Barack and Michelle…a photo or two

The Early Years…







The Campaign Years…







The First Term…

Barack Obama Is Sworn In As 44th President Of The United States

Western Inaugural Ball

Michelle and Barack












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The Present…


Inaugural Parade Held After Swearing In Ceremony



261 Responses to “Barack and Michelle…a photo or two”

  1. March 24, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Wow, CarolMae, that must be a dead heat!

  2. 13 Proud Former White House Intern
    March 24, 2013 at 8:32 pm


  3. 16 GGail
    March 24, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Hey girls, a three-way tie 🙂

  4. 21 vitaminlover
    March 24, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Can we say ‘class’? Why yes we can! All day long!

  5. 22 utaustinliberal
    March 24, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Congratulations Mary, Carol, Gail, and Proud. Four way tie!

  6. March 24, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    That last photo — WOW! I’ve got homework to do here, now I have to take a moment to recover from the full impact of all those photos! This is hard on a single person, you know?

  7. March 24, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    What I was going to post before the beautiful couple and ut’s beautiful presentation of them was the tweet of the story behind the Songs in the Library of Congress.

  8. 35 hopefruit2
    March 24, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    WOW…wasn’t expecting this treat – but I’ll take it! THANKS UT 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Paging Mr. Yardarm with the naughti mats….

  9. 36 Dudette
    March 24, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Lovely collection! Inspires me to re-post a song from earlier today (but with a different video)

    Here’s my Peter G:

  10. March 24, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I don’t think I’ve seen the earlier ones. UT!!!

  11. 50 anniebella
    March 24, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    ut, thanks for those pictures of POTUS and FLOTUS, they warm my heart. And I sure needed that after watching my Tarheels lose to Kansas today. POTUS probably relax today and watch some basketball, or maybe he watch Tiger. How did Tiger do today? Anyone know.

  12. 58 PoliticalJunkessa
    March 24, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Lovely collection of a lovely couple! I love the trio where Michelle is being goofy in that black and white dress — she looks so adorable. Thanks UTAL! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  13. 60 Dudette
    March 24, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    This song makes me cry when I hear it too (strong history for me) — I’m loaning it to our two lovebirds for one night only 🙂

  14. March 24, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Lovely post, UT. Thank you!!!

  15. 67 PoliticalJunkessa
    March 24, 2013 at 9:04 pm

  16. March 24, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Love it, love it, thanks, UT!

  17. 72 Vicki
    March 24, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Yum. Michelle’s black velvet pantsuit and the gorgeous couple in the We Got Bin Laden hallway. Definitely hadn’t seen that one before.

  18. 73 vcprezofan2
    March 24, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    This is terrific! Thank you for the inspiration, Utal! I love the love they live so naturally, and I also am intrigued by the fact that often they have exactly the same facial expressions when reacting to something/someone WITHOUT LOOKING AT EACH OTHER! I would bet that many relationships have been given a new lease on life since the Obamas came to t

  19. 86 GGail
    March 24, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I keep looking at these photos and I can’t believe these two beautiful, kind, intelligent people are our President and First Lady. How fortunate are we!

  20. 88 prettyfoot58
    March 24, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    ……….The impetus behind the legislation is to codify into Michigan Compiled Law the EAA in the same way Emergency Managers are legally disposing of democratic rule on a long-term basis in Michigan cities, mostly in minoity regions – so that now schools in those communities will have an unelected state overlord as a permanent fixture too.

    In addition to the state seizure of local control of these financially struggling schools, it suspends collective bargaining in the bottom 5 percent of schools — an ugly provision reminiscent of the failed federal law, No Child Left Behind, in which schools that did not meet AYP (adequate yearly progress) were summarily punished regardless of important contributing factors……………

  21. 95 amk for obama
    March 24, 2013 at 9:21 pm

  22. March 24, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Another Song in the Library of Congress.

  23. March 24, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Not much carrot cake left, but we had a lot of food for thought on how to get folks signed up next October for the Affordable Care Act.

  24. 106 vcprezofan2
    March 24, 2013 at 9:27 pm


    How do you tactfully tell a soon-to-be 4th year university music student who has to date shown little interest in money and even less in food, that little black squiggles on paper and wind symphony experience do not put food on the table? You have to coach me how to do this WITHOUT raining on the lad’s dreams (to be a well-known composer) you understand. This is not a new dream. It has always been THE dream. It’s only that by now I had dreams of my own that certain people would have wised up to the practical business of day-to-day living. Hasn’t happened! 🙄

    Somebody in TOD Village must have had someone like this in their close family and dealt with it in a reasonable and productive way. If I am truthful, I have to admit that this music thing has always seemed vastly impractical to me, but I’ve bitten my lips. Not being in the least bit musical and not personally knowing anyone musical to point the way has been a drawback. Anyways, if you know anything that could help at this point please share. THANKS.

    • 107 GGail
      March 24, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      vc, don’t kill the dream. Picture that person sitting in your local symphony orchestra one day or being invited to play in one of the National Symphony Orchestra’s. Plenty players take side jobs while perfecting their craft. Don’t kill the dream vc – support them and guide them with love and ideas on how to make money while still playing. Just imagine……First Chair!

      • 108 vcprezofan2
        March 24, 2013 at 9:43 pm

        I THINK I’ve been pretty good so far in keeping my doubts to myself, but I have no ideas on how to guide onto lucrative (musical) paths in the meantime. This is one quietly stubborn, polite, one-track-minded dude!

        • 109 GGail
          March 24, 2013 at 10:17 pm

          I don’t know where you live vc, but you and your love one can turn to the school’s music department for gigs for pay and for exposure. Also, as time goes on your love one can seek out recording studio’s for sessions, and of course sign up and attend symphony sessions.

          • 110 vcprezofan2
            March 24, 2013 at 10:51 pm

            I remember reading somewhere long ago that when TVs first came out some ‘real’ actors and actresses turned up their noses and said it wasn’t ‘real’ acting. That’s somewhat like my son’s reaction to playing gigs for pay. His repertoire doesn’t include popular music and who pays someone to play classical – nobody I /he would know. In truth he is happiest composing, not playing, at least at home. We’ll see, I guess. *He* is not in the least worried and often tells me I worry too much AND I’m too impatient.

    • 111 jacquelineoboomer
      March 24, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      I don’t have any tips, but that much passion for music will pay off in some way … and it could be a whole lot worse! 🙂

      • 112 vcprezofan2
        March 24, 2013 at 9:49 pm

        ‘it could be a whole lot worse’

        Quite true, JO’B! After the initial 675g, 26++ weeks, 3-months in NICU start, this dude has been the most easy-going child to raise, except for his classical music obsession. 🙄 Can’t understand if I was going to get a musician in the family why not one who likes popular music?

        • 113 jacquelineoboomer
          March 24, 2013 at 10:04 pm

          🙂 My son played baritone horn in his elementary school band for a couple of years and used to watch classical music on PBS, with an eyeroll from me, so I know a little about how ya feel. When he grew up, he had switched to heavy metal and played bass in bands, another eyeroll (except I’d drag my friends to his gigs around town, and we’d all drink to the music and wear ear protectors – good times!).

          My biggest musical disappointment, other than the time in elementary school band when he fell off the riser on stage and I sunk in my chair (too funny), came when he was originally planning to join the high school marching band playing his baritone horn but changed his mind. I love drums and marching bands and would have been at every performance, since I wanted to play drums myself (another unfulfilled life’s desire), but my music lover son had to drop out.

          The way he put it was, “Nobody told me we had to practice on Saturdays.” Going to the homes of high-school girls on Saturdays was much more important, dontcha know. 🙂

          • 114 vcprezofan2
            March 24, 2013 at 10:20 pm

            Be careful what we wish for? Like you I wanted to play an instrument when I was younger but family couldn’t afford lessons. Mind you, I wanted it not because I was musical but because lessons were offered after school as a new thing and two of my best friends were allowed to join. Then decades later my offspring got the talent. Kinda like I dreamed of having a pool so I could learn to swim and ended instead with a ‘pool’ in my basement. I do believe God has a sense of humour, though I question why S/He exercises it so often in my direction.

            • 115 jacquelineoboomer
              March 24, 2013 at 11:59 pm

              We’ve had (ha!) similar lives. Who knew? I arranged for guitar lessons for my then-teenage son, and asked the instructor how much for lessons (for me) to learn how to play the drums. Turns out mine would have been equal to the exact pay raise I had just gotten on my job, so I thought twice. (What I was paying for his seemed like a good investment, but not mine.) Dang. Should have taken those drum lessons! I could have been the oldest-living hot drummer today! Oh, well.

              • 116 vcprezofan2
                March 25, 2013 at 10:41 am

                It’s not too late, JO’B, come on over! Life is really weird because here I am with the drum set in my basement (I absolutely LOVE good drumming though I don’t know how) and no-one uses it. I bought a full set years ago in the hope of getting offspring to teach himself/practise so that there would be some ‘real’ music in the house. After all, the myth was that musical guys usually start their own garage band and I preferred such a thing would be in my garage as opposed to someone else’s. [Yeah, yeah, I’m the controlling parent model, wanting to know where my kid was at all times when he was young.] The ONLY time that drum set got used was when we had the exchange student from France! It was awesome! Ben played morning, evening and night and he was a terrific drummer. I was tempted to send the set home with him but he said they didn’t have the space for it, that he had to play at school/club(?) when he wanted to drum. He also played a mean euphonium – a totally ‘new’ instrument to me! Come to think of it that was the best time for music here because the two of them had great fun together. Maybe that’s why offspring doesn’t play at home since he has no one to play with. 😦

                😳 There I go off topic again, JO’B. Shorter VC = Come on over and engage my drum set. It’s lonely.

                • 117 jacquelineoboomer
                  March 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm

                  Such a sweet invitation, VC. How about I come over and you and I can look at the drum set, and then we both set out to find Ben so we can actually hear somebody who knows how to be a drummer! 🙂

                  • 118 vcprezofan2
                    March 25, 2013 at 12:15 pm

                    Anytime JO’B, though Ben is back in France finishing his education. Maybe we could co-ordinate your visits as he probably wouldn’t mind another opportunity to fine-tune his English while drumming to his heart’s content.

    • 120 kathryn kivett
      March 24, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      You have to let one have their dream…..having said that, you also have to gently tell one that you support their dream emotionally but are unable to support their dream financially…(.Having experience with daughter who majored in voice which didn’t put food on table either)……then point them to the nearest McDonalds and tell them they are hiring and you know it will be temporary until they find a REAL job or have their music published or whatever you do with it…..with a sweet smile on your face.

    • 122 sabreen60
      March 24, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      IMO, you let him know that teaching is a wonderful profession. With a degree, he will have many opportunities to pay the rent and buy food. Don’t kill his dreams, but sometimes we need to know that it’s not a sin to have a fall-back position, just in case…..

      • 123 vcprezofan2
        March 24, 2013 at 9:59 pm

        Yeah, he has mentioned teaching, Sabreen. In fact he once mentioned applying for teacher training (another year after the 4-yr degree), but that hasn’t come up recently. Although in fairness, there has been no recent career discussions since he’s busy trying to wrap up year three with essays, upcoming exams, etc. etc.

        I guess my cry burst forth today because it was the final wind symphony + wind ensemble performance this afternoon and the whole thing struck me as so realistically unrealistic.

      • 124 carolyn
        March 24, 2013 at 10:05 pm

        As a professor myself, I second sabreen’s idea of teaching. With a degree he will be able to teach both private students and also in schools. Many (most) professional classical musicians start this way. The professional musicians in our symphony (OKC) all have teaching jobs in the universities in the area. We have three schools in the OKC area with superb music programs. People come from all over to attend them…..yes that’s true…..and our symphony is superb.
        Perhaps the six wealthiest symphonies in the country can pay their players enough so they don’t have to supplement…….New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philly and Cleveland…..would be my guess. However, most musicians supplement with teaching. I have numerous classical musician friends. Most of them teach full time, then play part time. Their LOVE is their music. They sustain a passion few of us can understand, and they will do anything to pursue it.
        Good luck to your child. Guide him to be practical WHILE he pursues his dream. Teaching is the best means of pursuit I believe.

    • 125 carolyn
      March 24, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      vc, I’ve left you a rather extensive supportive answer on down the thread.

      • 126 carolyn
        March 24, 2013 at 10:11 pm

        Nope…….my extensive answer is just above this. I got very mixed up.
        I understand some of what you’re going through because my son majored in political science, and was sure he would run President Clinton’s campaign…..of course not. He went to our great votech system after college and got certified in computer networking, and now has his own very profitable company in Dallas. We had suggested computer study to him while in college, and he wouldn’t hear of it. However, reality hit him square in the forehead about three months after graduation when he was taking reservations at Hertz.

      • 127 vcprezofan2
        March 24, 2013 at 10:28 pm

        I read ALL your answers, thank you, Carolyn. I suppose it’s going to be the teaching route (though I don’t see the organizational skills that I know teaching requires – the marking and the planning for example). Anyways, time will tell.

        • 128 carolyn
          March 24, 2013 at 10:37 pm

          The organizational skills can be taught. The music that’s inside can’t be. That is a gift. Most musicians love their music so much they want to share this love and learning. I imagine that some of his professors will help him be realistic. They know the battles better than anyone else.

          • 129 Dudette
            March 24, 2013 at 11:37 pm

            VC, there’s nothing wrong with you encouraging him to find a way to sustain himself while he’s working on his dream. That’s what people need to do who are pursing any professions. It’s just how you do the encourage that matters.

            As for the guidance side of things, sage advice from carolyn. Teaching privately offers the best chance to set his own work hours, but he’d have to develop some sales skills so he can drum up business. I’d add that thinking outside the box as far as where to look for work would be called for too. Maybe that production company won’t take him on as a studio musician right away, but if he’d open himself up to doing other related stuff in the business, he could end up being in the right place at the right time to go for his dream. Or think of ways he can create opportunities for himself. A lovely little bistro in my small suburb started having live music 3x a week, because one enterprising young man sought out the owner and convinced him it would help business. It DID and he’s become a popular attraction. Additionally setting up someplace online where people can see his work might be helpful in promotinig himself.

            Aside from the music dept, he should seek out relationships with people in the mass media dept and threatre depts at school, as well as local trade organizations. Take a look at opportunities for church musicians as well. As it’s always been, sometime’s it’s all in who you know, or more importantly who knows you.

            Also study the backgrounds of real people who are currently doing what he ultimately wants to do and find out how they got there. That’s what’s so great about the internet. There’s a world of info out there. You’ve gotta look for it.

            • 130 vcprezofan2
              March 25, 2013 at 10:53 am

              Great suggestions, thank you, Dudette. I’ll pass on an edited version of your suggestions. 😉 Personality and determination play key roles in (music) success I think. IMO offspring lacks the contacts and a go-getter personality. He has determination, but IMO it’s more the determination to walk his own path. That’s why I used the term quietly stubborn elsewhere. He’s never intentionally rude, he listens politely, agrees that what you said makes sense (generally), then does things *his* way, ’cause of course it doesn’t make sense in his case. So then of course I lose my temper. 🙄

          • 131 HZ
            March 25, 2013 at 12:37 am

            Vc, all of these are so true. I have a voice major and piano. However, I did a fifth year of teaching and taught my first year. My principal, at the time heard of a very famous music writer and producer of a group, so my principal set up an audition for me without me knowing it. I went to the audition and sang duet with a very famous singer who is still doing quiet well today. I turned the offer letter down twice because I felt that I had the calling to go on and teach. I did teach for over thirty years, but I was able to sing in places that I never thought I would. I met some great musicians and had the opportunity to sing and travel and still teach music and dance during my career.

            Give your loving support just as you are doing now. There is still a lot of room out there for such gifted young people as your wonderful son who can end up teaching in the universities, traveling and performing with very gifted musicians. There are many opportunities that may come his way to perform with a group; write scores for plays, movies, etc. Just do not kill his dream. Music is universal and the gift is already inside of him. Encourage him as you converse with him about his future plans and see where he is coming from in this matter.

            Maybe one day we will see him on one of the world’s stages as the Conductor of a great orchestra or the Concertmaster of a great Orchestra. Writing, playing all over the world, teaching and performing, and teaching in a school in a community where music is welcome with open arms and parents are willing to pay for the best teachers in the Arts. Just keep encouraging and praying for the best for him. He will make it work with the strong and loving encouragement from the one who loves him most, You. Music is a gift that he will share with the world. Let it thrive within his being and the money will come from the right places at the right time. His skills in organizing can be reach through other methods of teaching. Let the music move in him and reach out to many lives for so much good. Our next composer for more beautiful music of many movies, plays, operas etc. (((((( Much love and encouragement))))))HZ

            • 132 vcprezofan2
              March 25, 2013 at 11:14 am

              Really appreciate you sharing your experiences, HZ. Reading about them reminded me of a few things I had forgotten. I had forgotten that offspring has already traveled far more than I as a result of his music. He spent 10 days in Italy with his HS music band, 3 months in France where he played with the Conservatoire de Blois and L’Orchestre d’Harmonie de Blois and the past two summers in a Jamaican high school, launching and following up with a new wind ensemble. It is indeed true that ‘two heads are better than one’, (Hmmm. Wonder why we all didn’t get two heass? Hmmmm) so I’m not going to sweat it. Indeed my comment did arise out of a momentary period of frustration and you have all helped to put me back on track. 😆 ¡Muchissimas gracias!

  25. March 24, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Another Song…My mom played this for me on a 78 rpm. Then I played until I got a 45 rpm. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t ask. Google you youngin’.

  26. 146 99ts
    March 24, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Sen Warren – does her homework
    Love that man whose business is SO different to MacDonalds – she got him every which way.

  27. 147 desertflower
    March 24, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    And of course….

  28. 151 jacquelineoboomer
    March 24, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Oh, this was fun, after the John Hardhead dust-up earlier in the day:

  29. March 24, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    • March 24, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      “My views on this subject have changed over time, but as many of my gay and lesbian friends, colleagues and staff embrace long term committed relationships, I find myself unable to look them in the eye without honestly confronting this uncomfortable inequality. Supporting marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples is simply the right thing to do for our country, a country founded on the principals of liberty and equality.

      Good people disagree with me. On the other hand, my children have a hard time understanding why this is even controversial. I think history will agree with my children.”

      Yes, Senator McCaskill, history will agree with your children!

  30. March 24, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Dedicated to POTUS AND FLOTUS…

  31. March 24, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Don’t know if there are any bball fans around here but just watched an awesome NCAA game where little known (unknown) Fl. Gulf Coast U. is the first #15 seed EVER to advance to the Sweet 16—-beating San. Diego St. by 10. I have all kinds of fam in Ft. Myers who have been attending their games all year and the whole area is going bananas—–a real fun team to watch—-loose and acrobatic and hungry. Watched In. win earlier—not as sparkly—-but I have a fam connection there and was cheering for them also because President Obama picked them to win overall. Watching my Illini now—2 daughters are alums—-trying to stay with Miami—behind by 4—-their prospects look fragile. Anyhoo—-love March Madness—-did you know that this time of year is also known as Vasectomy Madness—-more men schedule their procedure at this time because they know they can lie on the couch for a few days and enjoy their recovery watching the bball tourney? See, you learn something every day.

    • 164 mtmarilyn
      March 24, 2013 at 11:31 pm

      I love watching the underdog win. There have been so many upsets. My husband watches most of them. He doesn’t have a favorite just loves watching good games. Both of our University of Montana men and women advanced to the NCAA but they played such high seeds they lost. Miami did pull it out and win. I also must tell you I am not a Florida fan of any kind. Being a Northwestener we are not prone to be for anyone from the east.

      I love your tidbit about the Vasectomy Madness. My husband got a good laugh out of that one. I know he will be passing that on.

  32. 165 Jovie
    March 24, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Cape Wind finally got Financing for the project/


  33. 167 amk for obama
    March 24, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    to 99ts.

    Aussies got whitewashed y’day by us, 4-0. (That makes it 0-7 continuous loss for youse guys in our part of the world).

    First time ever in our 81 year cricketing history, we won a test series 4-0. First time ever, a test series never saw the entire 5 days of play. The quickest century ever by a debutante. Thank you aussies for such a munificence.

    Also. Too. Tiger about to regain the no. 1 spot (if he wins).

    Happy, appy, appy.

    • 168 carolyn
      March 24, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      amk…..Could you explain these terms to me? “test series” “century” “overs” and what in the wotld…..”entire 5 days of play”????
      Thanks for any info. I’ve watched so many English programs with cricket that I’d like to have just even a little understanding.

      • 169 amk for obama
        March 24, 2013 at 10:26 pm

        For now, this has to do.


        Cricket explained to an American

        You have two sides, one out in the field and one in.

        Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out, he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out.

        When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in, goes out and tries to get those coming in, out.

        Sometimes you get men still in and not out.

        When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out, try to get him out, and when he is out, he goes in and the next man in, goes out and goes in.

        There are two men called umpires who stay all out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out.

        When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game.

        End of Lesson

        btw, even though it sounds snarky, I assure you it’s not. It’s the true definition of the game called cricket.

          • 171 carolyn
            March 24, 2013 at 10:42 pm

            Oh my amk……this makes “Who’s on First” sound positively reasonable!!! Thanks……..what does “out” mean……standing out in the field, or “out” because of a dropped ball, or striking out…….or……That truly sounds like a comedy routine 🙂

            • March 24, 2013 at 11:01 pm

              Replied on wrong post. I almost posted the YouTube skit of them. 😉

            • 173 vcprezofan2
              March 24, 2013 at 11:15 pm

              Carolyn, I personally find cricket unbelievably boring and time wasting, unlike the very fast paced Netball, but that description Amk shared really does describe it. Whoever it was probably came up with that way of describing it to add some ‘spice’ to the game, or maybe he was killing time waiting for the other side to be out so his side could go in .

              • 174 99ts
                March 25, 2013 at 2:42 am

                I used to enjoy quality cricket – problem was watching 75 matches – before you got a good one. I was not quite early enough to see Bradman – but it would have been worth watching. Some of the Australian’s playing in the 1960s were good to watch.

          • 175 vcprezofan2
            March 24, 2013 at 11:07 pm

            Wimmin have better things to do with their time, CMWY.

          • 177 99ts
            March 25, 2013 at 2:40 am

            There are women’s teams – I don’t know of any “mixed” teams.

      • 179 99ts
        March 25, 2013 at 2:39 am

        Dear Carolyn – don’t let him get going – sigh – I should have been here sooner – but today was grandbaby day – and a joy it was.

        Test cricket is played between 2 countries – in this case India/Australia – and it is the best of 5 matches. So a series is 5 cricket matches – or 5 games of cricket. Test cricket is the highest level of the game – international matches. It is mainly the countries of the Commonwealth that play cricket – and just to confuse you – in test matches between Australia & England the winning team’s trophy is called the “ashes”.

        Each game/match is played over 5 days. Each team has 2 innings – if you compare to baseball – you have 9 innings – but an innings in cricket can last for days. A team has 11 players & 10 have to be out – caught out/run out & a few other things, (before the innings is finished) – sort of like getting out in baseball.

        Cricket is played with a bowler (your baseball pitcher) bowling a ball (overarm) at the batsman. An over can be 6 or 8 such balls bowled – depending on the game being played. As there are 2 batsmen – when an over is complete a different person then bowls from the opposite end of the wicket (the length of turf between the two batsman).

        My sane description is beginning to read as crazy as amk’s – so I will stop.

        Main problem with watching cricket – you can watch nothing happen for 3 hours & then go to the loo – or to get a drink – and a match can be won or lost in your absence. The best cricket games are when their are good batsmen. Such a person makes the game.

    • 180 99ts
      March 25, 2013 at 2:26 am

      What can I say – just as well I don’t follow cricket any more – they sure need some batsmen – last I read 24 was deemed a “top score” in that game.

      Then again – if you’re still around in 2016 – things could change – don’t leave town!

      PS – Is this truly the first time a test match in India didn’t run for 5 days? I’m thinking I’ve seen a few of those – maybe it was England/Australia!

      • 181 amk for obama
        March 25, 2013 at 9:21 am

        It’s the first time an entire series got over in 4 days.

        btw, a test series need not necessarily be of 5 tests. There have been one off “test series” – an oxymoron. Also. Too. two,off, three off and four off.

        • 182 99ts
          March 25, 2013 at 10:28 am

          Usually here they are 5 – also too in England – but then – of course there was the 1 off centenary.

          I think it would be more confusing than the story you told to cover it all – I have a vague memory of the last test in a series being 6 days – if it was a decider & not finished in five.

          As a kid we listened on the radio – can’t imagine that happening now – but I well remember – especially in the evenings from England – talk about dorky!

  34. 183 Dudette
    March 24, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Okay df, you got me started

  35. March 24, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    This page is just just waiting for a song I first heard from the movie “Frankie & Johnie”

  36. 186 Dudette
    March 24, 2013 at 10:08 pm

  37. 194 amk for obama
    March 24, 2013 at 10:14 pm

  38. March 24, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Ok, I feel like I haven’t been carrying my weight around here, so my new post is ready for publishing some time tomorrow.

  39. 205 Jovie
    March 24, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    10:30 AM
    Obama and Biden receive the presidential daily briefing.
    11:15 AM
    Biden meets with Australian Foreign Minister Robert Carr.
    11:30 AM
    Obama deliver remarks at a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members and civilians.
    12:10 PM
    Obama designates five new national monuments in a signing ceremony with Biden and Salazar.
    1:00 PM
    Josh Earnest briefs the press.
    6:30 PM
    Obama and Michelle Obama mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House.

  40. March 24, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Has anyone been to a naturalization ceremony in person. It is really, really cool. 😎

  41. 211 vcprezofan2
    March 24, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Okay TODobots, thank you to every one who shared a word re impractical life choices made by the very young – in this case. 😉 In my heart I do know that young adults need to find their own path despite know-it-all parents, but I needed to free my mind of my impatience. Apologies, but I do feel better for having released it, and for hearing your suggestions. Gracias!

    • 212 GGail
      March 24, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      We are family vc, we support one another. 🙂

    • 215 99ts
      March 25, 2013 at 3:08 am

      vc – I’ve been there – your conclusion was where I had to go. Emotional support when needed was the only thing I could do – and still do. The mundane job to allow the dream to exist – be it on the back burner – happened.

      • 216 vcprezofan2
        March 25, 2013 at 10:26 am

        Definitely where this here is headed I think 99, minus the mundane job. I have the absent-minded professor type, who has no interest in the things money can buy – no kidding. He’s the only young male I have known who has to be reminded to eat, and this was from he was small. I remember the dietician saying, after the doc had done his blood work etc, that he’s fine and he’d eat when he was hungry. I never thought to ask her what happens if he’s never hungry. 😛

  42. March 24, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    For Carolyn, I think she made a request… Best I’ve gotten so far…

  43. 222 amk for obama
    March 24, 2013 at 11:12 pm

  44. 224 a4alice
    March 24, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    nite folks

  45. 227 vcprezofan2
    March 24, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Good afternoon some. Good night all!

  46. 228 amk for obama
    March 24, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Today’s headline in one indian newsie

    aus-some brownwash victory.

  47. 229 isonprize
    March 24, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Barack and Michelle are so “drapey.” They are always draping their long, elegant arms across each other. They just look so comfortable in each others’ presences.

  48. 230 anniebella
    March 24, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Is Congress on another break?

  49. 235 Nena20409
    March 25, 2013 at 12:33 am

    For the First Family

  50. 236 Nena20409
    March 25, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Lovely UT. I just saw this post. Breathtaking, that is what these two people are; POTUS and FLOTUS 🙂

  51. 237 desertflower
    March 25, 2013 at 12:40 am


    The job of corporate news pundits is to appear to say true and important things without attaching those views to themselves or their employers—to phrase every claim in the contingent form—writes Thomas Frank in the April issue of Harper’s Magazine.

    Frank’s latest “Easy Chair” column begins with a comment overheard during a conversation about austerity on NPR. “[H]istory just argues incredibly strongly against it,” David Leonhardt, Washington bureau chief of The New York Times, said. Frank agrees with the point—“Austerity is a bad idea”—but why cast history as a thing that argues, he asks? That’s to turn history into a member of the commentariat, a smug class of self-described experts that appears daily on CNN, FOX and MSNBC, where it professes “bright ideas” while wearing “solid midtone ties.”

    Frank was a high school debater in the early 1980s. “We talked that way all the time,” he writes. “Arguments were what allowed us to keep score,” but they were a game—“a game for teenagers. … The point wasn’t for an individual debater to believe any particular argument and win the room over with the radiance of his faith; it was for him to be able to argue anything. Insincerity was essential.”

    Where’s John Harwood?

  52. 238 Nena20409
    March 25, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Here another Song that fits like a glove typifying our First Couple.

    The Look of Love;

    • 239 HZ
      March 25, 2013 at 12:57 am

      UT, thank you for this lovely evening with our elegant President and First Lady. We are so blessed to have them in our lives. What beautiful history to be living during this time, and we all had a very important part is making it happen. Great and Beautiful. Thank you, Chips for our home here.
      ((((((((((Goodnight my Chips and my TOD Family.))))))))HZ

  53. 241 Nena20409
    March 25, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Good Night All TODers.

  54. 242 globalcitizenlinda
    March 25, 2013 at 1:55 am

    many more people need to step up and help PBO fight the NRA which has bought the senate and congress – disgusting!

  55. 243 globalcitizenlinda
    March 25, 2013 at 2:14 am

    I thought I had see most of the photos of The Obamas that are in the public domain. I don’t seem to remember seeing the second one from the top

    could the person standing next to FLOTUS in the second photo be Coach Craig Robinson’s first wife?

    Dr. Auma Obama (seems like her), and Prof Maya Ng look very young.

    Guess person to the left is Mr Malik Obama (the one who recently run for governor)

  56. March 25, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Is it just me or did ut sneek in a couple more photos after the first thread posting?

  57. March 25, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Ok, this week, we are taking on guns and gays. I already posted my LGBT pic…

  58. 248 Dudette
    March 25, 2013 at 4:59 am

    From the Vogue article, pg 4 (http://www.vogue.com/magazine/article/michelle-obama-leading-by-example/#4)


    … Someone recently introduced me to the concept of “borrowed functioning,” something that successful couples do without even realizing it. When I describe the concept to the Obamas and confess that my partner of fifteen years is an unflappable, hard-to-read Midwesterner and that I am an emotional hothead from Jersey, they both laugh and gamely play along.

    “Well, patience and calm I’m borrowing,” says the First Lady. “Or trying to mirror. I’ve learned that from my husband, that sort of, you know, ability to not get too high or too low with changes and bumps in the road . . . to do more breathing in and just going with it. I’m learning that every day. And to the extent that I’ve made changes in my life, it’s just sort of stepping back and seeing a change not as something to guard against but as a wonderful addition . . . that can make life fun and unexpected. Oftentimes, it’s the way we react to change that is the thing that determines the overall experience. So I’ve learned to let go and enjoy it and take it in and not take things too personally.”

    Without missing a beat, the president says, “And what Michelle has done is to remind me
    every day of the virtues of order.” The First Lady lets out a big laugh. “Being on time. Hanging up your clothes. Being intentional about planning time with your kids. In some ways I think . . . we’re very different people, and some of that’s temperamental, some of it is how we grew up. Michelle grew up in a model nuclear family: mom, dad, brother. . . . She just has these deep, wonderful roots. When you go back to Chicago, she’s got family everywhere. . . . There’s just a warmth and a sense of belonging. And you know, that’s not how I grew up. I had this far-flung family, father left at a very young age, a stepfather who ended up passing away as well. My mother was this wonderful spirit, and she was adventurous but not always very well organized. And, so, what that means is that I’m more comfortable with change and adventure and trying new things, but the downside of it is, sometimes—particularly when we were early on in our marriage—I wasn’t always thinking about the fact that my free-spirited ways might be having an impact on the person I’m with. And conversely, early in our marriage, Michelle provided this sense of stability and clarity and certainty about things, but sometimes she resisted trying something new just because it might seem a little scary or push her out of her comfort zone. I think what we’ve learned from each other is that sense of. . . .”

    “Balance,” she says.

    “There’s no doubt I’m a better man having spent time with Michelle. I would never say that Michelle’s a better woman, but I will say she’s a little more patient.”


    [Sigh!] Dreamy!

  59. 249 Dudette
    March 25, 2013 at 5:10 am

    A little more from Vogue pg 6 (http://www.vogue.com/magazine/article/michelle-obama-leading-by-example/#6)


    … The week I am in D.C. happens to be Secretary Hillary Clinton’s last week at the State Department, and just outside Valerie Jarrett’s office, glowing on the computer screen of her longtime assistant, Katherine Branch, is a photograph taken this very day of the president and the secretary: He is signing a presidential memorandum promoting gender equality and women’s issues globally as a priority at the Department of State, a longtime cause of Clinton’s. When I remind Jarrett of the bruising primary and the rancor that colored those days before Obama nominated Clinton to his Cabinet, she laughs and then brings up the recent joint interview the former rivals gave to 60 Minutes. “I saw him yesterday and I said, ‘Did you watch the interview?’ And he goes, ‘No, I lived the interview.’ And I said, ‘You gotta watch it. What you probably aren’t aware of is how the affection that you two have for one another just came through completely.’ And he said, ‘Well, of course it did. I love her.’ ”

    As we talk, Jarrett draws my attention to an elaborately framed pair of documents on the wall above the table where we are sitting. It is a birthday gift from the president, given to her just nine days after he won reelection. I get up to study them. On the left is the “petition for universal suffrage,” dated January 29, 1866; on the right, a proposal from the House of Representatives, dated May 19, 1919: “Amendment to the Constitution extending the right of suffrage to women….”


    Gosh, I love that man! 🙂

    • 250 Dudette
      March 25, 2013 at 5:11 am

      Oops.. left off the best part:

      “…It’s, like, the real thing!” says Jarrett. “Signed by Susan B. Anthony!” The day she opened the present in the Oval Office, she stared at it for a minute, and as the significance of the gift dawned on her, she said, “Where did you get this?” And he said, “I’m the president. I can get things.” Reminding his best friend of the legacy of those women who have come before is thoughtful, but its underlying message is echt-Obama: Progress takes time. (Fifty-three years in this case.) When I mention this to the president, he lights up. “We talk about this all the time in the White House,” he says. “In some ways the changes that have taken place in this country are amazingly rapid. There are very few examples of countries where you go, basically in one person’s lifetime, from segregation to an African-American president. And yet, we live in a culture that is impatient, and so, if things don’t happen in one month or one year, folks start wondering what’s taking so long.”

  60. 251 Dudette
    March 25, 2013 at 5:17 am

    Okay, I’m gonna end up posting the whole danged article — just go read all of pg 7. It’s so sweet, I wanna cry.


  61. 252 LDS
    March 25, 2013 at 5:30 am

    I did cry…..
    Thank you guys for all of the great videos.
    UT, the pics at the beginning of the post are just magnificent!

  62. 253 Dudette
    March 25, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Aha… I KNEW there was one missing picture!

    • 255 Mae who love our CIC
      March 25, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Dudette be sure to check the official website as well, blackshearonline.com. His pieces are beautiful. I have 21 pieces from “the storyteller” on. They are too numerous to keep up with the collecting and the display of.

  63. 256 Dudette
    March 25, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Found another date night pic (trip to Broadway) — good googly moogly look at the definition in her back muscles! I need to get to the gym!

  64. March 25, 2013 at 8:16 am

  65. March 25, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Moooooooorning!!!! Will be back in a bit with Rise and Shine, meanwhile: chat away here:


  66. March 25, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I’m late, but a terrific set of pics

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