Inauguration Day, Part 16





President Obama dances with Air Force Staff Sergeant Bria Nelson and First Lady Michelle Obama dances with Marine Gunnery Sergeant Timothy Easterling as singer Jennifer Hudson performs during the Commander-In-Chief’s Inaugural Ball, January 21



Link to all 2013 Inauguration posts here

110 Responses to “Inauguration Day, Part 16”

  1. 3 Proud Former White House Intern
    January 21, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Love them

  2. 5 Vinny Gormley
    January 21, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    All I can say is WOW!!!!!! Fantastic!

  3. 11 carolmaewy
    January 21, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    We are moving right along tonight. Congrats Mary.

  4. 12 Dudette
    January 21, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    John Legend performing now at the Inaugural Ball

  5. 13 Pamela
    January 21, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    No way of knowing how the other Inaugural parties are going, but I have a very strong feeling the best of ALL parties has been right here on TOD, and our Chips has been making all that happen! Chipsticks, I truly truly hope you will take some time for YOU tomorrow, please, dear, you have outdone yourself today! I am so grateful!

  6. 15 vitaminlover
    January 21, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    loving youuu whetherrrrr, whetherrrrrr

  7. 16 desertflower
    January 21, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Night all…been a out of this world, wonderful day! Thank you so much Chips for all your hard work today. We are all so appreciative of everything you do for all of us, everyday….but this day was more than superb!
    Back to work tomorrow, so I need to get to bed. Night, family. Loved that we all got to share this together. amk….glad that you popped back in. We love you, too:) Don’t be a stranger.

    See you all tomorrow for FILIBUSTER REFORM DAY!!! 🙂 xoxox

  8. 17 hopefruit2
    January 21, 2013 at 11:01 pm

  9. 21 vitaminlover
    January 21, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Chipsssssss…..you were TREMENDOUS!!!!

  10. 22 Dudette
    January 21, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Inauguration Triva: The Flags Hanging from the Capitol During the Inauguration


    Five flags were flown at the Capitol Building during the inauguration of President Barack Obama on Jan. 21. The 50-star American flag was flanked by historic versions with 13 (Betsy Ross original colonieis) and 21 stars (flag at time President’s home state, Illinois, became a state)

  11. 23 JER
    January 21, 2013 at 11:06 pm

  12. 24 Dudette
    January 21, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    More Inauguration Trivia:

    Facts, Firsts, and Precedents

    [Doesn’t appear to have been updated for 2013 yet, but still interesting 🙂 ]

    Largest attendance of any event in the history of Washington, DC
    Largest attendance of any Presidential Inauguration in U.S. history•
    First African American to hold the office of President of the United States
    First citizen born in Hawaii to hold the office
    Highest viewership ever of the swearing-in ceremonies on the Internet
    First woman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, to emcee the ceremony
    First inaugural webcast to include captioning
    First swearing-in ceremony to include an audio description

  13. January 21, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    I think I am pooped! TOD: it’s been too marvelous forewords. Sleep tight and pleasant Obama dreams. See you’ll in the morning.
    CHIPS: 1,000 thank you’s.

  14. 27 auntsis522
    January 21, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    sorry.. Too marvelous for words. I am really tired.

  15. January 21, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Today was and still is beautiful. FLOTUS looked amazing and sexy, that dress gorgeous and man does POTUS looked smashing and they were grooving on that stage lovely family lovely day. I don’t want 2017 to come I need another two terms for THIS Family I just love them

  16. 31 carolyn
    January 21, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Good night everyone….back to reality tomorrow. Thanks for sharing this wonderful day…..we are so blessed. I am so very thankful for four more years of Obama/Biden.

  17. 33 amk for obama
    January 21, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    First Lady Michelle Obama dances with Marine Gunnery Sergeant Timothy Easterling

    Was he the dood who asked FLOTUS out ? In any case, lucky dood.

    • January 21, 2013 at 11:24 pm

      Come here you, I hate to admit this, but you had me all weepy today – that was a gunnite, not a goodbye, right? If you left us us I’d track your ass down and drag it back here, you hear?

      • 35 Pamela
        January 21, 2013 at 11:27 pm

        Tell ‘im the real deal, Chips! 😉

      • January 21, 2013 at 11:33 pm

        I was volunteering to go to India and have wifey unit talk some sense into him.

        • January 21, 2013 at 11:34 pm

          😆 I doff my cap to your wifey unit!!!

        • 38 amk for obama
          January 21, 2013 at 11:58 pm

          🙂 Don’t give the wifey unit any ideas, LL. She’s already pissed off for my ‘not remembering’ our 25th anniv on 24th Jan. She is coming down here in another 5 hours for a relative’s wedding and I’ll keep “not remembering” the fateful (!!!) day till day after tomorrow just to rile her up. 😀

          You wanted to ask some tech question ? Spill it.

          • January 22, 2013 at 12:00 am

            Well, it’s an interesting one.

            When I bring up TOD on Firefox, I get all sorts of issues with loading the page. But when I view it on Chrome, it’s right as rain. Any idea why that might happen?

            • 40 amk for obama
              January 22, 2013 at 12:35 am

              Did you update to latest FF 18.0.1 ?

              Installed any add-ons lately ? If so, you could disable them and so if they are the problem.

              Also. Too. Any anti-virus programs like norton, avg (which I have sworn off 3 years back).

              Some times site may not load due to heavy traffic. I bet there were plenty of lurkers as well as regulars swamping the site.

      • 41 amk for obama
        January 21, 2013 at 11:54 pm

        I am truly sorry Chips that I didn’t make it clear that it was not a permanent good bye. I should have made it clear that my participation will not be as proliferate as it was (Wanna bet how many TOD’ers are now going, “Thank God, fewer tacky jokes to read “? 🙂 ).

        As I said one of the previous gazillion inauguration threads (did you take any rest at all today ?), I just wanted to take a break from the six-year roller coaster ride with that kenyan muslin soshalist. Also. Too. The coming year is going to be very busy what with fixing daughter’s and niece’s marriages and plenty of urgent works to do from Africa.

        I promise I’ll check in at least once a day (one too many ?) to catch up with you all.

        Finally, I thank all the TOD’ers (too many to list here) for all their kind words (and kind curses) towards me.

        • 42 xtine
          January 22, 2013 at 12:06 am

          I will miss you, AMK, take care.

        • 43 purpleshoesla
          January 22, 2013 at 1:47 am

          Yay! Tacky jokes are here to stay. 🙂 Thank you for realizing that disappearing permanently is NOT an option. There were just a few hundred people who were going to hunt your ass down. Thankfully, we didn’t have to release the hounds (or the Kracken) on you. In all seriousness, by all means rest, check in here as real life permits; we’ll leave the light on for you… Happy Anniversary AMK and gunnite

          • 44 HZ
            January 23, 2013 at 12:00 am

            Oh, thanks for this great news amk. I will miss you. I wrote a comment to you on another thread when I read about you leaving.

            Amk, you have brought so much joy to my heart on TOD. I will miss you so much, but I will Never forget you, my dear and beautiful friend. You brought so much joy to my life within our TOD Family.

            May the gods be gentle and so good to you and may your and wify and family enjoy your life together with much joyfulness for many, many, years to come. Enjoy your celebration and know that you are so loved by this little senior of the TOD family. ((((((((((( Thank you so much, and please grace us with your presence when you can.))))))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

    • 45 anniebella
      January 21, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      No he wasn’t the one who wanted to take FLOTUS to the Marine Ball.

  18. 46 carolmaewy
    January 21, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    I’ve been peeking in the archives and you were in knots on Election Day. Think of all you’ve been together and how lucky you are to have each other? I’m giving TOD and Chips a group hug! Glad to enjoy the day with the backbone of the Obama movement! Looking FORWARD to good days ahead. Lost a friend today because of what she posted on FB. Two before that. They have to say really awful things and they did. Plastering FB with Inaugural photos and songs! 🙂 oh Happy Day!

  19. January 21, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Chips thank you, you were just amazing today and I just want to say I I I so in love with you. Thank you Chips you are the best

  20. 48 Obama Grandmama
    January 21, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    I have my recording of this afternoon’s events on while reading here. I like this dress so much more than the first Inaugural Ball dress because it is more flattering to Michelle. The color and cut of the gown is exquisite. Who is the designer?

    • 49 anniebella
      January 21, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      Jason Wu, the one who design the first one.

    • 50 theo67
      January 21, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      The designer is the same guy who did the first dress. I actually like both dresses equally, because they both suit the time they were worn. One was worn at the beginning of a Presidency, when the players were relatively unknown, unproven and probably nervous at the scale of crises they had to confront. Now, they’ve all shown us what they’ve got, and they’ve earned their confidence. Red seemed appropriate and the dress seemed beautiful.

      • 51 jacquelineoboomer
        January 21, 2013 at 11:57 pm

        Well said, theo67. From a bit of “innocence” to a nice display of “confidence,” that’s all unfolded before our adoring eyes!

        • 52 lovingandlaughing
          January 22, 2013 at 12:36 am

          I agree, well said Theo!

          • 53 lovingandlaughing
            January 22, 2013 at 12:39 am

            I am just now remembering…wasn’t there all sorts of “horror” talk back in 09 because Michelle showed her shoulders/arms! The country was not ready for this gorgeous red dress then, but now is the time!

  21. 54 susanne
    January 21, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    16!! the hits just keep on comin’ 🙂

  22. 55 anniebella
    January 21, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Time for bed, all I want to say is “What A Day’.

  23. January 21, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    • 57 jacquelineoboomer
      January 21, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      Thank you, Chips, from the bottom of my (our) hearts.

      • January 21, 2013 at 11:40 pm

        Thank YOU J, it’s been the most special of days, and I’m truly grateful to have been able to spend it in the company of all you lovely, inpsiring people. Can never thank you all enough.

        • 59 jacquelineoboomer
          January 21, 2013 at 11:47 pm

          That’s why we love you, Chips, because you’re … well … you. And you share all that “you” with “us” !!!

  24. 60 kathryn kivett
    January 21, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Whew! I don’t know about y’all but I’m exhausted…..this has been just a delicious day…Mrs. O is just stunning…all day long…and her red dress was magnificent…..I gather that she doesn’t know what she is going to wear until the last minute and she wears what makes her feel good about herself….hey, that’s called feminism…making your OWN choices………..so tonight, I chose my inauguration finery after a lot of consideration and ta da…..I wore a 100% cotton, blue flowered flannel frock from J.C.Penny’s, black fuzzy booty shoes by Isotoner, with accompaning red fuzzy coat that has scotty dogs all over it…….and it sure made me feel good about myself………..THANK YOU, CHIPS….YOU are the HERO of this inauguration………and thank all of you for providing links, tweets, pictures that have made this such an enjoyable experience……going to bed b/c tomorrow I know all we will hear is negatives and dissecting that speech to death so have to be in fighting mode.

  25. 62 LunarSea
    January 21, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Okay time for me to call it a night and thank you all for a fantastic day. Chips you deserve a medal, a pat on your back or at least dinner for one at burgerworld. Nice job.

    Before I go gotta leave this link special for you ChipsChica. If you scroll down there is a pic I want to particularly draw your attention. It’s the horsepoop cleanup brigade passing by the presidential view booth during the parade.

    I think these people will give you a serious run for you ‘ahem’ photojournalistic talents. I’d keep an eye on them if I were you.

    And with that, I’m off to bed.


    Loves all around to TOD villagers. Spankings for AMK for causing so much grief.

  26. January 21, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    So, we live in an age of wonders.

    One of the things wifey was worrying about was, um, wiping herself post-surgery. Of course, i would do it, but neither of us was much looking forward to it.

    Then, being the librarian that I am, I googled “ass wiping after weight loss surgery.” Yes, those exact words. The long and short of it is that it led me to a product on Amazon, which is basically a long wand that you can use to keep hygienic. Everybody wins!

  27. January 21, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    I was gone all day and so couldn’t keep up; so looking back at all the wonderful posts from our Goddess Chips, the most poignant is the video where the President looked back one last time to take it all in. I’d love to have a screen grab of that moment where he had such longing and felt so deeply that moment in time. No one savors the moment quite like him. Thanks for all you do, Chips.

    • 75 Pamela
      January 21, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      I did try to capture it, as well, but in the end only managed to get one shot, fairly incomplete, as PBO was just beginning to turn, and before he started speaking. Hoped to capture it in sequence, but alas, was not possible. Beautiful, so very real.

    • 76 carolmaewy
      January 22, 2013 at 12:37 am

      I’ve been watching all day, and I can’t keep up with Chips. She is great! Everyone here is. My shelter from the storm.

  28. January 21, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Ok, I’m about to throw Twitter under the bus. And run it over a few times.

  29. 78 lisalovesobama
    January 21, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Stephen Colbert is so angry by PBO’s pinko commie “liberal collectivist agenda” that he just named himself president and used like 100 books to “inaugurate” himself by laying across them. Stephen was also offended that PBO used 3 bibles so he decided to use a whole bunch for his own inauguration. Hahahahahahahahahahhahhahahahahahahaha!!! 😆

    • January 21, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      Now, correct me if I’m mistaken, but for the past couple of years Colbert was dropping his RWNJ schtick, no? I think he realizes that the best satire is when it’s biting and more real than real, so he’s back to full RWNJ mode in an effort to help PBO’s tough work ahead.

      • 80 lisalovesobama
        January 21, 2013 at 11:51 pm

        I’ve only ever known him to do the conservative stuff. That other one is who does the “real criticism” shtick. 🙄 more like firebagger shyte masquerading as ironic humor. 🙄

    • 81 jacquelineoboomer
      January 21, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      Dang. Wish I had seen that! 🙂

    • 84 LunarSea
      January 21, 2013 at 11:57 pm

      I always like Colbert better than that other guy. Colbert used to have conservative believing him. Loved the way he mocked them and they didn’t even know. Slowly ppl caught on but he’s never given up his schtick.

  30. 85 4morefor44
    January 21, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    sorry to be so trivial, but in the land of naughty mats this should be okay i think…

    how about dr. jill and joe’s daughter ashley?!? hubba, hubba, and super cool too:

    “The bride, 30, is a social worker and career development and education liaison in the education office for the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families. She develops programs for children in the juvenile-justice, foster-care and mental-health systems.”

    everyone surrounding the obamas and bidens are beautiful people, inside and out. so thankful for today!!!

  31. 89 EDP4BHO
    January 21, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Well, my comments cannot even compare with the glamour presented here. It will take me an entire day (tomorrow) to catch up, but I wanted to post my comments as per follows:

    I’m sharing this post with a couple sites. Hello TOD. Synopsis of the inauguration. Was elated to be there. Almost didn’t make it as a commuter bus from Maryland was not running. Fail !. We drive into DC reluctantly, but everything went well. Only paid 8.50 parking, few tolls, snacked from a truck, booed the Newt, McCain (wasn’t he supposed to be in Syria?) (and the Clintons- low), watched as the camera panned over to Sasha letting out a big yawn while her dad was giving this important speech…LOL; that choir was just awesome, and Beyonce sounded fabulous in person. Also got a glimpse of Marlon Wayans texting. Crowd was fantastic and black folks showed up big (yeah, that enthusiasm gap) among a diverse crowd . Did you all know that Boehner’s wife is orange like him? I missed the Obama portion of the parade as I took a detour into the Smithsonian (been meaning to get there for years- this was my first trip ever to DC). And, I got full shots of FLOTUS’ first inaugural gown, the jewelry, the Jimmy Choo shoes. Yes, all on full display, along with a lot of other first ladies’ attire, but hers was the big draw, and shown more prominently since she’s current. Only watched the parade up to second Hawaii band, had to leave for that long, long trek back to Metro. Along the way, came across CNN doing its broadcast, with too much commentary of course, and David Gergen and John King, and two broads (they all had their backs turned to us at the Mall.) Got a couple shots of PBO on their live screening of the parade review stand, along with FLOTUS. One day, I will see her up front, but this is the first time I’ve been in the same general area as she. I had a glorious time, and actually tried to comment to you guys but to no avail, but you were all in my thoughts. Saying good nite. Be blessed.

  32. 94 sabreen60
    January 21, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Quite a day TOD. Another one for the history books. Ms Chips, words cannot express how grateful I am for you and this wonderful place you have created.

  33. 95 Pamela
    January 21, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Sweet Dreams Chipsticks and TOD! Quite the day, yes, quite the day! Chips is a shining star! Thank you all so very much!

    • 96 jacquelineoboomer
      January 21, 2013 at 11:59 pm

      Shining star? Just because we’re reading Part 5,008 of Inauguration Day posts? Give me more, Pamela. 🙂

  34. January 22, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Just to remind everyone, tomorrow is important.

    Israel is voting for a new govt, and filibuster reform has to be done.

  35. January 22, 2013 at 12:05 am

    I can’t believe that Bibi is going to get re-elected. God help us all.

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  40. January 22, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Turns out the above tweets are in reverse order from how they appeared in the video. My apologies.

  41. 107 57andfemale
    January 22, 2013 at 12:36 am

    I’m watching the repeat of Rachel’s show and she’s showing a clip of W. How the eff did that idiot ever get elected?

  42. 109 mtmarilyn
    January 22, 2013 at 12:45 am

    It’s been a long and such a memorable day. Such a privilege to spend it here with all of you! Thank you is hardly adequate to our BLOG Goddess MX Chips. What you have given us today is beyond words. All I can say is thank you and see you in the morning. Good nite.

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