Oh Heavens

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at the Kennedy Center Honors reception at the White House, Dec 8

219 Responses to “Oh Heavens”

  1. December 8, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Knock-out! (Either one or both!)

  2. 8 africa
    December 8, 2013 at 7:02 pm


  3. 9 Layla
    December 8, 2013 at 7:02 pm


  4. 10 JER
    December 8, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    FLOTUS looks beautiful.

  5. 11 vcprezofan2
    December 8, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Wait for me! Wait for me. Darling please,… I’m coming.

  6. December 8, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Our FLOTUS looks GORGEOUS in her “empress teal” gown. πŸ™‚

  7. 20 LDS
    December 8, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    What a beautiful couple!
    VC- Glowing is the only word…….simply glowing as FLOTUS is flowing. PBO is proudly showing his Queen.
    Snowing in NYC but this is just a dream to come home to…….
    Let it flow….

    • 21 vcprezofan2
      December 8, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      Yep, LDS, they glow! Both of them. ONE of the things I love about them is that they are such well-grounded, well-rounded adults. They know when and how to play, just like they know when and how to attend to business. I cannot recall another First COUPLE who regularly showed such honest happiness in some of the tasks they had to perform. Frankly I can’t recall any that showed the same naturalness and ease in their WH stint.

    • 26 canadabarb4obama
      December 8, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      we are on our way to NYC on tuesday. please keep me posted re snow or ice. may need to bring a cane.

  8. 27 LDS
    December 8, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Float on, FLOTUS.
    “Empress teal”, huh?

  9. 31 africa
    December 8, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Anyone know when PBO and Flotus leave for South Africa. I hope they get some rest.

  10. 33 GGail
    December 8, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I’m so glad to be alive during this presidency!

  11. 35 utaustinliberal
    December 8, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks, Chiparoo! FLOTUS always knocks it out of the park. EVERY. TIME. POTUS can rock a tux like no other.

  12. 37 desertflower
    December 8, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Aruba Blue or Teal Ocean? How do you cut down the link again??

  13. 47 Judith Fardig
    December 8, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    POTUS looks like the cat that caught the canary holding FLOTUS’s hand. They are gorgeous!

  14. December 8, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Should we Name That Color for FLOTUS dress? πŸ˜‰

  15. 49 yardarm756
    December 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    An evening break dedicated o my beautiful friends on this BLOG. There’s a lesson here for all of us, eh?

  16. 66 Linda
    December 8, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I just watched the Saban Forum again. ( 4th time ) and noticed that Justice Breyer was there in the front along the rope line.

    • December 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm


      Recall that you were feeling nervous about President Obama’s appearance on Hardball last Thursday, whicn pretty much got overlooked because it happened on the same day as President Mandela’s passing.

      Thought PBO’s appearance was outstanding, as usual. He had such grace and ease, and Tweety was the one who looked discomfitted.

      Loved this take-away about PBO calling out Tweety for his complaints about the IRS on Morning Joe.

      As PBO has proved time and time again, and as BobFR reminds us, #TrustBarack, he’s earned it.

      • 68 yardarm756
        December 8, 2013 at 8:30 pm

        Tweety probably missed it. He’s too busy trying to sell his book about the “Gipper” and looking for another Kennedy’s ass to kiss.

  17. 69 carolyn
    December 8, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    What a pair! I loved the expression on the President’s face in the one Chips made it possible for us to enlarge. The enlargement made it possible to REALLY see his expression. His expression said: “”She’s MINE! I got the best, and you guys all know it!” My husband agreed and smiled, said yeah, that’s it.
    I’ve never seen a pair in public life so handsome, beautiful and elegant.

  18. 71 hopefruit2
    December 8, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Jeff has started a righteous Twitter rant this evening! He’s telling the truth.

  19. 75 desertflower
    December 8, 2013 at 7:44 pm
  20. 76 lamh36
    December 8, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I really just can’t wrap my mind around this one…

    @PoliticalTicker 1m

    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, congressional Democrats to commemorate Mandela in South Africa http://wp.me/p4HKM-1ehr

    • December 8, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      Just saw it too Lamh, unbelievable

      • 78 Layla
        December 8, 2013 at 7:57 pm

        He does not know where SA is…hoping for a short trip!

      • 79 Judith Fardig
        December 8, 2013 at 8:04 pm

        Gross! I should be more forgiving, like Nelson Mandela himself and our President, but I hope they seat Cruz with the Westboro so-called Baptist members in a holding pen at the airport in SA.

        • 80 pkayden
          December 8, 2013 at 8:22 pm

          I love how you think.

        • 81 nathkatun7
          December 8, 2013 at 11:31 pm

          I am with you Judith! I understand that every human being, including Ted Cruz, is capable of redemption. What I can’t stand are manipulative and cynical hypocrites. How in the world can Cruz prophesy to genuinely respect Nelson Mandela, but at the same time constantly trash President Obama?

      • 82 desertflower
        December 8, 2013 at 8:05 pm

        This is incongruous with his actions since he’s been a Senator. It isn’t real. This is for show. I don’t trust that man for anything.

        • December 8, 2013 at 8:09 pm

          All an effort to look ‘statesmanlike’, DF, ahead of 2016 – it’s a disgusting joke, I would give anything for the Mandela family to tell the bigot he is not welcome.

          • 84 desertflower
            December 8, 2013 at 8:18 pm

            I’d PAY to hear those words come out of the Mandela family’s mouth. He’s a fraud, through and through.

            • December 8, 2013 at 8:34 pm

              Oh, I’d pay anything too, DF! But I suspect they are too gracious to ban anyone from Nelson’s funeral. It’s a disgusting farce, that guy would have hanged Nelson Mandela if he’d had a say at the time.

            • 86 vcprezofan2
              December 8, 2013 at 8:54 pm

              Will this be Cruz’ first trip abroad? Probably trying to kick start his FP creds (barf!). I seriously doubt the Mandelas will have time to notice Cruz.

            • 87 vcprezofan2
              December 8, 2013 at 8:58 pm

              IMO Cruz is going after his photo-op FP moment, much like Paul Ryan staged his community service with the clean pots and pans. Anyone noticed Ryan doing any more ‘volunteer community work’ following that incident?

              • December 9, 2013 at 2:10 am

                But with much bigger people there, Cruz will be sitting at at best, the children’s table, surrounded by people who could care less and know even less about him. He’ll get a photo, and that’s about it. In fact, he probably should have stayed home for all the good he’ll get and do.

                • 89 vcprezofan2
                  December 9, 2013 at 11:03 am

                  ‘In fact, he probably should have stayed home for all the good he’ll get and do.’

                  CarolD, I’d bet a photo is all Ted wants, and I’d also bet he’ll be sure to get a lot of mileage out of it AT TIMES HE/his advisers DEEM APPROPRIATE. I figure the photo(s) (one of which will be sure to feature him close to some mourning Blacks) will have its place of honour in his profile, ready to be trotted out later when Cruz needs to boost his racial, or his FP, creds. Cynical, I know, but I think this trip will be more than worth it to Ted Cruz! The likelihood of Blacks allowing Cruz to hug them (for a photo-op) will be far higher in a mourning South Africa than in Texas/America where he is likely more well-known.

                  I’ll apologize for my Cruz cynicism IF he makes it into the 2014/2016 campaign arena WITHOUT using any aspect of this ‘paying respect’ trip.

      • 90 yardarm756
        December 8, 2013 at 8:18 pm

        How can he look at himself in the mirror?

      • 91 pkayden
        December 8, 2013 at 8:18 pm

        Please say this is a joke — not a funny joke, but a joke.

      • 92 globalcitizenlinda
        December 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm

        In the name of Prez. Mandela, I will only swear off-TOD at this blatant exploitation (just to win political points)!!!!!!

      • 93 anniebella
        December 8, 2013 at 8:45 pm

        Chipsticks, you are kidding right.

      • 95 MightyPamela
        December 8, 2013 at 9:09 pm

        On US taxpayer’s dime, I imagine. Fool. He will embarrass himself, and I will applaud!

        • 96 vcprezofan2
          December 9, 2013 at 11:05 am

          Hi, Pamela. Cruz won’t embarrass himself, I don’t think, because he won’t be asked to do or say anything. I think he’ll simply try to look serious and mournful, and that shouldn’t be hard with his normal, relaxed face.

    • 97 theo67
      December 8, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      ??? It’s like they don’t even realize how insulting they are, and how wrong their actions are – directly opposite Nelson Mandela’s philosophies.

      • 98 vcprezofan2
        December 9, 2013 at 11:09 am

        Aw, come on, Theo, you know they do NOT realize how insulting they are. Generally speaking these GOP pols are pretty simplistic in their ‘thinking’, lacking nuance, and pretty deluded in their ‘understanding’ of how superior they are not.

  21. 100 Vicki
    December 8, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    According to Ha’Aretz the Israeli newspaper, PM Netanyahoo will not be attending the state funeral for Nelson Mandela because it is too expensive to travel last-minute.
    Nothing to do with President Obama and President Rouhani’s attendance.
    Sure, Bibi.
    Nothing to do with a country that ended apartheid and what is now going on in Gaza.

    • 101 Layla
      December 8, 2013 at 7:58 pm


      • 102 Vicki
        December 8, 2013 at 8:18 pm

        LOL, Layla

        • 103 LDS
          December 8, 2013 at 8:30 pm

          Vicki, Layla, I agree. How could he even fix his mouth to say,”it is too expensive to travel last-minute.” Is he freaking kidding?

          I just pray that some of those young people PBO spoke to in Israel who are ready and committed to change while living in peace with their brothers! they way President Nelson Mandela showed the whole this how this could be done, if you really want peace, would banned together and represent Israel to show this small man just how small he is.

          I wish they would even start a donation for those who wish to attend. I bet they would have the money less than an hour.
          Please do not insult ourintelligence weak shit.

      • 104 nathkatun7
        December 8, 2013 at 11:34 pm


    • 105 Don
      December 8, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      My god! What a small and petty man. It must pain Netanyahu to no end that a black man tells him where to get off.

      • 106 LDS
        December 8, 2013 at 8:35 pm

        Don, I tried very hard to pass and not comment. I just could not! It will take the young people to bring this change like the young people did and are doing all over the world. The covers are being rolled back from these petty people and they are shrinking fast.

        Come on, young people in Israel stand up to this petty man! The time is now…..if not, them when?

    • 107 pkayden
      December 8, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      His non-attendance will not be missed. There will be over 90,000 people at President Mandela’s memorial including many heads of state. It’s Netanyahu’s loss.

      • 108 LDS
        December 8, 2013 at 8:45 pm

        Pkayden, I feel the same way about his non-attendance. It’s his poor-ass excuse that irks me.
        If President Mandela can invite his prison guards to his birthday bash. Surely, this man can walk on the same soil this humble man trodden. Maybe, just maybe something would rub off on him.

        Just to think that POB has to ride in AF-1 with Dumba dem makes me ill and proud at the same time. Who would have thought to live to see this, a Kenyan leading the way off The Plane to pay tribute to the first South African President. Hot Damn!

    • 109 Lovepolitics2008
      December 8, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Netanyahoo continues to discredit himself, and his country, in front of the whole world.

  22. 110 Dakota
    December 8, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Oh my…Oh my….FLOTUS is incredible! Look at the Prez grinning from ear to ear!

  23. December 8, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Glad to see Yardarm back, with his keys to the naughty mat vault.

    Joe Biden was a force of nature during his whirlwind tour of Asia this week.

    Loved this photo taken by @DavidNakamura (who I have serious issues with regarding his “objective” reporting on our President):

    And here’s NYT today:

    • 112 theo67
      December 8, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Is VP Biden back home yet? He’s done remarkable (and difficult) work on this journey – and very few people know about it. If we didn’t have TOD, I wouldn’t even know VP Biden had been out of the country!

  24. 113 yardarm756
    December 8, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Some post Thanksgiving wisdom.

    Girlie Wisdom!

    1. A friend of mine confused her Valium with her birth control pills.. she has 14 kids but doesn’t really care.

    2. One of life’s mysteries is how a 2-pound box of chocolates can make a woman gain 5 lbs.

    3. My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely.

    4.. The best way to forget your troubles is to wear tight shoes.

    5. The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don’t know what you are doing, someone else does.

    6. The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight because by then, your body and your fat are really good friends.

    7. Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today.

    8. Sometimes I think I understand everything, and then I regain consciousness.

    9. I gave up jogging for my health when my thighs kept rubbing together and setting fire to my pants.

    10. Amazing! You hang something in your closet for a while and it shrinks 2 sizes!

    11. Skinny people irritate me! Especially when they say things like…’You know sometimes I forget to eat!’ …..Now I’ve forgotten my address, my mother’s maiden name and my keys, but I have never forgotten to eat. You have to be a special kind of stupid to forget to eat!

    12. The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing and then they marry him.

    13. I read this article that said the typical symptoms of stress are eating too much, impulse buying, and driving too fast. Are they kidding? That’s my idea of a perfect day!

  25. 120 hopefruit2
    December 8, 2013 at 8:02 pm

  26. December 8, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Makes my poor old tired heart skip more than a few beats to see them together. They are a stunning couple.

  27. 124 hopefruit2
    December 8, 2013 at 8:08 pm

  28. 125 GGail
    December 8, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    My choice is Oasis Blue

  29. 126 globalcitizenlinda
    December 8, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    ok, I give up – some colors I have never heard of before today are being used to describe FLOTUS’ dress!!!

    I hope that at least POTUS’ is black – but one never knows!

  30. 127 desertflower
    December 8, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    h/t Political Carnival http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-asian-american-voters-20131208,0,6145540.story#axzz2mw5nbYnJ

    After years of divided loyalties, Asian American voters have swung heavily behind the Democratic Party and its candidates, posing a serious threat to Republicans whose political base β€” older, whiter, more conservative β€” is shrinking by the day. (Although referred to as the Asian American community, “communities” might be a better word to reflect the diversity of groups tracing their roots from the Indian subcontinent to the Far East.)

    The problem is every bit as acute as the GOP’s widely chronicled difficulties with Latino voters. Though fewer in number, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population and a rapidly expanding part of the electorate, nationally and in battleground states such as Florida, Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia. […]

    In 1992, Republican George H.W. Bush won 55% of the Asian American vote against Democrat Bill Clinton. Last year, President Obama won 73% against Republican Mitt Romney, a better showing than the president’s 71% support among Latinos, according to exit polls.

    Wonder how that “outreachy thingy” is going? They really think that the American public is stupid. How condescending.

    • 128 pkayden
      December 8, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Everyone can see the bigotry of the T-Bagger controlled GOP. House Republican’s refusal to even consider immigration reform is indicative of how they feel about minorities. It should bite them in their butts in 2014 and 2016.

    • 132 99ts
      December 8, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      If the media supported the democrats – even 50% of the time – they would win in a massive landslide. How can anyone vote for a party that supports starvation and is against health care – weirdest political party of my lifetime – but half the population never hears about it.

  31. December 8, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Mrs. O looks so gorgeous in that green dress. Gorgeous couple.

  32. December 8, 2013 at 8:31 pm

  33. 136 globalcitizenlinda
    December 8, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    it is becoming very hard to be charitable to some people in the gop (the update about the Texan headed to SA particularly stings right now).

    SO I think this is a good time to ask: “Jesus Take The Wheel”

  34. December 8, 2013 at 8:37 pm

  35. 141 forus50
    December 8, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    So I am alone in not being in love with the dress, huh? Lol, there’s always one! Not that FLOTUS isn’t stunning but I just don’t like the whatever you call that looks like straps down. I much prefer a strapless dress with a gorgeous wrap instead. However, she might be the only woman in DC who could wear it.

  36. 153 carolyn
    December 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    All eyes are on her. At this moment, I think PBO could echo what JFK said in Paris: “I am the man who accompanied Mrs. Kennedy to France.” At this moment, PBO is the man accompanying Mrs. Obama…..that’s it!

    I still say her dress is FLOTUS Green…..an original, not a copy, just like her.

  37. 156 desertflower
    December 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Jeff Gauvin is laying it all down tonight:) On a tear!

    • 157 hopefruit2
      December 8, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      Yes….all his tweets this evening should be collected and put in a TOD thread titled: “A Word from Jeff” LOL!

  38. 158 globalcitizenlinda
    December 8, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    someone close to Israel’s PM Netanyahu needs to advise him to reconsider his decision to skip Pres. Mandela’s funeral;

    his current excuse is flimsy like : ‘the dog ate my homework” and no one will buy it!

    PM Netanyahu could have chosen to attend at least one event and worked with Prez Zuma to reschedule around Iran Prez

    I hope he recognizes that his words and deeds are serving to create a sense of isolation for Israel and the people who elected him to serve.

    think about it, in the span of 1 month, he will have noticeably attacked PBO and disrespected the memory of Prez. Mandela (probably because he can’t be seen near Iran Prez) – not a good thing and ordinary people notice these things.

  39. 165 LDS
    December 8, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I concur. See post way above up there^^^^^^^^
    My sentiments exactly.
    Weak excuse even for a petty man.

  40. 166 Don
    December 8, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Somewhere in America tonight someone is signing up for Obamacare. And their isn’t a goddamn thing the opponents of Obamacare can do to stop it.

  41. December 8, 2013 at 8:59 pm

  42. 174 MightyPamela
    December 8, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Wow! Just Wow!! No wonder all the rethugs are so jealous of our beautiful President and First Lady ~ They want to be him so bad!!! πŸ˜†

    • 175 Don
      December 8, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      Don’t think for one second that the sexuality that Barack and Michelle exudes doesn’t make some people uncomfortable. Their is a dynamic at play here that disturbs some people. The fear of a “Black Penis.”

      • 176 Nena20409
        December 8, 2013 at 9:16 pm

        Wow 😯 You went there ❓

        Oh My lord πŸ˜‰

        I was πŸ˜† Loud and spat through my nose. It is all YOUR Fault Don πŸ˜‰

        • 177 Don
          December 8, 2013 at 9:19 pm

          Yes I went there, we all think it but we just don’t want to say it. I’m surprised it hasn’t been talked about before.

          • 178 hopefruit2
            December 8, 2013 at 9:40 pm

            That’s part of it but not the whole story. I think there’s FAR greater fear of his brains, his emotional stability. Ditto for FLOTUS. Together they have a kind of unique synergy (along with their sexuality) that is rarely encountered in political couples.

  43. 180 Nena20409
    December 8, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    GE TODable TOD Villagers πŸ™‚

    I missed the Whole event.

    Having read just about all the posts, I feel like I saw just a tad through your writings. Thank You all.

  44. December 8, 2013 at 9:06 pm

  45. 183 Nena20409
    December 8, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Now that Caroline Kennedy is Our US Ambassador to Japan, I wonder if one of her kids helped officiate the ceremony or ‘am I mixing up the ceremonies here?

    • 184 jacquelineoboomer
      December 8, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      You may be thinking of the Profiles in Courage award? She usually does officiate at that one.

      • 185 Nena20409
        December 8, 2013 at 9:27 pm

        Thanks. I do get them mixed up. Thanks again J’OB πŸ˜‰

        • 186 jacquelineoboomer
          December 8, 2013 at 9:33 pm

          Thank you for reminding me we may have the pleasure of seeing one of her children standing in for her, since she’s off on her first official diplomatic post.

          Wise choice, Mr. President, once again!

  46. December 8, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    New post in 18 minutes, 54 seconds.

  47. 200 Nena20409
    December 8, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Check this out……Too TODers πŸ˜‰


    • December 8, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      Be gentle with links to that place Nena, there was a whole lotta PBO-hating going on there last time I looked – which was, admittedly, a long time ago.

      • 202 Nena20409
        December 8, 2013 at 9:45 pm

        Okay, please delete then. I saw that Picture as I Googled looking for the designer of FLOTUS’ gown.

      • 203 LadyTNT
        December 8, 2013 at 10:10 pm

        Hey Chips, it really is a site dedicated to FLOTUS and her fashions. However, the blog owner feels that all comments should be posted in the name of true fashion critiques. However, trolls come with their veiled fashion critiques and bash FLOTUS and POTUS. That’s where my blogging life began and used to be on their everyday fighting against those trolls. I think I actually came upon your site on there. When one of my comments was deleted because I went in on a troll, I decided it was useless to comment on the haters there. I still visit every blue moon, but I won’t comment because I won’t tolerate the foolishness.

  48. 205 hopefruit2
    December 8, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I agree 200%

  49. 209 hopefruit2
    December 8, 2013 at 9:41 pm

  50. 214 jacquelineoboomer
    December 8, 2013 at 9:42 pm

  51. 215 forus50
    December 8, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Having grown up on an ice rink in Minnesota this is an art that is rarely seen on the ice anymore. Torville and Dean back when ice dancing in the Olympics really was ICE DANCING. From a Smartypants post today and then my favorite Torville and Dean performing the Paso Doble.

    Not kidding, I have watched all of these probably 50 times, know their entire life history, etc. Such a classy skating couple.

    • 216 Dudette
      December 9, 2013 at 5:25 am

      One of my favorite Olympic events. Torville and Dean are LEGENDARY!
      I still get goosebumps seeing them again after all these years. Their “Bolero” is simply the greatest ice dancing routine EVER!

  52. 218 hopefruit2
    December 8, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Hmm…we’re having a bit of odd weather. It’s 28 deg F, yet there is lightning and thunder…. Okay, then.

  53. 219 HZ
    December 8, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    I am catching up and totally enjoying all of it, Chips.

    Welcome home, Yardarm. Missed you so much. I have some names for you for the naughty mats. Lots of them.

    Our First Lady is just beautiful in all ways. Her dress is elegant and she is wearing it as only Mrs. Michelle Obama, our First Lady can wear it. POB knows it as well. Look at that smile on his fineeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee face. Love our First Couple.HZ

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