Child’s Play

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College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center, Deactur, Feb 14



4:50: President Obama participates in a “Fireside Hangout” with Google+ to discuss his State of the Union Address

133 Responses to “Child’s Play”

  1. 3 carolmaewy
    February 14, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Howdy! ♥ ღ´´¯`•.¸¸. ི♥ྀ¸ღ´´¯`•.¸¸. ི♥ྀ ~ ♥

  2. 4 yardarm756
    February 14, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Near the top I am?

  3. 7 carolmaewy
    February 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Who brought this pre-school to life? The brain behind it?

  4. 8 utaustinliberal
    February 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Can’t wait for that fireside chat. The first Google+ chat was informative and fun.

  5. 9 vcprezofan2
    February 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    And the President does ‘child’s play’ so well, with the little ones AS WELL AS with the big children on the Hill!

    Congrats TOD hill toppers!

  6. 10 utaustinliberal
    February 14, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    This is so bloody annoying. The GOP don’t want Reid to bring up the Hagel nomination for a vote tomorrow but vaguely “promise” to confirm after they come back from a 10 day recess. What the hell? This is childish beyond belief.

    • 11 Linda
      February 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      Why did he file cloture if he did not have the 60 votes ?

      • 12 nathkatun7
        February 14, 2013 at 4:33 pm

        He had the 60 votes but the Republican machine went into overdrive and threatened Republicans who didn’t want to filibuster Hagel. Again I sincerely ask that we stop blaming Sen. Reid for all this GOP madness. This is no time to turn on each other.

    • 13 anniebella
      February 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      ut, This make no sense at all

    • 14 jacquelineoboomer
      February 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      CNN, whom one can’t believe, said earlier that they “heard” (probably in the elevator) that the delay until after the recess would allow Chuck Hagel to deliver non-existing documents covering the fake issues and other made-up things that are unresolved in the sick minds of the Rs. A pack of lies by a pack of rats.

      At the SOTU, it “came to me” that one of the bitter reasons the Rs were so delighted to hold up Hagel’s confirmation was so that he couldn’t be sitting in the front row as SECDEF to hear the President’s address. That he’d be forced to wait to get any glory for agreeing to serve our country once again. But I realized the best part of all that backfiring for people like McCain was that the man who beat him in ’08 was standing behind the podium giving the address; his “friend” Joe Biden was in the chair behind the President; his “other friend” John Kerry was in the front row as our new SOS, and McCain and his henchman and coyote woman (or whatever her name is) were sitting in the peanut gallery hoping the camera would pan over to their bitter faces once more. Payback is cringeworthy but sometimes comes can haunt ’em.

    • February 14, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      They are hoping something else comes up that will derail him.
      Expect the Republican Opo research to be in high gear, these next ten days.

  7. 19 utaustinliberal
    February 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    The picture of Pres. Obama with the blue cards cracks me up. He looks like a kid who’s up to no good or about to cheat his way to winning a game while thinking the adults can’t see him.

  8. 20 dotster3
    February 14, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    This struck me as stunningly ignorant by Rubio also, that he wasn’t for raising the minimum wage ’cause he wants people to make a lot more than than $9/hr. What??? Ay yi yi yi yi yi yi. Rubio is in dire need of those “critical thinking skills” President Obama just referenced. Mental lightweight.

    • 21 nathkatun7
      February 14, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      “Rubio is in dire need of those “critical thinking skills” President Obama just referenced.”

      You are absolutely spot-on, dotster! Any who thinks a minimum precludes a maximum is dire need of critical thinking skills.

  9. 22 hopefruit2
    February 14, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Congrats to Marielle, carolmaewy, and yardarm on 3-way tie.

  10. 23 hopefruit2
    February 14, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I’m not sure why congress is having so many “breaks.” They’re on break every damn month for at least 10 days (not counting weekends and holidays). Which I had a job like that, paying me that kind of money and benefits. If they go on recess, can’t PBO recess appoint Hagel?

  11. February 14, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Good Afternoon, Everyone 🙂

  12. 28 dotster3
    February 14, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Now the tow line breaks for that doomed cruise ship, so further delays. I cannot imagine being captive on that putrid petri dish cruise—–in addition to little food and no water and no facilities, as they say, ship has no stabilizers, everyone’s sick, ship tilting right and left. What a nightmare.

    • 29 daisydem
      February 14, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      OMG … that is awful. And what happened to the stabilizers? Are they electrical too?

    • 30 vcprezofan2
      February 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      Dotster, I’m so out of the loop I thought you were using a cruise ship metaphor for the Repubs and the nominations, at least until I read DaisyD’s response. 😳

  13. 31 isonprize
    February 14, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    h/t QoakaJP @ POU & wonkette

    This GIF is HILARIOUS!!! hint: PBO & Rubio #staythirsty

    • 32 susanne
      February 14, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      that’s our pbo! always ready to help the rethugs in their endless (and sooo successful) efforts at proving they’re stupid.

  14. 33 susanne
    February 14, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    the more i read about rubio, the more i’m reminded that his name means ‘blonde’ — cue the blond jokes amk! 🙂

  15. February 14, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Via the pool report:

    Mr. Obama walked over to the first group of kids who were playing with blocks, and asked, “Can I help?”

    The children greeted him and asked him to play with them. During the photo-op, one of the boys asked, “Are you our teacher?” Another boy said, “Welcome, Mr. President.” and another child said, “I saw you on TV.”

    [A]t the first table, two boys eventually became engrossed in a video screen with their backs to the president and were encouraged by a teacher to rejoin the president of the United States.

  16. 36 Bill R.
    February 14, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Cory Booker has a clear path now:

  17. February 14, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Because this is awesome:

  18. 38 utaustinliberal
    February 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    • February 14, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      Call me a cockeyed optimist, but something tells me Harry has a plan. God, I hope he does.

      • 40 57andfemale
        February 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm

        I’m hoping. because this is a bunch of b.s.

      • February 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm

        Nobody knows what’s going on and then their is this-

        By JOSH GERSTEIN | 2/14/13 12:53 PM EST
        President Barack Obama did not speak with Libyan leaders as the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was under way last September, the White House acknowleged Thursday in a letter to lawmakers.

        White House Counsel Kathy Ruemmler said then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did reach out to Libyan President Mohamed Magariaf at Obama’s request on the same day the attack began, but Obama didn’t personally call the Libyan leader until the following night.

        “Secretary Clinton called Libyan President Magariaf on behalf of the president on the evening of September 11, 2012 to coordinate additional support to protect Americans in Libya and access to Libyan territory. At that time, President Magariaf expressed his condemnation and condolences  and pledged his government’s full cooperation,” Ruemmler wrote. “The President spoke to President Magariaf on the evening of September 12.”


        • 42 57andfemale
          February 14, 2013 at 3:51 pm

          And what is this supposed to MEAN? W. went on vacation when ‘Bin Laden determined to strike the U.S.’ and ran around like a scared chicken during 911.

          The SoS was in contact. God!

  19. 43 Linda
    February 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    RT @reidepstein: Obama meets James Carter, man behind Romney 47% video http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/02/obama-meets-video-guy-157065.html

  20. 44 utaustinliberal
    February 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    The land of Lincoln is great indeed.

  21. February 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm

  22. 49 utaustinliberal
    February 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    This is insane.

  23. 51 vcprezofan2
    February 14, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    You are probably in class as I share this, Desertflower, but it seems that Arpaio is showcasing his crazy leadership again….. so now AZ teachers have to keep an extra eye on the armed school posse as well. As if teachers don’t have enough to do!

  24. 52 utaustinliberal
    February 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Lindsey Graham is a jerk

    • 53 57andfemale
      February 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Until they drum up more ‘concerns’ from the fevered nonsense of the RW Internets. God.

      They’re trying to show how they can lead Harry Reid by a leash. Lindsey Graham will ‘feel better’ in 10 days? McCain will vote for cloture in 10 days but not this week?

      It’s just to humiliate Reid and look like they are in control.

    • 56 Betsy
      February 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Harry Reid should not let them recess until they vote.

  25. 57 utaustinliberal
    February 14, 2013 at 3:34 pm

  26. February 14, 2013 at 3:34 pm

  27. 62 utaustinliberal
    February 14, 2013 at 3:38 pm

  28. 63 utaustinliberal
    February 14, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Reid does have the power to cancel the recess and keep them in session right?

  29. February 14, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    this just in my inbox

    Tune in at 4:50 ET

    This morning, we asked for your response to the State of the Union. In just a few hours, President Obama is going to sit down with a group of Americans for a conversation about that speech and his plan to create jobs and strengthen the middle class.

    And you should watch it live:

    WHAT: President Obama’s Hangout
    WHEN: February 14, 4:50 p.m. ET
    WHERE: WhiteHouse.gov/Live

    The President will talk to Americans from all over the country in a Google+ Hangout. He’ll also take and answer questions that people like you have submitted and voted for.

    It should be a great conversation, so be sure to tune in.


  30. February 14, 2013 at 3:41 pm

  31. February 14, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Hate to say this, but Harry Reid is about as weak as they can get. Has he been hanging out with Boner or something?
    He seems hesitant, afraid and being bullied.
    Whatever he had last year, he has lost.

    • 77 susanne
      February 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      that, or he’s playing them. no way to ignore how stupid they’re behaving, and reid’s made that very public.

      • 78 auntsis522
        February 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm

        I am having a heard time staying on Reid’s side. This is simply ridiculous. I am praying, that in the end, Hagel will be confirmed but do we need to have ‘all of this drama’ each and every time something comes up. Geez, enough already.

    • 79 Nena20409
      February 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      Did we all forget that Boxer, Feinstein, Baucus, Pryor and 3 others or so were not supporting the Filibuster Reform that was being advanced? That was why days later, Harkins(sp) announced his retirement.

      • 80 57andfemale
        February 14, 2013 at 4:27 pm

        Reid has since said that he had no intention of ever supporting anything that would mess with the 60-vote threshold – he wanted procedural reform to speed things along. THIS was all the reform he wanted although he led us to believe he was for serious reform. If he had stood behind filibuster reform he would have strong-armed enough votes. he wasn’t interested in doing that.

        This is not the same as Ben Nelson saying that he wouldn’t support any health care reform if it contained a public option. I simply do not believe that Boxer or Feinstein would have been the votes to kill filibuster reform if the Majority Leader who had been lied to by McConnell had stood up and ended at least some of the abuse. remember, we were all scratching our heads when he went behind closed doors with McConnell. Durbin had earlier said that we had the votes for some muscled reform — he specifically said we had the votes to shift the burden to the minority.

        Instead Reid reached an agreement with McConnell, a handshake to behave better, and there would be no end to a filibuster unless the Republicans agreed. I know there was some progress made, but not enough to eliminate a spectacle like we’re seeing now.

        Majority Leaders are among the most powerful people in our government. Harry dropped the ball on this one – twice. It’s not just about legislation – someone said that to me yesterday. POTUS deserves his appointees, a functioning administration, and the right to place judges that reflect his administration’s vision. Harry Reid should have at least ended the abuse on that.

        • 81 Nena20409
          February 14, 2013 at 4:47 pm

          The 60 votes….didn’t have majority of the senates to reform it weeks ago. However, the Talking Filibuster did have 51 votes. That is the one that Boxer and co were against too.

    • 82 hopefruit2
      February 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Does the NRA have some goods on Reid that he feels hostage to the GOP all of a sudden?

  32. 83 Vicki
    February 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    ATTENTION: vote at 4:15—–Suspense over soon
    I am going with hope rather than fear. Hope that Reid knows what he’s doing.

    • 84 Nena20409
      February 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      If it fails, would Reid then insist that the senate is not going on a 10 day break? Why are Dems not everywhere shouting for an up or down vote as TBGOPers would have done? Messaging by Dems….always an uphill battle 😦

      • 85 57andfemale
        February 14, 2013 at 4:14 pm

        This is astounding to me. they should be screaming outrage for an up-or-down vote. It should be orchestrated, it should be loud. If it’s happening, I’m not hearing about it. Outrageous.

        • 86 Nena20409
          February 14, 2013 at 4:49 pm

          It is Not happening. Dems are timidly bad at screaming at the top of their lings to get things done these days. They were great at it until after Reagan…..they some how lost their zeal to be louder.

  33. February 14, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Anyone seen the complaint going around that Pres.Obama only thinks women should have rights if they are mothers or daughter’s? I’ve seen a couple of tweets. If I see it again I’ll post it here. I’ve tried to keep my cool but……

    • 88 57andfemale
      February 14, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Are they confusing PBO with Ann romney? God.

      • February 14, 2013 at 4:26 pm

        Seriously, I don’t even have time for this. I even saw a tweet yesterday/today about a petition for POTUS to stop referring to women as mothers/daughters when talking about rights.

        Fucking priorities.

    • 90 dotster3
      February 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      Aren’t all women daughters?

      • February 14, 2013 at 5:51 pm

        They want to be referred to as human beings not by their roles.

        My take is this: Most people don’t pay attention to an issue unless it hits close to home. If they see how an issue affects THEIR own mother/daughter they might want to do something. Its not to dehumanize women, its to make others care about people they don’t know. Like, ‘Yeah, this can happen to you and yours’.

        Sometimes I don’t understand how people think. This tactic is something that a lot of activists and politicians use, now its sexist.

  34. 92 utaustinliberal
    February 14, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Stunning picture.

  35. February 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Link to the ‘Fireside hangout’:

    As Chips notes, the sidebar indicates a 430p ET start and the video link insert has it at 450p ET … 🙂

  36. 95 utaustinliberal
    February 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Illinois is winning Valentine’s Day.

  37. 96 susanne
    February 14, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    have you folks seen this? very interesting research on brain structure and function, showing liberals and conservatives have fundamentally different thinking processes:

    ‘ In particular, a recent study of young adults suggests that liberals and conservatives have significantly different brain structure, with liberals showing increased gray matter volume in the anterior cingulate cortex, and conservatives showing increased gray matter volume in the in the amygdala.
    These results suggest that liberals and conservatives engage different cognitive processes when they think about risk, and they support recent evidence that conservatives show greater sensitivity to threatening stimuli. ‘


  38. February 14, 2013 at 4:15 pm

  39. 98 Vicki
    February 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Voting Now:::

  40. 99 debz
    February 14, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I can not believe Reid will wait until after their vacation to vote if the don’t get it done today!! He should make all of them stay until the job is done.

  41. 100 Linda
    February 14, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Voting begins

  42. 101 utaustinliberal
    February 14, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Senate voting on cloture for Hagel.


  43. February 14, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    • February 14, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      If this nomination is shot down Reid should be replaced

      • 104 nathkatun7
        February 15, 2013 at 12:07 am

        As always I am coming here late from work, but I am absolutely sick of the non-stop demonization of Sen. Reid. I may be in a minority at TOD on this issue, but I think it’s unfair to blame just the Majority leader on this issue of the filibuster reform, when prominent and seasoned Democrats, including my two Senators from CA, were not entirely on board. I’ve got to get this off my chest, and I know this might get me in hot water with many people here, but I think the way some people at TOD are singling out Reid for attacks on the filibuster reminds me of the emoprogs’ relentless attacks on the President about the public option. In both situations (public option and filibuster), one of the difficulty is that not all the Democratic members of Congress were on board.

  44. 105 utaustinliberal
    February 14, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Gotta love kids.

  45. February 14, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Are you watching this?

  46. 124 carolmaewy
    February 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    To Chips and friends on the Obama Diary….

    ✿ «
    ˜~✿)/¸.~” ✿¸¸✿ «
    « ҉ »..,« ҉ »..« ҉ »✿
    ✿.◦’✿ ´**« ҉ »~”˜✿
    ………….)::::( ……

    It’s a little off, but you get the idea I hope. If you’re alone or like Gary Marshall movies, Valentines Day is a hoot. Date Night for those couples in rut. Red for action and love. Then of course, I’d love to hear you’re favorites. Trivia you could care less about, but my hubby and I had our first date on Feb. 14, 1970. Our senior year in high school. Oh, the Sweetheart Ball. 😻😘💝💘 🙄
    Have a great Day. I tweeted my favorite video of the First Couple. The were talking about their first date!

  47. 126 utaustinliberal
    February 14, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Murkowski voted “AYE” We need one more GOP vote I believe.

  48. 127 Gazelle
    February 14, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Senate voting on Hagel right now! That’s what I’m seeing @ Breaking News MSNBC.

  49. 128 yardarm756
    February 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I’m watching these jerks in the Senate milling around with their hands in their pockets and chewin’ the fat. How much are we paying these jerks to do this? It’s way too much, whatever it is.

  50. 131 Vicki
    February 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Guy with counting thing entered chamber

  51. 132 Gazelle
    February 14, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I love seeing PBO w/ kids! Lovely pics, Chips! Thanks!

    Chips & TODers, happy Valentine’s Day! Stand firm & get all Cupid’s arrows! Don’t let that little scary dood stop ya! 🙂

  52. 133 Vicki
    February 14, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    It is offensive to see how happy GOP is while attempting to destroy our democracy

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