A message from Donna Dem: TOD-ers meet up in DC!

I don’t know who anyone is yet – we need them to identify themselves!

A message from DonnaDem:

Today it was an honor and a privilege to meet fellow TODers who are not just great supporters of President Obama but are great people as well…

I met someone who was first inspired to volunteer for PBO because of something she read on TOD. She went outside of her comfort zone and turned into a phone banking beast.

I learned that one of our fellow bloggers was a local civil rights pioneer and today we stand on her shoulders.

Then we have the fellow TOD’er (she was a hoot today) who was in da house to witness live when PBO crooned ~~ I’m So in Love with You ~~ at the fundraiser in NY.

Colorado, Ohio and Virginia, three battleground states, were won due in part to the strong work of three TOD’ers who worked their hearts out for a victory on election night. High Fives all around for those remarkable OFA Team Leaders who became their very own community organizers!

Talk about dedication, we had PBO supporters who traveled all the way from Canada to witness the second Inauguration of President Obama.

Thanks to one of our TODers who invited Cousin Henry Healy of Ireland who tried to make it to the meet-up today but was not able to get away from an Irish Embassy event. He actually sent his apologies.

We ate, we laughed, we hugged but most of all we shared our love and admiration for the greatest President evah and in the end three fantastic bloggers walked away with two tickets each to witness the Inauguration tomorrow!

It was a great time had by all!

Thank you soooooooooo much Donna, love you all!!!!! Have the best day EVER tomorrow!

296 Responses to “A message from Donna Dem: TOD-ers meet up in DC!”

  1. 1 carolmaewy
    January 20, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Well hello!

  2. 4 No Child Left Behind
    January 20, 2013 at 9:16 pm


  3. January 20, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    I know that Donna is the lady sitting beside the lady on the right hand side with the hat on. That is all I know lol.

    • 7 donna dem 4 obama
      January 20, 2013 at 9:26 pm


      • January 20, 2013 at 9:29 pm

        Donna!!!!! Thank you for a wonderful report, you are a treasure. Have a gorgeous day tomorrow!

        • 9 donna dem 4 obama
          January 20, 2013 at 9:37 pm

          Sweety I’ll be right here with you all. I gave away all my tickets. My doctor won’t let me stand that long for the Ceremony. I’m sure when I see the crowds on the National Mall tomorrow morning I’ll be having my own private pity party. πŸ˜‰

          • January 20, 2013 at 9:41 pm

            So typically generous of you, Donna. And, I hope you are doing really really well in terms of recovering. Thank you for what you organized and for the pictures. A treat, beyond words.

          • January 20, 2013 at 9:42 pm

            Look after yourself Donna, and don’t forget to wave at us!

          • 12 jackiegrumbacher
            January 20, 2013 at 9:47 pm

            Aw, Donna, I’m sorry you won’t be going to the ceremony, but your health comes first. You did a great job getting people together today. You’ll have to help us figure out who everyone is. Put your feet up somewhere comfortable tomorrow and we’ll all watch together.

          • 13 prettyfoot58
            January 20, 2013 at 10:08 pm

            What Wonderful Wonderful vibes i get from these pics…i would have loved to have been there….but was not able to go….i am so happy that some were able to meet….

            It is just a grand thing….smilin

          • 14 nathkatun7
            January 21, 2013 at 2:15 am

            Donna, you are such a wonderful human being and a great inspiration to many of us. Your doctor is right, you need to sit your butt down a bit and rest because you’ve been working non-stop to elect PBO! Thanks for sharing your meet-up with all the noble people who have worked very hard to support our great President.

            Have a wonderful day tomorrow! Rest and relax, and take time to saver your role in helping re-elect of one the greatest Presidents!

          • 15 cathy2va
            January 21, 2013 at 7:22 am

            Would have loved to attend your meet up but I am recovering from back surgery. I so wanted to attend everything this year but I like you can’t stand for any length of time. But thanks to Chips and TOD I will be able to enjoy so much today and C-SPAN, which I am watching right now!

      • 16 purpleshoesla
        January 20, 2013 at 9:40 pm

        WOW! THIS IS SO AWESOME! I’m grinning from ear to ear and I have tears in my eyes. How fantastic is this. Thank you Donna for planning the TOD get together and letting the rest of us TOD peeps that can’t be there with y’all share the experience vicariously. Thanks MIZ CHIPS! As always you don’t disappoint!

      • January 20, 2013 at 10:08 pm

        You got the pictures, thank you for posting them Chips. They all let me take their pictures as long as no names were included. Donna thank you for making sure they got to Chips to share with our brothers and sisters of TOD. I am so grateful my sweet daughter insisted that I go to met these wonderful people. No regrets.

        We got home just in time to watch the Ravens who won, now on to the Super Bowl!!!
        This has been a good day. Love you guys for all you do for our country.

        • 20 donna dem 4 obama
          January 20, 2013 at 10:15 pm

          You are my shero!!!! Thank you for getting the pics to me so I could share them with the blog. Your daughter is wonderful and you are a superstar!!!

        • 21 PoliticalJunkessa
          January 20, 2013 at 10:19 pm

          Your daughter was a wonderful photographer πŸ˜‰ …it was great meeting you both!

  4. 23 carolmaewy
    January 20, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    We’re tied no child, I won’t leave you behind! πŸ™‚ you are sharing with me hand in hand with the gang!

  5. 24 Nena20409
    January 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Wow, wow, wow……Now….that is a beauty?

  6. 25 LunarSea
    January 20, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Love the giant T sign. Way to go TODers

  7. 26 lovingandlaughing
    January 20, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    So great! Love this!

  8. 27 Nena20409
    January 20, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰


  9. 28 Roberta in MN
    January 20, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    What great pictures Donna Dem looks like you are all having a great time. Enjoy your stay in DC. And Hi to all the TOD’ers there with you. What fun.

  10. 29 No Child Left Behind
    January 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Congratulations to all the T who met today. How I missed being part of this feast of the hearts and souls. My plan to travel got butched when my friend got in an accident and is still at the hospital. To make matter worse, I broke a rib and didn’t think it was safe to venture to DC for many hours standing in the Mall. I am with you in thought and spirit, and read every blog Chpstick put up. Thanks to her, I am kept informed.

    Enjoy your time. This is an unbelievable event. One of its kind.

  11. 35 sherijr
    January 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    This is so great… what a group of beautiful people πŸ™‚

  12. 36 jacquelineoboomer
    January 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    On with (the awful) Piers Morgan on CNN now: Stef Cutter, Jim Messina, David Axelrod, “the inner circle.”

    • 37 jacquelineoboomer
      January 20, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      They ate Piers for dinner. (He is so jealous of PBO that he’s turning green before our eyes.)

  13. 38 a4alice
    January 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    I see that someone is well prepared with their “T”! How fun! Donna this is a treasure – thx so much Chips for posting this! πŸ™‚

  14. 39 carolmaewy
    January 20, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    What a good looking and fun looking group! Have a great day tomorrow.

  15. 40 desertflower
    January 20, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    This is soooooooooooooooooooo wonderful! A family get together! I’m dying to know who everyone is. I like to have a face to go with a name:)

  16. 42 Nena20409
    January 20, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Where is Sir Amk and his promise….okay….my ears are burning to finally here the juicy tales that he has been hinting to tell.

    Come Amk…..Let the rest of Us TODville in on the stories……. πŸ™‚

  17. January 20, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Sweet! I know you guys had a lot of fun!

  18. 50 amk for obama
    January 20, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    What, no name-tags? πŸ™‚

    Looks like you all had great time, donna.

    Sorry the surprise visitor (which was the seekrit I have been blabbing about) could not make it.

  19. January 20, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    It’s driving me NUTS trying to figure out who’s who!!

  20. 80 Pamela
    January 20, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Hey everybody! There is one fine group of PBO supporters! IMHO! Too cool that this was really happening! Xo

  21. 81 Nena20409
    January 20, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Oh, oh……Stephanie the Lovely sweet pie for Amk is on CNN with Piers….that punk…..my opinion.

  22. 82 whatisworking
    January 20, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    HOw awesome

    My computer is being fixed so I won’t post often – but since football is on I can use my husbands, to say.

    Way to go TOD meetup ladies.

    HOw fun the OFA is becoming Organizing for Action

    I am working on the contact elected officials page – thanks for your patience

  23. 87 GGail
    January 20, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Thank you Chipsticks for posting this so quickly!

    Thank you DD4O for putting in the time and effort!!!! You ROCK!

    Happy Birthday Mr. DD4O πŸ™‚

  24. January 20, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Thank you, Donna, and TODers!! Please let us know who you are!!

    • 89 desertflower
      January 20, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      I know…Donna can tell us who was there today, and we can try and figure out who’s who! (too much?….maybe after wine or gin?)

  25. January 20, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    What a great group of TODers!!!! Thank you Donna for the photos and update and thank you Chips for posting it!!!!!


  26. 132 LunarSea
    January 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Apparantly I lack a healthy degree of curiosity. I love looking at the pics and hearing the roundup but don’t really care who’s who. It’s just so fantastic that you all met up for this special occassion

  27. 133 Nena20409
    January 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Ravens are 28 and Pats 13……I am in heaven…….Dancing Cheek to Cheek.

    • 134 donna dem 4 obama
      January 20, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Me too!!!!

      • 135 Nena20409
        January 20, 2013 at 9:49 pm

        I lived in Baltimore MD as a child, when The Colts were the TEAM. My dad loved them. I was not a fan of the game then. I started liking the game many years later.

        • 136 auntsis522
          January 20, 2013 at 9:55 pm

          omg… same with me. My dad became an Orioles fan when the Colts left in the middle of the night. We fell in love with the O’s and Earl Weaver – who passed the other day. Small world…

        • 137 sonjiaduncan
          January 20, 2013 at 10:43 pm

          I attended the Colts’ games as a child with my Dad at Memorial Stadium.
          Now the Ravens are going to the Super Bowl again.

          Hello Home Girls, we got out the Vote for Our President. Way to go Maryland!

  28. 138 Nena20409
    January 20, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Maya Angelou on CNN…..Live……

  29. 139 idon
    January 20, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    This is awesome. So much for you all πŸ™‚

  30. 140 jacquelineoboomer
    January 20, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Maya Angelou on CNN-TV, looking beautiful.

  31. 141 susanne
    January 20, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    what a treat to see some of the tod ohana relaxing around a table together!

  32. 142 Nena20409
    January 20, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Donna…..you all truly did well by getting together. Awesome.

    You worked your tail off and putting the gathering together. Great work, madam. Thank you.

  33. 143 LDS
    January 20, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Hello everyone! Thank you, Chips for all you do.
    Wow! What a day….you guys are the best ever!
    I am so glad to have met ALL of you. Just getting in. Was this close( ) getting tickets to see Smokey Robinson at the Kennedy Center. Tired but really happy that I came this weekend. Last night visited Dr. MLK monument. The night is the best time to see how powerful this statue is in so many ways.
    I am so grateful to be alive and have the Obama Family in the WH for another four years.
    Lights out….have to be up early!
    Sweet sleep.

  34. 149 dotster3
    January 20, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Whoa—there’s Joe B. at the Green Ball—-and someone’s entire set of boobs are on full display—-on CNN.

    • 150 Lovepolitics2008
      January 20, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      What ??!!

      • 151 dotster3
        January 20, 2013 at 9:50 pm

        CNN cut away from their programming because Joe B. was speaking at the Green Ball and in the screen shot with him was a full boob shot, someone to the right of him leaving nothing to the imagination, think it might have been someone who was part of the entertainment, not sure. It was quite amusing really because the screen shot was just of Joe B. and a giant pair of boobs.

    • 155 Pamela
      January 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      Hee! Yikes! An ENTIRE set…. πŸ˜† rotflmao!

  35. 156 LunarSea
    January 20, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    CSPAN live and TV both playing the speech again. The last one


  36. 157 mtmarilyn
    January 20, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    What a beautiful group of folks! The feeling coming from all of you is so strong. Wish I could have been there with all of you. But we know you all are representing the TOD family. Love you all.

  37. 159 yardarm756
    January 20, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    The fat lady’s singing. 49’s plus against Ravens. Yee Haw!!!!

  38. 166 utaustinliberal
    January 20, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Everyone looks beautiful. So happy you all had fun.

  39. January 20, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    awwwww..this is wonderful! The rest of us are there in spirit!! YEAH T!!!

  40. 168 carolmaewy
    January 20, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Baltimore to New Orleans for Super Bowl!

  41. 192 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 20, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Donna, thanks for setting up the M&G — it was a blast meeting everyone!

    I’m in the lower left corner.

  42. 206 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 20, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Donna — you are a rock star! Thank you for setting up this meeting, it was the most loveliest event. Obamabots are the best — and TOD Obamabots are even better ;-).

    I’m not pictured (a little camera shy), but, trust me — as attractive as this group is on camera, they are even more attractive in person, both inside and out!

    I had a blast, and I thank you Chips, again, for creating this oasis of goodness on the internet. Everyone present at the meetup commented over and over how The Obama Diary feels like home.

    Have a great night everyone — it’s gonna be an AWESOME day tomorrow! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  43. 232 carla4obama
    January 20, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Donna…I was crying looking at the TOD family pictures. How I wish I was there. You are amazing, we owe you and all the TOD family so much.
    I will be watching tomorrows events alone, but watching with my TOD family on-line. I LOVE YOU ALL!!!

  44. 233 carolmaewy
    January 20, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Someone named O.J. who has Lou Gehrig’s communicated through computer his congratulations to the Ravens. Very inspiring.

  45. 234 Pamela
    January 20, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    We should be able to deduce the tall gentleman in the Ohio State teeshirt? We are pretty smart…. Also, I do so love the T tags, very classy!

  46. 251 Bill R.
    January 20, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Totally wonderful! More fruits of this forum and the contributions of its participants.

  47. 252 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 20, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Took a quick break to have a bowl of soup; found that PBO/VPB were going to speak, so I stayed at the computer. Now, it’s the Latino Gala holding me here. Going to crawl into bed with the laptop and pray I can get up early in the am…

  48. 255 Wanda N VA 4 Obama
    January 20, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    The TOD gathering looks fabulous! I’m so glad that everyone had a great time. I wish I could have been there…but maybe next time. Thanks to Donna for coordinating the event!!

  49. 260 jacquelineoboomer
    January 20, 2013 at 10:20 pm

  50. 261 cindysweatt
    January 20, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I had a wonderful time today. Met such great people. Thanks Donna Dem.

  51. 265 Pamela
    January 20, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Paging VC. Paging VC. Had to stop tapping, my foot got tired! But would surely like to have you ID yourself, since DD4O is too honorable to break her word. (which we would expect no less from her anyway)

  52. 266 amk for obama
    January 20, 2013 at 10:27 pm

  53. January 20, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    You’re just the way I pictured y’all! Have a fun-filled, memorable day tomorrow. Wish I were there.

  54. 269 collegekay
    January 20, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Man. I went to the place and I was looking for you guys and didn’t see you.

    But whatever. My Ravens are in the Superbowl. Happy about that.

    • 270 PoliticalJunkessa
      January 20, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Nooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!! (((((collegekay)))) Would have loved to meet you. Damn!

    • 271 donna dem 4 obama
      January 20, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      I’m so sorry. I hung out at the front entrance to the Food Court until 1:30 but it was jammed packed in there today.

    • 272 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 20, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      Sooooooooo sorry we missed you! I had a little trouble finding them myself — they were hiding in plain sight! When I finally found them, couldn’t understand how I had missed them!

  55. 273 amk for obama
    January 20, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Ok. chow time. See you all later.

    Donna. Thanks for making my ears burn. Now I’ll get a new set of barackesque ears.

  56. 276 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    January 20, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Lovely to see the photos of these beautiful Obots! God bless you all. πŸ™‚

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  58. January 20, 2013 at 10:48 pm


    On to the kitchen to prepare some dinner …. love all of you so much!!!


  59. 280 Elly in Maryland
    January 20, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Just taking a late peek here. Did anyone go to the OFA (new OFA) big planning meeting at the DC Hilton today? I went for the morning and was VERY impressed. I am confident that OFA will put all its brainpower to work keeping us involved in passing the President’s agenda, understanding the issues, getting more Democrats elected in 2014 at all levels, etc.

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  63. 284 cookemom
    January 20, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    show of hands if you think Anne is somewhere hiding in a closet in total breakdown mode wearing…………bangs!

  64. January 20, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Just had to be as direct as possible on this the 1st Anniversary of the #InaugurationInsurgency ….

    Now, to the kitchen ….

    Yes We Can

  65. 291 Pamela
    January 20, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    With that, I’m off! Thanking you all for a fun day! Highly recommend My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor. Am more than halfway through, keeps getting better every page! Sweet dreams TOD! {{{{Chipsticks}}}}. {{{{PBO}}}}

  66. 293 kathryn kivett
    January 20, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    I saw a T, I saw a T….how exciting to finally “see” some of y’all, and beautiful you all are….I can see in your faces the “family” trait that is shared by all…..joy, warmth, and sparkling love of PBO….it just jumps out from the picture….why, I expected you all to jump up from that table and start singing “Forward” and going out in the street holding up 4 fingers….Thank you so much for sharing your experience and Thank you Donna for making it happen….I know all of you will cherish the whole weekend.

  67. 294 carolmaewy
    January 21, 2013 at 12:06 am

    A FB buddy of mine is Alicia Keyes. I’m the fan. Anyway, I can’t put twit pics in tweets from iPad, but here is a link to her FB page and a pic of her bedside treat tonight. Don’t know is she’s performing tonight or tomorrow. It didn’t really say. https://www.facebook.com/aliciakeys?ref=stream
    I know there will be many here who would like to eat those treats. πŸ˜‰

  68. 295 Lana
    January 21, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Wonderful photo of the TOD family in DC. I had to say that before I even look at the next photo. Woo hoo!

    Congratulations to all of you for being there and being there together!!!

    You make me proud (and, yeah, okay, jealous).

  69. 296 Titti
    January 21, 2013 at 8:51 am

    DonnaD, you’re a STAR; a born organiser. Thanks for the pics guys and I can see you had a fab time. Donna please take care of yourself. I was thinking Chips was the ‘surprise guest’.

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