55 Responses to “Father-In-Chief”

  1. December 30, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I see everyone else has gone to bed – so I sneak in first?

  2. December 30, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Ah well, I have the place to myself. Might as well stretch out, grab a snack and relax.

  3. December 30, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Congrats on 1st Mary!!

    Yes, and as “Father in Chief” he has taken care of the fundamentals better than most any other President, and, in terms of health care, exceeded ALL his predecessors …


    Yes We Can

  4. December 30, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Cheesy puffs! Just the thing!

  5. December 30, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Welcome, Bob, have some cheesy puffs and sit a spell!

  6. 18 Anna
    December 30, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Hello maryl1, congrats on first.

  7. December 30, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Wishing you all a lovely evening, restful night, glorious New Year’s Eve … off to the kitchen …

  8. 25 LDS
    December 30, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Congratulations maryl1 for being #1!
    Goodnight all.
    Sweet sleep

  9. 26 majiir
    December 30, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Congratulations on 1st, maryl1.

    I remember pics of GWB with kids, and he always seemed so ill at ease, but kids take to PBO—holding his hand, hugging him, hanging onto him, and smiling a lot. My dearly departed parents and grandparents used to tell us that one way to tell whether an adult was a good person was to watch how kids reacted to him/her. If this is the case, PBO is the “Kids’ Choice” president. How could anyone not like this wonderful, kind, compassionate, thoughtful, vibrant individual? IMO, if one doesn’t, s/he doesn’t know what s/he is missing. I believe history will reflect well on PBO. I can’t wait to read the first book he writes about his presidency, and the first book written by a reputable historian. Notice I said “reputable” because I do believe the nut jobs will still have the long knives out after he leaves in 2017, and I refuse to waste my time reading anything they write about him.

    • 27 jacquelineoboomer
      December 31, 2013 at 12:34 am

      When you mentioned how uncomfortable GWB appeared to be around kids, I couldn’t help but think how Mitt looked – you’d never know he had so many of his own, since he looked as though he thought he might catch something if he held them more than a second or two, away from his body.

      On a lighter, healthier note, these images are the best. We all know there are a gazillion photos of our President with children from all over the world, and of our First Lady when she’s dazzled children, and those are spectacularly indicative of their great hearts and warm ways. Love them both.

  10. 28 amk for obama
    December 30, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    With all these terror attacks, bet putin boy wishes he had nsa’s help and tips.

  11. 29 desertflower
    December 31, 2013 at 12:00 am

    OMG. Just got done watching the last of Season 4….have Season 5 to watch now….it’s blowing my socks off! Definitely need to discuss when we’re all done watching this 🙂

    Look at the Father In Chief:) Isn’t he something wonderful?!!

    • 30 utaustinliberal
      December 31, 2013 at 12:09 am

      I have two more episodes of Season 5 to get through and I will be officially done with Breaking Bad. Happy yet sad at the same time because it’s been a fantastic ride.

      Season 5 blew Seasons 1 – 4 out of the water. They packed punch after punch in each episode. The last 8 episodes will have your jaw falling to the ground.

      • 31 desertflower
        December 31, 2013 at 12:25 am

        🙂 That’s what my family tells me, UT:) My daughter and husband have both seen all the rest of the series and my daughter has been re watching it with me…. She told me to hold on to my pants! I’m in for a wild ride! I’ll start tomorrow…I think I have to get through 16 episodes for Season 5…is that right? OMG…not enough time in the day! We’ll definitely chat about this when everyone’s done…

  12. 33 amk for obama
    December 31, 2013 at 12:29 am

    This past February, well before HealthCare.gov opened for business, the Congressional Budget Office made a prediction. The nonpartisan agency projected that the federal exchange, alongside 14 state run Web sites, would sell 7 million people insurance policies in 2014.

    The number quickly became the political benchmark for the health law’s success or failure, a ruler by which to measure the success of a largely unprecedented insurance expansion.


    But what seemed impossible in October suddenly became a lot more plausible in late December. This weekend, new enrollment data showed approximately 2 million Americans signed up for private health insurance plans since the start of open enrollment. Health policy experts now see a space to get to 7 million — although it’s by no means a guarantee.

    “October and November were essentially lost months,” says Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “December is the first month where we’re getting an indication of how things are working. It’s starting to track with what people, particularly the CBO, projected originally.”

    “It was a very impressive December,” says Dan Mendelson, president of health research firm Avalere Health. “The fact that they have about 2 million enrolled is not that far off from 3.3 million.”

    My prediction? About 5 mil by 31st March

  13. 37 jacquelineoboomer
    December 31, 2013 at 12:46 am

  14. 38 desertflower
    December 31, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Night all…thanks for all the great memories from everyone today…see you in the morn.

  15. 39 jacquelineoboomer
    December 31, 2013 at 1:08 am

    • 40 jackiegrumbacher
      December 31, 2013 at 7:39 am

      Thanks, JOB. I wish everyone could see this. It’s not tolerable that the US in 2013 has so many willfully ignorant adults.

      • 41 jacquelineoboomer
        December 31, 2013 at 10:52 am

        It’s the lazy way out, jackieG. Although it’s not all that hard to keep informed about some of this science-y stuff – ask the kids!

  16. 42 jacquelineoboomer
    December 31, 2013 at 1:11 am

    • 43 LDS
      December 31, 2013 at 7:43 am

      This is going to be a great year!
      Ding Dong the witch is gone! (Bloomberg).
      (short warlock, that is)….
      Good riddance. Please don’t even think about running for president.
      I can see him and Christy trying to team up just because they can. Ugh!!

  17. December 31, 2013 at 2:33 am

    Urge all of you to read:

    Click to access 2013JOH.pdf

    and visit and support:


    I will never forgive 60 Minutes for what they did to Greg and CAI, absolutely NEVER.


    • 46 jackiegrumbacher
      December 31, 2013 at 7:48 am

      Bob, I missed the slander, but am so impressed with the work of CAI as described in the article. How can such a positive development warrant slander?

    • 47 sjterrid
      December 31, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Thank you for bringing attention to the work CAI is doing. I donated to the program. What did 60 minutes accuse Greg Mortenson and CAI of doing?

  18. December 31, 2013 at 2:40 am


    We Are The Ones We Have Been Awaiting

    In 2014, We ROLL

    Yes WE MUST

  19. December 31, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Its 2014 in our part of the world. Happy New Years from New Zealand!!! Also, Happy [belated] Birthday to 99ts!!! Time to get some champagne into the system, eat festive foods and be extra merry into the New Year lol

  20. 55 globalcitizenlinda
    December 31, 2013 at 7:18 am

    morning everyone!

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