Deck the halls….



The White House kitchen garden, part of the nearly 300-pound White House gingerbread house, on display at the State Dining Room, November 28

143 Responses to “Deck the halls….”

  1. 8 susanne
    November 28, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    aloha chips and tods! and mele kalikimaka~

    • 9 susanne
      November 28, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      flotus looks gorgeous in that gold suit. hmm i mean, flotus makes that gold suit look gorgeous!

      • 10 veryslowwriter
        November 28, 2012 at 5:39 pm

        How right you are! She really knows how and what to wear. I laugh when I read about how popular one her dresses becomes because I wonder who thinks they’ll look as good in ti??

      • 12 jacquelineoboomer
        November 28, 2012 at 8:55 pm

        The suit reminds me of a vintage Jackie Kennedy style from the ’60s (because I’m a little vintage, myself!). Both women have been “copied” (as if) more than most other women of our time. Mrs. Obama will continue to lead in fashion.

  2. November 28, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Beautiful! I’m so glad the Obama’s will be decking the White House Halls again this year and the next four! Joy to the World! 🙂

  3. November 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    It all looks so beautiful and perfect. Just got in from two days of visiting family and there’s so much to catch up on. It’s amazing how much happens if you just turn away for a few hours. But nothing puts a person more in the Christmas spirit than knowing Michelle Obama will be showing us the WH decorations for the next four years.

  4. November 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I was glad to see on the post that the Obamas will be going to Hawaii again for the holidays – especially since they didn’t get their August vacation. I assume due to the campaign and the anticipated nasty comments that would have ensued then. Anyhow, I googled obama hawaii 2012 and got this parody website which *seems* pretty OK: http://whitehouse.gov1.info/blog/blog_post/agenda-hawaii.html

    Has anybody seen this one before – is it really connected to the real whitehouse.gov??

  5. 23 hopefruit2
    November 28, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Congrats Japa on #1!

  6. 24 Pamela
    November 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I love Bo! And I LOVE the little miniature veggie garden beds! Fantastic, just like the book! Hey y’all, my two seconds are up, was I first? Fourteenth? 44th! 😆

  7. 25 dudette9t9
    November 28, 2012 at 5:47 pm

  8. November 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I think it’s terrific that the lollipop is made from honey (White House bees) and candied veggies. Amazing! The live stream was pure joy to watch. FLOTUS is a treasure.

  9. 29 Puddin'
    November 28, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Tom Ricks appeared on HuffPost Live today…

    Tom Ricks turned down an invitation to appear on MSNBC…”FOX really seems to sell outrage as it’s product, and MSNBC doesn’t as much. But they both seem to me to be running political campaigns almost more than they are running news networks. So I don’t particularly like either. That said, I’m not a fan of TV news generally. I think its a lousy place to get your information from”.

    • November 28, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Which is why, well, I don’t watch American television news.

      • 31 Puddin'
        November 28, 2012 at 6:34 pm

        I know I shouldn’t watch these so called political shows, but somehow I let myself get sucked in. Although I don’t pay too much attention to the morning shows, I usually tune into the afternoon and evening ones. If they get too ridiculous I turn to reruns. I got mad at Tweety last week and swore I wasn’t going to watch his show ever again, but took a peak today and he didn’t fail to piss me off.

  10. 32 dudette9t9
    November 28, 2012 at 5:53 pm

  11. November 28, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Senator Landrieu Democrat LA., just cat understand what Precipitated the EPA ban on BP drilling.
    She just can’t understand???

  12. 35 Bill R.
    November 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm

  13. 44 dotster3
    November 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm

  14. November 28, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. &#8212 The Food Network is getting into the restaurant business in a location not always associated with good food: An airport.

    The channel has opened its first Food Network Kitchen at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in South Florida in the JetBlue terminal.

    “The dynamic of food and travel has changed,” said Sergei Kuharsky, general manager of Food Network’s new business enterprises. “You used to never go in and think about eating at an airport.”

    Now, with passengers arriving early to get through security and limited options for in-flight food, there’s a market for airport dining. ”

    • 46 theo67
      November 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      San Francisco International Airport – the new wing – has one of the best food venues in any airport I’ve visited so far – hands down!

  15. November 28, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Has there ever been a First Lady who has brought so much female wisdom to our country? Has there ever been such a magnificent partner? Wow; I love her. Really. I mean it.

    I’m kind of overwhelmed…

    (Thanks again, Chips…)


  16. 48 hopefruit2
    November 28, 2012 at 6:07 pm

  17. 50 HZ
    November 28, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Our First Lady is so beautiful. I love the decorations, and our First Dog is such a cutie, for sure. Love all of this, and I am looking forward with grace to enjoy 4 more years of this beautifulness.HZ

  18. 52 prettyfoot58
    November 28, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    SOS Hillary Clinton…spoke out in support of Ambassador Rice…..what took her so long…

    • November 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      It was a tepid single statement restating what the President said about Ambassador Rice doing a good job. I’m incensed she’s sitting there letting Susan Rice bear all the brunt for the State Dept & CIA’s Libya lapses

      • 54 Chi
        November 28, 2012 at 9:27 pm

        I am too…

        This was entirely her area of operation and responsibility and everyone is pretending like she’s barely incidental to things…

        And Susan Rice is headscratchingly being witch hunted by McCain et al…

        But if this were some huge foreign policy accomplishment, we wouldn’t stop being reminded of Hillary’s role as SoS…

        It is wrong…

      • 55 prettyfoot58
        November 28, 2012 at 9:55 pm

        she is guarding her ground….keeping it safe …for her run at President

    • 56 Jewelz
      November 28, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      They don’t like each other. There is bad blood between Dr. Susan Rice and Secretary Clinton. It stemmed back to the 2007-2008 democratic primary when Dr. Rice decided to throw her full support to then senator Obama as opposed to Hillary Clinton (the wife of her former boss). She was one of the leading foreign policy advisers for then candidate Obama. Her decision did not sit well with some loyal Clintonites who felt that she owed her career to President Clinton. She was appointed by Clinton as an Assistant Secretary for African Affairs in his administration. The Clintonites were upset with her by what they perceived as a form of betrayal, and vow never to forgive or forget, She was also instrumental in dismantling Hillary so called foreign policy experience as a former first lady. She also went after Hillary’s foreign policy judgment regarding her vote for the authorization of the Iraq war. That vote by Clinton would later prove to be detrimental in her resounding loss in the Iowa State Caucus.

      Some in the Clinton camp at the time were very vocal of their dislike for Dr. Susan Rice, Deval Patrick and many others who supported then Senator Obama over Hillary. There were several newspapers stories in 2007 that wrote about how the Clinton camp proclaimed at the time that they will never forget the betrayals of those that chose to support Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton.

      Personally I am not a fan of the Clintons due primarily to their behavior in the 2008 democratic primary. And I don’t know if I will support her in 2016 if democrats decide to crown her the democratic nominee because they feel she’s due or something.

      • 57 prettyfoot58
        November 28, 2012 at 9:59 pm

        if this is the reason for her silence..that says alot about Hillary Clinton’s Character….to not stand up for the Ambassador

  19. 58 dudette9t9
    November 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I’m outraged and disgusted with yet another senseless murder of a black teen under the damned “stand your ground” law.
    Florida man cites ‘stand your ground’ after killing of black teen amid loud music dispute

    Heard some detail this morning that hasn’t made it to the mainstream yet. A woman who’s a family friend of the mother of one of the teens in the SUV called into a radio talk show in Atlanta this morning to share this: The man walked up to the teens as they sat in their SUV and demanded that they turn down their music. The teens rolled up the windows of their car. The assailant walked back to his car, pulled out his gun, then walked BACK to the SUV and fired 8-9 bullets into the vehicle. Then he returned to his car and drove away. Later apprehended.

    Could someone explain to me how this is NOT murder? Where the hell is the case for standing his ground in this?

    • 59 nathkatun7
      November 28, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      Absolutely abominable! These people are trying to incite a race war.

    • 60 dotster3
      November 28, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      And lax gun laws allow these dim-witted nutcases to always have a gun at the ready, a disaster in the waiting. Without a gun this lamebrain would have only been able to shout to turn the music down and squeal out of the parking lot. And Florida, as other states, continues to bow to the NRA and continues to further loosen gun laws, making it legal to have them anywhere and everywhere—-schools, churches, bars, malls, sporting events, anywhere—-and conceal carry—-great idea—-at the ready for any mentally-challenged lowlife with anger control issues.

    • 62 Lovepolitics2008
      November 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      This doesn’t qualify at all as a case of “stand your ground”. The murderer will go to jail. Very clear cut case it seems. How many more of these before politicians wake up and stop bowing down to the NRA?

      • 63 dudette9t9
        November 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm

        “The murderer will go to jail. Very clear cut case it seems.” That would presume that justice in Florida makes sense. I’m skeptical, but hopeful.

        Sadly pols will continue to bow down to NRA as long as the money continues to flow. Money trumps all to these people. We need serious campaign refinance reform. Then NRA power goes down the toilet.

    • 64 sherijr
      November 28, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      It is murder, I read the story this evening & its disgusting. I am SICKENED by the continued sanctioned killing of young black males in Florida.

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  22. November 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    NY, NJ lawmakers seek $80 billion to cover cost of damage from Sandy
    Erik Wasson
    11/28/12 03:53 PM ET
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is also pressing House Republicans for a sweeping aid package to help residents recover.…

    Unfortunately, I don’t like the chances if this one going through.

  23. 74 proudmemberofglobalzero
    November 28, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Hi all…just got home from work. Sent so very stern emails to my two Senators and my new and will be former rep. I recommend you do it. I was invited to meet your Congress Persons office event today but I worked from 6am to just a few minutes ago.

    Tired and out!

  24. 75 Lorraine
    November 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Chuck Hagel is being vetted by President Obama!!!!! I’m happy. 🙂

  25. November 28, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    The Senate approved an amendment to the defense bill Wednesday evening that would reform a federal benefit for first responders and their families.

    Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced amendment 2955, which clarifies who qualifies for the federal death and disability benefit for first responders killed or disabled in the line of duty. The amendment, which passed on an 85-11 vote, was based on the bill the Dale Long Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvements Act of 2012.

    Despite affecting the Justice Department instead of the Defense Department, Leahy said the amendment was important because it helps take care of families of all first responders by clarifying existing benefits.


    • 87 Lovepolitics2008
      November 28, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      I have no doubt that Chuck Hagel is a man of competence and integrity. President Obama likes him and respects him very much. However, I would love to see a democrat at the Defense Department. Historically, there is a myth that republicans are stronger on military affairs and on defense. With the Obama presidency, this stupid myth has started to subside. Why nominate a republican as SoD right now ?… I hope the article is wrong. Maybe Hagel is considered for CIA director ?…

    • 89 0388jojothecat
      November 28, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      I thought that PBO would also bring ex-Senator Lugar into his cabinet. If they can’t get Rice confirmed for secstate I would rather they get someone else than John Kerry. We really need John Kerry in the Senate for the lifetime. We already lost Ted Kennedy we can lose another “Lion” in the Senate.

  26. November 28, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    And like clockwork the Emoprogs have joined the Susan Rice lynchmob

    There is a diary at Dkos, and similar story from Democratic Underground being passed around screeching about the fact that Susan Rice holds investments in TransCanada, the Keystone XL pipeline. I’m so infuriated. Here’s what wrote in that diary:

    shame on you for Susan Rice witchhunt (0+ / 0-)

    So you bypass Hillary Clinton who is the one CURRENTLY making the decisions in the State Dept on Keystone to BLAME Susan Rice for what?

    What is Susan Rice’s role in any Keystone decision? Baseless smeear is all you are doing

    In the runup to Hilliary’s appointment to SOS in 2008/2009, were her and Bill Clinton’s financial holdings not properly dealt with? So why this smear on Susan Rice even before any one has appointed her to anything?

    something dark and troubling is happening and Dkos should be the last place to join this massive witch hunt of Susan Rice. I give you an HR for CT


    The diarist accuses Susan Rice of a decision on Keystone that she has nothing to do with. Hillary IS the one making that decision

    In 2008, Hillary’s financial holdings also posed a potential problem, but she and Bill were allowed the opportunity to resolve those ethically before being appointed.

    So why is Susan Rice being strung out for investments that have not posed a conflict of interest in any of her public dealings to date. And it is a matter which is being dealt with by somebody else yet she is smeared and Hillary is let go scot free,

    Now the Dkos crowd join the lynchmob in pre-disqualifying Susan Rice for a position to which she has not yet been appointed. If she is, shouldn’t she be allowed just like Hillary to sort out her investments? What is criminal about holding investments in TransCanada?

    The link the diarist is making is baseless, hence the HR

    • 91 dotster3
      November 28, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      I am surprised to learn that the State Dept. would have review responsibility for the Keystone Pipeline. And, like you said, I assume Rice would have the opportunity to divest herself of conflict of interest investments as others before her.

    • November 28, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      thanks for this, zizi.

      Susan Rice is more than qualified.

      • November 28, 2012 at 9:10 pm

        I tell you it is a full blown Emoprog lynchmob over on Dkos. They HRed my comments. But I told them I didn’t care. The diarist took offense to my saying hers was a lynching, particularly since she said NOTHING about Hillary who is the one actually making the decision on Keystone XL.

        • November 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm

          Wow, it didn’t take DK long to become a cesspit again, but to honest I never bought the line that the place had improved, the mob of PBO-haters just went a little quiet in the run-up to the election. Still, it’s astounding to me that these self-described progressives should team up with the RW hate mob in their opposition to Susan Rice. I assume most of them are PUMAs, hence the lack of questioning of Hillary? I despise these people.

        • 98 amk for obama
          November 28, 2012 at 9:27 pm

          You still hanging around that cesspool?

      • November 28, 2012 at 9:14 pm

        I am so personally offended by this whole Susan Rice smear BS, and even more so Hillary’s prolonged silence only to say something tepid today abt Amb Rice.

        There’s a coalition of dark interests seeking to derail Susan Rice at all costs and now they have prompted Emoprogs to carry their dirty water. Black women by 96% carried this president to re-election yet there’s been a systematic effort to strip us away from this administration. It’s sickening

        • 100 Jewelz
          November 28, 2012 at 9:30 pm

          Zizi, check my comment a few steps above on this same topic. Don’t be surprised if this ‘lynchmob’ of Susan Rice is being spearheaded by the Clinton faction of the democratic party. They have a vendetta against her because she had the audacity to support then candidate Obama in 2007 over Hillary Clinton.

  27. November 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Not good news for Boehner …

    • 102 susanne
      November 28, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      that settles it– this tax hike for the wealthy is not going to hurt them. it only hurts the rethugs who have signed the suicide pact with norquist.

    • 103 Lovepolitics2008
      November 28, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      Wow, interesting news. I’m not sure he will support the idea of closing loopholes though…

  28. 104 anniebella
    November 28, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    So Ann and Tagg won’t be with Mitt tomorrow.

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  30. November 28, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Keep bringing it ….

    We are the media …


    • 109 Puddin'
      November 28, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      I saw that nonsense today…if I had been face to face with tweety I would have slapped him. He wouldn’t even let David Corn get a complete sentence out…”he can’t handle the truth”…and I can’t handle the him…I will find something else to do/watch during his hour. He is the epitome of what Tom Ricks expressed on HuffPost Live, today…”they (MSNBC and FOX) both seem to me to be running political campaigns almost more than they are runing news networks…TV news…its a lousy place to get your information from”.

  31. 111 dudette9t9
    November 28, 2012 at 7:51 pm

  32. November 28, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Email from Jeremy Bird …

    You were one of the more than 1 million people who took our survey last week — thank you so much for taking the time to give your feedback. While we’re still sorting through all of the responses, I wanted to share some initial results:

    — An overwhelming majority of survey respondents reported feeling welcomed and included, that their time was used effectively, and that there was a clear understanding of how their work directly helped re-elect President Obama.

    — Among those of you who volunteered at least a few hours, a majority went into a field office, though many of you got involved instead through the campaign’s online tools such as Dashboard and the call tool.

    — About 1 in 10 survey respondents are interested in running for office at some point, using their organizing skills to continue fighting for real and lasting change. That level of political engagement is inspiring.

    — Almost half of all survey respondents forwarded campaign emails, and more than one-third communicated with friends on Facebook — both great ways to pass along information about the President’s positions and plans, as well as opportunities to get involved.

    — Nearly 80 percent of survey takers want to keep volunteering, primarily around the President’s legislative agenda.

    Many of you shared comments and personal anecdotes. Here are just a few that made me smile:
    “When our field office opened, my husband, 12-year-old daughter, and I were there almost every day. My daughter and I even took a leadership role — she was our tally captain! This is the kind of experience that changes your life. My children not only have a better understanding of the political system but also have a firsthand experience of how community engagement can make a difference. On Election Night, they felt that difference. They were so excited for the President because they had a sense of ownership — they had personally helped him achieve the win. On Election Night, I truly believed we were all winners.” — Kerry, California

    “It made me feel good to see the enthusiasm of volunteers at the local level (who become friends) … great to see teens through seniors, men and women, any race and faith all working together for something we believed in (even if we weren’t there for the same issues) … it assured me I was doing the right thing…” — William, Virginia

    I feel more confident as an individual — I can make a difference in election results! I was talking about this with my son today, he’s a public school teacher, and he has new faith in our electoral system also! Let’s keep doing it — this is democracy as it should be!” — Andrea, California
    There’s a lot more to be proud of — check out this blog post for some other incredible numbers on the work you all did in the field.

    And here are a few comments from supporters like you about the road ahead. We fought for the chance to continue moving our country forward for the next four years, and it’s up to each one of us to follow through on this remarkable opportunity:

    “This organization has tapped into the enthusiasm of Americans that were previously on the sidelines of the political process. These Americans are now fully engaged and aware of the policies that are being advanced that will impact their lives and the lives of future generations. They are excited, ready, and willing to do whatever is within their power to influence policy makers to pass legislation that reflects and responds to the issues of our times.” — Rita, Virginia

    “Create an engaged community of people that keeps the momentum alive and ensures that progressive policy is implemented at local, state, and national levels. Community here is the operative word! Build and enhance local organizing groups. Would be happy to be included in a local group and lead such a group.” — Merida, Illinois

    “Don’t let the energy of the re-election slip through your fingers. This is a very powerful network of people.” — Joel, Texas
    We’re going to put your survey responses to good use. Over the next month or two, a team of campaign staff from across the country is working on a project to document and analyze the work we did over the past 19 months, identifying both strengths and areas for improvement. Our goal is to pass along what we’ve learned from the 2012 campaign.

    You’re the reason President Barack Obama was re-elected in 2012, and your input from surveys and calls is crucial to this project. So please stay tuned. We’re putting together a final report that will be available to the public, so that your voices continue to shape the future.

    Our work is far from done — you helped make sure of that. President Obama, as always, is counting on us to help pass his agenda and continue to make this country a better place for every American.

    There’s more to come. Thanks for all you’ve done and will do.


    Jeremy Bird
    National Field Director
    Obama for America

  33. 123 dudette9t9
    November 28, 2012 at 8:07 pm

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  35. 126 dudette9t9
    November 28, 2012 at 8:24 pm

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  39. November 28, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    I know some of us are already aware…

    Hartford “Sonny” Black Eagle, the adoptive Apsaalooke Nation (Crow) father of President Barack Obama, passed away in his sleep early Monday in his home on the Crow Reservation in Montana. He was 78.

    Black Eagle was a traditional healer and spokesman for the Crow tribe, and his name, Alaxalusshixiassaah, means “Thundering Hoof.” In a 2008 ceremony prior to the first ever campaign visit and speech by a presidential candidate on an Indian reservation, it was Black Eagle who bestowed upon Obama the Crow name Awe Kooda Bilaxpak Kuxshish that translates as, “One Who Helps People Throughout the Land.”


  40. 135 vcprezofan2
    November 28, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Hi guys, I’m doing some last minute editing for a friend (Had I checked my email daily this wouldn’t be a rush) and can’t even stay long enough to check what you and Chips have done this afternoon.

    Just in case, wanted to give a last reminder for positive vibes going up for Fred, whom I’m hoping is progressing nicely along in the recovery stage. Will check in before bed if I don’t fall asleep editing. Caio! (sure hope that’s how it’s spelled) 😉

  41. 138 susanne
    November 28, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    ‘The Millennial Generation: Our Liberal Future’ (argues that rethugs are in worse shape than they thought)

    ‘ How doomed are conservatives? Pretty doomed, if you look carefully at the Pew Research Survey’s close analysis of the youth vote in the 2012 elections. The Republicans’ long-term dilemma has generally been framed in racial terms, but it’s mainly a generational one. The youngest generation of voters contains a much smaller proportion of white voters than previous generations, and those whites in that generation vote Republican by a much smaller margin than their elders. What’s more, younger voters supported President Obama during the last two election cycles for reasons that seem to go beyond the usual reasons — social issues like gay marriage and feminism, immigration policy, or Obama’s personal appeal — and suggest a deeper attachment to liberalism. The proclivities of younger voters may actually portend a full-scale sea change in American politics. ‘


  42. 139 vitaminlover
    November 28, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Deck the White House with boughs of holly–fa lalalalaaaa lalalalaaaaaa!

  43. November 28, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    The News is pimping that Susan Rice owns stock in Keystone pipeline. Like, OMG can you believ it?
    Funny thing is, all these reporters support Keystone. Most likely, they also own stock.
    So, the all of a suddenness, is disingenuous.

  44. November 28, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    This is one of the things I wanted to see when Barack Obama became President. I love Christmas Holiday Season at the White House. That Michelle Obama is First Lady just makes it all the sweeter.

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