Washington Post: When she set out to her local library in North Miami to cast her vote in the presidential election last year, Desiline Victor had no way of knowing the journey would lead all the way to the White House.

On Tuesday night, Victor, a 102-year-old Haitian immigrant, will sit in the ornate House chamber as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama to listen to President Obama’s State of the Union address.

Victor voted for the president, but it was not easy. On her first visit to the polls on the morning of Oct. 28, the first day of early voting, she waited in line for three hours. Poll workers eventually advised her to come back later, and she did.

….. The whirlwind trip has taken Victor out of her element. She had to buy a coat, since a heavy winter jacket isn’t usually needed in balmy Miami. And here, she’s “Ms. Victor” instead of “Granny”….

But when she meets the president, perhaps the address may be less formal. Victor already feels a kinship with the commander in chief.

“I call him ‘my son,’ ” she says. “I feel like he is my son.”

Full article here

197 Responses to “Desiline”

  1. 1 carolmaewy
    February 13, 2013 at 1:10 am

    We’re still going strong?

  2. 3 carolmaewy
    February 13, 2013 at 1:12 am

    🐈 Is Kitty back were she belongs?

  3. 5 carolmaewy
    February 13, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Desiline Victor is a hero!

  4. 6 donna dem 4 obama
    February 13, 2013 at 1:14 am

  5. February 13, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Chips, I thought I was the only one still awake! However, I’m giving up on my papers and going to bed now. Sweet dreams all!

      • February 13, 2013 at 1:25 am

        Alright, really good night now!

      • 15 99ts
        February 13, 2013 at 1:35 am

        I can’t believe Boehner SAT through the recognition of Desiline – but I’m sure she didn’t see it – unlike the rest of the world.

        Also too – thank you for all of the posts today – they are wonderful.

        • 16 jackiegrumbacher
          February 13, 2013 at 7:33 am

          Yes, 99ts, because no matter what his prejudices and political differences, it is common humanity to applaud a 102 year old who stands in line so long and cares to much about voting. Boenher is completely with class. A low life.

        • 17 anniebella
          February 13, 2013 at 8:09 am

          I did everything I could do not to look at John Boehner . He doesn’t deserve to be sitting up there.

    • 18 carolmaewy
      February 13, 2013 at 5:18 am

      I didn’t think anyone was around. My iPad crashed, fixed it and went to FB. Then had to see what was going on in Big Bear. Hopefully he is the body in the burned down house, but all precautions still being taken until results verified its him by forensics. Chips, this is the greatest blog ever! I get lots of FB posts from Dems, but the comments are awful sometimes. It is too time consuming for me to block them all.

      • 19 nathkatun7
        February 13, 2013 at 5:46 am

        I am a night owl! Read everything. Clearly you and the other TOD members, led by Chipsticks, have been on fire tonight/this morning!

        • 20 carolmaewy
          February 13, 2013 at 5:58 am

          It has been a hoot. I think it was the post just before this one that was hilarious, but this shift is pretty good too! I’m just wound up!

  6. February 13, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Okay, no I’m not.

  7. February 13, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Going back on twitter was a mistake

  8. February 13, 2013 at 1:17 am

  9. February 13, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Gotta go sleep, see you in the morning everyone.

    • 27 amk for obama
      February 13, 2013 at 1:31 am

      Great job today. Have a great night.

    • 28 99ts
      February 13, 2013 at 1:36 am

      Fabulous job indeed – sweet dreams

    • 29 theo67
      February 13, 2013 at 1:43 am

      Fantastic job today, Chips. I was able to deal with the distraction of work, knowing that I could catch up on all the happenings when I got home tonight. I can’t wait until I win the lottery and don’t have to interrupt my TOD-viewing in order to earn a salary… Or, I could just run for Congress…

      • 30 carolmaewy
        February 13, 2013 at 5:24 am

        Go for it theo67! IN I presume?

        • 31 theo67
          February 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm


          • 32 carolmaewy
            February 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm

            Oh, is IN. for something else?

            • 33 theo67
              February 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm

              It was at the beginning of hte campaign, when we were asked to declare whether we were “in” with the President. I was “in”. I really should update my avatar, I guess, now that the campaign is over.

              • 34 carolmaewy
                February 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm

                Oh, I was in, but I don’t remember seeing that.

              • 35 carolmaewy
                February 13, 2013 at 12:48 pm

                I was “in” 2012. Made our first political contribution in ’08. Didn’t have as easy access to computer to do much in WY, but we did a lot this year. We liked to think we helped turn CO blue. We made lots of calls with very few people. Met Dems I didn’t know existed in WY! 😉

          • 36 carolmaewy
            February 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm

            How is LA this morning? I stayed up until 6:39am MST and I got up about 45 minutes ago. Just in time to see our wonderful President. He sounds so happy. 🙂

            • 37 theo67
              February 13, 2013 at 12:40 pm

              You are clearly living the life of leisure… It’s bright and sunny, but still with a bite of cold in the air. I got into work a couple of hours ago, so it’s probably warmed up quite a bit since then. But, another gorgeous day in California!

              • 38 carolmaewy
                February 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

                It’s starting out ok here, but overcast. We are hoping for snow because we are seriously low on moisture. Much worse than usual. It so much prettier with snow, unless you have to drive in it. It’s sort of a life of forced leisure. 😉 Enjoy sunny California!

    • 39 COS
      February 13, 2013 at 1:50 am

      Thanks Chips. sleep well.

    • 40 carolmaewy
      February 13, 2013 at 5:25 am

      Might not see me until noon. 😉

    • 41 carolmaewy
      February 13, 2013 at 5:26 am

      Sweet dreams. 😴

  10. 42 amk for obama
    February 13, 2013 at 1:22 am

  11. 43 amk for obama
    February 13, 2013 at 1:24 am

    • 44 carolmaewy
      February 13, 2013 at 5:30 am

      I didn’t watch anything but Cspan, only showed Rubio, took a few calls and then replayed #SOTU. Did Rand get any attention? Probably read about it tomorrow or not. Nasty, nasty things being said about Nutgent. 😈 I think he earned it.

  12. 45 amk for obama
    February 13, 2013 at 1:27 am

  13. 50 amk for obama
    February 13, 2013 at 1:29 am

  14. 51 amk for obama
    February 13, 2013 at 1:30 am

  15. 52 4morefor44
    February 13, 2013 at 1:32 am

    wow. ms. desiline is 2 years older than rosa parks, and desiline received a standing ovation at tonight’s state of the union speech of america’s first black president….perspective.

  16. 54 amk for obama
    February 13, 2013 at 1:44 am

    • 55 COS
      February 13, 2013 at 1:49 am

      Is anyone talking about Rubio’s speech, eg, what he actually talked about? It appears that the “Big Gulp” overshadowed the speech. 🙂

    • 61 carolmaewy
      February 13, 2013 at 5:37 am

      Does Rubio really live in same neighborhood he grew up in? I doubt it. Seems govt treated him and his family well. Doesn’t he remember Cubans are allowed to become citizens as soon as they touch our soil? Time for them to get in line too. SSDD (Same shit, different dude)

      • 62 amk for obama
        February 13, 2013 at 5:45 am

        He is a typical rethug. He got mine will all the government help. Now that I’m a corrupt millionaire, fuck yours

        • 63 carolmaewy
          February 13, 2013 at 5:57 am

          That’s what I thought. He never impressed me as a good speaker and he proved me right tonight. They think $400,000 is still middle class, yet average household makes $45,000. There is something wrong with that idea. $30 an hour minimum wage would be $60-70,000 a year, depending on hours work. Try raising a family of four on that.

    • 64 carolmaewy
      February 13, 2013 at 5:51 am

      I’m so proud of her for waiting in line. She could make a fortune promoting the comfortable shoes she was wearing while waiting three hours. 🙂 We are better than this! Amk, what time is it where you are? 3:51am in WY.

    • 65 jackiegrumbacher
      February 13, 2013 at 7:38 am

      amk, it’s an absolute disgrace that she stood in line at all. Poll workers and voters should be ever watchful for this kind of thing and should always bring the very elderly and disabled to the front of the line. It’s outrageous that no one in Miami had the sense to do this.

  17. 66 amk for obama
    February 13, 2013 at 1:46 am

  18. 67 amk for obama
    February 13, 2013 at 1:53 am

    ‘No body’ found in California cabin


    The CA police’s ham handed approach is stunning. Burn off the house to get to a guy who was not there ?

    • 68 theo67
      February 13, 2013 at 1:58 am

      Someone posted that the sheriff said the house was too hot, and they won’t attempt to get in there tonight. Any reports about bodies is incorrect. The whole thing is a tragedy. This Dorner character was one of the “good guys” that LaPierre is always spouting off about, and yet, he’s created such tragedy – fr himself and other people. This wasn’t the way to handle it- on all sides.

    • 69 carolmaewy
      February 13, 2013 at 5:48 am

      I read in LA Times a few minutes ago there is a body. They are not saying it is Dorner until forensics are in. Will take some time to sort it out. It was two maids he tied up. It was apparently a rental cabin. When the owner saw it on local TV, she new it was supposed to be empty and called police. It’s worth the read to sort things out a little better. I don’t follow LA Times, so don’t know about their credibility, but sounded like sounded like a good police briefing and they didn’t make wild claims. Police still protecting those named in manifesto just in case. I’m still confused about the timeline and just how many people he killed. At least four too many. I’m trying to take in #SOTU so I’ll sort through the facts about Dorner tomorrow.

  19. 70 theo67
    February 13, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Someone should have told Rubio that the “Savior” is supposed to walk ON water, not gulp it (in desperation)…!

  20. 73 Bill R.
    February 13, 2013 at 2:12 am

    I’m glad the Big Gulp happened as it was emblematic of the phoniness of Marco Rubio as a potential leader in our country. He lies about his own biography and tries to present his story and his values as something other than what they truly are. He is a phony, a con man, trying to con his way into the oval office. I think his con began to unravel some time ago, but this evening it melted away.

  21. February 13, 2013 at 2:12 am


    #TrustBarack He’s just given another lesson in WHY.

  22. February 13, 2013 at 2:26 am

    After viewing it again and thinking about it through the evening, am even more emphatic about the quality of President Obama’s SOTU ….

    time for some rest

  23. 78 Anna
    February 13, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Who is the unhappy looking woman sitting next to Desiline, I would have been all smiles to have the same opportunity to sit next to Desiline.

    • 79 susanne
      February 13, 2013 at 3:26 am

      she caught my eye, too. she may be very sad, or very tense about the tv cameras.

      • 80 Dudette
        February 13, 2013 at 3:33 am

        She got that ticket last year. Thought she was coming to see Ann Romney and someone forgot to tell her…

      • 82 Dudette
        February 13, 2013 at 3:35 am

        Maybe Desiline let one fly right before PBO called her name. 😀

      • 87 amk for obama
        February 13, 2013 at 5:30 am

        well, at least she was joining others in the applause. Also. Too. boner. Would have been more classy if she (& boner) had stood up while doing so. After all, the woman was sitting next to her.

      • 89 carolmaewy
        February 13, 2013 at 6:04 am

        She may be one of the twenty-six victims of gun violence or there as a place filler. Ms. Victor only speaks Haitian Creole. It may have been a long day for her. Or it may be the women who sent the names of the people in Florida who had waited a long time in line. I don’t think those seats would be that comfortable and the traffic and waiting in line, going through security checks, she was caught in a moment. I’ll go look up the email I got from the woman who accompanied Ms Victor.

        • 90 carolmaewy
          February 13, 2013 at 6:30 am

          Well, I must have deleted it. I have gotten about a hundred emails today.

          • 91 carolmaewy
            February 13, 2013 at 6:48 am

            I really think the sad woman is the one who suggested Desiline as an example of the voting problems in Florida. What had the President said just before this? Anyone remember? Let’s give her a break.

    • 92 anniebella
      February 13, 2013 at 8:17 am

      Why focus on the woman sitting next to Ms. Desiline, when the star is Ms. Desiline.

    • 93 vcprezofan2
      February 13, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Maybe she’s there as a caregiver and was trying to focus?

  24. 94 susanne
    February 13, 2013 at 3:31 am

    i came home to watch the sotu on tape, so really enjoyed all the tod comments and hilarity as a preview! thanks chips for providing this big, comfy, sofa-filled living room for us all to gather in 🙂

  25. 96 Dudette
    February 13, 2013 at 3:40 am

    • 97 99ts
      February 13, 2013 at 3:50 am

      Dudette – if you are still around – I was reading on BJ that 3 of the Justices from the Supreme Court did not attend. I was of the opinion that like most Western countries the judiciary is supposed to be the 3rd arm of government – not attached to politics at all. Is there somewhere I can read about the reality of this Supreme Court. Is this the first time the Judges did not attend a SOTU?

    • 104 nathkatun7
      February 13, 2013 at 6:00 am

      Dudette, I stood up and clapped although I was just watching a taped speech! I don’t care what Boehner did because, as far as I am concerned, he has no ethics.

    • 106 carolmaewy
      February 13, 2013 at 6:43 am

      I’m proud of her and the people who surrounded her and cheered when she voted. I bet she still has the I voted sticker!

  26. February 13, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Hey guys. Can anyone help me out? I am looking for a transcript of the immigration reform speech, i think it must have been around January 29 or 30? Would love to use bits of that on an exam.

  27. 112 amk for obama
    February 13, 2013 at 5:34 am

  28. 115 amk for obama
    February 13, 2013 at 5:43 am

  29. February 13, 2013 at 6:00 am

    It drives me crazy….Marco Rubio’s emphasis is always about people creating small businesses. In fact that is the mantra of the Republican Party. Well, everyone can’t create a business…not everyone even wants to. It is one of the reasons they can’t grasp the value of job creation…”can’t find a job, create one.” I can’t help but wonder why people who hate government so much fight so hard to be in it.

  30. 118 amk for obama
    February 13, 2013 at 6:26 am

  31. 120 amk for obama
    February 13, 2013 at 6:33 am

  32. 121 proudmemberofglobalzero
    February 13, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Off to work in a bit I just wanted to post an observation this morning. Watching Bill Press this morning. He is touting the execution of a man in Big Bear without trial by jury. Now don’t get me wrong, but was he not one of the loudest screamers about drones?

  33. February 13, 2013 at 7:03 am

    I am
    Not sure how that fire started, but the word is that over 500 rounds were fired.
    Btw- those casings are very hot… So, maybe it was caused by incendiary shell casings?

    • 136 carolmaewy
      February 13, 2013 at 7:10 am

      Dorner had lots of firepower and stuff. LA Times had a no nonsense post about it. I read it an hour r two ago. It explains it. Just google LA Times and the front page. It seemed like a good, no nonsense explanation.

  34. February 13, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Also, somebody asked Valerie Jarrett if the President is cocky?
    What a question?

  35. February 13, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Gibbs has been on Msnbc for 45 minutes and he has spoken all for about a minute.
    They go to everybody but him, every stinking segment.
    He is basically just sitting there, I would get up and leave.

    • 143 carolmaewy
      February 13, 2013 at 8:41 am

      He should! Is Mark Halperin there? He called the president on live TV on morning Joe. Suspended for a week. Shouldn’t be on ever again. I complained about him on other shows on MSNBC because it was futile to comment on Morning Joe. Haven’t seen him for LNG time, but I quit watching MSNBC as much as I could.

  36. 144 amk for obama
    February 13, 2013 at 7:56 am

    My thoughts exactly. That and the million dollar reward, fucked up emmessem management. The CA police head honchos should be fired for sheer incompetency.

  37. 150 amk for obama
    February 13, 2013 at 7:57 am

  38. 151 Dudette
    February 13, 2013 at 8:04 am

  39. 160 Dudette
    February 13, 2013 at 8:11 am

  40. 161 Dudette
    February 13, 2013 at 8:18 am

    So many good tweets, so little time…

  41. 162 JER
    February 13, 2013 at 8:21 am

  42. 163 JER
    February 13, 2013 at 8:24 am

    • 164 anniebella
      February 13, 2013 at 8:43 am

      So the hypocrite Rubio who took advantage of student loans, Medicare, and who knows what else, want to get rid of these things to help other people.

  43. 165 JER
    February 13, 2013 at 8:25 am

  44. February 13, 2013 at 8:47 am

    During the VP debate in 2012, Paul Ryan was also drinking loads of water – what’s up with lying Rethugs and the need to drink water?

  45. 171 Dudette
    February 13, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I can’t help it — they’re just TOO GOOD!

  46. February 13, 2013 at 8:50 am

    On Morning Joe they’re talking about Calvin Coolidge and praising him to the high heavens. What is it about these people and revisionist history? He was the President of eugenics, who wrote “There are racial considerations too grave to be brushed aside for any sentimental reasons. Biological laws tell us that certain divergent people will not mix or blend. The Nordics propagate themselves successfully. With other races, the outcome shows deterioration on both sides. Quality of mind and body suggests that observance of ethnic law is a great necessity to a nation as immigration law.”

    He signed the immigration law that banned Asians, the mentally ill, illiterate, epileptics, homosexuals, alcoholics, etc. He signed the law that allowed mandatory sterilization.

    • 173 desertflower
      February 13, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Maybe you should inform him….and ask if that’s what he REALLY thinks is fine and dandy? I never listen to this BS in the morning…what about Coolidge is he praising? Good grief…

    • 174 Dudette
      February 13, 2013 at 8:58 am

      You don’t really expect Morning Schmoe to actually know history do you?

      • February 13, 2013 at 9:29 am

        Sorry it took me so long to respond…had to make a run. I actually try to avoid Morning Joke, but I have guest who love the show. I think the man is an idiot. To Desertflower, of course they wanted everyone to know what a great guy he was…as great, in many ways, as Lincoln. The part that pissed me off…”President Obama could learn a thing or two from Coolidge”.

  47. 176 Dudette
    February 13, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Have a great day everybody! 😀

  48. 179 globalcitizenlinda
    February 13, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Suspect that someone has shared this moment of exchange between PBO and Sen M Kirk. I missed it when it happened live

    This GIF of Obama’s Exploding Bipartisan Fist Bump Is the State of the Union Highlight


  49. 180 carolmaewy
    February 13, 2013 at 9:07 am

    You Tube search: drinking water helps you poop! 😈
    Also search: Cute Elephant Drinking Water From Pool, Walking

  50. 181 amk for obama
    February 13, 2013 at 9:07 am

    The European Union and the US will begin formal talks on a free-trade agreement, paving the way for the biggest trade deal in history.

    European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso made the joint announcement following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

    A deal would bring down trading barriers between the two biggest economies in the world.

    EU-US trade is worth around 455bn euros (£393bn; $613bn) a year.

    Mr Obama announced US support for talks as part of his annual address to Congress on Tuesday, saying a free-trade deal would “boost American exports, support American jobs and level the playing field in the growing markets of Asia”.

    In a joint statement, US and EU leaders said trade between the US and EU supported millions of jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.

  51. 182 amk for obama
    February 13, 2013 at 9:11 am

  52. 184 utaustinliberal
    February 13, 2013 at 9:17 am

  53. 185 vcprezofan2
    February 13, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Awake, alert and in the villlage, somewhere! Good Morning!

  54. 186 LDS
    February 13, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Is that the real reason he is retiring…….seriously?

  55. February 13, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    Good news! Jen Psaki is going to the State Dept. as a spokesperson!

  56. 192 LDS
    February 13, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Good morning, VC!
    What’s cookin?

    • 193 vcprezofan2
      February 13, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Hi there, LDS! Nothing yet. Can’t decide what to eat. You know that feeling when you want something ‘nice’ but can’t decide what? I’ll probably go eat a yogurt as consolation in a little bit.

  57. 196 RosesforObama
    February 13, 2013 at 10:08 am

    What a heroine Desiline Victor is, and I do not think it was a coincidence, that Ms. Valerie Jarrett, was seated right in front of Ms. Victor, very respectful of the inner circle of The White House, though I did not expect otherwise – the humanity of President Obama shows at all levels, in sharp contrast to the absolutly embarrasing and rude
    behaviour of John Boehner, who as a host ( in his case a so called “host”) did not at all live up his job, respecting
    all “his ” guests. What a small mind, and if I were him, I would have committed harakiri on the spot…
    Mario Rubio as “wunderkind” forget it!
    President Obama fullfilled the greatest expectations, what a pleasure to witness him.
    Thank You Chipsticks for all You do, and last night for the best laugh in a long time!

  58. 197 Nena20409
    February 13, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Lovely post as always, Lady Chips 🙂


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