‘I’ll be there’

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the memorial for victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting at the Marine Barracks, September 22

152 Responses to “‘I’ll be there’”

  1. 1 MightyPamela
    September 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    WIth you all .

  2. September 22, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    GE Chips, TOD. Thanks for the comprehensive post on today’s memorial.

  3. 17 Betsy
    September 22, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Such sadness. When will we say, ENOUGH?

    • 18 Judith Fardig
      September 22, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      We need to keep saying it every day to our Congress critters that they must act in the best interests of public safety. The gun nuts as well as the NRA lobby them mercilessly, so we must rise up and make our moral argument louder and stronger than them. I don’t ever want to see such sadness on POTUS’ and FLOTUS’ faces again. They have borne this grief publicly for us too many times already.

      • 19 Betsy
        September 23, 2013 at 9:24 am

        I know. I hate to say this but if meeting with the parents do of Sandy Hook couldn’t do it, it sure is an uphill climb. We desperately need every Democrat to come out and VOTE in 2014 and get the gavel back to Nancy Pelosi!

  4. September 22, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Congrats on 1st Pamela!!!

    Thank you, once again, Chips!!!

    BTW, when the Fox clowns start challenging #teabagger Cruz you know the “GOP Establishment” is totally freaking out over any notion of a government shutdown or default.

    #TrustBarack or get out of Dodge

  5. September 22, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Something to smile about tonight…… the warmth and generosity of our wonderful President.

  6. 23 anniebella
    September 22, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    What time will POTUS and FLOTUS be heading to New York tomorrow?

  7. September 22, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    President Obama has now addressed the seventh mass shooting of his presidency, and we certainly heard the weariness in his voice Monday as spoke about the massacre at the Washington Navy Yard: “It’s a shooting that targeted our military and civilian personnel. These are men and women who were going to work, doing their job, protecting all of us. They’re patriots, and they know the dangers of serving abroad, but today they faced the unimaginable violence that they wouldn’t have expected here at home.”

    Sen. Morse and I started the 2013 legislative session amid a constituent outcry to curb gun violence in our communities. The movie theater shooting in Aurora last summer and the Newtown massacre in Connecticut had brought guns to the forefront of our agenda. We passed laws that extended our state’s background-check system to include private sales, to keep guns out of the hands of criminals; limited ammunition magazines to 15 rounds; and made sure that domestic abusers aren’t allowed to buy or keep guns.

    Each of these laws is already making Colorado safer. According to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, 28 criminals have been denied a firearm through a private sale in the first eight weeks of the expanded background-check law. That’s more than four criminals a week, when we know all too well that it takes only one person with a weapon to shatter a life, a family, a community.

  8. September 22, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I can actually feel the hurt that is showing on FLOTUS face as she looks at her husband.

    This must stop!

    • 29 anniebella
      September 22, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      FLOTUS knows him, and she know how this truly affects him. It isn’t any show for the camera , POTUS is truly concern.

      • 30 carolyn
        September 22, 2013 at 10:56 pm

        Yes, that expression on Michelle’s face just seared me. She is worried about him and what he carries. She knows how he cares, and how he is hurting for the families and the country. We need to continue to keep her in our circle of concern and prayers as she sustains him.

      • 31 anniebella
        September 22, 2013 at 10:58 pm

        And POTUS would love to do something about these mass shootings. I remember FLOTUS talking about how she and the girls can make POTUS smile. Probably right when he need it the most.

        • 32 HZ
          September 22, 2013 at 11:34 pm

          Anniebella and Carolyn, you both read those expressions from POB’s and FLOTUS faces right on point. He is strong and she is strong; but these shooting situations are very heavy on him because he knows that Congress is just doing thinking that will wear him down; but trust me when it seems the darkest, there are so many people who are right at this moment on bending knees praying for POB. Many who are very close to him know for sure how strong POB is; however they also know that he is human. This really hurts him because it is so cowardly done and Congress can change things, but because of the hate that they have on him, that hate affects others; and that really hurts POB.

          We will just have to stand steady with him and really do all that we can to lift him up in our prayers. Also, POB has many things that we do not even know about. But not to worry, just keep praying for our president and FLOTUS. I sometimes just spend long times in my music room/library/prayer room and just cry out in supplication on his behalf. That will count a lot for his space. Let us keep doing whatever we personally feel we can do in that spiritual realm to keep his space as peaceful as possible.

          But know this for sure; he Will be Fine. He Will get through all of this. He Will. Trust me on this one.
          Everyone have a great evening and thanks so much Chips, our beautiful soul for the beautiful haven here and all of the support you give to President Barack Obama. Things will get rugged before they get smooth; but they will smooth out. President Obama has faith, and Lord knows he is working as hard as he can. We Will Get There Together as our TOD family always does. (((((Good night everyone)))))))HZ

  9. September 22, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Has anyone heard of another shooting in Michigan??

  10. September 22, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I’ll never stop ….

    Yes We Can

    • September 22, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      Thank you, Bob. That’s what a warrior does and it’s what our president shows us every day. Never give in and never give up. We are on the side of humanity, decency and the true ‘right’ to life that every living person deserves. That’s why we can’t ever surrender to the darkness of ignorance, greed and madness.

    • 40 nathkatun7
      September 23, 2013 at 12:58 am

      Thanks Bob! You always propose sensible solutions. I wish members of Congress, and members of state legislatures, would seriously consider them. I strongly support the concept of liability insurance for all gun owners. I also support holding accountable “gun/ammo manufacturers & sellers” for manufacturing and selling products which are exclusively intended to kill. In addition, I think that at least 30 days should be the minimum time required to conduct a thorough background check, to find out the mental health status and records of prior criminal convictions, for any individual trying to purchase a gun. After all the right wingers have no qualms legislating all sorts of restrictions and checks before some one can be allowed to vote. So why the objections about trying to make sure that guns don’t fall in the wrong hands?

      • September 23, 2013 at 2:33 am

        “After all the right wingers have no qualms legislating all sorts of restrictions and checks before some one can be allowed to vote. So why the objections about trying to make sure that guns don’t fall in the wrong hands?”

        We both know, nath, that any form of logic to ideologues is pointless.

        Can’t thank you enough for your kind encouragement.

        We Will Prevail.

        Yes We Can

      • 42 vcprezofan2
        September 23, 2013 at 11:23 am

        Morning, Nathk! Hope your Monday is going well.
        As Bobfr notes below, these guys/gals don’t deal in logic, but maybe your question may appeal to one more logical voter out there.

  11. 43 dotster3
    September 22, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Colbert finally getting some deserved love—-2nd emmy—-that I’ve noticed anyway—-checking during breaks in Bears game.

  12. 45 utaustinliberal
    September 22, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Colbert won twice over Stewart so good for him. Talent over mediocrity.

    Kerry Washington got robbed big time.

    These awards shows have got to get some color. It’s 2013 and the viewing public is not 99.9% white as what I’ve seen tonight. It’s way more diverse.

    • 46 Dakota
      September 22, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      “These awards shows have got to get some color. It’s 2013 and the viewing public is not 99.9% white as what I’ve seen tonight. It’s way more diverse.”

      This is exactly the reason I stopped watching these award shows years ago. Hollywood isn’t as liberal as they’d like you to believe.

  13. 48 desertflower
    September 22, 2013 at 10:49 pm


    There was something ghoulish about the rally that House Republicans held today in the Rayburn Room after they voted to defund health care reform. The party atmosphere was so boisterous, the cheers and laughter so loud, that it was easy to forget everyone in the room had just voted to keep tens of millions of people from getting health insurance.

    By keeping spending at its current levels through mid-December, they had also voted to continue the sequester, which is preventing millions of people from getting public housing subsidies, Head Start seats, and unemployment benefits. The sequester is also taking a serious toll on scientific research and investment in infrastructure, not to mention its infuriating drag on employment and the economic recovery. How about another round of applause?

    This shouldn’t come as a surprise, of course, from a House that had voted the previous day to cut food stamps for 3.8 million low-income people, including many very young and very old recipients. But at least they didn’t have a party to celebrate that vote.

    Today, though, everyone was in a great mood.

    “When we acted, it wasn’t just a group of Republicans, but it was a bipartisan vote,” said Kevin McCarthy, the Majority Whip. (O.K., fine. Two Democrats voted for it, and 188 voted against.) “Let me state that again because I want to make sure you write it correctly. [Huge laughter.] It was a bipartisan vote because we’re Americans first! [Cheers, applause.]”

    These are sick, despicable creatures. HOUSE/SENATE 2014!!!!

    • 49 HZ
      September 22, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      DF, these are vile, very, very, very, very, Evil people. They are haters , but there will be a time when their laughter will turn gravel in their stomachs because of the evil acts that they are doing to so many helpless people. And these Congress persons always want to quote some scriptures. Their day will come when there will be no grace for them. HZ

  14. 50 jacquelineoboomer
    September 22, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    This a-hole must be kidding. Isn’t he the one who called the President the “d—” word?

    • 51 theo67
      September 22, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      Their skins are so thin. Telling the truth is “negative” to them. Attacking the President (this President) is fair game. Confronting their lies and biases is attacking them. They are a joke.

      • 52 jacquelineoboomer
        September 22, 2013 at 11:15 pm

        You nailed it. The schoolyard bullies who run away when you confront them. They quiver and shake. I think I heard one of ’em call for his “Mommy” the other day.

        On the flip side, they spout negatively 24/7 about the President, as you said, and he just gets STRONGER. I’m standing with the President, because he even gives me strength to keep going!

      • 56 nathkatun7
        September 23, 2013 at 1:22 am

        ” Attacking the President (this President) is fair game. Confronting their lies and biases is attacking them. They are a joke.”

        Very well said, Theo! This is exactly what we are facing with respect to the so called mainstream media (MSM). They want unlimited freedom to use any lies, hype, exaggerations, and spin, to attack President Obama. But pointing out their unethical attacks on the president is interfering with Freedom of the Press. I am so delighted that TOD twitter Warriors, like JOBoomr, have been relentless in exposing the hypocrisy and the unethical behavior of members of the MSM. It’s so funny to read that Chuckie Todd wants his remarks put into context despite the fact that he routinely attacks the President, using GOP talking points, or using some of the President’s remarks completely spin out of context. to make the President look bad.

    • 57 LDS
      September 22, 2013 at 11:25 pm

      JOB, this comes from a guy who called The President of the U.S. a fowl name and still has a job? Still has health insurance. Not on food stamps. Probably lives in a gated community or a secured building.
      How about you go to hell with the GOP?

    • 61 Judith Fardig
      September 22, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      Yep – Halperin IS that creep. I cancelled my Time subscription right after he said that, and every time they send me another offer, I mail it back saying not until they get get of him. I can more incisive political analysis here at TOD than Time Mag every day!

    • September 23, 2013 at 7:00 am

      This from the man who call PBO a D***….yeahhh

      • 67 jacquelineoboomer
        September 23, 2013 at 11:17 am

        Yes, that tortured soul. He needs to go away, just like Chuck Todd and some others. A whole lot of others!

  15. 68 desertflower
    September 22, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Great toon that I can’t get off here:) Oh, and Paul Ryan is evidently writing a book on company time ( YOUR DIME!) Best comment from that on the thread:

    missliberties • 14 minutes ago −
    Ryans book will be the story of how to put the lazy people back t’werk. Because twerking is kool.


    • 69 theo67
      September 22, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      They are unbelievable! They spend their days calling other people “takers”, while they collect their paychecks from Congress after doing nothing – and Ryan specifically feasts off the government contracts that have kept his family business going for decades. Unbelievable!

  16. 71 Dakota
    September 22, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Da Bears are making Yardarm very happy. My daughter says, “Don’t gloat mom.” Moi???

  17. 75 jacquelineoboomer
    September 22, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Hadn’t heard the petition was up this high:

  18. 76 jacquelineoboomer
    September 22, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Good way to support the U.S. Postal Service:

  19. 82 desertflower
    September 22, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    I’ve got to call it a night….have the rest of my oral surgery in the morning. I’m anxious and just wanting to get it over with at the same time. 2 1/2 hours with my mouth wide open and not able to talk…sheer torture to me:) Then my back starts killing me…..I never did think that dentist chairs were all that comfortable to begin with…..

    Anyway, I’ll see you all over coffee bright and early! Night all. Sleep tight.

  20. 86 anniebella
    September 22, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Good night all. Be Bless.

  21. 88 amk for obama
    September 22, 2013 at 11:50 pm

  22. 92 MightyPamela
    September 23, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Night everyone. Thank you, May God Bless you. And may He keep President and Mrs. Obama close in His Heart for Eternity.

  23. 93 globalcitizenlinda
    September 23, 2013 at 12:10 am

  24. 94 Dudette
    September 23, 2013 at 12:35 am

    LOL! 🙂

    What, he’s not already doing this?

  25. 96 Dudette
    September 23, 2013 at 12:46 am

  26. 97 Dudette
    September 23, 2013 at 1:28 am


  27. September 23, 2013 at 2:42 am

    time for some rest …

    #TrustBarack or get out of Dodge

  28. 99 Bill R.
    September 23, 2013 at 2:46 am

    Time to start a new #hashtag on Twitter

  29. September 23, 2013 at 6:34 am

    “Why Barack Obama looks so exhausted”



    Barack Obama looks exhausted these days. He looks about as tired, in other words, as the nation feels…he said that people are always telling him to “hang in there.” “Don’t worry about me!” Obama said. “I am still fired up, because I still see the work that needs to be done!”

    …in the world’s greatest democracy, our national government is so broken that it cannot act to save the lives of its citizens from mass slaughter. And the president admits it.

    I do not blame the president. I do not blame the nation. Nor will I say “the system” is to blame. The system is not to blame. The scorpions are to blame.

    There are scorpions among us. They sit in Congress, committed not to solving problems, but blocking solutions…They would take the food out of the mouths of children. They would put the insurance companies back in charge of health care. They would shut the government down, refuse to pay the nation’s bills, destroy the trust that other countries place in us when they buy our bonds, they would do all this rather than give President Obama the slimmest of political victories.

    They don’t have real alternate plans to help people. They weren’t, they believe, elected to help people. They were elected, they believe, to keep the other side from helping people.

    • September 23, 2013 at 8:07 am

      This is an excellent analysis, SW, and I’m glad that the article singles out the source of our national problems–the scorpions. I would add that the goal of the scorpions is also to wear the president out and then to discourage all of us from ever again voting for someone like him who seeks to change this country for the better. Well, they are in for a big surprise. The president may be aging, but I believe he has infinite sources of strength–from his faith, from his own internal convictions, from his beautiful wife and daughters and from the certain knowledge that all of us love him. It isn’t some mysterious “other” that is going to save the US at this point. It’s us, working together to get every single one of the nasty scorpions out of the Congress and out of our state houses.

      • September 23, 2013 at 9:09 am

        ” The president may be aging, but I believe he has infinite sources of strength…”

        I agree. Listening to him speak at the memorial on yesterday, I had a sense that the President was fed up and will not hesitate to call people/groups out. But all the craziness, the deliberate acts of sabotage, the constant obstruction, the attacks on his character, etc., wear on a person; a lesser person would have given up in defeat.

        The scorpions definitely need to be swept out.

      • September 23, 2013 at 9:14 am

        BTW JackieG…if I remember correctly today is your son’s birthday. Birthday wishes to him and hopes that he has a marvelous day.

    • 105 99ts
      September 23, 2013 at 8:18 am

      The comments screaming that the unemployed/poor should not get any assistance just prove the truth of Roger’s words

      “Unlike some, I don’t fear a shutdown of our national government. I fear a shutdown of our national conscience.”

  30. September 23, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Direct Link: https://www.worldswithoutend.com/lists_banned_sff.asp

  31. 107 Dudette
    September 23, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Direct link to list of banned sci-fi & fantasy books:

  32. 108 Dudette
    September 23, 2013 at 7:38 am

  33. 110 Dudette
    September 23, 2013 at 7:41 am

  34. 111 LDS
    September 23, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Let’s get rid of them in 2014.
    #Yes, We Can!

  35. 112 Linda
    September 23, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Pat Toomey started stammering when Sam Stein reminded him that their budget maintains the savings from Obamacare.

  36. 114 Dudette
    September 23, 2013 at 7:56 am

  37. 116 Dudette
    September 23, 2013 at 7:59 am

  38. 117 LDS
    September 23, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Them, being the scorpions that have infested our country with their greed, hypocrisy, lies, hate, racism, sexism, evil, blood suckers, news stainers, NRA, GOP, funded by the KKKoch bros.

    I hate starting a beautiful day like this. But I am so angry that families are still suffering because that lazy do nothing Congress does nothing about it. Spent most of the night tossing and turning.
    “Tears are not enough” says our President. He is so right. I am all cried out from growing up under the Jim Crow laws down south.
    Prayer and hope is all I have left for the new Jim Crow laws under the disguised of the name Congress.

    My prayer is for the safety of our POTUS and FLOTUS while in NYC today and always……

  39. 118 Dudette
    September 23, 2013 at 8:00 am

  40. 119 JER
    September 23, 2013 at 8:05 am

    LIVE NOW: Mall Stand-off – Nairobi, Kenya – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  41. 120 LDS
    September 23, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Thank you, Ms. Dudette. Good morning.
    All I can say is….hmmmmmmmm.
    Makes you wonder sometimes.

  42. 122 Dudette
    September 23, 2013 at 8:05 am

  43. 123 Linda
    September 23, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Peter King is talking about Omar Hammani…the American that went to Somalia to fight but was killed over an internal dispute while talking about American Somali’s being radicalized here.

    Hammani is of Syrian discent, not Somali……

    • 124 Don
      September 23, 2013 at 8:14 am

      …..but the guy is black, so there.

      • 125 LDS
        September 23, 2013 at 8:24 am

        Don, you took the words right out of my mouth.
        When we all learn to accept and appreciate where civilization started, this race thing will be moot.
        There will be NO color in heaven. It’s Spiritual, y’all.

      • 126 Linda
        September 23, 2013 at 8:35 am

        Hammani was the subject of a documentary titled ” The Jihadist Next Door ” . I saw it on Current TV’s Vanguard Series….

  44. 127 Dudette
    September 23, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Gotta know about the lies so we can fight them…

  45. 128 Dudette
    September 23, 2013 at 8:19 am

    From USA Today


    “…Obama’s first meeting Monday is with President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria. The two leaders will discuss efforts “to advance transparent, democratic governance, expand trade and development, improve security, and create opportunities for youth and entrepreneurs,” says the White House schedule.

    Later, Obama will host a reception for heads of state, and what the White House calls “representatives of civil society, multilateral organizations, and private foundations.”

    The group will “explore ways to protect the critical role civil society plays from growing restrictions in a number of countries around the world,” the schedule says.

    In the evening, Obama will meet employees with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

    The day ends with the president and first lady Michelle Obama hosting a United Nations General Assembly reception.”

    Busy day! Somewhere in there he might squeeze in a meeting with Iran President Hasan Rouhani. 😀

    • 129 LDS
      September 23, 2013 at 8:55 am

      I just love how our President keeps on keeping on. He is truly divinely equipped for this job. after yesterday, I would have wanted to stay under the covers or run off to my “Dude Ranch” to hide.

  46. 130 Linda
    September 23, 2013 at 8:20 am

    CAIRO — An Egyptian court has banned the Muslim Brotherhood group and ordered its assets confiscated in a dramatic escalation of a crackdown by the military-backed government against supporters of the ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

    Egypt state TV said the court issued its ruling on Monday.

    The Brotherhood was outlawed for most of its 85 years in existence. But after the 2011 ouster of autocrat Hosni Mubarak, it was allowed to work openly, formed a political party and rose to power in a string of post-Mubarak elections. In March, it registered as a recognized non-governmental organization.

    The ruling, which can be appealed, opens door for authorities to track down the group’s elaborate network of social services, dealing a deadly blow to its pillars of grass-root support.

  47. 131 Dudette
    September 23, 2013 at 8:20 am

  48. 132 Dudette
    September 23, 2013 at 8:22 am

  49. 133 andogriff
    September 23, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Hello everyone, just checking in…. Ms Chips, thank you so very much for the incredible, heart-wrenching coverage of the Navy Yard memorial. All I could do was get a box of Kleenex, and wipe my nose and laptop keyboard from time to time. Heartbreaking, and all so unnecessary…… if we only had a Congress made up of people with souls. Thank you (and all wonderful blog tyrants!) for all you do!

  50. 134 Dudette
    September 23, 2013 at 8:25 am

    How VA is Making Progress in Reducing the Benefits Backlog

  51. 135 dotster3
    September 23, 2013 at 8:28 am

    NBC Today instilling fear—–had a report re. possibility of Americans among the Somali attackers which prompted them to ask about the strong possibility that this same kind of terrorism could happen at a mall in the U.S.—–saying they’re all vulnerable with numerous entrances and exits. Control thru fear.

  52. 137 Dudette
    September 23, 2013 at 8:34 am

  53. 138 Dudette
    September 23, 2013 at 8:37 am

    BBC story about zizi’s mentor

  54. 139 Jovie
    September 23, 2013 at 8:38 am

    For Zizi

  55. 144 Dudette
    September 23, 2013 at 8:46 am

  56. 145 Dudette
    September 23, 2013 at 8:47 am

  57. 146 Dudette
    September 23, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Latest: Nairobi Westgate attack: ‘Assault begins’ to break siege

  58. 147 Dudette
    September 23, 2013 at 8:51 am

  59. 148 JER
    September 23, 2013 at 8:57 am

  60. 149 africa
    September 23, 2013 at 9:05 am

  61. 151 africa
    September 23, 2013 at 9:12 am

  62. 152 africa
    September 23, 2013 at 9:12 am

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