What a journey……


My most loved moment of the last four years (2:0) … but look, I’m biased:






….. here’s to the next four years.

175 Responses to “What a journey……”

  1. 1 Pamela
    November 8, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Need. Sleep.

    • 2 Pamela
      November 8, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      Thank you, thank you, thank you. Chipsticks, you wonder! 🙂

    • 5 theo67
      November 8, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      Pamela – you’re on a roll. Chipsticks – yes, here’s to the next four years. I hope the Obama family can really enjoy the time and savor the experience along with the rest of us.

      • 6 Pamela
        November 8, 2012 at 11:52 pm

        You know, Theo, I have been thinking about the Obama Family a lot today. For second term, they don’t have to be thinking about ‘the next election’, they can have quiet dinners together; Dad might not have to travel so far, so often, for so long. There is so much work to do to balance the dark forces which have railed against his work over these years, but now he is tempered steel. He has shown us what can be done with the power of Goodness and Compassion, made even greater by our numbers. He has proven to us what high caliber we really are, and in our gratitude we will Stand by his side, we will work tirelessly, we will rest when we must, and take up the path again in the morning. Now, they will all sleep under the same roof, held and strengthened by their own bonds. They are loved, we know it, they know it. Goodnight, my friends, and thank you.

        • 7 theo67
          November 8, 2012 at 11:56 pm

          Lovely sentiment. I’m actually hoping that they travel together a lot more, since Michelle loves travelling and I think the President loves travelling with all of them. The girls deserve to see the world from this angle. I also hope that they slow down their pace a little, but I know that’s probably unreasonable, as the clock winds down in this second term and they scramble to finish everything they’d like to accomplish. I just want them to really enjoy this second term. They’ve worked hard for it, and they deserve it.

          • 8 yardarm756
            November 9, 2012 at 12:09 am

            In addition to that theo67, I’d love to see him bust some chops like he did when he first came in at that rwnj luncheon.

            • 9 theo67
              November 9, 2012 at 12:15 am

              Oh – I think he’ll definitely be doing that if warranted. Remember, he gives people room to do the right thing, and then he crushes them. And I think because he’s working a clock that’s winding down, he’s not going to have a lot of time for game-playing and waiting people out. He’s been telling us all along that “he’s got this” – and while we need to be prepared to do our part to help – I think he knows exactly what he’s got to do to complete his checklist of things left to do.

        • 12 anniebella
          November 9, 2012 at 8:04 am

          POTUS and FLOTUS have said that 6:30pm regardless what is going on the family sit down and have dinner together, unless POTUS is out of town.

        • 13 vitaminlover
          November 9, 2012 at 11:00 pm

          Just beautiful, Pamela.

  2. 14 TheWorld4Obama
    November 8, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Among the firsts…:)

  3. November 8, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Oh, boy! A world tour!

  4. November 8, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Is there a better word for Legend, cuz if there is, it needs to be reserved for you, Chips. Thank you for everything you do to keep this community afloat and happy.

  5. 19 hopefruit2
    November 8, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Thank you Chips! What a day…what a week….Thank you Chips!!!!!

  6. 20 Smoothscotch
    November 8, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Hi guys, late night again. How’s everyone doing?

    • November 8, 2012 at 11:53 pm

      Happy, emotional, thrilled. The transition to the second term is starting to hit me in different ways. I believe we are going to have our minds blown.

      • 22 amk for obama
        November 9, 2012 at 12:03 am

        We did pretty good, didn’t we ? I was just watching Nate Silver on cbs election results and he predicted that with WA and OR coming in (they are delayed because of counting of postal ballots), PBO could even get up to +5 PV. Woohoo.

        • November 9, 2012 at 12:27 am

          What I love is that all the idiotic talking points about PBO not having a mandate have been obliterated. They are impotent whiners who have lost BIG TIME. They have been REJECTED. So what I expect from them in very near future is a lot of macho overcompensating and foolish posturing because they are HUMILIATED once again. They refuse to confront their own truth. They are irrelevant and we are going to remind them of this every chance we get.

      • 24 theo67
        November 9, 2012 at 12:08 am

        I think you may be right. And based on the action I saw on twitter today (many tweets demanding Boehner work with President Obama and do the job for the people that they were hired to do), I think people are prepared to be more active in support of the President, and applying pressure to Congress to act.

        • November 9, 2012 at 12:31 am

          PBO is in many ways liberated from a lot of baggage. He doesn’t have to prove himself and he doesn’t have to pretend to suffer any of these fools. But I do believe he wants to honor the hard work of all of his volunteers and the people who voted their faith in him. We saw that in his voice and in his tears today. So what I expect of him going forward is to reach for the highest having and engage us to work in support of even more historic gains for our people and the long-term good of our country. He will be able to express his brilliance unfettered by the noise of both the RW and the press.

      • 26 jacquelineoboomer
        November 9, 2012 at 12:21 am

        I like the sounds of that, meta! And he’ll have MORE of the country behind him this time, I’m thinkin’. In any event, we’ll march forward with him.

        Again, I’m reminded of “If” by ol’ Rudyard Kipling, especially this first line, which I dedicate to our President:

        “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you … ”

        And he did, and he does, and he will! Joey, too!

        • 27 theo67
          November 9, 2012 at 12:29 am

          “If” is perfect for President Obama. Describes him perfectly!

        • 28 utaustinliberal
          November 9, 2012 at 12:36 am

          “If” by Rudyard Kipling is one of the best poems of all time.

        • November 9, 2012 at 6:13 am

          I received Rudyard Kipling `If` poem from my mother back in 1980 when I graduated from college and it really changed my approach to life. Of all the gifts I received on graduation day, that Rudyard Kipling poem was the absolute best.

          • 32 jacquelineoboomer
            November 9, 2012 at 12:29 pm

            Love that story. I gave my niece The Road Less Traveled by Robert Frost, when she got her college degree, eons ago, and she still has it in a frame on her desk. Good words for those “crossroads” moments in life.

      • 33 Smoothscotch
        November 9, 2012 at 12:29 am

        I am of the sand mind also I am wallowing in glory will come back to earth soon. Next week.

    • 34 0388jojothecat
      November 9, 2012 at 12:14 am

      I haven’t come down from the “re-election” high.

  7. 35 Smoothscotch
    November 8, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Great pics Chips, thks.

  8. November 9, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Ok, in the last thread I recommended Young the Giant for your listening pleasure. Now I’m recommending Mumford & Sons. Great way to spend a couple of peaceful hours.

    And Chips, I have a post percolating in my brainpan about the emotions of the past 2 days. I might want to post it both here and at TPV. You rock, lass.

    • November 9, 2012 at 12:14 am

      You rock yerself mister, love ya:

      • 38 theo67
        November 9, 2012 at 12:25 am

        That was great! But, I’m still squinting at all the straw flying into their faces. Great band.

      • 39 utaustinliberal
        November 9, 2012 at 12:46 am

        Mumford and Sons are one of the truest bands in the world. Truest in the form that their music has so much meaning and depth. If you (and anyone on TOD) haven’t heard their songs called “White Blank Page” and “Liar” you MUST. The first time I heard both those songs, they brought to my knees with their truth. They are bloody brilliant!

  9. 40 carolyn
    November 9, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Just watched the video of the President at his headquarters….thanks Chips for posting the entire clip. What I know from this clip, is that we shall never see his likes again. He is unique, he is a once in history person…..I just am so BLESSED to be living in the age of Obama..
    Yes, I’m crying as I write this, tears of absolute joy that he is once again our leader. I have total confidence in him, and now, I have regained confidence in the American people, and that is a wonderful thing.
    Thank you, President Obama. Like many of you, I am going to write him to express my feelings.

    • 41 theo67
      November 9, 2012 at 12:12 am

      Carolyn – many of us shed tears watching that video, because we’ve likely never seen a “politician” who actually believes that he’s working for the people who elected him, and he takes that responsibility so seriously and cares so profoundly. He also believes in leaving the next generation more equipped than he found them, and you could see that he really appreciated those who worked themselves ragged to give him the opportunity to do good. It just makes every phone call, every weekend on a street corner, every dollar donated seem like such an investment well made for the future of this country and the chance for this awesome man to fulfill his potential and his destiny.

  10. November 9, 2012 at 12:09 am

    5 times, still crying. I almost can’t handle this video. This man is too much and I hate him more and more.

  11. 50 amk for obama
    November 9, 2012 at 12:21 am

    LOL PBO and BC pic

  12. 52 amk for obama
    November 9, 2012 at 12:23 am

    • November 9, 2012 at 12:36 am

      It will take many showers to wash the stench of that creep off for good.

      • 54 susanne
        November 9, 2012 at 12:44 am

        so true. i had been looking forward to never having to see his photo, hear his voice, or see his name in print. thought the election would be the end of that. i know, i’m impatient and it’s just been 2 days, but still—-the stench!!!

        by the way, when you type ‘the stench’ into google, this article comes up second, after some band (whose members obviously like to see their mothers cry):

        ‘ “I hate to say this, but if Ryan wants to run for national office again, he’ll probably have to wash the stench of Romney off of him,” Craig Robinson, a former political director of the Republican Party of Iowa, told The New York Times on Sunday. ‘

        Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/81618.html#ixzz2BhXsnnoc

    • 55 cos
      November 9, 2012 at 12:46 am

      Unbelievable!!!!! He could have given his staff a bonus out of his Cayman Island funds and not missed it at all. He is a greedy cheap piece of crap.

  13. 56 a4alice
    November 9, 2012 at 12:24 am

    wow. finally caught up with you guys. /pant pant pant pant pant –


    (nite TOD thanks again Chips!)

  14. 59 amk for obama
    November 9, 2012 at 12:27 am

    You should watch the vid. Hilarious. The whole set was laughing at the wingnutz. Watch the end where he stresses the name of place in canada where nutjobs would eventually land up.

    • 60 Joy
      November 9, 2012 at 12:57 am

      hahaha, yer funny amk…dammit, we got enuff dimwit wing nut, bible thumping assholes up here in Canada, we don’t need anymore.

      But seriously, if Canada was a part of the U.S. Our wingnut provinces would be Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba…these provinces line up on the map of North America with all the red states of the U.S. Go figure.

      And they are the most ugly provinces in Canada. Prairie’s galore.

      Mind you, we aren’t quite as right wing concervatives here as the new republicans/tea partier’s as the U.S. have.

      • 61 Smoothscotch
        November 9, 2012 at 1:26 am

        Hey there, easy now, Albertan here. Not denying rednecks,bible thumpers BUT they’re not in your face like the US or as rabid. My province is beautiful, and yes there are prairies. To the east yes prairies, South towards Montana! Prairies, Lakes.

        To he North, OIL, and lakes, prairies, pristine land. To the West, mountains , lakes. So you see, not at all ugly.

        • 62 Joy
          November 9, 2012 at 1:46 am

          Yeah, I’m sorry smoothscotch. Southern Alberta is beautiful. And I agree, our bible thumpers are not in your face here in Canada like the U.S. republicans. I think the worst we deal with in Canada are Jehovah Witness’s and Mormon”s. You can be sure when the door bell rings it’s going to be one or the other of these cults trying to tell you some kind of unbelievable shit that just makes you want to throw the door in their face. Pretty much the rest of the religions keep to themselves.

          • 63 Smoothscotch
            November 9, 2012 at 2:22 am

            No worries my friend, must admit we were known to be redneck country, city is very multi-cultural now. 2010 elected a non white as mayor, very popular. Who woulda thunk it, shocked the hell out of some people here though. Of note were the young people who were all in. The world is changing and those who do not accept and learn to live with these Changes better go find a cave.

  15. 64 amk for obama
    November 9, 2012 at 12:32 am

  16. 66 amk for obama
    November 9, 2012 at 12:33 am

    THIS. You want change, then fucking vote every time and every level of election.

  17. 67 amk for obama
    November 9, 2012 at 12:34 am

  18. 68 dudette9t9
    November 9, 2012 at 12:39 am

    I just spent a whole half hour trying to compose a whole thesis on how genius Chips’ horse picture and the symbolism in it, when I freaking hit a wrong button and lost everything gottdamm thing I typed (expletive deleted, then re-inserted):

    The plan was to rattle on in a pseudo-intellectual drively tone about:
    – the blue line to the left of the subjects representing “the way forward” and the left-leaning politics of the incoming President
    – the barren gray to the right of the center line symbolizing the failed policies of the previous administration taking the country backward
    – the rider representing on of America’s First Nations recalling PBO’s adoption by the Crow Nation during 2008 campaign
    – prominent blue color in the horse blanket connecting rider and horse
    – literary symbolsm that horse represents beauty, grace, nobility, strength, & freedom
    – two laborers, civil servants, foundation of the middle class, working together, providing necessary work in service to the community
    – recycling the natural material – maybe for a composte heap or to fertilize the WH garden
    – the white shovel …
    – the angle from above the subjects…

    Oh blah, blah, blah – fuck it… I was gonna finish it off with a poop joke, but I can’t fucking remember my punch line.

    The picture was funny, okay? Well done Chips. Glad you got kudos from your idol. Now can I have a prize or something? I’m exhausted!

  19. 72 LunarSea
    November 9, 2012 at 12:40 am

    He’s a true renaissance man.

    Gay men don’t threaten his manhood yet he’ll go toe to toe when dealing with those who wish to do him harm or worse to cause pain to the weakest amongst us (see bin laden and BP ‘shakedown’ et al).

    Doesn’t like foo foo dog names or little ‘yappy dogs’ (his quote) but is sweet and gentle with his over sized family dog. Will tell you when you are wrong but doesn’t belittle you just to build himself up.

    He’s probably the biggest jock pres I’ve seen, jive talking on the court yet coaches his daughters’ teams. He knows the power he wields as leader -not just of the free world but of the greatest military on earth- yet uses that power not for material gain but to protect the masses FROM genocide.

    While everyone defers to him, he makes sure all voices are heard from the highest brass to the guy who carries the suitcases. He can walk with world leaders yet take the time to acknowledge the door man.

    We praise him for his great achievements and he thanks us with his tears for being the force that makes it all happen. We marvel at how far he’s come and he expresses faith in our potential.

    Time and again he’s shown he has a spine of steel yet he’s not afraid to shed a tear for our common humanity.

    He sees people.

    He. Is. An. Incredible. Human. Being.

  20. 77 cos
    November 9, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Does anyone know what percentage of the military voted for PBO? I am just curious. I haven’t seen it anywhere.

    • 78 susanne
      November 9, 2012 at 12:50 am

      huh–just checked votevets and they haven’t updated their site since the election. i know that wasn’t your question, but interesting to see how vets voted, as well as active duty.

    • 79 Joy
      November 9, 2012 at 1:07 am

      I was wondering the same thing yesterday…would love to know this.

  21. November 9, 2012 at 12:43 am

    So far from opponents and supporters (not here), I have heard Mitt lost because he screwed up, he wasn’t moderate enough, he wasn’t extreme enough, Obama had the ground game, demographics, Hurricane Sandy, great team, lots of different things. What I haven’t heard enough people say is Barack Obama won because of Barack Obama. it seems that even liberal commentators don’t think to actually credit the man himself. Why did he have such a good ground game? Because he built a strong team, listened to all ideas and chose the best, because he is incredibly intelligent, because he has spent his life analyzing and refining his core beliefs and basing his actions and decisions on them. Because he has integrity, and values all people. Because he came to this job, not for what he could get out of it, but for the opportunity to serve his country. And because he spoke to the country of values that Americans believe in. He presented a vision of the America we want to live in. Because his character shows through in his love for his children and his glowing love and respect for the strong woman who is his wife, his respect for veterans, his fight for the middle-class, It shows when he holds a baby so tenderly, squats down to look a child in the eyes, even his treatment of his enemies in Congress. You see it in the faces of the people at the rallies, and in the devotion of his campaign team, and his gratitude for all the worker bees willing to devote countless hours to calling, knocking, and tabulating. Without this innate decency, the demographics and the conservative blunders would not have mattered. This is where the Republican Party went wrong – they judged him by their own standards and so could not and can not still conceive of a man of principle. But I think some liberals may also be missing the point. This is the man Dr. King saw who would be judged, not by the color of his skin (or the strength of his ground game, or the stupidity of his enemies), but by the content of his character. (Sorry, this is long and a bit of a rant. This definitely does NOT apply to anyone at this site!)

    • 81 amk for obama
      November 9, 2012 at 12:51 am

      Excellent post maryl. It’s what his pollster said too.

      • November 9, 2012 at 12:54 am

        Thanks, AMK. I feel so strongly that many people on either side are not looking past the statistics to the man. I realize that’s probably not true, but I wish more people would put him at the center of their commentary, and not sound as if just any could have been the candidate and all the other forces would have worked their magic.

    • 83 theo67
      November 9, 2012 at 12:52 am

      This is beautiful and eloquent, Mary. You are so right. Wow! History will record who this man was, and with our help, it will be recorded accurately.

      “This is the man Dr. King saw who would be judged, not by the color of his skin (or the strength of his ground game, or the stupidity of his enemies), but by the content of his character”.

    • 84 Lovepolitics2008
      November 9, 2012 at 12:53 am

      Absolutely wonderful comment, Mary.

    • 85 0388jojothecat
      November 9, 2012 at 2:18 am

      Thank you Mary, this needs to be told to everyone who asks, why do you support or voted for President Obama. He ran because he saw up close as a community organizer so many forgotten americans who worked hard and lost their jobs, their health insurance, kids in poor neighborhoods with substandard schools, he wants to change all this or at least start the ground work to make this country great after 30 years of trickle down that is never designed to birng the folks up at the bottom.

    • 86 ouapiti
      November 9, 2012 at 7:31 am

      Beautiful and true comment. Thank you.

  22. 87 amk for obama
    November 9, 2012 at 12:44 am

  23. 98 utaustinliberal
    November 9, 2012 at 12:54 am

  24. November 9, 2012 at 1:31 am

  25. 106 amk for obama
    November 9, 2012 at 1:40 am

    If you look at the donors to both the camps, the PBO supporters put their money where their mouth is and raised millions for him, while the wingnutz let their sugar daddies bankroll mittbot. So who are the real moochers and freeloaders ?

    And when it came to the real hard work on the ground, it’s not even worth comparing. Yet the wingnutz whine incessantly about hard work, taking responsibility, blah, blah. Fucking hypocrites.

  26. 109 Sosena
    November 9, 2012 at 1:44 am

    The top 10 best and worst educated states, and how they voted.


  27. 110 jeff
    November 9, 2012 at 1:47 am

    It seems like Virgina is becoming more and and more blue and will be less red as time goes on. Even though I am not from Virgina, from Washington State it kinda makes me happy at the ideal that NOT all Southern States are completely lost.

    • 111 amk for obama
      November 9, 2012 at 1:50 am

      Oh, I expect both AZ and TX to flip in the next few years. Just a question of demographics and the dems playing it smartly there. And FL will go full wingnut.

      • 112 0388jojothecat
        November 9, 2012 at 2:01 am

        FL will not be allowed to participate in anymore elections…..we really no longer need them since they can’t count anyway.

      • 113 dudette9t9
        November 9, 2012 at 2:13 am

        I wanna see GA go back blue too. It can be done. It was blue when I moved here, we can flip it back.

        Might even be soon, since there’s now a Rethug super majority in State House. They’ll screw up the State and then get summarily kicked in their keisters in the next election.

      • 114 Mae who love our CIC
        November 9, 2012 at 6:46 am

        Shows what you know, and not much. Why you so hateful towards FL? You might say that I am thin skinned. Dang gon right I am.

        Because folk did not vote in 2010 and we have a criminal for a governor who won by a very narrow margin against Alex Sink; don’t lump us all together.
        The Southern States are not totally to blame. The last time I looked at a map there are some States out west as well.

        Folk vote with what is in their heart. President Obama is the greatest organizer in the world and he is telling the people put away your hate to help yourself. Folk still believing nonsense about people who do not look like them. If they continue to live in a hole, soon they will suffocate in that hole.

        In Blue States, there is enough rightful thinking people to overcome the others. Every vote for President Obama is the right vote and thank God there were more than enough to give him a second term. Thank God President Obama still believed in the people in FL. We might have been late with the count, but we came through. He is for every AMERICAN.. The ones who voted for him and especially the ones who did not vote for him.

        We have to vote every election. When we don’t vote we allow other people to make decisions for us.

        Cut out the nonsense and stop feeling smug about where people live. The election is over until the next time. We Won. Stop rehashing, shoulda, coulda, woulda. Thank you.

  28. November 9, 2012 at 2:02 am

    One interesting item: One reason the Republicans thought the polls were skewed by more Democratic voters – people who formerly identified as Republicans were self-identifying as Independents. So the reason Republicans were “undercounted” was because there were actual fewer people identifying as Republicans!

    • November 9, 2012 at 2:07 am

      Yes. Of all the Republicans I know, none of them wanted to acknowledge their, in many cases long-time, affiliation with the GOP. That’s how bad it’s getting and I assure you several of the folk I’m referencing are very wealthy.

  29. November 9, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Dear TOD friends,

    No President (on any other political leader) has had nearly 23 million, instantly and constantly connected and communicating, passionately supportive individuals committed to improving the quality of life for everyone. President Obama does.

    It is essential we all do what we can to encourage and support the leaders of the BarackObama/OFA to coordinate closely with us to become an ever more potent force. The lobbyist on K Street pale in comparison to our power.


    Yes We Did

  30. 118 Smoothscotch
    November 9, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Did I miss Florida decision?

  31. 119 dudette9t9
    November 9, 2012 at 2:10 am

  32. 122 dudette9t9
    November 9, 2012 at 2:20 am

  33. November 9, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Before getting a bit of rest, wanted to send President Obama a letter and express to him my appreciation for how profoundly kind and good a person he is. So, made some adaptations of a comment shared with all of you earlier today.

    Dear President Obama,

    When I read Adam Gopnik’s article in The New Yorker, earlier today it was like, that’s not Barack Obama, that’s not the person, that’s not the President I’ve ever seen or heard.

    When listening to you over all these years, I hear not just the words, the phrases, but I hear the modulations in your voice, and a deeply passionate, caring person always emerges. Maybe that’s just me, and that’s fine. I’ve been wrong about a lot of stuff in my life.

    But, the reason why I’m writing to you is the temporal juxtaposition of that article and the video of you with your team in Chicago that appeared on YouTube within hours, today.

    The person in that video is the Barack Obama that hugged a maligned Harvard Professor and has exhibited so many profound emotions, and most importantly, has placed himself in profoundly emotional settings – settings that Bush and Cheney avoided like the plague and would not allow Americans to see (e.g., our fallen returning home for the last time at Dover AFB).

    Those tears streaming down the left side of your face in Iowa on Monday, those were the real deal, the only Barack Obama I’ve had the privilege to inhabit this planet at the same time.

    So, just because someone is capable of being calm when faced with enormous challenges doesn’t mean they are any less passionate, doesn’t mean they live in some alternate reality, doesn’t mean they do not comprehend how divided America is, not just in its politics but in its core values.

    At least from my perspective, it means that they have the strength of character and burning commitment to LEAD, to place themselves at the front, take the hits, absorb the disappointments, and never whine. That’s not being ‘cool,’ detached, removed, whatever. That’s just being a expansively compassionate, marvelous Leader.

    The Barack Obama in that video is the only Barack Obama I’ve ever heard, or seen.

    Just wanted you to know that, Mr. President.

    Will continue to be shoulder to shoulder with you as we build a better America, Together.


    Until tomorrow ….


    Yes We Did

    • November 9, 2012 at 3:39 am

      Beautiful. There have been some profoundly beautiful things written on this blog in the past two days that top even the best of the last few years. It is worth reading them all.

    • 125 Mae who love our CIC
      November 9, 2012 at 7:01 am

      Beautiful words!

      Our President recognizes that the people are counting on him to make it right. He knows that we trust him,love him and are confident in his ablilities to lead us to higher heights. He was so moved that we supported him in his re-election.

      Thanks Bob.

    • 126 vitaminlover
      November 10, 2012 at 3:13 am


  34. 127 Claire
    November 9, 2012 at 5:16 am

    A Florida exit poll showed that Cuban Americans went for President Obama by 49 percent to 47 percent.


  35. November 9, 2012 at 6:35 am

    An amazing comment from “Randy” that I feel compelled to share here – I hope he doesn’t mind me copying it over here:

    Randy Abraham posted a comment in Obama Cries As He Thanks Campaign Staff After Victory (VIDEO) · 8 hours ago
    Through his accomplishments and his example, this man has already left his mark as one of the great American presidents, and he will leave a legacy that will last throughout this nation’s history. When I remember the massive crowds he drew, the reception he received by world leaders when he was first elected president, and all the children who get up in their Sunday finest when the President pays a visit to their school, I begin to see the impact he will have on generations of people, as a gentle, caring, brilliant and determined man who sought to fulfill the promise of America, widen the circle of opportunity for all people, keep hope alive among the disaffected and downtrodden, inspire others to work for meaningful and lasting change, and truly help form a “more perfect union.”

    In this time of enormous crisis in this nation, and this world, we are extremely fortunate that this man chose to put himself in the breach, and to be a champion against the spirit of cynicism, hopelessness and despair, and to withstand the pettiness, the unthinking opposition, and the virulent hatred of his detractors and opponents with such grace and good will as he set about to repair a nation whose soul had been broken.

    In the coming years, we will see statues erected in his likeness, streets and government buildings named after him, and I envision 100,000 children around the world being named “Barack Obama” in the next generation, but I want to remember him like this — as a man of modest background and generous spirit who, despite the immense power and authority of his office and the historic nature of his mission, could be vulnerable enough to be moved to tears of humility, gratitude and affection for those who saw in him what we all see.

    In the tempestuous rush of time, it is easy for us to sometimes miss those small fleeting moments — full of clarity and awesome in their beauty and unnameable stillness — when we suddenly understand what it means to be here on this earth if for a fleeting instant, to dare to burn brightly with a passion to leave behind a world better than the one you found, and be alive in, and to share in, the uplifting and exhilarating possibilities of what could yet be amid this constant, titanic struggle between chaos and community.

    To share a laugh and a tear is the only way to communicate that moment for one man who, ultimately, faces an almost impossible task before him, and who faces it essentially alone.


    • November 9, 2012 at 7:08 am

      “I want to remember him like this — as a man of modest background and generous spirit who, despite the immense power and authority of his office and the historic nature of his mission, could be vulnerable enough to be moved to tears of humility, gratitude and affection for those who saw in him what we all see.” Beautiful. Thank you.

      • 132 prettyfoot58
        November 9, 2012 at 8:21 am

        yes it is …brings me to tears as well…what an awesome commentary to the man known as Barack Obama….Our President….i love him so…

    • 133 LunarSea
      November 9, 2012 at 7:12 am

      that is great. I take that with me today.

    • 134 utaustinliberal
      November 9, 2012 at 7:49 am

      Thank you for this. What a wonderful comment to read today.

      • 135 forus50
        November 9, 2012 at 8:05 am

        Yes, am so glad I saw it as I usually avoid the comments on blogs. Randy is a beautiful thinker and writer, so eloquent…

  36. 137 Mae who love our CIC
    November 9, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Can’t say it enough. I am so thankful for The Obama Diary. Ms Chips I don’t know how you do it, but I am so thankful that you do. Excellent job. Well done.

  37. November 9, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Wish I could watch these videos, but most of them don´t work for me here because of some rights reserved on the background music 😦

  38. 139 LunarSea
    November 9, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Have a quick minute this morning before heading out to work and just have to comment on all the wonderful comments, articles and blogs on the ethernets thanking, praising and highlighting the achievements of this incredible President.

    What has struck me is how most of these reference his character and moral compass. How many express their support in passionate terms.

    This president is loved. And loved the world over.

    We dodged a bullet with this election folks. We would never hear these comments or sentiments leveled at a **cough cough** president robme.

    Have a great day all. May the force be with you!

  39. November 9, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Dear Chips, Congratulations!!

    And thank you for this oasis.

    Dear TOD family, thank you. We did it. Our president is the epitome of humanity and humility. I am so very blessed and privileged to have been a part of this most amazing piece of history.

    Even in the confines of my car, when I am all alone, I find myself talking out loud about the marvel that is President Barack Hussein Obama. Just amazing.

  40. 142 amk for obama
    November 9, 2012 at 8:02 am

    In a statement provided to the Louisville Courier-Journal on Thursday, actress Ashley Judd did not rule out a potential challenge to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in 2014. Speculation is rife that Judd, a Kentucky native, could be the Democratic nominee against the vulnerable Minority Leader.

    Let’s twitter bomb her.

  41. November 9, 2012 at 8:18 am

    PBO’s popular lead is now over 3M votes. FL still counting ballots.

  42. 156 Esmerelda
    November 9, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Well, although they STILL haven’t finished counting the ballots, some good things have happened in Florida this election:

    Bloomberg: Florida’s Scott, Not on Ballot, Still Suffers Setback
    President Barack Obama is poised to become the first Democrat in 68 years to twice win the state, which still hasn’t finished counting votes. Scott’s party lost seats in both the state House and Senate. Voters also rejected Scott’s $20 million tax cut for small businesses and a constitutional amendment that would have made it tougher to implement Obama’s health-care overhaul.


    • 157 amk for obama
      November 9, 2012 at 8:44 am

      One of the biggest ratfuckery by floridians was electing that fraudster felon in 2010 as their govnor. And this season, they gave the white guy for senate a 7 point margin while barely electing the black guy from the same party and that too with an opponent team that was intending to ratfuck them royally in medicare & ss. Fuck’em. Dems would be better off trying to convert TX and AZ blue given the changing demographics there.

  43. 158 obamalia
    November 9, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Here’s a letter from President Obama’s sister Maya –

    Dear friends, it has been an incredible journey. When we learned that the American people elected my brother for a second term, I hugged him. I wept with joy. I was filled with peace. I was humbled by the work of so many people across the country. I am not naive about the challenges we face as a nation nor am I naive about the easiness of cynicism’s appeal But I feel very hopeful about the future.

    Mahalo and love to everyone. ~ Maya Soetoro-Ng

  44. 162 dotster3
    November 9, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I knew it. Every day since election day, Fl. officials say they will have the final vote results “tomorrow”. But tomorrow never comes. Yesterday when they said they would finally have the results tomorrow, I didn’t believe it. And I was right. Today, yesterday’s tomorrow, they say they will have the final tally “tomorrow”.
    What a dysfunctional state. The total Repub rule there has made the state “a laughingstock” as even their newspapers are calling it. That PBO was able to pull out 2 successive wins there is pretty amazing, in light of all the voter suppression efforts and partisan political shenanigans there.

  45. 164 prettyfoot58
    November 9, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Goooooood Morning MsChipsssssss…GM everyonee….

    Today the President will speak to the nation about his economic vision and the way Forward ….i am very excited ….it is my sincere hope that the structure for change that the President has built is not dismantled..because as the President says…we still have a lot of work to do….

    i know that here in PA we won a victory over the Voter ID law…but it is still on the books and will be in effect for future elections…Nothing has changed…. there will still be citizens who will be disenfranchised…

    in addition there is a move to privatize the schools here in Philadelphia..

    The Struggle Continuessssssss>>>>>>

    • 165 symmetry11
      November 9, 2012 at 8:51 am

      Mark Knoller just tweeted Boehner has “beaten the President to the punch” by speaking before PBO at 11:15.

      • 166 prettyfoot58
        November 9, 2012 at 8:58 am

        it matters not….who speaks first,,,it is about the content…The President will lay out a plan…

        but let me ask you….there are some that think that PBO should not negotiate and allow everything to expire….how do you think that will go over with the American people….another question…the President said that one of the lessons that he learned was that you have to tell the American people a story about what is happening…. to talk to them about what needs to happen…do you think that means that PBO will be on the road more,,,holding rallies…Press conferences and the like…

        • 167 symmetry11
          November 9, 2012 at 9:06 am

          I think that PBO will try to make a deal and if that doesn’t happen yes, he will let everything expire. They can still get this done by sometime in January and things will be retroactive. I think that PBO will try to mobilize the American ppl and the deal he makes will be based on how we respond.

          • 168 prettyfoot58
            November 9, 2012 at 9:24 am

            Yes…i agree with you…Thinking back to his comment about things changing from the outside….i took that to mean …taking it to the citizens …to the people…one other thing,,,symmetry it will be huge in 2014 when the insurers will no longer be able to deny coverage to adults for pre-existing conditions…perhaps this will change the minds of many repubs

            • November 9, 2012 at 9:51 am

              Then their is that thing about leverage. The president loses his leverage if he let’s it all run out.
              Especially with the debt ceiling and funding the government running out in march, it negligee the president to get this done now, while he has the leverage.
              Not to mention, wall street will go into negative GDP growth. Because they love their tax cuts.
              It’s more complicated than the left imagines!

              • November 9, 2012 at 10:22 am

                It is not complicated and he will not lose leverage.
                Prettyfoot, I think he can let them expire and actually gain some political capital since that is what 60% of the electorate wants. That is what he campaigned on and would be just the thing to keep everyone fired up and engaged.

              • 171 Bill R.
                November 9, 2012 at 10:46 am

                i don’t know what universe you are operating from, but Wall St. does not control the narrative. PBO is in charge of the facts. And won the election over the wealthy paying the taxes. The President is in the driver’s seat. When the tax cuts expire, the GOP will be exposed for holding the middle class hostage to tax cuts for the wealthy.

              • 172 Nena20409
                November 9, 2012 at 10:57 am

                The debt ceiling, if the House tries the hostage crap again…..pres Obama will use the 14 amendment, section 4 (I hope I got that right) to over pass them and have them challenge him constitutionally. He will Not do the song and dance of 2011. It Not only cost him personally……It was very costly to the USA.

              • 173 57andfemale
                November 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

                that’s the opposite of a lot of people’s thinking: he will have more leverage if we ‘reset’ to before the Bush era tax cuts. Sure, it’s perilous but it’s more perilous for Repubs than for us. Besides, we’d have a much upgraded Senate in quality and numbers, and a slightly smaller House majority of idiots.

                • 174 Bill R.
                  November 9, 2012 at 11:27 am

                  Exactly….. and what’s more when the law expires, it takes a majority agreement between both houses of Congres and the President to enact a new tax law. And guess what, Repugs only have the House. And they will have the choice to enact a tax cut for middle class or nothing. End of story.

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