Gobble, Gobble – Back to the important stuff: It’s turkey-pardoning time



2:0: The President pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey

White House live * C-Span * CNN * CBS

There are more live links for this than there were for the President’s Burma speech 😕




4:20: The First Family participates in a service event

112 Responses to “Gobble, Gobble – Back to the important stuff: It’s turkey-pardoning time”

  1. 1 Rita
    November 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Chips and all you wonderful people! Will be busy with kids coming home, but I am so very thankful for this community! Enjoy this precious time with your loved ones!!

    • 8 Pamela
      November 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      Sun moves into Sagittarius at 1:20pmPST! let the fun begin! 🙂

      • 9 theo67
        November 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm

        Is that a good thing? It’s been in Mercury for a while hasn’t it – and there’s been a lot of chaos and craziness. Hopefully, this means some calm?

        • 10 Pamela
          November 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm

          Sun into Sag is always a good thing, but the ref to Mercury is a bit different…. Mercury is given the constituency of communication, all things to do with sharing info… It moves into apparent retrograde, or moving backwards when viewed from the Earth, for 20-21 days approx 4 times a year. When this retrograde motion is evident, we seem to have everything crashing, nothing seems to go smoothly, appointments and reservations need more juggling. Posts on TOD become very l.o.n.g and w.e.i.g.h.t.y, before a new thread makes it’s way to the rescue! (only kidding Chips ~ that can happen without the Mercury retro!) conversations can be mis-interpreted, etc. The phase ends on November 26th, but can take or two to smooth out and feel normal again. It might be a lot more fun is Sagittarius than it was in Scorpio! Check out http://www.alanoken.com if you have interest in this sort of thing and the interpretation. LUNCH! only 2 hours late today…. Man, I am hungry!

          • 11 theo67
            November 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm

            Oh – thanks so much for the info and the link, Pamela! I have to admit, I’m a novice at this astrology stuff, but I find it so interesting and at many times, accurate. I’ll check out the site you referenced. Glad that the Sun in Sagittarius is a good thing! That Mercury stuff sounds tricky… 🙂

  2. November 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Something Chips is thankful for: Rafa Benitez about to be appointed Chelsea manager.

    Something I’m grateful for: he’ll last only 6 months.

  3. 23 Melanie
    November 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm

  4. November 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Of Course, we had to schedule a frickin’ meeting at 2:00! Why did I even bother coming in to work today? 🙂

  5. November 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm

  6. 32 isonprize
    November 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    There are more live links for this than there were for the President’s Burma speech

    DAMN SHAME. US media SUCKS!!!

  7. 41 Obama Grandmama
    November 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving. Just wanted to convey my message to all my TOD blogger friends since I will be busy with family in the next few days. Don’t eat too much or if you do pace yourself.

  8. November 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm

  9. 47 Melanie
    November 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Alright yall sounds like we have some live wire turkeys this year. Let’s see if they’re behaved when PBO and the kids come out.

  10. November 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm

  11. November 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I think it’s telling that HRC made the ceasefire announcement in Cairo, not Israel.

  12. November 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Ugh, Marc Regev on BBC now.

  13. November 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Dont wory TOD for those who cant wait and the unfortunate people not following the greatest twitter feed INDAWORLD Watch the progress of the construction of the Inaugural platform from start to finish. http://t.co/fGLSUAY8 pic.twitter.com/6qBS1YET

  14. 52 donna dem 4 obama
    November 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Those two girls come from a fabulous gene pool. They are beautiful young ladies.

  15. 63 carolyn
    November 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Just watched the pardoningof the turkey….crazy, funny American ritual. Something nice and light after the seriousness of the past weeks. What brought tears to my eyes was watching him put his arms around his two girls as they walked back into the house. The love comes right through the video. I am SO thankful that we have him and his family for four more years.
    Like others have said, I just could not imagine Thanksgiving after a Romney election, but he wasn’t elected. We still have our wonderful PBO, and he and SOS Clinton, the peacemakers, have given the world a better Thanksgiving.

  16. 64 CEB
    November 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    The girls had that teenage look that we have all seen (kill me now; I am too old for this; or I am sooo bored) during this ceremony. Dad, however, was having fun by connecting this event to the election. The girls, however, got it together (especially Malia) when they followed their dad greeting guests and shaking hands.

    • 65 Melanie
      November 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      I was thinking the same thing…kill me now. LOL They put up with it though for their dad.

      • 66 carolyn
        November 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm

        Funny…..that wasn’t my impression at all. I thought, what poised and lovely young ladies. They like being with their dad, you can feel it, and he is thrilled to have them with him.

  17. 67 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Don’t recall seeing this posted last week:

    Vice President Biden Celebrates Diwali

    The Vice President marked the festival of lights with a closed-press reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps, lawmakers, community leaders…
    Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday afternoon celebrated the holiday of Diwali on the White House campus with a reception in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The closed-press party for the festival of lights that is celebrated around the globe by Sikhs, Hindus, Jains and some Buddhists wasn’t listed on Biden’s official daily schedule, but a post on the White House blog said guests included South Asian American community leaders, elected officials, entrepreneurs, Administration officials, Members of Congress and members of the Diplomatic Corps. After Biden made remarks to his guests, at the conclusion of the ceremony, as he lit the traditional Diya, an unidentified priest from a local Hindu temple draped a blue shawl around his shoulders. President Obama did not attend the reception, but on Tuesday issued a Diwali greeting.

    more at ———–>>>> http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2012/11/vice-president-joe-biden-celebrates.html

  18. November 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    NO, NO, NO, I just missed the turkey pardon. WAAAH. Video soon, I hope. Darn it!!

  19. 74 anniebella
    November 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Malia said thanks but, no thanks. That was so funny. I don’t blame her, I would have been scared to touch that turkey too.

  20. 79 FoxfireTX
    November 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    That’s the firt time I recall seeing the girls go down the rope line, especially Malia. What an amazing graceful young woman she is becoming. She strikes me as being the more serious of the two, with Sasha having that glint of michief in her eyes. I suspect Malia will do great things down the road, although not necessarily in the public eye. And PBO just seemed to be having a good time. I’m sure he is relieved he will be able to enjoy the Holiday with the cease fire.

  21. November 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm

  22. 82 FoxfireTX
    November 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Chips, I was away for much of yesterday but just wanted to tell you what a thrill it was to see the photos of PBO’s trips abroad late last night. I skimmed them then, and went back to them first thing this morning. I know it takes a lot of work to put those threads together and wanted to thank you for all you do for all of us. You are a treasure!

  23. 85 utaustinliberal
    November 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

  24. 87 utaustinliberal
    November 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm

  25. November 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm

  26. November 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Grumpiness alert: careful with comments about Malia and Sasha, they’re just kids. Anything too personal about them will be deleted. Thanks.

  27. November 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    PAKTIKA, Afghanistan — With less than two years before U.S troops withdraw from Afghanistan, American commanders here are going full-bore to ensure that local military and government officials will be ready to take over once coalition forces leave the country. 

    On the security side, U.S. troops stationed here at Forward Operating Base Sharana in eastern Afghanistan have almost completely moved from battlefield “owners to integrators,” Army Lt. Col. Scott Thomas told The Hill. 


  28. 103 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Good Afternoon Chips! Good Afternoon TOD!

    Gosh, it’s so beautiful to see this family in the White House (still)! The girls are sooooo lovely. What a blessing.

    Going to do a little shopping and then a bit of food prep for tomorrow. Will check in later. Be well, everyone….

  29. 104 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I LOVE the Nate Silver mention! 😛

  30. 105 collegekay
    November 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    The people of Gaza are celebrating the ceasefire. Sec. Clinton and PBO are an awesome team.

  31. 112 sheinfrance
    November 22, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Happy Thanksgiving TOD’s. I hope you have a wonderful time with family and friends xxxxxxxxxx

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