First Lady Michelle Obama: Truly Loved
















110 Responses to “First Lady Michelle Obama: Truly Loved”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    January 17, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks, Utal.

  2. 4 Cindy
    January 17, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Congratulation VC!

  3. 5 Cindy
    January 17, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    CNN is showing MRS. OBAMA!!!!!!!!

    • 6 utaustinliberal
      January 17, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      Thanks. I just tuned in.

      It’s called An Extraordinary Journey: Michelle Obama Turns 50.

      • 7 Cindy
        January 17, 2014 at 10:11 pm

        UT….you have out done yourself. THANK YOU for the awesome gift “your talents (writings included)” for TOD.” : )

        I was so excited to see a network honoring Mrs. Obama, I didn’t know what to call it. All I could say; CNN is showing Mrs. Obama.

    • 10 anniebella
      January 17, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      I watch the CNN special on Mrs. Michelle Obama.

      • 11 Cindy
        January 17, 2014 at 10:47 pm


        I enjoyed it but it was too short….I was left wanting more. Their story is fascinating, I could watch a 6 hour documentary on the 1st family.

  4. 12 amk for obama
    January 17, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    jesse jackson gets it just right.

  5. 13 jacquelineoboomer
    January 17, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Love all the tweets, and especially appreciate Jesse Jackson’s and others who named her remarkable work for our military and our children!

  6. 14 Cindy
    January 17, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Mrs. OBAMA life story is on CNN….from childhood to 1st lady, please hurry…….

  7. January 17, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Just dropping in for a minute to post this – it’s wildly off topic but I thought it was a very insightful piece of writing about Frank Luntz.


  8. 16 jacquelineoboomer
    January 17, 2014 at 10:10 pm

  9. January 17, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Did she get one from Beyonce? Cuz she been to her house n’ everything so….. 🙂 🙂

  10. 24 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 17, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    This is a BRILLIANT compilation, UT!!! Thank you!!!!


  11. 26 desertflower
    January 17, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Love, love, love, love, love her!! Looks like EVERYONE loves our beautiful First Lady:)

  12. January 17, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Thank yoooooooou UT, what a fantastic set of posts from ya today, you’re PURE GOLD!!!!

  13. 29 desertflower
    January 17, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    UT…would it be proper to put my reply to your reply here? You know…the reply to the Pinkman science thing?? 🙂

    • 30 utaustinliberal
      January 17, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Go ahead, DF. The floor is yours. 😀

      • 31 desertflower
        January 17, 2014 at 10:23 pm

        Thank you for allowing me my little bit of remembrance for the BEST SHOW EVER! Here you go…

        • 32 forus50
          January 17, 2014 at 10:28 pm

          man, I like that show so much I’m afraid to rewatch it. It’s too much great. I know that makes no sense.

          • 33 desertflower
            January 17, 2014 at 10:31 pm

            It makes PERFECT sense. I feel kinda lost without it. How’s that for sad?!

            • 34 forus50
              January 17, 2014 at 10:52 pm

              Right? There wasn’t one character that they made you really like or really hate. They all had major flaws and it was so well done that you ended up liking one or more of them because you saw that they struggled against those weaknesses; always trying to overcome them.

        • 35 utaustinliberal
          January 17, 2014 at 10:31 pm

          😆 Oh, I miss the show so much. A week doesn’t go by without a memory flitting through my mind.

          Truly, truly, truly, one of the BEST shows ever created.

          • 36 forus50
            January 17, 2014 at 10:55 pm

            I probably will watch it again – from beginning to end – once the final episodes come out on Netflix. I heard it might be in April.

  14. 37 vcprezofan2
    January 17, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Great tweets indeed; such a real measure of how much MO is loved. I loved the fact the emotion in each, both in visual and words, was so genuine.

  15. January 17, 2014 at 10:20 pm


    First off, happy bday Michelle! The picture of her with her AARP card was priceless.

    My day? Well, I figured the missus would be wiped out after coming home from work at 9 a.m. Hah!

    “Can we go get more uniforms?” So we traweled halfway across L.A. County to Bellflower to get uniforms. Great thing? Everything she buys for work is tax deductible. Woot.

    “Can we get lunch?” So we trawl back across L.A. County and go to Cozymels for Mexican, where I imbibed two very dangerous margaritas.

    Then we pick up mother from work, upon which she interrogates me about my niece living in the back apartment. Upon which I tell her “I’m her uncle, not her minder. She’s an adult.”

    Then I log in to my AT&T account and discover that they’re going to hike up my Internet bill because I don’t bundle. Upon which TWC has a new customer. 7 bucks more than I would’ve been charged by AT&T, but with download speeds up to 50mbps. Which, you know, is as fast as the US has for residential customers. Woot. AND I get a Samsung Tab as part of the dealio. Score!

    Now I’m imbibing a rum screwdriver and settling in. How was everyone else’s day?

  16. 41 mtmarilyn
    January 17, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    UT you keep out doing yourself with these posts. You are so good at finding the best!!! Our FLOTUS is very special.

  17. 43 carolyn
    January 17, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I read the Vogue article referenced in the tweet up above. It is very good. In addition to 26 wonderful pictures of their favorite FLOTUS fashion moments, there is a two page article: Michelle Obama: A Woman of Substance. The gist is that yes, she is stylish and has opened up fashion for everyone, but what really matters is what she has done and who she is, and enumerates what she has done, and also does an excellent job of describing who she is and her character. I was pleased with the article. The writer said as she is more and more known for what she does, the style has become less and less the focus, but is taken as just an integral part of who she is.
    It reflected what was said on the previous post.

  18. 44 99ts
    January 17, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    My computer when backwards instead of forwards – I’ve been talking to myself about 4 hours ago – obviously time for chores

    Thank you for a great Friday UT – even though its Saturday where I am.

  19. 49 desertflower
    January 17, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Night everyone…calling it a day. See you all bright and early:) Be well and behave! Thanks, UT:)

  20. 51 LDS
    January 17, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Happy Birthday to a fabulous First Lady!
    Thank you for keeping a smile on my face these eight wonderful years.
    Fashion does not make you. You make the fashion.

  21. January 17, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Bill Shatner. Still the first and best Kirk.

  22. 53 forus50
    January 17, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    So the NJ Governor’s office was subpoenaed today. 🙂

  23. January 17, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    On Sunday at around 11 EST, you might want to monitor the TL of @NerdyWonka, @TheObamaDiary, and @Lib_Librarian. It should be real-time elation or despair.

    • 56 99ts
      January 18, 2014 at 5:40 am

      There will be smiles – and tears – and people being banned from speaking ever again – it will be a discussion of Chris Christie dimensions

  24. 57 jacquelineoboomer
    January 17, 2014 at 10:52 pm

  25. 58 Cindy
    January 17, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Here is a Friday night quiz…..

    Christie inauguration is going to be held on Tuesday, January 21st 2014. The location borders between New Jersey and New York.

    Here’s your question; what side is he holding the inauguration on?

    • 59 jacquelineoboomer
      January 17, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      I googled it, so I’ll keep quiet.

      • 60 Cindy
        January 17, 2014 at 11:10 pm

        Hey jacquelineoboomer….Happy Friday night or early Saturday morning : )

        No fair……are you surprised by the man who claims to love Jersey?

        • 61 jacquelineoboomer
          January 17, 2014 at 11:17 pm

          Not at all surprised! Well, actually I’m a little surprised. I thought he might have it in Florida, or wherever he’s campaigning for 2016 next.

          Still Friday night for me – so, thanks!

  26. 63 forus50
    January 17, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Can they do an inauguration from inside Trenton’s New Jersey State Prison?

    • 64 Nerdy Wonka
      January 17, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      OMG. I shouldn’t laugh at this but it’s funny. Oh, Forus50, you’re soooooo bad and yet sooooo good.

    • 65 Cindy
      January 17, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      Hey forus50….

      You’re not holding back : )

      I’m not sure but who knows….if it’s in Jersey “the Christie cream is in charge” and anything is possible.

    • 66 jacquelineoboomer
      January 17, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      If the guests don’t mind being strip searched, first.

  27. 67 LDS
    January 17, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Knowing that Bully, it may be in Fort Lee. His way of showing face and grace. I think Forus50 idea is just great!

    • 68 jacquelineoboomer
      January 17, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      Yep. Wonder if you can hold an inauguration one day, and a recall or impeachment the next? Christie could just stay over in Trenton at the State House and wear the same outfit both days.

      Too bad some of the inquiries don’t get into full force until February. Would save some inaugural $$$.

      • 69 vcprezofan2
        January 17, 2014 at 11:37 pm

        If Christie got recalled or impeached what would be the next step? Would there HAVE to be a new election with a new republican contender, and if so, could Buono run again?

        • 70 forus50
          January 18, 2014 at 12:07 am

          Good question. His timing couldn’t be better. It takes the steam out of the GOP 2014 even though it’s just mid terms for them. Maddow said that Steve Koracki will have more Christie related breaking news on his MSNBC show tomorrow morning.

          • 71 vcprezofan2
            January 18, 2014 at 12:10 am

            Okay, but would his governorship be filled by a 2nd in command, or would there have to be a new election?

        • 72 jacquelineoboomer
          January 18, 2014 at 1:05 am

          I think it probably varies by each state on the recall/impeachment part, but there would definitely have to be a special election.

          While governors can sometimes appoint senators until the next election cycle – as Christie didn’t do for the Cory Booker election; he held a costly special election instead – as the CEO of the state, he’s the highest official in NJ government and unless it’s some court that could appoint a governor, I think the lieutenant governor would temporarily fill in (not totally sure) … and Buono could run again

          • 73 99ts
            January 18, 2014 at 5:51 am

            Don’t think they had an election in Alaska – Lt Gov took over and I think he appointed a new Lt Gov. until the next election. Knowing the US (as I do from all the learning on TOD 🙂 ) it’s probably different in every state.

            • 74 vcprezofan2
              January 18, 2014 at 9:03 am

              TY, 99ts. The Alaska Barbie’s situation does give a clue 😉 though you have a point about differences in states’ laws.

          • 75 vcprezofan2
            January 18, 2014 at 9:01 am

            Thanks, JO’B. Reading your response reminded me that I haven’t a clue, and never gave a thought to, who the Lt. Governor is in NJ – obviously someone completely overshadowed by Christie

        • 76 globalcitizenlinda
          January 18, 2014 at 10:28 am

          the answer to this question is very important

          • 77 vcprezofan2
            January 18, 2014 at 11:06 am

            GM, GCLinda. I certainly hope the answers are the ones that are best for NJ and the rest of the country!

  28. 78 Cindy
    January 17, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Well, here’s the answer to our Friday night quiz.

    Christie says he was born in Jersey and he will always live in Jersey; says that he loves Jersey. R.Maddow feels that this was his way of saying that he is not running in 2016 as we are all watching, “As the Lies Churns.”

    He loves Jersey but the inauguration is being held……… on the New York side.

    #Why Christie is holding inauguration on New York side but claims he loves Jersey?

    Good night all and have a wonderful and blessed weekend-rest well and please be safe……..

    • 79 99ts
      January 18, 2014 at 5:47 am

      I googled and it said the party was on Ellis island – is that what you mean? I assume Ellis Is is part of New York as that is where all the immigrants landed. I know nothing else about it. Tickets $500 each! And people think he will last the next 4 years?

  29. 80 dotster3
    January 17, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    A huge thank you to President Obama for preventing planned horse slaughter. Slaughter houses here wanted to make money by slaughtering horses and selling the meat overseas. Find something else to do, slaughter house people. And who is gobbling down horses anyway? Have an apple.
    Horses were my first love——they are beautiful creatures and deserve to run free with their family and friends.
    Run Spirit Run!

  30. 82 dotster3
    January 18, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Bye Bye, Mississippi guy, enjoy your next 25 years in the big house——for sending ricin letters to President Obama and 2 other public officials.


  31. 83 vcprezofan2
    January 18, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Bonne nuit, tout le monde.

  32. 84 jacquelineoboomer
    January 18, 2014 at 1:28 am

    This is phenomenal.

  33. 85 jacquelineoboomer
    January 18, 2014 at 1:35 am

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  36. 89 amk for obama
    January 18, 2014 at 2:35 am

  37. 90 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 18, 2014 at 2:45 am

    A modest, rational proposal:

    17 January 2014

    Dear Mr President,

    What Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and numerous other corporations do with the data they collect on the BEHAVIOR of their users (aka customers) is vastly more intrusive than the intent and actions of the NSA and other US Federal Agencies. Anyone with a clue knows that.

    However, as you cogently stated, when ‘The Government’ is the observer, especially a Government committed to the ideals of individual freedom and due process under the law, trust is paramount.

    Here’s my proposal:

    The gathering of signal intelligence (SigInt) into a database can be accomplished by properly configured hardware and software, algorithmically, i.e., no human need participate or have any access in that process. If, for instance, a phone number, GPS location of device initiating or receiving a voice or text communication, duration of communication are deemed sufficient SigInt parameters, and the names of the account holders and contents are not accessed, then the case can be made for a fair balance between ‘network discovery’ and personal privacy.

    Building, updating, and most importantly, analyzing such a database, 24/7/365 can thus be an autonomous process. Physical and cyber (network) access to the location of where the information is stored and the ongoing computational analysis of the information can be robustly secured.

    The reason the database is being built is to enable people to make decisions. That should be the focus. People do not need to ‘see’ any of the details in the information, they need to ‘see’ specific ‘patterns’ that indicate a threat so they can make decisions.

    My recommendation is that the raw data (signals intercepts of any kind), other relevant input data, and all the systems being used to acquire, assemble, store and computationally analyze the data reside in ONLY a Federal facility. The people responsible for maintaining the systems in that facility should have ZERO authority to access the raw data or the output of the analytics.

    Those who have the authority to access, review, and issue threat warnings should be employees of a unique agency.

    That agency would have ZERO operational responsibility in intelligence gathering, interdiction, investigation, covert missions, etc. That agency’s sole function would be assessing threat and issuing warnings. Only Federal employees could be appointed to that agency.

    In this model, judicial oversight would be focused on ensuring that the threat warnings are valid and that no breaches of personal privacy in the process of gathering raw data and data analytics occurred. That task is tractable because the systems doing the gathering and analytics would be entirely separate from the individuals viewing the output of the analytics and issuing the threat warnings.

    Moreover, all would be Federal employees. “Private” (aka corporate) enterprises should never be contracted for these National Security functions. Corporations, by their very nature, are not beholding to the public trust or service, they are ONLY beholding to shareholders who expect, rightly, profitability.

    Thank you,

  38. 93 amk for obama
    January 18, 2014 at 5:15 am

  39. 97 amk for obama
    January 18, 2014 at 6:24 am

  40. 98 amk for obama
    January 18, 2014 at 6:50 am

  41. 101 Linda
    January 18, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Good Morning

    Why does Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni get to live in New York City when the NJ taxpayers have to pay for his housing ?

  42. 102 Linda
    January 18, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Winning !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge in North Carolina says a state law requiring women who want an abortion to have an ultrasound and then have a medical provider describe the image to them is a violation of constitutional free-speech rights.

    U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles ruled Friday that states don’t have the power to force a health care provider to be the bearer of an ?ideological message in favor of carrying a pregnancy to term.”

    Eagles had put the law on hold a few months after the Republican-led state legislature passed the law in 2011.

    She said then that providers did not have to place an ultrasound image next to a pregnant woman so she can view it, describe its features and offer the patient the chance to listen to the heartbeat.

    • 103 Linda
      January 18, 2014 at 7:09 am

      “U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles ruled Friday that states don’t have the power to force a health care provider to be the bearer of an ideological message in favor of carrying a pregnancy to term.”

      • January 18, 2014 at 7:21 am

        I’m clear that it is a constitutional violation, but free speech? I would have thought it a fourth amendment violation. Of course, I’m happy with way.

    • 105 99ts
      January 18, 2014 at 7:32 am

      Yes!!!!!!!!! – fight back against the war on women

  43. January 18, 2014 at 7:10 am

    The idea that women should be shamed and forced into not having an abortion is crass and ugly, just like the GOP

    • January 18, 2014 at 7:46 am

      I agree, vetiver. But to me it has always been a bit problematic that from the liberal point of view this has always been presented as an abortion issue, as opposed to a right to privacy, dominion over one’s own body, healthcare rights, etc.

      It’s Not About Abortion to Me

      The debate is not about the sanctity of life, it’s about maintaining a position of superiority by white men. Why a war against women? Because as women become independent, they are less wedded to the ideas of marriage, traditional families and childbearing; self-sufficient, married women are even more likely to get a divorce. But if you restrict their opportunities, give them less pay, shred the programs that support parenting and childrearing; nutrition programs, healthcare, Head Start..suddenly, the hope is, we revert to a 1950’s dreadland when an all-American woman had a man husband, children, a stove and a soap opera.


      • January 18, 2014 at 8:15 am

        Those things are included for
        sure but this idea of rubbing a woman’s nose in her decision is too much like dog and master for me on this issue specifically

  44. 109 Linda
    January 18, 2014 at 7:17 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A nonprofit group promoting President Barack Obama’s agenda raised more $26.3 million in its first year of existence.

    Organizing for Action says more than 421,000 people have contributed since the group formed in early 2013. The group raised $5.7 million in the final three months of the year.

    The totals show fundraising accelerated a few months after the group was created but may be starting to level out. It had raised nearly $7.7 million between July and September.

    In its first year, the group held events across the country and sought to engage supporters through social media and limited television advertising. It focused on Obama priorities like immigration, gun control, climate change and gay rights.

    The group isn’t taking corporate money and is voluntarily disclosing all donations over $250.

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