President Barack Obama plays with his niece Savita


142 Responses to “Uncle POTUS”

  1. 2 Allison
    August 12, 2013 at 2:05 pm

  2. 3 Allison
    August 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm

  3. 5 Nena20409
    August 12, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    POTUS and Savita at TOD in the Afternoon, Yeah ❗

  4. 6 utaustinliberal
    August 12, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    BOOM! and HELL YEAH!!!!!

  5. 7 vcprezofan2
    August 12, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Uncle POTUS regularly shows that he has made truly wise choices in the members of his administration. No question we got us a leader we can trust to do what is right for the country! As Bobfr often says #TrustBarack, he knows what he’s doing.

  6. 8 GGail
    August 12, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Uncle POTUS & Uncle Reggie 🙂

    Thanks UT

  7. 9 vcprezofan2
    August 12, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Hi Amk – a reminder you are not forgotten because you are not physically here in the village. You are in my thoughts.

  8. 14 Layla
    August 12, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    For AMK
    You are in my thoughts
    as you find your way though this.
    I am praying for your healing,
    with the passage of time.
    I know you will miss your Mom;
    I send you my understanding
    and consolation.
    Know that the strain, the pain,
    will eventually ease.
    May your pleasant memories of your Mom
    sustain and comfort you.
    You are in my thoughts.

    • 15 Nena20409
      August 12, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      X1,000, 000, 000, 000
      You and your Family are in all our thoughts and prayers Amk.

    • 16 yardarm756
      August 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm


    • August 12, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      I missed this sad news – my thoughts go out to AMK, as well. I hope his memories sustain him.

    • August 12, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      Ditto. {{HUGS}} to AMK at this tough time.

      • 20 HZ
        August 12, 2013 at 6:34 pm

        Amk, during this time, may your heart be filled with comforting thoughts that will allow you to move through it with much grace and healing. May you take this time to reflect on the beautiful teachings of your lovely and precious mother. Take all the time that you need to reach into your memory bank to keep your heart in a comforting and reflective time with all of the beautiful memories of your precious mother HZ.

  9. 21 anniebella
    August 12, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    This is the reason why the Republicans fought so hard to get rid of AG Holder, because they knew he was a man who stood up for right. And they can’t stand that.

  10. 22 Jovie
    August 12, 2013 at 2:44 pm

  11. August 12, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    This is a link to photo of the Chilmark House the Obama’s are staying at on vacation. Sorry if its been posted before.

  12. 24 desertflower
    August 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm


    The government has reported a $97.6 billion deficit for July but remains on track to post its lowest annual budget gap in five years.

    July’s figure raises the deficit so far for the 2013 budget year to $607.4 billion, the government says. That’s 37.6 percent below the $973.8 billion deficit for the first 10 months of the 2012 budget year.

    The Congressional Budget Office forecasts that the annual deficit will be $670 billion when the budget year ends Sept. 30, far below last year’s $1.09 trillion. It would mark the first year that the gap between spending and revenue has been below $1 trillion since 2008.

    Steady economic growth, higher taxes, lower government spending and increased dividends from mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have helped shrink the deficit.

    • 25 Jovie
      August 12, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      But that’s still not good that it went up in July. Meaning we will still hit the debt ceiling in. November. I was hoping we would continue getting a surplus for the summer months into the fall, pushing back the debt limit battle.
      We have to get that deficit to ZERO!

  13. 28 desertflower
    August 12, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Jeff Gauvin ‏@JeffersonObama 3m

  14. 39 dotster3
    August 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Sun pops out for PBO’s golf game today. The sun likes PBO too. I like this course—–all organic, no pesticides used in maintenance.


  15. August 12, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    This isn’t the full speach of AG Holder yet, but most of it is there:

  16. 50 vcprezofan2
    August 12, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    //… folks are listening, and they know that the time is now.

    But as you know too well, we’re not even close to being done. Every day is a day of action. Every event is one that counts. When you call out climate deniers on Tuesday***, make it count. When you demand action on gun violence prevention on August 21st, make it count.

    Count every town hall and rally and phone bank and press conference. Speak up for the policies that you voted for, that you deserve. Demand that your representatives represent you.

    I know you will.

    ….// – Jon Carson to ActionAugust participants


    *** –> Note OFA is suggesting a concentrated effort on calling out climate deniers for tomorrow

    • 51 Judith Fardig
      August 12, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      Use the hashtags #ScienceSaysSo and #ActionAugust You might be able to find an event near your zip code on barackobama.com/events

      • 52 vcprezofan2
        August 12, 2013 at 4:26 pm

        TY for fleshing out the info, Judith. I know you are actively involved, and am encouraged by the work different TODobots do.

  17. 53 desertflower
    August 12, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Back to work…later:)

  18. 54 dotster3
    August 12, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I would like to know who is behind this Overpasses for Obama Impeachment effort, stirring up the crazies across the country. Is this ALEC/ Koch related too? I checked the website, but of course no organizers’ identities revealed.

  19. 56 Jovie
    August 12, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    GOP lawmaker: House has votes to impeach Obama ‘tomorrow’
    Blake Neff
    08/12/13 01:37 PM ET
    Rep. Farenthold, however, warned the effort to remove him from office would be unsuccessful and could damage the country.…

    What the hell?

  20. 63 Don
    August 12, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    One of President Obama’s greatest strengths is that he’s in full control of his ego, which few people can claim. He lets his Attorney General make the announcement concerning the ending of long sentences for non-violent drug offenders. I lesser President would have called a press conference to make such an announcement.

  21. August 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Has this been posted yet?

    I have mixed feeling about this. Seems like the rodeo clown is the scapegoat, but from what I heard on the radio, the *rodeo announcers* were the ones egging the the crowd to go after the clown. (Don’t plan to watch the video, if there is one.)

    So the actual people responsible for this display of bigotry suffer no consequences, but the one who actually risks his life (as non-masked rodeo clowns do — they serve as distractions for the bulls when rodeo riders get thrown) is out of a job? Seems unfair to me.

    • 68 Sandy1110
      August 12, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      They blame the “lone nut” rather than making the GOP look bad. Some of us know better, though.

      • 69 Nena20409
        August 12, 2013 at 3:39 pm

        Why did the crowd erupted in a loud thunderous cheering? We know them now. They have been showing themselves since 2008, 2009, 2010……2011, 2012…..2013. Each year, their number gets smaller……their Voices get Louder…..and their bitterness increases as their dying days nears.

    • 70 Layla
      August 12, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      This is all about$$$$$$! This clown will tell his side of the story! Moral of the story “do not piss off a clown” lol

    • 71 Nena20409
      August 12, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      No Mercy for the wicked, racists, fatuous and the ignorants…….Dems didn’t do any of these kinds of dehumanization and Pure hatred…..these are bigots to the core. That Goodness……their time on this earth are Limited……they are at their last troves and they have Nothing but bitterness, ugliness and STRESS.

      • 72 Layla
        August 12, 2013 at 3:46 pm

        The State Fair is funded by taxpayer dollars

        • 73 jackiegrumbacher
          August 12, 2013 at 4:47 pm

          Layla, I know there are decent people in Missouri. They need to rise up as one voice and condemn this fair and boycott it next year. The whole ugly mess needs to close down and be reconstituted with new rules of behavior and decency. This country doesn’t need any more Klan meetings, no matter what the venue. It’s not just taxpayer dollars that support fairs, it’s all the hundreds of people who pay for exhibit space and entry fees. A significant mass of Missouri residents needs to demand their money back and vow never again to attend the fair until overtly racist acts are banned. What happened at this rodeo was a disgrace to the state and it will be a scar on the people of Missouri unless they demand change.

          • 74 Layla
            August 12, 2013 at 4:56 pm

            You are 100% correct! I never doubted that there are some wonderful people living in Missouri who will make this right. I think we should help them right now.

          • August 12, 2013 at 5:24 pm

            In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. – Martin Luther King Jr.


            Time for the good people of MO to stand up ….

            as a matter of fact…it is time all the good folks of America to stand up to the virulent racist chatter that poisons our airways…

          • August 12, 2013 at 8:55 pm

            Jackie You are totally correct! Wish OFA could do it but climate change is more important! McCaskill is bowing down to kiss the military ring. She could speak loudly as senator..but she wont. I stay disappointed in her most of the time.

        • 77 Nena20409
          August 12, 2013 at 5:55 pm

          Unfortunately…..many who were there cheering the ugliness didn’t seem to care about that essential fact.

    • August 12, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Screw these crass neanderthals! I’m so sick of the horrific racism in overdrive display every single day. This country is changing and you can either get on or off, the train has left the station.

      • 79 vcprezofan2
        August 12, 2013 at 4:33 pm

        I hear you Meta. It’s disgusting and often times painful to see/hear. Nevertheless, one of the things that encourages me is the thought that more and more people seem willing to VOICE their disgust now, more than at other times in history. One by one (yes, that’s still too slow) people are changing. Personally, I like to attribute some of the change to the sterling character, confidence and intelligence of the wonderfully wise leader the American people chose twice in large numbers. Change IS coming and as you say some are being left behind..

    • 80 hopefruit2
      August 12, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Yes, the announcer (who is reportedly a school superintendent and therefore has political clout) was likely part of the orchestrated event. Banning the rodeo clown is symbolic and doesn’t even address the problem – it’s simply a way for the MO State Fair to quickly get rid of the unanticipated negative publicity directed at them instead of the President (as they originally intended). The people who planned this event are the same ones who plan Tea Party “rallies”, racist town halls, etc.

      They tried to make this event look spontaneous but don’t be fooled. At the root of all of these recent incidents being reported in the MSM are GOP political operatives, who then try to make themselves look like the “good cops” when they so-call condemn the “racist” acts. The whole think STINKS to high heaven.

    • 84 Don
      August 12, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      I’m just glad that Missouri’s good name has been restored and the lone-wolf rodeo clown has been vanquished.

      • 85 GGail
        August 12, 2013 at 3:49 pm

        I don’t think so Don, read my post below…
        I feel sad for people who refuse to let go of unwarranted hatred.

    • 86 vcprezofan2
      August 12, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      Given the initial response of the crowd, I somehow don’t think this ‘clown’ will suffer, certainly not financially. Either they will seriously grease his palm to keep quiet about who put the idea in his head or to pat him on the shoulder for his idea. Failing that, he will blow the whistle for $$$ on those in the upper echelons who encouraged him and now leave him to take the blame. Remember people gave money online for Zimmerman, and for the Alaska Barbie? And didn’t they at one time give funds to Joe the plumber because he was rude to PBO? I truly feel little empathy for him.

    • 87 jackiegrumbacher
      August 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Arapaho, agree that the rodeo itself should bear maximum responsibility, but the clown should not be let off the hook. Unless someone held a gun to his head and forced him to wear a PBO mask, then he did this vile thing deliberately and he should be condemned and fired.

      • 88 dotster3
        August 12, 2013 at 5:38 pm

        The announcer should be fired from his position with the rodeo. The clown may likely have been performing as directed. The announcer and the rodeo planned and staged this despicable spectacle.

  22. 89 GGail
    August 12, 2013 at 3:40 pm


    Fair bans clown…

    “Perry Beam, who was among the spectators, said ‘everybody screamed’ and ‘just went wild’ as the announcer talked about having the bull run down the clown with the Obama mask.

    “‘It was at that point I began to feel a sense of fear. It was that level of enthusiasm,’ Beam, a 48-year-old musician from Higginsville, said Sunday, referring to the reaction from the crowd that filled the fair’s grandstand.

    “He said another clown ran up to the one wearing the Obama mask, pretended to tickle him and played with the lips on the mask. About 15 minutes into the performance, the masked clown had to leave after a bull got too close, Beam said.”

    Beam also said:

    “It was the usual until the very end at bull riding. As they were bringing the bulls into the chute and prepping them. … They bring out what looks like a dummy. The announcer says ‘Here’s our Obama dummy, or our dummy of Obama.’ They mentioned the president’s name, I don’t know, 100 times. It was sickening. It was feeling like some kind of Klan rally you’d see on TV.”

    • 90 hopefruit2
      August 12, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      • 91 anniebella
        August 12, 2013 at 3:49 pm

        I agree hopefruit2.

        • 92 COS
          August 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm

          I think it started way back in 2008 when Palin came on the scene virtually calling PBO a terrorist, and her supporters started showing up at rallies with monkey dolls and carrying guns.

          • 93 99ts
            August 12, 2013 at 6:42 pm

            I will never forget Palin’s cross hairs which stirred up the RWNJs – and resulted in the massacre at Gabby Gifford’s meet/greet. They take NO responsibility for the results of their vile rhetoric.

      • 94 GGail
        August 12, 2013 at 4:08 pm

        Yup, these are well planned “incidents” hf.
        Yet, they don’t expect any push-back and are surprised when they get it.
        How dumb can you be in 2013????

      • 98 jackiegrumbacher
        August 12, 2013 at 4:52 pm

        Hf, at least in the old town halls they stood up and argued. Now they are no better than terrorists, hiding in the dark.

    • August 12, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      “It was feeling like some kind of Klan rally you’d see on TV.”

      This might actually be a useful “result” of this madness. Not immediately, but over time.

      If this sort of ugly “performances” could be affixed to the Klan, it might be their undoing.

      • 100 vcprezofan2
        August 12, 2013 at 5:38 pm

        You have a point, Toon. If they must indulge in these insulting acts, it’s nice to know people are beginning to make the right comparisons.

    • 101 dotster3
      August 12, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      What about the announcer???? He seems more at fault than the dumb clown in my opinion, stirring the crowd into an anti-Obama frenzy. And to learn he is also a superintendent of schools there is even more disgusting. Unthinkable.

  23. 102 Gazelle
    August 12, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    [Just in case you’re in a Survey-Taking-Frame-of-Mind. 🙂 ]

    Vote for the changes that would make the most difference to your world

    The United Nations and partners want to hear from YOU! MY World is a global survey asking you to choose your priorities for a better world. Results will be shared with world leaders in setting the next global development agenda. Tell us about the world you want, because your voice matters.


    • 103 vcprezofan2
      August 12, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      Gazelle, I took the survey; didn’t like admitting my age though. Looked over my shoulder to make sure the government wasn’t looking before quickly making my choice. 😀

  24. 104 anniebella
    August 12, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Have Malia and Sasha join POTUS and FLOTUS yet?

    • 105 Layla
      August 12, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      I looked annie but could not find any updates on the subject

    • 106 Nena20409
      August 12, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      They must have, for I heard a Journo saying that the locals are looking forward to when they go buy books at a bookstore and also go to an ice cream vendor sometime this week.

  25. 107 Don
    August 12, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    And I bet you that most of those in the crowd at the rodeo receive some sort of government assistance, and if not for President Obama most of them would be up a shit creek.

  26. 109 GGail
    August 12, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Can someone post this pic please?


    It is already being hailed as one of the greatest sports photographs of all time.
    As Usain Bolt crossed the line to win the 100m at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, AFP photographer Olivier Morin was primed and ready in the right place at the right time to take an image which will undoubtedly become the iconic lasting image of the legendary Jamaican’s career.
    With thunderstorms gathering around the Luzhniki Stadium, Morin sat in the first row of the photographer’s tribune, set up five remote cameras near the finish line in preparation for athletics’ showpiece race and crossed his fingers that he may be able to catch a lightning strike.

  27. 125 LDS
    August 12, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Don, you are so correct. Their ignorance just baffles me. They are so poor and ignorant, but they are clueless because they really think that being white makes them beyond poor and ignorant. I know that whoever is behind this wanted it to play out just as it is doing. They are so pathetic, I can’t even hate them. This is what amazes me. And knowing that they cannot touch PBO with this is such a pleasure.
    Proceed, Mr. President.

    • 126 Layla
      August 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      Remember the President pays no attention to these fools.

    • August 12, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      ” If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.
      LYNDON B. JOHNSON, 1960, remark to Bill Moyers, “What a Real President Was Like,” Washington Post, 13 November 1988″

  28. 128 LDS
    August 12, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Thank you, TM for posting AG Holder’s speech here. This is so personal for me that I am in tears as I watch this. I worked in the Criminal Justice System for over 20 years. And this is such a relief for me in so many ways to hear that today,it feels like a birthday! i join in the outcry asking, “Where are the emoprogs and Libertarians on civil liberty? They are hypocrites and racists hiding behind their white privilege. I cannot wait to march on the 24th in Washington. If you ever get a chance to visit NYC, please visit the criminal courtrooms and you will see how the recalibration of these laws AG Holder and POB speak of is not only warranted, but definitely needed.
    The Judges, court officers, clerks and everyone who works in these and other courtrooms should applaud this remarkable effort to help being justice for all.
    Thank you, AG Holder, POB and your administration for ” doing the right thing”. While the emoprogs and Libertarians sit on their lily white asses complaining and claiming Snowjob their hero.

  29. 133 LDS
    August 12, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    TM, you will be shocked behind the scene the I justice that starts from the top and trickles down. My hearts is bursting with pride as if it was the first election of POB in 2008. I never though that I would live to see an AA President. And never could I ever imagine today’s speech. Growing up as a child watching mostly AAs working on the “chain gang” in Georgia, I knew in my heart something was wrong. I just did not feel right even then. But living ang breathing it firsthand in the courtroom was a rude awakening. If tonight is my last night on this earth……I am ready.
    My heart is full of peace and love. God heard my prayers all these years I prayed for justice for so many who were treated so unfair.

    Thank you , Layla, my friend. Are you off the night shift?
    Get some rest when you can.

    • 134 Layla
      August 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      I just love your soul! I am leaving at 19:00 for a 12 hr shft, scheduled for 3 night in a row! Must find time to sleep…not so easy but I will do my best!

    • August 12, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you, LDS, this description will stay with me a long time – and will color everything that is achieved by this and (most of all) subsequent administrations.

      I now realize that “white privilege” also means that one has a limited understanding of how the justice system works for blacks – it is all to easy to see the Zimmerman case as an abnormality …

      • 136 LDS
        August 12, 2013 at 5:48 pm

        TM, the verdict did not shock me at all. I was expecting it.
        I still feel so much pain for Trayvon’s parents.
        Everyday in courtrooms this goes on for BS! Sadly to say, that is considered normal.
        Not any more. This is so big! I cannot tell you.
        GOP are really going to get nastier than ever. POB and his administration have gone too far attacking their institutionalize slavery.
        And the civil liberty groups band plays on. You can hear a rat “piss on cotton.” Not a word from them.

  30. 137 yardarm756
    August 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    A test for today’s congress, eh?

  31. 138 utaustinliberal
    August 12, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    It’s Monday, let’s a play a little game shall we?

    New post.


  32. 139 vcprezofan2
    August 12, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    “Wave to the folks at TODville for me…”

    Hi TODobots, I’m bringing greetings from CJ from the Swiss boonies [her own description 😉 ]. She was here a lot during election times but has been more in lurking mode lately. Once a TODobot, always a TODobot, even when you don’t post much!

  33. 140 WilTal
    August 12, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    VC and Judith Fardig, you may have already notice, but just in case, #ScienceSaysSo is now trending on Twitter

    • 141 vcprezofan2
      August 12, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      Great, TY, WilT. I hadn’t noticed as I have been flitting in and out of twitter without pausing long enough to read what is being said. I hope they periodically include the link re who the elected deniers are…


  34. 142 Jovie
    August 12, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Follow this guy

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