‘What this Inauguration Means to Our President’




President Barack Obama talks with Inaugural National Citizen Co-Chairs in the Oval Office, Jan. 18, 2013. Steve Kerrigan, CEO of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, listens at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


183 Responses to “‘What this Inauguration Means to Our President’”

  1. 1 carolmaewy
    January 18, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I’m looking forward to why!

  2. January 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Long four years coming. Thank you President Obama.

    • 6 Chi
      January 19, 2013 at 3:43 am

      Sorry but that Obama 2012 “inches” video bugs the hell out of me and in a very bad way…

      I know you didn’t do this Chip…

      The choice of pictures and the words voiced over that coincide with each picture are rather weird and suspect to me…

      Not all Obama videos are what they seem…

      This is one of them…

  3. January 18, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I am so glad I am off on Monday to be able to share this special day here and with my president.

    • January 18, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Great to hear Africa, it will be a WONDERFUL day!!!

    • 11 Lb4Obama
      January 18, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Me too! I took the day off as well and am so looking forward to the day long festivities! I did the same 4years ago and was glued to my tee vee machine for 16 hours of pure joy and excitement! Can’t wait to do it again! The best part is hubby, a died in the wool GOP sheeple, will be at work all day! Won’t have to listen to his racist ignorance. When he is home, he leaves the tv in his “room” on FukNews 24/7. I once read that Rupert pays airports, hotels (even empty rooms when tv is off)etc. to keep the station on Fox so they show the ratings higher, often want to ask hubby if he gets a kick back too! UGHHHH!

      • 12 vcprezofan2
        January 19, 2013 at 6:52 am

        Nice that you’ll be able to watch all day without ‘interference’, Lb – that’s a wonderful gift to yourself. Have fun! 😆

      • 15 LadyTNT
        January 18, 2013 at 5:18 pm

        Hey Chips!!! You are the BESTEST blog mistress EVAH!! Like Africa, I will be here and perched in front of my tv all day Monday. Thanks for keeping me informed about this great man and his family!!

        • January 18, 2013 at 5:22 pm

          HellLLLLllllLLLllllooooOOOoooo LadyTNT, you are waaaaaaaaaay too kind – but thank you so much, you’re the kindest!! I wish Monday was NOW!

          • 17 LadyTNT
            January 18, 2013 at 5:45 pm

            ME TOO!!!!!!!

          • 18 vcprezofan2
            January 19, 2013 at 7:01 am

            I wish Monday was NOW!

            We-e-ll, yes and no. I don’t want to wish-away my chances to walk down some of the streets where my president has traveled, but I do want to get to the business of seeing him and Mrs. O and VPJoe and Dr. B, etc. walk down the street joyously so that we can scream and dance and be filled again with the certainty that the right man is OFFICIALLY in the White House again for FOUR MORE YEARS1

  4. January 18, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    “Our People, Our Future! So much history packed in this Day!!

  5. 20 donna dem 4 obama
    January 18, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    TOD’ers who are attending The Obama Diary Inaugural Meet-Up please check your email for the final details.

    I am so looking forward to this weekend.

    Tomorrow I’m going to the National Day of Service program on the Mall and Sunday the meet-up then the Inauguration on Monday….It doesn’t get any better than that.

    I’m going home now to rest up so I’ll be Fired Up and Ready to Go in the morning. 🙂

    • January 18, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      Have a blissful weekend Donna, thank you for your magnificent work in arranging this, can’t wait to hear all your stories!

    • January 18, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      I am so jealous, but I am so happy for you guys, being right there in the thick of things. I have some co-workers going and we’ve been counting down the days every day. One left on Tuesday for D.C., the other today. They were sooooo excited.

      I hope you guys give us lots of reports about the happenings.

      On the bright side, when my computer is not throwing tantrums and shutting down on me, I will be parked here at TOD on Monday.

      Be safe and have lots of fun for all of us who can’t be there.

      • 23 Pamela
        January 18, 2013 at 5:30 pm

        (((((DD4O))))) I guess I’ll just sit down here in my cold lonely office in grey and foggy Seattle, trying to figure out why my printer will print up some documents, and not others. Even telling me the paper tray is ‘out of paper’, when in fact, it is quite quite full! Bloody Hell. ;{

        • January 18, 2013 at 5:32 pm

          “Even telling me the paper tray is ‘out of paper’, when in fact, it is quite quite full! Bloody Hell.”

          😆 😆 Poor Pamela! The obvious solution: slap it! Always works.

          • 25 veryslowwriter
            January 18, 2013 at 6:41 pm

            I’ve did tech support for years and your answer is not right.
            1. Turn the printer off and then back on. If that doesn’t fix it —
            2. Reboot your computer. If that doesn’t fix it —
            3. Dope slap the bugger.
            (Always important to do things correctly and in the right order.) Thank you.

            • January 18, 2013 at 6:43 pm

              Ah, that’s where I was getting it wrong, the slap is step 3? 😆 Thank you VSW!

            • 27 Pamela
              January 18, 2013 at 7:34 pm

              TY, vsw, did all that, oddly, the stupid thing decided to print some things, but not others. So now, that makes even less sense. It is not really very old, but did not have much use last year, maybe it is not a happy printer? I had just changed the color ink as well, so it really was rude to give me such a bad time. Finally gave up and made some tea!

          • 28 Pamela
            January 18, 2013 at 7:30 pm

            Oh, I tried that! (well, verbally at least!) can you believe this printer did not even respond? ;(

        • 29 donna dem 4 obama
          January 18, 2013 at 5:44 pm

          Ahhh {{{Pamela}}}…I sorry 😦

          • 30 mtmarilyn
            January 18, 2013 at 6:18 pm

            Donne dem, have a wonderful time this weekend. Know that all of you there are carrying all of us who can’t make it with you. This is such a special weekend. We will all be watching hoping to spot you on the TV somewhere. Have a beautiful time.

          • 32 Pamela
            January 18, 2013 at 7:37 pm

            Thanks DD4O, you just enjoy the heck out of this weekend! {{{{DD4O}}}} 😆

    • 33 GGAIL
      January 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      DD, thanks for putting the meet activities together. I hope my ofa neighborhood team member, Mary C is able to connect w yoi guys

  6. 34 GGAIL
    January 18, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I’m getting so excited!

  7. 38 donna dem 4 obama
    January 18, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    He looks and sounds so good in this video. He brings a sense of peace and well being when he speaks. I am so grateful to have him serve this Nation. Love Love Love Him!!!!!

  8. 40 Bill
    January 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Rand Paul criticized Govenor Christie for going after the NRA ad, but yet he asked for privacy when his drunken son was arrested for assaulting a flight attendant.

    • January 18, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      When I think about who POTUS and FLOTUS are, all that they’ve given, all the people whose lives they’ve touched and the compassion they’ve shared, all the progress they’ve made here and in so many corners of the world, all the sacrifices in order to serve our country…….I’m absolutely and completely overwhelmed with love and pure joy. What an honor to witness this glowing moment in history. What an astonishing honor!!

    • 49 Chi
      January 19, 2013 at 3:46 am

      Chip, I don’t feel as warm as you do about this particular video…

      Watch again and pay attention to the particular pictures shown with each sentence spoken…

      And the choice of pictures and who is repeatedly in them and who isn’t is bizarre…

  9. 50 Sam UK Obama Supporter
    January 18, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I really can’t wait until Monday. We have thick snow here in the uk and it looks like my gorgeous little boy’s school will be closed again Monday so I can watch PBO’s inauguration uninterrupted!! What’s more so can he and he is looking forward to it also. We have been putting up some decorations and remeniscing about 4 years ago.

    Have a great day everyone and thank you so much Chips for this site.

  10. 54 lisalovesobama
    January 18, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Apparently, black feminists and white feminists are split in their opinions on FLOTUS’ impact/ commitment to the feminist cause. White feminists are disappointed with her because she hasn’t horned in on her husband’s job/agenda ala Hillary, but black feminists support Miche’s right to be mom-in-chief as historically, black women have not had the opportunity to stay at home raising their kids as they have often been breadwinners with one or more jobs. 🙄 yikes. Apparently some feminists were very disappointed when she didn’t keep her job. Really? These people are cray-cray. SMH


    • January 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      Pardon my French, but why the fuck weren’t they pissed off when Hilary quit her job to be a political wife to Bill? Jaysus.

      • 56 lisalovesobama
        January 18, 2013 at 6:23 pm

        I know right? 🙄

      • 57 veryslowwriter
        January 18, 2013 at 7:05 pm

        Well, they were. I remember. I recall that when she made one –one!–remark about not staying home and baking cookies, she was slapped down so hard that she started using her husbans’s last name. Before the campiagn she was Hilary Rodham. Period.

        • January 18, 2013 at 7:30 pm

          I believe Hilary was very instrumental in Bills presidency behind the scenes and offering to do the healthcare plan until the GOP lost their minds. Most first lady’s effect political change behind the scenes. It would not surprise me if FLOTUS and the girls gave him the courage to push to do away with DOMA, DODT and changed his mind on gay marriage. I would not be surprised that FLOTUS also encouraged the President to address the gun issue.

    • 59 jackiegrumbacher
      January 18, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      Lisa–With some people FLOTUS could be an angel incarnate and they would still complain because being “satisfied” isn’t on their list of self-identifiers. If she intruded on her husband’s job, she would get endless criticism about being too pushy, overstepping her role, etc, etc. If she carves a whole new glorious path of her own creating bold initiatives that don’t infringe on her husband’s job but get important things done, she’s not doing enough. I’m sure she laughs, shakes her head and does exactly what she thinks is best for her country, her husband, her girls and herself.

      • 60 lisalovesobama
        January 18, 2013 at 6:24 pm

        So right. The whole time I was reading the article, I just chuckled and rolled my eyes. People will never be satisfied.

        • 61 jacquelineoboomer
          January 18, 2013 at 9:15 pm

          Plus, to be a “feminist,” one should believe that the woman can make her own choices – not have somebody else make the choice for her, as in the “old days” (like when I … uhm … was young!). So-called feminists who are complaining that women aren’t choosing to do what they think they should do are as bad as non-feminists, from my POV. Mrs. Obama actually has a brain and she uses it, the way she thinks best. Works for me.

          • 62 lisalovesobama
            January 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm

            I know right? And they don’t even recognize their disservice to the cause. They wrap themselves in the flag of feminism and damn anyone who doesn’t see or do things the way they think it should be done.

            • 63 jacquelineoboomer
              January 18, 2013 at 9:25 pm

              Which is total b.s. on their part and aptly describes why feminism came to be a movement – again – back when I was young … so people would quit telling women how they “should” act. Grrrr.

      • 65 Chi
        January 19, 2013 at 4:12 am

        Indeed Jackie, indeed…

        Mrs Obama will never please some folks no matter what she does…And I think she’s well aware of it and thus chooses to live her life on her own terms…

        They’ll keep moving the goalposts and the whine de jour will keep changing…

        If any of these women have a cause they think should be addressed, they ought to get their husbands to run for something or run for office themselves and get it done…

        Nothing stops them…

        But this pissy, whiny, silly, spiteful, yelling thing they do from the sidelines – as if they themselves were incapable of getting off their butts and doing something, is just so insane…

    • 66 Jessica
      January 18, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      I don’t get the “white feminist” arguement. She was the primary breadwinner from the time girls were babies until 2008 when she took a leave of absence. That’s a substantial amount of time. Now it’s time for Barack to be the breadwinner and now Michelle can focus on herself, her girls, and her projects without the burden of a 9 to 5 job. She also has time to look stylish, get great workouts in and fabulous vacations. I’m with the black feminists. Michelle geniunely is making a positive impact for the better. Millions of black girls will follow in the footsteps of Michelle Obama.

      • 67 dotster3
        January 18, 2013 at 6:20 pm

        They were just talking about this on Rev. Al, I think—-somewhat distracted. Heard MHP say that she wonders if Michelle will get more into the politics of the Obama administration during this 2nd term. And I also have a feeling she may spread her wings a bit more during the next 4 years. I understand completely her choices in the first term, and I think she did everything exactly right. But she has built up so much good will and admiration that she may be able to push beyond those efforts in these next few years.

      • 68 lisalovesobama
        January 18, 2013 at 6:25 pm

        Amen to that.

      • 69 veryslowwriter
        January 18, 2013 at 7:11 pm

        First of all, I don’t pay serious attention to MSM stories about what “white feminists” think versus what “black feminists” think because not all white or black feminists think alike. This is a ginned-up story because being FLOTUS is a fulltime job. An unpaid one, but fulltime plus. Just as a practical matter what kind of job would it be? How could any First Lady do that?
        I confess: I am white. I am a feminist. None of those “white feminists” represent MY views. In my humble(!) opinion, Michelle Obama is a great role model and an inspiration. She’s brilliant, hardworking, and beautiful. She’s not “staying at home” anyway — who’s doing all that military family support with Dr. Jill? Who is it that’s traveling all over for Let’s Move? Who is it giving all those speeches and making personal appearances? She wrote a book during the first term, too.
        Sorry to be lengthy but there are enough issues keeping us apart, whether MO should be the first FLOTUS to have a job is a silly construct.

        • 70 Mary Jones
          January 19, 2013 at 12:12 am

          Absolutely agree. I am a “white feminist” too. And to add you what you said, her girls are in a highly unusual and potentially extremely stressful position. She has to focus on them to keep them balanced and emotionally safe. We all know President is a wonderful dad, who sets his girls as his highest priority, but he obviously can’t be involved the way a 9-5 lawyer or professor could. It is not anti-feminist to respond to the needs of your children.

    • 72 cookemom
      January 18, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      Oh like when they supported Shirley Chisholm’s run for the presidency, those feminist? Oh wait….

    • January 18, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      These people are insufferable. Bunk.

      • 75 lisalovesobama
        January 18, 2013 at 6:50 pm

        So true. I think they are so obsessed with her that they are trying to live their lives and dreams through her. When it’s not so irritating, it’s just sad. 😦

    • 76 kathryn kivett
      January 18, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      Well, I am a white,I guess you could call me a feminist, so is my sister, my 2 daughters, and daughter in law and believe me when I say, we hold Michelle Obama up as the best role model for my Granddaughters and neices that ever has been and ever could be. She makes her OWN choices and isn’t that what feminism is about? I don’t know who wrote that article and didn’t bother to read it but I would say that they are just trying to create divisivness and IT AIN’T GONNA WORK…..It doesn’t matter whether you are a black, white, yellow, brown or a green woman,…it doesn’t matter whether you stay home to parent your children or work and parent your children or have no children, what matters is that you make the choice to do whatever is best for you…..if you make the decision to do what is best for you it will be the best decision for everyone you touch. If you are comfortable in your skin as a woman then you are a true feminist………this coming from a 70 yr old woman who didn’t actually burn her bra, way back then, but sure took it off.

      • 77 lisalovesobama
        January 18, 2013 at 6:47 pm


      • 78 Roberta in MN
        January 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm

        I have to agree with everything you said. I am also a white 70 year old ( I took it off once in awhile w/ a vest LOL) But the First Lady & Dr. Jill Biden have really been short changed in the media. The projects they worked on were ones that needed to be done for the Military families and our children and grand children. They have given hope and courage to a lot of youngsters, especially the girls. I was never a Hillary supporter, but you know it’s all about color. It just makes my blood boil.
        After all that, Hi everyone. 🙂

      • 79 veryslowwriter
        January 18, 2013 at 7:14 pm

        “they are just trying to create divisivness ”

        Right! And that’s exactly the purpose of bullbleep like that article. Grrrr.

      • 80 hopefruit2
        January 18, 2013 at 7:24 pm

        Well-said Kathryn!! I concur.

      • 81 0388jojothecat
        January 18, 2013 at 7:56 pm

        The media is ALWAYS trying to separate and divide us. I am so glad that the folks here are from all walks of life, both genders, all nationalities, rich. poor, middle class, working, middle class, retired, and we all love PBO and FLOTUS.

      • 82 anniebella
        January 18, 2013 at 8:08 pm

        kathryn kivett, I love what you said. To hell with that article and anyone who try to put down FLOTUS. We love our FLOTUS.

    • January 18, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      HOW DARE THEY demand more of our FLOTUS. HOW DARE THEY dictate her life’s work and passion. HOW DARE THEY slight her tremendous achievement and family priorities these last 4 years. HOW DARE THEY use their cheap armchair ideologies to make her less than their idealized made-for-TV notion of a “feminist.” NO. NOT THIS TIME.

    • 85 Pamela
      January 18, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Eff ’em…. All they do is make noise! FLOTUS is the best of the best, she is untouchable. So they can fuss all they want. I, for one, will not be listening!

    • 86 anniebella
      January 18, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      I don’t plan to read that article, and this is what I think of the feminists who are trying to criticize Michelle, “F” them. Michelle has a right to do as she chose, what is best for her and her family. Her number one job was to make sure her girls come through this well and adjusted, it was not to please some feminists. I respect Michelle Obama more than any woman I can think of. And I want her to continue to do what is best for her, her husband, and her daughters.

    • 87 nathkatun7
      January 18, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      This seems to me to be another MSM manufactured issue aimed at dividing supporters of the President. Does any one remember Black and white feminists being asked to evaluate Hillary Clinton? I sure don’t.

      • 88 Chi
        January 19, 2013 at 4:20 am

        Indeed Nath, indeed…

        They do to Mrs Obama what they do to her husband…

        Everyone feels eminently qualified to dictate to them exactly how they ought to live and prioritize their professional and personal lives…

        It is very insulting…

  11. 89 donna dem 4 obama
    January 18, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    All you visitors to DC if you get in front of a tv camera this weekend while on the Mall (be prepared they love to stick a mic in your face to capture the essence of the moment) make the “T” sign so we know you’re a TODer. 😉

  12. January 18, 2013 at 5:56 pm

  13. 100 JER
    January 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    The Dow and S&P 500 closed at five-year highs on Friday as the market registered a third straight week of gains on a solid start to the quarterly earnings season. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/18/us-markets-stocks-idUSBRE90D0CG20130118

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  15. January 18, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    The Rev. AL spells it out about POTUS

  16. 119 hopefruit2
    January 18, 2013 at 6:11 pm

  17. January 18, 2013 at 6:15 pm

  18. 121 hopefruit2
    January 18, 2013 at 6:15 pm

  19. 123 hopefruit2
    January 18, 2013 at 6:21 pm


  20. January 18, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Couldn’t listen to the TN rep on Rev Al’s show. I toughed it out for a minute or so, then changed the channel. UGH!!!!!!

    • 126 Bill
      January 18, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      I would not wish to be on the other side of an argument from Rev. Al. The TN Senator ended looking very foolish.

      • 127 jacquelineoboomer
        January 18, 2013 at 10:00 pm

        At one point, the TN rep said Pres. Obama is hiding behind the little children on gun control. But when pressed about states’ rights versus federal rights and confronted with a little video remembrance of old Gov. Wallace in the civil rights era standing up to federal interference on school desegregation, told Rev. Al he “has a little bi-racial son” and resented the implication that he was acting like Gov. Wallace. So, he turned out to be the one hiding behind a little child – his own – who may or may not be proud of him, someday.

  21. 128 cookemom
    January 18, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Will someone please tell me why these right wing nut jobs think they can go on Rev Al’s show and talk to him about what Dr. King felt. Somehow they think they are now Dr. King’s new BFF.

  22. 134 dotster3
    January 18, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Cecile and Bo. And speaking of doggies—–have to add this amusing news I got today—–my granddog had “laser therapy” today—–don’t ask——and had to wear goggles which they called “doggles”. hahahahaha. Granddoggy thought they were cool and wagged her tail to show she likey.

    • 135 veryslowwriter
      January 18, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      I like to show pictures of Bo to my little raggedymuffins. “See! See how clean and tidy Bo is. Why can’t you be more like Bo?” Hasn’t made an impression so far.

  23. January 18, 2013 at 6:49 pm

  24. January 18, 2013 at 6:52 pm

  25. 140 Dudette
    January 18, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Evening Friends! I’ve got lots of catching up to day. Thought I’d share this first.

  26. 145 dotster3
    January 18, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    This was exactly my opinion on why FOX hired Kucinich

  27. 147 Dudette
    January 18, 2013 at 7:01 pm

  28. 150 Dudette
    January 18, 2013 at 7:02 pm

  29. 151 Dudette
    January 18, 2013 at 7:07 pm

  30. 156 Vicki
    January 18, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    So happy as I just signed on and made a small donation to OFA, a new Permanent movement to promote the current Obama initiatives as well as what The Obamas will be doing after his Presidency ends.

    Despite the wishes of the left and the right, POTUS and FLOTUS intend to be part of our lives for a long time!

    I can only wonder what Ed Rendell and other Clinton boosters think about this. Don’t have to wonder what Pox Noise will think .

    • 157 Dudette
      January 18, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      “Despite the wishes of the left and the right, POTUS and FLOTUS intend to be part of our lives for a long time!” — that makes me VERY HAPPY!!

  31. 158 collegekay
    January 18, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I hope I get to meet every single TODer this weekend. That includes you Chips chica. 😉

  32. 165 kathryn kivett
    January 18, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Now that I got that feminism thingy off my chest, I just wanted to say THANK YOU CHIPS for providing this place to get ALL the important information and have fun doing it……I took off Mon, Tues.(knew I would be exhausted for sitting on the sofa and watching all you young people in DC giving me the T sign) and am just so excited…..Excited to hear what PBO has to tell us and so shallow to be excited to see what Michelle wears…….AND…..i AM OVER THE MOON with excitement to have just donated to OFA….to be able to be a part of PBO and Michelle’s mission….to be able to feel like I am helping in some little way to improve the Country and be led by people who share the same values as I do…get on board everyone and let’s get our marching orders………..and…..to all of you going to this historical ignauguration, enjoy every moment, even if you are freezing…you will forget that(well maybe not b/c I still haven’t forgotten Clinton’s first ignauguration and the ground was frozen and so was I) but savor every magical moment…..AND DON’T FORGET THE T SIGNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. 168 itgurl_29
    January 18, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Does anyone know who’s singing to POTUS and FLOTUS for their first dance at the ball? I’m thinking it might be Marc Anthony or Jennifer Hudson.

    • 169 kathryn kivett
      January 18, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      Of course, I wish it was James Taylor…you know me and my JT obsessiveness….or groupie mentality…or stalking tendencies

  34. January 18, 2013 at 7:23 pm

  35. 173 Dudette
    January 18, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    • 174 kathryn kivett
      January 18, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Oh, wow……wonder if there is a way a N, Carolina resident could sneak in a vote in S. Carolina?…..Who do I know in S. Carolina?…hmmmm…one of my sons lives in S. Carolina…wonder if I paid his rent if that would count?….guess it would have to be in the Charleston area, huh?…hmmmmm…….suggestions?????….I know they want to suppress the vote in S.C. but I don’t fit into their demographic so at least I wouldn’t attract any attention….hmmmmmm

    • 176 a4alice
      January 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      wow really? boy, I bet Stephen is proud of his sister for taking that on.

  36. 177 Dudette
    January 18, 2013 at 7:26 pm

  37. 178 desertflower
    January 18, 2013 at 7:27 pm


    NEW YORK (CNN) — Things a 7-year-old boy expects Mom to put in his backpack: A peanut butter sandwich. Pencils. Maybe even a nice note with a little heart scrawled on it.

    Things he doesn’t: a flare gun, a .22-caliber pistol, a loaded magazine and, for good measure, 14 more bullets in a plastic bag.

    But that’s exactly what a second-grader had inside his Batman backpack Thursday morning when he arrived at Wave Preparatory Elementary School in Far Rockaway in Queens, Police Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said Friday.


  38. 179 hopefruit2
    January 18, 2013 at 7:28 pm

  39. 180 Dudette
    January 18, 2013 at 7:33 pm

  40. January 18, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — House Republican leaders on Friday announced a plan to condition a three-month increase in the debt limit on the Senate committing to pass a budget by the April 15 statutory deadline.

    “Before there is any long-term debt limit increase, a budget should be passed that cuts spending,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told the Republican conference in remarks to close the party’s three-day retreat in Williamsburg. “The Democratic-controlled Senate has failed to pass a budget for four years. That is a shameful run that needs to end, this year.”WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — House Republican leaders on Friday announced a plan to condition a three-month increase in the debt limit on the Senate committing to pass a budget by the April 15 statutory deadline.

    “Before there is any long-term debt limit increase, a budget should be passed that cuts spending,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told the Republican conference in remarks to close the party’s three-day retreat in Williamsburg. “The Democratic-controlled Senate has failed to pass a budget for four years. That is a shameful run that needs to end, this year.”


    On tax Day???

  41. 183 bajangirl53
    January 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    It cannot be a coincidence that so many great people are being commemorated on the day of President Obama’s second Inauguration!! It’s a day off for us here in Barbados as well! Errol Barrow day – Father of Independence from Britain, from the shackles of colonialism, through education and upward mobility, and perhaps the main architect of Barbados as we know it – strongly middle class, prosperous, socially level, one of the freest and most progressive nations on earth. The mind and hand of God are very evident in PBO’s story.

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