Heads Up: President Obama at the WH Kennedy Center Honors Reception

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7:30: The President and First Lady attend the Kennedy Center Honors

137 Responses to “Heads Up: President Obama at the WH Kennedy Center Honors Reception”

  1. 12 susanne
    December 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    aloha chips! thanks for the stellar posts on a ‘busy-ish’ day!

    • December 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      The busy-ish-ness is over Susanne! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 14 susanne
        December 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm

        yeah! now you can relax and enjoy the evening. i went to costco friday, and bought the super-giant costco sized can of starbucks cocoa powder, and i’ve discovered that if you add just a smidge of whiskey to the cocoa, you can have a very pleasant sipping experience. highly recommended for you!

      • 17 utaustinliberal
        December 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm

        Hey Chips. They never show Pres. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attending the Kennedy Center Honors. CBS will air the program at a later date in December.

  2. December 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Congrats, CT!!!

    Had just finished posting this at the bottom of the other thread … so forgive the repeat, but it’s going to be a crucial strategic issue since, by all indications, Boehner & his fellow #KOCHSTERS have no intention of halting their 20Jan2009 #InaugurationInsugency …

    Krugman on ‘Operation Rolling Tantrum’


    Have been thinking a lot about the 113th and the fact that Leader Pelosi has been signaling strongly that she knows plenty of Rs are willing to vote for the tax break for the 98%. Some, if not all those Rs, likely were just re-elected.

    We know that House Ds received more than a million votes than Rs in the election and gerrymandering is the reason for the wide disparity in actual representation. Even with gerrymandering, I’m sure more than 18 Rs in the 113th are not suicidal, i.e., they will want to return to the 114th. Their best chance would be to switch early and be strong participants in the D caucus – they’d likely avoid a D primary challenge if they did so.

    Thus, the following tweets:


    • December 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    • 20 GGail
      December 2, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      Bobfr, the comments from the first commentor says it all…

      Joseph O’ShaughnessyDowners Grove, Illinois

      I think this will end. I think it will end the next time the House pulls the same trick they did last time.

      This time it will be curtains for the House members who try it.

      I have never seen or read so many comments of so many angry people on places like C-Span or moderate talk programs or the popular blogs or Facebook or comments to news reports on the Internet.

      The election has made the point that has not been lost on the great majority of Americans that we need revenue. And more individuals beyond politics are making it clear that they understand.

      And they do not want cuts to the social safety network.

      People like Boehner and Norquist and McCain and Graham may appear on the Sunday talk shows or other venues to make their case, but the die has already been cast.

      The People get it. These guys are toast if the Democrats simply stand up and say: “enough.”

      And we have to repeat that message to our representatives so that they understand the consequences in 2014.

      The election was a good thing. There is no longer any doubt. It is us against them.

      And “us” is 99% of Americans and “them” is a very spoiled and very greedy 1%.

      Ted Kennedy said it….when will the greed end?

      I think it stops now, this coming year, this next session of Congress.

      Rather than spouting off, I think that the Republicans in Congress should be afraid….be very afraid.

      • December 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm

        Agree fully with the sentiments of the comment, Gail, and thank you for posting it here. (some of the other comments are also accurate).

        My point is we need 217 Ds and we need Leader Pelosi as Speaker way before 2014 and we might just be able to find 17 or more Rs who are actually listening to their constituents, know that if they break with Boehner they’ll be facing some crazed teabagger in a 2014 primary, and may decide that by being a really good D caucus member they could get a commitment from Pelosi and the DCCC to support them and not primary them as a D. I would never consider any of this had the results of the election not been so stunning and the obvious intent of Boehner, Cantor, Ryan, Kyl, McConnell, et al to continue their #InaugurationInsurgency.

        Strategically, if we could bring pressure on a precise set of 113th Rs – identified for us by the DCCC as high probability flips, then we should bring all 24 Million PBO Tweeps and everyone else, especially Ds in those CDs, to make it happen.

        Harder things have been accomplished these past 4+ years – i.e., we elected a black President and re-elected him with margins not seen since Ike, Reagan & FDR ๐Ÿ™‚


        • 22 GGail
          December 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm

          Oh I wholeheartedly agree Bobfr and that’s were our continued OFA grassroots activities can come into play. Phonebanks are being scheduled and you can find one in your (anyone’s) area by going to theaction.org site and putting in a zip code. FORWARD INDEED!

          • December 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm

            Funny thing about OFA: now the Tea Party is trying to copy what we’re going to do in the off year. The problem is, the Tea Party was thoroughly pummeled last month. A majority of Americans want nothing to do with it. I would wager that at least a plurality of GOPers feels the same way. So they’re going to try and copy OFA, but what they’re selling is garbage that no one wants.

            • December 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm

              And let me expound on that thought. I have no doubt that the Tea Party will organize and complete its takeover of local GOP committees. The problem for them, again, is that the electorate at large wants nothing to do with them. And OFA isn’t going to allow the Obama coalition to go to sleep between now and 2014. So all that the Tea Party will achieve is to destroy the GOP.

              • 25 GGail
                December 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm

                Correct LL, in fact OFA has begun again with weekly email updates, conference calls and phonebanks this past week

                “Please join the White House Office of Public Engagementโ€™s White House Update on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 11:30AM PST. Below is the dial in information. Please be sure to dial in a few minutes ahead of time.

                The call will be an educational call to discuss the fiscal cliff and what you can do to help. For everyone who worked so hard to move our country forward this November, you will hear how you can get involved in your community now to take action. This call is off the record and not for press purposes.” You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups “OFA SoCal NTLs” group. They posted a phone number that I’m hestitant to post.

              • December 2, 2012 at 6:57 pm

                Correct, LL.

                And, it is very important for everyone to remember a core theme in all of Jim Messina’s post 6 Nov 2012 statements: what mattered beyond everything else was the quality of the candidate – Barack Obama – and the dedication that his core values and his message inspired. Not only does the Tea Party have any such leader, the GOP doesn’t, as well. Until they do, they can mimic us failing to realize that as they mimic our past we will be inventing our future strategies and tools.


        • December 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm

  3. 29 GGail
    December 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I knew Chipsticks was preparing a new thread!!! I brought this over for lamh…

    lamh โ€“ congrats on your long awaited opportunity!!!

    You should also research Oakwood Apartments http://www.oakwood.com/ โ€“ they have a location in Baton Rouge
    2500 Gates Circle
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808

    • 31 susanne
      December 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      lamh, your job offer sounds wonderful–and i know they’re glad to have you. maybe the personnel office has lists of housing, especially if you’re looking for a sub-let or short term, until you get settled. another place to check is university housing boards, where profs going on sabbatical will post sub-lets. anyway, with your excellent skills, heart, and energy–you’ll find the perfect place! and your friends in tx will love coming to visit you.

      • 32 dotster3
        December 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm

        I understood her to mean that she was looking to sublet her present apt. in Tx. I may be wrong on that.

        • 33 GGail
          December 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm

          Doesn’t hurt for us to cover all of her bases dotster ๐Ÿ™‚

        • 34 susanne
          December 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

          oh– well, most of the ideas folks are offering would work for either side of the equation, i guess. anyway, hoping all goes well for her! what an exciting time!

          • 35 GGail
            December 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm

            Yes it is a very exciting time for lamh Susanne! And we want it to go as smoothly as is possible….it takes a village ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 36 lamh36
      December 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      thx GGail. I’ll add that to my list. I have friends and fam in the area as ya’ll know, so I’m getting all kinda places to add to the list…lol.

      On my next 7 off, I plan to drive back and start checking out places.

  4. 37 vitaminlover
    December 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Wonder what our lovely beloved First Lady will wear? I know she will be da’ BOMB!

  5. December 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Hoping we soon hear that fred is recovering from her surgery!!!

    • December 2, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Hiya Bob, I got another update from Fred today –

      “…. well enough to let you all know that I am a tad better. The coughing is improving. Sitting is painful and another sleepless night. Hope all is well with you. My love and thanks to the site. Going back to bed now.Take good care. Fred.”

      Such a tough recovery, thinking of you Fred.

      • 40 GGail
        December 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm

        Thanks Chipsticks for the update from Fred.

        Dear Fred….slow and steady is my Rx for you ๐Ÿ™‚

        • 41 susanne
          December 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm

          yes, thanks for letting us know how you’re doing, fred, and hoping you feel our arms around you, gently hugging and supporting you. i’ve had some painful surgeries and recoveries, and i’ve found music helps me through a long night. i hope these nights will give way to healing sleep and joyful mornings ๐Ÿ™‚ aloha oe~

      • December 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm

        Thank you Chips! We’re cheering you on, Fred!!!

        • 43 dudette9t9
          December 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm

          Absolutely Fred! Take care of you, dear! Remember, whenever you need a pickmeup… go to Chips’ Video Vault. ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. December 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Coming from the previous thread, the conversation about Jefferson, our country’s [lack of] innocence:
    This opening up about our country and its founders . . . . our โ€œgettingโ€ that we were founded out of idealism, yes, but never innocence . . . I think the more we we open up and examine the history with courage and open eyes, the better off for all of us. We also have some horrendous current โ€œrealitiesโ€ to deal with [Monsanto comes to mind, just one of many]; and there is no place I would rather deal with them that in the context we have created for ourselves here. Our possibilities for moving forward are extraordinary. Everybody get their rest and eat their spinach, is what I say. xoxox

    • 45 utaustinliberal
      December 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Wonderful insight. Thanks Sara.

    • 47 prettyfoot58
      December 2, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      the more we we open up and examine the history with courage and open eyes, the better off for all of us…Our possibilities for moving forward are extraordinary….

      because facing the reality of the past is only one part of the struggle….we must have the courage to ~Perfect Our Union~

      as the President said in his victory sppech…
      With your help and God’s grace we will be able to move our country forward……..

  7. 48 dotster3
    December 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    The actual Kennedy Centers event will not be aired until Dec. 26. Am I right?

  8. 51 Don
    December 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I can guarantee anyone within the sound of my voice that there are 18 Republicans dying to catch the last dingy off the Titanic.

  9. December 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Buddy Guy just introduced ….

  10. 53 Don
    December 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Its started!

  11. December 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I just want to thank the person who told me yesterday about the new book from Essence Magazine about the First Lady. I found it, bought it, love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. December 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Big cheers for the President and First Lady!!

  13. 56 itgurl_29
    December 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    The little bit I saw of FLOTUS is stunning. She looks great in gold.

  14. 57 ouapiti
    December 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Just saw the President and First Lady walking into the Awards Ceremony. Could only see the top shoulder of Mrs. O’s dress, but wow, looks gorgeous. And a rousing welcome for our President!

  15. 58 mtmarilyn
    December 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I can’t wait to all of Michelle’s dress. The little I saw looks stunning!

  16. 61 utaustinliberal
    December 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Two terms sure does look good on Pres. Obama.

  17. December 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    PBO can definitely survive as a stand up comedian!!! I think Letterman may be a bit concerned ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. 66 mtmarilyn
    December 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    OK Chips hurry and get a picture of that dress. I can’t wait to see it!!!

  19. 67 utaustinliberal
    December 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    FLOTUS’s gown is gorgeous. Her inauguration gown is going to be off the charts amazing.

  20. 69 debz
    December 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I wish we got a better look at Michelle’s dress. What I could see of it was beautiful. POTUS is looking good as always.

  21. 70 carolyn
    December 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Just watched the end of the reception on Whitehouse live. Saw FLOTUS walk out, and her dress is WOW!!! Gold and shiny, yet simple and classic. The end of the President’s speech was funny and light; wish I’d heard all of it describing the honorees. She will look truly spectaclar in the Kennedy Center tonight!!!

    • 71 anniebella
      December 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      When POTUS and FLOTUS walk in the room they received a wonderful welcome.

    • 72 dotster3
      December 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      Very sparkly dress. Never got a full view, just a quick glimpse as they were leaving. Loved what President Obama said about each honoree. Also loved what Paul Shaeffer, Letterman band director, said about Dave—-that even tho Dave would not admit it, he is loving every minute of this honor. Can’t wait to see the program when it finally airs. Wish they would air it closer to the time it actually happens, like why not live?

      • 73 theo67
        December 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm

        There’s probably a lot of production involved, including dealing with set changes. They probably prefer to offer a cleanly edited show.

  22. 74 sherijr
    December 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    oh that was fun- too short though ~ I wish we could watch the whole show at the Kennedy Center, Live. POTUS was right when he mentioned that we all remember different times in our lives when we were touched by any one of the artists on stage… when I was a mere (stupid) 15 yr old girl, my friend & I hitch-hiked 70 miles to San Francisco to see Led Zepplin.. thousands of us spent the night in the park.. and next day rocked alll day long at Candlestick.

    • 75 theo67
      December 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      I can’t even imagine my 15 year old niece hitch-hiking, let alone sleeping in a park with thousands of people! Times have surely changed. Or, I’ve just gotten older… ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 76 sherijr
        December 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm

        oh me either theo!! I did this 40 YEARS ago ๐Ÿ™‚ I wouldn’t even let my 15 yr old sons do something like that… and by the way my mother STILL doesn’t know I did that .

  23. 79 utaustinliberal
    December 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm

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  25. 81 dotster3
    December 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm

  26. December 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    can we watch it live? I’m not seeing it on WH or CBS.

  27. 85 dotster3
    December 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm

  28. 86 GGail
    December 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    ARGUHHHHHH I missed it!!!! I got a phone call from a friend in Detroit who was at the Lions game and I had to console him and missed POTUS & FLOTUS ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Chipsticks – please help me!!!!!!

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  32. 104 GGail
    December 2, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    HAHAHAHA – it seems we’re all still a little upset with Kid Rock – HAHAHAHA!!!!!

  33. December 2, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    • 106 susanne
      December 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      great guys in tuxes. check. first lady michelle obama in a fabulous gold holiday party dress??? no??? more evidence that we need more women in journalism. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • 116 nathkatun7
        December 2, 2012 at 9:22 pm

        I understand an estimated 488,000 votes are still to be counted in CA. About 182,691 of those votes are in the mega LA county. Yes, It’s quite possible that the percentage of the President’s national vote totals will be 51%, or more, of all the votes cast. The question as to whether the President’s margin of victory will be 5 mil or more depends on the votes that may still to be counted in Sandy ravaged NY and NJ. As of today, the President is leading Romney by more than 4.6 million votes. Lets say that again: 4.6 million more Americans voted for President Obama than voted for Romney. To put this in perspective, the President’s margin of victory is greater than the total votes Mitt Romney received in 9 small states he won (Nebraska, Utah, Kansas, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Alaska and Wyoming). Ironically, 14 senators from these small states make up almost 1/3rd of the Republican U.S. Senators who will be filibustering the President’s agenda. Sometimes I shudder when I think about the unfairness of the so called American democracy when Senators from less populated states thwart the will of the vast majority of Americans. Democrats in the House of Representatives received more than one million votes than Republicans. Yet, because of gerrymandering, they ended up with a minority of Representatives.

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  38. 127 squarepeg
    December 2, 2012 at 7:04 pm

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  40. 130 carolyn
    December 2, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Mrs. Obama’s dress moves like liquid gold!

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  43. 135 mtmarilyn
    December 2, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Oh Chips, you really work hard to please all of us.

  44. 137 jacquelineoboomer
    December 2, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I’m sure this has been posted, but I’m just getting here … tonight’s honors gala will be broadcast on CBS on Dec. 26, at 9:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT.


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