76 Responses to “Barack + Michelle = Sweet Dreams”

  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    August 26, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Good night TOD. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite. See you on Rise and Shine!

    • 2 Betsy
      August 26, 2013 at 12:27 am

      Goodnight UT, and thanks for all that you do here.

    • 3 vcprezofan2
      August 26, 2013 at 12:28 am

      Good night & thank you. If you keep your bedbugs on your side of the village I won’t have to worry about them at all! I’m going to try and complete one post before retiring, though my eyes are telling me ‘not likely, sis”.

      Rest well, yourself!

    • 4 nathkatun7
      August 26, 2013 at 12:52 am

      Thank you so much for all your magnificent posts and your wonderful and informative tweets! You are a real treasure for many of us at TOD. Have a good night sleep!

  2. 5 desertflower
    August 26, 2013 at 12:31 am

    NIght all…I have some oral surgery to get through tomorrow…not looking forward to it, but I gotta do what I gotta do. More anxious about the novacaine than the actual laser surgery…I HATE everything about novacaine! Think good thoughts for me….I love the pic from the wedding. So beautiful together.

  3. 13 vcprezofan2
    August 26, 2013 at 12:34 am

    As it’s actually Monday now, I’m re-posting a couple of yesterday’s tweets that will be quite applicable Monday.

  4. August 26, 2013 at 12:38 am

    The look of love – I just love how they are so in love. Makes my heart sing everytime I see this beautiful family interact with each other. America is so lucky to have them as the First Family ❤

  5. 19 vcprezofan2
    August 26, 2013 at 12:41 am

    These are people whose lives were taken in the struggle for voting rights, freedom, equality. Rev Al suggested on Saturday why should other ‘Voter IDs’ be needed…

    I think I’ll share some more of these voters who paid the ultimate sacrifice under the Voter ID meme and hope that others will join in. If nothing else it will remind some and educate others as to how much was REALLY paid for the right to be accepted as equal.

  6. 23 globalcitizenlinda
    August 26, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I think something most of us don’t do well is to listen clearly to what PBO is saying.

    I thought now would be a good time to re-listen to the speech POTUS gave about War & Peace when he was accepting his Nobel Prize – lots of material to ponder that is included in that speech

    • 24 jacquelineoboomer
      August 26, 2013 at 12:54 am

      Love how your mind works, Linda. Thanks for thinking of that.

      And goodnight to you and everybody still awake at TOD!

      • 25 globalcitizenlinda
        August 26, 2013 at 1:32 am

        PBO put a lot in that speech. one can trace part of his decision-making process when he ways the pros and cons of each action.

        he also exposes his inner turmoil (i.e. the balancing act between morality & practical concerns) as he works his way through complex challenges that he confronts

    • 26 vcprezofan2
      August 26, 2013 at 12:56 am

      GCL, the problem I have is that I don’t really have/ take the time to listen again once I’ve already heard a speech. It works much better for me if people isolated segments of the speech and shared those. What is Working, and Chipsticks do excellent jobs, as do others here I know.

      Come to think of it, using segments of the President’s speeches in short video clips would actually make a nice nighttime post…or posts for that matter. We could probably do that as our go-to-bed post for an entire week (hint, hint to blog helpers) and not run out of material, and the added advantage is that tweeters would end up with an entire supply of short videos that could be passed on. The reality, IMO, is that not many people going about their everyday lives would stop and listen to entire speeches , while they would for 1-6 minutes segments.

      • 27 globalcitizenlinda
        August 26, 2013 at 1:25 am

        yes, it is hard for most people to find those long stretches of time to listen to a whole speech. shorter clips are more useful for most people.

        this is one of those more complex ones to focus on.

        I am not well versed with creating shorter clips but I am sure someone here could help out

      • August 26, 2013 at 9:08 am

        That’s an excellent idea vc – perhaps you could mention it to Chips, UT, LP, etc 🙂 🙂 I’m all in FAVOR!!!

        • 29 vcprezofan2
          August 26, 2013 at 9:23 am

          Morning Hopefruit. Would you ask instead (pretty please with chocolate on top)? Poor Chips and the other leaders are ‘tired’ of me ‘asking techie favours’, but I really do think this would be a nice way to gather a stash of ammunition we could use. Sometimes I hate to tweet when, other than an opinion, I have nothing significant to offer. Segments of the President’s speeches could go a long way towards answering much of the fluff that lazy pundits and GOPs put out there – ‘out of the horse’s mouth’, so to speak. And we ALL here KNOW that PBO has answered, repeatedly, all the questions their feeble minds raise, if they would only do their work AND BE OBJECTIVE WITH/WHEN ADDRESSING THE PUBLIC.

          Hmmmmm. A thought just occurred to me. LovelyPlains does a good job finding and sharing videos, so he probably is also good at dicing them. Hmmm. I wonder if we you could negotiate with him to become TOD’s PBO speech clips leading expert. It could be a new portfolio in the village, and starting soon and heading into 2014, we would have a library “In PBO’s Words”, or something like that.
          /O -ho! I’m rambling. Again. Sorry, Hf. I only meant to answer you. Briefly./ 🙄

          • 30 hopefruit2
            August 26, 2013 at 9:33 am

            Anytime VC! I’m honored to be tasked with this special assignment 🙂 If LP logs in today I will see if I can “catch” him (I won’t be around for a part of today) and pitch this excellent idea to him. I’m sure he would be VERY enthusiastic!!

            • 31 vcprezofan2
              August 26, 2013 at 9:39 am

              Okey-dokey! 😀 Outside of OFA, TOD has the best team! (BTW, don’t be getting into any trouble when you aren’t around.)

              • 32 hopefruit2
                August 26, 2013 at 9:41 am

                🙂 🙂 Oh no, I’ll be on my best behavior – I have a date with my Prez. (wishful thinking…)

                • 33 vcprezofan2
                  August 26, 2013 at 9:49 am

                  ‘on my best behavior’

                  In your case, Hf, I’m not sure if that is ‘good’, or ‘bad’, but either way, ‘Enjoy your day!’

  7. 35 vcprezofan2
    August 26, 2013 at 1:03 am

    HZ shared this quotation in her morning comment …

    “Life is exquisitely a time-thing, like music.” Ernest E. Just

    It’s TIME I go to bed. Good night, and pleasant dreams!

  8. August 26, 2013 at 1:30 am

    As I continously note, any pics of POTUS and FLOTUS together are the best. Even apart, I would rather look at them than anything else.

  9. August 26, 2013 at 2:02 am

    The reality of our great President’s leadership …

    Moreover …

    Please send him your gratitude.

    Yes We Can

  10. 40 sherijr
    August 26, 2013 at 8:08 am

    good morning TOD… so this mom has the first day of school blues.. sigh~ Son in 8th grade, first day today after 6 years of homeschooling.. he is so shy, but I know he was excited too. Happy Monday everyone!

    • August 26, 2013 at 8:54 am

      Good Morning Sherijr. I’m sure your son will be fine. Sometimes as parents, we project our fears and concerns onto our children. I know that I had to be careful about that, especially as my son got older. Some of the things we make a big deal about, our children may not see as a big deal (nor should they). He will quickly settle into the school’s routine and make friends; no problem.

      I imagine that you have a good relationship with your son and that he will share his experiences with you. So, even though its easier said than done, relax and share his excitement. 🙂

      • 42 sherijr
        August 26, 2013 at 9:24 am

        agree sw, and thank you for the wise words 🙂

        • 43 vcprezofan2
          August 26, 2013 at 9:45 am

          {Sherijr}. ‘Poor’ mom! You didn’t ride after the bus this morning, did you? 😀 I had an acquaintance who did that, though to be honest it was her son’s first week in kindergarten. Your young man will be fine – he may be shy but that doesn’t mean he isn’t confident in his knowledge and abilities, from having worked solidly with you all these years. Have yourself a good ‘first’ empty-nester day in a long while (I’d guess)! In fact, why not come over for a cup o’ tea? 😉

          • 44 sherijr
            August 26, 2013 at 11:13 am

            would love to have that cup o’ tea vc, thank you! Actually we only live 2 blocks from the school, and he will be walking… but he insisted I drive him today.. so I wasn’t the only one w/ separation anxiety 🙂

            • 45 vcprezofan2
              August 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm

              😀 So you did it with a ‘big’ smile, as this might be the last time he wants you ‘hanging around’ the entrance to school. I sure hope he has a positive start there!

  11. 46 dotster3
    August 26, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Obama’s fault. Trump is all over the teevee this a.m. blabbing away that he finds it “very interesting” that the N.Y. Atty Gen. met with PBO the day before the lawsuit was filed against him. I should have known this was ‘Obama’s fault’, as is everything.
    Trump is disgusting, no visible redeeming qualities of any kind.

    • 47 JER
      August 26, 2013 at 8:55 am


    • August 26, 2013 at 9:06 am

      Yeah, I saw that too. I guess Trump has to have his moment in the spotlight. President Obama had nothing better to do than to plot with the NY AG to get revenge on Trump. One of those “entitled narcissist” that someone was talking about in the last post who can’t believe that someone has the audacity to go after him.

      • August 27, 2013 at 3:39 pm

        I’m sure tRump is in love with our president — just like Caribou Barbie, and all the RWNJs who scream about “Obama this; Obama that! Look at ME!”
        What a desperate pathetic little man — sad that he has grandchildren.

  12. 50 vcprezofan2
    August 26, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Okay, TODobots, is it morning yet? It’s hard for me to tell as the body is awake, yet the eyes are red and tired and it’s dark outside!

    • 51 desertflower
      August 26, 2013 at 8:56 am

      Yes, it’s morning…but sounds like you should curl back up and snuggle back in:)

      • 52 vcprezofan2
        August 26, 2013 at 9:08 am

        Won’t work, Desertf. Once the eyes open the mind starts churning and no amount of reasoning will quieten it.

        What are you doing up already? Isn’t it a while before you have to head to school?

        • 53 desertflower
          August 26, 2013 at 9:14 am

          I always get up around 5 or 5:30 on a school day…need my quiet time and coffee and reading….I have to ease myself awake before school:) I understand about the mind churning….only mine keeps me awake at night. Sometimes my brain just won’t shut off…

          • 54 vcprezofan2
            August 26, 2013 at 9:27 am

            O mine keeps me awake at night too!! Not you too! I NEVER sleep through the night, averaging 3 or 4 wake-ups is normal no matter where I am, so I try to roll with it. Of course it means that I’m tired the majority of the time because I can’t nap during the day.

            Anyways, DF – You have yourself a wonderful Monday and a terrific week, churning mind and all!

          • 55 vcprezofan2
            August 26, 2013 at 9:34 am

            Hey, Df, what time is your dental procedure? Maybe I can send a mental ‘hello, you have company’ at that time.

  13. 56 desertflower
    August 26, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Good morning:)!! sherijr…BIG day for your son! I hope that he loves being in his new school and makes friends quickly, even though he’s shy. If he can find a sport that he loves, he’ll have a ready made family…I told my kids the very same thing. My daughter was a swimmer and went on to be the captain of her high school swim team…my son played lacrosse all year long for 4 years. If not sports, then honor society or another club that interests him. I’ll be thinking of him and I hope that you let us know how the first day went:) Bet it’s more nerve wracking for you, than him….

    Thanks to all that sent their well wishes for me and my surgery today….I know that I’ve made this whole thing worse in my mind than it will really be….did I mention how much I HATE novacaine?? I’ll let you know how it goes. Better go great because the other half of my mouth gets done in a month!

    • 57 sherijr
      August 26, 2013 at 9:31 am

      Best wishes today df on your surgery- piece of cake 😉 you will do just fine. You’re right about sports and clubs.. both my adult sons were heavily involved w/ those in their school years.. This is my baby stepping outta the nest a wee bit- so I am certain my trepidation is far more than his- I know he was nervous this morning- but he went for it like a champ, so I also realize he was looking forward to it… his teacher seemed very sweet- very pretty and young- and there is a total of only 44 8th graders to two teachers, so a really small class, which is a good way to get back into attending a school again.

      Again, best wishes for today 🙂 I’ll be thinking of you and sending out lots of good thoughts.

      • 58 desertflower
        August 26, 2013 at 10:06 am

        {{{{sherijr}}}}} sounds like the perfect learning environment for him. He’ll do great. Thanks for thinking of me today…I appreciate all the good thoughts:)

        • 59 sherijr
          August 26, 2013 at 11:16 am

          Honestly df, I am a teeny bit worried about this school- it is very ‘poor’ $ wise.. hopefully not poor in quality- we shall see how it goes. There is no athletic program, they say they will have some clubs; etc.. but it is really going to be very basic.. luckily I’m told he’ll have far more opportunities w/ high schools in Baltimore. However, the fact that its a neighborhood school and small in terms of class size will be a benefit for us for now.

    • 60 Dakota
      August 26, 2013 at 11:24 am

      Best wishes df. Thinking of you.

  14. August 26, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Young black men energized by 50th anniversary march

    by Todd Johnson | August 25, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Chicago teenager Terrence Riley didn’t plan to attend the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington Saturday, but his grandmother insisted he come.

    She’s pretty old and it meant a lot to her because she marched [back in 1963],” said Riley, 17. “She really wanted me to be a part of it and my [younger] brother, but we weren’t really exactly excited.”

    Riley’s indifference to the event changed quickly, however. He admitted he was inspired by the “passion” of several speakers and the overall atmosphere.

    Riley was among tens of thousands of people who gathered to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

    TheGrio.com asked several young African-American men to reflect on the day’s events and share how the anniversary is relevant to their lives in 2013. Responses ranged from stories of pride and appreciation to calls for more action and participation from young people in civil rights issues…..


    • 62 jackiegrumbacher
      August 26, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Well, Rikyrah, that means that the march accomplished exactly what it was supposed to. We may not change too many old minds stuck in the ways of yesterday, but young people can learn, grow and change the world. Bravo to the grandmother who insisted that her grandsons come with her.

  15. August 26, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Mooooooorning everyone, will have R&S up in a bit-ish

  16. August 26, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Martin Luther King Was A Liberal Progressive Who Favored Left Wing Causes & Don’t You Forget It

    By Oliver Willis · August 23,2013

    As we head towards the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, it is worth pausing for a second to solidly stake out the fact that Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of the left.

    For years the right has sought to either de-politicize Rev. King or expunge his leftist sentiment from the public record. We are told time and again that King was somehow beyond ideology and that his quest for civil rights and justice didn’t deal in politics.


    Rev. King was a liberal. A dyed in the wool liberal. He was on the left. He favored liberal solutions and liberal policies. He wasn’t a centrist, moderate, on the center-left or God forbid anywhere near the right. HE WAS A LIBERAL.

    The first, and worst counterargument to King’s liberalism often relies on conservatives assuming that people are either stupid, ignorant or unwilling to challenge their perversion of history. They claim that since the most vehement of opposition to King was often rooted in the Democratic party, while he had support in the Republican party, as proof that he was on the right……


  17. 65 JER
    August 26, 2013 at 9:08 am

  18. August 26, 2013 at 9:11 am

    ‘We do not have the votes right now’
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:00 AM EDT

    Proponents of the Republican government-shutdown scheme generally express nothing but optimism — their support is growing, they say, and the effort continues apace.

    There is, however, ample reason to believe the GOP is moving further away from actually executing the shutdown plan.

    Late last week, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the #4 member of the House Republican leadership, dismissed the scheme, saying it’s “probably not realistic.” Around the same time, Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) stressed his hatred for the Affordable Care Act, but nevertheless added that his party should invest its energies elsewhere.

    Yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), one of the key ringleaders of the shutdown scheme, conceded, “We do not have the votes right now.”

    So, it’s over, right? Not quite yet.


    • 67 jackiegrumbacher
      August 26, 2013 at 9:40 am

      Rikyrah, it makes you want to pull your hair out to see all this Congressional energy and taxpayer dollars wasted on nonsense and hatred. We’ve got to take back the House and keep the Senate.

  19. August 26, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Good Morning Early Birds!!!

  20. August 26, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Toon: “Doggie Do’s and Don’ts” Bo Introduces Sunny to the White House


  21. 70 amk for obama
    August 26, 2013 at 9:23 am

    A Sunday school teacher is concerned that his students might be a little confused about Jesus, so he asks his class, “Where is Jesus today?”

    Steven raises his hand and says, “He’s in Heaven.”

    Mary answers, “He’s in my heart.”

    Little Johnny waves his hand furiously and blurts out, “He’s in our bathroom!”

    The surprised teacher asks Little Johnny how he knows this.

    “Well,” Little Johnny says, “every morning, my father gets up, bangs on the bathroom door and yells ‘Jesus Christ, are you still in there?!'”

  22. August 26, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Ginsburg reflects on present, future
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:37 AM EDT.

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sat down for a fascinating interview with the New York Times’ Adam Liptak, which is generally a departure from the norm. As Liptak noted, “Unless they have a book to sell, Supreme Court justices rarely give interviews.”

    But Ginsburg, an 80-year-old jurist confirmed to the high court two decades ago, had quite a bit to say about the justices’ recent work, Congress’ dysfunction, and the recent far-right trend that has made this “one of the most activist courts in history.”

    Of particular interest to court watchers, though, are Ginsburg’s career plans. For many on the left, her retirement before the end of President Obama’s second term is critically important to the nation’s future, but for now, the justice seems intent on staying on the job.

    On Friday, she said repeatedly that the identity of the president who would appoint her replacement did not figure in her retirement planning.

    “There will be a president after this one, and I’m hopeful that that president will be a fine president,” she said.

    Were Mr. Obama to name Justice Ginsburg’s successor, it would presumably be a one-for-one liberal swap that would not alter the court’s ideological balance. But if a Republican president is elected in 2016 and gets to name her successor, the court would be fundamentally reshaped.


  23. 73 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 26, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I missed this on Saturday. Justice Ginsburg put the court on the corner of Front St and Blast…

  24. 74 amk for obama
    August 26, 2013 at 9:45 am

    • 75 hopefruit2
      August 26, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Yes, lets see them send their children to war or they themselves sign up. Anyone I see in the MSM pushing for war on Twitter, I will tweet them a response to that effect.

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