Chat Away

President Obama makes a Thanksgiving Day phone call to a member of the U.S. military stationed overseas, from the Oval Office, Nov. 28, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Essential sweater zoom-in:


Thank you aaaaaaall for the beautiful messages to the blog tyrants in the last post, you lovely people!

110 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 4 GGail
    November 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm


  2. 15 desertflower
    November 28, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I’m really fond of that sweater on PBO. Looks very relaxed and comfortable. Congrats to you, Mariele…and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Chips. HUGE hugs for you and Danny!! Has he gotten to lick any gravy off anything yet??

    • November 28, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      DeeeeeeeEeeeeeef! I just ordered Danny a large rubber chicken, so that’ll have to do him!

    • 17 LadyTNT
      November 28, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      I agree about the sweater DF!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your fam!!

    • 18 TrumpDog
      November 28, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      Yep. It looks fantastic on him.
      In the other post Cihips said:

      To my shame, I’d actually forgotten so many of the things this President has achieved, so it was a beautiful, powerful, magical reminder

      That was exactly what I was thinking when I read all the things Pres. Obama has done. Thanks, UT, for the wonderful reminder!

  3. November 28, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Why I live in L.A.

    It’s 69 degrees and sunny.

    And the missus and I have been having margaritas on our front porch.

  4. November 28, 2013 at 5:20 pm


    • 36 desertflower
      November 28, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Sweatergate! I’m LOVIN’ the way that looks on him…..yardarm!!!!!

      • 37 HZ
        November 28, 2013 at 9:15 pm

        Desertflower, I know. I hope yardarm does not find out. Loving this sweater on our POTUS. He had on one similar in the Oval Office going over a speech. Remember anyone. I think we had to call Yardarm out with the mats during that time as well. HZ

    • 38 Betsy
      November 28, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      I love this sweater! He looks so good in it. I bet it will be a popular buy for Christmas, lol.

    • 39 Vicki
      November 28, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      President looks so huggable in this sweater.

  5. 40 MadameSoph
    November 28, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I am so thankful to Chipsticks, UT, LL and all the other TOD regulars and contributors who help keep this beautiful oasis of love and support for our President going every day! This is my place of refuge when the naysayers on the news are babbling.

    UT, that 50 Thank Yous to the President post was wonderful!! I passed it on to F&F. And the cool part is, that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the accomplishments of President Obama and his lovely FLOTUS. An amazing sea of change is beginning to wash over this country and the world! Even though the forces that fear this change are fighting tooth and nail every day, I know that a shift of consciousness is growing in the people’s hearts and minds, and we have our Pres to thank for it.

    As you guys say here often, I am grateful to be alive in this time. And, I am soooo grateful for The Obama Diary!

    Happy TDay to all and, for those lighting candles today, Mazel Turkey!


  6. 44 vcprezofan2
    November 28, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    You know, I truly love how all the Obamas do casual. 😀 They always seem real, no matter the occasion.

  7. November 28, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    PBO is definitely rocking an LL look. Vneck sweater with a white tshirt. Classic.

  8. 46 isonprize
    November 28, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    If not for the most famous office in the world, PBO could be sitting in my house, making a phone call to a few friends on this Thanksgiving Day. HE OWNS wherever he is, so completely comfortable is he in his own skin.

  9. November 28, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Oh man, I am stuffed. Everything turned out great and I am happy about that. How’s it going with you guys? Relatives behaving?

  10. November 28, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Fine analysis – you will not waste your time reading all of it:

    “Saved by the Deal
    How Rouhani Won the Negotiations and Rescued His Regime”


    “In this sense, Rouhani owes his surprise election victory in June not only to the millions of Iranians who overcame their fears of a replay of 2009 to vote for him but also to an establishment that had carefully cleared the way for his dark-horse candidacy. The system’s sentinels had permitted him to run a wildly iconoclastic campaign that galvanized young Iranians and unshackled an extraordinary debate over the once-sacrosanct nuclear program. Then, after his win, Rouhani was permitted to install the most forward-leaning, Western-oriented cabinet in post-revolutionary history. In speeches and press conferences, he openly staked his presidency on resolving the nuclear impasse, promising more active diplomacy and efforts to build trust and transparency. Although Iranian leaders have continued to laud their ability to withstand and evade sanctions, the cost of defiance had clearly become too much for the system to bear.”


    “If Rouhani’s government of “hope and prudence” is going to fulfill his people’s expectations, then the Islamic Republic’s current embrace of pragmatism must prevail over its well-honed authoritarian impulses and institutions. Nothing in Iran’s post-revolutionary history gives reason for optimism about enduring moderation; past attempts by pragmatic presidents to moderate the regime were derailed by hard-liner opposition and intra-elite competition. Still, with Rouhani having been entrusted with the historic role of engineering the country’s first opening to Washington (something neither Rafsanjani nor Khatami could claim), he may yet prove able to transform Iran’s domestic climate.

    Many players around the world have critiqued the deal. But the ebullient Iranian response to the bargain offers a reminder of the power of diplomacy. The fact that the bargain boosted the profile of the country’s moderates — and put more pressure on them to deliver to the Iranian people — bolsters the case for diplomacy. We now know that Washington has long pursued diplomacy, even when the political conditions within Iran were at their worst — overtures that may have helped persuade the ever-suspicious Khamenei to initiate the quiet program of recalibration that culminated with Rouhani’s election.”


    More at the link: http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/140296/suzanne-maloney/saved-by-the-deal

    H/T to Laura Rozen

  11. November 28, 2013 at 5:48 pm


  12. 56 vcprezofan2
    November 28, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Here are the tweets I sent to my favourite leaders today…

  13. 64 utaustinliberal
    November 28, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    The man is so freaking GQ!!!! He’s comfortable in his skin and his environment and it shows. That swagger is on blast.

  14. 65 99ts
    November 28, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving from down under – I still haven’t quite worked out what and where and why about thanksgiving – but seeing as it generates some delightful posts and pictures and everyone sounds like they are having/have had a wonderful day – it seems like a very good idea

    The last post will take me an hour to read – before I get to the comments – heading back there now

    • 66 jacquelineoboomer
      November 28, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      99ts – If you were asking about why we celebrate Thanksgiving today, in particular …

      We’ve had national days of thanksgiving since before we had our Constitution, but Pres. Lincoln’s 1863 proclamation (during the Civil War) of a national day of Thanksgiving – marked on the final Thursday in November – was the origin of today’s celebration. Of course, even with all that, there have still been controversies about it. We’re America, after all – gotta be a controversy! Here’s more:


      • 67 99ts
        November 28, 2013 at 10:36 pm

        Thank you JoB – it seems too many of our special days relate to wars – which is a little sad – perhaps that is why Christmas is a favorite with so many countries – being as it celebrates a birth.

        Do hope you enjoyed the day – and overindulged 🙂

        • 68 jacquelineoboomer
          November 28, 2013 at 10:38 pm

          Only overindulged on the pie part … well, actually, the whipped cream on top of the pie part!

        • 71 jacquelineoboomer
          November 28, 2013 at 11:02 pm

          Oh, and, seeing the glass half full even in the 1860s, what I liked best about Lincoln’s proclamation was his taking the thoughts of the nation away from the worst war ever, a war within our borders, and taking time to be thankful for what appeared to be prevailing and what did, eventually prevail (reminds me of Churchill’s thanking the miners who played their role during war and “cut the coal”):

          “In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom.”

      • 72 99ts
        November 28, 2013 at 10:37 pm

        I should have added – I have learned more US history on TOD in the past few years – than in my previous 60 or so 🙂

  15. November 28, 2013 at 6:10 pm

  16. November 28, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Thank you to everyone who helps makes TOD such a great and informative place about all things Pres. Obama.
    The only reason for FB. . .

  17. November 28, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Happy thanksgiving/hanukah to all especially Chips,UT,LL, Bobfr and Zizi who makes reading this blog a treasure and suicide preventing in the land of corporate media. I am so thankful am living in the era of PBO. I can now understand how my did mourned JFK and RFK.

  18. 78 desertflower
    November 28, 2013 at 6:24 pm


    Cardiologists strongly back Obamacare, worry over rocky start

    Heart specialists say the key to achieving that goal is a greater focus on preventive care and access to medical services for more Americans. They view anything that gets more people tested and treated for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and atherosclerosis as a major improvement over treating heart attacks and strokes on an emergency basis.

    The Affordable Care Act’s emphasis on preventive care and increased access, as well as its ban on denying health insurance due to pre-existing conditions, accounts for much of the support in U.S. cardiology circles.

    Some 7.3 million Americans with a history of cardiovascular disease are uninsured. They are expected to have access next year to treatment and preventive care under the new government-subsidized healthcare reform, said Dr. Elliott Antman, President elect of the American Heart Association.

    “For people who have had a stroke who are uninsured, they’re at 56 percent higher risk of dying from that stroke than patients who are insured,” said Antman, a cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

    “So if we could deal with elevated blood pressure and cholesterol more effectively than we do now by chipping away at the barriers (to preventive care), just think how much progress that would be,” Antman said.

  19. 79 PrayerWarriorforObama
    November 28, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Happy thanksgiving to you, Chips, and the entire TOD family. Thank you for being a family of inclusion. You continuously amaze me with your welcome to all who support PBO and his presidency, no matter their location, nationality and creed. This blog is evidence that people can engage harmoniously (even when they sometimes have different viewpoints) to pursue truth, justice and goodness. You have become the Virtual United Nations. Do accept our gratitude and love.

  20. November 28, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Have never seen this:

    H/T to Jeff Gauvin!!!

    • 82 Nena20409
      November 28, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      The last guy amongst the rescue of JFK dies at 87 yrs old.
      So sad that he was the only one left and now he’s gone home on the 50th week of JFK’s untimely death by an assassin.


      GREENVILLE, S.C. – The last surviving member of the crew that rescued John F. Kennedy from an island in the Pacific Ocean during World War II has died.

      Guy Gardo said Jack Gardo died in his sleep at his Greenville home Wednesday. He was 87. The younger Gardo said his father had suffered from dementia for the past six years.

      Jack Gardo’s PT-157 was sent to rescue the survivors of PT-109 after the patrol torpedo boat was rammed in the middle of the night by a Japanese destroyer.

      Gardo said he and his crew learned where the survivors were after a native islander arrived with a coconut on which Kennedy had scrawled their location.

  21. 83 susanne
    November 28, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    happy thanksgiving chipsticks and all the obama diary ohana!
    i hope your day has been filled with warmth and love and foooood! i’m so grateful for all of you, and for this extraordinary place where we meet.

    • 84 vcprezofan2
      November 28, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      Susanne, I have not greeted you in ages! How goest thou? Sure hope you are enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  22. November 28, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving TODers. All Day, I’ve only now surfaced for some air and touch base with my friends. Cheers!!!

  23. 86 Nena20409
    November 28, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Just a thought.

    Pope John Paul II was historically, an instrument in bringing down the USSR. Poland.

    THose on the Talk Hate radio, CONservatives and muted 5 wearing black robes in SCOTUS, Congressional TBGOPers, be aware that Reagan might nave been your be all and know all. JPII was more than instrumental in bringing the USSR to it’s knees.

    So Hard righties without compasion…very little compassion…… The Good, always eventually overcome evil, ugly…….come what may.

    Just an observation.

  24. 87 hopefruit2
    November 28, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    LOL – I said the same thing about 2 hrs ago…now I find myself eating some more pumpkin pie 🙂

  25. November 28, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    #TrustBarack …. and, don’t mess with him …

  26. November 28, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    may check in later … all the cooking is done and the celebration is soon to begin …. Cheers!!!

  27. 94 Eveingeorgia
    November 28, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Traveled to Lawrenceville, Ga to be eith youngest son, grandson and daughter-in-law. Just able to check in.

    I am so thankful for a beautiful day, and for all the beautiful, fabulous people who make up TOD. What a blessing you are to so many. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

    • 95 GGail
      November 28, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      Happy Thanksgiving Eve! It’s such a small world. I have a cousin & his wife that live in Lawrenceville. I’ve been there several times.

  28. 96 jacquelineoboomer
    November 28, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Even though FDR’s “Four Freedoms” speech was part of his 1941 State of the Union address, I always think of it around Thanksgiving … since one of Norman Rockwell’s famous “Four Freedoms” paintings depicts today’s holiday. FDR’s words are still appropriate in this millennium, of course.


  29. 97 Betsy
    November 28, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving from Southern California.

  30. 98 andogriff
    November 28, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Ms Chips and everyone, thank you SO MUCH for this wonderful blog, Ms Chips! Huge shout out to UT for her excellent posts, and of course LL, zizi, amk, Bob & LP! Hope everyone is having a beautiful day shared with family and friends.

  31. 99 amk for obama
    November 28, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    sooo, did any of you greedy ones leave me some turkey?

  32. 105 vcprezofan2
    November 28, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Yeah! Finally able to say a smiling ‘thank you and good night’ to the two workmen who have been waterproofing inside my basement since shortly before 9am this morning! I had no idea it would take ALL day!!!!!

  33. November 28, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving all. I am thankful for Chips having this place for us to get together. A place where we can safely voice our support of our President and his policies, dispel lies and smears, and activate our beliefs by mutual action.

  34. 107 hopefruit2
    November 28, 2013 at 9:12 pm

  35. 109 HZ
    November 28, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Has anyone heard from: Tally, meta, and cookemom? Hope they are doing fine and maybe visiting with friends and family.HZ

  36. 110 RosesForObama
    November 29, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Thank You, thank You Americans for electing President Obama twice – besides his huge range of qualifications, best looking head of state ever!

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