Night Owls: White House Performances: Music For The Soul


If these songs don’t lift your spirits and put a smile on your face, you’re missing a pleasure button. Enjoy! 😀






160 Responses to “Night Owls: White House Performances: Music For The Soul”

  1. 1 Layla
    June 8, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Hey busy busy ut!

  2. 4 yardarm756
    June 8, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Congrats Layla……Peace, at last.

  3. 7 Marlz (@marjgra)
    June 8, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Love this…

  4. 8 africa
    June 8, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Things Fall Apart

  5. 9 africa
    June 8, 2013 at 10:03 pm

  6. 12 africa
    June 8, 2013 at 10:05 pm

  7. June 8, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    • 22 globalcitizenlinda
      June 8, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      I don’t know the future – but I am very worried about this news (a moral guide for a significant portion of my life)

      • June 8, 2013 at 10:52 pm

        YES…I feel you on this…when he came to America after his release from prison I was in the stadium cheering and screaming….what a longggggg struggle he waged against Apartheid…and how long it took the US to become part of that struggle…….Mandella and King….and now PBO…have had tremendous influences on me ….

      • 24 nathkatun7
        June 8, 2013 at 11:21 pm

        GCL, we just have to pray for his recovery. At the same time, we should be thankful that this great man walked the earth! His courage and his moral example will live forever! I’ve said this before, but I will say it again, three of the most important events in my life that I thought I will not live long enough to see were: the release of Nelson Mandela from prison; the end of Apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela as the first African President of South Africa; and, the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States. For me, this is what “HOPE” is all about. Hope is never about instant gratification. Rather, it requires dogged determination to push on even when everything looks bleak and hopeless.

        • 25 HZ
          June 9, 2013 at 12:29 am

          Nath, thank you for these beautiful and profound words. Continue to pray for this beautiful soul. HZ

          • 26 nathkatun7
            June 9, 2013 at 2:59 am

            Bless you HZ, and thank you for your kind words! I am definitely praying for the quick recovery of Nelson Mandela. For me, he exemplify what leadership and humanity is all about. Here is a man who spent 26 years in prison for the crime of wanting freedom for his people, yet in all those years of brutal confinement, he never, ever, lost hope! Nor did he ever abandon his search for common humanity and practical solutions to complex political problems. He is, as you say a”beautiful soul.” By the way, so is Bishop Desmond Tutu.

            • 27 HZ
              June 9, 2013 at 9:56 am

              Nath, it is so beautiful that we have these two ‘beautiful souls’ in our journey through this land with both of them making their marks of peace, sweetness of spirits, and a true humility that we all can take a drink from their cups of Hope and Courage. HZ

  8. 28 Dudette
    June 8, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Gorgeous selection UT! Thank you so much!!

  9. June 8, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Sorry to bother U all again but
    can someone re-tweet this please, and let them know I am in twitter jail again. Thanks
    “RT @smileyt22 @allanbrauer plus there are others who would like that
    opportunity. pick any congressman from the repub side”

  10. 37 africa
    June 8, 2013 at 10:24 pm

  11. 41 Jovie
    June 8, 2013 at 10:35 pm

  12. 43 Jovie
    June 8, 2013 at 10:37 pm

  13. 44 Layla
    June 8, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Good night everyone, don’t let GiGi bite! Working midnight to noon shift, must get ready. Stay well.

  14. 47 hopefruit2
    June 8, 2013 at 10:39 pm

  15. June 8, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Kennedy Center Honors…Oprah Winfrey…

    The Magnificent Jennifer Hudson…singing I’m Here!!…..awesome performance……….

  16. 53 Ladyhawke
    June 8, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Dir. of National Intelligence James Clapper Condemns “Rush to Publish,” “Reckless Disclosures”

    Irresponsible click-bait journalism driven by egomaniacs

    By Charles Johnson


    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper had some very strong words today on the subject of those leaks published by the Washington Post and the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald:



  17. June 8, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    People my people!

    GiGi has made a terminal mistake. The fact that the NSA is opening an investigation merely means that the NSA already knows who leaked. And that leaker is not going to go down by him/herself (or themselves). They WILL say if GiGi solicited the leaking. Stay tuned.

  18. 71 desertflower
    June 8, 2013 at 11:12 pm


    The National Security Agency has not obtained direct access to the systems of Apple, Google, Facebook, and other major Internet companies, CNET has learned.
    Recent reports in The Washington Post and The Guardian claimed a classified program called PRISM grants “intelligence services direct access to the companies’ servers” and that “from inside a company’s data stream the NSA is capable of pulling out anything it likes.”
    Those reports are incorrect and appear to be based on a misreading of a leaked Powerpoint document, according to a former government official who is intimately familiar with this process of data acquisition and spoke today on condition of anonymity.

    **** The Big Part!!****

    “It’s not as described in the histrionics in The Washington Post or The Guardian,” the person said. “None of it’s true. It’s a very formalized legal process that companies are obliged to do.”

    • 72 desertflower
      June 8, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      Ok… alittle more from that piece:

      That former official’s account — that the process was created by Congress six years ago and includes judicial oversight — was independently confirmed by another person with direct knowledge of how this data collection happens at multiple companies. The leaked presentation slides say the program began in September 2007, only weeks after the foreign surveillance law was amended.
      The legal process, the person said, is akin to how law enforcement requests information in criminal investigations: the government delivers an order to obtain account details about someone who’s specifically identified as a non-U.S. individual, with a specific finding that they’re involved in an activity related to international terrorism. Both the contents of communications and metadata, such as information about who’s talking to whom, can be requested.

      Can we really just put some smackdown on that lying grifter now???!!!

      • 73 desertflower
        June 8, 2013 at 11:20 pm

        Excellent piece…MUST READ. Talks in more detail that I’ve previously seen

        • 74 nathkatun7
          June 8, 2013 at 11:58 pm

          Thank you so much, desertflower, for sharing this excellent piece. I just finished reading the piece and it’s indeed a “MUST READ.” It really a shame about the state of U.S. media.

          • 75 desertflower
            June 9, 2013 at 12:07 am

            Truly a shame. Because they work for a profit, not for the people….their priorities are corrupted and misplaced…and America suffers for it. So glad that you liked it…I think it should be spread all over the place…much more detailed than other pieces I’ve read. Pass it on:)

  19. 76 Jovie
    June 8, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Obama’s message to Xi carried a warning, “that if it’s not addressed, if it continues to be this direct theft of United States property, that this was going to be a very difficult problem in the economic relationship,” White House national security adviser Thomas Donilon said.


    But but but the NSA and PRISM and line dancing and…

  20. 78 desertflower
    June 8, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    I didn’t click on it to read the sludge…but Maureen Dowd’s Sunday piece could have her choking on her words soon enough. What a rancid woman she is. Title? “Peeping Barry”….

  21. June 8, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Hello Chips and our ‘old’ ( 😆 ) TODobots:

    You will remember Political Junkessa who used to be with us regularly and at one point shared daily O-quotes that added much to our community spirit. Remember she was my ‘date’ for the Inauguration last January? PJ was on my mind today so I sent her an email to say ‘hi’. She sends a ‘hi’ to the village and a wish that you’ll send some positive energy and prayers her way. Here’s a bit of her email….

    “I have been preoccupied lately. I lost my mother last month after a period of illness during which she needed lots of intensive care. I am still in shock and gathering myself. …..

    Nonetheless, I will drop by my TOD family in the very near future to say hello. I do miss you all.”

    Because we have a truly caring, supportive community here I know I can count on the TOD village to help PJ at this time by praying and holding her ‘up’ in spirit.

    {{{{Political Junkessa}}}} We are here whenever you can drop in PJ, and we pray that you will be strengthened even as you remember the relationship you and your mother shared.

    • 82 Dudette
      June 9, 2013 at 12:00 am

      Thank you for sharing this with us VC.

      PJ, Sincerest condolences on the lost of your mother. I sending out solemn prayers for peace, love and comfort for you & your family during this difficult time.

    • 83 a4alice
      June 9, 2013 at 12:01 am

      oh poor PJ. Thanks for sharing this VC. Hope we see her soon.

    • 84 desertflower
      June 9, 2013 at 12:04 am

      Oh my goodness, vc…I had no idea that PJ was suffering so….I know what losing your mom feels like. A pain like none other. My heart and good thoughts go out to her. Please let her know that I send love and hugs. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of my mother….I know that her heart hurts right now, but it does get better. Promise her that.

    • 85 hopefruit2
      June 9, 2013 at 12:05 am

      I was thinking about PJ a few days ago, so thanks VC for sharing this with us. My deepest condolences go to PJ and her family on their loss. May her mom RIP, and I hope she finds some peace and comfort during this difficult period.

      Of course we look forward to seeing her back here, but understand fully if she needs to be away for a while.

    • 88 jackiegrumbacher
      June 9, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Oh, VC, I had no idea. My heart goes out to PJ. This is a tough, tough time for her. Bless you PJ and take care of yourself.

    • 89 globalcitizenlinda
      June 9, 2013 at 10:25 am

      thank you very much for this update.

      Wishing her continued healing – sorrow at the loss of someone so dear can be a heavy burden to carry.

    • June 13, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you, VC! ((((VC))))

    • 91 PoliticalJunkessa
      June 13, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts.

  22. 92 MightyPamela
    June 9, 2013 at 12:06 am

    We take care of our own ~ For PJ and her Mom: http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  23. 94 a4alice
    June 9, 2013 at 12:13 am

    oh boy folks well I better get my jammies on before I fall as-


    (nitey nite TOD)

  24. 96 Dudette
    June 9, 2013 at 12:14 am

    {{{{{{{Hugs for PoliticalJunkessa}}}}}}


    • 97 HZ
      June 9, 2013 at 1:03 am

      To (((((((((((((((((( PoliticalJunkessa)))))))))))))))))))) Peace, Peace, be in your loving space. You will be in my prayers. Come to your TOD Family when you are ready. We will be here and are here for you.. () () () Loving,HZ

    • 99 vcprezofan2
      June 9, 2013 at 1:23 am

      TY Dudette. I sent PJ a note letting her know that friends here have already started to send warm thoughts her way.

    • 100 PoliticalJunkessa
      June 13, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      Beautiful. Thank you Sweetie.

  25. 101 hopefruit2
    June 9, 2013 at 12:16 am

  26. June 9, 2013 at 12:30 am

    All right all, have lurked much more than normal, but it’s getting to be about that time. Live long and may the force be with you. (That’s for my fellow sci-fi geek Dudette.)

    • 103 hopefruit2
      June 9, 2013 at 12:34 am

      G’nite LL. Sleep tite. Don’t let Greenwald and Hayes bite.

    • 104 Dudette
      June 9, 2013 at 12:59 am

      ‘Nite LL. See? I’m not one of those who get their undies all twisted when someone conflates Star Trek and Star Wars. There’s room for both in this great big universe and the mixing is alright with me. 🙂

  27. 105 desertflower
    June 9, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Night all:)

    • 106 Dudette
      June 9, 2013 at 1:00 am

      Goodnight sweet flower of the desert!

      • 107 HZ
        June 9, 2013 at 1:11 am

        Night, to all. Thanks UT for the beautiful work again. You all lift my heart each day to a level where there is a fountain of Hope always.

        Thanks Dudette for the beautiful selections of music.

        I love it when our President sways to the music in his loving and enjoyable manner. Then our FLOTUS adds her beautiful moves to bring their moments of joy and happiness to all of us. We are so blessed to have them in the WH.
        (((((((((( Blessings to our POTUS and FLOTUS always)))))))

        Goodnight to my beautiful Chips. I am so grateful for all that you give to us that we may give back to our wonderful President in support.HZ

  28. 121 vcprezofan2
    June 9, 2013 at 2:15 am

    I’m actually trying to catch up on the posts I missed today since my eyes are not closing down yet. Only problem is I much prefer to read the posts in order as I follow the flow of events better that way, but I have been jumping all over the place.

    • 122 donna dem 4 obama
      June 9, 2013 at 2:20 am

      Hi VC!

      I coulldn’t sleep so here I am trying to catch up on today’s threads as well. I just read about dear PJ. I am so sorry to hear that she lost her mom. I had that experience 6 years ago and its a void that is never filled. I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers.

  29. 125 vcprezofan2
    June 9, 2013 at 2:48 am

    Well, I am pleased to say I’m all caught up now – on Saturday’s posts- so I guess it’s time to go to bed. Pleasant dreams, everyone!

  30. 126 vcprezofan2
    June 9, 2013 at 3:34 am

    ~~~~ 😕 ~~~~ Look to the right. ,,,, Look to the left. Smart TODobots are in the land of Nod.

  31. 127 vcprezofan2
    June 9, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Good Morning! Who’s on the breakfast shift and what’s for breakfast? 😀

    • 128 vcprezofan2
      June 9, 2013 at 7:58 am

      Oh. /smh/ I’m too chirpy. Neighbours are sleeping in. Sorry, I’ll go read my book.

      /muttering as I kick the pebbles desultorily along the path/ They must be really, really, really, really tired from all the media hype this past week.

      • 129 yardarm756
        June 9, 2013 at 8:05 am

        You are not alone.

      • June 9, 2013 at 8:08 am

        Good morning, vc. Question for you: Do you ever sleep???? 🙂

        After church today, husband and I will be going to our church’s annual conference. (Lake Junaluska, NC–BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL place, btw). On the agenda tomorrow afternoon is the memorial service honoring those our conference has lost this past year. Sadly, the main person to be remembered this time will be our senior pastor. It is going to be an emotional time. Your thoughts will be appreciated.

        I’ll be lurking off and on through Wednesday. Hope everyone has a great day and a good week!

    • June 9, 2013 at 8:09 am

      GMMMMMMM VC…I made cinnamon raisin muffins to eat with my coffee….and throwing a boiled egg in….

      I have extras..

  32. 135 yardarm756
    June 9, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Some folks ’round here don’t seem to need sleep…….BTW, prayers for PJ.

  33. June 9, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Robert Gibbs just did a segment on Steve K’s show UP. Gibbs did a very good job speaking/explaining the whole NSA leak, how PO’s thought process has changed, etc. Someone who does that sort of thing may want to find the segment and share it.

  34. 140 Jovie
    June 9, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Typical from right wingers to lie and confuse people about this crap!

  35. 141 utaustinliberal
    June 9, 2013 at 8:56 am

    So much THIS.

    • 142 Nena20409
      June 9, 2013 at 9:05 am

      GM UT, TODers, Etc, etc, etc.

      CNN did devote time on this story. MSNBC hardly…..any time there. I don’t watch Fox, so I have no idea what they did. The other alphabet stations are Obsessed with finding faults and distorted stories to go Crazy on 24/7. All Sunday Talk Shows are DC oriented……to them on Sundays, the rest of the 50 states don’t matter. Now had there been a problem or disagreements of some conflicts between pres Obama and the Chinese pres, then our National News Media would care to exploit. They are no longer News outlets…..just Gossip rags.

  36. 143 Linda
    June 9, 2013 at 9:01 am


    Here is Joy Reid’s timeline for FISA is anyone wants to keep it handy in their notepad.

    1975 Church Committee discovers documents of warrantless wiretapping by Nixon

    1978 FISA Act establishes FISA Court which allows wire trapping of ” Agents of Foreign Power ”
    Including Americans working with the enemy.

    1994 Congress amends FISA ACT to all physical searches of homes in wake of Aldrich Ames spy case.

    1999 FISA amended to add Business records of suspected ” Agents of Foreign Powers” ..includes American businesses.

    2000 FISA expanded to cover ” Agents of Foreign Powers ” that enter US with fake ID’s

    2001 Patriot Act passed that makes any safeguards in FISA null and void.

    2002 FISA expanded to AG to wait 72 hours, NOT 24 to seek FISA Court Order.

    2004 ” Lone Wolf ” added to FISA and ” Foreign Power ” requirement dropped.

    2007 Protect America Act passed…strips warrant requirement. Adds 72 hour ” Notification only ” to FISA Court.

  37. 144 Nena20409
    June 9, 2013 at 9:10 am

    John Zawahri Identified As Santa Monica Gunman, Say Law Enforcement Sources. Hmm? What’s in a name these days?

    The Al Zawahri, the now head of Al Qaeda? No ❓ Too soon for the righties to make a connection? Hmm? Glenn Beck? Fox?

  38. 145 Linda
    June 9, 2013 at 9:11 am

    GG the Bush supporter cheered all of this.

    1. BinLadin Determined ToStrike in US
    2. US Attorney firings
    3. Patient neglect at Walter Reed Army Hospital
    4. Libby/PlameAffair (Outing a CIA agent)
    5. Iraqwar, liesof WMD
    6. TheWaronTerror (failure to capture OsamabinLaden, dubious allies Tora Bora)
    7. Civilian contractors in Iraq (poor service for big bucks)
    8. Military Commissions Act (tortureKangarooCourts, indefinite detention, and loss of habeas corpus)
    9. Hurricane Katrina
    10. NSA warrantless wiretapping
    11. BlackSites and rendition
    12. Terri Schiavo and the attempted trashing of family privacy rights,
    13. Cheney Energy Task Force (and hiding info about it)
    14. 9/11 Commission limitation and manipulation
    15. Alberto Gonzales
    16. CheneyShoots Harry Whittington in the face, no breathalyzer test, no accountability, no punishment
    17. Abu Ghraib Prisoner Torture and Abuse
    18. Cheney won’t explain records classification
    19. Downing Street Memo
    20. Lurita Doan and the Hatch Act
    21. Armstrong Williams
    22. Dubai Ports Deal
    23. Abuse of the National Guard
    24. Signing Statements
    25. The Patriot Act

    • 146 forus50
      June 9, 2013 at 9:21 am

      I didn’t know about his hackery until a couple of years ago. I’m not surprised at this list but can you share the source — is most of it from a blog he had?

      • 147 Linda
        June 9, 2013 at 9:44 am

        Sorry Forus50 I don’t remember where I got that…..it has been on my notepad for years…..

      • 148 hopefruit2
        June 9, 2013 at 9:44 am

        Hmm..All of this was going on at a time GG claimed to “support GWB, trust his government and defer all decisions to him.” In other words, GG was okay with all of this and didn’t raise any objections because he “trusted and supported GWB.”

        That speaks volumes.

        • 149 anniebella
          June 9, 2013 at 9:54 am

          Yes hopefruit2, it says GGreenwald isn’t worth bull shit, and neither is the same media who knew what was going on but all of a sudden now suppose to be so upset.

    • 151 desertflower
      June 9, 2013 at 9:52 am

      How do I keep this somewhere?? Not all that brilliant when it comes to things like this 🙂 Morning everyone!

    • 152 hopefruit2
      June 9, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Thanks Linda for this list. I’m going to take a page from this tweeter’s book, using the same hashtag #StuffGreenwaldSupported, and tweeting all 25 things from this list.

    • 153 hopefruit2
      June 9, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Oh here’s the tweet I’m referring too!

  39. 154 Lb4Obama
    June 9, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Oh happy day! Just now realizing there will be no Meet the “GOP” Press this morning due to NBC coverage of the French Open! How do you spell relief? AHHHHHHHHHHH!

  40. 157 dotster3
    June 9, 2013 at 9:54 am

  41. 158 Jovie
    June 9, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Alexander Bolton – 06/09/13 06:00 AM ET
    Rubio says the bill will pass or fail depending on whether Democrats accept amendments to strengthen border security.…

    Poison pill!!

  42. 159 hopefruit2
    June 9, 2013 at 9:56 am

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