110 Responses to “We ♥ Hawaii”

  1. September 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Congrats on 1st Mary.

    Fantastic photos UT!!



  2. 6 Eveingeorgia
    September 8, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    These pictures ar gorgeous, UT. THANKS.

    JackieO, thanks for the response in the last thread.

    • 7 jacquelineoboomer
      September 8, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      You are welcome, Eve!

      And, yes, UT – photos are gorgeous. Breathtaking, both our POTUS and our FLOTUS!

  3. 8 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Surprised at the resignation of NAACP, Mr. Ben Jealous.

    I will take his word as to WHY.

    Praying there is no bad issues related to the decision because the gop would find ways to capitalize on any issue & try to tear the organization apart – this is the last thing the civil rights movement needs at this time.

  4. 12 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I don’t know if anyone else has highlighted this table – estimates of ObamaCare cost comparison across different states.

    I hope the chart in the attachment shows the figures:

    • 13 globalcitizenlinda
      September 8, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      glad to see that the specific numbers.

      chart includes only the states that have reported prices so far – stay tuned for others

  5. September 8, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Wowza! Love these pictures!!! What a magnificent gorgeous First Couple. I don’t remember seeing that picture of Michelle in that dress — beautiful. The President doesn’t wear a light colored suit often, but I remember a picture of him in a gray suit about the color of her skirt and I thought he looked especially good in it. I’m not up on men’s fashion, but I suspect darker suits are considered more businesslike or something.

    I was looking for funny tweets to add to the last post, I’m not sure if the picture will show up. Somehow with all the questioning going on this one struck me as funny today. Here goes!

  6. 18 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    simply gorgeous!

    I remember that night in Hawaii. On the live feed, most guests within camera shot turned & looked admiringly at the First Couple as they strode into the room.

  7. September 8, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Smartypants is always illuminating. I thought her post about the media, NSA, transparency and President Obama was right on target. It just never ceases to amuse me when I see lefties saying something idiotic about the President and it’s obvious they don’t look at the White House site or listen to his speeches. They don’t really know the facts. the media pays attentions to clicks and tweets about their articles. They don’t know why it is getting attention, it just is. So normally I watch what I tweet or respond to. I think it’s important to let them know we aren’t buying misinformation and to correct it.

    The fallacy of transparency in an era of media hyperbole and distortion

    • 20 vcprezofan2
      September 8, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      ‘the media pays attentions to clicks and tweets about their articles. They don’t know why it is getting attention, it just is. So normally I watch what I tweet or respond to. I think it’s important to let them know we aren’t buying misinformation and to correct it.’

      I do believe you are right, TME. I remember reading somewhere, not too long ago, that when counting tweets (for politicians??) etc more attention is paid to the total than to whether the tweet was pro or con the recipient. I tend to only retweet articles I think have something of value to say. On the other hand, though, I’m not sure how to let the ones not doing their jobs know I’m disgusted without tweeting them my disapproval.

      • September 8, 2013 at 6:46 pm

        I just looked at the way I wrote that. I didn’t mean to say that they wouldn’t know about tweets. I hadn’t heard that about just counting the total of tweets. I thought they did read them. As far as articles go, they wouldn’t know why someone was clicking, but they sure as heck could know why someone was tweeting.

        I still like the idea of tweeting my opinions as well as calling rep and senator. Especially with state officials, it’s not easy to contact them in Indiana. Tweeting is really the best way I’ve found.

        I feel better when I tweet so I’m gonna! Let’s do it, vc!!!

        • 22 vcprezofan2
          September 8, 2013 at 7:04 pm

          TME, I can be empty-headed at times, but I THINK the counting of tweets had to do more with the politicians, (and maybe pundits?). Someone with a better memory may set me/us straight soon. It makes sense that writers of articles would read all their tweets to get some feedback.

          I’m definitely continuing to tweet because I do feel better when I think I have contributed a good point. My take generally is, who knows on whom a tweet might make an impact?

  8. 23 africa
    September 8, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Two stunningly beautiful people.

  9. 24 africa
    September 8, 2013 at 5:53 pm

  10. September 8, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Thoughtful LA Times OpEd today by UC Santa Barbara professor.

    Obamacare: New fight, old tactics
    Opponents of the healthcare law are following in the footsteps of Southern segregationists half a century ago.

    I really wish Dems would grow a spine and confront GOP and SCOTUS segregationist mentality. The majority of Americans would stand up and cheer to have bigots shamed.

    The MSM is complicit in completing IGNORING SCOTUS (except for a fluff profile here and there).

    SCOTUS is dangerous and has far too much power concentrated in the hands of 9 people.

    • 29 globalcitizenlinda
      September 8, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      wonder how easy it would be to organize red-state voters around access to healthcare.

      after all, the selfish ones who may be uninsured stand to personally gain from implementation

  11. 30 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2013 at 6:11 pm

  12. September 8, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    The debate is essential but the reality doesn’t budge …

    … you either enforce the law or de facto you’ve repealed it.


  13. September 8, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    It’s too bad I didn’t see this photo for Mother’s Day.

    I love elephants; they’re so intelligent, social and a matriarchal society (hate that GOP, which are nothing like elephants have usurped these magnificent creatures for their logo):

    Am in awe at how gentle an enormous creature can be:

  14. September 8, 2013 at 6:28 pm

  15. 41 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Based on the 5.20 p.m (Sunday) time stamp on US State Department tweet above, it seems everyone in Team Obama is working round the clock.

    These dedicated Public Servants must be really exhausted.

    I a little surprised that the media hounds have not yet released on of those famous photos they take, using a high-powered camera, and through the windows of the Oval Office

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  18. 45 whatisworking
    September 8, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Greetings TOD family

    Our local OFA team made the paper, yah.


    It was a lot of work, but worth it because we had a decent turn out, got great press, and the reading of the names of gun violence victim was very effective.

    I visit daily, post rarely, and think of all of you often.

  19. September 8, 2013 at 6:44 pm
  20. 54 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    About 2 hours ago, I replied to a Salon article & I was ridiculing them that they might as well say the Syria victims gassed themselves.

    Until I read the tweets from Bobfr above, I did not realize that there were US public figures making the stupid claims.

    what has the world come to?

  21. September 8, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Was trying to watch something on my computer and I happened to turn on the TV and gosh darnit, now I’m watching Back To The Future!

    Ok, call me stupid, but I never realized the day he went back in time was November 5th, 1955. And who just happened to be born on November 5th, 1976??? Me…LAMH36 (soon to be 37). Who knew?

    I know, I know, just about EVERY crazy Back to the Future fanatic…lol!

  22. 59 utaustinliberal
    September 8, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    So tense as I watch Serena Williams in the US Open final. Gooooooooo Serena!

  23. 68 vcprezofan2
    September 8, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Has anyone from the village posted a question regarding Syria for the Google forum with SoS Kerry?


    There are a few ‘serious’ questions on the page. For example

    Kathryn Lilley
    Shared publicly – 6:04 PM

    Hello, Secretary Kerry, I support the administration’s proposed action on Syria. I do have one concern, however–what will happen if the US strikes inadvertently kill a Russian national? What response could we expect from Russia, in that event? Thank you!

  24. September 8, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    • 70 a4alice
      September 8, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      are you kidding me? smh, teachers they are so underappreciated. they buy their own stuff for their classroom now this.

    • 71 Jessica
      September 8, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      I had a teacher who would buy her students lunch if they didn’t have money. Her name was Ms Jones.

    • 72 jacquelineoboomer
      September 8, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      One of the presenters at a Navy EEO conference I attended back when I was working was a principal of an inner-city Philly elementary school. She said they kept a washer and dryer at the school, and would very quietly offer some students clothes to wear during the school day, while the staff washed the clothes they had come to school in …

      That’s a teacher.

  25. September 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I must say the President looks a lot like me in that picture, except he’s tall, dark, handsome and slender……..oh and owns a nice suit. OTHERWISE…..

  26. September 8, 2013 at 7:06 pm

  27. 83 GGail
    September 8, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Good West Coast evening Chipsticks, UT & TOD family.

    My newly adopted nephew (aka VC’s Offspring) sent me this cute joke this morning and I want to share it here on TOD. He gave me permission:

    Q: What do you call a lone Republican in a room full of Democrats?

    A: The elephant in the room!

    LOL 😆

  28. 85 utaustinliberal
    September 8, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    • 86 donna dem 4 obama
      September 8, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      My President is working his heart out for this vote. I have complete trust in his judgement.

      • 87 globalcitizenlinda
        September 8, 2013 at 8:09 pm

        made the same observation about the hard work PBO & all members of Team Obama are putting in. it seems like not one has been able to take a breath

    • September 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      It appears that POTUS surprised the group. Accountability, GOP.

    • 89 anniebella
      September 8, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      This is not a easy decision for POTUS. I’m sure he would rather be focusing on jobs, debt ceiling, trying to grow this economy, Obamacare. I don’t think POTUS want to start another war.

  29. 90 utaustinliberal
    September 8, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations Serena Williams. Five time US Open Champion.

  30. September 8, 2013 at 7:38 pm


  31. September 8, 2013 at 7:39 pm


    And can I now bitch? Whose FUCKING IDEA was it to play the men’s final on a Monday ON PURPOSE?! Seeing as most of us are, you know, at work. Choads.

  32. 104 a4alice
    September 8, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    twitter is on fire! Serena Williams wins the day! 😀

  33. 107 CEB
    September 8, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    3.6 .million in winnings!!! Salary equity is almost there

  34. 109 susanne
    September 8, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    but before we go…. thanks for the happy hawaii post! we love you too! 🙂

  35. 110 vitaminlover
    September 8, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Sooooo….the Obamas are in Hawaii?

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