162 Responses to “Happy Presidents’ Day, 44!”

  1. February 17, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Wonderful trip down memory lane, UT!

  2. 8 MightyPamela
    February 17, 2014 at 4:16 pm

  3. 10 theo67
    February 17, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Fantastic set of pics to honor this amazing President, NW! The best of the bunch, in my opinion!

  4. February 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm


  5. 25 JER
    February 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Motorcade gathering at Sunnylands to escort President Obama to Palm Springs Airport for departure.
    Live Coverage when it happens at: http://www.kesq.com/watch-live-news-channel-3-cbs-local-2-news/-/233230/23569678/-/dlqu5r/-/index.html

  6. February 17, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Gooooooooorgeous photos Nerdy, absolutely lovely, thank you, you goldie nugget.

  7. 30 hopefruit2
    February 17, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Beautiful tribute to our Commander–in-Chief, our President Obama. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks NW for all the pics, memories, videos, captions, etc.

  8. 32 Ladyhawke
    February 17, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    CHARTS: The Recovery Act, five years later

    By Steve Benen


    Indeed, perhaps the most striking thing about GOP economic arguments is that they werenโ€™t just wrong about the efficacy of Clintonโ€™s policies, and then wrong again during the Bush/Cheney era, and then wrong once again about whether the Recovery Act would help turn the economy around, congressional Republicans also seemed to go to great lengths to impose policies โ€“ debt crises, spending cuts, sequestration, a government shutdown โ€“ that seemed almost designed to make the economy worse.

    Itโ€™s why Ben Bernanke โ€“ a Fed chairman who, up until extremely recently, was considered a fairly conservative Republican โ€“ repeatedly told Capitol Hill that the single biggest obstacle to a healthier economy has been the fiscal policies demanded by GOP lawmakers.



  9. February 17, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    So, I had a sad encounter highlighting that life and time proceed apace.

    I was chatting in the back yard with my niece earlier today, and a woman approached the back gate. It took me a moment to realize that it was my niece’s mom, my former sister-in-law. I hadn’t seen her in years, and the years have not been kind to her. It’s an open secret that she has early stages Alzheimer’s. (How she drives I have no idea.) She spends most of the year up in Oregon with her husband, but winters she comes down to L.A. where they have a condo. And it hit me almost immediately of whom she reminded me: my dad’s sister, my aunt Teresa, right when she was coming down with her illness. She was slow, shuffling, and just not quite here. It was such a marked difference from the energetic, intelligent person she was when married to my brother.

  10. 34 JER
    February 17, 2014 at 4:26 pm

  11. 35 Nerdy Wonka
    February 17, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    REMINDER For TODerโ€™s and Lurkers: VOTE, VOTE, VOTE for Metaโ€™s Pastry Studio to get in the finals. This is just phase one, so do your part. Get your mom, dad, daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, grandparents, cousins, godchildren, step-children, neighbors, best friends, and frenemies to vote. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Vote Here: http://www.thekitchn.com/nominate-for-your-favorite-sweets-baking-cooking-blog-for-the-homies-awards-the-homies-2014-200246

  12. February 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm


  13. 43 dotster3
    February 17, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Thought this was funny—–this Yankees fan. And just happy to see the word “spring” as in spring training—-as we are getting bombarded ONCE AGAIN with ANOTHER round of big snow here in Illinois. Sick of it. But there will be spring again one day, right?

  14. 47 hopefruit2
    February 17, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I notice that the days are getting longer (which means we are moving AWAY from winter and TOWARDS summer), despite all the cold/snowy weather we’ve been having. Just a month ago, my lights would be on at this time of day. Now all my lights are OFF, and I can still see ๐Ÿ™‚ .
    Buh-bye Winter…see you later!

  15. February 17, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    In case you missed it at bottom of last thread. . .
    February 17, 2014: Itโ€™s not obscure or strange, but I wanted to draw George and Abe for Presidents Day. But we do have two lesser-known days to combine with our founding fathers: Random Acts of Kindness Day and National Cafe au Lait Day.

  16. February 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm

  17. 56 hopefruit2
    February 17, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    • 57 99ts
      February 17, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      I love to see the President “jogging up the steps” – makes me realize that with/without scandal Christie will never be President. He would have trouble surviving the walk up those stairs.

  18. 58 anniebella
    February 17, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Siena College survey released Monday questioned historians and scholars about who they think were the best First Ladies? Number one was Eleanor Roosevelt, two was Abigail Adams, three was Jackie Kennedy, four was Dolly Madison and five was our FLOTUS, Mrs. Michelle Obama.

    • 59 anniebella
      February 17, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      We won’t let the right wing haters see this survey. It would drive them even more crazy.

      • 60 anniebella
        February 17, 2014 at 5:07 pm

        But who really cares. I think FLOTUS should be higher on that list, but who knows maybe by the time she and POTUS leave the WH she will be.

    • 61 jackiegrumbacher
      February 17, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      AB, this is not a bad list, but I would put Michelle Obama where Jackie Kennedy is. Jackie was sweet and tragic, but Michelle has measurable solid results for her initiatives and she has helped so many people. Eleanor Roosevelt had three terms and a portion of a fourth to make a difference and then she went on to do great work for human rights when she was a widow. She is one of the most remarkable women in history in my opinion. As for Abigail and Dolly Madison–both of them should have been president, instead of their husbands.

      • 62 dotster3
        February 17, 2014 at 5:38 pm

        I think I mentioned this before here, but my mom, when she was a new young teacher at a country school in Iowa, met Eleanor Roosevelt. She just arrived one day at her school, unannounced, observed the teaching and wanted my mom’s input on what she needed for her school, what she thought might improve rural education, one of Eleanor’s interests/initiatives. That was quite a special surprise for my mom, a big highlight. (the other was meeting the cute young guy who ran the general store/gas station kitty corner from the country school at the 4 way stop there) (my dad)

      • 63 carolyn
        February 17, 2014 at 6:29 pm

        I agree with you jg…..MO should be where Jackie is. Absolutely.

  19. 64 dotster3
    February 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Loved the photo my daughter posted on facebook for Presidents Day. They took their little guy to an auto museum yesterday—–he likes all cars, trucks, things that go. And they had a really cool statue of President Obama there, sitting casually on a park bench, in his blue suit, white shirt, red and white striped tie, arm nonchalantly resting on the back of the bench, tie slightly askew—-so photo taken with my cute little grandson sitting and grinning beside him. It was so excellent, trust me. (I am photo posting challenged so y’all will just have to picture it in your minds, as you always have to do with my “photos”)

  20. 67 hopefruit2
    February 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Chips you have me in pending for invoking the names that shall not be called!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. February 17, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Well, just saw this: Snoop Lion doing a commercial in the UK for MoneySupermarket.com.

  22. 73 yardarm756
    February 17, 2014 at 5:03 pm

  23. 78 JER
    February 17, 2014 at 5:04 pm

  24. 80 yardarm756
    February 17, 2014 at 5:08 pm

  25. 82 hopefruit2
    February 17, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    That pic where PBO is looking at FLOTUS after one of the debates – I give that picture and whatever it conveys all due reverence. Can’t mess with that….something really deep there – goes well beyond love, admiration, lust, pride, respect. Something quite possibly out of the mortal realm…

    • 83 jackiegrumbacher
      February 17, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      It is my absolute favorite photo, HF. Truly the look of love.

    • 84 GGail
      February 17, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      I agree HF. That look speaks VOLUMES! I feel like I’m intruding…it’s so personal

    • 85 vcprezofan2
      February 17, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      I too have never been able to put a name to it, Hopef. I like your explanation โ€ขโ€ขโ–บ ‘goes well beyond love, admiration, lust, pride, respect. Something quite possibly out of the mortal realm’. I don’t believe in that moment he saw anyone else who might have been near! Even with the physical distance between us, the Obamas have taught me so much about love and relationships, among other things. I’ve said it before – I’m blessed to be alive during this moment in history!

    • 86 Ladyhawke
      February 17, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      The way he looks at her โ€ฆโ€ฆ..

      Beautifully stated HF. This is one of my favorites. I remember at the end of the debate then Senator Barack Obama was searching for someone and it was Michelle. This photo captures the moment he embraces her with his eyes. He had found what he was looking for.

      • 87 carolyn
        February 17, 2014 at 6:28 pm

        He says that she is his rock. In that picture that is obvious. Thanks for these pictures.

        I tried to vote for Meta, but I don’t do Facebook and I don’t tweet…..how do I sign in to vote?

  26. 88 Nena20409
    February 17, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Fantastic &hearts ♥ ♥

    This Post.

    Awesome NW. You Did Real Good.

  27. 89 JER
    February 17, 2014 at 5:33 pm

  28. 90 GGail
    February 17, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Hey LL and all other SoCal TODers. Maybe after it opens, we could meet there and try it out. I’ve never heard of them before. Also, there hiring – pass it along…


    PizzaRev Announces Job Fair on Tuesday 2/18 From 11-4pm at New
    โ€œMidtown Crossingโ€ Location 4550 W. Pico Blvd. (at San Vicente Blvd.)

    Custom-Designed 9,600 Pound Stone-Bed Oven is Now Installed!

    LOS ANGELES, CA (February 17, 2014) โ€” PizzaRev, the nation’s leading made-to-order artisanal pizza concept, is getting closer to the Grand Opening of a new location in Mid-City, Los Angeles, CA. โ€œPizzaRevโ€™s custom-designed four-ton stone-hearth oven is installed, and weโ€™re fired-up to start serving pizzas soon in Mid-City!โ€ said Irv Zuckerman, Co-CEO of PizzaRev. The location will sit at the intersection of Pico Blvd. and San Vicente Blvd in the Midtown Crossing shopping center, and is expected to open in March. Partner & COO Nicholas Eckerman has announced a Job Fair โ€“ February 18 from 11am to 4pm — taking place at the Mid-City location. โ€œWe expect to add over 30 jobs to the local economy with our opening, and we are excited to meet the newest members of the PizzaRev family. The positive energy of our staff and attention to great customer service has been one of the hallmarks of our success.”

  29. 97 susanne
    February 17, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    that sneaky joy is creeping up on meta! votevotevote!

  30. February 17, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    In today’s ugh news, Dick Cheney was in my nearby town Sunday for a fundraiser for FFA.

  31. February 17, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Mmmmm. . .

  32. 127 dotster3
    February 17, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I see there is a big to do on twitter about the origin of Melissa Harris Perry’s new sweet baby. She hinted she will tell the story, but not everything is everyone’s biz-ness. And icebergslim is still around? Could never figure out what happened to her—-from Obama supporter to a hateful anti-Obama nut.

    • 128 hopefruit2
      February 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      LOL – apparently MHP posted a pic of the baby and some folks assumed it was an adoption since they didn’t see a “baby bump” However,as MHP indicated, their child was not adopted. But she didn’t really expand any further in the tweet and instead promised to “tell their story” at a later time/date. Meanwhile, Icebergslim is demanding to know what is going on….seems like the same controlling icebergslim we knew from Old Orange!!!

  33. 130 hopefruit2
    February 17, 2014 at 6:08 pm

  34. 131 hopefruit2
    February 17, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    • 132 Nena20409
      February 17, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      So Surrogacy or her sister, perhaps, Mom, carried the baby for them.

      Either way, a True Blessing all around. Welcome to the World Baby Perry.

  35. February 17, 2014 at 6:20 pm

  36. 148 Nena20409
    February 17, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Other than here at TOD, I have not posted or made any other comments on the Child Killer on TeaNN today. I will not click any link, I will not take part in driving traffic for Money making sites looking for web Traffic.

    Until the media respects Trayvon Martin’s Life and his untimely Death, I am now pledging here at TOD, the Child Killer from FL who was interviewed today on TeaNN will no longer get notoriety from my Clicks.

  37. 149 purpleshoesla
    February 17, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    What ho peeps. Late to the party as usual. Congrats Meta. Voted and Tweeted. You are now Numero Uno with my 83rd vote. Woot!

  38. 151 cluny
    February 17, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Delurked for meta + speedy recovery for Mama Chips. No mankinis please.

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