Night Owl Chat: The Too-Cute-Small-People Edition

Yet another TOD post that has been reblogged by Jueseppi B, despite requests that he make his own effort to support PBO rather than copying others simply to drive up his reblog’s traffic. He doesn’t take kindly to being challenged, as another woman found out: explicit. Genuine bloggers are welcome to use anything they ever see at TOD. Thanks

All official White House photos, except this one:

150 Responses to “Night Owl Chat: The Too-Cute-Small-People Edition”

  1. 1 4morefor44
    May 18, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    too cute!!

    • 2 LunarSea
      May 18, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      congrats Numero Uno

    • 3 nathkatun7
      May 19, 2013 at 1:12 am

      Congrats 4morefor44 for being #1! Thanks Chips for this beautiful thread showing how much children enjoy being in the presence of what the U.S. illustrious media consider to be the most “aloof,” “arrogant” and “elitist” President.

  2. 4 vitaminlover
    May 18, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Sooooooo precious!

  3. 5 vitaminlover
    May 18, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Congrats 4morefor44!

  4. 6 vitaminlover
    May 18, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    We have a smokin’ hot President, running a smokin’ hot economy who loves children! Yeah, bayybeeeee!

  5. 7 desertflower
    May 18, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I telling you, I got tears in my eyes looking at these. Seriously. Thank you 🙂

  6. 11 Cathy from MN
    May 18, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Love, love. love this! He is so good with children; they can tell when someone is truly good!

  7. 12 MightyPamela
    May 18, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    OH!! Thank You, Thank YOU!! I have been waiting YEARS for this one!!! xoxox

  8. 13 99ts
    May 18, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Well – I’m sixth in line for the prize – but my daughter has crossed the line – Her —ish time has turned into mishmash time – Sunday lunch has turned into Monday brunch – this grandbabe wait is going to be 20 hours long

    And Chips posts all the little ‘uns to show me what I am missing. The wee red coated sweetheart with hand in face appeal – that’s my wee one – for sure.

  9. May 18, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    After a tough week, these pictures replenish the soul. Thank you, Chips!

  10. May 18, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Fantastic Chips. No President has ever been so deeply connected to children as President Obama. These aren’t ‘photo ops’; these are moments of pure, mutual enjoyment – for PBO and each and every child.

    #TrustBarack Children Do!!

    • 17 LunarSea
      May 18, 2013 at 11:00 pm


    • 18 Betsy
      May 18, 2013 at 11:55 pm

      I agree. LunarSea I don’t seem to have seen you around. Have you been away or are we missing each other on different threads?

    • 19 nathkatun7
      May 19, 2013 at 2:41 am

      Well said Bob! Your motto: “Trust Barak” is vindicated everyday. There is no doubt that the children he comes into contact with feel the same way as you do.

  11. 20 LunarSea
    May 18, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    It’s official. I’m an unashamed O’bot. I remember every one of those. So many favs. Impossible to pick just one.

    ha ha ha ha let the indoctrination commence! GOP’s worst nightmare. I hope they wake in a pool of sweat, while I bask in the magic.

  12. 21 GGail
    May 18, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    The mark of a TRUE leader – he makes us smile and feel safe and secure

  13. 22 amk for obama
    May 18, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Babies Love Barack.

    • 23 LunarSea
      May 18, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      I think it’s mutual. I have always felt that he wants more children but defers to FLOTUS. It’s something in the way he responds when asked whether there is a baby in their future. And the way he interacts with them. He touches them like they are precious. And they respond in kind, soaking in his love.

      I never felt that any president ‘loved’ kids before. Not even Kennedy.They always seemed like it was something they had to do. Not saying they didn’t like kids. But there’s something different about this president with children.

      • 24 anniebella
        May 18, 2013 at 11:10 pm

        Only Barack and Michelle knows why they don’t have any more kids. And maybe it’s not that Michelle didn’t want any more, I feel like she loves kids also, she has a good interaction with kids also, they both do. I don’t believe you are saying this but it kind of come off like you’re saying it’s Michelle’s fault they don’t have any more kids. That’s just how I see it, I could be wrong.

        • 25 hopefruit2
          May 18, 2013 at 11:33 pm

          Hopefully at some point in the appropriate future, he will be blessed with grand kids that he can spoil to his heart’s content. 🙂 🙂

        • 26 LunarSea
          May 18, 2013 at 11:38 pm

          people are capable of finding fault in the dumbest places. Read it however you want it to make you feel; better, superior, more capable, whatever. Too much REAL stupid shit to deal with to have to soothe your wounded perceptions.

          I meant that as I said it.

  14. 28 forus50
    May 18, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    OMG he is soooo aloof isn’t he? (How do they get away even suggesting that? Seriously.)

    • 29 LunarSea
      May 18, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      They say the opposite of everything he is in hopes that if a lie is said enough, ppl will believe it. Or they will convince themselves that it’s true.

      They. Are. Hope less.

      • 30 nathkatun7
        May 19, 2013 at 2:48 am

        That’s what Karl Rove taught them! Rove’s entire MO is to attack the strength and positive aspects of his opponents. Case in point: the way his operatives savaged a war hero, John Kerry!

  15. 31 PirateWench
    May 18, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    When in doubt watch the children. They inherently know evil. Remember when the poor babies were crying when Romney was near? They also know good – and they are ALL OVER the President.

  16. May 18, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    What a wonderful antidote to all the shameful RWNJ bitterness and manipulation of the last week. This is what grounds us in reality, brings us back to what matters – the natural free-flow of kindness and appreciation. What a man.

    • 33 HZ
      May 18, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      So true, meta. This will always keep us in a proper and wonderful attitude of the beautiful gift that we have the honor of elected twice, supporting every step of the way on this journey, and giving the proper and total respect to our President.

      “the natural free-flow of kindness and appreciation. What a man.” (((((((((((((( So beautifully stated.)))))))))))))))HZ

      • 34 jacquelineoboomer
        May 18, 2013 at 11:38 pm

        HZ! Good evening to you!

        • 35 HZ
          May 18, 2013 at 11:50 pm

          Hello, my precious jacquelineoboomer. How are you? I am moving with a grateful spirit, pain and all. However, I had to beg for permission to get online tonight. I just give my loving brother that operatic tone in my voice, and he melts everytime to his sister’s wishes. My singing voice reminds us of our beautiful and precious Mother who passed a few years ago.

          I am so happy to be here with family, and he loves that fact that I have this beautiful haven to come to because he knows how much I love my President. In fact, my loving brother had a very special Christmas Card made just for me with a beautiful message from our President. I will cherish it for the rest of my living life and pass it on to my oldest great-niece.

          I hope GoBrooklyn is doing better. Also my Fred, Donna, and Joan.

          So good to see Lisa checking in. I am so elated about Lisa’s studies, and I pray for the very best in all of Lisa’s studies.

          • 36 jacquelineoboomer
            May 19, 2013 at 12:21 am

            It’s YOUR spirit that keeps us all going, HZ. What a lovely way you have with words. And the President is lucky to have you as his supporter. Thank you – just for being you.

          • 37 jackiegrumbacher
            May 19, 2013 at 8:34 am

            HZ, it’s always a lift to the spirit to hear from you. Hope you have a pain free day on Sunday.

      • May 19, 2013 at 12:09 am

        Good evening, HZ!!

        • 39 HZ
          May 19, 2013 at 12:23 am

          Good Evening, Meta. Hope all is well with you. I also hope that the northern weather is lovely. Have a blessed Sunday and enjoy each moment in your space. ((((((( Lovingly,)))))))HZ

    • 41 nathkatun7
      May 19, 2013 at 2:50 am

      Yes Indeed, Meta! Chipsticks sets the record straight by countering all the media haters.

  17. 42 amk for obama
    May 18, 2013 at 11:02 pm

  18. 43 Jovie
    May 18, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I just won 600 million bucks

    • 44 amk for obama
      May 18, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      Congrats jovie. Now, where is my yacht ?

    • 45 LunarSea
      May 18, 2013 at 11:10 pm

      Dinner’s on Jovie TOD…..on the Riviera… Pack your bags, she’s sending a plane to pick us up!

    • 47 LunarSea
      May 18, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      FWIW: If anyone actually wins one of these, my advice would be to create a trust and let the trust be the bearer of the ticket. That way if anything happens to you the trust continues to get the payout. Otherwise the money stops if/when you die.

      Just saying…

    • 54 theo67
      May 19, 2013 at 12:16 am

      I feel relieved that I didn’t remember to pick up a ticket today. Not even one of my usual numbers came up. I hope someone won!

  19. May 18, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Are there any children in American he hasn’t hugged, cuddled, kissed, waved at or hand shook? What a blessing he is.

  20. May 18, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks Chips! it just fills my heart so see such love the kids have for the President and he has for them. You can’t stage that kind of connection. I really need it today. Very bad week. thanks again.

  21. 57 amk for obama
    May 18, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Nawaz Sharif’s victory in Pakistan’s general elections is being seen with some alarm in Afghanistan, where some fear it may mean more instability.

    The fact that the Pakistani Taliban held off attacking Mr Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (N), and the comments he made during the election campaign, reinforced the perception in Afghanistan that Nawaz Sharif is a “representative of the Pakistani establishment” which Afghans blame for most of their troubles.

    Nawaz Sharif has suggested that Pakistan should end its support for the international alliance against terrorism and says he would talk to Pakistani militant groups.

    Many Afghans fear he will make peace with the Pakistani Taliban, who will then stop carrying out attacks in Pakistan and focus solely on Afghanistan.


    The roots of these concerns lie in the past.

    Mr Sharif was very close to Pakistan’s former military ruler General Zia-ul-Haq, who was behind organising Afghan resistance to Soviet occupation in the 1980s. Both Gen Zia and Mr Sharif had close links with all seven Afghan mujahideen factions based in Pakistan.

    This policy resulted in the fall of the Soviet-backed regime in Kabul in 1992.

    As prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif was instrumental in forming the mujahideen government in Peshawar, before sending it over the border to take power in Kabul.

    Mr Sharif went to Kabul just a day after the mujahideen victory on 28 April 1992, the first and only foreign leader to visit.

    Many in Afghanistan blame him for dismantling the Afghan security forces and fulfilling the mission of bringing Afghanistan into “Pakistan’s sphere of influence”.


    I toldja he is one bad egg.

    • 58 theo67
      May 19, 2013 at 12:19 am

      Thank heavens that President Obama is the President. I know it doesn’t solve everything, but it’s reassuring that he’s got his eye on this one. I’m nervous about what this election will mean for the region, and I’m perplexed why people make the same mistakes over and over and over again.

  22. 59 cookemom
    May 18, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Awwwwww!!! the pics are just too sweet. I started trying to pick my favorites, but had to give up. They are all just so darn cute. Cuddling just comes so natural to him. Babies always know when they feel safe and secure. Toddlers will interact and play with folks who interest them. Older kids are in awe of folks who impress them. Yep, that about sums it up. PBO is the 1st Dad to America’s children.

    • 60 LunarSea
      May 18, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      “PBO is the 1st Dad to America’s children.” So true

    • 61 hopefruit2
      May 18, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      I’ve never seen kids respond to a President (or any politician) quite like this one. There’s something special there, and these kids do not have agendas.

      • 62 nathkatun7
        May 19, 2013 at 3:00 am

        You are so spot-on hope fruit! Children have such amazing instincts. They are especially good at telling the difference between adults who are comfortable with them and the adults who are uncomfortable with them.

  23. 63 forus50
    May 18, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    arghhh so pissed I missed all but the last 1/2 hour of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on HBO. I never saw anything on Twitter about it so I missed the first 3 hours.

  24. 65 a4alice
    May 18, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Oh I love all these photos. They bring tears to my eyes. I think my fave is still the first one. The little boy in that photo is just precious he’s so solemn 🙂

  25. 66 amk for obama
    May 18, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    A Saudi woman has made history by reaching the summit of the world’s highest mountain.

    Raha Moharrak, 25, not only became the first Saudi woman to attempt the climb but also the youngest Arab to make it to the top of Everest.

    She is part of a four-person expedition that also includes the first Qatari man and the first Palestinian man attempting to reach the summit.

    They are trying to raise $1m (£660,000) for education projects in Nepal.


    • 67 theo67
      May 19, 2013 at 12:21 am


    • 68 aquagranny911
      May 19, 2013 at 2:05 am

      This is too cool!!! Congratulations to all of them & I so hope they reach their fund raising goal as well. Great share, Amk for Obama!

    • 69 nathkatun7
      May 19, 2013 at 3:05 am

      That’s wonderful! I have deep respect for climbers. And reaching the summit of Mt. Everest has to be a tremendous achievement.

  26. 70 sherijr
    May 18, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    I love these, POTUS & kids.. I cry everytime I see them.

  27. 71 Jovie
    May 18, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Romney: Benghazi talking points had no bearing on presidential election

    Jordy Yager – 05/18/13 01:24 PM ET
    The administration’s talking points have been a key focus of Republican criticism over the handling of the attack.…

    • 72 theo67
      May 19, 2013 at 12:22 am

      Why are people still listening to lying Romney? Even when he speaks the truth, it’s irrelevant. He’s told too many lies, and done too much damage. He’s a pariah, like his hero: Cheney.

  28. 73 vcprezofan2
    May 18, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Aaawww! THIS night owl post is for MOI but I will gladly share! 😆 😆 {{{Chips Chica}}} Thank you much, my lady fair! You are a jewel……on occasion So many of these kiddie pics actually make me laugh out loud in sheer joy and ‘mucho’ appreciation. ONE such is the little lady with the apple in her hand and the up-cast eyes (like ‘Did you get permission to write on my art?’) Another is little Miss Flirty. …. and then the babies. I absolutely, absolutely love the way they and the Pres converse!

  29. 74 jacquelineoboomer
    May 18, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Chips – These photos make me want to both cry and also be one of those little kids!

    And they brought to mind the photo of the little girl and boy in the back row where the boy was grabbin’ a kiss. Cutest ehvah.

    Thanks so much for lightening our moods after that yucky week of RWNJ lies … although I must say President Obama came out on top, as usual, so it was (almost) worth it!

  30. 75 yardarm756
    May 18, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Taps, now taps.

  31. 77 prettyfoot58
    May 18, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Love Love that last photo…makes me smile every time I see it

  32. 78 cookemom
    May 18, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    A little acapella

  33. 79 carla4obama
    May 18, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    A too cute baby commercial!!!

    • May 19, 2013 at 12:19 am

      Thank you! This is a must read!

    • 85 aquagranny911
      May 19, 2013 at 2:14 am

      I totally disagree that the Justice Department “over reached” with AP. Totally disagree with that! Otherwise it was a good article.

      • 86 nathkatun7
        May 19, 2013 at 3:21 am

        Thank you, Aquagranny, for your comment. I was about to react the same way you did. Mr. Blow never explained how the Justice Department “over reached.” I suppose he had to put this part in his column in order to remain in the good graces of his fellow mainstream media pundits.

  34. 87 WilTal
    May 19, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Hello everyone,

    Chips, thank you so much for this lovely ending to the week. I so much appreciate eveything that is provided here. Looking at PBO with the children brought to mind Whitney Houston ‘s “Greatest Love Of All” I don’t know how to post a video, so posted the lyrics. I hope it doesn’t take up too much space. Thank you.

    I believe the children are our future
    Teach them well and let them lead the way
    Show them all the beauty they possess inside
    Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
    Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

    Everybody’s searching for a hero
    People need someone to look up to
    I never found anyone who fulfilled my needs
    A lonely place to be
    And so I learned to depend on me

    I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows
    If I fail, if I succeed
    At least I’ll live as I believe
    No matter what they take from me
    They can’t take away my dignity
    Because the greatest love of all
    Is happening to me
    I found the greatest love of all
    Inside of me
    The greatest love of all
    Is easy to achieve
    Learning to love yourself
    It is the greatest love of all

    I believe the children are our future
    Teach them well and let them lead the way
    Show them all the beauty they possess inside
    Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
    Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

    And if, by chance, that special place
    That you’ve been dreaming of
    Leads you to a lonely place
    Find your strength in love

  35. 88 prettyfoot58
    May 19, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Simply Awesome Awesome Pics……The Children know….yes they do….brings such joy tp my heart…..

    I love my president

  36. 92 desertflower
    May 19, 2013 at 12:06 am


    While it is well-known that the so-called IRS scandal has been used by Tea Partiers to bash the IRS, less well known are the actual facts of the case.

    Some of the flagged groups did have their tax-exempt status delayed or did face some additional scrutiny, but not a single group has been denied tax-exempt status.

    A May 14 draft report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that none of the 296 questionable applicants had been denied, “For the 296 potential political cases we reviewed, as of December 17, 2012, 108 applications had been approved, 28 were withdrawn by the applicant, none had been denied, and 160 cases were open from 206 to 1,138 calendar days (some crossing two election cycles).” (p. 14)

    In fact, the only known 501(c)(4) applicant to recently have its status denied happens to be a progressive group: the Maine chapter of Emerge America, which trains Democratic women to run for office. Although the group did no electoral work, and didn’t participate in independent expenditure campaign activity either, its partisan nature disqualified it from being categorized as working for the “common good.”

    The Inspector General’s report found that in the “majority of cases, we agreed that the applications submitted included indications of significant political campaign intervention.” (p. 10). In fact, only 91 of the 296, roughly 31%, of the applications reviewed for the report did not have “indications of significant political campaign intervention.” In other words, more than two thirds of those flagged for processing by a team of specialists had those indications.

  37. May 19, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Joy Reid dissects the Benghazi email scam in a pretty interesting way. She speculates who she thinks the culprit may be:


    Tom Coburn.

  38. 104 susanne
    May 19, 2013 at 12:09 am

    thanks chips for the wonderful baby pix. i keep saying, oh this is my favorite, oh i love this one the best, ohohoh! they’re all extraordinary documents of a presidency like none before. this is pbo’s true constituency–the future generations who will benefit from his hard work.

  39. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    May 19, 2013 at 12:18 am

    I don’t really care what this tweet says (although it’s great) … I just love the look on the face of the man in the photo! I just pinched myself and – yep – he is still OUR PRESIDENT!

    • May 19, 2013 at 12:50 am

      My lifelong Republican brother who voted for PBO twice called me tonight to talk about the stock and housing markets and how great the economy is doing. Hilarious.

      • 108 jacquelineoboomer
        May 19, 2013 at 1:02 am

        I bet you had a good laugh over that! Good for your brother! (And PBO, of course.)

      • 109 nathkatun7
        May 19, 2013 at 3:56 am

        Kudos to your brother, meta! You know, meta, there are still some honest (not many) Republicans, but their voices drowned out by the tea baggers and the unethical Republican politicians who are terrified by the tea baggers.

  40. 110 desertflower
    May 19, 2013 at 12:35 am

    I’m calling it a night….I love my President. I sleep like a baby every night, knowing that he’s in charge. See you tomorrow…the big dog is staring at me….Great Danes know how to tell time, did you know that? 🙂

  41. 112 jacquelineoboomer
    May 19, 2013 at 1:06 am

    I was all busy looking for a favorite video I found years ago on YouTube but have lost … an all-girl acapella group at a college doing Kiss Him Goodbye. But I digress. I found this! It’s so reminiscent of how some early Rock ‘n’ Roll groups got started … on the street corners of Philadelphia, for instance, ending up on American Bandstand. Anyway, I think this is great (and I love how some of the passersby get caught up in it).

  42. 116 Bill R.
    May 19, 2013 at 1:29 am

    The name of our President, Barack,, means blessing. And the children know it.

    • 117 jacquelineoboomer
      May 19, 2013 at 1:39 am

      And I feel as though we’ve all been blessed, seeing our President with the little children. (Mrs. Obama, as well! My visiting then-9-year-old granddaughter told me last summer that she “loves Mrs. Obama, and sees her everywhere” – like Nickelodeon!)

    • May 19, 2013 at 2:32 am

      Perfect, Bill. Simply, Perfect.

      And, Yes They Do.

  43. 119 jacquelineoboomer
    May 19, 2013 at 1:44 am

    This is a good idea, which I just spotted. Follow @ABC and reply to everything they tweet with “Who can believe you now?” until they fire Jonathan Karl!

  44. May 19, 2013 at 2:27 am

    The plutocrats and their GOP & NEWSTAINER slaves are making it ever easier for us to focus on concrete actions that cost little (or actually generate revenue) and have enormous societal value:

    Yes We Can

    • May 19, 2013 at 2:30 am

      Hope everyone is either already enjoying a lovely Sunday or will be doing so in the hours ahead – so love that irrespective of time zone differences we are all connected by bonds that transcend our relative place on the earth.


    • 122 nathkatun7
      May 19, 2013 at 4:04 am

      Excellent tweets, Bobfr! You are indeed a true testament of what it means to be a good, caring and responsible citizen!

  45. May 19, 2013 at 2:42 am

    The last picture is one of my favorite. Thank you Chips…Love it!

  46. 127 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 19, 2013 at 4:45 am

  47. May 19, 2013 at 5:32 am

    I love all of those, but I think the last is one of my favourite. 🙂
    Also: I think we are totally slaves to our genetic coding here. As in: spotting guy that is not only intelligent + handsome + great character but also awesome around kids –> instincts sort in male as perfect mate 😛
    … I should mention if I post anything weird, excuse me, I´m on painkillers right now.

  48. May 19, 2013 at 6:56 am

    With each picture my smile gets bigger and bigger. I love seeing how children respond to President Obama. They instinctively know that he is good and he is genuine. I see happiness, awe, adoration, and respect in the faces of the children. They seem to know that they are standing before a great man.

    The little girl in the second picture seems completely content being in the arms of the President. I’ve always wished I could see a lead-in and a follow-up for the picture for the little girl standing under the Lincoln portrait who is hiding her face. She seems to have been overwhelmed after meeting the President.

    It’s hard to say that any of these pictures are my favorite because each one gives me a positive feeling and uplifts my spirits. The pictures with the children goes beyond Barack Obama the President, the Commander in Chief, the politician, the public servant, the educator and any other label. These pictures give us a glimpse into the heart of Barack Obama the man.

    • May 19, 2013 at 7:16 am

      You know, I was just thinking that these kids are just so much more genuine in their response than the media. When I went to the US with a group of student around Easter, I had a conversation with one of the boys in my group. It was during the last days of our visit and we talked about some basic politics on a tour through the MN State Capitol. He mentioned that he had seen a few very mean cartoons, cruel jokes, news etc. about PBO and he didn´t understand it. Now, whereas I do not and should not push them into any political direction (even though thing are a little more easy going as long as it´s foreign politics of course), I told him that this was something one saw rather often and that I thought it to be pretty outrageous. This 15 year old German boy could not wrap his mind around why adults and the media would resort to such cheap tactics of being derogative and insulting. I hear you kid, I hear you….

      • May 19, 2013 at 7:31 am

        Children have no agenda other than the desire to be loved and to know that they will be taken care of. They sense that the President will do them no harm.

        Negative feelings such as hate, selfishness, prejudice, racism are taught and even then it is not a lesson that children will learn overnight. I believe it would take some extreme indoctrination to see a young child exhibit such negative emotions. Imagine the confusion of a child living in a “strict, religious” household who on one hand is being told that the Bible teaches us to love thy neighbor, but on the other hand is being taught animosity toward certain groups of people.

        • May 19, 2013 at 7:42 am

          Religion and tolerance should not exclude one another. I am no particularly religious person even though i was raised a Catholic (not in the strict sense though), but I have high respect towards those that manage to take the essense of religion and adapt it reasonably to today´world. I work at a protestant private school which is different to something you´d find in America if the school is Christian. We´re more liberal there. However, my school offers 15 mins prayer services prepared by students once a week and we recently had one where homosexuality was openly discussed. The result: discrimination is not what God intends. It doesn´t matter what you look like or who you love. Now that´s an attitude that I can full heartedly embrace. I´d prefer if all religion was like that instead of the some that stick to outdated misinterpretations of scripture.

          • May 19, 2013 at 8:05 am

            “Religion and tolerance should not exclude one another.” I agree. I think that LOVE is a basic concept for most religions and with love should come tolerance. However, those who use scripture to justify their intolerance are only using religion to camouflage their true heart.

            Obviously, the world today is so different from the times from which the scriptures written. However the basic precepts — love, do good not evil, respect, treat others as you would treat yourself — are timeless and can be adapted to this constantly evolving world.

  49. May 19, 2013 at 7:15 am

    “Bobfr @Our4thEstate

    @USTreasury Restore & enforce ‘exclusively’ in 501(c)(4). Audit all, alphabetically. TY. H/T @Lawrence cc @whitehouse @VP @vj44 @Pfeiffer44”

    The Tea Party organizations did not do themselves any favors by filing complaints regarding the IRS’ handling of their applications for tax exempt status. It provided the opportunity for the guidelines that are being used to grant an organization tax exempt status and to highlight the inconsistency of these guidelines to the statute.

    The outcome could very well be that many organizations that are enjoying this exempt status could lose it. “Exclusive” leaves no room for interpretation. No subjectivity can be applied. In fact, it would aid in the consistency of the IRS review in granting or rescinding tax exempt status for an organization.

    The only thing is that the IRS must be careful in establishing the criteria and procedure they use for this review so as not to give any perception of bias or partisanship. I believe this was the real issue in this IRS “scandal”.

    • 135 99ts
      May 19, 2013 at 8:05 am

      Republican administrations use “bias & partisanship” as a valid reason for review. it is only the democratic folks who see anything wrong with being partisan. There is no democracy associated with the current republican party.

      I still do not understand why anyone in the IRS apologized – and reading further into when the issue was first mentioned – the woman who did this deliberately wanted the opportunity to do so. There were many ways an honest IRS staffer could have approached the issues & it seems to me that she took a route that would most harm the IRS and the Obama administration.

      • May 19, 2013 at 8:23 am

        What is reality — bias & partisanship – is so different from what should be. We have a President who strives towards the “what should be”. His anger about this issue seems more about the perception of bias. We all know that he has much experience in dealing with the fallout from people’s perception being their reality.

        I also believe that the IRS staffer who made this issue public did so deliberately and used words – e.g. targeted — that insured a resulting scandal. But again, I maintain that instead of the scandal and negative impact to the President that was hoped for by the GOPTP, an opportunity was created for a review of the IRS guidelines that were inconsistent with the statute; a review that was long past due.

        • 137 99ts
          May 19, 2013 at 8:32 am

          I so agree about the opportunity for review – a byproduct that those who invented and expanded the “scandal” were not expecting. Although democrats seem to be so critical sometimes about “lack of kick back” from their own – the past week has provided major positives for the President and his administration – without any need to be seen attacking the GOP. When the media/GOP outcry turns to umbrellas – the propaganda war is lost.

          • May 19, 2013 at 9:11 am

            I think I remember that she was a Make-A-Wish child, or some other similar organization, and this was something of a surprise and she was overwhelmed. She’s one of my favorites.

          • May 19, 2013 at 9:12 am

            “Although democrats seem to be so critical sometimes about “lack of kick back” from their own – the past week has provided major positives for the President and his administration – without any need to be seen attacking the GOP. When the media/GOP outcry turns to umbrellas – the propaganda war is lost.” Exactly this! Instead of us attacking them, they reveal THEMSELVES for what they really are.

  50. 140 JER
    May 19, 2013 at 8:17 am

    | Live Now | Awaiting President Obama’s departure for Atlanta. Marine One grounded by weather. President motorcading to Andrews. http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

    • 141 Don
      May 19, 2013 at 8:24 am

      “Motorcading” ain’t easy.

    • May 19, 2013 at 8:30 am

      How can anyone look at these pictures and NOT love this President? Children know.

    • 143 Linda
      May 19, 2013 at 8:33 am

      It has been pouring rain here in Atlanta for a couple hours…….

    • 144 99ts
      May 19, 2013 at 8:38 am

      Thank you – just love seeing the military saluting their CIC – which makes the RWNJs umbrellas just more and more entertaining.

      • May 19, 2013 at 8:52 am

        I’ve spoken with military people as to what they thought about “umbrella-gate”. The response has basically been, “If the Commander in Chief tells you to hold and umbrella, you hold an umbrella.” To them, trying to make it into a scandal is outrageous.

  51. 146 Don
    May 19, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I don’t see this as a good thing for those entities that set themselves up to be tax exempt. Now the I.R.S. can really go after those that try to get around the system.

  52. May 19, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Kids know something we know….PBO is a good man, with a good heart.

  53. 149 Linda
    May 19, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Good Morning

    Joy Ann Reid’s article about Tom Coburn is very interesting…….

    Just as a side note……Coburn was at the ” How to Sabotage the first Black President ” meeting on 1-20-2009.

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