122 Responses to “Heads Up: Fourth of July at the White House”

  1. 1 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    July 4, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    And, happy 236th everyone!!

    • 2 Pamela
      July 4, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      Yes, bob FR! still hanging in with youse guys when I can, watching the Orioles hand it to the Mariners, pretty day tho!

      • 3 Pamela
        July 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm

        No, no, the other way around in baseball-speak I suppose, the M’s are handing it to the Orioles! I’ll be quiet now….

      • 4 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        July 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm

        Happy 4th Pamela … glad you are enjoying the day 🙂

  2. 5 Proud Former White House Intern
    July 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm


  3. 6 vcprezofan2
    July 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Following you Bobfr!

  4. 11 yardarm756
    July 4, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Give ’em hell Lootenant! 😀

    • 23 vcprezofan2
      July 4, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Hey Rikyrah, I see you are like me – when someone shares a good video, I also check out some of the ones that show up with it! After I watched Kasai’s offering I also enjoyed a few others, looking for the pic when Malia looked so mature in that striped blouse and dark skirt, etc. I found it too. Man, I love these Obamas – any of them, all of them. /Sigh of pure pleasure/

  5. 24 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    July 4, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Hey, Chips, so cool that you are pushing this video!!!


    Happiest of 4ths to you and your family and thank you, once again, for creating this exceptional community.

  6. 30 utaustinliberal
    July 4, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Has Pres. Obama spoken yet?

  7. July 4, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I haven’t been able to watch a single YouTube video since I’ve been in Shanghai. So excited that the WhiteHouse live link is working. As always, thanks Chips. And Happy 4th everyone! Don’t know what I would have done these past couple of weeks without your insights, humor, observations, wisdom, comradeship, persistence, snark and love for our president and first family.

  8. 32 snowbird42
    July 4, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    CBS feed said 6:30 Looking forward to it. Been in the studio all day. too hot for much else. Did see the Pres award citizenship tho

  9. 33 GGail
    July 4, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Good west coast evening Chipsticks & TOD family.

    HAPPY 4th of July everyone!

    It’s so nice to have a day off and be able to hang with my TOD peeps.

    I had a great Phone Bank last night. Three new people joined my Jefferson Park Team!


    Chipsticks, I don’t know what I would do without this site to keep be up-to-date with reliable information – Thank you very much!!!!!

  10. 34 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    July 4, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    2 new #BainMitt logos …


  11. July 4, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Consumer Product Safety Commission has approved new federal mandatory safety standards for children’s play yards.

    The requirements will include latches and locks that keep the play yard from folding on a child when it’s in use and minimum height requirements so children can’t get out on their own.

    The play yards will have to be tested to ensure they’re stable and that a child can’t be trapped by an accessory attachment, in a flimsy floor or a top rail that folds down.

    The CPSC says it’s received reports of more than 2,100 incidents involving play yards, including 60 fatalities and 170 injuries, between November 2007 and December 2011.

    The new standards go into effect six months after the final rule is published in the Federal Register.

    © 2012 The Associated Press.

  12. 58 collegekay
    July 4, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I love seeing PBO work the rope line. Did you see him pick up that little girl twice? So cute. She must have asked him for another hug.

  13. 59 anniebella
    July 4, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    TeaNN didn’t even cover the President speaking few minutes ago, how about that?

    • July 4, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Every time I check that station, Willard is on the screen there. CNN couldn’t get enough of Willard vacay and parade photos. Hey CNN!—what about the President of the United States? Can’t be bothered? You are really dumb, CNN. Fox viewers aren’t leaving Fox to watch you. Your ratings will continue to tumble, as you lose all credibility with the high information voters.

  14. 61 LOL
    July 4, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Nooooo…coverage gone..I haz a sad

    • 62 snowbird42
      July 4, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      I thought Id missed it.

    • July 4, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      Me too. Missed it. Me haz a sad too!

      • 64 vcprezofan2
        July 4, 2012 at 6:59 pm

        I’m not sure what went on there. First I got a bit of the band playing, then nothing, then a message that it was over. i was on the WH site using it as background info while I read here and there. Kinda weird.

        • July 4, 2012 at 7:07 pm

          Aw, poor VC 😦 So you missed the President singing all of ‘What a wonderful world’, with Michelle joining in, before they both broke in to ‘Call me maybe’? Flip.

          • 66 vcprezofan2
            July 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm

            Flip is right, but I know my friend Chips will have taped the entire duet, so I`m not too worried. Taped is the next best thing to live, I believe. The Obamas didn`t happen to do a final quintet to wrap up, did they? THAT would be double Flip! Say it ain’t so. 😦

  15. 72 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 6:34 pm

  16. July 4, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Happy 4th of July America!

  17. July 4, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Everyone wants their kid to connect with President Obama—-shake hands, hold them. I see Pete Souza there snapping away. I am expecting some great photos. Michelle was very patriotic in her great red, white and blue outfit and leading the applause. I love President Obama in the navy polo style shirt—much better than that blue checked number, which may have finally retired. It served him well and long. I like that there is always music playing at all the WH gatherings. It’s key to any gathering. Hope weather cooperates for the fireworks and program later.

  18. 79 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 6:40 pm
  19. 85 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    wimbledon semis lineup – Fedex-Joker & Murray-Tsonga

  20. 100 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 6:47 pm

  21. July 4, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Just saw a report about electric cars in OR. It was a very positive and forward looking report!!!!

    • 102 Bill R.
      July 4, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      I live in Salem, Or. At the Walgreen’s drug store nearby there are electric rechargers for your car. They are all over time. The future is here in Oregon.

    • July 4, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      “….. on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I’d see him, and his smile. I’d hear his conversation and his silence.”

      Gorgeous, Edwina. What a brave decision by him, considering the area he works in. It truly seems like PBO’s words have inspired so many. Yet more historical change I believe in.

      • 105 edwina3
        July 4, 2012 at 6:56 pm

        Yes, PBO has really helped make the shift towards greater acceptance.

        • 106 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
          July 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm

          Yes he has, edwina! Thank you for sharing the story. Let us hope the day will soon arrive when it doesn’t take courage to tell the world of one’s love of another, but rather that everyone has become courageously open and accepting of each person’s right to love, unbounded.

    • 107 cookemom
      July 4, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      Lawd my #2 loved him and thought every word he wrote was to her. She has gone to every one of his concerts, met his manager, and tour manager, even his booking agent. She doesn’t stalk him, but her dream is to work for that organization. I just got off the phone with her, poor thing. She’s proud of him for coming out, but devastated at what she calls a personal lost.

  22. 108 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 6:57 pm

  23. July 4, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    haha—–Mr. Dotster keeps saying he wants Romney to go back to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. (and leave us alone)

  24. 115 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 6:57 pm

  25. 116 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 7:11 pm

  26. 117 desertflower
    July 4, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    OMG. Naked men are driving around Phoenix causing trouble. Twice in a week…different men crashing cars into a house…the other one crashed into 3 other cars. Good grief.

  27. 118 amk for obama
    July 4, 2012 at 7:19 pm

  28. 120 desertflower
    July 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Seriously? read this. Wrong on so many levels…


    I hope a door just opened for this lifeguard. He was getting screwed…and there’s that “outsourcing” thing again:) Good for the guards.Hope they find a job where they will be appreciated.

    • July 4, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      What about the pay- $8.25/(entry level) for the 4 lifeguards, and a supervisor year round, plus park pools around the city. The bulk of That $334,000.00 must be paid to the top. I hope the city steps in on this, and reassigns that contract. I could see if he left his area unsupervised because there was no one. But according to the article other lifeguards watched over his stretch of beach while he used his judgement, good heart and ethics to actually help save a life elsewhere.

  29. 122 snowbird42
    July 4, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Music playing on the WH lawn!

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