20 Million Thanks!

Did I miss the 20 million moment? Well, yes-ish 😳

For the fun of it, our visitors in the last year – with apologies to Greenland who I slandered the other day for not visiting at all: two Greenlanders dropped by in the last 12 months 😎

But….. what is that Arctic-y country to the right of Greenland that has never come near here? Geography experts? Name and shame, please.

Love ya all, especially the awesome blog tyrants, back later with the cheesy puffs. Chat on!

100 Responses to “20 Million Thanks!”

  1. 3 arapaho415
    July 4, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    WTG, Chips and blog tyrants.

    Crossed this milestone on the day all of America celebrates.

    So appropriate for getting out those cheesy puffs now.

    Thanks to all for this oasis and wellspring of news and knowledge.

  2. 4 utaustinliberal
    July 4, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Congrats Chiparoo!

  3. 5 jacquelineoboomer
    July 4, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Congratulations, Chips, and many thanks for every day (and night) you’ve devoted to The Obama Diary!

  4. 6 susanne
    July 4, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    congratulations chipsticks on this extraordinary tribute to the pbo-centric information community you have created!

    well, pbo information, and jokes and recipes and music and poetry and cats and cheesy puffs and football-not-soccer and books and candles and hugs-when-you’re-sick and and and… 🙂

    and aloha! always find so much aloha here!

  5. 7 arapaho415
    July 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Bringing this over from previous thread, posted by Desertflower (she’s not on Twitter, so I absconded with the link):

    • 8 desertflower
      July 4, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks, lovey! I thought that was so cool:) Just THINK of the possibilities!!!!!

    • 9 Bill
      July 4, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      Also, Oregon is one of the most beautiful states in the country, and I would think relatively tea bagger free.

    • 11 jackiegrumbacher
      July 4, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Go Oregon. I have the feeling Oregon is going to be flooded with college students. This is an unbelievably smart move in terms of economic growth for the state, not to mention an investment in the future.

  6. 12 desertflower
    July 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I checked…I think it’s Baffin Island 🙂 ( Big island to the right of Greenland) Yes….cheesy puffs would be good now!

    • 13 desertflower
      July 4, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      never mind….I didn’t see the arrow pointing to THAT island:) It’s Greenland ISH !!

  7. 14 vitaminlover
    July 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Congratulations, Chips for the 20,000,000 posts! Maybe 24,000,000 more by the time President Obama leaves office. Congratulations on first, magapie. Ohhhh am so proud to be a TOD’er!

  8. 17 Judith Fardig
    July 4, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Yay Chips! Have a red, white, blue (and orange dust) celebration!!

  9. 18 Mellesia Barnett
    July 4, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Congratulations Chips you are the best

  10. July 4, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    This post is teh AWESOME. Thanks to Chips and family, there is nothing that remotely equals the coverage of President Obama’s trips abroad. My hope is that a link with a brief description is sent to every outlet worldwide.

    Chips and TOD family, I toast you…and so does the world.!

  11. July 4, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Congrats Chipchip!!

    And in BREAKING NEWS: Both MTV and VH1 are actually playing music videos! Don’t worry; they’ll be back to crappy reality shows later in the day.

  12. 22 carolynand
    July 4, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    That TOD map and those numbers are amazing! Obscure places like the Isle of Man and Mauritania and Andorra, and SO MANY OTHERS have viewers…….I am totally impressed with what’s been built and maintained here. We are truly a worldwide network.

  13. 23 JER
    July 4, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Congratulations Chips on 20,000,000. It looks like the country to the right of Greenland is Svalbard. Svalbard is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, constituting the northernmost part of Norway. Located north of mainland Europe, it is about midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole.

    In 2012, Svalbard had a population of 2,642, of which 439 were Russian and Ukrainian, 10 were Polish and 322 were other non-Norwegians living in Norwegian settlements. The largest non-Norwegian groups in Longyearbyen in 2005 were from Thailand, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, and Germany.] Svalbard is among the safest places on Earth, with virtually no crime. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svalbard

    • July 4, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Yeah, it *soooo* safe (from the article):

      “Polar bears are the iconic symbol of Svalbard, and one of the main tourist attractions.[99] While protected, anyone outside of settlements is required to carry a rifle to kill polar bears in self defense, as a last resort, should they attack;”

  14. July 4, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Indeed, Chips – with this online community you have cemented your rightful place in history – at a very important time in this country. Congrats on 20 million-milestone!!! 🙂 🙂

  15. July 4, 2013 at 2:52 pm


    • 28 vcprezofan2
      July 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      That’s sweet Layla, and quite true. 😀

      psst: The hair is wrong though – Chips has green hair.

  16. 29 jacquelineoboomer
    July 4, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Special event held today at Jefferson’s Monticello …

    Dave Matthews, best known as the lead vocalist/guitarist for Dave Matthews Band … [was] featured speaker at Monticello’s 51st annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony – the oldest continuous naturalization ceremony outside of a courtroom in the United States.



  17. July 4, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    PBO’s Twitter account sent out a July 4th greeting just 2hrs ago, and already has almost 9K retweets and over 5K favorites. Please proceed, Snowald.

  18. 31 africa
    July 4, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Congrats, Chips!!!

    Oh, yeah, Liberia in the house!!!

  19. 32 utaustinliberal
    July 4, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Ain’t that the truth.

    • 33 LDS
      July 4, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      UT, spot on!
      I just left a post below of my feelings today on this 4th of July. Very hard to celebrate….

    • 34 jacquelineoboomer
      July 4, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      That 2013 line is true, but he might have been a bit generous in leaving out some of the women and all of the “Indians.” Used to be a saying, “two steps forward and one step back.” It seems it’s now one step forward and two steps back, unless you’re a white male who isn’t gay, poor, sick, uninsured, and/or a member of a union. And I may have forgotten some other “categories,” in that last part.

    • 37 jackiegrumbacher
      July 4, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      also 2013..not too sure of women either.

  20. 38 LDS
    July 4, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Congratulation Ms. Chips!
    I have been very down these days due to the SCOUTS rulings on Voters’ Rights. The only thing that kept me smiling was our First Family’s visit to Africa. Today, I can smile because of your, yet another milestone. Today this 4th of July feels like the eight years GWB was in office and previous Administrations who purposely and willfully excluded people of color.
    I am so grateful as a child we celebrated the 4th of July as a family making sure that we never accept that we were a “minority”. We were taught to be proud and no one had a right to label us with their insecurities and words. There was a uncle who was shouting he back because he refused to answer to the N—word. Shot in the back, he refused to turn around. We celebrated because we had a right to, but it was also a time to instill pride and respect
    It was a time where we were taught AA history at home. I do my best to pass it on at family gatherings.
    Thank you, Ms. Chips for making me smile today.

    • 39 LDS
      July 4, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      “Shot in his back” (up above)

      • 40 desertflower
        July 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm

        This hurts my heart, LDS. I’m so sorry. Like I said before, we can never consider our country to be exceptional unless and until we are all respected, and free and equal in every way. We have work to do.

    • 41 jacquelineoboomer
      July 4, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      ” .. no one had a right to label us with their insecurities and words … ”

      True then, true now.

    • July 4, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      God bless our strong family, LDS.

    • 43 jackiegrumbacher
      July 4, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      LDS, I’m deeply sorry for the hurt your family suffered when your uncle was shot in the family. No family, no person should have to endure this kind of tyranny and hatred. There are deep flaws in this country and racism is the ugly disease that continues to poison our nation’s core, as the Supreme Court so flagrantly demonstrated this week.

      But please take heart from the fact that millions of people will be fighting back–from seniors like me to the young millennials and the generations behind them who have little tolerance for this kind of injustice. There are many ways that we can fight voter suppression–we register, we raise funds to help get voter IDs, we accompany people to the polls, we watch, we report, we protest and we keep on fighting. What we don’t do–ever–is give up because that’s exactly what the right wing SCOTUS members and the racists want us to do. If we become discouraged or resigned or passive in any way, they win. We have to treat every election as an epic battle that we fight to the end. I intend the take the SCOTUS decision as an impetus to try harder and do more. Let’s show them that they’re messing with the wrong people when they suppress the rights of Americans.

  21. July 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    It’s Svalbord (? Lettering is fuzzy), part of Norway.

  22. 48 vcprezofan2
    July 4, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS, Lady Mayor Chips Chica!!! 😀 😀

    I looked back and it was approximately a year ago you were celebrating 10 million hits (May 19, 2012 to be exact). 10 million hits in a little over a year! Keep on trucking, Gurl; with your team in place, who’s to say we won’t hit 10 more in 9months! (I borrowed this gif from the celebrations a year ago. 😆 )

  23. 49 mtmarilyn
    July 4, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Wow! I just stopped by to wish everyone a happy 4th! I am at a family reunion in Reno and it is hot. Hope everyone is having as great a day as I am!

    Congratulations to Chips for this place. To the blog tyrants who have added so much. And to all the regulars who have helped to keep this special place going. Love you all!

    Chips, I think it would be interesting to see how it is broken down in the US.

    Have a great day everyone!

  24. 52 taiping1
    July 4, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Congratulations Chipsticks as well as all our blog tyrants. TOD is definitely the place to go and the community to join if you want information and support in our joint effort to move this country forward. Also grateful for the spam and troll blockers! Yes we can!

  25. 53 Sam Uk Obama Supporter
    July 4, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Wishing all here at TOD a very happy 4th of July!! Hope you all have a wonderful day. Thanks chips for this site it really is fantastic!

  26. 54 Dakota's
    July 4, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Chips, I don’t want to bore you with my lovely, overly sensitive computer issues, but I thank you for taking me out of moderation.

    Congrats again for passing the 20million mark. Love seeing all the countries that are checking into TOD.

  27. 55 Sunnyjane
    July 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Might your mystery land mass east of Greenland be Spitsbergen? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spitsbergen

  28. July 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    • 57 desertflower
      July 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      What we’ve been saying all along….they’re FINALLY connecting the dots?!

      In March 2013, when Edward Snowden sought a job with Booz Allen Hamilton at a National Security Agency facility in Hawaii, he signed the requisite classified-information agreements and would have been made well aware of the law regarding communications intelligence.
      In short, if Snowden knowingly broke the agreement he’d be guilty of a federal crime. But he always knew he was going to break it, says Epstein:

      He took that position so he could arrange to have published classified communications intelligence, as he told the South China Morning Post earlier this month. The point of Mr Snowden’s penetration was to get classified data from the NSA …
      My question would be, then: Was he alone in this enterprise to misappropriate communications intelligence?
      Before taking the job in Hawaii, Mr Snowden was in contact with people who would later help arrange the publication of the material he purloined. Two of these individuals, filmmaker Laura Poitras and Guardian blogger Glenn Greenwald, were on the Board of the Freedom of the Press Foundation that, among other things, funds WikiLeaks.
      In January 2013, according to the Washington Post, Mr Snowden requested that Ms. Poitras get an encryption key for Skype so that they could have a secure channel over which to communicate.
      In February, he made a similar request to Mr Greenwald, providing him with a step-by-step video on how to set up encrypted communications.

    • 61 desertflower
      July 4, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Good read…..and GG is “spitting tacks”….that means we must be on the right track! FU, GG!

    • 62 arapaho415
      July 4, 2013 at 3:30 pm


      It may take until Labor Day, but GG is going down, which will be another day of celebration here! Can’t wait…

    • July 4, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      Their editorial page is around the bend but the news division of WSJ has always been excellent. They could care less how Greenwald reacts.

      • July 4, 2013 at 4:18 pm

        HAHAHA! One of the comments to this article made me LOL 🙂

        // “Snowden was planted by Axelrod just like the woman at that IRS meeting who asked about the tea party targeting, and Obama’s code pink heckler. This little scene from the Obama minstrel show is a success. The media are now flooded with this story (which most of Wonder Boy’s enemies support him on) and NOT talking about IRS or Benghazi.

        Watch for new shocking revelations from Snowden every time the IRS and Benghazi stories start getting embarrassing for Barry. These cheap, pathetic White House histrionics are quite effective on low-information voters and media buttkissers. Snowden will never be caught or prosecuted.” //

  29. 65 arapaho415
    July 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Speaking of far northern countries…

    PDF is in Icelandic (is that the correct language there?)

  30. 66 sherijr
    July 4, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    CHEERS! Chips!! You know you Rock 🙂 and quit saying “cheezy puffs” because I’m an addict on the wagon 😉

    • 67 sherijr
      July 4, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      er cheesy puffs

    • 70 kathryn kivett
      July 4, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      I have to confess….I was walking down the grocery aisle and right there staring at me was a bag of Cheesy Puffs, which I never eat….it was raining, and raining, and raining, I was damp from running into the store…depressed from the grey skies and lo and behold those Cheesy puffs just had to go home with me…..started eating them on the way home and finished the whole bag…right by myself…..smiled the whole time thinking of each and every one of you all….I will have to admit though….I DON’T WANT CHEESY PUFFS FOR A LONG TIME….

  31. 71 Anna
    July 4, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Congratulations Chipsticks and many thanks for this site where the true and actual news and facts can be found. Happy 4th to you.

  32. 72 vitaminlover
    July 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Happy Birthday, First Daughter Miss Malia Obama!

  33. July 4, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Congrats Chips!! 20 million and counting……..

  34. 74 isonprize
    July 4, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Chica, this website is where I get most of my news regarding PBO and Joey. No other ‘news’ station or website provides the coverage that you (and the blog tyrants) do, especially regarding international travel.


  35. 75 GGail
    July 4, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Good West Coast 20Million hits afternoon Chipsticks & TOD family.

    I’m so proud to have journeyed with you and look forward to the Cheesy Puff future!

    Love ya 🙂

  36. July 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Good Afternoon Chipsticks, TODers…Everyone!!!

    Congratulations Chipsticks on 20,000,000 + hits!!! 😀

    Chipsticks, you have given us an INTERNATIONAL haven that is constantly evolving. I cannot say thank you enough. Nor can I sufficiently express appreciation to you and all blog tyrants — UT, LL, LP, AMK, Zizi — for sharing your talents and giving your time. The regular TODers and those who drop in periodically (and yes the lurkers)…your comments and contributions help to make this site complete.

    I applaud you TOD Family! Enjoy the rest of your 4th!

  37. 77 4morefor44
    July 4, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    congrats, chips! thanks for maintaining this place.

  38. 78 desertflower
    July 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm


    WASHINGTON — The State Department’s new special envoy for the closure of the prison camp at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba began work this week with a one-day trip to the notorious site and said Wednesday that closing it was a national priority.

    Clifford Sloan, a former publisher of Slate magazine and a Washington attorney who’s worked in all three branches of government, told McClatchy that he spent Tuesday touring the camp – learning about operations from its military commanders and talking with medical officials, presumably about the hunger strike that’s now spread to 106 of the 166 prisoners.

    Sloan’s arrival this week rejuvenates diplomatic efforts that had been scaled back after his predecessor, Ambassador Daniel Fried, was moved to another department and the position vacated in January. Sloan said that he visited the prison camp on the second day of his new job because he considered it “essential” to have a feel for the place as he forges ties with Congress and foreign governments to move quickly toward the goal of repatriating detainees or finding countries willing to take prisoners in need of resettlement.

    “President Obama has been very clear as he laid out the goal, and the objective is to close Guantanamo,” Sloan said in a 15-minute interview, the first since his appointment last month. “Our marching orders are clear.”

    It would have been closed in the first months of his admin. if Republicans? squimish Dems hadn’t mucked it up. Needs to be DONE!

  39. 79 HZ
    July 4, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Congratulations to our beautiful, Chipsticks, and all of the brilliant talents here. This haven is a flow of beautiful people daily sharing so much knowledge to keep us moving in a positive direction for our brilliant President, Barack Obama. He is proud of this site as well. Trust me.

    ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Chips, your are daily sacrifices are so appreciated by me. Thank you so much, Chips)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    UT, LL, LP, Amk, Zizi, Tally, and all who share here, thank you so much. This is a celebration indeed. Love you all. HZ

    • 80 desertflower
      July 4, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      Hello sweet HZ:) Always have words of kindness and encouragement for all of us…we love you:) So listen, tell us more about this:

      This haven is a flow of beautiful people daily sharing so much knowledge to keep us moving in a positive direction for our brilliant President, Barack Obama. He is proud of this site as well. Trust me.

      Inquiring minds and all that:) We want to know….it would be more than cool if he peeked in here from time to time….kind of get a feel for things without ever leaving home:) I better cut back on my salty language! Hugs, HZ…and Happy 4th!

    • 81 utaustinliberal
      July 4, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      You’re amazing, HZ. Thanks!

  40. 82 sabreen60
    July 4, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Congratulations Ms. Chips. This blog is a thing of beauty. I sincerely hope it’s being kept in a cloud 😀

  41. July 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    • 84 desertflower
      July 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      🙂 She NEEDS to tell this story to the country! So moving and important.

    • 85 Nena20409
      July 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Happy 4th HF2. I like Goldie Taylor. A former Marine. A mother of 5. Was a single mom at one time after 3 kids with a husband that was abusive. Then got herself through more schooling…..college. One of her children is a Lesbian. A strong woman and a woman who knows exactly what she wants. And most of all, when CNN was cuddling Donna Roech(sp) about her nonsense of some 3/4 soldiers urinating on a handful of dead Afghans, Goldie Taylor on with Don Lemon called that RWNJ out and by name. I have loved her ever since. She is Not afraid to tell it as she sees it. I love her style.

    • 86 vcprezofan2
      July 4, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      This is interesting (to me anyway)! Goldie Taylor’s first tweet above is linked to TOD instead of to her own link for the article. Or, did I get it wrong? I did click it twice as I was surprised the first time. Interesting.

  42. July 4, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Dear Ms.CheezyPuffs . . . . 20 million. twenty million people have passed this way?
    There’s a reason for it. Thank you dear one for this creation.
    Sanity available right here. I know yo momma proud of ~you~. xoxox

  43. 88 Nena20409
    July 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    To TOD with Queen’s Love 😉

    TOD will Rock You….

    TOD Is the 20M Champion as Queen would sing

  44. July 4, 2013 at 3:59 pm

  45. July 4, 2013 at 4:01 pm

  46. 91 Nena20409
    July 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Let’s Celebrate the 20M


  47. 92 utaustinliberal
    July 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm


  48. 94 kathryn kivett
    July 4, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    and WOO HOO…..Congratulations on this enormous milestone…….

  49. July 4, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Congrats on this momentous milestone. Chips thank you so much for this haven you have given us.

  50. 97 Ladyhawke
    July 4, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    To my dear, delicious, wonderful, and “Sweet Chips” – Congratulations on reaching the mind-boggling 20 million mark. I am so proud of you. This website is a tribute to your creativity, dedication and hard work. My day doesn’t officially start until I have checked in with TOD. You have created a very special place. For me, it continues to be a haven from a hostile world. Thank you so much for all you do for us. As always, love you madly. LH

  51. July 4, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Thank you so much Chips for giving us this fabulous place and giving us the opportunity of reading, enjoying and giving our opinions.
    There is no place like THE OBAMA DIARY!
    Congratulations Ms. 20M Hits woman.

  52. July 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm


    this place is wonderful and has been a joy….you and your recently added team deserve all the kudos one can muster 🙂

  53. 100 sjterrid
    July 4, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Congratulations on 20M hits, Chips! Thank you so much for creating a wonderful place that we can come to and get information about the President, his family, and administration. I really appreciate all the people here that contribute to the conversation.

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