Photos: The 2012 WHCD

Lots more photos here – but there are no captions, so I don’t know who most of these people are ๐Ÿ˜•

155 Responses to “Photos: The 2012 WHCD”

  1. 1 collegekay
    May 21, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Nice very very nice

  2. 4 SueBee
    May 21, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Good Morning!

  3. 5 Proud Former White House Intern
    May 21, 2012 at 9:49 am


  4. 6 collegekay
    May 21, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I’d like to see PBO grow in his facial hair. I bet he’d look really good. Random but I always see his mustache/goatee stubble in close up photos ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 7 Esmerelda
      May 21, 2012 at 9:59 am

      No, I don’t think it would suit him.

      • 8 collegekay
        May 21, 2012 at 10:03 am

        Have you seen this pic? He looks good w/ it to me.

      • May 21, 2012 at 10:26 am

        Agree—no facial hair.

        • 13 Pamela
          May 21, 2012 at 10:42 am

          Maybe in 2017, but not yet. He looks handsome no matter what.. I kinda like that soft dark around his face where the hairs grow, it fascinates me deeply… Uh oh, did I just write that and post it?

          • 14 theo67
            May 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm

            Naughty mat’s out so early in the morning? That’s gotta be a record! ๐Ÿ™‚

            • 15 HZ
              May 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm

              Good Morning Chips and TOD family. I will go immediately and help Chips get the Naughty Mats out. This is going to be such a beautiful day to chill out. It is hot on the West Coast and only early am., so I am going to relax and so I can get ready to make calls to Iowa for my commitment for today. Keep me in your prayers. Heat/Heart. Love you all very much.HZ

              • 16 theo67
                May 21, 2012 at 12:59 pm

                Hey HZ – nice to see you. Enjoy the sun for those of us locked in conference rooms! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 17 desertflower
    May 21, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Ok. Serious question. Does Tapper’s wife NOT have a bra? All that money for not doing his job and his wife can’t find a bra? Sorry….catty, I know…but for crying out loud, she’s meeting the President!

  6. 27 Diane
    May 21, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Okay, the lady in read was loving that hug too much, then the next guy down was acting like Amk would if he got to hug Flotus (ha!). Seriously, everyone on the global stage understands how great our POTUS/FLOTUS are.

  7. 31 Cheryllou
    May 21, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Thank Chips. What a beautiful couple!!

  8. 32 debbyeOh
    May 21, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Cool pics, even Faux guy Ed Henry ’cause I just can’t be mad at his wife and kids! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. May 21, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Ed Henry has abeautiful family. Too bad he is such an schmuck.

  10. 36 ctgirl7
    May 21, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Our FLOTUS is just so beautiful! The guy next to her is not bad ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. 40 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Lovely pics. Beautiful First Couple!

  12. 41 donna dem 4 obama
    May 21, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Wow! What a beautiful First Couple. No wonder the RWNJ’s go crazy. They have nothing even close to this. We are blessed!

  13. 42 amk for obama
    May 21, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Egad. What are these tools doing at the dinner ?

  14. 43 amk for obama
    May 21, 2012 at 10:09 am

  15. 48 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Don’t forget to set your DVR’s folks. Two important PBO-related events tonight

    1. PBS’ In-Performance at Whitehouse from 9:00-10:00PM ET

    2. PBO gives commencement address at Joplin High School – livestreamed from WHitehouse.gov at 9:15PM ET.

  16. 50 amk for obama
    May 21, 2012 at 10:14 am

  17. 51 amk for obama
    May 21, 2012 at 10:15 am

  18. 52 smoothscotch
    May 21, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Morning everybody, hope you all had a great weekend.
    BTW who’s the woman in the red dress getting all cozy for her picture with PBO, she looks like she’s in hog heaven. And the picture with the guy in the middle of PBO and Mrs O, my goodness with his arm wrapped almost all around Mrs O waist. People sure like to get “up close and personal”

    Yeah, Yeah, I’m just jealous.

  19. 53 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2012 at 10:17 am

    ‘Adults’ don’t hold the nation hostage

    By Steve Benen


    I thought of this yesterday when McConnell told CBS’s Bob Schieffer, referencing House Speaker John Boehner, “The Speaker and I have been the adults in the room.”

    Ah yes, thank goodness for the adults. McConnell and Boehner (1) backed the Bush/Cheney agenda that added $5 trillion to the debt; (2) decided they no longer liked raising the debt ceiling; (3) held the nation hostage, threatening to hurt the country on purpose unless they got their way; and (4) rejected a White House offer to reduce the debt by $4 trillion.

    Nothing says “grown-up behavior” like the antics of an elementary schoolyard bully.



    • 54 Pamela
      May 21, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Nice try, McFlaccid.

    • 55 anniebella
      May 21, 2012 at 10:47 am

      McConnell is a liar, surprise, surprise, surprise.

      • 56 Ladyhawke
        May 21, 2012 at 11:09 am

        Everybody knows that it’s President Obama who is the only adult in the room. So now McConnell wants to try and copy that too. What a joke? It’s infuriating to me that the Republican Party is being treated like they are a credible opposition party on these Sunday shows. The proper response from Bob Schieffer to this nonsense from McConnell should have been to laugh out loud in his face. What a joke?

  20. 57 Hachikล
    May 21, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Wait a minute, what is that lady in red doing with POTUS? Haha!

  21. 58 amk for obama
    May 21, 2012 at 10:27 am


    • 59 jacquelineoboomer
      May 21, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Now, that’s funny.

      • 60 Liberal Librarian
        May 21, 2012 at 11:15 am

        Some folks don’t have the midichlorians for snark.

        • 61 jacquelineoboomer
          May 21, 2012 at 12:02 pm

          Oh, look, LL’s word-of-the-day arrived. Maybe everybody else knew it already? Anyway, I ran over to the reference desk and found this definition: “Word imagined by George Lucas to totally f-up the mysticism surrounding the force in Star Wars.” ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. May 21, 2012 at 10:30 am

    LOL! Fox News is saying that Solyndra is Robneys answer to the Bain attacks.
    Is that all they got? I expected more out of Rove!

    • 64 Pamela
      May 21, 2012 at 10:33 am

      High expectations from a low achiever, we shall celebrate soon! Rove, ugh, I can barely stand to type his name, will be in the crying pit along with the rest of the losers who think they are adults because they inhabit grown up bodies. I taught pre-schoolers who had more moral sense.

    • 65 theo67
      May 21, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Solyndra – funding request started under Bush’s Administration. At a strong disadvantage to China because China reinforcing it’s solar industry with steep incentives and undercutting prices of competitors. Private businesses in US taking advantage of China’s deeply lower prices and buying Chinese goods instead of supporting their own American made products (a condition the GOP like to refer to as “the free market” and not “picking winners and losers”). Obama Administration responds with charges against China of dumping their solar products in US and a proposal to enact steep tariffs – retroactively. Plus, Mitt himself has said that some businesses succeed and others don’t – “that’s how America works”.

      Let Mitt try and use Solyndra. He’ll walk into a trap of his own making.

  23. May 21, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Beautiful photos of our pres and first lady! That one head shot of PBO! Whoa! Exquisite!

  24. May 21, 2012 at 10:31 am

    The meida snakes all like to get their groupie on when they get close to the Obamas, then turn around and do hatchet jobs on them when their back on the corporate masters’ beat. shame on them.

    Hi everyone. Hope you’re all getting a good start on the week. Me I’m counting the hours to my B’day on Thursday. I get to be FLOTUS age. Born the same year. Where did all the time go between blissful childhood and now? ugh What do y’all suggest I do to mark that day besides amk telling me to load up on the liquor :D?

    • 68 amk for obama
      May 21, 2012 at 10:37 am

      Hey, you can never go wrong with G&T with ice & lemon wedge. Nevah.

    • 70 amk for obama
      May 21, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Advanced b’day wishes. Will Fedex two bottles of bombay sapphire. You have to get the tonic yourself.

      • May 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm

        Aah amk I knew you would come long with “unhelpful” advice, but I love you anyway (platonic, I mean. I don’t want your wife tearing my eyes out). Yep I will toast myself for having come along this far. Dear hubby is out saving the world and can’t make it back in-country b/4 my special day.

        He says we should plan a gettaway for June to celebrate both my day & our wedding anniversary. I chuckled cuz I already know that the entire trip will be filled with argument after argument. But it’s all good. That’s the whole point of a 24 yr marriage; you learn to righteously turn every molehill into a Mount Everest, and insist on your version of the mountain. Ha! ๐Ÿ˜†

        Thanks y’all for the recommendations on what to do. I’ll be HAPPY no matter what happens. Cheers in advance!

    • 74 donna dem 4 obama
      May 21, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Don’t go get all liquored up (listening to amk) because you’ll forget everything you did that day and you want it to be memorable. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Do whatever makes you happy. That’s why we say “Happy” Birthday on the anniversary of our birth. I hope whatever you do you do it with gusto and enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 75 amk for obama
        May 21, 2012 at 10:51 am

        Yeah, when the package is this pretty, who wants to know what’s inside ?

        (Guess where I stole that line from).

        • 76 donna dem 4 obama
          May 21, 2012 at 11:38 am

          I’m dying to know????

          • 77 amk for obama
            May 21, 2012 at 11:48 am

            joey tribbiani (from friends) on the rejection of his advice – how much time should a gal give a guy, who just broke up with his GF, before she makes a move on him.

            His advice? Half an hour. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • May 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm

        I know heh. But I have a soft spot for amk. I especially luv his dry wit. It’s finely honed and sharp as a tack. He can be a pain ….though, especially in his ill-advised war on Wimmin. There I draw the line….:lol: ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

  25. 81 amk for obama
    May 21, 2012 at 10:35 am

  26. 85 Linda
    May 21, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Is Congress getting dumber, or just more plainspoken?

    The sophistication of federal lawmakers’ speech patterns is on the decline, with members of Congress now talking, on average, at the level of high school sophomores. According to a new report by the Sunlight Foundation, Congress has fallen by almost a full grade-level since 2005.

    The members speaking at the lowest grade levels tend to be freshmen Republicans.

    As NPR noted on Monday, “Of the 10 members speaking at the lowest grade level, all but two are freshmen, and every one is a Republican.” That measurement is for all speeches since 1996.

    “Particularly among the newest members of Congress, as you move out from the center and toward either end of the political spectrum, the grade level goes down, and that pattern is particularly pronounced on the right,” said Lee Drutman, a political scientist at Sunlight.



    “Rarely is the question asked, is our children learning? George W. Bush

  27. 88 amk for obama
    May 21, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I love it that the campaign is telling the msm hacks to GFT.

  28. 89 Linda
    May 21, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Facebook stock is plummeting….

    UPDATE 3: As of 10:30 a.m. ET, Facebook shares were trading at $33.99.

    UPDATE 2: Facebook stock continued to drop after markets opened this morning. By 9:45, shares were trading at $33.50.

    UPDATE 1: As of 9:21 a.m., Facebook shares were trading at $36.50โ€Ž, down 4.53%โ€Ž in pre-market.

    PREVIOUSLY: Facebook shares dropped more than 3.2 percent to $37.02 (as of 8:11 a.m) in pre-market action on Monday, according to a Bloomberg report.

  29. 90 Cman
    May 21, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Umm. Who is the dude with his arm around Michelle’s waist. And who da hell said he could do that?

  30. 100 amk for obama
    May 21, 2012 at 10:48 am


  31. May 21, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Because, the Republicans think that West Virginia is the whole Country. Get it?

  32. May 21, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Lis Smith needs to get on tv. She is good!

  33. 103 57andfemale
    May 21, 2012 at 10:53 am

    A little more detail on Nick Hanauer’s excellent take on income inequality in the U.S. and the politics behind trying to keep his ideas quiet:


  34. 104 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2012 at 11:00 am


    If a provocative thesis falls in a forest…

    By Steve Benen


    Political scientists Tom Mann and Norm Ornstein — celebrated and respected figures of the Washington establishment — recently argued in an impressive op-ed, “Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.” It seemed like the kind of piece that would spur some debate within the political establishment. That hasn’t quite happened.
    So, what’s the problem? Why are Mann and Ornstein missing from the major Sunday shows? Where’s the debate? There are competing explanations for this, though I continue to think much of this is the result of “rules” that dominate much of the establishment’s discourse.

    As we discussed a month ago, when it comes to the establishment discussing what ails the American system, the rules dictate that “both sides” are always to blame for everything in all instances. Even if reality clearly shows one party more responsible than the other, no one’s allowed to say so — to assign responsibility to those who deserve it is to be biased and irresponsible.

    And these two violated the rules.

    Worse, they chastised those who wrote the rules:



    • 105 Lovepolitics2008
      May 21, 2012 at 11:40 am

      I don’t watch Rachel regularly anymore. Has she invited Mann and Ornstein on her show ??

  35. 106 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 21, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Ahhhh….we finally get to see the full length view of Michelle’s dress. SMASHING! It’s amazing how she consistently outshines everybody at these events — celebrities, models, starlets, she outdoes them all. Go FLOTUS! Love her.

  36. 111 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2012 at 11:25 am


    Dimonโ€™s Dรฉjร  Vu Debacle



    The point is that itโ€™s not O.K. for banks to take the kinds of risks that are acceptable for individuals, because when banks take on too much risk they put the whole economy in jeopardy โ€” unless they can count on being bailed out. And the prospect of such bailouts, of course, only strengthens the case that banks shouldnโ€™t be allowed to run wild, since they are in effect gambling with taxpayersโ€™ money.

    Incidentally, how is it possible that Mr. Romney doesnโ€™t understand all of this? His whole candidacy is based on the claim that his experience at extracting money from troubled businesses means that heโ€™ll know how to run the economy โ€” yet whenever he talks about economic policy, he comes across as completely clueless.



  37. 112 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Okay…I’m happy I wasn’t drinking coffee or grape juice – otherwise my newly cleaned carpet would have been a MESS after seeing this tweet from Snark ๐Ÿ™‚


  38. 115 Liberal Librarian
    May 21, 2012 at 11:37 am

  39. 120 Jessica
    May 21, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I see University of Notre Dame is trying to sue the President over the BC rules. Hmm good luck! This is why I continue to root against them during sporting events, no matter who they are playing.

  40. May 21, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Gooood and great getting up morning all you O’s!!!!! What a great new day for us TODsters! Welcome CJ from someone who delurked, not that very long ago. Once you get started, it’s hard to stop. So we have a woman swooning all over PBO and some dude grabbing FLMO (isn’t that a music group?) as if he owns her in the pics for this thread. Hands Off you two!

    On the political front, the last day of the NATO gathering here in Chi-town and all is well. Now we’ll get our streets and transportation opened back up for normal everyday life. PBO and FLMO were great host and hostess. I hope they got a chance to peek in on their homestead or at least walk through it or whatever they’d do when traipsing through one’s home alone.

  41. 128 jacquelineoboomer
    May 21, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Make me gag. Thomas Roberts of MSNBC just interviewed that great sage Jodi Kantor of the NYT, re-emerging with a story about Willard and his religion. Now she purports to know what he prays about, from her “sources” or just her own guesstimates, who knows. Please keep her out of the public eye, people, and let her take Willard with her. Double gag.

    • 129 Linda
      May 21, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Did she mention that he has admitted to personally re-baptizing people of different faiths after their deaths ?

      • 130 jacquelineoboomer
        May 21, 2012 at 11:57 am

        No, of course not. She didn’t mention the victims of the Holocaust who were baptized, either, both before and after his church promised not to continue that practice.

  42. 131 amk for obama
    May 21, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Excellent. suck on that cory and msm. Better get a boat load of ‘nausea’ curatives. I suggest crates of rotten eggs to suck on.

  43. 134 yardarm756
    May 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Good morning everyone. I go away for a coupla days and all sorts of stuff went on. Admiral Chips, I see you’ve kept things afloat on these rough seas, even got a coupla newbies. I won’t be active ’til I read all the threads I’ve missed. Hopefully I’ll be done by 6 bells. ๐Ÿ˜€

  44. 141 amk for obama
    May 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    This chart shows the gap between the percentage that is satisfied and the percentage that is not. When the chart heads north of the zero line, most people are satisfied. When it heads south, most aren’t. And it’s fallen off a cliff.

    In fact, the numbers have been sliding southward for a decade. There have been some brief upticks — the post-9/11 launch of the war on terror, the 2003 Iraq invasion, Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration — but the trend is clear. And there’s no simple, short-term explanation.

    Why? Because over the past few decades, Americans eagerly supported a series of decisions aimed at rolling back government’s influence in daily life. They were popular at the time. But now the country is paying a heavy price.

    Call it a hangover from America’s neoliberal binge of the late 20th century, a massive political project aimed at limiting government’s role in everyday life. Americans wanted “a minimum of government authority,” Ronald Reagan said while campaigning for the presidential nomination in 1976. “Very simply, they want to be left alone.” And that was exactly the program enacted over the next quarter-century: Marginal tax rates were reduced, especially for the wealthy; social programs were restricted; controls on commerce and finance were removed. By the time 2000 rolled around, Reagan was remembered as one of the greatest presidents in modern history.

    A great read.

    • 142 theo67
      May 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      This is a very salient statement. I was thinking the same about the California situation. Heavily in deficit, but nobody wants to raise taxes. Plus, nobody wants to cancel public programs. So the deficit gets worse. The problems don’t get solved because of the crazy system of government. College keeps getting more and more unaffordable. Infrastructure continue to crumble and endanger people’s lives. And the people keep complaining about the very situation they keep voting to sustain.

  45. 143 itgurl_29
    May 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Ed Henry has a huge jug head. Look at how much bigger his noggin is compared to the other three adults. Just gigantic!

  46. 144 Linda
    May 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), the Democratic nominee in the Indiana Senate race, is standing by his vote for health care reform in 2010 โ€” and actively firing back at its detractors, the Times of Northwest Indiana reports:

    โ€œFirst, they ought to talk to Mitt Romney because he basically laid out so many of the premises in it,โ€ Donnelly said. โ€œIf they want an argument, they ought to start with him.โ€

    Donnelly also spoke at about the lawโ€™s protections for people with pre-existing conditions, such as his own daughter Molly, who has rheumatoid arthritis: โ€œMy daughter and millions of other Americans who may have diabetes or a heart condition or cancer can get health coverage for the first time because of the health care bill.โ€

    • May 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      I just want to shout out to Yardarm, Joan, ObamaGrandma, Fred, Hachiko, Quiet Observer, Joyce’s grandmama, and Desertflower. Always lifting my family up with good thoughts and meditations in prayer time. (((((((((( Love you )))))))))) HZ

    • 146 Cha
      May 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      YAY for Joe Donnelly Living in Reality and not some Orwellian upsidedown world of the teabaggers’ making.

  47. 147 amk for obama
    May 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm

  48. May 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I love the 1st picture, squee face…maybe because I do that all the time in pictures.
    DSK is going down!!!!

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