser in Des Moines that it was about time the Hawkeye State was represented by a woman.

    The candidate in question has some major Democratic connections, though.

    Christie Vilsack, wife of Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, is running against five-term Republican Steve King in that state’s fourth district. The vice president’s wife pointed out that 14 Democratic women have run for governor or federal office in Iowa and lost.

    “We all know it’s long past time for Iowa to elect a woman to Congress,” said Biden, according to a pool report. “Until now, the only place you could find a place a woman from Iowa serving in Congress was in the movies and that was a Billy Wilder movie released in 1948.”


  24. 81 hopefruit2
    May 12, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY First Lady Michelle Obama! 🙂 🙂

  25. May 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Standing in a plywood-walled command post before Gen. John R. Allen, the supreme allied commander in Afghanistan, the nervous-but-earnest young lieutenant cast his platoon’s task for the day in the grand terms of counterinsurgency strategy — the American military’s wartime playbook for the past several years. The goal of the platoon’s walk through a bazaar and meetings with village leaders, the lieutenant said, was for the Afghan government to be “seen as an effective governing body that gains legitimacy with the local population.”

    Such ambition used to elicit enthusiastic praise from visiting generals. Not anymore.

    “How are you going to create that as an end state?” Allen asked, making no effort to mask his deep skepticism.

    Faced with an order from President Obama to withdraw 23,000 troops by the end of the summer, and the prospect of further reductions next year, Allen is hastily transforming the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan. Instead of trying to continue large U.S. counterinsurgency operations for as long as he can, he is accelerating a handover of responsibility to Afghan security forces. He plans to order American and NATO troops to push Afghans into the lead across much of the country this summer, even in insurgent-ridden places that had not been candidates for an early transfer.


  26. 83 nospin
    May 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Mother Dear

    By James J. Metcalfe

    Dear Mother, you are part of me, and I am part of you

    And you are part of everything, I ever think or do.

    And out of all the parts of life, I am or hope to be

    I need not tell you, Mother Dear, you are the best in me.

    You are the sweetest of my songs, the truest of my friends

    You are the sunshine in my heart, the dream that never ends.

    You are the hand that comforts me, the smile that lifts me up

    And you are all the sugar, at the bottom of my cup.

    Oh, Mother Dear, there are some things, I cannot write or say

    But all my love and gratitude… are all for you today.

    * * *

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s and mother figures at TOD.

  27. 84 collegekay
    May 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I don’t understand why PBO’s ex girlfriend is in that slide of women in his life. And they put her ahead of his children. The media is trying hard to make her relevant.

    • 85 collegekay
      May 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      RE: the Wapo slideshow.

    • 86 vcprezofan2
      May 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      And, reading Twitter, it seems we (unfortunately, IMO, including some TODobots) are willing to do their work for them! Why can’t we just refuse to draw attention to the gallery? WE all mostly know who the strong women in PBO’s life are, and no amount of resurrected past girlfriends can overshadowed the females currently in his life IF WE DON’T PAY THEM ANY ATTENTION. The only attention I intend to give the media in this regard is WHEN they bring forward his previous wife, or the children PBO has outside of marriage and has not been supporting (in other words…NEVER)!

    • 87 nospin
      May 12, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      I don’t mind it at all. We all have a past and she was a part of his.

      In fact she was honest enough to write “In Barack Obama she had found a kindred soul, dislocated, caught in between,” Maraniss writes. But Cook wondered in her diary whether she was Barack’s ideal: “I can’t help thinking that what he would really want, be powerfully drawn to, was a woman, very strong, very upright, a fighter, a laugher, well -­ experienced — a black woman I keep seeing her as.”

      She recognized, he needed Michelle Obama. And here we are.

      • May 13, 2012 at 9:40 am

        Their past relationship, the history of it, is ennobling in so many ways. The depth of their characters, both of them, is so obvious is her diary entries and remembrances. She is a prelude to Michelle. Michelle is the woman she envisioned as PBO’s future partner.

    • May 12, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      I don’t see why its a problem. I mentioned up above that these are women that shaped who he is as a man and/or as a president. And I don’t see anything wrong with saving the best and most important for last – his two girls.

      I honestly think people are worrying too much about the ex girlfriend. Yes, she talked to and gave info to an author about her relationship with Pres.Obama but was any of it damaging? Its not like she came out and made accusations that they have a love child or he beat her/hurt her in any way.

      • 90 utaustinliberal
        May 12, 2012 at 8:38 pm

        Agree with your take on the issue.

      • 91 anniebella
        May 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm

        gobrookln, no one is worrying, I just don’t get the purpose of her picture being there.

      • 92 collegekay
        May 12, 2012 at 8:46 pm

        I don’t have a problem w/ her. I may even read David’s book. I just don’t see the relevance.

      • 94 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        May 12, 2012 at 8:53 pm


        He had girlfriends and this one seems cool. Hardly the makings of anything other than a yawn 🙂


      • 95 globalcitizenlinda
        May 12, 2012 at 10:06 pm

        perhaps a tribute on mother’s day was not the best place to include her because she did not play that role in his life

        • May 12, 2012 at 11:23 pm

          Then we should complain about 90% percent of the women in that slide show. I doubt his female cabinet members, Desiree Rogers, etc. aren’t/weren’t motherly figures to him.

      • 97 prettyfoot58
        May 13, 2012 at 12:12 am

        why include an ex girlfriend and give here equal status with the First Lady…it is disrespectfull…

        • May 13, 2012 at 12:26 am

          omg…just forget it. I can’t believe I’m defending WaPo. They are not giving ANY of these women equal status to FLOTUS. That’s just an absurd claim. The title isn’t “The Most Important Woman in Barack Obama’s Life”. Its titled “Barack Obama’s Women”. Obviously it was given that title to draw people in. Watching the slide I clearly saw a show of women who , again, shaped who he is as a man and as a president. if no one is worried about the ex ,why are people getting upset that she’s in there? If your real complaint is that WaPo is giving her equal status simply because she’s in the slide then lets call WaPO and have them remove every pic in that slide except for Michelle’s.

          Give me a break people. I’m done with this topic.

    • 100 anniebella
      May 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      I thought the same thing collegekay. I wish I hadn’t even look at it. Michelle’s Mom should have been their instead of that long ago ex-girlfriend. And to be honest, the real important women in President Obama life is his wife, daughters, sister, his family.

    • 101 anniebella
      May 12, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      The ex-girlfriend is not relevant, her picture shouldn’t have been there, that’s final my opinion.

  28. 105 aristac
    May 12, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I haven’t been able to respond because Real Life interrupted

    I think it’s sad from the responses that no one seems to understand what so many of us are saying. Or it seems have taken the time to find out about what we are saying.

    Chipsticks said “I read it as a heartfelt appeal”

    That has been just our point, the fact that you can read that letter and see it as a “heartfelt response” Do you not see how patronizing that letter was? As I said The President is a Harvard Educated Lawyer. He is NOT five years old. As I said that is how Masters use to talk to their slaves, and “Ladies of the house use to talk to their “mammies”

    “one last thing. To my knowledge we have only two openly gay people who comment at the site – I’m not sure much consideration was given to their feelings this week by those who felt angered by the letter. It can’t have been too pleasant constantly reading that their rights are a “wedge issue”

    Ah, I see what you did there, Nice, nice try.

    Anyway it seems like I’m beating a dead horse here. I cannot beat my head on a brick wall attempting to try and make people understand what BWD did can be upsetting and offensive to some. It’s obvious no true dialogue about this issue is wanted

    Carry on

    • May 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      There’s just no debating with you on this, Aristac. That you so snarkily dismissed my point about gay visitors to TOD says it all really, you’re not looking for a discussion, only a divisive row. I won’t bite.

    • 107 japa21
      May 12, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      Anything anybody says or does can be offensive to some. And in fact probably is. Just like your “I see what you did there” can be seen as condescending and offensive, even though I am sure you did not mean it that way.

    • 110 collegekay
      May 12, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      Did I miss something? :-/

      • 111 hopefruit2
        May 12, 2012 at 9:15 pm

        This is from a conversation in the “Rise & Shine” thread. If you weren’t around you probably didn’t see aristac’s comment.

  29. 112 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 12, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Good evening Chips,

    I’ve been meaning to tell you that I’m truly impressed by the chronological and content correlation of these two tweets 😀 😀 😀


  30. May 12, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    • 119 utaustinliberal
      May 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      That is soooooooooooooooo awesome! This is another way how we recruit more volunteers, small donors and change hearts. This election is still about hope and change.

    • 120 hopefruit2
      May 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm


  31. 121 nospin
    May 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Chips, I like the Happy Mother’s Day video a lot.

    • 122 Pamela
      May 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      Me too, Chipsticks, masterful arrangement of laughter and tears, stunning how recent some of them are ~ like from THIS MORNING! You are the Tops! Thank you!

  32. 123 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Heads-up everyone – handy little primer on scum-author Ed Klein ….

    “Here’s what you need to know about Edward Klein:

    1. Klein’s last book, which was self-published, suggests Obama was born on foreign soil and is a practicing Mulism. In his 2010 work The Obama Identity: A Novel (Or Is It?), Klein co-authored along with a former Republican congressman is a compendium of Obama conspiracy theories. He had to self-publish the book.

    2. Klein promoted a shameful conspiracy theory that Bill Clinton raped Hillary. In his 2005 book, Klein promoted an anonymous, hateful allegation supposedly made by two people who “claim” to have spoken with Bill Clinton about the circumstances surrounding the birth of the Clintons’ daughter Chelsea.”

    And much more at http://thinkprogress.org/media/2012/05/12/483210/edward-klein-obama-book/?mobile=nc



  33. 126 anniebella
    May 12, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I am looking forward till President Obama being on the View Tuesday. It suppose to tape Monday and shown Tuesday, right. I can’t wait to see what that GOP blonde witch has to say, no name is necessary, you all know who she is.

  34. 127 lisalovesobama
    May 12, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    So over the course of 4 hours ( I decided to veg out today) I saw 2 anti Obama ads. The worse Rove ad by far was the one saying PBO wasted 36 billion tax payer dollars and shipped thousands of jobs to Finnland, Mexico and– worse of all {{GASP!!!}}–CHINA!! Wow. Rove is such an a-hole liar. 🙄 how do these creatures sleep at night? SMDH

    • 128 hopefruit2
      May 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      lisalovesobama, I’m not too concerned about these ads – I think the only people who will be affected by them are those who won’t vote for PBO anyway. Unlike Santorum, Mankini and Paul, negative ads against PBO are unlikely to yield same return on investment because enough people know him, have seen his policies implemented for the past 3-4 yrs, LIKE and TRUST him. Romney on the other hand is seen as a liar, a flipflopper without a core and someone who shouldn’t be believed or trusted, and so any actions on his behalf will be seen accordingly.

  35. 129 desertflower
    May 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm


    Romney holds fundraiser with Kris Kobach, the anti immigrant adviser/”non adviser” of the campaign.

    • 130 globalcitizenlinda
      May 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      why does mitt the entitled lying bully think that we are fools? he denies this hate monger then he holds a fundraiser with him??

      this is the same mitt the entitled lying bully who thinks he is going to be able to confuse hispanics and other people for whom immigration is a key issue? I do not know what kind of fools he thinks we are

      • 131 desertflower
        May 12, 2012 at 9:27 pm

        He’s a user…and a stupid one at that. Karma will hit him square across the chiseled jaw and mess his coiffed hair back soon enough. I can’t WAIT for the debates!

    • May 12, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Ah but Desertflower, Ron Paul supporters aren’t racist, we know that from his newsletters and Greenwald’s supportive tweets 😉

      • 134 desertflower
        May 12, 2012 at 9:16 pm

        I’m smacking my head here! 🙂 How DARE we say that about them?!

        • May 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm

          Shame on you DesertFlower. If Greenwald and Hamsher support Ron Paul he MUST be a progressive. How on earth could you not know that?!

          • 136 desertflower
            May 12, 2012 at 9:22 pm

            Is Progressive Lunatic a party affiliation? I’m just real happy that there’s such turmoil and dissension in the ranks:)

          • 137 Cha
            May 12, 2012 at 11:02 pm

            Losers supporters Losers. Cockroches supporting Cockroaches. May they be so happy crawling under their rocks on the junk pile of history.

    • 138 lisalovesobama
      May 12, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      I’ve heard
      Elle call PBO, black W. people are dumbasses and they get dumber by the day.
      Ps– I think I just used the first curse word of this thread. Obviously I have a problem. I guess the first step is admitting that I have a problem: Hello everyone. My name is Lisa and I’m a cussaholic.

    • May 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      As the old Heaven 17 song put it, ‘Come Live With Me’, Desertflower. Depressing insanity.

      • 143 desertflower
        May 12, 2012 at 9:29 pm

        Insanity all around me. I’m drowning in insanity, while others drink liberally. It’s got to stop!

    • 144 isonprize
      May 12, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Wow, what is WRONG with that governor of yours???? WOW, Just wow.

    • 145 globalcitizenlinda
      May 12, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      I feel for you!!! You have such a hatemonger in charge of your state and a number of hatefilled gop legislators

      Please come back to the Buckeye State – there have been many progressive changes especially in Columbus. Besides, the arrongant kasich tried to do the same crap legislation and the people humbled him through the power of their votes. now he is less arrogant and even tries to reach out – altthough one doubts his sincerity.

      • 146 desertflower
        May 12, 2012 at 9:43 pm

        ison and linda…..OMG. This happens under the radar around here. No one knows until it’s over. She is an evil, evil woman, that only serves the Koch Bros and ALEC….since there are only 9 Dem legislators here (I think that’s close) and every one of them is aligned with ALEC,and they are all batshit crazy birthers, tenthers,RW freaks to begin with……this is the kind of BS that passes for work on behalf of the citizens of this state. I didn’t even mention that the shit for brains gov. took $50 million meant for homeowners to balance the budget she told everyone was ALREADY balanced!


        Day after day after day of this stupid, hurtful, damaging, discriminating stuff. But hey! those corporations are WONDERFUL! Slashing education to the bone MARROW….let’s keep the people stupid, because if they were ever smart enough to figure out how bad we screw them, we would never be in power again…..the republican mantra here.

        I have to figure out a way to get the heck out of here….maybe not tomorrow, but soon. This is really wearing on me, it goes against everything I am. I have wonderful friends, a job that I love, but I don’t know how long I can put up with this. I need a blue state, bad. Sorry guys, it’s Saturday and I shouldn’t be a downer…weekend and all:) I’m going to go cut the lawn and get this out of my system……

        • 147 desertflower
          May 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm

          I didn’t mean the Dems were all aligned with ALEC…the entire R contingent of the AZ legislature is though!!

  36. May 12, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Sleep time for me, see ya tomorrow everyone 😉

  37. 153 globalcitizenlinda
    May 12, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    okay, I am sorry if I appear pety but something struck me as strange and this is the major news programs’ omission of the FLOTUS’ appearances at two commencements in these last two days. I understand the need to mention mitt the entitled bullying liar but wow, not even a single mention of Mrs Obama???

    • 154 isonprize
      May 12, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      GCL, Why on earth do you think our bought and sold Republican owned media would show smart, compassionate, gorgeous First Lady Michelle Obama addressing college graduates? 😆 😆 I want some of what you are partying with!!!!

      • 155 globalcitizenlinda
        May 12, 2012 at 9:36 pm

        well, I kind of thought that given that both were giving commencement speeches at the same time at least half a minute would be devoted to an honarable mention.

        ps, I do not think you would appreciate all of what I am “partying with” at this time. Reason: I working on a paper, chewing ice (seriously ice-cubes like I some kind of kid!) to keep me awake and checking here every so often to calm my soul

    • 156 utaustinliberal
      May 12, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Actually, CNN and MSNBC mentioned her commencement address a lot of times throughout the day.

      • 157 globalcitizenlinda
        May 12, 2012 at 9:40 pm

        I meant the network news channels during the “official news” at 6 or 6.30. Maybe I missed it but the ommision for me was so glaring given that they devoted major time to mitt the lying bully

    • 158 anniebella
      May 12, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      glogalcitizenlinda, FLOTUS was in North Carolina today at North Carolina A&T and I don’t recall hearing anything about her speaking, but the local channel talk about Romney speaking at Liberty. I contact the local station and ask them why didn’t they cover FLOTUS speaking at A&T? I told them I want a answer to my question also. I will get that answer because I plan to give them a call also. They won’t disrespect FLOTUS like that without hearing from me.

  38. 160 SueBee
    May 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Hi Chips! Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms on TOD.

  39. May 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    In the first debate of what could be one of the hottest congressional races in the country, Republican Rep. Joe Walsh and Iraqi War veteran Tammy Duckworth, accused each other of wanting to end Medicare.

    Walsh voted for Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget which Walsh said is the only plan on the table to save Medicare. Duckworth said the Wisconsin Republican’s budget “guts” the troubled program.

    Walsh and Duckworth also clashed on gay marriage and contraception.

    “If you pass the Ryan budget, it would end Medicare as we know it tomorrow — not in 10 years — it would gut it as we know it tomorrow,” Duckworth said as they talked over each other.

    “It would save Medicare,” Walsh said, telling his Democratic rival to drop her argument: “Get rid of that.”

    “Congressman,” Duckworth continued, “In order to give a tax cut to millionaires and billionaires, you would completely gut Medicare. You’re right: The seniors in my district are scared that they are going to lose their Social Security…”


  40. 162 globalcitizenlinda
    May 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I do not know if we have discussed it here but once again Karma struck a person who coonstantly abuses PBO.

    I am talking about the pompus CEO of JPMorgan Chase who constantly insulted PBO for doing his job and putting in place the financial regulation.

    I could be wrong but I believe I read that he was one of the most vocal people in the finance industry who are determined to see that PBO is not re-elected and that the financial reform legilsation is nullified.

  41. 164 ChristiMTL
    May 12, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    So if I get this right….Olbermann was suspended for a donation
    Ed Shultz last week on Real Time said that if he could donate to the Obama campaign, he would….but he can’t …MSNBC policies.

    David Gregory will be the keynote address” speaker at a major Republican Advocacy Group???

    Very suspicious

    Why is he allowed to do that?

    Olberman was a host…not a journalist….
    Shultz is a host…not a journalist…

    Gregory is a host and a journalist…..

    Actually (from Think Progress) He is marketed by NBC as an anchor and “trusted journalist.”

    Trusted journalist?…they really think people are stupid….it’s an insult.

    Isn’t even worst, journalists are supposed to be impartial…….this is major…..I hope the network get flooded with complaints…

    • 165 Tally
      May 12, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Silly you, remember: IOKIYAR.

    • 167 Cha
      May 12, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Nobody trusts David Gregory except his mediawhore cronies. They “trust” him to DELIVER THE GOPROPAGANDA!


      The Reality Based Community needs to call them out on this like we did limburger and alec.

      • 168 0388jojothecat
        May 12, 2012 at 11:04 pm

        Moment he got up and danced with KKKarl Rove, I knew what David Gregory was….a GOP tool. I do not watch MTP and only if Rachel is on, sometimes. I sleep in rather than get up on a Sunday to watch GOP TEEVEE.

  42. 169 Tally
    May 12, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    • 170 Cha
      May 12, 2012 at 10:51 pm


      Romney: I’M RUNNING ON EMPTY

      I’M A BULLY





  43. 171 Tally
    May 12, 2012 at 10:15 pm

  44. 172 Tally
    May 12, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    • May 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      He is a meanie! That is why I went into the Military, to protect those who can’t protect themselves!
      This is Sad!
      I can’t believe the Republicans nominated this Guy?

      • 174 Tally
        May 12, 2012 at 10:44 pm

        It’s pretty sick.

      • 175 anniebella
        May 12, 2012 at 11:35 pm

        Jovie141, if you are talking about Mitt Romney, believe me they didn’t want him. They had no choice but to accept him. We remember how they kept begging for someone else to step in the race, but no one did. So Romney and his super pac played nasty and brought the GOP primary. They know he is a arrogant lying flip flopper, but these Republicans would support Charles Manson if they thought he could defeat that black guy in the oval office now.

  45. 176 desertflower
    May 12, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Great article! And someone asked about whether or not they would get the refund if they got their insurance from their employer…the answer is in here!


  46. 177 anniebella
    May 12, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Good Night. Bless you all. And remember OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

  47. 178 amk for obama
    May 12, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Hi guyz and galz – Waving from a transit airport lounge enjoying my G&T.

    Don’t that repig tool gregory with it. Tweet like hell.

  48. 186 desertflower
    May 12, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    One more praise for my favorite Katherine Hepburn…

    Alongside Margaret Sanger, Hepburn co-founded the organization that would become Planned Parenthood.[2] She was the mother of Academy Award winning actress Katharine Hepburn.

    Katherine Hepburn’s mother. She passed that fire for equality for all to her daughter….

  49. 189 desertflower
    May 13, 2012 at 12:19 am

    For anyone still awake, that wants the image of the deadbeat “dad” in their head all night…this is the entire debate, on video, of Joe Deadbeat and Tammy Duckworth


    • 190 0388jojothecat
      May 13, 2012 at 12:26 am

      Thanks df. It amazes me how the GOP cries “we’re broke” when they are the ones who loaded the government up with debt…two unpaid for wars. Why doesn’t ANY of the Democrats through that back into their faces? When people complain, I always tell them that ALL the republicans said we needed to be in these wars because of the TROOPS…the TROOPS ARE STILL THERE, now all of a sudden the American people want to get out, they no longer support the wars, when the Democrats were trying to make GWB get out.

      • 191 desertflower
        May 13, 2012 at 1:21 am

        Don’t forget 2 Bush tax cuts and prescription drugs! I would go toe to toe with ANY of these liars and kick their asses. I would venture to say that any one of us could. Those dems that don’t get on the ball and force these bozos on these topics that they should EASILY be able to debate….should shit or get off the pot.

    • 194 0388jojothecat
      May 13, 2012 at 12:37 am

      PBO has A list celebritys and Robme celebrities are all has-beens.

    • 196 itgurl_29
      May 13, 2012 at 2:13 am

      I don’t know who half those people are!

    • 197 globalcitizenlinda
      May 13, 2012 at 6:45 am

      see something else they did in that listing – they tried to list exactly the same number of endorsements for PBO as they did that of mitt the bullying liar – which is a total manipulation. it seems that once his list ended, they decided to not list any for PBO otherwise our list would be overwhelming.

  50. 198 desertflower
    May 13, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Even in his commencement speech to graduates today, Romney was a walking contradiction:

    “Today, thanks to what you have gained here, you leave Liberty with conviction and confidence as your armor. You know what you believe. You know who you are. And you know whom you will serve. Not all colleges instill that kind of confidence, but it will be among the most prized qualities from your education here,” said Romney. “Moral certainty, clear standards, and a commitment to spiritual ideals will set you apart in a world that searches for meaning.”

  51. 199 desertflower
    May 13, 2012 at 5:18 am

    Finally! The ladies with the common sense have weighed in! Must Read…..


    • 200 desertflower
      May 13, 2012 at 5:44 am

      Some comments from this post:

      The damage to the kid whose hair was chopped of has not even been discussed. In high school, three older girls held me down to see if my pubic hair matched my red hair. It was traumatic. I did not tell anyone, not my parents, not my teachers and not my friends. I certainly remember who they were and, after more than 50 years, don’t think of it often but I DO REMEMBER.


      I still remember high school events after nearly 50 years. Maybe Mitt has a touch of memory loss. Just what we don’t need, a bully who can’t remember bullying in the White House.


      I don’t care what Mitt did in high school so much as the fact he doesn’t remember that he did that. I bullied a kid when I was thirteen. I did something that totally humiliated him, and I was kicked out of Boy Scouts for it. I remember it as if it were yesterday, and feel awful any time I think back to that.

  52. May 13, 2012 at 6:03 am

    HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL MOTHERS. . . Great Grand Mothers, Grand Mothers, Mothers, Adoptive Mothers, Common Law Mothers, Village Mothers, Town Mothers, etc. and etc. We love you all.

    • 204 globalcitizenlinda
      May 13, 2012 at 6:36 am

      very nice compilation of stories and pictures included in this video. some PBO photos I am seeing for the first time. thanks for sharing

  53. 206 globalcitizenlinda
    May 13, 2012 at 6:37 am

    A very Happy Mothers’ Day to all mothers out there

  54. May 13, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Barack Obama v. Mitt Romney: Romney’s selective memory Other Voices 05/13/2012 3:29 AM
    Mitt Romney’s op-ed piece (“Romney issues Ohio challenge,” May 4) conveniently ignores that when the policies of the previous Republican administration brought on the greatest financial collapse and economic recession in more than 80 years, while millions were losing their jobs, their homes and their pensions, Mr. Romney and the Republicans said, “Do nothing!”

    He now has the gall to criticize President Barack Obama for not turning the economy around faster! Perhaps, if the Republicans had put aside their political ambitions and worked with President Obama to help those affected by their policies, they might have the right to criticize him. But for the past three years, the Republicans have done nothing but sabotage every effort he has made to turn the economy around.

    Mr. Romney’s business experience has never been as a “job creator.” His only business experience is to make himself a lot of money at the expense of others. Just as the goal of the Republican leadership from the very beginning has been to make President Obama a one-term president, “whatever the cost to the American people.”

    Mr. Romney is only interested in his own political ambition. He’s going to turn things around? He doesn’t even live on the same planet as the rest of us!

    Christopher Farrand Willowick

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