Okay, my life is now complete…

Remember I was majestically kind enough earlier today (this post) to share with you one of my spectacular photos from the last inauguration?

Some of you were rude enough to refer to it as the ‘horse manure’ pic, which said a whole more about you than my masterly eye for a photograph.

Any way, I captioned it:

“Eat your heart out, Scout Tufankjian”

Some of you might be aware that I worship the ground Scout Tufankjian carries her cameras on (if you haven’t bought this book you should be ashamed), she’s the most brilliant photographer on planet earth – and did gorgeous work again on the 2012 campaign (I’ve posted lots of her photos, you can see more here)

So, where were we?

Yes, my ‘horse manure’ pic that SO many of you failed to appreciate?


Look what I just found in pending:

And yes, I checked, it’s HER!



Scout Tufankjian? I LOVE you! ๐Ÿ˜†

The rest of you? Like Scout, please respect my horse manure pics in future, okay?

175 Responses to “Okay, my life is now complete…”

  1. 3 Betsy
    November 8, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Hey Chips, Thanks so much for all you have done for us with your blog.

  2. November 8, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    As my mother used to say, “After the Lord Mayor’s show comes the Corporation muck cart!” Toilet win on quantity, but manure definitely wins on quality.

  3. November 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Hi you all. Congrats Chips on another amazing milestone.

  4. 6 vitaminlover
    November 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Say, Chipsters, what are your plans concerning this WONDERFUL blog now that we have our man and his team back in office?

    • November 8, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      We keep on rolling, VL! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • 8 vitaminlover
        November 8, 2012 at 9:51 pm

        Cool beans!

      • 9 GGail
        November 8, 2012 at 9:52 pm

        You got that right Chipsticks – we keep on rolling!!!!!! You CAN’T leave us for another 4 years!

      • 10 daisydem
        November 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm


      • 11 hopefruit2
        November 8, 2012 at 10:09 pm

        YEAH!!! – we have four more years of seeing this beautiful, intelligent President in action…From the inauguration in 2013, to the WHCD in April, Easter Egg Roll, Memorial Day, July 4th, Holiday Season, and everything in between!!

        We also have to work to help him get a better congress (more DEM house seats) in the 2014 midterms!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

        • 12 utaustinliberal
          November 9, 2012 at 12:27 am

          THIS. We have to work like mad to help him get a better and more functional congress. The work has just begun and I am fired up!

          • 13 nathkatun7
            November 9, 2012 at 1:13 am

            You are absolutely right, UT! Here is what else we should do. We should identify GOP Representatives who barely won their seats and put pressure on them to support the President’s Agenda. If they refuse we must start organizing to defeat them in 2014. We should do the same with GOP U.S. Senators up for re-election in states President Obama won. No more playing nice with these bastards.

      • 14 Betsy
        November 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm

        So glad you are keeping on otherwise I would not know what to do with my time. THANK YOU!

      • November 8, 2012 at 10:47 pm

        That palamino is GORGEOUS. That’s all I see. I can haz?

        love you babe!

        • November 8, 2012 at 10:53 pm

          Now see everyone? Tally knows art when she spots it. But she IS a fellow artist, so she knows about these things.

          That reminds me. I had the very good fortune to visit Australia a few years back and fell in love with Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly paintings. So, I bought this print:

          My mother’s response?

          “For feck sake, that’s a horse’s arse.”

          See? Some people just cannot appreciate art.

          And I like think of myself as the Sidney Nolan of photography. ๐Ÿ˜•

        • 24 0388jojothecat
          November 8, 2012 at 11:20 pm

          I ONLY noticed the beautiful rider and his horse, not the manure shovelers (yeah I am sorta brown-noising). In all seriousness all the pictures you post are lovely and amazing. I wish you will do a book , Chronicling The Obama Diary. I and many here will surely buy it.

  5. 25 Dakota
    November 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Don’t know if this has been posted already but..


    Jared Lee Loughner Sentenced to Life for Tucson Shootings…

  6. 26 GGail
    November 8, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    My dear Chipsticks…..I love you for many reasons……photography ain’t one of the reasons ๐Ÿ™‚

    Congratulations Chipsticks for tolerating us – 15 million hits!!!!! I remember when we celebrated 2 million – who knew?!!!!!!

  7. 31 yardarm756
    November 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Sad thing is that they now make ‘rump’ sack for horses that hang in back and catch the poop. They used to use ’em in Chi-town on the tourist type carriages.

  8. 35 GGail
    November 8, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I received the Thank You email and vid from Jim Messina and President Obama. It brought tears to my eyes when he choked up because he was saying more with his heart than his words.

    I do so love and respect that man named Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. May God continue to bless him and those around him.

  9. November 8, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Well, Chips, if your artistry is appreciated by Scout Tufankjian then who are we to laugh – though I wonder if she was more impressed with the comedic narrative that accompanied the photos ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks dear, you are just soooooooooooooo much fun!!!

    Great news about TOD being in #FORWARD gear …. peddle to the metal …. Let’s Get Stuff DONE!!!


    Yes We Did

  10. 43 magapie
    November 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Y’all know I’m a flitter. I flit in and fllt out. I skim the comments haphazardly. I miss some posts entirely. AADD!!! (I suck?)

    Plus…mmmm…. 8-5 worker like most of us, 11 year old, lotso honey-dos….well we all have our fun!! So, forgive this question if it’s way, way, WAY behind the curve: Is there a TOD meet-up plan for the Inauguration?

  11. November 8, 2012 at 10:00 pm

  12. 46 amk for obama
    November 8, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    You always had a knack for ‘capturing the moment’, Chips. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. November 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    “FIRED UP …..

    …. so cool! Can’t wait to see the video of the show once it’s posted.

    …. READY TO GO”

  14. 54 daiseymay1
    November 8, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Chips, I do wish to thank you for keeping me sane the past two years. You have had a tremendous impact on so many and have allowed us (me) to keep a positive attitude. As I read the posts I am encouraged by all of the supporters who give their all for this miraculous human being, President Barack Obama. I learn so much from other’s posts, not just facts, but different cultures, religions and beliefs. All are accepted here and it is wonderful. Just as he says, out of many we are one. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  15. November 8, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Hi #TOD Family..!! **Waving** ๐Ÿ˜€ ..feels good to hang out with the winners & cool kids.

  16. November 8, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Watched Barack video three times in the last 30 minutes, and I can’t stop crying. I didn’t cry like this even on election night. I’m a complete mess now.

  17. 86 PrayerWarriorforObama
    November 8, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    15 million!!! Congratulations Chips. We salute you for reaching this awesome milestone.

  18. November 8, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Ok, and I am ZEUS!

    • 89 Nena20409
      November 8, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      I am Mona Lisa.

      Next, Boehner would call himself, JOB….from the Bible?

    • 94 0388jojothecat
      November 8, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      If Boner is the most reasonable person in WA DC than I am Jesus Christ and I am a black woman. GOP still telling lies to the american people.

    • November 8, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      • 96 Ladyhawke
        November 8, 2012 at 11:50 pm


        And there in lies the problem. The mainstream media should be laughing in his face. Clearly they all have Romnesia if they don’t remember that Boehner and Cantor obstructed everything President Obama tried to do for four years. Speaker Boehner is the poster child for obstructing and blocking legislation. So how is it possible for him to make such an inane statement and the media just reports it as if it makes all the sense in the world. The media took too long to call out Romney for lying. And they are still handling Speaker Boehner with kid gloves. We all know why the the unemployment number is not lower. It’s precisely because Speaker Boehner WAS NOT REASONABLE as he claims. He was being led around by the nose by the Tea Party and Grover Norquist and doing their bidding. Any reporter who reports on this ridiculous comment from Speaker Boehner without cracking up and laughing in his face should be ashamed of themselves. Somebody needs to challenge Boehner on this silly declaration. As Harry Reid would say, Poppycock.

      • 97 dudette9t9
        November 9, 2012 at 1:41 am

    • 98 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      November 9, 2012 at 1:28 am

      Ha!!! Comedy!!

  19. 99 Ladyhawke
    November 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm


    Who Elected This Guy?

    By Judah Ginsberg


    Who elected Grover Norquist? Did you vote for him for anything? No, you did not.

    Itโ€™s not that you chose someone else over Grover Norquist. Itโ€™s that you never had a chance to vote for him or against him.

    Grover Norquist never runs for office. Yet he is arguably the most powerful man in America.

    Norquist owes his power to his position as head of Americans for Tax Reform, an organization that claims 238 members of the House of Representatives and 41 Senators, the vast majority of them Republicans, have signed his pledge to oppose any attempt to increase taxes, whether marginal rates or the elimination of deductions unless matched by a corresponding decrease in tax rates.
    Norquist started pushing his no-tax pledge about 25 years ago, and he has been very successful. So successful that he more than anyone else is responsible for gridlock in Washington. OK, perhaps Newt Gingrich is as responsible as Norquist for the current political dysfunction.



  20. 100 LDS
    November 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Dear Chips, thank you for all of your hard work, love, sacrifices…….but most of all helping to keep me sane.
    I am looking forward to spending time here with all of these wonderful people and you as we stand, support and appreciate our President.
    Thank you.

  21. 103 vitaminlover
    November 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Sooooo, Chips, would you consider putting together a calendar or maybe several different ones like

    One with just our Beloved President (please include the picture where he is smiling in the rain)

    One with the entire Obama family

    One with just Barack and Michelle

    One with just the First Daughters

    One with Bo

    One with Barack and Joe

    One with the Bidens-Joe and Jill

    I would buy at least 2 of each

    Just a little bug I am dropping in your ear.

  22. 106 FoxfireTX
    November 8, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    OMG! In contrast to our beloved PBO and the way he believes in his campaign staff and volunteers, here’s what happened to the Mittens staff on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning: http://www.forbes.com/sites/helaineolen/2012/11/08/mitt-romneys-campaign-cancels-staffers-credit-cards-in-the-middle-of-the-night/

    We had no idea just exactly how BAD he would have been for our country and I had him pretty high up there. Can you imagine doing this to your staff on election night after they’ve been killing themselves for you????? F…ing unbelieveable!!!!!!

  23. November 8, 2012 at 10:23 pm


    Drat, too late…….sigh

    Congrats Chips Chica

  24. 114 japa21
    November 8, 2012 at 10:28 pm


    I hope you set it up so that Scout doesn’t have to be in pending in the future. And maybe she read my tribute and went directly to POTUS with it. That would save me postage.

    • November 8, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      Japa, Scout is free to comment any time at all, I’m always thrilled to hear from fellow photography maestros. Replied to your lovely message in the last post, thank you again.

  25. 116 dotster3
    November 8, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Cool, chips! Talented photographer recognizing an emerging talent such as yourself!
    No mention of your brilliant capture of the porta potty lineup?

  26. 123 amk for obama
    November 8, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I am off to my breakfast. But before I go,


  27. November 8, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Steve King says he will re introduce a balanced budget amendment.
    I hope this is not going to be a repeat of the last congress?

    • 133 japa21
      November 8, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      I think THE Stephen King could write one of his great horror novels with this Steve King as the main horror.

      • 134 dotster3
        November 8, 2012 at 10:54 pm

        Agree—–he’s scary, alright. That was one of my big disappointments—–that Christie Vilsack wasn’t able to dispose of that nutjob.

  28. November 8, 2012 at 10:39 pm

  29. 136 squarepeg
    November 8, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    The Obama Campaign Turned Out Voters Republicans Didn’t Know Existed

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-obama-won-2012-11#ixzz2Bh2pzo6Q

  30. November 8, 2012 at 10:40 pm

  31. 143 Suzette
    November 8, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Coming up on Lawrence O’Donnel – the lady who coined “Fired up ready to go”.

  32. 144 theo67
    November 8, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Congratulations on the horse manure acknowledgement, Chips – well deserved!

  33. 147 Suzette
    November 8, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Chips as one of your biggest Jamaican fans, I salute you, your hard work, your dedication – to get up everyday and post “rise and shine” and find awesome stories about our President. I look FORWARD to the continuation of your blog.

  34. November 8, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Chips, I hope you saw this http://theobamadiary.com/2012/11/08/thank-you-9/#comment-558663

    Am going to put some energy into rejecting any characterization of our President as ‘aloof,’ ‘arrogant,’ etc and that video of him with his staffers along with his final campaign speech in Iowa on Monday are going to be very useful tools in that effort.


    Yes We Did

  35. 150 Pamela
    November 8, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    http://www.barackobama.com/thank-you-07-ovf I went in to this site after reading a Thank You for Your Support email from OFA. I decided I am going to stay way up on the list of supporters for PBO, so made a small donation; and now my name and email are fresh and tuned up for the next stage! Come on, all o’ y’all, shall we show PBO what TOD is all about? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • November 8, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      Done, Pamela. Thank you for the heads up. BTW, the link you provided is actually their TY to you ๐Ÿ™‚

      Everyone – what is just so cool about the http://www.barackobama.com page now is that it starts with “The Next Chapter Begins Today – Stand with President Obama”!!!!!

      Game on!!!

      Yes We Can

      • 152 Pamela
        November 8, 2012 at 11:17 pm

        Thank you, bobfr, I had a feeling I did something amiss, setting out the last link, but I very much appreciate you clearing it up! I meandered along inside an email from info@barackobama.com, when I saw the original link, followed it, and came out on the other side! Or maybe it was The Far Side! There is so much more to be done, PBO has said this all along. I intend to walk beside him the entire way! Thanks again!

  36. 153 0388jojothecat
    November 8, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Watching LO and Edith Childs…the original Fired Up Ready To Go lady. She seems really shy on teevee or maybe she’s just tired, exhausted, but she is very humble….doing what she had to do.

  37. 154 goldendreamer
    November 8, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I am choking up AT WORK watching the video of the President crying at the Chicago HQ. Just OMG…why does this man get so much hate?! He has FEELINGS. Give me a President with FEELINGS.

  38. November 8, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    They have not begun to leverage the power of the millions of @BarackObama twitter followers. Now is the time to organize that force because we have major battles ahead – and we can win them, TOGETHER.

    Yes We Can

  39. November 8, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    A little dose of irony ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 157 amk for obama
      November 8, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      Teh Karma

      In the richest, Massachusettsโ€™ Nantucket County, where average annual household income is over $137,000, Obama won by 63 percent to Romneyโ€™s 36 percent with all precincts reporting. The richest county in Romneyโ€™s home state is also where, just prior to accepting the Republican nomination, the former Massachusetts governor held a $75,000-per-person dinner fundraiser.

  40. 161 hopefruit2
    November 8, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Even Piers Morgan was completely moved by our President’s emotional video. He opened his CNN show with the video this evening. And posted several tweets about it. This is just one of them.

  41. November 8, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Great manure photo, Chipsticks! I laughed when I read your words because this has always been one of my favorite Scout Tufankjian photos- http://www.scouttufankjian.com/#/images-from-the-barack-obama-campaign/mississippi-to-pennsylvania/Obama-331
    And how cool is that she read your site and left a comment?!
    (thanks to you and all here for helping to keep me sane over the last few months!)

  42. November 8, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Ok, this is your friendly neighborhood librarian / book geek / tech geek / music geek speaking, with a recommendation. There are far worse ways to spend 45 minutes than listening to Young the Giant’s self-titled album. I bring this up because I’m watching them right now on Palladia, and I’m shimmying.

  43. November 8, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    OMG, Chips!! I’ve absolutely adored Scout’s photos ever since I laid eyes on her earlier work during the primary. She has an eye for emotional content that is just electric. I’m so stoked that she contacted you!!!! Wow, what a bonus!! She and Callie Shell and Pete really have given us a precious piece of history. BRAVA!!!!

  44. 171 vcprezofan2
    November 8, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Your photographic work appreciated by a master maestrA? Wow! Just wow, Chica! I’m happy for you! And speechless. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  45. 172 overseasgranny
    November 9, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Forgive me please Chips. I was so distracted by the loo pictures that I failed to appreciate the warm moistness of the horse deposit picture. I agree, it is a stunner and has a place in the collage with the other loo pics. When will the book come out?

  46. November 9, 2012 at 11:37 am

    It was definitely the artistic brilliance that prompted my comment! Also, I’m a huge fan of your site! Sorry for the late reply, but this morning was my first chance to get more than two hours of sleep in at least a week and I took full advantage.

    • November 12, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Bob? BOB? Did you read this?? Thank you Scout – maybe my pics will get some respect around here now ๐Ÿ™‚ Rest well, and thank you from all of us for so many wonderful images from the campaign. I hope there’ll be a book?

  47. November 9, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Okay, how cool is that that Scout follows TOD!! Congratulations!!!

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