FLOTUS Spreads Some Holiday Cheer


First Lady Michelle Obama, Chairman and CEO of Toys For Tots Ret. Marine Corps Lieutenant General Peter Osman and USMC Staff Sgt. Catalina Perez arrive to help sort toy donations for Toys For Tots at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington
















125 Responses to “FLOTUS Spreads Some Holiday Cheer”

  1. 1 desertflower
    December 19, 2013 at 9:13 pm


  2. 7 criquet
    December 19, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Merry Xmas all and hello.

  3. 8 vcprezofan2
    December 19, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    You guys/gals are really quick on the draw. 😀

  4. 9 utaustinliberal
    December 19, 2013 at 9:14 pm

  5. 12 criquet
    December 19, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Hey , has there been a 3-way tie before?

  6. December 19, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Dear TOD, for some reason a few days ago, the email alerts on every one of your posts changed. I used to see all the photos. Now nothing…. just a few lines of text. Did you change something?

  7. 24 vcprezofan2
    December 19, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Lots and lots of pics – Thanks for sharing so generously, Utal! 😀

  8. 25 MightyPamela
    December 19, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Beautiful FLOTUS! How I love her, how I hope she had a well-earned rest in the islands. Just leave her at peace with her family! She mor than deserves that!

  9. December 19, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I loooooove you UT very almost as much as FLOTUS!!!!

  10. December 19, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I love being able to see so many pictures of the First Family every day. As I looked at this pictures of FLOTUS I noticed how engaged she always is with everyone she meets. And I was thinking how many lives they are touching each and every day. So many people will have hugged them, shaken their hands, smiled at them and gotten a smile in return. People tell them their troubles and share their happiness. It’s just amazing how many lives they personally touch each and every single day. Thanks for so many things here, but this is a thank you for the pictures. …And the TOD community. …And the naughty mat comments. …And the great tweets. …And the positive Obama loving world that is powerful to see and that I can actually feel when I open TOD. …And, oh heck! Itz all so good!!!

  11. 31 Lynn
    December 19, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    So glad FLOTUS and POTUS have each other.

  12. 32 vcprezofan2
    December 19, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Well, good people, I do believe it’s time I slip out the back door. Enjoy the rest of your night; I am going to……

    “Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” ~Ovid

  13. 39 jacquelineoboomer
    December 19, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Following up on what hf2 posted on the last thread:

  14. 42 Proud Former White House Intern
    December 19, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I love every minute of these photos! Please tell me there is a video somewhere! Hi everybody fall semester is over I’m currently on winter break.

  15. 43 a4alice
    December 19, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Looks like our First Lady had a very successful toy drive! My buddy at work and I started our annual toy and fundraiser for the kids at a local home for children. I’m always amazed at how generous people are – people really care about kids. It restores your faith in humanity 🙂

  16. December 19, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Love our dearest FLOTUS. I just love watching POTUS and FLOTUS around children. Pure goodness.

    • 45 nathkatun7
      December 20, 2013 at 2:10 am

      Yes indeed, Meta! Children, unlike some adults, are not yet jaded by the GOP and the mainstream media political propaganda. They really love to be around POTUS and FLOTUS.

  17. December 19, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    I don’t know if this was already posted, but I’m so glad. This article takes Issa to the woodshed and with good reason.

    “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is calling for a high level security briefing on the operations of Darrell Issa (R-CA), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in which he would have to be forthcoming about what information he has released and to whom after he got his hands on sensitive documents surrounding HealthCare.Gov. It would then be up to the Department of Justice to make a determination….

    The Ed Show had a panel that discussed it:

    ….Issa finally got his hands on sensitive information about HealthCare.Gov that were it to be leaked, panelist E.J. Dionne pointed out, would make the site vulnerable to a cyber attack and would endanger national security. The release of the information could jeopardize the security of websites across the government, according to cyber security experts from across the administration IT departments….

    • December 19, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      WOW. This is just absolutely outrageous. I hope they find a way to throw the book at him.

    • 49 jacquelineoboomer
      December 19, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      Music to my ears!!!!!!!!!

    • 50 yardarm756
      December 19, 2013 at 9:47 pm


    • 51 nathkatun7
      December 20, 2013 at 2:17 am

      Darrell Issa is a crook! I wish the DNC and DCCC would target his district and expose his criminal past as well as the millions of our tax money he is wasting in his witch-hunt against President Obama. I also think that he can be defeated in 2014. His margin of victory in 2012 was much lower than his margins in all the previous elections.

  18. December 19, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    For those who missed it in today’s R&S, a nice contrast of weather between now and 4 years ago (weather.com says it was 61F today in DC, forecast to be 71F on Sunday):

  19. 53 globalcitizenlinda
    December 19, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    sometimes, I wish that POTUS would not tell these members of congress/senate about the specific day the First Family is leaving for Hawaii;

    why, because sometimes I feel like the members of senate/house vindictively delay crucial votes just to spite PBO and cause him to shorten his vacation

    • December 19, 2013 at 9:46 pm


      I think Harry Reid’s got this.

      Don’t think that the Obamas will shorten their vacation this year.

      Last year was awful, with PBO in Hawaii for only a couple of days. I absolutely LOATHED the GOP a year ago. And it didn’t get any better in January when they filibustered an enlisted vet for Defense Secretary. That episode ranked up there with the daily crap thrown at our President by the MSM and GOP (in terms of how mad it made me).

  20. 55 Lynn
    December 19, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    JMPO. Greed is not good and all of us can prove it.

  21. 56 amk for obama
    December 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Just saw one of the last night threads. I bet that dude felt this way.

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  22. December 19, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Sec Sebelius issued a change today for those who have had their plans cancelled. They won’t be subject to the individual mandate.

  23. 61 vcprezofan2
    December 19, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Not Christmasy, ….yet peek at this. {And don’t ask why I came back to share this – there is no rhyme or reason behind my dumb move. I’m off now.}


    ‘So you’re Liz Cheney and your husband still works Virginia and he’s not about move his real special patootie to godfersaken Wyoming. The solution? Register to vote in both states, of course.

    Liz Cheney’s Senate campaign in Wyoming continues to be dogged with news about her family.

    Politico reported Wednesday that Cheney’s husband was registered to vote in both Virginia and Wyoming despite signing a document in the latter state saying he was not registered elsewhere.


  24. December 19, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Yesterday I was asking TODville why Max Baucus for Ambassador to China (and others wondered too… FayPax is obviously not a fan [nor am I — think that the “corporatist that Brian Schweitzer had in mind when called POTUS one was actually Baucus). And MTMarilyn said she thought Baucus was on his way to lobby for some financial services firm when he retires.

    BobFR was astute enough to figure out PBO’s real rationale, and here it is in a 3 minute video last night (from the Rachel Maddow show, hosted by Steve Kornacki because Rachel was at the WH Christmas party for the media — which apparently was attended by Chris “emoPutin” Hayes and Ed Schultz as well).

    • 63 mtmarilyn
      December 19, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      I didn’t see this, but I found this out last night. Haven’t had time to pass this on here. But I do agree with his thinking. I do think John Walsh is the best of the 2 Dems.

    • December 19, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you Arapaho. Yep. “No mystery” as to why Max is on his way to China (btw, GOP can’t filibuster appointments anymore 🙂 ) and a Dem will be MT’s next Senator thereby campaiging as an incumbent. Cool move!!!

  25. December 19, 2013 at 9:47 pm


    6:45 PM The first family departs the White House en route Andrews AFB.

    7:00 PM The first family departs Andrews AFB en route Honolulu.

  26. December 19, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    A quick FYI.

    I watched part of a segment on Rachel’s show. Senator Menendez has a bill to enact sanctions on Iran. This effort will clearly sabotage President Obama’s and SoS Kerry’s efforts at diplomacy with Iran. I saw that one of my Senator’s, Ben Cardin, is one of the sponsors of this bill. I immediately sent him an email and told him if the bill is brought to the floor and he votes for it, it’s a deal breaker for me. I not a single issue voter. But this is playing with fire. PBO is trying to prevent a war with Iran and we have these stupid Congresscriters attempting to undo his efforts.

    PBO has said he will veto the bill if it passes. Harry Reid has said the bill won’t come to floor, but there are several Democrats who are sponsors on the Menendez bill. And the possibility does exist that there could be enough Senators to override PBO’s veto. I doubt it, but I think we should let our Senators know where we stand. May I suggest you email/call/tweet your Senators and tell them to vote NO on the Menendez bill, should it come to the floor.

  27. 73 desertflower
    December 19, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Repub pissing contest continues. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/19/peter-king-rand-paul-disgraced-his-office/?hpt=hp_t2

    They are ALL KINDS of messed up!

    Rep. Peter King said fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul owes the nation’s top intelligence official an apology after saying he should resign for “lying” to a Senate committee about a controversial surveillance program.

    The New York congressman also said that Paul’s comparison of National Intelligence Director James Clapper to NSA leaker Edward Snowden is “absolutely disgraceful.”

    “For Senator Paul to compare that patriot, General Clapper, with someone like Snowden, who is a traitor, who has put American lives at risk – Senator Paul should be ashamed of himself,” King said Thursday on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”

    “It’s an absolute disgrace. He disgraced his office and he owes General Clapper an apology immediately.”

    • 74 jacquelineoboomer
      December 19, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      They’re imploding. Isn’t it lovely?

    • 75 nathkatun7
      December 20, 2013 at 2:29 am

      I don’t like Rep. Peter King. But in this case he is absolutely correct! Edward Snowden is a traitor. And so is Glenn Greenwald! Chicken hawk Rand Paul is a disgrace. Rand Paul may think he is winning the emoprogs, but he will never win the support of the majority of Americans by praising a traitor who handed over our country’s classified information to the Russians and the Chinese.

  28. 76 yardarm756
    December 19, 2013 at 9:51 pm


  29. 77 amk for obama
    December 19, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Cubans will no longer need government permits to buy modern cars from state sellers.

    Until new regulations in 2011, people could only sell cars built before the 1959 revolution.

    Private property has been severely restricted on the Communist-run island since 1959. The changes are part of a shake-up of Cuba’s struggling economy.


  30. 78 desertflower
    December 19, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Comment from post over at BJ


    A co worker of my son who is 50 years old and has no insurance and who was just socked with a bill for $65,000 to remove 8 inches of her colon, was stunned when I told her about ObamaCare and the exchanges.

    She told me I was the very first person to tell her it was a good deal. I think she makes about $25,000 and she was simply stunned that ObamaCare was going to help someone like her.

    […]ing right wing […]holes and their […]ing lies and […]ing bull[…] are going to cost people vast sums of money and likely will cost someone their life as well.

    As amk would say: egg.zack.lee.

    • 79 99ts
      December 20, 2013 at 1:16 am

      I am having trouble thinking of any group of people who have more hate for their fellow man than the US GOP members. Perhaps those who supported apartheid were worse – but to want people to go bankrupt and die rather than tell them the truth about the ACA is truly disgusting. Little doubt there are millions who think it is simply “the government taking my money”

  31. 80 Vicki
    December 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    As I mentioned on the last thread apparently the Republican Senators are leaving town tonight leaving the Democrats to vote by themselves to confirm the President’s nominees, including janet Yellen.

    This is almost unbelievable, isn’t it?

  32. 98 amk for obama
    December 19, 2013 at 10:04 pm

  33. December 19, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Sweetest Santa’s helper ever!

  34. 100 amk for obama
    December 19, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Ugandan MPs have passed a controversial bill that will ban miniskirts.

    The anti-pornography bill, which also outlaws overtly sexual material including music videos, was voted through after a short debate.

    When Simon Lokodo, Uganda’s ethics and integrity minister, proposed the legislation earlier this year, he said that women who wore “anything above the knee” should be arrested.

    The bill needs to be approved by the president before becoming law.

    Uganda is a socially conservative country – it is also considering legislation to increase the punishment for homosexual acts, including the death penalty in some cases.


    The ‘murkan taliban should emigrate to uganda. They would fit right in.

    • 101 nathkatun7
      December 20, 2013 at 2:47 am

      There are already too many “murkan” right wing televangelist “talibans” dominating the airwaves in Uganda.

  35. 102 GGail
    December 19, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    I’m putting this on my Bucket List: To get a smile and a hug from Michelle Obama. I don’t care if I have to wait a hundred years 🙂

  36. 104 amk for obama
    December 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    some xmas nostalgia

  37. 105 desertflower
    December 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    What IS IT with these guys? First we learned Steve Stockman was a pig….and now we can add Dana Rohrabacher to the list! DISGUSTING


    According to OC Weekly, Rohrabacher turned a million-dollar home that had brand-new carpet and appliances into an absolute pigsty.

    When Congressman Dana Tyrone Rohrabacher moved into a four-bedroom, four-bathroom, million-dollar Costa Mesa rental home on April Fool’s Day 2010, the immaculate, 6,300-square-foot property could have been featured in a glossy real-estate magazine. Built in 1948, the two-story, Orange Avenue home had been updated in recent years for comfort and style. The carpeting was new, appliances worked and walls were spotless. Thriving flowers, plants and grass adorned the idyllic back yard less than 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

    But it’s now understandable why Orange County’s senior, career politician secretly changed the locks and refused to allow homeowner Robert Polyniak inside for annual inspections. When he moved out in August 2012, Rohrabacher left behind a shockingly horrific pigsty, a dump worse than a college fraternity house of unhygienic slobs unfamiliar with the most basic tools of cleaning. Darlene Whitsell, Polyniak’s longtime girlfriend, entered the home shortly after the congressman’s departure and wept at the scene.

    • 106 desertflower
      December 19, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      http://www.ocweekly.com/2013-12-19/news/moxley-confidential-dana-rohrabacher-robert-polyniak/ Absolutely disgusting pics of the mess he left of SOMEONE ELSE”S HOME!

    • 107 nathkatun7
      December 20, 2013 at 2:59 am

      “…it’s now understandable why Orange County’s senior, career politician secretly changed the locks and refused to allow homeowner Robert Polyniak inside for annual inspections. When he moved out in August 2012, Rohrabacher left behind a shockingly horrific pigsty, a dump worse than a college fraternity house of unhygienic slobs unfamiliar with the most basic tools of cleaning.

      This should not come as a surprise! Dana Rohrabacher is worse than a pig! I wish there was a way to swap people from Austin, Texas with people from Orange county (and parts of San Diego county), who keep electing idiot/scums like Dana Rohrabacher, Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter Jr.

  38. December 19, 2013 at 10:31 pm

  39. 109 amk for obama
    December 19, 2013 at 10:35 pm

  40. 110 HZ
    December 19, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I love our First Lady. She is the best. Also I want to thank our First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden for all that they do to help our military men and women who give us so much in their service to our nation. I have never seen(in my lifetime) a FLOTUS and SLOTUS so engaged in so many wonderful things as their husbands serve us as our POTUS and VPOTUS. The best team ever in my lifetime. I love them for their hard work.

    I know we will do our work in 2014, for sure.HZ

    • 111 carolyn
      December 19, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Second that HZ. I’ve lived a LOOOOOOOOONG time, and this is the first FLOTUS/SLOTUS pair who have worked together and so hard for the country. They are amazing…..bright, beautiful, compassionate, engaged, trustworthy….totally amazing. So glad to be living at this time!

    • December 19, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      “I have never seen(in my lifetime) a FLOTUS and SLOTUS so engaged in so many wonderful things as their husbands serve us as our POTUS and VPOTUS.”

      Agree, HZ. In my 66 years, Michelle Obama & Dr Biden have NO peers. They are the paradigm for any future First Lady (Spouse) & Second Lady (Spouse) of the USA.

    • 114 MightyPamela
      December 19, 2013 at 10:50 pm


    • 115 nathkatun7
      December 20, 2013 at 3:09 am

      Well said HZ! As some one who has been around for some time, I am overwhelmed by the fact that the majority of us Americans were smart enough to vote for two brilliant people, PBO and VP Biden, who also happen to be married to two brilliant women FLOTUS and SLOTUS. Like you, I regard them as “The best ever in my life time.”

  41. 116 desertflower
    December 19, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Calling it a night, folks…..last work day tomorrow until after the holidays. Can’t come fast enough. Exhausted.

  42. December 19, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    • 119 carolyn
      December 19, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      …..and my lousy senator, Inhofe, was whining about getting home to family for anniversary and being with grandchildren…..well, here kids don’t get out of school until tomorrow afternoon…….there’s plenty of time, as most don’t go back to school until Jan. 7.
      However…….most people only get Christmas DAY off…..not two or three weeks. This is the laziest group of “legislators” I’ve ever seen.

    • December 19, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      Senate GOP threatened to hold unemployment insurance hostage if Harry Reid did not agree to withhold bringing PBO’s nominees to floor vote. Tell me these people haven’t lost their ever-loving minds.

      • 121 99ts
        December 20, 2013 at 1:24 am

        They have, without any question, lost their minds due to insane hate – they cannot win an election, so they are trying to kill democracy

  43. 122 amk for obama
    December 19, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    • 123 amk for obama
      December 19, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      mcturtle reminds me of that corrupt to the core senator played by ned beatty in Shooter. walhlberg was great in that movie.

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