When I grow up…..

Noelani Kindergarten Class, Hawaii 1966-67 – Photo by Wini Otaguro

…. a few years later:

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stand together in the Blue Room of the White House, before a brunch celebrating the Inauguration, Jan. 18, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

222 Responses to “When I grow up…..”

  1. 1 Dudette
    January 18, 2013 at 7:34 pm

  2. 32 Proud Former White House Intern
    January 18, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Cute I think my mother may have been a year old!

  3. 37 Dudette
    January 18, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    He was gorgeous even then.

  4. 47 carolmaewy
    January 18, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    He looks great kindergarten.

  5. January 18, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Congrats Dudette!!

    The NRA & GOP are no match ….

    Yes We Can

  6. 60 nospin
    January 18, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    my sister just called and asked me if I wanted 2 tickets to the inauguration. Unfortunately I have been sick with the flu so I can’t take them. I believe a TODer asked about showing up on Monday without tickets. If that person is local I could try to see if I can get the tickets and re-route them to her. I forgot who that was.

  7. January 18, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Speaking of incredibly sexy black men… who has seen FLIGHT?

  8. January 18, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Is that Mitt Romney fifth from left, top row? πŸ˜†

  9. 77 Linda
    January 18, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    History of Passing budget resolutions. If Republicans ever applied their own rules to themselves, they’d be in big trouble.

    1. According to the Congressional Research Service, it has been 14 years since the House, the Senate and the president have all agreed on a bill to fund the government for an entire fiscal year.

    2. During the past 35 years, the president and congress have only agreed to a “Full Budget” three times, in 1989, 1995 and 1997.


    On the other hand, the Congressional Research Service says that continuing resolutions were used for a full year in:

    1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1996, 2007, 2011

    3. In other words, during the past 35 years, a full budget was only passed by the congress during the GHW Bush and Bill Clinton’s term in office. None were passed during Carter’s, Reagan’s, and GW Bush’s term.

    Number of days of continuing Resolution:

    1977 = 213
    1978 = 365 – Full Year
    1979 = 365 – Full Year
    1980 = 365 – Full Year
    1981 = 289
    1982 = 362
    1983 = 365 – Full Year
    1984 = 365 – Full Year
    1985 = 365 – Full Year
    1986 = 365 – Full Year
    1987 = 365 – Full Year
    1988 = 365 – Full Year
    1989 = none
    1990 = 51
    1991 = 36
    1992 = 240
    1993 = 5
    1994 = 41
    1995 = none
    1996 = 365 – Full Year
    1997 = None
    1998 = 57
    1999 = 21
    2000 = 63
    2001 = 83
    2002 = 102
    2003 = 163
    2004 = 123
    2005 = 69
    2006 = 92
    2007 = 365 – Full Year
    2008 = 92
    2009 = 162
    2010 = 79
    2011 = 365 – Full Year

    Bottom line is that there is nothing anomalous about the last three years.

    Click to access RL32614.pdf

    ( found this on another site ) Republicans are full of chit. ! Sorry it is so long

  10. 78 desertflower
    January 18, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Someone in an earlier thread posted about the connection between the DoD and the NRA. Someone else asked for a link…here it is, and it ain’t pretty. This needs to STOP.


  11. 80 Dudette
    January 18, 2013 at 7:52 pm

  12. 87 cookemom
    January 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    So the little guy was in kindergarten in ’67, huh? Then, it’s official. I admit it. Shame on me, I am a bona fide cougar.

    • 88 desertflower
      January 18, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      Sassy! Or is it Saucy? LIke I always tell my daughter when I notice a strikingly beautiful man….”I may be older than him, but I’m not blind yet!”

  13. January 18, 2013 at 8:03 pm

  14. January 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Good evening Chipsticks, TOD. So these cool cats are playing at the presidents 6:00 p.m. inaugural ball. Should be fun all around!

  15. 118 daisydem
    January 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    So I am thinking …. Monday .. the day our precious blessed President is inaugurated for the second time .. two things .. champagne and Kleenex .. now what percentage? I am thinking 10% champagne … 90% Kleenex? Yes, I am getting emotional already and we are 3 1/2 -4 days away.

    • 119 jacquelineoboomer
      January 18, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      I surprisingly just started getting emotional tonight. We were all so exhausted the night of the election, we couldn’t just sit back and enjoy it. But we can enjoy the entire Inauguration weekend, because there are no more thoughts that he won’t be re-elected! Can’t wait to see everything that’s televised.

  16. 120 dotster3
    January 18, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Chicago middle school students are going to see Obama get “augurated”, and it’s going to be like awesome


  17. January 18, 2013 at 8:09 pm


  18. January 18, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    The 28th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America:

    A person may serve an unlimited number of terms as President if they are Barack Obama the 44th President.

  19. 143 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    January 18, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I just want to express one small whine. I have to work Monday. I’ll do it but I’m so jealous of those who will be there in person and those who can watch all day. Now I only said that to get it off my chest and because my husband doesn’t want to hear it anymore. I will forever shut up about it and make valiant efforts on Monday evening to catch up on all the goings on. I hope those who are there in DC have the time of their lives.
    What I am hoping for is something so wonderful that will forever be a reminder of the day. Like the beautiful “At Last” dance from 2009. Beyonce was wonderful and so full of emotion and the President and First Lady were so elegant and in love. At the end when the crowd starts chanting “Obama! Obama!” I get the chills. I have watched it many times and it took about a month back then before I could watch it without blubbering.

    Also, I got my Victory magnet yesterday, after pretty much giving up on it. But now it is proudly stuck to my fridge just in time for the inauguration. Yea!!!!

  20. January 18, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    SWEET photo:

  21. 158 Dudette
    January 18, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    ***MSNBC Appreciation Post***

    Several recent posts laud the “backlash” against the Republican Party’s hysteria over the President’s executive orders. We should thank MSNBC’s night crew for airing of the facts and playing over and over the shocking videos of extremists like Rand Paul, Michelle Bachmann, and the NRA paid mouthpieces. Nice going Big Ed, Lawrence, Rachel, Rev Al, and Tweety. The more “murcans” that click away from Fox and discover voices of reason on MSNBC the less the radical GOP propaganda will be believed.

  22. 159 99ts
    January 18, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Almost midday Saturday in my world – as usual great positive news from the best source on the interwebs – what I have so enjoyed reading

    1. Those who would say that President Obama “wants to be King” have NO idea about the zero power held by all and any “Kings” or “Queens” in the 21st century. They are absolute figureheads. Even the lowest of do nothing goppers has more political power than the Queen of England.

    2. With Cantor’s latest release it would appear any political power the GOP should have from their majority in the house has been lost because of the stupid of the far right. The vaguely sane rump realizes they have been fighting many losing battles.

    3. Good to see the working of “free enterprise” bringing gallup to a halt due to its inability to conduct an unbiased poll.

    4. Krugman admits he got it wrong (NY times – love the kitteh)
    “A good day for sanity”

    5. Why isn’t McCain screaming about Algeria – lost his voice? I can wish.

    6. Best of the day – the Earl Smith story – what a delight.

    7. Next best Donna dem organizing the meet – so looking forward to the stories from Washington

  23. 161 desertflower
    January 18, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Don’t you just “love” this family values crowd? The ones that preach morality….. Time for a drink. I’m cracking the Bombay.


    • 162 amk for obama
      January 18, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      Heh, BS is for happy occasions only.

      OTOH, it is indeed a happy occasion whenever these lying hypocritical talibangelists are exposed.

  24. January 18, 2013 at 8:32 pm

  25. 167 amk for obama
    January 18, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Hey, do I know this kid ? He looks kinda familiar. Where do I know him from? Hmmmm….

    • 168 lisalovesobama
      January 18, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      probably from your travels to those soshulist muslum countries like Kenyan. πŸ˜‰ Yep! that’s where he was born dontcha know.! we gotta take back ‘Murka from that thar muslum kenyan soshulist.

    • January 18, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      I think he reminds me of Sasha in that photo. So cute and a little devilish!

      • 173 Chi
        January 19, 2013 at 5:07 am

        I agree…

        Sasha is a splitting image of a younger President Obama and still has his nose…

        While Malia is a version of him as an adult with her Mrs Obama’s nose…

        The kids are a perfect amalgam of President and Mrs Obama…

  26. January 18, 2013 at 8:38 pm


  27. 175 pinkbunny92
    January 18, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Evening TOD Community!!! I’m so sad I won’t be able to make the Inauguration! With work & traveling, it was too hard to manage. 😒

    DonnaDem you are a gem & a total sweetheart for arranging get together! I’m very sad on missing out! But I’ve asked my sister to DVR all the festivities and to buy me that Washingtonian Magazine! πŸ˜ƒ

    I posted that amazing video “We Take Care of Our Own” on Facebook to celebrate Inauguration festivities!
    I’ve watched that video 10 times now!!! Love it!!

    You are all wonderful people & you inspire me!!! Joined the new Organizing For Action and made my donations! So I’m fired up & ready to go support our Presidents 2nd Term Agenda!!

    For those going to the Inauguration, have a fabulous time, stay safe!!! Don’t forget to take lots of pics to share πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

  28. January 18, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Traveling Mercies to everyone heading to Washington D.C. for the festivities!

    • January 18, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      Oh gosh! I’m just gonna eat this place up on Inauguration Day! Did we even have TODville for the last one? This is just awesomesauce being around people cheering for President Obama & creating wonderful memories with all of you.

    • 183 isonprize
      January 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Chica, oh CHICA??? Can you please fix my post in this thread at 9:08pm? I tried it again at 9:12pm (Unless, of course, you’ve already posted it. But it’s so worth it, FLOTUS looks great. Pretty please? with a cherry on top… or should I make that cheesy puffs?

    • 184 carolmaewy
      January 18, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      Chips, I love this video. This Land is my land, this land is your land. It was almost another National Anthem when I was little. Even played it on the piano. I started crying while watching this.

  29. 189 amk for obama
    January 18, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    You don’t say.

    US Federal Reserve ‘underestimated financial crisis’


  30. 190 amk for obama
    January 18, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Women dream of world peace, a safe environment, and eliminating hunger.

    What do men dream of?

    Being stuck in an elevator with the Doublemint twins.


  31. 191 FiredUpInCA
    January 18, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Some hot-off-the-runway suit ideas for guys who want to make an impression at the Inaugural festivities:


  32. 192 isonprize
    January 18, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    This may have already been posted, but hey it’s a good cause, FLOTUS looks ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!! So, if you ‘ve seen it before, why not see it again. If it’s your first time, ENJOY!!!

    (Doesn’t MIchelle look great!?!? Smart, Fashionable, Pretty, Sexy!! I wanna be like her when I grow up!!)

    The First Lady on the Launch of Organizing for Action

  33. 195 isonprize
    January 18, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Trying again…. (by the way, my area got a quick feature at 2:02 – you will see “the AVENUE” on a building across the street)

  34. January 18, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Waitng in Columbia, S.C to catch tour bus to D
    Will arrive in Baltimore around 9 am I hope to see THE TOD family members on Sunday. If not, enjoy the each other and the day!

  35. 206 cookemom
    January 18, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Plouffe and Gibbs will join Messina in the new OFA (Organizing For Action). Topics to be targeted are climate change, immigration, and gun violence. Details will be covered at the Sunday meeting with 4000 OFA supporters.

    I should have known this is waht Gibbs was up to when he mentioned OFA email list on Morning Joe earlier in the week. He said, that OFA had more people than the NRA and all PBO had to do was unleash them. That sly guy Gibbs was giving ol’ Joe a scoop, but kept the inside joke to himself.

    • 207 cookemom
      January 18, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      I think that meeting with supporters is Saturday, not Sunday…don’t quote me….I was only listening with one ear.

    • January 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      This is fantastic. I love that these brilliant guys want to see this thing to fruition and build it out to its maximum potential. I joined and am looking forward to hearing about the conference. BRAVO!

    • 209 No Child Left Behind
      January 18, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      Good point. How I wish I could be there! I bought my bus ticket to travel from NYC to DC with a co-worker who got into an accident and is not at the hospital. And this morning, I fractured a rib!!!

      I am still hoping to go Sunday night, God willing. Being there as I did in 2009 is the tiniest thing I could do to prove my unconditional support to my President.

      I am still so grateful to God for the outcome of the 2012 elections. Thank You, Dear Lord.

      And to the TOD Family, whatever your plans, wherever you will be watching the Inauguration, enjoy. I will.

  36. January 18, 2013 at 9:23 pm

  37. 213 amk for obama
    January 18, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    via bj, for those obsessed with pollz


    Look at 2013 polls at the top.

  38. 214 kasai
    January 18, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Yes We are ready to fight for President Obama! We Fight..Yes We Will!!!!

  39. January 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Truth …


  40. January 18, 2013 at 9:34 pm

  41. January 18, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. β€” 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.

    β€œBefore 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. β€œThe 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. β€” 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.

    β€œBefore 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. β€œThe Democratic-controlled Senate has failed to pass a budget for four years. That is a shameful run that needs to end, this year.”



    • 221 Chi
      January 19, 2013 at 5:16 am

      They think they’re clever…

      The plan is to buy a bit of time, hope the good feelings for President Obama subside again and discontent sets in a few months from now and then they pounce…

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