“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that”

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., Oct. 14, 2011 – Photo by Pete Souza

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.


“When I grow up, (a) I’m going to grow new front teeth and (b) I’m gonna become a two-term President. No, seriously!”

121 Responses to ““Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that””

  1. 1 CEB
    January 19, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Good afternoon.

  2. January 19, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Our President and his family are truly a light for our country and our world!

  3. 4 jacquelineoboomer
    January 19, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I love our President and his family, and wish them four more glorious years in the White House!

  4. 5 LunarSea
    January 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I knew the minute I posted there would be a new thread. I’m always so far behind here. I honestly thought it was safe to post this time LOL

    But hey, still happy to be here…

    Congrats Deb! Way to go 😆

    • 6 carolmaewy
      January 19, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Hey Luna, I haven’t even been to the other thread yet! It’s always uplifting to come here after reading the stupid stuff on other sights. But I try to know what the idiots are saying so I can prepare.

      • 7 LunarSea
        January 19, 2013 at 4:05 pm

        You must have a strong stomach. I am always sure I know what they will be saying so don’t bother proving myself right. So far I’ve been correct 100% of the time. I stay away but enjoy the commentary from everyone. Although I do admit I scroll by a lot of stuff also.

        Isn’t this an exciting time!? Glad to be here with all these Obots! LOL

        • 8 carolmaewy
          January 19, 2013 at 4:08 pm

          Yes, it’s exciting and so much more. I don’t want to miss anything. So glad I found TODville!

  5. 9 hopefruit2
    January 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  6. 14 vitaminlover
    January 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Love my First Family!

  7. 15 vitaminlover
    January 19, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Did anyone just see the footage of the man rushibg the stage to shoot a speaker in Bulgaria? OMG How scary!

  8. 18 LunarSea
    January 19, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    National Day of Service Rally: Mayor Michael Nutter, Angela Bassett, World Children’s Choir: Live Now at http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Vice-President-Participate-in-National-Day-of-Service/10737437316-5/

  9. January 19, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Good afternoon all….
    Have not been here for some time, but I would NEVER let this weekend pass without posting.
    Miss coming here, but had to catch up with life after the election.

    It will be an honor to watch the inaugural and chat at the same time.
    What a wonderful time in history!

    Go President Obama and all the members of your cabinet and family. We love and thank you for all you do for ALL Americans!

    • 21 LunarSea
      January 19, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      Same for me. Been too busy and always playing catch up (thank goodness for this site) but everything stops for this weekend.

      I so envy those who are in DC for the occasion but looking forward to their reporting

  10. 22 ladyvader
    January 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Totally frivolous and unimportant thing…but I adore Mrs. Obama new hairstyle. It is just gorgeous…

    • 23 susanne
      January 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      isn’t she fantastic? with all she has to do, she still looks fresh and lovely, with terrific clothes, hair, and accessories. the new look is youthful and very pretty.

      • 24 LunarSea
        January 19, 2013 at 4:02 pm

        Don’t you just get a kick out of the new media meme that fems are criticizing FLOTUS? I had to laugh at that one. I thought a) rethugs & their media cohorts will stop at nothing to drive a wedge between Obama supporters and b) IF any fems did feel that way I would be happy to hear from them when they have an adoring, supporting spouse, 2 classy children, an impressive resume, 24/7 scrutiny and international recognition and admiration. Until then….STFU no one cares what you think. LOL

        But that’s just my feeling on the topic. 😆

      • 25 ladyvader
        January 19, 2013 at 4:03 pm

        She certainly does. It almost makes me a little ashamed with all that she does and the little complaining I do, I’m lucky if I even work the desire to comb my hair…

        • 26 LunarSea
          January 19, 2013 at 4:07 pm

          lol yeah and with her schedule she gets up faithfully before dawn to EXERCISE! yes I did scream that. Perish the thought. Kudos to her

    • 27 vitaminlover
      January 19, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      She looks sooooo prettttyyy!

  11. 28 susanne
    January 19, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    from the borowitz report 🙂

    ‘ Fox News Channel announced today that it would shut down for what it called “routine maintenance” Monday morning at 11:30 E.T.

    Fox News president Roger Ailes explained the timing of the shutdown, which will be the first in the history of the network: “We wanted to pick a time when we were positive nothing would be happening that our viewers would want to see.” ‘

    Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2013/01/fox-news-to-shut-down-for-routine-maintenance-monday-morning-at-1130.html#ixzz2ISMCFUw2

  12. January 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Well done Paul Krugman … (not something I say very often) ….

    Yes We Can

  13. 35 relellit
    January 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Good Afternoon TODvile and Chips


    Fox News to Shut Down Monday Morning at 11:30

    Fox News Channel announced today that it would shut down for what it called “routine maintenance” Monday morning at 11:30 E.T.

    Fox News president Roger Ailes explained the timing of the shutdown, which will be the first in the history of the network: “We wanted to pick a time when we were positive nothing would be happening that our viewers would want to see.”

    According to Mr. Ailes, for the twelve hours Fox News is off the air on Monday the network will broadcast a continuous photomontage of white people. 😆

    “Regular viewers of Fox probably won’t notice anything unusual,” he said.

    Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2013/01/fox-news-to-shut-down-for-routine-maintenance-monday-morning-at-1130.html#ixzz2IShsPEGj

    I ♥ those Black Violin videos. They are illuminating.

  14. January 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Jim Messina is being interviewed right now!

  15. 39 LDS
    January 19, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Hello Chips,
    These pics and drawings are powerful. This weekend is going to be another pivotal point in my life.
    It just gets better with time. Thank you.

  16. January 19, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    • 42 LunarSea
      January 19, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      hehehe ‘no, seriously’ hahaha

    • 43 hopefruit2
      January 19, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      And that little boy kept both promises!!

      • January 19, 2013 at 3:58 pm

        Yes he did Hopefruit! 🙂

      • January 19, 2013 at 3:59 pm

        I see the Presidents portrait every time I go to the VA. It’s cool!

      • 47 LunarSea
        January 19, 2013 at 4:12 pm

        This second picture portrays a confidence that seemed missing from the first. Yes he was confident then (at least I was in him) but he just learned the extent of the hole the neocons had dug us into and I think the reality had to be very sobering after the elation of the election (08 that is)

        But this one reflects to me the confidence of a man who’s stood strong and triumphed against a barrage of every kind of garbage thrown at him and not just survived, but excelled. He be da man

        • 48 hopefruit2
          January 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm

          Indeed LunarSea. He’s well on his way to becoming a globally revered statesman…this picture conveys that quite well.

      • January 19, 2013 at 5:07 pm

        Instead of saying “cheese”, POTUS said, “I won!”

    • 50 mtmarilyn
      January 19, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      I just love that picture. I have one of my youngest son that is almost like that. It makes my heart swell with pide. My son isn’t President but I think of what they were like at that age. So innocent and so eager for life. This boy grew up to be a man who is changing the world. My son is doing his part teaching high schooler. This weekend is so emotional.

      Thank you Chips and all here. I so look forward to sharing this magnificent weekend with all of you.

      • 51 HZ
        January 19, 2013 at 5:38 pm

        Mtmarilyn, your son may not be President of the United States, but as a teacher of high schoolers, he is doing a great, great service to all of us; and I would say to the president as well. POB would hug you and tell you how proud you should continue to be, and how proud he is of your son choosing such an honorable career.

        I will thank you because your son will touch the heart and minds of all of those high school students , and maybe just one day, one might be the president. Kiss a blessing for the steps that your son takes each day to enlighten a mind to become even greater in this world. It is a beautiful job when you have that passion that turns a beautiful child’s mind towards the goodness of his/her life to be shared with others for a better world.

        Thank you for sharing your son with all of us, Mtmarilyn.((( Blessings to you)))HZ

  17. January 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Interesting that over the past few days this topic is finally entering the National conversation …

    The Second Amendment was ratified to preserve slavery


    Way overdue, but certainly of vital importance.


  18. 59 CEB
    January 19, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    It is so funny watching the Obamas paint the bookshelf. Like all busy moms, Michelle is getting it done without stopping, while she talks to the man next to her, while our guy spent the longest time on this one spot, stopped to talk and it looks like the young lady was touching up what he had done. Moms know you have to hit it and quit it and get to the next thing. PBO is spending so much time trying to make it perfect that he does not finish. This is so funny. Watching them do this little task together tells you quite a number of things about them.

    • 60 globalcitizenlinda
      January 19, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      looking at the video, POTUS seems to have spent more of his time talking (not that there is anything wrong with that); reminds me of my parents with my father talking non-stop as my mother works vigorous and responds to his “deep thoughts”!

    • 61 LunarSea
      January 19, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      I love his reaction to hearing the power tool. He’s like ‘yeah’. It made me think of Tim ‘the Tool Man’ Taylor. LOL /min

    • 62 dotster3
      January 19, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      • 63 susanne
        January 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm

        love this one! everything he does, he does with care, with humor, with intelligence (and dare i say also, with beauty? 🙂 )

  19. January 19, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I bet you the Republicans Blame the President for the Algerian Hostage situation, if they have not already.
    They are very predictable, they go by the same insane playbook, every single time.
    It’s tiresome!

    • 65 LunarSea
      January 19, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      I find if I don’t listen to them, they can’t tire me.

      How have you and your mom been Jovie141? (and your lab) And what’s the sense on the ground in Fl re the inauguration?

  20. 66 hopefruit2
    January 19, 2013 at 4:05 pm

  21. January 19, 2013 at 4:08 pm

  22. 72 lamh36
    January 19, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    How old is he in this pic?

  23. 73 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    January 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    As part of the National Day of Service I signed up for AmpleHarvest.org. They are a registry of food shelves and gardeners. The idea is to have a convenient way for gardeners with too much produce to quickly look up a LOCAL food shelf and drop the stuff off. All you do is go to the website, put in your ZIP code and it will give you a list of food shelves in your area that accept garden produce. The day of service involves reaching out to a local food shelf and asking them to sign up and reaching out to gardeners to let them know about the organization. I hope Chips does not mind me posting this here as part of my assignment is to reach out to bloggers who may be gardeners and let them know about this organization, which has been featured on the Whitehouse website.

    Here is a link to their National Day of service page:

    and another to their general website:

    I can’t wait to get my garden growing.

  24. 74 lamh36
    January 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Gotta luv south Louisiana weather. Is a warm 65 degrees right now in the middle of January!!! People are wearing shorts!!! Sitting in. My car waiting for my granny’s husband to get his hair cut. Watching the country kids actually riding their bikes instead of being inside playing video games.

    Whenever I buy a home it’s def gonna be in da country.

  25. January 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm

  26. 82 hopefruit2
    January 19, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    C-SPAN is Obamaing all day today.

  27. 83 canadabarb4obama
    January 19, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I will be celebrating with great joy this coming Monday!
    On November 5/2012, I was on a Washington, DC cruise ship tour. As many of you know, we’d spent 11 days prior to this with Hurricane Sandy diversions, but nowhere near as bad as the 98% “seriously conservative RWNJs” passengers! Talk about racist, fux news teaparty puppets, bashing PBO morning, noon and night; sickening!
    I digress. We are in Washington the day before the election. They had already started building the inaugural platforms at the Capitol. That fear factor reared it’s ugly head: what if Mittiot wins? We stop at the central train station, with robme souvenirs at the front of the store. I wanted to take those cups and smash them! Cannot even go in.
    So, all I can do is pray, pray, and pray. And, call our fellow TOD sister, JackieO’Boomer, whom I must have driven nuts with my ranting, raving and crying and asking her to keep you all posted. She relayed, to me, many of your comments of support. Thank-you.
    Does my story end here? No. On election day, immediately after our 8th meal/snack of the day (lol), I rush back to our cabin. I just couldn’t handle being anywhere near others. Sweat and shaking hands as I watch MSNBC, then….THE WIN! OMG, NEED TO CALL JACKIE!
    I read every TOD comment every day; comment seldom myself. This story is told because I want to let you know how grateful I am to all of you for your tireless efforts to help elect the finest President ever.
    I will proudly be wearing my Inauguration button on Monday. (sent to me from my son’s wonderful, Democratic, PBO and Elizabeth Warren voter, from Ma.)
    Ps. My hubby made a lovely comment at the Lincoln memorial “one day, Obama will have his statue of honour here as well”

    • 84 LunarSea
      January 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      So happy to be celebrating this wonderful time with you also. You deserve it to wash away the stench you had to endure during that cruise. It was fun getting regular updates about it from JackieO even as it was hellish for you. I think I would have jumped overboard by the end of the second day.

      lets see: sharks or rethugs? Easy choice for me….sharks every time. LOL

      • 85 canadabarb4obama
        January 19, 2013 at 7:25 pm

        lol, Lunar….funny how easy it was for me to paste a smile on my face and walk by them on Nov 7th

    • 86 jacquelineoboomer
      January 19, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      Barb – Call me! Ha!

      Loved seeing this here. Those were the days, eh? And now, honey bunch, we’ll have four more glorious years to celebrate as O’sisters! Expect to talk on Inauguration Day, my BCFF!

    • 88 Pamela
      January 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm


  28. 90 utaustinliberal
    January 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Every moment of this inauguration weekend has so far been emotional, happy, funny, and everything in between. The first inauguration was chock full of emotions but this one is even more sweeter because it comes after a tough 4 years in which a president was tested in ways that might have broken a lesser human being but he went through the fire and emerged even stronger than before. I’m soaking in every single second because after fighting for him and fighting by his side in the first term, I will be gazing with pride as he places his hand on Martin Luther King Jr and Abraham Lincoln’s bibles knowing that we are closer to a more perfect union and the promised land because a man named Barack Obama decided to fight for a world not as it is; but a world that should be.

    • 91 susanne
      January 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      yes! and for a president who has had to withstand the constant onslaught from within the beltway, manage two senseless wars, and pull the nation and the world economy out of disaster, he has emerged not just alive and willing to keep working, but positively radiant. he has fought so hard to get here, and we are so grateful for the privilege of celebrating with him.

      • 92 Pamela
        January 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm

        He is working on a Soul level. “May the Power of the One Life pour through the Group of All True Servers”. That is why he needs each of us ~ we help him carry the weight. No one person could bear the entire load. {{{{{PBO}}}}}

    • 94 LunarSea
      January 19, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      My sentiments exactly

    • 95 hopefruit2
      January 19, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Well said, ut.

  29. 97 dotster3
    January 19, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Anyone know if any/all kids are invited to this concert, or restricted to military kids?

  30. 99 donna dem 4 obama
    January 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Hey TOD,

    I had a beautiful day of Service at one of our local Food Shelters. People are so thankful when you extend a hand to help them. The National Mall was all abuzz and the weather was great today. I met ppl from New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Alaska (you know I had to rib them about that 1st term governor) and Georgia. Everyone I spoke with was so excited about being in town for the Inauguration.

    The National Day of Service Summit was great but I missed most of the guest speakers except Beau Biden. He is a real cutie. Oh and I saw Tammy Duckworth. She is simply phenomenal. There were hundreds of people signing up to volunteer on a regular basis for Education, The Environment, Hunger and many other services. It was really great seeing so many young people getting involved for volunteer service.

    I saw CNN and CBS staging areas but I never could find MSNBC. Were they giving live feeds from the Mall?

    Also, a floor is being installed on the National Mall grass area so that should help with those who would have had to stand on that frozen ground. That was the hardest part of being out there 4 years ago. I just couldn’t get my feet warm for anything. 🙂

    Now I’m gonna go chill the rest of the day!!

  31. 102 dotster3
    January 19, 2013 at 5:10 pm

  32. 103 dotster3
    January 19, 2013 at 5:16 pm


  33. 107 prettyfoot58
    January 19, 2013 at 5:19 pm

  34. 111 prettyfoot58
    January 19, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I ti s TIME to amend the 2nd Amendment

  35. 112 dotster3
    January 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm

  36. 117 ouapiti
    January 19, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    don’t always like to watch CNN but I am enjoying their coverage today. In particular, Don Lemon seems to be just elated about the inauguration and all the festivities. I’ve never seen him look so happy! can’t imagine he would have been as happy had the election turned out differently!

    • 118 vitaminlover
      January 19, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      I, too, am enjoying the coverage. Kind of surprised the way they have acted like such idiots about him over the past 4 years. Today they seem almost gleeful. What’s up with that?

  37. January 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Obama: Blame for Algeria attack lies with terrorists
    By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 1/19/13 5:42 PM EST
    President Obama paused his pre-inaugural activities Saturday to condemn the hostage situation in Algeria that came to an end earlier in the day.

    “Today, the thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the families of all those who were killed and injured in the terrorist attack in Algeria,” Obama said in a statement.

    “The blame for this tragedy rests with the terrorists who carried it out, and the United States condemns their actions in the strongest possible terms,” he said. “We have been in constant contact with Algerian officials and stand ready to provide whatever assistance they need in the aftermath of this attack.”

    The Obama administration will also continue working closely with its partners “to combat the scourge of terrorism in the region, which has claimed too many innocent lives,” he said.

    “This attack is another reminder of the threat posed by Al Qaeda and other violent extremist groups in North Africa. In the coming days, we will remain in close touch with the Government of Algeria to gain a fuller understanding of what took place so that we can work together to prevent tragedies like this in the future.

  38. January 19, 2013 at 6:36 pm

  39. 121 Pamela
    January 19, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    YooHoo! y’all! Plenty of room over here, until Chips comes back from dancing with PBO! 🙂

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