Barack with babies

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) holds a supporter's child during a campaign stop in Ft. Madison, Iowa


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Barack Obama Holds Earth Day Rally In Iowa


And speaking of kids, they do say the darnest things.


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150 Responses to “Barack with babies”

  1. March 23, 2013 at 12:00 am

    The day just gets better…

  2. 19 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 23, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Congrats Carol Mae! BTW, love the pics that you tweet!

  3. March 23, 2013 at 12:08 am

    I love the fireworks AMK.

    • 21 amk for obama
      March 23, 2013 at 12:14 am

      My CV sez I am a gifted stealer. Also. Too. Shameless.

      • 22 vcprezofan2
        March 23, 2013 at 12:18 am

        An honest stealer.

        • 23 amk for obama
          March 23, 2013 at 12:27 am

          Grammatically correct vc.

          I still remember my 3rd grade English teacher rapping my knuckle with the ruler, edgewise too mind you, about usage of a, an and the. Hurts till date.

          • 24 vcprezofan2
            March 23, 2013 at 12:30 am

            Lasting life lesson, eh?

            • 25 amk for obama
              March 23, 2013 at 12:33 am

              The worst thing was she sneaked up on me when she did that. And I was her pet student !!!

              • 26 vcprezofan2
                March 23, 2013 at 12:35 am

                Another life lesson – not everyone treats their pet with respect?

              • 28 vcprezofan2
                March 23, 2013 at 12:36 am

                Hey! She taught you a lot.

              • 29 jacquelineoboomer
                March 23, 2013 at 12:55 am

                That made me laugh. I was my 8th grade nun’s pet student, and she slapped me across the face once, think I mentioned once or 20 times before. She heard me talkin’ when we weren’t supposed to talk, and she heard me ’cause my desk was next to hers, because I was, as I mentioned here, her pet student!

                • 30 amk for obama
                  March 23, 2013 at 1:16 am

                  Never believe the myth that is ‘pet student’.

                • 32 jackiegrumbacher
                  March 23, 2013 at 8:01 am

                  JOB, every time I read of your “famous” slap, I thank God I went to public school. Even in the ‘olden’ days, physical contact of any sort by a teacher in a public school was absolutely verboten.

                  • 33 jacquelineoboomer
                    March 23, 2013 at 12:16 pm

                    Yes, I’ve told the story of the “famous” slap so often here, it’s “famous”! Ha – pity my long-suffering friends who’ve heard it forever! Even in the ’60s when I was in high school, we had a nun (who, we learned two years later, left her order with a “nervous breakdown” – thank God) who once started punching an 11th-grade boy on the top of the head, because he was mumbling about her under his breath. These incidents were rare (my memories are only from 8th and 11th grade, and just a couple), but ya never forget ’em. It was a different time, when if you first got a punishment in school, you then got another one at home – and, while there’s something to be said for that, resorting to hitting and punching by teachers would never be acceptable, from my POV.

      • March 23, 2013 at 12:46 am

        I didn’t read it! 🙄
        How long long did Crossfire stay on the air after this;

  4. 35 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 23, 2013 at 12:09 am

    A Tribute to Courage — Rufus Harley 1968

  5. March 23, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Why did I fret? Just gorgeous Amk!!!! You are a Grade A blog tyrant, thank you!!!!!

  6. 42 hopefruit2
    March 23, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Fantastic – congratulations to Chips on 18 Million marvelous hits!!!!! 🙂

    • 43 jacquelineoboomer
      March 23, 2013 at 12:50 am

      X 18 Million thanks and congrats from me! (I don’t know how I would do that, but I’ve had wine, so, hey.)

  7. March 23, 2013 at 12:14 am

    You can’t have a “barack with babies” and not include Paul Ryan. Here he is trying to show Pres.Obama his homework: http://patdollard.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/1280px-Paul_Ryan_with_Barack_Obama_02-25-10-600×350.jpg

  8. 49 hopefruit2
    March 23, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Gorgeous pics of PBO with babies – thanks amk!

  9. March 23, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Watched MSNBC Talking Hubris. It’s not a rerun. It is Chris Hayes instead of Rachel with the authors David Corn and Michael Isikoff and Alex Wagner along with Patrick Murphy (D) PA Very interesting. Have an open mind.

    • 55 jacquelineoboomer
      March 23, 2013 at 12:48 am

      Love Patrick Murphy! Big President Obama supporter.

    • 64 Obama Grandmama
      March 23, 2013 at 1:06 am

      The actual rerun of Hubris was during the Rachel hour. It was with her narrating as it was the first time. Right afterwards there was an hour discussion with Chris Hayes, the two authors of Hubris Corn and Issakoff, Chris Matthews, Alex Witt, and the former congressman that served in Iraq, Patrick Murphy. The talk was not part of the first showing of Hubris.

      • March 23, 2013 at 1:16 am

        I thought there was a discussion after the first showing of Hubris? Maybe I just saw the authors giving interviews so much I thought there was a discussion. I bought the book, but still don’t know the ending. 😉

  10. 66 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 23, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Amk — OUTSTANDING photo essay! Thanks!

  11. 68 99ts
    March 23, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Cannot ever go past this one

    • 69 amk for obama
      March 23, 2013 at 12:36 am

      True. Should I update ?

      Note to self: You’re not going to do all the hard work, are you?

      • 70 99ts
        March 23, 2013 at 1:08 am

        I should have included a thank you for all the pics you posted – I do always think of this video when the grandbabe takes a look at me and bursts into tears – while she ogles smiles at grandpapa.

        Keep it on the backburner for another thread – you have given much to look at – as Jovie notes below!

    • March 23, 2013 at 6:33 am

      My fav because of the eye contact between POTUS & FLOTUS. I don’t know how many times my hubby & I have locked eyes like that. 😉

    • March 23, 2013 at 11:01 am

      The look of smug superiority on PBO’s face is priceless!

  12. 75 Jovie
    March 23, 2013 at 12:47 am

    I like the red head in the first picture, she is a hottie. 🙂

  13. 79 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 23, 2013 at 12:51 am

    MY HEAD HURTS! Since learning this afternoon that the NRA has poison pills sprinkled throughout the CRA, I’ve been doing research. The bill is 240 pages! I’m faxing the President tomorrow, respectfully urging him to veto the bill. Those poison pills passed the Senate — either Senate Dems didn’t read the bill OR they are giving a pass to the NRA. Whichever is the case, IMHO, the CRA as passed by Congress will seriously hamstring so of the things PBO wants to do re: gun safety. I feel if the President signs the bill, rethugs will use it as a cudgel to try to portray him as insincere about gun safety. My feeling is put it on congress — veto the bill and force them to either override or send him a clean bill.

    • 80 99ts
      March 23, 2013 at 1:10 am

      Why the NRA owns so many in the congress is beyond understanding. Public funding of elections – despite PBO did not use same – is the ONLY way to stop the incessant lobbying that impacts every government in the country.

    • March 23, 2013 at 1:24 am

      Plus, doesn’t it keep the sequestration in place, although with some wiggle room for how certain departments can re-shuffle their reduced $? It’s an ugly piece of legislation.

      • 83 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        March 23, 2013 at 1:43 am

        Yeah, it does. I’m still reading the bill. Wish they would write these things in plain english rather than legislative language; however, if they did that, it would be more difficult for them to bamboozle us.

    • 84 anniebella
      March 23, 2013 at 5:54 am

      Where can I look at this bill?

    • March 23, 2013 at 6:37 am

      I am wrestling with that too. So many killings just this week.

  14. 86 amk for obama
    March 23, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Ok, gotta go.

    Remember as the acting blog tyrant I have the power to “Unapprove/Spam/Trash” posts. You’ve been warned.

    Have fun. Blog tyrant is asleep. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • 87 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      March 23, 2013 at 1:31 am

      Awwwww, don’t just run off and leave us…
      So going to miss your wit and charm.
      Have a great afternoon 😉

      whispering — don’t let the door hit ya

      • 88 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        March 23, 2013 at 1:33 am

        Dang, BUSTED! As keystroked, that “whispering” was five lines down and at the right margin.

  15. 89 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 23, 2013 at 2:08 am

    • 90 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      March 23, 2013 at 2:13 am

      • March 23, 2013 at 2:46 am

        Thanks for posting this tweet Alycee. President Peres looked at PBO like he was his son. I think also that BiBi think more positive about PBO. He was glued to PBO in a lot of the photos. 🙂

    • March 23, 2013 at 2:31 am

      Rest well for those about to sleep and welcome to another day of life and all it offers to those awaking or soon too do so … 🙂

      Yes We Can

    • 93 anniebella
      March 23, 2013 at 5:43 am

      I can sense the respect and friendship between POTUS and President Peres. If only the politicians over here treated our President with the same respect. You don’t have to be buddies with him, but respect the fact that he is President of the United States.

      • 94 anniebella
        March 23, 2013 at 5:47 am

        Might I add, I am so thankful to the Welcome the people of Israel gave to our President. If we had listen to Chuck “GOP” Todd you would think everyone hated POTUS.

        • 95 anniebella
          March 23, 2013 at 5:51 am

          President Peres you were not the only one moved by the speech, I was so proud of our President, the way he represented us.

  16. March 23, 2013 at 2:28 am

    You’re a STAR and a MUSH, amk!!! Thank you!!!!

    #TrustBarack … He’s EARNED It

    • 98 amk for obama
      March 23, 2013 at 6:26 am

      Amazing how the thugs 99% of the time vote unanimously while some dem is guaranteed to join them 99% of the time.

      • 99 Jovie
        March 23, 2013 at 6:37 am

        Well, we currently have 30 red state governors thanks to that wave in 2010.
        We have to gain some back in 2014.
        2014 is very very important election!

  17. 101 Jovie
    March 23, 2013 at 6:35 am

    By JOSH GERSTEIN | 3/23/13 6:13 AM EDT
    PETRA, Jordan—President Barack Obama played Middle East tourist on Saturday, touring ancient ruins here on the final day of his four-day trip to the region.

    After flying in by helicopter from Amman, Obama toured the deep sandstone canyons and archaelogical sites which date back more than two millenia and draw more visitors than any other touring site in Jordan.

    Many of the most impressive sights Obama took in date to the Nabataean civilization, which had Petra as its capital as early as the 4th century B.C. The president saw a building known as the Treasury, which may have contained tombs, as well as a massive ancient theater—both of which look Greek in style.

    “This is pretty spectacular,” the president said, as he looked up at the rock faces rising high above him, according to a pool report. “It’s amazing,” he said, to the sound of cameras clicking. “Spectacular.”

    Some of the ruins look like sets for an Indiana Jones or Tomb Raider film. Reporters and photographers covering Obama’s visit were carried out of the complex by horse drawn carts, according to a pool report.

    Obama was scheduled to chopper back to Amman later Saturday to get aboard Air Force One for his flight home to Washington.


  18. March 23, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Thought I would bring you news that you can use…

  19. March 23, 2013 at 6:49 am

  20. March 23, 2013 at 6:57 am

    You said babies to Granma?


  21. March 23, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Thanks you AMK four your helping hand to Chips, who loves hands. 👏👏👏

  22. 108 vcprezofan2
    March 23, 2013 at 7:30 am

    It’s Saturday morning and I’m back! Obviously I’m no wiser as I’m signing in before even lifting a finger to do any chores and I KNOW I have signing off procrastination issues. 🙄

    Question for Amk – would you please remind me how to open a 3rd browser (2nd instance of IE) so that I can have more than two feeds going on my laptop? [I want to do some memory lane #ACA anniversary tweets today while keeping tabs on you all. 😉 ] Thanks.

    • 109 utaustinliberal
      March 23, 2013 at 7:39 am

      You can probably go to File —-> Open Tab —–> and it will open up a new tab in the same browser window so you can switch over easily.

      Or you can do go to File —–> Open New Window —–> and it will open a new IE window.

      • 110 vcprezofan2
        March 23, 2013 at 7:54 am

        GM, Utal. Thank you. Don’t tell anyone but I’ve been trying to find ‘File’ since you answered and the ‘file’ I found in my current IE browser doesn’t give me the options mentioned. Be patient – I think I’m like the turtle even with simple technology.

        • 111 vcprezofan2
          March 23, 2013 at 8:07 am

          Utal, ‘techie’ stuff that seems so easy/simple to you agile brains just seem immeasurably complex to moi. Don’t ask me why – they do. I still periodically try to post a twitpic, following Lovely Plains’ initial instruction and have had NO success. Now I know it’s not the instructions because LP has had other students after me who have graduated and gone on to win awards, so it’s ME. Sigh! Having said that, inspired by all you Chipadees, I’ve made a New Year March resolution to master this posting and blogging thing if it takes me all of 2013!

    • 112 amk for obama
      March 23, 2013 at 7:42 am

      right click the link, click ‘open in new tab’ (easier to go from tab to tab) or ‘open in new window.’

      Or you could simply use click your scroll wheel at the linky and it will open in new tab (not in new window).

    • 113 amk for obama
      March 23, 2013 at 7:50 am

      Andfergodsake ditch IE and use firefox.


      • 114 vcprezofan2
        March 23, 2013 at 7:51 am

        May I have the link like this BUT for IE, please? That’s the only way for ME to get the other browser open.

        • 115 amk for obama
          March 23, 2013 at 8:06 am

          I have posted below the screen grab of my browser page. See the 2nd row at the top. That’s multiple tab browsing in firefox. You just switch from one webpage to the next without ever leaving the window.

          Image and video hosting by TinyPic

          • 116 vcprezofan2
            March 23, 2013 at 8:36 am

            Thanks. See the time on this entry? That’s how long I’ve been fiddling around with this and the light bulb hasn’t been lit YET. Sigh! I got two Firefox tabs going though they are not on the same ‘page’ like your sample; OTH I am unable to pin them separately to the bar which is what I want to be able to do. I’ve taken enough of your time for today. I’ll try again tomorrow. 😉 [I’m sure you have had enough trying to teach this challenged student, at least for today. 😀 The very thought of picking this up tomorrow with this same student will probably give you nightmares all night. 😆 😆 ]

      • 117 vcprezofan2
        March 23, 2013 at 8:01 am

        I use Firefox, you impatient tyrant. I keep it exclusively for my main TOD page. That’s where I speak to you guys and listen to you rant. That’s where I have been having this convo. I keep IE for my jaunts to different sites or for when PBO, FLOTUS, etc are speaking and I want to watch while still dialoguing in TOD village. I had a second IE browser open yesterday (the one I use for twitter, while still keeping my line to TOD free) but I ‘touched the wrong button’, lost it and can’t figure out how I had stumbled onto it in the first place. Now that you posted that Firefox linky I have a vague memory that might have been how. So, where’s the IE linky?

        • 118 amk for obama
          March 23, 2013 at 8:36 am

          Using multiple browsers sucks up your ‘puter resources and speed. One browser window with tabs is the optimal way.

          • 119 vcprezofan2
            March 23, 2013 at 8:48 am

            That explains why things sometimes take so long to load – example when I’m trying to arrive first at the TODvillage door. 🙄 😆

        • 120 99ts
          March 23, 2013 at 9:16 am

          vc – if you are using firefox – at the top of the screen where it says “Barack with babies/The Obama Diary” – there should be a + sign next to that on a tiny tab. Click on that + and you have a new tab open – where you can visit another web address

          OR try this – right clink on my link here to TOD


          and click “open in new tab”

          You will then have two tabs – one with this thread – and one with the main TOD page

          Notice you still have the + in a little tab – you can always click that to get a 3rd tab – or 4th etc On the screen shot from amk – the + would be to the right – off the page as shown. To change to each tab just click on them.

          A tab is the same as a window – except they all show across the top of the screen – I find them easier than new windows

          I hope this makes sense 🙂 🙂

          • 121 vcprezofan2
            March 23, 2013 at 11:28 am

            Yes it made sense and I followed it easily, 99ts. Probably due to the softening up of my brains that the prep work by the others accomplished! Also, I have now resigned myself to having different tabs versus different windows. Now, how many hours did THAT take? 😉 Thanks to all of the ‘teachers’ who took on the task.

            • 122 99ts
              March 23, 2013 at 9:44 pm

              I hated the tabs when they first came into existence – my husband ranted at me that they were much easier/better to use than windows – it took awhile for me to agree – but now I like having all the tabs – one click to a website – hope you also find it useful & easy to use.

              The TOD people have been so patient teaching me about the WP options – that is taking me forever to understand!

              • 123 vcprezofan2
                March 23, 2013 at 10:00 pm

                Oh yes I’m warming up to them, 99. Have used the concept all day today in fact. Now I’m looking for another patient teacher to outline the twitpic process in a way my brain can follow. As i said somewhere, learning this stuff is now my ‘New March’ resolution.

                • 124 99ts
                  March 23, 2013 at 11:48 pm

                  I don’t do twitter – I worry that I would say something in haste – and regret thereafter – but I’m sure you will sort it – lots of good teachers around.

      • March 23, 2013 at 11:53 am

        How much stock do you own in Firefox???

  23. 128 amk for obama
    March 23, 2013 at 7:37 am

  24. March 23, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Amk’s Kids Say the Darndest Things reminded me of the Art Linkletter Show. Here is one of the Bill Cosby versions.

    (Hope this link works)

  25. 135 amk for obama
    March 23, 2013 at 8:41 am

    • 136 jackiegrumbacher
      March 23, 2013 at 9:09 am

      Ok, I don’t get how 33 percent could have a favorable view of this fiasco called the Republican party. That is a whole of whackadoodles in this country who think far right extremism is acceptable for a major political party. Please, please,please let those 58 percent come out in 2013 and 2014 and make the GOP a marginal party until it manages to shape up and enter the 21rst century. We’ve got a whole lot of outreach and GOTV ahead of us.

      • 137 99ts
        March 23, 2013 at 9:18 am

        I don’t get how they keep winning states/districts if only 33% approve of them – seems people vote for them despite not having a favorable view.

        • 138 amk for obama
          March 23, 2013 at 9:24 am

          Congress as a whole have approval numbers below a contagious disease and yet you have career congress critters into two digit terms. People vote like sheep and the rw sheep (which I strongly believe is close to 50% than the 33% or dubya’s 27%ers etc) are more obedient.

          • 139 99ts
            March 23, 2013 at 9:32 am

            Living in a country with more sheep than peoples – it is well known that sheep are dumber than most other animals – they will follow each other over the proverbial cliff – which is why they are relatively easy to bring in for shearing. The comparison between RW and sheep seems reasonable. As for the 50% – having a black President probably makes that % higher than sanity would imply it should be.

        • March 23, 2013 at 11:16 am

          Just like the Republicans in Congress voting for legislation they don’t like, always a bloc.

      • 141 anniebella
        March 23, 2013 at 9:43 am

        I am with you jackie, who is the 33% that approval of them, and why?

  26. 142 vcprezofan2
    March 23, 2013 at 9:08 am

    GM TODobots! I wanted to start my #ACA ‘party’ in the Rise and Shine thread but got impatient, so here I go before heading off to feed my face for the first time today.

  27. 143 Vicki
    March 23, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Good morning one and all at TOD And it Is a Good Morning.
    Sipping coffee I pick up my NY Times from my doorstep and there it is: Drum roll please…..
    With Obama as Broker, Israelis and Turkey end dispute over ship raid.
    President’s trip ends on high note
    Big photo accompanying text.


  28. 145 JER
    March 23, 2013 at 9:19 am

    PETRA, Jordan — President Barack Obama marveled at the sights of Jordan’s ancient city of Petra on Saturday as he wrapped up a four-day Middle East tour… Shifting into sightseeing mode on Saturday, Obama flew by helicopter to Petra and took a walking tour of the restored ruins of a city more than 2,000 years old which is half-carved into sandstone cliffs.

    “This is pretty spectacular,” the president, wearing sunglasses, khaki trousers and a dark jacket, said as he craned his neck to look up at the Treasury, a towering rose-red façade cut into a mountain. “It’s amazing.” http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/23/17427241-amazing-obama-turns-tourist-in-ancient-city-of-petra

  29. 146 amk for obama
    March 23, 2013 at 9:36 am

  30. 148 GGAIL
    March 23, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks, amk & TOD family. Babies & POTUS always make me smile. 🙂

  31. 149 Nena20409
    March 23, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Just Wonderful Amk. I really missed a lot over night.

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