Rise and Shine… (the after-party)



Barack Obama Killed It In His White House Correspondents’ Dinner Speech

Business Insider: President Barack Obama started off his White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner speech by walking up to the podium to DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win.”

How do you like my new entrance music?” Obama said. “Rush Limbaugh warned you about this — second term, baby! We’re changing things around here a little bit.”

It was the start of a speech that kept his audience entertained throughout, and one that ended on a serious note by paying respect to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

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Obamacare makes insurance more affordable for families headed by same-sex couples

Center For American Progress: The widespread nature of inclusive coverage is well demonstrated in the practices of employers: Fifty-one percent of small business offer coverage to same-sex partners of employees, and more than 60 percent of Fortune 500 companies do the same. Federal policy under the Affordable Care Act promotes the expansion of these positive market practices and authorizes the marketplaces to offer coverage that includes same-sex couples and their children in family policies available in 2014.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released final regulations implementing provisions of the Affordable Care Act that reform health insurance markets across the country. These regulations address the types of coverage that insurers offer to families. In explaining the rules, the agency clearly indicated that all families need access to health coverage and that adopting a narrow definition of “family” could adversely impact the ability of diverse families such as LGBT families to access the coverage and care that they need. Accordingly, the agency explicitly gave states the flexibility to require issuers to include specific types of individuals on a family policy. Current market practices that have promoted expanding coverage for LGBT Americans and their families will thus continue to advance under the Affordable Care Act.

despite all of the sometimes confusing news and misinformation surrounding the Affordable Care Act, LGBT Americans and their families should take heart: Many of the law’s reforms are already making a difference, with even more benefits still to come.

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SmartyPants: Over the last few years the Washington DC villagers have developed a myth that President Obama is cold, aloof and detached. That myth is directly contradicted by those who actually know him and people he interacts with outside the beltway bubble. So you have to wonder what all those folks will do with this storyline once Mark Leibovich’s book This Town about the incestuous and manipulative nature of those inside that bubble is finally published. We already know that Politico reporters Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei are pretty nervous because they wrote what is clearly a pre-emptive strike on the book before its even published. But Jim Newell at The New Republic wrote that their reaction demonstrates exactly the point Leibovich is likely to make.

But as a justification for why President Obama keeps his distance from all of that insider obsession, its a pretty powerful statement. Its clear the culture is sick and dysfunctional. That the President choses to remain cold, aloof and detached from it all speaks boldly to his own wisdom. That none of them seem to notice speaks only to their own obsession with it.

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***You can enjoy the White House Correspondents Dinner from the red carpet arrivals, POTUS’s and FLOTUS’s arrival, POTUS’s remarks, Conan’s remarks, red carpet pictures on CSPANGOPolitico, GOPolitico2TooFab, More TooFab,***





Actress and Activist Kerry Washington

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Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Amy Poehler, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus


Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen


Actress Kerry Washington and Actor Tony Goldwyn from ABC’s Scandal

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Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and Director Steven Spielberg


Actress Elizabeth Banks


Musician Katy Perry




MooOOOOOOooooooOOOOOooooOOOooorning! 😀

144 Responses to “Rise and Shine… (the after-party)”

  1. 4 proudmemberofglobalzero
    April 28, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Thanks for posting CSPAN video ….missed original.

  2. 9 hopefruit2
    April 28, 2013 at 9:13 am

    G’morning UT, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats sweetbay and global for 1st place tie 🙂

  3. April 28, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I can’t stop watching Obama swagger vid on last post. If I disappear you’ll know where to find me.

  4. April 28, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Wow! What a night. Wish I was there

  5. 12 hopefruit2
    April 28, 2013 at 9:26 am

    LMAO! As I replay some of the jokes from PBO last night, the funnier they become! That simulated “Obama” the movie was a masterpiece with hilarious performances from Spielberg, Obama and Tracy Morgan. When Spielberg said “we don’t know who he is; we don’t have his transcripts!” was a fantastic mockery of the RWNJ’s who seem to bring that up every time they attack the President (in view of the fact that no one has seen or cares to see the transcripts of the other 42 Presidents!)

    FYI – Steven Spielberg’s “Obama” spoof already has almost 60,000 views on YouTube.

  6. April 28, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I LOVED the push back quality of our PBO’s contribution to last night. Just totally awesome.
    I could gush on, but I will stop. He’s incredibly outstanding. xoxoxox Morning, Peoples.

    • 15 vcprezofan2
      April 28, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Like you, Sara, I particularly loved the way our PBO systematically pushed back! They just can’t touch “that one”!

    • 16 prettyfoot58
      April 28, 2013 at 10:51 am


      He is incredibly Outstanding….

      Oh yes he is,,,,GM Sara…GM, TODvilllllle….

  7. April 28, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Good Morning everyone. Thanks UT for excellent R&S. PBO was brilliant last night. Loved it.

  8. 18 amk for obama
    April 28, 2013 at 9:28 am

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    GM folks.

  9. 21 mtmarilyn
    April 28, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Good morning everyone. Is there a picture of FLOTUS’ dress from last night? I want to see the whole dress. She looked stunning as usual.

  10. April 28, 2013 at 9:33 am

    UT = Megastar!!!!! Monster HUUUUUUUUUUUGE thank yous, I’m still smiling from last night, and this delicious R&S is making me beam even more. You’re the best UT!

  11. April 28, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I’ve got somthing stuck in my craw and I know I am late coming to this issue. But why can’t Dems introduce bill to help cancer patients and kids hit by sequester?

    • 30 mtmarilyn
      April 28, 2013 at 10:02 am

      I agree Africa!!!! I am just mad that the elderly, children and sick don’t matter. Only themselves.

    • 31 prettyfoot58
      April 28, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Nothing at all….in fact this would be a great thing to do so …
      It would interesting to see the response from the GOP

    • 32 jackiegrumbacher
      April 28, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      Good question, Africa. They could be very aggressive about this and get all Dems to sign on. But so far, nothing.

  12. 33 Nena20409
    April 28, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Lovely. Pit Bull sings Don’t Stop The Party…….Morning TODers 😉

    I posted on the last thread when I meant it here….. 😉

    Loved every bit of the WHCD that POTUS and Coco participated in……..FLOTUS…….Gorgeous…..Simply Gorgeous 😉

  13. 34 hopefruit2
    April 28, 2013 at 9:39 am

    This is nice – Boston Globe appreciates PBO’s gratitude to them! 🙂

    • 35 utaustinliberal
      April 28, 2013 at 9:45 am

      Thanks hopefruit. Added to the post.

      • 36 hopefruit2
        April 28, 2013 at 9:51 am

        You’re welcome ut. 🙂 This was one of the highlights of last night’s dinner. Everyone was riveted – you could have heard a pin drop during that segment of his speech. 🙂

    • April 28, 2013 at 9:46 am


    • 38 carolyn
      April 28, 2013 at 9:53 am

      The Boston Globe set an example for newspapers to follow. If other newspapers were allowed to work like this, the entire genre of real news and newspapers could get a new lease on life.
      I have a question, and in a way hate to bring up the name, but…..we had the dinner on, and Ed Henry got up to speak…..he made some stupid remarks about golf and press coverage, and I knew I wasn’t watching him. So, we put in a DVD of an Inspector Lynley mystery, and an hour later when we finished it, the president was in the middle of his routine, so we saw most of it. I was so glad.
      Then, I saw a tweet from Howard fineman which was quite derogatory of Ed Henry, and was glad I hadn’t watched him. So my question is…HOW LONG did Ed Henry talk?
      The President was in fine form, as he always is. He had a lot of substance in that routine, and if people think he isn’t aware of what is going on and being said, they are truly stupid.

      • 39 hopefruit2
        April 28, 2013 at 9:56 am

        I think Henry spoke for about 30 minutes, although at the time it felt more like 120 minutes. And like you said, when Howard Fineman attacks an MSM colleague, you know things are bad.

      • April 28, 2013 at 10:41 am

        I thought Henry was bumbling and awkward and not suited at all to the task. Was he trying to be funny or was he just trying to convey his disdain for Democrats? Just awful and he spoke far too long.

      • 41 vcprezofan2
        April 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

        Liked your sentiment, Carolyn so tried to share it

  14. April 28, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I’m off to watch WHCD again. If you just slammed the press and the GOP and made them love it #YouJustPulledAnObama.

  15. April 28, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Fabulous Rise and Shine, ut!! What a magnificent night for out POTUS. He really had me laughing so hard and right out loud!! Loved the way he handed it to CNN and FOX and the rest of the DERP. I even thought I saw one angry looking guy sitting at a table who mouthed the word, “mf”. HeeHaw!!

  16. 46 Jovie
    April 28, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Katy Perry is my Wife! I swear! And Elizabeth banks is my mistress. Honest! 🙂

  17. April 28, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Love the photo of Olitz! It was cool seeing them there. Love Kerry’s dress. She always looks so beautiful.

  18. 56 Anjo
    April 28, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I am waaaay behind on catching up but just wanted to wish gobrooklyn a speedy recovery..Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust also in Him and he shall bring it (thy healing) to pass Psalm 37:5…back to catching up

    Blessed Sunday to all TODers and Obamas, lurkers and especially CHIPS, AMK and Yardarm keep up the good work its getting to be my busy time at work and I am already behind will try to peep in at least once per day..love ALLLLL of You

  19. 57 Jovie
    April 28, 2013 at 9:56 am

    America’s blacks? You mean the colored folk? Good grief.
    They do it on purpose…!

    • April 28, 2013 at 10:05 am

      What happened to the “bla people”? Wait til they see the Latino population come out in droves starting in 2016.

    • 59 Nena20409
      April 28, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Every Minority voter in 2012 voted a higher percentage number numerically than ever. The Asian Americans, Latinos, etc. But it is always….the Black People, for those who claim to be Race Neutral……the media obsess about? Hmm? But when it comes to discussing Slavery and it’s possible present impact, Voter suppression, discrimination of all forms, inequality, etc…..the Media Lean so Right……the scale of Neutrality is on the Floor and totally ignored.

      Then for were it Not for Sandy North East Voter turnout would have been better. For had it not been for the election was decided earlier, West Coast would have had higher turnout too.

      • 60 hopefruit2
        April 28, 2013 at 10:12 am

        Rather than say that whites were the only group to vote in LOWER rates than is typical for them, they instead single out Blacks (the typical racist approach), to make them look “different” from the other groups.

        As you said NENA, if all groups voted at higher rates than is typical for THEIR respective groups, except whites, what does that tell us?

        • 61 Nena20409
          April 28, 2013 at 10:28 am

          The demographics are Changing….number One. But Most importantly, with the election of pres Obama in 2008…..More Asian American participation went off the roof and they are running locally for they truly believed that if pres Obama who was Never given a chance to win over the Clinton Machine can do it…..anything is possible. The Most increase came from that Community percentage wise. Latinos do Not yet Vot in numbers that reflects their population irrespective of the undocumented immigrants. In TX as an example……55% of the population today….is Brown and Black. Blacks Vote in TX, but the Hispanic Votes are seriously low. Just an uptick to about 20-25% more and many TBGOPers would be in the political wilderness. That is why the Obama Team is there now….I have been writing about this since 1998 and I have been fascinated most about this since 2002….when a Black and Brown Senate and Gubernatorial candidates should have won…..but failed for Dems….ie….Latinos and 15% of White Dems came out at 18% total. Not a winning combo.

          Last but not least, true political change comes with participation of an educated electorate. Black and Brown see the treatment of this POTUS personally and they truly hate what the TBGOPers have done over the last 5 yrs….starting in 2007.

          One more information….in 2008, the Vietnamese Community was the Only Asian Community who favored John McCain over then sen Obama. Not in 2012. Pres Obama even won the Cuban American Youth in FL in 2012…….a very First for a Dem.

          • 62 jackiegrumbacher
            April 28, 2013 at 12:37 pm

            Nena, although last night PBO joked about Republican minority outreach and said, ‘why not try it on me’, this was no joke. The GOP’s demeaning treatment of our first minority president is seared in all of our minds. There are many people who take this as a personal insult to themselves and store it in their hearts. All the lipstick in the world cannot hide the Republican pig. They prove their contempt for minorities every day in their failure to work with the president.

            • 63 nathkatun7
              April 28, 2013 at 5:06 pm

              JackieG, I agree with you 100%. That line may have been delivered as a joke, but it carried an enormous punch. The so called Republican outreach to minorities is purely cosmetic; it’s not intended to address the issues that matter to them, including the issue of giving them the same respect as is given to caucasian Americans.

            • 64 Nena20409
              April 28, 2013 at 5:13 pm

              Yep. I agree.

        • 65 CEB
          April 28, 2013 at 10:35 am

          Good point.

      • 66 Nena20409
        April 28, 2013 at 10:14 am

        Every Minority Group Voted…..oops. sorry.

        • 67 Left-Indie
          April 28, 2013 at 10:37 am

          The point is that black folk came out in force, when all experts thought they wouldn’t. I think that’s a damn good news to hear. However, consistency counts. Coming out in midterms counts. Coming out in force when Obama is not on the ballot counts. That is the only way for the community to count, to be listened to. To be heard.

          • 68 hopefruit2
            April 28, 2013 at 10:57 am

            That’s not the point that AP is trying to make though. The AP is trying to say that Obama won in 2012 because racist Black Americans came out in herds and droves to vote for him.

            The data actually shows that Black turnout in 2012 was virtually unchanged or slightly lower from Black turnout in 2008. Hispanic and Asian turnout actually both INCREASED from 2008 to 2012, while white turnout decreased. Instead of highlighting the fact that the GOP has a real and GROWING problem with minority voters of all racial and ethnic backgrounds (as evidenced by the fact that even Cuban Americans, a traditionally reliably Republican voting block went to Obama in 2012), they engage in race-baiting with their usual and intellectually lazy focus on Black voters.

            • April 28, 2013 at 6:21 pm

              I wonder if Black Americans care about this. As a Black American, I’m proud that most of us voted for President Obama and am proud that President Obama is our first Black President. African Americans have gone through hell to get the right to vote (and other basic civil rights). The AP (and other mainstream media outlets) are not going to shame us into not exercising our right to vote for whoever we want. The next President is going to be White (hopefully a White female named Hilary Clinton). The vast majority of Black Americans will probably vote for the next Democratic Presidential candidate in 2016. That’s just how we roll.

    • 70 CEB
      April 28, 2013 at 10:33 am

      It infuriates me every time that I see or hear this. “blacks”? WTF! and they do not even bother to capitalize it, further proof of a deliberte effort to de-humanize an entire group of Americans. Well, they were shown that the “blacks” can be a force to be reckoned with. Racist pigs!

      Okay, rant over.

    • 71 prettyfoot58
      April 28, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Breaking the always told MYTH that blk folks don’t vote …don’t care and are uninvolved,,,

  20. 72 arkluvspbo
    April 28, 2013 at 9:59 am

    I just can’t get enough of our president! He is handsome, humorous, intelligent, kind and compassionate. I love his self-depricating humor and his wit with the one-liners.
    I would vote for him again and again and again.

  21. April 28, 2013 at 10:02 am

    This is why we can’t have nice things:

    Joe Mikos ‏@advocatemikos 9 Mar
    “@SenSanders: The simple truth… pic.twitter.com/Gu5C0xR6C6” Please read this link! Sen Sanders is a great man! 2016 POTUS? Sanders/ Warren?

  22. 77 Don
    April 28, 2013 at 10:02 am

    In reading Peggy Noonan’s column about President Obama the other day, on thing caught my eye. She said that she was talking with an old political hand that had spoken with President Obama and the guy came away “worried and confused.” Apparently according to the guy she spoke with, “President Obama was the only President that didn’t seemed concerned about the trappings of being President.” President Obama is not aloof; President Obama is just not interested in the petty things that dominate Washington politics.

    What Noonan and her ilk can’t understand is why President Obama isn’t interested in siting with the cool kids; even some Democrats don’t understand President Obama, so they label him cold and detached. The bottom line is that they are all envious, they can’t understand why this man isn’t interested in playing their game, and it is driving them crazy. This name has lived around the world, lived on food stamps, smelled rarified air, educated at some of this country’s best schools. For most of his life Barack Obama has been the only black man in the room among men of power and intellect that thought that they were the most powerful and smartest.

    Unlike Washington, most of us here at TOD are not envious of President Obama, his intellect doesn’t frighten us. It doesn’t frighten us because we can appreciate his brilliance and we know that he isn’t interested in petty things, we know he serves the greater good. We see him as a friend; they see him as an enemy because they know he can see straight through them.

    So last was happened, last night was inevitable. It was the storm they feared, it was the storm they knew was coming and they couldn’t do anything to stop it.

    • 78 Don
      April 28, 2013 at 10:05 am

      So last night happened, last night was inevitable. It was the storm they feared, it was the storm they knew was coming and they couldn’t do anything to stop it.

      • 79 mtmarilyn
        April 28, 2013 at 10:10 am

        What a profound statement!!!!!! I am in awe of this President’s intellegience and knowledge. All the insiders can go to h###.

      • 80 Nena20409
        April 28, 2013 at 10:12 am

        Oh What a Night?

        Truth told in Jest, factually delivered with a smile and No enmity in his Voice. Talk about Killing Me…..well…them softly? It was a piece of Art. Brilliantly delivered.

    • 81 hopefruit2
      April 28, 2013 at 10:07 am

      I really can’t take anything Noonan says seriously. The night before the election, she tweeted a bunch of stuff about Romney’s win (which she was 99% certain of at the time) – well you can just go down her timeline for Nov 5-6 and see why this woman’s words should be relegated to the trashbins.

      • April 28, 2013 at 10:15 am

        Don’t forget she was counting yard signs as a clue to his victory. Charles Pierce took her down another peg in his latest article, one I read here this week. She is a noisy shallow brook.

      • 84 prettyfoot58
        April 28, 2013 at 11:33 am

        I really can’t take anything Noonan says seriously,,,



        one thing about the press what wasn’t mentioned is that there is no longer just a single source for Americans…hello the world to get its news…no longer do we have just see the side that the MSM projects…we have a multitude of resources that offer different perspectives..

        the trouble is that not everyone takes advantage of the different sources…and because of that we have to do our best to keep their feet to fire to keep the honesrt…as RANMan has been doing on twitter this morning…

        a sample….of RanMan’s…holding the press accountable….

        this is part of the reason TOD is so invaluable….

        between the BlogMistress MsChips….the blogsters,,UT…amk…LL…LP….and all the incredible members of TODville….we are provided with invaluable and insightful information that helps us to sift thru the noise and distortion that passes for news…that encourages us be involved or as LL said so poignantly…Enter the Arena…

        I cannot overstate…the importance of the Obama Diary…


      • 85 pkayden
        April 28, 2013 at 6:23 pm

        I was about to say the same thing. Who care about Peggy Noonan? Wasn’t she the idiot who claimed that Romney was going to win because she felt it in her “guts”? Please!

    • 86 amk for obama
      April 28, 2013 at 10:34 am

      The same old faces of rw pundtwits for what, over a quarter century now ? george will, noonan, limpaugh, buchannan, – the same old clowns. How about some fresh faces wingnuts?

  23. 87 dotster3
    April 28, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Just watched our multi-talented president again—-for about the 5th time. I loved his jokes and the way he tells them. And again, I loved his remarks at the end, another attempt to appeal to the sense and sensibilities of those in the room, to not waste their influence, to stop being distracted by the petty, to tell truths, to do their jobs, which are key components of a functioning democracy. I also loved that he recognized the Boston Globe and Pete Williams. Both stood out recently in doing careful, exemplary work. They sought the truth and didn’t get caught up in all the speculation. Well-deserved praise from President Obama. Awarding the good.

  24. April 28, 2013 at 10:12 am

    The more they tried to stop us, the stronger our resolve.

  25. 89 a4alice
    April 28, 2013 at 10:19 am

    saw a recap of conan’s comments they sounded funny. President Obama killed them I was really enjoying the audience’s reaction to his zingers. It’s interesting how many people of different professions are there.

    I have a big huge bucket of chores on my list today so probably won’t be around till this eve. Have a great day everyone!


  26. 90 vcprezofan2
    April 28, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Good Morning and thank you, Utal – excellent recap! Your post has brought all of the President’s portion of last night rushing back. Thanks much!
    Happy Sunday to all TODobots wherever you are! Special thoughts go out to TODobots who are recuperating and special wishes for comfort and healing to those who are hurting. Have a great, or very, very good Sunday, everyone – from my heart to yours!

    • 91 vcprezofan2
      April 28, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Oh, and though it goes without saying, sometimes is should be said…… HAVE A FANTABULOUS SUNDAY, LADY MAYOR CHIPS! We wouldn’t, couldn’t have enjoyed the WHCD-2013 in just the way we have without YOUSE! 😀 😀 May oodles and oodles of love light your path daily!

      • April 28, 2013 at 10:27 am

        Awwwww, thank you VC!!!!! You have a very kind heart! And to echo your previous comment, lots of love and best wishes to our friends recovering from illness, GB, Joan, Dudette and Africa’s husband.

        • 93 vcprezofan2
          April 28, 2013 at 10:30 am

          😳 Didn’t think you were awake yet.

          • April 28, 2013 at 10:33 am

            Ha, just about VC! I’m meant to be working, but I’m not, eh, proving very productive!

            • 95 vcprezofan2
              April 28, 2013 at 10:36 am

              /strong push/ Oof! There!….. Go! The sooner you get done, the sooner you can come back and play. I’ll save a spot for you. Promise.

              • April 28, 2013 at 10:38 am

                That’s an excellent incentive, VC! Will increase my productivity rate by 100% – which will take it to, um, 100%.

                • 97 vcprezofan2
                  April 28, 2013 at 10:46 am

                  ‘ which will take it to, um, 100%.’

                  You are such a card (joker) – the undoubted reason TOD village’s serious PBO focus is couched in such a playful atmosphere. “Go work!” I don’t want to have to hold your spot for the entire day…and evening. You have until early afternoon. After that I’m going to start getting real cranky sitting on, or holding onto, two chairs. 😛

    • April 28, 2013 at 10:37 am


      Special healing thoughts to our GoB, Dudette, Joan and africa’s husband. Stay strong!!

  27. 102 amk for obama
    April 28, 2013 at 10:28 am

  28. 104 CEB
    April 28, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Good morning, TOD ohana. Hope everyone has a beautiful Sunday.

  29. 105 isonprize
    April 28, 2013 at 10:43 am

    For those of you who don’t follow rap (like me…. 😆 ) you might want to understand the joke about Pres Obama entering on a rap song.

    The title of the song is: All I do is win!

    The hook is: All I do is win, win, win, no matter what, what, what! …everytime I step up in the building, everybody’s hands go up! … and they stay there, and they say yeah, and they stay there!!

    Now the REST of the words have some strong stuff, violent stuff, some misogynistic stuff so expect the RW nut jobs to explode. I don’t agree with that stuff either, but ‘hook’ is crazy good, (so good that it gets played during breaks at Phillies games) it’s catchy and it has 35 MILLION hits on youtube!

    • 106 0388jojothecat
      April 28, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Thank you isonprize…..I was wondering the significance of the song. I got the impression that was for Bill O from of fake news since he hates rap songs and rap singers. I can’t wait to hear Stephanie Miller in the morning and in the next few days when they do “Right Wing World”.

    • 107 CEB
      April 28, 2013 at 11:08 am

      I had to go to Youtube as well to get the reference.

    • 108 forus50
      April 28, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Thank you for that isonprize. Can you also explain the “99 problems and JayZee is 1”? I know the Cuba story but don’t know how the phrasing relates to rap.

      • 109 globalcitizenlinda
        April 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm

        Jay Z has a hit entitled “99 Problems” in which he explains his interaction with police – with emphasis on the day he almost ended up in prison after being profiled on one of the inter-states between Atlanta & New York.

        You can listen to an NPR interview with Jay Z that Terry Gross’ Fresh Air Program did with him (maybe last year).

        During that interview and by his admission Jay Z has some stuff on him which he dropped before the K-9 got to the scene (hence his reference to the B word – for the dog).

        He claims he learned a lot since those days when he was much younger

    • April 28, 2013 at 11:22 am

      And you know it…..

  30. 112 hopefruit2
    April 28, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Boston Globe is still on a high from PBO’s ringing endorsement 🙂

    • 113 dotster3
      April 28, 2013 at 11:04 am

      I thought the same thing—-some of the best reporting was coming from print journalism, not from the over-paid, over-inflated egos of the teevee pundits. Boston Globe is enjoying their presidential shout out. Deservedly so.

      • 114 Nena20409
        April 28, 2013 at 11:12 am

        Putting words together and communicating and telegraphing those words for all to understand is tedious, hard and it takes time.

        Talking endlessly, and being photographed or videographed is Nothing to write home about. So TV/Cable just dumb down more and more for profits, ratings and laziness.

      • 115 jacquelineoboomer
        April 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm

        And some of the best reporting, on the night of the capture of the second suspect – because it was on-the-ground factual stuff – came directly through the tweets of law enforcement, such as the Boston Police and Mass. State Police. Bravo to all of them.

    • 116 CEB
      April 28, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Their on-line newspaper was my go to site for information on the marathon bombing tragedy. They were excellent and deserved the praise. My first degree was a major in Literature with a minor in Communications/Journalism and I worked on the university’s newspaper. Objectivity and factual reporting were drilled into us. I have been so saddened and somewhat fearful for our democracy to see how far most of the media has fallen in its duties to our country.

  31. 117 Jovie
    April 28, 2013 at 11:14 am

  32. April 28, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Good morning TOD. Have had company for a week but excused myself last might long enough to watch our President and Conan. Ed Henry is as lousy as an MC as was as a WH correspondent.

    • 119 jacquelineoboomer
      April 28, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      Mornin’, Jackie4O! That’ll be the last time we have to see Ed Henry in the role of President of the WHCA. Unless, of course, he collects funds from the other losers and erects his own presidential library. He was clearly out of his league, had even lost his awful voice from nervousness, and, oh my, President Obama had to actually speak to him during the evening. Talk about needing a brain cleansing on the ride back to the White House.

      The joy of thinking of Ed Henry for two minutes this morning, is that we can all go back to thinking about President Obama’s truth-tellin’ last night. He was fabulous!

  33. 120 cookemom
    April 28, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Well, well, well, so how’s all my O’s!!! Another great getting up day in TODdtown, even with the hangover from last night’s festivities!!!!!!
    I think PBO is so over the heads of the people in that room that it won’t hit them until sometime next week that he dis’d them hard.

    • 121 globalcitizenlinda
      April 28, 2013 at 11:51 am

      my thoughts exactly – he went at the most ridiculous with a hard edge delivered in prose and with wit and smile!

  34. 122 hopefruit2
    April 28, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Remember at ~ 9:26 this morning I posted that Spielberg’s “Obama” movie spoof had almost 60,000 views on Youtube? Well just 2 hrs later, it has over 165,000 views! 🙂

  35. April 28, 2013 at 11:31 am

  36. April 28, 2013 at 11:42 am

  37. 131 globalcitizenlinda
    April 28, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Okay, after watching PBO’s speech at the WHCD for the 10th time (excluding numerous rewinds at various delicious points), I think it only fair to my chores that I pause … for a while t least

    • 132 hopefruit2
      April 28, 2013 at 11:58 am

      Seriously – the density of the humor in this speech is remarkable – and you appreciate it more with each additional view! 🙂 🙂

      • 133 globalcitizenlinda
        April 28, 2013 at 12:25 pm

        I thought it was fantastic when I delivered live – after multiple replays, I can say without a doubt that it was simply brilliant!!! Kudos to PBO and Team Obama!

  38. 134 Ladyhawke
    April 28, 2013 at 11:55 am


    OFA to climate change deniers: You should be embarrassed


  39. 135 Nena20409
    April 28, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I Love Barbra Streisand and she was a guest of the Bloomberg News last Night…..has there been any Photos of her? How about Oprah Winfrey? She was there last Night…..C-SPAN, Peter, the host said…..but was there No Pictures of her too. I Love Oprah too.

    • 136 cookemom
      April 28, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      PBO referenced Oprah when he said that the 100 million Addleson spent trying to defeat him, was Oprah money.

  40. 137 Nena20409
    April 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    There was a Song by the Hot Chocolate…..Everyone’s A Winner…..

    Well, at the WHCD, POTUS, FLOTUS and then Coco were the Winners.

  41. 139 hopefruit2
    April 28, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    So now Ariana wants to be photographed with Dems only because its now cool to be seen among them? No pics with Mankini and his helmet hair wife, Ms. HuffnPuff?

  42. 140 anniebella
    April 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I think since FLOTUS has such a good sense of humor, next year at the WHCD POTUS and his writers should fine some way of using her. Like G.W. and Laura Bush did one year.

    • 141 HZ
      April 28, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Africa, ((((((((( Much love, prayers and healing thoughts to you and your family.)))))))))))HZ

      • 142 HZ
        April 28, 2013 at 2:17 pm

        My TOD Family, enjoy the lingering sweetness of last evening from the heart, soul, and mind of our beautiful POTUS. The setting was light, yet very powerful because of what POB said, even in his humor for the occasion.

        I have always been aware that POB finds it very easy to carry his soul around each day with confidence and treat his heart with great attention of what he allows to enter into it. Thus POB’s makes sure he makes his words imppeccable because he knows who he is in his own skin. That is why when POB speaks, he grabs our hearts and minds.

        I have always shared with my lovely great-niece the wonderful books of author, Don Miguel Ruiz, and in one of his books”The Four Agreements,” he speaks of this very thought. Excellent reads by Mr. Ruiz. His ,”The Mastery of Love” is also beautiful.

        But one thing that I have always been attracted to POB is his ability to hold true to his core what impact his words will have on him as well as others. That is why I love it when he writes some of his speeches that are so full of who he is inside.

        So I say all of this to say this:” Do not allow anyone to come into our space here and try to poison the ‘wells of goodness’ that we as a family here have nurtured from the day that we first heard POB speak. Guard our wells with firm convictions; loving respect for our space here; joyful thoughts and actions toward our brilliant President; and always have a word that you believe in that is of goodness to stad up against anyone who would love to flood our wells of goodness with their poisons.

        Stand firm on your words about this President, and be impeccable with your own words first. Then for sure they will carry love of power and not of fear and hatred.

        Dudette((((((((((( I am sending you and Joan so much loving energy from my space to yours.)))))))))))HZ

    • 144 anniebella
      April 28, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      They say FLOTUS is just as funny as POTUS. It would be nice to see.

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