The World We Share

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I always smile when I get beautiful messages/emails from ‘non-Americans’ who visit here and apologize for their English – more often than not, their English is considerably better than mine.

I’ve got a whole bunch of these emails the last few days – and I promise I will get around to replying to them all when this craziness is over.

Almost all say they just lurk here and don’t comment, mainly because they think their English isn’t good enough. Now, that’s crazy.

But they all say the same: they are wishing President Obama all the very best, and are praying – to whatever higher power they worship – for his success tonight.

I’m not, for a minute, claiming everyone on the list above is a PBO supporter, but I suspect most of them are – because they know how catastrophic a Romney presidency would be for the world we share.

So, to all those citizens of the world who have got in touch: thank you so much.

Your good wishes are hugely appreciated.

170 Responses to “The World We Share”

  1. 1 desertflower
    November 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    love it

  2. 6 Martha
    November 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    OMG I can’t wait any longer

  3. 7 Nena20409
    November 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Wow….that is great.

    Congrats DF.

  4. November 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    The Netherlands is tenth – we’re better as an exporting nation – 8th

    Don’t know yet what that means …

  5. 10 vitaminlover
    November 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Thank you, rest of the world, for seeing what we already see.

  6. 11 desertflower
    November 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I always love when you post this country map for us, Chips:) Our reach is wide and our arms are open. Thought I would take a break from calls…Dashboard is VERY busy and having hicups, nothing major….but it was the perfect time to jump over and see how the family was holding up:) Love you guys….

  7. 12 dotster3
    November 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Wow—-that is amazing. The whole world holds its breath indeed.

  8. 13 dudette9t9
    November 6, 2012 at 5:35 pm

  9. 16 theo67
    November 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I love this world map – truly, we are all citizens of the world! Especially when it comes to this President. Thank you, Chips!

    • 17 yardarm756
      November 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      I marvel because I’ve been to a ‘few’ of those places, back in the day, when electricity was not readily apparent.

      • 18 theo67
        November 6, 2012 at 6:35 pm

        You’ve lived a full life, Yardarm, based on your hints of salacious stories and world travel.

        • 19 yardarm756
          November 6, 2012 at 6:42 pm

          Indeed I have theo67 and I’m grateful for having done so. I am only saddened by the fact that we can no longer be that shining example for free unencumbered elections. If we ever were!

  10. 23 sherijr
    November 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Wow Chips this is beautiful & amazing.. I’m so glad to be a part of this wonderful world you’ve created here for all of us to feel secure in our support of (imo) the greatest President ever. Thank you so very much for all your hard work – you’re a world-wide treasure ~

    • 24 dudette9t9
      November 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Wonderful to see interest in our President all over the world! We know, most, if not all, are Obama supporters!
      Greetings to all our extended International TOD family, whether you’re an active commenter or a lurker. We’re glad you’re here with us!

  11. 25 Nena20409
    November 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Thank You Albert Gore for inventing the Internet……LOL……Today the world is a whole lot smaller for the technological ability to connect instantly.

    Hello Beautiful World…..Welcome and Thank You, Lady Chipsticks.

    Nothing is better than this little community…..where people with common concerns and goals have found each other.


    • 26 99ts
      November 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      Great thoughts Nena – and the world is smaller because of the internet – I’m always amazed that I can be chatting with folks all over the world – and it it a media that no-one has yet been able to control – the truth – in all it’s forms – can be found on the tubes.

      Glad to see Australia is 5th on the list – slightly amazed about France being 4th – they must have the love for PBO – then again, a nation known for love – so it should be.

  12. 27 lovingandlaughing
    November 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Can you make a few quick calls especially in western states since the minutes are ticking away until polls close on the east coast! I made calls earlier. It was o easy to do and made me feel great! Do it for PBO! Now or never!

  13. 30 HZ
    November 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    ((((((((((((((((( Love this Chips.)))))))))))))))) Thanks for all of your wonderful,, steady, and awesome work on our beautiful site, Chips. You are so loved by all of us, Chips.

    (((((((((((((((((((((((( Thanks, Thanks, Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!!!!!!!))))))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

  14. 32 4morefor44
    November 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    vanuatu representin’!! woot!

  15. November 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Thank you, Chips, as always, for everything you do! What a wonderful refuge full of great folks!

    And for fellow Twitter addicts, here’s my favorite tweet of the day (so far):

  16. 35 criquet
    November 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I hope President Obama’s people are all over this. This is not a one-off. It appears as though PA and Ohio are trying to steal these states for Romney.
    In Pennsylvania they seem to have done an unlawful purge of the voter roll and many are being turned away. Some are getting provisional ballots others are just leaving. So not only problems with the machines but turning voters away in Dem areas. This is very worrying.

  17. 37 prettyfoot58
    November 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm




    and YESSSSSSS…i am shouting!!!

  18. 38 Esmerelda
    November 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    This is great! The world is watching.

  19. 39 daisydem
    November 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Chips, when you are back from eating (hope it was something yummy!), I hope you read my comment as I would like to request that tonight when our beloved President is re-elected, if you get pics from around the globe of the reaction (remember when he was elected, and the people in other countries celebrated in jubilation in their bars, and streets?) that you will post them and share them with us? I just know in my heart that the world wants this re-election! I love and appreciate the comments from across the pond here of support for our President and for us so much!

  20. 40 Kreen
    November 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    As a UN worker, I love seeing this! Just beautiful…

  21. 42 dudette9t9
    November 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm

  22. November 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    GUESS WHAT! My Obama gear from the most beautiful Chi arrived this morning! Excellent Timing. I have my iphone cover (ripped off the old one immediately), cap, badge and the Georgina Chapman & Kerren Craig bag..OMG. It’s a treasure pack! My husband laughed when he saw it as I had not told him about this 😉 . He thinks they’re great, and my kids will be really chuffed when I pick them up after school to see this.

    I’m wearing this to the Party tonight!

  23. 48 Bill R.
    November 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Comment on preliminary exit polls (caution about these- will not tell you who is winning):

  24. November 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    *waves to World*

    *wonders if Foreign Mail Order Hubby is lurking if Rove/Norquist/Kochs/Romney steal the election……


    So…. this morning I stopped by Starbucks on the way to my office, and saw lots of I VOTED stickers. 😀 I said “GO YOU GUYS!!!” Then I whined that I since I voted by mail three weeks ago, I didn’t get a sticker – boo hoo me.

    A nice OFA girl handed me an Obama/Biden button!!! I squeed, and she told me of her canvassing adventures in Nevada. It was AWESOME.

    Then I passed a church on the way to work that’s a polling place. (We have a LOT here.) And for the first time ever, there was a looooong line outside. It was AWESOME.


  25. 50 criquet
    November 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Good news, maybe!!!

  26. 51 dudette9t9
    November 6, 2012 at 5:56 pm

  27. 53 Bill R.
    November 6, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Another caution note:

    • 57 vcprezofan2
      November 6, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Thank you for these two bits of info, Tien (this + closing times). I’ve tucked them away in a safe place so that I can find them later on tonight if I need them.

  28. 58 dudette9t9
    November 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm

  29. November 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Exit polls are favoring Obama. Not just state head-to-heads, but the mood of the electorate.

  30. 60 prettyfoot58
    November 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    The race is close because of VOTER Supression

    • 61 4morefor44
      November 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      it’s not close. president obama is winning easily tonight.

      • 62 prettyfoot58
        November 6, 2012 at 6:17 pm

        i was looking at RM and MSNBC…they were saying as they all have been saying that it is a tight race….that is my response to their notion of a tight race!!!

  31. November 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Gawd I wish you guys could read Al Giordano’s Facebook feed. Stuff he’s saying about Virginia is extremely positive.

    • 64 Roberta in MN
      November 6, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      How do you do that? I am his friend on FB but I can’t post and can’t read anything he has posted. How do you get on tehre TienLe?

  32. 65 Obama Grandmama
    November 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I am here reading this blog on election night wearing my dark navy Inaugural sweatshirt I bought from the Smithsonian booth at the ’08 Inauguration. One of my daughters lived in DC at that time so I had scheduled a visit to her with the Inauguration smack dab in the middle of my visit before I knew if Obama would win or not. I got my name on my Senator’s list for 2 tickets early but so many signed up later that they decided to do a lottery for the tickets. I won!! Got two tickets and both my daughter and I attended. I will never forget it! So I am wearing that sweatshirt tonight for luck. My other daughter lives down the street from where the Dem party (hopefully) will be tonight in Chicago. Wish I had been able to be with her but gotta stay home to take care of my bedridden 88 yr old Mom who voted for Obama as well as her first straight Dem ticket!

  33. 67 Melissa
    November 6, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Pretty cool map. I had never heard of Guernsey, my ignorance is showing lol

  34. November 6, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Exit polls reveal 15% say PBO response to #Sandy swayed their vote.

  35. 69 squarepeg
    November 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I wish Al Sharpton’s show was live online right now

  36. 70 Bill R.
    November 6, 2012 at 6:09 pm

  37. November 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    OK, I can’t talk to another person. I’m home and trying to come down from so much intensity. Not hungry and too stressed out to relax. Would love to hear that we won OH and VA ASAP!!!!

    I did hear that PBO’s team won his basketball game today, so that is something to cheer for now!!

    p.s. We are going to win NV.

  38. 76 debbyeOh
    November 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Forward! I’m nervous but I believe (no, I know) we’re gonna win!.

  39. November 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Chips, I don’t post often, but I’m here without fail every.single.day. My eyes open and close in this space. Words cannot express my gratitude for the safe haven that you’ve created for us. I don’t recall what directed me here, but I’ve been addicted ever since. I am so proud of our president and eternally grateful that you’ve united us in love for this great man who is undoubtedly a class act. I relish these days (which are bitter sweet) because when his second term ends, there may be other great leaders; however, I don’t expect any to come close to Barack Obama…ever.

    • 78 cman
      November 6, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      Seriously, it’s gonna be like how I felt when west wing ended, but more real. Obama is our first Aaron Sorkin President.

  40. 81 Smoothscotch
    November 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I’m having a party with some jerk chicken wings,bubbly, and tears, happy ones of course.

  41. November 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    1st bottle of wine down….

  42. 85 dotster3
    November 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Cuyahoga Co. —-Cleveland– expecting 08 numbers—-close to 61%. But there is a provisional ballot prob here too, it seems—-haven’t read carefully yet.

  43. November 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    North Carolina exit polls: Electorate 70% white, 25% black. That’s a two-point improvement for blacks compared to ’08 & a two-point decrease for whites.

  44. 87 99ts
    November 6, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Just read where Chrysler gave its employees the day off to vote – good to see some CEOs encourage rather than suppress the vote

  45. November 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Per Al: Karl Rove is on Fox spinning why Willard doesn’t need to win Virginia.

  46. 93 jeff
    November 6, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Kentucky and Indiana are going red but New Hamsphere is going blue… So early but it’s exciting to watch the map and history being made.

  47. November 6, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    My sister and niece in MA posted on FB:
    ” took me over an hour this morning… it was kind of like a Disney ride… they snaked us all over the building so that we would not know how long the line actually was, and I got so amped up before I got to the end, I almost forgot why I was there”

    “So busy at the Town Hall for voting, the policeman told me he almost had to take someone into detention for parking lot rage :)”

    Good news for Elizabeth Warren I hope. She’ll have Barack’s back in the Senate.

  48. 95 Pamela
    November 6, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    What craziness? Am I missing something? 😆

  49. November 6, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    So how are the exit polling pundits factoring in early voting? Anyone know?

  50. November 6, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Hello TODVILLE!!!! Mayor <<>>> Paging VC.!!!! Cheesy puffs anyone 😛

  51. 99 dudette9t9
    November 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm

  52. 100 itgurl_29
    November 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I love Katy Perry!


  53. 101 jeff
    November 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I am so excited! Finally this historical moment has arrived and we’ll see who wins this election which will be PBO!

  54. 102 vcprezofan2
    November 6, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    So, AMK got a ‘couple’ friends to join him in TODville? God of you, AM! 😆

      • 104 vcprezofan2
        November 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm

        Oh, you came to the party!! Awesome, CJ! 😆 Did you bring drinks? If not, you can share my orange juice. I brought several bottles, with pulp and without, enforced with vitamin D and ‘heart wise’. You have lots of choice.

    • 109 theo67
      November 6, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      I was wondering what happened to you today!?

      • 110 vcprezofan2
        November 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm

        I have been here most of the time, except when I made myself sign off to eat and read, just to give the laptop a ‘rest’. Not having much to say, since people are voting, I decided it was best to read quietly. I’m not nervous but I want them to start the countdown so that this can all be ‘over’ – it’s been too long! Is America the only “1st world” country that needs two years to put an election together?

        • 111 theo67
          November 6, 2012 at 6:50 pm

          I know – I had to leave the house this morning to see real people before immersing myself in these election results tonight. I’m reminding myself to breathe every few minutes.

          • 112 vcprezofan2
            November 6, 2012 at 7:02 pm

            I have never in my life followed a campaign so closely even though I’ve voted all my adult life. Usually I vote, then forget it until the morning news. It’s been my experience that that’s all you’ll hear about the next day anyway so I’ve never felt the need to wait up for the results. This Barack Obama guy has rearranged my life in more ways than one and it’s time I wake up! /Sounds decisive? I’m starting to prep my mind for the fact that I need to get a life. Before 2008 vote night I had thought the election would kill my obsession so I never really planned for after. Just figured I’d be back to normal after the win and after the inauguration. That didn’t work, so this time I’m trying to lay a foundation. Sounds good, eh? /

            • 113 theo67
              November 6, 2012 at 7:39 pm

              I’m not sure it’s realistic, though. The second term will be historic, in that it will be his last before he is unleashed from Congress and able to just act independently as a private citizen with a lot of clout. And being unfettered from political considerations in this second term may be even more enjoyable to watch than the first term. I’m trying to come to grips with the fact that my life will still be somewhat on hold until 2017…

  55. 120 LunarSea
    November 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Evening all. Just getting home. Fired up and ever so optimistic cause we are on the right side of history!

    Work was buzzing. Mostly people worried that the ‘enemy within’ would screw with election results. No one trusts the rethugs! Everyone is rooting for a landslide win.

    So I have to see how much I can catch up on without getting even further behind.


  56. November 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Ohmygosh! Thank you, Chips, for posting a list of countries I might relocate to should Mitt win.

  57. November 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Well, Indiana and Kentucky, not so much!
    69-29 Romney in both States, so far, 1% in.

  58. 135 dotster3
    November 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Latino voters only 10% of electorate? up from 9. according to cnn exit poll. Thought it was projected to be much higher. Of course, as I read earlier, ‘friends don’t let friends report exit polls’.

  59. 136 99ts
    November 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    This man is a wonderful Obama supporter – his tweets are great – check them all


  60. 137 sherijr
    November 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    alright I’ve been doing the electoral map at cnn & I come up with 343 for POTUS.

  61. November 6, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Preliminary results of an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press show that the presidential election hinges once again on the economy.

    The survey of voters as they leave polling places Tuesday shows 6 in 10 voters say the economy is the top issue facing the nation, with unemployment and rising prices hitting voters hard.

    About 4 in 10 say they think the nation’s economy is on the mend, but more say that things are getting worse or are bad and stagnating.

    About half of voters say the previous president, George W. Bush, shoulders more of the blame for economic challenges than President Barack Obama.

    Just a quarter of those surveyed in the exit poll say they are better off than four years ago.

    • 146 theo67
      November 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      Then those 6 in 10 are blind or very ignorant. 800,000 job losses per month vs 32 months of job growth and 5.5 million jobs created, and they can’t figure out if things are better or worse? Then they deserve to live under a “President Romney” – if only it didn’t impact the rest of us.

    • 147 LunarSea
      November 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      But if you look closer you’d find they over polled the homeless and the soup kitchen folk. (no offense to either group)

  62. 149 dotster3
    November 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Oh great—-good ol’ Florida—-again!

  63. 152 yardarm756
    November 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    T minus 25 and counting. Me rhum is at the ready!

  64. 155 auntsis522
    November 6, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Good evening, Peep!! Aunt Sis is checking in!!!

  65. 156 dudette9t9
    November 6, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Look at this SHIT!

  66. 157 99ts
    November 6, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Where is the best place online to check results?

  67. 158 FTL
    November 6, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    How’s it going TODland? I have not commented in a while, but i peruse the site several times a day everyday. Me and my fiance just finished voting a couple of hours ago for the one and only true President, Barack Obama. I feel VERY VERY VERY confident that we will all get our wish tonight but I am still praying. Please keep the updates coming. I hate watching television they start to make ne nervous. I will be watching when they call the election.

  68. 159 Ceb
    November 6, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Feel like singing “We are the World” after seeing that chart that lists all of the countries of our extended TOD family. The possibility and the power of this site is one of the great things about the Internet. Will take a nap for a short time and will return a few hours after polls close on the east coast . Not watching the tube for any info. Because I cannot stand these hateful, no-nothing’s from the MSM.

  69. November 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    hey chips, its swanabanana [i’ll have to change that name] but its good to see st.vincent and the grenadines up there..though i dont think
    all those views are by me, so there must be another vincentian involved. i cant wait to join your blog after the election but i dont know how to so please email me (deleted) or post it how u can please…

  70. November 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Glad I’m all finished with the phone banking. You can certainly tell the Obama supporters from the Rmoney supporters. The PBO supporters always gleefully, and proudly tell you that they already voted for the President, the other folks tell you sharply tell you they already voted and hang up on you. Meh, doesn’t hurt my feelings, If I was a Rmoney supporter I would be pissed off too.

  71. 165 andrewspoems
    November 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Hi Chips. My name is Ed Godsell. I made the documentary ‘The road to Moneygall’ that you linked to last year about Obama’s Irish roots. I couldn’t find a contact for you. Could you please contact me at (deleted). I have a request of you. Regards. Ed

  72. November 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Proud to be a Canadian supporter of PBO

  73. November 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Wohoo SINGAPORE! Please win PBO!

  74. November 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Murdock is ahead of donnely 4% reporting

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