President Obama gives a “shaka” gesture while greeting people at Island Snow near his vacation home in Kailua, Hawaii December 31




173 Responses to “Shaka!”

  1. 7 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 31, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    On my way to Watch Night Service. Just dipping in to say Happy New Year! In 2014, may you continue to be Blessed with love, peace and joy! I love my TOD Family!

  2. 12 JER
    December 31, 2013 at 11:00 pm

  3. 13 vcprezofan2
    December 31, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Since Chips is blocking the gate again, I’m taking my ball and going home. Good Night, all.

  4. 14 hopefruit2
    December 31, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Me like! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  5. 15 utaustinliberal
    December 31, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Someone has been working out! 2014 here he comes.

  6. 16 vcprezofan2
    December 31, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    O, and Chips, I like your memories. I really do. Kudos also on the excellent idea to end the year on such a terrific note (in your face, MSM)!

  7. 18 Lynn
    December 31, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    He looks so thin! Somebody better be watching out for his health..

    • 19 hopefruit2
      December 31, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      HUh? He looks rather healthy, and has ALWAYS been slender. There’s nothing unhealthy about his appearance.

      • 20 idon
        December 31, 2013 at 11:41 pm

        Exactly. I saw him in person in Reno Nevada and he’s just naturally slender and very healthy. And in terms if how he looks well he is Mr. President to me so all I can say God is sssoooooooooooooo Good. I cannot thank Him enough for my President I love my President. And please, please, please Chips could you just post it one more time to celebrate the dawning of the New Year – Damn, You’re Beautiful, which is my favorite vid of PBO and FLOTUS.

  8. 22 vcprezofan2
    December 31, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Woot, these pics surely make up for my not seeing Mr. Pres for a couple of days!
    Chica, this is what I mean when I say *sometimes* you are a dear! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  9. 26 MightyPamela
    December 31, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    PBO just looks so good, so rested, and so much like he is. He just is. The fact that what you see is what you get with this man, anyone would have to be pretty stupid to try to read him any other way. On that note, I’m off the air, enjoy your evening, however you choose to spend it. New Moon at 10:57 Capricorn, 6:13amEST. There you have it! Goodnight!

  10. 28 utaustinliberal
    December 31, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    The women and men in my timeline and mentions are gladly heading for naughty mat country. President Obama’s pictures are thrilling Twitter.

  11. 29 utaustinliberal
    December 31, 2013 at 11:10 pm


  12. 30 utaustinliberal
    December 31, 2013 at 11:12 pm


  13. 32 amk for obama
    December 31, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    so, where are the girls?

  14. 38 forus50
    December 31, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Now we’re talkin’!!! Untucked polo!!!!

  15. 39 carolyn
    December 31, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Shave ice is a little bit of heaven in your mouth! Places here on the mainland, try to duplicate it, but it doesn’t taste the same. It’s like buying pineapple and bringing it home, and being disappointed because it doesn’t taste like it does in Hawaii.
    Once we discovered shave ice, we had it every day….so refreshing and delicious.
    Glad for him…….if anyone ever deserved a “hang loose” vacation, he is the one.
    Happy New Year Mr. President……blessings on you.

  16. 40 JER
    December 31, 2013 at 11:17 pm

  17. 43 sherijr
    December 31, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    good grief he’s so nice to look at… cannot help myself πŸ™‚

    Happy New Year to all those who’ve reached 2014 !!

  18. December 31, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    What a man, what a man, what a man, what a man, what a mighty fine man – Mmmm-mmmmm!

  19. 51 forus50
    December 31, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    This fireworks in Dubai tonight was insane! We gotta step up our game here!

  20. December 31, 2013 at 11:22 pm

  21. 55 dotster3
    December 31, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Yummy photos——I’m talking about the shaved ice, of course.

  22. December 31, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Coming out of lurking to wish everyone a happy, healthy, peaceful 2014. It is already 2014 in Trinidad & Tobago.

  23. 60 forus50
    December 31, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    I’ll share my New Years resolution: to organize an intervention for Chips to help her overcome her FIRST needs. Whaddyall think? Is it a worthy cause? Is there HOPE? No on in my family has suffered from this so I have no “first” hand experience dealing with it.

  24. 61 lovingandlaughing
    December 31, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    I must chime in here! Wow. Mr President is looking amazing! I am so happy to see him on vacation and looking so healthy, relaxed and also I must add stylish too!

  25. 64 jacquelineoboomer
    December 31, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    We started this year, O’friends of mine
    With hugs all around, even an Auld Lang Syne
    We’d won an election and been through so much
    The feel of victory, so victorious to touch!

    Chips made us laugh and gave us a haven
    And UT became our second blog maven
    TOD added hits and gathered new O’friends
    But all of us know that’s not where it ends

    Because in 2014, the year that’s ahead
    None of us can rest, so get outta that bed
    Register some voters, send in some cash
    Tell RWNJs to kiss your Democratic a$$

    Tweet and email and blog about our Prez
    Talk to our neighbors, and take down the press
    Stand up for our rights, and our social causes
    No time for apathy or mid-cycle pauses

    I’m supportin’ Obama and ridin’ with Biden
    It’s time to take action ~ there’s no time for hidin’
    But tonight, take a sip of your favorite drink
    And help me celebrate how like-minded we think!

    Love all you TODbots! Happy New Year! Thanks, Chips!

  26. 89 taiping1
    December 31, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Wonderful poem for the New Year! Yes we can!

  27. 93 jacquelineoboomer
    December 31, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Be back before midnight, CST! Just a few minutes and it’ll be a New Year for our East Coasters! Ring it in, y’all.


  28. 94 mtmarilyn
    December 31, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    It has been hard for me to catch up on all the reading. My husband and I are just watching an old movie and the game between Duke & Texas A&M. Having a wonderful quiet evening. We had our wonderful party Sunday afternoon. Had 35 people over for a Holiday Celebration. Now it is time to relax.

    Chips, These posts of the Most Memorable Moments are so touching. I remember when I first found you thru BWD. There were so few of us. Little did we know how this would grow and how we would depend on you to for the true news. You are the best. And all the blog tyrants are the best too!!!

  29. 96 Lynn
    December 31, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    I’m gonna hang with all you wonderful folks until midnight…..

    My New Years resolution………..encourage the Blog Mistress and her posse to continue past Jan. ’17.

    After all, this IS the Obama Diary and does anyone doubt this man will have a global future?

  30. December 31, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year! TODers…so grateful for all of you and I wish you the best for 2014! (((((((((HUGS)))))))))

  31. January 1, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Happy New Year to all who frequent the TOD Village!!!!

    Wishing you and yours love, peace, hope, health, and happiness in 2014 and the years to come.

  32. 100 GGail
    January 1, 2014 at 12:00 am

    To my East Coast TOD family HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

  33. 101 hopefruit2
    January 1, 2014 at 12:00 am


    • 102 africa
      January 1, 2014 at 12:04 am

      Happy New Year, Hope!! Happy New Year Everyone, although New Year’s still an hour away for me. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  34. 103 Lynn
    January 1, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Happy New Year to all you fab folks!

  35. 104 elo4obama/biden
    January 1, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Happy New Year TODville. Thank you sooooooooooooooo much Chips, UT and ALL the blog tyrants. Greetings from Georgia-2014!

  36. 105 hopefruit2
    January 1, 2014 at 12:07 am

  37. 106 hopefruit2
    January 1, 2014 at 12:08 am

    • 107 anniebella
      January 1, 2014 at 6:50 am

      Millions of Americans now have health care thanks to President Obama, and others who fought for it too..

  38. 108 sherijr
    January 1, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Happy New Year Everyone!

  39. January 1, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year! TODers..So grateful for all of you and I wish you the best for 2014!

  40. 110 hopefruit2
    January 1, 2014 at 12:10 am

  41. 111 GGail
    January 1, 2014 at 12:10 am

    I got three more hours to go and I might not be awake when it arrives here on the West Coast, so I’ll catch y’all next year, 2014 πŸ˜‰

  42. 112 africa
    January 1, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Look at that well toned arm.

  43. 113 Lynn
    January 1, 2014 at 12:13 am

    TOD is the Place to Be for TRUTH.

    Wishing all the best to this amazing family.

    Ms. Chips started it. UT became a partner

    and we have all benefited from their dedication.

    And they are not selfish. (of course the rubber

    chicken/danny thing did have a moment)

  44. 114 jackiegrumbacher
    January 1, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Just had my half glass of champagne–my limit–and am feeling loopy. Didn’t get a chance to say how terrific and touching Chips’ memorable moments was. You are so loved Chips and we are so grateful that you’ve persevered and kept us together and sane. And thanks to this year’s other ‘savior’ UT and all the magnificent contributors. May the New Year bring us our heart’s desires–especially a US Congress that actually supports our president. I am drifting off to slumberland. Bless everyone.

    • 115 COS
      January 1, 2014 at 12:17 am

      Happy New Year to everyone in the Eastern time zone. πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ™πŸ˜†β˜”οΈπŸŽ©

  45. 116 Wanda N VA 4 Obama
    January 1, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Happy New Year TOD! Thank you Chips for creating such a beautiful place!! Thank you to the blog tyrants for all that you do to uplift our spirits with positive news about our First Family!!

  46. January 1, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Happy New Year to all TOD east coasters. Do not know if I can hang with the west coasters. Your midnight will be 4am for me so all my best wishes in advance to you. Thanks for the kind wishes Forus50, Lynn and Hopefruit 2. Thanks for this site Chips and UT and the others who assist Chips.

  47. 118 Lynn
    January 1, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Happy New Year to each of you. This site is a treasure chest of love and info.

    OT, Ms. Chips. Isn’t there an old Irish proverb to the effect: “May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows you’re de.ad.”

  48. 119 PrayerWarriorforObama
    January 1, 2014 at 12:23 am

    A happy, prosperous and peaceful New Year to Chips and the entire TOD family. May the God of heaven and earth enlarge your tents and bless you all with wisdom, love and compassion. May this light ensuing from this blog grow brighter in 2014 and may it illuminate the path to phenomenal success for President Obama, his presidency and all his supporters. Happy New Year!

  49. 120 Ladyhawke
    January 1, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Happy New Year to my TOD family. This website is a tremendous source of comfort for me. I love you guys so much.

  50. January 1, 2014 at 12:27 am

    We stayed in tonight and brought in the New Year with Patron and not Champagne πŸ˜€

    Happy New Year Ms. Chips and everyone who comments here on TOD. Luv you guys. May you have a healthy, wealthy and loving new year.

    Oh yeah, President Obama is as fine as “frog’s hair” and y’all know how fine that that is :D.

  51. 122 sherijr
    January 1, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Happy New Year!! So glad to ring in another πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I offer zero wisdom~ just happy trails to us all ~

  52. 131 PamfromCalif
    January 1, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Have a Safe, Healthy, Happy & Joyful 2014. Chips & TOD Gang; Thanks for all of the great updates, news & humor.

  53. 132 99ts
    January 1, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Belated Happy New Year in your world TODers – had to go out and about. Hope you are all celebrating the beginning of another year of the Best President ever

    • 133 jacquelineoboomer
      January 1, 2014 at 12:39 am

      Not belated for the Midwest or the West Coast, 99ts, but late for you – so may I wish you a Happy New Year 2014!

      • 134 99ts
        January 1, 2014 at 12:43 am

        Almost 24 hours of New Years JoB – may I return the wishes to you and yours – especially the little ones that bring us such joy.

        I’m a little jealous of the President’s ability to get down on the floor with the little ones – One of Pete Souza’s wonderful pics had the President and PM Cameron talking to the children – I look rather like Cameron – trying to bend to their height – my excuse is – I’m older than both of them πŸ™‚ – I don’t think the Prime Minister had ever thought about such things before that day.

      • 135 Eveingeorgia
        January 1, 2014 at 12:47 am

        Happy New Year, everybody at TOD!!! Love that poem, JaquelineOboomer.

        As for the jeans, the muscles, the rugged look…oh well, sigh.

  54. 137 susanne
    January 1, 2014 at 12:48 am

    well, see what happens when i go away to cook? what beautiful photos of our president (and i do mean beee-uuu-ti-ful!!) so glad to see him relaxed and enjoying a shave ice. he’s a local guy, just home for the holidays, like so many who have left hawaii to find their fortune. you can just feel his ease in this setting. lovely!

    • 138 99ts
      January 1, 2014 at 1:14 am

      I love that he is left alone to enjoy his holiday – no wonder he keeps coming back to your part of the world. Happy New Year susanne

      • 139 susanne
        January 1, 2014 at 2:31 am

        happy new year to you, 99! i love that he keeps coming back to his home, too. he needs the rest and the reminder of who he is– a hawaii kid who’s done very well πŸ™‚

  55. 140 No Child Left Behind
    January 1, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Happy New Year Everyone!

    May the Lord Almighty be with you in this day and always. And may He protect, bless, and defend you and your loved ones. May He protect our dear First Family and the administration.

    Thank you Chips for the lovely picture. I fainted when I saw POTUS and his shades. But I have recovered within a few minutes.

    Bonne et heureuse annΓ©e 2014!

  56. 142 jacquelineoboomer
    January 1, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Happy New Year from the Land of Lincoln!

  57. 143 desertflower
    January 1, 2014 at 1:03 am

    I’m here!!! Not Happy New Year for me yet, but wanted to wish everyone a very happy, healthy, forward moving…New Year! Love all of you…thank you Chips and all the BT’s here that keep the rest of us happy, informed, humored and civically active.

    I’m on the mat…might STAY on the mat….going to make myself a quick drink, take out the dog, and see if I can stay awake to actually ring in the New Year in my own time zone:) Never usually make it…. Happy New Year everyone!!!

    • 144 99ts
      January 1, 2014 at 1:16 am

      Must be getting close df – I’m having a New Year’s Day afternoon wine – drinking in your New Year – easy to see I am of Scottish/Irish descent πŸ™‚ Wishing you all good things for 2014

      • 145 desertflower
        January 1, 2014 at 1:20 am

        It’s getting close, 99:) It’s 11:17 pm in my world right now…I think I can hold on for a few more….the dog is staring at me, but I’ll try to hold her off for a little while ….(waaaay past her bedtime!) Enjoy your New Year’s Day afternoon wine…hey, nothing wrong with drinking in my New Year! I think 2014 will be amazing….all good things to you as well!

  58. 146 jacquelineoboomer
    January 1, 2014 at 1:18 am

  59. January 1, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Happy New Year everyone and thank you Chips for having TOD for having us here and all those who have created posts this past year, thanks
    to all who have commented and to those who just lurk sometimes. This is a special community and all who come here lend something to it
    by their presence.

  60. 148 yardarm756
    January 1, 2014 at 1:39 am

    My personal testimony…….HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE…

  61. January 1, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Can’t remember witch song this now. My mind is going. . .

  62. 157 Jewelz
    January 1, 2014 at 1:54 am

    Happy New Year!

  63. January 1, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Happy New Year MST. To Colorado we go. . . Just kidding!

  64. January 1, 2014 at 2:35 am

    I see Chips is doing her best to ensure enormous ‘naughty mat’ sales on New Year’s Day πŸ˜€

    Wishing all of you an outstanding 2014 and look forward to doing everything possible to contribute to that outcome.

    Truth …


    Yes We Can

  65. 161 HZ
    January 1, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Happy New Year to Chips and the entire TOD family. Enjoy each new day that grace your space. ((((((((((((((((( Love to our fine President and First Family.))))))))))))))))))))). We have the best representing us all over the globe. HZ

  66. 162 No Child Left Behind
    January 1, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Good Morning TODVille!

    A very Happy New Year to all.

    • 163 susanne
      January 1, 2014 at 4:35 am

      hey hey hey! still 11:30 pm of 2013 here! and since i have the president of the united states in my time zone, i’m just gonna claim it’s not the new year yet! πŸ™‚
      you wouldn’t know it from the sound and scent of fireworks, though. folks have been celebrating for hours, and unless i’m getting dotty (okay, i am) most of what’s being exploded is illegal. only firecrackers are allowed, but lots of pretty starbursts in the sky tell me there was some hoarding from before the new regs went into effect. and no, it’s not commercial displays–we are many miles from all that. if this is like other years, tomorrow we’ll hear strings of lady fingers crackling for most of the day. very festive!

  67. 164 susanne
    January 1, 2014 at 4:43 am

    time to get out my pots and pans– 2014 will arrive with no pesky demons slipping in!

  68. 165 susanne
    January 1, 2014 at 5:11 am

    woo hooo!! we banged all the demons away! happy new year todville, and to all a good night.

  69. 167 theo67
    January 1, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Happy New Year, TOD! I’ve been happily ensconced in Netflix watching “Breaking Bad”, but emerged to make sure I got my greetings and well wishes for the New Year in – and so glad that I did… that is one very fine-looking President…

    Feliz Navidad and Bonne AnnΓ©e, everyone. I’m very much looking forward to 2014! πŸ™‚

  70. 168 anniebella
    January 1, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Happy New Year to our President, First Lady, and their family.

  71. 172 amk for obama
    January 1, 2014 at 7:17 am

  72. 173 Nena20409
    January 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    HooRay! 2014 is here. Happy New Year.

    It is best to be celebrating with TODbots.

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