‘It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas’

President Obama walks to the Oval Office upon his return from a trip to Michigan, December 10



Hiya everyone, sorry for the lack of updates today, work has been marginally bonkers πŸ˜• Hopefully it’ll debonkers itself soon.

Will try to catch up properly tomorrow.

So, how are ya all doing?

216 Responses to “‘It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas’”

  1. 1 Proud Former White House Intern
    December 10, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I love that photo

  2. 57 dudette9t9
    December 10, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Great picture!

  3. 58 dudette9t9
    December 10, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Proud and Pamela tie! I should’ve known!

    • 59 HZ
      December 10, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      Hi dudette, thanks for the music. I love your choices.((((((( Lots of hugs))))))).

      It today Pamela’s birthday?HZ

      • 60 dudette9t9
        December 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm

        Glad you liked it Pamela! {{{hugging ya right back}}}

      • 61 Pamela
        December 10, 2012 at 9:47 pm

        Yes, HZ my dear, I am all of 62 today ~ was born on my parents 12th wedding anniversary! In a snowstorm on a Sunday in Bethesda Naval Hospital! How ’bout that! πŸ™‚

        • 62 yardarm756
          December 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm

          A Navy brat?

        • 69 jacquelineoboomer
          December 10, 2012 at 9:59 pm

          You’re practically a baby compared to me. I’ve got four years on ya, part of the original baby boomer crowd after WWII (The Big One). There were so many babies in the hospital the day I was born, my Mother was assigned a maternity bed in the hallway. Luckily, I’ve had a pretty good life, having started in a hallway. πŸ™‚

        • 70 HZ
          December 10, 2012 at 10:10 pm

          Pamela, I will get another glass of wine and drink to you. We are in great company. Sixties are beautiful numbers indeed. Enjoy it, my dear beautiful friend. I am heading downstairs to get another glass to drink to you. Enjoy it all.HZ

      • 71 dudette9t9
        December 10, 2012 at 10:27 pm

        Glad you liked it HZ! Whooo… I’m so sleepy! {{{boat loads of hugs]]]

  4. 72 dudette9t9
    December 10, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Thank you Chips! You take care of the work, we’ll keep the light on for ya!

  5. 81 hgerhard
    December 10, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    So good to see the President making his case once again. I hope he will keep doing this no matter how much the Republicans complain. He is by far the best messenger.

    • 82 jacquelineoboomer
      December 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      I loved seeing him, too. I’m feeling so “nasty” about the Republicans, that I hope he keeps doing this BECAUSE they complain. Gives me a kick. Plus, he loves being with We The People, you can always tell. πŸ™‚

      • 83 nathkatun7
        December 10, 2012 at 11:30 pm

        “Plus, he loves being with We The People, you can always tell.”

        You are absolutely spot-on Jacquelineoboomer! This is what drives the belt-way media insane! The President would rather be hanging out with factory workers in Detroit instead of rubbing shoulders with media pundits and politicians at Washington’s cocktail parties.

        Like the President I love all sports. So if, for example, any one asked me who I would like to have a beer with while watching a football game: Chris Matthews, George Will, David Gregory, Chuck Todd, Ron Christie, Ezra Klein, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnell, John McCain. Lindsey Graham, Jim DeMint, Bernie Sanders or President Obama? My answer would be, without any hesitation, President Obama, of course. I am absolutely certain that most regular people who love sports would agree with me. There is absolutely nothing aloof about President Obama. He genuinely loves being with real, down-to-earth people. Obviously, President Obama doesn’t enjoy being around phony, pretentious and self-important people; although whenever he is with them, he still treats them with respect. I don’t blame him for not wanting to spend all his time with Washington’s self-important people.

  6. December 10, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    great picture, Chips πŸ™‚

    I love Christmas at the White HOuse.

    • 85 HZ
      December 10, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Happy, Birthday Pamela~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You are so special, and I hope that your day has been a very special one also.HZ

      (((((((((((((((((( Lots of (Birthday Hugs)))))))))))))))))

  7. 87 dudette9t9
    December 10, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    • 88 Left-Indie
      December 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      The “Baracking” good N Yr was guaranteed on Nov. 6. I still contemplate a Romney win and get damn near the shakes from the thought of it. I mean really, think about it. No, don’t think about it.

  8. December 10, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    No apologies are ever necessary. How you do what you do everyday Chips is amazing. That this site is so full and such a joy to so many is really a strong testament to your dedication to the cause.

  9. December 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Crushing the #InaugurationInsurgency …. with House Ds receiving more than 1 million votes than the Rs on 6 Nov 2012 it would seem that finding 17 Rs to flip in Jan might be tactically tractable and coupled with filibuster reform in the Senate would be a worthwhile strategic objective to ending the reign of harm caused to American by the GOP since 20 Jan 2009 (and before).


    • 91 nathkatun7
      December 10, 2012 at 11:53 pm

      Bobfr, once again you are so good at going to heart of the matter. This should be repeated over and over again: Democrats in the U.S. House of Representative received 1 million more votes than the Republicans. Republicans were able to maintain control of the House of Representatives not because they represent the majority of Americans but because of the 2010 gerrymandering of Congressional districts. But, in terms of raw votes, the majority of Americans voted for the Democrats. On top of that, President Obama received over 4.7 million more popular votes than the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney. Democrats, and all of us who support them, must hammer hard about the necessity of ending the reign of terror inflicted on the American people by the right wing GOP party which does not represent the majority of Americans.

      Thank you Bob for being upfront in communicating Truth to the American people who have a chance to read your tweets.

  10. 92 vcprezofan2
    December 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Did I miss Ms Chips again? This is getting to be a fun game – try to catch a hold of the hem of Ms Chip’s garment hand as she breezes through. /shouting after her back/ We are all fine, Ms Chips! NICE TO AL—MOST SEE YOUUUUU!

    • December 10, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      Helloooooooooooooooooooo VC!!!! πŸ™‚

      • 94 vcprezofan2
        December 10, 2012 at 9:47 pm

        Oooooo! She heard my cry! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

        Hi Sweets, you sure have been on the go lately. πŸ˜† πŸ˜† Don’t forget to pause for a couple of extra breaths in between the mad rush.

        • December 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm

          VC, my problem is I don’t move fast enough – I’ve known for two weeks I have a monster work deadline tomorrow. Do you think I did anything about it? Huh. πŸ™„

          • 96 dudette9t9
            December 10, 2012 at 9:56 pm

            I’m the same way Chips. I just call it my “I-work-best-under-pressure” excuse!

            • December 10, 2012 at 10:02 pm

              Oh, that’s my line too Dudette …. but this time, well, I think I’ve left it all a little close to the deadline 😳

              • 98 dudette9t9
                December 10, 2012 at 10:11 pm

                Everytime I pull an all-nighter for work, I swear I’m never doing it again.

              • 99 vcprezofan2
                December 10, 2012 at 11:50 pm

                ‘Every time ……I swear I’m never doing it again.’

                Until the next time! It would seem we are three of a kind! Although I confess I got a wee bit better as I really aged (primarily because I discovered that I really couldn’t stay awake all through the night any more. I had to sleep for at least an hour or two before continuing.) Well Chips, if knowing my thoughts are with you while you are sweating through the night helps, ‘my thoughts are with you’.

    • 100 Pamela
      December 10, 2012 at 10:12 pm


  11. 102 PoliticalJunkessa
    December 10, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    My President is looking great and has that extra spring in his swag. I’m so glad he is calling out this “right to work” b.s. So many unpatriotic, economic vultures everywhere and they are incredibly bold — no positive vision, no understanding of growth or investment, just destruction and greed. The people need to pay attention and take their state legislatures, schools, and workplaces back.

  12. 104 amk for obama
    December 10, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    The image of the president and his party today

    After handily clinching reelection, President Barack Obama’s personal popularity and job performance ratings have rebounded, with 52 percent of voters holding a favorable impression of him and half of voters approving of the job he is doing. Obama also earns net-approval ratings on his handling of marriage equality (+6 approve), working with Congress (+5), Medicare (+4) and taxes (+1). Many in the president’s inner circle, including Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are also held in high regard by voters. Their collective popularity should aid in the implementation of the president’s agenda, especially when contrasted with House Speaker John Boehner’s image. Among voters who know Boehner, he is viewed unfavorably (29 percent favorable to 34 percent unfavorable). Moreover, Democrats have a 3-point lead on the generic congressional ballot.

    Voters are once again displaying their resistance to the warmed-over, trickle-down economic theories peddled by Republicans in Congress. In fact, a 58 percent majority believes that raising taxes on households earning over $250,000 annually will not hurt the economy, including nearly half of all voters (48 percent) who feel this way strongly. This sentiment is shared virtually across the board, traversing gender, generational, racial and educational lines. The only skeptics are ideological conservatives, self-identified Republicans and members of the tea party movement, and even these groups have substantial pools of defectors.

    However, Democrats do have a very real messaging battle on their hands as the GOP attempts to mischaracterize tax increases on the wealthy and large corporations as attacks on small business. Voters oppose raising the taxes of small businesses earning over $250,000 a year by 40 percentage points (29 percent favor to 69 percent oppose). Identifying, rebutting and moving past this attempted subterfuge is critical because Democrats need to be champions of small business.

    For a gopolitico piece, it’s really good. Not because, it praises the dems. It speaks truth for a change.

  13. 106 HZ
    December 10, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( To My Chips)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) You give us so much. We will Never complain. Never, Never. We love you for making this the most precious, gracious, joyful, and intelligent haven on the planet. (((((((((((((((((( I love you, Ms. Chips)))))))))))))))))))HZ

  14. 110 Smoothscotch
    December 10, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Good evening TOD friends. Hope all is well.

  15. 111 vitaminlover
    December 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I bet Michelle and the girls are very happy to see him when he comes home from his travels. I know that he is glad to see them too!

  16. December 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm

  17. 114 amk for obama
    December 10, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    The minister dies and the congregation decides, after some time, that his widow, should marry again. Since it is a small village the only available candidate is the local butcher. Although very reluctantly, since she was used to living with a bible scholar, she accepts.

    After the marriage, on Friday night just after taking a bath – the new husband tells his wife, “Look, my mother always said that before the beginning of the weekend it was a blessing to have sex.”

    They do it and then on Saturday he tells her, “According to my father it is a blessing to have sex during the day before the Sabbath.

    There they go again and when it is time to go to sleep he tells her, “My grandfather told me that one should always have sex on Sabbath night.”

    Finally they go to sleep and when they wake up the next morning he tells her, “My aunt says that a Christian man always starts the Sabbath by having sex. So lets do it.”

    Finally on Monday she goes out to the market and meets a friend that asks her, “So how is the new husband?”

    “Well, an intellectual he isn’t, but he comes from a wonderful family.”

    • 115 jacquelineoboomer
      December 10, 2012 at 10:04 pm


    • 116 nathkatun7
      December 11, 2012 at 12:06 am

      Like a minister’s wife she was being modest. She could have told her friend that her new husband comes from a strong family with tremendous endurance. Three days of non-stop sex requires stamina and strong genes.

  18. 117 amk for obama
    December 10, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    What’s a perfect breakfast for a woman?

    She’s sitting at the table with her gourmet coffee.
    Her son is on the cover of the Wheaties box.
    Her daughter is on the cover of Business Week.
    Her boyfriend is on the cover of Playgirl.
    And her husband is on the back of the milk carton.

  19. December 10, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    hey guys new to this blog seems like a fun community of likeminded Obama supporters, lots of great pics and videos I have never seen on the web. Dont know if you guys have been following the Right-to-work ordeal but this seems like a big development tonight that might put things on pause. You know the right-to-work battles in Michigan are getting serious when the new Detroit Red Wings arena is put at risk is.gd/udvlN2

  20. 132 vcprezofan2
    December 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    IN 12 MINUTES WE ARE OVER 60 COMMENTS???!! I don’t suppose everyone was waiting, eh?

    • 133 susanne
      December 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      i think it was the cake! nothing like a party at todville! happy birthday pamela, and aloha chips and vc and all the tods. i’ve had a friend’s children over today, for baking and playing and watching movies. lots of fun, and now i’m tired! we made gingerbread–happy to share, but it’s kind of late for you folks, now, isn’t it? πŸ™‚ we also made cheese balls–squishy, delicious fun.

  21. December 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Wait. How did this thread get to 65 comments in, like, 65 seconds? πŸ˜•

  22. 154 amk for obama
    December 10, 2012 at 10:10 pm

  23. 155 dudette9t9
    December 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    This is for Chips and everybody else out there who needs a little motivatin’
    Angie Stone – Do What U Gotta Do

  24. December 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    The perils or 2010 midterms R’s gained statehouses and controlled redistricting. House D cands won 51% of vote by 1.1 million votes, took 46% of seats. In 40 yrs, only 1 other time, 96, did maj party get House minority nyti.ms/SShADz

  25. 159 dudette9t9
    December 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    So um, I gotta roll. See ya later! Smooches! πŸ™‚

  26. December 10, 2012 at 10:20 pm

  27. 170 PoliticalJunkessa
    December 10, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I’m just now catching up on Romney’s disastrous appearance at the fight on Saturday night — hilarious and tragic at the same time. That’s Weird Willard for you! πŸ˜†

  28. December 10, 2012 at 10:28 pm

  29. December 10, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Just heard on our local news that our governor (R) has decided to not do the health exchanges and to let the federal government do it. Of course, all the Rs are thrilled. I’m betting one that isn’t though is Bill Frist. He has been quite supportive of Obamacare. That may be a bit surprising to some, but I’m guessing one reason is that he is a doctor.

    Also, we went to see Lincoln this afternoon. Wonderful movie! Loved it.

  30. 183 desertflower
    December 10, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Got this from another blog, but geez Chips…this could be your motto, too!

    This is my house, and I make the rules. Guests who pee on the rug or smash the furniture won’t be invited back. No trolls allowed.

  31. 188 lisalovesobama
    December 10, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    These people are ridiculous. Have you guys ever seen this before? More than 4 years before another presidential election and all people can talk about is Hillary this and Hillary that? I mean seriously, do I have to listen to this bull for the next 4 years? The press is so stupid. They don’t realize Hillary is an old school politician and politics has changed because of Barack Obama. If Hillary realistically hopes to win even a bake off contest, she’ll need Barack Obama, his political strategy and his loyalists: The people who sacrificed and dedicated themselves for him because they love and believed in him., especially in light of the damage Citizen United can and will do. Fricking press and their fantasies. πŸ™„ ugh. Shouldn’t have woken up and turned on my tv.
    Ps-hello everybody. Hope y’all are doing okay. Also, thanks Chips. I’ve been lurking and the pics have been awesome! πŸ™‚

    • December 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      I’ve been mainly lurking today too Lisa! Great to hear from you, hope all’s good.

      • 190 lisalovesobama
        December 10, 2012 at 10:53 pm

        It’s been really good, Chips! I’m on an extended weekend. First Monday ever where I’m not in class or working! I go back to work on Wednesday! Loving it!!! πŸ˜† spending my time catching up on reading, lurking here, and blazing through episodes of ‘Castle.’ πŸ™‚

      • 193 yardarm756
        December 10, 2012 at 10:56 pm

        It’s taking the snow a long time to get to the bottom of the thread, eh.

      • 198 cos
        December 10, 2012 at 10:57 pm

        Can someone tell me why Robert Reich continue to say that PBO need to pivot toward jobs. He said it again tonight. What is he watching? PBO has been talking about jobs every since he was sworn in office. What does Reich think the economy is about?

        • 199 nathkatun7
          December 11, 2012 at 3:05 am

          Robert Reich loves to hear himself talk! And so do many of the so called smart pundits. I am absolutely convinced that none of these pundits ever take time to listen to what President Obama and Vice President Biden say. Just today, in Detroit, Michigan, the President talked about investing in Job creation with emphasis on attracting manufacturing jobs back to America. He also also talked about investing in infrastructure jobs, training workers for skilled and well paying jobs, and investing in research and development. Unlike t.v pundits like Reich, the President is not one track minded when it comes to the economy. He talks about both Job creation, tax reforms and reducing the deficits. This is what he aptly calls a balanced approach.

          Unlike Robert Reich who has no one to hold him accountable, President Obama has to take into consideration not only the 65.7 millions who voted for him but also the 61+ million who voted against him. You would think that a supposedly smart man like Professor Reich would know about the complexity of how a divided government functions. To presume that a President, who faces one House of Congress dominated by the opposition, and another House where the minority still retain substantial power to block legislation through the filibuster, can somehow dictate everything, without some compromise, is either utter naivety or willful deception to earn the accolades of the so called progressives.

    • 201 daisydem
      December 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      Is there any way to tell them .. to shout it from the rooftops … we are not campaigning right now. We don’t care who might, will, wants to run in 2016; we have work to do right now and our President is Barack Obama; he won a second term, he is already busy with the fiscal issue, high-speed rail, immigration – issue we need to deal with. We are not looking for a candidate at this time for 2016; we are getting behind our candidate, winner, President of 2008/2012 to deal with real issues in this country and to rebuild it and progress it. So if you do not have anything to add to this discourse, then STFU! NOW!

    • 205 nathkatun7
      December 11, 2012 at 1:12 am

      The so called mainstream media are, in my humble opinion, increasingly irrelevant. I hope both Hillary and Bill don’t naively fall for their newly found popularity with the GOP and the mainstream media. Most of the people who are now in love with Bill and Hillary Clinton are practically the same people who orchestrated his impeachment. It’s true that they failed to remove him from office, but the fact remains that he is one of the three Presidents (along with Andrew Johnson and Richard Nixon) who, among the 44 presidents, faced impeachment by the House of Representatives. Richard Nixon resigned before the full House of Representative impeached him. So that leaves Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton as the only two Presidents in the history of the United States who were impeached by the House of Representatives. They both were able to remain in office because, in the U.S. Senate, the vote for conviction and removal from office fell below the 2/3rd Constitutional requirement. Nevertheless, 50 Republican Senators, including people like John McCain, Mitch McConnell, Orin Hatch and others, voted to convict Bill Clinton and remove him from office. If I am not mistaken, Lindsay Graham was one of the house prosecutors who argued the case before the U.S. Senate calling for the conviction of Bill Clinton for “High Crimes….” and removing him from office. In the House, both former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and the current House Speaker, John Boehner voted to impeach Bill Clinton. Of course the Clinton impeachment was aided by many in the media including people like Chris Matthews. So, If I were the Clintons I would not take seriously the praise coming from Republicans and media people, like Chris Matthews.

  32. December 10, 2012 at 10:53 pm

  33. 208 hopefruit2
    December 10, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    A whole lotta foolishness going on on cable TV this week. First Ed Schultz freaking out about nothing; then Lawrence talking bull about Newt Gingrich being most influential politician in last 30 yrs. Spare us all…cable needs to go on a vacation.

    • 209 hopefruit2
      December 10, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      And..oh yeah I forgot..the 2016 Hillary nonsense which is now a daily feature on cable tv.

      • 210 carolyn
        December 10, 2012 at 11:12 pm

        All this chatter will wear people out, like it does us. Nobody but them cares about the 2016 election now. They are talking in a giant circle and to themselves. They are themselves not accepting of the changes in the American electorate. Four years from now Hillary will be 69 years old. She is not going to appeal to the young and necessary demographic. They are blathering out of nostalgia, not wisdom.

  34. 212 prettyfoot58
    December 10, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    @@@@@@@@@@Happy Birthday Pamela@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

  35. 215 Pamela
    December 10, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Where is amk? Okay, here’s what we’ve got: Trader Joe’s 2010 Vintage Ale. “Dark ale brewed with Spices and Natural Flavours added”. 9% alc./vol. What say you? It has been lying down for over two years, the cork looks fresh (cork on a beer?) and the dust is real! Shall we give it a sniff? (I don’t drink beer…)

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