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    • 2 Pamela
      January 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Bless you Chipsticks! Y’all wanna share my shiny new thread? 😉

    • 3 yardarm756
      January 20, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Congrats Pamela. Get day!

    • January 20, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Congrats on 1st Pamela. Did you watch the swearing in?

      • 20 Pamela
        January 20, 2013 at 1:14 pm

        TY, Jackie, I did. Found it on ABC (blechh) just as they started, had to listen to them yak for a minute or two. But I watched, cried, rejoiced, then turned it OFF! Because no one is going to tell me how I think and feel, and NO ONE is going to decide for me what President Barack Hussein Obama is planning for his 2nd term! Hugs all around TOD today, I wish KK hadn’t posted that list of household chores…… But I’m glad she did (sort of!). Will be in and out!

        • January 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm

          Me too. I watched it on C-span then shut it off. No commentary. I am sick, sick, sick of pundits and uninformed people. I will not let anyone or anything take away my joy of the President’s re-election.

        • 22 kathryn kivett
          January 20, 2013 at 2:35 pm

          opps….sorry…but I’m on my 30 min break from 30 min of cleaning….gotta prioritize

          • 23 Pamela
            January 20, 2013 at 2:51 pm

            And as I was vacuuming, I thought how insulting to my/our intelligence some of these paid to spout whatever they are told to spout! I do realize there is some benefit to be aware of what people who watch mainstream are exposed to, but I have so little energy to squander listening, it is such a psychic and psychological drain.

    • January 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Congrats Pamela!! What a fine, fine day!!!!


  1. 27 desertflower
    January 20, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Thank you, Chips:) You saw my plea?

  2. 30 utaustinliberal
    January 20, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Hahahahahaha…..this is 100% true.

    • 31 Dudette
      January 20, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      LOL! I would retweet that, but I don’t want people to think I care about Taylor Swift and her boyfriends. 🙂

  3. January 20, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    A great moment, a great man, a great family, and a great country! Blessings to our President, to Chipsticks, and to everyone who visits this wonderful blog!

  4. 34 amk for obama
    January 20, 2013 at 1:05 pm

  5. 43 utaustinliberal
    January 20, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    A series about First Ladies that will begin on C-SPAN on Feb. 18, 2013.

  6. 45 Dudette
    January 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    • 46 anniebella
      January 20, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      What’s the purpose of CBS hiring Condi Rice? What she is not satisfied at Standford? Why don’t she disappear like her ex-boss.

      • 47 Nena20409
        January 20, 2013 at 1:41 pm

        I don’t believe that she has left her post.

        She is a Contributor…..the….oops, that lucrative punditry post…..with HUGE salary….that is all. Then a Black pundit, GOPer, trashing pres Obama whenever they want another Bushie that is NOT Caucasian. That is all. CBS also hired another Black lady, the soon to be wife of George Lucas or whatever.

  7. 49 Dudette
    January 20, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Forive the repeat from the previous thread — good info here

  8. 50 Dudette
    January 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm

  9. 51 GGAIL
    January 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    It’s wonderful to share this joy with my TOD family. My son slept through it! 🙂

  10. 52 LunarSea
    January 20, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Check out this pic from last night’s joining forces concert. I’m talking about the way Malia is wearing her belt. Is this how young people are doing this now, or is it a new trend about to take off fueled by the first of the first daughters? LOL


    • 53 Dudette
      January 20, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      Funny how everything old is new again! We did that in the mid-70’s!

      • 54 0388jojothecat
        January 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

        Yep. I remember wearing my belt that way in the 70’s and we probably copied if from fashions back in the 50’s or 60’s.

      • 56 desertflower
        January 20, 2013 at 1:41 pm

        Yes we did:) Was it THAT long ago???!!!

      • 57 0388jojothecat
        January 20, 2013 at 1:51 pm

        I must say the Obama girls are very lovely and fashionable like their mom. The Biden grand daughters are also very lovely young ladies/girls and fashionable too. It’s amazing to me that so many politicians have girls than boys. Biden’s only grandson is so cute.

    • 58 utaustinliberal
      January 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      Yes. People are wearing their belts this way. It depends on the style of the belt. That’s the beauty of current fashion; taking an everyday piece and finding quirky ways to edge it up. Just like with colored tights, patterned tights, full skirts and colored tights, mixing prints and patterns, boho chic, stackable bangles, etc. It’s all very exciting.

      • 59 daisydem
        January 20, 2013 at 1:46 pm

        And the scarves … all the ways you can wear scarves now – thick ones, thin ones, long, short – loosely thrown around the neck or looped through itself for a polished look. (I too remember belts being worn that way).

    • 60 LunarSea
      January 20, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      Well thank you all for showing me how out of touch I am with todays (and yesterday’s) fashion. Who knew? 🙄

      Too funny!

  11. 61 vitaminlover
    January 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I shed a tear.

  12. 62 Dudette
    January 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm


  13. 64 JER
    January 20, 2013 at 1:33 pm


    January 20, 2013 – …The boy was arrested and booked on murder and other charges in connection with the shootings Saturday night, Bernalillo County sheriff’s spokesman Aaron Williamson said. … Investigators also were seeking to determine who owned several guns that were found at the home, one of which was a semi-automatic military-style rifle. … Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2013/01/20/4358879/officials-nm-teen-gunman-kills.html#storylink=cpy

    • 65 0388jojothecat
      January 20, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      This is a sad commentary of the United States…..children are ruthlessly murdered everyday and the NRA adults calls for more guns.

  14. 68 Dudette
    January 20, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Rep John Lewis on MSNBC now…

    • 69 prettyfoot58
      January 20, 2013 at 2:17 pm


      i so love listening to Rep Lewis…he gets to HEART of things…and despite the diofficulty of things…he has HOPE for Victory that is born out of struggle….a lesson that the PL does not seem to know….

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  17. 80 Vicki
    January 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Heads up TOD New Yorkers. The Daily News has an 8 page full color section on POTUS called From Hope to Glory written by….wait for it….Richard Wolffe. It is wonderful so I hope lots of us get to see it.

    Also terrific but in a totally humorous way is the LOL column in the NYTimes this morning by Ross Douthat. Douthat is a RW dope but his satire of what the 2nd Inaugural speech PBO will be, is so funny and on the mark that it makes me think the MSM/GOPTP are starting to get the true dimensions of the defeat we have handed them and their crap.

    His piece is called “A Sneaky Peek at O’s speech.” One good line is “The fact is I’ve been your dream president; You’ve just spent 4 years coming up with reasons not to notice.” Then he skewers The Press and the Professional Left which he says is repeating himself. He thanks the RW idiots and asks the centrist wise men: How do you like me now…

    very refreshing and positive

    • 81 Bill
      January 20, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      Thanks, Vicki, otherwise I would never read him.

    • 82 Jennifer (from SM)
      January 20, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      Thanks, Vicki – I read him occasionally as he tends to be slightly more palatable and one does have to try to understand the opposition. Will look out for this op-ed.

  18. 83 prettyfoot58
    January 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    How i love to listen to Representive Lewis…speak….he cuts to the heart of the matter…i wish we could hear from him more..

  19. January 20, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Johnny-Alfred-E.-Newman-Roberts did it!!!! HE DIDN’T FUCK UP!!! Make it 3 for 4 tomorrow?????

  20. 85 mtmarilyn
    January 20, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Back from church and just finished watching my dvr of the President taking his oath and the laying of the wreath. So many tears of joy. Now back to ready the posts. Also just ordered some things from the Inguaration site. This is so exciting.

  21. January 20, 2013 at 1:44 pm

  22. 89 Dudette
    January 20, 2013 at 1:46 pm

  23. January 20, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    That wonderful picture makes me smile. Just seeing our First Family standing there….shows the arc of history.

  24. 91 desertflower
    January 20, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Cool beans…streaming live whale songs in real time:)


  25. 92 Bill
    January 20, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    The universal talking point of all the pundits is that PBO has less than two years to accomplish things in this term. They still do not know him.

    • 93 desertflower
      January 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      fools. Heard someone on Bill Moyers last night that said that we will see the changes that PBO has brought even 50 to 100 years from now. I smiled, knowing this was true.

    • 94 prettyfoot58
      January 20, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      au contraire…i think that they do…

      i think that this their attempt to MINIMIZE what he can and will do….they say that he cannot do it because it won’t make it thru Congress…but look at what he has done…

      It is their attempt to deflate our enthusiam…to deflect from out understanding that WE are the Change we Seek…and that thru Organinzing for Action…the people will have an organized VOICE at the table….

      YES WE CAN!

    • January 20, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      Well, Bill, what they all know is that we and President Obama will be working together until the next President is sworn in and that scares the poop out of them.

      In fact, this President will become ever more powerful as his 2nd term progresses, particularly as the reality becomes obvious to even the most lame among the newstainers & pundidiots, that he will bring his mighty organization and personal skills to the support of the next D President and numerous D members of the Senate and House.

      This is a loooooooong march to more justice for all, not a sprint 🙂


      • 97 joyfulmeme
        January 20, 2013 at 6:32 pm

        I’m really sick of the meme that it’s the president’s fault the R’s won’t work with him. The first 2 to 3 years that’s all he tried to do. It’s all Obama’s fault there is so much partisianship. Everytime I hear this crap I just want to SCREAM……

        Serves me right for even watching the Sunday shows. I just like to know what the other side is saying and thinking even thougt it infuriates me.

    • 98 majiir
      January 20, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      These are the same folks who didn’t think the PBO would get START ratified and DADT ended in December of 2010, Bill. They’re doing what they do best–sitting on the outside looking in and speculating, They’re sure not getting anything from the horse’s mouth because the president doesn’t trust them, and neither do I.

  26. 99 Dudette
    January 20, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Marty King III is on with Alex Witt.MSNBC now. Talking about President Obama using his Dad’s bible tomorrow.

  27. 100 Dudette
    January 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm

  28. 101 utaustinliberal
    January 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm

  29. 102 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Help!!!! LDS & I are at the meeting poit in DC where is eberybody?

    • 103 xtine
      January 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Where are you? Meeting place = zoo. Am right outside it’s entrance.

    • 104 Pamela
      January 20, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Waving, ooh, ooh, the others will come a-trundling…. Don’t worry, some of them do not know DC so well! I so wish I was with you, sound as if the weather is a gift as well! 🙂

  30. 105 xtine
    January 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Anyone heard from any TODers for DC Meetup? Am here, it’s a zoo, & can’t find group. Sadz! 😦

  31. January 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Oh Happy Day! Thank you, Chipsticks, for this image. On the train to DC, passing through Richmond and got wifi signal steady enough to come find TOD. This is so beautiful. Tears of graitutiude, joy, relief, dazzling triumph, etc. Thank you for this and for so much more.

  32. January 20, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    #GunAppreciationDay celebration in New Mexico ….

    “Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputies responded to a private residence in the city’s South Valley area around 9:15 p.m. Saturday. The bodies of a man, a woman, two girls and a boy were discovered in the home, each riddled with multiple gunshot wounds, reports said.”

    #GOP #NRA #FamilyValues

    As recommended here, on TOD:


    Yes We Can

  33. 116 Dudette
    January 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm

  34. 117 Dudette
    January 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm

  35. 118 Carolyn Verdin
    January 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I wonder what is going thur President Obama beloved daughters mind. I know for sure they are really proud of him and their mother 1st Lady Michelle

  36. 119 4morefor44
    January 20, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    did they do this oath today to make sure there’s no screw up by right-wing nutjob john roberts this time? i think roberts did the flub in 2009 on purpose to start the “illegitimate” theme that republicans and the media have been pushing ever since. i remember in 2009 that they re-did the oath AFTER the big inaugural oath. if so, yet another smart move by our president.

  37. 128 EDP4BHO
    January 20, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    HELLO TOD. Just wanted to get your attention. On my way to the inauguration tomorrow. Last minute decision. My sister lives just outside of DC, she’s out of town, leaving me her condo. Hopefully will be able to see something a mile away from the Capitol 😀 , but the thrill is just being there for history. Last time around for PBO, I need to be there for him this special time. Peace !!

  38. January 20, 2013 at 2:24 pm

  39. 137 prettyfoot58
    January 20, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Bill Moyers: We Must Fix the Senate

    It’s time to reform the filibuster — one of the biggest obstacles to the public interest in our government.

    …They want to take the filibuster, which can now be easily and quietly activated, and restore its original, public use (Think Mr. Smith or Mr. Sanders). Time is not on their side, however. Unless the Senate reforms the filibuster at the beginning of the new 113th Congress — that’s as soon as next Tuesday, January 22 — the minority wrecking crew remains in charge for the next two years.


    • 138 mtmarilyn
      January 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      This worries me. These older senators hate change. I have made my calls, emails, etc. Let’s hope they do the right thing.

  40. 139 anniebella
    January 20, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Did you see Rep. John Lewis, he was on Alex Witt early and she ask him if he was concern about the lack of diversity in the President’s cabinet? Rep. Lewis said he was not concern, he knows this President, plus give him time to finish. Anyone remember what the crook Charlie Rangel said when ask about the same thing. I won’t ever forget what he said.

    • 140 prettyfoot58
      January 20, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      and that is the greatness of Rep Lewis…

      • 141 nathkatun7
        January 21, 2013 at 12:32 am

        Yes Indeed, prettyfoot! Rep. John Lewis is all about truth and reality and not about envy/jealousy. Charles Rangel is one of those so called Black leaders who wanted so much for Hillary Clinton to be President because they expected to be rewarded through patronage. They are still angry that the majority of folks in the AA communities did not buy into their schemes and enthusiastically supported President Obama.

  41. 142 susanne
    January 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    aloha and happy hawaii morning to all the tod ohana!
    chips! what a beautiful vision to wake up to! our president has been sworn in, and is officially, entirely, gloriously and truly leading our country and the free world for a second term of office! hallelujah!!

  42. 143 vitaminlover
    January 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Our darling First Daughters are just soooo growny! Where are the little moppets from the first Inaugural? Waahhhhh! But time brings about change. I know that they will look precious for tomorrow’s festivities.

  43. 144 carolyn
    January 20, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    The swearing in happened while I was at church, so watched the video, and have looked at the pictures. That picture of the family in the blue room is extremely moving. Someone above mentioned the “arc of history”, and yes, that is what I thought of also. Sometimes we do get it right. We are moving forward…..thinking that slaves built that house, and our First Lady is the great-great granddaughter of slaves, standing with her husband the president and their two daughters, alone with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court…..that would never have happened even fifty years ago. We have indeed lived through wondrous times, painful as they are often. I have no longing for the “good old days.” They were not good except for a rather privileged minority. We are spreading the “good” over a broader spectrum, and that is difficult for many people.
    Today we sang Rev. King’s favorite hymn in church, “There is a balm in Gilead.” …..there is a balm in Gilead…..to make the wounded whole.”
    Making the wounded whole is the goal of our president, and we have the opportunity to join with him in this endeavor, to bend the arc of history even closer to justice for ALL.
    At the end of our service, we all sing a short round together, standing facing the center aisle, and the people on the other side. The song is “What does the Lord require of you, what does the Lord require of you. Justice, kindness, walk humbly with your god.” The words are taken from the book of Micah. The first time we attended this church, and the congregation sang that to each other, I got absolute chills up and down my body. I still get chills when we sing it. Our minister quoted Dr. King several times today, and at the end asked us to “wage a little peace.” as Dr. King asked.
    I am so thankful that today Barack Hussein Obama was inaugurated for a SECOND time as president. I have confidence for my grandchildren because of this.

  44. 145 Jennifer (from SM)
    January 20, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Did anyone else see the tweet at the OFA legacy conference from @simoneallegra that “Everybody in the audience is drooling over the thought of getting VoteBuilder back…” Are we really getting VAN back? I loved VAN. I was starting to get almost kind of good at it. Awesome, if true.

  45. 148 prettyfoot58
    January 20, 2013 at 2:52 pm

  46. January 20, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Mika’s dad (no, i will not attempt to write his name) just had a fascinating interview on Euronews. What I found amusing is that on the bookcase behind him he had both the US and EU flags. Cosmopolitan!

  47. 153 LunarSea
    January 20, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    hahahaha too funny -sorry folks but I intend to do a lot of gloating this weekend. After all the lies he told and all the trouble they put us through….

    • 154 mtmarilyn
      January 20, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      I think we have earned the right to gloat, especially on these days. We all worked hard and now we celebrate!

  48. 155 prettyfoot58
    January 20, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    • 156 Vicki
      January 20, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      You are so right, prettyFoot—-The same A–ho-es that transferred the huge budget surplus Clinton left to the country into their own pockets via tax cuts and wars…. Now, NOW! they want to talk about cuts. F—That.

      Jobs. Strengthening education and infrasructure and increasing equality. That’s what we want now.

    • 157 nathkatun7
      January 21, 2013 at 12:36 am

      Prettyfoot58, I am with you 100%! It’s “time to PASS the American JOBS Act.”

  49. 158 yardarm756
    January 20, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Enough ya’ll. It’s time for some football. I’m outta here!

  50. January 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Am sure many of you have or will be receiving this from OFA …

    “”I’m Jon Carson, the new executive director of Organizing for Action.

    I hope you’re as excited as I am for this new organization, and for what our grassroots movement can accomplish in the next four years.

    Thanks so much for saying you’re on board. Now, check out this quick list of ways to get involved with OFA, and pick a way to get started.

    Just a little bit about me. I’m a Wisconsin guy, and I grew up on a farm in the western part of the state. In 2007, I joined Barack Obama’s campaign and served as the national field director. After the election, I went to work for the President in the White House, most recently in the Office of Public Engagement.

    That brings me to now, when very soon, my family and I will be moving back to Chicago as I start this new role with all of you.

    I first joined the President’s campaign because I was inspired by his belief that ordinary people have the power to change our country if we work together to get it done — and that belief will be at the core of this new organization as it unfolds.

    And the way we’ll get it done can be summed up in one word: local.

    That means each city or region will have its own OFA chapter, and you’ll decide the issues your community cares about most, the work you want to do to make progress on them, and the kind of support you’ll need to get it done.

    At a neighborhood and regional level, OFA members will grow their local chapters, bringing in new leaders and helping train a new generation of volunteers and organizers to help fight for the issues at stake.

    There’ll be times when we pull together at the national level to get President Obama’s back on passing major legislation, like reducing gun violence or immigration reform. And we’ll all work to help transform Washington from the outside while strengthening our economy and creating jobs.

    But for the most part, the direction our work takes will be completely in your hands — with the support of this organization behind you every step of the way.

    In the next few weeks and months, I’ll be asking for your input on putting together an OFA plan for 2013, we’ll be holding online briefings about the issues we want to tackle, and we’ll start organizing on those issues as they’re debated in D.C.

    But for right now, I just want to say thanks and welcome. There’s a lot to be done, without a doubt — and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of OFA with you.

    Pick a way to get involved today:


    I’ll be in touch soon.



    Jon Carson
    Executive Director
    Organizing for Action””

    P.S. — I recorded this short video on Organizing for Action, and the kind of work I hope we’ll be able to do —

  51. January 20, 2013 at 3:21 pm

  52. January 20, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Just heard that Hillary will testify this week. I knew she would. I’ll be biting my tongue to my R husband who said that he didn’t think she would ever testify. Hahaha When he said that, I calmly said, “I think she will.”. Nothing else was said.

    • 170 Bill
      January 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      It is hilarious the Benghazi conspiracy theorists think she is going to add new information. Some of them believe she and PBO were watching the incident for six hours live on video and rejected calls for help. Her appearance is nothing but a formality. Wonder what McCain, Miss Lindsey, and the woman senator will say afterwards.

      • 171 joyfulmeme
        January 20, 2013 at 6:48 pm

        The situation in Benghazi was tragic. Several mistakes were apparent all of which have been identified and addressed. It’s impossible to control everything around the world. The complete assholes McCain and company have made of themselves is sad. It’s good Sec Clinton will meet with Congress so that she can personally tell them what they already know.

        The farse that is Congress is troubling. There is so much that needs to get done. But, there is too much time spent trying to embarrass and discredit the other side. It’s time for a come to Jesus moment. They need to stop the bullshit and proceed with the people’s business. I for one am so sick of all the phoney crisis and all the nonsense that is the Congress.

        I’m ready for them to suspend the games and get serious about their jobs. It’s a disgrace what they have evolved into.

    • 172 mtmarilyn
      January 20, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      You are a good wife!!!

  53. 173 utaustinliberal
    January 20, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I adore Cyndi Lauper. She was on CNN and just kept on declaring her love for Pres. Obama over and over again in that distinct NY accent. She was fantastic.

  54. 174 kathryn kivett
    January 20, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    taking another break…actually never went back to cleaning…but I will….anyhooo….been watching CNN and all the people waving on mall…but no T signs….think our group is still stuck at zoo?….Hope they avoided the elephants…..come on people, get with it…need a T sign….

  55. 175 utaustinliberal
    January 20, 2013 at 3:37 pm

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