Throwback Thursday – The Heisman


President Obama strikes the Heisman pose after accepting a football from quarterback Tim Jefferson, left, during the Commander-in-Chief Trophy presentation to the United States Air Force Academy football team in the East Room of the White House, April 23, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)




Hook ‘Em!!!!!!!!!!!!! – Barack Obama striking a “Heisman” pose while holding Earl Campbell’s Heisman trophy during a tour of the University of Texas in Austin, Feb 2008



Yes America, Pres. Obama is indeed a BURNT ORANGE man. Go Longhorns!!!



Another Longhorn Fan! – First Lady Michelle Obama strikes the Heisman pose while greeting Dallas Cowboys football players, from left, Miles Austin, DeMarcus Ware, and Felix Jones at the Kleberg Rylie Recreation Center in Dallas, Texas, Feb. 10, 2012 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)


117 Responses to “Throwback Thursday – The Heisman”

  1. 1 rikyrah
    August 15, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Good night all

  2. 4 hopefruit2
    August 15, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Oh LAWD…

  3. 10 a4alice
    August 16, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Nite TOD!


  4. 11 jacquelineoboomer
    August 16, 2013 at 12:16 am

  5. 12 desertflower
    August 16, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Night everyone:)

  6. 14 jacquelineoboomer
    August 16, 2013 at 1:05 am

    WHEREAS, I don’t give a flyin’ eff, but here it is:

  7. August 16, 2013 at 1:20 am


  8. August 16, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Excellent theme for a thread, UT. Thank you.

    Been at it for nearly 24h straight … more work to do … will check in tomorrow … hope all TODers are well (keeping you and your family in my thoughts amk and hope you are doing well GB).

    #FORWARD Together

  9. 24 anniebella
    August 16, 2013 at 1:39 am

    The only one I remember is FLOTUS doing her Heisman pose with the Dallas Cowboys.

  10. 25 arkluvspbo
    August 16, 2013 at 2:26 am

    Great stuff, as always, UT!! I can not get enough of pictures of our POTUS and FLOTUS.

    Hey TODers, please send me positive, relaxing vibes. I am separating from my husband and heading back to my home state. I am very fortunate to have a lot of support from family and friends, but that doesn’t make the separation any easier. I will also have to leave my dog behind, and that makes me very sad, but it’s for her good.
    Looking back on everything in my life for the past few years, I will in fact have come full circle.
    Now is the time for me to make a flying leap into the next chapter in my life.
    Stressed and nervous, but excited knowing the hard part will be over soon.
    I don’t feel this is the end, but the start of a beautiful new beginning.
    Wish me luck!

    • 26 yardarm756
      August 16, 2013 at 3:12 am

      Good luck to you. I for one wish you well. It ain’t easy but I’m sure you thought things through and know what’s best. Just remember that you can’t drive a car if you’re always looking in the rear view mirror and if you don’t know where you’re going any road will take you there.
      Fair winds and calm seas!

    • 29 Layla
      August 16, 2013 at 6:45 am

      I wish you the best of luck! Having gone through this myself, I feel you…be strong…it will work out in the end with a few glitches here and there! All worthwhile! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

    • 30 JER
      August 16, 2013 at 7:22 am

      It will get easier every day. “Head up, heart open. To better days!”

    • 31 jackiegrumbacher
      August 16, 2013 at 7:35 am

      Ark, my heart and prayers are with you. This is a very scary transition, separating, moving, leaving a beloved pet–a big emotional, as well as physical, upheaval. Please just take each day at a time, take calming breaths and reach out to people when you need them. Good luck on your new journey.

    • 32 donna dem 4 obama
      August 16, 2013 at 7:44 am

      You have a very optimistic attitude about this life change and I think this is half the battle. You will (in time) make the adjustment. I will pray that you remain strong and determined. All the best to you!!!

    • 33 No Child Left Behind
      August 16, 2013 at 7:58 am


      I’ve been here, done that. It will get easier with each passing day. Stay strong and good luck. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

    • August 16, 2013 at 8:29 am

      Wishing you all the very, very best with your fresh start in life, Ark – you have a wonderful attitude to what must be a hugely stressful time. And with that kind of attitude, you’ll be just fine. Take care of yourself.

    • 35 arkluvspbo
      August 16, 2013 at 8:33 am

      Thank you all for your words of good wishes and support!
      I feel your positivity coming through the computer screen.
      One step at a time, one day at a time.

    • 40 hopefruit2
      August 16, 2013 at 8:49 am


      Good luck and you will do fine!! 🙂

      • 41 LDS
        August 16, 2013 at 9:41 am

        You are not alone.
        May the separation bring you closer to you. Love you. Care for you. Honor you.
        I admire your strength and your courage.
        I never knew how strong I was until I was weak.
        You will do fine. I just know it.

    • 42 99ts
      August 16, 2013 at 9:47 am

      I’ve been there too ark – the relief from the never ending stress was more than enough to help me through it – may all good things happen in your future.

    • 43 sjterrid
      August 16, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      Arkluvspbo, I’m so sorry you are going through this. I’m glad you are surrounded by family and friend. You are in my thoughts and prayers. {{{hugs}}}

  11. 44 99ts
    August 16, 2013 at 3:07 am

    I’m just thinking of all the politicians and media people and pundits who voted to go to war in Iraq – who believe the spin and GWB – and then about 6 years later realized they had been duped.

    Same thing is going to happen with GG & Snodwend – it will just take much less than 6 years.

  12. 45 4morefor44
    August 16, 2013 at 5:13 am

    oh boy! just got a pop-up ad/poll at another site asking if i’d support senator elizabeth warren running in 2016. of course vote for her to run. didnt check through the group and who is paying for that, so i suppose it could some koch brother-type group trying to divide and conquer democrats. internet ads are pretty cheap by koch brother standards. sure was good to vote for her and i hope she runs! first thing is first though, we need to keep the senate and win the House back next year. FORWARD!!!!!

    • August 16, 2013 at 8:04 am

      Really, all this talk about 2016 – (especially for the DEMS) is being pushed by GOP operatives. It’s being used to distract from the current issues – PBO’s current and very important agenda, and most importantly to help the GOP in the 2014 midterms by creating division among Democrats early on.

      • August 16, 2013 at 8:39 am

        Yep…it appears the strategy is to play up the 2016 election — especially who might run — in hopes of making the 2014 election seem insignificant. They have not taken into consideration the issues that are HERE and NOW. The issues that are impacting people’s lives NOW — the issues that are important to people NOW — are what will raise the interest in the 2014 elections.

        Plus, I think a lot of people have learned a lesson from 2010 as to how those seemingly insignificant elections can greatly affect our lives.

  13. 48 Layla
    August 16, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Good morning Tod peeps! Off to work…working days.. unusual for me but liking it!

    • 49 LDS
      August 16, 2013 at 8:30 am

      Good morning, Layla!
      It will take your body a few days to adjust to all the noise, light and people……but, on the bright side you will see, hear, feel taste things day working people take for granted. Sleep will feel weird and welcome on your first day. Your body will adjust because WE are fearfully and wonderfully made. Enjoy the change!

  14. August 16, 2013 at 7:45 am

    GM, TOD. There’s no reason y’all should know about this since it is purely local. However, it shouldn’t be, at least for us here at TOD. John Duncan’s son, John Duncan III ran for Knox County Trustee few years ago and, of course, won. He got into trouble very quickly. Attached is the news from yesterday which sums up the story. Whatcha you want to bet after his year is up, he’ll run for Daddy’s House seat? …… and will win!!!! Anyone willing to take that bet??????

  15. 51 donna dem 4 obama
    August 16, 2013 at 8:02 am

    How does this idiot continue to get reelected every two years????

    • 52 hopefruit2
      August 16, 2013 at 8:21 am

    • 54 anniebella
      August 16, 2013 at 8:22 am

      Because there are racists idiots like him out there. Democrats are not perfect, but what has happen to the Republican Party? I wouldn’t want a pig to be a Republican.

    • 55 LDS
      August 16, 2013 at 8:41 am

      Steve King: How about WE take the temperature down and vote your ass out of Congress and give you a new job as the racist clown that YOU are. No mask needed your racism has been showing for a while. F.Y.(dumb ass) I. The so-called beer summit was about race. A white cop arrested a prominent AA for trying to enter into HIS own house!
      So what’s your point, clown!

      Proceed, Mr. President.

    • August 16, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Because his constituents keep voting for him. Whatever comes out of his mouth they agree wholeheartedly.

  16. August 16, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Good morning UT and TOD family. Great Heisman pose pictures with PBO & FLOTUS. I hope everyone have a splendid day today. TGIF

  17. 58 donna dem 4 obama
    August 16, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Somebody explain to me why “mediate” is portraying this as a “bombshell”? So Rev Al asked a very wealthy man (O’Reilly) for a charitable donation (which he was probably able to write off) and he complied. This somehow proves he isn’t a racist or what. I am confused?? What exactly are they implying? 🙄


  18. 66 Don
    August 16, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Nice work Russell Simmons, you fucking asshole, you and your fake-preacher brother should do all us a favor and get lost.

    • 67 LDS
      August 16, 2013 at 8:46 am

      Don, what did I miss?
      I liked Russell Simmons when he did not talk on Def Jam.
      I thought practicing the art of yoga would enlighten him. I guess it skips generations.

    • August 16, 2013 at 9:27 am

      I saw the article this morning. Hard to believe — “thick skin” or not — he would not have anticipated that this depiction would be offensive. Definitely showed poor judgment and poor taste.

  19. 69 Dudette
    August 16, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Prince is funny! 🙂

  20. 71 hopefruit2
    August 16, 2013 at 8:33 am

    • 72 Dudette
      August 16, 2013 at 8:44 am

      Yay! Just confirmed! I’m GOING!!!!!! 😀

      • 73 hopefruit2
        August 16, 2013 at 8:45 am

        Congrats Dudette! 🙂

        • 74 LDS
          August 16, 2013 at 8:58 am

          Me, too!
          We have a bus leaving at 6:00 AM from NY. Then, we plan to return on Wed. to the Lincoln Memorial. People are traveling from all over. Some people are bringing young children to experience this. It is so sad that after 50 years “racism is alive and well in a Brook Brothers suit.”

          • 75 hopefruit2
            August 16, 2013 at 9:01 am

            Good for you LDS. It will be an event of the year. You must be super excited!

          • 76 Dudette
            August 16, 2013 at 10:46 am

            Okay, I messed up. So excited I need to clarify. Unfortunately I won’t be there for the March on 24th. But my cousin & I will drive up to DC on the 27th, so hopefully we can see the President speak from the Lincoln Memorial on the 28th!
            Woot! 😀 😀 😀

          • 77 Dudette
            August 16, 2013 at 10:53 am

            Alright LDS!!! That’s fantastic! Wish I could be there Saturday, but I won’t arrive til Tuesday evening sometime. You’ll have to be the intrepid TOD reporter for the March on Saturday. I’ll pick up the reigns on Wednesday. 😀

      • August 16, 2013 at 8:49 am

        Wooooooooot, that’s fantastic Dudette!!! We’ll want a detailed report on your day, so bring a pen and paper!!

      • 81 LDS
        August 16, 2013 at 9:33 am

        Dudette, we must meet up!
        I will be in Ga. first week in Sept., also. I would love to meet you in D.C.
        So excited!

        • 82 Dudette
          August 16, 2013 at 10:49 am

          That would be soooo cool! We’ll be in DC 27th (don’t know what time we’ll arrive yet Tuesday night — driving 🙄 ) thru Friday, Aug 30.

    • 83 donna dem 4 obama
      August 16, 2013 at 8:49 am

      Yah!!! It’s going to be a momentous event. I cannot wait.

      Growing up in DC and being raised by my grandmother who was subjected to horrible racism in her early life she was always so fearful of us participating in the civil rights events of the 60’s and early 70’s. So we were never allowed to attend. Now in the era of “Obama”, I feel like I’m getting a redo.

      • 84 hopefruit2
        August 16, 2013 at 8:53 am

        Wow donna – this is indeed a special opportunity for you. Glad that you will be able to participate fully this time. 🙂

        I hope this event gets the maximum coverage – which really isn’t asking too much since the Beck Rally got more than maximum coverage (along with media exaggeration of attendance numbers)!!

        • 85 LDS
          August 16, 2013 at 9:06 am

          HF, don’t worry. Social media will overcome a lot of their hidden agendas this time around.
          The covers are being pulled off their evil faces. The hoods have come off and now their hearts are exposed. It is vile and ugly. Thank God we woke up and President Barack Obama is all of our President.
          Hope to see you there Donna!

  21. 87 Don
    August 16, 2013 at 8:36 am

    The NSA does an audit on itself and finds many deficiencies, emoprogs and professional lefters everywhere are outraged. But what’s lost on the whiners is that the NSA actually did an audit and then reported its findings.

    • 88 anniebella
      August 16, 2013 at 8:49 am

      I about to say something, I don’t know if I should say it. But I will. I am almost stating to feel about the emoprogs and professional lefters as I feel about the right wingnuts.

      • 89 Don
        August 16, 2013 at 8:56 am

        The only difference is that the emoprogs and professional lefters actually believe the shit they peddle, whereas the right wingnuts are all about the grift.

        • 90 hopefruit2
          August 16, 2013 at 9:22 am

          I’m not even so about that – I think the emos and PL are all about making a fast buck and other opportunistic exploits as well. They seem to move the goalposts very quickly, jump from one issue to the next, and spend an enormous amount of time on book deals, Cable TV gigs, and fundraising off manufactured outrage, instead of engaging in effective activism.

  22. 91 hopefruit2
    August 16, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Some good economic news to warm your heart, mind and soul. 🙂


  23. 92 hopefruit2
    August 16, 2013 at 8:42 am

    • 93 Don
      August 16, 2013 at 8:53 am

      Oh, ok, but I’m confused about something. I thought Manning lashed out because he wanted the world to know about our actions as it relates to our foreign policy. Who knew that was just a rambunctious kid? Never mind about sentencing him just give him credit time served and let him go with a stern warning.

      • 94 hopefruit2
        August 16, 2013 at 8:59 am

        Well Don, you are confused because you have been lied to – by Manning, his allies, the media, PL, and now his defense.

        Right now, it’s all about him not getting a harsh sentence, so they are pulling out all the stops. Luckily he’s white, so the “insanity” defense will probably work to his benefit.

        I hope pundiots like Chris Hayes (who LOVES to compare these nitwits with Black civil rights heroes) notes the white privilege that the Snowdens, Mannings and Assanges are all enjoying, while likening themselves to oppressed civil rights icons.

        • 95 LDS
          August 16, 2013 at 9:25 am

          HF, you just said it all in a nutshell. That is one of the reasons I am going to the march. How in the hell can they compare these cowards to what my older sister, brothers, aunts, uncles, friends, neighbors experiences is beyond me.(including myself as a young teenager. WE actually went to jail! In segregated towns run by ignorant, hateful people.

          We did not have time to think about what could happen. What money deal or magazine deal would bid for our story. Shaming the U.S., they had shamed us by not doing anything about our civil rights, our civil liberties. All of this while our young men were being sent off to Vietnam Nam to fight in a war that was not necessary.
          And these privileged punks are heroes!

        • August 16, 2013 at 9:37 am

          ” Luckily he’s white, so the “insanity” defense will probably work to his benefit. ”

          This is what’s known as getting to the heart of the matter. Direct hit hopefruit.

  24. August 16, 2013 at 9:04 am

    • 98 japa21
      August 16, 2013 at 9:15 am

      • 99 hopefruit2
        August 16, 2013 at 9:23 am

        Tell that to Ezra Klein – who was quick to tweet the opposite based on this revelation!!

        • 100 anniebella
          August 16, 2013 at 9:36 am

          We all know Ezra Klein is full of alot of B.S. Remember his wife and her big article about POTUS not hiring any women in his administration.

      • August 16, 2013 at 9:50 am

        The problem is the deceptiveness of the headlines (which seems to be mimicked by other “news” organizations). But I guess a headline capturing what the article is really about won’t attract the attention. I wonder how many people actually read past the sensationalized headline to get to the heart of the story.

    • 102 anniebella
      August 16, 2013 at 9:22 am

      I thought GG and Snowden only concern were people privacy rights being abuse by the big bad Government.

  25. 103 desertflower
    August 16, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Cesca has been on fire regarding this NSA business. Here’s the MUST READ from this morning….


    • 104 hopefruit2
      August 16, 2013 at 9:24 am

      Yes, he has been very consistently providing useful facts on the NSA, debunking a whole lot of lies peddled by GG, and wikiDicks, etc- and the bitter emos/Libertarians can’t stand him right now.

      • 105 japa21
        August 16, 2013 at 9:31 am

        And what I really like about him is tjat he is not a total, “There is nothing her, move along” type of person. He readily admits that the program needs to be reviewed but his complaint is that all this hyperbole prevents any real discussion.

        • 106 hopefruit2
          August 16, 2013 at 9:40 am

          Yes, as I’ve said on Twitter and elsewhere, all surveillance methods entail a degree of risk – they are subjected to error and abuse, and should be open to constant review.

          But if someone is going to raise a stink about NSA, then they had better be prepared to explain why the sudden, intense focus and outrage about NSA to the exclusion of other surveillance methods like Stop & Frisk – which have been shown to have far more incidents of violation and abuse than the NSA ever could.

          • August 16, 2013 at 9:53 am

            But if someone is going to raise a stink about NSA, then they had better be prepared to explain why the sudden, intense focus and outrage about NSA to the exclusion of other surveillance methods like Stop & Frisk – which have been shown to have far more incidents of violation and abuse than the NSA ever could…


  26. 108 criquet
    August 16, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Morning all.

    Interesting read:


    …… ” The thing to keep in mind about Gregory, though, is that while nothing is guaranteed in television news, there’s little reason to believe he’ll be going anywhere anytime soon, despite MTP‘s flailing ratings. The reason for this is obvious: It’s tough to call somebody out for smelling lousy when you’re all sitting in the middle of a garbage dump. NBC News is such a disaster right now from top to bottom — with numbers down across the board, from Today to Nightly to MSNBC — that barring a complete clean-slate wipe, it’s tough to imagine any serious action being taken when it comes to on-air personnel. “

    • August 16, 2013 at 9:53 am

      It has been months and months since I watched NBC Nightly News. Watch very little of MSNBC anymore. Occasionally I check out Rachel (always on the treadmill then) but depending on what she’s doing/saying, I may stay with her and I may swtich in 5 seconds. EX. Last night she did a fantastic, researched segment on the NC voting law. When she does things like that, I will watch. As soon as she finished that segment and teased the next segment, I switched to HGTV. 🙂 VERY seldom watch Martin or Hardball; occasionally see Rev. Al. It’s also been months and months since I watched Today. Always switch to a local morning show. Obviously, I’m not the only one or the ratings wouldn’t be so bad.

  27. 110 LDS
    August 16, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Where were the emoprogs and PL when Stop & Frisk was implemented?
    Did not hear anything from them, then or now.
    They are full of BS.
    Just like OWS. Oh, I forgot. They were calling them heroes, also.

    • August 16, 2013 at 9:58 am

      How many emoprogs and PL’s did Stop and Frisk potentially impact? Remember, it’s not important unless it affects ME.

      Just like the GOP did not think sequestration was a big deal until it impacted things like THEIR travel. Then they pick and choose the good and bad aspects…the bad meaning what will negatively impact then personally.

  28. 114 japa21
    August 16, 2013 at 9:54 am

  29. 115 hopefruit2
    August 16, 2013 at 9:55 am

    HAHAHAHA…according to Huffington Post, Snowden now just threw his own father and his legal team under the bus, claiming that they are misrepresenting him when they bad mouth GG and Wikileaks….

    // NEW YORK –- National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden wants to set the record straight after individuals associated with his father have, in his words, “misled” journalists into “printing false claims about my situation.”

    In an emailed statement to The Huffington Post, Snowden said that neither his father Lon Snowden, his father’s lawyer Bruce Fein, nor Fein’s wife and spokeswoman Mattie Fein “represent me in any way.” “None of them have been or are involved in my current situation, and this will not change in the future,” Snowden said of his father and the Feins. “I ask journalists to understand that they do not possess any special knowledge regarding my situation or future plans, and not to exploit the tragic vacuum of my father’s emotional compromise for the sake of tabloid news.” //


    • August 16, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      ” tragic vacuum of my father’s emotional compromise for the sake of tabloid news”? What does this even mean? I think Snowden’s lawyer nailed it with narcissism.

  30. 117 desertflower
    August 16, 2013 at 9:57 am

    From Greg Sargent this morning:

    * DEMS GOING ON OFFENSE ON OBAMACARE: The White House-allied Americans United for Change plans a big health care offensive in the next two weeks. It says it will challenge conservative anti-Obamacare groups by aggressively touting the law’s benefits at staged events, attacking the right and GOP for wanting to return us to a pre-reform insurance industry free-for-all.

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