Dear Brian (updated)

Back in March:

From Henry Healy:


I got to meet with the President yesterday and I wanted to share with you this drawing that I presented him with. It’s a pencil drawing of the president in front of his ancestral home and the White House. It was by Brian Fogarty a school teacher from Co Tipperary now living in Galway.

Kind Regards,

Henry Healy


Henry with Brian


This morning’s email:


I hope you are well. Remember the picture I sent you that I gave to the President in March? Well, the artist got a letter from the President thanking him for the portrait! I attach a copy of it for you and also a link to Brian’s Facebook page.

Kind Regards,



Thank you Henry – a lovely story!


Say hello to Brian in the comments:

126 Responses to “Dear Brian (updated)”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    May 1, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    cool pic.

  2. May 1, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    How dare you post when I’m writing brilliance? {snark}

    Top o’ the mornin’, Obots!

    Expect more musical deliciousness for tonight’s night owl post.

    I also have an essay running around in my head; I just need time to set it down.


  3. May 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing Chips….What an honor.

  4. 13 Jovie
    May 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    To reiterate, Krystal Ball says Dems have to win Generic ballot by ten points to retake house because of redistricting.
    That’s impossible, if true.

    • May 1, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      10 points? Before it was that Dems had to win by 8 points. I wish they’d make up their minds.

      And 8 points is quite doable. That’s the margin by which Dems won in 2006.

      • 15 carolyn
        May 1, 2013 at 12:37 pm

        Krystal Ball has been strange lately. If I remember correctly, generic ballot questions are highly unreliable with little validity. Each race is still local.

    • 16 jackiegrumbacher
      May 1, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Well, they’re just trying to defeat us before we start by making it seem impossible. To hell with that. We work hard to get good candidates, we support them, we pound the street and work the phones, we fund raise. DO NOT LET them discourage you. The are expecting low turnout among Dems and are doing everything in their power to dampen enthusiasm, hence the relentless attacks on PBO. Let’s give them a big fat surprise.

      • 17 HZ
        May 2, 2013 at 6:47 pm

        Jackiegrumbacher, You hit the nail on the head. Thank you love. They will not distract us.HZ

  5. 18 57andfemale
    May 1, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Top 5!

  6. May 1, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Well howdy all you O’s!!!!! I’m late checkiing in on this great getting up day at the TOD corral. It’s finally so nice out, that I must take advantage of the weather while it lasts. Soooo, I’ll bid adieu to you until I get back to pixelatin’

  7. May 1, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Love this! I have house guests from the other coast and have about 100 TODs to catch up on later in the week. Just sneaking a peek now.

  8. May 1, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Good job Brian!

    I actually wrote to POTUS (and FLOTUS) for the first time not too long ago. As convenient as the email process is, there’s something exciting about actually sending something tangible to the White House. You know it’ll be looked at by a lot of people, and eventually may get to the Oval Office desk. 🙂

  9. May 1, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    If you can bear it, press briefing starting soon:


  10. May 1, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Why Wikipedia is, in the end, a librarian’s friend. Did you know that today is “Law Day” in the US?

    On May 1 the United States officially recognizes Law Day. It is meant to reflect on the role of law in the foundation of the country and to recognize its importance for society. Implemented as a Cold War stunt to combat communism, as the rest of the world recognizes May Day as International Workers’ Day, Law Day is not commonly recognized by the American public.

    It’s also “Loyalty Day”.

    Loyalty Day is observed on May 1 in the United States. It is a day set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.

    The holiday was first observed in 1921, during the First Red Scare,[2] as “Americanization Day,”[3] and was intended to counterbalance the celebration of Labour Day on May Day (May 1), an internationally celebrated holiday for the commemoration of the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago in 1886.[citation needed]

    Loyalty Day is celebrated with parades and ceremonies in several U.S. communities, like Batavia, Illinois, although many people in the United States remain unaware of it.[citation needed] Although a legal holiday, it is not a federal holiday, and is not commonly observed.

    So, two holidays which no one remembers to combat those scary Socialists.

    • 32 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      May 1, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Was aware of Law Day — while in high school, spent many an April preparing for Moot Court. I remember celebrating May Day in Elementary School. Today is my first hearing of Loyalty Day.

  11. May 1, 2013 at 12:38 pm

  12. May 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Irish you say? Maidin Good!

  13. May 1, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    OMG, this is such a great story and such AWESOME photos!! I can only imagine how incredibly thrilled Brian was to receive this sweet gesture. These stories of the kindness of citizens of the world toward our President Obama and his acknowledgment of them really choke me up. It’s very gratifying to experience the human touch when it can sometimes seem like our world has grown coarse and full of conflict. BRAVO to Brian and Henry for sharing it with us!!!!

    • 48 jacquelineoboomer
      May 1, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      Hi, there, meta! Totally agree. So heartwarming and magical, and I’m glad we “get it.” Wouldn’t you like to sit over lunch with President Obama some day, just so we can all gush to him about how much he’s been appreciated by so many of us IN THIS COUNTRY, not just everywhere else around the world, as well? I know I would. I’m sure he knows, but he’s like family, and I’d like to add my actual voice to it.

    • May 1, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      Thanks a mil. Very nice comments:)

  14. 51 Linda
    May 1, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Senator Toomey: GOPers Opposed Background Checks Because They Hate Obama.

    So it is personal with them ?

    • 52 TrumpDog
      May 1, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Yep. Personal vindetta over the People. But I’m sure the media will find a way to fault Obama while GOP gets yet another free pass.

    • 53 jackiegrumbacher
      May 1, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Well Toomey lifted the mask to reveal what we all knew was there. Pure unadulterated hatred and racism that literally knows no bounds. Doesn’t matter who dies, how much the economy collapses or how many suffer, as long as the R’s can hold tight to their hatred, they will do so.

  15. 54 Nena20409
    May 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Good Afternoon TOD Community. I Love this Post and Brian…..Great Job.

    It Nice to Know People……Chips and for Cousin Henry, his cousin at the WH, Pres Obama….. 😉

  16. May 1, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    It is the vision of Global Love Day, to unite one and all in a celebration of love and compassion. They honor each May 1st as a symbolic day of unconditional love and call upon all people and all nations to gather together in the wisdom of peace and love.

    Global Love Day is the universal recognition of our innate oneness through love. When we come from this limitless love we naturally and easily embrace ourselves and our fellow humanity. Opening our heart, we allow unconditional love to be our guide and compassion to be our gift to life.

    Come celebrate with us by consciously focusing on love and what it means to you throughout this day. By practicing love in all areas of your life, you will find it easy to love unconditionally all year long.


    Simply be love. Let the love within your heart be the focus of your awareness throughout the day. Allow yourself to be accepting, forgiving, peaceful, joyful and in harmony with yourself and all life around you. Just be!

    Allow unconditional love to be your primary intention ♥

  17. May 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    That means you MA!

  18. May 1, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    NYT Posted three have been taken into custody for the Boston Marathon bombings.

  19. 61 Nena20409
    May 1, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Italy has her 1st Cabinet Minister who is Black and the ugliness of Racism shows it’s ugly head. What is with some people. Other than the pigmentation, are All Not Human Beings?


    • May 1, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      Well, you have to take into account that fascism never quite left Italy. A neo-fascist party was part of Berlusconi’s government for years. And Lazio, one of Rome’s two football clubs, has a rabid fascist fan base.

  20. 63 collegekay
    May 1, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    This is pretty awesome. Love the drawing.

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  22. 71 GGAIL
    May 1, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Good West Coast morning Chipaticks. I’m doing my civic Jury Duty today.

    Love the portrait & the communique. Our President is a great human being! Thanks Henry & Brian!!

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  27. 93 sherijr
    May 1, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I love how he took a picture of the mail on the floor at the door.. wonderful! Thank you Chips & Cousin Henry for keeping us up to date. And serious congratulations to Brian… what a beautiful drawing.. That is one of the very best likenesses I’ve seen depicted of President Obama.

  28. 97 MightyPamela
    May 1, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Okay. So. In a very brief note: VaHoo! WootHoot! Zowie! Badda-bing, badda-BOOM! MightyPamela has a fully healed right patella, and consent to LEAVE OFF CRUTCHES! Oh YEAH! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Am allowed to walk around the house with just the knee immobizing splint, as comfort dictates, and am to begin PT as soon as possible (need to figure out transport)… PT for both knee and shoulder, and may wean off splint as strength and endurance allow. No driving yet, no running up and down the stairs (what?), but on this bright and shiny MayDay, this all seems quite miraculous to me! I shall finish my celebratory pot of green tea and meander outside with my kitty. She will eat grass, I will not! Now, how do y’all like that news?! 😆 My heartfelt thanks to my TOD family and to mama Chipsticks for all the longterm loving kindness and support, and don’t forget encouragement, that is vital to us all!

  29. May 1, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Thanks for the lovely comments, the letter is with the framers, then it’s going up in my kitchen here on the west coast of Ireland. Thanks Mr. O:)

    • May 1, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      Brian, thank you SO much for commenting here, thrilled to hear from you! And congratulations on your beautiful drawing, and your thank you letter from the President. You have an amazing talent. Wishing you all the very best, thank you again.

    • 108 jacquelineoboomer
      May 1, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      I join Chips in thanking you, Brian! So happy for you, and happy for us that you shared it!

    • 113 sherijr
      May 1, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      Beautiful drawing Brian ~ thank you for sharing it with us via Cousin Henry, and huge Congratulations on your well deserved letter from POTUS.

    • May 1, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks for sharing Brian! What a wonderful keepsake to pass on to future generations. It must be such a great honor! Once again thanks for letting us live through you vicariously……many TOD’ers are mailing themselves letters, pretending it came from the WH!

    • 119 utaustinliberal
      May 1, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks so much for the wonderful drawing Brian. It is indeed a work of art. I’m so glad Pres. Obama responded and loved your work. Wishing you the very best in life. 😀

    • 121 MightyPamela
      May 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Brilliant Brian Patrick Fogarty! Your skill is worthy of becomng legend on a scale such as this! I imagine President Obama was beyond delighted as well ~ not only your depiction, but your kind and thoughtful gesture in making a gift for him! And we, we are blessed and delighted that we can capture it electronically to add to our own PBO collections! Thank you sir!

    • 123 Dudette
      May 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Hi Brian! Wonderful to hear that your beautiful sketch was warmly received at the White House. It truly is a gorgeous piece. What a thrill it must have been to receive that letter of thanks from the President! I look forward to seeing more of your work chronicling the amazing time in history that we share. All the best to you and rest of your lovely country.

  30. 125 Jovie
    May 1, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    That’s serious!

    • 126 jackiegrumbacher
      May 1, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      These young men are idiots. This act of lunacy will haunt them all their lives and taint everything they do. They were lucky enough to be in a good university with a bright future ahead of them and they blew it big time. For what? Add them to the collateral damage from the bombing, although these guys did it to themselves.

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