Love. Respect. Admiration.


Pete Souza: A WW2 veteran greets President Obama with a kiss at Normandy

A WWII veteran reacts in excitement as she meets President Obama at the 70th commemoration of DDay


A WWII Veteran acknowledges President Barack Obama as the president pays tribute to their courage


President Obama hugs and walks with WWII Veteran Kenneth “Rock” Merritt during the 70th commemoration of DDay


President Barack Obama pauses to hold on to and listen to a WWII veteran speak.



President Obama greets WWII veterans during the 70th commemoration of D-Day in Normandy, France


102 Responses to “Love. Respect. Admiration.”

  1. 1 99ts
    June 6, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Just in time ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 2 MightyPamela
      June 6, 2014 at 9:46 pm


    • 3 99ts
      June 6, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      And I was coming in to complain that TOD is the reason I can’t get out of the house in the mornings – too much happening!
      Thank you for all your great news today NW

    • June 6, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      What’s it they say about buses, 99ts? You wait forever for one to come along, and then two arrive. That’s like you and this firsty business.

      • 5 99ts
        June 6, 2014 at 9:49 pm

        Ahh – de-lite-full – and thank you for a wonderful TOD morning Miss Chips – I’m just laughing so much about the vet who went missing from the care home – he showed those folks who was well enough to get to France ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 6 MightyPamela
        June 6, 2014 at 9:51 pm

        99ts! Seems as if you now have bookends!! Great memory of 70th D-Day!

        • 7 99ts
          June 6, 2014 at 9:54 pm

          GM MP – some days everything works – noting that I still have to face the Saturday shoppers and get the chores done – I could have reached my high.

          Is your intertubes working again?

          • 8 MightyPamela
            June 6, 2014 at 10:23 pm

            Kinda. Sorta. But I’ve desensitized to it failing, so if it goes off, I just pick up a book!

      • June 6, 2014 at 9:53 pm

        That stuff about the busses is absolutely true! You wait and wait and wait and then 3 show up. We call it the “Muni charm bracelet”!!

        • June 6, 2014 at 9:56 pm

          It’s sooooooooo ridiculously true Meta, although in my case it was always a 95-ish hour wait for one, before a convoy of them arrived at the same time ๐Ÿ™„

          • June 6, 2014 at 9:57 pm

            Grrrrrrr. You’re so happy to see them but so angry that they don’t seem to know how to stay in pace with the schedule.

        • 12 99ts
          June 6, 2014 at 9:56 pm

          I lived in a wonderful part of London for a year – and the blurb said – no timetable, buses roll by every 2 to 6 minutes. During the peak times – the max I counted was 6 within 1 minute. It was quite handy – my choice the last one – it was usually empty

    • June 6, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Congrats on 1st, 99!!

      Yet another fantastic thread, NW. Thank you!!!

    • 15 Cindy
      June 6, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      WHAT! No way 99ts, I was ahead of you but I do remember being tripped, blacked out when I placed my hand on the door. gggrrrrr : (

      I want that pretty trophy.

      Ok……CONGRATU:ATIONS! Go ahead and enjoy it grrrrrr : (

    • 18 MightyPamela
      June 6, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Ouch, LL, that was mia MP you just bumped off to the side…

    • June 6, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      And you Chelsea boys will be lucky to get even that next season after the Dutch Master gets to work ๐Ÿ˜Ž

      • June 6, 2014 at 9:49 pm

        Keep dreaming, Mrs. Fellaini!

      • 23 99ts
        June 6, 2014 at 9:51 pm

        Our lot have a team in this Brazil event – if we come better than last it is seen as a major achievement

        • June 6, 2014 at 9:57 pm

          “This Brazil event” ๐Ÿ˜† You cannot call the WORLD CUP an ‘event’, it’s bigger than the moon landing!!!

          • 25 99ts
            June 6, 2014 at 10:04 pm

            But the moon landing was fake – and how come you didn’t show the 1000 pictures of our PM being important in France

            (I really had to search the intertubes to find a picture that proved he was there – and the poor soul was at the far end of the third row looking like his plane just made it before the event was over.)

            • June 6, 2014 at 10:12 pm


              Here he is!

              With some geezer dressed up weird:

              • 27 99ts
                June 6, 2014 at 10:18 pm

                We could call that picture – “the end of the British Empire”

                Did you know that we used to celebrate “Empire Day” in my youth. Fireworks and all. I still have the 1955 atlas in all its pink glory.

                • June 6, 2014 at 10:28 pm

                  ๐Ÿ™‚ I am 99.26% certain I told you this before, but be kind, my 21-and-a-half-year-old brain is rusting.

                  I had the very distinct pleasure of visiting Australia once, went for dinner at friends of my uncle, they had a kiddie’s desk in their porch, with an atlas of the world on top. Australia was in the middle. I said “huh?” It was the first time in my life I realized my world isn’t necessarily the middle of it all ๐Ÿ˜ณ

                  • 29 99ts
                    June 7, 2014 at 4:05 am

                    You have mentioned the trip – but not, I think, the atlas – most in the US think the world revolves around North America ๐Ÿ™‚ this is why John Oliver started his stories on other countries – throwing the Oz PM under the bus – where he belongs in episode 1 ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. June 6, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    • June 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Yesterday ….

      And, Today ….

      I did my best to help the clueless Ms Clinton catch one.



      Yes WE MUST

      • 34 Inswinger
        June 7, 2014 at 3:26 am

        First things first. Very long time supporter of President Barack Hussein Obama dating back to the Fall of 2003 before most people had every heard of him, so I’m no Johnny-come-lately to this train. In fact, at the time, I lived abroad. Exceedingly long time lurker from the very early days of this blog. Found you via BWD. Ms Chips, hats off to you and your trusty Lieutenants for your selflessness, perseverance, courage, and humor in serving our beloved President.

        If allowed, I will likely post rarely given other pressing commitments but wanted to at least share some thoughts.

        Let me start by addressing an issue many of you here have spoken to, including the posts above i.e. Hillary Rodham Clinton. I cannot foresee any circumstances under which I would vote for her if she were to run for the presidency again. There are simply too many factual, let alone, strategic reasons why that would be the case. However, I’ll call out just three that easily come to mind.

        First, in case you do not remember, who introduced race into the 2007-2008 presidential campaign, in large part the legacy of which this President and many of his supporters have had to live with since? Clue: it was not the Republicans. Second, in case you do not remember, who, or at least who’s advisers and supporters in broad daylight, tried to change the very rules and process of the Democratic Party nomination when it became abundantly clear, albeit belatedly to the Clinton Campaign, Clinton supporters, and Democratic establishment, that Barrack Hussein Obama had won the party’s nomination? Clue: it was not Barrack Hussein Obama nor his original supporters. Lastly, in case you do not remember and cannot see what is happening in front of your very eyes right now as happened in 2005-2007, who campaigned selflessly, endlessly and articulately all across the country for their fellow Democratic Party candidates for various offices, two years before their own run for the presidency? Clue: it was neither the presumptuous nor presumptive nominee of the Democratic party, as bestowed by many in the party, mainstream media, and the nation’s political establishment across the spectrum.

        One more request: this blog is for supporters of President Barack Hussein Obama, at least as far as I understand it. Yes, we are a broad church, and yes we are united in our opposition to Conservatives and Republicans, at least politically and especially in their extreme incarnations. However, for those that do, please desist from posting entries that attempt to message Hillary Rodham Clinton here. Those of us who visit this site do not do so to get informed about her goings on. Nevertheless, clearly this is a decision for Ms Chips to make.

        The immediate and urgent focus right now should be on the mid-terms. Success in 2014 will catalyze momentum for 2016. Democrats, and the party, have no shortage of strong, well qualified and forward looking candidates to table for 2016. Whoever ends up winning the party nomination should meet three basic tests; ascendency to the nomination on merit and not on subjective presumption; the strongest candidate to defeat the Republicans; the candidate that is best positioned to pick up and run with the button passed on by President Barack Hussein Obama and his model, and truly stand for and espouse the principles of the modern Democratic Party and this nation.

    • 35 kathleenp444
      June 6, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      oh, THANK YOU!!!

    • 36 jacquelineoboomer
      June 7, 2014 at 1:31 am

      Oh, I love that one, LL! Obama’s Democratic Party. I’m in it!

  3. June 6, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Lots of that today and everyday for this amazing group of men

  4. 38 Nerdy Wonka
    June 6, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    • June 6, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Gloriousssssssssssss ….Glorioussssss Pics…..the last one is my favorite!!…..

    • 40 jacquelineoboomer
      June 7, 2014 at 1:34 am

      Chips – I noticed in one of the ceremonies in France that the President was attempting to help an older veteran help another other veteran out of his chair and to his feet. Just when the second gentleman finally got to his feet, the announcer said, “Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats.” Am I “bad” for laughing at that?

  5. June 6, 2014 at 9:53 pm

  6. June 6, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Thank you to The Obama Diary for this magnificent continuing fountain of beautiful poignant images with past and present, the young folks of the 1940’s, gathered to remember and honor the day, the actions, the sacrifice and service. Lovely to observe their joyful presence and their vivid appreciation and respect for our great, wise, generous, brilliant president, the true worthy Commander in Chief. President Obama just keeps topping himself, showing how to live, how to work, how to connect, how to show up with dignity and strength and bring out the very best in everyone around him. I can’t seem to stop looking at these posts, going back to priors, checking out new ones, and it’s beyond splendid. Thank you Nerdy Wonka, Thank you Chipsticks, thank you, commenting family for all that you share in concert with the posts. My heart is full and my eyes are wet. I miss my father so much, seeing all these gentlemen. He was not at D-Day but he served in the Marine Corps and carried deep pride in that time throughout his life. He had 89 great years, would have been 94 on this occasion had he not gone on home. What a gift to see them gathered, and what goodness radiates from President Obama, honoring them and shining his generous spirit and respect for them in rays of goodness. We are richly blessed under this true Commander in Chief.

  7. 46 desertflower
    June 6, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Hello people!:) http://www.businessinsider.com/body-language-expert-putin-agitated-meeting-obama-2014-6

    In spite of how many unanswered questions there are about the video, overall, Morgan said Putin seemed to be more “nervous” than Obama.

    “Of the two of them, Putin is the more agitated,” said Morgan. “He looks nervous, Obama looks cooler.”

    However, Morgan also noted Obama generally seems “cool” in his interactions.

    “Obama is a cool dude. He’s always cool,” Morgan said.

    According to Morgan, the fact there was “more movement” from Putin than Obama led him to believe the Russian leader was more “agitated” than his American counterpart. Morgan noted Putin could be seen “rubbing his nose” at one point and “shaking his head” while Obama remained relatively still.

    “The more powerful person tends to hold still and the less powerful people come to them,” said Morgan. “It looks to me like Obama made Putin come to him.”

    Somehow, I don’t think one has to be a “professional body language reader” to figure this out:)

  8. June 6, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    I swear, every Friday I seem to be saying, WOW, what a week. And it’s all true.

  9. 54 99ts
    June 6, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    petesouzaVerified account โ€@petesouza

    Marine One helicopter flies over the beaches of Normandy pic.twitter.com/SxCe18J56H

    Could someone tweet this properly please – what an amazing view – Pete Souza sure gets to see the world through a camera lens – wow

    4:35 PM – 6 Jun 2014

  10. June 6, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Just a heads-up for tomorrow – and thank you sooo much Kasai for the reminder.

    Dr Maya Angelou’s Memorial Service, at which the First Lady will speak.

    It starts at 10:0 AM EST.

    I’ll post a heads up with live streaming links in the morning.

  11. June 6, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    OMG, somebody in my building is cooking something with lots of butter and garlic. {{{{starving now}}}}

  12. 86 donna dem 4 obama
    June 6, 2014 at 10:11 pm

  13. June 6, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    This is TOTALLY unacceptable ….

    • June 6, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      Wow, pandering much? That RW gathering must be something else. UGH.

    • 91 hopefruit2
      June 6, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      Indeed, Bob – I find this extremely offensive, and in my view, this tweet alone should disqualify Rand Paul for ANY future run for President.

      • June 6, 2014 at 10:46 pm

        Absolutely. In his quest for attention, he crossed a line, obliterating civility and good sense. That sort of divisive partisan insult should never tolerated.

      • 93 vcprezofan2
        June 6, 2014 at 10:48 pm

        Offensive, and very unprofessional! Such a clear example that these guys do not take their jobs seriously; it’s all a game to them it seems.

    • 94 nathkatun7
      June 6, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      I agree with you Bob! Rand Paul should at least be censored by the United States Senate!.

  14. 95 vcprezofan2
    June 6, 2014 at 10:19 pm

  15. June 6, 2014 at 10:20 pm
    • 97 MightyPamela
      June 6, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      I’ve been looking at this photo for a while now. It brings me pain to think these soldiers would be overlooked, disregarded, as if their valor, their courage, their fear, the effort they made, their pain and sense of duty wasn’t meaningful. In the face of all they gave of themselves to bring about the victorious ending to the war, they must have endured an even greater pain to see how they were held in such low regard. It’s so very wrong.

  16. 98 hopefruit2
    June 6, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Ah…life can be so ironic…

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