A lovely end to a testing day…..


After today, depressing and all a read as it was, maybe Charles Pierce was right: President Obama “should have run for president of a better country than this”.

But, there’s always hope:


(Almost the) Full concert:

117 Responses to “A lovely end to a testing day…..”

  1. 1 COS
    April 9, 2013 at 10:50 pm


    • 2 jacquelineoboomer
      April 9, 2013 at 10:53 pm


      • 3 jacquelineoboomer
        April 9, 2013 at 10:55 pm

        That article says, “President Obama ‘should have run for president of a better country than this,'” and that’s true, but we will never have a better president, so I’m glad he’s ours! So.Very.Glad.

        • 5 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          April 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm

          Yes, I too am very glad!

        • 6 utaustinliberal
          April 10, 2013 at 6:37 am


        • 7 jackiegrumbacher
          April 10, 2013 at 7:39 am

          JOB, I agree 100 percent. But the article implies a certain naivety that PBO had about this country and I flatly reject that. I think he knew exactly what was going on and had a realistic understanding of what his opposition would be like. He was a US senator–he knew about backstabbing and divisiveness. But he also felt that the ‘majority” of Americans (not in Congress)were decent people with a sense of fairness. Despite what Pierce says, PBO has had a tremendous impact. Thanks to President Obama, we have dramatically improved our standing in the world and ended a stupid war in Iraq; we’ve made enormous progress in health care and green energy; we have a revitalized economy; we are talking about sensible gun legislation for the first time since 1994; the prospect of sensible immigration policy is a real likelihood; and marriage equality will be a reality in all of our lifetimes. For a so-called hopeless county, we aren’t doing so bad.

          • 8 jacquelineoboomer
            April 10, 2013 at 1:39 pm

            Agree 100 percent with you, too. I only read the quote, but not the article. <<< True Confession (late!)

      • 9 COS
        April 9, 2013 at 10:57 pm

        Thx Jacqueline.

    • 10 vcprezofan2
      April 9, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      Congrats X2

      Re announcement, Manchin and Toomey ‘have “reached a deal IN PRINCIPLE on expanding background checks to include more gun sales’

  2. 11 vcprezofan2
    April 9, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Who was being tested, and did they pass?

  3. April 9, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    We Will Prevail, Chips!!

    Yes We Can

    • 13 desertflower
      April 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      I hope that this guy is guilty as sin and gets in BIG. FAT. TROUBLE.

      • 14 jacquelineoboomer
        April 9, 2013 at 11:29 pm

        I am so trying not to hope that McConnell GETS HIS, because I really don’t like wishing bad things on other people. Really trying.

        • 15 desertflower
          April 9, 2013 at 11:46 pm

          I’ll do it FOR you then. I have no such qualms when it comes to someone like him…I’ll take that load from you.

        • 17 MightyPamela
          April 9, 2013 at 11:52 pm

          Because you are kind and honest and loving JO’B, and you understand what goes around comes around ~ this man has been covering his trail of deceit and grabbing for a very long time. He should be very afraid. When it all comes to Light, he will have nowhere to hide. And you, my dear, will never have any reason to hide! That’s how it works.

          • 18 jacquelineoboomer
            April 9, 2013 at 11:56 pm

            Well, that is the sweetest thing you could have said to me, and right back atcha, MightyPamela! (But I must admit that when df offered to take the burden off me and run with it, I accepted her offer WILLINGLY! I’ll keep trying.)

          • April 10, 2013 at 1:18 am

            Dear Mighty Pamela – you are MIGHTY in grace and wisdom, for sure. What a perfect assessment of the situation.

            Thank you!

            Yes We Can

        • 20 jackiegrumbacher
          April 10, 2013 at 7:45 am

          You are a better person than I, JOB. If laws only apply to some people and not to others, then we are in a sorry state. You can bet that if McConnell were a D, the long knives would be sharpened and poised by now.

    • 21 nathkatun7
      April 10, 2013 at 2:01 am

      Hey Bob, I hope you read my response to your tweet on the previous thread suggesting that you send a copy of your tweet to Senator Boxer who, I believe, is still the Chair of the Senate Ethics Committee.

    • 22 jackiegrumbacher
      April 10, 2013 at 7:43 am

      Bob, this must not be shoved under the rug by McConnell’s senate colleagues. We had two state senators in PA who were jailed for less than this. We can’t let this despicable man distract us with how the ‘tape’ was released. The contents are disgusting and the people present were members of his senate staff.

  4. April 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    A truly enjoyable music experience. I also ignored the tv.

  5. 24 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    • 25 dotster3
      April 9, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      Hope so. Would love to see her use her talents, influence and popularity to engage in some of our urgent issues, which gun violence certainly is. I have been hoping she would feel more free to do this in Obama’s 2nd term.

      • 26 anniebella
        April 9, 2013 at 11:41 pm

        She still have to be careful cause they would attack her even worse, but I always had a feeling this intelligent lovely woman wanted to say alittle more than what she has been saying.

        • 27 anniebella
          April 9, 2013 at 11:43 pm

          I’m sure what ever she does will all be discuss with the west wing, and I’m sure POTUS and FLOTUS discuss it in private too.

        • 28 jackiegrumbacher
          April 10, 2013 at 7:50 am

          Anniebella, she’s attacked no matter what she does. But she can lift a powerful voice as a mother and let every parent across the country know that their fears and anxieties are being expressed. With all the deaths of innocents, there isn’t a mother or father who doesn’t fear some mindless gun shot will take away everything in the world that’s precious to them. PBO has been great in focusing on the families of victims. FLOTUS, as mom in chief, can amplify that voice.

  6. 30 itgurl_29
    April 9, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Somebody get Jessica Biel a naughty mat before she passes out! LOL

    • 31 desertflower
      April 9, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      HA! Pull up a mat, Jessica!

    • April 9, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      I wish I were you, I wish I were you, I wish I were you.

      • 34 jacquelineoboomer
        April 9, 2013 at 11:22 pm

        Oh, thank you, everyone does. (Oops – I see you meant Jessica and the hug!) Ha!

        • 35 vcprezofan2
          April 9, 2013 at 11:34 pm

          😉 😉

        • 37 daisydem
          April 9, 2013 at 11:44 pm

          Oh yeah, well, I could say, I hate you 3 times, but why hate her .. I envy her and someday I hope to hug him just once. I love him.

          • 38 jacquelineoboomer
            April 9, 2013 at 11:46 pm

            I love him, too. But if I had the chance to hug him, he’d have to reach down to hug me back ’cause I’d be on the floor in a faint.

            • 39 daisydem
              April 10, 2013 at 12:05 am

              Well, there is that. I don’t think I would faint, but I would be in tears … this I know. Hopefully, I would not be bawling such that the SS would have to constrain me before he could even approach.

              • 40 jacquelineoboomer
                April 10, 2013 at 12:14 am

                I’m one of the older chicks – so I clearly remember the “how not to act” actions of some 50-ish woman in the audience at one of his ’09 town halls, probably seeing him for the first time … there was a sad portion (handled beautifully by PBO) before this creepy woman mouthed the words “I love you, Barack.” (Strongly suggest you skip the comments below the video, please.)

    • 41 anniebella
      April 9, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      I can’t blame her I would be tweeting the same thing if I were ever to hug POTUS. Don’t tell Jessica Biel this but I might even tweet I hugged her husband if I got the chance to hug him. He has mature into a nice looking young man and I ain’t no cougar. 🙂

  7. April 9, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Loved that young man singing. PBO is a man for all times. He is truly transformational.

    • 49 COS
      April 9, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      I am sure I will record this PBS special and keep it. I loved every minute.

    • April 9, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      What do do you think Malia and Sasha thought of this nice looking young man? 😉

      • 52 anniebella
        April 9, 2013 at 11:29 pm

        Michelle and Barack would say they thought nothing of him, maybe he is a good singer. That is it. That is what Mom and Dad thought.

        • 53 anniebella
          April 9, 2013 at 11:31 pm

          They both are to young. I bet Malia can’t date till she is 16 and Sasha is 11 so forget her even thinking.

          • 54 jackiegrumbacher
            April 10, 2013 at 7:54 am

            How easy you forget Anniebella. Malia is almost 15 and Shasha is a tween. Tell me you didn’t have crushes at those ages.

            • 55 anniebella
              April 10, 2013 at 9:44 am

              I said nothing about crushes, I said dating. Okay Malia will be 15, but you can bet there are rules set aside and she will have to follow them, as much as they want her to be normal like all the other teenagers, she is the daughter of the President. Forget about a 11 year. And of course I had crushes, but Mom and Dad laid down the law also. There were rules I had to follow and there was no if, ands, or buts.

  8. 56 vitaminlover
    April 9, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    When a ma-a-a-n loves a woma-a-a-n! When Baraaaa-aaaack loves Miche-e-e-lle!

  9. 57 globalcitizenlinda
    April 9, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    so many emotions experienced during the course of 1 day

    • 58 anniebella
      April 9, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      I remember just about all those songs, I think Justin should have sung “try a little tenderness”. But C. Lauper did her best.

  10. 62 daisydem
    April 9, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    There was FUN in the White House tonight .. there was music, soul .. Oh God! How I love it! I can hardly take it … believe it! In my lifetime, I have never seen anything like this! And this is the way it should be! Every day! And if they knew how much I love music and dancing, they would have me there just to rock it baby! We are so lucky people to have this President, this administration!

    • 63 anniebella
      April 9, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      Who wants to bet that when POTUS and FLOTUS went upstairs she got her own private concert. I can imagine POTUS singing, when a man loves a woman, or try alittle tenderness, FLOTUS concert might have been better than the one we saw tonight.

    • 64 daisydem
      April 9, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      In the midst of the sorrow we have experienced, the troubles we encounter daily with Congress, the lack of heart of some of our “representatives”, this President and our beautiful First Lady host an event that reminds us of our roots, that uses our music and history to breathe some life and spontaneity and fun into our daily existence. Forgive me, I am overcome tonight with this music and this happening. I love seeing the attendees standing and dancing to the music. This is how it should be!

  11. 65 Anjo
    April 9, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    anniebella….Naughty, naughty, naughty chile you are tooooo baaad lawdd have mercy….bedtime folks bed timeeeee

  12. April 9, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    A little backstory on Joshua. I don’t watch Idol, so he was new to me. He’s matured. Like the way he’s styled his hair.

    • 69 Obama Grandmama
      April 10, 2013 at 1:18 am

      I am a big American Idol fan having watched all the seasons. Josh announced he would be singing at the WH from the audience of AI last week when Ryan interviewed him during the performance show.

  13. 70 hgerhard
    April 9, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    I don’t think that it is quite right to say that President Obama should have run for President of a better country than this. He knows that there are millions of decent, honest and hard working Americans. “I represent the people” he recently said – those folks who welcome him wherever he goes, who share his vision and support his agenda.
    We have all become trapped in the vicious propaganda mill, also known as the American media, and the despicable hate machine of the right wing extremists. It’s like a compulsion – we have to constantly repeat their utterances – no matter how devoid they might be of any substance or merit. Of course, we do not accept these statements and we all feel that we must push back against them and identify the not-so-hidden attitudes behind them. But when doing so, to the exclusion of all else, we miss a priceless opportunity to celebrate and proclaim all the great ideas and innovations and the accomplishments of the most transformational President of our time.
    I don’t see the world through rose-colored glasses. I am well aware of the shortcomings of our American democracy, but I completely reject the notion that the country’s core is rotten. “Ordinary people, when acting together, can achieve extraordinary things” – that’s our President’s belief. He welcomes debate, even dissent, as long as it is sincere and he validates opinions that do not conform to his own. He might state his views quite forcefully, but he never descends to name calling and pettiness. I often wish that all his supporters, myself included, could be a little more like him. By draining some of the poison from the public discourse, maybe we could work towards a true dialogue and a true presentation of issues and facts. Maybe then we could really move forward. Just like our President, I still believe in the inherent decency of the American people.

    • 71 jacquelineoboomer
      April 10, 2013 at 12:04 am

      You are totally right, of course. People just get a little frustrated, and say or write things in the moment that they don’t really mean. #FORWARD

    • April 10, 2013 at 12:08 am

      Thank you hgerhard, a very thoughtful comment. We do deserve him. We need to be proud of working to get him elected. It’s great to turn off the TV. Stand with him every chance we get. I’m so glad he’s there for a second term.

      • 73 0388jojothecat
        April 10, 2013 at 1:01 am

        Thank you hgerhard for bringing us back to reality. In a perfect world President Barack Obama is the perfect president but you have put in words what so many feel at times that we truly deserve him as our president and over 50 thinks so too. We are a nation divided by the
        GOP at one end and the ultra empog progressive purest on the other side with all the normal, hard working people who want our representative to work for the majority in the middle.

    • 74 4morefor44
      April 10, 2013 at 1:58 am

      omg. this along with a comment zizi2 made here the other night are so completely perfect and speak for me in every way. for years i’ve tried to get people to stop with the america-bashing, since it’s a trap set by the republicans/mainstream media so they can say, “see, liberals hate america. why don’t you just leave! we’re the real patriots!” and so on that has plagued our discourse for decades now. we all know though it’s pure projection by republicans and the billionaire owners of “the news,” and they truly are the ones against the democratic republic.

      since the moment he set foot on a national stage in 2004, president obama has been working to disable that trap, and this “stupid country” has elected him TWICE now by wide margins when so many said it couldn’t happen yet, and the world thanks us.

      yes, hgerhard, we all are “draining some of the poison from the public discourse.” that’s exactly it and president obama is leading the way by his example. forward!!

    • 75 nathkatun7
      April 10, 2013 at 2:25 am

      I agree with you, hgerhard. The fact that the majority of American voters re-elected him is proof enough for me that the haters, though vocal and with easy access to the media megaphones, are a minority! Everywhere he goes in this country, he is received warmly by the people of all races, gender, age, etc. We must reject the negative image of the President being pushed by the so called mainstream media and by disgruntled people both on the right and the left. It’s plainly obvious to me that the so called mainstream media are extremely hostile towards President Obama. They always find something negative to say or write about him, even in situations, like his recent trip to Israel, when he is achieving positive results.

  14. 76 vcprezofan2
    April 9, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    G’Night all and ‘sweet dreams!’

  15. 80 daisydem
    April 10, 2013 at 12:13 am

    I love you all too. I really do. I love our President. God, thank you so much for him, for his goodness and his heart. Thank you for Michelle. And for Joe Biden and Jill. I could go on and on. And Lord, thank you for The Obama Diary. For Chips. For those whose support of her and this special place has meant so much recently. Good night everyone. Namaste.

  16. April 10, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Oh…. O/T by a hundred miles, but it was in my suggestion box and had to share….

  17. April 10, 2013 at 12:21 am

    The young man was good, but give me Percy any day. G’Night all. Sweet dreams.

  18. 85 jacquelineoboomer
    April 10, 2013 at 12:23 am


    • 86 jacquelineoboomer
      April 10, 2013 at 12:26 am

      • 87 jacquelineoboomer
        April 10, 2013 at 12:27 am

        I thought this would pick up that the dreaded Ted Cruz did call her back, but that got clipped. She wrote:

        Erica Lafferty ‏@E_Laffs2 3h
        Spoke with SenCruz today – agreed to disagree, at least he called be back #thanksbutnothankscruz

      • April 10, 2013 at 1:30 am

        Yes We Can

        • 93 4morefor44
          April 10, 2013 at 2:42 am

          what a powerful young woman! great to see so many supporting her. let’s make sure she and her supporters know these are REPUBLICANS/libertarians doing this madness as whole, not just individual senators. as long as voters keep voting for republicans and having them shape our laws, we will keep having to combat insanity.

          also, i see the usual FALSE nonsense republicans spew is showing up in her feeds. They try the “we have a constitution for a reason” bullsheet, when the 2nd amendment is clearly about militias, which are clearly defined later in article 1 Section 8 of the constitution as being under control of the democratically elected congress and state governments, basically the national guard of today, and other state government controlled “militias”.. the 2nd amendment is clearly about PREVENTING insurrection, not enabling it (it explicitly says, “supress Insurrection”!!!), which is what the n.r.a. and republicans are always trying to claim. good people need to know how to combat the lies properly, since the n.r.a./republican flying monkeys will descend upon anyone who stands up to the lies.

          the “keeping and bearing arms” line so obviously means in service to the government only. not for people to “fight back” against their own government. “the news” and republicans have been confusing this issue for decades, and on purpose too.

  19. April 10, 2013 at 1:22 am

    It’s a mad, mad world!

  20. 98 4morefor44
    April 10, 2013 at 4:06 am

    uh, wow. i thought this was a joke site at first, but looking around more, i think it might be real.

    don’t even know what to say about how insane that is. kind of in shock right now. ron and rand paul run as republicans and have for decades. republicans must be stopped.

  21. 99 Jovie
    April 10, 2013 at 4:12 am

    In Obama’s first term, amid evidence of widespread fraud, the Federal Communications Commission moved to crack down on the program, saving what it predicts will be $400 million this year, on top of $214 million in 2012.

    Never mind all that. “Obama phone” has stuck.

    Republicans employ it as shorthand for the excesses of a welfare state. So prevalent is the catchphrase that some telecommunications companies even market the discounted service as an “Obama phone” — and often add a free phone for those who sign up.

    Lifeline’s intent was inarguable enough: Phone service is “crucial to full participation in our society and economy,” the FCC noted in the order creating Lifeline on Jan. 8, 1985.

    Expanding Lifeline to cellphone service reflected not only technology but also the reality of how poor people live. Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that slightly more than half of adults in poverty lived in households that had only wireless phone service.

    But in the view of many conservatives, the “Obama phone” has become Exhibit A in the case against a liberal president who they believe is doling out goodies to make people more dependent on government. It is a version of the infamous “47 percent” argument that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney made last year, when he claimed at a surreptiously videotaped fundraiser that nearly half the population supports Obama because it wants government handouts.

    Are they Crazy?


    • 100 99ts
      April 10, 2013 at 4:50 am

      It is rhetorical to ask are they crazy – but add to that – “they” hate the poor & wish that they would die in isolation – why give them a phone to call an ambulance. Reagan & Thatcher started the “hate the poor campaign” and in the process ruined what were once caring societies in many parts of the world.

  22. 101 amk for obama
    April 10, 2013 at 7:03 am

    via a bj poster

  23. 102 amk for obama
    April 10, 2013 at 7:12 am

  24. 105 amk for obama
    April 10, 2013 at 7:17 am

    • April 10, 2013 at 7:55 am

      This just makes me sick! I just wrote about the goodies corporations receive “from taxpayers” while they take our jobs, homes, pensions and healthcare. Researching for the piece made me furious. What Corbett did is par for the course for every Republican governor in the country. They pass these bribes on the promise that the corporations will create jobs. Well, you know the rest…most of them still have unemployment rates higher than the national average. The President was right when he said “they didn’t build that”, we did! They get tax breaks, long term loans, subsidies, land, training programs, research and development funding, then the Republicans cut education, mental healthcare, closing entire mental hospitals and of course they eliminated those onerous government jobs. Don’t get me started. I gotta go find some vodka for my orange juice.

      • 109 jackiegrumbacher
        April 10, 2013 at 8:54 am

        Well, Faypax, the one thing about all these Republican governors is that the veil has been lifted on the true nature of the party. All the little ‘take from the poor and give to the rich’ strategies that they have carried out in stealth over the years have come into the harsh light. Corbett and his ilk are now hated with the heat of a thousand suns and there will be real energy put behind the effort to unseat him. People in PA used to automatically give each governor two terms and alternate parties. Corbett has been so egregious that people are now willing to change that pattern. Sometimes it takes a really rotten stink for people to wake up.

      • 110 99ts
        April 10, 2013 at 9:14 am

        That be a good get up and go orange drink FayPax – hopefully jackie has it right and 2014 will see a big turnaround in governors

  25. 111 amk for obama
    April 10, 2013 at 7:40 am

    A new provision in Obama’s budget “[e]nds a loophole that lets wealthy individuals circumvent contribution limits and a cumulate millions in tax-preferred retirement accounts,” according to a budget summary released by the White House. The White House is unveiling its new budget Wednesday.

    A senior administration official confirmed to TPM that the provision is a fresh addition to Obama’s budget, and intended to close the loophole that allowed Romney to amass upward of $100 million in his individual retirement account.

    The budget also proposes ending the so-called carried-interest loopholes, that allows financial managers to pay tax on what most would consider labor income at a lower capital gains rate.


  26. April 10, 2013 at 7:54 am

  27. 117 globalcitizenlinda
    April 10, 2013 at 8:44 am

    another day to continue to fight for progress led by PBO

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