That Famous Hug

August 15, 2012 – The day of the famous hug.



A year ago today: “The President hugs the First Lady after she had introduced him at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa. The campaign tweeted a similar photo from the campaign photographer on election night and a lot of people thought it was taken on election day.” (Photo by Pete Souza)


111 Responses to “That Famous Hug”

  1. 1 Nena20409
    August 15, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    GE Fellow TODers 😉

  2. 3 Nena20409
    August 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Love, Hugs and Happiness.

  3. 4 Nena20409
    August 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Where are my Fellow TODers?

    Please come on over……I feel Lonely 😉

  4. 7 Nena20409
    August 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm


    Okay, I am going back to the last thread……

  5. 13 mtmarilyn
    August 15, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Good afternoon! Just getting home from a long day and it has been a very long week. Can’t wait to go back and read all that I have missed.

    I love this picture. The look of pure love is so beautiful.

    Now off to catch up on all that has gone on.

  6. 14 Dudette
    August 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Hahaha! I saw the headline for this thread at the bottom of the previous thread and thought you meant the Bear Hug!! 😀

    • 15 yardarm756
      August 15, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      When you think about it, I haven’t seen any other President hug his wife this close. JFK came close once or twice, I think. PBO’s obvious love and LIKE for his wife is obvious.

      • 16 nathkatun7
        August 16, 2013 at 12:55 am

        I agree with you, yardarm! It’s obvious to me that President Obama is truly in love with his wife. I also understand why. Michelle is not bashful about sharing her zest for life and her love for people. I know of no other First Lady, in my lifetime, who was as delighted to hug people, from all walks of life, as Michelle Obama. I know it’s a cliche, but I am totally convinced that Michelle’s love and strength is what sustains President Obama.

  7. August 15, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Hey everyone. Hey Nena. You’re not alone.

    Just witnessed a fight in my room. I’m ok but I haven’t seen two grown women have a fist fight in….well never. Teenagers, yes. Grown women? no. Actually, I’ve seen this on reality shows but not in real life.

    Anyways! The good news is that Saturday is MY LAST DAY HERE!!! My mother and two of her friends are driving up and I’ll head back down to Florida with them.

  8. 50 vitaminlover
    August 15, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I love way they are. Beautiful. ” I can’t pretend that it doesn’t mean a thing to me-ee to-ee”

  9. 53 Dudette
    August 15, 2013 at 6:21 pm

  10. August 15, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Wow, that photo of POTUS and FLOTUS hugging has 796,943 RETWEETS 298,735 FAVORITES!

    • 55 globalcitizenlinda
      August 15, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      reports are that this photo holds the record as the most tweeted photo ever! talk about contradiction to the media lies an “enthusiasm gap 2012”

  11. 56 vcprezofan2
    August 15, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s pugnacious personal style has won over the country’s Republicans, not to mention unions and even some journalists, as he cruises to re-election this November. How well has he actually managed the state’s economy?

    Anyone can cherry-pick individual indicators to argue for or against Christie’s record. So a better approach is to use a broad range of data, covering different aspects of the economy. Luckily, the crack economics team at Bloomberg News has created just such an index, called the Bloomberg Economic Evaluation of States, or BEES, which tracks everything from employment to home prices to the stock performance of companies based in the state.

    That index shows that Christie’s time as governor hasn’t, in fact, been good for New Jersey’s economy. From the time he took office at the beginning of 2010 to March of this year, the state’s performance on the measures tracked by BEES puts it 45th among the states. Before Republicans place Christie on a pedestal, they might want to take a closer look at those measures.


    • 57 Nena20409
      August 15, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      So with that kind of record, why are Dems support this fluffy bat poop?

      • 58 vcprezofan2
        August 15, 2013 at 6:51 pm

        We just need to keep whispering in NJ Dems’ ears over and over that they need to give Christie closer scrutiny. This article was posted on twitter by his challenger, but SHE didn’t write it. Hopefully her supporters are spreading the info around.

  12. 59 sherijr
    August 15, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    the Hug felt ’round the world ~

  13. August 15, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    GE TOD….. This Piece of S**T is makes me so sick…… along w/ his cronies in the media Chris Hayes & Glenn Greenwald

    Some of the material Snowden downloaded in April 2012 while a Dell employee related to NSA collection from fiber-optic cables, including transoceanic cables, of large quantities of internet traffic and other communications, the sources said. Snowden has said he left Dell for a job at Booz Allen Hamilton in Hawaii around March of this year, specifically to gain access to additional top-secret documents that could be leaked to the media.

    Senior agency officials concede that much of the technology needed to filter malicious software, known as malware, by searching incoming messages for signs of programs designed to steal data, or attack banks or energy firms, is strikingly similar to the technology the N.S.A. already uses for surveillance.

    This summer, the N.S.A. has begun assembling scores of new cyber “offense” and “defense” teams, the agency’s most concrete step toward preparing the Pentagon and intelligence agencies for a new era of computer conflict. Erecting a national cyberdefense is a key element of that plan. At an interagency meeting that discussed the flood of cyberattacks directed daily at American networks, from Chinese efforts to steal corporate secrets to Iranian efforts to cripple financial institutions, General Alexander said, “I can’t defend the country until I’m into all the networks,” according to other officials who were present.

  14. 62 vcprezofan2
    August 15, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    This June, the [NJ] state legislature passed a new law that would make it easier for sick children to access medical marijuana. It’s August, and New Jersey’s paternalistic governor, Chris Christie, is still mulling it over. Confronted by the parent of a child waiting for easier access to medical marijuana, Christie explained it wasn’t as simple as just signing the law. From CBS New York:

    “Please don’t let my daughter die, Governor. Don’t let my daughter die,” Brian Wilson implored Gov. Christie on Wednesday…

    “I was wondering what the holdup is. It’s been like two months now,” Wilson pressed the governor.

    “These are complicated issues,” Gov. Christie responded to Wilson.

    “Very simple issue,” the father shot back.

    “No, I know you think it’s simple…I know you think it’s simple and it’s not,” Christie said.

    At the end of their exchange, Christie told Wilson he’d decide in the coming days whether to sign the bill.

    “I’ll have a decision by Friday. I wish for the best for you, your daughter and your family and I’m going to do what I think is best for the people of the state,” Christie told Wilson.



  15. 63 hopefruit2
    August 15, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    This guy is a Republican birther – and he fits in well with the emoprogs….

  16. 68 hopefruit2
    August 15, 2013 at 7:03 pm

  17. 69 desertflower
    August 15, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Has this been posted already?? We need to send this around:) !!!! Kaiser Family Foundation has more info : http://kff.org/health-reform/video/youtoons-obamacare-video/

  18. 79 hopefruit2
    August 15, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Check out some of the anti-Obama hate propaganda by the same Wikileaks T-shirt designer. I tell y’all this Assange/Greenwald/Snowden/Wikileaks affair is borne out of Libertarian Teabaggery and nothing else!!! Snowjob and crew deserve every bad thing that happens to them in life.

    The Twitter account @Libertymaniacs is nothing but a platform for hateful screeds disguised by talk about Liberty. Here are just a few examples of stuff they put out – it is truly disgusting:

    Oh, but they loves them some Wikileaks and Snowden and Ron Paul!

    • 80 desertflower
      August 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      Any bullshit for a buck.

    • August 15, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      It’s hard to believe people can be so naive in the face of GPS, Skype, Nasa global mapping, Google Earth, thermal imaging and satellites. It’s an absolute contradiction to suppose that “spying”, which by it’s very nature is secretive will suddenly become transparent. This kind of stupidity makes me tired.

  19. 83 a4alice
    August 15, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    whoa this is interesting comparison with today’s corporate america to feudalism. Certainly is food for thought.

  20. 84 a4alice
    August 15, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Hey I went to over to Linda’s site and found some more good stuff about Obamacare! w00t!

  21. 92 yardarm756
    August 15, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    OT- Don’t worry it’s coming………:-D

    An elderly couple had dinner at another couple’s house, and after eating, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen.
    The two gentlemen were talking, and one said, ‘Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great. I would recommend it very highly.’
    The other man said, ‘What is the name of the restaurant?’
    The first man thought and thought and finally said, ‘What’s the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know, the one that’s red and has thorns.’
    ‘Do you mean a rose?’
    ‘Yes, that’s the one,’ replied the man. He then turned towards the kitchen and yelled, ‘Rose, what’s the name of that restaurant we went to last night?’

    (It really tugs at ones heart strings)

  22. 96 desertflower
    August 15, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Head’s Up, Ladies!!! And the men that love them…

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/08/15/2476491/34-states-funding-cpcs/ DO NOT GO TO THESE PLACES!!!

    Well over half of the states in the country are directly funding “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs), right-wing groups that pose as nonpartisan health clinics while advocating for an anti-abortion agenda. According to NARAL Pro-Choice America, 34 states currently have policies that funnel money toward CPCs:

  23. 97 vcprezofan2
    August 15, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    This isn’t funny, yet I admit the title made me laugh. I mean, what else do you do, it’s so ridiculous.


    “A (male, Republican, natch) Missouri state representative is suing the federal government for a personal family exemption from the Obamacare birth control mandate on the grounds that it violates his religious liberty. Since we can assume that this male Republican is not worried about blocking his own access to a pharmaceutical made for and taken exclusively by women, we can conclude that this guy is basically suing to keep his wife and daughters from having the option to access free birth control. I guess I missed that day in Catechism when we learned about how the Church believes that the man’s religion gets to determine his wife and female offspring’s insurance benefits.

    To be fair, State Rep. Paul Wieland isn’t alone in his lawsuit; joining him is his wife, Theresa. The pair claim that simply having the option to access copay-free birth control through Wieland’s state-provided insurance plan violates their Catholic faith, …..

    • 98 desertflower
      August 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      What? They can’t be trusted NOT TO GET IT IF IT OFFENDS THEM??? No one is MAKING them get birth control!!

  24. 99 vcprezofan2
    August 15, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Yes, I’m being nasty, but isn’t this pic false advertising? I mean, how long ago was it taken?

    • 100 dotster3
      August 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      I would have agreed if she still looked as she did when she left the administration, all tired and worn out from that job. But have you seen recent photos? She looks like a whole new person—–new blonder hair color, new updated haircut and style, looks to have lost weight, new updated wardrobe, professional makeup job that makes it look like she has had “word done” as they say. Even mr. dotster commented, and he’s not inclined to notice such things. I didn’t think she was really interested in running, but after the revealing of this new and improved version, I know she is.

      • 101 dotster3
        August 15, 2013 at 8:11 pm

        work done, as in plastic.

      • 102 vcprezofan2
        August 15, 2013 at 8:24 pm

        Dotster, I haven’t really checked her out lately as I’m trying hard not to pay too much attention to them pushing her forward or her pushing herself forward ,as I think their timing and insight stink. However, I have to say that if a year as SoS resulted in her looking so ‘tired and worn out’ (and it did) she needs to very seriously consider that she is not physically ready for a presidential term in office. No amount of ‘work done’ on the outside is going to give internal stamina, I don’t think.

  25. 103 desertflower
    August 15, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    All Dems are NOT created equal! If we want fairness and equality for ALL, a progressive agenda that benefits ALL Americans, we need to VOTE IN EVERY ELECTION, and VOTE FOR DEMS THAT BELIEVE THIS TOO! Sorry, I know a blue dog might be better than a RWNJ, but did these idiots NOT PAY ATTENTION TO WHO SCREWED OVER AMERICANS THE FIRST TIME???!!!


    Last week, President Barack Obama laid out his new housing plan, emphasizing the importance of safe, simple, affordable mortgages. But lawmakers in his own party are working against him, trying to gut historic new safeguards on home loans.

    A new mortgage rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that takes effect January 1 limits fees on new home loans to three percent. The regulation is “one of the most direct and important responses to the mortgage crisis,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) argued in a recent editorial in American Banker. But 12 House Democrats and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) have joined with Republicans to cosponsor bills that would eviscerate the new cap and clear the way for lenders to steer Americans into riskier, higher-cost loans.

    • 104 desertflower
      August 15, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      But when these guys get TONS of $$$ from the real estate industry to do their dirty work…..which is what is happening here. Get the freaking $$$ out of politics!!

    • 106 Dudette
      August 15, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      I’d go to the polls to vote for county dog catcher if we had an election for that. NO WAY I’m not exercising my right to vote EVERY SINGLE chance I get. Too much treasure has been expended in blood, sweat & tears for me to squander that.

      • 107 desertflower
        August 15, 2013 at 8:15 pm

        Seriously. I don’t know how some people can take so much for granted and be so cavalier about voting. It’s the only voice we have. They sure do like to bitch, moan and complain when things don’t go their way though, don’t they? Fools.

      • 108 jackiegrumbacher
        August 15, 2013 at 9:30 pm

        This is the attitude we have to work hard to educate people about, dudette. We can’t afford to let any election go back, even if nobody’s running on our side and we have to write someone in.

  26. August 15, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Taking quiet comfort in the normality of it all is the mom in question—a stunning blonde, petite at five feet four inches and barefoot in 7 for All Mankind jeans and barely there makeup. “I have super-supercurly hair, and it’s a constant struggle,” Davis acknowledges. “Pull out that picture of me from Patti’s son’s bar mitzvah.” The photo from 2010 comes out; in it her hair is in an alarming frizz. “That was bad,” she says with a breezy laugh. “That was so bad.”

    Just a week prior, the scene besieging the two-term senator was altogether less serene. On the final day of a special session of the Eighty-third Legislature, an omnibus antiabortion bill known as SB 5, which proposed new restrictions on family-planning clinics, was up for a vote in the Senate—and Davis arrived at the Capitol building in Austin prepared for a long fight. Wearing pink Mizuno running shoes and a sky-blue Escada day coat concealing a back brace, the 50-year-old runner and cyclist held the floor for a twelve-hour filibuster that packed the rotunda with pro-choice defenders and had the nation biting its collective nails as coverage streamed online and the clock ticked down to midnight.

  27. 111 0388jojothecat
    August 15, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    I was watching C-SPAN and the topic was “Who is the face of your party”. I was shocked of so many poor people who listed Rick Santorum, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, and a black guy said Darrell Issa. This older gentleman who said he voted for Romney but did not want to because Romney was not for the poor, the moderator asked by did he vote for Romney anyway and he did not give a reason. WE ALL KNOW the reason….don’t we?

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