DC date?

Finally! As promised …. days ago ….. a post for regulars here who are going to the Inauguration and who would like to meet up in DC.

DonnaDem has very kindly offered to co-ordinate everything and gave permission to post her email address:


So, get in touch!


Will catch up with the news in the morning.

361 Responses to “DC date?”

  1. January 11, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    I’m always at the end of threads.

  2. 26 carolmaewy
    January 11, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Date, a date with Obama!

  3. 27 proudmemberofglobalzero
    January 11, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Got my “sorry no tickets” email from Senator Nelson today.

  4. 30 carolmaewy
    January 11, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Congrats Tally!

  5. 32 carolmaewy
    January 11, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Proud, could you use the ones I could get from my WY Senator?

    • 33 proudmemberofglobalzero
      January 11, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      I wish I could…trip expensive for me this time of year. You are so sweet to offer!

      • 34 carolmaewy
        January 12, 2013 at 12:46 am

        The offer is open to anyone. I’m just worried I would have to get it in our names and it wouldn’t work for somebody else to use it. Seems like a waste. A few Dems will be going from WY.

  6. 35 Proud Former White House Intern
    January 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Good idea!

  7. 36 Dudette
    January 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Sweet! Wish I could be there with ya. Raise a glass for me guys!

  8. January 11, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Congrats, Tally!!

  9. 39 Rain
    January 11, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Aw, man…I wish I could go! I hope you guys will take lots of pics and share them here!

    • 40 carolmaewy
      January 11, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Yes please. Photos! For the heck of it I’m picking out a dress and necklace.. It just happens to be the Tracy Reese designed dress and FLOTUS wore for her speech at DNC! Pearl shell necklace. Silvery blue pumps to match bottom part of dress. I don’t want to trip on a long dress! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • 41 mtmarilyn
        January 11, 2013 at 8:31 pm

        Carol, you have the dress I will raise a glass of the champagne they will be having. We bought some from Korbel’s. Since we can’t make it to the Inauguration we will toast all who can. Looking forward to everyone’s stories!

        • 42 carolmaewy
          January 12, 2013 at 12:42 am

          Korbels sounds like the good stuff. Maybe I’ll have Klug! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Watching on C-Span. Giving up small letter msnbc. May watch Lawrence and Martin Bashir. but so tired of their yapping between themselves and other reporters. They’ve shrunk to little letters since election. We will have lots to talk about. The speech, the clothes. Not only is the First Lady a style icon, but our First young ladies are beautiful. Is Malia now fourteen? They were so poised election night. So proud to send there image out to the World. I’d like to get a photo of the four of them on election night. Should I go through TOD archives?

      • 44 Judith Fardig
        January 11, 2013 at 11:03 pm

        I love that dress but am too old and chubby to wear it. I bet you’ll look wonderful!

        • 45 carolmaewy
          January 12, 2013 at 12:29 am

          I’m old too. But I’m a dreamer! It’s modeled by a young Asian woman. Proud to say she could be my daughter-in-law. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 47 jacquelineoboomer
      January 11, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      Video game suppliers are great players to bring in front of the task force. Military trainers have technology transfer collaborations and partnerships with their part of the entertainment industry, because current recruits are used to being trained on computers and have full familiarity with video games. The only difference is that “war games” in the hands of the actual warfighters, who are sometimes required to take down an adversary as part of their mission and must be crisply and accurately trained, is a good thing. Otherwise, some of the games fail every test, as what might be considered “strictly entertainment,” especially in the hands of the psychopaths who walk our streets.

  10. 48 Dudette
    January 11, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    It’s Friday!!! Thought I’d hit you with a little something different…

    Savion Glover and his company NYOTs (Not Your Average Tappers), Omar Edwards, Abron Glover, Jason Samuels, Ayodele Casel, at the White House 199
    10 Minutes of Sheer Brilliance

  11. 69 LDS
    January 11, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    You just keep me going. You are the best!
    See you at the PARTY?

    • 70 Dudette
      January 11, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Thanks LDS! You’re too kind!

      I’ll be there in spirit, but in body, I’ll be right here in GA. [sigh!]

      • 71 LDS
        January 11, 2013 at 8:31 pm

        Oh, no.
        I was so hoping to meet the best DeeJay ever in person!
        You should see me dancing late at night…..I sleep very well. So I thank you my friend for bringing joy to my home in the wee hours of the night.

        • 72 Dudette
          January 11, 2013 at 8:41 pm

          Timing’s not right for me now, but you best believe I’ll be hoopin’ and hollerin’ loud enough for y’all to hear me on the 21st! And if there’s a TOD meetup in DC later in the year, I’m in there!

          Ha ha! You got me grinning from ear to ear thinking of you dancing in the wee hours cuz of something I’ve posted here. I’m so glad you enjoy it! Thank you for your very kind words.

  12. 73 theo67
    January 11, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I love this picture, because the whole family is overwhelmed with pride, and just beaming! What a moment – in their lives and in history. I am very excited for the Inauguration in a few days – I can’t believe it’s finally here!! ok, one more…!

    • 74 Pamela
      January 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Sasha won’t need her own platform next week! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • 75 theo67
        January 11, 2013 at 8:08 pm

        It’s really going to be quite something to see the different picture next week. They’ve all grown so much – including the parents! As happy as President and Michelle Obama must have been at that moment, they must have also been scared out of their minds, and a little nervous about the challenge they were about to take on – given that the world was on the precipice of disaster… I’m glad that when they stand up there this time, the situation is so much better, and they can both look forward to the things they want to accomplish in this next four years. And their kids have managed to weather the craziness of that glass bubble, and still retain their wonderful personalities and childhoods. It’s all so good – I am just brimming with happiness and excitement!

        • 76 Pamela
          January 11, 2013 at 8:20 pm

          I am with you, theo, the perspective of a ‘mere’ 4 years, in Light of so much change and the momentum is still there, but more consolidated now. Indeed, it will be a much different and spectacular event, I must be sure to not book any clients, I so want to be home with my kitty to watch it all! (in ’09, I spent the entire day before inauguration in the ER with a kidney stone, so had no choice but to lie up cozy and warm to view!) it was almost worth it!) ๐Ÿ™‚

        • January 11, 2013 at 8:38 pm

          I hope that deep in his heart PBO feels a tremendous sense of achievement after these last few years. I know he must. I can’t imagine what that must feel like.

          • 79 theo67
            January 12, 2013 at 1:58 am

            I’m pretty sure he does. He knows how hard they’ve worked, and how deep the hole actually was – and they know that things are getting better. He must be very proud of himself. As he should be.

        • 80 utaustinliberal
          January 11, 2013 at 10:50 pm

          Wonderful thoughts.

      • 81 anniebella
        January 11, 2013 at 9:30 pm

        So true Pamela. The girls have grown so much. I know all eyes are on what FLOTUS and the girls will be wearing.

    • 98 LDS
      January 11, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      Count me in! Just confirmed my reservation for the 100X.
      They are so tired of me. I can hear them sigh…….long sigh when I repeat my confirmation number. I know it by heart and say it in my sleep.
      I am so looking forward for this time. Do not be fooled TODville. Buses leaving from NYC on Sat., 1/19 are booked from 5:00am-10:00. I had to booked planes and buses and trains from Ga., Ohio, NJ, NY, for family members all meeting up at the same time. Another friend is joining us on Sun. Because she has a Sweet 16 party to attend Sat. night. She is leaving immediately afterwards.
      It was all worth it!

      Congrats, Tally!

      • 99 Pamela
        January 11, 2013 at 8:22 pm

        LDS! So well planned, you will have a fantastic time, I am certain of it! Wave to us?!

        • 100 LDS
          January 11, 2013 at 8:45 pm

          Thank you Pamela, I sure will. I wish we could all be there together.
          If the couple dance to ” Let’s Stay Together” sung by Rev. Al Green(I know FLOTUS inquired about “Unforegttable by Nat King Cole),
          The loud scream and thump you hear will be me……hitting the floor. If she chooses the latter, it is all good. Ilike that song very much. I mean it is for them. And the other is for all of us. Everyone probably will be signing along because we know it by heart now. So either one is a winner because they are and so are we.
          Thanks again

  13. January 11, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Bob4r, from last thread I read last night, that Spanish defense minister Pedro Morenes says Spain will send 40-50 troops to Mali. Also UN had an emergency session today to speed up Mali force deployment http://www.en.rian.ru/world/20130111/178704283/UN_Security_Council_Calls_to_Speed_Up.html

  14. 103 Byo
    January 11, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    still looking for tickets! But we are having a party here in Waynesboro, VA on the day anyway for those of us from the campaign who did not get tickets.
    So either way, we will enjoy the wonderful day.

  15. 105 amk for obama
    January 11, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    It’s that time of the year again. Daymn. Seems like only day before yesterday this guy was sworn in. Where did the four years go?

    I am going to swear off blogging after he is sworn in again.

    • January 11, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ll need four years sleep after this!

    • 107 Dudette
      January 11, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      Don’t you DARE!!! We’ve got work to do, Buster!! No slouching!

      • 108 amk for obama
        January 11, 2013 at 8:33 pm

        You know Dudette. I was very active in Al Giordano’s blog The Field from 2006 to 08. On the day of election in 2008, I said good bye to Al and the gang happily going out with the feeling that the job is done. Then came the ugly, ugly, ugly racism wide open from both the left and the right. I was shocked to see that kinda of naked racism being mainstreamed without any shame. I saw the efforts to deny the man his second term despite his enormous achievements against a plug-ugly 100% No opposition. So I jumped back into the blogging world.

        Now that he doesn’t have to run for office any more, I am confident that our man will make his second term even more impressive given that he has taught the dems how to fight and how to fight back effectively.

        • 109 Dudette
          January 11, 2013 at 8:48 pm

          I’m glad you did jump back in amk! You’re so right about our great President, but don’t away now though. We’re only half-way there! PBO needs us to keep moving FORWARD.

    • 110 Pamela
      January 11, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      Yeah, right. Sure you are, amk, sure, sure.

    • 111 hopefruit2
      January 11, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      Don’t you dare amk. We’ve got four more years of blogging. The question is what shall we do after 2017? Not just us but the media as well. They are obsessed with him. The next WH occupant will get damn near zero attention from the masses.

    • 113 vcprezofan2
      January 11, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Speaking form experience, Amk, I’ve found swearing (whether ‘swear off or in’) can be a precursor to a whole lot or to a very little. Look at me who planned to swear off the blogs right after the 2008 election was won still not able to cut the ties. I did take a couple of weeks break catching up on the aspects of work that had been brushed aside during the campaign, but as soon as that had been accomplished, I found myself ‘sneaking’ back on line more and more often. First it was to see how PBO was handling the financial fiasco, then to get a peek at inaugural planning. Then it was to make sure that I didn’t miss such an historic inauguration. Then it was to …… Fortunately it got to the point where I didn’t have to sneak on line guiltily. Said to myself, ‘You are an adult, you are. You can do whatever makes your little heart happy as long as you are not hurting anyone else. So what if your friends are critical. What do they know (about what makes you happy)?’

      Said all that to say if you change your mind and un-swear after the Inauguration, I wouldn’t be one to say ‘told you it wouldn’t work for long’. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • 114 amk for obama
        January 11, 2013 at 9:17 pm

        :). Thank you, vc. This time I am gonna stick with my resolution. (and the wifey unit knows all about my stickingtoitveness)

        • 115 vcprezofan2
          January 11, 2013 at 9:42 pm

          Smart move, planning with someone to hold you accountable!

          In that case, as your ‘last’ Obama hourra, why not join Ms Chips and I for this Inauguration. We don’t have to stay more than a day or two. You could use the company plane, swing by and pick Chips up, then meet me in DC. I’m close enough to make my own way there plus there’s no way I’m traveling in a plane with the two of you. Too risky. We could paint the town blue together, and even look in on this TOD get together the others are planning. What do you say?

          • 116 amk for obama
            January 11, 2013 at 10:17 pm

            plus thereโ€™s no way Iโ€™m traveling in a plane with the two of youblog tyrant. Too risky hairy. Green one at that.


            • 117 vcprezofan2
              January 11, 2013 at 10:34 pm

              Yeah. Okay. Fine. Send the plane for her then, but answer the important part. You in or not? I’m sure Chips would be ‘in’ if she got a guaranteed ride to and fro, since she could always tell the boss she had a ‘family emergency’.

              • 118 amk for obama
                January 11, 2013 at 11:08 pm

                As much as I would love to be there for the great event, right now swamped with work. You know, those damned kenyans, tunisians, south africans.

                chartered plane for chips? hmmm….

        • 119 Pamela
          January 11, 2013 at 10:12 pm

          Mmm, hmm, yes, yes, uhHuh. Whatever you say, amk.

    • 122 nathkatun7
      January 12, 2013 at 12:33 am

      Please, AMK., wait until January 20, 2017 before you stop blogging and twitting! If that’s too long, at least stick with us until Jan. 2015, after we elect majority Democrats in both houses of Congress. I am hoping TOD will still be around fighting the good cause.

  16. January 11, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    President Obama is so powerful that he even has the power to silence the very talkative Book of Mormon star Josh Gad.

    Gad was at the White House this week for a special presidential screening of his new NBC comedy 1600 Penn and found himself unable to speak when Obama introduced himself.

    “I was thinking this is going to be amazing, I have so much I want to say. And he walks in and I literally freeze,” says Gad. “He shakes my hand and says, ‘So great to meet you. How you feeling? How you doing?’ All I could say was, ‘Um, um, I’m better now.'”


  17. 154 amk for obama
    January 11, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    LOL @ the little stool they had to provide for little Sasha.

  18. 164 vitaminlover
    January 11, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I am very happy for all of the TOD’ers who will get to attend our beloved President’s and Vice-President’s Inauguration in the flesh! Yeah Baby!

    • 165 Dudette
      January 11, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      I’m happy for you all too. Hell, I’m thrilled for the country. We got it right twice in a row. Phew! Now we just need to get the crazy-ass teapartiers out the damn way, so we can get stuff done.

      I don’t know if they’ll let you carry signs, while you’re on the National Mall, but wave to the cameras, so we can see you, will ya? And some of y’all need to tweet some on-the-scene pics, so the rest of us unlucky souls can live vicariously through you! Okay, so that’s your assignment, should you choose to accept it, of course.

  19. 169 carla4obama
    January 11, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Customers pack Ontario, California gun show, fearing possible new laws
    As politicians call for gun control laws in the wake of last month’s Connecticut school shooting, some people stock up on firearms and ammunition, ‘just in case.’

    Girard said he tried to go to the show Saturday but the out-the-door line was more than four hours long. He opted to come back about 6 a.m. Sunday, three hours before the event opened. He said about 500 people already had staked out spots by the time he arrived.

    “I’ll tell you right now, Obama is the No.1 gun salesman in the nation,” Girard said. “The NRA should give him an award.”


    Sad indeed.

  20. 171 Carol in KY
    January 11, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Sure wish I could be at your big party in DC…but alas I can’t. So you folks have a great time
    and raise a glass for all of us who can’t be there . Even us lurkers and only occasionally posters. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. 177 Pamela
    January 11, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Update: after effing around with it, getting po’d and yelling (a bit), shut the phone off, went out to empty the birdbaths as it is going to be very cold tonight, and the weather app fixed itself, whew. Okay. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. 180 sherijr
    January 11, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    My two sons & my granddaughter may try to go to the Inauguration.. though I don’t have tickets, nor have I tried to get any.. so am not sure if we should even try going without tickets.

  23. 200 amk for obama
    January 11, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Sally Frith from Gloucestershire is a massive fan of Les Miserables.

    In 25 years she has notched up 957 visits to see the famous musical on stage and has possibly spent more than ยฃ50,000 in doing so.

    “I think it is one of the greatest musicals ever written,” she said.

    “I love the story, love the songs and everything about it, and I’ve got to know quite a few cast members over the years.”

    In fact she reckons she has seen 25 different casts in total, with favourite performances from Alfie Boe in the role of Jean Valjean and Matt Lucas as innkeeper Thenardier.



    • 201 Pamela
      January 11, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      But has she seen the movie?

      • 202 Dudette
        January 11, 2013 at 11:24 pm

        LOL! Bless her heart. Talk about addictions. ๐Ÿ˜€

        Oh hey, have you guys seen the eminently-fine Norm Lewis (Edison Davis on Scandal) as Inspector Javert? The man is… okay, I’ll just it again… AWESOME! Feeevah!!!

  24. 203 amk for obama
    January 11, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    A lady was expecting the plumber; he was supposed to come at ten o’clock. Ten o’clock came and went; no plumber; eleven o’clock, twelve o’clock, one o’clock; no plumber.

    She concluded he wasn’t coming, and went out to do some errands. While she was out, the plumber arrived.

    He knocked on the door; the lady’s parrot, who was at home in a cage by the door, said, “Who is it?”

    He replied, “It’s the plumber.”

    He thought it was the lady who’d said, “Who is it?” and waited for her to come and let him in. When this didn’t happen he knocked again, and again the parrot said, “Who is it?”

    He said, “It’s the plumber!”

    He waited, and again the lady didn’t come to let him in. He knocked again, and again the parrot said, “Who is it?”

    He said, “It’s the plumber!!!!!!!!”

    Again he waited; again she didn’t come; again he knocked; again the parrot said, “Who is it?”; “Aarrrrrrgggggghhhhhhh!!!” he said, flying into a rage; he pushed the door in and ripped it off its hinges. He suffered a heart attack and he fell dead in the doorway.

    The lady came home from her errands, only to see the door ripped off its hinges and a corpse lying in the doorway, “A dead body!” she exclaimed, “Who is it?!”

    The parrot said, “It’s the plumber.”

  25. 204 amk for obama
    January 11, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    A preacher is buying a parrot.

    “Are you sure it doesn’t scream, yell, or swear?” asked the preacher.

    “Oh absolutely. It’s a religious parrot,” the storekeeper assures him.

    “Do you see those strings on his legs? When you pull the right one, he recites the lord’s prayer, and when you pull on the left he recites the 23rd Psalm.”

    “Wonderful!” says the preacher, “but what happens if you pull both strings?”

    “I fall off my perch, you stupid fool!” screeched the parrot.

  26. 205 amk for obama
    January 11, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    The three bears had been having some trouble recently and had ended up in family court. Mama and Papa bear were splitting up, and baby bear had to decide who he was going to live with.

    So, the judge wanted to talk to baby bear to see what he thought about living with either of his parents. When he asked baby bear about living with his father, baby bear said “No, I can’t live with Papa bear, he beats me terribly.”

    “OK,” said the judge, “then you want to live with your mother, right?”

    “No way!” replied baby bear, “She beats me worse than Papa bear does.”

    The judge was a bit confused by this, and didn’t quite know what to do. “Well, you have to live with someone, so is there any relatives you would like to stay with?” asked the judge.

    “Yes,” answered baby bear, “my aunt Bertha bear who lives in Chicago.”

    “You’re sure she will treat you well and won’t beat you?” asked the judge.

    “Oh definitely,” said baby bear, “the Chicago Bears don’t beat anybody.”

  27. January 11, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Chips, everyone …. you gotta read this ๐Ÿ™‚

    The White House Response To The Death Star Petition Is Amazing

    Only from a PBO White House would anything that cool emerge!

  28. 215 amk for obama
    January 11, 2013 at 8:56 pm

  29. 219 amk for obama
    January 11, 2013 at 9:01 pm

  30. 220 amk for obama
    January 11, 2013 at 9:03 pm

  31. 232 amk for obama
    January 11, 2013 at 9:09 pm

  32. 234 Dudette
    January 11, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    More from Gregory Hines… (and a little Sammy Davis Jr). They don’t make ’em like this anymore!

    • January 11, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      I just found out she’s giving a talk in my city in a couple weeks but it’s already sold out. Grrrrr!!

      • 239 Dudette
        January 11, 2013 at 9:36 pm

        Wow, that is awesome. A Supreme Court Justice sells out a lecture. There is hope for us yet!

      • 242 Dudette
        January 11, 2013 at 9:37 pm

        By the way, I am sooooo looking forward to PBO’s next couple of SCOTUS picks. You just KNOW they will knock everyone’s socks off!

        • 243 desertflower
          January 11, 2013 at 10:00 pm

          OMG. THIS one thing ALONE will just be a portion of his legacy…and have ramifications for generations. I am more than grateful!!

          • 244 Dudette
            January 11, 2013 at 11:13 pm

            Yep. Me too! I can’t even keep count of all the many reasons why his winning a 2nd term was IMPERATIVE. This, however, was right up there at the TOP of my listl

    • 245 Pamela
      January 11, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      Oh, oh, I have pre-ordered it on Amazon, should be soon, right?

    • 246 nathkatun7
      January 12, 2013 at 1:04 am

      DF, I also want to read the book. I was, however, put-off by some of the digs against the President in the article. It’s not true that President Obama abandoned his belief that Judges, including Supreme Court Justices, are likely to render just judgement when they are guided by empathy

  33. 247 anniebella
    January 11, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    When I look at that picture of the Obamas at the 09 Inauguration , it brings such a smile to my face. Looking at little Sasha and Malia, boy I can’t wait to see the new picture of them January 21.

  34. 248 susanne
    January 11, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    thanks for all the great dance vids, tods!

  35. January 11, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    This is my first posting, but I visit TOD every single day. I will be on the Mall on Jan 21 watching our President be sworn in… AGAIN! I was there in 2009, and I wouldn’t miss this event for anything in the world. Also, I was one of the lucky ones to land a ticket, compliments of my Congressman. Four More Years!

  36. 250 Jeff
    January 11, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Wont ever watch Maddow again. The nerve of this woman!

    • 251 Pamela
      January 11, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      I tried to watch her once, to see for myself what all the ruckus is about, lasted 2, maybe 3 minutes. Click. Nothing for me there.

    • 252 Dudette
      January 11, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      What? What’d she do?

    • 254 amk for obama
      January 11, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      poutrage peddlers from the “left” are as creepy as those form the right.

    • 255 nathkatun7
      January 12, 2013 at 1:42 am

      I stopped watching Maddow, Schultz, and Matthews in 2009. I respect people who still watch cable news shows, but I had to to minimize spikes in my BP because I got so angry at the people who claimed to represent me, but were relentlessly attacking and condemning President Obama, for all sorts of things, some other very, very petty!

  37. 256 Dudette
    January 11, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Still feeling Gregory tonight. The man could sing too, ya know. Here he is with the incomparable Luther Vandross!
    I can listen to this over and over and over and over… (you get the idea).

  38. January 11, 2013 at 9:59 pm

  39. 266 vitaminlover
    January 11, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    WOW!!!! Politics Nation is on in O’Donnell’s slot

  40. 271 vcprezofan2
    January 11, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    You know something? TOD has taught me that I do not have ADHD, and that I am a really, really calm soul. I can honestly sit for HOURS on line at TODville and totally forget that I haven’t moved until nature shouts at me, whether in hunger or otherwise. /smh/ This place is decidedly bad for my physical health, while being terrific for my mental health.

  41. 279 cindysweatt
    January 11, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I love that picture! Four years ago I watched the whole day on t.v. I was on the phone with a great friend who also worked like crazy on the campaign. We were both blubbering like babies. This time I am going. My daughter lives there and we were fortunate to get two tickets from one of our Senators. I plan on going to the TOD meeting. I am so excited. I wish all of you could be there. I bought my plane tickets very cheap months and months ago. I knew President Obama would win. I did have a back up road trip plan just in case. Who is the luckiest lady on earth? Two thumbs pointing at me!

    • 280 vitaminlover
      January 11, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      How precious! I knew that he would win too!!!! Just for old times ske—OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!! (plus 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and a part of 2017). Whooooo hooooo. Hoe you have a blast!

    • 284 Pamela
      January 11, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! I so hope we get to see some pics of the TOD team! (with PBO, okay?)

    • 285 Dudette
      January 11, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      I watched the ’08 Inaug at the Atlanta Civic Center. Squealing and hollerin’ with a few hundred other Obamacrats. Then went home and my folks and I watched the parade and as much of the balls as they showed on TV. That was a great day! I feel the same adrenaline rush and excitement just thinking about! it.

    • 293 theo67
      January 12, 2013 at 3:35 am

      Cindy – looking forward to meeting everyone at the inauguration! I made hotel bookings last April. And I bought our plane tickets on November 7. And now it’s finally here.

      • 294 cindysweatt
        January 14, 2013 at 7:15 pm

        I haven’t heard where we are meeting. I sent two e-mails to Donna Dem, but haven’t heard back. have you?

        • 295 theo67
          January 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm

          I haven’t heard back yet, but Donna was out of commission for a few days over the weekend, and is now back to semi-full function. We should hear details soon.

  42. January 11, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=National_Rifle_Association โ€ฆ interesting read on tie between NRA/ALEC
    info on NRA an ALEC mite be useful

  43. 297 Jeff
    January 11, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Working 4 12 hours a week 1 eight hour shift and two 5s tough week.

  44. 301 Pamela
    January 11, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Okay, all o’ y’all kids…. iPad is getting bumped around by the weight of this thread. Think I’ll bid you all g’day and go finish my book! Thank you, Chipsticks, thank you mates! Hugs all around! ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. 303 amk for obama
    January 11, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    • 304 amk for obama
      January 11, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      3,2,1… loony left throws both bill moyers and krugman under the bus.

    • 305 Dudette
      January 11, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      What? My Econ Elf, Dr. Krugman thinks someone else would be better at it than him? Lawd, ha mercy!! Is it snowing squirrels? Has the earth’s axis changed? Are Sting and the Police getting back together? Is Oprah getting married?

  46. 308 utaustinliberal
    January 11, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    I freaking looooooove the White House. This is how they responded to a petition about building a ‘Death Star.’ (Star Wars stuff) Nerds freaking RULE!

    This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For
    By Paul Shawcross

    The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

    The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
    The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
    Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

    However, look carefully (here’s how) and you’ll notice something already floating in the sky — that’s no Moon, it’s a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that’s helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts — American, Russian, and Canadian — living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We’ve also got two robot science labs — one wielding a laser — roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.

    We don’t have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke’s arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers.

    We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White House science fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country’s future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.

    If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star’s power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

    Paul Shawcross is Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget


    • 309 CEB
      January 12, 2013 at 4:07 am

      Thanks for posting this larger version; the one linked up thread had print that was very small. This is so cool, isn’t it? I love this admin. that is so full of smart, hard-working, geekish, yet cool people.

    • 311 Dudette
      January 12, 2013 at 9:26 am

      NERDS RULE!!! God Bless the Obama Administration! I looooooove this soooooooooooooooooooo much!!

  47. 313 amk for obama
    January 11, 2013 at 11:11 pm

  48. 315 lamh36
    January 11, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Evening guys! Turned in my apt keys this morning & took what may be my final 8 hr drive to & from DFW in good long while. I’m spending the night at my grandmothers house & tomorrow I’m going to move in to my new apartment. then off to Maddie’s 2nd birthday party! It is on like Donkey Kong!

  49. 319 amk for obama
    January 11, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    • 320 susanne
      January 12, 2013 at 12:37 am

      i was looking at the nov 19 issue of the new yorker today (they arrive very late here), which had good articles about the election. it was thrilling to step back into that moment, just after pbo had won, and re-experience the magnitude of its impact. there are some wonderful photos, too–of people standing in line, waiting to vote, of people celebrating, and of pbo standing before the crowd. deeply moving, and time to remember, as we approach the inauguration, what got us here.

      and yes, the stupidity of the rethug candidate was supremely memorable. and now just silly.

      • 321 Chi
        January 12, 2013 at 7:29 am

        Next week is going to be super tough for Ann Romney…

        I suspect she’ll be sedated for much of the next fortnight or so…

        She and Oscar de La Renta had all her many outfits for the inaugural figured out and final dress fittings scheduled…

        Poor, poor, Ann Romney…

        She was absolutely sure it was ‘their turn’…

  50. January 11, 2013 at 11:43 pm

  51. 324 amk for obama
    January 11, 2013 at 11:51 pm

  52. 327 amk for obama
    January 12, 2013 at 12:16 am

  53. 331 carolmaewy
    January 12, 2013 at 12:57 am

    I’m enjoying the musical play-off. But isn’t it Friday night? Fridays are good. Poor East-coasters. It’s after midnight. We’re getting our snow and subzero temps. Any snow, or has that been put in the trash? Hot French chocolate all around here. My French chocolate is for chocolate connoisseurs! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  54. January 12, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Among all the reasons I love that 2009 Inauguration photo is Speaker Pelosi’s beautiful smile!!!

  55. 333 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 12, 2013 at 1:47 am

    FINALLY!!!! Two and one half weeks after Christmas, I’ve finally started working on my Mom’s gift! Back in September, I took my Mom on a jazz cruise as an 80th birthday gift; I intended to do a trip photo album as her Christmas gift. Between the election, being ill and throwing the family Christmas Party, I didn’t get it done. Turns out that was a blessing in disguise. Today in my email I received a deal from Shutterfly; spent this evening laying out a hard bound photo book. Due to the trip, my Mom wasn’t expecting a Christmas gift; she is going to be so surprised!

  56. 335 prettyfoot58
    January 12, 2013 at 2:15 am

    I am so looking forward to the TOD gathering….in DC….i feel that TOD is so much a part of my life…it would be simply AWsome to meet everyone…smilin,,,

  57. 336 prettyfoot58
    January 12, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Scary Comments.in the comments section…..i have felt all along that this is what the fringe element thinks…..and i am not sure who is the fringe any more…

    …This is not about Republicans and Democrats. It is not about manufacturing of arms. It is not about hunting. It is about protection from a tyranical state, one that feels it can infringe on a constitutional right without going through the constitutional process. What Biden says, what Scalia says, what Obama says all matter not. It’s what the American people are going to say that counts: We are free because we are armed …

    read more at….http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/01/11/scarborough-nra-is-protecting-gun-manufacturers-not-the-second-amendment/

    • 337 theo67
      January 12, 2013 at 4:01 am

      I’ve had to stop reading and listening to anything on this gun business, because the right wing is terrifying me. They are unhinged. They are the ones from whom we need protection. How did it get this bad?

      • 338 CEB
        January 12, 2013 at 4:21 am

        It was always bad, but we were willfully blind; especially those of us who had not been touched personally by gun violence. We just accepted it and our weak public officials went along to go along and benefited from the the industry and the NRA. Finally, we had 26 martyrs in a place where most believed this could/would not happen and a Leader who has said enough is enough. Of course, the crazies will be even more vocal and emboldened because they know that this time it will be different.

        • 339 nathkatun7
          January 12, 2013 at 4:27 am

          Theo, here is part of I what I posted on the previous post:

          “As Tally argued, in a previous post, to highlight the idiocy and absurdity of the gun nuts: if the peopleโ€™s right to keep and bear arms is absolute under the 2nd Amendment, then people (probably billionaires) should have the right to own tanks, missiles, nuclear weapons, and chemical and biological weapons. I am sure quite a few billionaires can afford to buy some of these weapons.

          In my humble opinion, the 2nd Amendment does not give blanket and absolute rights to individuals to own all sorts of weapons. Otherwise the Amendment would not have included the clause about โ€ A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free stateโ€ฆโ€

          If any one can own whatever type of weaponry he/she can afford, then why would we need Sherifs, the police, and a standing professional U.S. military? May be the government can give each individual a voucher to go out and purchase the necessary weapons for his individual protection. That way we would stop spending billions and billions for police and other local law enforcement units and for the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. Yet these same gun nuts who argue that each individual has a right to own military grade assault weapons because of the 2nd Amendment are the same ones who want unlimited amounts spent on the military, and prisons.

          The 2nd Amendment talks about the peopleโ€™s right โ€œto keep and bear armsโ€ in the context of ensuring the โ€œsecurity of a free state,โ€ which, if I am not mistaken, is the sole purpose of our four branches of the military, the Defense Dept., the Homeland Security Dept., the the CIA, and of course all the State and local law enforcement agencies. There is absolutely no language in the 2nd Amendment that guarantees individuals the right to own all types of weapons; and especially the kinds of weapons, like assault weapons, which threaten the internal โ€œsecurity of a free stateโ€ if they are not regulated and end up in the hands of deranged people

          • 340 nathkatun7
            January 12, 2013 at 4:31 am

            This was my response to both Theo and CEB, though initially, in the previous thread, it was my response to Bobfr.

            • 341 nathkatun7
              January 12, 2013 at 5:12 am

              By the way, can the NRA tell me how all their heavily armed devotees of gun culture would have prevented the Oklahoma bombings and the 9/11 terrorist attacks? If they couldn’t do that, then how the hell are they fulfilling the 2nd amendment, which says that “the people’s right to bear arms” is “necessary to the security of a free state….?

              I honestly could care less if the gun nuts label the President and Vice-President as dictators. The fact of the matter is if regulating guns would save the lives of Children and innocent people, it would be well worthy it. If President Obama was such a dictator, bent on taking away “our freedoms,” he would not at all be worried about a bunch of wannabe minutemen revolutionaries brandishing assault weapons. He could simply order taking them out with drones. So, unless the teabag “sons of liberty” have all the arsenals available to the President and the government of the United States, their puny assault weapons will not guarantee us freedom from the feared “monster government ” of their deranged imagination. The only thing assault weapons will guarantee us is that they would be easily accessible to deranged individuals who would then use them, over and over again, to heinously murder innocent people, including babies and children.

              As far as I am concerned, the NRA and gun nuts are beyond reason. We should stop treating them as sane players in this conversation. Our aim should be on convincing sane and legitimate gun owners who will make a distinction between owning a gun for hunting or protection from an armed burglar and owning military grade assault weapons that may fall in the hands of deranged people and cause so much human misery, including killing innocent children.

              • 342 Chi
                January 12, 2013 at 7:37 am

                ‘…As far as I am concerned, the NRA and gun nuts are beyond reason. We should stop treating them as sane players in this conversation…’


        • 343 theo67
          January 12, 2013 at 4:47 am

          I’ve been listening to the legislation that the NRA has sponsored, and the pathetic “A” rated congress critters (and Justice Scalia) have passed – and it’s actually sickening. They’ve directly facilitated the slaughter of many people. They’ve immunized the gun manufacturers from prosecution, prevented studies about the consequences of gun ownership, prohibited funding for research and mental services – and the list goes on. Those people who have proudly stated that they are “A” rated by the NRA should be ashamed and humiliated that they’ve been party to such violence.

      • 346 prettyfoot58
        January 12, 2013 at 7:29 am

        this fringe has always been there…remember Waco…and Timothy McVey…due to the disintegration of GOP…this fringe has beome mainstream

        • 347 Rain
          January 12, 2013 at 8:03 am

          The fringe has always been there and has been growing for a long time. The “he’ll take our guns!” hysteria about PBO began during his first campaigne and his election spurred a lot of growth in the movement. And the gun manufacturers, and the dealers and the NRA and the RWNJs in general use everyviolent thing that happens in this country to prove to us why we all need guns and we all must arm ourselves now. Now the religious right is more involved than ever and uses the same hysteria to push their anti-Obama BS. I actually know a few people who really don’t know anything about the gun issue but use it against PBO just because they don’t like him or whatever stupid reason. And, when PBO stood up and said he was going to address gun control, the money makers (manufacturers, dealers, NRA etc) used that to fuel the hysteria and they are raking in money hand over fist right now. The truly scary part though, are the crazies who really beloeve all this stuff is true and that PBO is somehow so bad for our country, undermining our rights and so on. They scare me.

          • 348 prettyfoot58
            January 12, 2013 at 8:43 am

            I agree ,,,Rain,,,,these are scary times,,,,states threatening to secede…threatening to arrest federal agents …

            calls to mind when Kennedy sent Federal troops to enforce Federal law re:desegregation…..in the south….

            • 349 Rain
              January 12, 2013 at 9:06 am

              The msjority of the people who think they support secession don’t have a CLUE what it would really mean or how it would devastate their state’s economy.

  58. 350 susanne
    January 12, 2013 at 4:33 am

    hey amk, are you up? what’s with this?

    ‘ The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is advising people to temporarily disable the Java software on their computers to avoid potential hacking attacks. ‘


  59. 355 susanne
    January 12, 2013 at 5:34 am

    that’s it for tonight–sleep well tods!

  60. 356 amk for obama
    January 12, 2013 at 8:25 am

  61. 357 amk for obama
    January 12, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Mr. Ratliffโ€™s passion for firearms made him something of a celebrity on the Internet, where he helped make scores of videos about high-powered and exotic guns and explosives. His YouTube channel, called FPSRussia, became the siteโ€™s ninth largest, with nearly 3.5 million subscribers and more than 500 million views.

    But last week, the authorities said, Mr. Ratliff, 32, ended up on the wrong end of a gun. The police in northeast Georgia found him dead at his office on Jan. 3, shot once in the head. He was surrounded by several guns, but not the one that killed him. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is treating it as a homicide.

    The news, coming amid a national debate about gun control, rippled across the blogs and social networking sites where his videos were popular. Tributes on Facebook and Twitter came from fans stunned that such a well-armed expert had not been able to defend himself.


    All those guns did nothing for him in the end. Karma is a sweet b.

  62. January 12, 2013 at 8:46 am

    LOL! In 2017 while the next President-elect is being sworn in – the cameras will be zoomed in on PBO standing in the back…

    • 359 Don
      January 12, 2013 at 9:07 am

      LOL, in 2017 the inauguration might have to take a back seat to President Obama and his family departing Washington. President Obama is truly the most interesting man in the world.

      • 360 hopefruit2
        January 12, 2013 at 9:16 am

        Yes, the most interesting parts of the 2017 inauguration will be when PBO (with First Family) makes his entrance, and then when they depart Washington. Folks will tune in just to see those segments. LOL!

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