180 Responses to “2012: A Memory or Two”

  1. 2 vcprezofan2
    December 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Hi y’all! Congrats, Mary.

  2. 3 JER
    December 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Hello everybody.

    • 4 vcprezofan2
      December 22, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      Hi Jer. All ready for the holidays?

      • 5 JER
        December 22, 2012 at 8:07 pm

        No. They are gaining on me.

        • 6 vcprezofan2
          December 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm

          They’re gaining on me too, mainly because I don’t really feel in the mood. I bought the ingredients to make a Christmas cake, yet I keep telling myself I’ll do it ‘tomorrow’. You couldn’t tell the holidays are imminent here as I haven’t hung one ornament and am not planning to. After all, I can look out the window to see my neighbours’ elaborately colourful lights, so no one will notice that I have none. 😉 Yep, I’m auditioning for Mrs, Grinch this year.

          • 7 Pamela
            December 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm

            {{{{{{VC}}}}}} love you VC!

            • 8 vcprezofan2
              December 22, 2012 at 8:39 pm

              Hello there, friend! 😆 😆 Sending some positive vibes your way too. {{{Pamela}}} Yesterday I thought of following your idea to put up just a table top tree this year, but anything I put up I’ll have to take down later and I don’t want to be bothered this year. My back-up plan is to do only the stair lights/greenery, IF offspring expresses any wish for some Christmas spirit. A girlfriend just called to confirm my attendance at her celebrations – trying to pull a fast one because I’d already told her I wasn’t coming. Reminded of this she said she was checking to see if I had changed my mind. 🙄

              • 9 Pamela
                December 22, 2012 at 9:06 pm

                I do understand your sentiments exactly! Up until last week, I wasn’t even considering Christmas, then things changed, and as I have had time to putter, I have only put up a few bits which were within easy reach! No way I could unpack the entire Cnristmas closet, and nothing on the outside this year, only a funky seed thing, shaped like a 6-pointed star, between the front door and the storm door. The table top was all I could manage, and it only has one strand of white lights, a little angel on top, and a few angels at the foot. It looks perfect actually! I am done, it’s only the 22nd, and I am quite pleased to have Christmas day off work for the first time since 2006! Okay!

                • 10 sonjiaduncan
                  December 23, 2012 at 12:44 am

                  This Christmas is really hard. I am heartbroken. I have been playing holiday music and watching Christmas movies on the tv trying to lift my sadness. I am so sick of all the madness that it must take to murder our children. Enough, this must stop.

                • December 23, 2012 at 12:53 am

                  I have been feeling very unwell, chest cold and school and not being able to use cpap machine because of said cold, and I was getting very worried about having stuff done for Christmas. I asked my daughter how she would feel if we didn’t have a tree. She said she would be okay with it, so this year we are having her little tinsel tree from her dorm in college. I was feeling very sad about it, but then realized that I was feeling very relieved that I didn’t have to spend the money and the time on it. We always used to have a big dinner after church on Christmas Eve and a pancake breakfast on Christmas Morning, but my son doesn’t live at home and that would require two trips for him so we’re having the pancake ‘breakfast’ for dinner. All of a sudden, although it’s very different from our regular Christmas, it’s beginning to sound very easy. I’ll have more time to spend just hanging out with my children. Sometimes things change and come out even better.

    • 12 Pamela
      December 22, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      Thank you Chips! Stormy seas after about 220 comments! Calmer now! G’day y’all! Well done Maryl1!

  3. 13 yardarm756
    December 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Congrats mary1. Top 10 for me.

  4. 14 Roberta in MN
    December 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Congrats Maryl1 on first. How is everyone here? Just have been peeping lately.
    Happy Holidays to everyone. Be safe and secure in your world. (((((((hugs to all))))))

  5. 16 susanne
    December 22, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    aloha from hawaii, birthplace of the best president ever!!! 🙂

  6. 30 susanne
    December 22, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    buzzfeed does a nice tribute to ladybird johnson, on what would have been her 100th birthday. (though of course it’s just sentimental to call her the best first lady ever–we know who that title belongs to!)


  7. 43 Roberta in MN
    December 22, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Chips that was just wonderful THANK YOU SO MUCH.

  8. 44 jaleh
    December 22, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Well, that brought tears….

  9. 45 anniebella
    December 22, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Beautiful video Chipsticks.

  10. 47 a4alice
    December 22, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    aw Chips I was fine until I got to the end. That was so sweet of you to put something in there in memory of Sue. Very thoughtful. She’ll be missed. On another note a lovely compendium of different pictures from the campaign – and we still have the inauguration to go through!

  11. 56 joyfulmeme
    December 22, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Chips, how very sweet to dedicate the video to Sue. The song and the dedication brought tears to my eyes. I’m sure wherever Sue is, she loves it too.

  12. 57 yardarm756
    December 22, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Have a Cool Yule and a Frantic First!


  13. December 22, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    oh Chipsters, thank you for the memories. xoxox

  14. 64 japa21
    December 22, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Chips, I’ll just let Bob Hope say it for me:

  15. 68 symmetry11
    December 22, 2012 at 8:25 pm


  16. 70 Left-Indie
    December 22, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Only three times I remember happening upon a remarkable TV event that I didn’t plan for. Motown 25th when Michael Jackson glided on the stage and brought down the house. Chris Rock who I didn’t think much of until I channel-surfed to HBO, stopped and watched him on stage bring down the house. I couldn’t believe that was Chris Rock from SNL. And the last is young Obama 04 speech that brought the house down. I kept saying “who’s this dude?” while watching it at the time. That speech still brings me to my feet. I think that was the definition of luck = preparation meeting opportunity. All the speeching he did in college and beyond sharpened his skill. Same for the other two greats.

  17. 71 vcprezofan2
    December 22, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Thanks, Ms Chips, you are a dear…. well you are, when you are not being not-a-dear. Sue in M still comes to my mind at odd times.
    Believe it or not, this morning I woke up and my first thought was to send positive vibes for a handful of TOD-ers who I don’t see often – CTGirl, Fred, CJ Julisch , and Proud of O. That’s all it was, just to send a quick ‘hope you are all having an uplifting day’ to them via telepathy. Then I went to the addiction treatment centre for the entire day to test out my reaction, with the end result that I have the shivers now since I don’t know what happened here today. BUT, I -I-I-I DDDIIIID MAN-N-AGE A-A-A WW-WHO-O-OLE DAY WWWITH-OUT P-P-PEEEKING IN OONCE! 😉 😉

  18. 74 amk for obama
    December 22, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    GM folks.

    LL, hope you’re doing ok now. I need my g&t fix, dood.

  19. 76 sabreen60
    December 22, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    What a wonderful video and a beautiful way to remember Sue. Thank you Ms. Chips.

  20. 77 criquet
    December 22, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Wonderful tribute Ms Chips to all those who worked so hard for PBO in 2012 and to Sue.

  21. December 22, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Wonderful outlook on the Kabuki theater that is the Fiscal Cliff show: http://www.chrisweigant.com/2012/12/19/enjoying-the-kabuki/

  22. 79 GGAIL
    December 22, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Chipsticks, that vid is so touching. Thank You!

    • 81 theo67
      December 22, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      And President Obama is recognized sufficiently, too! Loved it!

    • 82 HZ
      December 22, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Chips, what a lovely video. Thanks for all of the beauty. So moving. You are so special to us.HZ

    • 83 susanne
      December 22, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      nice roundup. i would have given ‘politician of the year’ to president obama, however. he won re-election against a well-funded, determined, experienced machine while unemployment was high and home values low. yes, he had help and support from brilliant, devoted followers. but he did it,he made it happen. and it would never have happened without him.

    • 84 99ts
      December 22, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      Great read – and such well thought out awards – love the Nate Silver one – and must agree with theo – the President is mentioned for all the right reasons.

  23. 85 carolyn
    December 22, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Loved the video…..thank you.

  24. 86 mtmarilyn
    December 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Oh Chips, I was tearing up thru the whole video and then I came to the dedication to Sue at the end and I really teared up. What a wonderful tribute. Since my post was the last one on the last thread I copied it to bring it over.

    Good evening Chips and TOD family. I do hope the First Family is getting well deserved rest and relaxation in beautiful Hawaii!!!! We are going to have a White Christmas. I am getting a very special Christmas gift. Since my husband has had 2 hip replacement surgeries this past year. The last one was in Oct. He asked me what I wanted and I said for the 2 of us to go someplace fun. So in January we are going to spend a week in the wine country around Santa Rosa, CA. I am so excited. We are going to hit as many wineries as we can. This is my idea of a great vacation. This will be the best Christmas present ever!!!!

    I pray all of TODville will have a very special time. I do know that I will be around. Our sons will be spending time with their in laws so we are on our own. I am not bummed, I am looking forward to some nice quiet time. We may go to a movie in the afternoon.

    We will deal with the end of the world later. I have complete faith that our President will be able to do what needs to be done.

    Have a great evening everyone.

    Now we are off to spend a late evening with a bunch of young folks at a bar. I am so lucky that our children and their friends love having us at all of their parties. It do keep us young.

  25. 88 majiir
    December 22, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    I need to get started baking some cakes, but where have I been the last two hours? Catching up on TOD posts and watching The Wizard of Oz on TNT! I’m a TOD and Wizard addict, so I guess I’ll be up late baking cakes. I found a new recipe for a moist pound cake, and I’m hoping it will be similar to the ones my grandmother used to bake that, if you took it to a church event, it would make you want to slap the preacher!!! I hope everyone has a great Merry Christmas. My daughter and her fiance are arriving on Monday evening, and I can hardly wait!

    • 89 theo67
      December 22, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      I love pound cake, with some fresh berries and whipped cream. Sounds lovely, majiir – hope you have a lovely time with your family!

    • 90 Chi
      December 23, 2012 at 1:13 am

      Merry Christmas to you and yours Majiir…

      Have a fantastic time with your daughter and her husband to be…

  26. December 22, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    You are masterful, dear Chips, and you created this tribute to Sue is very touching. Thank you

  27. December 22, 2012 at 9:25 pm

  28. December 22, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    • 99 99ts
      December 22, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      I believe the President is ensuring that Boehner fully understands the party he supposedly controls. As a secondary issue – the world also knows who is going to inflict recession and perhaps depression on their world – because a number of dumb fools don’t think a black man has any right to be President of the USA.

  29. December 22, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Great graphic!!!

  30. December 22, 2012 at 9:47 pm

  31. December 22, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    LOVE the video, Chips. So many memories of a tough but ultimately incredibly fantastic year. Sometimes it’s hard to believe we went through all that and came out a much better community. And the tribute to Sue is wonderful. I remember when she changed her avatar to a photo. She was such a pretty person., with such a good heart and so smart. I hope she is at peace.

  32. December 22, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Very lovely video made all the more special by the choice of music. I could relive those memories a hundred times and never tire of the love and admiration that people feel for this great man and his family.

  33. 108 sjterrid
    December 22, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Thanks, chips for posting this beautiful tribute to Sue From Minnesota.
    LL, I hope you feel better soon.

  34. 109 sherijr
    December 22, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Dang Chips I hadn’t cried in at least 24 hours.. you just had to go & start up the water works again. That was so beautiful and thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a wonderful, loving tribute to our Sue.. I think she’d be completely thrilled. Rest in Peace Sue In Minnesota.

  35. December 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday finalized a set of long-planned rules that put limits on emissions of harmful air pollutants from industrial boilers and incinerators.

    Known as boiler MACT rules, the standards impose the first-ever limits on emissions for mercury, acid gases and fine particulate matter, or soot, for boilers and incinerators. 

    The agency said the rules would affect about 1 percent of the nation’s boilers. It added the rules would yield public health benefits, preventing 8,100 premature deaths and 5,100 heart attacks per year beginning in 2015.

    Republicans and industry had fought the rules, saying they represented regulatory overreach and would impose burdensome economic costs. That pressure led to several revisions to bake in more flexibility for industry.

    The final rules also included some of that flexibility by holding off on implementation until 2016 at the earliest, giving industry more time to comply.


    You see? The Administration can make big changes by using the power of the Cabinets, like EPA, to effect climate change.

  36. December 22, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today participated in a ceremony to sign an agreement to provide $1.55 billion to the City and County of Honolulu on the island of Oahu to build Hawaii’s first-ever rail transit system. The project is expected to shorten commutes in one of the most congested cities in the nation, provide greater transit options to Oahu’s residents and visitors, and create tens of thousands of construction-related jobs.
    “The Honolulu rail transit project, the first of its kind in the state, will bring new transit options to the growing region and create a modern transportation system that is built to last for future generations,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood. “And though, sadly, Senator Inouye cannot be here with us today, this agreement is a testament to his tireless advocacy on behalf of his state and its people.”
    Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff signed the actual federal funding agreement at a ceremony in Washington D.C. today. Secretary LaHood and Administrator Rogoff were joined by Senator Daniel Akaka, Senator-Elect Mazie Hirono, Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) CEO Dan Grabauskas and City Council Chairman Ernest Martin.


    See? This is important and the Republucsns can do nothing but hold Hearings make themselves feel better. This is why they are so bitter, they wanted the WH and the power that goes with it!

  37. 112 collegekay
    December 22, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Good news: we’ll get to see President and Mrs. Obama’s interview with Barbara Walters. Not thrilled about her, but I love seeing them together.

    It has been re-scheduled to December 26th at 11:35pm ET / 10:35 CT on ABC.


  38. December 22, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Evening all.

    So, an update. Vomiting has stopped, but let’s just say I’m still going to the bathroom on a regular basis. Just finished a bit of white rice, and have been sipping on Gatorade and water. Hopefully the virus will work its way out of me overnight. My body hurts, i have a fever, and as I said, the bathroom is my favorite room right now. I just hope I can get some sleep tonight.

  39. 120 Eveingeorgia
    December 22, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Ah Chips, that was simply beautiful. I hope Sue knows how much we miss her.

    Get better soon, LL.

  40. 121 susanne
    December 22, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    aloha todfolk! i’ve had the pleasure of hosting a friend’s children today. what a delight to hear their sweet voices, watch them skipping and bouncing, and thoroughly mess up the kitchen making peppermint bark and gingerbread. my own grandchildren are far away, and i won’t get to see them this year for the holidays. so i just borrowed some from a dear lady who could use a break. win-win!

    • 122 jacquelineoboomer
      December 22, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      Such a sweet story, susanne. I waved goodbye-for-now to my precious toddler great grandson on Dec. 1, after their visit and when they were on their way back to Florida, but I’m still finding Lego pieces behind things, and I actually “saved” one of his fingerprints on a door, to remind me of him! He totally ruled all of the adults, even though we tried to gain control, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! Won’t see him for about five months, but he says hi on the phone and I get constant photos, so I can make it! (I think.)

    • 125 99ts
      December 22, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      susanne – your posts are a delight – you find all that is good in the world and share it around – now I am googling to find out what is “peppermint bark” – it sure sounds delicious

    • 128 vcprezofan2
      December 23, 2012 at 12:01 am

      Good of and for you, Susanne! 😆 In my much younger days before I ‘settled down’ I too used to borrow my friends’ kids for a weekend here and there to remind me that ‘settling’ wasn’t necessarily a bed of roses, while giving mother some quiet time. I don’t do it anymore because a) I’m settled physically and b) the children of my younger friends are too restless for me. 😉

      • 129 susanne
        December 23, 2012 at 2:00 am

        ‘restless’ is a very nice word for wild youngsters during the holidays! i am lucky here in hawaii i can send them out to run around the yard between projects 🙂

    • 130 Rain
      December 23, 2012 at 12:21 am

      Susanne, as a mom of a 7-year-old and 3-year-old I can tell you, I am sure the mom savored every moment of her break and will be a better mom after a little time to herself. I also have two grown children ages 23 and 20, and when they were little both sets of Grandparents lived within a short drive from us. Now, although my parents live next door, they are in their 80’s and can’t handle the kiddos on their own, but my Mom does come over and spend time doing art and playing games with them, and I so appreciate those times. And btw, I would LOVE your recipe for pepperment bark!

      • 131 susanne
        December 23, 2012 at 2:03 am

        you are a trooper, with a second wave of little ones. i love having them visit, but full time without help–that’s a gift of love they’ll appreciate some day.

    • 133 susanne
      December 23, 2012 at 1:57 am

      wow, thanks for all the very kind and sweet responses! i guess this is a theme near to many hearts this time of year….well, two themes, children and food! 🙂

      okay, here’s the quick easy simple yummy peppermint bark ‘recipe’:

      purchase a package of baker’s chocolate, semisweet is dark and rich.
      purchase a box of candy canes.
      lay a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
      put the chocolate chunks in a metal bowl in a pan with an inch or so of simmering water (or use a double boiler if you have one), let chocolate get soft and melty.
      crush candy canes a bit with a whack of a wooden spoon.

      spoon the chocolate onto the parchment, and spread it around with a spatula.
      sprinkle the candy cane pieces onto the soft chocolate, pressing them in a bit.
      place pan in the refrigerator and chill until chocolate is solid, about a half hour.
      break into pieces (like tree bark, i guess) and store in a closed container.

      we also made a batch with white chocolate, using broken nut meats and dried blueberries instead of peppermints. have fun and enjoy!

  41. 136 vcprezofan2
    December 23, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Demand a plan to end gun violence.

    • 137 vcprezofan2
      December 23, 2012 at 12:13 am

      There seems to be a new series of videos – ‘Demand a plan to end gun violence’ – with different people speaking out,

  42. 138 Rain
    December 23, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Ugh, why? Why do I read comments at HuffPost? I think I may have to take a break from the news and FB, and Twitter and such until after Christmas. The ignorance and arrogance of so many of my fellow Americans leaves me feeling like I need a shower. I think I might just hang out here til 12/26.


    • December 23, 2012 at 12:50 am

      It gets started by the far left fundraisers like Move on and Rebuild our Nightmare.
      I get emails from them all the time putting this President in the same light as Boner.
      It riles the Far Left up, little do they know they are bring played for money.
      You know, the far left prides themselves for being well educated, but they get played by the Republicans and the Lefty fundraisers.
      If you ask me, they let their emotions rule rational thinking.
      Just saying!

  43. 142 taiping1
    December 23, 2012 at 12:38 am

    What a beautiful video and tribute to Sue. Miss her fierce and generous spirit. When I look at the pictures at all who volunteered, came to rallies, reveled at his victory, I am convinced that we have the power of the people. If we continue to support POTUS we will overcome the mindless GOPopposition.

  44. December 23, 2012 at 12:58 am

    The acting Director of CIA Mike Morell says the movie Zero Dark Thirty is not a Documentary. And that torture in no way is responsible for the capture of Bin Laden.
    The Writers of that Movie got punked by the Republicans and made it more Neo-Com like!
    That is all!

  45. 145 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    December 23, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Great video Chipsticks. Sue would have been so happy to see the President re-elected. I’m sure that somewhere out there in the universe she does know.

  46. December 23, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Hi everyone. What a beautiful tribute. Rest in peace, Sue.

  47. 147 Bill R.
    December 23, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Dear Friends, In the ancient spiritual tradition of the desert Mothers and Fathers, there is a practice called “Guard of the Heart.” What it means is that we don’t allow into the deep part of our soul any negative thoughts or energies that do violence to our spirit or introduce despair or negativity. And we also guard against letting our own minds go down negative or despairing pathways. For that reason I try not to visit sites that have so much of the negativity that some here report and have witnessed on Huffpo and others. In any event, especially now it is a sensitive time for everyone and a time to keep our hopeful and heartful spirit alive and uplifted. For that reason this forum is a real refuge where we can nurture one another’s spirit and share the Light with those around us. Our President has this gift. He guards and nurtures the inner life well and therefore remains strong in his ability to share the Light with all people in the world. Though not always successful myself, I am inspired by his example.

    • December 23, 2012 at 1:36 am

      You are very wise, Bill …. very.

      Thank you.


    • 149 Rain
      December 23, 2012 at 1:44 am

      Excellent advice, Bill. I agree too that PBO is an excellent example. 🙂

    • December 23, 2012 at 1:47 am

      One of his students asked Buddha, “Are you the messiah?”
      “No”, answered Buddha.
      “Then are you a healer?”
      “No”, Buddha replied.
      “Then are you a teacher?” the student persisted.
      “No, I am not a teacher.”
      “Then what are you?” asked the student, exasperated.
      “I am awake”, Buddha replied.

    • 152 susanne
      December 23, 2012 at 2:07 am

      thanks for saying this, bill. you’re so right–our president makes the effort to stay positive and speak in a gracious way, even when it must be very tempting to sneer and shake his head in disgust. i think we gather here, and try to follow his example, because we intuitively know that this way of being in the world is what really makes a difference, for our families, communities, the nation, and the world. it’s so fundamental.

    • 153 prettyfoot58
      December 23, 2012 at 2:57 am

      Our President has this gift. He guards and nurtures the inner life well and therefore remains strong in his ability to share the Light with all people in the world. Though not always successful myself, I am inspired by his example.


      Thank you for your wise words Bill……

    • 154 nathkatun7
      December 23, 2012 at 4:04 am

      Thank you Bill R., for these wonderful words of wisdom! I know my disposition greatly improved after I decided to no longer watch the
      24-7 so called cable news show. What is amazing is that I still stay informed despite shutting off the noise, most of it negative, from the
      24-7 cable news shows.

    • December 23, 2012 at 4:57 am

      I am so grateful for this great gift of wisdom you’ve shared with us. We can always use this eloquent reminder, but it seems especially fitting at this time. Thank you, Bill R.

    • December 23, 2012 at 7:05 am

      I love this tradition and can hopefully introduce it into my women’s group. We do have to protect ourselves. Thanks, Bill.

    • 157 jackiegrumbacher
      December 23, 2012 at 8:38 am

      Beautifully said, Bill. You made a wise decision to stay away from places that are full of negativity. It’s very difficult to nurture the spirit and share the light in dark times. But I think when we fail to do that, we fail the best part of ourselves as well as those we love. That’s why it’s important to keep trying, no matter how many times we fail.

  48. 158 debz
    December 23, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Beautiful video and a wonderful tribute to Sue.

  49. December 23, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Also, Filibuster reform in the next Congress will allow the President to get any of his nominees through the Senate.
    Judges, Cabinet members, and ATF director. ATF confirmation would be first time in the tenure of this President!

  50. December 23, 2012 at 1:44 am

  51. 162 susanne
    December 23, 2012 at 2:20 am

    the memorial service for senator inouye tomorrow has been prepared and rehearsed–some interesting details in this article:

    ‘All five branches of the military are participating. “This is the greatest coordination ever of the military, the Department of Defense, the greater Honolulu community, the State Department, all the other government agencies that have come together,” said cemetery director Gene Castagnetti.

    During the rehearsal, the color guard members went through their paces; the military pallbearers worked with a rehearsal casket; the military band played parts of the songs they will perform — all mindful that, as Castagnetti put it, they will only have one chance to get it right.’


  52. 164 susanne
    December 23, 2012 at 2:26 am

    and an update about the president’s first day of vacation:

    ‘The president’s motorcade left his Kailua compound at about 8 p.m. for Morimoto’s restaurant in Waikiki.

    Earlier this afternoon, the president spend nearly six hours at the Kaneohe Klipper course at Marine Corps Base Hawaii with childhood friends Bobby Titcomb and Mike Ramos, White House chef Sam Kass and aide Marvin Nicholson.’


  53. 166 susanne
    December 23, 2012 at 2:37 am

    more hawaii-centric info, this from booman about our new senator hirono, and who will replace inouye:


  54. 167 susanne
    December 23, 2012 at 3:03 am

    hadn’t seen this before!

  55. 168 susanne
    December 23, 2012 at 3:13 am

    nice piece about kailua residents welcoming the obamas:

    ‘ Several signs were put up by residents around Kailua welcoming the first family.

    Artist Aloha Mcneil made this sign on canvas just in time for the family’s arrival.

    She put it up on her backyard fence which is directly across from where the Obamas are staying in Kailua.

    “My name is Aloha and I wanted to tell him Aloha so we put Aloha Obama Ohana it kind of rhymes. I find it to be thrilling I mean this is the most important man in the world its exciting to even be in proximity to him,” said Aloha Mcneil. ‘


  56. 170 susanne
    December 23, 2012 at 3:49 am

    nice tribute to new mexico’s retiring senator jeff bingaman:

    ‘ U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman seems a man out of time these days, a politician more dedicated to substance than in seeing himself on television or reading his name in the newspaper. He is old-school, able to reach across the aisles to get the work of the nation done, less interested in politics than in policy. Together, Bingaman and retired U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici were a formidable team for New Mexico — one a Democrat, the other a Republican, yet united in taking care of their state.’


  57. December 23, 2012 at 4:13 am

    These are some fine comments here in the middle of the night. So glad I got up . . .
    and am watching Barack Obama’s 2004 speech at the DNC. Here’s what’s the
    guiding light for me, quoting PBO: “In a generous America, you don’t have to
    be rich to achieve your potential.” Not a whole lot of words, but it is the proposition
    I’m dedicated to. Forward. And thank you always for your company here on TOD.

    • December 23, 2012 at 7:14 am

      That’s what I do all night too, if I am at work. There are some great folks who help pass the time and if every one leaves then I just reread other posts or look at photos. What could be nicer than Barack Obama at any time of day or night.

  58. 173 nathkatun7
    December 23, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Thanks Chips for this marvelous video which is a fitting tribute to Sue in Minnesota! Your generosity of spirit and your love really shines through everything you do. I hope you and your family, as well as the TOD family, have a fabulous holiday season.

  59. 174 susanne
    December 23, 2012 at 4:42 am

    aloha sarah and nathan
    this is indeed a great place to be late at night! but now, i’m signing off till tomorrow. mele kalikimaka~

  60. 175 prettyfoot58
    December 23, 2012 at 4:47 am

    • December 23, 2012 at 4:53 am

      sweeeeet. Let us all dine similarly, with family and friends, reflecting on our purpose
      as citiziens in this nation. Along the way, the reflections. xoxox and some
      conversations with family and friends about our reflections, asking for their thoughts as well.
      We could all become more thoughtful, I think. Starting with me.

  61. December 23, 2012 at 7:41 am

    McCain’s only concern with the Kerry nomination? If he supports the Syrian no fly zone? You have to be kidding me?

  62. 179 dannie22
    December 23, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Thanks Chipsticks for posting this video. Its kinda wild cause im actually in the video. Ill definitely be saving this footage! Thanks again!!!

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