My President

President Obama gets a hug from a child at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center, in Decatur, Ga., Feb 14

97 Responses to “My President”

  1. February 14, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Happy Valentines Everybody. I love my president and Mrs. Obama.

  2. 9 Proud Former White House Intern
    February 14, 2013 at 10:16 pm


  3. February 14, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Happy (massive-wasted-paper-hopefully-recycled) Valentines Day TOD-ers!!!

  4. 11 utaustinliberal
    February 14, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    And we all say……awwwwwwwwwwwww.

  5. 12 vitaminlover
    February 14, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Just awwwwwww!

  6. February 14, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I love my president 🙂

  7. 14 hopefruit2
    February 14, 2013 at 10:24 pm


  8. 18 Roberta in MN
    February 14, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Good Evening Chips & TODer’s, just finished watching Lord of the Dance. . His set designs were pretty awesome. The performance was in Dublin, Ireland. Love the dancing. Needed some uplift after listening t those clowns in the Senate.

  9. 19 99ts
    February 14, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhh – I was just answering a post from LL – and you did it again – I am sure Miss Chips that you check when I am online and then decide to start a new thread so I can be the last poster on the previous thread – 🙂

    congrats gobrooklyn

    • 20 vcprezofan2
      February 14, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      Hi 99ts! Chips used to wait for me to arrive and about to comment in order to move immediately to a new post, so I’m encouraged to now see that she tries to spread that last place honour around. Such a thoughtful approach, I now think!

  10. February 14, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Evening everyone, hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

  11. 22 amk for obama
    February 14, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Kids of every shade and color will always love him.

    • February 14, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Happy Valentine’s Day buster, hope you gave Mrs Amk some roses, or such like?

      • 24 amk for obama
        February 14, 2013 at 10:31 pm

        Thanks, Chips. wifey unit and daughter unit left for my other home y’day after a two day whirlwind temple tour. 😦

        Daughter stood 68th at the national level entrance exam (over 20,000 appeared) in the post graduate medicine entrance exam but still not good enough to get a seat. You have to be in top 20 get a seat. Sigh…

        I am seriously thinking of sending her abroad for her post graduate studies – UK/US/New Zealand/Australia/Singapore. This heart break is not worth it.

        • February 14, 2013 at 10:38 pm

          68 out of 20,000??? And still not good enough to ‘get a seat’? What?!

          Sounds completely bizarre, Amk.

          You know where she needs to go? Ireland, of course.

          eg http://www.rcsi.ie/

          I’ll link her up with my Ma – and cat, hopefully.

          • 26 amk for obama
            February 14, 2013 at 10:51 pm

            LOL. I am afraid she’ll paint her hair green.

            Yes, it’s a very tough competition in India to get into post graduate medicine. Too few seats, Too many students competing. Her only consolation – she was the topper from her college.

            She loves cats and generally all animals. Now she has got pet pigeons, squirrels and crows that feeds them faithfully every day at our balcony. They get better treatment from her than me. Mebbe your mum can teach her a thing or two. 🙂

            • February 14, 2013 at 11:02 pm

              Your daughter is obviously highly qualified, amk. Reality is that competition for medical school is fierce in the US. Moreover, Med Schools want their graduates to stay in the US and practice medicine here. That would be a real hardship for you as a family.

              • 28 amk for obama
                February 14, 2013 at 11:16 pm

                Yeah, I know. That’s a bummer against US. But then the quality of teaching is excellent. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

                • 29 yardarm756
                  February 14, 2013 at 11:41 pm

                  University of Chicago is always looking for good students. My Doc is always got an intern in tow every time I go for an office visit. Everyone of ’em is here on a visa. Plus my Doc teaches in China twice a year. She even uses my body to ascertain some of their er, ah skills.

                  • 30 amk for obama
                    February 15, 2013 at 12:02 am

                    Thanks ya. I’ll take a look UoC. She definitely wants to come back to India to practice. (Some quaint notion about serving her people. ) So if the US univs require a compulsory service after graduation for foreign students who come there on their own dime, that’ll be a no-no for her.

                    • 31 yardarm756
                      February 15, 2013 at 12:10 am

                      Give me a heads up if she comes this way. I have some former co workers that could be of some assist. They go home often and have not been completely Americanized.

                    • 32 amk for obama
                      February 15, 2013 at 12:21 am

                      Thanks sailor. I’ll definitely yell for help if she ever gets in there. At present my preference ranking is Singapore (closest to home)/New Zealand (my UK niece did a month internship there recently and totally loved it)/Australia/UK/US.

                    • 33 yardarm756
                      February 15, 2013 at 12:25 am

                      Okay. Standing by. Hail if needed.

                    • 34 amk for obama
                      February 15, 2013 at 12:36 am

                      I will. Thanks again, man.

                    • 35 theo67
                      February 15, 2013 at 12:56 am

                      You must be very proud, amk – she sounds like a child that was raised with very good values. Lovely – good luck to her!

                    • 36 amk for obama
                      February 15, 2013 at 6:18 am

                      Of course I am. She has been a top notch brilliant student right from her kindergarten. Thanks for your wishes.

                    • 37 nathkatun7
                      February 15, 2013 at 1:52 am

                      AMK, also consider UC San Diego, which is top notch. Besides, you can’t beat the weather in San Diego. Best in the U.S. She will save on clothing.

                • 38 yardarm756
                  February 14, 2013 at 11:45 pm

                  And there is a rather large Indian community on the Northside that would be helpful with any transition.

    • 39 Roberta in MN
      February 14, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Agree amk. Congrats on all you that made it to 5 LOL.

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  13. 42 0388jojothecat
    February 14, 2013 at 10:28 pm


    I did not get to listen to Randi Rhodes today but found I can get her on iHeart Radio from 7PM on AM760……

  14. 43 utaustinliberal
    February 14, 2013 at 10:29 pm

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  17. February 14, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    That is the sweetest little hug.

  18. 50 carla4obama
    February 14, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Brought over from last posting:

    Bobfr @Our4thEstate

    @SenatorReid How can any of you vacation when we have soldiers on the battlefield & you just denied them a magnificent SecDef? @whitehouse
    2:43 AM – 15 Feb 13

    So tell me guys, how can they take a 10 fucking day break from “work”? How many days does congress work a year anyway?

    • February 14, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      I have no idea how they can do any of what we witnessed today, Carla – or any of what we’ve witnessed the GOP do for decades as they have done incalculable harm to America and killed vast numbers of people who were never our enemy (all the while not going after the ones who clearly were/are our enemy).

      What Senators and Reps call ‘work’ I call a vacation interrupted occasionally by bursts of show and even less frequent acts of governance.


  19. February 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day Chips and all TODers! That photo is a perfect image of the love we all have for each other and our President.


  20. 54 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    February 14, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Awwwwww….so sweet!

  21. February 14, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Report from the heating up of dinner: Damn, it smells good.

    AMK, may I humbly recommend UCLA Medical School for your daughter unit? Top rate school, lots of foreign students, and L.A. is festooned with good Indian cuisine so that she won’t get too homesick.

    • February 14, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      Oi, lots of fab Indian cuisine in Dublin – and the weather’s waaaaaaaay nicer than LA. Ish. 😕

    • 58 amk for obama
      February 14, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Thanks LL. That’s one of the colleges already in my wish list. She is a eggtarian (what one can’t be ?) and would be lost in the absence of Indian food.

      And Chips – Dublin is frigging cold in 15 out 12 months, ain’t it ?

      • February 14, 2013 at 11:02 pm

        🙄 Chilly, that’s all. And there are alternatives to Californian wine muck in Dublin, like stuff from Luxembourg and Scotland and the like. Back off LL, Amk’s girl is Ireland-bound.

      • 66 purpleshoesla
        February 14, 2013 at 11:58 pm

        UCLA definitely AMK! All of their graduate programs are top notch. I went to law school at UCLA (yes I’ve scrolled by your absolutely HEINOUS lawyer jokes with a stiff upper lip 😆 😆 Just kidding, there are only a handful of other attorneys I can say that I’m truly fond of). I also dated a med student in the program there back in the day. The campus is even more gorgeous now then when I attended many moons ago; with a highly diverse student population. And as LL noted, Indian cuisine is quite good here in the Southland, along with other tasty cuisines for her to experiment with. And the Cali TOD Gang too??? BONUS!! 🙂 Seriously, she should consider it.

      • 69 theo67
        February 15, 2013 at 1:05 am

        If good Indian food is a criteria for acceptance, then your only options will be London or Singapore.

      • 72 nathkatun7
        February 15, 2013 at 2:11 am

        UCLA is definitely top rate. But I think your daughter would be much happier at UCSD, another top rate medical school in the UC system. San Diego is much cleaner and less congested than LA. We also have excellent indian restaurants. I bet you if you and your daughter visited LA and San Diego, She would chose San Diego, better known as America’s finest city.

        • 73 amk for obama
          February 15, 2013 at 6:14 am

          Thanks nath. Lotsa partisan politics here? 🙂

          I’ll take a look UCSD. I agree SD is definitely better place than LA.

          /ducks and runs

  22. 74 cman
    February 14, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Wow, this filibuster thing has got me PISSED! 😡 The next time I hear anybody repeat the tired trope of both sides do it… Remind me to slap the taste out of their mouth for at least a good month 😡 urgh.

    • 75 anniebella
      February 14, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      cman, why not send a email to Senator Harry Reid. I have sent a email to ABC, and CNN, I plan to send one to CBS and NBC too say what I have to say about the Senate Republicans. What they did today was a disgrace and if they think this will improve people’s opinion of them they are seriously wrong.

  23. 76 vcprezofan2
    February 14, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Children hugging this Pres generally seem so relaxed, in a different way than the adults I think. I cannot think of an awkward response to a hug coming from a child, although I have seem a few ‘skeptical’ , or potential eye roll looks.

    • 77 anniebella
      February 14, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      Remember when you would see Mitt Romney with kids, the kids act like they were scared of Mitt, and Mitt act like he didn’t care to be touching those kids. And do anyone remember seeing any interaction between Ann Romney and kids. In the pictures you see with President Obama and kids it seem so real, like he care about the kids. Same with First Lady Michelle and kids.

      • 78 vcprezofan2
        February 14, 2013 at 11:16 pm

        Well, Annieb, I daresay pics of Pres O with kids seem real because they are – he does care about the children and he’s not shy to show it and they are not shy to accept it.

  24. 79 carolmaewy
    February 14, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    It is better to have a heart without words
    than words without a heart.
    – John Bunyan

  25. 85 CEB
    February 14, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    For a bit of needed frivolity, coming out of lurking for days to say, Scandal!!!! So many twists, turns, and a hot, hot scene between Fitz and Liv.

  26. 86 LDS
    February 14, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Thanks Chips!
    The picture of the little girl( wish I knew her name) is so adorable. I am just loving her hairstyle, too. She got all dolled up her President and gets and gives the biggest hug on Valentine’s Day!
    Nothing else matters….she will never forget this day. I pray that all of dys ill e filled with big hugs.
    This the day of L-O-V-E. I see we still love to hate the Republicans.

    Oh well, so glad POB and FLOTUS shared some time together tonight.
    If only the Repugs could take some hints from them……

  27. February 14, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    This may be weird. And please give me you-know-what as you please. We (my wife and I) are supporters ($$$$ and some time) and close to our Dem US representatives and senators. Udall, Heinrich, Lujan-Grisham and Lujan. They are all, decent, extremely hard-working, conscientious, diligent and concerned people. Are there shiftless, greedy, disgusting people in Congress? OH YEAH. But I REALLY BELIEVE there are many idealistic, skilled, accomplished and honest Americans in congress that have sacrificed a lot for our democratic system. I know the people I cited from NM. The pressures of office are UN-F*CKING BELIEVABLE. The schedule, the demands and pleas from constituents, travle back and forth, incredible expense of living in D.C., crapasslobbyist. For me there are even some moderate refuggs that are also good people that we often just disagree with. Our real politics are…..put nicely….. fucking GD tough. The campaigns and fund raising are so friggin hard. Do YOU want to do it? Hey, DO IT!!! OMG, I can’t imagine…

    • 89 99ts
      February 14, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      I think it’s the continual fundraising & elections – in my world the house is elected every 3 years (almost got 4 years) and elections are government funded. There is some, but little – fundraising. A “run of the mill” person does not need to fundraise.

      Thus said – there are so many times I have written to my member and received NO response. They send out a newsletter once/twice a year and that is it. When I have a complaint, I write to ministers (politically in charge of an admin department) and/or the head honcho. They are part of the party in power and always answer – at times I have had a process changed because of my complaint – but via my local member – nothing.

      I am sure some are very hardworking – I know that some others – do little, if anything.

    • February 14, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      We really need to get “money” out of our political process and that is the only way we can get “good” people to stay and the “greedy-lazy” to leave. Take the profit out of being in politics and you get the people who truly want to serve.

  28. February 14, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    • 92 LDS
      February 14, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      When the hurricanes, tornadoes, wild fires, rainstorms, mud slides, dead fish, hoards of ants, Mosquitos come to their homes faster than they keep up rebuilding, they will believe. They have been warned on national television by our President at the SOTUS.

  29. February 14, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    In all seriousness, Ireland is like a spiritual pull on me. Love your country, Chips. So, in honor of Ireland, a little U2…

  30. 94 Pamela
    February 14, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Goodnight everyone, I’m done in. Sweet dreams, hugs all around! {{{{{{Chipsticks}}}}}} {{{{{PBO&FLOTUS}}}}}} {{{TOD}}}

  31. February 14, 2013 at 11:36 pm

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