February was indeed a good month…and so is Friday.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama record a message for ABC “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, in the Library of the White House, Feb. 19, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden in the Blue Room of the White House before the National Governors Association Dinner, Feb. 24, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama watches as First Lady Michelle Obama playfully greets him on the Colonnade of the White House, Feb. 12, 2013. Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to the First Lady, and Personal Aide Kristin Jones, left, accompany Mrs. Obama. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama hugs students during a visit to a pre-kindergarten classroom at the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, Ga., Feb. 14, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visit with former Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha and his family in the Oval Office prior to a ceremony to award Romesha the Medal of Honor, Feb. 11, 2013. Remesha’s family members, from left, are: son Colin Romesha, 2; daughter Gwen Romesha, 4; wife Tammy Romesha, daughter Dessi Romesha, 11; and mother Tish Rogers. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


President Barack Obama greets veterans of the 2nd Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne) in the Oval Office, Feb. 27, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama throws a basketball in the air during departure photos with Samantha Power, Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, and her family in the Oval Office, Feb. 22, 2013. Watching the President, from left, are: Rian Power-Sunstein, Cass Sunstein, Samatha Power, Declan Sunstein, James Bourke, and Veronica Delany. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


More Pete Souza genius here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/sets/72157632984452357/with/8553943909/

162 Responses to “February was indeed a good month…and so is Friday.”

  1. 1 proudmemberofglobalzero
    March 15, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Way to go UT

  2. March 15, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Good morning UT. Great post. Thanks for the fanstastic pictures! You and the other “noobies” are doing a wonderful job! 😀

    Congrats Proud!

  3. 7 Don
    March 15, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Finally, pictures, I was wondering what a guy has to do to get some pictures around here.

    • 8 vcprezofan2
      March 15, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      😀 Don, you forgot a word, didn’t you? ‘ …guy has to do to get some FLOTUS pictures….’ Of course, I didn’t hear you moaning yesterday when Utal shared those beautiful FLOTUS pics in the Vogue spread. 😉 😉 😆

      Ms Utal, rolling along beautifully I see! 😆 😆 There is absolutely no reason I should, but I feel quite puffed up with pleasure when I see how well you and your fellow Chipadees have adapted to being pushed out of the nest. Our Lady Mayor shows really good judgement and knowledge of the talents of her ‘young ‘uns’. [psst, Amk! Is this the first time you’ve been included with the young ‘uns?]

  4. 11 Ladyhawke
    March 15, 2013 at 11:25 am

    From the previous thread, this is just too delicious to miss.


    Sequestration NIMBYism Grips GOP



    A strange sickness is afflicting congressional Republicans.

    Unwilling to team up with Democrats to replace sequestration with a mix of spending cuts and tax increases, and unable to pass a cuts-only sequestration measure on their own, Republicans’ official position is that they’ve made their peace with enduring, across-the-board spending cuts in perpetuity.

    But now that those cuts are creating real consequences, individual members are experiencing buyer’s remorse. The only problem is, until they change their underlying position on replacing sequestration, the only thing they can do about it is whine.

    Call it sequestration NIMBYism.



    • 12 amk for obama
      March 15, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Yup, the kenyan muslin will make them own their stupidity and pay the price at the polling stations. Ironic.

    • 13 Don
      March 15, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Trust me Ladyhawke, this is just the beginning for the GOP. A few members are “hell-bent” on showing this President their asses, problem is, it’s going to take the entire party to write a check that they can’t possibly cash. You want to know who else was “hell-bent?” Ahab.

    • 14 Linda
      March 15, 2013 at 11:51 am

      I turn on the tube and what do I see
      A whole lotta people cryin’ “Don’t blame me”
      They point their crooked little fingers ar everybody else
      Spend all their time feelin’ sorry for themselves
      Victim of this, victim of that
      Your momma’s too thin; your daddy’s too fat

      Get over it
      Get over it
      All this whinin’ and cryin’ and pitchin’ a fit
      Get over it, get over it

      Don Henley

  5. 15 anniebella
    March 15, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I love Mr. Souza pictures, specially the ones of POTUS and FLOTUS together, and I see that little kid who stole the show the day his Dad was receiving that medal. He is searching for a apple.

  6. 16 Nena20409
    March 15, 2013 at 11:28 am

    UT, Brilliant. Awesome Job. Wow.

    Thank you ❗

  7. 17 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 15, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Hey, UT! You noobies are kicking it! Thanks for the great post!

  8. 18 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 15, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Glad to read of a trustee speaking out in defense of the Freeh Report. The drumbeat from Franco Harris and a number of other trustees defending/trying to rehab JoePa, Spainer, PennState, etal has been disgusting.

  9. 19 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 15, 2013 at 11:31 am

    • 20 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      March 15, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Now, if they could only get the elected felon out of the gov’s chair…

      • 21 miss pat
        March 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm

        They used her. They used Herman Cain and that one, forgot his name that was HNIC, Michael something, until after the election in 08. She got what she deserved and they are going to indict her for sure. That man Scott used her to curry favor to Blacks then dumped her right after. She should have known not to trust him. Watch them distnce themselves from her. Hopefully Scott will be gone soon, we can hope and pray.

  10. 22 Ladyhawke
    March 15, 2013 at 11:33 am

    The Morning Plum: The GOP’s self-defeating strategy in fiscal fight

    Posted by Greg Sargent


    For all the continued chatter this morning about the sincerity and limits of presidential schmoozing, the real reason for the fiscal impasse is hiding right there in plain sight, and it can be summed up in two sentences:

    1) Obama can’t sell entitlement cuts to his base, or indeed Democrats in general, without Republicans agreeing to new revenues, and has offered them a straightforward compromise — one that would anger the base on both sides — based on the premise that total victory for the GOP is not an acceptable or realistic outcome.

    2) Republican leaders can’t even begin to acknowledge that Obama has offered them a real compromise, because they can’t sell their base on the idea that the President is being flexible, let alone get them to seriously entertain accepting any compromise with him, because the base sees total victory over Obama as the only acceptable outcome.


    This is an excellent analysis. Highly recommended. Much more here ….


  11. 23 japa21
    March 15, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Good post UT, but Friday is a month? Never knew that. But then, Chelsea supporter and all…

    • 24 utaustinliberal
      March 15, 2013 at 11:47 am

      Yes, Japa of the no-name, no-worth college, “Friday is a month.” I’m riffing off Chipstick’s ‘Friday’s Good’ mantra. Ye of the short memory span.

  12. 25 amk for obama
    March 15, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Heads up, other noobie blog tyrants.

    My thread will be auto published in another 90 minutes. (about 1 pm the blog time).

    • 26 proudmemberofglobalzero
      March 15, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Amk….I need quick witty stories to email my 80 yr. old parents…very liberal but now sending me emails of “how it used to be”. I copy and send many of your stories to my daughter…just need funnies to send to my parents.

      • 27 amk for obama
        March 15, 2013 at 11:49 am

        Here ya go.

        An airline captain was helping a new blonde flight attendant prepare for her first overnight trip. Upon their arrival, the captain showed the flight attendant the best place for airline personnel to eat, shop and stay overnight.

        The next morning as the pilot was preparing the crew for the day’s route, he noticed the new stewardess was missing. He knew which room she was in at the hotel and called her up to ask what happened to her.

        She answered the phone, crying, and said, “I can’t get out of the room!”

        “You can’t get out of your room?” the captain asked. “Why not?”

        She replied, “There are only three doors in here,” she sobbed, “one is the bathroom, one is the closet, and one has a sign on it that says ‘Do Not Disturb’!”


        As the airliner pushed back from the gate, the flight attendant gave the passengers the usual information regarding seat belts etc. Finally, she said, “Now sit back and enjoy your trip while your captain, Judith Campbell and crew take you safely to your destination.”

        Joe sitting in the 8th row thought to himself, “Did I hear her right – is the captain a woman? I think I better have scotch and soda.”

        When the attendants came by with drink cart, he said, “Did I understand you right? Is the captain a woman?”

        “Yes,” said the attendant, “In fact, this entire crew is female.”

        “My God,” said Joe, “I’d better have two scotch and sodas. I don’t know what to think of all those women up there in the cockpit.”

        “That’s another thing,” said the attendant, “We no longer call it the cockpit.”

        • 28 proudmemberofglobalzero
          March 15, 2013 at 12:14 pm

          Thank you! sent to mom and dad!

        • 29 carolyn
          March 15, 2013 at 12:17 pm

          We get lots of emails about how good “Things used to be too.” whenever we do, I think….yes, and millions of children were infected by polio, chickenpox, mumps, measles, diphtheria, whooping cough, and some died every year. And oh yes, there were separate drinking fountains, waiting rooms, rest rooms, restaurants, hotels for people of different races, and oh yes, people died for their rights on Alabama streets, and oh yes, poor girls used back alley butchers for abortions while rich girls were flown out of the country, and oh yes…..sorry, I am 73 and do not long for days gone by.
          One thing I do wish we had kept from those times is public transportation in many cities, something the car, rubber and oil lobbyists eliminated. Where we live in Oklahoma City, there used to be a wonderful streetcar transportation system that took people all over the metro area. Now there is a very poor bus system. They buried the tracks that used to run down the main street.
          However…….my nostalgia for pre antibiotic days is teeny. And oh yes…..I am rh negative….that was not discovered until WWII. I became pregnant in 1968, just six months after the blood clearing serum came on the market. So, both y children were rh positive, but the shot cleared my blood of their antibodies so I was safe to have another child safely. Do you think I would have wanted to go back to an earlier time? That problem cost my mother miscarriages and her health. SO………..

          • 30 Bill R.
            March 15, 2013 at 12:34 pm

            I grew up in the 50s. I remember the polio scares until the vaccine was made available. They closed the swimming pools to protect children. I grew up afraid I would spend the rest of my life enclosed in an iron lung.

          • 32 Lynn
            March 16, 2013 at 6:21 pm

            Your mom and mine both, carolyn. Miscarriages, birth defects and a mother with her health permanently shattered.

  13. 33 Ladyhawke
    March 15, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Sequestration continues to take its toll

    By Steve Benen


    Inside the Beltway, there’s an assumption that the sequester was a dud and that President Obama “cried wolf” when warned of damaging consequences. Outside the Beltway, the sequestration policy continues to take a real toll on the lives of real people.

    At least two Indiana Head Start programs have resorted to a random drawing to determine which three-dozen preschool students will be removed from the education program for low-income families, a move officials said was necessary to limit the impact of mandatory across-the-board federal spending cuts.

    Programs in Columbus and Franklin are losing two classrooms, meaning 36 children won’t be able to return after Friday.

    This may not be as endlessly fascinating as the (cue scary music) cancelation of White House tours, but for those kids and their families, the argument that “no one noticed” the effects of sequestration clearly isn’t true.



  14. 36 sherijr
    March 15, 2013 at 11:44 am

    great job ut ~ loving all the goods you ‘stand-ins’ are delivering 🙂

  15. March 15, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips & TOD Family. UT, great post.

  16. March 15, 2013 at 11:51 am

  17. 43 amk for obama
    March 15, 2013 at 11:51 am

    That last bb pic is just fab.

  18. 54 Don
    March 15, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I imagine that there several Republicans that sit at home at night and drink themselves to sleep knowing that their party is being run by a bunch of homophobic, xenophobic know-nothings. They dare not speak out for fear of offending the most bat-shit insane faction of their party.

  19. 55 hopefruit2
    March 15, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Beautiful pictures of our FLOTUS & POTUS. The amazingness of Pete Souza!

    Thanks UT for a scrumptious feast for our eyes 🙂

    • 56 anniebella
      March 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      I am with you hopefruit2. I think about the Vogue issue were POTUS and FLOTUS are talking about not hanging out partying with the D.C. crowd or Senators and Congress people. I for one am glad POTUS and FLOTUS does put their family first. These girls are young girls, going through those teenage years in the limelight, things in their life has been change, not because of any decision they made but because of the decision their parents made. And I am glad to hear that FLOTUS and POTUS makes sure that the girls are doing good. It can’t be easy for Malia and Sasha. I respect POTUS and FLOTUS even more for setting the example of being good parents, putting their family first. And I am sure they makes that special time for husband and wife too.Can’t be just great parents and ignore that.

  20. 57 pugeretto
    March 15, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Be back later, but GREAT JOB UT & TOD’s! Big shout-out to Chips for a Happy Friday. :-))

    Obama coming to IL tomorrow…looking forward to see what all he says.

  21. 58 utaustinliberal
    March 15, 2013 at 11:56 am

    EARLY HEADS UP SO YOU CAN PLAN ACCORDINGLY: Pres. Obama will be speaking at 2:30PM ET / 1:30PM CT / 11:30PM PT about his energy plans at Argonne National Library in Lemont, IL.





  22. 59 dotster3
    March 15, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Ooooooo—-I’ve been waiting for the photo of the Medal of Honor winner’s son and the apples—–ever since President Obama told on him—–amusing relating that the show-stealer tried every one till he found one that was just right.

  23. 60 Don
    March 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Florida has become a 21st century mad-max inspired sun-bathed dystopia, run by gangs that only answer to the Governor.

  24. 61 donna dem 4 obama
    March 15, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    My how I love that smile!

  25. March 15, 2013 at 12:06 pm

  26. 63 amk for obama
    March 15, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    BO & JOE are always laughing it up when they meet. Wonder what kinda jokes they tell each other. 🙂

  27. March 15, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Morning Obots!

    How stressed am I? I forgot that I have a performer scheduled for next Tuesday. Jesus.

    I have a post ready to go once the comments on this thread reach 150-ish.

  28. 87 Ladyhawke
    March 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    At this point, it looks like everybody in the Republican Party has been afflicted with “ROMNESIA”. It’s an epidemic.

  29. 88 amk for obama
    March 15, 2013 at 12:31 pm

  30. 91 hopefruit2
    March 15, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Okay – I’m claiming FIRST for amk’s thread. And I claimed FIRST, 1st. So amk, be prepared with my award.

    Love n Hugs,

  31. 95 Ladyhawke
    March 15, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    How the White House thinks about climate change, in 7 charts

    Posted by Brad Plumer on March 15, 2013 at 11:22 am


    The latest Economic Report of the President (pdf) has a whole chapter on energy and climate change that’s worth reading as a window into how the White House thinks about the topic. Here’s the basic story in chart form:



  32. March 15, 2013 at 12:39 pm

  33. March 15, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Let’s see if I can post a picture of puppies:

  34. March 15, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Ok, mini tyrants, we have rights to post pictures. Huzzah!

  35. 130 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    YEAH! Summer is almost here! Health permitting, here’s part of my summer line-up…

    Capital Jazz Festival: http://www.capitaljazz.com/fest/talent.asp
    Clifford Brown Jazz Festival: http://inwilmingtonde.com/festivals/cliffordbrownjazzfest/
    Newport Jazz Festival: http://newportjazzfest.net/
    Low Country Jazz Festival: http://www.lowcountryjazzfestival.com/

  36. 137 japa21
    March 15, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    • 138 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      March 15, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      Japa, I’ll say again, for a twitter noobie, you’re just killing it! Proud to follow and retweet you.

      • 139 japa21
        March 15, 2013 at 1:01 pm

        Thank you. But I am still in awe of many of the other twitterers here. We have some truly amazing people in terms of using twitter in so many positive ways. Just one other aspect of the community Chips has put together here.

  37. 140 Linda
    March 15, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Here is the section of the 2008 DC vs Heller case to stash away for future use when needed.

    Justice Scalia’s decision in the landmark 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller, “nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.” The ruling also allows limitations on ownership of “dangerous and unusual” weapons that are not in “common use” — like, for example, assault weapons.

  38. 141 japa21
    March 15, 2013 at 1:04 pm

  39. 143 Ladyhawke
    March 15, 2013 at 1:04 pm


    Morning Joe Blasts Tea Party Darling Ted Cruz: ‘Willfully Ignorant,’ ‘Condescending,’ ‘Playing To Illiterates’

    By Igor Volsky


    SCARBOROUGH: Did they teach Ted Cruz to read what the Supreme Court said? Especially in the landmark, the landmark decision regarding Second Amendment rights over 200 years was written in 2008? I’m just wondering why would he use his seat on the Judiciary Committee if he went to Harvard to — to — to put forward a willfully ignorant statement about this bill violating the Second Amendment, because it does not. And Ted Cruz knows it does not. So who is he playing for? Is he playing for — for — for people who can’t read, for illiterates? I don’t understand…. When you’re condescending and you don’t even have the facts right. When you’re misstating what the Second Amendment says as interpreted by the conservative court, by Scalia. I have a problem with that.



  40. March 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Ok, before us mini-tyrants go crazy with the picture posting, please do use the “height” and “width” elements of the img tag. Otherwise, the pictures will be huge. Here’s amk’s picture redone with a width of 250 and a height of 200:


    • March 15, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      A bit bigger, with width 450 and height 400:


      • 146 utaustinliberal
        March 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm

        The website you showed me doesn’t explain fully how one can insert pictures in comments and provides no instruction on how to adjust height and width.


        How do I incorporate pictures from my computer onto the website and then post the code here on TOD with already adjusted height and width? It’s confusing.

        • March 15, 2013 at 1:14 pm

          Ok, say I wanted to insert the above picture again. The code would be this: img src=”http://i47.tinypic.com/25a3j2a.jpg” width=”500″ height=”400″, with the code bracketed by . Which would give this picture:

          Now, this won’t work with pictures on your computer. You need to get the pictures uploaded to a website, or to a folder on TOD, to which we probably don’t have access.

  41. March 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    And one more piece of advice before posting pictures: try it out at this URL first – http://www.w3schools.com/tags/tryit.asp?filename=tryhtml_image_diffloc

    You can play with the size and see what will look good, then just copy and paste the code into here.

    • 149 theo67
      March 15, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      I wonder if you noobies can create one of those permanent posts like the “blog rules” where you can post all the instructions. It will help if any of us non-noobies ever get the courage or skills or time to join you in the blog tyrant universe to have one place to get all tips and tricks. And since you noobies are scattered around the world, you’d also have one place for all your tips and tricks that get posted when one or more blog tyrants is/are asleep? Just a suggestion. It looks like you’re sharing good info, and it would be a shame to lose it in a long post.

  42. 152 Ladyhawke
    March 15, 2013 at 1:13 pm


    Giving new meaning to ‘March Madness’

    By Steve Benen


    Here’s what the #3 Republican in the House had to say to Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren about the fight with President Obama over the budget:

    “How can a president not want to balance the budget? How does he forget what he said? One of his first goals in the first four years was to cut the deficit in half. Now he doesn’t care. He doesn’t even produce a budget,” McCarthy told Fox News. “I’ll bet you this. I bet you he spends more time filling out his March Madness brackets than he does writing a budget.”

    Now, I suspect the congressman came up with the snarky little quip about college basketball, was eager to deliver it on Fox, and didn’t give the substance of his argument a whole lot of thought.

    But so long as the quote made the rounds, let’s give it a little fact check.



  43. 153 hopefruit2
    March 15, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Andrea Mitchell is at is again….moving from WH tour non-troversy to next nonstory…

  44. March 15, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    amk, your post didn’t post

    • 155 amk for obama
      March 15, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      Yeah, I know. One has to click the blue schedule button for the setting to bite. I’ve set it to 13.30 now. Toes are curled.

  45. 156 Linda
    March 15, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    The new ” World According to Dick Cheney ” documentary is on Showtime tonight.

    I wonder if I will be able to watch it and not have to use the mute button

  46. 158 Ladyhawke
    March 15, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Listening to Mrs Greenspan is like fingernails on a chalkboard.

  47. March 15, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Thanks for the great photos

  48. 162 Jovie
    March 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    The President is on talking about the cuts to scientific programs and effecting jobs of the future.
    Problem is, the conservatives don’t believe the Gubermint belongs in the R&D research.

    Its sickening, but true.
    Meanwhile, out last big invention here in America, the I phone, is made in China.


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