Medal of Freedom and Arlington

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama read an inscription of quotes from President John F Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery, after participating in a wreath-laying ceremony in his honor



President Obama and Bill Clinton help Ethel Kennedy, widow of Robert F. Kennedy, before a wreath laying ceremony in honor of President John F. Kennedy


by Pete Souza


Greeting Ethel Kennedy after laying a wreath at the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy



Text of the President’s remarks here



C.T. Vivian

The Look: Beautiful

Ernie Banks reacts after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama

Israeli-American psychologist Daniel Kahneman

Loretta Lynn

Gloria Steinem

The Washington Post’s Ben Bradlee

Greeting Hillary


Read about all the Medal of Freedom recipients here


Pete Souza: President Obama & Ernie Banks with a Jackie Robinson bat


Coming Up:

7:10: President Obama Speaks at a Dinner in Honor of Medal of Freedom Awardees

And White House Live & CBenghaziS

See the remarks at C-Span


8:40: President Obama attends a Performance by Arturo Sandoval in Honor of Medal of Freedom Awardees at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

115 Responses to “Medal of Freedom and Arlington”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    November 20, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Suh-weet! Perfectly in synch with Chips Chica! 😀 …. I think.

  2. 9 utaustinliberal
    November 20, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Fantastic collection, Chiparoo.

  3. 11 anniebella
    November 20, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Lovely pictures.

  4. November 20, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    PBO about to speak at Medal of Honor dinner!


  5. 16 vcprezofan2
    November 20, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Great re-cap, Ms Chips! I missed it all ‘live’ so these pics give me a good overall perspective. Much appreciated to know that I never really miss stuff even when I have to miss it live – you are a champion! Muchisimas gracias, Chica.

  6. 17 hopefruit2
    November 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Oh my goodness….such marvelous pics and poignant images of the day. I will need at least 24 hrs to browse and enjoy 🙂 Thanks Chips!

  7. November 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I didn’t realize that Ben Bradlee is 92!

  8. 19 GGail
    November 20, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Chipsticks – THANKS so much for the re-caps. Did you miss a photo of Dick Lugar or did you choose to omit? (just curious) 😉

  9. November 20, 2013 at 7:08 pm

  10. 22 MightyPamela
    November 20, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Day-Um! Is this all from today?? Utterly fantastic, POTUS and FLOTUS are shining like the stars in the heavens! Hi and bye, gott a keep at it for another hour. Maybe back later! Big hugs!! 🙂

  11. 23 Nena20409
    November 20, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Oh My Goodness. Love, Love, Love this post, Chips. The Eternal Flame you posted is Magnificant. Just Majestic.

    VC? You had another TRIPLE or was it a Quadruple ❓

    Gold 🙂
    Silver 🙂
    Bronze 😉
    Flowers 😉

    • 24 vcprezofan2
      November 20, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      😀 It’s just dawned on me, Nena, you are our knoller-like trophy recorder in the village. You are right, I ‘only’ got three this time, but the flowers are a nice touch. TY. 😉

      • 25 Nena20409
        November 20, 2013 at 7:49 pm

        I am trying my level best to Be a TODable Entrance Counter 🙂 Trying to be a Part of a grand oasis 😉

        Mark Knoller gets paid. At TOD, Love is the answer 😉 payment 🙂

        • 26 vcprezofan2
          November 20, 2013 at 7:52 pm

          😯 They actually PAY him? Wow! I thought he did it for the fun it gave him. 😉

          You do a finer job, as it seasoned with warmth.

  12. 27 Nena20409
    November 20, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Loretta Lynn, Coal Minner’s Daughter…..wow…I had not seen her in many years. Wow.

  13. November 20, 2013 at 7:13 pm

  14. 29 desertflower
    November 20, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Hello TOD family:) Some great news that will go unreported, because..you know…it’s GOOD news!


    Report: Rise in health care spending lowest on record

    Source: USA Today

    Health care spending since the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act has risen by 1.3% a year, the lowest rate ever recorded, and health care inflation is the lowest it has been in 50 years, a report released Wednesday by the White House shows.

    THE LOWEST EVER RECORDED!!! But Obamacare is so bad…..yeah, right.

  15. 30 Nena20409
    November 20, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Ms Whinfery is making the rightie talk haters and Fox totally explode. Well Done Ms Oprah, well done.

    Over at Mediaite, they have a post that the Fox Five were debating that JFK would have been too Liberal for Today’s Dems? Talk about projection. Seriously?

  16. November 20, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Streaming has started:

  17. 33 Nena20409
    November 20, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    So Bob Woodward is saddened that leaker Edward Snowden didn’t come to him with his stillen goods?
    He asked: Why didn’t he come to me. Pathetic Bob Woodward said.

  18. 34 anniebella
    November 20, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Looking at FLOTUS in these pictures, FLOTUS has such style.

  19. 35 hopefruit2
    November 20, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    PBO is now speaking! Caroline Kennedy’s son introduced PBO and FLOTUS.

  20. November 20, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    President Obama speaking now:


    Problems with WH links

  21. 38 Ladyhawke
    November 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm




    In the past week, I have heard the phrase “Obama’s Katrina” bandied about – and truth be told, the similarities between the aftermath of Katrina and the problems with the Obamacare website cannot be easily dismissed. How many heart-wrenching photos of people standing on their rooftops, holding up hastily-crafted signs saying, “We cannot access the website – please send help!” have assaulted our senses since October 1st? What level-headed American does not immediately see the connection between people stranded without food, water and shelter and those who are living the nightmare of not being able to log onto a website?
    It used to be that when TV news broadcasts focused on stories about trivialities, their audience assumed that it must be a slow news day. Well, we have now come to that place where it is all mindless trivia, all the time. And you can’t tell the average “newscaster” that there are actually important things happening in the nation, and the world at large, because it’s a concept they obviously don’t have the intellect to grasp – and sadly, neither do their remaining viewers.


    Read the entire fabulous and spot on post here …..


    • 39 Anjo
      November 20, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Great article, really hit it out of the park. Retweet this everywhere; don’t have twitter in my neck of the woods

  22. 40 hopefruit2
    November 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    I don’t want to start nothing but…. I’m having some thoughts.


  23. 43 jacquelineoboomer
    November 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Is anyone else seeing “technical difficulties” at the link, or did I miss it? Thanks for the post AND the links, Chips!

  24. 55 Vicki
    November 20, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    First Lady Michelle Obama is a shining star as usual in a lovely fitted coat and suede boots. Her look is so fresh and young and flattering. Her date isn’t too shabby, either.

    Sorry, but Hillary in that floor length coat…..oh well…. never mind and yes I am showing how shallow I can be.

    • 56 Vicki
      November 20, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      These comments are about the daytime events. Haven’t seen the evening coverage yet.

    • 57 hopefruit2
      November 20, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      OKay, well lets say that FLOTUS is at least 15 yrs younger than Hillary. But Dr. Jill, who is about the same age, looks and dresses so well, and fresh/modern-looking! I won’t judge Hillary for her appearance, but I will say that Dr. Jill’s style shows that you can be over 60 and be very fashionable without being inappropriate.

  25. 62 Nena20409
    November 20, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    So RFK would have been 88 yrs today.

    On Nov 25th John, John would have been 53.

  26. 63 hopefruit2
    November 20, 2013 at 7:36 pm

  27. 66 hopefruit2
    November 20, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    • 67 Ladyhawke
      November 20, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      The post above from Nance Greggs talks about the feckless media and their obsession with only reporting bad news about President Obama. The media firewall continues to systematically filter out the good news. Nance nails it with her righteous rant calling out the media.

  28. November 20, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Wonderful remarks from PBO that make me grateful for him and the America we love.

    Jack also gave a wonderful speech. He is definitely going places.

  29. 79 utaustinliberal
    November 20, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    We truly are blessed to have Pres. Obama. He gave a heartwarming, tear inducing tribute to the memory of JFK, Bobbie, and Teddy.

  30. 81 Ladyhawke
    November 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    President Obama is just good inside. It is not possible for me to love him any more than I do.

  31. 85 desertflower
    November 20, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Kind of random…but they actually needed a sign to say “Please Keep Off the Wall” ?? Really? That’s just sad.

  32. 88 hopefruit2
    November 20, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    • November 20, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      very thoughtful essay….

      lines worth noting,,,,

      America doesn’t seem to favor redistribution, as much as it did in the 60s’. This is not only an anti-big Government response. It springs from a feeling of national scarcity, even decline, that we no longer have the abundance, and therefore the policy options that we used to have. What is given to one group of people is not available to others. Competition for resources becomes zero sum: win-lose. If you win, I lose; and vice versa.

      So what is the significance of this? Even with a working website, even with millions enrolled. even with 2015 premium increases turning out to be modest, many Americans will be waiting for the other shoe to drop, revealing what bad thing will happen to me, because the poor and the uninsured are benefitting..


      The chart says so much…that folks of color…can see things a lot more clearly that white folks…but then isn’t that always the case…

      although there are folks of color in the middle class…I would be very interested in knowing what is the percentage of white working class is against the ACA…this chart does not break down folks economically….

  33. 91 jacquelineoboomer
    November 20, 2013 at 8:06 pm

  34. November 20, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Wow, PBO is coming here next Monday to do a high dollar luncheon but I just read that he’s added a public event on immigration!!
    It will be just over the next hill from where I live so even if I can’t get in –> MOTORCADE!!!!!!!


  35. November 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm


  36. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    November 20, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Somebody on Twitter mentioned Tamron Hall has a new show on, tonight. Anybody know when? I was so hoping she had replaced Chris Hayes, but no such luck.

    • 107 anniebella
      November 20, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      I was hoping Joy Reid would replace Hayes, but it appear that won’t happen. I wonder how Alec Baldwin could get a show and get suspended already. But i guess Joy Reid isn’t light skinned enough. They will only hire the white or light skinned black.

    • 108 dotster3
      November 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      She has been talking about some kind of true crime show she was producing——–don’t know what channel.

    • November 20, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      Tamaron has a show on the Discovery Channel, but it has been on for quite awhile. It is similar to Dateline, where it involves unsolved murders.

  37. November 20, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    President Obama Remarks on John F. Kennedy’s Legacy


  38. 113 carolyn
    November 20, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Funny fact just hit me…..President Obama was two years old on that fateful day…..now, fifty years later, he is the one laying the wreath at JFK’s grave. How elegantly, gracefully and meaningfully he performs every ritual of his office. They are never just routine, he shows the deep meaning in each one.
    So glad to see him enjoying himself at the Medal of Freedom awards.
    When will we get to see pictures of FLOTUS at the Medal of Honor celebration….someone said her gown is wonderful!

  39. 114 dotster3
    November 20, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    People are odd. 2013 people bought $99 vials of “melted ice” from the Chgo Blackhawks championship season. Wonder where one displays this prized water possession. Maybe not as odd as the stitches removed from one of the skaters that went for $7,000, or thereabouts. Proceeds all go to charity, so vive odd!

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