Thank You!

Holy smokes, what a very lovely thing the post below was to wake up to!

Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge thank yous to the incredibly awesome UT, who now even speaks Irish, the one-of-a-kind poet that is VC, and the cake-maker supreme Meta – and to you all for the completely beautiful comments that made me go all blushy.

UT is doing today’s R&S while I have a cheesy puff birthday breakfast, but I’ll be in and out all day to make sure you’re behaving. Huh.

Love ya all!!!!

PS Seriously, I can’t believe I’m 21!

146 Responses to “Thank You!”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    August 13, 2013 at 8:11 am


    • August 13, 2013 at 8:18 am

      Thank you soooooooo much Roberta, and to you all – monster virtual hugs!!!

      • 3 utaustinliberal
        August 13, 2013 at 9:02 am

        Happy Birthday Chiparoo. “21” looks good on you for oh the one millionth time. 😀

        • August 13, 2013 at 9:06 am

          “….. for oh the one millionth time.”


          Thank you again maestro for that very beautiful post, especially the photo of Rooooooooooney – woot! I couldn’t have a better TOD Partner in Crime – well, I could, Robin van Persie, say, but you’ll do nicely until he transfers here!

          • August 13, 2013 at 10:05 am

            Happy Birthday-Chipsticks!!!!!
            This is the news station for me. I love getting the correct information (TRUTH) from the TOD crowd. You are a blessing to the community who is concerned about truth. May God’s love and blessings give you the overflow of joy that you deserve for the hard work that you continue to do, Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!

      • August 13, 2013 at 11:55 am

        I second all the Happy “21st” B’Day wishes to Chipsticks.

      • August 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm

        KISSSSSSSES!!!! Happy Birthday GODDESS!!

    • 9 MaewholoveourCIC
      August 13, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Just want to say I know how you might be feeling. My condolences to you and your family. You will always miss your love one. My sister-in-law’s mother passed away 8/08 four years ago and my mother passed away 8/23, four years ago as well. August is loaded with so many memories and birthday celebrations. Hang tough as best you can.

  2. 10 Grab a mop grace
    August 13, 2013 at 8:11 am

    The party continues!

  3. 11 amk for obama
    August 13, 2013 at 8:11 am

    HBD BT.

  4. August 13, 2013 at 8:11 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! ))

  5. 21 LDS
    August 13, 2013 at 8:11 am

    You are welcome!
    Thank you back….
    We love you, Ms. Chips.

  6. 22 vcprezofan2
    August 13, 2013 at 8:13 am

    CC! You’ve made it! 😆 😆 Have a super, duper, unforgettable ’21st Again’ Birthday!

  7. 25 jackiegrumbacher
    August 13, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Chips, looks like the party continued into the night, so, as part of the morning crew, let this jubilee celebration continue. May this birthday bring you all the joy and happiness in the world and may you continue to shine your considerable light, good cheer, and truth telling in the dark. What you created here is the rarest of havens and I thank you everyday for giving us a safe place to love and support our president. May all the stars shine on you today for the happiest of birthdays!!!

    • August 13, 2013 at 8:19 am

      Jackie, you’re incredibly lovely, thank you for that beautiful message, honored to know ya!!

      • August 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm

        Happy Birthday, Chips

        I’m sorry we trashed this place partying late into the wee hours of this morning, VC was the ringleader of the trash-a-thon (I’m snitching). Her music was loud and unbecoming, but I couldn’t help joining in her virtual congaline. We had tons of fun at your expense

  8. 28 vcprezofan2
    August 13, 2013 at 8:18 am

    ‘Lo, Amk! Very, very happy to see you made it back today. 😀

    • 29 amk for obama
      August 13, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Thank you vc for keeping me and my family in your thoughts all these days. I also saw your DM and thanks again.

      You, Layla, Hz and all the TOD’ers are really, really crazy kind peeps. 🙂

      I just finished all the rituals today and still have some to do in another 10 days. There was a big funeral procession though my mom had stopped practising as a doctor more than 15 years ago. All the relatives have left. We are just getting to adjust to the loss of the key central person in all our lives thus far. Suddenly now, we are the “senior generation” of our family and that’s a scary thought.

      • 30 vcprezofan2
        August 13, 2013 at 9:16 am

        ‘You ..TOD’ers are really, really crazy kind peeps.’ [editorial license]

        In the old childish taunt – ‘takes one to know one’. 😆 {{amk}}

      • August 13, 2013 at 9:20 am

        “Suddenly now, we are the “senior generation” of our family and that’s a scary thought.”

        I know exactly how you feel Amk, it’s a terrifying thought. But you’ll do it, you’ll be fine, and it sounds like you have a beautiful, loving family to help you on the journey.

      • August 13, 2013 at 11:11 am

        Deepest condolences to you and your family! What a great legacy to your mum and her service to the people!

  9. August 13, 2013 at 8:23 am

    We Love You Back! 🙂

  10. 35 Dudette
    August 13, 2013 at 8:24 am

    • 36 anniebella
      August 13, 2013 at 9:34 am

      I believe that too, no they will never have to get back up on their own not while this POTUS and FLOTUS is there.

  11. 37 Allison
    August 13, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Happy Birthday Chips! Wishing you a wonderful and enjoyable day!!

  12. 39 andogriff
    August 13, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Happiest of birthdays to you, Ms Chips! 21 looks good on you! Thanks again for all you do…. enjoy your day!

  13. 42 vcprezofan2
    August 13, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Hey Chiparoo, did you pick out any familiar faces/bodies in that penguin song and dance? Dudette ‘got it together’ for you. I love it to bits (watched it several times); as she shook her booty, one of the dancers reminded me of you (and that time you fell in winter).

  14. 49 Claire
    August 13, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Have a splendid birthday Chips! You bring happiness to so many, it wonderful to know that your site can do the same for you! I remember when you first wished me happy bday on this site, I felt like a celebrity. Well, you’re always a celebrity to me! Have a wonderful day.

  15. August 13, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Happy Birthday again Ms. Chips. You are the Greatest. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  16. 53 vitaminlover
    August 13, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Happy Birthday, Chips. Isn’t it great to have a birthday in the same month as our beloved President?

  17. 55 donna dem 4 obama
    August 13, 2013 at 8:47 am

    We all got together and put a little something, something together just for you. Have a wonderful Day Ms. Chips

    • August 13, 2013 at 9:01 am

      Ooooooooh my heavens above, Donna that is the sweetest loveliest most gorgeous gift EVER!!!! Really, it’s just beautiful – and the message at the end completes the joy! You’re amazing to have made that, I know how long they take to put together, I’m gobsmacked – endless thank yous!

    • 59 vcprezofan2
      August 13, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Your patience while waiting for everyone to settle down (can’t imagine why Theo brought her pet snake, or Mighty Pamela was so late joining in each time 🙄 ) was much appreciated, DD. You are a great organizer. Thanks

      • 60 donna dem 4 obama
        August 13, 2013 at 10:42 am

        It was a mess trying to round y’all all up but in the end we prevailed 😉

      • 63 MightyPamela
        August 13, 2013 at 11:45 am

        Well, it’s like this…. 😳

        • 64 MightyPamela
          August 13, 2013 at 11:49 am

          …when you asked someone to put up the b’lloons, I got up on the ladder, and the ladder started shaking and then my shoulder … And then my knee didn’t want to….. And then everyone started jumping around and the floor was rockin’.. And then….. So you see? There were ‘issues’..

          • 65 vcprezofan2
            August 13, 2013 at 11:54 am

            Alright, MP, you did your best after all. Sorry i rolled my eyes. The ballons looked ….artsy…scattered around in bits as they were. Thanks. Working with a dedicated team sure results in great ups and downs. 😀

    • 66 Dudette
      August 13, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Wow! Awesome Sauce, Donna!!!

      😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    • 67 Dudette
      August 13, 2013 at 9:09 am

    • 69 jackiegrumbacher
      August 13, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Wow, Donna. This is absolutely awesome. You have a wealth of talents. Thank you for putting this together for Chips. Where did you get the last quote? It’s perfect!!!

    • 71 Roberta in MN
      August 13, 2013 at 9:54 am

      Donna Dem, that was just some awesome video you put together for Ms. Chips birthday celebration. Thank you. I am always amazed at what this family puts together and posts, way way way beyond my little mind. But I sure do love it here. You are all something fabulous. Tand Thank You Chips for this site, it is a God send for so many of us OBOTS :).

  18. 72 amk for obama
    August 13, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Wow. Just finished catching up. I don’t know what to say …. except…

    Many, Many Thanks, TOD’ers for the incredibly comforting and commiserating words and thoughts. I am really touched and moved by your kindness.

    • 73 desertflower
      August 13, 2013 at 8:54 am

      Sweet, sweet amk. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I had no idea until now reading the posts from others. My heart goes out to you and I send love and heartfelt condolences your way. The ache in your heart will never go away, but with each passing day, it gets better. You make her proud everyday:) {{{{amk}}}}}

    • 74 japa21
      August 13, 2013 at 9:05 am

      AMK, I just want to say that this community could never do enough. You have always been there for any of us who have gone through painful times. I remember your words when my m-i-l passed away.

      Your thoughtfulness and compassion, yes even for wimmen, has been returned unto you in your own time of pain. Our thoughts and prayers will always be with you and yours.

    • 75 Dudette
      August 13, 2013 at 9:12 am

      {{{{{{{{{ amk }}}}}}}}}}

    • 76 jackiegrumbacher
      August 13, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Amk, I hope you and your incredible family are holding up. Please take care of yourself.

    • 77 daisydem
      August 13, 2013 at 9:20 am

      Thinking of you amk.

    • 78 Roberta in MN
      August 13, 2013 at 9:56 am

      amk, I wasn’t aware of your loss, my prayers and sympathy for you and your family, I know the feeling of being now the 1st tier in the family structure. It is a whole new way of thinking of life. ((((((hugs))))).

    • August 13, 2013 at 11:16 am

      You and your family have been in my thoughts, constantly, amk.

      #FORWARD Together!

    • 80 Nena20409
      August 13, 2013 at 11:32 am


      Just getting to know a bit about you here. Your humor and your kindness. We owe it to your dearly departed Mom.

      It showed Us all what an exceptional human being your Mom was and I thank her for the treasure she produced and left for Us at TOD to get to know. May her Journey be forever, peaceful.

  19. 81 desertflower
    August 13, 2013 at 8:51 am

    It’s your day! Had to go back and read all the posts from last night after I’d gone to bed….You are loved and appreciated SOOOOO much! I hope your day is filled with all good things:) You’re the bestest! Happy Birthday, Chips. Love you bunches!!

  20. August 13, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I am singing you Stevie Wonder’s version, of course 🙂

    · ♫♪♥♥[̲̅̅H̲̅][̲̅̅A̲̅][̲̅̅P̲̅][̲̅̅P̲̅][̲̅̅Y̲̅] [̲̅̅B̲̅][̲̅̅I̲̅][̲̅̅R̲̅][̲̅̅T̲̅][̲̅̅H̲̅][̲̅̅D̲̅][̲̅̅A̲̅][̲̅̅Y̲̅]♥♥♫♪Happy Birthday to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪

    Happy Birthday !!!!! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥

  21. 84 carolyn
    August 13, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Just woke up and found this wild party going on! Happy Birthday Chips.
    When I found TOD, it was a refuge, which it still is. However, it has become the most comprehensive source of news available.
    Thank you for your hard work. Hope your vacation was restful. You are a treasure.

    • August 13, 2013 at 9:13 am

      Same with me Carolyn, woke up to find I’d missed the first half of MY party!!!! Thank you for the lovely words, you’re incredibly kind!

      • 86 MightyPamela
        August 13, 2013 at 11:53 am

        I wondered what happened to all the cheesy puffs! No worries, there are more!! Happiest of Happy Birthday greetings and felicitations to your lovely self, Chipsticks! And many blessings on you!

  22. 87 desertflower
    August 13, 2013 at 8:57 am

    BOOM! It’s perpetual motion….


    Gauge of U.S. consumer spending posts biggest gain in seven months

    A gauge of U.S. consumer spending rose in July at its fastest pace in seven months, a sign of quicker economic growth that could strengthen the case for the U.S. Federal Reserve winding down a major economic stimulus program.

    Retail sales outside of cars, gasoline and building materials rose 0.5 percent last month, the Commerce Department said on Tuesday.

    That reading is a key component of the department’s measure of consumer spending, which is the biggest driver of the economy, as it accounts for about 70 percent of national output.

    July’s gain was the biggest since December, and suggests the economy could be regaining steam after tax hikes and federal budget cuts dragged on growth in the first half of the year.

  23. August 13, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Hmmm, just found this in my Twitter TL:

    I’ve been following her since the Snowden “crisis” begon …

  24. August 13, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Happy Birthday, Chips:)

    Have a good day.

  25. August 13, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks, TODers…Everyone!!!

    I reiterate my birthday wishes to you, Chipsticks, for a day filled with joy and happiness and blessings for continued health, peace, and goodness.

    Happy Birthday to the one who holds the key to this haven known as The Obama Diary.

  26. 93 ouapiti
    August 13, 2013 at 9:03 am

    A most happy birthday to you, Chipsticks — accompanied by much appreciation for this fabulous site. Hello and a good day to all!

  27. 94 japa21
    August 13, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Chips, have yourself a wonderful day. You definitely deserve it. You are, and will continue to be, an inspiration to all of us. Mayor of TODville you may be, but you are also someone I, if I may presume, consider a personal friend, although we have never met. So celebrate and feel the love coming from all of us.

    • August 13, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Ah Japa, thank you so much, what a lovely thing to say – and I most certainly regard you as a personal friend, even if you left me at the altar. Thank you again, enormously appreciated!

      • 96 japa21
        August 13, 2013 at 9:18 am

        Haven’t left you there yet. However, since you are a mere 21, I may have to reconsider. Your yourthful energy and enthusiasm would probably kill me.

  28. 98 africa
    August 13, 2013 at 9:10 am

    CHIPS!!! Happy Birthday. Wishing you the best!! Have a splendid day. You are the best!!

  29. August 13, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Happy Birthday Chips. What an amazing tribute to an amazing person. Very well-deserved. We have our President in large part because you have kept us together. Have an amazing day!

  30. 115 japa21
    August 13, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Okay Chips. since I can’t get into twitter, I have to assume it is do to overlaod from all the Happy Birthday tweets being sent your way. Once again, you are responsible for Twitter going kerplop.

    • August 13, 2013 at 9:30 am

      Oi, see message below (where I boast about been followed by a Canadian hockey training company) – if they can get on the Twitter machine, you must have gremlins in your ‘puter!

  31. August 13, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Well, just to complete a special day, I have been followed on Twitter by @AdvanceHockey (Year round hockey training using state of the art development equipment) from Oakville, Ontario. Why? I have no clue 😕

    • 118 desertflower
      August 13, 2013 at 9:31 am

      Because you’re 21….and they’re hockey players. DUH!

      • August 13, 2013 at 9:34 am

        Ah, okaaaaaaaay!!! 😆 I get it (in no sense at all). But I did play (field) hockey in my youth, the highlight of my career getting sent off for hooking my stick around a speedy opponent’s ankle as she glided past me. Well, she asked for it. (I’m not kidding).

    • 123 Layla
      August 13, 2013 at 9:49 am

      Why..because us people from Ontario are just wonderful! I hope you have the most “wonderfulest” of birthdays and enjoy all of the love being sent your way today!

  32. August 13, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Happy Birthday Ms. Chips…AAAHHHH to be 21 again…and again,,,,and again,,,, I have been 21 for years. We must be related, HA!!!!

  33. 125 57andfemale
    August 13, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I can’t believe you’re 21 years old. Seriously, I can’t believe it.

    But may I say, I thank God for that day that brought the wonderful Ms. Chips into the world. It is truly a day of celebration – for thousands of us who have been graced by your presence.

    Have a great day, girl friend.

  34. 127 cindy sweatt
    August 13, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Have a wonderful birthday.

  35. 128 sherijr
    August 13, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Many Many Happy 21st Birthdays to you Chips ~ You deserve all the goodness you receive in this life.. and the next too 🙂 Total gratitude to you for this haven you provide.. and to your sidekick UT.

  36. 131 desertflower
    August 13, 2013 at 9:37 am


    EUREKA! I’ve found the reason why stupid is a virtue for Republicans!!

    John Kerry told some German students recently that “In America, you have a right to be stupid, if you want to be.” Maybe he was thinking of Texas Republicans, whose 2012 Party Platform contained the astonishing statement: “We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS), critical thinking skills and similar programs…” They are apparently determined to raise Republican voters.

    Please, America! NO THINKING SKILLS! Then you’ll all figure out who’s been the party that been lying to you and screwing you all these years! The fact that they actually put that in their platform…is astonishing to me. SMH

  37. August 13, 2013 at 9:39 am

    CHIPS, CHIPS, CHIPS, CHIPS, CHIPS!!!! A VERY Happy Happy Happy Happy Birthday to you, dear puffy cheese sticks master. We love you and send you so many good wishes, it will take you an eternity to use them all up. I sure hope you are spending the day surrounded by all the people and things you love the most because you have inspired a few million of us to rally round this sanctuary of hope. Love ya, blog tyrant!!

    • August 13, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Love ya right back Meta, even if your cake didn’t quite meet my standards. But hey, few do.

      Thanks a billion gazillion, you bundle of hugginess!!!!

      • August 13, 2013 at 9:47 am

        Chips, I thank you so much for your teachings and I do work at it but as everyone here knows, there are just certain levels of cheesy mastery that can never be touched.

  38. 135 SeptemberSandy
    August 13, 2013 at 9:39 am

    delurking to wish Ms Chipsticks a very Happy Birthday and to say a heartfelt thanks for all you do to keep this blog going have a WONDER FILLED day

  39. 136 99ts
    August 13, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Happy days Ms Chips – (I’m 21 on the down – been up and down a couple of times) 🙂 Many many more happy 21sts to come – thank you for the lovely place on the inter tubes – and for being a Man U fan.

  40. 139 Cheryllou
    August 13, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Delurking to wish Ms Chips a Happy Birthday! Thank you, thank you, thank you for this wonderful site. Enjoy your birthday.

  41. 140 Esi
    August 13, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Happy birthday Chips! Thanks for building a beautiful community that draws in intelligent, insightful and compassionate people with humor to boot!

    • August 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

      Thank you soooooooo much Esi!!

    • 142 HZ
      August 13, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Happy Birthday, my beautiful Angel. (((((((((((((((((((((( Lots of loving Happy Birthday Hugs to the Best of the Best.))))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

      This is so cool to sit and read. I am slow, but I am here.

      Amk, my dear one, lots of loving hugs to you and your lovely family. Your beautiful Mother will always be there with you and for you. Just listen to her lovely voice and you will surely get through this time. She has to be so proud of you even as you continue to celebrate her wonderful life. ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( AMK, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

  42. August 13, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Happy Birthday Chips! Have a great day!

  43. 145 globalcitizenlinda
    August 13, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Happy Birthday wishes to Chips! Thank God for your talents and dedication

  44. August 13, 2013 at 11:53 am

    You are very special. Finding this Blog was a gift for me. My hubby and I were alone together in our support for Candidate Obama in 2004 until 2012. We then found friends in town thanks to the Internet bringing us together. And the rest is history.
    By the way, once on the Internet alway on the Internet. I have this birth certificate and it shows you were 21 last year. 😕 🙄

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