The Day In Pictures


Pete Souza: Potus helps flotus off the stage at last night’s state dinner


Pete Souza: Pres Obama gives a thumbs-up to one of the stage participants before he signed a minimum wage Executive Order


VP: PHOTO: Talking the #ACA in Florida, the VP meets w/ moms & health care workers about enrolling before 3/31 deadline.


Interior: Happy 205th birthday to Pres. Lincoln! Let’s celebrate with this great photo of his memorial by Andrew Geraci. #dc


White House: Today, President Obama raised the minimum wage to $10.10/hour for federal contract workers. #RaiseTheWage


Barack Obama: Happy birthday, #16.

111 Responses to “The Day In Pictures”

  1. February 12, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    We crossed in the night. I went ahead and made my night owl chat private.

  2. 6 vcprezofan2
    February 12, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Nerdy, you certainly keep late hours – thanks!

  3. February 12, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Well, I’ve had a very productive writing evening. Knocked off two poems. Should have them up tomorrow on my blog.

  4. 15 hopefruit2
    February 12, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    • 16 MightyPamela
      February 12, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      Arnold is below the limit for personal donations in ’07, and at the limit in 2011. What’s the beef? Sirota looking for trouble, to what purpose.

      • 17 globalcitizenlinda
        February 13, 2014 at 12:14 am

        seeing that the company is in energy management, I am guessing they are fixated on the decision PBO is going to make about the Keystone pipeline – but I am not sure since I do not read sirota anymore

    • 18 globalcitizenlinda
      February 13, 2014 at 12:19 am

      what is sirota’s piece about? for a while now, I avoid reading him since he made those comments about PBO. I don’t want to give him click;

      I am guessing that he is trying to insinuate that for less than US $ 10,000 contribution in 4 election cycles, PBO did what …… for Arnold???

  5. 19 carolyn
    February 12, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I absolutely adore that picture of POTUS and FLOTUS. She is absolutely queen of the world!

    I read PBO’s essay from 2005 on Abraham Lincoln on the CNN site…..wow! The language, the heart, the soul, the meaning…..he is without a doubt one of the best writers living today. In time he will be ranked as one of the best in history. His line about the slight smile in Lincoln’s portrait, which “changes tragedy to grace” caught me and I gasped. Beauty and depth.

    • February 13, 2014 at 12:42 am

      I hate to think about PBO’s time in office coming to an end, but I do look forward to his next book about his time in office, Pete Souza’s photo book and contributing to the Presidential library and going to see it.

  6. 21 MightyPamela
    February 12, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    The top photo takes my breath away! M. Hollande looks on in approval!

    • 22 vcprezofan2
      February 12, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      Happy for the O’s happiness in, and care of, each other. Wishing I was way younger so I could make good use of their partnership modeling. OTH, at least I got to see how it should be, could be, can be done. 😀

      Hope all is well and progressing nicely in your corner of the globe, MP. I’m off to work again tomorrow, so will only be in the village in the evening. In fact, I’m heading off to bed soon even though I’m not thoroughly caught up on posts over the last couple of days.

  7. 26 vcprezofan2
    February 12, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    President Obama’s faith: “Maintaining your moral compass” (SP)

    As someone who is dedicated to trying to understand President Obama, it is always interesting to come across a speech or an interview with him from the past that I haven’t seen before. And so I was delighted to find this interview from March 2004 that he did with Cathleen Falsani about his religious faith. If you are interested, I suggest that you go read the whole thing. But I’m going to excerpt a few things he said that stood out to me.

    First of all, he recounts a history that we have all become familiar with by now.


    • 27 vcprezofan2
      February 12, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      Here’s the interview link…. I haven’t read the interview yet myself (too tired); will do so tomorrow


      “Editor’s Note: At 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2004, when I was the religion reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, I met then-State Sen. Barack Obama at Café Baci, a small coffee shop at 330 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago, for an interview about his faith. Our conversation took place a few days after he’d clinched the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat that he eventually won, and four months before he’d be formally introduced to the rest of the nation during his famous keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

      We spoke for more than an hour. He came alone. He answered everything I asked without notes or hesitation. The profile of Obama that grew from the interview at Cafe Baci became the first in a series in the Sun-Times called “The God Factor,” which would eventually became my first book, The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People, in which Obama and 31 other high-profile “culture shapers” — including Bono of U2, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, the author Anne Rice and President George W. Bush’s speechwriter Michael Gerson — are profiled.

      Because of the seemingly evergreen interest in President Obama’s faith and spiritual predilections, and because that 2004 interview remains the longest and most in-depth he’s granted publicly about his faith, I thought it might be helpful to share the transcript of our conversation — uncut and in its entirety — here on God’s Politics.

      ~ Cathleen Falsani


      • 28 99ts
        February 12, 2014 at 11:34 pm

        Guess I’m weird – but I don’t think anyone’s faith should be part of any political discussion – unless it impacts how they govern/legislate. I’m with John Kennedy on that issue

        • 29 99ts
          February 12, 2014 at 11:36 pm

          Imagine if Barack Obama had made this speech! The right would still be tearing him apart – and he would not have been elected.

          • 30 nathkatun7
            February 13, 2014 at 1:52 am

            Sorry to respectfully disagree with you, 99ts! I don’t think President Obama, in the interview highlighted by Smartypants, said anything fundamentally different from what JFK said. Like JFK, President Obama re-affirmed the Constitutional mandate of Separation of Church and State. But even more importantly, he stressed the importance of religious tolerance, and the fact that while he values his faith he didn’t think that any religion has a monopoly on truth.

            • 31 99ts
              February 13, 2014 at 2:02 am

              Hi Nath – I never mind if people disagree with me on TOD – we are all here to be friends and have the same basic ideas.

              I have always been upset at how the GOP and media have spoken about the President’s faith – I just don’t think there is any reason why he had to discuss it – at all.

              1960 and what President Kennedy said – should have been the end of it all – in my world in the 1950s/60s there was a massive divide between Catholics and Protestants – but that all but disappeared by the 1980s. The GOP has decided to resurrect it – because Obama!! – and I just wish religion wasn’t discussed – at all.

              Guess I want the impossible – but I am glad that – for a short while – Australia had a female non-believer who lived with her boyfriend – as our Prime Minister.

              • 32 nathkatun7
                February 13, 2014 at 2:59 am

                “I just wish religion wasn’t discussed – at all.”

                99ts, I agree with you 100%! Sadly –and here I am speaking as 68 years-old person who was a teenager in 1960, when JFK run — the U. S. seems to be even more obsessed with religion than it was in 1960. This is mainly due to the over circulation of the air waves (and especially talk radio) by the right wing Christian fundamentalists. Of course your native son, more than any media moguls, has played a key role in enabling the spread of the false idea that the U.S. is, and was founded as, a Christian nation. My point was that the then Sen. Obama clearly re-affirmed the concept of the separation of Church and State and the importance of religious tolerance.

        • 33 vcprezofan2
          February 12, 2014 at 11:42 pm

          99ts: My interest in this is very similar to Smartypant’s – “As someone who is dedicated to trying to understand President Obama, it is always interesting to come across a speech or an interview with him from the past that I haven’t seen before.”

          I don’t really see this PBO interview as part of a political discussion. For me it’s another look into the man, B. H. Obama, a man whose character fascinates me to the max!

        • 35 dotster3
          February 12, 2014 at 11:58 pm

          Agree with you, 99ts and JFK—–very much so. Adamantly.

  8. 36 Nerdy Wonka
    February 12, 2014 at 11:09 pm

  9. 37 Dudette
    February 12, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Some good slow dancing in a dark basement party music! 🙂
    Still LL’s fault!

    Forever Mine – The O’Jays

  10. 43 jacquelineoboomer
    February 12, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    More loveliness from you, NW – we need more calmness and beauty in our lives that remind us of our great First Family and our VP and Dr. Jill! This adds to it nicely, tonight. Thank you!

    • 45 HZ
      February 12, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      Hello my precious Dudette. (((((((((((((( Lots of loving hugs to you))))))))))))))))))))HZ
      I hope that your family are feeling the loving prayers and comforting thoughts for you and your brother. () HZ

      I was thinking of you this morning as I was quietly doing my prayers/meditations. Music was in the house, and I thought how music will be a great healing form of comfort for you because you love it so much. Enjoy your quiet time with your favorites. Have you listened to Yolanda Adams’ “This Too Shall Pass?” Please quietly put that one on, when you have time. She sang it at the Prayer Breakfast last week, and I just felt like she was singing to our wonderful President. It is a theme for me, especially when I feel like my space needs to have a seat for my loving brother and nieces and great niece. Lovely and uplifting to ponder on.
      (((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Sending you loving hugs of comfort from my arms to yours)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

      • 46 Dudette
        February 12, 2014 at 11:52 pm

        Hi HZ!!!! You are just the sweetest of the sweet! I’m grateful for and blessed by your kindness.

        I just adore Yolanda Adams. She’s an amazing artist! I missed the Prayer Breakfast coverage, but this song is a wonderfully encouraging piece. I’ll sharing it with my brother to help him on his journey to recovery. He’ll like it very much. Thank you sooooooo much! {{{{{{{{{{ Love and hugs my dear HZ! }}}}}}}}}}

        • 47 nathkatun7
          February 13, 2014 at 2:05 am

          To HZ and Dudette, two of my most favorite people, I hope you are both well. I also hope that Dudette’s brother is doing well and out of pain. I am elated that we share the love for the truly talented Yolanda Williams. She is such a powerful and uplifting singer.

  11. 49 HZ
    February 12, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Our First Lady is so beautiful inside and outside. We are so blessed to have her in our space. I have always loved the detail attention and affection that our President displays as her loving ‘love of his life’ and our First Lady. Puts a loving smile on my face every time. HZ

  12. February 12, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    …………………………I feel so ashamed. FLOTUS is IMPECCABLY GORGEOUS as usual but………………………….. I……………..[preparing for virtual TOD stones, rocks and eggs hurled at me]…………………. wassssssssssss up with giant bed sheet skirt???

    YESsss i know crap-nothing about fashion! but…. I’M SORRY!I’M SORRY!I’M SORRY!I’M SORRY!I’M SORRY!

  13. 55 Dudette
    February 12, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Ah! Something to take my mind off the icy havoc that lies outside my door.

  14. 62 Dudette
    February 12, 2014 at 11:35 pm

  15. 63 vcprezofan2
    February 12, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    People of the TODvillage, I love you all, but I really need to go try for some sleep. Actually have to go to work tomorrow and since I had difficulty keeping myself alert at work today, making an effort to sleep tonight may make a difference.

    Sweet dreams to you!

  16. 67 MightyPamela
    February 12, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    I’m gone too… Sweet dreams all around you, dear TODObot village!

  17. 69 jacquelineoboomer
    February 12, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Too funny. Spotted the President’s nice “Happy Birthday #16” tweet (by his staffers, obviously) and read a few of the replies. Several were from a vile ugly hateful woman – apparently a RWNJ radio person or something with a really ugly face – just couldn’t stop myself from telling her she was “a sorry-ass excuse for a human woman if she’s a woman.” Then I blocked her. So far, five other haters are passing on her response to me. I’ll let them all sit in my interactions and multiply. They can all kiss my Democratic you-know-what.

    What makes me laugh is that these haters are spending their precious hate time tweeting back a 67-year-old snowed-in great-grandmotherly goddess in the Midwest. And they’re calling me the a-h*** word. I bet their great grandmothers would be so proud. Ha!

  18. 70 Dudette
    February 13, 2014 at 12:00 am

  19. 72 globalcitizenlinda
    February 13, 2014 at 12:04 am

  20. 73 jacquelineoboomer
    February 13, 2014 at 12:06 am

    NW – Not sure if you’ve seen it, but Steve McQueen and Lupita Nyong’o from 12 Years a Slave are on Piers Morgan’s show tonight!

  21. 76 Dudette
    February 13, 2014 at 12:06 am

  22. 84 Dudette
    February 13, 2014 at 12:22 am

  23. 85 globalcitizenlinda
    February 13, 2014 at 12:28 am

    a few days ago, TOD was discussing the corrupting influence of media consolidation – now comes news of further consolidation;

    ordinary people are on the loosing side of this deal – more rightwing nonsense and higher cost of cable subscription;

  24. 91 Dudette
    February 13, 2014 at 12:31 am
  25. 92 Dudette
    February 13, 2014 at 12:33 am

  26. 93 Dudette
    February 13, 2014 at 12:36 am


  27. 96 Dudette
    February 13, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Couldn’t resist posting Lalah’s version of her dad’s song. Good genes, great talent!

    • 101 majiir
      February 13, 2014 at 1:25 am

      Dudette, Thanks for the pics. I always look forward to them. I love the scenic ones and those that focus on space.

      NW–beautiful pics, AGAIN. I love the FL’s dress and the way Hollande is looking at her. It’s no wonder why Josephine Baker lived most of her life in Europe, especially in France. I discovered a few months ago that two of JB’s adopted sons own a restaurant, Chez Josephine, in NYC that is dedicated to her. Going there and having a meal, or several meals, is on my bucket list.

    • February 13, 2014 at 2:30 am

      We have a President who is going to make the GOP pay for their extremism in ways that none of them have any capacity to grok ….

      …. but will become increasingly aware, particularly as each day passes after Labor Day 2014. That’s a prediction I have ZERO reservation in making and I don’t do ‘crystal ball’ nonsense.

      #TrustBarack …. or GET ROLLED …. <<< That should be like one of those icons representing 'Radioactive Material,' i.e., DANGER AWAITS those who don't heed the waring.

      Yes We Can

  28. 108 99ts
    February 13, 2014 at 6:49 am

    GM everyone – the intertubes is a weird place. So I’m watching MSNBC online and on MJ they are showing some events from Sochi – and then I’m hit with an announcement that I’m not allowed to watch this because of where I am – after I had seen most of what they were showing.

    • 109 99ts
      February 13, 2014 at 6:51 am

      I would really like it if they didn’t let me watch the weird one from politico who thinks targeting voters is the brave new technological thing – he obviously hasn’t followed PBO 🙂

  29. 111 globalcitizenlinda
    February 13, 2014 at 7:05 am

    morning everybody

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