Heads Up: President Obama attends memorial service for Sen Daniel Inouye

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend a memorial service for Sen. Daniel Inouye in Hawaii (10 a.m. local time) at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

CNN have the service listed for live streaming coverage (from 3:0 ET) – try CBS too


Back later.

211 Responses to “Heads Up: President Obama attends memorial service for Sen Daniel Inouye”

  1. 2 GGail
    December 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    A very Good West Coast Sunday Chipsticks & TOD family!
    I just walked in from Church and look where I landed!!! LOL!!!!!

  2. 4 susanne
    December 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    aloha danny inouye
    you were a true public servant~

  3. December 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Aloha Danny, you’re somewhere over the rainbow.

  4. 15 GGail
    December 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    The late Senator Inouye will be remember for his courage and love for his Country.
    Rest in Peace Danny.

    • 17 GGail
      December 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks susanne, I like the coverage from this site.

      • 18 susanne
        December 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm

        yes, it’s personal for them, and they speak with deep respect for the senator. and i didn’t think i could handle the chatter from a mainstream station…

        • 19 GGail
          December 23, 2012 at 4:48 pm

          I know what you mean, I truly enjoyed the reverence the reporters gave the whole program. Thank you again for posting the link.

  5. 20 susanne
    December 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    president obama is arriving

  6. December 23, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Here are the eulogies the President and VP gave the other day. It’s amazing the impact Inouye had on both of them – even serving as an introduction to the concept of government and politics to an 11-year-old Obama!

  7. 23 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Can’t believe that C-SPAN isn’t broadcasting the service on tv.

  8. 24 GGail
    December 23, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Amy Hanailii has a beautiful voice.

  9. December 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Please support @1MMom4GunContro with RTs, Follow, etc …

    h/t jacquelineoboomer http://theobamadiary.com/2012/12/23/rise-and-shine-and-chat-awat/#comment-596401

  10. December 23, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Dawn Hochsprung’s Devotion To Family, Sandy Hook School Never Wavered . She was also an ardent Democrat.

    Dawn Hochsprung kept politics out of her professional life.

    But after the November election, Hochsprung, a registered Democrat, couldn’t help sounding off to her Facebook friends in an exuberant post using the pseudonym “Dinna Fash,” a term for “don’t worry.”

    “Happy for my daughters, whose right to make decisions about their own bodies are preserved for four more years. Just happy.
    Five weeks later, the president would hold Hochsprung’s 6-month-old granddaughter, Alyson, and pinch her little cheeks during a meeting with loved ones of those killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.”


    • 34 utaustinliberal
      December 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      I’m ever so glad she got to see Pres. Obama reelected.

      • 35 HZ
        December 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm

        Yes, UT and to hold her beautiful grandbaby. How our spirits touch each other in so many ways we do not understand.HZ

    • 36 Rain
      December 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      I am sure she was smiling down on them as he held little Alyson, and it’s good to know PBO now has another angel to watch over him.

      • 37 HZ
        December 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm

        Rain, that is such a lovely way to put it. Beautiful. “POB now has another angel to watch over him.” Beautiful.HZ

        • 38 Rain
          December 23, 2012 at 10:09 pm

          Thank you HZ, I appreciate that. Reading that comment, that was what came to mind, and I found comfort in it so I thought I would share.

  11. 39 GGail
    December 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Sen. Harry Reid spoke very well and so touching. His story about Sen. Dole brought tears to my eyes.

  12. 41 utaustinliberal
    December 23, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Has Pres. Obama spoken or is he going to speak?

  13. 42 utaustinliberal
    December 23, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    May I just mention that Chelsea CRUSHED, DOMINATED, DEFEATED Aston Villa 8-0 today? *Cough Cough* Chips? While Manchester United drew a pathetic 1-1 with Swansea. I don’t wanna hear zip from you Chips. How you like us now? Man U better watch out.

  14. 45 sjterrid
    December 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    RIP, Senator Inouye!. You served this country well throughout your whole life.

  15. 46 utaustinliberal
    December 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm

  16. 47 utaustinliberal
    December 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm

  17. 48 GGail
    December 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Oh that was such a beautiful and moving farewell service. Thank you Chipsticks for providing us the heads-up! I turn to this site for so many memorable moments.

  18. 49 vcprezofan2
    December 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Sigh! I wonder if I’ll be late for my own funeral?

    • 50 vcprezofan2
      December 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Well done, GGail! Maybe if I had gone to church I might have landed in this post before the memorial service was over. 😕

  19. 54 susanne
    December 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    aloha senator inouye~
    a very moving, powerful, quiet service at punchbowl. tears flowing, even from the secret service. we have lost a great american.

  20. 55 yardarm756
    December 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    The service was excellent!

  21. 60 utaustinliberal
    December 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm


    • 61 jacquelineoboomer
      December 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      How touching. It’s been quite the week for President Obama. (As is every other week, of course.)

      • 62 anniebella
        December 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm

        That was touching. Where is POTUS’s Grandmother buried? And did Malia and Sasha ever get the chance to meet POTUS Grandfather.

      • 69 HZ
        December 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm

        It was a beautiful service. Started just as I was arriving from church. The entire service reminded me of the beautiful dignified manner in which Sen. Inouye carried himself throughout his career and representing his country. As President Obama stated in his remarks at the service on Friday, ” May God give us more souls like Sen. Inouye.” Amen.HZ

        • 70 susanne
          December 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm

          did you see the first lady’s facial expression when the flag from his father’s coffin was presented to the senator’s son? she has such empathy, such deep aloha for the military families, and all those who serve our country.

          • 71 HZ
            December 23, 2012 at 10:09 pm

            Susanne, I watched the expression on our First Lady’s face and it was such a poignant moment. One to see in the history books, especially when one thinks of the life of this great Senator and our First Lady. That is what made it that “poignant moment.”HZ

      • December 23, 2012 at 6:10 pm

        Since his grandfather was in the service he was probably buried at a military cemetary.

        • 73 HZ
          December 23, 2012 at 10:17 pm

          JoJo, you are correct. POB’s grandfather was laid to rest at the same cemetery. Remember during one Christmas vacation during his first years in his first term, he went to pay his respect to his grandfather’s grave site. I figured that he was going to make the visit today, and he did. So good to see him pay that respect.HZ

  22. 74 vcprezofan2
    December 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Okay, GGail, I’m going to try your formula. I’m off to the 6pm Christmas service and when I return I expect I’ll be just in time to head the next thread. Please pass this on to Chips for me so that she can time my return. Thanks.

  23. 75 susanne
    December 23, 2012 at 5:33 pm


    ‘ Florida’s Republican governor wants President Barack Obama to invoke federal law and order a cooling-off period if nearly 15,000 longshoremen walk off the job in a looming strike that would be a big blow to the state’s economy, according to a letter he sent the president this week. ‘


  24. 78 susanne
    December 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    wow–i love this! music study is mandatory in all schools in brazil:

    ‘ Brazil’s inherent societal belief that music improves quality of life, contributes to improved social behavior, and is an important vehicle to establish a peaceful society filled with tolerance and respect is a philosophy I once thought existed only in my utopian dreams.
    Recently, the Brazilian government declared music to be mandatory in elementary and secondary school, and officials are currently creating teacher training programs to serve all children. ‘


    • 79 carolyn
      December 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      All of us are very cognizant of the power of music. We use it on this blog, and I’ve noted people saying that the music inspired or soothed them. I think many of us are familiar with the quote from a rather obscure English play, “The Mourning Bride” by William Congreve. “Music has charms to soothe a savage breast. To soften rocks or bend a knotted oak.” (Act I) The play hasn’t survived, but that one quote certainly has.
      When I taught tenth grade English, I used to play music while the students wrote in class. I used instrumental music, no vocals. The writing products I got were often somewhat amazing, better than otherwise. Taking music out of our curriculum is one of the worst things that can be done. Art, music and physical education are not frills. They are necessary.

      • 80 CEB
        December 23, 2012 at 6:50 pm

        This has been my argument for quite some time. Our public schools in Florida have turned into testing mills. The kids who need the arts the most have little or no access to it; instead they are double-blocked in reading/language arts and math classes. When I had more choices about what I did in my classroom, I often played classical (instrumental and vocal) music, Celtic music and even Gregorian chants at one time. My students grew to like the music and even asked to hear certain artist as the year progressed; some even bought copies for themselves. They were happier and more productive and so was I. My school has dropped courses like Literature and the Arts, Humanities, Debate, Art and Music Appreciation, Latin as more of the school day has been given over to testing and more testing. I am in my 30th year of teaching English/Language Arts in High School and I have seen the decline in the students’ ability to be creative, original or inspired. I have taught grades 7-12, standard, Honors, A P, and Dual Enrollment and I am saddened by the results of the decisions made by people who have spent little or no time teaching students. My district is currently celebrating because based on the most recent school grades, none of the high schools earned less than a ‘C.’ While this is nice, it does not tell the real story behind what students have lost along the way.

        • 81 99ts
          December 23, 2012 at 7:31 pm

          Double blocks in areas where children have difficulty is a sure way to get them to hate education & school for the rest of their lives.

          • 82 CEB
            December 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm

            Which is exactly what has happened for many the schools in my area. Absenteeism is at an all time high.

            • 83 carolyn
              December 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm

              CEB, you can tell that I taught many years ago…..back in the golden 60s when schools had money and the right to teach what and how it was best for students. I do not envy teachers today, but I do admire all of you more than I can say. I get SO angry at people making decisions for schools who have never been in a classroom. Our Secretary of Education in our pitiful state is a Dentist! and she is making horrible decisions. She does not know anything about the reality of teaching, and is driving out good teachers, like my daughter.
              How do we turn this around? I would be absent too if all teaching was to the test!

              • 84 CEB
                December 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm

                I wish I knew. The parents have not shown any concern about this.

                • 85 HZ
                  December 23, 2012 at 10:32 pm

                  Carolyn and CEB, I love what you do with music. Please keep doing as much as your can when you can. Music fills the hearts, minds, and souls of those beautiful minds in our classroom. I played the piano and sang every period as my student entered and exited my classes.

                  The students would ask for the music. Their creative minds were so beautiful when they had those experiences in class. It calmed many, gave some an opportunity to take private music classes. It was one of the beautiful spaces in my classrooms.HZ

    • 86 0388jojothecat
      December 23, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      If the NRA had their way, guns would be mandatory in schools. America needs to get it’s priorities straight.

  25. 87 vitaminlover
    December 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I truly hopw that my beloved First Family are enjoying their holiday.

  26. December 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Just when I thought I was cried out:

    Bridgeport Sound Tigers: Hockey team wears names of children killed in Sandy Hook massacre

    nhttp://bit.ly/Uh6ZSv via @MailOnline

  27. 89 susanne
    December 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    for danny, and all our lost dear ones~

    • 90 Jazz
      December 23, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      If anyone is interested there is a wonderful 75 min interview with Senator Daniel Inouye on C-Span where he talks about the discrimination of the Japanese before Pearl Harbor and the laws passed that made his mother a native born citizen who married a immigrant Japanese man no longer a citizen. How he was a premed in College and when they opened up enlistment for Japanese he went to enlist and was turned down because doctors were going to be needed and it had a priority over the Army. He went immediately to quite his government job and college to be accepted. How Hawaii and Mainland Japanese in the beginning would fight terribly because Hawaiians didn’t even know about the internment camps and spoke pigin–a mixture of Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese etc. Then he talks about all aspects of the war, It is at http:www.c-span.org/Events/Oral-Histories-Daniel-Inouye/10737419453

    • 92 carolmaewy
      December 23, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks, it won’t play on my YouTube on my iPad. 🎄

    • 93 Rain
      December 23, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      I LOVE this song! My favorite from IZ. He was so talented. This song can put me int he best mood even on the most stressful days. Thanks for posting, I hadn’t heard it in a while.

  28. December 23, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    For family that lost home to Sandy, ‘a miracle’ from a generous angel:


  29. 97 carolyn
    December 23, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Watching all the news about Senator Inouye takes me back 49 years to when I was a college graduate working for another senator on Capitol Hill. When Senator Inouye came to the capitol that January, he seemed so exotic and revolutionary. Everyone wanted to see him. These were the heady days of JFK, when all the world seemed new, and Senator Inouye represented the new and exciting. I remember him as always perfectly dressed and very gallant. His staff were beautiful and graceful, they had flowers from the islands in their office, and he was a breath of fresh air in the old Senate halls.

  30. December 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    President Obama has had the most stressfull week yet of his presidency.

    Since Daniel Inouye and Senator Daniel Akaka were the only senators that Hawaii has ever had, PBO no doubt looked up to his senators as political father figures.

    And this loss occurs during the same week as the horrific, devastating Newtown massacre.

    Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan will surely try to be as rudely irritating next year as possible. Really wish PBO didn’t have to go back to DC next week. As a nation, we should all wish for that he has the opportunity the rejuvenate during vacation.

    From James Fallows, former speechwriter for Jimmy Carter:
    “For Obama in less than a week, we have expected him to strike the right tone of national sorrow-and-resolve about Newtown; and to show the right mixture of firmness-and-flexibility in dealmaking about the budget; and to mourn a grandee of the Senate (knowing that Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, etc would also be speaking); and to send signals to the Syrians and the Egyptians and the Chinese and many others; and to introduce the next Secretary of State. No wonder these people look a generation older at the end of each term.”


    P.S. @MikeMemoli has tweeted pics from Senator Inouye’s memorial

  31. December 23, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    • 103 amk for obama
      December 23, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    • December 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      I know I’ve been out of commission for the past 2 days, but what? Was there a story out that Mitt didn’t want to be President?

      • December 23, 2012 at 7:38 pm

        What a total opportunistic FUCKING FRAUD willard has always been and will always be. I’m curious about the story too. I hevan’t seen or heard anything either.

        • 107 CEB
          December 23, 2012 at 7:53 pm

          This is nothing but a classic case of sour grapes. Please; 7 years of his life and millions spent and the best that they can do is “he really didn’t want to be president”? This is an insult to the poor deluded people who voted for him and to the rest of us for wasting our time. Just when I think that this fool and those around him cannot get any lower, they show me that they can. The election is over, he lost and it is now time for him and all of the apologist to go away while the rest of us go forward. Geesh!

          • 108 magapie
            December 23, 2012 at 8:14 pm

            AMEN to: WILLARD GO AWAY. JUST FUCKING GO AWAY. And take the imbecile moose-brain from Alaska, and the sweaty, fetid Rush Limpbaugh and the insane, delusional glennbeck and the rest of their fellow miscreants with you.

          • December 23, 2012 at 10:09 pm

            The source for the article was Tagg, I think. The main idea was that PBO won because of more operatives, bigger ground game, more money for advertising, and because he got to define Romney early as an out of touch corporatist. (Tagg and Ann wanted him to share the gentler, caring side of himself, but the main strategist wanted to focus on the economy and president -bashing.). Well that’s all true but it only worked because everything they said about Romney was true as revealed in the 47% video, and because President Obama is the man he is.

        • 111 LunarSea
          December 23, 2012 at 10:02 pm

          LMAO I can’t bring myself to sour my mood by reading it but the first thing that came to mind is the little kid who no one picks to play with, saying as he slinks off with his head hanging “well, I didn’t really wanna play, anyway.” I might feel badly for that child, but not for mr 47%. It just makes me laugh

    • 112 99ts
      December 23, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      He always wanted the office & the house & the plane – but it is very true that he didn’t want the job – impossible to even imagine how he would cope with events that PBO handles with great skill 24/7/365

      • 113 CEB
        December 23, 2012 at 7:59 pm

        And really, the story of the election is that PBO won and hugely, by all measurements; not that Mitt lost. Who cares about the loser?

        • 114 carolyn
          December 23, 2012 at 8:25 pm

          McCain was a sore and bitter loser, this is another sore loser, just expressed differently. “nyah, nyah, ha, ha, you didn’t beat me, I didn’t want it.” He’s still a thirteen year old, and he and his son are schoolyard bullies. I’ll never believe he didn’t want to be president!!! You don’t spend 7 years campaigning, going through all those awful primaries and debates for something you don’t want. How STUPID do those people think we are!!! Sleazy and classless for sure.

          • 115 Nena20409
            December 23, 2012 at 8:45 pm

            Not to mention that in 2007-2008, Romney spent $24M plus of his own money. Now why did he do that again? Romney in 2006 was away from MA jet setting and raising funds and he did all that because he didn’t want the job? Oops, what about the 23 straight years of tax returns that Romney gave to John McCain…..hoping that McCain would pick him for VP spot in 2008? And what about his wife’s comments about It is Mitt’s Turn. It is Their Turn? Last but not least, why then did Ann Romney tell an interviewer that her biggest worries were Mitt’s Mental Well Being, should he get elected? These people think that we are Fatuously Clueless. But, but wait a freaking minute, the Romney’s are not ONLY pathological, their DNA is nothing short of pathetic wicked lying bat poop clan…..the whole family.

  32. December 23, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    • 117 jacquelineoboomer
      December 23, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      Oh, my. I could cry buckets over that. Two brave men, among many other men and women in the Greatest Generation and beyond, who have served our country.

      • December 23, 2012 at 7:24 pm

        Agree 100%. Couldn’t stop the tears after seeing Bob Dole, American hero, anti-wingnut Republican say that about Sen. Inouye.

        Also, Lisa Murkowski is in attendance, which is fitting and welcome, since Alaska and Hawaii became part of the union at about the same time.

        A nice reminder that not all GOP are vile tea-baggers. The GOP is in chaos, and I hope they get their just rewards.

        This week from hell has made me even more protective of President Obama. I absolutely hate the childish GOP tea-baggers who take glee in trying their best to humiliate the president who won more than 50% of the vote.

        They are vile creatures and I will not forgive them.

        • 119 jacquelineoboomer
          December 23, 2012 at 7:29 pm

          The way we continue to win for President Obama is to continue doing what we’ve been doing – support him 1000%. The GOP will fall by the wayside, like weeds.

          • 120 HZ
            December 23, 2012 at 11:16 pm

            Jacquelineoboomer, this is the Key for sure. I say this daily as I enter into the gift of life. Divine Angels give me the spirit to hold on to this moment in history to support POB and his administration. So I always pray for:
            productive works with grace
            precious time with FLOTUS and the First Daughters
            patient attitude
            prayerful heart to do what is right
            positive attitude during adversity
            possibility in spirit
            passion for his job,no matter what comes his way
            participant totally daily in all of this journey for the betterment of all Americans.
            Amen .HZ

    • 122 anniebella
      December 23, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      Bob Dole and Daniel Inouye are the brave souls the Senate use to be fill with, instead today it is fill with the horrible likes of McConnell, McCain, Graham, Ayotte, Collins, and other Republicans who puts party ahead of country.

      • 123 Nena20409
        December 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm

        Rand Paul, Brasso, DeMint…..and Tim Scott joining soon? Lord Have Mercy.

        • 124 anniebella
          December 23, 2012 at 9:48 pm

          Yes how could I forget Rand “racists” Paul and Uncle Tom, I mean Uncle Tim Scott. I saw on the news that Mitch McConnell was running alot scare at the thought of Ashley Judd running against him. If I know how to get in touch with her I sure would write to encourage her to run.

    • 125 GGail
      December 23, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      This was part of Sen Reid’s moving tribute. Truly, each person who spoke gave moving tributes of Sen Inouye’s life. I am so glad that I got to see it.

  33. December 23, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    • 127 jacquelineoboomer
      December 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Mrs. Inouye is a woman of such gentle beauty. She moves with grace.

      • 128 HZ
        December 23, 2012 at 11:42 pm

        This was also a very poignant moment during the service today for me also jacquelineoboomer. This was the very moment after Mrs. Inouye was presented the American flag, and then President Obama reached over and kissed her and hugged her. Then she looked at him with this expression (IMOP) of yes, remember Mr. President, my Daniel had to go through some of the same issues as you are going through under this same flag, but hold on and keep your faith strong. I cried when I saw him do it because he was listening and watching the officer as he was speaking to her. She gracefully received it and then POB leaned over and kissed her and she received it so lovingly, but I read this emotion from both of them. It was a moment of love for country, respect for a dear person, and then feeling each other’s pain and power at the same moment. Just what I came away.HZ

  34. December 23, 2012 at 7:29 pm

  35. 137 amk for obama
    December 23, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    • 138 99ts
      December 23, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      You have a way with words amk – I didn’t get past b….s….

    • December 23, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      Really??? You need a candidate to be believable, likeable, and knowledgeble. Even without the 47% video, Romney was none of those things. That’s why Obama won and Romney was consigned to the list of failures and losers because he was both.

    • 140 4morefor44
      December 23, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      yes, what a stupid article. notice the republican stenographer trying to give credit to george bush’s 2004 campaign for president obama’s elections successes?!? no mention of howard dean’s campaign of course, and if republicans were so good at “microtargeting” why haven’t they been using that brilliance to win in 2006, 2008, 2012, and failed to get the Senate in 2010?

      i’ve been noticing so many of these election post-mortems from republicans, and they across the board seem to be missing the point, as usual. i think we should encourage them to keep thinking the ways they are thinking though, and even egg them on more to keep running with these wrong ideas. they’re so dumb they’ll just double down on all the stupid strategies for elections to come.

      • 141 Nena20409
        December 23, 2012 at 8:51 pm

        Why is it that the GOP are now resulting to using voter suppression, passing laws to limit early voting and doing whatever, including fraud to gain advantage?

        • 142 anniebella
          December 23, 2012 at 9:43 pm

          It’s clear the Republicans didn’t learn anything from this year election. 2014 we will have to show them by giving the House back to the Dems.

  36. 143 Pamela
    December 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Merry Christmas everyone! Have been back working the last couple days, still trying to have a week off (will settle for 4 or 5 days!) SO! am signing off the interwebz for a few days, but be back! Hugs all around, I know we all give thanks for our blessings, for our Chipsticks and for PBO and our First Family!

  37. 146 lamh36
    December 23, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    OMG!!! Sound of Music is on ABC right now. I own it on DVD, but I still can’t help but watch it.

    Fav song: http://vimeo.com/4143597

    Christopher Plummer actually sang the song himself, but they dubbed it for the film release. Here is the version without dubbing, it’s the original voice of Plummer.

    Hearing Plummer’s version, I think the film makers made a mistake. Plummer version woulda fit the emotion and tenure of the scene perfectly.

    • 148 lisalovesobama
      December 23, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      My fave part is when they dance and her face gets red. Then the kids sing ‘so long, fare well…..’!!! It’s about it come up.

      • 149 lamh36
        December 23, 2012 at 9:37 pm

        yeah that’s my fav part too. To be honest, after the wedding, I pretty much only watch the scene where the sing at the festival and escape the Nazis. Christopher Plummers expression at the end as he gets choked up gets me everytime

      • 150 lamh36
        December 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm

        I also love the part where they tell each other they love one another in the gazebo. I literally know every word to that song. Also let’s not forget the wedding ceremony, I swear if I ever get married, that will be my wedding dress, come hell or high water, including that long as train…lol

  38. 152 anniebella
    December 23, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    President Obama shouldn’t have to be cutting his Christmas vacation time short, if it wasn’t for those radical crazy ass Republicans there would be a fiscal deal and the President could spend his time with his family, getting some relaxing time.

    • 154 susanne
      December 23, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      amen! i am fuming about this, but i know it’s his choice to show them, and all of america, that he is serious about the deadline. it galls me that the rethugs tripped off to their lovely christmas vacations, with the sanctimonious sneers of the self-righteous. they didn’t budge! give them a big fat stocking full of coal and donkey poop! so they let the american people pay the price, no big deal to them. however, pbo is showing that it is indeed a big deal, a bfd to quote the veep, and he is not taking the fall for this.

  39. 155 anniebella
    December 23, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    At Huff Puff there is a big picture of NRA leader Crazy LePierre, and over the picture are the words “call Me Crazy”.

  40. December 23, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    The story behind the whiteboard message that PBO left in Newtown:

    Newtown Coach’s Whiteboard’s Moment Of Fame Captures A Nation’s Grief http://www.courant.com/sports/other/hc-jacobs-newtown-column-1224-20121224,0,6187939.column

  41. 157 utaustinliberal
    December 23, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    • 158 susanne
      December 23, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      so it wasn’t myth in his little policeman suit? just for laughs?

    • 159 Nena20409
      December 23, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      I thought that drinking Alcohol is forbidden? Another case of a flip flop?

      This is the guy that was on TeaNN last week or the week before spouting out right wing bat poop nonsense.


      • 160 magapie
        December 23, 2012 at 9:30 pm

        Certain of us TOD-ers drink like swines! But we don’t put on a PRETENSE that we don’t AND we DON’T drive when we’re doing it.

    • 161 Bill R.
      December 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Alcohol is strictly forbidden in the Mormon religion. You cannot be in good standing and be drinking alcohol. He is what is referred to contemptuously as a “Jack Mormon.” I can dismiss someone not living up to their stated religious values. I can’t dismiss someone endangering the lives of others because of drinking while driving, and at the same time claiming to be a public servant who has sworn an oath to uphold the laws of the land.

    • 162 99ts
      December 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Love the guy who didn’t know Mormons are not supposed to drink – thought it was a bike joke

  42. December 23, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Because the Farm bill cannot get through the House, the Price of Milk will double on January 1st. Some places could see 7 dollars per gallon!
    No new spending will get through the House for next 2 years, they have made that perfectly clear. I hope their Constituents are satisfied?

  43. December 23, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Is there some program on tonight with our POTUS and FLOTUS.?

  44. 165 vcprezofan2
    December 23, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Looks like I came back too early, or GGail’s formula only works for her. Or maybe it got jinxed because I didn’t come straight home but went shopping instead. 😉 As per Boehner, only God knows. Gone back up to see what I missed.

  45. December 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    • 167 99ts
      December 23, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks Bob – exactly my thoughts – they should take Gregory and LaPierre off the airways

      • 168 anniebella
        December 23, 2012 at 10:38 pm

        I agree with Bobfr and 99ts, that David Gregory and Wayne LaPierre should be off the airway. We can’t let LaPierre and the NRA win this time, I don’t believe they will this time, because we have 20 little Angels on our side.

  46. December 23, 2012 at 9:26 pm

  47. December 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm


    Thought I’d post this thread here. DO IGNORE some of the more idiotic comments on there. OP also posted a second photo below the comments.

  48. 176 LunarSea
    December 23, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Good Evening (in my best Alfred Hitchcock voice)

    How the heck is everyone in TOD land? I am taking a break and just had to check in. Life is good and I hope you are all enjoying it with loved ones, good friends and or family. I was at a restaurant during my galavanting today and caught about 3 mins of Reid speaking at the memorial. Unfortunately it wasn’t polite to the ppl I was with so had to put away my android. Drats! Anyway fun times.

    ChipsChica that was a very touching memorial you did to Sue last night. I hope you got back to work and finished up so we can celebrate without distraction.

    Getting ready for my #2 to come from college then we’re heading to NYC to visit family and meet up with my #1 for New Years -Yeah! My favorite fireworks (2nd to WH on 4th of July) is over the river in NYC on New Years eve.

    I have been taking a much needed break from the punditry and my blood pressure thanks me for it, but am keeping up on their shenanigans. Have been calling and faxing reps but who knows if it makes a diff. Our stupid senator collins is a bitch. There! I said it and I mean it.

    Oh well won’t let her spoil my festivities. Will keep doing what I can while staying away from the TEAliban enablers aka the #mediafail.

    I picked up fixings to try the bark Susanne posted. ****waves frantically****Thanks Susanne! It’ll make me think of warm sun and swaying palm trees when I eat it.

    Okay off to see how much I can catch up on before my guilt gets to me and I head back to ‘the things I have to do’ land.

    Hugs all around….

    • 177 vcprezofan2
      December 23, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      Hugs back at you, Lunar Sea. Nice to see you, and have yourself a ‘merry, little Christmas’ with #s 1, 2 and 3! 😆 😆

  49. 178 lamh36
    December 23, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Am I really the only person who likes the movie Mannequin with a young Kim Cattrall (way pre-Sex & the City), Andrew McCarthy and Meshach Taylor as Hollywood?? Anyone, anyone??? Good night TOD fam and Happy Holidays.

  50. 179 yardarm756
    December 23, 2012 at 11:50 pm

  51. 180 yardarm756
    December 23, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    G’night all.

  52. 182 Sweetpeg
    December 24, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Good night…

  53. 183 jacquelineoboomer
    December 24, 2012 at 12:31 am

    There are still many, many vigils and memorials springing up for Sandy Hook, all over the country.

  54. 184 jacquelineoboomer
    December 24, 2012 at 12:44 am

    They released the mugshot aka glam shot of Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), arrested for DUI in Virginia. If this weren’t so irresponsible, I’d say it was just another GOP Mr. Potato Head from Idaho. He issued a statement, in case ya missed it.


  55. 191 Rain
    December 24, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Merry Christmas to al, and to all a goodnight. May you all have a blessed Christmas.

  56. 193 99ts
    December 24, 2012 at 1:19 am

    In my world it is already Christmas Eve – I am quite exhausted – been doing “stuff” since 8am – getting close to time to open the bar. Tomorrow we have cold chicken and cold ham and fishcakes (my mother’s wonderful recipe) and salads and potato bake – being it is likely to be 90F+ so it is a lovely relaxing day. Will have 4 generations including 1st Christmas for granddaughter – at 3 months she probably won’t be too much into the partying – but she will be with all those who love her dearly.

    May you all have a wonderful Christmas & stay safe with your loved ones.

    • 194 jacquelineoboomer
      December 24, 2012 at 1:44 am

      We had 4 generations at my house earlier in the month, so I know the feeling. Have a wonderful Christmas!

    • December 24, 2012 at 1:53 am

      Thank you for sharing your wonderful family and celebration plans with us, 99!!!

      Merry Christmas Eve!!!!!

    • 196 99ts
      December 24, 2012 at 2:42 am

      Thank you both – I think Christmas is a little quieter for the world this year – but if families come together in love – maybe the new year will be brighter

      On a completely different topic – our share market went up today! It seems this part of the world thinks the US will sort it self out. Hope they have that right.

  57. 200 anniebella
    December 24, 2012 at 4:36 am

    I’m looking at the news as they were talking about people rushing to buy these weapons, assault guns and I couldn’t help but think from what I saw they were all white men. But most, not all, of mass murders are committed by white men. If it were black men rushing to buy those assault weapons these same people who complain about their 2nd rights would be talking a whole different story.

    • 201 susanne
      December 24, 2012 at 4:40 am

      yes, it is sickening, but if there were videos of african american men, or latino men, or heaven forbid muslim men descending in droves on these gun shows and walmart weapons departments, we would definitely see anti-gun legislation fast-tracked through congress.

  58. 202 susanne
    December 24, 2012 at 4:37 am

    santa is on his way! here’s a link to the norad santa tracker, with videos from kids around the world. (no mention yet of the first lady participating, but i think last year it was kept low-key).


  59. 204 susanne
    December 24, 2012 at 5:45 am

    more photos from senator inouye’s memorial in hawaii, some i hadn’t seen before, including a couple of the president and first lady.


  60. 207 susanne
    December 24, 2012 at 5:57 am

    good night todville~

  61. 208 amk for obama
    December 24, 2012 at 6:33 am

  62. 209 utaustinliberal
    December 24, 2012 at 6:54 am

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