Happy Presidents’ Day – This Land is Your Land

We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, January 18, 2009



Some of you have already had the pleasure of seeing a selection of my epic photos from the concert, but for anyone unlucky enough to have missed them…..

Okay, this isn’t actually one of mine:

But this is: 😎

Photographic proof I wasn’t right at the back, there were some – true, not many – behind me:

Denzil, looking me right in the eye, in a swoony kind of way:

Me and Bono:

Bruce serenading me:

A close-up of President Obama about to speak:

Another Pete Souza-esque photo of President Obama:

If you’re not careful, I’ll post more some time soon.

Happy Presidents’ Day everyone.

214 Responses to “Happy Presidents’ Day – This Land is Your Land”

  1. 1 carolmaewy
    February 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm


  2. February 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    and this land is my land. And Chips land…

    • 3 carolmaewy
      February 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      This land is made for you and me! This was the perfect video for Presidents’ Day. “I love TOD so much it hurts!”

  3. 4 4morefor44
    February 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm


  4. 6 Proud Former White House Intern
    February 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Happy Presidents Day to you too!

  5. 8 GGail
    February 18, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    These are enjoyable while I’m eating my Cheetos – thanks!
    You have such an imagination 😀

  6. 9 4morefor44
    February 18, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    not sure if this is being mentioned already, but faux news did a story about mark knoller this weekend. do not watch if you have a weak stomach:

    that guy has some serious “issues.” faux news reporting on mark knoller…what a bunch of buffoons!

  7. 13 vitaminlover
    February 18, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    My handsome, handsome President with his lovely wife!

  8. February 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Love your photos, Chips!! 🙂


  9. 16 yardarm756
    February 18, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Near the top. Whoopie!

  10. February 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Whoah… Epic Lincoln memorial shot Chipsticks, never seen that one!

    • February 18, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      Woah LP, it’s extremely hurtful that you didn’t pick out one of mine!!!

      • February 18, 2013 at 2:56 pm

        I didnt realize that wasnt one of yours Chipsticks, I thought these were all personal photos and wasnt singling any out, just had not rembembered seeing that photo before. Apologies abound.(Didnt read subtiltes) forgive me.

        • February 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm

          😆 In time I’ll forgive you LP!!!

          • February 18, 2013 at 3:03 pm

            I’ve been stressed out Chipsticks, (Rethug’s making my life miserable) trying to refinance home before sequester/debt ceiling and change in interest rates. Well’s Fargo is dragging their feet, the longer the wait, the closer to Mr.(I got 99% of what I wanted) further ruins my livelyhood.

            • 22 carolmaewy
              February 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm

              Sorry to hear that LP. Hope it goes through.

            • February 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm

              Thanks been trying to close for 4 weeks now! I blame all of this on Pamela. She has completely muddied the waters, infiltrated to many innocent souls here at TOD!

              • 24 Pamela
                February 18, 2013 at 6:33 pm

                I did said I was werry weary sorry…. 😳

                • February 18, 2013 at 6:52 pm

                  Just poking some fun, although still recovering from Borat Gingrich picture you forced these virgin eyes to witness!

                  • 26 Pamela
                    February 18, 2013 at 7:06 pm

                    {{{{{{lovelyplains}}}}}}}. I know. And the truth of the matter is Chipsticks, as the only one who can post photos (not embedded), KNEW that pic would start the Wild Rumpus! (it was fun, eh?) 😆 I will light a candle for you, lp, it may help with easing some of the stress you are dealing with. I’m on stress overload as well, for different reasons, but things are pretty tough right now.

                    • February 18, 2013 at 7:23 pm

                      You are a very kind soul, hope things work out for you as well. I always like to remind myself, that many people are much less fortunate than many of us. Its all relative…..

            • February 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm

              So, so sorry to hear that LP, what a horrible stressful time, didn’t know you were going through this. Wishing you all the best, hope things work out.

              • February 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm

                Well you provide a refuge Chips. I have had a string of bad luck last 4 months. Tornado damaged house in October, contractor only did roof not siding or gutters( havent heard from them since Jan. 23) Tore my patella tendon Nov. And now refi in limbo. SIgh………

                • 30 susanne
                  February 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm

                  hang in there, l.p. something particularly frustrating about waiting on the ‘underwriters’ for a final approval. i always feel like a naughty child outside the principal’s office, wondering what my punishment will be. the whole system is designed to make you feel very small in the face of the magnificence of the mortgage lender! crikey!

                  • February 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm

                    Thanks susanne, they play mind games by emailing and calling you every three days. You expect its b/c their approving your loan, instead its small talk or more asks…..Just say yes or no thank you very much!

                    • 32 susanne
                      February 18, 2013 at 4:43 pm

                      always more tasks! that way, when you finally get to the paper signing, you don’t care what the damn thing says, you just sign everything to get it over with.

                    • February 18, 2013 at 8:20 pm

                      So true. We refinanced last year – what a cluster! The broker was a great guy, but jeez, I had to dig out papers that I didn’t know I had! However, our payment ended up $444 not long before the election – I figured that was a good sign for PBO! 😉
                      Hope things look up for you!

                    • February 18, 2013 at 8:28 pm

                      If this goes through I will get a 2.8% APR and will lower my payments $281/month over 15yrs. Will save me about $45K. Hence the stress!!

  11. February 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Chips, are you just the sweetest one, or what?? xoxo

  12. 38 Pamela
    February 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    This President is my President! G’day y’all!

  13. 39 Nena20409
    February 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Lovely. Always keeping it fresh and interesting. Brilliant. Love it. Thanks Chips.

  14. February 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    For your listening pleasure on my way home from campus, Jay Mohr Sports show absolutely destroys Ed Henry and WH press core!

    • 41 4morefor44
      February 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      funny i can’t find a single mention from mark knoller, andrea greenspan, ed henry or others about the jeff gannon/guckert/republican scandal when doing some searching. only thing that comes up is when those same people (especially knoller) tried to draw their usual false equivalence to jeff gannon/guckert and a time when president obama asked nico pitney of huffington post a question by name, since pitney had crowdsourced a question from iranians via social networks, so basically a conduit for Iranians to ask the president a question. yes, knoller and all the big “news” people were saying that was the same as having a gay male prostitute, with no journalistic training, posing as a reporter getting called on by name in white press conferences for years.

      and now these same “journalists” are acting like the president taking two days off to golf is somehow scandalous?!? i literally can find no mention of jeff gannon/guckert by these “news” people when it was happening. it’s like it never happened. amazing. i’d love to ask ed henry why they didn’t seem to think the jeff gannon/guckert scandal wasn’t newsworthy to these “journalists.”

      • February 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm

        You know what sad, a Comedian and sports radio host lambasting the WH press telling them to focus on Rawanda and genocide rather than a picture of POTUS playing golf. Says everything about our fourth estate!

    • 43 Jennifer
      February 18, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      That was well worth a listen. Kinda funny about PBO playing with Tiger – one of my least fav people in sports. The first minute I saw him so many years ago, I told my husband something wasn’t right about that guy. Same with Lance. Maybe someone needs a psychic. 🙂

  15. 45 GGail
    February 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Chipsticks – so on President’s Day – are you telling the truth and the whole truth??????

  16. 46 desertflower
    February 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm


    Hubris co-author Michael Isikoff explains:

    By late November, Rumsfeld was meeting with Gen. Tommy Franks, Centcom commander, to plot the “decapitation” of the Iraqi government, according to the now declassified talking points agenda from the sessions (shown on television for the first time in the documentary). The talking points suggest that Rumsfeld and his team were grappling with a tricky issue: “How [to] start?” the war. In other words, what would the pretext be? Various scenarios were outlined: “US discovers Saddam connection to Sept. 11 attack or to anthrax attacks?” reads one of them. “Dispute over WMD inspections?” reads another. “Start now thinking about inspection demands.”

    See the documents yourself after the jump.

    A big Thank You should go to Michael Isikoff for diving into the slime that is the Republicans in the GWB admin. I’m MORE than just a little livid right now.

    • 47 57andFemale
      February 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      I may not always agree with Isikoff’s conclusions but he’s a journalist. A dying breed.

    • February 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      These people did not give a damn about the men and women they were going to send into harm’s way. Just satisfying their desire to start a darn war. Why are they still walking free?

    • 49 carolmaewy
      February 18, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Have you read the book? None of this sounds new to me. I knew when they didn’t kill Osama bin Laden at Tora Bora they would go into Iraq. Especially when I heard our troops didn’t go after him, but sent Afghani’s. In one press conference Gen. Frank said there was nothing left to bomb in Afghanistan. He sounded bored.

  17. 50 susanne
    February 18, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    happy president’s day chips and tods! thanks for the juicy commentary and links. i’m so glad our president is having fun today, and hope obamadons everywhere are celebrating this great president!

  18. February 18, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    GOP lawmakers propose $30 million a year to fund Cops in Schools program

    Pete Kasperowicz – 02/18/13 12:53 PM ET
    The legislation proposed by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) would use federal grants to put police officers in schools across the country.…

    Oh, come on?

    • 52 57andfemale
      February 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Not to educate, of course. For that, we’re ‘broke’. Corprate welfare is fine, but unemployment insurance for those outsourced jobs, we’re ‘broke’.

      But make the schoolroom a battleground because Republicans won’t do a God damned thing to get military weapons off the street. For that, they’ve got all the money in the world.


  19. February 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm

  20. 56 andogriff
    February 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Ms Chips! Inauguration Photos are epic. Would love to see them ALL some time!!!

  21. February 18, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Had a long discussion with some libertarian (who’s only worked with Republicans) about immigration reform. Tried to tell me that Obama killed immigration reform when he inserted 5 poison pills into the 2007 bill. She only name one by the way. I wasn’t paying attention to politics at that time so I had to look up what happened. best source I can find was Politifact who was fact checking John McCain’s claim that Obama killed the bill. It was a senator Dorgan that came up with the amendment. An amendment which passed by the way and I don’t see how that amendment caused the bill to die but John Cornyn’s didn’t?

    She blocked me and called me a conspiracy theorist for not believing that it was Senator Obama’s vote that killed the bill in 2007. Even though he voted to allow it to proceed with or w/o the amendment.

    • 59 desertflower
      February 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      For what it’s worth…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comprehensive_Immigration_Reform_Act_of_2007

      I don’t know how then Sen. Obama voted, but it looks to me like this was a cluster**** to begin with. Nice try libertarian lady….

      On June 7, three Senate votes on cloture (a move to end discussion) for the bill failed with the first losing 33-63, the second losing 34-61 and the third losing 45-50.[4] This had been thought by some observers to signal the end of the bill’s chances, since on that day, after the first failing vote, Harry Reid had told reporters that, if another vote on cloture failed, “the bill’s over with. The bill’s gone.”[5]

      However, at the urging of President Bush, the bill was brought back for discussion in the Senate as bill S. 1639 on June 25.[6] On June 26, a motion to proceed passed the Senate, by a margin of 64-35 (under Senate rules it needed 60 votes).[7] A number of amendments to the bill were considered and rejected. On June 28, the bill failed to get the 60 votes necessary to end debate. The final cloture vote lost 46-53.[8] This effectively ended its chances, and President Bush said he was disappointed at Congress’s failure to act on the issue.[9]

  22. February 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    In honor of Presidents day……

    • 62 utaustinliberal
      February 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Teddy! Whoa……

    • 63 Nena20409
      February 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      A conservationist who loved killing them….oops, hunting with a Gun? Without him, there would be No National Parks. So on that note and holding the Wealthy accountable…..Ted Roosevelt was not all bad.

      The wealthy had their choice of president. They wanted Teddy tamed. But the president died and TR became their nightmare……the Cargills, Rockefellers, Etc.

  23. 64 Elly in Maryland
    February 18, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I was there at that concert, also back by the Wash monument. I was disappointed that they didn’t do another public concert this year, but have always felt like the Lincoln Memorial isn’t that great a stage since so much of the space in front of it is taken up by the pool (?reflecting pool?)

    I watched that golf channel clip – it was so funny to hear them discuss golf so seriously in the context of the President of the United States. a very nice change of pace.

  24. February 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm

  25. 66 Nena20409
    February 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Toni Morrison is 82 yrs old today. Happy Birthday Ms. Morrison. And many more.

  26. 67 57andfemale
    February 18, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I’m so glad the FBI has nothing better to do:

    “Menendez’s troubles: “A team of FBI agents has been conducting interviews in recent weeks in the Dominican Republic and the United States, looking into allegations that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) patronized prostitutes in the Caribbean nation, but has found no evidence to support the claim, according to two people familiar with the investigation.”

    • 68 theo67
      February 18, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Why would they release this, as yet, unfounded accusation? The harm has already been done just by mentioning the rumour – at this point, it won’t even matter if it’s true or not. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I’ve always found Sen. Menendez to be very dignified when he’s appeared on shows. It’ll be a shame if this turns out to be true, but even more of a shame that his reputation has been tarnished if it turns out to be false. I wish those who rush to leak would just think of the consequences of their irresponsible actions.

      • 69 susanne
        February 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm

        rethugs trying to smear dems any way they can, and they’re perfectly willing to lie, if it makes public opinion doubt the integrity of dems.

        • 70 carolmaewy
          February 18, 2013 at 6:34 pm

          I really hate to paraphrase McCain, but nobody leaks without a reason. The Repugs are doing it. They made up so many stories about Clinton’s it was crazy.

  27. 71 whatisworking
    February 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Good Morning TOD family and Happy Presidents Day

    Encouraging Quote of the Day

    “Whatever you’re going through, many others have not only experienced the same but got out of it just fine.”

    gun violence video – please share with others

    New program brings teaching opportunities to vets


  28. 75 vitaminlover
    February 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Does Andrea Mitchell have a personality?

    • 76 Nena20409
      February 18, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      No. I will not tell what I think of her. She was a Jessica Savitch(sp) wannabee. How she has lasted this long with NBC is really remarkable.

      • 77 jacquelineoboomer
        February 18, 2013 at 4:16 pm

        (Husband’s) name recognition. For those of us who remember Jessica Savitch, no way there’s any comparison, as you intimated! Andrea is awful in front of the camera on MSNBC – has been since the first day they gave her a show – not to mention her disgusting slanted newscast, which is more or less how she feels, not news.

        • 78 Nena20409
          February 18, 2013 at 6:26 pm

          I said she was a wannabee. That doesn’t mean that her delusion was based in reality. I didn’t make any comparison….. ;). There is a huge difference.

          She is married to Greenspan or whatever in the 1990s…….She has been with NBC since the 1960s…..from PA. So she said one time.

          • 79 jacquelineoboomer
            February 18, 2013 at 6:42 pm

            Oh, yes, I understood exactly what you meant – that you agreed there’s no comparison! 🙂 I meant to add to that. Sorry if I wasn’t clear. Andrea once was an up-and-coming reporter, back when women were usually assigned to the society pages, but she’s way past any hardcore work now, although she thinks she is doing it. Some of her “gets” are because of her previous work-related connections, people calling her with “news,” that’s something she earned, but I don’t believe she’s any kind of investigative journalist at present. Now, she’s a long-time news face who’s married to Greenspan, which is why I think she gets the other piece of her stories. I believe that’s also why she has her own TV show since she is definitely not what NBC might think of as putting their best foot forward – she’s not good on camera or during spur-of-the-moment conversations. IMHO, of course!

      • 82 vitaminlover
        February 18, 2013 at 4:20 pm

        Maybe they will ‘move’ her.

        • 83 Nena20409
          February 18, 2013 at 6:28 pm

          No, they will Never move her. Like David Gregory, or Chuck Todd or Scarborough, they play the games with the top brass to keep their jobs.

  29. 86 Ladyhawke
    February 18, 2013 at 3:56 pm


    Sunday Smack Down: The Mainstream Media Finally Challenges Republican Lies

    By: Jason Easley


    For whatever reason, we were treated to glimpse of what it would look like if our media held Republicans accountable for their lies and false statements. When Karl confronted Paul Ryan he got that familiar eyes glazed over deer in headlights look that we all know so well from the 2012 campaign. Over on Meet The Press, John McCain looked like he was ready to go all North Vietnam on David Gregory for daring to question him.

    Republican are so used to being softballed by the corporate media Sunday shows that Ryan and McCain fell apart as soon as they pushed at all. If the mainstream media would do this everyday, Republicans would be held accountable for their lies, and maybe if the political price was high enough, they would choose to join the rest of us in reality.

    If this what the mainstream media could be, it is time for viewers to vote with their remotes and demand a media that challenges and informs.



  30. 92 vitaminlover
    February 18, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Martin Bashir has impeccable class and manners!

    • 93 LDS
      February 18, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      Absolutely, Vitaminlover. I would love for him to interview our President. Not just for softball questions. But because he respects him and the office……that’s the difference.

    • 94 carolmaewy
      February 18, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Did the MSM ever do a thorough cleaning of their own closets? ………………………………….. I’m waiting Did you Judy Miller, Michael Isikoff,

    • 95 carolmaewy
      February 18, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      Martin Bashir would be a great interviewer.

  31. 96 Karlene
    February 18, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    thank you-thank you..I love me some POB and FLOTUS…

  32. 97 desertflower
    February 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Hey! Did you know this? David Keene says “Guns are cool!” Let’s crank up the letters to reps, LTE, Tweets and emails. These idiots need to be stopped now!


  33. 98 anniebella
    February 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    POTUS should be boarding Air Force 1 soon to come back to the WH.

  34. February 18, 2013 at 4:37 pm

  35. February 18, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    World-class photographer, that Chips! 🙂 🙂

  36. 104 Linda
    February 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Ryan Grimm just said Chris Christie is ” Squeaky Clean ” and Rubio is not.

    I will send him this

    Chris Christie has lost the benefit of the doubt


  37. February 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm

  38. 115 Ladyhawke
    February 18, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Joy Reid is on Hardball right now. Unfortunately, she is on a panel with Howard “My Sources on the Hill Say (fill in the blank)” Fineman.

    • 116 vcprezofan2
      February 18, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      LH, I couldn’t resist when I saw Fineman’s tweet earlier….

      • 117 hopefruit2
        February 18, 2013 at 6:59 pm

        BOOM! Brava vc for telling it like it is. 🙂 🙂

      • 118 Ladyhawke
        February 18, 2013 at 7:30 pm

        Thanks VC, you gave me quite a chuckle with your tweet. Nicely done. All I have to say to Howard Fineman on his complement about Joy Reid is TELL US SOMETHING WE DON’T KNOW. Joy Reid runs rings around HF and all of the gasbags on MSNBC. She thinks outside the box. Her political analysis is always insightful and original. You won’t hear her just repeating what everybody else is saying. It is such a pleasure to see her on a panel. But my preference is when she is the only guest. You can tell that Tweety really likes her. I have seen him complement her on the air several times.

      • 119 vcprezofan2
        February 18, 2013 at 7:43 pm

        A few more like Ms Reid would raise the journalism bar quite a few notches, IMO. Sure hope she gets ‘spotted’ soon for a regular spot. 😉

  39. 120 hopefruit2
    February 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I hope that the Rachel Maddow MSNBC show tonight is not ultimately another “we-didn’t-scrutinize-Bush-and-look-what happened-therefore-we-must-over-scrutinize-Obama-because-he-will-likely-do-the-same-or-worse” type of documentary.

    I will not tune in but will keep an eye out via Twitter and elsewhere.

    • 121 vcprezofan2
      February 18, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      Don’t you want to hear for yourself, Hf, at least the first ten minutes?

      • 122 hopefruit2
        February 18, 2013 at 5:20 pm

        I am reluctant to give MSNBC the ratings. They may start out as though they are blaming Bush to get a certain viewer segment suckered in, and then slowly and insidiously make it about the current President, so that by the time the hour is over, you are left with a funny feeling that this expose was just another hit piece on the president and you were fooled into giving MSNBC the whole hour.

        • 123 carolmaewy
          February 18, 2013 at 6:44 pm

          You could read the book. I’m going to have a hard time too, but I’m hoping TOD Village will get me through the show. It was a painful time for me.

    • 124 Linda
      February 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      You nailed it hopefruit2 !

      Here are the first two paragraphs about it the MSNBC website written by Michael Isikoff .


      ANALYSIS: As the Obama White House vigorously defends its policy of using drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists—including in some cases American citizens—it invokes the findings of secret intelligence showing that the targets pose an “imminent” threat to the U.S.


      • February 18, 2013 at 5:24 pm

        Is it me? Michael Isikoff gets on my nerves. He speaks with an authority that even allows him to say what people are thinking. I often find myself asking…how could you possibly know that?

      • 126 vcprezofan2
        February 18, 2013 at 5:27 pm

        O-kay. I hear you Linda, and Hopefruit. Do I ever long for the day when some semblance of fairness and real journalism return to the American airwaves!

    • 127 Vicki
      February 18, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      I’m going to tune in and I sincerely hope (as you probably do, too) that there will be no President bashing.

  40. 128 JER
    February 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    | Live | President Obama departs Florida: http://www.ustream.tv/cbsnews

  41. 130 vcprezofan2
    February 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    O-ho! Just saw this in twitter! Guess that means I have to keep my eyes open for the Day of Confrontation so that I can play least-in-sight.


    • February 18, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      VC, that’s why I’ve been missing for two hours …. it wasn’t pretty 😕 But before Chelsea – 🙄 – have the pleasure of being stuffed by United, they have to beat Middlesbrough first. Be prepared!

      • 132 vcprezofan2
        February 18, 2013 at 6:25 pm

        ‘It wasn’t pretty’ – Well, as I have heard previously expressed in the village , ‘a win’s a win’, so congrats! In the meantime, I plan on being alert over the next few days, as well as seeing whether I can borrow some camping equipment should I need to camp outside the village in the event a confrontation becomes necessary. I’ve read somewhere that flying shrapnel can cause irreparable damage. 😕

  42. 135 dotster3
    February 18, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Award winning photography again on display. Impressive. I just fear Souza will catch a glimpse of these magnificent photographic wonders and will want chips and her expertise by his side—–and we’ll be left chipless—–as she waltzes off to fame and photographic fortune. There’s no denying the creative genius in her work. You hardly ever see such brilliant and innovative fuzziness!

  43. February 18, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Today, Mississippi has officially come out against SLAVERY!

    You have to hand it to them, it only took them 150 years.

    • 137 0388jojothecat
      February 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      How embarrassing….were they waiting for Strom Thurmand to die? Kentucky ratified the 13th Amendment in 1976? and MS unofficially ratified the 13th amendment in 1995 but failed to mail it in…..better late than never…..

  44. 138 carolmaewy
    February 18, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Hello again. Today is also National Wine Tasting Day and is Crab-Stuffed Flounder Day.

  45. 141 hgerhard
    February 18, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Hello TOD family – I am just catching up after a very busy week. Thank you, Chips, and all contributors for keeping me informed and updated. I was particularly happy to read about the decision to award our President Israel’s Presidential Medal of Distinction when he visits Israel in March. The statement from the committee that selects recipients for this honor should be sent to certain Republicans who want to question the President’s actions in regard to Israel.

    “Barack Obama is a true friend of the State of Israel, and has been since the beginning of his public life. As president of the United States of America, he has stood with Israel in times of crisis. During his time as president he has made a unique contribution to the security of the State of Israel, both through further strengthening the strategic cooperation between the countries and through the joint development of technology to defend against rockets and terrorism.”

    But what caught my eye is the following paragraph which goes beyond the President’s relationship with Israel:

    “Obama’s presidency is typified by an unswerving belief and ongoing fight for equality without any regard for religion, race, sexuality or gender and the strengthening of the weakest in society in the United States; and for the fulfillment of the values of democracy, human rights, solidarity and peace across the world. Through his personal story and his agenda as president of the United States of America, Barack Obama is a symbol of democratic values and he exemplifies the spirit of equality of opportunity in American society.”

    This is how the vast majority of the world’s people sees our President. If only our disgraceful media could pause for a moment and hear that message.

    • 142 vcprezofan2
      February 18, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      Hi Hgerhard! I like this description of Pres O because it’s the truth. Would you share the link so that I can share it on twitter? Thanks.

      • 143 hgerhard
        February 18, 2013 at 6:39 pm

        Hi vcprezofan2 – I’m more than a little technologically challenged – don’t know how to post links. However, I can get you there: Go to http://ochairball.blogspot.com/ where you will find an article about this. Scroll down and click on National Memo. There you will find the statement. Please let me know if this doesn’t work for you and I will try again.

        • 144 vcprezofan2
          February 18, 2013 at 6:56 pm

          Thanks Hgerhard! To post the link you do exactly as you did the above ‘ochairball’ link. In fact, I clicked on your link, clicked on the ‘National Memo section, and when it appeared I copied the quote I chose and pasted it into my tweet**. Of course, I had to shorten it. 😉 😉 **Not to confuse you, but I actually clicked on THEIR tweet share button, then added the quote I chose.

          • 145 hgerhard
            February 18, 2013 at 7:46 pm

            vc I just followed you on twitter. That way I can retweet all you do even if I get way behind in my reading.
            Thank you for explaining.

            • 146 vcprezofan2
              February 18, 2013 at 7:50 pm

              Why thank you, Hgerhard! 😆 😆 I don’t always tweet every day (cause I don’t always have something to add), and my group is small, but I LOVE the company! Thanks.

            • 147 vcprezofan2
              February 18, 2013 at 7:52 pm

              NP. I just checked twitter and I was already following you, Hgerhard. 😉 😉

  46. 148 lamh36
    February 18, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Yeah BOYYYYYYY (in my best John Witherspoon voice)!!!!
    thanks to my daddy and his TITAN, I can say good bye to the damn air mattress that had a slow leak, so I had to pump that bish up ev’ry damn night!!!! Thank u President’s sale at Mattress firm! Now I can just buy furniture pieces as I see ’em. I got a place to sleep and a place to watch tv in the living room. I can live with that until I save more money!

  47. 149 Ladyhawke
    February 18, 2013 at 5:58 pm


    A Wartime Leader Ends a War He Never Wanted

    By MARK LANDLER (December 8, 2011)


    WASHINGTON — In October 2002, a little-known Illinois state senator joined a rally in Chicago against the Iraq war, declaring: “I’m not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.” It was a defining moment for the young politician, who used this position to set himself apart in the race for the White House in 2008.

    To a remarkable degree, that same distinction between wars, smart and dumb, is still guiding President Obama as he presides over ceremonies to mark the end of the Iraq war and defends his foreign policy in an election year.



  48. February 18, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    You’re the first lady of the United States, you turn 49, your midlife crisis looms. Whaddya gonna do? Sports car? Out. Bungee jumping? Definitely out. New bangs? Check.

    That’s the explanation first lady Michelle Obama joked about with Rachael Ray today in an “Q & Ray” interview via Skype for the Rachael Ray Show airing Wednesday.

    …… “This is my midlife crisis: the bangs,” Obama said. “I couldn’t get a sports car. They won’t let me bungee-jump. So instead, I cut my bangs.”


  49. February 18, 2013 at 6:16 pm

  50. February 18, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Sorry if this email from Stephanie Cutter has already been posted. I’m SOOOOO behind. Hello all!

    Susan —

    I’d like you to join me this Wednesday for a special briefing for OFA volunteers on gun violence prevention.

    We’ll talk through the President’s proposal, and Organizing for Action staff will discuss how we can take action.

    Will you join us? We’ll be livestreaming the call at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday.

    It’s going to take every single one of us to spread the word and pressure Congress to pass legislation to reduce gun violence.

    It’s a big task, but I know we can do it.

    Join us here at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday to find out how:


    Thanks for your help,


  51. 173 dotster3
    February 18, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Andrea Mitchell on NBC Nightly News fuming again about President Obama not allowing the wonderful White House Press Corps to trail along on the golf course this weekend—–following in golf carts? She said he likely didn’t want to be seen with horrible Tiger Woods—-and showed a pic of them together at the WH. She then showed a clip of Ed Henry going off on the lack of access and how unprecedented and a bunch of other lies, smoke blowing out his ears. And then again stated her suggestion that President Obama is doing all these terrible things because this is his 2nd term and he doesn’t have to worry about re-election and just doesn’t care any more about what the press thinks of him. It was disgusting beyond belief. The only decent part of the report was the clip from the Golf Channel guy who was so enthused about the outing. His positive report stood in stark contrast to her negativity and distorted, dishonest whining.

    • 174 hopefruit2
      February 18, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      Andrea Mitchell is an UGLY human being – on the inside AND outside.

    • 176 Linda
      February 18, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      I just watched the wonderful historian Douglas Brinkley talk about President Obama’s greatness on Rev Al…..

      Andrea is a hater.

      • February 18, 2013 at 7:06 pm

        Stopping by to say hello and Happy President’s Day to my TOD family. I am still around and keeping up with y’all…….just not as often.

        Reading the report that Andrea Mitchell did on NBC News — A few weeks ago I began watching CBS News and have found it to be a considerably improvement, especially in regards to reporting about PO. Tonight, it was on NBC when BW came on and did his rundown of what they were going to cover. I immediately changed to CBS. Guess what? CBS had nothing close to what NBC teased. I suggest checking out CBS.

    • 178 daisydem
      February 18, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      How do I get in touch with her? I mean, this has got to stop … again I say, what about Bush’s excursion into the woods where his V.P. shot a member of the hunting party, and reports conflict on when the incident was even reported and whether there was any drinking (oh, one report says there might have been a couple of beers in the cooler, or Cheney had one beer hours earlier … yada, yada, yada). Was the press along for this event? Do we have pictures. Is there blood? There must have been blood, the victim was riddled with shotgun pellets. I am fuming!

      • 179 carolmaewy
        February 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm

        She has a FB page. Search her name and make a comment on one of her posts. She probably didn’t want to work today.

  52. 180 hopefruit2
    February 18, 2013 at 7:03 pm

  53. 182 kasai
    February 18, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Happy Presidents Day!
    Just read another article in Ebony Magazine about PBO “throwing black folks under the bus”..regarding his Chicago Speech…I sent a letter to Ebony Magazine and let them have it…(even with my broken english)..
    My tweet is for them…since they blocked my response.

  54. February 18, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    What the Republicans are doing is they are trying to turn this President into Bush, and then run on it in 2016.
    They remember, how the Public felt about Bush and No WMDs, then Kateina and his mishandling of that, then Vakerie Plaime, then the financial crash. People hated Bush and wanted him gone.
    So, now they are trimming up charges, and also saying no transparency, subconsciously trying to get that same feeling back that people had for Bush.
    One problem, we just had an election and the President educated everybody as to what the Republicans are up to.

    • 191 ewok2
      February 18, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      I agree Jovie, I just realise that they including the MSM wants to lower his favorable ratings, the far left and the right are attacking at the same time. Maddow is anti-Obama and will continue to bring up issues on tv to undermine this President and chip away at his favorability ratings. She is not to be trusted. They want his second term to be uninspiring and difficult.

  55. 193 lamh36
    February 18, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Singletons everywhere…UNITE! Bridget Jones Diary on STYLE network! Yay…Colin Firth! If you’ve never seen Bridget Jones Diary, first of all WHY.THE.HELL.NOT! Second of all, run now and buy it. Don’t rent it cause it’s good enough that you’ll want to own it anyway, so kill 2 birds with one stone and just buy it yourself!

    Have I ever steered ya wrong…lol. If there is one thing I know, I know my romantic comedies/dramedies! Count on it..lol! Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, you can’t go wrong!

    “I Like You…Just As You Are”

    “…Nice Boys Don’t Kiss Like That…”

    Oh and do yourselves a favor, read the book even if you don’t watch the movie. Bridget Jones Diary the novel is WAYYYYYY better than the movie and I promise you, you will find yourself laughing out loud and smiling and just loving it. I did and I’ve actually had to buy the book 2x thanks to Hurricane Katrina. I love it that much!

    “Helen Fielding – Bridget Jones Diary”

  56. 194 JER
    February 18, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    | Live | President Obama returns: http://www.ustream.tv/cbsnews

  57. 197 dotster3
    February 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Just saw Corn and Isikoff on Tweety talking about Hubris—airing tonight. Whatever it turns out to be—–I am reminded again of the Iraq War runaway train——the helplessness of seeing it promoted and even celebrated on all our most prominent news outlets—–The New York Times and Judy Miller and the Washington Post and CNN with Wolf Blitzer’s excitement about it and being embedded—–and all the major networks falling into place, sending reporters to be embedded, with special graphics and music! promoting the war. I was in shock at the time—-couldn’t believe it was happening, that with just a little google I had serious doubts—-in fact, didn’t believe a word—–I couldn’t figure out why Congress and everyone was going along with a fake war! Didn’t believe Powell. That was when I went from email only computer activity to search out some sane voices on the internets—-and found some thankfully. It was such a shocking, outrageous time——I couldn’t believe it was happening in this country. That was the end of the honesty and integrity of the news media in my mind—-a complete loss of respect. And this failure has never really been acknowledged. It is still just unbelievable to me—–all that loss of life and billions of dollars of tax money——for nothing.

    • February 18, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      I wasn’t into politics then and didn’t watch cable. I do recall seeing an interview with Cheney and/or Rumsfeld. I think it was the “greeted as liberators” interview. One of them talked about the war being 6 weeks or 6 months and my reaction was, “yeah, right”.

      I was happy to see Saddam Hussein go down. He was a monster. I tuned out after that with a gut feeling that things weren’t going to get better any time soon.

    • 199 carolmaewy
      February 18, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      I felt very much the same. I was a Cspan junkie and watched the heroic speeches of Sen. Byrd, Kennedy, Wellstone and several Dems in the House. I didn’t know enough about searching the Internet during that time. But I just knew he was going to find a way to connect 9/11 to Iraq.

  58. February 18, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Posted by Michael David Smith on February 18, 2013, 5:29 PM EST

    Getty Images
    Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers has been arrested for carrying a gun at an airport.

    NBCNewYork.com reports that Bowers was arrested at LaGuardia Airport on Monday morning after police discovered he was illegally carrying a handgun. Bowers had a loaded .40 caliber firearm in his carry-on bag as he was attempting to get on a US Airways flight to Raleigh, North Carolina.

    Bowers was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and is expected to appear in court on Monday evening.

    A 2011 second-round draft pick of the Buccaneers, Bowers missed the first six games of the 2012 season with a torn Achilles tendon but returned in time to play in 10 games and record three sacks last season.

  59. 201 Ladyhawke
    February 18, 2013 at 7:47 pm


    Kurt Eichenwald ‏@kurteichenwald


    I quoted Reagan, but said it was Obama. GOP attacks began, calling Obama “naive” & “peacenick.” Proof: Modern GOP wouldnt nominate Reagan.

    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin


  60. February 18, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I just find it amusing that these people who believe themselves to be serious jounalists are having hissy fits because they aren’t being allowed to intrude on the President’s down time.

  61. 208 yardarm756
    February 18, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Todays chuckle.

    Catholic Heart Attack

    You don’t have to be Catholic to appreciate this one!!!

    A man suffered a serious heart attack while shopping in a store.

    A store clerk called 911 when they saw him collapse to the floor.

    The paramedics rushed the man to the nearest hospital where he had emergency open heart bypass surgery.

    He awakened from the surgery to find himself in the care of nuns at the Catholic Hospital he was taken to.

    A nun was seated next to his bed holding a clip board loaded with several forms, and a pen.

    She asked him how he was going to pay for his treatment.

    “Do you have health insurance?” she asked.

    He replied in a raspy voice, “No health insurance.”

    The nun asked, “Do you have money in the bank?”

    He replied, “No money in the bank.”

    “Do you have a relative who could help you with the payments?” asked the irritated nun.

    He said, “I only have a spinster sister, and she is a nun.”

    The nun became agitated and announced loudly,

    “Nuns are not spinsters! Nuns are married to God.”

    The patient replied, “Perfect. Send the bill to my brother-in-law.”

  62. February 18, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Friendly reminder for your DVR, if you are so inclined.

  63. February 18, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Another Right wing talking point gone by the wayside-

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